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Look Back ... to no pull-tabs for Piedmont, 1993

Nov. 5, 1943, The Anniston High Bulldogs had to put on a stout defensive effort to defeat the West End Lions over in Birmingham last night. The final score was 13-0, the first touchdown coming as a result of a blocked punt, the second on a 75-yard pass-and-run play caught by Lamar Phillips. Ed White’s kicking game was a thing of beauty, averaging 39 yards from scrimmage on a total of seven punts. Also this date: Anniston citizens and businesses have enabled the Community War Chest campaign to achieve its fundraising goal of $55,000.

Nov. 5, 1993, in The Star: When Bonanza Bingo patrons get their first peek at the parlor’s new $4.5 million complex today in Piedmont, they won’t be playing “pull tab” games. That’s because Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Joel Laird declared yesterday that pull tabs, sometimes called instant bingo, are not a form of bingo and constitute an illegal lottery under Alabama law. His ruling strikes down a Piedmont ordinance that permitted the games.