Gadsden City School System looks forward to 2019

February 22, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Gadsden City schools are excited for 2019 and superintendent Tony Reddick said there is a lot to look forward to. “There is always something exciting going on,” said Reddick. Reddick, who was elected as the Gadsden City School Superintendent on June 12, 2018, outlined a broad plan for 2019 and
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YMCA looking to increase programs targeted at medical conditions

February 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor While attending Alabama Power’s Elevate marketing conference, YMCA of the Coosa Valley Executive Director LeRoy Falcon was confronted with the question of “Who are you serving?” When asked to identify the trends the YMCA’s operation was seeing in attendance, Falcon noted that the majority of YMCA members were seniors. “For
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Host of new businesses open doors in Gadsden area

February 22, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent In 2018, the City of Gadsden welcomed several new businesses. One of the largest names that came to the city were LongHorn Steakhouse. Rock -N-Roll Sushi, Calcean Minerals and Materials LLC, and several other businesses opened their doors this past year as well. LongHorn Steakhouse opened on October 2 off
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City of Attalla sees improvement and business growth in 2018

February 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor There is a lot happening in Attalla! The City of Attalla is proud of the new business ventures, projects and events underway. The city reports several new businesses in the area. Bankston Motor Homes is currently building its new facility behind the Attalla Walmart. “They are one of the largest
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Beautiful Rainbow showcased in documentary

February 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor “I was at a restaurant one evening,” said Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick. “While there, someone approached me and said ‘Hey, you know we’ve got some of your Beautiful Rainbow students working here at the restaurant.’” Reddick sat and spoke with the chef about the difference the students make
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Quality of Life Health Services hosts Hearts In Motion event

February 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, February 20, Quality of Life Health Services (QOLHS) held its 7th annual Hearts In Motion event. The event started as a way to promote heart health in February because it is Heart Health Awareness Month. Hearts In Motion attendees were invited to participate in one of two exercises
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Chicken Fruit Salad, Beef Chow Mein and Sour Cream Apple Pie

February 22, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell When I mentioned to family and friends that I was working my way through hundreds of recipes for my cookbook and what fun I was having, someone would proudly chime in with a comment about their momma’s or aunt’s famous recipes. Some of my recipes may seem dated by today’s measure. A
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The Vagabond - Mysterious tri-county killings in 1959

February 22, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover In June of 1959, two human torsos were discovered a few hours apart in Etowah and St. Clair counties and body parts were found scattered in Calhoun County. All of Northeast Alabama cringed in fear. Two men were horribly murdered by shotgun blasts and dismembered by an axe, causing an uproar among
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Three reflections to ponder

February 22, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In Acts Chapter 4, we once again see a crowd of people gathering around Peter and John, as they talk about this man named Jesus who walked among them for 33 years, was crucified by the people but resurrected from the dead by God, His Father. Since His resurrection, the disciples, along
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - God Wears Well

February 22, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a garment. You change them like clothing, and they pass away…” (Psalm 102 NRSV). As I prepare to write this devotional
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Two great men, cute pigs and somersaults...

February 22, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Sadly, we lost two great men this week – Dewayne Long and Ned Jordan. One supplied me with one of my favorite stories, the other took me to pet my favorite animal. Dewayne was a volunteer at George Wallace Senior Center for many years. He even took us to the movies once.
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 8 previews

February 22, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 7 Review The Tigers earned a pair of much-needed victories over the past week, including a 79-56 rout of Arkansas at Auburn Arena. AU also defeated Vanderbilt on the road for the first time in nearly 20 years, though the Commodores are winless in the SEC this season. The
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Etowah comes up short in regional championship game

February 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Emil Smith (10) muscles in between Center Point’s Correy Westone (left) and LeBois Deru during the Blue Devils 69-49 loss in the Northeast Regional Tournament Class 5A championship game on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent The Etowah High School boys basketball team Blue Devils
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Lady Yellow Jackets fall short in regional finals

February 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole (15) attempts a jump shot as Pisgah’s Kaylee Vaught (2) defends and Molly Heard (23) looks on during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 67-53 loss in the Northeast Regional Basketball Tournament Class 3A girls championship game on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent For the
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Southside’s Dease wins second straight state wrestling title

February 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Jacob Dease (pictured at top) won a second straight state wrestling championship at the Class 1A/5A state tournament on Feb. 15 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Dease defeated Moody’s Will Jeffcoat (pictured below) by major decision, 13-3. (Submitted photo) By Cole Frederick Sports Correspondent Southside sophomore Jacob Dease capped off
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Westbrook’s Grimes signs with Sewanee

February 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Hunter Grimes signed a football scholarship with the University of the South on Feb. 13. Pictured, sitting, from left: Hunter’s grandfather Dr. Larry Grimes, Hunter, Hunter’s grandmother Katie Grimes. Standing, from left: Hunter’s mom Jamie, Hunter’s dad Dee. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hunter Grimes is headed to the Cumberland Plateau
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Legals for the week of 2/22 to 2/28

February 21, 2019 chris
MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE   Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by mortgage executed by Tyler Eric Tucker and wife, Amanda Marie Tucker to Donald Dewayne Dyke dated February 16, 2018 and filed for record in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Etowah County, Alabama, in Instrument Number 3463090;
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Lady Yellow Jackets breeze past Weaver in regional semifinals

February 20, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Ashley Morgan (11) attempts a shot as Weaver’s Trinity Pulliam (13) and Maleah Foster (11) defend during The Lady Yellow Jackets’ 67-39 win in the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals last Monday (Feb. 18) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Glencoe High girls basketball team had no intentions
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Blue Devils back in regional finals

February 20, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Jamin Graham (left) goes in for a layup as Arab’s Wesley Tyler defends during the Blue Devils’ 64-44 victory in the Class 5A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals on Monday (Feb. 18) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High basketball team can now attend to some unfinished postseason business.
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Scottsboro too much for Lady Panthers in regional semifinals

February 20, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Maci Williams (center) attempts a shot as Scottsboro’s Abby Jones (32) and Emily Garner (40) defend during the Lady Panthers’ 62-47 loss in the Class 5A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals last Monday (Feb. 16) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls basketball team fulfilled a goal last
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YMCA to host Sweetheart Dance

February 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Sunday, February 24, the YMCA of Coosa Valley will continue a family tradition with its Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance. The event will start at 6 p.m. at The Venue at Coosa Landing. “We’re going to have a little more room to spread out this year,” said YMCA director LeRoy Falcon. “We’re excited about
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Local attorney addresses voting rights at GPL’s black history program

February 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor At Gadsden Public Library’s second weekly Black History Month program on February 11, local attorney Mary Carstarphen Kelley spoke to the crowd about the right to vote, its history in this country and the current legal issues threatening the freedom to vote in the United States. Kelley walked attendees through
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Earthquake Cake, Orange Meringue Pie and Grandma’s Chocolate Pudding

February 15, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell How we Southerners love our sweets! If someone is having a hard time, you might carry them a cake or pie that you made yourself. It seems like a “little something sweet” is what we need at difficult times. At our Wednesday night suppers at Eastside Presbyterian Church, we knew each wonderful
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People of Etowah - Cole Howard

February 15, 2019 chris
Name: Cole Howard Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Fort Payne.” What is your occupation? “I am the owner and operator of Blue Jug of Gadsden.” What made you decide to work in your field? “Upon graduating from JSU, I pondered as to what career I would apply myself
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The Vagabond: Edward (Ed) L. Gamblin, his story in World War II, Part II

February 15, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week the Vagabond wrote part one of Gadsden native, Edward (Ed) L. Gamblin leaving for Germany as an American soldier in the  317th U.S Army Infantry Regiment April 11, 1945 was the day that Ed Gamblin was injured. It is not known exactly how. It is possible he fell or jumped
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Tuning Up Our Recognition Ability

February 15, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. “ (Luke 24:13-35 NRSV). These two disciples on the road to Emmaus walked with Jesus, talked
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Are you part of a New Testament church?

February 15, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the second chapter of Acts, we discover the first definition of the early church. Not only do we read about how it was formed but we see the qualities and characteristics that defined the New Testament church. Acts gives us the foundations of the early church. Acts 2:42-47 says, “All the
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Hold on while I speak to my agent...

February 15, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Now that my mother is enjoying her life in assisted living, I have had more time on my hands.  I’m so glad that the George Wallace Senior Center is a public place, as the people there sure know how to brighten my day. This time, Pat Hill, the director of the center,
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 7 previews

February 14, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 6 Review For the first time in nearly three decades, Alabama beat Vanderbilt in Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville. Granted, the Commodores are winless in the SEC this season, but it was still a solid performance for the Crimson Tide. However, UA followed up that win with a disappointing performance
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Hokes Bluff's Hill to be preferred walk-on at JSU

February 14, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy/Publisher/Editor Braydon Hill is moving from one successful football program to another. The Hokes Bluff High senior recently signed with Jacksonville State as a preferred walk-on. “It’s something I’ve worked for since I was sophomore when I realized it was something I wanted to do,” he said. “To finally achieve that goal is
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