Back in time…to a community center for black residents, 1947 | Characteristics

February 16, 1947, in The Star: The USO building at 14and and Dooley Streets, which had served as a recreational headquarters for black soldiers since 1943, are now city property, Mayor ED Banks announced yesterday afternoon. The city paid $7,500 to the Federal Works Agency for the building. “This USO will provide important and long-needed facilities for community activity for 34% of the city’s population and I view its acquisition as a real step forward,” Banks said. Constructed at an initial cost of over $38,000, the building includes a stage and auditorium, seating approximately 500 people, offices, a kitchen, showers and a library. It will be extensively renovated for its new destination. Also this date: Anniston’s newest and most modern theatre, the Calhoun, will celebrate its fifth year of operation this week as a facility built with the latest equipment and decor to showcase the quality of images at success of the day. The latest types of lighting, seating arrangements, colors and heating have been used. The hard of hearing weren’t forgotten either, as special sockets were installed so they could enjoy the movies as much as anyone else. Thomas G. Coleman is city manager of four Anniston theaters under the Alabama Theater Group, one of those theaters being the Calhoun.

February 16, 1997, in The Star: As cell phones, pagers and two-way radios become more common, the towers that relay their signals could continue to sprout like crabgrass after rain. Anniston city planner Willie Brown is drafting an ordinance that would set rules for the installation of such towers, although the city ultimately cannot stop telecommunications companies from installing towers where they need them. City council will likely review the ordinance in the coming weeks.

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