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Investigators look for suspects in Youngsville homicide
YOUNGSVILLE -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are looking for suspects in a fatal shooting.
Deputies responded to 26 Amandas Way to find 21-year-old Devin Christofer Bilodeau suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
 
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Franklin County man dies in one-vehicle crash

ALERT -- A Franklin County man died Thursday evening from injuries sustained in a single-car wreck.
Kevin Tant, of Alert Road, was 34.
According to a report by Trooper J.P. Taylor, Tant was driving a 2008 Ford west on Alert Road when he crossed the center line in a curve.

 
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Local man facing charges in infant daughter's death
Local man facing charges in infant daughter's death

YOUNGSVILLE -- A Franklin County man is slated to appear in court next week on charges that he killed his 8-week-old daughter.
Ricky Barlow Weese Jr., 33, was arrested and charged Thursday with second degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury for his role in a March 11 incident that resulted in the baby's death.

 
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Wake Forest Rolls Past Rams

WAKE FOREST -- The journey wasn't long, but the step up in typical competition level was huge Friday for the Franklinton Red Rams.
Franklinton made the quick trip over the Wake County line to tangle with defending state champion Wake Forest in a non-league football showdown at historic Trentini Stadium.

 
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SG Shuts Out Louisburg
SG Shuts Out Louisburg

LOUISBURG -- Considered one of the preseason football teams to beat this fall in the Northern Carolina Conference, the South Granville Vikings have done nothing to date to dispel that notion.
South Granville continued its early-campaign success Friday by rolling past host Louisburg by a 52-0 margin in a NCC showdown at LHS' Patterson Field.

 
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Wildcats Win Against Webb
Wildcats Win Against Webb
ROOM TO RUN. Bunn High School's Michael Perry (left) follows is blockers during last Friday night's home football victory against Oxford Webb.
Wildcats Win Against Webb

BUNN -- After a brief hiccup, the Bunn Wildcats appear to be hitting their gridiron stride at the right time.
Bunn lost two of its first three outings this fall, but the Wildcats have bounced back with a pair of victories, with both coming in Northern Carolina Conference action.

 
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Hospital deal OK'd; ER is a year away?

LOUISBURG -- Nearly two years after Novant Healthcare picked up stakes and shut down Franklin County's only hospital, county commissioners approved a deal with Duke Lifepoint to bring an emergency room, mental health care and related services back to the county.
If no major hiccups arise, Duke Lifepoint, a partner with Henderson's Maria Parham Hospital, is set to open its emergency room doors in Louisburg in mid to late 2018 -- taking into account the time needed to hire staff and renovate the building.

 
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'Spec' building (finally) sold!
'Spec' building (finally) sold!
The building's interior was left largely unfinished
'Spec' building (finally) sold!

LOUISBURG -- Triangle North Franklin has its second tenant.
Cedar Peaks Enterprises bought a nearly 34,000-square-foot building from Wake Electric adjacent to Triangle North Executive Airport, planning to customize the building for their contracting business. They will join Alliance One International -- a tobacco receiving station -- as the second business at the industrial site adjacent to Triangle North Executive Airport.

 
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Louisburg juggling variety of projects

LOUISBURG -- Money for a variety of projects was the focus during much of the Monday night meeting of the Louisburg town council this week.
After an explanation of the project and a public hearing during which no one spoke, the council agreed to seek a $300,000 grant for the long-promised Bullock Drive water project.
The town wants to replace the current two-inch water line with a six-inch line for about 1,500 feet, according to the town's consulting engineer Mike Aquesta.

 
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Don't trespass or fish at county 'park'!
Don't trespass or fish at county 'park'!

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg businessman Edgar Owens bequeathed the county nearly $1 million to build a park -- including a fishing pond if there was enough money.
More than seven years later, visitors to the site of what is now the V.E. and Lydia H. Owens Recreational Park are greeted by a no-trespassing sign.
It was not the welcome sign that Youngsville resident Steve Trubilla expected to see when a resident asked him about the park's status.

 
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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Area coaching legend Mike Rotolo

 
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Louisburg Moose Lodge member earns organization's highest honor

Steve Zobel, a member of Louisburg Lodge No. 2256 of the Loyal Order of Moose has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.
The conferral was held in the House of God at Mooseheart, Il, in June -- and the coveted gold blazer was officially presented to him last Sunday afternoon at the local Moose Lodge.

 
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Best way to fight gangs? Give a child a helping hand
Best way to fight gangs? Give a child a helping hand

LOUISBURG -- Inside the Louisburg Police Training Center, residents heard gang slang, learned the principles associated with gang stars and translated the language that gangbangers use in the streets.
It was like a classroom setting on Tuesday night, but the real tests will be in the neighborhoods and communities to which they return.

 
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EDUCATOR NOMINATED
EDUCATOR NOMINATED

Elaine Irhie (right) has been nominated as Franklin County's recommendation for the Department of Public Instruction's 2017 Educator of Excellence. The nomination was made by the Franklin County Board of Education at its Sept. 11 meeting. Presenting the award is Windy Edwards, director of exceptional children and student services for the district. Irhie is IEP team leader and exceptional children's department chair at Bunn Elementary School.

 
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THANKING A PARTNER
THANKING A PARTNER

Early College High School Principal Erica Shoulders-Royster (left) presented a certificate of appreciation last week to Bob Radcliffe, founder of the Ben Franklin Society of Franklin County. She said the society "showed a genuine spirit and a commitment to make a difference for students. They rolled up their sleeves and got to work, they don't mind getting their hands dirty," she told the board of education.

 
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MANAGERS RECOGNIZED
MANAGERS RECOGNIZED

Jama Stallings (left), Franklin County Schools' nutrition director recognized four school nutrition managers during a recent Franklin County Board of Education meeting. All four were honored for their successful completion of the Department of Public Instruction's K-12 Culinary Institute held at Franklinton High School in August Those honored were (from the left) Tommy Matthews, Louisburg High School; Christine Edgerton, Edward Best Elementary; Kim Perry, Terrell Lane Middle School and Gloria Stewart, Franklinton Middle School.

 
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Franklin County school board makes personnel decisions

The Franklin County Board of Education made a number of personnel decisions at its Sept. 11 meeting.
The board:

 
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When science, politics collide, politics shouldn't win
When science, politics collide, politics shouldn't win

We humans are interesting!
We can spend 20 years and countless dollars creating the Cassini spacecraft and then launch the school bus-sized vehicle on a journey to research Saturn and her moons and rings.
It was a spacecraft that performed beautifully during its long journey, sending home both data and photos that will keep scientists fascinated for decades.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Flying Reporters
Editorial Cartoon: Flying Reporters 
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Celebrate ECHS success along with other schools

Let's give credit where credit is due.
Students at the Franklin County High School -- aided greatly by school staff and administration -- achieved the first 'A' grade from the state earlier this month.
That is a tremendous accomplishment that shouldn't come as a surprise.

 
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Community policing requires involvement
Community policing requires involvement

There still remain opportunities for people to take an active role in the safety of their communities.
On Tuesday night, the Franklin County sheriff's office held a forum on gang activity in Franklin County.
It's part of the department's continuing effort to engage with the community, educate residents and build upon community policing efforts.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Congress
Editorial Cartoon: Congress 
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Yes, there really is a Bunn, North Carolina

It's nigh to a miracle how human warmth can help heal the cracks in the soul ...
There is a little town in Franklin County, North Carolina close to my heart. I already knew about it geographically and visually, and had passed through it many times; I had even participated once in the Relay for Life event on the Bunn High School athletic field.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Schemers
Editorial Cartoon: Schemers 
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VGCC students inducted into nursing partnership
VGCC students inducted into nursing partnership

GREENSBORO -- Eleven Vance-Granville Community College students were formally inducted into the North Carolina Piedmont "Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses" (RIBN) program in a ceremony recently at North Carolina A&T State University's Union Square Campus in Greensboro.
RIBN is a partnership involving the university, VGCC, Davidson County Community College and Guilford Technical Community College.

 
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CHOIR TO VISIT
CHOIR TO VISIT

Emmanuel Episcopal Church will host the Raleigh Convocation Choir on Sunday, Oct. 1. The choir is a ministry of the Raleigh Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and will sing choral evensong at 5 p.m. Formed in 2008, the ensemble performs music from the Anglican choral tradition and sings for church services in the Triangle and beyond. Their dedicated members are from churches and communities throughout the state.

 
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IT'S RIVALRY TIME
IT'S RIVALRY TIME
WHERE DID IT GO? (L to R) Bunn's John Stallings and Louisburg's Ivan Garcia try to find the ball during last Thursday's prep boys soccer showdown.
IT'S RIVALRY TIME

BUNN - Before the match, Bunn coach Charles Haley turned to Henry Morales, his first-year assistant, and explained to him the importance of the pending BHS-Louisburg boys soccer showdown last Thursday.
Regardless of the records, the rivalry meeting is always intense, and the latest installment was no different.

 
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FUMBLED CHANCE
FUMBLED CHANCE
Franklinton senior linebacker Josiah Trotter (7) pursues Greenville Rose quarterback Grant Jarman during last Friday night's non-conference high school football matchup on the FHS campus.
FUMBLED CHANCE

FRANKLINTON -- For the second consecutive week, the Franklinton Red Rams found themselves in the thick of a tight game in the fourth period against a highly regarded opponent.
But each time, the other team made a strong late surge -- and it was Greenville Rose's turn last Friday night at the FHS Football Field.

 
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Warriors defeated at home

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg stayed in the game early, but visiting Roanoke Rapids would eventually prove to be too stiff of an opponent last Friday for the Warriors at historic Patterson Field.
The touted Jackets led by eight points after the initial frame, but Roanoke Rapids would pull away from there on its way to delivering a 48-14 decision in a Northern Carolina Conference football showdown.

 
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LHS spikers still perfect

LOUISBURG -- Over two years -- and counting.
That's how long it has been since Louisburg High School dropped a regular season volleyball match, and that streak doesn't appear to be on the verge of ending in the near future.

 
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