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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Baseball Giants had short-lived history in Gadsden

Photo: Pictured is the old Gadsden City Park baseball field located on the approximate site of the Gadsden Sports Complex on Meighan Boulevard. (Courtesy of Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent People living in Etowah County and its surroundings areas always have had a strong love for the game of baseball. While Gadsden has never
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Black Creek Complex construction kicked off

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, June 19, City of Gadsden officials hosted a kick-off event for the beginning of construction on the city’s new Black Creek Complex. The Black Creek Complex, located at 215 North 21st Street next to the new Boys and Girls Club in the former General Forrest Junior High School, will
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Hardin Center displays the Mitchell sisters’ artwork

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, June 19, The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts hosted Atlanta sisters Linda Mitchell and Mary Anne Mitchell. The Hardin Center is currently displaying the sisters’ works in the Landscape of Dreams: New Works from the Mitchell Sisters exhibit. The sisters discussed their works and answered questions from
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Council on Aging holds annual Elder Abuse Summit on June 20

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Approximately 5 million adults over the age of 60 have been victims of abuse. In Etowah County alone there were 309 cases of elder abuse in 2017. The Council on Aging of Etowah County hosted the 13th annual Elder Abuse Summit last Wednesday, June 20, in commemoration of World Elder Abuse
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People of Etowah - Tony Reddick

Name: Tony Reddick What is your occupation? “I am the newly appointed Superintendent of the Gadsden City School System.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was recommended to me that I consider the field of education after I returned to Gadsden after three years in Massachusetts working in the semi-conductor industry.”
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - Macaroni Goulash, Broccoli and Corn Casserole and Sinful Chocolate Cake

Thank goodness it’s summer! Macaroni Goulash 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 green pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon margarine 1 pound ground chuck 1 can (1 lb. 4 ounces) tomatoes 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon mustard 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (4 ounces) In a
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Journey to the Promised Land

By Toni Ford How many of you remember the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage? Do you happen to remember who actually led the children of Israel into the Promised Land? It was Joshua, Moses successor. Moses led Israel out of bondage, but it was Joshua who took them into blessing. Moses
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Pious Bob - Out of our Mouths Come...

By Robert Halsey Pine “For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue–a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:1-12 NRSV). The tongue may be the greatest repository of sin in man. It is
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Recap Of the 10 SEC teams that made the NCAA Tournament, Mississippi State probably had the longest odds to reach the College World Series. Former head coach Andy Cannizaro was fired just three games into the season for an off-the-field scandal. Assistant Gary Henderson took over, but
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All-Etowah County girls soccer team announced

Photo: Glencoe High’s Katie Smith (pictured above), Westbrook’s Kylee Berndt and Southside’s Lauren Brewer shared Player of the Year honors for the 2018 All-Etowah County girls soccer team. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A trio of recent local high school graduates shared the spotlight for the inaugural All-Etowah County girls soccer team. Glencoe’s Katie Smith,
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Sanderson sees bright future for GCHS softball program

Photo: Gadsden City High School softball coach Shane Sanderson addresses attendees of a meet and greet session on June 14 at the GCHS library. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High School has turned to a former Rebel to kick-start its girls softball program. Shane Sanderson, who recently retired after six years as an
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Means addresses Etowah Historical Society on Attalla history

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent On Friday, June 8, the Etowah Historical Society welcomed a special guest speaker for its meeting, City of Attalla Mayor Larry Means. Means, who was born and raised in Attalla, gave a 45- minutes presentation on the history of the city. From its beginnings in coal and ore mining, to the
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Sheriff’s Office hosts Student Leadership Academy

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 8th Annual Student Leadership Academy this past week. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin started the program in 2011, and it is directed by Chief Deputy Michael Barton.  The students participating in the program were nominated by their principals. The principals nominated two incoming high
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United Way to hold 21st annual Day of Action today

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Across Etowah County today, Friday, June 15, volunteers are working hard to improve the community. Today is United Way of Etowah County’s 21st annual Day of Action. The Day of Action is a campaign where local charities and organizations sign up to get projects done, and volunteers come out to work
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Attalla-born champion shooter hit the mark in more ways than one

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Those who knew Wayne Mayes describe him as a great skeet shooter and an even better friend. He was approachable and kind and humble about his wins, and his skeet shooting record speaks for itself. Skeet shooting is a shooting sport in which a clay target is thrown from a trap
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People of Etowah - Marlene Holcomb

Name: Marlene Holcomb Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Albion, Ohio and lived there until I was 16 years old. I then moved to Gadsden, Alabama.” What is your occupation? “I was a hairdresser, now I am retired.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was something I
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Blueberry Cream Muffins 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 cup Crisco oil 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups sour cream 2 cups blueberries Glaze milk powdered sugar vanilla flavoring Grease 24 muffins cups or line with paper liners. In a large bowl, beat eggs,
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Someone once said, “What the mind can conceive and the heart can believe, man can achieve.” I believe that statement to be true. The mind can be a very powerful tool. It was due to this belief that I once took a group of high school students to visit various colleges throughout
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Pious Bob - Determining Our Proximity to the Lord

By Robert Halsey Pine “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” (Matthew 12:22-32 NRSV). They brought to Jesus a man possessed of the devil who
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The truth will set you free

By Toni Ford John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” As a believer, we know that Jesus, is the ultimate truth, the definition of truth itself.  Jesus’ primary mission on earth was to set people free by helping them see, know, and believe the truth! However,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Super Regionals Review Six teams from the Southeastern Conference made the NCAA Super Regionals, and three of those teams were guaranteed to advance. Three Super Regionals were all-SEC battles, and it the path to Omaha included several riveting games between the conference rivals. Auburn reached its first Super Regional since
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Bone outlines vision for Gadsden City baseball

Photo: Blake Bone speaks at a meet and greet session at the Gadsden City High School library earlier this week after being introduced as GCHS baseball coach. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Blake Bone is back where it all began for him with regard to his coaching career. The former longtime Southside High School baseball
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Faucett speaks at Blue Devil gathering

Photo: Neill Faucett addresses attendees at the annual Blue Devil Banquet on June 7 at the Attalla Community Center. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Local Attalla product Neill B. Faucett always seemed to have a way of succeeding in life. Faucett was honored at the annual Etowah Blue Devil Banquet on June 7 at
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Local players made ASWA All-State baseball, softball teams

Hokes Bluff’’s Dylan Teague was one of four area players named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State baseball first team. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several area high school baseball players were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State teams. Four area players made the first team –
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Regional Tournament Review Ten schools from the Southeastern Conference made it to the NCAA Tournament, with four hosting in the regional round. Top-seeded Florida defeated Columbia and Jacksonville but lost the third game to Florida Atlantic. That loss set up a winner-take-all finale between the Gators and the Owls, and Florida knocked off FAU, 5-2,
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Hokes Bluff’s Edwards highlights All-Messenger baseball team

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It’s safe to say that the Hokes Bluff High School baseball team’s season would not have lasted as long as it did if not for the contributions of the Eagles’ junior catcher. On a team stacked with a number of standout players, Houston Edwards stood out while thriving in the clean-up spot
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Southside’s Coker leads off All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When Emilee Coker reached first base this past softball season, she did not remain there for too long. The Southside High senior second baseman stole 70 bases out of 74 attempts in 2018, in the process giving the Lady Panthers an almost automatic runner in scoring position after reaching base. With 84
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Westbrook trio sign college baseball scholarships

Three 2018 Westbrook Christian graduates recently committed to play college baseball. Third baseman Cullen Stafford (pictured above) committed to Huntingdon University in Montgomery, shortstop/pitcher Garret Kennedy committed to Wallace State Community College in Hanceville and pitcher Jordan Reynolds committed to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham. Safford finished with.444 batting avg., 48 hits, 16 doubles,
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Local voters make their voices heard in primaries

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Locals headed to the polls on Tuesday, June 5 to vote in the local and state primary elections. In Etowah County, about 23,000 of the county’s 70,470 registered voters turned out to make their voices heard, meaning about a third of registered voters turned out. About 83 percent of the
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GPL is ready to rock with summer music programs

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Public Library is ready for summer, introducing programs during the summer months for children, teens and adults. This year the programs will focus on music and movement. “Being a music lover myself, we thought this would be a really awesome opportunity to explore different types of music,” said
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Recent GCHS grad to attend leadership program in D.C.

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden City High School student Braxton Bostick graduated this year with the opportunity to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Washington D.C. this summer. The National Youth Leadership Forum consists of five different six-day retreats. Each retreat focuses on exploring different career fields including medicine, engineering and technology,
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People of Etowah

Name: Kaitlin Fleming Where were you born and raised? “I was born at Riverview hospital in Gadsden but I was raised in Attalla.” What is your occupation? “I am a full time student at Jacksonville State University. I am majoring in communications with a focus in digital journalism. I am currently working as an editorial
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Classifieds for the week of June 8-15

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE AUCTION-Lewis Smith Lakefront House plus 3 lots, 588 County Rd 279, Arley, AL-offered individually and in combinations. June 21, 1:00 pm. Details gtauctions.com, 1-205-326-0833, Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 ABSOLUTE REAL Estate Auction-June 16, Saturday, 11:00 a.m.. Partial Liquidation of the John ìPete” Self Living Estate. 60+/-Acres to be
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Legal Notices for the week of June 8-15

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Sidney A. Overby and wife, Dawn Michelle Overby, to Keystone Bank on the 31st day of July, 2013, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3389706, Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - Chicken Vegetable Bake and More!

Chicken Vegetable Bake, Hawaiian Chicken and Butterscotch Yum Yum Chicken Vegetable Bake 5 chicken breasts 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons oil 1 can cream of chicken soup 3/4 cup white wine 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 4 tablespoons chopped green onions 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 can water chestnuts,
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Have you ever taken stock of yourself? Where have you been and where are you going? Do you allow yourself time to just reflect on the meaning of it all and how you fit in? I often do that. It seems that I am constantly trying to understand all of this while
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Inspiration from God’s Word: A Touch of Heaven

By Toni Ford People who know me know how much I love worship music. If you were asked the question of what helps you enter the Lord’s presence faster than anything, what would you say? Some would say praying, reading the Word, taking a walk or listening to a sermon, but for me it is
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Pious Bob - Understanding that the victory has been won

By Robert Halsey Pine “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-58 NRSV). St. Paul ends his long discussion about life after death with these words of guidance and encouragement to the Corinthians.
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Glencoe unveils new Hwy. 431 memorial sign

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, “The City of Patriotism” unveiled a new sign that honors veterans. Glencoe unveiled a new sign marking Highway 431 in Glencoe as Veterans Memorial Highway. Glencoe Mayor Charles “Peanut” Gilchrist, City of Glencoe staff and members of Glencoe’s VFW post 10408 attended the
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Local student nominated to attend Girls State program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Westbrook Christian School student Alley Sizemore, an incoming senior, recently was selected to participate in two programs that center around leadership. Sizemore was selected to participate in Jacksonville State University’s Emerging Leaders program. Unfortunately, the program was canceled after the March 19 tornadoes damaged the school’s campus. Sizemore was also chosen
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Calcean Minerals and Materials bringing jobs to Gadsden area

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Calcean Minerals and Materials LLC is coming to Gadsden and the company is bringing 70 jobs with it. On Tuesday, May 29, the Gadsden City Council voted on the abatement resolution, which passed unanimously. Calcean is a processing company for biogenically renewable high performance mineral known as oolitic aragonite sand. Oolitic
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People of Etowah - Tabitha Bozeman

Name: Tabitha Bozeman Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, but have lived in Gadsden/Etowah County since I was five years old.” What is your occupation? “Higher Education;I teach English at Gadsden State Community College.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was always a bookworm growing
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Aunt Sue’s Butternut Pound Cake, Pecan Pie and Caramel Corn This week I am continuing my series of my dad’s sisters, who were fabulous cooks. My aunt Sue Lankford and her husband Earl Lankford lived in Attalla for many years, and she was known for her fabulous cakes. I have never seen anyone who could
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Pious Bob - Becoming Faithful and Accepting Children of God

By Robert Halsey Pine “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word…May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Blessings of the Beatitudes

By Toni Ford In the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7, we read what is commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount. In chapter five, Jesus begins this sermon by introducing His followers to a superior way of living, which was a new way of the kingdom. Up until this time, the Jews primary standard
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Tournament Review For the third time in school history, the Ole Miss Rebels won the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament championship. After losing to Auburn in their opening game, the Rebels bounced back to win four straight to capture their first championship since 2006. After sneaking by Georgia, 5-4, Ole Miss
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Southside High grad riding high at JSU

Photo: Pictured is Southside High graduate and Jacksonville State University assistant baseball coach Evan Bush during a game this past season. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor If the old saying “You are what your record says you are” is true, then a former Panther is making a name for himself in Gamecock country. 2002 Southside High graduate
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GSCC tennis player wins state and national awards

Photo: 2018 Gadsden State graduate Alexander Boozer (center) was recently announced as the regional and national winner of the 2018 Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Pictured with Boozer are GSCC men’s tennis coach Buster Stewart (left) and GSCC athletic director Mike Cancilla. (Courtesy of Gadsden State) The Intercollegiate Tennis Association recently presented a prestigious
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Area soccer players make all-state teams

Photo: Pictured is Westbrook Christian’s Kylee Berndt during the 2018 postseason. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Several local players were named to the Alabama High School Soccer Coaches Association’s all-state teams earlier this week. Westbrook Christian senior forward Kylee Berndt was the area’s lone first teamer, making the Class 1A-2A-3A first team at forward. A starter since the seventh
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Noccalula Falls Park celebrates World Turtle Day

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, May 23, Noccalula Falls Park celebrated World Turtle Day at its petting zoo. This is the third year Noccalula has hosted the event. Students from local schools visited to take part in the celebration. Visitors were introduced to a new addition to the petting zoo: Bella, a female African
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Southside students attend Too Good for Drugs picnic

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent America currently faces a drug crisis like never before. In 2016 alone, over 60,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. However, the students at Southside Elementary School are working to fight the drug epidemic in Etowah County. The City of Southside Police Department, Kenny Keenum, Joey Statumn, Becky Nordgren, Morgan Cunningham,
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Etowah High students receive special recognition and awards

            By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Several Etowah High School seniors received awards and scholarships on May 18. In total, the students received $2.2 million dollars in scholarships. Of all 134 students graduating from Etowah High, six are entering the U.S. military. One of the scholarship recipients was Peyton Laughlin, who
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Cherry Creek residents donate items to Etowah Baptist Mission

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Cherry Creek Village residents and staff wanted to give back to the community, so the senior living facility recently held a drive to collect items to donate to Etowah Baptist Mission Center. Residents, staff, visitors and even a resident that hadn’t moved in yet donated to the drive. Cherry Creek collected
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Cove Acre Farms under new management

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In 2014, the Cove Acre Farms wedding and event venue opened in Hokes Bluff. The 12,000 square foot barn on the picturesque Cove Acre Farms was tranformed into a peaceful, charming space. Cove Acre Farms is now under new ownership. Cindy Johnson and her husband bought the property after falling in
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FEMA advises locals to register for relief

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor **Correction made to reflect the Rainbow City location’s closing. Correction made 5-29-18**  FEMA is still taking registration for disaster relief from the March tornadoes that struck Jacksonville, Southside and parts of Rainbow City. FEMA External Affairs employee Robert Porreca encourages anyone who received damage from the storms to apply for aid.
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People of Etowah - Iva Nelson

Name: Iva Nelson Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and have lived here my entire life.” What is your occupation? “I am City Clerk for the City of Gadsden.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was looking for a better job opportunity and a friend asked
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Aunt Dot’s Pound Cake and Aunt Eva’s Cinnamon Crisp Cookies Last week, I talked about the little women of Eastside Presbyterian Church and what a wonderful influence they had been on my life and my cooking skills. This week, I want to introduce you to a few of my dad’s five sisters and their recipes
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Searching for Wisdom

By Toni Ford Due to various circumstances in my life, lately I have found myself searching for wisdom more than ever. My pastor has been doing a series recently on the Book of Proverbs, which reminded me that one of the topics often covered in this particular book is wisdom. Several chapters in Proverbs was
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Pious Bob - A Possible Mission in an Impossible World

By Robert Halsey Pine “He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’” (Matthew 17:14-21 NRSV). Jesus shouted out
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 10 Review The Tigers took two out of three games from LSU to finish the regular season, including a 14-5 victory in the series finale this past weekend. Auburn finished 15-15 in league play and earned the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament. In the opening round against
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Cardinal cager named NJCAA All-American

Photo: Gadsden State sophomore Diamond Jolly, pictured during a pre-game introduction earlier this season, recently was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s 2017-18 All-America women’s basketball team. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Diamond Jolly capped her junior college basketball career in historic fashion. The Gadsden State sophomore forward was recently named to the National Junior
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Area gridders compete in spring scrimmages

Photo: Gaston High’s Malikah Warren (15) and Mason Reeves (22) tackle Sardis’ Mason Golden during a spring football jamboree on May 18 at Gaston. (Cole Frederick/Messenger) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Four teams from Etowah County finished spring football with a jamboree at Gaston High on May 18. The Bulldogs hosted Sardis, West End, Coosa Christian
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Sheriff honors fallen law enforcement officers

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The American flag was at half-mast behind the Etowah County Law Enforcement Memorial on Tuesday, May 15 when Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin took some time out of his day to remember the local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Entrekin visited the memorial to
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Salvation Army holds annual meeting, awards ceremony

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Salvation Army Advisory Board hosted its annual meeting and awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 15 at the Downtown Civic Center. The Salvation Army Ensemble played music as attendees enjoyed dinner. The Gadsden City High School’s ROTC, led by Colonol Carl Harrison, posted the colors. The Gadsden Corps Timbrel Brigade entertained
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People of Etowah - Kassie Mathis

Name: Kassie Mathis Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I am the director of the Title III Strengthening HBCUs Program on the Valley Street Campus of Gadsden State Community College. Title III is a federally-funded grant program that supports the academic progress of historically
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Southern Cooking - Oatmeal Lace Cookies and Egg Custard Pie

By Andy Bedwell Being a Presbyterian for 60 years means that I have been to more Wednesday night suppers, homecomings, Women’s Circle meetings and various other “eating affairs” than most food connoisseurs. At these gatherings, recipes are exchanged and cooking ideas are discussed. Most of my prize recipes originated from a little group of women who
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Pious Bob... Be Humble and Let Him

By Robert Halsey Pine “You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. Before I was humbled I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes…The law of your
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 9 Review The Tigers had been playing as well as anyone in the league outside of Florida, but last weekend’s series at Ole Miss was a reality check for Butch Thompson’s team. Auburn was swept by the Rebels, including 8-3 and 10-3 losses in the final two games. Auburn
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Eagles come up short in state baseball finals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Houston Edwards (left) prepares to tag out Andalusia’s Will Clark during the Eagle’s 2-1 loss in the Class 4A state baseball championship series on Wednesday, May 16, in Montgomery. (Mark Almond/preps@al.com) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff’s quest for a 10th state championship ended in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday (May 15) at
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Westbrook finishes runner-up, Glencoe third at state golf tournament

Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole displays the ball she shot for a hole-in-one during the Class 1A-2A-3A girls state golf tournament on Tuesday (May 15) in Muscle Shoals. (Submitted photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian boys golf team finished 36 strokes short of a fourth straight state championship at the Class 1A/2A state tournament
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Teague tosses six-hitter as Hokes Bluff takes opener in state finals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Dylan Teague delivers a pitch during the Eagles’ 6-3 win over Andalusia in Game 1 of the Class 4A state baseball championship series on Tuesday (May 15) in Montgomery. (Courtesy of al.com) Dylan Teague hurled a six-hitter and struck out five to lead Hokes Bluff to a 6-3 win over Andalusia in
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State bound: Eagles squeak past Oneonta in Class 4A semifinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Koby Addison rounds second base after hitting a two-run homer against Oneonta in Game 2 of the Class 4A state baseball state semifinals on May 10. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 4 Hokes Bluff displayed a flair for the dramatic in its semifinal series over No.
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Lady Panthers fall in shootout in Class 6A state soccer semifinals

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Brewer advances the ball as teammate Savannah Knighten looks on during the Lady Panthers’ 2-1 shootout loss to Gardendale in the Class 6A girls’ soccer semifinals on Friday, May 11, at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside girls soccer team fell short in its
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Rock-N-Roll Sushi opens in Gadsden

Photo: (Sarrah Peters/The Messenger) Dwayne “Sushi Dude” Hunter assembles sushi rolls as a sushi chef at Rock-N-Roll Sushi in downtown Gadsden. By Sarrah Peters News Editor A new restaurant in a familiar building has opened its doors in downtown Gadsden. About two weeks ago Rock-N-Roll Sushi opened at 504 Broad Street. Co-owners Kris Roberts and
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West End counselor does extra to help students

Photo: (Sarrah Peters/Messenger) Kathy Skipper poses for photo in her West End Elementary School Counseling office. By Sarrah Peters/News Editor At about 30 years old, Kathy Skipper decided she wanted a career change from working in a water board’s office. She returned to school and became an elementary school teacher at West End Elementary School. After
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Etowah County Career Technical Center hosts employment fair

Photo: (Submitted photo) Sara Summerhill and Madison Vaughn at the Etowah County Career Technical Center (ECCTC) in Attalla on May 9. The ECCTC welcomed over 20 companies and over 450 students at an Employment Fair on May 9. On May 9, Etowah County Career Technical Center (ECCTC) hosted an employment fair for its 2018 graduates. The
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People of Etowah - Deb Reynolds

Name: Deb Reynolds Where were you born and raised? “Calhoun County, near Silver Lakes Golf Course. We later moved to North Gadsden but settled in Camp Sibert in Attalla when I was 13. My parents continued to live there until they passed to their eternal home in heaven.” What is your occupation? “I am an
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Alabama’s bridge to nowhere

By State Rep. Craig Ford You may have seen ads on television recently talking about a bridge project in South Alabama. If you hadn’t heard of this project before those ads, you’re not alone. Most people, including legislators, were not aware of the plans to build this $87 million-dollar taxpayer-funded bridge to nowhere that even
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Pious Bob - Faith, Grasping the Invisible

By Robert Halsey Pine “Now faith is the assurance of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” (Hebrews 11:1-12 NRSV). Faith is our confidence in
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams One of President Trump’s potential judicial nominees recently appeared before a panel to answer questions. She was asked about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Brown vs. The Board of Education. Her reaction said it all. She paused way too long. She stuttered, stammered, faltered and hesitated. When she finally found her
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Classified ads for the week of May 11-17

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Legal notices for the week of May 11-17

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on September 13, 2013 by Christopher K. Yarber, an unmarried man, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Homestar Financial Corp., and recorded in Instrument No. at 3391830 on September 16,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review For the first tie since 2002, Auburn swept Vanderbilt in a baseball series. It was also the first time the Tigers had won a series over the Commodores since 2009, and they did so in resounding fashion. Casey Mize struck out 15 batters in Auburn’s 4-1 win
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Mars Hill squeaks by Westbrook in 2A state quarterfinals

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Greysen Robinson delivers a pitch during the Warriors 9-3 loss to Mars Hill Bible in the Class 2A state baseball quarterfinals on May 4 in Florence. (Matt McKean/Florence Times-Daily) By Jeff McIntyre/Florence Times-Daily With the bases loaded and the scored tied 3-3 in last Monday’s deciding game of the Westbrook Christian/Mars Hill
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Local athletes medal at state track and field meets

Photo: Etowah High’s Alex Howard displays his first-place gold medal in the discus event at the Class 5A state track and field meet last Saturday (May 5) in Gulf Shores. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several area athletes earned medals and a number of others received points at the Alabama High School Athletic Association state
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Eagles headed to state baseball semifinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Carson Eubanks hustles around the bases during the Eagles’ sweep over Wilson in the Class 4A baseball state quarterfinals on May 4. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent For the first time since 2008, the Hokes Bluff High School baseball team is advancing to the semifinal round of the state
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Sardis falls to Oneonta in state baseball quarterfinals

Photo: Sardis High shortstop Blake Wright throws out a base runner during the Lion’s loss to Oneonta in the Class 4A state baseball quarterfinals on May 4 at Oneonta. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High School baseball team made its final season in Class 4A the program’s
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Lady Panthers headed back to Final Four

Photo: Southside High’s Savannah Knighten (white jersey 3), Hallie Kate Smith (7), Anna Motley (15), Rebecca Johnson (9) and Decatur’s Sara Burgreen (black jersey 3) watch the ball during the Lady Panthers 2-1 win in the second round of the Class 6A girls state soccer playoffs on May 1 at Barney Hood Stadium. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)
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Lady Warriors edge Glencoe, fall to West Morgan in state soccer playoffs

Photo: Glencoe High’s Katie Smith (2) protects the ball from Westbrook’s Hilary Tran (11) and Kylee Berndt during the Lady Warriors’ 2-1 victory in the first round of the Class 1A-3A girls state soccer playoffs last Tuesday (May 1) at Glencoe. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A pair of Etowah County girls soccer teams fought
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