Look Back ... to vandalism at Anniston Middle School, 1995

Feb. 8, 1945, in The Star: The flow of traffic at Anniston intersections known for numerous accidents is now controlled by signal lights. The new lights are in operation at Tenth Street and Leighton Avenue and at Thirteenth Street and Wilmer Avenue. Workmen today were also installing a light at Seventh and Noble streets. The intersection of Moore Avenue and Fifteenth Street is also due for a signal light.

Also this date: Cpl. W. M. Holley, age 22, formerly of Anniston, who is now in the Philippines, writes that he has not received any mail since he has been overseas and would appreciate it if someone here will write him. His family lives in California but he regards Anniston as home because he attended grammar and high school here.

Feb. 8, 1995, in The Star: Anniston Middle School Principal Jacky Sparks and his teachers are trying to figure out why three good middle school students — who had never caused any trouble before — broke into their own school this past weekend and vandalized the place, causing thousands of dollars in damage. In trouble for the maliciously pointless crimes are three 12-year-old boys, one of whom is from Wellborn, and a 14-year-old girl. The vandalism apparently began on a dare, police say, after one of them hurled a rock through a window on the back side of the building.

Also this date: Anniston police Chief Wayne Chandler and 12 other area law enforcement agency leaders got some pleasant and unexpected news from the federal government yesterday: there’s money available to hire new officers. Anniston will get two added to its 97-member force. The new officers will be assigned to the downtown business area to combat the perception among some that Noble Street isn’t “safe.”

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