Recipe Corner

Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Mushroom Bolognese Mushroom Bolognese Sauce 2 Tbsp olive oil ½ large onion, finely chopped 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, quartered 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp dried rosemary 2 tsp dried oregano 2 tsp paprika ½ tsp red pepper flakes, optional 1 tsp salt 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, undrained 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped Spaghetti […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 7, 1941

Patrons of the Oneonta Grammar School will be much pleased to know that work has been started on the replacement of the building which was destroyed by fire in the early spring. While it will be of little value for this term, it is hoped that by the fall of 1942 the building will be ready for occupancy. It is […]

Roger’s Ramblings

I used to think that since the end of the military draft in the 1970s there were only three patriotic duties all citizens should be willing to perform if asked: voting in every election, jury duty, and acting as a poll worker. I’ve come to discover there is at least one more. If the top health officials in the nation […]

Prison system issues show ‘lack of institutional control’


“Lack of institutional control.” Growing up as a sports fan in Alabama, and even when I attended The University of Alabama, I became familiar with that phrase as the NCAA brought down sanctions on our beloved athletic programs. Our athletic programs should hold themselves to higher standards, the champion level programs we’ve come to expect in our state, whether you […]

Recipe Corner

Zucchini Tomato Bake 3 medium zucchini, chopped1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved2 cloves garlic, mincedExtra-virgin olive oil for drizzlingSalt and pepper1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Transfer vegetables to a […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 27, 1933

A rogue’s name lives Hundreds of thousands of stately derricks dot the many oil fields of the world, and many other thousands of smaller hoisting devices also bear the name of “derrick.” How this name came to be applied to various forms of lifting apparatus is interesting, for it confers a sort of immortality upon a rascal who became a […]

Spider lilies

County Agent’s Corner

Q: I recently had a number of leafless flowers spring up near my home. They have lovely red flowers, but no foliage. I don’t recall seeing these before and I don’t know where they could have come from. A: This is likely one of the Lycoris species that go by a number of common names (naked lady, spider lily, surprise […]

Best practices for cutomers shopping at farmers markets during the coronavirus outbreak

County Agent’s Corner

Not only do vendors have a part to play in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, customers have a responsibility too. Let’s look at some best practices for customers. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is encouraging everyone who is healthy and feels safe to visit our farmers markets in order to gain healthy local food from area farmers, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 25, 1929

Marion County News A community instead of sitting down and idly wishing for industries to come and longing for the things that build a bigger and better city should seek to create a consciousness among the people that these things can be secured. Once this is done, industries and improvements will come and the city will grow and progress. A […]

Recipe Corner

Parmesan Tomato Chips 4 large tomatoes, sliced 1/3” thick 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 3 Tbsp. Italian seasoning 1 tsp. garlic powder Salt and pepper 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease a cooling rack with cooking spray, then place on top of a large baking sheet. On a paper towel-lined baking sheet, arrange tomatoes and […]

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