Legals for the week of 9/21 - 9/27

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain real estate mortgage executed by William Allen Ragan and Lisa Ragan, husband and wife, to The Exchange Bank of Alabama on the 18th day of August, 2008, recorded as Instrument Number 3299865, in the Office of the
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Cothran’s named Sweetest Bakery in Alabama

(Photo by Sarrah Peters/Messenger: Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton presents Cothran’s Bakery owner Chris Cothran with a proclamation in honor of the bakery’s designation as the Sweetest Bakery in Alabama in a national contest held by Dawn Food Products, Inc.) By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, September 14, Cothran’s Bakery celebrated National Bakery Day with some
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GRMC doctor celebrates 50 years of service

(Photo by Sarrah Peters/Messenger: The Newman family poses for a photo at the reception honoring Dr. Lucian Newman, Jr.’s 50 years of service at Gadsden Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Dr. Newman, Jr. (second from right) is pictured with his wife Jane and their three children, Dr. Lucian Newman, III, Dr. Charlie Newman and
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XTERRA race series to start at Noccalula Falls Park

(Submitted Photo: A local youth competes in the last year’s XTERRA Parks of Alabama Trail Run Series race at Noccalula Falls Park.) By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Black Squirrel Events is set to host the 2018-2019 XTERRA Parks of Alabama Trail Run Series kickoff race on Sept. 29 at Noccalula Falls Park and Campground in Gadsden.
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Local VFW to honor Vietnam veterans 50 years after war

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Wilson-Parris Post 8600 located at 817 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden will host a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday, September 22 from 2-6 p.m. The VFW post has partnered with the national United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration organization to host events in
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Why aren’t we paying our Alabama educators what they’re worth?

By Craig Ford Alabama State Superintendent Eric Mackey said last week that Alabama’s public school teachers are “overwhelmingly well-qualified.” His assessment came after the State Department of Education issued its latest report cards on the college and university programs that prepare our teachers. Our public school teachers do a great job; there’s no doubt about
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People of Etowah: Leslie Harp

Name: Leslie Harp Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Atlanta and raised in Leeds.” What is your occupation? “I’m the Marketing Director and Nurse Recruiter for Gadsden Regional Medical Center.” What made you decide to work in your field? “Working in healthcare marketing was not something I planned or even knew
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The Vagabond: Few know about three tribes in Etowah County

By Danny Crownover Many folks over the years have asked The Vagabond about what Indian tribes lived in å County. The most commonly known tribes are the Cherokees and Creeks. Yet few people realize that there was a third tribe, the Chickasaws. The Cherokee tribe was located in northern Etowah County. The Creeks were located
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Southern Cooking: Chocolate Cobbler and Banana Cobbler

By Andy Bedwell This week is Andy’s homemade cobbler week! My mother could make the best cobbler, and I think it was because her homemade pie crust was so thin and crispy. She would always say, “You can even make a good cobbler with a store-bought pie crust, plenty of liquid and good fruit, and
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Turning defeat into victory

By Toni Ford I believe it is safe to say that we have all experienced both defeat and victory at some point in our lives. If that is true, then how do we keep from staying in an attitude of defeat and how do we turn our mistakes into a victory? Henry Ford once defined
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Pious Bob - Worthy of Praise

By Robert Halsey Pine “Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.” (Psalm 147 NRSV). We expect a lot from God. He watches over us, He heals our broken hearts and His power and understanding is awesome. This psalm
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In & around SEC football - Week 3 review, Week 4 previews and predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review After Ole Miss scored on its first play from scrimmage, it appeared Alabama would be in for a shootout against the Rebels. However, the Crimson Tide scored the next 62 points and did not allow another point. The Alabama offense was unstoppable, regardless of whether Tua Tagovailoa
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah remain at No. 2 in Sept. 19 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 4-0 339 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3-1 276 3. Thompson 3-1 218 4. Auburn 4-0 214 5. Hoover 2-2 195 6. McGill-Toolen 3-1 162 7. Mountain Brook 4-0 111 8. Vestavia Hills 3-0 80 9. Lee-Montgomery 3-1 53 10. Austin 3-1 28 Others receiving votes: Sparkman (3-0) 15, Theodore
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Local players featured in Week 3 Prep Spotlight

Photo by Travis Greene Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2018 season. Etowah junior DeRickey Wright (pictured above at left) accounted for 26 points and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 36-0 win over Sardis. Wright returned an interception 32 yards
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Gadsden remembers 9-11 with memorial

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, September 11, about 100 people gathered on the corner of 4th and Broad streets, where a small memorial park honors those lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Every year on the anniversary, the Gadsden Beautification Board hosts a memorial to remember what happened and the people that were
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GMA exhibit exposes life in North Korea

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, September 7, the Gadsden Museum of Art opened a new exhibit titled “Korean Dreams” by photographer Nathalie Daoust. The exhibit will be open until October 29. “Korean Dreams” uses photos to capture life in North Korea. Because foreigners are closely monitored and only allowed to take photos in approved
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Colley Homes holds open house for new renovations

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent On Thursday, September 6, the Greater Gadsden Housing Authority held an open house for newly renovated units at Colley Homes in Gadsden. The renovated units, which were built in 1951 and previously renovated in the 1980s, are part of the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) affordable public housing program. Greg
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Cornbread Skillet Casserole and White Shoe Peg Corn Salad This week, I am going to feature some of my family’s favorite dishes and some of these are not in my cookbook. My son, Mac, comes home from Birmingham every Saturday and I always cook something that I know he enjoys eating. He specifically asked me to make this
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Pious Bob - Finding Your Role

“Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’” (Acts 21:1-14 NRSV). As a Warrior for God, Paul makes General Patton look like a sissy. Paul has his critics both
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s faithfulness to His children

I love the book of Deuteronomy. If you ever need reassurance of who God is in your life, read this book! In the first chapter alone, we see so many characteristics of God’s faithfulness to care and protect His children. Deuteronomy 1: 29-33 (NIV) says, “But I said to you, ‘Don’t be shocked or afraid
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Titans’ winless streak at four games after loss to Austin

Photo: Gadsden City’s Calvin Wilson (23) pursues Austin’s Javon Jackson during the Titans’ 31-10 loss on Sept. 14 at GCHS. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City fell to 0-4, 0-2 on the season following a 31-10 loss to Austin High last Friday (Sept. 14) at GCHS. Although the Titans out-gained the Black Bears
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Second-ranked Hokes Bluff thumps Oneonta

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons (7) runs into Oneonta’s Andrew McAlpine during the Eagles’ 49-7 victory in high school football on Sept. 14. (Alex Chaney) Darrian Meads rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries in No. 2 Hokes Bluff’s 49-7 victory over Oneonta in Class 4A, Region 6 action on Sept. 14
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Westbrook shoots past West End, 62-35

Photo: West End’s Eli Pearce catches pass in front of Westbrook Christian’s Jai’Shawn Cattling during the Warriors’ 62-35 victory in high school football on Set. 14 in Walnut Grove. (Sherry Abercrombie) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor In a shootout of O.K Corral proportions, West End and Westbrook Christian combined for 97 points and 1,037 yards on Friday
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Blue Devils have the Wright stuff against Sardis

Photo: Etowah High’s Trent Davis (3) tries to break free from Sardis’ Michael Turner during the Blue Devils’ 36-0 victory last Friday (Sept. 14) in Attalla. (Travis Greene) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Derickey Wright made his presence known early and often as he led Class 5A, No. 2 Etowah to a 36-0 victory over Sardis
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Legals for the week of 7/14 - 7/20

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated August 18, 1983, executed by Phyllis Dianne Owens, an unmarried woman, to United States of America, acting through the Farmers Home Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, which mortgage was recorded on August 18, 1983,
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In & around SEC football - Week 3 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 2 Review Alabama’s offense picked up right where it left off last week as the Crimson Tide torpedoed Arkansas State by a score of 57-7. Tua Tagovailoa was sharp in his se-cond career start in throwing for 228 yards and four touchdowns while completing 13-of-19 passes. Jalen Hurts was
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Sept. 12 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Hoover 2-1 351 2. Central-Phenix City 3-0 268 3. Thompson 2-1 229 4. Auburn 3-0 202 5. Hewitt-Trussville 2-1 168 6. McGill-Toolen 2-1 164 7. Lee-Montgomery 3-0 124 8. Mountain Brook 3-0 87 9. Bob Jones 2-1 41 10. Vestavia Hills 2-0 31 Others receiving votes: Prattville (2-0) 20,
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Local players recognized by AHSAA

  Several area players were recognized in AHSAA prep football spotlight for the week of Sept. 7. Etowah senior receiver Emil Smith returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown and caught touchdowns passes of 3 and 21 yards in the Blue Devils’ 52-7 win over Crossville. West End senior quarterback Jacob Jones (pictured above)
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Gamecocks hang 71 points on Mississippi Valley State

Photo: Jacksonville State’s Zerrick Cooper attempts a pass during the Gamecocks’ 71-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State last Saturday (Sept. 8). at Burgess-Snow Field. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State rebounded from a tough season-opening loss to North Carolina A&T to thrash the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 71-0 on Saturday, Sept. 8
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Top-ranked Tigers dispatch Glencoe

Photo: Glencoe High’s Andrew Massaro (left) runs into Randolph County’s Dante Jordan (10) as Daniel Maye provides blocking during the Yellow Jackets’ 41-0 loss to Randolph County last Friday (Sept. 7). (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Most people say that in order to improve in sports, you must play the best competition possible. If
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Blue Devils stomp Crossville, 52-7

  Emil Smith (pictured above) caught touchdown passes of 3 and 21 yards and ran back a punt 48 yards for another score in the No. 2 Blue Devils’ 52-7 win over Crossville in the Blue Devils’ Class 5A, Region 6 opener last Friday (Sept. 7) at Crossville. In two quarters of action, Brady Troup
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Hokes Bluff dismantles White Plains

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Austin Gulledge (left) fights off a White Plains defender during the Eagles’ 34-8 victory last Friday (Sept. 14). (Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff opened its Class 4A, Region 6 schedule last Friday (Sept. 14) with a 34-8 victory over White Plains. Darrian Meads rushed 16 times for 227 yards and two touchdowns for
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Conquerors, Patriots, Warriors, Bulldogs come up short

Coosa Christian lost to R.A. Hubbard, 40-7, in the Conquerors’ Class 1A, Region opener last Friday (Sept. 7). Coosa’s lone score came on Caiden Lipscomb’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Horne in the third quarter. Lipscomb completed 9 of 31 passes for 114 yards, while Carston Lipscomb had three receptions for 37 yards. Dartavious Britton
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Late touchdown pulls Southside past Sardis

Sardis High’s Trent Presley (left) gets pushed out of bounds by Southside’s Ryan Martin during the Panthers’ 14-10 victory in high school football on Sept. 7 in Sardis City. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside High finished what it started against Sardis last Friday (Sept. 7). The Panthers (1-2, 1-0) scored on their first and last possessions
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Titans come up short in region opener

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City stumbled to a 2 1-9 loss to Sparkman in its Class 7A, Region 4 opener on Friday (Sept. 7) at Titan Stadium. The Titans’ offensive woes from a week ago carried over into the matchup with the Senators, as the Titans only mustered 32 yards of offense and one first down
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Local students kickoff Super Citizen program

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent More than 1,500 elementary school students in Etowah County and Attalla school systems participated in the Next Great Americans Kickoff Bus Tour and Super Citizen Program Kickoff on Friday, August 31. The students participating in the event waved flags and wore patina colored paper crowns with exactly seven spikes, just
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9/11 Memorial Service to be held in Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Next Tuesday is the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that rocked the nation. The Gadsden Beautification Board will host its annual memorial service to remember those lost in the attacks at 5 p.m. at the Memorial Park at the intersection of 4th and Broad streets in downtown
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New superintendent speaks to Gadsden Civitan Club

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Over a dozen people attended the Gadsden Civitan Club’s meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at Gadsden State Community College. After attending to club business, Tony Reddick, Gadsden City School System’s new superintendent addressed the crowd. Reddick used the opportunity to let the club member’s know more about him and what
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People of Etowah - Shelby Windham

Name: Shelby Windham Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Montgomery on Maxwell Air Force Base. As an Air Force brat, I was raised all over the place. We lived in New Jersey, Delaware, Germany, New Mexico and all over Alabama. I settled in Dothan at 14 and I’ve been here in
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Infamous outlaw came through Etowah County

By Danny Crownover – The Vagabond Reuben Houston Burrow was an infamous train robber and outlaw in the southern and southwestern regions of the United States. During the final years of the American frontier, he became one of the most hunted men in the Old West since Jesse James. From 1886 to 1890, Burrow and
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Pious Bob: A Laugh with the Lord at Paul’s Expense

By Robert Halsey Pine “Then all the city was aroused, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut.” (Acts 21:27-36 NRSV). Paul was committed to preach the Gospel in the temples no matter how much he was rejected and no matter how
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Southern Cooking: Crusty Pound Cake, Wet Chocolate Cake and Quick and Easy Sour Cream Pound Cake

Let’s eat some more cake this week! Crusty Pound Cake 2 cups sugar 1 cup Crisco 6 eggs 2 cups cake flour 1/4 cup frozen orange juice 1 tablespoon vanilla Cream sugar and Crisco. Add eggs, beating well after each. Add flour, orange juic and vanilla. Put in a greased and floured tube pan. Place
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Legals for the week of 9/7/2018 to 9/13/2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Heather Ann Ziller, a married woman, and husband, Michael C. Ziller, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, on the 31st day of May, 2016, said
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In & around SEC football - Week 2 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 1 Review Auburn knocked off Washington, 21-16, in a showdown between two top 10 teams last Saturday in Atlanta. The Tigers forced two Washington turnovers and submitted a terrific performance defensively. The Huskies made several trips into the red zone but Auburn allowed only one touchdown on the afternoon.
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Blue Devils, Eagles ranked in Sept. 5 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 2-0 326 2. Hoover 1-1 269 3. Central-Phenix City 2-0 252 4. McGill-Toolen 2-0 224 5. Bob Jones 2-0 169 6. Auburn 2-0 148 7. Hewitt-Trussville 1-1 134 8. Lee-Montgomery 2-0 88 9. Mountain Brook 2-0 37 10. Spain Park 1-1 20 Others receiving votes: Enterprise (2-0) 14,
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Area players recognized in AHSAA prep football spotlight

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Dartavious Britton (center) finished with over 400 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 45-22 win over Appalachian. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) Several local players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 football season. Coosa Christian junior running back Dartavious
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Westbrook scores early and often against Ragland

Photo: Westbrook Christian quarterback Jackson Cox looks (left) for an open receiver as Derek Graham provides blocking during the Warriors’ 28-6 victory over Ragland last Friday (Aug. 31) Rainbow City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Westbrook Christian played as close to a perfect half of football that can be played in a 28-6 victory
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No. 2 Blue Devils shut out Moody

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A, No. 2 Etowah head football coach Drew Noles knew his team might have a letdown after such an emotional season-opening win over Gadsden City on Aug. 23. Luckily for Noles, the Blue Devil defense came ready to play, as Etowah pitched a shutout en route to a 19-0 victory
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Titans can’t get into gear against Oxford

Photo: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods runs past Oxford’s Jonovan Carlisle during the Titans’ 35-6 loss on Friday, Aug. 31. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Missed opportunities and inconsistency on offense doomed Gadsden City in its home opener against Oxford on Friday, Aug. 31. The Titans mustered only 120 total yards on the way to a
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Sardis opens with road win at Sylvania

Courtesy of Fort Payne Times Journal The Sardis High football team kicked off its inaugural Class 5A season by beating Class 3A Sylvania, 27-3, on Friday, Aug. 31, at Sylvania. The Rams, who advanced to the 3A state playoff quarterfinals a year ago, had won two straight games against Sardis. Both teams were scoreless through
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Britton’s huge game propels Conquerors past Appalachian

  Dartavious finished with over 400 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 45-22 win over Appalachian. The junior halfback rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, caught four passes for 104 yards and two TDs and returned a kickoff for 40 yards. Caiden Lipscomb was 16 of 31 in
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Gaston can’t hold off Sand Rock in second half

By Roy Mitchell/for Cherokee County Herald Sand Rock overcame a two-touchdown deficit to defeat Gaston, 21-12, last Friday (Aug. 31) at Sand Rock. Tanner Clanton’s barreling runs, Samuel Alexander’s big plays and second-half offensive line play led the Wildcats (1-0) to the comeback win. Sloppy football plagued both teams in the first half. Gaston (0-1)
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Hokes Bluff makes it two straight over Southside

Photo: Southside’s Kenneth Bothwell (3) follows the blocking of Andrew Dunston (30) as Hokes Bluff’s Houston Edwards (56) and Ashton Gulledge (2) pursue during the Eagles’ 42-13 victory in high school football on Thursday (Aug. 30) at Southside. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent It took Class 4A, No. 3 Hokes Bluff just
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New swing at Hokes Bluff park offers playtime to all

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, August 28, local politicians gathered in Hokes Bluff Park to celebrate the addition of a swing. But this wasn’t just any swing – this swing is specially designed to be wheelchair accessible, allowing local special needs children to play alongside other children. Evan Shields, a nine-year-old student at
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Gadsden election results send two races to runoffs

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, August 28, Gadsden municipal elections were held for Gadsden City Council and the office of mayor. Most city council members retained their seats on the council. In District 1, incumbent Dr. Cynthia Toles received 508 votes, beating out challenger Steven Abel with 402 votes. In District 2, incumbent
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EMA prepares locals for National Preparedness Month with classes

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent September marks FEMA’s National Preparedness Month and the Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency is focusing its efforts on making sure this area is prepared for anything. The month of September will be packed with different programs to make sure that people are prepared. The program will be broken into four
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If Mississippi can pass a lottery, then so can we

By State Rep. Craig Ford Alabama can no longer say, “Thank God for Mississippi.” The Mississippi State Legislature recently passed a state lottery, and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has said he will sign it into law. This means that Alabama will now be one of only six states in the entire country – and the
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People of Etowah - Jessica Brown

Name: Jessica Brown Where were you born and raised? “I’m a hometown girl. I was born in Gadsden, raised in Hokes Bluff and now I live in Whorton’s Bend.” What is your occupation? “I am the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Family Savings Credit Union.” What made you decide to work in your field? “When
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Southern Cooking: Queen Anne’s Lace Cake and Fresh Peach Pound Cake

By Andy Bedwell Let’s eat some cake! When we talk about the sleepovers that we used to have back in the early 1950s, a fond memory that my neighborhood friends still recall concerns my mother and her cooking. My mother made a great four-layer, freshly grated coconut cake with seven-minute frosting and freshly grated coconut
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Prayer of Jabez

By Toni Ford The church I attend just completed a series on prayer, as well as our bi-annual 21 Days of Prayer. During this time, we are all encouraged to readjust our focus on the Lord and let prayer be our first response and not our last resort. Our church provides a simple prayer journal
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How the Phoenix Hotel became a house of disrepute - Part II

By Danny Crownover Last week The Vagabond wrote that back on Feb 16, 1909, Gadsden was to have another hotel at a neat new place on the southeast corner of Chestnut and 5th streets. The new place became known as the Phoenix Hotel and was run by Miss Theo Barry. She was related to the
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Dealing with the Law and Our Sin

By Robert Halsey Pine “What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet”…So the law is
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Local Revolutionary War sergeant had Civil War connections

By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently received an e-mail from Sonny Stowers, a former resident of this area. He wrote: “Hello! I thought I’d send you a picture that was created for me, dealing with some of my Civil War relatives. I think it’s kind of interesting.  I thought you might like a story about
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Legals for the week of 8/31 to 9/6

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Sandra Jackson, an unmarried woman, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as a nominee for Hometown Mortgage Services, Inc., on March 11, 2005, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate
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In & around SEC football - Week 1 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Football Rankings 1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. Auburn 4. Mississippi State 5. Florida 6. South Carolina 7. Texas A&M 8. LSU 9. Missouri 10. Kentucky 11. Arkansas 12. Ole Miss 13. Vanderbilt 14. Tennessee Week 1 Previews and Predictions Game of the Week: Washington vs. Auburn (-2). Both the Huskies and
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in first ASWA football poll

Released August 29 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Hoover 1-0 360 2. Thompson 1-0 274 3. Central-Phenix City 1-0 243 4. McGill-Toolen 1-0 228 5. Bob Jones 1-0 161 6. Auburn 1-0 142 7. Hewitt-Trussville 0-1 129 8. Spain Park 1-0 120 9. Lee-Montgomery 1-0 47 10. James Clemens 0-1 11 Others receiving votes:
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Etowah’s Graham named AHSAA Prep Spotlight Player of the Week

From AHSAA Etowah High School head football coach Drew Noles said that 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior defensive end Jamin Graham is not committed to any college as of yet. Noles added that he never has seen a player more committed to his team and to his grandfather. Graham turned that commitment into two defensive touchdowns in
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Miscues haunt Gamecocks in season-opening loss

Photo: JSU’s Michael Matthews (21) gains yardage as North Carolina A&T’s Deion James (34) and Antoine Walker (9) close in during the Gamecocks’ 20-17 loss last Saturday (Aug. 25) in Montgomery. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Four turnovers and 14 penalties proved to be too much for Jacksonville State last Saturday (Aug. 25) in
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Late TDs pulls Westbrook past Coosa Christian

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Jackson Cox (11) avoids Coosa Christian’s Jackson Tidmore (5) during the Warriors’ 35-6 victory in high school football on Friday, Aug. 24, in Gadsden. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 16-second span to pull away for a 35-6 victory over Coosa Christian on
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Penalties trip up Southside against Lincoln

Photo: Matthew Rich (left), Andrew Dunston and the Southside High football team lost to Lincoln, 19-8, in the Panthers’ season opener Friday, Aug. 24. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Costly penalties and overall lack of experience ultimately doomed Southside High in a 19-8 loss in the Panthers’ season opener at Lincoln on
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Blue Devils hold off Gadsden City

Photo: Gadsden City’s Donnie Ryan (left) pursues Etowah’s Reggie Phillips during the Blue Devils’ 32-23 victory in high school football on Thursday (Aug. 23) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The overflow crowd at James Glover Field certainly got its money’s worth on Thursday. The latest meeting between the Gadsden City and Etowah High
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Patriots drop season opener to Susan Moore

Photo: West End’s Kaleb Arledge catches a pass during the Patriots’ 42-12 loss to Susan Moore in high school football last Thursday (Aug. 23) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Sherry Abercrombie) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter West End entered last Thursday’s football season opener against Susan Moore riding a three-game winning streak in the
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Legals for the week of 8/24 - 8/30

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on November 26, 2007 by Clark V. Stewart and Daphne Martin Stewart, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for First Federal Bank, and recorded in Instrument #
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Gadsden announces new restaurant and more

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Gadsden City Council made several announcements at its weekly meeting on Tuesday, August 21. Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton announced that the city is finalizing lease terms with Buffalo Wild Wings. The new restaurant will be built on four acres of land near Coosa Landing between The Venue, city’s new event
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Chamber holds forum for local political candidates

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Etowah Chamber hosted the Political Candidate Forum for Gadsden Municipal Elections on Thursday, August 16. The Chamber invited each candidate for Gadsden City Council and the Gadsden Mayor’s Office to speak for five minutes. Candidates introduced themselves and spoke about their plans should they be elected. For the Gadsden City
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Rustick Bucket Vintage Market to offer shopping fun

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Rustik Bucket Vintage Market will be held on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.  From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the market will be set up at Ferguson’s Wedding Venue and Courtyard located at 401 5th Avenue Northeast in downtown Attalla. After Vanessa Durham, owner of The Cozy Nest,
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People of Etowah - Chris Robinson

Name: Chris Robinson Where were you born and raised? “I was born at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital in Gadsden, and have lived here my entire life.” What is your occupation?  “I own a small business in Historic Downtown Gadsden on Broad Street called Blackstone Pub and Eatery, which is a gourmet-style pizza kitchen.
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob... Working on the Right Part

By Robert Halsey Pine “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God–not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand
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Southern Cooking: Shrimp Dip, Hawaiian Aloha Dip and Sad Cake

By Andy Bedwell Let’s get ready for some football with some snacks and goodies! Roll Tide and War Eagle! Shrimp Dip 8 ounces cream cheese 1 cup mayonnaise 1 (11-ounce) cream of shrimp soup 1 (4-ounce) can shrimp, drained 1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon lemon juice Combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise in a
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The Vagabond: The Phoenix Hotel in Gadsden became a house of ill repute

By Danny Crownover Back on Feb 16, 1909, it was announced that Gadsden was to have another hotel at a neat new place on the southeast corner of Chestnut and 5th streets. It was to be known as the Phoenix Hotel and operated by Miss Theo Barry. Miss Barry was related to Police Captain W.L.
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In & around SEC football - West Division predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama (12-0, 8-0) over/under 11 Projected wins: Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn Projected losses: None Alabama will be inexperienced in parts of the defense – especially the secondary – but the overall talent on the roster will be able
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Freshman-heavy Lady Cardinals ready for season

Photo: Gadsden State’s Sierra Stone passes the ball as Mikayla Kendrick, Alex Rich, Grace Nolen and Abbie Chambless look on during a recent Gadsden State volleyball team practice. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With 12 freshmen on her 2018 roaster, Gadsden State head volleyball coach Connie Clark expects a good deal of baptism by fire
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Westbrook ace helps Team USA Baseball win U15 World Confederation Cup

Westbrook Christian so-phomore Samuel Dutton of Westbrook Christian and his USA Baseball 15U team won the World Baseball and Softball Confederation U15 World Cup in David, Panama, with a 7-1 victory over Panama last Sunday (Aug. 19). Dutton pitched 8.1 innings total for the tournament without allowing a run. He allowed only four hits while
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Koch Foods expansion to create new local jobs

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, August 14, job seekers attended the Gadsden Job Fair, sponsored by the Gadsden Career Center and Gadsden City Councilman Thomas Worthy, where they met with potential employers. While the Job Fair was underway, the Gadsden City Council announced the upcoming addition of new jobs in the area. The
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Love Center director wins Hometown Hero Award

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, August 15, Modern Woodmen representative Morgan Lavender presented Love Center Director Ruth Adcock with a Hometown Hero Award. “The Hometown Hero Award recognizes people in the community that go above and beyond when they don’t always get noticed in the spotlight,” said Lavender. “But people are noticing, so
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People of Etowah - Deborah Lloyd Gaither

Name: Deborah Lloyd Gaither Where were you born and raised?  “I was born in Aliceville in Pickens County and raised in Talladega in Talladega County.” What is your occupation? “I am proud to say that I am the Emergency Management Director of the Gadsden/Etowah County EMA.” What made you decide to work in your field? 
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BBQ restaurant opens in Attalla

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On August 11, Southern Heritage BBQ had a ribbon cutting for the new restaurant located at 215 Gilbert’s Ferry Road in Attalla. The business’s owners Craig Cantrell and Steve Cole met at work, where they took lunch breaks at the same time. When Cantrell asked Cole about welding him a
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Lemon Blueberry Pie, Strawberry Pie and Coconut-Caramel Pies Let’s cool off this August week with some cool pies! Lemon Blueberry Pie 1 9-inch graham cracker crust or baked pastry shell 3 egg yolks 1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup real lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind drop of yellow food
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Every school should have an SRO officer

By State Rep. Craig Ford Now that school has started back, a lot of attention has been given to the issue of school safety and security. Concerns over school safety and, particularly, the possibility of a mass shooting are nothing new. Though the Columbine massacre that happened nearly 20 years ago was not the first
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City of Gadsden funds school safety measures

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden City School District students returned to class on Monday, August 6, and new superintendent Tony Reddick spent the first two days of class out and about. He visited nine schools on Monday, where he personally welcomed back teachers and students. On Tuesday, he spoke with the Gadsden City Council
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People of Etowah - Kent Back

Name: Kent Back Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Middletown, Ohio. I was raised in Gadsden since I was 2 years old.” What is your occupation? “I am the President of Bowman & Back, Inc., located in downtown Gadsden. We recover capital for our clients and improve efficiencies in Waste Stream
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Pious Bob - Giving Up and Giving In

By Robert Halsey Pine “We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:5-12 NRSV). Most of us live too much
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In & around SEC football - East Division predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Georgia (11-1, 7-1); over/under 10.5 Projected wins: Austin Peay, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, Te-nnessee, Vanderbilt, LSU, Kentucky, Auburn, UMass, Georgia Tech Projected losses: Florida The Bulldogs were seconds away from winning a national championship a season ago and return a very talented team this fall. While the defense carried the team
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No instant replay for area football teams in 2018

Pictured is Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods running back a kickoff during the 2017 football season. None of the 10 varsity high school football teams in Etowah County will participate in the Alabama High School Athletic Associations’ experimental instant replay program for the 2018 season. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Instant replay is making its
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Local Pony League team finished as 1964 World Series runner-up

Photo: The 1964 Gadsden Pony League All-Stars gather for a photo prior to competing in the Pony League World Series in San Diego, Calif. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Mike Johnson, Jimmy Black, Bill Brooks, Bruce Hill, Elwin Martin, Gary Osborn, Eddie Roberts, Mike Davidson. Standing, from left: manager E.S. Black, Craig Edge, Mike Kirby, Benny
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Legals for the week of 8/17 - 8/23

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness described in and secured by that certain mortgage executed by Vicki Whittaker, an unmarried woman to Mortgage Electronic Regirtation Systems, Inc. (MERS) acting solely as nominee for Lender, Mortgageamerica, Inc. and Lender’s successors and assigns dated July 23, 2008, and Recorded
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Legals for the week of 8/10 - 8/16

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Mary Gwen Kifer Unmarried to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for State Farm Bank, F.S.B., its successors and assigns dated March 24, 2006; said mortgage being recorded as Instrument
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In & around SEC football - West Division preview

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Coach: Nick Saban 12th season; 132-20 at Alabama, 218-62 overall 2017 Record: 13-1 The 2017 season was bu-siness as usual for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Despite not winning the SEC championship – or even the SEC West Division – Alabama still won the national title. It was Saban’s
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NEO hosts annual coaches symposium

Photo: Northeast Orthopedics Physical Therapy Administrator Chris Russell and assistant Kelsey Patterson demonstrate how to use resistance bands to strengthen the shoulder during the 4th Annual NEO Coaches Symposium on Aug. 3 at Southside High School. (Kaitlin Fleming/Messenger) By Kaitlin Fleming/Staff Correspondent With just a few weeks to go before the Friday night lights are
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

Listed below is the Alabama Sports Writers Association 2018 preseason high school football rankings including first place votes, 2016 record and total poll points.  Class 7A 1. Hoover (27); 11-3; 358 2. Thompson (3); 12-1; 258 3. Central-Phenix City (1); 11-1; 241 4. McGill-Toolen; 13-1; 219 5. Hewitt-Trussville; 11-1; 214 6. Bob Jones; 7-4; 124
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