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Showing 37 articles from June 28, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Happy Birthday USA!
Happy Birthday USA!

Residents will have a host of opportunities to celebrate Independence Day in communities and towns, beginning on Saturday.
• Castalia
The town will serve as host to a day of activities, beginning when craft and food vendors open for business at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 1. At noon, Small Town USA will host a service recognizing veterans.


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Speed joins county board
Speed joins county board

LOUISBURG -- In what probably set the record for the shortest Franklin County meeting, commissioners chose Mark Speed to represent District 3 on the county's governing board.
Shortly after the 7 p.m. meeting began Monday night, the board appointed Speed by unanimous decision -- a tonal shift for the board, which had been marked by partisan strife at the last two meetings.


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Missing or dead calves at heart of $7 million lawsuit

LOUISBURG -- An Iowa-based cattle company is suing a local farmer, arguing that Franklin Livestock Inc. duped them twice, costing them more than $7 million.
J&K Cattle, Kevin Van Beek and Jay Leloux filed a complaint in Franklin County Superior Court on May 26 alleging that Franklin Livestock Inc., Dennis G. Boone, Raymond Grant Boone and Troy Jason Aycock billed them for cattle purchases they never made and services they never performed.
According to the lawsuit, Franklin Livestock Inc. et al bought 2,106 calves for J&K Cattle et al through a 2012 agreement.


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NEW LOOK DOWNTOWN
NEW LOOK DOWNTOWN

Efforts have been underway in downtown Louisburg over the last several months to revitalize the once vibrant business district -- and bring some life back into the central business district. This project will make a large statement and is awaiting only approval from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is actually two-fold. First, it is designed to help ease parking along the west side of North Main Street by allowing a "softening" of the angle, keeping cars from sticking out so far into the southbound travel lane.


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Purchase nixes gun range idea

FRANKLINTON -- One day after a town regulatory board denied a Wake Forest duo's petition to operate a gun range on the edge of town, a Youngsville partnership bought the property ­-- ending any prospect of such a use.
Back in January, Tony Norton and Dan Stalfire petitioned the board to operate an outdoor range on an 88.5 acre site north and west of town.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg resident Silas Faulkner


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: 4th
Editorial Cartoon: 4th

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Trump is sowing confusion and reaping worse
Trump is sowing confusion and reaping worse

There's an old joke in the newspaper business that you should never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
Remember, I said joke. And this is not about fake news.
This is about real news -- and how uninformed so many of us seem to be these days, amazing since it's a time when there has never been more information easily available!


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Some questions should never have to be asked!

There was some very good news at a recent meeting of the Franklin County Airport Commission -- and other news that should send a shiver of fear down the spine of Franklin Countians who care about a better tomorrow.
The good news was word that a Pittsburgh-based company is considering our airport as a base for a $19 million medical transport helicopter.
That's exactly what we need -- and basing it here would be a huge benefit, even if its owner never pays a dime in taxes!


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Changes to our world can truly be a test
Changes to our world can truly be a test

In some of my worst nightmares, I dream that I'm back in school, there's a big test, and I haven't studied.
For good measure, I'm usually naked and I can't remember my locker combination.
Again, those are the things from which nightmares spring.
However, it's real life that's probably causing those nightmares for students studying geography and astronomy as the earth and the heavens change on a nearly instantaneous level.


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<i>Why yes, I do know you!</i>
Why yes, I do know you!

Filing for the Franklin County 2017 Municipal Election starts on Friday, July 7, at noon and ends Friday, July 21, at noon.
The only place candidates can file for this election is the Franklin County Board of Elections office, located on 107 Industrial Drive, Louisburg.
For more information, you can contact the Board of Elections office at (919) 496-3898.
Often it is said all elections are local. At one time this was more true.


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Senator Barefoot wants credit for what he didn't do

Dear editor:
Yesterday I read with interest the "State Budget Update from Sen. Chad Barefoot." Among the list of accomplishments was one item which especially caught my eye. The item was: "Restores Funding for Governor's School."


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Recovering from fall, woman targeted by a thief

Dear editor:
If you are elderly in Franklin County, I'm certain that you have figured out this is not a very accommodating or protective environment for the elderly (although most everyone who lives here probably has their personal complaints with this "peculiar" little place).


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Editorial Cartoon: Cosby
Editorial Cartoon: Cosby

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OBITUARIES

MARTHA MORRIS HARPER

WENDELL - Martha Morris Harper, 57, passed away June 25, 2017. She was born March 13, 1960 in Campbell County, VA to the late John Wilson Morris and Mary Davis Morris. Martha worked as an Administrative Assistant at Duke Energy.


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SPORTS

Lassiter Looks To Reload LHS
COME BACK HERE. Louisburg High School's Amonte Moses tries to reel in a pass attempt during last Thursday morning's 7-on-7 football scrimmage action against Southern Vance.
Lassiter Looks To Reload LHS

LOUISBURG -- Just three seasons into his tenure as Louisburg High School's head football coach, Dontae Lassiter is already faced with his second reloading proposition.
The first came during Lassiter's initial campaign in 2015 as the Warriors had to rebuild an offensive line that had lost its entire starting group from the year before.
Once again, that's the task Lassiter is encountering as he prepares his Warriors to make the jump this fall into the Northern Carolina Conference.


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BAT TO THE FUTURE
RIGHT ON. North Wake Fungo player Patrick Wheeler (right) makes contact during last Wednesday afternoon's conference doubleheader against the Virginia Marlins at the Bunn High School Baseball Field.
BAT TO THE FUTURE

BUNN -- The sweet sound of a wooden bat striking a baseball hasn't been heard at Franklin County high school diamonds in years -- but has returned this summer at Bunn.
That's because Bunn is serving as the home field for the North Wake Fungo, which competes in the wooden-bat Carolina Virginia Summer Collegiate League.
The Fungo, who play 41 games in the 12-team league, boast area performers who are either current or rising collegiate players.


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FOREVER RIVALS
FEELING A BIT RUNDOWN. Louisburg's Trevor Wilder (left) tags out Bunn's Malakai Morrow between second and third during Tuesday's baseball contest.
FOREVER RIVALS

BUNN -- This week's summer league doubleheader between Louisburg and Bunn couldn't have featured a more contrasting coaching variety.
In one dugout was Louisburg veteran skipper Al Bolton, who has been with the Warriors for over two decades.
Certainly, the summer work for Bolton and Company is more of a refinement process as the coach knows how his roster will shake down -- along with the tendencies and talents of his roster members.


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Buffaloe shines in New York
CHRISTIAN BUFFALOE
Buffaloe shines in New York

NEW YORK -- Christian Buffaloe, 17-year-old local Kyokushin Karate fighter, recently competed in the "2017 All American Kyokushin Karate International Championships" in New York City on June 24.
This prestigious annual event is sponsored and organized by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo, Japan and featured fighters from Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Brazil, Bolivia, Greece and France.


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Brickhouse nabs honor
Brickhouse nabs honor

DURHAM -- East Carolina University freshman Spencer Brickhouse has been named Baseball America Second-Team Freshman All-America, the publication announced Monday morning.
Brickhouse, who garnered Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors, batted .310 (61-for-197) with 28 RBI and scored 36 runs. He belted 10 home runs on the year tying Travis Watkins for the team lead and ranking eighth in the American Athletic Conference.


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Stokes delivers for Mudcats
Stokes delivers for Mudcats

WOODBRIDGE, VA. -- Troy Stokes Jr. matched a career high with four hits, Max McDowell was 2-for-3, Frank Lopez earned a victory in his visiting Carolina Mudcats debut and Wuilder Rodriguez worked through a four inning save as Carolina won its third straight game 7-4 at Pfitzner Stadium in Potomac on Sunday in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.


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CAROLINA HURRICANES 2017-18 NHL SCHEDULE
CAROLINA HURRICANES 2017-18 NHL SCHEDULE

RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes have announced their regular season schedule for the 2017-18 campaign.
The Hurricanes will open their slate with a home game versus the Minnesota Wild on October 7 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
Carolina's complete schedule is as follows, with home games listed in CAPS (all times are Eastern):


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LHS spikers will open August 15
LHS spikers will open August 15

LOUISBURG -- Fresh off a strong state runner-up finish last fall, the Louisburg High School Lady Warriors will begin their 2017 schedule on Aug. 15 on the road versus Warren County.
After four years away, Louisburg will be returning to the Northern Carolina Conference, which will now feature a split Class 1-A/2-A league.
Louisburg's complete schedule is as follows, with home matches listed in CAPS:


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FANCY FORM
FANCY FORM

Cale Bolton delivers a pitch for Louisburg during Tuesday evening's road baseball matchup at Bunn.


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GET BACK TO WHERE YOU ONCE BELONGED
GET BACK TO WHERE YOU ONCE BELONGED

North Wake Fungo's Brad Mize dives safely back to first base to avert a pickoff attempt during last Wednesday's home twinbill at Bunn HS.


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GONE AGAIN
GONE AGAIN

North Wake Fungo player Bobby Dixon (right) is greeted at home plate after delivering a home run during his club's home doubleheader last Wednesday against the Virginia Marlins.


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PUNISHING FOES
PUNISHING FOES

The Youngsville Punishers recently won the 11-Under Championship at the Top Gun Summer World Series with a 6-1 overall record. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Brad Hathaway, Ashley Roberson, Bobby Greer and Mike Nash; (middle, l to r) Sam Lilly, Josh Morris, Sterling Bass, Cam Stapleton and Chandler Fleming; (front, l to r) Logan Greer, Aidan Nash, Ethan LeBlanc, Jake Roberson and Conner Hathaway.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Nicholsons made contributions to Louisburg, Hickory</i>
Nicholsons made contributions to Louisburg, Hickory

Dr. William Henry Nicholson (April 1, 1864-April 8, 1935) and his wife, Genevieve Perry Nicholson (March 15, 1865-January 14, 1947), made significant contributions to Louisburg's built environment before moving to Hickory and then Henderson.
Two important homes and a church in Louisburg testify to their prominence.
W.H. Nicholson, the son of John C. and Mary Conyers Nicholson, grew up on a farm near Franklinton.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Area students attend leadership session
Area students attend leadership session

About 1,700 high school students gathered in Washington, D.C. as delegates to the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.
Dozens of North Carolina students, including two local delegates sponsored by Wake Electric, took part in celebrating 50 years of participation by North Carolina's electric cooperatives in the week-long leadership experience.


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<i>Student earns Rutgers law degree</i>
Student earns Rutgers law degree

William Wyatt Allen received a degree of Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School in Newark, N.J., on May 26. He graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif, a nationwide honor society which recognizes the top 10 percent of each year's graduating class. He received the Charles Davenport Prize which is awarded to the member of the graduating class having the best grades and highest achievement in tax law. He also received the Eric R. Neisser Pro Bono Service Scholar Award for over 500 hours of pro bono law related hours and received the Dean's Merit Scholarship.


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<i>Louisburg native earns degree at Barton College</i>
Louisburg native earns degree at Barton College

Anna Inscoe of Louisburg recently graduated magna cum laude from Barton College, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with concentrations in Graphic Design and Photography. She was named to the President's List both semesters of the 2016/2017 school year.


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<i>Scholarship winner is off to State</i>
Scholarship winner is off to State

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED. Amanda Dean, center, is this year's R. Flake Shaw Scholarship recipient for Franklin County Farm Bureau, who was chosen by NC Farm Bureau for a $4,000 a year, four-year scholarship to NC State University. Amanda will major in biology. NC Farm Bureau awards the R. Flake Shaw scholarship to students pursuing higher education in an agriculturally related discipline and this scholarship is awarded each year to selected students throughout the state. Only six such scholarships are awarded.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Army buddies reunited</i>
Army buddies reunited

FRANKLINTON -- For two years, Mark Stephens and Maci patrolled Afghanistan, his eyes peeled for ordnance and the canine's snout scanning for explosives.
And, then, quicker than a trigger pull, their partnership was over.
"I didn't think I'd see him again," Stephens said two weeks ago, after driving down from Michigan and seeing the German Shepherd for the first time in more than three years.


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NEW JUDGE TAKES OATH
NEW JUDGE TAKES OATH

Ben Hunter, left, takes the oath of office as he was sworn in as the district's newest judge this week. Gov. Roy Cooper selected Hunter to fill the unexpired term of J. Henry Banks, who retired in December. Hunter previously worked as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting felonies in Franklin County under District Attorney Mike Waters. Hunter is joined in the picture by his wife, Meredith, and was sworn in by Magistrate Al Kearney. Hunter will hold court in Warren County.


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CHECKING OUT MAUDE
CHECKING OUT MAUDE

Nataleigh Davis, nine months old, is being held by her mother, Jamie Leigh Sandling Davis. Maude is the Town of Louisburg's vintage fire truck, which is schedule to undergo restoration beginning this fall. Donations are still being accepted for the project.


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Ex-deputy charged with assault

YOUNGSVILLE -- A former deputy who was recognized as a hero for rescuing someone from a fiery wreck is slated to appear in court next month on charges that he assaulted a Youngsville woman.
David Warren Jacobs was arrested on June 16 and charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury, misdemeanor communicating threats and misdemeanor injury to personal property.


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BUSINESS

<i>Farm Bureau says thank you!</i>
Farm Bureau says thank you!

COOL TREAT, HOT DAY. Farm Bureau member Connie Smith brought her 4-year old granddaughter, Taylor Smith, to Franklin County Farm Bureau's customer appreciation day, where they enjoyed ice cream and other goodies.


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