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RCS board of education recognizes members for advancement

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Two members of the Russellville City Board of Education were recognized by superintendent Rex Mayfield for advancement in their state board training recently. Board member Judy Pounders was recognized for level three certification of boardsmanship, and board member Greg Batchelor for Masters 1st year certification of boardsmanship. Board members must

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Stutts receives Forestry Association PAC endorsement

Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead today thanked the Alabama Forestry Association PAC for its endorsement of Dr. Larry Stutts in his race against Democrat Roger Bedford for Alabama Senate District 6. “As chairman of the Republican Party, I want to thank the Alabama Forestry Association for having the courage and the wisdom to endorse this

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Former Senator says Shoals needs one of its own in Alabama Senate

by John Pilati Sen. Roger Bedford, a lifelong Franklin County resident, is under attack from former Sen. Bobby Denton, whose public support for Bedford’s opponent, Dr. Larry Stutts, took a new turn with a letter dated October 29, 2014, sent to Colbert and Lauderdale County residents. Denton’s letter urges Shoals voters to make sure their

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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, I would like to relay our experience with Senator Roger Bedford. We began a start-up business twelve years ago and have grown to employ some 40 people. With our new expansion, that number will soon be over 100. Senator Bedford has been instrumental in helping us grow our business. When we’ve needed guidance

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To the Voters of Alabama Senate District 6:

Submitted to the FFP Never has there been a state senator bring so much prosperity and so many jobs to Northwest Alabama as Roger Bedford. To those considering voting against him, please remember each of you were the beneficiaries of the good work of our senator, Roger Bedford. If we lose his experience and voice

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Students participate in fire safety program

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press Fires unfortunately happen on a daily basis because of the essential items people use every day, like stoves and electronics. Since fires are probable, it is important to know what to do if a fire occurs and even how to prevent one from happening. With Fire Safety and Prevention Week

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Red Bay rolling into regular season finale

Published on October 29th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press RED BAY – Tyler Reach’s list of preseason goals was short and sweet, not to mention completely devoid of any individual objectives. “Just win football games,” said Reach, Red Bay’s senior running back. “That’s it.” Reach and the Tigers have certainly met that goal, improving to 8-1 with last Friday

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Golden Tigers prep for playoff run

Published on October 29th, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press Following last week’s 49-14 rout of Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Russellville’s goal for Friday night’s regular-season finale at rival Cullman is simple—keep the momentum rolling heading into next week’s first-round playoff game against Pleasant Grove. “You’re really just trying to take this last week and keep maximizing where

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Smith coaching final game on Thursday

Published on October 29th, 2014 by in Sports

Staff reports A head coaching career that has spanned nearly 40 years will come to a close on Thursday night when Tharptown’s Bill Smith coaches his final game against visiting Hubbertville. A source close to Smith told the Free Press on Monday that Smith plans to retire after this season, his 39th as a head

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Bobcats close regular season with tough test

Published on October 29th, 2014 by in Sports

Chris Yow For the FFP When Phil Campbell and Hackleburg meet on the gridiron, there’s no need for motivational speeches. Bobcat head coach Ryan Swinney said his team is prepared to play at a high level this week, especially in preparation for the 2014 playoffs. “Hackleburg has a really good football team,” he said. “They

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