Westbrook, Southside, Glencoe advance to volleyball super regionals

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Abbie Garrett (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) Several local volleyball teams advanced to the North Super Regional Tournament at the Von
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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 Weaver

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s P.J. Wells (right) beats a pair of Woodland defenders for a 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. 12). The
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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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Southside wins fourth straight county volleyball title

Photo: The Southside High School volleyball team gathers for a photo after winning the Etowah County School Tournament championship last Saturday (Oct. 6) at Sardis. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Lily Anderson, Lauren Hunt, Alexis Thompson, Marianna Coley. Standing, from left: Sidney Yancey, Maggie Bell, Macie Williams, Hailey Hendon, Makayla Moore. The Southside High School volleyball
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Blue Devils get past Pell City, 8-6

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent With the game on the line last Friday (Oct. 5), Etowah High head football coach Drew Noles knew he could trust his defense to come through with a stop. The Class 5A, No. 2 Blue Devils (7-0) led Pell City 8-6 with 3:51 remaining, and the Panthers (2-4) had just picked
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James Clemens takes down Titans, 50-28

Photo: Gadsden City defenders, including Marlon Brasher (7), Tyron Tripp (21) and Jovari Sumpter (99), pursue James Clemens’ Aaron Boone during the Titan’s 50-28 loss in high school football on Oct. 5 at GCHS. (Courtesy of Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The good news for the Gadsden City High faithful last Friday (Oct. 5) was
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Gaston remains winless after region loss to Cleveland

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Cleveland Panthers evened their record at 3-3 and 2-2 on the season with a 62-12 Class 2A, Region 6 win over the Gaston Bulldogs last Friday (Oct. 5). The game appeared to be a shootout with both teams scoring early in the opening quarter. Cleveland’s Da’Quarrius Phillips scored on an
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Southside steamrolls Douglas, 63-0

By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Southside High spoiled Douglas’ homecoming with a 63-0 shutout in Class 5A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 5). It was the first game between the teams since 1981, and only the fifth meeting recorded. Southside is now 5-0 against Douglas. The Panthers (2-4, 2-1) all but sealed the game
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Eagles wallop Ashville on homecoming

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons (7) tackles Ashville’s Luke Harris during the Eagles’ 52-0 victory in high school football last Friday (Oct. 5) at Hokes Bluff. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff shook off some early-game rust to post a 52-0 victory over Ashville in Class 4A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 5) in
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Sardis come up short at Alexandria

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter The Alexandria Valley Cubs won a hard fought 33-15 match up against Class 5A, Region 6 opponent Sardis last Friday (Oct. 5). The Lions scored on their opening drive and Alexandria tied it up before the end of the first half at 7-7. It appeared as though Alexandria gained the
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Coosa Christian, Westbrook, West End, Glencoe fall short

Coosa Christian lost to Class 1A, Region 6 rival Fairview, 70-27, last Friday (Oct. 5) in Cullman. The Aggies (7-0, 4-0) ran out to a 41-0 lead before the Conquerors (3-3, 1-2) got on the scoreboard with Caiden Lipscomb’s 66-yard touchdown pass to Evan Delp at 8:26 of the second quarter. Following another Fairview touchdown,
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In & around SEC football - Week 6

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review Despite limited offensive production, Auburn defeated Southern Mississippi, 24-13, in non-conference ac-tion at Jordan-Hare Stadium last Saturday (Sept. 29). The Tiger offense was just as sloppy as the weather, as AU outgained the Golden Ea-gles only 341 to 260. Jarrett Stidham completed 19-of-33 passes for 245 yards
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Legals for the week of 10/5 - 10/11

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kenneth L. Maltbie , Jr. Husband And Sheryl D. Maltbie Wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for PHH Mortgage Corporation, its successors and assigns dated December 21, 2009;
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Oct. 3 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 6-0 316 2. Hewitt-Trussville 5-1 246 3. Thompson 4-1 202 4. Auburn 6-0 185 5. Hoover 3-2 167 6. McGill-Toolen 4-1 134 7. Mountain Brook 5-0 116 8. Austin 4-1 70 9. Vestavia Hills 4-1 51 10. Theodore 4-1 18 Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (4-2) 10, James
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Gadsden State’s Freeman named ACCC Player of the Week

Gadsden State’s Jaylyn Freeman was named the Alabama Community College Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 24-30.  The freshman defensive specialist played in 10 sets  for the Lady Cardinals (18-7, 8-4), recording four kills, 14 assists, and 58 digs. So far this season, Freeman has 348 digs, 74 assists and 14 aces.
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Local players featured in Week 5 Prep Spotlight

Photo by Gary Wells Three area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2018 season. Playing in the first half and one series on the second half, Hokes Bluff junior halfback Darrian Meads rushed 14 times for 167 yards and touchdown runs of 47,
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Gamecocks outlast Austin Peay in OVC action

Photo: Jacksonville State’s Justin Thomas-Thornton (4) chases Austin Peay’s Kentel Williams during the Gamecocks’ 48-32 football victory last Saturday (Sept. 29) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass and his Gamecocks must know how it feels to have a bulls-eye painted on their back. “We’re everybody’s Super
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Blue Devils hold off Fort Payne, 21-14

Photo: Etowah High’s Trent Davis (left) breaks free from Fort Payne’s Tyler Newton during the Blue Devils’ 21-14 win last Friday (Sept. 28). (Courtesy of Fort Payne Times-Journal) By Cody Dowler/Fort Payne Time Journal Fort Payne nearly put an end to Class 5A, No. 3 Etowah’s perfect season last Friday (Sept. 28), but the Wildcats
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Helena gets past Southside, 13-7

Photo: Southside High’s Kenneth Bothwell (left) looks for running room during the Panthers’ 13-7 loss to Helena last Friday (Sept. 28). (Courtesy of Travis Greene) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Helena earned its first win of the season with a 13-7 victory over Southside in a non-region contest on Friday (Sept. 28) at Barney Hood Stadium.
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Conquerors edge VCA in non-region action

The Coosa Christian defense pitched a shutout over the final 41 minutes as the Conquerors defeated Victory Christian, 10-7, last Friday (Sept. 28) in Pell City. After falling behind 7-0 midway through the first quarter, Coosa (3-2, 1-1) drew within four points on Seung-min Cho’s 22-yard field goal with a minute left in the opening
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Hokes Bluff hangs 47 on Glencoe

Photo: Hokes Bluff High’s Tristin Billingsley catches a touchdown pass during the Eagles’ 47-7 victory last Friday (Sept. 28). (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hokes Bluff did not have too much difficulty in posting its 32nd series win over Glencoe last Friday (Sept. 28). After punting on their first series, the Class 4A
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Geraldine edges Sardis in Lions’ homecoming

Photo: Sardis High’s Tre Dalrymple (left) pursues Geraldine’s Jamison Rowell during the Lions’ 20-19 loss last Friday (Sept. 28) in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Huck Treadwell/Sand Mountain Reporter A fourth quarter rally by Sardis High fell just a little short and Geraldine was able to escape with a 20-19 win last
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Patriots shut out by Ragland

Photo: West End High’s Jacob Jones (4) scrambles for yardage as Ragland’s Matthew Turbville, Bailey Wyatt and Hunter Day (pictured, from left) pursue during the Patriots’ 35-0 loss on Sept. 28 in Walnut Grove. (Sherry Abercrombie) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Ragland used a stonewall defense and an explosive offense on the way to a 35-0
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Gadsden holds open house for The Venue

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Tuesday, September 25, the City of Gadsden unveiled its newest event space. An open house allowed the public to view the newly-completed The Venue at Coosa Landing at 201 George Wallace Drive. City of Gadsden Public Affairs Coordinator Eric Wright said that they hoped for a few hundred visitors, but
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Longhorn Steakhouse set to open October 2

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor Gadsden natives may have noticed the soon-to-open restaurant being built at 943 Rainbow Drive, right in front of the Gadsden Mall. In fact, the construction has caused the main mall entrance to be closed. Locals anticipating the new Longhorn Steakhouse won’t have to wait much longer. Longhorn recently announced that it
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People of Etowah - Madison Cannon

Name: Madison Cannon Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and raised in Attalla.” What is your occupation? “I am an insurance agent at Hodges-Ford Insurance.” Tell us about your family and pets. “I have a rather small family with my mom and dad and younger brother and sister.” Describe an
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Bring out in order to give

By Toni Ford Deuteronomy is essentially Moses’ farewell address to a new generation. In chapter six, we find Moses reminding this new generation that they must never stop teaching the meaning of the laws to their children and telling the numerous stories of how the Lord brought His people out of slavery. One of the
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The Vagabond: The 1823 journal of Lucius Verus Bierce through Etowah County

By Danny Crownover Many people have asked The Vagabond about the combined Creek Path and High Town Path that went up Penitentiary Hollow (up Fisher Creek from Cox’s Gap). This is the route Andrew Jackson used before he created a new route called the Jackson Military Trace through Highway 179 and today’s Ivalee community. Years
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Southern Cooking - Salmon Patties and Hoyt’s Biscuits

By Andy Bedwell I hope all of you are familiar with Hoyt Tidwell and his videos from his southern kitchen in Tennessee. Would you believe he and I talk on the phone about his recipes and his wonderful cookbook? Of course, we mention a few of my recipes. We southern cooks have to stick together,
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Pious Bob: In This Corner, Weighing...

By Robert Halsey Pine “Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should
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Legals for the week of 9/28 - 10/4

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Raymond F. Humphries, unmarried man, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Acopia, LLC, on the 16th day of May, 2016, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge
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In & around SEC football - Week 5 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 4 Review Tua Tagovailoa was nearly perfect as the Alabama offense racked up 524 yards in a 45-23 victory over Texas A&M. Mack Wilson intercepted a pass on the second play from scrimmage and Tagovailoa found DeVonta Smith for a 30-yard touchdown pass on the next play. It was
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Eagles, Blue Devils ranked in Sept. 26 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 5-0 343 2. Hewitt-Trussville 4-1 282 3. Thompson 4-1 227 4. Auburn 5-0 206 5. Hoover 3-2 192 6. McGill-Toolen 4-1 143 7. Mountain Brook 5-0 125 8. Lee-Montgomery 4-1 82 9. Austin 4-1 64 10. Vestavia Hills 3-1 22 Others receiving votes: James Clemens (3-2) 10,
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Area players featured in Week 4 Prep Spotlight

Photo: Sardis High’s Trent Presley (right) intercepts a pass during the Lions’ 43-7 win over Douglas on Sept. 21 in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 4 of the 2018 season. Coosa Christian junior running back Dartavious
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Jacksonville State keeps conference streak alive

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State overcame a sluggish start to overwhelm Tennessee Tech this past Saturday (Sept. 22) at Snow-Burgess Field. The No. 9 Gamecocks defeated the Eagles, 48-20 in their Ohio Valley Conference opener at Burgess-Snow Field. JSU (2-1, 1-0) extended its OVC win streak to 33 games, the longest active conference winning
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Blue Devils dismantle Southside, 42-0

Photo: Etowah High’s Brady Troup looks for an open receiver as Trent Davis (center) provides protection during the Blue Devils’ 42-0 win on Sept. 21. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor In the teams’ first region game in five years, Etowah dominated Southside in all three phases of the game en route to a 42-0 Class
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Conquerors ride past Decatur Heritage

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent In the latest edition of “The Shootout at Wills Creek,” Coosa Christian picked up its first Class 1A, Region 7 win of the season with a 54-42 victory over Decatur Heritage Christian Academy last Friday (Sept. 21) at Phillip Ellen Stadium in Gadsden. The Conquerors (2-3, 1-1) held a 48-42 lead
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Westbrook rally falls short against Ohatchee

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Westbrook Christian pushed Class 2A, No. 4 Ohatchee to the brink, but the Warriors’ upset bid fell just short in a 37-30 Region 6 loss last Friday (Sept. 21) at Jack Osborn Stadium in Rainbow City. Trailing 30-14 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors (3-2, 1-1) mounted a 17-play, 80-yard scoring
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Bulldogs can’t hold off Woodland in region tilt

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gaston failed to protect a double-digit halftime lead and had a late rally fall short in a 45-38 loss to Class 2A, Region 6 rival Woodland last Friday (Sept. 21) at Gaston. The Bulldogs (0-4, 0-2) jumped to a 16-0 lead with 1:14 to go in the opening period while holding
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Sardis races past Douglas, 43-7

Photo: Sardis High’s Temon Wilson tries to break free from a Douglas defender during the Lions’ 43-7 win on Sept. 21 in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray) By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High coasted to its first 5A, Region 6 victory with a 43-7 win over Douglas last Friday (Sept. 21) in Sardis
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Eagles fly past Anniston, 28-10

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian meads runs for a third-quarter touchdown as Anniston’s Jimmy Felton (7) pursues and teammate Tristan Billingsley (3) looks on during the Eagles’ 28-18 win last Friday (Sept. 21) in Anniston. (Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff posted a 28-18 win in Class 4A, Region 6 action last Friday (Sept. 21) in Anniston. The
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Bob Jones edges Gadsden City, 12-7

Photo: Gadsden City’s Joshua Richard (left) brings down Bob Jones’ Donavan Brown during the Titans’ 12-7 loss last Friday (Sept. 21) in Madison. (Eric Schultz/preps@al.com) By Skip Vaughn/preps@al.com Two touchdown passes in the second half from Caden Rose to John-Michael Riley lifted Bob Jones to a 12-7 Class 7A, Region 4 victory against Gadsden City
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Walter Wellborn spoils Glencoe’s homecoming

Photo: Glencoe High’s Andrew Massarro looks for running room during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-0 loss to Walter Wellborn last Friday (Sept. 21). (Gary Wells) Glencoe High fell to Class 3A, Region 6 rival Walter Wellborn, 40-0, in the Yellow Jackets’ homecoming game last Friday (Sept. 21). For Glencoe, Daniel Maye completed 3 of 5 passes
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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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