The Vagabond - The Likos family: from Greece to Gadsden

May 15, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Part II Many people in Etowah County do not realize that many of the hard-working citizens of the area were from other countries. Two of those early citizens were Greek emigrants George and Domina Likos. The Vagabond recently spoke to a former classmate, Tina Likos Wilson, the couple’s granddaughter. Tina’s aunt put
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God’s Word revealed for us - His Truth in words and action

May 15, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Jesus Christ was born as the Son of Man to redeem all human beings. We had been separated from God by the sin of Adam and Eve. God began His salvation plan about 4,000 years ago by announcing to Abram (thence re-named Abraham) that He would make of him a mighty nation.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - the strengthening of our minds

May 15, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford As our state begins to loosen restrictions in regard to COVID-19, I have had several friends ask me multiple questions concerning how I will handle visiting public places more often and how I feel after I’ve been out in public. To be honest, there have been times when I felt very safe
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - He doesn’t get my drift

May 15, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Therefore, we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:1-10
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Same scene, different perspectives

May 8, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Lately I have been reading in the Book of Numbers, and I must say that I have fallen in love with this book of the Bible all over again. Found in the fifth word of the Book of Numbers, ‘Bamidbar’ is a Hebrew word meaning “in the desert.” The Book of Numbers
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God’s Word revealed for us - Of gratitude and quarantine

May 8, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The uncertainty of possibly fatal consequences presents us with a situation in which we must make decisions having a wide range of stressful consequences. We must seek advice and guidance on courses of action that have medical and even life and death, outcomes for ourselves and our families and friends. The economic
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeing eye to eye with the Lord

May 8, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and
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A cat woman with two dogs...

May 8, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Last Sunday was a reminder that preparations needed to be made for my adventures at George Wallace Seniors Center on Monday. I also set goals to watch Pastor David Bankson from Cove Creek Baptist Church present the message, wash my dog and write this article. My husband Alan and our dogs, however,
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Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad, Stuffed Bell Peppers and Butterscotch Coffee Cake

May 8, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Years ago, our summers were full of shelling peas and butterbeans, shucking corn and putting up tomatoes. This is where I learned about the seasonality of food and how to preserve it at its peak. My mother always had fresh frozen vegetables in her freezer. I am the daughter of a true
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Strawberry Layer Cake, Strawberry Pie and Strawberry Trifle

May 1, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Southern food is in my blood! Fresh fruit and vegetables are, without a doubt, my favorite part of spring and summer. I am thankful to be the beneficiary of my dad’s wonderful gardens. My mother and I enjoyed taking care of all of the wonderful vegetables that my dad’s gardens produced. He
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A serious case of the grandbaby blues

May 1, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This COVID-19 pandemic has left me missing our grandchildren so badly. We often Face Time, but it is not the same. I could just kiss my grandchildren’s face off, but I cannot, so I must be patient. Tyler Kate and Saylor Rhea call almost every day and fight over who can hold
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The Vagabond - story of the Likos family

May 1, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Part I Many people in Etowah County do not realize that many of the hard-working citizens of the area were from other countries. Two of those early citizens were George and Domina Likos. The Vagabond recently spoke to a former classmate of his, Tina Likos Wilson, on her grandparents, who came from
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - wishing, hoping, singing, praying

May 1, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Last week’s article seems like it was years ago instead of just a few days. Are you also watching the news several times a day? My family is keeping up with it. Each day is just as intense as the day before, as it involves the facts about the coronavirus. The title
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - the thing we have in common

May 1, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, can avail against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord. A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the
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Inspiration from God’s Word - let’s not relax in our prayer lives

May 1, 2020 chris
This past week I heard a news broadcaster report that people are beginning to experience “shelter in place fatigue.” I interpreted this as saying that people are “over it” and ready to be “released” from the shelter in place orders their state has put in place. Within the last couple of weeks, states are beginning
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God’s Word revealed for us - Mary, the mother of God

May 1, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The month of May has been dedicated by His Church to the veneration of Mary, the mother of Jesus. There are few things more puzzling to a Christian, as documented in the Bible, than the typical unschooled reaction of many churchgoers to this woman. Mary is prefigured in the God’s condemnation of
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Mother’s Pecan Pie, Mother’s Sweet Potato Pie and Virginia Watts’ Chocolate Pie

April 24, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell The South’s best soul food comes from our Southern kitchens! Two of my favorites to bake are cookies (which you all know I love to bake) and pies. My mother loved to bake pies and would always roll out her own dough for her crust. In later years, she would buy the
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Three cheers for our volunteers!

April 24, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This finishes up COVID-19, year 2020, in what seems like week number 6,915. I have not seen my family except for my husband for 150 years. Shopping has become obsolete but I do not like to shop anyway. I praise God that everyone seems okay and that we at the George Wallace
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The Vagabond - the lost art of blacksmithing

April 24, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover You don’t find any old-time village blacksmith shops that used to dot the local landscape. Back in the 1870s and 1880s, Gadsden had several such businesses located close to the county courthouse. William Christopher operated a blacksmith shop at the southwest corner of Chestnut and Fourth streets. Christopher raised a large family,
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - pandemic journaling

April 24, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston So many people are speechless as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic. I stay informed about it yet there are conflicts within me as I listen to different news reports from our government officials, switching between facts and opinions. Doctors and scientist are 24-7 searching for a cure. Many believe the reason of how
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Inspiration from God’s Word - what about the number 40?

April 24, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I saw a post on one of my Facebook friend’s page this week that started my interest on the number 40. I am borrowing some of those thoughts for this week’s devotional. The official quarantine from COVID-19 began for many people on March 23, and it appears to be ending to some
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - struggling with our obvious choice

April 24, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “From there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul. In your distress, when all these things have happened to you in time to come, you will return to the LORD your God and heed him.
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way of the Church, Part II

April 24, 2020 chris
By John Larkins One of the most obvious features of all human culture is the attention paid to a god – or gods – in recognition of an all-powerful presence in our world. The primary motivation for this worship activity is to seek material rewards in this life and to attain a place in the
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The Vagabond - local egg tales

April 17, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover During Easter last week, The Vagabond recalled how he went eggs hunting as a youth. Few people in this area realize how much trouble it was years ago just to obtain or sell eggs, much less decorating them. Back in the day, eggs were collected and marketed in a primitive way. There
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Wasting Away As We’re Building Up

April 17, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way of the Church, Part I

April 17, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Last Sunday we celebrated Easter and proclaimed that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Lamb of God, was alive. Even though He died on the cross, His disciples witnessed His resurrection. To what end did God die? It has become common practice to say Christ died for our sins. But I
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Song of praise during Easter, Passover

April 17, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Both Passover and Easter were celebrated this past week by Jews and Christians from around the world. One of the beautiful traditions the Jewish people practice at the beginning of Passover is a ritual feast called the Passover Seder. The Seder marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover and is
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Strawberry Salad, Hamburger Quiche, Turnip Green Casserole and Easy Mississippi Mud

April 17, 2020 chris
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces…just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child Strawberry Salad 1 (3 oz.) package strawberry gelatin ¼ cup sugar 1 cup boiling water 1 ½ cups Cool Whip 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced ¼ cup cool water Dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water. Add cool water;
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Still working, smiling and delivering

April 17, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This article would not be accurate without humungous and ginormous praises to God. We are still blessed with the honor of serving hot meals to our seniors in the Glencoe community! We have many seniors that count on us for their meals. The thought of not being able to deliver was heart-shattering
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The Vagabond - Alabama Power saved steel plant, helped bring Goodyear to Gadsden

April 10, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week, The Vagabond discussed the Alabama Steel and Wire Company. This week, we add more to it and discuss how the Alabama Power Company helped bring the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to the area. Gadsden owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Alabama Power. But for the company’s financial and
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