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R. PRESTON ALFORD, SR.
February 23, 1944 - October 11, 2014

LOUISBURG - Robert Preston Alford, Sr., 70, of Louisburg, died Saturday afternoon.

 
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DOROTHY "HAZEL" STOKES PERSON

CATONSVILLE, MD- Funeral services for Dorothy "Hazel" Stokes Person, 71, who died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 12 noon at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 
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RUTH L. LYNCH

HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Ruth L. Lynch, 79, who died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Mike Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in the Lynch family cemetery.

 
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LYNWOOD C. "BRO" CYRUS

HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Lynwood C. "Bro" Cyrus, 85, who died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, will be held Friday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wilson Battle officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Church cemetery.

 
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JAMES O. LEVISTER

LOUISBURG - James O. Levister, 65, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Louisburg High School Auditorium in Louisburg.

 
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ROSA C. ALSTON

LITTLETON - Funeral services for Rosa C. Alston, 64, who died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, will be held Friday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 
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BRAXTON N. YOUNG SR.

FRANKLINTON--Funeral services for Braxton N. Young Sr., 76, who died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at New Liberty Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jamil Crosson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 
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ABBIE F. WILLIAMS

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Abbie Fogg Williams, 78, who died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, will be held at 2 p.m.

 
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WILLIAM S. BLACKNALL

FRANKLINTON - William Sherney Blacknall, 88, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

 
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SALLY W. SHERROD
April 14, 1927 - Oct. 18, 2014

LOUISBURG -Sally Woodard Sherrod, 87, of Peach Orchard Rd., died Sunday. Mrs. Sherrod was born in Pamlico County to the late Phillip Woodard and Nannie Belle Brinson Woodard.

 
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LHS Bounces Back With A Road Victory

GASTON -- Just four days removed from a disappointing loss to Southeast Halifax, the Louisburg Warriors got healthy in a hurry during a visit Friday to Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference foe KIPP Pride in Northampton County.
The long journey proved to be well worth it for the Warriors, who spread the wealth offensive en route to securing a 50-0 decision.

 
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RR Rallies Past Wildcats

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- The topsy-turvy, high-scoring world of Northern Carolina Conference football took another twist Friday with Roanoke Rapids' comeback victory at home against Bunn.
Trailing by eight points down the stretch, the Jackets responded with a field goal and touchdown to outlast the Wildcats by a 38-35 margin at Hoyle Field.

 
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Warren County Edges Franklinton In Thriller
Warren County Edges Franklinton In Thriller

FRANKLINTON -- Coming into the game, Franklinton football coach Jeremy Buck felt a tinge of anxiousness about his club's chances Friday against Northern Carolina Conference rival Warren County.
Due to a postponement, FHS was just four days removed from a key league win against South Granville.
And Buck knew that Warren County was a dangerous opponent -- a talented squad that was one everybody's preseason radar as a potential league spoiler.

 
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ELIZABETH FULLER HOUSE

LOUISBURG - Elizabeth Fuller House, 56, died in Greensboro on Oct. 3, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Louisburg.  The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall immediately following the service.

 
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Candidates stake out positions at debate

FRANKLINTON -- Federal, state and local candidates were back last week for Round 2, taking their second opportunity to earn votes.
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidates' forum at Franklinton High School on Oct. 7, inviting candidates for judicial benches, commissioner seats, legislative districts, conservation posts and district attorney tables to answer questions about their candidacy.

 
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Veteran BES principal honored as year's best
Veteran BES principal honored as year's best
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, (left) receives the Principal of the Year Award from Board of Education Chairman Gil Johnson during Monday's school board meeting. At the right, board vice chair Debra Brodie holds a check that is part of
Veteran BES principal honored as year's best

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education honored its principal of the year, got its final look at the current year's budget and handled a number of routine items during its Monday night session.
Bunn Elementary School Principal Jewel Eason was named principal of the year and presented a plaque by School Board Chairman Gil Johnson at the beginning of Monday's meeting.

 
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Preserving the past
Preserving the past

HISTORY AND FUN. What do a Louisburg couple with an interest in historic preservation, one of Franklin County's iconic sites, Cascine Mill, and ice cream have in common. A hint, the couple is Simon and Michelle Brough, shown here in front of the mill. For the rest of the details, see story and other photos in the 'Community News' section.

 
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Rays honored as Farm Family of Year
Rays honored as Farm Family of Year

Locally produced food was high on the menu last Thursday for the annual Farm-City Week luncheon which, appropriately, was focused mainly on locally produced food.
Highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the Conservation Farm Family of the Year award which went to Chad and Jodi Ray, among the leaders in locally produced food -- and who supplied the pork for the luncheon's barbecue that was supplemented by sweet potatoes from the Mitchell Farm near Bunn.

 
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Ex-county worker admits theft but avoids jail time

LOUISBURG -- A former Franklin County employee pled guilty to an embezzlement charge this week.
The county fired Tammy Wester Davis in December, alleging she stole money from a planning office cash register during a three-year period beginning in November 2010.
Davis' case went to court and on Tuesday, she pled guilty to felony embezzlement.

 
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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Louisburg native Tensie Taylor with Vanna White

 
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Cascine Mill's new owners to welcome visitors Sunday
Cascine Mill's new owners to welcome visitors Sunday
Simon and Michelle Brough in front of Cascine Mill
Cascine Mill's new owners to welcome visitors Sunday

One of Franklin County's historical jewels that has rarely been open to the public will be the site of tours and an ice cream social this coming Sunday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Historic Cascine Mill, just south of Louisburg off U.S. 401, will be opened as a benefit for Preservation North Carolina -- and to allow visitors to stroll back into this county's past.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Secret Service
Editorial Cartoon: Secret Service 
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Newspapers have changed but are still vital
Newspapers have changed but are still vital

Every year as color begins to tint the foliage and the temperatures dip, offering a hint of what is to follow soon, we in the newspaper business take a moment to reflect on who we are, where we've come from and where we think we are headed.
Last week was National Newspaper Week -- and to the delight of some and the consternation of others, newspapers are still around, fulfilling their responsibilities as they have for more than 200 years.

 
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Newspapers: As long as people care, they live on

What do you care most about in life?
Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: Neighbors, the community, etc.
That's our world, our "sphere of influence." Whatever happens to those who inhabit that place in our hearts and lives means something to us.

 
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Don't let the Ebola virus sneak up and kill you
Don't let the Ebola virus sneak up and kill you

In the past year, or so, one of my most favorite movie franchises has been the newly made Planet of the Apes films.
One of my favorite television shows has been The Last Ship.
What do these two things have in common? Deadly viruses.
In the first remade Rise of the Planet of the Apes film, the movie ended with news reports of a human-killing virus sweeping across the world.

 
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Clowns dressed up as dogs? Yep, it's campaign season!
Clowns dressed up as dogs? Yep, it's campaign season!

Just as they did in his first campaign, the people managing John Chadwick "Chad" Barefoot's second campaign are again using clowns and dressed up dogs in their mailers.
This time we've even had an Elvis sighting. Some of his claims about 401 made me think about the Popeye cartoon.
Governor Pat McCrory shortchanged the rural areas with his new scoring plan for transportation projects which Barefoot voted for.

 
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Many questions but far too few answers
Many questions but far too few answers

The 10th of October was the last day to register to vote in the election that will be held Nov. 4. Many will have once again failed to do so. I could go on and on about this, however to those that fail to do their duty it will not matter.
There will always be those that leave the doing of things to others while they sit on the sidelines, being the first to complain.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Hong Kong
Editorial Cartoon: Hong Kong 
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Couple exchanges vows
Couple exchanges vows

Cortney Ann Goldman and Jeremy Andrew Ragan were married on Sept. 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Alexus Park, Las Vegas.
The bride is the daughter of Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Goldman of Howard County, Md., and the late Sherry Gupton Goldman of Louisburg.
The bride was given in marriage by her father, Larry Goldman.

 
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Streams and the critters that live there need shade
Streams and the critters that live there need shade

As summer fades into fall in central North Carolina, the weather can still be hot.
On a hot day there is nothing better than a cool spot in the deep shade under a tree. Humans love shady spots.
How about fish and frogs? It turns out they have to have it.
Under natural conditions, streams and rivers in North Carolina will have heavily wooded banks.

 
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