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By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Jeremiah Hastings, a student at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the American Welding Society (AWS) Greater Huntsville Section. He placed 1st in the DeKalb County Career Tech Center Advanced Welding Competition held recently.  Students from Alabama and Tennessee competed.  In addition to the scholarship, Jeremiah was awarded a welding machine valued at $1,200 donated by D&F Equipment and a three year student membership in the American Welding Society, as well as other prizes. Jeremiah was a NACC dual enrollment student at the Earnest Pruett Center of

Featured image: The town of Mentone was recently awarded a grant from ARC to develop a long-term plan for the city. By Joseph M. Morgan Editor and Publisher joseph@southerntorch.com MENTONE, Ala.— The city of Mentone will chart a course for future development with the help of a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Gov. Robert Bentley announced today. The $12,600 grant will help Mentone complete comprehensive plans that will set goals and serve as a guide for long-term community improvement and economic development initiatives. The Top of Alabama Regional Council on Governments (TARCOG) will help complete the plan, which will involve

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The NACC Mu Alpha Theta math honor society offers several math events for students on the Northeast Alabama Community College campus: induction ceremonies for new members, a Pi Day celebration, and the annual Algebra I Bowl for area students. 3.14 Pi Day was celebrated in the Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology atrium on March 14 with various math events:  pi symbol scavenger hunt, graphing yoga, reciting the digits of pi, racing to complete the unit circle, math videos, measuring to find pi, and the popular M&M guessing jar.  Bradley Pilgrim guessed 1,312 M&Ms in

Simply Original Boutique and Handmade Consignment in Rainsville recently had their ribbon cutting. Simply Original Boutique is located at 30 Dalton Street in Rainsville beside Ed’s Wholesale. Pictured from L to R: Tim Eberhart, Malorie Griffith, Sandy Hallmark, Ed Culpepper, Mayor Nick Jones, Samantha McKinley and Casey McKinley (owners), Debbie Nickelson, Linda Samples, Sandy Goff

Featured image: University of Alabama Huntsville is partnering with NACC to offer dual-enrollment engineering courses By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have partnered to bring a unique opportunity to local students. The UAH – NACC Pathways Program is a joint admission program in which NACC students who plan to major in engineering can enroll in both institutions to complete the associates degree at NACC and enroll in engineering courses at UAH. “We are very pleased to establish this partnership in engineering,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “UAH

Featured image: The Collinsville Historical Association hosted a lighting ceremony to celebrate the recent restoration of the marquee sign at the Cricket Theatre in Collinsville. Visit www.SouthernTorch.com for the full report and event photos. By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com COLLINSVILLE, Ala.— Nights will soon be a lot brighter in downtown Collinsville with the restoration of the grand marquee sign at the historic Cricket Theatre in Collinsville. The Collinsville Historical Association hosted a ceremony Thursday night to celebrate the official lighting of the DeKalb County landmark’s marquee sign. Thursday night’s celebration featured live entertainment, including a special performance from the “Little Collinsville

Featured image: The Farm at Windy Hill is a self-sustaining farm in Mentone, just off of Highway 117. (Photo by Tyler Pruett) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com MENTONE, Ala. — The Farm at Windy Hill in Mentone is hosting “Open Farm Fridays” this summer. Each Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., the farm will be open to the public to buy fresh produce grown onsite and the surrounding community. The Farm at Windy Hill sits atop Lookout Mountain just outside of Mentone. It’s a short drive from Highway 117 and there are signs to direct in visitors. The farm is

Featured image: DixieLand in Sylvania is hosting a Summer Gospel Concert series every Friday until August 19. By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com SYLVANIA, Ala. — DixieLand restaurant in Sylvania is currently holding a southern gospel summer concert series. The series will last eight weeks. It began on July 1 and will feature the final concert on August 19. Each concert in the series is free and will be held inside on the stage at DixieLand. The music and fellowship will begin at 6 p.m. The kitchen at DixieLand will be in full operation, serving their famous fried catfish. Weekly headliners

Featured image: The Town of Geraldine will be hosting it’s annual “Picnic in the Park” this Saturday! By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com GERALDINE, Ala. — This Saturday, July 16, the Town of Geraldine will be hosting their annual, “Alabama Picnic in the Park.” Events will be held at the pavilion in the town park and will be going on from 4 till 7 p.m. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of live music, good food, crafts, and more! A great lineup of local bands has been assembled to provide a great day of music. Headlining the event will be Leah

Featured image: The historic Cricket Theatre in Collinsville is hosting a lighting ceremony next week to officially unveil the restored marquee By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com COLLINSVILLE, Ala.— Nights will soon be a lot brighter in downtown Collinsville. On Thursday July 14 at 7 p.m., the Collinsville Historical Association will host a ceremony to mark the official lighting of the newly restored marquee sign at the historic Cricket Theatre in Collinsville. The event will feature live entertainment, including a special performance from the “Little Collinsville Rockettes,” a troupe that includes dancers from ages 3 to 11 years old, directed by Madison

POLITICS

By Joseph M. Morgan Editor and Publisher joseph@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.— Fort Payne businesswoman Lynn Locklear Brewer recently announced her

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com SYLVANIA, Ala. — Earlier this week, Jerod Sharp qualified to run for Sylvania Town

By: Joseph M. Morgan, Editor and Publisher joseph@southerntorch.com DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.—On Tuesday July 19 at city governments throughout DeKalb County

Featured image: Geraldine’s Mayor Chuck Ables is seeking reelection on August 23 By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com GERALDINE, Ala. — Geraldine’s

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com OPELIKA, Ala. — Earlier today, Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was sentenced on

Featured image: The Fort Payne City Council passed an ordinance this week that will require all logging operations to obtain a

By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The Rainsville City Council met on Tuesday, July 5 in lieu of their

Article provided by Times Journal David Beddingfield announced Tuesday he will run for mayor of Fort Payne. Beddingfield graduated from

By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com WASHINGTON, D.C. — The anti-globalist sentiment displayed in the U.K.’s historic decision to leave the European

COMMUNITY

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Jeremiah Hastings, a student at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the American Welding Society (AWS) Greater Huntsville Section. He placed 1st in the DeKalb County Career Tech Center Advanced Welding Competition held recently.  Students from Alabama and Tennessee competed.  In addition to the scholarship, Jeremiah was awarded a welding machine valued at $1,200 donated by D&F Equipment and a three year student membership in the American Welding Society, as well as other prizes. Jeremiah was a NACC dual enrollment student at the Earnest Pruett Center of

Featured image: The town of Mentone was recently awarded a grant from ARC to develop a long-term plan for the city. By Joseph M. Morgan Editor and Publisher joseph@southerntorch.com MENTONE, Ala.— The city of Mentone will chart a course for future development with the help of a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Gov. Robert Bentley announced today. The $12,600 grant will help Mentone complete comprehensive plans that will set goals and serve as a guide for long-term community improvement and economic development initiatives. The Top of Alabama Regional Council on Governments (TARCOG) will help complete the plan, which will involve

FAITH

By Lucas Pruett You know what is one of the main things we seek in our lives on a daily basis? Compassion. We don’t realize it at all but we want so badly for someone to have compassion on us. That is why we seek help from others during our times of trouble or that we are so quick to pick up the phone when we are feeling down. We want someone to come into our narratives and help. We also sometimes want someone to come into our narratives and just let us know that they care. Humans desire compassion.

By Dr. John E. Morgan Pastor–Collinsville Baptist Church Twenty years ago we were all excited about the Summer Olympics. In Atlanta. Gloria, John and I all volunteered.  Gloria with gymnastics.  John at the stadium for track and field.  And I volunteered for a month in downtown Atlanta at the Main Press Center just across the street from Centennial Park. That put me in the middle of a lot of action.  I worked the night shift so I arrived as journalists were flowing in from events to write stories.  And the free music in the park was blaring away.  Things didn’t

SPORTS

By Tyler Pruett Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Small business owner Gary Hartline is announcing his run for Rainsville City Council Place #3. Hartline is a longtime resident of Rainsville, and said he is excited about the prospect of serving its citizens. Hartline and his wife Tammy have been married for 28 years, and have two children, Kisha and Thomas. Hartline is the son of Jerry D. Hartline and and Shirley Hall Mitchell. He graduated from Plainview High School in 1986. Hartline and his wife are the owners of an inflatables company, number1party.com, a business the couple founded in

Congratulations to Roger Wigley and his team, Winner of the Pro ET at the Sand Mountain Dragway in Section, on July 9, 2016. Josh Powell and his team were the runners-up.

OPINION

Featured image: The national media over exaggerated Micah Johnson’s (left) military training, much the same as in 2013 when Christopher Dorner (right) cowardly gunned down police officers and civilians in Los Angeles. By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com In the event of every mass shooting, the pundits and anchors on the national media networks are quick to point out that they don’t want to sensationalize a monster. Some refrain from even using their name, which is largely symbolic, given that other outlets will use it incessantly. But when the alleged shooter has a military background, the national media seems to unintentionally

Featured image: Mine-Resistant Armored Protected Vehicles (MRAPS) being shipped for duty around the globe. Similar vehicles painted white and marked “U.N.” caused an internet stir late last week when seen in Virginia. By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com For those of us (which is most of us) who view our Facebook feed daily, we are always inundated with those news stories that seem plausible, but also seem a little far-fetched. As the world of social media continuously evolves, “faux-media” seems to be popping up more than real news information. Even myself who follows legitimate news outlets from around the globe