Around the world in 128 days

September 4, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott After much discussion this past week, my husband Alan recommended I write about planes, trains, and automobiles. As much as I want to get away from this corona virus pandemic, this is a good subject to explore. Our passports, which we applied for when we booked our anniversary cruise September 28, 2020,
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The Vagabond Growing up in Gadsden, Part 9

September 4, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Author’s note: Robert Elton recently sent The Vagabond his memoirs of growing up in Gadsden. Robert is originally from Gadsden and graduated from Gadsden High School. He studied broadcast production at Auburn University and went on to work for South Carolina Educational Television Network. Robert and his wife Jean Pearce Elton live
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Hall of Faith

September 4, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The word “faith” is a fairly common word in the Bible. If you were to ask people what faith means, you might hear answers such as, “trusting” or “believing in something.” To fully understand faith, a good place to study is in Hebrews 11. Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as, “Now faith is
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Branching out to servanthood

September 4, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among
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God’s Word revealed for us - Ave Maria: from Jesus through Mary

September 4, 2020 chris
By John Larkins What a shock! After watching the Democrat Communist Convention speakers not even hint at the existence of God or how He was in any way associated with our nation’s founding and founding documents, it must be said John First Epistle, 2, 4 “He that sayeth, I know Him, and keep not His
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Gadsden gets back to the movies

September 4, 2020 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor After a seven-month hiatus, Gadsden’s Premiere Cinema 16 is back in the spotlight. On September 3, the movie theater hosted its grand reopening since the COVID-19 shutdown, welcoming guests to unwind with a box of popcorn and enjoy an entertaining experience one new release at a time. Gadsden Premiere Cinema 16
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Downtown Gadsden welcomes back First Friday in September

September 4, 2020 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor First Friday is returning to downtown Gadsden on September 4. After cancelling abruptly in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the area’s favorite monthly attraction is back to bring entertainment and enjoyment to Etowah County. First Friday began in January 2006 when the Stone Market (then located on Court Street) owner
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Legals for 9/4/2020 - 9/10/2020

September 4, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain real estate mortgage executed by DEAMTONIUS HAMPTON (a.k.a Deantorius Hampton) and KRISTIN WILLIAMS (a.k.a. Kristin Hampton) to W.R. MCREYNOLDS and wife, GAIL S. MCREYNOLDS dated February 20, 2017 and recorded in Instrument No.: 3447149 in the Office
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Gregg Bennett named GSCC interim president

September 4, 2020 chris
Earlier this week, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Gregg Bennett as Interim President of Gadsden State Community College. Bennett (pictured above) will serve in the role until a president is named at the completion of a presidential search. Bennett’s tenure at Gadsden State began on Tuesday, September 1.
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Raising Awareness: Shana Hill shares daughter Elyse’s story

September 4, 2020 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor September serves as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the children worldwide whose lives are altered each day. Local resident Shana Hill understands the affect childhood cancer has on young lives, and the parents that endure the disease with their sons and daughters. Through her own daughter Elyse,
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Business Spotlight: Oral Surgery Associates

September 4, 2020 chris
Is it time to talk about wisdom tooth removal? Wisdom teeth usually come in between ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.” When a tooth doesn’t fully grow in, it’s “impacted” and unable to break through the gum because there isn’t enough room. 90% of
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Casting on the Coosa: The Hurricane takes a bubble bath and concern from The Chief

September 4, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent The Toyota Series Tournament kicked off on Wednesday, and most of all the local guys did well during the first day. Several guys I know or know of were in the top 15. Terry Tucker was sixth, Hunter Hayes seventh, Adam Brown eighth, Lynn Johnson 10th and Kade “The Catch King” Kitchens in
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The hunting chronicles: Enjoy your season, whatever it may be 

September 4, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch/Staff Correspondent  There is a Bugs Bunny cartoon with Bugs and Daffy going back and forth arguing duck season and rabbit season in front of Elmer Fudd. Of course, Bugs tricks Daffy and Elmer blasts his beak around in circles. As I’ve been writing stories and recounting different experiences of my life,
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Etowah ranked in latest ASWA football poll

September 2, 2020 chris
Released September 2 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 2-0 276 2. Hewitt-Trussville 2-0 199 3. Hoover 2-0 191 4. Auburn 2-0 160 5. Fairhope 2-0 136 6. Prattville 2-0 95 7. Austin 2-0 76 8. James Clemens 1-1 54 9. Central-Phenix City 0-2 39 10. Spain Park 2-0 27 Others receiving votes: Daphne
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Local gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 1, 2020 chris
Messenger fille photo by Chris McCarthy Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 1. Southside senior quarterback Michael Rich was 14-for-25 in passing for 156 yards and rushed for 52 yards and the winning touchdown as the Panthers rallied from a 14-0 deficit to post
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Ashville sweeps St. Clair County 5K

August 31, 2020 chris
Photo: Wyatt Knight took first place at the St. Clair County Briar Patch Invitational last Saturday (Aug. 29) in Odenville. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Sparked by six top-10 finishes, the Ashville High boys and girls cross country teams swept the St. Clair County Briar Patch Invitational last Saturday (Aug. 29) in Odenville. For the AHS boys, Wyatt
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Patriots pierce Pleasant Valley

August 31, 2020 chris
Courtesy of Bethany Smith Photography Eli Pearce finished with 243 total yards and six touchdowns in West End’s 38-22 victory over Pleasant Valley last Friday (Aug. 28) in Walnut Grove. Pearce (pictured above) completed 9 of 18 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 112 yards and four TDs on 13 carries.
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Southside rallies past Hokes Bluff

August 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Michael Rich (left) tries to get off a pass as Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons closes in during the Panthers’ 21-14 victory last Thursday (Aug. 27) at SHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside erased a 14-point deficit and a three-game losing streak to Hokes Bluff in a muddy, old-school
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Conquerors deliver against Gaston

August 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Gaston’s Ethan Stone (15) zeroes in on Coosa Christian’s D.J. Smith (2) during the Conquerors’ 55-26 victory in high school football last Thursday (Aug. 27) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After being taken to the proverbial woodshed by Westbrook Christian in the season opener, Coosa Christian rebounded in a big way against
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Titans win second straight, Ashville, Sardis come up short

August 28, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy A pair of touchdown runs by C.J. Miller and one each from JaQuan Woods, Artavious Hicks and Demarcus Macon sparked Gadsden City to 45-20 victory over Fort Payne last Thursday (Aug. 28) at GCHS. For the Titans (2-0) Brady Troup was 15 for 20 in passing for 287 yards,
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The Vagabond – Growing up in Gadsden, Part 8

August 28, 2020 chris
Author’s note: Robert Elton recently sent The Vagabond his memoirs of growing up in Gadsden. Robert is originally from Gadsden and graduated from Gadsden High School. He studied broadcast production at Auburn University and went on to work for South Carolina Educational Television Network. Robert and his wife Jean Pearce Elton live in Orangeburg, South
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - A five generation circle of love

August 28, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Every time the phone rings and I see that it is from my mother’s nursing home residence, my heart skips a beat. I’ve received more calls lately than before March. The call came that I had hoped would not come finally came. Roxanne the social worker informed that my mother was being
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Chocolate Ice Cream, The Best Vanilla Ice Cream, Grapico or Peach Ice Cream and Butter Pecan Ice Cream

August 28, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Since August is one of the hottest months of the year in the South, I sent out a request to my friends and family to send me their favorite homemade ice cream recipe. Let’s get out our ice cream freezers! The following are a few of the fabulous recipes that I received.
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A purse-snatching grandbaby

August 28, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott One of our volunteers at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe had some tickets for sale for a fundraiser. For each ticket sold, we would get a meal and a chance for a gun. A winner for a gun would be drawn every three minutes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The whole world in His hands

August 27, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Never too old, never too young

August 27, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The Book of First Samuel begins with the story of Elkanah and his family. Elkanah had two wives, one named Hannah and one named Peninnah. Peninnah had several children but Hannah was not able to have children. Peninnah would taunt and bully Hannah as a result. Although the harsh and cruel words
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God’s Word revealed for us - You are now responsible

August 27, 2020 chris
By John Larkins This is one of those times when Jesus packed enormous meaning in just a few words that explain His mission on Earth in a profound way, a teaching that becomes essential to comprehending our salvation in The Way He sees it and means to reveal our responsibility to Him. To be honest,
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Legals for 8/28/2020 - 9/3/2020

August 27, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain real estate mortgage executed by DEAMTONIUS HAMPTON (a.k.a Deantorius Hampton) and KRISTIN WILLIAMS (a.k.a. Kristin Hampton) to W.R. MCREYNOLDS and wife, GAIL S. MCREYNOLDS dated February 20, 2017 and recorded in Instrument No.: 3447149 in the Office
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Three new mayors take office, two incumbents win back seats

August 27, 2020 chris
Voters flocked to the polls on Tuesday, August 25 to elect change throughout Etowah County. Three municipalities welcomed new mayors to represent their cities, while two elections produced runoffs. Rainbow City elected Joe Taylor as its mayor over previous mayor Terry John Calhoun, with Taylor earning 1,277 votes to Calhoun’s 497. A single vote made
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Parker returns to St. James Catholic School

August 27, 2020 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor St. James Catholic School in Gadsden welcomed an old friend as its new principal in 2020. Former St. James Principal John Parker returned to the school to begin his second term as administrator at 700 Albert Rains Boulevard. Parker’s relationship with St. James dates back several years. Born and raised in
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