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By Joseph M. Morgan RAINSVILLE, Ala.—The Rainsville City Council voted last week to end a 30+year relationship with the city’s bank, First Bank of the South, following news that the bank would be merging with First State Bank where Mayor

Featured image: A recent directive from the Obama administration, combined with the controversial changing of corporate policies, has fueled the debate regarding the rights of transgender individuals to choose the restroom that coincides with their self-identified gender. By Joseph M. Morgan

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com VALLEY HEAD, Ala.— Shaw Industries Group Inc. announced this week that the company will be closing its Valley Head plant, displacing 183 DeKalb County jobs. Company representatives said Shaw will plan to consolidate production from

Featured image: At their meeting this week, the DeKalb County Board of Education completely rewrote the formula for calculating student GPA and class ranking. By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.—The DeKalb County Board of Education voted earlier this week

Opinion/Editorial By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com On Friday, April 13, the U.S. departments of Justice and Education jointly released guidelines regarding the use of bathrooms by students who identify as “transgender” to America’s public schools. The directive ask that schools accommodate

Down But Not out: Red Devils seek redemption in Game 2  By Joseph M. Morgan MONTGOMERY, Ala.—In an exciting opening round of the 2016 AHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Championship at Montgomery’s Paterson Field Tuesday between Fyffe High School and

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.— The 18th Annual Hwy 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale kicked off yesterday, Thursday May 12 and will run through Sunday, May 15 along a 502-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 11 that comes

Featured image: Members of the Rainsville city government, DeKalb County Commission, Rainsville Chamber of Commerce, and Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter cut the ribbon on the new Rainsville Municipal Annex. By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala. — On Wednesday, the City of

Featured image: Even after extensive cleaning, the graffiti leaves behind a stain on the rocks By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com SAND ROCK, Ala.— On or shortly before Monday, May 2, someone heavily graffitied the rocks at Cherokee Rock Village in Sand

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com FORT PAYNE, Ala.—Plainview High School’s award-winning Plainview Bear Theatre company will present a stage performance of the musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” a play that retells the classic children’s story,  “The Princess and the Pea”