Breakfast Cinnamon Bread, Marshmallow Surprise and Peace Muffins

June 26, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Some of my favorite me-mories as a child were the weekend visits to my Grandmother Icy’s house. I would awaken to a sense of light coming from the kitchen. Then the smells and noises of pots and pans would draw me to the kitchen to spend some precious time alone with my
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Perseverance, protective puppy dogs and a revelation at Independence Field

June 26, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott I have always heard it said that you never know who is watching you. What a burden to carry when someone is trying to be a Christian in every aspect of life. That idea spoke loudly to me during the season in my life when our children were growing up. It relates
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The Vagabond – Chavez the Giant visits Gadsden

June 26, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover One of the funniest things to happen in Gadsden during the 1890s was the purchase of a “dead man” by four of the leading farmers of Etowah County after having reached a decision to go into the show business. It was no fun for the farmers and even less fun to put
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part IX

June 26, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston So many times, we continue to be updated about the coronavirus and how it is changing lives. I believe the past three days afforded me the opportunity to jump through a hurdle and find that I could indeed get interested again in cleaning my house. Last Sunday morning, Phil’s son called to
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Be encouraged

June 26, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Two of Paul’s earliest letters were written to a church of young believers that he helped start in Thessalonica, along with Timothy and Silas. These two letters were written to real people who were experiencing real problems. Most of us would say that we can identify with these people because we are
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God’s Word revealed for us - The truth still matters

June 26, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Shamefully, the problem of truth mattering is just as prevalent today as it was in Jesus’ time, and even before then. One source of truth is the Bible, but which version contains that truth? Then there is the question the Queen of Sheba’s eunuch asked of Philip after Philip asked if he
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Security in all circumstances

June 26, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Indeed, those who are far from you will perish; you put an end
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God’s Word revealed for us - Truth matters

June 19, 2020 chris
By John Larkins You probably have many examples of the importance of truth. If you were fortunate enough to have at least one parent who nurtured you with love, you may have had experiences that made you respect truth and avoid lying. The society outside your family has demands on speaking the truth to avoid
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s definition of normal never changes

June 19, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I think many would agree that we are definitely living in unique times. Lately, instead of waking up each morning with a not-a-worry-in-the-world mindset, it seems as if I wake up with a battle-ready mindset of preparing for the unknowns of the day ahead. I remember praying this past week, “Lord, please
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - His loving example

June 19, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part VIII

June 19, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston When the virus seemed to hit us like a slap in the face, I didn’t comprehend the changes it would bring to my household. For example, Phil and I decided to take some comforters and pillows to a laundromat. Within minutes of walking inside, I found myself laughing and conversing with strangers.
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You Should Consider Voting Absentee This Summer

June 19, 2020 chris
By Craig Ford The Republican and Democratic primary runoff elections are still scheduled to take place on July 14, and many voters are understandably concerned about trying to vote while Alabama is seeing record numbers of new coronavirus cases. Part of Alabama’s recent spike in cases of COVID-19 is the result of Memorial Day events
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The Vagabond - Gadsden’s Architect was from Scotland

June 19, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Gadsden’s very first architect was W. H. Willett, who located here around 1887. One of his big jobs was the new Episcopal Church in West Gadsden, which, it was claimed, took on the aspect of an English cathedral. That was quite natural, for Mr. Willett came from England where he attained distinction
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Christmas in June and comfort from the Bible

June 19, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Last week my husband, Alan, wanted me to write about Christmas. The subject on my mind was different, and I could not think of how to connect Christmas with a story on a hot day in June. Today I have been thinking about Christmas. We had to separate this last Christmas because
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Oven Garden Vegetables, Ripe Tomato Relish, Elizabeth's Pickled Okra and Peanut Butter Drops

June 19, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell The food we Southerners ate as children nourished our souls as well as our bodies. I still have fond memories of waking up to the aromas of bacon, eggs and grits. There is nothing any better than looking forward to fried catfish with the whole family for dinner. While we still enjoy the
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Where does your peace come from?

June 12, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford When things in the world seem crazy or when my own situations in life seem to be in chaos, the first two places I go for the Lord’s peace and comfort are worship and the Word of God. Over the past month, there is a song that I have had on repeat:
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Examining our intentions

June 12, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith
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God’s Word revealed for us - Does truth matter?

June 12, 2020 chris
By John Larkins There are many responses to the above question, especially today. In any discussion, it is well to get this question out on the table, because from young to old people, there is no consistent answer, and it is well to point out the consequences to the rule under which you are operating.
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part VII

June 12, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston When I began this article, I chose to write a poem expressing my feelings and thoughts. The sky was gray, the thunder was rumbling and the trees were blowing outside my window. My mood matched the weather, as I knew the skies would clear. It was a perfect day to share my
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The Vagabond - Local illuminated highway was first of its kind in South

June 12, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover In 1939, a tourist passing through Gadsden on his way home to Kentucky from a brief stay in Florida wanted to know if the locals really appreciated the wonderful white way of the Gadsden-Atalla Boulevard, for he said that it was the longest and most beautiful he had ever seen. The passerby
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Another Vicki, an irate judge and the driving school blues

June 12, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This last week, one of our senior volunteers shared a story with us that I want to share with you. Our director, Pat, here at George Wallace Senior Center was with me when I heard it, and we laughed so hard my jaw started hurting. I know I am not going to
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Jane's Squash Casserole, Squash Dressing, Onion Pie and Tomato Pie

June 12, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s go from our gardens to our tables. I love to see the medley of vegetables appear at produce markets and roadside stands – baskets of fire-engine red tomatoes, bushels of corn with bright green husks and pods of okra that “snap” when broken. When we see all of these vegetables, we
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God’s Word revealed for us - Jesus Christ’s church develops, Part II

June 5, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The mission of the Redeemer, which was to establish a new covenant church and teach His leaders on their key part of His mission, became more difficult as Jesus leaves the Apostles to convert the whole world to His church. He sent His evangelization team first to the children of Israel. Now
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The ever-expanding light

June 5, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The news that leads to truth

June 5, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford January 1, 2020 marked the beginning of a brand-new decade. Many people were hopeful and excited about what the new decade could bring. We’re now six months in, and many folks are wondering if things can get any worse and worrying if what has passed thus far could be an indicator of
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part VI

June 5, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston My daughter came to my house on Mother’s Day and brought me scrumptious soaps and lotions. She also told me that I needed a break. I probably did look somewhat weary. I had become sad with everything that’s going on in our United States of America because of the COVID-19 pandemic and
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The Vagabond - A history of streetlights in Gadsden, Part I

June 5, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover  In the beginning of the 20th century, gas lamps were being used as streetlights. Architects realized that the safer electric light bulb had enormous advertising potential. As early as 1910, streetlights dazzled visitors around the U.S. This type of street soon became known as a White Way, defined as “a brilliantly lighted
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Triumph Fred, mistaken ancestry and a unique pair of Doppelgangers

June 5, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Having thought I was mostly of German ancestry my whole life, it seems I would have heard the term “doppelganger” at least once. To my knowledge, I’ve never heard of such a term. My newfound knowledge deserves an explanation. Anyone who knows my husband Alan knows he loves motorcycles. He owns several.
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Aunt Dot's Spicy Pimento Cheese and Aunt Dot's Lemon Pound Cake

June 5, 2020 chris
By Andy Bedwell Food always seems to a be a topic of conversation when my friends and family get together. Someone in the family always has some new recipe we all need to try, or we are talking about a new restaurant that’s just opened and finding out if anyone has been there yet. I’ve
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part V

May 29, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Mornings are not the best time of my day. I usually wake up with a sadness in my soul, and it takes me a while to remember where the negative feelings are coming from. My first thought each morning concerns my mother’s situation and that fact that I have been unable visit
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