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Keep off the cell phones, and keep an eye on kids
Keep off the cell phones, and keep an eye on kids

Full disclosure: I once left a child at a day care.
I dropped two kids off that morning at different day care places.
They needed to be picked up at 5 p.m., but I got caught up in a story.
When I glanced at the clock, it was 4:55 p.m.
I dashed out, picked one of the kids and dropped him off at the house.

 
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You silly wabbit, Dems voted for fracking, too
You silly wabbit, Dems voted for fracking, too

Week to week, for months, I have seen the Chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Party’s never ending campaigning against North Carolina Republican State Sen. Chad Barefoot in the column he writes in this paper.
For the Democratic Party and Barefoot’s challenger in particular, this is a pretty good deal. They get the benefit of the advertising without having to pay for it. I suspect this will continue up through the November general election.

 
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You can deny, deny, deny, but reality won’t change
You can deny, deny, deny, but reality won’t change

Climate change and its ramifications are no doubt real.
It is popular among the Flat Earth Society to deny it, but deny as they may, it doesn’t change reality.
What is open to discussion is just when and to what degree things will change.
In the June 24th edition of the Washington Post, one of the world’s five most influential newspapers, North Carolina again became a source of humor in Lori Montgomery’s article: On N.C.’s Outer Banks, Scary climate-change predictions prompt a change of forecast.

 
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What price 401 widening?

Dear editor: In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt was in office. During that same era, the two-laned Highway 401 was built; that was over 80 years ago.
Now it’s 2014, and even though most of the counties surrounding Wake County have four lanes to Raleigh, Franklin County is still stuck with our treacherous, hilly two-lane 401 highway.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: The Clintons
Editorial Cartoon: The Clintons 
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Louisburg Nabs Softball Title
Louisburg Nabs Softball Title
HIT SQUAD. Louisburg’s Carlee Tart rips a single for her team as part of Tuesday evening’s Tar Heel District 6 8-Under Softball Tournament Championship at Knightdale Community Park. Louisburg claimed the district title with a win versus Wendell
Louisburg Nabs Softball Title

KNIGHTDALE -- Louisburg’s All-Stars left little doubt as to which team was tops at the Tar Heel Coach-Pitch District Softball Tournament.
Louisburg rolled through the competition at the annual event and capped off its district crown by defeating Wendell on Tuesday at the Knightdale Community Park.

 
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THE SECOND EMPIRE
THE SECOND EMPIRE
PETER THE GREAT. Youngsville All-Star Pete Honse blasts a hit up the middle during last Saturday afternoon’s action versus Boger City at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Baseball Tournament in Stanley.
THE SECOND EMPIRE

STANLEY - Youngsville made a bit of history with its second-place finish at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament.
But the journey is far from over for Youngsville, which used its runner-up performance to earn a spot in the upcoming nationals in Texarkana, Arkansas.
Each state champion is given a preference to choose between the machine-pitch or coach-pitch national formats.

 
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All-Stars host TH tourney
All-Stars host TH tourney
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN. Louisburg’s Matthew Thomason (left) makes a tag to complete a rundown during Monday’s contest against Nash County at the Tar Heel 11-12 Baseball Districts.
All-Stars host TH tourney

LOUISBURG -- A whopping 31 total runs were scored when Nash County lined up against host Louisburg on Monday in the opening round of the Tar Heel District 6 11-12 Baseball Tournament at Warrior Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.
Fortunately for Nash County, the visiting All-Stars delivered 20 of those runs en route to securing a 20-11 decision over Louisburg in a high-scoring showdown on the first day of the double-elimination format.

 
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Louisburg 1-1 at event
Louisburg 1-1 at event
CHAMPION’S CLOUT. Louisburg’s Will Champion prepares to swing during Tuesday’s action at the Tar Heel District Coach-Pitch Baseball Tourney in Knightdale.
Louisburg 1-1 at event

KNIGHTDALE -- After winning a one-run thriller over Nash County to open the event on Monday, Louisburg couldn’t sustain its momentum one day later in the second round of the Tar Heel District Coach-Pitch Tournament.
Instead, Louisburg never led and was defeated 11-5 by Wendell at the Knightdale Community Park.
The setback put Coach Chad Champion’s club at 1-1 overall in the double-elimination format heading into Wednesday’s action.

 
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CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENT
CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENT

Coaches and players from the Louisburg All-Stars pose after winning the Tar Heel District Coach-Pitch Softball Tournament on Tuesday night at Knightdale Community Park. Louisburg defeated Wendell to claim the crown and advance to the state event.

 
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State Selections
State Selections

BUNN -- Already the recipients of an outpouring of accolades this season, Bunn’s Spencer Brickhouse and Christian Sledge added another honor to their impressive list earlier this week.
Both Sledge and Brickhouse earned spots on the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association list for the Class 2-A level.
A total of 33 recipients were saluted from across the state, including Bunn’s Dynamic Duo.

 
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Mudcats fall on road
Mudcats fall on road

LYNCHBURG, VA. -- The Carolina Mudcats uncorked four wild pitches and a passed ball that lead to three runs in a 5-4 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats on Monday night at Calvin Falwell Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
The Mudcats (10-9, 39-47) have dropped three straight and the Hillcats (9-9, 43-45) scored their first home win over Carolina.

 
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Bunn earns CCSL sweep

BUNN -- Bunn’s teams combined to score 20 runs -- and allow zero -- during a Central Carolina Scholastic League baseball doubleheader on Monday against the Enloe Eagles.
Bunn’s varsity squad rolled to a 10-0 triumph, and the Wildcats’ junior varsity contingent picked up a victory by that identical score at the BHS Baseball Field.

 
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Play 60 coming to Henderson

HENDERSON -- The Carolina Panthers Play 60 Football Camp will be held July 18 beginning at 8 a.m. at Freedom Life Church on Martin Creek Road in Henderson.
Youngsters in grades 2-7 are invited to attend the camp. Adult volunteers are also being sought.
The Carolina Panthers Play 60 Camp brings the excitement and experience of an NFL Training Camp to children, in an effort to increase their interest in team sports and inspire a healthy and active lifestyle.

 
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BIG STRETCH
BIG STRETCH

Louisburg All-Star first baseman Wyatt Hayden (left) lunges for a throw during his team’s matchup on Monday against Nash County at the Tar Heel 11-12 District Baseball Tournament. The event is being held this week at Louisburg High School’s Softball Field.

 
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Safe Space golf event targeted

LOUISBURG -- The 13th Annual Safe Space, Inc. Golf Tournament will be held on July 25 (rain date on August 1) at Green Hill Country Club in Louisburg.
Registration and lunch will be at noon with a tee-off at 12:30 p.m.
For fees and other information or to register, call Darrell Perry at (919) 496-2153 or Safe Space Office at (919) 497-5599.

 
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ON THE ROAD TO EDEN
ON THE ROAD TO EDEN

Connor Hopkins (right) and the Youngsville All-Stars will be in action beginning this weekend at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball State Tournament in Eden (Rockingham County). The Youngsville All-Stars won the D-Y District Tourney last week.

 
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COLLINS CRUISES IN
COLLINS CRUISES IN

Louisburg’s Darius Collins scores a run Tuesday night against the Wendell All-Stars at the Tar Heel District Coach-Pitch Baseball Tournament at Knightdale Community Park.

 
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CLOSE ONE AT THIRD BASE
CLOSE ONE AT THIRD BASE

Louisburg’s Tyler Douglas tries to reel in a throw at third base during Tuesday’s game.

 
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Youngsville heads to states
Youngsville heads to states

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- After winning the Dixie Youth Minor League District Tournament last week, the Youngsville All-Stars will compete beginning next weekend at the D-Y State Tourney.
The event, which utilizes a double-elimination format, will be held starting July 18 at Freedom Park in Eden, which is located in Rockingham County.
Youngsville’s first game will be that Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate.

 
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Canes will open on August 26

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s 2014 men’s soccer schedule will begin Aug. 26 with a home meeting against Region X foe Wake Tech Community College.
This will be Coach Cristian Neagu’s third season in charge of the tradition-rich program.
LC’s complete ledger is as follows, with home events listed in CAPS:

 
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NC Wesleyan announces HOF Class
NC Wesleyan announces HOF Class

ROCKY MOUNT -- Since 1999, North Carolina Wesleyan College has honored 56 former athletes, administrators, teams, coaches and contributors by enshrining them into its Athletics Hall of Fame.
These individuals have created a higher standard for Battling Bishop athletics and were selected based on their outstanding accomplishments and/or contributions to the College.

 
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GOTCHA
GOTCHA

Louisburg’s Will Champion (right) makes a force play near second base during his team’s contest against Wendell on Tuesday at the Tar Heel District Coach-Pitch Baseball Tournament in Knightdale.

 
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HUSTLE UP
HUSTLE UP

Youngsville’s Jake Roberson (left) speeds toward third base during his team’s victory over Boger City at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch State Tournament.

 
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HONSE HEADS HOME
HONSE HEADS HOME

Youngsville’s Peter Honse slides home for a run last Saturday afternoon against Boger City.

 
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RAKIN’ RETT
RAKIN’ RETT

Rett Johnson has enjoyed a strong postseason at the plate for the Youngsville Coach-Pitch All-Stars.

 
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Gas pipeline proposals get mixed reviews
Gas pipeline proposals get mixed reviews

YOUNGSVILLE — For Dave and Pat Carnie, PSNC Energy’s need to install a new transmission line through Franklin and Wake counties represents the good, the bad and the ugly.
They have a home in the vicinity of Darius Pearce Road and U.S. 401.
One of the company’s possible 60 route options appears to come through their property.
The good? If the line comes just close enough, the couple will be able to tap onto a lower cost energy option.

 
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America’s birthday!
America’s birthday!

LIGHT UP THE SKY. Thousands of visitors showed up at the Franklinton Middle School football field to watch fireworks that capped the Stand Up For America festivities held in Franklinton on July 3.

 
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ALERT CELEBRATION
ALERT CELEBRATION

Gold Sand firefighter Elaine Ayscue and her granddaughter, Emma Grace Faulkner, 5, were part of the traditional Fourth of July parade in Alert on Friday — and were all smiles as they waved at the crowd.

 
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Ex-Hurricanes’ star battles back
Ex-Hurricanes’ star battles back

LOUISBURG — Former Louisburg College baseball star Jessie Daniels has fallen, a lot.
After a spectacular career for the Hurricanes, he was drafted in the second round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft.
But, after signing a rookie deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977, he fell out of favor with his minor league manager during an incident he believes played a part in his release a year later.

 
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