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Showing 40 articles from February 18, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Winter blast freezes county!</i>
Winter blast freezes county!

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Schools, government offices and travel were shut down Tuesday and Wednesday after about two inches of snow, sleet and ice fell through Monday night.
The area was working to get back to normal operating hours by the middle of the week.
Pictured (Left): RIDING THE EDGE. Louisburg resident Sophia Hinds, 10, finds riding the edge of a plastic tub worked fairly well on the ice-covered snow that blanketed the area Monday night.


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<i>Bickett became a demolition derby</i>
Bickett became a demolition derby

LOUISBURG -- The town's main artery was clogged last week after two accidents, including a four-car wreck, shut down Bickett Boulevard.
First, at about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, Jeanette Mullen 63, was turning left onto Sandalwood Avenue, crossing into the path of a sport utility vehicle driven by Ann House, who was heading north on Bickett.


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County budget discussions will focus on fund balance

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners had been planning a budget retreat this week before Mother Nature intervened and caused the session to be postponed to March 2.
The meeting will give the county's elected officials their first chance to chart the county's fiscal course for 2015-16.
One direction that county staff will highly recommend will be steering away from the county's fund balance.


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Youngsville ponders ways to fund recreation, parks

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners had a truncated discussion about long-range plans for parks and recreation, but a transformation into a nonprofit organization could be in its future.
Going back to the fall of 2012, town staff and officials have talked about ways to make the program -- which draws heavily from out-of-town participants -- self-sufficient.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Will, Clara, Judson, Rose, and Abram Stolz


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Tillis
Editorial Cartoon: Tillis

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If you're looking for 'schools' gold' visit your library
If you're looking for 'schools' gold' visit your library

More often than some folks realize, we reach out to the community for help with a story or clarifications, opinions, reactions, etc.
Last week, we reached out -- and what we received can be an important tool for anyone concerned about the state of public education in Franklin County.
If you read last week's edition, you know the lead story was about the state's Report Cards on local schools.


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Late winter's blast more inconvenience than crisis

Well, we almost made it!
Through winter, that is.
For most of the time since Old Man Winter arrived just before Christmas, we Franklin Countians have watched sympathetically as many Americans, especially those in Boston and points north, struggled with snow, high winds and plunging temperatures.


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When keeping it real goes terribly wrong
When keeping it real goes terribly wrong

As I was walking home from the grocery store yesterday, an approaching driver -- who I'm sure did this on purpose -- splashed me with snow and ice.
And like a Chapelle Show skit, I went through the responses I would have at different ages.
At 18, I might have chased the car and dared the driver to get out.
At 24, I might have let fly a number of expletives that would make a sailor take notes.


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Public tax dollars travel with charter school students
Public tax dollars travel with charter school students

Americans often disagree on political philosophy.
One thing we are unanimous on is that we don't like to see our tax dollars messed with.
I became aware of some facts last week that opened my eyes to the magnitude of the negative impact of charter schools on true public education in Franklin County.


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Are some striving for a 'dual' school system in NC?

Dear editor:
We must not be misled by those who cry, "Our schools are failing! Our schools are failing!" when what they really want is to set up a dual school system.
We had a dual school system in the past. I am a product of such a system and I must say that it did not work very well. Not only was it unfair, it was unequal.


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Editorial Cartoon: Parental Rights
Editorial Cartoon: Parental Rights

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OBITUARIES

CHARLIE ALSTON JR.

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Charlie "Toot" Alston Jr., 65, who died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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NANCY L. BUNDY

LOUISBURG - Nancy Lou Bundy, 84, formerly of 104 Jolly Street in Louisburg, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. A Celebration of Life will be held at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh on March 1, 2015, 2 pm. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester W. Bundy.


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WILLIA A. CASH

LOUISBURG - Willia Autrey Cash, 66, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 18, 2015 at her home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, with the Rev. Mark Tondee officiating. Burial will follow at Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 - 2 p.m. Friday prior to the service.


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WILLIAM RONALD JONES

LOUISBURG - William Ronald "Ronnie" Jones, 58, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Rowland Chapel Christian Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.


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SPORTS

THE FIRST CALL
TRIP PLANNER. Louisburg's Summer Phillips (with ball) is tripped up and fouled during the Lady Warriors' home hoops victory against conference rival Weldon. The game was played last Friday night at the LHS Gymnasium.
THE FIRST CALL

LOUISBURG - When Mike Sheldon became Louisburg High School's new girls basketball coach last fall, probably the last thing he expected was that his club would compete for the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference championship.
After all, this was considered to be a rebuilding period on the hardwood for the Lady Warriors -- and Louisburg would struggle during the non-league portion of its early schedule.


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THREE REIGN
CLEARING A PATH. Franklinton's Romeo Debnam (with ball) tries to find some space inside during last Friday's road decision at Bunn.
THREE REIGN

BUNN -- Heading into the final game of the regular season, a four-way dance for two postseason spots existed in the Northern Carolina Conference -- and Franklinton and Bunn were both in the mix.
FHS needed to break its five-year losing skid against the Wildcats last Friday on the road in order to secure a position in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.


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Bland Victory For LC
RAEKWON'S ROUGH RIDE. Louisburg College's Raekwon Harney (middle) is tied up by two Richard Bland defenders.
Bland Victory For LC

PETERSBURG -- Offensive rebounds and points off of turnovers hurt No. 4 Richard Bland College down the stretch against visiting NJCAA opponent in No. 9 Louisburg College (North Carolina) in front of a huge crowd at Statesman Hall in Petersburg last Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes ended the Statesmen's four-game winning streak with the 80-74 win to fall to 12-3 in Region X play.


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Lady Canes rally to defeat league rival
DRIVING LESSON. Louisburg College's Denesyha Goods heads toward the basket last Saturday.
Lady Canes rally to defeat league rival

LOUISBURG -- Missed free throws often doom a team in the latter portion of a close game.
But in a strange way, a pair of inaccurate freebies helped spark Louisburg College to a key Region X victory last Saturday at home against Bryant and Stratton out of Virginia.
With the outcome of the contest still in doubt in the closing minutes, Louisburg had two misses fall into the hands of a waiting teammate off an offensive rebound.


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BHS Still Perfect
PRECIOUS MOMENT. Bunn High School guard Precious Walker (right) attempts to drive against Franklinton's Tanisha Wall during last Friday night's conference contest at the Bunn Dome. The homestanding Ladycats won the matchup over the Lady Rams.
BHS Still Perfect

BUNN -- Bunn hasn't encountered much adversity on the girls basketball hardwood this season en route to sporting a perfect record.
But for BHS to be successful in the Class 2-A State Playoffs, the Ladycats will probably have to win a stretch of games without the services of freshman guard Bernadette Cooke.


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State all-star rosters finalized

GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been finalized for the upcoming North Carolina -South Carolina All-Star Basketball Games, which will be held March 28 at Socastee High School in South Carolina (near Myrtle Beach).
The girls contest will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the boys event to follow.
Tickets will be available at the gate.


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Redman in action Saturday
Redman in action Saturday

LOUISBURG -- Lamont 'Redman' Richardson is offering a bit of advice for his fellow competitors ahead of Saturday's National Wrestling Alliance Card at the Louisburg National Guard Armory.
"I'm warning everybody in the locker room -- anybody who says anything bad about my hometown will have to deal with me.
"Everywhere I go to wrestle, I represent Louisburg and Franklin County.''


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Hurricanes blast Patrick Henry
Hurricanes blast Patrick Henry

LOUISBURG -- During his successful tenure at Louisburg College, men's basketball coach Mark Vanderslice has displayed a habit of making sure his club is playing well at the most opportune times.
The 2014-15 campaign seems to be shaping up that way as Louisburg, after a blip a few weeks ago, has been revving through the latter portion of its schedule.


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1-1 VERSUS 2-2
1-1 VERSUS 2-2

Bunn's Darreus Caldwell (right) drives while being guarded by Franklinton's Smith Gupton during last Friday night's conference basketball game at the Bunn Dome.


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GREAT SCOTT
GREAT SCOTT

Louisburg College's Camden Scott (with ball) tries to escape a pair of Richard Bland defenders during last Friday night's men's basketball contest in Virginia.


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RISING ABOVE THE COMPETITION
RISING ABOVE THE COMPETITION

Louisburg's Vanisha Wilshire elevates for a layup last Friday night at home.


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STATON THE FACTS
STATON THE FACTS

Timyra Staton from nearby Nash Central High School has been effective this season for the Louisburg College women's basketball squad.


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LIFESTYLES

SHIIP is not just for senior citizens

LOUISBURG -- Did you know that if you are under age 65 and have a disability you may be eligible for Medicare?
If you have questions about your health insurance options, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) can help.
SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that provides free, unbiased counseling about Medicare not just to seniors, but also to people on Medicare due to disability.


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<i>Phosphorus is essential, but be careful with it</i>
Phosphorus is essential, but be careful with it

The middle number in the bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer you buy for your garden indicates the percentage of phosphorus in the fertilizer.
Phosphorus has the chemical symbol of P, thus the bag of 10-10-10 has 10% N, P, and K, meaning nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg College gets grant to help female scholars

Louisburg College has been awarded $150,000 to continue Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarships, which benefit the college's female scholars.
In accordance with the guidelines set by the founder, the foundation awards institutions scholarship funding for Christian women who reside in one of these southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.


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LEARNING ABOUT TOOTH CARE
LEARNING ABOUT TOOTH CARE

Ann Wood visited Harris Chapel Baptist Preschool recently during Dental Health Month. She talked to the children about the importance of taking care of their teeth. Pictured (left to right) are Kamdyn Hays, Silas Lamkin, Parker Bailey, Samantha Tromba, Levi Kohort and Wesley James.


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<i>Off to school!</i>
Off to school!

OFF TO SCHOOL. Kadeem Payne, a 2013 graduate of Louisburg High School, is attending the Culinary Arts College in Goldsboro. He is the grandson of Lizzie Ann Alston of Louisburg.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

JOYS OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSHIP!
JOYS OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSHIP!

Alvin Moss, who is usually behind the meat counter cutting beef for customers, had to switch gears, literally, because of this week's winter weather. He is shown here pushing snow off the parking lot of the store that he and his wife, Sandy, own in Louisburg. Looking on is Moss employee Dannie Preddy. Once the snow was gone, a brief period of sunny skies and a slight warm-up provided a reprieve before downright frigid weather was scheduled to descend late Thursday night, pushing the mercury down to levels not seen in many years.


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<i>Conference for small farmers to focus on new opportunities</i>
Perry
Conference for small farmers to focus on new opportunities

ZEBULON -- Wendy Perry knows the importance of connections.
A chance meeting with an editorial staff member with Our State magazine led to a gig writing columns, crafting recipes, designing food photo shoots and spotlighting local farmers.
That networking opportunity has given Perry a new avenue to promote agriculture.


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<i>Kids discover science and math can be fun! 1</i>
Kids discover science and math can be fun! 1

SCIENCE TRIO. Brooklyn Branham, center, is joined by, from left to right, Tyrek and James Hatfield at STEMville.


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<i>Kids discover science and math can be fun! 2</i>
Kids discover science and math can be fun! 2

A GOOD LOOK. Edward Best student Chase Parrish is captivated by a science experiment during the STEMville event, along with his dad, Lewis Parrish and Kelley Hammon, who is with the Morehead Planetarium, a partner with Novozymes for the event.


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<i>Kids discover science and math can be fun! 3</i>
Kids discover science and math can be fun! 3

MESSY. Justin Nielsen, center, and Makenna Alston, to his left, get messy as a foam-like mixture pours out during an experiment at STEMville.


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Head Start program registration underway

The Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. Head Start is accepting children for the 2015-2016 Program Year. Children must be 3 years of age as of Aug. 31, 2015.
Parents of children with mental, physical or emotional impairments are encouraged to apply. The program will make special provisions to serve children with special needs. These provisions include, but are not limited to, adaptive equipment and transportation.


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SNAP signup for farmers to be held in Louisburg

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina SNAP and Agriculture offices, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will host a SNAP EBT Farmer's Market sign-up in Louisburg Thursday, Feb. 26, giving farmers the chance to enroll as retailers in the SNAP program.
The sign-up event for SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program, will be at the Franklin County Agricultural Services Center, 103 South Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg from 1 to 3 p.m.


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