Santa's Whiskers, Christmas Morning Coffee Cake and Chocolate Rice Krispie Balls

December 18, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell It’s holiday baking season! Baking in my kitchen has always been such a significant part of my holiday season. I love the smell of fresh cookies cooling on a rack or seeing the steam escape from a pie just out of the oven. But most of all, I love discussing recipes which
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Packages, I get packages

December 18, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott It is beginning to look like a COVID Christmas. Shopping has been minimal. If I did not make a gift, I ordered it online. I’ve become quite accustomed to the package delivery protocol of every place that delivers packages to me. If he does not see me running toward him when he
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Pilgrim’s Pride representative responds to Etowah County residents’ concerns

December 18, 2020 chris
Protesters gather at Gadsden City Hall on Dec. 8 to voice their opposition to a proposed rendering plant. Photo by Dustin Watkins.Visit propflier.com for more photos. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor While opposition towards the proposed Gadsden rendering plant brews, Pilgrim’s Pride is addressing the community’s concerns. Head of corporate affairs and sustainability for Pilgrim’s Pride and
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RBC Council opposes rendering plant, Mayor addresses concerns to Gadsden City Council

December 18, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor and Katie Bohannon, News Editor Earlier this week, the City of Rainbow City took an official stance with regard to a hot-button local issue. During a meeting last Monday (Dec. 14), the Rainbow City Council unanimously passed a resolution stating its opposition to a proposed rendering plant to be located in Gadsden on the
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Sheriff’s office donates hope for the holidays

December 18, 2020 chris
Pictured above from left to right, Etowah Sheriff’s Charities Secretary and Treasurer Kelley McGinnis stands with volunteer Madison Whisenant after packaging all the Christmas gifts for deserving families throughout Etowah County. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is giving the gift of hope this holiday season. Through Operation Christmas Cheer, Etowah Sheriff’s
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ToyUtopia caters to collectors of all ages in downtown Attalla

December 18, 2020 chris
Pictured above, Danny Simovic (left) and Betty Walker (right) smile at their booth ToyUtopia in Walker Drugstore Antique Mall located on 328 5th Avenue Northwest in downtown Attalla. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor Local pop culture enthusiasts and toy lovers need look no further than downtown Attalla. Located inside Walker Drugstore Antique Mall at 328 5th Avenue
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Local teams ranked in ASWA basketball poll

December 17, 2020 chris
Released December 17 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Vestavia Hills 4. Foley 5. Spain Park 6. Auburn 7. Theodore 8. Sparkman 9. James Clemens 10. Gadsden City Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Northridge 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Buckhorn 6. Athens 7. Muscle Shoals 8. Madison Academy 9. Hartselle 10. Mortimer
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In & around SEC football: conference championship preview

December 17, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondence Alabama Week 12 Recap Alabama capped off perhaps its most dominant re-gular season under Nick Saban with a 52-3 road win over Arkansas in a game where the Crimson Tide did not play anywhere close to its best game. UA has won every game this season by at least 17 points,
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Casting on the Coosa: Reel maintenance with The Hurricane

December 17, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent It has been a long week with no boat and a variety of weather conditions. I have not been able to get out on the river very much. Thanks to Eric “The Alabama Hammer” for carrying me out on the river earlier in the week before the bad weather started. We
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Titan duo sign football scholarships

December 17, 2020 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy/Messenger By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A pair of Gadsden City seniors solidified their respective futures last Wednesday (Dec. 16). On the NCAA’s Early National Signing Day, offensive tackle Rod Orr (pictured above) signed with Florida State, while receiver J.C. Woods (pictured at lower left) inked with the University of North Ala-bama. The ceremony
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Panthers named to all-region football team

December 17, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of al.com Several Southside High School football players were named to the Class 6A All-Region 7 football team. The 2020 Panthers went 7-4 and earned a spot in the state playoffs. Six Southside players made the first team, including senior quarterback Michael Rich, Jr. (pictured above), who finished with 2,375 passing yards and
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Area student-athlete recognized as Heisman Award winner

December 17, 2020 chris
Prior to the school’s basketball games against Weaver on Dec. 11, Ashville High School senior Meghan McCarthy is presented with a poster in recognition of her being named the 2020 Alabama High School Heisman award winner. Pictured with McCarthy is AHS assistant principal David Beegle (left) and St. Clair County Schools Curriculum Coordinator/Athletic Director Wayne
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Legals for 12/18/2020 - 12/24/2020

December 17, 2020 chris
________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated September 27, 2018, executed by Charles Robert Tiffner, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. solely as nominee for American Financial Network, Inc., which mortgage was recorded on October 4, 2018, in Instrument No. 3474380, of
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Westbrook ace signs with LSU

December 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Samuel Dutton signed a baseball scholarship with LSU on December 10 in Rainbow City. Pictured, sitting, from left: Dutton’s mom Samantha, Dutton, Dutton’s dad Gary. Standing, from left: Dutton’s brother Andrew, Westbrook head baseball coach Matt Kennedy. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Samuel Dutton made it official on December 10. After
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Ashville’s Eastis signs with Central Alabama

December 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Ashville High School senior Ashlee Eastis signed a softball scholarship with Central Alabama Community College on December 11. Pictured, sitting, from left: Ashlee’s mom Keri, Ashlee, Ashlee’s dad Randy. Standing, from left: CACC head softball coach Greg Shivers, former AHS assistant principal Ray Crump, AHS principal Janet Johnson, Ashlee’s brother Reid. (Not pictured: AHS
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Area athletes compete at Holiday Invitational

December 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Tanner Rice won the boys 800-meter run event at the Holiday Invitational indoor track and field meet last Saturday (Dec. 12) at the Birmingham Cross Plex. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several area high school student-athletes finished in the top 10 at the Holiday Invitational indoor track and field meet
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In & around SEC football - Week 12 previews and predictions

December 11, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 11 Recap Alabama’s Revenge Tour continued last Saturday with a dominating 55-17 over LSU victory in Baton Rouge. The Crimson Tide made amends for last year’s home loss to Joe Burrow’s Tigers, who eventually won the national title. Quarterback Mac Jones and the UA offense were spectacular, scoring 45
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Casting on the Coosa: The Crappie Whisperer and The Hammer strikes again

December 11, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent With the recent cold wea-ther, my fishing trips have been few and short in duration. Old age does not mix well with cold mornings, or any other time for that matter. Wednesday turned out to be a short hour and half trip with a giant catfish, but I managed to catch
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - A poem remembering Santa Claus

December 10, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston This poem was published years ago when Alyse was in high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. She also has an MBA from Rollins College. Alyse is the daughter of Anita Hand, whom I was friends with at Gadsden High School many years ago. Alyse is on the
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The Vagabond - Gadsden and surplus WW II properties

December 10, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Acquired by the U.S. Army in July of 1942, Camp Sibert consisted of 37,035 acres in Etowah and St. Clair counties. Historical records show that the property was used extensively as the main training camp for chemical warfare troops during World War II. The federal government took over land south of Alabama
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Discipline and Dicipleship

December 10, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The word of the Lord came to me: What do you mean by repeating this pro-verb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you
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From God’s Word - Our great Redeemer’s awesome gift

December 10, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford During this Christmas season, I love to go back and read in the Book of Isaiah where Isaiah announced to a world that is experiencing much doom and gloom at the time (Isaiah 9:1) that soon there would be no more gloom, for a Redeemer was coming. God allowed Isaiah to see
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God’s Word revealed for us - Will you unwrap His Christmas gift?

December 10, 2020 chris
By John Larkins This month, we remember the most wonderful gift given by God 2,000 years ago. People who were educated by God knew that one day the gift of our Savior would come to us. We did not know many details, but clues given to the Israelites revealed that He would come as a
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Photo coloring books and a whole lot of nothing

December 10, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Everyone in the Scott family has claimed to be finished with their Christmas shopping while I am still working on my first present. I do this every year. Why can I not just finish and move on to the next present? One present takes me months to finish to my satisfaction, or
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Andy's Cranberry Lemon Nut Cookie and Mother's Hummingbird Cake

December 10, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Why not deck the cookies and candies with boughs of holly? Christmas time inspires us to entertain. Whether you’re hosting an open house, luncheon, or potluck at the church, every occasion deserves a special ending. When I was baking for friends, my most frequently requested Southern dessert was my mother’s Hummingbird Cake.
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Rendering plant opposition addressed at city council

December 10, 2020 chris
Pictured above, rendering plant protestors hold signs conveying their opposition at Gadsden City Hall on December 8. Photo by Dustin Watkins. Visit propflier.com for more photos. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor Opposition against the proposed Pilgrim’s Pride rendering plant surged last Tuesday (Dec. 8) at the Gadsden City Council meeting. As Etowah County residents voiced their
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Etowah County Commission secures ECBOE’s new home

December 10, 2020 chris
Pictured above, Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby stands in front of the board’s new Broad Street office. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor The Etowah County Board of Education just secured its new home.  With the partnership and assistance of the Etowah County Commission, the board will relocate from its current residence at 3200 West
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Etowah C.A.R.E.S. hosts special community event

December 10, 2020 chris
Pictured above from left to right, Etowah C.A.R.E.S. members Joe Taylor, Elizabeth Haney, Matt Skelton, Kay Moore, John Moore, Tena King, Jami Grimes and Christi Robinson welcome visitors to downtown Gadsden on December 5. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor Etowah C.A.R.E.S. welcomed the public to Santa’s Sidewalk Saturday on December 5, inviting residents to enjoy the
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Local Joe’s chef shares the benefits of catering

December 10, 2020 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor When the hectic nature of the holidays proves stressful, one local chef is determined to ease worry and remind families of the true meaning of the season. Local Joe’s Chef Josh (JP) Pendergrass shares how catering can transform events and serve customers, alleviating any anxiety that might accompany mealtime. Born and
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New coworking space locates on South Fifth Street in Gadsden

December 10, 2020 chris
Pictured above, Alabama Health Guidance’s Lacy Thomson (left) and Modern Woodmen’s Morgan Lavender (right) stand outside their new office location at 601 South Fifth Street in Gadsden. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor A new professional coworking space just graced 601 South Fifth Street in Gadsden. Designed to provide a flexible, collaborative and productive environment for its
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