Aug. 19, 1942, in The Star: Calhoun County’s scrap collection drive saw five tons of scrap added to its total yesterday thanks to the Boy Scouts of Troop 19 in Jacksonville. They made a house-to-house canvass using a mule and wagon. Meanwhile, the black residents of south Anniston contributed 2,000 pounds they brought out of their homes. Also this date: In social news we learn that Miss Alice Stone Inzer of Gadsden and T. C. Donald Jr. of Birmingham have announced plans for their wedding which will take place Aug. 22 at First Baptist Church in Gadsden. George Connors Jr. of Birmingham will be best man for the bridegroom and the matron of honor will be Mrs. George Connors Jr., sister of the bridegroom.
Aug. 19, 1992, in The Star: With the addition of one small computer terminal, the Anniston-Calhoun County library has opened a window to the library at Jacksonville State University. The terminal, sitting just across from the Anniston library's own card catalog, gives access to JSU's card catalog. With the use of a fax machine and the U.S. mail, library card holders can freely call on the JSU collection. The addition of a terminal in Anniston is a direct result of JSU's move to establish off-campus college course offerings in Anniston and Oxford. Anyone wishing to peruse a specific journal article, for example, will be able to request the article and it will arrive by fax within 24 hours. Also this date: Despite repeated efforts to save the historical east Anniston mansion known as The Pines, firefighters or wrecking crews will apparently soon finish the demolition job started by fire and the elements. Yesterday the Anniston Historical Preservation Commission unanimously approved a request from owner Steve Rush to demolish the nearly century-old building, which was damaged in a fire July 28. (Police have charged a juvenile with arson in the blaze.) The commission had earlier discussed leading a community effort to restore the old house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but decided against it because of the exorbitant cost of the work.