March 3, 1943, in The Star: It is unlawful today for chickens to run at large anywhere in Anniston or its police jurisdiction, the result of an ordinance passed by the City Commission yesterday afternoon. A previous law also prohibited at-large chickens, but only in a limited area just northwest of downtown. The new, more encompassing rule was drawn up to protect residential neighborhoods’ victory gardens from the appetites of hungry fowl. Also this date: Today’s morning low in Anniston was 14 degrees, accompanied by light snowfall. The freeze last night likely will result in a sharp curtailment of the fruit crop in this section, although farm Agent A. S. Mathews was unable to predict the details of that loss. Additionally: The near-future completion of Quintard Highway might mark the beginning of a new, convenient housing subdivision. “Virginia Heights,” as the subdivision is known, has long been platted out in an area north of 22nd Street. Only a few changes will be necessary on the blueprints to conform to the route of the military highway.
March 3, 1993, in The Star: The Rev. Freddy Rimpsey has resurrected a request to rename 15th Street after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Local black leaders pushed to get the street renamed several years ago, but ran into a wall of opposition — mostly from the First Baptist Church on 15th, which said it did not want to change its stationery. Rimpsey, president of the county’s Alabama Democratic Conference, took his request to the new council last night, but council members were not willing to put the request on their March 12 agenda. Also this date: Connie Burleson, the choir teacher at Saks High School, has been named to a double honor: Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Calhoun County school system and the school system’s nominee to the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame. The honors came during a luncheon at First Alabama Bank in Anniston. There, Coldwater Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Margie Turley was also nominated for the Elementary School Teacher Hall of Fame and Sandra Triplett, a counselor at Saks Elementary School, was named the school system’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.