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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…

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A few years ago, Gatorade released a series of commercials where customers would come up to the counter to make a purchase and were told that, because it is a sports drink, they could not buy Gatorade unless they were currently sweating. The customers would protest and ask for the manager…wh…

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Fort Payne Feed & Garden Supply is in a transition period under new ownership. Joey and Stephanie Gruber purchased the business the first of February and are making some additions to the business to meet local demands.

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With spring and summer, comes flea season. Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day. The market is flooded with chemical remedies, but for some homeowners this is not an option. Some pets cannot tolerate chemicals and some pet owners cannot either.

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Kelly’s Kitchen has served country styled, home-cooked meals in Rainsville for five years. The restaurant is located in the Sand Mountain Plaza at 120 Main Street W next to the Stop To Save grocery store.

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When I was in college, I remember a particularly frustrating meeting that I had to sit through. The main goal of the meeting was to set up a service opportunity to help a local children’s home. Our meeting started out well enough but soon we got so caught up in planning every little detail t…

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Newton’s first law of motion, sometimes referred to as the law of inertia, is that an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest stays at rest. More than ever before, modern medicine recognizes this is especially true for the human body. This is the reason doctors prescribe physi…

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For decades upon decades the old wooden wagon wheel has been disguised as décor in and around American homes. There are many ways to make this time-honored piece of history into a conversation piece. Pinterest is an excellent place to start for novel ideas on what to do with a wagon wheel wh…

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The Swimming Pool Rescue Squad van is a common sight in the area. The swimming pool cleaning service and is owned and operated by Tracey Auter. He has been in business for over eight years and steadily grown his business from part-time work into a full-time operation.

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The United States is estimated to have nearly 150,000 cemeteries, sadly every state has abandoned cemeteries where nature has taken over and disguised the place where loved ones were put to rest. A plan has been put in place to show respect for a local cemetery by keeping the cemetery groome…

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Companies are starting to realize that having their employees work from home has its benefits. No monthly rent or maintenance on a building to house employees and no light or water bill either.

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Several Christmases ago, my wife and I had to remove a huge, gargantuan pine tree from our backyard. To the tree remover’s surprise, the tree was actually three pine trees in one it seemed. At the base they were one, but they then branched off to form what appeared to be other large mature t…

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According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, more than 11.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million people and generating $1.7 trillion in sales as of 2017. Women-owned firms (51 percent or more) account for 39 percent of all privately held firms and c…

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The little redheaded cartoon character Woody Woodpecker was created in the late '50s and is still adored to this day. However, when “Woody” is beating his head against a homeowners house or wood fence it is not so adorable.

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Families who make the transition to move to America from a foreign country face many difficulties. One obstacle they face is helping their children to adjust to such a drastic change. The inability to speak the language of the locals can be challenging to an adult, it can be traumatic to a child.

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Normal is defined as conforming to a standard. The standard by which businesses are now operating has been altered to conform with regulations set in place by governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Business is now being conducted under the “new normal.”…

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Feeling forgiveness is half of the battle that some never grasp. Yes, they may believe they are actually forgiven by Christ after receiving Him, but feeling forgiveness is quite another story. What about you? Do you really feel forgiven? I mean way down deep. Do you feel the forgiveness that…

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Owning a home is one of the hallmarks of the American dream, but most people don’t really own the house they live in. Less than 40 percent of homes were mortgage-free in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey.

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A team of women led by Jayne Ross have been making and sharing face masks all over DeKalb County due to the pandemic and the Centers for Disease Controls recommendation to wear face masks. The team includes Zahida Hrenyk, Carla Potter, Patty Smith, Martha Green, Peggy Bledsoe, and Pam Elsaesser.

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There are a lot of things in our life that grab our attention, some good, and some bad. For instance: blue flashing lights in the rearview mirror, a weather alert app during storms, your child’s cry, a promotion from your boss, a timely text when in need. Each grab your heart and pull your t…

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Along with Governor Kay Ivey’s announcement to reopen portions of the Alabama economy, came the new guidelines for businesses that never closed, but had restrictions place on them concerning how to conduct business.

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Most homeowners don’t realize their homes wear a dust disguise beyond what they see. Everyone knows homes need dusting, but if the average person was asked how much dust they thought accumulated in their home on an annual basis, they would most likely fall short on their estimation. Shocking…

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It is difficult for most people to stay balanced and content when quarantined. Those quarantined are not worried about catching any fever except “cabin fever.” The quarantine that many are still dealing with can challenge them when it comes to staying true to who they are.

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Skylar Jackson has worked at the Wills Valley Recreation Center for approximately eight years as a fitness instructor. Jackson teaches a group fitness class on Friday mornings at 8::00 a.m. The class he teaches includes a cardio workout, hand weights, core-strengthening, circuit style traini…

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Lightening detection systems in the United States reveal approximately 100,000 thunderstorms happen annually with an average of 25 million strokes of lightning that hit the earth. Of those strikes, an average of one out of every 200 homes is struck by lightning, the National Lightning Safety…

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Janie Hale set out on a journey that took her to a place many people want to go, her journey took her back to good health. Hale lost over 100 pounds and has acquired a way of living that makes life more enjoyable.

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Tammy Henderson has been a fitness instructor at Wills Valley Recreation Center for 20 years. Every Monday and Tuesday at 4:30 in the afternoon she could be found teaching spin class.

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I once heard a story of a man who was in a counseling session with his wife and his pastor. The man’s marriage had to be salvaged. The man had been struggling with his anger and did not think there was any way he could control it.

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Over the past decade, the market for outdoor living has exploded with products to make the experience more enjoyable. One of those products has been pergolas.

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Kayla McKenzie was diagnosed in 2018 with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, also known as pseudotumor cerebri. This rare condition occurs in fewer than 200,000 Americans annually. This condition takes place when pressure inside the skull increases, it is most common among women who are o…

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In compliance with state regulations, the Wills Valley Recreation Center is currently closed due to COVID-19. In anticipation of reopening, Spotlight on Business is featuring the various fitness instructors and the assortment of classes offered at the facility.

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“Someone once asked me what I would write if I only had six words for my autobiography. Here’s what I came up with: ‘What if we weren’t afraid anymore?’” – Bob Goff

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It has never been easier to get home décor ideas than now. With a tap on the phone, millions of options become available. The problem is choosing a style before spending time and money and then realizing it’s not really a good fit.

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Promises of opening the country back up for business are being made and hopefully the step-by-step process will come to fruition sooner than later, but until then, those living in DeKalb County can find information on local businesses here in Spotlight on Business concerning who is open for …

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Janice Kirby was raised in Henagar and moved to Fort Payne 20 years ago. She is a fitness instructor at Wills Valley recreation Center. She started working at the recreation center in 2012. Kirby teaches spin and fitness classes and has a unique class she calls spin and sculpt.

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It used to be that reading reviews helped consumers make purchasing decisions that left them satisfied. However, sometimes reviews leave a person more confused than when they started.

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As Alabamians are instructed to stay home from gatherings of more than 10 people due to the spread of the coronavirus, many pastors are finding themselves preaching to empty sanctuaries as they live stream sermons online or on the radio. Above, Pastor Marshall Henderson of FBC Fort Payne pos…

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Higher Perspective Photography is open for business during this history making crisis. The photography taken by this business is not what typically comes to mind when someone says they own a photography business. Shane Holman takes pictures of properties and uses a drone to get a full scope …

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When Teresa Davidson isn’t teaching school, she is a fitness instructor at Wills Valley Recreation Center in Fort Payne. Fitness is not a new concept to her. She has found exercise to be of key importance all of her life.

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Honey-Do-Lists across the world are no doubt getting the most attention they’ve gotten in a long time; however, at the end of the day, many still want to take a mental break from the unfolding drama going on right out the front door.

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Williams Avenue Elementary is the current assignment of Officer Terry Noles. He serves the school as the School Resource Officer. Noles has been in law enforcement for 25 years.