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Bryant ArcherBryant Archer

Decades later, crime echoes in survivor’s life

By Donna Thornton/News Editor

Bryant Archer’s 17-year-old daughter wants to look for a job, and he can’t stand the thought of it.

Most of the jobs available to a 17-year-old now are like the one Archer was working when he was 17 on a night that changed his life forever.

Archer was one of four young people shot during a robbery on April

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State lawmakers and staffers from the Coosa Valley RC&D Council presented a big check for a big project at Gadsden City High School - resurfacing work on the football practice field. Pictured above, from left: Jennifer Childress, of the council; Sen. Phil Williams, Coach Matt Scott, Gadsden City High School Principal Keith Blackwell, State House Minority Leader Craig Ford and Deborah Lindley of the council, met at the practice field to see what was accomplished with the grant, and to present the ceremonial check.State lawmakers and staffers from the Coosa Valley RC&D Council presented a big check for a big project at Gadsden City High School - resurfacing work on the football practice field. Pictured above, from left: Jennifer Childress, of the council; Sen. Phil Williams, Coach Matt Scott, Gadsden City High School Principal Keith Blackwell, State House Minority Leader Craig Ford and Deborah Lindley of the council, met at the practice field to see what was accomplished with the grant, and to present the ceremonial check.

Grant covers cost of work to make field safe

By Donna Thornton/News Editor

Those who witnessed the “before” at Gadsden City High School’s football practice field expressed appreciation for the “after” on April 11, when local legislators and representatives of Coosa Valley Resource Conservaton & Development Council presented a check to the school to pay for the project.

“It wasn’t a situation where we had a surface and made it better,”

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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Coconut Pound Cake and Christy’s Corn Casserole

On two of my cooking chat lines, I asked everyone what their favorite Easter menu will be this year. Of course, I am on Southern chats. The most popular menu was the following: Baked Ham, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Sweet Potato Fluff, Baked Beans, Coconut Cake, Sweet Southern Tea! Sounds good to me!

Coconut Pound

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Ronnie Watkins, former University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings and Fred Sington, Jr. (pictured, from left) gather for a photo after Watkins and Sington were honored at the annual Boy Scouts of America American Values Luncheon on Tuesday (Apr. 15) at the Pitman Theater in Gadsden. Ronnie Watkins, former University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings and Fred Sington, Jr. (pictured, from left) gather for a photo after Watkins and Sington were honored at the annual Boy Scouts of America American Values Luncheon on Tuesday (Apr. 15) at the Pitman Theater in Gadsden.

Boy Scouts honor pair of local supporters

By Mike Goodson/Staff Correspondent

The Lookout Mountain Division of the Boy Scouts of America held its annual Etowah County American Values Luncheon on Tuesday (April 15) at Gadsden’s Pitman Theatre.

Honorees at this year’s luncheon were former Gadsden businessman Fred Sington, Jr. and local businessman Ronnie Watkins. Both men were recognized for their contributions to scouting and to the community. 

Former University of

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Ain’t it nifty? Shakespeare’s 450 and the party is set for April 24, 25 at the Pitman

Get culture at a quick-step on April 24 and 25 as CharACTers and Downtown Gadsden Inc. celebrate the birthday of the Bard by staging The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

The performance will feature all 37 plays in 97 minutes, directed by Cody Carlton, starring Jason Bozeman, Brian Boozer and Jason St. John. It is described as “an irreverent, fast-paced

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Past and present members of the Etowah County Board of Education, Sardis area educators and city officials and members of the local legislative delegation participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Sardis Middle School, currently under construction on Sardis Road near Sardis High School.Past and present members of the Etowah County Board of Education, Sardis area educators and city officials and members of the local legislative delegation participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Sardis Middle School, currently under construction on Sardis Road near Sardis High School.

Under construction: a middle school to serve Sardis

By Donna Thornton/News Editor

If weather cooperates, sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the Sardis school district could find themselves in a new school by Christmas - a long-needed middle school currently under construction just past the Sardis City Fire Station on Sardis Road.

Groundbreaking for the construction project was on April 13, although work has already begun on the structure.

Currently, the

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YMCA’s free Healthy Kids Day event will be April 26

On April 26, the YMCA of the Coosa Valley is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, poolside fun, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine

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The Master Gardeners annual plant sale is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday (April 18) and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 19) at the Master Gardeners site behind the Etowah County Board of Education offices at 3200 West Meighan Boulevard.The Master Gardeners annual plant sale is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday (April 18) and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 19) at the Master Gardeners site behind the Etowah County Board of Education offices at 3200 West Meighan Boulevard.

Master Gardeners plant sale is Friday, Saturday

By Donna Thornton/News Editor

This year’s Master Gardener’s annual plant sale required extra work, thanks to an unseasonable cold snap just days before the sale.

After days spent moving plants out of the green houses to “hardy” them for planting, predictions that temperatures would dip below freezing meant Betty Hall and other Master Gardeners had to move many of those plants back

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Fairy Gardens: Quirky fun on a small scale

By Liz Wood

If you’ve been on Pinterest or read a gardening magazine in the last few years, chances are you’ve heard about fairy gardens: tiny, whimsical landscapes complete with miniature ponds, pathways, ladders, furniture, even houses. The creative possibilities are limitless, and the results are just too cute.

But how did this quirky gardening sensation come to be? So far as

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Start a new chapter in your life at Regency Pointe

The best things in life are free. 

Just ask Bill and Judy Fulford, whose move to Regency Pointe provided them a worry-free lifestyle that allowed them to spend more time with the important people in their lives - each other. 

Seven years ago, Bill and Judy decided to sell their large, historic home and moved into a two-bedroom apartment home at Regency

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Cherry Creek Village in Attalla stands apart

Cherry Creek Village is a senior independent living community unlike any that you’ve ever visited.

Our attractive community is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in a tranquil neighborhood between Attalla and Gadsden.

Within a few blocks from Cherry Creek Village, you can enjoy the convenience of shopping at the various boutiques and antique stores of Historic Downtown Attalla. Or

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Pack’s Nursery and Garden Center is located at 1743 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden.Pack’s Nursery and Garden Center is located at 1743 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden.

Pack’s Nursery and Garden Center is ready for spring planting

By Donna Thornton/News Editor

The folks at Pack’s Nursery and Garden Center are as ready as anyone for this winter weather to end.

The staff had the added task of covering and bringing in spring plants in preparation for a mid-April freeze - at a time when they’d much rather be preparing customers to be putting those plants and flowers in the

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Seasonal maintenance can mean big savings for homeowners

Courtesy of StatePoint Media

If you’re not careful, basic and seasonal home maintenance can cost you a pretty penny and a lot of time. Take steps to simplify these tasks.  

Clean and Organize

Even if you use a professional cleaning service, you’ll still need some in-between maintenance:

 • Divide clutter into three groups: junk, charity and undecided. Toss the first, give away

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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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Aubrey NewmanAubrey Newman

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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