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Sunshine, hot dogs and cold drinks just about sums up a good Labor Day. As people gather with friends and family, make sure to also serve up some food safety alongside the cookout.

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People may often see the terms “shop local” or “buy small” used in several different advertisements, including on bumper stickers and in-store signs. These terms are also widely observed on Small Business Saturday, a shopping day held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Beyond the feel-good nat…

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Have you ever wanted to have a true voice in your community? A say so in some of the education and programming offered here? Here’s your chance! This time of year, the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES) asks citizens like you to help us by completing a survey that asks their opinio…

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Matthew Williamson has been a resident of Ider and for the last five years and is the director, MPH Hospitality & Culinary Center at Chattanooga State Community College. His role in cultivating a love for the art of cooking has him creating curriculum and advising students on career path…

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Deliciously sweet slices of banana on a peanut butter sandwich or mixed in a bowl with fresh berries and sliced melon, any way you choose to peel and eat it, the banana is simply a perfect food. No doubt that we Southerners love our banana pudding. Whether with thick meringue, custard, and v…

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After enjoying a hot cup of joe in the morning, what can be done with all of the used coffee grounds? Throwing them away just creates extra waste to dispose of later. Instead of aiming for the trashcan, shoot straight for the garden instead. There are several creative ways to reuse coffee gr…

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In anticipation of enjoying summer vegetables, gardeners often plant too early causing them to struggle. In Alabama the often-warmer temperatures in late winter and spring can fool gardeners into planting too soon.

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March is here! Everyone has been looking forward to “Springtime.” It’s time to do spring cleaning and start planting gardens. If you are looking for good sales on winter clothes, March is great month to catch end-of-season sales.

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With spring on the horizon, it is time to start preparing vegetable transplants. When growing vegetable transplants for the home garden, there are several considerations to be made from sowing seeds to proper care.

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Some of you may have seen our freshly constructed Fort Payne historic timeline on the side of the little gray building at the corner of Gault and 5th St.

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2020 was a very different and very challenging year for most of us. If you or your family was infected with Covid-19 or had job loss because of it, it made the year especially hard. I wish each of you many blessings and prayers for improvement this year.

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly—and pinecones, cotton bolls and magnolia seed pods. Backyard greenery can be combined to create beautiful holiday decorations. Trees, shrubs, plants and fruits are ready-made materials to build show-stopping indoor and outdoor decor.

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In this day of totally automatic cameras that take good looking pictures without working hard for them, this could also be the reason for a lot of bad photographs. Here is what I mean. Photography has always been about the finished image and not the medium to get the picture. Good quality im…

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Poinsettias reign supreme as the main flowers of the holiday season. Also known as the Christmas flower, these beautiful plants offer a variety of colors that compliment any holiday decorations. During Christmas, red and green poinsettias are the most common. However, there are a wide variet…

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Those who have chickens may find the laying hens in the back yard provide more eggs than a family can use before going bad. When the bounty is overflowing, preserve farm-fresh eggs by freezing.

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With the holiday season approaching, it is vital to consider ways to save money and not end up creating new debt. Developing some type of spending plan is essential to helping individuals manage their income. Be smart about your spending this holiday season. Below is a list of 10 things that…

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The ghoulish sights on the front steps this Halloween season should be a glowing Jack-O-Lantern creation, not a rotting pumpkin. Knowing how to best preserve both whole and carved pumpkins are essential to ensure they are fresh throughout the fall season.

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I love fall, the colors, the cooler air, the feeling of being rejuvenated as we move into a new season with Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Christmas season approaching.

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As leaves begin to darken and pumpkins decorate every doorstep, pecans are ripe and ready for harvest as fall settles in the Southeast. These nutritious nuts are members of the hickory family and grow on towering shade trees commonly found in yards, orchards and pastures throughout Alabama. …

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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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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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In this time of Covid19 we had serious concerns about the loss of visitors traveling on vacations. In March and April, tourism worldwide came to a near shutdown, as stay at home orders were in place all around the world. In many cases, tourism is still at a 10-year low if the destination rel…

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As most of you know our visitor center was flooded on Easter evening April 12th. Our building is owned by the county and managed by the DeKalb County Commission, as are the other county-owned buildings.

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I know this has been an unusual year for all of us as we go through the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of our personal lives are impacted directly or indirectly by the virus. We have had to change our day-to-day personal lives to adapt to the changes necessary to try and stem the contagion. Most of…

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Buck’s Pocket Sate Park office and campground officially re-opened this last Monday, June 15, with a ribbon cutting and guest speakers.

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As most of you may know the DeKalb Tourism office and information/visitor center was flooded on Easter evening. We lost nearly all content, including travel guides, computer systems and furniture.

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Editor's Note: Jesse Hendricks is a senior at Fort Payne High School. The following story is the fifth in a series that will feature seniors from around DeKalb County discussing their experiences during their not-so-typical senior years.

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While the economy of the nation fell into a recession in March, the nation’s tourism industry fell into a depression. During that month our state’s travel and hospitality industry suffered a 76 percent drop in expenditures. Adult groups, leisure travel and business travel came to a sudden ha…

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You have heard the old saying “It’s the little things that count”.

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Twenty-eight million tourists spent a record $16.8 billion while vacationing in Alabama in 2019, the Alabama Tourism Department reports, crediting the arrival of more than a million additional guests who spent a billion dollars more than tourists the previous year.

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On the night of April 12th 2020 our Visitor/information Center and our offices were flooded and nearly all content was destroyed, including furniture, computer systems, phone systems and prior printed documents, including a majority of our brochures and travel guides.

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In accordance with the office of the Governor and the state of Alabama Department of Travel and Tourism, we have suspended actively promoting travel statewide. We, in accordance with state law, support “Stay at Home” orders.

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DeKalb Tourism is following all Alabama state guidelines for COVID-19. Our visitor Center in Fort Payne is closed as are the state interstate welcome centers.

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Tourism is critical to the economy of Fort Payne and throughout DeKalb County. Tourism is and will be impacted over the next number of weeks as we diligently exercise every precaution to slow down the spread of Corona virus (COVID-19) and ultimately allow it to run its course.

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Prepare for battle. Handwashing is the first line of defense in avoiding illnesses. With the coronavirus (COVID-19), the respiratory disease first identified in China, making its way into national headlines, handwashing is now even more important.

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In the last several weeks the Coronavirus has been at the top of the news with stock markets and travel being negatively impacted.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has appeared in the South. It is important that people prepare to face the possibility of diagnoses in Alabama. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people have all of the necessary things in order in the event they have to be q…

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An African proverb says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The Alabama Cooperative Extension System strives to embody this proverb by continually forming partnerships, both internally and externally, to benefit Alabama residents, families and communities.

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Those of us who make our livings as Destination Marketers have schedules very different from our tourists. Here in our area, visitors on vacation come primarily in the spring through fall. Our top months for tourists are June, July, October and November and our lightest ones are January and …

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Welcome to Alabama—where the weather is always in a state of confusion. It may be warm during the day, but take advantage of the waning days of winter and cozy up at night with a warm bowl of soup. These soup recipes are sure to warm you from the inside out.

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Smoking, obesity, a poor diet; these are all traditional risk factors of heart disease. However, there is new trend steadily making its way through the population—vaping. In observance of American Heart Month, take time to learn about teen vaping and the heart health risks associated with it.

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A partnership between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) will allow county residents to complete 2020 census forms online in Extension offices.

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The flu claimed the lives of 910 people in the United States in 2019, according to the CDC. In addition to the flu-related deaths, there were an estimated 16,000 hospitalizations, 800,000 visits to physicians and 1.7 million confirmed flu cases during the 2019-2020 flu season. This time of y…

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In this day of totally automatic cameras that take good looking pictures without working hard for them, could also be the reason for a lot of bad photographs.

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For many, finding the perfect Christmas tree can make or break the holiday season. Luckily, people can easily find a perfect tree if they keep a few things in mind.

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Bird feeding is a hobby that over 62 million Americans enjoy. Alabama boasts a diverse gathering of bird species, making bird feeding an especially popular activity in the state.

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Good Saturday morning, my Fort Payne family, from Fort Payne Main Street. I hope everyone had a great, extended, long, hot summer. I, for one, am ready for cool weather and changing leaves and the beauty that it brings. We are so very blessed to be living in an area that the beauty is litera…