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By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.—The 2016 DeKalb County VFW Spring Fling fair is in town this week. The fair will run from April 26  through April 30 and gates will open at 5 p.m. each night. . Admission to the fair is $1 for everyone ages 6 and up. April 26 through April 28 will be $12 armband nights, then April 29 and April 30 will be $15 armband nights. For those who are not interested in the “all you can ride” armband packages, there will also be individual ride tickets available as well for $1.25 a

Featured image: Dekalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow (right) and District II Commissioner Derek Caldwell (left) present plaques to local scouts (Photo by Tyler Pruett). By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Dekalb County Commission held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 26 beginning at 10 am. Commission President Ricky Harcrow began the meeting by approving the previous minutes. For the first order of business, the commission honored five local scouts for attaining the highest rank of Eagle Scout. District II Commissioner Derek Caldwell also took time to honor long-time Scoutmaster Don Brown. Each scout received a

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com Dr. John Morgan contributed to this article, photos by Dr. John Morgan COLLINSVILLE, Ala.— The Collinsville Historical Association (CHA) held their 2016  Annual Meeting, last weekend at Cricket Theatre at 2 p.m. CHA holds an annual meeting open to the public each year to bring the community up to date on current and recent projects and give those in attendance an opportunity to view the museum and  hear from a guest speaker. The CHA 2016 Annual Meeting guest speaker this year was Stan Bradley from Birmingham. Bradley’s mother was a member of the Weaver family,

By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala.— A men’s bible study group from Collinsville Baptist Church is organizing the community to pack 100,000 meals for starving children in third world countries. Collinsville Baptist Church Youth Director Luke Laney is directing the event. The event will take place this Saturday, April 30th at the Dekalb County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville. The group from Collinsville Baptist is organizing the event for the “Feed My Starving Children” charity, that provides pre-packed meals for children in countries such as Nepal, Haiti, and Nicaragua. Each meal contains items such as rice, soy, vegetables, and chicken flavored

For immediate release—April 26, 2016 The Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Northeast Alabama Community College was recently recognized and awarded for achievement at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention held in National Harbor, MD, on April 7-9, 2016. Phi Theta Kappa officers Natalie Hitchcock, Griffin Horton, Ramsey Knott, Trent Linderman, and Hannah Wootten attended the convention, accompanied by Chapter Advisor, Brad Fricks. At the convention, NACC received two international awards.  The officer team received the Distinguished Officer Team Award for outstanding leadership and teamwork. The Psi Epsilon Chapter was also named a Distinguished Chapter. This designation is given

April 30-May 1: Tennessee Cowboy Mounted Shooters Competition– Northeast Agri-Business Center in Rainsville. April 30: Fifth Alabama Brass Band and Sacred Harp Singers– Dekalb Theatre in Fort Payne at 2 p.m. Admission is Free. May 1 – 8: Hope Puppets Ministries– At Rainsville First Baptist.  Call 256-638-3141 for information or order free tickets at rainsvillefirst.com. May 7: Mid-South Paint Horse Show– At the Northeast Agri-Business Center on Rainsville at 8:00 a.m. May 7: Canyon Fiesta– From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Little River Canyon Center. May 12-15: 18th Annual US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale– Follow the scenic U.S.

Contributed by Southern Torch Wedding Giveaway winner Charity Hester You know that saying people say in a clumsy attempt to lend comfort to a friend during a breakup or relationship fail?   “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”  Kahlil Gibran.   For the most part, this short sentence is tossed out into the wind without much thought.  Much less an actual hope of the return of that loved someone. Our story is when love returns.  It may be cliché, it may be incredibly cheesy, but

Featured image: Remembering those who were lost on April 27, 2011 Tornado Memorial Ceremony at the Dekalb Coliseum in Rainsville April 23 at 1:00 p.m.

To nominate your mom on the Southern Torch Facebook page, simply post a picture of her, or tell us in 25 words or less why your mom deserves to win. The contest begins April 25th, and will end May 3rd at 10 a.m. The post with the most likes will be our winner. Please inlude the hashtag #STmothersDay in your post.

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.—The Native Rewards app reached its 1,000th download last week, and to celebrate the milestone, Native Inc. awarded the individual who was the 1,000th person to download the app, Lori Griggs of Collinsville, with $1,000 in cash. The locally owned marketing strategy and software development company launched the Native Rewards app on March 15, 2016. Griggs downloaded the Native Rewards app to shop at Fort Payne Footworks in order to receive the 20 percent discount the local retailer offers exclusively to those who shop in their store using the app. Native Director of

POLITICS

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

By Staff Reports GERALDINE, Ala.— The Geraldine Town Council met April 4th for their regular monthly meeting. The Council heard

By Staff Reports VALLEY HEAD, Ala.— Democrat Bill Monroe officially kicked off his campaign for DeKalb County Superintendent of Education

By Staff Reports MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama Senate Republican Caucus leadership commented Wednesday on the passage of the Education Trust Fund

COMMUNITY

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.—The 2016 DeKalb County VFW Spring Fling fair is in town this week. The fair will run from April 26  through April 30 and gates will open at 5 p.m. each night. . Admission to the fair is $1 for everyone ages 6 and up. April 26 through April 28 will be $12 armband nights, then April 29 and April 30 will be $15 armband nights. For those who are not interested in the “all you can ride” armband packages, there will also be individual ride tickets available as well for $1.25 a

Featured image: Dekalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow (right) and District II Commissioner Derek Caldwell (left) present plaques to local scouts (Photo by Tyler Pruett). By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Dekalb County Commission held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 26 beginning at 10 am. Commission President Ricky Harcrow began the meeting by approving the previous minutes. For the first order of business, the commission honored five local scouts for attaining the highest rank of Eagle Scout. District II Commissioner Derek Caldwell also took time to honor long-time Scoutmaster Don Brown. Each scout received a

FAITH

POV

By Dr. John E. Morgan Pastor–Collinsville Baptist Church Death Valley.  We searched closely for life.  And more closely for any break from the heat.  It was June.  The temperature under the edge of the roof of the Ranger Station in Furnace Creek read 123 degrees. The six of us had entered Death Valley coming over the mountains from Nevada on our second family trip west.  As we paused at the top of the mountain, we could see a lot of rocks.  Dust.  Sand.  An occasional dust covered weed.  And could feel the terrible heat.  Signs as you enter the park

A Sweet Time

By Dr. John E. Morgan Pastor–Collinsville Baptist Church We were traveling with Mohammed.  We had met him when we checked into our very old hotel in the Old City in Jerusalem.  He was the hotel engineer, handy man, greeter, do everything guy. First he smiled and gave us a cup of Mohammed coffee.  Then he invited us to go with him to Jericho, his home town, the next day.  I am quite sure our parents and sisters would have told us not to go with a man we had known for only a day in a country where we did

SPORTS

By: Joseph M. Morgan COLLINSVILLE, Ala.—TUESDAY, May 3—The Collinsville Panthers defeated the Fultondale Wildcats 2-1 tonight in the first round of the playoffs for Varsity Boys Class 1A – 3A. The game was delayed for two hours and two minutes from its scheduled start of 5 p.m. after the AHSAA sent the officials to Birmingham in error instead of sending them to Collinsville who hosted tonight’s game. Collinsville’s Bryan Barrientos put the Panthers ahead 1-0 on a kick from the right side that just got across the line into the goal with 18:23 left in the first half. It looked

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com Plainview 9, Ider 6 RAINSVILLE, Ala.—Class 3A, No. 5 ranked Plainview Lady Bears defeated the Class 2A, No. 3 Ider Lady Hornets in the Championship game of the Dekalb County Softball Tournament, Saturday night. Ider had the 5-4 lead in the third but  Anabelle Brown scored in the fourth to tie the game.  Jenna Maze scored two to increase the Hornet lead to 7-5.  Mackenzie Hughes brought in Catlin Tinker on a single to make the score 7-6.  That was the last time the Lady Hornets would score.   In the sixth inning, Anabelle

OPINION

Make your own destiny

By Diego Reynoso diego@southerntorch.com I know it has been a while since I last wrote to all of you. I apologize for that. I have been busy since the last column I wrote. Let’s start from the beginning. In March I had my last Pet scan to date. If you don’t know I have them every 3 months. The report was good. Even though she did not exactly say I was in full remission, she did say all is good. Unfortunately she wanted me to stay on the more aggressive chemo. I asked her why and she stated that since

Guest Editorial: By State Sen. Steve Livingston When I ran in 2014, I promised to keep you updated on the political debates in Montgomery.  Today, I want to spend a few minutes explaining why funding Medicaid, the federally mandated insurance program for low-income pregnant women, senior citizens, children, and the disabled, is the central challenge for state lawmakers. Last week, the Legislature passed a $1.8 billion budget for the state General Fund. Keep in mind that Alabama is one of only a few states in the country with two budgets: the General Fund allocates all non-education state spending, which includes