Blue Devils win third straight region title

October 21, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Jaylon Billingsley tackles Alexandria’s C.J. Orr for a loss during the Blue Devils’ 34-10 Class 5A, Region 6 victory last Friday (Oct. 18) in Attalla. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Seventh-ranked Etowah weathered a tight first 18 minutes against No. 6 Alexandria last Friday (Oct. 18) in Attalla before pulling away for
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Patriots upend Gaston, 46-28

October 21, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent West End submitted one of its best offensive performances of the season in a 46-28 victory over Gaston in Class 2A, Region 6 action on Friday (Oct. 18) at Captain Bill Boyd Field in Gadsden. The Patriots (2-6, 1-4) scored on five of their first six half possessions and led 46-14
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Southside falls out of postseason picture with loss to Boaz

October 21, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Aulden Battles (right) catches a pass in front of Boaz’s Carson Chamblee during the Panthers’ 24-14 loss last Friday (Oct. 18). (Gary Wells) By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter Boaz secured a Class 5A state playoff berth with a 24-14 win over Southside at Barney Hood Stadium last Friday (Oct. 18). The
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Sardis shuts out Crossville on homecoming

October 21, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High football team celebrated homecoming by shutting out Crossville, 28-0, last Friday (Oct. 18) in a Class 5A, Region 6 matchup in Sardis City. The Lions improved to 5-3 overall and finished 4-2 in the Region 6 standings. They clinched the region’s
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Warriors notch playoff berth

October 21, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Colin Edwards Westbrook Christian clinched a berth in the state playoffs with a 45-14 victory over Class 2A, Region 6 opponent Woodland last Friday (Oct. 18). The Warriors (6-2, 5-2) host Cleveland this Friday (Oct. 25) to determine the region’s third and fourth playoff seeds. For Westbrook, Will Noles was 4-of-5
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Yellow Jackets win first game of 2019

October 21, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells Daniel Maye (pictured above) scored two touchdowns and rushed for over 100 yards as Glencoe earned its first win of the 2019 season with a 27-6 victory over Weaver last Friday (Oct. 18). It was Glencoe’s first win since a 40-6 triumph over West End last year and the
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Conquerors lose shootout to Woodville

October 21, 2019 chris
  Woodville out-gunned Coosa Christian, 71-56, in Class 1A, Region 7 action last Friday (Oct. 18) in Gadsden. Quarterback Trevor Horne (pictured above) and receiver Evan Delp were standouts for the Conquerors (1-7, 1-4). Horne completed 12 of 34 passes for 335 yards and six touchdowns, while Delp had six catches for 272 yards and
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Gadsden City, Ashville come up short

October 21, 2019 chris
Courtesy of al.com Gadsden City remained winless on the season following a 24-14 Class 7A, Region 7 loss to Huntsville in the Titans’ homecoming last Friday (Oct. 25). Respective touchdown runs by Trey Blount and C.J. Miller (pictured above) in the first half gave GCHS 14-7 lead, but the Panthers (5-4, 2-4) scored 18 unanswered
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Giving thanks and praise on Pastor Appreciation Day

October 18, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Pastor Appreciation Day was held last Sunday, Oct. 13, at Lake Martin Baptist, the church that my mom attends. The church members presented their pastor with an envelope. Baptist pastors I have known will not grow rich in a worldly fashion, and whatever amount of money contained in that envelope is not
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In & around SEC football - Week 8 previews

October 18, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 7 Review Alabama scored double digits in every quarter, and the Crimson Tide cruised to a 47-28 road win over Texas A&M. The UA offense was yet again unstoppable, and the Tide was able to get the ground game going to supplement Tua Tagovailoa’s passing attack. Najee Harris rushed
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

October 18, 2019 chris
Leaving my mother after visiting her at the nursing home where she has resided for several years is never easy. In 2010 her health declined, and I could no longer care for her in my home. As I filled out the paperwork at the nursing home, tears ran down my face. It was one of the
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Legals for 10/18 - 10/24/2019

October 17, 2019 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 Carol Parker Griffith A Single Woman to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as mortgagee, as nominee for Superior Bank, its successors and assigns dated September
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Etowah ranked seventh in Oct. 16 ASWA football poll

October 16, 2019 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 7-0 262 2. McGill-Toolen 7-0 212 3. Central-Phenix City 7-1 187 4. Hoover 6-1 167 5. Mountain Brook 7-0 137 6. Sparkman 7-0 114 7. Prattville 6-1 78 8. Theodore 6-1 62 9. Austin 6-1 59 10. James Clemens 5-2 16 Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (5-2) 12,
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Area athletes recognized by AHSAA

October 14, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Colin Edwards Several local football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 11. Westbrook Christian had a trio of 100-yard rushers in the Warriors’ 42-0 win over Gaston. Karmichael Cattling (pictured above) gained 126 yards on 16 carries, John Reese Bellew
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Ashville finishes second, third at Creekbank 5K

October 14, 2019 chris
Photo courtesy of Becky Staples The Ashville High girls finished second and the Ashville boys placed third at the Creekbank Invitational 5K last Saturday (Oct. 12) at Choccolocco Park in Oxford. The Lady Bulldogs posted a runner-up average time of 23:00, with Taylor Knight (pictured above) taking fourth place with a time of 20:56.23. Gadsden
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Local runners medal at Pleasant Valley 5K

October 14, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by C his McCarthy The Southside High girls and boys’ cross country teams placed second and third, respectively, at the Pleasant Valley Twilight 5K on Oct. 10. With an average time of 23:31.05, the Lady Panthers finished only eight seconds behind event winner Pleasant Valley. Camryn Davis (pictured above) posted the Southside’s
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Westbrook RB trio goes over 100 yards in 42-0 shutout over Gaston

October 14, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s cade Phillips (12) catches the ball between a pair of Gaston defenders during the Warriors’ 42-0 victory last Friday (Oct. 11). (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian bolstered its postseason hopes with a 42-0 shutout over Etowah County neighbor and Class 2A, Region 6 rival Gaston last Friday (Oct. 11) at
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Sardis slides past Boaz

October 14, 2019 chris
By Taylor Beck/Sand Mountain Reporter With potential state playoff positions hanging in the balance, the Sardis Lions hung on late to defeat its Class 5A, Region 6 rival Pirates at L.F. Corley Jr. Stadium in Boaz, 31-28. With the victory, the Lions improve to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in region play and clinched a playoff
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Panthers drop region game at Alexandria

October 14, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside struggled to contain Class 5A, No. 9 Alexandria’s potent rushing attack, and the Panthers left Lou Scales Stadium with a 41-20 defeat last Friday (Oct. 11). The Panthers’ promising opening drive ended with a 47-yard missed field goal, and the Valley Cubs (6-0, 4-0) were on the board just two
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Eagles fly past Heflin, 43-0

October 14, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Jaylen Robinson catches a pass over Cleburne County’s Samuel Groce during the Eagles’ 43-0 victory last Friday (Oct. 11) in Heflin. (Alex Chaney) Darrian Meads rushed for over 200 yards and Ashton Gulledge scored three touchdown passes in Hokes Bluff’s 43-0 Class 4A, Region 6 victory over Cleburne County last Friday (Oct.
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Ashville falls short in Centre

October 14, 2019 chris
Courtesy of Cherokee County Herald Senior running back Kendrick Fife ran for 220 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in leading Cherokee County to a 47-22 victory over visiting Ashville in Class 4A, Region 6 football action last Friday (Oct. 11) in Centre. But it was the Warrior defense that put Cherokee County (4-3,
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Blue Devils, Conquerors notch wins

October 14, 2019 chris
Etowah defeated Douglas, 35-0, in Class 5A Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 11) at DHS. For the No. 10 Blue Devils (7-1, 4-0), Brady Troup (pictured above) threw two touchdown passes and Davis ran for another two scores. Etowah hosts Alexandria this Friday (Oct. 18) to determine the region title. Coosa Christian earned its
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Titans come up short at Florence

October 14, 2019 chris
Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily Florence battled the second-half rain and churned out a tough 24-10 win over Gadsden City (0-7, 0-5) thanks to its defense and some late-game heroics from senior Dee Beckwith, who finished with 12 carries for 114 rushing yards and two touchdowns and was 2 for 3 through the air with 41
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Attalla honors local for saving baby with CPR

October 11, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the Attalla City Council meeting on Monday, October 7, Attalla Mayor Larry Means presented Jack’s employee Cory Gilliam with a proclamation. Gilliam was working at Jack’s when Jessica Battles ran into the restaurant with her baby, E.J. Kilgro. Only a month old, baby E.J.’s skin had turned blue and
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Breast cancer survivor shares story

October 11, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Michelle Gattis was just 47 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. After a routine mammogram, Gattis was diagnosed on June 25, 2012. With Stage 1 Breast Cancer there are multiple treatment options, such as a lumpectomy, a single mastectomy, double (bilateral) mastectomy, hormone therapy, radiation therapy
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Charter schools in Alabama continue national trend of waste, fraud and corruption

October 11, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford One of the biggest arguments against charter schools is that they have been hotbeds of waste, fraud and corruption. Nationally, charter schools have cost the taxpayers over $100 million dollars in fraud and corruption. Now, Alabama has become the new victim of corruption and waste at the hands of charter schools. Nicole
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Southern Taco Soup, Mexican Cornbread and Coconut Chess Pie

October 11, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Southern Taco Soup 2 pounds ground chuck 1 large onion, chopped 1 can Rotel tomatoes 2 large cans of tomatoes 1 can white shoe peg corn, drained 1 can yellow whole corn, drained 1 can chili beans 1 can pinto beans 1 package taco mix 1 package Hidden Valley ranch dressing 3
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The Vagabond - The Tunnel Block and the 1907 fires

October 11, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The Tunnel Block was an old deep drainage ditch that crossed Broad Street in downtown Gadsden and has since been built up and covered. Today, there are tunnels hidden underground where the tunnel once went. Many of the downtown buildings have huge basements at the site. The early buildings built in 1868
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Pondering life - Being a Prisoner in the Lord

October 11, 2019 chris
By Pious Bob “I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. “
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My amazing Granny Dillard and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program

October 11, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott This past Saturday was a day of goofing off and playing around with my old articles that my mom had put in a scrapbook. Several ideas for book No. 2 have been swimming around in my head, and I was brainstorming which approach to take. In these old articles, I found one
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