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This week, the Fort Payne City Council virtually interviewed several candidates to fill vacancies on the boards of directors of the Fort Payne Improvement Authority and the Fort Payne Water Board.

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Communities can learn about a hands-on, proven approach to revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts during one of three workshops this month. Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization and state coordinating program of Main Street America, will explain the different tie…

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The Fort Payne City Council met Wednesday in a two hour and 15-minute Zoom work session to resolve some lingering issues that led them to postpone passing a new budget at their regular meeting the previous day.

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The Fort Payne City Council met virtually on Tuesday, deciding to continue its budget discussion at a 4 p.m. Wednesday work session to be livestreamed by FPTV.

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Steven Isbell, M.D., a general surgeon at DeKalb Regional Medical Center, received the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

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Longtime pediatrician Dr. Charles Isbell has died. He will be remembered as a Christian man who dearly loved Fort Payne, his family, his church and worked tirelessly to make his community better. The first board-certified specialist to come to Fort Payne, he held both medical and pharmaceuti…

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Once the season of holiday cheer ends, a stark reality awaits the City of Fort Payne. Look for serious belt-tightening to cut expenses. At a Dec. 16 work session, the city council reviewed the budget and discussed a variety of strategies for dealing with nearly a million dollar shortfall.

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At the Annual Christmas Party of the Fort Payne Lions Club, the club presented two posthumous Melvin Jones Fellows Awards. The first Melvin Jones Fellow award was given to Ann Houston, in memory of her father Lion Raymond Groat who was a charter of the Fort Payne Lions Club founded in 1948. …

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Fort Payne Christmas parade goes on as planned, brings cheer to lined street

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New traffic signals were installed this week at the intersection of Fifth Street North and Gault Avenue in Fort Payne. 

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Fort Payne saw another sold out show from Boys in the Band: the Alabama Tribute last weekend.

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The Fort Payne City Council reluctantly voted to proceed with a project by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to replace street signage, pave and widening roadways inside the perimeter of DeSoto State Park.

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The search for Fort Payne’s next police chief is ongoing as the city works toward improving relations with local law enforcement and morale within the department.

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On Nov. 17, 2020, Rotarian Barry Morton (right) hosted Kevin Dunlap, chef and owner of Elevation Restaurant in Mentone, who discussed the challenges and rewards of establishing a restaurant in a small town utilizing local grown meats and produce.

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The arrival of December brings on a flurry of holiday activities, starting with multiple Christmas parades and other events in DeKalb County this weekend. New information has been announced about events, including an appearance by Pete the Cat from the popular children’s books created by For…

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The Fort Payne Jefferson’s on Glenn Boulevard SW is moving into a larger space next door. Owners hope to reopen later this week in the new location, which they say will help them to provide a better experience for diners.

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Fort Payne Main Street kicked off a new campaign called “The Small Town that Shines” with the ceremonial lighting of a chandelier tree last week.

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Fort Payne High School Principal Brian Jett has proposed a strategy to the Fort Payne Board of Education that would incentivize students taking the ACT more than once.

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The Fort Payne Improvement Authority in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority presented $20,000 to the Fort Payne City Schools this week for funding mental health and other COVID related issues and to support the Liberty Learning program.

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At the Nov. 10, 2020 meeting, Rotarian Barry Morton (right) hosted fellow Rotarian and State Senator Steve Livingston, who provided a comprehensive update on the past legislative session, and an outlook for the upcoming year.

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At the last meeting of the Fort Payne Lions Club, there were seven new members inducted into the club as new Lions. Pictured are front row:  Brian Jones, Lyn Black, Club President Sam Dobbs, Doug Walker, Phillip Smith and Lebron Carter.  On the back row:  Alan Kilgo, Tracy Jones, Sarah Buffy…

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Towns across DeKalb County are announcing their holiday community events. Many require groups to pre-register for Christmas parade or other observances. Here’s what we know about so far:

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Fort Payne Main Street (FPMS) is on the go again, continuing to raise awareness for the Fort Payne Main Street District's downtown merchants, businesses and restaurants. On Thursday, Nov. 19, the community is invited to join the FPMS Board of directors at 5 p.m. for the lighting of the much-…

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The timing of city council meetings became an issue in the recent Fort Payne municipal election, but the sessions may soon stream online so citizens can watch them live or view a recording at their convenience.

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The City of Fort Payne honored all veterans during Wednesday's Fort Payne Veterans Day program held at the Rotary Pavilion downtown.

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City workers with the Fort Payne Street Department prepare for new curbing at the intersection of Fifth Street North and Gault Avenue. The roadway is being widened so that large trucks entering onto Gault Avenue to travel north can more easily make the turn. In the past, trucks have occasion…

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Fort Payne Main Street unveiled promotional window wraps honoring the late Ida Goza as part of a Women in Business campaign as her family proudly observed. Two black and white images appear on storefront windows of the Quinn Building at 102 First Street, one showing the trailblazing female e…

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For more than three decades, the Western Sizzlin steakhouse delivered delicious meals to Fort Payne restaurants. Fans of that restaurant will likely enjoy the new Cattle Stampede that has opened in its former location. That’s because the new eatery has a strong connection to the former.

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Mayor Brian Baine and members of the Fort Payne City Council were officially sworn in Monday during an organization session at the city auditorium. Judge Andrew Hairston, himself a former Councilman, administered the oaths of office to Baine and Council members Lynn Brewer, Johnny Eberhart, …

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Landmarks of DeKalb is proceeding with its mission to “save our history for future generations” by increasingly turning to modern technology.

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U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, and State Sen. Steve Livingston toured the GameTime facility in Fort Payne this week. They asked questions of GameTime President Spencer Cheak and were joined by DeKalb County Economic Development Executive Director Jimmy Durham. Aderholt said he enjo…

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Fort Payne Main Street is starting a program to decorate downtown with uniform messaging on window wraps that honors “people who helped make our downtown the heart of the community – with a nod to Fort Payne’s historic sock industry and the connective threads that bind our community as one.”

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As one of his last official acts, Mayor Larry Chesser presented to John Cooper, Director of Alabama Department of Transportation, a proclamation declaring him an honorary citizen of Fort Payne, as well as a key to the city.

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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.