The cruelty of this global pandemic is so profound, so inhumanely sinister, that its touch isn’t limited to those it kills. It’s even cruel to the families of those who die from something other than COVID-19.
As the community grapples with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, local businesses have been hit hard by the decrease in human activity.
Each weeknight for the next two weeks, Sgt. Michael Webb will post a video on the Anniston Police Department’s Facebook page featuring an officer or City Hall volunteer reading a book. Webb hopes parents will join their children for a community-wide bedtime story that’s as much public service as it is educational.
Today’s high school seniors are seeing their final year upended in an abrupt swirl of postponements and cancelations that won’t be forgotten. That includes proms, many of which were set to happen right about now.
Before the novel coronavirus became a global pandemic, and before the worldwide outbreaks of Spanish flu, Asian flu, Hong Kong flu, H1N1, SARS and MERS, there was yellow fever. And, have mercy, does Anniston have a story to tell about it.
Jeff Sessions — born in Alabama, educated in Alabama, who rose to political prominence in Alabama, who has represented Alabama in Congress and wants to again — tweeted this on Wednesday:
In 2018, the state of Alabama set an ambitious goal of creating 500,000 highly skilled workers by the year 2025. This number is what forecasters estimate is needed for the state to replace retiring workers, support existing companies, and recruit new industries.
About a month ago, I got a call from a gentleman who lives in Texas. He said he was the cousin of Nathaniel Woods. He was referred to me by a mutual friend and asked for my insight on how Alabama could consider executing a man who admittedly was present when someone was killed, but never him…
Silly me. I thought that with the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, we had settled the question of whether girls deserve a chance to compete and win as high school and college athletes. Feminists fought like warriors to pass the act against gender discrimination, wh…
As I write this, I’m reminded that this last week was our final week as a five-day weekly newspaper. Beginning this first week in March, we are officially a three-day-a-week paper, publishing Wednesday, Friday and Weekend editions.
In an astonishing 24 hours, Anniston went from being a coronavirus patient destination to one of two American cities to emphatically say, “No, they’re not coming here.” In this global game of compassion vs. public safety, the latter won.
There are two Abigails in this story, one from Texas, down near the Gulf of Mexico, and one from Alabama’s Appalachian foothills. They never met, but they’re perpetually linked by a remarkable summer day in Anniston.
For a while, the tall man in a U.S. Army jacket stood in the back of the room, listening to Annistonians debate the merits and fears of opening a homeless shelter on Leighton Avenue. Then it was the tall man’s turn. He paused, gave his name and said “My address is homeless.”
The gamecock logo is smushed over to one side, barely recognizable, more Rorschach test than fighting bird. The red color isn’t JSU red. It’s more like Alabama crimson or the shade of coagulated blood.
The White House is considering issuing a Trump-themed executive order — “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” — that attacks architectural diversity, says columnist Phillip Tutor.
Sean Snyder looked tired, and who could blame him? He'd just returned from a world away, fighting wildfires in Australia. He surprised his children while they were out for pizza in Oxford on Wednesday night.
The easy part is over, four hours of speechifying and listening and making no decisions, no communitywide statements or resolutions, no expected plans for a deannexation referendum.
At least one speaker Tuesday night talked about racism, the effects of segregation and mistrust still embedded in Anniston’s DNA, how those civic sins damage the relationship between residents and public schools. The honesty was devastating.
If the deannexation of Anniston's Ward 4 comes down to a referendum, Phillip Tutor writes, residents of the ward will almost certainly approve the move.
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.