Gadsden breaks ground on Moragne Park

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, May 1, Gadsden City officials gathered in the park. Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton, City Council members, members of the design team and other local officials broke ground on the improvements at Moragne Park, although work on the project had already begun. “Moragne Park, one of Gadsden’s flagship, citywide parks,
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Local students compete in annual TechBlitz

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Gadsden State Community College hosted Gadsden City Schools’ 16th annual TechBlitz on Friday, April 27. Kindergarteners through high school seniors demonstrated their technological skills through website design; audio/visual production; digital art, 3D design, productivity design and animation; multimedia presentations; and hardware, robotics and programming. After the judges viewed the entries, students
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People of Etowah - Carl Byers, Jr.

Name: Carl C. Byers, Jr. Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Pell City and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation?  “I am currently the campus director for the Valley Street HBCU Campus of Gadsden State Community College. I am also a math instructor and the Job Corps liaison for the
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Alabama’s Pre-K program leads nation but thousands of kids remain without access

By State Rep. Craig Ford When I was growing up, kids didn’t start learning the alphabet until they began kindergarten. Today, kids are expected to be able to write their names and read at least some words before they even begin kindergarten. The expectations are higher, and starting off behind everyone else in their class can
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Brickle Pecan Cookies and Apple Pie Cake I have always loved spending time in the kitchen and there is something very true about it being the heart of the home. I know it is the place where I am most comfortable with myself and the conversation and laughter flows a little easier. After all, my
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams “Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.” – George Santayana. I am of that opinion that this is what has occurred in our education system. There was a time when students who couldn’t pass were retained. Our biggest fear was looking at the back of that report
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Never Give Up

By Toni Ford Have you ever felt like giving up? I am sure we all have at some point in our lives. Depending on their situation, some people have had to battle this thought on a daily basis. In the Gospel of Mark, we find a group of men that were faced with this same
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Pious Bob - Alive and Well in the World

By Robert Halsey Pine “Then one of the seven angels…came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’” (Revelation 21:9-21 NRSV). We all belong to The First United Wife of the Lamb Church. The angel showed John the radiant “holy city of Jerusalem coming down out of heaven
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Area athletes qualify for state track meets

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails set a sectional meet record last week at Fort Payne. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy/Publisher, Editor At various section meets this past weekend, a number of area high school athletes qualified for the state track and field meets. The Class 1A-2A-3A meets will be held in Cullman this Friday and
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Sardis goes 2-1 against West Limestone in second round

Photo: Sardis High’s Jake Ross steals home plate ahead of the tag of West Limestone catcher Alec Braugher in the bottom of the third inning of the Lions’ 9-3 win over West Limestone in the second round of the Class 2A state baseball playoff series on Apr. 27 in Lester. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter)
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Westbrook steamrolls Vincent in 2A second round

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Andrew Dutton jumps back to first base as Vincent’s D.J. Ayala awaits the pickoff throw during the Warriors’ doubleheader sweep in the second round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs last Saturday (Apr. 28) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor At this rate, the 2018 Westbrook Christian baseball
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Johnson’s clutch RBI sends Hokes Bluff to state quarterfinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff senior Landon Johnson had the series-winning hit in the Eagles’ sweep over Winfield in the second round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs on April 27. (Alex Chaney/Messenger file photo) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A walk-off base hit from senior Landon Johnson in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled Hokes Bluff
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Lady Panthers edge Albertville in first round of soccer playoffs

Photo: Southside High’s Savannah Knighten (left) battles Albertville’s Daniela Reyes during the Lady Panthers 2-1 victory in the first round of the Class 6A girls state soccer playoffs on Apr. 27 at SHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High shook off a subpar first half to rally past Albertville, 2-1, in the first
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Blue Bell surprises local Teacher of the Year

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, April 24, John S. Jones Elementary students gathered in the school gymnasium for a special treat. The students and staff were told the treat was for performing well on testing. Earlier this year, The Alabama Department of Education released grades for public schools and school systems statewide, giving each
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Humane Society to host adoption event and annual crawfish boil

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor April 30 is is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, and the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is ready to celebrate. To encourage people to welcome a shelter pet into the family, every adoption from Saturday, April 28 to Tuesday, May 1 will be half-off. In addition, every adopted
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Post Office to host food drive

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, May 12, local postal workers will join postal workers nationwide in the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The drive will collect items for local food banks. To participate, all you have to do is leave non-perishible items at the mailbox. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive began in
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People of Etowah - Valerie Shannon

Name: Valerie Shannon Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My parents, my brother and I lived in the valley right under Rock City in a town called Flintstone, Georgia. My parents moved to Centre, Alabama, when I was four years old when my father purchased a saw mill in
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Real Mashed Potatoes, Squash They’ll Eat! and Macaroni and Cheese I believe the best cooking we can find comes from our mothers and is simple, fast, and good tasting! This week, I want to list some sides, or vegetables, as we call them, even though only in the South is macaroni and cheese  considered a
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Pious Bob - Humble Accountability

By Robert Halsey Pine “…For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14 NRSV). The tax collector in this parable prays, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” The Pharisee, of course, builds himself up, as he prays to God. Being humble before God is where we
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Legals for the week of April 27 - May 4, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kenneth C. Turner and wife, Shirley Turner, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Amerigroup Mortgage Corporation a Division of Mortgage Investors Corporation, on June 15, 2012, said mortgage being recorded in the
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Classifieds for the week of April 27 - May 4, 2018

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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn and Alabama Week 6 Review A year after being swept by the Crimson Tide, Auburn returned the favor in resounding fashion this past weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers had been struggling at the plate entering the series but poured it on during the sweep. Auburn won the first game, 19-5,
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Southside ranked in final ASWA softball poll

Released April 26 Class 7A 1. Sparkman 2. Baker 3. Oak Mountain 4. Spain Park 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Fairhope 7. Thompson 8. Buckhorn 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Tuscaloosa County Class 6A 1. Gardendale 2. Hazel Green 3. Daphne 4. Northview 5. Saraland 6. Helena 7. Brookwood 8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9. Hartselle 10. Southside Class 5A 1.
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Sardis sweeps Rogers in first round

Photo: Sardis first baseman Logan Gaskin tags out a Rogers baserunner during the Lions’ series sweep in the first round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 20) in Sardis City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Sardis High used strong pitching performances and clutch hitting to sweep Rogers in the opening
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Warriors bulldoze Verbena in first round

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Greysen Robinson delivers a pitch during the Warriors’ series sweep over Verbena in the first round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 20) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian baseball team made sure that Verbena had no reason to spend last Friday
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Eagles pitch Leeds from state playoffs

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Dalton Daughdrill prepares to throw to first base during the Eagles’ sweep over Leeds in the first round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs on Friday (April 20). (Alex Chaney)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Fourth-ranked Hokes Bluff has relied on its pitching and defense all season, and it carried the Eagles
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Sardis sweeps Rogers in first round

Photo: Sardis first baseman Logan Gaskin tags out a Rogers baserunner during the Lions’ series sweep in the first round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 20) in Sardis City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Sardis High School used strong pitching performances and clutch hitting to sweep Rogers in the
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Russellville sweeps past Blue Devils

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily Russellville swept Etowah, 7-3 and 7-3, last Friday (Apr. 20) in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. The three-time defending state champion Golden Tigers (24-12) advanced to the second round against Lee-Huntsville this Friday (Aug. 27), while the Blue Devils’ season ended at 25-11. Etowah head coach Larry Foster
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Garden springs past Conquerors in first round

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Jackson Justus (right) is congratulated by head coach Joey Millican on the former’s home run during the Conquerors’ loss to Spring Garden in the first round of the Class 1A baseball playoffs last Friday (Aug. 20). (Grant Benefield/Cherokee County Herald) By Grant Benefield/Cherokee County Herald Behind 27 total runs, Spring Garden swept
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Senior transportation program receives van

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Council on Aging’s senior transportation program received a new van in 2016, but a fire in UAB Hospital Kirklin Clinic’s parking lot destroyed the vehicle and temporarily shut down the program. The senior transportation program shuttles seniors to out-of-county doctors appointments. The fire broke out during during one of the
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Candidates address local issues at forum

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Candidates for state office spoke to locals at The Chamber’s Political Forum on Tuesday, April 17. Each candidate was alloted five minutesto speak to the crowd. The forum provided several questions for each can-didate to answer. Two United States House of Representatives, District 4 candidates addressed the crowd  first. Democratic candidate
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Tracy’s Oils offers oils and more

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Tracy Walker is the owner of Tracy’s Oils, which aims to provide quality, additive-free essential oils in a wide va-riety of scents. Walker mixes many of her own scents, creating unique essential oil mixes. The skin-safe oils can also be used as perfume or cologne. Walker, with help from her daughter,
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People of Etowah - Beth Cline

Name: Beth Cline Where were you born and raised? “I was born at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital and have lived in Etowah County my entire life.” What is your occupation? “I have been a registered nurse in Etowah County since 2002. I have worked in both acute care, which is hospital -based, and
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Baked Taco Casserole and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake Let’s do some quick, easy and good recipes! We Southerners love our comfort foods, and so many restaurants these days present “frilly” foods on fancy plates with swirling sauces for decoration that are almost too pretty to eat. My goal is to serve straightforward, good food in
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams We should seriously consider revamping the education system as we know it. It is common knowledge that many of our students are struggling. We are quick to inform our high school and college athletes regarding the low percentage of individuals who make it to professional ranks. Our desire is not to be
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Blessings of the Righteous

By Toni Ford I am not sure if you have ever read many of the Psalms, but there are some incredible promises to the believer all throughout this book. Two of these beautiful psalms stood out to me this week, Psalm 111 and 112. Psalm 111 ends by admonishing us to fear the Lord and
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Pious Bob - The Greatest Plan Ever

By Robert Halsey Pine “So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I
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Legals for the week of April 20 - April 27, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Heather Ann Ziller, a married woman, and husband, Michael C. Ziller, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, on the 31st day of May, 2016, said
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Classifieds for the week of April 20 - April 27, 2018

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE AUCTION-301 +/-acres, Warrior, Al, offered in 19 parcels-lake, coal seam, near I-65, North Jefferson County. March 28, 1:00 p.m. Gtauctions.com, 1-205-326-0833. Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 SUMMIT CHASE Farms Auction: 935+ Acres & Lake in 15 Tracts. April 7th. 10 a.m. Danville, AL. 256-565-5907. alabama auctionservices.com. United Country, Hampton
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers finally got back on track in taking two of three games from Mississippi State last weekend. Auburn won the first game, 2-1, thanks to a complete game from ace Casey Mize, who allowed only five hits and one earned run in nine innings. Mize struck
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Three local teams ranked in final ASWA baseball poll

Released April 19 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. Vestavia Hills 5. Enterprise 6. Fairhope 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Bob Jones 9. Smiths Station 10. Huntsville Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Cullman 3. Saraland 4. Oxford 5. Spanish Fort 6. Austin 7. Hueytown 8. Homewood 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Athens Class
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Kantzler sharp in GCHS win over Fort Payne

Photo: Gadsden City’s Amanda Kantzler delivers a pitch during the Lady Titans’ 6-2 victory in girls softball last Tuesday (Apr. 17) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Amanda Kantzler struck out 12 of the 31 batters she faced in Gadsden City’s 6-2 victory over Fort Payne in girls softball last Tuesday (Apr. 17)
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Blue Devils blast Westbrook, 15-2

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A 12-run fourth inning propelled Class 5A, No. 6 Etowah to a 15-2 win in five innings over Class 2A, No. 5 Westbrook Christian on Tuesday (April 17) in Rainbow City. Etowah (25-9) travels to Russellville for a best-of-three series on Friday, while Westbrook (20-8) hosts Verbena in the first round
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Etowah tennis players win at sectionals

The Etowah High girls tennis team (12-2) finished third at the Class 4A-5A, Section 6 Tournament last Tuesday (Apr. 17) in Gardendale. Freshman Erianna Irvin won the singles title, while she and teammate Maleah Johnson (pictured, above) won the doubles championship. Irvin is undefeated in singles action this season. Both players will compete in the
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Titans’ Woods signs with Huntingdon

Photo: Gadsden City High School senior Mykel Woods (sitting) recently committed to play basketball at Huntington College in Montgomery. Pictured, standing, from left: GCHS principal Jeff Colgrove, GCHS boys head basketball coach Reginald Huff, GCHS boys assistant basketball coach Steve Stewart, GCHS athletic director Todd Lamberth. Gadsden City High School senior Mykel Woods recently committed to
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Cardinals finish third at state tennis tournament

The Gadsden State men’s tennis team finished third at the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament on Apr. 13 in Mobile. Stephen Walker, pictured above, captured the No. 6 singles title with a 2-6,6-3,6-3 win over Marion Military’s Quentin Llewelyn in the finals. Joel Wester was runner up at the No. 4 singles position, losing to
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Blue Devils, Lady Titans shine at Gadsden City meet No. 3

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails won the 1600 and 800-meter runs at the Gadsden City track and field meet No. 3 on Apr. 12. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Etowah High boys track and field team won five first place medals and the Gadsden City girls captured four at the Gadsden City Open Meet No. 3 on
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Noah, Johnson highlight All-Etowah County basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Amanda Noah (pictured above) and Landon Johnson were named the respective Most Valuable Player for the All-Etowah County Schools girls and boys basketball teams. (Alex Chaney) A pair of Eagles soared to new heights during the 2017-18 high school basketball season. Hokes Bluff seniors Amanda Noah and Landon Johnson
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United Way honors locals at annual meeting

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, April 10, United Way of Etowah County held its annual meeting. The meeting serves as a way for the nonprofit to share the  organization’s accomplishments of the past year, honor local businesses and individuals for their contributions and highlight local issues in the community. Last year’s United Way board
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Kickin’ Addiction Recovery Walk to be held

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On April 21, the Kickin’ Addiction Recovery Walk will be held at Mort Glosser Amphitheater located at 90 Walnut Street in Gadsden. The walk will celebrate sobriety and offer resources for those seeking treatment for addiction and their families. The event is free to all to attend. Walk registration begins at
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People of Etowah - Suzanne Scharfenberg

Name: Suzanne McNair Scharfenberg Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and raised all over the Southeast: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. My father worked for Coca-Cola in Atlanta and each promotion meant a transfer. So, we moved a lot! But with four siblings it was always fun.
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Boaz rallies past Blue Devils for area title

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter A walk-off victory in last Thursday’s top-10 showdown allowed the Boaz Pirates to sail away with the Class 5A, Area 13 baseball championship. The No. 5 Pirates scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun No. 6 Etowah, 6-5, at Pirate Park and claim their
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Warriors clinch 12th straight area title

Westbrook Christian posted a doubleheader sweep over Collinsville last Thursday (Apr. 12) to clinch the 2A Area 12 championship. The Class 5A No. 5 Warriors (20-6, 8-0) host Verbena next week in the first round of the state playoffs. It was Westbrook’s 12th consecutive area championship competing in 2A and 3A. The Warriors outscored area
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 4 Review The Crimson Tide won another pivotal conference series in taking two of three games from No. 22 Missouri on the road last weekend in Columbia. It was UA’s second straight series win over a ranked conference opponent Alabama won the opening game of the series, 2-1, behind seven solid inn-ings from
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Three area teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

Released April 12 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Vestavia Hills 6. Enterprise 7. Hewitt-Trussville 8. Bob Jones 9. Smiths Station 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Saraland 3. Cullman 4. Oxford 5 Austin 6. Homewood 7. Spanish Fort 8. Chelsea 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Hueytown
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Southside holds off Sardis in county softball tournament

Photo: Southside High’s Rylee Gattis delivers a pitch during the Lady Panthers’ victory over Sardis in the Etowah County softball tournament championship game on Wednesday (Apr. 11) at Hokes Bluff. (Cole Frederick/Messenger) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Lady Panthers captured their seventh consecutive Etowah County softball tournament championship with a thrilling 9-7 victory
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How We Can Make Our Schools Safer

By State Rep. Craig Ford Education is the most important service our government provides, and one of the top issues impacting education is school safety. Unfortunately, it seems like every conversation about school safety always turns into a debate about guns, and nothing ever gets done. But there are a lot of things we can –
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Italian Tomato Salad, Pretzel-Strawberry Salad and Taco Salad I can remember when salad was a wedge of lettuce and a cruet of dressing that set directly on the table. Now a salad can also include a cold congealed salad with marshmallows and cherries or a side of creamy potato salad. Salads have come a long
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams I’ve often been hypercritical about our region on certain issues. I don’t mean to be that way. When I’m researching and viewing things from a moral, historical or even political perspective, however, I sometimes can’t help myself. There are times when we lag behind in change or advancement. Call it tradition or
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Inspiration from God's Word - What does God hate?

By Toni Ford As I was thinking of a name for this article, I really didn’t want to use the word “hate,” mainly because it is such a strong word. This generation especially does not like to recognize that God has the capacity to hate. They would rather see Him as a soft-hearted God who
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Pious Bob - The Goodness of the Unseen

By Robert Halsey Pine “And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, The LORD…But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.’ And the LORD continued, ‘See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on
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Legals for the week of April 13 - April 20, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Daniel Scot Bellew and wife, Marilyn Renee Bellew, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the December 12, 2003, said mortgage being recorded at Doc. #: M-2003-6337, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of
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Classifieds for the week of April 13 - April 20, 2018

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE AUCTION-301 +/-acres, Warrior, Al, offered in 19 parcels-lake, coal seam, near I-65, North Jefferson County. March 28, 1:00 p.m. Gtauctions.com, 1-205-326-0833. Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 SUMMIT CHASE Farms Auction: 935+ Acres & Lake in 15 Tracts. April 7th. 10 a.m. Danville, AL. 256-565-5907. alabama auctionservices.com. United Country, Hampton
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Gilliland, Pirates sink Etowah, 13-3

Photo: Etowah High’s A.J. Young scores a second-inning run during Blue Devils’ 13-3 loss to Boaz last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Editor/Publisher The Etowah High baseball team took one on the chin last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Attalla. Boaz senior Michael Gilliland torched the Class 5A No. 5 Blue
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Warriors’ Reynolds two-hits Collinsville

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Jordan Reynolds delivers a pitch during the Warriors’ 11-0 win over Collinsville last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Rainbow City. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Westbrook Christian put 11 runs on the board and Jordan Reynolds pitched a two-hit shutout as the eighth-ranked Warriors moved one step closer to home-field advantage in
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Blue Devils win Aggie Invitational

Photo: Etowah High’s Deundrea Williams and Ny Ny Davis (pictured, from left) compete in the boys 200-meter dash event during the Aggie Invitational track and field meet last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Albertville. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Etowah High boys track and field team took first place at the Aggie Invitational last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in
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Westbrook girls, GCHS boys win Gadsden Area Golf Tournament

Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole finished as the girls’ match low medalist at the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament last Monday (Apr. 9) at Twin Bridges. (Gary Wells) The Westbrook Christian girls and Gadsden City boys won the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament last Monday (Apr. 9) at Twin Bridges. Ellie Porter’s match runner-up score of 79
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Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame banquet set for April 14

Photo: Gadsden City High School boys head basketball coach Reginald Huff is one of five individuals to be inducted in to the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame on April 14. (Gary Wells) Five individuals comprise the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Johnny Coker, Raymond Farmer, Steve Clay, Joe Dismuke and
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Locals offer “Just a Taste” of healthy recipes

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, April 3 a small group gathered in Gadsden Public Library’s Beautiful Rainbow Cafe for “Just a Taste,” a cooking class taught by local artists and authors Fran and Al Andrepont once a month. The couple demonstrate how to cook recipes from their cookbook, “From Our Kitchen: Heart Healthy Recipes.”
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Excellence in Education Awards honor local educators

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, April 2, The Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah County held its first Excellence in Education Awards Luncheon at 210 on the Tracks. The event recognized teachers and programs in Etowah County that promote education in new and exciting ways. “I think you will all agree with me in saying that these
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Local trails to get changing station

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, April 4, seven Gadsden State Community College carpentry students poured concrete for the new changing station at Noccalula Falls Black Creek Trail system. Accompanied by teacher Heath McDaniel, the students donated the labor for the project. The Gadsden Homebuilders Association, which spearheaded the project, donated the materials for the
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People of Etowah - Leslie Harper Worthington

Name: Leslie Harper Worthington Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Riverhead, New York, on Long Island because my father was stationed there in the U.S. Air Force. He grew up in Ohio, and his family was from Kentucky. My mother was from Sylacauga. They met in Texas. I grew up in
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts and Strawberry Bread I love cookbooks and I love strawberries. Yesterday, I discovered this recipe in one of my mother’s old cookbooks, and she had written the word “great” in her handwriting. I will let all of you wonderful cooks be the judge of this recipe. Norris Farm’s strawberries are supposed to
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams California recently declared itself a sanctuary state. Some are even considering leaving the Union rather than comply with the president’s views on immigration. As I reflected on this, I thought about the history between the United States and Mexico. The relationship between Mexico and the colonists from America was not always one
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Don’t be pulled by things of this world

By Toni Ford Paul gives us a great challenge in Philippians 4:6 when he says, “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing…” When I first read this verse, my first thought was “Yeah, right – how in the world do I keep from being pulled in different directions and worrying about
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Pious Bob - Godly Communications

By Robert Halsey Pine “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he
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Legals for the week of April 6 - April 13, 2018

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Milton E. Box, single, and Wayland H. Ryan and wife, Vicky Box Ryan, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the 28th day of August, 2003, said mortgage being recorded at Document #M-2003-4445, Mortgage
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Classifieds for the week of April 6 - April 13, 2018

AUCTIONS ABSOLUTE AUCTION-301 +/-acres, Warrior, Al, offered in 19 parcels-lake, coal seam, near I-65, North Jefferson County. March 28, 1:00 p.m. Gtauctions.com, 1-205-326-0833. Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc., Jack F. Granger, #873 SUMMIT CHASE Farms Auction: 935+ Acres & Lake in 15 Tracts. April 7th. 10 a.m. Danville, AL. 256-565-5907. alabama auctionservices.com. United Country, Hampton
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Westbrook, Etowah clinch baseball playoff berths

Photo: Cullen Stafford and the Westbrook Christian baseball team clinched a playoff spot on Thursday (Apr. 5) with a doubleheader sweep over Class 2A, Area 12 rival Sand Rock. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) Westbrook Christian clinch a playoff spot with a doubleheader sweep over Class 2A, Area 12 rival Sand Rock on Thursday (Apr. 5)
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Gadsden City sweeps Briarmeade Invitational

Photo: Gadsden City’s Ella Howard tees off aduring the Links at Briarmeade Invitational girls golf tournament on Thursday (Arp. 5) in Glencoe. (Gary Wells) Ella Howard shot a 97 score to help Gadsden City to a first-place finish in girls golf at the Links at Briarmeade Invitational Tournament on Thursday (Arp. 5) in Glencoe. The
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review Alabama won its biggest series of the season in taking two of three games from No. 9 Kentucky over the weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide won the first two games by scores of 4-2 before falling 5-2 in the series finale. Brad Bohannon’s team followed up
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Local teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

Released April 5 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Hoover 4. Oak Mountain 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Bob Jones 7. Enterprise 8. Smiths Station 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Robertsdale 3. Saraland 4. Oxford 5. Homewood 6. Spanish Fort 7. Cullman 8. Helena 9. Hartselle 10. Athens
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Mustangs clip Coosa Christian in area action

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Ashton Clemmons delivers a pitch during the Conquerors’ 7-2 loss to Southeastern last Tuesday (Apr. 3) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian opened its Class 1A, Area 11 schedule on a sour note last Tuesday (Apr. 3), falling to Southeastern, 7-2, in Gadsden. The Conquerors had a tough day
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Lady Titans can’t solve Cobb in area loss

Photo: Gadsden City’s Michaela Brown (left) holds a Hewitt-Trussville runner at first base during the Lady Titans’ 9-0 loss to Hewitt-Trussville’s last Tuesday (Apr. 3) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Nearly 100 years ago, Ty Cobb brought his MLB Detroit Tigers to Alabama City to play an exhibition baseball game against an
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Lady Eagles rally past Glencoe

Photo: Glencoe High’s Skylar Thompson (left) scores a third-inning run as Hokes Bluff catcher Maddie Smith awaits the throw during the Lady Eagles’ 4-3 victory in girls softball last Monday (Apr. 2) at HBHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Hokes Bluff High softball team made the most of its opportunities late in the game
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Hokes Bluff ends Southside’s county baseball tournament streak

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Houston Edwards connects for a hit during Etowah County Schools baseball tournament  last Saturday (March 31) at Hokes Bluff. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 8 Hokes Bluff overcame an early deficit to capture its first Etowah County baseball championship since 2008 with a 4-1 victory over Southside last
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Noccalula to host BBQ and archery competitions

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Noccalula Falls will host its 9th Annual Smoke on the Falls barbeque competition on April 13 and 14. The barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. Admission will be free on Friday, April 8. Gates will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A sausage cook-off, sponsored by Jimmy
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First responder shares story of Southside storm

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, March 19, Southside Officer Bryan Bell was sitting in his patrol car with his partner Colton Harden underneath the Southside Baptist awning to avoid the falling hail when he saw the approaching tornado. “I said there it is,” said Bell. “I think Colton said it was the first tornado
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People of Etowah - Sonquez Williams

Name: Sonquez Williams Where were you born and raised? “Phenix City.” What is your occupation? “Chief Executive Officer at Boys and Girls Clubs of Gadsden/Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was a “Club Kid” since the age of 6. I had many different ideas about what I wanted to
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Who will be our next state superintendent of education?

By State Rep. Craig Ford The state legislative session has come to an end, but legislators won’t be the ones making the most important decision our government will make this year. The State Board of Education will make that decision in April, when it selects our next State Superintendent of Education. For all of the high-profile
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Key Lime Layer Cake and Pink Lemonade Pie “I have come that they may have life…And have it to the full.” – John 10:10. As you witness the miracles of life all around you… May you be filled with the Joy of the Risen Saviour Have a blessed Easter! Treat your Easter guests to sensational
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The Vagabond - Mysterious & legendary caves at Lookout Mountain

By Danny Crownover Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the August 15, 2014 edition of The Messenger. During a recent presentation about Noccalula Falls, The Vagabond mentioned a cave that once was located there. The following is the story about that cave: Located throughout Lookout Mountain are many caves in which many legends
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection

By Toni Ford This week, often called Holy Week or Passion Week, is often considered the most important week for a believer. It was during this week that our Lord began His trip to Jerusalem, knowing that He would lay down His life for the sins of the world. There are so many significant truths
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams “Dad, its cold outside.” My son informs me of the current weather conditions as if it was news to me. “So?” I replied. “Charlie doesn’t care anything about it being cold outside.” My son has heard me refer to Charlie many times. Although Charlie is fictional, I toss his name around as
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Pious Bob - Receiving the Works

By Robert Halsey Pine “You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Tournament second weekend review Kentucky and Texas A&M were the only two teams from the Southeastern Conference to reach the second weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and neither team made it past the Sweet 16. The Aggies dominated North Carolina in the second round but ran into one
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Four area baseball teams ranked in latest ASWA poll

Released March 29 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Oak Mountain 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Bob Jones 6. Hoover 7. Smiths Station 8. Theodore 9. Enterprise 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Robertsdale 3. Homewood 4. Saraland 5. Spanish Fort 6. Oxford 7. Austin 8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9. Hartselle 10. Cullman Class
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Southside’s Hunt, Etowah’s Graham highlight All-Messenger basketball team

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt (pictured above) and Etowah’s Jamin Graham (right) are the 2017-18 All-Messenger basketball team girls and boys Players of the Year, respectively. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High’s Lauren Hunt and Etowah’s Jamin Graham lead off the 2017-18 All-Messenger basketball teams as the girls and boys team Players of
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Area basketball standouts help junior college teams win state titles

Photo: Shelton State freshman and Hokes Bluff High graduate Kendall Johnson (left) battles Gulf Coast State’s Dominique Banks during the NJCAA women’s basketball tournament this past week in Lubbock, Tex. (Courtesy of Shelton State athletics) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A couple of former high school basketball from Eto-wah County made a name for themselves during
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Locals medal at Gadsden City meet No. 2

Three high school athletes won a pair of gold medals at the Gadsden City Track & Field Open Meet No. 2 on March 22. Two of the first-place winners were from Etowah. Deundrea Williams won gold in the 100-meter dash (11.31) and 200-meter dash (22.91), while Alex Howard captured the shot put (43-09.00) and discus
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