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What kid hasn't muttered this under their breath: "Man, I can't wait til I'm grown and get out on my own so no one can tell me what to do!"
That muttered phrase -- you muttered it because, if you said it out loud in my house growing up, it might be the last thing you remember saying for a week -- was often met with a kid's idea of freedom.
Sleeping as late as you want. Eating what you want. And playing video games all day.
Recently, it seems like every day I come across another news item expressing legitimate concern about the state of public education in North Carolina.
Recently, Franklin County's lone State Sen. Chad Barefoot was named chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
Normally that would be cause for celebration in anticipation of good things for the Franklin County School System.
That is until you examine Barefoot's record.
I have continued to read with interest Larry Marciniak's rants about HB2 and the current Republican administration in Raleigh. What is left out is good old-fashioned "common sense."
Let's examine HB2. The news media has had a field day with this one.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton's level of student-athlete is on an uptick in recent seasons, so choosing the school's Athletes of the Year for 2015-16 proved to be no easy task.
But that was the dilemma voters were faced with as several Red Rams and Lady Rams were qualified to take home the top plaques from last Thursday's Franklinton High School Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held in front of a lofty audience at the FHS Gymnasium.
LOUISBURG -- The overall season didn't go as expected, but that didn't stop members of the Louisburg College baseball squad from earning honors on the All-Region X Team.
Louisburg's Jordan Sergent was a First-Team All-Region selection, while teammate Bryce Myers was tabbed for the Second Team.
Also, Louisburg had two picks on the All-Region Defensive Team -- Hank Niblock at first base and Toby Buchanan behind the plate.
GREENSBORO -- Breasia Williams couldn't have asked for a better way to cap off her accolades-filled track and field career at Louisburg High School.
Williams, a senior thrower for LHS, stepped to the awards podium one final time last Friday to accept a third-place medal in the girls shot put event at the annual Class 1-A State Track and Field Championships.
The meet was held last Friday at Irwin Belk Track at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
LOUISBURG -- Even with a loss to close things out, it was impossible to refer to the 2016 Louisburg High School softball campaign as anything but a success.
The Lady Warriors, coached by J Stamey, reached the third round of the Class 1-A State Playoffs for the first time in several years -- and also won the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference fast-pitch championship in outright fashion.
Louisburg's run came to an end last Thursday as the Lady Warriors were edged at home by a 9-8 margin against Northside Pinetown in a thriller at the LHS Softball Field.
Louisburg High School's Calvin Manley signs a letter-of-intent to join the men's basketball program at Vance-Granville Community College. A story on Manley's signing appeared two weeks ago in The Franklin Times. Also pictured are (back, l to r) Shawnee (mother), LHS boys basketball coach Michael Sheldon and LHS Athletic Director Erica Wammock; (front, right) Ron (father).
GREENSBORO -- For head coach Clennie Wilkins, the greatest indicator of the improvement of his Franklinton High School track and field program comes by how well the Red Rams and Lady Rams fare at the annual Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships.
After a successful season on the conference and regional levels, Franklinton lined up against the state's elite at this year's championships, which were staged last Friday at Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College with host a Youth Basketball Camp from June 13-16 at Taylor Center on the LC campus.
The event will be overseen by LC men's hoops coach Neil Dixon, along with staff and players.
Cost of the event will be $75 per person.
The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 3-8.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School's connection to Coker College continues -- and shows no signs of letting up.
Two years ago, Franklinton's Charity Snelling started the trend by signing with the Cobras after a star-studded prep track and field career.
FHS' Malik Tarbell followed in track last season, along with soccer standout Jacob Woodburn.
Kaylaa Holman added her name to the list recently as she inked a letter-of-intent to join the Coker track and field program.
Senior standout Kaylaa Holman competed in several events this season for the Franklinton High School girls track and field squad -- including the high jump.
Bunn's Erica Davis retrieves a ground ball during last Thursday's playoff game against South Granville at Northern Durham High School.
Bunn's Emily Bell was a key player as a ninth-grader for the Ladycats' softball squad. Bell batted in the No. 2 position in the lineup and started at second base for Melanie Lovin's squad.
WILMINGTON, DEL. -- Max Povse struck out six and allowed just one unearned run over five innings pitched while leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 5-1 victory in game one of Sunday's doubleheader in Wilmington.
Game two, however, went to the Blue Rocks as they scored six runs on nine hits against starter Ryan Clark while defeating the Mudcats 6-4 in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
Mrs. Annie Brodie Harris celebrated her 95th birthday on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Rocky Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 988 Sykes Road, Louisburg. The celebration was given by her nine children. Her actual birthday is May 10. She was reared in the Margaret Community. Her parents were the late Vera Brodie Anderson and the late Arthur Brodie, and she was the stepdaughter of the late Jacob Anderson. She is the oldest child of six.
Upon her entrance into the fellowship hall, her daughter, Doris Thomas, pinned her corsage of white and purple.
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Phillip Alston, 55, of Raleigh, formerly of Louisburg, who died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, were incomplete at press time. Arrangements will be announced by Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg at a later date.
LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Ruby Regina "Jean" Terry, 68, who died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, will be held Monday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at Allen Chapel Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Deatra Simmons Lewis, 51, who died Monday, May 23, 2016, will be held Saturday, May 28, at 12 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Mobilizing quickly, authorities captured the alleged shooter of a Youngsville woman mid-morning Saturday in Wake Forest.
Authorities had been hunting Devon A. Whaley since Saturday night when he allegedly shot 22-year-old Desiree Hopkins just outside her Youngsville apartment and ran off with the couple's 1-year-old daughter.
The daughter, was found safe and uninjured with Whaley, police said.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners essentially approved a more than half a million dollar contract to have an Ohio-based company assist the county's tax office with revaluation.
At the same meeting, commissioners agreed to rebid its trash hauling contract, refusing to award the job to a neophyte business that was the lowest bidder.
Last month, Franklin County Tax Administrator Dan Williams told commissioners that preliminary work for revaluation was underway and the final product would be the result of an intimate collaboration between county tax staff and whoever was brought in to assist the county with revaluation -- a change from the 2012 revaluation when county staff was brought in at the last minute to correct work done by Assessment Solutions.
Jonathan Ball, 7, of Bunn, certainly enjoyed the Bunn Fun Day last month. He was all smiles as, from left, Dee Glazier and Katherine Townsend from American Wildlife Refuge in North Raleigh, perched two rescued owls near his shoulders for this photo opportunity.
YOUNGSVILLE -- As expected, Town Administrator Bill Tatum presented commissioners with a budget that will raise taxes.
Next month, residents will get a chance to voice their opinions about the spending plan.
The first time residents had a chance to inquire about the tax increase, though, they didn't show.
For about a year, commissioners and town staff have talked about moving into a new town hall, citing all sorts of structural, electrical and plumbing issues with town hall and the police department building.
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