People of Etowah - Robin Wilson

Name: Robin Wilson Where were you born and raised? “Born in Talladega County, lived in Calhoun County from ages 4-12, moved to Etowah County at age 12. It’s certainly home!” What is your occupation? “Well that has changed recently. I worked in Substance Abuse Prevention up until this past September, when I accepted a position
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Legislators should not ignore infrastructure, education and jobs because it is an election year  

By State Rep. Craig Ford The legislative session began this week and, by all accounts, it’s expected to be an uneventful year. The only goal lawmakers seem to have is to pass the budgets and go home. But there is a lot of work that can and ought to be done instead of just kicking
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The Vagabond - Document found at Coats house

By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently came across a document at the Jerry B. Jones Historical Research Library about a place called Coates Bend. Originally known as Coats Bend, the area was named after Gideon E. Coats. It appears that Gideon, his brother Sion and their mother Sarah left Kershaw County in South Carolina shortly
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Mi Casa Casserole, Fruit Salad and the World’s Best and Quickest Mousse Don’t get stuck like Old Mother Hubbard with a cupboard that’s bare. At this time of year when holidays are over, you could make just one big shopping trip to stock up your pantry so that you’re always ready for those everyday meals.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Aggressive Watching

By Robert Halsey Pine “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:22-33 NRSV). Jesus said this to Peter as Peter’s fear caused him to sink into the water. Seeing Jesus walking on the water Peter asked to come with Him. Jesus commanded him to come but the strong wind frightened Peter and he began
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Behold, I am doing something new

By Toni Ford I just returned from a two-week trip to Israel, touring the Holy Land and serving a Messianic Jewish congregation in the city of Ashdod. On New Year’s Eve, our team had the privilege of praying over the city of Jerusalem from a prayer tower that overlooked the city. It truly was an
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Legals for the week of January 12 - January 19, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on January 20, 2011 by Grady Stricklin and Nancy J Stricklin, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Peoples Independent Bank, and recorded in Instrument # 3344288 on
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Classifieds for the week of January 12 - January 19, 2018

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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent National Championship Game Recap It was a tale of “Tua” halves in the 2018 National Championship Game, as Alabama erased a 13-point deficit en route to a 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Georgia dominated the first half and took a 13-0 lead into the locker
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Meads, Howard highlight All-Messenger football team

Etowah’s Alex Howard (pictured) and Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads were named the Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively, for the 2017 All-Messenger football team. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor In a 2017 season that saw several local high school football teams qualify for the postseason, Hokes Bluff and Etowah had the longest journey down
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball polls

Released January 11 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Sparkman 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Davidson 7. Huffman 8. Alma Bryant 9. Mountain Brook 10. McGill-Toolen Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Hartselle 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Brewer 7. Southside 8. Austin 9. Selma 10. Blount Class 5A
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Gadsden State pulls it out against Wallace-Hanceville

Photo: Gadsden State’s Nic Looney (left) looks for an open teammate as Wallace-Hanceville’s Jonathan Andre defends during the Cardinals’ 63-60 win in men’s basketball on Tuesday (Jan. 9) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden State men’s head basketball coach Deddric Tarver had a feeling that his team’s Alabama Community College Conference opener
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Lady Cardinals drop conference opener

Photo; Gadsden State’s Te’ Johnson (right) moves against Wallace-Hanceville’s Desiree Tyner during the Lady Cardinals’ 79-73 loss in women’s basketball on Jan. 9. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden State’s 79-73 loss to Wallace State-Hanceville gave credence to the idea that the outcome of a game can be decided long before the final buzzer.
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Chamber aims to do more with less in 2018

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden/ Etowah Chamber is using the new year to reevaluate its many programs. “It’s a continuous process,” said Chamber President Heather New. “Each year we look at everything that we do at the end of the year and we determine ‘Was it effective?,’‘Is it being used?’ and ‘Is it something
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People of Etowah - Scott Waldrup

Name: Scott Waldrup Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and raised in Rainbow City.” What is your occupation? “I am a practicing attorney concentrating on real estate and probate estates with the law firm of Knowles and Sullivan, adjunct professor at Gadsden State Community College and a genealogist.” What made
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The Vagabond - Early history on Duck Springs

By Danny Crownover The Duck Springs story begins with The Duck, a Cherokee Chieftain who some say was the brother of Chief Turkey, namesake of Turkeytown in Etowah County. Duck is buried above the springs named for him. Topping the list of Indian celebrities native to the Duck Springs area was Sequoyah, reputed to have
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Tomato-Chili Soup, Cabbage Soup and German Chocolate Cupcakes Soups on this week in Turkeytown! Tomato-Chili Soup 2 quarts canned tomatoes (I used fresh, frozen) 1 can Rotel tomatoes 1 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped 1 can chili beans 1 can pinto beans 1 can whole kernel corn, drained 1 1/2 teaspoon chili
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Baby Talk and Thoughts

By Robert Halsey Pine “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants…” (Matthew 11:25-30 NRSV). With this statement, Jesus takes the mysteries of God’s kingdom out of the reach of the wise. Infants better understand these mysteries.
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Legals for the week of Jan. 5 - Jan. 12, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Mary L. Wallace, a single woman, originally in favor of One Reverse Mortgage, LLC, on the 25th day of September, 2008, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County,
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Classifieds for the week of Jan. 5 - Jan. 12, 2018

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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent College Bowl Recap The SEC’s performance during bowl season overall was less than ideal, but the conference’s bowl record will be the last thing anyone talks about heading into Monday’s national championship game. For the second time since 2011, the national title game will be an all-SEC affair as Georgia takes
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Hokes Bluff native wraps up Auburn football career

Photo: Pictured is 2008 Hokes Bluff High graduate Tyler Stovall during the Eagles’ 2007 football season. (Alex Chaney) By Phillip Marshall/auburn.247sports.com His teammates call him “Papa Stove.” They sometimes they even call him “Coach.” Tyler Stovall, Auburn’s 28-year-old holder, welcomes his place as elder statesman. “It’s funny to be a 28-year-old man and be called
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Westbrook breaks down Purple Devils

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 2A No. 9 Westbrook Christian parlayed a dominant second quarter into a 73-31 blowout win over Ragland on Tuesday (Jan. 2) in Rainbow City. The Warriors (11-5) and Purple Devils were tied at 12 entering the second quarter, but Westbrook outscored Ragland 31-4 to take a comfortable 43-16 lead into
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Late run pushes Lady Warriors past Ragland

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A 14-0 fourth quarter run helped the Westbrook Christian Lady Warriors pull away from the Ragland Lady Purple Devils for a 47-25 win on Tuesday (Jan. 2) in Rainbow City. The Lady Warriors forced several turnovers, and Macie Beecham and McKenzie Saunders sparked the above run with a combined three 3-pointers
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Home for Christmas benefits The Love Center

On December 5, “Home for Christmas” a benefit for The Love Center was held at The Fifth Street Market in Gadsden. The event raised money, collected item donations and raised awareness for The Love Center. Love Center volunteers Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale, Morgan Lavender, Kristi Hess, Carolyn Richard, Teresa Bright, Erin Morgan and Lorie Holloway planned
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YMCA renovates facility, offers New Years deals

The YMCA of Coosa Valley is starting the new year with a fresh look. In October, the exercise facility started renovations. The YMCA has spent about $100,000 in structural renovations, according to YMCA Director LeRoy Falcon. New roofs have been placed over the fitness center, the administration area and the gymnasium. “We are most excited
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Legal Notices

owner’s or other interest in said currency. Done this the 1st day of December, 2017 Cassandra Johnson Circuit Clerk Etowah County, Alabama Dec. 15, 22 & 29, 2017 and Jan. 5, 2018 ____________ NOTICE OF CONDEMNATION FORFEITURE ACTION IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF ETOWAH COUNTY, ALABAMA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO: CV-17-900898-WBO STATE OF ALABAMA, ex
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People of Etowah

Name: Heather Brothers New Where were you born and raised? “Altoona.” What is your occupation? “President, The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field? “My husband and I were spending a weekend at the lake when I first read about the president’s position opening at the Chamber
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Southern Cooking

Happy NewYear! My favorite football menu is the following: Cheese Dip to Die For 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup mayonnaise 1 bundle chopped green onions 1/2 cup bacon bits 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 12 Ritz crackers, crumbled Mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, onions, half of the bacon bits and Monterey
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Adventures at the Senior Center

Changes… 2018 seems to have many changes in store for the Scott house. My youngest child is getting married and planning to move out of our house. My oldest is planning to move in while she and her husband are looking for another house. Soon both families will be living with us until they find
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College Professor gets it wrong on K-12 teacher…… with State Representative Craig Ford

George Mason University economics professor Walter Williams has written an editorial where he insulted every school teacher and every university in the country – including the one that employs him – by claiming that, “With but a few exceptions, schools of education represent the academic slums of colleges,” and that “American education could benefit from
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Pondering life with Pious Bob

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:39-51 NRSV). Jesus has taught us so much. As He prays these words in the Garden of Gethsemane, He teaches us that in our praying to God we must pray that, “… not my will but
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Bowl Previews and Predictions III Season record: 89-23 Friday, Dec. 29 Belk Bowl Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M (+3). The Aggies made a coaching change after the regular season, and Jimbo Fisher will take over for Kevin Sumlin next year. Texas A&M finished 7-5 but has a very talented roster that
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Local players make ASWA all-state football teams

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads (pictured), Etowah’s Jerrin Wright and Westbrook’s Court Coley were first-team selections for the 2017 ASWA All-State football teams. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Twenty local athletes were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2017 All-State high school football teams. Three players were selected to the first team, 14 to the
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Attalla resident wins gold medal at Senior Games

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June of this year, the 2017 National Senior Games were held in Birmingham. It was the 30th anniversary of the games. Attalla resident Barry Putnam competed in the Games’ Men’s Doubles Table Tennis tournament and in an upset won the gold medal in the division. Putnam started playing table tennis,
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Gadsden named number 23 safest city in Alabama

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor SafeHome.org Communications Team recently announced that the City of Gadsden made its 2017 list of the Safest Cities in the United States and was ranked number 23 in Alabama. According to its website, “Safe Home is an organization dedicated to helping people create safer living environments for their families. Whether that’s
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People of Etowah - Johnny Baker

Name: Johnny Baker Where were you born and raised? “I was born here in Gadsden and lived most of my young life here and in Cullman. At the early age of 18, I joined the United States Marine Corps and stayed in the Marines for over 30 years, living throughout the world.” What is your
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Sausage Bake, Company French Toast and Honey Bun Cake O come let us adore Him May you find peace and joy In all of God’s gifts this Christmas season. Thanks be to God For his indescribable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15 I think there is nothing more memorable than a Christmas brunch. A merry brunch menu:
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Adventures at the Senior Center - Projects work…on my nerves!

By Vicki Scott My darling little granddaughter, Saylor Rhea, turned two years old on the 11th of this month. My daughter loves any chance for a social gathering, and it looks like Saylor Rhea is being groomed to be just like her mother. Of course, what better way to celebrate one’s birth than with a
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Pious Bob - Being Seaworthy

By Robert Halsey Pine God’s mission was coming to fruition: “And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:1-13 NRSV). John baptized Jesus and as He came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit came down on Him. John was baptizing people as repentance
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Inspiration from God’s Word: For unto us a Savior is born

By Toni Ford During this Christmas season, I am reminded of Isaiah 9:6-7. This Scripture is one of the greatest prophesies ever foretold and serves as a great reminder for the true meaning of Christmas. Isaiah 9:6 proclaims not only the birth of Jesus (“a child is born”) but also His deity (“a son is
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The Vagabond - Margaret Hand’s Haunted Organ

By Danny Crownover The supernatural is defined as things which defy scientific explanation, such as ghosts, ghouls, goblins, wizards or druids. What we can touch and feel is much more real to us as humans, but what of the physical apparitions? Are they any less a reality? As physically unimpaired humans, so many of us
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Legals for the week of Dec. 22 - Dec. 29, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on February 14, 2013 by LeAnna R. Lewis, an unmarried woman, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for First Federal Bank, and recorded in Instrument Number at 3381240 on February 20,
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Classifieds for the week of Dec. 22 - Dec. 29, 2017

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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Bowl previews and predictions, Part II Sunday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl Fresno State vs. Houston (-2.5). In 2016, Fresno State finished 3-9. The Bulldogs made a coaching change and brought in former Cal coach Jeff Tedford, who in his first season led the Bulldogs to the Mountain West title game and
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Brown leads Conquerors past St. John Paul II

Photo: Coosa Christian’s India Brown (53) boxes out against St. John Paul II’s Hannah Hall during the Lady Conquerors’ 39-26 win in the opening round of the Etowah Holiday Tournament last Wednesday (Dec. 20) in Attalla. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian girls basketball team used a dominant performance by India Brown
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Local sports, civic standout Fred Sington, Jr., passes

Photo: Fred Sington, Jr., passed away on Dec. 19 at the age of 82. (Sarrah Peters/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A hero comes in all shapes and sizes. To most people their hero, whether a sports figure or world leader, is larger than life. On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the city of Gadsden lost one such
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Glencoe hires Alred as football coach

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High Principal Charlton Giles didn’t have to look too far to select the school’s new head football coach. Last Wednesday (Dec. 19) Giles recommended to the Etowah County Board of Education that 1998 GHS graduate Brian Alred be hired as the 24th head coach in the school’s history. Alred replaced Rusty
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Blue Devils dispatch Clay-Chalkville

Photo: Etowah High’s Emil Smith (10) and Taylor Berry defend Clay-Chalkville’s Brandon Harper during the Blue Devils’ 66-58 victory on Monday (Dec. 18) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With his team trailing Class 6A Clay-Chalkville by two points at halftime, Etowah High boys head basketball coach James Graves imparted some simple advice to his
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Titans halt losing streak with win over Southside

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent After three straight losses, Gadsden City High boys basketball coach Reginald Huff challenged his team to pick up the intensity and effort defensively. It’s safe to say the Titans accepted Huff’s challenge after their performance last Monday (Dec. 18) in a 63-33 win over Southside. Gadsden City (7-6) jumped out to
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Big third quarter pushes Lady Panthers past Gadsden City

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside went on a 20-0 third quarter run over the course of six minutes to pull away for a comfortable 61-34 win over Gadsden City on Monday (Dec. 18) in Southside. Lady Panthers (9-0) led only 28-24 at halftime but were more aggressive defensively in the second half, and stifled the
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Sports complex a step closer to construction

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, December 8, The Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority met with representatives from Olympia Construction to review topographical and boundary maps of the proposed site of the complex. Authority Chair Ralph Burke and authority member Craig Ford met with Jana Cordell from Chambless-King Architects and Jeremy Bain and Jon
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Christmas Party offers students holiday cheer

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, December 14, a unique Christmas party was held at Gadsden Convention Hall. Special education students from Gadsden City Schools, Attalla City Schools and Etowah County Schools attended the 66th Annual Christmas Party for Exceptional Children. The Christmas party was originally scheduled to be held Friday, December 8, but could
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People of Etowah - Jon Costa

Name: Jon Costa Where were you born and raised?  “I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1953 and lived in the Ninth Ward of the city growing up, but as an older teen my family moved to New Orleans East. As a young adult, I also lived and worked in that part of town.
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My Christmas wish is a good education for all children  

By State Rep. Craig Ford When my kids were growing up, I don’t know who was more excited on Christmas morning – the kids opening their presents or me and Gwen watching them! Ever since God gave us the original and best Christmas gift, our Lord and Sa-vior Jesus Christ, giving gifts has been a part
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

White Chocolate Fudge, No Bake Peanut Butter Candy and Mother’s Chocolate Fudge O Holy Night,  What a beautiful sight, Flooded with light from above- Shining brightly in glory To reveal the sweet story, Of God’s precious Son and his love. May you celebrate God’s light And love this Christmas! Well, it’s another Christmas, and I’ve
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Pious Bob - The Traveling Man

By Robert Halsey Pine “I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you have received and heard; obey it
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The Vagabond - History of 514 Broad Street, Part II

By Danny Crownover A couple of weeks back, The Vagabond wrote on 414 Broad Street, the new home of the J.P. King Auction Company, and the building’s historical connections. Craig King and other King families had restored and preserved the old historical building with great results. The Etowah Historical Society is able to go back
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Essentials for everyday life

By Toni Ford As I was reading this week in the book of Psalms, one of the Psalms I came across was Psalm 131. This psalm is only three verses long. Within those three verses, however, I saw what I believe are, “essentials for everyday life.”  David, the author of this psalm, possibly understood these
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Bowl Previews and Predictions, Part I Season record: 89-23 Saturday, Dec. 16 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl North Texas vs. Troy (-6). Before Neal Brown took over at Troy, the Trojans had never won 10 games in a season in the FBS. Over the last two seasons under Brown, Troy has
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Lady Cardinals breeze past Cleveland State

Photo: Gadsden State’s Kelsey Patterson attempts a jump shot during the Lady Cardinals’ 86-74 victory over Cleveland State last Wednesday (Nov. 13). (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden State placed four players in double figures on the way to an 86-74 victory over Cleveland State on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Beck Field House. The
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Three area teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball poll

Released December 14 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Sparkman 3. Spain Park 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Alma Bryant 7. Mountain Brook 8. Huffman 9. McGill-Toolen 10. Davidson Class 6A 1. LeFlore 2. Hazel Green 3. Ramsay 4. Hartselle 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Homewood 7. Austin 8. Brewer 9. Selma 10. Blount Class 5A
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Local college football lettermen recognize veterans

Photo: Former Etowah High and University of Alabama standout lineman and LETTERMEN of USA member David Gilmer (right) presents an autographed Kyle Whittingham University of Utah football to Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Army Captain Michael Mendell during the recent Semper-Fi Community Task Force/Heroes Week luncheon in Huntsville. Lettermen of the USA, a non-profit organization
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Lady Titans battle No. 3 Spain Park to the wire

Photo: Gadsden City High’s Cianni Rhodes battles for possession with Spain Park’s Claire Holt (center) and Barrett Herring during the Lady Titans’ 51-48 loss last Tuesday (Nov. 12) at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor One day after the Gadsden City High School girls basketball team suffered through a 47-point Class 7A loss to
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Challenge of Waiting

By Toni Ford I am not sure about you, but I am not a very patient person when it comes to waiting. I looked up the word “wait” in the dictionary and Webster defines the word as; “to stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens.” As
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The Vagabond - A history of 514 Broad Street

By Danny Crownover A couple of weeks back, The Vagabond wrote on 414 Broad Street, the new home of the J.P. King Auction Company and all the building’s historical connections. Craig King and other King families restored and preserved the old historical building with great results. The Etowah Historical Society is able to locate old
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Sheriff awards Medals of Valors to deputies

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On May 26, a fire broke out in Unit 3 of the Etowah County Detention Center threatening the lives of the inmates. The fire was started by ICE detainees with the possible intent of escaping. However, thanks to the quick response of detention center deputies Christopher Thornton, Andy Reed, Hay,den Clements
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Lola’s on the River offers great food with a view

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Lola’s on the River, formerly known as Lola and Runts, has a new location. The restaurant has moved across the street into the former The Fish Market location at 1504 Suite B Rainbow Drive in Gadsden. With the new location, the restaurant aims to be the “premier waterfront restaurant” in Gadsden.
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Humane Society to host Reindeer Run and extend hours

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is getting festive for the holiday season. The Humane Society is hosting the 7th Annual Reindeer Run on December 16. “It’s one of the few local races where we encourage you to run or walk with your pet,” said Humane Society Director Christi
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People of Etowah - Craig Scott

Name: Craig “Library Guy” Scott Where were you born and raised? “I’m a transplanted Yankee. I was born in Flint, Michigan, raised in Lansing, Michigan and moved to Gadsden in 2002.  However, when I was a junior in high school, my father (a federal veterinarian) was transferred from Michigan to Vermont. So, I graduated from
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Pious Bob - Proclaiming, Not Complaining

By Robert Halsey Pine “I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 89:1-18 NRSV). The psalmist begins with praising God. Later in the psalm he complains to God and wonders when God is going to intervene and restore the House of
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cookie, Aunt Eva’s Cinnamon Crisp Cookies and the Best Ever Sugar Cookie Rejoice in the spirit of Christmas which is Peace, the miracle of Christmas which is Hope, and the heart of Christmas which is Love. Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! Nothing is more Christmassy than cookies…decorating them, eating them, and  packing them in
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Legals for the week of Dec. 8 - Dec. 15, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Eva E. Rose, a single woman, originally in favor of ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., on the 10th day of April, 2007, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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Classifieds for the week of Dec. 8 - Dec. 15, 2017

SERVICES DIRECTV. CALL & Switch Now – Get NFL Sunday Ticket for Free! Every Game. Every Sunday. Choice- All-Included Package. Over 185 Channels. $60/month (for 12 Months.) CALL 1- 855-717-6961 DISH NETWORK. 190+ Channels. Free Install. Free Hopper HD-DVR. $49.99/month (24 months) Add High Speed Internet- $14.95 (where available) Call Today & Save 25%! 1-866-815-7913
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In & around SEC football

SEC Championship Review To make the playoffs, Auburn needed to beat Georgia for the second time in four weeks. The Tigers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but that was all the offense Auburn could muster on the afternoon, as Georgia pulled away for a 28-7 win to secure the SEC title. Kerryon Johnson
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Hokes Bluff duo leads off All-County football football team

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads (pictured above) and Landon Johnson were named Co-MVPs the 2017 of the All-Etowah County Schools football team. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A pair of Eagles soared to new heights this year, and the postseason honors are starting to roll in. Senior quarterback Landon Johnson and sophomore halfback Darrian Meads were named
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Southside, Sardis move in AHSAA reclassification; Westbrook, Coosa Christian affected by new private school rule

Photo: Kenneth Bothwell and the Southside football team will compete in Class 5A next season. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Two local high school moved in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s re-classification for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 athletic seasons. The AHSAA’s Central Board of Control unanimously approved the measure on Nov. 30. Southside, who competed in
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Local teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball polls

Released Dec. 7 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Sparkman 3. Spain Park 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Davidson 7. Huffman 8. Alma Bryant 9. Mountain Brook 10. McGill-Toolen Class 6A 1. LeFlore 2. Hazel Green 3. Ramsay 4. Brewer 5. Homewood 6. Austin 7. Selma 8. Athens 9. Blount 10. Carver-Birmingham Class 5A
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Etowah’s Howard highlights 5A, All-Region 7 football team

Etowah High’s Alex Howard was named Player of the Year of the Class 5A, All-Region 7 football team. The 6-2, 230-pound junior defensive end/offensive tackle put up big numbers on both sides of the ball while helping the Blue Devils finish with an 11-2 record, win a region championship and qualify for state playoff quarterfinals.
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Toys for Tots to provide holiday gifts

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In a back room of the Catholic Center of Concern, 475 black trash bags full of toys line the walls in bags. Today (Dec.1), 190 families will visit the center in increments of 12 every 15 minutes to pick up toys from Marine Corps League Toys for Tots. A total of
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Wellington to host Redneck Christmas Parade

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On December 2, a different kind of Christmas parade will take place in the Wellington community in east Glencoe. About five years ago, Webster’s Chapel Methodist Church began holding the Redneck Christmas Parade. “We did it just for fun, and it was so much fun we just kept doing it,” said
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People of Etowah - David Alan Kimberley

Name:  David Alan Kimberley What is your occupation? “The Presiding Circuit Judge of Alabama’s 16th Judicial Circuit (Etowah County).” Where were you born and raised? “Right here in Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field?  “I wanted to promote the safety and well-being of our community and state in a tangible,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Christmas Red Punch, Ada Lee’s Russian Tea, Santa’s Whiskers and Festive Corn Chip Crunch May joy fill your heart, May peace touch your soul, May love fill your life this Christmas and Always Christmas Blessings to you and yours. Every year, as soon as the last bite of cranberry sauce and the final morsel of
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State leaders have lost their credibility on prison issue

By State Rep. Craig Ford With all the attention being given to the special election for the U.S. Senate, you may not have seen what has been happening in Montgomery with the prison crisis. Last year, Gov. Robert Bentley proposed a plan to build four new “super prisons” at a cost of about $800 million dollars.
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Pious Bob - Heavenly Science

“When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants, it is I who keep its pillars steady.” (Psalm 75 NRSV). Did you know that the earth has a wobble? This wobble, along with a luni-solar action on the bulging matter about the earth’s equator causes what is known as the “precession of the equinoxes.” One wobble
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Legals for the week of December 1 - December 8, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Eva E. Rose, a single woman, originally in favor of ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., on the 10th day of April, 2007, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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Classifieds for the week of December 1 - December 8, 2017

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In & around SEC football

By C ole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Iron Bowl Review Auburn’s win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl didn’t come as a total surprise, but the manner in which the Tigers won the game certainly wasn’t expected. While Auburn didn’t rout Alabama, they did prove on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium that they are the better team right
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Area teams ranked in ASWA basketball polls

Released Nov. 30 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Sparkman 3. Spain Park 4. Huffman 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. James Clemens 7. Davidson 8. McGill-Toolen 9. Gadsden City 10. Lee-Montgomery Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Brewer 5. Homewood 6. Athens 7. Hillcrest-Tusc. 8. Austin 9. Blount 10. Northview Class 5A 1.
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True Etowah County boys basketball tournament on tap for 2018

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent In 1951, Norman Dale arrived in rural Hickory, Indiana, to become a high school teacher and head basketball coach of the Huskers. He was hired by his longtime friend, principal Cletus Summers. Speaking with Cletus, Dale thanks him for the opportunity and mysteriously mentions that he hopes things will work out
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Huff reaches milestone in GCHS win

Photo:Gadsden City High boys basketball coach Reginald Huff earned his 500th career win with the Titans’ 61-42 victory over Southside on Nov. 28. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Walter Holt, Gid Riddle, George Baker. We now can add Gadsden City High School’s Reginald Huff to the list of legendary Etowah County basketball coaches. Last Tuesday (Nov.
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Lady Panthers defeat Gadsden City

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt (23) drives between Gadsden City’s Asia Samuels (34) and Brittney Watts (5) during the Lady Panthers’ 46-39 victory in girls basketball last Tuesday (Nov. 28) at GCHS. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent “This was an exciting game,” said Southside High girls basketball coach Kim Nails following her Lady Panthers’
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Hokes Bluff comes up short in Class 4A third round

Photo: Hokes Bluff Austin Gulledge (2) runs into Fayette County’s Chance Stevenson during the Eagles’ 35-27 loss in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Nov. 24. (Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hokes Bluff’s quest to play in the state semifinals for the second straight year came to an end
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Etowah falls short in 5A quarterfinals

Etowah’s Corey Thomas fights for yardage during the Blue Devils’ 31-0 loss to Briarwood Christian in the Class 5A state quarterfinals last on Nov. 24) at in Birmingham. (Al.com/ Butch Dill) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A, No. 5 Etowah’s best season in nearly two decades ended with a 31-0 loss to No. 1 Briarwood
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The Vagabond : History of the King family and 414 Broad Street

By Danny Crownover Back during his younger days, The Vagabond remembered a tall booming figure at Rainbow Church of Christ by the name of Leslie Cooper King. This towering man would grab the young Vagabond and put him on his knee and talk to him. There are memories of when Mr. King and his wife,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob: A watch called eternity

By Robert Halsey Pine “…It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.” (ACTS 1:1-14 NRSV). When I was a child I would always ask my mother when we could do this or when we were going to do that. She would say, “I’m not
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Area students participate in GEM workshop

Photo: Local high school students particiapte in an team-building exercise duting the recent Girls Employed in Manufacturing workshop at Gadsden State. (Sarrah Peters/Messenger) By Sarrah Peters/News Editor Twenty-eight female juniors and seniors from Etowah County schools participated in Girls Employed in Manufacturing (GEM) workshops on Nov. 15 at Gadsden State Community College’s Alabama Technology Network-Bevill
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Glencoe passes 2017-18 budget

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Glencoe City Council approved a $2.9 million-dollar general fund budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 on Monday, Nov. 13. After reviewing the budget with the council, finance chairman Danny Wagnon said that he projected a 9-percent increase in revenue due to the increase in sales tax. The budget includes salary increases
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