Gadsden Christmas Parade cancelled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent Jim Brooks received his first carnival poster in 1989 as a gift from a friend who had attended the National Hobo Festival. From there his collection grew, fueled by his lifelong love of carnivals and fairs, into a thousand-piece catalogue. Brooks is the vice president of the Etowah County
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Etowah students kick off Super Citizen program

By Sarrah Peters News Editor More than 1500 second, fourth and fifth grade students from 11 Etowah County Schools participated in the Next Great Americans Bus Tour and Super Citizen Program Kickoff last Friday, Sept. 16, in the Southside High School Auditorium. During the kickoff program, Libby Liberty, otherwise known as the Statue of Liberty,
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Gadsden Job Corps holds Peace March

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden Job Corps Center students and staff were joined by members of the community, including the Gadsden City High School cheerleaders, Gadsden City Councilman Thomas Worthy and more, for a Peace March on Wednesday Sept. 21. The marchers walked from the Gadsden Job Corps Center down Tuscaloosa Avenue to Carver
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County Fair brings fun to town

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The 77th Annual Etowah County Fair opened Tuesday, September 20. The fair will remain open until Saturday, September 24. The fair is being held at the Etowah County Fairgrounds,  located at 31 Griffin Sreet Southeast in Attalla. The fairgrounds are open from 5 to 11 p.m. This year the fair’s
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Gadsden remembers September 11 with memorial

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Beautification Board hosted a September 11 memorial on Sunday at the park on the corners of 4th and Broad streets. About 100 people attended the event, including city officials and emergency responders. Pat Sherman, chairperson of the Gadsden Beautification Board, welcomed everybody to the event. She said that
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Family turns pet into service dog for son

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent When Natalie Entrekin and her family adopted a young German Shepard/Great Dane mix from the Humane Society, they expected him to be a fun pet. Instead, they had found a new partner in her son’s struggle with muscular dystrophy. Entrekin is the mother of Logan, 14, and Thomas, 11.
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First nurse to use defibrillator in Gadsden shares story

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Mary Bailey began her career as a nurse when she was only 16. After her mother passed away when she was only 15, Bailey stayed with family, but the situation was not ideal. So she looked into working, and was asked how she felt about being a nurse. Bailey responded that she’d wanted to be
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Pow Wow held at Noccalula Falls

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent The Turtle Island Native American Association’s 3rd Annual Pow Wow took place September 3 and 4 at Noccalula Falls in Gadsden. Lowery Hesse, representative for the association, described the event as a multi-tribe pow wow. Members of the Cherokee, Choctaw, and Aztec Nations, along with several other tribes were present. Hesse stated that the primary
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Stevenson speaks for Gadsden Reads program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Yesterday, Sept. 1, author Bryan Stevenson addressed the crowd of college students, high school students, Gadsden Public Library officials, community leaders and more at Gadsden State Community College’s Wallace Hall as part of the Gadsden Reads program. Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption was chosen as the focus of Gadsden Reads.
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Rogers given inspiration award

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor An area resident received a national award last week. Gay Rogers, of Centre, was awarded the 2016 SilverSneakers Fitness Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award. The award is meant to honor older adults whose healthy behavior has made a difference in their own life and has inspired others. Rogers inspiring story began two years ago, when
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VFD funding secured in lottery bill

The state lottery bill that passed the Alabama House of Representatives last Thursday night includes additional funding for volunteer fire departments in all 67 counties in Alabama, due to an amendment to the bill by Rep. Richard Lindsey (D-Centre). “Over the last several years, state funding for our volunteer fire departments has been cut to
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New officials announced after local elections

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Several area municipalities have new leaders after the election on Tuesday, August 23. Other positions face runoff elections. Attalla In Attalla, Larry Means remains mayor, as he ran unopposed. In District 1, Kenneth Scissum, 60 votes, and Myrna Baker, 48 votes, will face a runoff election. Karen Graves, James Parker, Jr. and Charles
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Dragon Boat Festival thrills Gadsden

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity held its annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, August 20 at Gadsden’s Riverwalk Park. The races, which began at 9 am, featured teams made up of professional and social groups from the Gadsden area and beyond, with rowers and spectators coming from as far away
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Pop Up Art Sale to be held

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Yesterday, Aug. 25, The Love Center held its Art for a Purpose fundraiser. The silent art auction was made possible through the generous donations of art from the community. “We solicited art from the community,” said Love Center board member Andy Powell. “We said that most people had a nice print or painting that was
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HealthSouth hosts Brain Freeze to raise money and awareness

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On August 23, HealthSouth Rehab Hospital of Gadsden hosted a Brain Freeze Challenge to raise money and awareness for the Alabama Head Injury Foundation. Similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Brain Freeze Challenge consists of eating ice cream really fast to give yourself a brain freeze. “The purpose of the brain freeze
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Students recieve diplomas through HIRED program

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Six students received their diplomas during a small ceremony held at Etowah High School in Attalla on Thursday, August 11. The students received the diplomas though the Helping Inspire, Remediate and Educate or HIRED program. The HIRED program is for Alabama young adults age 16 through 24. The program can be used by students who
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Gadsden Job Corps seeks new candidates

By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent The Gadsden Job Corps was founded by a federal program that began in 1964. Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. There are 126 centers nationwide.
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Etowah County student attends Alabama Governor's School

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Lesley Cox was one of 92 students to attend Alabama Governor’s School, or AGS, in June. The senior at Southside High School was the only student to represent Etowah County in the 13-day series of seminars and activities held at Samford University. Participants in the program were chosen from high
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New Etowah Middle School holds groundbreaking

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, Attalla city officials held a groundbreaking for the new Etowah Middle School. The 35,000 feet new school will be built where the old Etowah High School used to be. The building’s design incorporates some of the remaining structures, to make the most out of the resources available. The contract is in
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Local coach taking recovery step by step

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Although it wasn’t the day he officially entered the world, John Butts celebrated another sort of birthday last Saturday (July 30) at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden. With over 200 family members, friends, colleagues and former and current students cheering him on, the former Etowah High and Gadsden State basketball coach
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Gadsden community remembers Ralph Lane

by Kaitlyn Fleming Staff Correspondent On Sunday, July 31, the community lost beloved member Ralph Lane. Ralph Lane passed away at the age of 64 after a battle with liver cancer. Before he passed, Lane was an instrumental member of his community. Lane worked to improve his community in different ways. He took part in
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Local works to improve community

By Sarrah Peters News Editor When Rugenia Moore-Henry moved back to the Green Pasture community in Gadsden, she noticed some minor things that needed to be done. She addressed her concerns with the city council. Having moved around before, Henry says that she always advocated for her community. About three months ago, Henry began to talk to Adam
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ABC charity donates school supplies

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, August 2, teachers at Walnut Park Elementary School received the gift of supplies for the classrooms. Anna Dobbins started A.N. Battles Charity, otherwise known as ABC Charity in honor of her grandmother, who loved children and taught Bible school for years. The aim of the charity is to provide teachers with supplies,
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GPL excited to kick off Gadsden Reads

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden Public Library is kicking off Gadsden Reads on August 1.
 Gadsden Reads is a literary movement, in which a chosen book is read
by members of the community, and they are invited to participate in
events focused around the book’s content. This year’s book is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice
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Job Corps honors its graduating class

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, July 22, the Gadsden Job Corps Center honored about 75 students during its graduation ceremonies. The program began with the processional of graduates and the presentation of colors by Job Corps cadets.Counseling Manager Epiphany Cherry sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Student Records Manager Shelia Cooper-Moragne gave the Invocation. Student
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Big Brothers, Big Sisters presents local orthodontist with award

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, July 26, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama presented local orthodontist Dr. Lisa Wilborn with a plaque for becoming the newest community partner with the organization. Wilborn was surprised with the award at Smith and Bailey Dental in Rainbow City. “Dr. Forrest Bailey, a local dentist, is
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Gifts to Gadsden teaches skills to community

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent   Gadsden First United Methodist church continued its proud tradition of the annual Gifts to Gadsden workshops this week, providing free classes to the community on topics ranging from Beginner Knitting to Understanding Wills and Power of Attorney. Gifts to Gadsden began at GFUMC over two decades ago as
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Ford to pre-file lottery, casino bills for legislative sessions

House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) announced today (July 22) that he would pre-file a pair of lottery bills next week in anticipation of the governor calling a special legislative session. Rep. Ford said that he will also pre-file the bills for the 2017 Regular Legislative Session if a lottery is not passed during a
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Support offered for back to school shopping

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent August marks the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. That means that July is the prime time for “back to school” shopping. Etowah County elementary schools have provided shopping lists for parents to use, to ensure that each student has the supplies they need. However, some
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Love Your Neighbor kicks off initiative

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, July 20 about 40 volunteers gathered at the abandoned grocery store on South 11th Street in Gadsden. The volunteers were there to kick off the Love Your Neighbor Initiative’s first project: phase one of the revitalization of South 11th Street. Twelve churches have agreed to participate in the
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Mentor assists children

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Alabama Mentor has been helping local children find foster families and encourage the clients to take steps toward their future. Terrica Carter was one of Mentor’s clients. In August 2014, she was placed with Vera and Jerry Washington. “From the first time I walked into their house, I felt like
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Theatre of Gadsden to perform Mame

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Theatre of Gadsden will be performing its rendition of Mame starting tonight, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Ritz Theatre on Wall Street in Gadsden. Additional performances of Mame will take place on Saturday, July 23; Friday, July 29; and Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees
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Southside to host City Fest

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Southside will host its Southside City Fest tomorrow, July 16. The event will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. at Southside High School. Admission is free. Southside City Fest features music for everybody, with five bands performing throughout the evening. The music starts at 2 p.m. with Salem Syndrome,
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RBC breaks ground at new Waste Water Treatment Plant

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On July 12, Rainbow City officials broke ground on a Waste Water Treatment Plant for the city located at 1540 Sutton Bridge Road. The waste water treatment plant is an issue that Utilities Board had been considering for some time. “After researching many options, the Utilities Board determined that in
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Student volunteer group raises money for Boys and Girls Club

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, July 13 Students United to Volunteer hosted a baseball camp and basketball game at the Gadsden Sports Complex to benefit the Etowah County Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club recently recieved a new facility, and the group wishes to provide the needed money for equipment
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Volunteers seek to improve Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor This last week, several out-of-town churches have been on a mission to improve the Gadsden area. While here, the volunteers from Hepzibah Baptist Church, Indian Lake Baptist Church and Fairview Church of God worked with Breakaway Ministries, which aims to provide Gadsden with services it needs. According to its Facebook
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Love Center and GMA to hold Art for a Purpose

By Sarrah Peters News Editor In 1982, 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. “Since 1985, The Love Center has provided homeless single women, couples
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Former Gadsden native receives internship

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Former Gadsden native Fernanda Herrera was awarded a summer Congressional internship offered by The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She will be working at the office of Representative Raul Grijalva for eight weeks during her stay on Capitol Hill. Herrera attended Saint James Catholic School before attending Gadsden City High School.
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Moore shares secrets to DGI’s success

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent   Kay Moore knows the importance of history. The offices of Downtown Gadsden Inc., of which Moore is the director, are located in what used to be Runt’s Place on Broad Street. A small memorial to the building’s past sits in the corner of the conference room, featuring some
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Attalla improving roads and sidewalks

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent The City of Attalla is in the process of improving and Mayor Larry Means is excited about the possibilities. Currently, work is under way to redo the sidewalks along 4th Street from 6th Avenue to the end of the city limits. Once the sidewalks are complete, 4th Street will be
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Local girl opens Little Free Library

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Emerson Champagne is only five years old, but she is already running her own business. Inspired by her love of reading, Emerson wanted to start her own library. With the help of her librarian mother, Jamie, and family friends David and Gail Garrett, Emerson’s wish came true. Emerson opened her
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Young Leaders give scholarships

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Young Leader Society recently awarded scholarships to four graduating seniors. Three of the recipients received $1,000 awards and one received a technical scholarship of $750. Madison Abernathy of Gadsden City High School, Elizabeth Fulenwider of Glencoe High School ans Haleigh Glover of Gadsden City High School received $1,000 each.
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Local trio honored at American Values dinner

By Mike Goodson Staff Correspondent The Greater Alabama Council of The Boy Scouts of America held its annual American Values Dinner on June 24 at the Gadsden Museum of Art. Three local citizens were recognized for their contributions to scouting – Heather New, Wilbur, “Bubba” Masters and Rodney Passmore. The event’s keynote speaker was former University
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Sue Woodard celebrates retirement from county commission

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent On May 10, 1976, Sue Woodard became the bookkeeper for the Etowah County Commission. On June 29, 2016, she celebrated her retirement from the same institution. Forty years have passed, during which time Woodard filled four different positions within the county commission, including chief clerk. She became financial controller
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Beautiful Rainbow Catering hosts showcase

By Mary Elizabeth Dial Staff Correspondent The Beautiful Rainbow Catering Company and Garden hosted local leaders for lunch on June 16 at Litchfield Middle School. The caterers, young men with special needs from the Gadsden area, partnered with King’s Olive Oil to provide foods such as salad, focaccia and even orange and olive oil cake.
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New honored by education network

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden/Etowah Chamber President Heather Brothers New was recently honored by The Alabama Afterschool Community Network by being named its Northern Municipal Champion. New was honored at the Northern Municipal Forum held at the Marriott Huntsville, at the Space and Rocket Center for her support of Gadsden afterschool educational initiatives. The
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GPL offers summer programs

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent According to Alabama State Records, Etowah County’s illiteracy rate for people over the age of 16 is at 14.1 percent. The state average proficiency in reading is 86 percent and Etowah County Schools are coming in above average at an impressive 89 percent. So what could be the cause for
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Noccalula Falls Campground to host Wheels on the Hill

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor Last year, Noccalula Falls held the Wheels on the Hill car show for the first time. The car show will return today, June 10 and continue until Saturday, June 11. The gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Tickets to the car show are $3, and entrance is
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Hokes Bluff honor student wins new car at graduation

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor For nine years Devan Lowe Cadillac Buick GMC Lincoln in Rainbow City has offered an enticing deal for graduating students of the ten Etowah County High Schools. Seniors who made the A and A/B honor rolls are allowed to register after each nine weeks grading period to win a brand new
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Shelter in need of donations

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor In 1982, 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. “Since 1985, The Love Center has provided homeless single women, couples and
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The Love Kitchen returns to Way of the Cross

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Love Kitchen returned to Way of the Cross soup kitchen to serve fresh pizza to those in need. The Love Kitchen is a mobile kitchen that travels throughout the continental United States and Canada to provide food, in the form of pizza, to the anyone in need, including disaster
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Waffle House employee honored

Sarrah Peters News Editor The Attalla Waffle House held a 1980s-themed celebration on Friday, May 27 to honor the hard work of the Unit Manager Deborah McGraw, who has been employed with Waffle House for 30 years. McGraw has always worked in the Gadsden and Attalla area. She became an Attalla resident 11 years ago.
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Noccalula Falls celebrates World Turtle Day

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, May 23, Noccalula Falls Park celebrated World Turtle Day at its petting zoo. Children visited to take part in the celebration with local schools and preschools including Noccalula Academy, First Baptist of Glencoe, Etowah Preschool, Hokes Bluff Preschool and more. The children met Goldie, an African Spurred Tortoise.
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Glencoe opens new Pineview Avenue bridge

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The city of Glencoe held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, May 25 to open the new Pineview Avenue bridge. “It was a safety issue,” said Glencoe Mayor Charles C. Gilchrist. “It was an unsafe bridge. They had downgraded [the bridge] to three tons. School busses couldn’t cross it. Dump trucks
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Local artist holds in-demand workshop

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Glencoe artist Gina Brown held a painting workshop On May 23 and 24 at Events On Court, located at 124 Court Street in Gadsden. Brown taught her “simplified impressionalism” style of oil painting to 12 workshop participants, who traveled from as far away as Jacksonville, Fla. to attend. “I try
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Jazz in the Park continues on Sunday

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On May 8, about 200 people filled the Mort Glosser Amphitheater to watch jazz flutist Sherry Reeves and T.A.D. of Jazz perform. Visitors came from throughout Alabama to attend. “Jazz in the Park has its own audience,” said Gadsden Parks and Recreation Director Courtney Walker. Walker himself was impressed by
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Gadsden State starts literary and art journal

 By Sarrah Peters News Editors Gadsden State Community College students have been hard at work putting together The Cardinal Arts Journal, or CAJ.  The journal was an idea of Dr. Leslie Worthington, Gadsden State’s Dean of Academic Programs and Services. She mentioned the idea of a publication when she hired Tabitha Bozeman.  Bozeman made the
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Public Works begins grass cutting program

By Sarrah Peters News Editor   The City of Gadsden’s Public Works Department has kicked off the spring with its grass cutting program. Due to the early warm weather this year, grass cutting began in March. Typically, grass cutting season will last until about October. The 12 grass cutting crews consist of 55 employees that
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Attalla to host antique vintage market

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent


The City of Attalla will host Antique Attalla Vintage Market on 4th Street and 5th Avenue this Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Streets will begin closing at 5 p.m. Friday night so vendors can set up. This event corresponds with the U.S. Highway 11 Yard Sale this weekend. The vintage market will

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Local author releases children’s book

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Local writer and poet Tracy Moore has always written poetry about her life, specifically how God has touched her life.

Conversation with a Penguin began as a poem about a penguin named Pete who realizes that unlike other birds, he cannot fly. After being teased by others he goes to God, his creator, and asks why

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Job Corps empowers women

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Friday May 6, the women of the Gadsden Job Corps gathered to embark on a journey of female empowerment. 

The women met at the Gadsden Job Corps and walked to The Carver Community Center with signs the students had made. Signs displayed encouraging messages about women. One sign said, “Empower each other!” Another read, “Together

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GRMC acquires new cancer fighting technology

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


About a month ago, Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center began using a new machine that will help fight cancer more efficiently. 

The new machine is the latest technology in radiation treatment.

“We went from having a Ford to a Ferrari,” said Josh Hester, GRMC Assistant Chief Executive Officer 

The new machine allows for radiation treatment

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2016 teachers of the year announced

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Pitman Theatre in downtown Gadsden was the location of the 2016 Teachers of the Year Luncheon on Wednesday, May 4. This luncheon honored teachers from Attalla City, Etowah County, Gadsden City and private schools. 

The Gadsden City High School JROTC posted the colors, then Don Campbell welcomed everyone. The Southside High School Choir entertained the

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Downtown Gadsden to receive new clock

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Downtown Gadsden will soon receive a new clock to be located on Broad Street. 

In the early 1900s, a clock tower was located at the courthouse on 4th and Court streets. In later years, clocks at 3rd street and 6th street provided the time for visitors downtown. With all the clocks demolished over time, it is

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Striplin Elementary hosts Night of Wonder

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


W. E. Striplin Elementary hosted a Night of Wonder for Pre-k4 students in the district on May 2.

The event featured stations of activities for Pre-k4 students. One activity was based on the popular Dr. Suess book “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” The activity involved recognizing colors and counting. Another activity involved a

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Alacare uses music to improve patient memories

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Alacare Home Health and Hospice has been using music to help the memories of its hospice clients.

Alacare’s Music and Memory program focuses on patients suffering from a dementia-related disease, depression or agitation. To implement the program, volunteers speak with the family and patient, if they are able to communicate, to determine the patient’s favorite music

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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

 A Mother’s Love Knows No Boundaries


“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more.-Phillipians  1:9.”

As Mother’s Day approaches, I want to honor our mothers with some of their favorite recipes.

Dot Thomas, known as Gran, is a great cook. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren have their favorite dishes. Monkey Bread is one family favorite breakfast

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Glencoe to host Celebration in the Park on May 7

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Glencoe will host its 14th annual “Celebration in the Park” on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the city park on Lay Avenue.

The Celebration in the Park started as a way to honor veterans, which is why it is held in May to go along with Memorial Day. To keep to

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Registration now open for Dragon Boat Festival

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Habitat for Humanity of Etowah County currently is working on its 48th house project in Etowah County. The house is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for Etowah County resident Alicia Veal and her handicapped son and two teenage grandchildren.

To fund its homes, Habitat is holding its 5th annual Dragon Boat Festival on August 20

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Students make Gadsden City Hall a classroom

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


More than a dozen Gadsden City High School students participated in the Coosa Valley YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day on Tuesday, April 19. 

The YMCA of Coosa Valley’s Youth in Government program “gives youth the opportunity to learn firsthand about government and civic issues by taking an active role in the democratic process.”

The

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Noccalula Falls to host Earth Day cleanup

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


To celebrate Earth Day, Gadsden’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a cleanup day at Noccalula Falls Park.

Although Earth Day is today, April 22, the cleanup day will take place tomorrow, Saturday, April 23. Volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. at the Noccalula Falls Wedding Chapel to begin. Drinks and snacks will be provided for

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Gadsden State to host Non-profit Day

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Gadsden State Community College is hosting Nonprofit Day on Tuesday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the One Stop Center on the East Broad Street campus in Gadsden.

The event is part of GSCC’s celebration of National Community College Month.

“Gadsden State is a firm believer in the word ‘community’ and has always

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