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By Kalie Davis, Staff Writer kalie@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala– Christmas Parades are a fun way for a town to come together and celebrate the opening of the Christmas season. The towns in DeKalb County will soon be hosting their annual Christmas parades. “It all comes down to what the people do. Whether it be the marching band or the people building the floats. Santa will be there too. It’s all for the kids. Bundle your kids up and bring them out to Main Street. Everyone is invited!” says Tim Eberhart, Executive Director of the Rainsville Chamber of Commerce. “Our Christmas parade

(Photo: http://www.huddlehouse.com) By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. – Huddle up, Rainsville: Huddle House is coming your way.  The iconic neighborhood gathering place known for its round-the-clock breakfast, Southern hospitality and big portions at fair prices announced today it has signed an agreement with local entrepreneur, Zane Haymon, to open a Huddle House in Rainsville. “Rainsville is the perfect area for Huddle House, and I am so excited to make an impact on the community,” said Haymon, a former schoolteacher and current farmer in Rainsville. “I know that Rainsville residents will love all that Huddle House has to offer – from our warm, welcoming

Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — After a year hiatus, the Santa Dash returns to kickoff the 2016 Rainsville Christmas Parade on December 10, 2016 at 4 pm. The first year’s race was such a success that a race was not needed to fund Christmas for needy children last year. Two years ago, Jerry Clifton and several others, noticed a great need in our community.  “There were children in area, who would not receive a present at Christmas” said Race Director, Jerry Clifton.  A group of runners, put together what is known as the Santa Dash.   The Santa

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The following are reported incidents, arrests, and accidents from the Fort Payne Police Department for Friday, December 2– Sunday, December 4. FRIDAY, December 2 Reported Incidents (12/2) Theft of Property – Occurred at 813 Sanders Ave NE, Christmas ornaments were taken, valued at $499.00 Theft of Property – Occurred at Wal-Mart, a watch, candy and shoes were taken, valued at $44.14 Recovered Stolen Vehicle – Occurred at 1301 Alabama Ave NW Apt 37, a 1997 Buick Skylark was recovered, valued at $2500.00 Reported Arrests (12/2) Joshua Dakota Byrum, age 24 of Henagar, was arrested for Theft of Property at

By Staff Reports  FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Fort Payne City Council met on December 6 and voted on a request for an appropriation for the Wills Valley Shootout Basketball Tournament and a street light request for Valhalla Road. The council then went in to executive session to discuss potential litigation. In the Mayor’s Report, Mayor Larry Chesser reported that he had spoke with ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management) on the old hospital project and they are anticipating on the first phase of the project being completed by March. The city had also applied for a phase two study for Marty Fanburg’s

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. – The Rainsville City Council convened at their new time of 4:15 pm (workshop) and 5:00 pm (regular meeting) at the Rainsville City Annex. Citizen Sonjia Pittman and Debbie Garner addressed the council during the work session. The city voted to hire Tyler Perea as a new patrolman, and also moved to open a job for Assistant Fire Chief. Bids were also opened and accepted for renovations to the pool house and pest control for the city.

By Kalie Davis, Staff Writer kalie@southerntorch.com SECTION, Ala. – The holiday season always brings along with it plenty of cheerful and exciting festivities. On Saturday, December 10, Something Borrowed Vintage Wedding & Event Rentals will host its Holiday Open House located on 292 Main St. South, Section, AL. The event will run from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and pictures with Santa will be available from 3 to 4 pm. Something Borrowed Vintage Wedding & Event Rentals specializes in vintage and custom decor for weddings and events. Something Borrowed offers decor such as white folding chairs, round tables, long tables,

Staff Reports MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Governor Robert Bentley and Interim State Forester Gary Cole have lifted the statewide Drought Emergency ‘No Burn’ Order which has been in effect since early November. Officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) say the state has received enough rainfall over the last few days to reduce the threat of dangerous wildfires. “In recent days we have seen significant rainfall across our state and the Alabama Forestry Commission now believes the worst of the drought has ended,” Governor Bentley said. “I want to thank the Forestry Commission and the dozens of local fire departments that have worked so hard to ensure

PHOTO: The Pine Ridge Cafe, located between Fort Payne and Rainsville on old Highway 35, will close it’s doors on December 16. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.om PINE RIDGE, Ala. — The Pine Ridge Cafe, long a fixture on the old Highway 35 between Rainsville and Fort Payne, will be closing its doors on December 16th. The cafe’s current owner, Shirley Gann, explained how she had been there for the past 42 years, but the restaurant has been open for longer than that, and has always occupied the building on old 35. According to

PHOTO: The Fort Payne City Council voted to seek an Attorney General’s opinion in an ongoing dispute with the DeKalb County Commission over housing inmates. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)  By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — At the Special Called council meeting held on Tuesday, the Fort Payne City Council voted to seek an Attorney General’s opinion on an ongoing dispute with DeKalb County. Resolution 2016-37 was brought to the floor by City Clerk Robert Parker and adopted unanimously by the city council. According to the City Clerk, the resolution, “Authorizes (City) Attorney Rocky Watson to seek

POLITICS

By Staff Reports  FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Fort Payne City Council met on December 6 and voted on a request for

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. – The Rainsville City Council convened at their new time of 4:15 pm (workshop) and 5:00

COMMUNITY

By Kalie Davis, Staff Writer kalie@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala– Christmas Parades are a fun way for a town to come together and celebrate the opening of the Christmas season. The towns in DeKalb County will soon be hosting their annual Christmas parades. “It all comes down to what the people do. Whether it be the marching band or the people building the floats. Santa will be there too. It’s all for the kids. Bundle your kids up and bring them out to Main Street. Everyone is invited!” says Tim Eberhart, Executive Director of the Rainsville Chamber of Commerce. “Our Christmas parade

(Photo: http://www.huddlehouse.com) By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. – Huddle up, Rainsville: Huddle House is coming your way.  The iconic neighborhood gathering place known for its round-the-clock breakfast, Southern hospitality and big portions at fair prices announced today it has signed an agreement with local entrepreneur, Zane Haymon, to open a Huddle House in Rainsville. “Rainsville is the perfect area for Huddle House, and I am so excited to make an impact on the community,” said Haymon, a former schoolteacher and current farmer in Rainsville. “I know that Rainsville residents will love all that Huddle House has to offer – from our warm, welcoming

FAITH

By Megan Blansit, Southern Torch Faith Contributor Is anyone else an excellent worrier or is it just me? If you know me really well, you know that I have suffered with anxiety in the past, anxiety attacks specifically. They are absolutely no fun and it is something that the Lord has graciously helped me through; however, I can still sometimes worry with the best of them. This year has had a whirlwind of changes and also great opportunities. If there is anything else I am good at, it is being busy. From the moment I hit the floor I go;

By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Early November has become the time of year when a number of stores and other places begin to roll out their Christmas items. Wintery drinks start to appear in coffee shops and fast food restaurants, the taste of peppermint replacing that of pumpkin spices. At the same time, there are other projects that are coming to fruition in the weeks before Thanksgiving. Among these is Operation Christmas Child, part of Samaritan’s Purse, a ministry run by Billy Graham’s son Franklin. Participants fill shoeboxes with items appropriate for children ages 2-14, which

SPORTS

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Are you looking for a new way to get into shape? Body Vision is proud to announce something new that no other fitness center in the south has started yet, Indoor Paddle Board Yoga. “It is big in Northern States but as far as we know no southern states have started this yet (Indoors).” said Pam Willingham of Body Vision. Sharon Totten will be the instructor teaching  three classes of Indoor Paddle Board  every Wednesday evening beginning at  5, 6 and 7:00 pm. Ms. Totten is a 200 hour yoga certified

PHOTO: The Fyffe C-Team PeeWee Players will face Albertville on Saturday. (Southern Torch | Submitted Photo) Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com FYFFE, Ala.—The Fyffe Football program starts the winning tradition out early. The Fyffe C-Team Peewee boys (ages 6 & 7) recently won their region.  They are undefeated in their season and will face Albertville who is also undefeated, in the playoffs, on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Fyffe.    The Fyffe C-team’s Head coach is Lamar Patterson. Assistant Coaches are Brad Phillips and Chris Harcrow. The C-Team have only allowed twelve points to be scored on them all season and

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