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• Inside the Huddle with the Fyffe Red Devils • Ninja Princess & Sylvania Wingfest!

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• Back to School Backlash? • See what's going on in our Upcoming Events!

• Inside The Statehouse with Steve Flowers • Tuberville Hits Trump on Veterans' Healthcare

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Westmoreland Named 2020 DeKalb Distinguished Young Woman

Pictured (L to R): Board members Pam Willingham, Katie Holt, Victoria Griffith, Kaysie Price, Jessica Westmoreland (winner), Kerri Tilley, Amanda Taylor, and Cindy Black. (Submitted Photo)

By Marla Jones Managing Editor RAINSVILLE, Ala. — (Full Video on our Facebook) The Rainsville City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 5. To begin the meeting, Councilmember Brandon Freeman brought forth the need for a 15-member board to transfer the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum from the City to the DeKalb County Board of Education (BOE). The members of the

proposed Public Athletic Board (PAB) were: Chris Hampton, Sandy Goff, Joey Graham, Rodney Williams, Melissa Ledbetter, Arlan “Monk� Blevins, Scott Timmons, Sammy Smith, Kelly Bunch, Scott Kirk, Donnie Fraiser, Steve Bowman, Eric Samples, Bubba Johnson, and Skeeter Logan. After much discussion about the purpose of the board, DeKalb County Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett explained that the original board, which was formed in 1981, had not been

reappointed in several years; therefore, many of the original board members were deceased. He went on to state the only need for the new board was to dissolve the outstanding board, so the final transfer of the Coliseum’s deed to the BOE could be made. Councilmember Derek Rosson questioned Barnett, expressing his desire to table this decision until he could become more familiar with the situation. The motion to create the PAB failed, 3-2. The following councilmembers

voted in favor of the transfer: Marshall Stiefel and Brandon Freeman. Those voting against were Ricky Byrum, Derek Rosson and Bejan Taheri. “It is unfortunate that the process of transference has taken the time that it has. A lot of work has been placed into the process, but I am optimistic that this will reach a resolution soon,� said Barnett. Councilmember Stiefel stated that he was in

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DeKalb Heart Walk All-American Girl By Zach Hester Reporter

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — It’s time to get (and stay) healthy. DeKalb Regional Medical Center’s Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, August 17. This free community event will connect local community businesses and leaders with those dedicated to creating healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The event is a fundraiser and seeks to raise awareness on heart health and how to live a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Wael Halaseh, Interventional Cardiologist at DeKalb Regional Medical Center, strives for educating the community on how to take that first step to improve their heart health. He has a group of

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patients he likes to refer to as his “10%ers�, which includes patients who not only survived cardiac illnesses, but now thrive after dramatically changing their lives. Join the movement now. The race begins at 8:30am at the Fort Payne Rotary Pavilion. Gates open at 7:30am. Registration is open. Sign up at runsignup.com/ Race/AL/FortPayne/ DeKalbHeartWalk or visit DeKalbRegional.com for more information.

Throughout the years, Tinsley Andrews has fought to become the All-American Girl. She no longer lives in "the bubble." (Submitted Photo / Photo by Marla Jones)

By Marla Jones Managing Editor RAINSVILLE, Ala. — From day one, Tinsley Andrews has been a fighter. She was born a full month before her due date on December 8, 2004. Tinsley was born with a genetic condition known as kniest dysplasia. Among the symptoms were a cleft palate and weakened windpipe. The cleft palate

caused serious problems, making it almost impossible for her to swallow. Due to this, she was sent to Children’s Hospital at just two weeks old. At less than one month old, she underwent fundoplication surgery, a procedure in which the

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scholarships to help them with their college educations, but all of them walk away with friendships, life skills and increased self-confidence. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future. The Be Your Best Self program allows Distinguished Young Women participants to reach out and encourage young people nationwide to make a commitment to be their best selves in areas such as: academics, physical fitness, morality, character, and social and civic participation. Embracing the BYBS message empowers young people with valuable tools to face the challenges of negative peer pressure. Drawing on their own personal experiences, Distinguished Young Women program participants deliver helpful messages emphasizing the importance of setting goals and striving to reach them. 5 Elements of the Be Your Best Self Program: Be Healthy – Be physically fit and drug free. Be Involved – Serve your community. Be Studious – Stay in school.

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FROM PAGE 1 Be Ambitious – Set and achieve goals. Be Responsible – Live by moral and ethical principles. The Distinguished Young Women of Dekalb County held their scholarship program on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Fort Payne City Hall Auditorium. The awards are below: • Distinguished Young Woman of DeKalb County 2020: Jessica

Westmoreland • 1st Runner Up: Audrey Schrader • 2nd Runner Up: Kayla Henderson • “Be Your Best Selfâ€? Essay Winner: Abigail Carson • Scholastics Winner: Jessica Westmoreland • Talent Winner: Maegan Womack • Self-Expression Winner: Jessica Westmoreland • Physical Fitness Winner: Jessica Westmoreland • Spirit of DYW Winner: Audrey Schrader

Jessica will move on to the state program that is held on January 17-18, 2020 in Montgomery, Alabama. For ticket information, please email AlabamaDYWtickets@ gmail.com. We introduced a new program this year called the Distinguished Darlings. We held a 4 hour workshop for girls grades K-6 on July 27. During the workshop, the girls took an etiquette class, learned a choregraphed routine that was performed during the DYW program, and were taught the 5 pillars of the “Be Your Best Self� outreach program. We look forward to a bigger turn out next year! We will soon be recruiting participants from the class of 2021. Any questions about the program can be directed to Kaysie Price, our local chairman at dekalb@ distinguishedyw.org.

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Back to School Backlash? By Marla Jones Managing Editor DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — Last week, a letter was sent to DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett with a complaint regarding the Fyffe High School “Back to School Worship Service.� According to the school’s Facebook page, the service was scheduled for Sunday, August 4 at 6pm in the school’s gym. The page asked participants to “join us in praying for God’s protective hand to be over our schools, facilities, and students.� The organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation, says they were alerted to the event by a concerned DeKalb County Schools parent. A full copy of the letter can be found on our website. The DeKalb County Board of Education released the following response:

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TINSLEY FROM PAGE 1 upper curve of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place in order to prevent food and stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus. Feeding tubes were inserted to ensure that Tinsley could begin to grow. At 10 months, she had her cleft palate repaired. “It was such a hard time,� said Patti Gilbert Carson, Tinsley’s mother. “It was hard on everyone. And I can’t imagine how hard it was on Tinsley. Thanks to the skill of the surgeons and staff at Children’s Hospital, Tinsley [was] soon able to eat, speak, laugh and play like other children her age.� Fast-forward to today, Tinsley is now 14 and in the 9th grade. She attended Plainview High School, where she served as the manager for the Plainview

Varsity Volleyball team, before transferring to the Alabama School for the Blind (ASB) in Talladega after waking up with a detached retina. “I always felt like I was having to live in a bubble,� said Tinsley. “I decided to go to ASB because I felt it would benefit me to live independently and we are all the same. Now I don’t have to live in a bubble. We aren’t scared.� She participates in track and cheers for the wrestling team. While attending ASB, Tinsley has won Queen at the school’s Junior Miss ASB pageant, Harvest Festival Queen, and recently, received the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) All-American Cheerleader Award. When she grows up, she would like to be a pediatrician. This award gives her a bid to go to London, U.K. for the New Year’s Day parade. The school is not state funded, therefore, the

price of the trip is $4,200. Tinsley has faced adversity through her young life. This opportunity would be a small reward for defeating the giants she has taken down since birth. If you would like to make a donation on behalf of Tinsley or to the cheer program, please contact pattigcarson@icloud.com. “This is hard to let her go,� said Carson. “But I feel like I need to let her spread her wings and fly.� Tinsley sums it up the best, “You just have to take life one day at a time� and as her friend says, “just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you aren’t a champion.�

agreement with Dr. Barnett. “Hopefully this can be resolved before the next insurance premium of $13,000 becomes due,� he said. During the meeting, Stiefel made the motion to amend Ordinance 10-15-17, Section 22, which lowered the price of rental units from $50 to $25. After two years, the price will be reevaluated. Rosson asked if the fees would go toward the Fire Department account. Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt responded no, stating that it was a regular tax that would feed into the general account. “I am glad the Council approved this ordinance,� said Stiefel. “It helps keep more money in the pockets of Rainsville citizens. Hopefully, in the next administration, we can eliminate this ordinance completely.� “Any time, you have an opportunity to cut taxes or regulations, it’s a good thing,� Stiefel finished. Eric Samples of the Public Building Authority (PBA) reported to the Council that the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business

Center is in “good shapeâ€? with $22,174 in the bank (which is an improvement from the $5,000 deficit of October 2018) and is improving with the new director, Rafe Starkey, in charge. They have 19 shows thus far with 17 scheduled for the rest of the year. In other business, the Council: • Discussed high bids for Boozer Bridge, so the project will be re-bid. • Approved resurfacing Park Lane; Park Lane was inadvertently left out of the original contract with Wiregrass. The addition price will be $14,145.00. • Approved asphalt repair (by TNT for $6,000) in the alleyway behind Black’s Tire. • Approved the renovation of the City Court Clerk’s office by Jimmy Traylor Construction for $9,500. • Approved the removal of asbestos ceiling tile in City Hall by Jimmy Traylor Construction for $2,000. • Approved the repair of a sewer line on Vista View Drive at an estimated cost of $2,000. • Approved the replacement of a sign on Parker/Hwy 35 with square tubing. • Approved training:

City Clerk Training (August 28-30), Revenue Officer Conference (October 2-4), and Fire Chief’s Conference for Chief Willimac Wright and Derrick Summerford. • Approved Derrick Summerford as Secondary Safety Director with a pay increase of .50 per hour. • Approved requirement of all department heads to attend a monthly safety meeting. • Hired Jacob Owens as a Police Officer starting August 14. • Accepted Chance Williams’ resignation from the Fire Department. • Approved the advertisement of the open position in the Fire Department beginning August 6. • Approved the hire of three part-time positions at the Fire Department At the end of the regular session, Councilmember Bejan Taheri called for the meeting to go into executive session to discuss the name and good character of a City employee. After being called back into order, no action was taken. The next meeting of the Rainsville City Council will be held on Monday, August 19 at 5pm with a work session beginning at 4:15.

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UPCOMING EVENTS Every Monday, By His Hands Outreach Ministry - The By His Hands Outreach Ministry will host a soup kitchen beginning on Mondays at 6pm. The Clothes Closet will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Both are at 2494 Church Avenue in Rainsville. Donations are greatly appreciated! Every Monday, Sons of Confederate Veterans - The Sons of Confederate Veterans meets the 2nd Monday of each month at Burnt Church at 6pm in Sylvania. Every Monday, Sons of the American Revolution - The Sons of the American Revolution meets the 3rd Monday of each month at

Western Sizzlin' in Fort Payne at 6pm. Every Wednesday, Parents of Addicted Loved Ones - A new support group for Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is starting in Fort Payne at Word of Life Ministry, located at 3610 Gault Avenue North. The meeting will be held every Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm. Any adult family member over 18 is welcome to attend these PAL meetings, however, for insurance reasons, no one under the age of 18 may attend and child care will not be provided. For more information, visit palgroup. org. Every Wednesday,

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August 10, DeKalb Republican Breakfast Club - The DeKalb County Republican Breakfast Club will have their monthly meeting on Saturday, August 10 at 7:30am at Western Sizzlin'. The guest speaker will be Judge Roy Moore, who is running for U.S. Senate. August 10, RTI Mud Volleyball - On Saturday, August 10, Rainsville Technology Inc. (RTI) will host its 7th annual Mud Volleyball Tournament. Tournament begins at 9am at 189 RTI Drive in Rainsville. For more information, visit rtial. com. August 10, Plainview Pancakes & Prizes - The 2nd Annual Plainview Pancakes & Prizes will begin at 6am on Saturday, August 10 at Broadway Baptist Church. A $10 donation is requested. All proceeds will benefit Plainview football. August 11, Salem UMC Singing - A singing will be

held at Salem United Methodist Church in Geraldine on Sunday, August 11 at 6pm featuring the Children of the Promise from Cedartown, Ga. as the special singers. All are invited to attend! August 17, DeKalb County Heart Walk DeKalb Regional Medical Center will host a free community event and Heart Walk on Saturday, August 17 at 8am! It begins at Fort Payne's Rotary Pavilion and cost is free! August 23, BeYOUtiful BCOG Womens Conference - The 2019 Breakthrough Church of God Women's Conference will be held at 7pm on Friday, August 23 in Sylvania. For more information, please call Wanda at (256) 899-9479 or Lynn at (256) 605-7854. August 24, Smoking for a Reason - The Smoking for a Reason BBQ Competition & Car Show will be held from 10am-4pm on Saturday, August 24 at the VFW

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The Phenix City Story By Steve Flowers AL Political Columnist MONTGOMERY, Ala. — There are very few Alabamians left who remember the 1950’s story of Phenix City, Alabama. After World War II, a good many of the military soldiers, enlisted men, stayed on for a while. A host of them were stationed at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia. As many of you know, Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama are essentially the same city. They are only separated by a bridge and the Chattahoochee River. Phenix City figured that these soldiers needed

some entertainment. Well, they got it in Phenix City. Our border city became the poor man’s Las Vegas and Guadalajara, Mexico rolled into one. Phenix City became known as the most sinful place in America. It was openly run by a tough redneck mafia that made the New York Mafia look like choir boys. At least the New York Mafia tried to subvert their illegal activities. Phenix City was wide-open. Every public official and law enforcement officer in town was on the Mafia’s payroll. The entire town, including Main Street had casinos and brothels. There were so many illegal slot machines in operation

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Tourism On the Rise By Marla Jones, Managing Editor FORT PAYNE, Ala. — (Full Video on our Facebook) At this week’s meeting of the Fort Payne City Council, DeKalb Tourism Director John Dersham updated the Council on tourism in our area. He reported that DeKalb County was #2 in the entire State of Alabama for returning tourists and that the majority of our tourism comes from the following areas: Atlanta, Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Middle Tennessee. The average visitor is between the ages of 45 and 75, college educated and have an average household income of $100,000 per year. Dersham went on to say that room occupancy in DeKalb County had skyrocketed from 58% to 72% over the last three years and that roughly 89 million people have visited DeKalb County in that span of time. In other business, the Council: • Approved another round of ATRIP funding • Passed Resolution 2019-31, which authorizes the agreement with ALDOT for resurfacing Jordan Road SW for the Valley Joist project • Passed Resolution 2019-32, accepting the lowest qualified bid (Wayne Hill Construction for $319,200) for the public works building • Tabled discussion on the rules for the Glenwood Cemetery until the next meeting • Approved the placement of a street light at the park pavilion • Discussed placing weight limits on Whitehall Road Mayor Larry Chesser, who was absent from the meeting, requested the nominations of David Beddingfield, Bill Mitchell and Walter Watson for the City’s Board of Equalization. These are four-year terms beginning on October 1, 2019. The Council then entered executive session to discuss potential litigation and matters of trade and commerce. The next meeting of the Fort Payne City Council will be held at 12pm on Tuesday, August 20 at Fort Payne City Hall.

that they outnumbered Las Vegas. These slot machines and prostitutes lured the soldiers across the bridge to be preyed upon. The entire state was embarrassed by the Phenix City story. One of the few local, honest attorneys in Russell-Tallapoosa Counties, Albert Patterson, ran for Attorney General of Alabama with a platform to cleanup Phenix City. Patterson won the statewide race due to his stance. Three days later the Phenix City Mafia gunned him down, openly assassinating the newly elected Attorney General of Alabama. This bold, brazen murder by the Phenix City crowd was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The Governor and President declared martial law and they put a clamp down on the whole town. They put all of the public officials in the city jail. A very few escaped to Texas and others were found floating in the Chattahoochee River. Federal officials dredged the river and found over 200 skeletons of victims who had tried to cross the Phenix City Mafia. The sheriff and a deputy sheriff named Albert Fuller were convicted of the murder of Albert Patterson. His son, John Patterson, was appointed

to fill the term of his father as Attorney General. John Patterson served as Alabama’s Attorney General from 1954-1958. Patterson was elected Governor of Alabama in 1958, in no small part to the sympathy Alabamians had over his father’s assassination. The man John Patterson beat in that 1958 race for Governor was none other than George C. Wallace. Both Wallace and Patterson were making their first race for governor, but about the time that race started a movie came out entitled “The Phenix City Story.� It told the story of Albert Patterson’s murder at the hands of the corrupt thug mafia. The sympathy for Patterson was too much for Wallace to overcome. Patterson handed Wallace his only gubernatorial defeat in 1958. The gambling issue lay dormant in the state for decades, primarily due to church influence. However, there were local controversies over alcohol sales. Around the late 1990’s, Macon and Greene counties voters passed upfront Constitutional amendments that allowed for a new invention called electronic bingo. Gov. Bob Riley, at the behest of the Choctaw Indian casinos out of Mississippi, closed down the lucrative, prosperous Victoryland Casino in Macon County. The

Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at www.steveflowers.us.

Choctaw Indian gambling syndicate was Riley’s largest campaign contributor. He used his gubernatorial power to do their bidding. The legendary outlaws, Abramoff and Scanlan, went to Washington about this time and bought the rights for Indian Reservations to have legal gambling on their native lands. Washington hearings revealed that the satchels full of money that Scanlan and Abramoff brought to Washington to

pass this privileged monopoly was filled by Las Vegas Casinos. Abramoff and Scanlan went to jail, but the Indian casinos have their monopoly on Bingo betting. The Alabama Poarch Creek Indians have flourished for the last 15 years with a monopoly on electronic bingo. They have piled up a lot of cash and made large political contributions to Alabama legislators. Make no doubt about it, the lottery bill that failed recently in the legislature was the Poarch Creek Casino syndicate’s bill. It was an archaic paper ballot lottery that would have prohibited any private tax paying Alabama operations from competing with the Poarch Creek monopoly on electronic bingo. See you next week.

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Tuberville Hits Trump on Veterans' Healthcare By Zach Hester Reporter ALABAMA — At a recent meeting of the Shoals Republican Club, Tommy Tuberville, former Head Coach of the Auburn Tigers football team and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, criticized President Donald Trump for his lack of progress on veterans’ healthcare. “I’m pissed off at Donald Trump that our vets can’t get health care,� said Tuberville. “And if I ever get to see him, I’m going to tell him that. You said you were going to fix it and it ain’t fixed.� Last year, President Trump signed a law changing the way that the Department of Veterans Affairs allows patients to seek outside care. However, there have been hurdles that caused the law to be enacted slowly. Tuberville, who is no stranger to speaking out on critical issues, continued, “That’s who we ought to be taking care of — these young men and women.

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I’ve had them come up to me and cry. ‘Coach, we can’t get health care. Nobody will take care of us.’ 22 vets every day – every day are committing suicide. We can’t take care of them. We won’t take care of them. We’re paying for illegals to come over here – everything they’re getting: cell phones, health care, everything they want. That’s Donald Trump’s fault. That’s his fault. He’s got to get it done. That’s one of the most important things I think we need to do because we send young men and women over to

fight for us, put their life on the line and we don’t take care of them? What are we doing? What are we doing?� “I’m a Donald Trump guy, but there are things that he hasn’t done yet that we got to get done. I think he’s had to fight every battle by himself,� he finished, “He can’t get to all of them because nobody is helping him. Nobody is standing up for him.� On Monday, Tuberville went on to clarify his statements via Twitter. “My point is this: Donald Trump has done

more for our Veterans and our military than any President we’ve ever had and he was dealt a big mess by Congress and Obama. We’re never going to improve healthcare for our veterans if we recycle the same ole tired politicians. We can all do better. And we must!� According to the latest polling, Tuberville leads the Republican primary field for next year’s U.S. Senate. The primary election will be held on March 3, 2020.

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LEGALS IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY Case No.: 2019-2041 NOTICE OF ADOPTION HEARINGS Gil Rios Benitez, father of A. N. R.T., a minor. Please take note that a petition for the adoption of the above named minor child who was born to Charla Danielle Trevino on or about the 6th day of September, 2009, has been filed in said Court. Please be advised that if you intend to contest this adoption you must a file a written response with the attorney for the petitioners named below and with the Clerk of the Probate Court of DeKalb County, DeKalb County Courthouse, Fort Payne, Ala., as soon as possible but no later than thirty (30) days from the last day this notice is published. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONERS Lorena Ibarra Law Office of Lorena Ibarra 200 Lorna Square Suite 221 Hoover, Ala. 35216 To be published: July 26, August 2, 9, and 16

LEGALS IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY Case No.: 2019-2042 NOTICE OF ADOPTION HEARINGS Gil Rios Benitez, father of L. J. R.T., a minor. Please take note that a petition for the adoption of the above named minor child who was born to Charla Danielle Trevino on or about the 26th day of September, 2008, has been filed

in said Court. Please be advised that if you intend to contest this adoption you must a file a written response with the attorney for the petitioners named below and with the Clerk of the Probate Court of DeKalb County, DeKalb County Courthouse, Fort Payne, Ala., as soon as possible but no later than thirty (30) days from the last day this notice is published. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONERS Lorena Ibarra Law Office of Lorena Ibarra 200 Lorna Square Suite 221 Hoover, Ala. 35216 To be published: July 26, August 2, 9, and 16

LEGALS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY Case No.: 2016-900176.01 CLEM HAWTHORNE, Plaintiff v. SHARRON CARROLL HAWTHORNE, Defendant AMENDED NOTICE OF COURT ORDERED SALE OF REAL PROPERTY This notice is hereby amended to include a new sale date for the real property which is the basis for this court action due to publication not being ran as requested. This sale of real property having been ORDERED under and by virtue of a Court Order in the above-styled cause dated May 31, 2018 and rendered by Honorable Shaunathan Bell, Circuit Judge of DeKalb County, Alabama, notice is hereby given by Todd Greeson, Circuit Clerk of DeKalb County, Alabama that on September 20, 2019 at 11:00 o'clock a.m., the DeKalb

County Circuit Clerk shall proceed to sell the following described real estate with the sale being conducted on the front steps of the DeKalb County Courthouse: Commencing at a point on the North section line which point is 23.76 chains (1,568.43 feet) East of the Northwest corner of said Section 1, Township 7 South of Range 9 East in DeKalb County, Alabama, which said point is 190 feet West of the East margin of the public road loading South from Fischer's Crossroads and from said point run South 4° 49' West and parallel with the East margin of said public road for a distance of 3,132 chains (206.8 feet) to the point of beginning. (hence continue South 4° 49' West and parallel with the East margin of said public road for a distance of 1,566 chains (103.4 feet), thence West and parallel with the North line of the Northwest Fourth of said Section 1 for a distance of 1,008.4 fect; thence North and parallel with the said public road for a distance of 1,566 chains (103.4 feet), thence run North 89°34' East and parallel with the North line of the Northwest Fourth, said Section 1 for a distance of 1,008.4 feet to the point of beginning, and lying and being in the Northeast Fourth of the Northwest Fourth Section 1, Township 7 South of Range 9 East. In DeKalb County, Alabama. The above-described property shall be sold for cash to the best, highest and last bidder for cash. This sale is subject to confirmation by the Court. To be published: August 9, 16, 23 & 30

LEGALS IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY

IN RE: THE ESTATE OF CHARLES GERALD DOWNER, DECEASED NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters testament of said deceased having been granted to Timothy Downer, personal representative, on the 17th day of July, 2019, by the Honorable Ronnie Osborn, Judge of Probate Court of DeKalb County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within time allowed by law or the same will be barred. Timothy Downer, Personal Representataive To be published: July 26, August 2 & 9

LEGALS IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY

IN RE: THE ESTATE OF CHARLES FLANNIGAN, deceased NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters testamentary of said deceased having been granted to Steven Christopher Flannigan, personal representative, on the 31st day of July, 2019, by the Honorable Ronnie Osborn, Judge of Probate Court of DeKalb County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within time allowed by law or the same will be barred. Steven Christopher Flannigan, Personal Representative To be published: August 9, 16 & 23

LEGALS IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY Case No.: CS-19-900096

NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters testament of said deceased having been granted to Timothy Downer, personal representative, on the 17th day of July, 2019, by the Honorable Ronnie Osborn, Judge of Probate Court of DeKalb County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within

LEGALS IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY Case No.: 2019-223

Case No.: 2019-192

ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF Gabriela Watson, Esq. WATSON & WATSON P.O. Box 1068 Albertville, Ala. 35950 To be published: August 2, 9, 16, & 23

LEGALS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY Case No.: DR-19-900164

Case No.: 2019-192 IN RE: THE ESTATE OF CHARLES GERALD DOWNER, DECEASED

of DeKalb County, Alabama.

NOTICE OF CUSTODY PROCEEDINGS PETRA TOMAS FRANCISCO, Plaintiff/ Mother v. EPIFANIO JOSE TORRES, Defendant/ Father NOTICE TO: EPIFANIO JOSE TORRES EPIFANIO JOSE TORRES, whose whereabouts are unknown, must answer the Petition for Paternity and Custody Determination and other relief filed by Petra Tomas Francisco/Plaintiff, by the 23rd day of September, 2019, or, thereafter, a judgment by default may be rendered against him in Case No.: CS-2019-900096, in the District Court

NOTICE OF DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS JUANA CRISTINA DOMINGO, Plaintiff v. CESAR AGUSTIN FELICIANO, Defendant

NOTICE TO: CESAR AGUSTIN FELICIANO CESAR AGUSTIN FELICIANO, whose whereabouts are unknown, must answer the Complaint for Divorce and other relief by the 30th day of September, 2019, or, thereafter, a judgment by default may be rendered against him in Case No.: DR-2019-900164, in the Circuit Court of DeKalb County, Alabama. ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF Gabriela Watson, Esq. WATSON & WATSON P.O. Box 1068 Albertville, Ala. 35950 To be published: August 9, 16, 23 & 30

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Jimmy Hugh McGee - 82 of Scottsboro, passed away on Wednesday, July 31 at Highlands Health Care. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Saturday, August 3 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Kirk Memorial Gardens.

Mary Louise Meadows - 83 of Dawson, passed away on Thursday, August 1. Funeral services were held at 3pm on Sunday, August 4 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Bro. Hoyt Gilbert officiating. Burial followed in Corinth Cemetery.

William Lavon Brown - 79 of Rainsville, passed away on Thursday, August 1. A graveside service was held at 2pm on Sunday, August 4 at Kirk

David Allen Karnehm - 81 of Boaz, passed away on Friday, August 2 at St. Vincent’s Hospital. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, August 7 at

DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Sharron McGehee Davis - 68 of Fyffe, passed away on Friday, August 2. A graveside service was held at 1pm on Sunday, August 4 at Rainsville Memorial Park with burial to follow. Damond Ray Pittman - 71 of Grove Oak, passed away on Friday, August 2. Funeral services were held at 12pm on Monday, August 5 at Piney Grove Baptist Church with Bros. Dennis Mitchell and

Jerry Myers officiating. Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery. Larry Wayne Walker - 69 of Dutton, passed away on Friday, August 2. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Monday, August 5 at Rainsville Church of God with Bros. Gary Haymon and Chris Bell officiating. Burial followed in Straight Creek Cemetery. Bobby Braughton Phillips - 73 of Rainsville, passed away on Sunday, August 4. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Robert V. Brown - 76 of Fort Payne, passed away on Monday, August 5. Funeral services were held at 3pm on Wednesday, August 7 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Bros. Jack Lynch and Brent Michaels officiating. Burial followed in Kirk Memorial Gardens.

were held at 2pm on Monday, August 5 at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Oak Lawn Memorial Park.

BURT Cleo Richardson 97, passed away on Saturday, August 3. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 7 at Burt Chapel-Fort Payne at 2pm with Rev. John Keefe officiating. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery.

GERALDINE Robert Lee Bolton - 81 of Crossville, passed away on Monday, August

5 at his residence. Funeral services were held at 3pm on Thursday, August 8 at Geraldine Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. LaWayne Levans and Lynn Darnell officiating. Burial followed in Skirum Cemetery.

KERBY Dwight Sims - 56 of Scottsboro, passed away on Friday, August 2 at Highlands Medical Center. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Sunday, August 4 at Kerby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Earnest Corbitt officiating. Burial followed in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens.

CORNER STONE Cindy Broome Yancey - 46 of Henagar, passed away on Thursday, August 1 at her residence. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Sunday, August 4 at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in Pea Ridge Cemetery. Linda Lewis Burk 68 of Flat Rock, passed away on Friday, August 2 at Collinsville Health Care. Funeral services

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By Marla Jones Sports Editor FYFFE, Ala. — On my fourth stop of this season’s Inside the Huddle, I visited with the State Championship-winning Fyffe Red Devils! Since I got in trouble for showing up late last year, I made sure to follow Coach Benefield’s motto of “if you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.” I actually beat him to practice this year. Coach Benefield and his staff are always eager to let me take the reins and help lead the practice. The Red Devils welcomed me, once again, with open arms. The Fyffe Football team finished the 2018 season with a perfect record and another blue trophy for their win at the

schedule State Championship. The Red Devils had a strict practice schedule throughout the summer because champions aren’t made overnight or in a couple of practices. “Stinkin’, rotten, and lazy players” don’t win championships. That’s according to Coach Benefield. I’m not sure if that comment was meant for press, but maybe he won’t make me run hills. Along with practices, Coach Benefield encourages his players to give back to the community that supports

them. In July, the Fyffe football team helped with updating the Fyffe's special services playground and conducted last week's Champ Camp. The Red Devils boast four returning seniors this season.The team has five returning offensive starters and four returning on defense. Coach Benefield will return for his twenty-third season as Head Coach for the Red Devils. His staff includes: Steve Edge (Defensive Line), Tim Cochran (Offensive Line), Brad Thomas (Defensive

Backs), Jake Cameron, Brad Martin, Teddy Whitmire and last by not least, Marla Jones (Honorary Coach). Everyone always asks me after I visit Fyffe, “how does the team look?” I’m not much of a betting woman, but I can tell you one thing: I will never bet against the Fyffe Red Devils. My prediction for the Red Devils this season will be that they will be playing in the State Championship once again. They have the motivation and determination to bring home another blue trophy. Go Big Red!

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FYFFE, Ala. — This week's Spotlight on Coaches is shining on Paul Benefield, Head Coach for the Fyffe Red Devils Varsity Football Team! Coach Benefield is an alumnus of Fyffe High School and received a degree from Jacksonville State University. Benefield's overall record is 282-53 with a winning percentage of 84.2 percent, which is higher than all eight coaches above him in wins. He has won three state championships and has never coached a losing record over his 28-year long career. He is 9th on the all-time wins list for the State of Alabama. In 2007, Benefield was named Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Coach Benefield is married to Jodi Benefield. They have three sons: Alex, Eli and Seth. Coach Benefield has had the honor of coaching all three of his sons in football. On the field, you can hear Coach Benefield say to his players, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” Having a winning season, year after year is hard but Benefield makes it look easy.


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