Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

May 3, 2019 chris
Strawberry Tarts, Strawberry Crescent Bars and Strawberry Cookies Strawberries! Strawberries! Strawberries! Why can’t I forget about Norris Farm and those wonderful, sweet strawberries? I promise, this will be my last strawberry recipe for a while. I have received so many wonderful recipes. I know Alabama has some of the best cooks in the world simply
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The Vagabond - Legendary games took place at Ballplay

May 3, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover There was news recently about some Native American writings found in Manitou Cave in Fort Payne. The inscriptions inside the cave are evidence of the Cherokee tribe’s syllabary, which Sequoyah, also known as George Guess, developed using symbols for each sound. Sequoyah’s alphabet was formally adopted as the tribe’s official written language in
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Character of God revealed in Micah

May 3, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard of the Book of Micah? Better yet, have you ever read the Book of Micah? Micah was an Old Testament prophet who received visions from God concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. He sought to call the Jews back to faithful worship of Jehovah and sincere obedience to His covenant
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Taking dreams to another level

May 3, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Am I the only one who takes dreams to this level? There are certain dream triggers. I can’t predict them; they happen. One day while working at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe, center director Pat Hill ushered me outside to “show me something.” “Something” was a beautiful Roadtrek camper featuring all
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Pious Bob - Let Him Shine

May 3, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name. Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

April 26, 2019 chris
Lemonade Pie and Chicken Meal-in-One You know those trays the waiters bring around at the end of a good meal with a slice of triple chocolate mousse, a slice of a lemon tart sprinkled with grated lemon zest (this would always be my pick) and a mocha torte with toffee drizzled over the top are?
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

April 26, 2019 chris
The following piece is an example of the creative writing of my the granddaughter Breanna, who pictured with me this week. She will be 13 on April 26. I think she’s written several good poems for her class at Episcopal Day School. An Ode to Mocha “My lovely, feisty cat, Mocha, you are a loved
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Pious Bob - The Leap for Jesus

April 26, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Prayer and Jesus: Two great resources

April 26, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford If you know much about Paul in the Bible, you know that he never doubted his calling, which was to share the Gospel of Jesus to both Jews and Gentiles. Paul did this with an incredible boldness and never wavered in his calling, regardless of the persecution and trials he faced. In
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Easter Sunday at the Scotts and a compliment at the Waffle House

April 26, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Easter is very humbling to me as I think about what Jesus endured on the cross because of His love for us. I can’t imagine how his mother and those people around that time who loved Him might have felt, watching helplessly and losing someone who loved them so much. In His
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

April 19, 2019 chris
Apple Snicker Salad, Squash Casserole and Easy White Cake Rejoice! He will reign forever and ever! May the joy of Easter reign in your heart forever, Wishing you a beautiful and blessed Easter! Let’s do some quick and easy dishes for Easter! Apple Snicker Salad 6-8 Granny Smith apples, cut into chunks (peeled or not)
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What are the motives of our heart?

April 19, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Chapter 4 of the Book of Jonah reveals Jonah’s sins as well as the intentions and thoughts of his heart. We are reminded in 1 Samuel 16:7 that God looks at our hearts and weighs the motives of our heart. The root of every problem is the problem in the heart, and
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Pious Bob - Good Stones, No Wry Stones

April 19, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “So, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” (Psalm 90 NRSV). We have all considered just how short our lives are on this earth – but usually not until we become old or have some life-threatening situation. This prayer of Moses puts us in our place.
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I am blessed, I am blessed, I am blessed!

April 19, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott With the threat of severe weather, Cove Creek Baptist and other local churches cancelled morning church services this past Sunday. Incidentally, Lake Martin Baptist Church, where my mother attends, cancelled services as well. It is always better to err on the side of safety, but I missed morning worship miserably. Spending time
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The Vagabond - Largest circus in U.S. visited Gadsden in 1899

April 19, 2019 chris
The Ringling Brothers Circus made its first appearance in Gadsden on Nov. 8, 1899. Ringling Brothers was a rival of the Barnum & Bailey show and equally as large and imposing. The two big outfits were later combined later and still bears the name of Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. The show grounds were
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

April 19, 2019 chris
A short piece by Carl Sagan… What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

April 12, 2019 chris
Lettuce and Pea Salad, Cornbread Skillet Casserole and Quick and Easy Banana Pudding I grew up around women who recognized that there was no greater art form on earth than a lovingly prepared meal. As a matter of fact, there is nothing more rewarding to a Southern woman than to hear someone say, “My gosh,
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Good solution to Tier 2 system

April 12, 2019 chris
By Craig Ford Unintended consequences are a common problem when it comes to making laws and government policy. A good example of this is the changes lawmakers made in 2012 to the retirement systems for education and state employees. The economic recession that began in 2008 had severely hurt the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s investments. The
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The Vagabond: A canal was planned between the Coosa and Tennessee rivers

April 12, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Back in 1869, there was an article from The Selma Times advocating a canal across Sand Mountain to connect the Tennessee and Coosa rivers. The paper’s editor said that the project would be a great boon to this part of the south and that he wished to stand on the banks of
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Pondering life with Pious Bob: Hold hands, Hold Hands with God

April 12, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “…Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!” (Luke 10:17-24 NRSV). Jesus tells the disciples that prophets and kings have desired to see and hear what they have seen and heard, but did not. Bonding with Jesus has tremendous benefits. Once committed to Christ our whole view changes. Things that were
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Power of the Resurrection

April 12, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford In just a few days, Easter Sunday will be here and millions of people will gather around the world to reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet the resurrection is more than just a historical event. For the believer, this is a time of great celebration
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A lack of communication and a mystery solved

April 12, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott About a month ago, my brother stopped calling me, cold turkey. That scared me because he is the one God has called to keep check on us and peace in our family. He is good at it and has the biggest heart in comparison to my baby brother and me. I thought
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Life is a journey, take the scenic route

April 12, 2019 chris
With each passing year, we are living a journey that continuously changes, sometimes by our choices and others by unknown forces that could not have been planned for. My present age finds me being a daughter, mother and grandmother, and my fifth great-grand-baby girl was born last night in Colorado. The word “great-grandmother” always makes me
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

April 5, 2019 chris
Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Bread, Strawberry Ice Box Dessert and Strawberry Pizza Crust The strawberry, red in all of its glory, is one of nature’s sweetest offerings. It can be eaten straight off the vine and can be barely sprinkled with sugar or salt. The peak season for strawberries is April to June, so now is
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The Vagabond - Steamboat wars on the Coosa River

April 5, 2019 chris
By Danny “The Vagabond” Crownover The first steamboat to ply the waters of the Coosa River was appropriately named The Coosa. On July 4, 1845, that gallant little steamer, came around the bend below what is now Gadsden. Captain James Lafferty commanded the boat. Large proportions and un-heard-of-profits were said to have been derived from
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - A Vision For Proclamation

April 5, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name [Jesus].” (Acts 5:27-42 NRSV). The apostles had been tea-ching and proclaiming Jesus in the Temple. Although a high priest with the Sadducees had the apostles arrested and put into the public
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The grit of Paul

April 5, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford The conversion of Saul, the leading persecutor of Christians, was one of the greatest events in church history. Saul, whose name was changed to Paul shortly after his conversion, met Jesus on his way to Damascus. The Lord had a special work for Paul. This Hebrew of Hebrews would become the apostle
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A visitation, the three-legged dog and a pretend Oak Ridge Boy

April 5, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott One of our neighbors in Dadeville was laid to rest this past week. He will be missed. This gentleman was the same man who enlightened me on who Willie Golden was of the Oak Ridge Boys. The look on my face must have told on me when the man told me that
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Beautiful kittens and such...

April 5, 2019 chris
Phil was walking down the hall talking to himself. I was a little curious until he reached me and asked, “Guess what I found on the front porch?” He then reached into his coat and pulled out a little Siamese kitten. He continued to soothe the kitten. Sighing, I replied, “I didn’t think we were
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

March 29, 2019 chris
Don’t tell Momma… It’s been years since my three grandchildren were young, and I was sitting with them while my daughter had a night out. After dinner, I decided to give them a bath and get them ready for bed. I then heard Dakota say, “Nana, Brittany is going through Momma’s drawers, and she is not
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