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Golden Tigers survive again with two late touchdowns

Published on October 18th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press RUSSELLVILLE – Roughly half an hour after Friday night’s game against Lawrence County had ended, Mark Heaton sat behind a desk in his office at the Russellville field house, his two young daughters in his lap and other family and friends gathered around the room. Heaton had just finished addressing

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Tharptown loss puts Phil Campbell in playoffs

Published on October 18th, 2014 by in Sports

Chris Yow For the FFP THARPTOWN – Hatton secured a playoff spot Friday night as the Hornets used a near-perfect first half to defeat Tharptown 33-0. The loss by the Wildcats (2-6, 2-3 in Class 2A, Region 8) eliminates them from playoff contention and means that Phil Campbell (4-5, 3-3) will be in the postseason

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Shoals Ambulance set to start service in Franklin County

John Pilati Franklin Free Press As of Friday, Franklin County will officially have a new county-wide ambulance service in place, as Shoals Ambulance Service begins operations. Franklin County officials announced Monday the company has notified them it will be ready to answer calls as of Wednesday, though. When Shoals Ambulance Service CEO Bryan Gibson signed

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St. Paul C.M.E. Church hosts education workshop

John Pilati Franklin Free Press As people are changed by their relationship with God, the reality of that change should help transform not only their church but also their community. That was a central focus of “When the Manna Ceases,” a powerful message delivered by Rev. Anderson T. Graves II as part of Saturday’s Christian

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Golden Tigers grind out gutsy win at West Point

Published on October 15th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press Russellville head coach Mark Heaton didn’t have to think too hard to come up with the perfect adjective to describe his team’s pivotal 26-22 win over West Point last Friday. Gutsy. You want gutsy? Take your pick. How about junior receiver (and now free safety) Reed Smith fighting through leg

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Bobcats close in on playoff berth

Published on October 15th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press The latest in a long line of comeback wins has Phil Campbell on the precipice of the postseason. And the Bobcats are enjoying the view. “We’re excited about it,” said second-year head coach Ryan Swinney, whose team all but wrapped up its first playoff berth since 2005 with last Friday’s

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Red Bay rides rushing attack to region title

Published on October 15th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press When Michael Jackson arrived to take over the Red Bay football program this past summer, it didn’t take him long to realize that his new team had the potential to be something special. “The way the kids responded to what we were doing and how they went to work, that

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Lady Bulldogs chasing area championship

Published on October 15th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press By virtue of hosting next week’s three-team Class 1A, Area 14 tournament, the Belgreen Lady Bulldogs already know they’re heading back to the Super Regional in Huntsville after last year’s first-ever appearance. The goal now is to arrive at the Von Braun Center as area champions. “Because we already know

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ARC donates trees to Phil Campbell, Hackleburg

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press Trees are one the most beautiful plants anyone can add to a landscaping project. Not only do they produce oxygen for humans to breathe, but they also cause a calming mindset and change with the seasons. Thanks to the Appalachian Regional Commission, Phil Campbell now has new trees to add

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Stancil working hard as November draws near

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press Usually when a candidate runs for office, one may think that the candidate stops working his or her old job while campaigning. However, this is not the case for Veronica Copeland Stancil, the Republican candidate for the Franklin County Revenue Commissioner election coming up on November 4. Stancil currently serves

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