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Showing 36 articles from December 3, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

LHS campus to grow by 60 acres
SWORN IN. Commissioner Cedric Jones take the oath of office from Judge John Davis with the aid of his wife, Laureen.
LHS campus to grow by 60 acres

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners agreed to pay for land that school officials plan to use as part of an expansion at Louisburg High School.
School officials and staff presented the board with its proposal Monday night after negotiating to buy 60 acres from Dennis Mustian at a price of $600,000.


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County tries to end water deal stalemate

LOUISBURG -- Following a closed session Monday night, Franklin County commissioners essentially sent Franklinton a new offer to purchase its water system that must get done by Dec. 16, or not at all.
The two governing bodies have been negotiating the sell for months.
During Franklinton's Nov. 18 meeting, town commissioners forwarded Franklin County an agreement to sell the property for $3.2 million, contingent upon a number of things, but the apparent sticking point was the town's request that two water tanks remain emblazoned with Franklinton logos and that they continue to recoup revenue from cell towers located on one of the tanks.


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<i>It's now Sheriff Winstead!</i>
It's now Sheriff Winstead!

LOUISBURG -- Sheriff Kent Winstead took office this week as he was sworn in before a packed courtroom.
Winstead, the former Bunn Police Chief, bested Jerry Jones in the November election.
His official transition was completed at noon on Dec. 1 when he recited the oath office before District Court Judge John Davis.


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Animals will be cared for, new sheriff tells advocates

LOUISBURG -- Advocates for cats and dogs, and other four-legged pets, showed up, en masse, asking county leaders for any help they can provide in selecting the next leader of the Animal Control shelter.
Sheriff Kent Winstead, who spoke with several of them later in a hallway, assured them that animal control would be placed in good hands.


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<i>A new day in college dining!</i>
The former Blue Room has a more formal look as Alumni Room
A new day in college dining!

LOUISBURG -- For months, Louisburg College officials have been pushing to complete an overhaul to its dining area.
It was why school President Mark La Branche compared a ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the sparkling facility to giving birth -- to an elephant.
"It was quite a project," La Branche told school trustees, administrators, staff and project partners during a ceremony on Tuesday morning.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn resident Ikesha Little


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Immigration
Editorial Cartoon: Immigration

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College's new dining facility, a project done right!
College's new dining facility, a project done right!

After making sure our bird was enjoying a balmy 325 degrees in its very own "spa" last Thursday morning, I slipped out and headed to Louisburg College where I got the biggest surprise in a long time.
As many of you know, the college dining area is the site of a Community Thanksgiving Dinner event put on by A Blessing, Inc., the group that runs soup kitchens in our county the rest of the year.


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REALLY? C'MON, REALLY?
REALLY? C'MON, REALLY?

Is this the best we can do? Granted the Franklin County Courthouse isn't the architectural wonder of the Cupola House in Edenton or Jefferson's Monticello or Washington's Mount Vernon, but it is the Franklin County courthouse. And although it's not as early as those structures and has been added onto and remuddled through the years, it is still the most historic remaining public structure in downtown Louisburg.


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Mid-December water resolution is a Festivus for the rest of us
Mid-December water resolution is a Festivus for the rest of us

We may have a Festivus miracle, indeed.
Last week, it looked like the protracted water and sewer negotiations between Franklin County and the town of Franklinton would last well into the new year.
This summer, Franklinton's Board of Commissioners voted to sell its utility system to Franklin County.


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<i>Are there alligators in Franklin County?</i>
Are there alligators in Franklin County?

Soon we will be ringing in the New Year. You still have a little time to complete goals set for 2014. As you look over the list, if contacting an old friend is still left undone, pick up the phone.
Old friends have a way of dieing before you find the time to get up with them.
Now may be a good time to get your month-by-month 2015 plan and goals together. A better time would have been about three months ago.


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<i>Governor's vision doesn't include us</i>
Governor's vision doesn't include us

As I write this article, I am looking at a map of the proposed Strategic Transportation Corridors from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
This is the heart of Gov. Pat McCrory's 25-year Vision For North Carolina. A widened 401 is not on it.
In fact, if it weren't for U.S. 1, which is at the extreme western fringe of Franklin County, we would be completely ignored.


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Editorial Cartoon: Order
Editorial Cartoon: Order

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OBITUARIES

HAZEL A. CLARK

HENDERSON - Hazel Lillian Allen Clark, 73, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at her home. A visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg.


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KENNETH "YAK" PERRY

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Kenneth "Yak" Perry, 49, who died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, were held on Saturday, Nov. 29, at Concord Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.


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MILDRED W. MARTIN

FRANKLINTON-Mildred Wilder Martin, 85, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Louisburg Nursing Center. She was born in Franklin County on Nov. 1, 1929, to the late Julian E. and Lillie Stroud Wilder. Mrs. Martin was a member of Perry's Chapel Baptist Church.


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NEWMAN "DON" WILLIAMS SR.

HENDERSON - Funeral services for Newman "Don" Williams Sr., 67, who died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Greater Ransom Way of the Cross, with the Rev. Michael Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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SPORTS

WALL'S WAY
WALL'S WAY

FRANKLINTON - With offense at a premium for both teams, Franklinton used a dash of defensive heroics to steal a victory away from rival Louisburg.
With the visiting Lady Warriors trying to hold the ball with a two-point cushion in the final minute, Franklinton's Tanisha Wall came up with a clutch steal near midcourt.


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Bunn Bests Birds
PRECIOUS TIMES. Bunn junior guard Precious Walker drives for two points against Southern Nash.
Bunn Bests Birds

BUNN -- After qualifying for the regional tournament in three of the past five seasons, the Bunn Ladycats have even greater aspirations this time around.
The Ladycats appear to be primed for a deep playoff run thanks to a strong group that features both talented veterans and potential-rich newcomers.


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LHS Back On The Mat
I'VE GOT THIS. A Louisburg wrestler takes charge of a match as part of last Wednesday's I-95 Duals in Red Oak.
LHS Back On The Mat

RED OAK -- Taking on some tough competition, the shorthanded Louisburg Warriors were unable to come up with a team victory at last Wednesday's I-95 Duals at Northern Nash High School.
But despite the setbacks, veteran LHS head coach Courtney Tart is upbeat about his club's chances during the 2014-15 campaign.


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Rams Poised In NCC
LEARNING TO DRIVE. Franklinton's Jerail Brodie heads to the basket during last Tuesday evening's home boys basketball decision against Oxford Webb.
Rams Poised In NCC

FRANKLINTON -- More than anything, it appears as if Franklinton's 0-2 start was merely a mirage -- and not a source for long-term concern.
That's because the Red Rams, coached by Terrence Horne, has a deep, talented roster that is expected to push for one of the top spots in the always-competitive Northern Carolina Conference.


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STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAMES

CHAPEL HILL -- Here are last Friday's third-round results and this Friday's semifinal matchups in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's State Football Playoffs:


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Cohen shares grid award in the MEAC
Cohen shares grid award in the MEAC

GREENSBORO -- North Carolina A&T sophomore running back Tarik Cohen has been saluted as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
Cohen, who prepped at Bunn High School, shares the award with Howard University's Greg McGhee.
Called 'one of the best running backs in the nation' by Aggies' coach Rod Broadway, Cohen rushed for 1,340 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He also had 25 receptions for 237 yards and one score.


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Time To Reload
LOOSE BALL. (L to R) Bunn's Cordarius Bumpers and Southern Nash's Marquise Wright try to gain possession during Tuesday's boys basketball matchup at the Bunn Dome.
Time To Reload

BUNN -- Rebuilding is never an option for the expectation-filled Bunn High School boys basketball program -- though that notion might be tested a bit this winter.
The Wildcats are full of unfamiliar faces as Peter Ashford takes over as head coach -- and boasts a group with just one returning rotation standout (guard T.J. Jones).


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Unique Contrast
OCTAVIUS ON THE MOVE. Louisburg's Octavius Scoggins (left) looks for an open teammate while being defended by Franklinton's Romeo Debnam during Tuesday's boys basketball game.
Unique Contrast

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton's deep, powerhouse front line and Louisburg's strong backcourt provided an interesting matchup for Tuesday's rivalry boys basketball showdown at the FHS Gymnasium.
But the Red Rams are also solid along the perimeter, and that helped make a huge difference during Franklinton's 65-54 decision over the Warriors.


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Hurricanes sharp at nationals

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's first-ever cross country season was capped by a successful trip to Lubbock, Texas, last month for the NJCAA National Championships.
Louisburg's men took 21st place overall as a team, with Haben Zemichael finishing in 47th place -- two spots out of All-American consideration.


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Webb Pulls Away Late
Webb Pulls Away Late

FRANKLINTON -- In a game of spurts, the Oxford Webb Warriors had the final and biggest one during last Tuesday's non-conference girls basketball decision at host Franklinton.
FHS jumped out early, fell behind, rallied and eventually saw Webb pull away for a 44-26 victory.
The Lady Rams scored the first four points of the night off buckets from guard Lanesha Hawkins.


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INSIDE FORCE
INSIDE FORCE

Romeo Debnam scores in the paint for the Franklinton Red Rams.


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TRE' IS ON TARGET
TRE' IS ON TARGET

Franklinton High's Tre' Gaither is one of the area's top long-range shooters.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Meeting the challenges of modern life</i>
Meeting the challenges of modern life

Can you name the one profession that has kept families at its central focus for more than 100 years?
It is the profession that has focused solely on empowering families and youth by providing research-based and scientific information since it was founded in 1899.
Ellen Swallow Richards, the first female graduate and faculty member of MIT, blazed the path by using scientific knowledge to address the plight of families with regards to water quality, food safety and the safety of home environments.


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CROWNED
CROWNED

Jordan Durham and Kimanna Woodard were crowned 2014 Little Miss and Master Justice recently. They were the contest winners during a Little Miss and Master Contest held Nov. 21 at Louisburg Elementary School. The event was put on by the Franklin County Chapter of the Concerned Women for Justice. All contest entrants displayed their various talents. Jordan's contest sponsor was Evelyn Blackwell and Kimanna's sponsor was Armenta Eaton.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Clerk of superior court swears to serve public
Clerk of superior court swears to serve public

THE CLERK AND HER COURT. Clerk of Superior Court Patricia Burnette Chastain, front, center, was sworn in during a ceremony on Monday morning. Chastain, who was appointed to the position in the spring of 2013 and won a primary race in the spring of 2014, did not face any opposition during the general election in November. Besides Chastain, her staff members also took their oaths of office.


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HOLIDAY TREATS
HOLIDAY TREATS

Volunteer Emily Best is all smiles as she delivers another tray full of sweet treats to the dessert buffet that was part of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner last week. The event, a project of A Blessing, Inc., the group that operates volunteer soup kitchens the rest of the year, was held in the newly renovated dining area at Louisburg College. This year, the dinner was the fifth put on by A Blessing, and by day's end, more than 300 people were expected to be served.


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New attorney takes oath
New attorney takes oath

Last month, family, friends and fellow attorneys watched a local guy make good.
District Court Judge John Davis swore in Edward M. Bartholomew II last week, giving him the green light to begin practicing law.
Bartholomew is the son of William T. Bartholomew and the late Marsha A. Bartholomew.


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<i>It's time for a stroll!</i><br>Christmas art stroll, parade are tonight in Franklinton
It's time for a stroll!
Christmas art stroll, parade are tonight in Franklinton

Franklin County Arts Council will sponsor its Christmas Art Stroll today (Dec. 4) in downtown Franklinton, starting at 5:30 p.m..
In keeping with the holiday spirit carolers from Franklinton Area Community Theater will stroll the street singing familiar Christmas tunes. The Blues Rockets will be playing at Amariah's Gift and Calligraphy Shop starting at 5:30 p.m. Even though the art Stroll officially ends at 7 p.m., the Franklinton Christmas parade starts at 7, and starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be a blue grass jam at Johnny's on Main.


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KVA receives $275,000 grant from foundation
KVA receives $275,000 grant from foundation

There were literally tens of thousands of additional reasons to be thankful this year at Kerr Vance Academy in neighboring Vance County.
At the traditional pre-Thanksgiving Grandparents and Grand-Friends Day, school officials received a $275,000 grant that matched a similar amount raised by students, parents, teachers (past and present), and friends of the private school.
The grant came from the Farrington Foundation and was delivered by Nick Bagshawe, a trustee of the foundation.


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