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New trails open at Noccalula Falls

People involved in the project gathered on Aug. 12 to cut the ribbon opening the new trails.People involved in the project gathered on Aug. 12 to cut the ribbon opening the new trails.

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

A ribbon cutting for a new trail system at Noccalula Falls campgrounds took place on August 12.

The new trails added 4.9 miles of trail. With the pre-existing Black Creek trail, there are now 6.6 miles of trails.

The City of Gadsden decided to open the new trails after the success of the Black Creek trail, which was opened in September of 2011.

According to Hugh Stump, Executive Director of Greater Gadsden Area Tourism, the new trail system was built from old trails, like footpaths, that have been in the area for hundreds of years. Bikers and hikers used some of these trails despite the worn conditions.

“We improved some of the existing trails and cut some new trails to make more access out here for people to come in and hike and walk and ride,” Stump said. 

The location was a key factor in deciding to open these new trails. 

“We wanted to take advantage of the beauty up here. There is so much land up here the city owns right in the middle of the city. You don’t have to drive out 10 miles into the woods,” Stump said, explaining why the area was so important.

The trails have more room for hiking and mountain biking, and both activities are becoming more popular. Both provide relaxing outdoor exercise, which can improve health. 

Although Stump says the trails are now safer, he does not say that they are all easy. Some trails are more difficult, for those that prefer a challenge. 

“Some of the trails are still difficult, because of the terrain changes and elevation changes,” said Stump.

The new trails are named Family Loop, Jeep Hill Loop, Moonshine Ridge, Cascade, and Whatley Trail.

Whatley Trail is named after Ed Whatley, who worked to get the trails at Noccalula campgrounds opened. 

Later that day at the city council meeting, Mayor Sherman Guyton honored Ed Whatley with a picture of the new trail system. 

“I just want to thank each individual and each group of individuals that had anything to do with naming one of these trails after me. You have no idea how much that means to me,” said Ed Whatley, upon receiving the picture.  

Teresa Garmany’s yard sale site features jewelry and a creative pierced Tiki face. The Tiki face was found at another yard sale, and had holes drilled into it to display jewelry.Teresa Garmany’s yard sale site features jewelry and a creative pierced Tiki face. The Tiki face was found at another yard sale, and had holes drilled into it to display jewelry.

World’s Longest Yard Sale brings people to Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor 

Last weekend, shoppers flooded Lookout Mountain Parkway for the 27th annual World’s Longest Yard Sale, despite the rain.

The sale was first started in 1987 to demonstrate the usefulness and beauty of back roads and attract visitors to less known areas. 

The plan worked, attracting thousands of people from all over. 

The yard sale originated in Fentress County, Tenn. Now,

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Zebrafish Workshop comes to GSCC

Gadsden State Community College’s Aquaculture Department hosted a unique workshop August 6-8 on the Wallace Drive Campus - the first hands-on workshop for Zebrafish training. 

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) co-sponsored the impressive workshop through Gadsden State’s Zebrafish Husbandry Education Program, which was developed in 2012, through the collaboration and partnership of the UAB Animal Resource Program along with many

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Chris Payne is a veteran of the U.S. Army currently employed by Goodyear-Gadsden. He is a training manager who now helps with recruiting and has recruited several other veterans.Chris Payne is a veteran of the U.S. Army currently employed by Goodyear-Gadsden. He is a training manager who now helps with recruiting and has recruited several other veterans.

Goodyear meets veteran goal

Two years ago, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company made a commitment to hire 1,000 United States military veterans over a three-year period. Recently, the company announced that it surpassed that goal more than a year early and has pledged to hire an additional 1,000 veterans.

“The response to Goodyear’s military hiring initiative - both from veterans and the public, has

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Laps for Life drive set for Sept. 11

The annual American Red Cross-Talladega Superspeedway “Laps for Life” blood drive returns to Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 12 - 6 p.m. in the Fox Sports1 Dome at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. All presenting donors will be taken on a high speed ride around NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track in Talladega Superspeedway’s official pace car.

Not only will

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State Department of Education provides school bus safety tips

With school starting in school systems throughout Alabama, motorists are cautioned to be especially careful as they travel along Alabama’s streets and roads as school buses will again be on the road loading and unloading students across the state of Alabama.   

According to the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) Pupil Transportation Section, the most dangerous part of a school

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ABC Trust provides energy efficiency grants

The Alabama Business Charitable (ABC) Trust Fund has awarded Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP) grants totaling more than $55,000 to seven organizations across the state, which includes Hand In paw, Birmingham; Safehouse of Shelby County, Pelham; Etowah County Community Services, Gadsden; East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy, Anniston; United Way of Etowah County, Gadsden; ARC of Alabama, Montgomery; and Joseph

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Youth Enrichment Program participants pose for a photo with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley during the group’s recent trip to Montgomery. Youth Enrichment Program participants pose for a photo with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley during the group’s recent trip to Montgomery.

Youth Enrichment Program has successful year

Approximately 40 local youngsters participated in the 2014 Youth Enrichment Program of Attalla. 

Sponsored by State Rep. Craig Ford, the program’s first field trip was a trip to the state capitol in Montgomery, where the youths met Gov. Robert Bentley. The group also visited the Rosa Parks Museum. 

As a reward for staying involved with the program, in July youths 12 years

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Alabama Power awards Southside High School grant to plant trees

Alabama Power Foundation and Eastern Division Area Manager Steve Hildebrant awarded a Good Roots grant for $1000 to Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby, Southside High School principal Dr. Marguerite Early, Etowah County Career Tech Center Director Mark Stancil, and Southside High School teacher Eric West on Tuesday, July 8. 

West, a Southside High School agriscience teacher, applied for the

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Gardens On Air, the predecessor of LeeAnn’s Greens, in Fla. Produce is shown growing inside of aeroponic towers in a climate controlled greenhouse.Gardens On Air, the predecessor of LeeAnn’s Greens, in Fla. Produce is shown growing inside of aeroponic towers in a climate controlled greenhouse.

LeeAnn’s Greens: the future of produce

Gadsden soon will have fresh, hand-picked at the peak of freshness, air-grown produce at its fingertips.

Air-grown meaning premium produce grown aeroponically through air pods which use zero soil. Aeroponic growing uses a recirculating system with no pollution, ahead of organic growing which fertilizes the plants using just oxygen – no chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. 

LeeAnn’s Greens, with a mission to use

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Mike Goodson, author of “Images of America, Gadsden” poses in front of the Learner Building in Downtown Gadsden where Butler Shoes once was.  The original Jolly Green Giant featured in Goodson’s book once visited the exact building and had his picture made. Mike Goodson, author of “Images of America, Gadsden” poses in front of the Learner Building in Downtown Gadsden where Butler Shoes once was. The original Jolly Green Giant featured in Goodson’s book once visited the exact building and had his picture made.

Gadsden author releases new book

Sarrah Peters/Staff Writer

Mike Goodson, a Gadsden author, will release his new book “Images of America, Gadsden” on August 18. The book features over 200 vintage photographs of Gadsden people, places and things. The historical book features mostly the baby boomers era, which is the period after World War II during the 50s and 60s, but also contains some photos from

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Brett Johnson Brett Johnson

Johnson elected chair of SGA presidents’ council

Jacksonville State University Student Government Association President Brett Allen Johnson was elected Monday to serve as the 2014-2015 Chairperson of the University Student Presidents’ Council.

A native of Hokes Bluff, Brett Johnson is a senior dual-majoring in Political Science and Communication. Brett was elected SGA President at Jacksonville State University in March of this year.

The University Student Presidents’ Council (USPC) consists

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Alabama Entertainers compete in national event

The Alabama Entertainers Talent Co. competed June 17-21 at Panama City Beach in the Platinum National Dance Competition. Eight acts were chosen among five hundred to dance in the grand championship gala for the recreational junior and senior divisions. The studio was honored by having two dances for each division selected.

In the junior division, the studio production number, “No Place

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Exchange students seek host families

Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Gadsden for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year.

Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students

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Senator Larry Means supporters gather with Means for a photo. Supporters gathered to show support with a group sign wave for drivers on Rainbow Drive in Rainbow City.Senator Larry Means supporters gather with Means for a photo. Supporters gathered to show support with a group sign wave for drivers on Rainbow Drive in Rainbow City.

Attalla Mayor Means trying to return to state senate

Submitted by Jacqueline Chandler

The City of Attalla mayor’s office wasn’t cluttered, but it was definitely “lived in.” The desk was mounted with stacks of files and paperwork, all distinctly separated for easy access to current projects. The gentleman was a flurry of movement, answering phone calls, discussing current issues and trying to make time for the interview. On more than

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New Class Option at Gadsden State

Gadsden State Community College will offer a new history class Fall Semester that will cover the African-American experience from the colonial era to the present day. The emphasis will be balanced between local and national events engaging with local history and understanding how the events impact our daily lives and relations. 

The unique class is History 256: African-American History and is

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Dr. Helen T. McAlpineDr. Helen T. McAlpine

GSCC announces summer graduation

The Summer Commencement Ceremony for Gadsden State Community College will be held Thursday, August 7 at 6 p.m. at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden. 

Dr. Helen T. McAlpine will address the graduates during the ceremony.  Dr. McAlpine is currently serving as the interim president of Gadsden State. 

In September 2010, Dr. McAlpine was appointed by President Barack Obama to

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Pictured above; the Gadsden-Etowah EMA receives the Large County Mitigation Award from the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers.Pictured above; the Gadsden-Etowah EMA receives the Large County Mitigation Award from the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers.

Gadsden-Etowah EMA receives Mitigation Award

The Gadsden/Etowah Emergency Management Agency recently received the Large County Mitigation Award from the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers(AAEM). 

This award is in recognition for the “Shelter Etowah” program, which is currently made up of 15 community facilities that include; area wide churches, the Gadsden Public Library, area Community Centers & FEMA approved community safe rooms. 

This program was initiated by the

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Gadsden High School alumni enjoy one another’s company during the 18th annual Gold Tiger Club reunion on June 21 at Convention Hall. Gadsden High School alumni enjoy one another’s company during the 18th annual Gold Tiger Club reunion on June 21 at Convention Hall.

The Gold Tiger Club’s eighteenth anniversary celebrates the class of 1964 with a reunion

The eighteenth annual Gadsden High School “Gold Tiger Club”, was held at Convention Hall in Gadsden June 21 from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The Class of 1963 proudly presented this annual reunion featuring those who have been graduated from Gadsden High School more for 50 years or more. The Class of 1964 was honored on June 21 as they celebrated

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Above, Lt. Col. Tim Maples (center) sits in the back of a decorated convertible with his wife, Deanna and daughter, Alli at his neighborhood homecoming parade on Wednesday, July 16.Above, Lt. Col. Tim Maples (center) sits in the back of a decorated convertible with his wife, Deanna and daughter, Alli at his neighborhood homecoming parade on Wednesday, July 16.

Lt. Col. gets surprise welcome home

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

For the past 10 months, Lt. Col. Tim Maples has served the United States Army in Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade. His second deployment to Afghanistan, Maples returned to help close out an operation he worked on du-ring a previous year.

While Maples was focused on returning home to see his family on

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Glencoe Middle School student Lauren MooreGlencoe Middle School student Lauren Moore

Alabama Power holds iCan girls conference

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Alabama Power held an iCan Girls in Engineering Conference at Rainbow Middle School on Tuesday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

The iCan conference is sponsored by a team of Alabama Power/Southern Company female engineers who focus on encouraging middle school girls to consider engineering as a future career.

This is the first year that iCan has been offered to

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