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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Ashville grad signs softball scholarship

June 26, 2020 chris
Photo: 2020 Ashville High Schol graduate Lexi Copeland signs a softball scholarship with Judson College on June 15. Pictured, sitting, from left: dad Chadd, Lexi, mom Sonya. Standing, from left: AHS softball coach Kristen Seals, Judson softball coach Tom Hannah. (Emma Kirkemier/Messenger) By Emma Kirkemier, Editorial Assistant Recent Ashville High School graduate Lexi Copeland signed a
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Southside duo sign soccer scholarships

June 26, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Two local student-athletes are gearing up for four more years of competitive soccer. Recent Southside High graduates Isaac Franklin (pictured left) and Kevin Laby (pictured right) signed scholarships with Shorter (Ga.) University and Talladega College, respectively. Southside boys soccer coach Randy Vice had high praise for his former players, who helped
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Westbrook’s Edwards signs with Huntingdon

June 26, 2020 chris
Photo: 2020 Westbrook Christian graduate Will Edwards signed a football scholarship with Huntington College on July 17 in Rainbow City. Pictured, sitting, from left: mom Jill, Edwards, dad Eddie. Standing, from left: sister Anna Cate, grandfather Mike Nunn, grandmother Betty Nunn, brother Jake. (Katie Bohannon/Messenger) By Katie Bohannon, News Editor and Chris McCarthy, Publisher Will
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Delta Kappa Gamma announces local 2020 scholarship recipient

June 19, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Etowah High School senior Raylee Christian receives the Delta Kappa Gamma 2020 Grant-in-Aid scholarship. (Courtesy of Etowah High School) Delta Kappa Gamma’s 2020 Red Rose Mahjong Tournament Grant-in-Aid recipient is Raylee Anna Christian. Christian is a 2020 graduate from Etowah High School. Following graduation, she will be attending Gadsden State Community College in
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God’s Word revealed for us - Truth matters

June 19, 2020 chris
By John Larkins You probably have many examples of the importance of truth. If you were fortunate enough to have at least one parent who nurtured you with love, you may have had experiences that made you respect truth and avoid lying. The society outside your family has demands on speaking the truth to avoid
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s definition of normal never changes

June 19, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I think many would agree that we are definitely living in unique times. Lately, instead of waking up each morning with a not-a-worry-in-the-world mindset, it seems as if I wake up with a battle-ready mindset of preparing for the unknowns of the day ahead. I remember praying this past week, “Lord, please
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - His loving example

June 19, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part VIII

June 19, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston When the virus seemed to hit us like a slap in the face, I didn’t comprehend the changes it would bring to my household. For example, Phil and I decided to take some comforters and pillows to a laundromat. Within minutes of walking inside, I found myself laughing and conversing with strangers.
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You Should Consider Voting Absentee This Summer

June 19, 2020 chris
By Craig Ford The Republican and Democratic primary runoff elections are still scheduled to take place on July 14, and many voters are understandably concerned about trying to vote while Alabama is seeing record numbers of new coronavirus cases. Part of Alabama’s recent spike in cases of COVID-19 is the result of Memorial Day events
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The Vagabond - Gadsden’s Architect was from Scotland

June 19, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Gadsden’s very first architect was W. H. Willett, who located here around 1887. One of his big jobs was the new Episcopal Church in West Gadsden, which, it was claimed, took on the aspect of an English cathedral. That was quite natural, for Mr. Willett came from England where he attained distinction
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Christmas in June and comfort from the Bible

June 19, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Last week my husband, Alan, wanted me to write about Christmas. The subject on my mind was different, and I could not think of how to connect Christmas with a story on a hot day in June. Today I have been thinking about Christmas. We had to separate this last Christmas because
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