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Showing 66 articles from July 10, 2013.

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Gunmen rob 5 in home invasion
Markus White
Gunmen rob 5 in home invasion
A Youngsville and Wake Forest man are set to appear in court next month after Louisburg police charged them with a home invasion.
Investigators allege Markus R. White, of Youngsville, and Gequon Henry, of Wake Forest, busted into a home in the 100 block of Sunset Avenue the evening of July 1 and robbed five people at gunpoint.

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$2 million jail upgrade eyed
LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners moved another step toward renovating the county’s jail.
On Monday night, the board agreed to let the building’s architect, Surapon Sujjavanich, bid the project out to contractors.
The decision has yet to obligate the county to spend any money on construction.

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NATURAL FIREWORKS
NATURAL FIREWORKS
Man-made fireworks have been lighting up nighttime skies in recent days but Mother Nature has a few tricks, too. Late Tuesday afternoon a single clap of thunder rocked Louisburg, even rattling windows in the fire station, and resulted from lightning striking this century-old red oak tree on East River Road. In this photo, Louisburg Utility Director Ray Patterson stands beside the shattered tree which literally exploded from the energy released by the strike. Bark was thrown for several yards -- and even the soil around the base of the tree was disturbed.

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County studies more incentives
LOUISBURG — Commissioners and economic developers are examining the prospect of luring one new business to the area and enticing another to stay and expand.
Residents will get a chance next month to comment on whether they want the county to spend taxpayer money to seal the deals.

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Area lawyer disciplined for misconduct
RALEIGH — The State Bar suspended the license of an area attorney, concluding that his sexual compulsions harmed clients and tainted the integrity of the practice of law.
Earlier this month, a State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission ordered Vance County attorney Steven Decillis to turn in his law license for five years.

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<i>Busy Fourth!</i>
Busy Fourth!
Celebrating the Fourth of July was a big deal this year. At the county’s show on the Fourth (at left), little Kenan Alston, 4, showed his mother, Teresa, some dance moves to make the wait for darkness go faster.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg’s Cason Grice enjoyed his first Fourth!

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Privacy
Editorial Cartoon: Privacy

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Mail ‘centerfolds’ and rowdy roosters! What a week!
Mail ‘centerfolds’ and rowdy roosters! What a week!
Well, that explains a lot doesn’t it?
For those of us who have long wondered why it takes so long to get a first-class letter delivered, the answer came clearer recently.
Seems the venerable old Postal Service has been photographing each and every item we mail — and then storing those images so that the government can get a peek if they so desire.

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Why can’t officials just say, do the right thing?
Government by ambush.
You’ve read all about it here in many, many past editorials and, despite all the pledges of open government and new transparency, once again our lawmakers in Raleigh are resorting to this despicable practice.
Government by ambush — which has often been used in Franklin County government — is the practice of bringing up a topic and voting on it quickly without prior notice to the public and without giving the public a chance to comment.

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Political savvy starts early
Political savvy starts early
It seems that Bobby Tufts has this campaigning thing down cold.
And he’s only four years old.
The fedora-wearing toddler with a fervor for fishing and a weakness for ice cream is running for re-election as mayor of Dorset, Minn.
And since he was elected as mayor at the age of three, the youngster is making national news.

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<i>Your choice: Snake oil or a good job!</i>
Your choice: Snake oil or a good job!
As I try to understand why there is such vitriol for the other person in our world, I always circle back to it is all about money and power: Those that want it, and are willing to do and say whatever it takes to get it.
The cost and value of invoking prejudice, bigotry, and hatred is incalculable.
There are some that would have you believe one group or race has a corner on this market.

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<i>Ironic ‘gift’ shows polarized split in county politics</i>
Ironic ‘gift’ shows polarized split in county politics
America is currently polarized in its political viewpoints.
Franklin County is no exception.  That was illustrated by the votes our representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly took last February with regard to unemployment compensation and insurance rates.  
Republican Chad Barefoot represents the entire county in the North Carolina Senate. 

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Louisburg’s new Good Will store an improvement
Dear editor:
My quick visit to the new Good Will store was a very pleasant experience. I was looking for a material to recover a seat on a newly restored antique chair. The improvements to the exterior of the building are a welcome addition to the community shopping experience. It has improved the Bickett Boulevard commercial streetscape with thoughtful landscaping, material color changes and brick screening of the service entrance.

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Identification incorrect
Dear editor:
This letter is to make a personal correction to the article printed in the June 27, 2013 edition of The Franklin Times entitled: “Franklinton summer camp provides hot options for kids.” The statement where you made reference to “Magistrate James Keith, right, hanging out at Privette’s Barber Shop...” was in error. I am James Keith; I have never been to Privette’s Barber Shop and I have never hung out at any barber’s shop.

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Editorial Cartoon: Superman
Editorial Cartoon: Superman

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OBITUARIES

PHILLIP EDGERTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Phillip Edgerton, 58, who died Saturday, July 6, 2013, will be held Friday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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STANLEY SMITH
June 21, 1948 ~ July 6, 2013
It is sadly announced that Brother Stanley Smith of Franklinton, North Carolina, passed July 6, 2013 in New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, New York.

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SPORTS

LEFT MOVEMENT
WE DID IT! Youngsville’s Trenton Wilson (left) rushes toward pitcher Nick Moran at the conclusion of last Friday evening’s title game of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Tournament.
LEFT MOVEMENT
LOUISBURG - Youngsville’s pair of aces trumped everyone else’s hand at the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament.
Super southpaws Landon Heller and Nick Moran combined to limit Oxford to just two hits in last Friday’s championship game as Youngsville wrapped up the title with a 5-1 decision at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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READY TO PLAY
LASER TAG. Youngsville Nationals’ second baseman Gavin Johnson (left) makes a quick tag on Fuquay-Varina’s Ethan Dumar during last Saturday’s action at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament.
READY TO PLAY
HOPE MILLS -- Unfazed by the high-profile surroundings, the Youngsville All-Stars rolled through Day One of competition at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament.
Youngsville opened tourney action with a convincing 10-5 conquest of the Fuquay-Varina Bengals last Saturday before sweating out  a tight 3-2 victory over Leland later in the day.

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Bunn bows out at state tournament
STEP TEAM. Bunn third baseman Kaiden Kearney steps on the bag for a force out last Saturday against the Leland All-Stars at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament, which is being played at Rockfish Elementary School in Hope Mills.
Bunn bows out at state tournament
HOPE MILLS -- Be it fate, luck of the draw or whatever other reason, Bunn and Leland have developed a penchant for meeting early in the North Carolina Dixie Youth State Baseball Tournaments, regardless of level.
A rivalry between the towns has ensued, and it continued last Saturday in the opening round of the D-Y Coach-Pitch State Tourney, which was held at Rockfish Elementary School in Cumberland County.

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Louisburg makes semis
LET’S GET THIS DONE. Louisburg All-Star Landon Mize (left) hands the ball to pitcher Pierce Gardner during last week’s action at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament at the Louisburg Softball Field.
Louisburg makes semis
LOUISBURG -- Only Oxford stood in the way of the Louisburg All-Stars and a possible spot in the finals of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament.
But that would prove to be a lofty obstacle to hurdle for Louisburg, which went undefeated against other foes at the annual event -- but posted an 0-2 mark versus Oxford.

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Still In The Hunt
ZACK ZINGS ONE. Bunn’s Zack Shirley delivers a pitch during last Saturday’s matchup against Louisburg in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament.
Still In The Hunt
BUNN -- Four teams still had a shot at supremacy heading into the backstretch of the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball District Tournament at Bunn Elementary School.
But only one of those clubs were without a defeat in the double-elimination format -- the host Bunn Wildcats.
Through three contests, Bunn had outscored its foes by a combined 32-11, although its first outing would prove to be a nail-biter.

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Avent earns coaching award
Avent earns coaching award
RALEIGH -- North Carolina State University head coach Elliott Avent has been named the 2013 ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year,  the American Baseball Coaches Association announced Wednesday.
In 2013, Avent guided the Wolfpack to their first 50-win season in program history and took NC State to its first College World Series since 1968.

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All-Star Showcase
TWISS TO HOME PLATE. Youngsville’s Machaela Twiss (left) collides with Wendell’s catcher while scoring a run during Tuesday evening’s action at the Tar Heel League 12-Under District Softball Tournament.
All-Star Showcase
LOUISBURG -- Thanks to their overall talent and pitching depth, Louisburg entered the Tar Heel 12-Under District Softball Tournament as a prohibitive favorite.
Still, Louisburg would have to hold off a challenge from an also-solid Youngsville squad, and the teams would pair up to produce two memorable games.

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MORE MINORS HIGHLIGHTS, 1
MORE MINORS HIGHLIGHTS, 1
OUR TIME TO SHINE. Members of the Youngsville All-Stars pose after winning the championship last Friday at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament. Pictured are (back row, l to r) Coaches Rob Heller, Rod Mason and Dave Palmer; (third row, l to r) Aiden Groves, Holden Cypher, Aiyan Burrell and Caden Miller; (second row, l to r) Nick Moran, Landon Heller, Robbie Burnett, Adam Champion and Trenton Wilson; (first row, l to r) Ethan Mason, Brayden Davis and Ryan Palmer.

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MORE MINORS HIGHLIGHTS, 2
MORE MINORS HIGHLIGHTS, 2
SPORTSMANSHIP WINNERS. The Oxford All-Stars were presented with the Sportsmanship Award Trophy at last week’s Dixie Youth Minor League District Tournament at the Louisburg High School Softball Field. Accepting the award for Oxford was Adam Brewer (left), along with team coaches (second from left to right) Steve Johnson, John Dunlow and Brian Hobgood. Oxford finished in second place overall at the tourney.

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Mudcats score shutout on road
Mudcats score shutout on road
LYNCHBURG, VA. -- The Carolina Mudcats received great pitching in a 6-0 shutout of the Lynchburg Hillcats on Monday night at Calvin Falwell Field in a Class A Carolina League diamond showdown.
The Mudcats (8-9, 30-57) struck out 12 hitters, tying a season high, while winning their fourth straight.
Joey Wendle launched two home runs to lead the offense.

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Football workouts slated
Football workouts slated
BUNN -- Bunn High School is currently holding football workouts every Monday through Thursday from 6-8 p.m. on the BHS campus.
All prospective varsity and junior varsity players are encouraged to attend.
BHS will host a Mini Camp on July 29-30 from 6-8 p.m. each day, followed by the first day of fall practice on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.

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Vanguards add spikers
FUTURE VANGUARD VOLLEYBALLERS. (L to R) Nicole Oakley and Kayla Lyons sign letters-of-intent to join the volleyball program at Vance-Granville Community College.
Vanguards add spikers
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College recently signed three more students to join the 2013 Vanguards women’s volleyball team.
Nicole Oakley of Butner, Kayla Lyons of Manson and Jessica Sutton-Corrodus of Oxford are all new additions to the squad.

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A GREAT TRY
A GREAT TRY
(L to R) Youngsville’s Hunter Glover and Caelan Witcher attempt to bring in a pop fly during last Saturday’s action at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament in Hope Mills.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE
AND THE WINNERS ARE
(L to R) Youngsville’s Joey Bierly and Gavin Johnson celebrate after the final out of last Saturday’s victory against Fuquay-Varina at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament. The annual event was held at Hope Mills in Cumberland County.

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BRAYDEN ON THE BAG
BRAYDEN ON THE BAG
Youngsville All-Star Brayden Davis makes sure he keeps his foot on third base during a tag attempt as part of last Friday night’s championship outing of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament at Louisburg High School.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY SOFTBALL SENSATIONS
FRANKLIN COUNTY SOFTBALL SENSATIONS
The Franklin County All-Stars took second place recently at the Tar Heel League 10-Under Softball Tournament at the Zebulon Elementary School Park.

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GIMME FIVE
GIMME FIVE
Bunn coach Waylon Holbrook high-fives Justin Hicks during action last Saturday at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament at Rockfish Elementary School in Hope Mills.

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GROVES GOES FOR SECOND
GROVES GOES FOR SECOND
Youngsville’s Aidan Groves (right) slides safely into second base during last Friday’s Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball District Tournament at Louisburg High School.

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LET’S GET IT STARTED
LET’S GET IT STARTED
Youngsville’s Aiyan Burrell scores the first run of the game during last Friday’s title-clinching victory over Oxford at the Dixie Youth Minors Tourney.

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LOUISBURG FLAMETHROWER
LOUISBURG FLAMETHROWER
Louisburg All-Star talented pitcher Jenna McKenney proved to be difficult to hit during the Tar Heel League 12-Under Softball District Tournament, which concluded Tuesday night at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE BUDDIES FOR 2013
MIRACLE LEAGUE BUDDIES FOR 2013
Several of the Miracle League of Franklin County Buddies for the 2013 season are shown in this photograph.

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MORTON MAKES THE PLAY
MORTON MAKES THE PLAY
Bunn first baseman Caleb Morton (left) fields a throw to retire Louisburg’s Donathan Muldrow on a close play during last Saturday evening’s contest at the Dixie Youth Minor League District Baseball Tournament at Bunn Elementary School.

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SHOW OF SUPPORT
SHOW OF SUPPORT
Louisburg All-Stars starting pitcher Cale Bolton (center) receives encouragement from his teammates during last Saturday’s matchup against Bunn at the Dixie Youth Major League District Baseball Tournament at Bunn Elementary School. Heading into Wednesday’s semifinal action, Louisburg was still alive with one loss in the double-elimination format. Tourney play will conclude either today or Friday.

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SLIP SLIDING AWAY
SLIP SLIDING AWAY
Louisburg catcher Shane Garrett tries to come up with a throw last week against the Oxford All-Stars at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball District Tournament in Louisburg.

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SUPER SHORTSTOP
SUPER SHORTSTOP
Taylor Ferguson was exceptional in the infield for the Louisburg All-Stars during the Tar Heel 12-Under District Softball Tournament. Louisburg defeated Youngsville in Tuesday’s championship.

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TRACKING YOU DOWN
TRACKING YOU DOWN
Bunn’s Cody Rice (left) prepares to chase a Leland runner back to third base during last Saturday’s action at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament. The event was being held at Rockfish Elementary School in Hope Mills.

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YOUNGSVILLE SLUGGER
YOUNGSVILLE SLUGGER
Youngsville’s Connor Hathaway rips a pitch for a single during last Saturday’s decision over Fuquay-Varina at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament in Hope Mills.

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LIFESTYLES

Franklinton celebrates nation’s birthday! pics, 1
Franklinton celebrates nation’s birthday! pics, 1
ILLUMINATING.  Above, Max Caudle, Kaleigh Morris and Chris Ayscue chase bubbles coming from the Frugals Speedway vendor booth.

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Franklinton celebrates nation’s birthday! pics, 2
Franklinton celebrates nation’s birthday! pics, 2
FUNTASTIC. Stephanie Baldree with S&W Productions in Wake Forest helps set up the fireworks display in Franklinton. A thunderstorm cleared out in time, allowing the show to go on.

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Franklinton celebrates nation’s birthday! pics, 3
Franklinton celebrates nation’s birthday! pics, 3
FUNTASTIC. Franklinton Police Chief John Green, left, and Det. Reginald Norflett, right, go over raffle tickets for a grill. It will be given away during National Night Out on Aug. 6.

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But in Alert, July 4 is time for a parade, Pics 1
But in Alert, July 4 is time for a parade, Pics 1
Dudley Hampton and daughter, Caroline, enjoy the parade!

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But in Alert, July 4 is time for a parade, Pics 2
But in Alert, July 4 is time for a parade, Pics 2
Kenneth Radford always enjoys being Uncle Sam in the parade and this year got an assist from his cameraman Mike Foster.

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But in Alert, July 4 is time for a parade, Pics 3
But in Alert, July 4 is time for a parade, Pics 3
Terry Tharrington holds up a sign in memory of his brother, Dale, who always rode a motorcycle in the Alert Parade, but died recently.

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<i>Sanborn Maps help unravel development of towns</i>
Sanborn Maps help unravel development of towns
A series of fire insurance maps published during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by the Sanborn Map Company of Pelham, N.Y. reveal much about the physical development of the towns of Louisburg and Franklinton.
The Sanborn Map Company published detailed maps of cities and towns throughout the United States from 1867 to 1967, to aid insurance companies in making informed decisions about insuring properties.

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<i>Discovering Belize; An adventure to beautiful subtropical paradise</i>
Discovering Belize; An adventure to beautiful subtropical paradise
This was an adventure trip for sure, a trip which they will treasure for ever. The guys who would like to share their unbelievable adventure are Dennis Hess and stepson Jason Broussard.
Dennis and Jason met at the Atlanta Airport from where they took a 2 1/2 hour flight to Belize City. Belize is a small country about the size of Connecticut, located on the Yucatan Peninsula about 250 miles south of Cancun, Mexico.

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<i>Couple married in church rites</i>
Couple married in church rites
Laura Whitney Dale and Brandon Denson Vick were united in marriage May 18, 2013 at Sunset Avenue Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. The officiating minister for the 4 p.m. ceremony was the Rev. Dr. Robin D. Fisher.
The bride is the daughter of the late George Frank Dale and the late Karen Walters Dale.

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Engaged
Engaged
Kenneth and Valerie Weston of Youngsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Weston, also of Youngsville, to Patrick Wayne Allen of Youngsville.  Patrick is the son of Ms. Judy Allen and Reuben Allen of Louisburg. The wedding is planned for Aug. 24, 2013 at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.

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<i>Engaged to marry</i>
Engaged to marry
Mike and Linda Chappell of Wake Forest announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Claire Chappell of Atlanta, Ga. to John Andrew Farner of Fayetteville, Ga. The groom-elect is the son of Bill and Patricia Farner of Cosby, Tenn.  The wedding will take place on Sept. 14, 2013 in Raleigh.

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<i>Can hunting leases turn deer pests into an asset to farmers?</i>
Can hunting leases turn deer pests into an asset to farmers?
Deer continue to damage many farm crops each year, especially soybeans.
If your farm income is being lost because of deer damage and if you are interested in receiving additional income, you might want to learn more about a new statewide program that generates funds from hunting leases.  
There is a strong demand for farm locations that will allow “still hunting” of deer, turkey, dove, and more; that is, without the use of dogs.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>4 LC students receive honors</i>
4 LC students receive honors
Louisburg College has announced that four students were Top 10 finalists at the 2013 Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference, held June 22-25 in Anaheim, CA.
Abdul Caesar and Kyle May, both of Cary, won fifth place in the Integrated Marketing Campaign category.
Abdul, the son of Alnisa Caesar, will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill as an economics major in the fall.

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FHS student serves as page
The North Carolina Senate recently had Katilyn Diane Hinson, a student at Franklinton High School, serve as a Page.
She is the daughter of Stephanie Horne of Youngsville. Katilyn was sponsored by Senator Chad Barefoot.

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<i>Class of 2013 at Kids Corner</i>
Class of 2013 at Kids Corner
GRADUATION TIME!  The Kid’s Corner in Louisburg recently held its graduation at the center. Daycare director is Amy Merritt and the instructor of the class of 2013 is Tina Holden and assistant instructor is Barbara Coons. The graduating class is front row, left to right:  Jacob Layton, Ben Fry, MaKayla Parrish, Ben Hoyle and Emily Arrington. Back row, left to right: Ivy Dinh, Samuel Leonard, Sutter Cheshire, Claire Roberson, Thomas Krogh and David Tart.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

ROARING TO SERVE!
ROARING TO SERVE!
These are the recently elected Franklinton Lions Club officers for 2013-2014 (left to right): Art Wright, vice president; Mark McArn, treasurer; Harold Williamson, chaplain; Sherry Morgan, president; Terry Southard, membership chairman; Brenda Williamson, lion tamer; Jo Starling, tail twister; Bill Day, secretary. Past District Governor Frank Brooks installed the officers.

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More find jobs locally, but more seek them, too
RALEIGH — Franklin County workers continued a statewide trend, as a higher percentage of workers found employment.
That didn’t necessarily mean more Franklin County residents went to work, though.
According to the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Franklin County’s unemployment rate improved from 8.1 percent in March to 7.9 percent in April — the most recent statistics available.

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Foreclosures to get extra scrutiny, clerk says
LOUISBURG — Franklin County’s Clerk of Superior Court has promised increased inspection on foreclosures after a grassroots group brought forth allegations of fraud in the home-taking business.
The Clerk of Court oversees judicial foreclosure action and one of the primary decisions the courts make is whether a lender or note holder has the power of sale.

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FIRE AND SMOKE OVER THE WATER!
FIRE AND SMOKE OVER THE WATER!
The calm waters of Lake Royale provided a perfect backdrop for Fourth of July fireworks, as evidenced by this scene. This photo, with boats silhouetted around the lake, is courtesy of  David Daniel from Tritium Photography.

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United Way awards impact grants
A total of 18 programs were approved from the undesignated fund, and five community partner agencies were awarded grants for seven programs.  In all, $100,000 was awarded in the grant process.
The partner agencies – which are part of a three-year pilot initiative that guarantees UWFC funding – are:

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Completes Basic
Army National Guard Pvt. Dezmond D. Hopkins has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills.

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