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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Ladies Auxiliary to host rummage sale fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus will host its annual rummage sale on Saturday, January 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Seton Hall of St. James Catholic Church located at 622 Chestnut Street in Gadsden. 

The sale is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers. The money raised stays in Etowah County

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Circuit Clerk outlines absentee ballot qualifications

By Cassandra Johnson, 

Etowah County Circuit Clerk/

Absentee Election Manager


Applications for absentee ballots must be filed in the office of the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk not less than five (5) days prior to the March 1 primary election.   The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 by 5 p.m. You may vote medical and business emergency, if you qualify,

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The faces behind PM candles

By Kaitlin Fleming

News Correspondent


When Mamta Mishra’s son turned 18 she thought he needed to learn a vocational skill, one that would satisfy him and one that he would look forward to doing every day. 

The idea of candle making then came to her mind. She realized candle making can be broken down to a few mechanical steps and could

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Ford files legislation for a vote on state lottery

Alabama House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) filed legislation in Montgomery on Tuesday (Jan. 12) that would allow the people of Alabama to vote on a statewide lottery for education. If approved by voters, the proceeds from the lottery would be used to fund scholarships to Alabama’s two-year and four-year colleges.

“This is the same lottery bill I

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Local church leaves scarves for those in need

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


In downtown Gadsden, scarves and gloves are appearing tied to trees and benches. Attached to them with a safety pin is a card that says, “I am not lost!! If you’re stuck out in the cold please take this to help you keep warm.”

On the back of the card are bible verses.

The scarves are

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Chamber to host Chairwoman’s Gala

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Etowah /Gadsden Chamber will host its annual meeting and Chairwoman’s Gala on Friday,  January 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gadsden Convention Hall.

The annual meeting is speakeasy-themed and will feature dinner catered by The Fish Market. Music will be provided by Ain’t Misbehavin’ - The Arnold Montgomery Band for attendees to dance to

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DGI to host ninth annual chili cook-off

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


With the weather getting colder, it’s the perfect time to warm up with a nice bowl of chili. Downtown Gadsden Inc. invites you to “spice up your Saturday” by attending its annual chili cook-off. 

Downtown Gadsden, Inc. will host its ninth annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 6. The tasting will begin at 12 p.m.

The

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Locals to bring cheer for JSU game

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Wednesday, the Jacksonville State University Football team and cheerleaders left for Frisco, Texas. The Gamecocks are scheduled to play the North Dakota State Bison on Saturday at 11 a.m. for the FCS National Championship. 

Classes have been canceled for Friday, in case students wish to travel to the game. 

To prepare for the first national

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UA Gadsden Center to offer engineering labs

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The University of Alabama’s Gadsden Center held a media day on Tuesday, January 5, to showcase some of the facility’s new engineering laboratory equipment.

The University of Alabama provides distance learning for students to obtain mechanical engineering degrees. While most of the course work is completed and then submitted online, hands-on laboratory work must be completed

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Gadsden Fire Department reports successful toy drive

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


City of Gadsden Fire Chief Stephen Carroll gave a report on the fire department’s Toys from Santa toy drive at the Gadsden City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 5.

“We do three primary charities during the year, the muscular dystrophy campaign, our cancer awareness campaign and the one that is the closest to our hearts is

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YMCA offers New Year’s workout and deals

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The YMCA of Coosa Valley is determined to help everyone in Etowah County fulfill their New Year’s resolutions this year. 

The most popular resolution is always getting in shape. Well, the YMCA can help with that. The YMCA offers many fun classes. The January fitness schedule has been released. 

On Mondays, there is an 8:05 a.m.

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Walnut Gallery to hold new exhibit opening

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Walnut Gallery in Gadsden is hosting an opening reception for its new exhibit “Arrangements” on January 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the opening is free and open to everyone. “Arrangements” is a collection of Huntsville artist Christina Weaver’s luminous oil paintings. Weaver uses familiar objects to
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United Steel hosts Exceptional Christmas Party

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


About 175 students from Etowah County, Gadsden City and Attalla City schools recently participated in the 64th Annual Christmas Party for Exceptional Children.

On December 11, the students gathered in Gadsden Convention Hall for the Christmas festivities. The party is an annual event held for special needs children of local schools.

The party was started by

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City of Gadsden to review riverfront possibilities

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Gadsden City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, December 15 for an exclusive agreement with Cyprus Partners to provide an analysis for development of city-owned property on the Coosa riverfront.

According to the city’s press release, during the six-month agreement, Cyprus “will include analysis of new public facilities and private investment to facilitate a

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Students attend 15th annual Water Festival

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The 15th annual Etowah County Water Festival was held Friday, December 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Wallace Drive Campus of Gadsden State Community College. About 1,400 fourth-graders from Etowah County schools attended the fun and educational event.

Students and teachers who attended the festival participated in three 30-minute hands-on activities throughout the

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The Theatre of Gadsden releases its 2016 lineup

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Theatre  of Gadsden is presenting the final performances of “It’s a Wonderful Life” this weekend on December 18, 19 and 20. On Friday and Saturday, the performances will be at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, the performance will be at 2:30 p.m.

The Theatre of Gadsden’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” has a unique twist. The play

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Humane Society offers Christmas events and gifts

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Etowah County Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is offering extended holiday hours, gift certificates and two events this December. The Humane Society is offering extended hours on December 21 and 22 as part of the Home for the Holidays initiative. To help working families make it in
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Gadsden Fire Department collects Christmas toys

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden Fire Department is teaming up with the Salvation Army to bring presents to local kids this Christmas, but to succeed the department needs your help! “This is for local children in Gadsden and Etowah County,” said Fire Chief Stephen Carroll. The department is participating in the Toys from
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Gadsden Museum of Art hosts holiday exhibits

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Last weekend the Woman’s Club of Gadsden hosted the annual Holiday Tour of Homes. The event coincided with two exhibit openings at the Gadsden Museum of Art.

A holiday-themed exhibit called “Yuletide Hues” opened Dec. 6. The exhibit was curated by GMA volunteers and features decorated trees and tabletop displays. The exhibit will run throughout the

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Lutzenkirchen warns students of drinking dangers

By Sarrah Peters News Editor At Rainbow City Middle School and Southside High School on Dec. 3, Mike Lutzenkirchen spoke to the students.  At Southside High after school chaplain Todd Clough introduced Lutzenkirchen, a video was played. The video was a memorial to Lutzenkirchen’s son Philip, an Auburn football player. The video was made by
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CharACTers presents Cinderella this weekend

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


CharACTers Entertainment is presenting Cinderella on December 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and December 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. in Wallace Hall of Gadsden State Community College.

CharACTers is performing Rodgers and Hammerstein version of the  timeless and enchanting fairy tale. This version of the story is brought to life with the

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Local church to host One Night in Bethleham

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On December 11 and 12,  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 2001 Noccalula Road in Gadsden will host One Night in Bethleham. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be free to the public. 

One Night in Bethleham is a guided tour where visitors can hear testimony from the 12 witnesses

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Hokes Bluff Lions Club to sell trees

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Every year the Hokes Bluff Lions Club sells Christmas trees at the 901 West Meighan Boulevard empty lot in Gadsden. This year will be no exception. The sale begins today, Nov. 27. 

The club prides itself on delivering quality trees that are trimmed and drilled with a vertical drill. The stands allow buyers to simply place

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Noccalula opens Christmas at the Falls

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Christmas at the Falls opened on Thanksgiving night at Noccalula Falls park in Gadsden. The event will be held every day, except Christmas Eve and Christmas, until Dec. 27, as long as the weather permits. The hours for Christmas at the Falls are from 5 to 10 p.m.

Tickets for Christmas at the Falls are only

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Attalla to host Christmas events

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Attalla is hosting several Christmas events this holiday season.

The city has many local businesses participating in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28. 

The city is also hosting a Christmas tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 4. The event begins at 5 p.m. and the tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. The Christmas Tree is sponsored

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Local author releases book

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent


Local writer Mamta Mishra recently published “Autism: Our Journey and Finding Happiness,” a book detailing her family’s journey with an autistic child. 

This book describes what it was like when her youngest son, Parag, was diagnosed with autism at a young age. 

“I knew by acquiring knowledge, I would not only be able to teach Parag

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Small Business Saturday to be held Nov. 28

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On November 28, small businesses around Etowah County are participating in Small Business Saturday. The promotion of smaller and locally owned businesses, will take place the day after Black Friday. 

Small Business Saturday offers deals, like those found on Black Friday, but often without the stress of beating the crowds at big box stores.

“The Chamber

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United Way to hold Thanksgiving Celebration

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Thursday, November 26 or Thanksgiving Day, United Way is hosting the CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration at Gadsden Convention Hall. 

People can acquire food in one of three ways. They can dine-in, carry-out or have it delivered. Dine-in will start at 10:30 a.m. Carry-out will begin at 11 a.m., though people picking up more than five plates

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Goal Foundation to host fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


GOAL Foundation is hosting a fundraiser on November 20 at Back Forty Beer Company located in downtown Gadsden. The event starts at 7 p.m.

To raise money for the foundation, several specialty items will be auctioned, including a shirt signed by Cristiano Ronaldo, a soccer ball signed by David Beckham,  an autographed Manchester United soccer ball

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Job Corps Center honors veterans

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Gadsden Job Corps Center held a Veterans Day program on November 11. 

Veteran Greg Oliver did the introduction. 

The Corps Security MILCAP presented the colors. After the pledge of Allegiance, DeAngelo Coleman sang the National Anthem. The corps recognized fallen soldiers with a rendition of Taps. 

Bobby Williams read two poems, the first was “Because

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First United Methodist Church greenlights veterans

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The First United Methodist Church of Rainbow City honors the veterans in the congregation every year on the Sunday before Veterans Day. This year during the service, the congregation was called upon to do more for the veterans of the community. 

The churchgoers were told about the Greenlight a Vet program. According to the Greenlight a

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Wagnon to hold book signing at the Pitman

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Author and former Messenger columnist Lloyd Wagnon is hosting a book signing for his new book Vapor Trails on Saturday, November 14 at 3 p.m. at the Historic Pitman Theatre in downtown Gadsden.

Everyone is welcome to come to the signing with free admission and light refreshments being served. Screens at the event will feature Wagnon

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APSO teams up with Habitat for Humanity

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent


On Friday, Nov. 9, about 30 members of Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to help build a four bedroom, two bathroom home for an Etowah County resident in Adam’s Park in Gadsden.

APSO has partnered with Habitat for Humanity every year for the last three years and helped on at least

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Patriot’s Association inducts veterans into Hall of Honor

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association’s Hall of Honor luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 4 at Convention Hall. The association honored 11 veterans for their sacrifice and dedication to the community. The event was catered by the Bridal Garden.

Before the honorees were inducted into the Hall of Honor, the Gadsden City High School Jr. ROTC posted

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Gadsden City Council approves feral cat program

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


At the Gadsden City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3, a new program was unanimously passed for the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center.

“We’ve been looking at ways to decrease overpopulation in the area,” said Lisa Brackett, Shelter Manager.

The program focuses on feral cats. The cats will be humanely trapped, taken to be

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GPL to host Once Upon a Prom

By Sarrah Peters 

News Editor

On Thursday, November 12, the Gadsden Public Library will host Once Upon a Prom at Gadsden Convention Hall from 6 to 9 p.m.

The 80’s-themed dance will include a night of dancing, music and food.

“It’s an opportunity for adults to dress up and go to the prom, especially for those that didn’t go to

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Ford endorses O’Malley for president

Alabama House Minority Leader, Rep. Craig Ford (D-Gadsden), announced on Friday (Nov. 6) that he is endorsing Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

“I listened to all the presidential candidates, and Martin O’Malley was the only one not just talking about creating jobs and improving education, but who has actually accomplished

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Darden Rehabilitation holds annual awards luncheon

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Darden Rehabilitation Foundation recognized employees and employers at its annual luncheon and award ceremony on October 29.

Darden helps individuals with disabilities that pose a challenge to employment to find jobs. The foundation serves five counties. 

Judge Joe Nabors swore in new officers for the foundation. Program Coordinator Dana Johnson presented the awards.

Johnnie Cofield was

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Delta Kappa to host Christmas Extravaganza

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Delta Kappa Gamma Beta Omicron Chapter will host a Christmas Extravaganza on November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Noccalula Falls Kiwanis Pavilion 1.

About 22 vendors will sell a variety of goods including clothes, jewelry, wreaths, candles and more. The event is the perfect opportunity to start Christmas shopping.

“There’s a lot

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Gadsden Job Corps welcomes new director

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Gadsden Job Corps Center welcomed new director Juvenel Levros on August 10. 

Levros was born in New York, and raised in Rhode Island. He worked in the film industry, including on a popular Verizon commercial. However, Levros was driven by a desire to help people. When he was younger, he aspired to be a teacher. 

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Longtime Glencoe coach E.C. Wilson passes

 Editor’s note: Legendary Etowah County High School football coach E.C. “Baldy” Wilson passed away last Monday (Oct. 26) at the age of 93. The following article was originally printed in the July 18, 2012 edition of The Messenger.

By Joshua Price

E.C. “Baldy” Wilson is a jewel of Etowah County. 

Whether the conversation is centered on coaching or good men, Wilson

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Former Messenger writer passes away

Longtime Messenger correspondent Dorothy “Dot” Hudson Kelley of Attalla passed away on Oct. 22 at the age of 80.

For several years until her health began to fail, Dot wrote a weekly column for The Messenger entitled “Bits & Pieces” that mainly focused on the various happenings in and around the Attalla community. Dot noted that she received a

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