Aug. 26, 1943, in The Star: Today’s edition carries a number of articles keyed to the start of the new school year. Pictures of individual schools of Anniston and vicinity accompany the text, which is generally written by each school’s principal or other official. For example, Edith Allen, principal of Sixth Ward School in south Anniston, writes, “The boys and girls have a big task facing them just as have all others during these crucial times in our country’s history. Their training in school needs to be such as will help them to meet their present as well as their future needs … The students will be ready to do their part in the war effort just as they have done in the past – collecting scrap, hose, tin cans, clothes for the Russians; contributing to the various drives; buying war stamps and bonds, and participating in Junior Red Cross activities.”
Aug. 26, 1993, in The Star: A special three-man appeals panel of the Alcoholic Beverage Control board yesterday approved retail beer and wine licenses for Platinum Club owner Harvey Bowman, who wants to open a topless bar on a north-of-Anniston site near a residential neighborhood. ''Shocked'' was the terse reaction of Dr. Don Carroll, director of missions for the Calhoun Baptist Association. “I think they totally disregarded any way that people felt here,” he said. “They totally disregarded morals. They made it very clear in the beginning that morals had nothing to do with it.” Indeed, said Bowman's attorney, Tommy Gallion, after the decision, ''Based on the law, I don't think the (commission) had any choice, quite honestly.'' Gallion cited his client’s clean 13-year record as owner of a private club in Birmingham. It was uncertain what appeal rights Platinum Club opponents might have; it was also unclear when the club at 263 Weatherbrook Lane might open. Also this date: Impressed by the “progressive” political climate in Mobile, real estate developer Donald Trump is considering a $250 million investment for a hotel, casino and theme park in the port city. Mobile Mayor Mike Dow, who handily won re-election recently on a pro-gambling platform, suggested several potential casino sites to Trump, including the shuttered Battlehouse Hotel and Battleship Park. First, however, the Alabama Legislature and the voters who put its members in office would have to approve casino gambling in the state.