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Anniston/Gadsden Christian Family exists to provide Christians and the community at large with ways to grow and develop as a part of Alabama’s Christian Family. The local publication is designed to promote positive living by sharing with readers the latest news on entertainment, healthy living, parenting and inspirational literature as well as what individuals and organizations are doing to try to address the needs of the family. ®

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On the Cover


Local actor and director, Brian Clowdus, returns home to Gadsden to present a family-friendly interactive production on the legend of Princess Noccalula. See page 24.

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Shop Local

21 Investing In Your Community 31 Women’s Day Out 32 A Life Changed

Departments 7 Are We There Yet?

16 Kids Korner

28-31 Healthy Living

In Praise of the Roadside Attraction

A Rose to Honor Mom on Mother’s Day

- Your Apple A Day - Sugar

10 Education Extra

Outdoor Family Fun with Gadrock

Cardinal Summer Athletic Camps

-Trial and Error of Treatment -Sleep Apnea & Car Accidents

18 Our House

34 Legal Matters We Are Grateful

12 Humor in Holy Places

Farmhouse Style & Why I Love It

Disasters Prove to be Blessings - Part I

19 Parenting Points Mary Was Not From Alabama

13 An Encouraging Word

Avoid the Most Common Buying/Selling Mistakes

19 Great Outdoors

45 Photo Fun


Kayak Adventures of Big Wills Creek

38 Calendar & Classifieds

14 Music Notes Ranking Southern Gospel Favorites 15 Mission Makers On a Mission to Help Children Sleep Better


43 The Home Front

26 Senior Scene Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute 27 Money Matters To Catch a Thief


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Are We There Yet?

In Praise of the Roadside Attraction I’m a sucker for a roadside attraction! World’s Largest Ball of Twine? Count me in! SPAM Museum? You bet! Creepy clown motel? Er, maybe not. Roadside attractions began popping up across the country as long distance road-travel became more practical and popular in the 1920s. Americans soon began a decades-long love affair with the road trip resulting in creative entrepreneurs offering travelers a chance to rest, be entertained, and part with a few dollars along the way. Meant to be pit stops, not destinations, the upcoming attractions were as announced via billboards along the side of the highway — anticipation built as the miles crept by. Most of the attractions were man-made, and often the novelty architecture was the main attraction, depicting giant-sized objects - such as the world’s largest skillet, baseball bat, or bottle of catsup - you name it, someone built it. There are even animals - Lucy the elephant, a blue whale in Oklahoma, and the ever-popular dinosaur. Not all of them are man-made; natural wonders abound. Who could resist a meteor crater, a blue hole in the middle of the New Mexico desert, or America’s largest underground lake - the Lost Sea in Tennesee?

The construction of the U.S. interstate system in the 1950s bypassed many of these attractions, most famously along Route 66; many of them went out of business. But some remained, still appealing enough to lure travelers off the interstate. There are still hundreds, if not thousands, of these quirky, eclectic, and random amusements scattered throughout the country, and several are right here in Alabama. Ascend to the top of the 56 foot Vulcan in Birmingham, tour fantastically detailed miniature world by one single-minded monk, or visit Bamahenge, the world’s first full-size fiberglass Stonehenge, in Elberta, Alabama. You’ll even find some dinosaurs scattered randomly throughout the woods while you’re there. You can’t go wrong pulling off the interstate

Bamahenge, in Elberta, is a full size fiberglass replica of Stonehenge. The attraction also features fiberglass dinosaurs.

or highway to check out a roadside attraction. When they’re good, they’re great. When they’re bad, they’re even better, becoming the source of endless running jokes and family lore! Take a chance, get off the beaten path. After all, memories aren’t made at the mall. But a visit to the World’s Largest Ball of Paint? That’s the stuff of legends. — Tami Brooks Tami Brooks is the owner of Brooks Consulting Services, LLC and Social Focus Marketing Solutions. She completed a 52 week, 52 hike project in 2016 and writes the blog Tami’s Trippin. When she’s not busy with work, you can find her on the trail, in the kayak, or on the deck planning her next adventure. Visit to read more and be sure to sign up for post notifications and newsletter while you’re there. You can also follow Tami’s Trippin’ on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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The Gadsden State Cardinals Athletic Department will host summer basketball and volleyball camps beginning in June. A men’s basketball team camp for varsity and junior varsity players will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3. Registration fee is $100 for one team or $150 for two teams. Contact Deddric Tarver, Cardinals head coach and camp director, at 205-3682353 by May 24 to register. A youth basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 2 through 6 will be held from 8 a.m. to noon June 24 and 25. Registration fee is $50 per camper to attend both camp dates or $30 per camper to attend one day. Contact Kori Walker, assistant basketball coach, at 205-410-6825 or Coach Tarver to register by June 21. Volleyball team camp play dates are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 and 23 for varsity players. Registration fee is $100 per team to attend either date. A skills camp for high school juniors and seniors will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24. The skills camp is intended for athletes who are interested in playing at the college level and is limited to the first 25 who register. Registration fee is $75 per camper. For play dates scheduling purposes, participants must contact Connie Clark, Cardinals volleyball coach and camp director, at 256-490-2261 by July 1 to register. All camps will be held at Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden. All participants will need to provide medical release forms which can be obtained by contacting the Athletic Department at dsnow@ /256-549-8310 or by visiting sites/default/files/u21/summercamp2019registrationform.pdf.

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May 31 – July 7

The Noccalula Experience A Legendary Tale of Undying Love

Brian Clowdus Experiences breathes new life into the thrilling story of undying love and adventure with an immersive theatrical outdoor adventure. Experience the spectacular tale in its storied home of Noccalula Falls Park as you take in the site’s breathtaking natural views of its legendary, cascading falls. Note: The Noccalula Experience includes walking a portion of the park trails and standing for up to an hour. Accommodations can be available for those with accessibility needs.

May 3 • 6pm to 9pm First Friday Support local merchants and enjoy spending time in historic downtown Gadsden the First Friday of every month. Classic cars, food, entertainment and fun! Classic cars are invited to cruise-in.

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May 4 • 10am to 4pm Altoona Day Come experience Downtown Altoona for a fun-filled day great for the entire family! There will be musical performances, craft vendors, food vendors, a kids area, and door prizes! The musical lineup includes: Julie Ann & Goldrush, Little Texas, USAF Space A and Sound Barrier Rock Band. Admission is free!

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May 10 • 3pm to 11:30pm Get In Tune! Gadsden Music Festival A music festival all around Downtown Gadsden! Musicians will perform at several different venues in Downtown Gadsden, and $25 will grant you a pass to all venues for the day! Venues: The Moxie Salon, The Gadsden Museum of Art, Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Blackstone, Back Forty Beer Company, The Coffee Bar, Thai One On, Harp and Clover.

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May 11 • 8am to 11am Kids Fishing Rodeo

May 16 – 19 HWY 11/Antique Alley Yard Sale A 502-mile road-side sale along US Hwy 11 from Meridian, Mississippi to Bristol, Virginia. This sale runs through Attalla, Reece City, & Keener in Etowah County.

Youth anglers will have a chance to make their own fish tales with the City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Kids Fishing Rodeo. Make sure to arrive early as the first 275 youth anglers will receive a free fishing pole, tackle, bait, and Jack's biscuit and drink. The pond will be stocked with catfish so that everyone has a great fishing experience. Youth must be accompanied by an adult, but fishing is limited to youth ages 4-12 years.

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May 11 • 6pm to 10pm Downtown Music Festival

May 17 – 19 • 10am to 3pm Frontier Gathering & Rendezvous Join Horse Pens 40 for frontier family fun! There will be period camps and living history from pre-1880 throughout the campground and nature area, as well as food vendors and period demonstrations!

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Exhibit open until May 27 Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog The exhibit brings Clifford’s home on Birdwell Island to life with playful activities and delightful environments, giving children and caregivers a chance to explore Clifford’s world first-hand. This 2,000 square foot exhibit is designed for children ages birth to 10 Open Mon. – Sat. 10am to 5pm and Sun. 1pm to 5pm.

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Disasters Prove to be Blessings My dad joked about everything – sometimes to his undoing. When Mom and Dad built our house adjoining our country store, it was done well for the most part. As it often goes, there was one minute thing not completed – the back steps. It was one of those “little” things dad would do later. Later was too long in coming, as Mom often reminded him. One rainy Sunday, Mom, already dressed for church, dashed out the back door to give the dog our breakfast scraps. Those makeshift steps (Coke cases stacked) were wet and slippery. Mother took a bad tumble and made a nasty scratch on her leg. When Dad went out to help her up, Boy, did he ever say the wrong thing. “Hon, did you tear your stockings?” Whether he was joking or just concerned about the price of a pair of nylons, Mom’s glare expressed all that needed to be said. Dad wasn’t much for saying, “I’m sorry,” but the new concrete little porch and sturdy steps magically appearing the next week expressed his regrets well. Recently, I made a trip to Boise, Idaho, to see the advance showing of a Christian movie (Rising Free) my granddaughter and her husband had made. My son, his wife, and son were there also. We were doing one of those “everybody-take-careof-yourself ” lunches, as the group was busy getting clothes ready for the night’s events. I had just sat down to some chicken salad when my son Scott came in through the garage. He had been propped on their jeep, talking on his cell phone minutes before. The cars had been left on the driveway since we were to load up in them soon. Just as Scott fixed a plate for himself, there was a loud noise that sounded like an explosion. It literally shook the house. Scott and the other

males told the females to stay in the back of the house while they investigated. When they started out the garage door, they quickly came back to take another route. They tried the front door and couldn’t get out it either, so they went out the back and ran around the house to discover their two cars knocked into the neighbor’s yard (both cars were totaled), another man in his car sitting crossways in their garage (his car was totaled also), and a wall of the garage knocked down, blocking the front door. Their first concern was for the well-being of the driver. They checked out the stunned man and helped him out of the car. They placed Band-Aids on his glass-pricked hands and took him a bottle of water. He had experienced a brief blackout, causing his foot to hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The cacophonous sound brought out the neighborhood. The emergency vehicles closed off the circle where they lived, and the yards were filled with neighbors meeting other neighbors they didn’t know; some brought bottled water and another, a tray of goodies. Offers for places for all of us to stay, if needed, flooded us. One neighbor insisted some of us use their house to get ready. A block party couldn’t have brought people together like this catastrophe did. It seems the man who caused the disaster lived just around the same circle. My granddaughter was told that he was a loner and very unfriendly. If you know me, though, you know I can talk to a stump. I engaged the man in conversation. He was overwhelmed. He said, “You would think they would be mad at me for destroying their house and interfering with what is supposed to be a huge event in their lives, but instead, they are more concerned about me. They even invited me to the showing.” That just proved he was not familiar with Christian responses. How could good come from this great inconvenience? Neighbors were given the


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opportunity to meet and greet other neighbors. A man received a great Christian witness without even the use of a bible. And insurance companies took care of the brick, metal, and mortar. Fortunately, my son had come in the house just in time to avoid being hit, and my kids needed a new car anyway. The blessings continued. People offered the use of their extra vehicles, some came by to drive some of us, so I got to ride with one of the stars of the movie. Only the Lord can put disastrous happenings in order in such a way to produce blessings. From the scriptures we read, He’s been doing that a long time. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20 “Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’” Jeremiah 33:9 — Barbara Eubanks Barbara’s upcoming speaking events: May 2 – 4, 2019 Kentucky Derby trip with MMCS 55+ Goldcare group May 12, 2019, Annual Ladies’ Night, New Prospect Baptist Church, Address: 202 Co Rd 3463. Haleyville, AL 35565. Phone (205) 4869695 August 13, 2019, 6:00 PM Philos Book Club Boaz Public Library contact Sandra Ennis 256-226-1243 You are invited to join Barbara Eubanks and Dr. Ed Hayes on an 11-day trip to England and Scotland Nov. 1 – 11, 2019. There are limited spaces available and limited time to register. Call Barbara today for more info at 256-572-3932

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An Encouraging Word Waiting Have you ever noticed what people do while they are waiting? Depending on the place, you are likely to see people focused on their phones, reading a book or magazine, watching a television, talking to someone nearby, or perhaps working a crossword puzzle. Then there are those who may be taking a nap, or doing the opposite—just people-watching. The only individuals you will not see doing something to distract themselves from waiting are usually mothers or fathers with young children. Mamas and daddies are usually not paying too much attention to the television or their phones or other things. They are trying to keep their little ones entertained, occupied, safe, and content until the wait is over. If you have grown children, you remember the drill before a potentially long wait: You pack wisely—small toys, snacks, and perhaps a favorite book; you feed her before the trip, and you’d best not forget that bathroom trip or diaper change before leaving home! It has become cliche (but no less true) that once you become a parent, your life is forever changed. From then on, your own needs are weighed against what is best for your child. And parents spend a LOT of time waiting: waiting for the baby to sleep through the night; waiting for that first sweet smile, those first steps, and the first time you hear “Mama” or “Dada.” Everything is new and exciting and photo worthy…but sometimes scary. Waiting on a doctor’s diagnosis is terrifying. So is waiting for the sound of your teen pulling into the drive after curfew, or even worse, waiting for a beloved prodigal to return. Yes, waiting is hard. Many people noted in scripture had to wait, as well. The Israelites waited on

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deliverance from slavery. When male Hebrew babies were being murdered, Moses’ mother placed him in a basket covered in tar, set him in the reeds of the Nile and waited for God to provide his rescue (Ex. 2). Years later, when leading the people out of Egypt, and between the Red Sea and the advancing enemy, Moses waited for God to provide a way out (Ex. 14). Wandering through the desert, the people waited another 40 years for the promised land (Joshua 3). Later, Mary waited to see the birth of her son Jesus. She and Joseph waited for God to tell them it was safe to return to Bethlehem from Egypt, where they had fled Herod’s terror (Luke 1-2; Matt. 2). Mary waited at the foot of the cross (John 19). And after Jesus’ ascension, the disciples waited at Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit (Acts 1). We could go on. All of these people had desires—they wanted liberation; protection; blessing; restoration—-and so do we. They waited—and so are we. Perhaps we need healing…or financial “liberation.” Somewhere, someone needs a job, yet does not have the appropriate clothing or transportation to actually get there, so is waiting for what seems to be a miracle. Someone is waiting to hear good news from a brother or sister enslaved by drugs or alcohol. Another is waiting beside an ailing mother’s bedside. Waiting for the unknown can be frightening. What can we do? The ultimate answer is to trust the Lord. Trust that while we are waiting, there ARE things to do. Maybe God is ordaining this time in part for us to slow down and listen for His voice. Pray for others. Read His Word. What can we do for others that costs less money than time? Call someone, write a letter, send a card for no reason other than we care. Know that someone else in the world is waiting for the same things we are. We should pray for those in our same “waiting room.” But we should also pray for those who may be waiting for an even bigger miracle than what WE may need. It is easy to be happy when we have received what we want. It is harder, yet glorifies God more when we can share His love in the midst of our waiting. God is good. He has a reason for the time we must spend waiting. We just need to seek ways to listen for that “gentle whisper” (I Kings 19:12), and not forget to love others who are also waiting. “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore, He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” (Is. 30:18) — Dr. Nina King Wife, mother of 2 sons, and member of Covenant Fellowship Church

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Music Notes

The Moody Bible Institutes Mens Quartet from Chicago, Illinois, singing in a concert at Crossway Church in Bristol, Wisconsin.

Ranking Southern Gospel Favorites When people hear the term “southern gospel music” they likely think of their grandparents or their parents. While it may be true that most people who listen to that specific genre of music were born before 1980 or so, there is still a group of people born since 1980 who can appreciate the heritage, find joy in the harmonies and the theological backgrounds of a lot of the songs many still sing tonight not only on the road, night after night, but in our churches week after week! I decided to do some research and find out what the top southern gospel songs are (even though I feel like some of these can’t be simply defined to the genre) and I found a little website called Ranker and they have ranked (according to fans) the top songs! 1. How Great Thou Art 2. The Old Rugged Cross 3. I’ll Fly Away 4. Victory in Jesus 5. Amazing Grace 6. When the Roll is Called Up Yonder 7. Oh What a Savior 8. Because He Lives 9. I Surrender All 10. Beulah Land So what’s your opinion on the gospel songs of the south? Do you have others you would rather see on the list? Let us know! Head on over to the Anniston Gadsden Christian Family Facebook page and tell us what you think!

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Mission Makers On a Mission to Help Children Sleep Better NO ONE SLEEPS ON THE FLOOR IN OUR TOWN! This is the heart and core mission of who SHP, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, is. SHP is a national 501©3 nonprofit, and until now there has only been one other chapter in Alabama to serve children sleeping on floors, cots, and couches. SHP is mobilized by a group of dedicated volunteers building handcrafted beds for children living without this basic luxury. Through their incredible efforts and the many generous donations from individual and corporate sponsors, bunk beds are built, assembled, and then delivered complete with bedding and a pillow. Our efforts are 100% funded through the generosity of our community. We are building stronger communities one child at a time. It’s amazing to see the impact something as basic as a bed can make. There are many opportunities for you to join this amazing team in our community: Start-Up Funding, Financial Support, GiftIn-Kind Donations, Volunteer, Advocate, Speaking Engagements, Prayer, Hosting a Build Day, or Connect Us to Your Network.

Opportunities are available for all ages, no one is ever too young or too old. Join us as an individual, as a family, as a small group or Sunday School class, as a corporate team-building experience – the possibilities are endless. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children. Together we can provide warm beds for children to SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE! To find out more or to make a tax deductible donation, please contact Gadsden SHP Chapter Presidents for details: Tommy and Valerie Goodman,, or visit Also, please be sure to follow us on Facebook.

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Kids Korner A Rose to Honor Mom on Mother’s Day “So we’re wearing a lovely rose today, To the mother love of yesterday, And the Father— loving--above our heart, And our eyes dim with the tears that start, Unbidden--and the years in the future--thus shall our children wear a rose for us.” (From a poem “Mother’s Day”- Author Unknown) When I was growing up, Mother’s Day had special significance just as it does today. But one tradition, I rarely see anymore. And that is the custom of wearing a rose to honor mothers: one of white if your mother was deceased, or one of red if your mother is living. This was a ritual I observed to honor my mother every Mother’s Day when I was a child. (The ritual held so much significance for me that as an adult, I still wear a rose for my mom on Mother’s Day.) Just before leaving for Sunday School, I would walk through the dew wet grass to our backyard rose garden. With scissors in hand, I looked for the perfect red rose and the palest white rose. Snip, Snip. I carried the two rose buds reverently out of the rose garden, up the driveway, and into the kitchen. There I trimmed the stems and pinned the red rose on my dress to signify that my mother was alive and well. I handed the white rosebud to my mother, and she carefully pinned it to her Sunday suit and gave me a bittersweet smile…

Outdoor Family Fun with Gadrock Summer is quickly approaching and that means more and more people will be getting out on the water to enjoy our creeks, rivers and lakes. If you are wanting a unique water experience, consider renting stand up paddle boards from GadRock and launching from the dock on Lake Gadsden. Two heron rookeries are a quick paddle from the dock, as well as the James D. Martin Wildlife Park. The water is calm and you never know what wildlife you will encounter while paddling. GadRock’s guides have seen herons, swifts, bald eagles, pelicans, and even the occasional mink or water rat. With our amazing natural resource, comes the responsibility to leave our waterways better than we found them. GadRock has reusable bags available for picking up floating trash and debris while on a paddle tour. If you fill a bag with trash they will give you 10% off your next rental or tour. There are 4 different tours available beginning Memorial Day Weekend and running through Labor Day. Join their experienced guides for an Intro, Eco, Fitness or Yoga tour on the boards. Call the gym to book or reserve your board and don’t forget to request your trash bag and help keep our waterways clean!

I’d heard the story many times about her mother (the grandmother I hardly knew), who had died early from cancer back when doctors knew very little about treating the dreaded disease. I was only five when my grandmother made the journey to heaven, and my mother was just 33, so she missed out on many special times with her… We proudly entered the church wearing our pretty roses and looked around to see others observing the same tradition. I thought it was a sweet memorial to mothers, and I still think it’s a great way to honor all mothers. I told my grandchildren the story and I think they’ll each remember to cut a red rose from their backyard rose bushes to wear this Mother’s Day. They’re young, so they can start this tradition and carry it out for many years to come.

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It’s always the little things we do for our mothers that mean so much. This year why don’t you start the tradition of wearing a rose to church to honor your mom. Then you might offer to help cook lunch, set the table, wash the dishes, feed the pets, take the dog out for his walk, make a flower arrangement for the kitchen table, or any number of little things that would free mom for a few moments of peace and quiet on her special day. She will appreciate your thoughtfulness and remember it in a special place in her heart. Prayer: Dear God, We thank you for our mothers. We pray for our mothers as they go about their busy schedules of family life, work, and caring for us. Help us show our mothers how much we love them on this special holiday that honors all mothers. Amen — Alice G. Duckett Alice G. Duckett is an author of 3 books and a CD of Storytelling. She has published more than 550 articles and columns in newspapers and magazines. She is a speaker for all age groups on many topics including her world travels, family history, creative writing and more. Contact information: 256-237-7123 or Alice lives in Anniston, AL with her husband and 3 cats-Spooky, Miss Midnight and Mr. Fluff.

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Farmhouse Style & Why I Love It There’s no doubt that the farmhouse style is all the rage in the decorating world today. Thanks to design icon, Joanna Gaines, it has become insanely popular. Is it a trend? I don’t think so. Why? Because it is timeless. What is the farmhouse style and how do you incorporate it into your home? When I think of farmhouse, I think of old wood, chippy paint and rustic charm. I think of shiplap! (We will talk more about that next month.) I think of pieces that have a story. These are the pieces that have stood through years of family traditions. I think of durability and strength, but also comfort and ease. I think of the days when life’s most common work was tending the land and raising farm animals. Let’s face it, not everyone can have a house that is a hundred years old. Not everyone can live on a farm with an actual farmhouse. Fret not, my friends! Everyone can incorporate this style into their home even if it’s less than a year old. How do you do this? You find old pieces. You find those pieces that look like they have a story to tell.

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Whether you appreciate the old or love the new, you can enjoy some touches of farmhouse throughout your home. If you want to ease into this look, maybe start with a farm table. You will be amazed how easy it is to mix the farmhouse style with other styles. Farm tables look just as great with traditional chairs as they do with rustic, industrial, country, etc. Mix the old with new and have fun with it. Whatever you do, just do you!

You incorporate chippy cabinets, vintage finds, cozy textures and a neutral color scheme. Farmhouse style is most about being comfortable and inviting. If you are into newer things, but love the look of farmhouse, then you may be more of a modern farmhouse lover. Thankfully, nearly every home decor store has newer pieces that are made to look old. You can have the best of both worlds! Personally, I love authentic vintage

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Parenting Points Mary Was Not From Alabama Not long after Jesus was baptized, he attended a wedding with his Mother. During that wedding at Cana, he performed a miracle by converting water into wine. We are not told whose wedding was taking place in the story but, at some point, Mary the mother of Jesus approached him with the exclamation that the groom was out of wine. Jesus’ response to his mother might appear strange to us in modern terms. “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” Try calling your mother “woman” and see how that works for you. Mary was not from Alabama. Actually, the words were not an insult at all. All translations are paraphrases, to some extent, but it’s good to understand culture. I’m guessing there is no Aramaic phrase for “yes ma’am.” Note, he honored his mother’s request. Scholars debate on why Jesus said it was not his time. He was ordained at his baptism, so why was he claiming his hour had not come? Perhaps it is because they were at the wedding of a friend, or family member, and it was their day to be the center of attention. Jesus, in that instance was demonstrating humility and respect. This might explain why he simply commanded the servants to gather the pots and fill them with water. Jesus didn’t make a grand gesture to draw attention to himself. He didn’t wave his arms over the pots, pray loudly, yell “shazam,” or distract anyone from the celebration. He just asked for obedience—and he pleased his mother.

When the wine steward tasted from the jars, he remarked that the host had saved the best wine for last. The groom was glorified as a good host. When Jesus returns at his appointed time, he will return as the bridegroom for his church and he will be glorified as the Lord of hosts. He has also reserved the best wine for us. As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to talk about how our Saviour honored his mother. She traveled with him during his ministry and you know they had some amazing conversations along the way.

to spend some quality time together. If she asks you to clean your room, don’t call her “woman” when you respond. If your mom is from Alabama, like mine, it won’t end well. Happy Mother’s Day! —Terry Schrimscher Terry is a public relations professional, a freelance writer, and a volunteer Biblical counselor. You can read some of his other musings on faith at

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The Man Up Gadsden foundation is dedicated to the education, prevention, and support services for Prostate and Testicular cancer patients, family, and community members…and we are proud to say it is the first of its kind in Gadsden. The Man Up Gadsden organization was founded for the education, prevention, and treatment of illnesses afflicting men. We believe in hope, self-advocacy, early detection, education and emotional support. We aid in prevention and early detection and explain how to survive prostate and testicular cancer, and live the best life after cancer! We will help you understand your diagnosis and the many options available to you. We can help you find a doctor, tell you how to prepare for chemotherapy, how to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy and how to stay healthy after treatment ends. If you know of anyone who needs help, please share our information and help spread the word! Do you have high school age boys? Ask your children or family member if Man Up Gadsden has visited their school? Dr. John Pirani and male volunteers from the Man Up Gadsden organization will be visiting schools spreading the word of early detection. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer of young men ages 15-35, so Man Up Gadsden and CHECK’EM! If you would like to support Man Up Gadsden, there are several fundraising events in Etowah County that benefit our foundation, Join us for one or all or become a Man Up Sponsor!

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S pecial Feature Kayak Adventures on Big Wills Creek In August 2011, Josh Tidwell found himself in unfamiliar territory. He was unemployed. While looking for work or a business opportunity, a Craigslist ad sparked an idea that would become a successful family business. That ad was for six canoes. Josh and his wife Leslie, along with his sister Sonya Wright and her husband Lane, were avid paddlers. Over the years, they had traveled the south paddling different rivers. When travel time was short, they would paddle their backyard flow, Big Wills Creek. They had always thought while it may not have the bubbling rapids or the exotic wildlife of some destinations, their humble little backyard creek was just as inviting and deserving of attention as any other.That sentiment was raised anew by a need for work and a Craigslist ad. Josh took the idea to the family. They liked it. Those six canoes were purchased, and in October 2011, Big Wills Outfitters was officially born. Vowing to grow the business without debt, they would focus on providing a safe, family oriented paddling experience. Using the knowledge gained as customers of many outfitters, they committed to the things they liked, and promised not to do the things they didn’t. Over that winter they acquired the kayaks, vehicles, and other items needed to go along with those canoes. Lane’s experience as a builder proved invaluable, as they set about the back punishing work of constructing the building that houses their operations. By the time April rolled around, what was once a field was now a fully functioning canoe and kayak outfitter. Now in their seventh paddling season, Big Wills Outfitters provides a scenic six mile float trip, suitable for all ages and experience levels. They must be doing something right, as renting one of their sit-on-top kayaks, on a summer weekend, will require a reservation. For more information, check their website at and give them a Like on their active Facebook page.


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2019 Barbarian Challenge Brings World Class Competition to Gadsden Thrill-seeking athletes who are not afraid of getting muddy, wet, and pushed to the limit will be taking part in Gadsden’s Barbarian Challenge; a 6-mile obstacle course run through Noccalula Falls Park. With a motto of “Fear Is Not An Option,” over 1000 participants are already registered to participate in the seventh-annual extreme competition set for June 16th, 2018. Registration is open at www. and participants can register at the packet pick-up party on June 15th. The Barbarian Challenge course is about 6 miles and includes more than 20 natural and challenging human-made obstacles. Some obstacles have names, like the Weaver, the Sternum Checker, or Leap of Faith. This year features two significant changes to the event. First, the race is a North America and World OCR Series qualifier, drawing top talent to the Barbarian battlefield. Second, the new team competition adds a new facet to the event with a five-person team event starting at 1 p.m. The team event will be run separately with several unique, team focused challenges. The Barbarian Challenge is for those 12 and older,

The smallest barbarians can participate in the “Kid’s Barbarian Challenge” competition, sponsored by The Factory. The race is open to kids 5-12 years old and will feature 10-15 obstacles over a 1-mile course. Finishers receive a medal, and early registrants will also receive a t-shirt and goody bag. Children can also visit the free Kid’s Zone with inflatables, games and a great view of family members participating in the race. The awards ceremony will start at approximately noon. Shuttles will be available from nearby parking areas at Mitchell Elementary, and Bellevue Baptist Church and the event is free to spectators. anyone under the age of 15 must have their parent or guardian present to sign a consent waiver and run with them. In addition to the race, there will be music and food vendors selling barbarian-inspired food. Race or “horde” times are at 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. and are held rain or shine. All finishers receive a Barbarian medal. The overall female and male winners from the 8:00 a.m. horde will receive the coveted Barbarian Sword. Age category winners will be selected from the fastest overall in the first four competitive hordes. New this year are Athena and Clydesdale categories with awards for Men over 225 lbs and Women over 165 lbs.

On Friday, June 14th, a Packet Pick-up Party will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the 5th Street Market. Barbarian Challenge and Kid’s Barbarian Challenge participants can pick up their race packets and visit with other competitors. Beer and food will be available for purchase. A special Barbarian Challenge growler has been created by Back Forty and will be on sale. The Barbarian Challenge is organized and staged by the City of Gadsden’s Parks and Recreation Department and is presented by Greater Gadsden Area Tourism

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NOCCALULA Brian Clowdus Presents Tlte Noccalula Experience at Noccalula Falls Park May 31st - July 7th 2019; Fri-Sun at 2pm, 4pm, & 6pm Tickets on sale at: Director & Producer- Brian Clowdus, Original Text- Kara Morrison STARRING: Sarah Elaine as Noccalula

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NOCCALULA EXPERIENCE. Not only did it expose him to the legend of the Native American princess, Noccalula, he also developed his interest in performing while singing in his hometown church. “From about the same time I could walk I was singing in church,” said Clowdus. His grandmother played the piano and the two of them performed in revivals in the area. “I truly found my love for song and stage in church and then I expanded into school and community theatre. It’s where my heart was the fullest.” Clowdus also credits his grandmother for supporting his acting career. “Granny always wanted to be an actress but grew up in a time where women were expected to stay at home and be Mothers,” he said. “she lived her dreams through me and devoted so much of her time and energy to making sure I was a success.” After studying theater and dance at Amhurst, Clowdus earned a graduate degree in theater from the University of South Carolina. He has performed and directed in cities like Tokyo, London, New York City and Los Angeles and is putting his talent and years of experience to work creating an immersive experience for audiences attending The Noccalula Experience. The production marks a homecoming for Clowdus who has not performed in Gadsden since moving away to begin his career. Clowdus is CEO of Brian Clowdus Experiences and the Executive/Artistic Director of Serenbe Playhouse, which he uses to create outdoor theater adventures in cities around the nation. He has earned rave reviews with immersive productions based on the tales of Edgar Allen Poe, A Christmas

Carol, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other classics. The Noccalula Experience stars Sarah Elaine as Princess Noccalula, the namesake of the scenic waterfall. According to the legend, the falls are named after a Cherokee princess in a Native American folk tale who plunged to her death at the site rather than marry a man she didn’t love. The immersive nature of Brian Clowdus and Sarah Elaine on the set at the production will involve Noccalula Falls. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus different staging areas to take advantage of the breathtaking scenery of the falls and park. The audience stands and walks through parts of the park to experience the play. Brian Clowdus enjoys the educational aspect of his work as well and says he likes to give tickets to underprivileged children. “I believe in giving back,” he says. The Noccalula Experience opens May 29 and runs through July 7. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday during those dates with shows at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. For tickets, visit the-noccalula-experience. — Terry Schrimscher

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Senior Scene Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Etowah County. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, OAM provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and resources to help communities support and celebrate their diversity. This year’s OAM theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:

• Connect with friends, family, and local services and resources. • Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment. • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others. Cherry Creek Village will celebrate OAM by promoting ways that community members of all ages can take part in helping our senior community thrive. We encourage you to: Connect: Contact your local Senior Organizations, Council on Aging, Senior Centers, RSVP etc. Create: Engage in local events. Join us for Senior Fun Day at the Downtown Civic Center on May 1st from 10:00 am to 11:30am. Attend a Senior Club Meeting they are listed monthly in The Gadsden Times for specific locations. Or attend a Senior Circle event hosted by GRMC, these are listed on their website at

are in need of volunteers or donations such as Meals on Wheels, Senior Outreach or The Etowah Baptist Mission. Whether it is a donation of your time, food, clothing or experience, you will be making a difference in keeping our older Americans healthy, independent and helping our community thrive. Communities that support and recognize older adults are stronger! Join us in strengthening our community – this May and throughout the year. — Beth Freeman Cherry Creek Village

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Money Matters To Catch a Thief Having Your Identity Stolen May Be Costly. Many Americans have taken steps in recent years to protect their personal information, but savvy cybercrooks have overcome some of those defenses. A 2018 Javelin Research report found identity theft hit an all-time high in 2017, affecting an estimated 16.7 million consumers. For the first time, Social Security numbers were compromised more frequently than credit card numbers.1 If you have not taken measures to protect yourself, it may be a good idea to consider your options. Individuals can take four basic steps to help protect themselves against identity theft. These steps are represented by the acronym SCAM. S. Be Stingy when giving out your personal information. Make sure the person requesting the information is on a “need-to-know” basis. For example, someone who claims to be calling from your bank does not need to know your mother’s maiden name if it is already on file with the bank. C. Check your financial information periodically. If you get hard-copy credit card or bank statements mailed to you, consider keeping these documents in a safe, secure location. Be skeptical if it appears the financial institution missed a month. Identity thieves may try to change the address on your accounts to keep their actions hidden from you for as long as possible. A. From time to time, ask for a copy of your credit report. This report shows bank and financial accounts in your name and may help provide evidence if someone has used your name to open another account. To obtain a report, contact any of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion. M. Maintain good records of your financial accounts and obligations. Retain your monthly bank and credit card statements, either in hard-copy or digital form. Easy access to this information may make it easier to dispute a transaction, especially if your signature has been forged. Additionally, consider these steps. Think about guarding the information on your phone the way you protect the data on your computer: with security software, data encryption, and a password necessary for basic access. You could also choose two-factor authentication at the websites of the retailers you frequent most; this potentially gives you the same degree of protection you would get with a brokerage or bank account. You could also elect to freeze your credit report at the major credit bureaus, for a small fee.1 If your identity is stolen, you may face not only out-of-pocket financial loss, but the additional cost of trying to restore your good name. Help protect yourself by using caution when sharing your personal information and keeping an eye out for warning signs. — Kandice Gupta 256.413.9000 or or

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Did you know that sugar was reviewed by the FDA in the 1970’s to answer the question whether it was safe for human consumption? The agency said “Yes, if a person ate no more than 42 pounds a year”. That sounds like a lot, but the USDA now says Americans are consuming 128 pounds per year on average! Visualize this: 30- 5 pound bags of sugar stacked on your floor with a spoon in your hand. You don’t eat it by the spoonful though. It’s in sweetened drinks, cookies, cakes, ice cream, candy, fruit juice, cereal, packaged food, etc. Think about the most recent data, which has taken since the 1940’s to get the truth. Consuming more than 10% of your calories in sugar makes you 3 x more likely to die of heart problems than those that eat less than 10%! Eating over 40 lbs of sugar a year will lead to obesity. Over consumption of sweets lead to type 2 diabetes, impaired brain function and some cancers such as pancreatic and colon. Studies show that sugar is addictive since it appeals to the reward centers of our brain and it drives compulsive eating. The World Health Organization now suggests no more than 5% daily calories be sugar. That amounts to 6 teaspoons a day, about 24 grams, the amount in a single glass of sweet tea. Compare this to the amount you may now be eating, 22 tsp/88 grams a day. That’s conservative, I know people eating ½ pound a day (227 grams). Kathie Dolgin, author of “Sugar Savvy Solutions” recommends a makeover in your relationship with food: 1) Limit your sugar to 24 grams daily. Even healthy food can contain a lot of sugar. Yogurt, packaged oatmeal can be very high. 2) Eliminate trigger foods – the things you can’t eat just one of. Don’t keep these in your home. 3) Drink plenty of water to keep your appetite in check and to stay energized. 4) Eat every 2 to 4 hours. The Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Lifestyle offers tips on cutting back sugar. 1) Top oatmeal or cold cereal with fruit rather than sugar.2) Drink plain or sparkling water instead of sugary beverages. 3) Eat fruit for dessert. 4) Use unsweetened applesauce in baking instead of sugar. 5) Avoid ketchup & barbeque sauce, instead use salsa, mustard, hot sauce 6) Skip packaged foods. According to Nicola Avena, co-author of “Why Diets Fail (Because You’re Addicted to Sugar)”, you can break your addiction in 4 – 8 weeks. Their plan is similar to Mayo’s. Be well and God bless!

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Healthy Living

Trial and Error of Treatment

Sleep Apnea & Car Accidents People with sleep apnea- a breathing disorder that disrupts sleep- are at double the risk of being in a car accident. An article published online in the journal Thorax found that patients with sleep apnea are three to five times more likely to be in a serious car crash involving personal injury. The study used data from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia where they studied nearly 1,600 people including patients with and without sleep apnea. The study showed the number of crashes that sleep apnea was a factor but they were more surprised at the severity of the crashes and how many involved personal injury. Even those patients with fairly mild sleep apnea had an increased risk of serious crashes. Previous studies had identified a link between sleep apnea and increased risk for car crashes but this is the largest study of its kind and the first to examine the severity of such crashes. Sleep apnea causes excessive daytime sleepiness. However in the study the patients’ self-reported sleepiness was not linked to an increased risk of crashes. The study suggests that the patients may not be aware of the potential driving hazard caused by sleep apnea. Given the markedly increased risk of crashes in patients with sleep apnea, we feel it is important for people with suspected sleep apnea to be assessed for this common disorder for which there are effective treatments. Among the general population, men have more car crashes than women. However, men and women with sleep apnea in this study had similar crash rates. The dangers of untreated sleep apnea is highlighted in this article. The study gives weight to the need for early diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea to ensure a return to acceptable risk levels for drivers. Absolute Respiratory Care is available to assist you with your sleep apnea equipment. We supply Fisher & Paykel, Respironics and ResMed CPAPs, BiPAPs and a large selection of nasal pillows, nasal and full face mask. Absolute Respiratory Care is located at 206 Bay Street in Gadsden. Our professional staff can be reached at 256-467-4608.

A person can be moving through life doing the best they can to deal with stress, heartache, or illness and all of sudden a major trigger occurs and throws them into depression. This occurrence happens to more people than you can imagine. Millions suffer in silence, while others seek as much help as they can find. Other folks have done both, suffered in silence and sought help, only to find the side effects of medication are often as bad as the symptoms. This is my twentieth year since first being treated as an adult for depression. The major onset of symptoms for me occurred when I was 27 years old. I do believe I have suffered from bipolar depression all of my life, but in the seventies and eighties no one knew what to call it or how to treat it. We have come a long way with treatment, but like most people I speak with, I get very frustrated with the trial and error of treatment. The science of determining the exact chemical imbalance and what “cocktail” will treat it still has a ways to go. Psychiatrists are experimenting with DNA testing to determine which anti-depressants are best for each individual, but this is not widely proven or utilized at this time. I recently went through a change in medication and the side effects frustrated me to the point of considering stopping the meds, which is always the wrong choice. Fortunately with a little time, the lethargic feelings decreased and I found a way to better cope with the other side effects. Doubt and frustration are both common among people who suffer from mental illness. We often hear loved ones saying, “just get over it,” or “get up and get out of the house.” I can only imagine how disheartening it is for a spouse, parent or child of a person suffering from depression or other mental illnesses. When my loved ones ask me what they can do, I always ask that they just be patient and understanding. I am blessed to have cultivated a support group that basically never leaves me alone. Right now I have to continually remind myself that trial and error are part of the treatment and this means the possibility of changing my meds more often. You may have to endure this as well, but the commonality between each of us, regardless of our illness, is that we can never give up. Happiness, productivity, and peace of mind, is always worth fighting for. May God’s grace continue to reign over our lives. — Rob Goodwin Author Rob Goodwin is the Inspiring Voices Best Selling Author of “Porch Swings and Prayer.” Goodwin also published “One In Every Family” in 2016 and both books are available from Amazon. Follow Rob at

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Gadsden Women’s Day Out Sponsored by Altrusa International of Gadsden


Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at 210 at the Tracks $5—General Admission $8—Special Admission to receive discounts from select vendors Shop for jewelry, clothing, candles, make-up, and much more! Let your sweet tooth have a day, too, as you browse a variety of yummy snacks to take home or to indulge in immediately. When lunchtime calls, April’s Kitchen will be serving delicious meals from the concession stand. Not only will this event offer you a wonderful day of shopping, it will also make you feel better when you leave—-especially if you stay to hear our special guest Ladonna Gatlin. Ladonna is sister to the world-famous Gatlin Brothers, and she grew up performing with them. Eventually, however, she followed her own path. Ladonna’s presentations touch the heart and make people laugh, too. Equally gifted as a speaker AND singer, Ladonna has sung on Grammy Awardwinning and Dove Award-winning records, been a contributing writer to the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and has authored The Song in You: Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life. She will be signing books and other merchandise throughout the show, but you don’t want to miss her presentation at 2:00. EXTRA-SPECIAL OFFER—PREVIEW NIGHT—Friday, May 17, (6:00-10:00 p.m.) also at 210 at the Tracks—Each $50 advance-purchase ticket includes dinner, pre-show shopping spree, auction, and presentation by special guest Ladonna Gatlin. For information, call Becky at 256-613-9364.

BOOTHS: We still have a few booths open. To reserve one for YOUR business, call Scott at 205-493-2279 or email for pricing and more information.


and at Children’s of Alabama, we want to see every child grow up and live to their fullest potential.

SPONSORS: If you would like to be a sponsor and receive special benefits for your business, call Becky at 256-613-9364 or email

That’s why we recruit, train and retain the most inquiring minds, the most skilled hands and the most compassionate hearts in pediatric medicine.

* Altrusa International of Gadsden supports many worthy community causes with the money we raise at our events like this Women’s Day Out; our Design, Home, and Garden Show in fall, and our past Antique Shows. We thank you for your attendance! … If you are interested in joining the Altrusa family, or just want more information, call Becky or Scott (above) or see someone at the ticket booth during the show.

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A Life Changed As I write this, I am filled with so many emotions and memories. But my story will never truly be mine. God is the author, and by Him I can share it.   I was brought to Big Oak Girls’ Ranch with my sister Brittany when I was 13 years old. I was a little girl who faced hurt and loss. I faced circumstances that made me fearful of trusting others and starved of love. However, I was utterly amazed at what I saw. From the first day I walked

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through the doors to the memories I now reflect on, I will always call the Ranch home. The most vivid memory I have of that first day was sitting in the room with John Croyle, Mrs. Mary, John David and Reagan Phillips. Mr. John told me the same thing he had told children before me, “I love you, I will never lie to you, I will stick with you ‘til you’re grown, and there are boundaries don’t cross them.” To this day, the truths in those words still resonate with me.    I was placed into an amazing house with parents that made it a home. Darin and Lisa Moseley, who I still call Dad and Mom, showed me love that I had never experienced before. They were a true example of the impact God makes in a life surrendered to Him. Through Dad’s example, I was able to see how a man is supposed to love his wife. By Mom’s example, I learned how a wife is to submit to and serve her husband. Above all, I saw an incredible example of how to parent well.   

A year after I came to the Ranch, God transformed my heart, and Dad baptized me. Two years later, God called me to the mission field. Although Mom and Dad were apprehensive, they allowed me to go to Honduras, Germany, Austria, and Romania to share the Gospel. Then in 2011, I graduated high school and in 2016, I became the first in my family to graduate college. To tell you the entire story God has gifted me with would take more coffee and time than we have right now. Because of servant-hearted stewards of the Ranch, I am able to be where God wants me to be, serving alongside Aaron, my loving husband of 2 years, and raising our sweet 1 year old son, Braxton. I am blessed beyond words and filled with anticipation because I know that the story will continue as God leads.   Though my childhood was difficult, I would not trade it for another because it was my broken past that led me to the Ranch. God has rewritten my story through the sacrifice of my aunt, the faithfulness of the Croyle family, the persistence of the houseparents, and willingness of the donors. Because of the Ranch, my son will have a childhood full of bedtime stories and good night kisses. He will always know that he is loved by imperfect parents, but more importantly loved by a perfect Father.   Thank you for breaking the cycle and for giving me a chance! — Melissa Beasley

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Legal Matters We Are Grateful We are grateful to Christian Family Magazine, an uplifting Christian voice in our community, for the opportunity to explain what we, as attorneys do. We help people with Social Security claims, with ERISA claims (Private Long term and Short term disability), and with Automobile injury claims.

Disability Insurance (ERISA) Many employees are provided disability insurance policies through employment so that income will continue if the wage earner becomes disabled. Disability insurance is provided to protect the disabled employee until Social Security disability is received. Unfortunately, many disability claims are denied. When a claim is denied, it is important to hire an attorney with ERISA experience to help with the claim process. Private disability insurance claims are covered by ERISA and require special legal expertise. An administrative appeal must be filed. Very few claims are won on administrative appeals. If the appeal is denied, a lawsuit must be filed. No additional evidence will be allowed. The case is tried on the record, without a trial or witnesses. Your attorney must present convincing written proof of a disabling condition. Your attorney must prove that you are disabled and that the denial or termination of benefits was unreasonable. Most of our claims are settled after the lawsuit is filed.

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Initial applications are frequently denied. If the claim is denied, an attorney should be hired with Social Security experience to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The Social Security Office will gather the medical records. ALJs approve about 50% of the claims. Some ALJs approve claims at a much lower rate. If the claim is denied, an attorney should file an appeal to the Appeals Council. If the Appeals Council denies review, the next step is a lawsuit in federal court. In court, the attorney will seek to have the claim remanded for a second hearing. About 35% of our claims filed in federal court are remanded for further hearings.

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Our two attorneys have over 60 years combined experience handling social security claims. We have a staff of 12 assistants to help prepare the claims. We appeal some claims to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. We have won several significant decisions at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. These decisions have helped hundreds of other claimants receive fair decisions. We are here to serve people in need. We are grateful for the opportunity. — Myron Allenstein — Rose Allenstein

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Ask Mac About Social Security Disability Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV


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Answer: A Partially Favorable Decision means you were found to be disabled; but, not as far back in time as you requested. For instance, when you filed your disability case, you were asked when you became unable to work. This is known as your “Alleged Onset Date.” You may have said you were disabled 3 years ago. The Judge, however, may have listened to your testimony and reviewed your medical records and decided that you have only been disabled for one year. Therefore, the decision is only partially favorable to you. The question of whether to appeal is very complicated. If you appeal, you would not receive any money while your case is on appeal; and, the appeal to the Appeals Council could take a year or more. The worst danger to you is the fact that you could lose the appeal, if the Appeals Council decides that you are not disabled at all! You would get NO benefits in that case. An appeal is literally a “roll of the dice.” Mac Downs has been a sustaining member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimantʼs Representatives) since 2007. He has tried more than 1,000 Social Security Disability cases.

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Christian School Guide School

Coosa Christian School 2736 Wills Creek Rd Gadsden, Al (256) 547-1841 Principal - Amanda Justus

Episcopal Day School 156 South 9th Street Gadsden, Al (256) 546-9071 Principal - Laura McCartney

Faith Christian School 4100 Ronnaki Road Anniston, Al (256) 236-4499 Head of School – Chip Jones

Jacksonville Christian Academy 831 Alexandria Rd SW Jacksonville, Al (256) 435-3333 Principal - Dr. Tommy G. Miller

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School 16 Morton Road McClellan, AL 36205 Phone: 256-237-4231 Principal – Dr. Jeremiah Russell


Nursery -12

12 months 12th grade

k4 -12


Student / Teacher ratio












Fine Arts



Accredited by AdvancEd, Bible-based curriculum including ABeka and Bob Jones, average of 75% on SAT, 62% graduating seniors receiving scholarships and 90% attending college over past 2 years

dual enrollment with GSCC, community involvement, international travel

Praise Band, Choral, Drama, Music, Journalism, Art

Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Golf, Track & Field

Average= $4100/year

Duke TIP Awards Scholarships Phi Theta Kappa Honorees/BEST Robotics Winner

Art, Music, Band, Drama. Choral, Music, and Writing Competitions

Physical Education, Varies by division/Some scholarship assistance Community Club available/Call for details Sports

Admissions Testing Required. Registration currently open.

AHSAA Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis and Cross Country

Admissions testing required/Registration currently open

Traditional 7 period schedule, Foreign Language, Advanced Episcopal Placement and Dual weekly chapel Enrollment opportunities. 100% graduation rate.


College Preparatory nonProgram from a Christian denominational world view


International Christian Advanced Diploma nonAccrediting Association, -50% of past Choir, Drama, Journalism denominational National Council for Private graduates receive and computer Schools, SACS scholarships



SACS Accredited curriculum for grades K3 -12th

St. James Catholic School 700 Albert Rains Blvd. Gadsden, AL (256) 546-0132 Principal - Michele Adams

Trinity Christian Academy 1500 Airport Rd. Oxford, Al 36203 (256) 831-3333 x124 Principal - Jeff Smith

Westbrook Christian School 100 Westminster Drive Rainbow City, AL (256) 442-7457 Principal-Cynthia Greer

k3-8th grade

K2 - 12





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Dual enrollment opportunities available Honor's diploma Choral, Music, Visual Art offered ACT scores well above national and state average




Catholic Prayer Daily Mass SAC-CASI Accredited Weekly

Independent Baptist

Pre-K Academics / Strong Traditional & Challenging Elementary & High School Academics / High SAT & ACT scores

98% of graduates enroll in college. An average of 58% of seniors receive scholarships nondenominational over the past 5 years. AdvancEd accredited. Dual enrollment options.

Dual enrollment options with Jacksonville State University

Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, and Music. Computers, PE and Foreign Language for all grades.

AHSAA Football, Volleyball, $295 per month for one Basketball, Softball, student Baseball

AHSAA member, Class 1A, Boys and Girls Sports Programs

Scholars Bowl finalists, Duke TIP P.E., Soccer, Recognized and Music, Computer, Art, Band, Softball Basketball Drama, Choir and Scholars Bowl National Merit programs Scholarship Finalists.

Youth Leadership of Calhoun Cty. / AACS Honor Society / ACEA Championship Sports Programs

ACEA Annual Fine Arts Competition / Speech Classes / Music / Drama / Art

Advanced placement/ Honors Classes, Dance line, Concert Choir, Consistent Robotics, Art, Scholars Bowl Recognition by the National Merit Program

Varies by division up to $6320.00/year Tuition assistance available


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Competitive rates.

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Jr. High & Varsity Basketball / Volleyball / Cheerleading / Track / Football

Average below $4000

Strong moral values & behavior / Good Academic Standing / Open Enrollment going on now

AHSAA, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Cross Country, JV Boys Soccer

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Congratulations Class of 2019 "Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." Proverbs 16:3

Coosa Christian School Educating for Eternity Accredited by AdvancED I-759 @ Black Creek Parkway (On the campus of The Church at Wills Creek)


"Nay, in all these things we are more than CONQUERORS through Him who loved us." Romans 8:37 May 2019 37

2019 Christian School Guide Coosa Christian School We are More Than Conquerors Coosa Christian School is a K-3 through 12th grade school accredited by AdvancED. It was founded in 1972 and has provided an exceptional christian education to students in Etowah and surrounding counties for over 45 years. Coosa Christian is an affordable, quality choice for christian education. Our mission statement says “Coosa Christian School exists to challenge young people to know Jesus Christ as Lord, to develop a biblical philosophy of life, to love others as themselves, to become contributing citizens, and to increase academic knowledge and acquire skills necessary to serve others.”  We execute this mission statement in various ways. We begin each school day with prayer and have a weekly chapel service including a praise and worship band. Our curriculum includes a daily Bible class. We require our students to complete 75 hours of volunteer community service in order to train and encourage them to be contributing citizens. Our well balanced curriculum, including ABeka, Bob Jones, and Apologia, is designed to academically challenge our students and prepare them for college. We have 100% graduation rate. We partner with Gadsden State Community College for a dual enrollment program providing the opportunity to have more than a semester of college completed before high school graduation. Our ACT and SAT scores exceed state and national averages with over 90% of our graduates attending college and 62% of our graduates receive college scholarships. We participate in AHSAA athletics, have numerous clubs including 4-H, Builder’s Club, Key Club, and Beta Club. We provide international travel opportunities, as well as trips to our state and national capitols. We are proud of our student’s academic and civic accomplishments but more than that, we are confident that our Bible-based curriculum and spiritual training will be what sustains them as they go through life.


St. James Catholic School St. James Catholic School was founded in 1912. For over 100 years St. James Catholic School has provided an exceptional Catholic Christian education to students in Etowah County. St. James Catholic School is a K-3 through 8th grade school accredited by Advanced ED, The Southern Association of College and Schools. Our pre-school program, three year old kindergarten through five year old kindergarten, provides a loving family oriented atmosphere where our young students thrive and learn each day. The students learn so much so quickly through the use of centers, manipulative activities, and creative play. The classes are small, so each child receives individual attention. The students in first grade through eighth grade receive an excellent education. Our students learn how to think critically and logically, and how to work with others cooperatively in hands on activities. We provide a challenging curriculum in all areas as well as enrichment courses in choir, drama, track, computer, music, P.E., art, and library. Our science lab, computer lab, and library are equipped with up-to-date equipment, computers, and books. Our students participate in the Builders Club, the Junior Beta Club, and Scholars Bowl. When our students enter the area high schools, they are prepared for the advanced college prep classes. Throughout the years, many of our graduates have been valedictorians for the area high schools and have earned full scholarships to in-state and out-of-state colleges, including Harvard University. We begin each day with school-wide prayer, have daily religion classes, and celebrate weekly Mass with our parish priest. Our well-balanced academic program is directed toward spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and moral growth so that our students can make moral decisions and be of service to family, church, community, and nation. We have a diverse student body that reflects the world today. Our students learn respect for themselves and each other and how to truly live the Catholic Christian faith. St. James Catholic School is a family-oriented school where you can witness the love and respect the students, faculty, and staff have for one another. Our students are the true embodiment of our mission to “proclaim the faith of Jesus and promote social, educational, and spiritual excellence.” If you desire a faith-based education and wish to leave the public school system, please contact Mrs. Michele Adams at (256)-546-0132, and we will schedule a tour of our school.

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The Episcopal Day School The Episcopal Day School is a vibrant community of learners from 12 months through the 12th grade. Our campus is a collection of wonderful differences, which makes it a warm, welcoming, Christian environment for learning. We offer a firm foundation on which students learn to pray, to study, and to serve God, and our weekly chapel services bind us in fellowship in the midst of our diversity, activity, and varied pursuits. An early appreciation of the arts begins in preschool and continues through high school, with studies built to ensure that art and theatre are entwined and encouraged throughout our students’ educational careers. Foreign language development begins in K3 and carries through high school as a means of exposure to different cultures. Furthermore, Episcopal promotes musical education to enhance creative and mathematical pathways in young brains.

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Episcopal Day School prepares students with college preparatory classes including Honors, Advanced Placement, and extensive Dual Enrollment. Equal emphasis is placed on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and more than 10 years of experience in robotics gives our middle and high school students invaluable insight into the real world of product research, design, marketing, and sales. Community service is encouraged through our association with the Kiwanis Club, and Episcopal offers all three student organizations for elementary through high school with its K-Kids, Builders Club, and Key Club organizations. Service club members have collectively volunteered more than 200 service hours and raised almost $2,000 during the past academic year. A part-time schedule for our preschool families in K2 and K3 is available, in addition to a traditional 5-day schedule. Episcopal Day School also hosts a comprehensive summer camp for rising kindergarten through 8th-grade students, with focus on gardening, robotics, music, sports, international studies, and more. Episcopal Day School has served the Gadsden area for more than 65 years, celebrating chapel every Wednesday, remaining faithful to our Christian foundations, and nurturing the spiritual formation of our students. We are committed to finding each child’s individual talents and offering an atmosphere in which those talents can flourish—thus creating happy, fruitful adults who go forth and positively contribute to their communities.

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Westbrook Christian An Open Letter to Parents Concerned about their Children If you are concerned about the experiences your child is having at school, you are not alone. Sending your child to school every day is a difficult job for any parent, but especially hard when you feel your child is not thriving. You want what is best for your child, but nothing is more important to your child’s future than his or her education. No school is right for every child. The ideal school would take your child’s individual strengths – the God-given gifts that make your child unique – and nurture those strengths. There are excellent schools out there, both public and private. There are countless teachers working relentlessly to develop character and values in their students. There are even some schools working to put spiritual formation back in the educational system. But how do you find the right school for your child? It is not as difficult as you might fear. First, we suggest you ask questions and then visit promising schools personally. It is important to experience first-hand what makes a school distinct. At Westbrook Christian School, we are committed to equipping each child with the tools they need to fully experience the joys of discovery and to successfully face the challenges of growing academically and spiritually. It comes to life in such things as:

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• A comprehensive, Christ-centered approach that nurtures the mind, body, and soul of your child. • A small class size where teachers understand your child’s specific strengths, weaknesses and learning styles. We provide the structure needed to maximize his or her potential. • A strong internal structure that helps your child grow confidently under the guidance of loving, gifted mentors and approachable administrators. Bullying occurs everywhere. But, it is an issue that we are actively addressing. Since safety is a growing concern, we’ve worked diligently to build an environment where students are secure and taught appropriate conflict management. We recognize that Westbrook Christian is not appropriate for every child, but we may be exactly what your child needs to make the most of this life. Consider carefully your choice and, if you would like to talk, call me at (256) 442-7457, ext. 3. —Cynthia G. Greer Administrator 100 Westminster Drive • Rainbow City, AL 35906 Phone (256) 442-7457 •

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Quality Education • Over the past 5 years 58% of graduating seniors have received scholarship offers to some of the nation’s finest colleges. • An average of 98% of WCS graduates go on to attend college. • Accredited by AdvanceED.

Learning Aimed at Excellence... Maximizing Potential... Training Warriors for Christ 100 Westminster Drive • Rainbow City, AL 35906 • Phone (256) 442-7457 • May 2019 41


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The Home Front Tips by Renee is presented by Renee Chambers Lipscomb University - B.S. Accounting 28 Years in the Real Estate Industry Lifetime Member Etowah Cherokee-County Area Association The Top Producer of Etowah-County for 10 Consecutive Years Past President Etowah-Cherokee County Area Association Past Local Director Etowah-Cherokee County Area Association Bone Realty Top Producer for 26 Consecutive years Active member of Rainbow Drive Church of Christ

Avoid the Most Common Buying/Selling Mistakes There’s nothing more exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling than buying a home. However, it’s a complex transaction, and there are a number of steps along the path that can confuse the most seasoned buyers and sellers. How can you avoid those potential pitfalls and common mistakes? Look to your real estate professional for advice and keep these guidelines in mind:

BUYERS: #1 Review your credit reports ahead of time. Review your credit report a few months before you begin your house hunt, and you’ll have time to ensure the facts are correct, and be able to dispute mistakes before a mortgage lender checks your credit. Get a copy of your credit report from Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. Why all three? Because, if the scores differ, the bank will typically use the lowest one. Alert the credit bureaus if you see any mistakes, fix any problems you discover, and don’t apply for any new credit until after your home loan closes. #2 Get pre-approved. Before getting serious about your hunt for a new house, you’ll want to choose a lender and get pre-approved for a mortgage (not just prequalified—which is a cursory review of your finances—but pre-approved for a loan of a specific amount). Pre-approval lets sellers know you’re serious and helps you determine exactly how much you can comfortably afford to spend. #3 Know what you want. Be clear about the house you want to buy. Put it in writing. First, make a list of all the features and amenities you really want. Then, number each item and prioritize them. Now, divide the list into must-haves and really-wants. A good place to start is the “HUD Wish List,” which is available online for free at #4 Account for hidden costs. In addition to the purchase price of the home, there are additional costs you need to take into consideration, such as closing costs, appraisal fees, and escrow fees. Once you find a prospective home, you’ll want to: • Get estimates for any repairs or remodeling it may need. • Estimate how much it will cost to maintain (gas, electric, utilities, etc.). • Determine how much you’ll pay in taxes monthly and/or annually. • Learn whether there are any dues associated with the property. #5 Get an inspection. Buying a home is emotionally charged—which can make it difficult for buyers to see the house for what it truly is. That’s why you need impartial third parties who can help you analyze the condition of the property. Your agent is there to advise you, but you also need a home inspector to assess any hidden flaws, structural damage or faulty systems. #6 Evaluate the neighborhood and location. When house hunting, it’s easy to become overly focused on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the condition of the home and its amenities while overlooking the subtleties of the surrounding neighborhood. Take time to check crime reports, school options, churches and

shopping. If schools are a key factor, do more than simply research the statistics; speak with the principal(s) and chat with the parents waiting outside.

SELLERS: #1 Avoid becoming emotional or sentimental. Once you decide to sell your house, it’s time to strip out the emotion and look at it as a commodity. If you start reminiscing, it will only make it that much harder to successfully price, prepare, and market the home. #2 Fix problems (or price accordingly). Homes with deferred maintenance and repair issues can take far longer to sell and can be subject to last-minute salecancellations. These homes also often sell for less than their legitimate market value. If you simply can’t afford to address critical issues, be prepared to work with your agent to price and market your home accordingly. #3 Don’t overprice your home (and/or refuse to negotiate). Getting top dollar is the dream of every seller. But it’s essential that you let the market dictate that price, not your emotions or financial situation. Allow your agent to prepare a market analysis that factors in the value of similar homes in the area, and trust those results. #4 Use quality photos. The majority of prospective buyers today search for homes online first. In order to make a good first impression, you need high-quality photos of your home and grounds. The process of buying or selling a home can have plenty of twists and turns, but you can avoid the most common mistakes and pitfalls. —Tara Sharp Presented by Your Personal Realtor, — Renee Chambers

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The Southern Women that I Know The Southern women that I know rocked my babies when they were small. Presented homemade banana pudding for dinner on the ground, and felt happiness to share it. They wiped the tables, mopped the floors, scrubbed the potties, and lit candles in the evening to make their houses into homes. They fried chicken legs in iron skillets and stretched the supper by eating the backs. They married their sweethearts, stayed through the ups and downs, and set their minds to make a marriage, and to love their husbands well. Some were abandoned by those same husbands, but with the Lord’s help, bravely they continued on. Some to find true love again. Walking in the twilight, they helped their babies catch fireflies and then poked holes in jars for them to keep. The Southern women that I know have wept and prayed for their wayward children, and welcomed all children to the church in the summertime for cookies and juice and stories about Jesus and His mercy. Some have lost their own dear babies, but kept the faith of heaven always before them. They have quilted blankets for those sick in the hospital, and have gathered bottles, clothes, money, and food for struggling mommies. They have cut flowers from their own yards for weddings at the church, and carried bubbly chicken casseroles for families in need. Offering gifts of music in the church, they sing and play pianos in happy times and sad. Holding the hands of sisters during chemo, they have tried on wigs with them at the shops on the square, giggling together through their tears. The Southern women that I know have planned Mary Kay parties to support a friend’s start up, and bought the newest lipstick even though it was money that they couldn’t afford. Cleaning the homes of mamas who were sick, they have taken little children home with them to give those same mama’s some rest. The women that I know have sat with dying parents, bathed them, treated their wounds, sang to them, and prayed with them. They have seen about their own little grandbabies so that their daughters could go to work. They have kneeled beside the caskets of their husbands, and kneeled beside their beds to pray for strength. The Southern women that I know drove their old cars just a few years more so that the young folks at the church could have that gym to fellowship in. They loved the Lord Jesus, not perfectly, but with truest hearts of devotion. They taught in schools all over the South and loved each and every child as their very own. Giving up time with their own children, they have stayed up late into the night preparing lessons for those same dear students. With the help of their the Lord and their husbands, these Southern women raised up children to be electricians, nurses, teachers, truck drivers, repairmen, paramedics, cattlemen, farmers, principals, grocery clerks, mechanics, realtors, media coordinators, pastors, attorneys, beauticians, builders, engineers, doctors, physical therapists, soldiers, law enforcement, and more. These are the Southern women that I know. These are the women that I have seen, have been raised by and raised with, have gone to church with, worked with, spent time with, and have admired. Mommas, Grandmas, Nannies, Mimi’s, sisters, sister’s in law, daughters, and daughters-in- law, cousins, Aunts, nieces, friends. Sweet faces, caring hearts, and full of resolve They demonstrated the love of Christ all around me. Jesus himself compelled them to go. To love. To pray. To share what they had. These Southern women are a mighty force for Him and for His kingdom. Yes they are. — Michele Adams

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MAY CALENDAR May 3 First Friday- Historic Downtown Gadsden – support local merchants and enjoy spending time in historic downtown Gadsden the First Friday of every month. Classic cars, food, entertainment and fun! Classic cars are invited to cruise-in. 256.547.8696. 6-9pm May 4 Noccalula Falls Spring Trail Run - The Approximate 5 Mile Race course winds through lovely wooded trails, over small creek beds, up to a beautiful view of Gadsden, over wooden bridges, along a gravel path, and by Noccalula and the Falls themselves. The trail has a moderate difficulty but a novice trail runner could still walk and enjoy the race. Noccalula Falls Campground. Gadsden May 4 & 5 Art on the Rocks – The Gadsden Arts Association’s art and crafts festival is making a comeback after 20 years! The juried show will feature all hand-made original fine arts and crafts. 9am-4pm. May 10 Get In Tune! Gadsden Music Festival – A music festival all around Downtown Gadsden! Musicians will perform at several different venues in Downtown Gadsden and $25 will grant you a pass to all venues for the day! 256.546.7365. Gadsden Museum of Art May 11 Kids Fishing Rodeo – Arrive early! The first 275 youth anglers will receive a free fishing pole, tackle, bait and hotdog lunch. 8-11am. Youth must be accompanied by an adult, but fishing is limited to youth ages 4-12 years. Moragne Par. 256.549.4680 May 11 Downtown Music Festival – This family-friendly event is free, and will be great entertainment for everyone. Featuring the Jess Goggans Band, Albert E. Simpson Trio, Soul Survivor and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., winner of America’s Got Talent 2011! At the Venue at Coosa Landing. 6pm – 10pm. May 11 Mutts and Butts @ Noccalula Falls Park. 9-11am. HSPRAC and the Gadsden YMCA invite you to join us for MUTTS & BUTTS Saturday. This month’s location is Noccalula Falls, leaving from the chapel. Bring your mutt pack (on a leash). This two hour family-friendly hike is great fun for everyone and we always have a great time! Bottled water and waste bags for the pooches will be provided! May 16 - 19 All-day HWY 11/Antique Alley Yard Sale - A 502-mile road-side sale along US Hwy 11 from Meridian, Mississippi to Bristol, Virginia. This sale runs through Attalla, Reece City, & Keener in Etowah County. HWY 11/ATTALLA, REECE CITY, KEENER May 31 - July 7 The Noccalula Experience – A Legendary Tale of Undying Love. Brain Clowdus Experiences breathes new life into the thrilling story of undying love and adventure with an immersive theatrical outdoor adventure at Noccalula Falls. Note: This includes walking a portion of the park trails and standing for up to an hour. Accommodations can be available for those with accessibility needs. June 15 Barbarian Challenge - This isn’t your Grannie’s 5K! Do you have what it takes to be a Barbarian? Ages 12 & up can run the main challenge. Any age kid can participate in the kids challenge. NOCCALULA FALLS PARK  256-549-4663)

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A Web Too Tight captures the readers’ attention with the gripping prologue Jack Pate, sits with gun in hand, ready to escape his web of sin and deception. The details of Pastor Jack Pate’s fall from his lofty pedestal to the depths of sin’s depravity mesmerize readers throughout this suspenseful novel. Although a realistic scenario of sin’s stranglehold on God’s servant grips the reader, the Hosea-type love displayed by his wife Molly mirrors Christ’s forgiveness and compassion. Available through her web site – www., at Amazon and other online bookstores, and many other local stores.

A Web Too Tight ISBN# 978-1-62295-539-8 Tate Publishing

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