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I love a good pasta salad. I don’t like cucumbers or olives so I leave them out. This is another one you can make a meal by adding rotisserie chicken. -Jenna Wood Spring Greek Pasta Salad 4 cups veggie rotini, cooked anddrained3 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped1 small cucumber, seeded andchopped1 small zucchini, chopped1 small […]

Supporting the endometriosis patient in your life


I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2008 at age 26, and I’ve spent a large amount of time educating myself and the public through my writing on different platforms. I am also currently a Ph.D. student in the Educational Studies in Diverse Populations program with an emphasis on Community Health Education. My research focus has largely been related to endometriosis […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 1, 1971

Personal wanderings and wonderings Alabama Power Company gave advance notice that electric power would be cut off Sunday morning between six and nine o’clock. It’s just possible that Sunday morning responses to that announcement pretty well divided coffee addicts from casual coffee indulgers. Those who knew they’d never make it until 9 o’clock without their day-starter were up and at […]

Preparing pastures for spring

County Agent’s Corner

Though cold and dreary weather outside now might feel like perpetual winter, spring is quickly approaching. With its arrival comes many “spring cleaning” tasks – including preparing pastures. Alabama Extension forage specialist Leanne Dillard shares how to properly prepare spring pastures to ensure success in the coming seasons. Soil preparation According to Dillard, the first and most important step in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 23, 1961

Old bonnet tells of past era Mrs. J.H. King of Oneonta route one has contributed an interesting item for display in the Democrat window this week, along with a bit of history concerning life here in the early part of the century. The article is a black, cotton, handmade bonnet typical of the ones worn by elderly women of that […]

Recipe Corner

This corn salad is ridiculously good. You can crush up some corn chips to give it some crunch if you want or eat it with tortilla chips. But it’s wonderful by itself! You can also grill the onion and jalapeños before chopping them up to completely change the flavor of it. -Jenna Wood Jalapeño Popper Corn Salad 1 medium onion, […]

Out and About

Let’s talk trash

I made visits to numerous river crossings in Blount County recently with an AmeriCorps volunteer who works with Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Katie Fagan offered to help Friends of the Locust Fork River organize trash cleanups in Blount County. She wanted to see the numerous locations FLFR has committed to clean up every month as part of the People Against a […]

March madness: Tips for best buys this month – part 2

County Agent’s Corner

Everyone wants to get good buys to save money no matter what month it is. Sometimes finding those deals can be a bit time consuming. Last week we covered a few tips to help you find the best buys in March. This week we give you a few more. • Snacks: March 23 is National Chip and Dip Day. Most […]

Recipe Corner

Add some rotisserie chicken to this dish right before serving to make it a meal. I don’t like a ton of beans, so I don’t put the full can of kidney and black beans. -Jenna Wood Chilled Bean and Rice Salad ½ cup extra virgin olive oil¼ cup red wine vinegar1 Tbsp. sugar1 Tbsp. dried cilantro¼ tsp. garlic powder1 tsp. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 22, 1951

Down South by Thurman Sensing There is an old saying: “Experience is a dear teacher, but fools learn by no other.” That is another way of saying that intelligent people should learn by precept and example, that they should benefit from the experience of others. Assuming the people of the U.S. are intelligent, (I am sure we would all like […]


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