A purse-snatching grandbaby

August 28, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott One of our volunteers at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe had some tickets for sale for a fundraiser. For each ticket sold, we would get a meal and a chance for a gun. A winner for a gun would be drawn every three minutes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The whole world in His hands

August 27, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Never too old, never too young

August 27, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The Book of First Samuel begins with the story of Elkanah and his family. Elkanah had two wives, one named Hannah and one named Peninnah. Peninnah had several children but Hannah was not able to have children. Peninnah would taunt and bully Hannah as a result. Although the harsh and cruel words
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God’s Word revealed for us - You are now responsible

August 27, 2020 chris
By John Larkins This is one of those times when Jesus packed enormous meaning in just a few words that explain His mission on Earth in a profound way, a teaching that becomes essential to comprehending our salvation in The Way He sees it and means to reveal our responsibility to Him. To be honest,
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The Vagabond – Growing up in Gadsden, Part 7

August 21, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Episode 13 : 1950’s dance bands This episode is a portion of my late brother Bill’s memoir. Bill wrote his memoir for the family only, but I include this story in this series because it is a part of Gadsden’s unwritten history. The following are Bill’s comments about one of Gadsden’s best but
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - random thoughts on a sunny day

August 21, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston The words of an old song go something like this: “I just don’t know what to do with myself. I just don’t know what to do with my time.” These words do not describe my life! I do know what to do with myself and with my time. Several senior citizens warned
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Mexican Pizza, Vegetable Casserole and Sybil Money's German Apple Cake

August 21, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell One-dish wonders can save time and money by serving hot and hearty all-in-one meals. Basically, what I love to do is take my Southern food roots and kind of combine them with local ingredients and put a different twist on them. Mexican Pizza 1 package crescent rolls 1 teaspoon garlic 1 tablespoon
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It was great by the lake for us

August 21, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott I recently read where Glencoe is good place for people to retire. This news caused me to reminisce about some of the best years of my life.  This was a life loved down Herren Camp Road and a life my babies grew up in. My husband Alan and I were married only
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God’s Word revealed for us - Salvation through Christ’s Church

August 21, 2020 chris
By John Larkins These weekly columns begin at the biblical beginning of our relationship with God, because that relationship is eternal and the only lasting relationship, we will ever have with anyone. God loved humans, beginning with Adam and soon adding Eve. God was saddened by their subsequent disobedience that changed our parent’s life pattern
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Praying the Word of God

August 21, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Those who know me, know that I often speak about praying the Word of God. To me, this is one of the most important disciplines we as believers can do to strengthen our faith. Isaiah 55:11 says, “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Blinded by ignorance or arrogance?

August 21, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind…If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘we see,’ your sin remains.’” (John 9:18-41 NRSV). We were in darkness and
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Detachment has arrived

August 14, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston During this time of experiencing so many emotions that seem to be left to chance, I cannot help but associate them with the pandemic as it follows its own path. My connection to the outside world has been to speak on the phone with several friends and family members. We agree that
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The Vagabond

August 14, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Not long ago a student asked The Vagabond how, why and when the federal government took over control of all navigable streams in the United States. From 1790 to 1810, the improvements of the rivers and harbors were made by states with the consent of U.S. Congress. From 1810 to 1852, these
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God’s Word revealed for us - Everything but your freedom

August 14, 2020 chris
By John Larkins A book report in the August 11 edition of The Wall Street Journal detailed the horror of life under the government style promised by the democrat communist presidential candidate front runner. Religion is totally suppressed and replaced by worship of the leader. An example is a successful businessman who has two homes,
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From coward to conqueror

August 14, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In the Book of Deuteronomy, God outlined the responsibilities of the nation of Israel, which were to love and obey Jehovah as the one and only true God, teach the children God’s laws, be thankful for God’s blessings and separate oneself from the worship of pagan gods in the land of Canaan.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Pushy pottery

August 14, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and
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Chicken Pot Pie, Cajun Cabbage and Orange Sherbet Cake

August 14, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell My heart is so thankful for being raised in the South. I am also thankful for all the life lessons my precious family and my God has taught me. Have you ever heard the expressions, “Eat it and hush” or “Lord, what is this?” My chicken pot pie dish was one of
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Having fun with quarantine bingo

August 14, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Last Monday, I visited and delivered my last bingo prize for the week. When this pandemic started, I am not sure which activity at George Wallace Senior Center I missed most. After two weeks of isolation, I had bingo DTs. It was real, and a support group had to be formed. We
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The best brownies ever, apple cake and Oreo delight

August 7, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell This week, let’s just bake some “goodies galore.” I want to begin with the Best Chocolate Brownie Recipe Ever! The Best Chocolate Brownie EVER! 1 ½ cups self-rising flour 2 cups sugar 1 cup Crisco oil 4 eggs, beaten 8 tablespoons cocoa 1 tablespoon vanilla flavoring 1 cup chopped pecans Sift flour,
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Mask fashion and coordinating colors

August 7, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott My husband Alan and I were recently watching Am-erican Pickers. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz buy the darndest things for a lot of money – signs, motorcycle parts, oil cans, old leather jackets and all kinds of junk were purchased, with excitement, by these guys. I wondered if one day – maybe
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A worldwide spiritual awakening

August 7, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In March of this year as the world was experiencing the outbreak of COVID-19, several pastors from different nations and denominations joined together for a phone call. During the conversation, it became clear they all shared one heart – to unite and activate the worldwide Body of Christ to pray for both
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God’s Word revealed for us - God is not dead

August 7, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Many dangerous and seemingly destructive human organizations threaten the survival of our nation, religious institutions and our very lives. An element of our citizens that constitutes only 13 percent of the population has been weaponized by an array of immensely wealthy elites and bullied some of our elected officials to carry out
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Determining how we are raised

August 7, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who
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The Vagabond - Growing up in Gadsden, Part 6

August 7, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Author’s note: Robert Elton recently sent The Vagabond his memoirs of growing up in Gadsden. Robert is originally from Gadsden and graduated from Gadsden High School. He studied broadcast production at Auburn University and went on to work for South Carolina Educational Television Network. Robert and his wife Jean Pearce Elton live
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - A health product for the ages

August 7, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston During my senior years, I admit that I often wake to shocking news when I turn on the TV. When this happens, your perspective changes in what you may have believed in all of your life. So many situations are slapping us right where it hurts, our hearts and our daily lives!
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Share feelings of rejection

July 31, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Sometimes you will meet a random stranger who shares a few words with you. Amazingly, the two of you will form a bond, and you have a new friend, a friend who does not reject but accepts you just the way you are. A lady recently shared her life story of rejection,
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The Vagabond - Growing up in Gadsden, Part V

July 31, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Episode 9: Gadsden Pilots baseball The following is a piece written by my old school buddy, Ben Barnes. The Gadsden Pilots were a mid-20th-century minor league professional baseball team. In the late 1940s, the Pilots were one of eight teams in the Class B Southeastern League. The Pensacola Flyers were from Florida and
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Greater than astronomical

July 31, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a garment. You change them like clothing, and they pass away; but you are the same, and your years have no
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A day of great celebration

July 31, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard of the book of Esther in the Bible? It is a short book with only 10 chapters and yet a very powerful book about God’s faithfulness to protect Israel and the Jewish people. In the third chapter of Esther, we find Haman, the king’s second-in-command, casting lots in
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God’s Word revealed for us - “Give me liberty or give me death”

July 31, 2020 chris
By John Larkins America’s religious freedom was won by the vigorous speaking, and most prominently, organizing and armed combat to repel a hostile and foreign enemy. The words of this week’s title are attributed to Patrick Henry and are found at the conclusion of a monumental speech he gave in 1775 to propose that his
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