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The debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden earlier this week was entertainment TV at its finest. That is, if we were looking to be entertained.

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I sat down with Ron Latimer earlier this week to talk about how things are going. It still feels a little strange walking in the Scottsboro Police Department and not seeing or shaking hands with Ralph Dawe.

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I walk in, and Luke is sitting by a computer, playing video games. When I ask him how his day has been, I get the same reply each day: “it’s been a lazy day,” he says.

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Tuesday ended qualifying for those planning to run in a city or town election throughout the county.

I applaud each person, in each city or town, who had the courage to put their name on a voting ballot and hopefully the heart and desire to better his or her city or town.

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With the dawning of each new day, I worry about you. And, as the sun goes down on those days, I worry a little more.

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Independence Day falls on Saturday this year, giving most folks at least a three day weekend. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, and we can all enjoy it.

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As a nation watches the disturbing video of a police officer using violence against a citizen that leads to the man’s death, I am reminded of why we are so fortunate to live where we live.

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Most of us have no idea. We can imagine, but we still don’t know the reality of being thousands of miles from home, stuck in war, wondering if we will live to see the next day much less if we will get home.

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It was a hot, summer day years ago when I pulled into a local parking lot. In a matter of moments, after stepping out of the car, I realized I had locked the keys inside.

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As Mother’s Day approaches Sunday, I think of my own mother. She passed away on Christmas morning of 2009, three months before her third grandson, Luke Patterson, was born.

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For more than a week now, those traveling to and from Section and Scottsboro, up or down Sand Mountain, have been stuck in traffic.

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You will notice on the front page a story regarding a change in our print edition schedule. As it mentions, starting next week, we will got to publishing twice a week with a new Wednesday edition and the weekend edition.

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You will notice on the front page a story regarding a change in our print edition schedule. As it mentions, starting next week, we will got to publishing twice a week with a new Wednesday edition and the weekend edition.

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March Madness was completely wrecked. One of the best times of the year, filling out a bracket, disappears.

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Gail Duffey served 32 years as city clerk in Scottsboro. Her impact will last a lifetime.

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It’s Friday morning, the sun is shining (which is noteworthy considering) and Morris Necklaus never slows down at the Recycling for Scottsboro building.

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Last Saturday at the Heritage Center it felt like the whole city of Scottsboro and beyond came to honor a very special person.

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It was a summer, I remember. I walked into his office and he said, “I’ve been waiting on you.”

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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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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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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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Don’t you love when politicians talk about a lottery as a “tax on the poor?”

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My mother passed away on Christmas Day in 2009. Of course, that always makes Christmas a bit hard. 

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A true newspaperman is leaving us. There is not many true newspapermen or women left anymore.

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He sits at the table, penning his letter slowly and quietly. Every word matters, each with some thought. Finally, Luke Patterson’s letter to Santa Claus is complete.

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It’s Thanksgiving Day, the best holiday of the year. It’s a time of being thankful and even grateful. It’s a time when holiday spirit begins its shine.

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I spent some time with Sheriff Chuck Phillips earlier this week. He was battling a cold, but graciously stayed and answered every question I had.

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The sun beamed down practically from the time it rose. It was hot, and it stayed hot. And for eight candidates Tuesday, they were there, in it all day long.

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Slowly, surely, we begin feeling it in the air. There are still hot days, but every once in awhile a cool morning, or even a cooler than normal evening, let’s us know football is right around the corner.

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Qualifying is underway, signs are already out and about and social media pages are built.

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On Veterans Day, I often think of Mark Scott Skelton and Charles Bradford, two of the best people who ever walked through Scottsboro and Jackson County.

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It was 1999. It was only days leading up to a game against a Plainview team that would finish 13-1 and in the Class 3A semifinals.

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Soccer is coming to Scottsboro High School. That’s a good thing, though admittedly I never would have thought I would be saying those words.

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When it comes to boys high school basketball in Alabama, Jackson County can boast a Mount Rushmore of coaches to rival anywhere.

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I went to see Vesta Lou Skelton the other day. She is, without question, one of my most favorite people and one of the best, too.

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Near the end of his legendary career, Alabama football coach Bear Bryant did a TV commercial with South Central Bell Telephone Company.

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Luke had enough, as he ran inside to his maw maw, while his pawpaw and myself called after him. Baseball is America’s pastime, and I push hard for my boy to enjoy it as I once did.

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At the very least, the last three times the head football coaching job at Scottsboro High School came open, a former star quarterback was contacted.

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There was once a time if you wanted to hold a local political office, you ran as a Democrat. It didn’t matter if you were a Democrat or believed the party’s philosophy and values, if you wanted to win, you ran to the left.

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Our esteemed governor, Robert Bentley, decided to say the state’s educational system “sucks.” And then, he vowed to make improvements.

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You want to know about the toughest conference? Forget the SEC. Try the 7U Soccer League in Scottsboro.