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John Dersham, president of DeKalb Tourism, gave the Fort Payne City Council an update on the state of the county’s leading industry, which has been significantly impacted statewide due the coronavirus. Actually, Fort Payne has benefitted from tourists’ desire to socially distance while enjoy…

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Sherry Cross (left) and daughter Jennipher Daniels, of Lakeland, Fla., admire the scenery and changing leaves at DeSoto State Park on their walk down the Talmadge Butler Boardwalk Trail Thursday afternoon.

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City Superintendent Jim Cunningham offered updates on several items at this week’s Fort Payne Board of Education meeting, including the future of the new school construction, new tennis courts and improvements to the track.

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The Fort Payne City Council received eight applications to serve on the board of directors of the Fort Payne Improvement Authority. Council president Brian Baine said incoming council members will participate in interviewing applicants and ultimately vote on who fills the vacancy sometime af…

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Tuesday’s Fort Payne City Council meeting took on a bittersweet feel as the group bid farewell to two of its members and the city’s mayor for the past eight years.

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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 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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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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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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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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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.

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At the Sept. 22 meeting, Club President David Allgood (left) hosted Optimist Club President and incoming Mayor of Fort Payne, Brian Baine.  Brian related his agenda and vision for making Fort Payne the best it can be, while identifying ongoing challenges and upcoming initiatives to take our …

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The Fort Payne Municipal Election held on Aug. 25 saw only one of the five seats secured. A runoff election is set for Oct. 6 to elect council members to the other four seats. The eight candidates that made it to the runoff are:

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Fort Payne’s efforts to be on the cutting edge of technology were in focus Monday as City School Superintendent Jim Cunningham met with two members of DeKalb County’s legislative delegation and officials with the Top of Alabama Regional Council on Governments (TARCOG) to review their success…

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The partnership between the Top of Alabama Regional Council on Governments (TARCOG), DeKalb County Commission and Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers & Valleys RC&D Council were praised on Monday as members of each entity and DeKalb County’s legislative delegations met.

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The DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair held its annual ribbon cutting Monday afternoon. Fair Chairman Charles Stephens and various officials, including Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser, DeKalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow, Fort Payne City Council members Johnny Eberhart and Lynn …

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At its Sept. 24 meeting, the Fort Payne Board of Education approved a number of personnel actions. These included approving the transfer of Kayla Magbie to systemwide mental health service coordinator, effective Oct. 1, through May 27, 2021.

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Fort Payne’s children, parents and teachers will have to wait a little longer to open their present as the city’s new school, Little Ridge Intermediate, will not open as planned this Christmas.

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On Monday, city officials and utility directors gathered roadside to watch as the Fort Payne Public Works Department repaved a patch of Alabama Highway 35 that had sunk after settling.

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The Food Bank of North Alabama in partnership with Feeding America will be distributing a variety of free food to families in need. 

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For the second time in less than a month, a large truck has crashed Monday at Joe’s Truck Stop, the infamous sharp turn at the base of Alabama Highway 35. This time, however, the truck driver swerved left against the turn and barreled into a yard, nearly smashing into the front of a house.

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Fort Payne Fire and Rescue will be collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association this Saturday, Sept. 26, co-hosting their annual motorcycle ride to benefit MDA. The Wills Town Rats plan to start at noon from the Rotary Pavilion on Fifth Street N. with kickstands up at 1:30 p.m. At…

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Fort Payne firefighters were deployed this week to help with relief efforts on the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Sally's eye made landfall around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, slamming Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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At its meeting Tuesday, the Fort Payne City Council discussed the slow pace of efforts to eliminate Joe’s Truck Stop. Mayor Larry Chesser said he received a lot of questions about the infamous concrete slab at the base of Lookout Mountain after yet another crash there on Sept. 2.

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he Fort Payne Main Street Farmer's Market got a treat Sept. 5 when Burwyn Brewer brought his 100-year-old grist mill to the Saturday morning market to grind and sell corn meal. Brewer's grandfather, Lesley Brewer, operated a grist mill on Grassy Mountain near Grant, according to an article i…

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DeKalb County first responders and citizens who support them gathered at the courthouse to once again honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Fort Payne Superintendent Jim Cunningham has been named as a finalist for the School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) 2021 Superintendent of the Year award. Cunningham joins eight other superintendents representing nine districts statewide. Nominations for the award were submitted from each …

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A plein air event will be hosted by the Little River Arts Council on September 11-13, when some of our area’s talented outdoor painters will bring their paint boxes and easels to Mountain Cove (Friday), Fort Payne (Saturday), and Mentone (Sunday). This event is being held in conjunction with…

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Club President David Allgood hosted Jennifer McCurdy, left, executive director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, and Taylor Richards, right, a Rising Leader of DeKalb member at the Sept. 1 meeting. McCurdy, also a board member for Leadership DeKalb County, provided an update on the prog…

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While meeting last week, the Fort Payne Board of Education approved a request to create, advertise and fill a new position for system-wide mental health service coordinator. This new staff member will serve as an advocate for students and work to identify and address mental, social and concr…