5 ACRES for sale on County Highway 26 in Royal. 205-353-7416. J6-27p1000 ———————– LOT FOR sale, Sugarland Lake, unimproved. $3,500. 205-446-2451. Leave a message. N25tfcnc ———————– BE KIND to others. PROPERTY FOR sale on Warrior River: approximately 5 acres, West Jefferson area. 205-533-2801. N4- J20p1000 ———————– FOR SALE: An undivided 1/4 interest in 162 acres (+/-), located in Sections 20 […]


The obituary of Compassion Compassion passed away after a long battle with feelings of entitlement and selfishness. Compassion was the beloved sister to Empathy and Care. Compassion graced humankind with her presence thousands of years ago. She was evident in stories and fables told, in good deeds, and the Word of God. We met Compassion through acts of kindness exhibited […]

What Ricky’s Reading

The Walk by Richard Paul Evans What would you do if you lost everything? You lose your job, your home, and most importantly the love of your life. Richard Paul Evans explores this very scenario in The Walk. Alan Christoffersen, Evans’ main character, experiences all of these things. Should he take a bottle of pills and end this life of […]

Lawn burweed control

County Agent’s Corner

While winter brings holidays and many times of happiness, it also brings with it one of the biggest lawn nuisances – burweed. This prickly weed is not only unattractive, but it can also make for some unpleasant encounters. There are several things homeowners can do now to ensure that burweed doesn’t put a damper on their season of joy and […]

Cheese Crisps

I thought we would start the new year off with a super simple recipe. And who doesn’t like crispy cheese?! These are so much better than snacking on potato chips. The possibilities are endless on these because you can use any type of seasoning that you like. -Jenna Wood 1 (8 oz.) package Sargento slicedcheddar cheese2 tsp. taco seasoning Preheat […]

The long road home

A story of sobriety and second chances

The road to recovery is not an easy one. In search of sobriety and a new life free of addiction, Gunnar Landsgaard, originally from Milton, Fla., found his way to Blount County. The journey to get here was comprised of a few detours and obstacles, but thankfully, with prayers and some southern hospitality, Landsgaard is sober today. Raised in Milton, […]

Snead PD welcomes new officer

Snead Police Department recently welcomed Amy Curtis to its police force. Curtis grew up in the Snead area and graduated from Susan Moore High School. According to police chief Steve Gunn, Curtis wanted to give back to the community she grew up in and loves so much. Prior to joining the Snead Police Department family, Curtis worked five years at […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 6, 1927

Forty books for boys and girls The United States Bureau of Education has recently compiled Home Reading Course No. 30, which is of great interest to those people under 16 who wish to consider themselves well read. That course consists of the 40 books which the Children’s Librarians’ Section of the American Library Association, the dean of the School of […]

Varsity girls excel during Christmas break

Varsity teams hit the court just a few days after Christmas with many still trying to make up games and others trying to get in games while they can. Locust Fork The Lady Hornets traveled to Bremen on Dec. 28 for a match up with the Cold Springs Eagles. Cold Springs came away with the 62-34 victory. It was a […]

Glen Ira Bullard

GLEN IRA BULLARD, age 86, Hayden, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 25, 2020, while in the loving care of Summerford Nursing Home in Falkville. A big man with an even bigger heart, Glen loved Austin Creek, the community, the church, the river, his family, and friends. He was a lifelong member of Austin Creek Missionary Baptist Church. […]