The announcement came earlier in the week that I would be leaving my role in Scottsboro for an opportunity in Kentucky. While I was doing my best to be a good dad from two states away–traveling on weekends to see them and FaceTiming often–I could never be my son’s baseball coach or attend my daughter’s gymnastic practices on Thursday evenings. Now I can.
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Cox will lead a group of publications in Kentucky and Tennessee. His final day of work in Scottsboro will be Friday, Dec. 14. A search for the next manager of Jackson County’s newspaper of record is underway.
Ken Bonner will retire as Advertising Director of the Jackson County Sentinel after 24 years of service to his community through local media, nearly 15 of which were spent with the Sentinel. He was integral in the success of several initiatives, such as the launch of Jackson magazine, a focus on digital products such as the newspaper’s website and the adjustment to an abbreviated publication cycle.
On Wednesday, the International Trade Commission voted to roll back misguided tariffs on Canadian uncoated groundwood–or newsprint–that had been in place since early this year. These tariffs were the result of a sole petitioner to U.S. Department of Commerce and the ITC. The five member commission authoritatively turned away the petitioner's request this week by a unanimous decision.
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce took the first step toward righting its own dangerous wrong. While welcome, it’s not good enough. The paper used to report on corruption and hold public officials to account remains under attack.
The Sentinel claimed nine awards in the Alabama Press Association’s (APA) annual Better Newspaper Contest for editorial and composing work produced in 2017 on Saturday, July 21 at the 2018 APA Summer Convention at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach.
Friday morning, hundreds of thousands of journalists across the nation commuted to their offices to do their jobs, fearlessly. That number includes the team here at the Sentinel – a team of journalists that I am incredibly proud of and proud to work alongside each and every day.
Though the Town of Paint Rock still has issues to work through, that much is evident in watching the tape of this week’s meeting, there are good people in Paint Rock trying to do what is best for their community. We’re rooting for you.