Feb. 22, 1943, in The Star: The mayor of Hobson City died last night in an automobile accident about two miles north of Talladega. Thomas G. Bailey had been employed by Alabama Power Company for many years; his father-in-law, Ed Pierce, is president of Hobson City’s City Council and will serve as mayor for now. Reports are that the car in which the mayor and another man were riding was sideswiped by a produce truck. Also this date: When asked “What’s cooking?” by a Star reporter at midnight Saturday, Anniston police desk Sgt. Rad Hollingsworth responded, “Do you smell that, too?” On further questioning, he reported that a drunken soldier had ignited the mattress of his cot, escaping searing by getting smoke in his eyes.
Feb. 22, 1993, in The Star: Some 200 youngsters from seven area elementary schools will compete this weekend at the first Elementary Science Olympiad for Calhoun County. Students from Saks, Wellborn, Oxford, Bynum, White Plains, Alexandria and Kitty Stone will take part in the competition at Jacksonville High School. Science olympiads are common at the high school level. The idea behind Saturday's event is to introduce such competitions at the elementary level to get youngsters enthused and accustomed to competing. Also this date: When Roger Lingenfelter shows up at some places around Anniston, he draws people the way the Pied Piper attracted mice. The reason: Lingenfelter has a bit of a reputation as a man who can find jobs. He can. Lingenfelter has been doing it for some years, first for the Opportunity Center and now as the ''job coach'' at Anniston High School. “I've got a good smile and I will buy anyone a cup of coffee if they look like they will drink it with me,” Lingenfelter says to explain his successes. Lingenfelter helps a special category of students: those eligible for state vocational rehabilitation services because they are handicapped in some way.