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On July 21, 2021, Rotarian Ron Merrell (right) hosted Mr. Paul Howell who spoke about the Alabama Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Program. The program offers a great opportunity for those in our local area who may be interested in learning more about gardening.  If you want to be more i…

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On July 13, 2021, Rotarian Barry Morton (left) hosted Steven Stiefel, publisher of the Times-Journal. Stiefel’s background is in publishing and he was editor-in-chief of Savvy.com, placing the MavTV television network in a position to be acquired by the Lucas Oil Company. For years, he worke…

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Fort Payne author Jerry Ellis and his sister, actor Sandra Lafferty, made a public appearance at the Fort Payne Depot Museum on July 25. He read a dramatic passage from his Pulitzer-nominated book, “Walking the Trail, One Man’s Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears”, and briefly discusse…

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The Fort Payne City Council voted Tuesday after coming out of executive session to authorize the firm of Watson & Neeley to proceed with “all actions necessary to enable the City of Fort Payne to pursue the option of taking over the Terrapin Hills Sewer System,” according to City Treasur…

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Wearing face coverings will be “a personal preference” and completely optional at Fort Payne City Schools when students return to class on August 10, according to Superintendent Brian Jett.

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The Fort Payne Board of Education voted Thursday to promote Patrick Barnes to become the new principal at Fort Payne High School. He fills the vacancy created when Brian Jett succeeded the retiring superintendent of education Jim Cunningham.

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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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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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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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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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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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ALABAMA, named the greatest country rock band in the history of the genre, is poised to return to the road after nearly two years. The group's long-awaited “50th Anniversary Tour” — much of which was delayed due to Covid-19 — consists of nearly 30 arena and amphitheater live concerts and wil…

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The Fort Payne Senior Center, nutrition and activities area, housed in the DeKalb County Transportation and Council on Aging building held its grand reopening on Tuesday following a year-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Fort Payne City Council determined budget priorities at a Wednesday work session. They discussed where to come up with funds – or what projects to postpone – for the $30,618,690 in projects in their sights.

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A 23-year-old Rainsville woman drowned Saturday night as Big Wills Creek flooded during intense storms that killed 14 people across Alabama. Nearly 10-inches of rain were observed falling locally in a 24-hour period.

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Bryan and Claire Northcutt welcomed guests at The Cottage Suites at 4th & Grand in Fort Payne last week for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House. The Cottage Suites include four separate suites at the location. The Fort Payne Chamber, Fort Payne Main Street, Mayor Brian Baine and many other b…

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Fort Payne is among 18 Alabama communities that will see the installation of electric vehicle charging stations near interstates and other major highways following the awarding of $4.1 million in grants to fund up to 80% of the cost. Many of the planned charging stations are along the Inters…

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At the June 15 regular meeting, the Fort Payne City Council discussed a request to vacate an alleyway so businessman Chris Roberts can add a drive-thru window for a proposed restaurant he wants to bring to Fort Payne. The process would revert interest in a city-deeded property from the publi…

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The Fort Payne Board of Education faced a difficult task finding someone to fill Superintendent Jim Cunningham’s shoes, but the search did not take long or require them to search very far. In fact, his successor was right next door.

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Last Friday, local co-authors Gerald and Lamesa Bowman, along with family, friends and patrons, gathered for the unveiling of Simon the Weenie Dog sign at the corner of 1st Street North and Gault Avenue in downtown Fort Payne.

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Renfro Brands, the leading manufacturer and marketer of socks and a major employer in DeKalb County, has announced new ownership with a private, family-owned investment holding company founded in 1975, The Renco Group, Inc.

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“Boys in the Band, The Alabama Tribute” took their show on the road last week, performing at Tin Roof on Broadway Avenue in Nashville. Members include John Michael Weatherly as Randy Owen, Matty Croxton on bass as Teddy Gentry, Braxton Harris on drums and Marcus Mullins on lead guitar as Jef…

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DeKalb Regional Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Trammell, recently announced the hospital’s employee awards recipients recognizing their services during the previous year. The Employees of the Year awards recognized individuals in four categories: Clinical Manager, Nonclini…

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Shane Byrd, principal of Fort Payne Middle School, was the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting on June 9, 2021. Pictured left to right are Shane Byrd and Kiwanian Kyle Burt.

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Tickets are still available for "Southern Hospitality" directed by Amber McPherson, left, for the Eddie McPherson Memorial Dinner Theatre to raise funds for the DeKalb County Children's Advocacy Center led by Executive Director Elizabeth Wheatley. Above, the cast of actors in a scene from th…

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Encore Rehabilitation Inc. and DeKalb Regional Medical Center have partnered to sponsor a locally-based Parkinson’s Support Group beginning at 1 p.m. June 10 at the DeKalb County Transportation and Council on Aging in Fort Payne.

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The Jacksonville State University Canyon Center is pleased to announce Bluegrass on the Rim is back live and in-person. The eighth annual bluegrass show is set for Saturday, June 12 doors opening at 6 p.m. and music beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets will be limited in order to maintain social dist…

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Following nine weeks of intense training, 24 individuals graduated last week from the Fort Payne Regional Training Center of the Alabama Fire College. They include Jerid Ethan Reeves and Zachery Neal Ridgeway of the Fort Payne Fire Department. Pictured with them are Fort Payne Fire Chief Ron…

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The Fort Payne Main Street farmers market located on the corner of 5th and Gault Ave N. across from the Coal & Iron building enjoyed a big crowd last weekend as the group hosted a 'Touch a Truck' event on opening weekend. This hands-on experience gave children and families a way to exper…

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Amy Johnson, owner of Katherine’s Gallery (Gifts & Framing), got to celebrate with business leaders and neighbors downtown at her ribbon cutting with Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce recently. Johnson bought the downtown business in 2020, just in time for the holidays, and has made it her …

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The Fort Payne City Council held a brief meeting on Tuesday with a public hearing to receive public comments on a proposed re-zoning of property followed by a long work session touching on several frequent topics.