DGI to host Sunset Sips fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Downtown Gadsden, Inc. will hold Sunset Sips on October 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.on Memorial Bridge on Broad Street next to Gadsden City Hall. The bridge will be closed from 3 to 8 p.m. for the event. “It’s just a unique setting,” said Mary Wood of Downtown Gadsden, Inc. “It’s
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Pilot Club donates money to Project Lifesaver

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Pilot Club of Gadsden awarded a check for $1,000 to Brian Smith of the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office for Project Lifesaver at the club’s meeting on September 28. Project Lifesaver is a program that provides bracelets with trackers to individuals that are prone to be wander away from home and
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People of Etowah - Marilee Hickman

Name: Marilee Hickman Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I retired in August from Regions Bank after a 41 year career.” What made you decide to work in your field?  “Years ago, I was working in insurance and decided that I wanted to move
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Pious Bob - A Prayer for All Reasons

By Robert Halsey Pine Jesus reports to His Father:                        “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to
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Legals for the week of September 29 - October 6, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain real estate mortgage executed by SANDY M. TURNER, an unmarried woman to Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity, Inc. dated November 7, 2001 and recorded in Doc.: M-2002-5319 and Doc. No.: M-2002-5320 in the Office of the Judge of Probate,
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Classifieds for the week of September 29 - October 6, 2017

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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 5 Review Alabama continued its do-minance with a 66-3 rout of Ole Miss last Saturday, and it was clear from the start that the Rebels weren’t going to threaten the Crimson Tide like they had the past few seasons. UA gained over 600 yards on offense, while the defense
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released October 4 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 5-0 319 2. Hoover 4-1 257 3. Thompson 5-0 223 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5-0 195 5. McGill-Toolen 5-0 173 6. Auburn 5-1 139 7. Fairhope 4-1 112 8. Spain Park 3-2 62 9. Mountain Brook 3-2 51 10. Bob Jones 4-2 20 Others receiving votes:
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Lady Panthers sweep up at county volleyball tournament

Photo: the Southside High volleyball team displays its first-place trophy after defeating Glencoe in the championship match of the Etowah County Schools Tournament last Saturday (Sept. 23) at Hokes Bluff. Front row, from left: Marissa Hendon, Alexis Thompson, Makayla Moore, Lauren Hunt. Back row, from left: Carsyn Millhoff, Hailey Hendon, Macie Williams, Harley Simmons, Maggie
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Meads leads Hokes Bluff past Glencoe, 41-21

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) gains yardage after a catch during the Eagles’ 41-21 victory over Glencoe last Friday (Sept. 29) at Glencoe. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Darrian Meads’ No. 6 jersey number was never more appropriate than on Sept. 29 at Glencoe. The Hokes Bluff sophomore running back scored six touchdowns to
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Blue Devils hold off Fort Payne

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Etowah High Blue Devils held on for a 27-24 victory over the visiting Fort Payne Wildcats in a non-region game last Friday (Sept. 30) at Jim Glover Field in Attalla. Etowah (5-1) led 27-10 late in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats scored two touchdowns in 20 seconds to close
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Park Crossing spoils Titans' homecoming

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent No one can accuse Gadsden City of picking an easy opponent for its homecoming game. Last Friday (Sept. 29), the Titans “celebrated” their homecoming with a 65-21 loss to Park Crossing of Montgomery. Despite being flagged for 190 yards in penalties, the Class 6A Thunderbirds outscored the Titans 42-7 in the
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Warriors win second straight

Westbrook Christian improved to 2-3 with a 16-14 victory over White Plains last Friday in Anniston. For the Warriors, Court Coley caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, while Will Dickson kicked a 24-yard field goal. Coley paced the Westbrook ground game with 59 yards on 11 carries, while John Ross Morgan ran 19
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Conquerors come up short against VCA

Coosa Christian lost to Victory Christian Academy, 38-27, last Friday (Sept. 29) in Pell City. For the Conquerors (2-4), Dartavious Britton scored on a 78-yard kickoff return and a 41-yard run. Caiden Lipscomb threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Ashton Clemmons for six yards and another to Evan Delp for 12 yards. Britton
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Bulldogs fall to Ranburne

Gaston lost to Ranburne, 39-12, last Friday (Sept. 29) at Gaston. For the Bulldogs, Josh Campbell threw a third-quarter touchdown pass to Zach Satterfield. Phillip Simmons and Christopher Tinsley each had an interception. Gaston resumes Class 2A, Region 6 action this week at home against Asbury.
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Past and future collide at Virtual Realms

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, September 22, Virtual Realms in downtown Gadsden held a ribbon cutting. Virtual Realms is a new business that offers virtual reality games to customers, but the potential of the technology has many other uses. Located at 208 South Second Street in a 75-year  old blues recording studio, Virtual Realms
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Local to compete in national senior pageant

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local Rita Young Allen is headed to the Ms. Senior America Classic pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 19. She was recently named Ms. Senior Alabama. Forty states will compete in the national pageant. According to its website, “The Ms. Senior America Pageant is the world’s first and foremost
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People of Etowah - Jenifer Grace

Name: Jenifer Grace Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan.” What is your occupation? “I am the Executive Director of The Council on Aging of Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field?  “I love working with people it doesn’t matter the age.  I
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Sports teach lessons that you might not learn in classrooms

By State Rep. Craig Ford We all know that education and jobs go hand-in-hand. If you want to get a good job, you have to have a good education. And having good schools is an important part of recruiting jobs and industry to a community. Education gets a lot of attention in Alabama. You hear a
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Pious Bob - Signing on for the Whole Journey

By Robert Halsey Pine As Jesus was challenged, so must we: “…Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Luke 9:51-62 NRSV). Jesus keeps reminding us that if we follow Him, we must be prepared for full-time work. On His way to
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Legals for the week of September 22 - September 29, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by John J. Gann, Sr. and wife, Kim Gann, to Family Savings Credit Union on the May 6, 2013, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3385107, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate of
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Classifieds for the week of September 22 - September 29, 2017

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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 4 Review In perhaps the most dominating win of the Nick Saban era, Alabama opened up conference play by embarrassing Vanderbilt, 59-0, on the road last Saturday (Sept. 23). The Crimson Tide outgained the Commodores, 677-78, in total yards and had 38 first downs compared to Vanderbilt’s three. Damien
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released Sept. 27 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 4-0 353 2. Hoover 4-1 287 3. Thompson 4-0 248 4. Hewitt-Trussville 4-0 224 5. McGill-Toolen 4-0 188 6. Auburn 4-1 146 7. Fairhope 4-1 126 8. Jeff Davis 4-1 75 9. Spain Park 3-2 40 10. Mountain Brook 3-2 37 Others receiving votes:
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Gamecocks light up Liberty

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Thunder and lightning seem to follow Coach John Grass and his Jacksonville State football team. Last season, the JSU at LSU game in Baton Rouge was delayed for more than an hour because of an electrical storm, and it was déjà-vu all over again last Saturday (Sept. 23) for the Gamecocks’ home
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Westbrook rallies past Section for first win

Photo: Westbrook’s Addison Ponder was a major factor in the Warriors’ 28-21 victory over Section on Sept. 22. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Trailing Class 2A, Region 6 rival Section by 14 points at halftime last Friday (Sept. 22), Westbrook Christian was in danger of dropping its fourth straight game of the season. The Warriors rose
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Gadsden City shuts out Grissom for second region win

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City High School picked up its second straight Class 7A, Region 4 win last Friday (Sept. 22), blanking Grissom (2-3, 0-3) by a score of 19-0 at Titan Stadium. “It didn’t click early for us, but still had some kids get in there and make some plays when they needed
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Blue Devils blank No. 3 Alexandria

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Etowah High coach Drew Noles knew entering his team’s Class 5A, Region 7 showdown with No. 3 Alexandria last Friday (Sept. 22) that his defense’s performance would decide the outcome. The Blue Devil defense dominated all four quarters of the pivotal region showdown as Etowah (4-1, 3-0) blanked the No. 3
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Sardis holds off North Jackson

Photo: Sardis High’s Josh Scales sacks North Jackson quarterback Tanner Woodall during the Lions’ 19-13 victory over North Jackson last Friday (Sept. 22). (Photo by Huck Treadwell) By Jay Beard/For Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis defense, along with a ground-and-pound offense, stood tall last Friday (Sept. 22) night as the Lions beat Class 4A, Region
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Miscues doom West End in region loss

Photo: West End High’s Payne Stancil (right) carries the ball as Michael Patton (54) blocks during the Patriots 44-21 victory on Sept. 22 in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Sherry Abercrombie) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Tarrant Wildcats capitalized on seven West End turnovers on the way to a 44-21 Class 2A, Region 7 victory last
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Panthers, Eagles notch big wins

Southside High’s Tyler Abernathy stiff-arms a defender during the Panthers’ 24-6 victory over Fairley of Tennessee last Friday (Sept. 22). (Photo by Gary Wells) Southside gained its first win of the season last Friday (Sept. 22) defeating Fairley of Tennessee, 24-6, in the Panthers’ homecoming. For Southside (1-4, 0-2), Kenneth Bothwell rushed 19 times for
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Yellow Jackets, Conquerors, Bulldogs come up short

Glencoe fell to Randolph County, 40-14, last Friday (Sept. 2) in Class 3A, Region 6 action at GHS. The Yellow Jackets scored on Cade Alred’s 47-yard touchdown run and Jacob Amberson’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Noah Huff. Katie Smith kicked both extra points. Alred finished with 120 yards on 20 carries. Amberson was 7 for
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Hokes Bluff to hold annual CityFest

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Hokes Bluff CityFest returns Saturday, September 23 with activities for a full day of family friendly fun. This is the fourth year the event has been held. The event will be held at Hokes Bluff City Park located at 3301 Alford Bend Road in Hokes Bluff. The gates open at 6
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Family Fun Day to feature Pink Heals fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A Family Fun Day will be held Saturday, October 7 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Rainbow Crossings Shopping Center located at 115 West Grand Ave., which is also the intersection of Rainbow Drive and Hwy. 77 in Rainbow City. Games and vendors will provide entertainment for all ages.
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People of Etowah - Nanda Patel

Name: Nanda Patel Where were you born and raised? I am Indian by blood. I was born in British Kenya as my grandfather migrated from India in 1906. After Africanization, I was taken to England, where I did my high school and training in radiation therapy. I also met my husband Dr. G. Patel, who
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Legals for the week of September 15 - September 22, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Mortgage executed by Kathy L. Haley, a married woman, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”), (solely as nominee for Lender, First Federal Bank, and Lender’s successors and assigns), dated the 29th day of July, 2008, which Mortgage
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Classifieds for the week of September 15 - September 22, 2017

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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

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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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