In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn and Alabama Week 6 Review A year after being swept by the Crimson Tide, Auburn returned the favor in resounding fashion this past weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers had been struggling at the plate entering the series but poured it on during the sweep. Auburn won the first game, 19-5,
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Southside ranked in final ASWA softball poll

Released April 26 Class 7A 1. Sparkman 2. Baker 3. Oak Mountain 4. Spain Park 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Fairhope 7. Thompson 8. Buckhorn 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Tuscaloosa County Class 6A 1. Gardendale 2. Hazel Green 3. Daphne 4. Northview 5. Saraland 6. Helena 7. Brookwood 8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9. Hartselle 10. Southside Class 5A 1.
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Sardis sweeps Rogers in first round

Photo: Sardis first baseman Logan Gaskin tags out a Rogers baserunner during the Lions’ series sweep in the first round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 20) in Sardis City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Sardis High used strong pitching performances and clutch hitting to sweep Rogers in the opening
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Warriors bulldoze Verbena in first round

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Greysen Robinson delivers a pitch during the Warriors’ series sweep over Verbena in the first round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 20) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian baseball team made sure that Verbena had no reason to spend last Friday
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Eagles pitch Leeds from state playoffs

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Dalton Daughdrill prepares to throw to first base during the Eagles’ sweep over Leeds in the first round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs on Friday (April 20). (Alex Chaney)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Fourth-ranked Hokes Bluff has relied on its pitching and defense all season, and it carried the Eagles
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Sardis sweeps Rogers in first round

Photo: Sardis first baseman Logan Gaskin tags out a Rogers baserunner during the Lions’ series sweep in the first round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 20) in Sardis City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Sardis High School used strong pitching performances and clutch hitting to sweep Rogers in the
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Russellville sweeps past Blue Devils

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily Russellville swept Etowah, 7-3 and 7-3, last Friday (Apr. 20) in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. The three-time defending state champion Golden Tigers (24-12) advanced to the second round against Lee-Huntsville this Friday (Aug. 27), while the Blue Devils’ season ended at 25-11. Etowah head coach Larry Foster
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Garden springs past Conquerors in first round

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Jackson Justus (right) is congratulated by head coach Joey Millican on the former’s home run during the Conquerors’ loss to Spring Garden in the first round of the Class 1A baseball playoffs last Friday (Aug. 20). (Grant Benefield/Cherokee County Herald) By Grant Benefield/Cherokee County Herald Behind 27 total runs, Spring Garden swept
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Senior transportation program receives van

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Council on Aging’s senior transportation program received a new van in 2016, but a fire in UAB Hospital Kirklin Clinic’s parking lot destroyed the vehicle and temporarily shut down the program. The senior transportation program shuttles seniors to out-of-county doctors appointments. The fire broke out during during one of the
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Candidates address local issues at forum

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Candidates for state office spoke to locals at The Chamber’s Political Forum on Tuesday, April 17. Each candidate was alloted five minutesto speak to the crowd. The forum provided several questions for each can-didate to answer. Two United States House of Representatives, District 4 candidates addressed the crowd  first. Democratic candidate
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Tracy’s Oils offers oils and more

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Tracy Walker is the owner of Tracy’s Oils, which aims to provide quality, additive-free essential oils in a wide va-riety of scents. Walker mixes many of her own scents, creating unique essential oil mixes. The skin-safe oils can also be used as perfume or cologne. Walker, with help from her daughter,
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People of Etowah - Beth Cline

Name: Beth Cline Where were you born and raised? “I was born at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital and have lived in Etowah County my entire life.” What is your occupation? “I have been a registered nurse in Etowah County since 2002. I have worked in both acute care, which is hospital -based, and
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Baked Taco Casserole and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake Let’s do some quick, easy and good recipes! We Southerners love our comfort foods, and so many restaurants these days present “frilly” foods on fancy plates with swirling sauces for decoration that are almost too pretty to eat. My goal is to serve straightforward, good food in
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams We should seriously consider revamping the education system as we know it. It is common knowledge that many of our students are struggling. We are quick to inform our high school and college athletes regarding the low percentage of individuals who make it to professional ranks. Our desire is not to be
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Blessings of the Righteous

By Toni Ford I am not sure if you have ever read many of the Psalms, but there are some incredible promises to the believer all throughout this book. Two of these beautiful psalms stood out to me this week, Psalm 111 and 112. Psalm 111 ends by admonishing us to fear the Lord and
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Pious Bob - The Greatest Plan Ever

By Robert Halsey Pine “So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I
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Legals for the week of April 20 - April 27, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Heather Ann Ziller, a married woman, and husband, Michael C. Ziller, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, on the 31st day of May, 2016, said
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Classifieds for the week of April 20 - April 27, 2018

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE AUCTION-301 +/-acres, Warrior, Al, offered in 19 parcels-lake, coal seam, near I-65, North Jefferson County. March 28, 1:00 p.m. Gtauctions.com, 1-205-326-0833. Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 SUMMIT CHASE Farms Auction: 935+ Acres & Lake in 15 Tracts. April 7th. 10 a.m. Danville, AL. 256-565-5907. alabama auctionservices.com. United Country, Hampton
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers finally got back on track in taking two of three games from Mississippi State last weekend. Auburn won the first game, 2-1, thanks to a complete game from ace Casey Mize, who allowed only five hits and one earned run in nine innings. Mize struck
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Three local teams ranked in final ASWA baseball poll

Released April 19 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. Vestavia Hills 5. Enterprise 6. Fairhope 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Bob Jones 9. Smiths Station 10. Huntsville Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Cullman 3. Saraland 4. Oxford 5. Spanish Fort 6. Austin 7. Hueytown 8. Homewood 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Athens Class
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Kantzler sharp in GCHS win over Fort Payne

Photo: Gadsden City’s Amanda Kantzler delivers a pitch during the Lady Titans’ 6-2 victory in girls softball last Tuesday (Apr. 17) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Amanda Kantzler struck out 12 of the 31 batters she faced in Gadsden City’s 6-2 victory over Fort Payne in girls softball last Tuesday (Apr. 17)
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Blue Devils blast Westbrook, 15-2

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A 12-run fourth inning propelled Class 5A, No. 6 Etowah to a 15-2 win in five innings over Class 2A, No. 5 Westbrook Christian on Tuesday (April 17) in Rainbow City. Etowah (25-9) travels to Russellville for a best-of-three series on Friday, while Westbrook (20-8) hosts Verbena in the first round
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Etowah tennis players win at sectionals

The Etowah High girls tennis team (12-2) finished third at the Class 4A-5A, Section 6 Tournament last Tuesday (Apr. 17) in Gardendale. Freshman Erianna Irvin won the singles title, while she and teammate Maleah Johnson (pictured, above) won the doubles championship. Irvin is undefeated in singles action this season. Both players will compete in the
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Titans’ Woods signs with Huntingdon

Photo: Gadsden City High School senior Mykel Woods (sitting) recently committed to play basketball at Huntington College in Montgomery. Pictured, standing, from left: GCHS principal Jeff Colgrove, GCHS boys head basketball coach Reginald Huff, GCHS boys assistant basketball coach Steve Stewart, GCHS athletic director Todd Lamberth. Gadsden City High School senior Mykel Woods recently committed to
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Cardinals finish third at state tennis tournament

The Gadsden State men’s tennis team finished third at the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament on Apr. 13 in Mobile. Stephen Walker, pictured above, captured the No. 6 singles title with a 2-6,6-3,6-3 win over Marion Military’s Quentin Llewelyn in the finals. Joel Wester was runner up at the No. 4 singles position, losing to
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Blue Devils, Lady Titans shine at Gadsden City meet No. 3

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails won the 1600 and 800-meter runs at the Gadsden City track and field meet No. 3 on Apr. 12. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Etowah High boys track and field team won five first place medals and the Gadsden City girls captured four at the Gadsden City Open Meet No. 3 on
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Noah, Johnson highlight All-Etowah County basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Amanda Noah (pictured above) and Landon Johnson were named the respective Most Valuable Player for the All-Etowah County Schools girls and boys basketball teams. (Alex Chaney) A pair of Eagles soared to new heights during the 2017-18 high school basketball season. Hokes Bluff seniors Amanda Noah and Landon Johnson
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United Way honors locals at annual meeting

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, April 10, United Way of Etowah County held its annual meeting. The meeting serves as a way for the nonprofit to share the  organization’s accomplishments of the past year, honor local businesses and individuals for their contributions and highlight local issues in the community. Last year’s United Way board
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Kickin’ Addiction Recovery Walk to be held

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On April 21, the Kickin’ Addiction Recovery Walk will be held at Mort Glosser Amphitheater located at 90 Walnut Street in Gadsden. The walk will celebrate sobriety and offer resources for those seeking treatment for addiction and their families. The event is free to all to attend. Walk registration begins at
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People of Etowah - Suzanne Scharfenberg

Name: Suzanne McNair Scharfenberg Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and raised all over the Southeast: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. My father worked for Coca-Cola in Atlanta and each promotion meant a transfer. So, we moved a lot! But with four siblings it was always fun.
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Boaz rallies past Blue Devils for area title

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter A walk-off victory in last Thursday’s top-10 showdown allowed the Boaz Pirates to sail away with the Class 5A, Area 13 baseball championship. The No. 5 Pirates scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun No. 6 Etowah, 6-5, at Pirate Park and claim their
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Warriors clinch 12th straight area title

Westbrook Christian posted a doubleheader sweep over Collinsville last Thursday (Apr. 12) to clinch the 2A Area 12 championship. The Class 5A No. 5 Warriors (20-6, 8-0) host Verbena next week in the first round of the state playoffs. It was Westbrook’s 12th consecutive area championship competing in 2A and 3A. The Warriors outscored area
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 4 Review The Crimson Tide won another pivotal conference series in taking two of three games from No. 22 Missouri on the road last weekend in Columbia. It was UA’s second straight series win over a ranked conference opponent Alabama won the opening game of the series, 2-1, behind seven solid inn-ings from
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Three area teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

Released April 12 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Vestavia Hills 6. Enterprise 7. Hewitt-Trussville 8. Bob Jones 9. Smiths Station 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Saraland 3. Cullman 4. Oxford 5 Austin 6. Homewood 7. Spanish Fort 8. Chelsea 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Hueytown
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Southside holds off Sardis in county softball tournament

Photo: Southside High’s Rylee Gattis delivers a pitch during the Lady Panthers’ victory over Sardis in the Etowah County softball tournament championship game on Wednesday (Apr. 11) at Hokes Bluff. (Cole Frederick/Messenger) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Lady Panthers captured their seventh consecutive Etowah County softball tournament championship with a thrilling 9-7 victory
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How We Can Make Our Schools Safer

By State Rep. Craig Ford Education is the most important service our government provides, and one of the top issues impacting education is school safety. Unfortunately, it seems like every conversation about school safety always turns into a debate about guns, and nothing ever gets done. But there are a lot of things we can –
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Italian Tomato Salad, Pretzel-Strawberry Salad and Taco Salad I can remember when salad was a wedge of lettuce and a cruet of dressing that set directly on the table. Now a salad can also include a cold congealed salad with marshmallows and cherries or a side of creamy potato salad. Salads have come a long
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams I’ve often been hypercritical about our region on certain issues. I don’t mean to be that way. When I’m researching and viewing things from a moral, historical or even political perspective, however, I sometimes can’t help myself. There are times when we lag behind in change or advancement. Call it tradition or
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Inspiration from God's Word - What does God hate?

By Toni Ford As I was thinking of a name for this article, I really didn’t want to use the word “hate,” mainly because it is such a strong word. This generation especially does not like to recognize that God has the capacity to hate. They would rather see Him as a soft-hearted God who
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Pious Bob - The Goodness of the Unseen

By Robert Halsey Pine “And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, The LORD…But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.’ And the LORD continued, ‘See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on
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Legals for the week of April 13 - April 20, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Daniel Scot Bellew and wife, Marilyn Renee Bellew, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the December 12, 2003, said mortgage being recorded at Doc. #: M-2003-6337, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of
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Classifieds for the week of April 13 - April 20, 2018

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE AUCTION-301 +/-acres, Warrior, Al, offered in 19 parcels-lake, coal seam, near I-65, North Jefferson County. March 28, 1:00 p.m. Gtauctions.com, 1-205-326-0833. Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 SUMMIT CHASE Farms Auction: 935+ Acres & Lake in 15 Tracts. April 7th. 10 a.m. Danville, AL. 256-565-5907. alabama auctionservices.com. United Country, Hampton
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Gilliland, Pirates sink Etowah, 13-3

Photo: Etowah High’s A.J. Young scores a second-inning run during Blue Devils’ 13-3 loss to Boaz last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Editor/Publisher The Etowah High baseball team took one on the chin last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Attalla. Boaz senior Michael Gilliland torched the Class 5A No. 5 Blue
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Warriors’ Reynolds two-hits Collinsville

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Jordan Reynolds delivers a pitch during the Warriors’ 11-0 win over Collinsville last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Rainbow City. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Westbrook Christian put 11 runs on the board and Jordan Reynolds pitched a two-hit shutout as the eighth-ranked Warriors moved one step closer to home-field advantage in
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Blue Devils win Aggie Invitational

Photo: Etowah High’s Deundrea Williams and Ny Ny Davis (pictured, from left) compete in the boys 200-meter dash event during the Aggie Invitational track and field meet last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Albertville. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Etowah High boys track and field team took first place at the Aggie Invitational last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in
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Westbrook girls, GCHS boys win Gadsden Area Golf Tournament

Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole finished as the girls’ match low medalist at the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament last Monday (Apr. 9) at Twin Bridges. (Gary Wells) The Westbrook Christian girls and Gadsden City boys won the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament last Monday (Apr. 9) at Twin Bridges. Ellie Porter’s match runner-up score of 79
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Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame banquet set for April 14

Photo: Gadsden City High School boys head basketball coach Reginald Huff is one of five individuals to be inducted in to the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame on April 14. (Gary Wells) Five individuals comprise the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Johnny Coker, Raymond Farmer, Steve Clay, Joe Dismuke and
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Locals offer “Just a Taste” of healthy recipes

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, April 3 a small group gathered in Gadsden Public Library’s Beautiful Rainbow Cafe for “Just a Taste,” a cooking class taught by local artists and authors Fran and Al Andrepont once a month. The couple demonstrate how to cook recipes from their cookbook, “From Our Kitchen: Heart Healthy Recipes.”
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Excellence in Education Awards honor local educators

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, April 2, The Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah County held its first Excellence in Education Awards Luncheon at 210 on the Tracks. The event recognized teachers and programs in Etowah County that promote education in new and exciting ways. “I think you will all agree with me in saying that these
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Local trails to get changing station

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, April 4, seven Gadsden State Community College carpentry students poured concrete for the new changing station at Noccalula Falls Black Creek Trail system. Accompanied by teacher Heath McDaniel, the students donated the labor for the project. The Gadsden Homebuilders Association, which spearheaded the project, donated the materials for the
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People of Etowah - Leslie Harper Worthington

Name: Leslie Harper Worthington Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Riverhead, New York, on Long Island because my father was stationed there in the U.S. Air Force. He grew up in Ohio, and his family was from Kentucky. My mother was from Sylacauga. They met in Texas. I grew up in
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts and Strawberry Bread I love cookbooks and I love strawberries. Yesterday, I discovered this recipe in one of my mother’s old cookbooks, and she had written the word “great” in her handwriting. I will let all of you wonderful cooks be the judge of this recipe. Norris Farm’s strawberries are supposed to
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams California recently declared itself a sanctuary state. Some are even considering leaving the Union rather than comply with the president’s views on immigration. As I reflected on this, I thought about the history between the United States and Mexico. The relationship between Mexico and the colonists from America was not always one
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Don’t be pulled by things of this world

By Toni Ford Paul gives us a great challenge in Philippians 4:6 when he says, “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing…” When I first read this verse, my first thought was “Yeah, right – how in the world do I keep from being pulled in different directions and worrying about
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Pious Bob - Godly Communications

By Robert Halsey Pine “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he
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Legals for the week of April 6 - April 13, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Milton E. Box, single, and Wayland H. Ryan and wife, Vicky Box Ryan, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the 28th day of August, 2003, said mortgage being recorded at Document #M-2003-4445, Mortgage
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Classifieds for the week of April 6 - April 13, 2018

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE AUCTION-301 +/-acres, Warrior, Al, offered in 19 parcels-lake, coal seam, near I-65, North Jefferson County. March 28, 1:00 p.m. Gtauctions.com, 1-205-326-0833. Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 SUMMIT CHASE Farms Auction: 935+ Acres & Lake in 15 Tracts. April 7th. 10 a.m. Danville, AL. 256-565-5907. alabama auctionservices.com. United Country, Hampton
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Westbrook, Etowah clinch baseball playoff berths

Photo: Cullen Stafford and the Westbrook Christian baseball team clinched a playoff spot on Thursday (Apr. 5) with a doubleheader sweep over Class 2A, Area 12 rival Sand Rock. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) Westbrook Christian clinch a playoff spot with a doubleheader sweep over Class 2A, Area 12 rival Sand Rock on Thursday (Apr. 5)
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Gadsden City sweeps Briarmeade Invitational

Photo: Gadsden City’s Ella Howard tees off aduring the Links at Briarmeade Invitational girls golf tournament on Thursday (Arp. 5) in Glencoe. (Gary Wells) Ella Howard shot a 97 score to help Gadsden City to a first-place finish in girls golf at the Links at Briarmeade Invitational Tournament on Thursday (Arp. 5) in Glencoe. The
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review Alabama won its biggest series of the season in taking two of three games from No. 9 Kentucky over the weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide won the first two games by scores of 4-2 before falling 5-2 in the series finale. Brad Bohannon’s team followed up
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Local teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

Released April 5 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Hoover 4. Oak Mountain 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Bob Jones 7. Enterprise 8. Smiths Station 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Robertsdale 3. Saraland 4. Oxford 5. Homewood 6. Spanish Fort 7. Cullman 8. Helena 9. Hartselle 10. Athens
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Mustangs clip Coosa Christian in area action

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Ashton Clemmons delivers a pitch during the Conquerors’ 7-2 loss to Southeastern last Tuesday (Apr. 3) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian opened its Class 1A, Area 11 schedule on a sour note last Tuesday (Apr. 3), falling to Southeastern, 7-2, in Gadsden. The Conquerors had a tough day
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Lady Titans can’t solve Cobb in area loss

Photo: Gadsden City’s Michaela Brown (left) holds a Hewitt-Trussville runner at first base during the Lady Titans’ 9-0 loss to Hewitt-Trussville’s last Tuesday (Apr. 3) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Nearly 100 years ago, Ty Cobb brought his MLB Detroit Tigers to Alabama City to play an exhibition baseball game against an
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Lady Eagles rally past Glencoe

Photo: Glencoe High’s Skylar Thompson (left) scores a third-inning run as Hokes Bluff catcher Maddie Smith awaits the throw during the Lady Eagles’ 4-3 victory in girls softball last Monday (Apr. 2) at HBHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Hokes Bluff High softball team made the most of its opportunities late in the game
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Hokes Bluff ends Southside’s county baseball tournament streak

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Houston Edwards connects for a hit during Etowah County Schools baseball tournament  last Saturday (March 31) at Hokes Bluff. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 8 Hokes Bluff overcame an early deficit to capture its first Etowah County baseball championship since 2008 with a 4-1 victory over Southside last
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Noccalula to host BBQ and archery competitions

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Noccalula Falls will host its 9th Annual Smoke on the Falls barbeque competition on April 13 and 14. The barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. Admission will be free on Friday, April 8. Gates will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A sausage cook-off, sponsored by Jimmy
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First responder shares story of Southside storm

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, March 19, Southside Officer Bryan Bell was sitting in his patrol car with his partner Colton Harden underneath the Southside Baptist awning to avoid the falling hail when he saw the approaching tornado. “I said there it is,” said Bell. “I think Colton said it was the first tornado
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People of Etowah - Sonquez Williams

Name: Sonquez Williams Where were you born and raised? “Phenix City.” What is your occupation? “Chief Executive Officer at Boys and Girls Clubs of Gadsden/Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was a “Club Kid” since the age of 6. I had many different ideas about what I wanted to
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Who will be our next state superintendent of education?

By State Rep. Craig Ford The state legislative session has come to an end, but legislators won’t be the ones making the most important decision our government will make this year. The State Board of Education will make that decision in April, when it selects our next State Superintendent of Education. For all of the high-profile
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Key Lime Layer Cake and Pink Lemonade Pie “I have come that they may have life…And have it to the full.” – John 10:10. As you witness the miracles of life all around you… May you be filled with the Joy of the Risen Saviour Have a blessed Easter! Treat your Easter guests to sensational
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The Vagabond - Mysterious & legendary caves at Lookout Mountain

By Danny Crownover Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the August 15, 2014 edition of The Messenger. During a recent presentation about Noccalula Falls, The Vagabond mentioned a cave that once was located there. The following is the story about that cave: Located throughout Lookout Mountain are many caves in which many legends
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection

By Toni Ford This week, often called Holy Week or Passion Week, is often considered the most important week for a believer. It was during this week that our Lord began His trip to Jerusalem, knowing that He would lay down His life for the sins of the world. There are so many significant truths
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams “Dad, its cold outside.” My son informs me of the current weather conditions as if it was news to me. “So?” I replied. “Charlie doesn’t care anything about it being cold outside.” My son has heard me refer to Charlie many times. Although Charlie is fictional, I toss his name around as
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Pious Bob - Receiving the Works

By Robert Halsey Pine “You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Tournament second weekend review Kentucky and Texas A&M were the only two teams from the Southeastern Conference to reach the second weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and neither team made it past the Sweet 16. The Aggies dominated North Carolina in the second round but ran into one
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Four area baseball teams ranked in latest ASWA poll

Released March 29 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Oak Mountain 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Bob Jones 6. Hoover 7. Smiths Station 8. Theodore 9. Enterprise 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Robertsdale 3. Homewood 4. Saraland 5. Spanish Fort 6. Oxford 7. Austin 8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9. Hartselle 10. Cullman Class
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Southside’s Hunt, Etowah’s Graham highlight All-Messenger basketball team

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt (pictured above) and Etowah’s Jamin Graham (right) are the 2017-18 All-Messenger basketball team girls and boys Players of the Year, respectively. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High’s Lauren Hunt and Etowah’s Jamin Graham lead off the 2017-18 All-Messenger basketball teams as the girls and boys team Players of
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Area basketball standouts help junior college teams win state titles

Photo: Shelton State freshman and Hokes Bluff High graduate Kendall Johnson (left) battles Gulf Coast State’s Dominique Banks during the NJCAA women’s basketball tournament this past week in Lubbock, Tex. (Courtesy of Shelton State athletics) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A couple of former high school basketball from Eto-wah County made a name for themselves during
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Locals medal at Gadsden City meet No. 2

Three high school athletes won a pair of gold medals at the Gadsden City Track & Field Open Meet No. 2 on March 22. Two of the first-place winners were from Etowah. Deundrea Williams won gold in the 100-meter dash (11.31) and 200-meter dash (22.91), while Alex Howard captured the shot put (43-09.00) and discus
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Area roundup: Kennedy throws perfect game for Westbrook

Garret Kennedy (pictured above) pitched a perfect game in Westbrook Christian’s 28-0 victory over Class 2A, Area 13 rival Gaston on March 22 in Rainbow City. In five innings, Kennedy threw 51 pitches and struck out 12. Court Coley was the catcher. Kennedy helped his cause with four hits, two RBI and two steals. Also
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Communities come together after storm

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor According to the National Weather Service, nine tornadoes touched down during the severe storms on Monday, March 19. Three of those tornadoes touched down in central Alabama. The first tornado hit Blount and St. Clair counties as a category EF-1, which caused tree damage. Downed trees damaged structures and power lines
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NASRO director speaks to local school officials

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, March 21,  Etowah County, Attalla City and Gadsden City school administrators gathered at the Pitman Theatre to listen to Maurice “Mo” Canady, Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), speak about the challenges of school safety. In a second session, Canady spoke to school resource
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People of Etowah - Amanda Jackson

Name: Amanda Jackson Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Talladega, but we moved to Gadsden when I was three.” What is your occupation? “I am the Director of the Gadsden Public Library.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was really more of a happy accident. I have
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes, Shoe Peg Corn and Green Bean Casserole and Fudge Pie Growing up in a household with a mother who loved to cook, home cooking has always been with hearty, satisfying comfort foods, especially during the winter months. My mother always tried to create recipes that were lighter in calories and  healthier for
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams I was recently preparing to hit the ball was on the first tee of a local golf course when one of my golf buddies said, “David, you need call to Judge Moore and tell him…” I stopped in mid-swing. “That’s not the way it works,” I replied. “I don’t have the judge’s
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Inspiration from God’s Word - His Last Week

By Toni Ford This is the time of year in which people begin to refer to the Scriptures about Jesus’ death and resurrection. As I was reading in John this past week, I started reading the chapters leading up to His death and resurrection, and I realized for the first time the importance of Jesus’
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Pious Bob - Finding Our True Origin

By Robert Halsey Pine “But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:17 – 4:7 NRSV). Tell it like it is, Paul! Does anyone really believe that his or her citizenship is in heaven? If our citizenship is in heaven, why are
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Tournament first weekend review A record eight teams from the Southeastern Conference made the NCAA Tournament, but only two survived the opening weekend. Kentucky snuck past Davidson, 78-73, in the first round, then stormed past Buffalo, 95-75, in the Round of 32. Buffalo, a No. 13 seed, upset No. 4
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Area baseball team ranked in ASWA poll

Released March 22 Baseball Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Auburn 3. McGill-Toolen 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Bob Jones 6. Oak Mountain 7. Smiths Station 8. Theodore 9. Enterprise 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Hartselle 3. Robertsdale 4. Spanish Fort 5. Homewood 6. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 7. Saraland 8. Helena 9. Florence 10. Austin Class
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Local players named to All-State basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Photo: Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson was one of six local student-athletes recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2017-18 All-State basketball teams. (Gary Wells) Six local student-athletes recently were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2017-18 All-State basketball teams. Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson made the Class 1A second team.
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Lady Blue Devils win Etowah Invitational 

Photo:The Etowah High softball team went 4-0 to win its invitational tournament last Saturday (March 17) in Attala. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Shy Gibbs, Jada Bigelow, Jessica Smith, Lexi Brown, Anna Kate Watkins, Abbi Martin, Krislyn West, Shelby Horton. Standing, from left: assistant coach Steve West, assistant coach Sarah Street, Bree Vasser, Melissa Love, Kalena
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Area athletes medal at GCHS meet

A number of local high school athletes medaled at the Gadsden City Track & Field Open Meet No. 1 on March 15 at GCHS. Etowah High’s Alex Howard won a pair of gold medals. He placed first in the shot put with a throw of 45-02.00, while his toss of 134-01.75 was the top effort
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Students hypnotized at conference

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor CED Mental Health hosted a Youth Prevention Conference at Gadsden City High School on March 14. Students in ninth and tenth grades were bussed to GCHS from surrounding Etowah County schools. At the conference, motivational speaker and hypnotist Patrick Grady of Wahoo, Fla. spoke to the students. The theme for the
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Gadsden State holds International Festival

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Gadsden State held its annual International Festival on Friday, March 9 at 210 on the Tracks. To celebrate the GSCC international program’s 50th anniversary, the festi-val was larger than ever. As attendees entered the festival, a timeline detailed the GSCC international pro-gram’s 50-year history. The international pro-gam’s students manned booths, that
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State Rep. Ford’s bill passes state house

The Alabama House of Representatives earlier this week passed legislation introduced by Rep. Craig Ford (I-Gadsden) that would establish a more simplified, free and consolidated process for non-profit entities to apply for a special events license. “Under current law, it can take up to six months for a charitable organization such as the American Heart
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Butter Meltaways and Southern Praline Cookies I just have to tell y’all what a blast that we had at Cottontail’s Village last weekend. The crowd was fantastic and it was so thrilling to talk to men and women who enjoy cooking as I do. A lady from Jasper bought seven cookbooks and insisted that I make
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Report cards recently were given to Alabama public schools regarding each school’s performance. Many of the scores caused concern among the vested interest groups. Myself and other educators must sit back and listen to the armchair quarterbacks tell us who should be fired and why. I marvel that how someone, without thoroughly
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Pious Bob - Wall-to-Wall Community

By Robert Halsey Pine “And I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, ‘The work is great and widely spread out, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Rally to us wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah 4:1-23
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What voice do you recognize?

By Toni Ford Each year in December, I begin to pray about the upcoming year. I ask the Lord to show me a vision, focus or a word that He wants me to pursue for the coming year. This year, the Lord did not give me a vision or a subject area to focus on,
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Legals for the week of March 16 - March 23, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Megan Green A Single Woman   to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Family Savings Credit Union, its successors and assigns dated June 6, 2014; said mortgage being recorded as
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