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Doris Collier and Kathy Johnson play characters in The Borrowed Christmas. They are also friends who attend the same church.Doris Collier and Kathy Johnson play characters in The Borrowed Christmas. They are also friends who attend the same church.

Gadsden rolls out the red carpet

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

The Pitman Theater in downtown Gadsden will host a red carpet event on Nov. 15 for a movie called The Borrowed Christmas.

The red carpet event starts at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Activity Center, Downtown

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Two locals release novel to empower women

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Friends and Gadsden residents Carla Wynn Hall and Jennifer McCormick Williams decided to follow their dream of writing, and accomplished their dreams by supporting fellow women through social media. 

Hall and Williams met under strange circumstances. Williams was meeting a person to buy an iPhone that was listed online. She asked Hall if she was the seller. She

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EDS enters robotics 2014 competition

Episcopal Day School (EDS) is a college preparatory school located in Gadsden.  Students in the 5th - 12th grades compete in a robotics competition known as BEST (Boosting, Engineering, Science and Technology).  BEST is a competition for middle and high school robotics teams that educates students in engineering, science and technology.  

By participating in this project-based STEM program, students learn

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Craig Ford, above, and other politicians visited Hokes Bluff High School government classes to talk about the upcoming elections. Students learned about political parties and made fact sheets for each candidate that spoke.Craig Ford, above, and other politicians visited Hokes Bluff High School government classes to talk about the upcoming elections. Students learned about political parties and made fact sheets for each candidate that spoke.

Hokes Bluff receives visits from politicians

By Cole Frederick/Correspondent 

In the last month, Hokes Bluff High School has been the host of a candidate’s forum for several political candidates, including Governor Robert Bentley, who visited the school on Monday, Oct. 21. Bentley visited classes, engaged the students in discussions about distance learning, politics and class activities.  

Candidates began visiting Hokes Bluff three weeks ago addressing the students

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Veterans to be honored in Hall

The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association (GEPA) is holding a luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 5 to induct 11 veterans into the 2014 Patriots Hall of Honor.

The event takes place at Convention Hall from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. 

Sponsors include The City of Gadsden, Greater Gadsden Area Tourism Board and the Etowah County Commission. 

Tickets are $10 a person and

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Girls at Litchfield Middle School show off their burglar alarms after the iCan seminar that helped them build it. After the alarms were built, the girls decorated them.Girls at Litchfield Middle School show off their burglar alarms after the iCan seminar that helped them build it. After the alarms were built, the girls decorated them.

Local girls attend engineering seminar

Female students with high potential in Gadsden City middle schools had a fun time learning how to make simple burglar alarms

Alabama Power kicked off the iCan program for this school year. 

Gadsden Middle, Emma Sansom Middle and Litchfield Middle schools participated in the program.

The students will participate in three projects during the school year. 

The first exercise, this week, was based on

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Richard Hagedorn demonstrates a deadlift at Gold’s Gym in Rainbow City.Richard Hagedorn demonstrates a deadlift at Gold’s Gym in Rainbow City.

Two local athletes to be nationally honored

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Richard Hagedorn and Bobby “House” Driskill can often be found in the back room at Gold’s gym training for powerlifting competitions. They go to train three of four days a week, while working different muscles.

The two have been training together since 1994, when they met. They have participated in many competitions together. Now, their practice and hard

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A well-loved instuctor at GSCC, Billy “Rip” Reagan spent his life sharing his love of music with students and faculty.A well-loved instuctor at GSCC, Billy “Rip” Reagan spent his life sharing his love of music with students and faculty.

Local legend Rip Reagan passes away

By Kay Smith-Foster

Gadsden State Community College extends its sincerest condolences to family and friends of Billy E. “Rip” Reagan. He began his tenure at Gadsden State in 1986 and worked as a full-time band director and music instructor from 1986 until his retirement in 1996. Reagan remained part-time band director at Gadsden State until February 2014.

“Our Gadsden State family is

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Attalla Parks and Rec to host Trunk or Treat on Halloween

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

The City of Attalla Parks and Recreation Department will host its second annual Trunk or Treat Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 -7p.m. at the Carnes Community Center gymnasium. The first year the event drew over 400 youths from surrounding communities. This number is expected to rise this year.

Vendors from local businesses will set up tables free of

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GSCC students built this experiment to test immiscible fluid in a microgravity environment. It is being launched to the International Space Station for further testing.GSCC students built this experiment to test immiscible fluid in a microgravity environment. It is being launched to the International Space Station for further testing.

GSCC to launch project into space

October 27 will be a monumental date that many Gadsden State students will remember forever.  The project that several instructors and three teams of engineering students have poured their heart, time and energy into will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) via an Orbital 3 rocket.  

“Electronic engineering technology instructor, Audrey Webb, has been the anchor for all of

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Gadsden declares Extra Mile Day

Mayors across the United States are recognizing a growing movement that is dedicated to encouraging individuals and organizations to “go the extra mile” in service and volunteerism. On November 1, 500 mayors are expected to declare “Extra Mile Day.”

Gadsden and Mayor Sherman Guyton join the list.

Extra Mile Day celebrates individuals and organizations that have chosen to create positive change in

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Local author and Messenger correspondent Mike Goodson (right) poses for a photo with Pawn Stars star Rick Harrison. Goodson recently appeared on the popular reality show based in Las Vegas, Nev.Local author and Messenger correspondent Mike Goodson (right) poses for a photo with Pawn Stars star Rick Harrison. Goodson recently appeared on the popular reality show based in Las Vegas, Nev.

Local author appears on reality show

By Mike Goodson/Messenger Correspondent

Growing up in Gadsden during the 1950s and 1960s, television was a very important part of everyday life. In the days of watching the old black and white Zenith television with its two stations and having to turn the antenna to get clear reception television entertainment has come a long way. Today satellite reception and cablevision has

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GSCC to host Annual Charity Showcase

Gadsden State Community College will host the 20th Annual Charity Showcase Thursday, November 6 and the 14th Annual Miss Gadsden State Community College Pageant Friday, November 7 at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden.

The Charity Showcase and Silent Auction has become a holiday tradition thanks to the wonderful community support and participation.  

Previously more than $70,000 has been

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Kate Falcon relaxes on the set of The Voice.Kate Falcon relaxes on the set of The Voice.

Kate Falcon speaks about The Voice audition

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Kate Falcon cannot remember a time she didn’t love to sing.

“I grew up singing in the back of my parents’ car on the way to preschool,” said Falcon.

She didn’t realize she wanted to make it a career until she was 11 and entered a contest to open for Travis Tritt.

“As soon as I got off stage, I

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Families enjoy a train ride on Oct. 11 at Noccalula Falls Park’s 4th Annual Halloween Super Bash.Families enjoy a train ride on Oct. 11 at Noccalula Falls Park’s 4th Annual Halloween Super Bash.

Noccalula Falls kicks off Halloween season with a bash

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

Noccalula Falls Park hosted the 4th Annual Halloween Super Bash on Oct. 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Numerous inflatables, games, ghost golf, train rides, and of course, plenty of trick or treating, were available throughout the park.

Food vendors on site included Jack’s, Tropical Sno, Frios Pops, Lookout Mountain Kettle Corn and Papa John’s, providing options for

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George McSpadden, above, was a well-loved music instructor at GSCC since 1966. He also played the organ at every commencement ceremony since 1967.George McSpadden, above, was a well-loved music instructor at GSCC since 1966. He also played the organ at every commencement ceremony since 1967.

GSCC loses one of its own

Gadsden State Community College extends its sincerest condolences to family and friends of George McSpadden. He began his tenure at Gadsden State in 1966. He worked as a full-time music instructor from 1966 until his retirement in 1996. Since then he has remained as a part-time music instructor, advisor, and organist. 

Interim President Martha G. Lavender remarked, “Our Gadsden State family

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GCHS teaches breast cancer awareness

The FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Club at Gadsden City High School recently sponsored a breast cancer awareness program for junior and senior girls.

The goal of the program was to raise awareness about this dreaded disease that will affect one out of every eight persons in the country.

The importance of monthly self -exams and early detection were

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Lay Dam has rich history: part two

Between 1912 and 1928 the Alabama Power Company built four hydroelectric dams on the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers. At the time, and for some time to come, these dams were the largest, most complex, and most expensive construction projects in the history of the state. But they were much more than that. The dams were a turning point. When their

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Attalla Nursing Home holds Fall Festival

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

Saturday, Oct. 11, started out as a rainy day, but the sun came out just in time for the Attalla Nursing Home’s annual Fall Festival. 

The proceeds from the festival fund activities for residents at the facility. Arts and crafts projects, community outings such as movies, eating out and fishing trips, are a few of the events funded

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Christie Craig poses with the drawing winners and a member of her street team, which consists of fans who promote her books. From left: Melanie Spicer, winner of Craig’s newest book Reborn, Rebekah Armstrong  Vinyard, winner of the complete Shadow Falls series, Christie Craig and Nicholas Redden, street team member.Christie Craig poses with the drawing winners and a member of her street team, which consists of fans who promote her books. From left: Melanie Spicer, winner of Craig’s newest book Reborn, Rebekah Armstrong Vinyard, winner of the complete Shadow Falls series, Christie Craig and Nicholas Redden, street team member.

Best-selling author visits Gadsden Public Library

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

The Gadsden Public Library invited best-selling young adult novelist C.C. Hunter to speak about her Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls After Dark series on Oct. 11.

C.C. Hunter is actually a local author named Christie Craig, who graduated from Glencoe High.

When Christie Craig was a child, she didn’t read much and she definitely didn’t write much. Craig had

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