Gadsden City Council seeks to pass resolution regarding SB147

May 24, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent The Gadsden City Council may soon vote on a new benefit plan for city employees that may see those same workers pay an additional 1.5 percent from their paychecks, according to city council members. On Monday, May 20, councilmember Deverick Williams suggested during a finance meeting that it would be
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Local Girl Scout Do-si-dos to top seller in the county

May 24, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Local fifth grader Emily Ragsdale sold 2,222 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, which is well above the 200-500 box national average and landed her the title of Top Cookie Seller in all of Etowah County. Ragsdale was excited about selling the most of her troop, which is part of the
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Delicious Summer Snacks

May 24, 2019 chris
Andy’s Favorite Popcorn, Peanut Butter Popcorn, Ice Box Nut Cookies and White Chocolate Party Mix By Andy Bedwell Let’s have a snack party! Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks in the world and is now the trendiest. Many of us remember shaking a pot full of kernels on top of the stove just waiting
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The Vagabond - Mysterious men visited Gadsden in the late 1800s

May 24, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Two mysterious men appeared in Gadsden in the mid-1890s, and for several months afterward, there was much speculation as to their origin and their purpose. During the first week of their stay, the men daily walked all over town. Many women and children began to call them the Wild Men, largely because
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Remembrance

May 24, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford As we celebrate Memorial Day this week, I hope everyone took time to remember those who lost their lives by serving in the U.S. military. These men and women paid a great price to protect our civil and religious freedoms and gave their lives for our country. Honestly, our gratitude, appreciation, respect,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Joy of giving credit where it is due

May 24, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.” (1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, 17-20  
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

May 24, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston It’s been 11 years since my daddy passed after years of suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Afterward, my sister Mary and I brought our mother to my home to take care of her. We loved taking care of my mom, with our only heartache being that she could not remember when to take
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Lack of a GPS and my first-ever speech in public

May 24, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott The day finally happened – my first public speech because of my articles! The honor is real, and I still can’t believe it. I love to talk and make people laugh, and Northeast Etowah Community Center made it happen. Thank you, Mary Grissom, for giving me this chance. It gives me great
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In & around SEC baseball - conference tournament

May 23, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 10 Review Auburn’s regular season concluded with a 5-4 victory in 11 innings over LSU in Baton Rouge, but the visiting Tigers lost the series overall. LSU won the opener at 7-1 and won the second game at 5-1 as the Auburn offense struggled to produce on the road.
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Bryan Phillips named Gadsden State womens basketball coach

May 23, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A former Blue Devil is pitching his tent in Cardinal country. 2008 Etowah High graduate Bryan Phillips (pictured above) recently was named head coach of the Gadsden State Community College women’s basketball team. Phillips replaced Marty Dixon, who resigned in April. “Coach Phillips has already been an important part of the coaching
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Legals for the week of 5/17 to 5/23

May 20, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Audy J. Irvine Husband Amy M. Irvine Wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Transland Financial Services, Inc., its successors and assigns dated January 30, 2004; said mortgage
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RBC annexes Sports Complex property

May 17, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Monday, May 13, Rainbow City took steps to protect the investment it has made into the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex. A bill introduced by State Senator Andrew Jones created uncertainty about the Sports Complex’s future. The bill is very similar to the one State Representative Becky Nordgren advertised
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Oldest Broad Street retail business closing its doors

May 17, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor In 1975, Juanita Moman opened an eyeglass dispensary called Moman’s Eyecare at 227 Broad Street. Moman’s Eyecare has the distinction of being the oldest retail business on Broad Street. Now, after 44 years in business Moman’s is closing its doors. Juanita’s inspiration to open Moman’s came from her love of
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Chamber hosts Excellence in Education Award Ceremony

May 17, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Thursday, May 9, the Etowah Chamber took the time to honor the many great educators in the county at the second annual Excellence in Education Award Luncheon. “We have so many wonderful things going on in our educational systems,” said Chamber President Heather Brothers New. “So, Excellence in Education
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Education and state retirees also deserve a pay raise

May 17, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford I sometimes feel like a broken record, but here we are once again. Another year, another budget, and another failure to provide our retirees with a cost-of-living pay raise. It’s becoming a disturbing tradition that every year I have to write about our state legislature’s failure to treat our retirees with the
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The Vagabond - Willie Elbert “Bud” Easterwood

May 17, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover William Kuner recently posted an article about local historian Will I. Martin meeting his grandmother and great-grandfather. Kuner writes: “In his office of the local newspaper, Will I. Martin was introduced to Mrs. Nancy Ellen Malone of Attalla and learned that she is the daughter of the late Bud Easterwood, a noted
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Chicken Rotel Casserole, Alabama Cake and Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

May 17, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell What would we do without chicken? Actually, the better question would be how do we give chicken a distinctive flavor? Dress up that everyday bird in an easy sauce that usually consist of some kind of cream soup. This is one of the few recipes that is easy, and everyone will think
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The heart of a leader

May 17, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In Chapter 8 of the Book of Mark we find the story of the feeding of the four thousand. people This story shows us a beautiful picture of not only our Father’s heart for ALL people but also skills needed to be an effective leader. Let’s take a look at this story
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Don’t Be Careful Who You Pray For

May 17, 2019 chris
By Robert Hasley Pine “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven…” (Matthew 5:43-48 NRSV). If anyone needs praying for, your enemies do. If we were in a right relationship with God, would we pray for harm
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Food, fellowship and fine seasoning at Jack’s

May 17, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott I’m not saying that I eat at Jack’s every morning, but when I started out of the driveway yesterday morning with my husband Alan, my cell phone alerted me that the Jack’s that we were going to was 20 minutes away. How did the cell phone know which Jack’s we were going
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Kittens under the bathtub….

May 17, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston I called a pest control company several weeks ago because in the middle of the night I’d heard a terrible noise under my bathtub, which is one of those new lightweight ones where there is a space between it and the floor underneath. I was positive that it was a raccoon, as
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In & around SEC baseball - Week 10 previews

May 17, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 9 Review Auburn dropped a home series against No. 7 Georgia after losing the series finale, 10-8. The Tigers overcame a 7-2 deficit and tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh inning but the Bulldogs scored three additional runs in the top of the eighth
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G.W. Long sweeps Westbrook in Class 2A baseball finals

May 17, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s John Ross Morgan holds G.W. Long’s Matt Snelll at first base during the Warriors’ 7-0 loss in the Class 2A state baseball championship series on Thursday, May 16, in Montgomery. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent G.W. Long earned its straight state baseball championship and an AHSAA-record 16th overall title with a
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Warriors' Cook signs with UAH

May 17, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Mitchell Cook signed a track scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Pictured with Mitchell are his dad Dan and mom Shelly. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent On May 13, Westbrook Christian senior Mitchell Cook signed a scholarship to run distance track and cross country for the University of
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Westbrook’s Bane signs with Shorter

May 17, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Avery Bane signed a soccer scholarship with Shorter University in Rome, Ga., on May 10. Pictured with Avery are her mom Niki and dad Jason. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Avery Bane’s 13-year career in competitive soccer will continue for at least four more years. On May 10, the Westbrook
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Warriors finish runner-up, Lady Jackets third at state golf tourney

May 15, 2019 chris
The Westbrook Christian boys and the Glencoe girls finished second and third, respectively, at the AHSAA state golf tournament last Tuesday (May 14) in Prattville. It was the Warriors’ second consecutive runner-up finish (the team competed in Class 1A-2A last season). Westbrook finished with an overall score of 650 to first-place Houston Academy’s 558. T.R.
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Sardis finishes runner-up at softball regionals, qualifies for state tournament

May 15, 2019 chris
Photo: The Sardis High School softball team gathers for a photo after finishing second at the Class 5A West Central Regional Tournament earlier his week in Tuscaloosa. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Pascalle Devreede, Lily Towns, Harlee Vincent, Sarah Beth Hallmark, Emily Cook, Hailey Hill, Jade Bonds, Lanese Edmondson, Jade Night. Standing, from left: assistant coach Matt
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Local teams compete at softball regionals

May 15, 2019 chris
Several local high school softball team competed in the recent West Central Regional Tournaments in Tuscaloosa. In Class 5A, Southside opened with an 18-1 victory over Pleasant Grove, followed by a 3-2 loss to Mortimer Jordan in the quarterfinals. The Lady Panthers then fell to Moody, 12-2, in the playback bracket. In Class 4A, Hokes
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Lady Panthers come up short in state soccer championship

May 13, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Hallie-Kate Smith (7) pushes the ball away from Montgomery Academy’s Bae Corley during the Lady Panthers’ 2-1 loss in the Class 4A/5A girls soccer championship match last Friday (May 10) in Huntsville. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls soccer team finally ran into an opponent that found a way
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Eagles fall to Brooks in deciding third game of state baseball semifinals

May 13, 2019 chris
Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily As the final pitcher in Brooks’ late game-two meltdown against Hokes Bluff on May 8, senior Lake Spurgeon was at the center of the team’s toughest moment of the season. Less than 48 hours later, he was at the center of the team’s best moment yet. Spurgeon drove in five runs
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