Packages, I get packages

December 18, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott It is beginning to look like a COVID Christmas. Shopping has been minimal. If I did not make a gift, I ordered it online. I’ve become quite accustomed to the package delivery protocol of every place that delivers packages to me. If he does not see me running toward him when he
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - A poem remembering Santa Claus

December 10, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston This poem was published years ago when Alyse was in high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. She also has an MBA from Rollins College. Alyse is the daughter of Anita Hand, whom I was friends with at Gadsden High School many years ago. Alyse is on the
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The Vagabond - Gadsden and surplus WW II properties

December 10, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Acquired by the U.S. Army in July of 1942, Camp Sibert consisted of 37,035 acres in Etowah and St. Clair counties. Historical records show that the property was used extensively as the main training camp for chemical warfare troops during World War II. The federal government took over land south of Alabama
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Discipline and Dicipleship

December 10, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The word of the Lord came to me: What do you mean by repeating this pro-verb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you
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From God’s Word - Our great Redeemer’s awesome gift

December 10, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford During this Christmas season, I love to go back and read in the Book of Isaiah where Isaiah announced to a world that is experiencing much doom and gloom at the time (Isaiah 9:1) that soon there would be no more gloom, for a Redeemer was coming. God allowed Isaiah to see
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God’s Word revealed for us - Will you unwrap His Christmas gift?

December 10, 2020 chris
By John Larkins This month, we remember the most wonderful gift given by God 2,000 years ago. People who were educated by God knew that one day the gift of our Savior would come to us. We did not know many details, but clues given to the Israelites revealed that He would come as a
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Photo coloring books and a whole lot of nothing

December 10, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Everyone in the Scott family has claimed to be finished with their Christmas shopping while I am still working on my first present. I do this every year. Why can I not just finish and move on to the next present? One present takes me months to finish to my satisfaction, or
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Andy's Cranberry Lemon Nut Cookie and Mother's Hummingbird Cake

December 10, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Why not deck the cookies and candies with boughs of holly? Christmas time inspires us to entertain. Whether you’re hosting an open house, luncheon, or potluck at the church, every occasion deserves a special ending. When I was baking for friends, my most frequently requested Southern dessert was my mother’s Hummingbird Cake.
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The Vagabond - jail escapees in Mountainboro in 1902

December 3, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Around 1902, a story was reported of the capture of Jeff Van Horn at Sligo, a little coal mining village on Sand Mountain located near Mountainboro. Van Horn had escaped from the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham along with Frank Duncan, one of the most noted criminals ever to be tried, convicted
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - the bag lady and the return of Skipper

December 3, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Often there are times I want to write an article which may involve more than one or two articles. However, since we are not living in what we can now describe as our lives before the COVID-19 virus and how our lives have changed since last March. Already, many people, including family
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From God’s Word - Jesus’ birth was anything but normal

December 3, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford As I was preparing this week’s devotion, I was not sure this was the week for me to send what I was writing. Earlier this week, I received an e-mail from a ministry I follow called The Father’s Business. Its devotion for the week was absolutely perfect and resonated much more with
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God’s Word revealed for us - The season of Advent

December 3, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Last Sunday, Nov. 29, many Christian churches marked their church calendar as the first Sunday of Advent. This important event draws our minds to the very essence of Christianity – the coming of the promised savior. Judaism, the Law of God given to Moses and developed by many others, including King David,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Holding hands with God

December 3, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (Luke 10: 23-24)
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Southern Beef Stew, Broccoli Cornbread and Coconut Cake

December 3, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Chunks of beef, cubed potatoes, chopped onions and sliced chunks of carrots are in this well-seasoned stew. It has been a family favorite for years. Served with warm cornbread. It’s one of our comfort foods in the cold winter days. Southern Beef Stew 2 pounds beef stew meat 4 potatoes, cubed 2
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The Yai-Yai factor and photo equality

December 3, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Christmas is just around the corner, and I’ve been steadily trying to get my act together. There are so many ideas running through my head. Most of my ideas have pictures of family members and are heartfelt, but I feel inadequate to Yai-Yai, my son Joseph’s mother-in-law and who can do everything!
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston – A miraculous gift of love

November 25, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston After Phil’s brother, Ronald Rigsby, passed away recently, a most informative letter was sent to our family from Legacy of Hope, Alabama’s Organ and Tissue Donation Alliance out of Birmingham. My brother-in-law, who was 64, made the decision years ago to be an organ donor and the family honored his wishes. It
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - How much longer, Father?

November 25, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy;
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Give me a greater vision, Oh Lord

November 25, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever read something and realized you might not know all there is to that particular subject, and yet deep in your soul you know that if you broadened your vision on the subject, you would gain so much more wisdom, understanding, perspective on life, and even to some degree a
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God’s Word revealed for us - Thanks be to God

November 25, 2020 chris
By John Larkins In the remaining months we have as a Christian nation, it is well to remind ourselves that our personal abundance is a gift from God. He insists on our involvement but responds so lovingly to our prayers and striving. If you saw any sign in store advertisements or media announcements about a
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A hidden talent and a shrinking bladder

November 25, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Thanksgiving is a time to count blessings, share fellowship and eat. When I first began thinking of what to share this year, I thought of my mother’s sister, Aunt Lynell. Upon my mother’s recent passing, it became more important than ever for Aunt Lynell to keep the family together. I saw my
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Cindy Brewer's Meatballs, Pam Raines' Scalloped Parmesan Potatoes and Andy Bedwell's Chocolate Cobbler

November 25, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell In the South, and especially in Alabama, food is an important part of celebrating the holiday season. We begin with Halloween candy and the huge spreads during Thanksgiving and Christmas and into the New Year. It’s a variety of yummy treats and a series of parties and family gatherings. Cindy Brewer’s Meatballs
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Mama Tiger and the back doctor

November 19, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Being the first child born to my parents, I decided years ago that my parents liked me so much because I have three younger sisters. Because of the birthing order, I took it upon myself to take care of them. Often, one of my sisters will call on me for one reason
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A time to be thankful

November 19, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The holiday season is upon us, and although our holidays might look a bit different this year due to COVID-19, it is my prayer that we would not allow our circumstances to keep us from having a thankful heart. Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is my favorite, so I am excited to
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Signing on for the whole journey

November 19, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine As they were going along the road, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another, Jesus said, “Follow me.” But
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God’s Word revealed for us - Defiance or a mark of bravery?

November 19, 2020 chris
By John Larkins On Friday the 13 of last week, 3,000 Alabamians were diagnosed with COVID-19 virus. The great majority of these cases will probably only require a short quarantine and experience mild symptoms. But, unfortunately, some people will die. So far in the pandemic, Alabama has recorded a little over 3,000 deaths. Many government
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Mother's Pecan Pies, Henry's Apple Cake and German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

November 19, 2020 chris
My family enjoys a good meal, but we all save room for dessert when these sweets are part of the menu. Mother’s Pecan Pies 6 eggs, beaten 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 ½ cups sugar 1 ½ cups white Karo syrup 1 stick margarine 2 cups pecans, chopped 1 tablespoon vanilla 2
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Riding the holiday rapids

November 19, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott About the middle of November is when I feel like I am still a teacher. Living through November to December is like going down a high waterfall while riding the rapids – you cannot stop because of all the activities going on. It seems to be over in five seconds then dead
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Thanksgiving feast tales

November 13, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Is there anyone in the world, at least the United States, who will buy – or at least think about – turkeys during the Thanksgiving holiday? I know my mom could cook a great tasting turkey. I’ll never forget the first time I cooked a turkey. Even though I made a huge mistake,
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The Vagabond - Gadsden’s early electricity

November 13, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover From the day in 1879 when the Sells Brothers Circus exhibited an electric light in Gadsden as a feature attraction to the present electricity has played an important role in the region’s growth. In 1887, the first steam powered electric plant was built in this area when such things were still in
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Another chapter in Nana’s book

November 13, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Even with this pandemic, time is flying by. I thought I was ready to get this year over with, but I was wrong. The year ends with Christmas, and I always try to do something that requires a lot of thought and meaning. Not everything I do has meaning, but when it
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