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The Fort Payne Kiwanis Club inducted its 2021-22 board of directors and officers at the Oct.6, 2021 meeting. Pictured left to right are board members Tommy Hicks, Chuck Chitwood, Logan McKenzie, and George Weatherly; and Christian Payne – President, Pat Dunne – President-Elect, Jeremy Taylor…

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City Superintendent Brian Jett said the school system's masking requirement is being ended as the number of COVID cases within the school population falls to an all-time low, but the decision will be reassessed if case numbers rise again.

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Local businessman Jerry Clifton gave Mayor Brian Baine and members of the Fort Payne City Council a tour of the renovations he’s making on the top floor of the Haralson Building. Clifton said he plans to create two luxury lofts, collectively encompassing 1,700-square feet, that will be avail…

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The Fort Payne economy is getting a boost from an expansion at Plasman, a plastic fabrication manufacturer. The Airport Road facility is one of four locations the Canadian company operates in the United States. DeKalb County Economic Development Director

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Little River Canyon Center is gearing up to welcome its 12th annual Canyon Fest, a celebration of art and nature, on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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To kick off National Digital Inclusion Week, the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce and Fort Payne - DeKalb County Entrepreneurial Center (E-Center) are offering affordable devices to qualified local residents. Through a grant opportunity with rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), …

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Work is underway to gut and demolish the old DeKalb General Hospital. The Fort Payne City Council approved a low bid of $559,265 at its Sept. 7 meeting for Ingle Demolition & Salvage of Birmingham to remove the structure located at the 1300 block of Forest Avenue North.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (and Halloween and Thanksgiving) thanks to the Fort Payne and Rainsville Chambers of Commerce. Both of these organizations recently announced special new plans that include:

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With the holiday season fast approaching, staff at DeKalb County Council on Aging has begun its work to provide members of the seven senior centers a gift this Christmas.

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The Fort Payne City Council took action on a big investment this week while discussing the need to show more financial restraint.

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Fort Payne High School communications instructor Steve Black, left, holds a microphone as former Fort Payne City Schools Superintendent Jim Cunningham addresses Wildcat Stadium attendees after being presented with the game ball following Fort Payne’s 28-0 win against rival Scottsboro last Fr…

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The City of Fort Payne faces legal action connected to the death of a Rainsville woman who drowned in a flooded creek on Father’s Day weekend. According to the preliminary agenda for Tuesday’s Fort Payne City Council meeting, the City forwarded the claim to its insurance carrier.

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Public Power Week 2021 takes place Oct. 3 to Oct. 9. Next week, cities across the United States will take time to recognize the hard work local power technicians do on a day to day basis. Public Power Week is designed to help customers and stakeholders understand how they can better engage w…

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During a work session this week, the Fort Payne City Council discussed plans for the proposed recreational complex and talked about a master plan for developing it over a period of years.

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The Fort Payne Board of Education approved a contract at its Sept. 23 meeting with Grubbs and Walker to serve as consulting manager for upcoming construction projects. The board also addressed several personnel matters.

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The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) is pleased to announce the launch of the new North Alabama Mural Trail. Featuring over 125 works of public art in the 16 northernmost counties in the state of Alabama, the North Alabama Mural Trail encourages residents and visitors alike …

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Fort Payne Mayor Brian Baine and VFW Post 3128 Commander Eric Dudash cut the opening ribbon for the 66th Annual VFW Fair. They were accompanied Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce members, along with DeKalb County Commission President Rickey Harcrow and District 3 Commissioner Chris Kuykendall. 

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Little Ridge Intermediate School opened for its first public event Sunday as the community commemorated the retirement of the superintendent responsible for its existence.

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Club President David Allgood hosted Miles Smith, owner of Cattle Stampede, during their Sept. 14 meeting. Smith shared his experiences in the restaurant business over the past 38 years, having started as a dishwasher for Western Sizzlin in 1983 and working his way up to owning his own busine…

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At a Sept. 22 work session, members of the Fort Payne City Council reviewed new technology to better enable regular citizens to let the City know about problems needing addressed. They also had a preliminary discussion about a nonprofit possibly taking over operating the DeKalb Theatre, whic…

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Halloween and Christmas festivities are just around the corner. Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer McCurdy told the Fort Payne City Council on Tuesday about new plans for these events.

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The Fort Payne Board of Education was greeted at its Sept. 23 meeting by a group of protesters with signs calling for an end the school system’s universal mask mandate, which could be ended or extended on Oct. 1.

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Manitou Cave of Fort Payne was dedicated Sept. 18 as a National Trail of Tears Historic Trail Certified Site and Interpretive Center in a ceremony attended by members of the Trail of Tears Association and guests visiting from across the nation.

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During the last meeting of the Fort Payne Lions Club, Hannah Leeper was the guest speaker. She gave attendees a remarkably interesting report on the Black Bear population that is in this area. Hannah recently completed her master’s degree from Auburn where she studied Wildlife Science. Pictu…

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Rotarian Diana Goss (left) hosted Carrie Lea (second from left), Executive Director of the Community Action Agency (CAA) of North Alabama as the Club’s program on Sept. 7. Carrie Lea relayed how the Community Action Agency improves self-sufficiency and quality of life for citizens of DeKalb …

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Fort Payne City Schools STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Robotics teams began their season by looking for ways to impact their world in a positive way. FIRST LEGO League Robotics challenged our 5th and 6th grade teams to research a solution for moving cargo. Heil Envi…

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DeKalb County first responders and citizens who support them gathered at the courthouse in Fort Payne Friday to once again honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terrorist attacks 20 years ago.

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Attorney Scott Lloyd was the speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting on August 25, 2021. Pictured left to right are Mr. Lloyd and Kiwanian Angie Morgan. The Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday morning at Cattle Stampede.

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Members of the Phillip Hamman Chapter Daughter of the American Revolution from Fort Payne recently attended “Meeting of the Districts” in Hoover, Alabama.  Left to Right:  Melissa Walton, Evelyn Newsome, ASDAR State Regent – Patrice R. Donnelly, Beth Koostra and Susan Dooley.

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A crowd assembled Friday morning on the steps of the DeKalb County Courthouse to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in America. A large portion of the group included local first responders and veterans, who stood at attention as Amazing Grace was played o…

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At its regular first Tuesday meeting, the Fort Payne City Council passed a new budget and awarded the job of demolishing the old DeKalb General hospital.

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Homelessness doesn’t always take the appearance of someone destitute living under a bridge. Logan LeGrande of Marked for Life Ministries in Fort Payne said many of the homeless can be found sleeping in their cars or moving from couch to couch.

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September is national suicide prevention month, and The SAM Foundation is launching the #ThereIsHope campaign as a means to raise awareness for early signs of suicide with loved ones. According to samfound.org, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages, and for the st…

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The Fort Payne Board of Education held its second budget hearing last Thursday and approved the Fiscal Year 2022 budget in its regularly scheduled meeting.

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In a Wednesday Zoom conference call, Fort Payne Superintendent Brian Jett said he plans to send a letter to parents this week announcing the masking requirement will be extended for four more weeks.

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Brant Smith recently completed his Eagle Scout project with help from Mentone Scout Troop 106, assembling antique items for a display in the Richard C. Hunt Reception Hall next to the Fort Payne Opera House. All of the artifacts reflect the preservation of the history of scouting in DeKalb County.

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During Tuesday’s meeting of the Fort Payne Lions Club, Jeff Nelson, executive director of Ponderosa Bible Camp, was the guest speaker. He was presented with a $1,000 check in support of their Foster Children Program. Pictured are Jeff Nelson and Club President Alan Kilgo.