DCHS Basketball Teams Open with Wins at Van Buren County

November 20, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

The DCHS basketball teams are off to a great start after winning at Van Buren County Tuesday night.

The Lady Tigers opened with a 65 to 31 victory while the Tigers notched a 51 to 48 win.

In the girls game, DeKalb County trailed 4 to 3 after the 1st period but outscored Van Buren County 26 to 7 in the 2nd period to take a 29 to 11 lead by halftime. The Lady Tigers continued to dominate in the second half outscoring Van Buren County 24 to 9 in the third period for a 53 to 20 advantage heading into the fourth period. DC went on to win 65 to 31 outscoring Van Buren County 12 to 11 in the final frame.

The Lady Tigers had four players in double figures including Emme Colwell with 13, Mya Ruch and Megan Cantrell each with 12, and Kadee Ferrell with 10. Kenzie France and Megan Walker each with 5 and Madison Martin and Summer Crook each with 4.

The Tigers jumped out to a 15 to 3 lead but held on for a 25 to 24 halftime advantage as the Eagles outscored them 21 to 10 in the 2nd period. DC was outscored 15 to 13 in the 3rd period and trailed 39 to 38 with one period to go but in the 4th quarter the Tigers pulled ahead outgunning Van Buren County 13 to 9 to secure the 51 to 48 victory.

Brayden Antoniak scored 15 followed by Luke Jenkins with 9, Dallas Cook 8, Michael Elswick 7, Dakota White 5, Jordan Young and Elishah Ramos each with 3 and Stetson Agee 1.

DeKalb County will host Pickett County Saturday night in Smithville starting with the girls game at 6 p.m.

Longtime Animal Shelter Dweller “Louie” Needs a Home in Time for the Holidays (View Video Here)

November 20, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

Louie has been living at the DeKalb Animal Shelter for a long time. In fact, he has been there longer than any other pet. And while Louie is welcome there, he needs a forever home.

Will you be that loving, caring family who gives him such a home?

You can adopt Louie this week.

“Louie is our longest current resident at the shelter. He has been with us since he was a little kitten. He has been waiting to find the perfect place to call home. Louie loves socializing with other cats and has quite the curious personality. He has been neutered, is up to date on vaccinations, and has flea prevention on board. He is available for adoption for only $10! Won’t you come and meet Louie today?” said Emmaly Bennett, Shelter employee.

Emmaly Bennett with Louie from dwayne page on Vimeo.

For more information call the shelter at 615-597-3647 (DOGS) or visit facebook. The shelter is currently open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 12 noon.

Located at 186 Transfer Station Road behind Tenneco Automotive

Donations are always needed at the shelter. Items needed include puppy food, kitten food, non-clumping cat litter, bleach, Lysol/Clorox wipes, paper towels, monetary donations for medical needs, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and Milkbones. You can drop off donations during business hours or leave them at the front door.  Community support is appreciated.

Other upcoming events:

*Pet photos with Santa are Saturday, December 7th from 5pm to 8pm at the Hendrix Law office during Christmas on the Square. They ask for a $10  donation for photos.

*Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, December 14th from 12-1 pm.

Children to Experience the Thrill of Christmas Shopping through Regifting

November 20, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

Christmas is the season for giving and children who participate in this year’s 5th Annual Regifting Event will have a chance to experience that by doing something special for their parents and total strangers.

Regifting gives children ages 5 to 12 an opportunity to shop for their parents or caregivers at no cost. The gifts are then wrapped, tagged, and prepared for Christmas giving.

This year’s Regifting Event will be on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. until noon or until all gifts are gone at the DeKalb County Complex. Families must pre-register their children through December 3 in order to receive a door prize.

Donations are collected throughout the year for this event so that those who can’t afford to buy gifts can still share in the joy of giving by regifting something.

“We let kids come in and shop for their parents or caregivers. It’s not income based. It’s for anybody. They shop for free, wrap the presents, and fill out the card,” said Kim Walker, who organizes the annual event.

The children are then asked to prepare a blessing bag to be given to others.

“This year we are doing the blessing bags for the homeless ministry called Compassionate Hands”. The bags may include a blanket, socks, cup, toothbrush, and a toy.  In the past we have done it for emergency foster care, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, residents at NHC, and the homeless shelter,” said Walker.

For their good deeds each of the children get to take home a goodie bag.

Walker said the hope is the children take home more than that. “We’re trying to share God’s love with kids to plant a seed so that no matter how old they are they always remember to help somebody else”.

The kids and other volunteers will also decorate a quilt square. “After they decorate the quilt squares we put them together and donate the quilt to somebody who needs a blessing in the community due to a health or life challenging issue,” said Walker.

If you need more information or would like to volunteer call or text Kim Walker at 931-212-7567, Chelsye Madden at 931-247-3369, or Joanna Fuson at 615-517-9100. You may email

A drop box is available at the World Finance in Smithville

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