April 16, 1943, in The Star: The Cooper Homes public housing project, which had previously been cancelled in September due to wartime demand for the federal money allocated for the project, is back on track. Plans and specifications have already been drawn up for the 84-unit complex for black residents of Anniston, but new bids will have to be received before work can commence. In the meantime, the people living in 34 houses where the project will be built have been told they have 30 days to move out. Cooper Homes will be of frame construction with asbestos side walls. Also this date: The boys of Scout Troop 307, based in Hobson City, will be recognized on the “Youth on Parade” program on CBS radio tomorrow morning. The Hobson City troop has rendered distinguished service in all phases of the home front war program, including the collection of waste paper and scrap metal and the tending of victory gardens.

April 16, 1993, in The Star: Buoyed by favorable developments in the fight to save Fort McClellan, a community task force is now gearing up for its next milestone: a May 4 public hearing in Birmingham before half of an eight-member independent base closure commission. The task force will have 90 minutes to make its case at Boutwell Auditorium, leaders told about 65 people at an update meeting at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce this morning.