Sept. 12, 1943, in The Star: More than 100 enlisted men of the U.S. Army at Fort McClellan became citizens of the United States, the naturalization ceremony being conducted by a U.S. District Court judge out of Birmingham. The ceremony took place in the Second Regimental Recreation Hall at Fort McClellan. The new citizens are natives of 27 different countries, including Germany, Russia, Syria and Poland. Also this date: The Navy believes that two young men of Calhoun County have given their lives to their country, inasmuch as they were listed as “missing in action” in August last year at the Battle of Savo Island. They were members of the crew of the U.S.S. Vincennes, a sunken cruiser. They’re identified as Liston Sylvester Sheppard, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Sheppard of Anniston Rte. 1, and Robert Rainwater, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallis Rainwater of 120 E. 21st St. Additionally: A sports-page article about the predicted fortunes of the Piedmont High School football team this fall notes that Forrest “Hoss” Dobbins serves as both a tackle on the team — and a letterman to boot — as well as a high school sports correspondent for The Star.
Sept. 12, 1993, in The Star: Anniston city officials plan to introduce two forest green trolley buses onto the downtown scene in time for the Christmas shopping season. The vehicles, said Main Street director Scott Barksdale, “can help to join the downtown together.” The city’s current transportation system, Anniston Express, doesn’t have a downtown loop, he said. The trolley system will be run by the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission.