Feb. 19, 1943, in The Star: Casablanca, the new film about the hazardous existence of refugees stranded in that North African city, will open Sunday [Feb. 21] at both the Calhoun and Ritz theaters and continue at the Calhoun only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Although the story deals generally with the illicit trade in exit visas, the love story of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman figures prominently and is responsible for much of the swift pace of the picture. Also this date: A full-page ad placed by the Jitney-Jungle grocery store company announces the chain’s 15th anniversary of doing business in Anniston. It now boasts three stores: Noble and 17th Street, 13 E. 12th and 901-03 Noble. The advertisement also contains tips and information about what the housewife can expect from the food rationing program that starts after March 1. One of the tips: “Don’t complain if your favorite food is all gone. Select your next choice and enjoy it. This is war.”

Feb. 19, 1993, in The Star: An extra-nasty flu bug has bitten northeast Alabama, leaving nausea and high fevers in its wake, keeping students home from school and forcing some nursing homes to quarantine their residents. “We haven’t encountered it this bad in several years,” Donald McCullars, principal of Mellow Valley School in Clay County, said this morning. Also this date: The Anniston Board of Education approved plans last night to begin an ROTC program at Anniston High School next fall. Superintendent Leon Garrett said the program will offered to students in grades 9-12 and will be housed at the vocational school until the school system can afford to build separate housing for it. He said about 400 students have expressed interest in ROTC. Meanwhile, an auto mechanics program at the vocational school will likely be phased out due to retirement of the teacher and lack of sufficient interest.