The Vagabond - Oldest church in Etowah County

September 13, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Through the years many people have asked the Vagabond about how the late Jerry Jones, former Etowah County Tax Assessor, first became interested in genealogy and history. We continue the story from last week. Jerry Jones will never forget the story of the Indian massacres, and when he was grown, he began
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

September 13, 2019 chris
Old-Fashioned Apple Sugar-Free Pie and Million Dollar Apple Bars There is so much to enjoy about the fall in Alabama. We go from lazy days of summer to busy days filled with my favorite activities and foods. Football games, craft festivals, picking up pecans, filling jars with muscadine jelly, the DeKalb County Fair in Fort
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Pious Bob - Anticipating Healing

September 13, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…I will say
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Inspiration from God’s Word - He turns our mourning into rejoicing

September 13, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Psalm 30 is a beautiful reminder for us as believers that no matter what trials come our way in life, if we choose to keep our eyes on our Lord, then joy will follow. This psalm opens and closes on a note of thanksgiving and yet, during the time David wrote this
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Mixed emotions and happy reunions at a high school football game

September 13, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott I attended a high school football game last Friday night, and it took a bucket full of pride to swallow for me to be there. I had to do it to see my oldest grandchild, Ava, cheer with the little ones at halftime. I had not been back to this school since
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

September 13, 2019 chris
When it’s least expected… It had been a while since I had used my steam mop, but this was a day I really needed it. I filled it with water but no steam came out. With a screwdriver, I took it apart where the water was supposed to go through a little tiny tube, and
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Keep Smiling...School daze, then and now

September 6, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston Strange title for a column, you think? Even though I looked forward to my granddaughter beginning another school year, I find myself daydreaming as I watch her enter her school. I think back to my very first day of school. There was a special kind of electrical current in the air! Carrying
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The Vagabond: 1784 Indian massacre in Rainbow City

September 6, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Through the years, many people ask The Vagabond about how the late Jerry Jones, a former Etowah County Tax Accessor, first became interested in genealogy and history. Several years ago, Jerry sent The Vagabond an article. When Jerry was eight years old, he went with his family to Old Harmony Cemetery in
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Lemon Lush, Grated Apple Pie and Country Apple Dessert

September 6, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Do you want to start a conversation? Read a cookbook in public. That’s what happens to me all of the time. I always have a cookbook with me. “What are you cooking?” the young lady who sat beside me asked as she peeped over my shoulder. “Just checking out a recipe I
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Principles to develop our prayer lives

September 6, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford As of late, this has been an extremely busy season in my life. My time of reading God’s Word has been cut short on many mornings and I knew I needed more of Him to get through my day. I have found myself leaning more on prayer and conversations with our Lord
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God in schools and the wisdom of children

September 6, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Last Saturday, I was enjoying some conversation with my daughter-in-law Machi, and we were discussing God and our schools. I felt compelled to share some of my testimony with her. In doing so, I realized two things – God is powerful and so are children. My daughter Eva was between two and
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

September 3, 2019 chris
Today’s Menu Meat Loaf Plate Mashed Potatoes Turnip Greens Corn Bread Chili Hot Dogs and Burger Drinks: Cokes, Pepsi, Tea, Coffee, Beer I saw this sign in front of a little café on our way to the beach a few years ago. Only in a Southern small town would you ever see this kind of menu.
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The Vagabond - A brief history of Camp Sibert

September 3, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Sometime back, The Vagabond came across an article written by Joe Robertson and P. Wayne Findley containing a lot of information about Camp Sibert. It reads: “Occasionally, people in Etowah and St. Clair counties stumble across artifacts, not of lost civilizations, not of the dark past clouded in the distance by centuries,
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Pious Bob - Lining Up With God’s Influence

September 3, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places…And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The beauty of our Lord’s magnitude

September 3, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Lately I have been thinking about the vastness and magnitude of our Lord, and how this attribute along with His consistent character never changes. I have been learning that as I reflect on these things, it changes my perspective concerning my current issues and problems. All of a sudden, my problems, which
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Becoming a sea turtle sister and searching for Sean Dietrich

September 3, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Around 2017, my husband Alan and I went on a mission trip to the Bahamas with other members of Cove Creek Baptist Church in Glencoe. During this time, we built relationships with victims of both hurricanes and each other. Tammy Jones, who is the secretary and does the children’s ministry at Cove
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

August 16, 2019 chris
Crock Pot Dressing, Whipped Sweet Potato Bake and Pineapple Fluff Cake My sister and I grew up with a  mother who enjoyed cooking and was a wonderful cook. She taught us the importance of presentation and taste. During our school years, we entered our home daily with something on the stove simmering or a new
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Pious Bob - The Comfort in Fearing Him

August 16, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Then Peter began to speak to them:  ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all.’”
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Wearing the Armor of God

August 16, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the Book of Ephesians, Paul explains how we are to equip ourselves for the battles we face in this life and for spiritual warfare. Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” In ancient times,
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A three-hour car ride, Mimi on the Phone and treat negotiations

August 16, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Starting last Saturday, it was that time of the year – “Nana Camp” time! I should call it “Nana and Poppa Camp.” My husband Alan took the week off work to share this momentous occasion, and I am very appreciative. My daughter is so nervous about us watching her kids. She suggested
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

August 12, 2019 chris
Chicken Salad, Vegetable Salad and Fluffy Pink Salad There are so many foods that are unique to our region of the country. Sweet tea, pimento cheese, deviled eggs, fried chicken, fried catfish and tomato sandwiches are all wonderful staples in the South.  I always evaluate a new restaurant by the quality of the sweet tea!
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Pious Bob - Accepting His Reconciliation

August 12, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:15-23 NRSV). St. Paul said, “He is the image of the invisible
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Encouragement for the battle

August 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In a battle, I believe all of us at times need encouragement to keep fighting and not give up. We need a glimmer of hope or some type of sign that we can be victorious. Personally, I have found Psalm 86 to be a great psalm to read when one is faced
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My first book, some sound senior advice and a very special mother

August 12, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott One obstacle after another kept happening until I decided to seek advice from our seniors and George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe. I had a dilemma about the presentation of my first published book, She Made a Difference, Anyway! A Tribute to My Mom, to my mother. I did not want to
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

August 12, 2019 chris
How to choose a daycare, Part II A class I took in college, called “Early Childhood Education” ended with our last grade based on writing a thesis on the subject of positive aspects of owning or choosing a daycare center. I’ll never forget the end of my paper, which said, “A daycare does for money
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

August 2, 2019 chris
Corn Casserole, Tomato Broccoli Casserole and Chocolate Pudding I have decided that I have an appetite for the South and all of its Southern food. When my garden begins to produce, my mind immediately craves a casserole of sunny, yellow squash topped with cheese, ripe red tomatoes, pearly ears of corn and Mexican cornbread with
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Pious Bob - The Body of Christ is the Bread of Heaven

August 2, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Paul’s prayer for spiritual wisdom

August 2, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford It has been an interesting week as I have been faced with multiple situations where I have realized and recognized my need for the Lord and His wisdom more than ever before. As I began to pray and ask the Lord for wisdom and insight, He led me to Ephesians 1: 15-23.
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Anticipation, a patient husband and a book with my name on it

August 2, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Today is the day my package of copies of my book are scheduled to arrive. As I sit at my front window facing the mailbox, I can see everyone who drives by. I checked my order online at least three times a day since July 15, and this morning the package left
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

August 2, 2019 chris
How to choose a daycare In today’s world, it is a rare event when a parent stays home with children rather than work outside the home. The one question people ask is if daycare affects a child’s behavior and development. Well, it all depends on the quality of care. After spending 15 years either working at,
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