Tigers for Tomorrow offers Valentine's Day special

February 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Tigers for Tomorrow’s Amala and Creed show that despite their young age, their love for each other is strong. Photo courtesy of Tigers for Tomorrow. Tigers for Tomorrow is setting out to help everyone enjoy Valentine’s Day as never before. In honor of St. Valentine, TFT is offering visitors a buy one, get
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Wendy Tinker right at home as Glencoe High principal

February 7, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Glencoe High School Principal Wendy Tinker stands and smiles with her students in the school’s library, where she served as librarian for several years.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer In early January, Glencoe High School welcomed Wendy Tinker as its new principal. As the school’s former librarian and assistant principal, Tinker adopts
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Local Girl Scouts support community

February 7, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, troop leader Carolyn Jester’s local Girl Scout group smiles for a photo after raising goods for a food drive to support the community. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer On Jan. 7, the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama launched their 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Season, officially beginning cookie sales for the new year. 
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Attalla welcomes Heart & Soul with ribbon cutting

February 7, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, family surrounds Heart & Soul owner Debra Draper as she holds the blue ribbon at her official opening in downtown Attalla. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County hosted a ribbon cutting for Heart & Soul at 413 4th Street Northwest in downtown Attalla on Jan 31.
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Local woman strives to keep community clean

January 31, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Lesa Osborn smiles for the camera after discussing her efforts to prevent litter in the community.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer While people often disregard a wrapper tangled in bushes or ignore an empty soda can on the roadside, one local woman refuses to look away. In an effort to eliminate the
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Chamber holds meeting and awards luncheon

January 31, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Suzanne (left) and Steve (center) Scharfenberg receive the Impact Award while The Chamber’s VP of Finance and Administration Leslie Stephens (right) smiles. Pictured left, Etowah County Chief Administrative Officer Shane Ellison delivers the keynote speech at The Chamber luncheon. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer The Chamber of Gadsden Etowah County held its
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Local DKG chapter hosts annual Mahjong tournament

January 31, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, DKG Mahjong tournament committee members smile for the camera at the Gadsden County Club. Front row seated from left to right: Chair Donna Spraggins, President Nancy Gardner and Susan Davidson. Back row standing from left to right: Jane Reynolds, Gail Spotnitz, Marian Ford, Susan Copeland, Nancy Smith, Barbara Russell and Denise Bearden.
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Etowah County Animal Shelter features pets available for adoption

January 31, 2020 chris
Steel (pictured above, right) is a three-year-old American Bulldog available for adoption. Prior to arriving at the Etowah County Animal Shelter, Steel was abandoned and left in a vacant home. The ECAS staff showered Steel with love and affection, providing him with proper shelter, food and water. After such a difficult journey, Steel is ready to
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Gadsden community celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 24, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Gadsden City School System Superintendent Tony Reddick (right) shares a joyful moment with Dr. Tara Donald Walls (left) before delivering the keynote speech as the Gadsden Inspirational Choir applauds at the 35th annual city-wide observance of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Day in Gadsden. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer The 35th annual
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Tethering ordinance underway in Gadsden

January 24, 2020 chris
Photo: Pictured above, local animal advocate Christi Brown (left) partners with Gadsden City Councilman Ben Reed (right) to develop an ordinance to ban inhumane tethering citywide.  Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer An upcoming tethering ordinance will affect Gadsden residents and pets soon, addressing an issue that has afflicted the city for years. The new tethering ordinance
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Etowah County Animal Shelter features pets available for adoption

January 24, 2020 chris
Photos courtesy of Wags to Riches Photography.  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, the Etowah County Animal Shelter is featuring pets available for adoption. Hector
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People of Etowah - Jim Smith

January 24, 2020 chris
Where were you born and raised? I was born in Albertville and raised in Gadsden, where my dad had come to work at Goodyear. What is your occupation?  I am a nutritionist and herbalist and my wife and I own Apple A Day, the local health food store in Gadsden. What made you decide to
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Op-Ed: The monopoly in our background - how Blue Cross Blue Shield is making you sicker

January 21, 2020 chris
By Craig Ford Americans don’t care for monopolies. We value competition and understand that unchecked control can quickly distort the market and the product being delivered. Look no further than what’s happening in the tech industry today. But there is another highly consolidated industry causing harm to the American people. A 2019 GAO study found
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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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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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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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Tigers for Tomorrow requests Emergency Winter Fund donations

December 31, 2019 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Kahn, a tiger at the preserve, looks off into the distance as his photo is taken. Photo courtesy of www.tigersfortomorrow.org. For over 20 years, Tigers for Tomorrow educated guests about a humane relationship with animals and the environment humans and animals share. When predatory animals are discarded, unable to work or earn
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Downtown Gadsden Inc., reflects on 2019 success

December 31, 2019 chris
Photo: Pictured above, Gadsden locals and visitors explore shops, restaurants and vendors as the sun sets on downtown Gadsden’s First Friday of the month. As a new decade begins, Downtown Gadsden, Inc. wants to take time to look back at 2019 and review all the successes downtown Gadsden achieved in 2019. New businesses, along with renovations
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The Megan Kelley Dream Center welcomes community families for Christmas Party

December 26, 2019 chris
Photo: Standing from left, Breakaway Ministries board member David Surratt, founder Eddie Nichols, board members Tommie Goggans, Jett Parker and Cheryl Cornutt welcome children and their familes to The Megan Kelley Dream Center.  By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer Breakaway Ministries hosted its second annual Inner-City Christmas Party at The Megan Kelley Dream Center, located at
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Gadsden Public Library director answers family question

December 26, 2019 chris
By Craig Scott “Dad, where do we come from?” That question was asked by my son Alexander in 2008, not long after I started my job at the Gadsden Public Library.  I’m glad Alex was curious enough, because it started us on a great adventure, now almost 13 years in the making. I told Alex
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Alan Smith named Gadsden State Dean of Workforce Development

December 26, 2019 chris
Gadsden State Community College President Dr. Martha Lavender recently announced that Alan Smith has accepted the position of the dean of Workforce Development. He replaces Tim Green, who retired in October after 33 years of service. Smith has an accomplished record in education and business beginning with his own training as a student at Etowah
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Attalla Elementary School fair fosters youth business owners

December 20, 2019 chris
Photo: Angela and Dylan Rakestraw (left) smile for a photo with Jacob and Jennifer Fitts (right) at Attalla Elementary’s Young Entrepreneur Fair. By Katie Bohannon, Staff Writer Attalla Elementary School hosted its first ever Young Entrepreneur Fair Monday, Dec. 16, with great success. Fifth-grade students operated their own businesses, selling products to their peers and
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