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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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The Wills Valley Recreation Center hosts a variety of fitness instructors, one of which is Jennifer Cruse. She has worked at the fitness center for six years. Cruse teaches an indoor cycling class known as “spin-class.” The 45-minute class takes place on a stationary bicycle and focuses on c…

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In all honesty, being stuck at home is not the worst thing that could happen. Maybe by the time the pandemic is under control, there won’t be an unorganized closet, junk drawer or cluttered garage to be found. Maybe every household project we were going to “get to one day” will have been gotten to.

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Wills Valley Recreation Center offers many fitness classes, one of which is Martial Arts. Instructor Jesar Quizon, who also works as a registered nurse, teaches the class at the Rec Center.

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Elvis Majano serves as the School Resource Officer at Fort Payne Middle School. He has been in law enforcement for nearly three years and has worked as an SRO at the school since November. Previously, he worked as an SRO at Williams Avenue Elementary in Fort Payne.

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For several years now, this column has introduced doctors, nurses, lawyers, pilots, community leaders, city employees, retirees, business owners, managers, farmers, ranchers, shepherds, school teachers, school bus drivers, first responders, artists, musicians, craftsman, inspirational youths…

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Cleaning wipes and disinfectants are more popular than ever. In 2008, the Soap and Detergent Association commissioned Echo Research to conduct a cleaning survey across the country. They found that 71 percent of Americans said they use some form of wipes. Of that percentage, 77 percent keep a…

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Curtis Massey has been the Wills Valley Elementary School Resource Officer for six years, and has been in law enforcement for 32 years. The first six years of his career were spent on the streets as a patrol officer, then 19 years as an investigator. He said his reason for choosing law enfor…

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Wills Valley Recreation Center offers a large variety of fitness opportunities to its members. The staff at the facility are all equally trained and certified to teach multiple types of exercise classes to accommodate the diverse needs of individuals. Fitness classes are supervised by Liz Hall.

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David Barnes was born in Fort Payne and graduated from Fort Payne High School in 1982. After graduation he joined the United States Army and served for several years. After returning home, he took a job with the hosiery mill industry. When the hosiery mills left Fort Payne, he found employme…

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For the next several weeks, “Spotlight on Business” will feature the various offerings at the Wills Valley Recreation Center located at 4220 Godfrey Ave. NE in Fort Payne and those who promote fitness.

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Patrick Jenkins serves as the supervisor for the Fort Payne School Resource Officers. Jenkins is the SRO at the Fort Payne High School. He graduated from the Police Academy in 2002 and has worked as a Patrol Officer and SRO at the Fort Payne Middle School prior to his current assignment.

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Jerry Woodall was raised in Cherokee County and graduated from Sand Rock High School; however, he has been a resident of DeKalb County for about 20 years. Like many from this area, the hosiery mills was where he started his employment.

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Most homeowners are familiar with two-pane windows, but the home improvement market also offers three-pane windows. Triple pane windows are the most advanced windows on the market today.

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Royal Bruckno is originally from New Jersey, he has lived in the south since 1983. What brought him to Mentone was moving closer to family. Now in his sixties, he has some advice to share about life when it doesn’t go exactly as planned.

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It is not uncommon to see a home with different styles combined into one. This frequently happens when a home from one era moves into another time period and is remodeled. The home retains features of the previous period while adding styles from the current one.

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Encore Medical Spa & Family Medicine is located at 1202 Gault Ave. N. in Fort Payne. Dr. Monique Sherrill is the board-certified licensed physician on duty. Doctor Sherrill brings 25 years of experience to her practice. Two Nurse Practitioners are also at the office, Mrs. DeAnn B. Cobble…

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The students of Moon Lake Elementary School are making their mark on the world at an early age. The students at MLE were awarded an “A” through the state issued test all students at all schools are required to take.

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Say goodbye to the accent wall and hello to the two-tone wall. The single painted accent wall gained popularity as an easy way to deliver a pop of color to any room. Now, 2020 is offering up a new trend.

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Jim Chambers spent 22 years as an Alabama State Trooper and spent three years as a Fort Payne City Police Officer. He now serves as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Henagar Junior High School.

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The Boxed Leaf is a relatively new business to Fort Payne. The store is located at 430 Gault Ave. N. The store offers natural remedies for preventative and existing health concerns.

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A time-keeping piece is one of the most important devices of all civilization. The division of the hour into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds comes from Babylonians who used a sexagesimal system for mathematics. The first reference to AM (ante meridiem or before midday) and PM (post…

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Tim Rector serves as the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Moon Lake School in Mentone. Rector has over 27 years of law enforcement experience. He retired from the Alabama State Troopers as a sergeant.

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Rhonda Bean owns and operates Merle Norman Cosmetics and Spa at 104 Greenhill Blvd. NW in Fort Payne (next to Foodland Plus). The business was not previously at another location. Bean’s business was opened August 8, 2019 and is a certified Merle Norman Spa.

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Some people have what they refer to as a “calling” when it comes to a life course. This is how Brandi Green describes both her career in the medical field and her role as a mother. Green also credits her family for making her who she is today.