Inspiration from God’s Word: The Prayer of Jabez

By Toni Ford The church I attend just completed a series on prayer, as well as our bi-annual 21 Days of Prayer. During this time, we are all encouraged to readjust our focus on the Lord and let prayer be our first response and not our last resort. Our church provides a simple prayer journal
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How the Phoenix Hotel became a house of disrepute - Part II

By Danny Crownover Last week The Vagabond wrote that back on Feb 16, 1909, Gadsden was to have another hotel at a neat new place on the southeast corner of Chestnut and 5th streets. The new place became known as the Phoenix Hotel and was run by Miss Theo Barry. She was related to the
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Dealing with the Law and Our Sin

By Robert Halsey Pine “What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet”…So the law is
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Local Revolutionary War sergeant had Civil War connections

By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently received an e-mail from Sonny Stowers, a former resident of this area. He wrote: “Hello! I thought I’d send you a picture that was created for me, dealing with some of my Civil War relatives. I think it’s kind of interesting.  I thought you might like a story about
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Legals for the week of 8/31 to 9/6

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Sandra Jackson, an unmarried woman, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as a nominee for Hometown Mortgage Services, Inc., on March 11, 2005, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate
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In & around SEC football - Week 1 previews, predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Football Rankings 1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. Auburn 4. Mississippi State 5. Florida 6. South Carolina 7. Texas A&M 8. LSU 9. Missouri 10. Kentucky 11. Arkansas 12. Ole Miss 13. Vanderbilt 14. Tennessee Week 1 Previews and Predictions Game of the Week: Washington vs. Auburn (-2). Both the Huskies and
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in first ASWA football poll

Released August 29 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Hoover 1-0 360 2. Thompson 1-0 274 3. Central-Phenix City 1-0 243 4. McGill-Toolen 1-0 228 5. Bob Jones 1-0 161 6. Auburn 1-0 142 7. Hewitt-Trussville 0-1 129 8. Spain Park 1-0 120 9. Lee-Montgomery 1-0 47 10. James Clemens 0-1 11 Others receiving votes:
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Etowah’s Graham named AHSAA Prep Spotlight Player of the Week

From AHSAA Etowah High School head football coach Drew Noles said that 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior defensive end Jamin Graham is not committed to any college as of yet. Noles added that he never has seen a player more committed to his team and to his grandfather. Graham turned that commitment into two defensive touchdowns in
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Miscues haunt Gamecocks in season-opening loss

Photo: JSU’s Michael Matthews (21) gains yardage as North Carolina A&T’s Deion James (34) and Antoine Walker (9) close in during the Gamecocks’ 20-17 loss last Saturday (Aug. 25) in Montgomery. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Four turnovers and 14 penalties proved to be too much for Jacksonville State last Saturday (Aug. 25) in
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Late TDs pulls Westbrook past Coosa Christian

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Jackson Cox (11) avoids Coosa Christian’s Jackson Tidmore (5) during the Warriors’ 35-6 victory in high school football on Friday, Aug. 24, in Gadsden. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 16-second span to pull away for a 35-6 victory over Coosa Christian on
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Penalties trip up Southside against Lincoln

Photo: Matthew Rich (left), Andrew Dunston and the Southside High football team lost to Lincoln, 19-8, in the Panthers’ season opener Friday, Aug. 24. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Costly penalties and overall lack of experience ultimately doomed Southside High in a 19-8 loss in the Panthers’ season opener at Lincoln on
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Blue Devils hold off Gadsden City

Photo: Gadsden City’s Donnie Ryan (left) pursues Etowah’s Reggie Phillips during the Blue Devils’ 32-23 victory in high school football on Thursday (Aug. 23) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The overflow crowd at James Glover Field certainly got its money’s worth on Thursday. The latest meeting between the Gadsden City and Etowah High
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Patriots drop season opener to Susan Moore

Photo: West End’s Kaleb Arledge catches a pass during the Patriots’ 42-12 loss to Susan Moore in high school football last Thursday (Aug. 23) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Sherry Abercrombie) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter West End entered last Thursday’s football season opener against Susan Moore riding a three-game winning streak in the
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Legals for the week of 8/24 - 8/30

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on November 26, 2007 by Clark V. Stewart and Daphne Martin Stewart, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for First Federal Bank, and recorded in Instrument #
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Gadsden announces new restaurant and more

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Gadsden City Council made several announcements at its weekly meeting on Tuesday, August 21. Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton announced that the city is finalizing lease terms with Buffalo Wild Wings. The new restaurant will be built on four acres of land near Coosa Landing between The Venue, city’s new event
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Chamber holds forum for local political candidates

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Etowah Chamber hosted the Political Candidate Forum for Gadsden Municipal Elections on Thursday, August 16. The Chamber invited each candidate for Gadsden City Council and the Gadsden Mayor’s Office to speak for five minutes. Candidates introduced themselves and spoke about their plans should they be elected. For the Gadsden City
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Rustick Bucket Vintage Market to offer shopping fun

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Rustik Bucket Vintage Market will be held on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.  From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the market will be set up at Ferguson’s Wedding Venue and Courtyard located at 401 5th Avenue Northeast in downtown Attalla. After Vanessa Durham, owner of The Cozy Nest,
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People of Etowah - Chris Robinson

Name: Chris Robinson Where were you born and raised? “I was born at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital in Gadsden, and have lived here my entire life.” What is your occupation?  “I own a small business in Historic Downtown Gadsden on Broad Street called Blackstone Pub and Eatery, which is a gourmet-style pizza kitchen.
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob... Working on the Right Part

By Robert Halsey Pine “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God–not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand
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Southern Cooking: Shrimp Dip, Hawaiian Aloha Dip and Sad Cake

By Andy Bedwell Let’s get ready for some football with some snacks and goodies! Roll Tide and War Eagle! Shrimp Dip 8 ounces cream cheese 1 cup mayonnaise 1 (11-ounce) cream of shrimp soup 1 (4-ounce) can shrimp, drained 1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon lemon juice Combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise in a
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The Vagabond: The Phoenix Hotel in Gadsden became a house of ill repute

By Danny Crownover Back on Feb 16, 1909, it was announced that Gadsden was to have another hotel at a neat new place on the southeast corner of Chestnut and 5th streets. It was to be known as the Phoenix Hotel and operated by Miss Theo Barry. Miss Barry was related to Police Captain W.L.
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In & around SEC football - West Division predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama (12-0, 8-0) over/under 11 Projected wins: Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn Projected losses: None Alabama will be inexperienced in parts of the defense – especially the secondary – but the overall talent on the roster will be able
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Freshman-heavy Lady Cardinals ready for season

Photo: Gadsden State’s Sierra Stone passes the ball as Mikayla Kendrick, Alex Rich, Grace Nolen and Abbie Chambless look on during a recent Gadsden State volleyball team practice. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With 12 freshmen on her 2018 roaster, Gadsden State head volleyball coach Connie Clark expects a good deal of baptism by fire
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Westbrook ace helps Team USA Baseball win U15 World Confederation Cup

Westbrook Christian so-phomore Samuel Dutton of Westbrook Christian and his USA Baseball 15U team won the World Baseball and Softball Confederation U15 World Cup in David, Panama, with a 7-1 victory over Panama last Sunday (Aug. 19). Dutton pitched 8.1 innings total for the tournament without allowing a run. He allowed only four hits while
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Koch Foods expansion to create new local jobs

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, August 14, job seekers attended the Gadsden Job Fair, sponsored by the Gadsden Career Center and Gadsden City Councilman Thomas Worthy, where they met with potential employers. While the Job Fair was underway, the Gadsden City Council announced the upcoming addition of new jobs in the area. The
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Love Center director wins Hometown Hero Award

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, August 15, Modern Woodmen representative Morgan Lavender presented Love Center Director Ruth Adcock with a Hometown Hero Award. “The Hometown Hero Award recognizes people in the community that go above and beyond when they don’t always get noticed in the spotlight,” said Lavender. “But people are noticing, so
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People of Etowah - Deborah Lloyd Gaither

Name: Deborah Lloyd Gaither Where were you born and raised?  “I was born in Aliceville in Pickens County and raised in Talladega in Talladega County.” What is your occupation? “I am proud to say that I am the Emergency Management Director of the Gadsden/Etowah County EMA.” What made you decide to work in your field? 
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BBQ restaurant opens in Attalla

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On August 11, Southern Heritage BBQ had a ribbon cutting for the new restaurant located at 215 Gilbert’s Ferry Road in Attalla. The business’s owners Craig Cantrell and Steve Cole met at work, where they took lunch breaks at the same time. When Cantrell asked Cole about welding him a
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Lemon Blueberry Pie, Strawberry Pie and Coconut-Caramel Pies Let’s cool off this August week with some cool pies! Lemon Blueberry Pie 1 9-inch graham cracker crust or baked pastry shell 3 egg yolks 1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup real lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind drop of yellow food
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Every school should have an SRO officer

By State Rep. Craig Ford Now that school has started back, a lot of attention has been given to the issue of school safety and security. Concerns over school safety and, particularly, the possibility of a mass shooting are nothing new. Though the Columbine massacre that happened nearly 20 years ago was not the first
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City of Gadsden funds school safety measures

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden City School District students returned to class on Monday, August 6, and new superintendent Tony Reddick spent the first two days of class out and about. He visited nine schools on Monday, where he personally welcomed back teachers and students. On Tuesday, he spoke with the Gadsden City Council
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People of Etowah - Kent Back

Name: Kent Back Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Middletown, Ohio. I was raised in Gadsden since I was 2 years old.” What is your occupation? “I am the President of Bowman & Back, Inc., located in downtown Gadsden. We recover capital for our clients and improve efficiencies in Waste Stream
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Pious Bob - Giving Up and Giving In

By Robert Halsey Pine “We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:5-12 NRSV). Most of us live too much
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In & around SEC football - East Division predictions

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Georgia (11-1, 7-1); over/under 10.5 Projected wins: Austin Peay, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, Te-nnessee, Vanderbilt, LSU, Kentucky, Auburn, UMass, Georgia Tech Projected losses: Florida The Bulldogs were seconds away from winning a national championship a season ago and return a very talented team this fall. While the defense carried the team
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No instant replay for area football teams in 2018

Pictured is Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods running back a kickoff during the 2017 football season. None of the 10 varsity high school football teams in Etowah County will participate in the Alabama High School Athletic Associations’ experimental instant replay program for the 2018 season. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Instant replay is making its
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Local Pony League team finished as 1964 World Series runner-up

Photo: The 1964 Gadsden Pony League All-Stars gather for a photo prior to competing in the Pony League World Series in San Diego, Calif. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Mike Johnson, Jimmy Black, Bill Brooks, Bruce Hill, Elwin Martin, Gary Osborn, Eddie Roberts, Mike Davidson. Standing, from left: manager E.S. Black, Craig Edge, Mike Kirby, Benny
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Legals for the week of 8/17 - 8/23

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness described in and secured by that certain mortgage executed by Vicki Whittaker, an unmarried woman to Mortgage Electronic Regirtation Systems, Inc. (MERS) acting solely as nominee for Lender, Mortgageamerica, Inc. and Lender’s successors and assigns dated July 23, 2008, and Recorded
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Legals for the week of 8/10 - 8/16

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Mary Gwen Kifer Unmarried to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for State Farm Bank, F.S.B., its successors and assigns dated March 24, 2006; said mortgage being recorded as Instrument
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In & around SEC football - West Division preview

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Coach: Nick Saban 12th season; 132-20 at Alabama, 218-62 overall 2017 Record: 13-1 The 2017 season was bu-siness as usual for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Despite not winning the SEC championship – or even the SEC West Division – Alabama still won the national title. It was Saban’s
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NEO hosts annual coaches symposium

Photo: Northeast Orthopedics Physical Therapy Administrator Chris Russell and assistant Kelsey Patterson demonstrate how to use resistance bands to strengthen the shoulder during the 4th Annual NEO Coaches Symposium on Aug. 3 at Southside High School. (Kaitlin Fleming/Messenger) By Kaitlin Fleming/Staff Correspondent With just a few weeks to go before the Friday night lights are
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

Listed below is the Alabama Sports Writers Association 2018 preseason high school football rankings including first place votes, 2016 record and total poll points.  Class 7A 1. Hoover (27); 11-3; 358 2. Thompson (3); 12-1; 258 3. Central-Phenix City (1); 11-1; 241 4. McGill-Toolen; 13-1; 219 5. Hewitt-Trussville; 11-1; 214 6. Bob Jones; 7-4; 124
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Gadsden State breaks ground on new construction

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent On July 26, Gadsden State Community College hosted groundbreaking ceremonies for construction projects taking place on three of its campuses. The first ceremony was held at the Ayers Campus, where an addition to the Cheaha Career Center is under construction. The second ceremony took place at the East Broad campus in
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Gadsden Public Library hosts magical birthday party

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Magic was in the air at the Gadsden Public Library on Tuesday, July 31! To celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, the library was transfigured into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a series of events that lasted all day. This is the second year the library has hosted the event. Staff
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Educators learn about local workforce

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce and East Alabama Works recently teamed up to hold an educators workforce development workshop. Marketing and Events Manager Suzy Jouben said that the Chamber had some leftover funds from its Excellence in Education award ceremony held earlier this year and wanted the money to be used
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Humane Society offering discounted adoption fees

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Per Rescue and Adoption Center is offering an election month promotion. For the month of August, all the dogs (re-pup-licans) and cats (demo-cats) can be adopted for $50. Humane Society Director Christi Brown wanted to reassure potential adopters that the reduced adoption fee still includes everything the Humane
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People of Etowah - Debby Carden

Name: Debby Carden Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and lived there until I was nine years old, and we then moved to Attalla.  So I guess you would say Attalla is my hometown. I loved growing up here, and I am blessed to still have as some of my
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New school year starting now but should be starting later

Rep. Craig Ford Remember when school didn’t start until after Labor Day? In a matter of days, students all across Alabama will start a new school year, and we’ll only be one week into the month of August! Instead of spending the last few weeks of August working summer jobs or on family vacations, teachers
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Tomato Pie, Stir Fry Garden Vegetables and Rice Pudding Deluxe Tomatoes, tomatoes and tomatoes! They are everywhere! Tomato Pie 9-inch deep dish pie crust 3 medium tomatoes, peeled and sliced thinly 6 strips bacon, fried and crumbled 1 cup cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Swiss) grated 1 cup mayonnaise Bake frozen pie crust five to
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Onesimus - A Story of Forgiving Love

By Toni Ford Paul was a prisoner in Rome, and his friend Philemon, who had been one of Paul’s co-workers in ministry and a dear friend, lived in Colosse. Along with his wife Apphia, Philemon led a dynamic and growing house church in Colosse. Although Paul had never visited the church in Colosse, the one
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Pious Bob - The Urgency of the Light

By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that
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Legals for the week of 8/3 to 8/9

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Michael Clowdus and Shelly C. Clowdus, husband and wife, originally in favor of The Bank, on the 12th day of December, 2003, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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In & around SEC football - East Division preview

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Florida Coach: Dan Mullen First season at Florida; 69-46 overall 2017 record: 4-7 Mullen left Mississippi State after nine seasons, and he’s returning to Gainesville after several succession seasons as the offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. Florida fired Jim McElwain halfway through last season, and the Gators suffered one of the
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Soccer tournaments slated to kick off local sports complex

Photo: Pictured is an artist’s rendering of the soccer portion of the proposed Etowah County Mega Sports Complex to be located in Rainbow City and Gadsden. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It appears that local youth soccer teams will have the honor of officially christening the Eto-wah County Mega Sports Complex in Rainbow City and Gadsden sometime
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Local cyclist wins fourth straight national championship

Photo: Gadsden resident and competitive cyclist Randy Kerr recently won a fourth straight national championship at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Randy Kerr’s latest national title did not come without a few tense moments. The Gadsden resident and longtime off-road cyclist overcame an early fall to capture his fourth straight USA
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Local teen to race in obstacle course championship

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A local teen is making waves in the world of obstacle courses. Allie Condy, a 13-year old Rainbow Middle School student entering the eighth grade, started doing obstacle courses a year ago with her father, Ryan, a trainer and coach at Absolute Fitness in Rainbow City. Condy first competed in the
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Mega Sports Complex Authority gives project update

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Members of the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority gave an update on the complex’s progress at the Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Biscuits and Gravy event on July 24. Ralph Burke, the authority’s chair, talked about the research the committee has done. “One of the things we’ve been doing over
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Barker discusses her state school board campaign

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Jessica Fortune Barker is the Democratic candidate for State Board of Education, District 8, which encompasses Madison, Jackson and Etowah counties, as well as parts of DeKalb and Limestone counties. Barker graduated from J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville. “I am a graduate of the District 8 system,” said Barker. “I
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People of Etowah - Beth Crain

Name: Beth Crain Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden with the rest of my family (my mom, dad and two brothers). We moved to Louisville, Kent., when I was very young for my father to pursue his Pastoral Degree and later obtain his Doctrine in Theology.  I’ve also lived in
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Joshua: A Great Leader

By Toni Ford In the book of Joshua, we read about the story of God’s faithfulness to His people, and how by faith God’s people can overcome and experience life-changing deliverance. The book of Joshua is not only a fulfillment of God’s promise to His children but also an example of a man named Joshua
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Pious Bob - Having Truth In Our Love

By Robert Halsey Pine “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Vidalia Onion Appetizer, Best and Easiest Dip Yet, Bacon/Tomato Dip and Easy Stir and Drop Cookies Vidalia Onion Appetizer 5 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced 1 cup water 1 cup sugar ½ cup cider vinegar 1 cup mayonnaise 16 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon celery seed Place the onion in a large bowl. Combine water,
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama and Auburn at SEC Media Days Each summer, SEC Media Days serves as the unofficial kickoff to college football season in the South. For the first time since 1985, Media Days took place outside of Birmingham. This year, the College Football Hall of Fame hosted SEC Media Days from July
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Legals for the week of 6/22 to 6/28

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Randy Lipscomb, married man and Connie Lipscomb, his wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Integrity Mortgage, LLC, on the 14th day of December, 2006, said mortgage recorded in
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Legals for the week of 6/15 to 6/21

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Ray A. Watson and Imogene Watson, husband and wife, to Regions Bank, on the 1st day of September, 2009, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama,
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Classifieds for the week of 7/27 to 8/2

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Legals for the week of 7/27 to 8/2

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, ETOWAH COUNTY Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness described in and secured by that certain mortgage executed by SHAVON REISS and husband FREEMAN R. REISS, as mortgagors, to VISION INVESTMENTS, LLC, as mortgagee, dated the 1st day of April, 2016, and recorded as Instrument
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Westbrook ace commits to LSU

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although he won’t graduate high school until 2021, Sam Dutton (pictured above) already knows where he will spend his collegiate baseball career. The Westbrook Christian rising sophomore pitcher/outfielder committed to Louisiana State University on July 19. “Getting a baseball scholarship has been a great goal of mine, and now that I’ve reached
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Etowah’s Harris commits to Vanderbilt

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Justin Harris put an end to the speculation as to where he will be playing football next fall. The Etowah High School rising senior and All-Region cornerback recently committed to SEC member Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Harris sifted through approximately 30 scholarship offers, including ones from Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Purdue, Wake
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Westbrook grad enjoys all-star football week

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Court Coley (pictured above) recently capped his high school football career on a winning note. Participating in the annual North-South All-Star Football Game, the 2018 Westbrook Christian graduate finished with seven solo tackles, three assists and an interception at linebacker in the North’s 27-14 victory at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. The North scored
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Coach Rankings Part II 7. Ed Orgeron, LSU. Orgeron is 15-6 in just under two seasons in Baton Rouge, but it’s tough to say whether or not he’s actually done a good job. LSU isn’t any closer to competing with Alabama than they were in the last few years under Les
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Southside's Smith shines at all-star soccer game

Photo: Southside High School rising senior Hallie Kate Smith participated in the AHSAA North-South All-Star girls soccer game earlier this week in Montgomery. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hallie-Kate Smith represented Etowah County well this past week in Montgomery. The Southside High rising senior was a starter for the North team in the AHHSA North/South
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Rainbow City angler wins local BFL Tournament

Adam Brown of Rainbow City brought five bass to the scale weighing 17 pounds even to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament last Saturday (July 14) on Lake Neely Henry. Brown, who earned $3,917 for the tournament, spent the day fishing the backs of three creeks in the mid-river
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Etowah runoff election results announced

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Less than 11 percent of Etowah County voters turned out for the run-off elections on Tuesday, July 17. Gadsden architect Craig Lipscomb won against former Ashville Mayor Robert McKay with 55 percent of the vote to claim the Republican nominations for the District 30 Alabama House seat. “It was a
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GPL breaks ground on new sensory garden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, July 16, the Gadsden Public Library held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Open Spaces Sacred Places sensory garden. The new garden will be located on the patio of the Gadsden Public Library, located at 234 College Street. “It’s going to primarily by herbs and other aromatic plants,”
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City of Attalla opens new storm shelter

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The City of Attalla recently opened a new storm shelter beside Carnes Recreation Center in Camp Sibert, located just off of Highway 77. “We have guidelines for the use of the shelter,” said City Engineer Jason Nicholson. “It opens when Etowah County is placed under a tornado watch.” The storm
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Gadsden Museum of Art asks locals to loan WWI artifacts

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Every year around Veterans Day, the Gadsden Museum of Art hosts an exhibit that features items from various wars the United States has been involved in as well as highlighting local contributions to the wars. This year the museum will feature World War I artifacts in an exhibit that will
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Ford secures $200,000 grant for Attalla

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent At the Monday, July 15 Attalla City Council Meeting State Rep. Craig Ford announced a $200,000 grant to the City of Attalla’s Sewage and Water Board. This grant will be used to update sewage lines, manhole covers and water lines in the city limits. Attalla Mayor Larry Means stated that
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Relevé rising up to serve community

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Relevé Academy of Performing Arts, formally known as Strut USA, is focusing oncommunity needs and giving back to local children. On Tuesday, July 10, Relevé hosted a meet and greet with Disney Princess Ariel from Little Mermaid. The event was open to students and non-students. At the event, children took
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings Part 1 During the SEC’s dominant run in college football from 2006 through 2012, the league boasted the best coaches of any conference from top to bottom. While Alabama and Nick Saban have won two championships in the last five seasons, the rest of the league has not
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Former Gadsden State basketball coach heading back to the Valley of the Cubs

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A longtime local college basketball coach will try his hand on the high school gridiron this fall. Todd Ginn (pictured above), who coached the Gadsden State men’s basketball team from 2006 to 2016, was hired as head football coach at Alexandria High School this past May. “It’s where I’m from, and I
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Local youths compete in Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament

Lauren Cole (pictured above), Brock McNeely, Justin Lovoy, Cove McHugh, Drew Clark and Mallory Brooks all won individual championships at the Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Gadsden Country Club, Twin Bridges, Silver Lakes, Briarmeade and Wills Creek courses. Competing in the girls age 13-18 division, Cole finished
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Westbrook ace picked for Team USA baseball

  Westbrook Christian rising sophomore pitcher/outfielder Sam Dutton (pictured above) was one of 54 baseball players across the county invited to participate in Phase 1 of the 15U Team USA National Team Trials beginning July 29 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. As the ace of the Warrior pitching staff this past
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Young named new Gadsden City High principal

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On June 26, the Gadsden City Board of Education approved Kevin Young as the new principal of Gadsden City High School. Young said that he was pleased by the support of the board and their confidence in him. “This is where I want to be,” said Young. “I’m really excited to
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People of Etowah - Ben Reed

Name: Ben Reed Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia.” What is your occupation? “I am the councilman for Gadsden City Council District 7.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I wanted to get involved in community service.” Tell us about your family and pets.
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Could we finally get a lottery passed next year?

By State Rep. Craig Ford Alabamians have been asking for a lottery for years. It continues to be one of the most popular ideas polled year in and year out, yet we still don’t have a state lottery. But there’s a chance that could change next year. The Alabama Legislature won’t return to Montgomery until after
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Ice Cream Muffins 2 cups self-rising flour or baking mix 2 cups softened vanilla ice cream Combine the flour and ice cream in a bowl and beat until smooth, adding a little more ice cream if necessary to make a creamy mixture. Grease 12 muffin cups and fill thre-fourths of the way full. Bake at
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Pious Bob - Worldly Ignorance of the Holy

By Robert Halsey Pine “Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king
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In & around the SEC

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Year in Review The 2017-18 college athletic season wrapped up after Oregon State defeated Arkansas in the College World Series. The Razorbacks won the opening game of the best-of-three series, 4-1, and had a lead over the Beavers in the ninth inning of the second game. With two outs, however,
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Longtime Gadsden State announcer gearing up for another year

Photo: Bobby Cooper will be entering his 38th year as the voice of Gadsden State athletics. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The “Voice of the Cardinals” is warming up for yet another season of junior college athletics. When the 2018 Gadsden State volleyball team kicks off its home opener on Sept. 5 against Wallace State-Hanceville,
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Cardinal student-athletes garner national recognition

Photo: Southside High graduate Kelsey Patterson (left) was one of several Gadsden State student-athletes who recently received NJCCA Academic Student-Athlete awards. (Gary Wells) Several Gadsden State student-athletes were part of a record number 287 players from the Alabama Community College Conference re-cently selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Academic Student-Athlete Awards. Five Cardinals
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Boy Scouts honor locals at Steak Social

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Sports enthusiasts, Boy Scout supporters and locals flocked to 210 at the Tracks in Gadsden on Thursday, June 21 to enjoy a good meal and more at the 2018 American Values Steak Social. Attendees enjoyed drinks and food (steak, of course) while they socialized with each other. During the event, a
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Stay safe this summer with these tips from the EMA

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent The 4th of July is right around the corner and the temperature is rising in Alabama. So how can you and your family stay safe and have fun this summer? The most important part of staying safe is staying aware of the dangers that accompany the vacation months. A couple of
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Local events to celebrate 4th of July

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor There is plenty of fun to be had around Etowah County during the upcoming week in celebration of July 4. On Tuesday, July 3, Big Wills Creek Campground and Tubing in Attalla will host “Fireworks on the Creek.” The fireworks kick off at 9 p.m., but before the show Ashton Wilson
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People of Etowah - Drew Southers

Name: Drew Southers Where were you born and raised? “Chatsworth, Georgia. It’s a very small town in North Georgia located in the mountains. Beautiful place.” What is your occupation? “Marketing Manager for Downtown Gadsden, Inc.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I’m a creative and social person and with marketing, I get
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - Taco Salad Casserole and Mother’s Peach Macaroon Pie

Taco Salad Casserole and Mother’s Peach Macaroon Pie On a hot summer day in the south, a salad is so light and refreshing. This taco salad is a little heavier than most salads, but it is oh, so good. I enjoy making this for my family. I like to use the fresh tomatoes from our
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Pious Bob - Love Lots, Fear Not

By Robert Halsey Pine “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Four Creatures Small and Wise

By Toni Ford The Book of Proverbs is, “the book of wisdom,” and has often been referred to as a “collection of collections.” Full of Biblical wisdom, Proverbs also raises questions of values, moral behavior, the meaning of human life and righteous conduct. King Solomon, the wisest, wealthiest, and most powerful man in history, wrote
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Recap For the first time in nearly 40 years, Arkansas reached the finals of the College World Series. The Razorbacks defeated Texas and Texas Tech in their first two games. In the third game, the Hogs eliminated No. 1 overall seed Florida, 5-2. The Gators fell just
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Larry Foster steps down as Etowah High baseball coach

Photo: Larry Foster recently stepped down as Etowah High baseball coach. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Larry Foster recently retired as Etowah High baseball coach for a second time. The hall of fame coach submitted his resignation at the June 26 meeting of the Attalla City School Board. After becoming head baseball coach in May
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All-Etowah County boys soccer team announced

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Southside High incoming senior Logan Shelnutt was named Player of the Year for the 2018 All-Etowah County boys soccer team. (Courtesy of Randy Vice) According to head coach Randy Vice, Logan Shelnutt was the swiftest of the swift this past season for the Southside High boys soccer team. The junior forward’s
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