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Showing 43 articles from December 21, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

<i>A Night of Miracles!</i>
A Night of Miracles!

Earlier this month, Rock Spring Baptist Church just north of Bunn created a drive-through 'Night of Miracles' which recreated the life of Jesus Christ through several outdoor scenes featuring local residents. This scene depicts the birth of Christ in a manger scene -- and on page 3a of this edition are several other scenes depicting his life, crucifixion and resurrection, all brought to you in the spirit of the holiday season. More than 1,200 cars drove through the exhibit over the three nights it was available.


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20 from Franklin County nabbed in 'Silent Night'
20 from Franklin County nabbed in 'Silent Night'

HENDERSON -- Operation Silent Night took 88 alleged offenders off the streets, many of them violent, during a two-day team-up of local, state and federal law enforcement agents.
Pictured (Above): KEEN EYE. Officers, including Franklin County Sheriff's Office forensics officer Rhonda Coyne, left, keep a close eye on the evidence collected during a multi-county, multi-agency operation designed to get some of the most dangerous people off the streets.


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<i>Youngsville educator honored</i>
Youngsville educator honored

YOUNGSVILLE -- Last Friday afternoon, Franklin County Schools named Youngsville Elementary School Assistant Principal Cindy Miller-Walker the District's 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year.
The announcement came as a surprise to Miller-Walker, who was greeted in the school's auditorium by students, teachers, and district leaders.
"I was shocked," said Miller-Walker. "I had no idea this would be happening today and I'm so grateful for the honor."


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Industrial park to get sewer via 'Leaf' grant

ROCKY MOUNT -- A sewer line leading to the county's industrial hubsite will be lined with Golden LEAF funds.
Last week, Golden LEAF, the State Department of Commerce and the Rural Infrastructure Authority announced it was awarding $35 million in grant money to bolster industrial sites across the state -- including $1.7 million to extend sewer to the county's Triangle North Franklin site.
The hubsite was birthed in 2005 as part of an effort by Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren counties to share in the costs of developing industrial sites and share in the revenues generated.


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Jail project moving along, town told

LOUISBURG -- After getting a brief update on efforts to stabilize the historic Franklin County jail on Nash Street, the Louisburg town council decided to sponsor a window to help the project along.
The update was given by Dr. Mark La Branche, president of Louisburg College, who told the town board that the roof has been replaced, downspouts replaced and the front porch on the largely stone building has been rebuilt to the way it originally appeared.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Basketball fan Bailey Lucas, 1 year old


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Trump Magic
Editorial Cartoon: Trump Magic

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A gift of irony may not be right for everyone
A gift of irony may not be right for everyone

I have to admit that Santa Claus brought one of my most fascinating gifts early this year -- and it is a doozy.
As an old reporter who appreciates irony, especially when it involves politics, I was aghast at what happened at the most recent meeting of the Franklin County School Board.
And I was -- again -- thankful that I wasn't one of the participants because it would have been so easy and so tempting to have thrown a monkey wrench into the proceedings.


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It's time to take a moment to enjoy what really matters

Here it is, nearly Christmas Eve, and many of us haven't even made our wish list for Santa Claus yet.
Maybe it's­ the weather, maybe it's just procrastination or perhaps it's just been a rough year that left so many of us exhausted and frustrated!
With all that has been happening politically -- both at the national and the state level -- it has been difficult to focus on other things.
The unfolding "soap opera" of political drama has been fascinating to watch -- but also emotional to endure.


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Forgiveness is often the better tool against attack
Forgiveness is often the better tool against attack

We are all prone to wild emotions, right?
Back in March, tempers apparently flared during a Donald Trump rally and as police escorted a few people out, cameras captured a 79-year-old man essentially cold cock one of the men leaving the arena.
And what was the police's response to the unwarranted attack -- they wrestled the hittee to the ground as the assailant, known of John "Quick Draw" McGraw, was cheered.


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Editorial Cartoon: The EPA
Editorial Cartoon: The EPA

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<i>Feeling generous? Last-minute gift ideas for county</i>
Feeling generous? Last-minute gift ideas for county

Today's edition of The Franklin Times is the Christmas edition, so I felt it was only appropriate to express some gift wishes for the county. Here we go.
More resources for the library system, including a branch in the northern portion of the county. The role of libraries has changed quite a bit since I was a youngster.
Today, they are much more than just a large collection of books. Access to technology is important for all, but imperative for students from less affluent backgrounds.


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'Power grab' to hamstring governor

Dear editor:
On Wednesday (Dec. 14), when the Republican leadership of the NC General Assembly launched a surprise special session, my office that night began receiving email protests from citizens across the state.


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Assembly's action 'insane'

Dear editor:
What an outrage! Why are we as responsible, knowledgeable and supposedly good citizens letting the NC legislative body try to take the state of NC into more ignorance and disgrace than they and McCrory have already done?
We should all, if allowed, be in the legislative building protesting if that's what it takes.


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Editorial Cartoon: Tax Break
Editorial Cartoon: Tax Break

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SPORTS

RAMS ARE TOUGH!
DELTON GETS THE JOB DONE. Franklinton's Delton Davis drives for two points during Monday night's home basketball victory against rival Louisburg.
RAMS ARE TOUGH!

FRANKLINTON - These guys are good.
Really good.
Franklinton has fielded its share of quality boys basketball squads through the years, but the current group of Red Rams is blazing quite a trail through nine games to start the 2016-17 campaign.


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CC Claims MAC Title
CC Claims MAC Title

YOUNGSVILLE -- Lightning would strike only once on the football field this season for the Cedar Creek Middle School Jaguars -- and that proved to be a good thing for Head Coach Joshua Hornyak and his talented group of Jaguars.
Cedar Creek dropped just one game as part of a prolific campaign that saw the Jaguars go 7-1 while winning the Middle Athletic Conference Championship for the third time in school history.


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Warriors look for victories
LAY IT IN. Louisburg's Quamon Person scores in the paint during last Wednesday night's home triumph against North Johnston HS.
Warriors look for victories

LOUISBURG -- All along, Coach Michael Sheldon has felt like his Louisburg High School boys basketball team has the intangibles to be successful during the 2016-17 season.
It's just a matter of putting things together for the Warriors, who have looked strong in some outings -- but not so much in others.
Sheldon would like to see his players compete more as a team and accept roles within the framework of a single unit.


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COUNTY'S FINEST
ALL TIED UP. (L to R) Franklinton's Grace Cottrell and Louisburg's Mackenzie Wood tie up for a held ball during Monday's girls basketball contest.
COUNTY'S FINEST

FRANKLINTON -- This might not be remembered as one of Lester Wilder's best teams during his 41-year career as the girls basketball coach at Franklinton High School.
But the Lady Rams, despite their overall record, have made quite a case for being the queens of Franklin County girls hoops this year, and are one victory away from a county sweep.


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Vastly Improved
THIRTEEN FOR TWO. Bunn's Morgan Williamson drives for a basket during Tuesday's game against Wilson Beddingfield.
Vastly Improved

BUNN -- Maybe it isn't showing up in the win-loss record, but Bunn's Ladycats continue to make strides as part of the 2016-17 girls basketball campaign.
Bunn, coached by Matt Keith, has claimed just one victory to date -- a road decision at Southern Nash.
But the Ladycats have been more competitive in games the second time around against opponents as they prepare to close out the pre-holiday portion of their schedule.


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STATE GRIDIRON RESULTS

CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the results from last weekend's North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championship football games.


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Up & Down Year
CLUTCH KAYLEE. Louisburg High School's Kaylee Saunders (with ball) drives into the paint as part of last Wednesday's home basketball showdown against non-league opponent North Johnston.
Up & Down Year

LOUISBURG -- As with any rebuilding process, there are good times that are destined to be interspersed with challenging times.
That's the scenario these days for the young Louisburg Lady Warriors under second-year head coach Chris Baker.
Louisburg has flashed some potential to begin the hoops campaign as the Lady Warriors opened with a trio of consecutive victories.
But since then, Louisburg has dropped four in a row, including a pair of setbacks against Franklin County rival Franklinton.


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Wells Fargo standings released

CHAPEL HILL -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2016 fall sports season.
The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state's four competitive classifications.


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Canes offering holiday packages
Canes offering holiday packages

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season?
The Carolina Hurricanes Holiday Plan includes discounted tickets to four games of your choice plus a Hurricanes holiday-themed long-sleeve shirt.
Choose from games against marquee opponents, including the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and more.


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ALLEN ON TARGET
ALLEN ON TARGET

Franklinton's Bryeka Allen scores inside against Louisburg.


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TAKING THE BASELINE
TAKING THE BASELINE

Louisburg High School's Tatyana Seda (with ball) drives for a basket during last Wednesday night's home basketball meeting with the North Johnston Panthers.


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WARD WITH TWO
WARD WITH TWO

Louisburg's Jonathan Ward scores inside for the Warriors against the North Johnston Panthers.


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LIFESTYLES

A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 1
A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 1

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A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 2
A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 2

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A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 3
A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 3

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A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 4
A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 4

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A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 5
A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 5

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A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 6
A Night of Miracles - Drive thru Nativity at Rock Spring Baptist Church, pics 6

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>VGCC holds College Day to help ease transitions</i>
BENNETT BOUND? From left, VGCC/Vance County Early College High School student Mya Hargrove, left, meets Sally Burrow from Bennett College during College Day.
VGCC holds College Day to help ease transitions

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College hosted its College Day, giving, students, including Early College High School students, an opportunity to learn how they can make the transition to four-year colleges and universities.
The main campus served as the site to host admissions officers from four-year colleges and universities earlier this month.
The event was VGCC's annual "College Day," which allows students to obtain important information about transfer requirements, financial aid and scholarships that can help them take the next steps in their educational journeys.


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OUTDOOR CONCERT
OUTDOOR CONCERT

Students in the Crosscreek Charter School band in Louisburg recently held a short winter concert in the courtyard of the school -- a chilly but successful event. The band, in only its second year, is under the direction of veteran Louisburg band director Brian "Doc" Miller. The band involves 70 percent of the eligible students at the school, Miller said, adding that he is building a "comprehensive band program in anticipation of the school's expansion and the construction of a new building in the near future."


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Sexual assault, insurance fraud cases probed

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Authorities are investigating an allegation of sexual assault.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said on Dec. 16, a teenage girl reported that she had been having sexual intercourse, against her will.
The girl, according to authorities, did not require any medical treatment related to the alleged assault.
The suspect was identified as another teenager, who apparently lived across the street.


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<i>Group's actions prove 'we deliver' is not just a slogan</i>
Commissioner John Allers
Group's actions prove 'we deliver' is not just a slogan

FRANKLINTON -- Hales Global Group has a tagline that says: we deliver results.
Hope Charitable Services helps those in need all around the world.
Last week, because of relationships and drive -- from Washington, D.C. and Portsmouth, Va. -- they were both able to fulfill their missions here in Franklin County.


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<i>It takes a lot to feed Franklin!</i>
Paul Perry, right, was the first in to receive items. Volunteers started gathering at 8 a.m. to get ready. From left are Dana Glover, Luke Glover, Hunter Glover and Pat Williams. Forefront is Jamie Ayscue.
It takes a lot to feed Franklin!

YOUNGSVILLE -- Feeding Franklin, in its first big food drive as a nonprofit, delivered 700 turkeys, 25,000 pounds of non perishables and 3,800 pounds of sweet potatoes to families this holiday season.


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Two local teens arrested for breaking into cars
Christopher Wells
Two local teens arrested for breaking into cars

LOUISBURG --Authorities arrested a pair of Louisburg teens they allege broke into nearly two dozen vehicles.
According to sheriff's office reports, about 22 vehicle break-ins were reported in the Youngsville area between Dec. 6 and Dec. 8.
On Dec. 16, deputies arrested Christopher Wells, 20, and Joshua Wells, 17, charging each with 22 counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and 13 counts of larceny.


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GIVING TIME
GIVING TIME

The Louisburg Fire Department delivered toys for Christmas to the UNC Children's hospital in Chapel Hill. The toys were donated by the Louisburg Fire Department members during a recent toy drive. This was a campaign that started a few months ago as the group wanted to reach out and make a difference to the sick children at UNC. The holidays are a tough time for parents to provide for the sick children, said Fire Chief Randy Lanham. Through the generosity of members, the fire department was able to put smiles on many faces, said Lanham.


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<i>Crosscreek kids unite in fight against cancer</i>
Crosscreek kids unite in fight against cancer

LOUISBURG -- Students at Crosscreek Charter School raised more than $500 to go toward cancer research.
Students at the school accepted the WHIP Pediatric Cancer Challenge to become a Golden Heart School.
The challenge required students to purchase a ribbon in honor or memory of someone effected by cancer.


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MAKING CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER AND WARMER
MAKING CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER AND WARMER

Wayne Champion, of Farm Bureau Insurance, once again coordinated the Coats for Christmas program this year. It's not too late to donate. The following locations will take your clean used or new coats: Farm Bureau office in Louisburg, Youngsville Library or 401 Dry Cleaners (formerly The Village Cleaners) in Louisburg. 401 Dry Cleaners will clean them for free if needed and the coats will continue to be distributed to various organizations. The coat drive will run until mid January, according to Champion. All sizes are needed, especially for children. In the photo above, Champion distributes coats to Care and Share in Louisburg. Accepting on behalf of Care and Share are Dorene Person (at left) and Cora Hawkins.


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BUSINESS

K-Flex awarded grant for 100 jobs

RALEIGH -- The county's industrial prospects received another bump this past week.
The state announced last week that the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 26 grant requests totaling more than $8.6 million and creating 1,183 jobs -- $500,000 of that is earmarked for Youngsville's K-Flex USA, creating 100 more jobs at that site.
The county has approved a $1.3 million incentive for the expansion.


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