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Showing 45 articles from July 1, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

Hospital update: No news ... is no news!
Hospital update: No news ... is no news!

LOUISBURG -- Novant Health's self-imposed deadline for Franklin Medical Center purchase offers has come and gone, but hospital officials said it could be weeks before an update occurs.
"We are continuing to work through the [request for proposal] process," said Novant spokesperson Caryn Klebba.
"... We value the community and want to provide an update as soon as we have one," Klebba said.


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Election filing period near

LOUISBURG -- The filing period for municipal offices in Franklin County begins Monday.
And well before any ballot is cast in November, at least one elected official won't be returning to their respective governing board.
Bunn Commissioner Don Mitchell will not seek re-election, telling his fellow board members that his workload at two businesses has made service to the board impossible.


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TASTE TEST, YUMMY
TASTE TEST, YUMMY

Farmer Charlie Wallace gets a plate of fresh veggies prepared by chef Jim Pfifferling, director of dining services for Chartwells, the company that runs the dining hall at Louisburg College. He was joined by chef Tamika Houze, background, at the county Farmers Market last Friday. The Cooperative Extension office arranged the cooking demo and tasting and have yep more planned, for July 10 and July 17.


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Fun 4th festivities

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Residents will have to make a split decision if they want to take in Franklin County Fourth of July festivities.
With the holiday falling on Saturday, Franklin County's Independence Day festivities and Stand Up For America, a joint venture between OneFranklinton and Franklinton American Legion Post 52, will both be held on Friday.
Gates to Franklinton Middle School's football field, the site of Stand Up For America, will open at 5 p.m.


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Checking up to save lives

YOUNGSVILLE -- Late last year, police had to kick in a door to gain access to a house, finding an elderly woman who had been on the floor, without food or water for days.
The woman was able to recover, but Police Chief Daren Kirts figured there had to be a better way to take care of the town's most vulnerable citizens.


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Year ended 'pretty well' for schools

LOUISBURG -- The just-ended fiscal year "turned out pretty well" for Franklin County Schools, according to Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance.
But he's not making any such predictions for the 2015-16 school year which started Thursday because the state's budget, which has a huge impact on local school spending, is weeks if not months away from approval.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg All-Stars fan Shepard Dudding


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Trans Fat
Editorial Cartoon: Trans Fat

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Should we decorate fireworks with boughs of holly?
Should we decorate fireworks with boughs of holly?

Don't panic, but those loud noises and bright lights in the sky you're likely to hear tomorrow or Saturday night are a signal that half of 2015 is inexplicably behind us.
And that it is now less than six months to Christmas and New Year's Day.
Wow! How in the world has that happened?


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Let's take a brief moment America -- and remember

It has been 239 years since a group of soon-to-be Americans took quill pens in hand and demanded their independence from England.
Some 56 men -- yes, all the signers were men and three were from North Carolina -- pledged everything in the pursuit of their freedoms. By the way, the three signers from North Carolina were William Hooper, Joseph Hewes and John Penn.


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The state better hope it's safe to go back in water
The state better hope it's safe to go back in water

You won't believe me, but I decided to write a column about shark attacks long before I saw the jaws-inspired editorial cartoon immediately above.
Like most folks who keep up with the news, I have read, listened to or watched numerous reports about shark attacks that have occurred off the coast of North Carolina.


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<i>I try to understand, I really do!</i>
I try to understand, I really do!

I met a man that said people hated him because of the color of his skin, I tried to understand.
I met a woman that wanted to marry another woman, I tried to understand.
I met a man that said others should provide for him, I tried to understand.
I met a woman that said there is no God, I tried to understand.


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<i>Decision is the latest step toward 'more perfect union'</i>
Decision is the latest step toward 'more perfect union'

The preamble to the United States Constitution begins: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union."
Friday, the Supreme Court brought us one step closer to perfection when it announced its decision in Obergfell v Hodges, in the process guaranteeing the right of all Americans to form a personal, more perfect union.
By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court made same-sex civil marriage legal across the entire country.


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Should county cut salaries or hire real qualifications?

Dear editor:
I do have solutions to cutting taxes -- not increasing. In most executive positions, the employee must produce to fulfill the duties and qualifications of said positions or be replaced. We are in that mode with county offices, beginning at the top.


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Does KKK's message frighten you?

Dear editor:
When Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people at Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C. two weeks ago, he thought his actions would be applauded by the segment of society that he identified with.
It turns out that he was at least partly right.


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Flag foes preach intolerance

Dear editor:
Most of the people who are demanding the removal of the Confederate flag are revealing a good deal about themselves. They are showing themselves to be hypocrites. Most of them are in the forefront in preaching tolerance and diversity. Yet they are displaying a great deal of intolerance and hatred for diversity by demanding the removal of the Confederate flag.


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Unpaid taxes part of county's woes

Dear editor:
It appears some smoke and mirrors occurred from the property tax increase that was recently approved. And many property owners, according to Franklin Times' columnist Steve Trubilla, haven't paid taxes since 2008.
All along, we were led to believe by the county manager that a 12-cent tax increase was needed.


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Editorial Cartoon: GOP
Editorial Cartoon: GOP

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SPORTS

Louisburg Soars Up To Second
A GAME OF TAG. Louisburg's Brenton Bullock (right) tags out a Knightdale player at third base during last Saturday's action at the Tar Heel League 11-12 All-Star District Tournament at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
Louisburg Soars Up To Second

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg All-Stars entered Monday's championship-round matchup with Garner Baseball with high hopes -- but a low level of energy.
That's because the Orange and Blue was forced to work its way out of the loser's bracket in the double-elimination format at the annual Tar Heel League 11-12 District Baseball Tournament at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.


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PROWESS IN PINTO
USING A LITTLE FORCE. Youngsville shortstop LD Person (right) executes a force play during his team's matchup with West Raleigh at the Pony League Pinto Sectional Tournament in Garner.
PROWESS IN PINTO

GARNER -- Youngsville almost defeated one of the area's top diamond titans as part of its appearance at the Pony League Pinto (Coach-Pitch) Sectional Championships last weekend at the Garner Baseball Complex.
During pool play, Youngsville tangled with tradition-rich West Raleigh and fell by a tight score of 8-7.
Youngsville trailed 5-0 going into the top of the fourth but rallied with a pair of runs as Caden Alexander laced an RBI triple and Rylan Ball followed with a run-scoring double.


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Wildcats earn first in league
PARDON ME FOR A SECOND. Bunn's Sam Kagarise scores on a wild pitch as Southern Nash's Matthew Horrigan awaits the relay throw.
Wildcats earn first in league

ROCKY MOUNT -- In the short span of three days, Bunn went from underdog to favorite at the Nash County Babe Ruth Prep League Baseball Tournament.
Nash Central, which went undefeated in the regular season, entered the event as the team to beat -- but suffered that fate during semifinal action last Monday.


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Bunn picks new coach

BUNN -- One of Robin Faulkner's final tasks before retiring as the principal at Bunn High School was to find a new boys basketball coach to guide a program that suffered through its first sub-.500 campaign in recent memory last winter.
Bunn has a history of making the state finals, including a pair of trips in the late 1990s. So it was symbolic that the Wildcats' newest hire is someone who is familiar with that journey.


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RAIDERS ROMP
GIVE AND TAKE. Youngsville's Cody Rice watches a pitch go by during sectional tournament action last Saturday.
RAIDERS ROMP

GARNER -- Whenever a baseball team takes the next step up from the Coach-Pitch level, it's easy to wonder how that club will fare against live pitching, as opposed to a machine.
Also, players need to be picked from the roster to learn how to pitch themselves -- and that sometimes isn't an easy task.
But for the Youngsville Red Raiders, everything has worked out perfectly as the talent-rich group moved out of Coach-Pitch in the off-season -- and didn't miss a beat.


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The Super Start
TAKING THE THIRD. Louisburg's James Rider (right) is safe at third base during last Wednesday's first-round victory over Knightdale at the Tar Heel 11-12 District Baseball Tournament.
The Super Start

LOUISBURG -- It didn't take long for Louisburg's bats to perk up at the Tar Heel 11-12 District Baseball Tournament.
During last Wednesday's opening game, Louisburg poured it on early and went on to defeat Knightdale by a 16-6 total at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
The Blue and Orange tallied three runs in the bottom of the first stanza as Matthew Thomason blasted a three-run homer far beyond the left-center field fence.


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K-VA to host a soccer camp
K-VA to host a soccer camp

HENDERSON -- The Kerr-Vance Academy Youth Soccer Camp will be held July 20-24 on the K-VA campus in Henderson.
Children in rising grades 5-8 are welcome to participate. The cost is $100 per person.
The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-Noon each day. An 8 a.m. drop-off is available.
For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact pvillatico@kerrvance.com.


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BHS hosts football camp
NOW LISTEN UP, FELLAS. Bunn High School football coach David Howle addresses a group of youngsters during last week's BHS Football Camp, which is held annually in June.
BHS hosts football camp

BUNN -- For youngsters in the Southeast portion of Franklin County, a week at the Bunn Wildcats Football Camp is always a summer highlight.
The camp, directed by BHS coach David Howle, was conducted last week and featured 40 children.
The kids visited North Carolina State University's Murphy Center and Carter-Finley Stadium as part of the camp.


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CAROLINA HURRICANES' SKED

RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League has released the 2015-16 schedules for its 30 member clubs.
The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 82-game campaign on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Nashville before playing their first home game on Saturday, Oct. 10, against the Detroit Red Wings.
Carolina's complete schedule is as follows, with the games listed in CAPS (all times Eastern):


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BLUE AND ORANGE FIREBALLER
BLUE AND ORANGE FIREBALLER

Shane Musselman pitched well for the Louisburg All-Stars at the Tar Heel League 11-12 District Baseball Tournament.


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FLINGING THE FOOTBALL
FLINGING THE FOOTBALL

A camper takes part in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition at the Bunn High School Wildcats Youth Football Camp, which was held last week.


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Mudcats swept versus P-Nats
Mudcats swept versus P-Nats

WOODBRIDGE, VA. -- Carlos Franco hit a solo home run in the seventh, Joe Odom hit a score- tying single in the eighth, but Carolina's comeback was eventually bested by Stephen Perez and his game-winning, walk-off double in the ninth in Potomac's 6-5 win at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium on Tuesday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.


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ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO
ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO

Youngsville second sacker Jacy Cancilla tags a West Raleigh baserunner and prepares to throw to first base in an attempt to finish off a double play last Saturday.


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REACHING FOR THE STARS
REACHING FOR THE STARS

Youngsville shortstop L.D. Person (left) elevates in an attempt to catch a line drive.


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RIDER RIPS A SINGLE
RIDER RIPS A SINGLE

James Rider makes contact and delivers a base hit for the Louisburg 11-12 All-Stars.


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STAND AND DELIVER
STAND AND DELIVER

Youngsville's Pete Honse comes through with a double during last Saturday's victory over High Point at the Pony Mustang Sectional Tournament. Youngsville went on to win the championship at the Garner Baseball Complex.


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THAT'S A RIP
THAT'S A RIP

Youngsville's Layton Hester sends out a single during last Saturday's contest vs. West Raleigh.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Student selected for international leadership event

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Reagan C. Bracknell, a rising junior at Princess Anne High School's International Baccalaureate Program in Virginia Beach, was recently selected to attend the Sorensen Institute's High School Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.
The High School Leaders Program (HSLP) offers concentrated study in Virginia politics and government for high school students.


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GRADUATION TIME!
GRADUATION TIME!

The Kid's Corner in Louisburg recently held its graduation at the center. Daycare director is Amy Merritt and the lead instructor of the class of 2015 is Tina Holden and assistant instructor is Barbara Coons.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Local man dies in crash

LOUISBURG -- A Franklin County man was killed in a wreck early Sunday morning.
According to a report by Trooper C.I. Hundley, Melvin T. Wright was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi west on Duke Valentine Wynne Road when he ran off the road to the right at about 3:20 a.m. on June 28.
The vehicle came back onto the roadway before traveling off the road to the left, striking a tree near T.K. Allen Road.


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HOME, AGAIN
HOME, AGAIN

County crews placed this bell back at the Franklin County Courthouse last month. The county and a committee are working on a more permanent display for the bell, which was housed in the attic until repair work on the roof forced its removal.


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<i>New community garden launched in Franklinton</i>
New community garden launched in Franklinton

FRANKLINTON -- Organizers of a new community garden broke ground on the venture this month.
The Franklinton Community Garden is a project in partnership with Helping Hands PAL, United Way of Franklin County (Feeding Franklin), Franklinton and the USDA, in cooperation with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service.


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Bunn discount store fined over pricing discrepancies

RALEIGH -- A discount variety store in Bunn was fined for overcharging customers.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Standards Division conducts periodic inspections, making sure a business' price scanner systems are accurate.
The Dollar General store in Bunn was one of four businesses that was recently fined for having too many inaccuracies between advertised prices and those being rung up on registers.


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GUTTED
GUTTED

Firefighters from Justice, White Level and Louisburg responded to a fire Tuesday afternoon that destroyed this mobile home on Cucumber Shed Way. No one was hurt in the blaze, which was reported at about 5 p.m. The Red Cross was called in to assist the family. The fire remains under investigation.


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<i>Franklin County's Special Olympians honored</i>
Caleb Cottrell
Franklin County's Special Olympians honored

A group of Franklin County athletes participated recently in North Carolina's Special Olympics 2015 Summer Games.
Those from county schools recently received a plaque and congratulations during a meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education. Making the presentation was Gil Johnson, chairman of the board.


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Local artist Billy Farmer to be feted by Arts Council

The Franklin County Arts Council is inviting the public to an afternoon tea with featured artist Billy Farmer from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at the FCAC Gallery, 22 S. Main Street, Franklinton.
Farmer, born and raised in Wilson, is a true renaissance man when it comes to his art and music. He had a love for music from the time he was a child. Farmer majored in music at Atlantic Christian College where he graduated.


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Bunn High senior earns Eagle rank
Bunn High senior earns Eagle rank

John W. Aldrich III of Zebulon was awarded the Eagle Scout rank during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony held recently at Hill King United Methodist Church, Louisburg. Hill King's pastor, Dave Bundy, and his congregation hosted the ceremony. John had his Eagle Scout Board of Review Process in Henderson on Dec. 28, 2014.
He started his boy scouting experiences with Troop 520 as a Webelo in 2007 under the direction of Scoutmaster Charlie Smith and his leadership team.


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