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Editorial Cartoon: Taco Trump
Editorial Cartoon: Taco Trump

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A crucial question and reflections on Girl (Scout) power
A crucial question and reflections on Girl (Scout) power

Before we jump into other subjects, here's a question to ponder on these hot, humid summer afternoons.
The recently approved budget for Franklin County creates 16 new county government jobs.
The recently approved Franklin County Schools' budget eliminates 24 teaching positions -- and because the county trimmed the schools' request even more, there could be more teachers cut to make the numbers work.
Those are the facts.

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Surprise! There will be contested local races

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's fall election will feature some out-of-nowhere contests for commission seats.
Three people successfully petitioned the county's Board of Elections to run as unaffiliated candidates against incumbents in District 1, District 3 and District 5, respectively.
"In my tenure here," said Board of Elections Director Lisa Goswick, "we've never had this many petitions.
"It's very unusual."

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Franklinton OK's apartments for elderly residents

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners have approved a special use permit, clearing the way for a Henderson developer to build an apartment complex for the elderly.
The board unanimously approved the plan, waiving the town's higher parking space requirement as the only real change to the project.
The town's building code, said Town Manager Tammy Ray, would require that Dennis Tharrington develop the 60-unit independent living elderly apartment complex with 90 parking spaces.

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<i>Mural offers a peek into the past downtown</i>
Mural offers a peek into the past downtown

LOUISBURG -- Public art, a bit of local history and a touch of economic development efforts all melded together last Thursday evening on the Louisburg College campus -- and will soon be a focal point of downtown Louisburg.
At a meeting hosted by the Louisburg Historic Neighborhood Association, college professor Will Hinton and one of his students, Julius Shumpert of Raleigh, shared their almost-completed Louisburg Opera House mural.

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He's now a master bladesmith
He's now a master bladesmith

From journeyman to master, it's been quite a journey for a Franklin County native and earning that master designation recently was the culmination of a long-time dream.
Earlier this month in Atlanta, NC bladesmith E. Scott McGhee attained his American Bladesmith Society (ABS) Master Smith certification.
ABS Master Smith candidates must be Journeyman Smiths for at least two years, pass a difficult performance test using a pattern-welded steel knife of original manufacture, and survive a critical review of their work by a panel of seven discerning ABS Master Smiths.

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It's time to celebrate independence!

Residents looking for ways to celebrate the nation's independence will have a number of options in and around Franklin County over a two-day period -- and maybe more.
Franklinton, Franklin County and Wake Forest all have Independence Day activities set for July 3.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Teddy Cooke and Jamaal Epps

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Friend wants 7-year-old shooting case reopened

LOUISBURG -- A family friend is hoping a seven-year-old murder case that was dropped two months after charges were filed can gain new life.
Sheriff's deputies arrested James F. Romine shortly after they allege he shot and killed his wife, Natalie Romine, the evening of March 29, 2009.
According to the case file, prosecutors dropped the case in May 2009 after a witness, the woman's daughter, told authorities that the shooting was an accident.
The case was dismissed without leave, which generally means that prosecutors don't have permission to amend or refile the complaint.

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Local man faces drug charges

LOUISBURG -- A man who led police on a chase was arrested on drug charges.
According to a report, officers attempted to stop Joseph Hicks Jr. the evening of June 27, but he led police on a vehicle chase.
At some point, Hicks exited the vehicle and led officers on a foot chase in the 600 block of Kenmore Avenue before officers caught him in the area of the Main Street Mini Mart in the 700 block of Main Street.

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Alela Burrell, left, and Vanasia Lynch, right, helped Alayshia Whitley with a dress she made during a two-week summer camp in Franklinton.

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Six years, another promised radio fix

LOUISBURG -- The county's multi-million dollar emergency radio system is moving closer to completion, county staff said.
Franklin County contracted with Virginia-based Harris Corporation in 2010 to revamp and improve the county's emergency radio communications system.
The $11 million system, though, has been plagued by dropped calls and garbled audio since the county began using it in October 2012.
In April, with the aid of an emergency radio system consultant out of Louisiana, the county and Harris agreed to a plan that county staff said would fix the system by the end of the year.

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Public schools prep for a new fiscal year

LOUISBURG -- On June 30, the end of the current fiscal year, local government organizations are closing out the current year and preparing their final budget numbers to start the 2016-17 fiscal year on the right track. Commissioners approved a $76 million county budget last Monday and the school board is scheduled to close out its 2015-16 budget at its meeting this afternoon (Thursday, June 30).
According to Superintendent Pascal Mubenga, the district is in a good position thanks to the support of commissioners and the community.

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Sexual assault probed

LAKE ROYALE -- Police are investigating an allegation of a sexual assault.
Officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Black Cloud Drive where a resident reported the incident on June 21 -- a day after it was alleged to have happened.
Lake Royale Police Chief Charles Ferrell said the incident appears to be a matter of inappropriate con

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Stolen car is burned
Stolen car is burned

YOUNGSVILLE -- Authorities found a burnt out car in Granville County a day after a woman reported it stolen from a gas station in town.
According to a Youngsville police report, the Louisburg woman told authorities she went to the Sheetz gas station on U.S. 1 and left her 2004 BMW at a gas pump with the engine running and the keys inside at about 10 p.m. on June 23.
A few minutes later, a man in a hooded sweatshirt can be seen getting in the car and leaving the scene.

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<i>A century of experience leaving county schools</i>
A century of experience leaving county schools

Three of Franklin County Schools' most tenured central office employees celebrated their retirement on Wednesday, June 22. Tommy Piper, an assistant superintendent, retired with 38 years of service to Franklin County Schools as did Doug Moore, who has led the district as assistant superintendent for business and finance office for 30 years, and Joy Thorne retired as operations administrator after 37 years of dedicated service to the county schools. Combined, the administrators had 105 years of service to Franklin County Schools. Their last day is today, June 30th.

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Franklin young leaders among those attending institute

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Earlier this month, 21 area youth traveled to Savannah State University to participate in the four-day 2016 Leadership Development Citizenship Education institute (LDCEI).
These area youth were sponsored by the Rho Beta Lambda Chapter in Henderson.
For the third consecutive year, Rho Beta Lambda sponsored the largest contingent of any Alpha chapter in North Carolina.

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<i>Arts Council celebrates Juneteenth</i>
Arts Council celebrates Juneteenth

BUNN -- Juneteenth was celebrated by about 50 people on June 18 at the BROAD Community Center in Bunn. It was a project of the Franklin County Arts Council.
The headline entertainment, Sisters and Brothers Unity with Howard Overton, provided music throughout the afternoon. The band featured several numbers with blues singer Linda Wade and Rolanda Tate.
Johnny Boy and The True Blessings and the C4C Steppers rounded out the celebration.

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<i>Summer wedding!</i>
Summer wedding!

Donna Alston Wardrick announces the approaching marriage of her daughter, Kelli Genell Wardrick to Harvey Kendall III. Kelli is also the daughter of the late Eugene Wardrick. Harvey is the son of Kimshon Bennett of Charlotte and Harvey Kendall Jr., also of Charlotte, and the stepson of Stephanie Kendall. The couple will be married on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 4 p.m. at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. Wedding and reception by invitation only.

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This weekend take a moment to reflect on why you're free

It has been 240 years since a group of soon-to-be Americans took quill pens in hand and demanded their independence from England.
Some 56 men -- yes, all the signers were men and three were from North Carolina -- pledged everything in the pursuit of their freedoms. By the way, the three signers from North Carolina were William Hooper, Joseph Hewes and John Penn.
The last few words of the long document say powerfully that "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

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The best shark defense? Stay out of the shallows
The best shark defense? Stay out of the shallows

I must admit, there are three things that grab my attention by the jugular and never let go at this time of year.
The first is Shark Week, an impressive television program on the Discovery channel which brings viewers face to face with the most deadly predators on the face of the planet.
The second is the series of real-world headlines detailing shark attacks in shallow waters on our beaches, particularly, those in North Carolina.

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Editorial Cartoon: Extinction
Editorial Cartoon: Extinction

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<i>Diet of right-wing myth pushed Britain to the brink of ruin</i>
Diet of right-wing myth pushed Britain to the brink of ruin

I want to begin today's article with an old joke.
Manservant: "Sire, the peasants are revolting!"
Monarch: "Yes, they are, aren't they?"
That encapsulates what transpired in the United Kingdom on Thursday. It didn't just happen, is far from a joke and could well affect Franklin County come January 20.

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Editorial Cartoon: Weather
Editorial Cartoon: Weather

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FCS Prepares for 2016-17 Fiscal Year

LOUISBURG, N.C. -- As June 30 quickly approaches, local government organizations are closing out the current year and preparing their final budget numbers to start the 2016-17 fiscal year on the right track. Commissioners approved a $76 million county budget last Monday and the school board is scheduled to close out their 2015-16 budget at their meeting on Thursday evening.
According to Superintendent Pascal Mubenga, the district is in a good position thanks to the support of commissioners and the community.

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