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remaining $158,000 from property sale towards building costs of the new center. The property is divided into two tracts with both being suitable for building. DeKalb County Road Superintendent Tom Broyles informed the commissioners of current road projects and of the reopening of County Road 411 and CR 453. Work will resume on CR 641 this week. Employees are continuing their grading and patching of the county roads. Broyles stated that three employees recently resigned from the department. He requested approval to hire Tim Page to replace one of the employees. The department still has two full time positions along with one part-time position opening.

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.-- (Full video online) The DeKalb County Commission held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 13. Commission President, Ricky Harcrow updated the Commissioners on the sale of the old Tourism Center property. The purchase price for the Tourism Center was $458,000. Harcrow stated that a 3-acre tract off the second Fort Payne exit, had been examined by the fellow commissioners for a potential new location of the DeKalb County Tourism Center. The Commission approved the purchase of the tract owned by Freddy Glover for $300,000. The commission will apply the

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VACCINES ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

By Marla Jones

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala-Assistant DeKalb County Board of Education Superintendent, Jennifer Williams addressed the Board at a recent meeting regarding the goals for the DeKalb County Board of Education and the 2021-2022 school year. A COVID-19 vaccine will not be required to return to school. According to Williams, the goal is to return to normalcy as much as possible in day-to-day routines, provide highquality learning opportunities, and continue to support all students’ needs. The Board will still maintain many safety

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protocols, outlined in this Reopening Plan on the DeKalb County BOE website. The Board will reduce some requirements due to the current recommendations from the CDC and ADPH to protect students and staff and will continuously monitor health and safety conditions. Instruction will be in person for students in Pre-k-12th grade. The DeKalb Virtual Academy(DVA) will remain an option for students in grades 6-12. The application period for the DVA is open through July 31. Parents should be aware that the DVA is a rigorous program where the majority of learning takes place at home. Students will be

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AL 40 TO CLOSE FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT By Marla Jones Managing Editor marla@southerntorch.com

HUNTSVILLE — The Alabama Department of Transportation advises motorists that Alabama 40 near Scottsboro will be closed this weekend for pipe replacement. The closure between Alabama 35 and Jackson County 18 will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 16. The road is anticipated to reopen by 6 a.m. Monday, July, 19. Motorists must use alternate routes. The detour for eastbound traffic is Alabama 35 southbound to Alabama 71 northbound to Alabama 40. The detour for westbound traffic is Alabama 71 southbound to Alabama 35 northbound. Commercial traffic must use official detour routes. Message boards are in place to alert motorists of the upcoming closure. Check algotraffic.com for updates. Carcel and G is the contractor on the $187,359 emergency repair project.

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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM PLANNED

ScottsboroJackson County, AL....Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program or A$AP is a program of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association. It helps the Jackson County Chapter inform students in Scottsboro and Jackson County on how to apply for UA scholarships and prepare for college. A$AP is a presentation program available to Alumni Chapters for students who are interested in attending The University of Alabama and, in particular, applying for scholarships. The Jackson County Alumni Chapter will be hosting the event by ZOOM on Sunday August 22 at 2:00

p.m. Both students and parents are encouraged to participate. All ages of high school students are welcome not just juniors and seniors. It's never too early to start preparations for college. The presentation includes: 1. Instruction on completing the online UA Admission Application and the UA Scholarship Application 2. How to best highlight high school activities and accomplishments in order to optimize opportunities to receive scholarship assistance 3. Description of available admissions merit-based award, alumni and chapter scholarships 4. Outside resources

for external scholarships 5. Information on the Alumni-hosted personalized campus visit program 6. Question and answer session to address any issues students or parents may have There will be representatives from the National Alumni Scholarship Department, UA Admissions Office, UA Early College, and the Jackson County Alumni Chapter. For more information and to get the Zoom link, contact Kristy Hammond at 205-348-1737 or khammond@alumni. ua.edu Locally, contact Rick Roden at 256-628-1212.

APARTMENT FIRE RULED ARSON By Marla Jones Managing Editor marla@southerntorch.com

Timothy Michael Cooper, 55 of Section, was arrested and charged with arson and murder, in connection with an apartment fire in Section on July 4. The fire claimed the life of an 80-year-old woman. Cooper is currently in Jackson County Jail on a $225,000 bond.


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By Steve Flowers Since I hail from Troy, Alabama, allow me to share with you the story of our only governor. Charles Henderson was not only the 35th Governor of Alabama, but he may also be one of the most profound philanthropists in Alabama history. He is unquestionably the greatest philanthropist to grace Pike County. Soon after Alabama’s 1901 Constitution was enacted, a pattern of electing well-heeled governors began. From 1910-1946 Alabama elected what we referred to as bourbon governors. They were usually successful businessmen who looked at the job as a civic role for four years. The big mules of Birmingham and the big planters of the Black Belt would meet in a board room and anoint their

candidate, who they would privately back financially. There would be no other business candidate. These big mules would team up with the probate judges who were the power brokers and usually could dictate who carried each county. Charles Henderson epitomized the governors of this bourbon era. He was governor from 1915-1919. Henderson is generally regarded as Alabama’s wealthiest governor. In fact, it was said that while he was governor, he was also the richest man in Alabama. At age 44 he founded and owned the Troy Bank and Trust Company in Troy. Additionally, he owned a myriad of banks all over Alabama including the largest bank in Huntsville. He also owned or co-owned every major

business in Troy. Charles Henderson was born in 1860 in Pike County. His father owned a mercantile business and died when Charles was 16. By 17, Charles Henderson was running his father’s business and by 20 had turned it into the largest wholesale grocery company in Southeast Alabama. By the age of 27, he had formed his own railroad company, established the Troy Normal School which later became Troy State University and now Troy University, and started the Standard Chemical Company. By the way, he was elected the Mayor of Troy at age 26. He resigned as Mayor of Troy in 1906 after being appointed President of the Alabama Railroad Commission, which not only regulated railroads but utilities also. It is now known as the

Public Service Commission. During this era, he brought telephone and electricity to Troy. He owned both entities. He also owned the Pea River Utility Company. At 54, Charles Henderson was elected Alabama’s 35th Governor. He is known in history as Alabama’s Business Governor. When he took office, the state was broke. When he left in 1919, the state coffers were flush, which was apropos for the state’s “Business Governor.” Charles Henderson’s greatest legacy is not as governor, but as the most altruistic philanthropist in Pike County’s history. Henderson left a will that set up trusts before they were common. He set up a trust foundation with his vast wealth that is simply remarkable. He and his wife, Laura, were

childless. He took care of her financially. However, he also took care of the children of Pike County. He understood the power of compound interest. He left a corpus of money in trust with the directions that it should be left alone to compound for 20-years. At that time, the money was to be used to build schools for Pike County. The interest off of his trust built every school in Pike County. The high school I graduated from was appropriately named Charles Henderson High School. His will called for the interest of his trust to go to medical care for Pike County children after it had built all the schools. In 1979 the Charles Henderson Child Health Center was built in Troy.

It is a state-of-the-art health clinic that allures the best pediatricians and pediatric dentists from throughout the country. Every child in Pike County can receive medical and dental care equal to that seen by children in Manhattan, free of charge, thanks to Governor Charles Henderson. Governor Henderson died on January 7, 1937 at age 77 from a stroke caused by influenza. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Troy. An eternal flame illuminates his grave 24 hours a day. Appropriately, it is furnished by the City of Troy utilities which he founded. Charles Henderson was indeed a remarkable man. See you next week.

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July 17th, Aeromyth @ Boom Days in Fort Payne Aeromyth Aerosmith Tribute is proud to be a part of this wonderful event! Fort Payne Boom Days Heritage Celebration has a much deeper breadth of events and activities and a much further reach bringing in tourists from all over the region. It’s a significant cultural event for our city

celebrating Fort Payne’s unique beginnings nearly 130 years ago. Boom Days Heritage Celebration honors Fort Payne’s rich cultural past with events that tie the history to the present. July 17, Third Saturday Sunset Cruise-In - @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Get your motor running for the Third Saturday Sunset Cruise-In, which features more than 200 classic cars and trucks in historic downtown Fort Payne. July 17, Mentone Farmers Market Saturday, Jul 17, 2021 at 10:00am 6139 Alabama Highway 117 Mentone, AL 35984 Saturdays, 10AM - 1PM

July 17, BHB of Alabama - 9 AM to 5PM BHB July event benefiting The Summit of Fort Payne. Located at Kilgore Pharmacy at 103 Greenhill BLVD NW, Fort Payne AL. Live music performed by Aubrey Itson. Bring the whole family and enjoy! July 22, The Sock Hop DeKalb County Senior Prom - "Sock Hop" Thursday 5 PM - 8 PM Located at Wills Valley Recreation Center. 4220 Godfrey Ave. NE Fort Payne, AL. For DeKalb County Residents, ages 55 and older. Free admission. Music will be provided by the band Still KickiN. Dress casual or 50's style with poodle

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Wildcat - Freshman orientation. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm at Scottsboro High School. Students may be dropped off and picked up at the entrance to Hambrick Hall. Lunch will be serverd. August 6, Alabama Auburn

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IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA

IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA

STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF DEKALB

CASE NO.: 2021-2052

IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA

STATE OF ALABAMA IN THE PROBATE COURT

CASE NO.: 2021-2053

IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA CASE NO.: 2021-163

CASE NO.: 2021-203

DEKALB COUNTY

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Billy J. Reed, DECEASED

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CAROLYN W. PHILLIPS, deceased

NOTICE OF ADOPTION PROCEEDINGS

NOTICE OF ADOPTION PROCEEDINGS

NOTICE TO: CARLOS GUSTAVO PENA

NOTICE TO: CARLOS GUSTAVO PENA

RE: Petition for Adoption of A. P. (DOB: 09/05/2006) Please take notice that a Petition for Adoption has been filed in said Court by Damian Diaz Arano and that on the 18 day of August 2021, at 10 am has been set for a hearing on the same in the Probate Court of Dekalb County. Please be advised that if you intend to contest said Petition you must file a written response with the attorney for the Petitioner named below and with the Clerk of the Probate Court, 300 Grand Avenue SW, Suite 100, Fort Payne, AL 35967 as soon as possible but no later than thirty (30) days from the day this notice is received.

RE: Petition for Adoption of G. P. (DOB: 06/05/2004) Please take notice that a Petition for Adoption has been filed in said Court by Damian Diaz Arano and that on the 18 day of August, 2021, at 10a.m. has been set for a hearing on the same in the Probate Court of Dekalbounty. Please be advised that if you intend to contest said Petition you must file a written response with the attorney for the Petitioner named below and with the Clerk of the Probate Court, 300 Grand Avenue SW, Suite 100, Fort Payne, AL 35967 as soon as possible but no later than thirty (30) days from the day this notice is received.

Said notice to be published July 9, 16, & 23.

Said notice to be published July 9, 16, & 23.

NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters Testamentary in the matter of the estate of Billy J. Reed, Case No. 2021-163, having been granted to the undersigned on the 7th day of July, 2021 by the Honorable Ronnie Osborn, Probate Judge of said county, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. This the 7th day of July, 2021.

PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE'S NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters Testamentary on the Estate of CAROLYN W. PHILLIPS, deceased, having been granted to REBECCA SMITH and JESSICA HICKS on the 21 day of June, 2021, by the Honorable RONNIE OSBORN, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred.

Said notice to be published July 9, 16, & 23.

Said notice to be published July 2, 9, & 16.

CASE # 2021-175 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Violet Wadkins DECEASED NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters of Administration in the matter of the estate of Violet Wadkins, Case No. 2021-175 having been granted to the undersigned on the 25th day of May, 2021 by the Honorable Ronnie Osborn, Judge of Probate of said county, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. This the 28th day of June, 2021. Said notice to be published July 2, 9, & 16.

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IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA

STATE OF ALABAMA IN THE PROBATE COURT

STATE OF ALABAMA IN THE PROBATE COURT

STATE OF ALABAMA IN THE PROBATE COURT

In the Probate Court of Jackson County, Alabama In the Matter of the Estate of Walter A. Southeard Case No.: 31-122

CASE NO.: 2021-204

DEKALB COUNTY

DEKALB COUNTY

DEKALB COUNTY

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Henry Max Coker, Jr., deceased

CASE # 2021-188

CASE # 2021-262

CASE # 2021-225

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Joe E. Kennamer DECEASED

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF Jeremy Glenn Bell, DECEASED

NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND FOR LETTERS TESTAMENTARY To: Dallas Southeard and Danielle Southeard NOTICE OF CUSTODY PROCEEDINGS You are hereby given notice that a Petition for Probate of Will and for Letters Testamentary has been filed by Mary Benefield in the Estate of Walter A. Southeard, deceased. Said notice to be published July 2, 9, & 16.

PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE'S NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters Testamentary on the Estate of CHenry Max Coker, Jr., deceased, having been granted to Terri Beth Goodman on the al day of ,2021, by the Honorable RONNIE OSBORN, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. Said notice to be published July 2, 9, & 16.

NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters of Administration in the matter of the estate of Joe E. Kennamer, Case No. 2021-188 having been granted to the undersigned on the 24th day of June, 2021 by the Honorable Ronnie Osborn, Judge of Probate of said county, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred, This the 24th day of June, 2021. Said notice to be published July 2, 9, & 16.

NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WAYNE KITTLE, DECEASED.

Letters of Administration in the matter of the estate of Jeremy Glenn Bell, Case No. 2020-262, having been granted to the undersigned on the 7th day of July, 2021 by the Honorable Andrew Hairston, Circuit Judge, as acting Probate Judge of said county, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. This the 7th day of July, 2021.

LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION ON THE ESTATE OF WAYNE KITTLE, DECEASED, having been granted to the undersigned on the 9 day of July, 2021, by the Honorable Ronnie Osborn, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred.

Said notice to be published July 16, 23, & 30.

Said notice to be published July 16, 23, & 30.

DEFAULT HAVING BEEN MADE in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Karen Malone and Mike Simmon a/k/a Albert M. Simmons, the mortgagors, to First Bank of the South, the mortgagee, which mortgage was dated October 9, 2001, and which was recorded on October 17, 2001 in Mortgage Book 987, Page 325 in the Office of the Judge of Probate, DeKalb County, Alabama; and that certain mortgage executed by Jack M. Malone and Karen Malone, the mortgagors, to First Bank of the South, the mortgagee, which mortgage was dated November 2, 1996, and which was recorded on B November 7, 1996 in Mortgage M Book 754, Page 52 in the Office of the Judge of Probate, DeKalbm County, Alabama; AND DEFAULT CONTINUING, notice hereby is given that under the power of sale contained in said mortgages, I will, on behalf of First State Bank of DeKalb County, as successor in interest to First Bank of the South, proceed to sell on August 24, 2021, during the legal hours of sale; to-wit: 11:00 o'clock a.m. to 4:00 o'clock p.m., in front of the main entrance door to the DeKalb County Courthouse in Fort Payne, Alabama, to the highest, best, and last bidder for cash, the following described real estate situated in DeKalb County, Alabama, and described as follows: Lot 4, in Block 1, of the Woodridge Estates Subdivision, as shown by plat or map recorded in the office of the Judge of Probate for DeKalb County, Alabama, in Plat Book 5, at Page 223, to which reference is hereby made for a more particular description. Said sale is for the purpose of securing payment of the indebtedness secured by said Mortgages, together with the costs of foreclosure. Alabama law gives some persons who have an interest in property the right to redeem the property under certain circumstances. Programs may also exist that help persons avoid or delay the foreclosure process. An attorney should be consulted to help you understand these rights and programs as a part of the foreclosure process. Said notice to be published July 16, 23, & 30.

OBITUARIES Wilson Misty Dawn Laugherty - 46, of Gadsden, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Riverview Medical Center. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home with burial following. Hunter Long - 62, of Fort Payne, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Huntsville Hospital. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley Head Cemetery. Lottie Kate McNew - 94, of Collinsville, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021 at her home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at McNew Family Cemetery. Kathy Jane Walker Meadows - 61 of Fort Payne, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021 at her residence. Mrs. Meadows was born on October 29, 1959. A memorial service will be held at later date.

Phyllis Ann Kirk - 74, of Rainsville, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021 at her home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Burt Lura Bell Henderson - 87, passed away at her residence on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Date of Funeral: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2pm. Carol Smith Teat - 67, of Fort Payne, Alabama passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Funeral: Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 3pm. Kitty Garrett Curington - 80, There are no services planned at this time.

Cornerstone Katie Marlene Raper Smith - 61 of South Pittsburgh, TN died Tuesday, July 6 at her residence. Funeral services are Friday, July 9 at 4 pm at Coppinger Cove.

Jack Bruce "Sonny" Miller - 70 of Fort Payne died Wednesday, July 7 at his residence. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, July 11 at 3 pm. Birthel Eugne "Bert" Overby - 86 of Henagar died on Thursday, July 8 at his home. Funeral services are Sunday, July 11 at 3:00 PM. Betty Irene Wilson Toney - 77 Ider died Sunday, July 11 at Dekalb Regional Medical Center. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 22 at 1 pm.

Crossville Devourah “Dee” Frith - 75 of Crossville passed away Friday July 9, 2021 at Crossville Health and Rehab. She will have a Graveside Service 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11.

Geraldine Leon Kilgo - 68 of Crossville, Alabama passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021 at Marshal Medical Center South. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Geraldine Funeral Home Chapel, Burial will follow.

Kerby Teddy Potter - 67 of Huntsville, (formerly of Scottsboro), Passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Wayne Lawhorn 60 of Pisgah, Alabama. Passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 2PM. Ronnie Hendricks - 74 of Pisgah, AL passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 11AM.

Rainsville Helen Caruso - 91 formerly of Fyffe, Alabama passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Asheville, North Carolina. Grave side services will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11AM.

Scottsboro Judy G. Sims - 73 of Gurley, Alabama passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Huntsville Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021.

Mable Kay Venable - 93 of Scottsboro, Alabama passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11. Robert E. “Daddy Bob” Campbell - 93 of Hollywood, Alabama passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021 at his home in Chickenfoot. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. Rene “Cass” Castillo - 81, of Scottsboro, passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021. Mr. Castillo was a retired United States Army Veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

W.T. Wilson Patricia Gail Brewster Henderson - passed away July 6th. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Friday, July 9th.

Shirley Ann Thompson - 74, of Fyffe passed away July 6th, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Friday, July 9th. Thomas Ray Carroll - 78 of Boaz, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Kenneth Edison Hicks - 72 of Pisgah, passed away Friday, July 9, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 11:30am. John Rusty Powell - 59 of Powell, passed away Friday, July 9, 2021. A Memorial service will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Virginia Theo Womack - 50 of Crossville, passed away July 11th, 2021. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday, July 18th, 2021 from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.--On July 1, DeKalb County Circuit Judges along with the DeKalb County Commission held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated courtrooms at the DeKalb County Courthouse. The courtroom renovations, completed during the pandemic shutdown, were the first in decades. These improvements were performed primarily by county employees, conserving tax money. Vintage law books were also presented to local librarians from across the county, to add to their collections.

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Comm FROM PAGE 1 DeKalb County Engineer Ben Luther presented the awards for the Federal Aid Resurfacing Project for County Road 26 and County Road 83. Charles Watts was awarded the bid resurfacing for County Road 26. The County will not have to match any federal money for this project. Wiregrass was awarded the bid for the County Road 83 project, with the use of federal funds, the County will be responsible for approximately $142,000 to complete the resurfacing. A bush cutter slung debris through a picture window, at property owned by Bryan Blewett. Luther requested that the damage

claim be forwarded to the insurance carrier for payment. Luther presented the annual bid of liquid calcium chloride for the County. Southerneatern will renew at present prices through 2022. Brad Gregg, Chief Deputy for the DeKalb County Sheriff ’s Office requested an employee change from full-time to part-time in the Dispatch Department and the hire of one new employee. Gregg requested permission for two investigators to attend a homicide training in August. For jail personnel, Gregg requested the hire of two new employees. DeKalb County Revenue Commissioner, Tyler Wilks updated the Commission of new hires to help in rebuilding their staff after retirements and resignations. He informed the Commission that he was close to filling all the openings. The Commission praised Commissioner WIlks on keeping the Rainsville location open and running despite employee shortage. The next meeting of the DeKalb County Commission will be on August 10 at 10 a.m.

Vacc FROM PAGE 1 required to attend the DVA campus for testing. Regardless of whether the students attend school on campus or enroll in the virtual program, they will be expected to attend regularly and following the board-approved attendance policy. Parents are advised to monitor flu and COVID-19 symptoms before sending children to school. A student with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher should not be sent to school. Hand washing will still be emphasized throughout the day. Soap, hand sanitizer, and other sanitizing products will be provided by the school district. Sanitation equipment will still be used to sanitize common areas. Cleaning schedules will be followed to ensure daily sanitation and cleanliness of facilities. Buses will be sanitized regularly. Custodial staff will receive ongoing training in recommending sanitation and cleanliness. The decision to wear a mask by any student or employee will be a personal decision. The school system will support

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RAINSVILLE, Ala.-- The DeKalb County Board of Education held their regularly scheduled meeting on July 9. (Full video online). Mary Crosby of the Grove Oak Volunteer Fire Department requested that the Board sell a parcel of property that once housed the Grove Oak School to the department. The Fire Department has a fire hall on the adjacent property and would like to expand. The Department will build a helicopter pad and storm shelter to better serve the community. The Board agreed to sell the property to help their expansion for $1. The Grove Oak Fire Department will pay for all legal fees to transfer ownership. The following Retirements/ Resignations were approved: • Angela Dawn Bailey - Itinerant Special Education Bus Aide Fyffe Special Services Center - Retirement - 7/1/21 • Delane Westbrook - Itinerant Special Education Bus Aide Fyffe Special Services Center - Retirement - 8/1/21 • Shane Stewart Itinerant Special Education Teacher Collinsville High School - Resignation - 6/16/21 • Kacy Wooten English Language Arts Teacher - Ider High School - Resignation - 6/30/21 • Dusty Darnell - P.E. Teacher - Crossville High School - Resignation - 6/14/21 • Lori Biddle Elementary Teacher -

Sylvania High School - Resignation - 6/21/21 • Ashton Traffanstedt - Elementary Teacher Collinsville High School - Resignation - 6/27/21 • Lauren Roszell Band Director - Geraldine High School Resignation - 6/30/21 • Seth Busby Secondary Social Sciences Teacher Plainview High School - Resignation - 7/2/21 • Macy Cole Elementary TeacherCrossville Elementary School - Resignation - 6/29/21 • Christa Sims Reading Interventionist Crossville Elementary School - Resignation - 7/1/21 • Daniel Garrett - P.E. Teacher - Collinsville High School Resignation - 5/27/21 • Jon Nelson Secondary Social Sciences Teacher Crossville High School - Declined Position 6/30/21 • Rachel Johnson Itinerant Special Education Teacher Geraldine High School - Resignation - 7/2/21 • Melinda Wooden - Itinerant Special Education Paraprofessional - Plainview High School - Resignation - 7/8/21 • Donna Womack Secondary History Teacher - Sylvania High School - Retirement - 9/1/21 The following Leave of Absences was granted: • Taylor Finch Littles - Elementary Teacher Geraldine High School - 8/2/21-8/27/21 • Kennedy Brown Occupational Therapist - Annex - 8/2/21-10/19/21 • Yolanda Lopez Migrant Liaison - District - 5/12/21-6/30/21 • Michelle Norwood - Itinerant Special

Education Teacher Crossville High School - 8/1/21-7/30/22 • Becky Reeves Healthcare Instructor DeKalb County Technology Center 8/2/21-5/27/22 The following Transfers were made: • Amanda Chisenhall - Itinerant Special Needs Pre-K Paraprofessional to Itinerant Nurse at Fyffe Special Services Center • Tammy Wynn Pre-K Teacher at Henagar Jr. High School to Elementary Teacher at Ruhama Jr. High School • Brian Pool Assistant Principal Crossville High School to 12 month Principal at Crossville Middle School (Two-Year Probationary Contract 7/1/21-6/30/23) • Rob Hullet Itinerant Technology Instructional Coach for the District to Secondary Mathematics Teacher Geraldine High School • Hugh Taylor Secondary Science Teacher at Ruhama Junior High School to P.E. / Intervention Teacher at Crossville Middle School • Daniel Williams - Teacher at DVA to Technology Integration/ Math Coach for the District • Lisa Dollar Itinerant Special Education Teacher to Pre-K Teacher at Geraldine High School Alicia Wilbanks Elementary Teacher at Collinsville High School to Elementary Teacher at Sylvania High School • Allison Foster Itinerant EL Teacher at Crossville Middle School to Itinerant EL Teacher at Collinsville High School • Angela Edge Itinerant Special Education Paraprofessional to Itinerant Special Education Pre-K Paraprofessional at Fyffe

Special Services Center • Annie Varner Receptionist to Secretary at the Central Office • Courtney Waldrop - Itinerant Special Education Paraprofessional to Itinerant Special Education Teacher at Plainview High School • Jodie Rae Barton - Itinerant Special Education Paraprofessional to Itinerant Special Education Teacher at Crossville Middle School The following Placements were made(All placements are made pending a background review meeting suitability criteria and negative, pre-employment drug screen and appropriate certification): Certified Blakely Appleton - Elementary Teacher - Collinsville High School • Chelsea Patterson - Itinerant Special Education Paraprofessional - Collinsville High School • Seth Phillips Secondary Mathematics Teacher - Crossville Middle School • Jennifer Mayes Elementary Teacher Crossville Middle School • Marlene Bryant Elementary Teacher Collinsville High School • Emily Smith Business Education Teacher - Collinsville High School • Heath Blackwell - ½ Assistant Principal / ½ Teacher - DeKalb Virtual Academy • Jessica Horton Itinerant Special Education Teacher Collinsville High School • Robin Potter Elementary Teacher Collinsville High School • Hailee Miradakis - Elementary Teacher - Collinsville High School • Makayla Lacy -

DEKALB COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ADDS A NEW HELICOPTER TO FLEET FORT PAYNE, Ala. The DeKalb County Sheriff ’s Office is proud to add a new helicopter to the resources at our disposal to serve the residents of DeKalb County. Our county is blessed with miles of wilderness and natural resources, but with that comes many challenges for law enforcement. We have one of the highest call rates for aviation assets in the state, and we have always had to rely on other outside

agencies to assist us. Now we will be able to respond much faster to emergencies involving children and elderly who have become lost, locating lost hikers and victims of falls in wilderness areas, forest fires, and assisting Deputies and Police on the ground in need. It will be a countywide asset and available for mutual aid. Pilots Weston Fortner, Rodney Graham, Robert Theakston, and Matt Martin are all in various stages of

training with unit volunteers, Wilborn Hall and David Moreland, on this project for over two years. All of this has been made possible by donations, grants, and volunteer support and has not cost the taxpayers of DeKalb County any money. DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “We would like to thank the ALEA Aviation Unit, B & G Flying Services, Marshall County Aviation Unit, Dale

County Aviation Unit, Darwin Spivey Aviation, Carter’s Body Shop, CP Auto Parts, EAA and all of the employees at Isbell Field. This resource has been desperately needed for many years in DeKalb County and we are proud to have been able to make it a reality through persistence and hard work. It’s going to save lives in our community.” “God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

Elementary Teacher Crossville Middle School • Britt Shore Secondary Social Sciences Teacher Crossville High School • Autumn Fox Elementary Teacher Geraldine High School • Destiny Ridgeway - Elementary Teacher Geraldine High School • Michaela Young Pre-K Teacher - Henagar Jr. High School • Isaac Dismuke Itinerant EL Teacher Crossville High School • Kaitlin Clark Secondary English Language Arts Teacher - Sylvania High School • Mandi Goza Elementary Teacher Crossville Elementary School • Jessica Munger Secondary English Language Arts Teacher - Ider High School • Joyce Elizabeth Haygood - Elementary Teacher - Collinsville High School Megan Henderson - Secondary Social Sciences Teacher Plainview High School • Timothy Spears Band Director - Geraldine High School • Amber Miller Elementary Teacher Crossville Elementary School Support: • Summer Rainer Store Worker (6 hour) - Sylvania High School • Summer Wooten - Pre-K Auxiliary Plainview High School • Kaylee HubbardPre-K Auxiliary - Henagar Junior High The following Contracts were granted: • Landscape Maintenance Agreement - Central Office • Ernie Willingham Baseball Coaching Contract - Collinsville High School • Ider High School

- After School Program • Barbara Davis • Deborah Durham • Tina Ferguson • Nancy Frost • Dena Hairston • Lindsay Higdon • Diane Laney Valley Head High School - After School Program • Renae Day • Renee Fraley • Amy Haymon • Tonya Hilyer • Lesa Smith • Lynne Wagner Heath Blackwell DVA Schedules STEM Camp • Joey Haymon • Kristi Mitchell • Tim Turner Dallas Brown -Summer Worker - Ider High School Ellen Shirley Summer School CNP Migrant Summer Program • Sadie Durham • Beatriz Felipe • Brenda Gembe • James Hamby • Katie Bailey • Heather Beritiech • Yenifer Pedro Kinsey Hawkins Summer Bus Driver Geraldine High School - Summer Program • Lyndsey Franklin • Melissa Gilbert • Ginger Hill • Teresa Jamison • Darlene Mosley • Kimberly Norwood • Dana Patterson • Vickie Armstrong Michelle White Valley Head High School - Summer Program Teresa Smith Summer School Coordinator Daniel Williams Summer School Teacher The date of Next Meeting – July 27, 2021, Regular Meeting at 5:00 P.M.; Work Session at 4:30 P.M. in the Meeting Room at the Facilities Building •

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