In & around SEC football - Week 1 previews and predictions

September 25, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent The stranglehold COVID-19 placed on sports from March to July left plenty of doubt as to whether or not college football would be played at all this fall. The season was delayed, two Power 5 conferences postponed the 2020 season and nonconference games were eliminated in the Southeastern Conference. Nevertheless, it’s
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Casting on the Coosa: Captain Derick and the fluorocarbon line blues

September 25, 2020 chris
By  Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent It has been a couple of weeks since my last article, so I’ll try and catch up on everything. My fishing amount has dropped off some in the last month, but I’ll give you the best information I can. We had a high school tournament on the river last Saturday (Sept.
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Lady Panthers win eight matches

September 25, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside’s Macey Herren (3) tips the ball backs towards Gadsden City’s Tochi Osuji during the Lady Panthers’ match victory in high school volleyball last Monday (Sept. 21). (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  Southside split a tri-match at Springville last Tuesday (Sept. 22). The Lady Panthers (14-11) lost to Springville, 13-25, 22-25, 15-25 before defeating Hewitt-Trussville, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9.
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Legals for 9/25/2020 - 10/01/2020

September 24, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE STATE OF ALABAMA, ETOWAH COUNTY Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Sandra G. Minton to Community Credit Union, now known as Winsouth Credit Union, on the 13th day of March, 2018, said mortgage being recorded as Instrument Number 3464578
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Blue Devils ranked in latest ASWA football poll

September 23, 2020 chris
Released September 23 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 5-0 276 2. Hoover 5-0 205 3. Auburn 5-0 181 4. Hewitt-Trussville 4-1 160 5. Central-Phenix City 3-2 137 6. Prattville 4-1 101 7. Fairhope 3-1 73 8 (tie). Daphne 3-1 53 8 (tie). Theodore 4-1 53 10. Austin 4-1 49 Others receiving votes: James
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Local gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 22, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 4. Etowah’s Trent Davis rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught three passes for 62 yards and a score in the Blue Devils’ 24-0 victory over Ashville.
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Ashville High girls win Fairview Invitational; Knight ranked first in state

September 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Ashville High’s Wyatt Knight took first place in the boys Class 1A-4A division at the Fairview Invitational 5K on Sept. 19. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Ashville High boys and girls’ cross country teams are quietly making a name for themselves this season. The girls won their third meet of the year and
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Gadsden City, Hokes Bluff, Westbrook, Etowah, West End win in high school football

September 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Connor Faulkner (10) avoids Glencoe’s Carson Naylor (right) before encountering Eli Huff (24) during the Eagles’ 42-0 victory on Sept. 18. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) The Etowah special teams blocked four Ashville punts, including on three straight Bulldog possessions, on the way to a 24-0 shutout over Class 4A, Region 6 rival
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Principals for life

September 18, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Lately, I have been reading in the Book of First Samuel. I recently read Chapter 15, which is a pivotal chapter in the story of King Saul. The Lord gave Saul another opportunity to prove himself, but he failed again and lied about it and was judged. Saul had a habit of
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God’s Word revealed for us - Would you have chosen Barabbas?

September 18, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Right after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election results were in the news, I was struck by the story of a 14-year old girl weeping that Donald Trump was elected. What issue could so frighten or anger this girl? It then it dawned on me – she is terrified that her access to
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Being a “Yes” person for Him

September 18, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not ‘Yes and No’; but in him it is always ‘Yes.’ For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’ For this reason, it is through him that we say the
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Sounding the alarm at Nana’s house

September 18, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Several years ago, we decided to check into a home alarm system. I feel safer knowing that if I’m either at home or away from home, the police will be there within minutes. We also decided to get a combination fire and carbon monoxide alarm. The other day, our alarm system became
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The Vagabond: Drilling for oil and gas in Owl’s Valley

September 18, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Back in 1868, Gadsden was excited over an effort to bore an oil well in Owl Valley, located just on the northern edge of the city. A Mr. Rogers of Pennsylvania came to the area and leased a large acreage of land entitling him to bore for oil on a royalty basis.
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Business Spotlight: At Home With Steph and Leslie, Realty Plus, Inc.

September 18, 2020 chris
Realtors Steph Brown and Leslie Hopper created At Home to better serve individuals and families in the community looking to buy or sale their homes. Give brief background information about yourself. Where were you born and raised? Steph: I was raised in Alabama and gra-duated from Arab High School.  I have been married for 25
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Etowah County Sheriff’s Office employees honored for service

September 18, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton (pictured at far left) stands with award recipients at the employee banquet on Friday, September 11. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor On the 19th anniversary of September 11, the Etowah County Sheriff’s office held a banquet for local first responders to honor their unwavering dedication and commitment to
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Local artist makes his mark on The Alley

September 18, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, artist Tanner Dixon (left) and his wife Kaitlyn collaborate on murals at The Venue. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor As the excitement of the Gadsden Mall’s latest entertainment venue brews, one local artist is doing his part to contribute to the venture’s success. Gadsden graffiti artist Tanner Dixon makes his mark on The
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Raising Awareness: The Millicans share Lydia’s story

September 18, 2020 chris
Pictured above, Joey (standing left), Ashley (standing center), Lydia (standing right) and Mollie Millican (sitting left) smile for a family photo. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor As September recognizes the families worldwide who battle childhood cancer with their children, one Etowah County family represents a victorious testimony of the importance of togetherness and the power of
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Improvisation and Adaptation 101

September 18, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This never-ending summer is rough on a hot flashy woman like me. I’ve thought about how nice it would be to vacation where ice castles are. After some research, I found that it might be something to only dream about right now. After missing our family get-together last year for Christmas due
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Sloppy Joes, Beefy Corn Chip Skillet and Apple Pecan Cobbler

September 18, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Fall is the season for comfort food, and I can hardly wait to try some new recipes. Let’s climb out of our recipe rut with a few of my favorites. Sloppy Joes 2 pounds ground chuck 1 large onion, chopped ½ cup bell pepper, chopped ½ cup brown sugar 2 cups ketchup
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Legals for 9/18/2020 - 9/24/2020

September 17, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Louie T. Rosson and wife, Glenda L. Rosson, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the November 11, 2010, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3341584, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of
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Etowah ranked in latest ASWA high school football poll

September 16, 2020 chris
Released September 16 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 4-0 269 2. Hewitt-Trussville 4-0 211 3. Hoover 4-0 184 4. Auburn 4-0 161 5. Austin 4-0 140 6. Central-Phenix City 2-2 103 7. Prattville 3-1; 65 8. Fairhope; 3-1; 43 9. Oak Mountain; 4-0; 41 10. Daphne; 3-1; 25 Others receiving votes: Theodore (3-1)
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Area gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 15, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several local football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 2. Etowah’s Trent Davis rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 39-22 Class 5A, Region 7 victory over Fultondale. Davis scored on runs of 55, 10, 4 and
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Local runners medal at Oakville 5K

September 15, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Two local runners medaled and several other posted top 25 finishes at the Chickasaw Trails Invitational 5K last Saturday (Sept. 12) at Oakville. Southside’s Camryn Davis (pictured above) was runner-up in the large school girls division out of 154 participants, clocking with a time of 21:15.64. For the Southside
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Westbrook, Etowah post impressive wins

September 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Ryan Scott (1) catches a touchdown pass in front of Southeastern’s Austin Arriaga during the Warriors’ 24-14 victory in high school football on September 11 in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Will Noles finished with 142 total yards and four touchdowns in Westbrook Christian’s 24-14 win over Class 2A, Region 6 rival Southeastern.
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Human Relations Advisory Committee formed to discuss local social issues

September 11, 2020 chris
By Katie Bohannon, News Editor Gadsden City Council members Deverick Williams and Jason Wilson joined together for a press conference on Tuesday, September 8 to discuss a committee that has been in the works for months. Williams and Wilson announced the formation of the Human Relations Advisory Committee (HRAC) to facilitate equitable opportunities in all aspects
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Business Spotlight: Tradebank

September 11, 2020 chris
Founded in 1987, Tradebank International is an international barter exchange company headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. One of the largest barter exchanges in the world, Tradebank represents thousands of business owners and professionals with regional offices across the U.S. and Canada. How did Tradebank establish in Gadsden? Tradebank was in Gadsden, but there wasn’t a local
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Project SEARCH gives opportunities to young adults throughout Etowah County

September 11, 2020 chris
Pictured above, Project SEARCH interns receive Smart Work Ethics certification. Pictured from left on back row: Andrew Davis, David Hodges, Kris McCormick. Pictured from left to right on middle row: Shelieyah Moore and Lily Ann Chesnut Front: Kristionna Hunter. Photo courtesy of Project SEARCH. By Katie Bohannon, News Editor For years, the non-profit organization Etowah County
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Pearce-less Patriots fall to Cleveland

September 11, 2020 chris
Photo: West End’s Rocko Sainsbury (left) hands off to Isaiah Roberson during the Patriots’ 44-13 loss to Cleveland on Sept. 10 in Walnut Grove. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter)  By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter West End trailed 14-7 and was driving in Cleveland territory on Thursday night when quarterback, Eli Pearce suffered a right
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Raising Awareness: Echo Byers shares daughter Reginae’s inspiring story

September 11, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Reginae (left) smiles with her sister Jaliyah (center) and her mother Echo (right). By Katie Bohannon, News Editor Reginae Marbury is a name that evokes one powerful word to mind: inspiration. As September serves as a time of reflection and raising awareness for childhood cancer, Reginae’s mother remembers a life unburdened by illness,
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Lemon Lush, Grated Apple Pie and Country Apple Dessert

September 11, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Do you want to start a conversation? Read a cook-book in public. That’s what happens to me all of the time. I always have a cookbook with me.  “What are you cooking?” the young lady who sat beside me asked as she peeped over my shoulder. “Just checking out a recipe I
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