Progress 2020: Local tourism board looking forward to 2020

March 2, 2020 chris
Pictured above, volunteers prepare delicious pancakes for guests in the “to-go” line during the annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Day at The Venue at Coosa Landing on Feb. 15. For much of the 20th century, Gadsden was an industrial-heavy town highlighted by rubber, textile and steel production. As those industries began to decline, local leaders began
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Progress 2020: City of Attalla welcomes new businesses in 2019

March 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey promotes Koch Foods establishing a poultry feed-mill in Attalla at a ceremony in November 2019. The City of Attalla experienced major successes in 2019 that will propel the city into another prosperous year. In November of 2019, Attalla announced the groundbreaking for Koch Foods poultry feed-mill, a 130-acre
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Progress 2020: Glencoe reflects on 2019

March 2, 2020 chris
Pictured above, remodeling is underway at Glencoe’s Briarmead Shopping Center. The City of Glencoe witnessed several successes in 2019. The public safety building, built to include police and fire in the same building, was completed. The project put the entire public safety department together in a new 12,000 square foot building with improved communications and
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Progress 2020: Etowah County welcomes new Mega-Site

March 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Etowah County Economic Development Director Marilyn Lott smiles in front of the development plans for the Little Canoe Creek Mega-Site and Norfolk Southern Corporation Prime Site. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer In 2008, the Etowah County Commission began acquiring property adjacent to Little Canoe Creek with the goal of generating employment opportunities.
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Progress 2020: Etowah County Mega Sports Complex underway

March 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, an artist’s rendering details the soccer portion of the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex located in Rainbow City and Gadsden after completion. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer After Craig Ford was elected to the state legislature in the early 2000s, an idea formed to research the attainable concept of a sports complex
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Progress 2020: Sheriff Horton creates change in Etowah County community

March 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton serves his community. Photo courtesy of Etowah County Sheriff’s Office. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On Jan. 14, 2019, Jonathon Horton assumed the role of Etowah County Sheriff. From the moment of his election, Horton pledged to serve his community, creating a safe, pleasant and prosperous environment for
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GCHS celebrates Black History Month

March 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Gadsden City High School students participate in GCHS’ annual Black History Month Program. Photo courtesy of Gadsden City High School. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer Since Gadsden City High School’s establishment in 2006, each year the school celebrates Black History Month with a program dedicated to African American traditions, achievements and contributions to
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Alabama Power presents GCHS check

March 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured from left, Gadsden City High School Assistant Principal Brent Morgan, Alabama Power Community Relations Manager Spencer Williams, Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick and Director of Career Technical Education Dr. David Asbury gather for a photo during the Alabama Power check presentation on Feb. 19.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On Feb. 19,
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Bridal show transforms brides into queens

March 2, 2020 chris
Pictured above, a bride creates a fun look with props during one of the games played at the bridal show. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer While wedding planning proves a stressful, time-consuming task for some brides, Chic Occasions strives to eliminate the anxiety before the big day. Established in Atlanta, Chic Occasions traveled to Gadsden
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Progress 2020: Family business educates and inspires community

March 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Jairo Vargas serves as the CEO of Latino News. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Business Journal. In 1996, Jairo Vargas visited Alabama to attend his sons’ college graduation and discovered he faced a dire decision. An engineer in Columbia, Vargas could return to a country battling cartels and rebels or remain in the
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Progress 2020: Glencoe’s Alaco renovates to better serve customers

March 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Alaco Pharmacy located at 544 West Main Street in Glencoe near Big Chief undergoes renovations to its original building to better serve its customers. Alaco plans to reopen in April. Alaco Pharmacy opened in Glencoe in 1979 when Buy Wise Pharmacy was purchased and changed its name to Alaco Pharmacy. Alaco stands
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston - Drastic changes in income

February 28, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston The main reason I am sharing this family situation with you, my readers, it is this wonderful newspaper who gives me the opportunity to continue to do what I love to do, which is to write and to share. It was two years ago when Phil woke up as usual to go
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The Vagabond - The finals hours of Bob Barton

February 28, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week, The Vagabond talked about Robert “Bob” Barton and his famous blind tiger located in downtown Gadsden. Barton was believed to have been born 1843 in Ireland. He operated the first sea food restaurant here in Gadsden and was the first to bring in oysters to this area. Old Bob, as
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XIV

February 28, 2020 chris
By John Larkins “Repent and believe the gospel.” Followers of The Way, as they received the sign of the cross on their foreheads, on Ash Wednesday earlier this week, reflected on the time our Savior spent in the desert prior to His humiliation and death to establish our eternal salvation, hearing these words. As the
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What is the condition of my heart?

February 28, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In the Gospels Matthew and Mark, the first parable mentioned is of the farmer scattering seed. This more often referred is to as the parable of the soils, since the emphasis of the teaching is placed primarily on the different soils in which the seed falls. The setting for how Jesus begins
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The Answer is in Our Faith, Not in the Wind

February 28, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves because of what they approve. But those who have doubts are condemned if they eat, because they do not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith
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Andy's Leftover Vegetable Soup, Hash Brown Soup and Apple Salad

February 28, 2020 chris
As the weather is still cooler, we Southerners welcome our soups to the family dinner table. So, grab your ladles, bowls and spoons to try these delicious and comforting recipes! Remember a soup is a “souper” addition to any kind of meal. Andy’s Leftover Vegetable Soup 1 can corn 1 can of peas 1 can or
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Of beauty pageants and former May Day queens

February 28, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Last year, we traveled to dance recitals and home football games to have the honor of watching our grandchildren perform in their cute little outfits. They looked so cute! This year, we attended our first grandchild beauty pageant with five-year-old Ava Jaymes. She was beautiful and so elegant. Her sister, five-month-old Addison
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 9 previews

February 28, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review Auburn might not be as strong as last year when the Tigers made a run to the Final Four, but this team is as resilient as any in the country. Auburn trailed Tennessee by 17 points in the second half on Saturday but battled back and won
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Local softball teams attend FCA Media Day

February 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Members of the Southside High School varsity softball team gather for a photo during the Etowah County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ 2020 Media Day last Sunday (Feb. 23) at Rainbow Presbyterian Church. Pictured, sitting, from left: Kaylee Brown, Lynnsey Hunt, Alexis Rennhack, Austyn Patterson, Savannah Yancey. Standing: head coach Brett Yancey.
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New Southside football coach shares vision for program

February 27, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High School head football coach Gary Nelson introduces his family during a meet and greet session last Sunday (Feb. 22) at the SHS library. Pictured with Nelson are wife Stefanie, son Sam and daughter Lucy. (Cole Frederick/Messenger)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Although new Southside High football coach Gary Nelson has not yet conducted
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Legals for 2/28/20 - 3/5/2020

February 27, 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 Kimberly Bolt Wife Dustin Bolt Husband to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as mortgagee, as nominee for Hometown Lenders LLC its successors and assigns dated
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Lady Panthers go 3-1 at Albertville Invitational

February 24, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy The Southside High softball team went 3-1 at the Albertville Invitational Tournament last Saturday (Feb. 22). The Lady Panthers defeated Ardmore, 13-9; Grissom, 4-3; and A.P. Brewer, 9-5, before losing to the host Lady Aggies by a score of 6-5. Against Ardmore, Macey Herren went 2-for-3 with a home
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Coosa Christian standout signs with Shelton State

February 24, 2020 chris
Photo: Coosa Christian senior India Brown signed a basketball scholarship with Shelton State on Feb. 22. Pictured, sitting, from left: brother London Marbury, India, mom Breshelle Pearson, dad Anthony Brown. Standing, from left: Coosa Christian girls basketball coach Jayme Hollingsworth, Shelton State womens head basketball coach Madonna Thompson, Shelton State womens assistant basketball coach Chris
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Gadsden celebrates 62 years of Pancake Day at The Venue

February 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Joyce Morris (left), Laniyah Williams (center) and Erica Williams smile for a photo after enjoying delicious pancakes at Gadsden Kiwanis Club’s 62nd annual Pancake Day held on Feb. 15 at The Venue at Coosa Landing. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer  The Gadsden Kiwanis Club’s 62nd annual Pancake Day was held on Feb.
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Local cheerleaders win national titles

February 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above and left, Glencoe High School cheerleaders and coach Lexy Humphrey smile and pose with their medals and trophy after winning third place at the UCA Nationals finals in the Small Varsity Division II Game Day category. Pictured above and right, the Sardis High School cheerleaders and coaches pose with their white jackets,
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Local sisters teach children the joy of music

February 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Nancy Gardner (left) opens her arms to embrace a child while her sister Missy Stephens (right) shares a hug with another child at Music n’ Me. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer When Nancy Gardner and Missy Stephens were children, they discovered a love for music. Inspired by their experiences as elementary educators
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Gadsden a true catch after RBC fly fishing club releases trout into Black Creek

February 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Rainbow City Fly Fishing Club members Jim Dawson (left) and Terry Lester (right) release rainbow trout into Black Creek at Noccalula Falls. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer In November 2019, the Rainbow City Fly Fishing Club stocked 1,000 rainbow trout into Black Creek at Noccalula Falls. On the chilly morning of Feb.
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

February 21, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Perched high in the cozy nest, in the limbs of a tree, the sparrow lifted its voice to sing a morning song. Quickly a thunderstorm brought wind and rain, the sparrow’s song was weak. And the beautiful bird’s song was lost. This storm shall pass, she convinced herself, and spread her wings
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The Vagabond - Old Bob Barton Gadsden’s Blind Tiger King

February 21, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Robert “Bob” Barton was believed to have been born during 1843 in Ireland. He operated the first sea food restaurant in Gadsden and was the first to bring in oysters. Old Bob, as he was sometimes known, was the all-time blind tiger king of Gadsden and Etowah County. Barton struck it lucky
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