Oven Garden Vegetables, Ripe Tomato Relish, Elizabeth's Pickled Okra and Peanut Butter Drops

June 19, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell The food we Southerners ate as children nourished our souls as well as our bodies. I still have fond memories of waking up to the aromas of bacon, eggs and grits. There is nothing any better than looking forward to fried catfish with the whole family for dinner. While we still enjoy the
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Etowah County Rural Transportation offering full operations

June 19, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above from left to right, Crown Consulting Group’s Lenzy Williams, Etowah County Rural Transportation Director Lora Weaver and driver Brenda Davis smile for a photo on Friday June 12 after discussing the safety measures put in place to protect the local community. (Katie Bohannon/Messenger) By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer Following Gov. Kay Ivey’s
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Twin City Used Car Sales hosts drive-through lunch pickup

June 19, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above from left to right, Twin City Used Car Sales’ Bobby Ledbetter, Secretary of State John Merrill and former representative Craig Ford participate in the drive-through lunch pickup on Saturday, June 13 at the Gadsden Mall. (Courtesy of Craig Ford) The Gadsden Mall was swirling with activity this past Saturday, June 13. It
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First minority home healthcare agency in Alabama considering Gadsden as primary office location

June 19, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Gadsden’s Printup building located on 135 N. Fourth Street serves as Alabama Home Healthcare Providers’ primary office location. (Katie Bohannon/Messenger) By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer The first Black home healthcare provider in Alabama is potentially establishing its agency in Gadsden. Despite a few setbacks, Alabama Home Healthcare Providers innovator W. Charles Jackson
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People of Etowah - Tiffany Holcomb Works

June 19, 2020 chris
Where were you born and raised? Gadsden, AL Turkeytown/Coats Bend. What is your occupation?  I am a Licensed Bachelor of Social Work and Mental Health professional and work as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Gadsden Regional Behavioral Health. What made you decide to work in your field? I have always enjoyed helping others and advocating
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Ashville High trio sign college athletic scholarships

June 19, 2020 chris
Photo: Ashville High graduate J’Brelin Cook (pictured seated at center) is joined by family members and coaches while signing a track scholarship with Montevallo University on June 12. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A trio of recent Ashville High School graduates realized their dreams of playing sports at the next level. Tori Layfield, Ty
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Casting on the Coosa: Fishing with the Bass Whisperer

June 19, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon I had a much better week than the previous two. The Bass Savage Aluminum Stump Jumper is back in service, thanks to Brown’s Outboard. I was unable to fish much after I got it back since I had to work the weekend at Silver Lakes for a golf tournament, but I managed to
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The hunting chronicles: A Canadian black bear hunt

June 19, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch Naptime was over for the day, and the truck, with me in it, was leaving for the first evening Canadian black bear hunt. A friend of mine from North Carolina was the first hunter on the board, and it was a real trophy. Getting a Boone and Crockett black bear is
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Legals for 6/19/2020 - 6/25/2020

June 18, 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 Office of the
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Where does your peace come from?

June 12, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford When things in the world seem crazy or when my own situations in life seem to be in chaos, the first two places I go for the Lord’s peace and comfort are worship and the Word of God. Over the past month, there is a song that I have had on repeat:
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Examining our intentions

June 12, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith
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God’s Word revealed for us - Does truth matter?

June 12, 2020 chris
By John Larkins There are many responses to the above question, especially today. In any discussion, it is well to get this question out on the table, because from young to old people, there is no consistent answer, and it is well to point out the consequences to the rule under which you are operating.
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part VII

June 12, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston When I began this article, I chose to write a poem expressing my feelings and thoughts. The sky was gray, the thunder was rumbling and the trees were blowing outside my window. My mood matched the weather, as I knew the skies would clear. It was a perfect day to share my
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The Vagabond - Local illuminated highway was first of its kind in South

June 12, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover In 1939, a tourist passing through Gadsden on his way home to Kentucky from a brief stay in Florida wanted to know if the locals really appreciated the wonderful white way of the Gadsden-Atalla Boulevard, for he said that it was the longest and most beautiful he had ever seen. The passerby
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Another Vicki, an irate judge and the driving school blues

June 12, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This last week, one of our senior volunteers shared a story with us that I want to share with you. Our director, Pat, here at George Wallace Senior Center was with me when I heard it, and we laughed so hard my jaw started hurting. I know I am not going to
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Jane's Squash Casserole, Squash Dressing, Onion Pie and Tomato Pie

June 12, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s go from our gardens to our tables. I love to see the medley of vegetables appear at produce markets and roadside stands – baskets of fire-engine red tomatoes, bushels of corn with bright green husks and pods of okra that “snap” when broken. When we see all of these vegetables, we
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Downtown Gadsden Variety closing in July

June 12, 2020 chris
Photo: Customers visit the iconic downtown Gadsden Variety & Deli located at 422 Broad Street as the business sits for sale until its doors close on July 3. (Katie Bohannon/Messenger)  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer After seven successful and rewarding years, an iconic downtown business is facing a different chapter in its story. Though Gadsden
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St. James principal retires after 30 years in education

June 12, 2020 chris
Photo: St. James Catholic School principal Michele Adams smiles for a photo in the school’s garden. Adams will retire this year after 30 years in education. (Katie Bohannon/Messenger)  By Emma Kirkemier, Editorial Assistant and Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer/Photographer Michele Adams is retiring this year after a seven-year administrative tenure as principal at St. James Catholic School
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Area football teams getting the lead out

June 12, 2020 chris
Photo: West End football players Hunter Tucker (left) and Kaleb Pierce (right) listen as head coach Kyle Davis (center) gives instructions during a summer workout session last Monday (June 8) in Walnut Grove. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Slowly but surely, area student-athletes are shaking off several weeks’ worth of rust from the spring coronavirus
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Westbrook grad receives prestigious scholarship

June 12, 2020 chris
2020 Westbrook Christian graduate John Reese Bellew (pictured above) was one of 15 students to receive the Lutzie 43 Foundation’s Prepared for Life Scholarship, which is awarded to deserving students who show their commitment to being a good influence on their community through leadership and initiative. The scholarship winners also will serve as ambassadors for
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Casting on the Coosa: A friendly carp and a custom straitjacket

June 12, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent I’ve not much to report on fishing this past week since I‘ve been unable to get out on the river. The boat is still in the shop for repairs. In addition, I managed to tear up my pontoon, as it will not crank. In order to eat fish this past week,
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The hunting chronicles: Time out of mind in the wilds of Canada

June 12, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch/Staff Correspondent  My first hunting trip outside of the United States was in the town of Worsley in the province of Alberta in Canada. Some friends invited me to join them for a spring black bear hunt. I invited another friend, and we set off north. Customs was both nerve-wracking and interesting,
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Legals for 6/12/2020 - 6/18/2020

June 11, 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 Office of the
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Local couple receives beautification award

June 5, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Skeet (left) and Imogene (right) Martin smile with their Glencoe Beautification Award sign at their home on Tuesday, June 2. The couple were presented with the award by the beautification board, Mayor Charles Gilchrist, Glencoe city council members and Glencoe VFW Post 10408 members. (Katie Bohannon/Messenger) By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer/ Photographer Two
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Gadsden first responders celebrate healthcare workers

June 5, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, local firefighters honor healthcare workers at Riverview Regional Medical Center during a shift change at the hospital on Wednesday May 20. (Katie Bohannon/Messenger) By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer/Photographer In 1974, U.S. President Gerald Ford introduced the first EMS Appreciation Week to celebrate emergency medical service practitioners and their dedication to their communities. Nearly
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RBC Animal Shelter celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month

June 5, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Rainbow City Animal Shelter workers Avery Daniel (left) holds Nub, Amber Stitt (center) holds Hocus and Director Kristy Causey holds Pocus to promote Adopt-A-Cat Month during June. (Katie Bohannon/Messenger) By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer While shelters provide great opportunities for animals to find loving homes year-round, American Humane recognizes June as Adopt-A-Cat Month
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Etowah High School senior awarded Jessica Howard memorial scholarship

June 5, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, 2020 Etowah High School graduate Madison Bartlett was recently awarded the annual Jessica Howard Memorial Scholarship. Pictured, from left: City of Attalla Mayor Larry Means, Lillian Pilz, Madison Bartlett, Sandy Howard, Larry Howard. (Submitted photo) 2020 Etowah High School graduate Madison Bartlett is the winner of the annual Jessica Howard Memorial Scholarship.
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God’s Word revealed for us - Jesus Christ’s church develops, Part II

June 5, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The mission of the Redeemer, which was to establish a new covenant church and teach His leaders on their key part of His mission, became more difficult as Jesus leaves the Apostles to convert the whole world to His church. He sent His evangelization team first to the children of Israel. Now
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The ever-expanding light

June 5, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The news that leads to truth

June 5, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford January 1, 2020 marked the beginning of a brand-new decade. Many people were hopeful and excited about what the new decade could bring. We’re now six months in, and many folks are wondering if things can get any worse and worrying if what has passed thus far could be an indicator of
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