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By Craig FordBy Craig Ford

State leaders must spend more time standing up for Alabama

Most Alabama politicians spent this past campaign season talking about how they were going to “stand up to Obama” and fight back against the federal government. It was ironic, given that President Obama is only going to be president for two more years, while voters were looking to elect candidates who would serve for the next four years, and

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By Danny By Danny "The Vagabond" Crownover

Etowah County’s second courthouse

This week, The Vagabond while at the Etowah Historical Society found another old document (note: If the readers have any old document of interesting history, please bring them to the historical society! I want to thank Forrest Lambert for bringing in a ton of Alabama books as well as the entire set of the War of the Rebellion, old

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State Representative Craig Ford addresses Gadsden City Council members at the council meeting on February 17.State Representative Craig Ford addresses Gadsden City Council members at the council meeting on February 17.

Ford to push I-759 extension

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


State Representative Craig Ford addressed the members of the Gadsden City Council during their meeting on Tuesday, February 17.

Ford asked the council members for help in pushing state officials for funding to extend I-759. 

I-759 directly impacts the main roads of Gadsden including George Wallace Drive (AL Hwy 291) and Meighan Blvd. (U.S. 431).

Economically,

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Birmingham Mayor William Bell spoke at Gadsden State Community College’s Valley Street campus on February 17 as part of GSCC’s black history program.Birmingham Mayor William Bell spoke at Gadsden State Community College’s Valley Street campus on February 17 as part of GSCC’s black history program.

Mayor Bell speaks at Gadsden State campus

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Birmingham Mayor William Bell spoke at the Gadsden State Community College’s Valley Street campus on Tuesday, February 17. February is Black History Month. Mayor Bell is the 33rd mayor of Birmingham. Mayor Bell was invited to speak as part of GSCC’s black history program.

The program began with a short video on the march from Selma

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Riverview to host health fair on Feb. 21

In recognition of American Heart Month, which is celebrated each year in February, Riverview Regional Medical Center invites the public to the 2015 Cardiovascular Health Fair on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7 - 11 a.m. 

The event, which takes place at Riverview’s Heart and Vascular Center, includes cholesterol and glucose screening, EKG, PAD (peripheral arterial disease), and blood pressure

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Etowah 4-H to take part in Chick Chain project

  The Etowah County 4-H program is proud to announce that it will be offering county youth the opportunity to take part in the 4-H Chick Chain project this year.  In the Chick Chain project, young people purchase 18 one-day old chicks from the Extension Office, grow them out for 22 weeks and then bring their top three chickens to

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Opinion Piece

By Josh Moon/Montgomery Advertiser

We need $700 million dollars.

That's how much it would require to patch up the nearly $300 million hole in the Alabama General Fund Budget and to prevent further borrowing from the Education Trust and to pay back old debts. That's what Gov. Robert Bentley told a group of lawmakers and business leaders and reporters

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Dollar General celebrates new Southside store

Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 1856 Lakemont Drive in Southside on Saturday, February 21 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals.  Dollar General will offer Southside residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.

Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a

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The changing face of Alabama 4-H

Parents want children and teens involved in activities that build skills and knowledge. Young people want activities that are fun and offer variety. The answer - Alabama 4-H.

Extension professionals across the state are working closely with adult and youth advisory groups to ensure that 4-H in every county is an exciting and fun place for young people aged

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GSCC employees receive national recognition

Gadsden State Community College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. The 2015 honorees are Shirley Colvin, assistant dean of instruction/science division chair; Tim Hardy, air conditioning & refrigeration technology instructor; Dr. Sara Wheeler, mathematics instructor, and Jennifer Williams, transcript evaluator. Interim President Martha Lavender said, “Each

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An alien metal sculpture made from recycled car parts in Thailand decorates the entrance to The Factory’s new Si-Fi Safari. An alien metal sculpture made from recycled car parts in Thailand decorates the entrance to The Factory’s new Si-Fi Safari.

The Factory introduces a fun new adventure

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On April 1, 2014, The Factory opened its doors. The fun-filled facility is different from any other nearby attraction.

The Factory features a trampoline gym and trampoline dodgeball court. For teen nights, the regular lights are darkened and muticolored lights take its place, while music is played. 

There is also a small arcade and batting cages.

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Honey-Baked Ham Company and Cafe co-owner Rachael Miller (second from left) is pictured with employees Niki (left), Brianna (second from right) and Angela (right). The business is located at 110 West Grand Avenue Suite 100 near the intersection of Hwy. 411 and Hwy. 77 in Rainbow City. Honey-Baked Ham Company and Cafe co-owner Rachael Miller (second from left) is pictured with employees Niki (left), Brianna (second from right) and Angela (right). The business is located at 110 West Grand Avenue Suite 100 near the intersection of Hwy. 411 and Hwy. 77 in Rainbow City.

Honey-Baked Ham comes to Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Honey-Baked Ham Company and Cafe has a new location, and this time it is permanent. Honey-Baked Ham has opened a holiday kiosk at Gadsden Mall for the past five years. They now have a storefront at 110 West Grand Avenue Suite 100 in Rainbow City. 

The store opened the week before Thanksgiving last year. The well-known

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Gadsden Regional welcomes new cardiothoracic surgeon

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Gadsden Regional Medical Center has gained a new cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Daniel McCoy now works with GRMC staff to operate on a variety of heart and lung related diseases.

He has brought with him the know-how to perform a less invasive surgery to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms, which he refers to as “silent killers.”

The abdominal

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Courtney WalkerCourtney Walker

Walker brings leadership, experience to Gadsden parks and recreation

By Messenger Staff


The decorations aren’t all in place yet in Courtney Walker’s new office, but he has already hit the ground running as the city’s new Parks and Recreation Director. Walker took over the city’s recreational department effective Jan. 1 this year.

Walker, 46, started working for the department in 1994, managing various community and recreational facilities in Gadsden.

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Pictured above is the City of Attalla Gazebo.Pictured above is the City of Attalla Gazebo.

Progressive leadership moves Attalla forward

By Jacqueline Chandler

News Correspondent


2014 proved to be another year of positive growth and development for the City of Attalla, as Mayor Larry Means and other city officials push for positive impacts on the municipality.

New events such as Treasures in the Street have already had a positive economic impact, with future projections showing a continual growth for the event.

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Little Canoe Creek classified as mega site

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Etowah County Commission has made many strides to improve the community it serves in the last few years. Recently, the commission has set its sight on developing the Little Canoe Creek Industrial Park.

The location for the site was chosen carefully, with nearby access from two major highways, I-59 and U.S. Hwy 11, and is

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By Danny By Danny "The Vagabond" Crownover

Robert Turner-The only Confederate soldier killed in Gadsden

The Vagabond ran across some papers earlier this week that Hazel Oliver wrote years ago for the Etowah Historical Society. The papers were about Robert Turner, who was killed in action at the Black Creek incident. Tur-ner is buried along with Emma Sansom’s father and daughter and a black family member.

For many years up

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Being ‘UP’ for Jesus

A friend recently sent me a posting on the “Yahoo Answers” page. It was posted by a person named Sepia and is the best answer to date on the question: “What is the two letter word in the English language that has the most meanings?” In searching several dictionaries, I found, as well, that the suggested word has many

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Jennifer, left, and Kim Wilkerson pose in the Etowah County Courthouse after recieving their marriage license. They were married in front of the courthouse by Mandi Long.Jennifer, left, and Kim Wilkerson pose in the Etowah County Courthouse after recieving their marriage license. They were married in front of the courthouse by Mandi Long.

Etowah begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


After confusing and conflicting messages from federal and state officials, some Alabama counties, including Etowah County, began issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, February 9. 

Alabama’s state ban on same-sex marriages was ruled unconstitutional on January 23. After the ruling, Judge Roy Moore appealed for a stay until the Supreme Court decides on the issue later

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Gadsden City High senior Nolan Boatner will celebrate his 18th birthday today (Feb. 13). Gadsden City High senior Nolan Boatner will celebrate his 18th birthday today (Feb. 13).

Local student receives full scholarship

By Sarrah Peters 

News Editor

Nolan Boatner, like many high school seniors, has been considering colleges for some time. 

Luckily, Nolan has worked hard to keep his GPA high. Despite playing baseball and football, which would often keep him from getting home until 7:30 p.m., when he would still have to complete his homework, Nolan still managed to maintain a 3.8

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