Ashville wrestlers finish second at state duals

January 25, 2021 chris
Photo: Ashville High’s Nick Spears (top) competes against Cleburne County’s Ronin Brower in the 136-pound match during the Class 1A/4A Wrestling Duals Tournament championship match last Friday (Jan. 22) in Birmingham. (Courtesy of Sera Beth Potter) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Ashville High came up just short in capturing its first-ever AHSAA Wrestling Duals Tournament championship last
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Southside cagers win second straight county basketball title

January 25, 2021 chris
Photo: West End’s Isaiah Roberson (11) drives to the basket as Southside’s Hunter Sitz looks on during the Panthers’ 53-36 victory in the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament boys championship last Friday (Jan. 22) at Glencoe. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor For Southside High boys head basketball coach Chad Holderfield, winning a second
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Lady Eagles dispatch Southside in county tournament finals

January 25, 2021 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Kyleigh Blackwell drives against Southside’s Kynsey Marble during the Lady Eagles’ 53-46 victory in the Etowah County Schools Tournament girl championship game last Friday (Jan. 22) at Glencoe. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hokes Bluff girls basketball coach Evan Talbot used one word to describe the reason behind his team’s
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Late surge pulls Lady Panthers past Sardis 

January 21, 2021 chris
Photo: Sardis’ Lily Underwood (3) grabs a rebound in front of Southside’s Sydney Yancey during the Lady Panthers’ 42-33 victory in the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament girls semifinals on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Glencoe High School. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor In a tight and physical game against Sardis in the Etowah County Schools
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Southside dispatches Lions in county semifinals

January 21, 2021 chris
Photo: Southside’s Taylor Carr (12) goes in for a layup as Sardis’ Dylan Holcomb looks on during the Panthers’ 62-29 win in the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament boys semifinals on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Glencoe High School. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside made short work of Sardis in the Etowah County Schools Basketball
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The Vagabond: opossums, mules and a peculiar billy goat

January 21, 2021 chris
By Danny Crownover Claude Stowers, Jr., recently sent The Vagabond an interesting article on possums, and the article noted that possums are actually our friend. It seems that the animals are able to withstand up to 80 rattlesnake or coral snake bites, and thanks to the possum, there is an antidote to poisonous snake. In
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Casting on the Coosa: white elephants, lost crankbaits and a suit of steak

January 21, 2021 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent It has been a few weeks since my last set of ramblings. I managed to spend time with the grandkids, celebrate Christmas and ring in a new year. First things first. Let’s address the white elephant in the room. The rendering plant issue is getting all kinds of publicity over the
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Gadsden City, Coosa Christian girls ranked in latest ASWA basketball poll

January 21, 2021 chris
Released January 21   Girls Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Vestavia Hills 3. Hewitt-Trussville 4. Foley 5. Spain Park 6. Auburn 7. Baker 8. Theodore 9. Sparkman 10. Gadsden City Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. McGill-Toolen Catholic 4. Athens 5. Buckhorn 6. Hartselle 7. Northridge 8. Mortimer Jordan 9. Oxford 10. Chelsea
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - hallelujah, a time for renewal

January 21, 2021 chris
By Rosie Preston Walking into my bedroom recently, I turned on the television news to see a tribute in honor of medical caretakers and families who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus. Every day, I think of my mother, who passed away on August 29, 2020. I’ll never forget the walks we enjoyed together
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Ready for a diagnosis

January 21, 2021 chris
By Vicki Scott One of our senior volunteers at George Wallace Senior Center recently shared her complications with thyroid issues. The next day, another volunteer discussed issues with diabetes. Growing old ain’t for sissies, as I have heard one say. I have not been to a regular doctor since my husband Alan lost his job,
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Legals for 1/22/2021 - 1/28/2021

January 21, 2021 chris
_________________ NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by mortgage executed by Shayna Jones-Hardwick and husband, Aquarius Harwick to Wanda Diane Hoskins Tedder, Timothy Wade Hoskins, James Hoskins and Melissa Lynn Hoskins Billingsley dated March 14, 2019, and filed for record in the Office of the
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Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Chicken Taco Soup, Cowboy Soup and 1/2 Pound Cake

January 21, 2021 chris
By Andy Bedwell Ward off winter’s chill with one of these delicious soups. Chicken Wild Rice Soup 5-2/3 cups water 1 package (4.3oz.) long grain and wild rice 1 envelope Lipton Chicken Noodle soup mix 1 celery rib, chopped 1 medium carrot, chopped ½ cup onion, chopped 2 cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted 1
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From God’s Word - Strategies for warfare

January 21, 2021 chris
By Toni Ford One of my favorite chapters in the Bible comes from 2 Chronicles 20. In my bible, the heading given for this chapter is, “War with surrounding nations.” Thankfully, America is not at war with surrounding nations; however, many might feel as if America is at war within itself. I know that in
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Forgiveness is not an empty nest

January 21, 2021 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but to some extent – not to exaggerate it – to all of you. This punishment by the majority is enough for such a person; so now instead you should forgive and console him, so that he may
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God’s Word revealed for us - A new year and a new country

January 21, 2021 chris
By John Larkins In 2020 America was a constitutional republic with many freedoms guaranteed in well respected and accepted legal safeguards. Unless you are isolated from the real world, you know that the system is widely regarded as subject to change by the Democrat Socialist party that just attained total power in what had been
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New Gadsden State president shares vision for college and local community

January 21, 2021 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor As students and faculty return to Gadsden State Community College’s campuses for the spring semester, they will find themselves becoming acquainted with a soon-to-be familiar face – Gadsden State’s new president, Dr. Kathy Murphy. Following former president Dr. Martha Lavender’s retirement in August, Murphy went to work in January with excitement,
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County faces potential lack of reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses

January 20, 2021 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor Counties statewide reside in limbo following the news that COVID-19 expenditures may not be reimbursed. While Etowah County commissioners and local officials await further response from the state, they continue to strive and advocate for a solution. The news resulted from the decision of Alabama Department of Finance Director Kelly
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AHSAA approves revised guidelines for spring sports, modifies winter playoff formats

January 20, 2021 chris
On Wednesday, January 21, the Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the AHSAA’s Return to Play ‘Best Practices’ recommended guidelines for spring sports while approving winter sports championship health and safety modifications due to COVID restrictions. The Spring Sports ‘Return to Play ‘Best Practices’ follow the most recent Alabama Department of Public
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Gadsden State spikers springing into action

January 19, 2021 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor COVID-19 or no COVID-19, the Gadsden State volleyball team is ready to defend its 2019 state championship starting this Wednesday (Jan. 25) at Beck Field House. The Lady Cardinals’ 2020 season was moved to this spring due to coronavirus concerns. The Alabama Community College Conference recently
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Area athletes compete at MLK Invitational

January 19, 2021 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Asher Curp (foreground) and Jackson Martin posted top 10 finishes at the MLK Track & Field Invitational on Monday, Jan. 18, at the Birmingham CrossPlex. (Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy)   Twelve local athletes posted top 10 performances and several others finished in the top 15 at the MLK Track &
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Lady Cardinal gunners loaded for 2021

January 15, 2021 chris
Photo courtesy of al.com By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor If nothing else, the 2021 Gadsden State womens basketball team won’t be boring to watch. Head coach Bryan Phillips set a goal of 40 three-point shot attempts per game this season, which translates into a heavy workload for the Lady Cardinals’ many sharpshooters. “If we shoot the ball
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Gadsden State cagers raring to go

January 15, 2021 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After nearly a month of inactivity, the Gadsden State mens basketball team is rounding into game shape, both physically and mentally. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Alabama Community College Conference postponed the 2020 schedule of games and packed the men and women’s basketball regular seasons into
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston – Nana gets called out

January 15, 2021 chris
By Rosie Preston A certain kind of behavior recently came back to haunt me. It first occurred when my children were in school. Looking back, I realize that it happened over a period of years. But I can’t forget, oh, no! Back then, my son “forgot” to bring his spelling book home. At first, he
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The Vagabond: An early local journalist

January 15, 2021 chris
By Danny Crownover Alfred Gregory Lee helped established one of the first newspapers in Etowah County. He was a printer, a newspaper editor, a Washington, D.C. news correspondent, a reporter and one of the most prolific writers of letters and postal cards in the United States. A member of an old pioneer family of Etowah
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Honkey tonkin’ on a Sunday morning

January 15, 2021 chris
By Vicki Scott Another weekend has come and gone, and the coronavirus is still creating hinderances in fellowship. Whether churches meet or not depends on incidents of the virus within. One of our residents at George Wallace Senior Center who is utilizing our Monday thru Friday curbside service during all this mayhem called me out
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Mi Casa Casserole, Fruit Salad and World's Best and Quickest Mousse

January 15, 2021 chris
By Andy Bedwell Don’t get stuck like Old Mother Hubbard with a cupboard that’s bare. At this time of year when holidays are over, you could make just one big shopping trip to stock up your pantry so that you’re always ready for those everyday meals. Weather permitting, I am going today and restock my
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Aggressive sheepishness

January 15, 2021 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:1-10 NRSV). Jesus’ parable of the one and the ninety-nine is a very comforting part of the Gospel. To think that the shepherd would
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From God’s Word - The hope of our Lord Jesus Christ

January 15, 2021 chris
By Toni Ford As I was reading lately in the Book of Psalms, I was greatly encouraged by Psalm 30, I would love to share this psalm with you this week. It is my prayer that this psalm would encourage you as it did me and that you would know that the Lord is on
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God’s Word revealed for us - Some things need not bother us

January 15, 2021 chris
By John Larkins Consider your very most important mission among the living. Is it not to convince Jesus Christ that you wish to be with Him in eternity? If this is not your mission or if you reject His plan, you very may well may not spend eternity with Him. Many of us fear the
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Gadsden State’s PTK chapter organizes community project

January 14, 2021 chris
Pictured from left on back row, PTK members Xun Chen, Gerardo Perez-Rodriguez, Justin Bradley, Alexandra Booker, Maria Petersen, Isaiah Gallardo, Rocio Aragon-Vasquez smile for a photo with their advisors, Rob Dunaway (seated front, left) and Melissa Davis (seated front, right). By Katie Bohannon, News Editor Inspiration and activism flourish in one local student-led project, born on
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