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Showing 37 articles from December 16, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

<i>'We're good,' school super says, but not there yet!</i>
'We're good,' school super says, but not there yet!

LOUISBURG -- County commissioners and school board members were shoulder to shoulder last week during a joint meeting where Superintendent Pascal Mubenga informed them that the school system is head and shoulders above most of its neighboring districts.
Franklin County, though, is still looking up to its biggest neighbor -- Wake County -- and has to stand on its tip toes to see state averages in End of Grade testing, graduation rates and other common testing categories.


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School board reorganizes, gets a 'clean' audit report
School board reorganizes, gets a 'clean' audit report

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education got itself reorganized for the new year Monday night, enjoyed a "clean" audit report presentation and handled a full agenda of routine business during their regular December meeting.
Elected chair was Dr. Elizabeth Keith, replacing Gil Johnson. Dr. Keith had been vice-chair of the board.
Filling the vice-chair's role will be Paige Sayles.


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A LOCAL TRADITION
A LOCAL TRADITION

April Johnson instructs little Mason Creech on one of Franklin County's parade traditions, the collection of candy tossed by parade participants. Although he's not quite two, Mason quickly understood how this game works and was filling up his pockets at the Bunn parade. For more photos of both the Bunn and Alert Christmas parades, see page 10a of this edition.


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<i>Preventing domestic violence deaths</i>
Preventing domestic violence deaths

LOUISBURG -- Safe Space, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and others battling domestic violence are working on a program designed to prevent domestic violence deaths.
During the most recent meeting of the county's Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force, a representative with the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence spoke with advocates about developing a Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) for the county.


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Changing of the guard on Franklinton board

FRANKLINTON -- The town board got a facelift Tuesday night after installing a newly elected mayor and commissioner and appointing another.
Elic Senter essentially handed over the gavel of leadership to Art Wright, who bested him in the November general election.
Wright was joined on the board by newly elected Commissioner Brad Kearney and re-elected Commissioner Anita Fuller.
One of the first acts the board conducted was appointing Alvin Holden as commissioner to fill Wright's seat after he was elected mayor.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn resident Tracey Smith


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Platitudes
Editorial Cartoon: Platitudes

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New era of cooperation, if real, could be great!
New era of cooperation, if real, could be great!

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not sure how to react to this apparently growing "bro-mance" between county commissioners and some members of Louisburg town government.
It's a bit like discovering that fish have feathers and ducks have scales.
If it's real, I'm not sure whether to begin celebrating or to be on the lookout for bolts of lightning suddenly flashing to earth from a clear sky!


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We owe huge thank you to a great many people

We've ridden that "horse" for a long, long time and it has served us extremely well over the decades.
But as our ancestors would have advised us, sometimes it's necessary to change to a new "horse," or, in this instance, a new way of doing things.
The official notice last week that both the Louisburg and Franklinton Rescue Squads are hanging up their gear and disbanding at the end of the year is sad news.
The Rescue Squads have served their constituents extremely well over the years, that no one can deny.


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As filing period deadline looms, the ranks of candidates swells
As filing period deadline looms, the ranks of candidates swells

With less than a week to go in the primary filing period, the crowd continues to swell.
As of press time, the only person to have withdrawn from the primary was attorney Hassan Kingsberry, who had filed for the School Board District 6 seat, currently held by Rosemary Champion.
No worries, though, because there will still be a race for that seat.


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Editorial Cartoon: Bank Fees
Editorial Cartoon: Bank Fees

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<i>A success story that teaches all of us a lesson</i>
A success story that teaches all of us a lesson

Today's column, dominated by a local young man, does make for a good story and it should be a lesson to us all.
This week, Adam Keith was sworn in as a District Court Judge.
Adam is a product of local public schools and the State University system. He graduated from Louisburg High School.
Adam then continued his education at North Carolina Central University in nearby Durham for both undergraduate and law school.


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Editorial Cartoon: Red Meat
Editorial Cartoon: Red Meat

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OBITUARIES

ROBERT HODGE

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Robert Hodge, 63, who died Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Clarence McClain officiating.


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SPORTS

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
WRIGHT ON TARGET. Bunn's Quenten Wright (with ball) escapes for yardage during last Saturday's Class 2-AA State Football Championship Game against the Monroe Redhawks in Raleigh.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

RALEIGH - A loss in the finals didn't dampen the spirits of Bunn High School's best-ever football season.
The Wildcats reached the Class 2-AA State Championship Game for the first time in school history last Saturday, only to be foiled by a high-powered juggernaut of a club from Monroe.
The Redhawks flashed speed and skill on both sides of the ball and stopped Bunn by a 38-19 margin in the title contest at North Carolina State University's Carter-Finley Stadium.


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BUNN FOOTBALL STARS EARN STATE AWARDS
BUNN FOOTBALL STARS EARN STATE AWARDS

Tevin Perry was honored as Bunn High School's Offensive Most Valuable Player during last Saturday night's game against Monroe in the Class 2-AA State Football Championships.


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Over 5,000 Strong
Over 5,000 Strong

RALEIGH -- While rushing on to the field just behind his team, Bunn's David Howle couldn't help but deviate from his normal routine before the opening kickoff of the 2015 North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Class 2-AA State Playoff Championship.
As he trotted out of the locker room, Howle could hardly believe his eyes as over 5,000 Wildcats' supporters were in attendance. That number was estimated to be more than any other school taking part in a state title contest.


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Softball Signees
GOING MOUNTAIN-EERING. Bunn High School senior catcher Charlotte Murphy (front, left) signs a letter-of-intent to join the softball program at Appalachian State University. Also pictured are (back, l to r) BHS softball coach Melanie Lovin and James
Softball Signees

RALEIGH -- Bunn High School's senior softball class is small in numbers but large in talent.
Each of Bunn's upperclassmen will play on the next level, and two of them have already signed letters-of-intent with four-year schools.
Stephanie Williams, who has battled injuries throughout her career but has still been successful, will join the fast-pitch program at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.


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K-VA wins at buzzer

HENDERSON -- A win is a win is a win, even if it's ugly.
At least that's what Kerr-Vance Academy varsity boys basketball coach Taron Downey thought last Friday evening.
The Spartans pulled out a 45-42 victory on a last-second three-pointer by Ronnie Brodie.
Much of the rest of the game wasn't nearly as pretty as Brodie's buzzer-beater which found nothing but net.


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All-Americans

LOUISBURG -- The honors just keep coming for the Louisburg College men's soccer program.
The Hurricanes, who won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament last month, have placed two performers on the NJCAA's All-American List for the 2015 campaign.
LC forward Max Blackmore, the nation's leading scorer, has earned a place on the First Team following his spectacular season.


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Rams Take Two
UNDER PRESSURE. Louisburg High School's Kaylee Saunders (left) tries to beat the full-court pressure defense of homestanding Franklinton during last Friday's basketball game.
Rams Take Two

FRANKLINTON -- Few teams mirror their coaches like the girls basketball squads at Franklinton and Louisburg.
Franklinton, under long-time skipper Lester Wilder, boasts a veteran contingent that has been playing together for the past several years.
And with some newfound depth, the Lady Rams are looking to earn one of the top spots this winter in the always-competitive Northern Carolina Conference.
This isn't Wilder's first go-round with success, and he has a history at Franklinton as a coach that dates back almost 40 years.


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East Carolina to host banquet

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University baseball fans will get a chance to meet the 2016 Pirates up close and personal on Saturday, Feb. 6 as ECU will host its 2016 Pirate Baseball Banquet inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Former Pirate great and 2015 ECU Hall of Fame inductee Chad Tracy will serve as the keynote speaker, while WNCT-TV Sports Director Brian Bailey will emcee the event.


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BIG STRETCH
BIG STRETCH

Bunn's Tyree Person (bottom) tries to come up with a reception during last Saturday's game against Monroe at the Class 2-AA State Football Championships in Raleigh.


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GIVE HIM SIX
GIVE HIM SIX

Bunn's Chris Bumpers (with ball) rejoices after scoring a touchdown during last Saturday night's meeting with Monroe in the Class 2-AA State Football Championships, which were held at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.


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LIFESTYLES

Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 1
Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 1

The Bunn High School marching band was a highlight of this year's Bunn parade


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Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 2
Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 2

Miracle League float makes an important point -- and looked fun


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Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 3
Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 3

Bunn Wildcats, 2015 Eastern 2AA football champions


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Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 4
Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 4

Mid-December and not a coat in sight!


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Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 5
Bunn and Alert host Christmas parades! 5

Santa resorted to walking in Alert to spare his reindeer


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<i>Wedding planned</i>
Wedding planned

Mr. and Mrs. William Jenkins Williamson Sr. of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Temperance Bonner Williamson, of Wilmington, to Kenneth Stuart Pannill of Wilmington, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Letcher Pannill of Martinsville, Va. The wedding will take place on April 16, 2016 at Louisburg United Methodist Church, Louisburg.


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

Kyle and Katie Horton of Spring Hope are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Celsey Lynn Horton, born Aug. 28, 2015 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount.
She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Stanley and Linda Nelms of Spring Hope.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Popular 'farm school' is coming here

The North Carolina Farm School was started four years ago as the Piedmont Farm School, utilizing Cooperative Extension agents from Davidson, Forsyth, Randolph, Montgomery, and Iredell counties.
It has grown to five schools across the state and has even crossed state lines, working with Virginia Cooperative Extension agents.
With more than 20 county agents working the N.C. Farm School in the Blue Ridge, Foothills, Southern Piedmont, Sandhills and Eastern Piedmont, the state has a great asset to teach those in need about running farms and how to diversify them.


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RAISING MONEY FOR SCHOOL
RAISING MONEY FOR SCHOOL

One recent evening, teachers, staff and PTA of Franklinton Elementary School traded the classroom for an apron and mop as they partnered with McDonald's in Youngsville for "McTeachers's Night" to allow McDonald's and the local schools to work together to raise funds to help support the schools. Ten percent of everything sold from 4 to 8 p.m. went to support FES. The teachers worked the drive thru, handing out food and keeping the lobby area clean. Students and parents were greeted by PTA board members Carol Davis, FES principal, and Monica Click, assistant principal,) during part of the evening.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville looking at a new town hall

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners have agreed to move forward with plans that could put them in a new town hall; well, at least new to them.
The board tasked staff with exploring financing options needed to buy a 7,500-square-foot building on U.S. 1-A near the National Guard Armory.
If bought, the building would become the new Town Hall and police department headquarters.
Those current spaces are plagued by leaky roofs, poor wiring and old age.


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<i>Same 'song' but a different venue</i>
Same 'song' but a different venue

When veteran Louisburg band director Brian "Doc" Miller retired this fall, there were questions about what he would be doing next.
After all, following two decades as band director at Louisburg High School and Terrell Lane Middle School, working with kids was pretty much in his blood.
So, it was a surprise in late August, he switched directions -- but not careers. At least not exactly.
He decided to take the opportunity to build a band program in Louisburg again ... this time, at Crosscreek Charter School.


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Wreck on Old U.S. 64
Wreck on Old U.S. 64

PILOT -- A family, including four children, were rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon following a three-vehicle wreck, involving the above SUV, on Old U.S. 64. None of the injuries appeared life-threatening, according to the State Highway Patrol. Trooper D.J. Ball had just stopped a car for speeding on Tant Road at the old highway intersection when a sport utility vehicle heading west on Old U.S. 64 attempted to turn left onto Tant Road. Jessica Beyer, 18, turned into the path of a pickup truck, which spun her vehicle into the driver's side of the vehicle that Ball had just stopped, causing minor damage.


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Youngsville board looks at ways to revitalize downtown

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners approved a plan they hope will transform the town's main corridor.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian plan, to a degree, is a crystalization of years'-long efforts to revitalize downtown.
The specific work for the plan began in earnest in the spring with the help of ALTA Planning and Design when the first of four project steering committee meetings took place, giving leaders, staff and residents an opportunity to craft a vision for how motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic could co-exist safely through downtown.


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