Locals starting chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace

April 5, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Tommy Goodman was binge-watching a series on Facebook called Returning the Favor, hosted by Mike Rowe, well-known for his television show Dirty Jobs, when he encountered something that inspired him. Returning the Favor features do-gooders looking to make a difference in their communities, and one of the featured organizations was Sleep
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Gadsden School Board election to take place

April 5, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 22, Gadsden voters decided to take the city’s school board from appointed members to elected members. The vote for school board members will be held on April 9. If necessary the run-off election will be held May 21. “I am hopeful and prayerful that an elected school board
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People of Etowah - Tena King-Morgan

April 5, 2019 chris
Name: Tena King-Morgan Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Anniston.” What is your occupation? “I am the owner of King’s Olive Oil Company.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was attracted to the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar business for the health benefits.
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

April 5, 2019 chris
Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Bread, Strawberry Ice Box Dessert and Strawberry Pizza Crust The strawberry, red in all of its glory, is one of nature’s sweetest offerings. It can be eaten straight off the vine and can be barely sprinkled with sugar or salt. The peak season for strawberries is April to June, so now is
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The Vagabond - Steamboat wars on the Coosa River

April 5, 2019 chris
By Danny “The Vagabond” Crownover The first steamboat to ply the waters of the Coosa River was appropriately named The Coosa. On July 4, 1845, that gallant little steamer, came around the bend below what is now Gadsden. Captain James Lafferty commanded the boat. Large proportions and un-heard-of-profits were said to have been derived from
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - A Vision For Proclamation

April 5, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name [Jesus].” (Acts 5:27-42 NRSV). The apostles had been tea-ching and proclaiming Jesus in the Temple. Although a high priest with the Sadducees had the apostles arrested and put into the public
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The grit of Paul

April 5, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford The conversion of Saul, the leading persecutor of Christians, was one of the greatest events in church history. Saul, whose name was changed to Paul shortly after his conversion, met Jesus on his way to Damascus. The Lord had a special work for Paul. This Hebrew of Hebrews would become the apostle
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A visitation, the three-legged dog and a pretend Oak Ridge Boy

April 5, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott One of our neighbors in Dadeville was laid to rest this past week. He will be missed. This gentleman was the same man who enlightened me on who Willie Golden was of the Oak Ridge Boys. The look on my face must have told on me when the man told me that
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Beautiful kittens and such...

April 5, 2019 chris
Phil was walking down the hall talking to himself. I was a little curious until he reached me and asked, “Guess what I found on the front porch?” He then reached into his coat and pulled out a little Siamese kitten. He continued to soothe the kitten. Sighing, I replied, “I didn’t think we were
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In & around SEC basketball - NCAA Tournament weekend 2 recap, Final Four preview

April 5, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent When the NCAA Tournament regions were announced, Auburn’s path to the Final Four looked almost impossible. The Tigers had a tough opening round game against No. 12-seed New Mexico State. The Aggies entered the matchup with 30 wins and they had not lost since early January. If Auburn beat NMS, the
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Hokes Bluff, Etowah, Westbrook ranked in April 4 ASWA baseball poll

April 5, 2019 chris
Baseball Class 7A 1. Bob Jones 2. Smiths Station 3. Hoover (23-8) 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Oak Mountain 6. Mountain Brook 7. Prattville 8. McGill-Toolen 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Austin Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 3. Hazel Green 4. Faith Academy 5. Spanish Fort 6. Saraland 7. Hueytown 8. Wetumpka 9. Oxford 10. Cullman
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Etowah’s Wright commits to Alabama

April 5, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Travis Greene By Daniel Boyette/al.com When Etowah High’s DeRickey Wright was asked to play defense last season, he had no idea the doors that would open as a result. Wright, who was the Blue Devils’ quarterback two years ago as a sophomore, excelled as a two-way starter in 2018. He returned
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Former Gadsden City standout hitting her stride at Missouri

April 5, 2019 chris
Photo: 2017 Gadsden City High graduate and University of Missouri redshirt freshman Haley Troup (11) drives against Florida’s Corey Staples in a college basketball game earlier this year.  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Perseverance certainly has paid off for Haley Troup over the past year. After sitting out the 2017-18 college basketball season following a transfer from
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Dutton hurls no-hitter as Westbrook shuts out Etowah

April 3, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Greyson Robertson slides safely in third base as Etowah’s Will Noles receives the throw during the Warriors’ 4-0 win in high school baseball last Tuesday (Apr. 2) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High baseball team’s potent lineup was no match for the Brothers Dutton last Tuesday (Apr.
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Lady Conquerors hit the right notes against Gadsden City

April 3, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Cayla Underwood delivers a pitch during the Lady Titans’ 11-6 loss to Coosa Christian last Tuesday (Apr. 2) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian exploded for 15 hits and got some outstanding defense on the way to a 11-6 victory over Gadsden City last Tuesday (Apr. 2) in
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Hokes Bluff hammers Sardis in county baseball tournament finals

April 1, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Hokes Bluff High School baseball team cut a wide path of destruction on the way to the first-place trophy of the Etowah County Schools Tournament last Saturday (March 30) in Sardis City. In 10 innings over a two-game span, the Class 4A No. 1 Eagles (14-2) steamrolled the opposition by a
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Fly Fishing Club stocks Black Creek with fish

March 29, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, March 26, the Gadsden Rainbow Fly Fishing Club gathered at Noccalula Falls to stock Black Creek Falls with 1,000 Coppernose Bluegill. Club members threw the fish in at the top of Noccalula Falls. State Representative Craig Lipscomb, a member of Gadsden Rainbow Fly Fishing Club, said that the stocking
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Gadsden Public Library receives socks for homeless

March 29, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last year, Gadsden Public Library Director Craig Scott filled out an application to become a “giving partner” with Bombas socks, where the company would send socks for the homeless to the library for distribution. “They said it might take a while, so I had almost forgotten about it,” said Scott. On
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People of Etowah - Charles Edward Gough

March 29, 2019 chris
Name: Charles Edward Gough Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Mobile.” What is your occupation? “I am the owner and president at Charles Gough Insurance and Financial Services Inc., which is a full service insurance and financial services agency.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

March 29, 2019 chris
Don’t tell Momma… It’s been years since my three grandchildren were young, and I was sitting with them while my daughter had a night out. After dinner, I decided to give them a bath and get them ready for bed. I then heard Dakota say, “Nana, Brittany is going through Momma’s drawers, and she is not
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

March 29, 2019 chris
24 Hour Salad, Three Bean Salad and Hot Chicken Salad Let’s do some salads this week! 24 Hour Salad 1 can Eagle Brand Milk 1/3 cup lemon juice 1 large Cool Whip 1 large can crushed pineapple 1 large can fruit cocktail 1 cup pecans, chopped 1/2 cup cherries, chopped 1 1/2 cups coconut 1
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Proper Use of God’s Authority

March 29, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:1-12 NRSV). Jesus is our
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Inspiration from God’s Word - There’s no doubt, we can always trust God

March 29, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford When we read the minor prophet books in the Old Testament, we quickly observe a recurring pattern in their prophecies to Israel and the Jews. First comes the warning to repent of their sins and next is the judgement that will come upon the Jews and their land if they do not
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Twelve Baskets Bakery - Sweet ladies and even sweeter treats

March 29, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott On several occasions while in route to George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe, I noticed a van parked across from Glencoe Elementary School. Because it was so close to the Glencoe Cumberland Presbyterian, at first I thought that the church was having a special catered meal or a bake sale or something
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In & around SEC basketball - NCAA Tournament Weekend 1 Recap, Weekend 2 Preview

March 28, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Seven teams from the Southeastern Conference made the NCAA Tournament, and four of the seven schools advanced to the Sweet 16. Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU and Auburn are all playing this weekend for a chance to make the Elite Eight and possibly a Final Four. Florida also won its first-round game, and
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Etowah's Jamin Graham highlights All-Messenger boys basketball team

March 28, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Just as he was for the school’s football team this past fall, Jamin Graham (pictured above) was a model of consistency for the Etowah High boys basketball team. With the 6’6” senior center averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds a game while most often drawing a
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Glencoe's Anna Beth Giles leads off All-Messenger girls basketball team

March 28, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although the Glencoe High girls basketball team was far from a one-player show this past season, Anna Beth Giles served as the sparkplug for the Lady Yellow Jackets’ engine. The junior point guard (pictured above) averaged 14 points, 5.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds while helping the
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

March 28, 2019 chris
Released March 28 Baseball Class 7A 1. Smiths Station 2. Bob Jones 3. Oak Mountain 4. Hoover 5. Auburn 6. McGill-Toolen 7. Mountain Brook 8. James Clemens 9. Hewitt-Trussville 10. Austin Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 3. Oxford 4. Faith Academy 5. Spanish Fort 6. Wetumpka 7. Hazel Green 8. Saraland 9. Homewood
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Westbrook's Wethington signs with North Georgia

March 28, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior William Wethington (pictured sitting at center) recently signed a golf scholarship with the University of North Georgia. Pictured sitting with Will are his mom Melissa and dad Matt. Pictured standing are sisters Elizabeth (left) and Caroline. By Chris McCarthy/Publisher/Editor Will Wethington’s future became a little bit brighter on March 21. The
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Glencoe's Burns signs with Southern Union

March 28, 2019 chris
Glencoe High senior Evan Burns recently signed a volleyball scholarship with Southern Union Community College in Wadley. Burns was named to the All-Etowah County team after she helped the Lady Yellow Jackets finish 34-25 and qualify for the Elite Eight state tournament. Pictured, sitting from left: Evan’s brother Garrett, Evan’s dad Todd, Evan, Evan’s mom
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