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Showing 37 articles from April 8, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

ElectriCities deal may not trim costs much

RALEIGH -- Legislation aimed at lowering electricity costs in Louisburg and over much of Eastern North Carolina has cleared the General Assembly, been signed by Gov. Pat McCrory and the deal appears headed toward a July 1 closing.
However, local officials say its effect is likely to be significantly less than what state politicians have been implying.
The deal involves Duke Energy purchasing the generating capacity of ElectriCities, the agency that supplies power to much of the northeastern region of the state including Louisburg.


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County likes idea of 'easy' money from sales taxes

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners are expected to consider a resolution that would provide more revenue for the have-nots.
Onslow County Sen. Harry Brown introduced legislation last month that, if passed, would change how sales tax revenue goes back to local governments.


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Carolina dreamin'
Cozy seating at the end of upstairs hallway (Interior photos by Bryn Berlacher)
Carolina dreamin'

LOUISBURG -- An employer's growing restrictions on working at home and a desire for a less frenetic lifestyle sparked the preservation of an important Louisburg home that will be among those showcased in this month's Historic Homes and Gardens Tour.
About a decade ago, Paul and Bryn Berlacher were growing tired of the pressure-filled lifestyle of their native California.


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County, Franklinton utility deal finalized

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners took two actions on Monday night that all but wrapped up a years-long battle over water and sewer with Franklinton.
On Tuesday night, Franklinton commissioners returned the favor. Both boards approved an amendment to the asset purchase agreement that will facilitate Franklin County closing on the utility system.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg College baseball player Juan Reyes


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Spring Cleaning
Editorial Cartoon: Spring Cleaning

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'Mental health days' confirm value of tourism
'Mental health days' confirm value of tourism

It's official. Our tiny feathered friends have confirmed it.
Spring is here. The hummingbirds have arrived from their long winter vacation.
That's the word from Shirley Shearin who lives on Stone Southerland Road near Louisburg.
She called us Easter Sunday afternoon to report that she got her first sighting of one of the tiny feathered visitors as she was leaving home for church about 9:40 a.m. Sunday.


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No excuses are needed just to enjoy outdoors

It would be difficult to imagine a more picture-perfect Easter weekend than the one we just enjoyed here in Franklin County.
If the weather wasn't absolutely perfect, finding fault with it would be the meteorological equivalent of nit-picking.
Well, okay, there was one slight problem.
We could have gotten by with a little less of that yellow pine tree pollen.


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Crime does not pay, but educating criminals might
Crime does not pay, but educating criminals might

It would not be terribly illuminating to note that criminals are not the brightest folks in the world.
But at least they are consistent.
I've often filled many a crime brief section or police blotter with arrests that, to a great degree, had more to do with a suspect's decisions in other matters than it had to do with an actual crime.
Well, I have a few more additions to this column.


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<i>Ending domestic violence; the numbers tell the tale</i>
Ending domestic violence; the numbers tell the tale

174 - 5! That disparity in numbers struck me the other day. Most of my articles are political in nature and often point a finger.
Today's topic is social, sans figure pointing, but no less shocking.
During a recent month, 174 people came to Safe Space seeking help because of what they alleged to be a domestic violence issue.


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<i>Politics and those endless word games</i>
Politics and those endless word games

Have you ever wondered how it is even possible that outrageously stupid things happen at every level of government?
I am using the word stupid, because "stupid" by Webster's definition is the perfect word for it. Reflecting the meaning as: not intelligent; having or showing a lack of ability to learn and understand things; not sensible or logical.
In simple terms, I feel it is because over time, we have been conditioned to accept things no one with common sense would accept.


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Editorial Cartoon: Spending Cuts
Editorial Cartoon: Spending Cuts

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SPORTS

LC SEEKS A SERIES
GONNA BE CLOSE. Louisburg College's Robbie Lathrop (right) is caught stealing at second base during last Saturday afternoon's road doubleheader against Guilford Tech in Region X baseball action.
LC SEEKS A SERIES

JAMESTOWN - For the second consecutive weekend, the Louisburg College Hurricanes were primed to secure their first Region X series victory of the baseball season.
But each time, LC has dropped the finale and settled for a split -- including last weekend's four-game road set at Guilford Tech.


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LC ready to meet Pioneers
CAMPING OUT. Louisburg College outfielder Erica Gurkin prepares to catch a pop fly last Friday against rival USC-Salkehatchie.
LC ready to meet Pioneers

LOUISBURG -- With a deep pitching staff and a talented group of bats, the Louisburg College softball team has already eclipsed the 20-victory mark -- but isn't about to stop there.
LC will carry a 22-9 record into this weekend's key Region X home series against Spartanburg Methodist College.
First place in the league will be at stake in the Hurricanes final series of the campaign at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.


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Northern Outlasts BHS
WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE. Northern Nash's Taylor West (left) holds off Bunn's Kayla Sellars during last Thursday's prep soccer contest.
Northern Outlasts BHS

RED OAK -- There's something about playing the Bunn Ladycats that brings out the best in the Northern Nash girls soccer team -- at least during the second half of action.
Earlier in the season, Northern broke open a tight game with an effective second-half flurry and went on to defeat Bunn.
During last Thursday's rematch at the NNHS Soccer Complex, a similar fate was repeated as the score was tied at halftime.


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SECOND CHANCE
THE NINTH POWER. Freshman Davie Morgan has been exceptional this season for the Bunn High School varsity baseball squad.
SECOND CHANCE

FOUR OAKS -- In a season filled with otherwise memorable moments, one of the low points of Bunn's 2014 baseball campaign came when the Wildcats couldn't finish the job in the championship game of the Johnston County Easter Invitational.
Instead, Bunn fell victim to a seventh-inning rally, much to the disappointment of head coach Chris Cullom.


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FHS hosts Vikes for track event

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton split a dual track and field meet last Wednesday with the Kinston Vikings at the FHS Football Field.
FHS was a 93-50 winner in boys action, while the Kinston girls earned a tight 65-62 decision.
Winners from the event were as follows:


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Local Connection
Local Connection

BUNN -- Building relationships with local high schools has been a priority for Trevor Highfield since he took over as Louisburg College's head football coach two months ago.
That intangible has already proven to be beneficial for all parties involved as Highfield has been in the process of signing several area recruits.


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T.J. TO THE CANES
T.J. TO THE CANES

Bunn's T.J. Jones signs a letter-of-intent to join the football program at Louisburg College. Also pictured are (back, l to r) BHS head coach David Howle, BHS assistant coach Chris Lewis, family friends (l to r) Kelli, Dylan and Daryl Timberlake, BHS assistant principal Jessica Perry and LC head coach Trevor Highfield; (front, l to r) parents Shawanda Baker and Thomas Jones.


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Warriors top KIPP Pride

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg High School Warriors boys baseball team defeated the KIPP Pride Panthers 18-8 last Thursday afternoon at Warrior Field.
Jacob Wood hit a three-run triple in the bottom of the fourth inning to crack open a close 10-8 contest, giving the Warriors a 14-8 advantage. Wood scored on the play courtesy of a throwing error.


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ALL-NCC HOOPS TEAMS

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are the Northern Carolina Conference's Boys and Girls Basketball Teams for the 2014-15 campaign:


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Canes change gridiron slate

LOUISBURG -- A new head coach won't be the only change this season for the Louisburg College football program.
Louisburg has opted to leave the Northeast Conference -- a league the Hurricanes have been a member of for the past several years.
In order to compete in the Northeast, the Hurricanes had to make at least two substantial road trips every campaign.


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Bunn honored by conference

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Whitney Bunn's amazing sophomore season at Furman University was culminated with her selection to the 2015 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Team.
Bunn, a guard from Bunn High School, was one of only five league performers tabbed for the squad. She was joined by teammate Brittany Hodges.


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BRACKET POOL FINAL RESULTS

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the final results from The Franklin Times NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Pool:


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I'VE GOT IT
I'VE GOT IT

Louisburg College's (l to r) Ryann Kostandin and Brooke Fletcher attempt to grab a pop fly during last Friday's home softball doubleheader against USC-Salkehatchie.


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TO BE QUITE FRANK ABOUT IT
TO BE QUITE FRANK ABOUT IT

Louisburg College's Frank Sturek (left) dives back into first base to avert a pickoff attempt during last Saturday's Region X road doubleheader against Guilford Tech. The clubs split the four-game series in Jamestown.


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VICTORY LANE
VICTORY LANE

Logan Jackson was the starter and winning pitcher Tuesday night for the Bunn Wildcats.


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LIFESTYLES

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

Jimmy and Linda Cottrell of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Cottrell, of Louisburg, to Michael Mosley, also of Louisburg. A private ceremony will be held May 2, 2015.


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<i>Pianist returns to Cherry Hill</i>
Pianist returns to Cherry Hill

Audience favorite, pianist Thomas Pandolfi, will perform at Cherry Hill on April 19. Pandolfi returns for his third appearance at the 1850's concert venue with a program of European masters and American classics.
Pandolfi is a graduate of The Julliard School, earning both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a scholarship student. He has been touring internationally since 2008, appearing in concert halls in China, Canada, Germany, Eastern Europe, Wales and many locations in the United States.


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<i>County woman was leader in home Extension effort</i>
County woman was leader in home Extension effort

Participants in this year's Franklin County Historic Homes and Gardens Tour, sponsored by the Person Place Preservation Society (April 18-19, 2015), will have the opportunity to visit the home of Anne Pauline Smith, a pioneer home extension agent in North Carolina.
The home and grounds reflect Ms. Smith's long-term professional interest in home beautification and landscape design.
Anne Pauline was born in Franklin County in 1890, the daughter of Cleora Hale and Edward Barrett Smith.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Three teacher retirements get approval

The retirements of three teachers were among the personnel actions made by the Franklin County Board of Education recently.
Retiring are Jackie Coyne, Franklinton Middle School teacher; Connie Midyette, Bunn Elementary teacher; and Patricia Richardson, Edward Best Elementary teacher.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Tax credits to be topic

LOUISBURG -- Town officials and residents will have a chance to petition for the restoration of historic tax credits as Susan Kluttz, secretary of the State Department of Cultural Resources, continues her tour across the state.
Since 1998, more than 2,400 historic tax credit projects have been completed statewide, accounting for more than $ 1.6 billion of private investment in the state, helping to preserve communities' historic character.


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LHS band planning mattress sale

For the third year in a row, the Louisburg Band program is hosting a mattress sale to raise money for instruments.
This year's sale is Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the high school auditorium on Allen Lane. Cash, credit, or checks can be used. There is even a lay-away program.
Band director Brian Miller said that "we are always in need of new school-owned instruments to replace aging equipment.


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Annual cancer survivor dinner set for May 12

Franklin County Relay For Life will be holding their annual cancer survivor dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 12 at Cedar Creek Middle School, 2228 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville.
Please RSVP to Linda Frederickson by April 18 by emailing: Frederickson.linda@yahoo.com or calling (919) 556-4981.


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Area man faces charges of kidnapping

LOUISBURG -- A Warrenton man is slated to appear in court next month on charges that he kidnapped his estranged girlfriend and one-year-old daughter at gunpoint.
Louisburg police, and Franklin and Warren county deputies used a tactical approach to take Paris Henderson into custody and retrieve the Louisburg woman and child unharmed.


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Taser used on suspect

YOUNGSVILLE -- Police used a taser to arrest a Youngsville man who, on two occasions, allegedly threatened people with a gun and knife.
Officers had to use three cycles of a taser to subdue Joseph B. Logue Jr., but no one else was injured.
According to a report by Officer A. Allen, authorities were dispatched to the Wilco Hess just before midnight on April 5 after getting a report of an armed robbery in progress.


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First stroll of the season!
First stroll of the season!

SPRING! The Franklin County Arts Council held its first art stroll of the season last Thursday in Franklinton. Featured was an Easter egg hunt and various activities in the downtown. Left, featured artist Jackie Dove-Miller displayed her work. The council is planning bi-monthly Art Strolls to reach out to the community and support economic development in the county.


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