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From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 30, 1981

Gibbons barbecue The aroma of barbecued chicken must fill the air around the Wayne Gibbons home often. How else could Janna, Sara, and Charles have become such prize-winning barbecue chicken chefs? At the annual 4-H chickenque held at Woodland Park in June, Janna, Charles, and Sara all placed. Janna won first in the junior division and competed at the district […]

Out and About

Go vols!

I wanna be a “vol” when I grow up. No, not a University of Tennessee Volunteer, but a citizen volunteer in my community. I want to help make my community be as good as it can be. I discovered a way as I was out and about this month. Remember hearing the proverb “It is better to give than receive?” […]

Top five tomato disease problems

County Agent’s Corner

Tomatoes here in the county, grown in the field, usually begin to ripen in late June. By mid-July, everybody with a tomato plant is harvesting tomatoes. There may be insect and disease issues that are limiting factors, impacting the quality of fruit you are picking. For instance, I haven’t been diligent in applying any pesticides to my eight plants. I […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 26, 1951

Registered Duroc hog sale here Coy Jones and S.A. Sloan, of Rt. 3, Blountsville will hold their annual sale of Registered Duroc Hogs at the Tomato Shed in Oneonta on Wednesday, Aug. 1. These annual sales have grown from year to year, attracting buyers from several states. This year the sale is expected to be even bigger than last year. […]

Recipe Corner

Crockpot Chicken Casserole 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts1 large can cream of chicken soup1 ½ cups sour cream½ tsp poppy seeds Mix together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and poppy seeds in the crockpot. Place chicken breasts on top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours and then shred chicken with a fork and stir. Serve with rice. I […]

Between the Lines

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a presentation in The Little Brick Church in Oneonta by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. For those of you not familiar with the organization, they are a grant-making entity based out of Birmingham. The primary community that they serve is the region around Birmingham including Blount, Jefferson, St. […]

Recipe Corner

Ice Cream Pie ¼ cup light corn syrup3 Tbsp. butter2 Tbsp. brown sugar2 ½ cups Rice Krispies¼ cup peanut butter3 Tbsp. light corn syrup¼ cup fudge sauce1 quart vanilla ice cream Combine corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter in a sauce pan. Cook over low heat stirring occasionally until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat, add Rice Krispies, stir […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 17, 1974

Blount bug at Auburn On July 4, Mrs. Carl Horsley found what a friend dubbed as a “jet-age bug.” Since a more definite identification could not be made by persons in the extension office, Mildred Gilbert sent the bug to Auburn. Mrs. Horsley obtained the bug when it bit a girl swimming near the Flatware Bridge on the Warrior River. […]

What Ricky’s Reading


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep Reverend. This title makes us think of gold letters embossed on the cover of the preacher’s black leather King James Bible. Rarely do we expect a reverend to be called by another, more menacing title – serial killer. Yet that is exactly what we get in […]

Pruning hydrangeas

County Agent’s Corner

With every rule, there is an exception. Such is the case with pruning. Typically, for blooming plants, a gardener follows the May Rule. What exactly is the May Rule? This rule dictates pruning time based on when a particular plant sets its flower buds. Some plants flower on “old wood,” meaning blooms are set on stems produced from last year’s […]


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