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May 28-29: Northeast Alabama Cutting Horse Association Competition – At Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. May 28: CF Car Show – Saturday May 28th at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville from 10 am to 2 pm. June 3: Relay for Life of Dekalb County –  For the American Cancer Society. At the VFW Fairgrounds in Fort Payne from 6 p.m. until midnight. June 4: Dekalb County Fiddlers’ Convention – Join the fun at the 108th Anniversary of the Dekalb Fiddlers’ Convention at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Fort Payne.  Admission is $10, children 10 and under are free. June

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.—Relay For Life of DeKalb County will be held next Friday, June 3 at the VFW Fairgrounds in Fort Payne from 6 p.m. until midnight. The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. Event organizers urge DeKalb County residents to come out and join in the fight to honor Cancer Survivors and remember those lost to the devastating disease. The event promises to provide food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. There will games, raffles and door prizes and local

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Rainsville Technology, Inc. (RTI) will host the 4th annual RTI Charity Mud Volleyball Tournament this Saturday, May 28 to raise money for the Toys for Tots organization. Tournament play will begin at 9 a.m. and all team members must be registered and signed in by 8:45am. Last year’s event brought out a strong crowd of spectators. Event organizers urge the community to come out and support the event and enjoy the tournament. The tournament will be double elimination with each game scoring to 15 points. The co-ed event requires two females to

By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — For those that haven’t heard, Rainsville has a new biking and walking trail in the process of completion. It is three miles long and circles the Northeast Alabama Agriculture Center. The trail will be great for runners and cyclist. It’s nearing completion this month, but volunteers are needed to finish up. Chris Johnson, who has volunteered his time to head up the project, is hosting a volunteer work day every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. until the project is complete. Task left to do are spread gravel along the trail, building

By Staff Reports tyler@southerntorch.com GERALDINE, Ala. — The Geraldine town Council met on May 3 for their regular monthly meeting. Councilman Stanley Rooks began by asking that the minutes be revised to reflect his intentions on a remark he made during the public comment session at the previous meeting. The minutes reflected that he asked if he could have a copy of revenue that is received monthly. Rooks stated that he asked if the entire council could have a copy of revenue that is received monthly. The council then voted to adopt the minutes with that change. Shasta Norwood spoke

Congratulations to Jennifer Sweeting of the Sylvania High School Class of 2016 for receiving an academic scholarship to Northeast Alabama Community College! She plans to major in Elementary Education and played varsity basketball and softball for the rams. Jennifer received academic awards in Algebra II with Trigonometry and U.S. History II, as well as making the all-county girls basketball team, and finishing number three in her class! Good luck Jennifer!

By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com The end of spring and the beginning of summer means the start of community farmer’s markets. Alabama has seen thriving local markets emerge over the last few years. Much of this is thanks to voucher programs issued by the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries to senior citizens and those who apply. The vouchers can be accepted at any state supported farmer’s market during the current year and growers can cash or exchange them at any bank. Visit http://www.fma.alabama.gov to find out if you qualify or for more information on becoming a vendor. The DeKalb County

May 20-21: Vintage Pickin’ Barn Sale – at White Oaks Farm in Fyffe May 20 at 1 p.m. to May 21 at 4 p.m. May 21: Main Street Block Party at Third Saturday – Dekalb Theater 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 21: Music 4 a Cure Fest – Fort Payne Rotary Pavilion from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 20-21: Mentone Rhododendron Festival – Enjoy an event that highlights the best of Mentone. May 20 at 10 a.m. to May 22 at 4 p.m. May 21: Southern Gospel Concert – The Anchorman and The Sharps at 6 p.m. at

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.— The 18th Annual Hwy 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale kicked off yesterday, Thursday May 12 and will run through Sunday, May 15 along a 502-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 11 that comes right through the heart of DeKalb County between its starting place in Mississippi and the endpoint in Virginia. The event was started by the Antique Alley Association and has grown significantly over the years, ultimately seen by many as a Spring version of the similar, but more renowned World’s Largest Yard Sale that is held each August. Each year an

Featured image: Members of the Rainsville city government, DeKalb County Commission, Rainsville Chamber of Commerce, and Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter cut the ribbon on the new Rainsville Municipal Annex. By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — On Wednesday, the City of Rainsville hosted an open house and ribbon cutting for its newly renovated city annex facility. Doors were opened at 5 p.m. for members of the public to view the new office space. Mayor Nick Jones, the city council, and DeKalb County Revenue Commissioner Tyler Wilkes attended the ribbon cutting, along with members of the DeKalb County Commission, the Rainsville Chamber

POLITICS

By Joseph M. Morgan RAINSVILLE, Ala.—The Rainsville City Council voted last week to end a 30+year relationship with the city’s

By Marla Jones marla@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala.—Brandon Freeman recently announced that he is seeking re-election to the Rainsville City Council, Place

By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com MONTGOMERY, Ala.— State Auditor Jim Zeigler sat alone in front of a crowd of reporters last

By Staff Reports MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Today, with a 30-2 vote, the Alabama Senate moved to protect the sanctity of

Featured image: Scoutmaster Don Brown, with his newest Eagle Scouts and the Dekalb County Commission (Photo by Tyler Pruett) By

Citizens angered that Rainsville City Council did not show up to State of the City By Joseph M. Morgan RAINSVILLE,

By Tyler Pruett joseph@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala.— In Monday’s regularly scheduled council meeting, the Rainsville City Council and Mayor Nick Jones

DeKalb senator’s proposal bars Legislature from raiding Dept. of Conservation By Staff Reports MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Senator Clay Scofield (R-Arab) recently

Senators Chambliss & Brewbaker’s legislation establishes fines for violations By Staff Reports MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Senator Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) and Senator

COMMUNITY

May 28-29: Northeast Alabama Cutting Horse Association Competition – At Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. May 28: CF Car Show – Saturday May 28th at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville from 10 am to 2 pm. June 3: Relay for Life of Dekalb County –  For the American Cancer Society. At the VFW Fairgrounds in Fort Payne from 6 p.m. until midnight. June 4: Dekalb County Fiddlers’ Convention – Join the fun at the 108th Anniversary of the Dekalb Fiddlers’ Convention at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Fort Payne.  Admission is $10, children 10 and under are free. June

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.—Relay For Life of DeKalb County will be held next Friday, June 3 at the VFW Fairgrounds in Fort Payne from 6 p.m. until midnight. The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. Event organizers urge DeKalb County residents to come out and join in the fight to honor Cancer Survivors and remember those lost to the devastating disease. The event promises to provide food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. There will games, raffles and door prizes and local

FAITH

Living the dream

By Dr. John E. Morgan Pastor–Collinsville Baptist Church I will never preach all my sermons. I must write. I recently found those words in one of my old Bibles.  I was working on a sermon, and I wanted to look back and see if I had previously had any special thoughts on the passage in James 1. Turns out I had.  I know that a lot of you do daily Bible readings.  Thank you for your example.  I also read my Bible pretty much every day.  Have been doing that for many years. Somewhere along the way, I began writing

Do You Know?

By Lucas Pruett Last week was my first week as a columnist for the Southern Torch. I have heard some great feedback already and I’m thankful for that. Please remember that you are more than welcome to respond to my articles at writingonpurpose@gmail.com. I will always answer and would love the chance to interact with you. For my first article, I purposely attempted to give you something practical to practice. I hope that you have been offering up your “first five” minutes to resolve in the Lord. Jehoshaphat would be so proud of you. I want to shoot from the

SPORTS

Featured image: Ider pulled their team out of the loser’s bracket to face Sumiton Christian in the State Semifinals game. By Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com MONTGOMERY, Ala.— The Ider Lady Hornets fell  9-3 to Sumiton Christian in the Class 2A Softball State finals.  Ider had battled thru the loser’s bracket and had to defeat Sumiton Christian  twice to win the Class 2A Championship. They fell in the first game of the championship series but took home the Class 2A State Softball Runner Up trophy. STATE Championship Series Game 1 The Lady Hornets faced Horseshoe Bend the first game of

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com MONTGOMERY, Ala.— In a win-or-go- home third game of the State Championship series, Plainview fell to Pisgah with a score of 3-0 held on Friday, May 20, 2016. STATE Championship Series Game 1 In the first game of the Class 3A Softball State Tournament, held on Friday,  May 20, 2016, Plainview defeated Prattville Christian, 3-2.  In the first inning, Annabelle Brown got on base with a walk. Kenzie Traylor and Bailey Smart got on base due to errors bringing in Brown for the score.  Kennedi Traylor brought little sister, Kenzie in with a single. 

OPINION

DeKalb Sen. Phil Williams weighs in on Obama transgender directive Guest Editorial By Sen. Phil Williams Across our nation there is a deafening debate about the “rights” of those who claim a gender preference or identity other than the one with which they were born. Make no mistake: it is a debate that is happening even here in the very conservative state of Alabama. As I write this, a big-box retailer with multiple outlets in this state has decided to make all of their multi-stall restrooms unisex, with a complete disregard for long-standing law, tradition, and biology. More egregiously, this

Opinion/Editorial By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com On Friday, April 13, the U.S. departments of Justice and Education jointly released guidelines regarding the use of bathrooms by students who identify as “transgender” to America’s public schools. The directive ask that schools accommodate students who notify faculty that they identify with a different gender than what is designated on their birth certificate. The guidelines suggests that schools who do not comply could lose millions in funding. Immediately following the release, several states vowed to fight the directives. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) even promised to fight what many feel is “executive overreach” before