Jan. 22, 1944, was a Saturday during a time when The Star didn’t publish on that day of the week.

Jan. 22, 1994: Hospital beds at Stringfellow, RMC and Jacksonville hospitals are starting to empty after being filled last week — sometimes to overflowing — mostly with flu patients. “People are finally getting a little better,” said Joy Webb, vice president of patient services at RMC. “And so is our staff.” Also this date: Two more men have informally declared their candidacy for the office of Calhoun County sheriff, opposing Roy Snead Jr., 52, who won a sixth term in 1990. The two are former Alabama State Trooper D. H. Dothard and businessman John Hamm. Previously announced candidates are Anniston police Chief Wayne Chandler and County 911 Director Larry Amerson. Nobody needs to be in a hurry, though; qualifying for the office doesn't begin until March and candidates have until April 8 to file the right paperwork.

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