Patrick Graham is the owner of The Walton Tribune, The Covington News, The Sand Mountain Reporter (Albertville, Alabama), Times-Journal (Fort Payne, Alabama) and Jackson County Sentinel (Scottsboro, Alabama). He is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Community Spirit Award

Piedmont Walton Hospital CEO Larry Ebert, left, receives the 2021 Community Spirit Award from David Clemons, editor and publisher of The Walton Tribune, during a reception Monday night, April 26, 2021, in Monroe, Ga. An emotional Ebert accepted the award on behalf of frontline health care workers for their work during the pandemic.

I had the pleasure of being a part of two events over the past week involving some of the best and brightest among us locally.

On Monday, The Walton Tribune held a reception to recognize two year’s worth of “Visions” progress edition award winners, honoring both the 2020 and 2021 winners.

On Thursday, The Covington News held its “Visions” awards reception to honor its 2020 and 2021 winners.

My takeaway after attending these events is pretty simple, really.

Those being honored came in all shapes and sizes. Were young and old. Were different colors. Were parts of different communities. Had different political affiliations. In fact, they couldn’t have been more different from one another on a variety of levels.

But they had one really important thing in common: They were all good people who put any of those differences aside to work together to make their communities the very best place they could be to live, work and play.

Tune into the national news and all you will hear about is about how divided we are as a country. Whether it’s Black versus white. Democrats versus Republicans. Masks versus no masks. Vaccines versus no vaccines. The list goes on, and honestly, there is some accuracy to the list.

But here is some good news for you: Locally we’ve got good people, just like these award winners, fighting the good fight for their community.

Both newspapers have their “Visions” magazines on the streets. Pick up a copy and read all about these tremendous folks.

It will help restore your faith in humanity.

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