Locals compete at Twin Bridges’ Kick Off Classic

March 18, 2019 chris
Photo by Gary Wells Several area team competed in the Twin Bridges Kick Off Classic last Saturday (Mar. 16) in Gadsden. Gadsden City’s Ella Howard and Etowah’s Miranda Nassif shared the top local individual low finishes with respective 86 scores. Glencoe’s Lauren Cole (pictured above) shot an 87. Westbrook Christian finished as the top local
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10-cent gas tax increase signed into law

March 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, March 12, Governor Kay Ivey signed the proposed 10-cent gas tax raise into law after the bill passed in the state House and Senate. The current tax is 18 cents a gallon for gasoline and 19 cents a gallon for diesel. This bill will incrementally increase the tax over
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Renovated Moragne Park set to open

March 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The City of Gadsden will officially reopen Moragne Park on March 16. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. City officials broke ground on the year-long renovation project in May of 2018. Boatner Construction Company, Inc., of Rainbow City was contracted to do the park’s renovation at a
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People of Etowah: Shirley du Pont

March 15, 2019 chris
Name: Shirley du Pont Where were you born and raised? “I grew up in Etowah County.”  What is your occupation? “I am working at being retired. I spent 30 years with the telephone company. I retired and worked another eight years as a contract employee.” What made you decide to work in your field? “When
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The Vagabond: What happened to the Etowah Rifles?

March 15, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Many boys and older men who did not participate in the Civil War stayed behind and formed Home Guards. Those units did their best to defend their homes and towns. After the war ended, there was no official militia in this area but veterans of the war met periodically in associations. Individual
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

March 15, 2019 chris
El Grando, Barbecue Pork Chops and Banana Cobbler Words always seem to fail me when I try to describe the fun that Mary and I always have when we are at Cottontail’s Village in Birmingham. After being with the vendors for three days, they instantly become family. As we were talking to a group of
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Like the children of Israel, God calls us to finish well

March 15, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the closing chapters of the Book of Joshua, we see that the children of Israel, as a nation, are resting from war and enjoying the riches God had given them in the Promised Land. But when we move to the next book, in Judges, we see the nation of Israel suffering
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Determining how we are raised

March 15, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do
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Many special memories of growing up in Beauregard

March 15, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott By the time you read this, I’m sure there will be so many instances of people meeting U.S. President Donald Trump and his family while they visited Beauregard. Regretfully, I didn’t get a chance to meet them, but I cannot even try to imagine what this community went through. I am not
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Childhood memories

March 15, 2019 chris
On the news a few days, ago I heard the still-popular Barbie doll was celebrating a birthday. It is hard to believe she is turning 60 years old. I’ll never forget the first Barbie I received for Christmas when the dolls hit the shelves. Upon doing some research I found that Barbie is a fashion
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Legals for the week of 3/15 to 3/21

March 15, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kimberly J Oliver and Melvin S Oliver, husband and wife, to Southeastern Financial, Inc., on January 31, 2005, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama,
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In & around SEC basketball - conference tournament preview 

March 14, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 10 Review Auburn wrapped up the regular season with perhaps its best win of the year. The Tigers outlasted Tennessee, 84-80 on Senior Day at Auburn Arena, though it was sophomore Chuma Okeke that led the way with 22 points. Bryce Brown and Jared Harper added 16 points each,
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Lady Panthers scratch past Etowah, 2-0

March 13, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Karlee Thompson slides into home plate as Etowah catcher Lexi Brown awaits the throw during the Lady Panthers’ 2-0 victory in girls’ softball last Tuesday (Mar. 12) at SHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Despite being out-hit by a 7 to 2 margin last Tuesday (Mar. 12) the Southside High softball team
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Area cagers make ASWA All-State teams

March 11, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several local high school basketball players were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018-19 All-State teams. Coosa Christian senior guard Claire Davidson (pictured above) was named to the Class 1A second team, while Glencoe junior guard Anna Beth Giles and Gadsden City senior forward Dee Pearson made the Class 3A
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Titans’ Howard is low area scorer at Yellow Jacket Invitational

March 11, 2019 chris
Gadsden City High’s Ella Howard (pictured above) was the area’s low scorer at the Yellow Jacket Invitational Golf Tournament on Feb. 7 at Silver Lakes in Glencoe. Howard shot a 78 to pace the Lady Titans, who finished with an overall score of 315. Haley James shot a 112 score for GCHS, followed by Daisy
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Cardinal cagers earn postseason honors

March 11, 2019 chris
Two Gadsden State basketball players recently received postseason recognition. For the men, sophomore guard Xavier Malcolm was named to the Alabama Community College Conference’s All-Region 22 t team as well as the All-North Division second team. For the women, freshman guard Morgan Frazier was selected to the All-North Division second team. Malcolm averaged 18.5 points,
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 10 previews & predictions

March 8, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 9 Review The Tigers had their best week of the season as they earned wins over Mississippi State and Alabama, and AU is rapidly improving its seeding for the NCAA Tournament. Thanks to 24 points from Bryce Brown, Auburn knocked off Mississippi State, 80-75, in Auburn Arena. Three days
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Gadsden State falls short in overtime in ACCC Tournament 

March 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Shond McKinney (pictured at right) and the Gadsden State mens basketball team lost to Coastal Alabama South, 74-73, in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament quarterfinals last Tuesday (Mar. 5) at Lawson State in Birmingham. (Courtesy of Gadsden State)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor For the second straight year, the Gadsden State mens basketball team ended
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Lady Cardinals can’t finish against Wallace-Hanceville in conference quarterfinals

March 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Kanecia Payne (pictured at center) and the Gadsden State womens basketball team lost to Wallace-Hanceville, 68-60, in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament quarterfinals last Wednesday (Mar. 6) at Lawson State in Birmingham. (Courtesy of Gadsden State)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Poor shooting and foul trouble plagued the Gadsden State womens basketball team in the
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Westbrook's Morgan to play football, baseball at Birmingham Southern 

March 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior John Ross Morgan signs a letter of intent last Wednesday (March 6) to play football and baseball at Birmingham Southern College. Pictured, sitting, from left: John Ross’ mom Holly, John Ross, John Ross’ dad Barry. Standing, from left: Westbrook Christian athletic director and head baseball coach Matt Kennedy, former Westbrook Christian
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Legals for the week of 3/8 to 3/14

March 7, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made under the terms of that certain mortgage executed by Susan Hill Moore, on the 25th day of September, 2017 to Mortgage Electronic Recording Systems, Inc. as nominee for First Federal Bank which said mortgage is recorded in the Probate Office of
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Gadsden State on fire from the perimeter in ACCC tourney play-in win

March 4, 2019 chris
File photo courtesy of Daily Mountain Eagle By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent It was “bombs away” for the Cardinals last Friday. The Gadsden State mens basketball team knocked down a school-record 22 three-point baskets en route to a 116-78 win over Lurleen B. Wallace in an Alabama Community College Conference Tournament play-in game last Friday (Mar.
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Lady Cardinals qualify for ACCC Tournament

March 4, 2019 chris
Five players scored in double figures in Gadsden State’s 72-62 victory over Coastal Alabama South in an Alabama Community College Conference Tournament play-in game last Saturday (March 2) in Bay Minette. The Lady Cardinals (11-17) face Wallace State-Hanceville in the ACCC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 6, at Lawson State in Birmingham. Kanecia Payne paced
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Keep Smiling - Nana, it’s the police!

March 1, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston It was several years ago when my three grandchildren were under the age of five. Even though it’s been a while, I decided to publish this story again because I frequently find myself transporting my great-grandchildren and often finding laughter filling my car. It’s amazing that in today’s world, I meet so
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Etowah High holds Career Tech open house

March 1, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Tuesday, February 26, students enrolled in Etowah High School held an open house for its Career Tech programs and students attended a career fair. Students are enrolled in courses on Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Education and Training, Health Science, Government and Public Administration and Human Services. Work-based learning, where
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We should be building great schools instead of great prisons

March 1, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford Earlier this month, Gov. Kay Ivey announced her plan to spend almost a billion dollars of taxpayer money to build three new prisons for men. There will be no new prisons for women, even though it was the conditions at the women’s prison in Elmore County that started the whole prison debate.
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Pineapple Congealed Salad, Chicken Parmesan, Blackberry Wine Cake

March 1, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell More yummy recipes! Pineapple Congealed Salad 1 small lime Jello 1 cup boiling water 1 (4 oz. ) cream cheese 1 cup small marshmallows 1 small can crushed pineapple 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 cup diced pineapple 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 cup chopped pecans Combine Jello, water, cream
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The Vagabond: John W. Potter, Gadsden’s cooperationist

March 1, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The American Civil War remains the most significant event in Alabama’s history. Tensions that had been building for decades within the United States over the issues of slavery and states’ rights came to a head in 1860. The topic of secession was in the forefront in the State of Alabama. Gadsden was a city
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Living Out Sufferableness

March 1, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:1-12 NRSV).
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Maintaining lifelong freedom

March 1, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford What comes to mind when you think of the word “freedom?” Personally, I think of, “woo-hoo!,” minimal stress, relaxed not confined. Webster’s Dictionary defines freedom as “the quality or state of being free, the absence of necessity or constraint in choice or action, released from something.” Freedom is available to everyone, but
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