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Dr. Roger Alan, DDS and staff celebrate 15 years in Gadsden at a ceremonial open house on Wednesday, July 16.Dr. Roger Alan, DDS and staff celebrate 15 years in Gadsden at a ceremonial open house on Wednesday, July 16.

Dr. Alan celebrates 15 years in Gadsden

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Dr. Roger Alan, DDS and staff celebrated its 15-year anniversary on Wednesday, July 16, with an open house and refreshments. 

Alan has been serving the Gadsden area since he began practicing prosthodontics in 1999, when he opened his South 4th Street location. 

There, he serves as a full-service dental clinic offering prosthodontics and regular dental work.

As a prosthodontist, Alan

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Pictured above,Them Dirty Roses perform during a hazy night at Southside City Fest on Saturday, July 19. Pictured above,Them Dirty Roses perform during a hazy night at Southside City Fest on Saturday, July 19.

Southside’s Them Dirty Roses blossom in Music City

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

“Every Rose has its Thorn.”

Them Dirty Roses, however, don’t seem a thorn in Nashville’s side, as they’re taking Music City, USA by storm with their unmistakable southern down home rock and roll sound. 

Southside musicians James Ford, Frank Ford, Ben Crain and Andrew Davis make up a rock band unique to the Coosa Valley, as each of their

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American Family Care plans on December opening at ground-breaking ceremony

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on a sunny Thursday, July 17 by the Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce for American Family Care, a new family medical care clinic expected to open in Gadsden Dec. 2014. 

The clinic’s location will be at 366 E. Meighan Blvd in the Walmart Shopping center. 

The clinic is being built just in time for Meighan’s

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John S. Jones Elementary School Summer program students see and feel honeycombs during a “Bee a good reader” honeybee program on Thursday, July 17.John S. Jones Elementary School Summer program students see and feel honeycombs during a “Bee a good reader” honeybee program on Thursday, July 17.

John S. Jones Summer Program students learn Bee 101

John S. Jones Elementary School Summer Program got a lesson in bees on Thursday, July 17 in Attalla during an exciting 2nd annual Bee Awareness Day as part of the “Bee a good reader” program. 

Children going into kindergarten through kids entering 8th grade attended the program.  John Jones Elementary School Summer Program Director Janet Page said the program has 100

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Alabama Power announces Alabama Good Roots Grant recipients

The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded 38 Good Roots grants totaling more than $33,000 to help communities across Alabama plant trees.

In partnership with the Alabama Forestry Association and the Alabama Urban Forestry Association, the foundation provides Good Roots grants to cities, towns and nonprofit organizations to purchase trees. Good Roots helps beautify and strengthen communities with tree-planting projects that benefit

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Pictured from left are Ivalee Volunteer Fire Department members Clint Baker, Pete Click, Jeff Vaughn, Larry “Bunchie” Nance, Robert Horsley and Micheal Robertson.Pictured from left are Ivalee Volunteer Fire Department members Clint Baker, Pete Click, Jeff Vaughn, Larry “Bunchie” Nance, Robert Horsley and Micheal Robertson.

Ivalee Volunteer Fire Department to host open house

By Laura Ann Brown Tipps/Staff Correspondent

On Aug. 2, the Ivalee Fire Department will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free hot dogs, hamburgers, trimmings and desserts.

“We just like to give everyone a chance to come in, see our equipment and trucks and to let people see the new community center room,” said Richard French, the

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Boats will race at 3rd annual Habitat dragon boat festival

The 3rd annual dragon boat race will take place on Saturday Aug. 16 at 9 a.m., Gadsden Riverwalk Park. 

Each 46” long canoe should have a team of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and a steersperson plus 3 alternates ages 15 and up. The deadline to register a team for the race is Friday, Aug. 1. 

The team will receive a 90-minute practice session

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New celebrates chamber accomplishments

Laura Ann Brown Tipps /Staff Correspondent

Heather New, Gadsden Chamber of Commerce President, recently completed her second year of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management professional certification program.

Now past the halfway point of the four-year program, New said she has been able to create relationships and networks among chambers across the nation, as well as other associations that deal with

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Pictured above, Jane Bugg stands in front of the books she compiled for over 20 years of the United Methodist Women.Pictured above, Jane Bugg stands in front of the books she compiled for over 20 years of the United Methodist Women.

100 years of UMC Women’s History compiled

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

The compiling of the past 128 years of the history of United Methodist Women of Gadsden First United Methodist Church has been in the works for over 20 years. A homecoming lunch and blessing over all of Jane Bugg’s work took place on Tuesday, July 15.

Bugg was president of United Methodist Women of Gadsden First United Methodist

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National group gives AAA scholarship plan failing grade

By Mike Cason/al.com

A national group that promotes tax-credit funded private school scholarships gives the scholarship plan under the Alabama Accountability Act a grade of F. 

In a recently released report, The Center for Education Reform rated Alabama’s law weakest among 14 states that it said have such programs.

The report from the center, which supports school choice and charter schools, did not

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4th Street Chick-fil-A customers dressed in full cow attire pose with the “Eat Mor Chikin” cow on Chick-fil-A’s 10th annual Cow Appreciation Day.4th Street Chick-fil-A customers dressed in full cow attire pose with the “Eat Mor Chikin” cow on Chick-fil-A’s 10th annual Cow Appreciation Day.

Chick-fil-A celebrates annual Cow Day

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Gadsden Chick-fil-A customers were “udderly” adorable on Friday, July 11 as the “home of the chicken sandwich” celebrated its 10th annual Cow Appreciation Day nationwide.

Cow Appreciation Day recognizes the “Eat Mor Chikin” cow by giving free food to anyone who comes into the store dressed like a cow on appreciation day each July.

Gadsden’s 4th Street Chick-fil-A restaurant

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The Hitters at their first practice on July 7.The Hitters at their first practice on July 7.

Local ballclub prepares players for future on and off the field

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

The newly formed Hitters baseball team is preparing about 25 players, ranging from ages 4 to 7 and 13 to 16,  for success through baseball. 

Part of East Gadsden Baseball League, the Hitters’ goal is to involve kids in baseball to prepare them for a better future through teambuilding, educating and giving them options for their

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Gadsden City High School ROTC students gather for a photo before attending JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Summer Camp at Fort McClellan in June. Gadsden City High School ROTC students gather for a photo before attending JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Summer Camp at Fort McClellan in June.

Gadsden City Cadets attend JCLC summer camp

Fourteen cadets from Gadsden City High School attended JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) Summer Camp at Fort McClellan in early June. The cadets trained with 264 other JROTC Cadets from schools primarily in central and north Alabama. Gadsden City High School summer camp participants for this year were Jeremy Brewster, ZieTeria Calhoun, Jaylen Collymore, Jon DeLarosa, Kamerson East, Maggie Francisco,

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Serendipity Dance Club celebrates thirty-five years

The Serendipity Dance Club is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. Each year, Bachelors and Spinsters are recognized with a dance at the Gadsden Country Club. Funds are raised to benefit the fine arts in Gadsden.

In years past, the funds generated were used to support the Callan Concert Association and the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra with goods and services.

In 1998, “The Serendipity Stage,”

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Red Cross needs donors

The American Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer. 

During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the

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Pictured above from left, Alabama Power Eastern Divison Area Manager Steve Hildebrant presents Southside High School teacher Eric West and Southside High School prinicpal Dr. Marguerite Early a $1000 Good Roots grant from Alabama Power Foundation at an Etowah County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 8.Pictured above from left, Alabama Power Eastern Divison Area Manager Steve Hildebrant presents Southside High School teacher Eric West and Southside High School prinicpal Dr. Marguerite Early a $1000 Good Roots grant from Alabama Power Foundation at an Etowah County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 8.

Alabama Power Foundation awards $1000 Good Roots grant to Southside High School

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Alabama Power Foundation and Eastern Division Area Manager Steve Hildebrant awarded a Good Roots grant for $1000 to Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby, Southside High School principal Dr. Marguerite Early, Etowah County Career Tech Center Director Mark Stancil, and Southside High School teacher Eric West on Tuesday, July 8. 

West, a Southside High School agriscience teacher,

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First Baptist Church Ashville youth group students take a quick break during cleanup.First Baptist Church Ashville youth group students take a quick break during cleanup.

Youth groups forgo beach trip to help others

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Executive Director of Breakaway Ministries Eddie Nichols and three statewide youth groups spent 4th of July weekend not on the beach – but ministering to other people through a cleanup camp.

Nichols said the city of Gadsden was able to provide houses that qualify for cleanup by Breakaway Ministries. “They asked us three years ago if we could

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Glencoe’s historical Big Chief looks like a blast from the past at its 1st annual “Blowout at the Big Chief” on July 3. Glencoe’s historical Big Chief looks like a blast from the past at its 1st annual “Blowout at the Big Chief” on July 3.

Big Chief blast from the past gives back to community

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor 

Glencoe’s historical Big Chief looked like a scene from an old 60’s movie on July 3 as the newly owned restaurant celebrated its 1st annual “Blowout at the Big Chief.”

The only things missing from the blowout were a few carhops wearing roller blades, as classic cars and customers drinking chocolate malts blanketed the restaurant’s parking lot from

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New Alabama expungement law seals record if found not guilty

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

Alabama residents who have been arrested of a crime but never found guilty can now get a clean slate thanks to a new expungement law, which went into effect on July 7. 

The law, titled ACT 2014 292, was finalized and passed on April 2 and says residents tried but found not guilty for certain nonviolent misdemeanor or

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Sisters Courtney (left) and Lora Clayburn in front of their snow cone business, Tropical Paradise.Sisters Courtney (left) and Lora Clayburn in front of their snow cone business, Tropical Paradise.

Clayburn sisters in the snow business

By Lindsay Seagraves/News Editor

For a scanty $2, customers at Tropical Paradise on Rainbow Drive can get a snow cone piled high with adds in such as sour spray and cream, and the chance to chat with two ambitious sisters, who are taking the family side-business to full-time status.

Both home from school for the summer, sisters Lora and Courtney Clayburn decided

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