Jan. 27, 1943, in The Star: Anniston police patrolmen J. C. Crump and John Douglas last night chased down a 1941 Ford and confiscated 17 cases of whiskey. The biggest haul by city officers in the new year, the chase began at 1 a.m. at Oxford city limit and ended atop “pulltight hill” on Third Street overlooking the Southern Railway station. It ended in a footrace, as the only occupant of the liquor car, hazily identified in the darkness as a white man, leaped from the machine and dashed for safety. The whiskey bore Georgia stamps; it was taken triumphantly back to police headquarters. Also this date: An article and several advertisements serve to welcome Couch’s Gift Shop to 13 East 10th Street. The business is presented as “carrying the same quality merchandise that for over 60 years made Russell Bros. ‘Anniston’s Gift Center.’” Mr. and Mrs. Fred Couch are proprietors of the new gift shop, assisted by Miss Bessie Russell and Miss Mary Duke. It’s noted that the shop is on the same street as Cater Furniture (15 E. 10th), Anniston Electric Co. (25 E. 10th) and Adams-McCargo Motor Co. (111 E. 10th).
Jan. 27, 1993, in The Star: Beginning tonight, children and teenagers living in Anniston’s public housing projects won’t be allowed outdoors unsupervised between midnight and 6 a.m. The Housing Authority is imposing a curfew on minors under 19 and will require all residents to carry identification cards. Warnings will be given to first-time violators. It’s hoped that one way of reducing crime will be to ferret out non-residents, a task more easily done through use of the picture ID cards.