Gadsden native inspires readers with 'Victory' dedicated to father

February 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Victory author Colin Edwards (right) stands beside his father Robby (left) as Robby delivers a sermon at church. Photo courtesy of Colin Edwards. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On Feb. 5, Etowah County native Colin Edwards released his published novel Victory to readers worldwide. A culmination of God’s work in Edwards’ heart as
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Wes Weems hits the silver screen

February 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, local film star Wes Weems smiles with his Oscar in Theater 14 at Gadsden Premiere Cinemas. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer Wes Weems fell in love with movies on the back of a firetruck. In 1980, Interplanetary Productions and Osmond Communications joined with director James Goldstone to film Mayday, Kent State, a
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People of Etowah - Kyle Battles

February 14, 2020 chris
Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Gadsden. What is your occupation? I am a dentist/owner at Riverbend Family Dentistry What made you decide to work in your field? Oddly enough, as far back as kindergarten I have always wanted to be a dentist. Tell us about your family and
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GCHS grad earns top award

February 14, 2020 chris
2016 Gadsden City High School graduate and Auburn University senior Laura Minton recently earned the biochemistry award at the 52nd Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference for her research on “The Effect of a ph-Dependent Arginine Switch on Protein-based Cofactor Formation in Catalase-peroxidase (KatG).” College undergraduate students from colleges across the southeast presented their research during
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Tigers for Tomorrow offers Valentine's Day special

February 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Tigers for Tomorrow’s Amala and Creed show that despite their young age, their love for each other is strong. Photo courtesy of Tigers for Tomorrow. Tigers for Tomorrow is setting out to help everyone enjoy Valentine’s Day as never before. In honor of St. Valentine, TFT is offering visitors a buy one, get
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

February 14, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Love is everywhere! If you don’t have it, you want it, long for it and look for it. If you’ve got it, you want to be reminded of it, especially if you are female or a child and it is Valentine’s Day. We are reminded daily about love through different sources. One
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The Vagabond - Nationally known bike racer from Attalla

February 14, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover During October of 1893, Etowah County residents enjoyed some fine bicycle racing at the fairgrounds in East Gadsden. The one-day meet was the beginning for Ben Stowers, who became a nationally known bicycle racer professional. Stowers won the half flying start and the five-mile lap race in the event. Gadsden competitors won
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - His Muddy Valentine

February 14, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “He kept saying, ‘I am the man.’ But they kept asking him, ‘Then how were your eyes opened?’ He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, “Go to Siloam and wash.” Then I went and washed and received my sight.’” (John 9:1-17
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XII

February 14, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Jesus said “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law and
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From our head to our heart

February 14, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Over the past few weeks, I have found myself in several conversations with friends and co-workers about the difference between head knowledge and heart truths, what we know in our head verses what is rooted in our hearts. It is often easy to read God’s Word, and listen to teachings about God
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Half-Time Rocky Road Candy, Chocolate Chess Pie and Peggy Roberts' German Chocolate Pound Cake

February 14, 2020 chris
Valentine’s Day is that special time when thoughts of those we care about come to mind. The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller Half-Time Rocky Road Candy 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips 1 (11-ounce) package butterscotch
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Deals and Missed Opportunities

February 14, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott We had a cancellation last Friday for one of our van volunteers at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe. These volunteers take hot meals to our homebound seniors. It is a job but a blessing and an honor. I recently recruited my darling, precious husband Alan to “volunteer” to take the volunteer’s
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 7 previews

February 13, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 6 Review Bruce Pearl’s team never wants it to be easy, as four of Auburn’s last five games have made their way to overtime. Auburn prevailed in every game, but it’s hard to sustain that good fortune over the course of the year. The Tigers defeated Alaba-ma, 95-91, despite
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Lady Titans advance to regional finals

February 13, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Tenise Johnson (0) splits the Oak Mountain’s defense for a basket during the Lady Titans’ 47-38 victory over Oak Mountain in the Class 7A Northeast Regional Tournament basketball semifinals on Thursday (Feb. 13) at JSU. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City weathered a late Oak Mountain rally to post
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Legals for 2/14/2020 - 2/20/2020

February 13, 2020 chris
_________________ NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made of the terms of the loan documents secured by that certain mortgage executed by Barbara Jo Dunn A Single Woman, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as mortgagee, as nominee for Guild Mortgage Company, a California Corporation, its successors
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Lady Panthers slam Springville, earn second straight regional berth

February 12, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Ziniah Hardy drives to the basket during the Lady Panthers’ 49-37 victory over Springville in the Class 5A sub-regional basketball playoffs last Monday (Feb. 10). (Courtesy of Gary Wells)    By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent For the second consecutive season and the second time in school history, the Southside girls basketball team advanced
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Hokes Bluff senior steps up in crunch time in subregional win

February 11, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Kristen Shields (20) drives to the basket during the Lady Eagles’ 40-32 victory over Talladega in the Class 4A sub regional girls basketball playoffs last Monday (Feb. 10). (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Kristen Shields had no intention of ending her last season of high school basketball on her home court.
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Locals compete at state indoor meet

February 10, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Jakari Embry (pictured, center) finished fifth in the Class 7A boys 60-meter hurdles event at the AHSAA state indoor track and field meet on Feb. 7-8 at the Birmingham CrossPlex. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although no local student-athletes took home a medal, there were several top 10 performances at the AHSAA
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Westbrook’s Harvey signs with Birmingham Southern

February 10, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior John Harvey signed a football scholarship with Birmingham Southern College on Feb. 6. Pictured, from left: dad Jeff, girlfriend Katelyn, John, sister Emily, mom Leslie. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor John Harvey will be playing college football just a few exits down I-59 South. The Westbrook Christian senior signed a scholarship
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The Vagabond - Masonic goat and meteorite in 1880s Gadsden

February 10, 2020 chris
In April of 1893, a large billy goat, which was closely shaved all over with the letter ‘G’ and a square and a compass painted on each side in a vivid red color, began roaming the streets of Gadsden and soon became a familiar sight in the city. The animal apparently felt at home anywhere
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Keep Smiling...With Rosie Preston

February 10, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston New Year’s Day is a way to measure time to us, with the importance of a birthday. It is an exciting day for me, even though I’m embarrassed to say the last two years, I fell asleep before the midnight hour! Still, as I thought about it last night, all comfy in
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Keep Smiling...With Rosie Preston

February 7, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Many times, I have shared stories about the many homes I cleaned for different families to make extra money. I can loudly voice, even scream it from the rooftops (of those houses) that there should be a Cleaning 101l class. The first lesson should be to have a friend to help. The
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Wendy Tinker right at home as Glencoe High principal

February 7, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Glencoe High School Principal Wendy Tinker stands and smiles with her students in the school’s library, where she served as librarian for several years.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer In early January, Glencoe High School welcomed Wendy Tinker as its new principal. As the school’s former librarian and assistant principal, Tinker adopts
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Local Girl Scouts support community

February 7, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, troop leader Carolyn Jester’s local Girl Scout group smiles for a photo after raising goods for a food drive to support the community. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On Jan. 7, the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama launched their 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Season, officially beginning cookie sales for the new year. 
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Attalla welcomes Heart & Soul with ribbon cutting

February 7, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, family surrounds Heart & Soul owner Debra Draper as she holds the blue ribbon at her official opening in downtown Attalla. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County hosted a ribbon cutting for Heart & Soul at 413 4th Street Northwest in downtown Attalla on Jan 31.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From meager meal to full cart

February 7, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever experienced real and true hunger? I heard a story of a young couple who were struggling to pay bills. As they sat down one evening to eat a meager meal of a single hamburger patty and a glass of milk, the young husband gave thanks and offered up a
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XI

February 7, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The Way proposes that when Jesus described Himself as “The way, the truth and the life,” He was openly and fervently proclaiming that we must follow Him. Yes, He died for our sins. But He implied, over and over, that the power of His forgiveness is dispensed by His Church through the
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The Art of Overcoming

February 7, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance
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Strawberry Bon-Bons, Nut Butter Balls and Easy Sugar Tea Cookies

February 7, 2020 chris
Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go… You have made my life complete, And I love you So. These recipes are “straight from the heart” and have something that is guaranteed to have you falling in love all over again. Strawberry Bon-Bons 3 (3-ounce) packages of strawberry jello 1 can Eagle Brand
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Suicidal tendencies of local wildlife

February 7, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott With two accounts of an opossum playing dead in our fenced-in yard still fresh on my mind, I heard our dogs having a barking fit around our shed in the backyard. Sandy, our border collie that looks like a yellow lab had her “boo-hiney” sticking up as her head was hidden under
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