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The Southern Democrat, June 5, 1969

Softball season opens at Jaycees’ new lighted field Oneonta Jaycees opened the softball season last week on a new field located adjacent to the Little League field just off U.S. 231 (south). Though Jaycees have worked hard and spent several thousand dollars building and lighting the field to get it in playable condition, it is not yet complete. They hope […]

Roger’s Ramblings


Poverty is insidious. Its tentacles wrap themselves around a person, making it difficult to escape. Some do, but there are often scars. Those born into poverty will, more likely than not, die in poverty, and they’ll die at an earlier age than those who have better access to healthcare. According to a 2013 Pew Charitable Trust study, in this country […]

Recipe Corner

Reese’s Frosting 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened½ cup peanut butter1 cup powdered sugar1 (8oz.) Cool WhipReese’s cups, chopped up Cream the peanut butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Fold in the Cool Whip and Reese’s cups. This recipe is another one that makes me miss Downtown Diner. They had the best desserts and their Reese’s cake was one of […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 29, 1980

Auditorium dedicated Oneonta City School auditorium was dedicated to the memory of Eris H. Horton after the baccalaureate sermon May 25. Attending the dedicatory services with Mrs. Horton were his two daughters, Sara Self and Kathryn Powell. The board of education’s vice president L.D. Bentley referred to Horton as the project supervisor repressing the school administration in the construction of […]

Out and About

Can it be loved too much?

I did my part to make Blount County Beautiful in April just as many individuals and organizations did in celebration of PALS (People Against a Littered State) statewide trash pickup month. I picked up trash at the Crooked Shoal Bridge near Locust Fork and Swann Covered Bridge in Cleveland. Like-minded individuals picked up at other popular gathering spots such as […]

Recipe Corner

Shrimp Boil 2 large bottles Kraft zesty Italian saladdressing3 celery ribs2 lemons, quartered½ pound butter¼ cup black pepper1 Tbsp cayenne pepper Simmer all ingredients for 20-30 minutes before adding shrimp. Mixture is for 10 pounds of shrimp. A dear lady from Mobile cooked this for me one time and it was the best shrimp ever. She of course used fresh […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 22, 1952

Local furniture man appointed to board Claude B. McCurry, of the McCurry Furniture Company, has been notified of his appointment of Board of Directors of The Alabama Retail Furniture Association. This is quite an honor, as this association is comprised of all the furniture dealers of the state. Worthwhile Club entertains with open house The last meeting for the year […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken Tetrazzini 4 bone-in skinless chicken breasts1 10-oz. package thin spaghetti1 can cream of mushroom soup1 can cream of chicken soup½ cup milk1 tsp salt1 tsp pepper1 cup shredded cheddar cheese1 cup bread crumbs Boil the chicken breasts in water until done then pull apart the chicken. Strain the broth and cook the spaghetti noodles in the broth. Strain the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 15, 1940

Boxing and wrestling Friday night Mike Chacoma, known as “Mighty Mike” to wrestling fans throughout the South, meets Prince Omar, the Persian nobleman, in the main event of the American Legion show Friday night at the Community House. Omar, who with his partner, lost the team match last week when Leo Jensen got mad at Omar and left him in […]

Between the Lines

Even though it appears that I have, I really wish I hadn’t grown up. Adulthood can be a dreary and stressful place. Alas, here I sit in my grown-up office, attempting to type a grown-up column. And even though I do identify as an adult, I never pass up the opportunity to foster my inner child…which I hope is still […]


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