Legals for the week of 8/10 - 8/16

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Mary Gwen Kifer Unmarried to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for State Farm Bank, F.S.B., its successors and assigns dated March 24, 2006; said mortgage being recorded as Instrument
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In & around SEC football - West Division preview

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Coach: Nick Saban 12th season; 132-20 at Alabama, 218-62 overall 2017 Record: 13-1 The 2017 season was bu-siness as usual for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Despite not winning the SEC championship – or even the SEC West Division – Alabama still won the national title. It was Saban’s
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NEO hosts annual coaches symposium

Photo: Northeast Orthopedics Physical Therapy Administrator Chris Russell and assistant Kelsey Patterson demonstrate how to use resistance bands to strengthen the shoulder during the 4th Annual NEO Coaches Symposium on Aug. 3 at Southside High School. (Kaitlin Fleming/Messenger) By Kaitlin Fleming/Staff Correspondent With just a few weeks to go before the Friday night lights are
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

Listed below is the Alabama Sports Writers Association 2018 preseason high school football rankings including first place votes, 2016 record and total poll points.  Class 7A 1. Hoover (27); 11-3; 358 2. Thompson (3); 12-1; 258 3. Central-Phenix City (1); 11-1; 241 4. McGill-Toolen; 13-1; 219 5. Hewitt-Trussville; 11-1; 214 6. Bob Jones; 7-4; 124
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Gadsden State breaks ground on new construction

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent On July 26, Gadsden State Community College hosted groundbreaking ceremonies for construction projects taking place on three of its campuses. The first ceremony was held at the Ayers Campus, where an addition to the Cheaha Career Center is under construction. The second ceremony took place at the East Broad campus in
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Gadsden Public Library hosts magical birthday party

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Magic was in the air at the Gadsden Public Library on Tuesday, July 31! To celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, the library was transfigured into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a series of events that lasted all day. This is the second year the library has hosted the event. Staff
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Educators learn about local workforce

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce and East Alabama Works recently teamed up to hold an educators workforce development workshop. Marketing and Events Manager Suzy Jouben said that the Chamber had some leftover funds from its Excellence in Education award ceremony held earlier this year and wanted the money to be used
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Humane Society offering discounted adoption fees

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Per Rescue and Adoption Center is offering an election month promotion. For the month of August, all the dogs (re-pup-licans) and cats (demo-cats) can be adopted for $50. Humane Society Director Christi Brown wanted to reassure potential adopters that the reduced adoption fee still includes everything the Humane
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People of Etowah - Debby Carden

Name: Debby Carden Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and lived there until I was nine years old, and we then moved to Attalla.  So I guess you would say Attalla is my hometown. I loved growing up here, and I am blessed to still have as some of my
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New school year starting now but should be starting later

Rep. Craig Ford Remember when school didn’t start until after Labor Day? In a matter of days, students all across Alabama will start a new school year, and we’ll only be one week into the month of August! Instead of spending the last few weeks of August working summer jobs or on family vacations, teachers
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Tomato Pie, Stir Fry Garden Vegetables and Rice Pudding Deluxe Tomatoes, tomatoes and tomatoes! They are everywhere! Tomato Pie 9-inch deep dish pie crust 3 medium tomatoes, peeled and sliced thinly 6 strips bacon, fried and crumbled 1 cup cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Swiss) grated 1 cup mayonnaise Bake frozen pie crust five to
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Onesimus - A Story of Forgiving Love

By Toni Ford Paul was a prisoner in Rome, and his friend Philemon, who had been one of Paul’s co-workers in ministry and a dear friend, lived in Colosse. Along with his wife Apphia, Philemon led a dynamic and growing house church in Colosse. Although Paul had never visited the church in Colosse, the one
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Pious Bob - The Urgency of the Light

By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that
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Legals for the week of 8/3 to 8/9

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Michael Clowdus and Shelly C. Clowdus, husband and wife, originally in favor of The Bank, on the 12th day of December, 2003, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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In & around SEC football - East Division preview

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Florida Coach: Dan Mullen First season at Florida; 69-46 overall 2017 record: 4-7 Mullen left Mississippi State after nine seasons, and he’s returning to Gainesville after several succession seasons as the offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. Florida fired Jim McElwain halfway through last season, and the Gators suffered one of the
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Soccer tournaments slated to kick off local sports complex

Photo: Pictured is an artist’s rendering of the soccer portion of the proposed Etowah County Mega Sports Complex to be located in Rainbow City and Gadsden. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It appears that local youth soccer teams will have the honor of officially christening the Eto-wah County Mega Sports Complex in Rainbow City and Gadsden sometime
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Local cyclist wins fourth straight national championship

Photo: Gadsden resident and competitive cyclist Randy Kerr recently won a fourth straight national championship at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Randy Kerr’s latest national title did not come without a few tense moments. The Gadsden resident and longtime off-road cyclist overcame an early fall to capture his fourth straight USA
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Local teen to race in obstacle course championship

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A local teen is making waves in the world of obstacle courses. Allie Condy, a 13-year old Rainbow Middle School student entering the eighth grade, started doing obstacle courses a year ago with her father, Ryan, a trainer and coach at Absolute Fitness in Rainbow City. Condy first competed in the
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Mega Sports Complex Authority gives project update

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Members of the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority gave an update on the complex’s progress at the Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Biscuits and Gravy event on July 24. Ralph Burke, the authority’s chair, talked about the research the committee has done. “One of the things we’ve been doing over
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Barker discusses her state school board campaign

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Jessica Fortune Barker is the Democratic candidate for State Board of Education, District 8, which encompasses Madison, Jackson and Etowah counties, as well as parts of DeKalb and Limestone counties. Barker graduated from J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville. “I am a graduate of the District 8 system,” said Barker. “I
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People of Etowah - Beth Crain

Name: Beth Crain Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden with the rest of my family (my mom, dad and two brothers). We moved to Louisville, Kent., when I was very young for my father to pursue his Pastoral Degree and later obtain his Doctrine in Theology.  I’ve also lived in
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Joshua: A Great Leader

By Toni Ford In the book of Joshua, we read about the story of God’s faithfulness to His people, and how by faith God’s people can overcome and experience life-changing deliverance. The book of Joshua is not only a fulfillment of God’s promise to His children but also an example of a man named Joshua
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Pious Bob - Having Truth In Our Love

By Robert Halsey Pine “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Vidalia Onion Appetizer, Best and Easiest Dip Yet, Bacon/Tomato Dip and Easy Stir and Drop Cookies Vidalia Onion Appetizer 5 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced 1 cup water 1 cup sugar ½ cup cider vinegar 1 cup mayonnaise 16 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon celery seed Place the onion in a large bowl. Combine water,
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama and Auburn at SEC Media Days Each summer, SEC Media Days serves as the unofficial kickoff to college football season in the South. For the first time since 1985, Media Days took place outside of Birmingham. This year, the College Football Hall of Fame hosted SEC Media Days from July
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Legals for the week of 6/22 to 6/28

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Randy Lipscomb, married man and Connie Lipscomb, his wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Integrity Mortgage, LLC, on the 14th day of December, 2006, said mortgage recorded in
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Legals for the week of 6/15 to 6/21

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Ray A. Watson and Imogene Watson, husband and wife, to Regions Bank, on the 1st day of September, 2009, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama,
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Classifieds for the week of 7/27 to 8/2

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Legals for the week of 7/27 to 8/2

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, ETOWAH COUNTY Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness described in and secured by that certain mortgage executed by SHAVON REISS and husband FREEMAN R. REISS, as mortgagors, to VISION INVESTMENTS, LLC, as mortgagee, dated the 1st day of April, 2016, and recorded as Instrument
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Westbrook ace commits to LSU

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although he won’t graduate high school until 2021, Sam Dutton (pictured above) already knows where he will spend his collegiate baseball career. The Westbrook Christian rising sophomore pitcher/outfielder committed to Louisiana State University on July 19. “Getting a baseball scholarship has been a great goal of mine, and now that I’ve reached
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Etowah’s Harris commits to Vanderbilt

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Justin Harris put an end to the speculation as to where he will be playing football next fall. The Etowah High School rising senior and All-Region cornerback recently committed to SEC member Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Harris sifted through approximately 30 scholarship offers, including ones from Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Purdue, Wake
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Westbrook grad enjoys all-star football week

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Court Coley (pictured above) recently capped his high school football career on a winning note. Participating in the annual North-South All-Star Football Game, the 2018 Westbrook Christian graduate finished with seven solo tackles, three assists and an interception at linebacker in the North’s 27-14 victory at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. The North scored
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Coach Rankings Part II 7. Ed Orgeron, LSU. Orgeron is 15-6 in just under two seasons in Baton Rouge, but it’s tough to say whether or not he’s actually done a good job. LSU isn’t any closer to competing with Alabama than they were in the last few years under Les
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Southside's Smith shines at all-star soccer game

Photo: Southside High School rising senior Hallie Kate Smith participated in the AHSAA North-South All-Star girls soccer game earlier this week in Montgomery. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hallie-Kate Smith represented Etowah County well this past week in Montgomery. The Southside High rising senior was a starter for the North team in the AHHSA North/South
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Rainbow City angler wins local BFL Tournament

Adam Brown of Rainbow City brought five bass to the scale weighing 17 pounds even to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament last Saturday (July 14) on Lake Neely Henry. Brown, who earned $3,917 for the tournament, spent the day fishing the backs of three creeks in the mid-river
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Etowah runoff election results announced

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Less than 11 percent of Etowah County voters turned out for the run-off elections on Tuesday, July 17. Gadsden architect Craig Lipscomb won against former Ashville Mayor Robert McKay with 55 percent of the vote to claim the Republican nominations for the District 30 Alabama House seat. “It was a
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GPL breaks ground on new sensory garden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, July 16, the Gadsden Public Library held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Open Spaces Sacred Places sensory garden. The new garden will be located on the patio of the Gadsden Public Library, located at 234 College Street. “It’s going to primarily by herbs and other aromatic plants,”
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City of Attalla opens new storm shelter

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The City of Attalla recently opened a new storm shelter beside Carnes Recreation Center in Camp Sibert, located just off of Highway 77. “We have guidelines for the use of the shelter,” said City Engineer Jason Nicholson. “It opens when Etowah County is placed under a tornado watch.” The storm
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Gadsden Museum of Art asks locals to loan WWI artifacts

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Every year around Veterans Day, the Gadsden Museum of Art hosts an exhibit that features items from various wars the United States has been involved in as well as highlighting local contributions to the wars. This year the museum will feature World War I artifacts in an exhibit that will
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Ford secures $200,000 grant for Attalla

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent At the Monday, July 15 Attalla City Council Meeting State Rep. Craig Ford announced a $200,000 grant to the City of Attalla’s Sewage and Water Board. This grant will be used to update sewage lines, manhole covers and water lines in the city limits. Attalla Mayor Larry Means stated that
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Relevé rising up to serve community

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Relevé Academy of Performing Arts, formally known as Strut USA, is focusing oncommunity needs and giving back to local children. On Tuesday, July 10, Relevé hosted a meet and greet with Disney Princess Ariel from Little Mermaid. The event was open to students and non-students. At the event, children took
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings Part 1 During the SEC’s dominant run in college football from 2006 through 2012, the league boasted the best coaches of any conference from top to bottom. While Alabama and Nick Saban have won two championships in the last five seasons, the rest of the league has not
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Former Gadsden State basketball coach heading back to the Valley of the Cubs

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A longtime local college basketball coach will try his hand on the high school gridiron this fall. Todd Ginn (pictured above), who coached the Gadsden State men’s basketball team from 2006 to 2016, was hired as head football coach at Alexandria High School this past May. “It’s where I’m from, and I
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Local youths compete in Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament

Lauren Cole (pictured above), Brock McNeely, Justin Lovoy, Cove McHugh, Drew Clark and Mallory Brooks all won individual championships at the Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Gadsden Country Club, Twin Bridges, Silver Lakes, Briarmeade and Wills Creek courses. Competing in the girls age 13-18 division, Cole finished
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Westbrook ace picked for Team USA baseball

  Westbrook Christian rising sophomore pitcher/outfielder Sam Dutton (pictured above) was one of 54 baseball players across the county invited to participate in Phase 1 of the 15U Team USA National Team Trials beginning July 29 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. As the ace of the Warrior pitching staff this past
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Young named new Gadsden City High principal

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On June 26, the Gadsden City Board of Education approved Kevin Young as the new principal of Gadsden City High School. Young said that he was pleased by the support of the board and their confidence in him. “This is where I want to be,” said Young. “I’m really excited to
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People of Etowah - Ben Reed

Name: Ben Reed Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia.” What is your occupation? “I am the councilman for Gadsden City Council District 7.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I wanted to get involved in community service.” Tell us about your family and pets.
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Could we finally get a lottery passed next year?

By State Rep. Craig Ford Alabamians have been asking for a lottery for years. It continues to be one of the most popular ideas polled year in and year out, yet we still don’t have a state lottery. But there’s a chance that could change next year. The Alabama Legislature won’t return to Montgomery until after
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Ice Cream Muffins 2 cups self-rising flour or baking mix 2 cups softened vanilla ice cream Combine the flour and ice cream in a bowl and beat until smooth, adding a little more ice cream if necessary to make a creamy mixture. Grease 12 muffin cups and fill thre-fourths of the way full. Bake at
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Pious Bob - Worldly Ignorance of the Holy

By Robert Halsey Pine “Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king
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In & around the SEC

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Year in Review The 2017-18 college athletic season wrapped up after Oregon State defeated Arkansas in the College World Series. The Razorbacks won the opening game of the best-of-three series, 4-1, and had a lead over the Beavers in the ninth inning of the second game. With two outs, however,
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Longtime Gadsden State announcer gearing up for another year

Photo: Bobby Cooper will be entering his 38th year as the voice of Gadsden State athletics. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The “Voice of the Cardinals” is warming up for yet another season of junior college athletics. When the 2018 Gadsden State volleyball team kicks off its home opener on Sept. 5 against Wallace State-Hanceville,
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Cardinal student-athletes garner national recognition

Photo: Southside High graduate Kelsey Patterson (left) was one of several Gadsden State student-athletes who recently received NJCCA Academic Student-Athlete awards. (Gary Wells) Several Gadsden State student-athletes were part of a record number 287 players from the Alabama Community College Conference re-cently selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Academic Student-Athlete Awards. Five Cardinals
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Boy Scouts honor locals at Steak Social

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Sports enthusiasts, Boy Scout supporters and locals flocked to 210 at the Tracks in Gadsden on Thursday, June 21 to enjoy a good meal and more at the 2018 American Values Steak Social. Attendees enjoyed drinks and food (steak, of course) while they socialized with each other. During the event, a
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Stay safe this summer with these tips from the EMA

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent The 4th of July is right around the corner and the temperature is rising in Alabama. So how can you and your family stay safe and have fun this summer? The most important part of staying safe is staying aware of the dangers that accompany the vacation months. A couple of
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Local events to celebrate 4th of July

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor There is plenty of fun to be had around Etowah County during the upcoming week in celebration of July 4. On Tuesday, July 3, Big Wills Creek Campground and Tubing in Attalla will host “Fireworks on the Creek.” The fireworks kick off at 9 p.m., but before the show Ashton Wilson
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People of Etowah - Drew Southers

Name: Drew Southers Where were you born and raised? “Chatsworth, Georgia. It’s a very small town in North Georgia located in the mountains. Beautiful place.” What is your occupation? “Marketing Manager for Downtown Gadsden, Inc.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I’m a creative and social person and with marketing, I get
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - Taco Salad Casserole and Mother’s Peach Macaroon Pie

Taco Salad Casserole and Mother’s Peach Macaroon Pie On a hot summer day in the south, a salad is so light and refreshing. This taco salad is a little heavier than most salads, but it is oh, so good. I enjoy making this for my family. I like to use the fresh tomatoes from our
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Pious Bob - Love Lots, Fear Not

By Robert Halsey Pine “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Four Creatures Small and Wise

By Toni Ford The Book of Proverbs is, “the book of wisdom,” and has often been referred to as a “collection of collections.” Full of Biblical wisdom, Proverbs also raises questions of values, moral behavior, the meaning of human life and righteous conduct. King Solomon, the wisest, wealthiest, and most powerful man in history, wrote
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Recap For the first time in nearly 40 years, Arkansas reached the finals of the College World Series. The Razorbacks defeated Texas and Texas Tech in their first two games. In the third game, the Hogs eliminated No. 1 overall seed Florida, 5-2. The Gators fell just
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Larry Foster steps down as Etowah High baseball coach

Photo: Larry Foster recently stepped down as Etowah High baseball coach. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Larry Foster recently retired as Etowah High baseball coach for a second time. The hall of fame coach submitted his resignation at the June 26 meeting of the Attalla City School Board. After becoming head baseball coach in May
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All-Etowah County boys soccer team announced

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Southside High incoming senior Logan Shelnutt was named Player of the Year for the 2018 All-Etowah County boys soccer team. (Courtesy of Randy Vice) According to head coach Randy Vice, Logan Shelnutt was the swiftest of the swift this past season for the Southside High boys soccer team. The junior forward’s
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Baseball Giants had short-lived history in Gadsden

Photo: Pictured is the old Gadsden City Park baseball field located on the approximate site of the Gadsden Sports Complex on Meighan Boulevard. (Courtesy of Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent People living in Etowah County and its surroundings areas always have had a strong love for the game of baseball. While Gadsden has never
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Black Creek Complex construction kicked off

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, June 19, City of Gadsden officials hosted a kick-off event for the beginning of construction on the city’s new Black Creek Complex. The Black Creek Complex, located at 215 North 21st Street next to the new Boys and Girls Club in the former General Forrest Junior High School, will
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Hardin Center displays the Mitchell sisters’ artwork

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, June 19, The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts hosted Atlanta sisters Linda Mitchell and Mary Anne Mitchell. The Hardin Center is currently displaying the sisters’ works in the Landscape of Dreams: New Works from the Mitchell Sisters exhibit. The sisters discussed their works and answered questions from
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Council on Aging holds annual Elder Abuse Summit on June 20

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Approximately 5 million adults over the age of 60 have been victims of abuse. In Etowah County alone there were 309 cases of elder abuse in 2017. The Council on Aging of Etowah County hosted the 13th annual Elder Abuse Summit last Wednesday, June 20, in commemoration of World Elder Abuse
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People of Etowah - Tony Reddick

Name: Tony Reddick What is your occupation? “I am the newly appointed Superintendent of the Gadsden City School System.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was recommended to me that I consider the field of education after I returned to Gadsden after three years in Massachusetts working in the semi-conductor industry.”
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - Macaroni Goulash, Broccoli and Corn Casserole and Sinful Chocolate Cake

Thank goodness it’s summer! Macaroni Goulash 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 green pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon margarine 1 pound ground chuck 1 can (1 lb. 4 ounces) tomatoes 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon mustard 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (4 ounces) In a
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Journey to the Promised Land

By Toni Ford How many of you remember the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage? Do you happen to remember who actually led the children of Israel into the Promised Land? It was Joshua, Moses successor. Moses led Israel out of bondage, but it was Joshua who took them into blessing. Moses
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Pious Bob - Out of our Mouths Come...

By Robert Halsey Pine “For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue–a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:1-12 NRSV). The tongue may be the greatest repository of sin in man. It is
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Recap Of the 10 SEC teams that made the NCAA Tournament, Mississippi State probably had the longest odds to reach the College World Series. Former head coach Andy Cannizaro was fired just three games into the season for an off-the-field scandal. Assistant Gary Henderson took over, but
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All-Etowah County girls soccer team announced

Photo: Glencoe High’s Katie Smith (pictured above), Westbrook’s Kylee Berndt and Southside’s Lauren Brewer shared Player of the Year honors for the 2018 All-Etowah County girls soccer team. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A trio of recent local high school graduates shared the spotlight for the inaugural All-Etowah County girls soccer team. Glencoe’s Katie Smith,
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Sanderson sees bright future for GCHS softball program

Photo: Gadsden City High School softball coach Shane Sanderson addresses attendees of a meet and greet session on June 14 at the GCHS library. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High School has turned to a former Rebel to kick-start its girls softball program. Shane Sanderson, who recently retired after six years as an
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Means addresses Etowah Historical Society on Attalla history

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent On Friday, June 8, the Etowah Historical Society welcomed a special guest speaker for its meeting, City of Attalla Mayor Larry Means. Means, who was born and raised in Attalla, gave a 45- minutes presentation on the history of the city. From its beginnings in coal and ore mining, to the
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Sheriff’s Office hosts Student Leadership Academy

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 8th Annual Student Leadership Academy this past week. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin started the program in 2011, and it is directed by Chief Deputy Michael Barton.  The students participating in the program were nominated by their principals. The principals nominated two incoming high
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United Way to hold 21st annual Day of Action today

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Across Etowah County today, Friday, June 15, volunteers are working hard to improve the community. Today is United Way of Etowah County’s 21st annual Day of Action. The Day of Action is a campaign where local charities and organizations sign up to get projects done, and volunteers come out to work
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Attalla-born champion shooter hit the mark in more ways than one

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Those who knew Wayne Mayes describe him as a great skeet shooter and an even better friend. He was approachable and kind and humble about his wins, and his skeet shooting record speaks for itself. Skeet shooting is a shooting sport in which a clay target is thrown from a trap
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People of Etowah - Marlene Holcomb

Name: Marlene Holcomb Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Albion, Ohio and lived there until I was 16 years old. I then moved to Gadsden, Alabama.” What is your occupation? “I was a hairdresser, now I am retired.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was something I
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Blueberry Cream Muffins 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 cup Crisco oil 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups sour cream 2 cups blueberries Glaze milk powdered sugar vanilla flavoring Grease 24 muffins cups or line with paper liners. In a large bowl, beat eggs,
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Someone once said, “What the mind can conceive and the heart can believe, man can achieve.” I believe that statement to be true. The mind can be a very powerful tool. It was due to this belief that I once took a group of high school students to visit various colleges throughout
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Pious Bob - Determining Our Proximity to the Lord

By Robert Halsey Pine “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” (Matthew 12:22-32 NRSV). They brought to Jesus a man possessed of the devil who
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The truth will set you free

By Toni Ford John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” As a believer, we know that Jesus, is the ultimate truth, the definition of truth itself.  Jesus’ primary mission on earth was to set people free by helping them see, know, and believe the truth! However,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Super Regionals Review Six teams from the Southeastern Conference made the NCAA Super Regionals, and three of those teams were guaranteed to advance. Three Super Regionals were all-SEC battles, and it the path to Omaha included several riveting games between the conference rivals. Auburn reached its first Super Regional since
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Bone outlines vision for Gadsden City baseball

Photo: Blake Bone speaks at a meet and greet session at the Gadsden City High School library earlier this week after being introduced as GCHS baseball coach. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Blake Bone is back where it all began for him with regard to his coaching career. The former longtime Southside High School baseball
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Faucett speaks at Blue Devil gathering

Photo: Neill Faucett addresses attendees at the annual Blue Devil Banquet on June 7 at the Attalla Community Center. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Local Attalla product Neill B. Faucett always seemed to have a way of succeeding in life. Faucett was honored at the annual Etowah Blue Devil Banquet on June 7 at
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Local players made ASWA All-State baseball, softball teams

Hokes Bluff’’s Dylan Teague was one of four area players named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State baseball first team. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several area high school baseball players were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State teams. Four area players made the first team –
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Regional Tournament Review Ten schools from the Southeastern Conference made it to the NCAA Tournament, with four hosting in the regional round. Top-seeded Florida defeated Columbia and Jacksonville but lost the third game to Florida Atlantic. That loss set up a winner-take-all finale between the Gators and the Owls, and Florida knocked off FAU, 5-2,
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Hokes Bluff’s Edwards highlights All-Messenger baseball team

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It’s safe to say that the Hokes Bluff High School baseball team’s season would not have lasted as long as it did if not for the contributions of the Eagles’ junior catcher. On a team stacked with a number of standout players, Houston Edwards stood out while thriving in the clean-up spot
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Southside’s Coker leads off All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When Emilee Coker reached first base this past softball season, she did not remain there for too long. The Southside High senior second baseman stole 70 bases out of 74 attempts in 2018, in the process giving the Lady Panthers an almost automatic runner in scoring position after reaching base. With 84
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Westbrook trio sign college baseball scholarships

Three 2018 Westbrook Christian graduates recently committed to play college baseball. Third baseman Cullen Stafford (pictured above) committed to Huntingdon University in Montgomery, shortstop/pitcher Garret Kennedy committed to Wallace State Community College in Hanceville and pitcher Jordan Reynolds committed to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham. Safford finished with.444 batting avg., 48 hits, 16 doubles,
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Local voters make their voices heard in primaries

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Locals headed to the polls on Tuesday, June 5 to vote in the local and state primary elections. In Etowah County, about 23,000 of the county’s 70,470 registered voters turned out to make their voices heard, meaning about a third of registered voters turned out. About 83 percent of the
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GPL is ready to rock with summer music programs

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Public Library is ready for summer, introducing programs during the summer months for children, teens and adults. This year the programs will focus on music and movement. “Being a music lover myself, we thought this would be a really awesome opportunity to explore different types of music,” said
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Recent GCHS grad to attend leadership program in D.C.

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden City High School student Braxton Bostick graduated this year with the opportunity to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Washington D.C. this summer. The National Youth Leadership Forum consists of five different six-day retreats. Each retreat focuses on exploring different career fields including medicine, engineering and technology,
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People of Etowah

Name: Kaitlin Fleming Where were you born and raised? “I was born at Riverview hospital in Gadsden but I was raised in Attalla.” What is your occupation? “I am a full time student at Jacksonville State University. I am majoring in communications with a focus in digital journalism. I am currently working as an editorial
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Classifieds for the week of June 8-15

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE AUCTION-Lewis Smith Lakefront House plus 3 lots, 588 County Rd 279, Arley, AL-offered individually and in combinations. June 21, 1:00 pm. Details gtauctions.com, 1-205-326-0833, Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 ABSOLUTE REAL Estate Auction-June 16, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.. Partial Liquidation of the John ìPete” Self Living Estate. 60+/-Acres to be
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Legal Notices for the week of June 8-15

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Sidney A. Overby and wife, Dawn Michelle Overby, to Keystone Bank on the 31st day of July, 2013, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3389706, Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - Chicken Vegetable Bake and More!

Chicken Vegetable Bake, Hawaiian Chicken and Butterscotch Yum Yum Chicken Vegetable Bake 5 chicken breasts 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons oil 1 can cream of chicken soup 3/4 cup white wine 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 4 tablespoons chopped green onions 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 can water chestnuts,
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Have you ever taken stock of yourself? Where have you been and where are you going? Do you allow yourself time to just reflect on the meaning of it all and how you fit in? I often do that. It seems that I am constantly trying to understand all of this while
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Inspiration from God’s Word: A Touch of Heaven

By Toni Ford People who know me know how much I love worship music. If you were asked the question of what helps you enter the Lord’s presence faster than anything, what would you say? Some would say praying, reading the Word, taking a walk or listening to a sermon, but for me it is
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