Recipe Corner

Baked Cheese and Sausage Dip 1 block cream cheese, softened1 eight oz. sour cream1 pound sausage2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated1 can green chilies1 round loaf of baked bread for bowl Brown sausage and drain. Mix with cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green chilies. Scoop out the inside of the round loaf of bread to form a bowl. […]


As if dealing with an international health pandemic wasn’t bad enough, phone and email scams are rapidly rising. We had a call earlier this week from a concerned reader who had received a call from someone claiming to be from Medicare. Once they started asking for personal information, she knew it was a scam and hung up. There have been […]

Updated ADPH orders and recommendations

In response to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in Alabama, the Alabama Department of Public Health continues to update statewide orders and recommendations. Exactly one week after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Alabama, ADPH revised orders and recommendations for the state. As previously reported, the following guidelines were issued Tuesday, March 17, for Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, […]

U.S. Senate, District 2 commission races affected; timing for absentee voting changed

Primary runoff election postponed

The primary runoff election between former Sen. Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, both Republicans, for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Doug Jones has been postponed until July 14. The election originally scheduled for March 31 was postponed and rescheduled by Gov. Kay Ivey last week. Also included in the July 14 election […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 23, 1939

What to Eat and Why The gap between winter and spring has always been recognized as a trying period. Work seems a burden, tempers are short, appetites are poor, and little enjoyment is derived from meals. Just as the daily tide of human vitality is at a low ebb during the hours before dawn, so does the annual tide of […]

Rex Allen Allred

REX ALLEN ALLRED, 50, Oneonta, died March 20, 2020. He was a fireman/paramedic with Blount County. Predeceasing him were father Charles “Tag” Allen Allred and great-niece Kiley Black. Surviving are wife Stephanie Wunderlich Allred; daughter Alyson (Justin) Girdlestone; son Austin Allred; mother Mary Allred; sister Sheilda Armstrong; niece Jennifer (Nathan) Gibson; nephew Josh (Ashley) Gibson; a host of great-nieces and […]

Janet Leigh McCoy Bannister

JANET LEIGH MCCOY BANNISTER, 63, Oneonta, died March 18, 2020, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital. The family will have a private memorial service at a later date with Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

Connie Leigh ‘Mawmaw’ Collum

CONNIE LEIGH ‘MAWMAW’ COLLUM, 65, Straight Mountain, died March 15, 2020. A 2 p.m. graveside service was held March 21 at New Hope Cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

Wendell F. Gibbs

WENDELL F. GIBBS, 77, Straight Mountain, died March 21, 2020, at TLC Nursing and Rehab Center, Oneonta. The family elected a private memorial after cremation. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

Louis ‘Jack’ Hazelrig

LOUIS ‘JACK’ HAZELRIG, 88, Hayden, died March 14, 2020, at TLC Nursing and Rehab Center in Oneonta. He had worked at ICC in Erie, Ill., on the farm, and with the State Highway Department. Predeceasing him were parents Ollie and Gladys Hazelrig, brothers Revis Hazelrig, Virgle Hazelrig, and Paul Hazelrig. Surviving are brother Marvin Hazelrig of Cleveland; sisters Phyllis (Joe) […]

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