Tropical Sno held a ribbon cutting on Sept. 11 at its location at Noccalula Falls Park. Pictured, from left: Donna Patterson, Mary Catherine Weddle, Kevin Hollingsworth, Rikki Rubrigi, Wayne Lewis, Ashleigh Walker, owner Kerry Criswell, Lee Battles, City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Dept. Director Kerry Payne, Noccalula Falls Park Administrative Supervisor Janet Terrance, unidentified, Amber Condy, Suzanne Coker, Paul Perry. Tropical Sno held a ribbon cutting on Sept. 11 at its location at Noccalula Falls Park. Pictured, from left: Donna Patterson, Mary Catherine Weddle, Kevin Hollingsworth, Rikki Rubrigi, Wayne Lewis, Ashleigh Walker, owner Kerry Criswell, Lee Battles, City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Dept. Director Kerry Payne, Noccalula Falls Park Administrative Supervisor Janet Terrance, unidentified, Amber Condy, Suzanne Coker, Paul Perry.

Veteran opens snow cone shop at Noccalula

Sarrah Peters/News Editor

Kerry Criswell, a Marine Corps veteran, has opened a snow cone store at Noccolula Falls Park. Rainbow Tropical Sno held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 11. 

Criswell spent 15 years in the Marine Corps. He started his military career young. At only 17, he was in Beirut, Lebanon witnessing the bombing of the barracks that killed almost 250

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Area seniors gathered at the Attalla Fall Festival hosted by the Council on Aging and the Attalla Senior Program. Attalla Mayor Larry Means and his wife, Karen, made an appearance at the event.Area seniors gathered at the Attalla Fall Festival hosted by the Council on Aging and the Attalla Senior Program. Attalla Mayor Larry Means and his wife, Karen, made an appearance at the event.

Attalla Fall Festival a healthy success

By Jacqueline Chandler/Messenger Correspondent

The Attalla Fall Festival was held on Sept. 17 at Carnes Recreation Center. Hosted by the Council on Aging and the Attalla Senior Program, the annual event draws hundreds of seniors for entertainment, free information health screenings and more. This year’s theme was about farmers, so seniors showed up in overalls, straw hats and cowboy boots. Tickets

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Robert and Jessica McArthur and their five children will be the recipients of Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity’s 46th house.Robert and Jessica McArthur and their five children will be the recipients of Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity’s 46th house.

Habitat will host Blitz Build

The Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) will frame House #46 in a one-day blitz build for Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity on Friday, September 26 beginning at 7 a.m. The four-bedroom, two-bath house is located at 300 Summit Avenue and is the future home of Robert and Jessica McArthur and their five children. 

The floor system was completed last week by the

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GCHS boosts AP participation

Gadsden City High School recently announced its sixth year of Advanced Placement (AP) results, indicating a 121 percent increase in the number of students participating in AP Math, Science and English courses and a 25 percent increase in the qualifying scores on the AP exams.

Driving the increases in student achievement is the implementation of the ALSDE/A+ College Ready AP Program,

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Colin Edwards and Tiffany StevensColin Edwards and Tiffany Stevens

Two Etowah students receive Alfa scholarship

Two Etowah County residents were among 50 recipients of the 2014 Alfa Foundation scholarship. Each recipient received $1,000 in the program’s inaugural year.

The scholarship recipients are Colin Edwards of Rainbow City, a graduate of Westbrook Christian School and freshman at Troy University studying education; and Tiffany Stevens of Boaz, a graduate of West End High School and junior at Athens

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