Hearing the unheard

A white Minneapolis police officer has been accused of needlessly causing the death of a black man. The act was recorded on video, and the images played out for the world show the black man, George Floyd, on his stomach with his hands behind his back in handcuffs. The officer’s knee is on Floyd’s neck. The officer’s knee remained there […]

The elephant in the room

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as […]

Roger’s Ramblings

Rural broadband

There was a lot of gnashing of teeth going on a few weeks ago when it became known that the state legislature’s wish list for spending the estimated $1.7 billion from the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) included building a new state house for $200 million. Gnashing of teeth did not leap to my […]


County Agent’s Corner

Q: Every summer I notice those pretty orange flowers blooming en masse along the highway. What are they? Do they only come in one color? Will they grow in my yard? I am new to gardening and need all the helpful information I can get. A: You have just mentioned one of my favorite, easy-to-grow, tough-as-nails plants – the daylily. […]

Recipe Corner

Southern Hush Puppies 2 cups self-rising cornmeal1 cup self-rising flour1/2 tsp. salt3 Tbsp. sugar3 large eggs, lightly beaten1/2 cup milk1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded2 jalapeno peppers, seeded andchopped1 (17 oz.) can cream-style corn1 large onion, chopped Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine eggs and milk; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Stir in cheese, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 25, 1961

C of C members number 100 The Oneonta Chamber of Commerce membership roster today reached 100. Two new members reported are Frachiseur Texaco Service Station and ‘Round-the-Clock Restaurant. Continuing members are Bagett Transportation Co., Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brice, Brown Furniture Co., Clark’s Quality Cleaners & Laundry, Cornelius Food Center, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Glasscock, Gulf Oil Corporation, L.A. Hood […]

Out and About

Swann Covered Bridge: call to action

Well, there has not been much out and about for me since the coronavirus changed our world. On occasion, I will have reason to don my mask and find my bottle of disinfectant. I had to get out last week because I needed some more t-posts and 30-pound fishing line for my garden. Did you know fishing line around your […]

Grow More, Give More

County Agent’s Corner

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Home gardeners can now use their passion for gardening to make a difference in their communities through the Alabama Extension Grow More, Give More project. Designed for both novice and experienced gardeners, this project provides the information required to have a successful vegetable garden. This project goes one step further and encourages citizens to use their […]

Recipe Corner

Bourbon BBQ Baby Back Ribs 5 lb. pork baby back ribs,racks cut in thirds1 1/2 tsp. salt1 tsp. pepper1 cup ketchup1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar1/2 cup bourbon1/4 cup prepared horseradish1/2 tsp. hot sauce Place ribs, meaty-side up, in a large roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 475 degrees for 30 minutes. Combine ketchup and next […]

Between the Lines

Life is slowly returning to a version of normal. Businesses are opening and folks are emerging from their quarantine. Spring will become summer and the schedules of our community will become routine once again. I for one have been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to eat in a restaurant or pop in a retailer to buy a goodie or two. […]

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