Darden Rehabilitation Foundation receives van from Honda

 By Donna Thornton/News Editor

A group of enthusiastic Honda employees delivered a 2011 Honda Odyssey van to a grateful staff at Darden Rehabilitation Foundation on April 9.

Darden applied for a grant through which the auto manufacturer would supply the business with the van for the agency’suse in serving its consumers in several counties.

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Amanda Bray Cody and Christopher Brothers display their book collaboration, Amanda Bray Cody and Christopher Brothers display their book collaboration, "Lila the Lavender Porcupine's Sticky Situation: The Bear in Despair."

Gadsden alums share book at their schools

 By Donna Thornton/News Editor

Amanda Bray Cody and Christopher Brothers returned to their old elementary schools in Gadsden last week to share a collaborative effort with current students – and to show children what creativity and hardwork can accomplish.

Cody is the author and Brothers is the illustrator of “Lila the Lavender Porcupine’s Sticky Situation: The Bear in Despair,” a

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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

 Chocolate Chess Toffee Pecan Bars, Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes

My sister-in-law, Ruth Bedwell, who lives in Rainbow City, encouraged me to enter the Chocolate Festival Cooking Contest this past Saturday.  I chose my Chocolate Chess Toffee Pecan Bar recipe and much to my surprise; it came in first place.  I met so many wonderful ladies from Rainbow City.  The event was

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Saying goodbye to a ‘true hero’

 By Donna Thornton/News Editor

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin recalled Aubrey Phil Newman as a “true hero”  while speaking to members of the Etowah County Commission on Tuesday (April 8) at a commission work session.

Newman died on April 5 at the age of 69. He served as an investigator in the sheriff’s department for 11 years, Entrekin said, during

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Foothills Classic gives bikers scenic ride

By Donna Thornton/News Editor

The YMCA of the Coosa Valley is registering riders now for its feature cycling event of the year: The Foothills Easter Classic bike ride on April 19.

Executive Director Leroy Falcon said there is a 25-miler, a metric and a century route – meaning bikers can choose a 25 mile, 61 mile or a 97 mile

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