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On July 21, 2021, Rotarian Ron Merrell (right) hosted Mr. Paul Howell who spoke about the Alabama Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Program. The program offers a great opportunity for those in our local area who may be interested in learning more about gardening.  If you want to be more i…

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On July 13, 2021, Rotarian Barry Morton (left) hosted Steven Stiefel, publisher of the Times-Journal. Stiefel’s background is in publishing and he was editor-in-chief of Savvy.com, placing the MavTV television network in a position to be acquired by the Lucas Oil Company. For years, he worke…

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Congratulations to Wootten Farms of Ider as the 2020 state winners in the Alabama Soybean Yield Contest sponsored by the Alabama Soybean Producers. Their irrigated yield was 82.1 bushels per acre. Pictured, left to right, are Jared, Hayden and Jamey Wootten. The Wootens were recently present…

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Course registration is underway for the Fall 2021 Semester at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC). Now is the time to take advantage of flexible class schedules, online courses and degree programs, certificates and short-term certificates, and additional financial aid opportunities as…

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Fort Payne author Jerry Ellis and his sister, actor Sandra Lafferty, made a public appearance at the Fort Payne Depot Museum on July 25. He read a dramatic passage from his Pulitzer-nominated book, “Walking the Trail, One Man’s Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears”, and briefly discusse…

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Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau gathered data about the population of the United States as required by law. After months of compiling all of the collected data, the public is set to begin receiving the more detailed county, city and census tract level data in mid-August.

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The Fort Payne City Council voted Tuesday after coming out of executive session to authorize the firm of Watson & Neeley to proceed with “all actions necessary to enable the City of Fort Payne to pursue the option of taking over the Terrapin Hills Sewer System,” according to City Treasur…

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Wearing face coverings will be “a personal preference” and completely optional at Fort Payne City Schools when students return to class on August 10, according to Superintendent Brian Jett.

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The Rainsville City Council on Monday night approved maintenance to the city’s sewer lines from the north side of George Wallace Drive towards Alabama Highway 35.  

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The Fort Payne Board of Education voted Thursday to promote Patrick Barnes to become the new principal at Fort Payne High School. He fills the vacancy created when Brian Jett succeeded the retiring superintendent of education Jim Cunningham.

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Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of the United States, students with disabilities are provided access to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). However, in recent years staffing issues have arisen with public schools suffering a critical shortage of special e…

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Boom Days Heritage Festival is known for its headlining acts on the big stage, but a unique feature includes its tribute to local musicians.

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The Fort Payne City Council was expected to make budget adjustments for the police and fire departments at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The pay modifications were discussed last week at a Council work session attended by Fort Payne Police Chief David Davis and Fire Chief Ron Saferite. 

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Getting back into the swing of things, the DeKalb County Transportation and Council on Aging is hosting its annual “Senior Prom,” at the Wills Valley Recreation Center on July 22.

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One of DeKalb County’s most popular attractions is set to grow as DeSoto State Park adds more than 150 acres near DeSoto Falls. During a press conference on Thursday, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Commissioner Chris Blankenship announced the purchase of a 1…

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MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate is 3.3%, down from May’s rate of 3.4%, and well below June 2020’s rate of 7.7%. June’s rate represents 73,744 unemployed persons, compared to 75,398 in May and 171,721 in Jun…

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At a recent meeting of the Fort Payne Lions Club, Club President Sam Dobbs presented Barry Elliot, Executive Director Alabama Lions Sight a check for $4,100.00. This money will be used to support the programs of Alabama Lion Sight in Vision treatment and care. Pictured are Lions Barry Elliot…

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Harold Bouldin was the keynote speaker at the July meeting of the DeKalb Rifles Camp 1824, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Harold talked about a united effort of several SCV camps to clean up and repair a forgotten cemetery.

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After a year of record-high lumber prices, headlines across the country are reporting a 40 percent plunge in prices since May. However, what would seem to be a staggering statistic doesn’t tell the full story. The bottom line? Lumber prices are still immensely higher than before the pandemic.

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Valley Head Junior Beta Club showed up and showed out at the National Beta Convention held in Orlando, Florida June 29-July 2. Valley Head received six national placements. The elementary division had two national placements, with John Cooper Dupree taking sixth in woodworking and Elena Prit…

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onths bring many anticipated pastimes and outdoor activities, it's also prime season for unwelcome guests, like adult ticks carrying debilitating illnesses.

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The Little River Arts Council and the Mentone Educational Resources Foundation (MERF) are sponsoring a “Follow Your Art” event on Saturday, September 4 at the MERF House walking track in Mentone. LRAC is currently accepting applications for vendors and looks forward to featuring a mix of est…

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Fort Payne took a major step forward this week in eliminating one hazard from its past but the city council faces more challenges as aging infrastructure fails.

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Ashley Manning and the DeKalb County Association of Realtors recently donated pantry items and blankets to the DeKalb County Schools’ McKinney-Vento Homeless Education  Program. These essential items will help many families and students across the district. Pictured left to right are Ashley …

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of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Payne, recently won the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) Award of Excellence. Patel, pictured third from right, has spent 19 years working in the hospitality industry. 

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DeKalb County is among the 325 cities and counties throughout Alabama participating in Alabama’s 16th annual back-to-school sales tax holiday from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 16, until midnight, Sunday, July 18.