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County adopts new shooting range rules

LOUISBURG -- After the State Supreme Court cleared the way for a Youngsville business group to open a shooting range in Franklin County, county staff took aim at its ordinance: changing it to reflect the law of the land.
At the end of 2012, county commissioners denied a request by Aaron Byrd and Eric Coombs to open a shooting range in the north central part of the county.
A court battle ensued and, ultimately, the State Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling and paved the way for the shooting range.


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LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION.
LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION.

Michael & Son Services owner Basim Mansour, background, second from left, presented Bunn Elementary School teacher Lisa Barham's (back, right) second-grade class with a check for $5,000 after they won the company's jingle contest. The class, with the help of a student's dad, put together a video performing the jingle and it got the most response. Principal Jewel Eason, back, left, said the money would be used to put a new LED sign in front of the school. Michael & Son's Raleigh manager, Lou Rizkallah, back, right, also made the presentation.


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County is 'not to blame' for hospital loss, Dunston says

LOUISBURG -- County officials reminded the public that they remain committed to bringing health care back to Franklin County.
They aren't to blame, though, for why Novant left, said Commission Chair Sidney Dunston.
Novant Health closed Franklin Medical Center in October -- a week after it made the news public.
The closure came a year after Novant slashed its workforce, closed three primary care practices and cut the hospital back to, essentially, an emergency room and two beds.


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<i>Missing teen is sought by authorities</i>
Missing teen is sought by authorities

Franklin County authorities are looking for a missing teenager.
Bionca Jo-Anne Lardon, 14, was last seen in the 2000 block of Sid Mitchell Road near Youngsville the afternoon of Feb. 2.
The 5-foot 4-inch teen was wearing blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt with "Hollister" written on it, and black canvas shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (919) 496-2186 or call 911.


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United Way offers tax service

Officials with United Way of Franklin County are encouraging those earning $62,000 or less to keep more of their hard-earned money this tax season by using a free, online tax preparation service and accessing valuable tax credits.
A new national survey finds 72 percent of working Americans making that amount or less are unaware they qualify for free tax filing and counseling.
The survey, conducted for United Way Worldwide, finds that most respondents are unfamiliar with MyFreeTaxes, a mobile-optimized software program allowing free federal and state tax preparation and filing in all 50 states and Washington, DC.


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A BIT TOO FAR
A BIT TOO FAR

A 91-year-old woman was not seriously injured Tuesday morning when she crashed the car she was driving into a shed building at the county's Cooperative Extension office. Police said she was attempting to park when she struck the shed, knocking it off its foundation.


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Thieves hit business in downtown

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg police are investigating a theft reported at a closing business.
A man at a sweesptakes cafe on Nash Street reported over the weekend that someone broke into the business and stole a 55-inch television.
The business was in the process of closing as prosecutors are beginning to crack down on the operations.
The power was being shut off to the business, police said.


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County's new alarm rules levy fines for false calls

LOUISBURG -- The county's false alarm ordinance took effect last month, meaning anyone with a penchant for prompting emergency responses on pseudo fire calls could start paying up.
So far, though, no one has run afoul of the ordinance, county staff said.
"The goal," said county Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin, "is to reduce the amount of false alarms that responders are going out to, freeing them up for other emergency assistance."


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