People of Etowah - Valerie Shannon

April 27, 2018 chris
Name: Valerie Shannon Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My parents, my brother and I lived in the valley right under Rock City in a town called Flintstone, Georgia. My parents moved to Centre, Alabama, when I was four years old when my father purchased a saw mill in
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Senior transportation program receives van

April 23, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Council on Aging’s senior transportation program received a new van in 2016, but a fire in UAB Hospital Kirklin Clinic’s parking lot destroyed the vehicle and temporarily shut down the program. The senior transportation program shuttles seniors to out-of-county doctors appointments. The fire broke out during during one of the
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Candidates address local issues at forum

April 23, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Candidates for state office spoke to locals at The Chamber’s Political Forum on Tuesday, April 17. Each candidate was alloted five minutesto speak to the crowd. The forum provided several questions for each can-didate to answer. Two United States House of Representatives, District 4 candidates addressed the crowd  first. Democratic candidate
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Tracy’s Oils offers oils and more

April 23, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Tracy Walker is the owner of Tracy’s Oils, which aims to provide quality, additive-free essential oils in a wide va-riety of scents. Walker mixes many of her own scents, creating unique essential oil mixes. The skin-safe oils can also be used as perfume or cologne. Walker, with help from her daughter,
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People of Etowah - Beth Cline

April 23, 2018 chris
Name: Beth Cline Where were you born and raised? “I was born at the Holy Name of Jesus Hospital and have lived in Etowah County my entire life.” What is your occupation? “I have been a registered nurse in Etowah County since 2002. I have worked in both acute care, which is hospital -based, and
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United Way honors locals at annual meeting

April 13, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, April 10, United Way of Etowah County held its annual meeting. The meeting serves as a way for the nonprofit to share the  organization’s accomplishments of the past year, honor local businesses and individuals for their contributions and highlight local issues in the community. Last year’s United Way board
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Kickin’ Addiction Recovery Walk to be held

April 13, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On April 21, the Kickin’ Addiction Recovery Walk will be held at Mort Glosser Amphitheater located at 90 Walnut Street in Gadsden. The walk will celebrate sobriety and offer resources for those seeking treatment for addiction and their families. The event is free to all to attend. Walk registration begins at
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People of Etowah - Suzanne Scharfenberg

April 13, 2018 chris
Name: Suzanne McNair Scharfenberg Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and raised all over the Southeast: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. My father worked for Coca-Cola in Atlanta and each promotion meant a transfer. So, we moved a lot! But with four siblings it was always fun.
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Locals offer “Just a Taste” of healthy recipes

April 9, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, April 3 a small group gathered in Gadsden Public Library’s Beautiful Rainbow Cafe for “Just a Taste,” a cooking class taught by local artists and authors Fran and Al Andrepont once a month. The couple demonstrate how to cook recipes from their cookbook, “From Our Kitchen: Heart Healthy Recipes.”
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Excellence in Education Awards honor local educators

April 9, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, April 2, The Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah County held its first Excellence in Education Awards Luncheon at 210 on the Tracks. The event recognized teachers and programs in Etowah County that promote education in new and exciting ways. “I think you will all agree with me in saying that these
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Local trails to get changing station

April 9, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, April 4, seven Gadsden State Community College carpentry students poured concrete for the new changing station at Noccalula Falls Black Creek Trail system. Accompanied by teacher Heath McDaniel, the students donated the labor for the project. The Gadsden Homebuilders Association, which spearheaded the project, donated the materials for the
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People of Etowah - Leslie Harper Worthington

April 9, 2018 chris
Name: Leslie Harper Worthington Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Riverhead, New York, on Long Island because my father was stationed there in the U.S. Air Force. He grew up in Ohio, and his family was from Kentucky. My mother was from Sylacauga. They met in Texas. I grew up in
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Noccalula to host BBQ and archery competitions

March 30, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Noccalula Falls will host its 9th Annual Smoke on the Falls barbeque competition on April 13 and 14. The barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Kansas Barbeque Society. Admission will be free on Friday, April 8. Gates will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A sausage cook-off, sponsored by Jimmy
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First responder shares story of Southside storm

March 30, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Monday, March 19, Southside Officer Bryan Bell was sitting in his patrol car with his partner Colton Harden underneath the Southside Baptist awning to avoid the falling hail when he saw the approaching tornado. “I said there it is,” said Bell. “I think Colton said it was the first tornado
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People of Etowah - Sonquez Williams

March 30, 2018 chris
Name: Sonquez Williams Where were you born and raised? “Phenix City.” What is your occupation? “Chief Executive Officer at Boys and Girls Clubs of Gadsden/Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I was a “Club Kid” since the age of 6. I had many different ideas about what I wanted to
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Communities come together after storm

March 23, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor According to the National Weather Service, nine tornadoes touched down during the severe storms on Monday, March 19. Three of those tornadoes touched down in central Alabama. The first tornado hit Blount and St. Clair counties as a category EF-1, which caused tree damage. Downed trees damaged structures and power lines
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NASRO director speaks to local school officials

March 23, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, March 21,  Etowah County, Attalla City and Gadsden City school administrators gathered at the Pitman Theatre to listen to Maurice “Mo” Canady, Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), speak about the challenges of school safety. In a second session, Canady spoke to school resource
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People of Etowah - Amanda Jackson

March 23, 2018 chris
Name: Amanda Jackson Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Talladega, but we moved to Gadsden when I was three.” What is your occupation? “I am the Director of the Gadsden Public Library.” What made you decide to work in your field? “It was really more of a happy accident. I have
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Students hypnotized at conference

March 16, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor CED Mental Health hosted a Youth Prevention Conference at Gadsden City High School on March 14. Students in ninth and tenth grades were bussed to GCHS from surrounding Etowah County schools. At the conference, motivational speaker and hypnotist Patrick Grady of Wahoo, Fla. spoke to the students. The theme for the
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Gadsden State holds International Festival

March 16, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Gadsden State held its annual International Festival on Friday, March 9 at 210 on the Tracks. To celebrate the GSCC international program’s 50th anniversary, the festi-val was larger than ever. As attendees entered the festival, a timeline detailed the GSCC international pro-gram’s 50-year history. The international pro-gam’s students manned booths, that
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State Rep. Ford’s bill passes state house

March 16, 2018 chris
The Alabama House of Representatives earlier this week passed legislation introduced by Rep. Craig Ford (I-Gadsden) that would establish a more simplified, free and consolidated process for non-profit entities to apply for a special events license. “Under current law, it can take up to six months for a charitable organization such as the American Heart
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Attalla breaks ground on new fire station

March 9, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Last November, the City of Attalla purchased a new fire truck, and plans are now underway to build a new place to park it. On Tuesday, March 6, the City of Attalla broke ground on a new fire station located on the corner of Burke Avenue and Jones Street. The city
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Humane Society to host Paws for St. Paddy’s fundraiser

March 9, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On March 15, Gadsden Convention Hall wil be decked in green for the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center’s annual Paws for St. Paddy’s fundraiser.The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Local Joe’s will cater the Paws for St. Paddy’s fundraiser. The event is BYOB. Attendees are encouraged to don festive
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Sheriff deputizes local student

March 9, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, March 1, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department helped local Gaston High special needs student Austin Robertson celebrate his 19th birthday. A family friend of the Robertsons, Health Services Administrator for the Etowah County Detention Center Cassi Kellet, brought Austin to the attention of the sheriff’s office. Chad Robertson told
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People of Etowah - Todd Clough

March 9, 2018 chris
Name: Todd Clough Where were you born and raised? “Etowah County.” What is your occupation? “I’m Vice President of Purchasing at The Sterling Co., the president and founder of Varsity Ministries and I serve at Whorton Bend Baptist Church preaching alongside Joey Jones.” What made you decide to work in your field? “In Varsity Ministries,
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Etowah High holds Career Tech Open House

March 2, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tueasday, February 27, students enrolled in Etowah High School’s Career Tech programs showcased the skills that they have been learning in the different programs at a Career Tech Open House. Four of the Career Tech programs were demonstrated at the open house: Health Science, Childcare, Cosmetology and Agriscience. A fifth
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Alabama Power awards Power to Play grants

March 2, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, February 23, Steve Hildebrant, Area Manager for the Eastern Division of Alabama Power Company, presented a check to West End High as part of the Alabama Power Foundation’s Power to Play grants. The Power to Play grant program aims to help schools increase participation in extracurricular activities because studies
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People of Etowah - Lucy Wallace Edwards

March 2, 2018 chris
Name: Lucy Wallace Edwards Where were you born and raised? “Decatur.” What is your occupation?  “Financial Advisor for BBVA Compass Securities.” What made you decide to work in your field? “In college I had a professor who encouraged me to consider a career in investments. He said my personality and ability to communicate complex issues
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Sweet Tea Trio signs deal with Kid Rock

February 23, 2018 chris
The rising country group Sweet Tea Trio has signed an exclusive management deal with rock-and-roll icon Kid Rock, also known as Robert Ritchie, and Vector Management founder Ken Levitan. The venture is a first for the Levitan and Ritchie, who worked together early in Kid Rock’s career.  Ritchie discovered the trio, made up of Alabama
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Library hosts black history month quilt lecture

February 23, 2018 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, February 15, the Gadsden Public Library hosted “Quilt Talk: Secret Slave Codes in Quilts” as part of its observance of Black History Month to celebrate the contributions that African-Americans have made to the nations history and culture. Founder and Executive Director of the Grace Heritage Foundation for Southern Hills
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