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RICHARD CURTIS BRAY

FRANKLINTON - Richard "Ricky" Curtis Bray, 55, of Franklinton, died Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was born on August 17, 1959 to the late James Edward Bray and Phyllis Freeman Pearce.

 
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HAROLD L. EXLEY SR.

BUNN - Harold Lucious Exley, Sr., 84, died Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, April 19, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harry Upchurch officiating. Burial was in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

 
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SIMON A. PARKER

WILLIAMSTON, NC--Simon Angelo Parker, 77, formerly of Franklinton, died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Alaris Health Care of West Orange, N.J. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 
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NATHANIEL "NATE" PERRY

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Nathaniel "Nate" Perry, 63, who died Sunday, April 19, 2015, will be held Thursday, April 23, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hebron Holy Church, with the Rev. Lonnie Ray Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

 
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MARGUERITE B. CURRIN
September 3, 1937 - April 17, 2015

LOUISBURG - Marguerite Baker Currin, 77, of Louisburg, died Friday evening.

 
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ESTELLE R. PARKER

FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Estelle Rodwell Parker, 76, who died Thursday, April 16, 2015, will be held Monday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Church cemetery.

 
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EUGENE C. UNDERHILL
September 27, 1926 - April 16, 2015

LOUISBURG - Eugene Crawford Underhill, 88, of Louisburg, passed away Thursday morning at his home surrounded by his loving family.

 
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Breaking News: Franklinton shooting puts victim in hospital

FRANKLINTON -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are looking for a suspect in a shooting this week.
Michael J. Crudup, 20, of Wendell, reported the evening of April 15 that he had been shot.
He was taken to WakeMed where he was being treated at week's end for a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the upper body.

 
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ANNETTE "PEE WEE" BELLAMY

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Annette "Pee Wee" Bellamy, 45, who died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg.

 
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Making a case for historic tax credits
Making a case for historic tax credits
Susan Kluttz makes a point
Making a case for historic tax credits

LOUISBURG -- A state department charged with using the state's cultural resources to, in part, improve the state's fiscal bottom line, continued its efforts last week to build support for restoring historic tax credits they say spurs economic development.
The General Assembly allowed the state's Historic Tax Credit program to sunset at the end of 2014.

 
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Public art with a message of unity
Public art with a message of unity

LOUISBURG -- Downtown Louisburg will soon be home to a huge example of public art that its artist-designer hopes will bring the county closer together in unity.
The project began last fall when Louisburg College President Dr. Mark La Branche challenged art professor Will Hinton to design, create and install a piece of art that "would speak to the connection and growth of our college, our community and our county."

 
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Is a new town hall in Y'ville's future?

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners tasked staff with figuring out a plan to overhaul Youngsville Town Hall.
During the board's April 9 meeting, Town Administrator Bill Tatum told commissioners that a leak on the backside of the building is causing trouble.
Basically, he said, roofs on both town hall and the Youngsville Police Department are "rotting," and estimates have been placed at between $30,000 to $40,000 to replace them.

 
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Cameras gain favor with police
Cameras gain favor with police

RALEIGH -- Bills in the General Assembly and interactions on gritty streets could combine to make police body cameras a reality in the near future.
Last week, legislators began discussing two bills that would help pay for half of the state's officers to be equipped with body cameras.

 
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Benevolent buddies the real deal!

Kids say -- and do -- the darnedest things.
Two 10-year-old buddies did something over the weekend that left folks scratching their heads in amazement at their generosity.
The two boys, Davis Ellis and Charlie Grant, attended the Embers music concert at Louisburg College Friday evening -- and were "drafted" into helping with a drawing for prize money.

 
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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Emma Brown and Angelina Brown

 
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Franklin clerk wraps up year at helm of state group
Franklin clerk wraps up year at helm of state group

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, Kristen King, handed over her gavel, ending a year of service as president of the North Carolina Association of County Clerks to the Boards of County Commissioners (NCACC).
King began her service as clerk in April 2006. Since that time, she has represented the county by serving the NCACC as director, treasurer, secretary, vice president and most recently president of the professional organization.

 
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School board focuses on staffing issues

The Franklin County Board of Education handled several personnel matters at the end of a very uneventful meeting Monday night.
The school board also saw a robotics demonstration from "Franklinbots," the school system's robotics team of students that meets after school to design and build robots.

 
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Pastor's unusual collection a gold mine of information
Pastor's unusual collection a gold mine of information

Sometimes it's surprising what intrepid people collect.
And what those collections lead to is often a gold mine of ancillary information.
A case in point; on March 25, Franklin County's Rev. P. Burt contributed a trove of carefully collected funeral programs to the county library's genealogy collection.

 
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'Free money' to counties, towns may be bad idea
'Free money' to counties, towns may be bad idea

Ever notice how some things that sound like a great idea at first blush don't seem so rosy after a little consideration?
When someone in the General Assembly suggested a new way to divvy up state sales tax dollars so rural areas get more of the money, that sounded like a perfectly reasonable solution to the problem of the lingering rural recession.
The idea was that all sales tax collected should be distributed according to population, regardless of where the sales tax was collected.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Favorites
Editorial Cartoon: Favorites 
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Proposed public art project more complex than it seems

"It just feels right."
That's one way that Louisburg College art professor Will Hinton explained how he determined his vision for a public art display in downtown Louisburg was the right one.
As you read on Page 1 of this edition, he's creating a large ceramic tile mosaic that features three words: Esse Quam Videri.

 
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Who knew letting kids go out and play was criminal?
Who knew letting kids go out and play was criminal?

If I was coming up today -- and lived in Maryland, I guess -- my parents and grandparents might have had a police record a mile long.
And they were hardworking, church-going people.
According to a story I read recently, a couple in Silver Spring has come under scrutiny for child abuse.

 
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NC 'carry anywhere' idea crafted by Canadian firm
NC 'carry anywhere' idea crafted by Canadian firm

I have had the opportunity to interact with several Franklin County law enforcement officers. I have found them all to be professionals striving to do their job conscientiously.
North Carolina Republican State Sen. Ronald Rabin and Jeff Tarte filed SB 708, which is currently sitting in the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. Its short title is the wonderful sounding, Homeland Security Patriot Act.

 
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Time for war on sexual assault

Dear editor:
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Colleges and universities and other organizations are joining in what must become an all-out "war" against sexual assault.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Spending
Editorial Cartoon: Spending 
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Spring Car Care: Protect vehicles in hot conditions

Dramatic fluctuations in temperature can wreak havoc on automobiles. While cars and trucks are designed to be reliable under various conditions, sometimes the weather can get the best of even the most reliable vehicle.
Many people associate car troubles with cold weather. However, cars are susceptible to breakdowns when it is hot outside. Extreme heat adds to an already high temperature under the hood, requiring ventilation and cooling systems to work that much harder.

 
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Spring Car Care: Warning signs a tire is about to go flat

Few drivers will be fortunate enough to go their entire driving lives without encountering at least one flat tire. Flat tires range from the inconvenient flats, which may interrupt a road trip or make drivers late for work or an appointment, to more dangerous blowouts, which can compromise the safety of drivers, their passengers and anyone else on the road when the tire gives out.

 
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Spring Car Care: Why a clean air filter is important in your vehicle

Motorists routinely check their tires for proper inflation, top off engine fluid levels and maintain oil change schedules. But some drivers do not understand the importance of keeping engine air filters clean.
Engine air filters are a relatively inexpensive vehicle part, but they perform a very important job. For every gallon of gas a car burns, it uses the equivalent of 12,000 gallons of air, and that air must be filtered to help keep an engine clean.

 
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Spring Car Care: Simple ways to save at the pump

The cost of fuel dipped in 2014, but drivers are still looking for ways to spend less at the pump. For many drivers, that means driving less. Driving less will save money, and doing so also reduces fuel consumption and contributes to fewer emissions entering the air, both of which can benefit the environment.
But many drivers are unable to drive less, as commitments to work and family require them to get behind the wheel more often than they might prefer.

 
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Spring Car Care: How to protect your car's resale value

Few drivers start thinking about resale value when driving a new car off of the dealership lot for the first time. But it's never too early to start protecting a vehicle's resale value. The following are some ways motorists can protect the resale value of their vehicles.

 
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