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JOHN CHRISTOPHER (CHRIS) JOHNSON

CREEDMOOR - John Christopher (Chris) Johnson, 65, a longtime resident of Creedmoor, passed away Friday, August, 15, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital.

 
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CLINTON RICHARDSON

HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Clinton Richardson, 90, who died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 
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LILLIE MAE “LIL” LAWRENCE

YOUNGSVILLE —Memorial services for Lillie Mae “Lil” Lawrence, 85, who died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, will be held Friday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. at Union Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 
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ROBERT J. BARRY

NASHVILLE - Memorial services for Robert J. Barry, 75, who died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, will be held at a later date.

 
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DONNA REA OSTERKAMP
1/20/50 - 8/8/14

Donna, a former resident of Franklin County, WON her battle with cancer early Friday morning and went to be with Jesus. Her celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 23, at 1:00 p.m. at Journey Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

 
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Lack of a quorum delays park planning talks

LOUISBURG — The county’s first chance to figure out how to turn a golf course into a county park came and went Tuesday night with no activity.
Last week, Franklin County commissioners agreed to offer First Citizens Bank $700,000 to purchase Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.

 
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Board names three principals as new school year looms

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Board of Education spent about $118,000 on new computer software, accepted the resignations of 25 teachers and filled three principal positions during a very routing Monday night meeting.
The three principals hired included naming Monica D. Headen as principal of Long Mill Elementary, promoting her from the assistant principal’s position.

 
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U.S. 401 crash injures three; police seeking driver who fled
U.S. 401 crash injures three; police seeking driver who fled

LOUISBURG — Authorities are looking for a Youngsville man they allege caused a three-car wreck.
According to a report by Trooper D.J. Ball, Dan Giles, 44, was driving a truck north on U.S. 401 when he apparently began to cross the center line at about 10 a.m. on Aug. 11.
He sideswiped a van driven by Karen Harley of Hollister before running head-on into a Nissan Sentra driven by Elizabeth Worsham of Mooresville.

 
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Airport manager criticized, supported at meeting

LOUISBURG — A former employee continued to assail the county’s airport director over management issues, but pilots and tenants defended leadership at Triangle North Executive Airport.
And they fingered former operations specialist Bruce Allen as being disruptive and creating a hostile work environment.

 
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Local Lions bridge gender gap
Local Lions bridge gender gap

History has been made at the Louisburg Lions Club as Joy Watkins has become the first female president of the club.
The Louisburg Lions Club was chartered in 1942 and currently has 31 members and the club’s first lady president.
The club’s new president is a Louisburg native and a graduate of Meredith College.
She also comes by her service to the Lions Club naturally.

 
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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Franklinton High School student Seth Champion

 
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V-e-r-y happy campers!
V-e-r-y happy campers!

WET N WILD. Above, Kitt Story captures a ring after jumping off the diving board at Green Hill Country Club. She was one of about 50 kids through the local Happy Camper group who got a week of camp activities with the Kerr Family YMCA, which brought their camp to Louisburg College and Green Hill last week.

 
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Park purchase proves county needs a new motto
Park purchase proves county needs a new motto

How’s this for a new Franklin County motto?
Ready. Fire! Aim.
That pretty much sums up the four and a half year search for a park that apparently has been settled — but with a solution that raises more questions than it provides answers.
Surprised? Me neither!

 
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New robot may send parents on a search for new ‘threats’

If a new machine that was announced recently catches on in the real world, it’s going to send parents from coast to coast looking for a new threat to use on their children!
For a generation — and maybe two — parents have been threatening their kids with either buckling down in school and getting a good education or facing a life of “flipping burgers” in a fast foot restaurant.

 
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Brightening a person’s day can bring them out of darkness
Brightening a person’s day can bring them out of darkness

It’s a topic not many people want to talk about.
But, if something can be done about it, it needs to see the light of day.
The topic is suicide.
It was about 11 years ago when I wrote a story for this very newspaper about suicide, prompted by two suicides committed within days of each other.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Middle Class
Editorial Cartoon: Middle Class 
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If you can’t baffle ‘em. . .well you know the rest of that quip
If you can’t baffle ‘em. . .well you know the rest of that quip

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance – well you know the rest, and this is a family newspaper.
That is exactly what the radical Republicans in Raleigh attempted to do this summer.
The summer was spent mainly tweaking a budget that not only didn’t serve the needs of North Carolina residents, but was running a huge deficit.

 
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Concerns over airport deals expressed

Dear editor
Response to your Aug. 7, article “Ex-airport employee impugns director’s management ability.”
Steve Merritt states there has been a 45 percent increase in aircraft population at Triangle North Executive Airport.
If Merritt’s statement is correct, I would like to know how much of this increase was attributable to his actions and how much was attributable to other factors beyond his control.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: NFL
Editorial Cartoon: NFL 
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STALWARTS
STALWARTS

Dr. Bert Kelling, far right, celebrated 35 years in business this week during a celebration for his clients on Monday. In the photo, from left to right, are Leslie Mata-Ruiz, Tracy Gaddy, Danielle Phillips, Catherine Lewis and Debbie Dearstine. In the back is Artie Blume of Jam Ice Cream, which catered the event. Dr. Bert Kellin Orthodontics is located at 1007 N. Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg.

 
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Deputies nab two for drugs

Sheriff’s deputies made two drug arrests, either at or near two convenience stores.
First, during the early morning hours of Aug. 7, Dep. Brandon Strickland was performing a business check at County Line Grocery and Grill in the 2900 block of Pilot-Riley Road when he noticed a truck with an air-conditioning unit and moped in the back.

 
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SENIOR CITIZENS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

LOUISBURG SENIOR CENTER
Telephone: 496-1131 • Meals Daily: 11:30 a.m.
* Exercise Room: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. - Fri.*
*Billiards: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.*

 
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It’s back to school time; are your children ready?
It’s back to school time; are your children ready?

The advertisements are rolling in, everything is on sale, and it is time to think about our children going back to school.
The question is: What do we want, what do we need, and what are things we can do now to prepare for the transition from summer to school, and beyond?
What do we want?

 
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October wedding bells to ring
October wedding bells to ring

Beth Kinal of Zebulon and Tom and Debi Kinal of Avon Lake, Ohio, announce the engagement of their daughter, Natalie Renee Kinal, to Jeffery Lynn Pearce, the son of Lynda Pearce of Rolesville and the late Douglas Pearce. An Oct. 18 wedding is planned at Poplar Spring Baptist Church, Zebulon.

 
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Celebrating 60 years together!
Celebrating 60 years together!

H.W. and Jean Chappell of Franklinton celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary at the Angus Barn on Aug. 13.
The couple has two sons, Mike Chappell and wife, Linda and Terry Chappell and wife, Cathy. They also have two granddaughters, Brittany Farner and husband, John and Andrea Chappell.
They were married Aug. 13, 1954.

 
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Discovering Tar River trails with quilt blocks
Discovering Tar River trails with quilt blocks
WHAT’S THE MEANING? Of this block at Lancaster Supply in Centerville? Hint, the block is called Gold Brick. It’s a tip of the hat to the Centerville area’s gold mining heritage.
Discovering Tar River trails with quilt blocks

With 20 blocks already in place and another 10 contracted and in process, Quilt Trails of the Tar River team leader and Franklin County Arts Council board member, Charles Powell, reported at last week’s FCAC quilt team meeting that the word is getting around about the quilt trail.
“Two or three carloads of people come by every week to ask about the quilt trail. Last week there were 10,” he said.

 
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BUILT TOGETHER
BUILT TOGETHER

Volunteers Aaron Snowell, standing; Jamie Ayscue, right, and Jonas Williams volunteer recently for the United Way of Franklin County Build-A-Backpack event in Louisburg. Collections of backpacks and school supplies as well as monetary donations will be accepted through Aug. 22. Community groups and businesses are being encouraged to bring in donations, especially pencils, pens and notebook paper (college or wide ruled).

 
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WIC program designed to help provide nutrition for children

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally funded, supplemental food program which provides nutritional foods to help babies and young children improve their developmental growth.
The main goals of the WIC program are to improve the nutritional status of eligible women, infants, and children from low to moderate income families by providing healthy foods, nutritional education, and access to other social and health programs.

 
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Seat belt use up, Franklin lowest in survey area

RALEIGH — More than 90 percent of motorists in the state wear seat belts — accounting for highest rate in state history.
However, out of the test area, Franklin County brings up the rear with 86.5 percent of its vehicle occupants buckling up.
Enforcement and education, said Cpl. J. Kimball, a Youngsville officer and area coordinator for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, will be the tools used to bring those numbers up.

 
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Would sale lessen water rates?

LOUISBURG — Franklin County commissioners agreed to send Franklinton a proposal to buy their water system.
Franklinton commissioners are expected to discuss the proposal this coming Tuesday.
The offer would cover the town’s debt on the system and lower customer rates by 42 percent.
Commissioner Shane Mitchell made the motion to proceed.
The unanimous decision was made last week.

 
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