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Rainsville Weekly Post (Newspaper) - August 9, 2007, Rainsville, Alabama 50 CENTS THURSDAY, August 9,2007 Rainsville, Alabama Kalb14s in World Series. See PagelB.. Six year old donates her hair. See Page 3A. DeKalb girls gear up for Jr. Miss. See Page 6A. Time for a change in Fyffe Youngters watch the demolition of three old buildings In downtown Fyffe. l\Aayor Larry Lingerfelt has plans to revitalize the town. BY CHANCE GRAY__ CHANCE@THEWEEKLYP0ST.COM FYFFE-Living in a small town, many citizens are often frightened by the word "change". But for one local town, a change is coming. . Led by Mayor Larry Lingerfelt, the town of Fyffe is making some much-needed revitaliza-tions in order to restore the beauty of the historic town, attract more businesses and increase revenue for the city. Just recently, three old buildings that lined Main Street across from the City Hall were demolished in efforts to strengthen the town's economy. "The objective here is to revitalize the town, and a lot of these old stuctures have to come down in order for us to do that," said Mayor Larry Lingerfelt. The demolition of the dilapidated buildings will allow more space and safer parking for citizens and also provide more incentives for businesses to come to Fyffe.Twb other vacant buildings on Main Street are also set to come down in the future Lingerfelt said, and eventually, Town Hall. "Some of the things that we are tiying to do is build the infrastructure of the town for the future," said Lingerfelt. Besides tearing down old buildings on Main Sti-eet, Fyffe is also going through an array of changes that may not easily be recognized. After taking office, Lingerfelt and his administration began work on a new sewer lift station. The new sewer station allows all sewers from various pumps to come into the main lift station and the station then force-feeds the sewage up the main line down Highway 75 to Rainsville. When Lingerfelt took office, the sewer station was a run-down facility, but with grants from the government and help from people in the community, the station was completed. Look- ing to the future, Lingerfelt and his administration built the station large enough to send sewage three times the current size of Fyffe to Rainsville, leaving room for future expansions in the sewer system. Fyffe also has a beautification program in which businesses and residences are awai'ded a monthly prize for their efforts in sprucing up the town. Lingerfelt said most people in regard to cleanup are very cooperative. "The complaints coming to the city are complaints of other people not cleaning up, not people complaining the city is making them clean up," said Lingerfelt. The town also has proper equipment for mowing road banks and keeping the right-of-ways clean. Increased road work and street pavings are also helping the town makeover. See FYFFE, Page 5A F.T.C. MEEHNG LUCKY WINNER-Fred Johnson (left), Executive Vice President and CEO of Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, presents Christopher Sweeton of Bryant with the keys to a 1997 Chevrolet Extended Cab truck. Sweeton was the grand prize winner at FTC's 53rd Annual Meeting, held Saturday at the DeKaib County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville. Aimual Meetings abuzz with talk of coming teclinoiogy Fred Johnson RAINSVILLE-Tech-nology is making new and exciting benefits possible, and thanks to Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative the people of Northeast Alabama are part of this excitement. On Saturday morning, area residents filled the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville for the 53rd Annual Meeting of their cooperative. They came for the music, the fellowship, and the door prizes. But they also came to take part in the most important event of the year for the member-owned telecommunications company. Upon arrival, members registered their attendance and were given a ballot to cast their vote in the Board of Trustees election. The Board is comprised of individuals in the community who are elected by members to be their voice in the leadership of the company. Trustees set policy and provide guidance for the cooperative. FTC's board consists of seven members, each representing one of the See FTC, Page 5A Soles for souls Sylvania business becomes drop off point for Christian charity BY DAVID LUSK POST STAFF WRITER email@example.com SYLVANIA-"Shoes for Orphan Souls" is a program designed to get. shoes on the feet of children least likely to have them - those without living parents. The program is an outreach Christian min- istry of a Texas based nonprofit organization, Buckner International. The program uses local drop off points all across the country for donations, and one of those drop off points is Sylvania Pharmacy in Sylvania, Alabama. Basically the program asks for donations of new shoes, shoelaces or winter boots, plus a five dollar donation to handle overseas shipping. Donna Hill and Aletha Tanner at Sylvania Pharmacy decided to get involved with the shoe program after, hearing about it See SOLES, Page 5A ' PHOTO BY DAVID LUSK (L-R) Aiethea Tanner, Susanne Moses and Donna Hill have turned Sylvania Pharmacy Into a drop-off point for "Shoes for Oprhan Soles". Hill said she got the idea to participate in the charity while listening to Christian radio. New customers for garbage pickup must pay in advance BYDEWAYNEPAHERSON MANAGING EDITOR dewnynerllie\\vekhpost.com RAINSVILLE-Resi-dents or businesses in Rainsville needing sanitation service will be required to pay for a month in advance. The Rainsville City Council approved the change at Monday's meeting on the recommendation of councilman Roger Wigley. Wigley said he noticed a pattern slowly starting to develop where non-payment was becoming an issue. "We're having a small problem," Wigley said. "We're renting a garbage can, then the resident is leaving before paying. We're losing money in some cases. We need to get it taken care of before it gets any worse." Wigley said this change would not affect current customers. There wil| be no change in the rate, which currently is $14 per month. "What this will do is not allow anyone to set up ser- vice over the phone," he said. "Most everything else you rent is that way, where you pay a month in advance." Rainsville also handles Fyffe's sanitation service, which is on a quartely plan. Wigley said new customers in Fyffe will be required to pay for three months in advance. In other business Monday, the city council did the following: Approved the hiring of Eric Tidmore and Tim Devlin to the police department. Accepting the resignations of police officers Greg Works, Tim Garrett and Josh Blalock. . Approved upgrading the city clerk's computer for $425. Approved spending $525 to fix the door at the Rainsville Public Library. Approved sending fire, fighter Derek Summerford to Rookie School, at a cost of $700. DeKalb BOE hosts technology fair PHOTO BY DAVID LUSK Teachers from across DeKalb County visited the County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville on Monday for a technology fair. Pictured (L-R), Harry Toothaker of Computrac demonstrates some high tech gear to teachers Amy Peek, Kelii DeBoard, Julia Harden and Hannah Weatherford, all of Crossville School. BY DAVID LUSK POST STAFF WRITER david@theweeklyposijcom RAINSVILLE-What's ttie latest high-tech gear in the worid of education? That was the whole point of the technology fair hosted by the DeKalb County Board of Edu- cation, on Monday. Cyndy Smith, Technology Coordinator for the Board of Education said, "It's tlie first one we've ever done. What we're doing is giving teachers an idea of how they can spend their technology dollars. 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