Kiwanis Club to host 60th annual Pancake Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian led from the opening tip to the final buzzer in a 78-27 Class 2A, Area 13 victory over Gaston last Tuesday (Jan. 10) in Rainbow City. Six different players scored in the first quarter as the sixth-ranked Warriors (15-5, 4-0) broke out to a 22-8 lead. Will Jones scored 12
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Lady Warriors turn back Gaston

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With her young and inexperienced squad enduring growing pains for much of the season, Westbrook Christian girls head basketball coach Jamie Barkley was happy to see her team come out on the high end of the scoreboard last Tuesday (Jan. 10). The Lady Warriors notched their third win of the year with
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Coosa Christian corrals Mustangs, 75-57

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian overcame a sluggish start to improve to 11-2 with a 75-57 win on Class 1A, Area 11 action last Tuesday (Jan. 10) in Gadsden. The Class 1A No. 5 Conquerors fell behind by eight points in the early going but eventually caught fire and never looked back down the
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Lady Conquerors dismantle Southeastern

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian placed three players in double figures in a 70-40 win over Southeastern last Tuesday (Jan. 10) in Gadsden. The Lady Conquerors improved to 9-2 with the Class 1A, Area 11 win. Coosa head coach Jayme Hollingsworth was proud of his team’s effort in the come-from behind victory. “We played
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Rainbow Middle students speak to an astronaut

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Rainbow Middle School students experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity when they returned to school on Wednesday, January 4. The students spoke to astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, through a radio as the space station passed over the United States. Fifth graders
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Love Center receives new roof and appliances

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In April of last year, The Love Center Shelter, located at 915 South 12th Street in Gadsden, was in dire need. The shelter was desperate for funds, receiving less than half the funds needed to operate it every month. The Love Center created a new board with help from Joanne
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Community Spotlight: Lennie Carroll

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent Etowah County resident Lennie Carroll was born in Attalla in 1935 to Knox and Stella Whitt. Lennie Carroll is one of very few women in Etowah County to ever serve as Senior Pastor in a church. Carroll built Sand Valley Assembly of God Church in Attalla in 1962 and has
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Rainbow City Coin Club contributes to community

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Writer The Rainbow City Coin Club held its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at the Rainbow City Community Center. In addition to usual business, the club recognized the contributions it was able to make in the last month of 2016. On Dec. 6, 2016, the
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Legal notices for the week of Jan. 6 - 13, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Peter Cashman and Olivia Cashman, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for The Mortgage Outlet, Inc., on the 30th day of April, 2004, said mortgage recorded in the
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In & around SEC football

College Football Playoff Review For the second straight year, Alabama and Clemson will meet in the national championship game. The Crimson Tide submitted yet another stellar defensive performance in a 24-7 win over Washington, while the Tigers gave their best performance of the season in a dominating 31-0 victory over Ohio State. Alabama (14-0) allowed
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Etowah dispatches Douglas in area action

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A good many coaches prefer their team to maintain an unselfishness approach at all times during a game. Not so James Graves. With his team clinging to a four-point lead at halftime against Douglas on Tuesday (Jan. 3), the Etowah High boys basketball coach reminded his players that if they had an
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Lady Blue Devils clip Douglas

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Etowah High girls head basketball coach Ryan Fore was aware coming into last Tuesday (Jan. 3) that Douglas liked to run and gun. His team ultimately grounded the Lady Eagles’ flight plan on the way to a 54-44 Class 5A, Area 13 victory in Attalla. Trailing by four points at halftime, the
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YMCA offers New Year’s deals and new programs

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The YMCA of Coosa Valley is determined to help everyone in Etowah County fulfill their New Year’s fitness resolutions in 2017. The YMCA is offering discounts for signing up in January. The YMCA offers several different membership types, including student, adult, couple, senior, senior couple, family and single parent family,
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Family dog survives tragic fire

By Sarrah Peters News Editor In the early hours of Thanksgiving Day, a fire broke out in a home in Tidmore Bend, taking the life of family members Arthur, Katherine and Jill Fambrough. Amidst the tragedy, there was an unlikely survivor: the family’s dog Rex. Rex, kept on the gated back patio, managed to escape
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Downtown Gadsden, Inc. celebrates a successful year

The year 2016 was a year to celebrate in downtown Gadsden.  Downtown Gadsden, Inc. (DGI) sponsored events such as First Friday, Girls Night Out, Third Thursday, Musical Mondays, Snacks with Santa and the Chili Cook-Off.  DGI also co-sponsored several events such as the Howl-O-Weenie Paw-ty and Downtown Christmas Open House.  Crowds at these events exceeded
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Classifieds for the week of Dec. 30, 2016 - Jan. 6, 2017

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Legals for the week of Dec. 30, 2016 - Jan. 6, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having being made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated August 5, 2009, executed by David H. Handford, a married man, and wife, Shirley Handford, in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for Goldstar Mortgage, Inc., said Mortgage being recorded August 5, 2009,
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ASWA Back/Lineman of the Year finalists announced

The Alabama Sports Writers Association recently released its Back/Lineman of the Year finalists for the 2016 high school football season. The 48 finalists were chosen by a panel of prep writers from around the state at the ASWA’s all-state football meeting in December. The 48 players are also finalists for the state’s Mr. Football award,
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Friday, Dec. 30 Liberty Bowl TCU vs. Georgia (-2.5) Kirby Smart’s first season in Athens didn’t pro-duce the results many hoped it would, but the Bulldogs at least have a foundation in place moving forward. Jacob Eason made strides at quarterback in his freshman season, while running backs Nick Chubb and Sony
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Sardis edges Westbrook in OT at Glencoe Holiday Shootout

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Sardis High boys basketball coach Van Owen received a late Christmas present on Wednesday (Dec. 28), as his Lions stunned Class 2A No. 6 Westbrook Christian, 57-56, in overtime at the Glencoe Holiday Shootout Tournament. Sardis outscored the Warriors 16-6 in the third period to cut the Westbrook lead to 40-39
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Area football players make ASWA All-State teams

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Six out of The Messenger’s 10 area coverage high schools placed players on the Alabama Sports Writers Association 2016 All-State football teams. Gadsden City, Hokes Bluff and Etowah each had two players make the first team, while West End had one. Eight local players were second team selections and six student-athletes received
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Live Nativity held at Rainbow City Hall

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, December 19, people gathered at Rainbow City Hall for a live nativity. About 400 to 500 people stopped by the two hour long event. The Feathered Friends Cockatoo and Horse Sanctuary provided animals for the event including two sheep, a donkey and a camel.  Entertainment for the event
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Historic marker to remember lynching victim

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On December 13, a marker honoring Bunk Richardson was dedicated. The marker is to be placed at the end of North 1st Street in Gadsden, by the railroad where Richardson was lynched. The marker was a joint project between the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), the City of Gadsden and Gadsden
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The Community Spotlight: Corey Ewing

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent For the first time in its history, Gadsden Regional Medical Center has welcomed home one of its own to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Corey Ewing was born in Gadsden in 1976 to Glenn and Lisa Ewing at what was then known as Baptist Hospital. Ewing said that after nearly
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Love Center receives gift donations

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, December 20, eight volunteers gathered to wrap presents for the children at The Love Center shelter in Gadsden. At the beginning of December, volunteer Tiffany Clayton posted on social media searching for people to adopt the Love Center’s children for Christmas. “We had a huge response,” said Love
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Legals for the week of Dec. 23 - 30, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated January 30, 2004, executed by Gene Story Smith and Dorothy Burger Smith, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Homecomings Financial Network, Inc., which mortgage was recorded on February 3, 2004, in
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Bowl previews and predictions Monday, Dec. 26 St. Petersburg Bowl Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi State (-14) Mississippi State is 5-7 but the Bulldogs earned a trip to a bowl game due to their high Academic Progress Rate. The Bulldogs finished the season with a resounding 55-20 win over rival Ole Miss, and
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Lady Panthers pour it on in second half against Chelsea

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With Chelsea within single digits of her Lady Panthers at intermission last Monday (Dec. 19), Southside High girls basketball coach Kim Nails streamlined her halftime adjustments to one area. Convert turnovers into points. “We created a lot [of turnovers] in the first half but we weren’t able to capitalize on some of
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No. 10 Hornets sting Southside, 58-31

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Though disappointed in the outcome, Southside High boys basketball coach Chad Holderfield found a silver lining in his team’s 58-31 loss to Chelsea on Monday (Dec. 19) at SHS. “This gives us a good measure of who we are and what some of the better teams in the state are like,” he
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Etowah celebrates 150 years as a county

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On December 7, 1866 Baine County was created by the Alabama legislature. It was named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel David William Baine, after his death in the Civil War. To form the county, area was taken from six adjoining counties. Since the formation of the county happened during Reconstruction
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Physicians Who Care continues its 20-year Christmas tradition

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Physicians Who Care spent the morning of Saturday, Dec. 10 shopping with underprivileged children at Wal-Mart in East Gadsden. Physicians Who Care, a local patient advocacy and physician referral service, held the first Christmas shopping day approximately twenty years ago. Since then, it has become something of a tradition
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Christmas party delights students

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The annual Christmas Party for Exceptional Children was held on Friday, Dec. 9 at Gadsden Convention Hall. The party, which was hosted by the United Steel Workers of America AFL-CIO Local No. 12, brought students with special needs from all over the county, along with their teachers and caretakers,
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Sugarman the Pony sequel released

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Author Brenda Powell will be holding a book signing at Mommy and Me located at 313 Broad Street in Gadsden on Saturday, December 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Powell recently released a second book in the Sugarman the Pony series, The Adventures of Sugarman the Pony: One of
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Humane Society announces yearly reports

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is proud to announce that this year it was able to save more animals’ lives. Humane Society Director Christi Brown reports that 421 animals were adopted in 2016, so far. An additional 434 animals were transported to areas in the north that
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Classifieds for the week of Dec. 16 - 23, 2016

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Legals for the week of Dec. 16 - 23, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Sandra J. Vann, an unmarried woman, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Open Mortgage, LLC, on the 13th day of February, 2014, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick College football bowl previews and predictions Saturday, Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl Texas-San Antonio vs. New Mexico (-7) The Lobos (8-4) earned their second consecutive bowl bid under coach Bob Davie and are looking for their first bowl win since 2007. This is the first bowl bid Texas-San Antonio (6-6) has received
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Area teams ranked in Dec. 15 ASWA basketball poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Lee-Montgomery 3. Smiths Station 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Auburn 6. Huffman 7. Sparkman 8. Murphy 9. Hoover 10. Grissom CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Austin 3. Daphne 4. Carver-Montgomery 5. Spanish Fort 6. LeFlore 7. Muscle Shoals 8. Blount 9. Fort Payne 10. Chelsea CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville 2.
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Etowah's Hyatt signs with Arkansas

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Etowah High senior Daulton Hyatt certainly made the most of his single year in Attalla. The senior quarterback signed a national letter of intent with the University of Arkansas on Dec. 14. “It’s definitely a great day for me,” said Hyatt, who will graduate from EHS later this month and enroll at
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Gadsden City student named athlete of the year

Courtesy of gadsdencityathletics.com The Gadsden City High student body gave the school’s Special Olympians a standing ovation on Monday (Dec. 12) and repeated that action for David Hodges, who was named Alabama’s Special Olympics 2016 Athlete of the Year. Hodges has been doing Special Olympic sports for six years and was part of the Titans’
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Titans take down Midfield, 65-62

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Gadsden City High held off a late rally by Midfield to post a 65-62 win in boys basketball on Tuesday (Dec. 13) at GCHS. Torque Bateman’s put-back with 3:17 left in the fourth quarter gave the Titans a 61-51 lead, but Class 3A No. 1 Patriots went to a full-court press that
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Sheriff’s charities to provide gifts for children

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah Sheriff’s Charities is currently holding a Christmas Meat Sale. The charity is currently selling 10-pound turkeys for $35 and 8-pound Boston butts for $25. Orders must be placed by Monday, December 19. The meat will be smoked and ready for pick-up on Friday, December 23. The orders must
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Humane Society to host Reindeer Run

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is offering extended holiday hours, gift certificates, discounts, its annual Reindeer Run and more this December. The Humane Society is hosting the 6th Annual Reindeer Run on December 17. The Reindeer Run idea came to life when the employees and volunteers began
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First Friday holiday events a success

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, December 2, Downtown Gadsden, Inc. hosted the North Pole Stroll. Participants gather at the Pitman Theatre and “stroll” down Broad Street towards the lawn of City Hall, where the annual Christmas tree lighting is held. What makes the stroll so unique is the people who dress up in
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