Donna Thornton, The Gadsden Times

Donna Thornton

The Gadsden Times

Gadsden, AL, United States

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Past articles by Donna:

Etowah County teacher grateful for justice, hopes to restore family and reputation

An Etowah County teacher has been cleared of child pornography charges. Now she's waiting for restoration of her family, and a return to normal life. → Read More

From cute kid video to child porn: How does a typical parent post send a mom to jail

A cyber tip from TikTok led to an investigation that sent Amy Sudberry to jail. With charges dropped, her lawyer hopes it won't happen to anyone else. → Read More

Distance didn't deter Tanya Baker from sharing a Thanksgiving dinner with some 500 friends

Tanya Baker temporarily moved to New Jersey, but that didn't stop her from cooking for a free Thanksgiving meal that fed about 500 people in Gadsden. → Read More

Alabama residents push against parole for man convicted in 1982 death of Austin Peay student

A change in procedure kept David Engle from speaking against David Frey's parole last week. Now Engle fears Rodney Long's killer may go free. → Read More

GAA proposals: Pilgrim's defends plan, Etowah Community gives detail, questions leadership

The meeting was planned for Pilgrim's Pride and Etowah Community to offer proposals, but included larger questions about county's future. → Read More

World's Longest Yard Sale starts Thursday as route stretches across northeast Alabama

The Lookout Mountain area expects to see visitors and vendors moving in this week, preparing for the World's Longest Yard sale, starting Thursday. → Read More

Delta variant cases cause concern considering Alabama's low COVID-19 vaccination rate

UAB researcher Derek Moates says the Delta virus is on the rise, is more contagious, and is a problem with two-thirds of Alabama unvaccinated. → Read More

Alabama Supreme Court refuses to review Acton Bowen's case

A former youth evangelist who pleaded guilty in 2019 to 28 sex offenses sought a review of his case, but the Alabama Supreme Court denied his writ. → Read More

Petting zoo fire still painful memory; city taking its time on how to move forward

Parks and Recreation Director Jen Weathington says the City is considering how to rebuild after fire destroyed the petting zoo building. → Read More

Rendering plant opponents' latest tactic: an offer to pay more than Pilgrim's for property

A group of business owners and Advance Etowah joined forces to offer GAA more than Pilgrim's Pride has proposed to pay for the rendering plant site. → Read More

Fort Payne woman apparently drowns as remnants of Tropical Storm Claudette swept through area

A 23-year-old Fort Payne woman was found dead off Radio Drive in Fort Payne Sunday after she appears to have drowned. → Read More

Mueller will pay for funerals for slain workers, launches Albertville Survivors' Fund

Mueller Water Products will reopen Monday with counselors and leaders on site. The company has also launched a fund for victims' families. → Read More

As survivors fight to recover, families, friends, struggle to understand Mueller shootings

Two survivors of the Tuesday morning shooting at Mueller in Albertville fight to recover from serious injuries as families try to understand. → Read More

Shooter at large in workplace shooting that left 2 dead, 2 injured Tuesday in Albertville

Two people were killed and two injured at an Albertville plant, and police continue to look for the person who shot them. → Read More

'So random': Odd assortment of nautical items stolen from Fisherman restaurant in Southside

Someone swiped an assortment of decorative pieces from the Fisherman restaurant, including a 4-foot-tall concrete seahorse and antique fishing rods. → Read More

Preliminary injunction granted against rendering plant project; trial on tap in July

A judge granted a restraining order against the City of Gadsden regarding the proposed rendering plant, blocking any building permits for its progress. → Read More

Wrongful death lawsuit filed in fatal 2020 boat dock blaze

A late night dock fire trapped boat dwellers at Jackson County Park in 2020, killing eight people. A lawsuit alleged wrongful death and negligence. → Read More

Rainbow City buys land for potential development near Etowah County Mega Sports Complex

The City of Rainbow City purchased 10 acres of property near the mega sports complex under construction, with an eye toward future development. → Read More

Alabama reports fewer COVID-19 cases; 1.8 million vaccine doses administered

As the state reports more than 1.8 million doses of vaccine administered, new confirmed cases numbers in Alabama dropped below 100. → Read More

Ivey: 'Ohatchee is forever on the map now — unfortunately'

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey visited the site where three of the storm's five victims lived and died. She expressed sorrow for their loss. → Read More