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Good news

Sean of the South

Remember when Walter Cronkite reported the nightly news and there was actually good stuff on TV? Remember when you watched news reports and didn’t need Tums afterwards? No, I’m not saying the national news back then was always sunshine and Hershey’s bars, but it wasn’t all nuclear explosions either. Each weeknight Walter Cronkite appeared on your screen, hair slicked with […]

Recipe Corner

This is so quick to throw together in the morning and have yummy pork sandwiches when you get home from work. -Jenna Wood Root Beer Pulled Pork 1 (2 lb.) pork shoulder or butt1 (12 oz.) bottle of root beer1 (18 oz.) bottle of BBQ sauce Place the pork in a slow cooker and pour the root beer over the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 13, 1947

This and That, Hither and Yonby Will Ellis For the land sake don’t burn the falling leaves! They are rich in the very essential elements that the soil is starving for. Please don’t burn the leaves. Don’t be in a hurry to get rid of them. Let them cover the grounds, gardens, and walks. Enjoy the clean, crisp, crunching of […]

What to read this month


I Am Odd, I Am New by Benjamin Giroux came about as the result of a school assignment to write a poem about themselves. Benjamin embraced the challenge as a chance to express what it is to be autistic, but worried whether it was any good. In response, his father shared it online to viral success! Now a picture book, […]

Eat your Cheerios

Sean of the South

I am sitting on the porch, eating a bowl of Cheerios, trying to think of something to write about. Almost every morning I combat writer’s block with a bowl of Cheerios. Cheerios are a proven cure for writer’s block. I know this because when we used to take multiple-choice tests in grade school, our teachers always told us to eat […]

Recipe Corner

If any of you are Nutella lovers then you have to try this! -Jenna Wood Nutella Crescent Rolls 1 can crescent rollsNutellapowdered sugar Roll out each of the eight crescent roll triangles. Spread one tablespoon of Nutella on each triangle. Roll up each crescent roll and bake on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 4, 1937

State of intoxication can be determined Chemical tests to determine the state of intoxication of a person accused of drunkenness have been used successfully in Recorder’s Court in Auburn. This information made public today by local officials who are cooperating with the Alabama Motorists Association and Dr. H.W. Nixon, state toxicologist, in an effort to have several such testing laboratories […]

Country music

Sean of the South

Morningtime. I am bound for Savannah, riding in our little white utility van. My wife is driving, and I am in the passenger seat writing to you. We are flying past farmland and cattle, occasionally stopping at side-of-the-road veggie stands, or filling stations, trotting inside to conduct a thorough inspection of the commodes. On top our dashboard sits a stack […]

Recipe Corner

This soup tastes like it has been cooking all day. It’s good and it’s quick. Sometimes, if I want to dress it up, I put a spoonful of sour cream on top of the soup in bowls as I serve it. -Carolyn Johnson Five Can Soup 1 can chili with beans1 can tomato soup, undiluted1 can mild or hot Rotel1 […]

Chamber news and events


The 2021 Blount County “Parade of Lights” Christmas Parade, sponsored by MainStreet Family Care, is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., in Oneonta. Our theme this year is “Home for Christmas,” so get creative. We are very excited about another great parade! This year we will award cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners of non-profit […]


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