Attalla debuts new loft apartments

April 26, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The City of Attalla is proud to debut new loft apartments in the downtown area. The city owns the buildings the lofts are located in and have been working for several months to refurbish them. Located above The Cozy Nest, the apartments are accessed from the rear of the building. The
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People of Etowah - Ron Daugherty

April 26, 2019 chris
Name: Ron Daugherty Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Hokes Bluff.” What is your occupation? “Teacher/Coach.” What made you decide to work in your field? “The teachers and coaches that I had.” Tell us about your family and pets. “I have three children, Greyson (21), Reece (9) and Raynlee
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Kimberley joins Gadsden law firm

April 24, 2019 chris
Former Circuit Court Judge David Kimberley (pictured above) recently joined Cusimano, Roberts & Mills, a Gadsden-based law firm known for its personal injury and consumer litigation work in Alabama and across the country. Prior to winning his seat on the bench in 2006, Kimberley practiced law for more than 20 years with the Cusimano firm.
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Historical Marker placed to mark Civil Rights activist’s local death site

April 19, 2019 chris
By Madison Cannon, Staff Correspondent This past Sunday (Apr. 14), a life was remembered for being ahead of his time and mourned for being forgotten for so many years. The Keener Community along with the Keener Baptist Church held a ceremony for Mr. William L. Moore, a U.S. postman who made the decision to march from
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Hokes Bluff triplets all graduate with honors and scholarships

April 19, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A set of triplets is graduating all three receiving academic honors and impressive extracurricular achievements from Hokes Bluff High School this spring. David Vest is graduating fifth in his class with a full scholarship to attend the University of Alabama in the fall, where he hopes to pursue a business degree.
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Southside student earns perfect ACT score

April 19, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Southside junior Kyler Smith recently received a perfect 36 score on the ACT. Smith said that the score did not come as a big surprise because he had scored a 35 last time. He is graduating fifth in his class and is applying to University of Alabama-Huntsville and the Massachusetts Institute
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People of Etowah - Glen Williams

April 19, 2019 chris
Name: Glen Williams Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Etowah County and Hokes Bluff.” What is your occupation? “Marketing, advertising and now real estate.” Tell us about your family and pets. “My wife of 27 year, Felicia, is a cosmetologist. My son Jason has one child named Lana. My
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Barrie Center holds Pinwheel Ceremony

April 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On April 8, the James M. Barrie Center for Children held its annual Pinwheel Ceremony during which staff presented the center’s annual report to the community. The Barrie Center works collaboratively with law enforcement to investigate instances of child abuse. The staff provides forensic interviews, evaluations and therapy for children who
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Proposed bill to dissolve Sports Complex Authority faces criticism

April 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, April 9, the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority held a meeting inviting legislators and the community to weigh in on a proposed bill that will dissolve the authority. In addition to authority members, the Etowah County Tourism Board, members of the Rainbow City Council, members of the Etowah
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Gadsden City School Board election held

April 12, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On April 9, the Gadsden City School Board election was held, electing several new councilmen and electing several board members that had previously been appointed. On Tuesday, January 22, Gadsden voters decided to take the city’s school board from appointed members to elected members. The Gadsden City Council certified incumbent Z’Andre
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People of Etowah: Jared Brown

April 12, 2019 chris
Name: Jared Brown Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden, East Gadsden to be specific.” What is your occupation? “My current title is Assistant Director of Technical Operations in the Jacksonville State University Financial Aid Office.” What made you decide to work in your field? “God placed me in
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Smoke on the Falls celebrates 10 years

April 5, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Noccalula Falls’ Smoke on the Falls will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this year. The barbeque competition will be held on April 12 and 13. This event is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. Admission will be free on Friday, April 12. Gates will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. A
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Locals starting chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace

April 5, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Tommy Goodman was binge-watching a series on Facebook called Returning the Favor, hosted by Mike Rowe, well-known for his television show Dirty Jobs, when he encountered something that inspired him. Returning the Favor features do-gooders looking to make a difference in their communities, and one of the featured organizations was Sleep
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Gadsden School Board election to take place

April 5, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 22, Gadsden voters decided to take the city’s school board from appointed members to elected members. The vote for school board members will be held on April 9. If necessary the run-off election will be held May 21. “I am hopeful and prayerful that an elected school board
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People of Etowah - Tena King-Morgan

April 5, 2019 chris
Name: Tena King-Morgan Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Anniston.” What is your occupation? “I am the owner of King’s Olive Oil Company.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was attracted to the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar business for the health benefits.
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Fly Fishing Club stocks Black Creek with fish

March 29, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, March 26, the Gadsden Rainbow Fly Fishing Club gathered at Noccalula Falls to stock Black Creek Falls with 1,000 Coppernose Bluegill. Club members threw the fish in at the top of Noccalula Falls. State Representative Craig Lipscomb, a member of Gadsden Rainbow Fly Fishing Club, said that the stocking
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Gadsden Public Library receives socks for homeless

March 29, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last year, Gadsden Public Library Director Craig Scott filled out an application to become a “giving partner” with Bombas socks, where the company would send socks for the homeless to the library for distribution. “They said it might take a while, so I had almost forgotten about it,” said Scott. On
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People of Etowah - Charles Edward Gough

March 29, 2019 chris
Name: Charles Edward Gough Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Mobile.” What is your occupation? “I am the owner and president at Charles Gough Insurance and Financial Services Inc., which is a full service insurance and financial services agency.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I
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Tigers for Tomorrow to host Art on the Wild Side

March 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Tigers for Tomorrow is starting a new tradition. On March 30, the wildlife preserve, located at 708 County Road 345 in Attalla, will host Art on the Wild Side. Although this is the first year Tigers for Tomorrow has hosted the event, the preserve is planning to make this an annual
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Duck Springs Robotics Club headed to world competition

March 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Duck Springs Elementary School started its Robotics Club this school year, and it is off to an awesome start. At the VEX IQ Robotics District Competition, five teams of fourth through sixth graders competed and qualified to attend the state competition, where all five teams made it to the finals. The
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People of Etowah - Tara Gibson Leeth

March 22, 2019 chris
Name: Tara Gibson Leeth Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I work at WinSouth Cre-dit Union, where I implement and oversee all of the marketing and advertising strategies. This past February marked my fifth year working at WinSouth!” What made you decide to work
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10-cent gas tax increase signed into law

March 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, March 12, Governor Kay Ivey signed the proposed 10-cent gas tax raise into law after the bill passed in the state House and Senate. The current tax is 18 cents a gallon for gasoline and 19 cents a gallon for diesel. This bill will incrementally increase the tax over
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Renovated Moragne Park set to open

March 15, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The City of Gadsden will officially reopen Moragne Park on March 16. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. City officials broke ground on the year-long renovation project in May of 2018. Boatner Construction Company, Inc., of Rainbow City was contracted to do the park’s renovation at a
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People of Etowah: Shirley du Pont

March 15, 2019 chris
Name: Shirley du Pont Where were you born and raised? “I grew up in Etowah County.”  What is your occupation? “I am working at being retired. I spent 30 years with the telephone company. I retired and worked another eight years as a contract employee.” What made you decide to work in your field? “When
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Etowah High holds Career Tech open house

March 1, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor On Tuesday, February 26, students enrolled in Etowah High School held an open house for its Career Tech programs and students attended a career fair. Students are enrolled in courses on Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Education and Training, Health Science, Government and Public Administration and Human Services. Work-based learning, where
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Gadsden City School System looks forward to 2019

February 22, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent Gadsden City schools are excited for 2019 and superintendent Tony Reddick said there is a lot to look forward to. “There is always something exciting going on,” said Reddick. Reddick, who was elected as the Gadsden City School Superintendent on June 12, 2018, outlined a broad plan for 2019 and
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YMCA looking to increase programs targeted at medical conditions

February 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor While attending Alabama Power’s Elevate marketing conference, YMCA of the Coosa Valley Executive Director LeRoy Falcon was confronted with the question of “Who are you serving?” When asked to identify the trends the YMCA’s operation was seeing in attendance, Falcon noted that the majority of YMCA members were seniors. “For
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Host of new businesses open doors in Gadsden area

February 22, 2019 chris
By Kaitlin Fleming Staff Correspondent In 2018, the City of Gadsden welcomed several new businesses. One of the largest names that came to the city were LongHorn Steakhouse. Rock -N-Roll Sushi, Calcean Minerals and Materials LLC, and several other businesses opened their doors this past year as well. LongHorn Steakhouse opened on October 2 off
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City of Attalla sees improvement and business growth in 2018

February 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor There is a lot happening in Attalla! The City of Attalla is proud of the new business ventures, projects and events underway. The city reports several new businesses in the area. Bankston Motor Homes is currently building its new facility behind the Attalla Walmart. “They are one of the largest
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Beautiful Rainbow showcased in documentary

February 22, 2019 chris
By Sarrah Peters News Editor “I was at a restaurant one evening,” said Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick. “While there, someone approached me and said ‘Hey, you know we’ve got some of your Beautiful Rainbow students working here at the restaurant.’” Reddick sat and spoke with the chef about the difference the students make
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