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Mobile homes being checked for license decals

Etowah County Commissioners Joey Statum and Tim Choate recently donated funds to the Southside School Resource officers for the purchase of Officer Body Cameras. Etowah County Commissioners Joey Statum and Tim Choate recently donated funds to the Southside School Resource officers for the purchase of Officer Body Cameras.

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Belinda Childress, Etowah County’s new chief license inspector, wants to remind citizens of a law that requires mobile homes to have decals that show they are licensed, similar to car or boat tags.

The law is not new, but when Childress and Deputy License Inspector Glenda Boatwright began enforcing the law, they realized that many Etowah residents were unaware that they needed to display a decal. Some mobile home owners have purchased the decals, but not displayed them, which can still result in a citation.

The inspectors are currently conducting a field audit, where they go out and check mobile homes for the decals. The audits have not been conducted since 2010. Full enforcement of displaying the mobile home decals will begin May 1. 

It is important to not only purchase the decal, but also to display according to the instructions on the decal. It is to be placed  at eye level and be visable from the road. However, as long as the inspectors can plainly see the decal, citations most likely will not be given. Some improper decal locations that Childress has encountered included meters, mailboxes and front doors.

The decals can be purchased through the revenue commissioner. A single-wide decal is $24, while a double-wide’s decal is $48. A commercially used mobile home cost $96. 

If the decal is not paid before the due date, there is a $10 late fee and a $15 citation fee. After another 15 days, $24 is added to the citation fee. If violators do not comply, it is a Class C misdemeanor. 

For more information, contact Childress at 256-549-8101 or Boatwright at 256-549-2163.

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Local Chamber president awarded U.S. Regent Scholarship

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, recently announced that Heather Brothers New, President of The Chamber, Gadsden/Etowah County, has been awarded a Regent Scholarship. 

Given to professionals across the country, the Regent Scholarships recognize each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background. 

“Regent scholarships

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Gadsden City High School students participate in the YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day on Tuesday, April 21. The students presented and debated new city ordinances as if they were members of the city council and other city officials.Gadsden City High School students participate in the YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day on Tuesday, April 21. The students presented and debated new city ordinances as if they were members of the city council and other city officials.

Teen takeover: Gadsden City High students run city hall for a day

Messenger Staff Reports

About a dozen Gadsden City High School students participated in the Coosa Valley YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day this past Tuesday (Apr. 21). Students served as members of the city council and other city officials and presented and debated new city ordinances. 

“It was really informative,” said interim city attorney and GCHS senior Harsh

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Larry Means, Janet Gregerson and Peter Gregerson (pictured, from left) were honored at the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Great American Values Dinner on Tuesday (Apr. 21) in Gadsden.Larry Means, Janet Gregerson and Peter Gregerson (pictured, from left) were honored at the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Great American Values Dinner on Tuesday (Apr. 21) in Gadsden.

Boy Scouts honor four locals

By Mike Goodson/Messenger Correspondent

The Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday (Apr. 21) honored four local residents for their contributions to scouting in the Etowah County area at the organization’s annual Great American Values Dinner at the Gadsden Museum of Art. 

Receiving the “Heart of the Eagle Award” were Peter Gregerson, Janet Gregerson, Larry

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Art of Beer to be held May 16

  The inaugural Art of Beer craft beer sampling festival will be held May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 210 At the Tracks in historic downtown Gadsden. The event is being presented by the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Back Forty Beer Company and Greater Gadsden Area Tourism and proceeds from the event will support the

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Accountability Act? Or Bob Riley Bailout?

By State Rep. Craig Ford

The day the Accountability Act was signed into law, legislative leaders said it would need to be revised. Three months later, Republican leaders offered their first “fix” bill, which expanded the tax credits for corporate donors.

Now, Republican legislators are pushing another “fix” bill that, once again, raises the cap. But

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State Representative Craig Ford speaks about the funding increase for Etowah deputies to get raises, to fund the Etowah Drug Enforcement Unit and to hire a new deputy district attorney, while DEU Commander Rob Savage look on.State Representative Craig Ford speaks about the funding increase for Etowah deputies to get raises, to fund the Etowah Drug Enforcement Unit and to hire a new deputy district attorney, while DEU Commander Rob Savage look on.

Local law enforcement receives more funding

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Monday April 13, local lawmakers announced an increase in funding for local law enforcement during a press conference.

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office will recieve $400,000 to pay for deputy raises. Right now, starting deputies making about $12 an hour. With this raise, the deputies will earn almost $15 an hour. The raise will make

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State Creates Firefighter Appreciation Day

  The Alabama State legislature recently passed a resolution creating Firefighter Appreciation Day. The resolution was introduced in the State House of Representatives by Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, and in the State Senate by Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa. Gov. Robert Bentley signed the resolution e at a ceremony earlier this weekat the Capitol Building in Montgomery.

  “I couldn’t believe that

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Jacksonville State names Johnson Communication Student of the Year

  The Jacksonville State University Department of Communication recently honored Brett Johnson of Hokes Bluff with its highest honor, the John C. Turner Award for Communication Student of the Year.

The honor is considered the top award for students in the university’s communication department, which includes fields of study in: digital journalism, broadcasting and public relations. A 2010 HBHS graduate,

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A competitor in last year’s Smoke on the Falls Noccalula Barbeque Festival works on cooking his entry.A competitor in last year’s Smoke on the Falls Noccalula Barbeque Festival works on cooking his entry.

Noccalula hosts Smoke on the Falls this weekend

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


It is that time of year again. The Smoke on the Falls Noccalula Barbeque Festival will take place tomorrow, April 11 at the Noccalula Falls campgrounds in Gadsden.

The barbeque competition is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. 

This year, 34 professionals will compete with their best chicken, ribs, brisket and butt recipes. Some have come

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Attalla’s antique show returns April 25

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Attalla’s Treasures in the Streets Antique Show will be held Saturday April 25 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Attalla at 5th Ave. North west and 4th Street. 

The biannual event is held every spring and fall. It takes places in rain or shine. 

Dealers come from Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

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GRMC first in Alabama to use new Coronary Artery Disease treatment

 Gadsden Regional Medical Center is the first in the state to use the Diamondback 360 Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System from Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.  

This technology is the first evidence-based, safe treatment approved by FDA for severely calcified coronary lesions. The Diamondback 360 Coronary OAS uses a patented combination of differential sanding and centrifugal force to reduce arterial

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GSCC to host an Evening of Fine Arts

  The Gadsden State Community College Fine Arts Department invites everyone to enjoy an evening filled with a variety of entertainment Thursday, April 16. Music, vocal, and dance students will showcase their talents onstage while art students will display their talents in the lobby of Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and admission is

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Gadsden High Alumni to host mass reunion

  Come relive high school memories with old friends at the Gadsden High School Spring Festival Celebration on the weekend of April 24-26.

In 2005 we honored GHS with a weeklong event that commemorated the end of a core Gadsden tradition at the school’s final homecoming. That amazing event is still remembered for many reasons but 10 years later, the

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Chamber supports the I-759 extension

 The Gadsden/Etowah Chamber of Commerce recently passed a resolution proclaiming its support of the I-759 extension that local legislature have been pushing for. The resolution is as follows:

WHEREAS, business leaders and local government authorities have stated to the public and members of the board of The Chamber, Gadsden/Etowah County that the decision not to complete I-759 would

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The Hardin Center calls for artists

  Like beer? Like painting?   The Hardin Center is searching for professional artists to participate in a beer-inspired paint out for the inaugural Art of Beer Festival in downtown Gadsden.

Artists can create their beer-inspired work on April 30 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. 

Still lifes pertaining to the history of beer will be set up on the

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Gadsden State celebrates Community College Month

  April is National Community College Month and Gadsden State, a member institution of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS), is joining with community colleges across the state and nation to celebrate.  The ACCS is the state’s single largest system of public higher education and is Alabama’s most affordable and accessible system of higher education.  Through academic transfer, workforce development,

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GSCC to host career fair for high school students

  The Gadsden State Community College Career Transitions program will host the 4th Annual Etowah County Career Fair April 17 at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  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

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Gadsden Music Club celebrates 100 years

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Gadsden Music Club is celebrating 100 years of supporting Gadsden’s musical community.

The Club is hosting a reception at the Temple Beth Israel, located at 761 Chestnut Street in Gadsden, on April 26 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. The entertainment for the reception will be music from club members and the club’s scholarship recipients.

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Gadsden Runner’s Club to host youth 5K

  The Gadsden Runner’s Club is hosting an Kids Superhero Bolt. The kids only 5K and 1-mile race will be held April 19 at 2 p.m. 

Children 14 and under are allowed to participate. Adults are allowed to run with their children, but are not required to. Gadsden Runners Club members will run the course with the children.  Volunteers will

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The Woman’s Club to host annual Southern Tea

  The Woman’s Club of Gadsden will hold its 6th annual Southern Tea and Boutiques on April 25 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. on lawn of the Woman’s Club located at 862 Chestnut Street.  This is a come and go event celebrating our Southern heritage with our guests dressed and up wearing hats and gloves in a social setting

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