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
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.
Leighla Rose is one of the joys of my life. This beautiful, 2½-year-old is sweet and smart and sensitive and attacks life with boundless joy.
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.
Everything about the recent arrests of 11 young men on charges of second-degree rape and one on second-degree sodomy in Jacksonville is awful. It is a dirty, trashy pit of accusations and alleged crimes and questionable behaviors.
When the Lifeway closed its brick-and-mortar Christian bookstore at the Oxford Exchange earlier this year, it felt like the local Christian community was robbed of something that not even the endless reach of online shopping could replace.
News media have been around for more than 300 years, and, as the Fourth Estate, we have always been incorporated into the fabric of the United States of America. The founders of this nation established a system of governance that gives newspapers a primary role in being watchdogs over those …
Finally — Yes, finally! — the annual report cards published online about Alabama’s public schools are usable. State officials unveiled them last week.
If you’re inclined to attribute the steep decline in Alabama’s abortion rate to the indefensible Alabama Human Life Protection Act, don’t. You’d be wrong.
Anniston and Birmingham aren’t similar apples, but they’re close enough — in demographic characteristics and challenges — to bind them in a discussion about boosting public education in Alabama’s lower-income areas.
The next Something To Do Sunday event will be this Sunday afternoon in the Constantine community in west Anniston.
Is Calhoun County’s longstanding legend about I-20 — a legend that plays perfectly with Anniston's and Oxford's sibling rivalry — true?
Anniston might not have a federal courthouse today if it weren’t for a former congressman who was the first cousin of an influential Alabama attorney, the great-grandson of a Scottish-born Revolutionary War major and the son of a captain in the Alabama cavalry during the Civil War. And that’s not all.
A majority of former Cooper Homes tenants now live elsewhere in Calhoun County; more than half live in other Housing Authority units. The number of former Cooper Homes tenants residing outside of Anniston, either temporarily or permanently, is minuscule.
As a volunteer with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, I got the opportunity last Saturday to attend a cross country meet in support of the Anniston High Bulldog team.
Why would someone in the Oval Office pull out a Sharpie and comically gerrymander the projected path of Hurricane Dorian on a National Hurricane Center map? Because he cares about Alabama.
What happened to ‘One City One Vision’? Well, apparently the city discovered it needs bifocals instead. But the idea is still a good one.
Anniston police Cpl. Shawnette Myers keeps a clear plastic container in the back seat of her car. It contains a green frog, a blue bunny, a white puppy, a unicorn with a pink tail, a brown bear with a green cap, a white penguin and an assortment of other stuffed animals — and, of course, slime.
On Friday, The Anniston Star published two stories that, linked as they are in an intangible way, offer a model for how Anniston might improve its fortunes in the future.
WHITE PLAINS — About three miles from Andy Ward’s office at White Plains High School is a quaint hill ringed with pine trees and blessed with drop-dead views of the Appalachian foothills. It’s the type of place that deserves a cabin and a hammock. It sits on private property, behind a locked…
The plan, Peter Gregerson says, was for a plaque, or perhaps a small statue, to honor the humanity of Etowah County and Gadsden's sesquicentennial. The city got a 6 1/2-story obelisk instead.