The Vagabond – Louis Hart

December 30, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond has wanted for years to know more about Louis Hart, who owned the Bellevue Hotel and built a trolley line from downtown to Noccalula Falls. The answer came recently after some heavy research was done. It was often said that Hart moved up north, but that was not the case.
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In & around SEC football: Bowl Previews II

December 30, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick Friday, Jan. 1 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Auburn vs. Northwestern (-3.5). New head coach Bryan Harsin won’t take over for the bowl game, but he has been monitoring practices and making initial observations. Kevin Steele is the interim coach, and he’s tasked with preparing for a very good Northwestern team that played in
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Busy members make for a busy Body

December 30, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common
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From God’s Word - The finish line for 2020

December 30, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In Jonathan Cahn’s book, The Book of Mysteries, he shares a story about the “runner’s riddle.” The riddle goes like this: “Two men in a race. The first is a perfect runner, fast, strong, skilled and confident, one who only runs perfect races. The second is slow, clumsy, weak and unsteady. He’s
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston – Sparks brings hope and healing

December 30, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston During this holiday season, I’d like to show my appreciation for the men and women who are employed at Sparks Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic. Each day is brand new because the clinic treats so many patients. The clinic is a provider established in Rainbow City and specializes in physical therapy. In
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Learning to discover joy in the journey

December 30, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott We just experienced our first Christmas since I was born that my mother and father are celebrating without us. The Bible says that there are no more tears in heaven, but that is not the case here on earth. I feel so selfish in wanting to see my mother whole with everything
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Pecan Shrimp Dip, Tomato-Cheddar Spread, Fruit Ball and Pineapple Cheese Ball

December 30, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Bring on the New Year with some delicious appetizers! Pecan Shrimp Dip 1 8-ounce carton sour cream 1 8-ounce cream cheese, softened ½ cup chopped celery ½ cup chopped onion ½ cup roasted pecan pieces salt and pepper red pepper to taste juice of 1 lemon 4 ½ ounce cans of shrimp
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Commissioner Jamie Grant shares vision for community as newly appointed chair

December 30, 2020 chris
District 3 Commissioner Jamie Grant discusses his vision for Etowah County prior to becoming commission chair in January. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor While January marks the beginning of a new year, it also signifies the introduction of a new Etowah County Commission Chair. Before acting chair District 5 Commissioner Jeffery Washington passes the gavel to
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Annual Feed the Need program donates food to 700 local families during holidays

December 30, 2020 chris
Feed the Need volunteers join Back Forty Beer Company Owner Jason Wilson (bottom right) at the event on December 23. From left to right on the top row: Will Mackey, Eric Wright, Lee and Rachael Wilson. From left to right on the center row: Alexis and Kate Wilson. From left to right on the bottom
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Legals for 01/01/2021 - 01/07/2021

December 30, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Sandra G. Minton and Charles Minton to Community Credit Union, now known as WinSouth Credit Union, on the 10th day of February, 2003, said mortgage being recorded as Document Number M-20030670 in the
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Homestyle Beef Casserole and Red Velvet Brownies

December 24, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell “I bring you good news that will be of great joy for all the people. Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11 Homestyle Beef Casserole 1 pound ground chuck 1 (14-oz) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The true meaning of Christmas

December 24, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Author’s note: this article was submitted by Gary and Joy Burt This is the season to be bombarded with trying to fulfill our loved one’s Christmas wishes. It is a wonderful time of year and I love to buy gifts, especially for the children. Most kids request what they have seen or
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The Vagabond Santa Claus at Lovejoy’s Crossroad

December 24, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond came across a true Christmas article originally written by local historian Marvin B. Small. It reads: “Back in the year 1895, there was a spot in West Gadsden that was known by old timers as Lovejoy’s Crossroads. In those days, Tuscaloosa Road (now Tuscaloosa Avenue), as it was then called,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Lost children of all ages

December 24, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Luke 11:14-23 NRSV). Do we think of our relationship with God this way? Jesus is telling us in the above passage that a casual, on again-off again, friendship with Him won’t do. It is important
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From God’s Word - My stability, my protection, my charge

December 24, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Earlier this year, at the beginning of March when the coronavirus was deemed a pandemic, my first “go to” for prayer of protection from the virus for my family, friends and myself was Psalm 91. Since that time, we have continued to walk through even more difficulties of life. I am sure
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God’s Word revealed for us - Christmas is for saints

December 24, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Are you not feeling very saintly? Perhaps you do not know what Christ means by describing His mission on Earth as “Saving Mankind.” If you are judged fit for Heaven, I say that makes you a saint. For many thousands of years, the gates of Heaven had been closed by Adam and
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Bill to dissuade rendering plant announced

December 24, 2020 chris
Rendering plant opposers hold up signs as State Senator Andrew Jones (left) addresses the crowd and local attorney Christie Knowles (center) and Westbrook Christian School Administrator Cindy Greer (right) applaud at the press conference on Thursday, Dec. 17. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor A December 17 press conference introduced another element to the discussion surrounding the
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In & around SEC football: Bowl Previews I

December 23, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent SEC title game recap Alabama jumped out to a 35-17 halftime lead and held on for 52-46 victory over Florida last Saturday (Dec. 19) to secure its 28th Southeastern Conference championship. Mac Jones threw for 418 yards and five touchdowns, while DeVonta Smith caught 15 passes for 184 yards and two
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Coosa player, coach reach milestones

December 23, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy A junior scoring 1,000 career points in basketball is a rarity, while a sophomore accomplishing that feat is almost unheard of. Coosa Christian sophomore Isabella Millirons joined that elite group last Monday, scoring 29 points to lead the Lady Conquerors (11-2) to a 70-55 win over Class 1A Area
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Pilgrim’s Pride files for ADEM permit

December 23, 2020 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor Recent documentation revealing that Pilgrim’s Pride applied for a State Indirect Discharge (SID) Permit with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management is generating considerable discussion throughout the community. Those in opposition to the rendering plant are investigating the permit’s details to discover its implications. The ADEM website states that an industrial
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Etowah County Animal Shelter provides hope to local animals

December 23, 2020 chris
Pictured above, Etowah County Animal Shelter resident Rosie waits for the perfect family to welcome her to a new loving home. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor During a time when presents with wagging tails wriggle with excitement under trees, Etowah County Animal Shelter Director Lori Howell is sharing how the community can reciprocate the love animals
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Legals for 12/25/2020 - 12/31/2020

December 23, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Default having been made in the terms of that mortgage executed on May 23, 2014 by Petronilo Diaz, Jr. & wife, Morgan Diaz, to EvaBank, which said mortgage is recorded in Book Instrument 3402724, Page  in the  Probate Office of  Etowah County, Alabama, and default continuing, and by virtue of the
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Etowah trio highlights All-Messenger football team

December 22, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After sprinting past many a potential tacker this past football season, Etowah’s Trent Davis ran himself right into the top award for local high school football players. The Blue Devil senior is the Player of the Year of the 2020 All-Messenger football team. Davis, who recently
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Etowah trio sign college scholarships

December 21, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A trio of Etowah High seniors will showcase their football talent at the collegiate level. Last Sunday (Dec. 19), Trent Davis, Ollie Finch and Toby Camp signed football scholarships during a ceremony in the EHS gymnasium in Attalla. Trent Davis signed with Duke University, Finch with
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Coosa’s Delp signs with JSU

December 21, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Evan Delp will play his collegiate football just down the road from his high school campus. The Coosa Christian senior signed a scholarship with Jacksonville State University on December 16 in Gadsden. Delp is an early enrollee and will start classes at JSU in January. “First
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Etowah, Ashville gridders named to All-Region team

December 18, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several area players were recently named to the Class 4A All-Region 6 football team for the 2020 season. Region champion and state semifinalist Etowah had eight players make the first team, including Region Player of the Year Trent Davis (pictured above), who rushed for 1,813 rushing
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Another chance, another opportunity

December 18, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “This is the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach one
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God’s Word revealed for us - Who rejects Christmas?

December 18, 2020 chris
By John Larkins God promised the Jews a Savior, indicating that although Moses gave them a structured organization for learning about and worshipping the one true God, this was not yet a path to salvation. We see that after trying eternal life with God, Adam and Eve spoiled salvation by sin. From that point on,
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From God’s Word - God does the impossible

December 18, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The Gospel of Luke is the third gospel in the Bible and written by Luke himself, also known as the “beloved physician.” Since Luke was a trained physician, it comes as no surprise that he begins his book with detailed accounts of the births of two important babies, John the Baptist and
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston – The spirit of Santa Claus

December 18, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Many years ago, when my grown children were still young, Santa always paid a visit to our home on Christmas Eve. Now that I’ve gotten older, the last few years of Christmases have dwindled down to include only a few family members. The large family gathering and the feast my family prepared
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