Lady Conquerors can’t catch Cedar Bluff in 1A subregionals

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson goes up for a basket during the Lady Conquerors’ 60-47 loss to Cedar Bluff in the Class 1A sub-regionals on Monday (Feb. 12) in Gadsden. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a 19-point first half deficit as its season came to end
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Lady Eagles return to regional tourney with win over North Jackson

The Hokes Bluff girls basketball team earned its fourth straight trip to the Northeast Regional Tournament with a 52-33 victory over North Jackson last Monday (Feb. 12) in Stevenson.  The Lady Eagles (22-0) will face Madison Academy this Monday (Feb. 19) at Jacksonville State. Amanda Noah led Hokes Bluff with 15 points, while Kristen Shields and
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GCHS gridders sign college scholarships

Photo: Several Gadsden High School student-athletes signed college football scholarships on Feb. 7 in in the GCHS auditorium. Pictured, from left: Jamontavius Woods, West Alabama; Jaelyn Fleming, Eastern Kentucky; T.J. Stone, Maryville (Tenn.) College; LaRay Mostella, Alabama State; Jonathan Kilgo, Tennessee State; J.B. McNeal, Alabama State; DeErrick Curry, Alabama State; Jakobe Griffin, Bethel (Tenn.) University;
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Panther duo sign football scholarships

Photo: Southside High seniors Gavin Orr and Gavin Griffin signed college football scholarships on Feb. 7 at the school library. Pictured, from left: Orr’s dad Tim, Gavin Orr, Orr’s mom Tonya, Griffin’s dad Rob, Gavin Griffin, Griffin’s mom Kerri. (Chris McCarthy) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A pair of Panthers recently received a big boost to their
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Blue Devil seniors sign college football scholarships

Photo: Etowah High School seniors Caleb Horton and Cory Thomas signed college football scholarships on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Pictured from left are Horton, EHS head football coach Drew Noles and Thomas. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Two Etowah High School football standouts were among several local athletes to sign a national letter of intent
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Westbrook soccer standout signs with JSU

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Mattie Loyd signed a soccer scholarship to Jacksonville State on Feb. 7 in Rainbow City. Pictured, sitting, from left: Mattie’s mom Leah, Mattie, Mattie’s dad Jonathan. Standing, from left: Northeast Alabama Fusion F.C. Coaching Director Jeremy Massa, Westbrook assistant principal and athletic director Matt Kennedy, Westbrook girls soccer
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Titan wrestler finishes first at super sectionals

Gadsden City High School sophomore wrestler Samuel Jaggears took first place at the AHSAA North Super Sectional Tournament last Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Competing as the No. 2 seed in the 126-pound weight class, Jaggears went 4-0 with a pin in the semifinals and an 11-0 major decision in the championship match.
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Panther wrestlers finish third at super sectional meet

Several Southside High wrestlers qualified for the state meet at the AHSAA North Super Sectional Tournament last Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Birmingham CrossPlex. With 166.5 points, the Panthers finished in third place overall behind tournament champion Gardendale (207 points) and Chelsea (181.5 points). Two Southside wrestlers were sectional champions – Andrew Smith at 113
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Area basketball teams qualify for subregional, regional tournaments

Photo: MarDayus Bothwell and the Gasden City High basketball team qualified for the C lass 7A Northeast Regional Tournament later this week at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) Several local high school basketball teams competed in area tournament championships this past weekend and qualified for the state subregional round this week. Subregional winners advance to the
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Ford to Run for State Senate as Independent

State Rep. Craig Ford announced on Saturday, Feb. 10, that he is running as an Independent candidate for state Senate District 10m which includes all of Etowah and Cherokee counties and a portion of DeKalb County. Ford is a small business owner who also serves in the Alabama National Guard and previously served in the
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City of Gadsden honors Papa Cause

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, February 1, Papa Cause visited the Elliot Community Center to share his message with Gadsden citizens. Litchfield Middle School Band got the show started with an energetic performance. Heather Brothers New with the Gadsden-Etowah Chamber welcomed everyone to the event, and thanked Papa Cause and his creator John Solomon
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Larry Means talks to Gadsden Civitans Club

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, February 7, City of Attalla Mayor Larry Means spoke to members of the Gadsden Civitans Club. Means discussed the ongoing projects to improve Attalla, as well as his work as chairman of the Eto-wah County Industrial Development Authority. When Means became mayor after working in the state senate for
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People of Etowah - Cindy McConnell

Name: Cindy McConnell Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised right here in Etowah County. I grew up in Rainbow City and moved to Attalla when I got married.” What is your occupation?  “I am a RN and a teacher of Health Science at Etowah High School. I have been an
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Educators and retirees deserve a pay raise

By State Rep. Craig Ford Eleven years is a long time to go without a pay raise. But for educators, state employees and retirees in Alabama, that’s how long it has been. And for retirees and many state employees, they have actually had their pay cut during those 11 years. You may be thinking that educators,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Best Ever Sugar Cookie and Andy Bedwell’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Let’s bake some cookies for Valentine’s Day! Best Ever Sugar Cookie 2 sticks margarine 1 cup Crisco oil 1 cup sugar 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teasppon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Cream the first four
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Pious Bob - Turn Around, Look At Me

By Robert Halsey Pine “And he said to him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!’” (Luke 22:31-38 NRSV). We are just like Peter was in his situation with Christ when the end was near. We are sometimes reluctant to let people know that Christ is in our life. After
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Inspiration from God’s Word - In times of trouble

By Toni Ford If we are honest with ourselves, at some point in our lives we all walk through hard times. Lately it seems as if many of my friends and students I talk to are walking through difficult situations, which has reminded me that the Lord is our only source when walking through tough
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Legals for the week of February 9 - February 16, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Daniel Thomas and wife, Phyllis Thomas, to Western Thrift & Loan, on December 22, 2000, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, at Book 2001, Page 5;
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Classifieds for the week of February 9 - February 16, 2018

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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 6 Review For the first time this season, Auburn lost at home. The Tigers trailed Texas A&M by as many as 15 in the second half but stormed back to take the lead late in the game despite leading scorer Bryce Brown being out with a shoulder injury. With
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Hunt’s buzzer-beater gives Southside area title

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt (23) is pictured hitting the game-winning three-point basket over a trio of Pell City defenders in the Lady Panthers’ 45-44 victory in the Class 6A, Area 13 Tournament championship game on Feb. 7. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Class 6A, Area 13 championship game between Southside
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Lady Conquerors hold off Appalachian for area championship

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson (left) protects he ball from Appalachian’s Cassady Cornelius during the Lady Conquerors’ 58-43 victory in the Class 1A, Area 11 Tournament championship game on Wednesday (Feb. 7) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy/PublisherEditor Coosa Christian weathered a few tense moments in the second half last Wednesday (Feb. 7) in
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Eagles top White Plains in OT, move to area tournament finals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Landon Johnson (right) drives against White Plains’ Nick Preston during the Eagles’ 46-38 victory over White Plains in the semifinals of the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 7. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A fourth quarter run and a dominating overtime propelled Class 4A, No. 9
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Lady Eagles wax White Plains in area semifinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Margaret Elizabeth Wetzel brings the ball upcourt during the Lady Eagles’ 56-29 victory over White Plains in the Class 4A, Area 12 girls basketball tournament semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 6. (Alex Chaney)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 6 Hokes Bluff jumped out to an early lead and never looked back
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Southside evades Yellow Jackets

Glencoe High’s Brian Benefield (23) goes up for a basket between Southside’s Gavin Orr (left) and Brock Habyan during the Panthers’ 66-38 win in boys basketball on Feb. 2 at Southside (Gary Wells).
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6A No. 4 Lady Panthers dispatch 3A No. 8 Glencoe

Abby Vice attempts a jump shot as Southside’s Emilee Coker defends during the Lady Panthers’ 52-44 victory in girls basketball on Feb. 2 at Southside (Gary Wells).
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Westbrook shows appreciation for law enforcement

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, January 26, students and staff at Westbrook Christian School took time out of their day to welcome members of the Rainbow City Police Department to a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day assembly. Students opened the assembly by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States, the
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James Farmer speaks at Antiquarian Society meeting

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On January 26, the Antiquarian Society held a luncheon at the Gadsden Country Club with author James Farmer as the guest speaker. Before Farmer addressed the attendees, members enjoyed a lunch of Southern pot roast, roasted potatoes, green beans and baby carrots with Dutch apple pie for dessert. Farmer is a
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People of Etowah - Jonathon Horton

Name: Jonathon Horton Where were you born and raised? “I was born at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital and was raised in Ivalee and Gallant communities.” What is your occupation? “I am the Chief of Police of Rainbow City and a part-time funeral director at Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home.” What made you decide to
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - February 2, 2018

Broccoli Salad, Red Beans and Rice, German Cornbread and French Silk Pie You know, we appreciate the short cuts with old favorite recipes and new seasoning tricks that have been handed down from our family and friends. Proof again (if we needed it) that Southern women are likely to express their love for family and
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Pious Bob - The Spirit Behind Answering Wisely

By Robert Halsey Pine “When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’” (Mark 12:28-34 NRSV). A scribe asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus had just made several Sadducees speechless in a discussion that they thought would put down the idea
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The Vagabond - History of Camp Sumatanga

By Danny Crownover A couple of weeks ago, The Vagabond talked about how the Gallant community in Etowah County got its name from John A. Gallant. Located nearby is a large camp that many people have visited and enjoyed for a number of years. Back in May of 1951, the late local historian Will I.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A broader vision

By Toni Ford Have you ever read something and realized you might not know all there is to that particular subject and yet you know deep in your soul that if you broadened your vision on the subject, you would gain so much more wisdom, understanding, perspective on life, and even to some degree, a
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Legals for the week of February 2 - February 9, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Samuel H. Yarbrough, III and Lana M. Yarbrough to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., on June 21, 2007, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge
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Classifieds for the week of February 2 - February 9, 2018

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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Fredrick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers keep moving up in the rankings and now have a two-game lead over Florida and Kentucky for first place in the SEC. Auburn dominated LSU, 95-70, and Bruce Pearl’s team controlled the game from the opening tip. The Tigers followed up that win with a
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Five area teams ranked in final ASWA basketball polls

Released Feb. 1 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Sparkman 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Davidson 6. Huffman 7. James Clemens 8. Lee-Montgomery 9. Alma Bryant 10. Mountain Brook Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Southside 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Blount 7. Hartselle 8. Brewer 9. Center Point 10. Homewood Class
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Stampede overruns Gadsden City

Photo: Gadsden City’s Mykel Woods (22) blocks the shot attempt of Paul Bryant’s Seth Williams during the Stampede’s 58-44 victory in boys basketball on Tuesday (Jan. 30) at GCHS. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 6A No. 6 Paul Bryant spoiled Gadsden City’s senior night on Tuesday (Jan. 30), as a late 12-0 run
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Lady Titans turn it on in second half against Paul Bryant

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A tightly contested first half turned into a blowout in the third quarter as the Gadsden City High Lady Titans stormed past the Paul Bryant Lady Stampede 55-34 last Tuesday (Jan. 30) in Gadsden. The Lady Titans led 13-11 after the first period and amped up their defense and only allowed
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Blue Devils edge past Southside in overtime

Photo: Etowah High’s Emil Smith (left) eyes the basket as teammate Jamin Graham looks on and Southside’s Gavin Orr defends during the Blue Devils’ 59-58 overtime victory in boys basketball last Monday (Jan. 29) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Add this week’s Etowah/Southside boys basketball game to the list of classic athletic contests
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Lady Panther bowlers win second straight state championship

Photo: The Southside High School girls varsity bowling team won a second straight AHSAA state championship on Jan. 26 in Pelham. Pictured, sitting, from left: Rose Losco, Jennifer Clontz, Jakiia Mostella, Cheyanne Bohannon. Standing, from left: assistant coach David Clontz, Grace Ann Clontz, Jessica Clontz, Ashlee Hull, head coach Zack Blume.  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor For
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Locals excited about new Chick in town

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor By 12 p.m. on January 23, a couple of people had settled onto the sidewalk outside of the new Chicken Salad Chick, located at 2012 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden in anticipation of the restaurant’s grand opening at 10:30 a.m. on January 24. As part of the opening the chicken salad restaurant
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Local receptionist retires at age 80

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Martha Brothers has been working at Gadsden Eye Associates for almost 27 years. She currently is Dr. Tony Catanzaro’s secretary. Now, at age 80, Brothers is retiring. “I praise God for allowing me to work at Gadsden Eye Associates for almost 27 wonderful years,” said Brothers. Brothers said that she has
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Altrusa Int. to host Antique Show

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The 50th Annual Altrusa of Gadsden Antique Show and Sale will be held February 2, 3 and 4 at Gadsden Convention Hall. On Friday and Saturday,  February 2 and 3, the antique show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, February 4 the show will be held
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Ford introduces local jobs bill

State Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden has introduced legislation earlier this week to create jobs and kick start local road, bridge and economic development projects. Called “The Etowah County Jobs Act,” the legislation will re-allocate a portion of the one-cent sales tax that was passed by Ford’s father, the late Rep. Joe Ford, to pay
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People of Etowah - Jason Wilson

Name: Jason Wilson Where were you born and raised?     “I was born on Cansler Avenue in Gadsden, and  my family moved to Southside in 1989.” What is your occupation?    “Founder and CEO of Back Forty Beer Company.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I am an entrepreneur with a
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

My Favorite Meatloaf, Creole Baked Beans, Creamy Potato Bake and Fudge Pie I have been so blessed with my share of great cooks and their faithful sharing of traditional favorites of our Southern cuisine. Their knowledge came from years of experience and original recipes and they also kept the high standard of Southern cooking through
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The Vagabond - Stephen Reed Hood, early Etowah County resident

By Danny Crownover A local historical landmark burned to the ground last Monday (Jan. 22). The structure was the old Stephen Reed Hood house located several miles north of Turkeytown in what once was the little community of Murrycross. The post office was once located next door on the north side. The house burned under
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Pious Bob - Calming Down for God

By Robert Halsey Pine “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret – it leads only to evil.” (Psalm 37:1-18 NRSV). David really got me on this verse. In many of his psalms he talks about wrongdoers and evil people and how they will not prevail over the righteous. Here he slips in one aimed
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Comfort of Jesus

By Toni Ford The Lord recently placed the word “comfort” on my heart and mind. When I looked up the meaning of the word, Wikipedia defines comfort as “contentment, to relieve the distress or suffering of.” As I look around at all that is happening in our nation, state, and our own lives, I see
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Legals for the week of January 26 - February 2, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on December 23, 2009 by Russell D Shaneyfelt and Johna P Shaneyfelt, husband and wife, originally in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and recorded in Instrument # 3326062 on January 13, 2010, in the Office
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Classifieds for the week of January 26 - February 2, 2018

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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review During the first half of last Saturday’s game between Auburn and Georgia, it looked as if the Tigers were still suffering from the hangover of losing to Alabama. The Bulldogs led 40-26 at the half, and there was no energy in Auburn Arena. Whatever Bruce Pearl told
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Four area teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball polls

GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Sparkman 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Huffman 6. James Clemens 7. Davidson 8. Mountain Brook 9. Lee-Montgomery 10. Alma Bryant Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Southside 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Blount 7. Hartselle 8. Brewer 9. Center Point 10. Austin Class 5A 1. Charles
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Southside finishes first, Etowah second at girls bowling regionals

Courtesy of AHSAA; photo courtesy of southsideathletics.com The Southside High girls bowling team win its second straight North Regional title on Jan. 19 in Tuscaloosa. The Lady Panthers defeated county neighbor Etowah, 1,260-1,064, to advance to the AHSAA state tournament later this week and defend their state championship. Southside beat Pinson Valley, 1,295 to 949,
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Titans, Panthers qualify for state bowling tournament

Courtesy of AHSAA Gadsden City and Southside made it to the quarterfinal round at the AHSAA North Regional bowling tournament on Jan. 19 in Tuscaloosa. Both teams qualified for the state tournament this Thursday and Friday at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham. The Titans defeated Huffman, 1,283 to 1,239 in the opening round before falling
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Hokes Bluff boys win county tournament championship

Photo: Southside High’s Tristan Riggan goes up for a basket between Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) and Dylan Teague (21) during the Eagles’ 52-45 victory in the Etowah County boys high school basketball tournament championship on Saturday (Jan. 20) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff overcame a slow start to
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Lady Panthers win first-ever county basketball title

Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Vice (5) attempts a shot as Southside’s Harley Simmons defends during the Lady Panthers’ 56-45 victory in the Etowah County girls high school basketball tournament championship on Saturday (Jan. 20) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 6A, No. 5 Southside claimed its first county championship in school
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Southside dispatches Sardis in county tournament semifinals

Southside High’s Gavin Orr (50) goes up for a layup as Sardis’ Braxton Brooks (00) defends during the Panthers’ 57-22 win on Friday (Jan. 19) in the Etowah County boys high school basketball tournament semifinals at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside breezed into the championship game of the Etowah County boys
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Lady Yellow Jackets edge Hokes Bluff in OT in county tournament semifinals

Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole (15) attempts a shot as Hokes Bluff’s Amanda Noah defends during the lady Yellow Jackets’ 42-38 overtime win in the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament last Friday (Jan. 20) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Last Friday’s semifinal girls game in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament
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Lions leap past Gaston in county boys tourney

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lions jumped out to an 18-6 first quarter lead and never looked back in disposing of the Gaston Bulldogs 77-43, in boys varsity action in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament last Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. Sardis head coach Van Owens was proud of the way his team
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Lady Jackets sting West End in county tournament

Photo: Glencoe High’s Kaylie Davis (20) attempts a shot between West End’s Madison Parker (14) and Leslie Decker during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 70-38 victory in the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament last Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Class 3A No. 9 Glencoe Lady Yellow Jackets
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Gadsden celebrates King’s vision of unity

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, January 15, Gadsden’s 32nd Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was held at Convention Hall. WMGJ radio station sponsored the free public event. The celebration featured a candle lighting ceremony to honor community members that were “foot soldiers who led us through some treacherous times,” according to WMGJ
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Etowah Probation Officers receive radios

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 16, Judge David Kimberley presented Eto-wah County’s Probation officers with eight radios. The radios will allow probation officers enable to coordinate with other law enforcement officers if an emergency occurs at the judicial building, where the probation office is located. The radios will also offer the officers the
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City Council and Rep. Butler express opposing views about elected school board

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 16, the Gadsden City Council pased a resolution opposing the proposed bill regarding the election of Gadsden City School Board members. Currently, Gadsden school board members are appointed by the Gadsden City Council, but State Representative Mack Butler of Rainbow City proposed a bill allowing Gadsden citizens to
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People of Etowah - Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale

Name: Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale What is your occupation? “I have recently joined Allenstein and Allenstein Law Firm as the Social Security Appeals Council Case Manager. I’m an independent contractor for the Greater Gadsden Area Tourism Board. I side hustle and contract with various organizations, individuals, non-profits and businesses by coordinating and directing, event planning, fundraising,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Broccoli Salad, Lemon Chess Pie, Sweet and Sour Pork Chops, Corn Pudding Casserole and Beer Bread This is a feast fit for a king! Broccoli Salad 2 cups chopped broccoli 2 cups chopped cauliflower 2 packages chopped green onions 1 cup chopped apples 1 cup golden raisins 1/2 pound bacon, fried crisp and crumbled 1
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Pious Bob - Keeping the Bullies Out of the Pulpit

By Robert Halsey Pine “Keep up your courage! For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome.” (Acts 23:12-24 NRSV). The Lord was near Paul as there were those plotting to kill him in Jerusalem. Jesus was telling Paul that he’d better get used to rough treatment
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Legals for the week of January 19 - January 26, 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 19 - January 26, 2018

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Inspiration from God’s Word - What Do I Represent?

By Toni Ford Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus, knowing the Jewish leaders were looking for Him to kill Him, took a great risk and went to visit His dear friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. This story takes place in John chapter 12. I love this story for several reasons. First, we see
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Eagles knock off Glencoe in county tournament semifinals

Photo: Glencoe High’s Cam Harris (14) drives past Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (left) and Peyton Moore during the Eagles’ 63-46 win in the semifinals of the Etowah County boys basketball tournament on Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff earned a spot in the Etowah County boys high
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Lady Panthers dispatch Sardis in county tournament

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 6A No. 5 Southside advanced to the championship game of the Etowah County girls high school basketball tournament with a 51-25 win over Sardis on Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. The Lady Panthers started the game on an 11-0 run, and their defensive pressure forced several Sardis turnovers in
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Lions leap past Gaston in county boys tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lions jumped out to an 18-6 first quarter lead and never looked back in disposing of the Gaston Bulldogs 77-43, in boys varsity action in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament last Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. Sardis head coach Van Owens was proud of the way his team
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Lady Jackets sting West End in county tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Class 3A No. 9 Glencoe Lady Yellow Jackets placed three players in double figures on their way to a 70-38 victory over the West End Lady Patriots in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament last Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. “We played sloppy at times but we took care of
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review The Crimson Tide capped off its best week of the season with a 76-71 win over Auburn in Coleman Coliseum last Wednesday (Jan. 17). Alabama ended Auburn’s 14-game winning streak and did so without leading scorer Collin Sexton. Freshman guard John Petty scored 27 points to lead
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Southside, Hokes Bluff, Glencoe girls ranked in latest ASWA basketball poll

Released January 18 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Sparkman 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Huffman 7. Mountain Brook 8. Alma Bryant 9. Davidson 10. McGill-Toolen Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 5. Southside 6. Blount 7. Hartselle 8. Brewer 9. Center Point 10. Austin Class
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Etowah County Tournament dates, games times re-scheduled

Due to the Etowah County Schools closings on Jan. 16 and 17, the dates and times for the Etowah County Schools varsity basketball tournament have been re-scheduled at Hokes Bluff High School. On Thursday, Jan. 18, the Glencoe and West End girls will play at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Southside and Sardis boys at
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Yellow Jackets top West End in in county tournament

Photo: Glencoe High’s Brandon Bishop (left) goes in for a layup as West End’s Nick Campbell (3) and Marcus Strickland (20) defend during the Yellow Jackets’ 73-48 win in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools boys basketball tournament on Monday (Jan. 15) at Hokes Bluff. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe shook off a poor
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Lady Lions breeze past Gaston

Photo: Sardis High’s Kaylee Harraid shoots between Gaston’s Kaytlin Thrasher (left) and Amayiah Hill during the Lady Lions’ 54-19 victory in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament on Monday (Jan. 15) at Hokes Bluff. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Sardis made quick work of Gaston in the opening
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Lady Yellow Jackets upend Hokes Bluff

Glencoe High’s Anna Beth Giles (4) drives to the basket as Hokes Bluff’s Madison Ingram defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 40-33 win in girls basketball on Jan. 12 at GHS. (Photo by Gary Wells).
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Eagles fly past Glencoe

Glencoe High’s Colton Stone (4) drives in for a layup as Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill defends during the Eagles’ 65-47 victory in boys basketball on Jan. 12 at GHS. (Photo by Gary Wells).
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Mcguffey’s provides meals for warming center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last week extremely cold weather blew through Etowah County and throughout the Southeast United States. Low temperatures hit 12 degrees Fahrenheit, with high temperatures barely rising above freezing. Some days, the wind chill made Etowah County feel like the temperature was in the single digits. In response to the freezing temperatures,
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New events planned for 5th Street Market venue

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June 2016, the Gadsden Farmer’s Market moved to a new location – the 5th Street Market. To create this venue space, the City of Gadsden remodeled an old warehouse on the corner of Fifth and Locust streets in downtown Gadsden. In 2017, the city began hosting Turnip Tuesdays in response
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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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