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Perhaps no other food has been decorated, shared and associated with holidays and festivals for as many years as gingerbread. We know ginger dates back to the Greeks and Egyptians. A recipe for gingerbread appeared in the world’s oldest cookbook in Ancient Rome.

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Nothing is more traditional for the holiday feasts than turkey and ham with all the trimmings. However, after the meal, what to do with the leftover turkey and ham can sometimes be a problem; but don’t throw anything out.

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Janet Paschal, member of the Gospel Hall of Fame and frequent guest on the Gaither Homecoming Tour, will be performing a Christmas Concert at Rainsville First Baptist Church on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. There is no charge and no love offering will be received. The church is located at 223 Church Ave…

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Nick Turner has been in law enforcement for seven years. For four of those years he has been on the DeKalb County S.W.A.T. team. Additionally, he is one of the two hostage negotiators for DeKalb County. He attended specialized schooling for both basic S.W.A.T. and advanced S.W.A.T. hostage rescue.

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Christmas is wonderful for many, yet it can be blue for many others. What can we do in this special season? Come and bring December in by beginning the celebrations of Christ’s birth. We will sing, share God’s story in word and song and think about the joys and challenges of the season.

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SURGE Staffing is a recipient of the Best of DeKalb award, a contest held by the Times-Journal. They are also recognized in their industry as a leader. Companies, both nationally and locally, rely on SURGE Staffing to recruit employees for their businesses. The national network of branches h…

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After the first thanksgiving in 1621, it was over 200 years later before Thanksgiving Day was officially proclaimed as a national day of thanksgiving, praise and prayer.

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The best turkey for the holiday table is the one that’s been prepared safely. The following is information on making sure your holiday turkey is also a safe turkey.

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Our Lady of the Valley Church in Fort Payne will celebrate their 60th anniversary Nov. 23. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the recognition of all those who helped to make the new Religious Education facility possible. There will be festivities throughout the day in the Parish Hall to inclu…

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Pumpkin pies will be the favorite dessert on many Thanksgiving tables this year. News reports say there may be a shortage of pumpkin next year because rainy weather has kept pumpkin harvests from taking place. We may just have to make our own pumpkin puree next year for our pies.

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While most parents view their crib options as being limited to traditional or modern and white or wooden, there are some cribs that truly break the mold and wear interesting disguises.

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Ephesians 1:18-19, “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future he has called you to share...”

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Paul Bell is a DeKalb County Deputy Sheriff and is the school resource officer at Ider High School. The Ider School houses grades Kindergarten through 12th with nearly 800 students and has been in operation since 1907.

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Sally Lunns have been around a long, long time. Today they are defined as large buns or teacakes made with yeast dough, which includes cream, eggs and spice. It’s one of those recipes that are so old it can be called a “receipt,” the name given to cookery instructions up until several genera…

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Hannah Leeper is an Auburn graduate student who studies the black bear population in and around DeSoto State Park. Ever since she can recall, the outdoors and wildlife have been a fundamental part of her life, and her future plans are to have a career involving large carnivores.

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Retailers commonly post sales all through the year, consumers often take the bait only to discover a few weeks later an even better sale. A sale wears a disguise when a consumer doesn’t know the prime times of year to make a purchase.

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s time to think about turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, and cranberries. This tart little berry is as much a part of the holidays as the turkey itself.

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If you are a pastor in DeKalb County and would like to contribute to the Pastor’s Corner column, call 256-304-0053 with inquiries.

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While other illnesses may be more common during the fall, foodborne illnesses are still a concern. Many activities people participate in around this time of year involve food. It is important that everyone takes necessary precautions to steer clear of foodborne illnesses.

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DeKalb Tourism is hosting a special event next Friday November 15 at 9:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville State University Canyon Center. Governor Kay Ivey will visit our county on her special tour of all 67 counties this year to celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial (AL200).

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In June of 2018 Bobby and Vickie Satterfield brought a new business to DeKalb County. The couple have the distinction of being the first commercial California grape vineyard. The business is called High Falls Vineyard.

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Today is Veterans Day, the day our nation honors, though not nearly appropriately, the men, women and families who are veterans of war.

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Apples can be traced back to the Romans and Egyptians. They introduced this ancient fruit to the British who, in turn, brought it to America. We still remember Johnny Appleseed and the work he did to spread trees across several states.

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Many people wait impatiently each year to search for just the right pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern. Parents, grandparents and teachers take youngsters to pumpkin patches; farmers markets, grocery stores and roadside stands are stocked with the bright orange orbs; but pumpkins are more than Hal…

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Sherryl Lewis is recognized for many things in the area. She is a cattle farmer’s wife and she teaches piano lessons in the DeKalb County School System. She is also becoming known as an artistic painter.

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NASA did a study in 1989 on indoor air pollution and ascertained that certain plants brought indoors could help eliminate pollutants by absorbing them.

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Nancy’s Lunchbox is a lunch-spot in Rainsville. The eatery features deli foods and lite-fare and is conveniently located adjacent to Alabama Highway 35.

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From May through November, all over the South, we see roadside stands, ballpark vendors and parking lot experts offering fresh boiled peanuts. Boiled peanuts are green or raw nuts that are boiled in salty water for hour’s outdoors over a fire (or more modern gas burner), on top of the stove …

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Annlyle Johnson has plans to get a degree in interior design, but for now, she is kick starting her own arts and crafts business. Johnson makes handmade creations and calls her business The Vintage Sunflower, named after her favorite bloom.

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Ephesians 1:18-19, “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future he has called you to share...”

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After tea cakes, my grandmother’s buttermilk pie comes in as a close second as the dessert that tops my memory list. We ate Sunday dinner at her house often. A short trip after church, but we always hurried home to change out of our Sunday clothes first.

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Metal Market, Inc. is owned and operated by Roland Anderson. The business has served the Fort Payne area for nearly 20 years.

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Those who spend time and money on fine paintings should know that these precious purchases could be easily compromised due to environmental hazards or improper care.

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It might surprise you just how long pigs have been around. In fact, the pig dates back 40 million years to fossils, which indicate that wild “porcine” animals roamed, forests and swamps in Europe and Asia.

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Beverly Keel conquered a challenge that 160 million Americans are faced with– she lost her excess weight. Keel had been overweight most of her life and never dreamed that one day she would be an athlete or the director of a fitness center.

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It is commonly said that spiders are never more than 10 feet away from us. This makes spiders masters at disguising their presence. Whether we like it or not, we share our homes with these eight-legged arachnids. Occasionally, they make themselves known and send the homes occupants running. …

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Last Saturday we talked about why Christians go to church.