Liberty And Justice For All Our Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892. Its words were changed slightly in 1923 and again in 1954, but the phrase “with liberty and justice for all” has remained since the original version. This phrase is an echo of our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. It is an inclusive […]

What Ricky’s Reading

The Phantom Prince:My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall We are fascinated by serial killers. Don’t believe me? Look at the popularity of television shows like Criminal Minds and You. We binge watch each new season and never think about the fact that there are people living in the world that take pleasure in killing other people. Do any […]

Poisonous plants

County Agent’s Corner

Q: Since I have been spending a lot of time at home, I have crossed several items off my garden “to do” list. However, there is one item that I have not managed to tackle just yet – cleaning up a natural area behind my house. I want to make sure I steer clear of any poisonous plants, but I […]

Recipe Corner

Grilled Corn Salsa For the salsa:5 ears of sweet corn, husks removed2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oilKosher salt1 avocado, chopped1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered1/2 red onion, finely chopped2 Tbsp. sliced basil For the dressing:1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil1/3 cup fresh lime juice2 cloves garlic, minced1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakesKosher salt Brush corn with olive oil and season with salt. Grill […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 30, 1949

Ain’t what you hear but what you know Not long ago there appeared an article in a daily paper about a man soaking his arm in kerosene after being twice bitten by a poisonous snake. The man had no ill effects. Along comes W.M. Hinds, columnist for the Birmingham News, saying, “Any doctor will tell you kerosene has no curative […]

Roger’s Ramblings


We will celebrate the Fourth of July again next week. It will be the 244th birthday of what some call the American experiment. I still revel in the holiday, even though I have celebrated it more times than I care to mention. Many of the American colonists didn’t much care for the treatment they were getting from England, and King […]

Tomato blossom-end rot

County Agent’s Corner

Q: I am having trouble with my tomatoes. I have noticed brown spots near the base of the fruit. They start out small, but continue to increase in size. What is this disease and how can I get rid of it? A: Well, if it is any consolation, you are not alone. We have been getting several calls from folks […]

Recipe Corner

Alice Springs Chicken 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced4 boneless, skinless chicken breastsSeasoning salt1 cup honey mustard sauce(recipe at right)4 slices bacon, cooked1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded Layer mushrooms in the bottom of a baking dish. Add chicken and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Top with bacon and ¾ cup of the honey mustard sauce. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake at […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 23, 1932

Cotton growing from old stalks Reports still come to The Democrat of cotton growing from the old 1931 stalks. J.C. Ballew, who lives on route 1, Cleveland, has found several stalks that are growing nicely and he believes will produce cotton again this year. He brought one of them to The Democrat office. Mr. Ballew says that in 1906 he […]

Out and About

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There has been so much going on in our world recently, I really do not know what to write about in this month’s column. There is certainly more that can be said about the coronavirus cases being on the rise. According to what I see on my infrequent trips into the public domain, I sense many of us are tired […]

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