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PHOTO: One of Fort Payne’s new fire engines at Station No. 1 By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Fort Payne Fire Department and Chief Don Fischer have recently added two new fire engines to the department’s inventory. Due to the high cost of new fire engines, it is almost unheard of for a city and department the size of Fort Payne to be able to purchase two new trucks at the same time. In 2007 the actual process of replacing their older fire engines began, but they were forced to put it on hold due

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The Second Annual DeKalb County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (AFAPA) 5K Run/Walk will be held at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Walking Trail on campus. It will begin at 9:00 am and end at 12:00 pm Registration begins at 8 AM at the NACC Walking Trail. Registration fees will be $20 for an individual, $35 for a couple, and $15 each in groups of 10 or more. Children under 12 are free and 300 individuals who pay for their registration will receive a t-shirt. Kids can enjoy

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Cornerstone Christian Academy will be holding a benefit 5K Run on October 1, 2016. Registration will be on the morning of the event from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for $35 while online registration is available at http://www.racesonline.com. All proceeds go to benefit the Cornerstone Athletic Program. “Cornerstone Christian Academy is proud to be a new member of the Alabama Christian Athletic Association (ACAA). We are excited to host a 5K to raise funds for our growing program and to re-introduce ourselves to the community,” said Kim Dupree, event coordinator.

PHOTO: Colonel William Newton Estes was the highest ranking officer to serve in the Civil War from DeKalb County. He was killed at Chickamauga Creek in Georgia. (Photo contributed by S.C.V Camp #1824) By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — At 1 PM on Saturday, September 24th, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1824 (The DeKalb Rifles) and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Chapter 1456 will hold a memorial service at Lebanon Cemetery to honor Colonel William Newton Estes, the highest ranking Confederate military officer from DeKalb County to have served. According to DeKalb Rifles Camp Adjutant

Fort Payne Chamber Chatter, September 23 Contributed by Carol Beddingfield, Executive Director FORT PAYNE, Ala.  — Are you as a business owner or employee confused over the new federal ruling concerning overtime pay? The Chamber and the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority will partner to help answer many of the questions that companies may have concerning the new federal ruling. On October 13th at the DeKalb Theatre from 11:30 to 1PM, attorney Elizabeth Kanter of the Carr and Allison firm will be presenting an explanation of the guidelines in order for a company to be in compliance. The final federal rule

By Diego Reynoso, Operations Manager diego@southerntorch.com I was browsing Facebook yesterday and noticed a video on Desoto State Park’s page. It was produced by “For Him Films” for the park. It wasn’t titled but worth the watch. It is a short 3 minute video with highlights from the park. From the welcome center to the river and everything in between. A family was shown hiking the trails and people riding bicycles. One mother and daughter were roasting marshmallows over an open fire. Every young campers dream of course. When I saw the video it suddenly took me back to memories

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Be sure to check out this week’s edition of the Southern Torch for print-only content such as a schedule of all the fair events and daily specials, a Question and Answer session with Rainsville City Council Candidate Marshall Stiefel (and yes, we ask about job offers), a new way of doing healthcare in Fort Payne, football recaps, and much more! Vol. 2, No. 39 will be hitting newsstands Friday morning!

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Country legend John Conlee (Mr. Rose Colored Glasses), will be performing on Thursday, October 6 at 7 PM at the DeKalb Theatre in Fort Payne. Conlee is a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. During John Conlee’s 40 year career in country music, he has brought to audiences such classic songs as: Rose Colored Glasses(his signature song), Friday Night Blues, Backside of 30, Common Man, Miss Emily’s Picture, I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You, and more.   Overall, there have been 32 single releases throughout his career with 26 of them

By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.com VALLEY HEAD, Ala. — On Saturday, September 24, Valley Head will play host to the Valley Head Cemetery 5K and Fun Run, as a way to raise money for maintenance of the Valley Head Cemetery. The race will be held at Valley Head Cemetery, located at the corner of Highway 117 and Carmichael Road. “This is the first year for this, but we hope to continue it, that’s the plan right now,” said Sherryl Lewis, one of the key figures for the event. “Everyone I’ve talked to hopes that this becomes a recurring event,”

PHOTO: Zone of Northeast Alabama where vaccinations will be dropped. By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Beginning sometime in early to mid October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be dropping rabies vaccinations from aircraft over all of DeKalb County. Yes, you read that correctly. According to a release from the USDA, it will be to help stop the further spread of rabies among wildlife such as raccoons, foxes, and coyotes. The information was released through the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says that, “This is a program that the Department of Agriculture does every so

POLITICS

PHOTO: Councilman Randall Ham, with members of the Fort Payne Fire Department and the new trucks. Ham discusses the runoff

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The Rainsville City Council passes the budget, sponsors the Hope Charter, and orders new badges

PHOTO: Zone of Northeast Alabama where vaccinations will be dropped. By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Beginning sometime in

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Last week, lawmakers in Montgomery reached a compromise on the allocation

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The DeKalb County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on

  Submitted by the Town of Geraldine GERALDINE, Ala. — The Town of Geraldine met on Tuesday, September 6 for

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Sheriff’s deputies in rural counties across Alabama and the country

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com Since the events September 11, 2001, it’s become a part of life to pay

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FYFFE, Ala. — For those of us following local politics, especially for an entire

COMMUNITY

PHOTO: One of Fort Payne’s new fire engines at Station No. 1 By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Fort Payne Fire Department and Chief Don Fischer have recently added two new fire engines to the department’s inventory. Due to the high cost of new fire engines, it is almost unheard of for a city and department the size of Fort Payne to be able to purchase two new trucks at the same time. In 2007 the actual process of replacing their older fire engines began, but they were forced to put it on hold due

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The Second Annual DeKalb County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (AFAPA) 5K Run/Walk will be held at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Walking Trail on campus. It will begin at 9:00 am and end at 12:00 pm Registration begins at 8 AM at the NACC Walking Trail. Registration fees will be $20 for an individual, $35 for a couple, and $15 each in groups of 10 or more. Children under 12 are free and 300 individuals who pay for their registration will receive a t-shirt. Kids can enjoy

FAITH

By Lucas Pruett, Southern Torch Faith Contributor writingonpurpose@gmail.com Have you ever thought about the fact that you are not your own? You belong to something so much bigger than yourself. You belong to God. We put a lot of stock into thinking that our lives are ours to run and control. Each day, we take note of what we think we need to do and how we need to go about our business. We have quiet times and try to learn things about our Father or bring request before him, but rarely do we have him give us insight on how he

By Lucas Pruett, Southern Torch Faith Contributor writingonpurpose@gmail.com Yesterday, I read a Psalm that knocked my socks off. Please go read Psalm 29 now before reading this. Pull out your bible or go to the Bible app on your phone and check it out. In the first two verses, the Psalmist pens, “Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” I have heard this Psalm at different times before, but never settled in on it. By the way,

SPORTS

PHOTO: Geraldine Varsity Volleyball Coach Cristie Brothers with her team. By Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com GERALDINE, Ala. — Congratulations to Geraldine Varsity Volleyball Coach Cristie Brothers on her 800th Volleyball win at Geraldine! Coach Brothers is an Elementary Physical Education teacher and has been a Volleyball Coach for Geraldine for twenty seasons.  She is married to Terry Brothers.  They have two children; Shelby, a eleventh grader who plays on her mother’s team and Noah who is 9 years old. “I think 800 wins is special because there is so many great girls who have contributed to those wins” said Coach

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Be sure to check out this week’s edition of the Southern Torch for print-only content such as a schedule of all the fair events and daily specials, a Question and Answer session with Rainsville City Council Candidate Marshall Stiefel (and yes, we ask about job offers), a new way of doing healthcare in Fort Payne, football recaps, and much more! Vol. 2, No. 39 will be hitting newsstands Friday morning!

OPINION

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

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com Since the events September 11, 2001, it’s become a part of life to pay remembrance of the lives lost on that day. Most of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when the hijacked airliners struck the World Trade Center and Pentagon. I was a 15-year-old sophomore at Cedar Bluff School, and like most was glued to the television for the entire day. It’s surreal to think that a 15-year-old in the present year was either an infant or not in existence yet. The attacks seem like yesterday to myself