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The Votes are In

Wes Allen (R) Secretary of State

Katie Britt (R) U.S. Senate

By Marla Jones Managing Editor marla@southerntorch.com

ALABAMA-- Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday in a runoff primary election for several statewide elections. Only 464,577 votes were cast in

the Runoff Election, with a voter turnout of 12.74%. There are a total of 3,647,310 registered voters in the State of Alabama. Below are the statewide unofficial election results with the percentage that each candidate won:

U.S. Senate The Alabama U.S. Senate race will determine who will replace Sen. Richard Shelby, who is retiring. Candidate Katie Britt, Shelby’s former Chief of Staff received 63.01% of the

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.-- The DeKalb County Commission adopted a resolution to allocate funds for water projects in DeKalb County earlier this year. At Tuesday’s DeKalb County Commission meeting, six water projects were approved, as part of the American Rescue

Plan (ARPA), in Districts 2, 3, and 4. In District 2: • NE Water to install a 3” PVC waterline on CR 396, with a commitment by DeKalb County, up to $100,000. • NE Water to install a 3” waterline to supply current residents who rely on private wells for drinking water in the Red Bud community. This is a partnership with Marshall County

votes cast. U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks received 36.99%. If elected, Britt, 40, will be the first woman Senator to represent the State of Alabama. She will also be the youngest person, if elected, to the Senate from Alabama since Donald Stewart. Britt will face

Democrat, Will Boyd and Libertarian candidate, John Sophocleusnin the November election. Secretary of State Republican candidate,

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Successful Freedom Run

Commission Approves Six Water Projects

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Jeremy Oden (R) State Auditor

with DeKalb County committing up to $300,000. In District 3: • NE Water to install pressure-reducing valve pits with meters along CR 89 and Hwy 176 to serve as an alternative water supply to residents of Lookout Mountain south of FP with DeKalb County

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RAINSVILLE, Ala.-- The fourteenth Rainsville Freedom Run was held on Saturday, June 18. According to race coordinator Jerry Clifton, there were 995 race participants in this

year’s race. Over 160 individuals and businesses donated to the race, with $41,000 being donated to local charites. The Rainsville Freedom Run will be moved next year, to the second Saturday in June, which will be June 10, 2023. Clifton stated that this move

will enable more runners to participate that previously could not due to conflicting runs and the Father’s Day weekend. Online registration to the 2023 run will open on Janaury 1, 2023. “I would like to

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Superintendent Kevin Rec Centers Activities Dukes Passes Away Dekalb And Jackson County

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By Marla Ballard Reporter Avoid the heatwave and exercise in air conditioning at one of the local recreation centers. Fort Payne offers Wills Valley Rec Center located at 4220 Godfrey Ave. NE (256-844-6571) and Scottsboro Rec Com is located at 701 S. Houston St. (256-2590999). Each recreation center offers both a variety and commonly shared activities. Pickleball is the new craze at both locations. Robin Brothers, Director at Wills Valley Rec Center, said, “Pickleball is a combination of the bad mitten and ping pong.” Donnie Wood, Director at Scottsboro Rec Com, said, “It is addictive.” Pickleball is played on a bad-mitten-sized court and is an excellent source of exercise, especially for those in their later years. This is because the energy level needed is lower than in a tennis game. The game accommodates two to four players. Ask each

location about equipment being borrowed or purchased. While Fort Payne does host a city pool, the duration of public access is limited to the summer months. The city’s pool is located at 500 Rucker St. NE and does offer water aerobics twice weekly. Call the rec center for times and cost. The Scottsboro Rec Com has an indoor pool that has public access all year long. Water aerobics are offered on a daily basis. Call the center for more information. Both facilities have walking tracks located on the second floor. While Fort Payne has an elevator to the second floor, Scottsboro does not. Weight rooms and exercise equipment are available at both locations. A variety of classes are offered at each center. Scottsboro has a Weight Watchers meeting on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, they also have a Zumba dance class. Donnie Woods said the center is

available to renting space to exercise teachers who would like to teach yoga or other classes. Call Donnie Woods for the various types of arrangements that can be made to compensate teachers. Exercise classes at Fort Payne are abundant. Something is available for all levels of activity. Yoga, energetic and silver spin classes on stationary bikes, stretch classes, aerobics, muscle-mix class, sculpt and stretch, D-Fit (dance), strength, and boot camp. Schedules are in printed form in the lobby. Both cities host a cost-free splash pad. The Scottsboro splashpad is located directly across the street from the Rec Center. Fort Payne splash pad is located in the Alabama Walking Park at 151 5th St. NE. Great exercise and fun for the kiddies. Swimsuit attire required. Visit or call each location to find out about other group sports and activities.

will be joined by Stevenson First Methodist Church for the event. According to the Jackson County EMA, there will be lots of activities and door

prizes at the event, for those who attend. Lights snacks and drinks will also be served. The Jackson County EMA encourages the community to come and learn more about severe weather as well as how to better prepare for the event of strong storms and tornadoes. For further information, contact the Jackson County EMA at 256-574-9344.

EMA Event Preparing for Severe Weather

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The Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will hold an event this weekend to inform their community and prepare them for severe weather. The event will be held Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Stevenson Post Office, located at 101 East 2nd Street. The Jackson County EMA

The Jackson County Schools Superintendent, Kevin Dukes, has died, according to the school system. The news was announced on the Jackson County Board of Education Facebook page on Wednesday morning. Dukes served as the Superintendent of the Jackson County school system since 2016. The cause of death has not been announced, and the school board could not be reached at this time for a comment.

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Scottsboro’s Six-Man fishing team placed fourth at the B.A.S.S. Nation State Tournament just behind first-place East Limestone, secondplace Headland, and third-place American Christian. Pisgah’s Six-Man team placed eighth. First place East Limestone totaled 30 fish weighing 74.70 pounds. Scottsboro’s team was made up of angular duos Barclay Butler and Connor McLaughlin, Kolby Clark and Landon Grider, and Buckner Anderson and Greyson Widgeon. The team

totaled 26 fish weighing 62.71 pounds, which was just 0.77 pounds shy of placing in the top three. Despite some boat issues in round two, Scottsboro’s duo of Butler and McLaughlin finished third place in the individuals. They caught 10 fish totaling 30.76 pounds. Their biggest fish caught over the two-day event weighed 5.58 pounds, making it the seventh-largest fish caught during the tournament. Clark and Grider, with 10 fish totaling 21.58 pounds, finished twenty-sixth in the individuals. Butler and McLaughlin’s third-place finish qualified them for the

Bassmaster High School National Championship Tournament that will take place August 11-13 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina. Jordan Guest and Landon Guest of Skyline also qualified for the national tournament. This will be both duos’ second time competing at nationals. Pisgah’s Six-Man team finished in eighth place after catching 16 fish that weighed a combined 39.52 pounds. Pisgah’s Dallon Phillips and Brantley Barrentine finished forty-first in the individuals after catching 7 fish weighing a total of 18.69 pounds.

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RAINSVILLE, ALA.-- (Full video on Southern Torch Facebook) The Rainsville City Council held its regular meeting on Monday, June 20. The Council approved the next phase of renovations to the Rainsville City Hall by Jimmy Traylor Construction, in the amount of $26,000. Doors will be installed at the end of each hallway for safety measures. Access for guests will be limited to the lobby to keep employees safer. According to Councilman Rickey Bryrum, employees will be behind glass walls which would be beneficial in case of COVID resurgence. The kitchen and bathroom areas will

also receive an update. The Rainsville Freedom Fest will be on Saturday, June 25, beginning at 1 p.m. at 100 Rodeo Lane, Rainsville. The event is free with Confederate Railroad being the headline act. The Council approved the change of the next Council meeting to Wednesday, July 6 beginning at 4 p.m. due to the July 4 holiday. In other business, the Council: • Approved a security light to be installed at 165 Three Grand Estate • Hired Sean Fowler Full-Time Patrolman at the Police Department, effective 6/20/22 • Promoted Alex Jose to Sergeant— Police Department, effective 6/22/22 • Moved Anthony Baldwin from dispatch to Police Department

to ensure Baldwin’s acceptance to the Police Academy. Pay will remain the same until August 3. • Approved Travel/ Training Request (next budget year) for Edmondson, Crum, Wilson (Handgun Instructor Course) • Travel/Training Request for Wilson to attend the FBI Academy • Rebuilding an Engine Motor for the Fire Department in the amount of $6,000.00 • Ordered 150 Garbage Cans from Wastequip in the amount of $11,385.00 (cans were offered at a reduced price that will save the City $2,300) • Culvert on Scott Street in the approximate amount of $4,000 to Boozer Construction, which will include tile and two headwalls • Boozer Construction to install three headwalls at

Chavies in the amount of $6,000.00 • Sidewalk repair in the City Park, due to underground power and a tripping hazard, to Boozer Construction in the amount of $2600.00 • Gave a $500 donation to Cub Scout Troop #184 for their Cub Carnival that will be held on July 9 at the field used by Cornerstone Christian Academy for football. This is a fundraiser for the troop and the public is invited • Changed mileage reimbursement for employees from .58 per mile to .75 for a 1-year period. The change will be re-evaluated after a year if gas prices decline. The Council will meet on Wednesday, July 6, with a work session beginning at 4 p.m. and a regular meeting at 4:30 p.m.

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TVA Asks for Reduced Power Usage

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NORTHEAST ALABAMA-- As temperatures steadily increase, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking customers to voluntarily reduce their power usage at certain times of the day. Usage in the summer is usually the highest between the hours of 2-8 p.m. Typically the warmest part of the day is when people arrive from work and as a result energy rates are higher. TVA has several tips to reduce energy usage during this peak

time: • Avoid running appliances during the hottest part of the day • Ensure that A/C units have clean filters • Use ceiling fans and floor fans to keep air moving • Unplug unused electronics • Close your curtains and blinds during the day • Run the dishwasher only when it’s full • Wash clothes in cold water, using a high spin cycle The warmer temperatures are here to stay for the next few months. Let’s do our part to conserve energy.

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June 15, 22, 28, & 29 Organic Pit Fired Pottery Workshop - Are you interested in playing with clay? Grab a friend and come join the fun getting your hands dirty. Never worked with clay? Then this is workshop is for you. It is designed for beginners. In this workshop you will creat 2 or 3 small slab dishes. Classes will begin at 6:00 PM and last around 2 hours. Class is limited to 15 Adults. Message NonasBarnQuilts AndMore or call (256)657-1616 or (256)516-8837 (Tammy Hawkins) for more info and to register.

June 25, Confederate Railroad - The Rainsville Freedom Fest will be on Saturday, June 25, beginning at 1 p.m. at 100 Rodeo Lane, Rainsville. The event is free with Confederate Railroad being the headline act.

with several iconic vintage unlimiteds taking the water for some fun as well. Follow Guntersville Lake HydroFest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see more information on this year’s race!

June 25, Guntersville Lake HydroFest - Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Roy Duby’s World Speed Record on Lake Guntersville and experience boat racing featuring the Unlimited series, Grand Prix series and Pro Lite series. Guntersville Lake HydroFest is two days of racing

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tea, & desssert) June 30, Fourth of July Celebration - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Fort Payne’s annual Independence Day celebration brings together the community for an evening of fireworks. August 13, Northeast Alabama Gospel Music Jubilee - General Admission – $30 each. Artist Circle – 35$ each (First five rows guaranteed) Church groups of 10 or more people please contact us to get a group rate discount –Doors open at 5 pm. The concert starts at 6 pm. Seats are first

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State Rep. Wes Allen of Troy, received 65.38% of the vote against State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who received 34.62%. The winner, Wes Allen will face Democrat Pamela J. Laffitte and Libertarian candidate Jason “Matt” Shelby in the November election. State Auditor State Rep. Andrew Sorrell received 57.46%% of the votes to Jefferson County

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Commissioner Chip Beeker received 63.25%of the vote to Robert L. McCollum 36.75% of the vote. Beeker will face Libertarian candidate Laura Lane in the Nov. 8 General Election. No Democrats ran for this seat.

Commissioner Jeremy Oden received 52.32% of the vote to Federal Prosecutor Brent Woodall, who received 47.68% of the vote. Oden will face Libertarian Ron Bishop

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Governor In the Democratic primary, retired educator Yolanda Flowers of Birmingham received 55.15% of the vote, defeating State Senator and attorney, Malika Sanders Fortier of Selma. Fortier received 44.85%. Flowers will face Republican incumbent Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, in the November election.

race run so smooth” stated Jerry Clifton. “I would also like to thank the over 100 voulnteers that helped on Friday and Saturday. I could not have done this without them.”

committing up to $250,000. • The Town of Collinsville to install PVC water pipe to replace 6” cast iron water lines on Raines Court, McClain St. First Avenue, Davis Street, Center Street, and 2” cast iron water line at Ryan Subdivision and replace asbestos cement pipe along Hwy 11 with 8” PVC Pipe. DeKalb County to commit up to $400,000 district and $100,000 Countywide. District 4: • NE Water to replace 3” and 2.5” waterline with 6” PVC Pipe on CR 180 with a commitment by the County for $250,000. • NE Water to install approximately 250lf of water line at Hwy 35 to bore road to improve water pressure and prevent contamination to approximately 1,400 residents with a commitment by DeKalb County in the amount of $1,500,000. County Adminstrator Matt Sharp stated that the six approved water projects are only phase one of several projects that the County wishes to complete. “Out total committent is $5 million from the ARPA funds toward these projects” stated Sharp.

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During the waning days of the campaigns for Governor and U.S. Senator, I received an inordinate amount of correspondence lamenting the outrageous, demagogic, disingenuous, negative ads, especially on television. The frustration can best be summed up by a thoughtful writer’s comments, “Steve, it is sad with all the issues we need to face in Alabama (health, education, infrastructure) we continue to dumb down our elections. I found the Kay Ivey ads revolting and racist.” The writer went on to say that he was a Democrat, and he knew a Democrat could not win in Alabama and the best they could get is 40%. My response was, “Negative and dumbed down, overt racist ads work. If they didn’t, then these media gurus

would not use them.” Over 65% of the ads used were negative, over the top ads that only had a scintilla of truth. Why, again? Because they work. I also told this reader that this vicious, atrocious simpleton advertising is not limited to just Alabama. We are a right wing conservative Republican state and only conservative Republicans vote in a Republican Primary. This reader stated he is a Democrat. He probably did not plan to vote in the Republican Primary. Therefore, the ads were not designed to appease or attract him or his vote. Ads are designed to pander to right wing, conservative Alabamians. Therefore, it is pretty clear that ads are going to depict their candidate as being against abortion, illegal immigrants and for having, owning, and shooting guns. The media gurus are obviously going to say that someone’s

Republican opponent is for killing babies, letting Mexicans cross the border illegally and being against the Second Amendment. Furthermore, allow me to take up for the Republican electorate of Alabama, who have consumed these ads. We are a red right wing Republican state. If you think these media gurus or hired guns, as I like to call them, are not moving to a left wing liberal state and doing the same thing to the left wing voters of California and New York, you are mistaken. If you were to see the television ads in a California Democratic Primary, these hired guns would be revealing to the left wing, liberal base ads that show their candidates advocating that the governor should perform free abortions on demand during the third trimester on the Capitol steps,

and every county in California should be made to open and fund transgender schools. The hired guns would further have a picture of their gubernatorial candidate holding a welcome sign and personally embracing all illegal immigrants crossing the border and gifting them a social security card, welfare check and voucher to any school in the Golden State, and of course giving them a democratic voting application regardless of whether they could read, write or speak English. Their gubernatorial candidate would follow up with a statement saying, “We as democrats do not care what this costs us because we do not believe in a balanced budget.” Then they would have their gubernatorial candidate erecting signs all over the state instructing all gun owners to turn over their guns, immediately,

because the Second Amendment does not apply in California. In short, we are a very diverse and very partisan nation. There is a lot of difference in political and social philosophy between California and Alabama. California is definitely a liberal Democratic state and Alabama is definitely a conservative Republican state. The same hired gun political ad gurus travel from Alabama to California. They do not dwell on philosophy. They are hired to win elections. They design their ads to appeal to the base of the conservative Republican Party in Alabama and they design ads to pander to the left wing, liberal Democratic base in California. As far as our Alabama GOP Primary, in defense of Kay Ivey, she was going to win

reelection regardless of what her eight opponents did or how much they spent. She would have gotten 60% if there had not been $16 million of mostly untruthful negative ads thrown at her. She did not go negative against the eight novices that attacked her. Folks, Kay Ivey, ain’t anymore for abortions on demand than Mother Teresa. In closing, negative ads work. It they didn’t work they would not use them. You always have and probably always will see negative ads. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist in Huntsville to understand that if you are trying to win a Republican Primary in Alabama, you pander to the conservative base voter. So, you ask, “Do campaign ads pander?” The answer is “Duh, yes.” See you next week.


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OBITUARIES Wilson Mary Faith Chancellor Lader - 88, of Fort Payne, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022 after a brief illness. Graveside services are planned for 10 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2022 at Evergreen Memory Gardens in Panama City, Florida. Arthur Alexander “Butch” Layne - 71 of Fort Payne, went to be with the Lord on June 16, 2022. Funeral services will be 4p.m., Sunday, June 19, 2022 at the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Keefe and Rev. Charles Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery.

Cornerstone Michael Rece Hall - 36 of Ider died Wednesday, June 15 at Highland’s Medical Center. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 23rd at 5 PM at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel. Theresa Hubble Wooten - 75 of Flat Rock died Friday, June 17 at CHI Memorial. Funeral services are Wednesday at 11 AM ET at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Bro Charles Smith officiating.

Jerome Owen Tinker - 84 of Ider died Sunday, June 19 at his residence. Funeral services are Wednesday at 3 PM CT. Burial will follow. Dallas Leon Sawyer - 74 of Higdon died Monday, June 20 at his residence. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 24 at 5 PM ET at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jody Gray and Bro. Rodney Romans officiating.

Geraldine Lois Pike - 94 of Geraldine, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2022 at Shepherd’s Cove. Funeral service is Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm in Geraldine Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Jones, Rev. Andy Brown, and Neal Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery. Family will receive friends Wednesday, June 22nd from 12 pm until 2 pm.

Scottsboro Jeanine McCrary - 90, of Scottsboro, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Huntsville Hospital. Funeral services will be held

on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Scottsboro Funeral Home with Bro. Duaine Griggs officiating. Burial will follow. John Patrick Gilliam - 42, of Skyline, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at Huntsville Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Billy Joe Johnson - 73, of Scottsboro, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Scottsboro Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Skyline Cemetery. Emmett Melton Johnson - 84, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Scottsboro Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Bessie (Bet) Dunn Russell - peacefully left this walk of life, surrounded by her loved ones, Thursday, June 16, 2022. A private graveside service will be held for family only. Franklin D. Owens - 84 of the Jacobs Mountain area of Scottsboro, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Scottsboro

Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Prince Cemetery at Baileytown. Melvin Sentell Shepard - 95 of Scottsboro, Alabama passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Scottsboro Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Hunt officiating. Ethel Hall Swafford - 93 of Scottsboro, Alabama passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022 at her home. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Clay Cemetery. James “Herb” Loyd Prince - 70, of Paint Rock, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

W.T. Wilson Rita Jann Looney Myrick - 79 of Grove Oak, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at 2pm on Sunday, June 12, 2022 from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with burial to follow. Judy Carol Green - 74 of Leesburg, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2022. Memorial Services will be held at 5pm on Sunday, June 12, 2022 from Clearview Worship Center in Cedar Bluff. Vanessa Ann Higgins - 76 of Geraldine, passed

away Saturday, June 11, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Monday, June 13, 2022 from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with burial to follow. Reita Fay Gunter - 63 of Geraldine, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Monday, June 13, 2022 from the graveside of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with burial to follow. Sharon Darlene Hamilton - 49 of Albertville, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The family will be having a memorial service at a later date. Cremation services provided by W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Billy Wayne Anderson - 80 of Fyffe passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at his residence. FUNERAL 2pm Sunday. June 19, 2022 W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. MINISTERS Rev. Bryan Bell Rev. Jimmy Womack. BURIAL Greens Chapel Cemetery. Elzie Dean Bailey - 93 of Fyffe, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Friday, June 17, 2022 from W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in

Greens Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5pm-8pm on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at the funeral home. Matthew Hudgins - 34 of Gadsden passed away Thursday, June 16, 2022 in University Hospital. There are no services planned at this time. Jerry Randall Townsel, Jr. - 58 of Albertville, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Friday, June 24. Raymond Lee Lamp - 60 of Scottsboro, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at 3pm on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from the graveside of Clay Cemetery in Princeton, with burial to follow. Sammy Lee Frasier - 61 of Grove Oak, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022. Funeral services, at this time, are incomplete and will be announced later. Timothy Hugh Bouldin - 57 of Henagar, passed away Monday, June 20, 2022. Cremation services provided by W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

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Move Over Alabama

By Marla Jones Sports Editor

marla@southerntorch.com

NORTHEAST ALABAMA-- The Alabama Move Over Act went into effect in 2010, but police say a lot of drivers do not follow it. According to the Move Act, a driver should move over or reduce speed when approaching law enforcement vehicles, emergency vehicles, etc. In our area alone, several first responders working along Alabama highways were hit by drivers failing to move over. In Boaz, an officer struck by a speeding vehicle, while making a traffic stop on US Hwy 431, is back to work after a hospital stay. The officer had his emergency lights on while pulled over for the traffic stop. The driver who struck the officer was traveling about 70 mph in a 45-mph speed zone. Police state that they see many distracted drivers when they pass the scene, without noticing the flashing lights. Effective September 1, 2019, Act 2019-520 increases the fine associated with a violation of the

Alabama Move Over Act as follows: (1) $100 for a first violation; (2) $150 for a second violation; and (3) $200 for a third or subsequent violation. The following is Section 32-5A-58.2 pertaining to the Alabama Move Over Act: Section 32-5A-58.2 Moving over or reducing speed when approaching law enforcement vehicles, emergency vehicles, etc. (a) This section shall be known as the “Alabama Move Over Act.” (b)(1) When an authorized law enforcement vehicle or emergency vehicle making use of any visual signals is parked, when a wrecker displaying

amber rotating or flashing lights is performing a recovery or loading on the roadside, when a utility service vehicle operated by or on behalf of an entity providing utility services displaying any rotating lights, flashing lights, or other visual signals is parked on the roadside while performing tasks associated with the provision of utility services, when a vehicle displaying flashing lights is parked or engaged in the performance of official duties on or along a road, or when a garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling collection vehicle is actively collecting garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling materials on the roadside, the driver of every other

vehicle, as soon as it is safe, shall do the following: a. When driving on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, wrecker, utility service vehicle, vehicle displaying flashing lights, or garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling collection vehicle, the driver shall vacate the lane closest to the law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, wrecker, utility service vehicle, vehicle displaying flashing lights, or garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling collection vehicle, unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer. If it is not safe to move over, the

driver shall slow to a speed that is at least 15 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer. b. When driving on a two-lane road, the driver shall move as far away from the law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, wrecker, utility service vehicle, vehicle displaying flashing lights, or garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling collection vehicle as possible within his or her lane and slow to a speed that is 15 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater or travel at 10 miles per hour when the posted

speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer. (2) A violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25). Upon a second violation of this subsection, the fine shall be fifty dollars ($50). Upon a third or subsequent violation, the fine shall be one hundred dollars ($100). (c)(1) The Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency shall provide an educational awareness campaign informing the motoring public about this section. The agency shall provide information about this section in all newly printed driver’s license educational materials after January 1, 2010. (2) This section shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway. Be aware of our local law enforcement and emergency B personnel, especially S as they make traffic m stops during the upcoming holiday weekend.

Parvo Education Vital To Stop Spread

By Marla Ballard Reporter

On May 30th the Owen’s family, of Henagar, were so excited when their Rottweiler, Rayna, gave birth to six healthy pups. However, by day two Rayna had laid on the pup they named Zoe Rose and the puppy needed 24-hour attention to survive. Mrs. Owens, Holly Lynn, and her family bottle-fed and massaged the pup back to health. One week later Holly Lynn took Zoe Rose for a checkup at the vet where she received a health report of A+, sadly the puppy was exposed to Parvo while at the vet’s office and died from the disease. One of the other pet owners who was visiting the

veterinarian’s office had brought a dog into the office and allowed the dog to run around freely and before Holly Lynn realized it the dog had made face-to-face contact with Zoe Rose. Holly Lynn found out later that the pet that had contact with Zoe Rose had Parvo. Conscientious canine owners should know how to spot Canine Parvovirus or CPV. Unfortunately, CPV is one of the most highly-contagious viruses dogs have to contend against. While the disease is not airborne, it can be found on surfaces and spread by oral contact. There currently is no cure for Parvo, and a pet that has been infected is not immune and can contract the disease again.

Symptoms of Parvo include; loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, and fever. While treatment options might save a pet’s life if treated quickly, the best treatment is prevention.

While dog parks are a pleasant place to sit and watch Fido frolic, they can be a breeding ground for Parvo. The fecal matter left behind or even particles of fecal matter can be detrimental. Also,

continuous contact with other dogs can spread CPV. This is especially true since dogs are in the habit of putting their noses into everything as a means of identification. Some dog breeds which seem to have a higher susceptibility to CPV are; German Shepard’s, American Staffordshire’s, English Spaniels, Doberman Pinchers. The Veterinarian’s office is obviously another place where Parvo can be contracted. Keeping your pet in a carrier or in your arms away from contact with other ill animals is a good way to protect Rover. Dawn Wampler of Valley Head was asked to dog watch her daughter’s pets while they were on vacation. Wampler noticed one of the German

Shepherd’s was not eating and took the do to the Veterinarian’s office. “I left the dog in the car with the air conditioner on and told the office staff the symptoms,” said Wampler. “The staff asked me to leave the dog in the car and they came out to treat the animal.” Wampler said the animal was diagnosed with Parvo and is now doing fine. The Veterinarian’s request to keep the animal outside was topnotch medical care. All pet owners should educate themselves on the various disease’s their animal could contract and the prevention of such diseases. It is so easy these days since we all carry an encyclopedia in our pockets via our phone.

Fort Payne Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for youth flag football now through July 24th at Wills Valley Recreation Center. Ages 5-12, $60 per child. Registration at Wills Valley Recreation Center For more information, call DJ Rector at 256/844-6571. Wills Valley Recreation Center is located at 4220 Godfrey Ave NE in Fort Payne. Tickets for the 2022 DeKalb County Sports HOF banquet are on sale. Banquet is June 25, 2022 at 6:00PM at DeKalb Schools Coliseum. Tickets are $30. Contact any HOF Board Member or call C.M. Sanford (256)996-0513

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CRIME

Over 1,500 Grams of Methamphetamine Seized

By Marla Jones Sports Editor marla@southerntorch.com

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — For the month of June, 33 arrests have been made for drug-related charges, and over 1,500 grams of marijuana, 44 grams of methamphetamine, 20 grams of synthetic marijuana, and 218 dcontrolled prescription pills have been seized. On Friday, June 3rd, Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on County Road 1000 in Valley Head, finding that both occupants had outstanding warrants with other agencies. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. Andrew Wade Mikail Lambert (26 of Pisgah) and Jessica Amanda Lambert (43 of Scottsboro) were both charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On Saturday, June 4th Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a domestic disturbance

on County Road 588 in Fort Payne. During a search, a large amount of marijuana was found in the residence. Norman Dewayne Harris (66 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Also, on Saturday, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 121, near County Road 885. During the stop, a Deputy and K-9 found methamphetamine in the vehicle. Maya Panessa Geick (24 of Henagar) was charged with Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On Sunday, June 5th, DeKalb County Deputies responded to a burglary call on Andrew Lee Drive in Henagar. When Deputies arrived, they located and charged Gregory Lynn Garrett (55 of Fort Payne) with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Burglary 3rd. Deputies also found methamphetamine,

marijuana, and drug paraphernalia inside the home. David Larry Yancey (72 of Henagar) and Dean S Williams (52 of Fort Payne) were both charged with Unlawful Possession with Intent, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd. Again, on Sunday, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Al Hwy 40 in Henagar. During the stop, Deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. Corey Allen Rendall (27 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On Monday, June 6th, Crossville Police Officers conducted a traffic stop finding methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. John Michael Parker Jr (44 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances

and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Narcotics Agents were called to assist. On Sunday, June 12th, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Al Hwy 75 in the Ider area finding several unopened bottles of Zaza Reds, which is a controlled substance in the state of Alabama. Brian Samuel Morrow (52 of Albertville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Again, on Sunday, DeKalb County Deputies were in the Kilpatrick area around County Road 374 looking for a subject that had been seen breaking into houses in the area. When Deputies made contact with a subject matching the description, they found him to be in possession of methamphetamine and several items that he admitted stealing. Ricky Renea Guerrero (32 of Albertville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Theft of Property 1st,

Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Burglary 3rd (x2), and Theft of Property 2nd. On Tuesday, June 14th, DeKalb County Deputies attempted a traffic stop on County Road 792 in the area of Deer Head Cove. The driver of the vehicle led the officers on a short vehicle pursuit. As the driver pulled over, he fled on foot but was quickly apprehended. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. William Anthony Konrad (60 of Rising Fawn, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Attempt to Elude Police (x2). Tress Anthony Konrad (37 of Rising Fawn, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Again, on Tuesday, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on County Road 792 in the Deer Head Cove area finding marijuana,

methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Tammy Michelle Stone (49 of Rossville, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On Wednesday, June 15th, DeKalb County narcotics Agents went to a residence on County Road 342 in Fyffe after receiving information and complaints of possible illegal narcotics. Agents found marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and several firearms in the residence. DHR was called to the scene due to a juvenile and a handicapped adult being in the residence. Dylan Austin Stephens (22 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2), and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Department responded to a shooting at a residence on County Road 541, in the Grove Oak community.

Sammy Lee Frasier (61 of Grove Oak) was pronounced dead at the scene. This investigation is ongoing and further

details will be released at a later time. DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “I would like to thank the

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and the Fyffe Police Department’s prompt and professional attention to this case.

Please keep all families involved in your prayers.” “God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

Grove Oak Man Shot

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — On Sunday, June 19th, Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and Fyffe Police


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