In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Media Days SEC Media Days have become a bigger event every year, and the most anticipated day is always when Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide address the media in Hoover. Saban was joined by defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and receiver Calvin Ridley at the
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Glencoe native winds up stellar college career

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Jamie McGuire didn’t miss a beat after exchanging her high school black and yellow softball uniform for her college red and white gear four years ago. The 2013 Glencoe High School and 2017 Jacksonville State University graduate recently capped her outstanding collegiate softball career by helping the 2017 Lady Gamecocks win
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Gadsden State athletes recognized by NJCAA

The National Junior College Athletic Association recently announced its All-Academic teams for 2016-17 and recognized 11 Gadsden State student-athletes and two athletic teams for their academic achievement. Qualifying GSCC teams include volleyball with a 3.14 GPA and women’s basketball with a 3.00. To qualify as an academic team, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative
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Sardis High grads to cheer in college

By Shannon J. Allen Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High varsity cheerleading squad’s outstanding 2017 senior class produced four girls who will continue their careers in college. Amberly Sampson signed with Snead State in late April, while Madeline Young, Alyssa Ellis and Madison Chastain signed with the University of Montevallo in late May. All four
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Classifieds for the week of June 30 - July 7, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of June 30 - July 7, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Donal Neal Cline and wife, Debbie Cline, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the October 18, 2010, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3339966, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate of
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Craig Ford - Can't Never Could

One doesn’t need a Ph.D in soothsaying to know that the honeymoon between state superintendent Mike Sentance and some members of the state school board has ended. Though Sentance has been chastised time after time by board members for not sharing information, he basically ignores them. Which is the reason that board meetings and work sessions now last four to
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Local Humane Society reports record high animal intake for June

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center reported an intake of just over 500 animals in the month of June, bringing the number of intake for the year up to over 1,800 so far. The intake is 450 animals higher this year than it was at this time last year.
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Ray’s BBQ announces reopening

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Ray’s BBQ has announced that it is open again at its new location at 952 Gilbert Ferry Road Suite 960 in Attalla. Ray’s opened in 1969 and has now been in business 48 years. “We are probably the oldest restaurant in Etowah County still owned by the same family,” said Tim
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People of Etowah - Andrew H. Roberts

Name: Andrew H. Roberts Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Jasper, Alabama. My father worked with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company so we lived in many different places (e.g. Brazil and Ohio) when I was very young.  My family moved to Gadsden when I was five years old.” What is your
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Pious Bob - Can I Afford to Wait?

David sets us up to be concerned if God is delighted with us: “Our steps are made firm by the LORD, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the LORD holds us by the hand. Depart from evil, and do good; so you shall abide forever. For
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick First Team All-SEC C: Grant Koch, Arkansas 1B: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State 2B: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M 3B: Jordan Rodgers, Tennessee SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU OF: Tristan Pompey, Kentucky OF:  Greg Deichmann, LSU OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt DH: JJ Schwarz, Florida SP: Alex Faedo, Florida SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt SP: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
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Classifieds for the week of June 23 - June 30, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of June 23 - June 30, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Douglas Emory Blackwell and Pamela L. Blackwell, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., on the 24th day of March, 2014, said mortgage recorded
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NHLA to meet July 6

  A meeting of the Neely Henry Lake Association will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Rainbow City Community Center al 3702 Rainbow Drive. The guest speaker will be Etowah/Gadsden Emergency Management Agency Director Deborah Gaither. Ms. Gaither has extensive experience and expertise in the field of emergency management
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Facebook page identifies photos from Etowah’s past

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last year, two volunteers at the Etowah Historical Society started cleaning out an old storage room to turn into a library. While cleaning, a trove of old historical Etowah County pictures were found. The two volunteers, Sherry Butler Clayton and Artie Morgan, started a new project identifying the people and places
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People of Etowah: Carl Harrison

Name: Carl Harrison Where were you born and raised? “I was born around Pell City. My dad worked on the road, when I was about 11 years old we moved to Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I was in the military for 20 years. I’m retired army.  I worked in transportation and doing a little
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Local doctor offers spa treatment

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A local doctor has begun offering local residents the “spa treatment.” When Dr. Steve Bayer of the Bayer Gynecology Center realized that women in the community were traveling as far as Birmingham for cosmetic procedures, he decided to offer those services closer to home. The center began offering Allergan Botox and
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Gadsden Regional Job Fair connects job seekers with employers

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A Regional Job Fair was held Tuesday, June 27 at 210 at the Tracks, located at 210 Locust Street in Gadsden. About 100 employers attended the fair, offering over 3,000 jobs. A wide variety of jobs were represented, including educational, food service, governmental, production, medical, retail, transportation and staffing types of
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Freedom of Faith

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians how to live in our complicated world: “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.’ Now
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Review For the first time in school history, the Florida Gators are the college baseball national champions. The Gators defeated SEC rival LSU in the College World Series finals to secure their first title. Florida won the opening game, 4-3, behind seven solid innings from starting pitching
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Coosa's Hampton highlights All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Unlike the past few years, there wasn’t much doubt as to which player meant the most to her team in local high school softball for the 2017 season. Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton bashed, belted and blasted her way to Player of the Year honors for The Messenger’s All-Area softball team The
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Etowah’s Dunn leads off All-Messenger baseball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Etowah High senior Eli Dunn was the source of much frustration for opposing hitters and pitchers alike this past baseball season. On the mound, the hard-throwing righthander went 8-2 with a 1.38 ERA while twirling four shutouts and racking up 70 strikeouts. At the plate, he collected 34 hits, 28 RBI,
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Former Titan holds football camp for local youths

2009 Gadsden City High School graduate and current Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick addresses local youths at the conclusion of his 5th Annual 21 Kids Football Camp. Standing to Kirkpatrick’s right is Cincinnati Bengals recevier A.J. Green and standing to his right is Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Dre Kirkpatrick was
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Goodyear Car & Tractor Show weathers early rain showers

Photo: Weaver’s Chris Williams and his cherry-red 1970 Z28 Camaro won the Committee’s Choice Award in the car category at the 14th Annual Goodyear Car & Tractor Show. The 14th Annual Goodyear Car & Tractor Show overcame a soggy start to finish with a flourish last Saturday (June 24). The event attracted 118 entrants to
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Classifieds for the week of June 16 - June 23, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of June 16 - June 23, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by mortgage executed by Jarrett Amos, a married man, to MCM Properties, Inc., dated October 21, 2016, and filed for record in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, in Instrument #3441639; the undersigned mortgage owner, MCM
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United Way of Etowah County holds Day of Action

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On June 16, United Way of Etowah County hosted the 20th Annual Day of Action. United Way’s Worldwide Day of Action is June 21, but the local agency tries to host the event on a Friday. United Way Help Me Grow Regional Coordinator Christi Mayo said that the agency gets a
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Gadsden to host Regional Job Fair

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A Regional Job Fair will be held Tuesday, June 27 at 210 at the Tracks, located at 210 Locust Street in Gadsden. The fair will start at 9 p.m. and last until 1 p.m. The job fair is completely free. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally, bring resumes and be prepared
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - It Looks Good On Paper

By Robert Halsey Pine Jude wants us to jump in over our heads: “But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA College World Series Review The Southeastern Conference sent three teams – the most of any league – to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series. After the first stage of the tournament, two teams from the SEC remain in the battle to win the national championship. LSU met Florida State in the Tigers’ opening
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Etowah grad winds up baseball career at JSU

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor 2013 Etowah High graduate Josh Bobo just completed a solid four-year-career with the Jacksonville State baseball team. Bobo, who graduated last month with a degree in English, is experiencing mixed emotions about the end of his collegiate athletic career. “It’s kind of weird waking up and not having a set plan
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Southside High grad selected in MLB draft

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Braxton has seen the Light in terms of a professional baseball career. The 2014 Southside High graduate and Wallace State-Hanceville sophomore was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the MLB draft on June 14. “Making it to the major leagues is something that everybody wants to do,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Putting First Things First and Loving It

By Robert Halsey Pine David had much to correct in his life and continually discussed his plans with the Lord:        “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
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Sheriff’s Office hosts Student Leadership Academy

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 7th Annual Student Leadership Academy June 11-15. The students participating in the program were nominated by their principals.The principals nominated two incoming high school seniors. Students from private and public schools attended. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office staff evaluated each student for demonstrated leadership,
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Local Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates 35 years

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama celebrated its 35th anniversary with a reception and award ceremony at Exchange Bank on June 8. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers one-on-one mentoring services to children facing adversity. The mentors encourage the children toward educational success and higher aspirations, while teaching them to avoid
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Super Regionals Review Six teams from the Southeastern Conference made the 16-team super regionals field, and the conference – by far the most of any conference – and the league will have the most participants in the College World Series. Texas A&M was a No. 3 seed in the regionals,
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Glencoe High names new softball coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Tommy Stanley is back in the proverbial saddle. The longtime Glencoe High teacher and coach was recently named to head up the school’s softball program. Stanley, who has been an assistant softball coach the past several seasons, felt that the time was right to return to the head coaching ranks. He
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Brick Haley to host annual golf benefit

Former Emma Sansom High School football standout and current University of Missouri defensive line coach Brick Haley will host the Fourth Annual Brick Road to Success Charity Golf Tournament on June 23 at Silver Lakes in Gadsden. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Alabama Chapter of Autism Speaks. The tournament, which will begin
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Local players named to all-state baseball teams

A number of area players garnered postseason honors in the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s 2017 All-State baseball teams. A local trio were selected to the first team – Etowah High’s Cade Runyan and Eli Dunn in Class 5A and Westbrook Christian senior Tyler Self in Class 2A. Runyan anchored the Blue Devil pitching staff with an
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Area players make all-state softball teams

Seven local student-athletes received statewide recognition for their performances for the 2017 high school softball season. A pair of area players – Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton and Southside’s Emilee Coker – were named to the Alabama Sportswriters All-State Class 1A and Class 6A first team, respectively. A senior catcher, Hampton batted .639 this past season
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Classifieds for the week of June 9 - June 16, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of June 9 - June 16, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Heather Anderson, a single woman and Jason Ferguson, a single man, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for First Federal Bank, on the 9th day of February, 2015, said mortgage
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Craig Ford - State legislature must pass lottery in special session

The Alabama Legislature is quickly running out of excuses for failing to let the people vote on a state lottery. Last summer, Gov. Robert Bentley called a special session specifically for the purpose of passing a lottery. After passing out of the state Senate, the lottery went to the House, where it passed on its
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Regional Tournaments Review Eight teams from the Southeastern Conference made the NCAA Tournament, and the league had a strong showing in the tournament’s first stage. After winning the SEC Tournament, LSU continued its stellar play in the Baton Rouge Regional. The Tigers defeated Texas Southern, 15-7, and knocked off Southeastern
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Southside High runner nailing it down

By Chris McCarty Publisher/Editor Hands down, 2017 Southside High graduate Hunter Nails is one of the most accomplished high school athletes to come out of Etowah County. Since joining the Panther varsity cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams when he was a seventh grader at Rainbow Middle, Nails has accumulated an impressive collected
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YMCA uses summer camp as teaching opportunity

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor School is out, and that means that parents are trying to find reliable child care. The YMCA of Coosa Valley, located at offers Summer Day Camp. YMCA Director Leroy Falcon said that the average cost of a week of child care in Alabama is $112, but the YMCA’s cost for a
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Big Wills Creek Campground now open in Attalla

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Big Wills Creek Campground and Tubing, located at 2075 Highway 77 in Attalla, recently opened its doors. “This has been my dream ever since I was a teenager, having a campground, somewhere for people to go,” said Freda Gray. The Grays have owned the property for three years. The location was
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Westbrook golfer named player of the year

2017 Westbrook Christian graduate John Hilliard Catanzaro was recently named Player of the Year for the al.com Super All-State boys golf team. Catanzaro shot the best individual round in the history of the AHSAA state golf tournament and earned low medalist honors with a 9-under par 63 effort in the second round to help the
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Area players make all-state soccer teams

By Chris McCarthy Editor/Publisher Several local high school players were recently named to the al.com all-state teams for the 2017 season. From Gadsden City, senior defender Audria Wood was named to the Class 7A first team. She signed a soccer scholarship to UAB this past fall. Southside senior forward Kelsey Patterson was selected to the
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Haley Troup named All-American

2017 Gadsden City High School Haley Troup was selected as Esmark High School Basketball All-American earlier this week. The award was created to recognize outstanding athletic, educational and community service achievements by high school student-athletes across the United States in 16 major sports programs. The program includes recognition of student-athletes from four U.S. geographic regions
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Strength and Protection in Patience

By Robert Halsey Pine Come on Peter, really? He says: “Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation–if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:1-10 NRSV).
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The Vagabond - Remembering The Great War: Alabama and WWI

By Danny Crownover The Etowah Historical Society currently is hosting a traveling exhibit commemorating the centennial anniversary of Alabama’s involvement in World War I. “Remembering the Great War: Alabama and World War I” tells the story of the war from the perspectives of Alabamians whose lives were shaped by the conflict. The free exhibit runs
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Bash in the Bend fundraiser to benefit James M. Barrie Center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Third Annual Father’s Day Bash in the Bend will be held Saturday, June 17, at The River Lot located on Robert Lee Drive in Gadsden. The Bash opens its gates at 12 p.m. The music lineup begins at 2 p.m. with Kelli Johnson. The Foggy Hollow Review will play at
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Classifieds for the week of June 2 - June 9, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of June 2 - June 9, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Heather Anderson, a single woman and Jason Ferguson, a single man, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for First Federal Bank, on the 9th day of February, 2015, said mortgage
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Pious Bob - Thank Goodness for His Slowness

In 2 Peter we hear about the Lord’s treatment of a day in our lives: “But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness,
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Memorial Day program remembers fallen soldiers

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, May 29, over a hundred residents attended a Memorial Day program at Colonel Ola Lee Mize Patriots Park in Gadsden. The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association sponsored the event. The association thanked the McLaughlin Detachment, Marine Corps League, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Honor Guard and Rifle Team,  the Gadsden City High
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Correcting Chloe’s Curve to hold Marble Run fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local teenager Chloe Gibbs’ life was changed when a routine screening at Etowah Middle School turned up some troubling news: she had scoliosis. Looking back, her mother Emily Gibbs said that the symptoms were present before the diagnosis. Chloe routinely complained of back pain and headaches. After the disgnosis, the family
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Gadsden City Council continues to address school board topic

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the May 30  Gadsden City Council meeting, several more Gadsden residents addressed the council about the Gadsden City School Board’s appointments. On May 9, the Gadsden City Council voted to table a resolution on District 3 Councilman Thomas Worthy’s School Board nominee Zachary Andre’ Huff for 30 days. Huff would
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Tournament review LSU won the 12th SEC baseball tournament championship in school history and the program’s sixth since 2008 last week in Hoover. The Tigers defeated Arkansas, 4-2, in the championship game. The Razorbacks had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, but LSU held on and
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Westbrook hires solid coaching trio

Former Hewitt-Trussville and UNC-Asheville player Matt Dickey (pictured above) was recently named boys basketball coach at Westbrook Christian. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian varsity athletic program will feature some new faces this coming school year. Matt Kennedy, the school’s athletic director and head baseball coach, confirmed that Matt Dickey, Rachel Greer Neal and
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______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by John William Boman, and wife Kathy Boman, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for SouthTrust Mortgage Corporation, on the 24th day of May, 2004, said mortgage recorded in the Office
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It’s not about right wing and left wing; it’s about right and wrong

It would be easy to think nothing good has happened lately in the world of Alabama politics, and that Montgomery is so mired in corruption and bickering that nothing ever gets done. After all, the legislative session that just ended began with one governor and ended with a different one; tensions over legislative redistricting and
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - May 26, 2017

Crack Green Beans, Jane’s Baked Beans and Mary’s Hamburger Soup After sharing with all of you some of my two grandmother’s recipes, I hope you will do the same for your children and grandchildren. As much as my mother and I were in the kitchen together, I still find myself wanting to ask her advice concerning different
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Noccalula Falls celebrates World Turtle Day

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, May 23, Noccalula Falls Park celebrated World Turtle Day at its petting zoo. This is the second year Noccalula has hosted the event. Students from local schools visited to take part in the celebration. Children were introduced to Goldie, an African Spurred Tortoise. Donated in 2010, Goldie weighed only
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Singing to the Lord with David

Marching for the Heavenly John dreams the impossible dream: “These are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation
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Donehoo first grade class reads one million words

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor C. A Donehoo Elementary School teacher Jennifer Henslee’s first grade class held a celebration on Friday, May 19. The class celebrated reading over one million words. “I promised them if we met our million word goal they would get a pizza party with cupcakes,” said Henslee. The kids met the goal,
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City addresses school board appointee issue

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On May 9, the Gadsden City Council voted to table a resolution on District 3 Councilman Thomas Worthy’s School Board nominee Zachary Andre’ Huff for 30 days. The decision caused a disagreement among the councilmembers. Huff would replace Lynn Taylor on the Gadsden City School Board. Worthy said that Taylor thought
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Keep Etowah Beautiful holds Awards Breakfast

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Keep Etowah Beautiful, Inc. held its Annual Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, May 23 at the Gadsden Country Club. Ty Jackson presented the Extra Mile Awards. The Extra Mile Awards are given to volunteers that help with the judging of Keep Etowah Beautiful’s Clean Campus, Message in the Bottle or Litter Index
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Job Corps celebrates graduation

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, May 19, the Gadsden Job Corps Center honored more than 60 students during its summer graduation ceremony. The program began with the processional of graduates and the presentation of colors by Job Corps cadets. Business and Community Liaison Manager Harold Carpenter gave the Invocation. Student Representative Jacob Smith gave
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 10 Review Alabama’s rebuilding season ended with two los-ses and a tie against Vanderbilt last weekend. The Commodores dominated the first game, 18-1, and cruised to a 13-1 victory in the nightcap. Alabama led the series finale 3-1 late but Vandy stormed back to tie the game before storms
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Proposed local sports complex receives positive feedback

Pictured above is the master plan for the proposed Etowah County Mega Sports Complex. The Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority held a public input meeting on Wednesday, May 24, at the Gadsden City High School Auditorium, with approximately 120 citizens attending the event. Authority Chairman Ralph Burke indicated that he was pleased with the
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Local gridders scrimmage at West End

By Shannon J. Allen Sand Mountain Reporter Photo: West End’s Matthew Hood (30) catches a touchdown pass in front of Gaston’s Matthew Rich during a spring football scrimmage on May 19 in Walnut Grove. Sardis, Hokes Bluff, Gaston and West End participated in a spring football jamboree on May 19 in Walnut Grove. “I just
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Vines gets room to grow at Etowah

By Shannon Fagan Cherokee County Herald For the past three years, Dexter Vines has learned from one of the state’s best high school basketball and football coaching staffs at Spring Garden. He now hopes to take what he’s learned and establish his own program in Attalla. Vines was hired on May 11 to re-place Ryan
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Classifieds for the week of May 19 - 26, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of May 19 - 26, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Alabama, Etowah County  Default having been made pursuant to the terms of that certain mortgage executed by James Edward Tosh, unmarried man to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Amerigroup Mortgage Corporation a division of Mortgage Investors Corporation its successors and assigns, dated 10/07/11, said mortgage being recorded in Instrument
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The Vagabond - Tales of Gadsden First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church of Gadsden was first a wooden structure built at the northwest corner of Broad and Fifth streets. When erected, the church was said by many members to be “out in the woods and inaccessible.” At that time, the little village of Gadsden was centered around the blocks bounded by First, Fourth,
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Pious Bob - Same Story, Different Idols

St. Paul communicates a warning in having things in life in two ways: “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?” (1 Corinthians
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Local veteran shares Moving Wall experience

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Over the past week, over 70,000 attendees visited the Moving Vietnam Wall in Gadsden. For veterans, it really meant a lot to have the Wall come to town. “It’s humbling,” said local Vietnam veteran Dennis Long. “It’s a humbling experience. Especially if you’ve never got to see it, and I haven’t.
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Etowah County Animal Shelter to hold open house

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah County Animal Shelter, located at 12071 Hwy 278 in East Piedmont, will host an open house event on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the second year the shelter has held the event, but this year the event is much bigger. Free hot dogs
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 9 review The Crimson Tide could not capitalize on the success of sweeping Auburn. Alabama followed up its unlikely sweep of the Tigers with the opposite result against Florida last weekend. The Gators won the series opener, 2-1, and dominated the second game, 13-6. Florida took the series finale,
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Southside loses to Chelsea in 6A girls soccer championship

Southside High’s Kelsey Patterson (3) fights off Chelsea’s Megan Hurley during the Lady Panthers’ 2-0 loss in the Class 6A girls soccer state championship game last Saturday (May 13) in Huntsville. By Chris McCarthy/Editor Southside’s High’s first-ever appearance in a girls’ state soccer final ended on a disappointing note last Saturday (May 13) in Huntsville.
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Lady Warriors fall short in state soccer finals

Westbrook Christian’s May Grace Mayfield (2) protects the ball from a pair of Montgomery Academy players during the Lady Warriors’ 4-0 loss in the Class 1A-3A girls soccer state championship game on May 12 in Huntsville. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor For the second year in a row, the Westbrook Christian girls soccer team came up
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Area softball teams compete in regional tournaments

Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton slides into second safely during the Class 1A North Central Regional Softball Tournament on May 12 in Tuscaloosa. Several local teams participated in the AHSAA regional softball playoffs on May 11 and 12. In the North Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa, Class 1A Coosa Christian lost to Addison, 2-1, before beating
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Lady Panthers pound Pell City in state soccer semifinals

Southside High’s Destini Johnson brings the ball across midfield during the Lady Panthers’ 8-0 victory over Pell City in the Class 6A girls state soccer semifinals on May 12 in Huntsville. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Kelsey Patterson scored four goals to help the Southside Lady Panthers dismantle the Pell City Lady Panthers, 8-0, in the
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Humane Society to hold Crawfish Boil fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will host its 5th annual Crawfish Boil and Fly-In on Saturday, May 13 at the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport in Gadsden from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The money raised will go to support the Humane Society. “The gates open at 11
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Gadsden Rotary Club celebrates 100 years

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On May 11, 1917, the Gadsden Daily Times-News announced “Rotary Club Formed in Gadsden.” One hundred years later, the Gadsden Rotary Club is still serving the community. The club’s motto is “Service Above Self.” On Thursday, May 11, the club held a luncheon to celebrate the landmark anniversary. Rotary Club
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Anniston native shares the importance of volunteering

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent KeShawn Long is a 41-year-old from Anniston. He got involved with the Red Cross as a student at Jacksonville State University, and before long he had become the first name on anyone’s mind when asked, “Who embodies the spirit of volunteering?” Long first got involved with his local chapter
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Classifieds for the week of May 12 – 19, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of May 12 – 19, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Brent Skaggs and Brandi Skaggs, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for SouthPoint Bank, an Alabama State Chartered Bank, on the 28th day of April, 2016, said
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The Messenger Community Calendar

May The Etowah County Commission is requesting proposals for the implementation of Energy Efficiency Improvements within a countywide Energy Conservation Program. The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP/Q) is to solicit qualification proposals from Interested Parties that describe their capabilities to identify, design, install, maintain, monitor and arrange financing of a large-scale, comprehensive energy-conservation
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama and Auburn Week 7 Review Alabama’s best weekend of the year and Auburn’s worst weekend of the year just so happened to coincide when the two rivals met in Auburn last weekend for a best-of-three series. The Crimson Tide swept the Tigers, including a pair of one-run wins on Saturday. Chandler Taylor led Alabama’s
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Area athletes medal at state track and field meets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Nine area high school athletes took home individual medals from last week’s AHSAA state track and field meets, with Hokes Bluff senior Tylynn Register coming away with the biggest haul of hardware. At the Class 4A-5A-6A-7A meets in Gulf Shores, Register won the 4A gold in the triple jump (36-04.25), the
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Westbrook wins section, sub state golf tournaments

The Westbrook Christian girls and boys golf teams won their sub state playoffs on Monday (May 8) at the Gadsden Country Club. Both teams will compete in the state tournament next week at Grand National in Auburn. The Lady Warriors were tops in 1A-3A, while the Warriors captured the 1A-2A title. Hope Cone shot a
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Southside girls advance to state soccer semifinals

Southside High advanced to the Class 6A state soccer semifinals with a 3-1 win over Decatur last Saturday (May 6) in Decatur. For Southside, Kelsey Patterson had a goal and an assist, while Destini Johnson and Savanna Knighten both scored one goal. The Lady Panthers (15-5-1) will play Pell City this Friday (May 12) at
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Lady Warriors shut out Mars Hill in soccer quarterfinals

Alexis Beard scored three goals to lead Westbrook Christian to a 6-0 win over Mars Hill Bible in the Class 1A-3A state soccer quarterfinals last Saturday (May 6) in Florence. The Lady Warriors (18-6) will play Altamont on Thursday (May 11) at 11:30 a.m. in the semifinal round at the John Hunt Soccer Complex in
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Lady Conquerors edge Appalachian in area tournament championship

Coosa Christian defeated Appalachian, 7-6, in the championship game of the Class 1A, Area 12 Tournament on May 3 at AHS. The Lady Conquerors (12-11) qualified for the Class 1A North Central Regional Tournament this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Coosa will face Addison on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Coosa opened the area tournament with a 16-2
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Sardis wins area softball title

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High varsity softball team (27-14) defeated North Jackson, 7-4, in the championship game of the Class 4A, Area 13 softball tournament on May 3 in Sardis City. It was the program’s third consecutive area tournament title. The Lady Lions will compete in the North Regional Tournament starting Thursday
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