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Bunn Waltzes In Home Opener

BUNN -- By halftime, Bunn had already piled up 56 points during the Wildcats' regular season home football opener on Friday against the Northwest Halifax Vikings.
The Wildcats were dominant literally from the opening kickoff en route to delivering a 70-6 triumph over the Vikings in a non-conference football showdown.
Just four days after its clutch decision at Wilson Fike, Bunn upped its mark to 2-0 overall. The Vikings slipped to 0-2 -- and have given up 70 points in each of the setbacks.

 
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FHS Wins One For Bransome
FHS Wins One For Bransome

FRANKLINTON -- A pre-game banner, which was soon burst through by Franklinton's players, spoke to a new era in FHS football history in JeVar Bransome's initial season in charge of the program.
But while this is indeed a new chapter in the Franklinton football legacy, one area of status quo remained in force Friday -- the Red Rams' recent dominance over backyard rival Louisburg.

 
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Breaking News

Lake Royale murder victim ID'd

Suspect in ivory theft arested

 
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Price of progress: 401 widening sparks dispute
Price of progress: 401 widening sparks dispute

LOUISBURG -- A Charlotte land acquisition and relocation agent decided that $225,000 was the price of progress for a Franklin County family whose house and land stand in the way of widening U.S. 401.
But Lee Hamm said poor communication from the state and Department of Transportation devolved into O.R. Colan Associates firing off an eviction notice on Aug. 9, giving Hamm and his 85-year-old mother 30 days to vacate a house she's called home since 1982.

 
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Murder mystery at the lake

LAKE ROYALE -- Local police and agents from the State Bureau of Investigation are probing a weekend shooting death in the gated community.
Details at press time, though, were at a minimum.
Lake Royale Police Chief Charles Ferrell said they were dispatched to 104 Pawnee Drive just after 9 p.m. on Aug. 20 and found someone dead at the home.
The 911 call, Ferrell said, was made by someone involved in the shooting, but no arrest had been made by press time, but someone was being questioned.

 
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Landscapes lost no longer
Landscapes lost no longer
Artist Elizabeth McKinne (left) and art historian Jane McKinne-Mayer
Landscapes lost no longer

LOUISBURG -- Dozens of friends and family members of the late Betty McKinne were joined by several Louisburg College students who knew the late artist only by reputation as they all gathered at the college Monday night for the opening of the "Lost Landscapes" exhibit.
The exhibition, which consists of two dozen works, will be on display through Oct. 7 at the college's Edith C. Lumpkin Community Gallery in the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center.

 
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Chillin' with police
Chillin' with police

FRANKLINTON -- When Lynda and Phil Difrancesco won an ice cream party, they figured it would be the perfect birthday gift for their daughter, Abigail.
Abigail, though, had a better idea.
She decided that she'd share her family's gift with the Franklinton Police Department.
So, one day recently, Roxanne Hudson rolled her Frost Bites food truck up to the Franklinton Police Department to get the party started.

 
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F'ton mill project clears a hurdle

FRANKLINTON -- Renovation of the old Sterling Cotton Mill is another step closer to reality after developers secured historic tax credits that will aid with the turnaround.
S.L. Nusbaum Realty Inc. secured funding through the State Housing Finance Agency's bond program to bolster the project.
"This [development] is going to shed light on a neighborhood and an area of town that has been dark for a long time," said Town Manager Tammy Ray.

 
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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg resident Mike Epps

 
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Driver killed in crash

LOUISBURG -- A Henderson man was killed Sunday afternoon following a single-vehicle wreck.
According to the State Highway Patrol, Lymuel Rodwell, 68, was heading west on Dyking Road when the 1999 Ford he was driving ran off the road and hit a tree.
Authorities said Rodwell died en route to the hospital.
According to the report, Rodwell was not wearing a seatbelt.

 
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A BIG SPARTAN WELCOME
A BIG SPARTAN WELCOME

Newly selected Kerr-Vance Academy Headmaster Frank Wiggins received a big welcome from students recently at the annual Back to School Bash. Wiggins, in the center of this photo, will take over his new job this fall. The Henderson resident is coming to KVA from Hawley Middle School in Granville County where he has been the principal.

 
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Zoning corrected for ag business

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's governing board approved a zoning request that brings a popular Youngsville tourist attraction's zoning in line with its use.
But commissioners didn't make their decision until after entertaining a dialogue they hope will bolster the relationship between the burgeoning business and its residential neighbors.
John Hill Jr. petitioned the county's Board of Commissioners to rezone 23-acres of his 52-plus acre Hill Ridge Farms from residential to highway business.

 
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Crooks beware! The eyes of Pilot are upon you!
Crooks beware! The eyes of Pilot are upon you!

PILOT -- A group of residents intent on bolstering safety and a sense of community in their neighborhood want people to know they've got their eyes out in Pilot.
After a rash of break-ins struck the southeastern Franklin County community, Wendy Perry set out at the first of the year to start a Community Watch program.
Together, with Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead and deputies dedicated to the Community Watch initiative, volunteers met to set up the program.
Earlier this month, their first batch of Community Watch signs arrived -- a signal to residents that their neighbors have their backs and criminal activity will not be tolerated.

 
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'Secret peeping' charges facing Youngsville man

WAKE FOREST -- A Youngsville man accused of taking inappropriate pictures of an 11-year-old is slated to appear in court next month.
According to authorities, the girl's mother alleges Vorndran used a cell phone to take pictures and video under the girl's shorts while at the Gateway Commons Shopping Center off N.C. 98 the evening of Aug. 13.
The woman alerted a couple of off-duty officers about the activities.

 
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Several local stores hit by illegal alcohol sting

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office and agents with N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement conducted a sting, targeting stores selling alcohol to minors.
One of the stores in the recent sting, Ingleside Grocery, was cited in October for selling alcohol to a minor the same day he was involved in alcohol-fueled crash that killed the driver.

 
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Louisburg store hit by thieves

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for those responsible for stealing items from a store in town.
The proprietor of Sears on Bickett Boulevard reported the morning of Aug. 19 that items valued at more than $7,000 were missing, including a walk-behind aerator, enclosed trailer and assorted tools.
According to the report, there was no sign of force to gain access to the items.

 
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State won't seek death penalty in F'ton murder

LOUISBURG -- Prosecutors informed the courts this week that they will not seek the death penalty against Garry Yarborough.
Authorities arrested Yarborough on July 27, 2015, a day after they allege he shot and killed his estranged girlfriend, Tracy Williams, in a parking lot in Franklinton.
A year ago, prosecutors informed the court that its case against Yarborough would proceed as a capital matter, meaning the death penalty was an option for punishment if found guilty.

 
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Stolen ivory recovered

LOUISBURG -- Sheriff's deputies were anticipating the arrest of a 21-year-old Louisburg man accused of stealing more than $100,000 worth of hand-carved ivory figures and guns.
According to authorities, a man reported on Aug. 22 that the hand-carved ivory, a 9-mm semi-automatic Beretta "Desert Storm" gun and a Kindle Fire were missing from a home in the 800 block of Fuller Road.

 
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Bunn Sweeps Northern Nash
Bunn Sweeps Northern Nash
DOUBLE TEAM. Bunn's Alexis McPhail (7) and Bre Monroe (15) double team a set attempt during last week's home spike victory against Northern Nash.
Bunn Sweeps Northern Nash

BUNN -- Bunn and Northern Nash have developed a friendly volleyball rivalry through the years, with the Ladycats usually coming away with a victory.
That was the case once again this fall as Bunn finished off a regular season sweep of the Lady Knights as the clubs played twice during a five-day span.
Last Wednesday, NN played with some tenacity, but the Ladycats would prove to be too much as part of a 25-12, 25-17 and 25-18 decision in non-conference spike action at the Bunn Dome.

 
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BHS' FAKE IDENTITY
BHS' FAKE IDENTITY
GRAND OPENING. D.J. Jones' first game as a member of the Bunn High School football team was a successful one as he rushed for over 100 yards while helping the Wildcats secure a road triumph at Wilson Fike.
BHS' FAKE IDENTITY

WILSON -- The fake punt, which was such an important play during last year's surge to the state finals, is alive and well at Bunn High School.
Trailing midway through the fourth period and faced with the proposition of giving the ball back to the homestanding Wilson Fike Golden Demons, the Wildcats opted for a fake, and Quenten Wright raced for 10 yards and a crucial first down that kept the ball in Bunn's hands.
Moments later, D.J. Jones rumbled in from four yards out to cap the Wildcats' 24-20 decision over Fike on Monday at Bedgood Stadium in the regular season opener for both clubs.

 
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TOUGH OPENER
TOUGH OPENER
QUAMON'S QUEST. Louisburg's Quamon Person (with ball) scored a pair of touchdowns last Friday in football action on the road at North Johnston.
TOUGH OPENER

KENLY -- Louisburg's strong opening drive wouldn't translate into long-term success during last Friday's regular season football opener at North Johnston.
After taking the initial kickoff, LHS marched deep into NJ territory and held the ball for over eight minutes before giving up possession on downs.
Six plays later, the Panthers were in the end zone and would never trail the rest of the way en route to claiming a 42-21 decision over the Warriors in non-conference gridiron action.

 
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Warriors pick up victories
Warriors pick up victories

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's high-expectation volleyball campaign is off to an effective start as the Lady Warriors are excelling under veteran head coach Erica Wammock.
Louisburg is now 3-0 overall after securing a home decision Monday against former conference rival North Johnston.
LHS won the event in a sweep by scores of 25-12, 25-18 and 25-20.

 
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Franklinton falls at SJH

BENSON -- Whatever adjustments the South Johnston Trojans made in a 72-hour span certainly paid off during Monday's regular season football opener against the Franklinton Red Rams.
Franklinton, considered an underdog in the contest, led by three points over the Trojans in the second quarter last Friday before storms forced the rest of the event to be moved back to Monday.

 
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Blake Back In Town
Blake Back In Town
ALL HANDS ON DECK. Bunn's Alex Denton (left) tries to send a tip past West Johnston's Shelby Lackey (center) and Grace Jones (right) during Tuesday's spike showdown.
Blake Back In Town

BUNN -- When Meredith (Edwards) Blake became West Johnston's volleyball coach last year, she sought to build a program in similar fashion to the one she experienced as a player under Henry Jones at Bunn High School.
So far, so good for Blake, who led the upstart Wildcats to the Greater Neuse River Conference championship in her inaugural campaign.
That now gives Blake four league crowns -- three as a player at Bunn from 2007-09 in addition to last season's heroics.

 
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VGCC sked released

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball team is scheduled to play 27 matches, including 11 home matches, during the 2016 season.
The Vanguards compete in Region X of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III, which includes a number of community colleges in North Carolina and Virginia.

 
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Mudcats edged by Blue Rocks
Mudcats edged by Blue Rocks

WILMINGTON, DEL. -- Wilmington's Brandon Downes hit a two-run triple in the first, also scored a run in the third and threw out a runner at the plate in the fourth while helping the Blue Rocks to a 3-2 win versus the Mudcats at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium in Wilmington last Saturday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
The win stretched Wilmington's current winning streak to six straight games and ran Carolina's losing streak to six as well.

 
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P,P and K event targeted
P,P and K event targeted

NASH COUNTY -- The Nash County Parks and Recreation Department will conduct an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition on Sept. 11 at Ennis Park in Red Oak.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to boys and girls ages 6-15. There is no charge to participate.
There are five different age groups. Participants are asked to not wear cleats.
For more information or to register, contact (252) 462-2628.

 
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FOLLOWING THE BLOCK
FOLLOWING THE BLOCK

Louisburg High School's Quamon Person looks over the North Johnston defense during last Friday's football meeting on the NOJO campus.

 
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NET CHALLENGE
NET CHALLENGE

(L to R) Bunn's Erin Collier and West Johnston's Grace Jones try to gain the ball during Tuesday evening's volleyball meeting at the Bunn Dome.

 
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Franklinton was home to private academies in 1850s
Franklinton was home to private academies in 1850s

Franklinton, which was incorporated in 1842, three years after the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad reached what was first called Franklin Depot, grew quickly in the 1840s and 1850s.
The new town attracted residents, businesses, churches, and schools. Two private academies, Franklinton Male and Female Institutes, flourished for a brief period in the mid-1850s.

 
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