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Showing 40 articles from July 26, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Election races shaped up in all area towns

LOUISBURG -- The filing period ended on July 21 and residents can expect political races in Louisburg, Bunn, Franklinton and Wake Forest.
In fact, Louisburg could see the biggest board shakeup, followed by Franklinton.
If nothing else, each town is assured of at least one new face on the board as two incumbents opted not to seek re-election.
•In Louisburg, seats belonging to Mayor Karl Pernell and Council members Tom Clancy, Joe Shearon and Boyd Sturges will be up.


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Good times bubble up in summer!
Good times bubble up in summer!

THE BUBBLES OF SUMMER. While many folks were a bit scorched during last Friday's events in downtown Louisburg, these two little guys weren't about to let a little (little??!) heat get the better of them -- although they couldn't agree on the proper approach. Asher Kroboth, 7, in the center, liked to poke the bubbles but his brother, Elias, preferred to try a swift kick. Of course, it didn't hurt that they had convinced their mom, Kira, to be the official bubble maker so they got plenty of practice.


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<i>Like horses? Just be one of the herd</i>
Mallory Fields and Arietta
Like horses? Just be one of the herd

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Mallory Fields has probably given Arietta a carrot.
And, she does carry a stick.
But, it would be wrong to say she uses the carrot and stick approach to horse training.
For the past seven years, she has taught natural horsemanship, a training approach that's driven more by connection than reward and punishment.


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From cotton mill to apartments, construction almost within sight

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners agreed to be the conduit for issuing tax exempt bonds that will help a developer turn the old Sterling Cotton Mill building into housing.
For at least a decade, Franklinton officials and staff have explored ways to rehab and repurpose the mill, which sits at the intersection of Green and Sterling streets.
The mill, which dates back to 1895, shut down in 1991.


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HISTORY REVISITED
HISTORY REVISITED

Louisburg College art professor Will Hinton (right) explains the significance of this restored sign to downtown Louisburg during its unveiling last Friday night. Hinton spearheaded the restoration of the sign as one of the community's public art projects downtown. He said the sign has special meaning for many because the now-closed store was a place where black and white youth mingled and focused on music during an otherwise turbulent time. The sign is on a building along East Nash Street just east of the county courthouse.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Town and Country Swimmer Michelle Southall


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Obamacare
Editorial Cartoon: Obamacare

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Is county's water tap connected to anything?
Is county's water tap connected to anything?

Well, well, well, Franklin County has opened the "tap" that will guide the amount of water that can be allocated to home builders, apparently in an effort to bolster the economy and/or quiet the criticism.
That's all well and good -- except for one major point.
Are we sure this "tap' is even connected to new water supplies?


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Youngsville's future: bright, but challenging

Depending on whether you're an optimist or a pessimist, the town of Youngsville is either in the "catbird seat" with a bright future looming ahead of it or is facing a very difficult time of growth that could spiral out of its control.
As we have reported on extensively, the town's manager, Bill Tatum, is retiring soon and that creates a rather unique challenge for the community's elected officials.


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Now, there's something to do in Franklin County
Now, there's something to do in Franklin County

A couple of weeks ago, in this very space, I talked about the opportunities that Franklin County residents have if they want to learn more about or work to find solutions to growing criminal problems in Franklin County -- namely drugs and gang activity.
It was written in the shadows of headlines describing a recent rash of shootings that left one person dead, two people injured and plenty of property damaged.
It also left police scratching their heads, residents living in fear and community leaders grasping for answers.


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<i>What does it take to learn from a mistake?</i>
What does it take to learn from a mistake?

Do people learn from their mistakes, or are some of them destined to just repeat them over and over again?
It would be wonderful if our intuitive senses included foresight, allowing us to avoid future mistakes. Imagine if you will, you are driving down the road, about to crest a hill on a blind turn. Your extrasensory perception warns of an eighteen wheeler barreling towards you out of control and in your lane. Would you simply continue on your happy way, or take evasive action?


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Editorial Cartoon: Dumbo
Editorial Cartoon: Dumbo

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OBITUARIES

A.C. FULLER
July 28, 1925 - July 21, 2017

LOUISBURG - Arthur Corbert "A.C." Fuller, of Louisburg, passed peacefully Friday evening.


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J. PERRY TWITTY

WARRENTON - Joshua Perry Twitty, 98, died Saturday evening, July 22, 2017 at Louisburg Nursing Center.


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MICHAEL D. SACKETT

LOUISBURG­­--­Michael Dennis Sackett, 59, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at his home. Services were held Wednesday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at Church of the Crossroads, 4620 NC Hwy 98, Youngsville, with Pastor Jesse Parrish officiating.


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SPORTS

TURN UP THE HEAT
THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING. Machaiah Grissom rips a single for the Louisburg All-Stars during last Friday's tournament action in Johnston County.
TURN UP THE HEAT

SMITHFIELD - Louisburg's All-Stars weren't about to let soaring temperatures affect their performance during last week's Tar Heel Softball Coach-Pitch State Tournament in Johnston County.
Instead, the All-Stars provided some heat of their own on the field en route to a fifth-place finish in the annual event at the Smithfield Recreation Park.
Louisburg's state tournament run began with a hard-fought 11-10 loss last Thursday to Cleveland in a back-and-forth contest.


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States Await For Stars
LOUISBURG ALL-STAR JACKSON ALFORD
States Await For Stars

LOUISBURG -- Making the states on the Boys Coach-Pitch level has become commonplace in recent seasons for the Louisburg All-Stars -- and that trend is continuing this summer under head coach Chad Champion.
Two years ago, Louisburg took second place in the Tar Heel State Coach-Pitch Tournament -- a finish Champion would love to equal or even better this time around.


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DJ runs to glory for East
DJ runs to glory for East

BUNN -- D.J. Jones certainly made the most of his lone season as a member of the Bunn High School Football Team.
Jones will be remembered for a myriad of accomplishments in 2016 as he helped the Wildcats claim the Northern Carolina Conference Championship. Jones, a running back, was the NCC Offensive Player of the Year and eventually earned a scholarship to continue his career at Fayetteville State University.


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Links event held at River

LOUISBURG -- Last week, youth golfers from around the area gathered at Louisburg's The River Golf Course for the fourth tournament of the 2017 Eastern North Carolina Junior Golf League summer season.
The league is divided into four age groups in the Boys Division and two in the Girls Division.
Golfers from Birchwood Country Club, Wedgewood Country Club, The River Golf Course and Willow Springs Country Club took part in the event.


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PLAYOFFS LOOM
NORTH WAKE FUNGO PITCHER BLAKE HELMS (R)
PLAYOFFS LOOM

BUNN -- The North Wake Fungo have a couple of aces in the hole for this weekend's Carolina-Virginia College League season-ending baseball tournament.
One of them is well-established as former Rocky Mount High School standout Blake Helms, now at UNC-Pembroke, is firmly entrenched as one of the wooden-bat league's top mound standouts.


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Strong Summer
TOWN AND COUNTRY'S ROSALIE MAY
Strong Summer

LOUISBURG -- Town and Country's successful summer swim season has included a pair of victories against the Franklinton Frogs.
In TC's home opener on June 22, the Stingrays topped the Frogs by a 266-74 margin.
The rematch, held July 13, was shortened due to storms and ended with Town and Country ahead 165-18.
Lindsay Duncan is once again serving as the head coach for the Stingrays, with Rebecca Keith and Ryley Allen as assistant coaches.


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Bunn spikers will open Aug. 15
Bunn spikers will open Aug. 15

BUNN -- Melanie Lovin's first season as the Bunn High School head volleyball coach will begin Aug. 15 with a road match against the Southern Vance Raiders in Henderson.
Lovin, a long-time assistant and former player at BHS, takes over for the retired Henry Jones, who has been in charge of the program since the mid-1990s.
Bunn's complete ledger is as follows, with home matches listed in CAPS:


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Carolina Mudcats paste the Pelicans
Carolina Mudcats paste the Pelicans

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Kodi Medeiros started and worked through six scoreless, Corey Ray homered in the first and Lucas Erceg broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the eighth as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the host Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-1 on Tuesday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
The victory lifted the Mudcats (50-50, 14-18) back to a .500 record on the year and was their second straight against the Pelicans (55-46, 12-19) in the current series.


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FREESTYLE FURY
FREESTYLE FURY

Town and Country's Felicity Layton competes in the freestyle event during the Stingrays' recent swim matchup against the Franklinton Frogs at the TC Pool in Louisburg.


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MIGHTY CUT
MIGHTY CUT

Louisburg All-Star Natalie Edwards prepares to connect with an offering during last Friday's game against Perquimans at the Tar Heel Coach-Pitch Softball Tournament in Smithfield.


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STUPENDOUS CATCH
STUPENDOUS CATCH

Louisburg All-Star Jasmine Ingraham (left) makes a great diving catch of a pop fly during last Friday's action at the Tar Heel Coach-Pitch State Softball Tournament.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Wedding vows exchanged</i>
Wedding vows exchanged

Mary Vivian Thomas and Douglas Michael Bason were united in marriage on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the home of the bride's parents on Laurel Mill Road. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Alan Koeneke.
The bride is the daughter of Randall and Debra Thomas. Her paternal grandparents are the late Thurman and Mary Thomas. Her maternal grandparents are Vivian Oney and the late Webster Oney. The bride received a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from East Carolina University in 2016.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

GRADUATES!
GRADUATES!

The Kid's Corner in Louisburg recently held its graduation. Daycare director is Joni Peoples and the owner is Amy Merritt. Pictured in front row, left to right: Tina Holden, instructor; Connor Wilson, Bryson Hale, Aaron Vargas-Castro, Cameron Ayscue and Garrett Marshall. Back row, left to right: Mason Krogh, Payton Stephens, Charity Burnette, Austin Marks, Aubrey McCaskill and Barbara Coons, assistant instructor.


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<i>LHS Class of '17 graduate receives alumni scholarship</i>
LHS Class of '17 graduate receives alumni scholarship

LOUISBURG -- Rickea Edwards is the recipient of the Lucelendia Massenburg-Tabb $500 Scholarship presented annually by the Perry's School Alumni Association.
Edwards is a 2017 graduate of Louisburg High School with a GPA of 4.06 and plans to attend NC Central University in the fall and major in Special Education.
The scholarship is presented to a graduating senior who is a descendent of someone who either attended or graduated from the former Perry's High School.


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Student serves as page

The North Carolina Senate recently had Carson Elizabeth Mendenhall, a student at Falls Lake Academy, serve as a page. She is the daughter of Bryce and Stacie Mendenhall of Franklinton.
Carson was sponsored by Senator Chad Barefoot and appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger of Rockingham County.
Statewide high school students in grades 9 through 12 serve as pages when the General Assembly is in session.


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<i>Louisburg College honors outgoing alumni president</i>
Louisburg College honors outgoing alumni president

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College Alumni Association Board of Directors recognized outgoing board President Alex Cheek, Class of 1994, of Louisburg, for four years of dedicated service.
Cheek led the board of 28 members for two consecutive terms.
As a gift of appreciation to Cheek, the college commissioned a personalized, framed print of the Louisburg College Main Building by Cary artist Jerry Miller.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Mother killed in head-on crash; Nash man charged
Authorities investigate the scene of a brutal crash on N.C. 39/U.S. 401
Mother killed in head-on crash; Nash man charged

LOUISBURG -- A Middlesex man was charged with felony death by motor vehicle after investigators allege his careless and reckless driving caused a three-car wreck that killed a Warrenton woman.
Barbara Jean O'Brien, 34, died as a result of injuries sustained in the head-on collision.
Witnesses said they learned the wife and mother of two was on the way to pick up one of her children from day care when the accident occurred.


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<i>Franklin County native honored at Tony Awards</i>
Franklin County native honored at Tony Awards

DURHAM -- Franklin County native Wendell Tabb recently received an honorable mention for Excellence in Theatre Education from the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University.
Tabb was one of 20 theatre educators from across the country to receive an honorable mention for the award.


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FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS
FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS

Bonnie Smith (center) of "Jacob's Friends" is presented with a $1,065 check by Elvis impersonator Tim Bunn of Small Town USA in Castalia. The proceeds from the June show went to "Jacob's Friends," a ministry of Red Oak United Methodist Church, which provides activities and social interaction for children and young adults with special needs, as well as offers support to their parents and caregivers. This ministry is free and open to everyone. You do not have to be a member of ROUMC to participate. At the right is Betty Bunn of Small Town USA.


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Backpack program launches

LOUISBURG -- The United Way of Franklin County has launched its Build a Backpack Program.
To Live United is the secret to a better future for our community.
Positive change is about collaboration among leaders, youth, seniors, families, organizations and businesses with a resolve to move forward.
That is the United Way, said United Way Executive Director Andrea Wright.


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Indian Affairs' teen summit set for August

The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs will hold its first Teen Summit Conference Aug. 20-22 in Pine Knoll Shores.
The conference is to provide American Indian youth with information and resources regarding the prevention of dating violence, domestic/family violence, sexual violence and elder abuse. Participants will be able to take these resources and use them within their communities.


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OFF FOR A FACE LIFT
OFF FOR A FACE LIFT

One of Louisburg's oldest "citizens," the 1921 American La France fire engine, better known as Maude, is undergoing a major restoration thanks to donations of time and effort by local residents and businesses. Once again owned by the Louisburg Fire Department, the truck was loaded up this week and taken to Alloy Welding in Wilksboro for a major restoration that could take 18 months, according to one of Maude's best friends, long-time firefighter Larry Peoples. The project is being done on a pay-as-you-go basis and firemen are frantically raising funds to be sure the project is done correctly.


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In-county task force to battle gang activity

FRANKLINTON -- Local law enforcement agencies have agreed to form an in-county task force to tackle gang activity.
During a town commissioner meeting last week, Police Chief John Green Jr. told commissioners that he recently met with law enforcement leaders in light of a rash of shootings that left one person dead, injured two others and caused property damage.


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Towns prep for National Night Out

The police departments and towns of Bunn and Franklinton are preparing to become centers of attention for National Night Out.
National Night Out is an annual, community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and serve as an impetus to make neighborhoods safer.
Both towns have set their events on Tuesday, Aug., 4, beginning at 6 p.m.


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BUSINESS

SMILING AT THEIR NEW LOCATION
SMILING AT THEIR NEW LOCATION

Staff of Louisburg Family Dentistry pose in front of their new office, 531 S. Bickett Boulevard. The full-service dentistry practice staff are from right to left: Dr. Don Lee, Joette Short, Crystal Sullivan, Florinda Lopez, Toni Joyner, high school intern Anna Joyner, Katherine Hoyle and Amber Duke. The practice is accepting new patients.


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