THE FRANKLIN TIMES Established 1870 Published on Thursdays by Franklin County Newspapers, Inc. P.O. Box 119. 109 S. Bickett Blvd. Louisburg, NC 27549
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The Franklin Times, based in Louisburg, NC, serves Franklin County northeast of Raleigh. It is the only newspaper published in the county and its content is focused on local government, local schools, the communities and the people who call this rapidly growing area home. Louisburg is about 27 miles from downtown Raleigh and 18 miles from Henderson to the northwest. The county has easy access via U.S. Highways 1 (now four lane) and U.S. 401 and to the Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle areas, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport and other parts of the metropolitan area, making this market a prime location for residential and commercial development. The Franklin Times has a paid circulation of about 7,700 and is published on Thursdays. The 143-year-old Times is a modern newspaper with color photographs in a modular layout. The two editions run about the same number of pages each week and are "the source" of local news, sports and weather for county residents. The newspaper is normally printed in two sections with its award-winning local sports coverage beginning on the front of the second section.
ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY Franklin County has become one of the fastest-growing markets in North Carolina. Centered around historic Louisburg, the market maintains a strong identity separate from the Raleigh metro area. Higher education Home to Louisburg College, a private, two-year, residential, co-educational college associated with The United Methodist Church and the oldest junior college in the United States, Louisburg can offer amenities that aren't normally available to residents of many smaller North Carolina towns. In addition to Louisburg College, the county is also home to the Franklin County campus of Vance-Granville Community College, one of the highly successful community colleges that form an integral part of higher education in the state. Medical care Although it is close to major medical facilities in Raleigh and Durham, Franklin County has a full array of medical services. Franklin Regional Medical Center is an 85-bed acute care hospital located in Louisburg. In addition, the county boasts a full array of other medical professionals working in private practice. Public schools With just more than 8,000 students, the Franklin County School system has 14 schools - eight elementary, three middle and three high schools - with construction for a new elementary school and a new high school planned within the next three years. Enrollment is projected at a 17 percent growth rate over the next 10 years, with one elementary school on a year-round calendar and plans for a magnet school at the elementary level under way. The system has two honor schools of distinction - Bunn Middle School and Youngsville Elementary - under the North Carolina ABCs plan and all schools have met average yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind initiative. The system's goal is for all students to be performing at or above grade level by third grade, with heavy emphasis on reading programs and individualized planning for each student. Teachers are also involved in whole faculty study groups to better plan and answer to each students needs based on test sores and classroom performances. The superintendent is Dr. Bert L'Homme; the Board of Education has seven elected nonpartisan members. Airport The Franklin County Regional Airport sits on 300 acres just south of Louisburg and houses between 65 to 75 aircraft. A general aviation airport, it does not service commercial flights, features a 5,500-foot runway and is considered a reliever airport for nearby Raleigh-Durham International.