Aug. 11, 1943, in The Star: Col. Martin H. Meaney delivered his first local address last night in his capacity as commanding officer of the prisoner of war camp at Fort McClellan. He told members of Anniston’s Exchange Club as much as he could about the operation of the camp. Toward the end of his speech, Meaney said, “All in all, the prison camp is running quite smoothly. I can tell you little about the men except that they are rather young, average ages 24 and 25, healthy young men. They respond to discipline. Often they ask for privileges they cannot have, but they do not fuss. They are well-informed about their rights and they know the Geneva [Convention] rules and what they are entitled to. Many of them have seen action in a number of campaigns.”
Aug. 11, 1993, in The Star: The Air Force has officially announced plans to shift its Disaster Preparedness Technical Training school to Fort McClellan next year, a move that could boost the post’s chance of surviving the 1995 round of base closures. Also this date: A national committee of scientists has determined that the incineration technology tested at Johnston Island in the Pacific is safe enough to be used in the continental United States. Anniston is one of eight sites around the country slated to get an incinerator to destroy the nation’s stockpiled chemical weapons. Additionally: The new president of The Donoho School, George E. “Dee” Gorey, says he plans few changes in his first year to lead the school. After serving as vice president since 1986, Gorey this year succeeds Roy T. “Tip” Sheffield, who has retired. Donoho’s enrollment in the new school year is expected to exceed 500 students. A recent renovation gave the college prep school an enlarged media center and new administrative offices.