The Vagabond - Murder in Greasy Cove, near Gallant

February 1, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Jacob C. Lutes was born on Feb. 19, 1836 in Lafayette, Ga. He was the son of George Lutes (born 1793) and Mary Steele. Lutes later moved with his father to Cherokee Count just prior to 1850, where the younger Lutes met his first cousin, Sarah Elizabeth Steele, the daughter of Toliver
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Willing to Love

February 1, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NRSV). Paul keeps reminding us that because we do not know all things, we
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God: Our Creator, Instructor and Redeemer

February 1, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford When writing Psalm 19, David wanted to emphasize God’s revelations of Himself in creation, scripture and the human heart. C.S. Lewis referred to this Psalm by saying, “I take this (Psalm 19) to be the greatest poem in The Psalms and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.” I have to
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Of Nana Camps and Baby Names...

February 1, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott When someone wins a prize or is chosen for a treasured position, he or she is asked how they felt. Many times, I have heard the word ‘surreal:’ “This feels surreal” or “I feel surreal” or “It’s just surreal.” I recently looked up the meaning of ‘surreal,’ and I think I nailed
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The Vagabond Blind tigers in Etowah County - Part II

January 25, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover A blind tiger was an important source of revenue for some boats. An organization would reserve the vessel, hire a string band, pack food and drink if the steamer could not supply it and set off. Dancing was enjoyed in the saloon, while courting couples walked around the upper deck while being
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Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars, Rice Krispie Bars and The Best Chocolate Brownie Ever

January 25, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell The tradition of making homemade treats for gifts is still alive and well in the South. I love making bars of any kind. They are so easy to make and so easy to serve. Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars 1/4 cup Crisco shortening 1/2 stick butter (room temperature) 1 cup sugar 1
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Inspiration from God’s Word: God remembers you as He did Noah

January 25, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Genesis 8 is a chapter of hope, encouragement and rest after tribulation. In this chapter, we read about Noah, his family and the animals who have been on an ark for over a year due to a flood that destroyed the entire earth and everything living on it. These were dark times
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Freedom of Faith

January 25, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians how to live in our complicated world: “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book
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Of border collies and grandbabies

January 25, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Here in Glencoe, we have two dogs, even though I am a cat person. During my caregiving experience, I became attached to some border collies owned by the daughter of a client. Border collies are very smart, and I thoroughly enjoyed their entertainment. When given the chance, I got my own border
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The Vagabond: Blind tigers and gambling houses in Etowah County - Part I

January 18, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Back in 1882, the first prohibition law was forced upon Gadsden and Etowah County by a legislative act without vote of the people. Some of the events that followed included the advent of the blind tiger and its fellow traveler, the gambling house. Although Gadsden had 21 volunteer policemen who carried badges
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Aunt Dot’s Spicy Pimento Cheese and Lemon Pound Cake

January 18, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Food seems to always be a topic of conversation when my friends and family get together. Someone in the family always has some new recipe we all need to try, or we are talking about a new restaurant that’s just opened and finding out if anyone’s been there yet. I have found
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Toasting the Boasting of Weakness

January 18, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:21b-33 NRSV). Was Paul willing to testify against himself? I guess that some Christian testimony and witnessing is just that. It’s telling a story about one’s self that shows a weakness and how God has
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s image maker

January 18, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford This week’s devotion is actually one I saw written by Sylvia Gunter with “The Father’s Business.” Sylvia is an incredible woman of God and has written several books and Bible study curriculum. You can read more about Sylvia and her ministry at www.thefathersbusiness.com. I love Genesis 1:27 and personally believe it is
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Center invasions and qualifications

January 18, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott The George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe was invaded by yours truly on Jan. 9, and I am so glad I showed up and surprised the residents! Not only did I enjoy seeing everyone (as I always do), I found out some information that might be useful. A gentleman named Greg Lawrence
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Chicken Stew, Baked Potato Salad and Luscious Lemon Layers

January 11, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell No fancy restaurant could have possibly offered up food as delicious as what we had. This is what I often think of when I eat in most places. At our family Decoration Day in May every year, we would always meet at the cemetery for a brief sermon and sing wonderful old
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Using the Right Stuff

January 11, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 – 3:15 NRSV). The foundation has been laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ. Paul
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Restoration - who needs it?

January 11, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford I love the story of the lost sheep in Luke 15: 1-7, maybe because I can relate so easily to this story. Like sheep, we have a tendency to go astray and get lost because of our own foolishness. This is why sheep need a shepherd so that the shepherd can find
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Saylor Rhea showed me my age...

January 11, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott A while back my husband and I had the honor of watching our first grandchild, Saylor Rhea. We were so excited and had made all kinds of plans. I was inspired by a sweet lady at church who does “Nana Camp” every summer with her grandkids. Our first day consisted of going
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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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