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Lavender named GSCC president

Courtesy of al.com

Gadsden State Community College has its fourth president in just over a year’s time.

Martha Lavender has been named interim president at the school, a little more than two months after Helen McAlpine was appointed president of GSCC. Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich announced that McAlpine would return to her previous post as president of Drake State

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Steve Hildebrant of Alabama Power, pictured third from left, hands a $10,000 dollar check to Attalla City Schools Superintendent David Bowman, standing next to Attalla Elementary Principal Greg Edge. They are surrounded by the school’s pre-K students and teachers.Steve Hildebrant of Alabama Power, pictured third from left, hands a $10,000 dollar check to Attalla City Schools Superintendent David Bowman, standing next to Attalla Elementary Principal Greg Edge. They are surrounded by the school’s pre-K students and teachers.

Alabama Power funds pre-K classes

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Alabama Power Foundation presented two Etowah County schools with grants Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Highlands Elementary and Attalla Elementary both received $10,000 grants from Alabama Power Foundation, who partnered with the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs, as part of the Brighter Minds education initiative. 

The grants, given to help support early education programs in the state, aim to strengthen the

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Students perform a dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker.Students perform a dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker.

New Nutcracker coming soon

Experience all the magic of the holiday classic with a special Black Friday performance on Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. as Downtown Dance Conservatory presents The Old World Nutcracker at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden. 

Housed in the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, the conservatory has been the heart of the local classical ballet community for over 10

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Absentee ballot applications for upcoming elections now accepted

Cassandra Johnson/Absentee Election Manager

Applications are now being accepted for absentee ballots for the upcoming Nov, 4, 2014, General Election. 

Applications must be filed in the office of the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk not less than five days prior to the Election. 

The deadline to apply is Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 by 5 p.m.  You may vote medical or business emergency, if you

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Vendors display their wares during the first biannual Treasures in the Street event on Sept. 6 in downtown Attalla.Vendors display their wares during the first biannual Treasures in the Street event on Sept. 6 in downtown Attalla.

Treasures draw folks from near and far

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

Often referred to as Antique Alley, The City of Attalla draws in those who love to hunt for hidden treasures in the many antique shops located in the downtown area. 

Last weekend, this rich history was celebrated as the first biannual Treasures in the Street kicked off.

Vendors traveled from states such as Tennessee, Ohio and North Carolina to

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Survivor helps cancer patients feel better

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Every other first Monday of the month, Angela Klein, a hairdresser at Katy & Co. Hair Salon, heads to Gadsden Regional Cancer Center. She doesn’t go for treatment, at least not anymore. 

Klein is the Etowah County facilitator for the American Cancer Society. She works cutting hair through a program called Look Good Feel Better. The non-profit program

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Gladden proposes bill to prevent rapists receiving parental rights

Etowah County Coroner and candidate for the state House of Representatives in District 29, Michael Gladden recently  that, if elected to the State Legislature, the first bill he will introduce would prohibit a person convicted of first-degree rape from claiming custody and visitation rights.

Studies have shown that survivors of rape are the largest population in the nation to suffer from

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Red Cross encourages donations

Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month. 

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get

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Pictured from left are Twyla, Dennis, and Drew Deason, owners of Rainbow City’s Capeside Fish Company in Rainbow City.Pictured from left are Twyla, Dennis, and Drew Deason, owners of Rainbow City’s Capeside Fish Company in Rainbow City.

Capeside delivers fresh seafood

By Laura Ann Brown Tipps/Staff Correspondent

Four years ago, Dennis Deason and his son Drew began driving down to the gulf coast to pick up fresh seafood and deliver it to various restaurants.

“We started out with one little bitty truck,” said Dennis. “Drew did the driving and I was the salesman.”

The Deasons’ grassroots business eventually grew into a wholesale operation serving

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Pictureed, from left: Nancy Latham, “74”, Sherry Butler Clauton,“74”, Debbie Franklin Burgess, “74”, Martha Brackett, Museum Board Member, Linda Johnson, Museum Board Member, and Charles Hawkins, Museum Board Member. Pictureed, from left: Nancy Latham, “74”, Sherry Butler Clauton,“74”, Debbie Franklin Burgess, “74”, Martha Brackett, Museum Board Member, Linda Johnson, Museum Board Member, and Charles Hawkins, Museum Board Member.

E.S. Museum recieves check for historical marker in park

The Emma Sansom High School Class of 1974 has always been a winning class. 

A check was presented to the Emma Sansom Museum Inc. for the amount of $1189.49 for the E.S. Project. 

When the original Emma Sansom gym was torn down, the “E” and “S” located in the top corners of the building were donated the E.S. Museum Inc. The museum

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Michael GladdenMichael Gladden

Gladden Signs education pledge

Etowah County Coroner Michael Gladden, a candidate for State House District 29, has signed the Education Funding Protection Pledge.

The pledge is a response to recent comments from some state leaders who have suggested using education dollars to pay for corporate tax incentives or combining the budgets in an attempt to shore up funding short falls in the state’s General Fund

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From left, Jeremy and Shontelle Thigpen of the Cherokee tribe show off their traditional dress.From left, Jeremy and Shontelle Thigpen of the Cherokee tribe show off their traditional dress.

Pow Wow comes to Noccalula Falls

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

The Turtle Island Pow Wow took place on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Noccalula Falls. 

The admission fee benefited the Turtle Island Native American Association, a non-profit organization that funds multiple Pow Wows across Alabama and Tennessee. 

Venders came to sell their handmade jewelry, dream catchers and other Native American souvenirs. Specialty crafts and supplies were also sold and demonstrated. 

Gourd

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James Fields spoke at the ribbon cutting at democratic headquarters on Aug. 28.James Fields spoke at the ribbon cutting at democratic headquarters on Aug. 28.

New Democratic Headquarters open

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

On Aug. 28, people lined the cobblestone of Court Street in downtown Gadsden for the ribbon cutting of the Democratic Headquarters.

Democratic candidates met with supporters and discussed their plans for a new direction in Alabama. The main focus on doing away with the supermajority in Montgomery and the desperate need to create jobs in Alabama. The candidates

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Attalla Antique show hits streets tonight

Once heralded around the region as “Antique Alley” for the number of antique shops in the downtown district, Historic Downtown Attalla is aiming to revive that distinction with the Inaugural “Treasures in the Streets” Antique Show Sept. 5 -7.

Over 50 vendors from Alabama and surrounding states will set up on 5th Avenue and 4th Street and will be open from

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Gadsden promotes child cancer awareness

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

“The worst thing that a parent or grandparent can hear is that their child has cancer,” said Judy Atkins. 

Sadly, she would know. Her granddaughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was only 4 years old. After months of struggle, a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy, she was in remission. 

Unfortunately, 15 months later she had a recurrence.

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Sherman Guyton,  MayorSherman Guyton, Mayor

Gadsden’s city elections results listed

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden City Council and Mayoral elections were held on Tuesday, Aug. 26. 

While these results are not final, due to provisional ballots, they are close to the final figures.

Mayor Sherman Guyton was re-elected for his fourth term. The other candidates were J. Holland, Mitchell James, and Michael Shell. Guyton received the majority with 56 percent,

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Voters say yes to Sunday liquor sales

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden voters on Tuesday, Aug. 26 didn’t just vote on city representatives. They also voted on whether or not to allow the sale of alcohol all seven days of the week, including Sunday.

The votes showed overwhelming support for selling on Sunday, with 68 percent voting for it. A total of 4,618 people

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EMA offers CERT certification

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is offering a CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team, class. 

CERT certified individuals are able to help the community in times of emergency and disaster. Many call in and ask where they can help during bad weather and other emergencies. Currently, the members are being organized into area-based groups that

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Runners participating in last year’s Chick-fil-A 10K, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run raised  for Never Surrender.Runners participating in last year’s Chick-fil-A 10K, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run raised for Never Surrender.

Chick-fil-A hosts fundraising races

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden’s 4th Street Chick-fil-A will host their 2nd annual 5K, 10K and 1-mile Fun Run on Sept 6. 

The 10k and 5k races will begin at 8 a.m. in the Coosa Valley YMCA parking lot. The 1-mile Fun Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a Family Fun Zone with free activities and

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Inside Toys exhibit ending soon, coming up Tutu2K fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Art’s exhibit Toys: The Inside Story ends after Labor Day. 

The exhibit featured 12 stations showing the mechanisms that run classic childhood toys, like a jack-in-the-box. The exhibit demonstrates how gears, pulleys and circuits work in other popular toys as well.

The center is open on weekends, if people want

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