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GREGORY D. AVENT

CASTALIA - Gregory D. Avent, 68, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Castalia Baptist Church, Castalia. Burial will follow at 8181 Inscoe Road, Castalia.

 
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MARIE W. BRANCH

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Marie Wiggins Branch, 87, of Hamburg, Pa., formerly of Louisburg, who died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

 
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JOYCE ANN MURRAY

FRANKLINTON-- Joyce Ann Murray, 66, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery, 8225 Mitchell Mill Rd., Zebulon.

 
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WILLIAM G. LANCASTER, JR.

LOUISBURG - William "Bill" Green Lancaster, Jr., 82, of Louisburg departed this earthly life on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Born on January 22, 1935 to the late William G. and Rosabelle Johnson Lancaster.

 
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Breaking News

Discussion of gun range moved; crowd expected

Debris on roadway blamed for crash that killed woman

 
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Bake sales alone won't meet school financing needs

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County schools are likely to seek a significant increase in local funding for the 2017-18 fiscal year if discussions at a school board budget session Monday night are any indication.
And, as one school board member stated, financing those increases with bake sales and chicken dinners isn't a viable option!
Currently the district receives about $16.2 million in local funding from the county which supplements $52.2 million from the state and about $2.5 million in federal funds (excluding some special projects).

 
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Shootings linked to  burglary?
Shootings linked to burglary?

YOUNGSVILLE -- A shooting at a Youngsville area home last week has links to suspects in a multi-county burglary ring
The connections, though, aren't clear.
On Feb. 10, sheriff's deputies arrested 22-year-old Jon Edward Check, charging him with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon inflicting serious injury and one count of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

 
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Shoe sale gone bad?
Shoe sale gone bad?

FRANKLINTON -- The man sheriff's deputies allege shot someone during an apparent drug deal in a school parking lot is slated to appear in court next week.
Delshawn N. Cooke, 22, was arrested Feb. 10 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury and discharging a firearm on education property.
His arrest came just more than a week after deputies responded to the Franklinton High School parking lot on Feb. 2 to find Kvon Wright suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm and chest.

 
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Colonial gardens to be topic of lectures
Colonial gardens to be topic of lectures
Laura Willer
Colonial gardens to be topic of lectures

A two-lecture presentation on colonial gardens, part of the Tar River Center's lecture series, is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Benson Chapel at Louisburg College.
The talks, which start at 10 a.m., are "Moravian Legacy: A Landscape History with Practices and Tips from Old Salem Gardens" by Martha B. Hartley, and "The Kitchen Garden at the Joel Lane Museum House -- a Colonial Garden and Its Relevance Today" by Laura Willer.
Hartley, director of research and outreach for the Restoration Division, Old Salem Museum & Gardens in Winston-Salem, will be talking about the ethic that guided development of Salem's landscape, and the conservation practices used in the 250-year-old town.

 
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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Ricky Person Sr., Ricky Person Jr., Mike Epps

 
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Future of Youngsville's museum uncertain

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town officials and staff have committed to meeting again with the Youngsville Woman's Club to figure out the future of the town's Museum of History.
Back in November, members of the club asked commissioners to consider ways they could aid the club to make sure the museum stays relevant and operational.
The museum dates back to 1959 and the club's mission has been to restore and maintain the oldest church building in Youngsville and use the space as a community center to promote interest in the town's heritage, celebrate the arts, offer educational programs, and preserve history.

 
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New offices nearly done in Y-ville

YOUNGSVILLE -- Youngsville staff expected to take possession of its new town hall and police department last week, looking at a March 2 move-in date.
About 19 months ago, a leaky roof prompted town officials and staff to begin looking into structural and other issues at the current town hall and police department.

 
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Democrats set precinct meetings

All meetings will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 unless otherwise noted.
Bunn and Pilot - Bunn Fire Station #1, Main Street, Bunn;
Cedar Rock - Justice Fire Department;
Cypress Creek - Lake Royale POA;

 
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Police make drug arrest, issue citation

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested a Louisburg man on drug charges following a vehicle stop.
According to a police report, Officer D.J. Moore was patrolling the 500 block of Kenmore Avenue at about 11:40 p.m. on Feb. 10 when he came across a sport utility vehicle parked in an area known for drug activity.
As the officer got closer, according to the report, he saw someone get into the passenger seat of the car as it left the area, heading along Main Street toward Wade Avenue.

 
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'Fiscal certainty' could help boost airport's growth

LOUISBURG -- In the spring of 2009, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to let the airport retain property taxes and revenues so they could be used to bolster the airport.
That hasn't quite happened, airport officials and staff said this week.
"What [we've] asked for was for the money to be transferred into the airport fund and then paid out so there was a flow we could watch, and that never happened," Airport Director Steve Merritt told airport board members during a Tuesday afternoon meeting where the board discussed how to clarify the matter.

 
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Jones Stepping Down At Bunn
Jones Stepping Down At Bunn

BUNN -- From a perfect set to a well-gauged leap for a kill, timing is everything in volleyball.
That's how Bunn spike skipper Henry Jones has felt recently as he contemplated the next phase of his life following 22 years as the Ladycats' head coach.
With an eye toward the future, Jones has announced that he is retiring from teaching and coaching at Bunn when the school year ends in May.

 
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FHS' CRAZY FINISH
FHS' CRAZY FINISH
Franklinton senior guard Smith Gupton
FHS' CRAZY FINISH

CREEDMOOR - Thanks to two final-week losses, a mystery point and a second-place finish in the Northern Carolina Conference regular season standings, the Franklinton Red Rams will go into the Class 2-A Boys Basketball State Playoffs with a lower seed than originally hoped.
FHS seemed in good shape heading into the week, but the Red Rams were edged by one point against Roanoke Rapids in a game that had FHS head coach Terrence Horne crying foul.

 
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BRYAN'S SONG
BRYAN'S SONG
TREMENDOUS TOURNAMENT. Cedar Creek's Miracle Cornell was exceptional during the MAC Girls Basketball Tourney.
BRYAN'S SONG

BUTNER -- Despite fielding some high-level teams through the years, Cedar Creek Middle School had claimed just one Middle Athletic Conference Tournament girls basketball championship in its 18-campaign history.
That changed last Thursday as the Lady Jaguars of Coach Bryan Perry held off Warren County by a 23-20 total in the finals of the 2017 MAC Tourney at the Butner-Middle School Gymnasium.

 
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LC bests Patriots in region
LC bests Patriots in region
DOCTOR OF DUNK. Louisburg College's Jordan Oakley elevates for a slam during last Saturday's home victory against Patrick Henry CC.
LC bests Patriots in region

LOUISURG -- Way back on Dec. 3 -- after a perplexing road loss at Guilford Tech -- Louisburg College's men's basketball record stood at 6-3, and head coach Neil Dixon wasn't sure what direction the season was headed.
That seems like forever ago as the Hurricanes haven't lost since -- a stretch that spans 15 games and includes a pair of victories against chief Region X rival Richard Bland.

 
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Canes edged versus CFCC
Canes edged versus CFCC
Louisburg sophomore Whitney Campbell
Canes edged versus CFCC

LOUISBURG -- All appeared lost for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes during last Saturday's women's basketball matchup at home against Cape Fear Community College.
But LC wasn't about to give up, despite facing a 12-point deficit with just under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of action.

 
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Cold Night For FHS
Cold Night For FHS

CREEDMOOR -- Lester Wilder has experienced plenty of highs and lows over the past few weeks as he closes out his amazing 41-year career as the Franklinton High School girls basketball coach.
Two weeks ago, Wilder enjoyed a storybook moment as he was honored during his final home game. To top things off, Franklinton used a buzzer-beater to defeat South Granville in a key Northern Carolina Conference showdown.

 
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TLMS Takes Title
TLMS Takes Title
TERRELL LANE TORNADOES 2017 MAC TOURNEY CHAMPS
TLMS Takes Title

BUTNER -- As difficult as it sounded at the time, patience would prove to be Terrell Lane's best asset during last Thursday's showdown with Eaton-Johnson in the championship game of the Middle Athletic Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.
Of course, a clutch dose of skill from E.J. Jamison didn't hurt as the Tornadoes claimed a long-awaited league crown with a convincing 65-53 decision over E-J at the Butner-Stem Middle School Gymnasium in Granville County.

 
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Bunn wraps up campaign

BUNN -- Despite registering just three victories for the season, it was obvious that the Bunn Wildcats made improvement as the 2016-17 boys basketball campaign progressed.
That was evident down the stretch as the Wildcats closed out the regular season schedule with a solid week that began last Tuesday with a 56-38 triumph against North Carolina School of Science and Math.

 
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Hurricanes open with victories

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's baseball season has gotten off to a successful start as the Hurricanes won three of four games last weekend as part of a campaign-opening series against Patrick Henry Community College.
Last Saturday, the Hurricanes swept the Patriots by scores of 13-8 and 6-5 at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
In the first game, LC pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of five Patrick Henry errors.

 
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ALL-STAR HOOPS ROSTERS

GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been finalized for the Tar Heel teams at the annual North Carolina/South Carolina All-Star Carolinas Basketball Classic.
The 2017 installment of the event will be held March 18 at Socastee High School near Myrtle Beach.
The girls game will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the boys matchup.
Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the gate.

 
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Carolina Mudcats to host job fair

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats' annual job fair and hiring event returns on February 25 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. inside Cattails Restaurant at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.
Interested applicants ages 16 and over are welcome to apply.
Job seekers wishing to work for the Mudcats are highly encouraged to download, print and complete the online job application before arriving.

 
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Lady Warriors win tournament game
Lady Warriors win tournament game
SEDA SCORES. Louisburg's Tatyana Seda scores in the paint.
Lady Warriors win tournament game

LOUISBURG -- For evidence of Louisburg High School's drastic girls basketball improvement this season, simply take a look at the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference standings.
The Lady Warriors, under the direction of head coach Chris Baker, took second place in the TRAC behind powerhouse Weldon with a 15-7 overall record.
Louisburg kept its momentum going during Tuesday's first round of the TRAC Tournament.

 
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BRODIE'S BEST
BRODIE'S BEST

Franklinton's Jerrail Brodie drives last Friday night.

 
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OAKLEY ON THE MOVE
OAKLEY ON THE MOVE

Louisburg College's Jordan Oakley heads toward the basket last Saturday afternoon.

 
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SEE YA SOON
SEE YA SOON

Louisburg College's Teana Lewis (right) makes a strong move toward the basket last Saturday afternoon.

 
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