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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.

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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.