Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

February 16, 2018 chris
Strawberry Cake, Strawberry Bon Bons and Luscious Strawberry Dessert I hope you fall in love with these luscious Valentine desserts. Wouldn’t you just love to be “wooed” with strawberries? If you ask me, they are the most romantic food in the world. These strawberry recipes are sure to win the hearts because they look like rubies,
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Pious Bob - Beyond the Sense of Failure

February 16, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine Jesus uses His stories to reveal life to us and how we should understand it: “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not;’ but later he changed his mind and went.
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The Vagabond - Place names in Etowah County

February 16, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover This article was originally published in the May 4, 2012 edition of The Messenger Most of us that travel about in Etowah County see names of places and wonder how the name was chosen and for whom or what it was named. This article covers only a few of these sites, since
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Samaritan Woman

February 16, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford In John chapter 4, verses 1-30, we find the story of the Samaritan woman and her encounter with Jesus. Samaritans were Jews who married Gentiles, so they were considered outcasts by the Jews. There was both political and religious hostility between the Jews and the Samaritans. This hatred and dislike between these
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Educators and retirees deserve a pay raise

February 9, 2018 chris
By State Rep. Craig Ford Eleven years is a long time to go without a pay raise. But for educators, state employees and retirees in Alabama, that’s how long it has been. And for retirees and many state employees, they have actually had their pay cut during those 11 years. You may be thinking that educators,
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

February 9, 2018 chris
Best Ever Sugar Cookie and Andy Bedwell’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Let’s bake some cookies for Valentine’s Day! Best Ever Sugar Cookie 2 sticks margarine 1 cup Crisco oil 1 cup sugar 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teasppon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Cream the first four
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Pious Bob - Turn Around, Look At Me

February 9, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “And he said to him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!’” (Luke 22:31-38 NRSV). We are just like Peter was in his situation with Christ when the end was near. We are sometimes reluctant to let people know that Christ is in our life. After
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Inspiration from God’s Word - In times of trouble

February 9, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford If we are honest with ourselves, at some point in our lives we all walk through hard times. Lately it seems as if many of my friends and students I talk to are walking through difficult situations, which has reminded me that the Lord is our only source when walking through tough
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell - February 2, 2018

February 2, 2018 chris
Broccoli Salad, Red Beans and Rice, German Cornbread and French Silk Pie You know, we appreciate the short cuts with old favorite recipes and new seasoning tricks that have been handed down from our family and friends. Proof again (if we needed it) that Southern women are likely to express their love for family and
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Pious Bob - The Spirit Behind Answering Wisely

February 2, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’” (Mark 12:28-34 NRSV). A scribe asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus had just made several Sadducees speechless in a discussion that they thought would put down the idea
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The Vagabond - History of Camp Sumatanga

February 2, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover A couple of weeks ago, The Vagabond talked about how the Gallant community in Etowah County got its name from John A. Gallant. Located nearby is a large camp that many people have visited and enjoyed for a number of years. Back in May of 1951, the late local historian Will I.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A broader vision

February 2, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever read something and realized you might not know all there is to that particular subject and yet you know deep in your soul that if you broadened your vision on the subject, you would gain so much more wisdom, understanding, perspective on life, and even to some degree, a
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

January 26, 2018 chris
My Favorite Meatloaf, Creole Baked Beans, Creamy Potato Bake and Fudge Pie I have been so blessed with my share of great cooks and their faithful sharing of traditional favorites of our Southern cuisine. Their knowledge came from years of experience and original recipes and they also kept the high standard of Southern cooking through
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The Vagabond - Stephen Reed Hood, early Etowah County resident

January 26, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover A local historical landmark burned to the ground last Monday (Jan. 22). The structure was the old Stephen Reed Hood house located several miles north of Turkeytown in what once was the little community of Murrycross. The post office was once located next door on the north side. The house burned under
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Pious Bob - Calming Down for God

January 26, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret – it leads only to evil.” (Psalm 37:1-18 NRSV). David really got me on this verse. In many of his psalms he talks about wrongdoers and evil people and how they will not prevail over the righteous. Here he slips in one aimed
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Comfort of Jesus

January 26, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford The Lord recently placed the word “comfort” on my heart and mind. When I looked up the meaning of the word, Wikipedia defines comfort as “contentment, to relieve the distress or suffering of.” As I look around at all that is happening in our nation, state, and our own lives, I see
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

January 19, 2018 chris
Broccoli Salad, Lemon Chess Pie, Sweet and Sour Pork Chops, Corn Pudding Casserole and Beer Bread This is a feast fit for a king! Broccoli Salad 2 cups chopped broccoli 2 cups chopped cauliflower 2 packages chopped green onions 1 cup chopped apples 1 cup golden raisins 1/2 pound bacon, fried crisp and crumbled 1
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Pious Bob - Keeping the Bullies Out of the Pulpit

January 19, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Keep up your courage! For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome.” (Acts 23:12-24 NRSV). The Lord was near Paul as there were those plotting to kill him in Jerusalem. Jesus was telling Paul that he’d better get used to rough treatment
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What Do I Represent?

January 19, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus, knowing the Jewish leaders were looking for Him to kill Him, took a great risk and went to visit His dear friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. This story takes place in John chapter 12. I love this story for several reasons. First, we see
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Legislators should not ignore infrastructure, education and jobs because it is an election year  

January 15, 2018 chris
By State Rep. Craig Ford The legislative session began this week and, by all accounts, it’s expected to be an uneventful year. The only goal lawmakers seem to have is to pass the budgets and go home. But there is a lot of work that can and ought to be done instead of just kicking
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The Vagabond - Document found at Coats house

January 15, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently came across a document at the Jerry B. Jones Historical Research Library about a place called Coates Bend. Originally known as Coats Bend, the area was named after Gideon E. Coats. It appears that Gideon, his brother Sion and their mother Sarah left Kershaw County in South Carolina shortly
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

January 15, 2018 chris
Mi Casa Casserole, Fruit Salad and the World’s Best and Quickest Mousse Don’t get stuck like Old Mother Hubbard with a cupboard that’s bare. At this time of year when holidays are over, you could make just one big shopping trip to stock up your pantry so that you’re always ready for those everyday meals.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Aggressive Watching

January 15, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:22-33 NRSV). Jesus said this to Peter as Peter’s fear caused him to sink into the water. Seeing Jesus walking on the water Peter asked to come with Him. Jesus commanded him to come but the strong wind frightened Peter and he began
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Behold, I am doing something new

January 15, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford I just returned from a two-week trip to Israel, touring the Holy Land and serving a Messianic Jewish congregation in the city of Ashdod. On New Year’s Eve, our team had the privilege of praying over the city of Jerusalem from a prayer tower that overlooked the city. It truly was an
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The Vagabond - Early history on Duck Springs

January 5, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover The Duck Springs story begins with The Duck, a Cherokee Chieftain who some say was the brother of Chief Turkey, namesake of Turkeytown in Etowah County. Duck is buried above the springs named for him. Topping the list of Indian celebrities native to the Duck Springs area was Sequoyah, reputed to have
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

January 5, 2018 chris
Tomato-Chili Soup, Cabbage Soup and German Chocolate Cupcakes Soups on this week in Turkeytown! Tomato-Chili Soup 2 quarts canned tomatoes (I used fresh, frozen) 1 can Rotel tomatoes 1 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped 1 can chili beans 1 can pinto beans 1 can whole kernel corn, drained 1 1/2 teaspoon chili
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Baby Talk and Thoughts

January 5, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants…” (Matthew 11:25-30 NRSV). With this statement, Jesus takes the mysteries of God’s kingdom out of the reach of the wise. Infants better understand these mysteries.
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Adventures at the Senior Center

December 29, 2017 chris
Changes… 2018 seems to have many changes in store for the Scott house. My youngest child is getting married and planning to move out of our house. My oldest is planning to move in while she and her husband are looking for another house. Soon both families will be living with us until they find
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College Professor gets it wrong on K-12 teacher…… with State Representative Craig Ford

December 29, 2017 chris
George Mason University economics professor Walter Williams has written an editorial where he insulted every school teacher and every university in the country – including the one that employs him – by claiming that, “With but a few exceptions, schools of education represent the academic slums of colleges,” and that “American education could benefit from
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Pondering life with Pious Bob

December 29, 2017 chris
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:39-51 NRSV). Jesus has taught us so much. As He prays these words in the Garden of Gethsemane, He teaches us that in our praying to God we must pray that, “… not my will but
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