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Thursday 01/28/2016
Camp Jackson is truly an asset to us all
Posted: January 28, 2016 - 8:34 am

I remember Camp Jackson being so big and mysterious when I was a Boy Scout.  I remember days spent fishing under the Natural Bridge and hiking the trail to the Pinnacle.

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Thursday 01/16/2014
Energy and the hydrogen economy
Posted: January 16, 2014 - 8:56 am

The hydrogen economy and renewable energy resources are available and in the process of large scale development across the globe. Hydrogen is the fuel of our future. Unfortunately, the U.S. is seriously lagging behind other nations due to the corporate influences of those in our government who receive money from the coal, oil and nuclear power industries.

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Thursday 01/09/2014
TVA in-lieu-of-tax issue most important issue this election
Posted: January 09, 2014 - 9:13 am

Election year 2014 is upon us – what will be the most important local issue facing the candidates for the State Senate and House races?  I think the TVA in lieu of tax disbursal issue will be the hot topic.

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Thursday 01/02/2014
Get involved in your local government
Posted: January 02, 2014 - 10:15 am

Have you made a New Year Resolution? Where does this notion originate in resolving to change our lives for the New Year?

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Thursday 12/26/2013
The military never sleeps or takes a holiday
Posted: December 26, 2013 - 9:20 am

Our military never sleeps, nor do they take a holiday from their position of defending our nation and our Constitution from all enemies foreign or domestic. Readiness of the force and the individual is a crucial factor in our national defense.

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Thursday 12/19/2013
Merry Christmas from an ole soldier
Posted: December 19, 2013 - 8:38 am

“Watch out for the ‘turtle traps,’” shouted Sgt. Wi. “Kenchana” I shouted back, Korean for “will do-ok.” ‘Turtles’ were what new 2nd Infantry Division troops arriving at the Replacement Depot were called. The “traps” were the 3-4 foot deep, 3 foot wide concrete flood ditches around Camp Casey, Korea. Many a GI fell victim to the turtle trap, particularly at night after returning from an evening out on the town. I never heard of any deaths but I saw broken arms, avulsed teeth, numerous contusions and lacerations from the infamous concrete ditch. I won’t get into the bad behaviors of GI’s in faraway lands in this story. This story is about orphan children and a cold winter Christmas Eve in Dongduchan, South Korea.

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Thursday 12/05/2013
More secrecy and rushed decisions
Posted: December 05, 2013 - 9:21 am

Secrecy and rushed decision making equals non-transparent government. Such is the relationship with the Scottsboro City Council and the Jackson County Legislative Delegation.

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Thursday 11/28/2013
Open government and internet privacy
Posted: November 28, 2013 - 5:00 am

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both…” James Madison, 1822.

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Thursday 11/14/2013
A little history about the Pilgrims’ Voyage
Posted: November 14, 2013 - 10:03 am

November 20, 1620, Cape Cod Massachusetts - The Pilgrims realized they were not in Virginia and the Virginia Charter did not apply to them. They drew up the historic “Mayflower Compact” which became the forerunner of the Declaration of Independence.

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Wednesday 11/13/2013
Progress is being made
Posted: November 13, 2013 - 9:30 am

One of my biggest frustrations during the last five years has been trying to find enough money to pave the streets in Scottsboro. Paving is something we do that touches everyone in our city.  Whether it is paving major thoroughfares or paving subdivision streets in our neighborhoods.  Our streets have been neglected and deteriorated due to age, base failures, and the harshness of hot summers, cold winters, and rain. We are constantly looking for money to pave more streets. The cost to pave one mile of a two lane city street is $60-80,000.  But we are addressing the problem.

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Brad Shurett
  • Brad Shurett
  • Publisher and Editor
  • E-mail: brad.shurett@thedailysentinel.com
  • Brad Shurett is Editor and Publisher of The Daily Sentinel. Brad has been in the newspaper business since 2004 and has been with The Daily Sentinel since 2008. He and his wife Kimberly reside in Scottsboro.
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DeWayne Patterson
  • DeWayne Patterson
  • Managing Editor
  • E-mail: dewayne.patterson@thedailysentinel.com
  • DeWayne Patterson is the Managing Editor at The Daily Sentinel. He has covered Scottsboro City Government, the court system and police beat since 2007.
Laura Pitts
  • Laura Pitts
  • Staff Writer
  • E-mail: laura.pitts@thedailysentinel.com
  • Laura Pitts is a staff writer for the Sentinel and the managing editor of Jackson Magazine. She is a University of Alabama alum, and enjoys spending time with her beagle Linus and working on her novel.

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