Area players named to ASWA All-State softball teams

June 10, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Five area players recently were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State softball teams for the 2019 season. The lone first-teamer was Southside junior Kaylee Brown at Class 5A Designated Hitter. Playing primarily at catcher, Brown (pictured above) batted .423 with 55 hits, 44 RBI, 40 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home
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Westbrook celebrates record high percentage of seniors with scholarship offers

June 7, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor Westbrook Christian had an outstanding 2019 graduating class, with 85 percent of the students receiving scholarships. “We keep up with the percentage every year,” said Principal Cindy Greer. “Over the past five years it’s been like 58 percent, 59 percent. Last year’s group, the class of 2018, had 65 percent,
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Biking activists make a stop at the Boys and Girls Club

June 7, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, June 5, a group of bikers stopped at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gadsden and Etowah County. University of Dayton Professor Peter Titlebaum, Dwight Matlock and Moshe Bargil embarked on a week-long biking trip the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 1 in
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People of Etowah - Kara Scheller

June 7, 2019 chris
Name: Kara Scheller Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised here in Gadsden!” What is your occupation? “I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, also known as a BCBA, and owner of Coosa Behavioral Services.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I became interested in disabilities, specifically autism,
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Cheese Crisps, Hungry Jack Casserole, Marinated Carrots and Delicious Caramel Cake

June 7, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s do some recipes of the 1980s! My favorite recipes are from the 1980s and 1990s. They are oldies but goodies. Cheese Crisps 1 cup margarine, melted 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated 2 cups Rice Krispies 1/4 teaspoon red pepper 2 cups self-rising flour, sifted Combine all dry ingredients; mix well.
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The Vagabond - Salt pork, sow belly and Cincinnati chicken

June 7, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover It was probably a dull day in May of 1882 when a reporter for a local newspaper wrote this item: “M.D. Lowe’s two-horse team pulled 5,446 pounds of salt-pork from the depot to S.W. Riddle’s store.” At first glance, that seems to be a trivial item and not worth printing. As a
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Equal pay bill is huge step in right direction

June 7, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford One of the positive things to come out of the 2019 Legislative Session is a piece of legislation that has finally brought pay equality to Alabama. Until last week, Alabama was one of only two states in the country that did not have any laws requiring equal pay for equal work (the
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Connecting the parts: Eyes, Ears and Hearts

June 7, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, ‘Go to this people and say, You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull…’” (Acts 28:17-31 NRSV). Paul then goes on to tell
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Trying to get back in the senior center groove

June 7, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Last Friday, I started back working at my old/new job as Center Manager at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe. I might have been a little excited, because I woke up at 1 a.m. The anticipation was excruciating. I was so nervous! About a year and a half had passed since I
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Summer, a new season

June 7, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford What do you think of when you think of summer? What brings you joy about this season? Better yet, what do you want your summer to look like? I love the creativity of God when He created the four seasons. We use seasons as a way of dividing up the year, but
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Keep Smiling...Two steps forward…

June 7, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston It occurred to me the other night that I don’t get anywhere fast, so I knew that it was time to start re-thinking my plans. I may go two steps forward and one step back, which was happening quite often lately. The ability to live as I had in the past –
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In & around SEC baseball - NCAA Regional recap

June 6, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent There was a heavy dosage of SEC teams in the NCAA Tournament, and that trend will continue into the Super Regionals. Ten teams from the SEC competed in the regionals, and six of those remain standing. Vanderbilt earned the No. 2 overall seed, and the Commodores flexed their muscle throughout the
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The heat is on for local pro soccer club

June 6, 2019 chris
Photo: The Alabama Heat’s Ben Clements (15) congratulates teammates during the team’s match against Talladega College on March 31 at Murphree Stadium in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Slowly but surely, the Alabama Heat Futbol Club is spreading its roots through the fertile soccer soil of Gadsden and Etowah County. Approximately halfway through the
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Local lifter inducted into state hall of fame

June 6, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Unlike most of us, Rick Hagedorn gets to view his recent weight gain in a positive light. The Gadsden resident recently was inducted as part of the inaugural class of the Alabama Powerlifting Hall of Fame on May 25 in Northport. “I never really thought of myself as a great lifter; I
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Area coach, players selected to Super All-State soccer teams

June 6, 2019 chris
Several area soccer players and one local coach recently were named to the Alabama High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Super All-State team for all classifications. On the girls’ side, Southside’s Tiffany Cargill (pictured above) was selected Small School Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Panthers to a 21-3 record and the program’s third
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Legals for the week of 5/31 to 6/6

June 5, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Wilson L. Hill to Community Credit Union, now known as WinSouth Credit Union, on the 16th day of November, 2011, said mortgage being recorded as Instrument Number 3358195 in the Office of the
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New monument unveiled during Memorial Day service

June 3, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, May 27, people gathered at Ola Lee Mize Patriots Park at Noccalula Falls inn Gadsden to remember the reason for the Memorial Day holiday: the soldiers who have died fighting for our country. City of Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton encouraged people to keep remembering our military and veterans, especially
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Noccalula Experience opens this weekend

June 3, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The cast of the Noccalula Experience, an immersive theater performance based on the local legend of Princess Noccalula, has been rehearsing for the last few weeks, and everything is in place to open the show this weekend. The show will be held from May 31 to June 7 on Friday through
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

June 3, 2019 chris
Andy’s Favorite Cheese Ball, Yummy Enchiladas and Lemon Dump Cake Anyone who entertains knows that the purpose of serving appetizers is to have your family and guests linger by the food, chatting, sharing stories and generally having some sort of human contact. When my sister Mary has us over for Christmas, she always has a
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The Vagabond - Two beaux, one belle, and a very angry father

June 3, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently wrote about Will I. Martin’s story of Bud Easterwood. We now we get to read the colorful story of his sister Ella. The following article was clipped from the Jan. 1, 1893 issue of The Columbus Daily Enquirer of Columbus, Georgia: “Gadsden has had a holiday week of a
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A whirlwind that turned into a cyclone

June 3, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott During this time of the year as grandparents, we’ve been burning up some highways this past week. It has been a joy and an honor to be able to do this. There have been several changes in the Scott house, and it has felt like a cyclone just passed through. Our son,
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Pious Bob - Die to Sin, Not to Life

June 3, 2019 chris
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 23:56b-24:11 NRSV). Our nature is to be negative, to look on the bad side of things. God keeps surprising us, yet we still don’t want to believe that all things are possible through Him. My good friend Thomas reminds me every now and then,
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Keep on keeping on

June 3, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever stopped to thank God for being a God of second chances? Personally, I know that I don’t thank Him enough for all the second, third and fourth chances He had given me in my lifetime and will continue to give me. When you think about it, we all have
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The best of intentions…

June 3, 2019 chris
Finding my friend in an unexpected situation at a nursing home where her sister-in-law resides became quite a learning experience. And because it could happen to you, I decided to share it.  Because my friend was involved in helping a patient other than her family rub a cramp out of her foot, she went through
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In & around SEC baseball - tournament recap

May 30, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Vanderbilt outlasted Ole Miss, 11-10, in an offensive outburst to win its third SEC Tournament championship in school history. Philip Clarke hit a single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth to score the winning run, and the Commodores overcame an eight-run deficit to win the title. The Commodores
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Southside duo highlights All-Etowah County soccer teams

May 30, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After a combined 37 victories, two area titles and state runner-up finish, the Southside High School soccer programs received a double dose of recognition this past week. The Panthers placed 11 players on the 2019 boys and girls All-Etowah County teams along with both Player of the Year awards and both Coach
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Etowah’s Howard signs with UAH

May 30, 2019 chris
Photo: 2019 Etowah High graduate Alex Howard (pictured, sitting) recently signed a track and field scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Pictured with Howard are EHS Principal Steve Hall (left) and EHS track and field coach Blake Hudson. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Alex Howard will hone his discus skills in the Rocket City for
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Blake Hudson takes over as Etowah girls basketball coach

May 30, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Blake Hudson provided a five-word response when asked about his recent hiring as the girls head basketball coach at Etowah High School. “I am a blessed man.” Hudson, who served as assistant boys varsity coach, head middle school coach and head junior varsity coach under current EHS boys head basketball coach James
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Legals for the week of 5/24 to 5/30

May 24, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Wilson L. Hill to Community Credit Union, now known as WinSouth Credit Union, on the 16th day of November, 2011, said mortgage being recorded as Instrument Number 3358195 in the Office of the
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Drake White to headline annual charity-driven Bash in the Bend

May 24, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The fifth annual Bash in the Bend will be held Saturday, June 1 at 103 Robert Lee Road in Gadsden. Five years ago, neighbors Jeff Little, Shane Reid and Mark Cassidy decided to host a cookout in Tillison Bend the weekend of Father’s Day on their several acres of property.
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