March 23, 1947, in The Star: Adequate facilities for training purposes, along with superior natural advantages, make Fort McClellan a logical choice for the Alabama State National Guard camp, according to 31st Division Commander, General John C. Persons, who visited the fort a few days ago. Alabama is at the top of the states that have had the most success in reorganizing guard units, the general said, adding that it’s possible a permanent camp could be established here for year-round use. Also this date: A prominent advertisement tells local sports fans that a new Anniston radio station, WOOB, 1490 on the AM dial, will be the exclusive broadcaster for all Anniston Rams baseball team games. WOOB will “always be first in sports with sports-minded staff ready to bring their listeners detailed accounts of all local sporting events.”
March 23, 1997, in The Star: Anniston High School students in the vocational department’s drafting and woodworking classes recently produced affordable computer printer media for that district. This is a significant contribution to the operation of school offices due to the increased number of computers being brought online to support school office services. Commercially made stands are expensive and the space available for them is limited. So, drawing teacher Barry Abernathy and woodworking teacher Michael Whatley boarded their respective classes with the idea of designing and building precisely what the district needed. Ten stands have been built to date. Also this date: The space previously known as Ezell Park in south Anniston is under contract to be sold by the city for $1.27 million to McClain Commercial Real Estate of Huntsville, which is in the process of reaching a deal of development for the 5.7 acre lot. Rumor has it that traders have already lined up to build there. They may well include Ruby Tuesday, Office Max, Hollywood Video and a bagel shop. The closing date for the sale of the land is April 28.