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Tropical Sno held a ribbon cutting on Sept. 11 at its location at Noccalula Falls Park. Pictured, from left: Donna Patterson, Mary Catherine Weddle, Kevin Hollingsworth, Rikki Rubrigi, Wayne Lewis, Ashleigh Walker, owner Kerry Criswell, Lee Battles, City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Dept. Director Kerry Payne, Noccalula Falls Park Administrative Supervisor Janet Terrance, unidentified, Amber Condy, Suzanne Coker, Paul Perry. Tropical Sno held a ribbon cutting on Sept. 11 at its location at Noccalula Falls Park. Pictured, from left: Donna Patterson, Mary Catherine Weddle, Kevin Hollingsworth, Rikki Rubrigi, Wayne Lewis, Ashleigh Walker, owner Kerry Criswell, Lee Battles, City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Dept. Director Kerry Payne, Noccalula Falls Park Administrative Supervisor Janet Terrance, unidentified, Amber Condy, Suzanne Coker, Paul Perry.

Veteran opens snow cone shop at Noccalula

Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Kerry Criswell, a Marine Corps veteran, has opened a snow cone store at Noccolula Falls Park. Rainbow Tropical Sno held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 11. 

Criswell spent 15 years in the Marine Corps. He started his military career young. At only 17, he was in Beirut, Lebanon witnessing the bombing of the barracks that killed almost 250

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Area seniors gathered at the Attalla Fall Festival hosted by the Council on Aging and the Attalla Senior Program. Attalla Mayor Larry Means and his wife, Karen, made an appearance at the event.Area seniors gathered at the Attalla Fall Festival hosted by the Council on Aging and the Attalla Senior Program. Attalla Mayor Larry Means and his wife, Karen, made an appearance at the event.

Attalla Fall Festival a healthy success

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

The Attalla Fall Festival was held on Sept. 17 at Carnes Recreation Center. Hosted by the Council on Aging and the Attalla Senior Program, the annual event draws hundreds of seniors for entertainment, free information health screenings and more. This year’s theme was about farmers, so seniors showed up in overalls, straw hats and cowboy boots. Tickets

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Robert and Jessica McArthur and their five children will be the recipients of Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity’s 46th house.Robert and Jessica McArthur and their five children will be the recipients of Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity’s 46th house.

Habitat will host Blitz Build

The Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) will frame House #46 in a one-day blitz build for Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity on Friday, September 26 beginning at 7 a.m. The four-bedroom, two-bath house is located at 300 Summit Avenue and is the future home of Robert and Jessica McArthur and their five children. 

The floor system was completed last week by the

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GCHS boosts AP participation

Gadsden City High School recently announced its sixth year of Advanced Placement (AP) results, indicating a 121 percent increase in the number of students participating in AP Math, Science and English courses and a 25 percent increase in the qualifying scores on the AP exams.

Driving the increases in student achievement is the implementation of the ALSDE/A+ College Ready AP Program,

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Two Etowah students receive Alfa scholarship

Two Etowah County residents were among 50 recipients of the 2014 Alfa Foundation scholarship. Each recipient received $1,000 in the program’s inaugural year.

The scholarship recipients are Colin Edwards of Rainbow City, a graduate of Westbrook Christian School and freshman at Troy University studying education; and Tiffany Stevens of Boaz, a graduate of West End High School and junior at Athens

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Wood craftsman Jack Bullock stands next to a crafted crucifix on display in his house in Gadsden. The piece has no paint, instead it is just a variety of wood blended together. The cross took him 120 hours to bring to life.Wood craftsman Jack Bullock stands next to a crafted crucifix on display in his house in Gadsden. The piece has no paint, instead it is just a variety of wood blended together. The cross took him 120 hours to bring to life.

Local artist pays attention to detail

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

Beautiful precision craftsmanship is the best description of Jack Bullock’s work. 

Bullock personally creates exceptional wooden wall mosaics in his shop, crafting every detail. Each creation is a labor of love. Even the piece’s eyes are made up of tiny pieces of wood that appear to form one piece. Bullock prefers to use different types of wood to

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A year after her first novel, Knocking on the Devil’s Door, was released, Attalla native and author Tashara Childs will host a book signing in Gadsden.A year after her first novel, Knocking on the Devil’s Door, was released, Attalla native and author Tashara Childs will host a book signing in Gadsden.

Native Attalla author to host book signing

By Laura Ann Brown Tipps/Staff Correspondent

On September 28, Attalla native Tashara Childs will host a book signing for her first novel, Knocking on the Devil’s Door, at Flip Side Café in Gadsden from 3-5 p.m.

The book, which ranked No. 25 on the African-American Christian Fiction Kindle Chart, was published a year ago.

Childs is celebrating the book’s anniversary by hosting a

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The staff at Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center includes back row, from left to right: Linda Rule, Crystal Brown, Leanna Warren; front row, from left to right: Tuquita James and Kim Minyard.The staff at Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center includes back row, from left to right: Linda Rule, Crystal Brown, Leanna Warren; front row, from left to right: Tuquita James and Kim Minyard.

GRMC hosts mammogram marathon

In October, also the official breast cancer awareness month, many awareness events are held. Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center, for the third year, is doing something a little different. Instead of just raising awareness, they are hosting a Mammogram Marathon.

The Mammogram Marathon will take place on Oct. 16 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Women’s Imaging Center

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Lavender named GSCC president

Courtesy of al.com

Gadsden State Community College has its fourth president in just over a year’s time.

Martha Lavender has been named interim president at the school, a little more than two months after Helen McAlpine was appointed president of GSCC. Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich announced that McAlpine would return to her previous post as president of Drake State

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Steve Hildebrant of Alabama Power, pictured third from left, hands a $10,000 dollar check to Attalla City Schools Superintendent David Bowman, standing next to Attalla Elementary Principal Greg Edge. They are surrounded by the school’s pre-K students and teachers.Steve Hildebrant of Alabama Power, pictured third from left, hands a $10,000 dollar check to Attalla City Schools Superintendent David Bowman, standing next to Attalla Elementary Principal Greg Edge. They are surrounded by the school’s pre-K students and teachers.

Alabama Power funds pre-K classes

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Alabama Power Foundation presented two Etowah County schools with grants Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Highlands Elementary and Attalla Elementary both received $10,000 grants from Alabama Power Foundation, who partnered with the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs, as part of the Brighter Minds education initiative. 

The grants, given to help support early education programs in the state, aim to strengthen the

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Students perform a dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker.Students perform a dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker.

New Nutcracker coming soon

Experience all the magic of the holiday classic with a special Black Friday performance on Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. as Downtown Dance Conservatory presents The Old World Nutcracker at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden. 

Housed in the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, the conservatory has been the heart of the local classical ballet community for over 10

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Absentee ballot applications for upcoming elections now accepted

Cassandra Johnson/Absentee Election Manager

Applications are now being accepted for absentee ballots for the upcoming Nov, 4, 2014, General Election. 

Applications must be filed in the office of the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk not less than five days prior to the Election. 

The deadline to apply is Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 by 5 p.m.  You may vote medical or business emergency, if you

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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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