Editor’s Notes

Every vote does count

The election is over but I must get in one more lecture on the importance of voting and how every vote really does count. Up in C h i l t o n C o u n t y (where they grow those great peaches), they had a heck of a sheriff’s race. In the Nov. 7 balloting, Maplesville Police […]

‘All I want for Christmas…’

Grove Hill parade draws lots of floats, good crowd

The Grove Hill Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas parade last Thursday afternoon. The theme was “All I want for Christmas…” with participants filling in the rest. First place went to Boise, second place to Fast Track convenience store, and third place to the Grace Baptist Church. Phillips Construction was voted as having the best throws. There is […]

Memories & Recipes


This time of year makes me think of Christmases past. The other day I was racking my brain, which Dean says is impossible, thinking of what I could get my 7- year-old grandson, Seth Newton. This made me think of the two boy cousins of the famous five, Mike and Ronnie. When Ronnie and I were 7 years old, Santa […]

South of the Border

Your first spoonful of this, and you’ll almost think you’re somewhere in Mexico! MEXICAN BEAN SOUP     8     ounces extra-lean             ground sirloin beef             or turkey breast     1     cup finely chopped             onion     1     cup shredded             carrots     1     (14-ounce) can             Swanson Lower             Sodium Fat Free             Beef Broth     1     (15-ounce) can             pinto beans, rinsed             and drained     2     teaspoons dried             parsley flakes 1 1/2     teaspoons […]

Stephens-Baggett to marry Dec. 30

Johnny and Susan Stephens of Saraland announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Marie Stephens, to Mason Lane Baggett, son of Jeanea Martin of Mobile and Ron Baggett of Grove Hill. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Gene and Dessa Orso of Mobile. The prospective groom is the grandson of Ethel Baggett and John Martin, both of Mobile. Miss Stephens […]

Youngster kills nice deer

Vann Wilson, 8-years-old killed this deer on Nov. 12 during Alabama youth deer season. It was his first deer of the season and sported 11 points and weighed 145 pounds. He is the son of Marty and Ellen Wilson of Coffeeville.

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Too Drunk to Park Is Too Drunk to Drive The Journal and Topics Newspapers of Chicago’s northwest suburbs report police pulled a man over for making an illegal right-hand turn from the left-hand lane, but the man, glassy-eyed and smelling of alcohol, couldn’t park his car, so the police officer parked it for him before resuming the investigation that culminated […]

Inside the Statehouse

Time for congressional redistricting?

Last week’s column expounded on the looming 2008 Presidential Race. It is obvious that the apparent GOP frontrunner is Sen. John McCain from Arizona who is considered a moderate by republican standards. However, McCain has veered more to the right over the past year positioning himself for the republican primaries. It reminds me of a saying made popular by the […]


Mt. Zion #2 Baptist workshop set Mt. Zion #2 Baptist Church will continue its Christmas Workshop Friday, Dec. 15 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. A concert will be held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Rev. Cory J. Pruitt is the clinician. Tompkins Baptist Church cantata Tompkins Baptist Church will present its annual Christmas cantata entitled, […]

C’ville gospel singer to get award in England

Martha Daughtrey called The Democrat over the weekend to report that she has been notified that she will receive a New Christian Music Radio Mike Award in London, England early next year. New Christian Music is an organization that promotes Christian music artists around the world. The following is from Martha Daughtrey’s website, www.marthdaughtrey.com, were excerpts of her songs can […]