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Cat Findley is “hanging up her shingle” as Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Valley Head. Findley has 25 years of experience. She previously worked in the Birmingham area, but moved to Mentone last October. She feels there is a real need to return to this field of medicine as th…

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It’s back to school time for some of us. For others, it’s back to a regular work day or work week. Summer vacations are quickly coming to an end for some people. Whether packing lunches for the kids or adults in your home, finding recipes that only take minutes to prepare will definitely com…

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Animalhouse Crafts is a pottery-making business owned by Jessica Haigh. She is now teaching pottery classes at Boom Town Makers Market located at 324 Gault Ave. N. in Fort Payne. “There is a workshop/studio in use now at BTMM. We still have some tweaking to do to the studio, but it is functi…

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Kayleigh Smith is the director of Theatre at Northeast Alabama Community College, she has held the position for two years. Smith is a graduate of Plainview High School, NACC, Jacksonville State University and Regent University. Her goals and insight led her to taking the college courses need…

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This summertime, Italian-inspired menu is light and simple to prepare. Using dried herbs and frozen broccoli will save time in the kitchen, and slow cooking the chicken in broth will be a breeze. You will need two pots of water; one for boiling the tortellini and a second pot for the orzo. O…

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BAMA BOYS BBQ is located in Henagar at 8940 AL Highway 40, near the Henagar crossroads. Owners Charlie Trotman and wife, Shelley, started the business small using only a concession stand food trailer and let word of mouth and hard work lead their business to a full-sized, full-service restaurant.

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The flavor of brown sugar is silky and sweet. With a perfect hint of caramel, brown sugar enhances the flavor and texture of cookies and breads. The rich flavor of brown sugar, whether it is the light or dark brown variety, comes from the amount of molasses found in the sugar. The molasses s…

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Lee Richards is a resident of Valley Head, in 2010 he became a carver. He carves wood with a chain saw and a variety of other tools to create, as realistic as possible, a statue of an animal. Within three months of learning to carve he entered his first competition and won a first-place ribb…

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Jerry Shipman received a liver transplant in 2013. What brought on his need for a transplant may have been one or several circumstances that occurred in his life. One year before doctors discovered he needed a transplant he was bitten by a copperhead snake and some doctors speculated that th…

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Cooked and chopped meat serves as the main component in these recipes, so by the time you roll out the dough, the hardest part is already done. When a recipe calls for cooked chicken, I often use my crock pot to bake the chicken breasts. A bit of olive oil on the bottom and sides of the croc…

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Plans are in place for a new downtown business to open on August 7. Alice Pettyjohn is the proprietor and is bringing to Fort Payne a fresh idea unlike anything the area has to offer. The store offers three different avenues of commerce. One section is an event space for large parties, a sec…

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Phyllis Shipman has a passion for sewing. She enjoys making quilts, dinner placemats, table runners, decorative wall hangings and more. She belongs to a sewing club called the Sew Krazy Klub, she also serves as the secretary for the club. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at th…

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Summer is heating up, and fresh produce, flame-kissed meat, and a creamy, cool dessert are on the menu. Before the season is over, slice up a fresh melon, visit a farmer’s market, or cook some green beans with new potatoes. We purchased a perfectly ripened watermelon recently and, although i…

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Cotton State Boutique, LLC has moved. The store originally opened this time last year and is now located at 103 Gault Ave. North in downtown Fort Payne (between The Spot Coffee Shop and The Valley Nutrition). The business offers women’s and children’s boutique clothing plus accessories and gifts.

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Penny Benton is the McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison for DeKalb County schools. The McKinney-Vento Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a simi…

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The summer season is ripe with produce. The markets are overflowing with beans, blackberries, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, peaches, lettuce, and onions. Gardens are flourishing and the world around us has exploded in colorful hues. The summer fruits and vegetables are so pretty and taste equ…

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Noah Watters is the proprietor of Seabolt’s located at 5172 AL-117 in Mentone. The business features street tacos and other Mexican dishes. His food truck is situated on the property of the family-owned Moon Lake Trading Company. Moon Lake Trading Company has been in business for ten years, …

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More and more people are traveling right now. Getting out of the house and out into the wide world, whether to a state or national park or for a weekend stay at a relative’s home, people are excited to be out and about right now. For these day trips, excursions, and visits, fix a few snacks …

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This summer, Regan McClung went to space camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. What makes this so interesting is she is not a student; she is a school teacher. Generally, 160 instructors are invited, but due to COVID-19, 85 educators were accepted and divided into four te…

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Charlene Lemaster is quickly becoming known as the “fudge lady.” Her newly found nickname and profession were a result of the effects of the pandemic. Lemaster was working online for a textile company based in North Carolina, in February 2021 the division she managed was shutdown permanently.

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Madison Long is employed at DeKalb Animal Hospital and assists veterinarians Dr. McNew, Jones, and Galbraith. She is not currently a licensed, certified Veterinarian Technician, but is working toward that goal, her current position is Veterinarian Assistant.

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Wave an American flag, watch some fireworks, play some backyard games, and host a picnic this holiday. Find time to reflect on freedom and get caught up in the spirit of American independence, a joyous occasion to celebrate our many liberties and all of the blessings that life has to offer u…

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Richard Green is the owner of J-BIRD’S BBQ, a food truck and catering business. Pre-COVID, Green ‘s barbeque business was in the Ol’ Tymers BBQ and Blues building located at 2207 Gault Ave N Fort Payne, (located near the North-Y). Currently his food truck can be found most Fridays and Saturd…

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In January of 2005, a group of quilters gathered at the home of Shirley Bailey and decided to start a quilting club. The group dubbed their club DeKalb Quilters. The first meeting saw 22 in attendance and through word of mouth the ranks grew into the 40s over the years.

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The local markets are bustling with activity this time of year. Your mouth will water over the large assortment of fresh vegetables and fruits to choose from. Pick some fresh vegetables and fruits and make some simple dishes. No casseroles on this menu, and you won’t need a deep fryer for th…

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Fort Payne Footworks & Outdoors has been featuring a new line of clothing since March 2020. The brand, Little River Clothing & Hat Company (LRCC), is designed to advertise what this area of Alabama has to offer. The line of apparel has now expanded to 13 stores across the state of Al…

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A new business is coming to downtown Fort Payne. Red Boat Farm plans to open a Meal & Market on First Street by the end of summer. The new business will be in what was once the Blue Moon Café at 111 First Street West. David and Stacey Perea were the owners of the Blue Moon Café and still…

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I am so excited! I have a new gas grill! My sweet husband bought it for me. A few years ago, he bought a wood pellet grill that he uses for smoking turkey breasts and whole hams during the holidays. When the weather is nice, we usually turn to our charcoal grill for optimal flavor and donene…

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Bargains 4 U is a thrift store located in Rainsville. “Thrifty never looked so good” is their motto. They were the recipients of the 2021 Best of DeKalb Award for consignment shops.

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It’s picnic season and time for slow roasted barbecue and hamburgers and hotdogs fresh off the grill. Pork is a versatile meat and rich in B vitamins, zinc, and selenium. In order to keep the meat tender and moist, use a fruit juice, broth, or other type of sauce to marinate the pork. As the…

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Haley Ferguson is a crafter, and she has her own “She Shed” where she makes multiple types of gifts for her family and friends. She says she loves crafting and she likes the monetary savings that result from making something yourself.

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Having a good, dependable, trustworthy groomer is a priority to many pet owners. The concept is not a new one, the first officially recorded pet grooming dates back to the era of King Louis XV in 17th century France.

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If you are looking for something new to try for breakfast, look no further! Getting tired of the same old cereal or oatmeal in your bowl? Want something to give you energy for the day ahead? Try some protein-packed breakfast foods, such as low-carb eggs or peanut butter and oat balls. I abso…

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Pigs such as Miss Piggy, Wilbur in “Charlotte’s Web,” Porky Pig and Piglet have all endeared the creature to millions. In the mid-80s, the potbelly pig rage had many people purchasing pigs as pets and now there’s a new pig in town.

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The DeKalb County Saddle Club hosts a horseshow nearly every Saturday from April through September; however, you won’t find them on social-media, on a website, or even by using a search engine. This family-friendly, outdoor event showcases competitors of all ages and their equestrian counterparts.

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Roy Jones raises produce on the land his family has owned since the early 1800s. The Ellis family arrived from Wales in the 1700s. They traveled south along the Appalachian Mountains, some of them settling along the way, until James Ellis and his wife arrived at the base of Sand Mountain bet…

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Experimenting with my latest kitchen appliance has been fun. The air fryer allows you to bake, reheat, fry, and dehydrate. Less oil is required, so air-frying is considered healthier than deep-frying. However, you will still need to lightly spray many of your foods with oil to keep them from…

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DeKalb County Career Tech Supervisor Jonathan Phillips was recently elected by his fellow career tech administrators to serve as Region 1 East Vice-President for the Alabama Association of Career Technical Administrators. Phillips also serves on the Alabama Assistant State Superintendent Adv…

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Brownies, cakes, casseroles, and so many other dishes rely on a standard 9x13 pan. A 9x13 pan is the perfect size for many of our favorite traditional recipes. This classic baking pan, whether made of glass, steel, or some other nonstick surface, is described by its size—either 9x13 or 13x9 …

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Granna’s Goodies is a bakery located in Rainsville. Warning their Facebook page causes hunger pains. From scrumptious desserts to delicious entrees the bakery offers a well-rounded menu. The business opened December of 2020 at 77 East Main Street, next to Black’s Tire.

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A brimming basket full of plump, ripe strawberries is sitting in my refrigerator. One thing for sure: there will be fruit salad on the menu every night this week. I may slice some strawberries to put on a tossed green salad, too, and add some pieces of fried chicken tenders, cheddar or feta …

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Heather Wooten has worked at Vintage 1889 Cafe for six years. She is, as they say, “the chief cook and bottle washer.” While she performs the tasks of managing, hiring, serving, cooking and doing whatever needs to be done to keep things moving smoothly, she is also recognized as a great mixologist.

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What once was pink is now blue, The Blue Charm Boutique (a lady’s apparel and accessories store) will open their doors at a new location Saturday, May 1. The reopening at the new location will feature amazing sales, prizes, ice cream and loads of fun.

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What makes a good sandwich? Is it the bread, the brand of mayonnaise used, a certain type of cheese, or the way the sandwich, once it’s made, is cut into pieces? Divided into equal halves, quartered into dainty bites, or left whole, some people want their sandwich plated a particular way, wh…

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Kelly Moses is the Marketing Coordinator for the DeKalb County Children’s Advocacy Center and Thrifty Outfitters, which are 501c3 non-profits. Moses also supervises Thrifty Outfitters. Thrifty Outfitters provides funding for both the DeKalb County CAC and The Gathering Place.

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Virginia Brendle is the owner of “Wild Blue,” located in Rainsville. The boy’s clothing store opened November 10, 2020. Many locals will remember Brendle from her time spent working in the DeKalb County Revenue Commissioners office from 2005-2012.

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A “meat and three” restaurant is a beloved Southern institution. Here in the South, we revere this dining concept as it evokes memories of buffet lines after church or on other special occasions, whether at a relative’s home or at a local dining establishment. The cafeteria style approach of…

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Timmy and Carolyn Burt live in Fort Payne and recently decided to take up camping, although both are over 50 years of age. They did not want to begin their new hobby by starting out tent camping, so they jumped in with both feet and purchased a travel trailer. “I want to ‘glamp,’” said Carol…

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Untamed Gallery has relocated and changed business names. The new location is 204 Gault Ave. N. in Fort Payne and the business is now “Blue River Home Accents and Candle Bar.” New products have been added along with a workshop space for teaching candle making.

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Christie Duncan and Amy Lincoln love their jobs working as Pre-K teachers. They both feel they make a difference early-on in childrens’ lives and help them to develop not just intellectual skills, but also social ones.