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Mayor Larry Means visited the Parent Teacher Resource Center to recieve materials for his grandaughter. Pictured from the left: Jamye Ingram, Parent Coordinator; Mayor Larry Means; and Kaci Summerall, Parent Resource Teacher.Mayor Larry Means visited the Parent Teacher Resource Center to recieve materials for his grandaughter. Pictured from the left: Jamye Ingram, Parent Coordinator; Mayor Larry Means; and Kaci Summerall, Parent Resource Teacher.

Resource Center helps support education

Larry Means, Mayor of Attalla, recently visited the Gadsden City Schools Parent Teacher Resource Center. Means was excited about the availability of resources for students. During his visit, Means received a “prescription education packet” made for his granddaughter, who attends an elementary school in the district.

Any student enrolled in a Gadsden City School is eligible for these services. Parents or

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Dragon boat racing originated in China as part of the traditional Duanwu Festival. The race is thought to have originated at about the same time as the Olympic Games began in Greece.Dragon boat racing originated in China as part of the traditional Duanwu Festival. The race is thought to have originated at about the same time as the Olympic Games began in Greece.

Dragon Boat race raises money to build homes

By Sarrah Peters

Over 30 competitive and recreational teams participated in Etowah Gadsden Habitat for Humanity’s Dragon Boat Race Festival fundraiser on Aug. 16.

In the competitive division, Crossfit Rabid Red won first place with a time of 1:03.229. In second, the Athletic Club placed with a time of 1:04.798. In third, Brute/NEO had a time of 1:05.448. 

Although the scores were close

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Glenn Bright and David Evans pose in front of Ronnie Watkins Ford. The Athletic Foundation presidents are friendly and even attend the same church, despite their school teams’ rivalry.Glenn Bright and David Evans pose in front of Ronnie Watkins Ford. The Athletic Foundation presidents are friendly and even attend the same church, despite their school teams’ rivalry.

School rivals compete in fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Ronnie Watkins Ford hosted Drive 4 Ur School on Aug. 16. 

The fundraiser offered $20 to schools for each person that test drove a car, regardless of whether or not they bought the new cars. 

Two schools participated in the fundraiser. Rivals Hokes Bluff High and Glencoe High both encouraged participants to test drive a car for their school. 

Glencoe

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City of Glencoe council member Danny Wagnon recently earned the title of Advanced Certified Municipal Official.City of Glencoe council member Danny Wagnon recently earned the title of Advanced Certified Municipal Official.

Glencoe council member earns advanced municipal certificate

City of Glencoe council member Danny Wagnon recently earned the professional designation of Advanced Certified Municipal Official. 

In order to achieve this high honor, a municipal official must first complete 40 credit hours of training conducted or endorsed by the Alabama League of Municipalities to receive the designation of Certified Municipal Official. The individual then must complete an additional 40

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New Device at Riverview Brings Hope

Riverview Regional Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular team performed Etowah County’s first-ever Abiomed Impella 2.5 procedure on Wednesday, Aug. 13th. Dr. B. J. Patel, a Cardiologist at Riverview Regional Medical Staff, performed the procedure. This new technology is aimed at providing fast, effective relief for critically ill patients suffering from heart attack and heart failure. 

The Abiomed Impella 2.5, the world’s

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Striplin Elementary Principal Delsia Easley has ice water poured over her by the P.E. teacher, Coach Walker, while her students watch.Striplin Elementary Principal Delsia Easley has ice water poured over her by the P.E. teacher, Coach Walker, while her students watch.

Principal gets drenched to raise ALS awareness

By Sarrah Peters/New Editor

Principal Delsia Easley of W. E. Striplin Elementary recently participated in the ALS ice water challenge to raise awareness.

In addition, the school collected over $150 for the cause.

After she had the water pored on her by Coach Walker,  Easley challenged other principals in the Gadsden City Schools, the superintendent of the school system, Ed Miller,  and the

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This is Mark Peilen, a MANNA volunteer who delivers food to people who have difficulty cooking for themselves.This is Mark Peilen, a MANNA volunteer who delivers food to people who have difficulty cooking for themselves.

MANNA searches for weekly volunteers

MANNA is a non-profit company that provides a daily meal, Monday through Friday, to people who are disabled or otherwise unable to cook for themselves. They provide this service to the greater Gadsden region.

On a daily basis, MANNA delivers 225 meals. Many of these are specially prepared for specific dietary needs, such as diabetic, low sodium or pureed.

The meals cost

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Gadsden State offering new classes

The Gadsden State Community College Continuing Education Department will offer classes this fall with high school students in mind as well as lifelong learners. 

By taking advantage of the ACT Prep, high school juniors and seniors will have an opportunity to prepare before the final 2014 ACT Test date of December 13 and meet the mid-December scholarship deadlines for many 4-year

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GSCC hosts upcoming campus blood drives

The Gadsden State Community College Student Government Association is sponsoring several blood drives during the fall semester in conjunction with the American Red Cross. 

The mobile unit will be at the Valley Street Campus Tuesday, September 16. 

The second drive will be held Wednesday, September 24 at Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus. 

In October, drives will be held at the

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People involved in the project gathered on Aug. 12 to cut the ribbon opening the new trails.People involved in the project gathered on Aug. 12 to cut the ribbon opening the new trails.

New trails open at Noccalula Falls

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

A ribbon cutting for a new trail system at Noccalula Falls campgrounds took place on August 12.

The new trails added 4.9 miles of trail. With the pre-existing Black Creek trail, there are now 6.6 miles of trails.

The City of Gadsden decided to open the new trails after the success of the Black Creek trail, which was opened

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Teresa Garmany’s yard sale site features jewelry and a creative pierced Tiki face. The Tiki face was found at another yard sale, and had holes drilled into it to display jewelry.Teresa Garmany’s yard sale site features jewelry and a creative pierced Tiki face. The Tiki face was found at another yard sale, and had holes drilled into it to display jewelry.

World’s Longest Yard Sale brings people to Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor 

Last weekend, shoppers flooded Lookout Mountain Parkway for the 27th annual World’s Longest Yard Sale, despite the rain.

The sale was first started in 1987 to demonstrate the usefulness and beauty of back roads and attract visitors to less known areas. 

The plan worked, attracting thousands of people from all over. 

The yard sale originated in Fentress County, Tenn. Now,

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Zebrafish Workshop comes to GSCC

Gadsden State Community College’s Aquaculture Department hosted a unique workshop August 6-8 on the Wallace Drive Campus - the first hands-on workshop for Zebrafish training. 

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) co-sponsored the impressive workshop through Gadsden State’s Zebrafish Husbandry Education Program, which was developed in 2012, through the collaboration and partnership of the UAB Animal Resource Program along with many

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Chris Payne is a veteran of the U.S. Army currently employed by Goodyear-Gadsden. He is a training manager who now helps with recruiting and has recruited several other veterans.Chris Payne is a veteran of the U.S. Army currently employed by Goodyear-Gadsden. He is a training manager who now helps with recruiting and has recruited several other veterans.

Goodyear meets veteran goal

Two years ago, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company made a commitment to hire 1,000 United States military veterans over a three-year period. Recently, the company announced that it surpassed that goal more than a year early and has pledged to hire an additional 1,000 veterans.

“The response to Goodyear’s military hiring initiative - both from veterans and the public, has

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Laps for Life drive set for Sept. 11

The annual American Red Cross-Talladega Superspeedway “Laps for Life” blood drive returns to Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 12 - 6 p.m. in the Fox Sports1 Dome at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. All presenting donors will be taken on a high speed ride around NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track in Talladega Superspeedway’s official pace car.

Not only will

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State Department of Education provides school bus safety tips

With school starting in school systems throughout Alabama, motorists are cautioned to be especially careful as they travel along Alabama’s streets and roads as school buses will again be on the road loading and unloading students across the state of Alabama.   

According to the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) Pupil Transportation Section, the most dangerous part of a school

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ABC Trust provides energy efficiency grants

The Alabama Business Charitable (ABC) Trust Fund has awarded Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP) grants totaling more than $55,000 to seven organizations across the state, which includes Hand In paw, Birmingham; Safehouse of Shelby County, Pelham; Etowah County Community Services, Gadsden; East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy, Anniston; United Way of Etowah County, Gadsden; ARC of Alabama, Montgomery; and Joseph

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Youth Enrichment Program participants pose for a photo with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley during the group’s recent trip to Montgomery. Youth Enrichment Program participants pose for a photo with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley during the group’s recent trip to Montgomery.

Youth Enrichment Program has successful year

Approximately 40 local youngsters participated in the 2014 Youth Enrichment Program of Attalla. 

Sponsored by State Rep. Craig Ford, the program’s first field trip was a trip to the state capitol in Montgomery, where the youths met Gov. Robert Bentley. The group also visited the Rosa Parks Museum. 

As a reward for staying involved with the program, in July youths 12 years

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Alabama Power awards Southside High School grant to plant trees

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, applied for the

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Gardens On Air, the predecessor of LeeAnn’s Greens, in Fla. Produce is shown growing inside of aeroponic towers in a climate controlled greenhouse.Gardens On Air, the predecessor of LeeAnn’s Greens, in Fla. Produce is shown growing inside of aeroponic towers in a climate controlled greenhouse.

LeeAnn’s Greens: the future of produce

Gadsden soon will have fresh, hand-picked at the peak of freshness, air-grown produce at its fingertips.

Air-grown meaning premium produce grown aeroponically through air pods which use zero soil. Aeroponic growing uses a recirculating system with no pollution, ahead of organic growing which fertilizes the plants using just oxygen – no chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. 

LeeAnn’s Greens, with a mission to use

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Mike Goodson, author of “Images of America, Gadsden” poses in front of the Learner Building in Downtown Gadsden where Butler Shoes once was.  The original Jolly Green Giant featured in Goodson’s book once visited the exact building and had his picture made. Mike Goodson, author of “Images of America, Gadsden” poses in front of the Learner Building in Downtown Gadsden where Butler Shoes once was. The original Jolly Green Giant featured in Goodson’s book once visited the exact building and had his picture made.

Gadsden author releases new book

Sarrah Peters/Staff Writer

Mike Goodson, a Gadsden author, will release his new book “Images of America, Gadsden” on August 18. The book features over 200 vintage photographs of Gadsden people, places and things. The historical book features mostly the baby boomers era, which is the period after World War II during the 50s and 60s, but also contains some photos from

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