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RCS TRACKS program ending September 30

John Pilati Franklin Free Press While it is clear that Russellville City School’s TRACKS program will end September 30, 2014, it remains cloudy as to how the expiration of the after-school program transpired. The Franklin County TRACKS (The Right Approach Creates Knowledge & Success) program is coordinated by Franklin County Schools, through grant funding. The

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Franklin County Career Tech Center offers new classes

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press As a new school year began this past August, so did new classes at the Franklin County Career Technical Center. The career technical center now offers classes in cosmetology and drafting to students at Belgreen High School, Tharptown High School, Phil Campbell High School, Vina High School and Red Bay

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Local church hosting Spanish classes

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press People learn different languages for different reasons. Sometimes it is to go to another country, or it may serve as a hobby. However, sometimes people learn a new language to be more effective in their own communities. The latter reason is why some members of the First Presbyterian Church in

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Citizens voice concerns about mining at meeting in Mt. Hope

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press With MS Industries continuing to expand, one would think that there is not much to be done to stop them now. However, one group of activists is diligently working to counterattack the industry’s plans. Last Thursday, a community meeting was called at the Rock Springs Presbyterian Church in Mt. Hope

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School board receives outstanding audit report, approves budget

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Moments after receiving an outstanding audit report for fiscal year 2012-2013, the Franklin County Board of Education approved a $32 million budget for FY 2014-2015. Robin Lakey, state examiner of public accounts, said the system’s 2012-13 financial statement “presented fairly in accordance with general accounting principles,” and she praised the

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Board hires career coach for county, city schools

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Mimi Wood was officially hired as the Franklin County career coach for Franklin County and Russellville City Schools at the Franklin County Board of Education’s September 9 board meeting. The position, created by the State of Alabama for each of the state’s 67 counties, is responsible for working with counselors

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Phil Campbell, Red Bay resume ‘Battle of the Big Cats’

Mike Self Franklin Free Press The football rivalry between Red Bay and Phil Campbell has certainly seen its share of streaks over the years. The Bobcats had the upper hand in the mid-1980s, winning six straight meetings before Red Bay ended that run with a 24-17 triple-overtime victory in ’88. The Tigers followed up that

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Stout defense driving Russellville’s hot start

Mike Self Franklin Free Press Three games into the 2014 season, Russellville’s offense is still very much a work in progress. The Golden Tigers have been productive—even explosive—at times, getting star-caliber play from junior tailback Deyon Hill (239 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries, plus 17 catches for 154 yards and two more

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Wildcats look to build on region win

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Tharptown’s victory last Friday over Cherokee epitomized a team effort. Senior Mike Rice led the ground attack with 157 rushing yards. Quarterback Heath Hatton made the most of his limited attempts, connecting with Allen Gaston in the third quarter for the game’s only touchdown. And a tough Wildcat defense stuffed

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Russellville’s Green to sign with Shelton State

Mike Self Franklin Free Press As he left Tuscaloosa in late July following a baseball tryout at Shelton State Community College, Jacob Green’s mind was already working overtime. “There was a summer team playing at Shelton, and I got to pitch with them a little bit,” said Green, a senior at Russellville High School. “They

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