Westbrook, Southside finishes third at state cross country meet

November 12, 2018 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Mitchell Cook (right) and Jonah Morris finished second and third at the Class 1A/2A boys state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov 10) at Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Danville. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Three area teams finished in the top 10 at the AHSAA state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov 10)
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Southside rallies past Brewer in first round

November 12, 2018 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Blake Habyan (center) returns an interception during the Panthers’ 15-9 win over A.P. Brewer in the Class 5A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 9). (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Thanks to a standout defensive effort and a late scoring drive, Southside High won its first postseason game in four years with
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Top-ranked Blue Devils blank Guntersville in first round

November 12, 2018 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Brady Troup (left) hands off to Davion Robinson during the Blue Devils’ 33-0 win over Guntersville last Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. (Travis Greene) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A No. 1 Etowah remained perfect on the season as the Blue Devils rolled over
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Eagles fly past Central-Florence, 38-14

November 12, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill catches a pass over Central-Florence’s Ethan Looney during the Eagles’ 38-14 win in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Nov. 9. (Alex Chaney) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Junior running back Darrian Meads (pictured above) and junior quarterback Ashton Gulledge led third-ranked Hokes Bluff to a
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Donoho coasts past Conquerors, 59-14

November 12, 2018 chris
By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent  Coosa Christian’s 2018 postseason visit was a brief one, as the Conquerors fell to Donoho, 59-14, last Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs in Anniston. The Eagles rolled out to a 45-0 halftime lead and went ahead 52-0 before Coosa could put points on
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Republicans sweep local and state races

November 9, 2018 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Etowah County finished a few thousand voters short of reaching the voter turnout that the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election brought. 34,690 ballots were cast on Tuesday (Nov. 6), which was less than half of the registered voters in the county. Straight party voting benefited the Republicans this time around with
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A Look at Gadsden City Schools New Superintendent

November 9, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick Staff Correspondent PART 1 Tony Reddick’s journey to becoming the new superintendent of Gadsden City Schools commenced over 1,100 miles away in Massachusetts. Reddick attended high school at the prestigious Saint Sebastian’s School, an all-boys Catholic school located in Newton. Saint Sebastian’s is the top parochial school in Massachusetts and one of
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People of Etowah - Beth Dayton

November 9, 2018 chris
Name: Beth Dayton Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden. I have lived in four states.   I lived in Tampa, Fla., as a small child and in Virginia, where I attend K-5, first and second grade outside of Washington, D.C. I then moved back to Alabama where I attended Mitchell
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The chaotic side of normal

November 9, 2018 chris
 By Vicki Scott As the Scott house assumes the chaotic side of normal for us, there have been a few changes along the way. My husband Alan has started riding his motorcycles again and I have returned to staying with my mom in Dadeville during the week. Mom and I planned to track back to
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Southern Cooking: Cafeteria Macaroni and Cheese, Nancy Wood’s Corn Pudding and Vanilla Wafer Cake

November 9, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell Once my family has decided what entrée we will have for Thanksgiving, the next step is figuring out what goes along with it. These are some of my favorites. Cafeteria Macaroni and Cheese 1 pound elbow macaroni noodles 4 eggs (4-ounces) heavy cream (12-ounces) milk (4-ounces) butter, melted (12-ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
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The Vagabond - Readers respond to Temple Beth Israel article

November 9, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week The Vagabond wrote about America’s worst Jewish shooting or bombing (until recently in Pittsburg, Penn.) that happened here in Gadsden. It was also posted on Facebook on the “Welcome to Gadsden” group page. The response about the incident that happened at Temple Beth Israel in 1960 was unbelievable with over
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Bearing God’s Fruit

November 9, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed…Therefore, my beloved, be
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Covenant, power and promises

November 9, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford As I have been reading the book of Joshua this past month, I picture it being divided in three parts. The first part (chapters 1-12) is Joshua completing the first half of his commission. He had conquered the enemy and was now in control of the land and the cities the Lord
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In & around SEC football - Week 11 previews, predictions

November 8, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 10 Review Alabama passed its first test of the season with flying colors as the Crimson Tide smothered LSU, 29-0, in Baton Rouge last Saturday (Nov. 3). The UA offense sputtered early on but the de-fense submitted a brilliant performance in blanking the Tigers. LSU finished with only 12
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Lettermen of the USA announce inaugural event

November 8, 2018 chris
Photo: Lettermen of the USA founder, 1983 Southside High graduate and former University of Alabama football player Darryl Fuhrman (left) presents United States Air Force Sgt. Major Donny Ruepp (Ret.) with a football signed by University of Georgia head football coach Kirby along with two lifetime sideline passes for University of Georgia football games during
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in final ASWA high school football poll

November 8, 2018 chris
Released Nov. 7 Class 7A Rank Record Points  1. Central-Phenix City 10-0 300 2. Thompson 8-1 221 3. Auburn 9-1 188 4. Hoover 7-3 164 5. McGill-Toolen 8-2 153 6. Hewitt-Trussvill 7-3 138 7. Theodore 8-2 96 8. Mountain Brook 8-2 87 9. James Clemens 7-3 44 10. Austin 7-3 15 Others receiving votes: Prattville
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Area football players recognized

November 8, 2018 chris
Several local football players were recognized for the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10 of the 2018 season. Hokes Bluff junior running back Darrian Meads rushed for 257 yards and five touchdowns (of 4, 5, 3, 23 and 4 yards) in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis. Meads had 167 yards and four TDs by
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Last-second touchdown pulls Gamecocks past UT-Martin

November 6, 2018 chris
Photo: Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper throws the game-winning touchdown pass as Tennessee-Martin’s Donnell Williams closes in during the Gamecocks’ 21-14 victory in college football last Saturday (Nov. 3) in Jacksonville. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent There’s an old saying in sports that it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. This axiom applied to the
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Local runners qualify for state cross country meet

November 5, 2018 chris
The Southside High boys and girls cross country teams earned a berth in the state 5K meet in Moulton this weekend with a sweep at the Class 5A, Section 2 meet last Saturday (Nov. 3) in Oxford. The Lady Panthers used four top 10 finishes to secure the first-place trophy. Camryn Davis paced Southside with
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Eagles dispatch Sardis in regular season finale

November 5, 2018 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Jacob Hopper (17) avoids the tackle of Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) and stretches the ball across the goal line for a touchdown while Will Clemons (7) looks on during the Eagles’ a 55-28 victory last Friday (Nov. 2) in Sardis City. (Courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor On the
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Yellow Jackets halt skid with 32-point win over West End

November 5, 2018 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Julian Bethel pulls away from West End’s Kaleb Arledge (7) during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-6 victory last Friday (Nov. 2). (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A difficult football season for Glencoe High ended with a positive result last Friday (Nov. 2), as the Yellow Jackets stormed past West End, 40-6, at
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Rich tosses three TDs in Southside win over Cherokee County

November 5, 2018 chris
Southside High closed out the regular season with a 32-15 victory over Cherokee County last Friday (Nov. 2) in Centre. Quarterback Michael Rich (pictured above) threw three touchdowns for the Panthers – a 66-yarder to Kenneth Bothwell, a 35-yarder to Brennan Stokes and a 44-yarder to Blake Reed, Reed also scored a rushing touchdown. Southside
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Westbrook slams Sand Rock in final regular season game

November 5, 2018 chris
John Ross Morgan (pictured above) rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries as Westbrook Christian ended its regular season with a 42-7 victory over Sand Rock last Friday (Nov. 2) in Rainbow City. Quarterback Jackson Cox was 5 of 7 in passing for 113 yards and touchdowns. P.J. Wells had three receptions
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Conquerors edge New Hope in OT

November 5, 2018 chris
Dartavious Britton’s 13-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Coosa Christian a 42-35 victory over New Hope last Friday (Nov. 2). Britton’s score capped a 21-point rally by the visiting Conquerors (7-3), who travel to Donoho this Friday (Nov. 9) in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs. Trailing 35-21 after a New Hope
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Titans end season with loss to Clay-Chalkville

November 5, 2018 chris
Courtesy of AL.com Photo: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods (22) steps over Clay-Chalkville Jaylin Mack during the Titans’ 45-17 loss on Nov. 1. (Al.com/Butch Dill) Willie Miller accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and scored another to begin the second half in leading Clay-Chalkville to a 45-17 victory over Gadsden City on Nov. 1
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Echols honored for 32 years of service to Gadsden

November 2, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor After 32 years, Robert “Bob” Wooten Echols, Jr., attended his last city council meeting as a council member on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Members of the city council, employees of the city and many others took the opportunity to honor Echols for his many years of service, both at the council
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Riverview Regional expanding its New Vision program

November 2, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor Local students celebrated Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31. Red Ribbon Week is a drug prevention campaign that began in 1985 after the death of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. In addition to sporting red ribbons, local students participated in theme days to spread the word of
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"Yes, you can vote for Craig Ford and still vote a straight party ticket. Here’s how…" - Rep. Craig Ford

November 2, 2018 chris
Several people have asked if it’s possible to vote a straight party ticket and still vote for me for State Senate. The answer is, yes! All you have to do is “Double Bubble.” First, you fill in the bubble next to your political party and then fill in the bubble next to my name in
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People of Etowah - Morgan Cunningham

November 2, 2018 chris
Name: Morgan Cunningham Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden and, other than college and law school, have always lived here.” What is your occupation? “I am an attorney.”    What made you decide to work in your field? “My father is an attorney, and some of my fondest
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The Vagabond - Temple Beth Israel and the Jewish community

November 2, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover Jewish folks were living in Gadsden as early as 1900. Among these locals were Jacob and Bertha Nadler, Hugo Hecht, David Reich and Albert Hagedorn. By 1903, the entirety of the Gadsden Jewish population – roughly 10 families – decided to meet communally on Sunday mornings in order to provide a Jewish
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