Westbrook shuts out Gaston in area opener

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Following an 0-8 start to the season, Westbrook Christian is beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Helped by a solid pitching performance by Tyler Self, the Warriors posted a 10-0 shutout in five innings over visiting Gaston in Class 2A, Area 12 action last Tuesday
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Gadsden City's Troup finalist for Player of the Year award

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup has been recognized yet again for her outstanding 2016-17 high school basketball season. The Gadsden City senior was one of 21 players statewide selected as finalists for the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Miss Basketball/Player of the Year awards presented by ALFA. The winners will be announced at a banquet
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Locals make all-state girls basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup certainly is closing out her outstanding high school basketball career with a bang. For the third year in a row, the Gadsden City senior guard was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State girls basketball first team. She was the only area girl or boy player who made
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Area cagers named to all-state boys basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Four area student-athletes were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association 29016-17 All-State boys basketball teams. Coosa Christian senior forward Caden Davidson was selected to the Class 1A second team, Gadsden City senior guard Deonte Jones was picked for the Class 7A third team, West End senior forward Andre Little
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Titans’ Burns, Troup end prep careers in all-star fashion

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup and Brooke Burns shared the hardwood floor one last time on March 17. The Gadsden City High seniors participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls’ basketball game at Alabama State University in Montgomery. Troup, who recently was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 7A All-State first team, finished
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Locals compete at GCHS track and field meet

Southside High won nine events and host Gadsden City won eight at the GCHS track and field meet on March 16. Hokes Bluff and Etowah won five and four first-place events, respectively. Hokes Bluff’s Tylynn Register had four first-place finishes – the 100-meter hurdles (16.11), the 300-meter hurdles (48.23), the long jump (16-10.50) and the
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Hokes Bluff triathlon set for April 15

The Hokes Bluff Library Foundation along with the Hokes Bluff Lions Club and Tawanna Lions Club will host the “Bookin’ it though The Bluff” triathlon on April 15. Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Hokes Bluff Community Center, the event includes 22.6 mile- bike ride through eastern Etowah County to the Hokes Bluff Ferry Park.
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Glencoe’s Holbrooks highlights All-Etowah County boys basketball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Glencoe High’s Cole Holbrooks is the Player of the Year of the 2016-17 All-Etowah County Schools boys basketball team. A 6’4, 200-pound senior forward and two-year starter, Holbrooks averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists along with 50 blocks and 26 steals in 25 games this past season. He helped
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Matt Scott resigns as Gadsden City football coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High is on the lookout for its third head football coach in the school’s 11-year history. Matt Scott submitted his resignation at the March 16 meeting of the Gadsden City Board of Education. GCHS Principal Jeff Colgrove accepted the resignation on Friday (March 17). In four years and 47
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The Love Kitchen set to visit Etowah County

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, March 20, Little Caesars will help feed the hungry in Etowah County with its Love Kitchen. One of the two kitchen-equipped trucks will visit the Way of the Cross Soup Kitchen located at 101 North 24th Street in Alabama City, where it will feed about 375 people in need.
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Leadership Etowah visits local government

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Leadership Etowah class visited several government officials on Tuesday, March 14 for its Government Day.  Leadership Etowah is a program run by the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber. The Chamber partners with Huntingdon College, The University of Alabama Gadsden Center, Gadsden State Community College, Jacksonville State University, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and Alabama
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Catholic Center of Concern still helping the community

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Catholic Center of Concern located on Chestnut Street is not new to downtown Gadsden. Although many people drive past the small building each day without noticing it, those who need the services it provides see the center as an invaluable resource. The Catholic Center of Concern is dedicated to
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Attalla loft gets a makeover

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Downtown Attalla is well known for its stores full of antiques. It is less known for its loft apartments, but that may change soon. Ron Catoe bought a loft in downtown Attalla in 2006 or 2007. He worked on the building for about a year before it was finished.  Catoe moved
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Legal notices for the week of March 17 – 24, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Rodney  Cameron, a married man and wife, Melinda Renea Cameron, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for MortgageAmerica, Inc. Corporation, on the 9th day of April, 2010, said mortgage recorded
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent SEC Tournament Review The Kentucky Wildcats won the Southeastern Conference in the regular season and followed that up with their 31st tournament championship. The Wildcats defeated Arkansas 82-65 in the SEC championship game and knocked off Alabama in the semifinals and Georgia in the quarterfinals. UK point guard De’Aaron Fox was
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Hokes Bluff's Johnson tops All-County girls basketball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Kendall Johnson literally has been the center of attention for the Hokes Bluff High girls basketball team for the past several years. The 6’0 senior post player won 122 games in five seasons on the varsity, and this year her accomplishments resulted in her being named the MVP of the All-Etowah
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 16 Baseball Class 7A 1. Hewitt-Trussville 2. Sparkman 3. Theodore 4. Grissom 5. Auburn 6. Hoover 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Central-Phenix City 9. Buckhorn 10. Enterprise Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Spanish Fort 3. Decatur 4. Helena 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Florence 7. Hartselle 8. Hazel Gree 9. Chelsea 10. Southside CLASS 5A 1. Briarwood
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Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame to induct Class of 2017

The Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame recently announced its 2017 Class. Former local high school football standouts Andre “Brick” Haley, Larry Rose, Carnell Williams and Toderick Malone will be inducted at the organization’s annual banquet and ceremony at 6 p.m. on April 8 at Convention Hall in Gadsden. A meet & greet sessions will
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Blue Devils, Lady Warriors win Kickoff Classic

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Etowah boys and Westbrook Christian girls took first place in the fifth annual Kickoff Classic golf tournament last Saturday at Twin Bridges in Gadsden. The tournament featured both nine and 18-hole formats. The Blue Devils finished with an overall score of 305, while the Lady Warriors shot 254 as a team.
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Jenkins signs with Montreat College

Gadsden City High School senior Landon Jenkins signed a baseball scholarship with Montreat (N.C.) College last Sunday (March 5) at Meadowbrook Baptist. In 84 games, Jenkins had 47 runs scored, 26 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Pictured, sitting from left: East Cobb baseball coach Bo Curtis, Montreat head baseball coach Jason Beck, Landon, East Cobb
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Local teams compete in Yellow Jacket Invitational

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Photo caption: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole tees off during the Yellow Jacket Invitational girls golf on March 9 at Silver Lakes. (Gary Wells) Westbrook Christian finished in fourth place out of 21 schools at the Yellow Jacket Invitational girls golf tournament hosted by Glencoe High School at Silver Lakes’ Heartbreaker/Mindbreaker courses. The
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The Sweet Tea Trio to release album in April

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On February 16, local favorite The Sweet Tea Trio opened for the Birmingham concert of Jon Bon Jovi’s “This House is Not for Sale” tour at the BJCC arena. The trio was selected to perform after submitting a videotaped performance. “It was awesome,” said Sweet Tea member and Southside native
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Lion’s Club Pancake Day returns to Rainbow City

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Pancake Day is making its annual return to Rainbow City on March 11. The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will be held at the Rainbow City Community Center beginning at 6 a.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $5.50 at the door, and children six and under eat for free. The
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Nomad Homestead to host yard sales for non-profits

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Nomad Homestead Supply is teaming up local ministries and nonprofits to help the organizations raise money through yard sales. To do this, Nomad Homestead Supply is encouraging the organizations to drop off items. The store will tag the items, and split the proceeds 60 percent for Homestead Suppy and 40
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Hymns for Hunger fundraiser continues to grow

By Mary Elizabeth Dial , Staff Correspondent The ecumenical Hymns for Hunger concert filled the sanctuary of Gadsden First United Methodist Church last Sunday, March 5, for the third year in a row. Choir members from 12 churches in Gadsden and Rainbow City came together to perform hymns and classical pieces under the direction of
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Legal notices for the week of March 10 – 17, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on August 22, 2011 by Cynthia M. Gazaway, a married woman, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for MortgageAmerica, Inc., and recorded in Instrument Number 3354185 on August 24, 2011, in the
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 9 Review The Crimson Tide finished the regular season with a 59-54 loss on the road at Tennessee. Alabama led 36-22 at the half but a strong second-half surge by the Volunteers in the ended the Tide’s NCAA Tournament chances. At 10-8 in the conference, Alabama still earned the
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GCHS duo to play in all-star basketball game

Gadsden City High School seniors Haley Troup and Brooke Burns were among 12 high school players across the state recently selected to the Alabama roster for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls basketball game next Friday (March 17) in Montgomery. The game will tip off at 5 p.m. at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University
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Conquerors' Hampton ties AHSAA softball record

Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton tied an Alabama High School Athletic Association softball record in the Lady Conquerors’ 12-3 win over Ashville on March 2. The senior catcher tied the AHSAA record for number of doubles in a single game after going 5-for-5 with four doubles, a triple and five RBI. Her five hits also tied
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Lady Panthers swing past Gadsden City

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Behind a strong pitching outing from Savanna Yancey and a late-game offense surge, Southside High posted an 8-5 victory over Gadsden City on Monday (March 6) at SHS. With the game at tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Panthers crossed home plate seven times over
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Lady Blue Devils go 4-1 at J.B. Pennington tournament

Etowah High went 4-1 in the J.B. Pennington Tiger Pride Classic this past weekend in Blountsville. The Lady Blue Devils defeated Susan Moore, 8-0; New Hope, 11-6; Shades Valley, 16-2; and Pelham, 3-1. Etowah’s lone loss came against the host Lady Tigers by a score of 3-0. Against Susan Moore, Melissa Love allowed two hits
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Lady Cardinals advance in conference tournament

Raven Cooley shot 50 percent (5-for-10) from the three-point line in Gadsden State’s 74-60 victory over Lawson State in the opening round of the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament on March 3 in Birmingham. The Lady Cardinals (8-18) will face Shelton State in the tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 8. Cooley finished with 21 points
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RBC announces Alabama Chocolate Festival lineup

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, March 1, Rainbow City officials and Mayor Terry John Calhoun announced the lineup and activities for the 12th Annual Alabama Chocolate Festival. The festival will take place at the Rainbow Plaza in Rainbow City on Saturday, April 1. Admission to the festival is free. Calhoun commended city employees
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Local partnership upgrades Gadsden City High softball field

By Eric Wright, City of Gadsden Communications and Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The City of Gadsden recently finished an extensive project at the Gadsden City High School softball complex located on Black Creek Road. The complex’s new scoring tower and concession stand received funding from the Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council, which contributed $20,000
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Father shares loss to teach students about bullying

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, February 24, John Halligan visited three Gadsden City middle schools. Halligan shared the story of his son Ryan’s life with students at Gadsden Middle,  Litchfield Middle and Emma Samson Middle schools. The Gadsden Rotary Club sponsored the presentation. Halligan’s son Ryan committed suicide on October 7, 2003. Halligan
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Legal notices for the week of March 3 - 10, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Stephen Rand Hilleke, a married man, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the February 23, 2004, said mortgage being recorded at Doc. #: M-2004-0705, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 8 Review The Crimson Tide suffered back-to-back losses to Georgia and Texas A&M this past week, which ended any chances they had of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Alabama’s offense struggled in both losses, as the Tide scored only 55 points at home against the Bulldogs
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West End's Little leads off All-Messenger football team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor It was a Little bit of this and a Little bit of that all season long for the 2016 West End High football team. Versatile senior Andre Little rarely left the field for the Patriots as they made their first postseason appearance in six years and won their first playoff game since
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Local trio to be inducted into state softball hall of fame

Three local individuals will be inducted into the Alabama Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 this Saturday (Mar. 4) in Tuscaloosa. Deborah Dixon, Steve Nelson and Steve Salvador will join 31 previous ASA inductees from the Gadsden/Etowah County area. Dixon and Salvador will be inducted as slow pitch player, while Nelson will
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Humane Society to host Paws for St. Paddy auction

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Etowah County’s Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will host its annual Paws for St. Paddy fundraiser on Thursday, March 16. The fundraiser will start at Gadsden Convention Hall at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature a live and silent auction. Items for auction include vacation trips, to Gatlinburg
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YMCA to host Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Sunday, February 26, the YMCA of Coosa Valley will continue a family tradition with its Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at 210 at the Tracks in Gadsden. The cost is $20 a ticket for father and daughter in advance, and $25 the day of
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Plus-size dresses needed for “A Night For Our Stars”

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, April 1, the Children’s Policy Council of Etowah County will host “A Night For Our Stars,” a prom for those with special needs, at Gadsden Convention Hall from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The prom theme is “Hollywood Stars,” where participants will enter the prom by red carpet with
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Classifieds for the week of Feb. 24 – Mar. 3, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of Feb. 24 – Mar. 3, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Robert J. Laird, Jr., an unmarried man, originally in favor of Kondaur Capital Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, on the 12th day of September, 2014, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of
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In & around SEC basketball

Alabama Week 7 Review The Crimson Tide won back-to-back games last week after dropping a home game against Kentucky. Alabama knocked off Missouri on the road, 57-54, and followed that up with a 90-72 win over LSU. Those wins didn’t do much to bolster the Tide’s NCAA Tournament resume, since LSU and Missouri are the
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Buzzer-beating trey ends Glencoe's season at regionals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Robert E. Greeley, married, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for American Advisors Group, on the 10th day of June, 2014, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of
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Guntersville shoots past Blue Devils in 5A subregionals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Cole Frederick, Sports Correspondent Class 6A No. 8 Southside secured the Area 13 Tournament championship with a dominating 77 – 37 win over Oxford on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Southside. The Lady Panther defense forced several Oxford turnovers in the first half, and Southside built a 20 – 6 lead after the first quarter. Oxford
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Classifieds for the week of Feb. 3 - 10, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of Feb. 10 - 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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