Recipe Corner

I never measure this when I make it, so you may have to play around with your mayo-cheese ratio. -Jenna Wood Pimento Cheese Crostini ½ cup mayo1 jar diced pimentos, drained1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese1 tsp. garlic powder1 loaf French bread, sliced Mix together mayo, pimentos, garlic powder, and cheddar. Spread mixture on each slice of bread. Bake at 350 […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 6, 1945

Ribbon Rumblingsby H.O. Coffey I wonder how many thousands have tucked away in a secure place a treasured clipping, a Christmas card, a poem, or even an old love letter. The number would probably startle us. So many people, for some reason, live in mortal fear of being accused of sentimentality. I admit being as full of sentiment as most […]


Stray critters appear on our porch on a regular basis. For more than 40 years, that is just how it has been. Some people do extensive research on breed traits before deciding on a family pet and even go so far as to request the results of a personality test for their prospective pooch. We are at the opposite end […]


Hopefully you notice that we begin printing a new column today. Sean of the South is a favorite of our staff, and creator Sean Dietrich has graciously given members of the Alabama Press Association permission to reprint his columns. Dietrich writes a daily column; we can print only one of those a week. You can read all of them on […]

Just married

Sean of the South

“We just got married,” said the young couple in the supermarket checkout lane. The newlyweds were ahead of me in Checkout Lane Six, dressed in beach attire. Their faces could have doubled as stadium lights for a Fenway Park night game. Just married. These words set off a chain reaction of responses among those of us in line. The news […]

Recipe Corner

When I was little, I always loved when my mom made this fudge. I haven’t had it in years so it’s time to make some. -Jenna Wood Easy Pecan Fudge 1 (1lb.) box powdered sugar6 Tbsp. butter½ cup unsweetened cocoa¼ cup milk1 ½ tsp. vanilla¼ tsp. salt1 cup chopped pecans In medium sauce pan, heat powdered sugar, butter, cocoa, milk, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 29, 1935

True meaning of saying is ignored in present usage “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” This famous saying was originally a cynicism, first uttered by Samuel Foote, an English wit of the 18th century, and intended by him to mean that a needy friend is a friend with a vengeance. While all this is true, it – as […]

Out and About

Civil rights?

Have you ever listened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” delivered in August 1963 in Washington, D.C.? I have heard and read excerpts of the incredible public address, but never heard or read the entire speech until recently. I changed from just being an acquaintance of the speech to being totally mesmerized by the powerful commitment to […]

Recipe Corner

I’m not a fan of frozen meatballs, but this recipe is super easy if you do use them. If you are a sauce lover, then you might want to add a second jar of your favorite flavor of spaghetti sauce. -Jenna Wood Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs 1 spaghetti squash1 jar spaghetti sauce3 cups meatballs Cut the spaghetti squash […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 15, 1929

Better telephone service Oneonta is now getting better telephone service. Quite a bit of new equipment has been installed in the new exchange and all lines have been cabled to the outlying districts. The entire system is being rebuilt and when completed will be one of the best small town systems in the state. The Southern Bell Telephone Co. has […]

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