Sardis rallies past Hokes Bluff in county tournament semifinals

January 17, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Caleb McGinnis (left) attempts a jump shot as Sardis’ Jacob Hopper defends during the Lions’ 45-32 win in the Etowah County Schools Tournament semifinals last Thursday (Jan. 16) at Southside. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) ardis rallied from a three-point halftime deficit to post a 45-32 win over Hokes Bluff in the Etowah
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Williams’ big game helps Southside move to county tournament finals

January 17, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside’s Ziniah Hardy (13) drives to the basket as Hokes Bluff’s Jayden Presley (33) and Madi Wolfe defend during the Lady Panthers’ 43-39 victory in the Etowah County Schools Girls basketball tournament semifinals last Thursday (Jan. 16) at Southside. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  Maci Williams finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12
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Southside’s Brown leads off all-county volleyball

January 17, 2020 chris
Southside High senior Bliss Brown was recognized as the MVP of the 2019 All-Etowah County Schools volleyball team during the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament last Wednesday (Jan. 15) at Southside High School. Brown (pictured above) finished the year with 1,266 assists, 115 kills, 114 digs, 49 aces and five blocks while helping Southside post
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Commission chairman Washington shares vision for local community

January 17, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Chairman Washington smiles for the camera after discussing his hopes and goals for Etowah County. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On Jan. 7, the Etowah County Commission appointed District 5 Commissioner Jeffrey Washington commission chairman. As the gavel was passed to Washington, a new opportunity arose for the 2020 chairman to better
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Gadsden’s Spencer Williams appointed to new Alabama Power position

January 17, 2020 chris
Alabama Power recently named Gadsden native and Rainbow City resident Spencer Williams as the company’s Community Relations Manager. Williams will be responsible for external affairs and community development over Gadsden and Etowah County, effective immediately. Williams, who was born and raised in Gadsden and returned to the area in 2004, has deep roots in the
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McGuffey Healthcare honors retiring nurse

January 17, 2020 chris
By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer McGuffey Healthcare & Rehab First honored its longest-serving employee Jan. 10, dedicating a reception to a woman whose compassion and devotion affected countless lives for 54 years. After more than five decades of service, Jewell Dean Garrett entered retirement with recognition and the assurance that as she cared for people,
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Lookout Mountain Goat Ranch Originals debuts in downtown Attalla

January 17, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Attalla mayor Larry Means (center, holding scissors), Attalla city officials and local business owners join Lookout Mountain Goat Ranch Originals owner Kelly Farley (red jacket) with her goat, Yoga, in support of the art studio and boutique’s grand opening. Photo courtesy of Attalla Information and Development Center Director Debby Carden. By Katie Bohannon,
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 2 review

January 16, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 2 Review Nate Oats earned the first marquee win during his tenure at Alabama as his team handed Auburn its first loss of the season on Jan. 15. The Crimson Tide pulled away for an 83-64 victory over the Tigers, who were 15-0 entering the matchup. Kira Lewis scored
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Panthers power past West End in county tournament semifinals

January 16, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside’s Chris Lengyel (left) drives the lane as West End’s Jeremiah Roberson defends during the Panthers’ 71-34 victory over West End in the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament semifinals on Jan. 15 at Southside. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When Southside’s sharpshooters are on target, the Panthers are tough to beat, particularly
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Lady Yellow Jackets set to defend county title

January 16, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Viice goes in for a layup during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 67-27 victory over West End in the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament semifinals last Wednesday (Jan. 15) at Southside. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe breezed into the girls finals of the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament, posting
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Southside volleyball standout signs with Gadsden State

January 16, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High School senior Bliss Brown signed a volleyball scholarship with Gadsden State on Jan 8. Pictured, sitting, from left: Bliss’ mom Claudette, Bliss, Bliss’ dad Veryl, Gadsden State volleyball coach Connie Clark. Standing, from left: SHS principal Julie Tucker, SHS assistant volleyball coach Michael Jaggers, SHS head volleyball coach Courtney Brothers, SHS athletic
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All-Etowah County Schools cross country teams announced

January 15, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells The 2019 All-Etowah County Schools cross country team was announced at the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Southside High School. Selected to the girls’ team were Camryn Davis (pictured above), Lanora Hill, Alexis Valentine, Zoie Menk, Peyton Abernathy and Anna Parker from Southside; Katie
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Hokes Bluff advances to county semifinals

January 15, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of Alex Chaney Hokes Bluff defeated Gaston, 55-47, in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools boys basketball tournament last Tuesday (Jan. 14) at Southside. Jordan Presley led the Eagles with 23 points, followed by Ashton Gulledge with 12. Will Bagley scored 19 points for the Bulldogs, while Nick Lewis (pictured above)
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Lady Eagles fly past Gaston in county tournament

January 15, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Jayden Presley (33) drives past Gaston’s Alexis Underwood during the Lady Eagles’ 59-29 win in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament last Tuesday (Jan. 14) at Southside. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) Four Hokes Bluff players scored in double figures in the Lady Eagles’ 59-29 win over Gaston
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West End edges Glencoe in county opening round

January 15, 2020 chris
Photo by Alex Chaney West End edged Glencoe, 56-55, in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools Tournament in boys basketball on Monday, Jan. 13, at Southside. Jeremiah Roberson (pictured above) led the Patriots with 16 points, followed by Gavin Knue with 12 points, Eli Pearce with nine and Isaiah Roberson with eight. Daniel
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Parker's free throw sends West End past Sardis

January 15, 2020 chris
Photo by Alex Chaney Madison Parker’s free throw after the end of regulation gave West End a 45-44 victory over Sardis in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools Tournament in girls basketball on Monday, Jan. 13, at Southside. Parker (Pictured above) led the Lady Patriots with 17 points, while Kayley Dobbins added 14.
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Westbrook withstands Coosa rally attempt

January 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Grayson Wright (23) looks to move past Coosa Christian’s Eli Cameron during the Warriors’ 60-39 victory in boys basketball last Monday (Jan. 13) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian boys basketball team learned the risk of shifting into cruise control earlier this week. Leading Coosa Christian
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Coosa girls conqueror Westbrook

January 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s McKayla Bean (32) droves to the basket as Coosa Christian’s Kailah East. (34) defends during Coosa’s 71-40 victory in girls basketball on Monday, Jan. 13, in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publsiher/Editor Senior center India Brown finished with a triple doubled to help Coosa Christian post a 71-40 victory over
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Gadsden State faculty, staff and supporters gather for Allen Hall ribbon cutting

January 10, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Gadsden State Community College faculty, staff and supporters celebrate Allen Hall’s completed renovations with a ribbon cutting to commemorate the event on Jan. 7. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer   The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County hosted a ribbon cutting for Gadsden State Community College’s Allen Hall on the Wallace Drive
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Gadsden Regional welcomes first baby born in Etowah County in New Year

January 10, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, the first baby born in Etowah County, Kiyane, sleeps in the arms of her mother, Tiyane, while members of her delivery team, Dr. Lindsay Frederick of Women’s Health Partners (right) and labor and delivery nurse Sonia Ashley (left) celebrate the baby’s arrival with New Year’s gifts and a door hanger to commemorate
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Local veterans honor retiring VA counselor

January 10, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, VA social worker Tom Johnson receives a plaque from the Monday Group commemorating his time working with  veterans.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer In the Gadsden Veterans Affairs Clinic located at 206 Rescia Ave, a sign reads “where courage meets compassion.” For those who served the United States military, one man met
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Tigers for Tomorrow encourages recycling with volunteer community event

January 10, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, a bear on Tigers for Tomorrow’s preserve takes a bite out of one of the unicorns made from recycled wrapping and tissue paper while visitors watch. Photo courtesy of Tigers for Tomorrow.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On Jan. 4, Tigers for Tomorrow welcomed visitors of all ages for “Claws, Paws and Unicorns,”
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Meads, Delp, Pearce, Gulledge garner top honors for All-Messenger football

January 10, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor For the fourth straight year, the bell cow of the Hokes Bluff offense led the Eagles to fertile pastures. Senior halfback Darrian Meads, who in 11 games this past season rushed for 1540 yards and 17 touchdowns, is the 2019 All-Messenger football team’s Player of the Year. It was the fourth season
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Davis lights up Southside in Blue Devils’ area victory

January 8, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Jordan Grantland (3) drives to the basket as Etowah High’s Ollie Finch defends during the Blue Devils’ 73-49 victory in boys basketball last Tuesday (Jan. 7). (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor There is now officially a logjam in Class 5A, Area 12 boys basketball. Sparked by a standout effort from
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Lady Panthers rally past Etowah for area win

January 8, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Savannah Nunn (2) drives to the basket as Etowah’s Amayah Ash (11) and Abbi Martin (10) defends during the Lady Panthers’ 51-43 win in girls basketball on Jan. 7 at SHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Just prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, Southside High girls basketball coach
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Glencoe’s Morgan reaches career milestone

January 6, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High girls basketball coach Jamie Barkley (left) presents senior forward Ashley Morgan with the game ball after Morgan scored her 1,000th career point in the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 59-46 win over Hanceville on Jan. 3. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  Glencoe High’s Ashley Morgan recently joined an elite club in high school basketball. Prior
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St. James Catholic School presents Christmas program at Wallace Hall

January 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, from left on the first row: Romy Torres, Anahi Saturno and Makayla Woods; pictured from on the second row: Grace Tolbert, Gwen Rikansrud, Martha Jimenez, Erick Gaytan, Jesse Domingo and Jaliyah Hawkins; pictured sitting from left on the stage floor: Sydney Morgan, Eli Morgan and Teyah Yates. St. James Catholic School presented
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Episcopal Day School students perform concert for Gadsden Music Club

January 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above,  Episcopal Day School students perform for the Gadsden Music Club as director Sharon Reynolds conducts the performance. The Gadsden Music Club met on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Music Center at Temple Beth Israel in Gadsden. The meeting is the first since the club’s 104th anniversary. President Carol Larkin presided the event,
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Etowah County Animal Shelter promotes New Year adoptions

January 2, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, dogs Scooby, Jake, Bama, Pumpkin and Champ are available for adoption.  While the holidays are often a time where pets are welcomed into new homes, following Christmas and Valentine’s Day, the majority of shelters are full. For those seeking to add a new addition to their families for the upcoming decade, the
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In & around SEC football - bowl previews III

December 31, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Tuesday, Dec. 31 Belk Bowl Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky (+2.5). The Wildcats fo-llowed up last year’s 10-win season with a 7sevenwin campaign in 2019, doing so with a wide receiver playing quarterback. Lynn Bowden, Jr., took over after injuries to two different quarterbacks, and Kentucky essentially changed its offense midway through
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