Nov. 12, 1943, The Anniston High Bulldogs and the Gadsden Tigers clash tonight on the gridiron at Memorial Stadium in the big game of the year for fans of the two teams. It’ll be the fourteenth consecutive annual meeting between the two teams, with Anniston being the victor (or the tie-er) in all but one of the previous contests. Also this date: Representatives of cities bidding for a four-year medical school as provided by the 1943 Legislature were told by Gov. Chauncey Sparks today that the building commission has determined the institution should be located where adequate clinical facilities are available, and that the four years of training should be given in one place. “We are trying to do something for Alabama that will go on down through the years after you and I are gone,” said the governor, who is chairman of the commission. Besides Birmingham, delegations were making pitches also for Mobile, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.

Nov. 12, 1993, in The Star: Dressed smartly in her red-and-black uniform, Weaver High School drum major Leslie Draper led the Bearcat band as it headed down Noble Street yesterday at 11 a.m., leading off Anniston’s first Veterans Day parade in recent memory. About 250 people lined Noble Street for the parade, which stopped lunch-hour traffic beneath a blue sky. “It’s amazing, the turnout,” said Randy Cook, a Vietnam veteran who was one of the parade’s organizers. “I’m happier than a little pig in a mud puddle.”

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