One hot Atlanta afternoon a chance glimpse of an older welder in his 50s spurred the man who last month became chief of the Anniston Police Department to follow his heart.
When that 3-2 voting trend falters it’s impossible to ignore, if for no other reason than we’ve been trained to expect the usual hubris and silliness.
A look at the trepidations Alabama parents and Alabama teachers and Alabama school administrators have over enclosing young people in classrooms amid an airborne viral pandemic.
Worldwide demand for remdesivir — an antiviral drug that can reduce the length of hospital stays for the sickest COVID-19 patients by about 30 percent — has stressed the supply chain and worried doctors that there isn't enough to go around.
What those lawmakers didn’t anticipate was that the law’s loopholes and the attorney general’s office would essentially make it a heavy nuisance instead of an ironclad deterrent.
Sixteen candidates have sought Anniston’s highest elected position in the last eight years. No other city in Calhoun County can touch that level of aspiring participation.
Some Jacksonville residents have organized to have the Confederate monument at the center of the city's Public Square removed. One of them asked the City Council recently: “Does this monument in 2020 represent the diversity, the neighborliness and the kindness of Jacksonville?”
If you don’t want to wear a face mask in public, don’t wear a face mask in public. But don’t complain if there’s no college football this fall.
How’s this for timing? A few years ago Alexis Wise was an English teacher in Etowah County. Last year she was Anniston High School’s assistant principal. Now she’s in charge there. School starts in less than a month. And there’s a pandemic. Hope she’s settled in.
Calhoun County has been spared thus far from the pandemic’s teeth. Be thankful, but don’t be fooled. Our number of positive cases has nearly doubled since July 1.
The Mississippi Legislature has done the heretofore impossible: permanently furl a state flag marred by a Confederate battle emblem. Meanwhile, several states still honor the Confederacy with state holidays. Including Alabama.
No one can legitimately suggest that the names and likenesses of Samuel Noble or C.T. Quintard should be stripped from Anniston’s public spaces, writes Phillip Tutor, but they do illustrate the moving target that is America’s current debate over the removal of public memorials.
Here's something to think about regarding Calhoun County's Confederate monuments: When Kenneth Bodiford decided to excise “Dixie” from the Marching Southerners’ repertoire, he wasn’t run out of town. There was no revolt, no violent protest, no administrative edict.
ICYMI -- The Star's Phillip Tutor writes: As America mulls the fate of Confederate monuments — like the one in Anniston — never forget that Calhoun County’s largest city has always been a focal point of the county’s racial tensions.
Amid the nation’s extraction of racist imagery from public spaces, Jaylon Cooper sees an obvious choice for the Jacksonville City Council: Relocate the divisive Confederate monument that’s guarded the city square for nearly 111 years.
If you’ve learned to swim — or, at least, to tread water — in and around Anniston the last three decades, Todd Russell was probably your instructor.
With JSU discussing a possible name change for Bibb Graves Hall, The Star's Phillip Tutor writes that the stone monument in Jacksonville’s public square is dedicated to the “gallant Confederate soldiers of Calhoun County” — soldiers who, had they prevailed, would have allowed white people in Jacksonville to continue owning black laborers.
Birmingham’s mayor has done Jacksonville and Anniston an immense favor. He’s defanged Alabama's monuments law. He’s written the script. And with the nation spasming from conversations about racial equality, there is no better time than now to relocate these Confederate monuments and say, simply: We’re better for doing it.
“For him to talk about the use of force to make everything safe again & then to go stand in front of a church and hold the Bible up like that,” #Anniston's Grace Church's Rev. LaLonde said, “I found that pretty offensive.”
Dan Sawyer, for nearly three months, has spent his weekends preparing home-cooked meals in Anniston for a small group of Georgians who live in his friend’s apartment complex.
Oxford's Bill Partridge is one of many in law enforcement who are publicly condemning the actions of four Minneapolis police officers in the death of George Floyd. What started as a slow ebb is now a blue tide of excoriations
Kierstin Woods gets it, she says. She wants no one to get sick and die. But she had senior-year dreams. She had senior pranks to play. She had a senior skip day to enjoy.
It's Memorial Day weekend, and I’ve always wondered about these two Alabamians buried in the American Legion section of Anniston’s Edgemont Cemetery.