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As the twentieth century drew to a close, decreases in the size of the United States Armed Forces, coupled with the escalating number of deaths of World War II and Korean War veterans, threatened to overwhelm the ability of the active duty services to provide appropriate military rites for d…

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On Veterans Day, members of the community gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veteran Plaza at the Franklin Post Office. The event was sponsored by the Franklin-Simpson Garden Club. To purchase a brick engraved with the name of a veteran for the plaza, pick up a form at the post off…

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The Franklin-Simpson Renaissance Small Town Christmas is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5. Visitors can see Santa from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and hand deliver a wish list to receive a surprise from the candy cane chute. In addition, a community Christmas tree decorating event is taking place on th…

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Kiwanis of Franklin Simpson is a volunteer service organization committed to the well-being of the families and children of Franklin. We sponsor family friendly, family oriented events such as the annual Christmas Parade.

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Six new benches have been added to the sidewalks in the Downtown Historic District around the square in Franklin. The benches are the first of a series of Commemorative Bicentennial Benches that are being placed downtown in honor of Franklin’s 200th birthday celebration for 2020.

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Dueling Grounds Distillery announced this week the release of its 4-year-old Linkumpinch Bourbon on Oct. 31. The bourbon is available in a cask strength single barrel edition, as well as a very small batch 100 proof expression, according to a release.

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Randy Embry has never really thought about being anyplace else but in Owensboro. It was at Owensboro High School where he gained a reputation as a player and coach that put him in legendary status in a town as rich in athletics as any in the state.

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Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) is celebrating KEHA week Oct. 11-17 across the state. Established in 1932, the state organization’s 13,455 members are dedicated to learning, leading, serving. Programs educate members and the public about topics including heritage skills, att…

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Abbi’s Barkery — Paws in Service is hosting a virtual fun walk this month “WALK YOUR PAWS” as a fundraiser for their shelter dog-service dogs for disabled veterans and children with seizure disorders. You can sign up through Oct. 31 at www.RunSignUp.com. Search for Walk Your Paws Virtual Fun…

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On Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. the Friends of L&N Depot plan to unveil the newest exhibit for the Historic RailPark & Train Museum. Phase 2 of “Railroads Go to War” highlighting “Women in Railroading” and “Rosie the Riveter” will be revealed to a limited audience. This is part 2 of a 3-part …

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To help keep the community safe during the pandemic, Med Center Health is canceling the January 2021 Health & Wellness Expo. The unpredictability of COVID-19 and the proven danger of large, social gatherings have shown that hosting an indoor event is not in the best interests of keeping …

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The Gallery on the Square is opening the “Sunny 16 Camera Club Photo Exhibit,” highlighting the regional photography of 12 area artists on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The reception is open to the public, though masks and social distancing practices are required.

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Look, I know the last thing you want to read about is another societal issue. The year 2020 has been relentless in showing us over and over the major issues our society has. However, I am writing this because Sept. 8 was International Literacy Day, and I think you are going to want to know m…

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Back in 2004 I wrote an article for a statewide publication about drive-in theaters in Kentucky and how they had pretty much become a thing of the past. Twelve years later I wrote another one. In the late 50s and into the 60s there were 117, almost one per county, from one end of the state t…

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The Simpson County Schools Back to School Bash was held on Wednesday, Aug. 19 as a drive- thru school supplies giveaway.

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Ruby Branch Farms at 780 Lake Spring Road is offering opportunities to visit the farm’s sunflower patch. The cost is $5 per car or $25 per session with professional photographers. For more information, visit http://rubybranchfarms.com or visit their Facebook page.

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Members of the Franklin-Simpson Fire Department Rescue Swift Water Training Team were out on Drakes Creek last Wednesday morning practicing drills. Those pictured include Firefighters Shawn Gregory, JD Shanklin, Matt White and Captain Nelson Slaughter.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Easter Egg Hunt was canceled, but Kiwanis of Franklin-Simpson is still spreading quarantine summer fun with a bike giveaway. The winners include: 2-3 age group Kona McCoy, age 2, 4-6 age group Aubree Ranburger, age 6 and 7-9 age group Madilynn Crittende…

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Above: Franklin BPW recently installed its 2020-2021 officers pictured (from left to right) President Sharon Taylor-Carrillo, Vice President Mary Thomas Vincent, Treasurer Alice Bailey, Vice President Lynn Reins, Secretary Amy Smith, Parliamentarian Laura Tyree and Executive Assistant Jackie…

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Franklin BPW 2019-20 President Stephanie Downey passes the gavel to the 2020-2021 President Sharon Taylor-Carrillo. For more information on the club, visit the Facebook page: Franklin Business and Professional Women or send an email to FranklinBPW@gmail.com.

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Rodger Bird stood in his own end zone waiting for the Virginia Tech kicker to get the 1963 University of Kentucky football season underway. He was a sophomore playing his first varsity game (freshman were ineligible back then) and a sold out Stoll Field in Lexington was waiting to see what w…

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Kummer Road is home to one of the county’s beloved traditions — Spray Paint Road. For decades, people, both young and old, have used spray paint to write messages, create art, and leave their mark in this part of Simpson County’s history.

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Whether you are cutting fresh flowers for a table arrangement, air drying them naturally to make a dried flower arrangement, or any other technique, there are 3 important rules you must follow:

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American flags were placed at gravestones of former military members in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin on Saturday to honor and remember those who served the nation.

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Joel Ray Sprowls Lincoln Jamboree in Hodgenville is about as old school as it gets. It’s a throwback to days gone by in the entertainment world even in Kentucky. Although it has never attained the global status of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, it has left a deep footprint in the small town whe…

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Submitted by Franklin Business and Professional Women’s Club

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Kiwanis did a few giveaways to brighten up our kids’ weekend for Easter. We did a Facebook Live video and then held a drawing from the names submitted on the video. We gave away 4 Easter Baskets and 2 Giant Bunnies, all porch delivered on Sunday so that the kids would have them for Easter.

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Benjamin, a seventh-grader, and Andrew Coates, a sixth-grader at FSMS, created a collage to prove they found everything on the list for the scavenger hunt during the FSMS Virtual Rally.

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Natalya, 10, Macaiah, 7, and Nathan, 3 McCutchen helped their mom, Natalie McCutchen, FSMS 7th grade math teacher, complete challenge four, a scavenger hunt for the virtual rally.

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Bekah Bowen, a sixth-grader at FSMS, used chalk to create an art piece channeling Ellen DeGeneres for her art challenge during the Franklin-Simpson Middle School Virtual Rally.

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Addie Gregory, a sixth-grader at FSMS,decided to deliver Easter candy to her friends for her random act of kindness challenge in the FSMS Virtual Ralley.