In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 3 Review It wasn’t a performance for the ages, but Auburn did enough to defeat FCS-member Mercer, 24-10, last Saturday (Sept. 16). Auburn outgained Mercer 510-246 but the Tigers turned the ball over five times while forcing zero turnovers. It was an ugly performance, and the offensive struggles from
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Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released September 19 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 3-0 334 2. Hoover 3-1 284 3. Thompson 3-0 243 4. Hewitt-Trussville 3-0 216 5. McGill-Toolen 3-0 176 6. Spain Park 3-1 129 7. Auburn 3-1 127 8. Fairhope 3-1 78 9. Theodore 3-1 39 10. Jeff Davis 3-1 31 Others receiving votes: Oak
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Locals recognized by AHSAA

  A pair of area high school football players were nominated to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2017 football season. Sardis High’s Logan Gaskin finished with 157 combined yards and accounted for seven touchdowns in the Lions’ 46-27 win over Geraldine. The senior quarterback passed for 78 yards
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Titans notch first win of season in home opener

Photo: Gadsden City’s Ryan Sparks (left) hands off to Jaelyn Fleming during the Titans’ 38-35 victory over James Clemens on Sept. 15. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City High School head football coach Bart Sessions was a happy man last Friday (Sept. 15) after his Titans (1-3, 1-1) gave him both his first
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Southside falls to Pell City on late touchdown

Photo: Southside High’s Kenneth Bothwell runs for yardage during the Panthers’ 28-21 loss to Pell City on Sept. 15. (Photo by Gary Wells)   By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor It appeared that Southside High School would send last Friday’s (Sept. 15) game against Pell City into overtime when Kenneth Bothwell’s six-yard touchdown run tied the game
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Blue Devils rally past Guntersville

By Jay Beard/Sand Mountain Reporter Guntersville tried to add another Class 5A, Region 7 region victory to the mix last Friday (Sept. 15), but the Etowah defense was just too much to handle as the Wildcats fell, 26-20, at Chorba-Lee Stadium. Etowah lineman Jessie Altman striped the ball from Guntersville’s Archer Charles midway through the
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Lions pound Geraldine, 46-27

By Taylor Beck/For Sand Mountain Reporter After the Sardis Lions capitalized on three forced turnovers to take a 20-7 first half lead over the Geraldine Bulldogs last Friday (Sept. 15), both offenses exploded in the second half. Sardis senior quarterback Logan Gaskin took his offense down the field and scored on an 11-yard scamper with
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Eagles, Patriots fall in region action

Hokes Bluff suffered its first loss of the season with a 28-27 setback at Jacksonville last Friday in Class 4A, Region 5 action. The No. 6 Eagles (2-1, 1-1) tied the game on Landon Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes left in the game, but a two-point conversion pass attempt fell incomplete,
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Conquerors fall to Ragland

Coosa Christian lost to Ragland, 67-26, in high school football last Friday (Sept. 15) in Gadsden. For the Conquerors (2-2, 1-0), Caleb Lipscomb threw touchdown passes of 29, 58, 69 and 30 yards, all to Evan Delp. Lipscomb was 10-for-21 in passing for 238 yards, while Delp had four receptions for 186 yards. Jackson Justus
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No. 1 Fyffe torches Westbrook

By Kelsey Daenen/For Fort Payne Times-Journal The top-ranked Fyffe Red Devils posted a 54-6 win over visiting Westbrook Christian in Class 2A, Region 6 action last Friday (Sept. 15) at Fyffe. Fyffe quarterback Seth Benefield completed a pass to Fyffe’s Brant Rowell for a 72-yard touchdown. The extra point by kicker Brody Dalton was good,
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Collinsville shuts out Bulldogs in region tilt

John Morgan/For Fort Payne Times-Journal Sophomore quarterback Kaleb Jones accounted for five touchdowns and a recovered fumble in Collinsville’s 41-0 victory over Gaston on Friday (Sept. 15) at Collinsville. The Panthers got their first win of the season and improved to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 6 play. Gaston remained winless at 0-4 and
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FLD Garden Shop offers fun fall workshops

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor FLD Garden Shop offers everything you would expect in a garden shop, from plants and planters, to fountains, wind chimes and garden signs. But the shop features more than just supplies for the garden; it also offers workshops for new gardening projects. Located at 2290 Cedar Bend Road North in Southside,
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Sixth Street Pool holds grand reopening celebration

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On  Saturday, September 9, the Sixth Street Pool’s grand reopening welcomed the Sixth Street community, City of Gadsden officials, Coach George Baker and his family and the family of Coach L.C. Presley to see the pool’s new facilities. Constance Bostick opened the event with a rendition of the National Anthem. Floyd
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Etowah County Fair to arrive in town next week

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The 78th Annual Etowah County Fair is coming to town. The event will be held September 19 through 23 at the Etowah County Fairgrounds,  located at 31 Griffin Street Southeast in Attalla. The fairgrounds open at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturdays. The fair costs
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People of Etowah-Dr. Cynthia Toles

Name: Dr. Cynthia Toles Where were you born and raised? “I was born, raised and educated in Gadsden, Alabama.” What is your occupation? “My occupation is teacher, tutor, mentor and administrator (educator).” What made you decide to work in your field? “I had many role models at the elementary, high school level and church.  Individuals
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Pious Bob-The Inside Story On Us

St. Paul tells us, there’s no wasting away with Jesus: “We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving,
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Should Dr. Sentance be fired?

The State Board of Education recently met to discuss terminating State Superintendent Dr. Michael Sentance’s contract. Politics has surrounded Dr. Sentance’s time in Alabama, starting even before he was hired. And if the board decides to fire him, his supporters will claim that politics was the driving factor. Dr. Sentance was the preferred choice of
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Classifieds for the week of September 8-September 15, 2017

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Legals for the week of September 8-September 15, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Ronald Joe  Byers, an unmarried man, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for American Advisor Group, on the 28th day of March, 2013, said mortgage recorded in the Office of
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Classifieds for the week of September 1-September 8, 2017

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Legals for the week of September 1-September 8, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain real estate mortgage executed by Rex A. Saye, a married man, to The Exchange Bank of Alabama on the 6th day of June, 2013, recorded as Instrument Number 3386815, in the Office of the Judge of Probate, Etowah
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Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released September 13 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 3-0 340 2. Hoover 2-1 280 3. Thompson 2-0 226 4. Hewitt-Trussville 2-0 216 5. McGill-Toolen 3-0 183 6. Spain Park 3-0 160 7. Theodore 3-0 81 8. Auburn 2-1 66 9. Oak Mountain 3-0 58 10. Mountain Brook 2-1 28 Others receiving votes:
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Local runners compete at Etowah Trails Invitational 5K

Local runners compete at Etowah Trails Invitational A number of area high school cross country runners competed on the Etowah Trails Invitational 5K last Saturday (Sept. 9) at Noccalula Falls Park. The event was hosted by Gadsden City High School. Several local runners finished in the top 10. In girls event, Meghan McCarthy of Rainbow
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JSU fades in second half against Ramblin’ Wreck

Photo: Jacksonville State’s Darius Jackson (right) covers Georgia Tech’s Nathan Cottrell during the Gamecocks’ 37-10 loss last Saturday (Sept. 9) in Atlanta. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State made its annual visit into the land of major college football with adverse results once again on Saturday (Sept. 9) in Atlanta. Georgia Tech, one of the
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No. 7 Eagles hold of Cherokee County

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Levi Taliaferro (19), Dane Driskell (9), Jackson Evans (32), Grant Mason (45) and Ashton Gulledge (2) converge on Cherokee County’s Sidney Perry during the Eagles’ 27-21 win last Friday (Sept. 8) at HBHS. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff jumped to a 21-14 halftime lead and held on for
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Etowah hangs 50 on Douglas on homecoming

Photo: Etowah High’s Evan Jones (right) pulls away from Douglas’ Briley Smith during the Blue Devils’ 50-0 victory last Friday (Sept. 8) in Attalla. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It was nolo contendere at James Glover Field last Friday (Sept. 8). In their Class 5A, Region 7 opener against Douglas, the Blue Devils raced out to a
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Titans can’t overcome slow start against Hewitt-Trussville

Photo: Gadsden City’s Jaelyn Fleming drags a pile of Hewitt-Trussville defenders during the Titans’ 38-24 loss last Friday. By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A sluggish start doomed Gadsden City High in a 38-24 loss to Hewitt-Trussville last Friday (Sept. 8) at Husky Stadium in Trussville. The Huskies (2-0, 1-0) received the ball to start the game
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Sardis upsets No. 8 Madison Academy

By Taylor Beck/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High found itself down 17-0 early in the second half to region foe and No. 8 Madison Academy but the Lions roared back to upset the Mustangs, 18-17, last Friday (Sept.8) in Sardis City. In the past two weeks, Sardis (1-2, 1-0) suffered single-digit losses at the hands
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Coosa Christian conquers Valley Head

By Bradley Roberts/Fort Payne Times-Journal Coosa Christian conquered Valley Head, 25-6, in the first Class 1A, Region 6 matchup of the season for both teams last Friday (Sept. 8) at Valley Head. The Conquerors improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in region competition, while Valley Head fell to 0-2 overall and 1-2 in region play.
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Penalties hamper Gaston in region loss to Section

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Gaston kicked off its Class 2A, Region 6 schedule last Friday (Sep. 8) with a 20-6 loss to Section at Shinbone Ridge. The Lions (3-0, 1-0) regained possession with 8:30 remaining in the first half of play. The ball was being advanced until an interception by Matthew Rich placed the home
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Panthers fall short at Fort Payne

By Cody Dowler/Fort Payne Times-Journal A year ago, it was the Fort Payne Wildcats who didn’t finish strong in a 34-31 loss at Southside. Last Friday (Sept. 8), the Wildcats turned the tables with a 28-14 home win. The Panthers came out on offense with a shifty running game that gave the ‘Cats fits on
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Warriors, Yellow Jackets, Patriots come up short

Photo: West End High’s Levi Armstrong (left) fends off Tanner’s Ben Looney during the Patriots’ 28-10 Class 2A, Region 7 loss last Friday (Sept. 8) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Sherry Abercrombie) Westbrook Christian fell to Sand Rock, 17-3, in the Warriors’ Class 2A, Region 6 opener last Friday (Sept. 8) in Rainbow City. Westbrook’s lone score
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Etowah nonprofits band together to provide relief for hurricane victims

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are working together with other Etowah County nonprofit organizations to provide supplies to hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. The EMA and VOAD wanted to help an affected city that had not gotten the coverage that Houston did
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Turnip Tuesday to kickoff fall fun next week

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor All summer, the Fifth Street Market in downtown Gadsden has been offering produce, homemade crafts and more to the public. Now the market is gearing up for fall, offering produce with more fall-based items, such as mums and apples. The Fifth Street Market opened its doors in 2016 and originally just
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Agri-business center a great addition to mega sports complex

By Rep. Craig Ford Tourism and hospitality is a $13 billion dollar a year industry in the state of Alabama. That number comes from the Alabama Department of Tourism, and was included in a press release Gov. Kay Ivey put out last month. But tourism and hospitality don’t just come from our beautiful beaches and
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People of Etowah - B. Craig Lipscomb

Name: B. Craig Lipscomb, Architect. Where were you born and raised? “My family for many generations has lived in Gadsden, Alabama. Prior to my birth, my parents moved to Leeds, Alabama, where I was born. Shortly thereafter, we moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where we lived until I was eight, at which time we moved
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Pious Bob - Dealing with the Law and Our Sin

By Robert Halsey Pine Paul fought the law and the law won: “What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 1 Review Despite losing much of its front seven to the NFL, No. 1 Alabama’s defense was dominant in the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 victory over No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta last Saturday (Sept. 2). The Alabama offense struggled at times in new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s debut, but
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Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released Sept. 6 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 2-0 280 2. Hoover 1-1 236 3. Thompson 1-0 187 4. Hewitt-Trussville 1-0 178 5. McGill-Toolen 2-0 151 6. James Clemens 1-0 121 7. Spain Park 2-0 111 8. Auburn 2-0 81 9. Mountain Brook 2-0 40 10. Baker 2-0 18 Others receiving votes:
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Locals recognized by AHSAA

Pictured above, Hokes Bluff’s Landon Johnson (Photo by Alex Chaney) Several area high school football players were nominated to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2017 football season. Glencoe senior quarterback Jacob Amberson completed 12-of-14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-17 win
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Yellow Jackets rally past Westbrook, 28-14

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s John Ross Morgan (23) brings down Glencoe’s Easton Foreman during the Yellow Jackets’ 28-17 victory last Friday (Sept. 1) in Rainbow City. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor When Glencoe High’s first two possessions of the second half last Friday (Sept. 1) resulted in a fumble that led to a Westbrook
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Eagles end skid against Southside

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Ashton Gulledge (bottom) upends Southside Gavin Griffin  during the Eagles’ 33-16 victory last Friday (Sept. 1) at HBHS. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Entering this season’s opener, Hokes Bluff had suffered six straight losses to the Southside Panthers by an average score of 33-16. But on Friday (Sept. 1),
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Conquerors notch win in home opener

Pictured above, Coosa Christian’s Dartavious Britton By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian (1-1) picked up a 36-13 win over Appalachian in the school’s home opener last Friday (Sep. 1) at Phillip Ellen Field. The visiting Eagles kicked the game off with the ball, but that did not last long. Jasper Hutchens pass was intercepted by
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Bulldogs lose to Pleasant Valley

Photo: Gaston’s Lathon Stewart (7) tries to escape the grasp of Pleasant Valley’s Dalton Page during the Bulldogs’ 37-6 loss last Friday (Sept. 1) at Gaston. (Photo by Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Pleasant Valley Raiders broke into the win column by dominating the Gaston Bulldogs, 37-6, last Friday (Sept. 1) at Shinbone Ridge.
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Sardis rally falls short against Sylvania

By Taylor Beck/For Sand Mountain Reporter A fourth quarter rally fell short for Sardis against Sylvania last Friday (Sept. 1), sending the Lions to their second straight loss, 27-21. The Rams jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first half behind a 94-yard punt return for touchdown, followed up with two more rushing touchdowns
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Patriots win; Blue Devils, Titans come up short

Courtesy of al.com West End notched its first win of the season last Friday (Sept. 1) with a 21-19 victory over Susan Moore in Blountsville. Nursing a 14-13 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, the Patriots (1-1) used a 13-yard Jacob Jones to Eli Pearce 13-yard touchdown pass to provide West End some
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Legals for the week of August 25 - September 1, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on September 10, 2004 by Deanna Rice and husband, Anthony Rice, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Molton, Allen, & Williams Mortgage Co. LLC, and recorded in Instrument # at
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Classifieds for the week of August 25 - September 1, 2017

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Sixth Street Pool to reopen on Saturday

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the August 29 Gadsden City Council meeting, council members announced  that the Sixth Street Pool will reopen on Saturday, September 2.  YMCA Director Leroy Falcon said that because school is now in session, the pool will only be open on the weekends. It will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until
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Noccalula to host Native American Pow Wow

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Turtle Island Native American Association’s 4th Annual Noccalula Falls Pow Wow will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3, at Noccalula Falls Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for an adult, $10 for a family, $3 for seniors 65 or older and children age 6 through 14.
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People of Etowah - Willie Brown

Name: Willie Brown Where were you born and raised? “Raised in Gadsden. Born in Elmore County.”  What is your occupation?  “Retired from Uncle Sam. I was a mechanic for Etowah County from 1963 to 1997. I was president of the local union from 1963 to 1985. I was shop supervisor for District 2 of Etowah County.
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Pious Bob - Giving Up Our Burden

By Robert Halsey Pine David’s struggles outlined in the Psalms can be lessons for us today: “My heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. And I say, “O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Rankings 1. Alabama 2. Auburn 3. Florida 4. Georgia 5. LSU 6. Mississippi State 7. Tennessee 8. Kentucky 9. Arkansas 10. Texas A&M 11. Missouri 12. South Carolina 13. Ole Miss 14. Vanderbilt Week 1 Previews and Predictions Saturday, Sept. 2 Game of the Week Alabama vs. Florida State (+7.5).
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Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA high school football poll

Released August 30 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 1-0 318 2. Hoover 0-1 272 3. Thompson 1-0 237 4. Hewitt-Trussville 0-0 200 5. McGill-Toolen 1-0 155 6. James Clemens 0-0 154 7. Spain Park 1-0 129 8. Auburn 1-0 87 9. Enterprise 1-0 56 10. Bob Jones 0-1 20 Others receiving votes:
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Locals recognized by AHSAA

Pictured above, Glencoe High’s Jacob Amberson Several area high school football players were nominated to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the Week of Aug. 25. Making his first start at quarterback, Glencoe senior Jacob Amberson completed 6-of-10 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and two
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Blue Devils take down Southside in season opener

Photo caption: Etowah’s Justin Harris (3) tackles Southside’s Kenneth Bothwell as Jarren Wright (33) closes in during the Blue Devils’ 17-3 victory in high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Attalla. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Etowah Blue Devils took advantage of a dominant defensive performance to stifle the Southside
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Titans fall short against Spain Park in Sessions’ debut

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo caption: Gadsden City cornerback Josh Richard (right) covers Spain Park’s Kenyon Hines during the Titans’ 31-19 loss in high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Hoover. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Bart Sessions era at Gadsden City High began on a sour note last Friday (Aug. 25) in Hoover. The Class 7A
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Yellow Jackets sting West End, 40-13

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Photo caption: West End’s Marcus Strickland (left) attempts to bring down Glencoe’s Jacob Amberson during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-13 victory on high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Mike Goodson) The Glencoe High Yellow Jackets capitalized on five West End turnovers on the way to a 40-13
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Lions lose lead late against Plainview

By Huck Treadwell/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis let a 13-point lead evaporate in the waning moments of the fourth quarter against Plainview last Friday (Aug. 25). The Lions gave up a blocked punt and 12-yard touchdown run in a 31-30 road loss at Plainview. Sardis started off with a roar, grinding out a 70-yard drive
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Conquerors, Bulldogs lose in season openers

Coosa Christian fell to Holly Pond, 28-6, in the Conquerors’ opening game of the football season last Friday (Aug. 25) at Holly Pond. Coosa’s lone score came on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Caiden Lipscomb to Evan Delp midway through the second quarter. Lipscomb was 15 for 36 in passing for 208 yards. Sophomore halfback
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Solar eclipse brings people together

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, August 21, people across the United States looked towards the sky to view the first solar eclipse in North America since 1979. Etowah County joined in with businesses, schools and individuals taking time out of their days to view the astronomical event. The Gadsden Public Library, always prepared to
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Hokes Bluff welcomes back author to release new novel

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, August 18, the Hokes Bluff Library welcomed new author Ralph E. Jarells for a book signing of his debut novel “Ill Gotten Gains.” Jarells sold and signed advanced copies of the book, which is set to be officially released in October by publisher Wordcrafts Press. Twenty-five percent of the
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People of Etowah - Martha G. Lavender

Name: Martha G. Lavender, PhD, RN, FAAN Where were you born and raised? “I was born and have lived in Etowah County all my life. My father’s family lived in Hokes Bluff and my parents moved from Gadsden to Hokes Bluff while I was still in elementary school.” What is your occupation? “I am a
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A crisis coming to Alabama that you’re not hearing much about

Our state government is no stranger to crises. We’ve had multiple budget crises, Medicaid crises and, most recently, a crisis related to our prison system. But there is another growing crisis that hasn’t gotten the media attention these other issues have. It’s a crisis that could have a devastating impact on Alabama’s families, our economy
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Pious Bob - Overturning our Ignorance

St. Paul continues to help us merger the old with the new in Christ Jesus: “But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction,
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Legals for the week of August 18 - August 25, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Lashundra Collins, a single woman, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 23rd day of June, 2006, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #: 3249606, Record of Mortgages, Office of the Judge of Probate
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Classifieds for the week of August 18 - August 25, 2017

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Lady Cardinals primed for 2017 volleyball season

Pictured above, Gadsden State head volleyball coach Connie Clark (left) has a word with sophomore outside hitter Morgan Newton (center) and sophomore setter Savannah Beck (right) during a recent practice at Beck Field House. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With her first year under her belt as a junior college volleyball head coach, Connie Clark feels she
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent 2017 SEC Predictions SEC West Division 1. Alabama (12-0, 8-0) Losses: none A season ago, Alabama unquestionably was the best team in the SEC, and no other team in the league was particularly close. Nick Saban’s team has won the SEC three straight seasons, and is the favorite to do so
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2017 Football Preview: Gadsden City’s 2017 season now in session

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor First-year coach Bart Sessions has one goal and one goal only for the 2017 Gadsden City High football team – win a state championship. “That’s our only goal. This is Gadsden City, and we don’t coach or play in a game that we think we’re going to lose. I don’t say
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2017 Football Preview: Panthers on the prowl for postseason berth

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High head football coach Ron Daugherty is well aware that his Panthers must make a bigger dent in its Class 6A, Region 7 schedule in order to play in a Week 11 game. “I think that’s a driving force for these seniors,” said Daugherty. “In both of those seasons, we
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Etowah Blue Devils replenishing stock for 2017

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Etowah no doubt suffered key losses from graduation, but the 2017 Blue Devils possess a good amount of firepower on both sides of the ball. “In high school ball, you do what have to do to adapt to what your team’s strengths are,” said head coach Drew Noles. “The biggest thing we’ve
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Eagles aiming to fly high 

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After winning nine of its last 11 games last season and reaching the state semifinal round for the first time since the 2004 season, head coach Mike Robertson, is confident that his Eagles won’t rest on their laurels. “We just try to prepare our kids each week the best we can,”
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Loaded Lions ready to roar in region action

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With a four-year starter at quarterback and the four top receivers back from last season, will Sardis High employ elements of the wide-open Fun n’ Gun offense? “I don’t know about that, but we’re going to try to spread the ball around quite a bit with so much experience at those
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Seasoned Yellow Jackets ready to make a stir

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe played a lot of youngsters last season, and it showed in a 3-7 record. The Yellow Jackets were 3-3 at the halfway point before dropping their last four games. The above greenhorns are now a year older and hopefully wiser, however, and head coach Rusty Davis feels that his veterans have
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Westbrook looks to improve in 2017 under Mintz

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Taking over on the fly as a head football coach during the season is no easy task, including one as experienced as Brian Mintz. The 1981 Southside High graduate assumed the head position two games into the 2016 season. “I’ve never done that before,” said Mintz, who was an assistant for Westbrook
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Bulldogs to rely on trench warfare in 2017

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gaston High head coach Swane Morris has a situation on his hands that he can’t recall running into during his previous 17 years as a head coach. Out of every skill position on offense, he has no returning veterans, much less starters. “Some of them got snaps last year, but there’s several
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Patriots ready to climb the postseason ladder

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although the 2017 West End roster may not contain the amount of star power as in the past few years, Kyle Davis believes that his Patriots will provide the communities of Walnut Grove and Altoona with something to cheer for this fall. “I can’t say that this team is as nearly talented
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Woods back at the helm at Coosa Christian

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Although he temporarily stepped down as Coosa Christian head football coach during the 2016 season, Nevandra Wood liked what we saw from afar when the Conquerors broke an 18-game winless steak and notched their first postseason berth in seven years under interim head coach Chris Sanders. “The season started out rocky,”
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Legals for the week of August 11 - August 18, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated December 13, 2011, executed by Sarah Beth Baker, a single woman, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., solely as nominee for First Federal Bank, which mortgage was recorded on December 20, 2011, in Instrument No. 3359815,
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Classifieds for the week of August 11 - August 18, 2017

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Locals spread kindness with painted rocks

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Michelle Buck was out to dinner at Ruby Tuesday when she found her first painted rock sitting on a bench. It said “Hope.” Buck had been having a challenging time, and the rock’s message resonated with her. “I got goosebumps,” said Buck. “It just gave me that little uplift I needed.
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Humane Society special needs dog finds happy home

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center Shelter Manager Lisa Brackett remembers exactly how rescue dog Lieutenant Dan got his name. She and several staff members were intaking about seven puppies that had come in together into the Humane Society system. While examing one of the puppies, the group found out
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GPL to host solar eclipse party

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, August 21, the United States  will have its first total eclipse of the sun since 1979. The next North American eclipse won’t happen until April 8, 2024. An eclipse is when the shadow of the moon covers the sun. Etowah County will witness about a 95.5 percent coverage of
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People of Etowah - James “Jay” Hedgspeth

Name: James “Jay” Hedgspeth. Where were you born and raised? “I am a native to Gadsden.  Aside from a short spell in Tuscaloosa for school and Indiana for a job, Gadsden has been home.” What is your occupation? “I am a mortgage loan officer with First Federal Mortgage.” What made you decide to work in
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Pious Bob - Accepting Our Inheritance

By Robert Halsey Pine Can Peter possibly know what he’s saying? “Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you
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NEO symposium attracts over 100 local coaches

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Over 120 local coaches and athletic directors attended the 3rd Annual Northeast Orthopedics Coaches Symposium on Aug. 3 at Southside High School. Participants were from area middle and high schools from all sports. “Our biggest goal is general education,” said NEO Certified Athletic Trainer Chris Russell. “Coaches nowadays have so many things
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent West Division Preview Alabama Head coach: Nick Saban, 11th season (114-19 at Alab-ama, 205-61-1 overall) 2016 record: first in West (14-1, 8-0) Key losses: linebacker Reuben Foster, defensive end Jonathan Allen, tight end O.J. Howard Key returning players: defensive back Minkah Fitz-patrick, offensive lineman Jonah Williams, receiver Calvin Ridley 2017 outlook
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Legals for the week of August 4 - August 11, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Phillip Morgan and Nicole Morgan, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., on the 10th day of September, 2012, said mortgage recorded in the
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Classifieds for the week of August 4 - August 11, 2017

SERVICES A PLACE for Mom. The nation’s largest senior living referral service. Contact our trusted, local experts today! Our service is free/no obligation. Call 1-800-824-2520. DONATE YOUR car to charity. Receive maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All conditions accepted. Free pickup. Call for details. 1-844-810-1257. NFL SUNDAY Ticket free
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Classifieds for the week of July 28 - August 4, 2017

SERVICES A PLACE for Mom. The nation’s largest senior living referral service. Contact our trusted, local experts today! Our service is free/no obligation. Call 1-800-824-2520. DONATE YOUR car to charity. Receive maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All conditions accepted. Free pickup. Call for details. 1-844-810-1257. NFL SUNDAY Ticket free
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Legals for the week of July 28 - August 4, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Phillip Morgan and Nicole Morgan, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., on the 10th day of September, 2012, said mortgage recorded in the
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Humane Society to build dog park in Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the Gadsden City Council meeting on August 8, the council unanimously approved a lease with the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center for a portion of Kiwanis Island at the James D. Martin Wildlife Park that will be the future home of a dog park. Humane Society Director Christi
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Hot Pursuit 5K to benefit Barrie Center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 2 is hosting the Hot Pusuit 5K Glow Run on Saturday, August 12 to benefit the James M. Barrie Center for Children. The free community glow party starts at 5 p.m. at the Riverwalk at Coosa Landing. Black lights will be set up
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People of Etowah - Judge Bobby Junkins

Name: Bobby M. Junkins. Where were you born and raised? “Hokes Bluff for all grades 1-12.” What is your occupation? “Probate judge of Etowah County for 29 years.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I enjoyed working with people all my life, teaching school, adult education and many years with the Gadsden
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Pious Bob - Recognizing the Child Within Us

By Robert Halsey Pine This is Christ praying to God in the presence of His disciples: “Father, the hour has come, glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you; since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him…I have made your name
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent East Division Preview Florida Head coach: Jim McElwain, third season (19-8 at Florida, 41-24 overall) 2016 record: first in East (9-4, 6-2) Key losses: cornerback Teez Tabor, linebacker Jarrad Davis, defensive back Marcus Maye Key returning players: receiver Antonio Callaway, offensive lineman Martez Ivey, defensive end CeCe Jefferson 2017 outlook McElwain
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Longtime local baseball coach takes over at Southside

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Mike Lamb isn’t ready to step away from the diamond just yet. The former Westbrook Christian and Gaston High head baseball coach recently was named to direct the Southside baseball program. Lamb, who coached the Rainbow Middle School baseball team for the past five years, said it was an easy decision
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Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA preseason football poll, Gadsden City, Etowah, Westbrook receive votes

First-place votes and 2016 record in parentheses Class 7A 1. Hoover (29) (12-2) 366 2. Central-Phenix City (1) (10-2 261 3. Thompson (5-5) 229 4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (11-1) 191 5. James Clemens (8-4) 179 6. McGill-Toolen (13-1) 171 7. Spain Park (8-3) 114 8. Bob Jones (7-4) 83 9. Auburn (8-4) 64 10. Enterprise (10-2) 56
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Day sworn in as circuit court judge

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, August 1, George C. Day, Jr. was sworn in as Etowah County’s newest circuit court judge. Day was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to fill Judge Allen Millican’s position for the remaining term. Millican’s retirement went into effect only “about 11 hours” before the event. Judge David Kimberley welcomed
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