Westbrook’s Harvey signs with Birmingham Southern

February 10, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior John Harvey signed a football scholarship with Birmingham Southern College on Feb. 6. Pictured, from left: dad Jeff, girlfriend Katelyn, John, sister Emily, mom Leslie. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor John Harvey will be playing college football just a few exits down I-59 South. The Westbrook Christian senior signed a scholarship
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The Vagabond - Masonic goat and meteorite in 1880s Gadsden

February 10, 2020 chris
In April of 1893, a large billy goat, which was closely shaved all over with the letter ‘G’ and a square and a compass painted on each side in a vivid red color, began roaming the streets of Gadsden and soon became a familiar sight in the city. The animal apparently felt at home anywhere
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Keep Smiling...With Rosie Preston

February 10, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston New Year’s Day is a way to measure time to us, with the importance of a birthday. It is an exciting day for me, even though I’m embarrassed to say the last two years, I fell asleep before the midnight hour! Still, as I thought about it last night, all comfy in
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Keep Smiling...With Rosie Preston

February 7, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Many times, I have shared stories about the many homes I cleaned for different families to make extra money. I can loudly voice, even scream it from the rooftops (of those houses) that there should be a Cleaning 101l class. The first lesson should be to have a friend to help. The
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Wendy Tinker right at home as Glencoe High principal

February 7, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Glencoe High School Principal Wendy Tinker stands and smiles with her students in the school’s library, where she served as librarian for several years.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer In early January, Glencoe High School welcomed Wendy Tinker as its new principal. As the school’s former librarian and assistant principal, Tinker adopts
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Local Girl Scouts support community

February 7, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, troop leader Carolyn Jester’s local Girl Scout group smiles for a photo after raising goods for a food drive to support the community. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On Jan. 7, the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama launched their 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Season, officially beginning cookie sales for the new year. 
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Attalla welcomes Heart & Soul with ribbon cutting

February 7, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, family surrounds Heart & Soul owner Debra Draper as she holds the blue ribbon at her official opening in downtown Attalla. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County hosted a ribbon cutting for Heart & Soul at 413 4th Street Northwest in downtown Attalla on Jan 31.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From meager meal to full cart

February 7, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever experienced real and true hunger? I heard a story of a young couple who were struggling to pay bills. As they sat down one evening to eat a meager meal of a single hamburger patty and a glass of milk, the young husband gave thanks and offered up a
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XI

February 7, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The Way proposes that when Jesus described Himself as “The way, the truth and the life,” He was openly and fervently proclaiming that we must follow Him. Yes, He died for our sins. But He implied, over and over, that the power of His forgiveness is dispensed by His Church through the
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The Art of Overcoming

February 7, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance
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Strawberry Bon-Bons, Nut Butter Balls and Easy Sugar Tea Cookies

February 7, 2020 chris
Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go… You have made my life complete, And I love you So. These recipes are “straight from the heart” and have something that is guaranteed to have you falling in love all over again. Strawberry Bon-Bons 3 (3-ounce) packages of strawberry jello 1 can Eagle Brand
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Suicidal tendencies of local wildlife

February 7, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott With two accounts of an opossum playing dead in our fenced-in yard still fresh on my mind, I heard our dogs having a barking fit around our shed in the backyard. Sandy, our border collie that looks like a yellow lab had her “boo-hiney” sticking up as her head was hidden under
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 6 previews

February 6, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers enjoyed their best week of the season as they knocked off Kentucky at home and Arkansas on the road in overtime. Auburn pulled away from the Wildcats after being neck-and-neck for most of the game. Samir Doughty led the Tigers with 23 points and kept
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Titan football duo sign with Bethel

February 6, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden City High School seniors Trey Blount (pictured sitting at left) and Jakari Embry (sitting at right) signed football scholarships with Bethel (Tenn.) University last Wednesday (Feb. 5). Pictured with Blount and Embry is GCHS head football coach Ali Smith. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A pair of Titans are headed to the Volunteer
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Legals for 2/7/2020 - 2/13/2020

February 6, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Mark A. Gidley, a married man joined herein by Tammy M. Gidley, originally in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Colonial Bank, on the 29th day of September,
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Last-second trey sends Southside past Etowah in area semifinals

February 5, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Senior guard Colton Morrison’s half court buzzer beater propelled Southside to a 48-46 victory over Etowah County rival Etowah in the semifinals of the Class 5A, Area 12 boys basketball tournament on Tuesday (Feb. 4) at Alexandria. The Panthers (17-10) led 37-34 after three quarters,
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Lady Titans headed to regionals with area semifinal win over Grissom

February 5, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Adrianna Jones (left) moves against Grissom’s LaQuaishay Allen during the Lady Titans’ 51-46 win in the Class 7A, Area 7 Tournament girls semifinals last Tuesday (Feb. 4) at GCHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Adrianna Jones provided a good example last Tuesday (Feb. 4) of why she will be playing
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Hokes Bluff girls; Westbrook, Glencoe boys win in area semifinals

February 5, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Kristen Shields scores over White Plains’ Angel Bozarth during the Lady Eagles’ 47-35 victory in the Class 4A, Area 10 Tournament semifinals last Tuesday (Feb. 4) at HBHS. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff posted a 47-35 win over White Plains in the Class 4A, Area 10 Tournament semifinals last Tuesday (Feb.
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Glencoe's Anna Beth Giles signs with Birmingham Southern

February 3, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High School senior Anna Beth Giles recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Birmingham Southern College. Pictured, from left: GHS girls basketball coach Jamie Barkley, sister Katie, mom Donna, Anna Beth, dad Charlton. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Anna Beth Giles’ athletic and academic prowess recently paid big
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part X

February 3, 2020 chris
By John Larkins “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally.” – Flannery O’Connor. This series of writings has been titled “The Way,” not the “Ways.” This is consistent with several ideas that seem important. First, that there is a God. Second, that there is only one God. Then, after
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God spoke it, then saw it

February 3, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I love beginning a New Year by reading the Book of Genesis, the very first book in the Bible. The Hebrew meaning for Genesis is “Bereshit,” which means “in the beginning of.” This year, the Lord opened my eyes to something I had never seen before in the first five verses of
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Local woman strives to keep community clean

January 31, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Lesa Osborn smiles for the camera after discussing her efforts to prevent litter in the community.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer While people often disregard a wrapper tangled in bushes or ignore an empty soda can on the roadside, one local woman refuses to look away. In an effort to eliminate the
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 5 previews

January 31, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review After back-to-back losses, Bruce Pearl’s team responded with three straight victories to get back on track. The Tigers knocked off Iowa State, 80-76, in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, and followed that win up with an 83-82 win in double overtime at Ole Miss. Led by senior Anfernee
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GCHS, Hokes Bluff, Glencoe girls; Westbrook boys rank in final ASWA basketball poll

January 31, 2020 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Foley 3. Theodore 4. Spain Park 5. McGill-Toolen Catholic 6. Austin 7. Gadsden City 8. Hewitt-Trussville 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Athens 3. Carver-Birmingham 4. Lee-Huntsville 5. Eufaula 6. McAdory 7. Opelika 8. Dothan 9. Homewood 10. Carver-Montgomery Class 5A 1. Ramsay
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Chamber holds meeting and awards luncheon

January 31, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Suzanne (left) and Steve (center) Scharfenberg receive the Impact Award while The Chamber’s VP of Finance and Administration Leslie Stephens (right) smiles. Pictured left, Etowah County Chief Administrative Officer Shane Ellison delivers the keynote speech at The Chamber luncheon. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer The Chamber of Gadsden Etowah County held its
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Local DKG chapter hosts annual Mahjong tournament

January 31, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, DKG Mahjong tournament committee members smile for the camera at the Gadsden County Club. Front row seated from left to right: Chair Donna Spraggins, President Nancy Gardner and Susan Davidson. Back row standing from left to right: Jane Reynolds, Gail Spotnitz, Marian Ford, Susan Copeland, Nancy Smith, Barbara Russell and Denise Bearden.
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Etowah County Animal Shelter features pets available for adoption

January 31, 2020 chris
Steel (pictured above, right) is a three-year-old American Bulldog available for adoption. Prior to arriving at the Etowah County Animal Shelter, Steel was abandoned and left in a vacant home. The ECAS staff showered Steel with love and affection, providing him with proper shelter, food and water. After such a difficult journey, Steel is ready to
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Denying Denial

January 31, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 1:15-2:13 NRSV). We must work toward the point
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Country Fried Swiss Steak, Chinese Rice Casserole and Sherry's Rice Pudding

January 31, 2020 chris
Memories of Sunday dinners at my Grandmother Icy’s house were just a wonderful feeling of comfort. Her stove was covered with the most delicious dishes that I have cherished since my childhood—everything from fried chicken, heaping bowls of mashed potatoes, slaw that she had shredded with a sharp knife, green beans topped with new potatoes,
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Adventures in tax season

January 31, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Guess what time it is – it’s tax time! Every year at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe, volunteers from R.S.V.P. visit on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and do taxes for our residents. It is a free service, and I have heard rave reviews concerning their service
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