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The Anniston Star
is the daily newspaper serving Anniston, Alabama
Anniston is a city in Calhoun County in the state of Alabama, United States.As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 24,276. According to the 2005 U.S. Census estimates, the city had a population of 23,741...
, and the surrounding six-county region. Average Sunday circulation in September 2004 was 26,747. The newspaper is locally-owned by Consolidated Publishing Company, which is controlled by the descendants of Col. Harry M. Ayers, one of the newspaper's early owners.
is Consolidated's flagship paper. Other newspapers printed by the company include The Daily Home
The Daily Home is a daily newspaper serving the Talladega County and St. Clair County, Alabama areas. Originally begun as a weekly in 1867 it was called Our Mountain Home until daily production began in 1909 at which point the name was changed to The Talladega Daily Home. In 1965 the paper was...
, and the weeklies The Cleburne News
, The Jacksonville News
, and the Piedmont Journal
The current publisher, H. Brandt Ayers, is the son of Col. Ayers. During the civil rights movement, The Star
gained a reputation as one of the few liberal-minded Southern newspapers. It was nicknamed "The Red Star" by George Wallace
George Corley Wallace, Jr. was the 45th Governor of Alabama, serving four terms: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. "The most influential loser" in 20th-century U.S. politics, according to biographers Dan T. Carter and Stephan Lesher, he ran for U.S...
, because of its support of school integration — one of the few Southern newspapers to take such a stance.
is a community newspaper and the dominant source of retail advertising in the region.