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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

PHOTO: The City of Fort Payne named it’s new appointees to the DeKalb-Cherokee Gas Board at a Special Called meeting held at noon today, November 29. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)  By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor  tyler@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. —

PHOTO: This year, the Northeast Alabama Marine Corps league hopes to provide toys for approximately 800 DeKalb County children in need. (LaRue Hardinger | NE AL Marine Corps League) By C. Campbell, Staff Writer cody@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Out of

Editor’s Note: The following letter was submitted to the Southern Torch by Rainsville citizen Regina Randolph on November 22, 2016, and does not necessarily express the opinions of the Southern Torch. If you have thoughts you would like to be considered for

PHOTO: The Mentone Market caught fire early Wednesday morning. (Photo Credit: WHNT News 19)  By Staff Reports MENTONE, Ala. — Early on Wednesday morning, a fixture of the Mentone community caught fire. According to the reports, the building caught on fire

PHOTO: Tidwell, 34 of Henagar, was arrested for a long list of charges after escaping arrest from deputies last month. (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office) By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On October 28, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputies and Henagar Police