March 2, 1943, in The Star: Kilby Steel Company, an Anniston-owned and –operated industry now producing material for the Army, has earned the coveted Army-Navy “E” for production. This award will be presented in a ceremony planned for March 23. The local industry, headed by former Gov. Thomas E. Kilby, earned the production award for high quality and quantity of production. The award criteria also take into account quality-of-workplace issues as they relate to the labor force. Also this date: Because activities of the Class B Anniston Rams baseball team of the Southeastern League have been suspended for the duration, The Anniston Star and radio station WHMA today are inaugurating a movement for a city sandlot league to serve as a substitute. Team organizers can fill in the application blank printed on the sports page today; a league of either six or eight teams is sought from not just Anniston proper but Blue Mountain, west Anniston, Oxford, Bynum and Fort McClellan.
March 2, 1993, in The Star: George E. “Dee’’ Gorey Jr. will become president of the Donoho School when the current president, Roy Tip Sheffield, retires on July 1, after forty years as an educator. Gorey has been the principal at Donoho’s upper and middle school for the past 12 years; for the past seven years he has also served as the school’s vice-president. To fill that post, the board of directors has appointed Mrs. Louise F. Marbut who will also remain in her position as the principal of the lower school. The college preparatory school on Henry Road enrolls 470 in grades K-12. Also this date: Former Jacksonville State University English professor Dr. Mary Evelyn McMillan, who died last year, will be honored with a new undergraduate writing award chartered in her name at the university. Dr. McMillan was a Greensboro native who received the first Ph.D. in English granted by the University of Alabama. She began teaching at JSU in 1963, was the first named “Outstanding Faculty Member,” and retired from JSU in 1988.