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DeKalb County Schools, under the leadership of Dr. Jason Barnett, understands the importance of parent and community involvement when it comes to students being successful in the classroom. The question was, “How do we engage our parents?”

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Current and future members of the Fort Payne City Council met last week in a work session to discuss ways to improve public involvement.

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At an informational work session last week, the Fort Payne City Council discussed a wide range of projects and needs, from making improvements to the city sewer system to the progress in developing new recreational facilities.

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Plans are underway to renovate a historic downtown Fort Payne building to create a pair of luxury apartments at the corner of Gault Avenue North and First Street.

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The Rainsville City Council during Monday night’s work session heard from engineer James Payton of Ladd Engineering regarding a consent order from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) for the city of Rainsville.

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The Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet eligibility guidelines. Free services include a pelvic exam, pap smear, clinical breast exam, mammogram, and diagnostic services such as an ultrasou…

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Isbell Medical Group staff gathered on Thursday, Oct. 1, to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with ‘Rock it PINK in Honor of Melanie’.  The employees of the clinic not only honored Melanie Horton, their very own Breast Cancer Survivor, but also used the event to strengthen their resolve…

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Each year, the Fort Payne Fire Department wears breast cancer awareness shirts during the month of October. From left: Capt. Daryl Lester, Battalion Chief Aarron Beard, FF Dallas Blansit, Sgt. Shane Burt, FF Trent Cosper, FF Caleb White, FF Taylor Casey, Lt. Eric Middlebrooks, FF Drew Westbrook.

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Stacey Dover vividly recalls how her bout with breast cancer started with the discovery of a knot. Her worst fears were realized when a May 2018 biopsy at Clearview Cancer Care in Huntsville confirmed it was cancer.

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Dad died in 1992 and by 2000, mom (Marlean Butler) and I realized the time had come to move her from Florida to Alabama to be near me. She was about to turn 60 and having family close by in preparation for her “golden years” seemed appropriate. Little did either of us realize that in just fo…

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We remember your smile – your laughter – your love. We remember you like it was just yesterday. On September 17, 2016, at the age of 53, Donna Mae Hairston went home. My mother’s ten-year battle with breast cancer was over. Her pain was over, but ours continued. Losing a loved one to cancer …

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On March 6, 2014, Kandi Brown’s cancer trials began at the young age of 26. What started as a knot under her arm would later be a mass on her breast.

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Carrie Atchley began her battle with cancer on April 17, 2013, after being diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the age of 40.

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Dawn Osborne recently celebrated six years of being cancer free. The passage of time does little to fade the moment of anxiety that she experienced when, in 2014, she performed a self-examination of her body and felt nodules formed beneath the skin.

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The Fort Payne City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire former Times-Journal Publisher Tricia Clinton-Dunne to fill the city treasurer position. Clinton-Dunne resigned her position at the newspaper upon receiving the appointment, according to Times-Journal Owner Patrick Graham.

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The Fort Payne City Council voted against authorizing a permit for Southern Torch to close Gault Avenue between Third Street North and Fifth Street North for a Halloween Block Party. The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel its annual block party at that location due to concerns …

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The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) are partnering to investigate a positive SARS-CoV-2 case in a deceased cat in Opelika, Ala. COVID-19 is in humans caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV…

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A Fort Payne native has a front row seat to the drama in Washington D.C. as Senate Republicans push to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Incumbent U.S. Senator Doug Jones held a drive-in rally Thursday evening in the parking lot of the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center in Rainsville. With new cases of COVID-19 increasing, supporters remained in their cars, honking horns as the candidate spoke from a trailer bed.

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From Dr. William Gibson’s ridgetop home on 13th Street NW in Fort Payne, the old DeKalb General Hospital can be seen below as it sits in a sad state, dilapidated and literally crumbling. He hopes to see it demolished and feels little sentimental attachment to it despite it being his workplac…

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Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser is reflecting on his tenure as his term draws to a close and a new generation of city leaders prepare to take the city forward.

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The Alabama Department of Transportation advises motorists that contractor Wiregrass Construction will begin outside shoulder leveling on Interstate 59 southbound from Alabama 35 in Fort Payne to north of the U.S. 11 overpass on Tuesday, Oct. 13, weather permitting.

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A total of 506 students enrolled during the 2020 summer term at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean's List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President's List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A's).

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The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Centers For Addiction this week by holding a ribbon cutting. Centers for Addiction is a wellness practice that focuses on clients who suffer from a substance use disorder. Such as; opiates, alcohol, methamphetamine, and other addic…

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Halloween is three weeks away. Municipalities and confectioners across the state are bracing themselves for more subdued festivities this year.

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After having our all time best year in 2019 for tourism in DeKalb County, with an increase in lodging occupancy and tourists expenditures by 11.3 percent, 2020 has been a whole different story…but not all bad!

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DeKalb County Superintendent Jason Barnett and DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden issued a joint statement Friday reassuring parents about the investigation of a former Sylvania teacher and coach who was arrested Oct. 5 on allegations of improper conduct.

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Lori Wheeler, coordinator of the DeKalb County Extension Office, has started a new series on Facebook answering some of Extension’s most common calls and questions. The new video series called “Lessons with Lori” can be viewed on the DeKalb County Extension Office page on Facebook. Simply go…

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Mornings can be a busy time for many people. Whether it’s preparing for work, getting kids ready for school or merely trying to jump-start the day, breakfast is an important tool to get things going on the right foot.

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With family, friends and UDC members present during the Chapter meeting in September 2020, Mr. Lawrence Wayne Killian of Lebanon, Alabama, was awarded the Meritorious Service Award Medal by the United Daughters of the Confederacy DeKalb County Chapter 1456 of Fort Payne, Alabama, in apprecia…

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Public power utilities across the U.S. celebrate Public Power Week the first full week of October every year to help customers and stakeholders understand how they can better engage with their community-owned utility and benefit from all its offerings. This year, the commemoration is Oct. 4-10.

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District Attorney Mike O’Dell announces that as of Oct. 1, 2020 Summer McWhorter is promoted to Deputy District Attorney. Summer joined the office in 2018 as an Assistant District Attorney after being in private practice for eight years. Summer will cover circuit criminal dockets, help with …

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Randy Bynum, 55, DeKalb County’s first-ever school resource officer and first African-American police chief, is retiring after 25 years with the Fort Payne Police Department.