Little tornadoes in the forecast

July 31, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott What a weekend! Saturday, July 25 was the day we were to celebrate my darling and patient husband Alan’s birthday. I planned to get our children and grandchildren together at our lake house on Lake Martin. I forgot that my hubby already had bought tickets to a concert in Chattanooga. When reminded,
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Baked Pimento Cheese, Lemon Blossom Muffins and Butterscotch Cake

July 31, 2020 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 doing it, 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
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Chicken Cacciatore, Slaw Salad and Chocolate Fudge Cake

July 24, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell You know sometimes you just want to save time and money by serving an all-in-one meal. Add a few delicious sides and presto, your dinner is done! Chicken Cacciatore 4 large boneless chicken breasts, cut in half 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ¼ cup of flour ¼ cup Crisco oil
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Pastor David’s harassing opportunity and a bad case of the quarantine blues

July 24, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott I am changing my focus today to a funny situation that happened amid everything. It was a nice break from the turmoil that I was consuming myself with. The Bible says to focus on what is good, and I was not doing a good job doing what the Bible said. I understand
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Inspiration from God’s Word - New lands and new beginnings

July 24, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Throughout this month, I have been reading the Book of Joshua. Joshua is a historical book, and although at times it seems to give a grim account of battles and wars, it is also about new beginnings for the people of Israel. Today, we might be not be experiencing a literal war,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Hungry is as hungry does

July 24, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread
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God’s Word revealed for us - A new and everlasing covenant

July 24, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The Father’s plan to provide humans with the option of eternal salvation in heaven (where God is present) was to send us a Redeemer, who was His son created as a human being who would establish a Church. This Son of Man, also known as the Son of God, would suffer humiliation
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The Vagabond - Growing up in Gadsden, Part IV

July 24, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Author’s note: Robert Elton recently sent The Vagabond his memoirs of growing up in Gadsden. Robert is originally from Gadsden and graduated from Gadsden High School. He studied broadcast production at Auburn University and went on to work for South Caro-lina Educational Television Network. Robert and his wife Jean Pearce Elton live
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A plan for students to return safely to school, whenever that may be

July 24, 2020 chris
By Craig Ford In a few weeks, most students in Alabama are scheduled to return to school. With so few days left before students return, there are important questions that still need to be answered: Is it safe for kids to go back to school? What is the best way to keep students and faculty
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Learning to laugh at yourself during COVID-19

July 24, 2020 chris
Last week was hectic. My typing was not going well as my computer insisted on acting like a child experiencing the terrible twos. Thank goodness, the machine eventually granted me a short amount of time before I had to send in my article for this week. I’ve found that it’s a challenge to laugh during
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part XII

July 17, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Earlier this week I turned my TV to a channel geared to providing a beautiful scene along with calm and relaxing music. There was a photo of a farm that has a garden, a tractor, sunflowers and a windmill. It looked as if there is a local fair in the background since
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Recognizing miracles

July 17, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “… Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? … When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?’ They said to him, ‘Twelve.’ ‘And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of
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God’s Word revealed for us - Throw out the lifeline

July 17, 2020 chris
By John Larkins “O, who will dare to throw out the lifeline, his peril to share?” This past week, a television news item included an interview with a nurse attending a young man in the hospital. Just before he died of the coronavirus, he said, “Maybe I should have taken this more seriously.” It would
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The only bread that matters

July 17, 2020 chris
We all know that two main staples in life are bread and water. Our bodies literally cannot live without water, and if we had to choose one food source to keep us alive, bread would be one of the best sources, if not the best source. When bread is mentioned in both in the Old
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Apple Slab Cobbler, Blueberry Pie and Crisp Pecan Cookies

July 17, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell During the summer season, I love to pull out recipes that are centered around our fresh fruits. This has been an excellent year for fresh blueberries and strawberries. Pies, tarts and cobblers bring back so many memories of my mother’s kitchen. I hope that some of my pies and cobblers that you
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To cruise or not to cruise?

July 17, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Due to this coronavirus, our long-awaited cruise was recently cancelled. We thought the cruise was booked far enough ahead as not to be affected by the quarantine. As the days neared for our embarkation date, the continued threat of the coronavirus kept my attention. Our first cruise was for our honeymoon almost
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - We don’t know Him

July 10, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know Him. I know Him, because I am from Him, and
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A burdened heart

July 10, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever been burdened by something you see or hear and have become so passionate about wanting to “fix” it, yet you know you cannot by your own efforts? In the book of Nehemiah, in Chapter 1, we read about a man named Nehemiah who was faced with this exact situation.
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God’s Word revealed for us - Expressing gratitude, even now

July 10, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Some wonderful people have died of various causes in Etowah County, just as some did naturally and inevitably before the virus. These ordinary life events will continue to occur after we develop a vaccine for this disease, as we have done for other maladies in the past. For example, I remember the
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Mrs. Fielder’s Cornbread Salad, Jane’s Squash Casserole and Tang Pies

July 10, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell 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
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Eight wonderful years so far!

July 10, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This Fourth of July marked eight years of us calling the area of Glencoe home. We moved here with the intention of moving back in about a year. Our plans were off by a few years, so I guess God had other plans. It takes us a while to see everything. My
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part XI

July 10, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston The question is: How do you live your dash? This is the 11th article written as the coronavirus rages on, with many states having a large number of citizens testing positive. Many years ago, I received an email with the following poem. It is quite amazing when I ponder the importance of
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The Vagabond: Growing up in Gadsden, Part II

July 10, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Robert Elton recently sent The Vagabond his memoirs of growing up in Gadsden, and I’d to share his story. Robert is originally from Gadsden and graduated from Gadsden High School. He studied broadcast production at Auburn University and went on to work for South Carolina Educational Television Network. Robert and his wife
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston The Coronavirus Journals, Part X

July 2, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston The timing is off by a day. My daughter celebrated her birthday on July 2, and this issue comes out on July 3. But that seems to be the story of my life lately. I often get confused concerning the day of the week. Staying at home does have specific issues, like
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God’s Word revealed for us - The last Independence Day

July 2, 2020 chris
By John Larkins This Saturday, Gadsden is scheduled to celebrate the Fourth of July. The current times are so full of enormous changes that all of us are not keeping up, much less understanding, the consequences of the massive cultural changes that are underway. We are so accustomed to separating politics from religion that we
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Overturning our ignorance

July 2, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The importance of remembering

July 2, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard the saying, “I am too much in my head”? Well, that was me this past week. When I get too much in my own head, it usually leads to fear, anxiety, worrying about all the “what if’s” in the days ahead and on and on. The most harmful
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Strawberry Cheese Ring, Summer Squash Bread and Pecan Ice Cream Pie

July 2, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Sunday family dinners at houses in the South were a nourishing part of childhood years. We gathered at my mother’s home, where we were surrounded with the aroma of Southern cooking at its best. It was also a time for us to share in each other’s lives and reconnect with the people
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Stickers in limbo and a spicy mom

July 2, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Another project recently invaded my mind, and I was inspired to use the other three members of our Golden Girls team to do yet another creative mission at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe. The inspiration took place during my time with God, which is first thing in the morning. I was
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Gadsden State president announces retirement

July 2, 2020 chris
Gadsden State Community College President Dr. Martha Lavender recently announced her retirement. Lavender attended Gadsden State, where she pursued and achieved an Associates degree in nursing before obtaining a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Jacksonville State University. Lavender furthered her education with both a Master’s degree and doctorate in nursing from the University of
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