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Showing 32 articles from April 29, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Veteran BHS Principal Robin Faulkner retiring</i>
Veteran BHS Principal Robin Faulkner retiring

BUNN -- Veteran Bunn High School Principal Robin Faulkner is retiring, leaving the school after eight years at its helm but a virtual lifetime association with Franklin County schools.
She submitted her retirement resignation earlier this month and it was accepted by the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night.
Her replacement has not yet been named.


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Grant to Palziv aids expansion, creates 50 jobs

LOUISBURG -- A Franklin County company that has steadily expanded its numbers since opening six years ago secured a grant to grow both its footprint and workforce.
The N.C. Department of Commerce, through its Building Reuse Grant program, agreed to provide Palziv with $500,000 to support a 60,000-square-foot expansion and the creation of 50 full-time jobs.


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Critters 'n kids!
SHOW OFF. Austin Huss answers questions about his chicken to judge Dan Campeau.
Critters 'n kids!

LOUISBURG -- With the right shelter, nourishment and surroundings, animals can thrive.
The county's Cooperative Extension Agency and its 4-H program have tried to do the same for youngsters.
The result is that in its third year, the Fun 4-H Livestock Show has doubled in size from year two to year three -- going from 19 children to 48, showing 86 animals.


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<i>Ray Family Farm: State's first 'Certified Grassfed'</i>
Ray Family Farm: State's first 'Certified Grassfed'

LOUISBURG -- Farming has been in the Ray blood for generations.
Yet, Chad and Jodi Ray have still found ways to be trailblazers.
This month, Animal Welfare Approved, a program that audits and certifies family farms that utilize high-welfare methods of farming, recognized the couple's Ray Family Farm as Certified Grassfed -- the first farming business in North Carolina to achieve such certification.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Leda and Logan Emerich


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Time Machine
Editorial Cartoon: Time Machine

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Brochure is a 'walking tour' and so much more!
Brochure is a 'walking tour' and so much more!

Talk about a home run!
The Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College, the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority and a few of their friends and supporters have knocked one out of the ballpark.
Last week they unveiled a "Tour Historic Louisburg" brochure -- and it's a great piece of work that sheds light on about 30 homes and other historic structures in the county seat.


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Proposed rules could make working on your car illegal

If you're a "gearhead" who loves to tinker with cars, better take notice.
And if you're a "shade tree mechanic," you may be in for a nasty surprise.
According to information that's working its way into the public domain, it appears that General Motors, Ford and other car makers are trying to make it illegal to work on your own car.


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Town and county say g'bye to water saga, FINALLY
Town and county say g'bye to water saga, FINALLY

This week, Franklinton town officials were expecting to send out hello and goodbye letters to its utility customers.
And, with that, I can finally say good riddance to a water and sewer struggle that cropped up in the spring of 2010 and raged for nearly five years.
At least publicly, the first sign of distress occurred when the state Treasurer's Office informed Franklinton that its enterprise fund rate structure was not sufficient.


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<i>With major elections looming, beware of those who deceive</i>
With major elections looming, beware of those who deceive

While the names and places may change, electoral history relentlessly repeats itself.
Next week, a book is coming out that will make various sensational charges against a presidential candidate in an effort to prejudice your opinion. The author has a history of less than accurate "journalism" that he has had to end up retracting.
North Carolina will be a "trifecta" state in 2016.


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<i>Getting back to the purpose of education</i>
Getting back to the purpose of education

I, like you, out of frustration, have often asked, at what point will people finally say enough is enough, and then take personal action for change?
It appears to me, more and more people have reached that point with government-funded schools.
There was a time when most parents home-schooled their children. This was before compulsory school attendance laws were enacted.


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Editorial Cartoon: Tim Tebow
Editorial Cartoon: Tim Tebow

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OBITUARIES

MABEL HOCHENEDEL ALLEN

LOUISBURG-Mabel Hochenedel Allen, of Louisburg, North Carolina, died at her son's home, April 29, 2015. She was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on June 22, 1922 to Jane Elizabeth Chauvin Hochenedel an artist and designer, and Benjamin Franklin Hochenedel a sugar chemist. After her father died in 1924, her mother remarried William Elliott Jones in 1928, who worked in the sugar industry for Southdown Plantation. The family moved to Crescent Farm Plantation, Houma, La.


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SPORTS

A COUNTY DYNASTY
SMOOTH SAILING. Louisburg's Vanisha Wilshire soared to a victory in the girls high jump at the annual Franklin County Track and Field Championships last Thursday afternoon at Bunn High School.
A COUNTY DYNASTY

BUNN - During his accolade-filled coaching tenure at Franklinton High School, Trent Sanders always cherished the moments when his track and field programs were considered the best in Franklin County.
And those times were plentiful in recent seasons as FHS carried a three-time team victory streak into Thursday's 2015 Franklin County Track and Field Championships at Bunn High School.


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Warriors roll past Panthers
LET IT FLY. Louisburg High's Jake Murphy delivers a pitch last Thursday against rival Granville Central.
Warriors roll past Panthers

LOUISBURG -- One final hurdle remained in Louisburg High School's quest to take charge of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference baseball standings.
LHS had won earlier in the year at league foe Granville Central, but needed a sweep of the Panthers in order to stay in first.


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BHS bests Lady Rams
Bunn's I'Kesha Little
BHS bests Lady Rams

BUNN -- After a stunning loss last Friday -- their first of the season -- the Bunn Ladycats needed a quick bounceback effort Tuesday against Northern Carolina Conference foe Franklinton.
That's exactly what the Ladycats got as they delivered a 15-1 decision over the upstart Rams in a contest that was staged at the BHS Softball Field.


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THE LATE BLUES
THIS IS GONNA BE GOOD. Louisburg's Mackenzie Wood (left) slides safely into home plate to complete an inside-the-park home run during last Thursday's home setback against softball rival Granville Central High School.
THE LATE BLUES

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's hopes of gaining at least a share of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Softball Championship flew over the fence in the top of the seventh inning last Thursday at Warrior Field.
That's when Granville Central's Kaitlyn Bowman ripped a two-run homer to propel the Lady Panthers to a 5-3 comeback decision over LHS.


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Runaway Train
Runaway Train

STANHOPE -- Due to their usual status as two of the area's most talented, consistent programs, Southern Nash and Bunn have engaged in plenty of high-level, entertaining softball showdowns through the years.
Last Wednesday's meeting will not be added to that list.
Bunn is currently peaking with a strong, deep club that brought a then-undefeated record into the matchup at Ladybird Field.


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Gurkin Goes Yard!
WE ARE THE REGION CHAMPS! Members of the Louisburg College fast-pitch softball squad pose after winning the Region X Tournament at the Winterville Recreation Park in Pitt County.
Gurkin Goes Yard!

LOUISBURG -- Few tasks in athletics are as arduous as trying to fight out of the loser's bracket at a tournament, regardless of the sport.
And that's especially true when an opponent is one the team has had limited success against.
But Louisburg College overcame all obstacles to claim the school's first Region X Softball Tournament Championship since 2006 when the event finished up last weekend at Winterville Recreation Park in Pitt County.


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BHS stuns Red Rams
BHS stuns Red Rams

BUNN -- Bunn High School came up with one of its biggest girls soccer victories of the season as the Ladycats defeated Franklinton in a key Northern Carolina Conference matchup.
Playing at home, the Ladycats potted a pair of goals in the second half and upset the Lady Rams, who had defeated them earlier in the campaign.


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Walker ready for E-W contest

LOUISBURG -- In what was considered a formality, Louisburg High School's John Walker has been selected to participate in the prestigious North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football.
The annual event will be staged July 22 at historic Jamieson Stadium on the campus of Grimsley High School in Greensboro.


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Hillcats host Carolina Mudcats
Hillcats host Carolina Mudcats

LYNCHBURG, VA. -- Lucas Sims allowed five earned runs on five hits over two and 2/3 innings and the Carolina Mudcats lost their third straight game, 8-2 in game one of a three-game series in Lynchburg to the Hillcats on Tuesday night.
Carlos Franco was 2-for-3 with a home run in the loss.
Adam Plutko (1-1, 1.14) earned the victory for the Hillcats (9-10) after keeping the Mudcats (7-10) scoreless through six full innings. He left the game after the sixth with six strikeouts and just one walk.


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COSTLY OVERRUN
COSTLY OVERRUN

Louisburg High School infielder Cooper Bolton (right) tags out a Granville Central runner who has overran second base during last Thursday's Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference diamond showdown at Warrior Field on the LHS campus.


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JUST BEAT IT
JUST BEAT IT

Bunn's I'Kesha Little (right) beats out a throw to first base during the Ladycats' road softball victory last Wednesday afternoon against the Southern Nash Ladybirds.


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PLAYING IN THE SAND
PLAYING IN THE SAND

Louisburg's Lakito Perry competes in the Boys High Jump at the Franklin County Track and Field Championships last Thursday at Bunn High School.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>May wedding planned</i>
May wedding planned

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hinton of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Camilla Hinton, to John Paul Bomar of Durham.  Mr. Bomar is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Bomar of Durham.  A May 2015 wedding is planned.


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

Henry and Kathy Jones are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Molly, to Bryan Doppel, son of Tom and Sheryl Doppel of Lincolnton, NC. A July wedding in Valle Crucis, NC is planned.


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<i>Union troops marched through county 150 years ago</i>
Union troops marched through county 150 years ago

The morning of Saturday, April 15, 1865, brought rain and a sense of despondency to prominent white citizens of Louisburg.
They knew that William Tecumseh Sherman's army had defeated the forces of Joseph Eggleston Johnston at Bentonville and now occupied Raleigh.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Wake Electric awards scholarships

Wake Electric has awarded 17 college scholarships totaling $22,000.
The Fred M. Alford Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) was awarded to Morgan Darrow of Wakefield High School.
The Touchstone Energy Scholarship winners are:


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Court clerk honored as 'champion'

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County Clerk of Superior Court Patricia Burnette Chastain has been named an Alston-Pleasants Champion by the trustees of the Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund.
The trustees made this designation on April 18, recognizing Chastain's commitment and support for the effective operation and oversight of both the Alston-Pleasants Scholars Fund.


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<i>Saluting life in a small town with a band concert</i>
Local residents participated in bands at least as far back as 1920s
Saluting life in a small town with a band concert

The 20th annual "Turn-of-the-Century" concert for the Louisburg Band program on the courthouse steps in downtown Louisburg will be Saturday, May 2.
When band director Brian Miller came to Louisburg in 1995, he envisioned this concert as a community celebration of life in a classic small town.


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<i>Feeding Franklin: Community Garden's goal doubled</i>
Feeding Franklin: Community Garden's goal doubled

LOUISBURG -- When the United Way of Franklin County began pulling its first harvests from a plot at the sheriff's office last spring, organizers remarked at how so many things came together to make it work.
Volunteers were able to marry an idea of growing food to the reality of getting their bounty to those in need.
The United Way of Franklin County was able to secure funding to buy the seed.


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