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Showing 52 articles from October 28, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Novant to pay $1.63 million; give back hospital</i>
Novant to pay $1.63 million; give back hospital

LOUISBURG -- Efforts to restore access to medical care in Franklin County have reportedly stepped up dramatically in recent days, especially after both Franklin County and Louisburg officials reached a tentative agreement with Novant Health, Inc., about the now-closed Franklin Memorial Hospital and its operating license.
Some officials were saying off-the-record by mid-week that talks have been initiated with other providers with an eye toward bringing back at least an emergency room with some critical care beds plus some type of mental health facility, but nothing has been finalized.


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Tuesday is election day for towns

LOUISBURG -- Election day is Tuesday as voters in Franklinton and Louisburg will decide mayoral, town board and town council races.
And voters in Youngsville will determine whether establishments can serve liquor by the drink.
Saturday marks the last day to cast an early ballot, but Nov. 3 serves as election day -- when voters will determine who leads municipal boards in Bunn, Centerville, Franklinton, Louisburg, Wake Forest and Youngsville.


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<i>An 'evil' to stomp out!</i>
An 'evil' to stomp out!

LOUISBURG -- Safe Space and its soldiers on the front line have waged a battle against domestic violence for nearly two decades.
During a vigil last week, Pastor Joel Calamaco said it's an evil that needs to be stomped out.
Safe Space Executive Director Monica Kearney said it will take the entire community to snuff out the problem.
Judge Carolyn Yancey-Thompson said their work is not done.


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College receives good news

Louisburg College will receive no recommendations for improvement from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) team which visited campus Oct. 20-22, paving the way for the college to earn reaffirmation of its accreditation with the organization in June 2016.
The team's visit was part of reaffirmation of accreditation with SACS, measuring Louisburg College's compliance with SACS standards in areas such as academic affairs and finance.


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Bunn Rec team kicked out of league

BUNN -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating allegations that someone embezzled money from a local youth league.
At the same time, the Bunn Youth Rec League is dealing with the fallout from being dismissed from a regional football league.
On Oct. 19, Bunn Youth Rec League Treasurer Deborah Miles reported to sheriff's deputies that there appeared to be "some discrepancies" with the group's petty cash fund.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

BHS alum Whitney Bunn and assistant county manager Elton Daniels, both Furman Paladins


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Ditto
Editorial Cartoon: Ditto

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Remembering an icon who cared very deeply
Remembering an icon who cared very deeply

The death last week of community icon and long-long-time Franklin Times mainstay, Asher Johnson, came as no surprise since he'd been in failing health for some time, but it was a shock.
We had finished last week's edition -- and Donna and I were at lunch -- when we got the word and immediately raced back across town to get the information in the paper.
Grabbing the electronic image of Page 1, about the only page that hadn't been sent electronically to our printer in High Point, we quickly pulled a photo and whipped up a brief story of Asher's passing.


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Novant pays up but real challenges linger

Following serious but mercifully brief negotiations in recent days, it would appear that some of the local health care crisis is behind us.
We're not out of the woods, but what has happened can be viewed as positive steps following the devastation that Novant Health wreaked on our community earlier this month by closing Franklin Medical Center, virtually assuring the end of Perry Medders Clinic and running back "home" to Winston-Salem.
After the negotiations and special emergency meetings by both the Louisburg Town Council and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, signs are significantly more positive than they were a week ago.


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Dealing with bad kids is job for parents, not the police
Dealing with bad kids is job for parents, not the police

I've been a police reporter in a lot of places.
In that respect, and just through years of experience, I have had the opportunity to talk with many officers, both on and off the record.
They have a tough job.
If they're lucky, they have to live with the decisions they make and those they don't.
If they're not lucky, they don't live at all.


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<i>'Seeds of destruction' sprout in UNC system</i>
'Seeds of destruction' sprout in UNC system

Some of the seeds of destruction sown during the past few years by the Governator Pat McCrory and the Wrecking Crew in Raleigh blossomed Friday with the naming of new UNC President Margaret Spellings.
It is the latest proof of the Republicans' war on public education.
As someone who is a North Carolinian by choice, not accident of birth, I am in a position to objectively evaluate the state's reputation for education.


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A sad farewell to an 'old school' newspaper man

Dear editor:
I was informed late Wednesday night this week by friends in Franklin County of the passing of Franklin Times Editor Emeritus Asher Johnson at the age of 87. It saddened my heart to hear the news and to say goodbye, long-distance, to an "old school" newspaperman.


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A tribute to Asher Johnson

Dear editor:
A tribute to Asher Johnson:
God speed and God bless you, Asher, on your new journey. You never strayed from your belief and always 'told it like it was.'
We didn't always agree but we respected each other's right to say or write it.


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OBITUARIES

MARIE H. MCDONALD

ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Marie Hedgepeth McDonald, 77, who died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Nashville, with the Rev. Julia McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.


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MARY A. MEDLIN POUNDS

FOUR OAKS - Mary Alva Medlin Pounds, 75, died Friday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2015. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the chapel of Parrish Funeral Home with the Rev. David Sutphin and the Rev. Peggy House officiating. Entombment followed in Maplewood Cemetery in Clayton.


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MOLLY BARHAM MURRAY
April 1, 1932 - January 14, 2015

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ROBERT LEE KEARNEY

FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Robert Lee Kearney, 68, who died Friday, Oct. 23, will be held Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with Pastor Mattie Crudup officiating.


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SPORTS

Rams Take Thriller Over Bunn
ALEX ON TARGET. Bunn's Alex Denton (right) comes through with a kill for the Ladycats during last Saturday's playoff match versus Franklinton.
Rams Take Thriller Over Bunn

BUNN -- If there is one high school sports team in Franklin County that best emulates the personality of its head coach, it has to be the the Franklinton volleyball squad.
Just like skipper Crystal Barnes, the Lady Rams are energetic, feisty and emotional -- and aren't about to give up, regardless of the situation.
Those are the traits Barnes displayed during her successful playing career at Louisburg -- and later at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.


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KINGS AND QUEENS
FORWARD THINKING. Members of the Louisburg College men's cross country team race from the start during last Saturday's action at the Region X Championships at Owens Park in Franklin County.
KINGS AND QUEENS

LOUISBURG - Louisburg College made sure its first-ever home cross country meet was one to remember.
On the second-biggest stage of the season, the Hurricanes rolled to team victories in both the men's and women's standings at the Region X Championships, which LC hosted last Saturday at Owens Park (formerly Bull Creek Golf Course) in Franklin County.
LC coach Jay Koloseus crafted 8-K Men's and 5-K Women's courses across the back nine of the old golf course.


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PARKER'S PLAN
AROUND END. Granville Central's Elijah Cotten (with ball) extends for yardage during last Friday night's Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference football game at Louisburg High School's Patterson Field. The visiting Panthers won the contest.
PARKER'S PLAN

LOUISBURG -- For a brief instant, the Louisburg Warriors appeared on the verge of a comeback during last Friday's Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference home showdown versus league leader Granville Central.
Louisburg had delivered two unanswered touchdowns to draw back to within 17-14 late in the second period at Patterson Field.
But Granville Central collected the final two scores of the opening half and went on to defeat the Warriors by a 49-14 margin.


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BHS rolls by South Granville

CREEDMOOR -- Bunn has produced some prolific offenses through the years, but the Wildcats' current group is making a case for being one of the school's all-time best.
The numbers tell the story of Bunn's offensive success on the gridiron as Coach David Howle's club has now scored 42 points or more in eight of its nine outings.
The latest dash of high-scoring heroics came when it mattered the most during a matchup with South Granville last Friday -- with first place at stake in the Northern Carolina Conference.


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FHS edged vs. Jackets

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Franklinton's key swing game with Roanoke Rapids went back-and-forth last Friday as the clubs jousted for important positioning in the Northern Carolina Conference football standings.
Needing a victory to remain in the upper tier of the NCC, the Red Rams stayed with the Jackets for most of the game before Roanoke Rapids pulled away for a 48-28 triumph at Hoyle Field on the RRHS campus.


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Two Rounds Done
HAVING A BLAST. Louisburg's Mackenzie Wood sends down a kill for the Lady Warriors during last Saturday afternoon's match with Jones Senior in the Class 1-A State Volleyball Playoffs.
Two Rounds Done

LOUISBURG -- Strange as it may sound, the Class 1-A State Playoffs have provided a bit of a breather for the Louisburg High School volleyball team.
That's because the Lady Warriors closed out the regular season in furious, emotional fashion by delivering a pair of league victories over Granville Central to earn the top playoff seed out of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.
The first match, which LHS won in convincing fashion, drew the Lady Warriors into a tie with GC for the top spot in the TRAC standings.


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BHS to honor Marc Philippeaux

BUNN -- It's been 10 years since Marc Philippeaux's tragic death, but his legacy remains within the Bunn Community.
To make sure Philippeaux's memory is lasting, Bunn High School will host a Class of 2005 remembrance ceremony on November 7 for Philippeaux, who starred in basketball and football for the Wildcats.
Philippeaux's numbers of 52 (basketball) and 81 (football) have not been used since his passing.


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Kerr-Vance picks up playoff victory

HENDERSON -- The Kerr-Vance Academy boys varsity soccer team advanced to the quarter finals of the state tournament with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Neuse Christian Academy last Friday evening.
Neuse Christian played a very tough first half despite playing at the higher-seeded Spartans.
Neuse dropped six and seven players on defense, frustrating the offensive minded Spartans.


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Bunn takes 2nd at NCC Tourney
SUPER SAVE. Bunn High's Bre Monroe executes a dig.
Bunn takes 2nd at NCC Tourney

BUNN -- If there was one team in the Northern Carolina Conference that played perennial powerhouse South Granville the toughest this season, it had to be the Bunn Ladycats.
The clubs met again last Wednesday in the championship contest of the NCC Tournament at the SGHS Gymnasium in Creedmoor.
Bunn had taken SG to five games down the stretch in the regular season, and the Ladycats surprised the Vikings by taking Game One of the final showdown.


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A Solid Soccer Week
HERE IT COMES. Bunn's Christian Guzman (middle) unleashes a shot during last Thursday's road soccer victory versus Southern Vance.
A Solid Soccer Week

BUNN -- Thanks to an undefeated week, the Bunn Wildcats are poised to earn one of the top three spots in the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings.
Bunn will finish no worse than third heading into the close of the regular season, which was scheduled to be Wednesday on the road at Roanoke Rapids -- weather permitting.
The Wildcats could still take the second spot, but would need some help in the form of a Durham School of Arts loss.


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Vanguards salute sophomores
Vanguards salute sophomores

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball team expressed appreciation to its sophomore student-athletes on Oct. 10 before their final match on the Vanguards' home court, Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson.
VGCC Coach Christopher Young presented certificates to recognize Avery Allen and Kara Reese, both of Henderson, Caitlyn Robins of Creedmoor and Rachel Thomas of Louisburg (Bunn High School) for their accomplishments over two seasons on the team.


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Wesleyan hosts a big weekend

ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina Wesleyan College celebrated its 2015 Homecoming last Saturday, and the day was full of notable highlights.
USA South Conference wins by football and women's soccer followed baseball and softball alumni games were secured, while the Department of Athletics' annual Hall of Fame inductions wrapped up the festivities.


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FIFTY-FIFTY BALL
FIFTY-FIFTY BALL

(L to R) Franklinton's Sydney Rednour and Bunn's Bre Monroe elevate for the ball during last Saturday night's action in the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs.


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LOGANNE'S LEAP
LOGANNE'S LEAP

Louisburg's Loganne Driver (right) goes up for a kill against playoff foe Jones Senior.


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MIGHTY MAX
MIGHTY MAX

Louisburg High School's Max Jones (left) rolls out on a quarterback keeper at teammate Garrett Ingraham prepares for a block during last Friday night's contest.


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ON THE MOVE
ON THE MOVE

Louisburg College's Mariah Quintero races toward the finish line.


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SIDE BY SIDE
SIDE BY SIDE

Louisburg College's (l to r) Christian Tippette and Michael Staples pace each other Saturday.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Whole Woman Conference puts focus on hope</i>
Whole Woman Conference puts focus on hope

What a blessing it has been for me to live in Franklin County for 52 years. Well, you might say, "After all, she has lived only in two places; Angol, Chile, and Louisburg, NC." But, I still think I have been blessed by my Lord, even without much room for comparisons.
What I am about to share with you, is not just a joy within my heart, but a joy that many ladies of a number of communities and churches experienced this past weekend at Louisburg College.


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<i>Sandra Alston is Miss OES</i>
Sandra Alston is Miss OES

District #20 Order of the Eastern Star held their Annual Miss OES Contest recently, at the Usher Headquarters Building in Franklinton. The contest is a fundraiser for the State Aide Fund that gives 37 scholarships each year.
Sister Sandra Alston, Past Worthy Matron of Leading Light #507 in Centerville, was crowned by Sister Ester Kearney who stood in for the 2014 Queen, Lorelei Winkler, who as unable to attend. Sister Alston was assisted by her Worthy Matron, Kimberly Alston, and members of her Chapter with three fundraisers: A gospel singing, a fish fry, and raffle.


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<i>County residents united to build first hospital</i>
County residents united to build first hospital

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the citizens of Franklin County took decisive steps to have a hospital built in Louisburg.
This effort was part of a statewide effort that transformed health care in North Carolina.
According to historian Hugh T. Lefler (North Carolina: The History of a Southern State, Third ed., 1973), the movement for better health care grew out of a report by a "committee of distinguished physicians" that Gov. J. Melville Broughton brought to the attention of the University of North Carolina's board of trustees early in 1944.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>'Doc' honored</i>
'Doc' honored

From serious to smiles, Brian "Doc" Miller was honored last Friday evening by his former Louisburg High School band students who presented him with a plaque and a chance to direct the band one more time. Miller retired from Franklin County Schools this fall after 20 years but is now teaching at Crosscreek Charter School in Louisburg. The town of Louisburg declared last Friday "Brian Miller Day" in honor of his accomplishments.


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<i>Cedar Creek Middle vocalist honored</i>
Cedar Creek Middle vocalist honored

A member of the Cedar Creek Middle School choir has been selected to perform at the prestigious All-State Chorus.
Logan Harrison, an 8th grader at CCMS, was one of nearly 1,100 students who auditioned in September for the chance to sing with the best in North Carolina.
Logan's music teacher, Kevin Davis, said he is excited to see Logan represent Franklin County Schools. "Logan is a very gifted, hardworking student who has earned a wonderful musical opportunity to represent Cedar Creek and Franklin County Schools in a group made up of students from all over North Carolina," he said.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Fallen Justice firefighter honored by national group</i>
John Derek Gupton
Fallen Justice firefighter honored by national group

EMMITSBURG, Md -- President Barack Obama and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation recently honored those who died in the line of duty last year, including a Franklin County man.
Justice firefighter John Derek Gupton died Sept. 16, 2014 on his way to a fire call when the water tanker he was driving ran off the road and overturned.
Obama paid tribute to Gupton and the 83 other firefighters who died in 2014, and three firefighters who died in previous years.


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<i>Two square off in Franklinton mayoral election: Arthur Lee Wright</i>
Two square off in Franklinton mayoral election: Arthur Lee Wright

Biographical Information:
Full name: Arthur Lee Wright
Age: 64
Occupation: Retired
Marital status: Married to Chris Wright for 34 years
Children: none


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<i>Two square off in Franklinton mayoral election: Elic A. Senter</i>
Two square off in Franklinton mayoral election: Elic A. Senter

Biographical Information:
Full name: Elic A. Senter
Age: 38
Occupation: Director, Instructional Advocacy - NC Association of Educators
Marital status: Married
Children: None


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<i>Franklinton Council: Anita Fuller</i>
Franklinton Council: Anita Fuller

Biographical Information:
Full name: Anita Fuller
Age: 59
Occupation: Pre-school Teacher
Marital status: Married
Children: One Daughter and son-in-law and two grandchildren


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<i>Franklinton Council: Thomas Bradley Kearney</i>
Franklinton Council: Thomas Bradley Kearney

Biographical Information:
Full name: Thomas Bradley Kearney
Age: 41
Occupation: Novozymes - Environmental Operations as Waste Water Treatment Operator
Marital status: Married to Tina Kearney
Children: Three boys, Troy, Chase and Luke Kearney.


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<i>Franklinton Council: Alvin Bertrand Holden</i>
Franklinton Council: Alvin Bertrand Holden

Biographical Information:
Full name: Alvin Bertrand Holden
Age: 42
Occupation: Assembler at Advanced PlastiForm Inc.
Marital status: Divorced
Children: Daughter, India J. Holden


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Franklinton Council: Victoria Perry

Biographical Information
Full Name: Victoria Perry
Age: 49
Occupation: Full-time student


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<i>Four seeking seats on Louisburg board: Christopher L. Neal</i>
Four seeking seats on Louisburg board: Christopher L. Neal

Biographical Information
Name: Christopher L. Neal
Age: 64
Occupation: Retired
Marital Status: Married to Brenda Dunn Neal
Children: 2, Christopher Jr and Mekia


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<i>Four seeking seats on Louisburg board: Emma Stewart</i>
Four seeking seats on Louisburg board: Emma Stewart

Biographical Information:
Full name: Emma Ruth Bartholomew Stewart
Age: 67
Occupation: Retired teacher/bookkeeper
Marital status: Married to Paul W. Stewart Jr.
Children: Paul W. Stewart III, Christopher B. Stewart


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<i>Four seeking seats on Louisburg board: George Raymond Manley</i>
Four seeking seats on Louisburg board: George Raymond Manley

Biographical Information:
Full name: George Raymond Manley
Age: 62
Occupation: Retired Probation Officer with 30 years of Service
Marital status: Married
Children: One son, Thurston Manley, and two grandsons Charlie, 9 and George, 10


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<i>Four seeking seats on Louisburg board: William Jenkins Williamson</i>
Four seeking seats on Louisburg board: William Jenkins Williamson

Biographical Information:
Full name: William Jenkins Williamson
Age: 68
Occupation: Assistant District Attorney for District 9
Marital status: Married
Children: Four children (2 boys and 2 girls)


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Sexual assault cases being probed

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating two sexual assaults reported one day apart.
The afternoon of Oct. 22, the family of a teenaged girl reported that a 21-year-old man had been having sex with her. The suspect is someone with whom the family is familiar.
Since the girl is more than six years his junior, the matter is being investigated as a statutory rape.


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Murder suspect nabbed
Murder suspect nabbed

LOUISBURG -- A Henderson man is slated to appear in court next month on murder charges.
Franklin County sheriff's investigators arrested James Marshall Small Jr. on Oct. 23, alleging he killed Ronald Davis Jr., 20.
The 30-year-old was charged with first degree murder and is being held in Raleigh's Central Prison without bond.
Authorities found the body of Davis in a field in the 5800 block of U.S. 401 the afternoon of Oct. 20 -- a day or so after Vance County authorities provided information on the case.


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