Equal pay bill is huge step in right direction

June 7, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford One of the positive things to come out of the 2019 Legislative Session is a piece of legislation that has finally brought pay equality to Alabama. Until last week, Alabama was one of only two states in the country that did not have any laws requiring equal pay for equal work (the
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Connecting the parts: Eyes, Ears and Hearts

June 7, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, ‘Go to this people and say, You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull…’” (Acts 28:17-31 NRSV). Paul then goes on to tell
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Trying to get back in the senior center groove

June 7, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Last Friday, I started back working at my old/new job as Center Manager at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe. I might have been a little excited, because I woke up at 1 a.m. The anticipation was excruciating. I was so nervous! About a year and a half had passed since I
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Summer, a new season

June 7, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford What do you think of when you think of summer? What brings you joy about this season? Better yet, what do you want your summer to look like? I love the creativity of God when He created the four seasons. We use seasons as a way of dividing up the year, but
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Keep Smiling...Two steps forward…

June 7, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston It occurred to me the other night that I don’t get anywhere fast, so I knew that it was time to start re-thinking my plans. I may go two steps forward and one step back, which was happening quite often lately. The ability to live as I had in the past –
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

June 3, 2019 chris
Andy’s Favorite Cheese Ball, Yummy Enchiladas and Lemon Dump Cake Anyone who entertains knows that the purpose of serving appetizers is to have your family and guests linger by the food, chatting, sharing stories and generally having some sort of human contact. When my sister Mary has us over for Christmas, she always has a
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The Vagabond - Two beaux, one belle, and a very angry father

June 3, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently wrote about Will I. Martin’s story of Bud Easterwood. We now we get to read the colorful story of his sister Ella. The following article was clipped from the Jan. 1, 1893 issue of The Columbus Daily Enquirer of Columbus, Georgia: “Gadsden has had a holiday week of a
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A whirlwind that turned into a cyclone

June 3, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott During this time of the year as grandparents, we’ve been burning up some highways this past week. It has been a joy and an honor to be able to do this. There have been several changes in the Scott house, and it has felt like a cyclone just passed through. Our son,
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Pious Bob - Die to Sin, Not to Life

June 3, 2019 chris
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 23:56b-24:11 NRSV). Our nature is to be negative, to look on the bad side of things. God keeps surprising us, yet we still don’t want to believe that all things are possible through Him. My good friend Thomas reminds me every now and then,
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Keep on keeping on

June 3, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever stopped to thank God for being a God of second chances? Personally, I know that I don’t thank Him enough for all the second, third and fourth chances He had given me in my lifetime and will continue to give me. When you think about it, we all have
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The best of intentions…

June 3, 2019 chris
Finding my friend in an unexpected situation at a nursing home where her sister-in-law resides became quite a learning experience. And because it could happen to you, I decided to share it.  Because my friend was involved in helping a patient other than her family rub a cramp out of her foot, she went through
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Delicious Summer Snacks

May 24, 2019 chris
Andy’s Favorite Popcorn, Peanut Butter Popcorn, Ice Box Nut Cookies and White Chocolate Party Mix By Andy Bedwell Let’s have a snack party! Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks in the world and is now the trendiest. Many of us remember shaking a pot full of kernels on top of the stove just waiting
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The Vagabond - Mysterious men visited Gadsden in the late 1800s

May 24, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Two mysterious men appeared in Gadsden in the mid-1890s, and for several months afterward, there was much speculation as to their origin and their purpose. During the first week of their stay, the men daily walked all over town. Many women and children began to call them the Wild Men, largely because
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Remembrance

May 24, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford As we celebrate Memorial Day this week, I hope everyone took time to remember those who lost their lives by serving in the U.S. military. These men and women paid a great price to protect our civil and religious freedoms and gave their lives for our country. Honestly, our gratitude, appreciation, respect,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Joy of giving credit where it is due

May 24, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.” (1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, 17-20  
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

May 24, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston It’s been 11 years since my daddy passed after years of suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Afterward, my sister Mary and I brought our mother to my home to take care of her. We loved taking care of my mom, with our only heartache being that she could not remember when to take
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Lack of a GPS and my first-ever speech in public

May 24, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott The day finally happened – my first public speech because of my articles! The honor is real, and I still can’t believe it. I love to talk and make people laugh, and Northeast Etowah Community Center made it happen. Thank you, Mary Grissom, for giving me this chance. It gives me great
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Education and state retirees also deserve a pay raise

May 17, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford I sometimes feel like a broken record, but here we are once again. Another year, another budget, and another failure to provide our retirees with a cost-of-living pay raise. It’s becoming a disturbing tradition that every year I have to write about our state legislature’s failure to treat our retirees with the
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The Vagabond - Willie Elbert “Bud” Easterwood

May 17, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover William Kuner recently posted an article about local historian Will I. Martin meeting his grandmother and great-grandfather. Kuner writes: “In his office of the local newspaper, Will I. Martin was introduced to Mrs. Nancy Ellen Malone of Attalla and learned that she is the daughter of the late Bud Easterwood, a noted
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Chicken Rotel Casserole, Alabama Cake and Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

May 17, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell What would we do without chicken? Actually, the better question would be how do we give chicken a distinctive flavor? Dress up that everyday bird in an easy sauce that usually consist of some kind of cream soup. This is one of the few recipes that is easy, and everyone will think
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The heart of a leader

May 17, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In Chapter 8 of the Book of Mark we find the story of the feeding of the four thousand. people This story shows us a beautiful picture of not only our Father’s heart for ALL people but also skills needed to be an effective leader. Let’s take a look at this story
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Don’t Be Careful Who You Pray For

May 17, 2019 chris
By Robert Hasley Pine “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven…” (Matthew 5:43-48 NRSV). If anyone needs praying for, your enemies do. If we were in a right relationship with God, would we pray for harm
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Food, fellowship and fine seasoning at Jack’s

May 17, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott I’m not saying that I eat at Jack’s every morning, but when I started out of the driveway yesterday morning with my husband Alan, my cell phone alerted me that the Jack’s that we were going to was 20 minutes away. How did the cell phone know which Jack’s we were going
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Kittens under the bathtub….

May 17, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston I called a pest control company several weeks ago because in the middle of the night I’d heard a terrible noise under my bathtub, which is one of those new lightweight ones where there is a space between it and the floor underneath. I was positive that it was a raccoon, as
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Hot Chicken Salad Casserole, Janice Lankford’s Asparagus Casserole and G-R-E-A-T Cookies

May 10, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell I do not know if church homecomings happen outside of the South, but if you get a chance to go to one, go! We always tried to hold these events in the summer at our little Eastside Presbyterian Church in East Gadsden. Our service would focus on the families who had come
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Dropped, crumpled and dirty...we still have value

May 10, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard a speaker begin his or her seminar by holding up a $20 bill? Talking in front of 300 students, a speaker recently asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Of course, hands started going up all across the room. He said, “I am going to give this $20
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Bible study, dominoes and God’s purpose for us

May 10, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott My mom has days when she loves where she lives and some days when she does not. Making the decision to move her to assisted living was very difficult and emotional. On her bad days, I wonder if I made the right decision. Then, on her good days, I know that I
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston - Thoughts on Mothers Day

May 10, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston Dear readers, Mother’s Day will be celebrated this coming Sunday, and I have bittersweet emotions. I love my dear mother so much. Yet, as I visit her at the nursing home where she has been a resident for several years, my main heart wants more than anything to be able to care
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Loving and Waiting

May 10, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Love the LORD, all you his saints. The LORD preserves the faithful, but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 31 NRSV). Patience is difficult for us in these times. Everywhere we turn, we are
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If Andrew Jones’ tax increase bills are good for Etowah County, why doesn’t he pass them for Cherokee And DeKalb?

May 3, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford Two bills being introduced by our new state senator Andrew Jones (R-Centre) have stirred up a lot of controversy over the past couple of weeks, and for good reason! The first bill Sen. Jones introduced would raise our local gas taxes, as well as other taxes. This would be in addition to the
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