Locally started hiking challenge inspires others

December 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor In 2016, Tami Brooks decided she wanted to hike the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In order to accomplish this, she knew she would need to train, so she started a challenge for herself – she would do 52 hikes in 52 weeks, one a week for a year. Brooks had
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Gadsden Fire Department now accepting donations for Toys From Santa program

December 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The City of Gadsden Fire Department is currently accepting donations for its annual Toys From Santa program. Toys From Santa aims to provide toys for all disadvantaged children in Etowah County for Christmas. “We don’t want to see any child go without,” said Gadsden Fire Department Chief Steve Carroll. The
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GCHS student receives class credit to work

December 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor Gadsden City High School senior Haley James practically grew up at Gadsden Lighting Showroom. “It’s a family business,” said James. “I’ve really been raised there since I was a little girl.” During her junior year of high school, James joined GCHS’s work co-op program. “I have a first and second
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Local Toys for Tots program finds new home

November 27, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Toys for Tots program in Etowah County was nearly canceled this year, but thanks to a local church and some new volunteers the program is now aiming to help even more children this year. “They were not going to do Toys for Tots this year,” said Ruth Moffet. “They
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Reindeer Run to benefit Humane Society

November 27, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will hold its 9th Annual Reindeer Run on December 14. The 5K will begin in front of Blackstone Pub and Eatery located at 525 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the race will start at 8:30 a.m.
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Annual CommUnity Thanksgiving offers free holiday meal to locals

November 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor For the 21st year, CommUnity Thanksgiving will offer a free holiday meal to anyone on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 at The Venue at Coosa Landing in Gadsden. The Thanksgiving feast starts at 10 a.m. and will be open until 2 p.m. The event has a pick-up option and deliveries
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Hardin Center offers holiday exhibits

November 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts has been hosting the annual Festival of Trees for 29 years. “The Festival of Trees was an exhibit idea when the center opened 29 years ago to involve the local schools and engage them for field trips,” said Hardin Center Executive Director
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Young heart attack survivor inspired to advocate for heart health, research

November 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Traci Gunter was only 23 when her life changed forever. On Wednesday, April 24, Gunter was driving through traffic, headed to work. While stopped at a red light, she started to sweat profusely. “I was thinking, ‘What in the world?’” said Gunter. “It was just so hot. So, I pulled my
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RAM invites churches to volunteer meeting

November 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Earlier this year, Remote Area Medical (RAM), a nonprofit organization from Knoxville, Tenn., announced that it would be coming to Gadsden next year to provide a free health clinic to locals on March 27-29, 2020, at Gadsden City High School. The clinic will offer free, high-quality dental, vision and general medical
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St. James School honors veterans

November 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, November 11, St. James Catholic School held a program honoring veterans in honor of Veterans Day. After Principal Michele Adams welcomed everyone and Deacon Fred Williams gave the Benediction, students presented the cross and American flag. Eighth grader Jesse Domingo presented the cross and seventh grader Will Morgan presented
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Patriots Association to induct locals into Hall of Fame

October 25, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association will hold its 45th Annual Patriots Day Luncheon and Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, November 6 at 11 a.m. at The Venue at Coosa Landing. The guest speaker this year is retired Master Sergeant Howard “Max” Mullen, Jr. Mullen served as a U.S. Army
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JSU looks to start Athletic Training Masters Program

October 25, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent After 14 years of athletic training at Southside High School, Chris Clark recently became a full-time professor of Kinesiology at Jacksonville State University in July of 2019. Clark is just in time to witness JSU joining ranks with the likes of Sanford, Troy and West Alabama universities when it completes
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Attalla honors local for saving baby with CPR

October 11, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the Attalla City Council meeting on Monday, October 7, Attalla Mayor Larry Means presented Jack’s employee Cory Gilliam with a proclamation. Gilliam was working at Jack’s when Jessica Battles ran into the restaurant with her baby, E.J. Kilgro. Only a month old, baby E.J.’s skin had turned blue and
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Breast cancer survivor shares story

October 11, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Michelle Gattis was just 47 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. After a routine mammogram, Gattis was diagnosed on June 25, 2012. With Stage 1 Breast Cancer there are multiple treatment options, such as a lumpectomy, a single mastectomy, double (bilateral) mastectomy, hormone therapy, radiation therapy
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GMA celebrates Bicentennial exhibit’s arrival

September 27, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor During downtown Gadsden’s First Friday event on October 4, the Gadsden Museum of Art will be the happening place to be. The museum is welcoming the Alabama Bicentennial traveling exhibit titled “Making Alabama.” The exhibit was created through a partnership with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Alabama State Bicentennial Commission
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The Factory to host Flip and Flutter event

September 27, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On September 29, The Factory will hold Flip and Flutter from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will benefit children and families affected by childhood cancer. All of the funds raised will go to Smile-A-Mile, a non-profit that helps children with childhood cancer in Alabama by holding camps for affected
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U.S. Hwy. 411 Yard Sale to be held next week

September 27, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor In 2002, Colonel Parker Ray Tinsley, inspired by the success of World’s Longest Yard Sale and the U.S. 11 Antique Alley Sale, started the U.S. 411 Yard Sale, in part to bring people to the area. “We want to bring folks in to see our beautiful lakes, rivers, parks, mountains
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Contractors meet to discuss sports complex

September 20, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, September 16, about a dozen contractors and subcontractors met at the Etowah-Gadsden Chamber of Commerce for a pre-bid conference for the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex. The meeting was mandatory for contractors, landscapers and irrigation and turf specialists who plan to enter a bid for the construction of
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Local volunteer wins national AARP award

September 20, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent A local woman received a surprise reception and volunteer award on Friday, Sept. 13. Jessica Brown was chosen as a winner in AARP’s national Show Your Love volunteer contest and soon will embark on a week-long cruise as part of her award. The contest aims to inspire volunteers to go
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Ride for Rozlyn to be held

September 20, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor Rozlyn Greene, a Glencoe fourth-grader, passed away on Thursday, September 12 after battling leukemia. Greene returned home on August 9 after receiving several rounds of chemotherapy and was welcomed back by the Glencoe community. But although Greene has passed on, the community is not ready to stop rallying around her.
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Gadsden Beautification Board holds 9-11 memorial

September 13, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, September 11, the City of Gadsden Beautification Board held its annual 9-11 Memorial at Patriots Park, located at the corner of Broad and Fourth streets in downtown Gadsden. Gadsden Beautification Board Chairperson Pat Sherman welcomed everyone to the event. Gadsden City District 1 Councilwoman Dr. Cynthia Toles gave
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Lutzenkirchen speaks to local students about drinking dangers

September 13, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, September 11, Mike Lutzenkirchen of the Lutzie 43 Foundation spoke to the students of Gadsden City High School. Mike is the father of Philip Lutzenkirchen, an Auburn football player that was part of the 2010 National Championship winning season. Philip had a brief stint in the NFL with
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Proposed budget causes tension at city council meeting

September 13, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Tuesday, September 10, the Gadsden City Council introduced its proposed 2020 city budget. The proposed budget includes an increase for the city’s fire and police department’s pay. The city is currently 16 staff members down in the police department, and the city’s finance director Lisa Rosser said that she
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Honda celebrates local economic impact

September 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Wednesday, September 4, Honda Manufacturing held a luncheon at The Venue in Gadsden to celebrate its economic impact in Alabama and its five supporting counties in the region, including Etowah County. According to an economic impact study conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University
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Local students kick off Super Citizen Program with Lady Liberty

September 6, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor On Friday, August 30, more than 1,075 fifth grade students in Etowah County and Attalla school systems kicked off the Super Citizen Program. On Tuesday, September 3 about 550 second grade students in the Gadsden City School system followed suit. Students participating in the event waved flags and wore paper
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People of Etowah - Victoria Paige Sims

September 6, 2019 chris
Name: Victoria Paige Sims Where were you born and raised? “26 years in Fort Payne.” What is your occupation? “Car sales.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I love the customer service end of working with the public. Its not about the vehicle, it’s all about the customer! I jumped into this
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Carver Square to host Tailgate Throw-Down

September 3, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, September 7, the Carver Community Revitalization Committee will host a Tailgate Throw-Down at Carver Square, located at 1030 Tuscaloosa Avenue, from 5 to 9 p.m. Every first Saturday of the month, the Carver Community Revitalization Committee plans an event for its community. “This group, the Carver Community Revitalization Committee,
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Theatre of Gadsden to perform The Miracle Worker

September 3, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Theatre of Gadsden will host performances of “The Miracle Worker” on the weekends of September 13-15 and September 20-22. The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The production tells the true story of Annie Sullivan and her student Helen
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People of Etowah - Teia Blevins

September 3, 2019 chris
Name: Teia Blevins Where were you born and raised? “Fort Payne.” What is your occupation? “Car sales.” What made you decide to work in your field? “My entire career life has been in sales. I enjoy learning about and being around cars, so selling them just makes perfect sense.” Tell us about your family and
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City of Gadsden celebrates improvements

August 16, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, August 13, the City of Gadsden celebrated two new improvements in the city. At 9 a.m., city officials hosted a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Alabama City Center. The project was the second phase of renovations for the former General Forrest Middle School. The first renovation
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