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This month I would like to share some various aspects of life. Today I ask you to consider the subject of a birth in the family. Psalm 127:3 says “children are an heritage (or gift) from the Lord” and are a reward from Him.

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Cat Findley is “hanging up her shingle” as Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Valley Head. Findley has 25 years of experience. She previously worked in the Birmingham area, but moved to Mentone last October. She feels there is a real need to return to this field of medicine as th…

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Some of those who oppose wearing masks to prevent Covid cite hiding God’s image, hearkening to Genesis 1:26-27 where the writer said humankind was created in God’s image and likeness. What do those words really mean?

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It’s back to school time for some of us. For others, it’s back to a regular work day or work week. Summer vacations are quickly coming to an end for some people. Whether packing lunches for the kids or adults in your home, finding recipes that only take minutes to prepare will definitely com…

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The classic film “Inherit the Wind” is a fictional account of the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Pandering for votes, Tennessee’s legislature outlawed teaching the theory of evolution and instead said only the creation story in Genesis should be taught in the state’s schools.

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Animalhouse Crafts is a pottery-making business owned by Jessica Haigh. She is now teaching pottery classes at Boom Town Makers Market located at 324 Gault Ave. N. in Fort Payne. “There is a workshop/studio in use now at BTMM. We still have some tweaking to do to the studio, but it is functi…

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Kayleigh Smith is the director of Theatre at Northeast Alabama Community College, she has held the position for two years. Smith is a graduate of Plainview High School, NACC, Jacksonville State University and Regent University. Her goals and insight led her to taking the college courses need…

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This summertime, Italian-inspired menu is light and simple to prepare. Using dried herbs and frozen broccoli will save time in the kitchen, and slow cooking the chicken in broth will be a breeze. You will need two pots of water; one for boiling the tortellini and a second pot for the orzo. O…

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Are you open-minded? This is a question I ask students in an ethics class that I teach.

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BAMA BOYS BBQ is located in Henagar at 8940 AL Highway 40, near the Henagar crossroads. Owners Charlie Trotman and wife, Shelley, started the business small using only a concession stand food trailer and let word of mouth and hard work lead their business to a full-sized, full-service restaurant.

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The flavor of brown sugar is silky and sweet. With a perfect hint of caramel, brown sugar enhances the flavor and texture of cookies and breads. The rich flavor of brown sugar, whether it is the light or dark brown variety, comes from the amount of molasses found in the sugar. The molasses s…

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Lee Richards is a resident of Valley Head, in 2010 he became a carver. He carves wood with a chain saw and a variety of other tools to create, as realistic as possible, a statue of an animal. Within three months of learning to carve he entered his first competition and won a first-place ribb…

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At the time the creation stories in Genesis 1 & 2 were written, the most popular account of how the world came to be was one out of Babylon. Knowing the context of our texts is paramount to explaining their existence.

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Jerry Shipman received a liver transplant in 2013. What brought on his need for a transplant may have been one or several circumstances that occurred in his life. One year before doctors discovered he needed a transplant he was bitten by a copperhead snake and some doctors speculated that th…

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Cooked and chopped meat serves as the main component in these recipes, so by the time you roll out the dough, the hardest part is already done. When a recipe calls for cooked chicken, I often use my crock pot to bake the chicken breasts. A bit of olive oil on the bottom and sides of the croc…

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Plans are in place for a new downtown business to open on August 7. Alice Pettyjohn is the proprietor and is bringing to Fort Payne a fresh idea unlike anything the area has to offer. The store offers three different avenues of commerce. One section is an event space for large parties, a sec…

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Phyllis Shipman has a passion for sewing. She enjoys making quilts, dinner placemats, table runners, decorative wall hangings and more. She belongs to a sewing club called the Sew Krazy Klub, she also serves as the secretary for the club. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at th…

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Summer is heating up, and fresh produce, flame-kissed meat, and a creamy, cool dessert are on the menu. Before the season is over, slice up a fresh melon, visit a farmer’s market, or cook some green beans with new potatoes. We purchased a perfectly ripened watermelon recently and, although i…

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Cotton State Boutique, LLC has moved. The store originally opened this time last year and is now located at 103 Gault Ave. North in downtown Fort Payne (between The Spot Coffee Shop and The Valley Nutrition). The business offers women’s and children’s boutique clothing plus accessories and gifts.

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Penny Benton is the McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison for DeKalb County schools. The McKinney-Vento Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a simi…

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The summer season is ripe with produce. The markets are overflowing with beans, blackberries, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, peaches, lettuce, and onions. Gardens are flourishing and the world around us has exploded in colorful hues. The summer fruits and vegetables are so pretty and taste equ…

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Noah Watters is the proprietor of Seabolt’s located at 5172 AL-117 in Mentone. The business features street tacos and other Mexican dishes. His food truck is situated on the property of the family-owned Moon Lake Trading Company. Moon Lake Trading Company has been in business for ten years, …

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More and more people are traveling right now. Getting out of the house and out into the wide world, whether to a state or national park or for a weekend stay at a relative’s home, people are excited to be out and about right now. For these day trips, excursions, and visits, fix a few snacks …

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This summer, Regan McClung went to space camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. What makes this so interesting is she is not a student; she is a school teacher. Generally, 160 instructors are invited, but due to COVID-19, 85 educators were accepted and divided into four te…

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Charlene Lemaster is quickly becoming known as the “fudge lady.” Her newly found nickname and profession were a result of the effects of the pandemic. Lemaster was working online for a textile company based in North Carolina, in February 2021 the division she managed was shutdown permanently.

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Madison Long is employed at DeKalb Animal Hospital and assists veterinarians Dr. McNew, Jones, and Galbraith. She is not currently a licensed, certified Veterinarian Technician, but is working toward that goal, her current position is Veterinarian Assistant.

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Wave an American flag, watch some fireworks, play some backyard games, and host a picnic this holiday. Find time to reflect on freedom and get caught up in the spirit of American independence, a joyous occasion to celebrate our many liberties and all of the blessings that life has to offer u…

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“Who can find a good wife? She is far more precious than jewels…She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:10,26

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Richard Green is the owner of J-BIRD’S BBQ, a food truck and catering business. Pre-COVID, Green ‘s barbeque business was in the Ol’ Tymers BBQ and Blues building located at 2207 Gault Ave N Fort Payne, (located near the North-Y). Currently his food truck can be found most Fridays and Saturd…

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In January of 2005, a group of quilters gathered at the home of Shirley Bailey and decided to start a quilting club. The group dubbed their club DeKalb Quilters. The first meeting saw 22 in attendance and through word of mouth the ranks grew into the 40s over the years.

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The local markets are bustling with activity this time of year. Your mouth will water over the large assortment of fresh vegetables and fruits to choose from. Pick some fresh vegetables and fruits and make some simple dishes. No casseroles on this menu, and you won’t need a deep fryer for th…

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Fort Payne Footworks & Outdoors has been featuring a new line of clothing since March 2020. The brand, Little River Clothing & Hat Company (LRCC), is designed to advertise what this area of Alabama has to offer. The line of apparel has now expanded to 13 stores across the state of Al…

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I’ll never forget my “Prodigal Son” moment in my senior year of high school. My family had some land in the country and my father had just purchased a used tractor for the pasture. The air-conditioned cab and extra horsepower were major upgrades from our previous one. Anxious to show off, I …

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A new business is coming to downtown Fort Payne. Red Boat Farm plans to open a Meal & Market on First Street by the end of summer. The new business will be in what was once the Blue Moon Café at 111 First Street West. David and Stacey Perea were the owners of the Blue Moon Café and still…

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have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galations 2:20

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I am so excited! I have a new gas grill! My sweet husband bought it for me. A few years ago, he bought a wood pellet grill that he uses for smoking turkey breasts and whole hams during the holidays. When the weather is nice, we usually turn to our charcoal grill for optimal flavor and donene…

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Bargains 4 U is a thrift store located in Rainsville. “Thrifty never looked so good” is their motto. They were the recipients of the 2021 Best of DeKalb Award for consignment shops.

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Joseph, Son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:20-21).

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It’s picnic season and time for slow roasted barbecue and hamburgers and hotdogs fresh off the grill. Pork is a versatile meat and rich in B vitamins, zinc, and selenium. In order to keep the meat tender and moist, use a fruit juice, broth, or other type of sauce to marinate the pork. As the…

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Haley Ferguson is a crafter, and she has her own “She Shed” where she makes multiple types of gifts for her family and friends. She says she loves crafting and she likes the monetary savings that result from making something yourself.

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Having a good, dependable, trustworthy groomer is a priority to many pet owners. The concept is not a new one, the first officially recorded pet grooming dates back to the era of King Louis XV in 17th century France.

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If you are looking for something new to try for breakfast, look no further! Getting tired of the same old cereal or oatmeal in your bowl? Want something to give you energy for the day ahead? Try some protein-packed breakfast foods, such as low-carb eggs or peanut butter and oat balls. I abso…

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Pigs such as Miss Piggy, Wilbur in “Charlotte’s Web,” Porky Pig and Piglet have all endeared the creature to millions. In the mid-80s, the potbelly pig rage had many people purchasing pigs as pets and now there’s a new pig in town.

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What makes you happy? What truly brings joy to your life? What is it that can put a smile on your face or brighten your day no matter has happened? Hold on to that thought for just a moment…

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The DeKalb County Saddle Club hosts a horseshow nearly every Saturday from April through September; however, you won’t find them on social-media, on a website, or even by using a search engine. This family-friendly, outdoor event showcases competitors of all ages and their equestrian counterparts.

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Roy Jones raises produce on the land his family has owned since the early 1800s. The Ellis family arrived from Wales in the 1700s. They traveled south along the Appalachian Mountains, some of them settling along the way, until James Ellis and his wife arrived at the base of Sand Mountain bet…

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Experimenting with my latest kitchen appliance has been fun. The air fryer allows you to bake, reheat, fry, and dehydrate. Less oil is required, so air-frying is considered healthier than deep-frying. However, you will still need to lightly spray many of your foods with oil to keep them from…

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Last week I was very thankful to attend and be part of the National Day of Prayer event here in our community. Every year, Clara Washington does a fantastic job of organizing and bringing people together to represent all of our community for the purpose of praying together. This is one of th…