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Showing 31 articles from October 7, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

Novant pulls plug on hospital

LOUISBURG -- Novant Health Franklin Medical Center is shutting down next week, leaving Franklin County without a hospital.
The news comes after an apparent failed attempt to sell the hospital during the spring and summer and about a year after Novant gutted its staff and closed three primary care practices.
Novant officials said declining use made the closure necessary.


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Removing mold, fixing building taking longer

LOUISBURG -- The price tag to remove mold at the county's health and human services building wasn't the only thing that changed.
On Monday night, County Manager Angela Harris told commissioners that it'll probably take a couple weeks longer than originally expected to remove mold and repair the building.
"The original estimate was 30 days," Harris told board members during their Oct. 5 meeting, noting that the 30-day estimate was based on a scope of work that contractors predicted before fully realizing the magnitude of the work and the extra work and cost needed.


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Marchers's goal: Stop the violence
Sandi Wright, right, embraces Monica Kearney
Marchers's goal: Stop the violence

LOUISBURG -- Thirteen Franklin County women have died in domestic violence-related homicides since 2006.
Last week, a small but vocal group of residents and those working to stomp out domestic violence marched through Louisburg in an effort to remember those who have been lost and remind others that there are resources available to avoid such a tragic end.
"Today, my team and I lean on you for support and strength as we pour our energy and our passion for this work into our community," said Monica Kearney, executive director of Safe Space, an organization that provides education and resources for those who have been victims of domestic violence.


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<i>Recalling events that forever changed Franklin County</i>
Recalling events that forever changed Franklin County

LOUISBURG -- Later this month, Louisburg College will host a forum focusing on the events of school desegregation that changed the face of Franklin County.
Edith Anderson, a teacher on the front lines of desegregation, recalled how dangerous it all was.
"[We had] neighbors who had sued to go to the school, Louisburg High, and a bomb ... was thrown at our house [by mistake]," Anderson recalled in interviews that serve as the basis for Oral History Project cultivated by Louisburg College's Tar River Center for History and Culture.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Finley Saleeby, 4 months old


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: VW
Editorial Cartoon: VW

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It's more than a guidebook, it's a local commitment
It's more than a guidebook, it's a local commitment

It's here!
We did it again ... for the tenth time since the first one debuted in 1997!
And, believe me, it never seems to get easier.
Guidebook 2015 is included as part of this edition of your Franklin Times and will serve as a directory to all things Franklin County until 2017 rolls around and we tackle a new version.


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As we ignore obvious, death becomes routine

It was Einstein who reportedly first observed that doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results is a sign of mental illness.
Whether he actually said that or not is a moot point. The statement appears to be largely true -- and it casts a cloud over one of the most difficult and controversial American issues of our time.
Most of us heard, either live or recorded, President Obama call the latest mass shootings in our country a "routine" event.


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Leaves fall, footballs fly and ballots get cast
Leaves fall, footballs fly and ballots get cast

It is almost that time of year, again.
Footballs start flying. The air gets a chill (even if it won't exactly be chilled today and tomorrow). Leaves begin to change color and fall from trees.
And voters get a chance to cast a ballot and change their community.
Our municipal neighbors around us, most notably Raleigh and Durham, got an early start this week, either electing mayors and council members, or hosting primaries that narrowed candidates.


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<i>NC's new state budget: It's transgressions are many</i>
NC's new state budget: It's transgressions are many

It could be fair to say that I have an anger management problem; when I see bad management I get angry.
Compounding their bad management, the Republican super majority in the North Carolina General Assembly is hypocritical.
I will probably be writing about the state budget for months to come.
The Franklin Times would have to publish a dedicated special edition if I were to attempt to chronicle all the transgressions it commits against the average North Carolinian in a single article.


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<i>Why community newspapers matter</i>
Why community newspapers matter

ROLLING FORK, Miss. -- The chosen theme for this year's National Newspaper Week is "Power of the Press," and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing.
Everybody understands the power of, say, The New York Times or The Washington Post, but probably less recognized and appreciated is the power of the Deer Creek Pilot and the thousands of other small, community newspapers just like it all across the land.


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Editorial Cartoon: The Pope
Editorial Cartoon: The Pope

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SPORTS

VICTORY MARCH
PATH CLEARED. Louisburg High School freshman quarterback Darryl Jones (left) finds some running room during the Warriors' road gridiron setback last Thursday night against the Warren County Eagles in Warrenton.
VICTORY MARCH

One football coaching milestone was achieved last Thursday, while another one proved to be exceedingly elusive.
The first home victory for Warren County coach Terrance McCormick was one to remember as the WCHS braved the brutal weather and shut out the Louisburg Warriors by a 12-0 tally in the final non-conference contest for both clubs.
McCormick's club heads into Northern Carolina Conference action with a 2-4 mark, while Louisburg dropped to 0-6 as first-year skipper Dontae Lassiter is still searching for his initial triumph in charge of the rebuilding program.


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Louisburg Sweeps Ladycats
A NOBLES EFFORT. Louisburg High School's Hannah Nobles (right) attempts a kill over Bunn's Alexis McPhail (left) and Amanda Dean (center) during last Wednesday evening's volleyball rivalry showdown.
Louisburg Sweeps Ladycats

LOUISBURG -- Erica Wammock couldn't help but experience a bit of a flashback when her Louisburg High School volleyball squad couldn't finish off last Wednesday's home match against rival Bunn in the third set.
Earlier in the season, Louisburg fended off several match points in the third set and eventually rallied past the Ladycats in a five-set thriller.
So when Bunn staved off elimination last Wednesday, Wammock wasn't about to see history repeat itself -- albeit on different sides of this long-time spike grudge match.


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Weather hampers LC clubs
Weather hampers LC clubs

LOUISBURG -- Like everybody else, Louisburg College's sports schedules were adversely affected by last weekend's poor weather.
The LC women's soccer team was supposed to have its home finale last Saturday against rival Spartanburg Methodist, but that event was postponed.
It will be played Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
If the Lady Hurricanes can win that match, they would all but clinch second place in the Region X standings -- though head coach Andy Stokes would love for his club to catch up with current league leader Cape Fear CC.


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Rams ready for Vikings
Rams ready for Vikings

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton will be taking a bit of a journey into the unknown this Friday when the Red Rams kick off their Northern Carolina Conference schedule against South Granville.
The visiting Vikings, who shared the NCC crown last fall, enter with what appears to be a lackluster 1-5 overall record.
But South Granville's slate to date includes losses against the likes of Wilson Fike, Rocky Mount, Oxford Webb, Cleveland and Chapel Hill -- all schools that compete on the Class 3-A or 4-A level.


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Wildcats take on Southern
Wildcats take on Southern

BUNN -- The old adage about everyone being in the same boat certainly applies to the opening of the Northern Carolina Conference football schedule following the recent heavy rains.
Due to the poor weather, teams haven't been able to practice as much as preferred -- and that list includes the Bunn Wildcats.


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United Way hosts event
United Way hosts event

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The United Way of Franklin County will be hosting a four-person superball golf tournament on Oct. 23 at The River Golf Course.
Registration and lunch will be at 11 a.m., with golf to follow at noon.
Cost is $60 per player of $240 per team. Hole sponsorships are also available.
Prizes will be presented for longest drive and closest-to-the-pin. There will also be trophies and other prizes.


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Vance-Granville wins spike contest

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball team notched another Region X conference victory on Sept. 29, with a 3-0 win (25-16, 25-18 and 25-18) at home over the Cougars from Central Carolina Community College.
That brought the Vanguards' record to 7-5 (3-2 in conference play).
Kara Reese of Henderson led VGCC in kills (12) and in blocks (six). Reese and Rachel Thomas of Louisburg also contributed 10 digs apiece.


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BACK IN THE MIX
BACK IN THE MIX

Veteran Garrett Ingraham (left) returned from injury last Thursday for Louisburg HS.


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DENTON DOES IT AGAIN
DENTON DOES IT AGAIN

Bunn's Alex Denton (right) was sharp last Wednesday against rival Louisburg.


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THREE'S A CROWD
THREE'S A CROWD

Louisburg High School's Amonte Moses (with ball) turns the corner for the Warriors during last Thursday night's road setback against the Warren County Eagles.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Wedding bells to ring</i>
Wedding bells to ring

Edgerton L. Watson Jr. and Sherry F. Watson of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Autumn Blake Watson to Craig Martin Garrison of Louisburg, the son of Martin Garrison of Raleigh and Gina Davis of Louisburg. An October 2015 wedding is planned in Louisburg.


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<i>Young miss is crowned</i>
Young miss is crowned

Recently, the NC Federation of Garden Clubs held its annual convention at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park, Durham and celebrated their 80th anniversary with the theme "80 Years of Planting, Weeding, Watering and Leaving the Blooming to God."
This year's convention was organized by the garden clubs in District 8, which includes the city of Durham and the surrounding counties. The president of District 8 is Marianne Taylor of the Year Round Garden Club.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Schools lost nearly one in five teachers last year

RALEIGH -- A total of 106 teachers left Franklin County classrooms during the 2014-15 year, according to figures released by the state Department of Public Instruction this week.
That put the percentage leaving at 18.31 percent, the state said, since the district has 579 teachers.
Of those leaving, 72 were teachers with career status (tenure).


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Photography winners named at Arts Council's Art Stroll</i>
Photography winners named at Arts Council's Art Stroll

Franklinton's October Art Stroll featured Franklin County Arts Council's third Annual Photography Show. Ribbons and cash awards were given in three categories: color, black and white and a student class.
Winners were: Tammy Winkel, first place and second place in the color category. Norm Richardson won first in the black and white and third in color. Katie Haynes won first and third places in the student category and third in black and white.. Emma Haynes placed second in both the black and white and the student category.


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<i>Area photographer honored</i>
Area photographer honored

The Southeastern Professional Photographers Association (SEPPA) has awarded Ned Winn the 2015 Southeastern Award.
Winn is owner of Winn Portrait Studio and Persuasions Photography located in Wake Forest.
Each year SEPPA awards a member photographer for meritorious portraiture and service.
The Southeastern Award is bestowed upon individuals who have made a "significant contribution" to the profession of photography.


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<i>Downtown walking tour created</i>
Downtown walking tour created

With mostly beautiful fall weather here, it's a great time to take a walk around downtown Louisburg and perhaps soak up some of its long history.
Recently, the Franklin County Historical Society, Inc., published a brochure with a map entitled "Downtown Louisburg History Walk" and, as part of that project, also replaced a weatherbeaten sign at the old county jail with a new one.
The Historical Society's brochure lists points of historic interest in downtown Louisburg, including federal, state, county, town and some business sites.


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A gun sale ends with buyer shot
A gun sale ends with buyer shot

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are looking for a shooting suspect in an apparent gun transaction gone wrong.
According to authorities, Antwon Solomon met up with Ollie Richardson Jr. on Vaiden Road during the early morning hours of Oct. 2 to sell Richardson a gun.
During the apparent exchange, investigators said, Solomon shot Richardson with the Glock handgun twice in the upper body. The injuries were not fatal, authorities said.


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Local faces porn charges

ZEBULON -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies assisted Zebulon police in arresting a Franklin County man on child pornography charges.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said investigators in Zebulon had apparently built a case against Samuel E. Dabbs, 54, who has a Pearces Road address, and officers from both agencies went to arrest him the morning of Oct. 2.
Zebulon authorities charged him with five counts of second and third degree sexual exploitation of a minor, the result of a three-month investigation.


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Rain blamed for county's sewage spill

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- More than a week's worth of rain, which apparently spiked over the weekend, caused two spills of about 9,000 gallons of sewage from the county's system.
Public utilities staff said the heavy rain and inflow caused to spills reported on Oct. 3 in Youngsville and Franklinton.
Franklin County experienced bypasses of untreated wastewater from a pump station in the Franklinton District and a main sewer line outfall located on Railroad Street in the Youngsville District.


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