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Dear Sean

Sean of the South

I got a letter from a boy named Jason, in Albuquerque, who asked if I think he should adopt a puppy. He’s got his eye on a border collie mix from a shelter. Jason wants to name this dog Teddy. Or possibly Frank. First off, Jason, thank you for the message. Fuzzy puppies are exactly what I need to be […]

Recipe Corner

I love a really easy to make dessert, and this one definitely is! -Jenna Wood Lemonade Pie 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensedmilk¾ cup lemonade concentrate, thawed1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed1 graham cracker crust Using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and lemonade concentrate until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 17, 1964

County now has country club The Highlands Country Club is rapidly becoming a reality. It is now open for inspection and the temporary club house and nine holes of the proposed 18-hole golf course will be open to the stockholder members by Oct. 1. All the work has been carried out by Cptn. and Mrs. Eugene A. Maynor, with suggestions […]

Editorial

Vaccinate for the children of Alabama

A month ago, we thought things were getting better. We could take off our masks around vaccinated friends, we could go out to eat – we felt safer going to church and to the grocery store. Then the Delta variant hit and it’s a game changer, especially for children. Because of low vaccination rates the virus was circulating widely in […]

What Ricky’s Reading


The Council of Animals by Nick McDonell The animals have decided to meet to have a vote. In attendance is a bulldog, a horse, a grizzly bear, a crow, a baboon, and a cat. Animal Council is in session, and there is one resolution on the floor. The crow pronounces the resolution: “The question is set, with the blessing of […]

Good

Sean of the South

A nice car stalls in traffic. Horns honk. People shout. Traffic backs up for miles. In the front seat is an old woman. Four Mexican men leap out of a nearby dilapidated minivan. They push the woman’s broken down vehicle from a busy intersection. In the front seat is Jocelyn. A 73-year-old lady with cotton hair. When she is out […]

Recipe Corner

Much less messy than making original s’mores, but also much less fun. These will do though until cooler weather gets here for original s’mores made over a fire pit. -Jenna Wood S’mores Brownies graham crackers 1 box brownie mix (plus ingredients called for on box) 1 cup chopped Hershey’s bars 1 (10 oz.) bag mini marshmallows Preheat oven to 350 […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 8, 1955

13 ways to destroy your hometown Don’t pay taxes. Let the other fellow pay his. Vote against taxes. Then fuss because the streets are not kept up. Never attend any of the meetings called for the good of the town. If you do, don’t have anything to say. Wait until you get outside and then cuss those who made the […]

Where’s the parade?

Labor Day 2021

To most of us, Labor Day means a long weekend, the last chance to get away in summer, a quick trip to the beach before school starts, or maybe just a family picnic. Labor Day had some very serious origins. Before Labor Day was declared an official holiday by President Grover Cleveland in 1894, there was a long, violent struggle […]

No fear

Sean of the South

If I were walking on a beach and I found a shiny magic lamp with a genie inside, do you know what I’d wish for? I would wish for (1) unlimited wishes, and (2) an Atlanta Braves bedspread. But my third and most important wish would be for you. I would wish for the words within this small, insignificant column, […]


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