By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. – The Rainsville City Council convened at their new time of 4:15 pm (workshop) and 5:00 pm (regular meeting) at the Rainsville City Annex. Citizen Sonjia Pittman and Debbie Garner addressed the council during the work

By Kalie Davis, Staff Writer kalie@southerntorch.com SECTION, Ala. – The holiday season always brings along with it plenty of cheerful and exciting festivities. On Saturday, December 10, Something Borrowed Vintage Wedding & Event Rentals will host its Holiday Open House

Staff Reports MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Governor Robert Bentley and Interim State Forester Gary Cole have lifted the statewide Drought Emergency ‘No Burn’ Order which has been in effect since early November. Officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) say the state has received enough rainfall

PHOTO: The Pine Ridge Cafe, located between Fort Payne and Rainsville on old Highway 35, will close it’s doors on December 16. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch) By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.om PINE RIDGE, Ala. — The Pine Ridge

PHOTO: The Fort Payne City Council voted to seek an Attorney General’s opinion in an ongoing dispute with the DeKalb County Commission over housing inmates. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)  By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — At

Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Fort Payne High School’s band director Mark Andrews has been placed on administrative  leave.  According to reports, the case has been turned over to the Fort Payne Police Department. No further details have been released at

‘Alkaline’ water is the way it’s supposed to be when it comes out of the ground. (http://watertreestore.com) By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — In January 2015, a new business opened in Fort Payne near Stevi B’s.

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The following are reported incidents, arrests, and accidents from the Fort Payne Police Department for Monday, November 28 – Thursday, December 1.   MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Reported Incidents (11/28) Theft of Property – Occurred at 101 Gault Ave N,

By Staff Reports RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Be sure to check out this week’s edition of the Southern Torch! This week’s issue covers holiday events, a unique Fort Payne business, a Rainsville resident who narrowly avoided the Gatlinburg wildfires, and much more.

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions will be the first Attorney General from Alabama after President-Elect Donald Trump announced his appointment shortly after election day. By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor tyler@southerntorch.com MONTGOMERY, Ala. — For the first time in history, a United