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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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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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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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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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Princesses and Rock Star Infant and Children’s Clothing Store is owned and operated by Lisa Marie Lyons. Previously she operated the business as a consignment shop, but she is now buying the previously-owned merchandise outright for resale.

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Monkey Bread is a pull-apart bread often served at holidays for breakfast or with the main meal. Over the years creative cooks have taken the original recipe and created many new versions and even made it easier to prepare.

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Tena Cryer is originally from Texarkana, Texas, but she is known for many things around DeKalb County. Her mother-in-law was Dessie Newberry-Brown, who owned a well known restaurant in Mentone for many years. Cryer and her husband, Mike, quit their jobs and came to Mentone and worked at the …

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The kitchen pantry is usually the last place to get cleaned and organized. All too commonly we shut the door and say we’ll organize it another day. Organizing a kitchen pantry can be made easier with items generally used to organize other areas of the home.

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Tonya Haas opened Myrtle Jane’s 12 years ago. Within one year of opening the business in Fort Payne, the store had to be remodeled to add on an additional 1,500 square feet. Now Haas is opening a second Myrtle Jane’s.

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Velveeta Cheese is a pasteurized process cheese spread product with a heritage of cooking versatility that began in 1928 when Kraft purchased the Velveeta Cheese Company of Monroe, NY, maker of Swiss-type cheeses.

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Martha Harris goes to work every day. What makes this seemingly normal activity inspirational is that she is 84 years of age. This is also remarkable because she didn’t begin her employment until she was retirement age.

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There are many stories as to the origin of peanut butter. In the 15th century, Africans ground peanuts into stews. Creamy Chinese peanut sauces are centuries old. “Peanut porridge” kept many Civil War soldiers alive.

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Last week, this column gave the history of the grandfather clock and how it came to be called by this family reference. Commonly, people refer to a grandmother clock as a grandfather clock because they are so similar. The disguise is in the height.

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Thanks to the support of the community, many businesses across DeKalb County are succeeding and growing. In 2018 and 2019, this column featured over 100 local businesses, and today it takes a look at some of them to see where they are today and what’s new.

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The grandfather clock has been around since the late 1600s. The first one that is known of was made by British clockmaker William Clement. They have passed the test of time as they are still found in homes around the world. They may still be purchased online and in some furniture stores today.

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Pat Diehl opened a new store named Pier 35 Antiques and More on Aug. 1. The store is located at 1907 Scenic Drive East in Fort Payne. The name is reminiscent of the popular décor store named Pier 1 Imports and is fittingly named since it is located adjacent to Highway 35.

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Many people probably never believed society would have reached the level of crime that it has reached in our day. Crimes both in public and at personal residences have escalated quickly over the last decade.

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When school starts, most people feel summer is over and thoughts of fall come to mind. However, the extreme heat we experience everyday let’s us know that the weather is not fall made yet.

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“My House” when translated to Spanish is Mi Casita. Javier and Veronica Rodriguez have owned and operated the Fort Payne Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant since October 8, 1992. The restaurant is a family-operation with some nine different relatives working at the establishment along with non-fam…

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Cheryl Goodnight can be found most days working at the Fort Payne Verizon Wireless location as a sales rep. What makes her unique at what she does is her age. At fifty years old she is more tech-savvy than most of her peers.

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Few people live in mansions and this has many homeowners complaining about their homes feeling too small. Using these disguises can make a tiny house feel grander.

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Jamie McClung has worked in the Fort Payne school system since 2013. He is in the field of computer science and engineering concerned with robotics, which are devices that can move and react to sensory input.

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Children’s curiosity and impulsiveness induces them to explore, and seeing anything they are not familiar with piques their curiosity. Parents need to stay one step ahead of their little ones and realize the laundry room holds more hazards than it did when they were little.

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Life can get so hectic between family obligations and work. It seems all of the modern technology to make life “simpler” has not afforded couples more time to spend together. The divorce rate in America is at 50 percent and most marriages are now lasting only in the neighborhood of eight to …

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Whether you call it decoration, family gathering or family reunion, this is the time of year for families to get together. It’s a tradition — one that has lasted for many years and generations.

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When Roadside ‘Que started out in Fort Payne it was in a small food trailer parked on the side of the street in the downtown area. The response was so good that the business moved into a 1,500 square foot brick and mortar building located at 607 Gault Ave N, Suite A.

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Justin and Heather Christman come from different backgrounds but have blended well together in their marriage of 12 years. Justin is from Denver, Colorado and Heather is from Rainsville. The Christmans have two children, Everett, who is nine, and Parker, who is six.