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Gadsden’s city elections results listed

Sherman Guyton,  MayorSherman Guyton, Mayor

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden City Council and Mayoral elections were held on Tuesday, Aug. 26. 

While these results are not final, due to provisional ballots, they are close to the final figures.

Mayor Sherman Guyton was re-elected for his fourth term. The other candidates were J. Holland, Mitchell James, and Michael Shell. Guyton received the majority with 56 percent, or 3,466, of the votes.

“When I ran the first time, I really never thought I would be here three terms,” said Guyton. “We were in such bad financial shape, that it has taken a couple of terms to get everything in a positive situation. We have some money now, we paid some debt down, and we have some programs in place. I was encouraged by everyone to run again, and I thought, well I don’t want to walk off and leave it unfinished.”

Cynthia L. Toles won the election for District 1 council member. Billy J. Harris is the current District 1 council member that ran against her. Toles won with 57 percent, or 542, of votes in her district. 

In District 2, Devorick Williams was re-elected for his second term. The opposing candidate was Warren Alexander Dates. Williams received 66 percent, or 439, of the votes.

“I am very excited, though I am glad it [the election] is over,” said Williams, about his re-election. “It’s a stressful process. It is always humbling. Folks really came out to support me.”

Thomas Earl Worthy won the District 3 council spot. Robert Avery, the current councilmember, ran against him. Worthy won with 55%, or 452, of votes.

Robert Echols won District 4’s seat with 63%, or 817, of the votes. He has been on the city council since 1986. Mike Goodson and Luther D. Abel ran against him. 

In District 5, both Billy F. Billingsworth, Sr. and current councilmember Bill C. Stewart received 41% of the votes. Billingsworth got 373 votes, while Stewart got 366. Because of the closeness of the votes, there will be a runoff election between the two. Stewart has been in office since 1998. The third candidate was Gloria Allenstein.

Johnny Cannon was re-elected for his third term as District 6 councilmember. Cannon won with 67%, or 410, of the votes. His opponent was Alfred Oyler.

Ben Reed, council president and current District 7 councilmember, was re-elected for his fifth term. He won with 54%, or 770 of his district’s votes. Gary Ashley and Chris Robinson were the other candidates.

Voter turnout was low, following the pattern of declining voter participation. 

“I was encouraged that their were so many qualified candidates,” said Craig Ford. “However, I felt the turnout was lower than expected. I think encouraging people to use their right to vote is important, regardless of who they vote for.”

Voters say yes to Sunday liquor sales

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden voters on Tuesday, Aug. 26 didn’t just vote on city representatives. They also voted on whether or not to allow the sale of alcohol all seven days of the week, including Sunday.

The votes showed overwhelming support for selling on Sunday, with 68 percent voting for it. A total of 4,618 people

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EMA offers CERT certification

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is offering a CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team, class. 

CERT certified individuals are able to help the community in times of emergency and disaster. Many call in and ask where they can help during bad weather and other emergencies. Currently, the members are being organized into area-based groups that

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Runners participating in last year’s Chick-fil-A 10K, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run raised  for Never Surrender.Runners participating in last year’s Chick-fil-A 10K, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run raised for Never Surrender.

Chick-fil-A hosts fundraising races

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden’s 4th Street Chick-fil-A will host their 2nd annual 5K, 10K and 1-mile Fun Run on Sept 6. 

The 10k and 5k races will begin at 8 a.m. in the Coosa Valley YMCA parking lot. The 1-mile Fun Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a Family Fun Zone with free activities and

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Inside Toys exhibit ending soon, coming up Tutu2K fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Art’s exhibit Toys: The Inside Story ends after Labor Day. 

The exhibit featured 12 stations showing the mechanisms that run classic childhood toys, like a jack-in-the-box. The exhibit demonstrates how gears, pulleys and circuits work in other popular toys as well.

The center is open on weekends, if people want

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Carolyn ParkerCarolyn Parker

Parker elected to leadership post

Etowah County Commissioner Carolyn Parker has been elected to serve as a member of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama’s Legislative Committee.

ACCA is the statewide association representing Alabama’s county governments. The Legislative Committee is composed of a chairman, the Association’s past presidents still serving in county government and a representative from each of ACCA’s 12 districts. 

The

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Pictured from left are Nuclear Strike bowling team members Sarah Oden, Matthew McClendon, Kylee Whitt and Breanna Nixson.Pictured from left are Nuclear Strike bowling team members Sarah Oden, Matthew McClendon, Kylee Whitt and Breanna Nixson.

Local youths compete at state bowling tournament

The Etowah County Young American Bowling Association recently competed in The 2014 Pepsi USBC Youth Championship and The USBA Alabama State 8th Annual Alabama Youth Bowling Championship. 

In attendance at an awards banquet on June 14 in Prattville were Sarah Oden, Matthew McClendon, Kylee Whitt, Breanna Nixson and Jessica Clontz. 

The association meets at Paradise Lanes in Rainbow City

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Local youths compete at state bowling tournament

The Etowah County Young American Bowling Association recently competed in The 2014 Pepsi USBC Youth Championship and The USBA Alabama State 8th Annual Alabama Youth Bowling Championship. 

In attendance at an awards banquet on June 14 in Prattville were Sarah Oden, Matthew McClendon, Kylee Whitt, Breanna Nixson and Jessica Clontz. 

The association meets at Paradise Lanes in Rainbow City

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Mayor Larry Means visited the Parent Teacher Resource Center to recieve materials for his grandaughter. Pictured from the left: Jamye Ingram, Parent Coordinator; Mayor Larry Means; and Kaci Summerall, Parent Resource Teacher.Mayor Larry Means visited the Parent Teacher Resource Center to recieve materials for his grandaughter. Pictured from the left: Jamye Ingram, Parent Coordinator; Mayor Larry Means; and Kaci Summerall, Parent Resource Teacher.

Resource Center helps support education

Larry Means, Mayor of Attalla, recently visited the Gadsden City Schools Parent Teacher Resource Center. Means was excited about the availability of resources for students. During his visit, Means received a “prescription education packet” made for his granddaughter, who attends an elementary school in the district.

Any student enrolled in a Gadsden City School is eligible for these services. Parents or

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Dragon boat racing originated in China as part of the traditional Duanwu Festival. The race is thought to have originated at about the same time as the Olympic Games began in Greece.Dragon boat racing originated in China as part of the traditional Duanwu Festival. The race is thought to have originated at about the same time as the Olympic Games began in Greece.

Dragon Boat race raises money to build homes

By Sarrah Peters

Over 30 competitive and recreational teams participated in Etowah Gadsden Habitat for Humanity’s Dragon Boat Race Festival fundraiser on Aug. 16.

In the competitive division, Crossfit Rabid Red won first place with a time of 1:03.229. In second, the Athletic Club placed with a time of 1:04.798. In third, Brute/NEO had a time of 1:05.448. 

Although the scores were close

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Glenn Bright and David Evans pose in front of Ronnie Watkins Ford. The Athletic Foundation presidents are friendly and even attend the same church, despite their school teams’ rivalry.Glenn Bright and David Evans pose in front of Ronnie Watkins Ford. The Athletic Foundation presidents are friendly and even attend the same church, despite their school teams’ rivalry.

School rivals compete in fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Ronnie Watkins Ford hosted Drive 4 Ur School on Aug. 16. 

The fundraiser offered $20 to schools for each person that test drove a car, regardless of whether or not they bought the new cars. 

Two schools participated in the fundraiser. Rivals Hokes Bluff High and Glencoe High both encouraged participants to test drive a car for their school. 

Glencoe

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City of Glencoe council member Danny Wagnon recently earned the title of Advanced Certified Municipal Official.City of Glencoe council member Danny Wagnon recently earned the title of Advanced Certified Municipal Official.

Glencoe council member earns advanced municipal certificate

City of Glencoe council member Danny Wagnon recently earned the professional designation of Advanced Certified Municipal Official. 

In order to achieve this high honor, a municipal official must first complete 40 credit hours of training conducted or endorsed by the Alabama League of Municipalities to receive the designation of Certified Municipal Official. The individual then must complete an additional 40

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New Device at Riverview Brings Hope

Riverview Regional Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular team performed Etowah County’s first-ever Abiomed Impella 2.5 procedure on Wednesday, Aug. 13th. Dr. B. J. Patel, a Cardiologist at Riverview Regional Medical Staff, performed the procedure. This new technology is aimed at providing fast, effective relief for critically ill patients suffering from heart attack and heart failure. 

The Abiomed Impella 2.5, the world’s

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Striplin Elementary Principal Delsia Easley has ice water poured over her by the P.E. teacher, Coach Walker, while her students watch.Striplin Elementary Principal Delsia Easley has ice water poured over her by the P.E. teacher, Coach Walker, while her students watch.

Principal gets drenched to raise ALS awareness

By Sarrah Peters/New Editor

Principal Delsia Easley of W. E. Striplin Elementary recently participated in the ALS ice water challenge to raise awareness.

In addition, the school collected over $150 for the cause.

After she had the water pored on her by Coach Walker,  Easley challenged other principals in the Gadsden City Schools, the superintendent of the school system, Ed Miller,  and the

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This is Mark Peilen, a MANNA volunteer who delivers food to people who have difficulty cooking for themselves.This is Mark Peilen, a MANNA volunteer who delivers food to people who have difficulty cooking for themselves.

MANNA searches for weekly volunteers

MANNA is a non-profit company that provides a daily meal, Monday through Friday, to people who are disabled or otherwise unable to cook for themselves. They provide this service to the greater Gadsden region.

On a daily basis, MANNA delivers 225 meals. Many of these are specially prepared for specific dietary needs, such as diabetic, low sodium or pureed.

The meals cost

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Gadsden State offering new classes

The Gadsden State Community College Continuing Education Department will offer classes this fall with high school students in mind as well as lifelong learners. 

By taking advantage of the ACT Prep, high school juniors and seniors will have an opportunity to prepare before the final 2014 ACT Test date of December 13 and meet the mid-December scholarship deadlines for many 4-year

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GSCC hosts upcoming campus blood drives

The Gadsden State Community College Student Government Association is sponsoring several blood drives during the fall semester in conjunction with the American Red Cross. 

The mobile unit will be at the Valley Street Campus Tuesday, September 16. 

The second drive will be held Wednesday, September 24 at Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus. 

In October, drives will be held at the

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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.

New trails open at Noccalula Falls

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

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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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