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Seraaj to host foster children’s Christmas

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

On Monday, Dec. 15, Seraaj Family Homes will host a Christmas celebration for the children in their foster program in Oxford. 

“The holidays can be difficult for the kids since they aren’t at home, especially the new ones. But every year, they are so happy that night,” said Cecelia Borden. 

The event will feature a Christmas dinner and presents

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Local eatery featured in Alabama tourism book

The Alabama Tourism Department recently released a new book and travel guide titled “Alabama Barbeque: Delicious Road Trips,” which features a section about Pruett’s Bar-B-Q in Gadsden. 

Former Southern Living travel editor Annette Thompson writes about 75 barbeque joints across the state and former Southern Living photographer Art Meripol complements the stories with mouthwatering photos.

Well-known for their ribs and Sweet Potato

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Local Big Brothers Big Sisters accredited

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama is a recipient of the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing its rigorous accreditation program. Big Brothers Big Sisters voluntarily opened itself up to scrutiny by a “jury of its peers.” 

The peer review team examined Big Brothers Big Sisters for compliance with the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and

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Bentley appoints locals to boards

On Tuesday, December 2, Governor Robert Bentley appointed former Alabama Bureau of Investigation Captain Joe Nabors to Place One District Court Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of  Alabama beginning January 1, 2015. This appointment will complete the unexpired term of Judge Bill Russell. 

Nabors said, “This is a great honor and I am excited about the opportunity to serve. I

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Rock & Roll Christmas returns for seventh year

The Etowah Youth Orchestras will rock in the holiday season again this year with the EYO’s Rock & Roll Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 20.  The 7 p.m. performance will be held at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center on the campus of Gadsden State Community College, and is sponsored by The Exchange Bank of Alabama and Greater Gadsden Tourism.

This

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Little Faces Doll shop was one of only 50 selected to have a Lee Middleton Doll Nursery. Some of these stores have shut down, but Little Faces still offers the nursery and adoption experience.Little Faces Doll shop was one of only 50 selected to have a Lee Middleton Doll Nursery. Some of these stores have shut down, but Little Faces still offers the nursery and adoption experience.

Doll shop celebrates 25 years in Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

A local store and tourist attraction, Little Faces Doll Shop, has been providing quality dolls to its customers for over 25 years.

The store has been open since 1989. This is the 26th Christmas they have been open.

The store has numerous types of dolls, but especially focuses in carrying Lee Middleton dolls. The vinyl dolls with synthetic hair

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Singer Bret Michaels to perform at Center Stage

Bret Michael Sychak is better known by his stage name, Bret Michaels. Michaels will be performing at Center Stage in Rainbow City on December 12.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets range from $20 for general admission to $50 for the first 20 rows of the concert venue.

Michaels first rose to fame as the lead vocalist

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Hardin Center to host Snacks with Santa

You don’t have to wait for Christmas Eve to enjoy cookies and milk with Santa Claus.

Join us for the fifth annual “Snacks With Santa” Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon. 

The event is free and sponsored by Downtown Gadsden Inc.  

In addition to Santa, the Sugar Plum Fairies of the Downtown Gadsden Dance Conservatory as well as other

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Amber Lanier Nagle, author of Project Keepsake, poses with her keepsakes. She’ll be at the Gadsden Public Library on Thursday, December 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.Amber Lanier Nagle, author of Project Keepsake, poses with her keepsakes. She’ll be at the Gadsden Public Library on Thursday, December 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Author Amber Nagle to speak at GPL

Amber Lanier Nagle believes that everyone has a keepsake, and every keepsake has a story to tell. It’s the premise of her book, Project Keepsake.

Nagle will be appearing at the Gadsden Public Library on Thursday, December 11 at 5 p.m. to talk about her book, keepsakes, and the art of storytelling. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the

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ECBOE annouces Teachers and Support Staff of the Year

The Etowah County Board of Education recently announced its 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year. 

The winning teachers include: Carlisle Elementary School, Margaret Sholar; Duck Springs Elementary School, Lisa Harris; Gaston Elementary School, Amanda Duckett; Gaston High School, Gena Nix; Glencoe Elementary School, Leah Smith; Glencoe Middle School, James Stephens; Glencoe High School, Wendy Tinker; Highland Elementary School, Wanda Gilliland; Hokes Bluff

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Captains from the University of Alabama and Auburn University football teams meet at midfield for the coin flip prior to the 2014 Iron Bowl on Nov. 29 in Tuscaloosa. Captains from the University of Alabama and Auburn University football teams meet at midfield for the coin flip prior to the 2014 Iron Bowl on Nov. 29 in Tuscaloosa.

2014 Iron Bowl was one for the ages

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

The 2014 version of the annual blood feud between the University of Alabama and Auburn University is in the record books. Records were set, legends were made and firsts were seen during Alabama’s 55-44 come-from-behind victory on Nov. 29 in Tuscaloosa.

The previous high score in the Iron Bowl came in 1969, a 49-26 Auburn victory.

Auburn quarterback Nick

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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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