Brunswick Stew, Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, White Chicken Chili and Andy's Everyday Southern Cornbread

October 16, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s warm up the season with some tried-and-true favorite soup recipes from some of our supporters. They showcase a wide range of flavors and textures. We guarantee you that they will make your dinner delightful. Brunswick Stew 1 3.5 pound Pork Butt 1 4-pound whole chicken 3 gallons water 2 cups diced
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A not-so-distant fire tower

October 16, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Every day, at least one of our seniors at the George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe ask when the center will open back up. We do not know. I will tell you what we do know. We miss fellowship with our seniors, and we are on the edge of sanity as we
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The Vagabond – Hogs and cows once wandered downtown

October 16, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Back when it was a small village, Gadsden had a few citizens protesting against the idea of allowing stock, particularly hogs and cows, to roam the streets at will, and those complaints became vociferous enough to attract the attention of local authorities. There was no serious attempt to remedy the situation until
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - “Lasterday” doesn’t seem so far away

October 16, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Our current Alabama weather is a reminder of once again dealing with climate change. I don’t intend on bragging or saying I’m smarter than anyone else, but I noticed many years ago that the summer season was lasting longer. When I was in grammar school, I wore a sweater each morning. Going
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Ranch Bean Soup, Pepper Jack Cheese Potato Soup, Vegetable Beef Soup and Andy's Mexican Cornbread

October 9, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell What could be better than a warm and comforting, creamy soup on a cold day? Cheering on a big game,  applauding a good movie or just catching up with family and friends are all great reasons to host a get-together with a variety of yummy soups. Whatever the occasion, you are sure
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2020 Nana & Pop Camp a success

October 9, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This week’s article marks the end of another Nana Camp, an event that has been renamed Nana/Pop Camp. With two grandchildren, I’m apparently too old to run the camp alone. No one told me this, but no one had to. I praise God for Pop. As I write this column, it’s been
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Just at the right time

October 9, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I’m not sure about you, but I can hardly watch the news or spend any time on social media these days due to all the harsh and judgmental words being spoken and written about others. I was actually sharing with a friend yesterday how quick the news and social media can cause
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God’s Word revealed for us - Jesus Christ and His Church on earth

October 9, 2020 chris
By John Larkins God promised the Jews a Savior, indicating that although Moses gave the Jews a structured organization for learning about and worshipping the one true God, this was not yet a path to salvation. First, In the case of Adam and Eve, they spoiled salvation by sin after assuming eternal life with God.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Keeping watch over our dead side

October 9, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his
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The Vagabond – How some local streets got their names

October 9, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Streets in Gadsden often were named for a certain person or thing connected to the site. For example, Walnut Street received its name because it once was lined with the many beautiful walnut trees. Chestnut Street was named for the groves of American Chestnut trees. Another street name that comes to The
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The real value of a penny

October 9, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Every day, I wonder if I will ever feel wise. I think I’ve reached the Golden Years, and I’m remembering the days when children listened to their elders and did not question a word they heard. I’ve found that my children will listen and roll their eyes. They don’t believe my memories
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - A woman’s view of college football

October 2, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston I will tell you right away that my husband is an Alabama fan. I come from a long line of Alabama fans, and I am experienced with the excitement of a game. From a woman’s point of view, or at least this woman’s point of view, I must tell you that I
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The Vagabond – Gadsden’s most colorful citizen

October 2, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Albert E. Paschal came to Gadsden in 1879. At about that same time, he bought the lot and built the home that he was to occupy for many years. For a long time, the residence was used as a club house by the Elks. The lodge moved out when it built its
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Cheese Dip to Die For, Taco Soup and Gooey Pineapple Cake

October 2, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell My favorite football menu is the following: Cheese Dip to Die For 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup mayonnaise 1 bundle chopped green onions ½ cup bacon bits 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 12 Ritz crackers, crumbled Mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, onions, one-half of the bacon bits, and
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Nana and Pop have got lots of plans

October 2, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott The beginning of our annual festivities for the Nana/Pop Camp will be this week. We’re still only doing two grandchildren at a time, but they are getting older. Every year, I gain even more respect for parents and grandparents in their child-raising endeavors, as one week of full-time care gives me a
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Showing up to accept our prize

October 2, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The importance of spiritual warfare

October 2, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Some may ask, “What is spiritual warfare, and why is it so important?” Among Christians, it is often a term used referring to the idea of a war in the heavenlies between angels and demons, a battle between evil and good. Some might not believe that something like this exists. Others might
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Alpha and the Omega

October 2, 2020 chris
 By John Larkins God created us and intends for us to spend eternity with Him in His home. This is still His revealed intention, even after our ancestors offended Him by disobedience. Last week, we discussed what we know of His plan to save our eternal souls. The Old Testament details the formation of a
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Baked Taco Casserole and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

September 25, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s do some quick, easy and good recipes! We Southerners love our comfort foods, and so many restaurants these days present “frilly” foods on fancy plates with swirling sauces for decoration that they are almost too pretty to eat. My goal is to serve straightforward, good food in a fairly glamorous way.
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A new method of shopping

September 25, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott As I peel off another layer of my life, I feel the need to tell you how much I hate to shop. My co-workers at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe will share about their weekend with me on Mondays. The descriptions usually include a lot of shopping. There would a good
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The Vagabond - Gadsden’s first bakery

September 25, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover J.J. Blanchart established the first bakery in Gadsden in 1868 in a frame building occupying the western half of the site of the old woman’s department of the Hagedorn department store located on the north side of Broad Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. Blanchart was born around 1819 in France. He
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Your kindness left me speecchless

September 25, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston When one finds herself speechless, it’s okay because I’ve always been able to write better than talk. So I’m writing to tell my family and friends that you have truly blessed my heart with your cards, food, gifts of cash and phone calls. I’d like to share a hug, but because we cannot do
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Inspiration from God’s Word - When our circumstances take over

September 25, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford It is so easy to let our circumstances and the challenges we face each day take over our thoughts and actions. We often forget that God wants to give us His best and that He is always working good on our behalf. These days, I find myself praying much more often, that
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - A prayer for all reasons

September 25, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil
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God’s Word revealed for us - Jesus’ whole mission is our salvation

September 25, 2020 chris
By John Larkins God’s overall plan for us human beings has been presented in earlier discussions but always seems new to some people. God created us to be His companions. It seems redundant to say that He loves us but, we cannot say it too often. This fact is at the core of any ideas
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Principals for life

September 18, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Lately, I have been reading in the Book of First Samuel. I recently read Chapter 15, which is a pivotal chapter in the story of King Saul. The Lord gave Saul another opportunity to prove himself, but he failed again and lied about it and was judged. Saul had a habit of
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God’s Word revealed for us - Would you have chosen Barabbas?

September 18, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Right after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election results were in the news, I was struck by the story of a 14-year old girl weeping that Donald Trump was elected. What issue could so frighten or anger this girl? It then it dawned on me – she is terrified that her access to
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Being a “Yes” person for Him

September 18, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not ‘Yes and No’; but in him it is always ‘Yes.’ For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’ For this reason, it is through him that we say the
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - Sounding the alarm at Nana’s house

September 18, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Several years ago, we decided to check into a home alarm system. I feel safer knowing that if I’m either at home or away from home, the police will be there within minutes. We also decided to get a combination fire and carbon monoxide alarm. The other day, our alarm system became
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The Vagabond: Drilling for oil and gas in Owl’s Valley

September 18, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Back in 1868, Gadsden was excited over an effort to bore an oil well in Owl Valley, located just on the northern edge of the city. A Mr. Rogers of Pennsylvania came to the area and leased a large acreage of land entitling him to bore for oil on a royalty basis.
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