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Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton (left) proclaimed the week of January 19-23 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. week at the Martin Luther King, Jr. event at Gadsden’s Convention Hall on January 19. He also presented CEO of MAsada, civil rights lawyer and the event’s guest speaker Donald V. Watkins with a key to the city.Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton (left) proclaimed the week of January 19-23 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. week at the Martin Luther King, Jr. event at Gadsden’s Convention Hall on January 19. He also presented CEO of MAsada, civil rights lawyer and the event’s guest speaker Donald V. Watkins with a key to the city.

Gadsden hosts MLK Day events

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The City of Gadsden played host to two  events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

On Friday, Broad Street was the location of a small “Unity in the Community” parade. The parade was organized by CJC Services Corporation. This is the first year the parade has been organized, but CJC Services plans to organize another Martin

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Gadsden sets date for smoking ban to begin

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


At the Gadsden City Council meeting on January 20, council members once again discussed the smoking ordinance that was passed by the previous council. When it was passed last year, the starting date was set to begin January 1, but the date was pushed back. 

At the meeting, a new start date was proposed and passed.

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Parker selected for leadership initiative

Etowah County Commissioner Carolyn Parker has joined a select group of second-term commissioners in a brand new statewide program designed to grow new county leaders in the State of Alabama.

Parker and colleagues from 15 other counties began an 18-month program directed by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama specifically focusing on practical and service-oriented skills that will

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Randy Boyer, VUB academic coordinator, assists student veteran Thomas Robinson, Jr.Randy Boyer, VUB academic coordinator, assists student veteran Thomas Robinson, Jr.

GSCC hosts VUB Recruitment Day

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) staff will be available Tuesday, January 27 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Gadsden State-Cherokee to meet with veterans who are interested in receiving services to increase their success in college enrollment and graduation. Veterans Upward Bound is a TRiO program funded completely by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

This pre-college

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RSVP to offer tax assistance

The IRS understands that many low income or senior citizen taxpayers cannot afford to pay a tax preparer, so it created the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. Under these programs, low to moderate income and/or senior citizen taxpayers may obtain free tax assistance and e-filing.

To offer these programs in our

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Little Ceasars’ Love Kitchen trucks travel around the United States to offer fresh-cooked pizza to families in need with the help of local franchise owners and soup kitchens. Little Ceasars’ Love Kitchen trucks travel around the United States to offer fresh-cooked pizza to families in need with the help of local franchise owners and soup kitchens.

Love Kitchen set to come to Etowah County

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Friday, January 30, Little Caesars will help feed the hungry in Etowah County with its Love Kitchen. One of the two kitchen-equipped trucks will set its wheels at the Way of the Cross Soup Kitchen at 101 North 24th Street in Alabama City, where it will feed about 375 people in need.

“They travel all

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The Etowah Youth Orchestra will perform at Governor Robert Bentley’s Inauguration party on January 19.The Etowah Youth Orchestra will perform at Governor Robert Bentley’s Inauguration party on January 19.

Etowah Youth Orchestra to perform at governor’s party

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Etowah Youth Orchestra has been invited to perform at Governor Robert Bentley’s Inauguration party on Monday, January 19. 

The orchestra, composed of about 250 students ranging from 4th graders to 12th graders, is set to perform a 45 minute set at noon in Montgomery at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex. The party will begin after the

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Local church to host concert and food drive

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


A community concert and food drive will be held on January 25 at 3 p.m at First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, located at 115 South 5th Street.

The concert is open to the community and free with the donation of non-perishable and canned food items. The “Champions Against Hunger” Food Drive will benefit the Etowah

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The Downtown Dance Conservatory will debut its new dance in honor of Frida Kahlo at the 2015 Alabama Dance Festival.The Downtown Dance Conservatory will debut its new dance in honor of Frida Kahlo at the 2015 Alabama Dance Festival.

The Downtown Dance Conservatory prepares to debut new dance

  The Downtown Dance Artists are preparing to debut a brand new contemporary dance work in the coming weeks. Titled “For Frida Kahlo”, the piece is inspired by the iconic visual artist of the same namesake. Much of Kahlo’s work was inspired from a tragic trolley accident in her youth which caused her to be in physical and emotional pain

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Etowah County Farmers Federation representative Gail Oden, winner Ava Nicholson and teacher Kim Gray of Attalla Elementary School pose with the 2nd place K-3 Division winning poster.Etowah County Farmers Federation representative Gail Oden, winner Ava Nicholson and teacher Kim Gray of Attalla Elementary School pose with the 2nd place K-3 Division winning poster.

Farm City poster contest winners announced

  Etowah County Farmer’s Federation and Eto-wah County Soil and Water Conservation District held their annual Farm City Poster contest recently.  

The contest is open to all kindergarten through sixth grade students in Etowah. The theme was “Agriculture:  365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed”.  

First place winner in the K-3 division was Ellie Clevenger, second grade

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Executive Director Bobby Welch makes a toast to the Hardin Center.Executive Director Bobby Welch makes a toast to the Hardin Center.

Hardin Center celebrates 25 years

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in downtown Gadsden celebrated its 25th anniversary on January 6 with an event celebrating its past and future.

The event reviewed its history with a review of the Hardin Center’s past with Judge Jamie Sledge who was board chairman of the center in 1990 when the center opened

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The Salvation Army located at 114 North Street in Gadsden opened its doors to provide warmth for those in need of shelter overnight.The Salvation Army located at 114 North Street in Gadsden opened its doors to provide warmth for those in need of shelter overnight.

EMA opens warming stations

Extremely cold weather is forecast to affect Etowah County this week. Temperatures dropped below freezing Wednesday night, and were not predicted to rise above freezing again until Friday. Wind chills dropped to near the single digits both nights.

Local jurisdictions and agencies opened warming centers to provide relief to local citizens. The following locations opened: Salvation Army - 114

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Moman’s Eyecare owner Juanita Moman and George Sizemore cut the ribbon at the opening of Moman’s Optical Dispensary on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden in 1975. Moman’s Eyecare owner Juanita Moman and George Sizemore cut the ribbon at the opening of Moman’s Optical Dispensary on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden in 1975.

Gadsden loses an influential woman

Gadsden has lost a pillar of the community. Juanita Moman, 90, passed away on December 22, 2014.

Moman’s Eyecare, at 40 years old, has the distinction of being the oldest retail business on Broad Street. Juanita Moman opened in 1975 on Broad Street, as Moman’s Optical Dispensary. Being owned and operated by a woman marked Moman’s as a unique

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The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development presented Quality of Life Health Services, Inc. with a check for $396,543. Pictured from left are Wayne Rowe, Quality of Life (QoL) Chief Excutive Officer, Teresa Hunkapillar, (front) General Field Representative of USDA Rural Development, Ronald Davis, USDA State Director, Ron Sparks, Office of Rural Development State Director, and Amelia Wofford, QoL Planning and Development Officer.The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development presented Quality of Life Health Services, Inc. with a check for $396,543. Pictured from left are Wayne Rowe, Quality of Life (QoL) Chief Excutive Officer, Teresa Hunkapillar, (front) General Field Representative of USDA Rural Development, Ronald Davis, USDA State Director, Ron Sparks, Office of Rural Development State Director, and Amelia Wofford, QoL Planning and Development Officer.

Quality of Life receives USDA rural grant

Quality of Life Health Services, Inc. was selected for a $ 396,543 grant under the 2014 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service.

Telemedicine connects an individual patient to a health care provider via a video feed. The provider, with the assistance of a camera and electronic devices,

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GSCC to host holiday health fair

The 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative Health Fair sponsored by Gadsden State Community College is scheduled for Monday, January 19. The event will be held in the auditorium of the East Broad Campus administration building from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.  Approximately 20 vendors and health agencies will be participating. Members of the Lambda Eta Omega Chapter

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A student dressed as a clown poses with a resident of McGuffey’s Healthcare and Rehab First. The students gain class credit and hands-on experience by planning events.A student dressed as a clown poses with a resident of McGuffey’s Healthcare and Rehab First. The students gain class credit and hands-on experience by planning events.

JSU students help Gadsden seniors

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Since 1997, Jacksonville State University social work students have been assisting McGuffey Healthcare and Rehab First with planning activities for the residents.

The upper level practice group case management class teaches students how to utilize available resources and plan activities with appropriate themes. With low budgets, the students must be creative. They frequently acquire services that are on

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Christmas at the Falls was on a Christmas special of Absolutely Alabama with Fred Hunter.Christmas at the Falls was on a Christmas special of Absolutely Alabama with Fred Hunter.

Etowah attractions featured on Absolutely Alabama

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Two Etowah County attractions were featured in the Christmas specials of Absolutely Alabama with Fred Hunter on Fox 6. 

In the first Christmas special hosted out of Dothan’s Landmark Park, there was a story about Don Turner of Allis Chalmers Tractors in Hokes Bluff. Turner makes Allis Chalmers pedal tractors. Although it sounds like a fun toy, these

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Applications being accepted for Farm of Distinction contest

Outstanding Alabama farms have until Jan. 30 to apply for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes as part of the Alabama Farm of Distinction contest. The contest recognizes sustainable farm businesses that exhibit sound management, environmental stewardship and innovation according to Alabama Farm City Committee  Chairman Jeff Helms. 

“Alabama’s Farm of Distinction is the highest honor an agricultural operation

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City council creates new Gadsden Land Bank Authority

By Brett Johnson/Messenger Correspondant

The Gadsden City Council on Tuesday authorized the incorporation of the Gadsden Land Bank Authority to make it easier for the city to acquire tax-delinquent and nuisance properties. 

“Essentially what happens is now this Gadsden Land Bank Authority takes the place of the State of Alabama in terms of ownership,” said Council President Deverick Williams at

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Red Cross to provide energy assistance with Project Share

The Etowah/Cherokee Chapter of the American Red Cross will begin accepting appointments on January 8th, 2015 for Project SHARE, the energy assistance program for low-income elderly or disable individuals.  Residents of Etowah County can call to request an appointment by calling the Red Cross office at 256-547-8667 on Thursdays between 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

As the organization responsible for administering Project

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