Students take over city government for a day

By Sarrah Peters News Editor More than a dozen Gadsden City High School students participated in the Coosa Valley YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day on Tuesday, April 18. The YMCA of Coosa Valley’s Youth in Government program “gives youth the opportunity to learn firsthand about government and civic issues by taking an active
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United Way of Etowah County hosts its Annual Meeting

By Sarrah Peters News Editor United Way of Etowah County held its Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 12 at the Pitman Theatre in downtown Gadsden. Shane Ellison, United Way Board of Directors President, welcomed everyone to the event. Gary Hodges of Trinity Boadcast Network gave the invocation. United Way Executive Director Joanne Hightower presented examples of
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Legal notices for the week of April 21 - 28, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness described in and secured by that certain mortgage executed by Jason Oden, a single man to Matrix Financial Services Corporation dated March 29, 2002, and Recorded in DOC # M 2002-1612 of the records in the Office of the Judge of Probate,
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The Messenger Community Calendar

April 21 The Beautiful Rainbow Café will be closed for the Special Olympics. 21, 22 The Etowah County Master Gardeners Association will hold its annual plant sale on Friday, April 21 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the association’s greenhouses located at 3200 West
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers took two of three games on the road against Tennessee last weekend. Auburn won the first game, 3-2, behind a dominant performance from ace pitcher Casey Mize, who gave up three hits and struck out seven while allowing no earned runs in six innings. The
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Local teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. Buckhorn 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Sparkman 7. Enterprise 8. Theodore 9. Grissom 10. Auburn Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Helena 3. Decatur 4. Spanish Fort 5. Oxford 6. Hueytown 7. Hillcrest-Tusc. 8. Hartselle 9. Southside 10. Saraland Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian 2. Faith Academy
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Titans’ Isom signs football scholarship

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The total number of Gadsden City High seniors who will play football at the next level recently rose to 10. GCHS senior Jer’Michael Isom signed with Lake Erie (Ohio) College on Wednesday (Apr. 19) at the school library. A three-year starter at cornerback, Isom last season finished with 44 tackles, three
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Westbrook’s Jones signs with Wallace-Hanceville

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Will Jones soon will depart Rainbow City for the junior college experience. On Tuesday (Apr. 18) the Westbrook Christian senior signed a basketball scholarship with Wallace State-Hanceville. In his two years as a starting guard, Jones helped the Warriors post a 56-11 record with a pair of area titles and consecutive
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Blue Devils blank Westbrook, 3-0

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor In the regular season finale for two playoff-bound teams, Etowah posted a 3-0 shutout over Westbrook Christian on Monday (Apr. 17) in Rainbow City. Nathan Colegrove was the man of the hour for the Class 5A No. 4 Blue Devils (24-6), earning the win on the mound while providing the eventual
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Donny Pruitt resigns as Westbrook basketball coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After two years on Westminster Drive in Rainbow City, Donny Pruitt recently decided to shelve his whistle and playbook for good. Pruitt tendered his resignation as Westbrook Christian boys basketball coach early last week to WCS principal Cindy Greer and assistant principal/athletic director Matt Kennedy. In his two seasons at Westbrook,
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Panther student-athletes sign college scholarships

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Hard work in the athletic arena and in the classroom recently paid off for several Southside High seniors. Megan Hendrick, Ashton Downey, Becca Feazell, Kelsey Patterson, Hunter Nails, Jordan Kilgo and Austin Winningham signed college scholarships on Apr. 12 at the SHS auditorium. Downey will play tennis at Snead State. “I’ve
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Rainbow City breaks ground on new shelter

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Early this year, Rainbow City official s faced a dilemna with its animal control services. The services had been contracted to a local veterinarian, but the contract was about to end. The city found that there would be a hefty price increase if they continued to use those services. Officials
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Bentley resigns, Ivey sworn in

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In late March of last year, recordings surfaced of Governor Robert Bentley talking in a sexual manner to his top political advisor Rebekah Mason on the telephone. Soon after, allegations surfaced of Bentley illegally using campaign funds and his office to cover up an affair, though Bentley repeatedly denied having
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Gadsden recognizes child abuse awareness month

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the April 11 Gadsden City Council meeting, officials honored the James M. Barrie Center for Children for helping children who are abused for Child Abuse Awareness Month. Shane Ellison presented the James M. Barrie Center with a proclamation. “And whereas, the James M. Barrie Center for Children plays a
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Classifieds for the week of April 14 - 21, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of April 14 - 21, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Michael B. Mashburn Husband And Kristi H. Mashburn Wife to Household Finance Corporation of Alabama dated March 25, 2008; said mortgage being recorded as Instrument No. 3291070 in the Office of the Judge
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review The Tigers lost their first series of the season on the road at Texas A&M last weekend. Auburn took the first game of the series, 2-1, but dropped the second game, 6-3, and the rubber match, 3-1. Despite the series loss, Auburn (24-10, 8-4) is still tied
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball poll

Released April 13 Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Oak Mountain 4. Hoover 5. Buckhorn 6. Sparkman 7. Grissom 8. Enterprise 9. Theodore 10. Spain Park Class 6A 1. Helena 2. Cullman 3. Decatur 4. Spanish Fort 5.Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Oxford 7. Hueytown 8. Chelsea 9. Southside 10. Hartselle Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian
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Westbrook golfers sweep the field at Gadsden Area Tournament

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian took first place in both the girls and boys’ division at the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament at Twin Bridges on Monday (Apr. 10) and Silver Lakes on Tuesday (Apr. 11). Led by Hope Cone’s low-medalist score of 150, the Lady Warriors shot 483 overall to claim the girls title.
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Conquerors clinch second straight area title

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian made short work of Appalachian this past week, and in the process clinched its second straight Class 1A, Area 11 title. On Monday (Apr. 10), the No. 5 Conquerors (21-4) posted an 11-1 win in Gadsden in five innings. On Tuesday (Apr. 11), Coosa produced a 15-1 victory at
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Lady Panthers rally past Sardis for county softball title

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With four straight Etowah County Schools Softball Tournament titles under its belt, Southside High did not hit the panic button when it found itself trailing 5-0 after one and a half innings against Sardis last Saturday (Apr. 8). “I basically told them to put things in perspective and not to make
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Sardis topples Hokes Bluff in county softball tournament semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lady Lions advanced to the championship game of the Etowah County girls softball tournament by virtue of a 12-2 semifinal win over Hokes Bluff last Saturday (Apr. 8) at Glencoe. Sardis banged out 15 hits in the victory, while the Lady Eagles managed only three. Hokes Bluff opened the
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Etowah runners shine at Albertville track and field meet

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Etowah High boys track and field team won four events and finished second in five at a meet at Albertville High School on April 7. The Blue Devils finished in third place overall, while the Sardis boys and girls came in fifth and sixth, respectively. The Lions had one first-place
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ALDOT to resume work on I-759 extension

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In April of 2015, Governor Robert Bentley visited Gadsden to speak to the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber. During this trip, Bentley was invited by State Representative Craig Ford to drive along Interstate 759. Now, two years later, that has paid off. On Monday, April 3, Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton and Ford held
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Teachers and students honored at Gadsden City Board of Education meeting

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the April 4 Gadsden City Board of Education meeting, the board recognized the city school’s Teachers of the Year. Students from each school were also recognized for his or her achievements during the meeting. The 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year are Cheryl Fincher of Oscar Adams Elementary; Joy Downey
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Classifieds for the week of April 7 - 14, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of April 7 - 14, 2017 and Delinquent Tax Notifications

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Mortgage executed by James Michael Dillard and Lynda K. Dillard, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”), (solely as nominee for Lender, First Federal Bank, and Lender’s successors and assigns), dated the 15th day of October,
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Men’s Tournament review South Carolina’s appearance in the Final Four was the biggest surprise of the NCAA Tournament, and the Gamecocks proved that they belong against No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the first national semifinal. South Carolina trailed by double digits in the second half but battled back and took
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released April 6 Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Buckhorn 4. Hoover 5. Oak Mountain 6. Theodore 7. Sparkman 8. Grissom 9. Auburn 10. Enterprise Class 6A 1. Helena 2. Cullman 3. Decatur 4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 5. Spanish Fort 6. Chelsea 7. Oxford 8. Saraland 9. Hartselle 10. Hueytown Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian
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Titans tap Bart Sessions as new football coach

Photo courtesy of al.com By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High will have its third football coach in school history on the Titan Stadium sideline this fall. At a meeting last Tuesday (Apr. 4), the Gadsden City Board of Education approved the hiring of Bart Sessions as GCHS head coach. Sessions, whose overall record as
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Gadsden City’s Haley Troup named Class 7A Player of the Year

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Haley Troup closed out her high school basketball career with a flourish on Tuesday (Apr. 4) in Montgomery. The Gadsden City High School senior was named Class 7A Player of the Year at the Alabama Sports Writers Asssociation’s Mr./Miss Basketball awards banquet presented by Alfa Insurance. It was the second year
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Mayor Guyton, Rep. Craig Ford announce ALDOT to resume efforts to extend I-759

Mayor Sherman Guyton and Rep. Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) today announced that the Alabama Department of Transportation has agreed to resume work on the extension of Interstate 759 in Gadsden. The decision resulted from discussions with Gov. Robert Bentley and his staff during the past two years, Guyton and Ford said. ALDOT has previously conducted engineering
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Southside shuts down Sardis in county tournament title game

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Crimson Panthers are once again Etowah County Schools Tournament baseball champions by virtue of a 7-0 victory over the Sardis Lions on Saturday (Apr. 1) at Glencoe. Sophomore Jarren Wright pitched six strong innings for Southside and the Panthers (14-7) scored four runs in the top of the
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Sardis batters Bulldogs in county baseball semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis High Lions exploded for 13 hits on their way to an 11-3 win over Gaston in Etowah County Schools Baseball Tournament semifinals on Saturday (Apr. 1) at Glencoe. The Lions (14-9) had two batters hit by pitches and were the recipients of nine walks. “We did leave a lot
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Smoke on the Falls returns to Noccalula

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The annual Smoke on the Falls barbecue competition returns to Noccalula Falls on April 7 and 8 for the eighth year. The competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, allows professional divisions to competitively cook pork butt, pork ribs, chicken and beef brisket on Saturday, while the backyard divisions
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Fish Fry fundraiser to benefit The Love Center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Capeside Fish Company is holding a Fish Fry on April 9 to benefit a local shelter, The Love Center. The Love Center was founded in 1982 when Charlsie Tarrance was inspired to provide shelter to “God’s most forgotten people.” Tarrance noticed the problem of homelessness in Etowah County and created
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Legal Notices for the week of March 31 – April 7, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Stanley Hawkins, a married man joined by his wife Deborah Hawkins, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for Homecomings Financial Network, Inc., on April 21, 2004, said mortgage being recorded in the
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent NCAA Tournament Weekend 2 Review The Southeastern Conference wasn’t mentioned among the best conferences in college basketball throughout the season, but the league arguably had the best performance of any conference during the NCAA Tournament. The SEC earned five bids, and three of those teams advanced to the second weekend of
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Titans’ Troup, Conquerors’ Davidson highlight All-Messenger basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Although separated by just a few hundred yards as the crow flies, Gadsden City and Coosa Christian high schools are miles apart in terms of size and student body. What the Titans and Conquerors do have in common, however, are top-notch basketball programs, a fact that is reflected in the 2016-17
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 30 Baseball Class 7A 1. Hewitt-Trussville 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Buckhorn 4. Oak Mountain 5. Hoover 6. Grissom 7. Theodore 8. Sparkman 9. Spain Park 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Spanish Fort 3. Decatur 4. Helena 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Oxford 7. Chelsea 8. Hartselle 9. Saraland 10. Hueytown Class 5A 1.
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Thompson goes yard in Lady Jackets' win over Coosa Christian

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Skylar Thompson’s two-run home run sparked Glencoe High to a 7-3 victory over Coosa Christian in the Glencoe Spring Break Round Robin Softball Tournament on Monday (March 27). Thompson’s dinger over the right-centerfield wall in the bottom of the fifth inning provided the Lady Yellow Jackets (6-8) some breathing room with
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Lady Titans kick off Glencoe Tournament with pair of wins

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gadsden City Lady Titans opened play in the Glencoe Spring Break Round Robin Softball Tournament on Monday (March 27) with back-to-back wins over Spring Garden and Ohatchee. The Lady Titans defeated the Lady Panthers, 6-5, in their first game and exploded for 11 runs in the first inning against the
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Titans, Panthers shine at GCHS Open No. 2 track and field meet

Gadsden City High won six first-place medals and Southside earned five in the GCHS Open track and field meet on March 23. Twenty-two teams competed in the event. First place finishers for Gadsden City in the girls’ events were Brittaney Watts in the 100-meter dash (12.65), Mariqua Adley in the 300-meter hurdles (51.63) and May
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Legals for the week of March 24-30, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kenneth N. Muskett and Sherry A. Muskett, originally in favor of The Gadsden Corporation, on the 1st day of April, 1998, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County,
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Gadsden Museum of Art to open new exhibits

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Museum of Art recently opened two new exhibits, with official openings on April 7, though the public is welcome to come see the exhibits early. April 7 is also the last day to view the Children’s Art Show that is currently on display. The Children’s Art Show features
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Think 2 Change speaks to Glencoe Middle students

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Brian Earley, founder of Think 2 Change, spoke to Glencoe Middle School students on Tuesday, March 21. Principal Tisha Howell introduced Earley, and the topic of kindness. “If you’ve noticed, outside my office I have a picture that’s been inscribed,” said Howell.  “It says ‘I’ve learned that it is the
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Paws for St. Patty’s fundraiser a success

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Thursday, March 16, The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center held its annual Paws for St. Patty’s fundraiser at Gadsden Convention Hall. The fundraiser was an immense success. According to Humane Society Directer Christi Brown, over 300 people attended the event. Attendees enjoyed food catered by Local Joe’s
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent NCAA Tournament Weekend 1 Review Five SEC teams made the NCAA Tournament, and the conference represented itself very well during the first weekend of the tournament. Three teams – Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina – advanced to the Sweet 16, and the conference boasts a 7-2 record so far in the
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 23 Baseball  Class 7A 1. Hewitt-Trussville 2. Grissom 3. McGill-Toolen 4. Sparkman 5. Theodore 6. Auburn 7. Central-Phenix City 8. Buckhorn 9. Hoover 10. Oak Mountain Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Spanish Fort 3. Decatur 4. Helena 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Hazel Green 7. Chelsea 8. Florence 9. Oxford 10. Hartselle Class 5A 1.
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Hokes Bluff gets past Yellow Jackets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor As is often the case in sporting events involving Hokes Bluff and Glencoe high schools, last Tuesday’s baseball game between the county rivals at went down to the wire. With the score tied at 2-2 on the bottom half of the seventh inning, Hokes Bluff leadoff hitter Dylan Teague worked a
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Westbrook shuts out Gaston in area opener

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Following an 0-8 start to the season, Westbrook Christian is beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Helped by a solid pitching performance by Tyler Self, the Warriors posted a 10-0 shutout in five innings over visiting Gaston in Class 2A, Area 12 action last Tuesday
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Gadsden City's Troup finalist for Player of the Year award

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup has been recognized yet again for her outstanding 2016-17 high school basketball season. The Gadsden City senior was one of 21 players statewide selected as finalists for the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Miss Basketball/Player of the Year awards presented by ALFA. The winners will be announced at a banquet
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Locals make all-state girls basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup certainly is closing out her outstanding high school basketball career with a bang. For the third year in a row, the Gadsden City senior guard was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State girls basketball first team. She was the only area girl or boy player who made
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Area cagers named to all-state boys basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Four area student-athletes were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association 29016-17 All-State boys basketball teams. Coosa Christian senior forward Caden Davidson was selected to the Class 1A second team, Gadsden City senior guard Deonte Jones was picked for the Class 7A third team, West End senior forward Andre Little
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Titans’ Burns, Troup end prep careers in all-star fashion

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup and Brooke Burns shared the hardwood floor one last time on March 17. The Gadsden City High seniors participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls’ basketball game at Alabama State University in Montgomery. Troup, who recently was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 7A All-State first team, finished
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Locals compete at GCHS track and field meet

Southside High won nine events and host Gadsden City won eight at the GCHS track and field meet on March 16. Hokes Bluff and Etowah won five and four first-place events, respectively. Hokes Bluff’s Tylynn Register had four first-place finishes – the 100-meter hurdles (16.11), the 300-meter hurdles (48.23), the long jump (16-10.50) and the
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Hokes Bluff triathlon set for April 15

The Hokes Bluff Library Foundation along with the Hokes Bluff Lions Club and Tawanna Lions Club will host the “Bookin’ it though The Bluff” triathlon on April 15. Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Hokes Bluff Community Center, the event includes 22.6 mile- bike ride through eastern Etowah County to the Hokes Bluff Ferry Park.
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Glencoe’s Holbrooks highlights All-Etowah County boys basketball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Glencoe High’s Cole Holbrooks is the Player of the Year of the 2016-17 All-Etowah County Schools boys basketball team. A 6’4, 200-pound senior forward and two-year starter, Holbrooks averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists along with 50 blocks and 26 steals in 25 games this past season. He helped
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Matt Scott resigns as Gadsden City football coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High is on the lookout for its third head football coach in the school’s 11-year history. Matt Scott submitted his resignation at the March 16 meeting of the Gadsden City Board of Education. GCHS Principal Jeff Colgrove accepted the resignation on Friday (March 17). In four years and 47
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The Love Kitchen set to visit Etowah County

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, March 20, Little Caesars will help feed the hungry in Etowah County with its Love Kitchen. One of the two kitchen-equipped trucks will visit the Way of the Cross Soup Kitchen located at 101 North 24th Street in Alabama City, where it will feed about 375 people in need.
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Leadership Etowah visits local government

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Leadership Etowah class visited several government officials on Tuesday, March 14 for its Government Day.  Leadership Etowah is a program run by the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber. The Chamber partners with Huntingdon College, The University of Alabama Gadsden Center, Gadsden State Community College, Jacksonville State University, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and Alabama
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Catholic Center of Concern still helping the community

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Catholic Center of Concern located on Chestnut Street is not new to downtown Gadsden. Although many people drive past the small building each day without noticing it, those who need the services it provides see the center as an invaluable resource. The Catholic Center of Concern is dedicated to
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Attalla loft gets a makeover

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Downtown Attalla is well known for its stores full of antiques. It is less known for its loft apartments, but that may change soon. Ron Catoe bought a loft in downtown Attalla in 2006 or 2007. He worked on the building for about a year before it was finished.  Catoe moved
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Classifieds for the week of March 17 – 24, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of March 17 – 24, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Rodney  Cameron, a married man and wife, Melinda Renea Cameron, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for MortgageAmerica, Inc. Corporation, on the 9th day of April, 2010, said mortgage recorded
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent SEC Tournament Review The Kentucky Wildcats won the Southeastern Conference in the regular season and followed that up with their 31st tournament championship. The Wildcats defeated Arkansas 82-65 in the SEC championship game and knocked off Alabama in the semifinals and Georgia in the quarterfinals. UK point guard De’Aaron Fox was
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Hokes Bluff's Johnson tops All-County girls basketball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Kendall Johnson literally has been the center of attention for the Hokes Bluff High girls basketball team for the past several years. The 6’0 senior post player won 122 games in five seasons on the varsity, and this year her accomplishments resulted in her being named the MVP of the All-Etowah
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 16 Baseball Class 7A 1. Hewitt-Trussville 2. Sparkman 3. Theodore 4. Grissom 5. Auburn 6. Hoover 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Central-Phenix City 9. Buckhorn 10. Enterprise Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Spanish Fort 3. Decatur 4. Helena 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Florence 7. Hartselle 8. Hazel Gree 9. Chelsea 10. Southside CLASS 5A 1. Briarwood
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Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame to induct Class of 2017

The Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame recently announced its 2017 Class. Former local high school football standouts Andre “Brick” Haley, Larry Rose, Carnell Williams and Toderick Malone will be inducted at the organization’s annual banquet and ceremony at 6 p.m. on April 8 at Convention Hall in Gadsden. A meet & greet sessions will
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Blue Devils, Lady Warriors win Kickoff Classic

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Etowah boys and Westbrook Christian girls took first place in the fifth annual Kickoff Classic golf tournament last Saturday at Twin Bridges in Gadsden. The tournament featured both nine and 18-hole formats. The Blue Devils finished with an overall score of 305, while the Lady Warriors shot 254 as a team.
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Jenkins signs with Montreat College

Gadsden City High School senior Landon Jenkins signed a baseball scholarship with Montreat (N.C.) College last Sunday (March 5) at Meadowbrook Baptist. In 84 games, Jenkins had 47 runs scored, 26 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Pictured, sitting from left: East Cobb baseball coach Bo Curtis, Montreat head baseball coach Jason Beck, Landon, East Cobb
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Local teams compete in Yellow Jacket Invitational

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Photo caption: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole tees off during the Yellow Jacket Invitational girls golf on March 9 at Silver Lakes. (Gary Wells) Westbrook Christian finished in fourth place out of 21 schools at the Yellow Jacket Invitational girls golf tournament hosted by Glencoe High School at Silver Lakes’ Heartbreaker/Mindbreaker courses. The
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The Sweet Tea Trio to release album in April

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On February 16, local favorite The Sweet Tea Trio opened for the Birmingham concert of Jon Bon Jovi’s “This House is Not for Sale” tour at the BJCC arena. The trio was selected to perform after submitting a videotaped performance. “It was awesome,” said Sweet Tea member and Southside native
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Lion’s Club Pancake Day returns to Rainbow City

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Pancake Day is making its annual return to Rainbow City on March 11. The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will be held at the Rainbow City Community Center beginning at 6 a.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $5.50 at the door, and children six and under eat for free. The
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Nomad Homestead to host yard sales for non-profits

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Nomad Homestead Supply is teaming up local ministries and nonprofits to help the organizations raise money through yard sales. To do this, Nomad Homestead Supply is encouraging the organizations to drop off items. The store will tag the items, and split the proceeds 60 percent for Homestead Suppy and 40
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Hymns for Hunger fundraiser continues to grow

By Mary Elizabeth Dial , Staff Correspondent The ecumenical Hymns for Hunger concert filled the sanctuary of Gadsden First United Methodist Church last Sunday, March 5, for the third year in a row. Choir members from 12 churches in Gadsden and Rainbow City came together to perform hymns and classical pieces under the direction of
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Classifieds for the week of March 10 – 17, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of March 10 – 17, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on August 22, 2011 by Cynthia M. Gazaway, a married woman, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for MortgageAmerica, Inc., and recorded in Instrument Number 3354185 on August 24, 2011, in the
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 9 Review The Crimson Tide finished the regular season with a 59-54 loss on the road at Tennessee. Alabama led 36-22 at the half but a strong second-half surge by the Volunteers in the ended the Tide’s NCAA Tournament chances. At 10-8 in the conference, Alabama still earned the
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GCHS duo to play in all-star basketball game

Gadsden City High School seniors Haley Troup and Brooke Burns were among 12 high school players across the state recently selected to the Alabama roster for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls basketball game next Friday (March 17) in Montgomery. The game will tip off at 5 p.m. at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University
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Conquerors' Hampton ties AHSAA softball record

Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton tied an Alabama High School Athletic Association softball record in the Lady Conquerors’ 12-3 win over Ashville on March 2. The senior catcher tied the AHSAA record for number of doubles in a single game after going 5-for-5 with four doubles, a triple and five RBI. Her five hits also tied
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Lady Panthers swing past Gadsden City

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Behind a strong pitching outing from Savanna Yancey and a late-game offense surge, Southside High posted an 8-5 victory over Gadsden City on Monday (March 6) at SHS. With the game at tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Panthers crossed home plate seven times over
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Lady Blue Devils go 4-1 at J.B. Pennington tournament

Etowah High went 4-1 in the J.B. Pennington Tiger Pride Classic this past weekend in Blountsville. The Lady Blue Devils defeated Susan Moore, 8-0; New Hope, 11-6; Shades Valley, 16-2; and Pelham, 3-1. Etowah’s lone loss came against the host Lady Tigers by a score of 3-0. Against Susan Moore, Melissa Love allowed two hits
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Lady Cardinals advance in conference tournament

Raven Cooley shot 50 percent (5-for-10) from the three-point line in Gadsden State’s 74-60 victory over Lawson State in the opening round of the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament on March 3 in Birmingham. The Lady Cardinals (8-18) will face Shelton State in the tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 8. Cooley finished with 21 points
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RBC announces Alabama Chocolate Festival lineup

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, March 1, Rainbow City officials and Mayor Terry John Calhoun announced the lineup and activities for the 12th Annual Alabama Chocolate Festival. The festival will take place at the Rainbow Plaza in Rainbow City on Saturday, April 1. Admission to the festival is free. Calhoun commended city employees
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Local partnership upgrades Gadsden City High softball field

By Eric Wright, City of Gadsden Communications and Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The City of Gadsden recently finished an extensive project at the Gadsden City High School softball complex located on Black Creek Road. The complex’s new scoring tower and concession stand received funding from the Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council, which contributed $20,000
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Father shares loss to teach students about bullying

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, February 24, John Halligan visited three Gadsden City middle schools. Halligan shared the story of his son Ryan’s life with students at Gadsden Middle,  Litchfield Middle and Emma Samson Middle schools. The Gadsden Rotary Club sponsored the presentation. Halligan’s son Ryan committed suicide on October 7, 2003. Halligan
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Classifieds for the week of March 3 - 10, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of March 3 - 10, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Stephen Rand Hilleke, a married man, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the February 23, 2004, said mortgage being recorded at Doc. #: M-2004-0705, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 8 Review The Crimson Tide suffered back-to-back losses to Georgia and Texas A&M this past week, which ended any chances they had of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Alabama’s offense struggled in both losses, as the Tide scored only 55 points at home against the Bulldogs
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West End's Little leads off All-Messenger football team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor It was a Little bit of this and a Little bit of that all season long for the 2016 West End High football team. Versatile senior Andre Little rarely left the field for the Patriots as they made their first postseason appearance in six years and won their first playoff game since
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Local trio to be inducted into state softball hall of fame

Three local individuals will be inducted into the Alabama Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 this Saturday (Mar. 4) in Tuscaloosa. Deborah Dixon, Steve Nelson and Steve Salvador will join 31 previous ASA inductees from the Gadsden/Etowah County area. Dixon and Salvador will be inducted as slow pitch player, while Nelson will
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Humane Society to host Paws for St. Paddy auction

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Etowah County’s Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will host its annual Paws for St. Paddy fundraiser on Thursday, March 16. The fundraiser will start at Gadsden Convention Hall at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature a live and silent auction. Items for auction include vacation trips, to Gatlinburg
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YMCA to host Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Sunday, February 26, the YMCA of Coosa Valley will continue a family tradition with its Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at 210 at the Tracks in Gadsden. The cost is $20 a ticket for father and daughter in advance, and $25 the day of
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Plus-size dresses needed for “A Night For Our Stars”

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, April 1, the Children’s Policy Council of Etowah County will host “A Night For Our Stars,” a prom for those with special needs, at Gadsden Convention Hall from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The prom theme is “Hollywood Stars,” where participants will enter the prom by red carpet with
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Classifieds for the week of Feb. 24 – Mar. 3, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of Feb. 24 – Mar. 3, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Robert J. Laird, Jr., an unmarried man, originally in favor of Kondaur Capital Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, on the 12th day of September, 2014, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of
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