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By Zach Hester, Reporter • zach@southerntorch.com DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The DeKalb County Board of Education held a called meeting on Friday, July 12.  The following retirements/resignations were accepted: Cyndy Smith – Network Manager (12 month) at Central Office (retirement,

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On July 9th Chief Randy Bynum stated a call came into the Fort Payne Police Department requesting officers to respond to 305 Bus Circle SW. Fort Payne Fire Medics were already on scene

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The City of Fort Payne recently announced they would be purchasing blank pavers to go in Patriot’s Memorial Park.  The pavers, which will be replaced by engraved pavers as they are

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden: Over the last several weeks, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has added several new K-9 units!  The new K-9 program includes 3 new narcotics

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Players in Progress are beyond exited to present the classic play “Parfumerie”. The show is a delightful mix of romantic comedy and slice-of-life workplace drama. This story of the employees of a small

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor • marla@southerntorch.com COLLINSVILLE, Ala. — In DeKalb and Jackson Counties, we know football fans are anticipating the upcoming football season as much as we are. Football is a way of life for us, even our

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor • marla@southerntorch.com COLLINSVILLE, Ala. — The Southern Torch Coach of the Week is Coach James (Ernie) Willingham, Head Coach of the Collinsville Panthers Varsity Football Team.   Coach Ernie Willingham is a Collinsville graduate.  After

Day Trip Turns Deadly

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor • marla@southerntorch.com SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, on June 4, an incident occurred on a day trip at the Jackson County Park that resulted in the death of a resident

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On Wednesday, July 3, local businessman Wayne Devan Lowe passed away at his home surrounded by family.  Devan was born on July 24, 1939 in Dekalb County, Alabama. He was a lifelong resident

By Zach Hester, Reporter • zach@southerntorch.com DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — At this week’s meeting of the DeKalb County Commission, it was announced that the Kilpatrick community would see some updates to their roads. Lucas Blankenship of Top of Alabama Regional