Josh Wetzel Returns to Glencoe

On Friday afternoon Josh Wetzel returned to Glencoe, AL.  Hundreds of people lined U.S. 431 including all of the students from Glencoe Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.  Josh Wetzel is an U.S. Army Specialist who was wounded in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED.  Today Wetzel has prosthetic legs and a cane to help him get around. Josh Wetzel arrived at the Birmingham Airport and had a police escort to Glencoe City Hall.

Wetzel has been recovering from his injures at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.  And it was his first time back home since he was injured.  He came back home to attend a wedding from his cousin Magan Hayes.  Enjoy the pictures and video below from this great day!  For the story from the Gadsden Times go to:

Follow Josh Wetzel’s progress on the Facebook page at:


Weekend Roundup: 8-17 to 8-19

This is Weekend Roundup.  The local events that are happening in NE Alabama and NW Georgia.  And the bigger events that are happening in Atlanta and Birmingham.  As always if you have an event that needs to be featured on Weekend Roundup.  E-mail me at

Weekend Weather:

Sadly Friday is going to be a stormy day.  The rest of the weekend features your average chance of a summertime thunderstorm.

Local Best Bets:

GadsdenEtowah County Habitat for Humanity Dragon Boat Festival taking place Saturday August 18th on the Coosa River in Gadsden.  For more info. go to:

National Honey Bee Day Event at Attalla City Park off AL-77 on Saturday August 18th.  For more info. go to:

The Vibe Ministry is hosting a worship event Friday August 17th at the Pitman Theatre in Gadsden.  This event will also have a video presentation from Josh Wetzel.  For more info. go to:

The New Alabama Voters League will host a Fun Day in the Park at Zinn Park in Anniston Saturday August 18th beginning at noon.  For more info. go to:–residents-to-mingle-at-Zinn-Park-event-Saturday?instance=home_news.

JSU Fan Day at Burgess-Snow Field on Saturday August 18th.  For more info. go to:

Here are my out of the area best bets for this weekend.  Go to for Atlanta events or  for Birmingham events.

Atlanta Best Bet: 

Piedmont Park Summer Art & Crafts Festival happening on 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 18 and  11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19 in Piedmont Park in Atlanta.  For more info. go to:

Birmingham Best Bet:

The Stokin’ the Fire BBQ event takes place on Saturday August 18th at Sloss Furnaces.  For more info. go to:

Josh Wetzel Fundraiser

UPDATE: If you want to send cards or well-wishes to Josh Wetzel.  Send to:

SPC Josh Wetzel
8901 Wisconsin Avenue
Bldg 10
4th Floor, Room 442
Bethesda, MD 20889

Donate to Josh Wetzel through the Wish Upon A Hero page at:

This post is about the fundraiser for Josh Wetzel.  He was an Army Paratrooper who was injured in Afghanistan from an IED explosion.  He has lost parts of both legs and has a fractured elbow and shrapnel injuries.  On Thursday night the folks from 3 Style Pizza are holding a fundraiser for Josh Wetzel.

At the Glencoe location of 3 Style Pizza.  What was planned as a grand opening celebration has now turned into a block party fundraiser.  From 4-9pm there will be live music from the Foggy Hollow Band and activities for the kids as well.  And $5 from every XL Specialty pizza will be donated to the Josh Wetzel Fund.  But if you can not make it to this fundraiser.  The 3 Style Pizza locations in Alexandria, Leesburg, and Geraldine will also donate $5 from all XL Specialty pizzas sold.  And Mix 102.9 will be broadcasting live from this event as well!  So come on out and have a good time!  And if you want to keep up with updates about Josh Wetzel; follow the Facebook page.

Message from Josh Wetzel himself:  Hey everyone! It’s josh! I can’t tell you how humbled I am by all of you showing up to the fundraiser in Glencoe. You all are keeping me going in a way that you could never imagine. I have never felt so much love from people so far away from me. I love you guys for what you have done. Thank you so much! {Isaiah 6:8}

Fundraiser Update:  Here are some pictures from the fundraiser off the Facebook page.