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Showing 38 articles from March 18, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

County skips over low bid to finance utility purchase

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners agreed to pay more on the front end with the expectation of savings over the long haul when they agreed to let the second lowest bidder finance the $3.2 million purchase of Franklinton's utility system.
To finance the purchase, Franklin County plans to borrow $2.6 million and, the lowest bidder, First Tennessee Bank agreed to finance that amount at 2.83 percent over a 10-year period.


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Springtime smiles!
Springtime smiles!

WARM FEELINGS. Jayden Winstead, four, of the Bunn/Pilot area enjoyed a spring-like afternoon at Joyner Park in Louisburg on Tuesday. Cooler temperatures came in Wednesday and were expected to stay that way through the start of spring, Friday. Temps were expected to be in the 60s for the weekend.


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Youngsville wants to link sewer service to annexation

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners agreed to support a position that helps plan growth in its outer rim.
During a meeting last week, the board agreed that it would urge Franklin County to tie its sewer allocations in the town's extra territorial jurisdiction to the understanding that the developer would petition the town for annexation.
It would be part of an effort by administration staff, planning staff and officials to plan growth of the town's corporate limits.


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County hires new finance director
County hires new finance director

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County has finally gotten its next finance director.
County management announced that Mitchell Robinson will begin work next week as the new assistant county manager of financial services.
It was a post held by Chuck Murray until his retirement late 2013.


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MUDDY MARATHON
Workers build a 'saddle' of 8-inch pipe to go around storm drain
MUDDY MARATHON

You know a bad day has turned for the worse when, in late afternoon, you discover a leaking 8-inch water line, buried four feet deep, takes a sharp 90-degree turn and dives to nearly 12 feet to route it under and around an unexpected storm drain installed years ago. That's what Louisburg utility crews dealt with recently after a main line began leaking under Bickett Boulevard and water pressure dropped drastically.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Schloss community resident Camden Nowell


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hillary
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary

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North Carolina 'sunshine' under attack again
North Carolina 'sunshine' under attack again

It's partly sunny with an increasing chance of clouds.
That's a political forecast, not a weather prediction.
For the 10th straight year, the "dark forces" that lurk in the North Carolina General Assembly are hard at work trying to make it as difficult as possible for all of us to know what our government has been doing in our name and with our tax money.


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Senators need something productive to occupy time

Perhaps we North Carolinians need to find something productive for our U.S. senators to be doing in Washington.
You know, like addressing and attempting to solve at least a few of the problems that plague us and the nation?
Or, at least give them more time off so they don't run off the rails and into the high weeds where they reflect badly on all of us.


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The cold reality is that hot foods can cost dearly
The cold reality is that hot foods can cost dearly

In the past couple of weeks, I've had stories come my way that have left me shaking my head and led me to one conclusion: our government needs to outlaw hot foods and beverages.
It can be the only solution since, in the past few weeks, I've come across a story where a Winston-Salem woman is suing a company because a hot soup-like packaged food spilled onto his daughter, causing reported burns.


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<i>Sen. Barefoot's bill 'triple bunks' Wake commission</i>
Sen. Barefoot's bill 'triple bunks' Wake commission

I have been on the periphery of redistricting proposals in multiple states over multiple decades.
Every political party tries to take advantage of their position; I've been on both ends of it. Like any other contest, there are unwritten rules; the breaking of which is considered "dirty pool."
One of them is double bunking.


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<i>Tax increase: Will the real number please stand up?</i>
Tax increase: Will the real number please stand up?

To sustain the current level of services in Franklin County, it is necessary to raise the tax rate by just under 9.5 cents per $100 of property valuation. This is the guidance that has been reported by the finance director.
Work load indicators are clear. If taxes are not raised, many things we all take for granted will be significantly impacted, degraded and placed at risk of being discontinued.


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Editorial Cartoon: Contribution
Editorial Cartoon: Contribution

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OBITUARIES

MINERVA "ANN" ALSTON

LOUISBURG -- Funeral services for Minerva "Ann" Alston, 66, who died Sunday, March 15, 2015, will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Castalia. Burial will follow in the Jones Chapel Church Cemetery.


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WILLIAM KIRBY FRAZIER

RALEIGH - William Kirby Frazier, 73, passed away on March 15, 2015. He was born in Vance County, N.C. to the late Thomas and Vernice Frazier, October 5, 1941. Kirby retired from Westinghouse after thirty years of service and Myers Biegel with fifteen years of service.


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SPORTS

Plenty Of Hope For Louisburg
IN THERE. Louisburg College's Alexis Hobson slides safely into third base as part of her club's doubleheader softball sweep against Herkimer College last Friday afternoon at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus
Plenty Of Hope For Louisburg

LOUISBURG -- With a new coach and without much practice time due to the weather, it was understandable when Louisburg College's softball season got off to a bit of a sluggish start.
After dropping three of their first four outings, the Lady Hurricanes have lost just one game since, including a twinbill sweep last Friday against perennial Division III powerhouse Herkimer College out of New York.


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PERFECT CONDITION
VOLLEY TIME. Louisburg High School's Alejandro Rivera lines up a return as part of the Warriors' team tennis match last Thursday afternoon against the Southern Vance HS Runnin' Raiders at the LHS Courts.
PERFECT CONDITION

LOUISBURG - Weather has proven to be quite a hindrance for area high school spring sports teams, but it wasn't an issue last Thursday when Southern Vance visited Louisburg for a boys tennis matchup.
Other than a little wind, conditions were perfect for the event, and the surging Warriors remained undefeated with an 8-1 team triumph over the Runnin' Raiders at the LHS Courts.


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HALEY'S HEROES
FLEET FEET. Bunn's Haley Jones (left) dribbles into scoring position for the Ladycats during last Thursday's road victory against the Louisburg Lady Warriors in soccer action at Joyner Park.
HALEY'S HEROES

LOUISBURG -- For the past two seasons, nine has been the lucky number in North Carolina High School Athletic Association girls soccer matches.
That's because a new rule means that contests are stopped after a team claims a nine-goal cushion.
Bunn was able to reap the benefits of that rule during last Thursday's road event against Louisburg at Joyner Park.


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LC drops matchup vs. Ants
GET BACK. Louisburg College leadoff hitter John Garcia (right) slides back to first base to avoid a pickoff attempt as part of Sunday's home doubleheader versus USC-Sumter.
LC drops matchup vs. Ants

LOUISBURG -- Less than 24 hours after dropping an under-the-lights twinbill against Region X rival USC-Sumter, the Louisburg College Hurricanes adopted a new theme ahead of Sunday's rematch for the final two games of the series.
"It's a different day,'' a Louisburg player shouted in the dugout after the Hurricanes took an early advantage in the opener.
And it was, at least for three innings.


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Bunn wins first game

BUNN -- Bunn High School's much-anticipated baseball season finally began last Thursday with a home meeting with Northern Carolina Conference rival North Carolina School of Science and Math.
Bunn scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to invoke the mercy rule as part of a 13-3 league decision over the Unicorns at the Bunn HS Baseball Complex.


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Warriors off to 2-0 start
LOOKING IT OVER. Louisburg's Sydney Parrish (batting) takes a pitch during the Lady Warriors' home softball victory last Thursday against Franklin Academy.
Warriors off to 2-0 start

LOUISBURG -- Just about everything is the same this season for the Louisburg High School softball team -- except for the head coach.
Jina Stamey and Erica Wammock have switched roles, with Stamey taking over the program, while Wammock is in Stamey's former role as an assistant coach.


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Louisburg's Penick an All-Region pick

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College sophomore center Gena Penick was among six performers honored on the All-Region X First Team Women's Basketball Squad for the 2014-15 campaign.
Penick, who hails from Amherst, Va., helped the Lady Hurricanes go 21-7 this season while reaching the semifinals of the Region X Tournament.


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Mudcats' tix on sale
Mudcats' tix on sale

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and member of the historic Carolina League, have announced that individual game tickets for the 2015 baseball season are available for purchase to the general public.
Tickets are available online at www.caronlinamudcats.com, by calling (919) 269-2287 and by visiting the Five County Stadium box office.


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Vance-Granville wraps up campaign

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men's basketball team recently closed out the season at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X Division II tournament, the first two rounds of which were held at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Va.
VGCC was seeded eighth out of the 11 teams in the conference.


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STATE FINALS SCOREBOARD

CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last weekend's results for the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association's State Basketball Championships:


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East Carolina sweeps Phoenix

ELON -- East Carolina University recorded a season-high 22 hits which included three home runs, two of them in grand style, en route to a 20-4 win completing the non-conference series sweep Sunday afternoon at Walter C. Latham Park in Alamance County.


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KIM HAS CLOUT
KIM HAS CLOUT

Louisburg College's Kim Mobley (6) is greeted at home plate by her teammates following a long home run as part of the Lady Hurricanes' doubleheader sweep last Friday over Herkimer College at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.


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READY TO RAKE
READY TO RAKE

Louisburg College's C.J. Needam (batting) prepares to rip a USC-Sumter offering during Sunday's Region X baseball doubleheader at Frazier Field on the LC campus.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>NC's cultural history expressed in needle and thread</i>
NC's cultural history expressed in needle and thread

When we think about North Carolina's cultural history, we cannot separate it from quilts and quilt making.
It's more than things of beauty; it is the passing of tradition from one generation to another. It celebrates people's personal stories as they depict births, marriages, friendships, and family ties.
In the quilts of NC, we can see the history of our state as demonstrated by the quilts exhibited at Louisburg College during this month and part of April.


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

NUPTIALS PLANNED. Holly English and Blake Hunter of Louisburg are happy to announce their upcoming marriage in April.


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<i>On the eve of WW I, county 'flooded with money'</i>
On the eve of WW I, county 'flooded with money'

A recently discovered issue of The Franklin Times sheds valuable light on life in Franklin County during World War I.
Published on April 6, 1917, the day the United States House of Representatives concurred with the Senate's earlier declaration of war against Germany, the special eight-page "Agricultural and Industrial Edition" contains numerous articles concerning Franklin County and its principal towns--Louisburg, Franklinton, and Youngsville.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

FHS 'Spring Showcase' about learning and more!

FRANKLINTON -- School and business leaders are hosting a spring showcase next week, giving students an up close and personal look at the school and surrounding community.
The Franklinton High School Annual Spring Showcase also serves as a learning opportunity, giving them a chance to meet area business partners and sharpen their interview skills.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Y-ville board strives for better community ties

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners made two commitments last week to better connect with the community.
First, the board appointed Mayor Fonzie Flowers and Commissioner Cat Redd to serve as ex-officio members on the Youngsville Fire Department's board of directors.
Later in the meeting, town commissioners agreed to reach out and meet with the Youngsville Area Business Association after that group made apparent changes in leadership and direction.


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<i>Birthday salute!</i>
Birthday salute!

BIRTHDAY AND MORE. Willie Robertson, long a resident of Franklin County, enjoyed an evening of camaraderie and dining recently and was presented a Certificate of Appreciation and an American Flag by Lt. Laura Small of the U. S. Navy. The event was a dual celebration of his 88th birthday and his military service. Enlisting at age 17 during World War II, Robertson, a Seaman 1st Class, was stationed in Cuba at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station as a radio operator.


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Restaurant annexation OK'd; town tackles utility projects

LOUISBURG -- The town of Louisburg grew a little bit larger as a result of action taken at the town council meeting Monday night -- and two utility projects took giant steps toward reality.
The growth came as the council brought the Zaxby's restaurant into the town as part of a voluntary annexation requested by the business owner.


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Franklinton's honorary sign idea approved

FRANKLINTON -- Commissioners adopted an honorary street naming policy that paves the way for recognizing the worthy.
An expected petition by Mayor Elic Senter to place an honorary street sign name along Green Street was delayed, though.


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Bunn woman charged with heroin possesion

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested a Bunn woman on drug charges.
According to a report by Officer D. Bowden, he came upon a 2007 Toyota Freestyle parked in the old Walmart parking lot the morning of March 15.


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Fire exit reportedly used by thief

LOUISBURG -- Police are investigating a theft at a local store reported to have occurred months ago.
Staff with Walmart reported on March 13 that they realized on January 15 that more than $2,700 in assorted items were stolen.
Apparently, the suspect, according to the report, left the store with the goods through a fire exit door.


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