Etowah, Glencoe ranked; GCHS, Southside, Gaston receive votes in Aug. 31 ASWA football poll

Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen (2-0) 357 2. Spain Park (2-0) 250 3. Hewitt-Trussville (2-0) 226 4. Hoover (1-1) 197 5. Murphy (1-0) 181 6. Central-Phenix City (1-1) 140 7. James Clemens (0-1) 115 8. Lee-Montgomery (2-0) 103 9. Bob Jones (1-1) 53 10. Vestavia Hills (1-0) 31 Others receiving votes: Foley (2-0) 17, Buckhorn (1-0)
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Area gridders recognized by AHSAA

Several local players, including three each from West End and Southside, were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Football Spotlight for Week 1. West End senior running back Jordan Malin rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries in the Patriots’ 65-42 win over Susan Moore. Senior quarterback Payne Stancil
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Patriots smoke Susan Moore after honoring late team member

By James H. Jimenez/For Sand Mountain Reporter Jordan Malin ran for four touchdown while Payne Stancil and Tyler Grant connected three times for scoring plays as the West End Patriots rolled over the Susan Moore Bulldogs, 65-42, on Thursday (Aug. 25) in Walnut Grove. However, the football game merely set the stage for a much
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Sylvania rams through Sardis

  By Cole Frederick/Fort Payne Times-Journal Sylvania running back Caleb Roebuck exploded for six touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 41-27 shootout victory over visiting Sardis on Friday (Aug. 26). “I don’t think we played very well the whole game, but I don’t want to take anything away from Sylvania,” said Sardis head coach
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Yellow Jackets blank Westbrook, 35-0

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Glencoe lit up the scoreboard with four second-quarter touchdowns en route to a 35-0 shutout over Westbrook Christian last Friday (Aug. 26) at GHS. The Yellow Jackets (2-0) ended up with 468 total yards, 197 of them coming in the decisive second period. Senior twins Austin and Aaron Bush turned in big
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Oxford weathers Gadsden City, 22-10

  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City High has found itself in a precarious situation after only two weeks of this young football season. Following a 22-10 loss to Oxford last Friday (Aug. 26), the Titans are 0-2 for the first time in school history with region play set to begin this week. The game
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Big second half pulls Southside past Hokes Bluff

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside Crimson Panthers used a balanced offensive attack to break open a close game on their way a 44-29 victory over cross-county rival Hokes Bluff on Thursday (Aug. 25) at Barney Hood Stadium. Southside head coach Ron Daugherty noted that the game was a “typical” Southside-Hokes Bluff matchup. “Coach Rob
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VFD funding secured in lottery bill

The state lottery bill that passed the Alabama House of Representatives last Thursday night includes additional funding for volunteer fire departments in all 67 counties in Alabama, due to an amendment to the bill by Rep. Richard Lindsey (D-Centre). “Over the last several years, state funding for our volunteer fire departments has been cut to
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Pow Wow to be held at Noccalula Falls

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Turtle Island Native American Association’s 3rd Annual Noccalula Falls Pow Wow will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4 at Noccalula Falls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for an adult, $10 for a family, $3 for seniors 65 or older and children age 6 through 14.
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New officials announced after local elections

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Several area municipalities have new leaders after the election on Tuesday, August 23. Other positions face runoff elections. Attalla In Attalla, Larry Means remains mayor, as he ran unopposed. In District 1, Kenneth Scissum, 60 votes, and Myrna Baker, 48 votes, will face a runoff election. Karen Graves, James Parker, Jr. and Charles
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Dragon Boat Festival thrills Gadsden

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity held its annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, August 20 at Gadsden’s Riverwalk Park. The races, which began at 9 am, featured teams made up of professional and social groups from the Gadsden area and beyond, with rowers and spectators coming from as far away
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Pop Up Art Sale to be held

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Yesterday, Aug. 25, The Love Center held its Art for a Purpose fundraiser. The silent art auction was made possible through the generous donations of art from the community. “We solicited art from the community,” said Love Center board member Andy Powell. “We said that most people had a nice print or painting that was
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HealthSouth hosts Brain Freeze to raise money and awareness

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On August 23, HealthSouth Rehab Hospital of Gadsden hosted a Brain Freeze Challenge to raise money and awareness for the Alabama Head Injury Foundation. Similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Brain Freeze Challenge consists of eating ice cream really fast to give yourself a brain freeze. “The purpose of the brain freeze
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The Messenger Community Calendar

August 27 The Calhoun/St. Clair County “Renew our Rivers” clean-up will be held from 8 a.m. – 12 pm. Volunteers may stop by Ohatchee City Hall or Greensport Marina anytime to register and pick up tee shirts, bags and gloves. Boats may launch for no fee at Lakeshore Marina, Greensport Marina or Ten Islands Park.
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Legal Notices for the week of August 26 - September 2, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated October 16, 2008, executed by Robin Davenport and Donald George, married, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for CitiMortgage, Inc., which mortgage was recorded on October 27, 2008, in Instrument No. 3303512, of the
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick 2016 Predictions SEC East Division 1. Tennessee (10-2, 6-2) Losses: at Texas A&M, vs. Alabama Winning the East is the next logical step for Butch Jones and Company, but playoff consideration still might be a bit much for this group. The Vols certainly are talented and have an advantage playing in a
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Etowah ranked in ASWA poll; Gadsden City, Southside, Glencoe, Gaston receive votes

Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. James Clemens 3. Hoover 4. Spain Park 5. Bob Jones 6. Hewitt-Trussville 7. Murphy 8. Central-Phenix City 9. Auburn 10. Lee-Montgomery Others receiving votes: Gadsden City 14, Vestavia Hills 3, Buckhorn 2, Foley 2, Mary G. Montgomery 2, Jeff Davis 1. Class 6A 1. Clay-Chalkville 2. Blount 3. Spanish Fort
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Missed chances hurt Titans in loss to Spain Park

By Chris Benefield Sports Correspondent Failed opportunities and two major turning points doomed Gadsden City High last Friday (Aug. 19), as the Titans dropped a 21-17 decision to the Spain Park Jaguars before 5,500 at Titan Stadium. The defending state runner-up Jaguars hit Gadsden City with a thunder-and lightning running attack, as Larry Wooden pounded
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Williams make presence felt in Southside win over Etowah

By Chris McCarthy/Editor In the teams’ first meeting in three years, Southside out-gunned Etowah, 48-33, in high school football last Friday (Aug. 19) at Barney Hood Stadium. With the victory, the Panthers won its third straight game against their county neighbors while improving to 11-25-1 in the series. “I’m very proud of our kids for
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Yellow Jackets top West End in Davis’ debut

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Glencoe High School head football coach Rusty Davis won not one, but two big games last Friday (Aug. 19). Besides winning his first game as GHS head coach, Davis brought the program its milestone 500th victory in a 28-21 win over West End at GHS. “We played a good team that
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Pair of late scores pull Plainview past Sardis

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Plainview scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to edge out Sardis 20-6, on Friday (Aug. 19) at SHS. The Lions had chances to take control early in the game, but missed some opportunities. Drew Vaughan returned a Plainview punt to the Plainview 24. But Sardis had a series of penalties that
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Local inspires Amy Grant charity concert

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In 1988, a student at Westminster Christian School in Rainbow City, now Westbrook Christian School, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She bwas offered a wish from Magic Moments. The young girl, Maureen Willard, responded that she would like to pray about it. She eventually decided that she would like to meet singer Amy Grant,
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Students recieve diplomas through HIRED program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Six students received their diplomas during a small ceremony held at Etowah High School in Attalla on Thursday, August 11. The students received the diplomas though the Helping Inspire, Remediate and Educate or HIRED program. The HIRED program is for Alabama young adults age 16 through 24. The program can be used by students who
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Patel to be recognized at Citizenship award banquet

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, August 23, The 2016 Spirit of Citizenship Banquet and Roast will be held at 6 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, located at 623 Broad Street in Gadsden. Nanda Patel will be honored as the 2016 Spirit of Citizenship winner, joining Gadsden greats such as Bubba Masters, Chester Hicks and Joanne Hightower. Born
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Craig Ford - Debt is the real reason for special session

The Alabama Legislature returned to Montgomery this week for what may end up being only the first of more special legislative sessions. The governor said that the purpose for this legislative session was to vote on a lottery to fund Medicaid and other general fund proposals. While the lottery is being debated in the state
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Legal notices for the week of August 19 - 26, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the terms of a Mortgage executed on February 17, 1999 by Anissa R. Hicks, as Mortgagor in favor of Jane Floyd, as Mortgagee, recorded in Document: M-1999-0756, Probate Office, Etowah County. Default has continued. The Mortgagee, under the power of sale contained in said mortgage will sell at
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC West Division Preview Alabama Head coach: Nick Saban, 10th season (100-18 at Alabama, 191-60-1 overall) 2015 record: first in West (14-1, 7-1) Key losses: linebacker Reggie Ragland, running back Derrick Henry, center Ryan Kelly Key returning players: defensive back Eddie Jackson, tight end O.J. Howard, offensive lineman Cam Robinson 2016 outlook
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Clark heads up Gadsden State volleyball program

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Connie Clark may be a first-year head volleyball coach at Gadsden State, but she is far form a newcomer to the program. Clark, who took over in mid-July when Angie San-ders resigned, has been the team’s assistant coach for the past 10 seasons, so she sees a very smooth transition to
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2016 Football Preview: Gadsden City to hang its hat on strong defense

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent Gadsden City High head football coach Matt Scott found himself and his team in an unusual position at the end of the 2015 football season. The Titans had just finished a 5-5 season, and for the first time in the program’s 10- year history GCHS finished out of the AHSAA
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2016 Football Preview: Panthers intent on finishing what they start

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High head football coach Ron Daugherty was very pleased with the attendance and effort in the program’s offseason workouts. He also noted that the roster would not be in the triple digits as it has the past few years, which means that more players will see action on both sides
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2016 Football Preview: Etowah gearing up for tough region schedule

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After viewing the combination of graduation losses, returning veterans and promising newcomers, Etowah head football coach Drew Noles feels that his 2016 Blue Devils will hold their own. “We lost some great players, players that you just don’t replace, like Darius Moore and Crishun Young,” said Noles. “We’ll do the best
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2016 Football Preview: Hokes Bluff has blend of veterans and newcomers

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With 20 years in the books as a head football high school coach, Mike Robertson appreciates a solid mixture of experience and youth. “We’ve got 18 seniors, and for a lot of them this will be their third year of getting on the field,” he said. “So we do have some
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2016 Football Preview: Sardis looking to build on strong offseason workouts

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Consistency will be the operative word this season for Sardis High School. The 2015 Lions only twice won two straight games on the way to a 5-5 record and a fifth place finish in Class 4A, Region 6. “For us to get where we need to get, we’re going to have
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2016 Football Preview: Rusty Davis making his mark at Glencoe

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Seven months into the job, Rusty Davis is settling in as head coach of his former high schools county rival. A 1984 Hokes Bluff High graduate and former Eagle quarterback, Davis now wears the yellow, black and gold of the Glencoe Yellow Jackets. Davis spent the past 24 years in various
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2016 Football Preview: Shea Monroe to lead, guide and direct Westbrook Christian

Chris McCarthy Publsiher/Editor Westbrook Christian is making the move from Class 3A the past two years to its traditional 2A spot. “That 3A region was very athletic,” said first-year head coach Shea Monroe. “Make no mistake – there is a lot of athleticism in the new (Class 2A, Region 6), but it is more of
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2016 Football Preview: Bulldogs re-sized and re-fitted

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gaston High head football coach Swane Morris likened part of his offseason work on the roster as assembling the pieces of a puzzle. “We’re having to move different people around to different spots, and hopefully we won’t be short a piece when we’re finished,” he said. “We’ll see if our kids
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2016 Football Preview: Patriots have postseason in their sights

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Kyle Davis knows that last season’s six-win season was an important stepping-stone for his program. That being said, West End’s third year head football coach believes his program is more than ready to ascend the next rung on the ladder. “We want to make the playoffs,” said Davis. “It’s been a
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2016 Messenger Football Preview: new leaves are turning over in Conqueror country

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor New Coosa Christian football coach Chris Sanders is teaching his team to pay attention to detail in an effort to get back in the winning column. “If we can do that and limit mistakes, that is half the battle,” he said. “I want us to focus on one thing and get
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Sweet Tea Trio wins an Alabama Music Award

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local favorite Sweet Tea Trio was recently honored at the 2016 Alabama Music Awards in Birmingham. The trio was nominated for Alabama’s 2016 Female Country Artist of the Year, and was named the winner during the award show. The nominations and voting were done by the public. Sweet Tea Trio also performed at the
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Local youngsters compete in national track & field meet

The local More Than Runners track club competed in the USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field meet from July 26th to July 30 at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif. The club participated in the Alabama state meet in Selma and the Southeast Regional Meet in Baton Rouge, La., earlier this summer. In Sacramento, JaKodie
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent East Division Preview Florida Head coach: Jim McElwain, second season (10-4 at Florida, 32-20 overall) 2015 finish: first in East (10-4, 7-1) Key losses: defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III, running back Kelvin Taylor, defensive lineman Jon Bullard Key returning players: LB Jarrad Davis, DB Jalen Tabor, DB Marcus Maye 2016 outlook
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Local family business receives 40-year honor

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Hollar family has been in Gadsden’s gasoline industry for 40 years. Don Hollar worked his way through the University of Houston by operating a Shell. After graduating, the company offered him a position. He worked with the company for 22 years. In 1976, the Bellinger Oil Company became available, and he jumped
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Gadsden City grad wins AGA title

Courtesy of jsugamecocksports.com Southside native and 2012 Gadsden City High graduate Bo Hayes won the Alabama Golf Association’s State Match Play Championship, overcoming an early deficit in the final round last Saturday (Aug. 6) at the 16th Alabama State Match Play Championship of the Alabama Golf Association in Brewton. A rising senior at Jacksonville State
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Gadsden Job Corps seeks new candidates

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent The Gadsden Job Corps was founded by a federal program that began in 1964. Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. There are 126 centers nationwide.
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Etowah County student attends Alabama Governor's School

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Lesley Cox was one of 92 students to attend Alabama Governor’s School, or AGS, in June. The senior at Southside High School was the only student to represent Etowah County in the 13-day series of seminars and activities held at Samford University. Participants in the program were chosen from high
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Legal notices for the week of August 12 - 19, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Michael Christopher Johnson and Sharon Johnson, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Crescent Mortgage Company, a Delaware Corporation, on the 27th day of May, 2011, said mortgage
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New Etowah Middle School holds groundbreaking

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, Attalla city officials held a groundbreaking for the new Etowah Middle School. The 35,000 feet new school will be built where the old Etowah High School used to be. The building’s design incorporates some of the remaining structures, to make the most out of the resources available. The contract is in
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Local coach taking recovery step by step

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Although it wasn’t the day he officially entered the world, John Butts celebrated another sort of birthday last Saturday (July 30) at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden. With over 200 family members, friends, colleagues and former and current students cheering him on, the former Etowah High and Gadsden State basketball coach
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Gadsden community remembers Ralph Lane

by Kaitlyn Fleming Staff Correspondent On Sunday, July 31, the community lost beloved member Ralph Lane. Ralph Lane passed away at the age of 64 after a battle with liver cancer. Before he passed, Lane was an instrumental member of his community. Lane worked to improve his community in different ways. He took part in
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Local works to improve community

By Sarrah Peters News Editor When Rugenia Moore-Henry moved back to the Green Pasture community in Gadsden, she noticed some minor things that needed to be done. She addressed her concerns with the city council. Having moved around before, Henry says that she always advocated for her community. About three months ago, Henry began to talk to Adam
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ABC charity donates school supplies

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, August 2, teachers at Walnut Park Elementary School received the gift of supplies for the classrooms. Anna Dobbins started A.N. Battles Charity, otherwise known as ABC Charity in honor of her grandmother, who loved children and taught Bible school for years. The aim of the charity is to provide teachers with supplies,
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Craig Ford - It will take more than a lottery

In less than two weeks, the state legislature will return to Montgomery to take up a lottery bill that no one has seen. Gov. Robert Bentley, who has prided himself on using “the element of surprise” when it comes to calling special legislative sessions, has still not released any details or even had any conversations
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The Vagabond: Etowah County's role in the Civil War - Part 2

Perhaps the most fatal decision of the Civil War was made in Gadsden in October of 1864, when the Army of Tennessee, commanded by the dashing Gen. John Bell Hood, encamped here for two days. Recently driven out of Atlanta, Hood zigzagged his army up through northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama in an effort to
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Legal notices for the week of August 5 - 12, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Brandi Ray, a single woman, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 18th day of July, 2014, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3404634, Mortgage Records, in the office of the Judge of Probate
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC Coach Rankings 14. Barry Odom, Missouri 13. Kirby Smart, Georgia Odom and Smart are the two newcomers to the head coaching ranks as they are entering their first seasons at Missouri and Georgia, respectively. Odom served as the defensive coordinator at Missouri last season under Gary Pinkel and was promoted to
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JSU’s Grass optimistic about 2016 season

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass unveiled his 2016 version of the  Gamecocks to the news media on Wednesday (Aug. 3) at the JSU Media Day. Jacksonville State is expected to have one of its strongest teams in recent years with a program that returns many veterans and features
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Area teams ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

Class 7A 1 McGill-Toolen (347) 2 James Clemens (248) 3 Hoover (219) 4 Central-Phenix City (172) 5 Spain Park (169) 6 Bob Jones (164) 7 Hewitt-Trussville (15 8 Murphy (98) 9 Auburn (49) 10 Gadsden City (32) Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (8-4) 21, Jeff Davis (6-4) 10, Baker (6-4) 7, Buckhorn (6-5) 6, Vestavia Hills
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Area team ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

Class 7A McGill-Toolen (347) James Clemens (248) Hoover (219) Central-Phenix City (172) Spain Park (169) Bob Jones (164) Hewitt-Trussville (158) Murphy (98) Auburn (49) Gadsden City (32) Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (8-4) 21, Jeff Davis (6-4) 10, Baker (6-4) 7, Buckhorn (6-5) 6, Vestavia Hills (9-3) 5, Mary G. Montgomery (3-7) 3, Prattville (6-4) 2.
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GPL excited to kick off Gadsden Reads

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden Public Library is kicking off Gadsden Reads on August 1.
 Gadsden Reads is a literary movement, in which a chosen book is read
by members of the community, and they are invited to participate in
events focused around the book’s content. This year’s book is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice
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Job Corps honors its graduating class

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, July 22, the Gadsden Job Corps Center honored about 75 students during its graduation ceremonies. The program began with the processional of graduates and the presentation of colors by Job Corps cadets.Counseling Manager Epiphany Cherry sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Student Records Manager Shelia Cooper-Moragne gave the Invocation. Student
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Big Brothers, Big Sisters presents local orthodontist with award

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, July 26, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama presented local orthodontist Dr. Lisa Wilborn with a plaque for becoming the newest community partner with the organization. Wilborn was surprised with the award at Smith and Bailey Dental in Rainbow City. “Dr. Forrest Bailey, a local dentist, is
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Gifts to Gadsden teaches skills to community

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent   Gadsden First United Methodist church continued its proud tradition of the annual Gifts to Gadsden workshops this week, providing free classes to the community on topics ranging from Beginner Knitting to Understanding Wills and Power of Attorney. Gifts to Gadsden began at GFUMC over two decades ago as
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Craig Ford - Lottery must be used for Education Fund

Over the last year or so, the lottery has been getting more and more attention and support from state legislators. The lottery is extremely popular, getting over 60 percent favorable support in all the public opinion polls that I’ve seen. The debate these days isn’t so much over whether we should have a lottery, but
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Pious Bob - Willing to Love

St. Paul reminds us that following Christ is a journey: “Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). Paul says that because we do not know
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Legal notices for the week of July 29-August 5, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on June 8, 2007 by Jason Robinson and Kristy Robinson, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Wilmington Finance Inc., and recorded in Instrument # at 3272964 on
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Preseason All-SEC team First Team Offense Quarterback Chad Kelly, Ole Miss Running back Leonard Fournette, LSU Nick Chubb, Georgia Receiver Calvin Ridley, Alabama Christian Kirk, Texas A&M Tight End O.J. Howard, Alabama Line Cam Robinson, Alabama Braden Smith, Auburn Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M Jashon Robertson, Tennessee Ethan Pocic, LSU First Team
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Former Florida State softball standout setting up shop in RBC

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Local youngsters no longer must commute to Birmingham, Huntsville, Auburn or Tuscaloosa in order to hone their softball skills with a top-flight instructor. Danielle Cox Brock, a former Glencoe resident and Florida State University softball standout who recently moved from South Florida to Hokes Bluff, brings impeccable credentials as a private
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Three area cagers, one local gridder see action at all-star week

By Stan Veitch Sports Correspondent The AHSAA North-South All-Star girls basketball game in Montgomery definitely on July 20 had an Etowah County flavor to it, with two Gadsden City guards – Haley Troup and Brooke Burns – starting. “It was great to start alongside Brooke,” Troup said. “The game was different than usual, though. They
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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

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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's Haley Troup 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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Coosa's Hampton plays in North/South softball game

  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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