Ashville runners get great mileage from fundraiser

May 22, 2020 chris
Photos: Pictured above, members of the Ashville High School cross country and outdoor track teams gather for a photo last Monday (May 18) at the Ashville Piggly-Wiggly after shopping with the proceeds from their Miles for Meals Run-A-Thon. Pictured, from left: Kayla Simpson, Meghan McCarthy, Grace Staples, Callie Stewart, Emma Drinkard, Walker Griffith, Joe Stevens,
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Sardis grads enjoy parade

May 22, 2020 chris
Photo: Sardis High senior Sadie Ross (right) receives her valedictorian medal from principal Wendy Gibbs during a parade at the school’s campus on May 13. Photo courtesy of Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mtn. Reporter. By Shannon J. Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter What’s believed to be the largest senior class in Sardis High School history at 139 members
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Fallen Etowah County law enforcement officers honored

May 22, 2020 chris
With Memorial Day approaching, several local law enforcement officers, officials and supporters laid fresh wreaths down on at the Etowah County Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the Etowah County Courthouse on May 15 to honor local officers who fell in the line of duty. The names of fallen officers from Etowah County inscribed
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Ashville graduate heading to Yale

May 22, 2020 chris
Ashville High School senior Cesar Segura of Steele recently earned a four-year full academic scholarship to Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Cesar (pictured above) graduated AHS with a 4.396 grade point average and has been ranked No. 1 on the school’s Super Seven for highest GPA for his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
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Shea Monroe looking to bridge the gaps at Ashville

May 21, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although a degree in industrial engineering is not listed on his resume, Shea Monroe’s bridge-building skills will soon be put to the test. Monroe (pictured above), who was hired as Ashville High School head football coach and athletic director during the May 19 meeting of the St. Clair County School Board, realizes
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Westbrook player, Glencoe coach named to North all-star golf rosters

May 21, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A local high school golf player and coach received a bit of bad news and good news earlier this week. Following the announcement that the AHSAA North/South All-Star Sports Week would be cancelled, Westbrook Christian rising senior Jackson Bowman was named to the North boys golf team roster and Glencoe High girls
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Locals make all-state girls soccer teams

May 21, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor One local girls high school soccer player made the first team and three others were named to the second team of the Alabama Soccer Coaches Association’s 2020 all-state girls soccer team. For the Lady Panthers, Makayla Moore (pictured above) was selected to the Class 4A/5A first team. She finished the abbreviated 2020
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Casting on the Coosa...with Marty Dixon

May 21, 2020 chris
A close call, flipping the grass and gone in 30 seconds It was an eventful week of fishing over the past seven days. Weather changes and boaters were major factors. We had two larger tournaments this past weekend, so it was take-a-number-and-wait-to-fish in most places during the day. Adding to that the Coosa River was
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The hunting chronicles...with Bobby Dale Welch

May 21, 2020 chris
Learning the hard way to be self-sufficient Although I have learned in life to ask questions, there occurred an early experience where I did not practice the art of asking enough significant questions. My dad often took me deer hunting, and we spent many days down at the Goodyear Hunting Club. I’d listen to stories of
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Legals for 5/22/2020 - 5/28/2020

May 21, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by William Brian Tuck and wife, Kelly L. Tuck, to Keystone Bank on the 7th day of May, 2014, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3401850, Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah
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Local Back Country Horsemen clean up Wind Creek

May 15, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Duck Springs resident and Back Country Horsemen of America member Chad Jones and his horse Chief get set to clear debris from the equestrian trails at Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City. Photo courtesy of Ponda Jones. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer/Photographer and Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Following the April 19 tornado that
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Glencoe grad hosts livestream concert for Feeding America

May 15, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Alan Dale Howard performs a song during his livestream concert to raise money for Feeding America on Thursday April 23. Photo courtesy of Alan Dale Howard. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer When families nationwide are struggling to overcome the results of COVID-19, one local musician mustered his talent to generate some relief.
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Granny Mac's Holiday Vegetable Salad, Granny Mac's Crusty Top Pound Cake, Grandmother Icy's Strawberry Pudding and Grandmother Icy's One-Two-Three-Four Cake

May 15, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell GRANDMA (gran’ mg) n. 1. A grandmother 2. A woman who loves unconditionally 3. One who teaches, motivates, and encourages 4. One who gives big warm hugs, tells great stories and bakes chocolate chip cookies! This month we are paying homage to those memories of our grandma’s kitchens. We grandchildren are the
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A great opportunity to shorten my bucket list

May 15, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott One of the items on my bucket list is to take a weeklong vacation with my family. We have not been on a vacation with family since we moved up here to the Glencoe area. We used to go on mini vacations when our children were younger, but now they are married
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The Vagabond - from Greece to Gadsden: story of the Likos family

May 15, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Part III Many people in Etowah County do not realize that many of the hard-working citizens of the area were from other countries. Two of those early citizens were Greek emigrants George and Domina Likos. The Vagabond recently spoke to a former classmate, Tina Likos Wilson, the couple’s granddaughter. Tina’s aunt put
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - journaling the coronavirus

May 15, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Many people have shared with me the ways the coronavirus has changed their everyday lifestyles, but because of copyright issues, they will remain anonymous. However, I can write about the many changes that have occurred. Perhaps the most traumatic event occurring within us is our fear that many loved ones may have
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The Vagabond - The Likos family: from Greece to Gadsden

May 15, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Part II Many people in Etowah County do not realize that many of the hard-working citizens of the area were from other countries. Two of those early citizens were Greek emigrants George and Domina Likos. The Vagabond recently spoke to a former classmate, Tina Likos Wilson, the couple’s granddaughter. Tina’s aunt put
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God’s Word revealed for us - His Truth in words and action

May 15, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Jesus Christ was born as the Son of Man to redeem all human beings. We had been separated from God by the sin of Adam and Eve. God began His salvation plan about 4,000 years ago by announcing to Abram (thence re-named Abraham) that He would make of him a mighty nation.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - the strengthening of our minds

May 15, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford As our state begins to loosen restrictions in regard to COVID-19, I have had several friends ask me multiple questions concerning how I will handle visiting public places more often and how I feel after I’ve been out in public. To be honest, there have been times when I felt very safe
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - He doesn’t get my drift

May 15, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Therefore, we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:1-10
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Legals for 5/15/2020 - 5/21/2020

May 14, 2020 chris
________________ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Henry Culp, V, an unmarried man, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc, acting solely as nominee for River Bank & Trust, on August 10, 2018, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of
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Gaston hires Matt Harris as football coach

May 14, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Matt Harris is leaving Sand Mountain for Shinbone Ridge. The Sardis High School assistant football coach recently was named head football coach at Gaston. Harris replaces Swane Morris, who resigned earlier this year to become an assistant coach at Pierce County High School in Blackshear, Ga.
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Locals make all-state soccer teams

May 14, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside High’s Isaac Franklin and Westbrook Christian’s Jai’Shawn Cattling and Will Edwards recently were named to the Alabama Soccer Coaches Association’s 2020 all-state boys soccer team. Franklin was selected to the Class 4A/5A team, while Cattling and Edwards were named to the Class 1A-3A team. A
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Gadsden’s Walker to coach Decatur High boys basketball

May 14, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of Gadsden State  Article courtesy of AL.com Gadsden State men’s basketball coach Deddrick Tarver has a significant hole to fill on his staff. This past week, Kory Walker, Tarver’s top assistant and a 1999 Gadsden High School graduate, was hired as boys head basketball coach at Class 6A Decatur High School. Gadsden State
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Area schools impacted by AHSAA re-classification

May 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Will Clemons and the 2021 Hokes Bluff baseball team will compete in Class 3A (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Some local high school sports teams found themselves in new area and region alignments, others stayed put and a few programs were discontinued following the release of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s
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Casting on the Coosa...with Marty Dixon

May 14, 2020 chris
Uncooperative fish and commiserating with The Bergens My brother and I fished a tournament this past Wed-nesday afternoon. Our efforts were to no avail, then than laughing at not getting bites and putting up with each other complaining about not getting any bites. We had a good turnout for the tournament, and, as always, Chief
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The hunting chronicles...with Bobby Dale Welch

May 14, 2020 chris
Tweety Birds and the East Gadsden National Forest I started hunting at a very young age. My dad took me squirrel, rabbit, dove, quail and deer hunting and he did a good job of making it fun for me. We lived in East Gadsden, so my early years were spent navigating The East Gadsden National
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Gaston showers seniors with support

May 8, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Gaston High School senior Gracie Wood smiles while receiving her cap and gown at Gaston’s drive-through celebration for the Class of 2020 on Friday, May 1. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer When Gaston seniors arrived at their high school on Friday, May 1, they received much more than a cap and gown.
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Rainbow City native graduates Auburn University with honors

May 8, 2020 chris
2016 Gadsden City High School graduate Laura Minton (pictured above) will graduate summa cum laude this month from Auburn University with a 4.0 grade point average with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and with the highest University Honors College Scholar Distinction. Laura received a full ride Auburn Presidential academic scholarship, in addition to other leadership,
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In Loving Memory: Mary Elizabeth Barnes Sutherlin

May 8, 2020 chris
May 12, 1928 – May 5, 2019 God called your name so softly, that only you could hear And no one heard the footsteps of angels drawing near The golden gates stood open; God saw you needed rest. His garden must be beautiful – He only takes the best. The world changes from year to
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