Republicans sweep local and state races

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Etowah County finished a few thousand voters short of reaching the voter turnout that the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election brought. 34,690 ballots were cast on Tuesday (Nov. 6), which was less than half of the registered voters in the county. Straight party voting benefited the Republicans this time around with
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A Look at Gadsden City Schools New Superintendent

By Cole Frederick Staff Correspondent PART 1 Tony Reddick’s journey to becoming the new superintendent of Gadsden City Schools commenced over 1,100 miles away in Massachusetts. Reddick attended high school at the prestigious Saint Sebastian’s School, an all-boys Catholic school located in Newton. Saint Sebastian’s is the top parochial school in Massachusetts and one of
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People of Etowah - Beth Dayton

Name: Beth Dayton Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden. I have lived in four states.   I lived in Tampa, Fla., as a small child and in Virginia, where I attend K-5, first and second grade outside of Washington, D.C. I then moved back to Alabama where I attended Mitchell
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Echols honored for 32 years of service to Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor After 32 years, Robert “Bob” Wooten Echols, Jr., attended his last city council meeting as a council member on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Members of the city council, employees of the city and many others took the opportunity to honor Echols for his many years of service, both at the council
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Riverview Regional expanding its New Vision program

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Local students celebrated Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31. Red Ribbon Week is a drug prevention campaign that began in 1985 after the death of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. In addition to sporting red ribbons, local students participated in theme days to spread the word of
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"Yes, you can vote for Craig Ford and still vote a straight party ticket. Here’s how…" - Rep. Craig Ford

Several people have asked if it’s possible to vote a straight party ticket and still vote for me for State Senate. The answer is, yes! All you have to do is “Double Bubble.” First, you fill in the bubble next to your political party and then fill in the bubble next to my name in
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People of Etowah - Morgan Cunningham

Name: Morgan Cunningham Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden and, other than college and law school, have always lived here.” What is your occupation? “I am an attorney.”    What made you decide to work in your field? “My father is an attorney, and some of my fondest
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Darden Rehab holds awards luncheon

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, October 17, Darden Rehabilitation Foundation held its annual meeting and award ceremony at the Downtown Civic Center in Gadsden. Darden is one of 26 community rehabilitation programs in Alabama and is number one in the state. The program serves clients with disabilities in five counties: Etowah, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall
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Love Center to host Community Feud fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Love Center’s upcoming fundraiser transforms a popular televised game show into a fun-filled community competition. Community Feud will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the newly-opened Venue at Coosa Landing in Gadsden. To find teams, the Love Center Board approached local governing bodies and others and
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People of Etowah - Katy Chandler

Name: Katy Chandler Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and raised most of my life in Attalla.” What is your occupation? “I am the manager at Sportclips Haircuts of Gadsden.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I have said from the beginning that cosmetology chose me. I
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Sports Complex construction schedule revealed

Photo by Kaitlin Fleming: Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority Chair Ralph Burke (left) announces the schedule for construction of the Sports Complex as authority member Craig Ford (right) listens on Thursday, October 11. After months of planning and preparation, the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority (ECMSCA) is revealing plans for construction to begin.
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Guyton and Wilson win runoff elections

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, October 9, City of Gadsden municipal runoff elections were held. In the District 5 City Council race, Jason Wilson beat incumbent Billy Billingsley. Wilson received 520, votes to Billingsley’s 296. “I cannot tell you how much it means to my family to have an opportunity to serve this
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Local high school soccer player set to attend university early

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent At the age of four, Grace McClellan had a dream that she would one day play professional soccer. Now, the Southside High School senior has gotten one step closer to having her dreams a reality. McClellan has had an opportunity for the past two years to play with an Olympic
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Humane Society to host Halloween events

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, October 26, the Humane SocietyPet Rescue and Adoption Center will host a Halloween Bash from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge located at 118 West 1st Street in Gadsden. The event is a costume party, compete with a costume contest with prizes, games, music, catered food
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Gadsden holds open house for The Venue

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Tuesday, September 25, the City of Gadsden unveiled its newest event space. An open house allowed the public to view the newly-completed The Venue at Coosa Landing at 201 George Wallace Drive. City of Gadsden Public Affairs Coordinator Eric Wright said that they hoped for a few hundred visitors, but
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Longhorn Steakhouse set to open October 2

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor Gadsden natives may have noticed the soon-to-open restaurant being built at 943 Rainbow Drive, right in front of the Gadsden Mall. In fact, the construction has caused the main mall entrance to be closed. Locals anticipating the new Longhorn Steakhouse won’t have to wait much longer. Longhorn recently announced that it
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People of Etowah - Madison Cannon

Name: Madison Cannon Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and raised in Attalla.” What is your occupation? “I am an insurance agent at Hodges-Ford Insurance.” Tell us about your family and pets. “I have a rather small family with my mom and dad and younger brother and sister.” Describe an
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Cothran’s named Sweetest Bakery in Alabama

(Photo by Sarrah Peters/Messenger: Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton presents Cothran’s Bakery owner Chris Cothran with a proclamation in honor of the bakery’s designation as the Sweetest Bakery in Alabama in a national contest held by Dawn Food Products, Inc.) By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, September 14, Cothran’s Bakery celebrated National Bakery Day with some
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GRMC doctor celebrates 50 years of service

(Photo by Sarrah Peters/Messenger: The Newman family poses for a photo at the reception honoring Dr. Lucian Newman, Jr.’s 50 years of service at Gadsden Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Dr. Newman, Jr. (second from right) is pictured with his wife Jane and their three children, Dr. Lucian Newman, III, Dr. Charlie Newman and
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XTERRA race series to start at Noccalula Falls Park

(Submitted Photo: A local youth competes in the last year’s XTERRA Parks of Alabama Trail Run Series race at Noccalula Falls Park.) By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Black Squirrel Events is set to host the 2018-2019 XTERRA Parks of Alabama Trail Run Series kickoff race on Sept. 29 at Noccalula Falls Park and Campground in Gadsden.
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Local VFW to honor Vietnam veterans 50 years after war

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Wilson-Parris Post 8600 located at 817 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden will host a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday, September 22 from 2-6 p.m. The VFW post has partnered with the national United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration organization to host events in
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People of Etowah: Leslie Harp

Name: Leslie Harp Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Atlanta and raised in Leeds.” What is your occupation? “I’m the Marketing Director and Nurse Recruiter for Gadsden Regional Medical Center.” What made you decide to work in your field? “Working in healthcare marketing was not something I planned or even knew
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Gadsden remembers 9-11 with memorial

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, September 11, about 100 people gathered on the corner of 4th and Broad streets, where a small memorial park honors those lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Every year on the anniversary, the Gadsden Beautification Board hosts a memorial to remember what happened and the people that were
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GMA exhibit exposes life in North Korea

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, September 7, the Gadsden Museum of Art opened a new exhibit titled “Korean Dreams” by photographer Nathalie Daoust. The exhibit will be open until October 29. “Korean Dreams” uses photos to capture life in North Korea. Because foreigners are closely monitored and only allowed to take photos in approved
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Colley Homes holds open house for new renovations

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent On Thursday, September 6, the Greater Gadsden Housing Authority held an open house for newly renovated units at Colley Homes in Gadsden. The renovated units, which were built in 1951 and previously renovated in the 1980s, are part of the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) affordable public housing program. Greg
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Local students kickoff Super Citizen program

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent More than 1,500 elementary school students in Etowah County and Attalla school systems participated in the Next Great Americans Kickoff Bus Tour and Super Citizen Program Kickoff on Friday, August 31. The students participating in the event waved flags and wore patina colored paper crowns with exactly seven spikes, just
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9/11 Memorial Service to be held in Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Next Tuesday is the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that rocked the nation. The Gadsden Beautification Board will host its annual memorial service to remember those lost in the attacks at 5 p.m. at the Memorial Park at the intersection of 4th and Broad streets in downtown
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New superintendent speaks to Gadsden Civitan Club

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Over a dozen people attended the Gadsden Civitan Club’s meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at Gadsden State Community College. After attending to club business, Tony Reddick, Gadsden City School System’s new superintendent addressed the crowd. Reddick used the opportunity to let the club member’s know more about him and what
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People of Etowah - Shelby Windham

Name: Shelby Windham Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Montgomery on Maxwell Air Force Base. As an Air Force brat, I was raised all over the place. We lived in New Jersey, Delaware, Germany, New Mexico and all over Alabama. I settled in Dothan at 14 and I’ve been here in
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New swing at Hokes Bluff park offers playtime to all

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, August 28, local politicians gathered in Hokes Bluff Park to celebrate the addition of a swing. But this wasn’t just any swing – this swing is specially designed to be wheelchair accessible, allowing local special needs children to play alongside other children. Evan Shields, a nine-year-old student at
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Gadsden election results send two races to runoffs

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, August 28, Gadsden municipal elections were held for Gadsden City Council and the office of mayor. Most city council members retained their seats on the council. In District 1, incumbent Dr. Cynthia Toles received 508 votes, beating out challenger Steven Abel with 402 votes. In District 2, incumbent
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EMA prepares locals for National Preparedness Month with classes

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent September marks FEMA’s National Preparedness Month and the Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency is focusing its efforts on making sure this area is prepared for anything. The month of September will be packed with different programs to make sure that people are prepared. The program will be broken into four
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People of Etowah - Jessica Brown

Name: Jessica Brown Where were you born and raised? “I’m a hometown girl. I was born in Gadsden, raised in Hokes Bluff and now I live in Whorton’s Bend.” What is your occupation? “I am the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Family Savings Credit Union.” What made you decide to work in your field? “When
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Gadsden announces new restaurant and more

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Gadsden City Council made several announcements at its weekly meeting on Tuesday, August 21. Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton announced that the city is finalizing lease terms with Buffalo Wild Wings. The new restaurant will be built on four acres of land near Coosa Landing between The Venue, city’s new event
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Chamber holds forum for local political candidates

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Etowah Chamber hosted the Political Candidate Forum for Gadsden Municipal Elections on Thursday, August 16. The Chamber invited each candidate for Gadsden City Council and the Gadsden Mayor’s Office to speak for five minutes. Candidates introduced themselves and spoke about their plans should they be elected. For the Gadsden City
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Rustick Bucket Vintage Market to offer shopping fun

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Rustik Bucket Vintage Market will be held on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.  From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the market will be set up at Ferguson’s Wedding Venue and Courtyard located at 401 5th Avenue Northeast in downtown Attalla. After Vanessa Durham, owner of The Cozy Nest,
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People of Etowah - Chris Robinson

Name: Chris Robinson Where were you born and raised? “I was born at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital in Gadsden, and have lived here my entire life.” What is your occupation?  “I own a small business in Historic Downtown Gadsden on Broad Street called Blackstone Pub and Eatery, which is a gourmet-style pizza kitchen.
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Koch Foods expansion to create new local jobs

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, August 14, job seekers attended the Gadsden Job Fair, sponsored by the Gadsden Career Center and Gadsden City Councilman Thomas Worthy, where they met with potential employers. While the Job Fair was underway, the Gadsden City Council announced the upcoming addition of new jobs in the area. The
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Love Center director wins Hometown Hero Award

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, August 15, Modern Woodmen representative Morgan Lavender presented Love Center Director Ruth Adcock with a Hometown Hero Award. “The Hometown Hero Award recognizes people in the community that go above and beyond when they don’t always get noticed in the spotlight,” said Lavender. “But people are noticing, so
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People of Etowah - Deborah Lloyd Gaither

Name: Deborah Lloyd Gaither Where were you born and raised?  “I was born in Aliceville in Pickens County and raised in Talladega in Talladega County.” What is your occupation? “I am proud to say that I am the Emergency Management Director of the Gadsden/Etowah County EMA.” What made you decide to work in your field? 
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BBQ restaurant opens in Attalla

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On August 11, Southern Heritage BBQ had a ribbon cutting for the new restaurant located at 215 Gilbert’s Ferry Road in Attalla. The business’s owners Craig Cantrell and Steve Cole met at work, where they took lunch breaks at the same time. When Cantrell asked Cole about welding him a
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City of Gadsden funds school safety measures

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden City School District students returned to class on Monday, August 6, and new superintendent Tony Reddick spent the first two days of class out and about. He visited nine schools on Monday, where he personally welcomed back teachers and students. On Tuesday, he spoke with the Gadsden City Council
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People of Etowah - Kent Back

Name: Kent Back Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Middletown, Ohio. I was raised in Gadsden since I was 2 years old.” What is your occupation? “I am the President of Bowman & Back, Inc., located in downtown Gadsden. We recover capital for our clients and improve efficiencies in Waste Stream
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Gadsden State breaks ground on new construction

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent On July 26, Gadsden State Community College hosted groundbreaking ceremonies for construction projects taking place on three of its campuses. The first ceremony was held at the Ayers Campus, where an addition to the Cheaha Career Center is under construction. The second ceremony took place at the East Broad campus in
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Gadsden Public Library hosts magical birthday party

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Magic was in the air at the Gadsden Public Library on Tuesday, July 31! To celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, the library was transfigured into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a series of events that lasted all day. This is the second year the library has hosted the event. Staff
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Educators learn about local workforce

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce and East Alabama Works recently teamed up to hold an educators workforce development workshop. Marketing and Events Manager Suzy Jouben said that the Chamber had some leftover funds from its Excellence in Education award ceremony held earlier this year and wanted the money to be used
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Humane Society offering discounted adoption fees

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Per Rescue and Adoption Center is offering an election month promotion. For the month of August, all the dogs (re-pup-licans) and cats (demo-cats) can be adopted for $50. Humane Society Director Christi Brown wanted to reassure potential adopters that the reduced adoption fee still includes everything the Humane
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People of Etowah - Debby Carden

Name: Debby Carden Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and lived there until I was nine years old, and we then moved to Attalla.  So I guess you would say Attalla is my hometown. I loved growing up here, and I am blessed to still have as some of my
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Local teen to race in obstacle course championship

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A local teen is making waves in the world of obstacle courses. Allie Condy, a 13-year old Rainbow Middle School student entering the eighth grade, started doing obstacle courses a year ago with her father, Ryan, a trainer and coach at Absolute Fitness in Rainbow City. Condy first competed in the
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Mega Sports Complex Authority gives project update

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Members of the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority gave an update on the complex’s progress at the Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Biscuits and Gravy event on July 24. Ralph Burke, the authority’s chair, talked about the research the committee has done. “One of the things we’ve been doing over
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Barker discusses her state school board campaign

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Jessica Fortune Barker is the Democratic candidate for State Board of Education, District 8, which encompasses Madison, Jackson and Etowah counties, as well as parts of DeKalb and Limestone counties. Barker graduated from J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville. “I am a graduate of the District 8 system,” said Barker. “I
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People of Etowah - Beth Crain

Name: Beth Crain Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden with the rest of my family (my mom, dad and two brothers). We moved to Louisville, Kent., when I was very young for my father to pursue his Pastoral Degree and later obtain his Doctrine in Theology.  I’ve also lived in
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Etowah runoff election results announced

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Less than 11 percent of Etowah County voters turned out for the run-off elections on Tuesday, July 17. Gadsden architect Craig Lipscomb won against former Ashville Mayor Robert McKay with 55 percent of the vote to claim the Republican nominations for the District 30 Alabama House seat. “It was a
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GPL breaks ground on new sensory garden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, July 16, the Gadsden Public Library held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Open Spaces Sacred Places sensory garden. The new garden will be located on the patio of the Gadsden Public Library, located at 234 College Street. “It’s going to primarily by herbs and other aromatic plants,”
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City of Attalla opens new storm shelter

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The City of Attalla recently opened a new storm shelter beside Carnes Recreation Center in Camp Sibert, located just off of Highway 77. “We have guidelines for the use of the shelter,” said City Engineer Jason Nicholson. “It opens when Etowah County is placed under a tornado watch.” The storm
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Gadsden Museum of Art asks locals to loan WWI artifacts

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Every year around Veterans Day, the Gadsden Museum of Art hosts an exhibit that features items from various wars the United States has been involved in as well as highlighting local contributions to the wars. This year the museum will feature World War I artifacts in an exhibit that will
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Ford secures $200,000 grant for Attalla

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent At the Monday, July 15 Attalla City Council Meeting State Rep. Craig Ford announced a $200,000 grant to the City of Attalla’s Sewage and Water Board. This grant will be used to update sewage lines, manhole covers and water lines in the city limits. Attalla Mayor Larry Means stated that
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Relevé rising up to serve community

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Relevé Academy of Performing Arts, formally known as Strut USA, is focusing oncommunity needs and giving back to local children. On Tuesday, July 10, Relevé hosted a meet and greet with Disney Princess Ariel from Little Mermaid. The event was open to students and non-students. At the event, children took
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Young named new Gadsden City High principal

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On June 26, the Gadsden City Board of Education approved Kevin Young as the new principal of Gadsden City High School. Young said that he was pleased by the support of the board and their confidence in him. “This is where I want to be,” said Young. “I’m really excited to
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People of Etowah - Ben Reed

Name: Ben Reed Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia.” What is your occupation? “I am the councilman for Gadsden City Council District 7.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I wanted to get involved in community service.” Tell us about your family and pets.
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Boy Scouts honor locals at Steak Social

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Sports enthusiasts, Boy Scout supporters and locals flocked to 210 at the Tracks in Gadsden on Thursday, June 21 to enjoy a good meal and more at the 2018 American Values Steak Social. Attendees enjoyed drinks and food (steak, of course) while they socialized with each other. During the event, a
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Stay safe this summer with these tips from the EMA

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent The 4th of July is right around the corner and the temperature is rising in Alabama. So how can you and your family stay safe and have fun this summer? The most important part of staying safe is staying aware of the dangers that accompany the vacation months. A couple of
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Local events to celebrate 4th of July

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor There is plenty of fun to be had around Etowah County during the upcoming week in celebration of July 4. On Tuesday, July 3, Big Wills Creek Campground and Tubing in Attalla will host “Fireworks on the Creek.” The fireworks kick off at 9 p.m., but before the show Ashton Wilson
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People of Etowah - Drew Southers

Name: Drew Southers Where were you born and raised? “Chatsworth, Georgia. It’s a very small town in North Georgia located in the mountains. Beautiful place.” What is your occupation? “Marketing Manager for Downtown Gadsden, Inc.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I’m a creative and social person and with marketing, I get
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Black Creek Complex construction kicked off

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, June 19, City of Gadsden officials hosted a kick-off event for the beginning of construction on the city’s new Black Creek Complex. The Black Creek Complex, located at 215 North 21st Street next to the new Boys and Girls Club in the former General Forrest Junior High School, will
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Hardin Center displays the Mitchell sisters’ artwork

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, June 19, The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts hosted Atlanta sisters Linda Mitchell and Mary Anne Mitchell. The Hardin Center is currently displaying the sisters’ works in the Landscape of Dreams: New Works from the Mitchell Sisters exhibit. The sisters discussed their works and answered questions from
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Council on Aging holds annual Elder Abuse Summit on June 20

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Approximately 5 million adults over the age of 60 have been victims of abuse. In Etowah County alone there were 309 cases of elder abuse in 2017. The Council on Aging of Etowah County hosted the 13th annual Elder Abuse Summit last Wednesday, June 20, in commemoration of World Elder Abuse
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People of Etowah - Tony Reddick

Name: Tony Reddick What is your occupation? “I am the newly appointed Superintendent of the Gadsden City School System.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was recommended to me that I consider the field of education after I returned to Gadsden after three years in Massachusetts working in the semi-conductor industry.”
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Means addresses Etowah Historical Society on Attalla history

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent On Friday, June 8, the Etowah Historical Society welcomed a special guest speaker for its meeting, City of Attalla Mayor Larry Means. Means, who was born and raised in Attalla, gave a 45- minutes presentation on the history of the city. From its beginnings in coal and ore mining, to the
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Sheriff’s Office hosts Student Leadership Academy

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 8th Annual Student Leadership Academy this past week. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin started the program in 2011, and it is directed by Chief Deputy Michael Barton.  The students participating in the program were nominated by their principals. The principals nominated two incoming high
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United Way to hold 21st annual Day of Action today

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Across Etowah County today, Friday, June 15, volunteers are working hard to improve the community. Today is United Way of Etowah County’s 21st annual Day of Action. The Day of Action is a campaign where local charities and organizations sign up to get projects done, and volunteers come out to work
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Attalla-born champion shooter hit the mark in more ways than one

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Those who knew Wayne Mayes describe him as a great skeet shooter and an even better friend. He was approachable and kind and humble about his wins, and his skeet shooting record speaks for itself. Skeet shooting is a shooting sport in which a clay target is thrown from a trap
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People of Etowah - Marlene Holcomb

Name: Marlene Holcomb Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Albion, Ohio and lived there until I was 16 years old. I then moved to Gadsden, Alabama.” What is your occupation? “I was a hairdresser, now I am retired.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was something I
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Local voters make their voices heard in primaries

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Locals headed to the polls on Tuesday, June 5 to vote in the local and state primary elections. In Etowah County, about 23,000 of the county’s 70,470 registered voters turned out to make their voices heard, meaning about a third of registered voters turned out. About 83 percent of the
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GPL is ready to rock with summer music programs

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Public Library is ready for summer, introducing programs during the summer months for children, teens and adults. This year the programs will focus on music and movement. “Being a music lover myself, we thought this would be a really awesome opportunity to explore different types of music,” said
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Recent GCHS grad to attend leadership program in D.C.

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden City High School student Braxton Bostick graduated this year with the opportunity to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Washington D.C. this summer. The National Youth Leadership Forum consists of five different six-day retreats. Each retreat focuses on exploring different career fields including medicine, engineering and technology,
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People of Etowah

Name: Kaitlin Fleming Where were you born and raised? “I was born at Riverview hospital in Gadsden but I was raised in Attalla.” What is your occupation? “I am a full time student at Jacksonville State University. I am majoring in communications with a focus in digital journalism. I am currently working as an editorial
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Glencoe unveils new Hwy. 431 memorial sign

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, “The City of Patriotism” unveiled a new sign that honors veterans. Glencoe unveiled a new sign marking Highway 431 in Glencoe as Veterans Memorial Highway. Glencoe Mayor Charles “Peanut” Gilchrist, City of Glencoe staff and members of Glencoe’s VFW post 10408 attended the
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Local student nominated to attend Girls State program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Westbrook Christian School student Alley Sizemore, an incoming senior, recently was selected to participate in two programs that center around leadership. Sizemore was selected to participate in Jacksonville State University’s Emerging Leaders program. Unfortunately, the program was canceled after the March 19 tornadoes damaged the school’s campus. Sizemore was also chosen
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Calcean Minerals and Materials bringing jobs to Gadsden area

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Calcean Minerals and Materials LLC is coming to Gadsden and the company is bringing 70 jobs with it. On Tuesday, May 29, the Gadsden City Council voted on the abatement resolution, which passed unanimously. Calcean is a processing company for biogenically renewable high performance mineral known as oolitic aragonite sand. Oolitic
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People of Etowah - Tabitha Bozeman

Name: Tabitha Bozeman Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, but have lived in Gadsden/Etowah County since I was five years old.” What is your occupation? “Higher Education;I teach English at Gadsden State Community College.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was always a bookworm growing
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Noccalula Falls Park celebrates World Turtle Day

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, May 23, Noccalula Falls Park celebrated World Turtle Day at its petting zoo. This is the third year Noccalula has hosted the event. Students from local schools visited to take part in the celebration. Visitors were introduced to a new addition to the petting zoo: Bella, a female African
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Southside students attend Too Good for Drugs picnic

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent America currently faces a drug crisis like never before. In 2016 alone, over 60,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. However, the students at Southside Elementary School are working to fight the drug epidemic in Etowah County. The City of Southside Police Department, Kenny Keenum, Joey Statumn, Becky Nordgren, Morgan Cunningham,
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Etowah High students receive special recognition and awards

            By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Several Etowah High School seniors received awards and scholarships on May 18. In total, the students received $2.2 million dollars in scholarships. Of all 134 students graduating from Etowah High, six are entering the U.S. military. One of the scholarship recipients was Peyton Laughlin, who
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Cherry Creek residents donate items to Etowah Baptist Mission

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Cherry Creek Village residents and staff wanted to give back to the community, so the senior living facility recently held a drive to collect items to donate to Etowah Baptist Mission Center. Residents, staff, visitors and even a resident that hadn’t moved in yet donated to the drive. Cherry Creek collected
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Cove Acre Farms under new management

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In 2014, the Cove Acre Farms wedding and event venue opened in Hokes Bluff. The 12,000 square foot barn on the picturesque Cove Acre Farms was tranformed into a peaceful, charming space. Cove Acre Farms is now under new ownership. Cindy Johnson and her husband bought the property after falling in
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FEMA advises locals to register for relief

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor **Correction made to reflect the Rainbow City location’s closing. Correction made 5-29-18**  FEMA is still taking registration for disaster relief from the March tornadoes that struck Jacksonville, Southside and parts of Rainbow City. FEMA External Affairs employee Robert Porreca encourages anyone who received damage from the storms to apply for aid.
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People of Etowah - Iva Nelson

Name: Iva Nelson Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and have lived here my entire life.” What is your occupation? “I am City Clerk for the City of Gadsden.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was looking for a better job opportunity and a friend asked
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Sheriff honors fallen law enforcement officers

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The American flag was at half-mast behind the Etowah County Law Enforcement Memorial on Tuesday, May 15 when Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin took some time out of his day to remember the local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Entrekin visited the memorial to
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Salvation Army holds annual meeting, awards ceremony

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Salvation Army Advisory Board hosted its annual meeting and awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 15 at the Downtown Civic Center. The Salvation Army Ensemble played music as attendees enjoyed dinner. The Gadsden City High School’s ROTC, led by Colonol Carl Harrison, posted the colors. The Gadsden Corps Timbrel Brigade entertained
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People of Etowah - Kassie Mathis

Name: Kassie Mathis Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I am the director of the Title III Strengthening HBCUs Program on the Valley Street Campus of Gadsden State Community College. Title III is a federally-funded grant program that supports the academic progress of historically
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Etowah County Career Technical Center hosts employment fair

Photo: (Submitted photo) Sara Summerhill and Madison Vaughn at the Etowah County Career Technical Center (ECCTC) in Attalla on May 9. The ECCTC welcomed over 20 companies and over 450 students at an Employment Fair on May 9. On May 9, Etowah County Career Technical Center (ECCTC) hosted an employment fair for its 2018 graduates. The
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People of Etowah - Deb Reynolds

Name: Deb Reynolds Where were you born and raised? “Calhoun County, near Silver Lakes Golf Course. We later moved to North Gadsden but settled in Camp Sibert in Attalla when I was 13. My parents continued to live there until they passed to their eternal home in heaven.” What is your occupation? “I am an
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Local students compete in annual TechBlitz

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

Name: Carl C. Byers, Jr. Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Pell City and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation?  “I am currently the campus director for the Valley Street HBCU Campus of Gadsden State Community College. I am also a math instructor and the Job Corps liaison for the
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Blue Bell surprises local Teacher of the Year

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

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

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

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

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