I have “COVID fatigue” as I’m sure many of you do. I’m weary of hearing about it and ready to get back to normal life. But it is still here, and we must deal with it. The most disconcerting part of it to me is that we quickly politicized a health crisis and established “us” and “them.” I will preface […]

Test that stands the test of time

In 1932, Herbert J. Taylor took charge of Club Aluminum Products with the assignment of rescuing the failing company from the brink of bankruptcy. He looked at everything from the quality of their products to their branding in an attempt to find a way to turn the tide. At the time, Taylor said, “With tremendous obstacles and handicaps facing us, […]

What is this in my yard?

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With all the recent rain, you may have noticed an unsightly addition to your home lawn. It is dark blue-green, has a jelly-like appearance, and is just plain gross! While this organism may look like an alien life form, it is actually a cyanobacterium known as Nostoc. Nostoc is one of the world’s oldest organisms, colonizing a variety of environments […]

Recipe Corner

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash 2 large spaghetti squash1 Tbsp. olive oil2 Tbsp. butter4 cloves garlic, minced1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour1 cup parmesan cheese1 ¼ cups mozzarella cheese, divided1 ¼ cups half and halfsalt and pepper Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out seeds and spongy center portion. Place squash […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 29, 1954

Radar traffic control unit demonstrated Members of the State Highway Patrol were here Monday to demonstrate a new traffic control unit which operates electronically. The device was mounted on a car parked near the temporary courthouse and recorded the speeds of the vehicles traveling Highway 25. A number of local officials and businessmen were invited to observe the demonstration. In […]


As I stood among the crowd awaiting the arrival of the first group of the Oneonta National Guard 1166th Military Police Unit, I could not help but feel pride and joy all through the crowd of family and friends who could not wait to hug their loved ones. The unit had been deployed since October 2020. Flags, posters, balloons, signs, […]

Out and About

Happy birthday FLFR

The year 2021 marks a special milestone for Friends of the Locust Fork River. Formed in 1991, the non-profit grass-roots organization has been dragging its “river conservation” soap box around for 30 years. For 30 years, FLFR has proclaimed over and over the environmental significance and therapeutic quality of the Locust Fork River. For 30 years, FLFR has educated the […]

Alabama 4-H Program

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Alabama 4-H serves as the premiere youth development program in the state. Available in every county, 4-H engages young people through hands-on activities to develop career and college preparatory skills. 4-H creates the context and content for positive youth development, subscribing to a set of essential elements characteristic of high-quality youth development. Assistant director Dr. Molly Gregg ensures that more […]

Recipe Corner

This is great to throw together for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Add any toppings and the cheese of your choice. -Jenna Wood Easy Nachos 1 bag tortilla chips½ cup tomato sauce1 lb. ground beef1 (4 oz.) can diced mild green chilies1 can black beans, drained and rinsed1 pkg. low-sodium taco seasoning2 cups shredded cheddar cheese1 large avocado, diced1/3 […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 20, 1944

John Hyde opens modern store One of the most modern stores ever opened in Oneonta is the new store being opened here this week. On Friday, July 21, John Hyde will swing open the doors on his new store next door to Elmore’s 5¢ & 10¢ Store. Only the finest and latest equipment is being used in this building. Air […]

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