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She had me at Dickens

She had me at Dickens. You need a bit of backstory to understand that. During some of my wife’s travels earlier this year, she discovered a Dickens festival in some far away world called California. Being a wonderful wife, and knowing my deep affinity for anything related to Charles Dickens, Mrs. Thorne started formulating a plan to get us to […]

Recipe Corner

Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Mushrooms 4 boneless skinless chicken breastspounded to even thickness3 Tbsp. oilSalt and pepper, to taste½ tsp. garlic powder1 tsp. Italian seasoning2/3 cup thinly sliced mushrooms3 Tbsp. butter2 tsp. minced garlic2 Tbsp. flour1 cup chicken broth1 cup heavy cream2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plusadditional for topping In a bowl combine chicken, oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 25, 1941

Santa Claus Letters Dear Old Santa Claus: I am a little girl and I am very, very glad it’s nearly time for you to visit us again. I want you to bring me a big doll that will say Mama. I want a little broom and some dishes; also a tricycle. Bring lots of presents for all the other little […]

Out and About

Talking about the next generation

Many of you know about, and some of you attended, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) public meeting in Blountsville in November. ADEM allowed the public to present their concern or support for Tyson Foods’ wastewater discharge into the Locust Fork River permit renewal. No doubt Tyson will do what is spelled out in the permit, but the concerned […]

Recipe Corner

Cheese Straws 1 jar Old English sharp cheese1 stick butter, softened1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour¼ tsp.cayenne pepper Cream cheese with margarine. Add flour and pepper. Transfer to a cookie press and press out into flat straws. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not brown. My mom always made these for holiday parties when I was growing […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 18, 1975

Casual Comments Without rhyme or reason: I would be helpless in the kitchen if I didn’t have a husband. I can’t open these modern packaged foods — and sometimes he almost fails. I hate housekeeping! My mother used to get amused at me. The house would be a mess; I was expecting guests for dinner, and the first thing I […]

Between the Lines

Today was a day. A day where it starts off wrong and seems to melt from there forward. I hate those days. Not because I can’t handle a bad day, but because what it does to me. I’m human. As much as I try to be patient and understanding, today I was the opposite. From one thing to the next, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 10, 1953

Blount’s old courthouse to be razed to make room for the new; new building to cost almost half-million After a period of nearly 60 years, Blount County is to have a new courthouse. After many months of planning and estimating, a plan has been worked out to finance the building. A Building Authority has been set up to float the […]

CAWACO, legislators announce grants


CAWACO Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), in partnership with the Alabama Legislature, announced grants last week totaling $15,500 for three Blount County entities. (1) The Blount County Commission received $8,000 for replacing bleachers at the Agri-Business Center. (2) The Blount County Education Foundation received $5,000 to support its Summer Learning Program. (3) Hayden Middle School received $2,500 for The Reilly […]

What Ricky’s Reading


Hallucination. Psychosis. Cognitive decline. Susannah Cahalan had all of these symptoms. Doctors concluded that she was schizoaffective, and the words “TRANSFER TO PSYCH” began to creep into her medical file. Through a series of events, it was revealed that Susannah had autoimmune encephalitis. It wasn’t a mental illness at all. How would her story have been different if she had […]


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