Keep Smiling - Nana, it’s the police!

March 1, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston It was several years ago when my three grandchildren were under the age of five. Even though it’s been a while, I decided to publish this story again because I frequently find myself transporting my great-grandchildren and often finding laughter filling my car. It’s amazing that in today’s world, I meet so
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We should be building great schools instead of great prisons

March 1, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford Earlier this month, Gov. Kay Ivey announced her plan to spend almost a billion dollars of taxpayer money to build three new prisons for men. There will be no new prisons for women, even though it was the conditions at the women’s prison in Elmore County that started the whole prison debate.
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Pineapple Congealed Salad, Chicken Parmesan, Blackberry Wine Cake

March 1, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell More yummy recipes! Pineapple Congealed Salad 1 small lime Jello 1 cup boiling water 1 (4 oz. ) cream cheese 1 cup small marshmallows 1 small can crushed pineapple 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 cup diced pineapple 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 cup chopped pecans Combine Jello, water, cream
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The Vagabond: John W. Potter, Gadsden’s cooperationist

March 1, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The American Civil War remains the most significant event in Alabama’s history. Tensions that had been building for decades within the United States over the issues of slavery and states’ rights came to a head in 1860. The topic of secession was in the forefront in the State of Alabama. Gadsden was a city
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Living Out Sufferableness

March 1, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:1-12 NRSV).
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Maintaining lifelong freedom

March 1, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford What comes to mind when you think of the word “freedom?” Personally, I think of, “woo-hoo!,” minimal stress, relaxed not confined. Webster’s Dictionary defines freedom as “the quality or state of being free, the absence of necessity or constraint in choice or action, released from something.” Freedom is available to everyone, but
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Getting to know the Etowah Baptist Missions Center

March 1, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott I recently had the honor of helping a group of ladies from Cove Creek Baptist Church host a baby shower at the Etowah Baptist Missions Center in Gadsden. This was my first time visiting the center, and Ashley Baccus told me that since I showed up early, I could look around if
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Chicken Fruit Salad, Beef Chow Mein and Sour Cream Apple Pie

February 22, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell 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
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The Vagabond - Mysterious tri-county killings in 1959

February 22, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover In June of 1959, two human torsos were discovered a few hours apart in Etowah and St. Clair counties and body parts were found scattered in Calhoun County. All of Northeast Alabama cringed in fear. Two men were horribly murdered by shotgun blasts and dismembered by an axe, causing an uproar among
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Three reflections to ponder

February 22, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In Acts Chapter 4, we once again see a crowd of people gathering around Peter and John, as they talk about this man named Jesus who walked among them for 33 years, was crucified by the people but resurrected from the dead by God, His Father. Since His resurrection, the disciples, along
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - God Wears Well

February 22, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a garment. You change them like clothing, and they pass away…” (Psalm 102 NRSV). As I prepare to write this devotional
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Two great men, cute pigs and somersaults...

February 22, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Sadly, we lost two great men this week – Dewayne Long and Ned Jordan. One supplied me with one of my favorite stories, the other took me to pet my favorite animal. Dewayne was a volunteer at George Wallace Senior Center for many years. He even took us to the movies once.
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Earthquake Cake, Orange Meringue Pie and Grandma’s Chocolate Pudding

February 15, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell How we Southerners love our sweets! If someone is having a hard time, you might carry them a cake or pie that you made yourself. It seems like a “little something sweet” is what we need at difficult times. At our Wednesday night suppers at Eastside Presbyterian Church, we knew each wonderful
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The Vagabond: Edward (Ed) L. Gamblin, his story in World War II, Part II

February 15, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week the Vagabond wrote part one of Gadsden native, Edward (Ed) L. Gamblin leaving for Germany as an American soldier in the  317th U.S Army Infantry Regiment April 11, 1945 was the day that Ed Gamblin was injured. It is not known exactly how. It is possible he fell or jumped
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Tuning Up Our Recognition Ability

February 15, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. “ (Luke 24:13-35 NRSV). These two disciples on the road to Emmaus walked with Jesus, talked
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Are you part of a New Testament church?

February 15, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In the second chapter of Acts, we discover the first definition of the early church. Not only do we read about how it was formed but we see the qualities and characteristics that defined the New Testament church. Acts gives us the foundations of the early church. Acts 2:42-47 says, “All the
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Hold on while I speak to my agent...

February 15, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Now that my mother is enjoying her life in assisted living, I have had more time on my hands.  I’m so glad that the George Wallace Senior Center is a public place, as the people there sure know how to brighten my day. This time, Pat Hill, the director of the center,
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The Vagabond: Ed Lee Gamblin in World War II, Part I

February 8, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover America entered France in World War II with the D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944. Two months later on August 25, the Allies liberated Paris. In the skies over the Third Reich and the occupied countries, Allied air power wreaked havoc on the Wehrmacht, German industry and all lines of
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Creamy Tomato Cheese Tortellini Soup, Baked Potato Soup and Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

February 8, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell When the weather is cold or rainy, there’s nothing better than a bowl of steaming hot, hearty soup. When soups contain some amounts of fish, meat, milk, beans, or peas, they are filling enough to be the main part of a meal. They can also be served with a salad or sandwich.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Let Us Rejoice, He Has Come

February 8, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “…And he has a name inscribed that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God…On his robe and on his thigh, he has a name inscribed, ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.’” (Revelation 19:11-16 NRSV). The
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Inspiration from God’s Word - spiritual principles for today

February 8, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard of the Book of Leviticus in the Bible? Some people might have heard of it, but like me, have not really spent much time reading it. In times past when I read Leviticus for my daily reading plan, I remember thinking that it was just a book written
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City of Glencoe, I love you so...

February 8, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Glencoe, the City of Patriotism, has taken a piece of my heart that I didn’t want her to have. I don’t know exactly where to start. I guess I could tell you it was with devastation in my soul that we moved here. I mean, I was a little excited and ready
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Chicken Enchilada Soup, White Chicken Chili, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup and Bean Soup

February 1, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell “What on earth can I feed them?” I am sure you know that thought very well. Even with a well-stocked pantry, the day called for soup. Try these soups. I think every-one will think that you have slaved for hours. Chicken Enchilada Soup 4-6 chicken breast, cooked and shredded 2-3 cans cream
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The Alabama Policy Institute’s four lies about “school choice”

February 1, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford In a recent editorial, the Alabama Policy Institute (API) attempted to label four of the arguments against “school choice” as myths. I guess that’s what you have to do when the truth doesn’t fit your agenda. But the truth does need to be told, and the misinformation coming from the API needs
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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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