Jan. 15, 1943, in The Star: An automobile driven by Ed Ginn of Wellington was somewhat damaged but the poor mule he struck suffered a fatal fate when the radiator ornament pierced the animal’s heart, according to the investigating officer. The accident happened late last night at 19th and Noble Street. The mule obviously belonged to someone, as it was wearing a rope halter, but just as obviously had escaped its confines. Mr. Ginn was traveling north on Noble when the mule reportedly ran across 19th Street in front of the car. Also this date: To be sold at public auction next week, by decree of the Circuit Court, is a 10-room house at 2305 Gurnee Ave. It’s situated on a 60-by-140-foot lot on the east side of the street and could be converted into four roomy apartments (certainly a bonus attribute in this time of acute housing shortage). Additionally: “Hail, Alabama,” the newest pep football song for the University of Alabama, will start rolling from the presses soon. Composed by John S. Carlile, head of the university radio department, it has been accepted for publication by a New York company. The song was introduced last fall at games and pep rallies.

Jan. 15, 1993, in The Star: Joan Frazier and Anita Colley are the Anniston public schools “teachers of the year” in their respective grade divisions, as selected by their peers. Mrs. Frazier, a 16-year veteran of the profession, is in her third year at Cobb Elementary, where she teaches special education. Ms. Colley, a 10-year veteran, has taught at Anniston Middle School for more than five years. She’s an 8th-grade language teacher. The award announcement was made yesterday. Also this date: The addition of a third circuit courtroom as part of the renovation of the Calhoun County Courthouse will improve the administration of local justice by giving each circuit judge — Joel Laird, Sam Monk and Malcolm Street Jr. — his own courtroom. They will alternate civil and criminal case weeks in the three courtrooms, which will allow the caseload to move along more efficiently.