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Darden Rehabilitation Foundation receives van from Honda

 By Donna Thornton/News Editor

A group of enthusiastic Honda employees delivered a 2011 Honda Odyssey van to a grateful staff at Darden Rehabilitation Foundation on April 9.

Darden applied for a grant through which the auto manufacturer would supply the business with the van for the agency’suse in serving its consumers in several counties.

Honda Community

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Amanda Bray Cody and Christopher Brothers display their book collaboration, Amanda Bray Cody and Christopher Brothers display their book collaboration, "Lila the Lavender Porcupine's Sticky Situation: The Bear in Despair."

Gadsden alums share book at their schools

 By Donna Thornton/News Editor


Amanda Bray Cody and Christopher Brothers returned to their old elementary schools in Gadsden last week to share a collaborative effort with current students – and to show children what creativity and hardwork can accomplish.

Cody is the author and Brothers is the illustrator of “Lila the Lavender Porcupine’s Sticky Situation: The Bear in Despair,” a

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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

 Chocolate Chess Toffee Pecan Bars, Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

My sister-in-law, Ruth Bedwell, who lives in Rainbow City, encouraged me to enter the Chocolate Festival Cooking Contest this past Saturday.  I chose my Chocolate Chess Toffee Pecan Bar recipe and much to my surprise; it came in first place.  I met so many wonderful ladies from Rainbow City.  The event was

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Saying goodbye to a ‘true hero’

 By Donna Thornton/News Editor


Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin recalled Aubrey Phil Newman as a “true hero”  while speaking to members of the Etowah County Commission on Tuesday (April 8) at a commission work session.

Newman died on April 5 at the age of 69. He served as an investigator in the sheriff’s department for 11 years, Entrekin said, during

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Foothills Classic gives bikers scenic ride

By Donna Thornton/News Editor


The YMCA of the Coosa Valley is registering riders now for its feature cycling event of the year: The Foothills Easter Classic bike ride on April 19.

Executive Director Leroy Falcon said there is a 25-miler, a metric and a century route – meaning bikers can choose a 25 mile, 61 mile or a 97 mile

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Alternative rock band Third Eye Blind will perform at Riverfest on June 13.Alternative rock band Third Eye Blind will perform at Riverfest on June 13.

Third Eye Blind headlines Riverfest on Friday

By Donna Thornton/News Editor


Just in time for ticket sales to begin on April 15, the headliner for the first night of Gadsden’s annual music festival has been revealed.

Third Eye Blind (3eb) will take the stage at 9 p.m. on June 13. The American alternative rock band was formed in the early 1990s in San Francisco and is best

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Goodyear celebrates retirees on April 24

 In February 1929, construction of the very first tire manufacturing facility in the South began. Four months later, the first tire was built and the city of Gadsden prospered.

Eighty-five years later, Goodyear-Gadsden remains the largest employer in Etowah County. It employs over 1,550 people that produce top-quality passenger and light truck tires for the original equipment and replacement tire

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GRMC seeks nominations for patient’s choice award

 Each year, Gadsden Regional Medical Center recognizes one of its nurses with the Patient Choice Award and the help of our patients and their families is needed.

The award recognizes the level of quality patient care, comfort and compassion offered by nurses each day.

As it has for the past six years, Gadsden Regional is asking the public for nominations.

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Students and faculty at Mitchell Elementary School remembered Kobe and Xander Barksdale on Thursday (April 3) with a balloon release on the soccer field.Students and faculty at Mitchell Elementary School remembered Kobe and Xander Barksdale on Thursday (April 3) with a balloon release on the soccer field.

Community says goodbye to those lost in crash

 By Donna Thornton/News Editor

Family members, friends and the community said goodbye this week to five Etowah County residents who perished when a small plane plunged into a Colorado reservoir on March 22.

Funeral for Gadsden businessman Jimmy L. Hill was on Monday (March 31), while a funerals for Katrina Barksdale and her two sons, Kobe and Xander, and her

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McDonald's supervisor Brenda Potter, left, with Marcie Bozarth, semi-finalist in MdDonald's contest to find the best biscuit maker.McDonald's supervisor Brenda Potter, left, with Marcie Bozarth, semi-finalist in MdDonald's contest to find the best biscuit maker.

Competing to be the best biscuit maker

 By Donna Thornton/News Editor


Competition will be hot – at least hot enough to bake biscuits –  on Monday (April 7) at the Galleria McDonald’s in Hoover, as 11 of the best biscuit makers from McDonald’s restaurants in Alabama compete in the company’s annual biscuit bake-off.

Marcie Bozarth, one of the biscuit makers at the McDonald’s in Southside, is one

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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

 Festive Cranberry Salad and Pineapple Au Gratin

With Easter approaching in a few weeks, I wanted to share with you a few of my family's favorites. 

I always like to try a recipe as it is written and then use your imagination and your own taste preference to make improvements and make it your very own.  Both of these recipes

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Wynonna Judd will headline Riverfest on June 14

 Five-time Grammy winner Wynonna and her band, The Big Noise, will headline Saturday night’s entertainment at Riverfest.

Wynonna, who rose to fame as the daughter half of the mother-daughter duo The Judds in the 1980s, and launched her solo career in 1992 with the debut “Wynonna.”

Last year’s single, “Something You Can’t Live Without,” is one of her recent musical

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Boldly Go’ to GSCC’s International Festival April 11

 Gadsden State Community College International Programs will host its annual International Festival, “Boldly Go,” on April 11 at Convention Hall in Gadsden.

The festival includes displays showcasing coun-tries from around the world, food, and entertainment.

Tickets are on sale now through the Wallace Hall online box office at http://www.internatonal.wallacehall.org/; the International Office at Naylor Hall, Room 108; and the Center

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Lisa Holmes, coordinator of Gadsden Regional’s Labor and Delivery area, is shown with the certificate awarded to the hospital on Feb. 17, 2014, by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Holmes is surrounded by Labor and Delivery nurses who were on hand for the presentation.Lisa Holmes, coordinator of Gadsden Regional’s Labor and Delivery area, is shown with the certificate awarded to the hospital on Feb. 17, 2014, by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Holmes is surrounded by Labor and Delivery nurses who were on hand for the presentation.

GRMC Nursery recognized by Alabama Department of Public Health

 The Alabama Department of Public Health has recognized Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s newborn hearing screening program.

  To mark the 50th anniversary of newborn screenings, the state’s Newborn Hearing Screening program has started a monthly award program for the best performing birthing centers in Alabama.

Centers that are recognized met or exceeded benchmarks set forth by the Joint Committee on Infant

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The Neighborhood Scoop

By Dr. Cynthia L. Toles

Open Mic is a live performance where the audience may perform at the microphone. Open Mic has gained popularity in recent years, especially in Northeast Alabama. The performance is well known in United Kingdom, where artists entertain audiences weekly and participate in contests for monetary investment.

My first experience and knowledge of the

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ABC 33/40 weatherman James Spann spoke to the Gadsden Woman’s Club on March 24. Pictured above, from left, club president Martha Elrod, James Spann, and Joy Ballenger, director of the Etowah-Cherokee Chapter of the American Red Cross.ABC 33/40 weatherman James Spann spoke to the Gadsden Woman’s Club on March 24. Pictured above, from left, club president Martha Elrod, James Spann, and Joy Ballenger, director of the Etowah-Cherokee Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Woman’s Club holds March meeting

 The Woman’s Club of Gadsden met March 24th at the Woman’s Club.

Martha Elrod, President, welcomed the members to the meeting and Lisa Thacker gave the devotional. 

Guest speaker weatherman James Spann of ABC 33/40 was introduced by Martha Elrod, President.  Mr. Spann spoke to the group about his work in the state and local community and encouraged members to

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Hardin Center’s Courtyard concert series kicks off tonight

 Beginning tonight (April 4) live music will once again fill the New Orleans-style outdoor courtyard at the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in Historic Downtown Gadsden.

This year marks the 16th anniversary season of the series and, as in years past, the series will feature live bands every Friday and Saturday night, April through September, weather permitting.

The

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Students of Gadsden Music Club music teachers presented the program at the club's February meeting.Students of Gadsden Music Club music teachers presented the program at the club's February meeting.

Gadsden Music Club meeting features students of local music teachers

 The Gadsden Music Club met recently at the Music Center at Temple Beth Israel. President Carol Larkins welcomed members and guests.

Chaplain Brenda Emery gave the invocation. Stacey Garmon led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

Kristin Dunn led the Federation Hymn, Collect and the Hymn of the Month, “Lord, I Want to

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Pictured with Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell is Emma Merriman of Etowah County, reserve champion of the junior division. Champions in each division received $600, and reserve champions received $400.Pictured with Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell is Emma Merriman of Etowah County, reserve champion of the junior division. Champions in each division received $600, and reserve champions received $400.

Students participate in Beef Expo

 Blue vests and big smiles filled Ed Teague Arena today as more than 150 young people competed in the Alabama Junior Beef Exposition Showmanship Contest.

Sponsored by Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation, students groomed and showed heifers and steers of various sizes, breeds and colors.

Judge Deb Core of Pleasantville, Iowa complimented the young Alabama showmen as they

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Nancy Cunningham honored

 The Attalla Junior/Norris High Foundation Inc. honored Nancy Gibbs Cunningham as its 2014 Hero of the Year during the organization’s banquet.

Cunningham received a proclamation from City of Attalla Mayor Larry Means a resolution from the foundation, presented by president Rev. Preston Nix.

“Mrs. Cunningham was a great teacher, mentor and graceful person that loves people,” Nix said.

Cunningham attended

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