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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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Fort Payne City Recycling Center has been in operation since Earth Day - April 22, 2000. The center is overseen by Solid Waste Coordinator, Patrick Dunne and managed by Teresa Stone.

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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.

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Disinfecting should be a routine. Whether or not anyone at home is sick, it is all about prevention. Since viruses are invisible, they wear a disguise and can sneak into our lives undetected until they make us sick.

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Regardless of where you live in this country, biscuits hot from the oven and generously spread with butter are always a treat. It used to be that the best biscuits could only be found at home, and they were made with buttermilk or sweet milk.

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Tommy and Nick McKee are brothers from Pisgah and are the owners of High 5 in Rainsville. The business has only been in operation for just a few months, but so far the parking lot stays full every day the store is open.

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Davy Willingham is a local entrepreneur who started out small and has steadily worked his way up in the business world. Willingham owns Body Vision Fitness & Aquatic Center in Rainsville, along with a shopping center where he rents space to other businesses.

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Everyone knows what they say about first impressions, and the entrance to a home definitely makes a first impression. Here are some ideas for making an entrance.

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The Small Business Administration reported in 2013 that there are more than 28.2 million businesses operating in the United States. These businesses created up to 63 percent of the jobs in the country in the years from 1993 to mid-2013. So, technically, small business is big business.

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I have learned even more about the decades old soda, Coca-Cola. I have already said it’s more than just a cool refreshing drink, but the “it’s” other use was as an ingredient in a recipe.

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Summer is the best time to find swimming pool foam, “noodles,” as they are known. While these adult floaties are perfect for buoyancy, they can also be disguised as various useful household items.

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Body Vision Fitness & Aquatic Center in Rainsville will have been helping people attain and retain physical fitness for 20 years in August 2019. The business is owned by Davy and Pam Willingham.

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Tim Smith worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority as a pipefitter for many years before early retirement at age 55 due to rheumatoid arthritis.

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Home interior designers are blunt when it comes to addressing what is classified as a décor dinosaur. No doubt they step on many homeowners' “toes” with the “no-no” list of what needs to be discarded. Here’s an updated inventory of what’s hot and what’s not. This list is helpful when it come…

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Dr. Anthony Vizzinia has served Fort Payne as a dentist for 30 years. His mission statement reads, “Our mission is to give every patient an extraordinary dental experience that they can’t wait to tell their family and friends about and look forward to their next appointment. Our office needs…

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The Fourth of July is usually celebrated with a cookout with family and friends. There’s BBQ, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings. What more could you want? Perhaps a dessert or two?

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Just about every home cook has at least one special dish they are “known for.” It could be called a signature dish, family favorite or legend, a personal creation or something that is just downright delicious that’s requested whenever family or friends get together.

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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.