Attalla resident wins gold medal at Senior Games

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June of this year, the 2017 National Senior Games were held in Birmingham. It was the 30th anniversary of the games. Attalla resident Barry Putnam competed in the Games’ Men’s Doubles Table Tennis tournament and in an upset won the gold medal in the division. Putnam started playing table tennis,
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Gadsden named number 23 safest city in Alabama

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor SafeHome.org Communications Team recently announced that the City of Gadsden made its 2017 list of the Safest Cities in the United States and was ranked number 23 in Alabama. According to its website, “Safe Home is an organization dedicated to helping people create safer living environments for their families. Whether that’s
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People of Etowah - Johnny Baker

Name: Johnny Baker Where were you born and raised? “I was born here in Gadsden and lived most of my young life here and in Cullman. At the early age of 18, I joined the United States Marine Corps and stayed in the Marines for over 30 years, living throughout the world.” What is your
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Sports complex a step closer to construction

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, December 8, The Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority met with representatives from Olympia Construction to review topographical and boundary maps of the proposed site of the complex. Authority Chair Ralph Burke and authority member Craig Ford met with Jana Cordell from Chambless-King Architects and Jeremy Bain and Jon
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Christmas Party offers students holiday cheer

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, December 14, a unique Christmas party was held at Gadsden Convention Hall. Special education students from Gadsden City Schools, Attalla City Schools and Etowah County Schools attended the 66th Annual Christmas Party for Exceptional Children. The Christmas party was originally scheduled to be held Friday, December 8, but could
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People of Etowah - Jon Costa

Name: Jon Costa Where were you born and raised?  “I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1953 and lived in the Ninth Ward of the city growing up, but as an older teen my family moved to New Orleans East. As a young adult, I also lived and worked in that part of town.
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Sheriff awards Medals of Valors to deputies

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On May 26, a fire broke out in Unit 3 of the Etowah County Detention Center threatening the lives of the inmates. The fire was started by ICE detainees with the possible intent of escaping. However, thanks to the quick response of detention center deputies Christopher Thornton, Andy Reed, Hay,den Clements
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Lola’s on the River offers great food with a view

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Lola’s on the River, formerly known as Lola and Runts, has a new location. The restaurant has moved across the street into the former The Fish Market location at 1504 Suite B Rainbow Drive in Gadsden. With the new location, the restaurant aims to be the “premier waterfront restaurant” in Gadsden.
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Humane Society to host Reindeer Run and extend hours

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is getting festive for the holiday season. The Humane Society is hosting the 7th Annual Reindeer Run on December 16. “It’s one of the few local races where we encourage you to run or walk with your pet,” said Humane Society Director Christi
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People of Etowah - Craig Scott

Name: Craig “Library Guy” Scott Where were you born and raised? “I’m a transplanted Yankee. I was born in Flint, Michigan, raised in Lansing, Michigan and moved to Gadsden in 2002.  However, when I was a junior in high school, my father (a federal veterinarian) was transferred from Michigan to Vermont. So, I graduated from
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Toys for Tots to provide holiday gifts

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In a back room of the Catholic Center of Concern, 475 black trash bags full of toys line the walls in bags. Today (Dec.1), 190 families will visit the center in increments of 12 every 15 minutes to pick up toys from Marine Corps League Toys for Tots. A total of
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Wellington to host Redneck Christmas Parade

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On December 2, a different kind of Christmas parade will take place in the Wellington community in east Glencoe. About five years ago, Webster’s Chapel Methodist Church began holding the Redneck Christmas Parade. “We did it just for fun, and it was so much fun we just kept doing it,” said
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Area students participate in GEM workshop

Photo: Local high school students particiapte in an team-building exercise duting the recent Girls Employed in Manufacturing workshop at Gadsden State. (Sarrah Peters/Messenger) By Sarrah Peters/News Editor Twenty-eight female juniors and seniors from Etowah County schools participated in Girls Employed in Manufacturing (GEM) workshops on Nov. 15 at Gadsden State Community College’s Alabama Technology Network-Bevill
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Glencoe passes 2017-18 budget

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Glencoe City Council approved a $2.9 million-dollar general fund budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 on Monday, Nov. 13. After reviewing the budget with the council, finance chairman Danny Wagnon said that he projected a 9-percent increase in revenue due to the increase in sales tax. The budget includes salary increases
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People of Etowah: Shane Ellison

Where were you born and raised? Gadsden has always been home for me. What is your occupation?  City administration. For those that don’t know what that entails, come spend a day at city hall working in the mayor’s office with me. You’ll either love it or hate it, but you won’t be bored! What made
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Locals celebrate Veterans Day with events

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On November 10, Modern Woodmen held its annual Veterans Day Event at the Hokes Bluff Community Center. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard kicked off the event with the presentation of the flag, followed by Erin Morgan leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kim Johnson performed the “Star
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Way of the Cross seeks help to replace burglary losses

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Way of the Cross ministry was broken into twice in the last few weeks. The ministry reported that its PA system, children’s ministry boom boxes, computers and more were stolen. Way of the Cross Director Kenneth Brown said that the most devastating loss was the computer, which held 14 years
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People of Etowah - Steven Hildebrant

Name: Steven Hildebrant Where were you born and raised? “Born in Evansville, Indiana; my family moved to Jacksonville, Alabama in the 1970’s while I was in middle school.  I call Jacksonville my hometown.” What is your occupation? “I am an Area Manager for Alabama Power. I manage the business office operations for Alabama Power in Etowah,
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J. P. King Auction moves to Broad Street

On November 2, J.P. King Auction Company relocated to historically restored 414 Broad Street. Corporate offices will occupy the first floor, and the second floor has been repurposed for three luxury loft apartments. Craig King and his wife Cindy purchased the building and began restoration efforts in December of 2016. B. Craig Lipscomb was the
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Patriots Day luncheon honors local veterans

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association held a luncheon at Gadsden’s Convention Hall to induct local veterans into its Hall of Honor on Wednesday, November 8. The awards luncheon began with the Gadsden City High School’s JROTC posting the colors, followed by the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation. Gadsden Mayor
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People of Etowah - Donna Patterson

Name: Donna Patterson Where were you born and raised? “Etowah County; I’m a Rainbow City girl.” What is your occupation? “Retired sales associate and former sales manager. In 2015, I retired from the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber of Commerce as a membership sales associate.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I truly enjoy meeting people
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Local author to hold book signing

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local author Barbara Eubanks will hold a signing for her new book, A New Beginning: God’s Second Chances at Churchill’s Antique Mall located at 430 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. The book signing will coincide with downtown Gadsden’s First Friday.   This is Eubanks’ fifth
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Cotton Belle Marketplace to hold holiday market

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Cotton Belle Marketplace will host Holiday Style on November 10 and 11 at Ferguson’s Wedding Venue and Courtyard at 401 5th Avenue NW in Attalla. On Friday, Nov. 10, there will be a VIP preview event from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Cotton
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People of Etowah - LeRoy Falcon

Name: LeRoy Falcon Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Greenville, South Carolina but grew up in Slidell, Louisiana.”  What is your occupation? “CEO/Executive Director YMCA of the Coosa Valley.”  What made you decide to work in your field? “I was headed towards a career in coaching when I was encouraged to check
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The Love Center to hold Birthday Celebration

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Thirty-five years ago, Charlsie Tarrance was inspired to provide shelter to “God’s most forgotten people.” Tarrance noticed the problem of homelessness in Etowah County and created The Love Center to provide clothing, food, furniture and shelter to those in need. The Love Center provides homeless single women, couples and families
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CommUnity Thanksgiving planning underway

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration planning committee is already gearing up for its November 23 event. This is the 19th year the CommUnity Thanksgiving has been held. The event started at New Liberty Tabernacle of Praise in 1998. Every year the event has grown larger. Last year, about 5,000 people ate
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People of Etowah – Will Mackey

Name: Will Mackey Where were you born and raised?  “I was born and raised in Southside.” What is your occupation?  “I am the Program Manager at The Chamber Gadsden/Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I actually took an internship with The Chamber during my last semester at Jacksonville State University.
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Sports Complex Authority announces location

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On October 18, the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority announced a big step forward in the plans for the multi-purpose recreational facility. The authority announced the location for the primary complex on property off Steele Station Road near Lumbley Road with potential access to U.S. Highway 77. The authority has
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Rainbow City cuts ribbon on new animal shelter

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On October 18, Rainbow City held a ribbon cutting for its new animal shelter. Previously Rainbow City contracted its animal control services out to a local veterinarian, but the contract was set to end at the end of 2016. Faced with a hefty price increase, Rainbow City officials searched for another
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Local Patriot Hall of Fame inductee honored at city council

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association and the City of Gadsden honored Fred Sington, Jr. at the Gadsden’s City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 17. Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association’s special presentation was held to induct Sington into the 2017 Patriots Hall of Fame. Sington served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1953 to 1963.
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People of Etowah - Emma Hazlewood

Name: Emma Hazlewood Where were you born and raised? I was born in Florence, Alabama. However, my family moved a lot when I was younger. The majority of my younger years were spent in Hanover Park and Gifford/Rantoul, Illinois. We moved to Gadsden to finish out high school and though I’ve moved away since then,
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History comes alive at A Walk Through Time

Photo: Mike Beacham portrays Mike Foster, whose tale includes a sea monster in the Coosa River, during the 2016 A Walk Through Time event. (Messenger file photo) By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The 9th annual A Walk Through Time will take place on Sunday, October 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Forrest Cemetery located at
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Attalla to host 30th Heritage Day

Photo: 2016 Attalla Heritage Day attendees enjoy a train ride (Messenger file photo) By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The City of Attalla is hosting its annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Attalla. The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Heritage Day
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People of Etowah - Wendy Hood

Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Etowah County. I graduated from Sardis High School and Gadsden State Community College.” What is your occupation? “I have been a registered nurse for 21 years. I currently work in Critical Care at Gadsden Regional Medical Center.” Tell us about your family and
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DGI to host Sunset Sips fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Downtown Gadsden, Inc. will hold Sunset Sips on October 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.on Memorial Bridge on Broad Street next to Gadsden City Hall. The bridge will be closed from 3 to 8 p.m. for the event. “It’s just a unique setting,” said Mary Wood of Downtown Gadsden, Inc. “It’s
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Pilot Club donates money to Project Lifesaver

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Pilot Club of Gadsden awarded a check for $1,000 to Brian Smith of the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office for Project Lifesaver at the club’s meeting on September 28. Project Lifesaver is a program that provides bracelets with trackers to individuals that are prone to be wander away from home and
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People of Etowah - Marilee Hickman

Name: Marilee Hickman Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I retired in August from Regions Bank after a 41 year career.” What made you decide to work in your field?  “Years ago, I was working in insurance and decided that I wanted to move
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Past and future collide at Virtual Realms

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, September 22, Virtual Realms in downtown Gadsden held a ribbon cutting. Virtual Realms is a new business that offers virtual reality games to customers, but the potential of the technology has many other uses. Located at 208 South Second Street in a 75-year  old blues recording studio, Virtual Realms
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Local to compete in national senior pageant

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local Rita Young Allen is headed to the Ms. Senior America Classic pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 19. She was recently named Ms. Senior Alabama. Forty states will compete in the national pageant. According to its website, “The Ms. Senior America Pageant is the world’s first and foremost
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People of Etowah - Jenifer Grace

Name: Jenifer Grace Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan.” What is your occupation? “I am the Executive Director of The Council on Aging of Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field?  “I love working with people it doesn’t matter the age.  I
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Hokes Bluff to hold annual CityFest

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Hokes Bluff CityFest returns Saturday, September 23 with activities for a full day of family friendly fun. This is the fourth year the event has been held. The event will be held at Hokes Bluff City Park located at 3301 Alford Bend Road in Hokes Bluff. The gates open at 6
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Family Fun Day to feature Pink Heals fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A Family Fun Day will be held Saturday, October 7 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Rainbow Crossings Shopping Center located at 115 West Grand Ave., which is also the intersection of Rainbow Drive and Hwy. 77 in Rainbow City. Games and vendors will provide entertainment for all ages.
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People of Etowah - Nanda Patel

Name: Nanda Patel Where were you born and raised? I am Indian by blood. I was born in British Kenya as my grandfather migrated from India in 1906. After Africanization, I was taken to England, where I did my high school and training in radiation therapy. I also met my husband Dr. G. Patel, who
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FLD Garden Shop offers fun fall workshops

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor FLD Garden Shop offers everything you would expect in a garden shop, from plants and planters, to fountains, wind chimes and garden signs. But the shop features more than just supplies for the garden; it also offers workshops for new gardening projects. Located at 2290 Cedar Bend Road North in Southside,
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Sixth Street Pool holds grand reopening celebration

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On  Saturday, September 9, the Sixth Street Pool’s grand reopening welcomed the Sixth Street community, City of Gadsden officials, Coach George Baker and his family and the family of Coach L.C. Presley to see the pool’s new facilities. Constance Bostick opened the event with a rendition of the National Anthem. Floyd
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Etowah County Fair to arrive in town next week

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The 78th Annual Etowah County Fair is coming to town. The event will be held September 19 through 23 at the Etowah County Fairgrounds,  located at 31 Griffin Street Southeast in Attalla. The fairgrounds open at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturdays. The fair costs
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People of Etowah-Dr. Cynthia Toles

Name: Dr. Cynthia Toles Where were you born and raised? “I was born, raised and educated in Gadsden, Alabama.” What is your occupation? “My occupation is teacher, tutor, mentor and administrator (educator).” What made you decide to work in your field? “I had many role models at the elementary, high school level and church.  Individuals
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Etowah nonprofits band together to provide relief for hurricane victims

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are working together with other Etowah County nonprofit organizations to provide supplies to hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. The EMA and VOAD wanted to help an affected city that had not gotten the coverage that Houston did
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Turnip Tuesday to kickoff fall fun next week

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor All summer, the Fifth Street Market in downtown Gadsden has been offering produce, homemade crafts and more to the public. Now the market is gearing up for fall, offering produce with more fall-based items, such as mums and apples. The Fifth Street Market opened its doors in 2016 and originally just
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Sixth Street Pool to reopen on Saturday

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the August 29 Gadsden City Council meeting, council members announced  that the Sixth Street Pool will reopen on Saturday, September 2.  YMCA Director Leroy Falcon said that because school is now in session, the pool will only be open on the weekends. It will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until
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Noccalula to host Native American Pow Wow

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

Name: Willie Brown Where were you born and raised? “Raised in Gadsden. Born in Elmore County.”  What is your occupation?  “Retired from Uncle Sam. I was a mechanic for Etowah County from 1963 to 1997. I was president of the local union from 1963 to 1985. I was shop supervisor for District 2 of Etowah County.
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Solar eclipse brings people together

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

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

Name: Martha G. Lavender, PhD, RN, FAAN Where were you born and raised? “I was born and have lived in Etowah County all my life. My father’s family lived in Hokes Bluff and my parents moved from Gadsden to Hokes Bluff while I was still in elementary school.” What is your occupation? “I am a
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Locals spread kindness with painted rocks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name: Marianne Bayer Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Huntsville in an Irish-Italian family.” What is your occupation? “From 1991 to 2013, I supported my husband’s career as an U. S. Air Force Officer and physician. Steve was gone so much that it was a necessary that I stay
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Boys and Girls Club holds Hall of Fame Dinner

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

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

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

Name: Kay Moore Where were you born and raised?  “I am proud to call Gadsden my home. I was born at Holy Name of Jesus Hospital (now Riverview), attended public schools and graduated from Gadsden High School. I began working at Compass Bank after two years at Gadsden State and never felt the desire to
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Museum home to historical treasures and trees

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

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

Name: Christi Brown Where were you born and raised? “Born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Gadsden at age 3. Gadsden has been home since then.” What is your occupation? “Executive Director, Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center.” What made you decide to work in your field? “After Hurricane Katrina devastated our southern neighbors,
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Grace Heritage working to repair Sixth Street Cemetery

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

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Theatre of Gadsden will present the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for six showings. The show will premiere on Friday, July 21 at the Ritz Theatre in Gadsden. The show will be performed on July 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday showings on July
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Local Humane Society reports record high animal intake for June

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

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Ray’s BBQ has announced that it is open again at its new location at 952 Gilbert Ferry Road Suite 960 in Attalla. Ray’s opened in 1969 and has now been in business 48 years. “We are probably the oldest restaurant in Etowah County still owned by the same family,” said Tim
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NHLA to meet July 6

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Weaver’s Chris Williams and his cherry-red 1970 Z28 Camaro won the Committee’s Choice Award in the car category at the 14th Annual Goodyear Car & Tractor Show. The 14th Annual Goodyear Car & Tractor Show overcame a soggy start to finish with a flourish last Saturday (June 24). The event attracted 118 entrants to
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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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