Good solution to Tier 2 system

April 12, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford Unintended consequences are a common problem when it comes to making laws and government policy. A good example of this is the changes lawmakers made in 2012 to the retirement systems for education and state employees. The economic recession that began in 2008 had severely hurt the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s investments. The
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The Vagabond: A canal was planned between the Coosa and Tennessee rivers

April 12, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Back in 1869, there was an article from The Selma Times advocating a canal across Sand Mountain to connect the Tennessee and Coosa rivers. The paper’s editor said that the project would be a great boon to this part of the south and that he wished to stand on the banks of
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Pondering life with Pious Bob: Hold hands, Hold Hands with God

April 12, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “…Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!” (Luke 10:17-24 NRSV). Jesus tells the disciples that prophets and kings have desired to see and hear what they have seen and heard, but did not. Bonding with Jesus has tremendous benefits. Once committed to Christ our whole view changes. Things that were
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Power of the Resurrection

April 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In just a few days, Easter Sunday will be here and millions of people will gather around the world to reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet the resurrection is more than just a historical event. For the believer, this is a time of great celebration
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A lack of communication and a mystery solved

April 12, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott About a month ago, my brother stopped calling me, cold turkey. That scared me because he is the one God has called to keep check on us and peace in our family. He is good at it and has the biggest heart in comparison to my baby brother and me. I thought
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Life is a journey, take the scenic route

April 12, 2019 chris
With each passing year, we are living a journey that continuously changes, sometimes by our choices and others by unknown forces that could not have been planned for. My present age finds me being a daughter, mother and grandmother, and my fifth great-grand-baby girl was born last night in Colorado. The word “great-grandmother” always makes me
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

April 5, 2019 chris
Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Bread, Strawberry Ice Box Dessert and Strawberry Pizza Crust The strawberry, red in all of its glory, is one of nature’s sweetest offerings. It can be eaten straight off the vine and can be barely sprinkled with sugar or salt. The peak season for strawberries is April to June, so now is
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The Vagabond - Steamboat wars on the Coosa River

April 5, 2019 chris
By Danny “The Vagabond” Crownover The first steamboat to ply the waters of the Coosa River was appropriately named The Coosa. On July 4, 1845, that gallant little steamer, came around the bend below what is now Gadsden. Captain James Lafferty commanded the boat. Large proportions and un-heard-of-profits were said to have been derived from
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - A Vision For Proclamation

April 5, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name [Jesus].” (Acts 5:27-42 NRSV). The apostles had been tea-ching and proclaiming Jesus in the Temple. Although a high priest with the Sadducees had the apostles arrested and put into the public
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The grit of Paul

April 5, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford The conversion of Saul, the leading persecutor of Christians, was one of the greatest events in church history. Saul, whose name was changed to Paul shortly after his conversion, met Jesus on his way to Damascus. The Lord had a special work for Paul. This Hebrew of Hebrews would become the apostle
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A visitation, the three-legged dog and a pretend Oak Ridge Boy

April 5, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott One of our neighbors in Dadeville was laid to rest this past week. He will be missed. This gentleman was the same man who enlightened me on who Willie Golden was of the Oak Ridge Boys. The look on my face must have told on me when the man told me that
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Beautiful kittens and such...

April 5, 2019 chris
Phil was walking down the hall talking to himself. I was a little curious until he reached me and asked, “Guess what I found on the front porch?” He then reached into his coat and pulled out a little Siamese kitten. He continued to soothe the kitten. Sighing, I replied, “I didn’t think we were
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

March 29, 2019 chris
Don’t tell Momma… It’s been years since my three grandchildren were young, and I was sitting with them while my daughter had a night out. After dinner, I decided to give them a bath and get them ready for bed. I then heard Dakota say, “Nana, Brittany is going through Momma’s drawers, and she is not
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

March 29, 2019 chris
24 Hour Salad, Three Bean Salad and Hot Chicken Salad Let’s do some salads this week! 24 Hour Salad 1 can Eagle Brand Milk 1/3 cup lemon juice 1 large Cool Whip 1 large can crushed pineapple 1 large can fruit cocktail 1 cup pecans, chopped 1/2 cup cherries, chopped 1 1/2 cups coconut 1
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Proper Use of God’s Authority

March 29, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:1-12 NRSV). Jesus is our
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Inspiration from God’s Word - There’s no doubt, we can always trust God

March 29, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford When we read the minor prophet books in the Old Testament, we quickly observe a recurring pattern in their prophecies to Israel and the Jews. First comes the warning to repent of their sins and next is the judgement that will come upon the Jews and their land if they do not
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Twelve Baskets Bakery - Sweet ladies and even sweeter treats

March 29, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott On several occasions while in route to George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe, I noticed a van parked across from Glencoe Elementary School. Because it was so close to the Glencoe Cumberland Presbyterian, at first I thought that the church was having a special catered meal or a bake sale or something
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The Vagabond - Dr. Ralls and the first hospital in Etowah County

March 22, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Gadsden’s historian Will I. Martin wrote extensively about early Gadsden. The following is a sample of his work: “When the Ralls Sanatorium was opened on Sept. 1, 1906, it had only 16 beds. More important, ‘at the opening of the hospital, a chartered school of nursing was started with six entrants.’ These
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

March 22, 2019 chris
Strawberry Angel Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie  and Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie Spring is here! I think one of the big reasons people do not cook anymore is the notion that it takes too long and it’s just too hard. I hope you learn from my recipes that good home-cooked food can be quick, easy
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Robbing Peter to pay Paul

March 22, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford One of the problems exposed during the gas tax debate was the fact that $63 million dollars a year gets diverted out of the Alabama Department of Transportation’s road and bridge funding to pay for state troopers and the court system. The logic – if you can call it that – for this
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The extraordinary mixed with the ordinary

March 22, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford I love the story in Acts 12 of Peter’s miraculous escape from prison. The story begins a few verses ahead, with King Herod Agrippa persecuting the believers of the church to such extremes as having the apostle James killed with a sword. This actually is the first of the twelve apostles martyred
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Slaving in His Work

March 22, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:16-23 NRSV). I have been guilty of trying to please everyone, of trying to be all
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Technology, or the lack thereof...

March 22, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Technology is supposed to make life easier, but the acclamation to new technology is sometimes inconvenient for me.  I ordered some shoes from Amazon for my plantar fasciitis because I needed some relief and they were cute. There was no relief when I tried the shoes on, so I decided to return
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

March 22, 2019 chris
Rites of passage… Looking at a recent selfie photo of me and my granddaughter, I find myself trying to look around some miraculous corner on the photo so I can see if that’s really what I look like in today’s world. I admit it is me. It’s the ‘me’ who has finally accepted that I’m
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The Vagabond: What happened to the Etowah Rifles?

March 15, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Many boys and older men who did not participate in the Civil War stayed behind and formed Home Guards. Those units did their best to defend their homes and towns. After the war ended, there was no official militia in this area but veterans of the war met periodically in associations. Individual
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

March 15, 2019 chris
El Grando, Barbecue Pork Chops and Banana Cobbler Words always seem to fail me when I try to describe the fun that Mary and I always have when we are at Cottontail’s Village in Birmingham. After being with the vendors for three days, they instantly become family. As we were talking to a group of
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Like the children of Israel, God calls us to finish well

March 15, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the closing chapters of the Book of Joshua, we see that the children of Israel, as a nation, are resting from war and enjoying the riches God had given them in the Promised Land. But when we move to the next book, in Judges, we see the nation of Israel suffering
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Determining how we are raised

March 15, 2019 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 do
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Many special memories of growing up in Beauregard

March 15, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott By the time you read this, I’m sure there will be so many instances of people meeting U.S. President Donald Trump and his family while they visited Beauregard. Regretfully, I didn’t get a chance to meet them, but I cannot even try to imagine what this community went through. I am not
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Childhood memories

March 15, 2019 chris
On the news a few days, ago I heard the still-popular Barbie doll was celebrating a birthday. It is hard to believe she is turning 60 years old. I’ll never forget the first Barbie I received for Christmas when the dolls hit the shelves. Upon doing some research I found that Barbie is a fashion
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