Dec. 7, 1943, in The Star: Work will start this week on a $170,000 80-unit housing project for black defense workers at the Margaret Barber Seminary property in south Anniston, it was announced at the regional office of the Federal Public Housing Authority in Atlanta. Two contracts cover the project: One contract is for 38 new dwelling units, while the other is for 42 dwelling units to be created by adapting an existing building abandoned by the seminary a few years ago. These dwellings were originally to have been built at the ordnance depot but it was later thought better to have them close to the schools and churches of Anniston. The project when completed will be known as Barber Terrace. Also this date: A heavy fog that limited visibility to a few yards during the night made driving difficult after daylight blanketed this section of Alabama and numerous traffic accidents were reported to the state highway patrol.
Dec. 7, 1993, in The Star: Funeral services will be tomorrow in Birmingham for former Anniston High School football coach William H. “Billy” Bancroft, who died yesterday at age 89. Considered by many to have been the greatest athlete ever at Howard College (now Samford University), Bancroft coached the Anniston Bulldogs from 1946 to 1958, posting a record of 75-23-6, before resigning to go teach in the Birmingham school system. He also met success as coach of the AHS baseball team, winning the state title in 1958 and securing second-place spots in 1954 and 1955.