In & around SEC football - 2019 Media Days

July 25, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The weather certainly isn’t an indicator, but the college football season is rapidly approaching and representatives from all 14 SEC schools recently converged in Hoover for the 2019 SEC Media Days. After moving to Atlanta in 2018, the event returned to the Hyatt Regency Birmingham at the Wynfrey Hotel. Each team
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Gadsden City grad, coach participate in North/South football game

July 25, 2019 chris
Photo: 2019 Gadsden City High School graduate Q Dillard (center) blocks a South defender during the North/South All-Star Football Classic on July 18 in Montgomery. (submitted photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor 2019 Gadsden City High School graduate Javaronze “Q” Dillard finished off his prep career with a flourish last week in Montgomery. Dillard started at right
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Davis pleased with Patriots’ summer scrimmages

July 25, 2019 chris
Photo: Eli Pearce (center) will be throwing instead of catching the ball for West End this football season. (Sherry Abercrombie) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter The West End High football team participated in four summer competitions before preseason practice starts Aug. 5. The West End linemen competed at Guntersville. The Patriots attended full team camps
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Alabama’s tax-free weekend offers financial help

July 19, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Alabama’s 14th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items began at 12:01 a.m. today, July 19, and ends at midnight Sunday, July 21. This tax break gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing without the Alabama’s four percent sales tax. The following items are tax
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Dre Kirkpatrick’s foundation hosts shopping spree

July 19, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, July 17, local students got the opportunity to go back-to-school shopping with Dre Kirkpatrick, a Gadsden City High School graduate and former University of Alabama football player who is now a professional cornerback with the Cincinnati Bengals. This is the second year Kirkpatrick’s 21 Kids Foundation hosted the 2019
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City announces new automotive manufacturing facility

July 19, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the Gadsden City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 16, the City of Gadsden announced that Motus Integrated Technologies, an automotive interior supplier, will be locating its new facility in Gadsden. Motus will invest over $15 million dollars in the community and create over 90 new jobs in the area. “This
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In & around the SEC - Football Coaching Rankings Part II

July 19, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent 7. Mark Stoops, Kentucky (last season’s rank: 8). Kentucky has been patient with Mark Stoops, and that patience paid off in Stoops’ sixth season. After back-to-back 7-6 campaigns, Stoops led the 2018 Wildcats to a 10-3 record, including their first win over Florida since 1986 and upsets over Mississippi State and
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Local athletes compete at North/South All-Star Week

July 19, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several local rising high school seniors participated for the North in the North/South All-Star games earlier this week in Montgomery. Westbrook Christian’s Andrew Dutton was named North MVP in the baseball doubleheader at last Tuesday (July 16) at Riverwalk Stadium. The two teams set an all-star record for total runs scored (57)
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

July 19, 2019 chris
Peach Parfait Pie, Chocolate Crust Lime Pie and Lemon Velvet Pie Let them eat pie! Me? I prefer pies. One does not have to worry about them rising (or falling) or trying to get the icing to just the right consistency. It is sin-fully easy to buy a ready-to-fill pie shell right off the grocer’s
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Westbrook’s Dutton named to USA Baseball 16U team

July 19, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Westbrook Christian rising junior Samuel Dutton (pictured above) was one of 36 players across the country selected to the USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program on July 31 to Aug. 5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Dutton served as a key pitcher of
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Pious Bob - Counting on Sheep

July 19, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The power of our words

July 19, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever wondered if your words had any power? There is a story about a group of frogs that demonstrates how our words impact the lives of others. A group of frogs were traveling through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered
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A surprise visit, Nana Camp attendees and a re-named dog

July 19, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott My grandchildren are so amazing that I could probably write about them every week. I hold my stories in my head for as long as I can but some of them are just too cute not to share. Even now I see evidence that Saylor Rhea and Tyler Kate were here last
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

July 19, 2019 chris
Tips on cleaning with vinegar There has been a loss in our household income during the past two years, so I became very frugal. It hasn’t hurt at all, and I’ve discovered a few ways to save by using inexpensive products to clean my home. It is amazing how many ways we can use vinegar
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Local Kiwanis Club celebrates 100 years of service

July 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Kiwanis Club celebrated its 100-year anniversary on Wednesday, July 10 at the Gadsden Museum of Art. Club members and local supporters gathered to reminisce and celebrate the club’s birthday by singing “Happy Birthday” and enjoying a meal and birthday cake. During the festivities, City of Gadsden Mayor’s Assistant Shane
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

July 12, 2019 chris
More recipes from the garden! Mrs. Fielder’s Cornbread Salad 2 packages of Mexican cornbread mix 1 large bell pepper 2 fresh garden tomatoes, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 pint mayonnaise Mix cornbread as directed on the package. Bake, cool and crumble into small pieces. Add other ingredients, mix
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The Vagabond - The fate of Parson Blackburn’s whiskey

July 12, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond reported in a past column about a Chickasaw Indian village once located south of Big Wills Creek around Rainbow Drive near the entrance to Whorton Bend. The village was called Natchez Village. Around the 1750s, the Principal Chickasaw Chief Chinnaby brought his people to that location. They originally were Natchez
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Pious Bob - Correcting Our Posture, Walking Uprightly

July 12, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Sharpening your knife

July 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford There is a story about a young logger who approached a foreman of a logging crew asking for a job. “That depends,” replied the foreman. “Let’s see if you can cut this tree down in a timely manner.” The young logger stepped forward and skillfully started cutting the giant tree. Impressed, the
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An unsuccessful Declaration of Independence from my manuscript

July 12, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott This Fourth of July did not bring me independence from the agony of finishing the publication process of my book. The George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe was closed the 4th and 5th of July for the celebration of our country’s independence. My husband Alan had to work on Friday, the 5th.
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - We must overcome

July 12, 2019 chris
Every day, breaking news updates us about one crisis after another. How do we overcome the catastrophes? This definition does not imply just what is going on in our physical world but in our emotional and spiritual worlds as well. Using the word ‘today’ is significant because it is impossible to change yesterday and we
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In & around the SEC - Coaching Rankings Part I

July 12, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Clemson and Alabama have alternated the past four national championships and have been head and shoulders above the rest of college football the last four seasons. Despite losing several key pieces, both teams are expected to reach the College Football Playoffs again. Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney are perhaps the two
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Local teams compete in summer basketball play dates

July 12, 2019 chris
Photo: Rising senior Ashley Morgan of Glencoe (left) and rising junior Sydney Yancey of Southside (right) participated in summer high school basketball play dates. (Gary Wells/Messenger file photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although the high school football season is visible on the horizon, several local high school basketball teams participated in summer play dates over the
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Gadsden City removes Ali Smith’s interim tag

July 12, 2019 chris
Photo: Pictured is Gadsden City head football Ali Smith with (from left) daughter Kelis, wife Lamesha and son Khamari. (Not pictured: daughter Alicia) (Courtesy of GCHS) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After 13 years and four head coaches, Gadsden City finally hired a local product to lead, guide and direct the school’s football program. Longtime GCHS assistant
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Gadsden State athletes earn academic honors

July 12, 2019 chris
Several Gadsden State student-athletes recently were named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s 2019 Academic Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor. Named to the first team with a 4.0 GPA were Alexis Rich (pictured above), Grace Nolen and Landry Bussey from women’s volleyball; Sloan Gartman and Stephen Walker from men’s tennis;
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Sardis hires Matt Lofthus as girls varsity basketball coach

July 12, 2019 chris
Photo: Pictured is new Sardis High School girls basketball coach Matt Lofthus with wife Jenna and son Isaac. (Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Matt Lofthus has packed plenty of coaching assignments into his nine years on the Sardis High School faculty. “I’ve coached football, girls basketball and boys basketball,
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Weekly Legals 7/12 - 7/18, 2019

July 12, 2019 chris
ORDINANCE NO. O-23-19   Amending Section 106-71 of the City Code Article III, Collection and Disposal   WHEREAS, at the request of the Finance Committee, the City has been asked to amend Section 106-71 of the Code of Ordinances.   NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GADSDEN as
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In & around the SEC - Year in Review

July 5, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent For years, teams from the Southeastern Conference have excelled in virtually every NCAA sport. While success in college football is typically the most recognizable because of its prominence throughout the country, the SEC has also competed for championships annually in various sports for both men and women. For 2018-19, however, the
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Several intra-county football games on tap for 2019 season

July 5, 2019 chris
Photo: Coosa Christian and Westbrook Christian kick off the local high school football season on Aug. 22 in Rainbow City. Pictured is action from the teams’ 2018 game in Gadsden. (Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With the local high school football season on the horizon, it’s worth taking a look at games between Etowah County
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Legals for the week of 6/28 to 7/4

July 2, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having being made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage dated January 18, 2010 executed by Jeffrey Franklin Jenkins, Married and Whitney Nicole Jenkins, Married, in favor of Walter Mortgage Company, LLC, said Mortgage being recorded March 15, 2010, in Instrument Number 3328986, in the Office of
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