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Four Etowah cities make top 30 safest in Alabama

Pictured above is the Southside City Hall. Southside was ranked the third safest city in Alabama.Pictured above is the Southside City Hall. Southside was ranked the third safest city in Alabama.

SafeWise.com released its 30 Safest Cities in Alabama Report last week, honoring 30 cities from 18 Alabama Counties.

Four of the safest 30 cities in Alabama are located in Etowah County. Rainbow City was ranked 28, with an average of 2.9 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and an average of 25.23 property crimes per 1,000 citizens. Glencoe was ranked 17, with an average of 1.54 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and an average of 22.02 property crimes per 1,000 citizens. Hokes Bluff was ranked sixth, with an average of 0.69 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and an average of 15.58 property crimes per 1,000 citizens. Southside was ranked third, with an average of 1.06 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and an average of 12.33 property crimes per 1,000 citizens.

“I am very proud for Southside to be ranked 3rd in Alabama and the safest in our home county,” said Southside Mayor Wally Burns. “We have an outstanding police force led by Chief Chris Jones, and I am also very proud of our citizens. Without them being the outstanding citizens that they are, this achievement would not be possible. It takes everyone working together for the betterment of our fine community to be where we are today.”

To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2012 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 5,000 people.

SafeWise analyzed crimes from Part 1 of the FBI Unified Crime Report (UCR), which focuses on violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder and robbery) as well as property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft). From there, SafeWise calculated the chances of these crimes happening out of one thousand in order to level the playing field for cities of varying populations. From all of the cities in Alabama, SafeWise narrowed the list down to 30 and assigned rankings according to data provided by the FBI’s UCR report.

“The Safest Cities Report is used by many first-time homebuyers, apartment hunters and travelers to determine the safest places to buy, rent and stay in Alabama,” said Elli Bishop, SafeWise Press Liaison. “These cities deserve recognition for the efforts of their citizens, police department and local and state government to make Alabama a great place to live.”

SafeWise.com is a community-focused security organization made up of home security experts with more than 75 years of combined industry experience. SafeWise has been recognized by AngiesList, Apartments.com, ForRent.com, Homes.com and many others as a trusted industry leader in home safety and crime prevention.

According to recent FBI Crime Report data, the Alabama’s 30 safest cities had an average violent crime rate of 2.06 incidents per 1,000 people. That’s almost 55 percent less than the national average of 3.67 violent crimes per 1,000 people. 

For more information about Alabama’s safest cities, visit www.safewise.com/blog/30-safest-cities-alabama.


Late County Commissioner Tidmore remembered

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Etowah County District 2 Commissioner Kenny Tidmore passed away  Saturday, February 21 at a Birmingham hospital.

Tidmore will be remembered by his fellow commissioners for his hard work and compassion. 

The first time District 3 County Commissioner Larry Payne met Tidmore was while Tidmore was behind the counter of the Noccalula Village Chevron that he owned.

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Miss Gadsden State, Savannah Wash, poses with the school’s mascot, Swoop. Wash will perform at the Top 10 Talent show on March 3.Miss Gadsden State, Savannah Wash, poses with the school’s mascot, Swoop. Wash will perform at the Top 10 Talent show on March 3.

GSCC to host talent show March 3

Gadsden State Community College Student Activities will host the show of “Top 10 Talents” on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wallace Fine Arts Center Auditorium in Gadsden. 

Ten student acts will compete for prizes of $200 first place, $150 second place, and $100 for third place. 

Solo vocalists performing include: Rachel Berry of Hokes Bluff, Cianna

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UPS announces safe Alabama drivers

UPS recently announced 21 elite drivers from Alabama are among 1,445 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. 

  UPS drivers, Larry Steele of Altoona, Timothy Kisor of Gadsden and Jeffrey Johnson of Rainbow City were recently inducted into UPS’s prestigious Circle of

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GSCC announces 4th annual Etowah career fair

The Gadsden State Community College Career Transitions program will host the 4th Annual Etowah County Career Fair March 6 at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center. More than 1,000 juniors, from participating high schools around the county, are expected to attend.  The program, which houses the college’s career coaches, has chosen as the fair’s theme: Explore.Overcome.Achieve.

The Gadsden State

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Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton greets U.S. Cong. Robert Aderholt during the open house for Quality of Life's new school-based health center facility.Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton greets U.S. Cong. Robert Aderholt during the open house for Quality of Life's new school-based health center facility.

Quality of Life dedicates new School-Based Health Center facility

On Thursday afternoon, Quality of Life Health Services, Inc. and many special guests celebrated the opening of a brand new, comprehensive school-based health center located between the campuses of Oscar Adams Elementary School and Litchfield Middle School. Gadsden Family and Student Health Solutions opened its door on November 24th after completion of a capital project to build a new

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By Craig FordBy Craig Ford

State leaders must spend more time standing up for Alabama

Most Alabama politicians spent this past campaign season talking about how they were going to “stand up to Obama” and fight back against the federal government. It was ironic, given that President Obama is only going to be president for two more years, while voters were looking to elect candidates who would serve for the next four years, and

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By Danny By Danny "The Vagabond" Crownover

Etowah County’s second courthouse

This week, The Vagabond while at the Etowah Historical Society found another old document (note: If the readers have any old document of interesting history, please bring them to the historical society! I want to thank Forrest Lambert for bringing in a ton of Alabama books as well as the entire set of the War of the Rebellion, old

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State Representative Craig Ford addresses Gadsden City Council members at the council meeting on February 17.State Representative Craig Ford addresses Gadsden City Council members at the council meeting on February 17.

Ford to push I-759 extension

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


State Representative Craig Ford addressed the members of the Gadsden City Council during their meeting on Tuesday, February 17.

Ford asked the council members for help in pushing state officials for funding to extend I-759. 

I-759 directly impacts the main roads of Gadsden including George Wallace Drive (AL Hwy 291) and Meighan Blvd. (U.S. 431).

Economically,

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Birmingham Mayor William Bell spoke at Gadsden State Community College’s Valley Street campus on February 17 as part of GSCC’s black history program.Birmingham Mayor William Bell spoke at Gadsden State Community College’s Valley Street campus on February 17 as part of GSCC’s black history program.

Mayor Bell speaks at Gadsden State campus

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Birmingham Mayor William Bell spoke at the Gadsden State Community College’s Valley Street campus on Tuesday, February 17. February is Black History Month. Mayor Bell is the 33rd mayor of Birmingham. Mayor Bell was invited to speak as part of GSCC’s black history program.

The program began with a short video on the march from Selma

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Riverview to host health fair on Feb. 21

In recognition of American Heart Month, which is celebrated each year in February, Riverview Regional Medical Center invites the public to the 2015 Cardiovascular Health Fair on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7 - 11 a.m. 

The event, which takes place at Riverview’s Heart and Vascular Center, includes cholesterol and glucose screening, EKG, PAD (peripheral arterial disease), and blood pressure

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Etowah 4-H to take part in Chick Chain project

  The Etowah County 4-H program is proud to announce that it will be offering county youth the opportunity to take part in the 4-H Chick Chain project this year.  In the Chick Chain project, young people purchase 18 one-day old chicks from the Extension Office, grow them out for 22 weeks and then bring their top three chickens to

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Opinion Piece

By Josh Moon/Montgomery Advertiser

We need $700 million dollars.

That's how much it would require to patch up the nearly $300 million hole in the Alabama General Fund Budget and to prevent further borrowing from the Education Trust and to pay back old debts. That's what Gov. Robert Bentley told a group of lawmakers and business leaders and reporters

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Dollar General celebrates new Southside store

Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 1856 Lakemont Drive in Southside on Saturday, February 21 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals.  Dollar General will offer Southside residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.

Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a

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The changing face of Alabama 4-H

Parents want children and teens involved in activities that build skills and knowledge. Young people want activities that are fun and offer variety. The answer - Alabama 4-H.

Extension professionals across the state are working closely with adult and youth advisory groups to ensure that 4-H in every county is an exciting and fun place for young people aged

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GSCC employees receive national recognition

Gadsden State Community College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. The 2015 honorees are Shirley Colvin, assistant dean of instruction/science division chair; Tim Hardy, air conditioning & refrigeration technology instructor; Dr. Sara Wheeler, mathematics instructor, and Jennifer Williams, transcript evaluator. Interim President Martha Lavender said, “Each

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An alien metal sculpture made from recycled car parts in Thailand decorates the entrance to The Factory’s new Si-Fi Safari. An alien metal sculpture made from recycled car parts in Thailand decorates the entrance to The Factory’s new Si-Fi Safari.

The Factory introduces a fun new adventure

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On April 1, 2014, The Factory opened its doors. The fun-filled facility is different from any other nearby attraction.

The Factory features a trampoline gym and trampoline dodgeball court. For teen nights, the regular lights are darkened and muticolored lights take its place, while music is played. 

There is also a small arcade and batting cages.

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Honey-Baked Ham Company and Cafe co-owner Rachael Miller (second from left) is pictured with employees Niki (left), Brianna (second from right) and Angela (right). The business is located at 110 West Grand Avenue Suite 100 near the intersection of Hwy. 411 and Hwy. 77 in Rainbow City. Honey-Baked Ham Company and Cafe co-owner Rachael Miller (second from left) is pictured with employees Niki (left), Brianna (second from right) and Angela (right). The business is located at 110 West Grand Avenue Suite 100 near the intersection of Hwy. 411 and Hwy. 77 in Rainbow City.

Honey-Baked Ham comes to Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Honey-Baked Ham Company and Cafe has a new location, and this time it is permanent. Honey-Baked Ham has opened a holiday kiosk at Gadsden Mall for the past five years. They now have a storefront at 110 West Grand Avenue Suite 100 in Rainbow City. 

The store opened the week before Thanksgiving last year. The well-known

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Gadsden Regional welcomes new cardiothoracic surgeon

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Gadsden Regional Medical Center has gained a new cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Daniel McCoy now works with GRMC staff to operate on a variety of heart and lung related diseases.

He has brought with him the know-how to perform a less invasive surgery to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms, which he refers to as “silent killers.”

The abdominal

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Courtney WalkerCourtney Walker

Walker brings leadership, experience to Gadsden parks and recreation

By Messenger Staff


The decorations aren’t all in place yet in Courtney Walker’s new office, but he has already hit the ground running as the city’s new Parks and Recreation Director. Walker took over the city’s recreational department effective Jan. 1 this year.

Walker, 46, started working for the department in 1994, managing various community and recreational facilities in Gadsden.

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Pictured above is the City of Attalla Gazebo.Pictured above is the City of Attalla Gazebo.

Progressive leadership moves Attalla forward

By Jacqueline Chandler

News Correspondent


2014 proved to be another year of positive growth and development for the City of Attalla, as Mayor Larry Means and other city officials push for positive impacts on the municipality.

New events such as Treasures in the Street have already had a positive economic impact, with future projections showing a continual growth for the event.

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