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By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com SYLVANIA, AL — On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 the Sylvania City Council moved to appoint a new mayor in the wake of Emily Wooten’s resignation. Wooten resigned on Jan. 7 when the city council convened for

By Joseph M. Morgan joseph@southerntorch.com DEKALB CO, Ala.—Ninth Circuit Judge Jeremy Taylor ruled earlier this week that former Fyffe Coach Neal Thrash be granted a hearing before the full board of the DeKalb County Schools BOE to discuss the events

By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com WASHINGTON, D.C.— DeKalb County’s representatives in Washington D.C.—U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions and U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt—each offered responses to President Obama’s State of the Union speech earlier this week. Sen. Shelby released

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee passed a resolution yesterday formally asking Rep. Mike Hubbard to step down as Speaker of the Alabama House. “The Alabama Republican Party strongly believes the needs of our state must be the first priority

By Karah Wilson karah@southerntorch.com RAINSVILLE, Ala.— This Friday and Saturday the Professional Bull Riders will be hosting the 11th Annual Bull Bash. This event is sponsored by AutoNation Ford of Fort Payne and the DeKalb County Farmer’s Co-Op and hosted

Submitted to Southern Torch by Emily Lewis RAINSVILLE, Ala.—You do not want to miss the Players in Progress (PIP) Theatre Company’s latest production, Peter & Wendy by Jeremy Bloom, which goes up this weekend at the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center

Bears defeat North Jackson in championship By Marla Jones marla@southerntorch.com Plainview 68-North Jackson 60 RAINSVILLE, Ala.—The Plainview Bears faced the North Jackson Chiefs in the Championship round of the 2015 First State Bank Shootout. Plainview led the Chiefs in the

By Tyler Pruett tyler@southerntorch.com DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.—People across Alabama and throughout most of the eastern United States experienced a very warm, soggy Christmas this year. No area of the state was able to avoid the massive rainfall, but which hit

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala.—Last week the city of Fort Payne was designated a Valley Sustainable Silver Community by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) after the city completed  a number of sustainability initiatives as a part of TVA’s Valley

By Karah Wilson karah@southerntorch.com DEKALB CO., Ala.—No doubt this was a big year for DeKalb County. From annual festivals to Fyffe going to the state play offs to new traditions, DeKalb was packed with things to do and we have