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When people learn that I’m a ballet dancer one question seems to be asked more than any other; does standing on your toes hurt? Assuming that they’re talking about pointe shoes I just nod my head, smile and say yes. However, the experience of wearing pointe shoes is much more in-depth than a…

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When told the reason for daylight savings time, the old Indian said, “only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom and have a longer blanket.”

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The Encyclopedia Britannica defines friendship as a state of enduring affection, esteem, and trust between two people.  In all cultures, friendships are important relationships throughout a person’s life. 

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Throughout my years in the classroom I ran across some real characters.  These were very intellectually bright and creative individuals with a sense of humor.  

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I am not a sentimental person. I am too young to experience nostalgia and I don’t often stop to ponder the passage of time. I look towards the future and am always thinking about what is coming next in my life whether it is next week, month or year.

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I’m not the guy you go to when you need directions. As my wife will gladly testify, I have gotten lost in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America

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The best part of writing these stories is hearing from readers. Like the lady who once told me, “I really enjoy your columns. Who writes them for you?” 

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The Jackson County Sentinel is excited to announce the release of a monthly events calendar that will publish each third Thursday of the month, featuring county-wide events with a variety of interests.

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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.  Send the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.  I will lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

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SEC Media Days were held in Hoover — for the final time perhaps —  and they were light on news and heavy on speculation, predictions and perceptions. Alabama was the media’s pick to win the SEC Championship, predicted to defeat Georgia in championship game. 

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Mr. Webster defines a contradiction as a situation in which actions or propositions are inconsistent or contrary to a stated or implied position on a subject.

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The Jackson County Sentinel was recently honored with 16 awards in the Alabama Press Association Media Awards Contest. We published an article in the Jackson County Sentinel several weeks ago, detailing the accomplishments of our staff.

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First, let me apologize for a slightly misleading headline.  Hugh Moore has actually attended closer to 2,000 concerts. That just sounded snazzier to me.

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Education uses a multitude of tasks, activities, and actions to be truly beneficial for students.  Class field trips can help children make the connection between lessons learned in the classroom and practical application in the real world.

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I have always attributed my continual faith in God to two things.  First is the fact that I have never doubted His existence or His power and second was my mother’s steadfast devotion to us by making sure we went to church.

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I have gotten very familiar with counting down the days over the last 10 years. Sometimes it is a difficult countdown and other times it is an anxious one.

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I have always valued my education.  All of it, from lessons learned in the family garden, preserving food, and taking care of a house to my formal education in public school and  college.

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The contenders for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States were featured in a two night televised event last week. 

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The Scottsboro City Council recently announced several openings on various boards within the city that were either left vacant or up for renewal. Luckily, there were existing or new members willing to apply for those positions.

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There has been considerable speculation about future rulings with the new appointments made to the United States Supreme Court within the last two years.

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The Jackson County Sentinel has been working hard to keep the community informed since 1887. With more than 130 years of providing local news coverage to Jackson County, the Sentinel is continuing to provide a valuable resource to the county.

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In today’s Sentinel I started the annual high school football schedule analysis series. For the next six weeks we’ll look at each local team’s 2019 schedule and all the facts, factors, history and possibilities that lie within.

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I am a lifelong learner.  I didn’t realize it until I ran across an article in a magazine about lifelong learning

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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.