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Showing 41 articles from June 29, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

Surprise! There will be contested local races

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's fall election will feature some out-of-nowhere contests for commission seats.
Three people successfully petitioned the county's Board of Elections to run as unaffiliated candidates against incumbents in District 1, District 3 and District 5, respectively.
"In my tenure here," said Board of Elections Director Lisa Goswick, "we've never had this many petitions.
"It's very unusual."


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Franklinton OK's apartments for elderly residents

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners have approved a special use permit, clearing the way for a Henderson developer to build an apartment complex for the elderly.
The board unanimously approved the plan, waiving the town's higher parking space requirement as the only real change to the project.
The town's building code, said Town Manager Tammy Ray, would require that Dennis Tharrington develop the 60-unit independent living elderly apartment complex with 90 parking spaces.


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<i>Mural offers a peek into the past downtown</i>
Mural offers a peek into the past downtown

LOUISBURG -- Public art, a bit of local history and a touch of economic development efforts all melded together last Thursday evening on the Louisburg College campus -- and will soon be a focal point of downtown Louisburg.
At a meeting hosted by the Louisburg Historic Neighborhood Association, college professor Will Hinton and one of his students, Julius Shumpert of Raleigh, shared their almost-completed Louisburg Opera House mural.


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He's now a master bladesmith
AWARD WINNER. The Mamba knife, crafted by Scott McGhee, won the BR Hughes award for best knife submitted for MS testing at Blade Show 2016.
He's now a master bladesmith

From journeyman to master, it's been quite a journey for a Franklin County native and earning that master designation recently was the culmination of a long-time dream.
Earlier this month in Atlanta, NC bladesmith E. Scott McGhee attained his American Bladesmith Society (ABS) Master Smith certification.
ABS Master Smith candidates must be Journeyman Smiths for at least two years, pass a difficult performance test using a pattern-welded steel knife of original manufacture, and survive a critical review of their work by a panel of seven discerning ABS Master Smiths.


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It's time to celebrate independence!

Residents looking for ways to celebrate the nation's independence will have a number of options in and around Franklin County over a two-day period -- and maybe more.
Franklinton, Franklin County and Wake Forest all have Independence Day activities set for July 3.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Teddy Cooke and Jamaal Epps


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Taco Trump
Editorial Cartoon: Taco Trump

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A crucial question and reflections on Girl (Scout) power
A crucial question and reflections on Girl (Scout) power

Before we jump into other subjects, here's a question to ponder on these hot, humid summer afternoons.
The recently approved budget for Franklin County creates 16 new county government jobs.
The recently approved Franklin County Schools' budget eliminates 24 teaching positions -- and because the county trimmed the schools' request even more, there could be more teachers cut to make the numbers work.
Those are the facts.


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This weekend take a moment to reflect on why you're free

It has been 240 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.
The last few words of the long document say powerfully that "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."


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The best shark defense? Stay out of the shallows
The best shark defense? Stay out of the shallows

I must admit, there are three things that grab my attention by the jugular and never let go at this time of year.
The first is Shark Week, an impressive television program on the Discovery channel which brings viewers face to face with the most deadly predators on the face of the planet.
The second is the series of real-world headlines detailing shark attacks in shallow waters on our beaches, particularly, those in North Carolina.


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Editorial Cartoon: Extinction
Editorial Cartoon: Extinction

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<i>Diet of right-wing myth pushed Britain to the brink of ruin</i>
Diet of right-wing myth pushed Britain to the brink of ruin

I want to begin today's article with an old joke.
Manservant: "Sire, the peasants are revolting!"
Monarch: "Yes, they are, aren't they?"
That encapsulates what transpired in the United Kingdom on Thursday. It didn't just happen, is far from a joke and could well affect Franklin County come January 20.


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Editorial Cartoon: Weather
Editorial Cartoon: Weather

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OBITUARIES

MATTIE ALSTON LIVINGSTONE

LOUISBURG - Mattie Alston Livingstone, 86, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Friday, June 24, 2016 at King County Hospital in Brooklyn. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 1, at 3 p.m. at Ambassadors For Christ Ministries, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cedar Street Cemetery, Louisburg.


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RUBY P. WRIGHT

CASSELBERRY, FL-Ruby Earline Pittman Wright, 86, formerly of Spring Hope, died Saturday, June 25, 2016. Funeral services will be Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m. at Spring Hope Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Kevin Moore officiating. Visitation will precede the service at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Oak Dale Cemetery, Spring Hope.


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SPORTS

CHRIS' QUEST AT BHS
THE TOP CAT. Bunn High School's Chris Cullom has been selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Coach of the Year for the 2016 baseball campaign. Cullom led the Wildcats to the NCC crown this spring.
CHRIS' QUEST AT BHS

BUNN - Bunn High School once again claimed the Northern Carolina Conference baseball championship this spring -- and that should come as no surprise, considering Chris Cullom was in charge of the program.
During Cullom's five years at Bunn -- two as an assistant and the past three as head coach -- the Wildcats have claimed the NCC diamond title.
And in Cullom's head coaching tenure, Bunn has put together a lofty 62-11 record against an always-challenging schedule.


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Rams on top of the solid NCC
SIMPLY THE BEST. Franklinton High School senior standout Antawn Johnson was tabbed as the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year for the 2016 season.
Rams on top of the solid NCC

FRANKLINTON -- When he took over the track and field program at Franklinton High School two years ago, Clennie Wilkins simply hoped to continue the success that Trent Sanders enjoyed there before his untimely passing.
Wilkins has seen to that and more as Franklinton's track program keeps on growing while developing into an area powerhouse.
Wilkins has also overseen the growth of the Franklinton cross country squad -- a move that also helps out the track and field team when spring arrives.


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Carlson Builds LC Program
APPROVAL RATING FOR LC. Louisburg College softball coach Michelle Carlson (left) finalizes the letter-of-intent of Louisburg High School's Katlyn Tharrington (right) during a signing ceremony back in April at the LHS Gymnasium.
Carlson Builds LC Program

LOUISBURG -- In the estimation of Michelle Carlson, momentum isn't just about a team's ebbs and flows on the playing field.
To Carlson, momentum can also serve as a long-term compass for the direction of a program -- but the moment must be seized in order to continue that upward spike.
So Carlson, after a solid first year as the head coach at Louisburg College, has been recruiting in relentless fashion while trying to build on the Lady Hurricanes' successful spring campaign.


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HOLDING COURT
COURT KING. Franklinton's Kyler Langworthy made the All-NCC Boys Tennis Team.
HOLDING COURT

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- North Carolina School of Science and Math dominated the Northern Carolina Conference boys tennis scene this spring -- and just kept building momentum from them.
By the time the Unicorns had finished up their campaign, they had surged through a series of overmatched opponents en route to making the Class 2-A State Team Finals against Brevard.


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Buffaloe claims prestigious title
Buffaloe claims prestigious title

NEW YORK -- Area resident Christian Buffaloe, 16, recently competed in the "2016 All American Kyokushin International Karate Championships" in New York City on June 18.
This prestigious annual event is sponsored and organized by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo, Japan and featured over many fighters from Japan, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Canada and South America.


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CAMPERS SPEND DAY AT NC STATE
CAMPERS SPEND DAY AT NC STATE

A GREAT TIME AT STATE. Youngsters who attended the Bunn High School Football Camp this week received an added treat as campers spent time touring the gridiron facility at North Carolina State University's Carter-Finley Stadium and Murphy Center in Raleigh.


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'Cats fall at Frederick
'Cats fall at Frederick

FREDERICK, MD. -- Braxton Davidson and Reed Harper both hit home runs, but the host Frederick Keys rallied for two runs and three hits in the ninth against Chase Johnson-Mullins while walking off 6-5 against the Carolina Mudcats on Monday night at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
Johnson-Mullins (BS, 2, 0-4, 3.13) entered the ninth with a 5-4 lead and retired the first batter he faced before giving up three hits and two runs in the final frame.


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BHS ready for soccer schedule

BUNN -- Charles Haley will be returning this fall to serve as the head coach for the Bunn High School boys soccer program.
Once again, Haley will put his club through a tough schedule, beginning with an August 15 showdown against Coach Joe McCarthy and the Northern Nash High School Fighting Knights.
That much-anticipated contest will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the BHS Soccer Complex.


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Bunn's spike slate finalized
Bunn's spike slate finalized

BUNN -- Bunn High School's 2016 volleyball season will feature the Ladycats' usual tough schedule, beginning with a campaign opener on Aug. 16 at defending Class 1-A state runner-up Princeton.
The Ladycats' home opener will be one day later against the Northern Nash Lady Knights.
Included in the slate are two matches against West Johnston, which is now coached by former BHS player Meredith (Edwards) Blake.


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McCain, Count Shiloh team up for award

ORKNEY SPRINGS, VA. -- The team of area resident Deck McCain and Count Shiloh, a half-Arabian and half-Quarter Horse, earned the Best Condition Award in their competition of the annual Old Dominion 25-mile Endurance Ride on June 11 in the George Washington Forest in Virginia.
The Best Condition Award is the result of a veterinary evaluation of the horse's metabolic characteristics (mucus membranes, capillary refill, jugular refill, skin tenting, gut sounds, anal tone, muscle tone, back/withers soreness, galls from saddle equipment, bodily injuries appropriate walk and trot gaits, impulsion and attitude).


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DAVIE DELIVERS
DAVIE DELIVERS

Bunn High School hard-hitting sophomore Davie Morgan has earned a spot on the 2016 All-Northern Carolina Conference Baseball Team. Morgan was part of the Wildcats' conference championship squad this spring.


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SIGNED AT CENTRAL
SIGNED AT CENTRAL

After two exceptional seasons at Louisburg College, shortstop Ryann Kostandin will continue her softball career next season at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Kostandin prepped at Wake Forest High School.


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SUPER SIGNEE
SUPER SIGNEE

Monica Pepe is regarded as a defensive whiz in the middle infield, and she will be joining the Louisburg College softball team. Pepe prepped at St. Stephen's High School, which is located in Hickory. She is one of 10 incoming signees for the Lady Hurricanes.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Arts Council celebrates Juneteenth</i>
Johnny Boy and The True Blessings perform at Juneteenth event
Arts Council celebrates Juneteenth

BUNN -- Juneteenth was celebrated by about 50 people on June 18 at the BROAD Community Center in Bunn. It was a project of the Franklin County Arts Council.
The headline entertainment, Sisters and Brothers Unity with Howard Overton, provided music throughout the afternoon. The band featured several numbers with blues singer Linda Wade and Rolanda Tate.
Johnny Boy and The True Blessings and the C4C Steppers rounded out the celebration.


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<i>Summer wedding!</i>
Summer wedding!

Donna Alston Wardrick announces the approaching marriage of her daughter, Kelli Genell Wardrick to Harvey Kendall III. Kelli is also the daughter of the late Eugene Wardrick. Harvey is the son of Kimshon Bennett of Charlotte and Harvey Kendall Jr., also of Charlotte, and the stepson of Stephanie Kendall. The couple will be married on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 4 p.m. at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. Wedding and reception by invitation only.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Public schools prep for a new fiscal year

LOUISBURG -- On June 30, the end of the current fiscal year, local government organizations are closing out the current year and preparing their final budget numbers to start the 2016-17 fiscal year on the right track. Commissioners approved a $76 million county budget last Monday and the school board is scheduled to close out its 2015-16 budget at its meeting this afternoon (Thursday, June 30).
According to Superintendent Pascal Mubenga, the district is in a good position thanks to the support of commissioners and the community.


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<i>A century of experience leaving county schools</i>
Doug Moore (right) receives a framed certificate from Superintendent Pascal Mubenga as fellow retiree Tommy Piper (left) looks on
A century of experience leaving county schools

Three of Franklin County Schools' most tenured central office employees celebrated their retirement on Wednesday, June 22. Tommy Piper, an assistant superintendent, retired with 38 years of service to Franklin County Schools as did Doug Moore, who has led the district as assistant superintendent for business and finance office for 30 years, and Joy Thorne retired as operations administrator after 37 years of dedicated service to the county schools. Combined, the administrators had 105 years of service to Franklin County Schools. Their last day is today, June 30th.


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FCS Prepares for 2016-17 Fiscal Year

LOUISBURG, N.C. -- As June 30 quickly approaches, local government organizations are closing out the current year and preparing their final budget numbers to start the 2016-17 fiscal year on the right track. Commissioners approved a $76 million county budget last Monday and the school board is scheduled to close out their 2015-16 budget at their meeting on Thursday evening.
According to Superintendent Pascal Mubenga, the district is in a good position thanks to the support of commissioners and the community.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Friend wants 7-year-old shooting case reopened

LOUISBURG -- A family friend is hoping a seven-year-old murder case that was dropped two months after charges were filed can gain new life.
Sheriff's deputies arrested James F. Romine shortly after they allege he shot and killed his wife, Natalie Romine, the evening of March 29, 2009.
According to the case file, prosecutors dropped the case in May 2009 after a witness, the woman's daughter, told authorities that the shooting was an accident.
The case was dismissed without leave, which generally means that prosecutors don't have permission to amend or refile the complaint.


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Local man faces drug charges

LOUISBURG -- A man who led police on a chase was arrested on drug charges.
According to a report, officers attempted to stop Joseph Hicks Jr. the evening of June 27, but he led police on a vehicle chase.
At some point, Hicks exited the vehicle and led officers on a foot chase in the 600 block of Kenmore Avenue before officers caught him in the area of the Main Street Mini Mart in the 700 block of Main Street.


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<i>It's time for summer fun!</i>
It's time for summer fun!

SHOT CALLER. Jayden Arrington goes up for a basket during the Beyond Expectations summer camp held in Franklinton last week.


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FASHIONISTAS
FASHIONISTAS

Alela Burrell, left, and Vanasia Lynch, right, helped Alayshia Whitley with a dress she made during a two-week summer camp in Franklinton.


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Six years, another promised radio fix

LOUISBURG -- The county's multi-million dollar emergency radio system is moving closer to completion, county staff said.
Franklin County contracted with Virginia-based Harris Corporation in 2010 to revamp and improve the county's emergency radio communications system.
The $11 million system, though, has been plagued by dropped calls and garbled audio since the county began using it in October 2012.
In April, with the aid of an emergency radio system consultant out of Louisiana, the county and Harris agreed to a plan that county staff said would fix the system by the end of the year.


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Sexual assault probed

LAKE ROYALE -- Police are investigating an allegation of a sexual assault.
Officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Black Cloud Drive where a resident reported the incident on June 21 -- a day after it was alleged to have happened.
Lake Royale Police Chief Charles Ferrell said the incident appears to be a matter of inappropriate con


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Stolen car is burned
Stolen car is burned

YOUNGSVILLE -- Authorities found a burnt out car in Granville County a day after a woman reported it stolen from a gas station in town.
According to a Youngsville police report, the Louisburg woman told authorities she went to the Sheetz gas station on U.S. 1 and left her 2004 BMW at a gas pump with the engine running and the keys inside at about 10 p.m. on June 23.
A few minutes later, a man in a hooded sweatshirt can be seen getting in the car and leaving the scene.


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Franklin young leaders among those attending institute

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Earlier this month, 21 area youth traveled to Savannah State University to participate in the four-day 2016 Leadership Development Citizenship Education institute (LDCEI).
These area youth were sponsored by the Rho Beta Lambda Chapter in Henderson.
For the third consecutive year, Rho Beta Lambda sponsored the largest contingent of any Alpha chapter in North Carolina.


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