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Winford Turner wouldn't be beaten on a news story

Winford Turner had a knack for journalism. He never went to college to study the craft because his formal education ended at Elkmont High School in Limestone County.

But he could catch the scent of a potential news story far sooner than reporters with the college degrees that didn't come with his instinct.

And, unlike so many of the college guys, he enjoyed a good controversy. Even more, Mr. Turner enjoyed people. He never met a stranger. They responded with information. He always had a notebook full of possible stories, and his private listing of telephone numbers was an invaluable help in running down information.

His competitive nature made him a legend in Alabama newspaper circles. He couldn't stand a secret. Secrets were to be printed.

Mr. Turner died at his home Tuesday night at age 63 after a career in the news business that began at this newspaper when he was 18.

He flirted with political office, serving as Morgan County revenue commissioner from 1994 until after his defeat in the 1996 Republican primary.

Then he returned to what he loved best and did best - being a newspaper reporter. After some years away from THE DAILY at other newspapers and in television, he came back to close out his career, which ended Oct. 2, 2002, because of failing health.

He's called a journalist from the old school. So it's fitting to end with the symbol which in old school journalism signified the end of a typewriter-written story.


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