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Alabama Legislature passes state budget with $86 million in new taxes

How your legislators voted Throughout the second special session numerous tax increase bills were introduced in both the House and Senate. In particular, the Republican-led Alabama House of Representatives introduced and systematically approved more than $130 million in proposed tax increase bills during this special session. Some of those bills were dead on arrival with the Alabama Senate, meaning only three of the five tax increase bills below were voted upon by both your representative and senator. See how all DeKalb legislators, including those who specifically represent your community voted when faced with legislation calling for more taxes on Alabamians.

Sen. Steve Livingston–SD8: Bill to increase the cigarette tax—YES Bill to increase taxes on nursing homes—YES Bill to increase taxes on pharmacies—YES Bill to increase auto title tax—NO VOTE IN SENATE Bill to increase tax on car rentals—NO VOTE

Sen. Clay Scofield–SD9: Bill to increase the cigarette tax—NO Bill to increase taxes on nursing homes—NO Bill to increase taxes on pharmacies—NO Bill to increase auto title tax—NO VOTE IN SENATE Bill to increase tax on car rentals—NO VOTE

Sen. Phil Williams–SD10: By Joseph M. Morgan

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Less than two weeks away from the new fiscal year, after a 6-month stalemate and two special legislative sessions, Alabama lawmakers finally passed a state budget Wednesday night. That budget will cost Alabama taxpayers $86 million. With Republican legislators unable at the end of a second special session to reach an agreement on where to cut state spending in order to pass a budget, lawmakers chose to raise taxes instead to fill the $200 million shortfall in the 2016 General Fund Budget. In total, lawmakers approved about $166 million in new revenue for the General Fund Wednesday night,

covering most of the projected $200 million budget shortfall. Legislators voted to raise the cigarette tax by 25 cents a pack, generating an estimated $70 million a year. Alabama Senators were able to avoid a number of additional proposed House tax increases by transferring $80 million in use tax revenue from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund. In addition to the tax on tobacco, new taxes on pharmacies and nursing homes will generate a total of about $16 million a year for Medicaid. In an unprecedented move since seizing control of the Alabama Legislature in 2010, Republicans in the Alabama House last week began proposing tax increase after tax increase as conservatives

across the state observed as their GOP-led House of Representatives approved more than $130 million of tax legislation in one day. Virtually all of the tax-increase legislation originated among a group of Republican leaders in the House. Roles were reversed for much of the second special session as Democrats at times fought off Republican bills to raise taxes. Many of the House bills did not survive the more conservative, entrenched Alabama Senate. There were a handful of conservative anti-tax legislators that fought against the budget and its new taxes until the end, including DeKalb County legislators from both the House and Senate. To see how your legislators voted refer to our chart adjacent to this story.

Bill to increase the cigarette tax—NO Bill to increase taxes on nursing homes—NO Bill to increase taxes on pharmacies—NO Bill to increase auto title tax—NO VOTE IN SENATE Bill to increase tax on car rentals—NO VOTE

Rep. Tommy Hanes–HD23: Bill to increase the cigarette tax—NO Bill to increase taxes on nursing homes—NO Bill to increase taxes on pharmacies—NO Bill to increase auto title tax—NO Bill to increase tax on car rentals—NO

Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter–HD24: Bill to increase the cigarette tax—YES Bill to increase taxes on nursing homes—YES Bill to increase taxes on pharmacies—DID NOT CAST VOTE Bill to increase auto title tax—YES Bill to increase tax on car rentals—YES

Rep. Kerry Rich–HD26: Bill to increase the cigarette tax—YES Bill to increase taxes on nursing homes—YES Bill to increase taxes on pharmacies—YES Bill to increase auto title tax—YES Bill to increase tax on car rentals—YES

Rep. Will Ainsworth–HD27: Bill to increase the cigarette tax—NO Bill to increase taxes on nursing homes—NO Bill to increase taxes on pharmacies—NO Bill to increase auto title tax—NO Bill to increase tax on car rentals—NO

Rep. Becky Nordgren–HD29: Bill to increase the cigarette tax—NO Bill to increase taxes on nursing homes—NO Bill to increase taxes on pharmacies—NO Bill to increase auto title tax—YES Bill to increase tax on car rentals—YES

Rep. Richard Lindsey–HD39: Bill to increase the cigarette tax—NO Bill to increase taxes on nursing homes—NO Bill to increase taxes on pharmacies—NO Bill to increase auto title tax—NO Bill to increase tax on car rentals—NO

See our guide to Boom Days, page 3 Whitt wins District 4 Constable seat, general election in Nov. to determine District 1 outcome By Joseph M. Morgan

A primary vote took place on Tuesday for a special election to fill two vacated DeKalb County Constable positions— DeKalb County Constable Districts 1 and 4. Because only Republicans qualified for District 4, the primary winner in that race, Billy J. Whitt, will be the next constable


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in that district. In the District 1 race the primary established which Democrat and Republican candidates will represent their parties in the District 1 general election to be held sometime in mid-November. George Roberts is the Democrat winner of the District 1 primary and Kyle Pike was the winner on the Republican ticket.

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Crossville woman killed in apparent domestic dispute By Joseph M. Morgan

Crossville, Ala.— Donna Andrews Osborn, 49 of Crossville was reportedly killed by gunshot wounds last Thursday, Sept. 10, in what the DeKalb County Sheriffs Dept. stated appeared to be a domestic dispute. DeKalb County E911 received a call Thursday night about a domestic disturbance on Hwy 227 in the Rhoden town community near Crossville. Deputies arrived on scene to find multiple victims of what appeared to be domestic violence disturbance. Johnny Osborn, 63 of Crossville was found with non-fatal cuts and

stab wounds and Donna Osborn had sustained gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to Marshall Medical South by the DeKalb Ambulance service. The gunshot victim Donna Osborn was then transported to Huntsville Hospital where the she later died. The stabbed victim Johnny Osborn has been interviewed by investigators. These victims were married but estranged at this time. The District Attorney has ordered an autopsy to be done on Donna Osborn. Her body has been transported to Huntsville Department of Forensic Science Lab. This is still an ongoing investigation.

Fort Payne City Council proposes lodging tax increase, amendments to alcohol ordinance

By Joseph M. Morgan

Fort Payne City Council proposes lodging tax increase, amendments to alcohol ordinance The Fort Payne City Council met Tuesday night to discuss a number of issues including amendments to the city’s alcohol ordinance and a potential increase in the lodging tax from 5 percent to 7 percent. In a work session prior to the council meeting, general consensus between the mayor and council was that the additional tax dollars—an estimated $90,000 to $100,000 per year in new revenues—would be used to help fund the city’s Main

Street Alabama program, provide funding that would allow the DeKalb County Tourist Association to increase marketing and advertising efforts, and help fund industrial development projects. The proposed amendments to the alcohol ordinance would give the city’s Alcohol License Review Committee authority to impose sanctions, including the suspension of alcohol licenses for a period of up to 60 days and impose fines of up to $1,000. Currently the committee can only make recommendations. The matter will be brought before the council for a vote at the next meeting.


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Fort Payne’s 10th annual Boom Days Heritage Celebration this weekend Crossville, Ala.— Tomorrow the tenth annual Boom Days Heritage Celebration will kick off in Fort Payne. Fort Payne’s downtown district will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the festival will feature music, art, food and fun that will delight visitors of all ages. Covering five blocks in the downtown district, performers will take to the streets

as a variety of music flows from three stages. Dozens of skilled art professionals including quilters, potters, painters, and workers in iron, wood, and glass will be demonstrating their talents as part of the Holiday Inn Express City Park Invitational Art Show. Southern Torch has provided the following guide to help you navigate the festival that has been voted, “2015 Alabama Event of the Year.”

Southern Torch Guide to Boom Days

EVENTS Haulin’ for Hannah 5K Run–5th Street NW / 8am

Pancake Breakfast–300 Block of Gault Ave N / 8am-11:30am


Motorcycle Cruise-In–Rotary Pavilion / 10am-6pm Pet Parade–Depot Museum Parking Lot / 10am

Frisbee Dog Demonstrations–Alabama Park / 10am-5pm Sheep Herding Demonstrations–Alabama Park / 10am-5pm Aerial Demonstrations–Alabama Park / 10am-5pm Children’s Activity Area–City Park / 10am-6pm Vintage Vehicles–Alabama Park Parking Lot / 10am-6pm Barbecue Bash–Rotary Pavilion / 10am-6pm City Park Art Show–10am-6pm Depot Museum Exhibits–10am-6pm Hosiery Museum Exhibits–10am-6pm Landmarks of DeKalb Book Sale–Hosiery Museum / 10am-6pm Tommy Moorehead Art Exhibit–Coal & Iron Bldg. / 10am-6pm Quilt Show–Coal & Iron Bldg. / 10am-6pm Meet the Authors–Coal & Iron Bldg. / 10am-6pm FPFD Ladder Truck–Alabama Park Parking Lot / 10am-6pm WQSB Prize Wheel–Alabama Park Parking Lot / 10am-5pm Hootenanny–Opera House / 2pm-4pm Wine Tasting–Richard C. Hunt Hall / 1:3pm-4pm Pintos & Cornbread Luncheon–300 Block, Gault Ave N / 12-4pm Rock & Roll Show–DeKalb Theatre / 8pm featuring Flow Tribe


Master of Ceremonies Kenn Alan The Madd Wikkid..........................................10am Tucker Yochim Band......................................10:30am Midnight Mob...............................................12noon Rock Candy....................................................1:30pm The Swampers featuring Jackson Nance.........3pm Delbert McClinton.........................................4:30pm


Master of Ceremonies Dean Mitchell Dean Mitchell................................................10am Ricky J Taylor & the Live Roots Ensemble.......11am Jontavious Willis...........................................12 noon Norman Blake...............................................1pm Pierce Pettis...................................................2pm DieDra & the Ruff Pro Band...........................3pm Alabama Annie.............................................4pm Opera House Stage

Master of Ceremonies Jim Connor Jim Connor....................................................2pm Russell Gulley................................................2:30pm Jontavious Willis...........................................3pm Norman Blake...............................................3:30pm

ROGER’S MUSIC Theatre Courtyard Stage

Master of Ceremonies Jared Cushen Michael Cooley..............................................10am Chloe Kinnon................................................11am Jared Cushen.................................................12 noon Chris Hale.....................................................1pm Terry Hutcheson............................................2pm


Friday–September 18, 2015



Vintage pickin’ barn sale

Scottsboro BBQ Cookoff By Karah Wilson

SCOTTSBORO, Ala.— Scottsboro will be hosting it’s first annual BBQ Cook-off on Sept. 26 in Downtown Scottsboro at The Square. The cook-off is presented by Scottsboro Downtown Redevelopment Authority, the Scottsboro Tourism Advisory Committee, and Downtown Scottsboro. The cook-off will consist of a market, kids play zone, live entertainment, and food vendors. The event will last from 8 A.M. until 6 P.M. To enter as a vendor for the market, it is $75 a space. To enter as a food vendor, it is also $75 a space. There will also be a

By Karah Wilson

FYFFE, Ala.— On Sept. 11-12, Fyffe held its Vintage Pickin’ Barn Sale. This sale included vendors from all over the south that set up booths displaying their vintage home decor for customers to buy. The event was held on Friday and Saturday, including an early pick from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. on Friday for V.I.P pickers. One of the many vendors involved in the first year barn sale was Alice Circle. Alice Circle is located in Rainsville and owned by Alice Pettyjohn. “I am friends with April Wilks. She wanted me to join in support of her.” Pettyjohn loved seeing so many local friends and Alice Circle customers that came to shop and she loved meeting the out of town shoppers as well. “I sold similar products to what we sell at Alice Circle but most of what I brought was made from repuropsed materials such as metal roofing tin made into state art,” Pettyjohn said.

“I would love to be apart of this event every year.” You can contact Alice Circle on Facebook, Instagram, or at 256-638-2688. Fort Payne Feed and Garden, located in Fort Payne, had a booth set up. The business is owned by Jason and Karmen Smith. “April asked if we would be interested in participating in the sale should she decide to have it,” Karmen Smith said. The enthusiasm and excitement was infectious! The event was very well-managed.” Smith said that they were responsible for the gates and entrances as well as in front of the show barns. “We sold many of our fall decor items that we carry at our store: mums, pumpkins, corn stalks, wheat straw and fall foliage plants as well as a variety of antiques and home decor items. We very much look forward to participating again next year.” You can contact Fort Payne Feed and Garden through Facebook or at 256-845-5946. The Vintage

Workshop at Myrtle Jane is also located in Fort Payne. The Workshop is owned by Janet Williams and Becky Phillips. “April asked Janet and I to be a part of the sale and we were thrilled to participate,” Phillips said. “We so enjoyed meeting all the shoppers and making some new friends and catching up with old friends. It was great meeting the vendors from all around the South. And if course we also did a little shopping ourselves.” The Workshop specializes in vintage and repurposed furniture and items. “We enjoy searching for those unique items that we can transform.” Phillips and Williams are already making plans for next year and are excited to be involved in this unique venture for North Alabama. You can contact them on Facebook, through Williams’ phone at 256-273-9344, or at Phillips’ email

backyard BBQ competition with categories in ribs and chicken. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in both categories. 1st place will receive $125 and runner-up will receive $75. It is $125 to compete. KCBS cooking and judging rules will apply. On-site cooking only is allowed. The contestant must supply grill, meat, power, water, and all supplies and equipment needed. If you have any questions on how to enter, call Debbie Butler at 256-244-1308. You can also visit www. or find them on Facebook.

Festival at the falls By Karah Wilson

GERALDINE, Ala.— High Falls Park will be hosting its Festival at the Falls Appreciation Day on Sept. 26. Gates will open at 10 A.M. and admission is free. There will be free lunch, live entertainment, and

inflatables for kids. Be sure to bring a lawn chair. For more information, contact Wayne Wilson at 256-717-8089 or High Falls Park at 256-6594683. The address for High Falls Park is 969 Co. Rd. 144, Grove Oak, AL. 35975.

Three time Grammy winner Delbert McClinton will headline the Rotary Pavilion stage at Boom Days this year

Crossville, Ala.— In the early 1960’s, Delbert McClinton taught the world how to play a soulful, melodic harmonica solo on Bruce Channel’s “Hey, Baby”. His admirers included a young John Lennon. In the early ‘70’s, he and Glen Clark created a worldwide cult following under the name Delbert

& Glen, with two extraordinary albums of music featuring conversational lyrics and a musical mix of bluesy pop and rollicking rock. As a solo artist, Delbert has traveled relentlessly, presenting consistently stellar vocal and instrumental performances to adoring audiences.


Friday–September 18, 2015


FAITH Nursing Home Salvation

By Dr. John E. Morgan Pastor–Collinsville Baptist Church

The phone rang. It was the nursing home. They asked if I could come to talk to one of their patients who was having questions about being saved. I did not know the lady, but I was glad for the opportunity to talk with anyone about being saved. I thought about the old expression – “like a brand snatched from the fire”. A person who is saved just before their life ends is like a stick snatched from a fire just as it begins to burn. Saved from the fire. The workers met me and walked me down the hall to the room. They introduced me to the resident (I will call her Mrs. Smith here). We sat down in chairs across from each other and

began to talk as the staff left the room. I realized that her dentures were a little loose making some of her words a little hard to understand. She grew up on the mountain on a farm. She looked to be in her eighties and had lived a full life. Every pastor (and I hope every Christian) has a way that they explain salvation to people. I use a variation of the Roman Road that has been used by many people. It uses several verses from the book of Romans. “Mrs. Smith, the workers here tell me that you want to be saved. Is that right?” She nodded yes enthusiastically. “Could I explain to you how that works?” “Yeth”, she answered through moving dentures. One of the most exciting things that you

can ever do is to lead someone to Jesus. You are helping them make a decision that lasts forever. What can be better than that? We started down that Roman Road. “Mrs. Smith, did you learn about Jesus growing up? Did you go to church as a girl?” A bit of confusion on her face, she nodded yes. Relieved that she probably knew the basics, I began to explain the Plan of Salvation to her. “Do you know that Jesus was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life?” Yeth. “Do you know that he died on the cross?” Nod. “And that on the third day he arose from the grave?” Another nod. No stop signs from her, so we continued on down the road. “The Bible tells us that all of us are sinners. See it her in Romans 3:23.” She looked at my Bible, seemed to be able to read it, and sweetly nodded yes. “It also tells us that sin leads to death.” At that point on the road I always stop long enough to be sure the person knows what sin is. And that death means more than physical death. Mrs. Smith said she understood. I got back to the Roman Road to explain that Jesus did not have to die because he did not

sin. I always look at the person as I did at Mrs. Smith and ask, “Did Jesus die?” Nod yes. “Why did he die?” And Mrs. Smith, as almost everybody, said, “For me. He died for me.” Or that’s what it sounded like she said. “Mrs. Smith, do you want to be saved?” Enthusiastic nod. “In Romans 10:9 it says confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, and you will be saved. Mrs. Smith, do you believe this? Are you ready to give him your life?” A bit of confused look before a nod yes. “Then let’s pray right now and tell God you are ready to be saved.” And we held hands there in her nursing home room and prayed. When we finished, I held her hands a little longer and looked into her eyes. “Did you pray that prayer?” Nod. “Did you mean it?” “Yeth.” “Then, Mrs. Smith, you are a Christian. You are saved.” Looking in her eyes I smiled and lightly squeezed her hands before turning them loose. I was quite pleased with myself. A brand snatched from the fire. It is so great to lead someone to Jesus. My job completed, I

leaned back in the chair and asked her, “Is there anything else I can help you with Mrs. Smith?” “Yeth, I want to be saved.” Confused I said, “Mrs. Smith we just went through how you could be saved. Did you not understand?” And I was thinking this poor dear person just isn’t able to understand. I guess I won’t be trying to work out a baptism with the nursing home people after all. She looked at me with frustrated eyes, adjusted her dentures and said, “I was saved years ago. I know I am saved. What I want is to be shaved.” And she touched her chin that did indeed have stray hairs sticking out of it. “Oh, well let me go get someone to help you with that. Thanks for letting me talk with you Mrs. Smith”. And I walked out into the hall to find about five workers clutching their sides in laughter. To this day I do not know if the whole thing was a set up. But I do know there is a difference between being saved and being shaved. And I would rather people laugh at me than miss the opportunity to see someone saved. Because saving a brand from the fire? That is a close shave.

the contemplations and have actually quit this “race.” … your Christian walk may be completely dehydrated. I would beg of you to please give Christ one more chance. Today can be the day to pick up and start your relationship with Christ again; He is worth pursuing. Friend, as many times as we may have quit and turned our back on him, he has never stopped loving us. I’ve had my own times of wanting to quit, feeling abandoned by God, and one time He spoke straight to my heart and said, “I’m right where you left me.” In that moment, I realized He never left me, I chose to leave him. Friends, he ALWAYS wants us. Christ is so cool, He sees past our sins and our problems and sees us worthy of loving. Romans 8:38 says, “…nothing can separate us from the love of God.” I also see how vital my friend’s encouragement was on that VERY HOT, summer morning. This parallels with our Christian walk. It is of utmost importance that we as Christians have

Christ-centered relationships. Having a friend who you can call when you’re discouraged in your faith can be a huge asset. It is by no accident that the Bible says in Hebrews 10:25, “So let’s do it-full of belief, confident that we are presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshipping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” (MSG version.) It is dangerous to think we can walk this Christian life alone. I encourage all of you, friends, to get plugged into a church and partake in corporate worship. There’s something powerful when Christians come together and worship our King. I challenge you to surround yourselves with other people striving to finish this race. Quitting was not an option for me that day, and some of you need to remind yourself

that quitting isn’t an option for you. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss my reward by quitting in the middle. Galations 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Paul says in Phillipians 3:13-14, “I forget what is behind me and strain toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Some of you may be in a tough spot in your journey right now, but I want you to know that God has an awesome plan for your life, and just like I said last week, there is purpose beyond the pain. For whatever situation you are facing right now, be encouraged, friend, because YOU CAN FINISH THIS RACE.

A Moment with Megan: Finish the Race

By Megan Blansit

Director of The Beautiful Movement - a youth ministry for high school girls. For more information, visit The Beautiful Movement’s Facebook page, where I post the time, place, and activity for each month

I want to share a quick story with you. I was going for a morning run one really hot day, and started out very excited and determined. Not only was I excited about the run but I was also anticipating a great reward- a (eventually) tone body. BUT, in the middle of my run, I found myself entirely give out and wanted to quit. My friend, who was running behind me, caught up and then became an

encouragement. She said that even though we both wanted to quit (& get a milkshake), we had to finish. Besides, our car was at least a mile away! As I agreed to keep going, the run became easier. Why? Because at this point I was focusing on the end goal, (a tone body and an air conditioned car) and this actually made me run faster. Looking back at this small experience, God brought something to my attention. I began to realize how this relates to Christ. As Christians, we start out with such excitement about serving the Lord and experiencing His goodness, but once we get traveling down this path, we sometimes find ourselves wanting to give up. Things become tough, temptations become real, there seems to be more opportunities to sin, friends have disappeared, and the list could go on and on! Maybe you feel so give out and often feel forgotten, as if God isn’t there with you and that there is no finish line to receive the reward at the end. Maybe you’re past


Friday–September 18, 2015


FAITH New column featured in Southern Torch offers hope, understanding Editor’s Note

Diego Reynoso is a 33-year-old cancer survivor and our Manager of Operations. He handles delivery, distribution, route design, subscriptions and placement, relocation and maintenance of news racks. He is also our unofficial tech/computer expert and can repair anything with

parts. He’s a handy guy to have around to say the least. With all that he does already, the idea asking if he would like to do any writing never really crossed our minds. So when he submitted this, what is now his first column, we were surprised. He said he felt like what he knows and has lived through might benefit those

among our readership and beyond who are dealing with cancer or have a family member who is dealing with cancer. In this column and those to follow, Diego hopes to serve as a resource to you—to provide answers and understanding to some of the many difficult questions he and his loved ones

have faced themselves. We urge any who might be looking for answers or help understanding cancer to submit your questions, comments or concerns to diego@ so that he can answer your questions (anonymity will be completely respected) in future columns and share the insight with other readers.

Even if it only helps just a bit. I have come to learn over the past few years that every little thing helps. No matter if it is from family or even a stranger. Maybe I can be your stranger. Maybe by telling my story and answering your questions in this column, it will help you. If you have questions, please ask them. I am a normal guy from a small town. I have worked full-time since I turned 16 years old. I am married to a beautiful woman and I have wonderful kids. So besides a few quirks here and there, I’m pretty normal. Fast forward to my diagnosis and that’s where normal became chaotic. Everything was coming at me so fast. From phone calls, to doctors. It was total chaos. My head was spinning. I thought since I helped my dad with his cancer before he passed I could handle it. Not once did I show emotion or ask for help. I waited till I was alone to let go and that was a rare thing, kinda like a blue moon. It took me hitting bottom of the emotional barrel before I asked for help. Opening up to someone isn’t a strong suit of mine but I had to if I was gonna stay sane. Now there is a lot of people can help someone cope with tragedy. And by all means seek them out if you can or want to. I took the path I trusted more. My wife was there for me from the beginning and she still is now so the logical choice was

right in front of me. And she helped me like no other could. I didn’t want or need someone to do things for me. I needed a shoulder. She was there. She was my rock and continues till this day. So I guess what I’m saying is this. If you’re in the same place I was then, and you need that rock? I can almost promise you someone is there. Reach out. Someone will pull you back up. Even if you have never needed help a day in your life before, you will now. Even if you don’t have a spouse like mine, you can and must need someone to help—and help is out there. I even turned to the other

patients at times when my wife couldn’t. Which she always could but she couldn’t relate on certain things. So what better person to ask than someone who has been there. No matter how strong or independent you are, the point is that you cannot do this by yourself. No one can. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s cancer. Remember if you have any questions or thoughts, email me at diego@southerntorch. com, and I will do my best to respond to all and where appropriate answer them in this column. possibly answer them here. Thanks for listening.

The day my life ended… and began A Cancer Survivor’s Story

By Diego Reynoso

I woke up from a deep sleep noticing my wife’s face. It was the first time I have ever seen fear in her eyes. Ever. She is a strong woman. I guess I knew something was wrong but never knew what was about to happen. I’d just woken from my colonoscopy and the doctor informed me he found a tumor. And he was certain it was cancer. He sent me to a surgeon. I was diagnosed after surgery with Stage 4 colorectal cancer before my 31st birthday. It was a disease I knew nothing about. My only frame of reference was that my father passed in Oct, 2009 with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. So I thought I knew a lot—little did I know, I knew nothing at all. My name is Diego. And I’m going to tell you my story in hopes that it might help you.


Friday–September 18, 2015


BUSINESS South End Market The South End Market Club Sandwich Fort Payne, AL



chips and coke sold separately





The Club Sandwich served at the South End Market in Fort Payne is one of the best sandwiches in DeKalb County, period. It is deliciousness just like mama used to make it—that is if mama were to take all the the meat she used to make your brother’s sandwich and put it on top of sandwich she already made for you. The sandwich comes piled high with generous portions of ham, turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, sliced homegrown tomatoes that taste like they were picked from the garden on the way into work, lettuce onions, and SURPRISE: fresh sliced jalapenos that will catch you off guard and then make you wonder why every club sandwich you’ve ever eaten didn’t come with jalapenos on it. If this enormous sandwich doesn’t fill you up, you eat too much. So delicious it’s habit-forming. 4.5 stars.

TORCH APPROVED RAINSVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE September 17, 2015 Tim Eberhart, Executive Director

ADDRESS: 1022 Gault Ave S Fort Payne, AL 35967

CONTACT: Tel. (256) 845-1541

CHAMBER CHATTER September 16, 2015 Carol Beddingfield, Executive Director The Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, September 17th at DeSoto Golf Course. It is an honor for the Chamber to sponsor this Boom Days event. I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of the sponsors who not only give financially but also their time to play in the tournament. They include the following: Twin City Used Car Sales, DeKalb-Cherokee Counties Gas District, Wiregrass Construction-Jackson Paving Dvision, Fort Payne Improvement Authority, Coca Cola United Bottling, DeKalb Regional Medical Center Vulcan materials Company, First Fidelity Bank, Turner Beverage Company, MDA Professional Group, PC; WinSouth Credit Union, Greenhill Engineering Consultants, First State Bank, GH Metal Solutions, and Lambert, Inc. These golfers have the most fun. I can hear them laughing and teasing each other all over the course. Mayor Larry Chesser is a strong supporter of the tournament. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to say thank you for your efforts to contact the sponsors. A dream of the Chamber has been to renovate the upstairs of our building into loft apartments. It is because of these sponsors that our dream is becoming a reality. Construction of the two apartments began on September 11th. The two bedroom apartment has over 1500 square feet with a gorgeous view of Lookout Mountain. The smaller one bedroom has almost 1000 square feet. We will have open house at the completion of the renovation. However, if you are interested in renting either apartment, please call the Chamber at 256-845-2741. The desire for downtown living has grown tremendously especially with the new generation of millenniums. The rent will be reasonable but not on the low side either. The exact cost will be determined after construction. It will be so much fun to watch this project develop. The wait is totally worth it. I know if I could manage the steps my name would be added to the potential renters list!

The role of the Rainsville Chamber is plain and simple. Yet, at the same time, it’s multifarious and challenging. It has always been easy to recognize our primary role as advocate for the business community and to view the Chamber as a unifying force within the broader community. But, it has never been more challenging to find ways to fulfill that dual role effectively. And, it has never been more challenging to be relevant when it comes to carrying out effective activities and programs. Is there an app for that? I don’t think so. Therefore, we need you to help make our message effective and relevant in a fast-changing world. We have a small staff and a 15-person volunteer board made up of busy individuals who want to see Rainsville prosper. You can help by looking for ways to support our members at every opportunity. Currently, the Rainsville Chamber of Commerce has 158 business members. Of those, 137 of them have a physical presence within the Rainsville city limits while four of them are out near the edges, and 17 are located in other northeast Alabama towns. The diversity of our business membership is striking. At the present time, 11 healthcare providers, seven manufacturers, five attorneys, five insurance agencies, and four real estate agencies are members. Twenty four stores and 10 restaurants are members. As you would expect in a small city, the rest fall into a wide variety of other categories. Sixty three of them are located on–or a few feet from–Main Street. Membership is an annual investment. Fifty five of our members have made the investment every year for over a decade; 25 of those for over 25 years in a row. I could give you more vital statistics–I know you want more–but that’s not why I bring it all up. I wanted to point out some facts in hopes of causing more people to say “Wow! The small businesses in this community must be very important. I need to take a closer look at what they have to offer.” As a group, the businesses are indeed the backbone of the local economy. Their well being is tied to the city’s and the region’s well being. If those of us who live here won’t support them, who will?


Friday–September 18, 2015


Publisher, Joseph M. Morgan Layout editor, Dwayne Adams

OBITUARIES Infant Sadie McClung

passed away Saturday, September 5, 2015. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, September 11, 2015 from the Walker’s Chapel cemetery, burial will follow. Arrangements Entrusted to W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. *Stella was born in rural DeKalb County on October 3, 1930 to Herbert and Lois Hayes. She married Dawes Burns in January 1946 and they were together for 60 years before his passing in 2006. She lived in Decatur from 2010 until her death September 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by the above mentioned, a daughter Beverly Smith, brother Clinton Hayes, sister Patricia Whatley and great granddaughter Megan Kralovec. She is survived by son Randel Burns, 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The grandchildren are Joye Burns Kralovec(Jay) of Melbourne, Florida, Randel Burns, Jr.(Kelli) of Bennington, Vermont, Kelli Timmons of Virginia, Rachel Timmons of Fort Payne, Joshua England, and Caden Smith of Rainsville. Her daughter-in-law of many years, Linda Burns was often mentioned by Stella as being a daughter to her. Larry Burns, a nephew, and his wife Vickie were especially kind and helpful to Dawes and Stella. Visitation will be Friday Sept 11 from 11-2, funeral at 2 at W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel in Rainsville, Alabama with Rev. Randel Burns, Jr and Dr. Scotty Hogan presiding. Nephews will serve as bearers. The burial will follow immediately at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Mrs. Nancy Marie Doss

age 56, of Cedar Bluff passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015. A Memorial service will be held by the Family at a later date. Arrangements Entrusted to W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Survivors: Husband, John Doss; Sons, John Michael Doss & Ginger, Adam Christopher Doss; Mother, Florence Giles; Sister, Deborah Giles; Brothers, Steve, Mick, & Jack Giles; 7 Grandchildren

Mrs. Vonnie Lee Wilson Bryant

Age 92, of McCalla (formerly of Pisgah) passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015. Funeral services are set for 4pm Sunday, September 13, 2015 graveside at Pisgah Cemetery with burial to follow. Mrs. Bryant is survived by her nephews - Curtis M. (Linda) Wilson, Jr. of Roanoke and David P. Wilson of Bessemer; nieces - Carol (Grant) Collom of McCalla, Donna (Donnie) Hooper of Chattanooga, TN., Terry (Luciano) Bracci of Murrieta, CA., and Cheryle Wilson of LaGrange, GA. Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her husband, Fred D. Bryant, and her brother, Curtis McKinley Wilson, Sr. Arrangements Entrusted to W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel

Mrs. Donna Rae Andrews

Age 49, of Crossville passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015. Funeral services are set for 2pm Sunday, September 13, 2015 from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with Bros. Barry Dunn and Cates Noles officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8pm on Saturday at the funeral home. She is survived by her husband, Johnny Osborn; mother, Betty Lou Andrews; sister, Kim (Keith) Williams; brother, Todd (Anna) Andrews; nieces, Ellen Williams, Tinsley Andrews, Andi Andrews, and Charli Andrews, and nephew, Kyle Williams. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Ray Andrews, and an infant brother.

Mr. Ervin Ray Sims

Age 68 of Gaylesville passed away on Monday Sept 14, 2015. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, Sept 17, 2015 at 12PM from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Unity Cemetery in Cedar Bluff. Visitation will also take place Thursday from 10-12PM from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Survivors: Wife- Bea Sims, Daughter- Retha (Douglas) Hopton and Special Daughter- Tiffani Bryant, Sons- Wylie and Keith (Celina) Petty, Sister- Betty (Jimmy) McLaney, 4 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild. Mr. Sims is preceded by: Daughter- Dorothy Sims

Mrs. Shirley Sanders Ray

Age 77 of Pisgah passed away on Monday, Sept 14, 2015. Funeral Service will be held on Wed., Sept 16, 2015 at 4PM from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel with Bro Bill Bass officiating, burial will follow in the Green Haven Memorial Garden. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 from 5-8PM from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Survivors: Daughters- Karen (Greg) Day of Rosalie, Sheila (Richard) Sparks of Athens, Brother- Pete Sanders, GranddaughterTelitha (Shawn) Castleberry of Athens, Great Granddaughter- Ella Castleberry of Athens, Niece and Nephews- Kathy Pierce, Jerry & Terry Meeker, Frank & Terry Sanders, Great Niece and NephewKimberly and Kevin Pierce. Mrs. Ray is preceded in death by: SisterMandy Meeker and Brother- Herman Sanders

Mrs. Julia E. Burt Noojin

Age 101 of Phoenix, AR formerly of Fort Payne, AL died September 9, 2015 at Meadowbrook Manner of Naperville. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11am from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery with Rainsville Funeral Home, Inc. directing, Visitation will be Friday, September 18th from 5pm-9pm & Saturday, September 19th from 9am-11am. Survivors: 5 Sons: Joseph D. Noojin and wife Helen of East Gadsden, AL James Cranston Noojin and wife Lynn of Dawson, AL Charlie Mac Noojin and wife Judy of Arab, AL Larry Ray Noojin of Phoenix, AR John Robert Noojin and wife Kathy of Naperville, IL 3 Daughters: Dorothy Nell Anderson and husband Marion of Attalla, AL Doris Jean Walin and husband Tomas of Phoenix, AL Judie Evelyn Tripp and husband

George of Doylestown, PA 1 Sister: Sara Francis Burt of Fort Payne, AL 15 Grandchildren A Host of Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren & Great Great Great Grandchildren Preceded in Death: Parents: Joe & Fannie Burt 1 Brother: Bill Brinson Burt 3 Sisters: Jo Grace Horton, Annie Sue Pendergrass & Patsy Ruth Gilbert Visitation: Rainsville Funeral Home, Inc. Friday, September 18th from 5pm-9pm Saturday, September 19th from 9am-11am Services: Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11am. Interment: Glenwood Cemetery Following Service

Mr. Lloyd L. Madden

Age 75 of Guntersville, AL died Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Marshall Manor Nursing Home. Memorial services will be held at a later date with Rainsville Funeral Home, Inc. announcing, www. Survivors 4 Brothers: Lawrence H. Madden of Boaz, AL Robert J. Madden of Alburquerque, NM Terrence P. Madden of Tucson, AZ Patrick E. Madden of Dearborne, MI 1 Sister: Nancy A. Drumheller of Myrtle Beach, SC. Services: Memorial Services Will Be Held At A Later Date

Infant Serenity Christina Nicole Hampton

Age 7 1/2 weeks of Rainsville, AL passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Gaylesville. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 2pm from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Hampton & Pastor Jason Hampton officiating. Burial will follow in Johnson Cemetery at Chattoogaville, GA with Rainsville Funeral Home, Inc. directing, www.rainsvillefuneralhome. com. Vitiation will be Wednesday, September 16th from 12non-2pm. Survivors include parents: Adam Hampton & Chelsey Aldridge of Rainsville, AL; Grandparents: Marty Hampton of Rainsville, AL; Dena Hampton of Rainsville, AL; JW Aldridge of Gaylseville, AL; Christina Aldridge of Gaylesville, AL; Great Grandparents: Charlotte Wilson of KY; Johnny Carroll of KY; Johnny & Lynn Aldridge of Gaylesville, AL; Nancy Edgeworth of Rainsville, AL; Johnny & Linda Edgeworth of Calhoun; Linda & Sid Henderson of Summerville; 4 Aunts: Kinsley, Courtney, Carly & Heather; 1 Uncle: Sami; A host of cousins, great aunts & great uncles. Visitation: Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday, September 16th from 12noon-2pm Services: Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 2pm. Interment: Johnson Cemetery of Chattoogaville, GA Following Service

Mr. Roger Evans

Age 62 of Fyffe, AL died Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at his residence. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 18, 2015 at 2pm from Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lee Earl Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in New Canaan Cemetery with Rainsville Funeral Home, Inc. directing, Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 16th from 10am8pm; Thursday, Sept. 17th from 10am-8pm; Friday, Sept. 18th from 10am-2pm. Survivors include: Wife: Phyllis Evans of Fyffe, AL; 2 Sons: Chris Evans of Fyffe, AL; Rodney Evans of Fyffe, AL; 5 Grandchildren: Blake Evans, Breyona Evans, Devin Evans, Ethan Evans & Colton Evans; 1 Great Grandchild: Benjamin Whitting; 3 Sisters: Shirley Gilreath, Joann Traylor & Carolyn Cross. Preceded in Death: Parents: Hoyt & Estelle Evans; 1 Daughter: Misty Dawn Evans; 2 Brothers: Alfred Evans & Mickey Evans. Visitation: Rainsville Funeral Home, Inc. Wednesday, September 16th from 10am-8pm Thursday, September 17th from 10am-8pm Friday, September 18th from 10am-2pm. Services: Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel Friday, September 18, 2015 at 2pm. Interment: New Canaan Cemetery Following Service

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James Williams Photography James Williams, Owner Geraldine, AL (256) 996-0288


Friday–September 18, 2015


Comeback Kings Photo provided by Micky Goolesby By Marla Jones, Sports Editor

Bulldogs win a nail biter

Ider 17-Gaston 14 The Ider Hornets kept fans on the edge of their seat the entire ballgame, Friday night. It was a bitter fight throughout the ballgame and into overtime against Gaston. Gaston struck early with 7:19 remaining in the first when quarterback Dylan Gilchrist threw for a 80-yard touchdown reception to Jordan Douglas. The PAT was unsuccessful. With 8:29 left in the first, Gaston’s Darius Pope scored on a 4-yard dart into the endzone. Gaston went for two. With 2:19 remaining By Marla Jones, Sports Editor

Geraldine 20-Pisgah 14 Geraldine racked up their first win of the season against the Pisgah Eagles, Friday night. With less than 7:00 remaining in the first quarter, Steven Hood put points on the board for the Bulldogs, with a 23-yard touchdown. The kick was good by Illair Garcia. Pisgah answered back with 5:00 remaining in the second, with a 99-yard touchdown pass from Audy Smothers to Levi Ellis. The PAT was

before the half, Ider put points on the board with a 7-yard touchdown reception from Quarterback Devin Dobbins to Braxton Lassetter. The kick was blocked. Going into the half, Gaston led 14-6. With 4:57 left in the fourth, Jarett Palmer had a 1-yard dash for a touchdown. Devin Dobbins added two points, tieing the game. Time ran out of regulation play. The score was 14-14. Gaston received the ball first in overtime play but fumbled on the third down. Sam McKay recovered the ball for the Hornets. Jay Lea sailed a 22-yard kick for the extra

three, giving the Hornets the win, 14-7. Coach Brent Tinker said of the Ider Hornets win, “ I feel like Friday’s comeback win was a developing win. I think we will continue to see the effects from it for a long time. Our kids played a complete game and showed great resiliency.” When asked about this Friday night game against Fyffe, “The games continue to get bigger each week. We are excited about playing the defending state champions this week.” Ider will travel to Fyffe, in what will be a great Friday night showdown.

not good. Going into the half, Bulldogs led 7-6. Audy Smothers, slipped into the end zone with a 3-yard quarterback keeper and with a two-point conversion. Pisgah took the lead, 14-7. Raul Arevalo blocked the Eagle kick and Thomas Willoughby battled into the end zone with a 10-yard Bulldog touchdown. The kick was good by Garcia, to tie the ballgame. Ray Hernandez recovered a Pisgah fumble. Austin Willoughby punched thru to score from the

one yard line. The PAT failed. Bulldogs pulled thru for the win, 20-14. Steven Hood had 17 carries for 104 yards and one touchdown. Austin Willoughby had 29 carries for 120 yards. Coach Brad Waldrop was impressed by his Bulldogs. “We did a better job executing as a team. We tackled better and we won the turnover battle.” “The special teams made the big play that turned the game around.” The Bulldogs will travel to Brindlee Mountain, Friday night.

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the score 20-0 going into the fourth. With 6:16 remaining in the fourth, Caleb Roebuck earned his third touchdown of the night with a 51-yard run. The PAT was good by Nick Shepard. Time ran out, giving the Rams their first shut-out of the season. Final score was Sylvania 27, Brindlee Mountain 0. The Southern Torch, Standout of the week, is Caleb Roebuck. He had 215 yards rushing, three touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. The Rams will be home, for the first time this season, hosting North Sand Mountain. This game will be a crucial region game.

Fort Payne can’t Rams show out be touched

By Amy Thrash Sports Reporter

Fort Payne 48Brewer 0 Fort Payne made the trip to Brewer and scored their first shutout of the 2015 season. Starting with the first defensive play, Daurice Maddox captured the interception for a Wildcat

touchdown. Evan McPherson added the extra point. With less that 3:00 left in the first quarter, Desmon Turner worked his magic for another touchdown with his 21-yard run. Kick by McPherson was good. With 9:00 remaining in the second, McPherson kicked two field goals.

One for 35-yards and the other from 38 yards, adding six more points on the Wildcat lead. With less than 2:30 remaining, Lineman Sam Young captured a interception and scored a touchdown. Going into the half, the Wildcats had a 27-0 lead. During the third quarter, Quarterback Tyler Ellis was on fire. Throwing the ball for a 80-yard pass to Wanya King for a Wildcat score. Ellis also connected with Nick Ridgeway for 53 yards for a touchdown. McPherson made both extra points. With less than 6:10 remaining in the fourth, Logan Hulsey added more points on the board with his 9-yard dash. Making the score, Fort Payne 48, Brewer 0. Desmon Turner had 154 yards rushing. Fort Payne is 3-0 and 2-0 in Class 6A Region 7. They will travel to Albertville, Friday.

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor

Sylvania 27Brindlee Mountain 0 Rams travelled to Brindlee Mountain, ready to show what they were made of. The Rams had came off of two bitter losses and was wanting to give Coach Matt Putnam, his first Ram win. Caleb Roebuck kicked the first quarter off with a 31-yard touchdown with 10:12 remaining. The PAT was not good. In the third quarter, Roebuck struck again with a 22-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 7:52 remaining. Hunter Miller, added more points on the board with a 45-yard gallop, making


Friday–September 18, 2015


Bears run out of time By Marla Jones, Sports Editor

Fyffe gets back to dominating

Photo provided by Bruce Wilson By Dustin Dobbins Sports Reporter

Fyffe 21-Section 7 It was a sloppy night in Section. But it didn’t slow down a determined Fyffe team. Fyffe scored 21 points in the first quarter. With Kilpatrick scoring twice on runs of 20 yards and 43 yards and Peyton Anderson returned a fumble in end zone for the third

touchdown in the first quarter. Leaving score Fyffe 21 Section 0. Fyffe continued the domination in second quarter, scoring two more touchdowns. The first a 15 yard run by Kilpatrick and Seth Benefield passing to Kyle Collins for a 59 yard touchdown . Leaving the score Fyffe 35 Section 0. Section’s only score of the game ,came when Blake Martin picked up a Section

fumble and ran 71 yards for a touchdown. Making the score at the half Fyffe 35 Section 7. Fyffe scores 2 more touchdowns in the Third quarter. Seth Benefield scores the first one on a 16 yard touchdown. Then Peyton Anderson drives in from 1 yard out. Andrew Dunston was perfect on extra points 7 for 7. Fyffe 49 Section 7 at end of Third Quarter. The Fourth quarter was scoreless. Dillion Kilpatrick ran 16 times for 201 yards and 3 Touchdowns, Seth Benefield passing 2 for 2 for 76 yards 1 touchdown passing and 1 touchdown rushing, Payton Anderson ran 9 times for 51 yards and a touchdown. He also recovered a fumble for another touchdown, Kyle Collins caught a 59 yard touchdown pass. Ryan Martin and Daniel Martin each had 8 tackles to lead the Defense. Ider comes to Fyffe next week for a big region match up.

opening kickoff 77 yards for a first and goal at the four. And Collinsville’s defense rose up to stop them with Domminick Brockitt sacking the quarterback for a thirteen yard loss. Collinsville’s first three possessions came to little with the defense holding on led by Nicholas Brockitt’s interception. In the second quarter,

the rain stopped and the Panther offense went on a fourteen play, 92 yard drive that ate almost seven minutes off the clock with Grant Jones connecting with Dallas Reed on a fourteen yard pass for the touchdown. Collinsville would score four more touchdowns on its next two possessions (yes, two possessions and four touchdowns). Reed returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown and a punt 53 yards for a touchdown. Daniel Mann also returned a punt for a touchdown going 53 yards for the Panthers final score half way through the fourth quarter. The offense did have another nice drive to start the third quarter going 59 yards in eight plays climaxed by Trenton Nash’s two yard run. The Panthers’ five touchdowns – a pass, a rush, an interception

Collinsville stays strong

By Dr. John E. Morgan

It started with a scare from the kicking game. And then a slow start for the offense. But the defense was there all night long in Collinsville’s 32-6 win over Holly Pond. With rain beginning and lightning in the distance, the Broncos Caleb Jones returned the

New Hope 21Plainview 16 Plainview Bears traveled to New Hope Friday night, with hopes of getting their first region win of the season. New Hope had other plans. With 7:28 remaining in the first quarter, New Hope struck first with a 13-yard run by Jonate Cotton. The extra point by Seth Burke was good. In the second quarter, the Bears had a series of good drives but the Indians held them. Bears were forced to settle with 3 points by Luis

Hernandez. With 4:29 remaining in the second, Jonate Cotton broke loose with a 63-yard run for another Indian touchdown. The PAT was good. Going into the half, New Hope led 14-3. With 4:50 left in the third, Jonate Cotton scored his third touchdown of the night with a 33-yard dash. The PAT was good. Plainview scored with 3:07 left in the third with a 30-yard run by Sam Mueller, Luis Hernandez was good on the PAT. Bears scored again in the fourth, with 3:41 remaining with a 2-yard run by Clay Cooper. The two point conversion was

unsuccessful and time ran out for the Bears. New Hope won 21-6. “We have just got to take it one day at a time. One game at a time.” “We have improved in certain areas, just have to keep getting better,” said Plainview Head Coach Dustin Goodwin. When asked who came to mind as standouts of the game, “Trent Brown played well on defense. Bailey Dukes did well as quarterback. Sam Muller had a good game as running back and Zack Stephens played well on both sides of the ball.” Plainview will travel to Sand Rock Friday night looking for their first win of the season, in regional play.

Looking for the win

Hokes Bluff 27Crossville 13 Crossville played Hokes Bluff for a Class 4A, Region 6 showdown. Crossville was looking for their first win of the season. With 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter, Bradley Pruett scored the first points for the Hokes Bluff Eagles with a one-yard dash. The point after attempt failed. The second quarter was back and forth between the Lions and Eagles. Bradley Pruett scored again for Hokes Bluff with a 12-yard touchdown and the PAT was good. Crossville answered back when Blanton Jones scored on a

touchdown pass. The point after attempt was no good. Going into the half, Hokes Bluff led 13-6. Crossville tied the game in the third with a touchdown by Joshua Dismukes, The point after attempt by Renaldo Jimenez was good. Hokes Bluff cashed in on a Lion fumble and scored a Eagle touchdown with less than eight minutes left in the game. Tyler Hutchins, and the Hokes Bluff Eagles took away all hope for the Lions with a 45-yard touchdown with less than three minutes left in the ballgame. The PAT was good. Final score Hokes Bluff 27, Crossville 13. Crossville will host Cleburne Co, Friday night.

return and two punt returns. The defense stayed strong all night. They forced three interceptions, Reed’s and Brockitt’s and the final one by Elijah Avila who was playing defensive back with a cast on his arm. The defense repeatedly rushed and sacked the quarterback, holding the Broncos to sixteen negative yards on the ground. Collinsville Coach Ernie Willingham said, “The defense played reeeeally well. Holly Pond has some good players, and I thought that we bottled them up all night.” Speaking of the offense, he said, “We moved the ball well all over the field. But we are doing the same stuff – a fumble, penalties. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot.” Dallas Reed had a quite a night. 10 rushes

for 52 yards, five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown, the 53 yard interception return for a touchdown and the 48 yard punt return for a touchdown. Three touchdowns and 212 all purpose yards. Trenton Nash rushed for 62 yards and a TD. Trey Bowers made his 2015 debut with 44 yards rushing. The Panthers had the ball for almost 27 minutes and outgained the Broncos 245 yards to 117 yards. Collinsville must now get ready to host Cleveland who beat Fyffe by a touchdown last week. “Cleveland is coming to town and I know we better be ready. They are good, they just beat Fyffe, and we’ve got a big challenge. And we are looking forward to playing them”, said Willingham.

By Heath Thrash Sports Reporter


Friday–September 18, 2015


Valley Head loses to Cedar Bluff

By Marla Jones, Sports Editor

The Valley Head Tigers lost a region game to Class 1A No 4, Cedar Bluff. When talking to Coach Sam Graham about the loss, “Cedar Bluff had a lot more

experienced team than we did, Cedar Bluff is a great team.” At one point in the fourth quarter, there was eighth graders in playing for the Valley Head Tigers. “We have young guys that are getting better each week.” Graham also said that injuries was not an

excuse but did hurt them during the game. The final score was 54-0. Friday night the Valley Head Tigers will travel to play Gaylesville. Graham said, “ This is a big region game.” “Gaylesville runs option offense, we will have to play big and responsibly.”

Southern Torch Gameday Report with Sideline Guru Dustin Dobbins

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Southern Torch’s Most Wanted Top Quarterbacks

Attempts Yards

Touchdowns Interceptions

Top Running Backs

Attempts Yards


Crossville / Pointer........ 45/72.......502.......... 3................. 2 Collinsville / Jones......... 22/29.......247.......... 4................. 1 Fort Payne / Ellis............ 16/37........246.......... 2................. 3 Valley Head/ Harrison... 5/8...........128.......... 2................. 0 Sylvania / Dicus............. 14/29........127........... 1................. 2 Plainview / Williamson.. 13/32........116........... 1................. 3 Fyffe / Benefield............ 4/10.........106.......... 1................. 1 Ider/ Dobbins................ 5/12..........74............ 2................. 1 Geraldine / Murphy....... NA...........NA.......... NA.............. NA Fyffe / Kilpatrick............ 66............641 6 Fort Payne / Turner........ 67............586.......... 6 Sylvania / Roebuck........ 61.............399.......... 4 Geraldine / Hood........... 43............374.......... 5 Valley Head / Leps......... 21.............330.......... 5 Collinsville / Reed.......... 34............297.......... 4 Geraldine /Willoughby.. 54............264.......... 2 Valley Head / Nix........... 23.............236.......... 0 Ider / Palmer................. 27.............217........... 7 Crossville / Simpson...... 23.............208.......... 0 Ider / Higdon................. 27.............183.......... 1

Top Wide Outs

Receptions Yards


Crossville / Jones........... 20............257.......... 1 Crossville / Dismuke...... 16.............174.......... 1 Fort Payne /Ridgeway.... 7..............107.......... 1 Fort Payne / King........... 4..............85............ 1

Top Tacklers


Most Touchdowns


Geraldine / Hood........... 33 Geraldine / Benitez........ 28 Fort Payne/ Richburg..... 27 Crossville / Luther......... 26 Geraldine /Willoughby.. 22 Geraldine / Sparkman... 20 Crossville / Jones........... 19 Crossville / Owens......... 19 Crossville / Bruce.......... 18 Fort Payne / Bobo.......... 18 *No Stats at Press time for Valley Head and Fyffe* Collinsville/ Reed.......... 8 Ider / Palmer................. 7 Fyffe / Kilpatrick............ 6 Fort Payne / Turner........ 6 Sylvania / Roebuck........ 5 Valley Head/ Leps.......... 5 Collinsville / Nash......... 4 Collinsville /Blakely...... 3 Sylvania / Miller............ 2 Ider / Higdon................. 2 Fyffe/Benefield.............. 2

All stats are subject to change weekly according to how accurate schools send stats in.


Friday–September 18, 2015


TEAM OF THE WEEK Geraldine Bulldogs! Congratulations, Geraldine Bulldogs! You are the Southern Torch Team of the Week for your impressive win over the Pisgah Eagles!


Congratulations Jax and Jaelyn Smith! Way to represent your Rams! You are Southern Torch Fans of the Week! Be sure to post or tweet your fan pictures to Southern Torch #stfridaynightlights, for your chance to be our Fan of the week!!!

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