Legals for the week of 2/1 to 2/7

February 6, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by William D Tolton and Melissa A Tolton, husband and wife as joint tenants with right of survivorship, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., on February
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Glencoe girls ranked in final 2018-19 ASWA basketball poll

February 4, 2019 chris
Released February 3 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Sparkman 4. Austin 5. Davidson 6. Spain Park 7. Grissom 8. Auburn 9. Hewitt-Trussville 10. Foley Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Blount 3. Eufaula 4. Hartselle 5. Huffman 6. McAdory 7. Carver-Birmingham 8. Cullman 9. Opelika 10. Muscle Shoals Class 5A 1. Ramsay
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Area athletes compete at state indoor meet

February 4, 2019 chris
One local high school athlete medaled and three others posted top 10 finishes at the AHSAA state indoor track & field meet last weekend at the Birmingham Crossplex. Gadsden City’s Jakari Embry (pictured above) was the area’s lone medalist, as the Titan junior took home the third-place bronze in the Class 7A boys 60-meter hurdles
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Lead announced for The Noccalula Experience

February 1, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Saturday, January 26, the newly renovated Kiwanis Pavilion at Noccalula Falls hosted auditions for local actors to join the cast of  The Noccalula Experience. “We’ve really been surprised by how many Native Americans are coming out from the surrounding community to audition,” said production director and producer Brian Clowdus. “We’re
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Artist John Solomon Sandridge exhibit now open

February 1, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor When he was four years old, John Solomon Sandridge often watched his father use a No. 2 pencil to make notes on paper. When Sandridge got ahold of the pencil, he wanted to use it as well, but he couldn’t find any paper. Instead he used the first blank page
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Chamber presents awards at annual meeting

February 1, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah County held its 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Friday, January 25 at 210 at the Tracks. Heather Brothers New welcomed attendees and acknowledged sponsors, staff and volunteers referred to as Chamber ambassadors. Phillip Fikes was awarded the 2018 Ambassador of the Year award. New said
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Chicken Enchilada Soup, White Chicken Chili, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup and Bean Soup

February 1, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell “What on earth can I feed them?” I am sure you know that thought very well. Even with a well-stocked pantry, the day called for soup. Try these soups. I think every-one will think that you have slaved for hours. Chicken Enchilada Soup 4-6 chicken breast, cooked and shredded 2-3 cans cream
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The Alabama Policy Institute’s four lies about “school choice”

February 1, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford In a recent editorial, the Alabama Policy Institute (API) attempted to label four of the arguments against “school choice” as myths. I guess that’s what you have to do when the truth doesn’t fit your agenda. But the truth does need to be told, and the misinformation coming from the API needs
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The Vagabond - Murder in Greasy Cove, near Gallant

February 1, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Jacob C. Lutes was born on Feb. 19, 1836 in Lafayette, Ga. He was the son of George Lutes (born 1793) and Mary Steele. Lutes later moved with his father to Cherokee Count just prior to 1850, where the younger Lutes met his first cousin, Sarah Elizabeth Steele, the daughter of Toliver
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Willing to Love

February 1, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NRSV). Paul keeps reminding us that because we do not know all things, we
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God: Our Creator, Instructor and Redeemer

February 1, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford When writing Psalm 19, David wanted to emphasize God’s revelations of Himself in creation, scripture and the human heart. C.S. Lewis referred to this Psalm by saying, “I take this (Psalm 19) to be the greatest poem in The Psalms and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.” I have to
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Of Nana Camps and Baby Names...

February 1, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott When someone wins a prize or is chosen for a treasured position, he or she is asked how they felt. Many times, I have heard the word ‘surreal:’ “This feels surreal” or “I feel surreal” or “It’s just surreal.” I recently looked up the meaning of ‘surreal,’ and I think I nailed
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 5 previews

January 31, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 4 Review Alabama earned yet an-other impressive home win in knocking off Mississippi State, 83-79, at Coleman Coliseum. Donta Hall scored 19 points for the Crimson Tide, while John Petty and Riley Norris chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively. UA improved to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in league
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Coosa Christian baseball program welcomes back Garry Shirley

January 31, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Garry Shirley has returned to the Land of the Conquerors. The 1981 Etowah High School graduate was recently named head baseball coach at Coosa Christian, where he was from 2005 until 2012. Shirley replaces Joey Millican, who resigned this past summer due to personal reasons. During Shirley’s initial eight seasons at Coosa,
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Glencoe girls ranked in Jan. 31 ASWA basketball poll

January 31, 2019 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Sparkman 4. Austin 5. Spain Park 6. Davidson 7. Grissom 8. Auburn 9. Foley 10. Hewitt-Trussville Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Blount 4. Hartselle 5. Huffman 6. McAdory 7. Carver-Birmingham 8. Cullman 9. Opelika 10. Muscle Shoals Class 5A 1. Ramsay 2. Charles Henderson
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Southside girls win third straight AHSAA state bowling title

January 29, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High girls bowling team members Ashlee Hull, Jennifer Clontz, Rose Losco and Cheyanne Bohannon (pictured, from left) celebrate during the AHSAA state championship match on Jan. 25 at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham. (Dennis Victory/al.com) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls bowling team found itself in unfamiliar territory on Jan. 25 in
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Holladay hired as Etowah football coach

January 25, 2019 chris
Photo courtesy of Daniel Boyette/al.com By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Attalla City Board of Education certainly didn’t drag its heels in hiring a new football coach and athletic director at Etowah High. On the same day that the board accepted Drew Noles’ retirement, it hired John Holladay as the school’s 27th head coach. Noles, who last
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John S. Jones Elementary reveals sensory room

January 25, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming/Staff Correspondent Students at John S. Jones Elementary School now have a room full of toys, but it’s educational and necessary. This room, known as a sensory room, is beneficial to students with autism, ADHD and much more. The room features textured toys, bubble machine, dimmed lights, calming music, swings, comfortable chairs, weighted
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Gadsden celebrates Dr. King’s life and legacy

January 25, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Monday, January 21 the 33rd annual city-wide Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was held at The Venue at Coosa Landing. Keara Washington opened the event with readings from the works of poet Langston Hughes, followed by an audience sing-a-long of “Lift Every Voice
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City of Gadsden to elect school board members

January 25, 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. Voting turnout was low, with less than 2,000 votes cast. 1.244 votes were cast in favor of changing the board, while 562 voted against the changes. At a Wednesday city council meeting,
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Gadsden Library offers STEM kits to local elementary schools

January 25, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor At the Gadsden Public Library’s Children’s Department, librarian Jillian Reeves has been offering STEM programs and traveling to local schools to do STEM outreach for years. A member of the Civil Air Patrol, Reeves describes STEM as something she is passionate about. A few years ago, she had the idea to
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The Vagabond Blind tigers in Etowah County - Part II

January 25, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover A blind tiger was an important source of revenue for some boats. An organization would reserve the vessel, hire a string band, pack food and drink if the steamer could not supply it and set off. Dancing was enjoyed in the saloon, while courting couples walked around the upper deck while being
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People of Etowah - James Parker

January 25, 2019 chris
Name: James Parker Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Attalla.” What is your occupation? “I currently work for our Digital Department at Regions Bank and I currently serve as the male representative on the State Democratic Executive Committee for District 28.” What made you decide to work in your
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Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars, Rice Krispie Bars and The Best Chocolate Brownie Ever

January 25, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell The tradition of making homemade treats for gifts is still alive and well in the South. I love making bars of any kind. They are so easy to make and so easy to serve. Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars 1/4 cup Crisco shortening 1/2 stick butter (room temperature) 1 cup sugar 1
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Inspiration from God’s Word: God remembers you as He did Noah

January 25, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Genesis 8 is a chapter of hope, encouragement and rest after tribulation. In this chapter, we read about Noah, his family and the animals who have been on an ark for over a year due to a flood that destroyed the entire earth and everything living on it. These were dark times
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Freedom of Faith

January 25, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians how to live in our complicated world: “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book
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Of border collies and grandbabies

January 25, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Here in Glencoe, we have two dogs, even though I am a cat person. During my caregiving experience, I became attached to some border collies owned by the daughter of a client. Border collies are very smart, and I thoroughly enjoyed their entertainment. When given the chance, I got my own border
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 4 predictions

January 24, 2019 chris
Auburn Week 3 Review Auburn dropped under .500 in conference play after back-to-back narrow losses to Kentucky and South Ca-rolina. The Wildcats handed Auburn its first loss at home this season as they knocked off the Tigers, 82-80. Guards Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro each scored 20 points for Kentucky and were able to sustain
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Southside girls win bowling regional

January 24, 2019 chris
The Southside High girls defeated Hartselle, 1,299 to 1,147, to win a third straight North Regional Bowling Tournament championship on Jan. 18 in Vestavia Hills. The two-time defending state champion Lady Panthers advanced to this week’s state tournament in Pelham. Coming out of pool play as the second seed, Southside opened single elimination play with
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Late Altoona High standout left his mark in many ways

January 24, 2019 chris
By Joshua Price/Special to the Messenger West End High School has a rich history of athletics. From football to basketball to baseball to track and field to volleyball, the Patriots have found much success over the past 53 years, including a number of county, area and state championships. Before West End formed in 1966, two
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