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Smart planning: 10 steps for holiday financial success

County Agent’s Corner

With the holiday season approaching, it’s important to consider ways to save money and not create new debt. Developing some type of spending plan is essential. Be smart about your spending. Below is a list of 10 things that can help lead you to financial success this holiday season. 1. Spend less than you earn. Keep a budget or spending […]

Recipe Corner

Candy Crunch Pie 2 small boxes Jello instant chocolatepudding2 cups milk1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip, divided3 Heath bars, chopped1 Oreo pie crust Whisk pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes. Stir in half of the Cool Whip and the candy bar pieces. Pour into crust. Top with remaining Cool Whip and additional candy pieces, if desired. This pie is super […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 16, 1972

Homemakers’ corner by Mildred M. Gilbert, Associate County Extension Chairman “Medical care services are climbing faster than any other major category in your cost of living and there’s no hope for more than a slowing of the rate of rise in the years ahead,” observes Sylvia Porter. There are some ways that you can slash medical costs, yet improve the […]

Between the Lines


This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a coming-of-age series at church known as “Discovery.” It’s a yearly weekend event where incoming sixth graders are introduced to the youth program and welcomed in by the older students. I know we give this younger generation a hard time for being “digitally superficial,” “overly sensitive,” and “socially disconnected.” Now these […]

Cyberbullying on the rise

County Agent’s Corner

COVID-19 continues to sweep through the nation, resulting in the closing of many schools, including pre-K all the way through college. What was once a normal day in a school building suddenly became an at-home learning environment. Much of this at-home-learning means students are spending an increased amount of time online. In this environment, its been found that students who […]

Recipe Corner

S’mores Dip 1 bag of marshmallows 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips ¼ cup heavy cream, warmed Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread the chocolate chips in the bottom of a 9-inch baking dish or pie dish and pour the warmed heavy cream on top. Cover completely with a single layer of marshmallows. Bake until chocolate has melted and the marshmallows […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 10, 1966

Veterans Day It is unlikely there will be any armistice in the elephant grass and rice paddies of Viet Nam on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. And the men fighting there may not have time to entertain such tidbits of history as the fact that the original Veterans Day marked a cease-fire between the Central Powers and the Allies in […]

What Ricky’s Reading


The Pastor’s Kid: What It’s Like and How to Help by Barnabas Piper “You have to watch out for that boy,” the old saying goes. “He is a pastor’s kid.” Many times it is said in jest, and sometimes we truly mean it, but is it fair to single out someone just because their dad is a pastor? If they […]

Harvesting and storing pecans

County Agent’s Corner

As leaves begin to darken and pumpkins decorate every doorstep, pecans are ripe and ready for harvest as fall settles in. These nutritious nuts are members of the hickory family and grow on towering shade trees commonly found in yards, orchards, and pastures throughout Alabama. Though pecan harvest typically occurs from October to December, enjoying the bounty year-round is possible […]

Recipe Corner

Italian Chicken Elaine Corvin -from Blountsville United Methodist Church’s cookbook Heavenly Delights II ¼ cup butter1 packet dry Italian salad dressing mix2 cans golden mushroom soup1 (8 oz.) round package Philadelphiacream cheese with chives and onions1 cup white wine6 boneless, skinless chicken breastssalt and pepperangel hair pasta In a sauce pan, melt butter and add the Italian dressing mix. Stir […]


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