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Showing 38 articles from May 6, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Louisburg picks new administrator</i>
Louisburg picks new administrator

LOUISBURG -- After meeting in an unusual Wednesday morning session, the Louisburg Town Council voted unanimously to offer the town's top job to Jonathan Franklin of New Bern who is currently town manager of Maysville in Jones County.
Since the offer was not made until mid-day Wednesday, Louisburg officials had not heard back from Franklin by presstime. However, The Franklin Times website will be updated under the Breaking News tab if there are further developments.


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Recalling the end of an 'uncivil' war
Recalling the end of an 'uncivil' war

Ever wonder what living in Louisburg was like exactly 150 years ago?
The Confederacy had collapsed, Lincoln had been shot and troops from General William Tecumseh Sherman's forces had left Raleigh and were headed to Washington, D.C., on a forced, difficult march that would carry many of them through Louisburg.


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County's 'sick' building closed,  offices moved
County's 'sick' building closed, offices moved

LOUISBURG -- Poor air quality forced Franklin County to shut down its planning and inspections office this week.
According to an email from the county manager's office, Angela Harris was made aware of air quality problems at the building on Nash Street which houses the county's planning and inspections office, as well as the tax department/geographical information system's office.


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County needs budget plan, chairman cautions board

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners haven't talked budget since staff suggested that it would take almost 10 more cents on the tax rate to maintain the county's current level of spending without dipping into the savings account.
On Monday night, Commission Chair Sidney Dunston suggested that when it's time to craft the county's spending plans, commissioners come equipped with a plan of action -- not just an eraser and hatchet for the budget.


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<i>State's fallen fighters recognized</i>
State's fallen fighters recognized

RALEIGH -- When John Gupton joined the Justice Fire Department, he was part of a family that stretched across North Carolina.
That didn't change in his death.
This past weekend, the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Association recognized Gupton and seven other firefighters across the state who lost their lives.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Kennedy Wyatt, 4 months


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cleaning
Editorial Cartoon: Cleaning

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If you're going to shoot photos, know the rules!
If you're going to shoot photos, know the rules!

Given what we've all been watching and reading about over the past several weeks, it's only a matter of time until some of us get caught up in a similar situation -- and everyone should understand the rules.
The situation, of course, is filming a news event, something that used to be done only by experienced news people who knew the rules and their rights -- and law enforcement knew the reporters knew the rules and their rights.


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Perhaps 'monkey' in middle really needs the right to sue

An interesting development that we hope isn't an indication of things to come in Franklin County happened last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
The House voted down a bill that would have banned school boards from suing the county commissions that provide their funding.


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Drug trafficking case turned cops into criminals
Drug trafficking case turned cops into criminals

I often go to the Fast and Furious movie franchise for sage advice.
This one, from Fast and Furious is appropriate, in light of the Northampton County Operation Rockfish, which saw more than a dozen officers get arrested in a drug trafficking case.
Chief: "... You know the difference between a cop and a criminal?"
Officer: "What?"


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If  state's laws are uncertain, what is the real-world effect?
If state's laws are uncertain, what is the real-world effect?

While it appears that North Carolina's super majority Republican General Assembly and its Republican Governor Pat McCrory have learned a lesson from Indiana and are ditching their Religious Freedom Restoration Act, it doesn't mean they are done appeasing the Tea Party.
SB2, whose short title is the Magistrates' Recusal for Civil Ceremonies Act, is certain to be signed into law barring a public outcry from business.


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Louisburg: The Queen City of the Tar River

Dear editor:
Recent events have encouraged me to feel more optimistic about Louisburg's ability to make the most of its assets:
1. The Tar River
2. Louisburg College


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Why didn't 'buck' stop at the top?

Dear editor:
In his column dated April 30, 2015, Larry Marciniak stated "Certain things occurred during the clerk of court race during the May Democratic Primary of 2014." In addition, he stated, he "couldn't complain or say anything because he was involved in the party."


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Editorial Cartoon: Again?
Editorial Cartoon: Again?

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SPORTS

LC Knocked Out Of Tourney
SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY. Pitt Community College's Tyler Chilton (right) scores a run as Louisburg College catcher Juan Reyes reels in the throw during last Saturday afternoon's first-round action of the Region X Baseball Tournament.
LC Knocked Out Of Tourney

BURLINGTON -- The tiniest darts proved to be the most lethal for the Louisburg College Hurricanes during their first-round contest against Pitt Community College at the annual Region X Baseball Tournament.
On four occasions during last Saturday's game, Pitt attempted bunts that were misplayed by a Louisburg pitcher or infielder for an error.


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COLLECT THE CROWNS
AND AWAY THEY GO. Competitors race from the starting line to begin the Boys 800 at the middle school portion of The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Championships last Wednesday.
COLLECT THE CROWNS

BUNN - Make no mistake about it -- the current epicenter of the Franklin County track and field universe is currently leaning toward the west.
And that doesn't appear to be changing in the near future.
Franklinton has built a mini-dynasty in the sport on the high school level, thanks in part to a recent run of success at Cedar Creek Middle School.


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Wildcats get past Warriors
NICK AT NITE. Bunn's Nick Williams makes a play at shortstop for the Wildcats during last Wednesday's home victory over the Louisburg Warriors.
Wildcats get past Warriors

BUNN -- Other than an early-season scrimmage, Bunn and Louisburg had yet to meet on the baseball diamond this spring.
Both clubs entered last Wednesday's much-awaited contest with strong records, but the event would prove to be a walk in the park for the Wildcats.
Literally.


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LC defeated vs. Shelton
LC defeated vs. Shelton

LOUISBURG -- In Hope Creasy's first season in charge of the Louisburg College softball program, the Lady Hurricanes were able to make a postseason journey westward.
Just not as far west as Creasy would hope as she continues to direct LC in a successful direction.
For any LC program, the first and foremost goal is to win a region championship, and the Lady Hurricanes were able to accomplish that feat at the Region X Tournament in Winterville.


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TOGETHER AGAIN
PARKER WITH A PLAN. Bunn High School senior veteran Parker Brantley (right) looks over a pitch during the Ladycats' road softball victory over Louisburg last Wednesday in a key Franklin County rivalry showdown.
TOGETHER AGAIN

LOUISBURG -- With only three losses between them coming in, the Louisburg-Bunn rivalry softball game was destined to be one of the most high-profile meetings between the squads in recent memory.
When it finally happened.
Due to rainouts and scheduling conflicts, the Franklin County powerhouses had to wait until last Wednesday to tangle with each other for the first -- and only -- time this spring.


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2-For-1 Special
2-For-1 Special

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School's athletic representation at Coker College tripled in a five-minute spark during a ceremony last Thursday at the FHS Media Center.
FHS legend Charity Snelling, the state high jump champion last year, is competing as a freshman for the Cobras' women's track and field program.


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COKER COLLEGE SIGNEE, PART TWO
COKER COLLEGE SIGNEE, PART TWO

Franklinton High School standout Malik Tarbell (front, center) signs a letter-of-intent to join the track and field program at Coker College. Also pictured are (back, l to r) FHS Athletic Director Jeremy Buck, FHS track coach Clennie Wilkins and FHS assistant track coach Ben Snelling; (front, l to r) Tasia Lynch (girlfriend) and Carol Christopher (grandmother).


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Vikings defeat Bunn

CREEDMOOR -- The South Granville Vikings moved into a tie for first place in the loss column with the Bunn Wildcats with a 7-1 victory on Senior Night in a key Northern Carolina Conference baseball contest on the SG campus.
Sophomore Justin Bullock was in a groove on the hill seemingly the entire way for the Vikings.
He struck out 12, walked two, and allowed only two hits -- a single in the 4th inning to Thomas Dean, and a solo home run in the 6th to Spencer Brickhouse.


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MIDDLE SCHOOL HEROES, 1
MIDDLE SCHOOL HEROES, 1

MEET MVPS -- Tayla Grimstead and D.J. Washington, Cedar Creek


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MIDDLE SCHOOL HEROES, 2
MIDDLE SCHOOL HEROES, 2

GIRLS TEAM CHAMPIONS -- CEDAR CREEK


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Short Distance
Short Distance

RED OAK -- Jermain Jones and Christian Tippette has piled up an expansive number of miles while training to be successful cross country and track and field distance runners at Northern Nash High School.
But Tippette and Jones won't be traveling too far away from Nash County to begin their collegiate careers.
Instead, Northern Nash's Dynamic Duo will be heading just 30 miles away to join the quickly-building cross country program at Louisburg College.


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Mudcats on a winning streak
Mudcats on a winning streak

ZEBULON -- Andrew Thurman blanked the visiting Lynchburg Hillcats over five full innings and Connor Lien was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI as the Carolina Mudcats won their sixth straight game 4-1 versus Lynchburg on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium.
Thurman (3-2, 2.77) allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out three in his second straight shutout effort. He left after the fifth and with the game tied up a nothing apiece.


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Bunn HS to host a car wash

BUNN -- The Bunn High School football program will host a car wash this Saturday at the Pilot Baptist Church and the BHS Parking Lot.
Times at both facilities will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Donations will be accepted, with proceeds going to help the Wildcats attend the FCA Team Camp this summer at Mount Olive University.


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GOOD STRATEGY
GOOD STRATEGY

Pitt Community College laid down several bunts last Saturday against Louisburg College, including this one from Andrew Henrickson. The Bulldogs used their small-ball advantage to defeat the Hurricanes 13-2 in first-round action of the Region X Baseball Tournament at the Burlington Athletic Stadium.


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LADY HURRICANES' SOFTBALL SENSATIONS
LADY HURRICANES' SOFTBALL SENSATIONS

Louisburg College's All-Region X fast-pitch softball selections for the 2015 season were (l to r) Jennifer Allison, Kim Mobley, Ryann Kostandin, Brooke Fletcher, Megon Smith (Academic Award) and Lauren Sitterson.


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OUR TIME
OUR TIME

Cedar Creek's boys won a thrid consecutive Franklin County Track and Field Championship.


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TROPHY TIME
TROPHY TIME

Members of the Cedar Creek Middle School girls track and field team celebrate after receiving the first-place trophy at The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Championships, which were held last Wednesday at Bunn.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>LES pageant winners announced</i>
LES pageant winners announced

Louisburg Elementary School held its first-ever Little Miss and Mr Mustang Pageant recently, raising money for the school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Contestants came decked out in their best attire and strutted their stuff on stage and then were asked the question "What do you like best about being a Mustang at LES?"


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Fascinated by food trucks? VGCC class might help</i>
Fascinated by food trucks? VGCC class might help

Vance-Granville Community College will soon offer a series of courses specifically for entrepreneurs who want to compete in the growing food truck industry. The program is the first of its kind in North Carolina.
A partnership of VGCC's Small Business Center and Personal Enrichment department, the Mobile Food Truck Entrepreneurship Workshop Series will be held at the college's Franklin County Campus, located on N.C. 56, just west of Louisburg.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Extension Service spared major staffing cutbacks

LOUISBURG -- Ever since the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service announced a strategic plan to restructure the century-old organization, there were concerns about what it would mean for staffing levels at the departments that serve the state's 100 counties.
During the county's commission meeting on Monday, local Cooperative Extension Director Charles Mitchell said the office is stable, now.


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Freak incident sparks house fire

FRANKLINTON -- A Wake Forest teacher and Franklinton resident lost his home this week when a freak accident sparked a fire Monday.
According to officials, a truck was transporting a mobile home along Ayscue Way when it caught a power line.
That line caused a fire that made quick work of John Hardymon's home.


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<i>VGCC paralegal student co-authors court handbook</i>
VGCC paralegal student co-authors court handbook

Megan N. Finch of Louisburg is the co-author of the new "Practitioner's Handbook for Civil Superior Court" for North Carolina's Division III, an area that includes 11 counties around the Research Triangle region.
The handbook, which is the first of its kind in the state, is designed to inform attorneys and their paralegals of the proper protocols for legal filings, court calendaring and other legal actions specific to civil superior court, including how procedures differ in various locations within the division.


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Three admit meth lab operation, are given prison terms

LOUISBURG -- Three men accused of operating a meth lab in a tent behind a trailer were sentenced to spend time in jail this week.
Last June, with the aid of the Youngsville Fire Department, Franklin County EMS, Franklin County Emergency Management, Franklin County DSS and the State Bureau of Investigation, county narcotics agents executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Orchard Hills Road -- a dead-end road off Peach Orchard Road.


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Kidnap, rape charges added following probe

LOUISBURG -- A follow-up investigation led Franklinton police to levy kidnapping and rape charges against a man accused of violating a domestic violence protective order.
Officers were called out to a home on Second Street on March 19 after a woman reported that Earl James Godfrey had broken into her home.


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