The Anniston Star (along with its sister newspaper, The Daily Home) announced this week that we will shift the print publication schedule to three days a week — Wednesdays, Fridays and a weekend edition that will be delivered on Saturdays.
It’s the 100th anniversary of the start of Prohibition, and the Prohibition-themed difference between Anniston and every other Calhoun County city is this: Anniston is wedded to booze.
It’s an east Alabama success story, a still-evolving tale of what can happen, not what’s impossible, in small cities with limited budgets and political hindrances.
This past week, The Anniston Star reported on three serious car crashes that occurred following two days of steady rain across east Alabama.
Council unrest is Anniston’s norovirus, a constant affliction. It spreads and sickens. Small-town politics are notoriously mean, but they’re different here, and they have been for a generation, at least.
My wife and I had the opportunity to meet Tony Evans in summer 2018. We had taken our daughter on her senior trip to New York, and we happened to be staying in the same hotel.
2020’s arrival also ushered in this argument: Never before has our slice of east Alabama experienced two decades as equally tumultuous and expansive as the last 20 years.
Last week, I wrote a column pointing out the dilemma President Trump presents for some Christian voters — how many of his policies align with our political goals, but how his behavior displays brazen moral failings on a level not seen before this administration.
In the span of a few December days, two-fifths of the Anniston City Council has either faced jail time or at least pondered the possibility. So much for happy holidays.
No African American has ever been elected to the Calhoun County Board of Education. What that says about diversity in Alabama is astonishing, says Phillip Tutor.
John has issues: mental health issues, drug addiction issues, homelessness issues. Like many of our city’s homeless population, John has a dual diagnosis of mental illness exacerbated by self-medication with illegal drugs.
If you’ve followed the news lately, you could not have missed the fact that there has been a kerfluffle of the highest order near the Alabama coastline. Like a scene from the old fairy tale, the Three Billy Goats Gruff, the local populace has thrown the “bridge trolls” into the bay and seemi…
During what turned out to be yet another contentious and embarrassing Anniston City Council meeting, our local elected officials found something even they could all agree on.
A few days ago, Charles E. Smith presented Councilman Ben Little a jail inmate Halloween costume during a typically combative Anniston City Council meeting. It wasn’t in jest, either. “I wanted it to be theatrical,” Smith said.
“Jack, you are worst (sic) than a joke.” Ben Little, Anniston’s enigma, wrote that sentence Wednesday in an email to Anniston Mayor Jack Draper. It was 8:11 a.m. So much for early morning niceties.
Five of Calhoun County’s 11 public high schools are playing in this year’s semifinals. All five are playing here in the county — Anniston at Jacksonville, Wellborn at Piedmont and Oxford at home against Pinson Valley, the lone interloper.
This week, we’ve fielded several calls and Facebook messages from Anniston High fans who are “very upset” and “disappointed” that the Anniston Bulldogs were not featured on Saturday’s front page after a Friday night victory that propelled them into the semifinals of a state championship run.
On Fridays, Principal Jeanna Chandler’s staff at Wellborn Elementary School hauls out the Rubbermaid totes. Usually there are two, one reserved for car-riding students, another for those who take the bus.