Local football players recognized

Several local football players were recognized for the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first round of the state playoffs on Nov. 9. Southside senior running back Kenneth Bothwell finished with 130 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 attempts as the Panthers rallied past A.P. Brewer, 15-9. With Southside trailing 9-7 midway through the fourth
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Westbrook, Southside finishes third at state cross country meet

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Mitchell Cook (right) and Jonah Morris finished second and third at the Class 1A/2A boys state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov 10) at Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Danville. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Three area teams finished in the top 10 at the AHSAA state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov 10)
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Southside rallies past Brewer in first round

Photo: Southside High’s Blake Habyan (center) returns an interception during the Panthers’ 15-9 win over A.P. Brewer in the Class 5A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 9). (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Thanks to a standout defensive effort and a late scoring drive, Southside High won its first postseason game in four years with
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Top-ranked Blue Devils blank Guntersville in first round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A No. 1 Etowah remained perfect on the season as the Blue Devils rolled over Guntersville, 33-0, last Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the state playoffs at Jim Glover Field in Attalla. Etowah (11-0) advances to take on Center Point (6-5) this Friday (Nov. 16) on the
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Eagles fly past Central-Florence, 38-14

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Junior running back Darrian Meads (pictured above) and junior quarterback Ashton Gulledge led third-ranked Hokes Bluff to a 38-14 win over Central-Florence (6-5) last Friday (Nov. 9). Meads rushed for 164 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns, while Gulledge completed 4-of-6 passes for 92 yards and a rushing touchdown.
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Donoho coasts past Conquerors, 59-14

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent  Coosa Christian’s 2018 postseason visit was a brief one, as the Conquerors fell to Donoho, 59-14, last Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs in Anniston. The Eagles rolled out to a 45-0 halftime lead and went ahead 52-0 before Coosa could put points on
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Republicans sweep local and state races

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Etowah County finished a few thousand voters short of reaching the voter turnout that the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election brought. 34,690 ballots were cast on Tuesday (Nov. 6), which was less than half of the registered voters in the county. Straight party voting benefited the Republicans this time around with
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A Look at Gadsden City Schools New Superintendent

By Cole Frederick Staff Correspondent PART 1 Tony Reddick’s journey to becoming the new superintendent of Gadsden City Schools commenced over 1,100 miles away in Massachusetts. Reddick attended high school at the prestigious Saint Sebastian’s School, an all-boys Catholic school located in Newton. Saint Sebastian’s is the top parochial school in Massachusetts and one of
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People of Etowah - Beth Dayton

Name: Beth Dayton Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden. I have lived in four states.   I lived in Tampa, Fla., as a small child and in Virginia, where I attend K-5, first and second grade outside of Washington, D.C. I then moved back to Alabama where I attended Mitchell
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The chaotic side of normal

 By Vicki Scott As the Scott house assumes the chaotic side of normal for us, there have been a few changes along the way. My husband Alan has started riding his motorcycles again and I have returned to staying with my mom in Dadeville during the week. Mom and I planned to track back to
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Southern Cooking: Cafeteria Macaroni and Cheese, Nancy Wood’s Corn Pudding and Vanilla Wafer Cake

By Andy Bedwell Once my family has decided what entrée we will have for Thanksgiving, the next step is figuring out what goes along with it. These are some of my favorites. Cafeteria Macaroni and Cheese 1 pound elbow macaroni noodles 4 eggs (4-ounces) heavy cream (12-ounces) milk (4-ounces) butter, melted (12-ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
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The Vagabond - Readers respond to Temple Beth Israel article

By Danny Crownover Last week The Vagabond wrote about America’s worst Jewish shooting or bombing (until recently in Pittsburg, Penn.) that happened here in Gadsden. It was also posted on Facebook on the “Welcome to Gadsden” group page. The response about the incident that happened at Temple Beth Israel in 1960 was unbelievable with over
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Bearing God’s Fruit

By Robert Halsey Pine “Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed…Therefore, my beloved, be
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Covenant, power and promises

By Toni Ford As I have been reading the book of Joshua this past month, I picture it being divided in three parts. The first part (chapters 1-12) is Joshua completing the first half of his commission. He had conquered the enemy and was now in control of the land and the cities the Lord
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In & around SEC football - Week 11 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 10 Review Alabama passed its first test of the season with flying colors as the Crimson Tide smothered LSU, 29-0, in Baton Rouge last Saturday (Nov. 3). The UA offense sputtered early on but the de-fense submitted a brilliant performance in blanking the Tigers. LSU finished with only 12
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Lettermen of the USA announce inaugural event

Photo: Lettermen of the USA founder, 1983 Southside High graduate and former University of Alabama football player Darryl Fuhrman (left) presents United States Air Force Sgt. Major Donny Ruepp (Ret.) with a football signed by University of Georgia head football coach Kirby along with two lifetime sideline passes for University of Georgia football games during
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in final ASWA high school football poll

Released Nov. 7 Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 10-0 300 2. Thompson 8-1 221 3. Auburn 9-1 188 4. Hoover 7-3 164 5. McGill-Toolen 8-2 153 6. Hewitt-Trussvill 7-3 138 7. Theodore 8-2 96 8. Mountain Brook 8-2 87 9. James Clemens 7-3 44 10. Austin 7-3 15 Others receiving votes: Prattville
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Area football players recognized

Several local football players were recognized for the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10 of the 2018 season. Hokes Bluff junior running back Darrian Meads rushed for 257 yards and five touchdowns (of 4, 5, 3, 23 and 4 yards) in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis. Meads had 167 yards and four TDs by
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Last-second touchdown pulls Gamecocks past UT-Martin

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper throws the game-winning touchdown pass as Tennessee-Martin’s Donnell Williams closes in during the Gamecocks’ 21-14 victory in college football last Saturday (Nov. 3) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent There’s an old saying in sports that it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. This axiom applied to the
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Local runners qualify for state cross country meet

The Southside High boys and girls cross country teams earned a berth in the state 5K meet in Moulton this weekend with a sweep at the Class 5A, Section 2 meet last Saturday (Nov. 3) in Oxford. The Lady Panthers used four top 10 finishes to secure the first-place trophy. Camryn Davis paced Southside with
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Eagles dispatch Sardis in regular season finale

Photo: Sardis High’s Jacob Hopper (17) avoids the tackle of Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) and stretches the ball across the goal line for a touchdown while Will Clemons (7) looks on during the Eagles’ a 55-28 victory last Friday (Nov. 2) in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor On the
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Yellow Jackets halt skid with 32-point win over West End

Photo: Glencoe High’s Julian Bethel pulls away from West End’s Kaleb Arledge (7) during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-6 victory last Friday (Nov. 2). (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A difficult football season for Glencoe High ended with a positive result last Friday (Nov. 2), as the Yellow Jackets stormed past West End, 40-6, at
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Rich tosses three TDs in Southside win over Cherokee County

Southside High closed out the regular season with a 32-15 victory over Cherokee County last Friday (Nov. 2) in Centre. Quarterback Michael Rich (pictured above) threw three touchdowns for the Panthers – a 66-yarder to Kenneth Bothwell, a 35-yarder to Brennan Stokes and a 44-yarder to Blake Reed, Reed also scored a rushing touchdown. Southside
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Westbrook slams Sand Rock in final regular season game

John Ross Morgan (pictured above) rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries as Westbrook Christian ended its regular season with a 42-7 victory over Sand Rock last Friday (Nov. 2) in Rainbow City. Quarterback Jackson Cox was 5 of 7 in passing for 113 yards and touchdowns. P.J. Wells had three receptions
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Conquerors edge New Hope in OT

Dartavious Britton’s 13-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Coosa Christian a 42-35 victory over New Hope last Friday (Nov. 2). Britton’s score capped a 21-point rally by the visiting Conquerors (7-3), who travel to Donoho this Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs. Trailing 35-21 after a New Hope
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Titans end season with loss to Clay-Chalkville

Courtesy of AL.com Photo: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods (22) steps over Clay-Chalkville Jaylin Mack during the Titans’ 45-17 loss on Nov. 1. (Al.com/Butch Dill) Willie Miller accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and scored another to begin the second half in leading Clay-Chalkville to a 45-17 victory over Gadsden City on Nov. 1
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Echols honored for 32 years of service to Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor After 32 years, Robert “Bob” Wooten Echols, Jr., attended his last city council meeting as a council member on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Members of the city council, employees of the city and many others took the opportunity to honor Echols for his many years of service, both at the council
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Riverview Regional expanding its New Vision program

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Local students celebrated Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31. Red Ribbon Week is a drug prevention campaign that began in 1985 after the death of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. In addition to sporting red ribbons, local students participated in theme days to spread the word of
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"Yes, you can vote for Craig Ford and still vote a straight party ticket. Here’s how…" - Rep. Craig Ford

Several people have asked if it’s possible to vote a straight party ticket and still vote for me for State Senate. The answer is, yes! All you have to do is “Double Bubble.” First, you fill in the bubble next to your political party and then fill in the bubble next to my name in
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People of Etowah - Morgan Cunningham

Name: Morgan Cunningham Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden and, other than college and law school, have always lived here.” What is your occupation? “I am an attorney.”    What made you decide to work in your field? “My father is an attorney, and some of my fondest
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The Vagabond - Temple Beth Israel and the Jewish community

By Danny Crownover Jewish folks were living in Gadsden as early as 1900. Among these locals were Jacob and Bertha Nadler, Hugo Hecht, David Reich and Albert Hagedorn. By 1903, the entirety of the Gadsden Jewish population – roughly 10 families – decided to meet communally on Sunday mornings in order to provide a Jewish
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Southern Cooking: Cabbage Soup, Mexican Cornbread and Jane Cosby’s Banana Pudding

By Andy Bedwell I love walking into the kitchen on a cold and rainy day and smelling a warm and inviting soup simmering on the stove. I love all kinds of soups. Some are thin soups with rich broths, hearty soups that are meals by themselves and many other homey and soothing soups. I also
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Pious Bob - The Working Faithful

By Robert Halsey Pine “But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” (James 2:14-26 NRSV). I’ve heard this debated hour after hour and year after year. Does faith or works save us? The apostles
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Inspiration from God’s Word: What is your fragrance?

By Toni Ford Have you ever thought much about another person’s fragrance or noticed how the environment shifts when someone enters the room? According to Webster’s Dictionary, fragrance is defined as a “pleasant aroma or a sweet smell.” If someone were to ask us what type of fragrance we are, I wonder if most of
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Lady Yellow Jackets compete at Elite Eight

Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole, Aubrey Gray and Hannah Baker (pictured, from left) eye the ball during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ quarterfinal match against Montgomery Academy in the AHSAAS Elite Eight state volleyball tournament on Wednesday (Oct. 31) in Birmingham. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson, Sports Correspondent; Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High head volleyball coach Jamie Barkley believes
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In & around SEC football - Week 10 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC football rankings 1. Alabama (8-0, 5-0) 2. Georgia (7-1, 5-1) 3. Florida (6-2, 4-2) 4. LSU (7-1, 4-1) 5. Kentucky (7-1, 5-1) 6. Mississippi State (5-3, 2-3) 7. Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) 8. South Carolina (4-3, 3-3) 9. Auburn (5-3, 2-3) 10. Missouri (4-4, 0-4) 11. Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-4) 12.
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Southside sweeps county 5K meet

Photo: Southside High’s Camryn Davis (pictured) and Taylor Nails finished in first place in the Etowah County Schools cross country meet on Oct. 25 at Rainbow Middle School. (Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Panthers swept the Etowah County cross country meet on Oct. 25, as both the boys and girls’ teams
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Legals for the week of 11/2 - 11/8

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Lee Bowden Husband And Sylvia Bowden Wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Homecomings Financial Network, Inc. its successors and assigns dated July 16, 2003; said mortgage being
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Etowah moves up, Hokes Bluff slides down in Oct. 31 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 10-0 309 2. Thompson 8-1 231 3. Hoover 7-2 210 4. Auburn 8-1 155 5. McGill-Toolen 7-2 132 6. Hewitt-Trussville 7-3 128 7. James Clemens 7-2 126 8. Theodore 7-2 57 9. Mountain Brook 7-2 56 10. Austin 7-2 54 Others receiving votes: Fairhope (7-2) 20, Bob
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Russian Rocks and Orange Slice Cookies I think I say this every October, but this really is my favorite time of the year. Along with the beautiful colors of fall, we have the pumpkin patches, cornmazes, and so many wonderful events that happens in Alabama. Of course, we have our football and hunting seasons in
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Lady Yellow Jackets earn a date at state

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High head volleyball coach Jamie Barkley believes her Lady Yellow Jackets (pictured above) proved that they belong in the Elite Eight State Tournament at the Birmingham CrossPlex this week. “We’ve been talking about earning the right to be there, and I think our girls have done that,” she said. Indeed, they
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Area football players recognized

Several local football players were recognized for the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 of the 2018 season. Etowah sophomore quarterback Brady Troup (pictured above) was 10 for 13 for 202 yards and two touchdowns as the Blue Devils clinched their second straight region title and first undefeated season since 1999 with a 49-7 win
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Eagles fall to Jacksonville in battle for region title

Messenger file photo by Alex Chaney By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The battle of unbeatens for the Class 4A, Region 6 title between No. 2 Hokes Bluff and No. 3 Jacksonville was ultimately decided by a pair of two-point conversions last Friday (Oct. 26). Jacksonville went into Mike Robertson Stadium and escaped with a 16-14 victory
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Etowah sinks Pirates, clinch region title

Photo: Etowah High’s Davion Robison (25) gains yardage as Boaz’s Lorenzo Goss pursues during the Blue Devils’ 49-7 victory last Friday (Oct. 26) in Attalla. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High School football team has come a long way since an 82-0 victory over Oneonta in 1912. In addition to securing a
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Panthers cruise past Crossville in region finale

Photo: Southside High’s Blake Reed (left) takes a handoff from Michael Rich during the Panthers’ 54-21 win over Crossville last Friday (Oct. 26) at Southside. (Gary Wells) By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was Senior Night at Barney Hood Stadium last Friday (Oct. 26), as Southside soundly defeated Crossville 54-21, to wrap up its Class 6A,
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Conquerors trample Valley Head, 72-14

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Caleb Cates had over 100 rushing yards in the Conquerors’ 71-14 victory over Valley Head last Friday (Oct. 26) in Gadsden. (Wayne Butterworth/Messenger file photo) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian Conquerors proved to be just that last Friday (Oct. 26) at the expense of the Valley Head Tigers, 71-14, in
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Westbrook rallies past Cleveland, clinches third playoff seed

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Jackson Cox finished with over 200 yards in total offense in the Warriors’ 19-14 victory over Cleveland last Friday (Oct. 26). (Gary Wells/Messenger file photo) Westbrook Christian clinched the third playoff spot in Class 2A, Region 6 with a 19-14 victory over Cleveland last Friday (Oct. 26). The Warriors (6-3, 4-2) travel
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West End notches first win of season on last play of game

Photo: West End’s Eli Pearce caught six passes for over 100 yards in the Patriots’ 25-22 victory over Woodland last Friday (Oct. 26). (Sherry Abercrombie/Messenger file photo) Mason Barnett’s 24-yard field goal with no time left gave West End its first win of the season last Friday (Oct. 26) in Class 2A, Region 6 action
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Sardis falls to Albertville, 35-7

Photo: Sardis High’s Jay Owens (10) fends off an Albertville defender during the Lions’ 35-7 loss last Friday (Oct. 26) in Albertville. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Jacob Dendy rushed 21 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns and Isaiah Pankey threw a pair of scoring passes to lead
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Titans beat Grissom but miss out on playoff berth

Photo: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods (right) fends off Grissom’s Jeffrey Campbell (77) and Eli Worsham (34) during the Titans’ 37-7 victory in high school football on Thursday, Oct. 25, in Huntsville. (Eric Schultz/preps@al.com) By John Ferry/For al.com Jamontez Woods scored three touchdowns and ran for 306 yards as Gadsden City pulled away from Grissom in
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Area teams compete in volleyball super regional tournament

Three area high school volleyball teams qualified for the North Super Regional Tournament this week at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Glencoe advanced to the Class 3A semifinals. The Lady Yellow Jackets opened the tournament on Thursday, Oct. 24 with a 25-7, 25-8, 25-4 win over Fultondale. Glencoe then defeated Holly Pond, 20-25, 25-18,
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In & around SEC football - Week 9 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review After back-to-back losses, the Tigers righted the ship in a 31-16 road win at Ole Miss. JaTarvious Whitlow rushed for a career-high 170 yards on 19 carries, and Jarrett Stidham threw for 215 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Tigers racked up 484 yards of
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1961, '62 Altoona High football teams dominated competition

Editor’s note: The following article was originally published in the Nov. 18, 2001 edition of The Messenger. By Joshua Price/Sports Editor The 1961 Altoona High School Choctaw football team posted a magnificent season. The Chocs won eight games that year and lost one. The team whipped “Little Seven” Etowah County rivals Sardis, Gaston, Walnut Grove
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Legals for the week of 10/26 - 11/1

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Mortgage executed by Kellie Snyder, an unmarried woman, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”), (solely as nominee for Lender, First Federal Bank, and Lender’s successors and assigns), dated the 26th day of October, 2015, which Mortgage
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Oct. 24 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 9-0 309 2. Thompson 7-1 225 3. Auburn 8-0 202 4. Hoover 6-2 186 5. Hewitt-Trussville 7-2 157 6. Austin 7-1 129 7. Mountain Brook 7-1 99 8. McGill-Toolen 6-2 76 9. James Clemens 6-2 65 10. Theodore 6-2 17 Others receiving votes: Fairhope (6-2) 13, Bob
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Gadsden State's Massey named ACCC Player of the Week

Gadsden State freshman setter Madelyn Massey was recently named Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 15-21. The Decatur native led the Lady Cardinals with 72 assists and 10 digs in eight sets. She also recorded six kills and one block. Massey currently ranks second in the conference in
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Westbrook, Southside, Glencoe advance to volleyball super regionals

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Scarlett Stearns (left) and Ohatchee’s Emma Haynes battle at the net during the Lady Warriors’ 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-23 victory in the Class 2A, Area 11 Volleyball Tournament finals last Monday (Oct. 23) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Three local volleyball teams advanced to the North Super Regional Tournament at the Von Braun Center
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Darden Rehab holds awards luncheon

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, October 17, Darden Rehabilitation Foundation held its annual meeting and award ceremony at the Downtown Civic Center in Gadsden. Darden is one of 26 community rehabilitation programs in Alabama and is number one in the state. The program serves clients with disabilities in five counties: Etowah, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall
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Love Center to host Community Feud fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Love Center’s upcoming fundraiser transforms a popular televised game show into a fun-filled community competition. Community Feud will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the newly-opened Venue at Coosa Landing in Gadsden. To find teams, the Love Center Board approached local governing bodies and others and
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People of Etowah - Katy Chandler

Name: Katy Chandler Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and raised most of my life in Attalla.” What is your occupation? “I am the manager at Sportclips Haircuts of Gadsden.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I have said from the beginning that cosmetology chose me. I
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The Vagabond: Mary Elizabeth Counselman Vinyard and The Leota steamboat

By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently was standing on the Coosa River boardwalk by where the Alabama Princess riverboat was once moored. The boat is no longer owned locally or docked at the location. But The Vagabond’s thoughts were about all the old riverboats that once plied the river. One of these original paddle-wheel boats,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake, Mandarin Orange Cake and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake If you have any hopes of being a good Southern cook, you need to be a great cake baker. I did not say that it had to be a cake made from “scratch” (as we say in the South), but a tasty and moist one. As far as
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Pious Bob - Lame Excuses

“And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms…But Peter
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Gaston’s Hawkins tops AHSAA Prep Spotlight

Gaston High senior running back Kameron Hawkins (pictured above) rushed for a school-record 434 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries as Gaston posted its first in win of the season on beating West End, 42-34. Hawkins reeled off touchdown runs of 75, 32, 12 and 72 yards as the Bulldogs snapped a 10-game streak
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Morris, Hawkins reach milestones as Gaston ends losing streak

Photo: Gaston’s Malik Redmond tackles West End’s Levi Armstrong during the Bulldogs’ 42-34 in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19) in Walnut Grove. (Sherry Abercrombie Photography) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent It was a historic evening for Gaston High head football coach Swane Morris and senior running back Kameron Hawkins last Friday (Oct. 19), as
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Westbrook nails down playoff spot with 35-point victory over Woodland

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s P.J. Wells (right) beats a pair of Woodland defenders for a touchdown catch during the Warriors’ 56-21 victory in high school football last Friday (Oct. 12) in Rainbow City. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian had little difficulty in securing a second straight state postseason berth last Friday (Oct. 19).
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Etowah rallies past Alexandria, moves closer to region title

Messenger file photo by Travis Greene By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent The Blue Devil faithful were buzzing in Death Valley last Friday, Oct.19, as Etowah (9-0, 5-0) scored 27 unanswered points on the way to a 27-7 victory over Class 5A, Region 6 foe Alexandria (4-4, 2-3) in Alexandria. Etowah can wrap up the region championship
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Hokes Bluff fends off CCHS, remains unbeaten

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) stretches for a key first down during the Eagles’ 21-17 victory over Cherokee County in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19) in Centre. (Alex Chaney) By Grant Benefield/For Cherokee County Herald Cherokee County gave second-ranked Hokes Bluff all it could handle last Friday (Oct. 19) but the Warriors
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Panthers upset Boaz, clinch playoff berth

Messenger file photo by Travis Greene By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter In a game that featured two of the best high school running backs in north Alabama, Kenneth Bothwell and Southside prevailed over Christian Collins and Boaz last Friday (Oct. 19), as the Panthers came away with a 45-28 win over the Pirates in
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Lipscomb airs out Woodville in Conquerors' region win

Messenger file photo by Gary Wells Caiden Lipscomb finished with 427 yards of total offense and six touchdowns as Coosa Christian clinched the third playoff seed in Class 1A, Region 7 with a 47-20 victory over rival Woodville last Friday (Oct. 26). Lipscomb was 18 for 31 in passing for 402 yards and five touchdowns
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Titans win second in a row, remain in playoff hunt

Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Jimmy Lay/al.com Gadsden City forced three Huntsville turnovers and blocked a punt and a field goal attempt as the Titans kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 27-7 Class 7A, Region 4 road victory over Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 19). Quinton Densmore broke open a scoreless game
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Sardis surges past Crossville, 50-25

Photo: Sardis’ Drew Vaughn (37) out-races a pair of Crossville defenders on the way to a touchdown during the Lions’ 50-25 win in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19) in Sardis City. (Bentley Gray Photography) By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter The respective offenses of the Sardis Lions and Crossville Lions roared last Friday (Oct.
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Weaver rushes past Glencoe, 42-13

Photo: Glencoe’s Colton Stone (left) is chased by Weaver’s Isaiah Woods during the Yellow Jackets’ 42-13 loss in high school football last Friday (Oct. 19). (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Weaver used an explosive rushing attack and a stingy defense to subdue Glencoe, 42-13, in high school football action last Friday (Oct. 19). The Bearcats
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Oct. 17 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 8-0 309 2. Thompson 6-1 215 3. Auburn 7-0 201 4. Hoover 5-2 176 5. Mountain Brook 7-0 174 6. Hewitt-Trussville 6-2 128 7. Austin 6-1 101 8. Theodore 6-1 90 9. McGill-Toolen 5-2 41 10. James Clemens 5-2 37 Others receiving votes: Fairhope (6-2) 5, Bob
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Legals for the week of 10/19 - 10/25

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated February 27, 2004, executed by Matthew Steven Parker and Kari Parker, husband and wife, to The United States of America, acting by and through the United States Department of Agriculture, which mortgage was recorded on
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In & around SEC football - Week 8 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 7 Review The Crimson Tide submitted one of its best defensive performances of the season in a 39-10 victory over Missouri last week. In the second quarter, Missouri cut the lead to 13-10 on a touchdown pass from Drew Lock to Jalen Knox. Alabama responded with 17 unanswered points
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Hokes Bluff’s Meads highlights Week 7 Prep Spotlight

Photo by Alex Chaney Hokes Bluff High’s Darrian Meads (pictured above) was named the state’s top performer in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 7 of the 2018 season. In just over 30 minutes of action, the junior halfback rushed 17 times for 401 yards and touchdowns runs of 89, 60
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Local runners compete at Oxford meet

Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several local runners placed in the top 20 at the Terrortorium on the Creekbank 5K last Saturday (Oct. 13) in Oxford. In the boys race, Southside High senior Taylor Nails (pictured above) finished first out of 228 competitors with a time of 16:57.35 to help the Panthers finish in
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Jacksonville State rolls past Eastern Illinois

Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper (6) hands off to Tramel Terry during the Gamecocks’ 49-22 victory over Eastern Illinois last Saturday (Oct. 13) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Jacksonville State Express continued to pick up speed last Saturday (Oct. 13), as the No. 7 Gamecocks rolled on towards the FCS
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Titans rally past Florence for first win of season

Photo: Carlos Flores and the Gadsden City High football team won their first game of the season on Oct. 12. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent After six straight losses to start the season, Gadsden City entered its Class 7A, Region 4 contest against Florence with its backs against the wall. To make
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Conquerors clock out Gaylesville, 34-6

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Clay Waites (2) runs for yardage after a catch as Gaylesville’s Tristen Payne (6) pursues during the Conquerors’ 34-6 victory last Friday (Oct. 12) in Gadsden. (Wayne Butterworth) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian’s homecoming game against Gaylesville last Friday (Oct. 12) was shorter than expected for the host team. With the Conquerors
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Southside notches big region win over Alexandria

Photo by Travis Greene By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Southside High head football coach Ron Daugherty must have bought an alarm clock last Friday (Oct. 12). Something or someone served a wake-up call on the Panthers, as they pounded visiting Alexandria, 35-14. The win propelled Southside into third place in Class 5A Region 6 standings at
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Westbrook collars Bulldogs on homecoming

Messenger file photo/Gary Wells By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was homecoming at Jack Osborne Stadium last Friday (Oct. 12), where Westbrook Christian defeated Class 2A, Region 6 rival and Etowah County neighbor Gaston, 48-0, in Rainbow City. “We had a slow stretch in the second quarter, and I wasn’t happy with that,” said Westbrook head
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Boaz tops Sardis in region tilt

By Taylor Back/Sand Mountain Reporter “Ground and pound” was the game plan for Boaz last Friday (Oct. 12), as the visiting Pirates raced past Sardis by a score of 42-14 in Sardis City. It was the Pirates first win against Sardis in three years and clinched Boaz (7-1, 4-0) a spot in the playoffs for
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Meads runs for over 400 yards on Mike Robertson Night

Photo by Alex Chaney Darrian Meads made sure that the first game played on Mike Robertson Field was a memorable one last Friday (Oct. 12). In just over 30 minutes of action, the junior halfback rushed 17 times for 401 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 49-10 win over Class 4A, Region 6 rival
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Blue Devils torch Douglas on homecoming

Photo: Etowah High’s Reggie Phillips dives for a first down as teammate Bennett Nance provides blocking during the Blue Devils’ 54-0 victory over Douglas on Oct. 12 in Attalla. (Travis Greene) Sparked by four touchdown passes from Brady Troup, Etowah remained undefeated with a 54-0 thrashing of Class 5A, Region 6 rival Douglas last Friday (Oct.
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Sports Complex construction schedule revealed

Photo by Kaitlin Fleming: Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority Chair Ralph Burke (left) announces the schedule for construction of the Sports Complex as authority member Craig Ford (right) listens on Thursday, October 11. After months of planning and preparation, the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority (ECMSCA) is revealing plans for construction to begin.
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Guyton and Wilson win runoff elections

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, October 9, City of Gadsden municipal runoff elections were held. In the District 5 City Council race, Jason Wilson beat incumbent Billy Billingsley. Wilson received 520, votes to Billingsley’s 296. “I cannot tell you how much it means to my family to have an opportunity to serve this
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Local high school soccer player set to attend university early

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent At the age of four, Grace McClellan had a dream that she would one day play professional soccer. Now, the Southside High School senior has gotten one step closer to having her dreams a reality. McClellan has had an opportunity for the past two years to play with an Olympic
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Humane Society to host Halloween events

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, October 26, the Humane SocietyPet Rescue and Adoption Center will host a Halloween Bash from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge located at 118 West 1st Street in Gadsden. The event is a costume party, compete with a costume contest with prizes, games, music, catered food
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How you vote in November could decide whether or not you get to vote on a lottery

By State Rep. Craig Ford The lottery has been talked about for decades in Alabama. There’s no question that the voters support it, but the state legislature has failed to pass a bill that would let the people vote. Two years ago, the lottery almost made it through the legislative process before it died in
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The Vagabond: The Gadsden Fault - an earthquake waiting to hit Gadsden?

By Danny Crownover This week, The Vagabond will discuss the Gadsden Fault, which follows part of the High Town Path around Gadsden. Over the years, The Vagabond often has admired the local stone formations that tell an exciting geological story. There are strange examples of wind and water erosion that have been carved during the
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... How Much Longer, Father?

By Robert Halsey Pine “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me. The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” (Luke 10:16-17 NRSV). One of the greatest feelings that a person can have
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Southern Cooking - Brunch Casserole, Eggnog Pancakes and Blueberry Monkey Bread

By Andy Bedwell Let’s do brunch! Brunch Casserole 10 slices of bread, cubed (I don’t remove crusts) 1 pound of Dean’s Sausage, cooked and crumbled 1 (8-ounce) package cheddar cheese, grated 8 eggs, beaten 4 cups milk salt and pepper to taste Put the bread cubes in a greased deep baking dish. (lazy me uses
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A Lifetime of Praise

By Toni Ford The last five Psalms – 146 to 150 – are considered “hallelujah psalms” that focus our attention on praising the Lord. Psalm 146 begins with a vow to praise God throughout life and is filled with hope as a result of all God’s promises to His children. In this psalm, we are
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In & around SEC football - Week 7 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 6 Review Alabama didn’t particularly play well but still dominated Arkansas, 65-31, on the road. Tua Tagovailoa had another superb performance as he completed 10-of-13 passes for 334 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Damien Harris rushed for 111 yards and two scores, while Jerry Jeu-dy caught four passes
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Legals for the week of 10/12 - 10/18

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Carnell Lamar Williams to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., solely as nominee for U.S. Bank, N.A., dated June 24, 2005 said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County,
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah ranked in Oct. 10 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 7-0 313 2. Hewitt-Trussville 6-1 249 3. Thompson 5-1 195 4. Auburn 6-0 185 5. Hoover 4-2 172 6. McGill-Toolen 5-1 136 7. Mountain Brook 6-0 114 8. Austin 5-1 86 9. Theodore 5-1 50 10. James Clemens 4-2 20 Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (4-2) 11,
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Local players featured in Week 6 Prep Football Spotlight

Photo courtesy of Alex Chaney Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2018 season. Coosa Christian senior quarterback Caiden Lipscomb was 27-of-50 passing for 429 yards and three touchdowns (66, 24 and 14 yards) in the Conquerors’ 70-27 loss to Falkville. Junior
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Gadsden State's Spradley named ACCC Player of the Week

Gadsden State freshman outside hitter Taylor Spradley (pictured above) was named Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 1-7. The Alexandria native helped the Lady Cardinals to an 8-4 record on the week while recording 81 kills, 15 digs, and eight blocks. For the season, Spradley currently is first in the
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