Glencoe passes 2017-18 budget

November 22, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The Glencoe City Council approved a $2.9 million-dollar general fund budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 on Monday, Nov. 13. After reviewing the budget with the council, finance chairman Danny Wagnon said that he projected a 9-percent increase in revenue due to the increase in sales tax. The budget includes salary increases
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People of Etowah: Shane Ellison

November 22, 2017 chris
Where were you born and raised? Gadsden has always been home for me. What is your occupation?  City administration. For those that don’t know what that entails, come spend a day at city hall working in the mayor’s office with me. You’ll either love it or hate it, but you won’t be bored! What made
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Locals celebrate Veterans Day with events

November 17, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On November 10, Modern Woodmen held its annual Veterans Day Event at the Hokes Bluff Community Center. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard kicked off the event with the presentation of the flag, followed by Erin Morgan leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kim Johnson performed the “Star
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Way of the Cross seeks help to replace burglary losses

November 17, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Way of the Cross ministry was broken into twice in the last few weeks. The ministry reported that its PA system, children’s ministry boom boxes, computers and more were stolen. Way of the Cross Director Kenneth Brown said that the most devastating loss was the computer, which held 14 years
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People of Etowah - Steven Hildebrant

November 17, 2017 chris
Name: Steven Hildebrant Where were you born and raised? “Born in Evansville, Indiana; my family moved to Jacksonville, Alabama in the 1970’s while I was in middle school.  I call Jacksonville my hometown.” What is your occupation? “I am an Area Manager for Alabama Power. I manage the business office operations for Alabama Power in Etowah,
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J. P. King Auction moves to Broad Street

November 17, 2017 chris
On November 2, J.P. King Auction Company relocated to historically restored 414 Broad Street. Corporate offices will occupy the first floor, and the second floor has been repurposed for three luxury loft apartments. Craig King and his wife Cindy purchased the building and began restoration efforts in December of 2016. B. Craig Lipscomb was the
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Patriots Day luncheon honors local veterans

November 10, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association held a luncheon at Gadsden’s Convention Hall to induct local veterans into its Hall of Honor on Wednesday, November 8. The awards luncheon began with the Gadsden City High School’s JROTC posting the colors, followed by the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation. Gadsden Mayor
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People of Etowah - Donna Patterson

November 10, 2017 chris
Name: Donna Patterson Where were you born and raised? “Etowah County; I’m a Rainbow City girl.” What is your occupation? “Retired sales associate and former sales manager. In 2015, I retired from the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber of Commerce as a membership sales associate.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I truly enjoy meeting people
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Local author to hold book signing

November 3, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local author Barbara Eubanks will hold a signing for her new book, A New Beginning: God’s Second Chances at Churchill’s Antique Mall located at 430 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. The book signing will coincide with downtown Gadsden’s First Friday.   This is Eubanks’ fifth
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Cotton Belle Marketplace to hold holiday market

November 3, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Cotton Belle Marketplace will host Holiday Style on November 10 and 11 at Ferguson’s Wedding Venue and Courtyard at 401 5th Avenue NW in Attalla. On Friday, Nov. 10, there will be a VIP preview event from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Cotton
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People of Etowah - LeRoy Falcon

November 3, 2017 chris
Name: LeRoy Falcon Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Greenville, South Carolina but grew up in Slidell, Louisiana.”  What is your occupation? “CEO/Executive Director YMCA of the Coosa Valley.”  What made you decide to work in your field? “I was headed towards a career in coaching when I was encouraged to check
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The Love Center to hold Birthday Celebration

November 1, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Thirty-five years ago, Charlsie Tarrance was inspired to provide shelter to “God’s most forgotten people.” Tarrance noticed the problem of homelessness in Etowah County and created The Love Center to provide clothing, food, furniture and shelter to those in need. The Love Center provides homeless single women, couples and families
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CommUnity Thanksgiving planning underway

November 1, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration planning committee is already gearing up for its November 23 event. This is the 19th year the CommUnity Thanksgiving has been held. The event started at New Liberty Tabernacle of Praise in 1998. Every year the event has grown larger. Last year, about 5,000 people ate
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People of Etowah – Will Mackey

November 1, 2017 chris
Name: Will Mackey Where were you born and raised?  “I was born and raised in Southside.” What is your occupation?  “I am the Program Manager at The Chamber Gadsden/Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field? “I actually took an internship with The Chamber during my last semester at Jacksonville State University.
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Sports Complex Authority announces location

October 20, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On October 18, the Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority announced a big step forward in the plans for the multi-purpose recreational facility. The authority announced the location for the primary complex on property off Steele Station Road near Lumbley Road with potential access to U.S. Highway 77. The authority has
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Rainbow City cuts ribbon on new animal shelter

October 20, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On October 18, Rainbow City held a ribbon cutting for its new animal shelter. Previously Rainbow City contracted its animal control services out to a local veterinarian, but the contract was set to end at the end of 2016. Faced with a hefty price increase, Rainbow City officials searched for another
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Local Patriot Hall of Fame inductee honored at city council

October 20, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association and the City of Gadsden honored Fred Sington, Jr. at the Gadsden’s City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 17. Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association’s special presentation was held to induct Sington into the 2017 Patriots Hall of Fame. Sington served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1953 to 1963.
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People of Etowah - Emma Hazlewood

October 20, 2017 chris
Name: Emma Hazlewood Where were you born and raised? I was born in Florence, Alabama. However, my family moved a lot when I was younger. The majority of my younger years were spent in Hanover Park and Gifford/Rantoul, Illinois. We moved to Gadsden to finish out high school and though I’ve moved away since then,
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History comes alive at A Walk Through Time

October 13, 2017 chris
Photo: Mike Beacham portrays Mike Foster, whose tale includes a sea monster in the Coosa River, during the 2016 A Walk Through Time event. (Messenger file photo) By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The 9th annual A Walk Through Time will take place on Sunday, October 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Forrest Cemetery located at
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Attalla to host 30th Heritage Day

October 13, 2017 chris
Photo: 2016 Attalla Heritage Day attendees enjoy a train ride (Messenger file photo) By Sarrah Peters/News Editor The City of Attalla is hosting its annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Attalla. The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Heritage Day
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People of Etowah - Wendy Hood

October 13, 2017 chris
Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Etowah County. I graduated from Sardis High School and Gadsden State Community College.” What is your occupation? “I have been a registered nurse for 21 years. I currently work in Critical Care at Gadsden Regional Medical Center.” Tell us about your family and
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DGI to host Sunset Sips fundraiser

October 6, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Downtown Gadsden, Inc. will hold Sunset Sips on October 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.on Memorial Bridge on Broad Street next to Gadsden City Hall. The bridge will be closed from 3 to 8 p.m. for the event. “It’s just a unique setting,” said Mary Wood of Downtown Gadsden, Inc. “It’s
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Pilot Club donates money to Project Lifesaver

October 6, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Pilot Club of Gadsden awarded a check for $1,000 to Brian Smith of the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office for Project Lifesaver at the club’s meeting on September 28. Project Lifesaver is a program that provides bracelets with trackers to individuals that are prone to be wander away from home and
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People of Etowah - Marilee Hickman

October 6, 2017 chris
Name: Marilee Hickman Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Gadsden.” What is your occupation? “I retired in August from Regions Bank after a 41 year career.” What made you decide to work in your field?  “Years ago, I was working in insurance and decided that I wanted to move
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Past and future collide at Virtual Realms

September 29, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Friday, September 22, Virtual Realms in downtown Gadsden held a ribbon cutting. Virtual Realms is a new business that offers virtual reality games to customers, but the potential of the technology has many other uses. Located at 208 South Second Street in a 75-year  old blues recording studio, Virtual Realms
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Local to compete in national senior pageant

September 29, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Local Rita Young Allen is headed to the Ms. Senior America Classic pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 19. She was recently named Ms. Senior Alabama. Forty states will compete in the national pageant. According to its website, “The Ms. Senior America Pageant is the world’s first and foremost
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People of Etowah - Jenifer Grace

September 29, 2017 chris
Name: Jenifer Grace Where were you born and raised? “I was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan.” What is your occupation? “I am the Executive Director of The Council on Aging of Etowah County.” What made you decide to work in your field?  “I love working with people it doesn’t matter the age.  I
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Hokes Bluff to hold annual CityFest

September 22, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Hokes Bluff CityFest returns Saturday, September 23 with activities for a full day of family friendly fun. This is the fourth year the event has been held. The event will be held at Hokes Bluff City Park located at 3301 Alford Bend Road in Hokes Bluff. The gates open at 6
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Family Fun Day to feature Pink Heals fundraiser

September 22, 2017 chris
By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A Family Fun Day will be held Saturday, October 7 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Rainbow Crossings Shopping Center located at 115 West Grand Ave., which is also the intersection of Rainbow Drive and Hwy. 77 in Rainbow City. Games and vendors will provide entertainment for all ages.
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People of Etowah - Nanda Patel

September 22, 2017 chris
Name: Nanda Patel Where were you born and raised? I am Indian by blood. I was born in British Kenya as my grandfather migrated from India in 1906. After Africanization, I was taken to England, where I did my high school and training in radiation therapy. I also met my husband Dr. G. Patel, who
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