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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Alabama Credit Union Association awards Rep. Craig Ford

The Alabama Credit Union Association (ACUA), an affiliate of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates (LSCU), recently named Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) as the 2015 ACUA Lawmaker of the Year. Local credit union officials presented Ford (pictured on right) with the award during the Alabama State Governmental Affairs Conference in Montgomery on April 5.

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The Love Center seeks to revitalize organization

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.  Now more than 30 years later, The Love Center has fallen
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Country songwriters to perform at Center Stage

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On April 23, country music songwriters Phil Vassar and Keith Anderson will perform at Center Stage.

Vassar is known as “a piano-pounding powerhouse” during performances. He has written hit songs for some of country music’s biggest stars, including Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Jo Dee Messina, BlackHawk and Collin Raye. 

Vassar has written ten No. 1 singles

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Think small and embrace the magic

 By Jennifer Finlayson

Owner, FLD Landscaping and Garden Shop


What’s the next big thing in gardening you ask? Tiny... yes, tiny is the new big this year. Miniature fairy gardens have become a fanciful trend that can be enjoyed year-round by all ages.

As a child, I was always told that fairies lived under mushrooms; to destroy a mushroom would be

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Red Oak Lawn is ready when you are

 Our horticulturist graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design and has 25 years of experience in solving horticulture problems. Red Oak Lawn and Landscape, LLC, is state licensed and state certified in Ornamental and Turf Pest Control, Setting of Landscape Plants, Certificate in Landscape Management and a Certificate in Turfgrass Management. We

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Pack’s Nursery is prepared for spring

  The folks at Pack’s Nursery are happy as anyone that spring seems to be settled in. 

Spring seems to be coming early this year, and with the winter weather stabilizing, gardeners are getting a jump start on planting their trees, shrubs, and flowers.

Pack’s staff is happy to be working with the pleasant customers in the Gadsden and surrounding

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The Decorator Store offers a variety of products, services

 The days are getting longer and your family will be spending more time outdoors. You may be enjoying a family meal on your deck or working in your yard when you notice that your home needs a little TLC. The Decorator Store is here to help you in whatever that project may be and we offer many different solutions

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Cherry Creek aims to make clients happy and comfortable

  Cherry Creek Village, a senior independent living community, is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northeast Alabama. Located in a tranquil neighborhood between Gadsden and Attalla, Cherry Creek boasts a gated community providing comfort, convenience, and peace of mind in an at home atmosphere.

Shopping is little more than a stones throw with historic downtown Attalla’s

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Local youth soccer program helping to ease more than hunger

G.O.A.L. Foundation, a non-profit organization in the Etowah County area, kicked off its first after-school program session on March 16 at Gaston High School​. 

G.O.A.L. is a free mentoring program for ages 5-16 for students within the Etowah County school system. Fab 4 Futsal is a fast-paced indoor soccer game held every Saturday morning at Gaston School’s elementary gym.

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Gadsden loses local benefactor

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Gadsden lost a great businesswoman and benefactor of charitable organizations last Friday (Apr. 1). 

Mary Lee Hardin Willard was a staunch supporter of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, named after her mother, the First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, the local Boys and Girls Club and the Candler School of Theology at Emory

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Fantasticks hits the stage this weekend

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Theatre of Gadsden will open its performance of “The Fantasticks” tonight, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Ritz Theatre in Alabama City. The shows will also be held Saturday, April 9 and 16 and Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.. On Sunday April 10 and 17 there will be a matinee showing of

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Gadsden city council recognizes child abuse awareness month

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


At a recent Gadsden City Council meeting, officials honored two local organizations for helping children who are abused for Child Abuse Awareness Month. Deverick Williams presented the James M. Barrie Center and the Family Success Center with proclamations.

Williams, on behalf of Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton, proclaimed the week of April 11 through 15 as James

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Local legislative delegation reacts to governor’s aide scandal

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Last week recordings surfaced of Governor Robert Bentley talking in a sexual manner to his top political advisor Rebekah Mason on the telephone. The recordings, leaked on www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/03/hear_recording_that_helped_put.html, allow listeners to hear only Bentley’s side of the conversation. Even one-sided Bentley’s comments are obviously sexual in nature with inappropriate remarks.

The recordings seem to confirm the

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Noccalula to host Smoke on the Falls

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Noccalula Falls will host its 8th Annual Smoke on the Falls barbeque competition on April 8 and 9. The barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. 

Admission will be free on Friday, April 8. Gates will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Food and art and craft vendors will be available. Attendees can

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Librarians and authors head to Gadsden for statewide convention

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Alabama librarians and authors will be headed to Gadsden for the Alabama Library Association 2016 Annual Convention on April 12 through 15.

This year’s theme is “Libraries: ImPOSSIBLE,” to showcase how libraries can achieve the impossible.

The convention will start with showcasing the Hometown Teams exhibit currently on display in the Gadsden Public Library. 

On Tuesday,

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County officials address problems at animal shelter

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


At the Etowah County Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 15, Etowah County Animal Shelter volunteer George Iliff addressed the commission about the problems that the shelter was facing. 

Iliff says that the facility has been understaffed, and as a result, has been operating well under capacity, causing the rates of animals put down to rise. According

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Gadsden Lions Club looks for new members

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Lions Club is a fairly well-known service group with 45,000 clubs in over 200 countries and 1.35 million members. The club’s goals are to eradicate preventable blindness and support the community. 

The Gadsden Lions Club works towards these goals with its many projects. The Lions Club sponsors the Joel Helms Lions Eye Clinic, which is

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House Minority Leader Craig Ford responds to allegations against Bentley:

“When the Republicans took over the state government, they promised they were going to be the party of ethics; that they would lead us like Moses to the Promised Land. They made promises that they simply have not kept, and I hope the people of Alabama will remember that.

“No one rejoices in the downfall of another person. Accusations

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House Democrats respond to allegations, call for investigation

“We are deeply troubled by the allegations that have surfaced over the past several days regarding Governor Bentley and our state law enforcement agency, ALEA,” said House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden). “While the governor’s personal affairs are personal business, the duties of the Office of the Governor are the people’s business.

“We hope the Attorney General’s office will

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Ford selected as Auburn Plainsman

  Gadsden native and Auburn University junior Jon Ford recently was selected as one of the elite 2016-2017 War Eagle Plainsmen. 

The group of 12 women and 12 men serve as the official hosts and hostesses of Auburn University and work directly under the President and Board of Trustees’ offices.

Ford is a 2013 graduate of Westbrook Christian School in

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Nonfiction author visits Hokes Bluff schools

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


All month long, students at Hokes Bluff Elementary and Hokes Bluff Middle Schools have been getting “wild about reading.” As part of the Reading Across America campaign, students held a character parade, dressed as bugs for “Buggy for Books” day, celebrated Dr. Suess’s birthday and read books.

To get kids even more amped about reading, Heather

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Gardner receives National Distinguished Principal Award

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Friday, March 11, Hokes Bluff Elementary School Principal Charles Gardner entered his school’s auditorium for a career day for his students. At least that is what he thought was happening. With the help of students and staff, Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby planned a surprise for the principal to present him with the

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MANNA bids farewell to director

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


MANNA recently bid farewell to director Duyen Stokes, who has been with the program for 19 years. Exchange Bank and MANNA volunteers held a luncheon in her honor on Friday, March 11. After the luncheon, volunteer Pudden MacArthur presented Stokes with a poster signed by all the MANNA volunteers.

MANNA is a non-profit company that provides

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GRMC Wound Center graduates patient

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center had its first hyperbaric oxygen therapy patient finish his treatment plan.

James Connor was the first patient to go through the center’s new treatment method. 

Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center opened last August, but did not have the capabilities for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In December, the center

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St. James Catholic Church to hold tent revival

By Chris McCarthy

Publisher/Editor


Mention the term ‘revival,’ and Catholicism is not necessarily among the first images that come to mind.

St. James Church aims to change that perception.

This Wednesday though Saturday (March 16 -19), the parish will host a tent revival in the Cash Saver parking lot located in front of the pond off North 3rd Street in Gadsden. 

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CharACTers to perform Mary Poppins musical

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


CharACTers Entertainment  opening its new season with a Chim Chim Cher-ee. CharACTers opened its first show of the year, “Mary Poppins,” on March  4. The show will be performed on March 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and March 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. in Wallace Hall of Gadsden State Community College.

Based

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Sydney Boatner in GCHS spotlight

Courtesy of GCHS

Gadsden City High senior Sydney Boatner is this week’s GCHS Spotlight Student-Athlete of the Week. She is the daughter of Roger and Beth Boatner and the sister of 2015 GCHS graduate Nolan Boatner. 

Although the starting third baseman for the Lady Titan softball team, Sydney has a very impressive athletic resume and she is definitely not a

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Rainbow City announces Chocolate Festival lineup

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Wednesday, March 2, Rainbow City officials and Mayor Terry John Calhoun announced plans for the 11th Annual Alabama Chocolate Festival. The festival will take place at the Rainbow Plaza in Rainbow City on Saturday, April 2. Admission to the festival is free.

Calhoun commended city employees for volunteering their time to make the Chocolate a

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Southern Bank celebrates its 80 year anniversary

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On February 24, Southern Bank in Gadsden held a ribbon cutting to celebrate a mile mark that many companies never see. Southern Bank has been serving Etowah County for 80 years, and the company hopes to continue to help area residents and businesses.

James B. Little, Sr. originally founded Southern Bank in 1936 as First Federal

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Boynton speaks at Gadsden library

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Gadsden Public Library’s Black History Month programs concluded on February 27 with a lecture by Attorney Bruce Boynton of the Supreme Court civil rights case of Boynton vs. Virginia. 

The father of Gadsden’s own Carver Boynton, Bruce Boynton is considered a “foot soldier” in the Civil Rights movement. 

  In 1958, while traveling home to Montgomery

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YMCA hosts soup and cornbread day for seniors

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


About 45 seniors attended the Coosa Valley YMCA’s Soup and Cornbread Day on February 24.

Soup and Cornbread Day is only held every February, but the YMCA holds monthly lunch events for the seniors to help build the community. Most months, the seniors go out to eat as a group. In May, with the warmer weather,

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Glencoe local receives rare chronic pain treatment

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


About 10 years ago, Glencoe local Hershel Tanner was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that affects the fifth cranial or trigeminal nerve, after the myelin sheath of the nerve is damaged. This is sometimes a result of multiple sclerosis, a disease that

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Gadsden Regional holds 12th annual Go Red

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Gadsden Regional Medical Center held its 12th annual Go Red event on February 12 at Gadsden Convention Hall. Proceeds from the event benefitted the 2016 Northeast Alabama Heartwalk. 

Reverand Norris Hilton started the evening with an invocation. 

Attendees were treated to a meal from The Bridal Garden with a strawberry covered slice of cheesecake for dessert.

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Humane Society to host Paws for St. Patty fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Etowah County’s Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will host its annual Paws for St. Patty fundraiser on March 17. The fundraiser will start at the Pitman Theatre at “half past five in the evening.”

A self-proclaimed “green tie affair” attendees are strongly encouraged to don themselves in green and Irish attire.

The evening will

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Local Glencoe worship singer releases book

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Glencoe local Tori Parris recently released Pure: A Teenage Girl’s View Into a Lifestyle of Worship. The 150-page book consists of eight chapters that focus on the purity of thoughts, speech, actions, dress, relationships and hearts.

The book is an interactive guide for girls. It encourages girls to journal their thoughts, while having readers look up

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Gadsden Kiwanis Club to host annual Pancake Day

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Kiwanis Club of Gadsden is proud to announce that on Saturday, Feb. 20, the single most successful one-day fundraiser in the good old USA is set to happen yet again. 

Beginning at 3:30 a.m., the troops 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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YMCA to host Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Sunday, February 21, the YMCA of Coosa Valley will continue a new family tradition with its Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at 210 at the Tracks in Gadsden.

The cost is $20 a ticket for father and daughter. Tickets for additional daughters are $15 each.

The YMCA held the first

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Sugarman the Pony hits the shelves in Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


“Sugarman the Pony, A Messenger of Love” recently hit shelves at Blooms on Broad and Alabama Gift Company in Gadsden. 

The author, Brenda Powell, is an Alabama native who works in marketing. She had an idea for a book based on the real Sugarman pony, an old cookie recipe and God’s love. The book was written

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Apex owners focus on faith and family

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Chad Baker, owner of Apex Firearms and Trading, spent years in the military before opening his store.

Baker was a member of the Army Reserves for 16 years. He spent seven years total deployed during that time.  He finished basic training on August 10, 2001, after being delayed by breaking both his feet during his first

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Gadsden Regional to host annual Go Red event

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Gadsden Regional Medical Center will host its 12th annual Go Red event on Friday, February 12 at 6 p.m. at Gadsden Convention Hall.

Go Red will be held a week after National Wear Red Day on February 5. Many GRMC employees wear red to raise awareness of the devastating rates of heart disease and strokes in

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Local athlete participates in American Ninja Warrior

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On January 19, Team Ninja Warrior, a spinoff of American Ninja Warrior premiered. Local athlete Jimmy Bogle, Jr. was featured as part of the Average Jo-jo’s team. The other members of the team were Team Captain Jojo Bynum and Caitlin Shukwit. The team show involves members of opposing teams racing through an obstacle course to finish

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Lola and Runts opens in Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Gadsden has just gotten a new restaurant! Lola and Runts opened its doors on January 18. 

“We started off on the 18th and had a steady trickle,” said Morgan Cameron. “And then it just took off over the weekend.”

Melanie Kilgo from Southside had always dreamed of owning a restaurant where she could serve up her

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Etowah Baptist Mission Center helps the community

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Etowah Baptist Mission Center has worked to help meet every citizen’s needs.

The center provides food via the food pantry, where volunteers bag up the appropriate food for the family. During the holidays the center also provides food baskets filled with all the makings for a traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. 

For Christmas, the center

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