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Fort Payne Times Journal (Newspaper) - September 19, 2007, Fort Payne, Alabama Sunny most of the 87; 54. Details A2 September 19, 2007 TODAYS HEADLINES Lady Wildcats Win Fort Payne is above for the first time this The Lady Wildcats pushed their winning percentage above the breakeven mark with a sweep on their home floor Fort Payne began the day with a victory over Scottsboro and ended it with a win over Inside Sports Stay In School which debuts is getting the kind of reviews that movie producers love to quote in their State Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen calls it Alabama school Superintendent Joe Morton calls it Country Gourmet Statisticians say the average American eats more than 80 pounds of chicken each year and more than half of all chicken entrees ordered in restaurants are for fried That doesn't surprise me since chicken fingers and hot wings have been added to most menus not to mention they are the featured items in some Food MARKET The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 330 points DEKALB COUNTY'S ONI OLDEST NEWSPAPER Only 50 cents WEDNESDAY INSIDE A5 A4 Stock TV Vol. 129, No. 186 To call 845- 2550 or First State All We Bank You'll Serving lines 1910. MEMBER Raisins Rock Around the Clock INSIDE LIVING QB INSIDE SPORTS Prewett Sold 54-year-old Prewett and Son will be bought by Gildan By Jared Felkins The V.I. Prewett and Son has been bought by North America's largest T-shirt Gildan Activewear Inc. announced Tuesday it bought V.I. Prewett and Son the largest hosiery manufacturer in Fort for Prewett currently has 1,302 permanent employees and 89 temporary The agreement includes Gildan buying the Prewett business and its facilities in Fort Payne for million with further payments of up to The buyout is expected to be complete in According to Prewett President Bobby there are no immediate changes along with will be formulating an integration plan for the two Cole business along with cost efficiencies will dictate long-term plans and at this time these decisions have not been Started by V.I. Prewett Sr. See A3 photo by Dusty Plunkett V.I. Prewett and Son was bought by Gildan Activewear Tuesday for Prewett currently has 1,302 employees and 89 temporary Prewett known for its success Hosiery manufacturer is the largest single employer By Greg Purvis DeKalb County's largest single employer was sold With Tuesday's Gildan Activewear bought V.I. Prewett and one of Fort Payne's oldest and largest is certainly an example of an American success said DeKalb County Economic Development Authority Director Jimmy have played a major role in the growth and success of Fort Durham said while the hosiery Journal file photo An expansion was completed in 2003 at Prewett on Gault Avenue currently in DeKalb County try has faced a number of trials over the past sock mills continue to play an active role in the local According to EDA Prewett mills collectively employ about 1,350 making them DeKalb's largest Of DeKalb's top 10 three are Cooper Hosiery Inc. is the third largest employer with 900 employees and Renfro Corporation is the fifth largest employer with 550 were a number of dire predictions about the death of the See A3 file photo The late V.I. Prewett Jr. celebrated the company's 50th anniversary in 2003. built the business Hosiery company dates back to 1953 in a small garage Staff reports On May 18, 1953, V.I. Prewett Sr. and his son by the same name converted their garage at 204 1/2 12th Street into what would be the beginning of a lasting hosiery Prewett Sr. was the superintendent of manufacturing at a local hosiery Prewett Jr. had recently graduated in engineering from Auburn University and was beginning a career with National Carbide in Tenn. On one particular weekend when the whole family was at home together in Fort father and son made the decision to go into Prewett Sr. had been reconditioning some old knitting machines in his spare time and knew where they could get some inexpensive used See A3 Tourism grows as DeKalb industry gather to review plan growth By Greg Purvis As local and state officials take notice of a 17 percent increase in tourism in the last industry experts say the dollars will continue to roll in. was the name of forum at the Lake Guntersville State Park Beach Pavilion by the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourism The forum last week was designed to get local and state tourism officials working together toward the further development of the According to President Dana Lee DeKalb County is a vital part of the See A2 Photo by Dusty Plunkett Little River National Preserve is one of DeKalb's Area beef farmers adapt to drought FARMERS 261 2D Gaull Fl. A A4 Freedom Carpet Cleaning Residential Commercial r Free Estimates 638-6900 Grocery prices have been affected by less rainfall By Greg Purvis As rain and cooler temperatures soothe northeast the casualties are counted both crops and livestock have contributed to catastrophic losses for area according to DeKalb County Extension Coordinator Danny sad part to this drought is that we just don't have enough forage to feed the Miller our farmers have adapted very It's just unfortunate that so many cattle had to leave the We just Dallas Petty have the forage needed to keep them When farmers find rows too tough to they turn to each other for assistance and The embodiment of neighbor helping neighbor through tough economic times See A2
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