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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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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The Community Spotlight: Hubert Owen

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent Gadsden resident Hubert Owen was born in Birmingham in 1923 to Charles and Sadie Owen. “I’ve been very fortunate all my life,” said Owen. “God had been good to me, better than I deserve.” At 93 years old, Hubert Owen has a smile that lights up the room. He has
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Classified for the week of Dec. 9 - 16, 2016

SURPLUS PROPERTY SALE Gadsden State Community College Wallace Drive Campus 256-439-6831 Misc. Items for sale. ALL PROPERTY IS SOLD “AS IS-WHERE IS”. Items are located on Wallace Drive Campus, Gadsden, Al. Bid packets available December 4, 2016 at the One Stop Business Office on the East Broad Campus. SEALED BID OPENING DATE Tuesday December 6,
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Legals for the week of Dec. 9 - 16, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain real estate mortgage executed by ROBERT SIMONS, an unmarried man, and JOSHUA ROBERTS, an unmarried man to Buddy W. Patterson, dated March 6, 2014, and recorded in Doc. No.: 3398987 in the Office of the Judge of Probate, Etowah
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC Championship Review Alabama captured its fifth SEC championship in the last eight seasons in dominating fashion last Saturday (Dec. 3). Florida jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but the Crimson Tide controlled the rest of the game en route to a 54-16 victory. In the first half, Alabama’s defense and
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Area basketball teams ranked in ASWA poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Lee-Montgomery 3. Smiths Station 4. Hoover 5. McGill-Toolen 6. Spain Park 7. Sparkman 8. Auburn 9. Murphy 10. James Clemens CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Austin 3. Daphne 4. Hueytown 5. Carver-Montgomery 6. Spanish Fort 7. LeFlore 8. Sidney Lanier 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Clay-Chalkville CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville
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Westbrook’s Self signs with UAH

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Tyler Self’s prowess on the baseball field and in the classroom has propelled him to the Rocket City. Last Wednesday (Dec. 7), the Westbrook Christian senior signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. In 67 innings on the mound this past season, Self went 11-1 with 72 strikeouts
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Gadsden City's Day, Minton sign with Birmingham Southern

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of Gadsden City High student-athletes will test their academic and athletic capabilities in the Magic City next year. Seniors Ella Day and David Minton received four-year President Scholarships from Birmingham Southern and will participate in softball and baseball, respectively. Last season, Day batted .445 with 61 hits, 18 doubles, four
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Coosa’s Hampton signs with UAH

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A 10-year old dream came true for Alaina Hampton on Dec. 1 when the Coosa Christian senior signed a softball scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. “I’ve been playing softball since I was in fourth grade, and I always wanted to play in college,” she said. “Growing up, you’re going
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Lady Titans take down Hewitt-Trussville in triple OT

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The third time was the charm for the Gadsden City High girls basketball team on Tuesday (Dec. 6). Facing Hewitt-Trussville in their Class 7A, Area 7 opener, the Lady Titans posted a 65-61 victory after battling tooth and nail through regulation and three overtime periods. The outcome was finally decided in the
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Gamecocks fall to Youngstown State in FCS quarterfinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State’s hopes of a return trip to Frisco, Texas, and a chance to play for the FCS Division 1 National Championship came to a screeching halt on Saturday (Dec. 3) at Burgess-Snow Stadium. Youngstown State rolled up 520 offensive yards while stunning No. 3 seed Jacksonville State, 40-24, in the
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Gadsden Christmas Parade cancelled

The Kiwanis Club Gadsden Christmas Parade scheduled for tonight (Dec. 5) has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The event will not be rescheduled.
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Festival of Trees lights up GRMC

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent There’s no place like home for the holidays, but Gadsden Regional Medical Center has found a way to bring some Christmas cheer to patients spending the holidays in the hospital. The annual Festival of Trees, featuring Christmas trees decorated by different departments and offices, lit up the main lobby
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Blog writer tells animal adoption tales

By Sarrah Peters News Editor When Troy University journalism student Martha Ladner decided to start a blog to give her more experience, she needed to decide what to write about. She knew she wanted to do something different. So she thought about her passions in life, and her thoughts landed on her dogs. Ladner said
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Gadsden Fire department collecting toys for children

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Fire Department is teaming up with the Salvation Army to bring presents to local kids this Christmas, but to succeed the department needs your help! “We do three primary charities during the year, the muscular dystrophy campaign, our cancer awareness campaign and the one that is the closest
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Christmas on the Coosa to be held

By Sarrah Peters News Editor “Christmas on the Coosa” will be held on December 8 at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 at the door with an opportunity to donate. Two gospel groups will perform at the “Christmas on the Coosa” concert. Gadsden duo Wilburn and Wilburn
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Classifieds for the week of Dec. 2 - 9, 2016

SURPLUS PROPERTY SALE Gadsden State Community College, Wallace Drive Campus, 256-439-6831 Misc. Items for sale. ALL PROPERTY IS SOLD “AS IS-WHERE IS”. Items are located on Wallace Drive Campus, Gadsden, Al. Bid packets available December 4, 2016 at the One Stop Business Office on the East Broad Campus. SEALED BID OPENING DATE Tuesday December 6,
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Legals for the week of Dec. 2 - 9, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated April 12, 1999, executed by Amy Cauthen Brown and Christopher W. Brown, husband and wife, to AmeriCapital Funding Corp., which mortgage was recorded on April 16, 1999, in Book 1999, Page 106, of the mortgage records in
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Iron Bowl Review Alabama pulled away from Auburn in the second half of the Iron Bowl and defeated the Tigers, 30-12, to secure a perfect 12-0 regular season. The Crimson Tide led 13-9 at the half after several first half turnovers kept Auburn in the game, but the Alabama defense held the
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Westbrook, Etowah volleyball standouts sign with Wallace State

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of local high school seniors will continue their volleyball careers with the most successful junior college volleyball program in Alabama. Etowah’s Emma Jones and Westbrook Christian’s Courtlyn Barber both signed scholarships recently with Wallace State-Hanceville. The Lady Lions have won the past eight Alabama Community College Conference Tournaments. Last season,
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Warriors hold off Glencoe

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Westbrook Christian Warriors placed four players in double figures in defeating cross-county rival Glencoe, 85-68, last Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Rainbow City. “This was another typical Glencoe/Westbrook game,” said Westbrook head coach Donnie Pruitt. “They always come ready to play. Glencoe did a good job handling our pressure. They’re a
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Lady Yellow Jackets breeze past Westbrook

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Glencoe High School Lady Yellow Jackets raced to a 23-2 first quarter lead and never looked back in cruising to a 70-22 win over Westbrook Christian on Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Rainbow City. Glencoe (3-1) was led by Asia Dennis’ 11 points but the Lady Jackets saw a very balanced
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Eagles come up short in state semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With just over 19 minutes remaining in Hokes Bluff’s Class 4A football semifinal against Madison Academy last Friday (Nov. 25), the Eagle faithful could sense the program’s first state championship appearance since 2001. Darrian Meads’ 5-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half provided Hokes Bluff with a 21-7
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 12 Review Auburn dominated Alabama A&M, 55-0, in its final tune-up game before the Iron Bowl. Jeremy Johnson earned his first start of the season at quarterback on Senior Night and completed 14 of his 19 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Johnson also rushed for 42 yards and
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Titan duo sign basketball scholarships

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Haley Troup and Brooke Burns have been friends since kindergarten and played varsity basketball together since their freshman season, so it was only fitting that Gadsden City High School’s “Dynamic Duo” signed college basketball scholarships at the same time. On Nov. 16 at the GCHS library, Troup signed with the University of
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Gamecocks win third straight OVC title

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent For the third consecutive year, the Jacksonville State football team has won the Ohio Valley Conference championship and will head to the FCS playoffs. Eli Jenkins rushed for a career best four touchdowns and Jaylen Hill had two of JSU’s four interceptions as the Gamecocks wrapped up an undefeated OVC season
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Eagles dispatch Cherokee County, move to 4A semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Hokes Bluff High head football coach Mike Robertson is fortunate that he didn’t follow up on his initial reaction last Friday (Nov. 18) after his Eagles found themselves in an early 14-point hole against a Cherokee County squad that was riding a 10-game winning streak. “I don’t know about y’all, but was
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Titans fall to Hoover in state semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A capacity crowd was on hand last Friday (Nov. 18) in Gadsden to witness the latest episode of the “We want Hoover” trilogy. This was the same story with an almost identical outcome. The Hoover Bucs overcame a sluggish start and exploded in he second half to defeat the Gadsden City
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Gadsden Mall will close for Thanksgiving Day

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Breaking the trend of Black Friday sales starting earlier and earlier, all 31 interior stores and seven interior food vendors at the Gadsden Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Stores with exterior entrances have the option to open their doors, but so far only Premier Cinema, Belk, Sears
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CommUnity dinner to be held on Thanksgiving

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, November 24 or Thanksgiving Day, the CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration will be held at Gadsden Convention Hall. United Way facilitates the community dinner, but does not provide funds for the event. The dinner is made possible by community support through donations and volunteers. To donate money, mail a check 
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Hokes Bluff hosts a Veterans Day program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, November 11, Modern Woodmen of America and the City of Hokes Bluff held a Veterans Day Event at the Hokes Bluff Lions Club. This is the 3rd time the program has been held. The event kicked off with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presenting the flag. 
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Renew Our Rivers cleans out the Coosa River

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Drivers on Albert Rains Boulevard in Gadsden may have seen a shocking sight in the large parking lot next to Convention Hall: a massive pile of trash that had been pulled from the Coosa River as part of the Renew Our Rivers project. Originally called Renew the Coosa, the
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Local yarn shop to move locations

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Before opening her yarn shop The Taming of the Ewe, Pat Miller wore many different hats. In college, she began as a voice major and trained with an opera singer. She obtained a degree as a theater major, before starting to work in broadcast news at CNN. She returned to
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Classifieds for the week of Nov. 18 - 25, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legals for the week of Nov. 18 - 25, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated March 15, 2011, executed by Matthew Mosley, a single man, to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., which mortgage was recorded on March 16, 2011, in Instrument Number 3347030, of the mortgage records in the Office of the Judge
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In & around SEC football

Alabama  Week 11 Review The Crimson Tide dominated Mississippi State from start-to-finish in an impressive 51-3 win that clinched the SEC West Division for the third straight season. In less than three quarters of action, quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns and added another 100 yards on the ground. Hurts became
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Westbrook’s Catanzaro signs with South Alabama

By Chris McCarthy/Editor John Hilliard Catanzaro recently took the next step toward his goal of one day competing on the PGA Tour. The Westbrook Christian senior signed a golf scholarship with the University of South Alabama in Mobile on Tuesday (Nov. 15) in Rainbow City. A member of the school’s varsity golf team for the
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Area football players recognized

Five local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for second round of the state football playoffs on Nov. 11. Gadsden City junior running back Jaelyn Fleming rushed 22 times for 134 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 75 yards and a score in the Titans’ 29-28
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Area runners compete at state cross country meet

Several local runners participated in the Alabama High School Athletic Association state cross country championships last Saturday (Nov. 12) at Oakville Museum and Park in Moulton. Four area runners finished in the top 15 of their respective classifications to earn all-state honors. In boys action, Southside senior Hunter Nails took sixth place in Class 6A
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Drought emergency declared in Etowah County

A drought emergency has been declared in Etowah County, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin. The declaration concerning the emergency drought condition, as signed by Gov. Robert Bentley, has been in effect since Oct. 12 and will remain until rescinded by the State Forester. Any prescribed burns, campfires, bonfires, trash or debris fires, or
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Big special team plays help carry Titans past Hewitt-Trussville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Due large part to clutch special teams play, Gadsden City High will participate in the state football semifinals for the second time in the past three years. Trailing second-ranked and undefeated Hewitt-Trussville by double digits midway through the fourth quarter, the visiting Titans (7-5) scored two touchdowns off a pair of turnovers
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Eagles dispatch North Jackson, head to quarterfinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Three weeks into the 2016 high school football season, Hokes Bluff was facing a dismal future. The Eagles were 0-3 and the postseason appeared to be out of reach. What a difference hard work and a few weeks can make. Fast forward to round two of the Class 4A state playoffs
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Lanett blasts Patriots in second round

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter No. 8 Lanett ran 12 plays in the first half against West End Last Friday (Nov. 11), and six of them went for touchdowns. The Panthers’ first-half explosion propelled them to a 53-14 victory in a Class 2A second-round playoff game in Walnut Grove. Lanett (10-2) will face No.
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Etowah falls to Mortimer Jordan in second round

Mortimer Jordan posted a 44-30 victory over Etowah in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 11) in Kimberly. The Blue Devils (9-3) led 3-0 after one quarter courtesy of Raul Hernandez’s 27-yard field goal. After the hosts went up 8-3 on Brown’s 8-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion, Etowah
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