Buzzer-beating trey ends Glencoe's season at regionals

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent With 28 seconds remaining and a one-point lead, the Glencoe boys basketball team just needed one stop to advance to the Northeast Regional Tournament finals. Senior forward Cole Holbrooks had just sunk two free throws to give the Yellow Jackets a 62-61 advantage over New Hope, and Indian guard Campbell Everett
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Lady Jackets fall in 3A regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Despite three freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup, the Glencoe High girls basketball team was not by any means intimidated by either the raucous atmosphere at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews’ Coliseum or an undefeated Plainview squad in the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals last Monday (Feb. 20). Whether
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Lady Eagles come up short in regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A seven-point output in the third quarter came back to haunt the Hokes Bluff girls basketball team in a 59-49 loss to Madison Academy last Monday (Feb. 20) in the Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals at Jacksonville State. Starting the second half with a three-point lead, the Lady Eagles (28-5) managed just two
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Panther wrestlers finish second at 6A state tournament

  Southside finished runner-up at the AHSAA Class 6A state wrestling tournament last Saturday in Huntsville The Panthers finished with a score of 171.5 to Oxford’s 195. Pinson Valley was third at 148 and Homewood was fourth with 115.5 points. Landon Thompson earned Class 6A MVP honors after winning the 152-pound weight class with a
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Coosa Christian loses in 1A regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Making its first-ever appearance in the Class 1A Northeast Regional Tournament last week, the Coosa Christian boys basketball team held its own in the first and third quarters, with only a 61-49 point deficit. It was the other two periods that severely compromised the Conqueror cause, as Coosa (23-5) managed just one
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Lady Conquerors lose in 1A regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Coosa Christian girls basketball team’s historic season came to a disappointing end in the semifinals of the Class 1A Northeast Regional Tournament last week. Plagued by poor shooting, particularly in the second half, the Lady Conquerors fell to Skyline, 69-44, on Feb. 17 at Jacksonville State. It was the first time
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Westbrook falls in regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Westbrook Christian boys basketball team had an unusually poor shooting night on Thursday (Feb. 16), and the Warriors paid the price in the Class 2A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals at Jacksonville State. Westbrook (26-7) shot just 33 percent (21-for-63) from the field and 21 percent (5-for-24) from the three-point line in
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Mountain Brook edges Gadsden City at regionals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gadsden City High Titans ran into an old nemesis in the form of Mountain Brook on Thursday (Feb. 16) at Jacksonville State. Just as in past few years, the Spartans wound up ended the Titans’ season at the Class 7A Northeast Regional Tournament. Mountain Brook (28-5) led 48-45 with four
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Lady Titans fall in OT in regional semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gadsden City Lady Titans fell to Spain Park, 52-49, in overtime in the semifinal round game of the Class 7A Northeast Regional Tournament Regional on Thursday (Feb. 16) at Jacksonville State University. Spain Park came back from 10 points down to win by three points in overtime. The third quarter
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Beautiful Rainbow opens café at library

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Beautiful Rainbow Café officially commenced business in the Gadsden Public Library on Feb. 14. At 11 a.m., the doors opened for the restaurant’s first lunch rush. Beautiful Rainbow Catering Co. and Garden began serving local young men with special needs three years ago as a summer and after-school
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Alabama Power awards Power to Play grants

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On February 14, Steve Hidebrant, Area Manager for the Eastern Division of Alabama Power Company, presented a check to Gaston High School as part of the Alabama Power Foundation’s Power to Play grants. The Power to Play grant program aims to help schools increase participation in extracurricular activities because studies
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“Give for Gabby” auction to be held

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, March 4 the “Give For Gabby” auction fundraiser will be held in the Arthur Green Room at Gadsden Convention Hall at 7 p.m. On February 13, local Ray Thompson Elementary School student Teana “Gabby” Douglas passed away after fighting for over a month.  Douglas had contracted the flu
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Rainbow City continues to grow and improve

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Rainbow City has spent the last year growing. The city has completed several repaving projects. Lakewood Road, Christopher Street, Garmon Drive, Hill Street, Ann Street, McEntyre Road, the Doughboy Road and Cox Street area, the Hidden Meadows area, Palace Avenue and Rainbow Cove have all been repaved in the last
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The YMCA aims to provide the community’s needs

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The YMCA of Coosa Valley is “rediscovering its niche,” according to program director Leroy Falcon. “One of the beauties of the YMCA as an organization that was founded in 1844, started locally in 1961, is that its had this ability to recognize social trends and needs and it’s been able
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King’s Olive Oil named Alabama Small Business of the Year

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Right after Tena King’s mother received a liver transplant, she visited a store dedicated to olive oils and vinegars in Blue Ridge. “She was on a real restricted diet,” said King. “We called UAB after we visited and asked if she could have olive oil and vinegar, and they said
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Ninja course opens at The Factory

By Mary Elizabeth Dial , Staff Correspondent The Factory, a trampoline center and arcade, made its home in Gadsden about three years ago, but just like its patrons, it continues to reach for new heights. A “ninja course” recently opened in the trampoline center, challenging kids big and small to push their limits. The ninja
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Legal notices for the week of Feb. 17 - 24, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Robert E. Greeley, married, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for American Advisors Group, on the 10th day of June, 2014, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of
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The Messenger Community Calendar

March 11 The Annual Lion’s Club Pancake Day will be held from 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rainbow City Community Center. Tickets are $5 in advance and $5.50 at the door.  Meal includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk (white and chocolate) and coffee. Children age 6 and under eat free.
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Guntersville shoots past Blue Devils in 5A subregionals

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A dynamic shooting performance catapulted Guntersville over Etowah, 92-80, in a Class 5A sub-regional game on Tuesday (Feb. 14) in Attalla. The Wildcats buried four first quarter 3-pointers and took advantage of a poor shooting performance from the Blue Devils as the visitors built a 19-11 lead after the first frame.
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Conquerors roll into regional tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor For the first time in school history, the Coosa Christian boys basketball team will require clean game jerseys in mid-February. The Conquerors (21-4) led from opening tip until the final buzzer in a 58-51 victory over Spring Garden in the Class 1A subregionals on Tuesday (Feb. 14) in Gadsden. Coosa will play
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Westbrook plows Section, heads to regionals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Warrior Express remained on the right track last Tuesday (Feb. 14) in Rainbow City. Westbrook Christian led by 23 points at halftime on the way to a 72-42 victory over Section in the Class 2A boys subregional round. The red and white clad Warriors’ next stop will be at the
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Glencoe girls headed to JSU after subregional win

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A 19-1 second half run propelled Glencoe High to a 51-42 win over Weaver in the Class 3A subregionals on Monday (Feb. 13) in Glencoe. The win sent the Lady Yellow Jackets (17-13) to the Northeast Regional Tournament at Jacksonville State University, where they will take on Plainview on Monday (Feb.
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Lady Eagles trounce Handley, head to regionals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Photo by Alex Chaney The Hokes Bluff Lady Eagles are heading to Jacksonville State University to play in the Northeast Regional Tournament on the strength of a 56-32 shellacking of Handley on Monday (Feb. 13) in the Class 4A subregional round. Hokes Bluff (28-4) will face Madison Academy on Monday (Feb.
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Lady Panthers come up short in subregionals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Southside High girls basketball program must wait another year to qualify for its initial appearance at the Northeast Regional Tournament. The Lady Panthers’ fine season ended on a disappointing note on Monday (Feb. 13) at SHS, as Southside fell to Fort Payne, 56-49, in the Class 6A subregional playoffs. Poor shooting
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Blue Devils hold off Alexandria in area title game

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Alexandria had shaved Etowah 15-point fourth quarter lead to three points by the time Andy Noles stepped to the foul line with 5.2 seconds left in the Class 5A, Area 13 Tournament championship last Saturday (Feb. 11) in Attalla. The senior guard needed to make one of two foul shots to
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Yellow Jackets fall to Piedmont in area tournament championship

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A poor shooting night derailed Glencoe’s chances of winning the Class 3A, Area 10 Tournament championship game, as the Yellow Jackets fell to Piedmont, 50-42 on Feb. 10 in Glencoe. The Yellow Jackets only mustered eight points in the opening quarter and trailed the Bulldogs 17-8. The Glencoe offense picked up
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GCHS girls, boys win area titles, qualify for regionals

Gadsden City defeated Grissom, 62-50, in the Class 7A, Area 7 Tournament championship game last Saturday (Feb. 11) in Huntsville. The Titans (16-13) will face Mountain Brook in the Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 16) at Jacksonville State. For GCHS, tournament MVP Deonte Jones finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds
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Warriors win area tournament championship

Westbrook jumped out to a 44-18 halftime lead on the way to a 72-57 win over Collinsville in the Class 2A, Area 12 Tournament championship game last Saturday (Feb. 11) at CHS. The Warriors (26-6) host Section on Tuesday (Feb. 14) in the sub-regional round. For Westbrook, Will Jones went 11-for-12 at the free throw
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Lady Eagles edge Jacksonville in area title game

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Hokes Bluff Lady Eagles overcame both a 10-2 early deficit and a 25-point performance by Kyra Williams en route to a 50-48 victory over Jacksonville in the championship game of the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament on Feb. 10 at Hokes Bluff. The Lady Eagles host Handley in the sub-regional
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Coosa rallies past Ragland for area tournament title

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent After visiting Ragland jumped out to an early 17-5 lead in the Class 1A, Area 11 Tournament championship game on Feb. 9, Coosa Christian head coach Richard Hollingsworth took his most important timeout of the season. Coosa senior Caden Davidson buried a 3-pointer soon after that well-timed break, and the Conquerors
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Lady Conquerors win first ever area title

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian Lady Conquerors connected on nine 3-pointers en route to the first area basketball tournament championship in program history in a 59-51 win over Appalachian on Feb. 9 in Gadsden. The Lady Conquerors improved to 17-4 on the season and will host a sub-region game against Jacksonville Christian on
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Etowah's Wilson to play at Kansas juco

Etowah High School senior Malik Wilson signed a football scholarship with Dodge City (Kans.) Community College on Feb. 9. Wilson also had scholarship offers from Tennessee Tech, Mercer, Shorter University, Independence Community College and Garden City Community College. Dodge City had 11 players sign Division I scholarships this year and finished ranked No. 15 in
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Conquerers blast into tournament finals

By Cole Frederick, Sports Correspondent Class 1A No. 3 Coosa Christian used a blistering start to sail past Appalachian, 76 – 55, in the semifinals of the Area 11 tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Coliseum. The Conquerors started the game on a 16 – 0 run, which catapulted them into the area championship game
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Coosa girls dominate over Ragland

Coosa Christian cruised to the Class 1A, Area 11 Tournament girls’ championship game with a dominating 64 – 44 win over Ragland on Monday, Feb. 6 in Gadsden. The Lady Conquerors fell behind 6-0 early on but responded with a 13 – 0 run in just over four minutes and led 13-8 at the end
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick Alabama and Auburn Week 5 Review Auburn completed the season sweep of Alabama as the Tigers knocked off the Crimson Tide, 82 – 77, in Coleman Coliseum last Saturday, Feb. 4. Senior guard Ronnie Johnson scored 15 points off the bench for the Tigers (16 – 8, 5 – 6), who hadn’t
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Lady Eagles dispatch White Plains in area tournament

By Mike Goodson, Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff overcame a 23-point performance by White Plains’ Grey Young to take a giant step towards Jacksonville with a 51 – 37 win on the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament semifinals at HBHS. “Everyone came up big tonight,” said Hokes Bluff head coach Jason Shields. “Grey Young is a great
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Lady Titans move to tournament finals

By Mike Goodson, Staff Correspondent The Gadsden City High Lady Titans overcame a sluggish first half start to dismantle Huntsville, 59 – 41, in the semifinal round of Class 7A, Area 7 Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at GCHS. Gadsden City will face Grissom in the tournament championship game on Friday. Since there is no subregional
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Lady Panthers dismantle Oxford in area title game

By Cole Frederick, Sports Correspondent Class 6A No. 8 Southside secured the Area 13 Tournament championship with a dominating 77 – 37 win over Oxford on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Southside. The Lady Panther defense forced several Oxford turnovers in the first half, and Southside built a 20 – 6 lead after the first quarter. Oxford
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Legal notices for the week of Feb. 10 - 17, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by ROY L. MERRIMAN AND CLEVELAND MARIE MERRIMAN, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS HUSBAND AND WIFE, to ALFA FINANCIAL CORPORATION on DECEMBER 6, 2005, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of ETOWAH
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Craig Ford - My hope for Alabama and the Democratic Party

For the last six years, it has been my privilege to serve as Minority Leader in the Alabama House of Representatives. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, I will step down and a new leader will be elected. While I will continue to serve in the state legislature and represent the great people of Etowah County, I
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Pious Bob - Touch His Cloak

“Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes? Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’” (Mark 5:21 – 43 NRSV). Healing is an interesting phenomenon. In our Christian communities there are a variety of understandings about healing. Some say that we should
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The Vagabond - Etowah County crime in the 1800s: Part one

Think Etowah County crime is bad now? Turn back to the 1800s 1876 Terrible Tragedy – On Saturday evening last one of the saddest took place between John C. Latham and Benjamin F. Hodges, resulting in the shooting of Latham by Hodges in the bowels and from which he died at 3 o’clock Sunday morning. 
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McDonald’s to host Coffee for a Cause for charities

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor This year, local McDonald’s locations are doing something a little different for its new year resolution. Every Monday, the six Etowah County locations are hosting Coffee for a Cause. Every Monday, Coffee for a Cause takes 50 percent of the sales from brewed hot or iced coffee and donates the money
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Traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial to visit Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah County Patriots Association is planning to honor Vietnam veterans in May this year with several events planned around Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. In addition to a Memorial Day program at Noccalula Falls Park, the association also plans to designate the area of 12th Street between Meighan Boulevard
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Kiwanis Club to host 60th annual Pancake Day

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Kiwanis Club of Gadsden is proud to announce that on Saturday, February 18. The incredibly successful fundraiser has been held in Gadsden for 60 years. Beginning at 3:30 a.m., volunteers will converge on Gadsden’s Convention Hall to begin the cooking process that will serve over 10,000 pancakes, garnished with
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Area athletes medal at state indoor track & field meet

Southside High’s Hunter Nails and Gaston’s Amayiah Hill each won a gold medal at last weekend’s AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Nails won his second straight first-place medal in the Class 6A 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.50. He also won second place silver in the 1600 meter
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Sweet Tea Trio to open for Bon Jovi concert

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Weeks ago, Sweet Tea Trio Manager LeRoy Falcon saw an advertisement asking musicians to enter videos for a contest to open for Bon Jovi’s “This House is Not for Sale Tour.” Bon Jovi is a rock band that got its start in New Jersey. The band released its first album
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GMA to host Night of Jazz

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Museum of Art will host the fourth annual Night of Jazz fundraiser on Saturday, February 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Local favorite the Courtney Linam Band will perform. Although the band is not specifically a jazz band, the band will be playing
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Local Church offers a Taste of Hope

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Twelfth Street Baptist Church holds a special ministry on the last Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For about two years, the church has held Taste of Hope, which provides hot meals to people in need. The church emphasizes that the meals are hot, with
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Job Corps honors its graduating class

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, January 27, the Gadsden Job Corps Center honored  more than 80 students during its graduation ceremony. The program began with the processional of graduates and the presentation of colors by Job Corps cadets. Rodney Johnson sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” to a cheering crowd. Business and Community Liason Manager
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Etowah County law enforcement begins new initiative

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, Etowah County District Attorney Jody Willoughby, Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton and various law enforcement officials met on Feb. 1 at the Office of the Sheriff to announce what they called a “proactive law enforcement initiative” for the month of February. The initiative aims to
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Community Spotlight: Betty Mize

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent “I’ve had an exciting life, but I’ve also had some rough times,” said Betty Mize. The widow of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Ola Lee Mize, Betty  resides in Etowah County. She was born on a farm on South 11th Street in Gadsden to Andrew and Geneva Jackson. Don’t
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Classifieds for the week of Feb. 3 - 10, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of Feb. 3 - 10, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated July 30, 2003, executed by Wade Colvin, an unmarried man, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for America’s Wholesale Lender, which mortgage was recorded on July 31, 2003, in Document No. M-2003-3918, of the
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 4 Review After the Tigers suffered their worst loss of the sea-son at South Carolina, they responded with their best win of the year on the road at TCU. Auburn defeated the Horned Frogs, 88-80, in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. True freshman Austin Wiley led the way with 25 points
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Eight Titans sign college football scholarships

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Several Gadsden City High seniors reaped the benefits of hard work in the classroom and on the gridiron on Wednesday (Feb. 1). Eight Titan players capped their prep careers by signing college scholarships – offensive linemen Toryque Bateman (University of Louisville), Quaddrick Rice (Arizona Western Community College) and Tank Collins (Miles College);
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Panthers’ Williams signs with Auburn

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A large gathering of friends, teammates, family members and well-wishers were on hand on Wednesday (Feb. 1) at the Southside High School library as senior Alaric Williams signed a scholarship to continue his playing days with Southeastern Conference member Auburn University. Williams was a four-year standout for Panthers at running back.
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Area teams ranked in final ASWA basketball poll

Poll released Feb. 2 BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Lee-Montgomery 2. Hoover 3. Mountain Brook 4. Huffman 5. Smiths Station 6. Auburn 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Grissom 9. Jeff Davis 10. Murphy CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Daphne 3. Helena 4. LeFlore 5. Carver-Montgomery 6. Austin 7. Spanish Fort 8. Clay-Chalkville 9. Oxford 10. Pinson Valley CLASS
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Lady Panthers win state bowling title

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Southside High girls bowling team swept its way to the state championship and into school history in the AHSAA girls bowling tournament on Jan. 27 in Pelham. The Lady Panthers (26-0) went 4-0 in match competition at Oak Mountain Lanes, including an 806-647 victory over Hartselle in the finals. It was the
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Panther wrestlers finish second at state duals tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Photo by Dennis Victory/preps@al.com Oxford overcame an early 13-point deficit to defeat Southside, 40-24, in the Class 6A finals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s State Wrestling Duals Tournament last Saturday (Jan. 28) at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Panthers built at 16-3 advantage with a 15-3 major decision by Colin Edwards
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DGI to host tenth annual Chili Cook-off

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor With the weather getting colder, it’s the perfect time to warm up with a nice bowl of chili. Downtown Gadsden Inc. invites you to “spice up your Saturday” by attending its annual chili cook-off. Downtown Gadsden, Inc. will host its tenth annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 4. The tasting
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Gadsden Job Corps welcomes new center director

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Job Corps Center recently welcomed Eric Jones as its new center director. Jones has been employed by Alutiiq since 2011. Alutiiq recently took over the Gadsden Job Corps Center contract.  Jones has a unique perspective as center director since he actually went through a similar vocational program after
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Foundation helps students increase ACT scores

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Ferguson & Son Foundation (FSF) recently sponsored local students to participate in the foundation’s inaugural ACT Preparation Program. The program, which ran for six weeks, equipped students with test taking strategies and techniques to maximize their score. At the conclusion of the program, students took an official ACT test sponsored by
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Southern Rock Cares event tickets on sale

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Southern Rock Cares Cancer Charity plans to host a fundraising event on April 27 at Convention Hall in Gadsden. The event will feature music, a shrimp boil, a poker run and auctions. The event will begin at 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. The concert will include The Dead End Blues
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Classifieds for the week of Jan, 27 - Feb. 3, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of Jan. 27 - Feb. 3, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by mortgage executed by Beverly A. McWhorter, married, to Melvin R. Barnes and Joan D. Barnes dated June 2, 2010, and filed for record in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, in Instrument #3332917; the undersigned mortgage
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick Auburn and Alabama Week 3 Review The Tigers pulled away from Alabama in the second half on Jan. 18, winning 84-64 behind dynamic performances from a pair of true freshmen in Mustapha Heron and Austin Wiley. Heron finished with 15 points, while Wiley had the best game of his young career as
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Stafford’s buzzer-beater sends Westbrook past Conquerors

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A standing room-only crowd at the Coliseum was treated to a barnburner on Tuesday (Jan. 24). In a matchup of the only state-ranked boys teams in the area, Class 2A No. 9 Westbrook Christian battled back from a 19-point halftime deficit to post a 72-69 victory over Class 1A No. 3 Coosa
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Four local teams headed to state bowling tournament

Southside High defeated James Clemens, 784 to 757, in the finals of the North Regional Tournament on Jan. 20 in Tuscaloosa. The Etowah boys team finished runner-up to James Clemens, falling in the championship match by a score of 776 to 947. The Lady Blue Devils, who posted the top match score of the tournament
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Lady Eagles win county title on last-second shot

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With just under two seconds left in regulation and the ball at halfcourt, it looked as if the girls’ championship game of the Etowah County Schools basketball tournament would be decided in overtime last Friday (Jan. 20) at Glencoe. Amanda Noah had other ideas. Stationed several feet beyond the three-point line, the
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Yellow Jackets cruise past Hokes Bluff in county championship

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Glencoe ran out to a 20-4 first quarter lead and never looked back as the Yellow Jackets posted a 48-28 win over Hokes Bluff in the championship game of the Etowah County boys basketball tournament on Jan. 20 at Glencoe. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, Glencoe went on a
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Lady Eagles sink Glencoe in county semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A potent perimeter game and solid production under the boards propelled Hokes Bluff to 54-34 victory over Glencoe in the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament semifinals on Thursday (Jan. 19) at GHS. The Class 4A No. 5 Lady Eagles (17-4) knocked down seven 3-point baskets – including four by senior guard
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Yellow Jackets edge Sardis in county semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The championship game of the 2016-2017 Etowah County boys basketball tournament is set. Hokes Bluff will meet Glencoe for the crown on Friday (Jan. 20) following the Yellow Jackets’ 54-52 semifinal victory over Sardis on Thursday at Glencoe. The Eagles defeated Southside in the other semifinal earlier this week. After the
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Willoughby and Nabors sworn into office

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 17, local elected officials gathered at the Etowah County Judicial Building to witness District Attorney Jody Willoughby and Judge Joe Nabors be sworn into office. Judge William Millican presided over the courtroom, while Judge Will Clay swore the elected officials in. In 2015, Willoughby was nominated to
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Pitman Theatre to host movie nights

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The University of Alabama-Gadsden Center, The Gadsden Public Library and Downtown Gadsden, Inc. have paired up to host “Stars Fell on Alabama.” “Stars Fell on Alabama” will be a free monthly movie series held at the Pitman Theatre, located at 629 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. In 2017, a different
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Community Spotlight: Sports correspondent fighting the good fight

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent Stan Veitch has spent the last 25 years as a writer for various publications in northeast Alabama, including The Gadsden Times, The Cullman Times and currently The Messenger. His assignments have taken him on many high ways and byways across the state, and it seemed like he was always either
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Baptist Mission Center raising funds for new building

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Etowah Baptist Mission Center has begun raising funds to purchase a fourth building in Gadsden. The charitable organization, which was born 30 years ago in one North 27th Street building, has outgrown the three structures it currently inhabits and is seeking to renovate a currently unoccupied building on
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Chamber to host Chairman’s Gala

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah/Gadsden Chamber will host its annual meeting and Chairwoman’s Gala on Friday,  January 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gadsden Convention Hall, located at 334 South 1st Street in Gadsden. The annual meeting’s theme is “An Electrifying Evening,” to honor outgoing chairman Steve Hildebrant, Alabama Power’s Eastern Division Area
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Legal notices for the week of Jan. 20 - 27, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by mortgage executed by People Helping People Community Development Corporation to Gertie Sherrer Lowe, a married woman, dated February 10, 2015, and filed for record in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, in Instrument #3413688; the undersigned
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 2 Review Auburn split a pair of conference road games against Missouri and Kentucky last week and picked up their first SEC win of the season against the Tigers. Auburn trailed in the second half but overpowered Missouri behind freshman guard Mustapha Heron’s 16 points. Four days later, the Tigers
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Hokes Bluff holds off Panthers in county semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff is headed for the championship round of the Etowah County High School Basketball Tournament after a 43-37 victory over Southside on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at Glencoe. The Eagles advanced to play the winner of Thursday’s Glencoe/Sardis semifinal. Hokes Bluff used a near perfect defensive performance to hold off the
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Stout defense carries Lady Panthers past Sardis

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside High used a frenetic defense to storm past Sardis, 63-32, in the semifinals of the Etowah County Schools Tournament on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at Glencoe. The Lady Panthers (17-2) earned a berth in the county championship game on Friday (Jan. 20) at 6 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s Hokes
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Area teams ranked in Jan. 19 ASWA basketball poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Lee-Montgomery 2. Hoover 3. Mountain Brook 4. Auburn 5. Huffman 6. Smiths Station 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Central-Phenix City 9. Murphy 10. Spain Park CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Helena 3. Austin 4. Daphne 5. Spanish Fort 6. Clay-Chalkville 7. LeFlore 8. Carver-Montgomery 9. Ramsay 10. Hazel Green CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville
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ASWA names Mr. Football; Back, Lineman of the Year

Beauregard High School’s La’Damian Webb was named the 35th recipient of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football Award on Wed-nesday (Jan. 18) at the ASWA’s annual Player of the Year Awards luncheon presented by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association in Montgomery. A 5-foot-8, 184-pound junior running back, Webb added his
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Late surge pulls Yellow Jackets past West End

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent “You know, anyone can win this tournament this year.” These were the words from Glencoe High School boys head basketball coach Jason Gilley after his “Yellow Jackets” had just taken a hard fought 56-51 win over the West End Patriots on Tuesday (Jan. 17) in the Etowah County Tournament quarterfinals at
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Lady Eagles breeze past Gaston in county tournament quarterfinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Hokes Bluff had little difficulty in advancing to the Etowah County Schools Tournament semifinals, breezing past Gaston, 44-10, on Tuesday (Jan. 17) at Glencoe. The Class 4A No. 4 Lady Eagles (16-4) blasted away early on from the perimeter, knocking down five 3-point baskets on the way to a 24-0 lead after
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Harp’s sharpshooting helps Eagles advance in county tournament

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent If Gaston High boys head basketball coach Jesse Chandler came to the Etowah County Basketball Tournament looking for improvement in his Bulldogs, he came to the right place. For 16 minutes on Monday (Jan. 16), No. 5 seed Gaston played toe-to-toe with the favored No. 4 seed Hokes Bluff Eagles,
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Lady Lions advance to county tournament semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Although Sardis High girls head basketball coach Josh Wallace was pleased that his team beat West End, 45-12, in the opening game of the Etowah County Schools Tournament on Monday (Jan. 17), he knows that the Lady Lions must take it up several notches for Wednesday’s semifinal matchup with No. 1 seed
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Gadsden orders plans for new Convention Hall

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The City of Gadsden voted to approve the design of plans to renovate the old K-Mart building on George Wallace Drive in Gadsden at the city council meeting on Tuesday, January 10. The measure is a continuation of the city’s plans to develop the riverfront property at Coosa Landing. The
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Rainbow City to build its own animal shelter

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Rainbow City recently decided to build its own animal shelter. The idea for the new facility came out of necessity. Previously the city contracted its animal control services out to a local veternarian, but the contract was set to end at the end of 2016. Faced with a hefty price
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NEO opens new Rainbow City office

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Northeast Orthopedics started the new year by opening a new office in Rainbow City. On Tuesday, January 3, the office located at 524 Grand Avenue opened its doors. Northeast Orthopedics has been providing orthopedic care for over 30 years ago. Dr. Bill Stewart started the practice in 1986. The new
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Classifieds for the week of Jan 13 - 20, 2017

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Legal Notices for the week of Jan. 13 - 20, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Jerry V. Clowdus and Brenda C. Smith, husband and wife, to Regions Bank, successor by merger to AmSouth Bank, on the 1st day of April, 2004, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge
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All-Etowah County football team announced

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The 2016 All-Etowah County Schools football team features a somewhat green tint. Hokes Bluff High took three of the top four awards after recovering from a 1-3 start to finish and make it all the way to the Class 4A state semifinal round for the first time since 2004. The team’s top
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In & around SEC football

National Championship Game Review Alabama’s quest to repeat as national champion ended after Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson found receiver Hunter Renfrow for a 2-yard touchdown with one second remaining. The touchdown gave the Tigers a 35-31 lead and its first national championship since 1981. Alabama jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and appeared to
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Area team ranked in Jan. 12 ASWA basketball poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Lee-Montgomery 3. Huffman 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Hoover 6. Central-Phenix City 7. Auburn 8. Murphy 9. Smiths Station 10. Vestavia Hills CLASS 6A 1. Austin 2. LeFlore 3. Pelham 4. Carver-Montgomery 5. Spanish Fort 6. Helena 7. Daphne 8. Clay-Chalkville 9. Fort Payne 10. Chelsea CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville
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Former Etowah, Alabama standout Rich honored

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Seventy-four Etowah High School graduates and friends honored 1957 Etowah High School graduate and 1961 University of Alabama graduate Jerry Rich at the Blue Devil Spirit Fellowship Luncheon on Jan. 4 at the Attalla Community Center. As a three-sport letterman for the Blue Devils, Rich earned All-Etowah County honors in football, basketball
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