Above, Governor Bentley addresses local politicians and business leaders at the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber on Friday, April 24.Above, Governor Bentley addresses local politicians and business leaders at the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber on Friday, April 24.

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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Marvin Grier, pictured above, is one of only 22 independent certified Gemologist Appraisers in the country. Grier has opened his new business firm, Keystone Jewelry Appraisals, LLC, at 108 South Fifth Street, where he offers jewelry appraisals to individuals, insurance firms and estates.Marvin Grier, pictured above, is one of only 22 independent certified Gemologist Appraisers in the country. Grier has opened his new business firm, Keystone Jewelry Appraisals, LLC, at 108 South Fifth Street, where he offers jewelry appraisals to individuals, insurance firms and estates.

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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Cassandra Malone is shown with Environmental Services Director John Duvall and many of her coworkers at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Malone was named the hospital’s Employee of the Month for April on Monday, April 27, 2015.Cassandra Malone is shown with Environmental Services Director John Duvall and many of her coworkers at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Malone was named the hospital’s Employee of the Month for April on Monday, April 27, 2015.

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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