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Showing 34 articles from January 27, 2016.

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ALL SIGNS POINT TO WINTER!
ALL SIGNS POINT TO WINTER!

It didn't make much difference which way the arrow was pointing last weekend, Mother Nature decided that it was time for winter in Franklin County, creating either dismal scenes, outdoor beauty or a fun time! In the photo (left), a weathervane arrow shown against a grey sky showed how dreary the sky and landscape looked as storm of sleet, freezing rain and snow rolled through.


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Franklinton braces for warning

FRANKLINTON -- Town officials were warned by a recent audit to expect a "nasty" letter from the state warning them about fiscal responsibility.
Although the letter hasn't come yet, the town is prepared, at least initially, for its response: 'It's not our fault.'
The audit, performed by May and Place, revealed:
•In the general fund, cultural and recreation expenditures exceeded appropriations by $20,291, capital outlay expenditures exceeded appropriations by $84,090, and debt service expenditures exceeded appropriations by $15,445;


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Ex-lawman facing theft, stalking charges in W-F
Ex-lawman facing theft, stalking charges in W-F

RALEIGH -- A former Youngsville officer and former Franklin County sheriff's deputy was slated to appear in court today on theft charges.
Raleigh police arrested Dwayne L. Collins on Monday, serving warrants taken out by Franklin County deputies and Wake Forest police in unrelated matters.
In November, Collins, 53, and a woman reported a break-in, larceny of a firearm, communicating threats and stalking to Wake Forest police.
Following an investigation, Wake Forest authorities said, officers determined that Collins was responsible for the transgressions.


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<i>New park's Phase 1 plan unveiled</i>
New park's Phase 1 plan unveiled

LOUISBURG -- Engineers hired to draw a master plan for the county's new park are close to presenting its first phase to county commissioners.
Franklin County staff and representatives with the John R. McAdams company held their second public input session last week, giving residents a chance to express how they'd like to see Owens Park at Bull Creek developed.
The only new idea to come from the session was a request to include a horse riding trail at the 167-acre location.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Franklinton resident Adonijah Beemath


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Endangered Species
Editorial Cartoon: Endangered Species

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Water: It's too precious to just assume it's okay
Water: It's too precious to just assume it's okay

It's a safe bet that many who have been following the water fiasco in Flint, Michigan have been amazed that such a complete breakdown of monitoring, treatment and regulation of something as basic as water could happen.
A few of us believe we're seeing the stage set for similar failures with horrible consequences that can happen here and elsewhere.
What happened in Flint is fairly simple: The city changed its water source and officials -- at the state and county level -- failed to monitor the quality of the new water source and failed to act when they began to suspect problems.


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When retail options shrink, risks increase

It's sad, but it has become informative to look to our east, especially the northeast, for indicators that may one day affect us here in Franklin County.
Northeastern North Carolina has long been neglected by the leadership in Raleigh -- and that means problems often materialize there before they begin to affect areas like ours.
Case in point is medical care. Long before Novant Health pulled the plug on Franklin Medical Center, Belhaven in Northeastern North Carolina lost its hospital.


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Protests can engage, or, they can turn people off
Protests can engage, or, they can turn people off

I am all for people who feel the need to fight what they feel or believe to be injustices.
If the message is clear and protests are done in a civil way, they can galvanize people and bring them to your cause.
The Civil Rights Movement is an example of civil protest that worked.
It wasn't pretty.


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<i>Owens Park Phase I to cost half a million</i>
Owens Park Phase I to cost half a million

On Thursday Jan 21, I attended the second community meeting for the Owens Park. The public was invited to become involved in the planning and design. Others attending the meeting included the park planning committee, local media, a cross section of interested citizens, County Commissioners John May, Sidney Dunston, and Roger Lytle, a 2016 county commissioner candidate.
Not one to easily let local officials get by when things go wrong, when they get one right, it is only right to point that out as well. It was a very good presentation. The team and committee did a great job putting this meeting together. Well done!


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High court 'retention act' strips meaning from vote
High court 'retention act' strips meaning from vote

I'm guilty!
Like most people, I don't pay enough attention to judicial elections and allow those with un-American intentions to slip one past me.
This time, the McCrory/Barefoot team almost got away with it. The only thing that saved me was a breakfast conversation with a friend who pays strict attention to all things judicial in North Carolina.


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Editorial Cartoon: Football Worship
Editorial Cartoon: Football Worship

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OBITUARIES

CLAUDE R. EDWARDS, JR.

LOUISBURG - Claude Raney Edwards, Jr., 79, of Louisburg died Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Born on June 19, 1936 to the late Claude R. and Mary Dennis Edwards.


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HENRY L. HILDRETH

LOUISBURG - Henry LeRoy Hildreth died Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. He was born on October 19, 1924 in Rockland County, NY to the late LeRoy Vincent and Maudie Stein Hildreth. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; his parents; a sister, Edith; and a brother, Walton.


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J. LEO BENNETT
October 31, 1932 - January 26, 2016

LOUISBURG - James Leo Bennett, 83, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning at his home.


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JOHN G. FULLER

ROCKY MOUNT -John G. Fuller, 83, of Rocky Mount, a Franklin County native, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Private services will be held.


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MAGALEAN RUDD

WARRENTON - Funeral services for Magalean Rudd, 63, who died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. from the St. Gideon Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Michael Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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VIVIAN "SISSY" WILLIAMS

WASHINGTON, DC- Funeral services for Vivian "Sissy" Williams, 88, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Louisburg, who died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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SPORTS

Melton Makes Mark At EWHS
Melton Makes Mark At EWHS

WENDELL -- A glance down the bench at an East Wake High School boys basketball game provides an instant flashback to some of the hoops glory days at Bunn.
Manning the EW bench is Gerald Melton, who enjoyed a multitude of success at Bunn before moving to East Wake two seasons ago.
Joining Melton are Bunn natives Torry Wheless and Chuck Mann, both of whom are former Wildcats' stars.


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SOAR IN THE SOCON
WHITNEY BUNN
SOAR IN THE SOCON

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Furman University point guard Whitney Bunn has been named Southern Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced earlier this week.
Bunn, a 5-foot-7 All-SoCon performer, averaged 29.0 points in a pair of SoCon road victories last week in helping the Paladins extend their winning streak to three games and move into a first place tie in the league standings.


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Torch Comes To Raleigh
Torch Comes To Raleigh

RALEIGH -- Great ideas are often formulated in the unlikeliest of places.
Such as a lonely stretch of interstate somewhere between the Triangle and Huntsville, Alabama.
George Sutphen has made a point to never miss one of his son Garrett's football games.
From youth contests all the way through high school and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, George Sutphen's presence was a constant for Garrett, a talented quarterback who played at Bunn High School in 2004 before finishing out his prep career at Avery County.


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Changes made by NCHSAA
Changes made by NCHSAA

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- After not being happy with the original plan, Bunn High School was thrilled with some of the updated changes in the latest rough draft for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's upcoming realignment.
After the initial first draft in December, Bunn was slated to move from the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference to a hybrid of the Eastern Plains Conference, which would feature opponents the likes of North Pitt, Wilson Beddingfield, Nash Central, SouthWest Edgecombe, Goldsboro, Farmville Central and North Johnston.


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Prep games are moved

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Recent poor weather has forced the rescheduling of several high school basketball games in Franklin County.
At Bunn, the Wildcats and Ladycats missed two games, including a rivalry showdown on Tuesday against backyard rival Franklinton. Instead, that event will be held next Wednesday at the FHS Gymnasium.
Another make-up game for Bunn will be today on the road against the South Granville Vikings in Creedmoor.


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LC Bounces Back

LOUISBURG -- Louisburgh College men's basketball team braved the weather to get in its recently scheduled Region X game at Catawba Valley, though the event was pushed back two days.
The clubs met Monday in Hickory and the Hurricanes left town with an impressive 94-81 decision.
With the triumph, Louisburg College improved to 16-4 overall and 8-1 in league action.


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Vanguards play at Smith Center
DARIUS DRIVES FOR TWO. Vance-Granville's Darius Williams (with ball) picks up a basket as part of his team's road game against the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Junior Varsity Squad.
Vanguards play at Smith Center

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men's basketball team made history on Jan. 16, playing the University of North Carolina JV team at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
Not only was it VGCC's first foray onto one of college basketball's most well-known courts, but it was also the first time that a UNC JV game had ever been broadcast on the radio.


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An Instant Impact
DOWN IT GOES. UNC-Wilmington's Anna Moss (far right) delivers a kill against Towson.
An Instant Impact

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Even in her most optimistic scenario, Anna Moss couldn't have foreseen the storybook season she would enjoy as a freshman member of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington volleyball squad.
When she signed with the Seahawks last year, Moss figured there would be an extensive learning curve, and she might see limited playing time in her first season as she adjusts to the collegiate level.


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Drake Inducted Into Hall
Drake Inducted Into Hall

LOUISBURG -- Add another accomplishment to J. Enid Drake's Hall of Fame coaching career.
Already a member of the Halls of Fame for Louisburg College and the National Junior College Athletic Conference, Drake was enshrined earlier this month as part of the 44th Class of the George Whitfield Hall of Fame.
The prestigious group featured 21 inductees, including Drake and University of North Carolina legend and Rocky Mount native Phil Ford.


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K-VA stops Thales

HENDERSON -- The Kerr-Vance Academy varsity boys basketball team defeated Thales Academy easily last Thursday evening.
The Spartans took an early league and never relinquished it for the 65-44 victory.
Coach Taron Downey used all 10 of his available players during the game.
The Spartans jumped out to an early 21-14 lead after the first quarter and increased it substantially for a 37-21 halftime advantage.


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Rocket Mile returns to Rocky Mount
Rocket Mile returns to Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT -- In only two years, the Nash Health Care Rocket Mile event has quickly become a favorite of local runners as well as elite runners from around the state.
Tar River Running Company (TRRC) has announced that this year's race will be held on May 1 at 2 p.m.
The event has been awarded both the USA Track and Field (USATF) State Championship and Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) North Carolina State 1 Mile Championship.


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JUMPING FOR JOY
JUMPING FOR JOY

UNC-Wilmington's Anna Moss (right) pounds a kill as part of a conference match this past season against the James Madison Dukes.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>James Boon, free black carpenter of Franklin County</i>
James Boon, free black carpenter of Franklin County

Historian John Hope Franklin published a substantial scholarly article in 1945 on the life and work of James Boon, a free black carpenter who was born in or near Louisburg in 1808 and spent most of his life there.
Dr. Franklin's essay, which makes effective use of Boon's papers in the North Carolina State Archives as well as Franklin County court minutes and deeds, provides a rare picture of a skilled artisan who lived at a time when free people of color struggled on the margins of society.


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FEBRUARY CONCERT
FEBRUARY CONCERT

The Grass Cats will bring their bluegrass sounds to Louisburg College's Allen de Hart Concert Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 at the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC) on campus. Their shows feature lively foot-stomping fiddle and banjo music, bluegrass classics, tight vocal harmonies, acapella gospel quartets and chart-topping original songs. They also perform "covers" of songs by Eric Clapton, Duke Ellington and Tim McGraw. This event will be in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium in Louisburg College's Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC).


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn's liquor store slated for updating

BUNN -- Town commissioners agreed to let the town's liquor store board move forward with overhaul of the ABC store.
In October, commissioners agreed to move forward with plans to spend $3,500 to put down new concrete at the store to accommodate delivery trucks.
Commissioners, though, begged off the total $25,000 renovation project, first wanting to make sure that funding was in order for the full project.
During a special-called meeting on Tuesday night, ABC board members informed the board that revenues at the store would cover the renovations without having to dip into the town's fund balance.


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<i>Couple marks 70 years of marriage</i>
Couple marks 70 years of marriage

Dorothy and Thomas Harris of Franklinton celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a small reception held by their family on Dec. 27, 2015 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Franklinton.
Dorothy Evans and Thomas Harris were married on Dec. 28, 1945 by the Rev. Seymour E. Mercer in the Franklinton UMC parsonage.


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