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The Southern Democrat, November 20, 1975

We ask the Lord’s blessings The people of this nation enjoy blessings too numerous to catalog. One has only to pick up the daily paper to discover almost countless instances of oppression and injustice in many other parts of the world. That’s not to say there’s no injustice in this country. Unfortunately, there is, but it is on such a […]

Out and About

Rally for the River!

I am told the management of Tyson Foods’ chicken processing plant in Blountsville wants to be the best neighbor it can be because they care about our communities. Some with connections to Tyson Foods think Tyson Blountsville will do more than just what Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) requires them to do to comply with their permit to discharge […]

Recipe Corner

Malted Milk Buttercream Icing 1 stick butter, softened3 ½ cups powdered sugar5 Tbsp. malted milk powder¼ cup milk1 tsp. pure vanilla extract In a mixing bowl, blend butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, malted milk powder, milk, and vanilla. Mix on low until incorporated then beat until light and fluffy. This icing is best on chocolate […]

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The Southern Democrat, November 16, 1967

Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is a holiday uniquely American. Growing from the early colonists’ celebration of a bountiful harvest, it is a favorite special day throughout the United States. Homemakers all over the the land will polish their silver and get out the best china that may be used only a handful of times during the year; they’ll bake turkeys and mincemeat […]

What Ricky’s Reading


The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down by Abigail Pesta Warning: This book review contains excerpts and details of crimes of a sexual nature. While we try to convey this information with respect to our readers, we will also honor the stories of the victims because their stories […]

Recipe Corner

Pineapple Smokies 1 cup packed brown sugar3 Tbsp. flour2 tsp. dry mustard1 cup pineapple juice½ cup vinegar2 tsp. soy sauce2 pounds little smokies sausages1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks,drained Combine brown sugar, flour, dry mustard, pineapple juice, vinegar, and soy sauce in a saucepan; mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Add sausages […]

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The Southern Democrat, November 2, 1922

Jazz age near end, bobbed hair to go The age of jazz is nearing its end, Dr. Lewis E. Mudge of Philadelphia, state clerk of the Presbyterian general assembly, says. We will soon be living in the great moral age without short skirts and rolled stockings, snuggle dancing, hip pocket liquor, and — Dr. Mudge includes — bobbed hair. “The […]

Roger’s Ramblings


“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine, American Crisis, 1776 Thomas Paine could literally move people to action with only quill and […]

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The Southern Democrat, October 30, 1952

Quill notes from the the old ink well: Halloween “Where the bee sucks there suck I; In a cowslip’s bell I lie; There I couch when owls do cry. On the bat’s back I do fly.” Halloween! A time for gaiety, pranks, and goblins! A time to play spooks, haints, and ghosts! Beware of black cats, jack-o-lanterns, and witches riding […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken Taco Soup 3 to 4 cups shredded chicken1 large finely chopped onion2 packages ranch dressing mix2 packages taco seasoning mix1 large can Rotel1 large can diced tomatoes1 can pinto beans1 can northern beans1 can light kidney beans2 cans white shoepeg corn Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, then simmer for one hour. Serve with shredded cheese, sour […]


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