King’s Olive Oil named Alabama Small Business of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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