Two-way supporters

Shown gathered on the front porch of The Peerless in 1993 are several businessmen concerned about whether two-way traffic returns to 10th Street.

Feb. 24, 1943, in The Star: North Noble Street will be repaired before improvements are made to West Tenth Street. The City Commission made this decision yesterday afternoon, instructing the city engineer to place an order for materials for the Noble Street job. The northern section of the street has been in a bad state of repair for several years, since increased traffic and heavily laden trucks have damaged the paving, which is nearly 25 years old. Also this date: President Houston Cole of Jacksonville State Teachers College announced that steps are being taken to relieve the teacher shortage in Alabama. Cole said a 12-month course will be offered to high school graduates which will prepare them for what’s known as the Limited Elementary Professional Certificate. More than 2,000 emergency certificates were issued this year to teachers, many of whom have no college training.

Feb. 24, 1993, in The Star: Many business owners along the West 10th Street corridor have signed a petition asking the Anniston City Council to make 10th Street two-way from west of Noble Street to Glen Addie Avenue. They say the one-way street causes potential customers to zip by too efficiently and deprives them of potential revenue. At yesterday’s City Council meeting, however, organizers of the Main Street revitalization program urged council members to wait until they hire a director for the program. Once a director is hired, he or she will study traffic patterns and related issues to come up with a master plan. Some merchants along West 10th Street said they don’t have that long to wait. “I am anxious to see something happen right away,” Mayor David Dethrage said, adding the 10th Street proposal would be an immediate way to start revitalizing the downtown.