Construction underway at mega sports complex

May 29, 2020 chris
Photo: Workers from Milam Construction lay the foundations for concession stands and bathrooms at the site of the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex in Rainbow City. Photo courtesy of Milam Construction. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor and Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer/Photographer After five years and several starts and stops, the state-of-the-art Etowah County Mega Sports Complex
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Locals honor fallen soldiers

May 29, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Petty Officer Edward Moon (left) and Sgt. Frank Godfrey stand at attention as Gadsden City High School band director Steve Reagan plays “Taps” after placing a wreath on a war marker at Ola Lee Mize Patriots Park on Monday, May 25. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer For the past 20 years or
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Koch Foods planting feed mill in Attalla

May 29, 2020 chris
Pictured above, construction is well underway on the Koch Foods’ new feed mill and distribution facility off Burgess Road in Attalla. The construction is part of an $80 million dollar expansion of the company’s Etowah County facility. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Katie Bohannon/Staff Writer A $200,000 grant awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey will help supply infrastructure
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part V

May 29, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Mornings are not the best time of my day. I usually wake up with a sadness in my soul, and it takes me a while to remember where the negative feelings are coming from. My first thought each morning concerns my mother’s situation and that fact that I have been unable visit
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The Vagabond - Etowah Rifles and the July 4th fire of 1883

May 29, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond often is asked about the big fire Gadsden experienced on July 4, 1883. This question always leads to a discussion of the many curious things seen on that memorable day. Gadsden had advertised a great holiday celebration and offered numerous attractions, which drew a very large crowd. Col. W.H. Denson
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part IV

May 29, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston My mission of journaling has given me the time needed to de-clutter my home. There have always been so many reasons to put it off until tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. So staying at home has given me the advantage of tackling this project, which is comparable to a weed growing in my
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The Vagabond - The old Rossiere Garden/Skyline Club in Rainbow City

May 29, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Gadsden attorney Gregory Cusimano recently posted a photo on the “Welcome to Gadsden & Etowah County” Facebook page. The photo included many people from the mid-1930s in front of a building called the Rossiere Garden, or an Italian beer club. It was built on Rainbow Drive near Highway 77 by Cusimano’s uncle
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Lemon Cream Tarts and Georgia Cornbread

May 29, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Serve up a slice of sunshine in the form of a creamy, dreamy lemon tart. This heavenly confection puts you in a Southern state of mind. Lemon Cream Tarts 2 cups sugar ½ cup cornstarch Dash of salt 2 cups cold water 8 egg yolks, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons lemon zest 2/3
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A bridge too far and the directionally challenged

May 29, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott My darling, sweet and encouraging husband, whom I will call Alan, recently asked me one too many times if I felt froggy. After 33 years of marital bliss, one would think I would know better, but you do not know me. I wish that I could only overlook my hunger for challenges.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Listen, look and wake up

May 29, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Recently while reading in Isaiah 51 and 52, the words “listen, “look” and “wake up” kept popping up. I’ve learned over time when I continue to see the same word or phrase repeatedly in a section of Scripture that it is wise to pay closer attention. The words are there over and
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God’s Word revealed for us - Jesus Christ’s Church Develops

May 29, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Jesus personally and lovingly built and developed His Church, the New and Everlasting Covenant. For three years, He instructed and clarified “The Way” of saving humans after the disaster of Adam and Eve’s sin. The Old Testament chronicles in detail how the proto- Church was to be built and provides testimony quoted
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Do as He says and as He does

May 29, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Pentecost Sunday is coming!

May 29, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Over the last six to eight weeks, I have encouraged many people to join the Unite714 prayer movement that began the first week of the coronavirus pandemic. If you have not joined, it is definitely not too late! Simply visit www.unite714.com. Unite714 began one afternoon with 25 ministry leaders on a conference
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God’s Word revealed for us - I have set thee a Watchman

May 29, 2020 chris
By John Larkins About 570 B.C., many key Jews had been exiled to Babylon, including Ezekiel. God had been forced to punish the Israelites for their stubborn sinfulness and general refusal to obey Him. God decided to try something new, especially outside of Jerusalem. He announced to Ezekiel that He would make this priest a
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Eye Redefined

May 29, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:1-6,
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Westbrook ace named to North all-star baseball roster

May 28, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo By Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Add yet another bullet point to Samuel Dutton’s baseball resume. The Westbrook Christian rising senior recently was named to the 2020 AHSAA North-South All-Star Baseball roster. The all-star game, which normally is held each year in mid-July at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium, was recently cancelled due to
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Gadsden City player, coach named to North all-star soccer team

May 28, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of GCHS By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High School is well represented on the AHSAA North-South All-Star boys soccer team. Rising senior and midfielder Jesse Kantzler (pictured, lower right) was one of 17 players selected to the North roster, while GCHS head coach Samantha Coker (pictured at right) was named a North boys
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AHSAA to allow team workouts starting June 1

May 28, 2020 chris
In accordance with a recent directive from Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, Alabama High School Athletic Association member schools may reopen June 1. The AHSAA and its Central Board of Control, along with the Alabama State Department of Education, have updated the guidelines regarding summer activities. “The biggest change is our
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Casting on the Coosa: Handy Hank and nut jobs in the rain

May 28, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff correspondent It was an interesting week and weekend on the water with Memorial Day and the rain that followed. Memorial Day weekend saw the entire lake full of boats and jet skis. The lake did not have much room on it after lunch each day. Plenty of people were out pleasure boating,
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The hunting chronicles: a revelation on the outskirts of Loachapoka

May 28, 2020 chris
By Bobby Dale Welch/Staff correspondent I’ve had a lot of fun writing these stories. That’s what it’s all about – enjoying God’s grand creation! Putting these stories together has caused me to reflect on many good times. I used to work with a man who told me, “I don’t remember the good ole days being
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Legals for 5/29/2020 - 6/04/2020

May 28, 2020 chris
________________ MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE Whereas, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Jason Don Morgan and wife, Carolina Morgan, to Family Savings Federal Credit Union on the December 12, 2014, said mortgage being recorded at Instrument #3411529, Mortgage Records, Office of the Judge of Probate
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Granny Mac's Brown Sugar Bar, Granny Mac's Date Loaf, Grandmother Icy's Egg Custard Pie and Grandmother Icy's Chipped Beef with Gravy

May 22, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell You’re more than a wonderful Grandma. You’re a woman I admire and a friend I can count on. Your love and inspiration are gifts in my life, And I am thankful for you. Happy Mother’s Day, Matthew Langley When I visited my Grandmother Icy on the weekends, the house already smelled like
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Ashville runners get great mileage from fundraiser

May 22, 2020 chris
Photos: Pictured above, members of the Ashville High School cross country and outdoor track teams gather for a photo last Monday (May 18) at the Ashville Piggly-Wiggly after shopping with the proceeds from their Miles for Meals Run-A-Thon. Pictured, from left: Kayla Simpson, Meghan McCarthy, Grace Staples, Callie Stewart, Emma Drinkard, Walker Griffith, Joe Stevens,
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Sardis grads enjoy parade

May 22, 2020 chris
Photo: Sardis High senior Sadie Ross (right) receives her valedictorian medal from principal Wendy Gibbs during a parade at the school’s campus on May 13. Photo courtesy of Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mtn. Reporter. By Shannon J. Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter What’s believed to be the largest senior class in Sardis High School history at 139 members
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Fallen Etowah County law enforcement officers honored

May 22, 2020 chris
With Memorial Day approaching, several local law enforcement officers, officials and supporters laid fresh wreaths down on at the Etowah County Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the Etowah County Courthouse on May 15 to honor local officers who fell in the line of duty. The names of fallen officers from Etowah County inscribed
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Ashville graduate heading to Yale

May 22, 2020 chris
Ashville High School senior Cesar Segura of Steele recently earned a four-year full academic scholarship to Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Cesar (pictured above) graduated AHS with a 4.396 grade point average and has been ranked No. 1 on the school’s Super Seven for highest GPA for his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
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Shea Monroe looking to bridge the gaps at Ashville

May 21, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although a degree in industrial engineering is not listed on his resume, Shea Monroe’s bridge-building skills will soon be put to the test. Monroe (pictured above), who was hired as Ashville High School head football coach and athletic director during the May 19 meeting of the St. Clair County School Board, realizes
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Westbrook player, Glencoe coach named to North all-star golf rosters

May 21, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A local high school golf player and coach received a bit of bad news and good news earlier this week. Following the announcement that the AHSAA North/South All-Star Sports Week would be cancelled, Westbrook Christian rising senior Jackson Bowman was named to the North boys golf team roster and Glencoe High girls
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Locals make all-state girls soccer teams

May 21, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor One local girls high school soccer player made the first team and three others were named to the second team of the Alabama Soccer Coaches Association’s 2020 all-state girls soccer team. For the Lady Panthers, Makayla Moore (pictured above) was selected to the Class 4A/5A first team. She finished the abbreviated 2020
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Casting on the Coosa...with Marty Dixon

May 21, 2020 chris
A close call, flipping the grass and gone in 30 seconds It was an eventful week of fishing over the past seven days. Weather changes and boaters were major factors. We had two larger tournaments this past weekend, so it was take-a-number-and-wait-to-fish in most places during the day. Adding to that the Coosa River was
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