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PHOTO: Jessica Procter was crowned Miss Alabama 2017 and will be addressing the Fort Payne Chamber’s Women in Business Luncheon on August 8th. (Contributed Photo | Miss Alabama 2017) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor  tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Fort Payne Chamber of

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The following are reported incidents, arrests, and accidents from the Fort Payne Police Department for Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20. MONDAY, July 17 Reported Incidents (7/17) Criminal Mischief – Occurred at Chick-Fil-A, sod and an

PHOTO: Police are currently looking for Miles Thomas Woodside, 38 of Rainsville (formerly Fort Payne). Woodside is wanted for an assault and stolen vehicle in Rainsville last Friday, as well as charges related to stolen guitars from the Rainsville Church of

PHOTO: Doyle Cordell Hawk, 42 of New Market, has been charged with the break-in at the Rainsville RiteAid two weeks ago. Hawk is currently being held in the Madison County Jail. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor 

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The following are reported incidents, arrests, and accidents from the Fort Payne Police Department for Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16. FRIDAY, July 14 Reported Incidents (7/14) Theft of Property – Occurred at Wal-Mart, a 50”

PHOTO: Rep. Tommy Hanes (R) has announced he will be seeking re-election in District 23. In addition to Scottsboro, District 23 covers the Jackson County communities of Stevenson, Hollywood, Section, Pisgah, and Bridgeport, as well as Powell in DeKalb County. (Contributed Photo

PHOTO: The Fort Payne City Board of Education met on Thursday, July 21 for their monthly meeting. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — (Full Video at the Bottom) To begin July’s regular meeting, The

PHOTO: A former contract employee at the DeKalb County Detention Center, two inmates, and a contract jail LPN have been booked on charges stemming from promoting prison contraband. (The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office) By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — According

PHOTO: Over the last week, the City of Fort Payne held ribbon cuttings for a new Chick-Fil-A, Applebee’s, UPS Store, and the Chamber of Commerce’s new Loft Apartments, overlooking Gault Avenue. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com

PHOTO: Our Sports Editor Marla Jones with the Lions’ Head Coach, Miles Holcomb! (Amy Thrash | Southern Torch) Marla Jones, Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com CROSSVILLE, Ala. — The Southern Torch Coach of the Week is Miles Holcomb, Head Coach of the Crossville