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Education Matters: Merry Christmas, from our radical Founding Fathers!

Bart Moss For the FFP It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless, that is, you are a part of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). You know, the anti-Christian, atheist organization that tries to tell the rest of the country how to run its business, including the people of Franklin County. Well, they’ve

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Bookworm: December 17

Ashley Cummins For the FFP “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” -Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The temperature is dropping, and the days are getting shorter. What better time to curl up with a good book? Our Friends of the Library bookstore is stocked full

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Dave Says: December 17

An unlikely thief Dear Dave, I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. While she was there with our six-year-old daughter, she cashed her bonus check to put with the Christmas money. When she tried to check out, the money was gone. My wife even asked our daughter if she took the money

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Unknown Journey: The past is now

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.] If you’ll recall, I mentioned last week how I liked the

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Honey Do List: Improving door security

Doug Green For the FFP How do your doors stack up, burglar-wise? Are they solid and secure or just barely there? Beefing up exterior doors is a good and inexpensive way to greatly improve home security. Start by removing the inside trim around the door. Doorframes are hung between rough framing and are rarely ever

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Dave Says: December 10

Helping him stay on track Dear Dave, My brother and I recently received an inheritance after our mom died. He’s never been very good with money, so I was proud of him when he used his portion to pay off his debts. But then he went out and financed a van that I know he

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Police officers deserve our gratitude

Bart Moss For the FFP The reaction to the grand jury non-indictments in Ferguson, MO and New York City are tearing this country apart. Activists are pitting the people versus police, and it’s just not right. Of course, you know the two stories. In Ferguson, policeman Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury

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Legal Pad: One man’s trash….

This week I received a call from a crafter. This woman was using throw-away items to repurpose for crafts. She was dumpster-diving to find the trash. She asked a legal question. Is it illegal to go through someone’s trash? The answer is, maybe. If an individual places something in their trash, it is still theirs

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Dave Says: December 3

A properly budgeted Christmas Dear Dave, My wife and I are still paying off debt, so we didn’t budget anything for Christmas. How much do you think we should spend on close friends and family members? Dan Dear Dan, Not having a budget for Christmas probably isn’t a great idea if you want to have

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Unknown Journey: A difference of opinion

Published on December 3rd, 2014 by in Columns

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 had my week of Thanksgiving off to let my radiation

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