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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.

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A fundraiser for the Tara McElrath Memorial Scholarship will coincide with the Wills Town Rats’ Bike Night Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Rotary Pavilion in Fort Payne from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Club President David Allgood (right) hosted Rotary 6860 District Governor Harold Lewis (left), his wife Tricia (second from left), as well as Assistant Governor Thereasa Hulgan (second from right) during the Club’s 24 August meeting. Mr. Lewis relayed his vision for his year as District Gove…

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Rotarian Patrick Trammell (right) hosted Dr. Robert Boatwright, M.D. (center), now on team at DeKalb Orthopedics and Sports Medicine during Rotary’s 17 August meeting. Having practiced medicine for the past 12 years, Dr. Boatwright is a graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine and a …

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On Sept. 11, 2001, the lives of all Americans were changed forever as thousands watched multiple terrorist attacks occur on live television. America is set to honor the heroes of that day, and the days following, this month on the 20th anniversary of the four coordinated terrorist attacks ca…

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There was great weather for Friday's annual Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament at Terrapin Hills Country Club. Fort Payne Mayor Brian Baine made brief comments before the golfers set out. According to Fort Payne Chamber Executive Director Jennifer McCurdy, 21 teams participated this year in the eve…

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The city council moved a lot closer last week to finalizing the process of connecting homes in at least three subdivisions in north Fort Payne to municipal sewer service lines extended in that direction.

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Fellow Kiwanian, Lee Buffington of Thrive Outdoor, was the speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting on Aug. 18, 2021. Pictured left to right are Kiwanians Tommy Hicks and Lee Buffington. The Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday morning at Cattle Stampede.

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This year’s Boom Days Heritage Festival will take place on Sept. 17-18, with some new, and returning activities for both children and adults. On Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there is the Children’s Area with pony rides, a rock wall and a three-ball toss, a new activity for this year. On…

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During Main Street Alabama’s recent Awards of Excellence program, Mary Reed of Heritage Wiring was awarded the “Community Hero” award from MSA’s president and state coordinator, Mary Helmer Wirth, recognizing Reed for all her dedication and work on Fort Payne Main Street and in the community…

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Darlene Rotch, president of Fort Payne Main Street, and Interim Executive Director Connie Fuller, detailed various activities the organization has done and the impacts of COVID-19 on retailers based in the historic Downtown Fort Payne Business District. Their comments were made during the Au…

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At this week’s Fort Payne City Council meeting, members voted to purchase new pipes to alleviate flooding, addressed a reduction in the City’s fire safety rating and initiated a “fleet” program that is expected to make money while equipping city employees with new vehicles every year.

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At a recent Multi-District 34 State Leadership Conference, the Fort Payne Lions were honored with the William C. Chandler award (left). It is awarded to the mid-sized club with the greatest percentage of membership growth in the state. Pictured are Fort Payne Lions Club Secretary Doug Walker…

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Since winning second place State Champions, Mystery Machinery, one of the robotics teams from Fort Payne Middle School, has been busy. Their second place win at state was due in part to their innovation project, The Sore Be Gone, shoes that massage your feet as you walk. For the second year …

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The Fort Payne School Board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Brian Jett to require universal indoor masking by all students, staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. This was done in an emergency meeting on August 6 in reaction to the circ…

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A beautiful new deck has been constructed on the south side of the Blue Jug building, located at 519 Gault Avenue North, next to the Fort Payne Depot Museum. Fort Payne Main Street turned out to help the owners open the deck, where guests can sit and enjoy the store’s specialty alkaline anti…

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Downtown Fort Payne’s decorative street lamps have banners this week promoting today’s Pete the Cat events at the Coal and Iron building. The World’s Longest Yard Sale also continues this weekend. Include the hashtag #mydekalb so we can see your pictures from the fun. 

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On July 27, 2021, Rotarian Diana Goss hosted Logan LeGrande founder of Marked for Life Ministries.  Logan shared the background and origins of the initiative, expanding on his motivation for starting his ministry. The Hope Center programs are Clothed in Hope, Fed by Love, and Career procurem…

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Elizabeth Wheatley with the Children’s Advocacy Center of DeKalb County was the speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting on July 21. Pictured with Wheatley are members of the Club, with Kiwanian Tommy Hicks presenting Wheatley a $1,000 donation from the Club. The Club meets every Wednesday mornin…

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The Fort Payne High School Gigawatts FIRST Robotics Team held a robotics camp at the DeKalb County Public Library earlier this week, connecting with students in the community.