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Tempers Flare in Rainsville

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her to proceed with her remarks. Pittman stated that since she had addressed the Council previously, she had received a letter from Taheri’s lawyer, Terry Gillis, stating that Taheri was not the developer of the property with Nathaniel Ledbetter. Pittman began to read the letter and Taheri

SYLVANIA, Ala. — On Sunday (November 5), Jared Farmer of Sylvania, was arrested for possession with intention to distribute a controlled substance and on a probation revocation warrant from Jackson County. Sylvania Police Department took the lead on this investigation along with help from numerous other departments including the DeKalb County Sheriff’s

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Rainsville resident Sonjia Pittman addresses the Rainsville City Council about the paving dilemma on Maple Avenue. (Marla Jones | Southern Torch)

By Marla Jones Reporter

Brigadier General (Retired) Les Fuller served as the guest speaker and addressed the students and veterans present for the program.


Inside the Statehouse Alabama Political Consultant Steve Flowers breaks down the Senate race and gives a preview of the upcoming 2018 midterms.

Sylvania man charged with distribution

Jared Farmer of Sylvania was caught with 17 grams of Methamphetamine. (Sylvania Police Department)

This week's Southern Torch Team of the Week is the Geraldine Bulldogs! They took down their rival, the Crossville Lions.

FPHS holds Veterans' Day program


RAINSVILLE, Ala.— (Full Video on our Website) The Rainsville City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, November 6, 2017. Rainsville resident Sonjia Pittman was on the agenda to address the

council concerning the paving of her road off of Maple Avenue. In previous addresses to the Council, Pittman had addressed the issue of Councilmember Bejan Taheri having a potential conflict of interest because of his prior ownership of the land surrounding the road in question. A title search had revealed that Taheri and Alabama State House

Fort Payne approves sewer expansion

Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter were owners of the land surrounding the road in questions prior to the land being subdivided for homes to be constructed. As Mrs. Pittman approached the Council, she asked that the podium be made available for her use during her remarks. Taheri and Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt refused the request and informed

Doug Jones addresses supporters in Fyffe

James Payton of Ladd Environmental addresses the council regarding a project to extend sewer to the Terrapin Hills area. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)

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Managing Editor

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. — (Video on our Website) At Tuesday’s (November 7) meeting of the Fort Payne City Council, a representative from Ladd Environmental briefed the council on plans to extend sewer to the Terrapin Hills subdivision and surrounding areas. The council began the meeting by approving the minutes from the previous and by prayer led by Council President Brian Baine. Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser added to the prayer by asking everyone to remember City Clerk Andy Parker who was absent due to a recent surgery. After addressing other items (listed below) the council heard from James Payton, a consultant from Ladd Environmental regarding a plan to resolve the crisis concerning the Terrapin Hills sewer system, which the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is currently trying to shut down. The potential project will affect "200 households" in the area. The plan would lay a gravity sewer line from the Dead Man's curve pump station and would "generally follow Big Will's Creek." It would eliminate the pump stations at 49th Street and also the pump stations at the Terrapin Hills sewer lagoon if the city takes in that sewer in to the city

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Doug Jones (D - Birmingham) addressed Northeast Alabama Democrats at the Fyffe Senior Center on Tuesday night. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)

By Tyler Pruett

Managing Editor FYFFE, Ala. — (Video on our Website) Candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones (D - Birmingham) made a campaign stop on Tuesday night (November 7, 2017) at the Fyffe Senior Center on Sand Mountain. Citizens from across Northeast Alabama made the trip to hear Jones speak. Roughly 400 supporters from DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, and Cherokee Counties filled the building. The meeting was opened up by DeKalb County Circuit Clerk Pam Simpson, and the national anthem was sung by former Fort Payne City Councilman Walter Watson. Boy Scout Troop #96 lead the group in the

Pledge of Allegiance. "Everybody in this room is ready for change. We want to move this state forward. We want to take this state to where we know it can go. Not backwards. As we know it might go if the election goes a different way on December 12th," said Jones, to begin his remarks. Jones talked about his upbringing. He grew up in the steel mill town of Fairfield, Alabama, and one of his grandfathers was a steel worker and union organizer, while the other a coal miner. Jones' father started in the Steel Mill and worked his way up to management after the company found out he had, "an aptitude for electronics." Jones would go on to attend the University

of Alabama and Cumberland Law School. When talking about his professed mentor, U.S. Senator Howell Heflin (D AL), Jones said, "He brought people in to find that common ground. That is a far cry from our federal government today. The big issues that we have facing us, like simplifying the tax code, healthcare, our infrastructure..... nothing I've seen right now suggests there is going to be a whole lot of success. Not until we can put somebody in that United States Senate seat who can talk a little Alabama commonsense." Jones also discussed his time as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. He expressed his

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A "Poppy" to signify their sacrifice

(Poppy Flower | Wikimedia) The poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can be traced to a single individual, Moina Michael. After World War I, Moina was moved by the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” and she bought a bouquet of poppies. She then handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked, and asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. Later, Moina would spearhead a campaign that would result in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice. Today, a “Poppy Flower” is still worn by Veterans to remember the sacrifices of the fallen. In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. –Lt. Col. John McCrae

Sheriff's Office to offer concealed carry classes

(Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)

By Staff Reports FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will be taking applications for the Introduction to Concealed Carry class starting today with the deadline of November 14th. The first class is scheduled for November 16, 2017 from 6pm till 8pm and at the shooting range starting at 2pm on November 19th.

The application for this class can be found on our website This class will cover gun safety, methods of concealed carry, legal considerations, as well as mindset and lifestyle changes. All of these classes are first come first serve basis. We will be continuing these classes as long as the demand is there.

Rainsville Council, page 1 interrupted her saying that the reading of the letter was not within her stated purpose of road paving in her request to address the Council. Councilmember Marshall Stiefel appealed to Mayor Lingerfelt to allow Pittman to continue speaking citing Lingerfelt’s earlier ruling that Taheri would not be allowed to address Pittman concerning the paving issue. Ultimately, Lingerfelt informed Pittman that she would not be allowed to continue to read the letter. Pittman stopped reading the letter but stated that she would continue to attend the Council meetings in her quest to get her road paved. After the meeting, Taheri made the letter available to Southern Torch and it is shown below in its entirety. In other business, the Council formally adopted an authorization resolution granting the Mayor and city attorney the authority to file a condemnation lawsuit against Roger and Teresa Berry and Billy and Talese Berry concerning their property surrounding the Chavies Bridge. Lingerfelt had previously stated that the city’s offer of $10,000 for their property to be used for right-of-way alongside the newly proposed Chavies Bridge was refused by the Berry’s. Items that the Council approved in its regular meeting:

The Council will take bids, with right of refusal, on the turn lane project at RTI. Bids will be open on November 27, 2017 at 11am. Approved the hire of Daniel Sizemore to appraise Tracts 3 & 4 for the Chavies Bridge Project. Several Board appointments and reappointments were made. Approved the purchase of a Surveillance Security System to be installed at the Rainsville Municipal Annex at a price of no more than $3,500.00. The cost of system will be paid out of Court money. Approved a one-time pay raise for City Employees Approved the purchase of (2) Apple computers for the library at a cost of $2,838.00 Councilman Derek Rosson also announced that the City of Rainsville will be taking bids for pest control. It will be a closed bid to be opened on December 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. The Rainsville Christmas Parade will be on December 9 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Santa Claus and activities for children, young and old, will be held before the parade at the Tom Bevill Center from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on November 20, 2017. Workshop beginning at 4:15 p.m. and regular council meeting at 5:00 p.m.

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Department, the DeKalb County Drug Task Force and the Rainsville Police Department. “I would like to thank the Drug Task Force, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and the Rainsville Police Department for assisting me in this arrest” stated Sylvania Police Chief,

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support for law enforcement, but also, "not just simply arresting people and throwing away the key." He also explained his frustration with the discussion on the campaign trail: "I'll be honest with you folks. I'm just tired of the damn speeches. I'm tired of people talking to me, I want to talk with people." "I believe the people of Alabama have more in common with each other. No matter where you are from. We have more in common than we have that divides us. People care about those, 'kitchen table' issues we've been talking about," said Jones. "It's clear that people want to talk about the issues that we have in common, and not the divisive, self interested things that Roy Moore likes to talk about all the time." Jones also discussed the importance of investing in education and job training to grow wages in the state. According to Jones' it's also time to raise

the minimum wage. "Everybody always quotes the CEO of McDonalds, saying, 'Oh my God I can't raise the minimum wage. Because if we raise the minimum wage I'll have to go to automation, and it's going to cost people jobs.' I'm telling you I don't buy it. So I decided to look something up, and the minimum wage hasn't been raised since 2009. $7.25 and today, because of inflation, it's worth 9.6 percent less than it was eight years ago. But let me tell you something, stock prices of McDonalds has increased $88 to $170 in the last five years. You can't tell me you can't do it for the people that's pouring the coffee," said Jones. Jones also discussed infrastructure and climate change: "Our infrastructure is crumbling across the country. It's not just roads and bridges. It's schools, it's broadband. It's all of the things we can do to make our infrastructure how it needs to be," Jones said, in part. "We need to do it in a way that saves this planet. Back this summer, when the President pulled us out of the Paris Accords, I was the first Democrat to come out and criticize that... It's not a perfect pact, but we've got to do something, and I said I believed in science. Well all the Republicans who played political football with climate change have decried all of that, for years and years," said Jones. He then mentioned a climate report

released by the White House earlier this week. Jones also discussed fixing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) instead of, "repealing and replacing." "The real driver right now folks is healthcare. There is probably not a single issue that there is a greater contrast between me and Roy Moore, well maybe except on honesty," said Jones. "Healthcare is the big one. It's the one issue that people have done this political reset button on." "We've got to look at what's working and what's not working. We've got to get rid of the slogans, like, 'Repeal and Replace.' That is nothing but a political football that people have used and used and used," said Jones. Jones also blamed the rise in insurance premiums due to the uncertainty in the market due to the political debate. "Alabama is the sixth poorest state in the Union. We depend on Medicaid. We're one of the most unhealthy states," explained Jones. "We've got to change that folks. Healthcare is a way that we can do it. We've got to make sure we protect Medicaid in this state. We've lost billions of dollars because the governor and the legislature refused to expand Medicare. The only reason they did that was because of politics," said Jones. Jones also contrasted himself from his opponent:

Darrin Myers. “We helped take almost 17 grams of methamphetamine off the streets.”

"I want you to pay very close attention to what Roy Moore says about healthcare. Because every time he's asked about it, he says 'I want to repeal Obamacare;' he doesn't talk about replacing it. He chooses his words carefully and says he wants the federal government out of the healthcare business. I'm going to tell you folks; that's not just medicaid, that's medicare. Roy Moore wants to get rid of that." Jones also encouraged Moore to accept a debate: "He won't debate. I think the people of Alabama deserve a debate between the two candidates." "Let's have a more serious talk. He's never been effective as a Judge or any kind of leader. Can he be effective? That's what the people of Alabama are looking for. We can sit down at a table just like this, and we can find that common ground. That's what we've got to do. It is impossible for Roy Moore to find common ground with anyone that disagrees with him. That is not going to be an effective senator," said Jones. "I think we are at a crossroads, and our campaign is on the right side of history.... we are on the right side of justice, we are on the right side of equality, we are on the right side of making sure that every man, woman, and child in this state has a voice and is heard," said Jones. "Let's make the consequences of the December Election something you can all be proud of," said Jones.



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Out of the Ashes BBQ Fundraiser for Mayor Lee Davis Saturday, November 18, 2017 4-6 pm Henagar Park Community Center

BBQ Plates - $10 each As most know, our mayor’s home burned to the ground on Nov 2. We want to give the community the opportunity to give back to The Fort Payne Guitar class conducts their rendition of, “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. lead by Director Chris Roberts. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)

By Tyler Pruett

Managing Editor

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — (Full Video on our website) Earlier this week, Fort Payne High School held their annual Veteran’s Day Program in their Gymnasium. Music was provided by the FPHS Band, Chorus, and Guitar class. Brigadier General (Retired) Les Fuller served as the guest speaker and addressed the students and veterans present for the program. The service begun by the Marching band playing, “America the Beautiful,” directed by Band Director Ian Pask. FPHS JROTC Executive Officer c/Major Lilly Sparks lead the program in the Pledge of Allegiance. Brian Jett, Principal of Fort Payne High School, welcomed the guests by saying in part, “A quote that I’ve used before, but I really enjoy it, is from President John F. Kennedy: ‘Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, beat any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.” “That’s probably my favorite quote of any of the Presidents, there is so many, but I really like that because I think it really symbolizes our veterans; because they have paid the price and sacrificed so much for us,” said Jett, who then reviewed the history of Veteran’s Day (originally known as ‘Armistice Day’). The Fort Payne Guitar class performed renditions performed renditions of

John Fogerty’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ and John Mellencamp’s ‘R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.’ The FPHS Chorus also sung, ‘The Armed Force- The Pride of America,’ which included the official song of each branch of the Armed Forces. Veterans present of each branch stood when their respective services were recognized. Cadet Battalion Commander c/LTC Guadalupe Orozco also explained the significance of the red “Poppy” flowers worn by veterans on the holiday, and read the poem “Flanders Field.” Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Walker introduced guest speaker Brigadier General (Retired) Les Fuller. Walker said of Fuller, in part, “Fuller is a 35 year Army veteran, with an impressive record of achievement in Armor, Infantry, and Special Operations assignments. His first years focused on Armor and Infantry assignments.” “He subsequently transitioned to Special Operations; serving in key command in establishing the 5th, 7th, and 10th Special Forces Groups, and a tour as the commander of the Stabilization Forces, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from February to August, 1997,” stated Walker. Walker also said that Fuller served as, "Commanding General, Special Operations Command - Europe, Deputy Commanding General - United States Army Recruiting Command, Interim Commanding General -

Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Chief of Staff of NATO Forces - ISAFV, Afghanistan." Gen. Fuller remarked to the audience: "It's great to be here, it's great to see the veterans, and it's great to see what your town and what your school is doing to let the veterans know how important their work and sacrifice was and is to you." After recognizing the veterans present and their spouses, Fuller said, "Veteran's Day is a celebration of all those who have served and continue to serve our nation with honor and distinction." Fuller discussed the commitment and sacrifice of American Veterans, and the importance of future generations continuing to remember these sacrifices: "They (veterans) live by Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage," explained Fuller. "These Veterans; Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines do not leave their skills and values behind once they take off their uniform for the last time and transition to civilian life. These men and women have the knowledge, skills, and attributes to get any job accomplished. They are some of the most talented, dedicated, and entrepreneurial professionals in the world. And they often use the skills they gained in the military to continue to serve their community." After Fuller's remarks, the program concluded with, 'America the Beautiful,' directed by Mr. Pask.

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Around Town November 11, Back The Blue Policemen's Ball - Come one, come all the Rainsville Back the Blue Policemen's Ball. This will be a semi-formal event with dinner and dancing for adults only. There will be a professional photographer on-site to capture your memories with your sweetheart. All proceeds will benefit the Rainsville Police Department's need for new equipment. Come out and back the blue! We look forward to spending the evening with you! The location is the Tom Bevill Center in Rainsville from 6pm to 10pm for $25 per person. November 12, Salem United Methodist Singing - Salem United Methodist Church in Geraldine will be holding a singing on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 6pm featuring Lawana Blevins of Harlan, KY. All are welcome! November 18, American Legion Post 89 Recruiting - The American Legion Post 89 of Fort Payne is having a recruiting drive for new members. They are seeking veterans that are interested in serving and assisting fellow veterans in the area. Those

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Giving Thanks

Rainsville Holiday Open House!

If you attended the Halloween Block Party last week, thank you! What a fun time we all had. The block party was a safe and fun event that could not have happened without the help of the Fort Payne Police Department. Wow! Thank you for all your hard work in blocking off the streets and staying throughout to monitor the crowd and make sure everyone was safe. If you see an Officer out and about, please thank them, it’s the least we can do. Also, the businesses who participated and gave out goodies. I would encourage you to learn more about those who so graciously stocked your children with goodies for the year. The businesses and people who participated were: First State Bank, America’s Best Care Plus, Innerbliss Therapies, Chick-Fil-A, Southern Properties, Amedisys, Heritage Wire Harness (winner of best costumes and props), St. Paul United Methodist Church, Attorney Andrew Hairston, Rogers Pawn, Music & Jewelry, Word of Life Ministry, Michael Edmondson, Twin City Used Cars, District Attorney Scott Lloyd, Fort Payne Footwork’s, The Republican Party Headquarters, The Strand, GH Metal Solutions, Wilson & Fiquett Dentistry, Vulcraft, Grace Presbyterian, Vapor Craft, Attorney Jeff McCurdy, Jack’s, Donohoo Chevrolet, DeKalb County Alabama Animal

The Rainsville Holiday Open House (HOHO) on November 10-11 will provide more than the name implies. Before I explain, I would like to report our newest member. Anyone who has been on the east side of downtown Rainsville during the past six or eight weeks already knows about the new Lydia's ACE Hardware. They had their grand opening celebration last weekend at 698 Main Street (Alabama Highway 35) East. Open seven days a week, their conveniently-located neighborhood-sized store and their jaw-dropping selection of tools, home improvement products and other gear will make it an area favorite for this season and years to come. You'll find some of the hottest brands like Traeger, Big Green Egg, Yeti, Craftsman, Makita and Valspar. Lydia's ACE Hardware is one of the 20 businesses participating in the city-wide HOHO this Friday and Saturday. The others include Vicki's Flowers & Gifts, Thomas & Son Furniture, The Rusty Lantern, The Pine Rose Florist, The Honey Pot, Sassy Ruffles, Penny's From Heaven, North Alabama Trophies, JD's Embroidery & Vinyl, Nana Poppins, Merle Norman, Massage Therapy by Emily Centers, Gifts From the Heart, DeKalb Farmers Cooperative, Brantley's, Blissfully Serene, Bargains 4U, Addicts 4 Christ Thrift Store, and 1620 Market. If you looked closely at that HOHO list you are probably thinking that the

Adoption Center, Kicks N Giggles, O’Reilley Auto Parts, Cody Coffey

new hardware store and most of the other stores sure do offer shoppers more

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than their names would imply. You are correct.

Unleashed Dance Studio, Attorney Angela Morgan, The Leo Club, The

Like snowflakes, no two HOHO places are the same. There is more to

Diet Clinic, DeKalb Regional Medical Center, Complete Care, Tower

most of them than meets the eye from the outside so expect to be pleasantly

Loan, DeKalb Theatre and the DeKalb County Library.

surprised to find unique things in some unexpected places—things like

As a community, let’s all think about supporting those who give back to the community. It may be those who sponsor events, give out goodies, support local charities that make a difference in our

custom-designed sweatshirts, yummy treats, trendy fashion accessories, and some of the latest stocking stuffers. You may find toys at the co-op, hats at an antique store, edible gifts at a

community, monitor our streets for safety, are active in initiatives that

clothing store, or a room full of gift-basket goodies at what you thought was

make our community a better place, or simply provide a service or

just a salon.

goods. Our hometown companies make it more convenient for us to find quality goods and services locally. Let them know you appreciate them by supporting them. Don’t forget to thank our Fort Payne Police Department and those who helped make Halloween night fun for everyone.

All that makes the HOHO great for both curious shoppers who like to explore and fun-loving explorers who like to shop. Put on your shopping shoes this Friday and Saturday and plan to visit some of our HOHO locations. Remember to use our guide at www.rainsville. biz for help finding HOHO deals and activities.


Friday–November 10, 2017


Absolute Zero

By Zach Hester ST Columnist

Have you ever had a day where things keep heading downhill, like no matter what you do that nothing is looking up for you? You miss out on the great parking spot at Walmart, spill coffee on your favorite shirt, and then you get home only to find that you have a mountain of laundry that

needs to be folded and a mound of homework that isn’t even close to finished. These are miniscule in the grand scope of our lives, but these small, daily sufferings can certainly add up to equal a significant amount of stress. While the Bible never directly addresses stress, you can certainly find many different ways to



address your anxiety among the pages of your Bible. As a person with a nearly abysmal tolerance for stress and worry, I know that the best way to rid myself of my problems is to turn to God for guidance. This passage is very comforting to me: “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” - John 14:27 These are the direct words from Jesus during his time on Earth with us. My favorite line is simply “Peace is what I leave with you”, but if you struggle on a daily basis with anxiety and stress, then you may be wondering how much He could have

left with you if you feel down in the dumps so frequently. Despite not always feeling at your best, we can find solace in verses like the one above. It may not always be easy to just use “trust in Him” as your own personal philosophy when you feel like the world is sitting on your shoulders, but we have a peace in knowing that God will never let you go and will always be there as a never-ending source of support and love. As you head out today for school or work, or whatever else, just remember that He truly did leave peace with us. You may be down and out but with the full armor of God on your side, you are unbeatable. Have a good week!




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DEATH NOTICES COLLINSVILLE Mary Tidwell - 66 of Collinsville, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the VA Hospital. The family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday, November 4 at Collinsville Funeral Home-Sharpe Chapel. Funeral services are set for 2pm on Sunday, November 5 at Collinsville Funeral Home-Sharpe Chapel with Rev. Jerry Tidwell officiating. Burial will follow in Hunts Chapel Cemetery.

CORNER STONE Garry Chapman - 68 of Rossville, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Erlanger Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, November 3 and from 9am until service time on Saturday, November 4 at the funeral home. Funeral services are set for Saturday, November 4 at 3pm CT at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Pastor Keith Stanford officiating. Burial will follow in Fuller Cemetery. Mary Belle Brock - 87 of Rosalie, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at her residence. The family will receive friends from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, November 3 and from 10am until service time on Saturday, November 4 at the funeral home. Funeral services are set

for Saturday, November 4 at 1pm CT at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bud Laney and Bro. Jackie Wells officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. Joe Kirby - 80 of Ider, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Dade Health and Rehab. The family will receive friends from 3pm to 8pm on Monday, November 6 and from 10am until service time on Tuesday, November 7. Funeral services are set for Tuesday, November 7 at 3pm CT at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with Bro. Mike Benefield officiating. Burial will follow in Biddle Cemetery.

November 6 at the Geraldine Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Pete Chadwick officiating. Burial will follow in the Geraldine Cemetery.

KERBY Billie Johnson - 83 of Pisgah, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Erlanger Medical Center. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 6 from 5pm to 8pm and Tuesday, November 7 from 11am until 1pm. Funeral services are set for Tuesday, November 7 at 1pm at Kerby Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ricky Harcrow officiating. Burial will follow in Green Haven Memorial Gardens.



William Formby - 88 of Geraldine, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Marshall Medical Center South. Visitation will be from noon until service time on Tuesday, November 6 at the funeral home. Funeral services are set for 2pm on

James H. Conaway - 83 of Fort Payne, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Funeral services are set for Friday, November 3 at noon at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Pat McFadden and Dr. Telford Barrett officiating. Burial will follow in Walkers

Chapel Cemetery.

WT WILSON Susan Carol Flowers Pitts - 71 of Albertville, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017. The family will receive friends from 5pm until 8pm on Tuesday, November 7 at the funeral home. Funeral services are set for 11am on Wednesday, November 8 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel. Alix Nance Pettit - 72 of Fort Payne, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017. The family will receive friends from 11am until 3pm on Sunday, November 5 at the funeral home. Funeral services are set for 3pm on Sunday, November 5 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Bro. Gary Haymon and Bro. Carl Partain officiating.

Burial will following the Straight Creek Cemetery. David Wayne Willkie - 67 of Fyffe, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017. The family will receive friends from 11am until 8pm on Saturday, November 4 at the funeral home. Funeral services are set for 3pm on Sunday, November 5 at Greens Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Ronald Patterson and Bro. Harold Mitchell officiating. Mr. Willkie will lie-in-state from 2pm to 3pm at the church prior to the

service. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery. Judy Bynum - 68 of Fyffe, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at her residence. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 6 from 3pm until 8pm at the funeral home. Funeral services are set for 1pm on Tuesday, November 7 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gerald Green and Rev. Glen Stansel officiating. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery.



Friday–November 10, 2017


INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE State conservatives back Moore for U.S. Senate

Contributed by Steve Flowers

AL Political Columnist

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — We still have the culmination of the race for the seat of Jeff Sessions set to be determined in less than five weeks on December 12. Roy Moore, as the Republican nominee, is the favorite. However, the Democrat Doug Jones could make it a closer race than first thought. He has raised some money and gained some traction and Moore has a good many detractors among Republican and independent voters. The 2018 races are looming on the horizon. All of the horses may not be at the gate yet. However, we are only seven months before the GOP Primary. What at one time looked as though would be a titanic race for governor, may not be as good as first thought. Governor Kay Ivey is in the cat-bird’s seat to win a four-year term of her own. Huntsville mayor, Tommy Battle, appears at this time to be her most potent hurdle. Birmingham evangelist, Scott Dawson, is poised to be a dark horse The Lt. Governor and Attorney General races appear to have the potential to be the most interesting races. You will also have a donnybrook contest for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court between current Justices, Lyn Stuart and Tom Parker. These two will square off in what will be a battle between the Republican establishment versus the Evangelical Tea Party Right.

Secretary of State, John Merrill, will run for reelection to his office for a second four-year term. He will be a prohibitive favorite to win reelection. He is the best retail politician in the state. It is yet to be determined what State Treasurer Young Boozer or State Auditor, Jim Ziegler, are going to do in 2018. Boozer is term limited. He will have served his two four-year terms. He has to either run for something different or go to the house. His wife, Sally, probably prefers the latter. Jim Ziegler can run for reelection as Auditor and that is probably what he will do. However, he may opt for the Attorney General’s contest. His name ID would bode well in that race. Speaking of name ID, former AG Troy King is head and shoulders above the crowd if he were to run for his old job. Currently, the field is made up of former U.S. Attorney, Alice Martin, Birmingham Attorney, Chess Bedsole, and Robert Bentley appointee, Steve Marshall. College football and politics are often compared. Florida Coach Jim McElwain found out quickly that losing three in a row can be a career changer. Butch Jones at Tennessee is headed for the same fate. But while winning and losing appears to make a real difference in competitive athletics, the same rule does not seem to hold true when it comes to the head job at the Business Council of Alabama. This past competitive legislative session, the BCA, under Billy Canary’s coaching, lost three in row,

but Canary seems to be secure in his position. BCA went into the session with three legislative priorities and they went 0 for 3. Now, in competitive athletics, that will send you job hunting. AEA appeared to be dead and buried. However, AEA beat BCA in a head-on match this past legislative session and there is every indication that AEA is building a sizable war chest for the 2018 campaigns. Right now, the AEA supporters have got to be cheering for Billy Canary and praying that the BCA will keep him on. Same holds true for the state’s Trial Lawyers. With Billy Canary calling the plays for BCA, the plaintiffs’ bar, AEA, and every other left of center group has got to be looking forward to the match up. There is another perspective that becomes particularly important in the 2018 election year. With BCA’s record, recent controversies surrounding Canary and BCA, and Canary’s abrasive New York personality, who would want to be seen as part of the BCA team? Veteran legislators and newcomers seeking office will quickly declare themselves free agents and will reject identification with BCA. Furthermore, why would anyone considering contributing to political candidates in 2018 and wasting their contributions by giving it through BCA? It only makes sense to make contributions directly to candidates or through other PACs not affiliated with BCA. When a football team starts losing, it can take a long time to turn the record around but the first thing you do is fire the coach. If BCA has any hopes of scoring victories in future legislative sessions or in next year’s political season, they better send a moving van to Canary’s house soon. See you next week.

Over the last week, two popular conservative Alabama politicians endorsed Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. State Representative Will Ainsworth (R-Guntersville) and State Senator Rusty Glover (R-Semmes) both publicly backed Moore. Both Ainsworth and Glover are currently in the running for Lieutenant Governor.

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system; essentially eliminating the Terrapin Hills system. Mayor Chesser asked if this project included Highway 11, down to Portobello. Payton said that the current plan did not include it, but it can be added on at a later time. The total costs for the project as-is (including construction, engineering, and materials) will run approximately $6.8 million. City Attorney Rocky Watson said that what the city needed, "right away, is something to help us deal with this lawsuit that had been filled by ADEM where they are seeking to get an injunction against the operation of Terrapin Hills." "If you got to the point where the city council said, 'go,' what would be the timeline to have from Dead Man's Curve to the pump station at 49th Street, a generous timeline, to be in service?" "You're talking about a construction period of six to eight months. The layout and fill work would probably be a couple of months. You're probably talking about, realistically, 12 to 15 months," answered Payton. Councilman Wade Hill explained what needs to be done in the meantime: "The only thing we've got to look at right now in the short-term, if we are going to agree to do this project, and it's going to take 12 to 15 months, we need to be able to do something to get with ADEM and explain to them what our timeline is. We would possibly take over the operation of that lagoon in the short-term. We would need something from ADEM, and get Rocky working on it, to give us

protection that they will let us do that." The project that the city is currently reviewing was designed in 2002, and much of the engineering is already done. Other areas in the city lacking sewer will soon be engineered and added. Once all are complete, sewer service will be added from, "67th street down to the sale barn," said Hill. The ballpark estimate of the total sewer project (including all parts of town that do not have sewer), according to Hill is $18 million, however, if the project is done properly and in conjunction with other improvement projects, grants can be utilized. "If we tie it into our green space, our waterway cleanup, and a couple of other things, and can put a bike path on it, he (Tony Renta) estimates we can possible get 50/50 funding on this. We can do this project for nine or ten million dollars (half paid by grants)," explained Hill. The council then voted to approve the preliminary work on the Terrapin Hills project and the engineering work on the next part of the project; going up to the spur on 67th Street. Other items addressed in the meeting: The council discussed the schedule for the upcoming holiday season. Authorized one time pay adjustment (Holiday Bonuses) for City Employees based on last year's recommendations. Accepted the low bid from B H Craig Construction of Florence, Alabama opening for upgrades at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in the amount of $665,000.00

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on the recommendation of James Payton of Ladd Environmental. Four bids were submitted in total. Cancelled the next regularly scheduled meeting due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Approved two new stop signs to be installed; one on Meadowbrook Road and the other at the intersection of Cardinal Lane at Banks Drive. Authorized the road department to install a speed table on Banks Drive when it's possible for the paving crew to get the work done. Police Chief Randy Bynum asked the council to approve an event permit for the "DeKalb County Heart Walk" at the pavilion to the VFW on Saturday, November 18th from 8 to 10 am. The permit was approved. Mayor's Report: Mayor Chesser discussed the city mowing private property when events take place and said properties are grown up. Recently, the city had charged a property owner $500 for twice mowing his yard after being warned that it must be mowed. Jimmy Gilbreath, Zoning and Inspections Coordinator for the city, also expressed his concern with lots that are owned by the state due to tax delinquency, and must also be maintained. "Those properties need to be maintained as well. Sometimes they are between two existing homes, and it makes the whole neighborhood look bad. I think we need to file a lien in some amount. We need to do something with a lot of lots in town. I think it will come down to the city mowing it and us adding it as a lien to the property or something," explained Gilbreath. "It really makes our city look bad when you go down Alabama, Forest, or Grand and you see these lots grown up as high as your head," he added. Public Works Director Tim Williams also explained that the steep fine for mowing yards was due to it being necessary to charge more than a typical landscaping crew, or property owners would just have the city mow their lots.


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geraldine bulldogs crossville lions

fort payne wildcats anniston bulldogs

collinsville panthers valley head tigers

plainview bears moody blue devils

fyffe red devils cleburne county

sylvania rams ider hornets




Battle of Skirum Creek

Jolley on a 24-yard pass for the score. Jolley successfully brought in the two-point conversion and the Lions jumped to their, first and only lead of the night, going up 8-7. Geraldine took over on their own 48-yard line and moved the ball 52 yards in a 12-play series with David

White bringing it in from 11-yards out. The Bulldogs went for two but were unsuccessful, making the score 13-8. Crossville fumbled the football and Geraldine returned it for the touchdown, bringing the score to 21-8. Crossville found the endzone for the last time, in the second quarter, to go into the half, 21-14. In the third quarter, David White cut the Lions drive short, stripping the ball and charging down the field, 68 yards for the Geraldine score, closing out the third quarter, with the 28-14 advantage over the Crossville Lions. Late in the fourth quarter, Brody Henderson picked off Crossville and ran it back 90 yards. On the next play, White stampeded into the endzone for the final Geraldine score of the night. The Bulldogs were the victors of the “Battle of Skirum Creek”, 35-14. For

their win, the Geraldine Bulldogs, were named the Southern Torch Team of the Week. The Southern Torch standouts of the night were David White, Brody Henderson and Thomas Willoughby. White led the Bulldogs with 68 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns for the night, Henderson had a 29-yard touchdown plus a interception return for 90 yards. Willoughby went 3-for-4 for 29 yards, touchdown and lead the team on defensive tackles with 14 for the game. It will be a “dogfight” as Geraldine faces the (9-1) Piedmont Bulldogs in the first round of the AHSAA Class 3A State playoffs, on the road, Friday night. The Crossville Lions will travel to take on the No. 1 ranked team in Class 5A, Briarwood Christian, November 9, 2017.

ball first in overtime and scored on the first play with a 10-yard touchdown. The point after attempt gave the Blue Devils the 24-17 lead. Plainview answered back with a 3-yard powerful run by senior Zach Allen to set up good scoring position. After a pass interference

call, Cooper stampeded his way into the endzone from 4-yards out. Plainview decided to go for all the glory, instead of going for the point-after attempt. Dukes pitched the ball to Cooper who then in return, threw a perfect pass to Jacob Wooten, to give the

Plainview Bears the 25-24 victory. Plainview will host the Weaver Bearcats in the first round of Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 3A State Playoffs on Friday night.

(Marla Jones | Southern Torch) By Marla Jones Sports Editor

GERALDINE, Ala.—The Geraldine Bulldogs won the tenth straight meeting of the “Battle of Skirum Creek” on Friday night. They defeated their next-door

neighbors, the Crossville Lions, 35-14. The Bulldogs used the power of running backs Andrew Hall and Joseph Kermondy to move the ball down the field from their own 38-yard line. Bulldog quarterback, Thomas Willoughby connected with Brody Henderson on

a 29-yard pass for the first score of the game. The extra point attempt was good and the Geraldine Bulldogs took the early 7-0 lead. Crossville answered back, in the second quarter, when Lions quarterback, Blanton Jones connected with Banks

Go Big or Go Home

By Marla Jones Sports Editor

RAINSVILLE, Ala.—After one of the gutsiest plays around, the Class 3A Plainview Bears defeated the Class 5A Moody Blue Devils in an overtime victory, 25-24. Moody jumped to the early lead, scoring a touchdown with 2-point conversion with 1:44 to go in the first quarter. With 8:00 remaining in the second, Plainview Quarterback, Bailey Dukes connected with Kline DeWolfe for a 18-yard passing touchdown. The extra point attempt by Luis Hernandez was good and Plainview brought the score within one, 8-7. With 2:30 remaining in the first half, Clay Cooper stampeded into the endzone from 7-yards out to give the Bears the 14-8 advantage going into the

(Kristy Gallagher | Southern Torch)

half. With 8:10 remaining in the third, Dukes was sacked in the endzone, giving Moody the safety, making the score 14-10. With 3:40 remaining in the third, Hernandez makes a 21-yard field goal to give Plainview the 17-10 advantage.

With 2:00 remaining in regulation play, Moody scored on a 3-yard dash into the endzone. The extra point tied the game 17-17. Both teams stood strong for the rest of regulation play, forcing the game to go into overtime. Moody received the



Friday–November 10, 2017

Week one playoffs - nov. 10

crossville @ briarwood Fort Payne @ homewood Fyffe vs sheffield Geraldine @ piedmont

Cat Scratch Fever

ider @ lamar county plainview vs weaver Sylvania vs ohatchee


(Photo by Sonia Turner) By Amy Thrash Sports Reporter ANNISTON, Ala.— The Fort Payne Wildcats defeated the Anniston Bulldogs, 20-7 in the last game of regular season play, on Friday night. On the opening drive series, Fort Payne Wildcat, Donald Winchester dashed down the field for a 40-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt was good, giving the Wildcats the early 7-0 advantage. The Bulldogs scored a 57-yard touchdown to start the second quarter. The extra point attempt tied the game, 7-7. With 7:11 remaining in the second quarter, Evan Mcpherson

nailed a 29-yard field goal giving the Wildcats a 10-7. The Wildcats offense moved the ball down field to help set up another, McPherson 37-yard field goal giving the Wildcats the 13-7 advantage going into the half. The Wildcats kicked off the third quarter with a Jay Tyler Ellis connection to Colton Wells for a touchdown. The PAT was good, giving the Wildcats the 20-7 advantage. The Fort Payne defense stood tall and did not allow the Bulldogs to move the ball any during the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, the Wildcats started at their own 7-yard line and used several minutes off the time clock.

The Power Team of Matthew Shaddix and J.C. Groat worked great together as they moved the ball down the field 81-yards The Wildcats took a knee for the win on the Anniston 12-yard line. “I am so proud of our young men for finishing strong, sticking together, and entering the playoffs on a high note” said Fort Payne Head Coach Paul Ellis. “We are looking forward to the playoffs and understand that Homewood is a very tough opponent.” The Fort Payne Wildcats will travel to take on Homewood tonight in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 6A playoffs.

(James Williams Photography) By Marla Jones Sports Editor

HEFLIN, Ala.—The Class 2A, Fyffe Red Devils defeated the Cleburne County Tigers, 49-7 on Friday night. The Red Devils finished their regular season at 10-0, which the Red Devils have done eleven times since 1970, and had their 25th consecutive victory, which is the longest winning streak in DeKalb County. Fyffe took an early 7-0

lead off a opening possession fumble. With 8:08 remaining in the first quarter, Seth Benefield took it in on a 1-yard scramble to start the wheels in motion for the Fyffe Red Devils. At the end of the first quarter, Fyffe has the 7-0 advantage. With 11:10 to go in the first half, the Red Devils went for it on the fourth down, handing off to Brant Rowell. Rowell took it around the left end for 32-yards for the Fyffe

touchdown, making the score 14-0. With 8:17 remaining in the first half, Silas Hicks took the handoff, up the middle, and goes 32-yards to put Fyffe up, 21-0. With 4:19 remaining in the half, Silas Hicks took another handoff, up the middle, for the 19-yard touchdown to give the Red Devils the 28-0 lead. With :18 to play in the half, Seth Benefield hit Dakota Dalton, over the middle, for a 9-yard touchdown pass to put the Red Devils up 35-0 going into the half. After a long kickoff return by Silas Hicks, Benefield scored three plays later on a 4-yard run up the middle, to start the second half off, 42-0. After a Fyffe fumble and a long pass play, Cleburne County scored on a 3-yard run to make the score 42-7 with 2:28 left to play in the third. To open up the fourth quarter, Jake Stone took it 47-yards up the middle, to give Fyffe the final score of 49-7. The Fyffe Red Devils will host Sheffield on Thursday, October 9, 2017 for the first round of Class 2A playoffs.

Panthers tame the Tigers Rams edge past the Hornets

By Marla Jones

Sports Editor

COLLINSVILLE, Ala.—The Collinsville Panthers defeated the Valley Head Tigers, 31-6 in their last 2017 regular season game. The Panthers, who were celebrating Senior night, attacked the Tigers early as Brian Lopez intercepted the ball and carried it back to the ten-yard line for Collinsville. With just two minutes into the first quarter, Collinsville quarterback Kaleb Jones handed the ball to Isaiah Avila for the 1-yard score. The extra point attempt by Avila was good and the Panthers took the 7-0 lead.

(Kristy Gallagher | Southern Torch) (File Photo) With 5:00 remaining in the first, Jones made a series of connections with Michael Tucker and Tyler Mims to get the Panthers in scoring position. With 2:28 remaining in the first, Mason McKinney stampeded for 15-yards, into the endzone. After the successful PAT, the Panthers had the 14-0 advantage over the Tigers. Michael Tucker put the Panthers deep in the Tigers territory, with a 30-yard run to end the first quarter. With 9:20 remaining in the first half, the Panthers went for it on fourth-and-1, to bring the score to 21-0. On Valley Head’s next drive, they were intercepted by Malachi Orr. The Tigers held the Panthers to end the first half.

In the second half, the Tigers defense, once again made a stand, forcing the Panthers to kick a 27-yard field goal, to give the Panthers the 24-0 advantage. Mason McKinney scored the last Panther touchdown, intercepting Valley Head and returning it 51-yards for the score. Collinsville went up 31-0. With 1:00 left in the game, Valley Head ended the shutout, as Jimmy Gibson scored on a 5-yard quarterback keeper. Isaiah Avila led the Collinsville Panthers with a touchdown run, a field goal and four point-after attempts. Kaleb Jones completed 12-of-17 passes for 102 yards and rushed for 65 yards.

By Marla Jones Sports Editor SYLVANIA, Ala.—In their last regular season game of 2017, the Sylvania Rams defeated the Ider Hornets, 28-21 on Thursday night. After driving the ball down the field 76 yards, the Rams put points on the board with a 11-yard stampede into the endzone by Ethan Dover, with 6:31 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point by Christian Andrade was good, giving the Rams the 7-0 advantage. Ider turned the ball back over to the Rams on downs. The Rams took over on the 29-yard line and scored off a 4-play drive. Blake Spears scored, on a quarterback keeper, from 3-yards out with 3:32 remaining in the first. The

point after attempt was good, and the Rams went up, 14-0. With 10:32 remaining in the second, Ider put their first points on the board with a quarterback keeper. The point after attempt was good and the Hornets narrowed the lead to 14-7. Sylvania answered back, on their next possession, when Spears faked a handoff, before firing a missile to Eli Battles. Battles charged down the field for forty yards to score, making the score 21-7. The power team combination of Alex Brown, Chase and Logan Townson moved the ball down the field for the Hornets. Logan Townson brought it in to score with 6:11 remaining in the half to close the gap, 21-14. To start the second half, Ider returned the

opening kickoff to their own 40 yard line. Chase Townson threw a screen to Jacob Higdon, who charged down the field for a 60 yard touchdown, tying the game, 21-21. Kris Shavers scored the final touchdown of the night with a 5-yard dash into the endzone, giving the Rams the 28-21 victory. Blake Spears finished the night with 87 yards rushings. He completed 6-out-of-7 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Chase Townson ran for 44 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. He completed 4-of-6 passes for 126 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Sylvania will host Ohatchee in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association State Playoffs on Friday. Ider will travel to take on Lamar County.



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