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Wildcats score 50 first-half points in rout of Phil Campbell

Published on November 22nd, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press PHIL CAMPBELL – On the heels of a sloppy, foul-plagued season-opening win over Shoals Christian just four nights earlier, Friday’s dominant performance against Phil Campbell provided a better indication of just exactly how good Tharptown could be this year. The balanced and explosive Wildcats put four players in double figures,

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Lady Bobcats stifle Tharptown, improve to 3-0

Published on November 22nd, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press PHIL CAMPBELL – For a coach whose team has topped the 60-point mark in each of its first three games, Craig Thomas is even more pleased with how Phil Campbell is playing on the other end of the floor. The Lady Bobcats forced 27 turnovers and held Tharptown to just

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Russellville Hospital now under new ownership

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Newly-formed Curae Health has purchased three northwest Alabama hospitals, including Russellville Hospital, in the company’s initial acquisition, officials announced Thursday. Russellville Hospital, along with Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville and Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, will become the property of the not-for-profit health system based in Clinton, TN, with a

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Stutts still leads with recount pending in District 6 race

John Pilati Franklin Free Press With provisional ballot results in for the five counties in Senate District Six as of last week, Republican challenger Dr. Larry Stutts remained ahead by 63 votes over Democratic incumbent Roger Bedford. Officials in Lauderdale County, where the most provisional ballots were to be considered, completed their ballot count last

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Belgreen native on Redneck Island reality show

John Pilati Franklin Free Press A Belgreen native looks to muscle his way to $100,000 when a new season of Country Music Television’s Redneck Island debuts Thursday, December 4. Lucas Albert, 26, a 2007 graduate of Belgreen High School, is part of the rowdy cast of rednecks featured on CMT’s reality show. Hosted by wrestling

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Belgreen boys reload with new faces

Published on November 19th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press Patrick Odom doesn’t have time for nostalgia. For one thing, there’s too much work to be done. Odom had a smashing debut last season as Belgreen’s head coach, guiding a senior-laden team to within one win of the Final Four. Every starter from that 28-4 squad (including two-time Free Press

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Golden Tigers expecting big things from young post players

Published on November 19th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press As Russellville looks to bounce back from last year’s four-win season and contend for a title in a new-look Class 5A, Area 14, the Golden Tigers will lay the foundation for a quick turnaround on nearly 13 feet of sturdy—if still largely unproven—low post talent. Head coach Michael Smith is

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Experienced Lady Bulldogs hungry for more

Published on November 19th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press As Patrick Odom prepares for his first season as a varsity girls head coach, one obvious trait about his new team stands out to him. “One thing you notice pretty quickly when you walk in the gym is the size and height and length we have,” said Odom, who is

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Buckhalter leads RMS eighth-graders to wins over Tharptown, Phil Campbell

Published on November 19th, 2014 by in Sports

Staff reports Devin Buckhalter scored 15 points last Tuesday to lead Russellville’s eighth-grade boys past Tharptown 45-35 in middle school basketball action. Zaye Boyd and Wylie Boyd each added seven points for the Golden Tigers, and Caden Parker had six. Lucas McNutt and Carson Reeves each finished with five. In other recent action: Florence 47

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Commission approves road repairs

John Pilati Franklin Free Press The Franklin County Commission approved the resurfacing of a 1.79-mile stretch of County Road 25 at its meeting Monday morning. The portion of CR-25 to be resurfaced runs from Alabama 24 to County Road 23. Additionally, the commission voted to accept bids on culvert repairs on Herring Cross Road near

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