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JACQUELINE "JACKIE" DANZEY

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Jacqueline "Jackie" Danzey, 53, who died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at 2 p.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Haywood Church cemetery.

 
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LAWRENCE E. PERRY JR.

LOUISBURG-Lawrence Everette Perry Jr., 57, of Wake Forest died Friday, March 20, 2015 at his home. Services will be private.

 
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LARRY E. JOYNER

TARBORO - Larry Edward Joyner, 68, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home. He was born to the late Zollie Thomas and Chloe Ayscue Joyner. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Lancaster Funeral Services Chapel, 804 N. Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg.

 
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THURMAN WILKINS

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Thurman Wilkins, 66, who died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, will be held on Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at the Ambassadors For Christ Ministry in Louisburg with Elder Doraine Davis officiating. Burial will follow at the Cemetery on the Hill.

 
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HAROLD D. HOUSE

LOUISBURG - Harold Dave House, 61, died Monday, March 23, 2015 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Graveside services were held Thursday, March 26, at Lancaster Memorial Park with the Rev. Ray Honeycutt officiating.

 
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JAMES O. TABRON

FRANKLINTON --James Otha Tabron, 91, died Monday, March 23, 2015 at his residence. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at Union Grove Baptist Church in Youngsville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

 
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Right-of-way purchases underway on Section C; construction not funded
Right-of-way purchases underway on Section C; construction not funded

Right-of-way acquisition for Section C of U.S. 401 in Franklin County has begun, signaling the first public action on improving the aging two-lane highway in decades.
A contractor with the North Carolina Department of Transportation has been contacting landowners along the highway corridor from the Franklin-Wake County line north to just north of the Royal crossroads.

 
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Towns get economic boosts

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners agreed to back a couple's plans to bolster the community and downtown development with a building reuse grant.
Stan and LeaAnne Hahnel are proposing to turn the old Henderson Pharmacy building directly across from Franklinton Middle School into a store akin to a Goodwill.

 
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EXTENDING A BRANCH
EXTENDING A BRANCH

The Franklin County Cooperative Extension handed out hundreds of trees this past weekend as part of its annual tree giveaway program. Above, the Sheldon family, Nicole, with her sons, from left, Luke, Jacob, grabbing some saplings, and John, get some trees for their yard.

 
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Local group buys Louisburg shopping center; announces, 'We don't want it to be vacant'
Local group buys Louisburg shopping center; announces, 'We don't want it to be vacant'

LOUISBURG -- A vacant lot in the heart of town could become bustling again.
Lowes Foods moved its grocery store out of the Wade Avenue location to Shannon Village in the spring of 2012, taking an anchor store out of the Wade Avenue shopping center.
Earlier this month, though, JMD Housing LLC purchased the old Lowes Foods location with plans to revive the center.

 
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Student gets a first-hand look at state government
Student gets a first-hand look at state government

RALEIGH -- Louisburg High student Phoenix Spivey got a first-hand chance last week to see how the General Assembly operates.
Rep. Bobbie Richardson recently sponsored the senior for the annual Youth Legislative Assembly, hosted by legislators.
"I really enjoyed it," Spivey said of the three-day event. "I got to learn a lot.

 
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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Franklinton resident Rosali Saavedra

 
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Searching for the perfect Easter Egg!
Searching for the perfect Easter Egg!

SPRINGING UP. Trenton Hotte, foreground, with his mother, Sarah, background, races for Easter Eggs during the Franklin County Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday at Franklinton Park. Friends of the Youngsville Library will host an Easter Egg hunt at the Youngsville Library this Saturday, from 1-3 p.m., rain or shine.

 
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Putting facts into context is absolutely critical
Putting facts into context is absolutely critical

"Consider the source," was an admonition my school teacher mother used to voice all the time, usually meaning that you should consider who is making a comment as important as the actual comment.
Nothing could be more accurate when you're considering what you're reading in the news media these days, either.
The source -- actually, the perspective, historical knowledge and overall context -- means everything. Stories can be filled with facts -- yet be presented in such a way as to present the facts in an incomplete picture.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Joe Biden
Editorial Cartoon: Joe Biden 
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Youngsville's idea is sound; can county hold up its end?

The town of Youngsville has suggested an interesting partnership with the county of Franklin that makes sense -- but which has more "working parts" than it might appear at first glance.
The proposal is simple. The town wants the county to tie its sewer allocations in the town's extra territorial jurisdiction to the understanding that the developer would petition the town for annexation.

 
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Franklin County: Looking up at Wake County again
Franklin County: Looking up at Wake County again

I read with particular interest this week that the Triangle will be getting the area's first treetop adventure course at the 236-acre Blue Jay Point County Park.
The course, as it is being reported, was developed through a partnership with Wake County Parks and Recreation, a group called Open Space and the developer, Go Ape.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Drone Egg
Editorial Cartoon: Drone Egg 
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Religious prejudice cannot be tolerated in our nation
Religious prejudice cannot be tolerated in our nation

"Political profit from religious bigotry." Those words were part of a eulogy that former Republican U.S. Senator, United Nations Ambassador and Episcopalian priest John Danforth gave at the memorial service for Tom Schweich.
Schweich had served on Danforth's Senate and United Nations staffs.
Schweich apparently committed suicide in reaction to a whisper campaign that he was Jewish, which he alleged was orchestrated by Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock.

 
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Woodstove smoke: Tell EPA enough is enough

Dear editor:
I want to commend Sen. Chad Barefoot and other members in the legislature who are sponsoring a bill to not enforce wood stove regulations being implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency.

 
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'Old school' editor helped shape region

Dear editor:
Former Raleigh News & Observer editor Claude Sitton, who died March 10, embodied the noblest ideals of the journalism profession. As editor of the N&O from 1970 to 1990, Sitton assembled a first-rate staff and won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1983.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Nixon
Editorial Cartoon: Nixon 
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KVA honor roll

Kerr Vance Academy recently announced their third quarter honor roll.

 
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Local student picked to join honors group
Local student picked to join honors group

David Carey Denton of Louisburg has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
"NCSC is more than just a symbol of academic achievement. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel, and service projects both on campus and in the community," said Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS founder and chief executive officer.

 
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Jabberwock scholarship pageant is this Saturday
Jabberwock scholarship pageant is this Saturday

HENDERSON -- The stage is set for the 61st Jabberwock Scholarship Program sponsored by the Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
It will take place at 7 p.m. March 28 at Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center. Guest emcee will be Valonda Calloway of WNCN.

 
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Veteran educator retiring

A veteran Franklin County educator is retiring at the end of June.
Novella Brown, currently principal of the Creative Education Center and formerly the long-time principal of Terrell Lane Middle School, told the school board in March that she is retiring. The school board voted to accept her retirement resignation.

 
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June wedding bells will ring
June wedding bells will ring

John and Teresa Williford of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Brooke Williford to Travis Madison Jones. The prospective groom is the son of Renee Autry Jones of Franklinton and Darryl Jones of Creedmoor. A wedding is planned for June 27, 2015 at Sharon Baptist Church in Oxford.

 
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Yard sale fights cancer

YOUNGSVILLE -- The CenturyLink Community Relations Team is hosting a Community Yard Sale with proceeds benefitting the Franklin County Relay for Life.
The April 25 event is scheduled from 7 a.m. to noon in the company parking lot at 14111 Capital Boulevard.
Bobby Shatterly, area plant supervisor and volunteer chairman for the CenturyLink Relay for Life team, is enthusiastic about this event.

 
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Bunn's leaders near choice of new chief

BUNN -- Town commissioners decided they needed at least an extra day to continue whittling down their choices for a new police chief.
The board met in special sessions on March 20 and again on March 24 to discuss candidates for the town's top law enforcement position but have yet to come to a conclusion.

 
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Shooting suspect arrested

FRANKLINTON -- Police arrested a 31-year-old man this past weekend in an apparent alcohol-fueled shooting over the weekend.
According to authorities, Kenny McGhee approached the intersection of Cheatham and Mason streets in a vehicle, telling officers he had just been shot in the leg.

 
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