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New celebrates chamber accomplishments

Laura Ann Brown Tipps /Staff Correspondent

Heather New, Gadsden Chamber of Commerce President, recently completed her second year of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management professional certification program.

Now past the halfway point of the four-year program, New said she has been able to create relationships and networks among chambers across the nation, as well as other associations that deal with

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Pictured above, Jane Bugg stands in front of the books she compiled for over 20 years of the United Methodist Women.Pictured above, Jane Bugg stands in front of the books she compiled for over 20 years of the United Methodist Women.

100 years of UMC Women’s History compiled

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

The compiling of the past 128 years of the history of United Methodist Women of Gadsden First United Methodist Church has been in the works for over 20 years. A homecoming lunch and blessing over all of Jane Bugg’s work took place on Tuesday, July 15.

Bugg was president of United Methodist Women of Gadsden First United Methodist

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National group gives AAA scholarship plan failing grade

By Mike Cason/al.com

A national group that promotes tax-credit funded private school scholarships gives the scholarship plan under the Alabama Accountability Act a grade of F. 

In a recently released report, The Center for Education Reform rated Alabama’s law weakest among 14 states that it said have such programs.

The report from the center, which supports school choice and charter schools, did not

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4th Street Chick-fil-A customers dressed in full cow attire pose with the “Eat Mor Chikin” cow on Chick-fil-A’s 10th annual Cow Appreciation Day.4th Street Chick-fil-A customers dressed in full cow attire pose with the “Eat Mor Chikin” cow on Chick-fil-A’s 10th annual Cow Appreciation Day.

Chick-fil-A celebrates annual Cow Day

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Gadsden Chick-fil-A customers were “udderly” adorable on Friday, July 11 as the “home of the chicken sandwich” celebrated its 10th annual Cow Appreciation Day nationwide.

Cow Appreciation Day recognizes the “Eat Mor Chikin” cow by giving free food to anyone who comes into the store dressed like a cow on appreciation day each July.

Gadsden’s 4th Street Chick-fil-A restaurant

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The Hitters at their first practice on July 7.The Hitters at their first practice on July 7.

Local ballclub prepares players for future on and off the field

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

The newly formed Hitters baseball team is preparing about 25 players, ranging from ages 4 to 7 and 13 to 16,  for success through baseball. 

Part of East Gadsden Baseball League, the Hitters’ goal is to involve kids in baseball to prepare them for a better future through teambuilding, educating and giving them options for their

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Gadsden City High School ROTC students gather for a photo before attending JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Summer Camp at Fort McClellan in June. Gadsden City High School ROTC students gather for a photo before attending JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Summer Camp at Fort McClellan in June.

Gadsden City Cadets attend JCLC summer camp

Fourteen cadets from Gadsden City High School attended JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) Summer Camp at Fort McClellan in early June. The cadets trained with 264 other JROTC Cadets from schools primarily in central and north Alabama. Gadsden City High School summer camp participants for this year were Jeremy Brewster, ZieTeria Calhoun, Jaylen Collymore, Jon DeLarosa, Kamerson East, Maggie Francisco,

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Serendipity Dance Club celebrates thirty-five years

The Serendipity Dance Club is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. Each year, Bachelors and Spinsters are recognized with a dance at the Gadsden Country Club. Funds are raised to benefit the fine arts in Gadsden.

In years past, the funds generated were used to support the Callan Concert Association and the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra with goods and services.

In 1998, “The Serendipity Stage,”

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Red Cross needs donors

The American Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer. 

During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the

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Pictured above from left, Alabama Power Eastern Divison Area Manager Steve Hildebrant presents Southside High School teacher Eric West and Southside High School prinicpal Dr. Marguerite Early a $1000 Good Roots grant from Alabama Power Foundation at an Etowah County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 8.Pictured above from left, Alabama Power Eastern Divison Area Manager Steve Hildebrant presents Southside High School teacher Eric West and Southside High School prinicpal Dr. Marguerite Early a $1000 Good Roots grant from Alabama Power Foundation at an Etowah County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 8.

Alabama Power Foundation awards $1000 Good Roots grant to Southside High School

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Alabama Power Foundation and Eastern Division Area Manager Steve Hildebrant awarded a Good Roots grant for $1000 to Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby, Southside High School principal Dr. Marguerite Early, Etowah County Career Tech Center Director Mark Stancil, and Southside High School teacher Eric West on Tuesday, July 8. 

West, a Southside High School agriscience teacher,

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First Baptist Church Ashville youth group students take a quick break during cleanup.First Baptist Church Ashville youth group students take a quick break during cleanup.

Youth groups forgo beach trip to help others

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Executive Director of Breakaway Ministries Eddie Nichols and three statewide youth groups spent 4th of July weekend not on the beach – but ministering to other people through a cleanup camp.

Nichols said the city of Gadsden was able to provide houses that qualify for cleanup by Breakaway Ministries. “They asked us three years ago if we could

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Glencoe’s historical Big Chief looks like a blast from the past at its 1st annual “Blowout at the Big Chief” on July 3. Glencoe’s historical Big Chief looks like a blast from the past at its 1st annual “Blowout at the Big Chief” on July 3.

Big Chief blast from the past gives back to community

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor 

Glencoe’s historical Big Chief looked like a scene from an old 60’s movie on July 3 as the newly owned restaurant celebrated its 1st annual “Blowout at the Big Chief.”

The only things missing from the blowout were a few carhops wearing roller blades, as classic cars and customers drinking chocolate malts blanketed the restaurant’s parking lot from

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New Alabama expungement law seals record if found not guilty

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Alabama residents who have been arrested of a crime but never found guilty can now get a clean slate thanks to a new expungement law, which went into effect on July 7. 

The law, titled ACT 2014 292, was finalized and passed on April 2 and says residents tried but found not guilty for certain nonviolent misdemeanor or

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Sisters Courtney (left) and Lora Clayburn in front of their snow cone business, Tropical Paradise.Sisters Courtney (left) and Lora Clayburn in front of their snow cone business, Tropical Paradise.

Clayburn sisters in the snow business

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

For a scanty $2, customers at Tropical Paradise on Rainbow Drive can get a snow cone piled high with adds in such as sour spray and cream, and the chance to chat with two ambitious sisters, who are taking the family side-business to full-time status.

Both home from school for the summer, sisters Lora and Courtney Clayburn decided

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Attalla Jr. and Norris High Foundation members and ceremony speakers pose for a ground breaking photo.Attalla Jr. and Norris High Foundation members and ceremony speakers pose for a ground breaking photo.

Norris Museum holds historical groundbreaking ceremony

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

A historical ground breaking ceremony for Norris Museum in Attalla took place on July 1.  

The museum will be dedicated to Norris High School, Attalla’s black high school that closed upon integration in 1969.

Myrna Baker opened the ceremony by singing “God Bless America,” and Rev. W.H. Granger offered a prayer. 

Speakers included President of Norris Museum Rev. Preston

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Derrick Austin receives an achievement award from QOL Board President, Noble Cylar.Derrick Austin receives an achievement award from QOL Board President, Noble Cylar.

Quality of Life Health holds annual banquet

The Quality of Life Annual Board of Director’s Banquet was held at Gadsden’s Convention Hall on June 27. The theme of the banquet was “A  New Wave with Quality.” A beach themed-event, the hall was decorated with shades of blue. The event was organized by Rhonda Lipscomb, Jonathan Smith, Claudia Johnson, Debra Foster, Dr. Katharine Culp, Jonathan Smith and Emily

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NASA selects Gadsden State Community College team for 2014 microgravity research flights

A team of Gadsden State students has been selected along with twelve other teams from various minority-serving institutions across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to test their science experiments in microgravity conditions. 

Team members Kenneth Burton of Jacksonville, Dylan Burns of White Plains, Corey Edwards of Anniston, along with Jeremy Ponder and Ben Trickett of Munford will travel on a Reduced

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Rabies vaccinations set for Etowah Co.

Rabies vaccination clinics for pets will be held on Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, July 19 by Animal Health Care at various locations in Etowah County.

The cost is $10 per rabies vaccination. Only cash payments will be accepted. 

All dogs and cats must be restrained on a leash and held by owner while being vaccinated. If taking your pet to be

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Gadsden Rotary club presidents pass gavel

Rotary President Velda Eugenias recently passed the gavel to Wilbur (Bubba) Masters, who will serve as the new president of Gadsden Rotary Club 4036 for the 2014 – 15 fiscal year. Eugenias has led the club this year keeping in step with the international theme of “engage rotary change lives.” Eugenias commented, “This has been a very exciting and rewarding

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Carver museum opens

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

The Central-Carver Legacy museum at the Carver Community Center opened its doors to the public after about ten years of planning on Wednesday, July 2. 

The museum, dedicated to Gadsden’s first African American 12-year public school, is housed inside part of the old Carver High School, which closed in 1971 because of integration.

Mistress of the ceremonies was Ms.

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Coosa River fireworks remain a Gadsden 4th of July tradition.Coosa River fireworks remain a Gadsden 4th of July tradition.

Independence Day history has local "flare"

 By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor


Betsy Ross likely hadn’t envisioned children waving red white and blue at the Gadsden city boat docks when she was asked by three members of the secret Continental Congress to weave America’s first flag.

Francis Scott Key’s phrase “the bombs bursting in air” in our country’s national anthem doubtlessly meant colors bursting over the Coosa River

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