Westbrook, Southside, Glencoe advance to volleyball super regionals

October 23, 2018

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Abbie Garrett (left) and Ohatchee’s Emma Haynes battle at the net during the Lady Warriors’ 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-23 victory in the Class 2A, Area 11 Volleyball Tournament finals last Monday (Oct. 23) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)

Several local volleyball teams advanced to the North Super Regional Tournament at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
In the Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament finals in Rainbow City, Westbrook Christian defeated Ohatchee, 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-23. The Lady Warriors open the regional tournament against Ranburne this Thursday (Oct. 25).
Making the all-tournament team were Makenna Beard, Kenzie Kate Fairchild, Macie Beecham and Lillie Skipper from Westbrook and Sidney Oliver and Alyssa Gargus from Gaston.
In the Class 5A, Area 12 Tournament finals at Alexandria, Southside defeated the host Lady Valley Cubs, 22-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-19. The Lady Panthers (41-12) open the regional tournament against Moody this Thursday (Oct. 25).
In the Class 3A, Area 11 Tournament finals at Pleasant Valley, Glencoe lost to the host Lady Raiders, 25-16, 25-21, 25-9. The Yellow Jackets open the regional tournament against Fultondale this Thursday (Oct. 25).

Darden Rehab holds awards luncheon

October 23, 2018

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, October 17, Darden Rehabilitation Foundation held its annual meeting and award ceremony at the Downtown Civic Center in Gadsden. Darden is one of 26 community rehabilitation programs in Alabama and is number one in the state. The program serves clients with disabilities in five counties: Etowah, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall

Love Center to host Community Feud fundraiser

October 23, 2018

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Love Center’s upcoming fundraiser transforms a popular televised game show into a fun-filled community competition. Community Feud will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the newly-opened Venue at Coosa Landing in Gadsden. To find teams, the Love Center Board approached local governing bodies and others and

People of Etowah - Katy Chandler

October 23, 2018

Name: Katy Chandler Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and raised most of my life in Attalla.” What is your occupation? “I am the manager at Sportclips Haircuts of Gadsden.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I have said from the beginning that cosmetology chose me. I

The Vagabond: Mary Elizabeth Counselman Vinyard and The Leota steamboat

October 23, 2018

By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently was standing on the Coosa River boardwalk by where the Alabama Princess riverboat was once moored. The boat is no longer owned locally or docked at the location. But The Vagabond’s thoughts were about all the old riverboats that once plied the river. One of these original paddle-wheel boats,

Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

October 23, 2018

Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake, Mandarin Orange Cake and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake If you have any hopes of being a good Southern cook, you need to be a great cake baker. I did not say that it had to be a cake made from “scratch” (as we say in the South), but a tasty and moist one. As far as