The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship just finished their annual meeting. These are moderate Baptists who, for the most part, broke away from the Southern Baptist Convention after that entity surrendered to fundamentalism. They met in Houston, Texas, just ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. Attendees adopted a mission budget, worshipped and shared communion, sang some hymns, and did some serious […]

Vacation Bible Schools

JONES CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH, 2 miles off county road 27: “Crocodile Dock”; Monday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 22; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m; contact 205-873-0574. CORINTH BAPTIST CHURCH on Skyball Mountain: “Boomerang Express”; through July 17; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; all ages welcome. FIRST INDEPENDENT CHURCH: boot camp through July 17; 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

So similar, so different?


Cleveland is an inviting small town like so many others in the rural south, its modest, well-kept homes reflecting its pride of place and contrasting with newer, grander residences, a number, again like many the country over, products of extravagance and victims of foresclosure in the present economic meltdown. As is the case elsewhere, residents are proud of their schools […]

Alabama Scene

Bush's phantom guard unit heads to Iraq

About 230 members of the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing from Montgomery will deploy to Iraq this month on a mission to provide close air support to U.S. forces and their allies in combat operations. They will be based at Balad Air Base north of Baghdad until the end of September. The 187th is the Air Guard unit […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 20, 1961

Logan home razed by fire Sunday The home of O.B. Logan, Sr., retired mail carrier, was destroyed by fire Sunday morning about 10:30. The origin of the fire is unknown. Sunday School had dismissed at the Remlap United Methodist Church when the fire was discovered and the people aided in getting much of the household furniture out of the building. […]



Swimming is a wonderful exercise (that’s obvious). Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body and the whole person! But what is it that makes swimming so good? That question is answered by what you are trying to accomplish. Why swim? Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. It can serve as a cross-training element to your […]

Wallace’s ponderings

The latchrope

A reporter had been given an assignment that required him to interview rural Alabamians in their homes. In the course of his travel through the hills and backwoods, he discovered a people of tough hide, gentle heart, and genuine American ingenuity, people who expected payment of every penny owed to them, but would give you the clothes off their backs. […]

Protect yourself with natural sunscreen

Beat the heat

Nothing is better on a hot July day than a garden-fresh tomato sandwich or a sweet, refreshing slice of watermelon. Now, researchers are promoting the consumption of these foods as a means to protect ourselves from sun damage Studies in the United States and Britain conducted on both animals and humans have reached the same conclusion that there is a […]

2009-07-15 E-Edition