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Talking to GOATs: The Moments You Remember… and the Stories You Never Heard by Jim Gray Close your eyes and imagine the static of a radio, the warm glow of a television, or the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you sit in a stadium surrounded by thousands upon thousands of fans. Whether it is football, baseball, basketball, boxing, golf, […]

Alabama Cottage Food Law: the do’s and don’ts

County Agent’s Corner

From jams and jellies to muffins and cookies, selling certain food items from the home is an option for many Alabama residents. However, the process may be more complicated than people expect. For home business owners, there are several precautions they must take in order to legally sell their products. These precautions are known as Cottage Food Law. Cottage Food […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 9, 1981

Cleanup week sets recordspecial to The Democrat Blount County Beautiful’s 10th annual Clean Up the Countryside week is now history. And it will go down in the record book because of the increased number of people who participated and the amount of collected trash hauled to the landfill (on free day March 27) for proper disposal. Why was the 1981 […]

Recipe Corner

OK, there’s nothing to this recipe, I know. And honestly I can’t remember the last time I ate a hot dog it’s been so long. But when I saw this recipe I thought it was a genius way to cook hot dogs for a big crowd! -Jenna Wood Slow Cooker Hot Dogs 60 hot dogs60 buns Place 60 hot dogs […]

Native azaleas

County Agent’s Corner

Q: I am looking to add some native plants to a natural area in my landscape. A friend mentioned planting some native azaleas, but I know relatively nothing about this group of plants. Can you help? A: First, you get a big pat on the back for choosing to add natives to your existing landscape. As a general rule, native […]

Recipe Corner

I love a good pasta salad. I don’t like cucumbers or olives so I leave them out. This is another one you can make a meal by adding rotisserie chicken. -Jenna Wood Spring Greek Pasta Salad 4 cups veggie rotini, cooked anddrained3 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped1 small cucumber, seeded andchopped1 small zucchini, chopped1 small […]

Supporting the endometriosis patient in your life

I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2008 at age 26, and I’ve spent a large amount of time educating myself and the public through my writing on different platforms. I am also currently a Ph.D. student in the Educational Studies in Diverse Populations program with an emphasis on Community Health Education. My research focus has largely been related to endometriosis […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 1, 1971

Personal wanderings and wonderings Alabama Power Company gave advance notice that electric power would be cut off Sunday morning between six and nine o’clock. It’s just possible that Sunday morning responses to that announcement pretty well divided coffee addicts from casual coffee indulgers. Those who knew they’d never make it until 9 o’clock without their day-starter were up and at […]

Preparing pastures for spring

County Agent’s Corner

Though cold and dreary weather outside now might feel like perpetual winter, spring is quickly approaching. With its arrival comes many “spring cleaning” tasks – including preparing pastures. Alabama Extension forage specialist Leanne Dillard shares how to properly prepare spring pastures to ensure success in the coming seasons. Soil preparation According to Dillard, the first and most important step in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 23, 1961

Old bonnet tells of past era Mrs. J.H. King of Oneonta route one has contributed an interesting item for display in the Democrat window this week, along with a bit of history concerning life here in the early part of the century. The article is a black, cotton, handmade bonnet typical of the ones worn by elderly women of that […]

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