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Showing 46 articles from November 25, 2015.

FRONT PAGE

New state budget speeds up 401 improvements

It appears that construction on the first leg of U.S. 401 improvements in Franklin County has taken a giant step toward reality -- but there still are hurdles to be cleared.
The section in question is "C," which runs from the Wake-Franklin County line north to the Royal Community.
State Sen. Chad Barefoot, who represents Franklin County, said this week that the widening to four lanes of Section C is funded in the budget passed by the General Assembly in September.


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Fire insurance ratings improve; Louisburg to join an elite group

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg area residents got some great news in recent days from the North Carolina Department of Insurance, but it was the hard work of a lot of local people over the last two years that made it possible.
The state has announced that the Louisburg Fire District has received a 3 rating -- which will help lower insurance costs in the future. It is currently rated 4.
The class 3 rating applies to Louisburg, but the Central Franklin Fire District also received a better grade, a split 5/9 rating. (More about that later in this story.)


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FIRST SIGHTING!
FIRST SIGHTING!

Santa Claus was sighted in Franklin County on Saturday when he visited the Louisburg United Methodist Church holiday bazaar. His visit officially kicked off the Christmas season, although little River Bryant, 10 months old, wasn't exactly sure what to make of Jolly Old Saint Nick.


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<i>From tormentor to teacher via an author's imagination</i>
Even a cartoon Annie looks full of mischief
From tormentor to teacher via an author's imagination

LOUISBURG -- When Cheryl Brown-Avery visited her grandparents farm on Dyking Road in Louisburg, there wasn't any place she wouldn't have gone to get away from her tormenter -- Annie the Mule.
More than 50 years later, though, there are very few places that she hasn't taken Annie -- at least literally.
She's crafted a handful of children's books, recounting her childhood and her frequent run-ins with Annie, her grandparents farm mule.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Davis Ellis wearing his handmade turkey feather headdress


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: ISIS
Editorial Cartoon: ISIS

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Thanksgiving: A time to remember what made us great
Thanksgiving: A time to remember what made us great

Happy Thanksgiving!
Here's hoping you and yours have a happy, healthy and safe holiday -- and enjoy a little "down time" with friends and, especially, family.
It's also a time to reflect on the long heritage of our nation and the people from all over the world, all cultures, who forged it.
Somehow, they came together on this "new" continent and, over hundreds of years, created a new, democratic nation that strives to fulfill the goal of respect for the individual and individual rights -- and differences.


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Don't forget the less fortunate as we celebrate Thanksgiving

Don't look now but Turkey Day is virtually upon us!
Perhaps by tonight -- earlier in some homes where cooks prepare food well in advance -- ovens will be heated up, cooktops filled with pots and pans and everyone will be eagerly awaiting the fun, food and fellowship which comes with one of this country's favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.
It's a time for families to gather together and enjoy the fruits of their labor and continue a long-standing tradition that dates to our more agrarian roots when the feasts of fall followed a bountiful harvest period.


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Thanksgiving deserves a festive, Hollywood ending
Thanksgiving deserves a festive, Hollywood ending

I've said it before. I'll say it again: Thanksgiving needs much better PR.
Right after the fireworks of the Fourth of July begin to fizzle and the heat of August and September subside, the downward slide to the holiday season begins.
You can always tell because watermelon at the grocery store gets swapped out for pumpkins and the rush to Halloween begins.
And right after kids have threatened their neighbors with tricks and pranks in exchange for treats, the mad rush to Christmas is in full swing.


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<i>Domestic Violence Task Force deserves our special thank you</i>
Domestic Violence Task Force deserves our special thank you

My traditional practice for a Thanksgiving edition article is to list several people that Franklin County should be thankful for while providing a brief reason next to their name.
Today I'm going to give thanks in a more collective manner.
I'm going to cite the entire Franklin County Domestic Violence Task Force.


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<i>Listen to what you cannot see</i>
Listen to what you cannot see

A good friend recently shared with me he was feeling empty about someone he truly cared about. Someone, he said, he had helped many times, and was willing to do anything for.
In the course of things big and small, the conversation to others was of little importance; just a couple of friends talking.
Have you ever noticed some small words can cut deep? He was feeling empty; I thought about this. Not frustrated, lonely, or angry, just empty.


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Reading is important!

Dear editor:
In recent years, North Carolina's legislative leaders have zeroed in on early literacy and particularly third-grade reading skills, and rightly so.
The beginning of fourth grade marks the time in a child's education when he is no longer learning to read, but is reading to learn.


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Editorial Cartoon: Black Friday
Editorial Cartoon: Black Friday

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OBITUARIES

REV. TONY KEARNEY

FRANKLINTON --Funeral services for the Rev. Tony Kearney, 60, who died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Old Liberty Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Michael Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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SPORTS

MIGHTY MAX WINS IT!
KEEPING IT ALIVE. Louisburg College's Ben Foulds (right) maintains possession during last Saturday's national championship men's soccer showdown against Tyler Junior College in Martinsville, Virginia.
MIGHTY MAX WINS IT!

AXTON, VA. - After over 101 heart-stopping minutes, two decades of frustration came to an end for the Louisburg College Hurricanes in the blink of an eye.
In golf circles, pundits like to talk about the best player never to win a major.
And if that same sentiment was addressed toward the National Junior College Athletic Association men's soccer scene, Louisburg College would definitely be the frontrunner as the best program to never hoist the championship trophy at the NJCAA Tournament.


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BHS Moves Into 3rd Round
HOT PURSUIT. Bunn's Celik Curtis (right) tries to track down Burlington Cummings quarterback Ryan Boswell during last Friday's football playoff game on the BHS campus.
BHS Moves Into 3rd Round

BUNN -- When his Bunn Wildcats dropped two of their first three outings this fall, Coach David Howle emphasized that his club was better than its record indicated -- and had the potential to make a deep run in the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
Howle's words were prophetic as the Wildcats haven't lost since -- a 10-game winning streak that continued last Friday with a 56-34 home victory over Burlington Cummings in the second round of the playoffs at the BHS Football Field.


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Lady Canes now 9-0 for campaign
DANDY DOZEN. Louisburg College's Destiny Barrino (with ball) drives toward the basket during last Friday's home decision over Guilford Tech.
Lady Canes now 9-0 for campaign

LOUISBURG -- Strong guard play and plenty of all-out effort can take a women's college basketball team a long way -- as evidenced by the recent work of the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.
Without a true post player -- and with only four available bench performers -- the Lady Hurricanes have still managed to get off to an effective 9-0 start under veteran coach Shay Hayes.


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Rams Back On Mat
LOOKING FOR AN ADVANTAGE. Franklinton's Jacob Coats (left) ponders his next move as part of a team match against Green Hope last Wednesday evening at the FHS Gymnasium.
Rams Back On Mat

FRANKLINTON -- While Franklinton has registered numerous achievements during Alan Carter's tenure as head wrestling coach, one accolade has escape the Red Rams -- a Northern Carolina Conference championship.
Franklinton has finished second in the NCC in each of the past three campaigns, including last year's runner-up effort behind South Granville.
When FHS and SG meet on Dec. 8 at Franklinton, Carter hopes his veteran group will be ready for the challenge.


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Depth Is Wanted
KEEP MOVING. Louisburg's Austin Tilley (left) tries to escape a Green Hope hold during last Wednesday's wrestling tri-match at the Franklinton High School Gymnasium.
Depth Is Wanted

FRANKLINTON -- Look for Louisburg High School to be short on numbers but big on potential once again during the 2015-16 wrestling campaign.
Louisburg once again has a solid group of high-level performers as the Warriors prepare to defend their Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Championship for the third consecutive season.
But has been the case the last few years, the Warriors won't have much depth, and probably won't be fielding a full lineup for dual matches.


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VGCC players honored

HENDERSON -- Two members of the Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball team were recently recognized by coaches in National Junior College Athletic Association Region X, as the Vanguards finished the winningest season in program history and scored two number-one statistical rankings in Division III.
Kara Reese of Henderson was named to the All-Region X Second Team, while Jesse Edwards of Henderson received an Honorable Mention for the All-Region team for the Vanguards.


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Kerr-Vance splits openers

HENDERSON -- The Kerr-Vance Academy and Oxford Prep varsity basketball teams split in action last Tuesday evening.
The Kerr-Vance girls defeated Oxford Prep 54-16, winning their first game of the season and the first game under new coach Sandy Ross.
High scorer for the Spartans was Kennedy Adcock with 15. Macy Lee Johnson added 11, and Bonnie Evans scored 9 for KVA. All of the Spartans players scored.
Morgan Allen led Oxford Prep with six, and Kaci Roberson and Alyssa Gupton added four each.


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FHS girls earn win
FHS girls earn win

SANFORD -- Franklinton High School's girls varsity basketball squad picked up its first victory of the 2015-16 campaign last Friday with a 54-40 decision at Southern Lee.
Chanel Thomas led the way for the Lady Rams (1-1) with 16 points, while Tanisha Wall and Lanesha Hawkins chipped in with 14 markers apiece.
Wall also paced Franklinton with eight rebounds, followed by Thomas and Tahrah Richardson with five each.


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2015 NATIONAL MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONS -- LOUISBURG COLLEGE
2015 NATIONAL MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONS -- LOUISBURG COLLEGE

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MILLER MAKES IT HAPPEN
MILLER MAKES IT HAPPEN

Bunn's Justin Miller (right) comes up with a tackle during last Friday night's playoff decision against visiting Burlington Cummings.


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MORE LC HIGHLIGHTS, 1
MORE LC HIGHLIGHTS, 1

HARD WORK PAYS OFF. Two-year standouts (l to r) Max Blackmore and Alex Kao celebrate Louisburg College's victory in the national championship soccer match last Saturday.


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MORE LC HIGHLIGHTS, 2
MORE LC HIGHLIGHTS, 2

FAB FOUR. (L to R) Louisburg College's Steven James, Coach Martin Dell, Alex Kao and Max Blackmore proudly display the championship plaque from the NJCAA National Tournament. Louisburg defeated Tyler Junior College in overtime last Saturday.


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NEED A LIFT?
NEED A LIFT?

Louisburg College's Sonny Feltwell (top) celebrates with teammate Steven James.


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NIFTY MOVE
NIFTY MOVE

Louisburg College's Jorge Quintanilla (right) possesses for the Hurricanes during last Saturday's victory over Tyler Junior College at the NJCAA Men's Soccer National Tournament.


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OVERCOME WITH EMOTION
OVERCOME WITH EMOTION

Louisburg College players celebrate the first men's soccer national championship in the history of the Hurricanes' program.


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WAITING GAME
WAITING GAME

Louisburg College's Max Blackmore was waiting patiently his opportunity to strike during the NJCAA Men's Soccer National Championship Match last Saturday.


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WHERE'S THE BALL?
WHERE'S THE BALL?

Louisburg College's Ben Foulds (top) tries to retrieve the ball off the back of a Tyler Junior College player during last Saturday's national championship matchup.


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LIFESTYLES

Arts events scheduled

Several upcoming activities have been scheduled by the Franklin County Arts Council, including:
Winter Show/Art Stroll - Thursday, Dec. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the FAC Gallery at 22 S. Main St., Franklinton. A winter themes show in the front gallery. The Student Arts Council will stroll the street singing Christmas carols, Gale E. Buck will be in the gallery telling stories, free refreshments in the gallery.
"Artist of the Year" will be awarded at 6 p.m. Franklinton Christmas parade starts at 7 p.m.


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Constitutional changes brought big changes to county
Constitutional changes brought big changes to county

The emancipation of former slaves and the end of the Civil War necessitated changes to North Carolina's Constitution. Several provisions of this new document resulted in the development of a map of Franklin County that provides valuable information, including the location of roads, mills, and churches.
During the Reconstruction period, the United States Congress required North Carolina and other southern states to craft new constitutions as a prerequisite to participation in the national government. North Carolina in the fall of 1867 elected delegates to a constitutional convention, which met in January 1868.


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<i>Couple mark their 30th</i>
Couple mark their 30th

THIRTY YEARS. Larry and Belinda Davis celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Nov. 23, 2015. Larry is the son of the late John Felix Sr. and Dorothy Davis of Louisburg. Belinda is the daughter of the late Leroy and Rosie Boyd of Louisville, Ky. They have one daughter, Shirley Davis, who resides in Virginia.


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Coed presented at ball

Caroline Victoria Garrett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Carol Garrett Jr. of Raleigh, was presented at the 89th annual North Carolina Debutante Ball, hosted by the Terpsichorean Club this fall. The presentation was held at Meymandi Concert Hall followed by the formal ball at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh.
Caroline is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Garrett Sr. of Louisburg. She is a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is pursuing a double-major in Peace, War, and Defense and Psychology. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority.


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Christmas play planned

Community theater returns to Louisburg College and the Norris Theatre stage with performances of "The Christmas Bus."
Written by North Carolina playwright Robert Inman and directed by Norris Theatre Director Wally Hurst, "The Christmas Bus" will start the holiday season off with several performances in early December. Performance dates and times include Dec. 4, 5, 10 and 12 (7:30 p.m.), December 13 (2 p.m.), and special school day matinees on Dec. 11 (9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.).


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Bringing 'sense of family' to school</i>
Bringing 'sense of family' to school

The spirit of Thanksgiving was alive and well at Laurel Mill Elementary. Last week, students parents, community members, and staff gathered for the school's annual Thanksgiving luncheon, hosted by the school's Child Nutrition team.
The event, hosted last Wednesday, was a great way for the school to connect with the community and Laurel Mill Principal Genie Faulkner said she continues to be impressed with her nutrition staff.


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<i>Learning about respect</i>
Learning about respect

Schools across the country have been celebrating American Education Week, an initiative developed by the National Association of Educators (NEA) in an effort to highlight the power of education.
At Long Mill Elementary, students welcomed special guests and community leaders on Thursday to share their inspirational stories and emphasize the power of education.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

UW board sets sights on future

LOUISBURG -- After removing its executive director last week, United Way leaders said this week they are focused on their mission -- helping those in need.
By a split vote, the board terminated Kathy Harrelson after nearly seven years of service.
The board has not said why they parted ways, but Harrelson said the decision was the culmination of a personality conflict with the board's chair and treasurer.
This week, board member Linda Frederickson said the United Way and its board has their sights set on the future, not the rear-view mirror.


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STUDENTS CHIP IN
STUDENTS CHIP IN

The United Way of Franklin County's Build-A-Backpack program provides essential school supplies for more than 1,000 children. Louisburg College students helped out by collecting donations, stuffing backpacks and then distributing backpacks to local students. Shown here are (left to right) Tacoasha Spencer, Triana Springfield, Tianna Degraffenried and LC staff member Stephanie Haskell, coordinator of student engagement.


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Young artists paint the walls, literally!
Young artists paint the walls, literally!

Kindergarten through second grade students at Franklin Academy's campus in downtown Wake Forest got the unusual opportunity to paint on the walls at school recently.
Through a United Arts grant, Franklin Academy was able to partner with local mural artist Jennifer Wood.
The Artist in Residency program allows an artist to come in for several days and work with students in the visual arts.


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<i>Actor, author to visit Louisburg College</i>
Actor, author to visit Louisburg College

Actor, playwright and author Walter Williamson, a 1968 Louisburg College alumnus whose film credits include appearances in "Mr. Deeds" and "The Longest Yard," will serve as Artist-In-Residence on campus during the spring 2016 semester.
Williamson will serve as a guest lecturer in classes, collaborate with students and faculty, and stage the world premiere of his new play at the college.
Williamson's film, television and theatre credits are numerous.


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Christmas season beginning!

Alert Parade
The Alert Christmas Parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Line-up will start around 1 p.m. There are no entry fees. Anyone interested in participating or needing more information can contact Larry Ayscue at (252) 343-9274 or (252) 459-9216 or Melanie Bobbitt at (919) 853-6638 or (919) 497-6081.


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Airman completes basic

U.S. Air Force Airman Joshua E. Skulnik graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
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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Franklinton agrees to pension proposal

FRANKLINTON -- Commissioners approved a budget amendment that settled a retirement complaint filed in court earlier this year.
William Kenneth Edwards filed a complaint in Durham County Civil Superior Court in February, alleging that the town owed him retirement benefits for the roughly 17 years he worked for the town as a mechanic in the Public Works Department.
According to the complaint, filed by Durham attorney Faith Herndon, Edwards began working for the town on a part-time basis in 1997.


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Franklinton development grant must be repaid

FRANKLINTON -- Town leaders agreed to pay back the state after a commissioner's downtown development failed to meet grant requirements.
In February, the town agreed to pursue a $40,000 Rural Development Building Reuse and Restoration grant through the N.C. Rural Center on behalf of Mary and Johnny Wayne Mitchell.
The decision was made before Johnny Wayne Mitchell was elected to the board in the fall of 2013.


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