by Sarrah Petersby Sarrah Peters

Seniors learn about law enforcement

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Last week the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hosted the week-long 2015 Student Leadership Academy for 22 incoming high school seniors. The mini-academy is similar to what members of the department have to go through.

The students spent the week immersed in the sheriff’s office, living in campers behind the jail. 

The students arrived Sunday, June

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Southside to host 9th city fest

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

Southside City Fest returns on July 18 for its ninth year. Admission to the event is free. The festival starts at 2 p.m. on the Southside High School grounds and ends at 10 p.m. 

Last year the City of Southside estimated that over 8,000 people attended the music festival.

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by Kaitlin Flemingby Kaitlin Fleming

Local farmers' markets kick off

By Kaitlin Fleming

Staff Correspondent

Summer has just begun and so has the demand for fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Luckily local cities have started their farmers markets, which support fresh produce and local growers. What is better than a refreshing tomato sandwich or ripe watermelon in this heat? 

The cities of Attalla, Gadsden and Rainbow City

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Gadsden to host First Friday

Next Friday, July 3, is First Friday in Downtown Gadsden. You are invited to come join us downtown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., stroll up and down the sidewalks and celebrate all that is great about Downtown Gadsden!  July is Independent Retailer month, so make it a point to visit the independently owned businesses.  You will be sure

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by Jeanne Valois/Roxy Roca PRby Jeanne Valois/Roxy Roca PR

Roxy Roca to entertain at Rock the River

By Sarrah Peters

News Editor

The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts will host Rock the River for the 2nd year on July 10. 

Gates will open at 6 p.m. with music beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Hardin Center desk in advance. The tickets will also be available at the gates. In

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