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Commission rescinds ambulance ordinance

John Pilati Franklin Free Press The resounding ‘thud’ heard from the Franklin County Courthouse Annex Monday morning came when the recently approved bid from Shoals Ambulance to provide county-wide ambulance service was rescinded by the Franklin County Commission at its monthly business meeting. The commission also rescinded an ordinance it approved in March adopting minimum

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Scott indicted, files suit against officer, City of Red Bay

John Pilati Franklin Free Press A controversial criminal case that seemed to have gone away last fall has reappeared, along with a related civil lawsuit filed in federal court. Both actions pave the way for a bitter legal battle between James Steven Scott and the State of Alabama, City of Red Bay and Sergeant Kyle

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Hallmark to play baseball at Lawson State

Published on July 23rd, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press As good as Kelby Hallmark was on the football field and the basketball court at Tharptown High School, he knew there would come a time when his small stature would mean the end of the line for him in those sports. “I knew I was too small to play football

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Tucker leaves lasting legacy

Published on July 23rd, 2014 by in Sports

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press Coaching can sometimes be the toughest job in the world, because you have to take young people and teach them discipline and values to be successful, not only with sports but also with life. Only the best coaches manage to fulfill this job description. And Jack Tucker was undoubtedly one

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New faces, new places (Part III)…

Published on July 23rd, 2014 by in Sports

Mike Self Franklin Free Press Last week we began looking at how the reclassification and realignment announced by the AHSAA in January will impact the basketball teams at the schools we cover here at the Free Press. We started with Russellville, and this week our focus shifts to the smaller schools in our coverage area,

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Johnson enjoys serving as ‘main man’ in Wildcat athletic department

Published on July 23rd, 2014 by in Sports

Megan Barber Franklin Free Press Seventeen years is a long time to volunteer at one place, but to Tommy Johnson it is not long enough to work at a place that feels like home. Johnson has invested many years into the Colbert Heights High School Athletic Department by helping players and coaches behind the scenes.

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Ranking the SEC football programs from top to bottom

Mike Self Franklin Free Press To quote former Auburn coach Pat Dye, hindsight is 50/50. Looking back on it now, the 2009 SEC Championship Game between top-ranked Florida and No. 2 Alabama may well have been the most significant conference game of the past decade. The Tide’s 32-13 spanking of the Gators in Atlanta did

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Local bride to be featured on new reality series

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Laura Beth Oliver-Agee is all about customized style and creativity. As the owner of Swag, LLC, a successful marketing firm in Tuscaloosa, she calls upon those skills daily. So as Laura Beth prepared for her June wedding, it came as no surprise that she wanted a custom-made wedding dress designed

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Merrill overwhelmed by support from Franklin County

John Pilati Franklin Free Press Have you heard the name Lula Albert-Kaigler? Chances are, you haven’t. Nor have most of the three million registered Alabama voters. Albert-Kaigler is the Democratic nominee for Alabama Secretary of State. She will face Republican nominee John Merrill in the November 4 general election. Merrill earned the nomination with a

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Good gardening: Hibiscus

Jimmie Pilati Franklin Free Press Many varieties of hibiscus are grown, depending on whether you want a shrub, perennial or annual. My experience has been with the common variety that is sold in florist shops. They are sensitive to freezing weather and must be brought indoors in the cold winters of north Alabama. These plants

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