Apple Salad, Turnip Green Casserole, Another Chicken Casserole and Hershey Bell Cookies

January 4, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s begin the New Year with some quick, easy and good recipes. Apple Salad 1 (16 oz.) can drained pineapple 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup flour 5 large apples 1/2 stick margarine Cool Whip Pecans Cook pineapple, sugar and flour until it thickens. Add margarine when taken off heat. Put into refrigerator
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Finding Light in the Darkest Places

January 4, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Therefore I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will lose a hair from your heads.” (Acts 27:27-44 NRSV). A centurion and some soldiers were taking Paul to Italy to appeal his case before the emperor. Paul had warned the sailors in
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Christmas was indeed merry; let’s bring on the new year!

January 4, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Hopefully everyone had a Merry Christmas this year. I was blessed with much more than I deserved. This article is my first one typed on my very own laptop! My darling husband must have gotten tired of me “borrowing” his computer on my trips to my moms for typing. My beautiful daughter
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The beginnings of a new year

January 4, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford There is something special about new beginnings. I love the thought of starting afresh and anew, making new goals and having fresh vision for the year ahead. I saw a quote posted on social media this past week by a man named Brad Paisley, which read, “Tomorrow is the first blank page
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Time has been on my side...

December 28, 2018 chris
By Vicki Scott Since Christmas sneaked up on me, my brothers volunteered to stay with my mom while I finish up shopping and preparing for our traditional Christmas dinner. I have been a free woman since Wednesday, Dec. 19. I can’t believe I am writing this, but in that short time, I have missed my
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Tomato-Chili Soup, Cabbage Soup and German Chocolate Cupcakes

December 28, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell 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 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon sugar Mix all ingredients
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Inspiration from God’s Word: God is our Redeemer

December 28, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Throughout the 43rd and 44th chapters of the Book of Isaiah, there is an emphasis on “God the Redeemer.” The word translated “redeem” or “Redeemer” is the Hebrew word for “a kinsman redeemer,” a near relative who could free family members and their property from bondage by paying their debts for them.
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The Vagabond - Charles K. Crossfield

December 28, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond remembers getting ice cream at Crossfield’s during his youth.  At that time, the ice cream was known all over town and continued to be known for many years. Here is the story of the Crossfields in Gadsden: One of the most useful citizens Gadsden ever had was Charles K. Crossfield,
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Pious Bob - Participating In Our Tempering

December 28, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-13 NRSV). St. Paul
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The Vagabond - An 1895 Christmas tale from Lovejoy’s Crossroads

December 21, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond came across a true Christmas article originally written by local historian Marvin B. Small. It reads: “Back in the year 1895, there was a spot in West Gadsden that was known by old timers as Lovejoy’s Cross Roads. In those days, Tuscaloosa Road (now Tuscaloosa Avenue), as it was then
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Inspiration from God’s Word - For unto us a savior is born

December 21, 2018 chris
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 Golden Girls & Clint Eastwood

December 21, 2018 chris
By Vicki Scott Back in the day when I played on a regular basis at George Wallace Senior Center, I was able to enjoy my obsession with The Golden Girls TV show. The name was the inspiration behind calling our seniors, “Golden Yellow Jackets,” and that is how I see them; they are the “Gold”
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Accepting Our Charge

December 21, 2018 chris
“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves…When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time;
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Homestyle Beef Casserole and Red Velvet Brownies

December 21, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell I bring you good news that will be of great joy for all the people. Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:10-11 Homestyle Beef Casserole 1 pound ground chuck 1 (14-oz) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and
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Mama’s got no gun!

December 17, 2018 chris
As I previously mentioned, I had the opportunity to stay with my mother five days a week due to her complications with dementia. She was in a car accident when I was three years old, but has been able to live a normal life until a little over a year ago. Her life is an
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

December 17, 2018 chris
Sylvia Stewart’s Old Fashioned Light Fruitcake, Strawberry Crescent Bars and Sausage Dinner Quickie May this season be rich with the laughter of friends, With the closeness of family whose love never ends, May your hearts be content, May your spirits be light, And all of your holiday memories bright. Merry Christmas Sylvia Stewart’s Old Fashioned
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Jesus: He is the only name

December 17, 2018 chris
This week, my thoughts and readings in the Word kept taking me back to the importance of a name. Maybe, because this is the Christmas season and each year, in the midst of the business, of buying gifts, going to parties and preparing Christmas cards, I try to keep an awareness of the true meaning
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The Vagabond - New Deal projects in Gadsden

December 17, 2018 chris
New Deal projects were the domestic programs of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1939. The projects took action to bring about immediate economic relief, as well as reforms in industry, agriculture, finance, waterpower, labor and housing and vastly increasing the scope of the federal government’s activities. The program’s first objective was to
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Pious Bob - An Invitation to Imitation

December 17, 2018 chris
“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 NRSV). The church in Thessalonica received a good review from Paul,
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Frozen Christmas Salad, Millionaire Fudge, Christmas Jam Cake and Ada Lee Bishop’s Russian Tea

December 11, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell I know all of you have your favorite memories of the Christmas season, but mine is sitting in my rocking chair, holding my precious grandson and singing, “Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree” while looking at the Christmas tree lights twinkle. We changed the words from Christmas tree to Santa Claus! “Oh,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Keeping on the Straight Path

December 11, 2018 chris
“But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:6-21 NRSV). In Paul’s
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Of Skittles, water crafts and my friend Lashanne

December 11, 2018 chris
While living this thing called life, it is such a blessing to have family and friends. God has used some very special people to keep me from going totally off the deep end. I believe if I did, Lashanne Baker would be the one to go with me and our husbands would jump in to
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

November 16, 2018 chris
Mother’s Pecan Pies, Mother’s Sweet Potato Pies and Virginia Watts’ Chocolate Pie The South’s best soul food comes from our Southern kitchens! Two of my favorites to bake are cookies (which you all know I love to bake) and pies. My mother loved to bake pies and would always roll out her own dough for
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s ‘No’ means a greater ‘Yes’

November 16, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever received a “no,” or maybe a “no, not now,” response from the Lord concerning a prayer you had been praying for weeks, months or even years? This past week, our family experienced an answer like that. And although that answer at that moment made us sad and full of
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Pious Bob - Dying for the Love of All

November 16, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for
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The chaotic side of normal

November 9, 2018 chris
 By Vicki Scott As the Scott house assumes the chaotic side of normal for us, there have been a few changes along the way. My husband Alan has started riding his motorcycles again and I have returned to staying with my mom in Dadeville during the week. Mom and I planned to track back to
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Southern Cooking: Cafeteria Macaroni and Cheese, Nancy Wood’s Corn Pudding and Vanilla Wafer Cake

November 9, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell Once my family has decided what entrée we will have for Thanksgiving, the next step is figuring out what goes along with it. These are some of my favorites. Cafeteria Macaroni and Cheese 1 pound elbow macaroni noodles 4 eggs (4-ounces) heavy cream (12-ounces) milk (4-ounces) butter, melted (12-ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
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The Vagabond - Readers respond to Temple Beth Israel article

November 9, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week The Vagabond wrote about America’s worst Jewish shooting or bombing (until recently in Pittsburg, Penn.) that happened here in Gadsden. It was also posted on Facebook on the “Welcome to Gadsden” group page. The response about the incident that happened at Temple Beth Israel in 1960 was unbelievable with over
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Bearing God’s Fruit

November 9, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed…Therefore, my beloved, be
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Covenant, power and promises

November 9, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford As I have been reading the book of Joshua this past month, I picture it being divided in three parts. The first part (chapters 1-12) is Joshua completing the first half of his commission. He had conquered the enemy and was now in control of the land and the cities the Lord
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