PROPERTY

5 ACRES for sale on County Highway 26 in Royal. 205-353-7416. Jn2-30p1000 ———————– FOR SALE: An undivided 1/4 interest in 162 acres (+/-), located in Sections 20 and 21, Township 10 South, Range 2 East, Blount County, Alabama. Call 205-613-2361. M12- A25p1000 ———————– HOLIDAY LAKES lot for sale. Unimproved (no septic, water, or power). Fronts on Central Drive. $5,000 firm. […]

Out and About

Boating safety


Summer weather is here. Recent rain has put water in the rivers and streams. If you are an outdoors person, you may be itching to get on our rivers and streams to let the good times roll. But, the good times can turn to bad times in a matter of seconds even if you are an experienced boater. Anyone on […]

Why are slugs eating everything?

County Agent’s Corner

There may be a slimy little critter devouring garden plants during the night. According to Alabama Extension agent Lucy Edwards, slugs can quickly consume certain plants in gardens or window boxes. It can be frustrating to find an effective solution. To find the best method for each garden and plant type, it is important to understand the slimy slugs. Get […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 28, 1973

Independence-editorial by Morris W. Wimpee Nearly 200 years ago a group of British colonial citizens met in Philadelphia to adopt a declaration of the independence of the American colonies from Great Britain. The decade that followed was a period fraught with danger as the colonies took up arms to maintain that declaration. Lives were lost; fortunes were dissipated; some families […]

Recipe Corner

These are so festive for the 4th of July! And delicious! AND easy to make! I never fool with an actual piping bag; I just put the cream in a Ziploc bag and snip a corner off for a quick, homemade piping bag. -Jenna Wood Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Strawberries 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened1/3 c. powdered sugar½ […]

Police chief, IDB conferences approved

Town of Blountsville

In its June 21 meeting, the Blountsville Town Council discussed upcoming conferences that would be great learning opportunities for the chief of police as well as members of the Industrial Development Board. The IDB conference will provide members of the board with knowledge regarding rules and regulations that will help the Town of Blountsville grow and draw new businesses into […]

Council moves forward with park plans

Town of Snead

With prices increasing rapidly, the Snead Town Council, under the urging of council member Greg Ogles and a motion by council member Phillip McHan, voted to move forward with plans to renovate the town park. Plans include a new playground area, lighted walking trail, walking stations, and a dog park. “We will see a substantial price increase after July 12,” […]

Council addresses incentive guidelines

City of Oneonta

For businesses moving into the area or existing businesses looking to expand, the tax abatement incentive form approved by the Oneonta City Council last week provides the basic requirements necessary for potential incentives and abatements. However, city administrator Allie Allcorn said, “The form is vague for a reason. Everything is negotiable.” Mayor Richard Phillips agreed, stating that the city can […]

Filtered vs. unfiltered life


Often times we do not see the beauty happening in our own life. We want to filter it so others see only the good, perfect parts. Maybe it’s because we do not want to reveal the sadness we think others won’t understand. But when we remove the filter, healing begins. Boldness, courage, new friendships, new testimonies, and transforming thoughts that […]

Sitting long hours can increase health risks


While the world is beginning to return to a somewhat normal state, many people continue to work remotely from home. Extended periods of sitting and working longer hours are a result of working remotely. Concerns with this new sedentary life are the risk of heart disease, stroke, or even death. The World Health Organization conducted a 2016 study that indicates […]