Feb. 5, 1943, in The Star: The Boy Scouts based in Alexandria under C. J. Tidwell are collecting scrap this week, and anyone having scrap to furnish to the war effort is urged to contact members of the troop or Mr. Tidwell, we’re told in a brief section of social news from Alexandria. The Scouts should also be commended for putting out a large fire several days ago on the farm of Henry Bowen. Speaking of the Tidwells, their home was the scene on Jan. 30 of a birthday party in honor of the couple’s daughter, Sue, who is now 8 years old. Invited guests to the happy occasion were Mary Rosylyn Hughes, Anna Merle Hughes, Erin Woodruff, Norris Woodruff, Sally Slay, Dee Curvin, Eloise Love and Kenneth and Gerald Tidwell.

Feb. 5, 1993, in The Star: After nearly two years in the waiting, Piedmont Nursing home is preparing to formally open 20 more beds next week. The problem is, they’re already full and more beds are needed. The nursing home will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its $375,000 expansion in a couple of days. It began moving residents into the beds four days ago, bringing the nursing home’s total to 51.