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Jacksonville State University and the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce officially deepened their connection on Friday, signing paperwork to partner on a program that will give Chamber members a 20% discount on tuition when enrolling.

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Hone your survival tactics and imagine what your school or college campus might be like in a zombie apocalypse. Unigo.com will give one successful survivor $2,000 towards his or her college education. The Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship can be used by students from any discipline.

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District 24 State Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, was sworn in as Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives this week. He was elected by a unanimous vote of 102-0, with no other nominations and bipartisan support.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that businesses and residents affected by flooding on Sept. 3-4, 2022, are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans.

These loans are made available in Chattooga, Floyd and Walker Counties in Georgia and Cherokee and DeKalb Counties in Alabama.

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The date may be 2023, but slavery is alive and well in the world. Human trafficking is modern slavery, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Here are the Times-Journal's Top 10 stories of 2022:

10. Highway 55 Burgers and Fries and Whataburger for Fort Payne

9. Tidmore receives 21 life sentences

8. Roberts moves forward with plans for Mater’s Pizza and Pasta

7. Championships abound!

6. Fort Payne officially responds to Food City complaint

5. Alabama’s Jeff Cook passes away

4. Mt. Vernon man killed in shooting at Fort Payne business

3. Crossville teen killed, Sylvania man arrested in hit-and-run crash

2. Madison receives life sentence

1. Fort Payne businessman Michael Bruce passes away

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As we approach the new year, it’s time for the annual look back at the previous 12 months and identify the top stories, as measured by page views and comments on our website, times-journal.com.

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"Hank’s Last Ride" offers a rare opportunity to learn the story of William’s journey from Montgomery on his way to Ohio.

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The Hannah White Arnett Chapter of the Daughcters of the American Revolution, in partnership with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3128, hosted the 2022 National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony Saturday at Patriots Memorial Park in Fort Payne.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a total of $1.6 million to eight agencies in north Alabama that help children who are victims of abuse and neglect, including $258,316 to the DeKalb County Children's Advocacy Center in Fort Payne.

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All over Alabama, counts of overdoses and seizures of drugs adulterated with the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl continue to rise, and while most deaths in the state have been in and around its urban centers, rural areas like DeKalb County are seeing their fair share of cases, according to …

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New COVID cases have decreased, but influenza visited early and Alabama is recording the highest infection rate in years. Compared to this time last year, flu cases have more than doubled.

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DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said his office has received multiple calls “about scams targeting the elderly.” Scammers send a message thru Facebook, Facebook messenger or e-mail, but it will appear to be from a user’s list of friend friends. The friends accounts have been hacked and the victim’s receive messages that they have won money but have to pay the taxes on the winning amount.

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Alabama Lead Singer Randy Owen and co-founder/bassist Teddy Gentry draw numbers during the Christmas for Kids event at the Alabama Fan Club and Museum on Saturday. It marked the first such occasion since the announcement that founder Jeff Cook passed away earlier this month following his str…

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As the news spread that Alabama's Jeff Cook had passed away, reactions poured in from some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, Jason Aldean, Lee Greenwood, Mike Love, the Bellamy Brothers, and many others.

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Some have likened the development of hypersonic weapons systems to Sputnik, the satellite launched by the Soviet Union in 1957 that triggered the space race. There’s escalating military competition between the U.S. and Russia and China.

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The average price of regular gas one year ago was $1.45 less than it is now. Gasoline has either remained flat or risen every day since April 24. Costs have escalated since Feb. 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine.

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President Joe Biden wants lawmakers to target non-partisan issues like solving the opioid addiction epidemic, putting a greater focus on addressing the mental health needs of Americans, increasing resources for veteran’s health care and ending cancer.

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As the world has watched shocking images of Russian troops invading Ukraine, 5,000 miles away, it it hitting closer to home for DeKalb County residents concerned about friends experiencing the most intense military battles in Europe since World War II. They include the Rev. John Mathieu, who has communicated this week with friends who are pinned down in the capital city of Kyiv.

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Matchups for Congressional races in the May 24 primaries are now finalized. Candidate qualifying was extended to Feb. 11 on guidance from the Alabama Secretary of State’s office regarding a recent ruling in federal court challenging maps revised through redistricting based on Census numbers.…

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The first round of COVID-19 hit senior citizens especially hard, but the new Delta variant appears to have a larger impact on the young.

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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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“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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When new United States Senator Tommy Tuberville addresses Alabama’s needs in Washington D.C., he’ll have a DeKalb County native giving him insight into the issues. Tuberville recently named Jordan Doufexis as his senior advisor and state coordinator. Doufexis will manage Tuberville’s state s…

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If you’ve been procrastinating on getting a present shipped, it’s time to act because the deadline for sending items for estimated delivery before Dec. 25 is fast approaching. In fact, the week of Dec. 16 is expected to be the busiest time for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to receive and de…

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Tomorrow, July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 spaceflight that led to the first steps on the Moon.

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Anna Breed and Nathaniel Roberts will compete in the USA Climbing: Bouldering Youth National Championship Feb. 8, 9 and 10 in Bend, Oregon.

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Dolph Tillotson, who, during a career spanning nearly 50 years, earned a reputation for developing hard-edged community newspapers, was among four journalists inducted Friday into the Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Country music legends Alabama headlined the fundraising effort “One American Appeal” last Saturday. The sold-out benefit concert brought together five former presidents to help raise funds for citizens impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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Saturday morning on the front steps of the DeKalb County Courthouse, Bob Johnston, chief deputy district attorney for the ninth judicial circuit, detailed exactly what a typical week in his office looks like. 

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Women within driving distance of Marshall County now have access to technology being hailed as the single greatest breakthrough in breast cancer detection in the past 30 years. 

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BILOXI, Miss. — Remnants of Hurricane Nate buffeted the U.S. Northeast with wind and rain Monday while power crews restored most electrical service on the Gulf Coast and an overdue cruise ship delayed by the storm finally headed into port.

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In the weeks leading up to the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate, the polls were too close to call. But, Tuesday night was a different story.  

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The president-elect ran a successful campaign promoting job creation and industry growth, but with a new administration comes a lot of new questions. One of which being how one of DeKalb County’s largest industries plays into their plan for the next four years.

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Donald Trump will be sworn-in today as the 45th president of the United States.

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The Alabama legislature on Wednesday voted to decriminalize the possession of medicinal marijuana oil.

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In January, Tracy Martin, a cosmetology instructor at the DeKalb County Technology Center, was selected as a makeup artist for TLC’s show, “Say Yes to the Prom.”

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As the founder of Little River Sock Mill and Zkano, Gina Locklear was recently featured and recognized by reporter Steven Kurutz in the New York Times.