Altrusa Int. to host Antique Show

January 26, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The 50th Annual Altrusa of Gadsden Antique Show and Sale will be held February 2, 3 and 4 at Gadsden Convention Hall. On Friday and Saturday,  February 2 and 3, the antique show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, February 4 the show will be held
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Ford introduces local jobs bill

January 26, 2018 chris
State Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden has introduced legislation earlier this week to create jobs and kick start local road, bridge and economic development projects. Called “The Etowah County Jobs Act,” the legislation will re-allocate a portion of the one-cent sales tax that was passed by Ford’s father, the late Rep. Joe Ford, to pay
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People of Etowah - Jason Wilson

January 26, 2018 chris
Name: Jason Wilson Where were you born and raised?     “I was born on Cansler Avenue in Gadsden, and  my family moved to Southside in 1989.” What is your occupation?    “Founder and CEO of Back Forty Beer Company.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I am an entrepreneur with a
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Gadsden celebrates King’s vision of unity

January 19, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, January 15, Gadsden’s 32nd Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was held at Convention Hall. WMGJ radio station sponsored the free public event. The celebration featured a candle lighting ceremony to honor community members that were “foot soldiers who led us through some treacherous times,” according to WMGJ
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Etowah Probation Officers receive radios

January 19, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 16, Judge David Kimberley presented Eto-wah County’s Probation officers with eight radios. The radios will allow probation officers enable to coordinate with other law enforcement officers if an emergency occurs at the judicial building, where the probation office is located. The radios will also offer the officers the
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City Council and Rep. Butler express opposing views about elected school board

January 19, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, January 16, the Gadsden City Council pased a resolution opposing the proposed bill regarding the election of Gadsden City School Board members. Currently, Gadsden school board members are appointed by the Gadsden City Council, but State Representative Mack Butler of Rainbow City proposed a bill allowing Gadsden citizens to
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People of Etowah - Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale

January 19, 2018 chris
Name: Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale What is your occupation? “I have recently joined Allenstein and Allenstein Law Firm as the Social Security Appeals Council Case Manager. I’m an independent contractor for the Greater Gadsden Area Tourism Board. I side hustle and contract with various organizations, individuals, non-profits and businesses by coordinating and directing, event planning, fundraising,
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Mcguffey’s provides meals for warming center

January 15, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last week extremely cold weather blew through Etowah County and throughout the Southeast United States. Low temperatures hit 12 degrees Fahrenheit, with high temperatures barely rising above freezing. Some days, the wind chill made Etowah County feel like the temperature was in the single digits. In response to the freezing temperatures,
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New events planned for 5th Street Market venue

January 15, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June 2016, the Gadsden Farmer’s Market moved to a new location – the 5th Street Market. To create this venue space, the City of Gadsden remodeled an old warehouse on the corner of Fifth and Locust streets in downtown Gadsden. In 2017, the city began hosting Turnip Tuesdays in response
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People of Etowah - Robin Wilson

January 15, 2018 chris
Name: Robin Wilson Where were you born and raised? “Born in Talladega County, lived in Calhoun County from ages 4-12, moved to Etowah County at age 12. It’s certainly home!” What is your occupation? “Well that has changed recently. I worked in Substance Abuse Prevention up until this past September, when I accepted a position
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Chamber aims to do more with less in 2018

January 5, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden/ Etowah Chamber is using the new year to reevaluate its many programs. “It’s a continuous process,” said Chamber President Heather New. “Each year we look at everything that we do at the end of the year and we determine ‘Was it effective?,’‘Is it being used?’ and ‘Is it something
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People of Etowah - Scott Waldrup

January 5, 2018 chris
Name: Scott Waldrup Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Gadsden and raised in Rainbow City.” What is your occupation? “I am a practicing attorney concentrating on real estate and probate estates with the law firm of Knowles and Sullivan, adjunct professor at Gadsden State Community College and a genealogist.” What made
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Home for Christmas benefits The Love Center

December 29, 2017 chris
On December 5, “Home for Christmas” a benefit for The Love Center was held at The Fifth Street Market in Gadsden. The event raised money, collected item donations and raised awareness for The Love Center. Love Center volunteers Ashleigh Gaskin Langdale, Morgan Lavender, Kristi Hess, Carolyn Richard, Teresa Bright, Erin Morgan and Lorie Holloway planned
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YMCA renovates facility, offers New Years deals

December 29, 2017 chris
The YMCA of Coosa Valley is starting the new year with a fresh look. In October, the exercise facility started renovations. The YMCA has spent about $100,000 in structural renovations, according to YMCA Director LeRoy Falcon. New roofs have been placed over the fitness center, the administration area and the gymnasium. “We are most excited
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People of Etowah

December 29, 2017 chris
Name: Heather Brothers New Where were you born and raised? “Altoona.” What is your occupation? “President, The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field? “My husband and I were spending a weekend at the lake when I first read about the president’s position opening at the Chamber
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Southern Cooking

December 29, 2017 chris
Happy NewYear! My favorite football menu is the following: Cheese Dip to Die For 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup mayonnaise 1 bundle chopped green onions 1/2 cup bacon bits 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 12 Ritz crackers, crumbled Mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, onions, half of the bacon bits and Monterey
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Attalla resident wins gold medal at Senior Games

December 22, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In June of this year, the 2017 National Senior Games were held in Birmingham. It was the 30th anniversary of the games. Attalla resident Barry Putnam competed in the Games’ Men’s Doubles Table Tennis tournament and in an upset won the gold medal in the division. Putnam started playing table tennis,
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Gadsden named number 23 safest city in Alabama

December 22, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor SafeHome.org Communications Team recently announced that the City of Gadsden made its 2017 list of the Safest Cities in the United States and was ranked number 23 in Alabama. According to its website, “Safe Home is an organization dedicated to helping people create safer living environments for their families. Whether that’s
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People of Etowah - Johnny Baker

December 22, 2017 chris
Name: Johnny Baker Where were you born and raised? “I was born here in Gadsden and lived most of my young life here and in Cullman. At the early age of 18, I joined the United States Marine Corps and stayed in the Marines for over 30 years, living throughout the world.” What is your
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Sports complex a step closer to construction

December 15, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, December 8, The Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority met with representatives from Olympia Construction to review topographical and boundary maps of the proposed site of the complex. Authority Chair Ralph Burke and authority member Craig Ford met with Jana Cordell from Chambless-King Architects and Jeremy Bain and Jon
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Christmas Party offers students holiday cheer

December 15, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, December 14, a unique Christmas party was held at Gadsden Convention Hall. Special education students from Gadsden City Schools, Attalla City Schools and Etowah County Schools attended the 66th Annual Christmas Party for Exceptional Children. The Christmas party was originally scheduled to be held Friday, December 8, but could
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People of Etowah - Jon Costa

December 15, 2017 chris
Name: Jon Costa Where were you born and raised?  “I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1953 and lived in the Ninth Ward of the city growing up, but as an older teen my family moved to New Orleans East. As a young adult, I also lived and worked in that part of town.
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Sheriff awards Medals of Valors to deputies

December 8, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On May 26, a fire broke out in Unit 3 of the Etowah County Detention Center threatening the lives of the inmates. The fire was started by ICE detainees with the possible intent of escaping. However, thanks to the quick response of detention center deputies Christopher Thornton, Andy Reed, Hay,den Clements
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Lola’s on the River offers great food with a view

December 8, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Lola’s on the River, formerly known as Lola and Runts, has a new location. The restaurant has moved across the street into the former The Fish Market location at 1504 Suite B Rainbow Drive in Gadsden. With the new location, the restaurant aims to be the “premier waterfront restaurant” in Gadsden.
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Humane Society to host Reindeer Run and extend hours

December 8, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is getting festive for the holiday season. The Humane Society is hosting the 7th Annual Reindeer Run on December 16. “It’s one of the few local races where we encourage you to run or walk with your pet,” said Humane Society Director Christi
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People of Etowah - Craig Scott

December 8, 2017 chris
Name: Craig “Library Guy” Scott Where were you born and raised? “I’m a transplanted Yankee. I was born in Flint, Michigan, raised in Lansing, Michigan and moved to Gadsden in 2002.  However, when I was a junior in high school, my father (a federal veterinarian) was transferred from Michigan to Vermont. So, I graduated from
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Toys for Tots to provide holiday gifts

December 4, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In a back room of the Catholic Center of Concern, 475 black trash bags full of toys line the walls in bags. Today (Dec.1), 190 families will visit the center in increments of 12 every 15 minutes to pick up toys from Marine Corps League Toys for Tots. A total of
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Wellington to host Redneck Christmas Parade

December 4, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On December 2, a different kind of Christmas parade will take place in the Wellington community in east Glencoe. About five years ago, Webster’s Chapel Methodist Church began holding the Redneck Christmas Parade. “We did it just for fun, and it was so much fun we just kept doing it,” said
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Area students participate in GEM workshop

November 22, 2017 chris
Photo: Local high school students particiapte in an team-building exercise duting the recent Girls Employed in Manufacturing workshop at Gadsden State. (Sarrah Peters/Messenger) By Sarrah Peters/News Editor Twenty-eight female juniors and seniors from Etowah County schools participated in Girls Employed in Manufacturing (GEM) workshops on Nov. 15 at Gadsden State Community College’s Alabama Technology Network-Bevill
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