Jan. 8, 1943, in The Star: Anniston’s jail had more trouble with its stoker today when a prisoners given the job of firing the boiler of the steamroller in City Hall’s back yard left for parts unknown “without permission of the warden.” He was the second trusty on this job to flee this week, the previous prisoner having done so two nights ago. Prior to the City Hall fire, stoker trouble with the furnace had left a constant chill in city offices and in the jail blocks. It’s thought that the broken stoker was the cause of the recent fire which ruined most of City Hall.

Jan. 8, 1993, in The Star: Continuing its effort to downsize and consolidate, the Sunny King car dealership has reached a tentative agreement to sell its Pontiac-Cadillac-GMC franchise in Anniston to former Talladega Ford dealer Ralph Collins. Patty King, president of the King business, confirmed the potential sale and said its completion is contingent on Pontiac being satisfied that Collins has financing to put enough money into the dealership. Also this date: Auburn’s new head football coach, Terry Bowden, announced yesterday he had hired Jimbo Fisher to be quarterback coach. Fisher served as Bowden’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Samford the last two seasons. Fisher even played quarterback under Bowden for three years — two at Salem College and one as a senior at Samford, where he was named NCAA Division III National Player of the Year.