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DeKalb County Commission President Rickey Harcrow presents Mr. Hiett with a special plaque. (Photo by Marla Jones) By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Longtime DeKalb County resident Frank Hiett celebrated his 100th birthday last Friday in Rainsville at the Tom Bevill Center. A large crowd and cake were there to surprise him for his centennial. During the celebration, Hiett had a surprise of his own, entertaining the crowd by playing his mandolin. DeKalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow was in attendance. Mayor Nick Jones gave Hiett a silver dollar minted on the year of his birth and Harcrow presented him with

  By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Executive Committee of the DeKalb Baptist Association has unanimously approved to bring a new ministry to DeKalb County. This ministry is designed for the women that are released from jail in DeKalb County that have nowhere to live and to ensure they don’t end up in the same destructive environment. “We are excited and humbled by the donation of The Summit for the ministry to women who are released from the DeKalb County Jail and women who are in or come from an abusive situations,” said Harris, “The Summit is a 16,000

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Donors to the new Rainsville Veteran’s Memorial can now have a veteran’s name etched into the memorial. There is no required amount to have a veteran’s name displayed. Donations and names must be submitted no-later-than September 9 in order to have them engraved by the memorial’s planned dedication on Veterans Day, November 11.  Memorial organizers are also seeking out the oldest veteran from each branch of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) from Rainsville for the dedication ceremony. Plans are to have the oldest from each branch

Kevin Ellis of Rainsville standing the winners circle taking 1st place with his winning pro car camaro and Roger Wigley Friday night at  Sand Mountain Dragway. The runner up for the night was Jeff Bryant of Fort Payne. Photo by Kristy Gallagher

The Greenleaf Grill in Mentone has been selected as a finalist for the Bama’s Best Catfish Competition! The Greenleaf placed in the top four, with the overall winner being announced this month. Be sure to congratulate Rainsville native Jimmy Rogers, owner of the Greenleaf, and stop by to try his award-winning catfish. Another area restaurant, Pat’s Perfections in Centre, also made the top four!

By Tyler Pruett Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — On Sunday, July 31, a series of unusual radar signatures appeared over several areas of North Alabama and Tennessee on WHNT 19’s weather radar. The patterns were in a ring shape, and disappeared shortly after popping up even though the skies were clear and no precipitation was in the area. The patterns appeared over Winchester (TN), West Decatur, Huntsville, and Rainsville. While military tests at Redstone Arsenal have been known to occasionally create strange radar signatures in the past, the cause of this anomaly was something completely different. The large rings

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — On Thursday, August 4, the City of Rainsville and organizers broke ground on the Rainsville Veteran’s Memorial. The memorial will be in the center of the Rainsville City park, between the playground and tennis court. The groundbreaking is the result of the tireless work of Rainsville locals Kay Guffey and Derek Rosson. Rosson first got the idea for a Rainsville Veteran’s Memorial after seeing similar memorials in other towns across the state. Rosson is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq. With the help of

Featured image: A groundbreaking ceremony will be held next week to begin construction of the Rainsville Veterans’ Memorial. By Tyler Pruett Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Rainsville resident Derek Rosson first approached the city council on a project to build a Veterans’ Memorial at the public library around three years ago. Derek, a marine veteran with two combat tours in Iraq, was inspired to build the memorial after seeing several others around the state and believed one would be an asset to the City of Rainsville. After meeting with the city council, Rosson was informed that he needed to set

Roadside ‘Que, a new restaurant at 2842 Main Street East in Rainsville hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony this week. The restaurant is near Highway 35 and OLD Hwy 35 in Rainsville east of the Golf & Country Club.

Featured image: Local resident Carolyn Martin of Fort Payne donated a charter bus to the DeKalb County Commission that will be utilized by both the DeKalb County Schools and EMA DeKalb Schools, EMA will share dual-purpose vehicle By Joseph M. Morgan Editor and Publisher joseph@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.—The DeKalb County Commission moved to officially accept the donation of a 1990 luxury style touring charter bus from Carolyn Martin of Fort Payne that will be utilized by both the DeKalb County Schools system and the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). The bus will be completely renovated on the interior to serve

POLITICS

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com SYLVANIA, Ala. — After the results were certified, acting Sylvania Mayor Gerald Craig has

RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Former councilman Bejan Taheri has won the race for Rainsville City Council Place 2. Taheri defeated D.L.

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The votes are in, and Larry Chesser has won a second term as

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Derek Rosson has defeated Jeff Young to earn the Rainsville Place 5 seat. Rosson

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The results are up, and incumbent Joey Graham and Marshall Stiefel

SYLVANIA, Ala. — The votes are in, and Sylvania High School Senior Jerod Sharp has secured a seat on the

“No” yard sign defaced on U.S. Highway 40 at Henagar’s famous Drive-In. (Photo by Tyler Pruett) By Tyler Pruett, Managing

The following letter was submitted to the Southern Torch by Rainsville citizen Nick Hall. If you have thoughts you would

Pamela Gifford for Fyffe Town Council Submitted By Pamela Gifford FYFFE, Ala. — Hi everyone! I’m announcing my candidacy for Fyffe

COMMUNITY

DeKalb County Commission President Rickey Harcrow presents Mr. Hiett with a special plaque. (Photo by Marla Jones) By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Longtime DeKalb County resident Frank Hiett celebrated his 100th birthday last Friday in Rainsville at the Tom Bevill Center. A large crowd and cake were there to surprise him for his centennial. During the celebration, Hiett had a surprise of his own, entertaining the crowd by playing his mandolin. DeKalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow was in attendance. Mayor Nick Jones gave Hiett a silver dollar minted on the year of his birth and Harcrow presented him with

  By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Executive Committee of the DeKalb Baptist Association has unanimously approved to bring a new ministry to DeKalb County. This ministry is designed for the women that are released from jail in DeKalb County that have nowhere to live and to ensure they don’t end up in the same destructive environment. “We are excited and humbled by the donation of The Summit for the ministry to women who are released from the DeKalb County Jail and women who are in or come from an abusive situations,” said Harris, “The Summit is a 16,000

FAITH

An eyewitness recalls the 1996 bombing of Olympic Centennial Park Editor’s note: The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio have taken center stage in the U.S. and around the world. But for those of us in the South, 2016 also reminds us that this year’s Olympic Games mark the 20th Anniversary of “Our Olympic year,”—the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games—the first and only time the Deep South has been afforded the opportunity to host on this world stage.  Dr. John E. Morgan has written a brief series of articles based on his own Olympic experiences 20 years ago. At the 1996 Olympics Morgan worked alongside

By Dr. John E. Morgan Pastor–Collinsville Baptist Church It was a great family night in the middle of the celebration known as the Olympics.  My wife and I and two of our sons, aged 15 and 17, had ridden Marta into downtown Atlanta at the height of the Games. The area was full of people coming and going to events.  Tickets could be found for any event. We got one ticket to see the Dream Team play and a couple of tickets for Volleyball.    We were in the brand new Olympic Park, the triangle of land between the Omni,

SPORTS

Team Horton took the championship at the Rainsville Chamber Golf Tournament. From left to right, Tyler Horton, Anthony Horton and Tommy Horton. (Photo by Steve Eberhart) By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Team Horton took the championship at the Rainsville Chamber Scholarship Golf Tournament on August 20th at the Rainsville Country Club.

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OPINION

The following letter was submitted to the Southern Torch by Rainsville citizen Nick Hall. If you have thoughts you would like to be considered for print or posted to our website, send them to tyler@southerntorch.com.  Dear Editor, Tomorrow is Election Day in Rainsville, just as it is in cities, towns and hamlets all across our state.  By the time you read this the voting will be over and we, the citizens, will have exercised our constitutional right to select those who will represent our interest for the next few years.   I, for one, have always found municipal elections to

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