Baked Pimento Cheese, Lemon Blossom Muffins and Butterscotch Cake

July 26, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell When I mentioned to my friends and family that I was working my way through my cookbook and what fun I was having, someone would proudly chime in with a comment about their momma’s, aunt’s or grandmother’s recipe being included. This was just music to my ears and definitely to my heart.
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The Vagabond: Remembering Stam’s Candy Shop

July 26, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Years ago, The Vagabond grew up with a friend in the local school system. We both went to Striplin Elementary School, Disque Junior High School and Gadsden High School. The friend’s name was John Stam. As a young teenager, John had a job as a local newspaper carrier and often was seen
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Grace of God

July 26, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the ninth chapter of Acts, we read about Saul’s conversion story. Saul, whose name was later changed to Paul, was blinded by a light on his way to Damascus, where he was going to arrest believers and bring them back to Jerusalem. Acts 9:3-4, 6 tells us, “As he was approaching
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Bingo Day, a family emergency and extended wait on the phone

July 26, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott We are at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe on a Wednesday Bingo Day. Excitement is in the air. The phone rings and Pat answers it. The caller on the other end wants to speak to her husband.  Pat does not see him from where she is, so she puts the caller
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Light that Produces Fruit

July 26, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light – for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the
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Keep Smiling... More household tips

July 26, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston Last week I shared some tips about using Dawn dish detergent and vinegar to save money and time. Maybe you will find some of the following tips useful. The first tip is a great way to trap fruit flies. I know they seem to come to my house each summer, and I
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

July 19, 2019 chris
Peach Parfait Pie, Chocolate Crust Lime Pie and Lemon Velvet Pie Let them eat pie! Me? I prefer pies. One does not have to worry about them rising (or falling) or trying to get the icing to just the right consistency. It is sin-fully easy to buy a ready-to-fill pie shell right off the grocer’s
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Pious Bob - Counting on Sheep

July 19, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The power of our words

July 19, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever wondered if your words had any power? There is a story about a group of frogs that demonstrates how our words impact the lives of others. A group of frogs were traveling through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered
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A surprise visit, Nana Camp attendees and a re-named dog

July 19, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott My grandchildren are so amazing that I could probably write about them every week. I hold my stories in my head for as long as I can but some of them are just too cute not to share. Even now I see evidence that Saylor Rhea and Tyler Kate were here last
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

July 19, 2019 chris
Tips on cleaning with vinegar There has been a loss in our household income during the past two years, so I became very frugal. It hasn’t hurt at all, and I’ve discovered a few ways to save by using inexpensive products to clean my home. It is amazing how many ways we can use vinegar
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

July 12, 2019 chris
More recipes from the garden! Mrs. Fielder’s Cornbread Salad 2 packages of Mexican cornbread mix 1 large bell pepper 2 fresh garden tomatoes, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 1 pint mayonnaise Mix cornbread as directed on the package. Bake, cool and crumble into small pieces. Add other ingredients, mix
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The Vagabond - The fate of Parson Blackburn’s whiskey

July 12, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond reported in a past column about a Chickasaw Indian village once located south of Big Wills Creek around Rainbow Drive near the entrance to Whorton Bend. The village was called Natchez Village. Around the 1750s, the Principal Chickasaw Chief Chinnaby brought his people to that location. They originally were Natchez
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Pious Bob - Correcting Our Posture, Walking Uprightly

July 12, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Sharpening your knife

July 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford There is a story about a young logger who approached a foreman of a logging crew asking for a job. “That depends,” replied the foreman. “Let’s see if you can cut this tree down in a timely manner.” The young logger stepped forward and skillfully started cutting the giant tree. Impressed, the
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An unsuccessful Declaration of Independence from my manuscript

July 12, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott This Fourth of July did not bring me independence from the agony of finishing the publication process of my book. The George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe was closed the 4th and 5th of July for the celebration of our country’s independence. My husband Alan had to work on Friday, the 5th.
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - We must overcome

July 12, 2019 chris
Every day, breaking news updates us about one crisis after another. How do we overcome the catastrophes? This definition does not imply just what is going on in our physical world but in our emotional and spiritual worlds as well. Using the word ‘today’ is significant because it is impossible to change yesterday and we
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Glorified Cabbage, Tomato Pie and Blueberry Buckle Cake

June 21, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell I just discovered a few days ago that a covered dish gathering is a whole different thing from potluck. A potluck get-together leaves the possibility of folks bringing store-bought food. Covered dish is something you make at home, pour into your casserole dish and stick a cover on top. The covered dish
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The Vagabond: Local happenings in 1904

June 21, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover One of the funniest and strangest things ever to hap-pen in Gadsden occurred in 1904 just after Broad Street had been paved with high-grade white chert, which yielded great clouds of gritty dust when any sort of wind blew up. The dust had a very cutting edge like that of broken glass.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Assurances of our God

June 21, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In my reading of the Word, I recently came across Psalm 93. I had never before noticed the beauty and boldness of this psalm. This hymn, perhaps written by a Levite, presents three truths or assurances about our Lord that are never changing. Based on all the current events going on in
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Father’s Day, trampoline ingenuity and Ava Jaymes’ ultimatum

June 21, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Right after work last Friday, Alan and I drove toward Dadeville with a trampoline that Alan won at an auction. He just had to get it to the grandkids! When we reached our destination, we unloaded and started assembling the trampoline parts. After some deliberation, we decided where to put the trampoline.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Gift of Faith

June 21, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith…But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under
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Keep Smiling...“Mom, you forgot again!”

June 21, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston My children are grown-up adults, and lately I wondered if they have gathered the family together and discussed all the things I am forgetting. “Mom, how could forget to mail those bills for me?” my daughter questioned. My son followed with, “She forget to make my bank deposit!” How could I explain
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

June 14, 2019 chris
Southern Potato Salad 5 pounds red potatoes, chopped medium size, boiled and cooled, (salt potatoes really well while they are boiling) 1 large onion, chopped small, green onions also 5 eggs, boiled, chopped small 3/4 cup sweet salad cubes, (if you want them like a relish, use the food processor) 1 teaspoon mustard (just enough
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Teachers, retirees deserve better from state leaders

June 14, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford The education budget passed by lawmakers in the final days of the 2019 legislative session is the largest in terms of dollars that the state has ever spent (though, when factoring in inflation, we still are not spending as much as we did before the 2008 recession). For the most part, the
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Pious Bob - Responsible Discipleship

June 14, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The harvest is great - what is our role?

June 14, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever seen the letters “WWJD” on a frame of some sort or bracelet? Young people used to wear the bracelets with these letters on them which stand for “What Would Jesus Do?” The best place to find this answer is in the gospels, where we see numerous examples of Jesus
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Greeting A.W. Richardson and getting a handle on The Peabody

June 14, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott I suppose that loving to learn and having a good sense of humor are good characteristics when working at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe. The education I receive from our seniors is better than anything I ever learned in school. Our seniors keep my mind active and alert to what I
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Cheese Crisps, Hungry Jack Casserole, Marinated Carrots and Delicious Caramel Cake

June 7, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s do some recipes of the 1980s! My favorite recipes are from the 1980s and 1990s. They are oldies but goodies. Cheese Crisps 1 cup margarine, melted 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated 2 cups Rice Krispies 1/4 teaspoon red pepper 2 cups self-rising flour, sifted Combine all dry ingredients; mix well.
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The Vagabond - Salt pork, sow belly and Cincinnati chicken

June 7, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover It was probably a dull day in May of 1882 when a reporter for a local newspaper wrote this item: “M.D. Lowe’s two-horse team pulled 5,446 pounds of salt-pork from the depot to S.W. Riddle’s store.” At first glance, that seems to be a trivial item and not worth printing. As a
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