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Helen Ligon smiles during her 100th birthday celebration with friends and family on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Cherry Creek Retirement Village in Attalla. She turned 100 the next day. Helen Ligon smiles during her 100th birthday celebration with friends and family on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Cherry Creek Retirement Village in Attalla. She turned 100 the next day.

Two locals celebrate memorable birthdays

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Two Etowah County residents celebrated birthdays last week, but they weren’t your average birthdays. 

Helen Ligon turned 100 on Monday, Nov. 24, and J.T Wallace turned 102 the same week.

While growing up, Ligon walked to and from the one-room school in “rain, snow or shine.” The building did not even

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Consumers prepare for Black Friday sales

 Jacqueline Chandler

Messenger Correspondent


It’s that time of year again when thousands of consumers take to the streets looking for bargains on their holiday purchases. Black Friday was considered the single most profitable shopping day of the year, however now sales begin early and end later, making this an even more profitable time for retail giants. 

The extension of sales also

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Consumers prepare for Black Friday sales

 Jacqueline Chandler

Messenger Correspondent

It’s that time of year again when thousands of consumers take to the streets looking for bargains on their holiday purchases. Black Friday was considered the single most profitable shopping day of the year, however now sales begin early and end later, making this an even more profitable time for retail giants. 

The extension of sales also

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Coosa River has new flow schedule

River flows have been returned to a 20-mile section of the Coosa River as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) hydro re-licensing process on the river.

A flow schedule was developed and implemented by engineers and biologists at Alabama Power, along with state and federal biologists, as a result of FERC license renewal negotiations with Alabama Power

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The Woman’s Club to host Holiday Tour of Homes

The Woman’s Club of Gadsden’s 48th annual Holiday Tour of Homes is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  December 7.

Several homes across Etowah County are on this year’s tour, which reaches from Hokes Bluff to Country Club to downtown Gadsden. The tour also includes stops at the Gadsden Museum of Art, the Gunn Ballenger House and the

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Riverview Regional Medical Center completed Etowah County’s first bronchial thermoplasty (BT) on Nov. 20. Pictured, from left: Angela Cox, RN; Meredith Massey, RRT; K.J. Shah, MD, D, ABSM; Christy Hood, RRT; Gina Battles, CRT; Amy Allen, CRT.Riverview Regional Medical Center completed Etowah County’s first bronchial thermoplasty (BT) on Nov. 20. Pictured, from left: Angela Cox, RN; Meredith Massey, RRT; K.J. Shah, MD, D, ABSM; Christy Hood, RRT; Gina Battles, CRT; Amy Allen, CRT.

Riverview to offer new asthma treatment

Riverview Regional Medical Center continues its push to expand advanced medical offerings to its patients, as the facility completed Etowah County’s first bronchial thermoplasty (BT) on Nov. 20. 

Created for adults with severe asthma who continue to have asthma-related symptoms despite standard medications, the procedure was performed by Dr. K.J. Shah, a Pulmonologist at Riverview Regional Medical Center.

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Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton gifted Heather New of the Etowah/Gadsden Chamber with this written proclamation that Saturday, Nov. 29 is Small Business Saturday.Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton gifted Heather New of the Etowah/Gadsden Chamber with this written proclamation that Saturday, Nov. 29 is Small Business Saturday.

Etowah County to host Small Business Saturday

At the Gadsden City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 25, Mayor Sherman Guyton proclaimed Nov. 29 as Small Business Saturday. The shop small event will begin at 8 a.m.

Small Business Saturday is similar to Black Friday, but with local shops offering discounts. 

In conjunction with the National Shop Small campaign, Etowah County is teaming up for the largest

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The day after Thanksgiving, the Hokes Bluff Lions Club will begin to sell Christmas trees at 901 West Meighan Boulevard in Gadsden.The day after Thanksgiving, the Hokes Bluff Lions Club will begin to sell Christmas trees at 901 West Meighan Boulevard in Gadsden.

Hokes Bluff Lions Club to sell trees

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Every year the Hokes Bluff Lions Club sells Christmas trees at the 901 West Meighan Boulevard empty lot in Gadsden. This year will be no exception.  The sale begins the day after Thanksgiving. 

The club prides itself on delivering quality trees that are trimmed and drilled with a vertical drill. The stands allow buyers to simply place the

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TV-24 to host Christmas musical

By Jacqueline Chandler/News Correspondent

TV24 and the Oxford Performing Arts Center are joining up to host Celebrating Christmas, a musical special held on Nov. 21 at the Oxford Performing Arts Center.

The jam-packed two-hour show will feature over 200 performers, including headliners The Diamonds. While the original performers are no longer a part of the group, the act remains true to the

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Etowah County School District placed on national honor roll

Etowah County School District is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the Fifth Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. 2014 is a milestone year

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Let it Snow exhibit opens

Imagination Place Children’s Museum at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts opened Let It Snow on Nov. 15. 

The interactive, hands-on exhibit kicked-off its third year in the children’s exhibit hall on the main floor of the Hardin Center. 

Let It Snow is an indoor winter wonderland complete with a snowball pit, a snowslide, sock-footed ice skating rink, a snow

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This refurbished old bus sits at the Nomad’s Land property. The non-profit hopes to continue recycling old materials such as this at a new shop that will sell recycled materials, as well as tiny houses made out of recycled shipping containers and other materials.This refurbished old bus sits at the Nomad’s Land property. The non-profit hopes to continue recycling old materials such as this at a new shop that will sell recycled materials, as well as tiny houses made out of recycled shipping containers and other materials.

Nomad’s Land purchases building

Nomad’s Land, a not for profit organization, has recently expanded. 

In June 2010, the Hansons’ Jesus Loves You and the Armisteads’  Nomad’s Supply joined together to begin building Nomad’s Land. 

Both families had each been separately traveling and dreaming of creating a place for the nomadic subculture that would offer them hospitality and foster spiritual growth. 

The families began to work together to

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Southern States launches food drive

The fourth annual Southern States Holiday Food Drive began Nov. 10. As in past years, Southern States Cooperative partnered with local food banks in cities and communities throughout the southeast to help feed disadvantaged families and individuals during the holiday season.

“The job of feeding our rapidly growing world population has never been more critical,” said Southern States President and CEO

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The Choice Bus Visits Etowah County Schools

Thanks to a partnership between State Farm and The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation, nearly 500 students boarded The Choice Bus. 

Rainbow and Etowah middle school students received a firsthand look at what education can bring – at least $1 million over a person’s lifetime if they graduate from college. The half-prison cell, half-classroom converted school bus, which visually portrays two different

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From left to right: First row- David Robertson, Charles Gilchrist, E.C. Wilson, Beon Chambers and Dennis Nunnelly; Second Row- Gene Scrugge, John Graham, Harold Batie, Norman Hindman and Randy BradfordFrom left to right: First row- David Robertson, Charles Gilchrist, E.C. Wilson, Beon Chambers and Dennis Nunnelly; Second Row- Gene Scrugge, John Graham, Harold Batie, Norman Hindman and Randy Bradford

Glencoe Library honors local veterans

The Glencoe Public Library recently honored our local Glencoe Veterans.

Debbie Bradford started the program, welcoming all. She also introduced all of the librarians and invited everyone to come and visit our library.

Harold Batie led the Pledge of Allegiance and told us that this year is the two hundredth anniversary of “The National Anthem.” He told the history of the song,

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Future Publix hosts groundbreaking

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

The groundbreaking for the future Publix in Rainbow City was held Monday at 10:30 a.m. The groundbreaking event was hosted by The Gadsden/Etowah County Chamber and MAB American Management, LLC.

Plans for the new Publix, which will be located on the corner of Highway 77 and West Grand Avenue, have been in progress since 2010. 

“It’s been a long

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Ford retained as House Minority Leader

The Alabama House Democratic Caucus met on Nov. 6 for its organizational meeting to elect caucus leadership for the next four years.

The caucus retained Representative Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) as Minority Leader and elected Representative Darrio Melton (D-Selma) as Caucus Chair. 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve another term as House Minority Leader,” Ford said. “House Democrats are ready

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Family members of the late Ola Lee Mize, along with City of Gadsden and U.S. Postal Service officials, gather for a photo during a Veterans Day ceremony honoring the late Gadsden resident and U.S. Medal of Honor recipient on Nov. 10 at the Gadsden Post Office on Chestnut Street. Family members of the late Ola Lee Mize, along with City of Gadsden and U.S. Postal Service officials, gather for a photo during a Veterans Day ceremony honoring the late Gadsden resident and U.S. Medal of Honor recipient on Nov. 10 at the Gadsden Post Office on Chestnut Street.

Local Medal of Honor recipient honored on U.S. stamp

By Chris McCarthy/ Publisher/Editor

A local hero was recognized posthumously earlier this week in a Veterans Day ceremony at the City of Gadsden’s main post office branch on Chestnut Street.

U.S. Army Colonel and late Gadsden resident Ola Lee Mize, a Medal of Honor recipient who passed away in March, was included in a U.S. Postal Service stamp featuring the 145 Medal

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Rick Vaughn spoke about the issues and struggles facing veterans at the Modern Woodmen Veteran’s Day event at Hokes Bluff Lions Club on Tuesday, Nov. 1.Rick Vaughn spoke about the issues and struggles facing veterans at the Modern Woodmen Veteran’s Day event at Hokes Bluff Lions Club on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Hokes Bluff Lions Club honors veterans

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

The Modern Woodmen Veteran’s Day Event was held at the Hokes Bluff Lion’s Club on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Rick Vaughn spoke at the event about the issues facing veterans today. 

He spoke about the 25,000 veterans that have post-traumatic stress disorder after they return from war. 

“I don’t know if you believe in ghosts, but veterans with PTSD are haunted,”

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Attalla Senior Center honors veterans

By Jacqueline Chandler/News Correspondent

Attalla Senior Center members celebrated their veterans on Monday (Nov. 10).

Veterans displayed their commendations and medals for the congregate to view, shared stories and enjoyed a brotherhood formed years ago. 

Most of the veterans present were in their 80’s but the oldest, Tom Collins, is 92 years old. 

Collins, who served in World War II, displayed his Purple Heart,

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