PHOTO: When investigators and deputies arrived on County Road 333 in Geraldine to conduct a search related to a human trafficking case, a large marijuana grow was found. Rex Tidmore (right), 59 of Geraldine, was arrested on several charges. Lea Meri Hearn (31

PHOTO: DeKalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow was one of eight public officials in Alabama named to a task force to support the “Stepping Up Initiative,” which seeks to improve mental health treatment at the county level. (Tyler Pruett |

PHOTO: Rachel Abrams, whose niece was killed by dogs recently on Sand Mountain, addresses the Fort Payne Council meeting regarding the dog attack. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor FORT PAYNE, Ala. — (Video at

PHOTO: Anthony Yarborough (46 of Broomtown) is currently being held in the Cherokee County Jail after he was charged with possessing and distributing narcotics. (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office) By Staff Reports  CENTRE, Ala. — According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver: investigators from the

PHOTO: (Left to right)Timothy Wayne Smith (45 of Fort Payne), Kimberly Dawn Haston (23 of Henagar), Christopher Justin Ray (37 of Ringgold, Ga), and Jessica Constance Gilreath (29 of Crawford, Tn). (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office) By Staff Reports  FORT PAYNE, Ala. — According to DeKalb County Sheriff’s

  By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor FORT PAYNE, Ala. — (Full Video at the Bottom, Alcohol discussion begins at 25:45) In a 3-2 vote, the Fort Payne City Council approve a resolution to send the Sunday Alcohol Sales issue to Montgomery

(Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Today, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill ordered all counties in the state to count the write-in votes that were cast on election day last Tuesday. The

PHOTO: Congressman Mo Brooks (R – AL 5th District) at an event earlier this year in the park in Fort Payne. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor WASHINGTON, D.C. — UPDATE: According to the Office of Congressman

PHOTO: Jason Lee Driskill, 35 of Fort Payne and Tara Whitney Peacock, 30 of Henagar were arrested on Thursday night after being observed throwing narcotics out of a vehicle during a traffic stop. (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office) By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — According

PHOTO: The 2017 Plainview Bears Basketball Team. (Contributed Photo) By Staff Reports MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Plainview High School boys’ basketball coach Robi Coker is a big proponent of the 3-point shot. And for good reason. The Bears finished 31-5 last season reaching the