GadsdenTimes.com Headlines: Etowah, Marshall projects in second round of ATRIP funding

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Etowah, Marshall projects in second round of ATRIP funding

Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday announced 34 road and bridge projects, including three bridge projects in Etowah and Marshall counties, funded by the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program. Read More

Magic Burger closing, celebrated 62nd anniversary this year

Magic Burger in Attalla, which celebrated its 62nd anniversary in January, will close Tuesday, according to manager Susan Townsel. Read More

Dog set on fire; police investigating

The Gadsden Police Department is seeking more information on an incident Saturday in which a dog was set on fire. Read More

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Ex-Phenix City man pleads guilty to sexual assault

A 39-year-old former Phenix City man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a six-year-old girl in Russell County more than 13 years ago and has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Read More

Boxer Mayweather: Ala. casino owner owes $61M

Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has filed a $61 million claim in the bankruptcy case of a company associated with closed Country Crossing casino near Dothan. Read More

Richardson named FBI agent in charge in Mobile

Stephen E. Richardson has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Mobile division. Read More

Sports More Sports

Martin wins Champions Shoot-out

GLENCOE — Westbrook Christian’s Harrison Martin won the 2012 Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament Champions Shoot-out on Monday at Silver Lakes Golf Course. Read More

Heyward, Braves beat Marlins 8-2

ATLANTA — Jason Heyward homered and scored three runs and the Atlanta Braves snapped a string of 16 straight losses on Mondays, including 12 this season, by beating the Miami Marlins 8-2 on Monday night. Read More

Franklin, Grevers shine in the pool for gold

LONDON — Missy Franklin stared out on the horde of reporters, suddenly sounding very much like a high school senior-to-be. “I don’t like being up here alone,” she said nervously. Read More

Life More Life

When Harry Met … Sgt. Maj. Geneva Barkley

When writers interview people for a story such as this one, the procedure typically is to have a specific topic in mind and to concentrate on that subject. There are wonderful instances, however, when the conversation goes into other areas that… Read More

LOST AND FOUND: Chance encounter puts Back on forward journey

How did I get here? As a child, I was fascinated by New York City. I first visited as a 9-year-old and knew I’d found something special. Read More

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OUR VIEW: Another way to curb prison overcrowding

Alabama’s prisons are at 193 percent of capacity. Violent altercations inside them are increasing. Read More

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Derrick, Matthew Harvey

Matthew Harvey Derrick, 42, Eastaboga, died Saturday, July 28, 2012. He is survived by his family. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 …..

Dunn, Jeffery Wayne ‘Jeff’

Mr. Jeffery Wayne "Jeff" Dunn, 43, of Reedy Circle, Boaz, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at his residence. Funeral service will be held at 11 …..

Johnson, Charles Lawrence

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at Crestwood Chapel for Mr. Charles Lawrence Johnson, of Gadsden, who died in a local nursing home …..

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“Harry Potter” Author J.K. Rowling Turns 47! Read Her Bio

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On This Day: July 31

J.K. Rowling

Born: July 31, 1965

Age: 47 years old
Birthplace: Yate, England

Occupation: Author

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Events
1703
309 years ago
Writer Daniel Defoe is put in the pillory. A sympathetic public throws flowers instead of the customary rocks.
http://www.biography.com/people/daniel-defoe-9269678 >>

1854
158 years ago
Ulysses S. Grant resigns from the U.S. Army without any explanation.
http://www.biography.com/people/ulysses-s-grant-9318285 >>

1977
35 years ago
David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz, who has been terrorizing New York City for more than a year, claims his last victims.
http://www.biography.com/people/david-berkowitz-9209372 >>

1980
32 years ago
John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas is arrested for cocaine possession and running a prescription drug scam.
http://www.biography.com/people/john-phillips-490872 >>

Born On This Day
J.K. Rowling
Born: July 31, 1965

Age: 47 years old
Birthplace: Yate, England
Occupation: Author
Best Known For >>

Mark Cuban
Born: July 31, 1958

Age: 54 years old

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Best Known For >>

Ted Cassidy
Born: July 31, 1932
Died: January 16, 1979
Age: 46 years old
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Occupation: Television Actor
Best Known For >>

Died On This Day
Andrew Johnson
Died: July 31, 1875
Age: 66 years old
Place: Carter Station, TN, United States
Occupation: U.S. President
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Franz Liszt
Died: July 31, 1886
Age: 74 years old
Place: Bayreuth, Germany
Occupation: Educator, Songwriter, Pianist
Best Known For >>

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Died: July 31, 1811
Age: 58 years old
Place: Chihuahua, Mexico
Occupation: Activist, Folk Hero
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Group Of The Day
Famous Children’s Authors >> Judy Blume
Capturing the imagination of children can be difficult to do as an adult, unless you have the talent to think like them. These are the authors that have made an indelible imprint on children’s literature.
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GadsdenTimes.com Headlines: Bowen to serve as chaplain for Olympics

July 30, 2012

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Bowen to serve as chaplain for Olympics

Acton Bowen is not an athlete, but he will play a big role in the Summer Olympic Games in London. Read More

Alabama’s texting while driving ban takes effect Wednesday

MONTGOMERY — Starting Wednesday, texting, emailing and instant messaging while driving will become illegal in Alabama, with violators facing fines and possibly higher insurance rates.
That is, if they don’t have a wreck first. Read More

Eye screening scheduled for First Friday

Moman’s Eyecare at 221 Broad St. will offer free eye screenings for children during First Friday. Read More

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Muscle Shoals, Ala., staying true to its music

Muscle Shoals is back in the music headlines with young artists such as The Civil Wars, the Secret Sisters, Dylan Le- Blanc and Jason Isbell scoring international successes. Read More

Ala. couple devoted to growing fresh, organic food

When Cricket and Kimberly Adams plan their dinner menu, they don’t look in the fridge or the pantry. They look out their kitchen window. Read More

Cordova debates strip mining amid economic crisis

Residents in Cordova are debating whether strip mining for coal could offer economic relief for a town hard-struck by tornadoes or create environmental or quality of life problems. Read More

Sports More Sports

Johnson wins Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson fondly recalls watching the Indianapolis 500 as a kid in California, rearranging the couch cushions so he could pretend he was sitting in a race car. Read More

Braves sweep Phillies

ATLANTA — Chipper Jones said the Phillies became a mental hurdle for the Braves during Philadelphia’s run of five straight National League East titles. Read More

French get revenge for 2008 relay loss to U.S.

LONDON — Ryan Lochte grabbed at the edge of the pool, head down, staring at the water. Michael Phelps glared at the scoreboard, trying to digest the first silver medal of his Olympic career. Read More

Life More Life

When Harry Met … Sgt. Maj. Geneva Barkley

When writers interview people for a story such as this one, the procedure typically is to have a specific topic in mind and to concentrate on that subject. There are wonderful instances, however, when the conversation goes into other areas that… Read More

LOST AND FOUND: Chance encounter puts Back on forward journey

How did I get here? As a child, I was fascinated by New York City. I first visited as a 9-year-old and knew I’d found something special. Read More

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OUR VIEW: Galliher’s new role

It’s going to be a new experience for many residents of Etowah and St. Clair counties. For the first time in nearly two decades, Blaine Galliher won’t be their state legislator. Read More

Obituaries More Obituaries

Box, Sovolla L.

Sovolla L. Box, 86, Collinsville, died Saturday, July 28, 2012. She is survived by her family. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Collinsville …..

Dunn, Jeffery Wayne

Jeffery Wayne "Jeff" Dunn, 43, Boaz, died Saturday, July 28, 2012. He was employed by Wal-Mart. He is survived by his family. Funeral will be …..

Gettrost, Glenda Mae

Glenda Mae Gettrost, 51, Centre, died Saturday, July 28, 2012. She was a member of Alexis Baptist Church. She is survived by her family. Funeral …..

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Turns 65! Read His Bio

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On This Day: July 30

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Born: July 30, 1947

Age: 65 years old
Birthplace: Graz, Austria

Occupation: Film Actor, Governor

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Events
1965
47 years ago
President Johnson signs the Medicare bill into law, providing health insurance to elderly Americans. Former President Truman is Medicare’s first beneficiary.
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http://www.biography.com/people/harry-s-truman-9511121 >>

1975
37 years ago
Jimmy Hoffa, former Teamsters union president, disappears in Detroit. He is never heard from again.
http://www.biography.com/people/jimmy-hoffa-9341063 >>

2003
9 years ago
The last Volkswagen Beetle designed by Ferdinand Porsche rolls off the assembly line after nearly 70 years on the market.
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2009
3 years ago
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets President Obama and Sgt. James Crowley at the White House for a "beer summit" concerning race relations.
http://www.biography.com/people/henry-louis-gates-jr-9307556 >>

http://www.biography.com/people/barack-obama-12782369 >>

Born On This Day
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Born: July 30, 1947

Age: 65 years old
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Occupation: Film Actor, Governor
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Laurence Fishburne
Born: July 30, 1961

Age: 51 years old

Birthplace: Augusta, GA, United States
Occupation: Film and Theater Actor
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Vivica Fox
Born: July 30, 1964

Age: 48 years old
Birthplace: South Bend, IN, United States
Occupation: Film and Television Actress
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Died On This Day
Ingmar Bergman
Died: July 30, 2007
Age: 89 years old
Place: Fårö, Sweden
Occupation: Director, Producer
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Jimmy Hoffa
Died: July 30, 1975
Age: 62 years old
Place: Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States
Occupation: Activist
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William Penn
Died: July 30, 1718
Age: 73 years old
Place: Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation: Lawyer, Political Leader
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Group Of The Day
Actors Turned Politicians >> Sonny Bono
Actors often play politicians on screen, but few have made the transition in real life. These actors have used their charismatic personalities to get elected to public office.
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GadsdenTimes.com Headlines: 100 days until election with Obama, Romney neck and neck

July 29, 2012
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100 days until election with Obama, Romney neck and neck

WASHINGTON — Stubbornly close and deeply divisive, the presidential race throttles into its last 100 days as an enormous clash over economic vision, with the outcome likely to come down to fall debates, final unemployment numbers and fierce… Read More

Alabama public pensions underfunded

MONTGOMERY — Two years ago, recession investment losses and optimistic expectations, fewer contributors and generous retirement deals had left the Retirement Systems of Alabama seriously underfunded for future retirees. Read More

Mental health court to offer pretrial diversion

District Attorney Jimmie Harp and Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree say a new mental health court pretrial diversion program should save Etowah County taxpayers money while giving non-violent offenders a chance to straighten out their lives — with… Read More

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Loss of son spurs parents to help children in need

The hardest question to ask any parent who has lost a child is how they are able to move forward. Read More

Ala. sheriff: Man left woman, child in burning car

Jefferson County authorities say a wanted man left a woman and child inside a burning car as he ran away from a sheriff’s deputy chasing him. Read More

Reward offered in rape of 82-year-old Ala. woman

Alabama authorities are hoping a cash reward will help lead them find a man who raped an 82-year-old woman. Read More

Sports More Sports

Gadsden City’s Middleton commits to Mississippi

Gadsden City defensive lineman Finesse Middleton committed to play football at Mississippi on Friday night. Read More

Roumbanis wins event on Neely

Oklahoman Fred Roumbanis’ 4.41-pound big bass Saturday helped him surge ahead five places and win the 2012 Bass Pro Shops Professional Anglers Association Tournament Series tournament on Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden. Read More

Lochte wins 400 IM gold as Phelps struggles

LONDON — Ryan Lochte strolled the deck of the Olympic Aquatics Centre wearing diamonds in his mouth and lime-green sneakers on the feet that powered him through the water faster than anyone else. Beaming, he chomped playfully on his gold medal… Read More

Life More Life

Trinity Presbyterian in Gadsden celebrates 100 years

The year was 1912 — William Howard Taft was president, New Mexico and Arizona officially became states, actors Gene Kelly and Danny Thomas were born, and on Oct. 1, Gadsden’s First Presbyterian Church established a mission Sunday School… Read More

Greater Faith Church planted in downtown Gadsden

“Where there is no vision” … “build it and they will come.” Read More

PAPER PULPIT: Just can’t wait? Keep looking up

For years I have been angry with the Children of Israel. In the book of Exodus, we find the nation of Israel held in slave labor by the Egyptians. Read More

Opinion More Opinion

OUR VIEW: A judge’s plea for clarity

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson knows a gray area when he sees it. He has up close and personal experience with the various shades of gray that are politics, having presided over two gambling corruption trials in Alabama. Read More

Obituaries More Obituaries

Blankenship, Elaine Bertie Nell (Stallings)

Elaine Bertie Nell Stallings Blankenship, 78, Cedartown, Ga., formerly of Rome, Ga., died Friday, July 27, 2012. She was a member of Noah Baptist Church. …..

Fergurson, Essie (Clines)

Essie Clines Fergurson, 87, Rainsville, died Saturday, July 28, 2012. She is survived by her family. Funeral will be Monday at 4 p.m. at Rainsville …..

Higdon, Joyce Elizabeth

Joyce Elizabeth Higdon, 53, Centre, formerly of Marietta, Ga., died Friday, July 27, 2012. She is survived by her family. Graveside will be at 2 …..

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“Project Runway” Mentor Tim Gunn Turns 59! Read His Bio

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On This Day: July 29

Tim Gunn

Born: July 29, 1953

Age: 59 years old
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Occupation: Fashion Consultant, TV Personality

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Events
1957
55 years ago
Jack Paar takes over for Steve Allen on The Tonight Show. The format is changed from a variety program to a talk show.
http://www.biography.com/people/jack-paar-9431333 >>

1958
54 years ago
President Eisenhower authorizes the creation of NASA.
http://www.biography.com/people/dwight-d-eisenhower-9285482 >>

1981
31 years ago
Nearly one billion viewers watch the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
http://www.biography.com/people/princess-diana-9273782 >>

http://www.biography.com/people/prince-charles-9244936 >>

2009
3 years ago
Katherine Jackson gets full custody of Michael Jackson’s three children after the pop star’s death.
http://www.biography.com/people/katherine-jackson-466952 >>

http://www.biography.com/people/michael-jackson-38211 >>

Born On This Day
Tim Gunn
Born: July 29, 1953

Age: 59 years old
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation: Fashion Consultant, TV Personality
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Alexis de Tocqueville
Born: July 29, 1805
Died: April 16, 1859
Age: 53 years old

Birthplace: Paris, France
Occupation: Historian, Academic Author
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Ken Burns
Born: July 29, 1953

Age: 59 years old
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Occupation: Director, Producer
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Died On This Day
Vincent van Gogh
Died: July 29, 1890
Age: 37 years old
Place: Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Occupation: Painter
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Robert Moses
Died: July 29, 1981
Age: 92 years old
Place: West Islip, NY, United States
Occupation: Urban Planner
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Tom Snyder
Died: July 29, 2007
Age: 71 years old
Place: San Francisco, CA, United States
Occupation: News Anchor, Radio Personality
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Group Of The Day
Advice Dispensers >> Dr. Phil McGraw
From suggestions about how to invest your money to thoughts about child-rearing, these people have turned giving sage advice into celebrated careers.
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GadsdenTimes.com Headlines: White House report: Budget deficit to top $1 trillion again

July 28, 2012
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White House report: Budget deficit to top $1 trillion again

WASHINGTON — The White House predicts this year’s federal budget deficit will end up at $1.2 trillion, marking the fourth consecutive year of trillion dollar-plus deficits during President Barack Obama’s administration. Read More

Goodyear facilities in U.S. commit to hire veterans

Goodyear facilities in the United States will hire 1,000 veterans over the next three years in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program, the company said Friday. Read More

DeKalb officer put on administrative leave after DUI arrest

A DeKalb County corrections officer has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested Friday morning by Alabama State Troopers for driving under the influence, according to Sheriff Jimmy Harris Read More

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New biotech company launches after discovery

A scientific discovery made at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine has helped launch a new biotech company in Mobile. Read More

Owner, employee sentenced for false tax returns

A business owner and employee have been sentenced to prison for filing false tax returns. Read More

Hearing reset in lawsuit against Birmingham board

A Jefferson County Circuit judge postponed an injunction hearing on the lawsuits against Birmingham school officials by the city and state superintendents. Read More

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Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame inducts latest class

Diligent, assiduous and persevering. Each of these terms can be expected to be heard in the same sentence to describe any outstanding individual who has fought tooth and nail for success as early as grade school. Read More

Hackney surges to PAA lead on Neely Henry

Greg Hackney posted another strong day on the water and surged to the top of the leaderboard in the professional division Friday after the second day of the 2012 Bass Pro Shops Professional Anglers Association Tournament Series event on Neely Henry… Read More

Braves beat Hamels, Phillies 6-1

ATLANTA — Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels and Ben Sheets continued his impressive comeback to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 on Friday night. Read More

Life More Life

Trinity Presbyterian in Gadsden celebrates 100 years

The year was 1912 — William Howard Taft was president, New Mexico and Arizona officially became states, actors Gene Kelly and Danny Thomas were born, and on Oct. 1, Gadsden’s First Presbyterian Church established a mission Sunday School… Read More

Greater Faith Church planted in downtown Gadsden

“Where there is no vision” … “build it and they will come.” Read More

PAPER PULPIT: Just can’t wait? Keep looking up

For years I have been angry with the Children of Israel. In the book of Exodus, we find the nation of Israel held in slave labor by the Egyptians. Read More

Opinion More Opinion

OUR VIEW: A judge’s plea for clarity

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson knows a gray area when he sees it. He has up close and personal experience with the various shades of gray that are politics, having presided over two gambling corruption trials in Alabama. Read More

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Bell, Johnnie Q.

Johnnie Q. Bell, 84, Fyffe, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at Huntsville Hospital. She is survived by her family. Funeral services will be at 2 …..

Cleland, Dallas Wayne

Funeral service for Dallas Wayne Cleland, 71, is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Collinsville Funeral Home, Sharpe Chapel, with Bro. Gary Stanfield and Bro. Jeff …..

Green, Kenneth Ray

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, West Gadsden, for Kenneth Ray Green, 40, Rainbow City. He went home to …..

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