Noccalula to host Native American Pow Wow

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Turtle Island Native American Association’s 4th Annual Noccalula Falls Pow Wow will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3, at Noccalula Falls Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for an adult, $10 for a family, $3 for seniors 65 or older and children age 6 through 14.
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People of Etowah - Willie Brown

Name: Willie Brown Where were you born and raised? “Raised in Gadsden. Born in Elmore County.”  What is your occupation?  “Retired from Uncle Sam. I was a mechanic for Etowah County from 1963 to 1997. I was president of the local union from 1963 to 1985. I was shop supervisor for District 2 of Etowah County.
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Pious Bob - Giving Up Our Burden

By Robert Halsey Pine David’s struggles outlined in the Psalms can be lessons for us today: “My heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. And I say, “O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Rankings 1. Alabama 2. Auburn 3. Florida 4. Georgia 5. LSU 6. Mississippi State 7. Tennessee 8. Kentucky 9. Arkansas 10. Texas A&M 11. Missouri 12. South Carolina 13. Ole Miss 14. Vanderbilt Week 1 Previews and Predictions Saturday, Sept. 2 Game of the Week Alabama vs. Florida State (+7.5).
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Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA high school football poll

Released August 30 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 1-0 318 2. Hoover 0-1 272 3. Thompson 1-0 237 4. Hewitt-Trussville 0-0 200 5. McGill-Toolen 1-0 155 6. James Clemens 0-0 154 7. Spain Park 1-0 129 8. Auburn 1-0 87 9. Enterprise 1-0 56 10. Bob Jones 0-1 20 Others receiving votes:
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Locals recognized by AHSAA

Pictured above, Glencoe High’s Jacob Amberson Several area high school football players were nominated to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the Week of Aug. 25. Making his first start at quarterback, Glencoe senior Jacob Amberson completed 6-of-10 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and two
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Blue Devils take down Southside in season opener

Photo caption: Etowah’s Justin Harris (3) tackles Southside’s Kenneth Bothwell as Jarren Wright (33) closes in during the Blue Devils’ 17-3 victory in high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Attalla. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Etowah Blue Devils took advantage of a dominant defensive performance to stifle the Southside
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Titans fall short against Spain Park in Sessions’ debut

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo caption: Gadsden City cornerback Josh Richard (right) covers Spain Park’s Kenyon Hines during the Titans’ 31-19 loss in high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Hoover. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Bart Sessions era at Gadsden City High began on a sour note last Friday (Aug. 25) in Hoover. The Class 7A
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Yellow Jackets sting West End, 40-13

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Photo caption: West End’s Marcus Strickland (left) attempts to bring down Glencoe’s Jacob Amberson during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-13 victory on high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Mike Goodson) The Glencoe High Yellow Jackets capitalized on five West End turnovers on the way to a 40-13
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Lions lose lead late against Plainview

By Huck Treadwell/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis let a 13-point lead evaporate in the waning moments of the fourth quarter against Plainview last Friday (Aug. 25). The Lions gave up a blocked punt and 12-yard touchdown run in a 31-30 road loss at Plainview. Sardis started off with a roar, grinding out a 70-yard drive
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Conquerors, Bulldogs lose in season openers

Coosa Christian fell to Holly Pond, 28-6, in the Conquerors’ opening game of the football season last Friday (Aug. 25) at Holly Pond. Coosa’s lone score came on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Caiden Lipscomb to Evan Delp midway through the second quarter. Lipscomb was 15 for 36 in passing for 208 yards. Sophomore halfback
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Solar eclipse brings people together

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, August 21, people across the United States looked towards the sky to view the first solar eclipse in North America since 1979. Etowah County joined in with businesses, schools and individuals taking time out of their days to view the astronomical event. The Gadsden Public Library, always prepared to
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Hokes Bluff welcomes back author to release new novel

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, August 18, the Hokes Bluff Library welcomed new author Ralph E. Jarells for a book signing of his debut novel “Ill Gotten Gains.” Jarells sold and signed advanced copies of the book, which is set to be officially released in October by publisher Wordcrafts Press. Twenty-five percent of the
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People of Etowah - Martha G. Lavender

Name: Martha G. Lavender, PhD, RN, FAAN Where were you born and raised? “I was born and have lived in Etowah County all my life. My father’s family lived in Hokes Bluff and my parents moved from Gadsden to Hokes Bluff while I was still in elementary school.” What is your occupation? “I am a
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A crisis coming to Alabama that you’re not hearing much about

Our state government is no stranger to crises. We’ve had multiple budget crises, Medicaid crises and, most recently, a crisis related to our prison system. But there is another growing crisis that hasn’t gotten the media attention these other issues have. It’s a crisis that could have a devastating impact on Alabama’s families, our economy
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Pious Bob - Overturning our Ignorance

St. Paul continues to help us merger the old with the new in Christ Jesus: “But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction,
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Legals for the week of August 18 - August 25, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Lashundra Collins, a single woman, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 23rd day of June, 2006, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #: 3249606, Record of Mortgages, Office of the Judge of Probate
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Classifieds for the week of August 18 - August 25, 2017

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Lady Cardinals primed for 2017 volleyball season

Pictured above, Gadsden State head volleyball coach Connie Clark (left) has a word with sophomore outside hitter Morgan Newton (center) and sophomore setter Savannah Beck (right) during a recent practice at Beck Field House. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With her first year under her belt as a junior college volleyball head coach, Connie Clark feels she
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent 2017 SEC Predictions SEC West Division 1. Alabama (12-0, 8-0) Losses: none A season ago, Alabama unquestionably was the best team in the SEC, and no other team in the league was particularly close. Nick Saban’s team has won the SEC three straight seasons, and is the favorite to do so
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2017 Football Preview: Gadsden City’s 2017 season now in session

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor First-year coach Bart Sessions has one goal and one goal only for the 2017 Gadsden City High football team – win a state championship. “That’s our only goal. This is Gadsden City, and we don’t coach or play in a game that we think we’re going to lose. I don’t say
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2017 Football Preview: Panthers on the prowl for postseason berth

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High head football coach Ron Daugherty is well aware that his Panthers must make a bigger dent in its Class 6A, Region 7 schedule in order to play in a Week 11 game. “I think that’s a driving force for these seniors,” said Daugherty. “In both of those seasons, we
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Etowah Blue Devils replenishing stock for 2017

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Etowah no doubt suffered key losses from graduation, but the 2017 Blue Devils possess a good amount of firepower on both sides of the ball. “In high school ball, you do what have to do to adapt to what your team’s strengths are,” said head coach Drew Noles. “The biggest thing we’ve
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Eagles aiming to fly high 

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After winning nine of its last 11 games last season and reaching the state semifinal round for the first time since the 2004 season, head coach Mike Robertson, is confident that his Eagles won’t rest on their laurels. “We just try to prepare our kids each week the best we can,”
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Loaded Lions ready to roar in region action

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With a four-year starter at quarterback and the four top receivers back from last season, will Sardis High employ elements of the wide-open Fun n’ Gun offense? “I don’t know about that, but we’re going to try to spread the ball around quite a bit with so much experience at those
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Seasoned Yellow Jackets ready to make a stir

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe played a lot of youngsters last season, and it showed in a 3-7 record. The Yellow Jackets were 3-3 at the halfway point before dropping their last four games. The above greenhorns are now a year older and hopefully wiser, however, and head coach Rusty Davis feels that his veterans have
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Westbrook looks to improve in 2017 under Mintz

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Taking over on the fly as a head football coach during the season is no easy task, including one as experienced as Brian Mintz. The 1981 Southside High graduate assumed the head position two games into the 2016 season. “I’ve never done that before,” said Mintz, who was an assistant for Westbrook
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Bulldogs to rely on trench warfare in 2017

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gaston High head coach Swane Morris has a situation on his hands that he can’t recall running into during his previous 17 years as a head coach. Out of every skill position on offense, he has no returning veterans, much less starters. “Some of them got snaps last year, but there’s several
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Patriots ready to climb the postseason ladder

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although the 2017 West End roster may not contain the amount of star power as in the past few years, Kyle Davis believes that his Patriots will provide the communities of Walnut Grove and Altoona with something to cheer for this fall. “I can’t say that this team is as nearly talented
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Woods back at the helm at Coosa Christian

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Although he temporarily stepped down as Coosa Christian head football coach during the 2016 season, Nevandra Wood liked what we saw from afar when the Conquerors broke an 18-game winless steak and notched their first postseason berth in seven years under interim head coach Chris Sanders. “The season started out rocky,”
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Legals for the week of August 11 - August 18, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated December 13, 2011, executed by Sarah Beth Baker, a single woman, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., solely as nominee for First Federal Bank, which mortgage was recorded on December 20, 2011, in Instrument No. 3359815,
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Classifieds for the week of August 11 - August 18, 2017

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Locals spread kindness with painted rocks

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Michelle Buck was out to dinner at Ruby Tuesday when she found her first painted rock sitting on a bench. It said “Hope.” Buck had been having a challenging time, and the rock’s message resonated with her. “I got goosebumps,” said Buck. “It just gave me that little uplift I needed.
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Humane Society special needs dog finds happy home

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center Shelter Manager Lisa Brackett remembers exactly how rescue dog Lieutenant Dan got his name. She and several staff members were intaking about seven puppies that had come in together into the Humane Society system. While examing one of the puppies, the group found out
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GPL to host solar eclipse party

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, August 21, the United States  will have its first total eclipse of the sun since 1979. The next North American eclipse won’t happen until April 8, 2024. An eclipse is when the shadow of the moon covers the sun. Etowah County will witness about a 95.5 percent coverage of
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People of Etowah - James “Jay” Hedgspeth

Name: James “Jay” Hedgspeth. Where were you born and raised? “I am a native to Gadsden.  Aside from a short spell in Tuscaloosa for school and Indiana for a job, Gadsden has been home.” What is your occupation? “I am a mortgage loan officer with First Federal Mortgage.” What made you decide to work in
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Pious Bob - Accepting Our Inheritance

By Robert Halsey Pine Can Peter possibly know what he’s saying? “Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you
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NEO symposium attracts over 100 local coaches

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Over 120 local coaches and athletic directors attended the 3rd Annual Northeast Orthopedics Coaches Symposium on Aug. 3 at Southside High School. Participants were from area middle and high schools from all sports. “Our biggest goal is general education,” said NEO Certified Athletic Trainer Chris Russell. “Coaches nowadays have so many things
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent West Division Preview Alabama Head coach: Nick Saban, 11th season (114-19 at Alab-ama, 205-61-1 overall) 2016 record: first in West (14-1, 8-0) Key losses: linebacker Reuben Foster, defensive end Jonathan Allen, tight end O.J. Howard Key returning players: defensive back Minkah Fitz-patrick, offensive lineman Jonah Williams, receiver Calvin Ridley 2017 outlook
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Legals for the week of August 4 - August 11, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Phillip Morgan and Nicole Morgan, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., on the 10th day of September, 2012, said mortgage recorded in the
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Classifieds for the week of August 4 - August 11, 2017

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Classifieds for the week of July 28 - August 4, 2017

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Legals for the week of July 28 - August 4, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Phillip Morgan and Nicole Morgan, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., on the 10th day of September, 2012, said mortgage recorded in the
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Humane Society to build dog park in Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the Gadsden City Council meeting on August 8, the council unanimously approved a lease with the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center for a portion of Kiwanis Island at the James D. Martin Wildlife Park that will be the future home of a dog park. Humane Society Director Christi
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Hot Pursuit 5K to benefit Barrie Center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 2 is hosting the Hot Pusuit 5K Glow Run on Saturday, August 12 to benefit the James M. Barrie Center for Children. The free community glow party starts at 5 p.m. at the Riverwalk at Coosa Landing. Black lights will be set up
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People of Etowah - Judge Bobby Junkins

Name: Bobby M. Junkins. Where were you born and raised? “Hokes Bluff for all grades 1-12.” What is your occupation? “Probate judge of Etowah County for 29 years.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I enjoyed working with people all my life, teaching school, adult education and many years with the Gadsden
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Pious Bob - Recognizing the Child Within Us

By Robert Halsey Pine This is Christ praying to God in the presence of His disciples: “Father, the hour has come, glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you; since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him…I have made your name
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent East Division Preview Florida Head coach: Jim McElwain, third season (19-8 at Florida, 41-24 overall) 2016 record: first in East (9-4, 6-2) Key losses: cornerback Teez Tabor, linebacker Jarrad Davis, defensive back Marcus Maye Key returning players: receiver Antonio Callaway, offensive lineman Martez Ivey, defensive end CeCe Jefferson 2017 outlook McElwain
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Longtime local baseball coach takes over at Southside

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Mike Lamb isn’t ready to step away from the diamond just yet. The former Westbrook Christian and Gaston High head baseball coach recently was named to direct the Southside baseball program. Lamb, who coached the Rainbow Middle School baseball team for the past five years, said it was an easy decision
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Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA preseason football poll, Gadsden City, Etowah, Westbrook receive votes

First-place votes and 2016 record in parentheses Class 7A 1. Hoover (29) (12-2) 366 2. Central-Phenix City (1) (10-2 261 3. Thompson (5-5) 229 4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (11-1) 191 5. James Clemens (8-4) 179 6. McGill-Toolen (13-1) 171 7. Spain Park (8-3) 114 8. Bob Jones (7-4) 83 9. Auburn (8-4) 64 10. Enterprise (10-2) 56
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Day sworn in as circuit court judge

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, August 1, George C. Day, Jr. was sworn in as Etowah County’s newest circuit court judge. Day was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to fill Judge Allen Millican’s position for the remaining term. Millican’s retirement went into effect only “about 11 hours” before the event. Judge David Kimberley welcomed
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Helicopter to be displayed in Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On July 28, about 20 people gathered in the rain at the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport to welcome a police escorted helicopter to Gadsden. According to Patriots Association judge advocate Rick Vaughan, the helicopter is a 1963 Model Huey, also referred to as a UH-1B, that was in the 218th aviation
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Gadsden Public Library hosts Harry Potter Birthday Celebration

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, July 31, the Gadsden Public Library was transfigured into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday. Library staff and attendees donned costumes of their favorite Harry Potter characters. The all-day birthday celebrations included a visit to Olivander’s Wand Shop, where attendees could make their own
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People of Etowah - Marianne Bayer

Name: Marianne Bayer Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Huntsville in an Irish-Italian family.” What is your occupation? “From 1991 to 2013, I supported my husband’s career as an U. S. Air Force Officer and physician. Steve was gone so much that it was a necessary that I stay
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New school year starting, but it should be starting later

By Rep. Craig Ford Remember when school didn’t start until after Labor Day? In a matter of days, students all across Alabama will start a new school year, and it’s only the second week of August. Instead of spending the last few weeks of August working summer jobs or going on family vacations, teachers and
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Fathers Have a Lot in Common

By Robert Halsey Pine What would we do without St. Paul to guide us in our life in Christ?          “Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings, Part II Last week, SEC coaches ranked 8-14 were unveiled. Here’s a quick reminder of who came in where last week: 14, Matt Luke, Ole Miss; 13, Barry Odom, Missouri; 12, Ed Orgeron, LSU; 11, Kirby Smart, Georgia; 10, Butch Jones, Tennessee; 9, Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; 8,
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Local cyclist getting better with age

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Local competitive cyclist Randy Kerr recently received a backhanded compliment. Just after crossing the finish line to win his third straight USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships race on July 20 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia, the Gadsden resident was surrounded by three race officials who demanded to inspect his
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Former Panther to coach Sardis baseball

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Shannon J. Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter Kevin Vinson has left the Coosa River Valley for Sand Mountain. The 1998 Southside High graduate was recently hired as Sardis head baseball coach. Vinson was an assistant coach last season that saw the Lions win their first area championship since 2010 and gain their first
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Legals for the week of July 21 - July 28, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Mike D. Bradley and wife, Jennifer Bradley, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 7th day of January, 2011, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3343828, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate
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Classifieds for the week of July 21 - July 28, 2017

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Boys and Girls Club holds Hall of Fame Dinner

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, July 24, the Boys and Girls Club of Gadsden/Etowah County hosted the 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner to honor four local supporters of the club. Boys and Girls Club members participated in the program, welcoming everyone to the program and giving the invocation. A group of young girls sang
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World’s Longest Yard Sale begins next week

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Next week, Lookout Mountain Parkway will host the 30th annual World’s Longest Yard Sale. The yard sale starts on August 3, and will continue through August 6. Gadsden’s Noccalula Falls Park is the “southern point of beginning” for the sale, according to Greater Gadsden Area Tourism Director Hugh Stump. The sale
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Cram the Van school supply drive a success

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Family Success Center held its annual Cram the Van school supply drive on Saturday, July 22 at the Walmart stores in Attalla and East Gadsden. The Cram the Van event was inspired by a similar event in Florida. “We were trying to find something to help with back-to-school situations around
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People of Etowah - Kay Moore

Name: Kay Moore Where were you born and raised?  “I am proud to call Gadsden my home. I was born at Holy Name of Jesus Hospital (now Riverview), attended public schools and graduated from Gadsden High School. I began working at Compass Bank after two years at Gadsden State and never felt the desire to
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If Etowah County Commission won’t step up for Mega Sports Complex, legislative delegation should

By Rep. Craig Ford Every day I run into people who tell me how much they want Etowah County to have its own sports complex. And in almost every single one of these conversations, I always get asked, “But Craig, do you really think we will ever actually get it done?” I do believe we
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Submitting to Discipline

By Robert Halsey Pine St. Paul reminds us how our trials have a way of actually building us up: “Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline?…..Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings, Part I The SEC has the best coach in college football in Nick Saban, but the coaching depth around the league has diminished in recent years. Only one other head coach in the league – Gus Malzahn – has won an SEC championship other than Saban, and a
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Gamecocks look to repeat as conference champions

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State is a team heading into the 2017 football season with high expectations. If the Gamecocks get past three strong stumbling blocks in their first three games, JSU must then face a grueling nine-game OVC schedule. JSU opens with longtime foe Chattanooga, then travels to Atlanta to meet Georgia
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Local coach, player participate in all-star football game

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A pair of Eagles recently landed for a week in Montgomery. Hokes Bluff High School head football coach Mike Robertson was an assistant for the North team at the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 2017 All-Star Sports Week, while 2017 HBHS graduate Adam Patterson competed in the North’s 14-13 victory over
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Museum home to historical treasures and trees

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A hidden Gadsden treasure is located at the Elliot Community Center at 2829 West Meighan Boulevard. Elliot Community Center is the home of the Etowah Heritage Museum.The museum features Northeast Alabama Heritage and Native American exhibits, including Alabama’s First Trail of Tears Memorial. The museum’s newest exhibit is the National Heritage
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Mission center to hold cardboard boat race fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah Baptist Mission Center is hosting its 4th annual Hope It Floats Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, July 22. The races will be held at Rainbow Landing under the Southside Bridge on the Rainbow City side. Racers must bring their boats to Rainbow Landing by 8:30 a.m. for boat inspection,
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People of Etowah - Christi Brown

Name: Christi Brown Where were you born and raised? “Born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Gadsden at age 3. Gadsden has been home since then.” What is your occupation? “Executive Director, Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center.” What made you decide to work in your field? “After Hurricane Katrina devastated our southern neighbors,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Life of Mist and Dust

James reminds us where our true direction comes from: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Media Days Auburn When Auburn took the stage on the final day of SEC Media Days last week in Birmingham, head coach Gus Malzahn and three of his players walked into the Wynfrey Hotel with high expectations for the second time in three seasons. Alabama was picked to win the
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Etowah grad’s transfer pays off with state championship

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor An acute mild case of homesickness ultimately led to good fortune for both Madison Grant and the Wallace State-Hanceville softball team. A 2016 Etowah graduate and standout softball player for the Lady Blue Devils, Grant attended Lindsey Wilson College for a semester before deciding that Columbia, Kentucky, was a bit too
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Classifieds for the week of July 7 - July 14, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of July 7 - July 14, 2017

______________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Valarie Denise Gaston and husband, Billy Lee Gaston, originally in favor of CitiFinancial Corporation, LLC, on the 4th day of January, 2008, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of
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Grace Heritage working to repair Sixth Street Cemetery

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, July 10, Grace Heritage Community Development Executive Director Chari Bostick spoke at the Gadsden Public Library about the foundation’s efforts to preserve, document and repair Southern Hill Cemetery. Southern Hill Cemetery, also known as the Sixth Street Cemetery, was a cemetery for Etowah County’s African American community that was
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Theatre of Gadsden to host Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Theatre of Gadsden will present the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for six showings. The show will premiere on Friday, July 21 at the Ritz Theatre in Gadsden. The show will be performed on July 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday showings on July
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Spotlight

Paul gets his orders from the top: “I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles–to whom I am sending you to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Media Days SEC Media Days have become a bigger event every year, and the most anticipated day is always when Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide address the media in Hoover. Saban was joined by defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and receiver Calvin Ridley at the
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Glencoe native winds up stellar college career

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Jamie McGuire didn’t miss a beat after exchanging her high school black and yellow softball uniform for her college red and white gear four years ago. The 2013 Glencoe High School and 2017 Jacksonville State University graduate recently capped her outstanding collegiate softball career by helping the 2017 Lady Gamecocks win
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Gadsden State athletes recognized by NJCAA

The National Junior College Athletic Association recently announced its All-Academic teams for 2016-17 and recognized 11 Gadsden State student-athletes and two athletic teams for their academic achievement. Qualifying GSCC teams include volleyball with a 3.14 GPA and women’s basketball with a 3.00. To qualify as an academic team, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative
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Sardis High grads to cheer in college

By Shannon J. Allen Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High varsity cheerleading squad’s outstanding 2017 senior class produced four girls who will continue their careers in college. Amberly Sampson signed with Snead State in late April, while Madeline Young, Alyssa Ellis and Madison Chastain signed with the University of Montevallo in late May. All four
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Classifieds for the week of June 30 - July 7, 2017

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Legal notifications for the week of June 30 - July 7, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Donal Neal Cline and wife, Debbie Cline, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the October 18, 2010, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3339966, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate of
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Craig Ford - Can't Never Could

One doesn’t need a Ph.D in soothsaying to know that the honeymoon between state superintendent Mike Sentance and some members of the state school board has ended. Though Sentance has been chastised time after time by board members for not sharing information, he basically ignores them. Which is the reason that board meetings and work sessions now last four to
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Local Humane Society reports record high animal intake for June

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center reported an intake of just over 500 animals in the month of June, bringing the number of intake for the year up to over 1,800 so far. The intake is 450 animals higher this year than it was at this time last year.
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Ray’s BBQ announces reopening

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Ray’s BBQ has announced that it is open again at its new location at 952 Gilbert Ferry Road Suite 960 in Attalla. Ray’s opened in 1969 and has now been in business 48 years. “We are probably the oldest restaurant in Etowah County still owned by the same family,” said Tim
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People of Etowah - Andrew H. Roberts

Name: Andrew H. Roberts Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Jasper, Alabama. My father worked with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company so we lived in many different places (e.g. Brazil and Ohio) when I was very young.  My family moved to Gadsden when I was five years old.” What is your
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Pious Bob - Can I Afford to Wait?

David sets us up to be concerned if God is delighted with us: “Our steps are made firm by the LORD, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the LORD holds us by the hand. Depart from evil, and do good; so you shall abide forever. For
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick First Team All-SEC C: Grant Koch, Arkansas 1B: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State 2B: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M 3B: Jordan Rodgers, Tennessee SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU OF: Tristan Pompey, Kentucky OF:  Greg Deichmann, LSU OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt DH: JJ Schwarz, Florida SP: Alex Faedo, Florida SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt SP: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
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Classifieds for the week of June 23 - June 30, 2017

SERVICES A PLACE for Mom. The nation’s largest senior living referral service. Contact our trusted, local experts today! Our service is free/no obligation. Call 1-800-824-2520. DONATE YOUR car to charity. Receive maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All conditions accepted. Free pickup. Call for details. 1-844-810-1257. NFL SUNDAY Ticket free
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Legal notifications for the week of June 23 - June 30, 2017

______________MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Douglas Emory Blackwell and Pamela L. Blackwell, husband and wife, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., on the 24th day of March, 2014, said mortgage recorded
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NHLA to meet July 6

  A meeting of the Neely Henry Lake Association will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the Rainbow City Community Center al 3702 Rainbow Drive. The guest speaker will be Etowah/Gadsden Emergency Management Agency Director Deborah Gaither. Ms. Gaither has extensive experience and expertise in the field of emergency management
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Facebook page identifies photos from Etowah’s past

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last year, two volunteers at the Etowah Historical Society started cleaning out an old storage room to turn into a library. While cleaning, a trove of old historical Etowah County pictures were found. The two volunteers, Sherry Butler Clayton and Artie Morgan, started a new project identifying the people and places
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People of Etowah: Carl Harrison

Name: Carl Harrison Where were you born and raised? “I was born around Pell City. My dad worked on the road, when I was about 11 years old we moved to Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I was in the military for 20 years. I’m retired army.  I worked in transportation and doing a little
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Local doctor offers spa treatment

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A local doctor has begun offering local residents the “spa treatment.” When Dr. Steve Bayer of the Bayer Gynecology Center realized that women in the community were traveling as far as Birmingham for cosmetic procedures, he decided to offer those services closer to home. The center began offering Allergan Botox and
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Gadsden Regional Job Fair connects job seekers with employers

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A Regional Job Fair was held Tuesday, June 27 at 210 at the Tracks, located at 210 Locust Street in Gadsden. About 100 employers attended the fair, offering over 3,000 jobs. A wide variety of jobs were represented, including educational, food service, governmental, production, medical, retail, transportation and staffing types of
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