Sweet Tea Trio signs deal with Kid Rock

February 23, 2018 chris
The rising country group Sweet Tea Trio has signed an exclusive management deal with rock-and-roll icon Kid Rock, also known as Robert Ritchie, and Vector Management founder Ken Levitan. The venture is a first for the Levitan and Ritchie, who worked together early in Kid Rock’s career.  Ritchie discovered the trio, made up of Alabama
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Library hosts black history month quilt lecture

February 23, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, February 15, the Gadsden Public Library hosted “Quilt Talk: Secret Slave Codes in Quilts” as part of its observance of Black History Month to celebrate the contributions that African-Americans have made to the nations history and culture. Founder and Executive Director of the Grace Heritage Foundation for Southern Hills
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FSCU’s Amy Jackson offers quality mortgage services

February 23, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June, Amy Jackson became the new Mortgage Services Director at Family Savings Credit Union. Jackson has been working in the mortgage industry since 1995 at the age of 19. She was in college and married and didn’t know the difference between a mortgage and a note when she first started.
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Gadsden breaks ground on new community center

February 17, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, February 14, City of Gadsden officials broke ground on the new East Gadsden Community Center. The plans for the $5.5 million dollar center were approved late last year. The new facility is already underway, as winter weather caused the groundbreaking to be postponed. The new facility is being built
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Big Brothers and Sisters honored

February 17, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Every year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama picks two Big Brother matches and two Big Sister matches for its Big of the Year. Of those, one of each match is slected to compete for the state of Alabama’s Big of the Year award. In 2016, both the Big Brother
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Downtown Café offering fresh food in Attalla

February 17, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A new café opened its doors in downtown Attalla in January. The Downtown Café, located at 411 4th Street NW in Attalla, feels just like grandma’s kitchen complete with hometown photos of Attalla people and places lining the walls. The café is located in a former hardware store built in the
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People of Etowah - Tim Lett

February 17, 2018 chris
Name: Tim Lett Where were you born and raised? “I was born here in Gadsden at GRMC, but long before it was called Gadsden Regional. My parents had lived in South Gadsden, but moved to Pell City. Mom didn’t want to change doctors, so they made the drive. Being a Preacher’s Kid, I can’t say
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Ford to Run for State Senate as Independent

February 11, 2018 chris
State Rep. Craig Ford announced on Saturday, Feb. 10, that he is running as an Independent candidate for state Senate District 10m which includes all of Etowah and Cherokee counties and a portion of DeKalb County. Ford is a small business owner who also serves in the Alabama National Guard and previously served in the
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City of Gadsden honors Papa Cause

February 9, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, February 1, Papa Cause visited the Elliot Community Center to share his message with Gadsden citizens. Litchfield Middle School Band got the show started with an energetic performance. Heather Brothers New with the Gadsden-Etowah Chamber welcomed everyone to the event, and thanked Papa Cause and his creator John Solomon
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Larry Means talks to Gadsden Civitans Club

February 9, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, February 7, City of Attalla Mayor Larry Means spoke to members of the Gadsden Civitans Club. Means discussed the ongoing projects to improve Attalla, as well as his work as chairman of the Eto-wah County Industrial Development Authority. When Means became mayor after working in the state senate for
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People of Etowah - Cindy McConnell

February 9, 2018 chris
Name: Cindy McConnell Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised right here in Etowah County. I grew up in Rainbow City and moved to Attalla when I got married.” What is your occupation?  “I am a RN and a teacher of Health Science at Etowah High School. I have been an
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Westbrook shows appreciation for law enforcement

February 2, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, January 26, students and staff at Westbrook Christian School took time out of their day to welcome members of the Rainbow City Police Department to a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day assembly. Students opened the assembly by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States, the
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James Farmer speaks at Antiquarian Society meeting

February 2, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On January 26, the Antiquarian Society held a luncheon at the Gadsden Country Club with author James Farmer as the guest speaker. Before Farmer addressed the attendees, members enjoyed a lunch of Southern pot roast, roasted potatoes, green beans and baby carrots with Dutch apple pie for dessert. Farmer is a
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People of Etowah - Jonathon Horton

February 2, 2018 chris
Name: Jonathon Horton Where were you born and raised? “I was born at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital and was raised in Ivalee and Gallant communities.” What is your occupation? “I am the Chief of Police of Rainbow City and a part-time funeral director at Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home.” What made you decide to
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Locals excited about new Chick in town

January 26, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor By 12 p.m. on January 23, a couple of people had settled onto the sidewalk outside of the new Chicken Salad Chick, located at 2012 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden in anticipation of the restaurant’s grand opening at 10:30 a.m. on January 24. As part of the opening the chicken salad restaurant
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Local receptionist retires at age 80

January 26, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Martha Brothers has been working at Gadsden Eye Associates for almost 27 years. She currently is Dr. Tony Catanzaro’s secretary. Now, at age 80, Brothers is retiring. “I praise God for allowing me to work at Gadsden Eye Associates for almost 27 wonderful years,” said Brothers. Brothers said that she has
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Altrusa Int. to host Antique Show

January 26, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The 50th Annual Altrusa of Gadsden Antique Show and Sale will be held February 2, 3 and 4 at Gadsden Convention Hall. On Friday and Saturday,  February 2 and 3, the antique show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, February 4 the show will be held
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Ford introduces local jobs bill

January 26, 2018 chris
State Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden has introduced legislation earlier this week to create jobs and kick start local road, bridge and economic development projects. Called “The Etowah County Jobs Act,” the legislation will re-allocate a portion of the one-cent sales tax that was passed by Ford’s father, the late Rep. Joe Ford, to pay
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People of Etowah - Jason Wilson

January 26, 2018 chris
Name: Jason Wilson Where were you born and raised?     “I was born on Cansler Avenue in Gadsden, and  my family moved to Southside in 1989.” What is your occupation?    “Founder and CEO of Back Forty Beer Company.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I am an entrepreneur with a
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Gadsden celebrates King’s vision of unity

January 19, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, January 15, Gadsden’s 32nd Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was held at Convention Hall. WMGJ radio station sponsored the free public event. The celebration featured a candle lighting ceremony to honor community members that were “foot soldiers who led us through some treacherous times,” according to WMGJ
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Etowah Probation Officers receive radios

January 19, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 16, Judge David Kimberley presented Eto-wah County’s Probation officers with eight radios. The radios will allow probation officers enable to coordinate with other law enforcement officers if an emergency occurs at the judicial building, where the probation office is located. The radios will also offer the officers the
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City Council and Rep. Butler express opposing views about elected school board

January 19, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 16, the Gadsden City Council pased a resolution opposing the proposed bill regarding the election of Gadsden City School Board members. Currently, Gadsden school board members are appointed by the Gadsden City Council, but State Representative Mack Butler of Rainbow City proposed a bill allowing Gadsden citizens to
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People of Etowah - Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale

January 19, 2018 chris
Name: Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale What is your occupation? “I have recently joined Allenstein and Allenstein Law Firm as the Social Security Appeals Council Case Manager. I’m an independent contractor for the Greater Gadsden Area Tourism Board. I side hustle and contract with various organizations, individuals, non-profits and businesses by coordinating and directing, event planning, fundraising,
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Mcguffey’s provides meals for warming center

January 15, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last week extremely cold weather blew through Etowah County and throughout the Southeast United States. Low temperatures hit 12 degrees Fahrenheit, with high temperatures barely rising above freezing. Some days, the wind chill made Etowah County feel like the temperature was in the single digits. In response to the freezing temperatures,
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New events planned for 5th Street Market venue

January 15, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June 2016, the Gadsden Farmer’s Market moved to a new location – the 5th Street Market. To create this venue space, the City of Gadsden remodeled an old warehouse on the corner of Fifth and Locust streets in downtown Gadsden. In 2017, the city began hosting Turnip Tuesdays in response
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People of Etowah - Robin Wilson

January 15, 2018 chris
Name: Robin Wilson Where were you born and raised? “Born in Talladega County, lived in Calhoun County from ages 4-12, moved to Etowah County at age 12. It’s certainly home!” What is your occupation? “Well that has changed recently. I worked in Substance Abuse Prevention up until this past September, when I accepted a position
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Chamber aims to do more with less in 2018

January 5, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden/ Etowah Chamber is using the new year to reevaluate its many programs. “It’s a continuous process,” said Chamber President Heather New. “Each year we look at everything that we do at the end of the year and we determine ‘Was it effective?,’‘Is it being used?’ and ‘Is it something
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People of Etowah - Scott Waldrup

January 5, 2018 chris
Name: Scott Waldrup Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and raised in Rainbow City.” What is your occupation? “I am a practicing attorney concentrating on real estate and probate estates with the law firm of Knowles and Sullivan, adjunct professor at Gadsden State Community College and a genealogist.” What made
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Home for Christmas benefits The Love Center

December 29, 2017 chris
On December 5, “Home for Christmas” a benefit for The Love Center was held at The Fifth Street Market in Gadsden. The event raised money, collected item donations and raised awareness for The Love Center. Love Center volunteers Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale, Morgan Lavender, Kristi Hess, Carolyn Richard, Teresa Bright, Erin Morgan and Lorie Holloway planned
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YMCA renovates facility, offers New Years deals

December 29, 2017 chris
The YMCA of Coosa Valley is starting the new year with a fresh look. In October, the exercise facility started renovations. The YMCA has spent about $100,000 in structural renovations, according to YMCA Director LeRoy Falcon. New roofs have been placed over the fitness center, the administration area and the gymnasium. “We are most excited
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