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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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.