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PHOTO: The Fyffe Lady Red Devils will advance to the State Semifinals held at the BJCC on Monday night at 6 pm (Kristy Gallagher | Sports & More) By Marla Jones, Sports Editor  marla@southerntorch.com JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — In a show of true perseverance, the Fyffe Lady Red Devils (24-7) defeated the Section Lady Lions (20-7) in overtime,  51-46, to advance to the State Semifinals on Monday, 6 pm at the BJCC in Birmingham.  The score was tied seven times and the lead changed five times during the game.   Fyffe made it to the Championship game against the Section Lady Lions by

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The following are reported incidents, arrests, and accidents from the Fort Payne Police Department for Friday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 19. FRIDAY, February 17 Reported Incidents (2/17) Theft of Property – Occurred at 403 13th Street NW, prescription medication was taken, valued at $10.00 Burglary – Occurred at 512 Desoto Drive NE, taken were a 72” Asus TV, a 32” Asus TV, LG surround sound system, Xbox console, two compound bows, 12 gauge shotgun, a 380 pistol and a Dewalt cordless tool set with case, valued at $5050.00 Theft of Lost Property – Occurred at 2001

PHOTO: Rainsville City Attorney Nikki Scott discusses the ongoing dispute with the county commission over inmate fees. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor  tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Shortly after the City of Fort Payne authorized legal action against the county, the City of Rainsville followed suit in tonight’s meeting, unanimously approving Resolution 2-21-2017. City Attorney Nikki Scott briefed the council on the ongoing dispute with the county over the imposed fee for the county to house the city’s inmates. Aside from citing the earlier law that already imposed a $40 court cost on each case within the county

PHOTO: City Attorney Rocky Watson discusses the dispute regarding the County’s decision to implement fees for the housing of prisoners in the county jail. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — After a months long dispute with the county commission, the City of Fort Payne has authorized legal action against the county. The disagreement stemmed from the DeKalb County Commission’s decision to implement a $20 per day, per prisoner fee on the cities to house municipal inmates. “Several years ago before the jail was built, based on the representation by the county

PHOTO: The Fifth Annual ‘Made in DeKalb’ Expo was held last week, giving high school students from around the county an opportunity to see what jobs await them after graduation! (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Destiny Keener and Taylior Freeman have been selected as the winners of our ‘Made in DeKalb prize bags! Thanks for like an sharing our post. The bags may be picked up at our office in Rainsville from 8 am – 4 pm. Last Thursday the 5th Annual Made in DeKalb Business Expo was held at the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville.

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The following are reported incidents, arrests, and accidents from the Fort Payne Police Department for Monday, February 13 – Thursday, February 16. MONDAY, February 13 Reported Incidents (2/13) Delayed Accident Report – Occurred at 600 Gault Ave N, a rear bumper assembly on a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze was damaged, valued at $1200.00.  Reported Arrests (2/13) None Reported Reported Accidents (2/13)  An accident occurred at Dugout Valley Road W and Glenn Blvd SW, Jason Scott Baswell, age 31 of Rainsville, driving a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, left the roadway and struck a tree. Baswell was transported to Dekalb Regional

(nps.gov) By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Anniston’s T.A.D. of Jazz is back again for a second dinner show at the Canyon Center. This year’s concert is set for Saturday, February 25th at 6 pm at Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Center. T.A.D. of Jazz has become the region’s leader in the contemporary and traditional jazz.  With a unique mixture of soul, gospel, jazz. and funk roots, the band produces a sound of it’s own. This year’s event will feature a three course seated dinner catered by Tina Whiteside & Regina Henderson. This exclusive event is sure to

PHOTO: The new location is located on Highway 35 in Rainsville, across from the Package store. (Amy Thrash | Southern Torch) By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — This past week, Liberty Tax Service officially opened up another office in DeKalb County. Located on Highway 35 in Rainsville, this Liberty Tax center provides the residents of Sand Mountain with another option for getting their income taxes done relatively close to home. While the location has been open since January 2nd, last week’s ribbon cutting marked its official opening. Tiffany Robertson, who owns the Liberty Tax Service offices in

PHOTO: When a troop transport was torpedoed by a German Submarine in frigid waters, four chaplains gave up life vest and their lives so others may live. (Wikimedia Commons) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor  tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On Saturday, February 18 at 10 am, The Fort Payne American Legion Post will hold a memorial service dedicated to four chaplains who gave up their lives so others may live. The ceremony will be held in the Coal & Iron building. American Legion Post 89 Chaplain Don Donaghy said, “the memorial service will be to honor these four brave souls and the troops who perished

PHOTO: The Fort Payne-based cleanup team provides residents of DeKalb, Marshall, Jackson, Cherokee, and now Etowah Counties with Fire, Water, and Mold damage cleanup and restoration. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Fort Payne is home to many notable businesses and industries, and one of those is a family-owned and run cleanup service that has been dedicated to serving the Fort Payne community for over eight years. PuroClean, a disaster cleanup and restoration service, knows that any unexpected incident of water, fire, and mold can create an unbearably stressful situation in a

POLITICS

PHOTO: Rainsville City Attorney Nikki Scott discusses the ongoing dispute with the county commission over inmate fees. (Tyler Pruett |

PHOTO: City Attorney Rocky Watson discusses the dispute regarding the County’s decision to implement fees for the housing of prisoners

COMMUNITY

PHOTO: The Fifth Annual ‘Made in DeKalb’ Expo was held last week, giving high school students from around the county an opportunity to see what jobs await them after graduation! (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Destiny Keener and Taylior Freeman have been selected as the winners of our ‘Made in DeKalb prize bags! Thanks for like an sharing our post. The bags may be picked up at our office in Rainsville from 8 am – 4 pm. Last Thursday the 5th Annual Made in DeKalb Business Expo was held at the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville.

(nps.gov) By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Anniston’s T.A.D. of Jazz is back again for a second dinner show at the Canyon Center. This year’s concert is set for Saturday, February 25th at 6 pm at Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Center. T.A.D. of Jazz has become the region’s leader in the contemporary and traditional jazz.  With a unique mixture of soul, gospel, jazz. and funk roots, the band produces a sound of it’s own. This year’s event will feature a three course seated dinner catered by Tina Whiteside & Regina Henderson. This exclusive event is sure to

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

PHOTO: The Fyffe Lady Red Devils will advance to the State Semifinals held at the BJCC on Monday night at 6 pm (Kristy Gallagher | Sports & More) By Marla Jones, Sports Editor  marla@southerntorch.com JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — In a show of true perseverance, the Fyffe Lady Red Devils (24-7) defeated the Section Lady Lions (20-7) in overtime,  51-46, to advance to the State Semifinals on Monday, 6 pm at the BJCC in Birmingham.  The score was tied seven times and the lead changed five times during the game.   Fyffe made it to the Championship game against the Section Lady Lions by

PHOTO: The DeKalb County Commission presented the 2016 Fyffe High School Football and Cheerleading teams with resolutions in recognition for winning both state championships. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)  By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The DeKalb County Commission presented the 2016 Fyffe High School Football team and Cheerleading squad with resolutions recognizing them for both winning 2A State Championships at Tuesday’s regular commission meeting. Watch the Full Video: Commission President Ricky Harcrow was absent, as he had an eye surgery earlier in the day. The surgery reportedly went well and Harcrow was on his way back while

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