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Showing 46 articles from November 5, 2014.

FRONT PAGE

Winstead rolls to easy win in sheriff's race
Sheriff-elect Kent Winstead raises his hand in victory and to thank supporters
Winstead rolls to easy win in sheriff's race

LOUISBURG -- Still reeling from the euphoria of his big election win and running on very little sleep, Sheriff-Elect Kent Winstead was quick to emphasize the three cornerstones of his campaign during his first interview Wednesday morning.
Those cornerstones are unity, transparency and accountability, three traits which he has repeatedly pledged to bring to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department after he is sworn in on Dec. 2.


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Election's results by the numbers
Election's results by the numbers

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County has a new sheriff.
Kent Winstead earned more than 55 percent of the vote, with 10,895 votes to the 8,873 tallies that incumbent Sheriff Jerry Jones received.
The race for the sheriff's office, though, wasn't the only contested matter.


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County to buy golf course for park

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners approved a purchase agreement, buying Bull Creek for $600,000 -- $100,000 less than they anticipated back in the summer.
In August, the board agreed to enter into a purchase agreement and offer First Citizens Bank $700,000 for the property, which was in foreclosure.


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Cost confusion plagues jail renovations

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners held off on approving additional renovations at the county jail until they get construction figures that make sense.
Late last week, county staff added a change order to the board's Nov. 3 meeting -- requesting $42,620 to make additional fire alarm changes.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Trainer Alyssa Rabert


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Litter
Editorial Cartoon: Litter

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'Strange' parking spots equal good, common sense
'Strange' parking spots equal good, common sense

With the mid-term elections finally over -- finally over!! -- maybe it's time to look at some other issues around our county and region.
It's been a while since we've done one of those "cheers and jeers" columns but that seems to fit.
First, cheers to the Franklin County EMS folks for a common sense, cost-effective way of trimming response times for ambulances.


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Finally, awful election ordeal is behind us!

By the time you read this, Election 2014 will be over -- in North Carolina at least!
Other states may be facing run-offs to determine winners but, on Monday prior to Election Day, it appears that we North Carolinians will be spared more of the ordeal that has been Election 2014.
This editorial was written intentionally before all the votes were cast for a particular reason.


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Voting can change a nation, even if you ran to the polls
Voting can change a nation, even if you ran to the polls

I saw two things in the last few days that were incredibly inspiring.
On Sunday morning, I witnessed 50,000 runners brave bitter cold and blustery winds to test their mettle against a 26.2 mile course in New York.
Whether they finished or not, their willingness to try -- and push on -- was inspiring, whether they took home first place or finished dead last.


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<i>McCrory shifting positions with an eye on '16 elections</i>
McCrory shifting positions with an eye on '16 elections

I spent 15 years coaching basketball where time is the biggest factor late in the game.
At this moment I find it working against me. When this article is published my readers will know the results of the 2014 elections in Franklin County, but it is being written prior to Election Day so I don't.
My dilemma was what to write about in view of those facts.
Governor McCrory solved it for me; he started the 2016 campaign.


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<i>Post-election the question still remains</i>
Post-election the question still remains

Well, the elections are over; did you win?
If your answer is yes, even if we are not of the same mind on things, let me join with your many friends and admirers to say congratulations.
I have already seen and heard the snide gloating comments by those that are doing what I will call cackling at the expense of others.


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Editorial Cartoon: The Economy
Editorial Cartoon: The Economy

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OBITUARIES

"BILL" WILLIAM F. SPENCER, JR.
December 7, 1924 - November 5, 2014

LOUISBURG - William "Bill" Fred Spencer, Jr., 89, of Louisburg, died Wednesday morning at his home.


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BOBBY L. "BOBCAT" DAVIS

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Bobby L. "Bobcat" Davis, 72, who died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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EMIL RAYOT

LOUISBURG - Emil Rayot, 84, of Louisburg died Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at the VA Medical Center in Durham. Born August 18, 1930 in Hoboken, NJ to the late Emile and Filomena Apone Rayot.


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JERRY BRYANT O'NEAL
June 22, 1954 - November 3, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM - Jerry Bryant O'Neal, 60, of Winston-Salem passed away Monday, November 3, 2014. Born in Vance County in 1954 to Hal and Katherine O'Neal, Jerry was known to all of his friends and family as an avid hunter and fisherman, spending many days and nights in the outdoors. His other passion in life was his family and friends, especially his two granddaughters. Jerry earned an Associates degree while raising his family and working full time at AMP / Tyco Electronics, where he worked for 35+ years.


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SPORTS

Bunn Tops Red Rams, 33-20
HOLD ON TO THE BALL. Franklinton's Ricky Person (right) tries to maintain possession during last Friday night's Northern Carolina Conference prep football game on the BHS campus. The host Wildcats were 33-20 winners.
Bunn Tops Red Rams, 33-20

BUNN -- In a rare time of late-season uncertainty, both Franklinton and Bunn stumbled into last Friday's Northern Carolina Conference football tussle mired in mini-slumps.
Neither club had won a game since Oct. 13 -- a skein that left the Franklin County squads on the outside looking in for a shot at the NCC crown.


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PHASE 1 COMPLETE
FOUR EYES ON THE BALL. (L to R) Louisburg College's Nigel Robinson and USC-Salkehatchie's Alex Santoyo duel for possession during last Saturday's action at the Region X Men's Soccer Tournament.
PHASE 1 COMPLETE

LOUISBURG -- Long-time followers of the Louisburg College men's soccer program understand the phases of expectation that the club carries into each postseason.
Given LC's successful tradition, it's usually considered a less-than-stellar campaign if the Hurricanes are unable to claim the crown at the annual Region X Tournament.


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LC opens with two victories
STRONG TO THE BUCKET. Louisburg College's DaZhane' Myler (with ball) drives toward the basket last Saturday afternoon.
LC opens with two victories

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will have a different look in women's basketball action this winter -- but the same lofty expectations will be in place.
Last year, LC followed its national championship campaign in 2012 by once again reaching the national tournament in Suburban Kansas City.


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LC men win first contest

LOUISBURG -- Six players scored in doubl figures as the Louisburg College Men's basketball team never trailed in cruising past the Southside Community College Panthers 112-79 last Friday night at the Taylor Center.
The contest was the regular season opener for the Hurricanes, who are coached by Mark Vanderslice.
T.J. Wilson and Jamarcus Hairston scored 19 points each to lead the Hurricanes.


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ROUGH ENDING
SPECTACULAR SAMMY. Sophomore Sam Rowland (left) from England will go down as one of the top women's soccer standouts in the history of the successful program at Louisburg College.
ROUGH ENDING

LOUISBURG -- Few outcomes in sports are as disheartening as losing an elimination game to an opponent that you had defeated handily just a few weeks earlier.
But that was the fate the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes experienced during last Saturday's semifinal matchup against Cape Fear Community College at the Region X Women's Soccer Tournament.


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LHS surges to another victory
LHS surges to another victory

AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Louisburg strengthened its hold on second place in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference with a convincing gridiron decision last Friday at Northwest Halifax.
The dominant Warriors delivered 41 points in the first half alone and went on the defeat the Vikings by a 48-0 margin.
With one game remaining, Louisburg upped its mark to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in the TRAC. The Warriors will close out their campaign this Friday with a Senior Night matchup against Weldon at Patterson Field.


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Campaign Closes
THAT EXTRA YARD. Louisburg College quarterback Darron Downey stretches for another yard while being tackled last Saturday afternoon against league foe ASA.
Campaign Closes

FRANKLINTON -- With less than three minutes remaining in the opening half, the Louisburg College Hurricanes had limited national powerhouse ASA to just three points during last Saturday's regular season football finale.
The Avengers from New York, however, would deliver a late score before the break -- and would carry that momentum into the second half of action.


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Franklinton advances in state playoffs

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School's boys soccer squad was looking to make a bit of history Wednesday night at the FHS Football Field.
The Red Reams, coached by Isaac Welker, were in search of their first fourth-round appearance of all-time in the postseason as they hosted Southwest Onslow in the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.


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Canes to host softball clinic
Canes to host softball clinic

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's softball program will host a pair of clinics on Nov. 22 at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus in Franklin County.
An All-Skills Clinic will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and will be followed by a Pitching Clinic from 3:30-5 p.m.
Cost is $75 for the All-Skills Clinic and $25 for the Pitching Clinic. Walk-ups will also be welcome with a price increase of $10.


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NCWC drops road football game

MARYVILLE, TENN. -- Freshman Anthony Janezic tallied a career-high 20 tackles and recorded a 68-yard fumble return for a touchdown, but it would be not be enough as his North Carolina Wesleyan College football team suffered a 42-28 loss to league-leading Maryville College last Saturday on the road.
The two teams battled frigid, wet conditions throughout the contest, which ended with the Scots out-scoring the Bishops 21-7 in the second half to pull away.


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Wildcats Win JV Title
Wildcats Win JV Title

BUNN -- The junior varsity football championship in the Northern Carolina Conference wasn't determined until last Thursday's huge showdown between Franklinton and Bunn.
The visiting Wildcats wrapped up the title with a 35-20 victory over the Junior Red Rams in a matchup that was held at the FHS Football Field.


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Vance-Granville delivers a road victory

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards only needed two games to find their first win of the 2014-15 basketball season with an overwhelming 98-62 road victory over the junior varsity squad from St. Andrew's University on Nov. 3.
That brought VGCC's record to 1-1 to start the team's second season under head coach Michael Woody.


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GENA GOES FOR THE BALL
GENA GOES FOR THE BALL

Louisburg College's Gena Penick (left) tips the ball away during last Saturday's home basketball decision against Frederick CC.


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GO WEST
GO WEST

Louisburg College's Maddison West (right) possesses the ball during last Saturday's tournament contest.


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GOOD TIMES AT LC
GOOD TIMES AT LC

Members of the Louisburg College men's soccer squad celebrate a goal last Saturday.


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KING AND QUEEN AT FHS
KING AND QUEEN AT FHS

Stephen Fritz and Michaela Green were saluted as the King and Queen during Franklinton High School's recent homecoming festivities.


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PRINCE AND PRINCESS
PRINCE AND PRINCESS

Ryan Fritz and Kristen Estes during Franklinton High School's recent homecoming festivities.


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RUNNING ROOM TO GROW
RUNNING ROOM TO GROW

Franklinton High School quarterback Rondez Taylor (right) tries to fine a lane to surge through during last Friday night's road contest against Bunn.


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TACKLE TIME
TACKLE TIME

Louisburg College's Monty Owens (right) attempts to bring down ASA receiver Olu Izegwire during last Saturday's football showdown.


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THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

Darren Doyle (right) sends a ball upward during Louisburg College's semifinal victory over USC-Salkehatchie at the Region X Men's Soccer Tournament.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>December wedding bells to ring</i>
December wedding bells to ring

Jerry and Brenda Bailey of White Level announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Pamela Bailey to Steven Dement, the son of Raymond and Yvonne Dement of Centerville. A Dec. 6, 2014 wedding is planned at Wood Baptist Church, with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall.


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INTERNATIONAL FLAIR
INTERNATIONAL FLAIR

The Nov. 16 concert at Cherry Hill will feature musicians from the U.S., Scotland, and Russia. Known as the Neave Trio, the group has received rave reviews from various media outlets. Graduates of the Eastman, Manhattan, and Longy Schools of Music and the Chopin Academy in Moscow, violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Toni James have enjoyed international success at recital and festival performances in the United States, Canada, South America, UK and Europe.


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PURPLE SUNDAY
PURPLE SUNDAY

Oct. 26 was Purple Sunday at Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church in Franklinton. Purple Sunday was held in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The congregation wore the color purple to show their support in ending domestic violence in Franklin County. Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church has been one of many local faith-based churches that has shown significant support to Safe Space Inc.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Louisburg High student named National Merit semi-finalist</i>
Louisburg High student named National Merit semi-finalist

The National Merit Scholarship program has named its semifinalists for the 2015 competition. Louisburg High School student Rockey A. "Quint" Hester was among the semifinalists.
About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools around the country entered the program by taking the 2013 PSAT.


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KVA honor roll students named

Kerr Vance Academy recently announced its first quarter honor roll.


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Sampson teen wins Speed award

RALEIGH -- During the 2014 NC State Fair, the Senator James D. Speed Achievement Scholarship was presented to an outstanding youth who exhibited beef heifers, Carlie Piercy from Sampson County.
Mark Speed, son of the late James Speed, presented the scholarship award to Carlie after the 'Sale of Champions' in the Graham Livestock Building.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Variety of problems blamed for slow returns

LOUISBURG -- A record percentage of Franklin County voters turned out for the Nov. 3 midterm election.
But it almost took until Nov. 4 to post the results.
According to unofficial numbers, more than 49 percent of the county's 40,173 voters cast a ballot for Tuesday's election.
After the polls closed at 7:30 p.m., though, a handful of issues combined to hold up the posting of results until 11:37 p.m.


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<i>Courthouse bell: a historic artifact or just a bell?</i>
Courthouse bell: a historic artifact or just a bell?

Recently the old bell that hung for decades in the Franklin County courthouse was "liberated" and is being held, hopefully in safety and not as a hostage.
Some have wondered whether the bell was truly a historic artifact -- or just a bell.
That question got local amateur historians to do a little "digging" through various records and the results prove that the bell has played an important role in local lives for many years.


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Cannon grant to help Louisburg College renovate arts complex

The Cannon Foundation has awarded Louisburg College a $50,000 grant.
The grant will help support renovations to the Music Wing of the Ray Hodges Fine Arts Complex.
"We are delighted to receive the financial support of the Cannon Foundation and their endorsement of Louisburg College through this award.


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COOLER WINNER
COOLER WINNER

Mike Rigsbee of Louisburg (center) was the winner of a YETI cooler that was a prize in a National Life Insurance Awareness Month promotion sponsored recently by the Franklin County Farm Bureau. Presenting the cooler were Wayne Champion and Kay Sims, both Franklin County Farm Bureau staff members.


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