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
Read More

Southside grad Nails recognized

March 28, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy 2017 Southside High graduate and UAH sophomore Hunter Nails recently was named Gulf South Conference Track Athlete of the Week. At the Mississippi State Bulldog Relays this past weekend, Nails finished fourth in the 1500-meter run at 3:55.14 was a member of the Chargers’ 800-meter relay team that broke
Read More

Hokes Bluff grad sets PR at Jacksonville State track meet

March 28, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy 2017 Hokes Bluff High School graduate and Jacksonville State sophomore Tylynn Register finish sixth overall out of 37 competitors at the Al Schmidt Bulldogs Relays last Saturday (Mar. 23) at Mississippi State. Register set a new personal record of 1:04.09 in the 400-meter hurdle event, shaving more than a
Read More

Etowah boys, Glencoe girls shine at Albertville meet

March 26, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah boys and Glencoe girls both took third place at the Albertville track and field meet No. 3 on Mar. 22. The Blue Devils took home seven first-place medals – three by Deundrea Williams (pictured above) and two by Alex Howard – while the Lady
Read More

Local teams compete at GCHS track and field meet

March 25, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Mary Reid Goodwin (right) and Gadsden City’s Trinity Price compete in the girls 400-meter run event during the Gadsden City Track Meet No. 1 on March 21. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside and Etowah both won four first-place medals at the Gadsden City track and field meet on Mar. 21. The
Read More

Yellow Jackets’ McNeely low area scorer at Glencoe Invitational

March 25, 2019 chris
Photo by Gary Wells Glencoe High senior Brock McNeely (pictured above) finished as the area’s low scorer at the 15-team Glencoe Invitational Tournament last Saturday (Mar. 23) at Silver Lakes in Glencoe. McNeely’s score of 148 paced the Yellow Jackets, who finished eighth in the team standings at 171. Hokes Bluff came in 10th at
Read More

Tigers for Tomorrow to host Art on the Wild Side

March 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Tigers for Tomorrow is starting a new tradition. On March 30, the wildlife preserve, located at 708 County Road 345 in Attalla, will host Art on the Wild Side. Although this is the first year Tigers for Tomorrow has hosted the event, the preserve is planning to make this an annual
Read More

Duck Springs Robotics Club headed to world competition

March 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Duck Springs Elementary School started its Robotics Club this school year, and it is off to an awesome start. At the VEX IQ Robotics District Competition, five teams of fourth through sixth graders competed and qualified to attend the state competition, where all five teams made it to the finals. The
Read More

People of Etowah - Tara Gibson Leeth

March 22, 2019 chris
Name: Tara Gibson Leeth Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I work at WinSouth Cre-dit Union, where I implement and oversee all of the marketing and advertising strategies. This past February marked my fifth year working at WinSouth!” What made you decide to work
Read More

The Vagabond - Dr. Ralls and the first hospital in Etowah County

March 22, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Gadsden’s historian Will I. Martin wrote extensively about early Gadsden. The following is a sample of his work: “When the Ralls Sanatorium was opened on Sept. 1, 1906, it had only 16 beds. More important, ‘at the opening of the hospital, a chartered school of nursing was started with six entrants.’ These
Read More

Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

March 22, 2019 chris
Strawberry Angel Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie  and Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie Spring is here! I think one of the big reasons people do not cook anymore is the notion that it takes too long and it’s just too hard. I hope you learn from my recipes that good home-cooked food can be quick, easy
Read More

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

March 22, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford One of the problems exposed during the gas tax debate was the fact that $63 million dollars a year gets diverted out of the Alabama Department of Transportation’s road and bridge funding to pay for state troopers and the court system. The logic – if you can call it that – for this
Read More

Inspiration from God’s Word - The extraordinary mixed with the ordinary

March 22, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford I love the story in Acts 12 of Peter’s miraculous escape from prison. The story begins a few verses ahead, with King Herod Agrippa persecuting the believers of the church to such extremes as having the apostle James killed with a sword. This actually is the first of the twelve apostles martyred
Read More

Pondering life with Pious Bob - Slaving in His Work

March 22, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:16-23 NRSV). I have been guilty of trying to please everyone, of trying to be all
Read More

Technology, or the lack thereof...

March 22, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Technology is supposed to make life easier, but the acclamation to new technology is sometimes inconvenient for me.  I ordered some shoes from Amazon for my plantar fasciitis because I needed some relief and they were cute. There was no relief when I tried the shoes on, so I decided to return
Read More

Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

March 22, 2019 chris
Rites of passage… Looking at a recent selfie photo of me and my granddaughter, I find myself trying to look around some miraculous corner on the photo so I can see if that’s really what I look like in today’s world. I admit it is me. It’s the ‘me’ who has finally accepted that I’m
Read More

In & around SEC basketball - conference tournament review

March 22, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Tournament Recap For only the second time in school history, Auburn won the SEC Tournament championship. Bruce Pearl’s team captured the title with a resounding 84-64 victory over Tennessee, and it was the Tigers’ second win over the Vols in eight days. Senior guard Bryce Brown was named Tournament MVP
Read More

Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

March 22, 2019 chris
Released March 21 Baseball Class 7A 1. Bob Jones 2. Smiths Station 3. Auburn 4. Oak Mountain 5. McGill-Toolen 6. Hoover 7. Vestavia Hills 8. Spain Park 9. Huntsville 10. Mountain Brook Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Hazel Green 3. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 4. Faith Academy 5. Oxford 6. Cullman 7. Spanish Fort 8. Athens 9.
Read More

Dutton perfect in Westbrook win over Gaston

March 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Samuel Dutton delivers a pitch during the Warriors’ 12-0 victory over Gaston last Tuesday (Mar. 19). Dutton struck out 14 of 15 batters on the way to a perfect game. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Mike Goodson, Sports Correspondent To say the Westbrook Christian baseball team was picture-perfect in its game against Gaston last Tuesday
Read More

Southside blasts past Fort Payne

March 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Sam Raines (left) arrives safe at home plate as Fort Payne catcher J.D. Blalock leaps to catch the relay throw during the Panthers’ 12-2 victory last Tuesday (Mar. 19) at SHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When the season began, Southside High head baseball coach Shane Chappell issued a clear message to
Read More

Westbrook’s Morris signs with West Georgia

March 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Jonah Morris signs a cross country/track scholarship with the University of West Georgia on Tuesday (Mar. 19) in Rainbow City. Pictured, sitting, from left: Jonah’s dad Mike, Jonah, Jonah’s mom Missy. Standing, from left: WCS athletic director/baseball coach Matt Kennedy, WCS cross country/track & field coach Brian Curp. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By
Read More

Legals for the week of 3/22 to 3/28

March 21, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   STATE OF ALABAMA, COUNTY OF ETOWAH   Default having been made in the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Gary Neil Thrower Husband and Tracey R. Thrower Wife to RBMG, Inc. dated March 3, 2000; said mortgage being recorded on March 10, 2000, in Book 2000, Page 70, in
Read More

Locals compete at Twin Bridges’ Kick Off Classic

March 18, 2019 chris
Photo by Gary Wells Several area team competed in the Twin Bridges Kick Off Classic last Saturday (Mar. 16) in Gadsden. Gadsden City’s Ella Howard and Etowah’s Miranda Nassif shared the top local individual low finishes with respective 86 scores. Glencoe’s Lauren Cole (pictured above) shot an 87. Westbrook Christian finished as the top local
Read More

10-cent gas tax increase signed into law

March 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, March 12, Governor Kay Ivey signed the proposed 10-cent gas tax raise into law after the bill passed in the state House and Senate. The current tax is 18 cents a gallon for gasoline and 19 cents a gallon for diesel. This bill will incrementally increase the tax over
Read More

Renovated Moragne Park set to open

March 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The City of Gadsden will officially reopen Moragne Park on March 16. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. City officials broke ground on the year-long renovation project in May of 2018. Boatner Construction Company, Inc., of Rainbow City was contracted to do the park’s renovation at a
Read More

People of Etowah: Shirley du Pont

March 15, 2019 chris
Name: Shirley du Pont Where were you born and raised? “I grew up in Etowah County.”  What is your occupation? “I am working at being retired. I spent 30 years with the telephone company. I retired and worked another eight years as a contract employee.” What made you decide to work in your field? “When
Read More

The Vagabond: What happened to the Etowah Rifles?

March 15, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Many boys and older men who did not participate in the Civil War stayed behind and formed Home Guards. Those units did their best to defend their homes and towns. After the war ended, there was no official militia in this area but veterans of the war met periodically in associations. Individual
Read More

Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

March 15, 2019 chris
El Grando, Barbecue Pork Chops and Banana Cobbler Words always seem to fail me when I try to describe the fun that Mary and I always have when we are at Cottontail’s Village in Birmingham. After being with the vendors for three days, they instantly become family. As we were talking to a group of
Read More

Inspiration from God’s Word - Like the children of Israel, God calls us to finish well

March 15, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the closing chapters of the Book of Joshua, we see that the children of Israel, as a nation, are resting from war and enjoying the riches God had given them in the Promised Land. But when we move to the next book, in Judges, we see the nation of Israel suffering
Read More

Pondering life with Pious Bob - Determining how we are raised

March 15, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do
Read More