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Alabama Power holds iCan conference for girls

By Sarrah PetersBy Sarrah Peters

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Alabama Power held an iCan Girls in Engineering Conference at Glencoe Middle School on Thursday, July 23.

This is the conference’s second year in Etowah County. About 90 girls from Etowah County middle schools were chosen by school administrators based on math and science aptitude. About 30 students attended the event, representing almost every school in the county. The students will be starting as freshmen in high school next year.

The iCan conference is sponsored by a team of Alabama Power/Southern Company female engineers who use fun engineering projects to encourage girls to consider engineering in the future.

The various engineering projects focused on different fields within engineering. 

For electrical engineering the girls built burglar alarms for their bedrooms doors. For mechanical engineering, they created a reaching grabber, similar to ones used to pick up trash. For civil engineering, the students built functioning shoes. For chemical engineering, the girls created their own lip gloss.

While having fun with the projects, the students learned and applied engineering concepts. They used statics and dynamics, trigonometry and basic physics to learn about the scissor mechanism on the reachers they made. This helped the girls understand how the mechanisms worked.

Lunch was provided for the girls during the conference.

“iCan focuses on making young girls aware, and excited about, the field of engineering and the opportunities that come with a degree in engineering. Engineering is a field that most girls never consider but by attending iCan their eyes are opened to new possibilities.,” said Thacker.

According to Thacker, the under representation of females in the industry gives women that go into the field an advantage for management positions. 

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The Reader's Exchange offers books with charm

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Reader’s Exchange, located next to the Coffee Well at 124 Court Street in Gadsden, is a new used book store. The store opened in December of last year.

  The Reader’s Exchange has a charming feel, with quotes from books or about books painted on the walls and wooden bookshelves, of course, completely filled with books. 

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Habitat dedicates new house

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity  held a dedication ceremony on Monday (July 27)  for the 47th house the organization has built. The house is now owned by the Alegria family, consisting of Jorge and Allison Alegria and their daughter Sophia and twin boys Jovanni and Jonathon. The family closed

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Local GOP nominates Willoughby for DA job

The Etowah County Republican Party Executive Committee (ECRPExCom) met Tuesday (July 28) in a special-called emergency meeting to make a recommendation to Governor Robert Bentley to fill the vacancy left by the untimely death of Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp.

The full committee met with Chairman James Clay presiding. Filling the District Attorney vacancy was the main

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State Rep. Craig Ford poses with Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp/ Submitted PhotoState Rep. Craig Ford poses with Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp/ Submitted Photo

Etowah County District Attorney fondly remembered

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp, 49, died Wednesday, July 22 after a long-term battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Harp was diagnosed with the disease in 2007.

Harp is survived by his wife, Cassie Harp, and his four children.

Harp was native to Gadsden and worked hard to make it a better place. He graduated from

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Hepzibah Baptist volunteers to improve Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


This last week, Hepzibah Baptist Church out of McCalla has been on a mission to improve the Gadsden area. While here, the youth worked with Breakaway Ministries, which already aims to provide Gadsden with services.

According to its Facebook page, “Breakaway Ministries is based in Gadsden and was founded in 1990 with nothing more than a

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Local children learn in summer enrichment programs

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent


As summer break is swiftly ending and the school year is just about to begin, several enrichment programs are coming to an end in Etowah County. 

Many of the programs were free to the students. The programs operated off donations earlier in the year. The main goal of these summer programs is to encourage students in

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Isbell wins prestigious dentistry award

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Local dentist Gordon R. Isbell III recently won The Academy of General Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award during the academy’s annual meeting on June 18 through 21 in San Francisco in front of about 1,000 colleagues, family and friends.

The Distinguished Service Award is a rare honor. Only 31 of the Academy of General Dentistry’s 39,000 members

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Etowah County’s last Pearl Harbor survivor’s memory honored

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The only remaining Etowah County Pearl Harbor survivor passed away last week. Charles Webb was 96.

“Hardly a day passes that I don’t think about it,” Webb told The Gadsden Times for the 70th anniversary of the battle. 

At the time of the attack, Webb was a 23 year old quartermaster third class. At 7:48

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Westbrook, BSC grad receives state award

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Paging Dr. Mayfield.

After a standout career on the baseball diamond and in the classroom over the past four years at Birmingham-Southern College, Jacob Mayfield recently received a boost toward his dream of a career in medicine.  

The 2011 Westbrook Christian graduate recently was honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame with its inaugural

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Local leaders meet with ALDOT officials

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Local officials met Thursday, July 9 with ALDOT director John Cooper to discuss future plans for highways and roads in Etowah County.

The purpose for the meeting was for Cooper to announce that Brian Davis, chief of the engineering division for ALDOT, will be evaluating the needs of the county. To do this he will

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Students learn about importance of honey bees

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

About 75 children from Glencoe Elementary and John S. Jones Elementary Schools learned about honey bees on Monday, July 6 in honor of the 3rd Annual Honey Bee Awareness Day.

The children participated in the honey bee program as part of the schools’ summer camps.

The children first learned about why honey bees are important. Honey

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County hires new Chief Administrative Officer

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Etowah County Commission unanimously voted to approve a contract with Sherrie Y. Kelley for the Chief Administrative Officer position at the Etowah County Commission meeting on Tuesday, July 7.

The position opened after the commission terminated the contract with Patrick Simms, following his arrest for sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12

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GRMC’s orthopedic floor home to award-winning nurses

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Natasha Williams, a registered nurse in orthopedics at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, was named the 2015 Patient Choice Award winner earlier this year. 

The orthopedic floor has had its nurses honored with this award for the last three years, with Laura Pearce winning the award last year and Misty Cash in 2013. 

“We are all very

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Local nurse goes on medical mission trip

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Local nurse Connie Gunn recently returned from a mission trip to Malawi, a small poor country in southeast Africa.

Currently the Director of Marketing at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, Gunn previously worked as an RN in surgery. After a refresher course at GRMC, she returned to her role as a surgical RN at Blessings Hospital,

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YMCA teaches children to swim

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

As I walked through the gate to 6th Street pool Monday morning, the first thing I noticed was a large group of excited children. 

Only 4 and 5 years old, these children are taking part in a YMCA program to learn how to swim. In its fifth year, the program was made possible through a Red

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Gadsden State hosts Zebrafish Workshop

By Kaitlin Fleming 

Staff Correspondent 

Gadsden State Community College’s Aquaculture Department recently held the 2nd Annual Zebrafish Husbandry Education Curriculum Development Workshop. This workshop attracted researchers, professors, biologists and aquatic specialists from all over the state, country and world. 

The Zebrafish workshop is designed to design an educational program to train people to care for Zebrafish. The Gadsden

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Seniors learn about law enforcement

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Last week the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hosted the week-long 2015 Student Leadership Academy for 22 incoming high school seniors. The mini-academy is similar to what members of the department have to go through.

The students spent the week immersed in the sheriff’s office, living in campers behind the jail. 

The students arrived Sunday, June

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Southside to host 9th city fest

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Southside City Fest returns on July 18 for its ninth year. Admission to the event is free. The festival starts at 2 p.m. on the Southside High School grounds and ends at 10 p.m. 

Last year the City of Southside estimated that over 8,000 people attended the music festival.

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Local farmers' markets kick off

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent

Summer has just begun and so has the demand for fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Luckily local cities have started their farmers markets, which support fresh produce and local growers. What is better than a refreshing tomato sandwich or ripe watermelon in this heat? 

The cities of Attalla, Gadsden and Rainbow City

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Gadsden to host First Friday

Next Friday, July 3, is First Friday in Downtown Gadsden. You are invited to come join us downtown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., stroll up and down the sidewalks and celebrate all that is great about Downtown Gadsden!  July is Independent Retailer month, so make it a point to visit the independently owned businesses.  You will be sure

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