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Giving thanks and praise on Pastor Appreciation Day

October 18, 2019

By Vicki Scott Pastor Appreciation Day was held last Sunday, Oct. 13, at Lake Martin Baptist, the church that my mom attends. The church members presented their pastor with an envelope. Baptist pastors I have known will not grow rich in a worldly fashion, and whatever amount of money contained in that envelope is not

Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

October 18, 2019

Leaving my mother after visiting her at the nursing home where she has resided for several years is never easy. In 2010 her health declined, and I could no longer care for her in my home. As I filled out the paperwork at the nursing home, tears ran down my face. It was one of the

Area athletes recognized by AHSAA

October 14, 2019

Messenger file photo by Colin Edwards Several local football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 11. Westbrook Christian had a trio of 100-yard rushers in the Warriors’ 42-0 win over Gaston. Karmichael Cattling (pictured above) gained 126 yards on 16 carries, John Reese Bellew

Ashville finishes second, third at Creekbank 5K

October 14, 2019

Photo courtesy of Becky Staples The Ashville High girls finished second and the Ashville boys placed third at the Creekbank Invitational 5K last Saturday (Oct. 12) at Choccolocco Park in Oxford. The Lady Bulldogs posted a runner-up average time of 23:00, with Taylor Knight (pictured above) taking fourth place with a time of 20:56.23. Gadsden

Local runners medal at Pleasant Valley 5K

October 14, 2019

Messenger file photo by C his McCarthy The Southside High girls and boys’ cross country teams placed second and third, respectively, at the Pleasant Valley Twilight 5K on Oct. 10. With an average time of 23:31.05, the Lady Panthers finished only eight seconds behind event winner Pleasant Valley. Camryn Davis (pictured above) posted the Southside’s