Jan. 16, 1944, in The Star: Children and teachers of the Grayton School near Ohatchee are buying another war bond in the school’s name and the money will eventually be used for school purposes. Arnolia Kennedy, one of the teachers at the school for black children, took $18.75 to Superintendent C. J. Allen for a $25 bond, the second one the school has bought. Mr. Allen estimated that given the school families’ general income level, their purchase of the bond means they’re probably given greater financial support to the war effort than any other school in the county. Also this date: Calhoun County Probate Judge S. Elbert Boozer treated the employees of his office and their guests to a quail supper the other night at the Pickwick Café in Anniston. The entertainment is an annual affair.

Jan. 16, 1994, in The Star: Surgical patients at Jacksonville Hospital will soon be treated in a bigger and better-equipped operating room, as tomorrow the hospital begins performing operations in a $3 million surgical building. Situated behind the hospital’s main building, the one-story space will have four new surgery suites, a pre-operation room, a recovery room, a sterilization suite and lounges for the staff and doctors. The hospital has seen a 56 percent increase in surgical procedures since 1989. Also this date: Executive editor Joe Distelheim’s Sunday column concerns the interesting, and sometime historically repetitive, news items that the “Today in History” editor found an issue of The Star from 25 years ago, 1969.

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