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Above, Governor Bentley addresses local politicians and business leaders at the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber on Friday, April 24.Above, Governor Bentley addresses local politicians and business leaders at the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber on Friday, April 24.

Governor Bentley visits Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Friday, April 24, Governor Robert Bentley visited Gadsden.

Bentley’s first stop was the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber, where he addressed local politicians and business leaders.

The main topic of conversation was the tax plan that Bentley has proposed to fix the hole in the General Fund. Bentley said that this tax plan is a necessity to avoid

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Marvin Grier, pictured above, is one of only 22 independent certified Gemologist Appraisers in the country. Grier has opened his new business firm, Keystone Jewelry Appraisals, LLC, at 108 South Fifth Street, where he offers jewelry appraisals to individuals, insurance firms and estates.Marvin Grier, pictured above, is one of only 22 independent certified Gemologist Appraisers in the country. Grier has opened his new business firm, Keystone Jewelry Appraisals, LLC, at 108 South Fifth Street, where he offers jewelry appraisals to individuals, insurance firms and estates.

Local family tradition lives on

By Mike Goodson

Staff Correspondent

 

World-class education in gemology has now come to downtown Gadsden. 

Do you know how much your jewelry is really worth, or just what someone in a store tells you? As one of only 22 Independent Certified Gemologist Appraisers in the country, Marvin Grier knows.

When the small village of Gadsden was experiencing growing pains during the

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Auburn honors Wilson

 Messenger Staff Reports


Back Forty Beer Company CEO Jason Wilson was recently named a Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Auburn University. Wilson was presented the award at the 2015 Hall of Fame Gala hosted by the university.

Wilson founded Back Forty Beer Company, located at 200 North 6th Street in Gadsden, in 2009 and has since led it to

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Cassandra Malone is shown with Environmental Services Director John Duvall and many of her coworkers at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Malone was named the hospital’s Employee of the Month for April on Monday, April 27, 2015.Cassandra Malone is shown with Environmental Services Director John Duvall and many of her coworkers at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Malone was named the hospital’s Employee of the Month for April on Monday, April 27, 2015.

GRMC honors Malone as Employee of the Month

  Cassandra Malone, a housekeeper in Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s environmental services department, was named the hospital’s Employee of the Month for April.

  Malone received the honor during a presentation by GRMC’s Chief Operating Officer Paul Theriot on Monday, April 27, 2015.

  Nominations for Malone called her “very kind,” “nice and polite” and someone who “went above and beyond” for

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Gadsden High student named semifinalist in Scholars Program

  Harsh Sinha, a graduating senior at Gadsden City High School, has been named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,300 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities.

Final selection of the scholars will be made by

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Hardin Center celebrates 25 years with lawn party

  The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts will host a big band lawn party as part of their year-long 25th anniversary celebration. The party will be held on the lawn of the Gunn Bellenger house on May 17 and will feature the Kings of Swing Orchestra, which have been entertaining Gadsden and the surrounding area since 1994.

Participants

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Etowah County Commissioners Joey Statum and Tim Choate recently donated funds to the Southside School Resource officers for the purchase of Officer Body Cameras. Etowah County Commissioners Joey Statum and Tim Choate recently donated funds to the Southside School Resource officers for the purchase of Officer Body Cameras.

Mobile homes being checked for license decals

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Belinda Childress, Etowah County’s new chief license inspector, wants to remind citizens of a law that requires mobile homes to have decals that show they are licensed, similar to car or boat tags.

The law is not new, but when Childress and Deputy License Inspector Glenda Boatwright began enforcing the law, they realized that many

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Local Chamber president awarded U.S. Regent Scholarship

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, recently announced that Heather Brothers New, President of The Chamber, Gadsden/Etowah County, has been awarded a Regent Scholarship. 

Given to professionals across the country, the Regent Scholarships recognize each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background. 

“Regent scholarships

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Gadsden City High School students participate in the YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day on Tuesday, April 21. The students presented and debated new city ordinances as if they were members of the city council and other city officials.Gadsden City High School students participate in the YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day on Tuesday, April 21. The students presented and debated new city ordinances as if they were members of the city council and other city officials.

Teen takeover: Gadsden City High students run city hall for a day

Messenger Staff Reports

About a dozen Gadsden City High School students participated in the Coosa Valley YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day this past Tuesday (Apr. 21). Students served as members of the city council and other city officials and presented and debated new city ordinances. 

“It was really informative,” said interim city attorney and GCHS senior Harsh

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Larry Means, Janet Gregerson and Peter Gregerson (pictured, from left) were honored at the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Great American Values Dinner on Tuesday (Apr. 21) in Gadsden.Larry Means, Janet Gregerson and Peter Gregerson (pictured, from left) were honored at the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Great American Values Dinner on Tuesday (Apr. 21) in Gadsden.

Boy Scouts honor four locals

By Mike Goodson/Messenger Correspondent

The Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday (Apr. 21) honored four local residents for their contributions to scouting in the Etowah County area at the organization’s annual Great American Values Dinner at the Gadsden Museum of Art. 

Receiving the “Heart of the Eagle Award” were Peter Gregerson, Janet Gregerson, Larry

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Art of Beer to be held May 16

  The inaugural Art of Beer craft beer sampling festival will be held May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 210 At the Tracks in historic downtown Gadsden. The event is being presented by the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Back Forty Beer Company and Greater Gadsden Area Tourism and proceeds from the event will support the

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Accountability Act? Or Bob Riley Bailout?

By State Rep. Craig Ford

The day the Accountability Act was signed into law, legislative leaders said it would need to be revised. Three months later, Republican leaders offered their first “fix” bill, which expanded the tax credits for corporate donors.

Now, Republican legislators are pushing another “fix” bill that, once again, raises the cap. But

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State Representative Craig Ford speaks about the funding increase for Etowah deputies to get raises, to fund the Etowah Drug Enforcement Unit and to hire a new deputy district attorney, while DEU Commander Rob Savage look on.State Representative Craig Ford speaks about the funding increase for Etowah deputies to get raises, to fund the Etowah Drug Enforcement Unit and to hire a new deputy district attorney, while DEU Commander Rob Savage look on.

Local law enforcement receives more funding

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Monday April 13, local lawmakers announced an increase in funding for local law enforcement during a press conference.

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office will recieve $400,000 to pay for deputy raises. Right now, starting deputies making about $12 an hour. With this raise, the deputies will earn almost $15 an hour. The raise will make

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State Creates Firefighter Appreciation Day

  The Alabama State legislature recently passed a resolution creating Firefighter Appreciation Day. The resolution was introduced in the State House of Representatives by Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, and in the State Senate by Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa. Gov. Robert Bentley signed the resolution e at a ceremony earlier this weekat the Capitol Building in Montgomery.

  “I couldn’t believe that

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Jacksonville State names Johnson Communication Student of the Year

  The Jacksonville State University Department of Communication recently honored Brett Johnson of Hokes Bluff with its highest honor, the John C. Turner Award for Communication Student of the Year.

The honor is considered the top award for students in the university’s communication department, which includes fields of study in: digital journalism, broadcasting and public relations. A 2010 HBHS graduate,

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A competitor in last year’s Smoke on the Falls Noccalula Barbeque Festival works on cooking his entry.A competitor in last year’s Smoke on the Falls Noccalula Barbeque Festival works on cooking his entry.

Noccalula hosts Smoke on the Falls this weekend

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


It is that time of year again. The Smoke on the Falls Noccalula Barbeque Festival will take place tomorrow, April 11 at the Noccalula Falls campgrounds in Gadsden.

The barbeque competition is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. 

This year, 34 professionals will compete with their best chicken, ribs, brisket and butt recipes. Some have come

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Attalla’s antique show returns April 25

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Attalla’s Treasures in the Streets Antique Show will be held Saturday April 25 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Attalla at 5th Ave. North west and 4th Street. 

The biannual event is held every spring and fall. It takes places in rain or shine. 

Dealers come from Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

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GRMC first in Alabama to use new Coronary Artery Disease treatment

 Gadsden Regional Medical Center is the first in the state to use the Diamondback 360 Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System from Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.  

This technology is the first evidence-based, safe treatment approved by FDA for severely calcified coronary lesions. The Diamondback 360 Coronary OAS uses a patented combination of differential sanding and centrifugal force to reduce arterial

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GSCC to host an Evening of Fine Arts

  The Gadsden State Community College Fine Arts Department invites everyone to enjoy an evening filled with a variety of entertainment Thursday, April 16. Music, vocal, and dance students will showcase their talents onstage while art students will display their talents in the lobby of Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and admission is

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Gadsden High Alumni to host mass reunion

  Come relive high school memories with old friends at the Gadsden High School Spring Festival Celebration on the weekend of April 24-26.

In 2005 we honored GHS with a weeklong event that commemorated the end of a core Gadsden tradition at the school’s final homecoming. That amazing event is still remembered for many reasons but 10 years later, the

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