Titans’ Mooney plays in North/South football game

Courtesy of ahsaa.com 2016 Gadsden City High graduate Denzel Mooney participated in the weather-shortened AHSAA North-South All-Star football game on Thursday (July 21) at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Lightning and heavy rains forced the game to be called at 8:16 of the second quarter with the North holding a 14-0 lead. Quarterback Zach Cupps of Gardendale
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Ford to pre-file lottery, casino bills for legislative sessions

House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) announced today (July 22) that he would pre-file a pair of lottery bills next week in anticipation of the governor calling a special legislative session. Rep. Ford said that he will also pre-file the bills for the 2017 Regular Legislative Session if a lottery is not passed during a
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Support offered for back to school shopping

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent August marks the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. That means that July is the prime time for “back to school” shopping. Etowah County elementary schools have provided shopping lists for parents to use, to ensure that each student has the supplies they need. However, some
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Love Your Neighbor kicks off initiative

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, July 20 about 40 volunteers gathered at the abandoned grocery store on South 11th Street in Gadsden. The volunteers were there to kick off the Love Your Neighbor Initiative’s first project: phase one of the revitalization of South 11th Street. Twelve churches have agreed to participate in the
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Mentor assists children

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Alabama Mentor has been helping local children find foster families and encourage the clients to take steps toward their future. Terrica Carter was one of Mentor’s clients. In August 2014, she was placed with Vera and Jerry Washington. “From the first time I walked into their house, I felt like
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Theatre of Gadsden to perform Mame

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Theatre of Gadsden will be performing its rendition of Mame starting tonight, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Ritz Theatre on Wall Street in Gadsden. Additional performances of Mame will take place on Saturday, July 23; Friday, July 29; and Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees
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Craig Ford - Gov. Bentley dooms special session before it begins

Members of the Alabama Legislature were treated to a bit of déjà vu this week when we found out through the newspaper – and not directly from Gov. Robert Bentley – that the governor is planning to call the legislature back into a special legislative session within the next month or two. Last summer, Gov.
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Pious Bob - Moving Beyond Our Past to His Future

Paul understood his calling very quickly and very humbly: “For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-11). We
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Classifieds for the week of July 22-29, 2016

ESTATE SALE Massive Estate Sale 1893 Rainbow Drive, Gadsden #6 Saturday, 23rd 10-3 Sunday, 24th 12-4 3 Story townhouse 4,000 sq. ft. Couch, tables, china cabinet, king bed suite, full bed suite, 2 twin beds, antique desk, old phone table, end tables, coffee table, wing back chairs, recliner, washer and dryer, patio furniture, ladders, stools,
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Legal notices for the week of July 22-29, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Michelle Vance, a single woman, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 29th day of October, 2012, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3375718 in the office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Each preseason, there’s a list of coaches relegated to the dreaded “hot seat” discussion. Throughout the recent SEC Media Days in Hoo-ver, four coaches from the SEC were frequently mentioned in those hot seat conversations – Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, LSU’s Les Miles and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. Sumlin
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Gadsden City cager keeps family at forefront

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup recently showed where her priorities lie. The highly recruited Gadsden City High School incoming senior basketball player had planned on waiting until August before committing to a college, but a close relative’s grave illness hastened that announcement. With her grandmother Shirley Copeland suffering through the latter stages of ovarian
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Local athletes compete in North/South All-Star games

  By Stan Veitch Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian senior softball catcher Alaina Hampton played in Tuesday’s (July 19) AHSAA North-South All-Star softball game, and in the process, put her stamp on the doubleheader at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park. “There were two catchers and we split innings,” Hampton said. “I got to play in both games.” In
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Glencoe's Pierce honored

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Jason Pierce apparently is well thought-of in the state coaching community. The Glencoe High School girls golf coach recently was named the National Federation of High School Coach of the Year in girls golf for the 2015 season, which is seleted by the state coaches. Pierce’s Lady Yellow Jackets won 2015
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Brown, Cone win local junior golf tournament

Tee Brown and Hope Cone were the overall winners in the 2016 Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament played last week at the Gadsden Country Club, Briarmeade, Wills Creek and Silver Lakes courses. Brown shot an overall score of 213, while Cone finished at 234. It was Cone’s second straight county title. Her three-day total was
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Local angler wins Weiss Lake tournament

Gadsden resident Brian Smith won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series in the Co-Angler Division on Weiss Lake on July 9. Smith won with three bass weighing 11.84 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.81-pound kicker. “We were fishing shallow pretty much kicking up mud all day hitting docks,” said Smith. “I
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Southside to host City Fest

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Southside will host its Southside City Fest tomorrow, July 16. The event will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. at Southside High School. Admission is free. Southside City Fest features music for everybody, with five bands performing throughout the evening. The music starts at 2 p.m. with Salem Syndrome,
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RBC breaks ground at new Waste Water Treatment Plant

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On July 12, Rainbow City officials broke ground on a Waste Water Treatment Plant for the city located at 1540 Sutton Bridge Road. The waste water treatment plant is an issue that Utilities Board had been considering for some time. “After researching many options, the Utilities Board determined that in
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Student volunteer group raises money for Boys and Girls Club

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, July 13 Students United to Volunteer hosted a baseball camp and basketball game at the Gadsden Sports Complex to benefit the Etowah County Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club recently recieved a new facility, and the group wishes to provide the needed money for equipment
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Pious Bob - The Arrogance of Dust

St. Paul makes life so simple, but yet so hard: “…For I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty…I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:4-13). Can we believe this? “I can
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Classifieds for the week of July 15-22, 2016

AUCTIONS AUCTION – MONDAY June 27th, 8am. Loading Dock South. 202 Rolling Mill Street Helena, Al. Building Sold 15,000 sq ft warehouse full of building materials. 1-205-612-4221. Asset Liquidators. Biz Clydette Hughes Al #1275. AUCTION – RICHEY Farm – Home with 108± acres. Offered in 10 tracts with 5 absolute. 3-story home on 12± ac
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Legal notices for the week of July 15-22, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Shirley M. Jones aka Shirley Jones, unmarried, to Regions Bank, on the 15th day of August, 2008, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, as Instrument
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The SEC Media Days concluded yesterday (July 13) at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. Auburn recap Auburn was the first team to take the stage on Monday (July 11). Head coach Gus Malzahn, receiver Marcus Davis and defensive linemen Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams represented the Tigers. AU is
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Cooper family a tradition in Etowah County sports

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Traditions run deep in the Etowah County area. For one local family, spring and summer means carrying on a family tradition that began four generations ago, a tradition of umpiring local baseball by the family that has excelled in local sports. This is the story of the Cooper family. Robert Neil
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Sardis runner signs scholarship

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Alexis Powell excelled in cross country, track and cheerleading for Sardis High School. For college, she chose to pursue a scholarship in cross country. “I just love running,” said Powell, whose best time for Sardis was 21 minutes over the 3.1-mile, or 5K, cross country course. Powell found what
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Prayer gathering announced for Friday, July 8

Alabama Representative Mack Butler announced on Facebook that a prayer gathering will be held at Rainbow City Hall tonight, July 8 at 7:45 p.m to show support for law enforcement in the wake of the tragedy in Dallas, in which five police officers lost their lives. Butler asked the public to come together to pray
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Volunteers seek to improve Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor This last week, several out-of-town churches have been on a mission to improve the Gadsden area. While here, the volunteers from Hepzibah Baptist Church, Indian Lake Baptist Church and Fairview Church of God worked with Breakaway Ministries, which aims to provide Gadsden with services it needs. According to its Facebook
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Love Center and GMA to hold Art for a Purpose

By Sarrah Peters News Editor In 1982, Charlsie Tarrance was inspired to provide shelter to “God’s most forgotten people.” Tarrance noticed the problem of homelessness in Etowah County and created The Love Center to provide clothing, food, furniture and shelter to those in need. “Since 1985, The Love Center has provided homeless single women, couples
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Former Gadsden native receives internship

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Former Gadsden native Fernanda Herrera was awarded a summer Congressional internship offered by The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She will be working at the office of Representative Raul Grijalva for eight weeks during her stay on Capitol Hill. Herrera attended Saint James Catholic School before attending Gadsden City High School.
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Moore shares secrets to DGI’s success

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent   Kay Moore knows the importance of history. The offices of Downtown Gadsden Inc., of which Moore is the director, are located in what used to be Runt’s Place on Broad Street. A small memorial to the building’s past sits in the corner of the conference room, featuring some
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Attalla improving roads and sidewalks

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent The City of Attalla is in the process of improving and Mayor Larry Means is excited about the possibilities. Currently, work is under way to redo the sidewalks along 4th Street from 6th Avenue to the end of the city limits. Once the sidewalks are complete, 4th Street will be
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Craig Ford -House Speaker shouldn't be chosen behind closed doors

When former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was convicted on 12 felony counts of corruption, he was immediately removed from office. Now, the state House of Representatives must elect a new speaker. The state constitution requires legislators to hold a public vote to elect the next speaker, but the reality is that, unless there
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The Vagabond - Etowah County’s role during the Civil War: Part 1

This week The Vagabond starts a series about the Civil War written by historian Betty Sue McElroy several years ago as a presentation to the Etowah Historical Society. The Vagabond talked to Betty Sue this week about her article. It was agreed that it would be worth repeating to the readers. Our Backyard, Gadsden, Ala.,
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Pious Bob - A Cure for Stubbornness and Stiffness

Nehemiah said: “And you warned them in order to turn them back to your law. Yet they acted presumptuously and did not obey your commandments, but sinned against your ordinances, by the observance of which a person shall live. They turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck and would not obey. Many years you
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Classifieds for the week of July 8-15, 2016

AUCTIONS AUCTION – MONDAY June 27th, 8am. Loading Dock South. 202 Rolling Mill Street Helena, Al. Building Sold 15,000 sq ft warehouse full of building materials. 1-205-612-4221. Asset Liquidators. Biz Clydette Hughes Al #1275. AUCTION – RICHEY Farm – Home with 108± acres. Offered in 10 tracts with 5 absolute. 3-story home on 12± ac
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Legal notices for the week of July 8-15, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated October 12, 2005, executed by Nathalla J. Elmore, MD married, trustee of the Wood Family Trust, and husband, Stephen O. Wood, to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N. A., which mortgage was recorded on October 28, 2005, in
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama is entering the football season as the defending national champion. The Crimson Tide has more talent on their roster than any other team in college football. Their only real concerns are at quarterback and kicker. The schedule is one of the toughest in the country. Sound familiar? The level of
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Beggs, Justus share top honor on All-Messenger baseball team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor An Eagle and a Conqueror took the top honors in the 2016 All-Messenger high school baseball team. Chase Beggs played a big hand in the Eagles finishing the regular season as the eighth-ranked team in Class 4A and qualifying for a state playoff berth. In 58 innings on the mound, the senior
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Gadsden native doing well on west coast

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent Nikki Ferguson has come a long way – both physically and in soccer – from his days around the Gadsden area. The man who was instrumental in helping start soccer programs at Southside, Westbrook Christian and Gadsden high schools recently was awarded the Bay Valley (Calif.) Conference Coach of the Year
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Local girl opens Little Free Library

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Emerson Champagne is only five years old, but she is already running her own business. Inspired by her love of reading, Emerson wanted to start her own library. With the help of her librarian mother, Jamie, and family friends David and Gail Garrett, Emerson’s wish came true. Emerson opened her
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Stay safe this summer with tips from Etowah County EMA

By Katilin Fleming Staff Correspondent The 4th of July is right around the corner and the temperature is rising in Alabama. So how can you and your family stay safe and have fun this summer? The most important part of staying safe is staying aware of the dangers that accompany the vacation months. A few
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Young Leaders give scholarships

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Young Leader Society recently awarded scholarships to four graduating seniors. Three of the recipients received $1,000 awards and one received a technical scholarship of $750. Madison Abernathy of Gadsden City High School, Elizabeth Fulenwider of Glencoe High School ans Haleigh Glover of Gadsden City High School received $1,000 each.
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Local trio honored at American Values dinner

By Mike Goodson Staff Correspondent The Greater Alabama Council of The Boy Scouts of America held its annual American Values Dinner on June 24 at the Gadsden Museum of Art. Three local citizens were recognized for their contributions to scouting – Heather New, Wilbur, “Bubba” Masters and Rodney Passmore. The event’s keynote speaker was former University
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Sue Woodard celebrates retirement from county commission

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent On May 10, 1976, Sue Woodard became the bookkeeper for the Etowah County Commission. On June 29, 2016, she celebrated her retirement from the same institution. Forty years have passed, during which time Woodard filled four different positions within the county commission, including chief clerk. She became financial controller
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The Vagabond: Nichols and the Dwight Manufacturing Company

Recently at the Jerry B. Jones Library in the Elliott Community Center in Alabama City, a photo of Charlotte Peabody Kimball Nichols, mother of Howard Gardner Nichols, was found. Charlotte was born on April 24, 1839, in Bradford, Mass., and died on Aug. 4, 1908, in Newton, Mass. In 1870 she married John Howard Nichols.
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Pious Bob: The Jesus Saving Bank

Jesus instructs us about being prepared: “Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:1-13). The parable of the bridesmaids and their lamps as told by
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Classified for the week of July 1-8, 2016

AUCTIONS AUCTION – MONDAY June 27th, 8am. Loading Dock South. 202 Rolling Mill Street Helena, Al. Building Sold 15,000 sq ft warehouse full of building materials. 1-205-612-4221. Asset Liquidators. Biz Clydette Hughes Al #1275. AUCTION – RICHEY Farm – Home with 108± acres. Offered in 10 tracts with 5 absolute. 3-story home on 12± ac
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Legal notices for the week of July 1-8, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on March 23, 2005 by Jeff S. Ragan, a married man joined by Bonnie Ragan, his wife, originally in favor of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and recorded in Instrument # M-2005-1395 on April 8, 2005, in
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Southside, Etowah standouts highlight All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of standout pitchers who consistently helped their cause at the plate highlight the 2016 All-Messenger high school softball team. In being major factors in their teams advancing to the state tournament, Southside junior Savanna Yancey and Etowah senior Madison Grant are the team’s co-Players of the Year. Taking over as
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In & around the SEC

SEC Year in Review In the last decade, the Southeastern Conference has been synonymous with championships. From 2006-2015, the SEC won multiple national titles in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, track and field and golf. In the 2015-16 season, however, the SEC only won one championship in those sports. The conference still represented
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Brick Haley returns home for golf benefit

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Judging from the heavy turnout, the Brick Road to Success benefit golf tournament was a resounding success on June 24 at Twin Bridges Golf Course. Haley, a 1984 Emma Sansom High School graduate, was humbled by the sheer number of people who braved the near triple digit temperatures to participate in the
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Beautiful Rainbow Catering hosts showcase

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent The Beautiful Rainbow Catering Company and Garden hosted local leaders for lunch on June 16 at Litchfield Middle School. The caterers, young men with special needs from the Gadsden area, partnered with King’s Olive Oil to provide foods such as salad, focaccia and even orange and olive oil cake.
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Animal Shelter to host food drive

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Etowah County Animal Shelter will be hosting a food drive for the month of July. The shelter will be accepting cat and dog food at four locations throughout Etowah County. Hokes Bluff Trophy, located at 3739 Alford Bend Road in Hokes Bluff; West Etowah County Water Authority, located at
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New honored by education network

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden/Etowah Chamber President Heather Brothers New was recently honored by The Alabama Afterschool Community Network by being named its Northern Municipal Champion. New was honored at the Northern Municipal Forum held at the Marriott Huntsville, at the Space and Rocket Center for her support of Gadsden afterschool educational initiatives. The
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GPL offers summer programs

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent According to Alabama State Records, Etowah County’s illiteracy rate for people over the age of 16 is at 14.1 percent. The state average proficiency in reading is 86 percent and Etowah County Schools are coming in above average at an impressive 89 percent. So what could be the cause for
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Craig Ford: Pride, not people, that Gov. Bentley knows

One of the most famous scriptures in the Bible says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” That scripture kept running through my mind this past week as Gov. Robert Bentley repeatedly claimed that he knows the people of Alabama “better than anyone” and that they are not interested in impeaching him. That
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Pious Bob: Breastplates, Helmets and Bright Shining Days

St. Paul commissions the spiritual battle gear for the faithful in saying: “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord
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The Vagabond: History of Gadsden city officials, Part III

This week the Vagabond continues with naming all the known mayors and officials of Gadsden through 1968. 1920 Mayor Clyde Stevenson Mayor: Clyde Stevenson President of Council: W.P. Archer Aldermen: Edwin W. Pickard and R.D. Stanfield, First Ward; I.S. Johnson and Berry Malone, Second Ward; I.M. Bensinger and B. Caldwell, Third Ward; R.W. Camp and Carl Whorton,
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Classifieds for the week of June 24- July 1, 2016

AUCTIONS AUCTION – MONDAY June 27th, 8am. Loading Dock South. 202 Rolling Mill Street Helena, Al. Building Sold 15,000 sq ft warehouse full of building materials. 1-205-612-4221. Asset Liquidators. Biz Clydette Hughes Al #1275. AUCTION – RICHEY Farm – Home with 108± acres. Offered in 10 tracts with 5 absolute. 3-story home on 12± ac
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Legal notices for the week of June 24-July 1, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Alabama, ETOWAH County Default having been made pursuant to the terms of that certain mortgage executed by Wanda Sherrel Adair and husband, Albon D. Adair to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for First Franklin A Division of Nat. City Bank its successors and assigns, dated 09/11/06, said mortgage being recorded
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In & around SEC baseball

Florida’s spectacular season came to an unceremonious conclusion earlier this week at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Gators were upset, 2-1, by Coastal Carolina in the tournament’s opening game. It was the Chanticleers’ first-ever CWS victory. Florida then played Texas Tech in an elimination game, and the Red Raiders knocked the Gators
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YMCA summer campers receive dose of reality

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Local youngsters recently learned life lessons on doing their best and not giving up, courtesy of a pair of reality television participants. Jo Jo Bynum and Eddy Stewart, Alabama residents who currently are competing in the NBC series American Ninja Warrior, spoke to Coosa YMCA summer day campers on Monday (June 20).
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Local track team competes at state meet

The Gadsden-area More Than Runners track and field club competed in the state meet on June 18 and19 in Selma. The team, which competes in four age groups, qualified to for the regional meet held at Louisiana State University next month. First place winners were Kenedy Wright in the 100 and 200-meter dashes; Christopher Miller and
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Cardinals sign Centre's Wester

    By Shannon Fagan/Cherokee County Herald 2016 Cherokee County High School graduate Joel Wester recently signed a tennis scholarship with Gadsden State Community College. Wester played at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Warriors thispast season. “I wasn’t really expecting this (scholarship),” Wester said. “It was kind of late in
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Super Regionals Review The NCAA Super Regionals proved to be unkind to the Southeastern Conference. Five teams from the SEC – Florida, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, LSU, and South Carolina – participated in the Super Regionals, and all five teams also hosted the tournaments. However, Florida was the only team that advanced to the
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Brick Haley to host annual golf benefit at Twin Brdges

Former Emma Sansom High School football standout and current University of Texas defensive line coach Brick Haley returns to his hometown of Gadsden on June 24 to host the third annual Brick Road to Success Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at Twin Bridges Golf Course, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting
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New clock installed in downtown Gadsden

Downtown Gadsden installed a new clock on the corner of Court and Broad streets on the 4th Street block on Thursday, June 16. In the early 1900s, a clock tower was located at the courthouse on 4th and Court streets. In later years, clocks at 3rd street and 6th streets provided the time for visitors
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Heart Walk to host kickoff event

The 2016 Northeast Alabama Heart Walk is hosting a Community Team Kickoff on June 23 at Back Forty Beer Company from 4 to 6 p.m. The American Heart Association is inviting community members who are passionate about heart health and giving back to join the association to raise support for the Heart Walk that will
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Local businesses highlighted in national campaign

Three Etowah County culinary destinations are being featured in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Bon Appétit, Appalachia!, a magazine insert that highlights locally owned farms, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and other food destinations in the Appalachia. Etowah County’s own Back Forty Beer Company, Maraella Winery and Wills Creek Vineyards are featured with 800 other Appalacha attractions including
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Gaston grad to pursue MBA at Harvard

Kevin Ferguson continues to broaden his horizons. The 2008 Gaston High School graduate will pursue an MBA this fall in Boston, Mass., at the Harvard School of Business. The school accepts only 11 percent of its applicants each year and currently is ranked as the top business school both in the United States and abroad.
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Etowah County farmers markets provide fresh produce

Summer has just begun and so has the demand for fresh fruits and vegetables. Luckily, local cities have started their farmers markets, which support fresh produce and local growers. What is better than a refreshing tomato sandwich or ripe watermelon in this heat? Some local produce includes tomatoes, plums, squash, green beans, peaches, bell peppers,
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Craig Ford - Breaking the pattern of corruption in Alabama politics

We’ve all heard the famous saying, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It’s really more than just a saying; it’s a lesson from history that Alabama leaders have continued to repeat over and over again. The conviction of House Speaker Mike Hubbard, the suspension and pending hearing of Chief Justice Roy More and the
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The Vagabond - History of Gadsden city officials, Part II

This week The Vagabond continues with naming all the known mayors and officials of Gadsden. 1899 Mayor L.L. Herzberg Mayor: L.L. Herzberg. Aldermen: J.R. Hughes, First Ward; J.H. Holcomb; Louis M. Smith; Otto Agricola; W.H. Sutton. 1901 Mayor E. Blackwood Mayor: E. Blackwood. Aldermen: Robert L. Miller, First Ward); C.H. Ritch, Second Ward (resigned Oct., 1901, W.L.
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Pious Bob - Fruit-Bearing Sheep

Many times Jesus communicates a truth to us through a parable. In the Gospel of Matthew we hear: “And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these
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The Messenger Community Calendar

July 23 Gallant Homemakers and Community Leaders will hold a benefit yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gallant Community Center located at 14280 Gallant Road in Gallant. Funds raised will be used to repair the ladies bathroom in the community center and volunteer fire department building. For more information, call Marie
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Classifieds for the week of June 17-24, 2016

AUCTIONS AUCTION – MONDAY June 27th, 8am. Loading Dock South. 202 Rolling Mill Street Helena, Al. Building Sold 15,000 sq ft warehouse full of building materials. 1-205-612-4221. Asset Liquidators. Biz Clydette Hughes Al #1275. AUCTION – RICHEY Farm – Home with 108± acres. Offered in 10 tracts with 5 absolute. 3-story home on 12± ac
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Legal Notices for the week of June 17-24, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by mortgage executed by Ermelinda Pascual-Matias, a married woman, to Gospel Truth Church, an unincorporated, non-profit, religious association, dated March 6, 2014, and filed for record in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, in Instrument #3399409;
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Area players make ASWA all-state softball, baseball teams

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Nineteen local players were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2016 All-State high school softball and baseball teams. Ten area players made the softball teams and nine were picked for baseball. Seven players were selected for the first team – five in softball and two in baseball. Making the first
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Noccalula Falls Campground to host Wheels on the Hill

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor Last year, Noccalula Falls held the Wheels on the Hill car show for the first time. The car show will return today, June 10 and continue until Saturday, June 11. The gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Tickets to the car show are $3, and entrance is
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Hokes Bluff honor student wins new car at graduation

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor For nine years Devan Lowe Cadillac Buick GMC Lincoln in Rainbow City has offered an enticing deal for graduating students of the ten Etowah County High Schools. Seniors who made the A and A/B honor rolls are allowed to register after each nine weeks grading period to win a brand new
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Shelter in need of donations

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor In 1982, Charlsie Tarrance was inspired to provide shelter to “God’s most forgotten people.” Tarrance noticed the problem of homelessness in Etowah County and created The Love Center to provide clothing, food, furniture and shelter to those in need. “Since 1985, The Love Center has provided homeless single women, couples and
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Craig Ford - Six Years Later And Still No Jobs

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. That also happens to be a pretty good description of our state leadership for the last six years. For six years, Alabama’s leaders have talked about “jobs, jobs, jobs” and bragged about how they’ve made
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The Vagabond - History of Gadsden city officials

Robert Kyle, First Mayor – 1867. Officials as of June 9, 1876: Mayor: J. H. Disque; Aldermen: J. S. Paden, W. C. Liddell, W. T. Golightly, Jesse Mayne and W. N. Meeks; Town Marshall: M. M. Hughes; and City Clerk: D. B. Hicks. Officials as of 1877 (Fiscal yr. March 1 to Feb. 28): Mayor:
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Pious Bob - He is the Resurrection and the Life

Resurrection is a hard thing to grasp for most of us. St. Paul had a tough time convincing people in his time. Resurrection is the cornerstone of our Christian Faith. Paul told the Corinthians: “Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Regionals Review Five teams from the Southeastern Conference advanced to the Super Regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament. Florida, the overall No. 1 seed for the tournament, rolled through its regional – including a 10-1 win over Georgia Tech in the final. The Gators face in-state rival Florida State in the best-of-three Super Regionals
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Classified for the week of June 10-17, 2016

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Legal notices for the week of June 10-17, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Lisa Urban, a single person, originally in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., on the 5th day of September, 2013, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama,
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The Love Kitchen returns to Way of the Cross

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Love Kitchen returned to Way of the Cross soup kitchen to serve fresh pizza to those in need. The Love Kitchen is a mobile kitchen that travels throughout the continental United States and Canada to provide food, in the form of pizza, to the anyone in need, including disaster
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Waffle House employee honored

Sarrah Peters News Editor The Attalla Waffle House held a 1980s-themed celebration on Friday, May 27 to honor the hard work of the Unit Manager Deborah McGraw, who has been employed with Waffle House for 30 years. McGraw has always worked in the Gadsden and Attalla area. She became an Attalla resident 11 years ago.
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Larry Lee - Coincidence or Conspiracy in State Education?

Conspiracy is a strong word. Very, very strong. But coincidence seems way too meek and mild in this case. Especially when you consider that out-of-state billionaires are sending money to Alabama to buy seats in the state legislature. Somehow, “meek” and “billionaire” just don’t seem to belong in the same sentence. As one takes a
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Craig Ford - Do we honor our veterans?

As you celebrated Memorial Day this week, how did you take time to honor our veterans and, specifically, those who did not come back home alive? Our country officially recognizes two days out of the year, set aside in remembrance of those who have served our country. Veterans Day, celebrated in November, is in honor
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Pious Bob - Reflecting Heaven on Earth

While the Book of The Revelation to John can be awkward for many readers of the Bible, it can help us connect with the mystery of our Lord and God through metaphorical teachings. Just like in the words of the song, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” the description “fortress” is a metaphor communicating God’s
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The Vagabond - Gadsden's Old Commissioner Government

The Vagabond recently came across a rare document from the early 1930’s that is now at the Etowah Historical Society. Since the beginnings of the little town of Gadsden, there was different form of city government, what The Vagabond calls the pioneer form of governing, in which the mayor and other municipal officers was paid
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Classified for the week of June 3-June 10, 2016

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Legal notices for the week of June 3-10, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on November 30, 2009 by Timothy O. Waldrop, a single man, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for First Federal Bank, and recorded in Instrument # 3324389 on December 9, 2009,
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Locals make all-state, all-county soccer teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A number of local student-athletes recently were named to the all-state girls soccer teams as made by high school state members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the inaugural All-Etowah County boys and girls teams State runner-up Westbrook Christian had three players make the Class 1A-3A all-state first
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Ginn family tradition continues at Gadsden State

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Ginn name is well known to those persons familiar with Gadsden State Community College athletics. The family tradition continued with the recent naming of Scott Ginn as the new head coach for the Gadsden State men’s basketball team. His brother Todd, who resigned April 30, was the program’s head coach
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In & Aound SEC Baseball

SEC Tournament review Texas A&M defeated Florida, 12-5, in the SEC Tournament championship game last Sunday (May 29) in Hoover. The Aggies secured their first conference championship behind a dominant offensive performance, including five RBI from leadoff hitter J.B. Moss. Texas A&M also scored 12 runs in a semifinal win over Ole Miss and 13
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Noccalula Falls celebrates World Turtle Day

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, May 23, Noccalula Falls Park celebrated World Turtle Day at its petting zoo. Children visited to take part in the celebration with local schools and preschools including Noccalula Academy, First Baptist of Glencoe, Etowah Preschool, Hokes Bluff Preschool and more. The children met Goldie, an African Spurred Tortoise.
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Glencoe opens new Pineview Avenue bridge

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The city of Glencoe held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, May 25 to open the new Pineview Avenue bridge. “It was a safety issue,” said Glencoe Mayor Charles C. Gilchrist. “It was an unsafe bridge. They had downgraded [the bridge] to three tons. School busses couldn’t cross it. Dump trucks
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