May 31, 1942, in The Star: Cheaha State Park was the first place in Alabama to get a Civilian Conservation Corps unit and it’s the last place to have one — its company of World War I veterans, known as Company 2420, is to be moved this week to a project at Huntsville. During the CCC’s time at Cheaha Park, it has been responsible for the construction of 11 stone cabins, a five-acre lake and eight acres of picnic area, among other amenities. A 24-room lodge and a ranger’s station for park employees are nearing completion. Also this date: Ralph D. Porch II and Leon A. Stanley Jr. of Anniston are now stationed at Marine Barracks, Quantico, Va., engaged in a ten weeks’ course of training leading to a commission as second lieutenants in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Additionally: Come September the water drawn from the ground at Ohatchee High School will not taste or smell like gasoline. The Calhoun County Board of Education and Standard Oil have reached an agreement following the previously discovered leakage of gasoline from an underground tank, a leak that spoiled the nearby well. The board will be reimbursed for 560 gallons and will get $600 with which to drill a new well.
May 31, 1992, in The Star: Cleburne County head football coach Dennis Magouirk envisions a new football stadium on a spot behind the high school complex where only trees grow now. Magouirk believes the 5.2 acres of woods can be transformed into a modern new football field with a lot of hard work, some grant money and luck. The Tigers’ current playing field is at the former high school campus, about a mile and a half away.