Oct. 28, 1943, in The Star: The possibility of establishing a cancer clinic in Anniston was under discussion yesterday when the Calhoun County division of the Women’s Field Army met at the federal recreation building at 12th and Gurnee. Radium and X-ray equipment would be available in such a facility, it was stated. Also this date: Honoring the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and paying tribute to the persons responsible for its success, members of the Calhoun County War Board were hosts yesterday at a luncheon in the basement of the First Methodist Church. Presiding on the occasion was Ed Darden, a member of the War Board; he introduced Scott Roberts as chairman of the local Camp and Hospital Committee. The latter group is responsible for gathering items for enjoyable use by soldiers convalescing in camp hospitals, such as card tables, books, violins, bugles and radios.
Oct. 28, 1993, in The Star: Barney, Harem Girls and Daughters of Darkness are hot, pirates and skeletons are not, according to an informal survey of local sources for Halloween costumes. “If I had 10 Barneys I would rent them [all],” said Lisa Poore of Alabama Contractors Equipment Inc., 505 Noble St. The character there is technically referred to as Buford the Purple Dinosaur, given that it’s a Barney look-alike. Popular costumes for men include “comical cows,” said Ms. Poore, because they have big udders. She said Beavis and Butt-head masks have not been big sellers because “adults don’t get into them.”