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County waivers on effort to curb local opioid crisis

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners said they would need more information before they'd consider joining a lawsuit that lays the blame for the opioid crisis at the feet of manufacturers and distributors of the drug.
Attorneys George Daniel and Neal Ellis, representing a consortium of law firms, informed commissioners on Monday night that they are representing governmental entities across the country, seeking to recover from the drug industry monies that governments have spent to combat the opioid epidemic -- namely expenses spent on emergency services, law enforcement and other social service needs that have been impacted by the weight of the problem.


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IT'S PARTY TIME
IT'S PARTY TIME

And the town of Louisburg has a spruced-up downtown amphitheater (photographed here at dusk to show the lights) that will be the venue for 2018's Third Friday Nights on the Tar events. The event features a concert, food trucks and entertainment for kids. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and the Castaways are to begin playing about 6 p.m. The event is free of charge and is this event marks the beginning of the second year of the popular event.


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Louisburg bans big trucks downtown

LOUISBURG -- Two more changes are coming to downtown Louisburg, one designed to decrease traffic and the other which may help bring more people to activities in downtown.
The town and the North Carolina Department of Transportation have agreed that all truck traffic that is merely going through downtown be banned. The signs banning large trucks with three or more axles have already gone up.


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Y-ville 'best site' for farm market
Y-ville 'best site' for farm market

LOUISBURG -- After a year of polling vendors, potential customers, stakeholders and others, staff with an agribusiness center at the University of Mount Olive have concluded that it would be feasible to build a new farmers market in the Youngsville area.
Sandy Maddox, director of the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center and an assistant professor of agriculture education at Mount Olive, and Edward Olive, associate director for the Agribusiness Center, presented those findings to county commissioners and visitors during a special called meeting on Monday afternoon.


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<i>Jim Grove honored for volunteer efforts</i>
Jim Grove honored for volunteer efforts

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners recognized a Governor's Medallion Award winner before navigating an agenda that saw them move forward with plans that could bolster sewer service, bring a new tenant to the airport and chart parks and recreation services into the future.
First, Cooperative Extension Director Charles Mitchell presented Jim Grove -- a winner of one of the state's top awards for volunteer service.


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Bunn wrestles with police pay issues

BUNN -- Town commissioners are considering some pay raises, as long at it doesn't put their tax rate out of whack.
Commissioners and staff met last week during a session, poring over proposed revenues and expenses for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
For the most part, Police Chief Joe King wants to keep his spending status quo, but he did ask commissioners to consider raising pay for his part-time officers and the town's school resource officer.


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FRANKLIN FACE

Louisburg's James Anderson


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