Lady Yellow Jackets end county title drought

January 21, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Vice (left) drives to the basket as Southside’s Savannah Nunn defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 42-39 victory in the championship game of the Etowah County Schools Tournament on Jan. 19 in Sardis City. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The last time Glencoe High won the Etowah County Girls Basketball Tournament,
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Downtown Gadsden store offers goat yoga

January 18, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Monday, January 14, the Lookout Mountain Goat Ranch Originals hosted yoga classes with a fun twist. Participants had goats balance on them while doing yoga poses. Owner and artist Kelly Farley says that she is “all about goats.” When she heard about goat yoga, she knew she wanted to make
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Gadsden Heart Walk hosts fundraising kickoff

January 18, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor Heart attacks are the number one cause of death and strokes are the number five cause of death in the United States. On Tuesday, January 15, the Gadsden Heart Walk held a breakfast at The Venue to kick off its 2019 fundraiser. “This is an exciting time to be in Gadsden,”
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Horton sworn in as new Etowah County Sheriff

January 18, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming/Staff Correspondent On Monday, Jan. 13, Jonathon Horton was sworn in as Etowah County’s new sheriff. The ceremony took place outside of the sheriff’s department. Despite the frigid temperatures, over a hundred individuals gathered around the parking lot and sidewalks to watch Sheriff Horton take the oath of office. During the ceremony, Kate
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Southside, Glencoe girls ranked in Jan. 17 ASWA basketball poll

January 18, 2019 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Sparkman 4. Austin 5. Spain Park 6. Davidson 7. Grissom 8. Auburn 9. Hewitt-Trussville 10. Foley Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Hartselle 4. Blount 5. Opelika 6. Huffman 7. McAdory 8. Cullman 9. Park Crossing 10. Dothan Class 5A 1. Ramsay (19-6) 2. Charles
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Lady Panthers dispatch Hokes Bluff in semifinals

January 18, 2019 chris
By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Southside jumped out to a 14-5 lead after one quarter and never trailed in a 39-19 win over Hokes Bluff in the semifinal round of the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Sardis. The Lady Panthers (15-4) face either Glencoe or Sardis in Friday’s championship game. Southside
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Late surge pushes Eagles past Sardis

January 18, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Hayden Lipscomb (left) blocks a shot by Sardis’ Alex James during the Eagles’ 56-49 win in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament semifinals on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Sardis. Credit: Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff outscored Sardis 21-9 over the final eight of the game to take a
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 2 review

January 18, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 2 Review After beginning conference play with a road loss at Ole Miss, the Tigers bounced back and won two straight games by double digits over Georgia and Texas A&M. Auburn took care of the Bulldogs, 93-78, and followed that up with an 85-66 victory over the Aggies. Bryce Brown
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People of Etowah - Chad Kilgore

January 18, 2019 chris
Name: Chad Kilgore Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised here in Etowah County.” What is your occupation? “Attorney.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I knew I wanted to be an attorney since I was very young. My mother, Tena Noah Kilgore, worked in the legal field
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The Vagabond: Blind tigers and gambling houses in Etowah County - Part I

January 18, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Back in 1882, the first prohibition law was forced upon Gadsden and Etowah County by a legislative act without vote of the people. Some of the events that followed included the advent of the blind tiger and its fellow traveler, the gambling house. Although Gadsden had 21 volunteer policemen who carried badges
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Aunt Dot’s Spicy Pimento Cheese and Lemon Pound Cake

January 18, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Food seems to always 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’s been there yet. I have found
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Toasting the Boasting of Weakness

January 18, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:21b-33 NRSV). Was Paul willing to testify against himself? I guess that some Christian testimony and witnessing is just that. It’s telling a story about one’s self that shows a weakness and how God has
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s image maker

January 18, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford This week’s devotion is actually one I saw written by Sylvia Gunter with “The Father’s Business.” Sylvia is an incredible woman of God and has written several books and Bible study curriculum. You can read more about Sylvia and her ministry at www.thefathersbusiness.com. I love Genesis 1:27 and personally believe it is
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Center invasions and qualifications

January 18, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott The George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe was invaded by yours truly on Jan. 9, and I am so glad I showed up and surprised the residents! Not only did I enjoy seeing everyone (as I always do), I found out some information that might be useful. A gentleman named Greg Lawrence
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Legals for the week of 1/18/19 - 1/24/19

January 18, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Jonathan B Martin and Audra Lachelle Martin, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for GMFS, LLC, A Limited Liability Company, on October 17, 2014, said mortgage being
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Yellow Jackets cruise into county tournament semifinals

January 16, 2019 chris
Photo: West End’s Gavin Knue (left) guards Sardis’ Brock Ondo during the Yellow Jackets’ 63-43 victory in the quarterfinals of the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Sardis City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Glencoe maintained a double-digit lead from late in the first quarter to the final buzzer in
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Lady Lions steamroll West End in county tournament quarterfinals

January 16, 2019 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Kaitlin Morris (23) guards West End’s Montanna Mashburn during the Lady Lions’ 57-12 victory in the quarterfinals of the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Sardis City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Sardis High girls put the pedal to the metal early on and never let up
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Local gridders recognized at ASWA banquet

January 16, 2019 chris
Photo: Former Etowah High head football coach Drew Noles, Etowah senior Jamin Graham, Hokes Bluff junior Darrian Meads and Hokes Bluff head football coach Mike Robertson (pictured, from left) gather for a photo following the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football and Back/Lineman of the Year Banquet on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Montgomery. Graham and
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Panthers, Eagles dominate All-Etowah County football team

January 14, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Thirty-nine student-athletes make up the 2018 All-Etowah County Schools football team. State playoff participants Southside and Hokes Bluff had the most players represented with 12 and 10, respectively. Seven players were selected from Sardis, followed by Glencoe with four and Gaston and West End with three each. Highlighting the list is
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Southside’s Williams highlights All-Etowah County volleyball

January 14, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside High’s Macie Williams highlights the 2018 All-Etowah County volleyball team. The 5’11 senior middle hitter (pictured above) was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after helping the Lady Panthers post a 42-13 record, win a fourth straight county tournament title and advance to the North Super Regional Tournament Class 5A quarterfinals.
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Heavy dose of crimson on All-Etowah County cross country

January 14, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside High out-distanced the competition on the 2018 All-Etowah County Schools boys and girls cross country team. The Panthers claimed 14 of the 20 sports on the team – eight for the boys and six for the girls. Southside swept both the county and sectional meets in early November and participated in
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All-Etowah County cheerleading team announced

January 14, 2019 chris
Thirteen student-athletes recently were named to the All-Etowah County Schools cheerleader team. Selected were senior Kayla Brooks, Lexy Morgan and Laney Owen from Southside; senior Molly Hamilton and junior Tamera Foster from Gaston; senior Lexie Payne and junior Carly Sims from Glencoe; seniors Mattie Jackson and Mackenzie Braswell from Hokes Bluff; senior Mary Kathryn Lang and
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In & around SEC football - postseason awards

January 11, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent On Alabama’s third offensive play in last Monday’s (Jan. 7) national title game, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was intercepted by Clemson’s A.J. Terrell, who promptly returned the ball 44 yards for a touchdown. Alabama kept the game close for most of the first half, the Crimson Tide couldn’t keep up with the
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Meads, Graham, Bothwell earn top postseason honors on All-Messenger football team

January 11, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor State quarterfinalists Etowah and Hokes Bluff were well-represented on the 2018 All-Messenger high school football team. The Class 5A Blue Devils and the Class 4A Eagles had seven and five players, respectively, make the first team, including three of the four postseason awards. The choice for Player of the Year was not
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GCHS grad Troup shines in Missouri win over Tennessee

January 11, 2019 chris
2017 Gadsden City High graduate and University of Missouri women’s basketball redshirt freshman Haley Troup (pictured above) came off the bench to score a career-high16 points in the Lady Tigers’ 64-66 upset victory over No. 10 Tennessee last Sunday (Jan. 6) in Knoxville, Tenn. Troup, who shot 4-for-6 from the three-point line, played 29 minutes
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Southside, Glencoe girls ranked in Jan. 10 ASWA basketball poll

January 11, 2019 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Sparkman 4. Austin 5. Spain Park 6. Davidson 7. Grissom 8. Hewitt-Trussville 9. Auburn 10. Foley Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Hartselle 4. Blount 5. Huffman 6. Opelika 7. McAdory 8. Dothan 9. Cullman 10. Carver-Montgomery Class 5A 1. Ramsay 2. Charles Henderson 3.
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Veteran receives high school diploma at 92

January 11, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Christmas Day, Calvin Rollins received a present he never thought he would get. At age 92, Rollins received his high school diploma from Randolph County High School. His daughter Ann Rollins Bryant had arranged the diploma. Bryant had hoped to have Randolph County Superintendent John Jacobs travel to Gadsden to
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Gadsden loses local trailblazer Ed Whatley

January 11, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor Ed Whatley passed away Sunday, January 6 at age 75, but his legacy as an advocate of local hiking trails remains. In August 2014, Noccalula Falls Park held a ribbon cutting for an expansion of the Black Creek Trail system. Whatley was an advocate for the trail system and worked tirelessly
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People of Etowah - Tiffany Ballou-Glover

January 11, 2019 chris
Name: Tiffany Ballou-Glover Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I am a 6th grade language and reading teacher at Litchfield Middle School. I have taught for 25 years.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I have always wanted to be a
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Chicken Stew, Baked Potato Salad and Luscious Lemon Layers

January 11, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell No fancy restaurant could have possibly offered up food as delicious as what we had. This is what I often think of when I eat in most places. At our family Decoration Day in May every year, we would always meet at the cemetery for a brief sermon and sing wonderful old
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