Pondering life with Pious Bob - Nowhere to Hide

September 27, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to
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Lawmakers must work together to save Gadsden Goodyear plant

September 27, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford There is a lot that has been said lately – both online and in the media – about the future of the Gadsden Goodyear plant. The families that rely on that plant for their jobs, insurance and retirement benefits are understandably very worried about the possibility of buyouts and what that means
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A creepy glass bridge, a first-time selfie and resisting a sales pitch

September 27, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott My husband Alan and I escaped life this past weekend by running away to Sevierville in Tennessee. I am not a fan of the busy life of big cities, but we have enjoyed Sevierville before, and it became our destination plan. When some of the George Wallace Senior Center ladies’ memories of
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Keep Smiling... Memories of Noccalula Falls

September 27, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston I hold many dear memories of Noccalula Falls, the first being that I grew up on Lay Springs Road in Gadsden, about two miles from the falls. When I was barely able to walk, my dad and I would follow Black Creek until we reached the falls. It was quite a walk
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Legals for 9/27 - 10/03/2019

September 27, 2019 chris
Etowah County Probate Notice to: Jennifer Payne Rainwater and Rachel Payne Case Number: S-10640 A Petition for Letter of Administration for David Allen Payne shall be heard on 30th day of October, 2019, at 10:00 AM in the Probate Court of Etowah County, Alabama, 800 Forrest Avenue, Gadsden, Alabama. Scott W. Hassell Judge of Probate Richard
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In & around SEC football - Week 5 previews

September 27, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review Auburn scored on a 57-yard touchdown run from Anthony Schwartz on the fifth play from scrimmage and never looked back en route to a 28-20 road win over Texas A&M last Saturday (Sept. 21). The Tigers led 14-3 at the half and built an 18-point lead at
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Legals 9/27 - 10/03/19

September 26, 2019 chris
Etowah County Probate Notice to: Jennifer Payne Rainwater and Rachel Payne Case Number: S-10640 A Petition for Letter of Administration for David Allen Payne shall be heard on 30th day of October, 2019, at 10:00 AM in the Probate Court of Etowah County, Alabama, 800 Forrest Avenue, Gadsden, Alabama. Scott W. Hassell Judge of Probate
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Blue Devils ranked fourth in Sept. 25 ASWA football poll

September 25, 2019 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 5-0 286 2. McGill-Toolen 4-0 225 3. Central-Phenix City 4-1 206 4. Hoover 4-1 181 5. Mountain Brook 5-0 145 6. Theodore 5-0 116 7. Lee-Montgomery 5-0 105 8. Austin 5-0 79 9. Sparkman 4-0 34 10. Hewitt-Trussville 3-2 14 Others receiving votes: Vestavia Hills (3-1) 12, James
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Local football players recognized by AHSAA

September 25, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells Several area football players were recognized for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 20. Etowah junior quarterback Brady Troup (pictured above) completed 13-of-17 passes for 346 yards and a school-record five touchdowns passes (of 43, 8, 29, 54 and 80 yards), all
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Southside wins Champions Tournament

September 23, 2019 chris
Southside High swept the competition on the way to the first-place trophy at the Champion of Champions Fall Fest Tournament last Saturday (Sept. 21) at Alexandria. The Class 5A No. 10 Lady Panthers (23-8) defeated Faith Christian, 25-22, 25-9; Saks, 25-13, 25-15; and Collinsville, 25-17, 25-15 before beating Curry, 25-15, 25-22 in the championship match.
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Etowah holds off Southside, 56-32

September 23, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Bennett Nance (73) provides blocking for Ollie Finch (6) during the Blue Devils’ a 56-32 win over Southside on Sept. 20 in Attalla. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A, No. 4 Etowah withstood a valiant effort from county rival Southside to improve to 3-0 in Region 6 play and 5-0
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Gadsden City comes up short against Bob Jones

September 23, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City High’s D’Javi Byers (21) fends off Bob Jones’ D.J. Johnson during the Titans’ 24-20 loss on Sept. 20 at GCHS. (Travis Greene) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The first day of the fall season did not include the Gadsden City High football team’s first victory of 2019. In Class 7A, Region 4 action on
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Sardis hangs 67 on Douglas

September 23, 2019 chris
Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis overwhelmed Douglas in Class 5A, Region 6 football action on Sept. 20, crushing the host Eagles by a score of 67-0. The Lions’ 67 points are the second-most in a game in school history. The record is 68 against Locust Fork in a 68-48 decision on Sept. 7, 2012.
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Westbrook, Hokes Bluff, Glencoe, Gaston, Coosa, Ashville come up short

September 23, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads (6) takes a handoff from Ashton Gulledge (2) as Anniston’s Khalil Peoples looks on during the Eagles’ 21-0 loss ion high school football on Sept. 20. (Alex Chaney) Westbrook Christian had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 56-21 loss to Ohatchee on Sept. 20. KarMichael Catting rushed for a
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Contractors meet to discuss sports complex

September 20, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, September 16, about a dozen contractors and subcontractors met at the Etowah-Gadsden Chamber of Commerce for a pre-bid conference for the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex. The meeting was mandatory for contractors, landscapers and irrigation and turf specialists who plan to enter a bid for the construction of
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Local volunteer wins national AARP award

September 20, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent A local woman received a surprise reception and volunteer award on Friday, Sept. 13. Jessica Brown was chosen as a winner in AARP’s national Show Your Love volunteer contest and soon will embark on a week-long cruise as part of her award. The contest aims to inspire volunteers to go
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Ride for Rozlyn to be held

September 20, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor Rozlyn Greene, a Glencoe fourth-grader, passed away on Thursday, September 12 after battling leukemia. Greene returned home on August 9 after receiving several rounds of chemotherapy and was welcomed back by the Glencoe community. But although Greene has passed on, the community is not ready to stop rallying around her.
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Apple Pudding Cake and Henry’s Apple Cake

September 20, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell This week I am continuing some great apple desserts. About the best call to breakfast on Sunday morning, or any day, is the spicy aroma of an apple coffee cake drifting through the house. Cinnamon and nutmeg are two of my favorite spices especially during the fall. Apple Pudding Cake 3 1/2
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The Vagabond - History of the 1784 Indian Massacre in Rainbow City , Part III

September 20, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Through the years, many people asked The Vagabond about how the late Jerry Jones, a former Etowah County Tax Assessor, first became interested in genealogy and history. His ancestor Edmond Jones had survived an Indian massacre in what is now Rainbow City, and Jerry was trying to find out which Indians did
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Pondering life - The Faithful “Today”

September 20, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have
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Fun in the stands, sharing the love at Jack’s and searching for footwear

September 20, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Last Saturday, my husband Alan and I backed out our driveway with plans to pick my mother up and take her to Auburn to find some shoes. She decided she is now an Alabama fan. I hope she can suffer through a trip to Auburn University, my alma mater, to buy shoes.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Where does your identity lie?

September 20, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Every person on this earth places his or her identity in someone or something. Depending on the stage of life we are in or the crisis at hand, what we place our identity in may change several times throughout our lives. And yet, who we believe we are and how we see
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Keep Smiling… “Nana, your hair is wet!”

September 20, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston One wrong move on a certain morning caused a ripple effect on the rest of the day. May I explain? The alarm clock woke me at 5 a.m. and I jumped into the shower. After using my towel, I threw it over the shower rod. The towel hit the bathroom light, which
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In & around SEC football - Week 4 previews

September 20, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review After a slow start – at least by Alabama standards – the Crimson Tide last week turned a 14-10 lead into a 47-23 victory over South Carolina to start SEC play. The Gamecocks kept pace with the Crimson Tide offense for most of the first half, but
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Legals for 9/20 - 9/26/19

September 19, 2019 chris
NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH Default having been made of the terms of the loan documents secured by that certain mortgage executed by Gary Lynn Mccollum And Wife Patricia Ann Mccollum to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Home Funds Direct, its successors and assigns dated April
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Local football players recognized by AHSAA

September 18, 2019 chris
Photo by Travis Greene Several area football players were recognized for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the week of Sept. 13. In one half of action, Etowah senior Trent Davis rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in the Blue Devils’ 58-13 victory over Sardis. Also in one
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in Sept. 18 ASWA football poll

September 18, 2019 chris
Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 4-0 295 2. McGill-Toolen 3-0 238 3. Central-Phenix City 3-1 209 4. Hoover 3-1 193 5. Mountain Brook 4-0 137 6. Theodore 4-0 113 7. Lee-Montgomery 4-0 106 8. Hewitt-Trussville 3-1 88 9. Austin 4-0 61 10. Vestavia Hills 3-0 33 Others receiving votes: James Clemens (2-2) 3,
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Southside boys finish first, girls second at Titan Trails 5K

September 16, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells The Southside High boys cross country team finished first and the girls came in second at the Titan Trails Invitational 5K last Saturday (Sept. 14) at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden. The Panthers’ average time of 19:23.79 was almost 134 seconds better than runner-up Albertville. With an average time
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Ashville girls win Fairview Invitational 5K

September 16, 2019 chris
Photo: The Ashville High girls cross country team gathers for a photo after winning the Fairview Invitational 5K in the Class 1A-4A division last Saturday (Sept. 13). Pictured, from left: Emma Drinkard, Kathleen McCarthy, Meghan McCarthy, Taylor Knight, Emma Thompson, Grace Staples, coach Michele Rogers, Molly Northam, Callie Stewart. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Out of 16 teams
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Indians tomahawk Hokes Bluff, 44-13

September 16, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Will Clemons (7) and Hunter Burke (30) tackle an Oneonta runner during the Eagles’ 44-13 loss in high school football on Sept. 13. (Alex Chaney)  Oneonta proved too much for Hokes Bluff to handle on Sept. 13, defeated the Class 4A No. 2 Eagles by a score of 44-13 in Region 6
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