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Showing 45 articles from September 18, 2013.

FRONT PAGE

Jail project hits $3.5 million, well above estimates
LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to renovate the jail at a cost of $3.5 million — about $1 million more than expected.
County staff and Sheriff Jerry Jones said it’s important to put the money into the project this time, rather than cut corners like consultants recommended 17 years ago.
The result, staff revealed, has been a leaky roof, cracked walls, deteriorating floors and other deficiencies that have compromised the jail.

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Two charter school applications filed
Two Franklin County groups joined 168 other nonprofit organizations in notifying the state that they intend to open charter schools.
One of the applicants is County Commission Vice Chair Sidney Dunston.
The General Assembly lifted the 100-school cap in 2011 and the state has seen a surge in charter school applications. Right now, there are 127 public charter schools.

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UP TOP
UP TOP
Above, Louisburg High band member Cheyanne Sirucek leads the band during a performance at the Tar River Festival on Saturday.

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Youngsville parks, rec compromise ironed out
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners agreed that its baseball program would pay back the town $5,000 — rather than the $20,000 the town asked for previously.
That decision was made after hearing from a meeting room full of area residents who worried that writing the town a $20,000 check this year would cripple parks and recreation.

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New road to industrial park, airport opened
New road to industrial park, airport opened
LOUISBURG — In 2005, leaders in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties entered into a groundbreaking relationship to share in the costs of developing industrial sites and reaping the benefits.
Last week, leaders met again for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the completion of a road leading from one of Franklin County’s main thoroughfares to an industrial site featuring a 30,900-square-foot spec building — but not much else.

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Community theater returning
Louisburg College is bringing back community theater to the Norris Theatre.
The season will begin with multiple December performances of the holiday classic, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Barbara Robinson.
Open auditions for all roles will be held Oct. 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. each day. Norris Theatre Director Wally Hurst will direct the production, which will be presented on Dec. 12, 13, 14 and 15.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Tiny dancer Sania Alston

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: iPacifier
Editorial Cartoon: iPacifier

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A couple of (stolen) ideas to boost local economy
A couple of (stolen) ideas to boost local economy
Trying to reduce brain damage from banging my head against the brick wall of local political inertia, let me try a slightly different tactic.
Although neither Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell nor county commissioner Sidney Dunston took me up on my challenge to help improve the local economy, let’s explore a couple of ideas that might help.
These are not original ideas ... but they might work.

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Faster, more reliable Internet service needed
Franklin County — especially rural Franklin County — needs better Internet service.
That statement should come as a surprise to no one, especially those who live in the more rural portions of the county.
But, sadly, it’s a statement that’s true for just about everyone.
Even here on “The Boulevard” in the county seat, Internet service is tenuous — and way out of date.

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The night the lights went out in Franklinton
The night the lights went out in Franklinton
In my last column, I talked about parks and recreation issues in Youngsville and how a debate to fund the program had piqued the interest of so many.
Indeed, it turns out that it’s not just taxes and zoning that gets people to venture out into the halls of government — the issue of funding parks and recreation does the same trick.

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Communication: It ends up just a question of perception
Communication: It ends up just a question of perception
The lasting lesson I remember from communications in college is that communication boils down to perception. 
The message the messenger intended to convey isn’t as important as the message the receiver “hears.”
When speaking of a state, this translates to the state’s image. Right now, North Carolina’s image is suffering.
Last month Public Policy Polling surveyed 803 registered voters nationally to get their opinion of North Carolina.

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<i>Franklin County’s unsung heroes are a true blessing!</i>
Franklin County’s unsung heroes are a true blessing!
I know what I am about to share with you is not the story that will bring acclaim or find its way in the journal of profound revealing.
It will not be salacious or entertaining as one of a deceitful politician or person that has betrayed a trust. It is, however, an important story.   

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Editorial Cartoon: Thin Red Line
Editorial Cartoon: Thin Red Line

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SPORTS

FOLLOWING UP
TANGLED UP IN YOU. Louisburg College’s Nikolai Hammer (right) gets tied up with a Wake Tech defender during last Wednesday’s matchup.
FOLLOWING UP
LOUISBURG -- Some coaches would love to have Cristian Neagu’s problems as he charts the course of his Louisburg College men’s soccer team through the early portion of the campaign.
After reaching the national finals last year, Neagu and Company might be even more talented this time around.
But the Hunger Games might be the most important contest Neague deals with in 2013 as he tries to keep his club motivated to duplicate -- and maybe even surpass -- its achievements from last fall.

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RETURN THE FAVOR
BACK AT YA. Bunn’s Charlotte Murphy concentrates on a volley during the Ladycats’ road girls tennis matchup last Thursday against Louisburg. The host Lady Warriors avenged an earlier team loss with a victory.
RETURN THE FAVOR
LOUISBURG -- When Bunn defeated Louisburg two weeks ago in girls tennis action, one of the major reasons was the Ladycats’ perfect mark in doubles play.
During last Thursday’s rematch at LHS, the host Lady Warriors were determined to gain a measure of revenge -- and they achieved that goal with a 5-4 team conquest.

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FHS wins on road vs. Vikes
BYE BYE. After rolling past Northwest Halifax last week, Trevor Hill and the Franklinton Red Rams will be off this Friday. FHS will carry a 4-0 record into the bye week.
FHS wins on road vs. Vikes
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- For the third consecutive week, the Franklinton Red Rams have broken the 50-point mark with yet another strong offensive performance.
This time, FHS’ defense was also sharp as the Red Rams had no problem last Friday on the road against non-conference foe Northwest Halifax.

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Bunn drops first contest
COFIELD IN THE CLUTCH. Bunn’s Jayla Cofield (right) tries to send a tip over a pair of Nash Central defenders during Monday’s road volleyball matchup at the NCHS Gymnasium in Rocky Mount.
Bunn drops first contest
BUNN -- When the Northern Carolina Conference was realigned in the off-season, it was generally regarded that defending state runner-up South Granville would be one of the teams to beat in the race for the NCC volleyball championship.
The Lady Vikings had done nothing to refute that assessment so far as South Granville hasn’t lost a league match to date this fall.

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BHS Bested By Pirates
ONE (FIELD) GOAL IN MIND. Bunn kicker Freeman Jones (right) discusses strategy with Dillon Hopkins (left) and Jonathan Eatmon last Friday.
BHS Bested By Pirates
WENDELL -- A much-improved Corinth Holders squad proved to be too much last Friday night for the Bunn Wildcats.
As a result, the Pirates were able achieve a goal they hadn’t attained during the brief history of the school.
Elliott Lindley’s 2-yard run with just 1:33 remaining helped Corinth Holders put away Bunn for the first time during a 21-10 victory.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 22-28
High School Football
FRIDAY
Granville Central at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Bunn at Northampton County    7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Southern Vance    7:30 p.m.

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LC still undefeated after road triumph
LC still undefeated after road triumph
COLUMBIA, S.C. --  The Louisburg College football team played its first road game of the 2013 season and defeated Gray Military Academy, 30-16, Sunday afternoon.
GMA scored the only points of the first quarter but the Canes responded by scoring nine points of their own in the second quarter, taking a 9-3 lead into the halftime break.

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Red Rams Hit Their Stride
PUTTING HIS BEST FOOT FORWARD. Franklinton’s Aldo Rebollar (left) dribbles while being defended by Louisburg’s Sam Chmurovic during Tuesday’s boys soccer contest at Joyner Park.
Red Rams Hit Their Stride
FRANKLINTON -- A recent four-game winning streak has momentum soaring for the Franklinton High School boys soccer squad -- and has the Red Rams in the thick of the Northern Carolina Conference race for a possible playoff position.
FHS’ slow start was understandable, considering the Red Rams tangled with a series of talented non-league foes, including the likes of Class 3-A powerhouses Southern Nash and Corinth Holders.

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Bunn Sweeps LHS
DRIVER-ING FORCE. Louisburg’s Loganne Driver (right) goes up for a kill attempt as Bunn’s Parker Brantley defends during last Wednesday’s high school volleyball matchup at the Bunn Dome.
Bunn Sweeps LHS
BUNN -- Bunn’s talented, veteran lineup didn’t prove to be a good matchup last Wednesday for the Louisburg Lady Warriors in the latest renewal of the schools’ long-time volleyball rivalry.
With as many as four ninth-graders on the floor at the same time, the Lady Warriors had difficulty staying with BHS, which secured the victory in a three-game sweep at the Bunn Dome.

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LC hoops sked released
LC hoops sked released
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s 2013-14 men’s basketball campaign will kick off Oct. 26 with an expected tough road game at perennial power Hargrave Military Academy.
LC’s home opener will be Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. against Southside Virginia as part of the Coca-Cola Classic at the Taylor Center.

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MICRO MASTERS
MICRO MASTERS
The Carolina Lady Blaze 10-Under Travel Softball Team recently took third place at the NC USSSA School Day Blues Tournament, which was held in Micro. Pictured with the trophy are players (back, l to r) Brooklyn Bardes, Alexandra Edwards, Elizabeth Winstead, Taylor Sullivan, Emily Winstead and Madison Hamilton; (front, l to r) Ragan Holloman, Mary Jones, Alyssa Henault, Emily Lewis and Monica Strickland.

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Woody named coach at VGCC
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College has named Michael Woody as the new head coach of the Vanguards men’s basketball team.
Woody most recently served as assistant men’s basketball coach for Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.
He will lead VGCC’s program into its sixth season of play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X this fall.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE HEROES, 1
MIRACLE LEAGUE HEROES, 1
BACK IN ACTION. The Miracle League of Franklin County returned to the diamond last weekend with its annual Training Day event at Louisburg High School. Pictured (above) is Stephen Phillips getting ready for this weekend’s opener.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE HEROES, 2
MIRACLE LEAGUE HEROES, 2
BACK IN ACTION. The Miracle League of Franklin County returned to the diamond last weekend with its annual Training Day event at Louisburg High School. Pictured (above) Jocquell Harris joins mascot Homer and Holli Raetz.

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Lady Rams keep winning
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s Lady Rams came through with a pair of important volleyball victories last week in Northern Carolina Conference action.
Franklinton, coached by Caitlin Withers, defeated Roanoke Rapids in impressive fashion by a score of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-13.

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NC Wesleyan edged in overtime
ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina Wesleyan College’s football team made its much-anticipated return to the Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium last Saturday afternoon, but the Bishops would come up just short in a 24-21 overtime loss to Southern Virginia University.
Wesleyan had forced OT with a 96-yard drive in the final two minutes that was capped by a successful 2-point conversion to junior tight end Albert Raynor.

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Louisburg College’s Zevon Wells uses a chest pass to advance the ball during last Wednesday afternoon’s home victory against Region X men’s soccer rival Wake Tech CC.

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KEEPING AN EYE OUT
KEEPING AN EYE OUT
Franklinton’s Alvaro Ortiz (right) watches as Louisburg’s Eliceo Hernandez dribbles during Tuesday’s boys soccer contest at Joyner Park.

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QUEEN VICTORIA
QUEEN VICTORIA
Louisburg’s Victoria Rowe returns a shot during last Thursday’s team tennis triumph against rival Bunn.

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SAM SPARKLES AGAIN
SAM SPARKLES AGAIN
Louisburg College midfielder Sam Parrish (right) was strong last weekend in helping the Lady Hurricanes pick up a pair of victories against Region X soccer opponents.

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SHARDAE SOARS
SHARDAE SOARS
Louisburg’s Shardae Alexander (right) elevates for a kill last Wednesday against spike rival Bunn.

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LIFESTYLES

<i>Musical program</i>
Katie Fernandez
Musical program
A MUSICAL SUNDAY. Two musicians, Daniel Steinert and Katie Fernandez, will combine their talents at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Sept. 22, for a performance at Cherry Hill in Warren County. Steinert will play the organ and piano to accompany soprano Fernandez as they present music from Bach, Gershwin, favorite hymns and spirituals and even provide a taste of Broadway. Cherry Hill is an historic home on N.C. 58 in Inez.

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Webworms munching their way across county!
Webworms munching their way across county!
You have probably noticed masses of webbing on the ends of tree branches in your yard, your neighbors yard or along the roadsides.
They are the work of the fall webworm, a species of caterpillar native to our region. Fall webworm outbreaks occur every year in our area and are most noticeable in late summer and fall.
The good news is fall webworms rarely cause serious damage, however they have been noted to be unsightly.

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<i>Local woman celebrates 99th birthday!</i>
Local woman celebrates 99th birthday!
99 AND GOING STRONG. Emma Richardson of Louisburg (wearing hat) celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Louisburg. She was born in Warren County on Sept. 9, 1914. She is shown here with her three daughters, (from the left)) Bernice Richardson, Vernice Harris, both of Louisburg, and Mary Alston of Spring Valley, NY. At the right is her great-granddaughter, Anayja Akridge, and other family members joined her for the celebration. She has lived to see her fourth generation.

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<i>New teachers get red carpet welcome<i>
New teachers get red carpet welcome
The single most important job in the whole world has to be teaching. When teachers pass on knowledge and values to children, which are necessary for further education, working life, and prosperity, we feel a reward deep inside our hearts.
Our teachers must continue to be respected, and the profession must continue to grow in order to attract qualified young adults to the teaching profession.

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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
LOUISBURG SENIOR CENTER
Telephone: 496-1131 • Meals Daily: 11:30 a.m.
* Exercise Room: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. -  Fri.*
*Billiards: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.*

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg board endorses COG move
The Louisburg Town Council took exactly one vote at its very brief Monday night meeting and it was unanimous.
The board agreed to a resolution of support for the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments’ effort to receive grant funding for studying future water quality rules and regulations.
Currently, the COG helps towns and cities in its service area with water quality issues.

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A picture perfect day for a festival along the Tar River, 1
A picture perfect day for a festival along the Tar River, 1
BRASSY. Louisburg High senior band member Carla  Miller plays the trombone during the band’s performance at the Tar River Festival.

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A picture perfect day for a festival along the Tar River, 2
A picture perfect day for a festival along the Tar River, 2
KICKING UP A STORM. Members of the Louisburg School of Dance put on a performance during the Tar River Festival in Louisburg on Saturday.

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A picture perfect day for a festival along the Tar River, 3
A picture perfect day for a festival along the Tar River, 3
TOO COOL. ANGIE & The Cool Network, part of Overtone Productions, were part of the afternoon entertainment at the festival.

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PATRIOTIC
PATRIOTIC
Mary Gayle Turner, foreground, and Matthew Fuzi were among the dozens of people that turned out to the Franklin County Courthouse steps to recognize the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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