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Vendors display their wares during the first biannual Treasures in the Street event on Sept. 6 in downtown Attalla.Vendors display their wares during the first biannual Treasures in the Street event on Sept. 6 in downtown Attalla.

Treasures draw folks from near and far

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

Often referred to as Antique Alley, The City of Attalla draws in those who love to hunt for hidden treasures in the many antique shops located in the downtown area. 

Last weekend, this rich history was celebrated as the first biannual Treasures in the Street kicked off.

Vendors traveled from states such as Tennessee, Ohio and North Carolina to

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Survivor helps cancer patients feel better

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Every other first Monday of the month, Angela Klein, a hairdresser at Katy & Co. Hair Salon, heads to Gadsden Regional Cancer Center. She doesn’t go for treatment, at least not anymore. 

Klein is the Etowah County facilitator for the American Cancer Society. She works cutting hair through a program called Look Good Feel Better. The non-profit program

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Gladden proposes bill to prevent rapists receiving parental rights

Etowah County Coroner and candidate for the state House of Representatives in District 29, Michael Gladden recently  that, if elected to the State Legislature, the first bill he will introduce would prohibit a person convicted of first-degree rape from claiming custody and visitation rights.

Studies have shown that survivors of rape are the largest population in the nation to suffer from

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Red Cross encourages donations

Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month. 

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get

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Pictured from left are Twyla, Dennis, and Drew Deason, owners of Rainbow City’s Capeside Fish Company in Rainbow City.Pictured from left are Twyla, Dennis, and Drew Deason, owners of Rainbow City’s Capeside Fish Company in Rainbow City.

Capeside delivers fresh seafood

By Laura Ann Brown Tipps/Staff Correspondent

Four years ago, Dennis Deason and his son Drew began driving down to the gulf coast to pick up fresh seafood and deliver it to various restaurants.

“We started out with one little bitty truck,” said Dennis. “Drew did the driving and I was the salesman.”

The Deasons’ grassroots business eventually grew into a wholesale operation serving

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Pictureed, from left: Nancy Latham, “74”, Sherry Butler Clauton,“74”, Debbie Franklin Burgess, “74”, Martha Brackett, Museum Board Member, Linda Johnson, Museum Board Member, and Charles Hawkins, Museum Board Member. Pictureed, from left: Nancy Latham, “74”, Sherry Butler Clauton,“74”, Debbie Franklin Burgess, “74”, Martha Brackett, Museum Board Member, Linda Johnson, Museum Board Member, and Charles Hawkins, Museum Board Member.

E.S. Museum recieves check for historical marker in park

The Emma Sansom High School Class of 1974 has always been a winning class. 

A check was presented to the Emma Sansom Museum Inc. for the amount of $1189.49 for the E.S. Project. 

When the original Emma Sansom gym was torn down, the “E” and “S” located in the top corners of the building were donated the E.S. Museum Inc. The museum

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Gladden Signs education pledge

Etowah County Coroner Michael Gladden, a candidate for State House District 29, has signed the Education Funding Protection Pledge.

The pledge is a response to recent comments from some state leaders who have suggested using education dollars to pay for corporate tax incentives or combining the budgets in an attempt to shore up funding short falls in the state’s General Fund

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From left, Jeremy and Shontelle Thigpen of the Cherokee tribe show off their traditional dress.From left, Jeremy and Shontelle Thigpen of the Cherokee tribe show off their traditional dress.

Pow Wow comes to Noccalula Falls

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

The Turtle Island Pow Wow took place on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Noccalula Falls. 

The admission fee benefited the Turtle Island Native American Association, a non-profit organization that funds multiple Pow Wows across Alabama and Tennessee. 

Venders came to sell their handmade jewelry, dream catchers and other Native American souvenirs. Specialty crafts and supplies were also sold and demonstrated. 

Gourd

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James Fields spoke at the ribbon cutting at democratic headquarters on Aug. 28.James Fields spoke at the ribbon cutting at democratic headquarters on Aug. 28.

New Democratic Headquarters open

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

On Aug. 28, people lined the cobblestone of Court Street in downtown Gadsden for the ribbon cutting of the Democratic Headquarters.

Democratic candidates met with supporters and discussed their plans for a new direction in Alabama. The main focus on doing away with the supermajority in Montgomery and the desperate need to create jobs in Alabama. The candidates

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Attalla Antique show hits streets tonight

Once heralded around the region as “Antique Alley” for the number of antique shops in the downtown district, Historic Downtown Attalla is aiming to revive that distinction with the Inaugural “Treasures in the Streets” Antique Show Sept. 5 -7.

Over 50 vendors from Alabama and surrounding states will set up on 5th Avenue and 4th Street and will be open from

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Gadsden promotes child cancer awareness

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

“The worst thing that a parent or grandparent can hear is that their child has cancer,” said Judy Atkins. 

Sadly, she would know. Her granddaughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was only 4 years old. After months of struggle, a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy, she was in remission. 

Unfortunately, 15 months later she had a recurrence.

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Gadsden’s city elections results listed

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden City Council and Mayoral elections were held on Tuesday, Aug. 26. 

While these results are not final, due to provisional ballots, they are close to the final figures.

Mayor Sherman Guyton was re-elected for his fourth term. The other candidates were J. Holland, Mitchell James, and Michael Shell. Guyton received the majority with 56 percent,

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Voters say yes to Sunday liquor sales

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden voters on Tuesday, Aug. 26 didn’t just vote on city representatives. They also voted on whether or not to allow the sale of alcohol all seven days of the week, including Sunday.

The votes showed overwhelming support for selling on Sunday, with 68 percent voting for it. A total of 4,618 people

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EMA offers CERT certification

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is offering a CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team, class. 

CERT certified individuals are able to help the community in times of emergency and disaster. Many call in and ask where they can help during bad weather and other emergencies. Currently, the members are being organized into area-based groups that

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Runners participating in last year’s Chick-fil-A 10K, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run raised  for Never Surrender.Runners participating in last year’s Chick-fil-A 10K, 5K, and 1-mile Fun Run raised for Never Surrender.

Chick-fil-A hosts fundraising races

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Gadsden’s 4th Street Chick-fil-A will host their 2nd annual 5K, 10K and 1-mile Fun Run on Sept 6. 

The 10k and 5k races will begin at 8 a.m. in the Coosa Valley YMCA parking lot. The 1-mile Fun Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a Family Fun Zone with free activities and

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Inside Toys exhibit ending soon, coming up Tutu2K fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Art’s exhibit Toys: The Inside Story ends after Labor Day. 

The exhibit featured 12 stations showing the mechanisms that run classic childhood toys, like a jack-in-the-box. The exhibit demonstrates how gears, pulleys and circuits work in other popular toys as well.

The center is open on weekends, if people want

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Parker elected to leadership post

Etowah County Commissioner Carolyn Parker has been elected to serve as a member of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama’s Legislative Committee.

ACCA is the statewide association representing Alabama’s county governments. The Legislative Committee is composed of a chairman, the Association’s past presidents still serving in county government and a representative from each of ACCA’s 12 districts. 

The

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Pictured from left are Nuclear Strike bowling team members Sarah Oden, Matthew McClendon, Kylee Whitt and Breanna Nixson.Pictured from left are Nuclear Strike bowling team members Sarah Oden, Matthew McClendon, Kylee Whitt and Breanna Nixson.

Local youths compete at state bowling tournament

The Etowah County Young American Bowling Association recently competed in The 2014 Pepsi USBC Youth Championship and The USBA Alabama State 8th Annual Alabama Youth Bowling Championship. 

In attendance at an awards banquet on June 14 in Prattville were Sarah Oden, Matthew McClendon, Kylee Whitt, Breanna Nixson and Jessica Clontz. 

The association meets at Paradise Lanes in Rainbow City

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Local youths compete at state bowling tournament

The Etowah County Young American Bowling Association recently competed in The 2014 Pepsi USBC Youth Championship and The USBA Alabama State 8th Annual Alabama Youth Bowling Championship. 

In attendance at an awards banquet on June 14 in Prattville were Sarah Oden, Matthew McClendon, Kylee Whitt, Breanna Nixson and Jessica Clontz. 

The association meets at Paradise Lanes in Rainbow City

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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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