• Dear Editor,

       Dallas Taylor’s family wishes to express their thanks to all of their friends for their prayers and loving support.
       Every act of kindness shown to us during this time will never be forgotten. Your cards, phone calls, food and other expressions of love have been especially uplifting to us at this time.
       We desire your continued prayers as we journey without Dallas. May God bless each of you.

  • It looks like winter is finally behind us. I may be a little late in saying this, but I really didn’t want to jinx it. We’ve had a few days in February when it looked like spring had arrived early, and then the cold settle back in. I just couldn’t bring myself to risk losing the beautiful weather by speaking too soon.

  • One of the primary purposes of a newspaper is to survey and publish public opinion.

    Whether it is issues about county government, community affairs, construction projects or another subject related to the coverage area, a local newspaper should value public opinion.

    There’s a pretty simple reason for this. A newspaper, while it is a privately owned entity, has the responsibility of being a watchdog for the public. This included not only publishing information about what is going on in the area, but also what people think about what is going on in the area.

  • There are things in life that only happen once. That fact alone makes these occasions special.

    There is only one time you have your first kiss. There is only one time you graduate high school. There is only one time you cast your first vote. The list goes on, and it’s different for many people.

    For both people and places there is also only one time they turn certain ages. For privileges that come with these ages or numerological significant, certain birthdays stand out. So 2017 is a wonderful time for Morgan County, as the county will turn 200 this year.

  • I can hardly believe it.

    Every year people are out celebrating my birthday in the most elaborate fashion.

    All over the country — and even in other countries — parties spring up, champagne is used in toasts and good cheer is spread.

  • Christmas is one of the best times of the year, but I can honestly say that I am done with it this year.

    I should clarify that I love Christmas under normal circumstances. It’s by far my favorite holiday with all the lights and beautiful presents. I have fond memories of waking up early on Christmas Day and running into the living room to see what Santa Claus brought me before anyone else could even roll out of bed. There are a lot of times where I wish I could go back to those days when things were simpler than they are now.

  • Christmas is a time of year that is centered on three things: love, giving and shopping.

  • When this time of the year comes around, most people connect November with Thanksgiving, being with family and enjoying the company of loved ones.

    But this is also the time of year for crazy shopping, and that starts with Black Friday.

    I don’t usually participate in Black Friday; I love my sleep too much, and I’m not a big fan of standing in lines. This year, however, I actually had a good reason to get up at the crack of dawn and patiently wait for stores to open. Suffice to say, I will not be doing it again.

  • It’s pretty rare for me to reach outside of the borders of Morgan County for sports news, but anytime a team breaks a 108-year-old streak, that deserves some consideration.

    Even though I love sports in every form, I’ll be the first to admit that baseball is not my first choice. For me, football has taken up a large portion of my life in more ways than one, so it’s clearly my favorite. After that comes basketball, and then baseball rounds out the bottom.

  • Making a mistake in the newspaper is unlike making a mistake in many other professions. With many jobs, if a mistake is made, you can go back and fix it.

    But with a newspaper, once it’s printed, it’s there for good.

    That’s why I was so upset to learn I had made a typographical error in last week’s paper. It’s not the first of such errors that have occurred in the history of newspapers, but it was one that could have an impact on early voting.

  • Everyone needs a little time away, and after months of planning and waiting, I finally got to spend a little time away from work and relax.

    Four days might not seem like much, but it was absolutely needed with this time of the year being so busy. But I didn’t just spend my four-day vacation lounging around the house. Instead, I took a trip up north to Washington, D.C., and it was arguably the best time I’ve had in a while.

  • The Morgan County teams may be in the latter half of the season, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of close games.

    With the regular season slowly drawing to a close, the competition has been increasing, as each team is either looking to finish its season off on a high note, make a playoff push or fight for seeding. And this is true for every team, even at the middle school level.

  • A lot of work in the media depends on government transparency.

    There are often times when somebody will come up to me and say they heard such and such rumor and ask why it isn’t in the paper. To be clear, we don’t ever print rumors and we always cite our sources.

  • It seems like a vacation is over before it even starts.

    Well, not really. I had a great time, but I’m glad to be back at Morgan County News.

    And it’s a good week to be back because we really have excellent things going on in the paper this week.

  • You can probably guess from the title of this editorial that I’m going to be taking a vacation and I’ll be out for a week.

    But before I go, I thought I’d run through a few things about the newspaper.

    Last week I wrote about some changes we were implementing to make the paper leaner and cleaner. I think it turned out great.

  • I’m sure you are looking through this week’s paper with at least a bit of curiosity about some changes. I’m here to tell you about them, and how they are going to make your community paper even better.

    The first major change you’ve probably noticed was our page count. We are now running a 20-page, single section paper. We’ve elected to do this to give the paper a leaner and cleaner feel.

  • For somebody who was born during the Reagan presidency, the thought of World War II is nothing but historic.

    Not only had this war that so drastically shaped the world ended decades before I was even born, it wasn’t something my parents directly dealt with. This was something that directly impacted my grandparents. So really the distance in time between myself and this war is mostly something out of a history book.

  • What a juxtaposition there is with voting, and sadly it’s the local voice that is losing out.

    In last week’s local election less than 1,000 people came out to vote. That comes out to something near one in every 21 Morgan County citizens. These are pretty low numbers when it is compared to other local August elections in the recent past, which have easily doubled and tripled those numbers.

  • For many students the idea of summer break means the start of seemingly endless days lounging around without an agenda.

    Although breaks are good and needed to recharge, a break that is too long can lead to a lot of problems. Extended breaks can cause laziness, loss of skills, decreased motivation and the like.

    That’s why I’ve been pretty pleased to see that Morgan County students are making good use of their summer by remaining active.

  • I usually don’t go too deep into national issues in my weekly editorials, but once in a while a subject of dire importance comes up that can’t be ignored.

    This time around it’s the tragic and brutal shooting of the police officers who were killed in Dallas last week.

    First off, I hold people in law enforcement with a pretty high regard. Not simply because they put their life and safety on the line to serve the public, but also because my brother-in-law is a police officer.