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Showing 35 articles from October 14, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

Effects of hospital loss ripple across county

LOUISBURG -- Novant Health Franklin Medical Center is closing its doors on Friday and its clinics could close by Dec. 7, putting more than 100 people out of work and leaving hundreds more to look for long-term medical care.
It's also leaving health care providers left behind wondering what the impact of all this will be.
"We've already had some folks who have been going to the hospital-based clinics call us and say they wanted to sign up with us," said Franklin County Health Director Chris Szwagiel.


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<i>Honoring those who gave their lives</i>
Ann Horton hangs a plaque for her husband, Ted Horton
Honoring those who gave their lives

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office unveiled a Wall of Honor last week, recognizing two people that gave their lives to serve others.
Ted Horton died in a May 2004 helicopter crash while in service to the sheriff's office.
John Derek Gupton died in September 2014 while responding to a fire call for the Justice Fire Department.
Both men, said Sheriff Kent Winstead, died doing what they loved.


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<i>Top firefighter!</i>
Top firefighter!

BEST OF THE BEST. The Franklin County Firefighters Association recognized Louisburg Fire Department Capt. Ray Patterson as the 2015 Franklin County Firefighter of the Year. The award was presented recently during a dinner at the Louisburg Moose Lodge. At that meeting, firefighters also elected officers for the coming year.


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Ongoing school maintenance costs hit $67 million in decade

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education got a sobering look at just how complex its buildings and grounds have become over the last several years -- and a peek at the staggering cost of keeping them all functioning smoothly.
School district buildings now carry an insured value of just a touch under $305 million, according to Tommy Piper, assistant superintendent for buildings and grounds, and it will cost at least $67 million to keep them functioning well over the next decade.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

County resident Laney Marks, 8


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: VW
Editorial Cartoon: VW

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Novant may be 'outta here' but it leaves us a mess!
Novant may be 'outta here' but it leaves us a mess!

Before we tackle the obvious "what next?" question about local health care, a quick "autopsy" of the situation is in order now that Novant Health has blessed us with its imminent departure.
The giant health care company has abandoned Franklin County, leaving us to deal with the mess that it created.
A decade or so ago, health care was chaotic in Franklin County, led by the profit-minded Health Care Associates of Florida. But at least we had a number of primary care physicians and a pretty good array of specialists for a small town.


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A glimpse of the past is good for our future

It's not often that we get to pause for a moment and reflect on who we are and where we came from -- and recall those incidents that shaped us individually and as a community.
One of those times will happen on Monday, Oct. 19, at Louisburg College.
The event, which will begin at 7 p.m., will showcase the results of a year-long effort to record 12 interviews of people who were directly involved in the desegregation of Franklin County and Franklinton City schools from 1965 to 1968.


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Nothing could be finer, than deep fried in Carolina
Nothing could be finer, than deep fried in Carolina

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said this year's State Fair, which has the theme, 'Nothing Could be Finer,' will have a decidedly local flavor.
That's certainly the truth.
"We're really excited," Troxler said. "We're focusing on a lot of homegrown talent," he said. "We want to showcase what's right here at home."
Entertainment won't be the only flavor of the fair.


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<i>Bad decisions in Raleigh helped doom our hospital</i>
Bad decisions in Raleigh helped doom our hospital

If the tone of this article is angry, it is because I am!
I am penning this less than 24 hours after receiving the news that Franklin County's only hospital is closing its doors tomorrow.
The only reason it is closing is that it is losing money with no relief in sight.
If it were generating a profit, Novant wouldn't shutter it!


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Hospital closing is no big news

Dear editor:
For those of us taxpayers out here in Franklin County that pretty much shake their heads every time some big decision comes out of Louisburg, it was no big headliner for us to read that the hospital is closing its doors.
Yes, it was one of those headliners we could have told you, as many people did, that was coming back when the original CON to build new facilities in the southern part of the county was waged war against.


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Editorial Cartoon: GOP
Editorial Cartoon: GOP

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OBITUARIES

CARLTON G. EAVES

HENDERSON - Carlton Gill Eaves, 88, of 8543 NC Hwy 39 S., Henderson, NC (in the Epsom Community) died Monday, October 12, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his family.


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DONALD RAY SMITH

BUNN - Donald Ray Smith. 64, of Bunn, died Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Wake Medical Center. Born on March 14, 1951 to the late James Wiley and Lucy Tharrington Smith. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Margie Billings. Donald loved to fish and ride his motorcycle. He treasured his time with his grandchildren taking pictures of every moment. He was a hardworking man, holding two jobs to provide for family he loved.


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FRED R. BECKHAM

KITTRELL - Fred R. Beckham, 76, died after a long and courageous fight with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Plank Chapel United Methodist Church, 3047 Bobbitt Road, Kittrell.


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SPORTS

Bunn Blasts Southern Vance
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. A quartet of Bunn High School defenders take down Southern Vance's Jermaine Bullock during last Friday night's Northern Carolina Conference football meeting on the BHS campus.
Bunn Blasts Southern Vance

BUNN -- Bunn's high-powered offense continued to rev, but the Wildcats received points from additional avenues during last Friday's victory over Southern Vance in the Northern Carolina Conference football opener for both clubs.
Homestanding Bunn saw Southern strike early for a touchdown, but the Wildcats would respond with 44 unanswered points by halftime en route to a 51-18 decision over the Runnin' Raiders from Henderson.


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CATS MAKE A MOVE
MASON MAKES IT HAPPEN. Bunn's Mason Makar (left) lunges for possession during his club's home victory Monday afternoon against Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer rival Franklinton.
CATS MAKE A MOVE

BUNN - During an earlier-season boys soccer contest at Franklinton, the Bunn Wildcats left with a tie -- and a bad taste in their mouths.
"Our kids felt like we had chances to win that game, but it didn't happen,'' said BHS head coach Charles Haley. "(The rematch) was one we definitely wanted to win.''
The Wildcats came out fired up and never looked back during Monday's second meeting versus Franklinton, this time at the BHS Soccer Field.


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WEAR 'EM DOWN
AND AWAY HE GOES. Louisburg College's Darron Downing (right) escapes on his way to a touchdown against The Apprentice School.
WEAR 'EM DOWN

FRANKLINTON -- As part of their undefeated season to date, the Louisburg College Hurricanes have displayed a penchant for being a strong team in the second half of action.
In several contests, LC was tight with its opponent at halftime, only to dominate over the closing 30 minutes.
That scenario occurred again last Saturday as the Hurricanes led by a 14-0 margin at the break before pulling away for an impressive 35-2 triumph over The Apprentice School out of Newport News, Va.


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Warriors claim VB matchup
FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES. Franklinton's Jessica Debnam delivers a kill.
Warriors claim VB matchup

FRANKLINTON -- Talent and resiliency can take a playoff team a long way in the Class 1-A State Volleyball Playoffs.
That's part of Erica Wammock's master plan as her Louisburg High School spikers have displayed a penchant for both intangibles during the 2015 campaign.
Certainly, Louisburg's talent is unquestioned, but the Lady Warriors have shown plenty of clutch savvy in pulling out several tight matches.
Louisburg continued that trend last Wednesday as the Lady Warriors held off a strong effort from rival Franklinton at the FHS Gymnasium.


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LHS surges past Central

LOUISBURG -- After her club's crushing loss at Granville Central earlier this season -- the only one the Louisburg Lady Warriors have experienced to date -- LHS head coach Erica Wammock all but guaranteed that Tuesday's rematch would provide a different outcome.
Wammock's assessment proved to be the correct one as Louisburg evened the score with the Panthers for the campaign by delivering a four-set volleyballvictory at the LHS Gymnasium.


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Cohen honored again by MEAC
Cohen honored again by MEAC

GREENSBORO -- For the second consecutive week, North Carolina A&T junior running back Tarik Cohen (5-6, 173, Bunn, N.C.) earned offensive player of the week honors from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the league office has announced.
Like last week, Cohen had a teammate join him in the weekly accolades category as redshirt freshman outside linebacker Julius Reynolds (5-9, 211, Wilmington, N.C.) earned co-rookie of the week honors from the conference.


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Warriors come up just short at SEH

TILLERY -- Louisburg made a spirited attempt to secure Dontae Lassiter's first victory as the school's head football coach last Friday -- but it would literally come up just a few feet short.
Driving for a potential winning touchdown but running out of time -- and without time-outs -- the visiting Warriors were stopped at the Southeast Halifax 2-yard line as the clock expired during a tough-to-take 33-30 loss in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference opener for both clubs.


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BHS to host Youth Night

BUNN -- Bunn High School's annual Football Youth Night will be held this Friday when the Wildcats host Roanoke Rapids in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference gridiron matchup.
All players and cheerleaders from the Bunn Youth Recreation League and Bunn Middle School are asked to meet near the side gate (closest to the baseball field) at 7 p.m.


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Franklinton stopped by South Granville

FRANKLINTON -- Last Friday's Northern Carolina Conference meeting between South Granville and Franklinton was so evenly matched that the outcome would be determined by an extra point.
That PAT from Franklinton was blocked by the Vikings with five minutes remaining, and South Granville would go on to preserve a 20-19 decision over the host Red Rams in the first NCC contest of the fall for both clubs.


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CHANGE OF PLANS
CHANGE OF PLANS

Franklinton's Ignacio Delporte (right) switches directions while being defended by Bunn's Tanner Friedley during Monday's league soccer match on the BHS campus.


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THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS
THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Members of the Franklinton HIgh School volleyball team celebrate after winning a point last Wednesday evening against rival Louisburg. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Youth represented county at 4-H event</i>
Youth represented county at 4-H event

Belonging to Franklin County 4-H allows students many opportunities to do leadership and citizenship activities. One 4-H state event is the NC Youth Summit conference held annually along with the NC County Commissioners Conference.
Each year one youth is selected to attend and represent their county. Before they go, they must do some research on their county to get a better understanding of the decision making process the county manager and the county commissioners have to deal with on a daily basis.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>LC alumni association presents annual awards</i>
Alex Cheek, Dr. Jim Eck, Stephanie Tolbert, Brittany Hunt and Dr. Mark La Branche
LC alumni association presents annual awards

Several alumni and members of the Louisburg College community were recognized recently with awards from the Alumni Association during Homecoming festivities:
Henry Douglass "Doug" Lindsay III '66 Young Alumnus Service Award (presented to Brittany Hunt '10) --This special presidential service award honors an alum who has graduated within the past 20 years and demonstrated extraordinary service to Louisburg College through the commitment of time and effort on its behalf.


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Five new trustees join Louisburg College board
Leonard Fairley
Five new trustees join Louisburg College board

LOUISBURG -- Five new members have joined the Louisburg College Board of Trustees, effective September 2015.
The new members include:
• State Sen. Chad Barefoot -- Representing the 18th District, which includes Wake and Franklin counties, Barefoot is one of the youngest members of the North Carolina Senate.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Recent Franklinton grad dies in one-vehicle crash</i>
Recent Franklinton grad dies in one-vehicle crash

LOUISBURG -- State agents are investigating allegations that a group of teens were hanging out drinking alcohol before one teen was killed in a wreck and another was seriously injured.
According to the State Highway Patrol, Perry Jackson Frazier, 18, was driving south on Hodges Road at a high rate of speed when he came out of a curve and lost control of the pickup truck he was driving during the early morning hours of Oct. 10.


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Police arrest four following chase

FRANKLINTON -- Police charged one person with eluding arrest and three others with possession of drugs following a Saturday afternoon chase that began in town and ended just outside of Louisburg.
The driver, William L. Bagby, 35, of Henderson, was charged with fleeing to elude law enforcement and possession of heroin. Three passengers, Ann Wyndham, 47, of Littleton, Philip T. Watkins, 24, of Kittrell, and Jasper D. Edwards, 24, of Henderson, were each charged with possession of heroin.


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Unbuffered solar farm puts Bunn, county at odds

BUNN -- Town and county staffs have agreed to better communicate after a solar farm project was approved without buffering put in place.
The Franklin County planning office issued O2 Energies a certificate of occupancy this past summer -- certifying the project's compliance with building codes, indicating it was suitable for use.
The 5-megawatt solar farm near Barrett Farm, though, did not include vegetative buffering as prescribed by the Bunn planning board, officials said.


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Franklin man faces sex charges involving boys
Franklin man faces sex charges involving boys

LOUISBURG -- A Franklinton man is slated to appear in superior court next month on charges that he raped and sexually assaulted boys while he worked at Franklin County schools.
Damien Demont Jacobs resigned from several posts within the school system on May 19 -- about five months before Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies charged him with two counts of statutory rape and five counts of sexual acts with a student by an employee.


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Sex offender arrested for being near children

LOUISBURG -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a Franklin County man accused of violating his sex offender restrictions by being near three schools.
Authorities arrested Dion M. Webb, 39, on Sept. 30, charging him with 16 felony counts of sex offender unlawfully being on child premises.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, Webb is alleged to have been within 300 feet of Franklinton Elementary, Franklinton High and Louisburg High School within a 30-day period.


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<i>Hymns were focus of music summit</i>
Hymns were focus of music summit

First Baptist Church, Louisburg, recently hosted the Sixth Annual Music Summit and Hymnsing.
The purpose of the summit is to provide information to musicians, vocalists, ministers, and music ministries on the importance and appropriateness of hymns in the Sunday morning worship experience.
There is a national movement to restore hymns in today's worship services, as they are seemingly becoming extinct.


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