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April
• The Andrews-Moore house off Collie Road in Justice burned. The Georgian plantation house was built in 1785.

• The Board of Education approved a 114-acre site for a joint location of a new elementary school and a new high school. The school system had negotiated a $14,000-an-acre price; final approval had to be made from commissioners. Commissioners would eventually reject this site and approve purchase of a site off Burt Winston Road for $35,000 an acre - the Mitchell property. The negotiations for that property, tied up with a county sewer line issue, were ongoing beyond the end of the year.

• Youngsville’s spring festival bloomed with street vendors and arts and crafts set up in the Community Building.

• Residents Betty Ann Ford and Nancy Newell were featured on state television for helping at-risk children lead successful lives.

• The Franklin County Democratic Party had its annual convention.

• A Louisburg College student pleaded guilty for robbing the college’s bookstore.

• The Gold Sand Fire Department had a car show and swap meet to raise money, trying to break away from traditional plate sales,

• Preston Phelps, 19, was killed in a motorcycle wreck on Bickett Boulevard. An 84-year-old Youngsville woman was charged. Her case had not been settled by year’s end.

• First in Flight’s contract with the county was under question as the dispute in management over the airport landed in arbitration.

• Franklinton hired a new town administrator, Sharon Garner.

• Youngsville decided that developers must install sidewalks for new construction on several designated streets.

• The county decided to take over Animal Control, removing it from under the Health Department to stand as a department of its own. The decision culminated months of change at the shelter, with plans to build a new shelter on the table.

• The Franklin County Guardian Ad Litem program hosted a courthouse vigil to draw awareness to the needs of abused and neglected children.

• Lauren Jones, public health educator with the Franklin County Department of Health, was named the top educator in her field by N.C. Society for Public Health Education.

• Vance-Granville Community College dedicated its new classroom building on the Louisburg campus.

• A judge ordered Donnie Rudd, former county tax collector, to pay back $60,000 to the county in fees he fraudulently collected from county taxpayers. Rudd was given three years to do so.

• Former state Sen. Jim Speed was honored by the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association for his outstanding contributions. A state award in junior showmanship for beef cattle was named in his honor.

• Franklin Regional Medical Center brought in a new chief executive officer — James Jeansonne.

• No-excuse voting indicated voter turnout for the May 2 primary could be strong. Voter would pick party candidates for the sheriff’s race and decide on the $45-million school bond.

• County Government Week was celebrated by more than 400 county employees, including a traditional picnic.

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