A beloved leader of the Gadsden-Etowah County Community has died. Former US representative and creator of Alabama’s Forever Wild program, James D. Martin passed away this morning at the age of 99. Martin was born on September 1, 1918 in Tarrant. Martin served in World War Two, becoming a war hero by helping to liberate a concentration camp in Germany. When Martin was elected as a Republican Congressman in 1965, he was the first Republican elected for that position for more th
The Cherokee County Highway Department will close County Road 26 near Tate’s Chapel for some repairs. The one-day job will begin around 8am Tuesday in order to replace cross drains in that area. Motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes.
A septic tank truck crashes into Centre Elementary School, forcing school leaders to cancel Monday classes. Just before 6:30 Saturday evening, emergency crews received a 911 call reporting a vehicle had run through the second grade building on the campus on East Main Street. Both the truck and building suffered significant damages. The driver, Phillip Witt only suffered minor injuries. Witt is charged with DUI in connection to the crash.
Four people from Gadsden are behind bars and face charges in connection to drug trafficking. Etowah County DEA Deputy Commander Phil Sims says Cameron Rudolph, Jamie Hendrix, Jaiyetterrance Miller and Bernard Thomas are charged with trafficking synthetic drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana and more. Law enforcement searched a home on Avalon Lane in Gadsden and found several bags of synthetic marijuana, two handguns, a 12 gauge shotgun and more than $4,000 in cash. All
Everyone knows October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but what about the other eleven months out of the year? One organization has a program that keeps the awareness going. Alabama Extension has created a program called “Even After October My Life Matters”. This program provides workshops with the intention of increasing education about cancer. The workshop sessions include discussions of breast cancer myths and facts, food choices, breast changes, and breast health basics
Alabama officials launch a system to route patients experiencing stroke symptoms to the nearest hospital ready to care for them. The Alabama Department of Public Health says that a Statewide Stroke System began today. More than 60 hospitals in Alabama and five in bordering states have applied to participate and complete the inspection requirements to be designated as a stroke hospital in the system. Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says the system greatly enhances
Jacksonville High School wraps up Red Ribbon Week today with a guest speaker. Josh Johnson graduated from Jacksonville High School in 2000 and went on to become a chief meteorologist in Montgomery. He came back to his alma mater today to speak to the students about the impact that losing someone to drugs can have on a family. Johnson’s brother, Chris, who also graduated from JHS, died two years ago from a heroin overdose in California. Johnson says he’s trying to use his fami
A hunter was airlifted for treatment after falling from a tree stand early Sunday morning in Cherokee County. Piedmont Rescue Squad and Spring Garden Volunteer Fire Department brought the man out of the isolated wooded area using four-wheelers. He was taken to a landing zone at Spring Garden School. The man was flown to treatment by Life Flight. The accident happened in the area of County Road 33 and 172 around 7:15am. Early reports say the man possibly suffers from two broke
Tomorrow is Halloween and a local Sheriff’s Office is giving out tips and reminding trick or treaters to be safe. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin says it is important to have a route planned out before leaving your house. Make sure children are never alone and always have an escort with them. Walk on the sidewalks. It is helpful to take a well-light flashlight and stay in areas that are well-light. Parents check to see if a sex offender lives in a neighborhood you plan to
It didn’t come easily but Jacksonville State managed to stay perfect in the OVC with a 23-7 win over Southeast Missouri on Saturday. The Gamecocks were the overwhelming favorite to win the league championship, but the last two games have come with a bit of adversity. The Gamecocks were down at halftime at Eastern Illinois and against SEMO the team relied on big plays late in the game to win. Instead of focusing on what might be going wrong, the Gamecocks are pulling the posit