Patriots Hall of Honor inducts new members

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association’s Hall of Honor luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 9 at Convention Hall. The association honored seven veterans for their sacrifice and dedication to the community. Before the honorees were inducted into the Hall of Honor, the Gadsden City High School Jr. ROTC posted the colors
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State elections approve amendments

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On November 8, local citizens voted in national and local elections. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won the majority of votes in Alabama, and went on to win the election. In Alabama, all 14 of the state amendments on the ballot passed, with Etowah County supporting all but Amendment 12,
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Episcopal Day School wins robotics competition

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent On November 5, Intergalactic Robotics Inc. won multiple awards at the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Competition in Talladega. While it’s not a new experience to the team that took home trophies in 2012 and 2014, Episcopal Day School students were happy to earn first place in
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Attalla Fire Department receives new truck

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, November 7, the City of Attalla received a new fire truck. Attalla Fire Chief Robert Dillard, Sr. said that the new truck is a Rosenbauer Quint that will replace a 1997 KME/International. The new truck has a longer ladder that is 78 feet long, as opposed to the
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Classifieds for the week of Nov. 11 - 18, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legal notices for the week of Nov. 11 - 18, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by David Earl Allen and wife, Misty M. Allen, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 10th day of October, 2007, said mortgage being recorded Instrument #3281308, Record of Mortgages, Office of the Judge of Probate
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 10 Review The Alabama defense blanked the LSU offense last Saturday (Nov. 5) as the Crimson Tide captured a 10-0 win over the Tigers. Jalen Hurts carried the ball 20 times for 114 yards and a touchdown and threw for 107 yards. The Alabama defense held the LSU offense to
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Area football players recognized

Seven local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for first round of the state football playoffs on Nov. 4. One of two quarterbacks chosen for the Alabama All-Stars, Etowah senior quarterback Daulton Hyatt completed 11-of-14 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 44-27 Class 5A
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Blue Devils top Mae Jemison, advance to second round

 By Chris McCarthy/Editor Every current member of the Etowah High football team is entering unknown territory this week. As a result of their 44-27 win over Mae Jemison in a first round Class 5A state playoff game last Friday (Nov. 4) in Attalla, the Blue Devils (9-2) advanced to the second round for the first
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Kilgo on the mark in Gadsden City win over Mountain Brook

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Johnathan Kilgo converted 3 of 4 field goal attempts to lead the Gadsden City Titans to a 15-7 Class 7A first round playoff win at Mountain Brook last Friday (Nov. 4). Kilgo kicked a 46-yard field goal with 2:38 to go to seal the win. Mountain Brook had several opportunities late,
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Eagles upend top-seed Haleyville, advance to second round

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily For the first time in nine years, the Hokes Bluff High School football team will participate in the second round of the postseason. Landon Johnson threw for a par of touchdown passes and ran for another as the No. 4 seed Eagles (7-4) posted a 24-8 victory over No. 1 seed
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Patriots gun down Lamar County, will host in second round

Payne Stancil threw four touchdown passes, including three to Andre Little, to lead West End High to a 41-7 victory over Lamar County last Friday (Nov. 4) in the first round of the Class 2A state football playoffs in Vernon. The Patriots (6-5) host Lanett this week in the second round. “It turned out to
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Lanett muzzles Bulldogs in first round

Courtesy of Opelika-Auburn News Gaston High’s postseason began and ended at Lanett last Friday (Nov. 4). Behind eight touchdowns from Tre Story, the Panthers (9-2) cruised to a 68-13 victory in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. Story threw for six TDS and rushed for another two. Gaston (6-5) forced a fumble
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Conquerors fall to Pickens County in 1A playoffs

Coosa Christian fell to Pickens County, 55-7, in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 4) in Reform. Jace Mills threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Caden Davidson for the Conquerors’ lone score. Teppei Daisaku made the PAT. Mills was 3 for 17 in passing for 76 yards, while Davidson
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Modern Woodmen honor Everyday Heroes

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, November 2, Modern Woodmen and Coosa Insurance held the Everyday Heroes luncheon and award ceremony at Blackstone Pub and Eatery in Gadsden. “Basically, the whole idea behind this was to honor those of you who are out there every day doing great things,” said Modern Woodmen financial representative
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Local decorator participates in sugar art installation

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local cake decorator Christy Hormel recently traveled to the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show at the Tulsa State Fair to assist in building a “Peace Train.” The “Peace Train” was a sugar art installation inspired by the Cat Stevens hit song of the same name. Hormel was invited to participate
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Cusimano named Pillar of the Bar

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Gadsden attorney Gregory Cusimano was honored as the 2015 Pillar of the Bar. The award was presented by the Etowah County Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Judge David Kimberley presented the award to Cusimano at The Fish Market on October 25.  Cusimano graduated from the University of Alabama
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Cothran’s Bakery remains a community staple

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent When Chris Cothran’s grandparents purchased a Shipley Do-Nuts franchise in 1962, it was no more than another franchise. Today, however, the red and white box from Cothran’s Bakery is one of Gadsden’s most recognizable symbols. Even as major franchises open in town, the now-locally owned Cothran’s survives and even
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Shoppers flock to Mountain Top Flea Market

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Visiting a local flea market or trade day is a time-honored fall tradition in the South, and no one understands that better than Janie Terrell, the owner of Mountain Top Flea Market in Altoona. She and her husband, known as “Cowboy” by most, operate the market every Sunday of
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Classifies for the week of Nov. 4 - 11, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legals for the week of Nov. 4 - 11, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Mortgage executed by Mark Turner and Heather A. Weston, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”), (solely as nominee for Lender, First Federal Bank, and Lender’s successors and assigns), dated the 25th day of October, 2013,
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In & around SEC football

Auburn Week 9 Review The Auburn offense continued its impressive attack on the ground in a 40-29 road win over Ole Miss. The Tigers rushed for 307 yards, including 236 and a touchdown from Kamryn Pettway. Sean White threw for 247 yards and a touchdown, and the Auburn defense limited the Rebel defense to only
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Etowah ranked fourth in final ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 10-0 360 2. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 260 3. Central-Phenix City 8-1 220 4. Hoover 8-2 219 5. Davidson 9-1 190 6. Enterprise 9-1 141 7. Spain Park 8-2 110 8. James Clemens 7-3 97 9. Mountain Brook 8-2 63 10. Bob Jones 7-3 31 Others receiving votes: Auburn (7-3)
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Area football players recognized

Three local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 28. Sardis sophomore running back Drew Vaughn rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and caught a TD pass in the Lions’ 48-7 win over Boaz. Hokes Bluff senior running back Fisher Simmons
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Lady Cardinals fall short at conference tournament

The Gadsden State volleyball team went 1-2 at the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament last weekend in Hanceville. On Friday (Oct. 28), the Lady Cardinals (16-13) opened the tournament with a 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 16-14 win over Lawson State, then lost to Faulkner State, 25-14, 25-18, 25-11. On Saturday (Oct. 29), Gadsden State fell
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Gamecocks dispatch Eastern Illinois

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass must have made his entire offensive unit walk back to Calhoun County two weeks ago following their “disastrous” 24-7 win over Eastern Kentucky. For the first time in several seasons, the Gamecock offense was held out of the end zone. If it had not
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Southside edges Glencoe, 28-21

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Southside celebrated both Senior Night and Homecoming last Friday (Oct. 28) with a 28-21 victory over Etowah County rival Glencoe at Barney Hood Stadium. It was the final game of the season for both local squads. The Panthers finished the year at 6-4, while the Yellow Jackets wound up at 3-7.
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Patriots come up short to Ashville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor West End ended its regular season on a sour note last Friday (Oct. 28) in St. Clair County , falling to Ashville, 35-28. The Patriots (5-5, 3-3) led 21-13 midway through the second quarter before the host Bulldogs (4-6, 2-5) scored a pair of touchdowns to take a 14-point lead after the
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Sardis blasts Boaz, 48-7

By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter Drew Vaughn and Logan Gaskin combined to rush for 258 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sardis to a 48-7 win over Boaz last Friday (Oct. 28) in Sardis City. The game was the season finale for both teams, as Sardis closed out the year at 4-6 and Boaz
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Eagles fly past Westbrook

Hokes Bluff secured with its first winning season in six years with a 55-20 victory over Westbrook Christian last Friday (Oct. 28) at Hokes Bluff. The Eagles (6-4) travel to Haleyville this Friday (Nov. 4) in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The Warriors finished the year at 3-7. Levi Taliaferro scored
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DGI holds relighting ceremony for Pitman

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, October 25, Downtown Gadsden, Inc. held the Relighting of the Historic Pitman Theatre, located at 629 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. “The Pitman has been slowly undergoing renovations for awhile,” said Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton, noting that the upstairs bathroom renovation was almost complete as well. The work
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Emma Sansom Middle students participate in mock elections

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor About 450 students at Emma Sansom Middle School got a first-hand look at the nation’s voting system with a mock election on Tuesday, October 25. The students were lined up alphabetically in the library, in a similar way  that they would be in a polling location. “We are trying to
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Sunday Dinner fundraiser to be held for Love Center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Church at Wills Creek is hosting a Sunday Dinner Fundraiser to benefit The Love Center. The Sunday Dinner will be held on November 6 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the church, located at 2730 Wills Creek Roadin Gadsden. The Sunday Dinner will feature two meal options: a $10
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Governor’s Committee holds awards banquet

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities hosted their awards program for Etowah, Marshall and St. Clair counties on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Gadsden Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony celebrated individuals and organizations that exemplified the cause of
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Attalla funeral home lights up for breast cancer awareness

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Morgan Funeral Chapel has been serving Attalla and surrounding areas since 1973, but the business can still find new ways to serve the area. This year, it is lighting up the night with pink bulbs to support members of the community affected by breast cancer. When funeral home associates
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Classifieds for the week of Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legals for the week of Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated January 26, 2009, executed by Roger F. Harden and Janet E. Harden, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for MortgageAmerica, Inc, Corporation, which mortgage was recorded on February 9, 2009, in
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 8 Review Alabama used an explosive second half to pull away from Texas A&M in a 33-14 win to remain unbeaten on the season. The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) rushed for 287 yards as a team and Damien Harris led the way with 17 carries for 128 yards. Jalen Hurts
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Blue Devils ranked in Oct. 26 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 9-0 360 2. Hoover 8-1 259 3. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 249 4. Central-Phenix City 8-1 209 5. Davidson 8-1 175 6. Enterprise 9-1 143 7. Spain Park 7-2 106 8. James Clemens 6-3 89 9. Mountain Brook 7-2 72 10. Bob Jones 7-3 19 Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (0-9)
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Area football players recognized

Four local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 21. Gadsden City’s Damon Williams rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the Titans beat Huntsville, 48-21. Teammate Ryan Sparks completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. West End’s Payne
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No. 1 Scottsboro rolls past No. 2 Etowah to clinch region title

By Jason Bowen/Daily Sentinel For all the anticipation and hype about a Class 5A No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, Friday’s game ended like most of Scottsboro’s games this season – in a convincing victory. The top-ranked Wildcats took control in the second quarter and took any remaining doubt away in the third quarter on
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Panthers out of playoff picture with loss to Albertville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Southside High was outscored 28-7 in the second half en route to a 42-28 loss to Class 6A, Region 7 rival Albertville last Friday (Oct. 21) at Barney Hood Stadium. The loss dropped the Panthers (5-4, 2-4) into fifth place in the region, while the Aggies (7-2, 4-2) clinched the fourth and
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Titans lock up third seed with win over Huntsville

Courtesy of al.com Gadsden City locked up the No. 3 seed in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 48-21 win over Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 21) in Huntsville. The Titans were led by quarterback Ryan Sparks, who completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Damon Williams also had a big night, rushing for
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West End dominates Winston County, secures playoff berth

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent West End High obtained the fourth and final playoff spot in Class 2A, Region 7 with a 73-28 win over Winston County on Friday (Oct. 21) in Walnut Grove. It is the Patriots’ first postseason berth since 2010. “Tonight was a good opportunity to play a lot of young guys,” said
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Conquerors fall to Woodville

By Lionel Green/For Daily Sentinel A clutch fourth-down run by Nick Baker, a game-winning touchdown plunge by Angel Montesdeoca and a game-saving interception by Adam Ramirez highlighted the final 90 seconds of a classic defensive battle between the host Woodville Panthers and the visiting Coosa Christian Conquerors on Friday (Oct. 21). In a contest with
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No. 1 Red Devils scorch Gaston

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent No. 1 ranked Fyffe exploded for a 35-7 halftime lead and never looked back on the way to a 56-14 victory over Gaston in Class 2A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 21) at Shinbone Ridge. Gaston closed out its regular season at 6-4 and 5-2 and is assured of a
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Sardis out of playoffs with loss to Randolph

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High was in control of its playoff destiny for 54 minutes last Friday (Oct. 21) in Sardis City. But Randolph put together back-to-back scoring drives late in the game to steal a 28-27 win. As a result, the Raiders (6-3, 3-3) claimed the No. 4 seed in Class 4A,
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Hornets sting Westbrook

Courtesy of Fort Payne Times-Journal The Ider Hornets came back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Westbrook Christian Warriors, 34-26, in Class 2A, Region 6 action on Friday (Oct. 21) in Rainbow City. The scoring began when the Warriors scored on a 54-yard touchdown run a minute and 30 seconds into the game. Ider’s
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Yellow Jackets, Eagles come up short

Glencoe High fell to Class 3A, Region 5 rival Ohatchee, 40-7, last Friday (Oct. 21) at GHS. For the Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-4), Cole Holbrooks completed 10 of 25 passes 210 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Bush had four receptions for 99 yards and a TD. Austin Bush finished with 12 tackles, followed by Aaron
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Local teams compete at regional volleyball tournament

Four area high school volleyball teams competed at the AHSAA North Super Regional Tournament last week in Huntsville. In Class 2A on Oct. 21, Westbrook Christian defeated Mars Hill Bible, 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14, before losing in the quarterfinals to Winston County, 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 18-25. The Lady Warriors finished the season with a 39-6
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Darden Rehab holds annual awards luncheon

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Darden Rehabilitation Foundation recognized employees and employers at its annual luncheon and award ceremony on Wednesday, October 19 at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden. Darden helps individuals with disabilities that pose a challenge to employment to find jobs. The foundation serves five counties.  After the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance,
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Faith Worship Center to host Fall Festival

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Faith Worship Center in Glencoe will host a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event is free to attend. “This will be the first time we have done an event of this magnitude,” said The Faith Worship Center Pastor Mark Gidley. If it
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Heritage Day deemed a success

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent The City of Attalla hosted its annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Attalla. “The city has been having this event for about thirty years,” said Lisa Spears, Heritage Day co-chairman.  “Originally, it was called Hoot & Holler Day.  We’ve really
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ESBY Awards recognizes local businesses

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County presented the Etowah Small Business of the Year Awards on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the historic Pitman Theater. Attendees were treated to a luncheon before the award winners were announced. Chamber president Heather New acted as master of ceremonies and Steve Hildebrandt presented
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Mayor honored for supporting education

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent City of Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton recently received the Outstanding Community Member Award of Excellence from the Alabama Association for Gifted Children. The award and many others were presented at the AAGC Conference at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham. Mayor Guyton shared the following statement with The Messenger about
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Classifieds for the week of October 21 - 28, 2016

AUCTIONS CONSIGNMENT AUCTION. Saturday, November 5th, 9:00am. Lots of municipal vehicles. Online bidding for select items. Fowler Auction in Toney, AL. Mickey Fowler ALSL466, 1-866-293-0157 or www.fowlerauction.com. ONLINE AUCTION. Park Supply in Scottsboro, AL. A complete liquidation of this longtime plumbing supply company. Showers/Tubs/Sinks/Lavatories/Plumbing Supplies/Equipment/Trucks/More. View catalog – Register – Bid @BidPearce.com. Pearce & Associates.
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Legals for the week of October 21 - 28

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Christopher A. Sanford, a single man, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 3rd day of May, 2011, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3349432, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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In & around SEC football

Alabama Week 7 Review The Crimson Tide wasted no time disposing of Tennessee last Saturday (Oct. 15), cruising to a 49-10 victory. Alabama held the Volunteers to only 163 yards of offense while the Tide rolled up nearly 600 yards on the afternoon. Quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns, while Bo
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Area volleyball teams advanced to regional tournaments

Westbrook Christian swept West End, 25-11, 25-20, 25-12 in the Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament championship match on Monday (Oct. 17) in Rainbow City. Both teams advanced to the North Super Regional Tournament in Huntsville beginning on Friday (Oct. 21). The Lady Warriors will face Mars Hill Bible, while the Lady Patriots play Hatton. Glencoe
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Etowah ranked second in Oct. 19 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 8-0 348 2. Hoover 7-1 251 3. Hewitt-Trussville 9-0 240 4. Central-Phenix City 7-1 203 5. Davidson 7-1 169 6. James Clemens 6-2 140 7. Enterprise 8-1 118 8. Spain Park 6-2 83 9. Mountain Brook 6-2 52 10. Lee-Montgomery 6-2 33 Others receiving votes: Bob Jones (6-3)
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Drought emergency advisory issued for Etowah County

Twenty-eight Alabama counties, including Etowah, have been placed under a drought emergency in the latest Alabama Drought Declaration. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ Office of Water Resources updated the declaration in accordance with the Alabama Drought Planning and Response Act of 2014. The declaration is based on a review of current and
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Area football players recognized

Seven local players, including three from Gadsden City, were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 14. Hokes Bluff freshman halfback Darrian Meads rushed 21 times for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles beat Anniston 35-6 to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007. Coosa
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Jenkins, Barge set career marks in JSU win over Austin Peay

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State met Austin Peay in the teams’ annual Ohio Valley Conference struggle last Saturday (Oct. 15) and the game turned out to be just that. The Gamecocks (5-1, 2-0) took a 14-7 lead into the half against the winless Governors, but a turnover by Austin Peay in the third quarter
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Titans top Sparkman, secure playoff berth

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was Senior Night at Titan Stadium last Friday (Oct. 14), and Gadsden City rewarded its 21 upperclassmen with a state playoff berth. The Titans (4-5, 4-2) clinched the third spot in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 62-27 thumping of Sparkman (3-5, 2-4) at GCHS. It was the Titans’ third
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Gaston takes down Westbrook, 53-10

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian notched the first and last points in its Class 3A, Region 6 game against Gaston, but other highlights were few and far between for the home squad last Friday (Oct. 14) in Rainbow City. The Bulldogs erupted for 53 points – including 26 in a 4:32 span in the second
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Conquerors secure first playoff berth in seven years

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian and Gaylesville put it all on the line on Friday (Oct. 14) with a playoff spot at stake. When the smoke cleared, the Conquerors were enjoying the spoils of a hard-fought 21-18 win in Class 1A, Region 6 action in Gadsden. With Coosa (3-6, 3-2) clinging to a 21-18
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Eagles end nine-year playoff drought

By Mary Elizabeth Dial/Staff Correspondent Hokes Bluff High School secured a spot in the state playoffs last Friday, Oct. 14 with a 35-6 win over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Anniston in Hokes Bluff. This will be the Eagles’ first postseason appearance since 2007. “It’s been a tough three or four years here, but we
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Blue Devils cruise past Crossville, will play for region title

Etowah High won its eighth straight game while remaining undefeated in Class 5A, Region 7 play with a 56-21 victory over Crossville last Friday (Oct. 14) in Attalla. The Blue Devils (8-1, 6-0) ran out to a 35-0 lead before entering halftime ahead 49-0. Etowah quarterback Daulton Hyatt tossed three touchdown passes, all in the
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Panthers fall to Cullman, 56-35

Courtesy of Cullman Times Cullman High knew that Southside’s Alaric Williams was going to get his yards last Friday (Oct. 14), and get them Williams did. But the Bearcats had several explosive playmakers of their own and proved that point to the visiting Panthers in the form of a 56-35 Class 6A, Region 6 victory.
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Sardis, Glencoe come up short

Sardis High fell to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in Class 4A, Region 7 with a 44-18 loss to Madison County last Friday (Oct. 14) in Gurley. Madison County (5-3, 4-1) took a 7-0 lead before the Lions pulled within 7-6 on Drew Vaughn’s 12-yard touchdown run at 3:34 of the first quarter. After the Tigers
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Lowe's helps spruce up Gadsden Public Library

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Public Library had some visitors on Friday, October 7. The local Lowe’s Heroes team came to clean up the library grounds and donate items. “We are basically making this more beautiful,” said team leader Josette Clark. The Heroes team had two shifts of about 15 people mulching, weeding, cleaning
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Attalla to hold Heritage Day Festival Saturday

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The City of Attalla is hosting the annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Attalla. The downtown Attalla streets will be closed at 4 p.m. on Friday. The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Heritage Day has
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Chick-Fil-A to hold fall festival

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Chick-fil-A, located on 4th Street in Gadsden, will host a Fall Festival on Monday, October 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the lot behind Chick-fil-A. The restaurant is expecting about 300 people to attend the event. The event is free.  The female and male Chick-fil-A cows will attend. Police and
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Lions Club seeks new members

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Rainbow City Lions Club is currently seeking new members. The nonprofit civic club focuses on eyesight and children’s diabetes prevention and support projects. With only 13 members, the Lions Club is too understaffed to perform eye screenings at local schools, a service they would love to offer again. The Rainbow
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"A Walk Through Time" offers local history lessons

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The annual A Walk Through Time will take place on Sunday, October 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Forrest Cemetery located at 700 South 15th Street in Gadsden. The event is free but donations are encouraged. All donations go to the Forrest Cemetery Foundation, which uses the money to
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Project Homeless Connect helps Gadsden's less fortunate

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent When most people think of things homeless individuals go without, a few obvious possessions spring to mind: shelter, nutritious food, new clothes. The reality is that homeless individuals are also deprived of little things that are often forgotten: reading glasses, voter registration information and haircuts, just to name a
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Classifieds for the week of October 14 - 21, 2016

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Legals for the week of October 14 - 21, 2016

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Dorothy Sue Moffett, a widow, to CITIFINANCIAL CORPORATION, LLC, on February 17, 2004, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, at Doc. # M-2004-0639; CitiFinancial Servicing, LLC,
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 6 Review Alabama’s defense forced five Arkansas turnovers en route to a 49-30 road win on Saturday (Oct. 8). Jalen Hurts completed 13 of 17 passes for 253 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while adding two more scores on the ground. Damien Harris carried the ball 13 times for
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Etowah ranked third in Oct. 12 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 7-0 348 2. Hoover 6-1 251 3. Hewitt-Trussville 8-0 240 4. Central-Phenix City 6-1 201 5. Davidson 6-1 171 6. James Clemens 5-2 147 7. Enterprise 7-1 113 8. Lee-Montgomery 6-1 77 9. Spain Park 5-2 57 10. Mountain Brook 5-2 17 Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (4-3)
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Area football players recognized

Five local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 7. Southside senior running back Alaric Williams finished with 224 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries to lead the Panthers to a 42-14 victory over Brewer. Gadsden City senior running back Damon Williams rushed
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Westbrook dominates Asbury

By Mary Elizabeth Dial/Staff Correspondent Westbrook Christian School conquered Asbury High School on Oct. 7 in Rainbow City. What looked like a potential shutout until the third quarter ended in a four-touchdown lead and a win for WCS. The final score for the Class 2A, Region 6 game was 41 – 13. The first quarter
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Sardis drives past DAR

The Sardis Lions moved into fourth place in the Class 4A, Region 7 football standings by outscoring DAR, 41-27 on Friday (Oct. 7) in Grant. It was the first meeting between the schools. The Lions improved to 3-4, 2-2 and will travel to Madison County (4-3, 3-1) this Friday (Oct. 14). Madison County and Madison
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Gamecocks wins OVC opener

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference with a surprisingly hard-fought 40-21 win over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Saturday (Oct. 8) at JSU. The win gave JSU its 18th consecutive victory over OVC opponents. The Gamecocks did have a couple of scares during
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Titans knock off No. 8 Bob Jones

Courtesy of al.com Damon Williams rushed for a season-best 220 yards and two touchdowns as Gadsden City kept its postseason hopes alive with a 46-41 comeback victory over Class 7A No. 8 Bob Jones on Friday (Oct. 7) in Madison. Williams scored on a 3-yard run as Gadsden City (3-5, 3-2 in Region 4) regained
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Bulldogs hold off Ider in region tilt

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gaston Bulldogs exploded in the second half, putting 35 points on the scoreboard to swat a stubborn bunch of Hornets from Ider, 42-26, at Shinbone Ridge last Friday (Oct. 7). The game was tied 7-7 at intermission when the Dawgs woke up and got offensive with their Class 2A, Region
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West End shoots past Falkville

The performances of Payne Stancil and Andre Little propelled the West End High football team to a 38-22 triumph over Falkville on Friday (Oct. 7) in a Class 2A, Region 7 matchup at FHS. The Patriots (4-4, 2-3) are tied with Tarrant for fourth place in the Region 7 standings. West End owns the head-to-head
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Eagles dispatch Ashville for fourth straight win

By Chris McCarthy/Editor An 0-3 start to the season must now seem like a distant memory to Hokes Bluff. The Eagles scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the game en route to a 37-6 victory over host Ashville  in Class 4A, Area 5 action last Friday (Oct. 7). The win was the Eagles’
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Etowah cruises past Boaz on homecoming

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was homecoming last Friday (Oct. 7) at Jim Glover Field, as Etowah High defeated Boaz, 51-10, in a Class 5A, Region 7 game in Attalla. With their seventh straight win, the Blue Devils improved to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in region play. The Pirates dropped to 0-7, 0-5. “It was sloppy, but
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Conquerors fall to No. 7 Cedar Bluff

By Grant Benefield/Cherokee County Herald After being sidelined the past three weeks while recovering from an emergency appendectomy, Cedar Bluff senior quarterback Josh Decker was itching to return to the football field. Decker made his return to the Tigers on homecoming against Class 1A, Region 6 rival Coosa Christian last Friday (Oct. 7), and he
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Southside wins, Glencoe loses in region contests

Alaric Williams rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries to lead Southside to a 42-14 victory over Class 6A, Region 7 opponent A.P. Brewer last Friday (Oct. 7) in Somerville. Also for the Panthers (5-2, 2-2), Triston Shaw threw a pair of touchdown passes to Austin Winningham, while Baylon Fry rushed for
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Eura Brown named as 2016 Blue Ribbon School

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Sept. 28 the students and staff of Eura Brown Elementary School and local elected officials crowded into the cafeteria to hear an announcement from United States Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. via YouTube. The elementary school has been awarded the honor of being a 2016 Blue Ribbon School.
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Wise speaks to students for Gadsden Reads program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, October 3, civil rights author Tim Wise spoke to students and community members in the Gadsden City High School Auditorium. The event was the last of this year’s Gadsden Reads programs. The Gadsden Public Library kicked off the Gadsden Reads program on August 1. The assigned book was Just
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Noccalula Falls to host Halloween Super Bash

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Noccalula Falls Park and Campgrounds will host a Halloween Super Bash tomorrow, October 8 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free for children age 3 and younger. Tickets are $5 for everyone age 4 and older. Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. There
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Dr. Bayer opens new practice in Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor There is a new doctor in town. Dr. Steven L. Bayer, M.D. has been providing obstetrics and gynecology care as an Air Force doctor since 1994. Bayer grew up in north Alabama prior to joining the military and says that he is excited to return now and serve the citizens in
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Camp empowers student athletes

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Former Florida State softball star and Glencoe native Danielle Cox Brock returned home to help young softball players pursue their talents to college ball and beyond with the DCB Elite Academy Softball Training Camp. The camp was held on Sunday (Oct. 2) at the Gadsden Sports Complex and was open
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Classifieds for the week of October 7 - 14, 2016

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Legals for the week of October 7 - 14, 2016

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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 5 Review The Crimson Tide had no trouble disposing of Kentucky, 34-6, last Saturday (Oct. 2). Receiver Calvin Ridley hauled in 11 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Joshua Jacobs carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards and another score. It was the third time
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Blue Devils ranked in Oct. 5 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 6-0 357 2. Hoover 5-1 262 3. Hewitt-Trussville 7-0 249 4. Central-Phenix City 5-1 207 5. Lee-Montgomery 6-0 168 6. Davidson 5-1 140 7. James Clemens 4-2 96 8. Bob Jones 5-2 94 9. Mountain Brook 5-1 80 10. Enterprise 6-1 36 Others receiving votes: Spain Park (4-2)
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