YMCA to host Sweetheart Dance

February 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Sunday, February 24, the YMCA of Coosa Valley will continue a family tradition with its Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance. The event will start at 6 p.m. at The Venue at Coosa Landing. “We’re going to have a little more room to spread out this year,” said YMCA director LeRoy Falcon. “We’re excited about
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Local attorney addresses voting rights at GPL’s black history program

February 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor At Gadsden Public Library’s second weekly Black History Month program on February 11, local attorney Mary Carstarphen Kelley spoke to the crowd about the right to vote, its history in this country and the current legal issues threatening the freedom to vote in the United States. Kelley walked attendees through
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Earthquake Cake, Orange Meringue Pie and Grandma’s Chocolate Pudding

February 15, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell How we Southerners love our sweets! If someone is having a hard time, you might carry them a cake or pie that you made yourself. It seems like a “little something sweet” is what we need at difficult times. At our Wednesday night suppers at Eastside Presbyterian Church, we knew each wonderful
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People of Etowah - Cole Howard

February 15, 2019 chris
Name: Cole Howard Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Fort Payne.” What is your occupation? “I am the owner and operator of Blue Jug of Gadsden.” What made you decide to work in your field? “Upon graduating from JSU, I pondered as to what career I would apply myself
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The Vagabond: Edward (Ed) L. Gamblin, his story in World War II, Part II

February 15, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week the Vagabond wrote part one of Gadsden native, Edward (Ed) L. Gamblin leaving for Germany as an American soldier in the  317th U.S Army Infantry Regiment April 11, 1945 was the day that Ed Gamblin was injured. It is not known exactly how. It is possible he fell or jumped
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Tuning Up Our Recognition Ability

February 15, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. “ (Luke 24:13-35 NRSV). These two disciples on the road to Emmaus walked with Jesus, talked
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Are you part of a New Testament church?

February 15, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the second chapter of Acts, we discover the first definition of the early church. Not only do we read about how it was formed but we see the qualities and characteristics that defined the New Testament church. Acts gives us the foundations of the early church. Acts 2:42-47 says, “All the
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Hold on while I speak to my agent...

February 15, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Now that my mother is enjoying her life in assisted living, I have had more time on my hands.  I’m so glad that the George Wallace Senior Center is a public place, as the people there sure know how to brighten my day. This time, Pat Hill, the director of the center,
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 7 previews

February 14, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 6 Review For the first time in nearly three decades, Alabama beat Vanderbilt in Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville. Granted, the Commodores are winless in the SEC this season, but it was still a solid performance for the Crimson Tide. However, UA followed up that win with a disappointing performance
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Hokes Bluff's Hill to be preferred walk-on at JSU

February 14, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy/Publisher/Editor Braydon Hill is moving from one successful football program to another. The Hokes Bluff High senior recently signed with Jacksonville State as a preferred walk-on. “It’s something I’ve worked for since I was sophomore when I realized it was something I wanted to do,” he said. “To finally achieve that goal is
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Blue Devils squeak by Springville in Class 5A subregionals

February 13, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Taylor Berry (left) drives past Springville’s Max Harrison during the Blue Devils’ 58-57 victory in the Class 5A subregional playoffs last Tuesday (Feb. 12) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Editor/Publisher Etowah learned first-hand last Tuesday (Feb. 12) why Springville won 24 games this season. The Blue Devils fended off a
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Lady Panthers earn first-ever regional tournament berth

February 12, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Alexis Thompson (right) attempts a jump shot as Springville’s Abbie Talton defends during Lady Panthers’ 50-34 victory in the Class 5A subregional playoffs in girls basketball last Monday (Feb. 11) at SHS. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls basketball program officially entered uncharted territory on Monday, Feb. 11. Sparked
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Last-second trey sends Lady Jackets to regionals

February 12, 2019 chris
Anna Grace Goodwin’s buzzer-beating three-point basket gave Glencoe a 56-55 victory over Locust Fork in the Class 3A subregional playoffs in girls basketball on Monday, Feb. 11, at Locust Fork. With the Lady Yellow Jackets trailing by two points and with under four second left, Anna Beth Giles dribbled the ball to halfcourt under heavy
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Local wrestlers win super sectional championships

February 11, 2019 chris
A pair of local high school wrestlers finished in first place at the North Super Sectional Tournament last Saturday (Feb. 9) at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Competing in the 126-pound weight class, Gadsden City junior Samuel Jaggears posted a 2-1 decision over Sparkman’s Cordell Ellison. Jaggears improved to 40-1 on the season. In the Class 1A-5A 120-pound
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Blue Devils, Warriors advance to subregional playoffs

February 11, 2019 chris
The Etowah High boys basketball team defeated Alexandria, 73-69, in the Class 5A, Area 12 Tournament championship on Feb. 7 in Attalla. Taylor Berry (pictured above) paced the Blue Devils with 23 points, followed by Trent Davis with 21 and DeRicky Wright with 13. Etowah (16-9) hosts Springville on Tuesday (Feb. 12) in the subregional
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Glencoe, Sardis, Coosa girls move to subregionals

February 11, 2019 chris
Glencoe came up short against Susan Moore, 59-51, the Class 3A, Area 12 championship on Feb. 8 at Susan Moore. Ashley Morgan (pictured above) scored 23 points for the Lady Yellow Jackets, while Cami Zahorscak added eight and Lauren Cole seven. Glencoe (19-9) travels to Locust Fork tonight (Feb. 11) in the subregional playoffs. Sardis
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Kiwanis Club to host annual Pancake Day

February 8, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Saturday, February 16, the Gadsden Kiwanis Club will host its 62nd annual Pancake Day from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. This year, the fundraiser has moved to Gadsden’s new event facility, The Venue at Coosa Landing located at 201 George Wallace Drive in Gadsden. On Wednesday, February 6, Kiwanis Pancake
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Avery recalls 1963 March on Washington

February 8, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor In April of 1963, a Baltimore postman named William Moore set out to walk from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., on U.S. Hwy. 11 in the hopes of delivering a letter he had written to the Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett protesting the state’s racial inequality. Moore never made it. He was
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People of Etowah - Ray Cumby

February 8, 2019 chris
Name: Ray Cumby Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Houston, Texas and moved to Gadsden when I was around seven years old.” What is your occupation? “I am in the state police and I work part time at Southside Police. I am also co-owner at 911 Solutions. We outfit emergency vehicles.
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The Vagabond: Ed Lee Gamblin in World War II, Part I

February 8, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover America entered France in World War II with the D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944. Two months later on August 25, the Allies liberated Paris. In the skies over the Third Reich and the occupied countries, Allied air power wreaked havoc on the Wehrmacht, German industry and all lines of
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Creamy Tomato Cheese Tortellini Soup, Baked Potato Soup and Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

February 8, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell When the weather is cold or rainy, there’s nothing better than a bowl of steaming hot, hearty soup. When soups contain some amounts of fish, meat, milk, beans, or peas, they are filling enough to be the main part of a meal. They can also be served with a salad or sandwich.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Let Us Rejoice, He Has Come

February 8, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “…And he has a name inscribed that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God…On his robe and on his thigh, he has a name inscribed, ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.’” (Revelation 19:11-16 NRSV). The
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Inspiration from God’s Word - spiritual principles for today

February 8, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard of the Book of Leviticus in the Bible? Some people might have heard of it, but like me, have not really spent much time reading it. In times past when I read Leviticus for my daily reading plan, I remember thinking that it was just a book written
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City of Glencoe, I love you so...

February 8, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Glencoe, the City of Patriotism, has taken a piece of my heart that I didn’t want her to have. I don’t know exactly where to start. I guess I could tell you it was with devastation in my soul that we moved here. I mean, I was a little excited and ready
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 6 previews and predictions

February 7, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review After a poor start to the conference season, the Tigers took advantage of a three-game home stretch to get back above .500. Auburn defeated Missouri, Ala-bama and Florida – all by double digits – and looked closer to last year’s team that won the SEC championship. The
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Lady Panthers dispatch Etowah in area tournament championship

February 7, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Kaylee Brown (12 shoots over Etowah’s Shy’ere Gibbs during the Lady Panthers’ 46-31 victory in the Class 5A, Area 12 championship game on Wednesday (Feb. 6). (Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside built an early first quarter lead and never looked back as the Lady Panthers sprinted past Etowah, 46-31, to
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Westbrook’s Luttrell signs with JSU

February 7, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Jackson Luttrell signed a football scholarship with Jacksonville State University on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Pictured, sitting, from left: Jackson’s mom Tonya, Jackson, Jackson’s dad Phil. Stan-ding, from left: Westbrook athletic director Matt Kennedy, former Westbrook head football Brian Mintz, Jackson’s sister Morgan. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Jackson Luttrell will stay local
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Etowah duo sign football scholarships

February 7, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High seniors Emil Smith (right) and Trey Cole signed football scholarship on Wednesday (Feb. 6). (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A pair of Etowah High seniors will showcase their gridiron skills at the next level. Emil Smith and Trey Cole both signed football scholarship on Wednesday (Feb. 6) in Attalla. Smith, who
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Legals for the week of 2/8 to 2/14

February 7, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed on September 4, 2001 by Elijah Bynum and wife, Martha Bynum, originally in favor of CitiFinancial Corporation, and recorded in Book M2001 at Page 3843 on September 5, 2001, in the Office of the Judge
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Southside comes up short in area tournament semifinals

February 6, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Chris Lengyel (2) attempts a jump shot as Alexandria’s Landan Williams (left) defends during the Panthers’ 52-47 loss in the Class 5A, Area Tournament semifinals last Tuesday (Feb. 5) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside High’s potent perimeter game faded down the stretch last Tuesday (Feb. 5) in the Class
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