By Sarrah Peters
Author Ron Miller will be available for book signings during April’s First Friday, April 3, at The Little Faces Doll Shop on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Miller, who lives in Anniston, taught high school history and English at Anniston High School. He worked in administration and was principal for four years. He also worked at various private Christian schools for almost 10 years.
Miller has published six books, including a Mayhaven award-winner for fiction, called A Broken Reed. Like his other fiction stories, A Broken Reed emphasizes Christian principles, according to Miller.
He has written a book about antique bicycles, which he collects, called Out-Spokin’: Pedals, Prose, and Respoken Tales.
His newest book is What’s in Your Garage?, and will be sold at the First Friday book signing. The book is similar to Out-Spokin’, but instead of foucusing on antique bicycles, it focuses on antique cars.
Miller does not refer to himself as an antique car collector, but he does have four antique cars.
“I have had one of the cars since high school, for 52 years,” said Miller. The car is a 1955 Chevrolet.
Miller’s antique car and bicycle books are available on Amazon for $25.
First-time author Freda Mincey will also be holding a book signing on Friday, April 3, also known as First Friday. The signing will start at 6 p.m. at J& J’s Candles on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden.
Mincey has stuided the American Civil War for four years. Her novella, My War, features a Southern lady who struggles after her husband leaves to join the fighting.
Mincey refers to her book as a “faction.” Although the main character is not a real person, the battles of the Civil War that are mentioned are factual.
Mincey has replaced one monument, “The Black Creek Rock”, here in Gadsden, and also the “Unity Monument”, in Plantersville, Mississippi, for the graves of 13 known and 37 unknown Confederate dead.
The main character lives in Plantersville, Mississippi.
Mincey aims to preserve history, particularly the Civil War.
“The Civil War happened,” said Mincey. “You can’t sweep it under the carpet.”
The book is available on Amazon for $7 . Mincey thinks My War will surprise readers.
“It will keep you intrigued because it is not a romance,” said Mincey.
By Sarrah Peters
Southside Senior Taylor Clough, 18, wrote and published her first book The Perfect Match last month.
“I wanted to tell my story,” said Taylor.
When Taylor Clough was only 12, she got some devastating news. Her little brother, Ben, was diagnosed with leukemia at only 9 years old.
To help her brother and best friend fightRead more »
On Thursday, March 19, the Alabama Senate passed House Bill 59, the Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act, sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) and Rep. Paul Lee (R-Dothan). HB59 now heads to the governor for his signature.
HB59 will encourage the growth of existing businesses by creating capital reinvestment incentives for Alabama companies that will result in moreRead more »
With origins dating back 2,300 years, dragon boat racing is the most fun, unique cultural event featuring adrenaline-pumping action. Teams race in 46-foot long Hong Kong-style dragon boats adorned with decorative dragonheads and tails, with 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer navigating a racecourse at speeds of 10-15 mph. Dragon boat racing is the 8th fastest growing sport inRead more »
On Saturday, April 18 there will be a traditional low country boil, Crawfish With Culture, presented by the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts and Capeside Fish Company. Guests will enjoy fresh Louisiana crawfish, gulf shrimp, potatoes, corn, and sausage.
In addition to the meal there will be live music and entertainment provided by Chris Bellamy. Bellamy is from Wilmington,Read more »
By George Marodis
Source Water Specialist
Does your utility produce the Best Tasting Water in Alabama? Well, if you did not enter the Alabama Rural Water Associations Water Taste Test Competition held on Tuesday March 18, then we will never know how it would compare against the competition. However, for those 15 utilities that entered the competition one sample of waterRead more »
Gadsden resident Natalie McCauley, regional operations director for Alabama and Florida, has been named the 2014 national Servant Leader of the Year by LHC Group, one of the nation’s leading providers of post-acute care services. McCauley was selected from a group of 10 finalists as the national winner.
The Servant Leader of the Year is the highest honor anRead more »
By Lindsay Seagraves
Just when Back Forty Beer Company founder Jason Wilson thought he’d reached the top of the mountain after winning a spot as one of the top 100 small businesses in the nation, the driven entrepreneur continues to reach new peaks – including a prestigious one from his alma mater.
Wilson said Back Forty was nominated forRead more »
By Sarrah Peters
On a recent ranking of nationwide schools, a local school placed in the top 100 elementary schools in Alabama. John S. Jones Elementary was rated 79th in the state.
The rankings were performed by a research website called Niche.com. Niche uses community reviews and opinions with hard data, like standardized test scores. The website has scoresRead more »
A yearlong effort across Alabama to provide safer workplaces and reduce injuries has produced dividends for 42 county commissions, which have received cash awards from the Association of County Commissions of Alabama’s insurance funds.
ACCA’s Safety Incentive Discount Program, administered by its self-funded insurance programs, rewards counties for ongoing efforts to enhance training for employees in safety-sensitive positions, improveRead more »
According to an exit report from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Division of AdvancED, the Etowah County Board of Education recently earned accreditation for a five-year period. Etowah County exceeded AdvancED averages in all rated categories.
AdvancED is the largest community of education professional in the world. The group performs on-site reviews and is a partner withRead more »
Carla Wynn Hall, a Gadsden native, has found her passion in helping under supported women write their stories and be published in a book. Last year, she published an anthology of women’s stories. The women used social media to connect and collaborate. Now she has published a second anthology.
Both anthologies she was instrumental in publishing, made the #1Read more »
Gadsden Middle School students used the Walt Disney World Resort as a classroom on Feb. 2 and 3 when they participated in the Disney Youth Education Series “The Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and “Principles of Animal Behavior” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The group of students traveled from Gadsden, Ala. to the Walt Disney WorldRead more »
The Induction into the Patriots Hall of Honor normally takes place during the Patriots Day Luncheon, which is on November 4 this year. However in recognition of the life work of Hazel Oliver and that she will be turning 100 years old in August, the Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association will have a special induction ceremony on March 31 at 11Read more »
Gadsden State Community College International Programs will host its 37th annual International Festival, “The Places You’ll Go,” on April 10 at Convention Hall in Gadsden.
The festival includes displays showcasing countries from around the world and highlights international food and entertainment.
Tickets are on sale now until April 8 at the Wallace Hall online box office at www.international.wallacehall.org; theRead more »
The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts will host the Wine, Women and Wardrobe event at the Gunn-Bellenger House on Thursday, April 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. as part of their year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the center.
Several fashion vendors will be showcasing their products, including both apparel and accessories. There will be representativesRead more »
Physicians Who Care will sponsor our 24th Annual 5K/1Mile Walk on April 18. All money raised will go to the Etowah County Cancer Foundation.
Physicians Who Care was established in 1988 and continues to offer Community Education, Physician Referral Services, and Special Projects throughout the year. It was founded by Seth Spotnitz, MD who is Chairman of the 5KRead more »
Federal environmental mandates are forcing Alabama Power to stop using coal at Plant Gadsden.
The facility ceased burning coal on Wednesday, March 11 and will use only natural gas. By restricting the plant to natural gas, federal mandates are limiting the company’s ability to use more than one type of fuel at the facility.
Fuel diversity – the abilityRead more »
By Sarrah Peters
On Friday, March 6, Rainbow City officials and Mayor Terry John Calhoun announced the plans for the 10th annual Alabama Chocolate Festival. The festival will take place at the Rainbow Plaza in Rainbow City on Saturday, April 11. Admission to the festival is free.
“This is our tenth year, and we are expecting a large crowdRead more »
On Tuesday, March 17 on St. Patrick’s Day, Chase Building Group, with the help of Downtown Gadsden, Inc., will host a Pub Crawl in downtown Gadsden.
The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Back Forty Beer Company, where you will pick up your pub crawl card. If you can’t make it to Back Forty, don’t worry. AllRead more »
The Etowah County Republican Party Executive Committee (ECRPExComm) met Monday, March 9 and voted to send the name of Lewis Fuller to Governor Bentley as the ECRPExComm’s choice to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Kenny Tidmore on the Etowah County Commission who recently passed away.
Fuller was by far the top vote getter among the committee members, asRead more »