The first cake mix was patented by a Pittsburgh molasses company in 1933. It was actually a gingerbread-type cake using dehydrated molasses. This unbelievably delicious cherry cake uses a cake mix and just a few other ingredients.

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January is National Slow Cooking Month and what a great solution to making delicious meals and maximizing your time!

It was a memorable winter evening in 1960 at our comfortable home in the mild inland coastal climate of Roseburg, Oregon when Dad made his surprising announcement.

One of the best parts of the holiday party season is the popular beverage that is often served – the punch. It is believed that the name punch originated from the Hindi word for five since traditional punch had five ingredients. Interestingly, this popular slushy punch also has five ingredie…

Today’s meatloaf is an American innovation and during the hardships of the Depression, it provided a cheap, warm and filling meal. However, in recent years, it has started appearing on the menu in restaurants, as a favorite comfort food. This recipe from is similar to what is served…

October is National Pumpkin Month and this fruit is particularly rich in vitamins A, C and E, as well as potassium and iron. It is low in calories since it is about 94 percent water. Interestingly, pumpkins were once considered a remedy for freckles and snakebites. This delicious recipe come…

In 1989, the National Honey Board declared September as National Honey Month, as it is usually around this time that the bees start to secure their hives in preparation for winter.


The Marion County Farm Bureau put on an Ag in the classroom even at the National Guard Armory in Knoxville recently and welcomed fourth graders from across Marion County.

The Knoxville Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Brainfuse JobNow – a versatile online service designed to support every step of the job search process. JobNow features live online coaches who, among other things, assist in resume/cover letter preparation, and help patrons p…

The Knoxville High School Drama Department is pleased to announce the 2019 Spring Musical production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Music by Alan Menken. Performances will be March 1 and 2 at 7 p.m., and March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Knoxville Performing Arts Ce…


KNOXVILLE — If you’ve ever wondered what great-grandma’s vase or your vintage wind-up toy might be worth, the Knoxville Public Library has the man for you.


KNOXVILLE — Heidi Smith went back for seconds at the state fair this year, winning the Rubber Chicken Throwing Contest for a second year in a row.

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The first day of the Marion County Fair featured a dog show, which took place in the show pavilion. Various 4-H members led their dogs through an agility course beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 14, followed by obedience and showmanship categories. Marion County Fair Queen Ashlee Dethrow h…

Excessive sugar consumption is a major contributor to health problems in our society. Sugar, in one form or another, can be found in many common food products, from breakfast cereal to salad dressing to ketchup.

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Next weekend Hattie Renfrow, an eighth grader from Pleasantville, will compete in the 2017 National Junior High Rodeo Finals in Lebanon, Tenn.

On March 22, Rotarian Stacy Brewster featured club presenter Anita O’Gara, VP Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and on March 29, Natalie Job featured Mindi Sudman from the recently opened restaurant 111 Main.

My husband says I am a squirrel. Don’t take it the wrong way. It’s a term of endearment as well as a fairly accurate descriptor (if I am being honest). It’s become a nickname of sorts. It all started at the superstore.

Tuesday morning Ryan slept in while I went to scout an area on the edge of a bean field near our campsite. Both of us had uneventful starts to the day, so after a late morning photo session on the edge of an old cemetery we decided to go on a scouting walk on the bluffs north of us and along…

Last week my husband and I splurged on a little out-of-town get-away. We were only gone for one night. We figured the kids could handle that without setting the kitchen on fire or flooding the bathroom. We didn’t expect any miracles, like the time one of them actually filled and ran the dish…

Each day it takes 12 minutes of my time. Five days a week – Monday through Friday. Six minutes in the morning. Six minutes in the afternoon – for a total of an hour each week.

The regular meeting of the VFW Auxiliary – John Myers Post 3519 was called to order on Feb. 17, by President Alonna Gass at 5:30 p.m., with 13 members present. Two officers and one trustee absent. Also in attendance was – Donna Sorenson, State President. After opening ceremonies were conduct…


KNOXVILLE – Almost summer-like conditions in the last week have allowed farmers to stay in fields harvesting crops.


The Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Foundation will hold its annual Gala on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville. Proceeds from the event will be designated to improve hospitality services at KHC including the purchase of a coffee bar for patients…


Donnie Hayes has removed about half of the sweet potatoes grown in his garden this year. Much to his surprise, he found a single potato that weighed in at seven pounds, 13 ounces. 


The third annual Knoxville Cancer Relay will begin with a community celebration at Ken Locke Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m.

On Oct. 20 at 7p.m., the Pella Opera House kicks off its 2016-17 season with a FREE screening of ‘Screenagers’. This documentary probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. In addition to the movie screenin…


The Bravo! Concert Series was the recipient of a $15,000 3M Community Vibrancy Grant Wednesday morning. 


Since its founding six-and-a-half years ago, Knoxville-based Peace Tree Brewing Company has consistently grown. Growth has not been the only change and there are more on the way.

On Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., award-winning, master machine quilter, Lynn Witzenburg, will return to Knoxville for a Quilt Trunk Show at Homestead Assisted Living, 908 S Park Ln Dr, in the Community Room. Witzenburg is the author of Machine Quilting: The Basics and Beyond, which can be purchased online.


September is Library Card Sign-up Month—a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind everyone that a library card is the key to limitless opportunities.


The Grand presents the first live concert in our renovated theater: violinist Allison Lint with her program entitled Violin for Vasculitis. A unique event from this Oberlin Conservatory alumnus, Allison’s exquisite violin performance is interspersed with information about vasculitis and the …

Today's car show, located in front of the Knoxville Public Library, got off to a slow start this morning as the rain stuck around until the show began at 11 a.m. More cars are expected to come to the show throughout the day.


A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Marion County Public Health Training Room, 2003 North Lincoln Street in Knoxville to continue and finalize efforts in developing a concept plan for multi-use trails in Marion County, with the intent of linking trails wi…

HCI Hospice Care Services is seeking compassionate individuals who would like to make a meaningful, lasting impact on the lives of others by becoming volunteers. No previous experience is necessary.

When adopting a pet for Christmas, there are several things to take into consideration to ensure that the pet does not end up in the shelter shortly after being gifted. Nancy Long with the Marion County Humane Society and Dr. Glenda Van Wyk with the Tri County Veterinary Clinic provided tips…

Actors, set designers, costumers and others have been working since August to put on the Knoxville Area Community Theatre's production of “The Addams Family,” which is being performed this weekend.

Local author Kathleen Bacus has released her eighth book in her Calamity Jayne series this summer titled “Calamity Jayne and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Lawn Gnome.” Bacus plans to continue writing the Calamity Jayne series indefinitely.

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