By Danny CrownoverBy Danny Crownover

The Vagabond: A History of Gadsden: 1836-1900, Part II

The Vagabond recently pulled up an article from the Etowah Historical Society library called “Early History of Northeast Alabama,” which contained a section called “A History of Gadsden ” by Charles P. Smith, who was mayor of Gadsden in 1905-1906.

Smith was known as “The Hooter of Owls Hollow” who wrote his reminiscences. He wrote six extremely interesting and

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2014 Hokes Bluff High graduate and Purdue University incoming sophomore Isaac Haas (left) recently received an invitation to try out for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games men’s basketball team. (Courtesy of purduesports.com)2014 Hokes Bluff High graduate and Purdue University incoming sophomore Isaac Haas (left) recently received an invitation to try out for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games men’s basketball team. (Courtesy of purduesports.com)

Former Eagle Haas to try out for U.S. Pan Am basketball roster

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

2014 Hokes Bluff High graduate and Purdue University incoming sophomore Isaac Haas is of one of 16 players collegiate players selected by USA Basketball to receive an invitation to take part in the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games men’s basketball team training camp. The camp is used to select the 12 players who will represent the

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Following a season at Troy, former Gadsden State basketball standout Lacey Buchanon has transferred to Jacksonville State. Following a season at Troy, former Gadsden State basketball standout Lacey Buchanon has transferred to Jacksonville State.

Former GSCC standout to play for Jacksonville State

The Jacksonville State University women’s basketball team has added a local player to the Gamecock program, as former Gadsden State standout Lacey Buchanon recently transferred from Troy.

A 5-3 guard, Buchanon helped the 2014-15 Lady Trojans to a 20-win season. Before playing for Troy, Buchanon spent her first two seasons on the collegiate level at Gadsden State, where she

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around the SEC

The Southeastern Conference is consistently the best overall collegiate league in several sports. Football receives the most attention - it’s the most popular sport in the country - but the league is also the strongest conference in baseball, softball, gymnastics and golf.

The one sport where the SEC struggles to produce on a national level on a yearly basis

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by Sarrah Petersby Sarrah Peters

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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