The Messenger Community Calendar

May The Etowah County Commission is requesting proposals for the implementation of Energy Efficiency Improvements within a countywide Energy Conservation Program. The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP/Q) is to solicit qualification proposals from Interested Parties that describe their capabilities to identify, design, install, maintain, monitor and arrange financing of a large-scale, comprehensive energy-conservation
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama and Auburn Week 7 Review Alabama’s best weekend of the year and Auburn’s worst weekend of the year just so happened to coincide when the two rivals met in Auburn last weekend for a best-of-three series. The Crimson Tide swept the Tigers, including a pair of one-run wins on Saturday. Chandler Taylor led Alabama’s
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Area athletes medal at state track and field meets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Nine area high school athletes took home individual medals from last week’s AHSAA state track and field meets, with Hokes Bluff senior Tylynn Register coming away with the biggest haul of hardware. At the Class 4A-5A-6A-7A meets in Gulf Shores, Register won the 4A gold in the triple jump (36-04.25), the
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Westbrook wins section, sub state golf tournaments

The Westbrook Christian girls and boys golf teams won their sub state playoffs on Monday (May 8) at the Gadsden Country Club. Both teams will compete in the state tournament next week at Grand National in Auburn. The Lady Warriors were tops in 1A-3A, while the Warriors captured the 1A-2A title. Hope Cone shot a
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Southside girls advance to state soccer semifinals

Southside High advanced to the Class 6A state soccer semifinals with a 3-1 win over Decatur last Saturday (May 6) in Decatur. For Southside, Kelsey Patterson had a goal and an assist, while Destini Johnson and Savanna Knighten both scored one goal. The Lady Panthers (15-5-1) will play Pell City this Friday (May 12) at
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Lady Warriors shut out Mars Hill in soccer quarterfinals

Alexis Beard scored three goals to lead Westbrook Christian to a 6-0 win over Mars Hill Bible in the Class 1A-3A state soccer quarterfinals last Saturday (May 6) in Florence. The Lady Warriors (18-6) will play Altamont on Thursday (May 11) at 11:30 a.m. in the semifinal round at the John Hunt Soccer Complex in
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Lady Conquerors edge Appalachian in area tournament championship

Coosa Christian defeated Appalachian, 7-6, in the championship game of the Class 1A, Area 12 Tournament on May 3 at AHS. The Lady Conquerors (12-11) qualified for the Class 1A North Central Regional Tournament this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Coosa will face Addison on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Coosa opened the area tournament with a 16-2
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Sardis wins area softball title

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High varsity softball team (27-14) defeated North Jackson, 7-4, in the championship game of the Class 4A, Area 13 softball tournament on May 3 in Sardis City. It was the program’s third consecutive area tournament title. The Lady Lions will compete in the North Regional Tournament starting Thursday
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Southside, Hokes Bluff, West End finish second at area softball tournaments

Southside lost to Oxford, 9-2, in the Class 6A, Area 13 Tournament championship game on May 4 at OHS. The Lady Panthers (28-16) qualified for the Class 6A North Regional Tournament this weekend in Huntsville. Southside plays Cullman on Thursday (May 11) at 1:30 p.m. Hokes Bluff fell to White Plains, 9-0, in the Class
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Blue Devils fall to Russellville in 5A third round

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily Etowah was limited to one run and six hits over two games as the Blue Devils were swept by defending state champion Russellville, 3-0 and 5-1, in the Class 5A baseball state quarterfinals last Saturday (May 6). In game 1, the Golden Tigers (34-9) scored four runs in the top of
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Hokes Bluff swept by Haleyville in state baseball quarterfinals

Courtesy of Florence Tines-Daily The Hokes Bluff High School baseball team’s season came to an end last Saturday (May 6), as the top-ranked Eagles (23-7) suffered a sweep at the hands of Haleyville in the Class 4A state quarterfinals. Hokes Bluff lost the opener by a score of 2-1 and fell 15-1 in five innings
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Moving Wall arrives in Gadsden next week

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Thursday, May 11 “The Moving Wall” will arrive in Gadsden. It will be on display outside Gadsden Convention Hall until May 15. You can visit the wall from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., but it will be guarded 24 hours a day. Veterans that are sensitive to crowds and
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Glencoe to host 15th annual Celebration in the Park

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Glencoe will host its 15th annual “Celebration in the Park” on Saturday, May 13from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Glencoe City Park on Lay Avenue. The Celebration in the Park started as a way to give back to its citizens. The city decided to also use the opportunity to
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Gadsden Museum of Art opens ArtPlay classroom

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Museum of Art held an opening for its new ArtPlay classroom on Tuesday, May 2. The new classroom was dedicated a year ago, but had not been finished. Now the room is decorated with interactive exhibits showcasing the styles and works of famous artists. The decorating was done
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Classifieds for the week of May 5 - 12, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of May 5 - 12, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on September 10, 2004 by Deanna Rice and husband, Anthony Rice, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Molton, Allen, & Williams Mortgage Co. LLC, and recorded in Instrument # at
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Local athletes headed to state track & field meets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A number of area athletes qualified for the AHSAA state track & field meets this week in Gulf Shores (Class 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A) and Cullman (Class 1A, 2A and 3A). The top five sectional meet qualifiers made the state meet, with several sixth-place finishers being possible wild cards. Hokes
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Hokes Bluff sweeps Sardis, move to 4A quarterfinals

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Hokes Bluff High baseball team solidified its standing as the state’s top-ranked team last Friday (Apr. 28), as the Eagles qualified for the Class 4A quarterfinals with a 5-3, 8-2 sweep over Etowah County neighbor Sardis in Sardis City. Hokes Bluff (23-5) travels to Haleyville this Friday (May 5) for
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Blue Devils sweep Lee-Huntsville in 5A second round

Courtesy of al.com Etowah swept Lee-Huntsville, 2-1 and 7-3, in the second round of the Class 5A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 28) in Huntsville. All the scoring in game 1 came in the first inning. Eli Dunn led off the inning with a solo home run, and Noah Parrish later scored on an
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Westbrook comes up short at Fayetteville

By LaVonte Young/Talladega Daily Home Fayetteville High’s baseball team used a strong performance to win the third and decisive game in a Class 2A second round state baseball playoff series against visiting Westbrook Christian, 6-1, on Saturday (Apr. 29). On Friday (Apr. 28), the Warriors won Game 1 by a score of 3-2, then fell
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Panthers fall to Hartselle in 6A second round

Courtesy of the Hartselle Enquirer The Southside High baseball team’s season came to an abrupt end in Hartselle last Friday (Apr. 28). The Panthers were swept, 5-1 and 16-0 (in five innings) in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs to end their season at 22-12. Southside’s lone run came in Game 1
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Southern Rock Cares to host poker run, concert

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Southern Rock Cares Cancer Charity will host a fundraising event on Saturday, April 29 at Convention Hall in Gadsden. The event will feature music, a shrimp boil, a poker run and auctions. The event will begin at 12 p.m. and last until 12 a.m. All of the money raised goes
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GCHS hosts Etowah County Special Olympics

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, April 21, Gadsden City High School hosted the Etowah County Special Olympics. At 9 a.m., players took to the field for the opening ceremony. To fit the “There is a Superhero in All of Us” theme, students wore superhero themed clothing and carried superhero themed signs. The Etowah
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Classifieds for the week of April 28 – May 5, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of April 28 – May 5, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by James N. George and Belinda C. George, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as a nominee for HomeQuest Capital Funding, on the 11th day of October, 2004,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 6 Review The Tigers won a pivotal home series against West Division foe Arkansas last weekend. Auburn dominated the first game, 15-2, behind three hits and four RBI from third baseman Josh Anthony. The Razorbacks won the second game, 7-3, and Auburn won the series finale, 11-6, due to
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Southside ranked in final ASWA softball poll

Released April 27 Class 7A 1. Sparkman 2. Spain Park 3. Buckhorn 4. Fairhope 5. Baker 6. Vestavia Hills 7. Thompson 8. James Clemens 9. Huntsville 10. Tuscaloosa County Class 6A 1. Daphne 2. Oxford 3. Gardendale 4. Helena 5. Saraland 6. Hazel Green 7. Chelsea 8. Austin 9. Southside 10. Northview Class 5A 1.
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Westbrook handles Fyffe, moves to second round

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A 1-8 start to the season is officially in the rearview mirror for the Westbrook Christian baseball team. Following a 10-0, 0-1 split in the best-of-three first round series against Fyffe last Friday (Apr. 21), the Warriors (18-15) used a solid pitching effort from Cullen Stafford and potent offense to post
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Blue Devils sweep Cleburne County, Lee-Huntsville up next

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Etowah High made short work of Cleburne County on Friday (Apr. 21). The No. 4 Blue Devils (27-6) advanced to the second round of the Class 5A state baseball playoffs following a 5-0, 10-1 series sweep in Attalla. Etowah visits Lee-Huntsville on Friday (Apr. 28) for a best-of-three second-round series. Both
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Eagles sweep Priceville, face Sardis in second round

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The top-ranked Hokes Bluff Eagles advanced to the second round two of the AHSAA Class 4A state baseball playoffs with a two-game sweep of visiting Priceville on Friday (Apr. 21). The Eagles (21-12) will travel to Etowah County neighbor Sardis for a best-of-three series this Friday (Apr. 28). Against Priceville, Hokes
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Panthers dispatch Shades Valley in first round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Dominant pitching and prolific offense propelled the Southside High Panthers to a sweep over the Shades Valley Mounties in the first round of the Class 6A state baseball playoffs on Friday (April 21) at SHS. Southside travels to Hartselle in the second round of the playoffs on Friday, April 28. Starting
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Conquerors fall to Cherokee in first round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian’s quest to advance to the second round of the Class 1A state baseball playoffs was stymied last Saturday (Apr. 22) by the Cherokee Indians in a 5-4 loss in the final game of the best-of-three series in Gadsden. After being shut down for the majority of the game by
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Students take over city government for a day

By Sarrah Peters News Editor More than a dozen Gadsden City High School students participated in the Coosa Valley YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day on Tuesday, April 18. The YMCA of Coosa Valley’s Youth in Government program “gives youth the opportunity to learn firsthand about government and civic issues by taking an active
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United Way of Etowah County hosts its Annual Meeting

By Sarrah Peters News Editor United Way of Etowah County held its Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 12 at the Pitman Theatre in downtown Gadsden. Shane Ellison, United Way Board of Directors President, welcomed everyone to the event. Gary Hodges of Trinity Boadcast Network gave the invocation. United Way Executive Director Joanne Hightower presented examples of
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Classifieds for the week of April 21 - 28, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of April 21 - 28, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness described in and secured by that certain mortgage executed by Jason Oden, a single man to Matrix Financial Services Corporation dated March 29, 2002, and Recorded in DOC # M 2002-1612 of the records in the Office of the Judge of Probate,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers took two of three games on the road against Tennessee last weekend. Auburn won the first game, 3-2, behind a dominant performance from ace pitcher Casey Mize, who gave up three hits and struck out seven while allowing no earned runs in six innings. The
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Local teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. Buckhorn 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Sparkman 7. Enterprise 8. Theodore 9. Grissom 10. Auburn Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Helena 3. Decatur 4. Spanish Fort 5. Oxford 6. Hueytown 7. Hillcrest-Tusc. 8. Hartselle 9. Southside 10. Saraland Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian 2. Faith Academy
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Titans’ Isom signs football scholarship

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The total number of Gadsden City High seniors who will play football at the next level recently rose to 10. GCHS senior Jer’Michael Isom signed with Lake Erie (Ohio) College on Wednesday (Apr. 19) at the school library. A three-year starter at cornerback, Isom last season finished with 44 tackles, three
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Westbrook’s Jones signs with Wallace-Hanceville

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Will Jones soon will depart Rainbow City for the junior college experience. On Tuesday (Apr. 18) the Westbrook Christian senior signed a basketball scholarship with Wallace State-Hanceville. In his two years as a starting guard, Jones helped the Warriors post a 56-11 record with a pair of area titles and consecutive
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Blue Devils blank Westbrook, 3-0

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor In the regular season finale for two playoff-bound teams, Etowah posted a 3-0 shutout over Westbrook Christian on Monday (Apr. 17) in Rainbow City. Nathan Colegrove was the man of the hour for the Class 5A No. 4 Blue Devils (24-6), earning the win on the mound while providing the eventual
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Donny Pruitt resigns as Westbrook basketball coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After two years on Westminster Drive in Rainbow City, Donny Pruitt recently decided to shelve his whistle and playbook for good. Pruitt tendered his resignation as Westbrook Christian boys basketball coach early last week to WCS principal Cindy Greer and assistant principal/athletic director Matt Kennedy. In his two seasons at Westbrook,
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Panther student-athletes sign college scholarships

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Hard work in the athletic arena and in the classroom recently paid off for several Southside High seniors. Megan Hendrick, Ashton Downey, Becca Feazell, Kelsey Patterson, Hunter Nails, Jordan Kilgo and Austin Winningham signed college scholarships on Apr. 12 at the SHS auditorium. Downey will play tennis at Snead State. “I’ve
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Rainbow City breaks ground on new shelter

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Early this year, Rainbow City official s faced a dilemna with its animal control services. The services had been contracted to a local veterinarian, but the contract was about to end. The city found that there would be a hefty price increase if they continued to use those services. Officials
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Bentley resigns, Ivey sworn in

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In late March of last year, recordings surfaced of Governor Robert Bentley talking in a sexual manner to his top political advisor Rebekah Mason on the telephone. Soon after, allegations surfaced of Bentley illegally using campaign funds and his office to cover up an affair, though Bentley repeatedly denied having
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Gadsden recognizes child abuse awareness month

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the April 11 Gadsden City Council meeting, officials honored the James M. Barrie Center for Children for helping children who are abused for Child Abuse Awareness Month. Shane Ellison presented the James M. Barrie Center with a proclamation. “And whereas, the James M. Barrie Center for Children plays a
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Classifieds for the week of April 14 - 21, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of April 14 - 21, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Michael B. Mashburn Husband And Kristi H. Mashburn Wife to Household Finance Corporation of Alabama dated March 25, 2008; said mortgage being recorded as Instrument No. 3291070 in the Office of the Judge
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review The Tigers lost their first series of the season on the road at Texas A&M last weekend. Auburn took the first game of the series, 2-1, but dropped the second game, 6-3, and the rubber match, 3-1. Despite the series loss, Auburn (24-10, 8-4) is still tied
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball poll

Released April 13 Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Oak Mountain 4. Hoover 5. Buckhorn 6. Sparkman 7. Grissom 8. Enterprise 9. Theodore 10. Spain Park Class 6A 1. Helena 2. Cullman 3. Decatur 4. Spanish Fort 5.Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Oxford 7. Hueytown 8. Chelsea 9. Southside 10. Hartselle Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian
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Westbrook golfers sweep the field at Gadsden Area Tournament

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian took first place in both the girls and boys’ division at the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament at Twin Bridges on Monday (Apr. 10) and Silver Lakes on Tuesday (Apr. 11). Led by Hope Cone’s low-medalist score of 150, the Lady Warriors shot 483 overall to claim the girls title.
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Conquerors clinch second straight area title

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian made short work of Appalachian this past week, and in the process clinched its second straight Class 1A, Area 11 title. On Monday (Apr. 10), the No. 5 Conquerors (21-4) posted an 11-1 win in Gadsden in five innings. On Tuesday (Apr. 11), Coosa produced a 15-1 victory at
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Lady Panthers rally past Sardis for county softball title

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With four straight Etowah County Schools Softball Tournament titles under its belt, Southside High did not hit the panic button when it found itself trailing 5-0 after one and a half innings against Sardis last Saturday (Apr. 8). “I basically told them to put things in perspective and not to make
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Sardis topples Hokes Bluff in county softball tournament semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lady Lions advanced to the championship game of the Etowah County girls softball tournament by virtue of a 12-2 semifinal win over Hokes Bluff last Saturday (Apr. 8) at Glencoe. Sardis banged out 15 hits in the victory, while the Lady Eagles managed only three. Hokes Bluff opened the
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Etowah runners shine at Albertville track and field meet

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Etowah High boys track and field team won four events and finished second in five at a meet at Albertville High School on April 7. The Blue Devils finished in third place overall, while the Sardis boys and girls came in fifth and sixth, respectively. The Lions had one first-place
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ALDOT to resume work on I-759 extension

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In April of 2015, Governor Robert Bentley visited Gadsden to speak to the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber. During this trip, Bentley was invited by State Representative Craig Ford to drive along Interstate 759. Now, two years later, that has paid off. On Monday, April 3, Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton and Ford held
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Teachers and students honored at Gadsden City Board of Education meeting

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the April 4 Gadsden City Board of Education meeting, the board recognized the city school’s Teachers of the Year. Students from each school were also recognized for his or her achievements during the meeting. The 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year are Cheryl Fincher of Oscar Adams Elementary; Joy Downey
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Classifieds for the week of April 7 - 14, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of April 7 - 14, 2017 and Delinquent Tax Notifications

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Mortgage executed by James Michael Dillard and Lynda K. Dillard, 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 15th day of October,
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Men’s Tournament review South Carolina’s appearance in the Final Four was the biggest surprise of the NCAA Tournament, and the Gamecocks proved that they belong against No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the first national semifinal. South Carolina trailed by double digits in the second half but battled back and took
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released April 6 Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Buckhorn 4. Hoover 5. Oak Mountain 6. Theodore 7. Sparkman 8. Grissom 9. Auburn 10. Enterprise Class 6A 1. Helena 2. Cullman 3. Decatur 4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 5. Spanish Fort 6. Chelsea 7. Oxford 8. Saraland 9. Hartselle 10. Hueytown Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian
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Titans tap Bart Sessions as new football coach

Photo courtesy of al.com By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High will have its third football coach in school history on the Titan Stadium sideline this fall. At a meeting last Tuesday (Apr. 4), the Gadsden City Board of Education approved the hiring of Bart Sessions as GCHS head coach. Sessions, whose overall record as
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Gadsden City’s Haley Troup named Class 7A Player of the Year

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Haley Troup closed out her high school basketball career with a flourish on Tuesday (Apr. 4) in Montgomery. The Gadsden City High School senior was named Class 7A Player of the Year at the Alabama Sports Writers Asssociation’s Mr./Miss Basketball awards banquet presented by Alfa Insurance. It was the second year
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Mayor Guyton, Rep. Craig Ford announce ALDOT to resume efforts to extend I-759

Mayor Sherman Guyton and Rep. Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) today announced that the Alabama Department of Transportation has agreed to resume work on the extension of Interstate 759 in Gadsden. The decision resulted from discussions with Gov. Robert Bentley and his staff during the past two years, Guyton and Ford said. ALDOT has previously conducted engineering
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Southside shuts down Sardis in county tournament title game

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Crimson Panthers are once again Etowah County Schools Tournament baseball champions by virtue of a 7-0 victory over the Sardis Lions on Saturday (Apr. 1) at Glencoe. Sophomore Jarren Wright pitched six strong innings for Southside and the Panthers (14-7) scored four runs in the top of the
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Sardis batters Bulldogs in county baseball semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis High Lions exploded for 13 hits on their way to an 11-3 win over Gaston in Etowah County Schools Baseball Tournament semifinals on Saturday (Apr. 1) at Glencoe. The Lions (14-9) had two batters hit by pitches and were the recipients of nine walks. “We did leave a lot
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Smoke on the Falls returns to Noccalula

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The annual Smoke on the Falls barbecue competition returns to Noccalula Falls on April 7 and 8 for the eighth year. The competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, allows professional divisions to competitively cook pork butt, pork ribs, chicken and beef brisket on Saturday, while the backyard divisions
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Fish Fry fundraiser to benefit The Love Center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Capeside Fish Company is holding a Fish Fry on April 9 to benefit a local shelter, The Love Center. The Love Center was founded in 1982 when Charlsie Tarrance was inspired to provide shelter to “God’s most forgotten people.” Tarrance noticed the problem of homelessness in Etowah County and created
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Classifieds for the week of March 31 – April 7, 2017

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Legal Notices for the week of March 31 – April 7, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Stanley Hawkins, a married man joined by his wife Deborah Hawkins, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for Homecomings Financial Network, Inc., on April 21, 2004, said mortgage being recorded in the
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent NCAA Tournament Weekend 2 Review The Southeastern Conference wasn’t mentioned among the best conferences in college basketball throughout the season, but the league arguably had the best performance of any conference during the NCAA Tournament. The SEC earned five bids, and three of those teams advanced to the second weekend of
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Titans’ Troup, Conquerors’ Davidson highlight All-Messenger basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Although separated by just a few hundred yards as the crow flies, Gadsden City and Coosa Christian high schools are miles apart in terms of size and student body. What the Titans and Conquerors do have in common, however, are top-notch basketball programs, a fact that is reflected in the 2016-17
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 30 Baseball Class 7A 1. Hewitt-Trussville 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Buckhorn 4. Oak Mountain 5. Hoover 6. Grissom 7. Theodore 8. Sparkman 9. Spain Park 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Spanish Fort 3. Decatur 4. Helena 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Oxford 7. Chelsea 8. Hartselle 9. Saraland 10. Hueytown Class 5A 1.
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Thompson goes yard in Lady Jackets' win over Coosa Christian

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Skylar Thompson’s two-run home run sparked Glencoe High to a 7-3 victory over Coosa Christian in the Glencoe Spring Break Round Robin Softball Tournament on Monday (March 27). Thompson’s dinger over the right-centerfield wall in the bottom of the fifth inning provided the Lady Yellow Jackets (6-8) some breathing room with
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Lady Titans kick off Glencoe Tournament with pair of wins

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gadsden City Lady Titans opened play in the Glencoe Spring Break Round Robin Softball Tournament on Monday (March 27) with back-to-back wins over Spring Garden and Ohatchee. The Lady Titans defeated the Lady Panthers, 6-5, in their first game and exploded for 11 runs in the first inning against the
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Titans, Panthers shine at GCHS Open No. 2 track and field meet

Gadsden City High won six first-place medals and Southside earned five in the GCHS Open track and field meet on March 23. Twenty-two teams competed in the event. First place finishers for Gadsden City in the girls’ events were Brittaney Watts in the 100-meter dash (12.65), Mariqua Adley in the 300-meter hurdles (51.63) and May
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Classifieds for the week of March 24-30, 2017

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Legals for the week of March 24-30, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kenneth N. Muskett and Sherry A. Muskett, originally in favor of The Gadsden Corporation, on the 1st day of April, 1998, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County,
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Gadsden Museum of Art to open new exhibits

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Museum of Art recently opened two new exhibits, with official openings on April 7, though the public is welcome to come see the exhibits early. April 7 is also the last day to view the Children’s Art Show that is currently on display. The Children’s Art Show features
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Think 2 Change speaks to Glencoe Middle students

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Brian Earley, founder of Think 2 Change, spoke to Glencoe Middle School students on Tuesday, March 21. Principal Tisha Howell introduced Earley, and the topic of kindness. “If you’ve noticed, outside my office I have a picture that’s been inscribed,” said Howell.  “It says ‘I’ve learned that it is the
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Paws for St. Patty’s fundraiser a success

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Thursday, March 16, The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center held its annual Paws for St. Patty’s fundraiser at Gadsden Convention Hall. The fundraiser was an immense success. According to Humane Society Directer Christi Brown, over 300 people attended the event. Attendees enjoyed food catered by Local Joe’s
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent NCAA Tournament Weekend 1 Review Five SEC teams made the NCAA Tournament, and the conference represented itself very well during the first weekend of the tournament. Three teams – Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina – advanced to the Sweet 16, and the conference boasts a 7-2 record so far in the
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 23 Baseball  Class 7A 1. Hewitt-Trussville 2. Grissom 3. McGill-Toolen 4. Sparkman 5. Theodore 6. Auburn 7. Central-Phenix City 8. Buckhorn 9. Hoover 10. Oak Mountain Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Spanish Fort 3. Decatur 4. Helena 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Hazel Green 7. Chelsea 8. Florence 9. Oxford 10. Hartselle Class 5A 1.
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Hokes Bluff gets past Yellow Jackets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor As is often the case in sporting events involving Hokes Bluff and Glencoe high schools, last Tuesday’s baseball game between the county rivals at went down to the wire. With the score tied at 2-2 on the bottom half of the seventh inning, Hokes Bluff leadoff hitter Dylan Teague worked a
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Westbrook shuts out Gaston in area opener

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Following an 0-8 start to the season, Westbrook Christian is beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Helped by a solid pitching performance by Tyler Self, the Warriors posted a 10-0 shutout in five innings over visiting Gaston in Class 2A, Area 12 action last Tuesday
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Gadsden City's Troup finalist for Player of the Year award

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup has been recognized yet again for her outstanding 2016-17 high school basketball season. The Gadsden City senior was one of 21 players statewide selected as finalists for the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Miss Basketball/Player of the Year awards presented by ALFA. The winners will be announced at a banquet
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Locals make all-state girls basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup certainly is closing out her outstanding high school basketball career with a bang. For the third year in a row, the Gadsden City senior guard was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State girls basketball first team. She was the only area girl or boy player who made
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Area cagers named to all-state boys basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Four area student-athletes were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association 29016-17 All-State boys basketball teams. Coosa Christian senior forward Caden Davidson was selected to the Class 1A second team, Gadsden City senior guard Deonte Jones was picked for the Class 7A third team, West End senior forward Andre Little
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Titans’ Burns, Troup end prep careers in all-star fashion

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup and Brooke Burns shared the hardwood floor one last time on March 17. The Gadsden City High seniors participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls’ basketball game at Alabama State University in Montgomery. Troup, who recently was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 7A All-State first team, finished
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Locals compete at GCHS track and field meet

Southside High won nine events and host Gadsden City won eight at the GCHS track and field meet on March 16. Hokes Bluff and Etowah won five and four first-place events, respectively. Hokes Bluff’s Tylynn Register had four first-place finishes – the 100-meter hurdles (16.11), the 300-meter hurdles (48.23), the long jump (16-10.50) and the
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Hokes Bluff triathlon set for April 15

The Hokes Bluff Library Foundation along with the Hokes Bluff Lions Club and Tawanna Lions Club will host the “Bookin’ it though The Bluff” triathlon on April 15. Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Hokes Bluff Community Center, the event includes 22.6 mile- bike ride through eastern Etowah County to the Hokes Bluff Ferry Park.
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Glencoe’s Holbrooks highlights All-Etowah County boys basketball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Glencoe High’s Cole Holbrooks is the Player of the Year of the 2016-17 All-Etowah County Schools boys basketball team. A 6’4, 200-pound senior forward and two-year starter, Holbrooks averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists along with 50 blocks and 26 steals in 25 games this past season. He helped
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Matt Scott resigns as Gadsden City football coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High is on the lookout for its third head football coach in the school’s 11-year history. Matt Scott submitted his resignation at the March 16 meeting of the Gadsden City Board of Education. GCHS Principal Jeff Colgrove accepted the resignation on Friday (March 17). In four years and 47
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The Love Kitchen set to visit Etowah County

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, March 20, Little Caesars will help feed the hungry in Etowah County with its Love Kitchen. One of the two kitchen-equipped trucks will visit the Way of the Cross Soup Kitchen located at 101 North 24th Street in Alabama City, where it will feed about 375 people in need.
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Leadership Etowah visits local government

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Leadership Etowah class visited several government officials on Tuesday, March 14 for its Government Day.  Leadership Etowah is a program run by the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber. The Chamber partners with Huntingdon College, The University of Alabama Gadsden Center, Gadsden State Community College, Jacksonville State University, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and Alabama
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Catholic Center of Concern still helping the community

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Catholic Center of Concern located on Chestnut Street is not new to downtown Gadsden. Although many people drive past the small building each day without noticing it, those who need the services it provides see the center as an invaluable resource. The Catholic Center of Concern is dedicated to
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Attalla loft gets a makeover

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Downtown Attalla is well known for its stores full of antiques. It is less known for its loft apartments, but that may change soon. Ron Catoe bought a loft in downtown Attalla in 2006 or 2007. He worked on the building for about a year before it was finished.  Catoe moved
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Classifieds for the week of March 17 – 24, 2017

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Legal notices for the week of March 17 – 24, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Rodney  Cameron, a married man and wife, Melinda Renea Cameron, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for MortgageAmerica, Inc. Corporation, on the 9th day of April, 2010, said mortgage recorded
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent SEC Tournament Review The Kentucky Wildcats won the Southeastern Conference in the regular season and followed that up with their 31st tournament championship. The Wildcats defeated Arkansas 82-65 in the SEC championship game and knocked off Alabama in the semifinals and Georgia in the quarterfinals. UK point guard De’Aaron Fox was
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