Southside bombards Alexandria in area opener

December 11, 2019 chris
File photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It was bombs away for the Southside High boys basketball team last Tuesday (Dec. 10), and Chris Lengyel was the Panthers’ primary long-range gunner. The senior shooting guard shot 57 percent (4-for-7) from the three-point line as Southside opened its Class 5A, Area 12 schedule with a
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Lady Panthers fade down the stretch, fall in OT

December 11, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls were reminded last Tuesday (Dec. 10) that 24 minutes does not a basketball game make. In their Class 5A, Area 12 opener against Alexandria, the Lady Panthers enjoyed a nine-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Over the next 12
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Locally started hiking challenge inspires others

December 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor In 2016, Tami Brooks decided she wanted to hike the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In order to accomplish this, she knew she would need to train, so she started a challenge for herself – she would do 52 hikes in 52 weeks, one a week for a year. Brooks had
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Gadsden Fire Department now accepting donations for Toys From Santa program

December 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The City of Gadsden Fire Department is currently accepting donations for its annual Toys From Santa program. Toys From Santa aims to provide toys for all disadvantaged children in Etowah County for Christmas. “We don’t want to see any child go without,” said Gadsden Fire Department Chief Steve Carroll. The
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GCHS student receives class credit to work

December 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden City High School senior Haley James practically grew up at Gadsden Lighting Showroom. “It’s a family business,” said James. “I’ve really been raised there since I was a little girl.” During her junior year of high school, James joined GCHS’s work co-op program. “I have a first and second
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Building new prisons is not the answer

December 6, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford Alabama should be building better schools, not better prisons. It’s as simple as that. And the truth is if we had done so from the beginning, we probably would not have the overcrowded prisons we have today. It’s a statistical fact that if a child can’t read at a third-grade level by
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Carolyn Barron’s Coconut Cake, Pineapple Fluff Cake and Orange Balls

December 6, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell “For there is born To you this day… A Savior Who is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:11” Carolyn Barron’s Coconut Cake 2 cups self-rising flour 2 cups sugar 5 eggs 1 cup oil 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring 1 cup buttermilk 2 cups coconut Glaze: 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup plus 2
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The Vagabond: First great fire in downtown Gadsden

December 6, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently wrote about the big fire of July 4, 1883, that occurred at the south end of Broad Street from 3rd Street to almost 5th Street. The Kyle Opera House, a three-story brick building, prevented the fire from reaching 5th Street. It was the largest fire Gadsden ever had. What
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part III

December 6, 2019 chris
By John Larkins Six, anno domino. The baby Jesus developed as a Jewish child would be expected to. He was circumcised in the Temple and grew strong in wisdom and grace. When Jesus was about 12 years of age, He accompanied His parents and others to the Temple in Jerusalem. After His parents had gone
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What a difference Jesus makes

December 6, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In Luke Chapter 5, we have a beautiful picture of the difference Jesus makes in the lives of four individuals. We have numerous stories in the gospels of Jesus teaching and preaching to the crowds of people. The crowds were always drawn to Jesus; however, His message was always to the individual.
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Seeking Righteousness in Faith

December 6, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.’ Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law;
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Keep Smiling…

December 6, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston This is the season to be bombarded with trying to fulfill our loved one’s Christmas wishes. It is a wonderful time of year and I love to buy gifts, especially for the children. Most kids request what they have seen or heard about and will entertain them for a while. The true
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Shopping during the Iron Bowl and being quizzed by Randy Owen

December 6, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott There I sat last Saturday as Alabama was winning against Auburn 45-40. My husband Alan said that both teams were playing hard. I then went shopping with my friend, neighbor and co-worker, Faye, and took a nap when I got back. I wore my Auburn shirt that one of our seniors at
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Southside dispatches Hokes Bluff, 54-33

December 6, 2019 chris
Messenger fille photo by Chris McCarthy By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside improved to 5-2 on the year with a 54-33 road win over Etowah County rival Hokes Bluff on Thursday, Dec. 5. Parker Crask led all scorers with 14 points off the bench while pulling down four rebounds. Michael Rich, Jr., scored nine points and
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Big third quarter pushes Lady Eagles past Southside

December 6, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Hokes Bluff’s girls basketball team evened the season series against Southside after the Lady Eagles knocked off the Lady Panthers, 49-34, on Thursday at HBHS. The Lady Panthers (2-4) won the previous meeting 35-32, but Hokes Bluff turned a seven-point halftime lead into a
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In & around SEC football - conference championship

December 5, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Iron Bowl Review When the Iron Bowl makes its way to Jordan-Hare Stadium every other season, the potential for out-rageously bizarre games is exacerbated for Alabama. After the first quarter, last Saturday’s Iron Bowl was about as peculiar of a game as the series has seen in 84 meetings. The teams
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Legals for 12/6 - 12/12/2019

December 5, 2019 chris
  ________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Alex Freeman and wife, Catheryne C. Freeman, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 9th day of February, 2006, said mortgage being recorded at Document #M-2006-0596 in the Office of the Judge
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Glencoe’s Higdon signs with Judson College

December 3, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Negative reinforcement served as a motivating factor in Hylan Higdon’s recent academic and athletic achievement. “So many people told me that I was never going to make it, but I never let that stuff knock me down,” said the Glencoe High School senior. Higdon proved
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Lady Jackets keep Hokes Bluff at bay

December 3, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Anna Beth Giles (4) drives to the basket as Hokes Bluff’s Bailee Latronico (21) looks on during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 67-60 victory in girls high school basketball on Monday (Dec. 2) at GHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After leading by double digits for three quarters, Glencoe weathered a
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Area football players named to all-region team

December 2, 2019 chris
Several local players recently were named to the Class 2A, All-Region 6 football team for the 2019 season. Westbrook Christian had four players make the team in junior offensive lineman Hall Boulware, senior kicker Will Edwards (pictured above), senior defensive lineman Derek Graham and senior receiver Joe Tucker. Three West End players were selected –
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In & around SEC football - Week 14 previews

November 27, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 13 Review Alabama obliterated Western Carolina, 66-3, last week. The Crimson Tide now has an upcoming matchup with Auburn that could determine their postseason fate. Mac Jones was nearly perfect against the Catamounts in his second career start. He threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns, including two to
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Veteran local basketball coach lands at West End

November 27, 2019 chris
Photo: West End boys basketball coach Richard Hollingsworth instructs his players during the Patriots’ game against Ashville on Nov. 22. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Richard Hollingsworth has brought his brand of winning basketball to Altoona and Walnut Grove. The long-time Westbrook Christian and Coosa Christian coach accepted the West End High School boys basketball
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Ashville softball standout signs with Central Alabama

November 27, 2019 chris
Photo: Ashville High School senior Chloe Wills signed a softball scholarship with Central Alabama Community College on Nov. 20. Pictured, sitting, from left: mom Christy, Chloe, dad Bubba. Standing, from left: AHS softball coach Kristen Seals, CACC softball coach Greg Shivers, AHS assistant softball coach Shea Monroe. (Submitted photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Chloe Wills will
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Titan baseball duo to play at Southern Union

November 27, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City High seniors Austin Brewer and J.J. Gray signed baseball scholarships with Southern Union Community College on Nov. 22. Pictured, sitting, from left: Austin’s dad Heath, Austin’s sister Grace, Austin’s mom Geri, Austin, J.J., J.J.’s dad Jason, J.J.’s mom Janice, J.J.’s brother Chase. Standing from left: GCHS assistant baseball coach Ricky Ray Clayton,
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Glencoe's Giles scores 1,000th career point

November 27, 2019 chris
Photo by Gary Wells Glencoe High senior Anna Beth Giles poses with head coach Jaimie Barkley after Giles scored her 1,000th career point in basketball during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 48-25 win over Cherokee County on Nov. 22.    
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Local Toys for Tots program finds new home

November 27, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Toys for Tots program in Etowah County was nearly canceled this year, but thanks to a local church and some new volunteers the program is now aiming to help even more children this year. “They were not going to do Toys for Tots this year,” said Ruth Moffet. “They
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Reindeer Run to benefit Humane Society

November 27, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will hold its 9th Annual Reindeer Run on December 14. The 5K will begin in front of Blackstone Pub and Eatery located at 525 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the race will start at 8:30 a.m.
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Merry Christmas Red Punch, Ada Lee’s Russian Tea, Santa’s Whiskers and Festive Corn Chip Crunch

November 27, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell May joy fill your heart, May peace touch your soul, May love fill your life this Christmas and Always Christmas Blessings to you and yours. Every year, as soon as the last bite of cranberry sauce and the final morsel of Thanksgiving turkey has been devoured, neighborhoods begin to look like fantasy
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The Vagabond: The South’s first J.C. Penny

November 27, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently was walking at the northwest corner of Broad and Third streets in downtown Gadsden. He noticed lettering on the store window that said it was the store was Meeks Building, built in 1879. The Vagabond was puzzled, as the style and materials of the building was not of that
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A Psalm of Thanksgiving

November 27, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford As soon as you read the above title, your mind might have immediately gone to Psalm 100. Consisting of only five verses, this short psalm, is often referred to as the “Psalm of Thanksgiving.” When I think of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season we currently are experiencing, I think of a
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