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City departments update council on response to COVID-19 pandemic

March 26, 2020

By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer Gadsden Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works presented precautionary COVID-19 measures to the Gadsden City Council on Tuesday, March 17. Officials from both departments discussed the implemented protocol designed to ensure the health and safety of the Gadsden community. Parks and Recreation Director Jen Weathington updated the council on

The Chamber hosts webinar to prepare small businesses for upcoming COVID-19 changes

March 26, 2020

Photo: Pictured above, Chamber President and CEO Heather New speaks during a Business After Hours event prior to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on Gadsden and Etowah County. Photo courtesy of The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County held a COVID-19 Business Update and

Absolute Fitness exercises precautionary measures in response to COVID-19 closures

March 26, 2020

Photo: Pictured above, Absolute Fitness trainers and coaches direct gym members on exercises during a group workout session in one of the gym’s training rooms. Photo courtesy of Dawn Gregerson / Absolute Fitness. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer Despite business and school closures disrupting schedules left and right, one local gym strives to maintain a sense

Southside’s Lengyel, Coosa Christian’s Brown highlight All-Messenger basketball teams

March 26, 2020

Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A Panther and a Conqueror highlight the 2019-2020 All-Messenger boys and girls basketball teams. Southside’s Chris Lengyel and Coosa Christian’s India Brown were the respective girls and boys Player of the Year for the 2019-20 All-Messenger basketball team. A senior center, Brown averaged 18.5 points and

Morris resigns as Gaston football coach, moving to Georgia

March 26, 2020

Photo: Former Gaston High head football coach Swane Morris (pictureed at center) instructs his players during a 7-on-7 scrimmage with Coosa Christian last July. Morris resigned his position last month to take an assistant coaching/teaching position at Pierce County, Ga. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After 20 years and more than 100 victories as a