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The holiday season is in full swing. It is a time of sweetness, a time of awaiting Santa Claus, volunteering to help those in need and giving.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s a great week for the sun to be shining in Alabama. This week, the Jackson County Sentinel and newspapers across the nation are celebrating Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know.

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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.

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Local legislators are proposing legislation that will increase criminal penalties on owners of dangerous animals.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the U.S. Senate seat long held by Jeff Sessions will be up for grabs as Republican Roy Moore battles Democrat Doug Jones.

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It’s the day of ghosts and goblins, and tricks or treats. It’s Halloween, a favorite holiday for many, especially the young ones.

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Tonight, on Homecoming, the Scottsboro Wildcats can make a little history and a lifetime memory. Against Boaz, the Wildcats will be going after their 500th total win.

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A candlelight vigil was held Monday evening, at the Jackson County Courthouse, remembering and honoring victims of domestic violence.

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It never gets old talking about our area’s gem, known better at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC)

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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.

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On Monday morning we awoke to reports that the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history had unfolded overnight nearly 2,000 miles away in Las Vegas.

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While carrying her fifth child, Breanna Ballin, had been feeling sick for a week when family members got her to go to the hospital.

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Life seemed a little simpler. Airports were not the needed hassle of today. We still left our homes and vehicles unlocked from time to time.

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It’s being called one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history. It’s devastation and tragedy all mixed together.

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While we have dealt with our own devastations and tragedies, fortunately in North Alabama a hurricane is the last of our worries.