Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

February 21, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Perched high in the cozy nest, in the limbs of a tree, the sparrow lifted its voice to sing a morning song. Quickly a thunderstorm brought wind and rain, the sparrow’s song was weak. And the beautiful bird’s song was lost. This storm shall pass, she convinced herself, and spread her wings
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The Vagabond - Old Bob Barton Gadsden’s Blind Tiger King

February 21, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Robert “Bob” Barton was believed to have been born during 1843 in Ireland. He operated the first sea food restaurant in Gadsden and was the first to bring in oysters. Old Bob, as he was sometimes known, was the all-time blind tiger king of Gadsden and Etowah County. Barton struck it lucky
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XIII

February 21, 2020 chris
By John Larkins “Blessed are the undefiled in The Way, who walk in the law of the Lord” – Plasm 119 1-2. The most important choice any human can make is to soberly and respectfully select Jesus Christ’s Church for his or her salvation. This is consistent with the teaching that He himself remains in
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Sheep, The Coin and the Son

February 21, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In the 15th chapter of Luke, Jesus shares three of His greatest parables ever told. Before He begins, He is approached by the Pharisees and other religious leaders, who are upset with the crowd Jesus is hanging out with. Not only did Jesus welcome the outcasts and teach them, He went a
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Father, can I borrow the keys?

February 21, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So, if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.’” (John 8:33-47 NRSV). Sin
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Chicken Fruit Salad, Beef Chow Mein and Sour Cream Apple Pie

February 21, 2020 chris
When I mentioned to family and friends that I was working my way through hundreds of recipes for my cookbook and what fun I was having, someone would proudly chime in with a comment about their momma’s or aunt’s famous recipes. Some of my recipes may seem dated by today’s measure. A few may even
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It takes a (church) village

February 21, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott During the night service at Cove Creek Baptist Church in Glencoe, Jonathon Mason presented a message from God’s Word and how scripture is taken out of context. He did well in his presentation, and I loved to hear his experiences as a father. Before coming to church, Jonathan’s wife was at work
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

February 14, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Love is everywhere! If you don’t have it, you want it, long for it and look for it. If you’ve got it, you want to be reminded of it, especially if you are female or a child and it is Valentine’s Day. We are reminded daily about love through different sources. One
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The Vagabond - Nationally known bike racer from Attalla

February 14, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover During October of 1893, Etowah County residents enjoyed some fine bicycle racing at the fairgrounds in East Gadsden. The one-day meet was the beginning for Ben Stowers, who became a nationally known bicycle racer professional. Stowers won the half flying start and the five-mile lap race in the event. Gadsden competitors won
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - His Muddy Valentine

February 14, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “He kept saying, ‘I am the man.’ But they kept asking him, ‘Then how were your eyes opened?’ He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, “Go to Siloam and wash.” Then I went and washed and received my sight.’” (John 9:1-17
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XII

February 14, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Jesus said “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law and
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From our head to our heart

February 14, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Over the past few weeks, I have found myself in several conversations with friends and co-workers about the difference between head knowledge and heart truths, what we know in our head verses what is rooted in our hearts. It is often easy to read God’s Word, and listen to teachings about God
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Half-Time Rocky Road Candy, Chocolate Chess Pie and Peggy Roberts' German Chocolate Pound Cake

February 14, 2020 chris
Valentine’s Day is that special time when thoughts of those we care about come to mind. The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller Half-Time Rocky Road Candy 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips 1 (11-ounce) package butterscotch
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Deals and Missed Opportunities

February 14, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott We had a cancellation last Friday for one of our van volunteers at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe. These volunteers take hot meals to our homebound seniors. It is a job but a blessing and an honor. I recently recruited my darling, precious husband Alan to “volunteer” to take the volunteer’s
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The Vagabond - Masonic goat and meteorite in 1880s Gadsden

February 10, 2020 chris
In April of 1893, a large billy goat, which was closely shaved all over with the letter ‘G’ and a square and a compass painted on each side in a vivid red color, began roaming the streets of Gadsden and soon became a familiar sight in the city. The animal apparently felt at home anywhere
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Keep Smiling...With Rosie Preston

February 10, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston New Year’s Day is a way to measure time to us, with the importance of a birthday. It is an exciting day for me, even though I’m embarrassed to say the last two years, I fell asleep before the midnight hour! Still, as I thought about it last night, all comfy in
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Keep Smiling...With Rosie Preston

February 7, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Many times, I have shared stories about the many homes I cleaned for different families to make extra money. I can loudly voice, even scream it from the rooftops (of those houses) that there should be a Cleaning 101l class. The first lesson should be to have a friend to help. The
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From meager meal to full cart

February 7, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever experienced real and true hunger? I heard a story of a young couple who were struggling to pay bills. As they sat down one evening to eat a meager meal of a single hamburger patty and a glass of milk, the young husband gave thanks and offered up a
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XI

February 7, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The Way proposes that when Jesus described Himself as “The way, the truth and the life,” He was openly and fervently proclaiming that we must follow Him. Yes, He died for our sins. But He implied, over and over, that the power of His forgiveness is dispensed by His Church through the
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The Art of Overcoming

February 7, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance
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Strawberry Bon-Bons, Nut Butter Balls and Easy Sugar Tea Cookies

February 7, 2020 chris
Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go… You have made my life complete, And I love you So. These recipes are “straight from the heart” and have something that is guaranteed to have you falling in love all over again. Strawberry Bon-Bons 3 (3-ounce) packages of strawberry jello 1 can Eagle Brand
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Suicidal tendencies of local wildlife

February 7, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott With two accounts of an opossum playing dead in our fenced-in yard still fresh on my mind, I heard our dogs having a barking fit around our shed in the backyard. Sandy, our border collie that looks like a yellow lab had her “boo-hiney” sticking up as her head was hidden under
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part X

February 3, 2020 chris
By John Larkins “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally.” – Flannery O’Connor. This series of writings has been titled “The Way,” not the “Ways.” This is consistent with several ideas that seem important. First, that there is a God. Second, that there is only one God. Then, after
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God spoke it, then saw it

February 3, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I love beginning a New Year by reading the Book of Genesis, the very first book in the Bible. The Hebrew meaning for Genesis is “Bereshit,” which means “in the beginning of.” This year, the Lord opened my eyes to something I had never seen before in the first five verses of
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Denying Denial

January 31, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 1:15-2:13 NRSV). We must work toward the point
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Country Fried Swiss Steak, Chinese Rice Casserole and Sherry's Rice Pudding

January 31, 2020 chris
Memories of Sunday dinners at my Grandmother Icy’s house were just a wonderful feeling of comfort. Her stove was covered with the most delicious dishes that I have cherished since my childhood—everything from fried chicken, heaping bowls of mashed potatoes, slaw that she had shredded with a sharp knife, green beans topped with new potatoes,
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Adventures in tax season

January 31, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Guess what time it is – it’s tax time! Every year at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe, volunteers from R.S.V.P. visit on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and do taxes for our residents. It is a free service, and I have heard rave reviews concerning their service
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Opossum - dead or alive?

January 24, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott It was morning and I was still half asleep when went stumbling through the house into the early morning darkness. There was just light enough to see where I was going but dark enough to need the headlights on my car shining. Our property is fenced in to give our dogs boundaries,
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Angel Biscuits, Alabama Corn Bread and 7-UP Cake

January 24, 2020 chris
Like most Southern cooks, I enjoy a lot of time baking as the holidays approach. Some of the baked goods are gifts for family and friends and some seem to end up in my kitchen cookie jars. The month of January comes along and it seems like after soup recipes that I am anxious to
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XI

January 24, 2020 chris
By John Larkins  At the end of our last column, we noted that first churches of The Way, collectively called “The Seven Churches of Revelation,” had been established and Peter and Paul had been killed by the Romans about 67 A.D. As Peter was the first primary leader of The Way – which was still
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