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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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Hannah Jarbo plays Dorothy in the CharACTers performance of The Wizard of Oz.Hannah Jarbo plays Dorothy in the CharACTers performance of The Wizard of Oz.

CharACTers presents The Wizard of Oz

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

CharACTers Theatrics and Gadsden State are presenting the play The Wizard of Oz. The play is sponsored by Regional Biomedical Laboratory. 

The show will be on Oct 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be Sunday matinees on Oct 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. The play will be at Wallace Hall Fine Arts

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Billingsley beats Stewart

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Billy Billingsley, Sr. won the District 5 runoff election on Tuesday, Oct. 7 against current City of Gadsden councilman Bill Stewart. Stewart has held the position for four terms. 

Billingsley won with 53.6 percent of the votes, which totaled 308 votes. Stewart received 266 votes. 

The election on Aug. 26 had both Billingsley and Stewart with 41 percent, with

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City of Attalla to host annual Heritage Day

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

The City of Attalla will be hosting its annual Heritage Day on Saturday, October 18th. It is a rain or shine event held in historic downtown with over 100 vendors participating. Heritage Day has been around for more than 25 years and is a family friendly event. Lisa Spears, co-director of the event, estimates that more than

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Gadsden hosts Sunset Sips

On October 21 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Downtown Gadsden Inc. will once again close the Memorial Bridge for the Third Annual Sunset Sips fundraising event. The Memorial Bridge is the perfectly unique venue for a night full of fun with friends over the Coosa River watching the sunset. 

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Fish Market, Back Forty

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Students to Stewards helps education

Twenty-five schools and nonprofit organizations across the state will receive conservation education grants through the Alabama Power Foundation’s “Students to Stewards” program.

The three grant winners in Etowah County are Ivalee Elementary School in Attalla, Keep Etowah Beautiful and Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation.

The Students to Stewards grants, totaling more than $40,000, are being awarded in celebration of 15 years of Renew

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USDA releases new farming programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades. 

Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right

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USDA expands access to credit

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to

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Owner Steve Smith cuts the ribbon in front of Safeway Industrial LLC  at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Oct. 6. He was surrounded by his family, coworkers, local politicians and Etowah County chamber members.Owner Steve Smith cuts the ribbon in front of Safeway Industrial LLC at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Oct. 6. He was surrounded by his family, coworkers, local politicians and Etowah County chamber members.

Safeway wins waste disposal award

The Glencoe Award Program selected Safeway Industrial Service LLC for the 2014 Best of Glencoe Award in the Hazardous Waste Disposal category. Safeway held a ribbon cutting on Monday, Oct. 6 for its new universal management waste program. The program allows people to safely dispose of unsafe waste many businesses don’t realize are unsafe. The biggest example is fluorescent lights,

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Lay Dam has rich history

By Bill Tharpe

At the end of the 19th century, Alabama was an agricultural state. Houses were lit by candles, kerosene or gas lamps and many folks went to bed when it got dark. A few industries and towns had dynamos that provided street lighting and limited electricity. Montgomery and Birmingham had electric streetcars. But a few Alabama dreamers had a

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A Trail of Tears Memorial exhibit will be held on Oct. 7 at the Etowah Historical Society in Gadsden. A Trail of Tears Memorial exhibit will be held on Oct. 7 at the Etowah Historical Society in Gadsden.

Etowah Historical Society to unveil Trail of Tears memorial

According to Etowah Historical Society President Danny Crownover, there will be a special free opening of Alabama’s first Trail of Tears Memorial on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at 2829 West Meighan Blvd. (U.S. 431) in Gadsden. 

The memorial will be opened 176 years to the week that the Cherokees of Northeast Alabama were forced

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Library staff, Friends of the Library members, Gadsden City council members, Etowah County Council members and Etowah Chamber members crowd into the new Novel Cafe at Gadsden Public Library, as Selena Morton cuts the ribbon, next to Library Director Amanda Jackson. Library staff, Friends of the Library members, Gadsden City council members, Etowah County Council members and Etowah Chamber members crowd into the new Novel Cafe at Gadsden Public Library, as Selena Morton cuts the ribbon, next to Library Director Amanda Jackson.

Gadsden Public Library opens Novel Cafe

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

The Gadsden Public library held a ribbon cutting for its new Novel Café on Tuesday, Sept 30. The Café had a grand opening the next day on Wednesday, Oct. 1. 

The Novel Café was the Downtown Deli. It is located inside the Gadsden Public Library in the former reference and genealogy area with the Friends of the Library

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Etowah Youth Orchestra opens season with formal fall concert

The Etowah Youth Orchestras opens its 2014-2015 season on Sunday, November 2nd, with the EYO’s Fall Formal Concert.  The 2 p.m. program will be held at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center on the campus of Gadsden State Community College.  The performance will feature the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Etowah Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The Fall Formal Concert is the

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George McSpadden has played Mendelssohn’s Priest’s March at every graduating ceremony, except one. He and his playing have now become an unique Gadsden State tradition.George McSpadden has played Mendelssohn’s Priest’s March at every graduating ceremony, except one. He and his playing have now become an unique Gadsden State tradition.

McSpadden makes music into tradition

When students march down the aisle at Gadsden State’s commencement ceremony they are most likely thinking of their own college traditions and are oblivious to the unique tradition that is an essential part of the ceremony.  George McSpadden has been playing Mendelssohn’s Priest’s March for as many years as there have been commencements at Gadsden State. Beginning with the first

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