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During this time of pandemic, experts are saying one way to stay sane is to be productive in some manner. When possible, stick to the hobbies you already had. This is what Page Etherton has been doing. She has an array of handcrafted projects which include making beard oil, soaps, sugar scru…

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Interior home design wears a disguise that basically boils down to the fact that every motif is a trend. Trends are here one minute and gone the next. Next year will be no different on bringing in new décor ideas and allowing a few favs to hold on a bit longer. Here’s what 2021 is trending.

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Nanny-cams became popular when families began wondering if babysitters and caregivers were abusing their children or parents. While this invention of disguising a camera served a noble cause, sadly hidden cameras are also being used to spy on the privacy of those who rent hotel rooms, Airbnb…

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Families love to gather around old photo albums and reminisce about yesteryear. Laughter is commonly a part of the trip down memory lane as the latest generations look at the way the previous generations wore their hair and clothing.

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Although it's not a typical football year, everyone is still excited about their favorite team playing, whether it's on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. In the South, football season is a backdrop for fun, festive food. While cheering on that favorite team, your family and friends may prefer to h…

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As Christians and followers of Christ, we should have a leg-up on “race relations.” Why, you might ask? Well, because we know a secret that God has made known to us in His Word that should help to solve at least some of the challenges we face in dealing with those who may look a bit differen…

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Visitors to Mentone will find a new place to eat next door to the Mentone Inn Bed and Breakfast. Fontana Stinson has opened up a food truck business that offers homemade foods on the gourmet level. Offerings include specialty pizzas, gourmet sandwiches and burgers, and salads with a wide var…

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My family is excited. My niece and her husband are expecting their first baby, and my parents will become great-grandparents for the first time. Babies bring so much joy, and the events leading up to baby’s arrival are sweet and special to the new parents. My sister-in-law asked me for some …

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For many people, using a poisonous pesticide is not an option. Some people are allergic to them and others have asthmatic or other breathing problems when they use them. There are alternatives that will help keep pests such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, moths, and houseflies from wan…

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The traditional pound cake is dense yet moist and buttery, and it can be a difficult dessert to perfect. What makes it so elusive? It is simple in ingredients and preparation, but achieving the perfect consistency and flavor can be tricky. Some bakers only use cake flour in order to create a…

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Rita LeMoine’s life changed drastically at the end of 2019, when she found herself needing to find new employment and had no idea which direction she wanted to go in. She ended up doing something that she never dreamed she would travel and says she credits God for putting her on this path.

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In 1987, Terry and Sue Goggans opened up Goggans Insurance in Rainsville. The insurance agency has grown to seven branches which includes Fort Payne North and South, Scottsboro, Centre, Boaz and Jasper, Tennessee. The seven locations are networked together with 17 licensed agents and 25 empl…

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It is a little difficult to trace the history of the kitchen backsplash. It seems it came on the scene shortly after indoor running water became widespread around the 1930s.

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Linda Blythe is a local artist who displays her talents at Boom Town Makers Market. She makes handmade jewelry from various items including polymer clay. Although she has made various types of jewelry for nearly 20 years, she started this new venture about five years ago.

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Cooking over the past six months has become a boredom buster, a creative outlet, and a family bonding experience. From baking the perfect chocolate chip cookies to experimenting with new recipes, people have spent more time in the kitchen while under the quarantine stay-at-home period. Been …

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“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” – Dante Alighieri, Inferno

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Jimmy Hobbs plays multiple musical instruments and has shared his gifted ability by teaching his talent to children since 1968. Hobbs has been band director at Fort Payne, Plainview High School in Rainsville and is currently teaching at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Rainsville.

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With the pandemic keeping more of us home-based than usual, home projects are at an all time high and many are looking for something else they can strip down, shellac, paint or distress. Why not get those creative juices flowing to create a picnic table that doubles as a conversation piece?

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Social media websites are loaded with videos showing people who foster animals and prepare them adoption. Neglected and abused animals are often unable to show or receive affection, under weight, and in need of medical attention. These individuals, who foster pets, take the time to show thes…

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Six weeks ago Beverly Adair opened up a new thrift store in Fort Payne named “Once, Twice, Three Times Maybe.” The business is located at 2207-B Gault Ave. N. in Fort Payne and features a wide variety of merchandise.

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“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!” – C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia)

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Basically every home has at least one permanent or indelible marker in a drawer somewhere. The permanent marker was invented in 1952 and the well-known brand Sharpie was first introduced for purchase in 1964.

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The answer to the call “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream,” can be found at Rising Sundae. The business is located at 1104b Gault Ave. S. in Fort Payne. The ice cream parlor was previously known as Sweet Treats, but has a new owner with new ideas for the future.

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“Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a report from 2014 stated that more food ends up in municipal landfills than plastic or paper. Food scraps that end up in a landfill generate methane gas, a greenhouse gas that is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

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Jennifer Lusk has been using her time wisely during the pandemic. She is working to better herself so that on the other side of this worldwide, life altering coronavirus she will see it as only a blip on her radar.

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If the pandemic has taught us anything it is to be prepared. One of those preparations that quickly became recognized is the need for a home gym. Even with a gym membership, having a space to get some exercise when the gym is closed can make a difference.

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Peddlers, Inc. opened just under a month ago in Fort Payne at 1303 Gault Ave. N., however the business is not brand new to the area. The business was previously located in Valley Head for nearly four years.

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It takes faith to believe in a God that scientists, physicists, and intellectuals say cannot be proven; therefore, cannot be real.

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Keri Garrett is a school teacher at Williams Avenue School in Fort Payne. She has been a teacher for 15 years. Her job title is Reading Interventionist, Garrett helps children with various reading struggles.

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Fort Payne welcomed another new business on July 27, Cotton State Boutique. The store is owned and operated by Courtney Wilson. The main feature of the boutique is children and ladies boutique style clothing.

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There is a pavilion located at Fort Payne City Hall that is also adjacent to the Children’s Advocacy Center that has been run down for many years. The last time it was updated was close to 20 years ago.

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Blankets are not one-size-fits-all as the saying goes. There is one type of blanket that wears a disguise, this blanket is different from the rest. It is the weighted blanket.

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I would like to address a problem we are facing in America in regards to ethnic and culture issues. You will notice I did not say race problems. I will address that a little later.

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During this time of pandemic it is truly amazing how many new businesses are opening up in DeKalb County. One of those businesses is The Hideout Coffee Shop.

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Last fall, Lori Bible, her husband, Christopher, and 14-year-old son, Barrett, began to plan for a new family addition. They had successfully adopted a dog in previous years, who had since passed away, and knew it was time to welcome another pet into their home.

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Home décor should be a reflection of the homeowner's personality. While this statement is true, sometimes homeowners need a kick-start to get them going, this is where reading a book on the topic of decorating enters the picture.

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A Stanford News report dated June 2020 showed 42% of the U.S. labor force is now working from home. The pandemic has played a major role in redefining how business is conducted and the job descriptions of many.

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Empathy is a Christian virtue that Jesus modeled for us repeatedly. The 10 lepers whom he healed were excluded from the community because of their communicable disease. He showed empathy when others would not.

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NextGen Health and Nutrition (NGN) offers consumers products to supplement their dietary needs. Busy lifestyles often have families going through a drive-thru, popping a processed meal into a microwave or cooking healthy food in a manner that depletes the vital nutrients.

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Even before Charles Darwin published his finding on evolution, religious people disavowed scientific discovery. Galileo Galilel, considered by some as the father of the scientific method, was threatened with execution for daring to say the Earth revolved around the sun.

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When it comes to garments most people understand the term layering. The task of layering lighting in the home is less understood. Just as an interior designer would layer colors or fabric, lighting designers use three basic layers of light to enhance a room’s visual appeal. These layers are …

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Lickin Good Donuts in Fort Payne opened April 30 of this year and is a family owned and operated business. Owner Doug Wynn has been in the doughnut business for 35 years and started Lickin Good Donuts in 2013. His son and daughter can be found daily helping him put smiles on peoples faces as…

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Stay-at-home orders might not seem so bad in a home with a chair as comfortable as a recliner. While choosing a recliner looks simple enough, that is a disguise. Choosing the right one involves more than just aesthetics.

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When I was in high school, I went with my Boy Scout troop to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM over the summer on a two-week backpacking trip. Along the way, we stopped and did a lot of extra activities (panning for gold, burro racing, blacksmithing, etc.) but, the most memorable activity…

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Suite K Salon + Spa is owned and operated by Katie Owen. The business opened in the summer of 2017 and has grown to include more spa services and service providers. What this business provides is a day of beauty and pampering.

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Homes of the future may have added features that are focused on killing and avoiding the spread of viruses. Touchless faucets and soap dispensers that are common in public places may one day be the “norm” in new homes. Perhaps everyone’s home will have UV disinfecting lights to kill germs. B…