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Good gardening: Pruning roses

Jimmie Pilati Franklin Free Press Proper pruning will assure that your roses will produce blooms each year. Pruning properly will give you much new growth. That is where blossoms appear in just a few weeks. Pruning should be started after the last freeze. In the climate of north Alabama, the freezing cold will cause most

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Dave Says: April 16

Problems with no credit score? Dear Dave, I’m 20 years old, and I’m trying to get out of debt. However, I’m concerned about what might happen when I’m older and don’t have a credit score. My girlfriend says I won’t be able to get a job or rent an apartment without a good one. Is

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Honey Do: Gardening time

Doug Green For the FFP We’re finally there. April 15, and the threat of frost should be gone. It’s gardening time. Plants need the same things we need to stay healthy: Food, water and sun. The science comes in determining the right combination for each different variety of vegetation. An important place to start is

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Bookworm: A report from your local library

Ashley Cummins For the FFP “Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.” -Sidney Sheldon “Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is

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Honey Do: Lightning safety

Doug Green For the FFP It’s early April, and early storm season in north Alabama. Are you and your family prepared for the dangers these storms bring? I can remember a time when it was much harder to get advance notice of an approaching storm. Before cell phones, satellites, radar and even CB radios, people

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Dave Says: April 9

Your bank’s advice is bad Dear Dave, I want to roll over a 401(k), and my bank is encouraging me to roll it over to fixed annuities. Is this a good investment? John Dear John, More times than not, when you go to a bank for investment advice, what you’ll get in the bargain is

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‘Stand Your Ground’ law in spotlight again

Alabama’s “Stand Your Ground” law has been in the the spotlight several times recently. Under said law, a person who is being attacked has no duty to retreat. A person may use deadly force if they believe their life is being threatened. This is the same as the Florida law that received publicity after the

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The Honey Do List: Spring storms

Doug Green For the FFP It’s that time of year again, when the changing seasons and temperatures bring about increased chances of storm activity. From spring showers to thunderstorms to tornadoes, we all need to be prepared and have our families prepared for any possible threat. Here are a few reminders of actions that need

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Dave Says: April 2

Extravagant giving, foolish spending? Dear Dave, My husband and I are debt-free, and we have several hundred thousand dollars in savings. We pay for our children and grandchildren to visit during Christmas each year, but my mother thinks this is foolish spending. What do you think? Linda Dear Linda, I’m sure your mom loves you

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Trial by jury one of our most valued rights

A trial by jury is one of our country’s most valued rights. According to a 1998 American Bar Association public opinion poll, 78 percent of the public rates our jury system as the fairest way to determine guilt or innocence, and 69 percent of those surveyed consider juries to be the most important part of

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