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 By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The following are reported incidents, arrests, and accidents from the Fort Payne Police Department for Friday, Jan. 13 – Sunday, Jan. 15. FRIDAY, January 13 Reported Incidents (1/13) Theft of Property – 401 Lincoln Ave NE, a Snapper push mower was taken, valued at $225.00 Theft by Deception – Occurred at 808 Airport Road W, a check for $2710.41 was written with insufficient funds Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle – Occurred at 1221 Scenic Road E, a purse and two checkbooks were taken, valued at $50.00 Duty to Stop and Remain – Occurred at 2001 Glenn Blvd

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. In his first speech as president, Trump echoed the promises made during almost a year of hard campaigning for the nation’s highest office. With former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, in attendance, as well as the outgoing President, Trump vowed to give Americans a change from his predecessors. This should be no surprise, as this rhetoric fueled his campaign to propel him to the nation’s highest office. “We are transferring power from

By Staff Reports WASHINGTON, D.C. — Watch live as Donald Trump is inaugurated to be the 45th President of the United States! Click the link below for a live feed! (ABC News Coverage)

PHOTO: Brother Gary Hartline and members of the Rainsville Community Church recently returned from mission trips to both Uganda and Kentucky. (Gary Hartline) By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — In the Book of Acts, the followers of Christ are called upon to go forth and spread the gospel everywhere they can. Often referred to as “The Great Commission,” it charges the members of the church to not only preach the word throughout Jerusalem, but also across Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the Earth. Some of the members of Rainsville Community Church have taken these

PHOTO: Jeffrey Scott Vanherreweghe, 23 of Crossville, Alabama was arrested by the Indiana State Police and charged with Rape, Criminal Confinement, and Sexual Battery. (Indiana State Police)  By Staff Reports HUNTINGBURG, IN — A Crossville man was arrested by Indiana State Police detectives on multiple sexual assault charges after allegedly raping a woman he met on the dating app, Tinder. On Monday, January 16, Troopers with the Indiana State Police were contacted regarding a report of a female that had taken herself to an Evansville area hospital after being raped in Huntingburg, Indiana. Investigators learned that, days earlier, the female had met 23

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The following are reported incidents, arrests, and accidents from the Fort Payne Police Department for Friday, Jan. 6 – Sunday, Jan. 8. FRIDAY, January 6 Reported Incidents (1/6) Theft of Property – Occurred at Wal-Mart, two HP Pavilion lap tops and two Spider Wrap alarms were taken, valued at $1204.00 Theft of Property – Occurred at Wal-Mart, pants, two jackets, iron skillet set, a Steel mug and a remote control car were taken, valued at $141.39 Theft of Property – Occurred at Wal-Mart, several miscellaneous items were taken, valued at      $117.54 Reported Arrests (1/6) Elisa Jean Garrett, age 48

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The following are reported incidents, arrests, and accidents from the Fort Payne Police Department for Monday, January 9 – Thursday, January 12. MONDAY, January 9 Reported Incidents (1/9) Criminal Mischief & Theft of Property – Occurred at 1708 Chitwood Ave SE, a fence was damaged and a James Auto Tran car hauler was taken, valued at $1300.00 Criminal Mischief – Occurred at 1214 Fisher Road NE, a face plate on storage unit door was damaged, valued at $50.00 Reported Arrests (1/9) Kenric Devone Woods, age 23 of Rome, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Earlier today, the murder suspect in the Kenneth DeWayne Shaw’s murder case back in November of 2015, Dakota Lake Gore, 20 of Dawson was arrested on a grand jury indictment for murder. After a short car chase he jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the wood but was captured shortly thereafter. Gore was also charged with resisting arrest and attempt to elude. Kenneth DeWayne Shaw was found dead by a neighbor on November 14, 2015. The neighbor reported a 48 year old male had been shot. When Henagar police officers and deputies arrived

PHOTO: A timber yard on Highway 11 between Fort Payne and Collinsville, overlooked by a bare spot on Lookout Mountain. The brow land is owned by Steve Stevens, who has followed ‘best management practices’ and replanted the land in trees. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)  By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor  tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On Tuesday, January 17, the Fort Payne City Council held it’s public meeting to gather input from the public on drafting an ordinance on logging. The council elected to hold the meeting at 6 pm to allow for more public involvement, and more public involvement is

By Megan Blansit, Faith Contributor Hi friends! Happy New Year! I am very happy to be writing another article and want to share a store with you. Recently, when I was feeding my two outside dogs, the Holy Spirit started speaking to me. As soon as I walk out the back door with food my dogs get super excited and one even tears off running in circles, almost doing back flips. One appears to be ecstatic about seeing me, when really, what I realized is that the food in my hands is what she desires the most. Interestingly enough,  once

POLITICS

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President

By Staff Reports WASHINGTON, D.C. — Watch live as Donald Trump is inaugurated to be the 45th President of the United States!

COMMUNITY

PHOTO: Brother Gary Hartline and members of the Rainsville Community Church recently returned from mission trips to both Uganda and Kentucky. (Gary Hartline) By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — In the Book of Acts, the followers of Christ are called upon to go forth and spread the gospel everywhere they can. Often referred to as “The Great Commission,” it charges the members of the church to not only preach the word throughout Jerusalem, but also across Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the Earth. Some of the members of Rainsville Community Church have taken these

PHOTO: Scott Bateman, President of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, presents Governor Robert Bentley with a framed print from renowned Fort Payne artist James Dean. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)  By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.  — On Tuesday, January 10, Governor Robert Bentley spoke at the Fort Payne Chamber’s awards luncheon. The event was the first of it’s kind; no sitting Governor has ever addressed a Fort Payne Chamber event. The lunch was well attended, with approximately 200 local business owners, elected officials, and citizens filling the DeKalb Theatre. The Governor has made several visits

FAITH

PHOTO: Brother Gary Hartline and members of the Rainsville Community Church recently returned from mission trips to both Uganda and Kentucky. (Gary Hartline) By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — In the Book of Acts, the followers of Christ are called upon to go forth and spread the gospel everywhere they can. Often referred to as “The Great Commission,” it charges the members of the church to not only preach the word throughout Jerusalem, but also across Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the Earth. Some of the members of Rainsville Community Church have taken these

By Megan Blansit, Faith Contributor Hi friends! Happy New Year! I am very happy to be writing another article and want to share a store with you. Recently, when I was feeding my two outside dogs, the Holy Spirit started speaking to me. As soon as I walk out the back door with food my dogs get super excited and one even tears off running in circles, almost doing back flips. One appears to be ecstatic about seeing me, when really, what I realized is that the food in my hands is what she desires the most. Interestingly enough,  once

SPORTS

Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com DALLAS, Texas — Valley Head Senior, Justin Blansit played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on December 22, 2016.  The game was held at the Dallas Cowboy AT&T Stadium. The Blue-Grey Football All American Bowl was established in 1989 to help prep prospects from all over the country receive the national exposure needed to secure scholarships to colleges.  The purpose of the Bowl was to help players receive scholarships to Division 1, Level II, III or IV, NAIA or Junior Colleges. The Blue-Grey All American Bowl is an exclusive, invite-only game. The game aired on Impact Football Network

Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com FYFFE, Ala.—On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 The new Fyffe gym will officially be dedicated to Coach Mike Cochran. Mike Cochran graduated from Fyffe High School in 1979 and earned his college degree and Masters in English from the University of Alabama. During Cochran’s twenty-eight years of teaching at Fyffe High School, he boost a 627-226 record that boost seven State Championships, including four in a row from 1994-1997.  He won sixteen Dekalb County Championships and fourteen Area Championships. He also coached the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, four times.  Mike Cochran was inducted into the Dekalb County

OPINION

By State Senator Steve Livingston On July 7 in Dallas, a heavily armed sniper shot and killed five police officers who were protecting a Black Lives Matter protest. The Dallas shootings were the most notable example of a disturbing trend of increased attacks on law enforcement. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, forty-five police officers have been shot to death from January 1 to October 11 of this year, representing a fifty percent increase over the same time period in 2015. What is causing the rise in violence towards police officers? Mental illness, a copy-cat effect, and

PHOTO: Immediate aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — This past weekend, most of us were glued to the television watching college football, spending time with our friends and families, or enjoying the pleasant weather. Not just in DeKalb County, but in most of the country, life went on as normal. Comparatively speaking, the attitude of the American public is anything but, “normal” when terrorist acts are taking place. Even with the popularity of college football in the south, coverage of a major terror plot unfolding would have most of us