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Breaking News: Three proposals for local hospital similar but contain key differences

LOUISBURG -- Duke Lifepoint wants to bring worldwide name recognition, essentially a $1 million immediate investment, at least a 10-year commitment to provide healthcare in Franklin County and commit $24.0 million to expand access to inpatient behavioral health services and restoring facilities at the Louisburg-based hospital.
They also plan to establish an ambulatory service center at a location in Youngsville.


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State says 'no' to funding Owens Park

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's bid to use a state grant to develop Owens Park was denied, but while the state path to prosperity is blocked, a path to federal funding has opened up, county staff said.
Franklin County applied to the state in May for a $250,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant, funding they wanted to pair with money that Edgar Owens left the county to develop a public park.


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Back to 1973 -- and fuel shortages?
Back to 1973 -- and fuel shortages?

LOUISBURG -- There was no fear that school buses would be stranded on the side of the road or that emergency medical transports would cease, but Franklin County officials and staff were keeping an eye on fuel gauges this week.
A pipeline leak in Alabama earlier this month has meant the supply of gasoline to the Southeast and East Coast has trickled, drying up fuel supplies at local gas stations -- leaving motorists in long lines and stations without fuel in their pumps.


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Anti-opioid drug now in hands of county deputies

LOUISBURG -- Heroin continues to burrow its way into communities across the country, including Franklin County.
In response, local emergency management officials have been training and equipping first line responders with a weapon -- Naloxone -- which combats opioid overdoses.
"All of our sheriff's deputies are trained (with it)," said Franklin County Emergency Services Director Jeff Lewis.


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Church carillon rankles some residents

LOUISBURG -- Topics ranging from recycling to a newly installed church carillon -- loved by some, unloved by others -- kept the Louisburg Town Council busy during its regular September meeting this week.
Maury York, representing the Historic District Neighborhood Association, asked that the town take a "more comprehensive and efficient approach" to recycling household garbage -- and said two polls taken by his group show overwhelming support for recycling.


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Three hospital proposals received

LOUISBURG -- Those interested in healthcare in Franklin County can begin reviewing proposals from those who want to provide it.
WakeMed, Duke Lifepoint and Franklin County Healthcare Hospital and Practice Accountable Development Group have each submitted a proposal to provide healthcare out of the former Novant Health Franklin Medical Center location.
Novant shuttered the facility last October and the county has been working to bring in another entity to at least operate an emergency room and, perhaps, bolster that service with other amenities.


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Using history to build the future

LOUISBURG -- The first installment of a lecture series sponsored by the Tar River Center of History and Culture, drew just 24 people last Friday although the speakers represented decades of experience in using historic preservation to build communities and enhance property value and use.
"Business, jobs, investment are what we're all about said Liz Parham, director of the North Carolina Main Street Center in Raleigh.
She noted that 64 communities in North Carolina have utilized the Main Street program and a total of 94 have been involved at some level in the program.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Deney Buchanan, Casey Lundy


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