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Showing 36 articles from August 5, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

<i>'We're done with people killing each other'</i>
A memorial to Tracy Williams
'We're done with people killing each other'

FRANKLINTON -- At twilight, through flickering candles and wiped away tears, Tracy Williams' family and friends looked back at her life and looked toward a future without domestic violence.
Hundreds gathered onto the lawn and into the street in front of Franklinton Middle School on July 30 to take part in a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Williams' life, her fight against an abuser and, ultimately, her death at the hands of Garry Yarborough.


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F-ton park idea nixed on 5-2 vote
F-ton park idea nixed on 5-2 vote

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners voted against providing park money to fully fund a transformation of the old Sterling Cotton Mill in Franklinton.
But developers are still holding out hope for $5.5 million in tax credits from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to pay for the $12.6 million plan to turn the building into a mix of housing and businesses.
"We're very hopeful," said Tonya Haddock, who handles multi-family development for the developer, S.L Nusbaum.


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False alarm ordinance generates false hopes as source of revenue

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners adopted a fire alarm ordinance Monday night after cutting one of the provisions that caused a lot of heartburn.
When commissioners were looking for ways to cut spending and generate revenue during budget discussions, Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin proposed a false alarm ordinance that could help in two ways:


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ElectriCities deal is finalized

After a year of reviews and legislative action -- and decades of complaints about electricity costs -- the $1.25 billion sale of the generating assets of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency was completed on Monday.
The agreement, proponents say, provides benefits to both Duke Energy Progress customers and NCEMPA members. Louisburg and Rocky Mount are NCEMPA members.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg football player Garrett Ingraham


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hillary Burden
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary Burden

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Let's skip the petty cases and focus on deadly violence
Let's skip the petty cases and focus on deadly violence

Laying out the front page of your community newspaper offers a front-row seat on the events of this community.
Some weeks that's good -- other weeks not so much!
Last week was one of the not-so-much variety since it involved the tragic murder of what has been described as a vibrant, positive young mother who allegedly fell victim to domestic violence at the hands of a former boyfriend.


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Both parties being 'Trumped' but don't understand why

It's a long way to the 2016 Presidential Election, but you have to admit the vast slate of candidates is making all this pre-game action entertaining.
But, we can't decide which is more entertaining, the candidates or the political reporters whose heads are spinning as they try to figure out what's really going on.
So far, the candidates on the Republican side have been the most entertaining.
From the latest count, we think there are 15 declared candidates, plus The Donald, who is leading the pack by a growing margin.


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County response to query wasn't all silence, after all
County response to query wasn't all silence, after all

It seems that I have suffered from premature denunciation.
In my column last week, I wrote that in response to a set of email queries I made to Franklin County about repairs to the planning/tax office, I received the equivalent of crickets.
I must say that is not true.


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<i>'Fiscally conservative' GOP adds to state's election cost</i>
'Fiscally conservative' GOP adds to state's election cost

It's mea culpa time.
Back on June 11, I misstated a number in relation to the then-proposed Franklin County Budget; today I'll set the record straight.
I wrote that the Franklin County Board of Elections had asked for $198,940 to run the state mandated but county funded Presidential Preference Primary.
As of this writing, the date is still undetermined while the Republicans in Raleigh continue to negotiate among themselves, (that's if they are not on vacation or an out-of-state junket).


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<i>Are we a 'nation of laws'? Were we ever?</i>
Are we a 'nation of laws'? Were we ever?

Get over it, life is not fair. Often this is said when people get tired of hearing someone lament over an injustice that is visited upon them.
It is very difficult to come to terms with being treated unfairly, and then not be able to do anything about it.
In part, I think this is because children are taught, or at least at one time they were, to be fair, honest, and kind to others. We were also taught people that do bad things will be held accountable.


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Editorial Cartoon: Donald
Editorial Cartoon: Donald

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OBITUARIES

CALEB ALLEN IV

LOUISBURG - Caleb Allen IV, 51, of Louisburg, NC, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015. He was born on August 18, 1963 to Caleb Jr. and the late Avis Lorene Mills Allen. In addition to his mother, Caleb was preceded in death by his brother, Joshua Jay Allen.


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REGINALD P. "DICK" JONES

LOUISBURG - Reginald "Dick" Perry Jones, 71, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his home. The family received friends Saturday, Aug. 1, at 12 a.m. at Wood Baptist Church with funeral services following at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Randall Owens officiating. Interment followed in the Jones family cemetery.


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SPORTS

LHS Building Behind Lassiter
TEACHING MOMENT. Louisburg High School first-year head football coach Dontae Lassiter discusses a formation with his club during a recent practice session on the LHS campus. Lassiter is a former quarterback for the Warriors.
LHS Building Behind Lassiter

LOUISBURG -- It's back to the future time at Louisburg High School as the Warriors welcome a new-but-familiar head football coach.
Former LHS standout Dontae Lassiter, who had been serving as an assistant, took over the gridiron program when Chris Lee resigned back in the spring.
When Lassiter was a signal-caller for the Warriors in his playing days, the club enjoyed some of its best-ever rushing campaigns -- and that's saying something for a school that has boasted a wealth of talented ground-gainers over the past two decades.


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EXTRA-INNING STARS
AHEAD OF THE THROW. Louisburg's Will Champion slides safely into third base during the All-Stars' opening victory over Wilkes County last Thursday at the Tar Heel Coach-Pitch State Tournament.
EXTRA-INNING STARS

WASHINGTON - Louisburg's path to the runner-up spot at the Tar Heel Coach-Pitch State Tournament would be dotted with extra-inning games -- a trend that started in last Thursday's opener against Wilkes County.
The back-and-forth contest would go to a seventh stanza before the Warriors were able to collect a heart-stopping 18-16 decision at McConnell Park.
The matchup was tight from the beginning as Louisburg delivered four runs in the top of the first -- only to see Wilkes County equal that output in the bottom of the frame.


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SECOND AT STATE
NEXT UP. Louisburg's Jayden Burgess waits for his next at-bat. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
SECOND AT STATE

LOUISBURG -- One nemesis kept the Louisburg All-Stars from perfection during the Tar Heel League Coach-Pitch postseason -- the Wendell Blues.
Louisburg claimed second place in TH district action after a pair of setbacks to Wendell in the double-elimination format last month.
And at the state event in Washington, the two rivals were the last teams standing -- with Wendell once again picking up a pair of decisions over Louisburg, including a 9-6 triumph on Sunday to wrap up the state championship.


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TC picks up swim conquest
ANOTHER VICTORY. Caroline Merritt and the Town and Country Stingrays picked up a swim league triumph against Stone Ridge.
TC picks up swim conquest

LOUISBURG -- Town and Country's effective summer season continued on July 16 with a team victory against Stone Creek out of Raleigh.
Coach Lindsay Harrison's Stingrays improved to 2-0 on the campaign with an impressive 225-133 decision.
Town and Country's Top-Three finishers from the pool event were as follows:


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Dixon the pick at LC

LOUISBURG -- From Lewisburg to Louisburg -- that's the professional career path of Neil Dixon.
Dixon, who grew up in Lewisburg, W.V., came to Louisburg College two years ago to serve as an assistant for the powerhouse Hurricanes' men's basketball program.
And when successful skipper Mark Vanderslice stepped down earlier this summer, Dixon was more than intrigued about following in the legendary coach's footsteps.


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Cohen honored by conference
Cohen honored by conference

NORFOLK, VA. -- North Carolina A&T State running back Tarik Cohen, an alum of Bunn High School, was recently selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave was selected as preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
North Carolina A&T State, received nine first-place votes, to receive the first place ranking in the conference's preseason poll for 2015 MEAC Football Season.
All five teams that earned a share of conference title last year rounded out the first five spots of this year's preseason predicted order of finish.


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Mudcats' winning streak snapped
Mudcats' winning streak snapped

ZEBULON -- Winston-Salem's Adam Engel started things off with a tone setting leadoff home run in the first and Brian Clark worked six solid innings in relief of Carson Fulmer's three inning start as the Dash snapped Carolina's six-game winning streak with a 4-2 win at Five County Stadium on Tuesday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
The Mudcats (55-53, 21-18) fell to 3.5 games out of first behind the Dash (54-54, 24-14) in the second-half standings with the loss.


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A STRICKLAND SLAM
A STRICKLAND SLAM

Louisburg's Donte' Strickland blasts an offering during the Tar Heel League Coach-Pitch State Tournament in Washington.


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GREAT JOB, GUYS
GREAT JOB, GUYS

The Louisburg Warriors took second place overall in the Tar Heel League 8-Under Coach-Pitch State Baseball Tournament, which concluded last weekend at McConnell Park in Washington. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Buck Leonard, Yancey Leonard, Chad Champion and Mike Rigsbee; (middle, l to r) Jayden Burgess, Donte' Strickland, Jodus Leonard, Tyler O'Neal, Rashad Coppedge and Will Champion; (front, l to r) Travis Brown, De'Ron Williams, Mason Leonard, Marcus Smith and Tanner Rigsbee.


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HE'S SAFE
HE'S SAFE

Louisburg's De'Ron Williams (running) beats out a throw at first base last Thursday evening.


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NATIONAL CHAMPS
NATIONAL CHAMPS

The Bandits Baseball Team took the Gold Bracket Championship at the 2015 Top Gun Summer National Tournament, which was held recently in Charlotte. The Bandits put together an impressive 7-0 record for the tourney. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Wilson Mize, John Garrett, Jeremy Tucker and Craig Comer; (middle, l to r) Shane Garrett, Landon Mize, Gavin Colwell, Bryson Lambert, Nate Comer and Jackson Newton; (front, l to r) Carver Pleasant, Trey Blackwell, Collin Saunders and L.J. Lunsford.


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READY FOR THEIR EVENTS
READY FOR THEIR EVENTS

(L to R) Bailey Nelms, Mary Allen and Madelyn Bassett wait for their respective events to begin during Town and Country Swim Team's recent home meet against Raleigh Stone Ridge.


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WON'T BE DENIED
WON'T BE DENIED

Louisburg All-Star Tanner Rigsbee sprints around second base and eventually speeds home with a run during last Thursday's matchup against Wilkes County at the Tar Heel League Coach-Pitch State Tournament at McConnell Park in Washington. The Warriors would go on to win the game in extra innings, and they would ultimately claim third place overall at the tourney.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Ashley Stover, Samuel Craig IV wed</i>
Ashley Stover, Samuel Craig IV wed

Ashley Danielle Stover and Samuel Jackson Craig IV were married Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Louisburg United Methodist Church on North Main Street. The Rev. Madison Hankal was the officiant for the 3:30 p.m. traditional wedding ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Drs. Judy and Phillip Stover of Louisburg.
The groom's parents are Harold and Melissa Pridgen of Denton, N.C.


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<i>September wedding!</i>
September wedding!

Jimmy and Susie C. Wade of Bunn announce the engagement of their daughter, Somer Austin Wade of Lucama, to Justin Matthew Watson of Lucama. The groom-elect is the son of Wayne and Debbie Watson of Lucama. The wedding will take place on Sept. 26, 2015 at Historical Coon High School in Wilson.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Local youth do well in 4-H Congress</i>
Local youth do well in 4-H Congress

Franklin County 4-H'ers took part in the 2015 North Carolina 4-H Congress.
Held July 18-21, the event brought 518 young people and their adult leaders to Raleigh for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.
Katelyn Simkins, 12, daughter of Timothy and Anita Simkins of Wake Forest and Joey Moore, 18, son of Albert and Alesia Moore of Youngsville, participated in contests designed to test 4-H'ers' knowledge of a variety of subjects.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Louisburg High's Class of '65 reunited</i>
Louisburg High's Class of '65 reunited

TOGETHER AGAIN! The Louisburg High School Class of 1965 held its 50th Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Forrest Lakes in Louisburg. Those attending were (front row, left to right) Jean Zealand Edwards, Toni Merritt Davis, Becky Perdue Stamper, Mary Abbott Temple, Ann Dickerson Wheeler, Dorothy Knott Hagood; Middle: Bill Williamson, Bruce Wynn, Bo Allen, Dwight Perdue, Linda Faulkner Perdue, Trudy Gupton Jones, Kate Huggins Morrow, Anna DeButts, Wayne Day, Sue Faulkner Alford, Charles Holmes, Patricia Finch Bracknell, Vernon Dickerson, Calvin Burnette, Donnie Hicks, Francis Coley, Al Bland; Back Row: Larry Tippett, Robert Cassell, Phillip Roberts, John Clifton, Henry Southerland, and Fred Peoples.


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Bunn may request DOT traffic controls

BUNN -- Town commissioners are expected to vote next month on whether they want the state to install better traffic controls at a major intersection.
Residents from Lake Royale returned to the town meeting space Monday night to continue their dialogue with commissioners about traffic congestion at the intersection of N.C. 98 and Main Street (N.C. 39).
The State Department of Transportation, town staff has said, has indicated that traffic counts at the intersection do not warrant a stop light.


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Authorities say gunshot was self-inflicted

PILOT -- A case that began as an intruder shooting investigation, authorities said, appears to have been a self-inflicted gunshot.
Franklin County authorities responded to a home on Leghorn Drive in the Pilot area about 4:30 p.m. July 29 to find Jennifer Bailey suffering from a wound to her arm.
At the time, authorities were told that a white man had entered the woman's house through a rear door and shot her.


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Library staff shares favorites for Book Lovers' Day

Since Sunday, Aug. 9 is National Book Lovers Day! The staff of the Franklin County Library agreed to share some of the titles that so challenged, provoked or thoroughly engaged readers that they engendered a life-long love of reading.
"So many library patrons in Franklin County have suggested great reading material and, more often than not, we will follow up and read those things, too," said head librarian Holt Kornegay.


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Sheriff's deputies probe home invasion, robbery

LOUISBURG -- A Franklin County man who was last seen the afternoon of July 29 was found dead the following morning.
Franklin County sheriff's authorities said Caleb Allen, 51, was last seen alive on July 29 at about 2:30 p.m. when he went out for a ride on a four-wheeler in the Sandy Creek community he lived in.
When no one had seen Allen by 8 a.m. on July 30, they called authorities to investigate the disappearance.


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Extension's 20th horse farm tour is this Friday

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Cooperative Extension is hosting its 20th Franklin County Horse Farm Tour this Friday.
"It's been one of the most popular tours," said Cooperative Extension Agent Martha Mobley, the event's organizer.
"The equine industry is so important to Franklin County and it contributes so much."
The tour features three stops, at Hidden Pond Farm near Youngsville, Matrix Farms in Wake Forest, and Ingleside Farm near Franklinton.


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