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From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 11, 1951

Letter to the EditorDefense of bingo by an old lady Those men who are fighting bingo (legalized) ought to be ashamed. Probably their wives play bridge or canasta and poker and belong to society. They don’t have to attend bingo games. But let them stop and think how many really old people enjoy themselves playing bingo. Sure they spend a […]

What Ricky’s Reading


Team of Vipers: My 500 ExtraordinaryDays in the Trump White House by Cliff Sims, Former Special Assistant to the President Donald Trump is the name that invokes exuberant cheers from one group and immediate indignation from another. You hardly ever find middle ground. Like the Alabama Crimson Tide, the New England Patriots, and the Golden State Warriors, people seem to […]

Fertilizing your fruit trees

County Agent’s Corner

Every old home place has a few fruit trees. Back in the day, one couldn’t just take off to the grocery store to purchase fruit, so folks grew their own. I remember my grandparents had a red June apple that was delicious. They had Montmorency cherry trees, Kiefer and Orient pears, and a couple varieties of pecans as well. They […]

Recipe Corner

Spaghetti Salad 1 lb. thin spaghetti, broken into thirds1 (16 oz) bottle Italian salad dressing3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese1 (10 oz) package cherry tomatoes,sliced in half1 bell pepper, diced½ red onion, diced1 can sliced black olives1 package mini pepperoni Cook spaghetti to al dente. Drain and rinse in cool water. When completely cooled, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 3, 1975

The secret’s in the pot Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee John P. Adams and Mrs. Adams of Oneonta received congratulations from Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, for nine years of service. They attended the KFC International Franchisee Convention March 16-20 which attracted more than 2,000 people to Las Vegas. Colonel Sanders displayed the pressure cooker he used to […]

Roger’s Ramblings


Earlier this year, I visited The University of Alabama’s Tuscaloosa campus with two friends. It was an unusually warm day, in the 60s. Rain clouds threatened overhead. Co-eds bustled about the campus, which is not surprising for a university with 38,000 students. One of my friends, Joel Goldstein, is an alumnus, and he described a completely different day on campus […]

Recipe Corner

Mom’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake

3 sticks butter, softened1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened3 cups sugar3 cups cake flour6 eggs1 tsp pure almond extract1 tsp pure vanilla extractFor the glaze:1 cup powdered sugar1 tsp vanilla1 tsp softened butter2 Tbsp milkDash of salt Cream butter and cream cheese then slowly add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, alternately with flour. (Always […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 27, 1969

School site obtained Oneonta’s board of education has concluded an agreement with N.M. Galbreath for the purchase of a 12-grade campus site of approximately 80 acres. The land is located on the west side of Ala 75 just below the intersection with the old highway. Included in the agreement is a gift of 10 acres from Mr. Galbreath which includes […]

How green is your thumb?

County Agent’s Corner

I hear all the time “I can’t grow anything; everything I touch dies.” Well, I guess everything dies in its own time so they are certainly right about that. However, when it comes to being successful growing plants, there are some basics that will improve your chances of success. All plants need water, sunlight, air (carbon dioxide and oxygen), and […]

Locust Fork Whitewater Classic 2019

Out and About

Coming up April 6 and 7 is the Locust Fork Whitewater Classic Canoe/ Kayak Race at King’s Bend near Blount County’s newest treasure, King’s Bend Overlook Park (the old highway 79/231 bridge) in Cleveland. It is the last race of the coveted Alabama Cup Whitewater Slalom series. This slalom race series draws whitewater enthusiasts to Blount County from all over […]


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