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DTC Communications Participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program


By: Dwayne Page

As a local provider of internet services, DTC is participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

This is a national FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare
services, and virtual classrooms.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount per household.

Eligibility for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program:

A household is eligible if one member of the household:

 Qualifies for the Lifeline program; Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school
lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;

 Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;

 Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or

 Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

“I am thankful that DTC is able to participate in the Emergency Broadband Discount Program for our eligible members,” noted Chris Townson, CEO of DTC Communications. “While the program
benefits are temporary, we recognize the significance this type of monthly internet services discount means to so many in the communities we serve. Participating in this program is just one
more way DTC is helping our friends and neighbors make meaningful connections.”

The FCC started accepting applications on May 12, 2021. Please visit https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit for program update and to apply online.

More information on the program, visit our website at dtccom.net/ebbp.

DTC Communications is a member-owned telecommunications cooperative established in 1951. DTC provides world-class broadband and technology solutions to improve the quality of
life of our members and communities in the regions we serve.




Smithville Work Camp June 14-17

May 19, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

Members of the Smithville Church of Christ will be rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to help show their Christian love for others during the congregation’s annual Work Camp scheduled for June 14-17.

The Work Camp is an annual home rehabilitation/beautification project organized by the Smithville Church of Christ.

The church began the Work Camp as a means of helping less fortunate residents of the county do some fix up and clean up projects around their homes. The Smithville Work Camp concentrates its efforts in the Smithville-DeKalb County area.

If you would like to have your home considered for the project contact the church at 615-597-4159 by Friday, June 4 to acquire an application and release form.




DeKalb West School 8th Graders Honored

May 19, 2021
By: Bill Conger

DeKalb West School honored the 36 students of its 8th grade class in a ceremony Tuesday (May 18) morning.

Kenson Moss ranked #1 in his class with a grade point average of 3.902 followed by Emily Young with a GPA of 3.778, Caroline Crook, 3.748, Thomas Damron, 3.682, and Bradley Pelham, 3.573.

Named to the Principal’s list (All A Honor Roll) were Caroline Crook, Thomas Damron, Chloe Dies, Kenson Moss, Bradley Pelham, and Emily Young. On the A & B Honor Roll were Lauren Fry, Wesley Kent, Caleb Lawson, and Bryna Pelham. In the subject awards Kenson Moss picked up certificates for Algebra I, English Language Arts, History, and Science; Emily Young took home certificates for ELA, History, and Science; Caleb Lawson and Bryna Pelham won the Math award.

Chloe Dies, Caleb Lawson, Emily Young, and Noah Shoffner were honored with the Citizenship Award. The Most Improved went to Allie Overstreet, Bryson Stanley, Elijah Davis, and Tyler Jackson. Owen Coffee, Bradley and Bryna Pelham received the 4 PAWS Award. Lauren Fry was presented with the Mrs. Georgia Young Award. Computer awards went to Ava Cantrell, Rebecca Gingerich and Jonathan Stanley, Library awards went to Emily Young and Hailey Redmon, Music Awards went to Jordyn Turbeville and Chloe Cook, P.E. certificates went to Dakota Allen and Andy Shahan, STEAM award went to Lauren Fry and Christian Hale and the Guidance awards went to Jordyn Turbeville and Sadie Strawser. The Jr. Beta Club Cumulative Service Award was given to Thomas Damron for the Most Overall Hours since becoming a member with 105.5.

Librarian Amanda Mullinax presented the 2020-2021 Top Readers awards to Wesley Kent and Hailey Redmon from Sean Antoniak’s homeroom and Bradley Pelham and Caroline Crook from Karen France’s homeroom. Cheyenne Young earned the Accuracy Award for scoring 95% or better on her Accelerated Reader quizzes. Kenson Moss received a certificate for 1,000+ AR points; Thomas Damron, 800 pts, Caroline Crook, 600 pts, Chloe Dies, Wesley Kent, Hailey Redmon, and Bradley Pelham, 500 pts, Bryna Pelham, 400 pts, Lauren Fry, Rebecca Gingerich, and Daniel Stiffler, 300 pts, Chloe Cook, 200 pts, and Bryson Stanley, 100 pts.

The following students were recognized at the 8th grade recognition: Dakota Allen, Caroline Crook, Thomas Damron, Elijah Davis, Caleb Finocchiaro, Lauren Fry, Rebecca Gingerich, Tyler Jackson, Bradley Pelham, Bryna Pelham, Andrew Shahan, Noah Shoffner, Daniel Stiffler, Jordyn Turbeville, Danny Vandyne, Cheyenne Young, and Emily Young from Karen France’s homeroom; Grant Buterbaugh, Ava Cantrell, Owen Coffee, Chloe Cook, Kememreail Crutcher, Chloe Dies, Christian Hale, Tryton Hartle, Alexis Haugh, Wesley Kent, Caleb Lawson, Kenson Moss, Haley Murphy, Allie Overstreet, Hailey Redmon, Bryson Stanley, Jonathan Stanley, and Sadie Strawser from Sean Antoniak’s homeroom.




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