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Showing 43 articles from August 12, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Silence speaks loudly!</i>
Monica Kearney at the march
Silence speaks loudly!

RALEIGH -- Dozens marched in silence last week in front of the Wake County Courthouse.
Every step, though, served notice that the fight against domestic violence would not be quiet.
"Because their voices have been silenced, we're going to march in silence," said Leigh Duque, executive director of Interact, the Wake County domestic violence task force that hosted the event to remember five area residents who have lost their lives to domestic violence-related homicides since December 2014, including two with Franklin County ties.


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Warren man sent to prison for fatal crash

LOUISBURG -- A Warren County man was sentenced to prison for his role in an alcohol-related crash that killed a Franklin County woman and severely injured her husband.
Kenneth Edward Nichols pled guilty to second degree murder last week as part of an arrangement.
Following a sentencing hearing on Monday, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood sentenced Nichols, 52, to between 157 months and 201 months in jail for his role in the Oct. 26, 2013 death of 80-year-old Cora Green.


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FIRE EXAM
FIRE EXAM

The Louisburg Fire Department, surrounding units, Franklin County emergency response crews and Louisburg College took part in a live fire drill this week in an ongoing effort to coordinate emergency response at the school. Right, Louisburg fire fighters use a ladder truck to access "smoke" damage on the second floor of Wright Hall.


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Novant, Duke to explore collaboration

WINSTON-SALEM -- Novant Health, which owns Frankin Medical Center and several local physician practices, has announced a potential collaboration with Duke Health System.
It was not clear, though, what impact, if any, such a deal would have on Novant's plans to sell its hospital in Louisburg.
"I can't speculate on any impact to Novant Health Franklin Medical Center as it is very early in discussions," said company spokesperson Caryn Klebba.


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CEC, Academy study plan approved by school board

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education approved a one-year plan for the operation of the Creative Education Center (CEC) and the Academy project for exceptional children on Monday night and also approved a new safety manual for school employees.
Under the plan, both the CEC and the Academy will stay where they are, the CEC at the Central Office Complex on West River Road and the Academy at the Wiley Mitchell Media Center.


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<i>Virginia bank opening loan center</i>
Virginia bank opening loan center

LOUISBURG -- Citizens Community Bank of South Hill, Va., has announced the opening of a new loan center in Louisburg. It is located at 202 North Main Street across the street from the post office.
The office is led by Don Lancaster, a senior vice president and market executive, and will provide commercial and mortgage lending services. James R. Black, president and CEO, said "we are thrilled to open a new office in Louisburg. Don and the team bring nearly 100 years of combined community banking experience in the region.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Franklinton's Avery Wilder


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Trending
Editorial Cartoon: Trending

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To grow the economy, we need 'skin in the game'
To grow the economy, we need 'skin in the game'

The old saying indicates that you don't have to invent the wheel, just be smart enough to copy it.
And, if possible, make it a little better.
With that in mind, we might be well advised to copy some of what Scotland County is doing to recruit new industry.
This much is certain, what we have been doing for the past two decades has been a losing battle -- and if you don't believe that, just look around.


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Our community has a stake in how criminals are treated

Most folks keep a scant watch on our court system because they have other, more pressing concerns in their lives and because it seems obvious that "life in prison" means that a convicted person will, literally, die while in custody and no longer be a threat.
But that's not always what happens -- and sometimes it's worth paying attention to the reality that our criminal justice system brings.
For example, it might surprise people to know that a man who was sentenced to life in prison for killing a pregnant woman in the spring of 1991 could be walking the streets among us all again.


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When chasing county $$$, you're either first or last
When chasing county $$$, you're either first or last

Last week's Franklin County Board of Commissioner's meeting presented quite a contrast -- and no, I'm not talking just about the fact that the doors to the meeting were wide open. (Sorry, that was just too easy.)
What I'm talking about are two distinct decisions that commissioners made that appear strange when compared to each other.
The first decision was to provide Hill Ridge Farms with $5,000 in tourism development funds.


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Editorial Cartoon: Hillary & Joe
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary & Joe

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<i>'Selective utilization of facts' is just sugar-coating reality</i>
'Selective utilization of facts' is just sugar-coating reality

Are the rats leaving the sinking ship or is the captain swabbing the decks in preparation for a pending inspection?
That is the question I am pondering today.
Gov. Pat McCrory will be fighting for his political life in 2016 and will be forced to run on his record.
That record is far from a good one, but politicians have a way of spinning things to make them appear much more attractive than they are.


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Poor decisions, poor leadership equals dark ages

Dear editor:
Just thinking!
Franklin County is still in the dark ages, but as I'm thinking - we didn't just get there - the problem is we have stayed there with poor decisions and poor leaders through so many years and apparently happy to be there (here).


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Editorial Cartoon: Back to School
Editorial Cartoon: Back to School

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OBITUARIES

CALLIE EDWARD THOMPSON

HOLLY RIDGE - Mr. Callie Edward Thompson, age 74, of Holly Ridge, NC died Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 at his residence.


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ELIZABETH P. WHITE

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Elizabeth Perry White, 88, who died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. at Haywood Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Church cemetery.


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LILLIE ANN BOBBITT

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Lillie Ann Bobbitt, 60, who died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, will be held Friday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. at William Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jimmy Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.


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SENORA C. DUNN

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Senora Collins Dunn, 67, who died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, will be held Saturday, Aug. 15, at 12 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Nashville, with the Rev. Tyrone Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.


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SPORTS

BHS' EARLY BIRDS
SUPER SOUTHPAW. Christian Murray will serve as a backup quarterback and tight end this season for the Bunn High School football team. The Wildcats will open August 21 at home against area powerhouse Wilson Fike.
BHS' EARLY BIRDS

BUNN - Not long after sunrise, the early birds are catching passes, punts, kickoffs and interceptions at Bunn High School.
BHS veteran head football coach David Howle has been up bright and early these days, running the Wildcats through a series of preseason drills.
During drills, Howle likes to remind his players that they are working hard while many of their opponents for the coming season are still grabbing some extra sleep.
There's also a bit of strategy to Howle's philosophy as summer storms are more likely to happen later in the day, as opposed to in the morning.


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Rams Rise To Occasion
CAPTAINS OF CRUNCH. Franklinton's Jeremiah Edgerton (left) and Rieker Dean (right) combine for a tackle during Tuesday's football scrimmage.
Rams Rise To Occasion

FRANKLINTON -- Jeremy Buck hopes 13 will prove to be a lucky number this season for his Franklinton High School football team.
That's because Franklinton's potential-rich sophomore class will feature a baker's dozen of varsity performers as the Red Rams look to improve on last fall's 7-5 overall mark.
"All 13 of those guys will play and play a lot -- and most of them will be starting,'' Buck said ahead of Friday's Franklinton HS Jamboree. "We are going to be young an inexperienced in a lot of spots, but there is talent there.


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BUILDING BLOCKS
SENIOR STANDOUT. Loganne Driver will be one of only three upperclassmen this season for the Louisburg High School volleyball squad.
BUILDING BLOCKS

LOUISBURG -- Erica Wammock's replacement list for the upcoming Louisburg High School volleyball season isn't necessary voluminous -- but it sure is top-heavy.
Louisburg welcomes several standouts back from last year's 19-4 club, which won the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships before reaching the third round of the Class 1-A State Playoffs.
But the losses the Lady Warriors experienced to graduation were big ones -- including the likes of heavy hitter Vanisha Wilshire, setter McKayla Wood and all-around performer Phoenix Spivey.


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Hitters wanted at Bunn
AMANDA ON TARGET. Amanda Dean is expected to be an important rotation performer this season for the Bunn High School volleyball team.
Hitters wanted at Bunn

BUNN -- For the first time in four years, Tainasha Vines won't be patrolling the nets for the Bunn High School volleyball squad.
Obviously, Vines' absence to graduation is an instant source of concern for the Ladycats.
Vines, a former Northern Carolina Conference Player of the Year and the 2014-15 North Carolina State Athlete of the Year, is now a member of the track and field program at UNC-Chapel Hill.


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LC selects new coach
LC selects new coach

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's long-time softball connection with Radford University has continued with the hiring of the Lady Hurricanes' new coach.
LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman has announced the hiring of Michelle Carlson, a former player and assistant with the Highlands in Southwest Virginia.
Ironically, Carlson succeeds Hope Creasy, who stepped down after one year to return to Radford -- her alma mater -- as an assistant.
Holloman has a high regard for Radford, which recruited standouts such as Brandy Winstead and Sara Beth Clayton after their eligibility expired at Louisburg.


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Jamborees Slated
Jamborees Slated

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County's high school football squads will all be on the field this Friday at jamboree events.
Both Louisburg and Bunn will take part in the annual Tar River Rumble at Granville Central High School.
In addition to the Wildcats and Warriors, scheduled participants are Ravenscroft, Roxboro Person, South Granville, East Chapel Hill, Cedar Ridge and host Granville Central.


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Rocks snap skein vs. Mudcats
Rocks snap skein vs. Mudcats

WILMINGTON, DEL. -- Wilmington's Jack Lopez broke a 1-1 tie in the 12th with a game-winning, bases-loaded single as the host Blue Rocks snapped a franchise-record 14-game losing streak with a 2-1 walk-off victory against the CArolina Mudcats on Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
Reliever Justin Jackson suffered the loss for Carolina (58-56, 24-21) despite allowing just one run over two and 1/3 innings pitched.


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Allen promoted by Vanguards
Allen promoted by Vanguards

HENDERSON -- Jeffrey Allen has been named the director of student activities and athletics at Vance-Granville Community College.
Allen will oversee clubs, organizations and extracurricular activities that engage students on campus, as well as the college's intercollegiate athletics program, which includes men's basketball and women's volleyball teams.
He will also serve as the advisor for the VGCC Student Government Association (SGA).


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Spike schedule released
VGCC SIGNEE, PART ONE. Melissa Elliott from Northern Vance High School signs her letter of intent to join the women's volleyball team at Vance-Granville Community College.
Spike schedule released

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball team is scheduled to play a record-setting 25 matches, including 10 home events, during the 2015 season.
The Vanguards compete in Region X of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III, which includes a number of community colleges in North Carolina and Virginia.


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Haley returning for Wildcats

BUNN -- After resigning earlier in the summer, Charles Haley quickly changed his mind and will return as a teacher and soccer coach this year at Bunn High School.
Haley and the BHS boys squad will kick off their 2015 campaign next Tuesday at home against backyard rival Southern Nash.
First kick is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the BHS Soccer Complex.
Southern will have a new coach as Mike Kennedy has taken over for the Firebirds as Kurt Bienias won't be back after two seasons.


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BULLS GET THE JOB DONE
BULLS GET THE JOB DONE

NATIONAL PRIDE. The Franklin County Bulls 11-12 Grade Team recently won the USBA Nationals, which was held July 7-11 in Atlanta, Ga. Players were, in no particular order, Brandon Hanson, Christian Rogers, Semaj McCowan, Malik Sidibeh, K.J. Finley, Kenan Epps, Javontae Taylor, Calvin Manley and Tony Vines.


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COACH 'EM UP
COACH 'EM UP

Bunn High School veteran football coach David Howle follows his offensive line through a drill as part of a recent gridiron practice on the BHS campus.


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DUAL RESPONSIBILITIES
DUAL RESPONSIBILITIES

In addition to being Bunn High School's starting quarterback, Quenten Wright will also serve this season as the Wildcats' punter. Bunn will be in action this Friday at the Tar River Rumble Jamboree at Granville Central HS.


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MULTI-TASKING
MULTI-TASKING

In addition to her role as the Town of Louisburg Parks and Recreation Director, Jina Stamey will be busy this fall as an assistant volleyball coach at Louisburg High School. Stamey is also the head softball skipper for the Lady Warriors.


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STATE SELECTION
STATE SELECTION

Franklinton High School sophomore back Ricky Person has earned a spot on the www.ncpreps.com Class 2-A Preseason All-State Football Team.


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LIFESTYLES

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

Vince and Joan Knight of Raleigh announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Nicole Knight of Bunn, to Adam Steven Eldridge of Bunn. The groom-elect is the son of Bill and Jackie Eldridge of Bunn. The wedding will take place on Sept. 26, 2015 at Uncle Dave's Lane in Bunn.


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A century celebrated!
A century celebrated!

PARTY TIME. Above, Clearo Mann, front, center, celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by family, including, from left, front row, Annie Mann, Robert Mann, Ernestine Keith, Catherine Collins and Larry Mann; second row, left to right, Harold Mann, David Mann, Louise El, John Mann, Betty Mann, James Mann and Leroy Mann. Cleora Ward Mann joined the prestigious class of centenarians on July 28, celebrating with three events in July. The first event was at her home with more than 150 relatives from in and out-of-town attending.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Sisters following in mother's footsteps</i>
Savannah Miller
Sisters following in mother's footsteps

Savannah and Morgan Miller, the granddaughters of Matthew Otis Richardson and Betty Clifton Richardson of Wood, graduated from high school this past June.
Savannah Miller, 18, graduated from Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, N.J., with the Highest Achievement in Technology and as a member of the National Honor Society. As school president, she gave the graduating class address at the ceremony.
Morgan Miller, 16, graduated from the Academy for Allied Health Sciences Magnet School in Scotch Plains, N.J., with certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Shooting a friend nets prison term

LOUISBURG -- A Franklin County man ducked an attempted murder charge, but was sentenced to spend the next handful of years in prison for shooting a friend.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested Devin T. Brown in May 2013, alleging he shot a man in the chest inside a home on Freedom Court in the Franklinton area.
His injuries were not fatal.
According to authorities, Brown and Seth Gower were hanging out together earlier in the day before Brown left.


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DONATION RECEIVED
DONATION RECEIVED

Safe Space Inc. was the special recipient of a check for $9,125 from the SAFCAB Club of Garner, which sponsored the fifth annual SAFCAB Poker Run and Benefit on May 30. The Poker Run started in Garner and finished at the Lock and Loaded Grill. The event included local vendors, raffles, local bands and BBQ. SAFCAB's goal is to raise awareness of domestic violence to the public and to support shelters that provide safe havens for those in need. Safe Space is a non-profit organization established to help domestic violence victims and their children.


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'Alive at 25' teaches teens defensive driving techniques

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College was recently approved by the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina to offer the "Alive at 25" defensive driving training program.
The initiative came about through a partnership with District Attorney Michael D. Waters.
"Alive at 25 can have a lasting impact on our community, educating young drivers and making our roads safer," Waters said.


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FIRST TIME
FIRST TIME

The Bunn Police Department hosted its first National Night Out festivities last week at the Bunn Town Hall. Franklinton hosted its annual event, as well. The goal of the event is to build relationships between the law enforcement and first responder units in town and the residents they serve. Above, Joe Tyson Jr., center, left, and his dad, Joe Tyson Sr., grab a plat of food donated to the event provided, in part, by Police Chief Joe King.


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<i>Tour was all about horses!</i>
Megan Whitby providing a demo
Tour was all about horses!

LOUISBURG -- More than 60 equine enthusiasts toured farms in Franklin and Wake counties last week.
It marked the 20th Franklin County Horse Farm Tour, a feat not lost on cooperative extension staff or county leaders.
"I hope that you are able to prosper and profit," County Commissioner Harry Foy told those in attendance at the Aug. 7 luncheon that concluded the three-farm tour.


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<i>Y-ville student presents short stories at meeting</i>
Y-ville student presents short stories at meeting

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Youngsville resident was part of a University of Mount Olive duo that presented short stories at the 2015 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Albuquerque, NM.
Jessica Kennedy joined Jenny Hall of Mount Olive in the presentation.
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society that promotes cultural stimulation on the University campus, and fosters the discipline of English in all aspects.


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