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Showing 39 articles from February 25, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

Frosty gremlins get blame for F-ton's sudden water loss

FRANKLINTON -- The town's water system was back to normal by Monday after a series of leaks emptied the system Sunday and the resulting low water pressure triggered a boil water advisory.
Town staff and water customers essentially woke up Sunday morning to no running water.
Apparently, officials said, relatively warm air followed by bitter cold caused a number of lines to break -- emptying 300,000 gallons that are available overnight in the 1.5 million-a-day capacity system.


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'Invasion' suspects get prison time

LOUISBURG -- The remaining five suspects in a summer 2012 home invasion were sentenced this month.
Investigators allege a group of people broke into a house in the 3500 block of N.C. 56 East in August 2012, robbing a man and woman at gunpoint.
According to authorities, a number of the suspects had handguns and one had a shotgun and they physically assaulted the man inside the residence before stealing cash and a laptop computer.


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<i>Late winter chills wreck schedules; kids love it!</i>
Late winter chills wreck schedules; kids love it!

BASK-ICE BALL. Chase Kearney goes up for two points with Will Garrett in the background as a couple inches of snow fell in Franklinton and Franklin County on Tuesday morning. The youngsters were joined by Chase's younger brother, Luke, who took advantage of the snow and the day off from school. Bad roads closed schools on Wednesday and everyone was bracing for more wintry weather Wednesday night.


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New YES principal named

A veteran educator with experience both at the school level and at the North Carolina Department of Instruction has been named the new principal of Youngsville Elementary School.
Marylin Newkirk was selected as the new principal Monday night during a special meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education.


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'All' new park needs now is money

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County Parks and Recreation staff figure two approaches will help develop its new park -- a detailed plan and more money.
Back in November, the county bought Bull Creek Golf and Country Club with plans to fulfill Louisburg businessman Edgar Owens' dying request to build a new county park.


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Will closing alley help downtown?

LOUISBURG -- The Town Council took its first tentative steps aimed at fixing a downtown problem Monday night during a routine session that also featured a few pointed jabs at Franklin County government.
The town started the process of closing a town-owned alley on North Main Street between a building on the west side owned by Parker Lumpkin and the Lancaster Apartments building now owned by Tim Thomas.


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Veterans services director named
Veterans services director named

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County called upon a Franklin County native with a wealth of experience to be its new veterans services director.
Brenda Wilkins assumed the post this week, taking over for Victor Alston who retired at the end of December.
Wilkins said she brings a compassion to the job that she hopes clients understand.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg College student Timyra Staton


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Newspaper
Editorial Cartoon: Newspaper

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No matter how cold, some things can't be ignored!
No matter how cold, some things can't be ignored!

Let's see, last Friday morning when I checked one electronic thermometer out in Mapleville, the temperature was 4.8 degrees.
A second thermometer said it was 6 degrees -- but even averaging them indicated it was 5.4 degrees -- way too cold!
And then the one in my pickup suggested it was only 2 degrees, so averaging all three brought the total down to a very frigid 4.3 degrees!


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Isn't it time to talk about recreation and its costs?

Perhaps it's time for a Summit Meeting right here in Franklin County -- and although the potential topics are many, one of the most pressing ones just might be recreational opportunities.
Recreation has long been one of those widely supported concepts by residents which is ignored as much as possible by elected officials.


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A reporter can go broke treading on currency
A reporter can go broke treading on currency

As I was driving into work a few days ago, I was listening to a radio personality talk about suspended NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams.
As a refresher, Williams came under fire after it was revealed that personal stories he relayed to other media outlets about a helicopter he was riding in coming under attack in Iraq were not exactly true.


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<i>Airport: Let's party, everyone is happy</i>
Airport: Let's party, everyone is happy

"Everyone, Franklin County and Carlina Inc., are happy that it's finally over," said Louisburg attorney David Guin, when he shared his thoughts in early February with the media about The Triangle North Executive Airport settlement for $1.5 million.
Respectfully, I disagree with Guin, everyone is not happy. Are you happy this has cost the people of Franklin County $1.5 million?


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For-profits running charter schools? How can that be?
For-profits running charter schools? How can that be?

This is the most frustrating article I have written for this newspaper.
Ironically it is the most exhaustively researched.
Despite searching seemingly countless North Carolina statutes, NCGA bills and even a couple of North Carolina Appellate Court decisions, I can't find where it became legal for a for-profit corporation to obtain a school charter in this state.


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Poverty, education are linked

Dear editor:
Poverty and education are closely linked:
To improve education, we must first reduce poverty.
To reduce poverty, we must first improve education.


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Editorial Cartoon: Hillary
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary

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OBITUARIES

RUTH M. HATCHER

BUNN - Ruth Mullen Hatcher "Meme," 91, died Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2015. Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Zebulon. Burial followed at Pine Ridge Baptist Church cemetery.


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SPORTS

ENERGY BOOST
CAN'T STOP ME. Louisburg College's T.J. Wilson (with ball) drives toward the basket during last Thursday's Region X home basketball victory against Lenoir Community College. Wilson is a sophomore guard for the Hurricanes.
ENERGY BOOST

LOUISBURG - Upon further reflection, it was the last thing Mark Vanderslice expected from his on-fire Louisburg College men's basketball squad.
LC entered last Thursday's home meeting with Region X rival Lenoir Community College on a four-game winning streak -- and on a mission to avenge one of its three setbacks during a 25-victory campaign.


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Weather hampers playoffs
Weather hampers playoffs

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Recent poor weather -- with more in the forecast in the coming days -- has wreaked havoc on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Boys and Girls State Basketball Playoffs.
First-round events were supposed to be staged on Tuesday, with Louisburg's boys and girls in the Class 1-A Playoffs and Bunn's girls in the Class 2-A Tournament.


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LC's women are on a roll
SURE SHOT. Louisburg College's Ambryia Davis (with ball) drives for a basket during last Friday afternoon's home decision over Patrick Henry Community College at the Taylor Center.
LC's women are on a roll

LOUISBURG -- Given the parity displayed in the league this season, the team with the hottest hand come Region X Tournament time will probably claim the women's basketball championship -- and a spot in the national tournament.
LC appears to be trending toward that lofty goal as the Lady Hurricanes have won three contests in a row, including a pair of decisions last weekend.


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FRONT & CENTER
CENTER OF ATTENTION. Bunn High School senior center Jessiel Romero has been selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year for the 2014 campaign. Romero helped the Wildcats reach the second round of the Class 2-AA State
FRONT & CENTER

BUNN -- When David Howle returned to Bunn High School for his second go-round as the Wildcats' head football coach, precious few starters were returning from the previous year's successful squad.
But Jessiel Romero was one of them, and his presence would prove to be beneficial for the Wildcats over the ensuing pair of campaigns.


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Athletes honored from LC
MEDALS MAN. Louisburg College golfer Justin Stallings, a Louisburg High School alum, was among the honorees at last Thursday evening's LC Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony at Taylor Center.
Athletes honored from LC

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's annual Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony is always a much-anticipated event, but honorees needed to wait one more day in order for the ceremony to occur this winter.
That's because last Wednesday's scheduled men-women basketball doubleheader was called off due to poor weather and rescheduled for last Thursday.


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Bunn snaps school mark
Bunn snaps school mark

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Holli Wilkins scored 15 points to pace a balanced attack and teammate Whitney Bunn set a new season assist standard in leading Furman past Samford, 64-44, in Southern Conference women's basketball action last Monday afternoon at Timmons Arena.
Bunn prepped at Bunn High School and led the Ladycats to a quartet of Northern Carolina Conference Championships. She was the NCC Player of the Year on a trio of occasions.


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STATE PLAYOFF HOOPS BRACKETS

CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the first-round matchups for the Class 2-A Girls and Class 1-A Boys and Girls State Basketball Playoffs, which were scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Due to recent poor weather, exact dates of all rounds had yet to be determined at press time.
Weather permitting, Franklin County's clubs were hoping to begin their playoff quests on Wednesday.


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Bunn sked finalized

BUNN -- Bunn High School's 2015 varsity football season will kick off Aug. 21 with a home game against perennial area powerhouse Wilson Fike.
The Wildcats, coached by David Howle, will scrimmage North Lenoir and host Rosewood on Aug. 12, followed by a trip to the Granville Central Jamboree on Aug. 14.


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Vance-Granville notches another win
Vance-Granville notches another win

HICKORY -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men's basketball team notched another important conference win on Feb. 22, defeating the Red Hawks of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, 63-60.
The game was originally scheduled as a home game for VGCC but was postponed and relocated due to last week's winter weather.


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Region hoops scheduled announced

CHAPEL HIL -- The schedule has been announced for next week's North Carolina High School Athletic Association regional basketball tournaments, set to be played in Fayetteville and Winston-Salem.
Third-round NCHSAA playoff winners from the East will be going to Fayetteville for the fifth consecutive year.
The games will be played both at the Crown Coliseum and the Crown Arena in Fayetteville.


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FRANKLIN COUNTY NATIVES HONORED
FRANKLIN COUNTY NATIVES HONORED

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. Softball player Jazmaine Mayo from Bunn and basketballer Diesha Davis (Above) from Franklinton were among the Franklin County honorees during last Thursday's Louisburg College Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony, which was held at the Taylor Center on the LC campus. Davis and Mayo are freshmen at LC. Dr. Kelvin Spragley, an Assistant Professor of History, served as honorary speaker for the annual event.


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Staton shining for Hurricanes

LOUISBURG -- Considering her injury history, it would be easy to understand if Timyra Staton simply wanted to be on the women's basketball roster this season -- and maybe see some playing time along the way.
Staton, however, had different ideas, despite the fact that she arrived at Louisburg in the fall of 2013 coming off a pair of torn ACL injuries.


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DO THE TWIST
DO THE TWIST

Louisburg College's Camden Scott (with ball) scores on a reverse layup during last Thursday's decision over rival Lenoir Community College.


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FRANKLIN COUNTY SOCCER SUPERSTARS
FRANKLIN COUNTY SOCCER SUPERSTARS

These five members of the Louisburg College women's soccer team -- all from Franklin County -- were among the honorees at last Thursday evening's Louisburg College Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony at the Taylor Center on the LC campus. Pictured are (l to r) Samantha Calvery (Louisburg), Kenia Roa (Louisburg), Kelsey Harris (Louisburg), Krista Strain (Franklinton) and Lucy Perez (Bunn).


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Wedding bells to ring</i>
Wedding bells to ring

Douglas Nicholson and Jessie Crudup Nicholson of Bunn announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Venetta Nicholson, to Juan Devon Bland, son of Walter Bland and the late Daisy Bland of Bailey. A May 2015 wedding is planned.


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Local couple marks 50th anniversary

Harold and Joyce Yarborough celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Feb. 14.
Their children and grandchildren gave them a dinner at Allen Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Louisburg, with more than 80 family members and friends attending.
They were married on Feb. 14, 1965.


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<i>Give yourself a break; find ways to beat stress</i>
Give yourself a break; find ways to beat stress

In this stressful world of ours, who doesn't need a little help?
Just facing the changes in our society and in our world is definitely a challenge, and we need to find all kinds of alternatives to fight the stress that can be very harmful to our health, in general.
Stress is a fact of life, but we can find numerous activities to minimize it.


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<i>Future president of UNC lived in Louisburg</i>
Future president of UNC lived in Louisburg

Kemp Plummer Battle (1831-1919), a distinguished lawyer and historian who served as president of the University of North Carolina from 1876 until 1891, spent his first eight years in the Louisburg vicinity.
Long after Battle's death, his youngest son, William James, published his father's recollections, Memories of An Old-time Tar Heel (University of North Carolina Press, 1945). The book contains interesting descriptions of Louisburg and its residents in the 1830s.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Youngsville gets grant to create animal clinic

YOUNGSVILLE -- The state has awarded a $15,000 grant to a group planning to turn an old doctor's office into a new animal clinic.
Developers, economic development staff and town officials say the move is part of a continuing effort to transform the town's core into a thriving commerce center.
"We are slowly but surely growing," said town Mayor Fonzie Flowers.


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WALKER, TENNESSEE RANGER
WALKER, TENNESSEE RANGER

JD, a Tennessee Walker owned by Denise Johnson, was one of 26 horses at the Annual EIA (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) Clinic in Louisburg Feb. 21. The annual event was hosted by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center, and the Franklin County Horse Advisory Committee. Dr. David Fontenot of Louisburg Veterinary Clinic aso vaccinated the majority of the horses against equine diseases such as West Nile, Rabies, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and others.


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Two young Franklin County farmers finish tobacco course
Two young Franklin County farmers finish tobacco course

RALEIGH -- Two young Franklin County farmers, Taylor Fitzpatrick, of Bunn, and Patrick Ray, of Zebulon, and a new NCDA&CS Regional Agronomist, Mike Wilder, participated recently in a week long 2015 NC State Tobacco Short Course in Raleigh.
Fitzpatrick has been growing tobacco for the past three years with Steve and Kevin Mitchell at Mitchell Farms. Ray has been growing tobacco on his own for or the past two years.


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Youngsville's Homecoming picnic scheduled for May 2

The Youngsville Museum of History and the Youngsville Woman's Club will host the Youngsville Homecoming picnic again this year on Saturday, May 2, at Hill Ridge Farms.
This year's event is the "May Fare Music Festival and Picnic" and is open to everyone who would like to join in the fun. Only the first 225 people can be admitted due to space available.


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