Shane Chappell provides steady hand for Southside baseball program

April 19, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High head baseball coach Shane Chappell (pictured, second from left) has a word with Jacob Little (22) and Mason McGlaughn (24) during a game earlier this season.  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Southside baseball team is in the process of one of the best single-season turnarounds in the state of Alabama in any
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Coosa Christian hires Rod Cates as football coach

April 19, 2019 chris
Photo: Rod Cates, who was recently hired as Coosa Christian head football coach, gathers with his family following a Coosa football game last year. Pictured, from left: daughter Caitlin, Rod Cates, son Caleb, son Cade, wife Rachael. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A new coach will roam the sidelines on Wills Creek Road this fall. Coosa Christian
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Lady Jackets bang out 15 hits in area win

April 19, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Chloe Jones swings a pitch during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 15-1 win over Hanceville last Tuesday (Apr. 16) at GHS. (Gary Wells)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Glencoe High softball team certainly appears ready for the upcoming AHSAA state playoffs. The Lady Yellow Jackets banged out 17 hits – including three by
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Southside boys win tennis sectionals

April 19, 2019 chris
Photo: The Southside boys tennis team won the Class 4A/5A, Section 6 Tournament last Monday (Arp. 15) in Boaz. Pictured, from left: head coach Zack Blume, Noah Hefner, Ben Deike, Hayden Davis, Dylan Winningham, Colton Dugger, Hudson Hopper, Micah Prickett, Jackson Opdycke, Mason Prickett, Zach Lockridge, assistant coach Beth Russell. The Southside boys tennis team
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Southside sweeps county track and field meet

April 17, 2019 chris
Photo: The Southside High girls and boys track and field team members gather for a photo after winning the Etowah County Schools Meet on Apr. 10 at Gadsden City High School. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside girls and boys track and field teams swept the Etowah County Schools Meet on April 10 at Gadsden City
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Blue Devils rake in the hardware at GCHS Meet No. 3

April 16, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High boys and girls track and field teams combined for 10 first-place medals at the Gadsden City Track and Field Meet No. 3 on Apr. 11 at GCHS. NyNy Davis and Jaci Jo Mayo both won three gold medals for the Blue Devils. Davis won in the boys 100-meter and 200-meter
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Fourth-ranked Southside shuts out Anniston

April 16, 2019 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy/Messenger Isaac Franklin (pictured above) scored four goals and Gideon Garcia added two as Class 4A/5A No. 4 Southside shut out Anniston, 9-0, in boys soccer on Monday (Apr. 15) at SHS. Also for the Panthers (12-1-1), Koen De Hullu and Michael Daughtery each had a goal and an assist, Josh Perez
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Barrie Center holds Pinwheel Ceremony

April 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On April 8, the James M. Barrie Center for Children held its annual Pinwheel Ceremony during which staff presented the center’s annual report to the community. The Barrie Center works collaboratively with law enforcement to investigate instances of child abuse. The staff provides forensic interviews, evaluations and therapy for children who
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Proposed bill to dissolve Sports Complex Authority faces criticism

April 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, April 9, the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority held a meeting inviting legislators and the community to weigh in on a proposed bill that will dissolve the authority. In addition to authority members, the Etowah County Tourism Board, members of the Rainbow City Council, members of the Etowah
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Gadsden City School Board election held

April 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On April 9, the Gadsden City School Board election was held, electing several new councilmen and electing several board members that had previously been appointed. On Tuesday, January 22, Gadsden voters decided to take the city’s school board from appointed members to elected members. The Gadsden City Council certified incumbent Z’Andre
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People of Etowah: Jared Brown

April 12, 2019 chris
Name: Jared Brown Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden, East Gadsden to be specific.” What is your occupation? “My current title is Assistant Director of Technical Operations in the Jacksonville State University Financial Aid Office.” What made you decide to work in your field? “God placed me in
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

April 12, 2019 chris
Lettuce and Pea Salad, Cornbread Skillet Casserole and Quick and Easy Banana Pudding I grew up around women who recognized that there was no greater art form on earth than a lovingly prepared meal. As a matter of fact, there is nothing more rewarding to a Southern woman than to hear someone say, “My gosh,
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Good solution to Tier 2 system

April 12, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford Unintended consequences are a common problem when it comes to making laws and government policy. A good example of this is the changes lawmakers made in 2012 to the retirement systems for education and state employees. The economic recession that began in 2008 had severely hurt the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s investments. The
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The Vagabond: A canal was planned between the Coosa and Tennessee rivers

April 12, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Back in 1869, there was an article from The Selma Times advocating a canal across Sand Mountain to connect the Tennessee and Coosa rivers. The paper’s editor said that the project would be a great boon to this part of the south and that he wished to stand on the banks of
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Pondering life with Pious Bob: Hold hands, Hold Hands with God

April 12, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “…Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!” (Luke 10:17-24 NRSV). Jesus tells the disciples that prophets and kings have desired to see and hear what they have seen and heard, but did not. Bonding with Jesus has tremendous benefits. Once committed to Christ our whole view changes. Things that were
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Power of the Resurrection

April 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In just a few days, Easter Sunday will be here and millions of people will gather around the world to reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet the resurrection is more than just a historical event. For the believer, this is a time of great celebration
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A lack of communication and a mystery solved

April 12, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott About a month ago, my brother stopped calling me, cold turkey. That scared me because he is the one God has called to keep check on us and peace in our family. He is good at it and has the biggest heart in comparison to my baby brother and me. I thought
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Life is a journey, take the scenic route

April 12, 2019 chris
With each passing year, we are living a journey that continuously changes, sometimes by our choices and others by unknown forces that could not have been planned for. My present age finds me being a daughter, mother and grandmother, and my fifth great-grand-baby girl was born last night in Colorado. The word “great-grandmother” always makes me
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In & around SEC basketball - Final Four recap

April 12, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn’s historic run to the Final Four ended with the ultimate heartbreak. In the semifinals against No. 1 seed Virginia, the Tigers trailed 57-47. AU proceeded to go on a 14-0 run to take a 61-57 lead with 17 seconds remaining. Virginia guard Kyle Guy buried a 3-pointer in the corner
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

April 12, 2019 chris
Released April 11 Baseball Class 7A 1. Bob Jones 2. Hoover 3. Mountain Brook 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Austin 6. Vestavia Hills 7. Oak Mountain 8. Hewitt-Trussville 9. Central-Phenix City 10. Smiths Station Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 3. Hazel Green 4. Hueytown 5. Spanish Fort 6. Saraland 7. Faith Academy 8. Oxford 9.
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Blue Devils nail Southside in area action

April 12, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah shortstop Austin Young (left) tags out Southside’s Connor Johnson at second base during the Blue Devils’ 6-1 victory over Southside in high school baseball last Wednesday (Apr. 10) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Sparked by a standout pitching effort, solid defense and timely hitting, the Etowah High baseball team moved
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Titans edge Grissom in area action

April 12, 2019 chris
By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City remained in the postseason picture with a 4-3 victory over Class 7A, Area 4 rival Grissom on Wed-nesday, Apr. 10, at the Gadsden Sports Complex. The Titans can make the state playoffs if they defeated Grissom last night (Apr. 11) in Huntsville and won two out of three games
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Panthers' Bothwell to play football at Kansas junior college

April 11, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High School senior Kenneth Bothwell, Jr., signed a football scholarship with Fort Scott (Kans.) Community College on Apr. 3. Pictured, sitting, from left: Theresa Parker, Kenneth Bothwell, Sr., Kenneth Bothwell, Jr., Tinly Henry, Billy Parker. Standing, from left: Arkayla Bothwell, Tinnesha Parker. (Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Kenneth Bothwell’s future includes a couple
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Southside’s Motley to play soccer in Florida

April 11, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High School senior Anna Motely recently signed a soccer scholarship with ASA College in Miami, Fla. Pictured, from left: Anna’s mom Christy, Anna, Anna’s dad Rodney, SHS girls soccer coach Tiffany Cargill. (Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Anna Motley is headed to south Florida for her college soccer career. The Southside High school
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Legals for the week of 4/5 to 4/11

April 9, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Kevin Shane Naler, an unmarried man, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for GMFS, LLC, on April 7, 2015, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of
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Southside shuts out Westbrook in girls soccer

April 9, 2019 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy/Messenger Grasyn Carter scored three goals to lead Class 4A/5A No. 4 Southside to a 5-0 shutout over sixth-ranked Westbrook Christian last Saturday (Apr. 6) at SHS. Makayla Moore and Laney Bishop each scored a goal for the Class 4A/5A No. 4 Lady Panthers (11-2), while Alexis Thompson, Rebecca Johnson, Hallie-Kate Smith
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Blue Devils finish second at Albertville meet

April 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Ollie Finch (right) hands off to NyNy Davis during the boys 4×100-meter dash event at the Albertville Invitational track and field meet on Apr. 5. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High boys track and field team won six gold medals – including two by NyNy Davis – on the way
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Sardis ends six-year county softball title drought

April 8, 2019 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Anna Beth Hallmark looks toward the plate during the Lady Lions’ 11-1 victory over Hokes Bluff in the Etowah County Schools Tournament championship game last Saturday (Apr. 6) in Sardis City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis High softball team outscored the opposition 25 to 2 on the way to
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Glencoe’s Cole low medalist at Briarmeade Invitational

April 5, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole follows through on a shot during the Briarmeade Invitational girls golf tournament on Apr. 4 in Glencoe. (Gary Wells) Lauren Cole shot a low-medalist score of 79 to lead the Glencoe High girls golf team to a second-place finished at the Briarmeade Invitational Tournament on Apr. 4 in Glencoe. The
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Smoke on the Falls celebrates 10 years

April 5, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Noccalula Falls’ Smoke on the Falls will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this year. The barbeque competition will be held on April 12 and 13. This event is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. Admission will be free on Friday, April 12. Gates will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. A
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