2019 High School Football Preview: Sardis seeks higher ground in 5A, Region 7

August 23, 2019 chris
SARDIS SENIORS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Justin Fuller, Luke Morris, Mason Golden, Henry Chavez, Mason Smith, Tre Dalrymple, Reece Lee. Standing, from left: Brayden Bridges, Dylan Metcalf, Michael Turner, Brandon Noblett, Temon Wilson, Jacob Hopper, Wyatt Samples, Jay Owens, Will Love, Ray Perez. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Sardis High’s inaugural season of Class 5A
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2019 High School Football Preview: As usual, Eagles will operate on the run

August 23, 2019 chris
HOKES BLUFF SENIORS. Pictured, front row, from left: Dylan Boatner, Ryan Coggins, Austin Roebuck, Matthew Jones, Mikell Mooneyham, Clay Rainey, Darrian Meads, Noah Word, Josh Jones. Back row, from left: Coby Latham, Lake Gilbert, Austin Elder, Pete Jackson, Tucker Marsh, Tristan Billingsley, Ashton Gulledge. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With the Darrian Meads Era entering
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2019 High School Football Preview: Young Yellow Jackets sticking to the program

August 23, 2019 chris
GLENCOE SENIORS. Pictured, from left: Will Harrison, Conner Gray, Jeremy Thompson. (Not pictured: Daniel Maye) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Despite a 1-9 start as Glencoe High head football coach, Brian Alred’s core philosophy remains intact. “Physicality and discipline is what you build a winning program on,” said the 1998 GHS graduate and all-county linebacker for the
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2019 High School Football Preview: Drew Noles set to lead Warriors into battle

August 23, 2019 chris
WESTBROOK SENIORS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Andrew Lockridge, Steven Smith, John Reese Bellew, Will Edwards, Jai’Shawn Cattling, Brandon Foster, Quinn Morrison, head coach Drew Noles. Standing, from left: Will Vice, Brandon Morgan, Baylor Tennyson, Derek Graham, Ethan Hart, Phillip Morrison, Josh Osagatharp, John Harvey, Brett Fouts. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Entering his 20th year
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2019 High School Football Preview: Young Gaston roster talented and battle-tested

August 23, 2019 chris
GASTON SENIORS. Pictured, sitting, from left: Mason Reeves, Alex McArthur, Garren Brown, Wes Simmons, Gage McArthur. Standing, from left: Cole Wadsworth, Malaikah Warren, Quoy Ransaw, Jayden Dupree. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gaston head football coach Swane Morris is confident that his program’s 2019 edition contains a bit more ammunition in its arsenal than in
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2019 High School Football Preview: Patriots building from the inside out

August 23, 2019 chris
WEST END SENIORS. Pictured, from left: Jackson Tidmore, Levi Armstrong, Mason Barrett, Jeremiah Roberson, Adam Bates. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Following an offseason of reflection and reassessment, Kyle Davis believes he has his finger on the pulse of the 2019 Patriots. “We talked a lot during the offseason about what we wanted to be
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2019 High School Football Preview: Rod Cates putting his stamp on Conquerors

August 23, 2019 chris
COOSA CHRISTIAN SENIORS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Adam Flannery, Carston Lipscomb, Dartavious Britton. Standing, from left: Reece Myrick, Clay West, Trevor Horn. (Photo by Chis Westcott)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Let the Rod Cates Era begin. Coosa Christian’s latest head football coach inherits a program that has made the postseason the past three years. The Conquerors
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Legals for 8/23 - 8/29/2019

August 23, 2019 chris
Notice of Publication In The Probate Court of Etowah County, AlabamaCase No: A-1448 The Adoption Petition of: Daniel Sullivan and Meranda Pennington To: The Biological Father of M.I.B, whereabouts unknown Please take notice that a Petition For Adoption of a Child Born to Shalane Brooks on 04/18/2019 filed in the Office of the Judge of
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2019 High School Football Preview: Ashville fortified by Increased numbers, veteran roster

August 23, 2019 chris
ASHVILLE SENIORS. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Jaiden Colley, Curt Kirkland, Nathan Phillips, Nathan Williams, Ty Armstrong. Standing, from left: Lane Tibbs, DeAndre Woods, Cam Tillman, Derrick Walker, Jamal Nichols, Cain Palmer, Hunter Hirsh. (Photo by Nick Wilson)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The best thing said about Ashville’s 2018 season is that the Bulldogs experienced a good
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In & around SEC football - West Division Preview

August 22, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent West Division predictions Alabama (12-0, 8-0) Over/under 11 Projected wins: Duke, New Mexico State, at South Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Ole Miss, at Texas A&M, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, at Mississippi State, Western Carolina, at Auburn Projected losses: none No one would dare suggest this to Nick Saban, but at this point, the
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Gadsden State volleyball set for 2019

August 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Taylor Spradley (left) and Jaylen Freeman block a shot during a recent Gadsden State volleyball practice. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The 2019 Gadsden State volleyball team has a good blend of experience and youth with eight sophomores and six freshmen, and head coach Connie Clark hopes that will lead to good depth. “I’m
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Legals for 8/16 - 8/22/2019

August 19, 2019 chris
NOTICE OF CIVIL ACTION TO QUIET TITLE TO REAL PROPERTY IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF ETOWAH COUNTY, ALABAMA Case Number: CV-2019-900613 JAMES CHARLES BELLEW, PLAINTIFF, PRAJEDES GARCIA CASTILLO, AND HIS HEIRS AND DEVISEES, IF DECEASED, AND THE FOLLOWING AND THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PARCEL OF REAL PROPERTY, SITUATED IN ETOWAH COUNTY, ALABAMA, TO-WIT: FOR A POINT
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City of Gadsden celebrates improvements

August 16, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, August 13, the City of Gadsden celebrated two new improvements in the city. At 9 a.m., city officials hosted a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Alabama City Center. The project was the second phase of renovations for the former General Forrest Middle School. The first renovation
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Father’s memory inspires new local restaurant

August 16, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On a return trip from Birmingham, Melanie Kilgo noticed an empty building off Hwy. 77 and Hwy. 59 next to the Petro truck stop. Already in the restaurant business as owner of Lola and Runts and Lola’s on the River, Melanie felt drawn to the site and chose the site for
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

August 16, 2019 chris
Crock Pot Dressing, Whipped Sweet Potato Bake and Pineapple Fluff Cake My sister and I grew up with a  mother who enjoyed cooking and was a wonderful cook. She taught us the importance of presentation and taste. During our school years, we entered our home daily with something on the stove simmering or a new
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Pious Bob - The Comfort in Fearing Him

August 16, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Then Peter began to speak to them:  ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all.’”
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Wearing the Armor of God

August 16, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the Book of Ephesians, Paul explains how we are to equip ourselves for the battles we face in this life and for spiritual warfare. Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” In ancient times,
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A three-hour car ride, Mimi on the Phone and treat negotiations

August 16, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Starting last Saturday, it was that time of the year – “Nana Camp” time! I should call it “Nana and Poppa Camp.” My husband Alan took the week off work to share this momentous occasion, and I am very appreciative. My daughter is so nervous about us watching her kids. She suggested
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In & around SEC football - East Division predictions

August 16, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Georgia (11-1, 7-1) over/under 11 Projected wins: at Vanderbilt, Murray State, Arkansas State, Notre Dame, at Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri, Texas A&M, at Georgia Tech Projected losses: Auburn Kirby Smart has swiftly turned Georgia into an annual contender, with the Bulldogs being favored in every regular season game in
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Glencoe softball hosts successful cornhole tournament benefit

August 16, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe Cornhole Tournament participants get ready to toss the beanbag last Saturday (Aug. 10) at E.C. Wilson Park. The event was a benefit for the Glencoe High School softball program. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When Tommy Stanley took over as head coach of the Glencoe High School softball team three years ago, one
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Students travel to Gadsden for mission trip

August 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, August 3, in the wee hours of the morning, 65 students and chaperones loaded a bus in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, on the outskirts of Kansas City. The students, incoming seniors from Summit Christian Academy, were headed to Gadsden to do a yearly mission with Breakaway Ministries led by Eddie
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Glencoe’s Smoke in the Park returns Saturday

August 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, August 10, the second annual Smoke in the Park Barbecue competition will be held at E.C. Wilson Park, located at 313 Nancy Carrol Avenue in Glencoe. The money raised will go to the Glencoe Fire Department’s Christmas for Kids program. The Glencoe Fire Department has been doing the Christmas
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People of Etowah - Tiffany L. Gladden

August 12, 2019 chris
Name: Tiffany L.Gladden Where were you born and raised? “I was born at Decatur General in Morgan County, Ala., but raised in Etowah County.” What is your occupation? “I am a middle school teacher at Emma Sansom. I have been teaching 18 years.” What made you decide to work in your field?  “I decided I
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

August 12, 2019 chris
Chicken Salad, Vegetable Salad and Fluffy Pink Salad There are so many foods that are unique to our region of the country. Sweet tea, pimento cheese, deviled eggs, fried chicken, fried catfish and tomato sandwiches are all wonderful staples in the South.  I always evaluate a new restaurant by the quality of the sweet tea!
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Pious Bob - Accepting His Reconciliation

August 12, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:15-23 NRSV). St. Paul said, “He is the image of the invisible
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Encouragement for the battle

August 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In a battle, I believe all of us at times need encouragement to keep fighting and not give up. We need a glimmer of hope or some type of sign that we can be victorious. Personally, I have found Psalm 86 to be a great psalm to read when one is faced
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My first book, some sound senior advice and a very special mother

August 12, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott One obstacle after another kept happening until I decided to seek advice from our seniors and George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe. I had a dilemma about the presentation of my first published book, She Made a Difference, Anyway! A Tribute to My Mom, to my mother. I did not want to
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

August 12, 2019 chris
How to choose a daycare, Part II A class I took in college, called “Early Childhood Education” ended with our last grade based on writing a thesis on the subject of positive aspects of owning or choosing a daycare center. I’ll never forget the end of my paper, which said, “A daycare does for money
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In & around SEC football - West Division Preview

August 8, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Coach: Nick Saban; 13th season at Alabama, 232-62-1 overall 2018 record: 14-1 There’s no safer bet in college football right now than Alabama winning at least 11 games in the regular season. The Crimson Tide have won at least 11 games in every season since 2010, when they finished 10-3.
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Area volleyball teams attend FCA Media Day

August 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Members of the Glencoe High School varsity volleyball team gather for a photo during the FCA Etowah County Volleyball Media Day on Aug. 2 at Southside Baptist Church. Pictured, from left: Morgan Lasseter, Mandy McGinnis, Hannah Whittenberg, Madalin Gorham, GHS FCA sponsor/coach Drew Hall, Brianna Beyerle, Lexi Gray, Aubrey Gray. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris
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