By Craig FordBy Craig Ford

Grow with the one you know

There’s a saying in the insurance business: “Grow with those we know.” It means when you are out looking for new business, always think of your existing customers first. I think this is a good concept that we need to apply to job creation here in Alabama.

Many of our state’s leaders have been touting a declining unemployment rate,

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By Danny By Danny "The Vagabond" Crownover

The 1877 Tallman map of Etowah County

  Several years ago, Etowah County Tax Assessor Jerry Jones was given an original copy of Etowah’s County first map, the 1877 Tallman’s Map. Earnest Lee, an early surveyor, gave this map to Jerry. Earnest received this map from his father, Fitzhuh Lee (born1866, died1946). Fitzhuh was the Etowah County Surveyor many years ago.

Note of interest: Fitzhuh’s daughter name

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By Robert Halsey PineBy Robert Halsey Pine

Our dogs under our table

Most of us have at least one pet of some kind. We have them for a variety of reasons: It gives us a sense of comfort having them around. They help keep all kinds of creatures from taking over our homes. They please our children. They are a form of security for our home. They are like having children

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Former Auburn football player Ernest “Big E” Wallace reacts after being named King of Hearts at the Gadsden Regional 2014 Go Red event. Doug Blackwell, center, and David Ellis look on.Former Auburn football player Ernest “Big E” Wallace reacts after being named King of Hearts at the Gadsden Regional 2014 Go Red event. Doug Blackwell, center, and David Ellis look on.

GRMC to host annual Go Red event

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


For the 11th year, Gadsden Regional Medical Center will host its annual Go Red event. It will take place at Gadsden Convention Hall on February 10 at 6 p.m. The event raises awareness about heart health, as well as money for the American Heart Association.

Fox 6 news anchor, Janice Rogers will be hosting the event.

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Author Beautiful Philips poses with her character I.C. Little and her book I.C. Little’s Alphabet Adventure.Author Beautiful Philips poses with her character I.C. Little and her book I.C. Little’s Alphabet Adventure.

Downtown Gadsden to host sweet and spicy weekend

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Friday, February 6, the merchants of Downtown Gadsden will be hosting a Chocolate Stroll.  Since it’s the week before Valentine’s Day, stores are going to stay open until 7 p.m. and will be offering special sales and serving chocolate delights. 

The merchants have also put together the “Ultimate Valentine’s Day Basket.”  To register, go to

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