2020 Girlfriend Gala goes virtual

July 2, 2020 chris
Pictured above, 2020 Girlfriend Gala Chair Courtney Linam addresses event details on Facebook. Photo courtesy of the Girlfriend Gala. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor United Way’s annual Girlfriend Gala hosted its first virtual fundraiser on June 25. Despite the fact that Gadsden women could not experience the event in person, organizers ensured that the night
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston The Coronavirus Journals, Part X

July 2, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston The timing is off by a day. My daughter celebrated her birthday on July 2, and this issue comes out on July 3. But that seems to be the story of my life lately. I often get confused concerning the day of the week. Staying at home does have specific issues, like
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God’s Word revealed for us - The last Independence Day

July 2, 2020 chris
By John Larkins This Saturday, Gadsden is scheduled to celebrate the Fourth of July. The current times are so full of enormous changes that all of us are not keeping up, much less understanding, the consequences of the massive cultural changes that are underway. We are so accustomed to separating politics from religion that we
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Overturning our ignorance

July 2, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The importance of remembering

July 2, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard the saying, “I am too much in my head”? Well, that was me this past week. When I get too much in my own head, it usually leads to fear, anxiety, worrying about all the “what if’s” in the days ahead and on and on. The most harmful
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Strawberry Cheese Ring, Summer Squash Bread and Pecan Ice Cream Pie

July 2, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Sunday family dinners at houses in the South were a nourishing part of childhood years. We gathered at my mother’s home, where we were surrounded with the aroma of Southern cooking at its best. It was also a time for us to share in each other’s lives and reconnect with the people
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Stickers in limbo and a spicy mom

July 2, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Another project recently invaded my mind, and I was inspired to use the other three members of our Golden Girls team to do yet another creative mission at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe. The inspiration took place during my time with God, which is first thing in the morning. I was
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Iconic Glencoe pharmacy hosts grand reopening

July 2, 2020 chris
Pictured above from left to right is technician Wendy Curvin, technician Betty Phillips, pharmacist and owner Bob Neal, technician Paulette Chandler, pharmacist and owner Ronnie Smith, cashier Brady Lockmiller, technician Carla Harrell (technician). Seated: Pharmacist and owner Amanda Divine welcomes residents to Alaco Pharmacy’s grand reopening. Photo courtesy of Gary Wells.  By Katie Bohannon, News
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Emma Samson monument fate still to be determined

July 2, 2020 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor As cities remove confederate memorials nationwide, opinions on Gadsden’s Emma Samson monument remain a topic of fervent discussion. At the Gadsden City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting and pre-council meeting on June 30, city officials debated the fate of the downtown statue (pictured at right). Though the Public Safety Committee
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Gadsden State president announces retirement

July 2, 2020 chris
Gadsden State Community College President Dr. Martha Lavender recently announced her retirement. Lavender attended Gadsden State, where she pursued and achieved an Associates degree in nursing before obtaining a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Jacksonville State University. Lavender furthered her education with both a Master’s degree and doctorate in nursing from the University of
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Casting on the Coosa: Riding the struggle bus and an eyeful of lemon juice

July 2, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent It has been a couple of weeks since I last checked in, and I was not able to fish too much during the week before last. I did get to fish in the Gadsden Super Tournament. or at least I attempted to fish. I managed to fish for 12 hours without boating
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The hunting chronicles: there’s more than one way to bring down a deer

July 2, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch/Staff Correspondent I’ve enjoyed telling bear hunting stories over the past few weeks. I have a few more in the can, but as I’ve previously stated, I’m a deer hunter. It took years for me to kill a deer after I started hunting. I remember my very first bow kill in Lee
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Sardis football coach provides summer update, thoughts on 2020

July 2, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of Bentley Gray Photography By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis head football coach Gene Hill (pictured above) recently said that his team would begin installing plays, running pass routes and conditioning following its current weight room sessions. Teams can start preseason practice July 27, instead of the traditional first Monday in August.
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Gadsden State student-athletes recognized by ACCC

July 2, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several Gadsden State student-athletes and two teams were recently recognized for academic achievement by the Alabama Community College Conference. Named to the 2020 Spring Semester Commissioner’s Honor Roll were Shelby Bates, China Lane, Joan Lang, Madelyn Massey (pictured above), Grace Nolen, Aubrey Pope, Leighanna Tralongo and Gracie West from
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Legals for 7/03/2020 - 07/09/2020

July 2, 2020 chris
________________ FORECLOSURE NOTICE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by the mortgage given by Carlos Gregory and Nicole Wilson, as Mortgagor, to Jerry Salvador, as Mortgagee, dated August 13, 2012, and recorded as Instrument Number 3373177, Probate Office, Etowah County, Alabama, and the Mortgagee, by reason of such default, having
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Legals for 6/26/2020 - 07/02/2020

June 26, 2020 chris
________________ FORECLOSURE NOTICE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by the mortgage given by Carlos Gregory and Nicole Wilson, as Mortgagor, to Jerry Salvador, as Mortgagee, dated August 13, 2012, and recorded as Instrument Number 3373177, Probate Office, Etowah County, Alabama, and the Mortgagee, by reason of such default,
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Legals for 6/19/2020 - 6/25/2020

June 26, 2020 chris
    ________________ NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE   WHEREAS, default has been made in the terms of the mortgage executed on the 22th day of June 2012, by Geraldine Westfield, an unmarried woman and Jeffrey Dewayne Smith, Jr., an unmarried man, as mortgagors, in favor of DAVID E. BRIGHT, as mortgagee, as recorded in the
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Legals for 6/26/2020 - 07/02/2020

June 26, 2020 chris
________________ FORECLOSURE NOTICE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by the mortgage given by Carlos Gregory and Nicole Wilson, as Mortgagor, to Jerry Salvador, as Mortgagee, dated August 13, 2012, and recorded as Instrument Number 3373177, Probate Office, Etowah County, Alabama, and the Mortgagee, by reason of such default, having
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Attalla acquires 200k grant for feed mill

June 26, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Attalla Mayor Larry Means (third from right) joins Gov. Kay Ivey (second from right) and along with other state and local officials at the Koch Feed Mill groundbreaking in Attalla in November 2019. (Photo courtesy of Business Facilities Magazine) By Katie Bohannon, News Editor In November of 2019, the City of Attalla
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Local BLM leaders advocate change in Gadsden

June 26, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Black Lives Matter Gadsden leaders join protestors for a Father’s Day demonstration. Pictured, from left: Wesley Quarles (University of Alabama cap), Gabriela Hernandez (pink leggings), Jerome Gunn (white shirt), Mckenzie Clark (center, black tank top) and Shunbrica Dozier (black shirt, camo bandana). (Katie Bohannon/Messenger) By Katie Bohannon, News Editor During a time
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Breakfast Cinnamon Bread, Marshmallow Surprise and Peace Muffins

June 26, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Some of my favorite me-mories as a child were the weekend visits to my Grandmother Icy’s house. I would awaken to a sense of light coming from the kitchen. Then the smells and noises of pots and pans would draw me to the kitchen to spend some precious time alone with my
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The hunting chronicles: A holy antler and cooped up Hutterites

June 26, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch My first Canadian bear hunt was some kind of fun experience. My ferocious bear guide, Natalie, sure did a good job. One day while we were running bait sites, I yelled for her to stop the four-wheeler. Up in the trees, I saw it. I ran to it, picked it up,
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Perseverance, protective puppy dogs and a revelation at Independence Field

June 26, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott I have always heard it said that you never know who is watching you. What a burden to carry when someone is trying to be a Christian in every aspect of life. That idea spoke loudly to me during the season in my life when our children were growing up. It relates
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The Vagabond – Chavez the Giant visits Gadsden

June 26, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover One of the funniest things to happen in Gadsden during the 1890s was the purchase of a “dead man” by four of the leading farmers of Etowah County after having reached a decision to go into the show business. It was no fun for the farmers and even less fun to put
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part IX

June 26, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston So many times, we continue to be updated about the coronavirus and how it is changing lives. I believe the past three days afforded me the opportunity to jump through a hurdle and find that I could indeed get interested again in cleaning my house. Last Sunday morning, Phil’s son called to
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West End’s Pearce ready to put up big numbers in 2020

June 26, 2020 chris
Photo: Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Shannon J. Allen, Sand Mtn. Reporter West End High School head football coach Kyle Davis is excited about what the 2020 season holds, both for his team and its leader, senior quarterback Eli Pearce. Last year, Pearce finished with 3,154 yards and 43 touchdowns at the controls
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Be encouraged

June 26, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Two of Paul’s earliest letters were written to a church of young believers that he helped start in Thessalonica, along with Timothy and Silas. These two letters were written to real people who were experiencing real problems. Most of us would say that we can identify with these people because we are
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God’s Word revealed for us - The truth still matters

June 26, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Shamefully, the problem of truth mattering is just as prevalent today as it was in Jesus’ time, and even before then. One source of truth is the Bible, but which version contains that truth? Then there is the question the Queen of Sheba’s eunuch asked of Philip after Philip asked if he
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Security in all circumstances

June 26, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Indeed, those who are far from you will perish; you put an end
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People of Etowah: Tabitha Carlson Bozeman

June 26, 2020 chris
Where were you born and raised? I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. Then, I moved to Gadsden via Los Cruces, New Mexico when I was about 5 years old. My mother’s family is from Gadsden, and my father’s family lived here at the time, so this has always been “home”. What is your occupation? I am in
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