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For the second time in two months, Alabama has made national news.  The last one involved abortion legislation.  This time it is sex offender legislation passed and signed into law by Gov. Ivy.

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This weekend we celebrate all the dads in our lives. We thank them for their support. We admire them for their courage. We honor them for their resilience.

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Scottsboro and Jackson County offer great opportunities for tourism and recreation. Not only are the opportunities valuable to the residents, it also offers a stream of revenue for businesses and taxes.

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A high school coach less than three months, Tracy Vest picked up one of his greatest wins the night his North Sand Mountain Lady Bison shocked defending state champion and powerhouse Fyffe in the finals of the Sand Mountain Tournament. A year later in the same tournament, the defeated No. 1 …

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The Jackson County Sentinel has seen growth in subscriptions, both in print and online, over the last several months. We have also seen growth in our website in the form of visitors to www.jcsentinel.com.

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The fight over access to President Trump’s tax returns got a little more complicated last week when the House Ways and Means Committee issued a subpoena for the information.

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It’s not, “Goodbye.” It’s, “See you later.”

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On Monday of next week we will all be celebrating Memorial Day, but what is Memorial Day and why do we celebrate it?

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It had to be like watching an old western on television. Imagine Wyatt Earp or Matt Dillion standing in front of the jailhouse as an angry mob gather.

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Less than three weeks ago, on May 1, the Jackson County Sentinel announced it had a new owner. I had to make the announcement to our staff several weeks prior. It was a difficult message to receive and a difficult meeting to conduct.

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It was once said that mankind only came into its own when it was able to recognize itself and others as actual people.  Since that point, things have gone downhill.

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Mother’s Day is a very special day in America. While it is celebrated around the world, the date is not universal, and neither is the amount of appreciation shown toward mothers.

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Anyone who knows me is aware of my love of quotations.  I used them during my teaching career as prompts for journal writing.  I use them in letters, post them on my Facebook wall, toss them into conversations sometimes.  

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I will admit I am somewhat of a prissy head.  I know this because I’ve been called that on numerous occasions by members of my own family.  I am always the recipient of comments about what I’m wearing.  And it is always the same.  Someone inevitably asks me why I’m all “dressed up.”

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Scottsboro is certainly a special place. Many of us, myself included, sometimes forget or overlook what we have all around us. The mountains, lake, streams, forests, sunsets and rolling fields are certainly something to be appreciated.

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On Friday, April 26 the Jackson County Special Olympics are being hosted by North Jackson High School. 

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Throughout my 10 years of hosting international exchange students I have grown my extended family by 17 amazing people from around the world. Not only do I consider all 17 of these students “my boys,” but I also consider their family part of my family.

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My brother Alan and I are what is commonly known as Irish twins (10 month age difference).  Due to birthdays, we started school the same year. 

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The mother of a student who attends Notre Dame University stirred up a hornet’s nest recently by writing a letter to the student newspaper expressing her displeasure with girls wearing leggings to school events.

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The Jackson County Sentinel is always looking to improve the content we publish. Our goal is to support and promote the community, while providing a resource for news, sports, advertisements, commentary and specialty publications.

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This month is National Women’s History Month. This may be a more appropriate column for Mother’s Day, however, is it really too early to give credit to those who deserve appreciation?

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The report that took 22 months and $25 million dollars to complete is finally ready.

On Friday of last week, the Robert Mueller report was given to Attorney General William Barr.

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When the first Alabama Sports Writers Association softball rankings were released on March 14, the Class 1A “others nominated” category included a winless team.

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The Jackson County Sentinel is always striving to improve your hometown paper. We want to promote the activities in the county that make our communities great.

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It really is no secret that people with money often have the advantage over others who do not have as much.  That concept is as old as dirt.

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On a recent trip to Washington, D.C. last weekend I visited several key sites in the capital, but none are as personal to me as the Vietnam Wall Memorial.

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Gov. Kay Ivey called it a historic day as she signed a bill that adds a 10-cent per gallon increase in the state gas tax.

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It all began with a routine check by a Florida Department of Health Inspector.  During an inspection of a day spa, the employee noticed suitcases, slept-in massage tables and provocatively dressed women in the parlor of the business.

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During the last two weeks there has been much discussion about road safety in Scottsboro. As others have been, I was baffled by a recent decision by the city council to not approve the project presented.

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On Feb. 27, 2004, I wrote a column in the Sentinel titled, “What’s on your forehead?” This article was about a trip to Jacksonville State University two days earlier. I was the sports editor at the Sentinel and had attended Ash Wednesday service at St. Jude Catholic Church earlier that day.

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Baseball season is here, and not a moment too soon.  After enduring a gray winter, I’m ready for some delicious, overpriced hot dogs.