Festival of Trees lights up GRMC

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent There’s no place like home for the holidays, but Gadsden Regional Medical Center has found a way to bring some Christmas cheer to patients spending the holidays in the hospital. The annual Festival of Trees, featuring Christmas trees decorated by different departments and offices, lit up the main lobby
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Blog writer tells animal adoption tales

By Sarrah Peters News Editor When Troy University journalism student Martha Ladner decided to start a blog to give her more experience, she needed to decide what to write about. She knew she wanted to do something different. So she thought about her passions in life, and her thoughts landed on her dogs. Ladner said
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Gadsden Fire department collecting toys for children

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Fire Department is teaming up with the Salvation Army to bring presents to local kids this Christmas, but to succeed the department needs your help! “We do three primary charities during the year, the muscular dystrophy campaign, our cancer awareness campaign and the one that is the closest
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Christmas on the Coosa to be held

By Sarrah Peters News Editor “Christmas on the Coosa” will be held on December 8 at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 at the door with an opportunity to donate. Two gospel groups will perform at the “Christmas on the Coosa” concert. Gadsden duo Wilburn and Wilburn
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Classifieds for the week of Dec. 2 - 9, 2016

SURPLUS PROPERTY SALE Gadsden State Community College, Wallace Drive Campus, 256-439-6831 Misc. Items for sale. ALL PROPERTY IS SOLD “AS IS-WHERE IS”. Items are located on Wallace Drive Campus, Gadsden, Al. Bid packets available December 4, 2016 at the One Stop Business Office on the East Broad Campus. SEALED BID OPENING DATE Tuesday December 6,
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Legals for the week of Dec. 2 - 9, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated April 12, 1999, executed by Amy Cauthen Brown and Christopher W. Brown, husband and wife, to AmeriCapital Funding Corp., which mortgage was recorded on April 16, 1999, in Book 1999, Page 106, of the mortgage records in
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The Messenger Community Calendar

December 2 – 7 Medicare open enrollment is currently underway. To receive more information or to compare plans, beneficiaries must have the following information ready: Medicare card, additional insurance card (if applicable), home/mailing address(es), gross monthly income, resource amounts, current prescriptions and preferred pharmacy. 2 – 19 The Rainbow City Police and Fire Departments are
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Iron Bowl Review Alabama pulled away from Auburn in the second half of the Iron Bowl and defeated the Tigers, 30-12, to secure a perfect 12-0 regular season. The Crimson Tide led 13-9 at the half after several first half turnovers kept Auburn in the game, but the Alabama defense held the
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Westbrook, Etowah volleyball standouts sign with Wallace State

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of local high school seniors will continue their volleyball careers with the most successful junior college volleyball program in Alabama. Etowah’s Emma Jones and Westbrook Christian’s Courtlyn Barber both signed scholarships recently with Wallace State-Hanceville. The Lady Lions have won the past eight Alabama Community College Conference Tournaments. Last season,
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Warriors hold off Glencoe

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Westbrook Christian Warriors placed four players in double figures in defeating cross-county rival Glencoe, 85-68, last Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Rainbow City. “This was another typical Glencoe/Westbrook game,” said Westbrook head coach Donnie Pruitt. “They always come ready to play. Glencoe did a good job handling our pressure. They’re a
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Lady Yellow Jackets breeze past Westbrook

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Glencoe High School Lady Yellow Jackets raced to a 23-2 first quarter lead and never looked back in cruising to a 70-22 win over Westbrook Christian on Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Rainbow City. Glencoe (3-1) was led by Asia Dennis’ 11 points but the Lady Jackets saw a very balanced
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Eagles come up short in state semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With just over 19 minutes remaining in Hokes Bluff’s Class 4A football semifinal against Madison Academy last Friday (Nov. 25), the Eagle faithful could sense the program’s first state championship appearance since 2001. Darrian Meads’ 5-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half provided Hokes Bluff with a 21-7
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 12 Review Auburn dominated Alabama A&M, 55-0, in its final tune-up game before the Iron Bowl. Jeremy Johnson earned his first start of the season at quarterback on Senior Night and completed 14 of his 19 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Johnson also rushed for 42 yards and
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Titan duo sign basketball scholarships

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Haley Troup and Brooke Burns have been friends since kindergarten and played varsity basketball together since their freshman season, so it was only fitting that Gadsden City High School’s “Dynamic Duo” signed college basketball scholarships at the same time. On Nov. 16 at the GCHS library, Troup signed with the University of
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Gamecocks win third straight OVC title

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent For the third consecutive year, the Jacksonville State football team has won the Ohio Valley Conference championship and will head to the FCS playoffs. Eli Jenkins rushed for a career best four touchdowns and Jaylen Hill had two of JSU’s four interceptions as the Gamecocks wrapped up an undefeated OVC season
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Eagles dispatch Cherokee County, move to 4A semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Hokes Bluff High head football coach Mike Robertson is fortunate that he didn’t follow up on his initial reaction last Friday (Nov. 18) after his Eagles found themselves in an early 14-point hole against a Cherokee County squad that was riding a 10-game winning streak. “I don’t know about y’all, but was
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Titans fall to Hoover in state semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A capacity crowd was on hand last Friday (Nov. 18) in Gadsden to witness the latest episode of the “We want Hoover” trilogy. This was the same story with an almost identical outcome. The Hoover Bucs overcame a sluggish start and exploded in he second half to defeat the Gadsden City
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Gadsden Mall will close for Thanksgiving Day

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Breaking the trend of Black Friday sales starting earlier and earlier, all 31 interior stores and seven interior food vendors at the Gadsden Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Stores with exterior entrances have the option to open their doors, but so far only Premier Cinema, Belk, Sears
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CommUnity dinner to be held on Thanksgiving

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, November 24 or Thanksgiving Day, the CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration will be held at Gadsden Convention Hall. United Way facilitates the community dinner, but does not provide funds for the event. The dinner is made possible by community support through donations and volunteers. To donate money, mail a check 
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Hokes Bluff hosts a Veterans Day program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, November 11, Modern Woodmen of America and the City of Hokes Bluff held a Veterans Day Event at the Hokes Bluff Lions Club. This is the 3rd time the program has been held. The event kicked off with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presenting the flag. 
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Renew Our Rivers cleans out the Coosa River

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Drivers on Albert Rains Boulevard in Gadsden may have seen a shocking sight in the large parking lot next to Convention Hall: a massive pile of trash that had been pulled from the Coosa River as part of the Renew Our Rivers project. Originally called Renew the Coosa, the
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Local yarn shop to move locations

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Before opening her yarn shop The Taming of the Ewe, Pat Miller wore many different hats. In college, she began as a voice major and trained with an opera singer. She obtained a degree as a theater major, before starting to work in broadcast news at CNN. She returned to
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Classifieds for the week of Nov. 18 - 25, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legals for the week of Nov. 18 - 25, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated March 15, 2011, executed by Matthew Mosley, a single man, to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., which mortgage was recorded on March 16, 2011, in Instrument Number 3347030, of the mortgage records in the Office of the Judge
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In & around SEC football

Alabama  Week 11 Review The Crimson Tide dominated Mississippi State from start-to-finish in an impressive 51-3 win that clinched the SEC West Division for the third straight season. In less than three quarters of action, quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns and added another 100 yards on the ground. Hurts became
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Westbrook’s Catanzaro signs with South Alabama

By Chris McCarthy/Editor John Hilliard Catanzaro recently took the next step toward his goal of one day competing on the PGA Tour. The Westbrook Christian senior signed a golf scholarship with the University of South Alabama in Mobile on Tuesday (Nov. 15) in Rainbow City. A member of the school’s varsity golf team for the
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Area football players recognized

Five local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for second round of the state football playoffs on Nov. 11. Gadsden City junior running back Jaelyn Fleming rushed 22 times for 134 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 75 yards and a score in the Titans’ 29-28
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Area runners compete at state cross country meet

Several local runners participated in the Alabama High School Athletic Association state cross country championships last Saturday (Nov. 12) at Oakville Museum and Park in Moulton. Four area runners finished in the top 15 of their respective classifications to earn all-state honors. In boys action, Southside senior Hunter Nails took sixth place in Class 6A
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Drought emergency declared in Etowah County

A drought emergency has been declared in Etowah County, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin. The declaration concerning the emergency drought condition, as signed by Gov. Robert Bentley, has been in effect since Oct. 12 and will remain until rescinded by the State Forester. Any prescribed burns, campfires, bonfires, trash or debris fires, or
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Big special team plays help carry Titans past Hewitt-Trussville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Due large part to clutch special teams play, Gadsden City High will participate in the state football semifinals for the second time in the past three years. Trailing second-ranked and undefeated Hewitt-Trussville by double digits midway through the fourth quarter, the visiting Titans (7-5) scored two touchdowns off a pair of turnovers
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Eagles dispatch North Jackson, head to quarterfinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Three weeks into the 2016 high school football season, Hokes Bluff was facing a dismal future. The Eagles were 0-3 and the postseason appeared to be out of reach. What a difference hard work and a few weeks can make. Fast forward to round two of the Class 4A state playoffs
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Lanett blasts Patriots in second round

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter No. 8 Lanett ran 12 plays in the first half against West End Last Friday (Nov. 11), and six of them went for touchdowns. The Panthers’ first-half explosion propelled them to a 53-14 victory in a Class 2A second-round playoff game in Walnut Grove. Lanett (10-2) will face No.
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Etowah falls to Mortimer Jordan in second round

Mortimer Jordan posted a 44-30 victory over Etowah in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 11) in Kimberly. The Blue Devils (9-3) led 3-0 after one quarter courtesy of Raul Hernandez’s 27-yard field goal. After the hosts went up 8-3 on Brown’s 8-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion, Etowah
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Patriots Hall of Honor inducts new members

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association’s Hall of Honor luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 9 at Convention Hall. The association honored seven veterans for their sacrifice and dedication to the community. Before the honorees were inducted into the Hall of Honor, the Gadsden City High School Jr. ROTC posted the colors
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State elections approve amendments

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On November 8, local citizens voted in national and local elections. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won the majority of votes in Alabama, and went on to win the election. In Alabama, all 14 of the state amendments on the ballot passed, with Etowah County supporting all but Amendment 12,
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Episcopal Day School wins robotics competition

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent On November 5, Intergalactic Robotics Inc. won multiple awards at the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Competition in Talladega. While it’s not a new experience to the team that took home trophies in 2012 and 2014, Episcopal Day School students were happy to earn first place in
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Attalla Fire Department receives new truck

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, November 7, the City of Attalla received a new fire truck. Attalla Fire Chief Robert Dillard, Sr. said that the new truck is a Rosenbauer Quint that will replace a 1997 KME/International. The new truck has a longer ladder that is 78 feet long, as opposed to the
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Classifieds for the week of Nov. 11 - 18, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legal notices for the week of Nov. 11 - 18, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by David Earl Allen and wife, Misty M. Allen, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 10th day of October, 2007, said mortgage being recorded Instrument #3281308, Record of Mortgages, Office of the Judge of Probate
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 10 Review The Alabama defense blanked the LSU offense last Saturday (Nov. 5) as the Crimson Tide captured a 10-0 win over the Tigers. Jalen Hurts carried the ball 20 times for 114 yards and a touchdown and threw for 107 yards. The Alabama defense held the LSU offense to
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Area football players recognized

Seven local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for first round of the state football playoffs on Nov. 4. One of two quarterbacks chosen for the Alabama All-Stars, Etowah senior quarterback Daulton Hyatt completed 11-of-14 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 44-27 Class 5A
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Blue Devils top Mae Jemison, advance to second round

 By Chris McCarthy/Editor Every current member of the Etowah High football team is entering unknown territory this week. As a result of their 44-27 win over Mae Jemison in a first round Class 5A state playoff game last Friday (Nov. 4) in Attalla, the Blue Devils (9-2) advanced to the second round for the first
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Kilgo on the mark in Gadsden City win over Mountain Brook

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Johnathan Kilgo converted 3 of 4 field goal attempts to lead the Gadsden City Titans to a 15-7 Class 7A first round playoff win at Mountain Brook last Friday (Nov. 4). Kilgo kicked a 46-yard field goal with 2:38 to go to seal the win. Mountain Brook had several opportunities late,
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Eagles upend top-seed Haleyville, advance to second round

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily For the first time in nine years, the Hokes Bluff High School football team will participate in the second round of the postseason. Landon Johnson threw for a par of touchdown passes and ran for another as the No. 4 seed Eagles (7-4) posted a 24-8 victory over No. 1 seed
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Patriots gun down Lamar County, will host in second round

Payne Stancil threw four touchdown passes, including three to Andre Little, to lead West End High to a 41-7 victory over Lamar County last Friday (Nov. 4) in the first round of the Class 2A state football playoffs in Vernon. The Patriots (6-5) host Lanett this week in the second round. “It turned out to
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Lanett muzzles Bulldogs in first round

Courtesy of Opelika-Auburn News Gaston High’s postseason began and ended at Lanett last Friday (Nov. 4). Behind eight touchdowns from Tre Story, the Panthers (9-2) cruised to a 68-13 victory in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. Story threw for six TDS and rushed for another two. Gaston (6-5) forced a fumble
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Conquerors fall to Pickens County in 1A playoffs

Coosa Christian fell to Pickens County, 55-7, in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 4) in Reform. Jace Mills threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Caden Davidson for the Conquerors’ lone score. Teppei Daisaku made the PAT. Mills was 3 for 17 in passing for 76 yards, while Davidson
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Modern Woodmen honor Everyday Heroes

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, November 2, Modern Woodmen and Coosa Insurance held the Everyday Heroes luncheon and award ceremony at Blackstone Pub and Eatery in Gadsden. “Basically, the whole idea behind this was to honor those of you who are out there every day doing great things,” said Modern Woodmen financial representative
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Local decorator participates in sugar art installation

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local cake decorator Christy Hormel recently traveled to the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show at the Tulsa State Fair to assist in building a “Peace Train.” The “Peace Train” was a sugar art installation inspired by the Cat Stevens hit song of the same name. Hormel was invited to participate
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Cusimano named Pillar of the Bar

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Gadsden attorney Gregory Cusimano was honored as the 2015 Pillar of the Bar. The award was presented by the Etowah County Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Judge David Kimberley presented the award to Cusimano at The Fish Market on October 25.  Cusimano graduated from the University of Alabama
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Cothran’s Bakery remains a community staple

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent When Chris Cothran’s grandparents purchased a Shipley Do-Nuts franchise in 1962, it was no more than another franchise. Today, however, the red and white box from Cothran’s Bakery is one of Gadsden’s most recognizable symbols. Even as major franchises open in town, the now-locally owned Cothran’s survives and even
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Shoppers flock to Mountain Top Flea Market

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Visiting a local flea market or trade day is a time-honored fall tradition in the South, and no one understands that better than Janie Terrell, the owner of Mountain Top Flea Market in Altoona. She and her husband, known as “Cowboy” by most, operate the market every Sunday of
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Classifies for the week of Nov. 4 - 11, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legals for the week of Nov. 4 - 11, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Mortgage executed by Mark Turner and Heather A. Weston, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”), (solely as nominee for Lender, First Federal Bank, and Lender’s successors and assigns), dated the 25th day of October, 2013,
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In & around SEC football

Auburn Week 9 Review The Auburn offense continued its impressive attack on the ground in a 40-29 road win over Ole Miss. The Tigers rushed for 307 yards, including 236 and a touchdown from Kamryn Pettway. Sean White threw for 247 yards and a touchdown, and the Auburn defense limited the Rebel defense to only
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Etowah ranked fourth in final ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 10-0 360 2. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 260 3. Central-Phenix City 8-1 220 4. Hoover 8-2 219 5. Davidson 9-1 190 6. Enterprise 9-1 141 7. Spain Park 8-2 110 8. James Clemens 7-3 97 9. Mountain Brook 8-2 63 10. Bob Jones 7-3 31 Others receiving votes: Auburn (7-3)
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Area football players recognized

Three local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 28. Sardis sophomore running back Drew Vaughn rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and caught a TD pass in the Lions’ 48-7 win over Boaz. Hokes Bluff senior running back Fisher Simmons
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Lady Cardinals fall short at conference tournament

The Gadsden State volleyball team went 1-2 at the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament last weekend in Hanceville. On Friday (Oct. 28), the Lady Cardinals (16-13) opened the tournament with a 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 16-14 win over Lawson State, then lost to Faulkner State, 25-14, 25-18, 25-11. On Saturday (Oct. 29), Gadsden State fell
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Gamecocks dispatch Eastern Illinois

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass must have made his entire offensive unit walk back to Calhoun County two weeks ago following their “disastrous” 24-7 win over Eastern Kentucky. For the first time in several seasons, the Gamecock offense was held out of the end zone. If it had not
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Southside edges Glencoe, 28-21

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Southside celebrated both Senior Night and Homecoming last Friday (Oct. 28) with a 28-21 victory over Etowah County rival Glencoe at Barney Hood Stadium. It was the final game of the season for both local squads. The Panthers finished the year at 6-4, while the Yellow Jackets wound up at 3-7.
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Patriots come up short to Ashville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor West End ended its regular season on a sour note last Friday (Oct. 28) in St. Clair County , falling to Ashville, 35-28. The Patriots (5-5, 3-3) led 21-13 midway through the second quarter before the host Bulldogs (4-6, 2-5) scored a pair of touchdowns to take a 14-point lead after the
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Sardis blasts Boaz, 48-7

By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter Drew Vaughn and Logan Gaskin combined to rush for 258 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sardis to a 48-7 win over Boaz last Friday (Oct. 28) in Sardis City. The game was the season finale for both teams, as Sardis closed out the year at 4-6 and Boaz
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Eagles fly past Westbrook

Hokes Bluff secured with its first winning season in six years with a 55-20 victory over Westbrook Christian last Friday (Oct. 28) at Hokes Bluff. The Eagles (6-4) travel to Haleyville this Friday (Nov. 4) in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The Warriors finished the year at 3-7. Levi Taliaferro scored
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DGI holds relighting ceremony for Pitman

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, October 25, Downtown Gadsden, Inc. held the Relighting of the Historic Pitman Theatre, located at 629 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. “The Pitman has been slowly undergoing renovations for awhile,” said Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton, noting that the upstairs bathroom renovation was almost complete as well. The work
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Emma Sansom Middle students participate in mock elections

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor About 450 students at Emma Sansom Middle School got a first-hand look at the nation’s voting system with a mock election on Tuesday, October 25. The students were lined up alphabetically in the library, in a similar way  that they would be in a polling location. “We are trying to
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Sunday Dinner fundraiser to be held for Love Center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Church at Wills Creek is hosting a Sunday Dinner Fundraiser to benefit The Love Center. The Sunday Dinner will be held on November 6 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the church, located at 2730 Wills Creek Roadin Gadsden. The Sunday Dinner will feature two meal options: a $10
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Governor’s Committee holds awards banquet

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities hosted their awards program for Etowah, Marshall and St. Clair counties on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Gadsden Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony celebrated individuals and organizations that exemplified the cause of
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Attalla funeral home lights up for breast cancer awareness

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Morgan Funeral Chapel has been serving Attalla and surrounding areas since 1973, but the business can still find new ways to serve the area. This year, it is lighting up the night with pink bulbs to support members of the community affected by breast cancer. When funeral home associates
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Classifieds for the week of Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legals for the week of Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated January 26, 2009, executed by Roger F. Harden and Janet E. Harden, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for MortgageAmerica, Inc, Corporation, which mortgage was recorded on February 9, 2009, in
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 8 Review Alabama used an explosive second half to pull away from Texas A&M in a 33-14 win to remain unbeaten on the season. The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) rushed for 287 yards as a team and Damien Harris led the way with 17 carries for 128 yards. Jalen Hurts
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Blue Devils ranked in Oct. 26 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 9-0 360 2. Hoover 8-1 259 3. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 249 4. Central-Phenix City 8-1 209 5. Davidson 8-1 175 6. Enterprise 9-1 143 7. Spain Park 7-2 106 8. James Clemens 6-3 89 9. Mountain Brook 7-2 72 10. Bob Jones 7-3 19 Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (0-9)
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Area football players recognized

Four local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 21. Gadsden City’s Damon Williams rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the Titans beat Huntsville, 48-21. Teammate Ryan Sparks completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. West End’s Payne
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No. 1 Scottsboro rolls past No. 2 Etowah to clinch region title

By Jason Bowen/Daily Sentinel For all the anticipation and hype about a Class 5A No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, Friday’s game ended like most of Scottsboro’s games this season – in a convincing victory. The top-ranked Wildcats took control in the second quarter and took any remaining doubt away in the third quarter on
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Panthers out of playoff picture with loss to Albertville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Southside High was outscored 28-7 in the second half en route to a 42-28 loss to Class 6A, Region 7 rival Albertville last Friday (Oct. 21) at Barney Hood Stadium. The loss dropped the Panthers (5-4, 2-4) into fifth place in the region, while the Aggies (7-2, 4-2) clinched the fourth and
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Titans lock up third seed with win over Huntsville

Courtesy of al.com Gadsden City locked up the No. 3 seed in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 48-21 win over Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 21) in Huntsville. The Titans were led by quarterback Ryan Sparks, who completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Damon Williams also had a big night, rushing for
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West End dominates Winston County, secures playoff berth

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent West End High obtained the fourth and final playoff spot in Class 2A, Region 7 with a 73-28 win over Winston County on Friday (Oct. 21) in Walnut Grove. It is the Patriots’ first postseason berth since 2010. “Tonight was a good opportunity to play a lot of young guys,” said
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Conquerors fall to Woodville

By Lionel Green/For Daily Sentinel A clutch fourth-down run by Nick Baker, a game-winning touchdown plunge by Angel Montesdeoca and a game-saving interception by Adam Ramirez highlighted the final 90 seconds of a classic defensive battle between the host Woodville Panthers and the visiting Coosa Christian Conquerors on Friday (Oct. 21). In a contest with
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No. 1 Red Devils scorch Gaston

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent No. 1 ranked Fyffe exploded for a 35-7 halftime lead and never looked back on the way to a 56-14 victory over Gaston in Class 2A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 21) at Shinbone Ridge. Gaston closed out its regular season at 6-4 and 5-2 and is assured of a
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Sardis out of playoffs with loss to Randolph

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High was in control of its playoff destiny for 54 minutes last Friday (Oct. 21) in Sardis City. But Randolph put together back-to-back scoring drives late in the game to steal a 28-27 win. As a result, the Raiders (6-3, 3-3) claimed the No. 4 seed in Class 4A,
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Hornets sting Westbrook

Courtesy of Fort Payne Times-Journal The Ider Hornets came back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Westbrook Christian Warriors, 34-26, in Class 2A, Region 6 action on Friday (Oct. 21) in Rainbow City. The scoring began when the Warriors scored on a 54-yard touchdown run a minute and 30 seconds into the game. Ider’s
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Yellow Jackets, Eagles come up short

Glencoe High fell to Class 3A, Region 5 rival Ohatchee, 40-7, last Friday (Oct. 21) at GHS. For the Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-4), Cole Holbrooks completed 10 of 25 passes 210 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Bush had four receptions for 99 yards and a TD. Austin Bush finished with 12 tackles, followed by Aaron
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Local teams compete at regional volleyball tournament

Four area high school volleyball teams competed at the AHSAA North Super Regional Tournament last week in Huntsville. In Class 2A on Oct. 21, Westbrook Christian defeated Mars Hill Bible, 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14, before losing in the quarterfinals to Winston County, 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 18-25. The Lady Warriors finished the season with a 39-6
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Darden Rehab holds annual awards luncheon

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Darden Rehabilitation Foundation recognized employees and employers at its annual luncheon and award ceremony on Wednesday, October 19 at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden. Darden helps individuals with disabilities that pose a challenge to employment to find jobs. The foundation serves five counties.  After the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance,
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Faith Worship Center to host Fall Festival

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Faith Worship Center in Glencoe will host a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event is free to attend. “This will be the first time we have done an event of this magnitude,” said The Faith Worship Center Pastor Mark Gidley. If it
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Heritage Day deemed a success

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent The City of Attalla hosted its annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Attalla. “The city has been having this event for about thirty years,” said Lisa Spears, Heritage Day co-chairman.  “Originally, it was called Hoot & Holler Day.  We’ve really
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ESBY Awards recognizes local businesses

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County presented the Etowah Small Business of the Year Awards on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the historic Pitman Theater. Attendees were treated to a luncheon before the award winners were announced. Chamber president Heather New acted as master of ceremonies and Steve Hildebrandt presented
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Mayor honored for supporting education

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent City of Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton recently received the Outstanding Community Member Award of Excellence from the Alabama Association for Gifted Children. The award and many others were presented at the AAGC Conference at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham. Mayor Guyton shared the following statement with The Messenger about
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Classifieds for the week of October 21 - 28, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legals for the week of October 21 - 28

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Christopher A. Sanford, a single man, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 3rd day of May, 2011, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3349432, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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In & around SEC football

Alabama Week 7 Review The Crimson Tide wasted no time disposing of Tennessee last Saturday (Oct. 15), cruising to a 49-10 victory. Alabama held the Volunteers to only 163 yards of offense while the Tide rolled up nearly 600 yards on the afternoon. Quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns, while Bo
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Area volleyball teams advanced to regional tournaments

Westbrook Christian swept West End, 25-11, 25-20, 25-12 in the Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament championship match on Monday (Oct. 17) in Rainbow City. Both teams advanced to the North Super Regional Tournament in Huntsville beginning on Friday (Oct. 21). The Lady Warriors will face Mars Hill Bible, while the Lady Patriots play Hatton. Glencoe
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Etowah ranked second in Oct. 19 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 8-0 348 2. Hoover 7-1 251 3. Hewitt-Trussville 9-0 240 4. Central-Phenix City 7-1 203 5. Davidson 7-1 169 6. James Clemens 6-2 140 7. Enterprise 8-1 118 8. Spain Park 6-2 83 9. Mountain Brook 6-2 52 10. Lee-Montgomery 6-2 33 Others receiving votes: Bob Jones (6-3)
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Drought emergency advisory issued for Etowah County

Twenty-eight Alabama counties, including Etowah, have been placed under a drought emergency in the latest Alabama Drought Declaration. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ Office of Water Resources updated the declaration in accordance with the Alabama Drought Planning and Response Act of 2014. The declaration is based on a review of current and
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Area football players recognized

Seven local players, including three from Gadsden City, were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 14. Hokes Bluff freshman halfback Darrian Meads rushed 21 times for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles beat Anniston 35-6 to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007. Coosa
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Jenkins, Barge set career marks in JSU win over Austin Peay

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State met Austin Peay in the teams’ annual Ohio Valley Conference struggle last Saturday (Oct. 15) and the game turned out to be just that. The Gamecocks (5-1, 2-0) took a 14-7 lead into the half against the winless Governors, but a turnover by Austin Peay in the third quarter
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Titans top Sparkman, secure playoff berth

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was Senior Night at Titan Stadium last Friday (Oct. 14), and Gadsden City rewarded its 21 upperclassmen with a state playoff berth. The Titans (4-5, 4-2) clinched the third spot in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 62-27 thumping of Sparkman (3-5, 2-4) at GCHS. It was the Titans’ third
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Gaston takes down Westbrook, 53-10

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian notched the first and last points in its Class 3A, Region 6 game against Gaston, but other highlights were few and far between for the home squad last Friday (Oct. 14) in Rainbow City. The Bulldogs erupted for 53 points – including 26 in a 4:32 span in the second
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Conquerors secure first playoff berth in seven years

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian and Gaylesville put it all on the line on Friday (Oct. 14) with a playoff spot at stake. When the smoke cleared, the Conquerors were enjoying the spoils of a hard-fought 21-18 win in Class 1A, Region 6 action in Gadsden. With Coosa (3-6, 3-2) clinging to a 21-18
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Eagles end nine-year playoff drought

By Mary Elizabeth Dial/Staff Correspondent Hokes Bluff High School secured a spot in the state playoffs last Friday, Oct. 14 with a 35-6 win over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Anniston in Hokes Bluff. This will be the Eagles’ first postseason appearance since 2007. “It’s been a tough three or four years here, but we
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