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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Pious Bob - The Traveling Man

By Robert Halsey Pine “I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you have received and heard; obey it
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The Vagabond - History of 514 Broad Street, Part II

By Danny Crownover A couple of weeks back, The Vagabond wrote on 414 Broad Street, the new home of the J.P. King Auction Company, and the building’s historical connections. Craig King and other King families had restored and preserved the old historical building with great results. The Etowah Historical Society is able to go back
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Essentials for everyday life

By Toni Ford As I was reading this week in the book of Psalms, one of the Psalms I came across was Psalm 131. This psalm is only three verses long. Within those three verses, however, I saw what I believe are, “essentials for everyday life.”  David, the author of this psalm, possibly understood these
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Challenge of Waiting

By Toni Ford I am not sure about you, but I am not a very patient person when it comes to waiting. I looked up the word “wait” in the dictionary and Webster defines the word as; “to stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens.” As
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The Vagabond - A history of 514 Broad Street

By Danny Crownover A couple of weeks back, The Vagabond wrote on 414 Broad Street, the new home of the J.P. King Auction Company and all the building’s historical connections. Craig King and other King families restored and preserved the old historical building with great results. The Etowah Historical Society is able to locate old
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Pious Bob - Proclaiming, Not Complaining

By Robert Halsey Pine “I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 89:1-18 NRSV). The psalmist begins with praising God. Later in the psalm he complains to God and wonders when God is going to intervene and restore the House of
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cookie, Aunt Eva’s Cinnamon Crisp Cookies and the Best Ever Sugar Cookie Rejoice in the spirit of Christmas which is Peace, the miracle of Christmas which is Hope, and the heart of Christmas which is Love. Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! Nothing is more Christmassy than cookies…decorating them, eating them, and  packing them in
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Christmas Red Punch, Ada Lee’s Russian Tea, Santa’s Whiskers and Festive Corn Chip Crunch May joy fill your heart, May peace touch your soul, May love fill your life this Christmas and Always Christmas Blessings to you and yours. Every year, as soon as the last bite of cranberry sauce and the final morsel of
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State leaders have lost their credibility on prison issue

By State Rep. Craig Ford With all the attention being given to the special election for the U.S. Senate, you may not have seen what has been happening in Montgomery with the prison crisis. Last year, Gov. Robert Bentley proposed a plan to build four new “super prisons” at a cost of about $800 million dollars.
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Pious Bob - Heavenly Science

“When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants, it is I who keep its pillars steady.” (Psalm 75 NRSV). Did you know that the earth has a wobble? This wobble, along with a luni-solar action on the bulging matter about the earth’s equator causes what is known as the “precession of the equinoxes.” One wobble
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The Vagabond : History of the King family and 414 Broad Street

By Danny Crownover Back during his younger days, The Vagabond remembered a tall booming figure at Rainbow Church of Christ by the name of Leslie Cooper King. This towering man would grab the young Vagabond and put him on his knee and talk to him. There are memories of when Mr. King and his wife,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob: A watch called eternity

By Robert Halsey Pine “…It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.” (ACTS 1:1-14 NRSV). When I was a child I would always ask my mother when we could do this or when we were going to do that. She would say, “I’m not
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The Vagabond: Historic tax credits available for area businesses

By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently did some historical research on some downtown Gadsden buildings and noted that many businesses in that area have not taken advantage of available tax credits for our designated historic downtowns of Gadsden, Alabama City and Attalla. Are you taking full tax advantage of your historic location? It is unbelievable
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Remembering our veterans for this Thanksgiving season

By State Rep. Craig Ford Every Thanksgiving, I like to write an editorial about the things that I am thankful for. I’ve written about how thankful I am for my family and for public servants like Alabama’s educators. But this year, I want to say how thankful I am for our country’s veterans. We just celebrated
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The Vagabond: An early incident with Alabama City Holy Rollers

By Danny Crownover Author’s note: This article is of preserving history as it was written in the 1920s and not meant to offend anyone. “Back in 1910, the Holiness people, or Holy Rollers as they are sometimes termed were operating a most remarkable series of meetings on Kyle Avenue, which was the main road into
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

Chicken and Dressing Casserole and Shoe Peg and Geen Bean Casserole Thanksgiving is nearly here and I just have to share these two recipes. I already have two pans of dressing in the freezer and I beginning to start baking pies. I have also made homemade cranberry sauce this year. Do you remember when life
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Pious Bob - A Closer Walk

By Robert Halsey Pine “…The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed…the kingdom of God is among you.” (Luke 17:20-37 NRSV). How do you argue whether or not God exists? You don’t have to. You seek, feel and experience God or you don’t. On occasion I’ll tune in to a television
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Who is Zachariah?

By Toni Ford Zechariah, the next to last book in the Old Testament, is often overlooked and not read by many people. He was considered one of the twelve Minor Prophets and spoke about the restoration of the people of Israel. Zechariah also prophesied about the restoration that will take place to come, a new
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Adventures at the Senior Center: I gotta beef!

By Vicki Scott This might seem like a soapbox that I might be getting on, but I’ve “gotta beef” and I feel the need to share something. Our meal program here at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe is NOT a charity! We are here to help short or long-term if needed but we are
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Pious Bob - Would you like me to gift wrap that for you?

“…I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…” (Luke 22:14-23 NRSV). These are the words of a man who knows fully what is about to happen to Him. A person who is committed to His Father’s will. A person with a huge gift to give on His way out. A
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Pious Bob - Understanding Outcomes

By Robert Halsey Pine Isn’t it great to celebrate the Lord’s blessings? It’s been going on for a long time: “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy…” (Psalm 30 NRSV). We must continuously thank the Lord. The psalmist helps us remember that God’s anger
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Pious Bob - Out and About with God

By Robert Halsey Pine Jesus has an unusual way of commissioning us: “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:7-16 NRSV). Herein lays our challenge. As with the disciples, He is sending us “out like sheep into the midst
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Inspiration from God’s Word - No doubt, you can always trust God

By Toni Ford When one reads the minor prophet books in the Old Testament, they will quickly observe a recurring pattern in their prophecies to Israel and the Jews. First comes the warning to repent of their sins. Next is the judgement that will come upon the Jews and their land if they do not
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Pious Bob - Aggressive Sheepishness

By Robert Halsey Pine Jesus is so much for us. He joys in giving us hope: “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:1-10 NRSV). Jesus’ parable of the one and the ninety-nine is a
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Pious Bob - A Prayer for All Reasons

By Robert Halsey Pine Jesus reports to His Father:                        “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to
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Sports teach lessons that you might not learn in classrooms

By State Rep. Craig Ford We all know that education and jobs go hand-in-hand. If you want to get a good job, you have to have a good education. And having good schools is an important part of recruiting jobs and industry to a community. Education gets a lot of attention in Alabama. You hear a
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Pious Bob - Signing on for the Whole Journey

By Robert Halsey Pine As Jesus was challenged, so must we: “…Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Luke 9:51-62 NRSV). Jesus keeps reminding us that if we follow Him, we must be prepared for full-time work. On His way to
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Pious Bob-The Inside Story On Us

St. Paul tells us, there’s no wasting away with Jesus: “We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving,
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Should Dr. Sentance be fired?

The State Board of Education recently met to discuss terminating State Superintendent Dr. Michael Sentance’s contract. Politics has surrounded Dr. Sentance’s time in Alabama, starting even before he was hired. And if the board decides to fire him, his supporters will claim that politics was the driving factor. Dr. Sentance was the preferred choice of
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Agri-business center a great addition to mega sports complex

By Rep. Craig Ford Tourism and hospitality is a $13 billion dollar a year industry in the state of Alabama. That number comes from the Alabama Department of Tourism, and was included in a press release Gov. Kay Ivey put out last month. But tourism and hospitality don’t just come from our beautiful beaches and
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People of Etowah - B. Craig Lipscomb

Name: B. Craig Lipscomb, Architect. Where were you born and raised? “My family for many generations has lived in Gadsden, Alabama. Prior to my birth, my parents moved to Leeds, Alabama, where I was born. Shortly thereafter, we moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where we lived until I was eight, at which time we moved
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Pious Bob - Dealing with the Law and Our Sin

By Robert Halsey Pine Paul fought the law and the law won: “What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not
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Pious Bob - Giving Up Our Burden

By Robert Halsey Pine David’s struggles outlined in the Psalms can be lessons for us today: “My heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. And I say, “O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away
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A crisis coming to Alabama that you’re not hearing much about

Our state government is no stranger to crises. We’ve had multiple budget crises, Medicaid crises and, most recently, a crisis related to our prison system. But there is another growing crisis that hasn’t gotten the media attention these other issues have. It’s a crisis that could have a devastating impact on Alabama’s families, our economy
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Pious Bob - Overturning our Ignorance

St. Paul continues to help us merger the old with the new in Christ Jesus: “But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction,
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Pious Bob - Accepting Our Inheritance

By Robert Halsey Pine Can Peter possibly know what he’s saying? “Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you
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Pious Bob - Recognizing the Child Within Us

By Robert Halsey Pine This is Christ praying to God in the presence of His disciples: “Father, the hour has come, glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you; since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him…I have made your name
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New school year starting, but it should be starting later

By Rep. Craig Ford Remember when school didn’t start until after Labor Day? In a matter of days, students all across Alabama will start a new school year, and it’s only the second week of August. Instead of spending the last few weeks of August working summer jobs or going on family vacations, teachers and
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Fathers Have a Lot in Common

By Robert Halsey Pine What would we do without St. Paul to guide us in our life in Christ?          “Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is
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If Etowah County Commission won’t step up for Mega Sports Complex, legislative delegation should

By Rep. Craig Ford Every day I run into people who tell me how much they want Etowah County to have its own sports complex. And in almost every single one of these conversations, I always get asked, “But Craig, do you really think we will ever actually get it done?” I do believe we
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Submitting to Discipline

By Robert Halsey Pine St. Paul reminds us how our trials have a way of actually building us up: “Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline?…..Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Life of Mist and Dust

James reminds us where our true direction comes from: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Spotlight

Paul gets his orders from the top: “I will rescue you from your people and from the Gentiles–to whom I am sending you to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place
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Craig Ford - Can't Never Could

One doesn’t need a Ph.D in soothsaying to know that the honeymoon between state superintendent Mike Sentance and some members of the state school board has ended. Though Sentance has been chastised time after time by board members for not sharing information, he basically ignores them. Which is the reason that board meetings and work sessions now last four to
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People of Etowah - Andrew H. Roberts

Name: Andrew H. Roberts Where were you born and raised? “I was born in Jasper, Alabama. My father worked with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company so we lived in many different places (e.g. Brazil and Ohio) when I was very young.  My family moved to Gadsden when I was five years old.” What is your
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Pious Bob - Can I Afford to Wait?

David sets us up to be concerned if God is delighted with us: “Our steps are made firm by the LORD, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the LORD holds us by the hand. Depart from evil, and do good; so you shall abide forever. For
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Freedom of Faith

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians how to live in our complicated world: “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.’ Now
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - It Looks Good On Paper

By Robert Halsey Pine Jude wants us to jump in over our heads: “But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Putting First Things First and Loving It

By Robert Halsey Pine David had much to correct in his life and continually discussed his plans with the Lord:        “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
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Craig Ford - State legislature must pass lottery in special session

The Alabama Legislature is quickly running out of excuses for failing to let the people vote on a state lottery. Last summer, Gov. Robert Bentley called a special session specifically for the purpose of passing a lottery. After passing out of the state Senate, the lottery went to the House, where it passed on its
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Strength and Protection in Patience

By Robert Halsey Pine Come on Peter, really? He says: “Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation–if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:1-10 NRSV).
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The Vagabond - Remembering The Great War: Alabama and WWI

By Danny Crownover The Etowah Historical Society currently is hosting a traveling exhibit commemorating the centennial anniversary of Alabama’s involvement in World War I. “Remembering the Great War: Alabama and World War I” tells the story of the war from the perspectives of Alabamians whose lives were shaped by the conflict. The free exhibit runs
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Pious Bob - Thank Goodness for His Slowness

In 2 Peter we hear about the Lord’s treatment of a day in our lives: “But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness,
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It’s not about right wing and left wing; it’s about right and wrong

It would be easy to think nothing good has happened lately in the world of Alabama politics, and that Montgomery is so mired in corruption and bickering that nothing ever gets done. After all, the legislative session that just ended began with one governor and ended with a different one; tensions over legislative redistricting and
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - May 26, 2017

Crack Green Beans, Jane’s Baked Beans and Mary’s Hamburger Soup After sharing with all of you some of my two grandmother’s recipes, I hope you will do the same for your children and grandchildren. As much as my mother and I were in the kitchen together, I still find myself wanting to ask her advice concerning different
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Singing to the Lord with David

Marching for the Heavenly John dreams the impossible dream: “These are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation
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The Vagabond - Tales of Gadsden First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church of Gadsden was first a wooden structure built at the northwest corner of Broad and Fifth streets. When erected, the church was said by many members to be “out in the woods and inaccessible.” At that time, the little village of Gadsden was centered around the blocks bounded by First, Fourth,
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Pious Bob - Same Story, Different Idols

St. Paul communicates a warning in having things in life in two ways: “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?” (1 Corinthians
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Craig Ford - My hope for Alabama and the Democratic Party

For the last six years, it has been my privilege to serve as Minority Leader in the Alabama House of Representatives. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, I will step down and a new leader will be elected. While I will continue to serve in the state legislature and represent the great people of Etowah County, I
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Pious Bob - Touch His Cloak

“Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes? Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’” (Mark 5:21 – 43 NRSV). Healing is an interesting phenomenon. In our Christian communities there are a variety of understandings about healing. Some say that we should
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The Vagabond - Etowah County crime in the 1800s: Part one

Think Etowah County crime is bad now? Turn back to the 1800s 1876 Terrible Tragedy – On Saturday evening last one of the saddest took place between John C. Latham and Benjamin F. Hodges, resulting in the shooting of Latham by Hodges in the bowels and from which he died at 3 o’clock Sunday morning. 
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The Vagabond - Downtown Gadsden in the old days

In 1884, store displays were quite different from today. While walking down Broad Street the other day, The Vagabond got to thinking of the difference in window displays by the stores of the good old days and the present time. As a matter of fact, there were no window displays in those days. Everything was
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Craig Ford - VictoryLand re-opening a victory for democracy

I have always believed that gambling is an issue that should be decided by the voters. And I will never understand why, in the middle of the biggest economic recession our country has seen since the Great Depression, our state leaders chose to put hundreds of people out of work and shut down legally operating
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