World’s Longest Yard Sale brings people to Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor 

This weekend, shoppers are expected to come to  Lookout Mountain Parkway for the 27th annual World’s Longest Yard Sale. The yard sale started on August 6, and will continue through August 9.

The sale was first started in 1987 to demonstrate the usefulness and beauty of back roads and attract visitors to lesser known areas. 

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ABC Charity donates school supplies to teachers

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

On Wednesday, August 5, the teachers of 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, so

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Gadsden Job Fair deemed a success

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

On Wednesday, August 5, the Senior Activity Center on Broad Street was host to a job fair held by the Gadsden Career Center and City Councilman Thomas Worthy. 

The job fair was wildly successful, with hundreds showing up.

“We counted over 400 in the first hour,” said Worthy. 

The point of the job fair was to

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RBC Library hosts reward party

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent

Rainbow City Library held its annual reward party for the summer reading program on July 29. The children enjoyed pizza donated by Papa John’s, ice cream and a magic show performed by Russell Davis. 

The party was for children who accomplished their reading goals in the allotted time period during their summer break. The children had

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Christian owned Big Chief takes stand for Glencoe

By Lindsey Seagraves

Staff Correspondent

On a Thursday morning in a town fearing its religious freedom, one local business took a stand that has gained the City of Glencoe positive national recognition.

Big Chief owners Jeff and Regina Word were among other saddened Glencoe residents learning the news of the City of Glencoe’s removal of the Christian flag in front of

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Alabama Power holds iCan conference for girls

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Alabama Power held an iCan Girls in Engineering Conference at Glencoe Middle School on Thursday, July 23.

This is the conference’s second year in Etowah County. About 90 girls from Etowah County middle schools were chosen by school administrators based on math and science aptitude. About 30 students attended the event, representing almost every school

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The Reader's Exchange offers books with charm

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Reader’s Exchange, located next to the Coffee Well at 124 Court Street in Gadsden, is a new used book store. The store opened in December of last year.

  The Reader’s Exchange has a charming feel, with quotes from books or about books painted on the walls and wooden bookshelves, of course, completely filled with books. 

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Habitat dedicates new house

By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity  held a dedication ceremony on Monday (July 27)  for the 47th house the organization has built. The house is now owned by the Alegria family, consisting of Jorge and Allison Alegria and their daughter Sophia and twin boys Jovanni and Jonathon. The family closed on
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Local GOP nominates Willoughby for DA job

The Etowah County Republican Party Executive Committee (ECRPExCom) met Tuesday (July 28) in a special-called emergency meeting to make a recommendation to Governor Robert Bentley to fill the vacancy left by the untimely death of Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp.

The full committee met with Chairman James Clay presiding. Filling the District Attorney vacancy was the main

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Etowah County District Attorney fondly remembered

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp, 49, died Wednesday, July 22 after a long-term battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Harp was diagnosed with the disease in 2007.

Harp is survived by his wife, Cassie Harp, and his four children.

Harp was native to Gadsden and worked hard to make it a better place. He graduated from

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Hepzibah Baptist volunteers to improve Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


This last week, Hepzibah Baptist Church out of McCalla has been on a mission to improve the Gadsden area. While here, the youth worked with Breakaway Ministries, which already aims to provide Gadsden with services.

According to its Facebook page, “Breakaway Ministries is based in Gadsden and was founded in 1990 with nothing more than a

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Local children learn in summer enrichment programs

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent


As summer break is swiftly ending and the school year is just about to begin, several enrichment programs are coming to an end in Etowah County. 

Many of the programs were free to the students. The programs operated off donations earlier in the year. The main goal of these summer programs is to encourage students in

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Isbell wins prestigious dentistry award

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Local dentist Gordon R. Isbell III recently won The Academy of General Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award during the academy’s annual meeting on June 18 through 21 in San Francisco in front of about 1,000 colleagues, family and friends.

The Distinguished Service Award is a rare honor. Only 31 of the Academy of General Dentistry’s 39,000 members

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Etowah County’s last Pearl Harbor survivor’s memory honored

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The only remaining Etowah County Pearl Harbor survivor passed away last week. Charles Webb was 96.

“Hardly a day passes that I don’t think about it,” Webb told The Gadsden Times for the 70th anniversary of the battle. 

At the time of the attack, Webb was a 23 year old quartermaster third class. At 7:48

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Westbrook, BSC grad receives state award

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Paging Dr. Mayfield.

After a standout career on the baseball diamond and in the classroom over the past four years at Birmingham-Southern College, Jacob Mayfield recently received a boost toward his dream of a career in medicine.  

The 2011 Westbrook Christian graduate recently was honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame with its inaugural

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Local leaders meet with ALDOT officials

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Local officials met Thursday, July 9 with ALDOT director John Cooper to discuss future plans for highways and roads in Etowah County.

The purpose for the meeting was for Cooper to announce that Brian Davis, chief of the engineering division for ALDOT, will be evaluating the needs of the county. To do this he will

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Students learn about importance of honey bees

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

About 75 children from Glencoe Elementary and John S. Jones Elementary Schools learned about honey bees on Monday, July 6 in honor of the 3rd Annual Honey Bee Awareness Day.

The children participated in the honey bee program as part of the schools’ summer camps.

The children first learned about why honey bees are important. Honey

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County hires new Chief Administrative Officer

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Etowah County Commission unanimously voted to approve a contract with Sherrie Y. Kelley for the Chief Administrative Officer position at the Etowah County Commission meeting on Tuesday, July 7.

The position opened after the commission terminated the contract with Patrick Simms, following his arrest for sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12

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GRMC’s orthopedic floor home to award-winning nurses

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Natasha Williams, a registered nurse in orthopedics at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, was named the 2015 Patient Choice Award winner earlier this year. 

The orthopedic floor has had its nurses honored with this award for the last three years, with Laura Pearce winning the award last year and Misty Cash in 2013. 

“We are all very

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Local nurse goes on medical mission trip

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Local nurse Connie Gunn recently returned from a mission trip to Malawi, a small poor country in southeast Africa.

Currently the Director of Marketing at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, Gunn previously worked as an RN in surgery. After a refresher course at GRMC, she returned to her role as a surgical RN at Blessings Hospital,

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YMCA teaches children to swim

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

As I walked through the gate to 6th Street pool Monday morning, the first thing I noticed was a large group of excited children. 

Only 4 and 5 years old, these children are taking part in a YMCA program to learn how to swim. In its fifth year, the program was made possible through a Red

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Gadsden State hosts Zebrafish Workshop

By Kaitlin Fleming  Staff Correspondent  Gadsden State Community College’s Aquaculture Department recently held the 2nd Annual Zebrafish Husbandry Education Curriculum Development Workshop. This workshop attracted researchers, professors, biologists and aquatic specialists from all over the state, country and world.  The Zebrafish workshop is designed to design an educational program to train people to care for
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Seniors learn about law enforcement

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Last week the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hosted the week-long 2015 Student Leadership Academy for 22 incoming high school seniors. The mini-academy is similar to what members of the department have to go through.

The students spent the week immersed in the sheriff’s office, living in campers behind the jail. 

The students arrived Sunday, June

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Southside to host 9th city fest

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Southside City Fest returns on July 18 for its ninth year. Admission to the event is free. The festival starts at 2 p.m. on the Southside High School grounds and ends at 10 p.m.  Last year the City of Southside estimated that over 8,000 people attended the music festival. This
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Local farmers' markets kick off

By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Summer has just begun and so has the demand for fresh fruits and vegetables.  Luckily local cities have started their farmers markets, which support fresh produce and local growers. What is better than a refreshing tomato sandwich or ripe watermelon in this heat?  The cities of Attalla, Gadsden and Rainbow
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Gadsden to host First Friday

Next Friday, July 3, is First Friday in Downtown Gadsden. You are invited to come join us downtown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., stroll up and down the sidewalks and celebrate all that is great about Downtown Gadsden!  July is Independent Retailer month, so make it a point to visit the independently owned businesses.  You will be sure

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Roxy Roca to entertain at Rock the River

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts will host Rock the River for the 2nd year on July 10. 

Gates will open at 6 p.m. with music beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Hardin Center desk in advance. The tickets will also be available at the gates. In

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Women’s Air Race Classic to pass through Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters News Editor On June 22, over 50 all women flight teams from all over the United States will leave from Fredericksburg, Va. in the Women’s Air Race Classic. From there they will travel to nine other airports in  seven different states before stopping in Gadsden at the last stop before the race’s
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Gadsden Regional supports cancer survivors

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent

First Friday on June 5 in downtown Gadsden was full of many fun events. One event was produced by the Gadsden Regional Cancer Center. This year GRMC decided to celebrate cancer survivors at First Friday. The event included lemonade and cookies, inspiration boards and a photo booth. Cancer Center Director Ramie Anderson said that over 650

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Attalla Public Library hosts book signing

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

On Wednesday, June 10, Attalla Public Library hosted a special book signing. Natalie Holland, author of “Scarred but Smarter: A Cancer Memoir and Get Healthy Manisfesto,” graduated from Southside High School, before attending Auburn. While home from college for the summer, Holland had a summer job at the Attalla Public Library.

Holland returned from San Antonio,

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Rock The River returns for 2nd year

Gadsden’s riverfront will be rocking on Friday, July 10 for the Hardin Center’s second annual Rock the River.

Rock the River takes place at Coosa Landing, Gadsden’s large boat launch facility between the Memorial Bridge and the railroad trestle on the east side of the river. 

Last year’s event was forced indoors due to rain, but Deborah Hawkins,

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Gadsden to hold free and cheap summer events

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Summer has arrived. Kids are out of school, and the weather is nice. Getting out and about is the best thing to do, but that can be hard on your wallet. Gadsden and the surrounding areas are hosting many free or cheap events to keep you and your family busy.
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GRMC awards scholarships

Two local students have received college scholarships thanks to a program funded by the Gadsden Regional Medical Center volunteers.

2015 Gadsden City High School graduate Brandon Matthews was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Snead State Community College, where he will begin classes in the fall.

While at Gadsden City, Matthews maintained a 3.96 grade point average, served as captain

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Habitat for Humanity to host Blitz Build

On Monday, June 8, Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity will participate in the Home Builders Blitz 2015. A home will be constructed at 2111 Calhoun Drive in E. Gadsden for the Alegria family of five. It will be completed by the end of the following week.

Home Builders Blitz is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the building industry

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Highway 411 dedicated as Veterans Memorial Highway

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent 

The year of 2013 was a very busy one for Tammy Bean’s senior government class. What started as a challenge quickly became an obsession to 20 Westbrook Christian School seniors. Bean challenged her students to come up with a project that would make an impact in the community. Those students excelled all of her expectations. 

The

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Local Beanie Babies headed to the Gulf

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Shortly before Memorial Day weekend, Donna Patterson loaded up 50 boxes full of Ty Beanie Babies into a rented U-Haul trailer. In total, 5,472 Beanies made the trip to Foley on the Gulf of Mexico. Kelly Lankford, Donna’s daughter and a member of the Apollos Mystic Ladies Daphne Mardi Gras Association, purchased the Beanies from Little

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Gold Tigers plan 19th annual reunion

June 20 is the day to renew friendship with fellow Gadsden High School Gold Tigers. 

Who are the Gold Tigers? We are the Gold Tigers, members of the Gold Tiger Association made up of Gadsden High School alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. 

Last year’s reunion inducted the GHS Class of 1964 on its 50th anniversary of

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Glencoe High to host reunion

Glencoe High School is hosting a combined class reunion on June 27, for the classes of 1966-1975. The reunion will be held at the Pitman Theatre in Gadsden. The meet and greet will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin after the meet and greet. 

The cost to each attendee will be $20. The checks should be made payable

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Hardin Center to host Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt in honor of June 6 National Trails Day

June 6 is the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, and Gadsden Parks and Recreation and Imagination Place Children’s Museum in the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts are partnering to present “The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt” on the Black Creek Trails at Noccalula Falls.  

The event is from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and the staff of the

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Hardin Center plans summer activities

According to Tom Banks, Deputy Director of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, since opening on February 8 and through May 25, the Hardin Center’s Dinosaurs ALIVE! exhibit has had 21,264 visitors from 292 unique zip codes. 

“This is an increase over our 2014 total visitation to our exhibits of 18,909 and we are expecting a great

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Officials trained during annual convention

Councilmember Danny Wagnon of Glencoe joined more than 1,000 municipal officials, clerks, administrators and guests in Tuscaloosa on May 16 for the Annual Convention of the Alabama League of Municipalities. Municipal officials participating in the league’s Certified Municipal Officials (CMO) program received credit towards their certification for attending sessions during the convention. 

Officials convened May 16 for a special

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Etowah farmers go to Washington, D.C.

More than 100 Alabama Farmers Federation members traveled to the nation’s capital for the Washington Legislative Conference on May 19-22.

Alabama farmers stayed busy over the four-day conference, speaking with federal officials and congressmen about agricultural issues such Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), the farm bill and feral swine management. 

“I talked with Rep.

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Southside Elementary releases honor roll

Kindergarten

Alex Argo, Lainey Balenger, Tristan Bass, Jemma Battles, Molly Benefield, Brayden Bennett, Sam Berry, Mark Bragg, Rebekah Britt, Addison Brown,  John Buttram, Micah Carr, Wesley Carroll, Anna Cline, Case Clough, Mason Colvin, Madison Conaway, Erin Condy, Claire Cross, Gracie Davenport,  Alexis Duke, Audrey Eaton, Anna Edwards, Lily Epperson, Aiden Garrett, Autumn Garrett,  Jaidyn Gatlin, Yiannoula Gerontakis, Landon Graham,

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Glencoe Elementary releases honor roll

First Grade

All A’s: Leigha Alexander, Paige Anderson, Autumn Barron, Hayden Bullington, Cooper Gomez, Charlee Kate Higgins, Christopher Holder, Libbie Hufstetler, Allie Martin, Carson McGraw, Autumn Payne, Malaya Payne, August Speer, Pressley Wall, Jachin Wells, Savannah Wilson.

A/B: Robert Adcock, Cooper Atchley, Daniel Bradley, Tyler Carroll, Dayson Clemmons, Sarah-Kate Christopher, Colby Cox, Brooke Douthit, Braxton Fortenberry, Savannah Geiger, Ella Kate

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Foreign exchange student attends Southside

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

For years, Netherlands native Sofie Van Den Brand wanted to travel. Specifically she wanted to visit the United States, as the large size of the country intrigued her. Her mother thought it was a pipe dream, but supported her dreams. 

Lo and behold, Sofie worked hard to make her dream a reality, and became a foreign

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Laureate Eta holds March, April meetings

The Laureate Eta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has had a busy couple of months.  The first meeting in March was held at the home of Jennifer Graves, who provided a wonderful meal and presented the program on Redwood trees. She stated that the Redwood tree grows mostly in California. She also stated that they could grow as tall

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Teen gives blood at local drive

Teenagers are often criticized for being selfish and for not caring about others. Thankfully that criticism is not true for all teenagers, especially an Appalachian High School senior. 

Every spring First United Methodist Church in Rainbow City holds a blood drive in honor of Bailey Phillips, a senior at Gadsden City High School. 

This year, one of the donors

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GRMC receives achievement award

Gadsden Regional Medical has received the 2015 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and

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Locals attend Proclamation Ceremony

Baisha Woody and Fabiola Frias Luna recently attended the Governor’s Proclamation Signing ceremony for Administrative Professionals Week. This event recognizes administrative professionals across the world for their hard work and dedication and was organized by members of the International Association of Administrative Professionals Alabama-Mississippi Division. Woody is the Office Careers instructor with the Gadsden State Community College Skills Training

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GSCC to host Camp Cardinal for summer

Gadsden State Community College has the solution for summer boredom with the annual Camp Cardinal Program.  Slated to begin May 26 in Gadsden, and June 1 in Anniston and Centre, Camp Cardinal provides grade school students with a unique experience filled with education and fun. 

Camps taught in Gadsden are open to children in grades K-8, Gadsden State-Cherokee offers

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GSCC announces new student email system

Starting with Full Summer and Summer II Semester, Gadsden State Community College will be changing its student email system to Microsoft Exchange. 

All students who are currently registered for classes have access to Office 365 (O365) applications and Microsoft Exchange email. 

New students will have their account information emailed to them. Existing students can login by using their Gadsden

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Hardin Center to hold summer art classes

The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts will offer free youth art programs at the 6th Street Pavilion, located by the pool at Colley Homes on Thursdays in June and July.  The projects will be led by Hardin Center artist Katie Dayle and will be offered at three different times; from 10 to 11 a.m., from 1 to 2

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GSCC receives grant for health IT classes

Ask any career advisor what professions are extremely hot in today’s economy, and chances are jobs in healthcare and information technology will both be listed among the hottest.  A new certificate program at Gadsden State Community College combines the best of both industries.  In just two semesters, students can complete training for a career in Health Information Technology (HIT).

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The GMC holds meeting

The Gadsden Music Club (GMC) met recently at the Gadsden First United Methodist Church for a Sacred Music Program. Benny McNair, organist at the First United Methodist Church, performed “Fanfare” by John Cook and “Toccata” by Boellman as well as some other arrangements. 

President Carol Larkins gave a review of the book Musical Legacy of 100 Years for the

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GSCC to air graduation ceremony

Those who missed the spring commencement ceremony for Gadsden State Community College on May 7 now have the opportunity to watch it on TV24. The event was held at Gadsden State Cherokee in Centre.

For the first time ever, commencement was filmed and will broadcast eight times on TV24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21.

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Alpha Xi awards five students with scholarships

On May 11, 17 members and two guests met for the Alpha Xi May meeting of Alpha Delta Kappa at the Rainbow City Community Church. 

Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. 

President Theresa Cartee called the meeting to order and Sammye Hill gave the thought for

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Bridal Edition 2015 - Local Joe’s thrives at Marina

By Lindsay Seagraves Messenger Coreespondent  There was a time when Little Bridge Marina in Rainbow City – situated on quaint but busy Lake Neely Henry and the Coosa River – boasted of cheery boaters and fishermen and served as the area’s primary one-stop boat shop for residents and visitors alike. Today, however, the marina not
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Bridal Edition 2015 - Alabama Gift Company offers perfect gifts for all occasions

By Gail Keeling-Smith The Alabama Gift Company/High Cotton Style, known for specialty food, home décor, tabletop and gifts, has become a great one-stop shop for bridal, anniversary, birthday and housewarming registries. Customers love its new registry called a “Bliss List.” Owner Kathy Milam found that while a registry is a must have for those getting
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Bridal Edition 2015 - Rainbow Manor serves brides’ needs

Rainbow Manor Wedding Chapel in Rainbow City can take the work out of wedding planning for brides. If the chapel can’t provide it for you, owner Diane Steward said, she can recommend someone who can. However, there’s not much Rainbow Manor cannot provide. Steward said they do catering, can direct your wedding, handle the rehearsal,
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Bridal Edition 2015 - Beans and Greens offers tasty southern cuisine

By Sarrah Peters News Editor Beans and Greens has always served up the country classics that you know and love. The southern restaurant can also make any event special, even your big day, with Beans and Greens catering. Beans and Greens will cater parties, meetings and more. The restaurant even offers help putting together delicious
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Bridal Editon 2015 - A Guide for the Bride from Merle Norman

Congratulations on your engagement!

You’re about to enjoy one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of your life. Let Merle Norman help with the beautiful details.

Make an appointment with a Beauty Consultant to establish a personalized skin care and makeup plan for radiant results on your big day and beyond. Members of your bridal party are also

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Bridal Edition 2015 - Quality Shoppe celebrates 80 years

The Quality Shoppe is a family-owned business known for exceptional bridal gowns, elegant tuxedos, and outstanding service.

The Shoppe opened on the Square in historic downtown Jacksonville, Alabama, in 1935. They are celebrating their 80th anniversary this year! The ownership of the Quality Shoppe has changed hands only once, in 1979, when the current owners, the Johnson family, purchased

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Bridal Edition 2015 - The Bridal Garden makes wedding planning easy

By Sarrah Peters News Editor It is no surprise that planning a wedding can be stressful. There is a lot to plan to make make sure the big day goes off without a hitch. There are rehearsal dinners and the receptions with flowers, food, cake and decorations. To help with the stress, The Bridal Garden
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19th Annual Gold Tigers Reunion

June 20 is the day to renew friendships with fellow Gadsden High School Gold Tigers. Who are the Gold Tigers? We are the Gold Tigers, members of the Gold Tiger Association made up of Gadsden High School alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago.  Last year’s reunion inducted the GHS Class of 1964 on
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Attalla lights historic Alabama Power sign

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Friday, May 1, Alabama Power Company employees, Attalla officials and Etowah/Gadsden Chamber members and ambassadors gathered in downtown Attalla for a unique ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting was held for an antique sign, now displayed and lit like it was originally designed. The antique Alabama Power Company sign features

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Reed to perform at Third Thursday

The Third Thursday concert series will kick off next week, May 21 from 6-8 p.m. with Delnora Reed.  

Delnora is an entertainer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She has been performing her signature blend of roots, country and folk music across the country since she was a teenager, continuing a long and distinguished family tradition in music.  Throughout

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Upcoming dragon boat races offer fun for all ages

  Saturday, Aug. 15 will be a sensational day at the river for anyone who enjoys a family outing packed with team races, music, food, and laughter….free admission for spectators! The dragon boat races begin at 9 a.m. at Riverwalk Park and Boardwalk behind Chili’s following the opening ceremony. 

Dragon boat racing is one of the world’s oldest sports, having

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DDC to debut original Scottish princess production

  The Downtown Dance Conservatory debuts an entirely original and newly written ballet as its 11th annual year end production.

Loosely based on the legend of Lady Catherine Gordon, a Scottish born noble woman during war torn Scotland, the Princess of the Highlands was written by artistic director of the DDC, Linze Rickles McRae. The production takes place for two

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Hardin Center to Offer Summer Jazz Workshop

 The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts will offer a summer jazz workshop, June 22-26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The week long jazz camp will be directed by Matt Leder. Matt Leder is the Music Director/Instructor at Gadsden State Community College and has an extensive background in jazz studies; including mentorship from Ellis Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield, Clyde

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TechBlitz winners announced

  Gadsden City Schools annual TechBlitz was held Friday, May 8 at the Bevill Center on the campus of Gadsden State Community College.

The Best of Show Winner was Jacob Kelley and his project was a Lego Robot that walked and could throw balls.

For the category class/school project, the K-2 grade winners were Theophil Oyassan, Kylie Wise and Kileque

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Ford addresses Republican tax increase bill

 House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) is reprimanding Republicans on the Alabama House of Representatives Ways and Means/Education Trust Fund Committee for going back on their pledge not to raise taxes and voting to pass a bill that would raise taxes on lube oil by 5,960 percent.

The bill had been voted down on May 6 when four

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Local legislator’s bill signed into law

 The “Student Religious Liberties Act” legislation sponsored by State Rep. Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) became law on May 7 as Gov. Robert Bentley affixed his signature to the measure in a signing ceremony that coincided with the National Day of Payer. 

The bill was part of the House Republican Caucus’s “Alabama First” legislative agenda that GOP lawmakers announced

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Williams named GRMC’s patient choice award winner

  Natasha Williams, a registered nurse in orthopedics at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, has been named the 2015 Patient Choice Award winner.

Williams received the honor on May 6, at GRMC.

May 6 was also National Nurses Day, when nurses across the country are recognized for their tireless commitment to the profession.

Williams was selected from a field of more

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Ivalee students build a garden to learn

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Ivalee Elementary students on Friday, May 1 spent the day outside working on building a garden for the school’s new outdoor classroom. Work on the outdoor classroom began in 2013. Two years later, the project is close to finished. 

During the Outdoor Classroom Day, parent volunteers, teachers, students

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Glencoe celebration to honor veterans and first responders

 By Lindsay Seagraves

Messenger Correspondent


The city of Glencoe will host its 12th annual Celebration in the Park honoring veterans and first responders on Saturday, May 9. 

Glencoe city clerk Tasha Blackerby said the celebration usually recognizes veterans in honor of close-by Memorial Day, but added, “This one’s a little different. We’re honoring

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Theatre of Gadsden to perform Smoke on the Mountain

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Theatre of Gadsden will perform the play Smoke on the Mountain on May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday shows will be at 2:30 p.m. The shows will be performed at The Ritz located at

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Theatre of Gadsden to perform Smoke on the Mountain

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Theatre of Gadsden will perform the play Smoke on the Mountain on May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday shows will be at 2:30 p.m. The shows will be performed at The Ritz located at

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GSCC librarians to present at ALLA

 Gadsden State Community College librarians Julie Kennedy and Sarah Cooper were selected to present at the 2015 Alabama State Library Annual Convention (ALLA) held recently in Point Clear.  

Kennedy, library supervisor at Gadsden State Cherokee, and Cooper, reference librarian at Meadows Library, chose as their topic “Outreach Wins and Fails: Best Practices in Academic Libraries” focusing on

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Cardinal Athletic Camps begin in June

 The Gadsden State Community College Cardinals Athletic Department will host the following camps this summer for basketball, volleyball, and softball: June 1-2, Jr. Varsity Boys Basketball Team Camp ($300 per team); June 3-4, Varsity Boys Basketball Team Camp ($400 per team); June 8-9, Varsity Boys Basketball Camp ($400 per team); June 10 & 11, Girls Basketball Middle School Play Dates

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Mail carriers to collect food

 The Etowah Community Food Bank and Jay Pruitt of the National Association of Letter Carriers is conducting its annual food drive all day Saturday, May 9. 

Your city letter carriers and some rural carriers will be working with the Etowah Community Food Bank and United Way of Etowah County to make this day the largest one day food

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Northeast Alabama 4-H holds Pig Squeal Show and Auction

 The 2015 Northeast Alabama 4-H Pig Squeal Show and Auction was held Saturday, April 25 at the Sand Rock Livestock Pavilion. Twenty-six 4-H members from Etowah and Cherokee counties received two 50-pound pigs in early January and have been raising them since that time.  The program was designed for them to learn production management techniques fiscal responsibility and time management

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Swoop Auditions Set for May 13

 Gadsden State Community College will hold auditions for Swoop, the Cardinal mascot Wednesday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Inzer Hall TV Lounge (Room #107) located on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden. 

Interested students who are energetic and enthusiastic may audition, and two students will be awarded partial tuition scholarships beginning Fall Semester 2015. Auditions will

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GSCC celebrates men in nursing

 Celebrations are being planned nationwide in recognition of National Nurses Week May 6-12 and the American Nurses Association is proud to celebrate the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients. The 2015 theme “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.” recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion, and care nurses

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Governor Bentley visits Gadsden

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Friday, April 24, Governor Robert Bentley visited Gadsden.

Bentley’s first stop was the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber, where he addressed local politicians and business leaders.

The main topic of conversation was the tax plan that Bentley has proposed to fix the hole in the General Fund. Bentley said that this tax plan is a necessity to avoid

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Local family tradition lives on

By Mike Goodson

Staff Correspondent

 

World-class education in gemology has now come to downtown Gadsden. 

Do you know how much your jewelry is really worth, or just what someone in a store tells you? As one of only 22 Independent Certified Gemologist Appraisers in the country, Marvin Grier knows.

When the small village of Gadsden was experiencing growing pains during the

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Auburn honors Wilson

 Messenger Staff Reports


Back Forty Beer Company CEO Jason Wilson was recently named a Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Auburn University. Wilson was presented the award at the 2015 Hall of Fame Gala hosted by the university.

Wilson founded Back Forty Beer Company, located at 200 North 6th Street in Gadsden, in 2009 and has since led it to

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GRMC honors Malone as Employee of the Month

  Cassandra Malone, a housekeeper in Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s environmental services department, was named the hospital’s Employee of the Month for April.

  Malone received the honor during a presentation by GRMC’s Chief Operating Officer Paul Theriot on Monday, April 27, 2015.

  Nominations for Malone called her “very kind,” “nice and polite” and someone who “went above and beyond” for

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Gadsden High student named semifinalist in Scholars Program

  Harsh Sinha, a graduating senior at Gadsden City High School, has been named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,300 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities.

Final selection of the scholars will be made by

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Hardin Center celebrates 25 years with lawn party

  The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts will host a big band lawn party as part of their year-long 25th anniversary celebration. The party will be held on the lawn of the Gunn Bellenger house on May 17 and will feature the Kings of Swing Orchestra, which have been entertaining Gadsden and the surrounding area since 1994.

Participants

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Mobile homes being checked for license decals

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Belinda Childress, Etowah County’s new chief license inspector, wants to remind citizens of a law that requires mobile homes to have decals that show they are licensed, similar to car or boat tags.

The law is not new, but when Childress and Deputy License Inspector Glenda Boatwright began enforcing the law, they realized that many

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Local Chamber president awarded U.S. Regent Scholarship

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, recently announced that Heather Brothers New, President of The Chamber, Gadsden/Etowah County, has been awarded a Regent Scholarship. 

Given to professionals across the country, the Regent Scholarships recognize each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background. 

“Regent scholarships

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Teen takeover: Gadsden City High students run city hall for a day

Messenger Staff Reports

About a dozen Gadsden City High School students participated in the Coosa Valley YMCA’s annual Youth in Government Municipal Day this past Tuesday (Apr. 21). Students served as members of the city council and other city officials and presented and debated new city ordinances. 

“It was really informative,” said interim city attorney and GCHS senior Harsh

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Boy Scouts honor four locals

By Mike Goodson/Messenger Correspondent

The Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday (Apr. 21) honored four local residents for their contributions to scouting in the Etowah County area at the organization’s annual Great American Values Dinner at the Gadsden Museum of Art. 

Receiving the “Heart of the Eagle Award” were Peter Gregerson, Janet Gregerson, Larry

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Art of Beer to be held May 16

  The inaugural Art of Beer craft beer sampling festival will be held May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 210 At the Tracks in historic downtown Gadsden. The event is being presented by the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Back Forty Beer Company and Greater Gadsden Area Tourism and proceeds from the event will support the

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Accountability Act? Or Bob Riley Bailout?

By State Rep. Craig Ford

The day the Accountability Act was signed into law, legislative leaders said it would need to be revised. Three months later, Republican leaders offered their first “fix” bill, which expanded the tax credits for corporate donors.

Now, Republican legislators are pushing another “fix” bill that, once again, raises the cap. But

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Local law enforcement receives more funding

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Monday April 13, local lawmakers announced an increase in funding for local law enforcement during a press conference.

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office will recieve $400,000 to pay for deputy raises. Right now, starting deputies making about $12 an hour. With this raise, the deputies will earn almost $15 an hour. The raise will make

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State Creates Firefighter Appreciation Day

  The Alabama State legislature recently passed a resolution creating Firefighter Appreciation Day. The resolution was introduced in the State House of Representatives by Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, and in the State Senate by Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa. Gov. Robert Bentley signed the resolution e at a ceremony earlier this weekat the Capitol Building in Montgomery.

  “I couldn’t believe that

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Jacksonville State names Johnson Communication Student of the Year

  The Jacksonville State University Department of Communication recently honored Brett Johnson of Hokes Bluff with its highest honor, the John C. Turner Award for Communication Student of the Year.

The honor is considered the top award for students in the university’s communication department, which includes fields of study in: digital journalism, broadcasting and public relations. A 2010 HBHS graduate,

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Noccalula hosts Smoke on the Falls this weekend

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


It is that time of year again. The Smoke on the Falls Noccalula Barbeque Festival will take place tomorrow, April 11 at the Noccalula Falls campgrounds in Gadsden.

The barbeque competition is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. 

This year, 34 professionals will compete with their best chicken, ribs, brisket and butt recipes. Some have come

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