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Rita and Emily Boydston are a mother, daughter team that participate in 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, and do hikes for charity. They specifically search for the events that are scenic, unique, fun, and support a great cause.

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The new normal is working remotely. While this idea existed pre-COVID, it has “caught on fire” since the pandemic began. People are finding they can travel for leisure more often and still earn a living. The cost efficiency of working remotely also has many people seeking this option. Howeve…

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Statistics from 2020 show there were 315,470 pharmacists in the United States, placing one in nearly every community across the country. January 12 is National Pharmacist Day, which allows customers to honor those who have such a huge impact on our well-being.

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Tyler Mason graduated from Ider High School in 2007. He has been a Sales Pro at Donohoo Chevrolet, in Fort Payne, for approximately four years. Before working at Donohoo he worked at a Toyota dealership in Gadsden. Becoming a “car guy” was inevitable because he grew up watching his grandfath…

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Phillip and Charlotte Dooley are the owners of Frothy Dog Coffee Company. Their first coffee shop opened in Geraldine in the summer of 2018 and just this week they opened a second location in Rainsville. The name is fitting since Geraldine is home to the Bulldogs, however, there are several …

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Anyone who has had their driver’s license picture taken since 2005 has most likely met Trudy Raye who tells everyone, “Look up and smile, there will be no ugly picture taken here today.”

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Russel Burt Designs has been an established business since 2008. Burt began his business in Birmingham and moved his enterprise to Fort Payne two years ago. The operation includes interior design, floral arranging and photography.

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The students who take agriculture at Valley Head High School are learning about beekeeping and the products that bees produce. Agriculture teacher Cameron Mitchell said the community can play a part in the project by planting the right type of flora in their yards.

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For those who missed the grand opening of the relocation of DeKalb Tax Service in January of 2019 there will be another opportunity. The business is relocating once again and once again will have an Open House offering prizes in appreciation of their customers and to welcome new clientele.

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Each December I review the many interesting and motivational people this column has introduced over the past year. The goal of Who’s Who is to inspire our readers by the examples of others who have overcome obstacles, set good examples, or achieved the goals they strived for.

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Mountain Town Mercantile is a souvenir shop in downtown Fort Payne. The business opened in August and is owned by Anita Stiefel. The store focuses on items that are commonly sought by tourists, but locals will also enjoy the hometown memorabilia.

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Lamar Bray is the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Valley Head High School, he was placed in the position last March. Bray said after years of working nights and weekends his new schedule is a nice change. His service record includes working as Chief of Police in both Mentone and Valley Head…

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Kelly Klein has been the Executive Director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of North Sand Mountain since 2017, she handles cases in DeKalb and Jackson counties. CASA was established in 1977 and is a non-profit, national association in the United States. This child advocacy pr…

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Lacy Dobbs has been an artist most of her life, but only recently began turning her talent into a business. She said her vibrantly colored, cartoon type art, is inspired by the 60s and 70s psychedelic colors. Recently, Dobbs was contracted to paint a mural on the outside wall of the Groovy G…

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Landon Dobbs, age 11, decided all on his own to learn to play chess. The homeschooler went online and watched videos before he ever told anyone about his newfound interest. “My family plays a lot of board games together,” said Landon. “I was just curious about chess and thought I’d check it …

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Southern Grace Girls owner Randa Brandon, has owned the business for approximately two years. The store is a booth mall where vendors rent space to sell various types of merchandise.

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Charlie Stone submitted one of his many photos, of recognized Alabama scenes, to a calendar and his photo of DeSoto Falls was selected. Stone got his first camera in 1974 and has been enthralled with taking photos ever since.

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The Therapy Junction, LLC (TTJ) offers cutting-edge pediatric therapy Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Owner, Paige Wright leads a team of 40 highly qualified, dedicated employees. They opened their doors September 2020.

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Trigger is a miniature horse, used as a therapy horse at Therapy Junction in Fort Payne. This type of therapy is known as hippotherapy.

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Jimmy and Katee Joliet are the owners of Barter Post Furniture & Mattress Store in Rainsville. The store offers a full line of new rustic furnishings. Daughter, Brooke and employees Justine Guffey and Brady Black help operate the business.

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Lynne Welden, age 24, works on an organic farm in the Mentone area, but when off work, she spends time playing music, writing songs and singing. The music in Welden started coming out around age 16 in the form of learning to play musical instruments and the writing of songs followed at aroun…

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Tim Jackson has been a singer/songwriter for over 50 years. He currently stays in a cabin in Mentone, but is in the process of purchasing a home on the brow. His hobbies include photography and renovating time-honored RVs. However, his first love is music, which has led him to being a Grammy…

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Dave’s Antiques will be in operation, at the location in Hammondville, for 10 years as of May 2022. “We are planning some kind of shindig for our 10th anniversary,” said owner Dave Stone. Stone operates his business with the help of his son Darby Stone, friend Brian Gurnee, and vendors like …

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Taylor Blake Allison is a 2011 graduate of Sylvania High School and does blacksmithing as a hobby. When most people think of a blacksmith, they generally picture a man. The demographics for female blacksmiths is about 20% female versus 80% male. This is due in part to the physicality of the …

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Husband and wife, Adam and Miranda Golden are partnered with Alexander “Grady” Wells as owners of Tiger’s Inn restaurant in Valley Head. They have owned the business for approximately two months, however they all have previous restaurant experience and have high hopes for their new venture.

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Mi Ranchito Mexican restaurant is located at 1815 Gault Ave. N. in Fort Payne. The restaurant has been in business for two years. It is a family owned and operated business. Owner Esperanza Acevedo says their claim to fame is the authenticity of their south of the border cuisine.

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The Mentone Ukes are a group who meet twice a month at the Moon Lake Community Library to learn how to play the ukulele. The Mentone Ukes had their first gathering in February of 2020. Classes are taught by Mickey Luck and Jerry Megli. The group is kept up to date and organized by Debra Fey.…

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Two Peas In A Pod is a store located in Fyffe. Approximately 80 vendors display their wares in rental booths in a space that is roughly 7,000 square feet. The merchandise displayed offers a broad range of new and previously owned items from ladies’ apparel to fishing gear. The business is lo…

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Selina Richards has been an animal whisperer for as long as she can remember. Whether it’s horses or any another farm animal she loves animals. Her most recent endeavor is becoming a chicken whisperer.

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Vintage 1889 Café is planning to reopen on Monday, Sept. 20. The recent remodel has more than tripled the seating space, and the newly added décor adds more history, memorabilia and uniqueness to a space that was already the favorite hotspot for many locals and tourists alike.

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Destin Padgett became Little River Arts Council’s new president in July, replacing former president Bill Rutledge. The non-profit organization began approximately 15 years ago when it was started by Sandra Comley and Kregg Wilhite.

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A local travel baseball team won a world series championship. The Sand Mountain Storm Baseball team is a 10U travel baseball team based out of Geraldine, Alabama. The “U” stands for “under,” indicating the players may not be over the age of 10 to qualify to play. The Sand Mountain Storm team…

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Downtown Fort Payne will soon be seeing the opening of yet another business. A new bakery called The Bakehouse is coming to 110 First Street West. The owner is Crestah Taylor. While the menu will offer conventional choices, it will also offer some unique treats.

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Attracting business to the heart of a city involves many public figures, one of those individuals is Jerry Clifton. While he is known for being “about town” on a daily basis as person who runs for the health benefits, he is also all the downtown. Clifton purchases real-estate with the purpos…