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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.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday at the new Family Dollar and Dollar Tree, located at the corner of Highway 75 and Highway 227 in Geraldine. Geraldine Mayor Chuck Ables and Store Manager Kelsey Dieffenbach welcomed customers. Pictured, from left to right, are Katie Mitchell, Sydne…

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On June 22, Rotarian John Mathieu hosted The Fort Payne Rotary Club’s Scholarship Recipient Taylor Camp during their Tuesday meeting. Taylor expressed her love of sports during high school, and how lessons learned on the softball field greatly influenced her overall success as a student athl…

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The Cornerstone Christian Academy Electro Eagles earned fifth place last week in the Junior Beta National Convention Robotics Showcase held in Orlando, Florida June 29-July 2. The team (left) consists of Chance Carroll, Trey Stewart, Lake Richards, Isaiah Adams and Malachi Tuten.

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MACON/ATLANTA, Ga. — Mercer University conferred bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to more than 2,200 students at five commencements held in May in Macon and Atlanta.

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BATON ROUGE, LA – Jessica Turner of Geraldine, Alabama, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Turner was initiated at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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On June 8, 2021, Rotarian Diana Goss hosted Mr. Jimmy Durham, Executive Director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority. Mr. Durham spoke about current economic development, including the recent Kudzu Millworks Ribbon Cutting on 21 May and the Heil Environmental expansion announ…

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The Town of Valley Head held a Blood Assurance blood drive Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. at town hall. Thirty-three units of blood were donated in total. Local businesses provided prizes for chosen donors, including dinner for two, a Bruce’s Foodland gift card, tickets to Lake Winnie and a g…

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American Legion Auxiliary Fort Payne Unit 89 held a Poppy Drive from May – June to raise both awareness and funds for veterans and veteran families in need. The Auxiliary is bringing back the time-honored tradition of sharing the Poppy Story, poppies and collecting funds to make a difference.