Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part VI

June 5, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston My daughter came to my house on Mother’s Day and brought me scrumptious soaps and lotions. She also told me that I needed a break. I probably did look somewhat weary. I had become sad with everything that’s going on in our United States of America because of the COVID-19 pandemic and
Read More

The Vagabond - A history of streetlights in Gadsden, Part I

June 5, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover  In the beginning of the 20th century, gas lamps were being used as streetlights. Architects realized that the safer electric light bulb had enormous advertising potential. As early as 1910, streetlights dazzled visitors around the U.S. This type of street soon became known as a White Way, defined as “a brilliantly lighted
Read More

Triumph Fred, mistaken ancestry and a unique pair of Doppelgangers

June 5, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Having thought I was mostly of German ancestry my whole life, it seems I would have heard the term “doppelganger” at least once. To my knowledge, I’ve never heard of such a term. My newfound knowledge deserves an explanation. Anyone who knows my husband Alan knows he loves motorcycles. He owns several.
Read More

Aunt Dot's Spicy Pimento Cheese and Aunt Dot's Lemon Pound Cake

June 5, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Food always seems to a be a topic of conversation when my friends and family get together. Someone in the family always has some new recipe we all need to try, or we are talking about a new restaurant that’s just opened and finding out if anyone has been there yet. I’ve
Read More

Local schools kick off summer workout programs

June 5, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden City football coach Ali Smith instructs Shyem Wyatt (left) and Kelsey Smith during a summer workout last Tuesday (June 2). (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The window to the fall high school sports season is officially open. Following the recent announcement by Alabama High School Athletic Association that member schools were allowed to
Read More

Casting on the Coosa: Stumped on the Coosa and Fish Training 101

June 5, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent  This past week brought a mixed bag of fishing. Over the weekend I managed to catch a few flipping pocket grass with plastics. I was forced to fish in the pockets due to the large number of boats going up and down the river. I could not stay on the river
Read More

The hunting chronicles: Campfire stories and hoofin’ it by the cooler

June 5, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch/Staff Correspondent  Hunting has allowed me to meet new people and cultivate friendships. As I reflect upon my experiences and attempt to put thoughts to words, I continue to be thankful for the relationships I have been blessed with. A lot can be learned when you spend hours looking for a wounded
Read More

Legals for 6/05/2020 - 6/11/2020

June 4, 2020 chris
________________ NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by mortgage executed by Hussam El Mubaid, to Millard V. Young and Paula Ann Young, dated September 26, 2008, and filed for record in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, in Instrument Number
Read More

Construction underway at mega sports complex

May 29, 2020 chris
Photo: Workers from Milam Construction lay the foundations for concession stands and bathrooms at the site of the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex in Rainbow City. Photo courtesy of Milam Construction. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor and Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer/Photographer After five years and several starts and stops, the state-of-the-art Etowah County Mega Sports Complex
Read More

Locals honor fallen soldiers

May 29, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Petty Officer Edward Moon (left) and Sgt. Frank Godfrey stand at attention as Gadsden City High School band director Steve Reagan plays “Taps” after placing a wreath on a war marker at Ola Lee Mize Patriots Park on Monday, May 25. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer For the past 20 years or
Read More

Koch Foods planting feed mill in Attalla

May 29, 2020 chris
Pictured above, construction is well underway on the Koch Foods’ new feed mill and distribution facility off Burgess Road in Attalla. The construction is part of an $80 million dollar expansion of the company’s Etowah County facility. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Katie Bohannon/Staff Writer A $200,000 grant awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey will help supply infrastructure
Read More

Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part V

May 29, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Mornings are not the best time of my day. I usually wake up with a sadness in my soul, and it takes me a while to remember where the negative feelings are coming from. My first thought each morning concerns my mother’s situation and that fact that I have been unable visit
Read More

The Vagabond - Etowah Rifles and the July 4th fire of 1883

May 29, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond often is asked about the big fire Gadsden experienced on July 4, 1883. This question always leads to a discussion of the many curious things seen on that memorable day. Gadsden had advertised a great holiday celebration and offered numerous attractions, which drew a very large crowd. Col. W.H. Denson
Read More

Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part IV

May 29, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston My mission of journaling has given me the time needed to de-clutter my home. There have always been so many reasons to put it off until tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. So staying at home has given me the advantage of tackling this project, which is comparable to a weed growing in my
Read More

The Vagabond - The old Rossiere Garden/Skyline Club in Rainbow City

May 29, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Gadsden attorney Gregory Cusimano recently posted a photo on the “Welcome to Gadsden & Etowah County” Facebook page. The photo included many people from the mid-1930s in front of a building called the Rossiere Garden, or an Italian beer club. It was built on Rainbow Drive near Highway 77 by Cusimano’s uncle
Read More

Lemon Cream Tarts and Georgia Cornbread

May 29, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Serve up a slice of sunshine in the form of a creamy, dreamy lemon tart. This heavenly confection puts you in a Southern state of mind. Lemon Cream Tarts 2 cups sugar ½ cup cornstarch Dash of salt 2 cups cold water 8 egg yolks, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons lemon zest 2/3
Read More

A bridge too far and the directionally challenged

May 29, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott My darling, sweet and encouraging husband, whom I will call Alan, recently asked me one too many times if I felt froggy. After 33 years of marital bliss, one would think I would know better, but you do not know me. I wish that I could only overlook my hunger for challenges.
Read More

Inspiration from God’s Word - Listen, look and wake up

May 29, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Recently while reading in Isaiah 51 and 52, the words “listen, “look” and “wake up” kept popping up. I’ve learned over time when I continue to see the same word or phrase repeatedly in a section of Scripture that it is wise to pay closer attention. The words are there over and
Read More

God’s Word revealed for us - Jesus Christ’s Church Develops

May 29, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Jesus personally and lovingly built and developed His Church, the New and Everlasting Covenant. For three years, He instructed and clarified “The Way” of saving humans after the disaster of Adam and Eve’s sin. The Old Testament chronicles in detail how the proto- Church was to be built and provides testimony quoted
Read More

Pondering life with Pious Bob - Do as He says and as He does

May 29, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all
Read More

Inspiration from God’s Word - Pentecost Sunday is coming!

May 29, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Over the last six to eight weeks, I have encouraged many people to join the Unite714 prayer movement that began the first week of the coronavirus pandemic. If you have not joined, it is definitely not too late! Simply visit www.unite714.com. Unite714 began one afternoon with 25 ministry leaders on a conference
Read More

God’s Word revealed for us - I have set thee a Watchman

May 29, 2020 chris
By John Larkins About 570 B.C., many key Jews had been exiled to Babylon, including Ezekiel. God had been forced to punish the Israelites for their stubborn sinfulness and general refusal to obey Him. God decided to try something new, especially outside of Jerusalem. He announced to Ezekiel that He would make this priest a
Read More

Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Eye Redefined

May 29, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:1-6,
Read More

Westbrook ace named to North all-star baseball roster

May 28, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo By Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Add yet another bullet point to Samuel Dutton’s baseball resume. The Westbrook Christian rising senior recently was named to the 2020 AHSAA North-South All-Star Baseball roster. The all-star game, which normally is held each year in mid-July at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium, was recently cancelled due to
Read More

Gadsden City player, coach named to North all-star soccer team

May 28, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of GCHS By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High School is well represented on the AHSAA North-South All-Star boys soccer team. Rising senior and midfielder Jesse Kantzler (pictured, lower right) was one of 17 players selected to the North roster, while GCHS head coach Samantha Coker (pictured at right) was named a North boys
Read More

AHSAA to allow team workouts starting June 1

May 28, 2020 chris
In accordance with a recent directive from Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, Alabama High School Athletic Association member schools may reopen June 1. The AHSAA and its Central Board of Control, along with the Alabama State Department of Education, have updated the guidelines regarding summer activities. “The biggest change is our
Read More

Casting on the Coosa: Handy Hank and nut jobs in the rain

May 28, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff correspondent It was an interesting week and weekend on the water with Memorial Day and the rain that followed. Memorial Day weekend saw the entire lake full of boats and jet skis. The lake did not have much room on it after lunch each day. Plenty of people were out pleasure boating,
Read More

The hunting chronicles: a revelation on the outskirts of Loachapoka

May 28, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch/Staff correspondent I’ve had a lot of fun writing these stories. That’s what it’s all about – enjoying God’s grand creation! Putting these stories together has caused me to reflect on many good times. I used to work with a man who told me, “I don’t remember the good ole days being
Read More

Legals for 5/29/2020 - 6/04/2020

May 28, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Jason Don Morgan and wife, Carolina Morgan, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the December 12, 2014, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3411529, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate
Read More

Granny Mac's Brown Sugar Bar, Granny Mac's Date Loaf, Grandmother Icy's Egg Custard Pie and Grandmother Icy's Chipped Beef with Gravy

May 22, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell You’re more than a wonderful Grandma. You’re a woman I admire and a friend I can count on. Your love and inspiration are gifts in my life, And I am thankful for you. Happy Mother’s Day, Matthew Langley When I visited my Grandmother Icy on the weekends, the house already smelled like
Read More