Inspiration from God’s Word: The Power of the Resurrection

April 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In just a few days, Easter Sunday will be here and millions of people will gather around the world to reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet the resurrection is more than just a historical event. For the believer, this is a time of great celebration
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A lack of communication and a mystery solved

April 12, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott About a month ago, my brother stopped calling me, cold turkey. That scared me because he is the one God has called to keep check on us and peace in our family. He is good at it and has the biggest heart in comparison to my baby brother and me. I thought
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Life is a journey, take the scenic route

April 12, 2019 chris
With each passing year, we are living a journey that continuously changes, sometimes by our choices and others by unknown forces that could not have been planned for. My present age finds me being a daughter, mother and grandmother, and my fifth great-grand-baby girl was born last night in Colorado. The word “great-grandmother” always makes me
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In & around SEC basketball - Final Four recap

April 12, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn’s historic run to the Final Four ended with the ultimate heartbreak. In the semifinals against No. 1 seed Virginia, the Tigers trailed 57-47. AU proceeded to go on a 14-0 run to take a 61-57 lead with 17 seconds remaining. Virginia guard Kyle Guy buried a 3-pointer in the corner
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

April 12, 2019 chris
Released April 11 Baseball Class 7A 1. Bob Jones 2. Hoover 3. Mountain Brook 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Austin 6. Vestavia Hills 7. Oak Mountain 8. Hewitt-Trussville 9. Central-Phenix City 10. Smiths Station Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 3. Hazel Green 4. Hueytown 5. Spanish Fort 6. Saraland 7. Faith Academy 8. Oxford 9.
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Blue Devils nail Southside in area action

April 12, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah shortstop Austin Young (left) tags out Southside’s Connor Johnson at second base during the Blue Devils’ 6-1 victory over Southside in high school baseball last Wednesday (Apr. 10) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Sparked by a standout pitching effort, solid defense and timely hitting, the Etowah High baseball team moved
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Titans edge Grissom in area action

April 12, 2019 chris
By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City remained in the postseason picture with a 4-3 victory over Class 7A, Area 4 rival Grissom on Wed-nesday, Apr. 10, at the Gadsden Sports Complex. The Titans can make the state playoffs if they defeated Grissom last night (Apr. 11) in Huntsville and won two out of three games
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Panthers' Bothwell to play football at Kansas junior college

April 11, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High School senior Kenneth Bothwell, Jr., signed a football scholarship with Fort Scott (Kans.) Community College on Apr. 3. Pictured, sitting, from left: Theresa Parker, Kenneth Bothwell, Sr., Kenneth Bothwell, Jr., Tinly Henry, Billy Parker. Standing, from left: Arkayla Bothwell, Tinnesha Parker. (Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Kenneth Bothwell’s future includes a couple
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Southside’s Motley to play soccer in Florida

April 11, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High School senior Anna Motely recently signed a soccer scholarship with ASA College in Miami, Fla. Pictured, from left: Anna’s mom Christy, Anna, Anna’s dad Rodney, SHS girls soccer coach Tiffany Cargill. (Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Anna Motley is headed to south Florida for her college soccer career. The Southside High school
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Legals for the week of 4/5 to 4/11

April 9, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kevin Shane Naler, an unmarried man, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for GMFS, LLC, on April 7, 2015, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of
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Southside shuts out Westbrook in girls soccer

April 9, 2019 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy/Messenger Grasyn Carter scored three goals to lead Class 4A/5A No. 4 Southside to a 5-0 shutout over sixth-ranked Westbrook Christian last Saturday (Apr. 6) at SHS. Makayla Moore and Laney Bishop each scored a goal for the Class 4A/5A No. 4 Lady Panthers (11-2), while Alexis Thompson, Rebecca Johnson, Hallie-Kate Smith
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Blue Devils finish second at Albertville meet

April 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Ollie Finch (right) hands off to NyNy Davis during the boys 4×100-meter dash event at the Albertville Invitational track and field meet on Apr. 5. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High boys track and field team won six gold medals – including two by NyNy Davis – on the way
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Sardis ends six-year county softball title drought

April 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Anna Beth Hallmark looks toward the plate during the Lady Lions’ 11-1 victory over Hokes Bluff in the Etowah County Schools Tournament championship game last Saturday (Apr. 6) in Sardis City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis High softball team outscored the opposition 25 to 2 on the way to
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Glencoe’s Cole low medalist at Briarmeade Invitational

April 5, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole follows through on a shot during the Briarmeade Invitational girls golf tournament on Apr. 4 in Glencoe. (Gary Wells) Lauren Cole shot a low-medalist score of 79 to lead the Glencoe High girls golf team to a second-place finished at the Briarmeade Invitational Tournament on Apr. 4 in Glencoe. The
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Smoke on the Falls celebrates 10 years

April 5, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Noccalula Falls’ Smoke on the Falls will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this year. The barbeque competition will be held on April 12 and 13. This event is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. Admission will be free on Friday, April 12. Gates will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. A
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Locals starting chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace

April 5, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Tommy Goodman was binge-watching a series on Facebook called Returning the Favor, hosted by Mike Rowe, well-known for his television show Dirty Jobs, when he encountered something that inspired him. Returning the Favor features do-gooders looking to make a difference in their communities, and one of the featured organizations was Sleep
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Gadsden School Board election to take place

April 5, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 22, Gadsden voters decided to take the city’s school board from appointed members to elected members. The vote for school board members will be held on April 9. If necessary the run-off election will be held May 21. “I am hopeful and prayerful that an elected school board
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People of Etowah - Tena King-Morgan

April 5, 2019 chris
Name: Tena King-Morgan Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Anniston.” What is your occupation? “I am the owner of King’s Olive Oil Company.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was attracted to the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar business for the health benefits.
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

April 5, 2019 chris
Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Bread, Strawberry Ice Box Dessert and Strawberry Pizza Crust The strawberry, red in all of its glory, is one of nature’s sweetest offerings. It can be eaten straight off the vine and can be barely sprinkled with sugar or salt. The peak season for strawberries is April to June, so now is
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The Vagabond - Steamboat wars on the Coosa River

April 5, 2019 chris
By Danny “The Vagabond” Crownover The first steamboat to ply the waters of the Coosa River was appropriately named The Coosa. On July 4, 1845, that gallant little steamer, came around the bend below what is now Gadsden. Captain James Lafferty commanded the boat. Large proportions and un-heard-of-profits were said to have been derived from
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - A Vision For Proclamation

April 5, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name [Jesus].” (Acts 5:27-42 NRSV). The apostles had been tea-ching and proclaiming Jesus in the Temple. Although a high priest with the Sadducees had the apostles arrested and put into the public
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The grit of Paul

April 5, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford The conversion of Saul, the leading persecutor of Christians, was one of the greatest events in church history. Saul, whose name was changed to Paul shortly after his conversion, met Jesus on his way to Damascus. The Lord had a special work for Paul. This Hebrew of Hebrews would become the apostle
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A visitation, the three-legged dog and a pretend Oak Ridge Boy

April 5, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott One of our neighbors in Dadeville was laid to rest this past week. He will be missed. This gentleman was the same man who enlightened me on who Willie Golden was of the Oak Ridge Boys. The look on my face must have told on me when the man told me that
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Beautiful kittens and such...

April 5, 2019 chris
Phil was walking down the hall talking to himself. I was a little curious until he reached me and asked, “Guess what I found on the front porch?” He then reached into his coat and pulled out a little Siamese kitten. He continued to soothe the kitten. Sighing, I replied, “I didn’t think we were
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In & around SEC basketball - NCAA Tournament weekend 2 recap, Final Four preview

April 5, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent When the NCAA Tournament regions were announced, Auburn’s path to the Final Four looked almost impossible. The Tigers had a tough opening round game against No. 12-seed New Mexico State. The Aggies entered the matchup with 30 wins and they had not lost since early January. If Auburn beat NMS, the
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah, Westbrook ranked in April 4 ASWA baseball poll

April 5, 2019 chris
Baseball Class 7A 1. Bob Jones 2. Smiths Station 3. Hoover (23-8) 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Oak Mountain 6. Mountain Brook 7. Prattville 8. McGill-Toolen 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Austin Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 3. Hazel Green 4. Faith Academy 5. Spanish Fort 6. Saraland 7. Hueytown 8. Wetumpka 9. Oxford 10. Cullman
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Etowah’s Wright commits to Alabama

April 5, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Travis Greene By Daniel Boyette/al.com When Etowah High’s DeRickey Wright was asked to play defense last season, he had no idea the doors that would open as a result. Wright, who was the Blue Devils’ quarterback two years ago as a sophomore, excelled as a two-way starter in 2018. He returned
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Former Gadsden City standout hitting her stride at Missouri

April 5, 2019 chris
Photo: 2017 Gadsden City High graduate and University of Missouri redshirt freshman Haley Troup (11) drives against Florida’s Corey Staples in a college basketball game earlier this year.  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Perseverance certainly has paid off for Haley Troup over the past year. After sitting out the 2017-18 college basketball season following a transfer from
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Dutton hurls no-hitter as Westbrook shuts out Etowah

April 3, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Greyson Robertson slides safely in third base as Etowah’s Will Noles receives the throw during the Warriors’ 4-0 win in high school baseball last Tuesday (Apr. 2) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High baseball team’s potent lineup was no match for the Brothers Dutton last Tuesday (Apr.
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Lady Conquerors hit the right notes against Gadsden City

April 3, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Cayla Underwood delivers a pitch during the Lady Titans’ 11-6 loss to Coosa Christian last Tuesday (Apr. 2) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian exploded for 15 hits and got some outstanding defense on the way to a 11-6 victory over Gadsden City last Tuesday (Apr. 2) in
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