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.

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.

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