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Showing 48 articles from May 27, 2015.

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<i>Two Bunn principals named</i>
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Two Bunn principals named

Meeting in an unusual early Tuesday morning executive session, the Franklin County Board of Education filled two principal positions, one at Bunn High School and the other at Bunn Middle School, then filled the position of director of secondary education.
Named Principal of Bunn High School was Leslie Wehner who comes to Franklin County Schools from Delanson, New York, where she has served as principal of Duanesburg High School since 2013.


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<i>Relay raises $103,000 to fight cancer</i>
Relay raises $103,000 to fight cancer

BUNN -- Franklin County's showcase fundraising event to stamp out cancer -- Relay for Life -- raised $103,000.
The effort to find a cure continues, though, with a bike ride this weekend.
People have until Aug. 1 to donate money toward this year's campaign, said Relay for Life event co-organizer Tonya Clayton.
But it's never too late to give.


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Local link to nation's heritage remembered
Local link to nation's heritage remembered

Members of the Carolina Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation met in Louisburg on Saturday, May 23, to recognize the significant contributions made by Corporal Richard Warfington during the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806.
The group met at the Franklin Male Academy building on the campus of Louisburg College, which opened in January 1805, and later dedicated a marker in Warfington's honor at Joyner Park.


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Property tax issue heating up

LOUISBURG -- This week and next, Franklin County commissioners were slated to meet in two workshops to discuss a budget that has proposed raising property taxes by 13.8 percent.
If residents follow through on calls by an online petition and community leaders, commissioners should expect a bit of company.


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FUN IS THE EMERGENCY
FUN IS THE EMERGENCY

Madisyn and Taelin Spencer opt for one of the best seats in the house during last Saturday's Emergency Services Appreciation Day held at the county airport. Fire and EMS crews and their equipment, including Forestry Service planes and helicopters and copters from Duke and Rex were on display.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg resident Quint Hester


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: NFL
Editorial Cartoon: NFL

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Study shows 'electronic addiction' hurts student grades
Study shows 'electronic addiction' hurts student grades

Here are some ideas that are either too late for the current school year which is wrapping up -- or too early for next year, which kids are doing their best to ignore, lest it arrive too quickly.
This tidbit of information was just too good to let gather dust over the summer and possibly be forgotten before school bells ring again.


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Brace yourself, a tidal wave of growth coming

It's coming. Like a tidal wave. And not only have we been repeatedly warned, we can actually see it.
And drive through it every time we head to Raleigh along either U.S. 401 or U.S. 1.
The "it" is growth.
Significant population growth and the only question is when it actually hits Franklin County again -- and how soon its effects will begin to change this county in ways few of us suspect.


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It takes $$, not just water to fuel county fire departments
It takes $$, not just water to fuel county fire departments

I wish I knew what the numbers were.
And I wish I had all the stats.
But I don't feel like I need all of those things to know what my eyes tell me -- finding enough volunteer firefighters in the daytime is really tough.


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<i>Tax increase could exceed U.S. growth by 1,000 %</i>
Tax increase could exceed U.S. growth by 1,000 %

I could easily fill pages; even write a book about the millions of dollars that have been spent and lost, too often on what I will call flawed and or poor decisions, not to mention more millions lost to lawsuits, settlements, and legal fees.
Then there are the decisions made spending money directly, allegedly benefiting families and or friends of politicians that vote to approve them.


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Weak stomach? Then don't look, laws are being made
Weak stomach? Then don't look, laws are being made

A variation of a remark generally mis-attributed to Otto von Bismarck states, "Laws are like sausages -- it is best not to see them being made."
If that is true for laws, it is doubly true for governmental budgets.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is smack in the middle of a particularly painful sausage-making season.
I attended the May 18 meeting where the staff unveiled the initial budget proposal.


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Resident 'outraged' over proposed tax increase

Dear editor:
Typically, I leave all political/business conversations up to my husband to discuss. However, this time, I have to speak up. I am outraged over this proposed tax increase. Franklin County is one of the highest taxed counties.


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'Patent trolls' target of pending legislation

Dear editor:
Recently, I learned about "patent trolls," or more formally, Patent Assertion Entities, which prey on small businesses like mine with frivolous lawsuits. I am pleased that we now have a bill in Congress, S. 1137, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT Act), which will finally close the nonsensical legal loopholes that allow patent trolls to thrive.


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Anti-tax hike meeting set

Dear editor:
Franklin County is close to being one of the highest taxed counties in the state. Now the county wants a 12 cent property tax increase on the $100 which would result in a $240 tax increase on a $200,000 home.


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Editorial Cartoon: Presidential
Editorial Cartoon: Presidential

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OBITUARIES

BEULAH DALE JEFFERSON

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Beulah Dale Jefferson, 99, who died Sunday, May 24, 2015, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillfield Church cemetery.


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GLADYS P. ALSTON

LOUISBURG - Gladys P. Alston,  89, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015.  Arrangements by William Toney's Funeral Home, Spring Hope.


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JEFFERY L. KEARNEY

FRANKLINTON - Jeffery Lindale Kearney, 58, died Monday, May 18, 2015 at Universal Healthcare of Raleigh. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 23, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. André Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.


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SPORTS

Sanders Remembered At FHS
NEVER FORGOTTEN. Franklinton High School football coach Jeremy Buck presents a shirt that was ordered for Trent Sanders before his passing to his wife, Tina, during last Thursday's FHS Athletic Awards Ceremony.
Sanders Remembered At FHS

FRANKLINTON -- When Trent Sanders tragically passed away last fall, members of the Franklinton High School family came together to make sure that Sanders' legacy would continue to remain an integral part of the FHS athletics scene.
With that in mind, Sanders' long-time commitment to the school was accentuated during last Thursday's Athletic Awards Ceremony at the FHS Gymnasium.


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THE SECOND CHANCE
GREAT TRY. Bunn first baseman Stephanie Williams (right) dives for a foul ball as catcher Charlotte Murphy looks on during Tuesday's home playoff setback against long-time rival South Granville.
THE SECOND CHANCE

BUNN - Erica Davis' four-game postseason shutout streak came to an end in the top of the first -- and things would never get better for the Bunn Ladycats, with the exception of a brief flurry in the bottom of the fifth stanza.
And with that, the Ladycats fell behind one game to zero in their Class 2-A State Softball Playoff semifinal series with South Granville following Tuesday's 6-4 setback on the BHS campus.


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WARRIOR PRIDE
BEST AT LHS. (L to R) Senior veterans Vanisha Wilshire and Ryder Bishop are this season's Louisburg High School Athletes of the Year.
WARRIOR PRIDE

LOUISBURG -- Surprises weren't the order of the day when Louisburg High School conducted its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony last Monday at the LHS Auditorium.
The Athlete of the Year award voting went as expected as Vanisha Wilshire was the girls winner, while Ryder Bishop took home the boys plaque.


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Wilshire inks with Wingate
Wilshire inks with Wingate

LOUISBURG -- Most prospective college student-athletes only focus on the prospective schools they wish to attend -- but Vanisha Wilshire's task was much more difficult than that.
In addition to picking the correct college, Wilshire had to decide which sport she wanted to play on the next level.
Thanks to her prolific multi-sport career at Louisburg High School, Wilshire had plenty of collegiate options in both volleyball and track and field.


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BHS drops Lady Bruins
PARKER MAKES THE PLAY. Bunn's Parker Brantley (left) tries to tag out a Wilson Beddingfield baserunner during last Friday's quarterfinal action in the Class 2-A State Softball Playoffs.
BHS drops Lady Bruins

BUNN -- Through four rounds, Erica Davis' mound performance for the Bunn Ladycats has been a big zero in the Class 2-A State Softball Playoffs.
Davis hasn't allowed a single run in Bunn's quartet of postseason games -- a streak that continued last Friday during a 6-0 home victory over Wilson Beddingfield in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.


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A Playoff Push
IN THE CLEAR. Franklinton's Cheyenne Spicer sends the ball out of harm's way during last Wednesday's road match with Carrboro in the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs.
A Playoff Push

FRANKLINTON -- After an up-and-down regular season, which ended with a tough losing stretch, nobody knew quite what to expect from the Franklinton Lady Rams during the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs.
But Franklinton saved its best work for the most opportune time as the Lady Rams reached the third round of the postseason before falling last Wednesday on the road to undefeated powerhouse Carrboro High School in Orange County.


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Civitan Club tourney targeted
Civitan Club tourney targeted

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Cypress Creek Civitan Club will host its annual Charity Golf Scramble on June 20 at The River Golf Course at Lake Royale.
Cost is $65 per person or $245 per four-player team. The price includes lunch, green fees and cart.
There is a $5 discount for fathers with a son or daughter on their team.


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Documentary features Buffaloes

CHAPEL HILL -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Photojournalism Department recently produced a documentary film on the lives of local Kyokushin Karate instructor Kenny Buffaloe and his son/student Christian Buffaloe.
The documentary film focused on Kenny Buffaloe's 40-year-career in Kyokushin Karate, his direct training under Shihan Oyama, a famous grand master from Japan, his martial arts work with youth in the public school systems, 4-H, recreation departments, and YMCA's in North Carolina and Virginia since 1980.


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FHS football schedule finalized

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School's 2015 football schedule will begin Aug. 21 at home against the South Johnston Trojans.
FHS will start the campaign with five non-league games before kicking off its Northern Carolina Conference worksheet on Oct. 9 at home versus South Granville.


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FHS ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
FHS ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

FRANKLINTON'S BEST. Franklinton High School's Athletes of the Year for the 2014-15 season are senior standouts (l to r) Malik Tarbell and Anna Moss. Tarbell will attend Coker College, while Moss will attend the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.


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Mudcats on a losing streak
Mudcats on a losing streak

WILMINGTON, DEL. -- The Carolina Mudcats suffered their ninth consecutive loss after falling 10-2 to the host Wilmington Blue Rocks on Sunday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
Reliever Mauricio Cabrera allowed six earned runs on four hits while recording just one out in the loss.
The loss extended Carolina's losing streak to nine straight games. The skid is their longest losing streak since they 11 straight in 2010.


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Hartsfield inducted into Hall

ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central High School added a bit of a twist to its 2015 Spring Sports Athletic Awards Ceremony last Thursday.
In addition to honoring some of the school's top athletes, NCHS also inducted the initial class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.


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Soccer trip planned

NASH COUNTY -- A limited number of spots are still available for a bus trip to a Women's World Cup Soccer match in late June in Ottawa, Canada.
Southern Nash soccer coach Kurt Bienias is helping organize the journey, which will include tickets to a quarterfinal match that is expected to feature the United States.


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AWARD RECIPIENTS
AWARD RECIPIENTS

Among the winners at the Franklinton High School Athletic Awards Ceremony were (above) Michaela Greene and Malik Tarbell (Trent Sanders Scholarship).


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HELPING HANDS
HELPING HANDS

Bunn's Kristy Green executes a sacrifice bunt during Tuesday's home playoff matchup.


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LOUISBURG'S ULTIMATE WARRIORS
LOUISBURG'S ULTIMATE WARRIORS

This year's winners of the Matt Greear Ultimate Warrior Award at Louisburg High School are (l to r) Bryana Roundtree and Thomas 'The Train' Oothoudt.


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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Carrboro's Laura Sparling (6) dribbles while being defended by Franklinton's Cheyenne Spicer.


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SCHOLAR ATHLETES AT LOUISBURG HS
SCHOLAR ATHLETES AT LOUISBURG HS

(L to R) Seniors Quint Hester and Tori Reynolds are the 2014-15 recipients of the Louisburg High School Scholar-Athlete Award.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Spring rites unite couple</i>
Spring rites unite couple

Shaylyn Marie Poppe, daughter of Jason and Terri-Lynne Banner Poppe of Burlington, and Eric Robert Laveault, son of Bo and Barbara Laveault of Hollis Center, ME, were married in Fayetteville, NC on Saturday, April 4, in a private family wedding ceremony. The Rev. Joe Hickson, pastor of Center Baptist Church, performed the double-ring ceremony.


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<i>Miss Jabberwock crowned</i>
Miss Jabberwock crowned

HENDERSON -- Celebrating Sisterhood, Service, Scholarship and Excellence was the theme of the 61st Jabberwock Extravaganza hosted by the Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Jabberwock Scholarship Pageant was held at Vance-Granville Community College's Civic Center.
The evening began with greetings from the chapter's president, Belinda Pettiford, followed by an entertaining group performance by the Jabberwock contestants.


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<i>A new arrival</i>
A new arrival

Josh and Courtney West of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of a son, Luke Thomas West, born Jan. 5, 2015 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are David Thomas Strother Jr. and the late Reneé Strother of Wood.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

What do you 'see' when you say library?

So, what and where should the Franklin County library be -- and what are your suggestions for helping it reach its potential?
The library board is calling for community input on these questions and is asking that you share your opinions, creativity and ideas and help design a better library.
The Franklin County Library Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11 to begin to create a vision and road map to the future of library services in Franklin County, focusing on the Central Library.


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HOT HOUSE
HOT HOUSE

Four fire crews battled a blaze that ripped through a Franklinton house. Firefighters from Mitchners Crossroads, Franklinton, Louisburg and Youngsville responded to the fire at a home in the 3900 block of West River Road near Ayscue Way at about noon on May 22 to find smoke billowing out from the attic area of the home. A woman lived there with six children, but none were inside when the fire started.


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Mini-medical school camps offered twice, once in Louisburg

High school students from throughout the region are invited to learn about health sciences and careers in medicine by participating in the 2015 "Mini-Medical School" Summer Camp, conducted by the Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in partnership with Vance-Granville Community College.
The intensive, week-long day camp is being offered twice: June 22-26, at VGCC's South Campus, located between Butner and Creedmoor, and July 27-31, at VGCC's Franklin County Campus, just outside Louisburg.


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16 complete basic law enforcement class
16 complete basic law enforcement class

HENDERSON -- A Franklin County deputy was among 16 graduates that completed the 100th Basic Law Enforcement Training course at Vance-Granville Community College.
Bronson Murphy was among the cadets who took part in the graduation ceremony recently at VGCC's Civic Center.
Murphy has been with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office since August 2013.


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Health Department director warns of loss of care options

The Franklin County Economic Development Commission got a little bit of good news -- and heard some strong words of concern during its bimonthly May meeting in Louisburg recently.
Ronnie Goswick, the county's economic development director, told the committee that his office has been "pretty busy" with companies looking at the "spec" building in the industrial park or at site in the Youngsville area.


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Robbers strike sweepstakes cafe in 'Burg

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a suspect in an early morning armed robbery.
Proprietors of the Louisburg Business Center, a sweepstakes cafe across from Town Hall, reported at 5 a.m. that a man armed with a gun robbed the store on May 27.
No customers were inside the essentially 24-hour business, but two employees were robbed at gunpoint.


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Old rape case probed by deputies

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating a rape alleged to have occurred three years ago.
Investigators were made aware Monday of the allegations.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, officers were made aware that a girl, who is now 16, alleges she was raped three years ago.


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Big weekend looms for nine local Special Olympians
PROCESSION. Laci Wade, right, was one of the more than 60 competitors in the county's Special Olympics, as they marched around the Franklinton High School track during Opening Ceremonies.
Big weekend looms for nine local Special Olympians

RALEIGH -- This weekend, nine Franklin County special olympians will test their mettle against the best in the state.
It's a challenge that most athletes have been preparing for their whole life.
And since Franklin County revived its Special Olympics program in 2008, the athletes have the perfect platform to showcase their skills.
They're getting good at it, organizers said.


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