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Forum will focus on growing opiod addiction problem

LOUISBURG -- Kathy and Robbie Quinn are continuing their efforts to battle the ravages of opioid addiction and they're giving the community a platform to join them.
The Quinns appeared before commissioners in April, telling the story of how they lost their son, Austin, to a heroin overdose, and trying to shine a light on a problem that is too often left to fester in darkness.


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<i>A fallen soldier remembered</i>
Friends remember Dillon\'s smile
A fallen soldier remembered

YOUNGSVILLE -- Dillon Baldridge stood out.
On the little league baseball field, he was often the smallest kid out there, but he had the biggest smile, friends said.
In a tough situation with soldiers, he was the one who was quick with a joke to lighten the mood, but he was also a standup guy you could go to with any problem and he was the glue that held them together, his military brethren said.


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Democrats pick Speed
Mark Speed
Democrats pick Speed

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Democratic Party nominated Mark Speed, the son of a former state senator to fill the District 3 vacancy on the county's Board of Commissioners.
The county's governing board will decide on Monday whether Speed will join their ranks.
The seat became vacant earlier this month with the death of long-time public servant John May, who was elected to his second term in 2016.


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Medical transport firm considers airport

LOUISBURG -- The county's airport commission agreed to a concession on a lease agreement that's expected to spur a couple into building a hangar -- adding a bit more money to the airport's coffers.
And, they heard about a potential industrial development project at the airport that could provide a much bigger infusion of cash to the county, while also bolstering health care.


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Whew! Tax flap erupts in public

LOUISBURG -- Last week, Commissioner Michael Schriver and the Republican party sent out a press release with the headline: "Republican County Commissioners Secure Property Tax Relief for Franklin County Taxpayers."
On Monday night, Commission Vice Chair Sidney Dunston called the release fake news, and found a reference the release made to deceased Commissioner John May to be despicable and disrespectful.


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Noted educator, leader dies at 92
Harold Green
Noted educator, leader dies at 92

LOUISBURG -- A long-time educator, college baseball hall of famer, a lover people, and World War II veteran died this week.
Harold Green was 92.
"Many of us were touched by him," said Brent Cardwell, a former student at Louisburg Elementary School. "He had a huge impact on our lives as our principal.
"... [Green] was a heck of a man," he said. "He was the best principal here, ever, but more importantly, he was a role model to everyone."


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Bailee Robinson and Amelia Deprimo


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