Locals celebrate Veterans Day with events

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On November 10, Modern Woodmen held its annual Veterans Day Event at the Hokes Bluff Community Center. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard kicked off the event with the presentation of the flag, followed by Erin Morgan leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kim Johnson performed the “Star
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Way of the Cross seeks help to replace burglary losses

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Way of the Cross ministry was broken into twice in the last few weeks. The ministry reported that its PA system, children’s ministry boom boxes, computers and more were stolen. Way of the Cross Director Kenneth Brown said that the most devastating loss was the computer, which held 14 years
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People of Etowah - Steven Hildebrant

Name: Steven Hildebrant Where were you born and raised? “Born in Evansville, Indiana; my family moved to Jacksonville, Alabama in the 1970’s while I was in middle school.  I call Jacksonville my hometown.” What is your occupation? “I am an Area Manager for Alabama Power. I manage the business office operations for Alabama Power in Etowah,
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J. P. King Auction moves to Broad Street

On November 2, J.P. King Auction Company relocated to historically restored 414 Broad Street. Corporate offices will occupy the first floor, and the second floor has been repurposed for three luxury loft apartments. Craig King and his wife Cindy purchased the building and began restoration efforts in December of 2016. B. Craig Lipscomb was the
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Remembering our veterans for this Thanksgiving season

By State Rep. Craig Ford Every Thanksgiving, I like to write an editorial about the things that I am thankful for. I’ve written about how thankful I am for my family and for public servants like Alabama’s educators. But this year, I want to say how thankful I am for our country’s veterans. We just celebrated
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The Vagabond: An early incident with Alabama City Holy Rollers

By Danny Crownover Author’s note: This article is of preserving history as it was written in the 1920s and not meant to offend anyone. “Back in 1910, the Holiness people, or Holy Rollers as they are sometimes termed were operating a most remarkable series of meetings on Kyle Avenue, which was the main road into
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Chicken and Dressing Casserole and Shoe Peg and Geen Bean Casserole Thanksgiving is nearly here and I just have to share these two recipes. I already have two pans of dressing in the freezer and I beginning to start baking pies. I have also made homemade cranberry sauce this year. Do you remember when life
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Pious Bob - A Closer Walk

By Robert Halsey Pine “…The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed…the kingdom of God is among you.” (Luke 17:20-37 NRSV). How do you argue whether or not God exists? You don’t have to. You seek, feel and experience God or you don’t. On occasion I’ll tune in to a television
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Who is Zachariah?

By Toni Ford Zechariah, the next to last book in the Old Testament, is often overlooked and not read by many people. He was considered one of the twelve Minor Prophets and spoke about the restoration of the people of Israel. Zechariah also prophesied about the restoration that will take place to come, a new
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Adventures at the Senior Center: I gotta beef!

By Vicki Scott This might seem like a soapbox that I might be getting on, but I’ve “gotta beef” and I feel the need to share something. Our meal program here at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe is NOT a charity! We are here to help short or long-term if needed but we are
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Legals for the week of November 17 - November 24, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE  STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Raymond Keith Whorton A Married Man And Alisha Whorton to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Southpoint Bank, its successors and assigns dated May 29, 2015; said mortgage being recorded as
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Classifieds for the week of November 17 - November 24, 2017

AUCTIONS AUCTION -SAT., Dec. 2nd – 9:00 AM- 10513 Hwy 84 West, Dothan, AL. Construction & Farm Equipment. Burton Auction Co. Dennis Burton – AL # 578. 1-334-692-3955. www.burtonauction.com SERVICES DIRECTV. CALL & Switch Now – Get NFL Sunday Ticket for Free! Every Game. Every Sunday. Choice- All-Included Package. Over 185 Channels. $60/month (for 12
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In & around SEC football

Auburn Week 10 Review Auburn submitted its best performance of both the season and the Gus Malzahn era in a convincing and do-minating 40-17 win over No. 1 Georgia last Saturday, Nov. 11, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and outgained the Bulldogs by a
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Area runners compete at state cross country meet

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails is pictured competing in the Class 6A boys state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov. 11) in Moulton. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Four local runners placed in the top 15 in their respective events at the AHSAA state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov. 11) in Moulton. The top 15 runners in
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Hokes Bluff exacts revenge on Madison Academy

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill makes a catch between a trio of Madison Academy defenders during the Eagles’ 12-10 win in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Friday (Nov. 10) in Madison. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent As the final seconds ticked off the clock in Class 4A, No.
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Sardis comes up short to Cherokee County in first round

Photo: Sardis High’s Chase Bright runs after a catch as Cherokee County’s Jawaun Hood hangs on during the Lions’ 21-14 loss in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Nov. 10 in Sardis City. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Sardis High did not have an answer for
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Conquerors fall to Cherokee in first round

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Jake McDowell (right) pursues Cherokee’s Willie Padron during the Conquerors’ 49-0 loss in the first round of the Class 1A state football playoffs on Nov. 9. (Allison Carter/Florence Times-Daily) By Jacob Cole/For Florence Times-Daily Arian Strong’s five-touchdown performance propelled Cherokee to its first playoff win since 1999 as the Indians routed Coosa
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Westbrook loses to Sulligent in first round

Tyreke Metcalfe rushed for three touchdowns and Jaron Scott passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to in Sulligent’s 42-14 win against Westbrook Christian in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs on No. 9. Scott completed a 67-yard touchdown pass play to C.J. McLemore and another 32-yard pass to McLemore for a touchdown.
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Patriots Day luncheon honors local veterans

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association held a luncheon at Gadsden’s Convention Hall to induct local veterans into its Hall of Honor on Wednesday, November 8. The awards luncheon began with the Gadsden City High School’s JROTC posting the colors, followed by the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation. Gadsden Mayor
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People of Etowah - Donna Patterson

Name: Donna Patterson Where were you born and raised? “Etowah County; I’m a Rainbow City girl.” What is your occupation? “Retired sales associate and former sales manager. In 2015, I retired from the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber of Commerce as a membership sales associate.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I truly enjoy meeting people
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Pious Bob - Would you like me to gift wrap that for you?

“…I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…” (Luke 22:14-23 NRSV). These are the words of a man who knows fully what is about to happen to Him. A person who is committed to His Father’s will. A person with a huge gift to give on His way out. A
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Legals for the week of November 10 - November 17, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kevin Rakestraw, single, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for USAA Federal Savings Bank, on June 4, 2010, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of
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Classifieds for the week of November 10 - November 17, 2017

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE REAL Estate Auction- Cherokee, Alabama-Colbert County, 40+/- acres offered in 11 parcels, November 16, 1:00pm. Maps, details gtauctions.com, 205.326.0833. Granger, Thagard & Associates Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 SERVICES DIRECTV. CALL & Switch Now – Get NFL Sunday Ticket for Free! Every Game. Every Sunday. Choice- All-Included Package. Over 185 Channels. $60/month (for
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Blue Devils get past Pleasant Grove in first round

Photo: Etowah High’s Caleb Horton runs for a second quarter touchdown during the Blue Devils’ 15-12 victory over Pleasant Grove on Friday (Nov. 10). (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Etowah had to endure a few tense moments in the second half, but the fifth-ranked Blue Devils hung on to post a 15-12 victory over Pleasant
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 9 Review It wasn’t Alabama’s best offensive performance, but the Crimson Tide still won comfortably in taking down, LSU, 24-10 last Saturday (Nov. 4) in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers actually outgained the Tide on the night, but a Ronnie Harrison interception of LSU quarterback Danny Etling led to an Alabama
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in final ASWA football poll

Released November 8 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 9-0 281 2. Thompson 10-0 258 3. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 210 4. McGill-Toolen 10-0 183 5. Auburn 9-1 146 6. Hoover 7-3 139 7. Fairhope 8-2 89 8. Bob Jones 7-3 82 9. Davidson 7-3 41 10. Mountain Brook 7-3 33 Others receiving votes: Sparkman
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Area runners qualify for state 5K meet

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails, Presley Johnson and Camryn Davis (pictured, from left) gather for a photo after qualifying for the state cross country meet on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Moulton. (Submitted photo) Several local runners qualified for the AHSAA state cross country meet this Saturday, Nov. 11, at Moulton. A pair of Gadsden City runners
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Horn, Thomas pace JSU past Murray State

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Bryant Horn finds open space during the Gamecocks’ 59-23 victory over Murray State last Saturday, Nov. 4, in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Bryant Horn appears to be finding a home at quarterback for Jacksonville State. For the second week in a row, the junior signal caller paced the
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Southside steamrolls Glencoe, 56-0

Photo: Glencoe High’s Tyler Palomares (left) pursues Southside’s Gavin Griffin during the Panthers’ 56-0 win last Friday (Nov. 3). (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside High ended its season on a positive note last Friday (Nov. 3), as the Panthers blanked cross-county rival Glencoe, 56-0. The Panthers outgained the Yellow Jackets 282 to 33.
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Hokes Bluff dispatches Westbrook, 43-17

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Peyton Moore (5) attempts to break up a pass by Westbrook’s Jackson Cox during the Eagles’ 43-17 victory last Friday (Nov. 3) in Rainbow City. (Alex Chaney) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Hokes Bluff Eagles used a big-play offense to subdue a stubborn bunch of Westbrook Christian Warriors last Friday (Nov. 3) by
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Sardis sinks Pirates, 35-7

Photo: Sardis High’s Jake Ross (31) escapes from Boaz’s Jackson Sarratt during the Lions’ 34-7 victory last Friday (Nov. 3). (Bentley Gray/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter After Boaz jumped out to a 7-0 first quarter lead over Sardis, the Lions scored 35 unanswered points on the way to a 34-7 victory last
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Ashville snuffs out West End’s playoffs hopes

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor West End saw its postseason hopes disappear in the dense fog on Friday (Nov. 3) in Walnut Grove. With the Patriots facing a win-and-you’re-in scenario for the fourth and final playoff seed in Class 2A, Region 7, West End came up short against Class 4A Ashville by a score of 40-28.
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Legals for the week of November 3 - 10, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on October 21, 2008 by Coby Wright, unmarried man, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Franklin American Mortgage Company, and recorded in Instrument Number at 3303976 on November 6, 2008,
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Classifieds for the week of November 3 - 10, 2017

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE REAL Estate Auction- Cherokee, Alabama-Colbert County, 40+/- acres offered in 11 parcels, November 16, 1:00pm. Maps, details gtauctions.com, 205.326.0833. Granger, Thagard & Associates Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 SERVICES DIRECTV. CALL & Switch Now – Get NFL Sunday Ticket for Free! Every Game. Every Sunday. Choice- All-Included Package. Over 185 Channels. $60/month (for
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Local author to hold book signing

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local author Barbara Eubanks will hold a signing for her new book, A New Beginning: God’s Second Chances at Churchill’s Antique Mall located at 430 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. The book signing will coincide with downtown Gadsden’s First Friday.   This is Eubanks’ fifth
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Cotton Belle Marketplace to hold holiday market

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Cotton Belle Marketplace will host Holiday Style on November 10 and 11 at Ferguson’s Wedding Venue and Courtyard at 401 5th Avenue NW in Attalla. On Friday, Nov. 10, there will be a VIP preview event from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Cotton
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People of Etowah - LeRoy Falcon

Name: LeRoy Falcon Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Greenville, South Carolina but grew up in Slidell, Louisiana.”  What is your occupation? “CEO/Executive Director YMCA of the Coosa Valley.”  What made you decide to work in your field? “I was headed towards a career in coaching when I was encouraged to check
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Pious Bob - Understanding Outcomes

By Robert Halsey Pine Isn’t it great to celebrate the Lord’s blessings? It’s been going on for a long time: “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy…” (Psalm 30 NRSV). We must continuously thank the Lord. The psalmist helps us remember that God’s anger
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC rankings 1. Alabama (8-0, 5-0) 2. Georgia (8-0, 5-0) 3. Auburn (6-2, 4-1) 4. Mississippi State (6-2, 3-2) 5. LSU (6-2, 3-1) 6. Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) 7. South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) 8. Kentucky (6-2, 3-2) 9. Florida (3-4, 3-3) 10. Arkansas (3-5, 1-4) 11. Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4) 12.
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The Love Center to hold Birthday Celebration

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Thirty-five years ago, Charlsie Tarrance was inspired to provide shelter to “God’s most forgotten people.” Tarrance noticed the problem of homelessness in Etowah County and created The Love Center to provide clothing, food, furniture and shelter to those in need. The Love Center provides homeless single women, couples and families
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CommUnity Thanksgiving planning underway

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration planning committee is already gearing up for its November 23 event. This is the 19th year the CommUnity Thanksgiving has been held. The event started at New Liberty Tabernacle of Praise in 1998. Every year the event has grown larger. Last year, about 5,000 people ate
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People of Etowah – Will Mackey

Name: Will Mackey Where were you born and raised?  “I was born and raised in Southside.” What is your occupation?  “I am the Program Manager at The Chamber Gadsden/Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I actually took an internship with The Chamber during my last semester at Jacksonville State University.
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Pious Bob - Out and About with God

By Robert Halsey Pine Jesus has an unusual way of commissioning us: “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:7-16 NRSV). Herein lays our challenge. As with the disciples, He is sending us “out like sheep into the midst
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Blue Devils, Eagles ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released November 1 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 9-0 326 2. Thompson 9-0 298 3. Hewitt-Trussville 9-0 237 4. McGill-Toolen 9-0 199 5. Hoover 7-2 184 6. Auburn 8-1 158 7. Fairhope 8-1 126 8. Mountain Brook 7-2 91 9. Bob Jones 7-3 55 10. Sparkman 7-2 32 Others receiving votes: Davidson
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JSU extends conference winning streak

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Bryant Horn can’t avoid a pair of Southeast Missouri State defenders during the Gamecocks’ 23-7 victory last Saturday (Oct. 28) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State blocked two Southeast Missouri State kicks and Cade Stinnett booted a career-best three field goals to lift the No. 3 Gamecocks to
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Blue Devils plant Scottsboro in regular season finale

Photo: Etowah High’s Davian Smith (27) and Dalton Robison (17) converge on Scottsboro’s Jacob Manning during the Blue Devils’ 47-27 win over Scottsboro on Oct. 27. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Etowah High capped its regular season and extended its winning streak to eight games with a 47-27 Class 5A, Region 7 victory over Scottsboro
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Huntsville edges Titans on last-second field goal

Photo: Gadsden City High’s Jaylen Cole (2) stays on his feet after a catch during the Titans’ 38-35 loss Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 27). (Photo by Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Both Gadsden City High’s season and postseason hopes came down to one moment in time last Friday (Oct. 27) in Gadsden. In a
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Eagles clipped by Saks in battle for region title

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 8 Hokes Bluff couldn’t keep pace with No. 7 Saks as the Wildcats left Hokes Bluff Stadium with a 35-19 win last Friday (Oct. 27). Saks (9-0, 7-0) clinched the Class 4A, Region 5 championship with the win and will host Westminster Christian in the first round of
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Conquerors notch third playoff seed

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian earned the third playoff seed in Class 1A, Region 6 with a 28-7 victory over Woodville last Friday (Oct. 27) in Gadsden. The Conquerors (4-6, 3-2) travel to Cherokee on Nov. 10 for the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs. “Getting a higher seed than fourth hasn’t been
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Panthers knock Albertville out of playoffs

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Albertville scored 15 points during a furious fourth-quarter rally against last Friday (Oct. 27, but the Aggies needed 18. Oliver Diaz’s 23-yard field goal sailed wide left after a high snap with 18.7 seconds remaining, allowing the Panthers to escape with a 20-18 victory at Aggie Stadium in the
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Sardis tops Randolph for region title

By Skip Vaughn/AL.com Sardis High beat host Randolph, 28-20, last Friday (Oct. 27) at SportsMed Field in Huntsville to clinch first place in Class 4A, Region 7. Sardis improved to 6-3 overall and 5-1 atop the region. “Our offense really lined up and pounded the ball,” said Sardis coach Gene Hill. “That keeps the other
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Stancil leads Patriots to third win

By Barry Barnett/For Daily Mountain Eagle Winston County’s bid to earn the fourth and final playoff spot in Class 2A Region 7 fell just short last Friday (Oct. 27) in Double Springs, as the Yellow Jackets were narrowly defeated by the visiting West End Patriots, 26-19. The Jackets spotted West End a 19-0 lead before
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Westbrook falls to fourth playoff seed with loss to Ider

Courtesy of Fort Payne Times Journal The Ider Hornets solidified their playoff position as a No. 3 seed after a dominant performance in all phases of Friday’s 28-0 win over the visiting Westbrook Christian Warriors. The Hornets jumped out in front in the early going and never looked back in a game that decided the
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Yellow Jackets, Bulldogs come up short

Glencoe closed out its Class 3A, Region 7 schedule with a 48-6 loss to No. 7 Ohatchee last Friday (Oct. 27). The Yellow Jackets’ lone score came on Jakob Amberson’s six-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Mayo. Amberson was 4 for 9 in passing for 79 yards. Cade Alred gained 49 yards on 10 rushes. Kaleb
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review The Tigers rebounded from their loss at LSU with a resounding 52-20 road win at Arkansas last weekend. Running back Kamryn Pettway had his best game of the season as he rushed 11 times for 90 yards and three touchdowns. Kerryon Johnson added 63 yards and another
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Blue Devils, Eagles ranked in latest ASWA high school football poll

Released October 25 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 8-0 313 2. Hoover 7-1 263 3. Thompson 8-0 226 4. Hewitt-Trussville 8-0 201 5. McGill-Toolen 8-0 172 6. Auburn 7-1 138 7. Fairhope 7-1 114 8. Mountain Brook 6-2 84 9. Bob Jones 6-3 45 10. Sparkman 6-2 32 Others receiving votes: Spain
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Local volleyball teams headed to North Super Regionals

Several area high school volleyball teams qualified for the North Super Regional Tournament this weekend at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Coosa Christian finished second to Appalachian in the Class 1A, Area 11 Tournament on Monday (Oct. 23). The Lady Conquerors open the regional tournament against Athens Bible on Thursday (Oct. 26). Westbrook Christian
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Westbrook blanks Gaston, earns playoff berth

Photo: Gaston High’s Chase Thrasher (13) tackles Westbrook Christian’s John Ross Morgan during the Warriors’ 31-0 Class 2A, Region 6 win on Oct. 20. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian earned a spot the state playoffs with a 31-0 victory over Class 2A, Region 6 rival and Etowah County neighbor Gaston
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Sardis headed to state playoffs with win over Madison County

Photo: Sardis High’s Drew Vaughn looks to avoid Madison County’s Anthony Horton during the Lions’ 21-14 victory on Oct. 21. (Huck Treadwell/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lions punched their ticket to the postseason for the first time since 2014 after they defeated Madison County, 21-14, in a pivotal Class 4A, Region
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Blue Devils clinch region title with win over Crossville

By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter After jumping out to the school’s first 4-0 start since 1984, Crossville suffered its fourth consecutive loss, this time at the hands of the Etowah by a score of 42-6 last Friday (Oct. 20). For Etowah, the win essentially clinched first place in the Class 5A Region 7 playoff race.
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Southside falls out of playoff picture with loss to Cullman

Courtesy of The Cullman Times Cullman secured a playoff spot last Friday (Oct. 20) with a 42-40 Class 6A, Region 7 win over Southside. The visiting Bearcats (5-3, 3-2 in) had to survive two attempts at onside kicks in the final stages after the Panthers (2-6, 1-4) scored a late touchdown. Cullman had to overcome
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Titans remain in playoff hunt despite loss to Sparkman

Courtesy of al.com No. 10 Sparkman beat Gadsden City, 38-13, last Friday (Oct. 21) in Harvest to clinch third place in Class 7A, Region 4. The Senators’ last playoff appearance and winning record came in 2006 when the Senators went 10-2 and advanced to the 6A second round. Sparkman (7-2, 4-2) scored on all three
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Walter Wellborn grounds out Glencoe

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Walter Wellborn had two players finish with over 100 yards rushing while limiting Glencoe to 82 total yards on the ground in a 34-7 Class 3A, Region 5 win last Friday (Oct. 20) at Glencoe. Kedrick Harris rushed for 126 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, while Jeff Smith ran for 124 yards
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Conquerors headed to state playoffs

For the second year in a row, the Coosa Christian football team will play a game in Week 11. Dartavious Britton rushed for over 200 to lead the Conquerors (3-6, 2-2) to a 33-6 victory over Class 1A, Region 6 rival Gaylesville last Friday (Oct. 20) at GHS. Coosa Christian hosts Woodville this week to
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Eagles secure playoff berth

Hokes Bluff clinched a spot in the state playoffs with a 41-16 victory over Anniston in Class 4A, Region 5 action last Friday (Oct. 20) in Anniston. For the No. 8 Eagles (7-1, 5-1), Darrian Meads gained 179 yards and scored three touchdowns on 20 carries. Landon Johnson rushed nine times for 65 yards and a
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Patriots fall to Pleasant Valley

West End lost to Pleasant Valley, 34-14, last Friday (Oct. 20) at PVHS. Levi Armstrong scored a touchdown for the Patriots (2-6, 1-4). West End travels to Winston County this week to finish out Class 2A, Region 7 play.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - No doubt, you can always trust God

By Toni Ford When one reads the minor prophet books in the Old Testament, they will quickly observe a recurring pattern in their prophecies to Israel and the Jews. First comes the warning to repent of their sins. Next is the judgement that will come upon the Jews and their land if they do not
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Sports Complex Authority announces location

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On October 18, the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority announced a big step forward in the plans for the multi-purpose recreational facility. The authority announced the location for the primary complex on property off Steele Station Road near Lumbley Road with potential access to U.S. Highway 77. The authority has
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Rainbow City cuts ribbon on new animal shelter

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On October 18, Rainbow City held a ribbon cutting for its new animal shelter. Previously Rainbow City contracted its animal control services out to a local veterinarian, but the contract was set to end at the end of 2016. Faced with a hefty price increase, Rainbow City officials searched for another
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Local Patriot Hall of Fame inductee honored at city council

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association and the City of Gadsden honored Fred Sington, Jr. at the Gadsden’s City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 17. Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association’s special presentation was held to induct Sington into the 2017 Patriots Hall of Fame. Sington served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1953 to 1963.
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People of Etowah - Emma Hazlewood

Name: Emma Hazlewood Where were you born and raised? I was born in Florence, Alabama. However, my family moved a lot when I was younger. The majority of my younger years were spent in Hanover Park and Gifford/Rantoul, Illinois. We moved to Gadsden to finish out high school and though I’ve moved away since then,
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Pious Bob - Aggressive Sheepishness

By Robert Halsey Pine Jesus is so much for us. He joys in giving us hope: “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:1-10 NRSV). Jesus’ parable of the one and the ninety-nine is a
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Legals for the week of October 20 - October 27, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated March 25, 2002, executed by Sheryll Hill, a single woman, to ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., which mortgage was recorded on March 28, 2002, in Document No. M-2002-1468, of the mortgage records in the Office
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Classifieds for the week of October 20 - October 27, 2017

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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 7 Review For one half, it appeared last Saturday (Oct. 13) as if Auburn was going to win in Baton Rouge for the first time since 1999. The Tigers led LSU 20-0 and looked dominant in all three phases of the game. But that lead slowly but surely slipped
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released October 18 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 7-0 340 2. Hoover 6-1 276 3. Thompson 7-0 246 4. Hewitt-Trussville 7-0 210 5. McGill-Toolen 7-0 186 6. Auburn 6-1 149 7. Fairhope 6-1 122 8. Mountain Brook 5-2 81 9. Bob Jones 5-3 39 10. Sparkman 5-2 29 Others receiving votes: Spain
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Jacksonville State sets OVC record in win over EKU

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Bryant Horn (left) hands off to Roc Thomas during the Gamecocks’ 41-25 win over Eastern Kentucky last Saturday (Oct. 14) at JSU. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State jumped to a quick 14-0 lead against Eastern Kentucky last Saturday (Oct. 14) and never looked back on the way to
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Southside stays in playoff picture with win over Brewer

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Southside Panthers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 20-6 victory over the Brewer Patriots in a Class 6A, Region 7 matchup on Friday (Oct. 13) at Barney Hood Stadium. Southside (2-5, 1-3) set the tone early defensively by forcing three consecutive three-and-outs on Brewer’s first three possessions. The Panther
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Second-half turnovers doom Gadsden City in region loss to Bob Jones

Photo: Gadsden City High’s Ahmad Bell (left) and JaBraun McNeil (21) attempt to tackle Bob Jones’ Dylan Ray during the Titans’ 34-3 loss last Friday (Oct. 13) at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High’s opportunity to secure a home playoff game was literally picked apart by Bob Jones last Friday (Oct. 13)
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Eagles rush past Ashville, 47-14

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Darrian Meads exploded for 224 yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Hokes Bluff Eagles built a 33-0 halftime lead on the way to a 47-14 Class 4A, Region 6 victory over Ashville last Friday (Oct. 13). Quarterback Landon Johnson added 92 yards on seven carries while finding
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Etowah shuts out Boaz, wins sixth straight

Photo: Etowah High’s Emaje Graves sacks Boaz quarterback Easton Hardin during the Blue Devils’ 41-0 victory last Friday in Boaz. (Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter) By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter Boaz suffered the same fate against Class 5A, No. 7 Etowah last Friday (Oct. 13) that other Region 5 teams have during this football
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DAR snaps Sardis winning streak

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter DAR stunned Class 4A, Region 7 leader Sardis on Friday (Oct. 13), upsetting the Lions 31-21 to spoil their 2017 homecoming game in Sardis City. Will Bailey, Nathan Nelson and Brayden Lewis powered the Patriots, who entered the contest without a region victory. DAR improved to 4-3 and 1-3.
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Falkville downs West End, 48-14

By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Any shot that that West End had of making the postseason ended last Friday (Oct. 13) after the Patriots suffered a 48-14 loss to Class 2A, Region 7 rival Falkville in Walnut Grove. The Patriots fall to 2-5, 1-4 on the season, while Falkville improved to 4-3, 3-1. The Blue
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Hornets sting Gaston, 47-12

By Gary Gaddis/For Fort Payne Times-Journal The Ider Hornets are one step closer to the playoffs after a 47-12 victory over visiting Gaston last Friday (Oct. 13). The Hornets increased their record to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in Class 2A, Region 6 with the victory. The Hornets control their own destiny en route to the
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Westbrook shuts out Asbury for fourth straight win

Westbrook Christian won its fourth game in a row with a 38-0 shutout over Class 2A, Region Asbury last Friday (Oct. 13) in the Warriors’ homecoming. Jackson Cox threw three touchdown passes, two to Alex Burnett and another to Court Coley. Cox was a prefect 4-for-4 in passing for 133 yards. Burnett had two catches
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Coosa Christian, Glencoe come up short

Coosa Christian fell to Cedar Bluff, 50-18, in a Class 1A, Region 6 game last Friday (Oct. 13) in Gadsden. Coosa quarterback Caiden Lipscomb three touchdowns passes – one to Evan Delp for 24 yards, one to Ashton Clemmons for 10 yards and one to Karter Roberts for 40 yards. Lipscomb completed 16 of 37
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Legals notices for the week of Oct. 13-Oct. 19

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Marion R. Anderson and Dorothy N. Anderson, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Open Mortgage, LLC, on the 6th day of February, 2015, said mortgage recorded
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History comes alive at A Walk Through Time

Photo: Mike Beacham portrays Mike Foster, whose tale includes a sea monster in the Coosa River, during the 2016 A Walk Through Time event. (Messenger file photo) By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The 9th annual A Walk Through Time will take place on Sunday, October 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Forrest Cemetery located at
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Attalla to host 30th Heritage Day

Photo: 2016 Attalla Heritage Day attendees enjoy a train ride (Messenger file photo) By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The City of Attalla is hosting its annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Attalla. The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Heritage Day
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People of Etowah - Wendy Hood

Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Etowah County. I graduated from Sardis High School and Gadsden State Community College.” What is your occupation? “I have been a registered nurse for 21 years. I currently work in Critical Care at Gadsden Regional Medical Center.” Tell us about your family and
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 6 Review After winning its first two SEC games by a combined score of 125-3, Alabama had its closest game of the season in a 27-19 win over Texas A&M. The game was never really in doubt, but the Crimson Tide let the Aggies hang around for longer than
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released October 11 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 6-0 317 2. Hoover 5-1 259 3. Thompson 6-0 223 4. Hewitt-Trussville 6-0 204 5. McGill-Toolen 6-0 172 6. Auburn 5-1 134 7. Fairhope 5-1 115 8. Spain Park 4-2 71 9. Mountain Brook 4-2 52 10. Sparkman 5-1 19 Others receiving votes: Davidson
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Bulldogs end skid with thumping of Asbury

Photo: Gaston High’s Bubba Satterfield (right) and D.J. Easley celebrate Satterfield’s touchdown during the Bulldogs’ 47-0 win over Asbury on Oct. 6. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Asbury Rams of Albertville traveled to nearby Etowah County last Friday (Oct. 6) to play a Class 2A, Region 6 “home” game against Gaston. Both teams
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Titans shut out Buckhorn for third region win

Courtesy of al.com Ryan Sparks threw three touchdown passes as Gadsden City rolled to a 41-0 Class 7A, Region 4 win over host Buckhorn last Friday (Oct. 6) in New Market. The Titans (3-4, 3-1) held Buckhorn to just 146 yards of offense. The Bucks (2-4, 0-4) only crossed midfield once. Gadsden City led 31-0
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Garden springs past Conquerors

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian Conquerors fell to the Spring Garden Panthers, 42-8, in a Class 1A, Region 6 contest on Friday (Oct. 6) in Gadsden. The Panthers (5-1, 4-0) set the tone early on as they marched down the field for a 10-play, 58-yard scoring drive to start the game. Running back
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Lions keep rolling with fourth straight win

By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis earned its fourth consecutive win last Friday (Oct. 6) in Huntsville. The Lions improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in Class 4A, Region 7 with a 43-14 victory over Westminster Christian. Sardis led the Wildcats 43-0 through the third quarter behind the efforts of a stingy Lion defense and
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Warriors rally past Collinsville in region tilt

By Kelsey Daenen/Fort Payne Times-Journal The Collinsville Panthers took a 33-10 loss to the visiting Westbrook Christian Warriors last Friday in Class 2A, Region 6 action. The first quarter was even play with both teams making mistakes, including multiple fumbles. Collinsville’s Kaleb Jones scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first five minutes of
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah notch region wins

Ninth-ranked Hokes Bluff (5-1, 3-1) held off Oneonta, 27-21, to win its fourth straight game last Friday (Oct. 6). The Eagle defense made a late goal line stand to secure the Class 4A, Region 5 victory. For Hokes Bluff (5-1, 3-1) quarterback Landon Johnson was 6-of-13 in passing for 158 yards and touchdown passes for
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Stancil scores four TDs in West End win

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter West End improved to 2-4 on the season and 1-3 in Class 2A, Region 7 play last Friday (Oct. 6) with a 35-7 win over Cold Springs in Bremen. The Patriots held a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on Payne Stancil’s 18-yard touchdown run. Marcus Strickland
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Yellow Jackets, Panthers come up short

Glencoe fell to Pleasant Valley, 37-0, in Class 3A, Region 5 action last Friday (Oct. 6) in Jacksonville. For the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 0-3), Cade Alred rushed 17 times for 57 yards. He and Noah Huff each had two catches. Tyler Palomares had 10 tackles, followed by Bradley Scott and Nathan Kuykendall with seven each
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