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May 15—May 15, 1949, in The Star: Another advertisement is touting the value and comfort of air conditioning in a downtown Anniston store. In this case it's Woodruff-Glenn, which is proclaimed as "Anniston's Only Air Conditioned Men's Store." As in the recent case of Wikle Drug Store, the cooling system is a Chrysler Air-Temp, the installer is Interstate Roofing. Also this date: Proposed plans for a junior high school in Anniston, to be built on the grounds of the former Alabama Military Institute, have been drawn by a Montgomery architectural firm, and bids will be solicited after the Anniston school board approves the design and final specifications. Junior high students at present go to class on the Anniston High School campus, making that building excessively crowded, even with the seventh-graders meeting in their own separate structure. The new building will contain approximately 36 classrooms, several auxiliary rooms, such as for art and shop, and will generally accommodate 1,200 students. It's hoped that the school will open in the fall of 1950. [Missed it by a year — it opened in October 1951. A drawing of the proposed school appears on Page 1.]

May 15, 1999, in The Star: Bynum Elementary School will close as originally planned at the end of this school year, Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Jacky Sparks said yesterday. The closing will bring about the merger of Bynum and Coldwater students at Coldwater Elementary School next fall. Sparks had warned recently that delays in receiving state bond money could force the postponement of the Bynum closing. The school system intends to use some of the bond money to add classrooms at Coldwater to accommodate the extra students.

Assistant Metro Editor Bill Edwards: 256-236-1551. On Twitter @bedwards_star.