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Etowah County Commissioner Tim Choate introduces new Chief Administrative Officer Sherrie Kelley  Etowah County Commissioner Tim Choate introduces new Chief Administrative Officer Sherrie Kelley

Etowah County welcomes Kelley

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

On Tuesday, August 25, the Etowah County Courthouse hosted a reception welcoming new Chief Administrative Officer Sherrie Kelley to Etowah County.

The Etowah County Commission unanimously voted to approve a contract with Sherrie Y. Kelley for the Chief Administrative Officer position at the Etowah County Commission meeting on Tuesday, July 7.

The position opened after the

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Glencoe High School recognized nationally

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


A recent U.S. News and World Report study recognized Glencoe High School as one of the best high schools in the nation.

The school was awarded the National Bronze Award for performing better than is statistically expected for students in Alabama. 

Glencoe High’s student population is 39 percent economically disadvantaged. The school’s disadvantaged students outperformed other

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Etowah High School Principal Ryan Barkley Etowah High School Principal Ryan Barkley

Etowah High School is improving

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent

Etowah High School is beginning the new school year with a new principal and the students and faculty are excited for the future possibilities.

Ryan Barkley taught at Glencoe High School for eight years until former Etowah Principal Jeff Colegrove contacted him about an assistant principal position in 2013. Barkley graduated from Etowah in 1999 and

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Comfort Care Hospice to kick of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Comfort Care Hospice is hosting a Kickoff Childhood Cancer Awareness Month on September 1. 

Aubie, Auburn’s famous tiger mascot, will be at Comfort Care Hospice from 9  to 9:45 a.m. 

“We are very pleased he’s coming to help us kick the month off,” said Melissa Saylor, the event’s coordinator. 

At 10 a.m., a 1-mile walk will take

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City council approves funds for riverfront park

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

On Tuesday, August 18, the Gadsden City Council unanimously approved a bid for riverfront park development on the Coosa River.

The bid was awarded to Bob Smith Construction, Inc. of Trussville. The project was estimated to cost $3.5 million, but through negotiations and changes to the plan, the council cut 1.1 million from the project cost.

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Gadsden mayor responds to county’s deadline

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Last week, the city of Gadsden was given until Oct. 1 to come to an agreement with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office on a jail contract. 

The previous contract expired two years ago, but the the city’s inmates are still housed.

The Etowah County Commission’s proposed agreement has the city paying for a guaranteed 40 beds

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Habitat announces race results

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Over 25 competitive and recreational teams participated in Etowah Gadsden Habitat for Humanity’s Dragon Boat Race Festival fundraiser on Aug. 15.

In the competitive division, “Rabid Blue” from Crossfit Rabid placed third with a time of 1:06.599 . In second, “Modern Woodmen Money Mafia”  from Modern Woodmen Financial had a time of 1:05.632. “Rabid Red”

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Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit gains new employee

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit recently gained a new member.

Last week Deputy Blake Perry completed and passed an 80 hour training class. The class took two weeks, and featured 10 days of eight hour classes.

Sergeant Brian Smith is the Motorcycle Unit’s instructor. He has been on the unit for six years and has

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Health Department to hold Prenatal Resource Fair

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Etowah County Health Department is hosting a Prenatal Resource Fair on August 26 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The purpose of the event is to provide local pregnant women and families with an opportunity to learn about community resources available to them and young children. 

The health department began planning the event several months

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Warhol is coming to the Hardin Center

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Andy Warhol is coming to Gadsden. 

“The Art of Andy Warhol” exhibit at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts begins tomorrow, August 15, and will end November 15. 

Admission will be $8, but is free to Hardin Center members.

Six of Andy Warhol’s original screen prints from his “Myths” series will be displayed. He

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Chamber Expo set for Aug. 18

 

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World’s Longest Yard Sale brings people to Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor 

This weekend, shoppers are expected to come to  Lookout Mountain Parkway for the 27th annual World’s Longest Yard Sale. The yard sale started on August 6, and will continue through August 9.

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

The

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ABC Charity donates school supplies to teachers

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

On Wednesday, August 5, the teachers of Walnut Park Elementary School received the gift of supplies for the classrooms. 

Anna Dobbins started A.N. Battles Charity, otherwise known as ABC Charity in honor of her grandmother, who loved children and taught Bible school for years. The aim of the charity is to provide teachers with supplies, so

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Gadsden Job Fair deemed a success

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

On Wednesday, August 5, the Senior Activity Center on Broad Street was host to a job fair held by the Gadsden Career Center and City Councilman Thomas Worthy. 

The job fair was wildly successful, with hundreds showing up.

“We counted over 400 in the first hour,” said Worthy. 

The point of the job fair was to

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By Kaitlin Fleming By Kaitlin Fleming

RBC Library hosts reward party

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent

Rainbow City Library held its annual reward party for the summer reading program on July 29. The children enjoyed pizza donated by Papa John’s, ice cream and a magic show performed by Russell Davis. 

The party was for children who accomplished their reading goals in the allotted time period during their summer break. The children had

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Christian owned Big Chief takes stand for Glencoe

By Lindsey Seagraves

Staff Correspondent

On a Thursday morning in a town fearing its religious freedom, one local business took a stand that has gained the City of Glencoe positive national recognition.

Big Chief owners Jeff and Regina Word were among other saddened Glencoe residents learning the news of the City of Glencoe’s removal of the Christian flag in front of

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Alabama Power holds iCan conference for girls

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Alabama Power held an iCan Girls in Engineering Conference at Glencoe Middle School on Thursday, July 23.

This is the conference’s second year in Etowah County. About 90 girls from Etowah County middle schools were chosen by school administrators based on math and science aptitude. About 30 students attended the event, representing almost every school

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The Reader's Exchange offers books with charm

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Reader’s Exchange, located next to the Coffee Well at 124 Court Street in Gadsden, is a new used book store. The store opened in December of last year.

  The Reader’s Exchange has a charming feel, with quotes from books or about books painted on the walls and wooden bookshelves, of course, completely filled with books. 

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Habitat dedicates new house

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity  held a dedication ceremony on Monday (July 27)  for the 47th house the organization has built. The house is now owned by the Alegria family, consisting of Jorge and Allison Alegria and their daughter Sophia and twin boys Jovanni and Jonathon. The family closed

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Local GOP nominates Willoughby for DA job

The Etowah County Republican Party Executive Committee (ECRPExCom) met Tuesday (July 28) in a special-called emergency meeting to make a recommendation to Governor Robert Bentley to fill the vacancy left by the untimely death of Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp.

The full committee met with Chairman James Clay presiding. Filling the District Attorney vacancy was the main

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