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DIANE L. TUCKER

LOUISBURG - Diane Lucy Medlin Tucker, 68, of Louisburg, died Friday, May 22, 2015.

 
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ANTHONY ALSTON

LOUISBURG --Anthony Alston, 62, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Duke Medical Center in Durham.  Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Perry's Missionary Baptist Church, Louisburg. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Louisburg.  Arrangements by William Toney's Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

 
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Breaking News: Lost youngster found safe

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County authorities located a nine-year-old boy early Thursday morning after he'd been missing for six hours.
The boy's mother called 911 around 7 p.m. on May 27, reporting that her son was last seen entering a wooded area behind his house on Schloss Road and was believed to have been following a family pet.

 
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Health Department director warns of loss of care options

The Franklin County Economic Development Commission got a little bit of good news -- and heard some strong words of concern during its bimonthly May meeting in Louisburg recently.
Ronnie Goswick, the county's economic development director, told the committee that his office has been "pretty busy" with companies looking at the "spec" building in the industrial park or at site in the Youngsville area.

 
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Two Bunn principals named
Two Bunn principals named
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Two Bunn principals named

Meeting in an unusual early Tuesday morning executive session, the Franklin County Board of Education filled two principal positions, one at Bunn High School and the other at Bunn Middle School, then filled the position of director of secondary education.
Named Principal of Bunn High School was Leslie Wehner who comes to Franklin County Schools from Delanson, New York, where she has served as principal of Duanesburg High School since 2013.

 
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Relay raises $103,000 to fight cancer
Relay raises $103,000 to fight cancer

BUNN -- Franklin County's showcase fundraising event to stamp out cancer -- Relay for Life -- raised $103,000.
The effort to find a cure continues, though, with a bike ride this weekend.
People have until Aug. 1 to donate money toward this year's campaign, said Relay for Life event co-organizer Tonya Clayton.
But it's never too late to give.

 
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Local link to nation's heritage remembered
Local link to nation's heritage remembered

Members of the Carolina Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation met in Louisburg on Saturday, May 23, to recognize the significant contributions made by Corporal Richard Warfington during the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806.
The group met at the Franklin Male Academy building on the campus of Louisburg College, which opened in January 1805, and later dedicated a marker in Warfington's honor at Joyner Park.

 
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Property tax issue heating up

LOUISBURG -- This week and next, Franklin County commissioners were slated to meet in two workshops to discuss a budget that has proposed raising property taxes by 13.8 percent.
If residents follow through on calls by an online petition and community leaders, commissioners should expect a bit of company.

 
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FUN IS THE EMERGENCY
FUN IS THE EMERGENCY

Madisyn and Taelin Spencer opt for one of the best seats in the house during last Saturday's Emergency Services Appreciation Day held at the county airport. Fire and EMS crews and their equipment, including Forestry Service planes and helicopters and copters from Duke and Rex were on display.

 
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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg resident Quint Hester

 
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What do you 'see' when you say library?

So, what and where should the Franklin County library be -- and what are your suggestions for helping it reach its potential?
The library board is calling for community input on these questions and is asking that you share your opinions, creativity and ideas and help design a better library.
The Franklin County Library Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11 to begin to create a vision and road map to the future of library services in Franklin County, focusing on the Central Library.

 
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HOT HOUSE
HOT HOUSE

Four fire crews battled a blaze that ripped through a Franklinton house. Firefighters from Mitchners Crossroads, Franklinton, Louisburg and Youngsville responded to the fire at a home in the 3900 block of West River Road near Ayscue Way at about noon on May 22 to find smoke billowing out from the attic area of the home. A woman lived there with six children, but none were inside when the fire started.

 
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Study shows 'electronic addiction' hurts student grades
Study shows 'electronic addiction' hurts student grades

Here are some ideas that are either too late for the current school year which is wrapping up -- or too early for next year, which kids are doing their best to ignore, lest it arrive too quickly.
This tidbit of information was just too good to let gather dust over the summer and possibly be forgotten before school bells ring again.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: NFL
Editorial Cartoon: NFL 
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Brace yourself, a tidal wave of growth coming

It's coming. Like a tidal wave. And not only have we been repeatedly warned, we can actually see it.
And drive through it every time we head to Raleigh along either U.S. 401 or U.S. 1.
The "it" is growth.
Significant population growth and the only question is when it actually hits Franklin County again -- and how soon its effects will begin to change this county in ways few of us suspect.

 
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It takes $$, not just water to fuel county fire departments
It takes $$, not just water to fuel county fire departments

I wish I knew what the numbers were.
And I wish I had all the stats.
But I don't feel like I need all of those things to know what my eyes tell me -- finding enough volunteer firefighters in the daytime is really tough.

 
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Tax increase could exceed U.S. growth by 1,000 %
Tax increase could exceed U.S. growth by 1,000 %

I could easily fill pages; even write a book about the millions of dollars that have been spent and lost, too often on what I will call flawed and or poor decisions, not to mention more millions lost to lawsuits, settlements, and legal fees.
Then there are the decisions made spending money directly, allegedly benefiting families and or friends of politicians that vote to approve them.

 
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Weak stomach? Then don't look, laws are being made
Weak stomach? Then don't look, laws are being made

A variation of a remark generally mis-attributed to Otto von Bismarck states, "Laws are like sausages -- it is best not to see them being made."
If that is true for laws, it is doubly true for governmental budgets.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is smack in the middle of a particularly painful sausage-making season.
I attended the May 18 meeting where the staff unveiled the initial budget proposal.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Presidential
Editorial Cartoon: Presidential 
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Resident 'outraged' over proposed tax increase

Dear editor:
Typically, I leave all political/business conversations up to my husband to discuss. However, this time, I have to speak up. I am outraged over this proposed tax increase. Franklin County is one of the highest taxed counties.

 
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'Patent trolls' target of pending legislation

Dear editor:
Recently, I learned about "patent trolls," or more formally, Patent Assertion Entities, which prey on small businesses like mine with frivolous lawsuits. I am pleased that we now have a bill in Congress, S. 1137, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT Act), which will finally close the nonsensical legal loopholes that allow patent trolls to thrive.

 
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Anti-tax hike meeting set

Dear editor:
Franklin County is close to being one of the highest taxed counties in the state. Now the county wants a 12 cent property tax increase on the $100 which would result in a $240 tax increase on a $200,000 home.

 
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Mini-medical school camps offered twice, once in Louisburg

High school students from throughout the region are invited to learn about health sciences and careers in medicine by participating in the 2015 "Mini-Medical School" Summer Camp, conducted by the Wake Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in partnership with Vance-Granville Community College.
The intensive, week-long day camp is being offered twice: June 22-26, at VGCC's South Campus, located between Butner and Creedmoor, and July 27-31, at VGCC's Franklin County Campus, just outside Louisburg.

 
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16 complete basic law enforcement class
16 complete basic law enforcement class

HENDERSON -- A Franklin County deputy was among 16 graduates that completed the 100th Basic Law Enforcement Training course at Vance-Granville Community College.
Bronson Murphy was among the cadets who took part in the graduation ceremony recently at VGCC's Civic Center.
Murphy has been with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office since August 2013.

 
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Robbers strike sweepstakes cafe in 'Burg

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a suspect in an early morning armed robbery.
Proprietors of the Louisburg Business Center, a sweepstakes cafe across from Town Hall, reported at 5 a.m. that a man armed with a gun robbed the store on May 27.
No customers were inside the essentially 24-hour business, but two employees were robbed at gunpoint.

 
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Old rape case probed by deputies

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating a rape alleged to have occurred three years ago.
Investigators were made aware Monday of the allegations.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, officers were made aware that a girl, who is now 16, alleges she was raped three years ago.

 
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Spring rites unite couple
Spring rites unite couple

Shaylyn Marie Poppe, daughter of Jason and Terri-Lynne Banner Poppe of Burlington, and Eric Robert Laveault, son of Bo and Barbara Laveault of Hollis Center, ME, were married in Fayetteville, NC on Saturday, April 4, in a private family wedding ceremony. The Rev. Joe Hickson, pastor of Center Baptist Church, performed the double-ring ceremony.

 
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Miss Jabberwock crowned
Miss Jabberwock crowned

HENDERSON -- Celebrating Sisterhood, Service, Scholarship and Excellence was the theme of the 61st Jabberwock Extravaganza hosted by the Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Jabberwock Scholarship Pageant was held at Vance-Granville Community College's Civic Center.
The evening began with greetings from the chapter's president, Belinda Pettiford, followed by an entertaining group performance by the Jabberwock contestants.

 
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A new arrival
A new arrival

Josh and Courtney West of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of a son, Luke Thomas West, born Jan. 5, 2015 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are David Thomas Strother Jr. and the late Reneé Strother of Wood.

 
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Big weekend looms for nine local Special Olympians
Big weekend looms for nine local Special Olympians
PROCESSION. Laci Wade, right, was one of the more than 60 competitors in the county's Special Olympics, as they marched around the Franklinton High School track during Opening Ceremonies.
Big weekend looms for nine local Special Olympians

RALEIGH -- This weekend, nine Franklin County special olympians will test their mettle against the best in the state.
It's a challenge that most athletes have been preparing for their whole life.
And since Franklin County revived its Special Olympics program in 2008, the athletes have the perfect platform to showcase their skills.
They're getting good at it, organizers said.

 
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