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Decades later, crime echoes in survivor’s life

By Donna Thornton/News Editor

Bryant Archer’s 17-year-old daughter wants to look for a job, and he can’t stand the thought of it.

Most of the jobs available to a 17-year-old now are like the one Archer was working when he was 17 on a night that changed his life forever.

Archer was one of four young people shot during a robbery on April

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State lawmakers and staffers from the Coosa Valley RC&D Council presented a big check for a big project at Gadsden City High School - resurfacing work on the football practice field. Pictured above, from left: Jennifer Childress, of the council; Sen. Phil Williams, Coach Matt Scott, Gadsden City High School Principal Keith Blackwell, State House Minority Leader Craig Ford and Deborah Lindley of the council, met at the practice field to see what was accomplished with the grant, and to present the ceremonial check.State lawmakers and staffers from the Coosa Valley RC&D Council presented a big check for a big project at Gadsden City High School - resurfacing work on the football practice field. Pictured above, from left: Jennifer Childress, of the council; Sen. Phil Williams, Coach Matt Scott, Gadsden City High School Principal Keith Blackwell, State House Minority Leader Craig Ford and Deborah Lindley of the council, met at the practice field to see what was accomplished with the grant, and to present the ceremonial check.

Grant covers cost of work to make field safe

By Donna Thornton/News Editor

Those who witnessed the “before” at Gadsden City High School’s football practice field expressed appreciation for the “after” on April 11, when local legislators and representatives of Coosa Valley Resource Conservaton & Development Council presented a check to the school to pay for the project.

“It wasn’t a situation where we had a surface and made it better,”

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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Coconut Pound Cake and Christy’s Corn Casserole

On two of my cooking chat lines, I asked everyone what their favorite Easter menu will be this year. Of course, I am on Southern chats. The most popular menu was the following: Baked Ham, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Sweet Potato Fluff, Baked Beans, Coconut Cake, Sweet Southern Tea! Sounds good to me!

Coconut Pound

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Ronnie Watkins, former University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings and Fred Sington, Jr. (pictured, from left) gather for a photo after Watkins and Sington were honored at the annual Boy Scouts of America American Values Luncheon on Tuesday (Apr. 15) at the Pitman Theater in Gadsden. Ronnie Watkins, former University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings and Fred Sington, Jr. (pictured, from left) gather for a photo after Watkins and Sington were honored at the annual Boy Scouts of America American Values Luncheon on Tuesday (Apr. 15) at the Pitman Theater in Gadsden.

Boy Scouts honor pair of local supporters

By Mike Goodson/Staff Correspondent

The Lookout Mountain Division of the Boy Scouts of America held its annual Etowah County American Values Luncheon on Tuesday (April 15) at Gadsden’s Pitman Theatre.

Honorees at this year’s luncheon were former Gadsden businessman Fred Sington, Jr. and local businessman Ronnie Watkins. Both men were recognized for their contributions to scouting and to the community. 

Former University of

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Ain’t it nifty? Shakespeare’s 450 and the party is set for April 24, 25 at the Pitman

Get culture at a quick-step on April 24 and 25 as CharACTers and Downtown Gadsden Inc. celebrate the birthday of the Bard by staging The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

The performance will feature all 37 plays in 97 minutes, directed by Cody Carlton, starring Jason Bozeman, Brian Boozer and Jason St. John. It is described as “an irreverent, fast-paced

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