In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review Alabama won its biggest series of the season in taking two of three games from No. 9 Kentucky over the weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide won the first two games by scores of 4-2 before falling 5-2 in the series finale. Brad Bohannon’s team followed up
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Local teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

Released April 5 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Hoover 4. Oak Mountain 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Bob Jones 7. Enterprise 8. Smiths Station 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Robertsdale 3. Saraland 4. Oxford 5. Homewood 6. Spanish Fort 7. Cullman 8. Helena 9. Hartselle 10. Athens
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Mustangs clip Coosa Christian in area action

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Ashton Clemmons delivers a pitch during the Conquerors’ 7-2 loss to Southeastern last Tuesday (Apr. 3) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian opened its Class 1A, Area 11 schedule on a sour note last Tuesday (Apr. 3), falling to Southeastern, 7-2, in Gadsden. The Conquerors had a tough day
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Lady Titans can’t solve Cobb in area loss

Photo: Gadsden City’s Michaela Brown (left) holds a Hewitt-Trussville runner at first base during the Lady Titans’ 9-0 loss to Hewitt-Trussville’s last Tuesday (Apr. 3) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Nearly 100 years ago, Ty Cobb brought his MLB Detroit Tigers to Alabama City to play an exhibition baseball game against an
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Lady Eagles rally past Glencoe

Photo: Glencoe High’s Skylar Thompson (left) scores a third-inning run as Hokes Bluff catcher Maddie Smith awaits the throw during the Lady Eagles’ 4-3 victory in girls softball last Monday (Apr. 2) at HBHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Hokes Bluff High softball team made the most of its opportunities late in the game
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Hokes Bluff ends Southside’s county baseball tournament streak

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Houston Edwards connects for a hit during Etowah County Schools baseball tournament  last Saturday (March 31) at Hokes Bluff. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 8 Hokes Bluff overcame an early deficit to capture its first Etowah County baseball championship since 2008 with a 4-1 victory over Southside last
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Noccalula to host BBQ and archery competitions

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Noccalula Falls will host its 9th Annual Smoke on the Falls barbeque competition on April 13 and 14. The barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. Admission will be free on Friday, April 8. Gates will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A sausage cook-off, sponsored by Jimmy
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First responder shares story of Southside storm

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, March 19, Southside Officer Bryan Bell was sitting in his patrol car with his partner Colton Harden underneath the Southside Baptist awning to avoid the falling hail when he saw the approaching tornado. “I said there it is,” said Bell. “I think Colton said it was the first tornado
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People of Etowah - Sonquez Williams

Name: Sonquez Williams Where were you born and raised? “Phenix City.” What is your occupation? “Chief Executive Officer at Boys and Girls Clubs of Gadsden/Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was a “Club Kid” since the age of 6. I had many different ideas about what I wanted to
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Who will be our next state superintendent of education?

By State Rep. Craig Ford The state legislative session has come to an end, but legislators won’t be the ones making the most important decision our government will make this year. The State Board of Education will make that decision in April, when it selects our next State Superintendent of Education. For all of the high-profile
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Key Lime Layer Cake and Pink Lemonade Pie “I have come that they may have life…And have it to the full.” – John 10:10. As you witness the miracles of life all around you… May you be filled with the Joy of the Risen Saviour Have a blessed Easter! Treat your Easter guests to sensational
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The Vagabond - Mysterious & legendary caves at Lookout Mountain

By Danny Crownover Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the August 15, 2014 edition of The Messenger. During a recent presentation about Noccalula Falls, The Vagabond mentioned a cave that once was located there. The following is the story about that cave: Located throughout Lookout Mountain are many caves in which many legends
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection

By Toni Ford This week, often called Holy Week or Passion Week, is often considered the most important week for a believer. It was during this week that our Lord began His trip to Jerusalem, knowing that He would lay down His life for the sins of the world. There are so many significant truths
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams “Dad, its cold outside.” My son informs me of the current weather conditions as if it was news to me. “So?” I replied. “Charlie doesn’t care anything about it being cold outside.” My son has heard me refer to Charlie many times. Although Charlie is fictional, I toss his name around as
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Pious Bob - Receiving the Works

By Robert Halsey Pine “You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Tournament second weekend review Kentucky and Texas A&M were the only two teams from the Southeastern Conference to reach the second weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and neither team made it past the Sweet 16. The Aggies dominated North Carolina in the second round but ran into one
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Four area baseball teams ranked in latest ASWA poll

Released March 29 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Oak Mountain 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Bob Jones 6. Hoover 7. Smiths Station 8. Theodore 9. Enterprise 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Robertsdale 3. Homewood 4. Saraland 5. Spanish Fort 6. Oxford 7. Austin 8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9. Hartselle 10. Cullman Class
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Southside’s Hunt, Etowah’s Graham highlight All-Messenger basketball team

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt (pictured above) and Etowah’s Jamin Graham (right) are the 2017-18 All-Messenger basketball team girls and boys Players of the Year, respectively. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High’s Lauren Hunt and Etowah’s Jamin Graham lead off the 2017-18 All-Messenger basketball teams as the girls and boys team Players of
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Area basketball standouts help junior college teams win state titles

Photo: Shelton State freshman and Hokes Bluff High graduate Kendall Johnson (left) battles Gulf Coast State’s Dominique Banks during the NJCAA women’s basketball tournament this past week in Lubbock, Tex. (Courtesy of Shelton State athletics) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A couple of former high school basketball from Eto-wah County made a name for themselves during
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Locals medal at Gadsden City meet No. 2

Three high school athletes won a pair of gold medals at the Gadsden City Track & Field Open Meet No. 2 on March 22. Two of the first-place winners were from Etowah. Deundrea Williams won gold in the 100-meter dash (11.31) and 200-meter dash (22.91), while Alex Howard captured the shot put (43-09.00) and discus
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Area roundup: Kennedy throws perfect game for Westbrook

Garret Kennedy (pictured above) pitched a perfect game in Westbrook Christian’s 28-0 victory over Class 2A, Area 13 rival Gaston on March 22 in Rainbow City. In five innings, Kennedy threw 51 pitches and struck out 12. Court Coley was the catcher. Kennedy helped his cause with four hits, two RBI and two steals. Also
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Communities come together after storm

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor According to the National Weather Service, nine tornadoes touched down during the severe storms on Monday, March 19. Three of those tornadoes touched down in central Alabama. The first tornado hit Blount and St. Clair counties as a category EF-1, which caused tree damage. Downed trees damaged structures and power lines
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NASRO director speaks to local school officials

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, March 21,  Etowah County, Attalla City and Gadsden City school administrators gathered at the Pitman Theatre to listen to Maurice “Mo” Canady, Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), speak about the challenges of school safety. In a second session, Canady spoke to school resource
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People of Etowah - Amanda Jackson

Name: Amanda Jackson Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Talladega, but we moved to Gadsden when I was three.” What is your occupation? “I am the Director of the Gadsden Public Library.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was really more of a happy accident. I have
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes, Shoe Peg Corn and Green Bean Casserole and Fudge Pie Growing up in a household with a mother who loved to cook, home cooking has always been with hearty, satisfying comfort foods, especially during the winter months. My mother always tried to create recipes that were lighter in calories and  healthier for
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams I was recently preparing to hit the ball was on the first tee of a local golf course when one of my golf buddies said, “David, you need call to Judge Moore and tell him…” I stopped in mid-swing. “That’s not the way it works,” I replied. “I don’t have the judge’s
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Inspiration from God’s Word - His Last Week

By Toni Ford This is the time of year in which people begin to refer to the Scriptures about Jesus’ death and resurrection. As I was reading in John this past week, I started reading the chapters leading up to His death and resurrection, and I realized for the first time the importance of Jesus’
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Pious Bob - Finding Our True Origin

By Robert Halsey Pine “But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:17 – 4:7 NRSV). Tell it like it is, Paul! Does anyone really believe that his or her citizenship is in heaven? If our citizenship is in heaven, why are
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Tournament first weekend review A record eight teams from the Southeastern Conference made the NCAA Tournament, but only two survived the opening weekend. Kentucky snuck past Davidson, 78-73, in the first round, then stormed past Buffalo, 95-75, in the Round of 32. Buffalo, a No. 13 seed, upset No. 4
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Area baseball team ranked in ASWA poll

Released March 22 Baseball Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Auburn 3. McGill-Toolen 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Bob Jones 6. Oak Mountain 7. Smiths Station 8. Theodore 9. Enterprise 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Hartselle 3. Robertsdale 4. Spanish Fort 5. Homewood 6. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 7. Saraland 8. Helena 9. Florence 10. Austin Class
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Local players named to All-State basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Photo: Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson was one of six local student-athletes recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2017-18 All-State basketball teams. (Gary Wells) Six local student-athletes recently were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2017-18 All-State basketball teams. Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson made the Class 1A second team.
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Lady Blue Devils win Etowah Invitational 

Photo:The Etowah High softball team went 4-0 to win its invitational tournament last Saturday (March 17) in Attala. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Shy Gibbs, Jada Bigelow, Jessica Smith, Lexi Brown, Anna Kate Watkins, Abbi Martin, Krislyn West, Shelby Horton. Standing, from left: assistant coach Steve West, assistant coach Sarah Street, Bree Vasser, Melissa Love, Kalena
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Area athletes medal at GCHS meet

A number of local high school athletes medaled at the Gadsden City Track & Field Open Meet No. 1 on March 15 at GCHS. Etowah High’s Alex Howard won a pair of gold medals. He placed first in the shot put with a throw of 45-02.00, while his toss of 134-01.75 was the top effort
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Students hypnotized at conference

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor CED Mental Health hosted a Youth Prevention Conference at Gadsden City High School on March 14. Students in ninth and tenth grades were bussed to GCHS from surrounding Etowah County schools. At the conference, motivational speaker and hypnotist Patrick Grady of Wahoo, Fla. spoke to the students. The theme for the
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Gadsden State holds International Festival

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Gadsden State held its annual International Festival on Friday, March 9 at 210 on the Tracks. To celebrate the GSCC international program’s 50th anniversary, the festi-val was larger than ever. As attendees entered the festival, a timeline detailed the GSCC international pro-gram’s 50-year history. The international pro-gam’s students manned booths, that
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State Rep. Ford’s bill passes state house

The Alabama House of Representatives earlier this week passed legislation introduced by Rep. Craig Ford (I-Gadsden) that would establish a more simplified, free and consolidated process for non-profit entities to apply for a special events license. “Under current law, it can take up to six months for a charitable organization such as the American Heart
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Butter Meltaways and Southern Praline Cookies I just have to tell y’all what a blast that we had at Cottontail’s Village last weekend. The crowd was fantastic and it was so thrilling to talk to men and women who enjoy cooking as I do. A lady from Jasper bought seven cookbooks and insisted that I make
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Report cards recently were given to Alabama public schools regarding each school’s performance. Many of the scores caused concern among the vested interest groups. Myself and other educators must sit back and listen to the armchair quarterbacks tell us who should be fired and why. I marvel that how someone, without thoroughly
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Pious Bob - Wall-to-Wall Community

By Robert Halsey Pine “And I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, ‘The work is great and widely spread out, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Rally to us wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah 4:1-23
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What voice do you recognize?

By Toni Ford Each year in December, I begin to pray about the upcoming year. I ask the Lord to show me a vision, focus or a word that He wants me to pursue for the coming year. This year, the Lord did not give me a vision or a subject area to focus on,
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Legals for the week of March 16 - March 23, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Megan Green A Single Woman   to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Family Savings Credit Union, its successors and assigns dated June 6, 2014; said mortgage being recorded as
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Classifieds for the week of March 16 - March 23, 2018

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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Tournament review Kentucky won its 31st SEC Tournament champion-ship in a thrilling 77-72 win over Tennessee in last Sunday (Mar. 11), and the Wildcats have now won four straight conference tournament titles under John Calipari. UK has won six SEC tournament champion-ships in nine seasons under Calipari and is peaking
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

Released March 15 BASEBALL CLASS 7A 1. Hoover 2. Oak Mountain 3. Auburn 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. McGill-Toolen 6. Theodore 7. Smiths Station 8. Bob Jones 9. Enterprise 10. Central-Phenix City CLASS 6A 1. Hartselle 2. Russell County 3. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 4. Helena 5. Chelsea 6. Cullman 7. Robertsdale 8. Spanish Fort 9. Homewood 10. Hueytown CLASS
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Spain Park trips up Titans

Photo: Gadsden City’s Ryan Sparks tags out Spain Park’s Jared Kinnington during the Titans’ 22-0 loss in high school baseball on Wednesday (Mar. 14) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Cooper White, leading off the game for Spain Park, hit a pop fly to second base for the first out of the Spain
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Lady Blue Devils pour it on against Ashville

Photo: Etowah’s Jessica Smith (left) scores a third-inning run before Ashville catcher Jada Wills can apply the tag during the Lady Blue Devils’ 14-5 victory in high school softball last Tuesday (Mar. 13) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Etowah scored at least three runs in four different innings on the way to
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Yellow Jackets jam up Gaston

Photo: Glencoe High’s Paul Hicks delivers a pitch during the Yellow Jackets’ 15-2 win over Gaston on Tuesday (March 13). (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Glencoe High Yellow Jackets overwhelmed the Gaston Bulldogs, 15-2, in Etowah County baseball action on Tuesday (March 13) in Glencoe. Gaston struck first after a leadoff single from
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Sardis wins White Plains softball tournament

Photo: The Sardis High softball team went 5-0 record to win the White Plains Tournament last Saturday (Mar. 10). Pictured, kneeling, from left: Jade Bonds, Ivy Nation, Carly Sarratt, Emily Cook, Hailey Hill, Standing, from left: Whitney Feemster, Analee Dilbeck, Mallory Wills, Hannah Hallmark, Harlee Vincent, Kaylee Harraid, Lauryn Noojin. (Not pictured: Kaylee Bayne) The
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Etowah gridder signs football scholarship

Photo: Etowah High School senior Evan Jones signed a football scholarship with Campbellsville (Kent.) University on March 9. Pictured, standing, from left: EHS assistant football coaches Russ Pilkington and Jamison Wadley, EHS head football coach Drew Noles and EHS assistant football coach Dex Vines. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Another Etowah High Blue Devil
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Locals golf teams compete in Yellow Jacket Invitational

Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Powell shot a 122 score at the Yellow Jacket Invitational girls golf tournament on March 8 at Silver Lakes in Glencoe. (Gary Wells) Three local girls golf teams competed in the Yellow Jacket Invitational on March 8 at Silver Lakes in Glencoe. Glencoe finished with a team total score of 337,
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Attalla breaks ground on new fire station

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last November, the City of Attalla purchased a new fire truck, and plans are now underway to build a new place to park it. On Tuesday, March 6, the City of Attalla broke ground on a new fire station located on the corner of Burke Avenue and Jones Street. The city
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Humane Society to host Paws for St. Paddy’s fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On March 15, Gadsden Convention Hall wil be decked in green for the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center’s annual Paws for St. Paddy’s fundraiser.The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Local Joe’s will cater the Paws for St. Paddy’s fundraiser. The event is BYOB. Attendees are encouraged to don festive
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Sheriff deputizes local student

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, March 1, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department helped local Gaston High special needs student Austin Robertson celebrate his 19th birthday. A family friend of the Robertsons, Health Services Administrator for the Etowah County Detention Center Cassi Kellet, brought Austin to the attention of the sheriff’s office. Chad Robertson told
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Legals for the week of March 9 -March 16, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on June 16, 2003 by Gary Yarborough and Stacy Yarborough, husband and wife, originally in favor of First Franklin Financial Corporation, and recorded in Mortgage Book 2003 at Page 3010 on June 18, 2003, in the
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Classifieds for the week of March 9 -March 16, 2018

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People of Etowah - Todd Clough

Name: Todd Clough Where were you born and raised? “Etowah County.” What is your occupation? “I’m Vice President of Purchasing at The Sterling Co., the president and founder of Varsity Ministries and I serve at Whorton Bend Baptist Church preaching alongside Joey Jones.” What made you decide to work in your field? “In Varsity Ministries,
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Let’s make universal pre-K program a reality in Alabama

By State Rep. Craig Ford I believe that everyone between the ages of four and 64 should either be in a good school or a good job. That is why one of my long-time goals has been to see every four-year-old in Alabama have access to the state’s nationally-recognized pre-K program. The state has done
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Our local school system is in the process of hiring a new superintendent. Surveys and suggestions are being taken as the search for new candidates gets underway. There have been numerous suggestions, and many of them have merit. Some are advocating that a greater emphasis be placed on reading during the earlier
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Strawberry Tossed Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing, Another Macaroni and Cheese Recipe and Blueberry Pies Memories! I love to think back to my childhood to the warm memories that often fill my mind of my grandmother’s, my aunt’s and my mother’s kitchens. The memories of all of the wonderful cooks in my family (and also in yours) who
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Pious Bob - The Sacrifice of Thanks

By Robert Halsey Pine “Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50 NRSV). We have so much to be thankful for. You say, “I don’t have anything to be thankful for. Everywhere that I turn, I am a victim.”
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 10 Review The Tigers clinched their first SEC regular season championship since 1999 after they defeated South Carolina, 79-70, at Auburn Arena. While they technically share the regular season title with Tennessee since both teams finished 13-5 in the league, the Tigers hold the tiebreaker over the Volunteers. Bruce
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Gadsden State comes up short in ACCC Tournament quarterfinals

Photo: Gadsden State’s Shond McKinney (left) drives against former Gadsden City High School teammate Jacob Hyde during the Cardinals’ overtime loss to Snead State in the ACCC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday (March 7) in Birmingham. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Gadsden State erased a 17-point halftime deficit against Snead
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Eagles shut out Southside

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Landon Johnson dives back to first base as Southside’s Mason McGlaughn catches the pickoff throw during the Eagles’ 3-0 victory in high school baseball on Wednesday (March 7) at SHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Timely hits and dominant pitching led Hokes Bluff to a 3-0 victory over cross county rival
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Lady Cardinals advance to conference semifinals

Photo: Gadsden State’s Diamond Jolly (left) finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Lady Cardinals’ 80-59 victory over Bishop State in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament women’s basketball quarterfinals on Tuesday (March 6) in Birmingham. (Messenger file photo) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With his team holding slim two-point advantage at intermission against
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Lady Cardinals slam Coastal Alabama in ACCC Tournament play-in game

Photo: Gadsden State’s Kelsey Patterson (left) attempts a jump shot in front of Coastal Alabama’s Jacquetta Dailey during the Lady Cardinals’ 98-67 victory in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament’s play-in game in women’s basketball on March 2 at Beck Field House. (Gary Wells) Helped by Diamond Jolly’s double-double performance of 28 points and 10
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Etowah High holds Career Tech Open House

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tueasday, February 27, students enrolled in Etowah High School’s Career Tech programs showcased the skills that they have been learning in the different programs at a Career Tech Open House. Four of the Career Tech programs were demonstrated at the open house: Health Science, Childcare, Cosmetology and Agriscience. A fifth
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Alabama Power awards Power to Play grants

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, February 23, Steve Hildebrant, Area Manager for the Eastern Division of Alabama Power Company, presented a check to West End High as part of the Alabama Power Foundation’s Power to Play grants. The Power to Play grant program aims to help schools increase participation in extracurricular activities because studies
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People of Etowah - Lucy Wallace Edwards

Name: Lucy Wallace Edwards Where were you born and raised? “Decatur.” What is your occupation?  “Financial Advisor for BBVA Compass Securities.” What made you decide to work in your field? “In college I had a professor who encouraged me to consider a career in investments. He said my personality and ability to communicate complex issues
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The Vagabond - Attalla played important role in region’s history

By Danny Crownover Editor’s note: this article was originally published in the August 17, 2012 edition of The Messenger Incorporated as a town on February 5, 1872, by the 44th General Assembly of the Alabama Legislature. However, the city’s history actually predates its incorporation as a town. The City of Attalla occupies the site of
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Four Can Chili and Banana Icebox Cake Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I could ever write my own cookbook and enjoy every minute that I spent doing it. I have been so overwhelmed at the response to”Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell.” Mary and I have enjoyed meeting so many of
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Pious Bob - Putting First Things First and Loving It

By Robert Halsey Pine “Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.
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Legals for the week of March 2 - March 9, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kenneth Sawyers Husband And Billie Jean  Sawyers  Wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for SouthTrust Mortgage Corporation, its successors and assigns dated August 22, 2003; said mortgage being recorded
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Classifieds for the week of March 2 - March 9, 2018

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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 9 Review The Tigers had a chance to clinch the regular season SEC championship but dropped a pair of road game at Florida and Arkansas to keep Tennessee within striking istance. Auburn fell behind in the first half of both games and late second-half runs fell short as the
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GCHS grad helping school and community in different ways

Photo: 2009 Gadsden City High School graduate Dre Kirkpatrick provided the GCHS football program with a $10,000 check on Wednesday (Feb. 27) in the school library. Pictured, from left: GCHS athletic director Todd Lamberth, Kirkpatrick mother ?, GCHS head football coach Bart Sessions, Kirkpatrick, GCHS principal Jeff Colgrove, Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Ed Miller. (Chris
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Local standouts to be inducted into state softball hall of fame

The Alabama Softball Association will hold its 26th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Jerry Belk Recreation Center in Tuscaloosa. Eight individuals will be inducted in the ASA’s 2018 hall of fame, including local players Bert Estes, Rodney Roberts and Gary Whitefield. Tickets are $35 for adults
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Taylor, Jones sharp in Blue Devils’ win over Sardis

Photo: Etowah’s A.J. Taylor delivers a pitch during the Blue Devils’ 4-1 victory over Sardis in high school baseball last Tuesday (Feb. 27) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Sparked by solid pitching and timely hitting, Etowah grinded its way to a 4-1 victory over Sardis last Tuesday (Feb. 27) in Attalla. Blue
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Sweet Tea Trio signs deal with Kid Rock

The rising country group Sweet Tea Trio has signed an exclusive management deal with rock-and-roll icon Kid Rock, also known as Robert Ritchie, and Vector Management founder Ken Levitan. The venture is a first for the Levitan and Ritchie, who worked together early in Kid Rock’s career.  Ritchie discovered the trio, made up of Alabama
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Library hosts black history month quilt lecture

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, February 15, the Gadsden Public Library hosted “Quilt Talk: Secret Slave Codes in Quilts” as part of its observance of Black History Month to celebrate the contributions that African-Americans have made to the nations history and culture. Founder and Executive Director of the Grace Heritage Foundation for Southern Hills
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FSCU’s Amy Jackson offers quality mortgage services

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June, Amy Jackson became the new Mortgage Services Director at Family Savings Credit Union. Jackson has been working in the mortgage industry since 1995 at the age of 19. She was in college and married and didn’t know the difference between a mortgage and a note when she first started.
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Shrimp Chippewa, Twice Baked Potatoes and Cream Cheese Pound Cake Y’all have probably discovered that I enjoy all of the seasons, but this particular time of the year in Alabama is so beautiful. Spring is on the way and I love seeing the last bits of winter disappear and all of the blooming flowers coming
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Pious Bob - Forgiveness Received, Forgiveness Given

By Robert Halsey Pine “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:7-15 NRSV). Forgiveness is at the center of everything. Our Christian heritage comes out of the forgiveness of our sins through the death
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From the very beginning

By Toni Ford The very first words in the Bible begin with, “In the beginning God, created the heavens and the earth,” (Genesis 1:1). I am not sure if you have ever read the creation story in Genesis chapter 1, but it is a beautiful story about the heart and love of God for His
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Legals for the week of February 23 - March 2, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Jason Mitchell Walker and wife, Angela Beth Walker, to Keystone Bank on the 3rd day of October, 2014, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3408383, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate of
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Classifieds for the week of February 23 - March 2, 2018

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In & around SEC basketball

Auburn Week 8 Review The Tigers avenged their loss to Alabama from earlier this season with an impressive 90-71 win over the Crimson Tide. Auburn won without Mustapha Heron and Anfernee McLemore. Heron was out with the sto-mach flu, but McLemore is out for the season after fracturing his tibia and dislocating his ankle in
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Blue Devils fall short in regional championship game

Photo: Etowah High’s Taylor Berry knocks down one of his seven three-point baskets during the Blue Devils’ 75-70 loss to Talladega in the Northeast Regional Tournament Class 5A championship game on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Etowah High boys basketball team came in to the Northeast Regional
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Big third quarter pushes Pisgah past Glencoe in regional finals

Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Vice (left) drives to the basket as Pisgah’s Rylie Arnold defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 80-58 loss in the Northeast Regional Tournament’s Class 3A girls championship on Tuesday (Feb. 20) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A third quarter scoring drought sank Class 3A, No. 8 Glencoe’s
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Lady Eagles off target in regional semifinal loss to Madison Academy

Photo: Hokes Bluff High’s Kristen Shields (left) drives against Madison Academy’s Jasmine Gracie during the Lady Eagles’ 52-26 loss in the Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals on Monday (Feb. 19) at Jacksonville State. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 6 Hokes Bluff fell behind early and couldn’t catch up to second-ranked Madison Academy in
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Blue Devils rough up Mortimer Jordan in regional semifinals

Photo: Etowah High’s Emil Smith (11) guards Mortimer Jordan’s Ronnie Wright during the Blue Devils’ 60-20 victory in the Class 5A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Jacksonville State. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Etowah Blue Devils placed three players in double figures on their way to a 60-40 victory
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Lady Yellow Jackets rally past NSM in regional semifinals

Photo: Glencoe High’s Ashley Morgan (11) drives to the basket as North Sand Mountain’s Kayci Christopher defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 65-61 victory in the Northeast Regional Tournament Class 3A girls basketball semifinals last Saturday (Feb. 17) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Glencoe High girls basketball team crossed off
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Gadsden breaks ground on new community center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, February 14, City of Gadsden officials broke ground on the new East Gadsden Community Center. The plans for the $5.5 million dollar center were approved late last year. The new facility is already underway, as winter weather caused the groundbreaking to be postponed. The new facility is being built
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Big Brothers and Sisters honored

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Every year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama picks two Big Brother matches and two Big Sister matches for its Big of the Year. Of those, one of each match is slected to compete for the state of Alabama’s Big of the Year award. In 2016, both the Big Brother
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Downtown Café offering fresh food in Attalla

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A new café opened its doors in downtown Attalla in January. The Downtown Café, located at 411 4th Street NW in Attalla, feels just like grandma’s kitchen complete with hometown photos of Attalla people and places lining the walls. The café is located in a former hardware store built in the
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People of Etowah - Tim Lett

Name: Tim Lett Where were you born and raised? “I was born here in Gadsden at GRMC, but long before it was called Gadsden Regional. My parents had lived in South Gadsden, but moved to Pell City. Mom didn’t want to change doctors, so they made the drive. Being a Preacher’s Kid, I can’t say
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Strawberry Cake, Strawberry Bon Bons and Luscious Strawberry Dessert I hope you fall in love with these luscious Valentine desserts. Wouldn’t you just love to be “wooed” with strawberries? If you ask me, they are the most romantic food in the world. These strawberry recipes are sure to win the hearts because they look like rubies,
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Pious Bob - Beyond the Sense of Failure

By Robert Halsey Pine Jesus uses His stories to reveal life to us and how we should understand it: “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not;’ but later he changed his mind and went.
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The Vagabond - Place names in Etowah County

By Danny Crownover This article was originally published in the May 4, 2012 edition of The Messenger Most of us that travel about in Etowah County see names of places and wonder how the name was chosen and for whom or what it was named. This article covers only a few of these sites, since
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Samaritan Woman

By Toni Ford In John chapter 4, verses 1-30, we find the story of the Samaritan woman and her encounter with Jesus. Samaritans were Jews who married Gentiles, so they were considered outcasts by the Jews. There was both political and religious hostility between the Jews and the Samaritans. This hatred and dislike between these
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Legals for the week of February 16 - February 23, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Casey T Wissler, Husband And Jennifer Wissler, Wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for First Federal Bank its successors and assigns dated August 30, 2012; said mortgage being recorded
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