United Way of Etowah County holds Day of Action

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On June 16, United Way of Etowah County hosted the 20th Annual Day of Action. United Way’s Worldwide Day of Action is June 21, but the local agency tries to host the event on a Friday. United Way Help Me Grow Regional Coordinator Christi Mayo said that the agency gets a
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Gadsden to host Regional Job Fair

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A Regional Job Fair will be held Tuesday, June 27 at 210 at the Tracks, located at 210 Locust Street in Gadsden. The fair will start at 9 p.m. and last until 1 p.m. The job fair is completely free. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally, bring resumes and be prepared
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Sheriff’s Office hosts Student Leadership Academy

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 7th Annual Student Leadership Academy June 11-15. The students participating in the program were nominated by their principals.The principals nominated two incoming high school seniors. Students from private and public schools attended. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office staff evaluated each student for demonstrated leadership,
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Local Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates 35 years

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama celebrated its 35th anniversary with a reception and award ceremony at Exchange Bank on June 8. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers one-on-one mentoring services to children facing adversity. The mentors encourage the children toward educational success and higher aspirations, while teaching them to avoid
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YMCA uses summer camp as teaching opportunity

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor School is out, and that means that parents are trying to find reliable child care. The YMCA of Coosa Valley, located at offers Summer Day Camp. YMCA Director Leroy Falcon said that the average cost of a week of child care in Alabama is $112, but the YMCA’s cost for a
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Big Wills Creek Campground now open in Attalla

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Big Wills Creek Campground and Tubing, located at 2075 Highway 77 in Attalla, recently opened its doors. “This has been my dream ever since I was a teenager, having a campground, somewhere for people to go,” said Freda Gray. The Grays have owned the property for three years. The location was
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Bash in the Bend fundraiser to benefit James M. Barrie Center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Third Annual Father’s Day Bash in the Bend will be held Saturday, June 17, at The River Lot located on Robert Lee Drive in Gadsden. The Bash opens its gates at 12 p.m. The music lineup begins at 2 p.m. with Kelli Johnson. The Foggy Hollow Review will play at
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Memorial Day program remembers fallen soldiers

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, May 29, over a hundred residents attended a Memorial Day program at Colonel Ola Lee Mize Patriots Park in Gadsden. The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association sponsored the event. The association thanked the McLaughlin Detachment, Marine Corps League, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Honor Guard and Rifle Team,  the Gadsden City High
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Correcting Chloe’s Curve to hold Marble Run fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local teenager Chloe Gibbs’ life was changed when a routine screening at Etowah Middle School turned up some troubling news: she had scoliosis. Looking back, her mother Emily Gibbs said that the symptoms were present before the diagnosis. Chloe routinely complained of back pain and headaches. After the disgnosis, the family
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Gadsden City Council continues to address school board topic

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the May 30  Gadsden City Council meeting, several more Gadsden residents addressed the council about the Gadsden City School Board’s appointments. On May 9, the Gadsden City Council voted to table a resolution on District 3 Councilman Thomas Worthy’s School Board nominee Zachary Andre’ Huff for 30 days. Huff would
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Noccalula Falls celebrates World Turtle Day

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, May 23, Noccalula Falls Park celebrated World Turtle Day at its petting zoo. This is the second year Noccalula has hosted the event. Students from local schools visited to take part in the celebration. Children were introduced to Goldie, an African Spurred Tortoise. Donated in 2010, Goldie weighed only
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Donehoo first grade class reads one million words

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor C. A Donehoo Elementary School teacher Jennifer Henslee’s first grade class held a celebration on Friday, May 19. The class celebrated reading over one million words. “I promised them if we met our million word goal they would get a pizza party with cupcakes,” said Henslee. The kids met the goal,
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City addresses school board appointee issue

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On May 9, the Gadsden City Council voted to table a resolution on District 3 Councilman Thomas Worthy’s School Board nominee Zachary Andre’ Huff for 30 days. The decision caused a disagreement among the councilmembers. Huff would replace Lynn Taylor on the Gadsden City School Board. Worthy said that Taylor thought
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Keep Etowah Beautiful holds Awards Breakfast

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Keep Etowah Beautiful, Inc. held its Annual Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, May 23 at the Gadsden Country Club. Ty Jackson presented the Extra Mile Awards. The Extra Mile Awards are given to volunteers that help with the judging of Keep Etowah Beautiful’s Clean Campus, Message in the Bottle or Litter Index
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Job Corps celebrates graduation

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, May 19, the Gadsden Job Corps Center honored more than 60 students during its summer graduation ceremony. The program began with the processional of graduates and the presentation of colors by Job Corps cadets. Business and Community Liaison Manager Harold Carpenter gave the Invocation. Student Representative Jacob Smith gave
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Local veteran shares Moving Wall experience

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Over the past week, over 70,000 attendees visited the Moving Vietnam Wall in Gadsden. For veterans, it really meant a lot to have the Wall come to town. “It’s humbling,” said local Vietnam veteran Dennis Long. “It’s a humbling experience. Especially if you’ve never got to see it, and I haven’t.
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Etowah County Animal Shelter to hold open house

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah County Animal Shelter, located at 12071 Hwy 278 in East Piedmont, will host an open house event on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the second year the shelter has held the event, but this year the event is much bigger. Free hot dogs
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Humane Society to hold Crawfish Boil fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will host its 5th annual Crawfish Boil and Fly-In on Saturday, May 13 at the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport in Gadsden from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The money raised will go to support the Humane Society. “The gates open at 11
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Gadsden Rotary Club celebrates 100 years

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On May 11, 1917, the Gadsden Daily Times-News announced “Rotary Club Formed in Gadsden.” One hundred years later, the Gadsden Rotary Club is still serving the community. The club’s motto is “Service Above Self.” On Thursday, May 11, the club held a luncheon to celebrate the landmark anniversary. Rotary Club
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Sweet Tea Trio to release album in April

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On February 16, local favorite The Sweet Tea Trio opened for the Birmingham concert of Jon Bon Jovi’s “This House is Not for Sale” tour at the BJCC arena. The trio was selected to perform after submitting a videotaped performance. “It was awesome,” said Sweet Tea member and Southside native
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Nomad Homestead to host yard sales for non-profits

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Nomad Homestead Supply is teaming up local ministries and nonprofits to help the organizations raise money through yard sales. To do this, Nomad Homestead Supply is encouraging the organizations to drop off items. The store will tag the items, and split the proceeds 60 percent for Homestead Suppy and 40
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RBC announces Alabama Chocolate Festival lineup

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, March 1, Rainbow City officials and Mayor Terry John Calhoun announced the lineup and activities for the 12th Annual Alabama Chocolate Festival. The festival will take place at the Rainbow Plaza in Rainbow City on Saturday, April 1. Admission to the festival is free. Calhoun commended city employees
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Local partnership upgrades Gadsden City High softball field

By Eric Wright, City of Gadsden Communications and Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The City of Gadsden recently finished an extensive project at the Gadsden City High School softball complex located on Black Creek Road. The complex’s new scoring tower and concession stand received funding from the Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council, which contributed $20,000
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Father shares loss to teach students about bullying

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, February 24, John Halligan visited three Gadsden City middle schools. Halligan shared the story of his son Ryan’s life with students at Gadsden Middle,  Litchfield Middle and Emma Samson Middle schools. The Gadsden Rotary Club sponsored the presentation. Halligan’s son Ryan committed suicide on October 7, 2003. Halligan
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Beautiful Rainbow opens café at library

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Beautiful Rainbow Café officially commenced business in the Gadsden Public Library on Feb. 14. At 11 a.m., the doors opened for the restaurant’s first lunch rush. Beautiful Rainbow Catering Co. and Garden began serving local young men with special needs three years ago as a summer and after-school
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Alabama Power awards Power to Play grants

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On February 14, Steve Hidebrant, Area Manager for the Eastern Division of Alabama Power Company, presented a check to Gaston High School as part of the Alabama Power Foundation’s Power to Play grants. The Power to Play grant program aims to help schools increase participation in extracurricular activities because studies
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“Give for Gabby” auction to be held

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, March 4 the “Give For Gabby” auction fundraiser will be held in the Arthur Green Room at Gadsden Convention Hall at 7 p.m. On February 13, local Ray Thompson Elementary School student Teana “Gabby” Douglas passed away after fighting for over a month.  Douglas had contracted the flu
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King’s Olive Oil named Alabama Small Business of the Year

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Right after Tena King’s mother received a liver transplant, she visited a store dedicated to olive oils and vinegars in Blue Ridge. “She was on a real restricted diet,” said King. “We called UAB after we visited and asked if she could have olive oil and vinegar, and they said
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McDonald’s to host Coffee for a Cause for charities

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor This year, local McDonald’s locations are doing something a little different for its new year resolution. Every Monday, the six Etowah County locations are hosting Coffee for a Cause. Every Monday, Coffee for a Cause takes 50 percent of the sales from brewed hot or iced coffee and donates the money
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Traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial to visit Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah County Patriots Association is planning to honor Vietnam veterans in May this year with several events planned around Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. In addition to a Memorial Day program at Noccalula Falls Park, the association also plans to designate the area of 12th Street between Meighan Boulevard
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Kiwanis Club to host 60th annual Pancake Day

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Kiwanis Club of Gadsden is proud to announce that on Saturday, February 18. The incredibly successful fundraiser has been held in Gadsden for 60 years. Beginning at 3:30 a.m., volunteers will converge on Gadsden’s Convention Hall to begin the cooking process that will serve over 10,000 pancakes, garnished with
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Sweet Tea Trio to open for Bon Jovi concert

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Weeks ago, Sweet Tea Trio Manager LeRoy Falcon saw an advertisement asking musicians to enter videos for a contest to open for Bon Jovi’s “This House is Not for Sale Tour.” Bon Jovi is a rock band that got its start in New Jersey. The band released its first album
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GMA to host Night of Jazz

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Museum of Art will host the fourth annual Night of Jazz fundraiser on Saturday, February 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Local favorite the Courtney Linam Band will perform. Although the band is not specifically a jazz band, the band will be playing
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Local Church offers a Taste of Hope

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Twelfth Street Baptist Church holds a special ministry on the last Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For about two years, the church has held Taste of Hope, which provides hot meals to people in need. The church emphasizes that the meals are hot, with
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Job Corps honors its graduating class

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, January 27, the Gadsden Job Corps Center honored  more than 80 students during its graduation ceremony. The program began with the processional of graduates and the presentation of colors by Job Corps cadets. Rodney Johnson sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” to a cheering crowd. Business and Community Liason Manager
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Etowah County law enforcement begins new initiative

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, Etowah County District Attorney Jody Willoughby, Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton and various law enforcement officials met on Feb. 1 at the Office of the Sheriff to announce what they called a “proactive law enforcement initiative” for the month of February. The initiative aims to
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Gadsden Job Corps welcomes new center director

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Job Corps Center recently welcomed Eric Jones as its new center director. Jones has been employed by Alutiiq since 2011. Alutiiq recently took over the Gadsden Job Corps Center contract.  Jones has a unique perspective as center director since he actually went through a similar vocational program after
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Foundation helps students increase ACT scores

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Ferguson & Son Foundation (FSF) recently sponsored local students to participate in the foundation’s inaugural ACT Preparation Program. The program, which ran for six weeks, equipped students with test taking strategies and techniques to maximize their score. At the conclusion of the program, students took an official ACT test sponsored by
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Willoughby and Nabors sworn into office

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 17, local elected officials gathered at the Etowah County Judicial Building to witness District Attorney Jody Willoughby and Judge Joe Nabors be sworn into office. Judge William Millican presided over the courtroom, while Judge Will Clay swore the elected officials in. In 2015, Willoughby was nominated to
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Pitman Theatre to host movie nights

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The University of Alabama-Gadsden Center, The Gadsden Public Library and Downtown Gadsden, Inc. have paired up to host “Stars Fell on Alabama.” “Stars Fell on Alabama” will be a free monthly movie series held at the Pitman Theatre, located at 629 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. In 2017, a different
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Baptist Mission Center raising funds for new building

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The Etowah Baptist Mission Center has begun raising funds to purchase a fourth building in Gadsden. The charitable organization, which was born 30 years ago in one North 27th Street building, has outgrown the three structures it currently inhabits and is seeking to renovate a currently unoccupied building on
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Gadsden orders plans for new Convention Hall

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The City of Gadsden voted to approve the design of plans to renovate the old K-Mart building on George Wallace Drive in Gadsden at the city council meeting on Tuesday, January 10. The measure is a continuation of the city’s plans to develop the riverfront property at Coosa Landing. The
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Rainbow City to build its own animal shelter

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Rainbow City recently decided to build its own animal shelter. The idea for the new facility came out of necessity. Previously the city contracted its animal control services out to a local veternarian, but the contract was set to end at the end of 2016. Faced with a hefty price
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NEO opens new Rainbow City office

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Northeast Orthopedics started the new year by opening a new office in Rainbow City. On Tuesday, January 3, the office located at 524 Grand Avenue opened its doors. Northeast Orthopedics has been providing orthopedic care for over 30 years ago. Dr. Bill Stewart started the practice in 1986. The new
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Rainbow Middle students speak to an astronaut

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Rainbow Middle School students experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity when they returned to school on Wednesday, January 4. The students spoke to astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, through a radio as the space station passed over the United States. Fifth graders
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Love Center receives new roof and appliances

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In April of last year, The Love Center Shelter, located at 915 South 12th Street in Gadsden, was in dire need. The shelter was desperate for funds, receiving less than half the funds needed to operate it every month. The Love Center created a new board with help from Joanne
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Rainbow City Coin Club contributes to community

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Writer The Rainbow City Coin Club held its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at the Rainbow City Community Center. In addition to usual business, the club recognized the contributions it was able to make in the last month of 2016. On Dec. 6, 2016, the
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Live Nativity held at Rainbow City Hall

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, December 19, people gathered at Rainbow City Hall for a live nativity. About 400 to 500 people stopped by the two hour long event. The Feathered Friends Cockatoo and Horse Sanctuary provided animals for the event including two sheep, a donkey and a camel.  Entertainment for the event
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Historic marker to remember lynching victim

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On December 13, a marker honoring Bunk Richardson was dedicated. The marker is to be placed at the end of North 1st Street in Gadsden, by the railroad where Richardson was lynched. The marker was a joint project between the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), the City of Gadsden and Gadsden
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Love Center receives gift donations

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, December 20, eight volunteers gathered to wrap presents for the children at The Love Center shelter in Gadsden. At the beginning of December, volunteer Tiffany Clayton posted on social media searching for people to adopt the Love Center’s children for Christmas. “We had a huge response,” said Love
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Etowah celebrates 150 years as a county

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On December 7, 1866 Baine County was created by the Alabama legislature. It was named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel David William Baine, after his death in the Civil War. To form the county, area was taken from six adjoining counties. Since the formation of the county happened during Reconstruction
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Physicians Who Care continues its 20-year Christmas tradition

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Physicians Who Care spent the morning of Saturday, Dec. 10 shopping with underprivileged children at Wal-Mart in East Gadsden. Physicians Who Care, a local patient advocacy and physician referral service, held the first Christmas shopping day approximately twenty years ago. Since then, it has become something of a tradition
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Humane Society announces yearly reports

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is proud to announce that this year it was able to save more animals’ lives. Humane Society Director Christi Brown reports that 421 animals were adopted in 2016, so far. An additional 434 animals were transported to areas in the north that
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Sheriff’s charities to provide gifts for children

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah Sheriff’s Charities is currently holding a Christmas Meat Sale. The charity is currently selling 10-pound turkeys for $35 and 8-pound Boston butts for $25. Orders must be placed by Monday, December 19. The meat will be smoked and ready for pick-up on Friday, December 23. The orders must
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First Friday holiday events a success

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, December 2, Downtown Gadsden, Inc. hosted the North Pole Stroll. Participants gather at the Pitman Theatre and “stroll” down Broad Street towards the lawn of City Hall, where the annual Christmas tree lighting is held. What makes the stroll so unique is the people who dress up in
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Gadsden Christmas Parade cancelled

The Kiwanis Club Gadsden Christmas Parade scheduled for tonight (Dec. 5) has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The event will not be rescheduled.
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Festival of Trees lights up GRMC

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent There’s no place like home for the holidays, but Gadsden Regional Medical Center has found a way to bring some Christmas cheer to patients spending the holidays in the hospital. The annual Festival of Trees, featuring Christmas trees decorated by different departments and offices, lit up the main lobby
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Blog writer tells animal adoption tales

By Sarrah Peters News Editor When Troy University journalism student Martha Ladner decided to start a blog to give her more experience, she needed to decide what to write about. She knew she wanted to do something different. So she thought about her passions in life, and her thoughts landed on her dogs. Ladner said
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Gadsden Mall will close for Thanksgiving Day

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Breaking the trend of Black Friday sales starting earlier and earlier, all 31 interior stores and seven interior food vendors at the Gadsden Mall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Stores with exterior entrances have the option to open their doors, but so far only Premier Cinema, Belk, Sears
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Hokes Bluff hosts a Veterans Day program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, November 11, Modern Woodmen of America and the City of Hokes Bluff held a Veterans Day Event at the Hokes Bluff Lions Club. This is the 3rd time the program has been held. The event kicked off with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presenting the flag. 
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Renew Our Rivers cleans out the Coosa River

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Drivers on Albert Rains Boulevard in Gadsden may have seen a shocking sight in the large parking lot next to Convention Hall: a massive pile of trash that had been pulled from the Coosa River as part of the Renew Our Rivers project. Originally called Renew the Coosa, the
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Local yarn shop to move locations

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Before opening her yarn shop The Taming of the Ewe, Pat Miller wore many different hats. In college, she began as a voice major and trained with an opera singer. She obtained a degree as a theater major, before starting to work in broadcast news at CNN. She returned to
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Drought emergency declared in Etowah County

A drought emergency has been declared in Etowah County, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin. The declaration concerning the emergency drought condition, as signed by Gov. Robert Bentley, has been in effect since Oct. 12 and will remain until rescinded by the State Forester. Any prescribed burns, campfires, bonfires, trash or debris fires, or
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State elections approve amendments

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

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

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, November 7, the City of Attalla received a new fire truck. Attalla Fire Chief Robert Dillard, Sr. said that the new truck is a Rosenbauer Quint that will replace a 1997 KME/International. The new truck has a longer ladder that is 78 feet long, as opposed to the
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Modern Woodmen honor Everyday Heroes

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

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

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

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

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Visiting a local flea market or trade day is a time-honored fall tradition in the South, and no one understands that better than Janie Terrell, the owner of Mountain Top Flea Market in Altoona. She and her husband, known as “Cowboy” by most, operate the market every Sunday of
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Governor’s Committee holds awards banquet

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

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Morgan Funeral Chapel has been serving Attalla and surrounding areas since 1973, but the business can still find new ways to serve the area. This year, it is lighting up the night with pink bulbs to support members of the community affected by breast cancer. When funeral home associates
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Darden Rehab holds annual awards luncheon

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

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent City of Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton recently received the Outstanding Community Member Award of Excellence from the Alabama Association for Gifted Children. The award and many others were presented at the AAGC Conference at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham. Mayor Guyton shared the following statement with The Messenger about
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Drought emergency advisory issued for Etowah County

Twenty-eight Alabama counties, including Etowah, have been placed under a drought emergency in the latest Alabama Drought Declaration. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ Office of Water Resources updated the declaration in accordance with the Alabama Drought Planning and Response Act of 2014. The declaration is based on a review of current and
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Lowe's helps spruce up Gadsden Public Library

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

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Rainbow City Lions Club is currently seeking new members. The nonprofit civic club focuses on eyesight and children’s diabetes prevention and support projects. With only 13 members, the Lions Club is too understaffed to perform eye screenings at local schools, a service they would love to offer again. The Rainbow
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Eura Brown named as 2016 Blue Ribbon School

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

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

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

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Former Florida State softball star and Glencoe native Danielle Cox Brock returned home to help young softball players pursue their talents to college ball and beyond with the DCB Elite Academy Softball Training Camp. The camp was held on Sunday (Oct. 2) at the Gadsden Sports Complex and was open
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Local breast cancer survivor shares her story

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Lana Calvert went to a routine mammogram last year and received harrowing news. She had a small lump in her breast. Calvert was sent for an ultrasound and then a biopsy before she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer. “I never thought I would have breast cancer,” said Calvert. “It
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