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Showing 43 articles from July 22, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

School superintendent quits after 18 months
School superintendent quits after 18 months

LOUISBURG -- In one of the most unusual school board meetings in recent years, the board accepted the resignation of its superintendent, appointed an acting superintendent and handled some other routine personnel items Monday night.
In a move that surprised virtually no one, Dr. Lisa Martin ended her 18-month tenure at the helm of the school system by submitting her resignation late Monday afternoon. She did not attend the Monday night board meeting.


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The cause. . .and the effect!
The cause. . .and the effect!

FUN AND GAMES. Folks gathered for the second Domestic Violence Coalition 24 Community Family Fair at Joyner Park. Liz Guzman partnered with the Louisburg Police Department on the event to bring people together and raise awareness about domestic violence. Above, Natalie York uncorks a strong throw that resulted in the dunking of Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter.


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Cost of driver's ed headed up, regardless

LOUISBURG -- If you're a Franklin County parent with a teenager itching to become a licensed driver, be prepared to pay for driver's education.
How much you'll pay depends on the North Carolina General Assembly which has yet to pass a budget for fiscal 2015-16, which began July 1.
But, if the legislature does fund local schools with the amounts expected, the fee for driver's education in Franklin County schools will be $65 per student.
If the legislature does nothing, which some are urging as a budget-balancing strategy, private driver's education courses are running about $425 per student, school officials say.


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Consensus: A better library but where, how?

LOUISBURG -- When about two dozen people batted around ideas about Franklin County's needs for a better central library last week, two items of consensus emerged:
1) A bigger, better central library is badly needed; and
2) The group was about even split on whether the current central library on North Main Street in Louisburg should be expanded or whether a new site, possibly in Louisburg, should be found.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg resident Da'Kya Hartsfield


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Texas Education
Editorial Cartoon: Texas Education

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No more 'unfunny' lockouts, county manager pledges
No more 'unfunny' lockouts, county manager pledges

It would appear unlikely that Franklin Countians are going to be locked out of any supposedly public meetings of the county commissioners anytime soon.
Well, at least meetings that we all know about.
Following the recent controversy about a locked door that kept both the public and the media out of an important county commission meeting, County Manager Angela Harris said last week she "fully acknowledges the problem."


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School superintendent leaves; reasons are obscure yet clear

With roughly a month to go before students on the traditional school calendar return to Franklin County classrooms, the county school district finds itself without a superintendent.
Dr. Lisa Martin, the first woman ever to lead Franklin County schools, resigned Monday night, ending her 18-month tenure as the district's leader.
Dr. Martin, who came to Franklin County from Virginia, had a rocky tenure, especially since early spring when long-simmering emotions inside the system began to boil over into the public domain.


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Don't let glare of Prez race blind you to local politics
Don't let glare of Prez race blind you to local politics

I'm announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.
Okay, so I'm not.
But, if you've been paying attention, you've heard that phrase -- a lot.
As of the clacking of my keyboard on Wednesday, 16 Republicans and five Democrats have announced their intentions to run for president of the United States.
You've probably heard the names before.


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Editorial Cartoon: Jade Helm
Editorial Cartoon: Jade Helm

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<i>'Calendar challenged' crowd in Raleigh wrecking budgets</i>
'Calendar challenged' crowd in Raleigh wrecking budgets

There are certain dates that should never surprise you. Christmas is on December 25 every year and you have no excuse for being unprepared.
Independence Day is on July 4; no surprises there either.
North Carolina's fiscal year starts on July 1. It appears that the radicals in Raleigh are "calendar challenged."
Despite having a super majority in both chambers of the General Assembly, they failed to do the one thing they have to do on time - pass a budget.


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We're too busy screaming to see what's happening

Dear editor:
I am hoping you will print this letter. It is not my intent or desire to offend or anger any person who reads this letter. I believe the shooting of innocent people inside any church is a horrific act of a coward. It doesn't matter what race the people are, nor what religion they practice.


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Meaningful public art

Dear editor:
The Esse Quam Videri mosaic on East Johnson St. in Louisburg is an exceptionally beautiful and meaningful work of public art inspired and designed by Professor Will Hinton.


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Editorial Cartoon: Debt
Editorial Cartoon: Debt

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SPORTS

Bunn Claims The CCSL Crown
BOONE GETS BACK. Bunn's Josh Boone (right) avoids a pickoff attempt during last Thursday's home game against Roxboro Community.
Bunn Claims The CCSL Crown

BUNN -- Bunn roared through the regular season portion of the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League varsity baseball schedule, but BHS coach Chris Cullom doesn't expect his club to be one of the favorites for the upcoming tournament.
That's because the Wildcats will be without five returning starters for today's opening-round contest against Leesville Road. That list includes stars Spencer Brickhouse and Nick Sanders, who are in the process of competing for the Wilson Post 13 squad in the American Legion Playoffs.


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MARK OF EXCELLENCE
MARK OF EXCELLENCE

LOUISBURG - One of the most prolific stretches in Louisburg College men's basketball history came to an end earlier this week with the resignation of head coach Mark Vanderslice.
Vanderslice, who piled up an almost-unbelievable 152-20 record during five campaigns at LC, has stepped down to take over the Division II program at the University of South Carolina-Aiken.


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SIBLING STARS
TRULY A WELL-ROUNDED FAMILY. Siblings Dylan Moss and Anna Moss were both class valedictorians -- and exceptional athletes -- during their respective careers at Franklinton High School. Both are now in college.
SIBLING STARS

FRANKLINTON -- Growing up, Anna Moss didn't have to look too far to find a role model as she worked her way through Cedar Creek Middle School and Franklinton High School.
In fact, Moss found the perfect shoes to follow right down the hall as her brother Dylan, three years older then her, was excelling in the classroom and on the playing field before eventually graduating from FHS in 2012.


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Y'ville in Mustang Tourney
PONY EXPRESS. Trevon Person and the Youngsville All-Stars are currently in action at the Pony Baseball Mustang East Zone-9 Tournament in Raleigh.
Y'ville in Mustang Tourney

YOUNGSVILLE -- Despite a disappointing final-game setback, all was not lost for the Youngsville All-Stars at the annual Pony Baseball Mustang-9 South Region Tournament.
Youngsville's Red Raiders roared through a pair of opponents to reach the title contest against the host Chesterfield Baseball Club at the event, which was held just south of Richmond, Va.


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Dell's club set to open

LOUISBURG -- Fresh off yet another national tournament appearance, the Louisburg College men's soccer squad is getting ready for the start of the 2015 campaign.
LC will be guided for the second season by Coach Martin Dell, and several key returnees will be on the field.
The Hurricanes will open their schedule on Aug. 23 with a road matchup against Region X opponent University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.


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Curtain call for Vines at contest
Curtain call for Vines at contest

BUNN -- Tainasha Vines thought her accolade-filled prep sports career had ended when she stepped off the medals podium one final time at the Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships in May in Greensboro.
But Vines would end up earning a curtain call in the unlikeliest of fashions -- along with a return trip to Guilford County.
Vines, Bunn's just-graduated three-sport standout, was afforded a last-second opportunity to join the East Team for the North Carolina Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Girls Basketball Game, which was held Monday at the Greensboro Coliseum.


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Odom's longballs spark Mudcats to win
Odom's longballs spark Mudcats to win

ZEBULON -- Joe Odom capped a four-run first with a two-run home run to left and delivered again with a three-run home run in the eighth as the Carolina Mudcats won the rubber contest of a three-game series 8-4 against the visiting Wilmington Blue Rocks at Five County Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Blue Rocks (50-45, 13-13) led first after getting a run against Carolina (47-48, 13-13) starter Wes Parsons (W, 1-0, 7.20) in the first inning.
That lead disappeared quickly as the Mudcats rallied for four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-1 lead.


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Teasley heads to nationals
Teasley heads to nationals

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School's Jivel Teasley is building on a strong junior season in track and field -- and that success is continuing in the summertime.
Teasley, a rising senior at FHS, has qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships to be be held later this month in Jacksonville, Fla.
Teasley reached the nationals thanks to a third-place effort in the High Jump at the recent regionals in Hampton, Va.


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Bunn to host Midnight Madness
Bunn to host Midnight Madness

BUNN -- Bunn High School will kick off its football preseason on July 31 with its annual Midnight Madness event at the BHS Field.
Players are asked to meet in the weight room at 8:30 p.m. They will head to the field for a brief practice at midnight that will also feature a fireworks ceremony.
All fans are invited to attend.
On Aug. 8, Bunn will host a Pancake Breakfast at the BHS Cafeteria. Food will be available from 7:30-10 a.m., and donations will be accepted.


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CONTACT PERSON
CONTACT PERSON

Bunn's Davie Morgan rips a single for the Wildcats during last Thursday evening's home baseball game versus Roxboro Community School.


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SOCCER STANDOUT
SOCCER STANDOUT

Dylan Moss (right) enjoyed an outstanding career as a member of the Franklinton High School boys soccer team -- and was also valedictorian of his class.


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THE FIRST OF THREE
THE FIRST OF THREE

Louisburg College's Mark Vanderslice (left) congratulates his players after the Hurricanes won the Region X Men's Basketball Tournament in 2011 at Rockingham Community College. That was the first of three region crowns for the Hurricanes during Vanderslice's time at LC.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>County man promoted state fair for African Americans</i>
County man promoted state fair for African Americans

John Hendrick Williamson (1844-1911), a former slave who represented Franklin County in the North Carolina House of Representatives during the late nineteenth century, actively promoted an annual state fair for African Americans.
Sponsored by the North Carolina Industrial Association, the fair took place in Raleigh each year between 1879 and 1930. The association had been chartered by the General Assembly in March 1879 "to encourage and promote the development of the industrial and educational resources of the colored people of North Carolina."


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<i>Are you getting ready to market timber?</i>
Are you getting ready to market timber?

The timber business in Franklin County and surrounding area is big business, accounting for more than $8,847,062 in timber harvested and delivered to mills during 2014.
You, as the landowner with marketable timber, need to understand several important aspects before you sell. Your timber has taken many years to grow and mature, and now your investment is ready to harvest.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

School personnel changes OK'd

It was an unusual night of personnel issues for the Franklin County Board of Education this week, starting with the resignation of Supt. Lisa Martin and extending to a variety of other personnel decisions including the resignations of nine more teachers.
Teachers resigning included: Ashley Dudas, Royal Elementary; Amy Campbell, Laurel Mill; Caroline Chelemer, Bunn Elementary; Shirley Coltrane, Long Mill Elementary; Sarah Furches, Franklinton Elementary; George Haycraft, Youngsville Elementary; Randy Kagarise, Bunn Elementary; Jamie Pasquale, Laurel Mill Elementary; and Diane Willis, Franklinton Middle.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Two Louisburg men arrested for break-ins in two counties

NASHVILLE -- Investigators with the Nash County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office arrested two Louisburg men allegedly involved in 10 breaking and entering cases between the two counties.
According to investigators, June and July were busy months for Stacey Len Bryant and Timothy Hunter Duke, both of Pine Ridge Road.
Investigators allege they were responsible for seven break-ins in Franklin County and three reported in Nash.


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Two arrested during raid at meth lab

HENDERSON -- Franklin County narcotics officers combined with State Bureau of Investigation agents to bust up a meth lab.
Officers executed a search warrant on July 17 at a home in the 900 block of Eaves Road, arresting two people after finding evidence of a methamphetamine operation.


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Deputies investigating alleged rape

RALEIGH -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating a rape reported over the weekend.
According to authorities, staff at WakeMed called July 18 to report that they were treating a 17-year-old girl who alleged she was raped.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said the investigation is very preliminary.
"We're doing follow-up this week," said Wright, noting that officers at this point aren't sure where the rape was to have occurred.


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Franklinton, Louisburg voters have election choices

LOUISBURG -- Franklinton and Louisburg voters will have a choice in leadership this fall.
Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter will face a challenge from Commissioner Art Wright.
And Commissioners Anita Fuller and Ray Gilliam will face a challenge from three newcomers.
In Louisburg, four people, including incumbent Council members Emma Stewart, Bill Williamson and George Manley, and newcomer Christopher Neal will vie for the three available seats on the board in November.


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Y-ville scout sells 2,301 boxes of cookies!

RALEIGH -- Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines announced that Jenna Andrews of Youngsville is a top seller in Franklin County for the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program.
Andrews sold 2,301 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the annual cookie sale that ended in March.
The overall top cookie seller was Charisma Parham of Leland with 3,616 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold.


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FHS graduate finishes basic

SAN ANTONIO -- Air Force Airman Hunter D. Mason graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.


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<i>Community Foundation makes a number of grants</i>
Community Foundation makes a number of grants

The board of advisors of the Franklin County Community Foundation has announced its 2015 grant awards from its education fund and community grants fund, according to Bob Powell, board president.
This year's education mini-grants totaled $2,380 and recipients included:


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<i>Entire neighborhood gets together for food, fun and history!</i>
Entire neighborhood gets together for food, fun and history!

BACK TOGETHER AGAIN. About 100 current and former residents, family members and friends of the neighborhood known as "Blacktown" came together for a community gathering held at the Pettiford Homesite on Averitt Street. Attendees came from around North Carolina and out of state for the event. Harold Green was the oldest man and Florine Green Edgerton was the oldest woman in attendance, both of whom are former residents of the neighborhood. The attendees wore t-shirts engraved with Blacktown United Together, Pettiford Homesite, July 4, 2015.


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SWORN IN
SWORN IN

Judge Amanda Stevenson, Judicial District 9, administered the Guardian ad Litem Volunteer oath to Nancy Iannello (left) of Franklin County. Ms. Iannello completed her training and joins 35 other citizens who speak up for 75 Franklin County children in court and advocate for their best interests. More than 1,700 abused and neglected children in North Carolina go to court without someone to advocate just for them. North Carolina Guardian ad Litem serves every county in the state. If you think this is the volunteer opportunity for you, apply now at http://www.volunteerforgal.org or call 919-497-3010.


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Bunn looks to DOT for traffic help

BUNN -- Commissioners and residents are continuing to press transportation officials for ways to ease congestion at one of the town's main intersections.
The town has long had dialogue with the State Department of Transportation regarding traffic backups along N.C. 98 as motorists -- many from Lake Royale -- try to get across Main Street.
That dialogue continued between residents and board members during a commissioner's meeting on Monday night, July 13.


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SURF AND TURF
SURF AND TURF

This sport water craft was sent flying from a truck on Tuesday afternoon during a four-vehicle, chain-reaction wreck on U.S. 1 South at Pocomoke Road in Franklinton. Police said William Thomas of Raleigh drove upon three vehicles stopped, including the truck, at a light and ran into the back of the first, starting a chain reaction. One person was transported and another went to the hospital, but the injuries were not life-threatening. Thomas was charged with failure to reduce speed.


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Louisburg exploring fire truck 'deal'

LOUISBURG -- Town officials did some comparison fire truck shopping during their regular Monday night town council meeting this week, taking a close look at a bargain-priced vehicle the Louisburg Fire Department wants to add to its fleet -- but the council also delayed for more study a new recreation area for town residents.
Council members compared the department's current 1991 step van with a refurbished 1997 Freightliner squad truck that the Pilot Volunteer Fire Department recently purchased.


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<i>Alert celebrates Independence Day!</i> pics, 1
Alert celebrates Independence Day! pics, 1

LOOK ALIKE! Amazingly, when Uncle Sam participates in the Alert Fourth of July parade he always bears a striking resemblance to lifelong Alert resident Kenneth Radford!


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<i>Alert celebrates Independence Day!</i> pics, 2
Alert celebrates Independence Day! pics, 2

ALERT CELEBRATES. When the Fourth of July rolls around, you can bet the folks in Alert will be celebrating, usually with a parade like the one above led by fire trucks. And local politicians, like State Rep. Bobbie Richardson (above), find time to ride and wave.


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