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______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by John William Boman, and wife Kathy Boman, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for SouthTrust Mortgage Corporation, on the 24th day of May, 2004, said mortgage recorded in the Office
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It’s not about right wing and left wing; it’s about right and wrong

It would be easy to think nothing good has happened lately in the world of Alabama politics, and that Montgomery is so mired in corruption and bickering that nothing ever gets done. After all, the legislative session that just ended began with one governor and ended with a different one; tensions over legislative redistricting and
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - May 26, 2017

Crack Green Beans, Jane’s Baked Beans and Mary’s Hamburger Soup After sharing with all of you some of my two grandmother’s recipes, I hope you will do the same for your children and grandchildren. As much as my mother and I were in the kitchen together, I still find myself wanting to ask her advice concerning different
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Noccalula Falls celebrates World Turtle Day

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, May 23, Noccalula Falls Park celebrated World Turtle Day at its petting zoo. This is the second year Noccalula has hosted the event. Students from local schools visited to take part in the celebration. Children were introduced to Goldie, an African Spurred Tortoise. Donated in 2010, Goldie weighed only
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Singing to the Lord with David

Marching for the Heavenly John dreams the impossible dream: “These are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation
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Donehoo first grade class reads one million words

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor C. A Donehoo Elementary School teacher Jennifer Henslee’s first grade class held a celebration on Friday, May 19. The class celebrated reading over one million words. “I promised them if we met our million word goal they would get a pizza party with cupcakes,” said Henslee. The kids met the goal,
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City addresses school board appointee issue

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On May 9, the Gadsden City Council voted to table a resolution on District 3 Councilman Thomas Worthy’s School Board nominee Zachary Andre’ Huff for 30 days. The decision caused a disagreement among the councilmembers. Huff would replace Lynn Taylor on the Gadsden City School Board. Worthy said that Taylor thought
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Keep Etowah Beautiful holds Awards Breakfast

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Keep Etowah Beautiful, Inc. held its Annual Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, May 23 at the Gadsden Country Club. Ty Jackson presented the Extra Mile Awards. The Extra Mile Awards are given to volunteers that help with the judging of Keep Etowah Beautiful’s Clean Campus, Message in the Bottle or Litter Index
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Job Corps celebrates graduation

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, May 19, the Gadsden Job Corps Center honored more than 60 students during its summer graduation ceremony. The program began with the processional of graduates and the presentation of colors by Job Corps cadets. Business and Community Liaison Manager Harold Carpenter gave the Invocation. Student Representative Jacob Smith gave
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 10 Review Alabama’s rebuilding season ended with two los-ses and a tie against Vanderbilt last weekend. The Commodores dominated the first game, 18-1, and cruised to a 13-1 victory in the nightcap. Alabama led the series finale 3-1 late but Vandy stormed back to tie the game before storms
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Proposed local sports complex receives positive feedback

Pictured above is the master plan for the proposed Etowah County Mega Sports Complex. The Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority held a public input meeting on Wednesday, May 24, at the Gadsden City High School Auditorium, with approximately 120 citizens attending the event. Authority Chairman Ralph Burke indicated that he was pleased with the
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Local gridders scrimmage at West End

By Shannon J. Allen Sand Mountain Reporter Photo: West End’s Matthew Hood (30) catches a touchdown pass in front of Gaston’s Matthew Rich during a spring football scrimmage on May 19 in Walnut Grove. Sardis, Hokes Bluff, Gaston and West End participated in a spring football jamboree on May 19 in Walnut Grove. “I just
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Vines gets room to grow at Etowah

By Shannon Fagan Cherokee County Herald For the past three years, Dexter Vines has learned from one of the state’s best high school basketball and football coaching staffs at Spring Garden. He now hopes to take what he’s learned and establish his own program in Attalla. Vines was hired on May 11 to re-place Ryan
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Classifieds for the week of May 19 - 26, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of May 19 - 26, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Alabama, Etowah County  Default having been made pursuant to the terms of that certain mortgage executed by James Edward Tosh, unmarried man to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Amerigroup Mortgage Corporation a division of Mortgage Investors Corporation its successors and assigns, dated 10/07/11, said mortgage being recorded in Instrument
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The Vagabond - Tales of Gadsden First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church of Gadsden was first a wooden structure built at the northwest corner of Broad and Fifth streets. When erected, the church was said by many members to be “out in the woods and inaccessible.” At that time, the little village of Gadsden was centered around the blocks bounded by First, Fourth,
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Pious Bob - Same Story, Different Idols

St. Paul communicates a warning in having things in life in two ways: “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?” (1 Corinthians
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Local veteran shares Moving Wall experience

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Over the past week, over 70,000 attendees visited the Moving Vietnam Wall in Gadsden. For veterans, it really meant a lot to have the Wall come to town. “It’s humbling,” said local Vietnam veteran Dennis Long. “It’s a humbling experience. Especially if you’ve never got to see it, and I haven’t.
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Etowah County Animal Shelter to hold open house

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah County Animal Shelter, located at 12071 Hwy 278 in East Piedmont, will host an open house event on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the second year the shelter has held the event, but this year the event is much bigger. Free hot dogs
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 9 review The Crimson Tide could not capitalize on the success of sweeping Auburn. Alabama followed up its unlikely sweep of the Tigers with the opposite result against Florida last weekend. The Gators won the series opener, 2-1, and dominated the second game, 13-6. Florida took the series finale,
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Southside loses to Chelsea in 6A girls soccer championship

Southside High’s Kelsey Patterson (3) fights off Chelsea’s Megan Hurley during the Lady Panthers’ 2-0 loss in the Class 6A girls soccer state championship game last Saturday (May 13) in Huntsville. By Chris McCarthy/Editor Southside’s High’s first-ever appearance in a girls’ state soccer final ended on a disappointing note last Saturday (May 13) in Huntsville.
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Lady Warriors fall short in state soccer finals

Westbrook Christian’s May Grace Mayfield (2) protects the ball from a pair of Montgomery Academy players during the Lady Warriors’ 4-0 loss in the Class 1A-3A girls soccer state championship game on May 12 in Huntsville. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor For the second year in a row, the Westbrook Christian girls soccer team came up
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Area softball teams compete in regional tournaments

Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton slides into second safely during the Class 1A North Central Regional Softball Tournament on May 12 in Tuscaloosa. Several local teams participated in the AHSAA regional softball playoffs on May 11 and 12. In the North Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa, Class 1A Coosa Christian lost to Addison, 2-1, before beating
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Lady Panthers pound Pell City in state soccer semifinals

Southside High’s Destini Johnson brings the ball across midfield during the Lady Panthers’ 8-0 victory over Pell City in the Class 6A girls state soccer semifinals on May 12 in Huntsville. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Kelsey Patterson scored four goals to help the Southside Lady Panthers dismantle the Pell City Lady Panthers, 8-0, in the
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Humane Society to hold Crawfish Boil fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will host its 5th annual Crawfish Boil and Fly-In on Saturday, May 13 at the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport in Gadsden from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The money raised will go to support the Humane Society. “The gates open at 11
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Gadsden Rotary Club celebrates 100 years

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On May 11, 1917, the Gadsden Daily Times-News announced “Rotary Club Formed in Gadsden.” One hundred years later, the Gadsden Rotary Club is still serving the community. The club’s motto is “Service Above Self.” On Thursday, May 11, the club held a luncheon to celebrate the landmark anniversary. Rotary Club
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Anniston native shares the importance of volunteering

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent KeShawn Long is a 41-year-old from Anniston. He got involved with the Red Cross as a student at Jacksonville State University, and before long he had become the first name on anyone’s mind when asked, “Who embodies the spirit of volunteering?” Long first got involved with his local chapter
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Classifieds for the week of May 12 – 19, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of May 12 – 19, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Brent Skaggs and Brandi Skaggs, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for SouthPoint Bank, an Alabama State Chartered Bank, on the 28th day of April, 2016, said
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The Messenger Community Calendar

May The Etowah County Commission is requesting proposals for the implementation of Energy Efficiency Improvements within a countywide Energy Conservation Program. The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP/Q) is to solicit qualification proposals from Interested Parties that describe their capabilities to identify, design, install, maintain, monitor and arrange financing of a large-scale, comprehensive energy-conservation
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama and Auburn Week 7 Review Alabama’s best weekend of the year and Auburn’s worst weekend of the year just so happened to coincide when the two rivals met in Auburn last weekend for a best-of-three series. The Crimson Tide swept the Tigers, including a pair of one-run wins on Saturday. Chandler Taylor led Alabama’s
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Area athletes medal at state track and field meets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Nine area high school athletes took home individual medals from last week’s AHSAA state track and field meets, with Hokes Bluff senior Tylynn Register coming away with the biggest haul of hardware. At the Class 4A-5A-6A-7A meets in Gulf Shores, Register won the 4A gold in the triple jump (36-04.25), the
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Westbrook wins section, sub state golf tournaments

The Westbrook Christian girls and boys golf teams won their sub state playoffs on Monday (May 8) at the Gadsden Country Club. Both teams will compete in the state tournament next week at Grand National in Auburn. The Lady Warriors were tops in 1A-3A, while the Warriors captured the 1A-2A title. Hope Cone shot a
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Southside girls advance to state soccer semifinals

Southside High advanced to the Class 6A state soccer semifinals with a 3-1 win over Decatur last Saturday (May 6) in Decatur. For Southside, Kelsey Patterson had a goal and an assist, while Destini Johnson and Savanna Knighten both scored one goal. The Lady Panthers (15-5-1) will play Pell City this Friday (May 12) at
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Lady Warriors shut out Mars Hill in soccer quarterfinals

Alexis Beard scored three goals to lead Westbrook Christian to a 6-0 win over Mars Hill Bible in the Class 1A-3A state soccer quarterfinals last Saturday (May 6) in Florence. The Lady Warriors (18-6) will play Altamont on Thursday (May 11) at 11:30 a.m. in the semifinal round at the John Hunt Soccer Complex in
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Lady Conquerors edge Appalachian in area tournament championship

Coosa Christian defeated Appalachian, 7-6, in the championship game of the Class 1A, Area 12 Tournament on May 3 at AHS. The Lady Conquerors (12-11) qualified for the Class 1A North Central Regional Tournament this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Coosa will face Addison on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Coosa opened the area tournament with a 16-2
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Sardis wins area softball title

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High varsity softball team (27-14) defeated North Jackson, 7-4, in the championship game of the Class 4A, Area 13 softball tournament on May 3 in Sardis City. It was the program’s third consecutive area tournament title. The Lady Lions will compete in the North Regional Tournament starting Thursday
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Southside, Hokes Bluff, West End finish second at area softball tournaments

Southside lost to Oxford, 9-2, in the Class 6A, Area 13 Tournament championship game on May 4 at OHS. The Lady Panthers (28-16) qualified for the Class 6A North Regional Tournament this weekend in Huntsville. Southside plays Cullman on Thursday (May 11) at 1:30 p.m. Hokes Bluff fell to White Plains, 9-0, in the Class
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Blue Devils fall to Russellville in 5A third round

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily Etowah was limited to one run and six hits over two games as the Blue Devils were swept by defending state champion Russellville, 3-0 and 5-1, in the Class 5A baseball state quarterfinals last Saturday (May 6). In game 1, the Golden Tigers (34-9) scored four runs in the top of
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Hokes Bluff swept by Haleyville in state baseball quarterfinals

Courtesy of Florence Tines-Daily The Hokes Bluff High School baseball team’s season came to an end last Saturday (May 6), as the top-ranked Eagles (23-7) suffered a sweep at the hands of Haleyville in the Class 4A state quarterfinals. Hokes Bluff lost the opener by a score of 2-1 and fell 15-1 in five innings
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Moving Wall arrives in Gadsden next week

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Thursday, May 11 “The Moving Wall” will arrive in Gadsden. It will be on display outside Gadsden Convention Hall until May 15. You can visit the wall from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., but it will be guarded 24 hours a day. Veterans that are sensitive to crowds and
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Glencoe to host 15th annual Celebration in the Park

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Glencoe will host its 15th annual “Celebration in the Park” on Saturday, May 13from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Glencoe City Park on Lay Avenue. The Celebration in the Park started as a way to give back to its citizens. The city decided to also use the opportunity to
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Gadsden Museum of Art opens ArtPlay classroom

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Museum of Art held an opening for its new ArtPlay classroom on Tuesday, May 2. The new classroom was dedicated a year ago, but had not been finished. Now the room is decorated with interactive exhibits showcasing the styles and works of famous artists. The decorating was done
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Classifieds for the week of May 5 - 12, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of May 5 - 12, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on September 10, 2004 by Deanna Rice and husband, Anthony Rice, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Molton, Allen, & Williams Mortgage Co. LLC, and recorded in Instrument # at
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Local athletes headed to state track & field meets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A number of area athletes qualified for the AHSAA state track & field meets this week in Gulf Shores (Class 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A) and Cullman (Class 1A, 2A and 3A). The top five sectional meet qualifiers made the state meet, with several sixth-place finishers being possible wild cards. Hokes
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Hokes Bluff sweeps Sardis, move to 4A quarterfinals

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Hokes Bluff High baseball team solidified its standing as the state’s top-ranked team last Friday (Apr. 28), as the Eagles qualified for the Class 4A quarterfinals with a 5-3, 8-2 sweep over Etowah County neighbor Sardis in Sardis City. Hokes Bluff (23-5) travels to Haleyville this Friday (May 5) for
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Blue Devils sweep Lee-Huntsville in 5A second round

Courtesy of al.com Etowah swept Lee-Huntsville, 2-1 and 7-3, in the second round of the Class 5A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 28) in Huntsville. All the scoring in game 1 came in the first inning. Eli Dunn led off the inning with a solo home run, and Noah Parrish later scored on an
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Westbrook comes up short at Fayetteville

By LaVonte Young/Talladega Daily Home Fayetteville High’s baseball team used a strong performance to win the third and decisive game in a Class 2A second round state baseball playoff series against visiting Westbrook Christian, 6-1, on Saturday (Apr. 29). On Friday (Apr. 28), the Warriors won Game 1 by a score of 3-2, then fell
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Panthers fall to Hartselle in 6A second round

Courtesy of the Hartselle Enquirer The Southside High baseball team’s season came to an abrupt end in Hartselle last Friday (Apr. 28). The Panthers were swept, 5-1 and 16-0 (in five innings) in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs to end their season at 22-12. Southside’s lone run came in Game 1
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Southern Rock Cares to host poker run, concert

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Southern Rock Cares Cancer Charity will host a fundraising event on Saturday, April 29 at Convention Hall in Gadsden. The event will feature music, a shrimp boil, a poker run and auctions. The event will begin at 12 p.m. and last until 12 a.m. All of the money raised goes
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GCHS hosts Etowah County Special Olympics

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, April 21, Gadsden City High School hosted the Etowah County Special Olympics. At 9 a.m., players took to the field for the opening ceremony. To fit the “There is a Superhero in All of Us” theme, students wore superhero themed clothing and carried superhero themed signs. The Etowah
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Classifieds for the week of April 28 – May 5, 2017

HELP WANTED The Messenger newspaper is seeking a full-time sales representative. The position includes a base salary plus commission. To schedule an interview, call 256-547-1049. SERVICES A PLACE for Mom. The nation’s largest senior living referral service. Contact our trusted, local experts today! Our service is free/no obligation. Call 1-800-824-2520. DONATE YOUR car to charity.
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Legal notices for the week of April 28 – May 5, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by James N. George and Belinda C. George, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as a nominee for HomeQuest Capital Funding, on the 11th day of October, 2004,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 6 Review The Tigers won a pivotal home series against West Division foe Arkansas last weekend. Auburn dominated the first game, 15-2, behind three hits and four RBI from third baseman Josh Anthony. The Razorbacks won the second game, 7-3, and Auburn won the series finale, 11-6, due to
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Southside ranked in final ASWA softball poll

Released April 27 Class 7A 1. Sparkman 2. Spain Park 3. Buckhorn 4. Fairhope 5. Baker 6. Vestavia Hills 7. Thompson 8. James Clemens 9. Huntsville 10. Tuscaloosa County Class 6A 1. Daphne 2. Oxford 3. Gardendale 4. Helena 5. Saraland 6. Hazel Green 7. Chelsea 8. Austin 9. Southside 10. Northview Class 5A 1.
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Westbrook handles Fyffe, moves to second round

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A 1-8 start to the season is officially in the rearview mirror for the Westbrook Christian baseball team. Following a 10-0, 0-1 split in the best-of-three first round series against Fyffe last Friday (Apr. 21), the Warriors (18-15) used a solid pitching effort from Cullen Stafford and potent offense to post
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Blue Devils sweep Cleburne County, Lee-Huntsville up next

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Etowah High made short work of Cleburne County on Friday (Apr. 21). The No. 4 Blue Devils (27-6) advanced to the second round of the Class 5A state baseball playoffs following a 5-0, 10-1 series sweep in Attalla. Etowah visits Lee-Huntsville on Friday (Apr. 28) for a best-of-three second-round series. Both
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Eagles sweep Priceville, face Sardis in second round

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The top-ranked Hokes Bluff Eagles advanced to the second round two of the AHSAA Class 4A state baseball playoffs with a two-game sweep of visiting Priceville on Friday (Apr. 21). The Eagles (21-12) will travel to Etowah County neighbor Sardis for a best-of-three series this Friday (Apr. 28). Against Priceville, Hokes
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Panthers dispatch Shades Valley in first round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Dominant pitching and prolific offense propelled the Southside High Panthers to a sweep over the Shades Valley Mounties in the first round of the Class 6A state baseball playoffs on Friday (April 21) at SHS. Southside travels to Hartselle in the second round of the playoffs on Friday, April 28. Starting
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Conquerors fall to Cherokee in first round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian’s quest to advance to the second round of the Class 1A state baseball playoffs was stymied last Saturday (Apr. 22) by the Cherokee Indians in a 5-4 loss in the final game of the best-of-three series in Gadsden. After being shut down for the majority of the game by
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Students take over city government for a day

By Sarrah Peters News Editor More than a dozen Gadsden City High School students participated in the Coosa Valley YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day on Tuesday, April 18. The YMCA of Coosa Valley’s Youth in Government program “gives youth the opportunity to learn firsthand about government and civic issues by taking an active
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United Way of Etowah County hosts its Annual Meeting

By Sarrah Peters News Editor United Way of Etowah County held its Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 12 at the Pitman Theatre in downtown Gadsden. Shane Ellison, United Way Board of Directors President, welcomed everyone to the event. Gary Hodges of Trinity Boadcast Network gave the invocation. United Way Executive Director Joanne Hightower presented examples of
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Classifieds for the week of April 21 - 28, 2017

HELP WANTED The Messenger newspaper is seeking a full-time sales representative. The position includes a base salary plus commission. To schedule an interview, call 256-547-1049. SERVICES A PLACE for Mom. The nation’s largest senior living referral service. Contact our trusted, local experts today! Our service is free/no obligation. Call 1-800-824-2520. DONATE YOUR car to charity.
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Legal notices for the week of April 21 - 28, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness described in and secured by that certain mortgage executed by Jason Oden, a single man to Matrix Financial Services Corporation dated March 29, 2002, and Recorded in DOC # M 2002-1612 of the records in the Office of the Judge of Probate,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers took two of three games on the road against Tennessee last weekend. Auburn won the first game, 3-2, behind a dominant performance from ace pitcher Casey Mize, who gave up three hits and struck out seven while allowing no earned runs in six innings. The
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Local teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. Buckhorn 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Sparkman 7. Enterprise 8. Theodore 9. Grissom 10. Auburn Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Helena 3. Decatur 4. Spanish Fort 5. Oxford 6. Hueytown 7. Hillcrest-Tusc. 8. Hartselle 9. Southside 10. Saraland Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian 2. Faith Academy
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Titans’ Isom signs football scholarship

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The total number of Gadsden City High seniors who will play football at the next level recently rose to 10. GCHS senior Jer’Michael Isom signed with Lake Erie (Ohio) College on Wednesday (Apr. 19) at the school library. A three-year starter at cornerback, Isom last season finished with 44 tackles, three
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Westbrook’s Jones signs with Wallace-Hanceville

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Will Jones soon will depart Rainbow City for the junior college experience. On Tuesday (Apr. 18) the Westbrook Christian senior signed a basketball scholarship with Wallace State-Hanceville. In his two years as a starting guard, Jones helped the Warriors post a 56-11 record with a pair of area titles and consecutive
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Blue Devils blank Westbrook, 3-0

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor In the regular season finale for two playoff-bound teams, Etowah posted a 3-0 shutout over Westbrook Christian on Monday (Apr. 17) in Rainbow City. Nathan Colegrove was the man of the hour for the Class 5A No. 4 Blue Devils (24-6), earning the win on the mound while providing the eventual
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Donny Pruitt resigns as Westbrook basketball coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After two years on Westminster Drive in Rainbow City, Donny Pruitt recently decided to shelve his whistle and playbook for good. Pruitt tendered his resignation as Westbrook Christian boys basketball coach early last week to WCS principal Cindy Greer and assistant principal/athletic director Matt Kennedy. In his two seasons at Westbrook,
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Panther student-athletes sign college scholarships

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Hard work in the athletic arena and in the classroom recently paid off for several Southside High seniors. Megan Hendrick, Ashton Downey, Becca Feazell, Kelsey Patterson, Hunter Nails, Jordan Kilgo and Austin Winningham signed college scholarships on Apr. 12 at the SHS auditorium. Downey will play tennis at Snead State. “I’ve
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Rainbow City breaks ground on new shelter

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Early this year, Rainbow City official s faced a dilemna with its animal control services. The services had been contracted to a local veterinarian, but the contract was about to end. The city found that there would be a hefty price increase if they continued to use those services. Officials
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Bentley resigns, Ivey sworn in

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In late March of last year, recordings surfaced of Governor Robert Bentley talking in a sexual manner to his top political advisor Rebekah Mason on the telephone. Soon after, allegations surfaced of Bentley illegally using campaign funds and his office to cover up an affair, though Bentley repeatedly denied having
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Gadsden recognizes child abuse awareness month

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the April 11 Gadsden City Council meeting, officials honored the James M. Barrie Center for Children for helping children who are abused for Child Abuse Awareness Month. Shane Ellison presented the James M. Barrie Center with a proclamation. “And whereas, the James M. Barrie Center for Children plays a
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Classifieds for the week of April 14 - 21, 2017

SERVICES A PLACE for Mom. The nation’s largest senior living referral service. Contact our trusted, local experts today! Our service is free/no obligation. Call 1-800-824-2520. DONATE YOUR car to charity. Receive maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All conditions accepted. Free pickup. Call for details. 1-844-810-1257. NFL SUNDAY Ticket free
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Legal notices for the week of April 14 - 21, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Michael B. Mashburn Husband And Kristi H. Mashburn Wife to Household Finance Corporation of Alabama dated March 25, 2008; said mortgage being recorded as Instrument No. 3291070 in the Office of the Judge
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review The Tigers lost their first series of the season on the road at Texas A&M last weekend. Auburn took the first game of the series, 2-1, but dropped the second game, 6-3, and the rubber match, 3-1. Despite the series loss, Auburn (24-10, 8-4) is still tied
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball poll

Released April 13 Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Oak Mountain 4. Hoover 5. Buckhorn 6. Sparkman 7. Grissom 8. Enterprise 9. Theodore 10. Spain Park Class 6A 1. Helena 2. Cullman 3. Decatur 4. Spanish Fort 5.Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Oxford 7. Hueytown 8. Chelsea 9. Southside 10. Hartselle Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian
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Westbrook golfers sweep the field at Gadsden Area Tournament

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian took first place in both the girls and boys’ division at the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament at Twin Bridges on Monday (Apr. 10) and Silver Lakes on Tuesday (Apr. 11). Led by Hope Cone’s low-medalist score of 150, the Lady Warriors shot 483 overall to claim the girls title.
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Conquerors clinch second straight area title

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian made short work of Appalachian this past week, and in the process clinched its second straight Class 1A, Area 11 title. On Monday (Apr. 10), the No. 5 Conquerors (21-4) posted an 11-1 win in Gadsden in five innings. On Tuesday (Apr. 11), Coosa produced a 15-1 victory at
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Lady Panthers rally past Sardis for county softball title

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With four straight Etowah County Schools Softball Tournament titles under its belt, Southside High did not hit the panic button when it found itself trailing 5-0 after one and a half innings against Sardis last Saturday (Apr. 8). “I basically told them to put things in perspective and not to make
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Sardis topples Hokes Bluff in county softball tournament semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lady Lions advanced to the championship game of the Etowah County girls softball tournament by virtue of a 12-2 semifinal win over Hokes Bluff last Saturday (Apr. 8) at Glencoe. Sardis banged out 15 hits in the victory, while the Lady Eagles managed only three. Hokes Bluff opened the
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Etowah runners shine at Albertville track and field meet

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Etowah High boys track and field team won four events and finished second in five at a meet at Albertville High School on April 7. The Blue Devils finished in third place overall, while the Sardis boys and girls came in fifth and sixth, respectively. The Lions had one first-place
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ALDOT to resume work on I-759 extension

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In April of 2015, Governor Robert Bentley visited Gadsden to speak to the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber. During this trip, Bentley was invited by State Representative Craig Ford to drive along Interstate 759. Now, two years later, that has paid off. On Monday, April 3, Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton and Ford held
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Teachers and students honored at Gadsden City Board of Education meeting

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the April 4 Gadsden City Board of Education meeting, the board recognized the city school’s Teachers of the Year. Students from each school were also recognized for his or her achievements during the meeting. The 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year are Cheryl Fincher of Oscar Adams Elementary; Joy Downey
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Classifieds for the week of April 7 - 14, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of April 7 - 14, 2017 and Delinquent Tax Notifications

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Mortgage executed by James Michael Dillard and Lynda K. Dillard, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”), (solely as nominee for Lender, First Federal Bank, and Lender’s successors and assigns), dated the 15th day of October,
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Men’s Tournament review South Carolina’s appearance in the Final Four was the biggest surprise of the NCAA Tournament, and the Gamecocks proved that they belong against No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the first national semifinal. South Carolina trailed by double digits in the second half but battled back and took
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released April 6 Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Buckhorn 4. Hoover 5. Oak Mountain 6. Theodore 7. Sparkman 8. Grissom 9. Auburn 10. Enterprise Class 6A 1. Helena 2. Cullman 3. Decatur 4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 5. Spanish Fort 6. Chelsea 7. Oxford 8. Saraland 9. Hartselle 10. Hueytown Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian
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Titans tap Bart Sessions as new football coach

Photo courtesy of al.com By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High will have its third football coach in school history on the Titan Stadium sideline this fall. At a meeting last Tuesday (Apr. 4), the Gadsden City Board of Education approved the hiring of Bart Sessions as GCHS head coach. Sessions, whose overall record as
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Gadsden City’s Haley Troup named Class 7A Player of the Year

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Haley Troup closed out her high school basketball career with a flourish on Tuesday (Apr. 4) in Montgomery. The Gadsden City High School senior was named Class 7A Player of the Year at the Alabama Sports Writers Asssociation’s Mr./Miss Basketball awards banquet presented by Alfa Insurance. It was the second year
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Mayor Guyton, Rep. Craig Ford announce ALDOT to resume efforts to extend I-759

Mayor Sherman Guyton and Rep. Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) today announced that the Alabama Department of Transportation has agreed to resume work on the extension of Interstate 759 in Gadsden. The decision resulted from discussions with Gov. Robert Bentley and his staff during the past two years, Guyton and Ford said. ALDOT has previously conducted engineering
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Southside shuts down Sardis in county tournament title game

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Crimson Panthers are once again Etowah County Schools Tournament baseball champions by virtue of a 7-0 victory over the Sardis Lions on Saturday (Apr. 1) at Glencoe. Sophomore Jarren Wright pitched six strong innings for Southside and the Panthers (14-7) scored four runs in the top of the
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Sardis batters Bulldogs in county baseball semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis High Lions exploded for 13 hits on their way to an 11-3 win over Gaston in Etowah County Schools Baseball Tournament semifinals on Saturday (Apr. 1) at Glencoe. The Lions (14-9) had two batters hit by pitches and were the recipients of nine walks. “We did leave a lot
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Smoke on the Falls returns to Noccalula

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The annual Smoke on the Falls barbecue competition returns to Noccalula Falls on April 7 and 8 for the eighth year. The competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, allows professional divisions to competitively cook pork butt, pork ribs, chicken and beef brisket on Saturday, while the backyard divisions
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Fish Fry fundraiser to benefit The Love Center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Capeside Fish Company is holding a Fish Fry on April 9 to benefit a local shelter, The Love Center. The Love Center was founded in 1982 when Charlsie Tarrance was inspired to provide shelter to “God’s most forgotten people.” Tarrance noticed the problem of homelessness in Etowah County and created
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Classifieds for the week of March 31 – April 7, 2017

SERVICES A PLACE for Mom. The nation’s largest senior living referral service. Contact our trusted, local experts today! Our service is free/no obligation. Call 1-800-824-2520. DONATE YOUR car to charity. Receive maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All conditions accepted. Free pickup. Call for details. 1-844-810-1257. NFL SUNDAY Ticket free
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Legal Notices for the week of March 31 – April 7, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Stanley Hawkins, a married man joined by his wife Deborah Hawkins, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for Homecomings Financial Network, Inc., on April 21, 2004, said mortgage being recorded in the
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