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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Father’s memory inspires new local restaurant

August 16, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On a return trip from Birmingham, Melanie Kilgo noticed an empty building off Hwy. 77 and Hwy. 59 next to the Petro truck stop. Already in the restaurant business as owner of Lola and Runts and Lola’s on the River, Melanie felt drawn to the site and chose the site for
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Students travel to Gadsden for mission trip

August 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, August 3, in the wee hours of the morning, 65 students and chaperones loaded a bus in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, on the outskirts of Kansas City. The students, incoming seniors from Summit Christian Academy, were headed to Gadsden to do a yearly mission with Breakaway Ministries led by Eddie
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Glencoe’s Smoke in the Park returns Saturday

August 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, August 10, the second annual Smoke in the Park Barbecue competition will be held at E.C. Wilson Park, located at 313 Nancy Carrol Avenue in Glencoe. The money raised will go to the Glencoe Fire Department’s Christmas for Kids program. The Glencoe Fire Department has been doing the Christmas
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People of Etowah - Tiffany L. Gladden

August 12, 2019 chris
Name: Tiffany L.Gladden Where were you born and raised? “I was born at Decatur General in Morgan County, Ala., but raised in Etowah County.” What is your occupation? “I am a middle school teacher at Emma Sansom. I have been teaching 18 years.” What made you decide to work in your field?  “I decided I
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GPL hosts magical Harry Potter Birthday

August 2, 2019 chris
Caption: At the Gadsden Public Library’s annual Harry Potter Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, July 31, children were able to build their own potions necklaces using water, food dye, oil and glitter. By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, July 31, people of all ages had a magical day at the Gadsden Public Library during its annual Harry
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Habitat’s Dragon Boat Festival to be held

August 2, 2019 chris
Eight years ago, Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity introduced the community to dragon boat racing with its Dragon Boat Festival. This year the festival will be held on August 17. The opening ceremony will be at 8:45 a.m. and races begin at 9 a.m. Dragon Boat racing originated in China over 2,300 years ago. A worldwide
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Boys & Girls Club hosts fundraiser

August 2, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Boys and Girls Clubs of Gadsden/Etowah County received a financial shot in the arm on July 25. The Etowah County Football Preview Show at the Mort Glosser Amphitheatre raised money for club programs. According to Boys and Girls Club Director Sonquez Williams, the money raised will be used to support
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Rainbow City builds new road, improving school traffic flow

August 2, 2019 chris
Rainbow City is pleased to announce the building of a road in its city limits to greatly enhance the flow of school traffic on Lumley Road for Rainbow Middle and John Jones Elementary Schools. The new road, which will cut through the property recently acquired by Rainbow City from the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex
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People of Etowah - Kristi Kent

August 2, 2019 chris
Name: Kristi Kent Where were you born and raised? “Gadsden. I have lived here all of my life.” What is your occupation? “Well, I just recently decided to make a career change in my life. I worked for over 20 years in Home Health and Hospice and recently decided to go into Real Estate and
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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on house 55

July 26, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Quenyana White, her sons David and Da’lon, as well as friends, family and sponsors for Habitat for Humanity broke ground on the nonprofit organization’s 55th house on Tuesday, July 23. Steve Scharfenberg, the president of Habitat for Humanity, said that ground breaking ceremonies for these homes are always celebrations. “It’s
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Travelers to journey 690 miles for sale

July 26, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent The annual World’s Longest Yardsale will start in Gadsden at Noccalula Falls Park on August 1 and end in Hudson, Michigan on August 4. The 690-mile-long bargain hunt began 32 years ago, and since the beginning of the event, travelers and hagglers have been hitting the road in search of
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People of Etowah - Deborah Steward

July 26, 2019 chris
Name: “Deborah Steward” Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Harlingen, Texas, but my family moved to Gadsden when I was still an infant.” What is your occupation? “I am a Title Insurance Agent/Closing Agent with Elite Title Services, Inc. in Rainbow City. We close real estate transactions for Etowah and surrounding
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Alabama’s tax-free weekend offers financial help

July 19, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming, Staff Correspondent Alabama’s 14th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items began at 12:01 a.m. today, July 19, and ends at midnight Sunday, July 21. This tax break gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing without the Alabama’s four percent sales tax. The following items are tax
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Dre Kirkpatrick’s foundation hosts shopping spree

July 19, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, July 17, local students got the opportunity to go back-to-school shopping with Dre Kirkpatrick, a Gadsden City High School graduate and former University of Alabama football player who is now a professional cornerback with the Cincinnati Bengals. This is the second year Kirkpatrick’s 21 Kids Foundation hosted the 2019
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City announces new automotive manufacturing facility

July 19, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor At the Gadsden City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 16, the City of Gadsden announced that Motus Integrated Technologies, an automotive interior supplier, will be locating its new facility in Gadsden. Motus will invest over $15 million dollars in the community and create over 90 new jobs in the area. “This
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Local Kiwanis Club celebrates 100 years of service

July 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Kiwanis Club celebrated its 100-year anniversary on Wednesday, July 10 at the Gadsden Museum of Art. Club members and local supporters gathered to reminisce and celebrate the club’s birthday by singing “Happy Birthday” and enjoying a meal and birthday cake. During the festivities, City of Gadsden Mayor’s Assistant Shane
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Hundreds of volunteers help make Day of Action a success

June 21, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Friday, June 14, hundreds of volunteers worked on projects throughout Etowah County as part of United Way’s 22nd Annual Day of Action. The Day of Action is a campaign where local charities and organizations sign up to get projects done and volunteers come out to work on the projects all
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Student leaders learn about law enforcement

June 21, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office hosted its 9th Annual Student Leadership Academy this past week.  Sheriff Jonathon Horton said he was excited to keep the program going, as it offers a great experience to the students who will become leaders in the future. The students participating in the program, which got
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People of Etowah - Carl Brady

June 21, 2019 chris
Name: Carl Brady Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden in 1968 at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital, and was raised on The Mountain near Noccalula Falls.” What is your occupation? “My current occupation is Workforce Program Manager for the East AlabamaWorks Regional Workforce Council. I work with local business
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Emma Sansom Middle hosts camp for ESL students

June 14, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor This year, Emma Samson Middle School started a camp for students who are English as a second language learners. Marcia Farabee, who spent time working with English language learner camps throughout Alabama, was inspired to start the camp when she returned to working at Gadsden City Schools and realized there was
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