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Breaking News: Four gunmen rob L-burg grocery store

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for suspects in an armed robbery -- the second within a week.
According to Louisburg police, four suspects, believed to be men, went into the Food Lion on Bickett Boulevard the evening of Dec. 17 and brandished a gun.
They forced an employee to open a safe and and left the scene, on foot, with an undisclosed amount of money.
No injuries were reported in the robbery, police said.


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Franklinton's board approves utility sale to Franklin County

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners agreed to sell its water utility system -- and the county will also get more than $4 million in grants, too.
Following months of negotiations and discussions, Franklinton officials agreed by a majority vote on Tuesday night to sell the system to Franklin County for $3.2 million.


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Youngsville hikes rec fees 22 percent

YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners agreed to raise spring baseball fees with the caveat that recreation staff develop a business plan that outlines spending and revenue projections into the future.
During the board's Dec. 11 meeting, Parks and Rec Director Pete Gibson presented the board with a proposal to raise the fees from $90 to $130.


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RECONNAISSANCE MISSION?
RECONNAISSANCE MISSION?

This jolly old gentleman from the North Pole has been seen at various places in Franklin County in recent days, including riding in all of the community parades. In this one, held by the Chamber of Commerce in Louisburg, he is shown waving to bystanders, perhaps as a subtle alert that his annual visit is next Wednesday night, ready or not. It's been reported that Santa has been checking to see who has been naughty and who has been nice prior to loading up his sleigh for his annual expedition.


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Lower electric rates in town's future?

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Town Council quickly plowed through an agenda of relatively routine business Monday night, got some encouraging words about the future of local electric rates -- and just the opposite about planned highway upgrades.
"We're not out of the woods yet, but it is looking very encouraging," Town Administrator Mark Warren told the board as he discussed news that the Federal Regulatory Commission has approved Duke Energy Progress's application to purchase the generating assets of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.


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Arts Council scrambles after alleged theft

FRANKLINTON -- The former treasurer of a nonprofit organization surrendered to authorities last week on charges that he embezzled more than $6,700.
While Joe Baisley awaits a January court date, those entrusted with operating the Franklin County Arts Council said they have taken the steps needed to shore up the organization now and into the future.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Connor Roberson with a special friend


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