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Clapp sees ‘great opportunity’ at Russellville Hospital

John Pilati Franklin Free Press As Steve Clapp walked the halls of Russellville Hospital recently, he saw a great opportunity. And that’s a good thing, considering the Clinton, TN native now owns the place. Clapp serves as CEO of newly formed Curae Health, which purchased Russellville Hospital, Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville and Northwest Medical

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Local church holds ‘solidarity’ services

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Black Lives Matter. Nationwide demonstrations emphasizing this message were held this past weekend, including a prayerful showing of solidarity at one local church. St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in Russellville hosted “Stand in Solidarity With Us” services Sunday morning. Members wore all black to emphasize the message “Black

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Local students team up to buy Christmas gifts for kids

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press With Christmas right around the corner, local educators have been busy teaching their students the true meaning of the season before the students leave on winter break. One teacher actively got her students involved in a project during December. Doris Holderby, the business marketing teacher at the Franklin County Career

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Education Matters: Merry Christmas, from our radical Founding Fathers!

Bart Moss For the FFP It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless, that is, you are a part of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). You know, the anti-Christian, atheist organization that tries to tell the rest of the country how to run its business, including the people of Franklin County. Well, they’ve

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For local students, ’tis better to give than to receive

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press With a week to go before Christmas, everyone is running around buying last-minute presents and preparing Christmas food menus. Among the hustle and bustle of the season, the true meaning of this time of year can be lost. However, students at the Franklin County Career Technical Center and Belgreen High

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Surplus property across from former jail to be demolished

John Pilati Franklin Free Press A house across from the former Franklin County Jail will be demolished early next year after the Franklin County Commission declared it surplus property at Monday’s meeting. The home, located at 418 Coffee Street, will be demolished, and the land is expected to be used for additional courthouse parking, officials

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Council renews contracts with school resource officers

John Pilati Franklin Free Press The Russellville city council renewed its contracts with four school resource officers at its December 1 meeting, ensuring that Russellville City Schools will continue to have an officer on each of the system’s campuses. The council unanimously approved SRO contracts for Donnie Aycock, Cary Hitt, Danny Price and Wyman Pounders.

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RHS grad accepted into pharmacy school at Samford

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press For a lot of students, just getting a Bachelor’s degree is enough hard work. Some students, however, put in a few extra years of studying to land a job in their chosen profession. Russellville native Jackson Witt is one of those achieving students. At a recent ceremony at Samford University

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Bookworm: December 17

Ashley Cummins For the FFP “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” -Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The temperature is dropping, and the days are getting shorter. What better time to curl up with a good book? Our Friends of the Library bookstore is stocked full

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Dave Says: December 17

An unlikely thief Dear Dave, I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. While she was there with our six-year-old daughter, she cashed her bonus check to put with the Christmas money. When she tried to check out, the money was gone. My wife even asked our daughter if she took the money

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