Aug. 29, 1943, in The Star: Calhoun County schools will begin a half-day schedule this week so that the children can assist in the picking of cotton which is now ready for harvest. Under the changed schedule, classes will start at 8 and end at noon. A shortage of cotton-picking workers older than school age was cited as the reason for the scholastic schedule change. Also this date: Roy M. (Pete) Woolf, a prominent Anniston attorney who is of an old Piedmont family, will become a member of the Anniston law firm to subsequently be known as Knox, Liles, Jones and Woolf. Two other attorneys of the firm, Fred L. Blackmon and Richard Emerson, are on leave of absence for military duty. Formerly of the firm Merrill, Woolf and Merrill, Woolf has practiced law here since graduating from the University of Alabama in 1927. (Meanwhile, the father and son Merrill firm that Woolf departed is gaining a new partner, John Vardaman, who previously served as an assistant Alabama attorney general. It will be called Merrill, Merrill and Vardaman.)

Aug. 29, 1993, in The Star: Luke Jennings began his working life at Starr’s Restaurant more than 40 years ago as a dishwasher. Today, on the venerable Anniston eatery’s final day of business, he is its proprietor, the position he’s held since 1970 when he bought the business from C. L. Anderson. The settling of the Starr estate is the reason for the closing. Other property is involved. “I just don’t have the money to buy (the property),” Jennings said. Opened in 1949 by Henry Starr Sr., the restaurant can be found at 3200 Noble St. Also this date: Next year’s elections in Clay County will find an absence of the old-style pull-lever voting machines there. Instead, voters will mark their ballots on paper which will then be read electronically by a new type of machine. Those machines will be leased from a yet-to-be-determined company of the county commission’s choosing.

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