Legals for the week of 12/21 - 12/27

December 26, 2018 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated June 22, 2007, executed by James E. Nelson, a single person, and Joshua E. Nelson, a single person, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., solely as nominee for State Farm Bank, F. S. B. a Federal
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Area players named to ASWA All-State football teams

December 26, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Seventeen local football players were selected to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State football teams. Six players were named to the first team, including Gadsden City senior running back Jamontez Woods at Class 7A Athlete, Etowah senior Jamin Graham (pictured above) at Class 5A defensive end, Etowah junior DeRickey Wright at Class 5A
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Toys for Tots provides toys for the holidays

December 21, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor In the Catholic Center of Concern on Chestnut Street in Gadsden, a back room has been converted into what looks like a toy store. Industrial shelves are lined with toys for children of all ages. But this is no toy store; this is the local Toys for Tots program’s base of
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Pregnancy Testing Center in search of volunteers

December 21, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Pregnancy Testing Center, located at 119 Church Street in Rainbow City, is currently in search of more volunteers. The Pregnancy Testing Center helps expecting mothers. In addition to providing pregnancy tests, the organization provides counseling and support to mothers-to-be with a pro-life message. A ministry-based organization, the center receives no
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The Vagabond - An 1895 Christmas tale from Lovejoy’s Crossroads

December 21, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond came across a true Christmas article originally written by local historian Marvin B. Small. It reads: “Back in the year 1895, there was a spot in West Gadsden that was known by old timers as Lovejoy’s Cross Roads. In those days, Tuscaloosa Road (now Tuscaloosa Avenue), as it was then
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Inspiration from God’s Word - For unto us a savior is born

December 21, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford During this Christmas season, I am reminded of Isaiah 9:6-7. This Scripture is one of the greatest prophesies ever foretold and serves as a great reminder for the true meaning of Christmas. Isaiah 9:6 proclaims not only the birth of Jesus (“a child is born”) but also His deity (“a son is
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The Golden Girls & Clint Eastwood

December 21, 2018 chris
By Vicki Scott Back in the day when I played on a regular basis at George Wallace Senior Center, I was able to enjoy my obsession with The Golden Girls TV show. The name was the inspiration behind calling our seniors, “Golden Yellow Jackets,” and that is how I see them; they are the “Gold”
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People of Etowah - Jackie McNutt

December 21, 2018 chris
Name: Jackie McNutt Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation?  “I am the owner of J&M Body Shop.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I have always liked to work on cars.” Tell us about your family and pets. “I am married to
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Accepting Our Charge

December 21, 2018 chris
“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves…When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time;
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Homestyle Beef Casserole and Red Velvet Brownies

December 21, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell I bring you good news that will be of great joy for all the people. Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:10-11 Homestyle Beef Casserole 1 pound ground chuck 1 (14-oz) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and
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In & around SEC football - bowl previews, part II

December 20, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Saturday, Dec. 22 Jared Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs. Wake Forest (+3.5). The Tigers had chances to win the American Conference Championship but lost to Central Florida for the second time this season. Star running back Darrell Henderson is entering the NFL draft and skipping the bowl game, which will be a big
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Etowah High trio sign DI football scholarships

December 20, 2018 chris
Photo: Etowah High senior football players Jamin Graham (left) and Justin Harris signed letters of intent with the University of Nebraska and Vanderbilt University, respectively, on Wednesday, Dec. 19) at EHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Three Etowah High seniors will continue their football careers at the highest level of competition. Last Wednesday at the
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Southside, Glencoe girls ranked in Dec. 20 ASWA basketball pol

December 20, 2018 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. McGill-Toolen 4. Austin 5. Sparkman 6. Davidson 7. Hewitt-Trussville 8. Grissom 9. Foley 10. Auburn Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Hartselle 3. McAdory 4. Blount 5. Huffman 6. Park Crossing 7. Eufaula 8. Opelika 9. Cullman 10. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Class 5A 1. Charles Henderson 2. Ramsay
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Lettermen of the USA honors 102 year-old military veteran

December 20, 2018 chris
Photo: United States Army/Lettermen of the USA Board Member Colonel John Jones (left) salutes World War II veteran Major Wooten during Wooten’s 102nd birthday celebration on Dec. 8 in Huntsville. As part of a 102nd birthday celebration, The Lettermen of the USA presented United States Army Private (Ret.) Major Wooten with an autographed Bobby Humphrey
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Gadsden City fades late against Oxford

December 18, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Dee Pearson (right) looks to drive past Oxford’s William Warren during the Titans’ 65-56 loss in boys basketball last Monday (Dec. 17) at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City led for much of the game against Oxford last Monday (Dec. 17) but ultimately suffered a 65-56 loss at GCHS. Ahead
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 Lady Titans shoot past Oxford, 61-28

December 18, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Ajainay Tinker drives to the basket between a pair of Oxford defenders during the Lady Titans’ 61-28 victory in girls basketball on Monday (Dec. 17) at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Editor/Publisher Gadsden City girls head basketball coach Jeremy Brooks feels fortunate that his team’s Class 7A, Area 7 schedule does not
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Blue Devils, Panthers, Lions named to all-region football team

December 18, 2018 chris
Etowah, Southside and Sardis high school were well-represented on the Class 5A, All-Region 6 football team. The region champion and state quarterfinalist Blue Devils took three of the four top honors, including junior quarterback/cornerback DeRickey Wright (pictured above) as Region MVP, senior defensive end Jamin Graham as Defensive MVP and Drew Noles as Coach of the
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Gadsden State’s Malcolm named ACCC Player of the Week

December 18, 2018 chris
Gadsden State sophomore guard Xavier Malcolm recently was named the Alabama Community College Conference Player of the Week for Dec. 10-16. The Hanceville native led the Cardinals to an 87-71 win over Wallace State-Selma. Malcolm scored 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-9 from the three-point line.  He also had seven rebounds and four assists.
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Longtime Probate Judge Junkins retires

December 17, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, Dec. 10, a retirement ceremony was held for Probate Judge Bobby Junkins at the Etowah County Courthouse. Attendees visited with Junkins, while enjoying photos from Junkins’ life and finger foods. Junkins’ last day will be January 14, when his newly elected replacement Scott Hassell will officially take office. Junkins’
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Local students attend annual Water Festival

December 17, 2018 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Gadsden State Community College hosted the 18th annual Water Festival on Friday, Dec. 7. An estimated 1,400 fourth graders from across Etowah County attended the educational event ran by volunteers from local high schools. The high school students lead the fourth graders around the George Wallace Campus of Gadsden State and
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People of Etowah - Dustin Watkins

December 17, 2018 chris
Name: Dustin Watkins Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Etowah County.” What is your occupation? “I work at two different transport companies in Emergency Medical Services as a Paramedic and part-time as an educator in the EMS program at Northeast Alabama Community College. I also give time as a Flight
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Mama’s got no gun!

December 17, 2018 chris
As I previously mentioned, I had the opportunity to stay with my mother five days a week due to her complications with dementia. She was in a car accident when I was three years old, but has been able to live a normal life until a little over a year ago. Her life is an
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

December 17, 2018 chris
Sylvia Stewart’s Old Fashioned Light Fruitcake, Strawberry Crescent Bars and Sausage Dinner Quickie May this season be rich with the laughter of friends, With the closeness of family whose love never ends, May your hearts be content, May your spirits be light, And all of your holiday memories bright. Merry Christmas Sylvia Stewart’s Old Fashioned
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Jesus: He is the only name

December 17, 2018 chris
This week, my thoughts and readings in the Word kept taking me back to the importance of a name. Maybe, because this is the Christmas season and each year, in the midst of the business, of buying gifts, going to parties and preparing Christmas cards, I try to keep an awareness of the true meaning
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The Vagabond - New Deal projects in Gadsden

December 17, 2018 chris
New Deal projects were the domestic programs of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1939. The projects took action to bring about immediate economic relief, as well as reforms in industry, agriculture, finance, waterpower, labor and housing and vastly increasing the scope of the federal government’s activities. The program’s first objective was to
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Pious Bob - An Invitation to Imitation

December 17, 2018 chris
“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 NRSV). The church in Thessalonica received a good review from Paul,
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In & around SEC football - Bowl Previews, Part I

December 13, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Saturday, Dec. 15 AutoNation Cure Bowl Tulane vs. Louisiana (+3.5). A one-point win over Navy gave Tulane its sixth win of the season, and Willie Fritz has the Green Wave bowling for the first time since 2013. First-year head coach Billy Napier guided Louisiana to seven wins and an appearance in
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Southside, Glencoe girls ranked in Dec. 13 ASWA basketball poll

December 13, 2018 chris
Girls Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Davidson 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Sparkman 6. Hewitt-Trussville 7. Grissom 8. Mountain Brook 9. Austin 10. Foley Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Hartselle 3. McAdory 4. Blount 5. Huffman 6. Eufaula 7. Cullman 8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9. Park Crossing 10. Homewood Class 5A 1. Charles Henderson 2.
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Pearson recognized as Gadsden City sweeps Arab

December 13, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City High School senior guard Dee Pearson scored his 1,000th career point during the Titans 81-64 win over Fort Payne on Dec. 3. Pearson finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in the win over the Wildcats to became just the second GCHS boys players to produce a triple double along
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Legals for the week of 12/14 - 12/20

December 13, 2018 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Lamonthe Bradford, originally in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., on the 18th day of October, 2005, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, in Doc #
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