The Vagabond - John Coffee’s adventures in Attalla

March 16, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week the Vagabond wrote about Davey Crockett passing through the Attalla area. This week, another famous man, John Coffee also came through the same area. On Oct. 4, 1815, Coffee (pictured at right) was appointed by U.S. President James Madison to survey the boundaries created by the Treaty of Fort Jackson,
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Hold on God, I’ll be with You in a minute!

March 16, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says, ‘I have come to know him,’ but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this
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Inspiration from God’s Word - No need to fear

March 16, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I do not normally watch the news on a regular basis. Based on all that is happening around the world regarding the coronavirus, however, I decided to watch both the local and national news yesterday. If I was not alarmed or anxious before the news, I definitely was afterwards. Throughout the day,
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XVI

March 16, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Do we live our lives – and so, stage our deaths – as though we believed in eternal life and God, including His complete jurisdiction over our fate? Many humans ponder these questions. For example, in his play Hamlet, William Shakespeare has the main character mulling this question while contemplating suicide, one
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In & around SEC basketball - conference tournament preview

March 12, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 10 Review Auburn entered the regular season finale on a two-game losing streak, but the Tigers submitted their best performance of the season last Saturday (March 7) at Tennessee in an 85-63 victory. Samir Doughty buried eight 3-point baskets and scored 32 points, and Auburn dominated both halves in
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Westbrook, Etowah ranked in ASWA baseball poll

March 12, 2020 chris
Released March 12 Baseball Class 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Bob Jones 4. Baker 5. Hoover 6. Florence 7. Sparkman 8. Prattville 9. Mary G. Montgomery 10. Spain Park Class 6A 1. Chelsea 2. Cullman 3. Russell County 4. Faith Academy 5. Hartselle 6. Athens 7. Hueytown 8. Robertsdale 9. Saraland 10. Benjamin
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Southside holds spring scholarship signings

March 12, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Grace Ann Clontz signed a bowling scholarship with Springhill College on March 4 at the SHS auditorium. Pictured, sitting, from left: dad David, Grace Ann, SHS bowling coach Zack Blume. Standing, from left: sisters Cora Lee, Jennifer and Jessica; mom Tiffany. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several Southside High School seniors signed
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JSU students inspire future nurses

March 12, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Jacksonville State University nursing students and instructors stand in front of a helicopter used to demonstrate transport nursing responsibilities during the school’s interactive program “Innovation Recruitment: Promoting Careers in Nursing” at Gadsden Middle School on March 3. Photo courtesy of Matt Reynolds/Jacksonville State University. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On March 3, Jacksonville
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2020 CED youth prevention conference urges students to consider life choices

March 12, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Tony Hoffman tells his life story to students at Gadsden City High School on March 3. By Katie Bohannnon, Staff Writer Gadsden City High School hosted the Substance Abuse Prevention Team of CED Mental Health Center’s 2020 Youth Prevention Conference on March 3, inviting juniors and seniors throughout Etowah County to attend.
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Corn Salad, Pound Cake Sauce and Chicken Queso Casserole

March 12, 2020 chris
Cottontail’s Village 2020 at the BJCC in Birmingham was a great success for us this year. In fact, I signed more cookbooks than I did last year. The highlight of the weekend for me was talking to so many wonderful cooks from all over our great state. Mary and I asked many cooks what their
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Of old dogs, children and watermelon wine

March 12, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Last week my darling husband Alan asked me to write about old dogs, children and watermelon wine. Even though that was my intention when I started, my story ended up totally different. At work the next day, Pat Hill, the director at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe, knew that song by
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Legals for 3/13/2020 - 3/19/2020

March 12, 2020 chris
_________________ NOTICE OF  FORECLOSURE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated October 26, 2012, executed by John M. Willingham a/k/a John Martin Willingham, an unmarried man, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for CIS Financial Services, Inc. DBA CIS Home Loans, which mortgage was
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No. 2 Southside collars Bulldogs

March 11, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Isaac Franklin (right) maintains his balance as Ashville’s Bruce Pantoja (16) defends during the Panthers’ 10-0 victory in boys soccer last Tuesday (March 10) at Barney Hood Stadium. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Isaac Franklin scored goals four goals to lead Class 4A/5A No. 2 Southside to a 10-0 victory over Ashville in boys soccer
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Second-ranked Lady Panthers shut out Ashville

March 11, 2020 chris
Southside High’s Camryn Davis (center) closes in on Ashville’s Taylor Knight as Meghan McCarthy (right) looks on during the Lady Panthers’ 10-0 victory in girls soccer last Tuesday (March 10) at Barney Hood Stadium. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)
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Patriots blast past Gaston

March 10, 2020 chris
Photo: West End’s Ty Taylor delivers a pitch during the Patriots’ 14-1 victory over Gaston last Monday (March 9) at GHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor West End battered the Gaston pitching staff for 15 hits on the way to a 14-1 victory in five innings last Monday (March 9) at Shinbone Ridge. Eli Pearce
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Gadsden State cagers recognized

March 10, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy A pair of Gadsden State basketball players recently received postseason honors. For the women’s team, Jalexis Russell (pictured above) was named to the All-Region 22 second team and the All-Alabama Community College Conference All-North Division second team. Corien Frazier was selected to the ACCC All-North Division second team. A
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Emma Sansom travels back in time

March 6, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Emma Sansom Middle School student Kenaji Nelms (left, white shirt) portrays Dizzy Gillespie with Lillian Jamar (right, white dress) who portrays Ella Fitzgerald as the two dance the Lindy Hop. In the background, Cartavious Higgins (left, black shirt) portrays Cab Calloway and dances the Charleston with Jaidence Guyton, who portrays Billie Holiday.
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Gadsden Pilot Club donates $1,000 to Project Lifesaver

March 6, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above from left to right, Gadsden Pilot Club members Betty Roberts, Iva Patty, Alma Alford, President Carolyn Hammond, Barbara Braun, Sammye Hill, Rebecca Tinker and Sherre McGinnis donate $1,000 to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office to fund Project Lifesaver transmitters in Etowah County.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On Feb. 27, Gadsden’s Pilot
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Are We There Yet, Father?

March 6, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Why Worry?

March 6, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I struggled this week with the title of this teaching. I wanted to title it something more positive and life-giving, but I kept coming back to this question I ask myself often when I let my circumstances become bigger than my God. It is so easy to let our circumstances and the
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XV

March 6, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The emphasis of the writings for this column has been to clarify the real meaning of Jesus Christ’s mission on earth. Reducing the scriptures to reveal His guiding light can be done by asking, “What Did Jesus Do? Jesus’ 33 years on earth (during which we see glimpses of His childhood, mostly
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston - Mom, I already miss you

March 6, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston It’s been 12 years since my mother’s illness began, yet it seems just like yesterday that I could visit with her, share books, watch funny movies, and talk on the phone at least once a day. I already miss the way my mom was when she was younger. This kind of situation
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Pineapple Congealed Salad, Chicken Parmesan and Blackberry Wine Cake

March 6, 2020 chris
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 cheese and marshmallows. Stir over low
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Worthwhile road trips and therapeutic seniors

March 6, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This past weekend was spent watching movies with my hubby Alan and making apologies to family and friends for saying “no” to another long driving weekend. For those people who have the energy to go forever, more power to them. On Monday, Alan and I traveled two hours and 15 minutes to
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 10 previews

March 6, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 9 Review Auburn’s losses have all come in pairs so far this season. After last Saturday’s road loss at Kentucky, the Tigers lost at home for the first time all season against Texas A&M in a disappointing effort. Auburn is comfortably in the NCAA Tournament and likely will have
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Local to be inducted in AASA Hall of Fame

March 6, 2020 chris
Three Etowah County natives are among the AASA Softball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. Tina Rood Hopper and Mike Delozier will be indicted in the Player category, while Clark Livingston is included in the Meritorious category. Collinsville’s Donny Jones will be inducted as a player. The AASA’s 29th induction banquet will be held on
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Legals for 3/6/2020 - 3/12/2020

March 5, 2020 chris
_________________ NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made of the terms of the loan documents secured by that certain mortgage executed by Tammy L Howard An Unmarried Woman to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as mortgagee, as nominee for Guild Mortgage Company, a California Corporation, its successors
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Russell leads Gadsden State to conference tournament semifinals

March 4, 2020 chris
Photo: Jalexis Russell scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Gadsden State’s 98-67 victory over Coastal Alabama South last Tuesday (March 3) in the quarterfinal round of the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament at Shelton State in Tuscaloosa. (Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It was obvious last Tuesday (March 3)
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Area baseball teams attend FCA Media Day

March 3, 2020 chris
Photo: Members of the Westbrook Christian varsity baseball team gather for a photo during the Etowah County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ 2020 Media Day on Feb. 23 at Rainbow Presbyterian Church. Pictured, sitting, from left: Andrew Dutton, Brett Vice, Samuel Dutton. Standing: head coach Matt Kennedy. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A
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Progress 2020: Superintendent Tony Reddick shares vision for Gadsden City Schools

March 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Gadsden City School System’s Superintendent Tony Reddick delivers the keynote speech at the 35th annaul city-wide observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Gadsden. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer Gadsden City School System’s mission is “to prepare and inspire all students to become college and
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