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Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? It took the Supreme Court of our country to make the final decision.

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Whether a home is lacking a play area for the children, a man cave, an office, an in-home business such as a day-care, a family room, guest room, theater room, home-gym, or a mother-in-law apartment, the unfinished basement is the prefect blank canvas.

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Rainsville Janitorial is operated by Joshua "Josh" Jolley. The business was founded by Jolley’s step-father, Wayne Prevatt and is currently owned by Jolley’s mother, Vivan Prevatt. Rainsville Janitorial has served the DeKalb area for over 27 years. Their motto is: “We work hard so you don’t …

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Melissa Dorsey is an artist who is self-taught. She creates handmade products such as jewelry, handbags, cosmetic bags, shaving kit bags, hats and sandals.

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In June of 1995, National Homeownership Week began as a strategy of President William Clinton’s administration to increase homeownership across the nation. In 2002, President George W. Bush expanded the observance to last the entire month of June.

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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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Many people own a vacation home that resides in their own back yard–their camper. Campers certainly are not what they once were, which is why camping is now referred to as “glamping” because it disguises what was once called “roughing it” into a vacation home on wheels with all the amenities…

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Amy Fischer has worked for the Fort Payne City School System for 27 years. The last 24 years she has been the Fort Payne High School Librarian. Her college degrees, including library science, made her eligible for the position, but her love of books is what makes her passionate about what she does.

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Kevin Salter has been a school bus driver for the city of Fort Payne for eight years. He was recently awarded “Driver of the Year” partly due to the fact that he has never taken a sick day since he became employed. In fact, he has shared his sick days with fellow workers who have undergone s…

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These are recipes for the pear preserves I make every year that we have pears on our trees. I hope you enjoy making and eating them as much as we do.

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The Center for Disease Control reported that in the year 2002 more than 12,800 people over the age of 65 died due to falling. An additional 1.6 million went to the emergency room for the same reason. What looks like a typical home may be wearing the disguise of being a death trap for those i…

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Gary Culberson has worked for Fort Payne Parks and Rec. for a little over 20 years. The maintenance of the city pool, splash pad, maintenance at the rec. center, the fountain in the city park, mowing the grass at all of the city’s parks, and keeping the picnic tables in good condition are ju…

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Jeannee Gannuch who has been a photographer for 15 years, is opening an art gallery in downtown Fort Payne at 103 Gault Ave. N., next door to The Spot Coffee Shop.

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The front door gives the first impression visitors have about a homeowner. Novelty doorknobs, doorknockers, and doormats can make a good impression when given some thought.

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Boom Town Makers Market is an amazing art gallery in Fort Payne that exposes the talents of local artisans. The goal of the business is to keep in the forefront the heritage of handmade products that honor the legacy of North Alabama.

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Chateau de la Famille is a vacation rental property located atop Lookout Mountain in Mentone. It is owned and operated by retired General Joe Cosumano and his wife Chanelle. The property covers three-acres of wooded land and is on the brow of the mountain. The Cosumano’s have recently upgrad…

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One of the smallest details of ornamentation on a home is the doorbell, but it is one of the first things to greet a guest and make an impression. A common misconception is that there is not much work involved in selecting a doorbell. That is a disguise because there are hundreds of styles o…

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Don Fischer is the Human Resources Director for the city of Fort Payne. He has held this position for approximately one year after retiring from serving with the fire department for 30 years. Fischer was the Fort Payne fire chief upon retirement.

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Dan and Marie Patterson own and operate Roger’s Pawn, Music & Jewelry. Their daughter Jennifer Ledford helps run the business as well. The store is a landmark as it has served Fort Payne for nearly 40 years. The Patterson’s purchased the store in 2010 after being employee’s of the busine…

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According to the National Interagency Fire Center, humans cause an average of 68 percent of fires per year in the United States. Human started fires are responsible for some 2.8 million acres being burned each year.

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Chris Saint has been the Fort Payne Athletic and Aquatics Coordinator since January of 2015. His schooling, on the job training and love of sports, especially baseball, makes him a good fit for the position.

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Tip Top Bake Shop in Mentone is owned and operated by Tim and Rebecca Henderson. The business is located at 6081 Alabama Hwy 117, on the backside of the Magnolia Rose building. “Rebecca loves to bake and always wanted to own a bake shop,” Tim said. “This is her dream come true.”

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The term curb appeal became widely used during the housing boom and continues to be an indicator of the initial appeal of a property to potential buyers. If the curb appeal is lacking prospective buyers might choose not to go inside a home for further inspection. Small touches can go a long …

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Tomorrow Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was crucified and buried on Friday to be raised early Sunday morning. In two previous articles, I have written about education. Drawing from scripture, I have suggested that the “fear of the Lord” is the surest foundatio…

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When homeowners think of spring cleaning, they think about washing windows and airing out mattresses, however spring cleaning should also include the medicine cabinet.

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Terri Chambliss managed the Deerfield Apartments in Fort Payne for 16 years, during that time she made many lifelong friends. Chambliss retired in February and has no regrets about the years she spent there as manager.

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Three sisters Consignment and Retail recently had their ribbon cutting and grand opening. The store is owned by Marquita Parker, Andrea Davis and Kristen Wilborn. The store was the brainchild of Parker, then Davis and Wilborn joined her as business partners soon after opening.

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The ceiling is usually the last place most people think to decorate, however extraordinary ceiling designs are abundant and can disguise a room as spectacular all on their own.

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Everyone knows her by Magnolia Rose and she has made her mark on Mentone. Originally from Michigan, her husband’s work as a professional golfer brought her to the area. “I fell in love with Mentone the minute I laid eyes on it,” Magnolia. “I use to live on the brow in Mentone and now I live …

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School teachers Corey and Brandy Dupree have a new business. They have combined two very unusual skill sets to create unique personalized gifts. Corey makes handmade knives and Brandy makes personalized signs.

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April is National Decorating Month, and why wouldn’t it be, spring is a time of rebirth. Nature comes alive with vibrant colors and springtime generally has many homeowners in spring cleaning mode.

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Nena’s Produce & General Store in Valley Head is not typical for the area, it is more like a country store that is found in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is drawing tourists and locals alike.

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Good drainage around a home is important to keep a home free of mold and rotting wood. The most reliable way to eliminate free-standing water is to install French drains with slotted pipes, filter fabric and gravel. The old way of installing French drains is to do it without the gravel and t…

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This is the story of two women from Fort Payne who have never met. The first woman, Deanna Mayo, is a school bus driver. The second woman, passed away a short time ago.

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Parkway General Store opened the beginning of this year. Matt and Kayla Hamilton own and operate the newly founded business. The couple are not novices at owning their own business, they also own Sweet Treats Parlor in Fort Payne. Their new store, located atop Lookout Mountain is unlike any …

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Facts and opinions about moving flat screen televisions abound. Which televisions can be laid down flat when transporting and which ones cannot is one of the biggest questions.

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Most millennials are lined up for jobs that involve a college degree and a desk. The shortage of those seeking trade jobs is actually pushing the wages higher in skilled trade jobs such as automotive mechanics.

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Twins, Marcie Davis and Lindy Vizzinia are running buddies. They encourage others to take up their healthy hobby. Other family members and friends join them in their daily 3 to 5-mile runs. They are also well-known due to being art teachers in the Fort Payne school system.

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Fort Payne Feed and Garden is owned and operated by Jason and Karmen Smith. They have owned the business for seven years and continually make improvements based on their customers’ needs. Their motto is: “Come experience the difference.”

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Keurig coffee makers are the latest, greatest piece of equipment in the kitchen these days. However, like anything that holds water, there is always the possibility of the machine causing illness if not cleaned properly on a regular basis. All of those hidden parts could be disguising harmfu…

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Tim Ballard has a quiet nature about him, but I know him really well. He is my better-half and has been for nearly 40 years, so there’s no need to interview him. He has no idea this story is being published, so surprise. After writing for the paper for 24 years, it was bound to happen.

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Shirley Dean was raised in Lickskillet, Alabama, not far from Dogtown. Shirley’s maiden name is Wigley. Back in 1950 Dean was 13 years of age and was the first person, known of, in the State of Alabama to be operated on for a heart condition known as Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA).

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Trees wear a disguise. They are amazing organisms that provide many nourishing benefits to our planet, but they can also be destructive. This past week had many homeowners who live in or near wooded areas upset due to the hundreds of fallen trees that landed on roads and structures.

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Wills Creek RV Park has been under new ownership since September 2018. The new owners, Melanie Miller and Brad Kinsey, said they are excited to take part in encouraging tourism in the area.

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Fran Nappier, a DeKalb County resident, decided she did not like her blue Formica kitchen countertops and set out to make a change. What she wanted was a granite countertop, but after pricing what granite would cost she sought a less expensive path. She discovered she could disguise her Form…

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Katherine’s Gallery & Custom Framing, LLC has been a Fort Payne landmark for nearly 25 years. The shop is owned by Donald Wood and managed by Falisa Edwards. Jennifer Jackson was the previous owner and still works in the store part-time.

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Although February is the shortest month of the year, it wears a disguise because it feels like the longest month as we wait for spring. It most likely feels the same to wild birds as well as they continue to scavenge for food at winter’s end.

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Connie Bock has only lived in America for close to one year, but says it feels like home. Bock lived in Germany most of her life and lived the last 11 years in Switzerland. Her husband works for a corporation that occasionally calls them to move.

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A young woman in America took on a challenge to see how much she could reduce the amount of garbage she produced and sent to the landfill. After two years she is proud to show off one 16 oz. mason jar containing all the garbage she produced that would be sent to a landfill.