Gadsden Beautification Board holds 9-11 memorial

September 13, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, September 11, the City of Gadsden Beautification Board held its annual 9-11 Memorial at Patriots Park, located at the corner of Broad and Fourth streets in downtown Gadsden. Gadsden Beautification Board Chairperson Pat Sherman welcomed everyone to the event. Gadsden City District 1 Councilwoman Dr. Cynthia Toles gave
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Lutzenkirchen speaks to local students about drinking dangers

September 13, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, September 11, Mike Lutzenkirchen of the Lutzie 43 Foundation spoke to the students of Gadsden City High School. Mike is the father of Philip Lutzenkirchen, an Auburn football player that was part of the 2010 National Championship winning season. Philip had a brief stint in the NFL with
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Proposed budget causes tension at city council meeting

September 13, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, September 10, the Gadsden City Council introduced its proposed 2020 city budget. The proposed budget includes an increase for the city’s fire and police department’s pay. The city is currently 16 staff members down in the police department, and the city’s finance director Lisa Rosser said that she
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Cities only as strong as their local schools

September 13, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford In the military, we have a saying that a platoon is only as strong as its weakest soldier. That concept applies to a lot of things in life, and especially to how we as a society treat our public schools. Public schools are the backbone of any city or town. They train
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The Vagabond - Oldest church in Etowah County

September 13, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Through the years many people have asked the Vagabond about how the late Jerry Jones, former Etowah County Tax Assessor, first became interested in genealogy and history. We continue the story from last week. Jerry Jones will never forget the story of the Indian massacres, and when he was grown, he began
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

September 13, 2019 chris
Old-Fashioned Apple Sugar-Free Pie and Million Dollar Apple Bars There is so much to enjoy about the fall in Alabama. We go from lazy days of summer to busy days filled with my favorite activities and foods. Football games, craft festivals, picking up pecans, filling jars with muscadine jelly, the DeKalb County Fair in Fort
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Pious Bob - Anticipating Healing

September 13, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…I will say
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Inspiration from God’s Word - He turns our mourning into rejoicing

September 13, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Psalm 30 is a beautiful reminder for us as believers that no matter what trials come our way in life, if we choose to keep our eyes on our Lord, then joy will follow. This psalm opens and closes on a note of thanksgiving and yet, during the time David wrote this
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Mixed emotions and happy reunions at a high school football game

September 13, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott I attended a high school football game last Friday night, and it took a bucket full of pride to swallow for me to be there. I had to do it to see my oldest grandchild, Ava, cheer with the little ones at halftime. I had not been back to this school since
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

September 13, 2019 chris
When it’s least expected… It had been a while since I had used my steam mop, but this was a day I really needed it. I filled it with water but no steam came out. With a screwdriver, I took it apart where the water was supposed to go through a little tiny tube, and
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In & around SEC football - Week 3 previews

September 12, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 2 Review The Tigers improved to 2-0 after a sluggish 24-6 win over Tulane. Auburn was stagnant offensively for most of the game and struggled to run the ball against the Green Wave. The Auburn defense was predictably stout, and Tulane was never really a threat on offense as
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Blue Devils steamroll Crossville, 49-7

September 11, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Trent Davis avoids a pair of Crossville defenders during the Blue Devils’ 49-7 victory in high school football on Sept. 6 in Attalla. (Travis Greene) By Madison Cannon/Sports Correspondent Class 5A No. 5 Etowah took on Region 7 rival Crossville on Sept. 6 at Jim Glover Field in Attalla and the Blue
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Legals for 9/13 - 9/19/2019

September 11, 2019 chris
Publication Notice In the Matter of the Adoption of Debra Hazelwood Notice to: Jarred Gann and/or Any unknown father Address: Unknown You will take notice that a Petition for the Adoption of a minor child born to Erin Bowman, a natural mother, set to be heard on November 12, 2019 at 10:30 A.M., was filed
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Lady Cardinals sweep Snead State in conference volleyball action

September 11, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden State’s Zoe Busbee (14) blocks a kill attempt by Snead State’s Jadia Gary during the Lady Cardinals’ 25-15, 27-25, 25-21 victory in Alabama Community College Conference volleyball action on Sept. 9 in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Gadsden State volleyball teams made short work of its region neighbor and Alabama Community
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah ranked in Sept. 11 ASWA football poll

September 11, 2019 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 3-0 285 2. McGill-Toolen 2-0 249 3. Central-Phenix City 2-1 205 4. Hoover 2-1 180 5. Hewitt-Trussville 3-0 169 6. Mountain Brook 3-0 118 7. Theodore 3-0 97 8. Lee-Montgomery 3-0 81 9. Austin 3-0 45 10. Auburn 2-1 36 Others receiving votes: Prattville (2-0) 9, Vestavia Hills
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Local gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 10, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Travis Greene Several area football players were recognized for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight of the Week. Sardis senior running back Luke Morris rushed 21 times for 223 yards and a score and caught a pass for a touchdown in the Lions’ 33-31 win over Southside-Gadsden. Sardis receiver
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Area runners compete at Pleasant Valley 5K

September 10, 2019 chris
Photo by Alex Chaney Several local runners competed in the Pleasant Valley Invitational cross country meet last Saturday (Sept. 7). Glencoe’s Katie Giles (pictured above) was the area’s lone top 10 finisher with a sixth place time of 22:47.82. Hokes Bluff had four runners finish in the top 25 – Sam Green (12th, 20:09.36), Jackson
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Sardis edges Southside in key region game

September 10, 2019 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Temon Wilson (2) stiff-arms Southside’s Broady Johnson during the Lions’ 33-31 victory in high school football last Friday (Sept. 6). (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick, Sports Correspondent After last week’s season-opening loss to Sylvania, Sardis coach Gene Hill challenged his team to respond quickly and improve entering Friday night’s region contest at Southside’s
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Westbrook at 3-0 after shutout of Vinemont

September 10, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Ryan Scott follows the blocking of John Harvey (right) and Brandon Morgan (42) during the Warriors’ 35-0 victory over Vinemont last Friday (Sept. 6) in Rainbow City. (Colin Edwards) It’s so far, so good for the 2019 Westbrook Christian football team. After a scoreless first quarter, the Warriors scored
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Hokes Bluff runs roughshod over White Plains

September 10, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Tristan Billingsley (right) catches a touchdown pass in back of a White Plains defender during the Eagles’ 45-21 victory in high school last Friday (Sept. 6). (Alex Chaney) Darrian Meads ran for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Hokes Bluff opened Class 4A, Region 6 play with a 45-21 victory
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Gadsden City comes up short to Sparkman

September 10, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Trey Blount tries to break free from Sparkman’s Kahlil Griffin during the Titans’ 51-27 loss last Friday (Sept. 6) in Harvest. (Ragan White) Courtesy of al.com Gadsden City fell to 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in Class 7A, Region 7 play after a 51-27 loss to Sparkman last Friday (Sept. 6)
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West End falls to Cleveland in region shootout

September 10, 2019 chris
West End opened its Class 2A, Region 7 schedule last Friday (Sept. 6) with a 65-44 loss to Cleveland in Walnut Grove. After the Patriots (0-3, 0-1) took a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs of 80 and 4 yards by quarterback Eli Pearce (pictured above), the Panthers scored 30 straight points. The Patriots took an
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Ashville falls to Jacksonville in region game

September 10, 2019 chris
By Gary Hanner/St. Clair Times Ashville fell to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in Class 4A, Region 6 play as the Bulldogs lost to the Jacksonville, 54-17 last Friday (Sept. 6). The Bulldogs scored first on a three-yard run by Luke Harris. The extra point was no good but with 2:36 remaining in the
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Conquerors, Yellow Jackets, Bulldogs come up short

September 10, 2019 chris
R.A Hubbard, 29, Coosa Christian 20 Coosa Christian came up short to R.A Hubbard, 29-20, in the Conquerors’ Class 1A, Region 7 opener last Friday (Sept. 6) in Gadsden. For Coosa, Evan Delp caught three passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns. Trevor Horne was 2 for 3 in passing for 110 yards and two
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Honda celebrates local economic impact

September 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, September 4, Honda Manufacturing held a luncheon at The Venue in Gadsden to celebrate its economic impact in Alabama and its five supporting counties in the region, including Etowah County. According to an economic impact study conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University
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Local students kick off Super Citizen Program with Lady Liberty

September 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, August 30, more than 1,075 fifth grade students in Etowah County and Attalla school systems kicked off the Super Citizen Program. On Tuesday, September 3 about 550 second grade students in the Gadsden City School system followed suit. Students participating in the event waved flags and wore paper
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Keep Smiling...School daze, then and now

September 6, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston Strange title for a column, you think? Even though I looked forward to my granddaughter beginning another school year, I find myself daydreaming as I watch her enter her school. I think back to my very first day of school. There was a special kind of electrical current in the air! Carrying
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People of Etowah - Victoria Paige Sims

September 6, 2019 chris
Name: Victoria Paige Sims Where were you born and raised? “26 years in Fort Payne.” What is your occupation? “Car sales.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I love the customer service end of working with the public. Its not about the vehicle, it’s all about the customer! I jumped into this
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The Vagabond: 1784 Indian massacre in Rainbow City

September 6, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Through the years, many people ask The Vagabond about how the late Jerry Jones, a former Etowah County Tax Accessor, first became interested in genealogy and history. Several years ago, Jerry sent The Vagabond an article. When Jerry was eight years old, he went with his family to Old Harmony Cemetery in
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Lemon Lush, Grated Apple Pie and Country Apple Dessert

September 6, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Do you want to start a conversation? Read a cookbook in public. That’s what happens to me all of the time. I always have a cookbook with me. “What are you cooking?” the young lady who sat beside me asked as she peeped over my shoulder. “Just checking out a recipe I
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