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Student baptisms at heart of controversy

By John Pilati Franklin Free Press A letter of complaint sent by a religious freedom organization to Russellville City Schools Superintendent Rex Mayfield, alleging violations of school-organized religious activity, is factually flawed, according to RCS officials. Mayfield received a letter Thursday from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), alleging improper school-sponsored religious activity relating to

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Senate candidates discuss job creation, education in forum

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press Last Tuesday, a large group of Franklin and Colbert County citizens gathered in Tharptown High School’s gym for a town meeting with the two candidates for Alabama Senate District 6. Democratic Senator Roger Bedford and Republican candidate Dr. Larry Stutts were asked questions by a media panel comprised of Tommy

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Pleasant Bay still providing service despite county’s contract with Shoals Ambulance

John Pilati Franklin Free Press When Franklin County commissioner Rayburn Massey asked Shoals Ambulance Service representative Blake Hargett at Monday’s Franklin County Commission meeting for an update on his company’s first week of operations in Franklin County, Hargett said the transition was smooth, save one issue—Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service. Hargett told commissioners that Pleasant Bay

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Lady Bulldogs win first area title

Published on October 22nd, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press BELGREEN – One phone call at the end of August may have changed the course of the entire season for the Belgreen volleyball team. Upon arriving home after watching the Lady Bulldogs advance to the semifinals of a season-opening tournament at Cherokee, head coach Teresa Whitten reached a decision regarding

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Heaton hoping to see Golden Tiger offense ‘explode’

Published on October 22nd, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press After wrapping up the No. 2 seed in Class 5A, Region 8 with last week’s 21-13 win over Lawrence County, Russellville will have the opportunity to host a playoff game for the first time since a second-round loss to McAdory in 2012. But a potential postseason opponent (either Pleasant Grove

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Red Bay, Tharptown prepare for first football meeting

Published on October 22nd, 2014 by in Sports

Chris Yow For the FFP The final week of the region schedule has very little meaning for Red Bay and Tharptown on Friday night in terms of postseason implications. The Wildcats (2-6, 2-3 in Class 2A, Region 8) could give Red Bay (7-1, 5-0) a region loss, but it wouldn’t have any bearing on the

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RMS football program completes remarkable turnaround

Published on October 22nd, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press As his eighth-grade football team put the finishing touches on a perfect 6-0 season with last Tuesday’s 36-8 rout of Haleyville, Russellville Middle School coach Larry Gilmer couldn’t help but think how far the program had come over the past year. “Last year, as seventh-graders, this group didn’t win a

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Nearly 300 seniors attend Health Fair

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Nearly 300 senior citizens took part in last Thursday’s Senior Health Fair, held at the A.W. Todd Centre in Russellville. The event was sponsored by the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Program and its executive director, Katernia Cole. The day-long program included free health screenings, tips for stress-free living and presentations

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Commissioners express gratitude to Gober for service as EMA director

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Asked by Franklin County Probate Judge Barry Moore to assist with the transition for his successor, Roy Gober responded the way he’s done countless times when people needed his assistance. “Yes, I’ll help you out,” Gober said. Moments later, the Franklin County Commission accepted Gober’s letter of retirement from his

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Veterans Day program aims to teach kids about service, sacrifice

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press Last year, Alabama State House Representative Johnny Mack Morrow and American Legion Post 120 Commander Frankie Smith teamed up to teach students about the sacrifice of veterans. “He and I both agree, children have little knowledge about what veterans did,” Morrow said. “We wanted to explain to the children the

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