DEKALB POLITICS

By Joseph Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com COLLINSVILLE, Ala.— A $400,000 grant was awarded to the City of Collinsville this week that officials say will be used to upgrade and expand city’s water and sewer system in order to meet the needs that will result from Koch Foods’ proposed $30 million expansion to their poultry processing plant in Collinsville. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is administering the Grant using federal dollars made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, recreation,

SPORTS

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com All eight DeKalb county schools played in the Junior High Jamboree Monday night at  Collinsville.  The four games each had two ten minute halves and some modified kicking rules. Game One Collinsville 28 Ider 0 During first half play: • Collinsville  Daniel Mann 51 yard run, Jason Perez kick 8:50  7-0 Collinsville • Collinsville Caleb Pruitt 45 yard pass from Caleb Jones, Perez kick 5:58  14-0 Collinsville • Collinsville  Caleb Jones 43 yard run, Perez kick, 2:38  21-0 Collinsville • Collinsville  Drew Bobo  26 yard run, Perez kick, 1:50  28-0 Collinsville. During 2nd half play: No

AL POLITICS

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The cities of Fort Payne and Rainsville were recently recognized by two of the premier community development programs in Alabama. In May, Rainsville Mayor Nick Jones announced that the city had been chosen to take part in the Alabama Community of Excellence (ACE) program. Then in June, Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser announced that Fort Payne had been chosen to take part in a similar program called Main Street Alabama. Both are highly regarded programs with proven track records of success in Alabama. ACE is a non-profit that partners with communities

COMMUNITY

By Karah Wilson karah@southerntorch.com FYFFE, Ala.— This Saturday Fyffe will be holding the 11th annual UFO Days. Gates will open at 9 a.m. and entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. The emcee for the event will be C.J. Jolley. The event will include live music, arts and crafts, and food vendors. The hot air balloons are set to launch between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. There will also be entertainment and games for kids. Antique cars and tractors will also be a part of the event, including a meet and greet with Barney Fife. The admission is free. There will be

OPINION

Happy 4th of July!

I wanted to send a quick note wishing all of you a very happy and blessed Fourth of July. It has now been 239 years since our Founding Fathers declared independence from Britain and laid the foundation for the United States of America. Their acts, which put them in great personal danger, fostered the freedoms and liberty we have today. However, I’m sure many of you have heard the saying that “Freedom is not Free.” Sometimes it is easy to forget; freedom must be continually fought for and defended. Over the past week or so the U.S. Supreme Court has

FAITH

Whither thou goest

By Dr. John E. Morgan Pastor – Collinsville Baptist Church t’s almost always when the bride comes down the aisle. That’s what most guys say they remember most about their wedding. Put me down with them but only if you will let me add another memory. Gloria and I got married on a very hot August Sunday afternoon. We were both very active in church (I went to Sunday School that day), but we attended different churches. So, the agreement – wedding at her church building and my pastor would preside. The best man and I dressed in the church