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Showing 47 articles from October 15, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Novant slashes staff, services; keeps ER

LOUISBURG -- Days after one of the county's largest employers slashed its workforce by 29 percent, the community was putting the pieces back together.
Novant Health Franklin Medical Center officials notified 59 employees on Tuesday that it was their last day on the job.
Officials said a drop in patient load, changes in this country's healthcare and a drop in payer reimbursements made the cost-cutting decision necessary.


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<i>Veteran BES principal honored as year's best</i>
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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<i>Preserving the past</i>
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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<i>Rays honored as Farm Family of Year</i>
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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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

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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<i>Clowns dressed up as dogs? Yep, it's campaign season!</i>
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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<i>Many questions but far too few answers</i>
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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OBITUARIES

BERNICE S. HARRIS
January 7, 1928 - October 13, 2014

SPRING HOPE - Bernice Stone Harris, 86, of the Justice Community, died Monday night at Wilson Memorial Hospital.


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ELBERT ALSTON

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Elbert Alston, 81, who died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, will be held Monday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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LARRY VOORHEES

LOUISBURG - Larry J Voorhees, 74, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at his home in Lake Royale. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at Calvary's Cross Baptist Church, with Pastor Martin Pinell officiating.


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SPORTS

A Sick Feeling For Warriors
A GREAT ESCAPE. Louisburg High School fullback Garrett Ingraham manages to get out of the end zone on a rushing play to avoid a safety on Monday against Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference football rival Southeast Halifax.
A Sick Feeling For Warriors

LOUISBURG -- Two contagious ailments hindered the Louisburg Warriors during their Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference football opener on Monday against Southeast Halifax.
Several Warriors were less-than-100 percent for the contest because of a stomach virus that spread through the team, which also suffered from a severe case of fumble-itis.


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THE STORM CHASERS
NOWHERE TO GO. Louisburg College running back Dana Lee (with ball) is hemmed in by the Greenville Prep defense during last Saturday afternoon's football showdown at Franklinton Middle school.
THE STORM CHASERS

FRANKLINTON - Three consecutive losses can wear on any football team -- both mentally and physically.
Louisburg College head grid coach John Sala was entrusted with the job of making sure his Hurricanes were ready for last Saturday's home meeting with Greenville Prep following a three-game skid against Northeast Conference foes.
"It wasn't easy,'' Sala said of the predicament. "When you coach young people, they play with a lot of emotion. Because of that, the big-picture stuff sometimes gets lost. And with our program, it is all about the big picture.


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FHS wins matchup at home
TAYLOR TAKES OFF. Franklinton's Rondez Taylor picks up yardage during the Red Rams' home football victory against the South Granville Vikings.
FHS wins matchup at home

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton waited one year -- and 72 hours -- for the opportunity to avenge last season's tough Northern Carolina Conference football loss at South Granville.
The rematch began last Friday and was stopped at halftime due to poor weather -- and rescheduled for Monday.
The extra time was worth the wait for the Red Rams, who went on to defeat SGHS by a 19-14 margin in a homecoming thriller at the FHS Football Field.


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Rams' star nabs honor

FRANKLINTON -- Leon Gruchmann proved to be just what the Franklinton Red Rams needed heading into the 2014 boys soccer campaign.
Following the graduation of league MVP Ivan Rebollar, the Red Rams weren't sure who would replace his high-scoring attributes this fall.


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Rams Are Semis-Tough
SHE'S BACK. Senior veteran Kaitlyn Branam (left) has returned from an ankle injury to spark the Franklinton Lady Rams at the Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tourney at South Granville HS.
Rams Are Semis-Tough

CREEDMOOR -- It's the hope of any team, regardless of the sport, to be playing at its peak heading into the postseason.
And that's exactly what the Franklinton High School volleyball squad appears to be doing.
With senior outside hitter Kaityln Branam back in action following what appeared to be a season-ending injury, the Lady Rams are rolling when it matters the most.


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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 19-25

High School Football
FRIDAY
Roanoke Rapids at Franklinton 7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Granville Central 7:30 p.m.


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BHS falls in semis of NCC Tourney
PARKER PLASTERS THE BALL. Bunn's Parker Brantley (right) sends down a kill during Tuesday's tournament volleyball matchup at South Granville HS.
BHS falls in semis of NCC Tourney

CREEDMOOR -- The team Bunn coach Henry Jones didn't want to see on the other side of the net stood in the Ladycats' way Tuesday in the Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tournament semifinals.
Over the past few seasons, South Granville has had Bunn's number -- something not many opponents have been able to accomplish against the Ladycats since the middle portion of the 1990s.


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Wildcats soar past Southern Vance

HENDERSON -- Ashton Avery's full return to form proved to be just what the Bunn Wildcats needed during Monday's Northern Carolina Conference gridiron opener at Southern Vance.
Avery, a fullback, has either been out of the lineup or less-than-100 percent over the past several weeks due to an injury.
But the senior was in top condition Monday as he rushed for 125 yards and four touchdowns as the Wildcats began their NCC slate with a 42-22 road decision over the Runnin' Raiders.


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Vanguards ready for season

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men's basketball team is scheduled to play at least 25 games during the 2014-2015 season, including 10 home games.
This is the program's second season under the leadership of head coach Michael Woody.
The Vanguards compete in Region X of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II, which includes 11 two-year colleges in North Carolina and Virginia.


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Running event slated in Nashville

NASHVILLE -- The Monster Dash for United Way 5-K and 1-Mile Fun Run will be held Nov. 1 in Nashville.
The events will begin at the Claude Mayo Administration Building at 120 West Washington St. in Downtown Nashville.
The 5-K will start at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the Fun Run at 10 a.m.
For more information, contact Nash County Parks and Recreation Department's Sue Yerkes at (252) 462-2672.


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LC survives overtime scare

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College used an overtime goal from Alex Kao to avoid an upset attempt last Saturday from homestanding USC-Salkehatchie in men's soccer action.
Kao's heroics off an assist from Darren Doyle in the second portion of the extra session gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 decision in the Region X contest.


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Bunn bests Eagles in soccer

BUNN -- The Bunn Wildcats scored eight unanswered goals over the final 69 minutes as they defeated Northern Carolina Conference foe Warren County by an 8-2 score Monday afternoon at BHS Soccer Field.
Playing on a water-saturated field, the Eagles scored in the fifth minute when striker Maddux Fleming took a cross from fellow striker Austin Bender and touched the ball past Bunn keeper Jake Moore for an early 1-0 lead.


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Skate With The Canes slated
Skate With The Canes slated

RALEIGH -- The 17th Annual Skate with the Canes will take place on Nov. 24 at PNC Arena in Raleigh from 6:30 - 9 p.m.
The Kids 'N Community Foundation fundraising event allows fans and members of the Carolina Hurricanes to interact by rotating through an autograph session, a photo opportunity in the Hurricanes' locker room and a skating session on the ice at PNC Arena.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m.


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VGCC spikers sport pink shorts
VGCC spikers sport pink shorts

HENDERSON -- Student-athletes on the Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball team have traded in their green and gold Vanguards colors for pink and white -- during practice, at least.
Players chose to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing specially-made practice shirts that feature the color that has become associated with the annual observance.


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Bulls to host a special event

DURHAM -- The Durham Bulls will host their annual Fall Fan Fest this Saturday.
The free event will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder and Smithfield native Jerry Sands will be on hand to sign autographs and fans will be able to take batting practice and play catch on the field.


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COOL ROY
COOL ROY

Louisburg College's Roy Nash (with ball) speeds upfield during last Saturday's home grid triumph.


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STEPPING UP
STEPPING UP

Tyree Davis (with ball) had a strong performance Monday for the Louisburg HS Warriors.


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TREMENDOUS TANDEM
TREMENDOUS TANDEM

(L to R) Franklinton's Anna Moss and Kaityln Branam team up for a block attempt during Tuesday's tournament decision against NC School of Science & Math.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Church rites unite couple</i>
Church rites unite couple

Melissa Anne Cherry and John David Rock Jr. were married on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Wrightsville United Methodist Church in Wrightsville Beach. The Rev. Bob Bauman officiated. Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception at Country Club of Landfall. On Friday evening, the groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Surf Club in Wrightsville Beach.


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<i>Couple exchanges vows</i>
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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<i>Streams and the critters that live there need shade</i>
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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<i>New arrival times two!</i>
New arrival times two!

Travis and Andrea Truelove Conn of Youngsville are proud to announce the birth of twin boys, born Sept. 19, 2014 at Rex Women's Center in Raleigh.
Christian Travis was born at 3:05 p.m. He weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.
Holden Taylor was born at 3:06 p.m. He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Bringing science to Franklin County communities</i>
Bringing science to Franklin County communities

FRANKLINTON -- A Chapel Hill science group, Franklinton biotechnology company and county educators have combined to bring science home to Franklin County families.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will bring family science nights -- known as STEMville -- to area schools beginning this month.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Cascine Mill's new owners to welcome visitors Sunday</i>
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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Gnats transmitting deer disease

LOUISBURG -- Farmers and property owners may come across emaciated, dying whitetail deer and hunters may see fewer of the quarry this fall.
But there is no need for alarm, say biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
So far, said District 3 Wildlife Biologist Greg Batts, about 60 whitetail deer have been reported dead due to epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) -- a most often fatal deer disease transmitted by gnats.


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<i>Havin' fun cookin' pigs and watchin' cows!</i>
Havin' fun cookin' pigs and watchin' cows!

CANADA, EH? Lari and Keith Nakamichi, center, visiting their daughter at Louisburg College, stopped by the event and were joined by the two Waynes -- Stallings, left, and Champion, right. The Nakamichi's are from Toronto.


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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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Candidates for sheriff explain positions, goals: Jerry Jones
Candidates for sheriff explain positions, goals: Jerry Jones

Full name: Jerry W. Jones
Age: 55
Occupation: Sheriff of Franklin County
Marital status: Married to Peggy W. Jones
Children: Two step children, Jamie and Stacey Shearin


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Candidates for sheriff explain positions, goals: Kent Winstead
Candidates for sheriff explain positions, goals: Kent Winstead

Full name: Kent Douglas Winstead
Age: 48
Occupation: Bunn Police Chief
Marital status: Married to Beth Griffin Winstead for 29 years
Children: Wayne, Jake, Elizabeth, Emily


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Union Bank employees team up for Safe Space

Employees of Union Bank & Trust Co. are teaming up to create a "Dining for a Safe Space" event to raise money to support Safe Space, a non-profit organization that assists domestic violence victims and their children.
The group also works to reduce relationship violence in Franklin and adjoining counties.
The Union Bank team will be running Johnny Bull's Steakhouse for an evening -- or at least they will be the wait staff and bus tables. (Johnny's cooks will still handle the kitchen!)


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<i>GOP policies rapped as clinic marks 11 years</i>
GOP policies rapped as clinic marks 11 years

LOUISBURG -- Eleven years after forming, organizers of the Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine reflected upon their free clinic and had warm words for those who have fought to maintain viable healthcare in Franklin County.
It was hard, though, not to cast a gaze and share some critical words for members of the General Assembly who voted against Medicaid expansion -- creating health care hardships for some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.


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