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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Candidates address local issues at forum

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

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

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

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

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

Name: Suzanne McNair Scharfenberg Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and raised all over the Southeast: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. My father worked for Coca-Cola in Atlanta and each promotion meant a transfer. So, we moved a lot! But with four siblings it was always fun.
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Locals offer “Just a Taste” of healthy recipes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor According to the National Weather Service, nine tornadoes touched down during the severe storms on Monday, March 19. Three of those tornadoes touched down in central Alabama. The first tornado hit Blount and St. Clair counties as a category EF-1, which caused tree damage. Downed trees damaged structures and power lines
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NASRO director speaks to local school officials

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, March 21,  Etowah County, Attalla City and Gadsden City school administrators gathered at the Pitman Theatre to listen to Maurice “Mo” Canady, Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), speak about the challenges of school safety. In a second session, Canady spoke to school resource
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People of Etowah - Amanda Jackson

Name: Amanda Jackson Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Talladega, but we moved to Gadsden when I was three.” What is your occupation? “I am the Director of the Gadsden Public Library.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was really more of a happy accident. I have
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Students hypnotized at conference

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor CED Mental Health hosted a Youth Prevention Conference at Gadsden City High School on March 14. Students in ninth and tenth grades were bussed to GCHS from surrounding Etowah County schools. At the conference, motivational speaker and hypnotist Patrick Grady of Wahoo, Fla. spoke to the students. The theme for the
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Gadsden State holds International Festival

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Gadsden State held its annual International Festival on Friday, March 9 at 210 on the Tracks. To celebrate the GSCC international program’s 50th anniversary, the festi-val was larger than ever. As attendees entered the festival, a timeline detailed the GSCC international pro-gram’s 50-year history. The international pro-gam’s students manned booths, that
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State Rep. Ford’s bill passes state house

The Alabama House of Representatives earlier this week passed legislation introduced by Rep. Craig Ford (I-Gadsden) that would establish a more simplified, free and consolidated process for non-profit entities to apply for a special events license. “Under current law, it can take up to six months for a charitable organization such as the American Heart
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Attalla breaks ground on new fire station

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last November, the City of Attalla purchased a new fire truck, and plans are now underway to build a new place to park it. On Tuesday, March 6, the City of Attalla broke ground on a new fire station located on the corner of Burke Avenue and Jones Street. The city
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Humane Society to host Paws for St. Paddy’s fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On March 15, Gadsden Convention Hall wil be decked in green for the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center’s annual Paws for St. Paddy’s fundraiser.The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Local Joe’s will cater the Paws for St. Paddy’s fundraiser. The event is BYOB. Attendees are encouraged to don festive
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Sheriff deputizes local student

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, March 1, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department helped local Gaston High special needs student Austin Robertson celebrate his 19th birthday. A family friend of the Robertsons, Health Services Administrator for the Etowah County Detention Center Cassi Kellet, brought Austin to the attention of the sheriff’s office. Chad Robertson told
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People of Etowah - Todd Clough

Name: Todd Clough Where were you born and raised? “Etowah County.” What is your occupation? “I’m Vice President of Purchasing at The Sterling Co., the president and founder of Varsity Ministries and I serve at Whorton Bend Baptist Church preaching alongside Joey Jones.” What made you decide to work in your field? “In Varsity Ministries,
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Etowah High holds Career Tech Open House

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tueasday, February 27, students enrolled in Etowah High School’s Career Tech programs showcased the skills that they have been learning in the different programs at a Career Tech Open House. Four of the Career Tech programs were demonstrated at the open house: Health Science, Childcare, Cosmetology and Agriscience. A fifth
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Alabama Power awards Power to Play grants

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, February 23, Steve Hildebrant, Area Manager for the Eastern Division of Alabama Power Company, presented a check to West End High 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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People of Etowah - Lucy Wallace Edwards

Name: Lucy Wallace Edwards Where were you born and raised? “Decatur.” What is your occupation?  “Financial Advisor for BBVA Compass Securities.” What made you decide to work in your field? “In college I had a professor who encouraged me to consider a career in investments. He said my personality and ability to communicate complex issues
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Sweet Tea Trio signs deal with Kid Rock

The rising country group Sweet Tea Trio has signed an exclusive management deal with rock-and-roll icon Kid Rock, also known as Robert Ritchie, and Vector Management founder Ken Levitan. The venture is a first for the Levitan and Ritchie, who worked together early in Kid Rock’s career.  Ritchie discovered the trio, made up of Alabama
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Library hosts black history month quilt lecture

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, February 15, the Gadsden Public Library hosted “Quilt Talk: Secret Slave Codes in Quilts” as part of its observance of Black History Month to celebrate the contributions that African-Americans have made to the nations history and culture. Founder and Executive Director of the Grace Heritage Foundation for Southern Hills
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FSCU’s Amy Jackson offers quality mortgage services

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June, Amy Jackson became the new Mortgage Services Director at Family Savings Credit Union. Jackson has been working in the mortgage industry since 1995 at the age of 19. She was in college and married and didn’t know the difference between a mortgage and a note when she first started.
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Gadsden breaks ground on new community center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, February 14, City of Gadsden officials broke ground on the new East Gadsden Community Center. The plans for the $5.5 million dollar center were approved late last year. The new facility is already underway, as winter weather caused the groundbreaking to be postponed. The new facility is being built
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Big Brothers and Sisters honored

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Every year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama picks two Big Brother matches and two Big Sister matches for its Big of the Year. Of those, one of each match is slected to compete for the state of Alabama’s Big of the Year award. In 2016, both the Big Brother
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Downtown Café offering fresh food in Attalla

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A new café opened its doors in downtown Attalla in January. The Downtown Café, located at 411 4th Street NW in Attalla, feels just like grandma’s kitchen complete with hometown photos of Attalla people and places lining the walls. The café is located in a former hardware store built in the
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People of Etowah - Tim Lett

Name: Tim Lett Where were you born and raised? “I was born here in Gadsden at GRMC, but long before it was called Gadsden Regional. My parents had lived in South Gadsden, but moved to Pell City. Mom didn’t want to change doctors, so they made the drive. Being a Preacher’s Kid, I can’t say
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Ford to Run for State Senate as Independent

State Rep. Craig Ford announced on Saturday, Feb. 10, that he is running as an Independent candidate for state Senate District 10m which includes all of Etowah and Cherokee counties and a portion of DeKalb County. Ford is a small business owner who also serves in the Alabama National Guard and previously served in the
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City of Gadsden honors Papa Cause

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, February 1, Papa Cause visited the Elliot Community Center to share his message with Gadsden citizens. Litchfield Middle School Band got the show started with an energetic performance. Heather Brothers New with the Gadsden-Etowah Chamber welcomed everyone to the event, and thanked Papa Cause and his creator John Solomon
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Larry Means talks to Gadsden Civitans Club

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, February 7, City of Attalla Mayor Larry Means spoke to members of the Gadsden Civitans Club. Means discussed the ongoing projects to improve Attalla, as well as his work as chairman of the Eto-wah County Industrial Development Authority. When Means became mayor after working in the state senate for
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People of Etowah - Cindy McConnell

Name: Cindy McConnell Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised right here in Etowah County. I grew up in Rainbow City and moved to Attalla when I got married.” What is your occupation?  “I am a RN and a teacher of Health Science at Etowah High School. I have been an
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Westbrook shows appreciation for law enforcement

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, January 26, students and staff at Westbrook Christian School took time out of their day to welcome members of the Rainbow City Police Department to a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day assembly. Students opened the assembly by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States, the
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James Farmer speaks at Antiquarian Society meeting

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On January 26, the Antiquarian Society held a luncheon at the Gadsden Country Club with author James Farmer as the guest speaker. Before Farmer addressed the attendees, members enjoyed a lunch of Southern pot roast, roasted potatoes, green beans and baby carrots with Dutch apple pie for dessert. Farmer is a
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People of Etowah - Jonathon Horton

Name: Jonathon Horton Where were you born and raised? “I was born at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital and was raised in Ivalee and Gallant communities.” What is your occupation? “I am the Chief of Police of Rainbow City and a part-time funeral director at Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home.” What made you decide to
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Locals excited about new Chick in town

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor By 12 p.m. on January 23, a couple of people had settled onto the sidewalk outside of the new Chicken Salad Chick, located at 2012 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden in anticipation of the restaurant’s grand opening at 10:30 a.m. on January 24. As part of the opening the chicken salad restaurant
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Local receptionist retires at age 80

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Martha Brothers has been working at Gadsden Eye Associates for almost 27 years. She currently is Dr. Tony Catanzaro’s secretary. Now, at age 80, Brothers is retiring. “I praise God for allowing me to work at Gadsden Eye Associates for almost 27 wonderful years,” said Brothers. Brothers said that she has
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Altrusa Int. to host Antique Show

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The 50th Annual Altrusa of Gadsden Antique Show and Sale will be held February 2, 3 and 4 at Gadsden Convention Hall. On Friday and Saturday,  February 2 and 3, the antique show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, February 4 the show will be held
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Ford introduces local jobs bill

State Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden has introduced legislation earlier this week to create jobs and kick start local road, bridge and economic development projects. Called “The Etowah County Jobs Act,” the legislation will re-allocate a portion of the one-cent sales tax that was passed by Ford’s father, the late Rep. Joe Ford, to pay
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People of Etowah - Jason Wilson

Name: Jason Wilson Where were you born and raised?     “I was born on Cansler Avenue in Gadsden, and  my family moved to Southside in 1989.” What is your occupation?    “Founder and CEO of Back Forty Beer Company.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I am an entrepreneur with a
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Gadsden celebrates King’s vision of unity

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, January 15, Gadsden’s 32nd Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was held at Convention Hall. WMGJ radio station sponsored the free public event. The celebration featured a candle lighting ceremony to honor community members that were “foot soldiers who led us through some treacherous times,” according to WMGJ
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Etowah Probation Officers receive radios

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 16, Judge David Kimberley presented Eto-wah County’s Probation officers with eight radios. The radios will allow probation officers enable to coordinate with other law enforcement officers if an emergency occurs at the judicial building, where the probation office is located. The radios will also offer the officers the
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City Council and Rep. Butler express opposing views about elected school board

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 16, the Gadsden City Council pased a resolution opposing the proposed bill regarding the election of Gadsden City School Board members. Currently, Gadsden school board members are appointed by the Gadsden City Council, but State Representative Mack Butler of Rainbow City proposed a bill allowing Gadsden citizens to
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People of Etowah - Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale

Name: Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale What is your occupation? “I have recently joined Allenstein and Allenstein Law Firm as the Social Security Appeals Council Case Manager. I’m an independent contractor for the Greater Gadsden Area Tourism Board. I side hustle and contract with various organizations, individuals, non-profits and businesses by coordinating and directing, event planning, fundraising,
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Mcguffey’s provides meals for warming center

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last week extremely cold weather blew through Etowah County and throughout the Southeast United States. Low temperatures hit 12 degrees Fahrenheit, with high temperatures barely rising above freezing. Some days, the wind chill made Etowah County feel like the temperature was in the single digits. In response to the freezing temperatures,
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New events planned for 5th Street Market venue

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June 2016, the Gadsden Farmer’s Market moved to a new location – the 5th Street Market. To create this venue space, the City of Gadsden remodeled an old warehouse on the corner of Fifth and Locust streets in downtown Gadsden. In 2017, the city began hosting Turnip Tuesdays in response
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People of Etowah - Robin Wilson

Name: Robin Wilson Where were you born and raised? “Born in Talladega County, lived in Calhoun County from ages 4-12, moved to Etowah County at age 12. It’s certainly home!” What is your occupation? “Well that has changed recently. I worked in Substance Abuse Prevention up until this past September, when I accepted a position
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