Between the Lines

An Open Letter to 2021 So, here we are. We have all been looking forward to your arrival. I know you’re new here and are learning things as you go, but I have a few observations I would like to share with you: 1. We are typically a patient people, but your predecessor has left us a bit jaded, so […]

Recipe Corner

Crock Pot Cowboy Casserole There is really no need for a side dish with this in my opinion. It has everything you need, all in one pot! -Jenna Wood ¼ cup diced onion½ tsp. pepper1 tsp. salt½ tsp. seasoned salt4 small red potatoes, cubed small1 can cream of mushroom soup1 lb. ground beef,browned and drained1 can diced tomatoes (with liquid)1 […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 16, 1930

Personal budget help to the thrifty by S.W. Straus, Pres. American Society for Thrift A man who is often referred to as a business genius recently said, “Early in life, when a boy, I formed a habit of jotting down a record of every penny I spent. This taught me the value of system and frugality. I soon found myself […]


The obituary of Compassion Compassion passed away after a long battle with feelings of entitlement and selfishness. Compassion was the beloved sister to Empathy and Care. Compassion graced humankind with her presence thousands of years ago. She was evident in stories and fables told, in good deeds, and the Word of God. We met Compassion through acts of kindness exhibited […]

What Ricky’s Reading

The Walk by Richard Paul Evans What would you do if you lost everything? You lose your job, your home, and most importantly the love of your life. Richard Paul Evans explores this very scenario in The Walk. Alan Christoffersen, Evans’ main character, experiences all of these things. Should he take a bottle of pills and end this life of […]

Lawn burweed control

County Agent’s Corner

While winter brings holidays and many times of happiness, it also brings with it one of the biggest lawn nuisances – burweed. This prickly weed is not only unattractive, but it can also make for some unpleasant encounters. There are several things homeowners can do now to ensure that burweed doesn’t put a damper on their season of joy and […]

Cheese Crisps

I thought we would start the new year off with a super simple recipe. And who doesn’t like crispy cheese?! These are so much better than snacking on potato chips. The possibilities are endless on these because you can use any type of seasoning that you like. -Jenna Wood 1 (8 oz.) package Sargento slicedcheddar cheese2 tsp. taco seasoning Preheat […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 6, 1927

Forty books for boys and girls The United States Bureau of Education has recently compiled Home Reading Course No. 30, which is of great interest to those people under 16 who wish to consider themselves well read. That course consists of the 40 books which the Children’s Librarians’ Section of the American Library Association, the dean of the School of […]


Goodbye 2020 I think we can all agree that 2020 hasn’t exactly been the best year ever. Everyone has their list of things gone wrong this year. My list includes many things, but I only have space to list a few. Most recently I went through a health scare which required several tests and trips to several specialists. It caused […]

Take charge of your finances in 2021

County Agent’s Corner

Join the Alabama Extension financial resource management and workforce development team for several exciting educational opportunities in 2021. The team will offer two webinar series throughout the year: Best Buys and Take Charge Tuesdays. These 30-minute webinars will cover a variety of topics to help improve personal finances. Best Buys For those who like to find the best deals and […]

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