Some residents of southeastern Anniston have proposed breaking off much of the city. Much about how such a move would or could work remains to be seen, but it would have huge implications for Anniston. Below is The Star's coverage of the proposal, along with comments from our readers. Add your views to mix by writing to email@example.com.
The leader of the Alabama State Senate wants to hear from residents of Anniston’s Council Ward 4 before making a decision on any bill aimed at taking the ward out of the city.
If the Alabama Legislature votes to redraw the city limits of Anniston, Mayor Jack Draper said Tuesday, that decision could run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.
Nearly two-thirds of Ward 4 residents surveyed by The Anniston Star say they believe their public school options would improve if the ward lef…
An effort by a handful of east Anniston residents threatens to dismantle the city as we know it. But the release of two significant reports co…
The leader of Anniston’s city school board blasted efforts to deannex the city’s Ward 4 in a school board meeting Thursday night.
Back in 1963, around 10 on a fall Monday morning, Judy Draper walked into Anniston Mayor Claude Dear’s office with a message. President John F. Kennedy was on the phone, she told him
To every resident of Anniston: If you live in Anniston, the deannexation effort now underway, though aimed at Ward 4, is a threat to you and t…
This town is not “City of McClellan” nor is it “Oxford.” This town is ANNISTON with all its great residents and meaningful history.
Back in the day, Anniston had its chance to envelope Oxford. Not kill it but absorb it in a bloodless electoral conquest, the massive (by Calhoun County standards) over the meek. Except, Oxford wasn’t meek.
These arguments about Anniston City Schools aren’t new. But they’ve blossomed this fall because a shadowy nonprofit — Forward 4 All — is pursuing a radical deannexation of east Anniston, Golden Springs and McClellan, and Alabama Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, is listening to the overtures.
Forward 4 All sought Sen. Del Marsh’s help in deannexing Anniston's Ward 4 and annexing it into Oxford and leaving Anniston with the reputational fallout. Now they want more.
If anyone thought there was no longer a threat of Ward 4 deannexing from the city of Anniston, don’t let the recent quietness deceive you.
The Anniston Star has commissioned a survey intended to help gauge public sentiment on a proposal to split Anniston’s Ward 4 and other areas from the rest of the city.
Blue Mountain blew up twice. Once in 1865 when Union soldiers lit 25 railcars full of Confederate ammunition parked on train tracks adjacent t…
Anniston’s Ward 4 is ground zero of this land grab. It needs a spokesperson — either to defend it against deannexation or shepherd it into Oxford. It should be Millie Harris.
A proposal to split Anniston's Ward 4 and surrounding neighborhoods into Oxford would take many valuable industrial properties out of Anniston. That could raise many questions of tax revenue for the city, and of incentives promised to industries.
Remember when the late Gene Stedham, then Anniston’s mayor, pressed the issue? It’s my favorite Leon Smith story — classic Leon — a story of brimstone and political threats. Good times, they were.
The author of a proposal to split off much of Anniston and annex the territory into Oxford says his group had extensive discussions about the idea with Oxford’s mayor before news of the effort broke last week.
Regardless of your stance on this issue, its survival is teed-up for Marsh because he’s from Anniston.
Opinions on a proposal to pull Ward 4 out of Anniston and plug it into Oxford have been mixed, but some Golden Springs business owners reacted to the news with shrugs instead of shrieks Friday.
I feel hurt and saddened personally by the proposal being pushed by the Forward 4 All organization. Not only have I lived in Anniston since I …
Attorneys for the cities of Anniston and Oxford aren’t girding up to fight a proposed bill that would transplant Anniston’s Ward 4 into Oxford — not yet, at least.
While everyone is rightly mulling the potential fallout from an Anniston implosion if the city's Ward 4 redraws itself into Oxford, the asymmetric effect on Oxford is just as compelling.
A newly incorporated board named Forward 4 All has proposed deannexing all of Ward 4 and parts of Wards 1 and 3 from the city of Anniston, and…