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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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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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Dave Says: July 23

Don’t leave an estate with life insurance Dear Dave, My mom is 71 and debt-free. She’s investing $600 a month in a universal life insurance policy worth $250,000 because she wants to leave something behind when she dies. What could she invest this money in, other than the life insurance policy, in order to leave

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Unknown Journey: Who’s in control 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.] Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments about my articles. I

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Honey Do: Weedeater safety

Doug Green Franklin Free Press We spend a lot of time addressing lawnmower safety, but many times we don’t think about handheld equipment such as weed trimmers, hedge trimmers and blowers. These time-saving tools are wonderful at giving your yard a well-manicured look. As with most tools, if improperly used they can be dangerous to

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SEC Media Days are here! Time for a few picks…

Mike Self Franklin Free Press SEC Media Days are taking place this week in Birmingham, which means prognostication season is in full swing. With that in mind, here are a few off-the-cuff predictions about the upcoming season. West Division champion: Alabama Remarkably, Alabama has been to Atlanta only twice in the past five years—a period

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Good gardening: Summer chores

Jimmie Pilati Franklin Free Press According to the Alabama Extension Gardener’s Calendar, June and July are demanding times in the garden. During this time, we must watch for insects and continue a fertilizing program and watering if there is inadequate rain. Weeds are a problem in many gardens. Lawns must be kept cut to the

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Honey Do: Personal pest control

Doug Green For the FFP Last week we looked at ways to make your outdoor parties more enjoyable by controlling pesky pests that irritate and bite our friends and family. What do we do when we’re on the go and need to discourage these critters? Here are a few tips for personal pest control. Topical

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Dave Says – July 16

Who do you want to hang out with? Dear Dave, I have job offers from two tech companies. One is in San Antonio and pays $55,000 a year, while the other is in Silicon Valley making $100,000 a year. My friends are advising me to move to California, but I feel like I’d have more

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Amendment 1: Say No to Big Cotton

Published on July 14th, 2014 by in Columns

Alabama voters will have the opportunity on Tuesday to vote on the Alabama Cotton Producer Assessment Refund Amendment, otherwise known as Amendment 1. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alabama cotton growers produced 590,000 bales of cotton in 2013, a dollar value of $213 million. Alabama cotton producers levy a fee of $1 per

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