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Dave Says: November 19

Not so fast! Dear Dave, We’ve got our starter emergency fund in place, and we’ve paid off the last of our debt. Currently, we rent an apartment, but my wife really wants us to buy a house now. She also wants us to use a 30-year, 100-percent financing plan and says this wouldn’t cost any


Honey Do List: Holiday lighting

Doug Green For the FFP The last thing anyone wants is to mar the holidays with an injury or fire incident. Whether you plan a holiday light display that can be seen from the moon or just the street, there are some safety factors to consider. The decorative lights you use both indoors and out


Charging Christmas can have consequences

Rebecca Thomason For the FFP ‘Tis the season! Yes, the season for accumulating debt. Black Friday is a date when people shop in brick-and-mortar stores and online. We are getting ready to charge Christmas. First, I’m not into giving lectures, so I’m not going to tell you all of the wonderful ideas about how to


Infection prevention: Beyond the common cold and flu

By Belinda Johnson CNO, Russellville Hospital With the advent of fall, cold and flu season arrives, which means it’s time to arm yourself and your loved ones with the proper preventive measures to stay well. Be prepared by making sure you and your family have had your annual immunizations, as well as taking sensible measures


Good gardening: Taking care of fall chores

Jimmie Pilati Franklin Free Press When I returned to Alabama a few years ago, I learned a lot about gardening in this climate. In south Louisiana and south Texas, where I lived for 40 years, the weather never got as cold as it does in north Alabama. I love the change of temperature, but I


The Western Front

Johnny Cleveland For the FFP Red Bay’s sixth-grade class visited Dauphin Island Sea Lab on October 13-14. Dauphin Island’s Sea Lab serves the 22 four-year colleges and universities of Alabama through its college summer courses, graduate programs and Discovery Hall Program for K-12 programs, teacher-training and public engagement. Red Bay’s 49-member class was divided into


Parade turnout underwhelms

John Pilati Franklin Free Press How did you spend Sunday afternoon? Watching football? Resting up after a big post-church meal? Whatever your answer, chances are you didn’t attend the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Russellville. A beautiful, cool Sunday served as the perfect setting for the annual event, organized by the American Legion Post


Unknown Journey: Let’s continue on

By Gail Motes [Editor’s note: Spruce Pine resident Gail Motes, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, will keep a journal of her treatment and progress in the Franklin Free Press during the coming months. She would appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time.] I’ve heard so many conflicting stories about triple-negative breast cancer. Some


Honey Do List: Winter tool prep

Doug Green For the FFP The last grass cutting has been done, the leaves are raked and mulched, flower bulbs are nested in the ground and trees and bushes are properly pruned. Now is the time to park the mower, hang up the rakes and shovels and roll up the water hoses. Before you do,


Zeta Phi Beta sorority to honor Veterans

Published on November 5th, 2014 by in Columns

Sheryl Hamilton For the FFP Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will salute men and women for their sacrifice and service to our country with a Veterans Day Program this Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m. at New Jerusalem Church. Veterans, their families and friends are welcome. Lunch will be served from 1:30 to 2:30. Zeta Military


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