Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Accepting His Love and Sharing It

December 20, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,’ he also adds, ‘I will remember their sins
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Legals for 12/20 - 12/26/2019

December 20, 2019 chris
________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Wendy C Stephens, a married woman and husband, Shane R. Stephens, f/k/a Wendy Jo Carroll Hardy, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for COLONIAL BANK, N.A., on August 30,
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Lady Conquerors fall to No. 1 Spring Garden

December 18, 2019 chris
Photo: Coosa Christian Bella Millirons (33) attempts a shot between Spring Garden’s Kayley Kirk (left) and Macy Reedy during the Lady Conquerors’ 71-47 loss in girls basketball last Tuesday (Dec. 17) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Coosa Christian girls basketball team hung with the state top-ranked team for the better part of
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AHSAA reclassification affects local schools

December 18, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When the dust settled following the release of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s reclassification for the 2020-21 to 2021-22 academic semesters on Tuesday, Dec. 17, one local school moved up, two moved down and eight stayed put. Class 5A Southside moved to 6A, where it
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Meads highlights all-county football

December 18, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Alex Chaney By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With regard to the annual All-Etowah County Schools football team, a certain Hokes Bluff High senior running back finished where he started. For the fourth year in a row, Darrian Meads was named the All-Etowah County School Overall MVP, a streak that saw Meads (pictured above)
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Local runners compete in indoor meet

December 17, 2019 chris
Photo: Ashville High’s Kathleen McCarthy (second from right) competes in the Class 1A-5A girls 1600-meter run during the AHSAA Holiday Meet on Dec. 13 at the Birmingham CrossPlex. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  Several area runners competed in the AHSAA Class 1A-5A Holiday Invitational indoor track meet on Dec. 13 at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The lone local medalist was
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The Vagabond  - Mystery of Mr. Puck in downtown Gadsden

December 13, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover In the late 1870s and early 1880s, one of the most colorful figures of Gadsden was Mr. Puck. Where he came from, nobody knew. He was a complete mystery. Mr. Puck stood daily on the front doorstep of the John S. Paden store on the north side of Broad street between Court
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Gadsden State's Spradley named All-American

December 13, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor On top of winning an Alabama Community College Conference championship, competing in the NJCAA Tournament and being named the ACCC co-Player of the Year, Taylor Spradley recently received nationwide recognition for her prowess on the volleyball court. The Gadsden State sophomore earlier this week was named
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In & around SEC football - postseason awards

December 13, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Championship Game Review LSU remained perfect on the season as the Tigers cruised past Georgia 37-10 in the SEC title game. Quarterback Joe Burrow likely clinched the Heisman Trophy several weeks ago, but he left no room for any doubt on Saturday in Atlanta. Burrow threw for 349 yards and
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Local teams ranked in Dec. 12 ASWA basketball poll

December 13, 2019 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Spain Park 4. Theodore 5. Auburn 6. Hewitt-Trussville 7. Sparkman 8. Austin 9. Foley 10. Grissom Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Athens 4. Lee-Huntsville 5. Carver-Birmingham 6. Opelika 7. McAdory 8. Carver-Montgomery 9. Mae Jemison 10. Homewood Class 5A 1. Ramsay 2. Charles Henderson
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Legals for 12/13 - 12/19/2019

December 12, 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 Kimberly Bolt Wife Dustin Bolt Husband to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as mortgagee, as nominee for Hometown Lenders LLC its successors and assigns dated
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Southside bombards Alexandria in area opener

December 11, 2019 chris
File photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It was bombs away for the Southside High boys basketball team last Tuesday (Dec. 10), and Chris Lengyel was the Panthers’ primary long-range gunner. The senior shooting guard shot 57 percent (4-for-7) from the three-point line as Southside opened its Class 5A, Area 12 schedule with a
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Lady Panthers fade down the stretch, fall in OT

December 11, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls were reminded last Tuesday (Dec. 10) that 24 minutes does not a basketball game make. In their Class 5A, Area 12 opener against Alexandria, the Lady Panthers enjoyed a nine-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Over the next 12
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Locally started hiking challenge inspires others

December 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor In 2016, Tami Brooks decided she wanted to hike the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In order to accomplish this, she knew she would need to train, so she started a challenge for herself – she would do 52 hikes in 52 weeks, one a week for a year. Brooks had
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Gadsden Fire Department now accepting donations for Toys From Santa program

December 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The City of Gadsden Fire Department is currently accepting donations for its annual Toys From Santa program. Toys From Santa aims to provide toys for all disadvantaged children in Etowah County for Christmas. “We don’t want to see any child go without,” said Gadsden Fire Department Chief Steve Carroll. The
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GCHS student receives class credit to work

December 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden City High School senior Haley James practically grew up at Gadsden Lighting Showroom. “It’s a family business,” said James. “I’ve really been raised there since I was a little girl.” During her junior year of high school, James joined GCHS’s work co-op program. “I have a first and second
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Building new prisons is not the answer

December 6, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford Alabama should be building better schools, not better prisons. It’s as simple as that. And the truth is if we had done so from the beginning, we probably would not have the overcrowded prisons we have today. It’s a statistical fact that if a child can’t read at a third-grade level by
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Carolyn Barron’s Coconut Cake, Pineapple Fluff Cake and Orange Balls

December 6, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell “For there is born To you this day… A Savior Who is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:11” Carolyn Barron’s Coconut Cake 2 cups self-rising flour 2 cups sugar 5 eggs 1 cup oil 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring 1 cup buttermilk 2 cups coconut Glaze: 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup plus 2
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The Vagabond: First great fire in downtown Gadsden

December 6, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently wrote about the big fire of July 4, 1883, that occurred at the south end of Broad Street from 3rd Street to almost 5th Street. The Kyle Opera House, a three-story brick building, prevented the fire from reaching 5th Street. It was the largest fire Gadsden ever had. What
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part III

December 6, 2019 chris
By John Larkins Six, anno domino. The baby Jesus developed as a Jewish child would be expected to. He was circumcised in the Temple and grew strong in wisdom and grace. When Jesus was about 12 years of age, He accompanied His parents and others to the Temple in Jerusalem. After His parents had gone
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What a difference Jesus makes

December 6, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In Luke Chapter 5, we have a beautiful picture of the difference Jesus makes in the lives of four individuals. We have numerous stories in the gospels of Jesus teaching and preaching to the crowds of people. The crowds were always drawn to Jesus; however, His message was always to the individual.
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Seeking Righteousness in Faith

December 6, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.’ Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law;
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Keep Smiling…

December 6, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston 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 heard about and will entertain them for a while. The true
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Shopping during the Iron Bowl and being quizzed by Randy Owen

December 6, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott There I sat last Saturday as Alabama was winning against Auburn 45-40. My husband Alan said that both teams were playing hard. I then went shopping with my friend, neighbor and co-worker, Faye, and took a nap when I got back. I wore my Auburn shirt that one of our seniors at
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Southside dispatches Hokes Bluff, 54-33

December 6, 2019 chris
Messenger fille photo by Chris McCarthy By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside improved to 5-2 on the year with a 54-33 road win over Etowah County rival Hokes Bluff on Thursday, Dec. 5. Parker Crask led all scorers with 14 points off the bench while pulling down four rebounds. Michael Rich, Jr., scored nine points and
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Big third quarter pushes Lady Eagles past Southside

December 6, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Hokes Bluff’s girls basketball team evened the season series against Southside after the Lady Eagles knocked off the Lady Panthers, 49-34, on Thursday at HBHS. The Lady Panthers (2-4) won the previous meeting 35-32, but Hokes Bluff turned a seven-point halftime lead into a
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In & around SEC football - conference championship

December 5, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Iron Bowl Review When the Iron Bowl makes its way to Jordan-Hare Stadium every other season, the potential for out-rageously bizarre games is exacerbated for Alabama. After the first quarter, last Saturday’s Iron Bowl was about as peculiar of a game as the series has seen in 84 meetings. The teams
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Legals for 12/6 - 12/12/2019

December 5, 2019 chris
  ________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Alex Freeman and wife, Catheryne C. Freeman, to Alabama Teachers Credit Union on the 9th day of February, 2006, said mortgage being recorded at Document #M-2006-0596 in the Office of the Judge
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Glencoe’s Higdon signs with Judson College

December 3, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Negative reinforcement served as a motivating factor in Hylan Higdon’s recent academic and athletic achievement. “So many people told me that I was never going to make it, but I never let that stuff knock me down,” said the Glencoe High School senior. Higdon proved
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Lady Jackets keep Hokes Bluff at bay

December 3, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Anna Beth Giles (4) drives to the basket as Hokes Bluff’s Bailee Latronico (21) looks on during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 67-60 victory in girls high school basketball on Monday (Dec. 2) at GHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After leading by double digits for three quarters, Glencoe weathered a
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