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Lavender named GSCC president

Courtesy of al.com

Gadsden State Community College has its fourth president in just over a year’s time.

Martha Lavender has been named interim president at the school, a little more than two months after Helen McAlpine was appointed president of GSCC. Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich announced that McAlpine would return to her previous post as president of Drake State

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Steve Hildebrant of Alabama Power, pictured third from left, hands a $10,000 dollar check to Attalla City Schools Superintendent David Bowman, standing next to Attalla Elementary Principal Greg Edge. They are surrounded by the school’s pre-K students and teachers.Steve Hildebrant of Alabama Power, pictured third from left, hands a $10,000 dollar check to Attalla City Schools Superintendent David Bowman, standing next to Attalla Elementary Principal Greg Edge. They are surrounded by the school’s pre-K students and teachers.

Alabama Power funds pre-K classes

By Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Alabama Power Foundation presented two Etowah County schools with grants Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Highlands Elementary and Attalla Elementary both received $10,000 grants from Alabama Power Foundation, who partnered with the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs, as part of the Brighter Minds education initiative. 

The grants, given to help support early education programs in the state, aim to strengthen the

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Students perform a dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker.Students perform a dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker.

New Nutcracker coming soon

Experience all the magic of the holiday classic with a special Black Friday performance on Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. as Downtown Dance Conservatory presents The Old World Nutcracker at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden. 

Housed in the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, the conservatory has been the heart of the local classical ballet community for over 10

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Absentee ballot applications for upcoming elections now accepted

Cassandra Johnson/Absentee Election Manager

Applications are now being accepted for absentee ballots for the upcoming Nov, 4, 2014, General Election. 

Applications must be filed in the office of the Absentee Election Manager/Circuit Clerk not less than five days prior to the Election. 

The deadline to apply is Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 by 5 p.m.  You may vote medical or business emergency, if you

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Vendors display their wares during the first biannual Treasures in the Street event on Sept. 6 in downtown Attalla.Vendors display their wares during the first biannual Treasures in the Street event on Sept. 6 in downtown Attalla.

Treasures draw folks from near and far

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

Often referred to as Antique Alley, The City of Attalla draws in those who love to hunt for hidden treasures in the many antique shops located in the downtown area. 

Last weekend, this rich history was celebrated as the first biannual Treasures in the Street kicked off.

Vendors traveled from states such as Tennessee, Ohio and North Carolina to

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