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This is the first time in 28 years the Gallery has been unable to host the Young Artist Exhibit. The 2020 exhibit was scheduled to open just as the statewide shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic went into effect. That exhibit became virtual as photos of the 250 pieces of student art were p…

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White blossoms can be seen across Simpson County.

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My first encounter with legendary journalist and KET host Al Smith was in late 1973, where he was publishing the Logan Leader newspaper in Russellville. At the time I ran a monthly advertising publication out of Bowling Green, but printed it in Indiana.

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Pink flowers shine during a spring sunset.

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Spring is in the air as the month of March ends.

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Butterflies returning bring signs of warmer weather.

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Artist Andee Rudloff drops off tile painted hearts that she and her mother, Rita, created, to The Gallery on the Square for the display wall.

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The Gallery is accepting heart 6-inch by 6-inch canvas panels through March 30. Pictured are a few of the community submissions.

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The Gallery on the Square’s “Putting the ART in the HeART of Franklin” exhibit is currently on display. The project is open to professional, amateur and youth artists of all ages.

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Franklin’s own Harristown community is currently celebrating its 25th year anniversary deemed as a Historical District by the National Registry of Historic Places.

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Even after all of these years Mel Purcell is still considered the greatest tennis player to ever come out of Kentucky. And there has been some good ones.

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Maggie, Sadie and Brady Sliger play outside in the snow.

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Nova Bradley has a “Frozen” moment with Olaf in the snow.

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MacKenzie and Samuel Davidson pose for a photo while sledding.

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Left: McCutchen III

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Layla Trickey, 6, and Grayson Trickey, 9, sled in a wheelbarrow while sleds were hard to find in Franklin when the snow arrived.

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Harper Sexton enjoys being outside in the snow.

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Ava and Muffin Moore play outside in the snow.

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Juniors in Kentucky’s public high schools will take the ACT in March 2021 as part of the state’s academic accountability and equity efforts.

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R.E.A.C.H. Franklin, KY (Racial Equality through Action and Community Help), a local non-profit organization is working to bring the community together by identifying needs within Simpson County. The group’s first action is to improve Lincoln Park.

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The day had begun with so much hope. Spring was just around the corner as the yellow school bus picked up its last student and was headed to the Prestonsburg Elementary and High School three miles away. It was 8:10 a.m., and US 23 had its usual amount of traffic.

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The federal government requires many students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to verify information reported on the FAFSA. In many cases, their parents will also have to provide information. Students requiring verification are chosen by the U.S. Department of …

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Before Rupp Arena...before the Yum Center...before Memorial Coliseum...before Freedom Hall...before Diddle Arena there was the Sportscenter inOw-ensboro. Basketball for decades has been searching for the ultimate place to play and be watched by thousands of fans.

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Simpson County Literacy Center received a $5,000 grant from the Walmart Community Grant Foundation for their work with the community enhancing literacy. By receiving this grant, they are part of a long history of Walmart’s commitment to giving back to the communities where they operate. “We …

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The Kiwanis Club of Franklin-Simpson hosted a drive-thru Christmas parade at Jim Roberts Community Park on Saturday.

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A two-tower display of vintage toys, among other exhibits, can be viewed inside the Simpson County History Center.

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A glass case of toys — from cups and play kitchen items to toy cars and action figures — are pictured as part of the exhibit. The Simpson County Historical Society and History Center is located at 207 N. College St.

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Santa Claus visited the pavilion on Franklin’s square Saturday morning to take photos with families and kids.

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Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes and Franklin Mayor Larry Dixon light the Community Christmas Tree during the 2020 Small Town Christmas event Saturday, Dec. 5.

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Sharon Taylor-Carrillo adds a BPW decoration to the Community Tree.

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Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes adds decorations to the community Christmas Tree on Saturday.