Out and About

Palisades Park: A crown jewel

I went on a backpacking adventure recently at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County. I have not been on a trail with a heavy pack on my back in years. I learned that some of my equipment collected in the 80s and 90s is outdated. My stove was too heavy and my sleeping bag too bulky. But, I learned […]

Economic impact of a new poultry feed mill in Alabama

County Agent’s Corner

With construction of a new feed mill happening close by, I thought it might be timely to talk about the economic impact something like that can have. The entry of a new $30.2-million feed mill, producing 10,000 tons of poultry feed per week, causes a measurable increase in economic activity in terms of construction and ongoing annual operations. Consider the […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken Salad Chicken Salad Cooked chicken, shredded½ cup mayonnaise½ cup sour cream1 tsp saltRed grapes, quarteredDried cranberries, finely dicedSliced almonds I really don’t have measurements for this chicken salad. It just depends on how much chicken you are using. Add equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream to the chicken and the other ingredients until it is a good consistency. The […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 22, 1931

Thomas A. Edison, who died last Sunday, was the greatest inventive genius of all ages. The electrical developments of the past century have all centered around this great man. Electric lights and power have developed from his discoveries. The automobile, the airplane, and the radio, while not direct inventions of Edison, are the outgrowth of some of his inventions. The […]

Between the Lines

One day last week I woke up very late. In my rush to get out of the house, I left my paperwork for the day on my kitchen table. Halfway to get my cup of coffee I realized it, but decided to go on to get my coffee, then circle back. As I was walking in to order my cup […]

Preparing fruit for freezing

County Agent’s Corner

Pack and label containers Using the right container to freeze fruits is essential. Be sure to always use a moisture-proof container so fruits don’t dry out and a vapor proof container to keep other odors out. You can’t go wrong with freezer bags or rigid freezer containers. Last week, I talked about different ways to preserve fruits; there’s a couple […]

Recipe Corner

Beer Batter 2 cups Aunt Jemima completepancake mix1 bottle or can of beerSeasoned Flour:3 cups flour2 tsp. salt2 tsp. pepper2 tsp. garlic powder In a dish, whisk together the pancake mix and beer. Let it stand a few minutes then whisk again. In another dish, mix the seasoned flour. Dip the fish, chicken, etc., in the beer batter, then in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 12, 1922

Ferocious “lions” turn out to be dogs Toledo, Ohio – The “ferocious man-eating lions” that have been terrorizing the natives in the vicinity of Mt. Victory are two Airedale dogs, according to Louis Scherer, keeper of the Toledo Zoo, who returned after spending a day in the woods of Hardin County. He declared that the trail of the “beasts” ended […]


A reader from Straight Mountain called last week to alert us to a scam call he received. The scammer posed as a Verizon representative. The gentleman was thankfully not fooled. The Snead Police Department posted the following information on Facebook last week. We reprint it here because it’s good information for all Blount Countians. Scam Alert We have seen an […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Love and Respect:The Love She Most Desires;The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs The young woman holds out a hand to reveal her shiny, new wedding ring. “We just got married. Life is perfect. He is perfect. When we hang up the phone, we have to have a play argument about who loves the other more. I am the […]

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