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• Storms Shake Sand Mountain • Fyffe Shuts Out the Bears

• Local Parties Announce Qualifying Dates • Jones Tells Alabama Dems to "Fix The Party"

• CONTINUED: FP Man Sentenced • Man Arrested for Attack on Elderly Woman

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Rainsville Passes $4.5M Budget

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor

Freeman asked that raises be spread across the board to all city employees.

RAINSVILLE, Ala. — (Full Video on our Facebook) In a special called meeting on Monday night, the Rainsville City Council passed its $4.5 million dollar budget for the 2020 fiscal year. All council members, along with City Accountant Betty Holcomb and Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt, were present with the exception of Councilmember Bejan Taheri. Holcomb discussed each department in detail as councilmembers found ways to cut some spending within the City. These cuts allowed the City to purchase another vehicle for the Rainsville Police Department. Initially, employee raises were not included in this year’s budget. Councilmembers Derek Rosson and Ricky Byrum requested that first responders (policemen and firefighters) receive raises this year. “The revolving door is killing us,� said Rosson. Councilmembers Marshall Stiefel and Brandon

After much disagreement and discussion, it was decided that $103,633 would be left on the table for future raises after an independent study was completed by Jacksonville State University. The raises will continue to be discussed on Monday night, October 7, at the Council’s regular meeting. The workshop will be held at 4:15pm with the regular session at 5pm. Southern Torch reached out to other municipalities regarding the passage of budgets across DeKalb County. The following municipalities have passed their budgets as of press time: • Geraldine — $1.2 million • Henagar — $1.9 million • Sylvania — $630,013 Southern Torch will continue to update as these budgets are passed.


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FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Shane Lee Henegar, 47, of Fort Payne was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for robbery and sexual assault following his pleas of guilty in court. Henegar appeared before Circuit Judge Jeremy Taylor on September 26, 2019 and entered pleas of guilty to Robbery, 1st Degree, Sodomy, 1st Degree, Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and Attempted Sodomy, 1st Degree. Pursuant to the

plea agreement, Henegar waived any right to apply for probation, his right to appeal and commenced serving his sentence immediately. In April 2018 a DeKalb County woman reported that an acquaintance had become aggressive and demanded sex. When she refused, he attempted to force sexual contact. Following a grand jury presentation Shane Lee Henegar was indicted for attempted sodomy, 1st Degree. While the investigation was pending another incident occurred

(Fort Payne Police Department) in Fort Payne, Alabama. Fort Payne Police responded to a home on May 5, 2018. The homeowners reported that a man entered the home while the woman was home alone. The male

homeowner returned home as a man left the home at a “fast run.� The fleeing assailant threw off his mask as he ran. Officers got a physical description of the man who was wearing a mask, and neighbors reported seeing a dark blue or black SUV leaving the area. Officers also discovered items missing from the home and from the homeowner’s vehicle. Investigators gathered

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On Sunday night, the Rainsville Police Department apprehended two men for burglary, possession of blurgary tools and criminal mischief. (Submitted Photo)

By Southern Torch Staff RAINSVILLE, Ala. — On September 29, the Rainsville Police Department received a call of a burglar alarm at 5 Star Foods, located at 982 Main Street East. Rainsville police officers, as well as Officer Levi Bates of the Fyffe Police Department, participated in the call after a traffic stop. According to Rainsville Police Chief Kevin R. Smith, a rock had been thrown through the window and the fence had been cut. No entry was made into the building. The business’ alarm and camera system caught the burglary and scared off the

intruder. Sgt. Stephen Malone was working on the scene when a vehicle stopped just east of the scene to pick up an unknown male. When the vehicle proceeded east on Main Street, Officers Malone and Fowler stopped it. The vehicle’s passenger was matched up to the video from the business. After a search of the car by officers and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Fredrick Davis and Darnell Little, both of Montgomery, were arrested with Burglary 3rd, possession of burglar’s tools and criminal mischief 1st. Both men were taken


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Athlete of the Year

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By Marla Jones Managing Editor FYFFE, Ala. — Last year, 10-year-old Shelby Sisk, a 5th grader at Fyffe Elementary School, spoke at the Fyffe City Council and asked them to sign a proclamation declaring the month of October as Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is a term for

learning disorders that involve difficulty reading due to identifying speech sounds and how they relate to letter and words. This year, Sisk hand delivered similar proclamations to Rainsville, Geraldine, Sylvania and Henagar, who also signed them. Shelby, who was diagnosed with dyslexia after showing difficulty in reading, reading

comprehension and spelling. She excels in math, softball and volleyball. Dyslexia can cause anxiety and depression because children label themselves as "dumb." Shelby has worked to overcome those thoughts about herself. She knows that she is intelligent, she only sees things differently as other kids. Her goal is to get the

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RAINSVILLE FROM PAGE 1 into custody and transported to the Rainsville Jail. After interviews with Chief Smith and Capt. Tim Devlin, it was determined that the two men were possibly connected with two other burglaries in Georgia. “I am so pleased with the relationships that we have with the Fyffe Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office to work together to catch these men,” said Chief Smith. “I would like to praise Sgt. Stephen Malone and Patrolman Sean Fowler for their quick response and just good ole fashioned police work to catch these men. All of these officers are a testament to law enforcement throughout this great nation.”

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Each year, the Alabama State Games presents an Athlete of the Year award to four deserving individuals that participate in the Alabama State Games sporting event. The Athlete of the Year award is one male and one female youth (under 18 years old), and one male and one female adult (18 years and older), selected from submitted nominations. Selections are based on sportsmanship, effort, attitude, overall athletic achievements, motivation and special attributes or circumstances. The recipients of the award will receive a medal, walk in the Parade of Athletes and anchor the torch relay during the Alabama State Games Opening Ceremony, and be awarded a certificate signed by the current Governor of Alabama, at a special proclamation signing ceremony held at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, AL. The 2019 Athletes of the Year are: Carol Dreilnger (Adult Female), Mike Parker (Adult Male), John Tillis Scott (Youth Male), and Aubriella Hairston (Youth Female). Hairston (Rainsville, AL) is a well-rounded athlete, having competed at a high level in gymnastics prior to taking up her current sport of Ninja competition. We are pleased to announce that she has also been selected as the National Congress of State Games (NCSG) National Youth Female Athlete of the Year. This is the first time an athlete from the state of Alabama has been honored with this national award. Dean Kelly, Director of the Alabama State Games stated, “We are extremely excited to see Aubriella receive this prestigious and well-deserved honor.” She will be recognized at the NCSG Symposium in Anaheim, CA in November. She competed in the initial Ninja Challenge event in the Alabama State Games and won the gold in the 13 and under category. She then competed at the State Games of America, the national competition of the NCSG held this year in Lynchburg, VA., also earning the gold medal. She has been chosen to be a participant on the American Ninja Warrior Junior television show. She is a service-minded individual, who works hard at her sports and at life. Dreilinger, a resident of Enterprise, AL, won gold medals in Taekwondo in the Alabama State Games, and in the State Games of America, She has served as a pre-school teacher at the Enterprise YMCA for 20 years, and is Senior Leader at the Enterprise YMCA Taekwondo School. Kelly stated, “Carol is an outstanding Taekwondo athlete, but is so much more, serving as a mentor and encourager of other athletes. We are happy to honor her as one of our Athletes of the Year for 2019.” Parker, from Madison, AL, won a silver medal in the sport of FootGolf, and also led his 10-year-old soccer team to a gold at the Alabama State Games and at the State Games of America. He has coached all levels of soccer teams, and currently gives back to the community by coaching teams and being the director over the coaches for a new club, AYSO United, that he helped start. The club has grown in the past three years from five teams to over 20 teams. “He loves the game but loves to help others most. He gets so much joy from teaching kids how to be great citizens as well as great soccer players,” stated Mike’s nominator. We feel he represents the qualities we look for as an athlete and a coach. Scott lives in Dothan, AL. He won two gold medals in Bowling at the Alabama State Games, and finished fifth at the State Games of America. He was born with significant motor and speech developmental delays, and has overcome many obstacles to be competitive in bowling. Through intensive therapy he has become an honor-roll student and an excellent bowler. “JT has endured, and had to work extremely hard to come to the accomplishments he has in his life. His heart and desire to succeed, but to also help and serve others makes him a perfect choice for Athlete of the Year,” Kelly said. The Alabama State Games were established in 1982 at the request of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to develop Olympic-style sports festivals known as State Games. The event is a program of the ASF Foundation, Inc, a 501 (c)(3) organization.

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COMMUNITY 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 s 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

Every Wednesday, Breakthrough Church free meal - Come and enjoy a free meal and hear the Word of God on Wednesday nights starting January 3 at 5:30pm. If you s need a ride, please contact: Lynn Haas at (256) 605-7854 or Connie Holdem at (256) 605-1776. Every Third Thursday, Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group - The Alzheimer's Association will begin hosting a caregivers support group solely devoted to those

who provide care for people with Alzheimer's on the third Thursday of every month from 11am to 12pm at the Rainbow City First United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Olivia Kendrick at (256) 454-4375. October 5, Little River Canyon Half Marathon The Little River Canyon Center will host its annual "Little River Half Marathon" on Saturday, October 5! This certified 13.1 mile course follows the rim of the canyon before winding its way through the area's beautiful farm country. The half marathon will feature water stations, music, ample law enforcement, shirts, trophies and much more! Registration is $50 prior to race and $70 on the day of the race. Register at active. com! October 12, 6th Annual Dog Daze - Bring your dogs and human family to this event where the Canyon Center staff features dog games and presentations on all topics canine like adoptions, advocacy, service dogs and much more! The event will be at the Little River Canyon Center on October 12 from 11am to 3pm, free to all who want to come! October 12, Run for Rescue 5K & Fun Run - The annual Run for Rescue 5K/1 Mile Run to raise funds for the homeless animals of DeKalb County will be held on Saturday, October 12 at 8am. Registration will be held from 6:30am to 7:30am. October 19, Boy Scout Troop 18 Pancake Breakfast - Come out and support Scottsboro's own Boy Scout Troop 18 for their fall pancake breakfast on Saturday, October 19 from 7am-10am! It's All You Can Eat Pancakes for $6 at the First United Methoist Church in Scottsboro. Carrout will be available

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By Southern Torch Staff RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The NACC Department of Music is proud to announce their most varied Concert Season yet! On October 17 at 6:30 PM in the W. M. Beck Music Auditorium, get ready to “Fall in Love with Music”. Join us as we shine the spotlight on each of our vocal and instrumental ensembles. Admission is free with a donation to our local animal shelters. In November, members of the newly formed Mustang String Band will join forces with the NACC Theatre Department to perform “The Old Man and The Old Moon.” The show will run November 8-10 & 15-17, 2019 in the NACC Lyceum. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 11. Next, jazz up your holiday season with “A Swinging Christmas”, December 6 at 6:30 PM in the NACC Tom Bevill Lyceum. Admission is free. In the New Year, come usher in this generation’s Roaring 20s with a trip to our Student Center Speakeasy on February 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Don your best flapper dress or fedora, and come enjoy the music of the Harlem Renaissance in style! Admission is free. Stay tuned for the remainder of 2020, as we celebrate Women’s History Month in March with “Each Life Has Its Place”, a concert of music by female singer-songwriters. In April, get ready to turn it up “to 11” in a fun concert featuring the NACC Jazz Band and Encore. Lastly, we hope you will join us in wishing “upon a star” as we bring the magical music of Disney to the stage in May. Follow us on Facebook @NACCMusic and on Instagram @_nacc_music for all NACC Department of Music news and more. For additional college information, go to or download our free App at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Follow NACC on social media.


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FROM PAGE 1 evidence, including the discarded mask, while at the home and sent it to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for extensive testing. DNA evidence collected from the mask was a match for Shane Lee Henegar. Henegar was also known to operate a vehicle like that described by witnesses. District Attorney Mike O’Dell attributed the convictions to the efforts of the dedicated team who conducted the investigation for Chief Bynum and the Fort Payne Police Department. Veteran detectives Andy Hairston and Mike Grant were praised for their hard work, dedication, and ability to investigate crimes of this nature to bring offenders to justice and give victims some closure. According to O’Dell, “The victims were instrumental in bringing

these cases to the culmination of their journey toward justice. Again, I am very grateful for the fortitude they have shown throughout this process. Investigator Wade Hill was also instrumental in preparing our case resulting in this plea and conviction.� Chief Deputy District Attorney Bob Johnston, who prosecuted this case for the District Attorney’s Office, further credited the teamwork that exists between law enforcement, the district attorney’s office and victims of crime. Johnston said, “These professionals go above and beyond the call of duty to help victims of crime in our community stay safe and to hold accountable those who seek to harm them. I am very proud of the work they do and the lives they lead. I want to publicly recognize the bravery of the two women who came forward and were willing to testify. It was their obvious courage that held their offender accountable.�

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Man Arrested After Attack on Elderly Woman By Southern Torch Staff FORT PAYNE, Ala. — From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden: On Tuesday night (September 24, 2019), a man was arrested after entering the home of an elderly woman and severely injuring her in the Mount Vernon Community (on County Road 354). The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call from the victim around 11:30 pm that night and deputies were immediately dispatched to the area. The suspect had knocked on the victim’s door several times. When the victim opened the door, the suspect forced his way past the victim, knocking the 89-year-old female to the ground. The suspect left on

Francisco Morales (32 of Collinsville) was charged with Burglary in the 1st and Public Intoxication. His bond is $31,500 at the DeKalb County Detention Center. (DSCO) foot a short time afterwards. While deputies were at this call, another call came into dispatch of a Hispanic male walking down the road in the area that fit the description of the suspect. While deputies were searching, another citizen spotted the suspect lying in a ditch. The incident will

remain under investigation and more charges may be added at the next Grand Jury. Francisco Morales (32 of Collinsville) was charged with Burglary 1st Degree and Public Intoxication. He was booked into the DeKalb County Detention Center on a $31,500.00 bond. As Alabama has no specific statute relating to home invasions, the most severe charge that could be imposed was Burglary 1st. This charge is a Class A Felony and is applied when the victim is severely injured. DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “Our prayers are with the victim of this heinous attack. There is no excuse for this behavior. Our team of investigators will continue looking into

the matter for evidence to allow us to apply more serious charges. No evidence suggests that this is related to other incidents that have occurred in this community.� “We would also like to recommend that if you hear a knock at your door late at night, please give us a call. If the person knocking needs assistance, we will be happy to help them,� he said. “I would like to commend the deputy that responded to this call and citizens that helped locate the suspect. Our deputy’s knowledge of the community and professionalism through difficult circumstances was pivotal in catching the suspect,� he added. “God Bless.� Concluded Sheriff Welden.








Jones Tells AL Dems Council Supports Local Parties Announce to "Fix The Party" "Best Robotics" Qualifying Dates Team with Donation

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — After being at odds for quite some time with Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) is urging Alabama Democrats to adopt new party bylaws and elect new leadership. The website (Fix The Party), which is paid for by Jones’ Senate campaign, includes a list of new bylaws and a petition calling for the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) to meet this weekend in Montgomery. Last year, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez began withholding funds from the state party because of its failure to meet the basic requirements of a functioning organization. The monthly payment of $10,000 was first suspended in September 2018. “Alabama is the only state party in the country from which the monthly payment has been withheld,� said Perez. “We are in the midst of a critically important election cycle. We have real opportunities to win critical races in Alabama. The party can and must play an important role in these efforts. It is impossible to do so without leadership in place.� The DNC states that

Alabama’s bylaws don’t follow along with national party rules and declared the rules of last year’s leadership election, which saw Worley re-elected as Chair amidst controversy, invalid due to the improper credentials of several SDEC members who voted in the election. The national party revoked Worley’s and Vice Chairman Randy Kelley’s credentials in August. Worley initially called a meeting of the SDEC for October 12, but a majority of the committee’s 250 members voted to meet this weekend instead. “This show of support from SDEC members across the state is the first step in creating a more transparent, diverse and inclusive Alabama Democratic Party and complying with the DNC guidelines,� the Jones campaign said in a statement. Will Boyd, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor and Tabitha Isner, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Alabama 2nd congressional district are running against Worley for party chair. Worley has blamed Jones for an “all-out attack� on the state party for the last year. The State Democratic Executive Committee will meet this Saturday, October 5 at 11am at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery to consider new bylaws, followed by new chair and vice chair elections.

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor FORT PAYNE, Ala. — (Full Video on our Facebook) The Fort Payne City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 1. Mayor Larry Chesser was absent from the meeting. At the meeting, the Fort Payne High School “Best Roboticsâ€? team addressed the Council to request a $1,000 donation, which comes out of special appropriations. Students presented their case to the Council regarding the appropriation and it was approved unanimously. Fort Payne Fire Chief Ron Saferite showed off the new shirt that the Fire Department will be selling this year for Breast Cancer Awareness. Shirts are $15 and can be bought at Fire Station #2. Saferite also reminded the Council that October was Fire Prevention Month. The Council discussed sharing the cost of building four new tennis courts with the Fort Payne Board of Education. The total cost is anticipated to be $428,045 with the City and Board splitting the cost evenly. A streetlight was approved at the intersection of Marlo Street NE and Martin Avenue after several residents requested it. Johnny Evans of the Fort Payne Improvement Authority recommended the placement of the light. The Council granted activity permits to following events: • Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce — Halloween Block Party on Thursday, October 31 at Gault Avenue from 1st Street to 5th Street North from 5pm to 7pm • Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce — The Annual Christmas Parade on Monday, December 9 at Gault Avenue from 18th Street North to 3rd Street South from 6pm to 8pm • Benefit Ride at the Pavilion on Saturday, October 19 The next meeting of the Fort Payne City Council will be held on Tuesday, October 15 at 12pm on the second floor of Fort Payne City Council. Joseph K. McNew, D.V.M • Linda Galbraith, D.V.M. • Jessica Jones, D.V.M.

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By Zach Hester, Reporter • DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The race is about to ramp up as election qualifying for DeKalb County candidates of both parties begin. On Monday, the DeKalb County Republican Party announced that the qualifying for Republican candidates will open on October 8, 2019. Qualifying will remain open for candidates until November 8, 2019 at 5pm. According to Mary McGuire Smith, the new Chair of the DeKalb County Democrats, the qualifying for Democratic candidates follow the same dates as the state party: September 27 through November 8, 2019. All candidates who are seeking elected office in DeKalb County must have their qualifying papers signed and dated before the end of the qualifying period. This year's DeKalb County races include: DeKalb County Superintendent, DeKalb County Commission Places 1 and 2, DeKalb County District Judge, DeKalb County Revenue Commissioner and DeKalb County Board of Education Places 1, 2 and 5. On the opening day of qualifying, the candidates can meet with Party Chairman David Gulledge at the DeKalb County Courthouse in the Probate Judge’s courtroom. The Courthouse is open from 8am to 4pm. Democratic Chair Smith provided an email address of for any candidates who wish to run locally as a Democrat. The next general election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

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By Steve Flowers Political Columnist MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Even though qualifying does not begin until October 8, 2019, the field is probably set for the GOP Primary in March to unseat the anomaly Democrat, Doug Jones, who is sitting in Alabama’s Republican U.S. Senate Seat. First District Congressman Bradley Bryne and Secretary of State John Merrill may be the favorites to lead the field and square off in a runoff. Either of the two will probably win by a 60-40 margin over Jones in November. The wild card in the race is the iconic character, Roy Moore. He should not be underestimated. He could upset the applecart. He is the only GOP candidate that could possibly lose to Jones. However, in the GOP Primary, Moore has a base of support that is very loyal, older, and will show

up to vote in the primary. My guess is that his base has dwindled to 15 percent but if there is a low turnout that number becomes accentuated. Moore will not deviate from his message and he will again ride his horse Sassy to vote in Gallant in his native Etowah County. One-time Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville, is hard to figure out. He has released polls showing that he is in the lead, but my guess is that he will implode. He has not lived in Alabama for over a decade and supposedly had a Florida driver’s license and was registered to vote in Florida when he decided to run. Although, Tuberville’s garnering of the ALFA/Farmer’s Federation endorsement last week is big. This endorsement gives his campaign tremendous credibility. It is a significant and helpful boost in a statewide Republican Primary. However, it is doubtful that

he realizes the importance of the endorsement. A well-known female office holder like Twinkle Cavaughn could have been a player in this race. However, Twinkle chose to run for reelection for PSC President. The most astute politician in Alabama political history was one George C. Wallace. He was a political genius, especially when it came to Alabama politics. When I was a young legislator, he would invite me down to the Governor’s office to talk politics. The Legislature met in the Capitol in those days and I could just walk down a flight of steps to his suite of offices. He would be holed up back in the private office where I have met with a good many governors over the years. Kay Ivey sits in Wallace’s office today. He would greet me with the same message each time as we sat down for a visit. He really liked to reminisce

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 with his ever-present cigar. In later years, as I sat with other governors, I would often wonder how they got Wallace’s cigar smoke out of that room. He really could not hear well in his later years, so he did most of the talking. He would cock his head in a certain way and it would signal to me that he was going to impart some sage bit of wisdom. On more than one occasion, he would instill this message. More people vote against someone than for

someone. He would further elaborate, “To win you have got to have a boogeyman to run against.� He ran against integration for a decade. However, when black Alabamians began voting he had to find a new boogeyman. He went back to the old tried and true path used by most populist southern demagogues, he ran against the Big Mules. Big Jim Folsom was better than Wallace at this game. Big Jim never deviated from his message. It was about running against the Big Mules and Big Planters. Big Jim refused to race bait. He was always a true blue progressive. Well, my advice to these Republican candidates for the 2020 U.S. Senate race is you have the perfect, ideal boogeyman to run against. He is actually your legitimate opponent sitting right in front of you. It’s Doug Jones, stupid. In the Heart of Dixie in one of, if

not the most Republican states in America you have sitting in your Republican U.S. Senate seat a liberal national Democrat, who cozies up to and organizes with and votes with Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama. Wallace would have loved that boogeyman and he would not have had to conjure him up one. Man would he have loved to run against Doug Jones. Therefore, the best course of action for the Republican frontrunners would be to not go negative against each other or any other GOP candidate in the Republican Primary. Consistently focus in and run against Doug Jones and do not talk about your GOP opposition. Take some advice from another pretty good national politician, Ronald Reagan. President Reagan’s advice to fellow Republicans was the 11th Commandment, “Speak no ill of a fellow Republican.�




LEGALS IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA Case No.: 2019-270 IN RE: The Estate of Glennis Broyles, deceased NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters testamentary of said deceased having been granted to Rebecca Hartsfield and Sandra Holmes, personal representatives, on the 16th day of September, 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.

Case No.: 2019-254 IN RE: The Estate of James Wendell Owens, deceased NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters testamentary of said deceased having been granted to Nathan Owens, personal representative on the day of September 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. Nathan Owens, personal representative To be published: September 27, October 4, October 11


Rebecca Hartsfield & Sandra Holmes, personal representatives To be published: September 20, 27, and October 4



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LEGALS IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA Case No.: 2019-281 IN RE: The Estate of Donna Jo Hairel, deceased NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters testamentary of said deceased having been granted to Wendy Haynes, personal representative, on the 26th day of September, 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. Wendy Haynes, personal representative To be published: October 4, 11, 18

LEGALS IN THE PROBATE COURT OF DEKALB COUNTY, ALABAMA Case No.: 2019-284 IN RE: The Estate of William Schoonmaker, deceased NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS Letters testamentary of said deceased having been granted to Jason Foster and Jacob Foster, personal representatives, on the 27th day of September, 2019, by the Honorable Victor Manning, 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. Jason Foster and Jacob Foster, personal representatives To be published: October 4, 11, 18


Jimmy B. West - 76 of Collinsville, passed away on Thursday, September 26. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Sunday, September 29 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bryan Harris officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Visitation was held on Saturday, September 28 from 5:30pm to 8pm. He is survived by his wife, Brenda West; daughters: Vickie (Don) White, Tamie (Scott) Henderson, and Amy Thrash; son: Anthony West; sisters: Faye Brewer and Linda Freeman; brother: Larry West; granchildren: Ashley (Lucas) Barry, Dereck, Cade White, Magan (Jimmy) Harris),

Trinity Garner, Briar Brooks, Anthony (Ashley) West, Gracie West, Gage Griggs, Ryder Griggs, and Krymson Thrash; and great-grandchildren: Tyde, Aubreigh, Jett, Jax, Kase, and Ivy. Zena Michelle Pence - 37 of Fort Payne, passed away on Wednesday, September 25. A memorial service was held at a later date.

Ruby Carolyn Chandler - 71 of Lakeview, passed away on Sunday, September 29. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Tuesday, October 1 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel.

Harold Gene Lands - 58 of Rainsville, passed away on Wednesday, September 25. Only a visitation will be held for family and friends on Sunday, September 29 from 2pm to 4pm at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel.

Vonnie Lue Hall - 83 of Sylvania, passed away on Monday, September 30. Funeral services were held at 11am on Friday, October 4 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with burial following in New Canaan Cemetery.

Rodney Blake Gilbert - 28 of Fyffe, passed away on Wednesday, September 25. Funeral services were held at 3pm on Saturday, September 28 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with burial following in Piney Grove Cemetery.


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held at 2pm on Monday, September 30 at WT Wilson Funeral Chapel with burial following in Green’s Chapel Cemetery.

Gene Landau - 89, passed away on Thursday, September 26. Funeral services were held at 1pm on Tuesday, October 1 at Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Glenwood Cemetery. Brandy Hammons 37 of Guntersville, passed away on Saturday, September 28.

Funeral services were held at 5pm on Thursday, October 3 at Rose Road Church of God in Guntersville. Luella Ann Cole - 88 of Fort Payne, passed away on Saturday, September 28 at DeKalb Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Tuesday, October 1 at Breakthrough Church of God with burial following in Town Creek Cemetery.

BURT G. Windell Saffles, Sr. - 88 of Montgomery, passed away on Monday, September 23. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Saturday, September 28 at Burt Chapel-Fort Payne with burial following in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Elizabeth Anne Gremmels - 62 of Mentone, passed away on Wednesday, September 25 at her residence. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Thursday, October 17 at Burt Chapel-Valley Head.

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Doris Couch - 88, passed away on Saturday, September 28 at Shepherd’s Cove in Albertville. Funeral services will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, October 5 at Burt Chapel-Fort Payne with burial following in Gravel Hill Cemetery.

- 72 of Painter, passed away on Friday, September 27 at her residence. Funeral services were held at 3pm on Sunday, September 29 at Geraldine First Baptist Church with burial following in the adjoining cemetery.



Pamela “Pam� Manning Watkins - 54 of Henagar, passed away on Sunday, September 29 at her residence. Funeral services were held at 11am on Wednesday, October 2 at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with burial following in Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Donald “Duck� Gass - 59 of Pisgah, passed away on Wednesday, September 25 at Huntsville Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Saturday, September 28 at Kerby Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Pisgah Cemetery.

Robyn Hawes Tinker - 48 of Pisgah, passed away on Sunday, September 29 at her home. Funeral services were held at 4:30pm on Tuesday, October 1 at Corner Stone Funeral Chapel with burial following in Smith Cemetery at Flat Rock.

GERALDINE Ruth Ann Stahly - 83 of Guntersville, passed away on Tuesday, September 24 at Marshall Manor Nursing Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Patricia Ann House

Barry Lewis - 65 of Scottsboro, passed away on Friday, September 27 at Crestwood Medical Center. Funeral services were held at 3pm on Sunday, September 29 at Kerby Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Pleasant View Cemetery.

WILSON Harold E. Irwin - 87 of Fort Payne, passed away on Tuesday, September 24. Funeral services were held at 2pm on Saturday, September 28 at New Oregon Methodist Church with burial following in Fischer Cemetery.




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Springville 44, Crossville 14 Sardis 19, Geraldine 14

Valley Head 42, Ider 21 Victory-Millbrook 63, CCA 14 Etowah 26, Fort Payne 20

Fyffe 35, Plainview 0 Sylvania 43, NSM 36




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By Marla Jones Sports Editor SYLVANIA, Ala. — The Sylvania Rams defeated the North Sand Mountain Bisons,43-36 in a game that took two days to finish. The North Sand Mountain Bisons struck

early, scoring with 7:40 remaining in the first. They successfully went for two, to take the 8-0 advantage. On fourth down and one, the Rams came crashing in for the score, making the score 8-7. The Bisons had the ball on the 35 yard line but failed and the ball went to the Rams on downs. With 2:42 remaining in the first, the

Rams came crashing in to score. The Rams went for two to tie the game 14-14. After repeated weather delays, it was agreed between the two teams that play would resume on Saturday morning. On Saturday, the clock restarted with :34 remaining in the first. At the start of the second quarter, the Bisons

had the ball on the 6-yard line. The Rams held them and intercepted the ball, running it back for the touchdown with 5:21 remaining in the second quarter, making the score 21-14. With :20 remaining in the first half, NSM scored. The extra point failed. The Rams went into the half with the 21-20 advantage.

The Rams kicked a field goal, going up 24-21. After a back and forth, the Bisons took the lead with 2:20 in the third, 28-24. With 1:14 remaining in the third, the Rams took the lead, 30-28. As fans were on the edge of their seats, North Sand Mountain took the 36-30 lead with 9:28

remaining in the fourth. With 2:14 remaining in the game, the Rams took the 37-36 lead. After an interception, the Rams scored the final points of the game with :20 remaining in the game, to go up 43-36. Sylvania will host Brindlee Mountain for Homecoming this week.

TIGERS TAME THE HORNETS By Marla Jones Sports Editor IDER, Ala. — The Valley Head Tigers spoiled the Ider Hornets Homecoming, defeating the Hornets, 42-21 on Friday night. With 4:57 remaining in the first quarter, Jordan Burt scampered in from 1 -yard out. The extra point attempt failed. With :50 remaining in the first, Ider blocked the punt attempt and recovered it in the endzone. The kick by Benjamin Klausen was good, giving the Hornets the 7-6 advantage. In the second, Jordan Burt made a 53-yard pass completion to Ian Blair. The two-point conversion by Jordan Burt was good, giving the Tigers the 14-7 lead. Ider answered back with a 69-yard pass completion from Matt Norman to Benjamin Kalusen. Kalusen’s point after attempt was spot on, tying the score 14-14 going into the half. To start the third quarter, the Tigers scored on a 60-yard run by Jordan

Burt. The PAT failed. With 7:17 remaining in the third, Waylor Collins stampeded down the field for 73-yards. The two-point conversion by Marlon Trinidad, gave the Tigers the 28-14, advantage. With 4:41 left in the third, Burt came crashing in from 77 yards out. The point after attempt is good, giving the Tigers the 35-14. With :34 remaining in the third quarter, Burt made a 68-yard connection to Trinidad. The point after attempt gave the Tigers the 42-14 lead. The Tigers fumbled the ball with 9:00 remaining in the game. The Hornets took advantage of the mistake, scoring with 7:43 remaining in the game, on a 1-yard dash into the endzone by Norman, making the final score 42-21. Jordan Burt led the Valley Head Tigers with 274 yards on 13 carries. Waylon Collins had 137 yards on eight carries. The Valley Head Tigers will travel to face Woodville. The Ider Hornets will host Asbury.






By Marla Jones Sports Editor FYFFE, Ala. — The Fyffe Red Devils shut out the Plainview Bears, 35-0 on Friday night. The Fyffe Red Devils boast an all-time (35-23-1) record over the Bears. As the storm

approached the stadium and on the field, the Fyffe Red quickly scored on a 20-yard gallop into the endzone by Ike Rowell, with 11:00 minutes left in the first quarter. With 5:16 remaining in the first, Zach Pryon scored on a quarterback keeper, from 7-yards out. With 5:00 remaining in the opening quarter, Justin Stiefel

intercepted a Plainview pass and ran it back 31-yards. Rowell showed out with his second touchdown of the night, stampeding into the endzone from 28-yards out. Pryon raced down the field for 58 yards, for his second touchdown of the night, bringing the score to 35-0 at the half. After a weather delay,

the rest of the game was played with a running clock and 6:00 minute quarters. Neither team scored in the second half. “I thought we got off to a good start against Plainview which is what you would want every game. I thought our guys played with great effort and intensity” said Fyffe

Head Coach, Paul Benefield. “ We need to protect the football better on offense and play a little smarter on defense but overall everyone got to play, which is a plus for the players.” Ike Rowell led the Red Devils with 107 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Zach Pryon

finished with 102 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Brody McCurdy led the Plainview Bears with 32 rushing yards. The Class 2A, Number 1 ranked Fyffe Red Devils will step back into region play as they host the Sand Rock Wildcats. Plainview will have a bye week.



FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The Etowah Blue Devils gave the Fort Payne Wildcats their first loss of the season on Friday night, 26-20. The game was delayed for over two hours due to lighting. The Fort Payne Wildcats struck first with a 32-yard field goal by Alex McPherson, to give the Wildcats the 3-0 lead, with 10:11 remaining in the first quarter. With 5:19 remaining in the first, the Blue Devils’ intercepted a pass and returned it for a

touchdown, giving Etowah the 6-3 lead. After the Wildcats fumbled the ball, the Blue Devils scored from 8-yards out to bring the score to 13-3, at the end of the first. In the second quarter with 10:15 remaining, the Blue Devils scored on a 33-yard touchdown run. The PAT was blocked, giving Etowah the 19-3 lead. With 4:40 left in the third quarter, Fort Paynes Hunter Love dashed in the endzone from 4-yards out. The 2-point conversion was good ,making the score 19-11. In the fourth quarter

with 11:48 remaining in the game, the Wildcats defense scored and tried for a 2-point conversion but came up short, making the score 19-17. Etowah broke around the end to score, giving them the 26-17 advantage with 2:16 left in the game. McPherson nailed a 42-yard field goal to make the score 26-20. McPherson then got the ball back for the offense when Darwin Camp recovered the onside kick. With .31 seconds left in the game the Blue Devils intercepted the ball to take the 26-20 win over the Fort Payne Wildcats. “It was a crazy night”

said Fort Payne Head Coach Chris Elmore. ” We had 3 separate lighting delays that added up to over 2 hours of setting and waiting to play. The game did not finish until after midnight. We played well at times in adverse field conditions. But, once again we had too many turnovers and mistakes and this time it caught up with us. Our players played really hard but we just didn’t play well enough to win We will learn from this game and move forward.” The Fort Payne Wildcats will travel tonight to Huntsville to take on Lee.

VICTORY OVER EAGLES By Marla Jones Sports Editor


RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Victory-Millbrook defeated the Cornerstone Christian Academy Eagles, 63-14 on Friday night. With 5:42 remaining in the first quarter, Victory scores. The point after attempt failed, making the score 6-0. Layne Fortner intercepted the ball for the Eagles. Victory held them and forced them to punt. Cornerstone recovered the ball but had to give back on downs. Victory scored two more times in the first quarter, making the score 20-0. Layne Fortner caught a short pass and galloped down the field for the score. The extra point attempt failed.

Victory added three more touchdowns before the end of the second quarter. The game went into a lightning delay at the half. After the delay, the Eagles had a fumble recovery. Trisitan Johnson scored with 5:19 remaining in the third quarter. Victory Millbrook proved why the team is a 3-time, 6-man Football State Champion in the fourth quarter, scoring at will against the Eagles, finishing with the 63-14 advantage. For the Eagles, Layne Fortner had three catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. Tristian Johnson had 22 yards on two carries and one reception for a touchdown. Lucas Hale went 5-of-27 for 101 yards and two touchdowns.




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By Marla Jones, Sports Editor • CROSSVILLE, Ala. — Springville defeated the Crossville Lions, 44-14 after a lightning delay halted the game. Storms were brewing on and off the field at Crossville Memorial Stadium Friday night as the score was 0-0 as the first quarter ended. With 10:24 remaining in the first half, Springville scored on a field goal, to take the 3-0 lead. Springville scored two touchdowns in the first half. To end the half, the Lions brought one in to make the score 17-7 at the close of the second quarter. After an extended lightning delay, the Lions resumed play at 9:15. Springville scored three more touchdowns in the third quarter, to make the score 31-7. In the fourth, Sprinville scored on a long series of play, to give them the 37-7 with 6:00 remaining in the game. With 3:00 remaining in regulation play, Crossville scored their last touchdown of the night, bringing the score to 37-14. With 2:00 remaining in the game, Springville added another touchdown to bring the final score to 44-14. Crossville will host Boaz this Friday.

The Fyffe Pee-Wee Football Program has been invited for a once in a lifetime opportunity to play and tour Mercedez-Benz Stadium, the home of the Atlanta Falcons. The cost will be $35 for each child, coach and cheerleader to participate. The program wants every child to participate in the momentous occasion and is looking for sponsors to help children achieve this dream. If you are interested in helping, please contact John April Fowler via Facebook. Congratulations to Fyffe, Southern Torch will be doing a special article in the near future.

LIONS BITE THE DOGS By Marla Jones Sports Editor

GERALDINE, Ala. — The Sardis Lions spoiled the Geraldine Bulldogs Homecoming on Friday night, defeating the Dogs 19-14. The first quarter was scoreless despite an intense battle between the teams. With 9:22 remaining in the first half, Geraldine put the first points on the board, after DJ Graham galloped down the field for 35 yards after

a pick. Geraldine attempted an onside quick but failed, giving the Lions perfect field position. The Lions could not take advantage and gave the ball back on downs. After a Lions interception, with 6:00 remaining on the clock, the Lions slowly made their way down the field and tied the game 7-7, with 3:19 remaining in the first half. Late in the third, Sardis once again intercepted the ball, and ran it in for the

score. The point-after attempt failed but gave the Lions, the 13-7 advantage. In the last :50 of the third, Geraldine ran it in from 13-yards out for the score, taking the one point advantage over the Lions, 14-13. With 10:52 remaining in the game, Sardis scored for the win, on a 18-yard touchdown. The final score of the game, was 19-14. The Geraldine Bulldogs will host the Pisgah Eagles on Friday night.

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Henagar All-Star Cheerleaders made the trip to Auburn on September 28th to participate in Varsity Spirit Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They joined other cheerleaders from across the state to perform a routine during halftime of the Auburn vs. Miss. State game. Back (L to R): Allyson Rowland, AnnaLee Shrader, Janna Butler, Aelicity Welden, Victoria Hairel, Olivia Hancock, Bella Menefee, Jazlyn Miller. Front (L to R): Callie Watkins, McKenna Mitchell, Mary Ward, Aubrey Morgan, Johnna Butler, Michaela Sanders, Anslee Pettyjohn, Kyllie Adkins, Samara Welden

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