Tragedy struck our area this week and put us in the national spotlight. Eight people lost their lives in a fire at Jackson County Park.
Tragedy was diverted Monday afternoon at Walmart when an eight-month-old child was locked up inside a vehicle. Police say at the time they rescued the child, the temperature was 89 degrees.
Each year the public gets excited and worked up about candidates, their qualifications and vision. From the local level all the way up to the federal government, the state of affairs are a hot topic. The most intriguing aspect, however, might be the electorate’s understanding of the details, or lack thereof.
The Alabama Open Meetings Act requires all governmental meetings to be open to the public. So, we were surprised to receive a document outlining meeting guidelines for the Town of Paint Rock — a small community of 200 along Highway 72 in southwest Jackson County.
Of the 37,185 individuals registered to vote in Jackson County, we are sure that more than 8,000 of them care deeply about local tax rates, potholes and road repair, school safety and resource officers, and a multitude of other issues.
In recent weeks, tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, and on products from China have made headlines. The difficulties brought upon newspaper printers and publishers resulting from a trade war over the paper those headlines are printed on have not been as highly publicized.
The Sentinel has called on Scottsboro City Schools to disclose the information and identify the employee that resigned and prompted Friday's emergency meeting. We fully expect Scottsboro City Schools to act in good faith and provide the information that is public record upon our submission of the request through the proper channels.
In Jackson County, across the state and even across the country, the influenza (flu) outbreak has been rampant and deadly. Many are calling it a record year for the viral infection.
In late December, we published an editorial regarding an overly narrow and dangerous proposal working through the U.S. Department of Commerce.
On Sunday, Dec. 3, Bikers for Trump hosted a rally in downtown Scottsboro in support of Roy Moore. Two people in attendance that oppose Moore winning the seat exercised their First Amendment right to peacefully voice their opinion. State Rep. Ed Henry, R-Marshall, took to Twitter to criticize the protesters and fan the flames of "fake news." The Sentinel's editorial board takes issue with Henry's statements, and responds.
Additional academic studies will hopefully shed more light on the complex factors driving the crisis. But solutions, even provisional ones, are needed now. I think that at the least, more treatment centers are needed in Alabama for those struggling with opioid addictions. A central challenge…
In March of this year, the Alabama Community College System took a giant leap forward when it brought on a giant in state government and one of Alabama’s preeminent leaders, Jimmy Baker, to be Chancellor.
On a Tuesday night when Democrats had reason to smile for the first time in a long time, winning elections in Virginia and New Jersey, an estimated crowd of 400 people showed up in Fyffe, in DeKalb County, to see Doug Jones.
This week, newspapers across the nation are recognizing National Newspaper Week. The theme “Real Newspapers…Real News” points to the importance of accurate reporting, watchdog journalism, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and an open public forum that can be easily accessed by readers. Your community newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, has a long and proud heritage which stretches back over 130 years.