Community Calendar for July and August

The Gadsden-Etowah Head Start Program is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. All applicants must meet the age and income requirements. Applicants must be 3 years of age on or before Sept. 1. Children’s hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration for all sites will be held at the J.W. Stewart Center at 513 Henry

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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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By Sarrah PetersBy Sarrah Peters

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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By Kaitlin FlemingBy Kaitlin Fleming

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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By Sarrah PetersBy Sarrah Peters

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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