After eight years of effort, old hospital demolished

Seventy years after it was constructed, the old DeKalb General Hospital at the 1300 block of Forest Avenue North crumbled. It was replaced by in 1986, then operated for another 17 years as The Fountains nursing home. Since 2013, the City of Fort Payne has sought to demolish it. Present for a long-awaited ceremony on Friday were, from left, Fort Payne City Council President Pro Tem Lynn Brewer, Council President Walter Watson, Council member John Smith, former Mayor Larry Chesser, current Mayor Brian Baine, Public Works Supervisor Ronnie Hairel, Council member Johnny Eberhart, and Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) Economic Development Director Sara James. 

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