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Will Lau, 7, of Fort Payne, is pictured with Times-Journal Circulation Manager Nita Stevens and Advertising Director Linda Stiefel. Will is a student in Becky Graham’s second-grade class at Wills Valley Elementary School. He was the winner of The Times-Journal Christmas coloring contest. Wil…

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On Tuesday, Fort Payne made history with the dedication of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s first electric vehicle charging station at Fifth Street North and Gault Avenue as the initial first step toward creating a Fast Charging network the agency plans to roll out widely across the region. …

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During the Jan. 4, 2022 meeting, Rotarian Wayne Woods (right) hosted fellow Rotarian and World War II historian and collector Don Wood. Mr. Wood has been collecting relics and memorabilia from WW II since he was seven, and over his lifetime has achieved an impressive personal collection of u…

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Suzanne Thomas with the Alabama Department of Human Resources was the speaker at the Kiwanis meeting on January 19, 2022.  Pictured left to right are Kiwanian Tamara Neeley and Ms. Thomas. The Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday morning at Cattle Stampede.

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Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce welcomed new chamber member El Jardin with a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning. El Jardin Restaurant & Cafe is located at 801 Gault Avenue North in Fort Payne. Above, owner Angelina Juan Mateo cuts the ribbon.

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Following a brief executive session at the end of Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Fort Payne City Council approved the setting of a Feb. 15 public hearing to accept comments on the City entering into a memorandum of understanding with Marathon Realty Group, Inc. The commercial real estate com…

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The Fort Payne City Council voted Tuesday to halt any new action on developing the 63rd Street project until it can review an alternate proposal that could potentially save millions of dollars.

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Cast members Charles Mauney, Jr., Adam Blevins, Amanda Taylor and Bryson Taylor are working hard to prepare for the DeKalb County Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual Eddie McPherson Memorial Dinner Theatre, scheduled for Feb. 10-12, 14 and 17-19 at Fort Payne First United Methodist Church’s …

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Raising awareness of human trafficking by wearing blue T-shirts on Jan. 6 beneath the marquee of the DeKalb Theatre were Robin Black, Angel McInnes, Mamie Miller, Family Services of North Alabama Victim Services Coordinator Bonnie Walters and Carol Miller.

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Roadside 'Que restaurant, located at 607 Gault Ave N, Fort Payne, recently donated 70 meals to the Bread of Life food ministry. While Bread of Life currently provides meals three days a week, they have now opened up a warming station during extreme winter nights, a food pantry, a clothes clo…

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The Fort Payne City Schools have switched back to virtual learning for Friday, Jan. 14, and Monday, Jan. 17, according to Superintendent Brian Jett. He attributed the move to “staffing shortages, COVID positives and quarantines within our school populations.”

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Fort Payne Improvement Authority General Manager Mike Shirey has joined the Board of Trustees of the Thrive Regional Partnership, a nonprofit organization that addresses development needs across a 16-county area and encourages responsible growth.

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Residents Marc and Delayna Fobbus were recently spotted by passersby cleaning up litter along Beason Gap in Fort Payne.

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Last week, Fort Payne police officers and dispatchers were surprised by a group of mothers, spouses, significant others and various family members who came to gift the staff with buckets and bags filled with items from local businesses, including food coupons, tools, gift cards, socks, cups …

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The qualifying period for all elected candidates for the DeKalb County Republican Primary opens on Jan. 4, 2022 and will run through Jan. 28, 2022. All candidates that are interested in running for the upcoming terms will need to meet with Party Chairman David Gulledge to file the forms to b…

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DeKalb County businessman Chris Kuykendall recently announced that he will seek re-election for the office of Commissioner, District Three on the DeKalb County Commission. He was first elected to the position in 2010.

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UDC DeKalb County Chapter 1456 members gave Christmas gifts of lap blankets to the Veterans residing in Crowne Heath Care of Fort Payne. Veterans in four additional healthcare facilities in DeKalb County also received Christmas gifts of lap blankets. A total of 47 blankets were provided by C…

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The future has arrived as electric vehicle charging stations are installed at the intersection of Fifth Street North and Gault Avenue 10 months after first being discussed at a Fort Payne City Council meeting. A ceremonial ribbon cutting is planned for late January.

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DeKalb County observed National Wreaths Across America Day on Sunday, Dec. 19, with volunteers placing wreaths at the flagpoles in Patriots Memorial Park and on veterans’ graves in Glenwood Cemetery. The efforts were coordinated by the Hannah White Arnett Chapter National Society Daughters o…

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Dec. 20 for San Jose Mexican Restaurant in Fort Payne to celebrate staffing and management changes. The restaurant is located 904 Gault Ave N Fort Payne, AL 35967. 

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On Dec. 16, the Fort Payne Fire Department received its newest fire truck and immediately put it into service at Station Two. The custom-built truck replaces a 22-year-old unit that will go on reserve. Fire Chief Ron Saferite said it features better air-rise suspension, improved pumps, brigh…

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Fort Payne will spend much of the next 14 months drafting a comprehensive master plan to better identify and pursue the wants and needs of the community following a decision Tuesday to work with the Birmingham firm of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood.

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Fort Payne Fire and Rescue will have a new leader in the new year as the city council promoted Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal Stacy Smith to the big seat.

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On Dec. 9, Crowne Healthcare of Fort Payne hosted the presentation of the Alabama State Nursing Association’s highest honor, the Nurse Legion of Honor Medal, to the family of nurse Judy Ann Locklear Stephens, LPN, presented by Nurse Dawn Thomas, RN. This medal represents the highest measure …

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Members of the Fort Payne Rotary Club hosted their annual ARC Employee Christmas Party in the DeKalb Theater Tuesday, Dec. 15. Over 70 members of the ARC received presents during a surprise visit from the real Santa Claus. Cattle Stampede prepared delicious turkey, ham, and all the fixings, …

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At this week’s Annual Fort Payne Lions Club Christmas Party, Multi-District 34 Council Chair Pete Crews was the guest speaker. During the party Council Chair Crews inducted three new Lions into the club. Pictured are Council Chair Pete Crews, new Lion Ethan Kilgo, Club President Alan Kilgo, …

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U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt (AL-04) released a statement announcing Orlando Rodriguez-Valdez, a 10th grade student at Fort Payne High School, as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge for Alabama’s Fourth District.

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A month-long food drive concluded on Thursday at Little Ridge Intermediate School, where 410 boxes of cereal donated by students were set up like dominoes and retiring educator Beverly Sutton was given the honor of starting the chain reaction as the kids watched in the gym. According to Prin…

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A Fort Payne company is trailblazing into the final frontier by creating products that could make space travel safer, less expensive and more practical. Here on Earth, they’re also developing innovative solutions to help private companies and public agencies operate more efficiently.

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Main Street Alabama learned recently from the Department of Revenue that there’s still a chance that the “Shop Small Support Local” could go into production by extending the pre-commitment deadline to January 31, 2022.

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The DeKalb County Commission on Tuesday heard an update from DeKalb County Road Department Superintendent Tom Broyles.

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The DeKalb County Board of Education and Fort Payne City Schools are promoting the Child Find program, an effort to locate, identify and evaluate individuals who have disabilities and may benefit from special education services.

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The Fort Payne Lions Club took a load of toys and donated them to Toys for Tots last Friday. These toys will make a local children very happy this Christmas. Pictured are Lions Ethan Kilgo, Doug Walker, Sarah Buffy, Cynthia Hancock and Club President Alan Kilgo.

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Alabama DAR’s Hannah White Arnett Chapter representative Ann Gilbreath recently placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. Gilbreath said she was honored to take part in the event.

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Fort Payne City Council President Walter Watson said his desire to hold off on a vote on a proposed ordinance to expand the boundaries of the “historic district” isn’t about containing the number of downtown businesses selling alcoholic beverages, but about keeping promises made to churches …

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Logan LeGrande of the Marked for Life Ministry’s Hope Center was the speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting on December 8, 2021. Pictured left to right are LeGrande and Kiwanian Christian Payne. The Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday morning at Cattle Stampede.

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There is never a doubt how much Fort Payne supports and honors our Veterans and First Responders! Whether it’s welcoming them into the city through employment or retirement, to honoring them during special events, our city recognizes their selfless service. As we all know; however, it takes …

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During the Dec. 7, 2021 meeting, Fort Payne Rotary Club President David Allgood hosted Bob Moore, who has served as the Interim CEO of DeKalb Regional Medical Center since Aug. 30, 2021. Moore brings over 40 years of experience in providing executive leadership at small to large acute and te…