Etowah ranked in Sept. 28 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 5-0 372 2. Hoover 4-1 268 3. Hewitt-Trussville 6-0 256 4. Central-Phenix City 4-1 212 5. Bob Jones 5-1 177 6. Lee-Montgomery 5-0 159 7. Davidson 4-1 108 8. Enterprise 6-0 101 9. James Clemens 3-2 59 10. Mountain Brook 4-1 46 Others receiving votes: Spain Park (3-2)
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Area football players recognized

Three local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 23. West End junior quarterback Payne Stancil threw four touchdowns passes – all in the first half – in the Patriots’ 27-25 win over Pleasant Valley. Stancil tossed TD passes of 30 and 8 yards to
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Eagles soar past Glencoe, 21-6

By Chris McCarthy/Editor For the first time in 36 months, Hokes Bluff senior football players can say that their final season included a victory over their longtime Etowah County rivals. Sparked by a defense that pitched a shutout over the final 43 minutes and allowed just 45 yards after halftime, the Eagles posted first win
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Blue Devils hold off Fort Payne

By Cole Frederick/Fort Payne Times-Journal Etowah held off a furious second-half comeback attempt by Fort Payne to hold on for a 21-16 victory last Friday (Sept. 23) at FPHS. The Blue Devils’ fourth straight win moved then to 5-1, 3-0 on the season. The Wildcats (0-5) trailed 21-3 at halftime, but the offense started to
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Titans fall short against Park Crossing

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Since both Park Crossing and Gadsden City high schools had put up some impressive totals in their previous games – the Thunderbirds steamrolling Russell County, 65-6 and the Titans smashing Grissom, 60-19 – things were expected to heat up even more when the teams met up this past Friday (Sept. 23)
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Panthers, Warriors, Bulldogs, Patriots win; Conquerors fall short

Southside 40, Fairley (Tenn.) 14 Southside jumped out to a 33-0 lead en route to a 40-14 victory over Fairley (Tenn.) last Friday (Sept. 23) at SHS. For the Panthers, Beau McConnell rushed for two touchdowns, while Baylon Fry ran for one. Triston Shaw threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Kenneth Bothwell and
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The Vagabond - Downtown Gadsden in the old days

In 1884, store displays were quite different from today. While walking down Broad Street the other day, The Vagabond got to thinking of the difference in window displays by the stores of the good old days and the present time. As a matter of fact, there were no window displays in those days. Everything was
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Legals for the week of September 23 - 30, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that mortgage dated September 10, 2012, in favor of The HomeTown Bank of Alabama, a corporation, and executed by Benson Enterprises, LLC, an Alabama limited liability company, which mortgage is recorded September 12, 2012, in Instrument Number 3373220, in the probate
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Classifieds for the week of September 23 - 30, 2016

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Craig Ford - VictoryLand re-opening a victory for democracy

I have always believed that gambling is an issue that should be decided by the voters. And I will never understand why, in the middle of the biggest economic recession our country has seen since the Great Depression, our state leaders chose to put hundreds of people out of work and shut down legally operating
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Pious Bob-Wasting Away As We’re Building Up

We hear St. Paul’s take on life in an uplifting way, even as we age: “So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,
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Fair VP brings passion for carnivals home

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent Jim Brooks received his first carnival poster in 1989 as a gift from a friend who had attended the National Hobo Festival. From there his collection grew, fueled by his lifelong love of carnivals and fairs, into a thousand-piece catalogue. Brooks is the vice president of the Etowah County
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Etowah students kick off Super Citizen program

By Sarrah Peters News Editor More than 1500 second, fourth and fifth grade students from 11 Etowah County Schools participated in the Next Great Americans Bus Tour and Super Citizen Program Kickoff last Friday, Sept. 16, in the Southside High School Auditorium. During the kickoff program, Libby Liberty, otherwise known as the Statue of Liberty,
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Gadsden Job Corps holds Peace March

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden Job Corps Center students and staff were joined by members of the community, including the Gadsden City High School cheerleaders, Gadsden City Councilman Thomas Worthy and more, for a Peace March on Wednesday Sept. 21. The marchers walked from the Gadsden Job Corps Center down Tuscaloosa Avenue to Carver
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County Fair brings fun to town

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The 77th Annual Etowah County Fair opened Tuesday, September 20. The fair will remain open until Saturday, September 24. The fair is being held at the Etowah County Fairgrounds,  located at 31 Griffin Sreet Southeast in Attalla. The fairgrounds are open from 5 to 11 p.m. This year the fair’s
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 3 Review Ole Miss took a 24-3 lead on Alabama late in the first half last Saturday (Sept. 17), and it appeared as if the Rebels would knock off the Crimson Tide for the third consecutive season. Alabama proceeded to go on a 45-6 run over the next two quarters,
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Blue Devils ranked in Sept. 21 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 4-0 354 2. Hoover 4-1 264 3. Hewitt-Trussville 5-0 249 4. Central-Phenix City 3-1 198 5. Bob Jones 4-1 166 6. Lee-Montgomery 4-0 157 7. Davidson 4-1 100 8. Enterprise 5-0 82 9. James Clemens 2-2 41 10. Mountain Brook 4-1 38 Others receiving votes: Spain Park (3-2)
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JSU edges Coastal Carolina

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent For the second week in a row it appeared to be deja vu all over again for the Jacksonville State football team. The No. 4 rated FCS team in America was going up against a bigger, stronger FBS team last Saturday (Sept. 17), although the final results were a little different.
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Area players recognized by AHSAA

Several local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 16. Hokes Bluff freshman running back Darrian Meads had 12 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns as Hokes Bluff notched its first win of the year with a 41-0 win over White Plains. Etowah junior
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Coosa Christian special teams step up in win over JCA

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Coosa Christian special teams unit was indeed just that last Friday (Sept. 16). The Conquerors scored two first-half touchdowns off blocked punts on the way to a 21-7 victory over Jacksonville Christian Academy in a Class 1A, Region 6 game in Gadsden. Coosa (2-3, 2-0) added another score midway through the
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Patriots rally past Tarrant on homecoming

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Tarrant Wildcats and the West End Patriots tangled in an old-fashioned shootout in Walnut Grove last Friday (Sept. 16), with the host Patriots coming away with a 29-27 Class 2A, Region 7 victory. With Tanner holding a six-point lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter, Jordan Malin’s touchdown
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Etowah wins third straight game

Daulton Hyatt’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Andy Noles with 5:14 left in the game gave sixth-ranked Etowah a 24-16 victory over Class 5A, Region 7 opponent Alexandria last Friday (Sept. 16) at AHS. The Blue Devils improved to 4-1 and 2-0, while the Valley Cubs dropped to 1-3 and 0-3. Following a scoreless first, quarter,
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Warriors notch first win of season

By Jason Bowen/Daily Sentinel The Westbrook Christian football team spoiled Section’s Homecoming last Friday (Sept. 16). The visiting Warriors broke open a tight game with three second-quarter touchdowns on the way to a 42-0 Class 2A Region 6 victory. Section (1-4, 1-2) struggled to produce much offensively while the Lion defense struggled to slow down
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Eagles blank White Plains, Yellow Jackets fall to Randolph County

Helped by Darrian Meadds’ 150 rushing yards, Hokes Bluff gained its first win of the season with a 41-0 shutout of Class 4A, Region 5 rival White Plains last Friday (Sept. 16) at WPHS. Meads also scored three touchdowns on his 12 carries. Fisher Simmons scored a pair of touchdowns for the Eagles (1-3, 1-2),
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Big plays lift Sand Rock past Gaston

By Shannon Fagan/Cherokee County Herald Sand Rock junior receiver Carson Carver finished with five catches for 91 yards, including the go-ahead 62-yard touchdown with 9:57 to go in the third quarter, to help the Wildcats earn a 23-7 victory over Class 2A, Region 7 rival Gaston on Friday at Sand Rock. The victory pushed Sand
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Sardis falls to No. 9 North Jackson

By Jason Bowen/The Daily Sentinel The North Jackson High football team used a familiar formula to hand Sardis a Class 4A Region 7 setback on Thursday (Sept. 15) in Stevenson. The No. 9-ranked Chiefs used a strong rushing attack and stingy defense to post a 48-28 victory. North Jackson (3-1, 3-0) ran for 424 yards,
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Gadsden remembers September 11 with memorial

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Beautification Board hosted a September 11 memorial on Sunday at the park on the corners of 4th and Broad streets. About 100 people attended the event, including city officials and emergency responders. Pat Sherman, chairperson of the Gadsden Beautification Board, welcomed everybody to the event. She said that
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Job Corps to host Peace Walk

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Job Corps will host a Peace Walk on Wednesday, September 21 at 10 a.m. The community is welcome to join the students and staff. The Peace Walk will begin at the Gadsden Job Corps at 600 Valley Street and end at Carver Community Center on Tuscaloosa Avenue. Once
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Gadsden home to be auctioned

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A beautiful Country Club home will be auctioned on September 27 at 6 p.m. Registration starts at 4 p.m. The home is owned by Dr. Homer Spencer, a radiologist. Spencer will be hosting a “Farewell to the House” party during the auction. He has invited friends and neighbors to join
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Titans hang 60 on Grissom, gain first win of season

Courtesy of al.com Gadsden City used a 42-point second quarter to take command and beat Class 7A, Region 4 rival Grissom, 60-19, on Thursday (Sept. 15) in Huntsville. The Titans improved to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the region, while Grissom dropped to 0-5 and 0-3. “I thought we played a much cleaner game tonight
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Craig Ford--Stop wasting tax dollars on unwinnable lawsuits

Our state government has money problems. It’s the reason we keep calling the state legislature back into special legislative sessions year after year to fix problems that should have been fixed during the regular legislative sessions. It’s the reason we have racked up almost a billion dollars in debt. It’s the reason we keep hearing
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The Messenger Community Calendar

September 16 – 30 Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for habitat housing. To qualify for housing, the applicant and/or family must currently be living in substandard of poverty housing; must have an annual income of $15,360 – $38,400 for a family of four or fewer people; must be willing to partner with Habitat
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Legal notices for the week of September 16 - 23, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Eva Durham, a single person, originally in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., on the 18th day of January, 2008, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, in
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 2 Review A week after struggling with consistency on the offensive side of the ball against Clemson, the Auburn offense exploded for over 700 yards in a 51-14 win over Arkansas State. The Tigers’ dynamic rushing attack was led by Kamryn Pettway’s 152 yards on 15 carries, while sophomore
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Etowah ranked in Sept. 14 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 3-0 354 2. Hoover 3-1 256 3. Hewitt-Trussville 4-0 255 4. Central-Phenix City 2-1 183 5. Spain Park 3-1 168 6. Bob Jones 3-1 148 7. Lee-Montgomery 3-0 137 8. Davidson 3-1 49 9. Enterprise 4-0 47 10. James Clemens 1-2 40 Others receiving votes: Mary G. Montgomery
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Marching Southerners win, Gamecocks lose in Baton Rouge

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Jacksonville State/LSU football game played this past Saturday (Sept. 10) in Baton Rouge, La., was surrounded by controversy almost from the start in what eventually became a 34-13 loss for the Gamecocks. The controversy began shortly after the announcement of LSU banning visiting bands from performing at halftime. This ruling
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Area players recognized by AHSAA

A pair of Etowah High athletes were nominated for this week’s Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Football Spotlight. Junior running back Caleb Horton rushed nine times for 95 yards and senior receiver Emil Smith Caught eight passes for 62 yards in the Blue Devils’ 14-7 win over Guntersville on Sept. 9.
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Blue Devils halt Guntersville winning streak

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Etowah Blue Devils ended two years of frustration last Friday (Sept. 9), and in the process may very well have put themselves in the driver’s seat for the Class 5A, Region 7 title. Facing a seventh-ranked Guntersville squad that had defeated Etowah by one point over the past two seasons on
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Gaston holds back Collinsville in region tilt

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Collinsville Panthers found themselves in double trouble this past Friday (Sept. 9) at Shinbone Ridge. The trouble came in the form of J.D. Pope and his twin brother D.J. as Gaston High held on for a 41-38 victory in Class 2A, Region 6 action at GHS. D.J. rushed for106 yards
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Lions notch first win of season

By Huck Treadwell/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis ended a three-game losing streak with a 26-0 shutout over Geraldine last Friday (Sept. 9) at SHS. The win ended a two-year losing streak to the Bulldogs. The Lions (1-3, 0-2) scored on their first play from scrimmage. After the Lions took over at their own 26-yard line,
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Titans' winless streak at four after loss to James Clemens

Courtesy of al.com Class 7A, No. 10 James Clemens outlasted Gadsden City, 21-14, in a key Region 4 game last Friday (Sept. 9) in Madison. The Jets (1-2, 1-1) got the edge with their running attack and defense. The score was tied 7-7 at halftime and 14-14 after three quarters. Bradley Belt’s 5-yard touchdown run
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Cleveland slips past Patriots

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Unbeaten and sixth-ranked Cleveland outscored West End 33-26 last Friday (Sept. 9) in a Class 2A, Region 7 shootout in Walnut Grove. Cleveland (3-0, 2-0) and West End (1-3, 0-2) combined for 864 yards in total offense – 521 by the Panthers and 343 by the Patriots. Each team also
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Panthers, Conquerors, Eagles, Warriors come up short

Marquis Posey rushed for 114 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns as Pell City downed Southside, 35-21, in a Class 6A, Region 7 contest last Friday (Sept. 9) in Pell City. For the Panthers (3-1, 0-1), Kenneth Bothwell rushed for 93 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. Triston Shaw and Bo McConnell
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Monroe out, Mintz in as Westbrook football coach

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian head football coach Shea Monroe resigned earlier this week. Assistant coach Brian Mintz was named interim head coach. Westbrook athletic director and baseball coach Matt Kennedy confirmed that he met with Monroe on Sept. 6, during which time Monroe tendered his resignation effective immediately. Kennedy declined to comment on the
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Family turns pet into service dog for son

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent When Natalie Entrekin and her family adopted a young German Shepard/Great Dane mix from the Humane Society, they expected him to be a fun pet. Instead, they had found a new partner in her son’s struggle with muscular dystrophy. Entrekin is the mother of Logan, 14, and Thomas, 11.
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First nurse to use defibrillator in Gadsden shares story

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Mary Bailey began her career as a nurse when she was only 16. After her mother passed away when she was only 15, Bailey stayed with family, but the situation was not ideal. So she looked into working, and was asked how she felt about being a nurse. Bailey responded that she’d wanted to be
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Gadsden Fire Department remembers tragedy

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent August 31 marked the 40th anniversary of the explosion that claimed the lives of three Gadsden Fire Department members, an event that many Gadsden residents remember to this day. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the Gadsden Fire Department held a memorial service for these men and three others, all
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Pow Wow held at Noccalula Falls

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent The Turtle Island Native American Association’s 3rd Annual Pow Wow took place September 3 and 4 at Noccalula Falls in Gadsden. Lowery Hesse, representative for the association, described the event as a multi-tribe pow wow. Members of the Cherokee, Choctaw, and Aztec Nations, along with several other tribes were present. Hesse stated that the primary
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Craig Ford--State legislature again fails to let the people vote

After nearly two decades of waiting, it seemed like the people of Alabama were finally going to get the chance to vote on a lottery. On July 27, Gov. Robert Bentley announced, “We need your help solving our funding crisis. I’m giving you the opportunity to vote on a statewide lottery.” And the governor deserves
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Legal notices for the week of September 9 - 16, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Craig B. New, an unmarried man, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for GMFS, LLC, on the 9th day of June, 2014, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 1 Review The Alabama defense held USC to less than 200 yards en route to a dominating 52-6 win last Saturday (Sept. 3) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. The Crimson Tide outgained the Trojans by nearly 300 yards, while receiver ArDarius Stewart hauled in four passes for 113 yards
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Blue Devils ranked in Sept. 7 ASWA football poll

Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Spain Park 3. Hewitt-Trussville 4. Hoover 5. Central-Phenix City 6. Bob Jones 7. Lee-Montgomery 8. Murphy 9. Thompson 10. James Clemens Others receiving votes: Davidson 21, Enterprise 21, Mary Montgomery 14, Vestavia Hills 11, Mountain Brook 5, Auburn 3, Tuscaloosa Co. (2-1) 3, Baker 2, Fairhope 2, Gadsden City 2,
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Southside rallies past Fort Payne

By Cody Dowler/Fort Payne Times-Journal Fort Payne got off to a promising start against Southside but ultimately fell short in a 31-34 loss in Class 6A, Region 7 action on Sept. 2 at Barney Hood Stadium. The visiting Wildcats held Southside (3-0, 1-0) to a three-and-out on their opening drive. Fort Payne’s offense then took
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Area players recognized by AHSAA

Several local athletes were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Football Spotlight for the week of Sept. 2. Southside sophomore halfback Kenneth Bothwell rushed 15 times for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 34-31 win over Fort Payne. Etowah sophomore Emil Smith caught six passes for 97 yards and a
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Conquerors snap 18-game losing streak

By Cole Frederick/Fort Payne Times Journal The Coosa Christian football team picked up its first win in 19 games in a thrilling 7-6 victory over Valley Head in a Class 1A, Region 6 showdown last Friday (Sept. 2) in Gadsden. The Conquerors (1-2, 1-0) scored their only touchdown of the night on a one-yard quarterback
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Titans come up short in region opener

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A late rally fell short as Gadsden City’s 2016 winless streak continued last Friday (Sept. 2) at GCHS. A pair of touchdowns by sophomore running back Jamontez Woods in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter wasn’t enough to prevent a 28-14 loss to Class 7A, Region 4 rival and third-ranked
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Top-ranked Piedmont blanks Yellow Jackets

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Piedmont brought a lofty N0. 1 ranking to Glencoe this past Friday (Sept. 2), and the top-ranked Bulldogs made a believer out of many local football fans. The visitors from Calhoun County manhandled the undefeated Yellow Jackets to a tune of 33-0. The Piedmont defense held Glencoe (2-1, 0-1) to only
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West End falls to Tanner

By Kim West/For Athens New-Courier Tanner senior quarterback Chadarius Townsend ran for four touchdowns and nearly 300 yards and the defense had five interceptions as the No. 9 Rattlers fended off West End, 41-16, in the Class 2A, Region 7 opener for both teams on Friday (Sept. 2) at Tanner. Tanner (1-2, 1-0), bounced back
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Blue Devils, Bulldogs win; Lions, Eagles, Warriors come up short

Etowah opened Class 5A, Region 7 play with a 35-7 victory over Douglas last Friday (Sept. 2) at DHS. For the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (2-1, 1-0), Daulton Hyatt completed 6-of-12 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, while Andy Noles was 6-of-9 in passing for 82 yards and two scores. Emil Smith caught six passes
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Gamecocks roll over UNA

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State seems intent on taking up where it left off last season. The No. 3 Gamecocks rolled to a 31-12 victory over North Alabama on Sept. 1 in JSU’s season opener at Burgess-Snow Field. “I thought we played well on both sides of the ball,” said Jacksonville State head coach John
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Stevenson speaks for Gadsden Reads program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Yesterday, Sept. 1, author Bryan Stevenson addressed the crowd of college students, high school students, Gadsden Public Library officials, community leaders and more at Gadsden State Community College’s Wallace Hall as part of the Gadsden Reads program. Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption was chosen as the focus of Gadsden Reads.
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Rogers given inspiration award

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor An area resident received a national award last week. Gay Rogers, of Centre, was awarded the 2016 SilverSneakers Fitness Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award. The award is meant to honor older adults whose healthy behavior has made a difference in their own life and has inspired others. Rogers inspiring story began two years ago, when
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Waste stations installed on trails

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A unique movement to clean up Gadsden parks has led to the installation of five new pet waste stations. The engineering department plans to install two of the stations along the Black Creek Trail and three  in the James D. Martin Wildlife Park. According to a City of Gadsden press release, the project
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Legal notices for the week of September 2 - September 9, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Floyd Morris, an unmarried man, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the 5th day of January, 2012, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3360952, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC football rankings 1. Alabama 2. LSU 3. Tennessee 4. Ole Miss 5. Florida 6. Georgia 7. Texas A&M 8. Auburn 9. Arkansas 10. Mississippi State 11. Vanderbilt 12. Kentucky 13. Missouri 14. South Carolina Week 1 Previews and Predictions Missouri at West Virginia (-10). Barry Odom’s first game as a head
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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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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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Classifieds for the week of August 19 - 26, 2016

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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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