Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Blueberry Cream Muffins 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 cup Crisco oil 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups sour cream 2 cups blueberries Glaze milk powdered sugar vanilla flavoring Grease 24 muffins cups or line with paper liners. In a large bowl, beat eggs,
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Someone once said, “What the mind can conceive and the heart can believe, man can achieve.” I believe that statement to be true. The mind can be a very powerful tool. It was due to this belief that I once took a group of high school students to visit various colleges throughout
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Pious Bob - Determining Our Proximity to the Lord

By Robert Halsey Pine “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” (Matthew 12:22-32 NRSV). They brought to Jesus a man possessed of the devil who
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The truth will set you free

By Toni Ford John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” As a believer, we know that Jesus, is the ultimate truth, the definition of truth itself.  Jesus’ primary mission on earth was to set people free by helping them see, know, and believe the truth! However,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - Chicken Vegetable Bake and More!

Chicken Vegetable Bake, Hawaiian Chicken and Butterscotch Yum Yum Chicken Vegetable Bake 5 chicken breasts 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons oil 1 can cream of chicken soup 3/4 cup white wine 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 4 tablespoons chopped green onions 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 can water chestnuts,
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Have you ever taken stock of yourself? Where have you been and where are you going? Do you allow yourself time to just reflect on the meaning of it all and how you fit in? I often do that. It seems that I am constantly trying to understand all of this while
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Inspiration from God’s Word: A Touch of Heaven

By Toni Ford People who know me know how much I love worship music. If you were asked the question of what helps you enter the Lord’s presence faster than anything, what would you say? Some would say praying, reading the Word, taking a walk or listening to a sermon, but for me it is
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Pious Bob - Understanding that the victory has been won

By Robert Halsey Pine “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-58 NRSV). St. Paul ends his long discussion about life after death with these words of guidance and encouragement to the Corinthians.
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Aunt Sue’s Butternut Pound Cake, Pecan Pie and Caramel Corn This week I am continuing my series of my dad’s sisters, who were fabulous cooks. My aunt Sue Lankford and her husband Earl Lankford lived in Attalla for many years, and she was known for her fabulous cakes. I have never seen anyone who could
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Pious Bob - Becoming Faithful and Accepting Children of God

By Robert Halsey Pine “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word…May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Blessings of the Beatitudes

By Toni Ford In the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7, we read what is commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount. In chapter five, Jesus begins this sermon by introducing His followers to a superior way of living, which was a new way of the kingdom. Up until this time, the Jews primary standard
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Aunt Dot’s Pound Cake and Aunt Eva’s Cinnamon Crisp Cookies Last week, I talked about the little women of Eastside Presbyterian Church and what a wonderful influence they had been on my life and my cooking skills. This week, I want to introduce you to a few of my dad’s five sisters and their recipes
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Searching for Wisdom

By Toni Ford Due to various circumstances in my life, lately I have found myself searching for wisdom more than ever. My pastor has been doing a series recently on the Book of Proverbs, which reminded me that one of the topics often covered in this particular book is wisdom. Several chapters in Proverbs was
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Pious Bob - A Possible Mission in an Impossible World

By Robert Halsey Pine “He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’” (Matthew 17:14-21 NRSV). Jesus shouted out
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Southern Cooking - Oatmeal Lace Cookies and Egg Custard Pie

By Andy Bedwell Being a Presbyterian for 60 years means that I have been to more Wednesday night suppers, homecomings, Women’s Circle meetings and various other “eating affairs” than most food connoisseurs. At these gatherings, recipes are exchanged and cooking ideas are discussed. Most of my prize recipes originated from a little group of women who
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Pious Bob... Be Humble and Let Him

By Robert Halsey Pine “You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. Before I was humbled I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes…The law of your
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Alabama’s bridge to nowhere

By State Rep. Craig Ford You may have seen ads on television recently talking about a bridge project in South Alabama. If you hadn’t heard of this project before those ads, you’re not alone. Most people, including legislators, were not aware of the plans to build this $87 million-dollar taxpayer-funded bridge to nowhere that even
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Pious Bob - Faith, Grasping the Invisible

By Robert Halsey Pine “Now faith is the assurance of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” (Hebrews 11:1-12 NRSV). Faith is our confidence in
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams One of President Trump’s potential judicial nominees recently appeared before a panel to answer questions. She was asked about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Brown vs. The Board of Education. Her reaction said it all. She paused way too long. She stuttered, stammered, faltered and hesitated. When she finally found her
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Alabama’s Pre-K program leads nation but thousands of kids remain without access

By State Rep. Craig Ford When I was growing up, kids didn’t start learning the alphabet until they began kindergarten. Today, kids are expected to be able to write their names and read at least some words before they even begin kindergarten. The expectations are higher, and starting off behind everyone else in their class can
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Brickle Pecan Cookies and Apple Pie Cake I have always loved spending time in the kitchen and there is something very true about it being the heart of the home. I know it is the place where I am most comfortable with myself and the conversation and laughter flows a little easier. After all, my
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams “Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.” – George Santayana. I am of that opinion that this is what has occurred in our education system. There was a time when students who couldn’t pass were retained. Our biggest fear was looking at the back of that report
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Never Give Up

By Toni Ford Have you ever felt like giving up? I am sure we all have at some point in our lives. Depending on their situation, some people have had to battle this thought on a daily basis. In the Gospel of Mark, we find a group of men that were faced with this same
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Pious Bob - Alive and Well in the World

By Robert Halsey Pine “Then one of the seven angels…came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’” (Revelation 21:9-21 NRSV). We all belong to The First United Wife of the Lamb Church. The angel showed John the radiant “holy city of Jerusalem coming down out of heaven
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Real Mashed Potatoes, Squash They’ll Eat! and Macaroni and Cheese I believe the best cooking we can find comes from our mothers and is simple, fast, and good tasting! This week, I want to list some sides, or vegetables, as we call them, even though only in the South is macaroni and cheese  considered a
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Pious Bob - Humble Accountability

By Robert Halsey Pine “…For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14 NRSV). The tax collector in this parable prays, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” The Pharisee, of course, builds himself up, as he prays to God. Being humble before God is where we
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Baked Taco Casserole and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake Let’s do some quick, easy and good recipes! We Southerners love our comfort foods, and so many restaurants these days present “frilly” foods on fancy plates with swirling sauces for decoration that are almost too pretty to eat. My goal is to serve straightforward, good food in
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams We should seriously consider revamping the education system as we know it. It is common knowledge that many of our students are struggling. We are quick to inform our high school and college athletes regarding the low percentage of individuals who make it to professional ranks. Our desire is not to be
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Blessings of the Righteous

By Toni Ford I am not sure if you have ever read many of the Psalms, but there are some incredible promises to the believer all throughout this book. Two of these beautiful psalms stood out to me this week, Psalm 111 and 112. Psalm 111 ends by admonishing us to fear the Lord and
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Pious Bob - The Greatest Plan Ever

By Robert Halsey Pine “So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I
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How We Can Make Our Schools Safer

By State Rep. Craig Ford Education is the most important service our government provides, and one of the top issues impacting education is school safety. Unfortunately, it seems like every conversation about school safety always turns into a debate about guns, and nothing ever gets done. But there are a lot of things we can –
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Italian Tomato Salad, Pretzel-Strawberry Salad and Taco Salad I can remember when salad was a wedge of lettuce and a cruet of dressing that set directly on the table. Now a salad can also include a cold congealed salad with marshmallows and cherries or a side of creamy potato salad. Salads have come a long
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams I’ve often been hypercritical about our region on certain issues. I don’t mean to be that way. When I’m researching and viewing things from a moral, historical or even political perspective, however, I sometimes can’t help myself. There are times when we lag behind in change or advancement. Call it tradition or
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Inspiration from God's Word - What does God hate?

By Toni Ford As I was thinking of a name for this article, I really didn’t want to use the word “hate,” mainly because it is such a strong word. This generation especially does not like to recognize that God has the capacity to hate. They would rather see Him as a soft-hearted God who
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Pious Bob - The Goodness of the Unseen

By Robert Halsey Pine “And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, The LORD…But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.’ And the LORD continued, ‘See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts and Strawberry Bread I love cookbooks and I love strawberries. Yesterday, I discovered this recipe in one of my mother’s old cookbooks, and she had written the word “great” in her handwriting. I will let all of you wonderful cooks be the judge of this recipe. Norris Farm’s strawberries are supposed to
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams California recently declared itself a sanctuary state. Some are even considering leaving the Union rather than comply with the president’s views on immigration. As I reflected on this, I thought about the history between the United States and Mexico. The relationship between Mexico and the colonists from America was not always one
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Don’t be pulled by things of this world

By Toni Ford Paul gives us a great challenge in Philippians 4:6 when he says, “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing…” When I first read this verse, my first thought was “Yeah, right – how in the world do I keep from being pulled in different directions and worrying about
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Pious Bob - Godly Communications

By Robert Halsey Pine “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he
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Who will be our next state superintendent of education?

By State Rep. Craig Ford The state legislative session has come to an end, but legislators won’t be the ones making the most important decision our government will make this year. The State Board of Education will make that decision in April, when it selects our next State Superintendent of Education. For all of the high-profile
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Key Lime Layer Cake and Pink Lemonade Pie “I have come that they may have life…And have it to the full.” – John 10:10. As you witness the miracles of life all around you… May you be filled with the Joy of the Risen Saviour Have a blessed Easter! Treat your Easter guests to sensational
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The Vagabond - Mysterious & legendary caves at Lookout Mountain

By Danny Crownover Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the August 15, 2014 edition of The Messenger. During a recent presentation about Noccalula Falls, The Vagabond mentioned a cave that once was located there. The following is the story about that cave: Located throughout Lookout Mountain are many caves in which many legends
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection

By Toni Ford This week, often called Holy Week or Passion Week, is often considered the most important week for a believer. It was during this week that our Lord began His trip to Jerusalem, knowing that He would lay down His life for the sins of the world. There are so many significant truths
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams “Dad, its cold outside.” My son informs me of the current weather conditions as if it was news to me. “So?” I replied. “Charlie doesn’t care anything about it being cold outside.” My son has heard me refer to Charlie many times. Although Charlie is fictional, I toss his name around as
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Pious Bob - Receiving the Works

By Robert Halsey Pine “You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes, Shoe Peg Corn and Green Bean Casserole and Fudge Pie Growing up in a household with a mother who loved to cook, home cooking has always been with hearty, satisfying comfort foods, especially during the winter months. My mother always tried to create recipes that were lighter in calories and  healthier for
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams I was recently preparing to hit the ball was on the first tee of a local golf course when one of my golf buddies said, “David, you need call to Judge Moore and tell him…” I stopped in mid-swing. “That’s not the way it works,” I replied. “I don’t have the judge’s
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Inspiration from God’s Word - His Last Week

By Toni Ford This is the time of year in which people begin to refer to the Scriptures about Jesus’ death and resurrection. As I was reading in John this past week, I started reading the chapters leading up to His death and resurrection, and I realized for the first time the importance of Jesus’
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Pious Bob - Finding Our True Origin

By Robert Halsey Pine “But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:17 – 4:7 NRSV). Tell it like it is, Paul! Does anyone really believe that his or her citizenship is in heaven? If our citizenship is in heaven, why are
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Butter Meltaways and Southern Praline Cookies I just have to tell y’all what a blast that we had at Cottontail’s Village last weekend. The crowd was fantastic and it was so thrilling to talk to men and women who enjoy cooking as I do. A lady from Jasper bought seven cookbooks and insisted that I make
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Report cards recently were given to Alabama public schools regarding each school’s performance. Many of the scores caused concern among the vested interest groups. Myself and other educators must sit back and listen to the armchair quarterbacks tell us who should be fired and why. I marvel that how someone, without thoroughly
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Pious Bob - Wall-to-Wall Community

By Robert Halsey Pine “And I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, ‘The work is great and widely spread out, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Rally to us wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah 4:1-23
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What voice do you recognize?

By Toni Ford Each year in December, I begin to pray about the upcoming year. I ask the Lord to show me a vision, focus or a word that He wants me to pursue for the coming year. This year, the Lord did not give me a vision or a subject area to focus on,
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Let’s make universal pre-K program a reality in Alabama

By State Rep. Craig Ford I believe that everyone between the ages of four and 64 should either be in a good school or a good job. That is why one of my long-time goals has been to see every four-year-old in Alabama have access to the state’s nationally-recognized pre-K program. The state has done
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Food for Thought...

By David Williams Our local school system is in the process of hiring a new superintendent. Surveys and suggestions are being taken as the search for new candidates gets underway. There have been numerous suggestions, and many of them have merit. Some are advocating that a greater emphasis be placed on reading during the earlier
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Strawberry Tossed Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing, Another Macaroni and Cheese Recipe and Blueberry Pies Memories! I love to think back to my childhood to the warm memories that often fill my mind of my grandmother’s, my aunt’s and my mother’s kitchens. The memories of all of the wonderful cooks in my family (and also in yours) who
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Pious Bob - The Sacrifice of Thanks

By Robert Halsey Pine “Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50 NRSV). We have so much to be thankful for. You say, “I don’t have anything to be thankful for. Everywhere that I turn, I am a victim.”
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The Vagabond - Attalla played important role in region’s history

By Danny Crownover Editor’s note: this article was originally published in the August 17, 2012 edition of The Messenger Incorporated as a town on February 5, 1872, by the 44th General Assembly of the Alabama Legislature. However, the city’s history actually predates its incorporation as a town. The City of Attalla occupies the site of
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Four Can Chili and Banana Icebox Cake Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I could ever write my own cookbook and enjoy every minute that I spent doing it. I have been so overwhelmed at the response to”Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell.” Mary and I have enjoyed meeting so many of
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Pious Bob - Putting First Things First and Loving It

By Robert Halsey Pine “Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Shrimp Chippewa, Twice Baked Potatoes and Cream Cheese Pound Cake Y’all have probably discovered that I enjoy all of the seasons, but this particular time of the year in Alabama is so beautiful. Spring is on the way and I love seeing the last bits of winter disappear and all of the blooming flowers coming
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Pious Bob - Forgiveness Received, Forgiveness Given

By Robert Halsey Pine “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:7-15 NRSV). Forgiveness is at the center of everything. Our Christian heritage comes out of the forgiveness of our sins through the death
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From the very beginning

By Toni Ford The very first words in the Bible begin with, “In the beginning God, created the heavens and the earth,” (Genesis 1:1). I am not sure if you have ever read the creation story in Genesis chapter 1, but it is a beautiful story about the heart and love of God for His
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Strawberry Cake, Strawberry Bon Bons and Luscious Strawberry Dessert I hope you fall in love with these luscious Valentine desserts. Wouldn’t you just love to be “wooed” with strawberries? If you ask me, they are the most romantic food in the world. These strawberry recipes are sure to win the hearts because they look like rubies,
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Pious Bob - Beyond the Sense of Failure

By Robert Halsey Pine Jesus uses His stories to reveal life to us and how we should understand it: “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not;’ but later he changed his mind and went.
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The Vagabond - Place names in Etowah County

By Danny Crownover This article was originally published in the May 4, 2012 edition of The Messenger Most of us that travel about in Etowah County see names of places and wonder how the name was chosen and for whom or what it was named. This article covers only a few of these sites, since
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Samaritan Woman

By Toni Ford In John chapter 4, verses 1-30, we find the story of the Samaritan woman and her encounter with Jesus. Samaritans were Jews who married Gentiles, so they were considered outcasts by the Jews. There was both political and religious hostility between the Jews and the Samaritans. This hatred and dislike between these
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Educators and retirees deserve a pay raise

By State Rep. Craig Ford Eleven years is a long time to go without a pay raise. But for educators, state employees and retirees in Alabama, that’s how long it has been. And for retirees and many state employees, they have actually had their pay cut during those 11 years. You may be thinking that educators,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Best Ever Sugar Cookie and Andy Bedwell’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Let’s bake some cookies for Valentine’s Day! Best Ever Sugar Cookie 2 sticks margarine 1 cup Crisco oil 1 cup sugar 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teasppon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Cream the first four
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Pious Bob - Turn Around, Look At Me

By Robert Halsey Pine “And he said to him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!’” (Luke 22:31-38 NRSV). We are just like Peter was in his situation with Christ when the end was near. We are sometimes reluctant to let people know that Christ is in our life. After
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Inspiration from God’s Word - In times of trouble

By Toni Ford If we are honest with ourselves, at some point in our lives we all walk through hard times. Lately it seems as if many of my friends and students I talk to are walking through difficult situations, which has reminded me that the Lord is our only source when walking through tough
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - February 2, 2018

Broccoli Salad, Red Beans and Rice, German Cornbread and French Silk Pie You know, we appreciate the short cuts with old favorite recipes and new seasoning tricks that have been handed down from our family and friends. Proof again (if we needed it) that Southern women are likely to express their love for family and
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Pious Bob - The Spirit Behind Answering Wisely

By Robert Halsey Pine “When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’” (Mark 12:28-34 NRSV). A scribe asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus had just made several Sadducees speechless in a discussion that they thought would put down the idea
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The Vagabond - History of Camp Sumatanga

By Danny Crownover A couple of weeks ago, The Vagabond talked about how the Gallant community in Etowah County got its name from John A. Gallant. Located nearby is a large camp that many people have visited and enjoyed for a number of years. Back in May of 1951, the late local historian Will I.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A broader vision

By Toni Ford Have you ever read something and realized you might not know all there is to that particular subject and yet you know deep in your soul that if you broadened your vision on the subject, you would gain so much more wisdom, understanding, perspective on life, and even to some degree, a
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

My Favorite Meatloaf, Creole Baked Beans, Creamy Potato Bake and Fudge Pie I have been so blessed with my share of great cooks and their faithful sharing of traditional favorites of our Southern cuisine. Their knowledge came from years of experience and original recipes and they also kept the high standard of Southern cooking through
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The Vagabond - Stephen Reed Hood, early Etowah County resident

By Danny Crownover A local historical landmark burned to the ground last Monday (Jan. 22). The structure was the old Stephen Reed Hood house located several miles north of Turkeytown in what once was the little community of Murrycross. The post office was once located next door on the north side. The house burned under
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Pious Bob - Calming Down for God

By Robert Halsey Pine “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret – it leads only to evil.” (Psalm 37:1-18 NRSV). David really got me on this verse. In many of his psalms he talks about wrongdoers and evil people and how they will not prevail over the righteous. Here he slips in one aimed
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Comfort of Jesus

By Toni Ford The Lord recently placed the word “comfort” on my heart and mind. When I looked up the meaning of the word, Wikipedia defines comfort as “contentment, to relieve the distress or suffering of.” As I look around at all that is happening in our nation, state, and our own lives, I see
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Broccoli Salad, Lemon Chess Pie, Sweet and Sour Pork Chops, Corn Pudding Casserole and Beer Bread This is a feast fit for a king! Broccoli Salad 2 cups chopped broccoli 2 cups chopped cauliflower 2 packages chopped green onions 1 cup chopped apples 1 cup golden raisins 1/2 pound bacon, fried crisp and crumbled 1
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Pious Bob - Keeping the Bullies Out of the Pulpit

By Robert Halsey Pine “Keep up your courage! For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome.” (Acts 23:12-24 NRSV). The Lord was near Paul as there were those plotting to kill him in Jerusalem. Jesus was telling Paul that he’d better get used to rough treatment
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What Do I Represent?

By Toni Ford Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus, knowing the Jewish leaders were looking for Him to kill Him, took a great risk and went to visit His dear friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. This story takes place in John chapter 12. I love this story for several reasons. First, we see
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Legislators should not ignore infrastructure, education and jobs because it is an election year  

By State Rep. Craig Ford The legislative session began this week and, by all accounts, it’s expected to be an uneventful year. The only goal lawmakers seem to have is to pass the budgets and go home. But there is a lot of work that can and ought to be done instead of just kicking
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The Vagabond - Document found at Coats house

By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently came across a document at the Jerry B. Jones Historical Research Library about a place called Coates Bend. Originally known as Coats Bend, the area was named after Gideon E. Coats. It appears that Gideon, his brother Sion and their mother Sarah left Kershaw County in South Carolina shortly
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Mi Casa Casserole, Fruit Salad and the World’s Best and Quickest Mousse Don’t get stuck like Old Mother Hubbard with a cupboard that’s bare. At this time of year when holidays are over, you could make just one big shopping trip to stock up your pantry so that you’re always ready for those everyday meals.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Aggressive Watching

By Robert Halsey Pine “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:22-33 NRSV). Jesus said this to Peter as Peter’s fear caused him to sink into the water. Seeing Jesus walking on the water Peter asked to come with Him. Jesus commanded him to come but the strong wind frightened Peter and he began
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Behold, I am doing something new

By Toni Ford I just returned from a two-week trip to Israel, touring the Holy Land and serving a Messianic Jewish congregation in the city of Ashdod. On New Year’s Eve, our team had the privilege of praying over the city of Jerusalem from a prayer tower that overlooked the city. It truly was an
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The Vagabond - Early history on Duck Springs

By Danny Crownover The Duck Springs story begins with The Duck, a Cherokee Chieftain who some say was the brother of Chief Turkey, namesake of Turkeytown in Etowah County. Duck is buried above the springs named for him. Topping the list of Indian celebrities native to the Duck Springs area was Sequoyah, reputed to have
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Tomato-Chili Soup, Cabbage Soup and German Chocolate Cupcakes Soups on this week in Turkeytown! Tomato-Chili Soup 2 quarts canned tomatoes (I used fresh, frozen) 1 can Rotel tomatoes 1 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped 1 can chili beans 1 can pinto beans 1 can whole kernel corn, drained 1 1/2 teaspoon chili
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Baby Talk and Thoughts

By Robert Halsey Pine “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants…” (Matthew 11:25-30 NRSV). With this statement, Jesus takes the mysteries of God’s kingdom out of the reach of the wise. Infants better understand these mysteries.
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Adventures at the Senior Center

Changes… 2018 seems to have many changes in store for the Scott house. My youngest child is getting married and planning to move out of our house. My oldest is planning to move in while she and her husband are looking for another house. Soon both families will be living with us until they find
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College Professor gets it wrong on K-12 teacher…… with State Representative Craig Ford

George Mason University economics professor Walter Williams has written an editorial where he insulted every school teacher and every university in the country – including the one that employs him – by claiming that, “With but a few exceptions, schools of education represent the academic slums of colleges,” and that “American education could benefit from
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Pondering life with Pious Bob

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:39-51 NRSV). Jesus has taught us so much. As He prays these words in the Garden of Gethsemane, He teaches us that in our praying to God we must pray that, “… not my will but
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Sausage Bake, Company French Toast and Honey Bun Cake O come let us adore Him May you find peace and joy In all of God’s gifts this Christmas season. Thanks be to God For his indescribable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15 I think there is nothing more memorable than a Christmas brunch. A merry brunch menu:
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Adventures at the Senior Center - Projects work…on my nerves!

By Vicki Scott My darling little granddaughter, Saylor Rhea, turned two years old on the 11th of this month. My daughter loves any chance for a social gathering, and it looks like Saylor Rhea is being groomed to be just like her mother. Of course, what better way to celebrate one’s birth than with a
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Pious Bob - Being Seaworthy

By Robert Halsey Pine God’s mission was coming to fruition: “And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:1-13 NRSV). John baptized Jesus and as He came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit came down on Him. John was baptizing people as repentance
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Inspiration from God’s Word: For unto us a Savior is born

By Toni Ford During this Christmas season, I am reminded of Isaiah 9:6-7. This Scripture is one of the greatest prophesies ever foretold and serves as a great reminder for the true meaning of Christmas. Isaiah 9:6 proclaims not only the birth of Jesus (“a child is born”) but also His deity (“a son is
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The Vagabond - Margaret Hand’s Haunted Organ

By Danny Crownover The supernatural is defined as things which defy scientific explanation, such as ghosts, ghouls, goblins, wizards or druids. What we can touch and feel is much more real to us as humans, but what of the physical apparitions? Are they any less a reality? As physically unimpaired humans, so many of us
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My Christmas wish is a good education for all children  

By State Rep. Craig Ford When my kids were growing up, I don’t know who was more excited on Christmas morning – the kids opening their presents or me and Gwen watching them! Ever since God gave us the original and best Christmas gift, our Lord and Sa-vior Jesus Christ, giving gifts has been a part
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

White Chocolate Fudge, No Bake Peanut Butter Candy and Mother’s Chocolate Fudge O Holy Night,  What a beautiful sight, Flooded with light from above- Shining brightly in glory To reveal the sweet story, Of God’s precious Son and his love. May you celebrate God’s light And love this Christmas! Well, it’s another Christmas, and I’ve
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