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The Honey Do List: Thanksgiving

Doug Green For the FFP Somewhere, hidden between the Christmas commercials, holiday sales and glittery decorations, is a holiday that seems almost lost and overlooked. You find yourself right in the middle of your Christmas card addressing and Santa list and realize, ‘Oh my, I have to prepare for Thanksgiving company.’ And Thanksgiving company is

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Dave Says: November 26

Protecting her from herself Dear Dave, My mother-in-law is in poor health and doesn’t have a lot of money. She has been giving us a lot of her earnings over the last couple of years as a kind of early inheritance, because she’s afraid she’ll spend it all. We’re setting it aside in a savings

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Unknown Journey: No pain, no gain

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.] Radiation, I was told, could possibly have an effect on my

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Thank you for helping us grow

Mike Self Franklin Free Press The holiday season is upon us, and we have so much to be thankful for here at the Franklin Free Press. We’re grateful that 2014 has been a year of unprecedented growth at the Free Press. Our market coverage has expanded, along with our weekly page count. That increase in

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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