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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.

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It’s late Friday, and it’s been a long week. With that said, I am behind and needing a topic for a column. Then I realize how important social media and Facebook are to us.

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Luke was maybe 2, maybe a little younger, but old enough to walk. It was spring or summer, the sun was out and it was warm that morning.

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Staff writer Tina Thurmond-Jones wrote a stirring, heartfelt, tug-at-your-emotions two-part story on being homeless. She went even deeper to show that being homeless is closer than you think.

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On Christmas Eve, we are giddy with excitement and plan to the best of our abilities. Luke reminds me that the cookies have to be a certain way, and don’t forget the milk.

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On a week when state high school football playoffs start and Alabama vs. LSU closes it out on Saturday night, the game of all games was played Tuesday evening.

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Two police officers were shot in Ferguson, Missouri, this week as demonstrators gathered after the city’s police chief resigned following a Justice Department report alleging bias in the police department and court.

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He’s pushing five months old, and Tucker Bradford has already dealt with more in life than most. The youngster has been through two open heart surgeries already. He’s been on life support more than once. Doctors first said they didn’t expect him to live.

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Give our governor a little credit: he’s finally standing up for himself. He no longer plans on being relegated to second fiddle or getting pushed to the side by the big players in the Republican Party.

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It was wet, cold day with moments of snow recently. I was having lunch with Publisher Brad Shurett and Times-Journal Publisher David Clemons. During our conversation, David mentions something about something called Trivia Crack. Me and Brad both shook our heads no and the conversation quickly went in another direction.

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The title of this page (4A) is Viewpoints. It is also known as the editorial page, or even an opinions page. On this page you will find editorials from the newspaper, our viewpoint on a particular subject. You will also find columns, such as this one, by members of our staff and also from others outside our staff.

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The thought of already knowing that Luke Patterson, who will be 5 in March and preparing for kindergarten next fall, will have two free years of college is more than exciting.

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It is amazing what this time of year can do to a child. Luke Patterson is your typical 4-year-old child. Well, for the most part. He is an only child and basically an only grandchild, so sometimes spoiled might not be a strong enough word.

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I still remember the knock at the door. I was maybe six and had a two-year-old brother. We had a mother, who was on her own.

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It’s the day the world stops, at least in the part where we live. From the northern part of Jackson County all the way to the beach at Gulf Shores, time stands still today, at least for three to four hours.

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I sit here, staring at a blank screen, wondering what to write this week. It’s been a relatively quiet, even peaceful week, I think.

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The best time of the year is upon us. It starts the first of September and continues until year’s end. By November, it is something to see.

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My first venture into real coaching recently ended. It wasn’t football, basketball or baseball, sports I actually know something about. Instead, it was soccer, in the south where football reigns supreme. I knew little about soccer in August when Dara said Luke was playing and I needed to coach.