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It’s a new year and it’s time to lighten up. To “lighten up” suggests a couple of different connotations; one of the meanings focuses on a person’s food intake, and another definition refers to someone who needs an “attitude adjustment.” If you are ready to lighten up physically, then fix so…

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Very few people have not been significantly effected by the pandemic in one manner or another. Some have experienced major lifestyle changes such as lose of employment. Brooke Conner is one whose life took a different direction when the pandemic hit the United States.

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Apparently even a pandemic doesn’t stop air travel based on the recent figures. For those who are playing it safe, maybe with the vaccines now being dispensed traveling by air will soon be as safe as it previously was.

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New signage is up for Barone’s Pizza and Arcade. The restaurant has two locations, one in Fort Payne and one in Gadsden. Local residents Nick and Lesley Barone are the owners of what was once branded Stevi B’s. The location remains the same at 2200 Gault Ave. N. The landmark pizza and arcade…

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Muffins are a quick bread that can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack, or with a meal. For evenly baked muffins that will release easily, use aluminized steel pans that feature ceramic or silicone nonstick coatings. When preparing the batter, mix wet and dry ingredients separately. Always mi…

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Jeron Maxwell is a mother of five, and even with her busy schedule, she finds time to keep a disappearing homemaking ability alive: she cans the food from her family’s garden.

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Katrina Brown has opened her home and her heart to her neighbors and community. Her deep-rooted Christian beliefs in neighborliness, giving freely and family prompted her in 2018 to start offering homemaking classes to women and girls.

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We can’t fix the world’s problems. It is beyond our power to make the pandemic disappear from the face of the earth. We don’t have the strength. We don’t know how to reset the nation, remedy the mounting economic woes, or heal the hurts and injustices we see around us. What we can do, though…

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A Birthing Doula is a woman who assists in childbirth. She is not there to compete with or replace any medical personnel, she is part of a team effort and not to be confused with a Midwife.

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Roy Stalvey’s life has been about transformation more than once. When he was in high school he weighed a mere 135 pounds. While many people are looking for ways to lose weight, he was trying to put weight on.

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A crock-pot, the classic slow cooker, allows the cook to prepare a meal in one pot and then simply walk away—no stress cooking. The simplicity of the crock-pot is its design. The ceramic pot heats to about 200 degrees and maintains a constant heat throughout the cooking process. Slow cooking…

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The general rule of thumb for television viewing is to sit five times the distance from the screen as the screen is wide. For example, if the television is 32 inches wide, the optimal viewing distance is approximately 13 feet. Experts recommend a rectangular shaped room approximately 20 feet…

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Tip Top Bake Shop is located at 6081 Al Hwy 117 in Mentone and is under new ownership. A mother and daughter have teamed up and are introducing new items to the weekly menu.

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The National Fire Protection Association reported in 2019 that fire departments responded to over one million fires in the United States. These fires caused over 3,000 civilian deaths and over 16,000 civilian injuries.

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According to the Department of Human Resources for the state of Alabama, there are currently some 6,000 children in the foster care program. DeKalb County DHR is responsible for nearly 100 of those children.

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Blame it on serotonin and dopamine. Not long after you finish a big holiday meal, you suddenly crave sugar. Your body is signaling a desire to increase the carbohydrate intake and to reach for those sugar-laden desserts. Eating sugary food causes the brain to activate neurons related to sero…

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Boom Town Makers Market hosts an array of local artisans whose talents produce a broad assortment of crafts. Jo Peterson is one of those artisans who displays a grouping of natural products that are necessary and gentle on the human senses.

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Well, 2020 certainly came as a big surprise to most people in more ways than one. However, through it all we have still introduced some inspirational people each week in Who’s Who, individuals who standout in the crowd for various reasons.

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During the winter months, we tend to crave a hearty breakfast. Grits, gravy, oatmeal, waffles, and breakfast casseroles are appealing this time of year. During the work week, we often eat on the run; it typically involves grabbing a biscuit from a fast-food place or taking a granola bar to c…

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The Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel or family favorites like Elf, The Grinch, or The Santa Clause provide perfect family entertainment this time of year. Family members are coming home from school and work and longing for a comforting homecooked meal. For a family night in, a big po…

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For approximately 24 years, Fort Payne Middle School has honored seventh grade, straight-A students with a wall of recognition they call the Wall of Fame. According to Principal Shane Byrd, the project was started by April Howard and is currently under the direction of Amanda Davis. Byrd sai…

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Fences make for good neighbors,” so says the poem “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost. Whether that is true or not the white picket fence has become an iconic American status symbol and has been the modest totem of middle-class prosperity since the 1950s. It has become the emblem of the ideal mid…

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DeKalb County Technology Center welcomed Josh Wigley as their new School Resource Officer this year. Wigley has been in law enforcement for 11 years. His career involves working with the Sheriff’s Office and the Rainsville Police Department. He has served as a patrolman, a sergeant and an as…

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Tim and Rebecca Henderson own and operate Long Meadow Farm LLC in Mentone. Tim has been training horses for 42 years. His focus is mainly on the breed American Saddlebred. He is known for his talent in training three-gaited, five-gaited and driving horses. Driving is one of the fastest-growi…

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The archetypal character of the sidekick in a novel or movie is the hero’s greatest ally and offers help in times of peril. A sidekick often paves the way for the hero. Likewise, the sides you serve for holiday meals are an important part of the overall dining experience; they serve to aid t…

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Gadgets are defined as mechanical or electronic devices, tools, or items that are ingenious. The category has a broad range. Here are some innovative gadgets to research.

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On August 12, Fort Payne saw the opening of Wild Cats Nutrition. A place where beverages are not overloaded with calories and sugar, but instead are infused with protein, vitamins and minerals.

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Different circumstances may affect your Thanksgiving this year, but the power of nostalgia and all the traditions that come with it will keep you feeling happy and bright. The “must haves” on your autumn table may involve cranberry sauce, dressing, pumpkin pie, layered cakes, baked ham, frie…

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Henagar Nutrition Smoothie & Juice Bar opened their door for business Oct. 7, 2020. The new business is located at 17073 Hwy. 75 N, in the shopping center across the street from Limon’s Restaurant.

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This time of year we choose to carve out time to gather around a table surrounded by family or close friends and enjoy a meal together. We share our favorite stories, reminisce over food, and find solace in the familiar. We choose to celebrate the season with loved ones, and we view our tabl…

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John Seals is a husband, father, coach and a DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy. Seals is the new School Resource Officer at Sylvania High School. He has been in law enforcement for 16 years and has also served six years in the military.

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Recently I heard a story about my great-grandfather I never knew before, although I am nearly 60 years of age. I knew part of my heritage was German, but never knew exactly how my mother’s paternal side of the family came to America.

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Sleep is at the top of the list as to what can make a person’s life better or worse. Lack of sleep can affect our health and well-being very quickly. Our “sleeping” brain wears a disguise, the sleeping brain continues to register and process sound. This is where the remedy of white noise com…

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As a child, I especially loved getting homemade treats at Halloween. Stopping by friends’ and family members’ homes to trick-or-treat was the highlaight of the season, and we always knew which houses gave out the “best” candy. Dumping out the plastic jack-o-lantern later that night to see wh…

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Lisa Fuller has found the secret to keeping her sanity during this time of pandemic. She is doing home projects during those times when she would have been out of the house socializing. Their home, like so many of ours, was always full of family and friends over to watch a game or eat a meal…

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For three years Magnolia Rose & Company, a unique home décor store, was located in Mentone at the corner of Highway 117 and Co. Rd. 89. Like many businesses, the pandemic brought about big changes and the business closed for a time. The store has reopened at a new location.

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During this time of pandemic, experts are saying one way to stay sane is to be productive in some manner. When possible, stick to the hobbies you already had. This is what Page Etherton has been doing. She has an array of handcrafted projects which include making beard oil, soaps, sugar scru…

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Interior home design wears a disguise that basically boils down to the fact that every motif is a trend. Trends are here one minute and gone the next. Next year will be no different on bringing in new décor ideas and allowing a few favs to hold on a bit longer. Here’s what 2021 is trending.

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Nanny-cams became popular when families began wondering if babysitters and caregivers were abusing their children or parents. While this invention of disguising a camera served a noble cause, sadly hidden cameras are also being used to spy on the privacy of those who rent hotel rooms, Airbnb…

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Families love to gather around old photo albums and reminisce about yesteryear. Laughter is commonly a part of the trip down memory lane as the latest generations look at the way the previous generations wore their hair and clothing.

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Although it's not a typical football year, everyone is still excited about their favorite team playing, whether it's on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. In the South, football season is a backdrop for fun, festive food. While cheering on that favorite team, your family and friends may prefer to h…

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Visitors to Mentone will find a new place to eat next door to the Mentone Inn Bed and Breakfast. Fontana Stinson has opened up a food truck business that offers homemade foods on the gourmet level. Offerings include specialty pizzas, gourmet sandwiches and burgers, and salads with a wide var…

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My family is excited. My niece and her husband are expecting their first baby, and my parents will become great-grandparents for the first time. Babies bring so much joy, and the events leading up to baby’s arrival are sweet and special to the new parents. My sister-in-law asked me for some …

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For many people, using a poisonous pesticide is not an option. Some people are allergic to them and others have asthmatic or other breathing problems when they use them. There are alternatives that will help keep pests such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, moths, and houseflies from wan…

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The traditional pound cake is dense yet moist and buttery, and it can be a difficult dessert to perfect. What makes it so elusive? It is simple in ingredients and preparation, but achieving the perfect consistency and flavor can be tricky. Some bakers only use cake flour in order to create a…

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Rita LeMoine’s life changed drastically at the end of 2019, when she found herself needing to find new employment and had no idea which direction she wanted to go in. She ended up doing something that she never dreamed she would travel and says she credits God for putting her on this path.

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In 1987, Terry and Sue Goggans opened up Goggans Insurance in Rainsville. The insurance agency has grown to seven branches which includes Fort Payne North and South, Scottsboro, Centre, Boaz and Jasper, Tennessee. The seven locations are networked together with 17 licensed agents and 25 empl…

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It is a little difficult to trace the history of the kitchen backsplash. It seems it came on the scene shortly after indoor running water became widespread around the 1930s.

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Linda Blythe is a local artist who displays her talents at Boom Town Makers Market. She makes handmade jewelry from various items including polymer clay. Although she has made various types of jewelry for nearly 20 years, she started this new venture about five years ago.