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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Attalla’s antique show returns April 25

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Attalla’s Treasures in the Streets Antique Show will be held Saturday April 25 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Attalla at 5th Ave. North west and 4th Street. 

The biannual event is held every spring and fall. It takes places in rain or shine. 

Dealers come from Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

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GRMC first in Alabama to use new Coronary Artery Disease treatment

 Gadsden Regional Medical Center is the first in the state to use the Diamondback 360 Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System from Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.  

This technology is the first evidence-based, safe treatment approved by FDA for severely calcified coronary lesions. The Diamondback 360 Coronary OAS uses a patented combination of differential sanding and centrifugal force to reduce arterial

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GSCC to host an Evening of Fine Arts

  The Gadsden State Community College Fine Arts Department invites everyone to enjoy an evening filled with a variety of entertainment Thursday, April 16. Music, vocal, and dance students will showcase their talents onstage while art students will display their talents in the lobby of Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center. The program will begin at
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Gadsden High Alumni to host mass reunion

  Come relive high school memories with old friends at the Gadsden High School Spring Festival Celebration on the weekend of April 24-26.

In 2005 we honored GHS with a weeklong event that commemorated the end of a core Gadsden tradition at the school’s final homecoming. That amazing event is still remembered for many reasons but 10 years later, the

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Chamber supports the I-759 extension

 The Gadsden/Etowah Chamber of Commerce recently passed a resolution proclaiming its support of the I-759 extension that local legislature have been pushing for. The resolution is as follows:

WHEREAS, business leaders and local government authorities have stated to the public and members of the board of The Chamber, Gadsden/Etowah County that the decision not to complete I-759 would

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The Hardin Center calls for artists

  Like beer? Like painting?   The Hardin Center is searching for professional artists to participate in a beer-inspired paint out for the inaugural Art of Beer Festival in downtown Gadsden.

Artists can create their beer-inspired work on April 30 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. 

Still lifes pertaining to the history of beer will be set up on the

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Gadsden State celebrates Community College Month

  April is National Community College Month and Gadsden State, a member institution of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS), is joining with community colleges across the state and nation to celebrate.  The ACCS is the state’s single largest system of public higher education and is Alabama’s most affordable and accessible system of higher education.  Through academic transfer, workforce development,

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GSCC to host career fair for high school students

  The Gadsden State Community College Career Transitions program will host the 4th Annual Etowah County Career Fair April 17 at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  More than 1,000 juniors, from participating high schools around the county, are expected to attend.  The program, which houses the college’s career coaches, has chosen as the

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Gadsden Music Club celebrates 100 years

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


The Gadsden Music Club is celebrating 100 years of supporting Gadsden’s musical community.

The Club is hosting a reception at the Temple Beth Israel, located at 761 Chestnut Street in Gadsden, on April 26 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. The entertainment for the reception will be music from club members and the club’s scholarship recipients.

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Gadsden Runner’s Club to host youth 5K

  The Gadsden Runner’s Club is hosting an Kids Superhero Bolt. The kids only 5K and 1-mile race will be held April 19 at 2 p.m. 

Children 14 and under are allowed to participate. Adults are allowed to run with their children, but are not required to. Gadsden Runners Club members will run the course with the children.  Volunteers will

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The Woman’s Club to host annual Southern Tea

  The Woman’s Club of Gadsden will hold its 6th annual Southern Tea and Boutiques on April 25 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. on lawn of the Woman’s Club located at 862 Chestnut Street.  This is a come and go event celebrating our Southern heritage with our guests dressed and up wearing hats and gloves in a social setting

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Williams to be inducted into AAMU Hall of Fame

  The Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Inc., will induct four individuals into the prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame Thursday, April 30, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Huntsville, at 7 p.m. The group is being honored for the university support, public service and career success of its respective individuals.

The four include Dr. Taylor Byrd, Jr., retired educator; Mrs.

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GRMC announces employee of March

  Bobby Robertson, an employee in Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Facilities Management department, was named the hospital’s Employee of the Month for March.

Robertson works as the utility tech lead for the department and has been with Gadsden Regional for more than seven years.

A nomination submitted for Robertson called him a “hard worker,” who “always wants to learn more.”

“(Bobby

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Hardin to host 17th concert series

  Beginning on Friday, April 3, live music will once again fill the New Orleans-style outdoor courtyard at the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in Historic Downtown Gadsden. This year marks the 17th anniversary season of the series and, as in years past, the series will feature live bands every Friday and Saturday night, April through August, weather permitting. The

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Two authors to hold book signings at First Friday

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Author Ron Miller will be available for book signings during April’s First Friday, April 3, at The Little Faces Doll Shop on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Miller, who lives in Anniston, taught high school history and English at Anniston High School. He worked in administration and was principal for

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Southside Senior releases first book

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Southside Senior Taylor Clough, 18, wrote and published her first book The Perfect Match last month.

“I wanted to tell my story,” said Taylor.

When Taylor Clough was only 12, she got some devastating news. Her little brother, Ben, was diagnosed with leukemia at only 9 years old. 

To help her brother and best friend fight

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Economic bill passes in Senate

  On Thursday, March 19, the Alabama Senate passed House Bill 59, the Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act, sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) and Rep. Paul Lee (R-Dothan). HB59 now heads to the governor for his signature.

HB59 will encourage the growth of existing businesses by creating capital reinvestment incentives for Alabama companies that will result in more

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Habitat announces Dragon Boat Race

  With origins dating back 2,300 years, dragon boat racing is the most fun, unique cultural event featuring adrenaline-pumping action. Teams race in 46-foot long Hong Kong-style dragon boats adorned with decorative dragonheads and tails, with 20 paddlers, a drummer and steerer navigating a racecourse at speeds of 10-15 mph. Dragon boat racing is the 8th fastest growing sport in

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Crawfish with Culture to be held April 18

  On Saturday, April 18 there will be a traditional low country boil, Crawfish With Culture,  presented by the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts and Capeside Fish Company. Guests will enjoy fresh Louisiana crawfish, gulf shrimp, potatoes, corn, and sausage.

In addition to the meal there will be live music and entertainment provided by Chris Bellamy. Bellamy is from Wilmington,

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West Etowah wins Best Tasting Water

 By George Marodis

Source Water Specialist


Does your utility produce the Best Tasting Water in Alabama? Well, if you did not enter the Alabama Rural Water Associations Water Taste Test Competition held on Tuesday March 18, then we will never know how it would compare against the competition. However, for those 15 utilities that entered the competition one sample of water

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McCauley honored as Servant Leader of the Year by LHC

  Gadsden resident Natalie McCauley, regional operations director for Alabama and Florida, has been named the 2014 national Servant Leader of the Year by LHC Group, one of the nation’s leading providers of post-acute care services. McCauley was selected from a group of 10 finalists as the national winner.

The Servant Leader of the Year is the highest honor an

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The U.S. Chamber and Auburn raise glasses to Back Forty Beer Company

By Lindsay Seagraves

Messenger Correspondent


Just when Back Forty Beer Company founder Jason Wilson thought he’d reached the top of the mountain after winning a spot as one of the top 100 small businesses in the nation, the driven entrepreneur continues to reach new peaks – including a prestigious one from his alma mater.

Wilson said Back Forty was nominated for

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John S. Jones ranked in top 100 Alabama elementaries

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On a recent ranking of nationwide schools, a local school placed in the top 100 elementary schools in Alabama. John S. Jones Elementary was rated 79th in the state.

The rankings were performed by a research website called Niche.com. Niche uses community reviews and opinions with hard data, like standardized test scores. The website has scores

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County safety efforts pay off

  A yearlong effort across Alabama to provide safer workplaces and reduce injuries has produced dividends for 42 county commissions, which have received cash awards from the Association of County Commissions of Alabama’s insurance funds. 

ACCA’s Safety Incentive Discount Program, administered by its self-funded insurance programs, rewards counties for ongoing efforts to enhance training for employees in safety-sensitive positions, improve

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ECBOE receives accreditation

  According to an exit report from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Division of AdvancED, the Etowah County Board of Education recently earned accreditation for a five-year period. Etowah County exceeded AdvancED averages in all rated categories.

AdvancED is the largest community of education professional in the world. The group performs on-site reviews and is a partner with

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Local author publishes second anthology

Carla Wynn Hall, a Gadsden native, has found her passion in helping under supported women write their stories and be published in a book. Last year, she published an anthology of women’s stories. The women used social media to connect and collaborate. Now she has published a second anthology.

Both anthologies she was instrumental in publishing, made the #1

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Gadsden Middle students learn at Disney

  Gadsden Middle School students used the Walt Disney World Resort as a classroom on Feb. 2 and 3 when they participated in the Disney Youth Education Series “The Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and “Principles of Animal Behavior” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

The group of students traveled from Gadsden, Ala. to the Walt Disney World

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Oliver to be inducted into Hall of Honor

  The Induction into the Patriots Hall of Honor normally takes place during the Patriots Day Luncheon, which is on November 4 this year. However in recognition of the life work of Hazel Oliver and that she will be turning 100 years old in August, the Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association will have a special induction ceremony on March 31 at 11

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GSCC to host annual International Festival

  Gadsden State Community College International Programs will host its 37th annual International Festival, “The Places You’ll Go,” on April 10 at Convention Hall in Gadsden. 

The festival includes displays showcasing countries from around the world and highlights international food and entertainment. 

Tickets are on sale now until April 8 at the Wallace Hall online box office at www.international.wallacehall.org; the

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Hardin Center to host Wine, Women and Wardrobe

  The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts will host the Wine, Women and Wardrobe event at the Gunn-Bellenger House on Thursday, April 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. as part of their year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the center. 

Several fashion vendors will be showcasing their products, including both apparel and accessories. There will be representatives

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Physicians Who Care to host charity 5K

  Physicians Who Care will sponsor our 24th Annual 5K/1Mile Walk on April 18. All money raised will go to the Etowah County Cancer Foundation.

Physicians Who Care was established in 1988 and continues to offer Community Education, Physician Referral Services, and Special Projects throughout the year. It was founded by Seth Spotnitz, MD who is Chairman of the 5K

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Plant Gadsden forced to stop coal useage

  Federal environmental mandates are forcing Alabama Power to stop using coal at Plant Gadsden.

The facility ceased burning coal on Wednesday, March 11 and will use only natural gas. By restricting the plant to natural gas, federal mandates are limiting the company’s ability to use more than one type of fuel at the facility.

Fuel diversity – the ability

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Rainbow City announces Chocolate Festival plans

 By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On Friday, March 6, Rainbow City officials and Mayor Terry John Calhoun announced the plans for the 10th annual Alabama Chocolate Festival. The festival will take place at the Rainbow Plaza in Rainbow City on Saturday, April 11. Admission to the festival is free.

“This is our tenth year, and we are expecting a large crowd

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Downtown Gadsden celebrates St. Patty’s Day with a Pub Crawl

  On Tuesday, March 17 on St. Patrick’s Day, Chase Building Group, with the help of Downtown Gadsden, Inc., will host a Pub Crawl in downtown Gadsden.  

The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Back Forty Beer Company, where you will pick up your pub crawl card.  If you can’t make it to Back Forty, don’t worry. All

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Republican Committee submits names for open positions

The Etowah County Republican Party Executive Committee (ECRPExComm) met Monday, March 9 and voted to send the name of Lewis Fuller to Governor Bentley as the ECRPExComm’s choice to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Kenny Tidmore on the Etowah County Commission who recently passed away.

Fuller was by far the top vote getter among the committee members, as

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The Next Great Americans Bus Tour to visit Etowah County schools

Liberty Learning Foundation’s Next Great Americans Bus Tour continues its mission to help students “discover and define their important roles in America’s future” with a performance for the 4th and 5th graders at Hokes Bluff, Gaston, Ivalee, Duck Springs and Whitesboro elementary schools.

In a 45-minute theatrical performance held at 9 a.m., Friday March 13th, Libby Liberty will take

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House passes bill to protect students’ religious freedoms

  The House of Representatives on Wednesday (Mar. 11) awarded its approval to the “Student Religious Liberties Act,” a measure sponsored by State Rep. Mack Butler (R – Rainbow City) and designed to ensure that students retain their constitutional rights to prayer and religious expressions while in public schools. 

The bill is part of the House Republican Caucus’s “Alabama First”

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Local family adopts retired veteran Benny

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


On February 12, the Mink family found a new family member. The family adopted Benny, a veteran canine that worked in Afghanistan. 

Benny, a Belian Malinois, was trained through AMK9, which trains dogs for many purposes, including finding ammo and narcotics, which was Benny’s specialty. 

Benny, only 5 years old, worked in Afghanistan for three years.

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Bugles Across America offers live Taps performances

 By Sarrah Peters News Editor When Daniel Butterfield rewrote an earlier call to create Taps during the Civil War, he probably didn’t know how iconic the call would become.  The mournful 24 notes of Taps is now the traditional farewell to members of the armed forces at funerals, but lately the tradition hasn’t been honored
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Williams appointed as chairman of Alabama legislative senate committees

  State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) recently was appointed to serve as Chairman of the new Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Development Committee in the Alabama State Senate. He was also tapped for another leadership role as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The two committees combined handle nearly half of all the legislation in the Senate.

Senator Williams represents

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GMA presents “The Nature of Pale”

  “The Nature of Pale: Science Meets Art” opens at the Gadsden Museum of Art on April 1 and runs through May 8, 2015.  Oil painter, Anna Mullin, has developed an interest in science through her passion for painting.  Rather than simply painting things that are pale—such as blond hair, snow, sand, and dry bones—she wanted to find out the

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Prime Healthcare Services acquires Riverview Regional Medical Center

Prime Healthcare Services announced earlier this week that it has completed its acquisition of Riverview Regional Medical Center and its related outpatient services.

“Prime Healthcare looks forward to continuing the extraordinary care at Riverview Regional,” said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. “We plan to support the hard work and dedication of

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Bentley announces solution for General Fund Budget shortfall

  With a focus on tax fairness and debt repayment, Gov. Robert Bentley recently announced his solution to fill a $700 million funding shortfall in the General Fund Budget.

The General Fund supports most non-education related functions of state government. For decades, problems have existed in the way funding was appropriated to the General Fund because of no growth taxes

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Four Etowah cities make top 30 safest in Alabama

SafeWise.com released its 30 Safest Cities in Alabama Report last week, honoring 30 cities from 18 Alabama Counties. Four of the safest 30 cities in Alabama are located in Etowah County. Rainbow City was ranked 28, with an average of 2.9 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and an average of 25.23 property crimes per 1,000
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Late County Commissioner Tidmore remembered

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Etowah County District 2 Commissioner Kenny Tidmore passed away  Saturday, February 21 at a Birmingham hospital.

Tidmore will be remembered by his fellow commissioners for his hard work and compassion. 

The first time District 3 County Commissioner Larry Payne met Tidmore was while Tidmore was behind the counter of the Noccalula Village Chevron that he owned.

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GSCC to host talent show March 3

Gadsden State Community College Student Activities will host the show of “Top 10 Talents” on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wallace Fine Arts Center Auditorium in Gadsden. 

Ten student acts will compete for prizes of $200 first place, $150 second place, and $100 for third place. 

Solo vocalists performing include: Rachel Berry of Hokes Bluff, Cianna

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UPS announces safe Alabama drivers

UPS recently announced 21 elite drivers from Alabama are among 1,445 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. 

  UPS drivers, Larry Steele of Altoona, Timothy Kisor of Gadsden and Jeffrey Johnson of Rainbow City were recently inducted into UPS’s prestigious Circle of

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GSCC announces 4th annual Etowah career fair

The Gadsden State Community College Career Transitions program will host the 4th Annual Etowah County Career Fair March 6 at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center. More than 1,000 juniors, from participating high schools around the county, are expected to attend.  The program, which houses the college’s career coaches, has chosen as the fair’s theme: Explore.Overcome.Achieve.

The Gadsden State

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Quality of Life dedicates new School-Based Health Center facility

On Thursday afternoon, Quality of Life Health Services, Inc. and many special guests celebrated the opening of a brand new, comprehensive school-based health center located between the campuses of Oscar Adams Elementary School and Litchfield Middle School. Gadsden Family and Student Health Solutions opened its door on November 24th after completion of a capital project to build a new

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State leaders must spend more time standing up for Alabama

Most Alabama politicians spent this past campaign season talking about how they were going to “stand up to Obama” and fight back against the federal government. It was ironic, given that President Obama is only going to be president for two more years, while voters were looking to elect candidates who would serve for the next four years, and

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Etowah County’s second courthouse

This week, The Vagabond while at the Etowah Historical Society found another old document (note: If the readers have any old document of interesting history, please bring them to the historical society! I want to thank Forrest Lambert for bringing in a ton of Alabama books as well as the entire set of the War of the Rebellion, old

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Ford to push I-759 extension

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


State Representative Craig Ford addressed the members of the Gadsden City Council during their meeting on Tuesday, February 17.

Ford asked the council members for help in pushing state officials for funding to extend I-759. 

I-759 directly impacts the main roads of Gadsden including George Wallace Drive (AL Hwy 291) and Meighan Blvd. (U.S. 431).

Economically,

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Mayor Bell speaks at Gadsden State campus

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor


Birmingham Mayor William Bell spoke at the Gadsden State Community College’s Valley Street campus on Tuesday, February 17. February is Black History Month. Mayor Bell is the 33rd mayor of Birmingham. Mayor Bell was invited to speak as part of GSCC’s black history program.

The program began with a short video on the march from Selma

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Riverview to host health fair on Feb. 21

In recognition of American Heart Month, which is celebrated each year in February, Riverview Regional Medical Center invites the public to the 2015 Cardiovascular Health Fair on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7 - 11 a.m. 

The event, which takes place at Riverview’s Heart and Vascular Center, includes cholesterol and glucose screening, EKG, PAD (peripheral arterial disease), and blood pressure

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Etowah 4-H to take part in Chick Chain project

  The Etowah County 4-H program is proud to announce that it will be offering county youth the opportunity to take part in the 4-H Chick Chain project this year.  In the Chick Chain project, young people purchase 18 one-day old chicks from the Extension Office, grow them out for 22 weeks and then bring their top three chickens to

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Opinion Piece

By Josh Moon/Montgomery Advertiser

We need $700 million dollars.

That's how much it would require to patch up the nearly $300 million hole in the Alabama General Fund Budget and to prevent further borrowing from the Education Trust and to pay back old debts. That's what Gov. Robert Bentley told a group of lawmakers and business leaders and reporters

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Dollar General celebrates new Southside store

Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 1856 Lakemont Drive in Southside on Saturday, February 21 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals.  Dollar General will offer Southside residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.

Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a

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