Jan. 11, 1944, in The Star: Funeral services will be tomorrow afternoon at his residence on Leighton Avenue for Joseph Bradford Griffis Sr., a Macon County native who moved to Anniston about 40 years ago to make his home and raise a family. He has been connected with the farming and lumber trades and was manager of Downing Mills at Choccolocco. Over his life he contributed much to the life of the community. Survivors include his widow and their children, Joseph B. Jr. and Margaret, all of Anniston. Also this date: At the annual stockholders meeting of First National Bank in Anniston, Marvin H. Watson was promoted to cashier, succeeding W. W. Weaver, who was promoted to vice president and trust officer. Promoted to assistant trust officer and the new office of assistant vice president was W. H. Brown; the office of assistant cashier was abolished.

Jan. 11, 1994, in The Star: Anniston officials are still trying to negotiate with state DHR officials on a figure for a potential lease of space inside Williamson Commerce Center and its related maintenance costs, pursuant to a grand property-swap deal that would put Anniston City Hall inside the DHR building at 12th and Noble. The city would pay to buy and renovate that building and the Department of Human Resources would move to the commerce center. A lot hinges on the state’s acceptance of commerce center rental rates, said City Manager Tom Wright. This swap is not certain to happen, however, because the City Council has also discussed construction of an all-new City Hall.

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