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Showing 40 articles from February 17, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

<i>A silent killer is stalking Franklin County</i>
A silent killer is stalking Franklin County

LOUISURG -- Sheriff Kent Winstead keeps a folded obituary handy.
The face looking back on the worn piece of paper belonged to a cherubic 25-year-old, who is quickly becoming the face of heroin in Franklin County.
The Centers for Disease Control didn't break out the number of heroin cases, but, overall, the number of drug poisoning deaths has jumped from 366 reported in 1999 to 1,358 in 2014 -- the most recent data available.


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Key player reports his 'increasing confidence' about hospital's future

Since late last year when Novant Health abruptly closed Franklin County's only hospital, questions have swirled about what is being done to revive the facility.
With that in mind, the Louisburg Town Council asked one of its members, Boyd Sturges, to provide an update on the situation even though Sturges has repeatedly cautioned that some of the details of the situation must be kept private as negotiations progress.
Sturges, a local attorney, spearheaded the town's efforts to deal with Novant and has been in the forefront of efforts to deal with the loss of the hospital.


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<i>Fulfilling a wish helps save a farm</i>
Rose Holmes found unusual use for farm
Fulfilling a wish helps save a farm

LOUISBURG -- What started out as wish fulfillment has turned into a full-time job for Rose Holmes.
"We actually didn't plan to have a wedding venue," said Holmes, who since the before the summer of 2014, has worked to turn her family farm into the backdrop for matrimony.
"My daughter [Leslie Holmes Cordero] wanted to get married at home. She said she couldn't have her dream wedding anywhere but at her mom's," Holmes recalled.


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Warnings may not derail town's proposed electricity rate cuts

LOUISBURG -- Town officials heard some sobering financial warnings about the direction its Electrical Department is heading even as town officials consider a rate reduction for both residential and business users.
The warnings came from Mark Beauchamp, president of Utility Financial Solutions, a company hired by ElectriCities to help communities decide how to react now that the utility has sold off its generating assets, drastically lowering debt payments.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Franklinton Mayor Art Wright presents Town Manager Tammy Ray with 15-year service award


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Choice
Editorial Cartoon: Choice

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Sometimes we find a few gems in routine meetings
Sometimes we find a few gems in routine meetings

Whoa! For a moment there I was almost ready to yell "stop the presses" because there were some really new ideas floated in a local government meeting -- and they came amid a plethora of good news.
That's not exactly what grizzled old reporters expect to find when they drag themselves to a budget/planning retreat which is usually about as exciting as watching paint dry.


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No more excuses! Audit sheriff's office

A few weeks ago, this newspaper suggested in an editorial that it was time for an in-depth audit of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
For the record, that's something that current Sheriff Kent Winstead fully supports -- and actually promised would happen when he was running for that office more than a year ago.
But since that editorial, two things have happened which make the request for an audit obsolete.


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A permanent record should follow our teachers, also
A permanent record should follow our teachers, also

I came across a rather interesting headline the other day, so I was compelled to read the story.
The headline blared: 'Teachers can lose license elsewhere, work in Tennessee.'
So here are the key points:


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<i>Since when did not doing your job become patriotic?</i>
Since when did not doing your job become patriotic?

Perhaps I've missed something, but when did it become patriotic to not do your job?
Simply make up some "justification" and then every individual can do what they want to do with no regard for the public they are sworn to serve, their oath of office or the Constitution.
We have seen this with a county clerk in Kentucky, some magistrates in North Carolina and now, apparently, we are about to see it with a large segment of the United States Senate.


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<i>It's election time; can we talk about this?</i>
It's election time; can we talk about this?

For well over a decade you have been told about untreated sewage waste water being released in local river tributaries. Not a gallon or even 10 gallons; over time, tens of thousands of gallons.
As a matter of routine when we experience heavy rain, pumping stations that are to channel sewage waste water become overwhelmed. The result is it then overflows to river tributaries, then to the water supply.


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Editorial Cartoon: Hat
Editorial Cartoon: Hat

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OBITUARIES

JESSIE RAY BOLDEN JR.

FRANKLINTON - Jesse Ray Bolden Jr., 75, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 11, at New Liberty Baptist Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. Jamil Crosson officiating.


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WILLIE LEE BASS

FRANKLINTON-- Willie Lee Bass, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at the Hock Family Pavilion of Durham. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 14, at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Youngsville, with the Rev. Samuel T. Tunstall officiating.


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SPORTS

Jaguars Defend Hoops Crown
Jaguars Defend Hoops Crown

YOUNGSVILLE -- Crunch time proved to be clutch time for Cedar Creek in its quest for a third Middle Athletic Conference Boys Basketball Tournament in the past four years.
Thanks to a late rally, the top-seeded Jaguars continued their recent success -- and defended their title -- with a 40-34 decision over second-seeded Eaton-Johnson in front of an overflow crowd at the CCMS Gymnasium.


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THE JOURNEY BEGINS
TAKING AIM. Bunn senior Aaliyah Simmons elevates for a jump shot.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS

BUNN -- Bunn's annual quest for a deep postseason run began with a tune-up Tuesday against Durham School of Arts in the opening round of the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.
Top-seeded Bunn, which went undefeated in the NCC's regular season, opened tourney action versus DSA and had no trouble with the eighth-seeded Lady Bulldogs, winning by a 65-26 margin at the Bunn Dome.


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A TRUE BATTLER
A TRUE BATTLER

FRANKLINTON -- Tyler Dixon couldn't have found a more appropriate college to attend than the Alderson Broaddus Battlers.
Indeed, Dixon was a true battler along the offensive and defensive fronts during his two-year starting stint at Franklinton High School.
Dixon, who was the Northern Carolina Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year this past season, signed a letter-of-intent last Thursday to continue his career along the country roads of West Virginia at Alderson-Broaddus.


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A fitting finale for FHS boys
DRIVING FORCE. Franklinton's Darion Green (with ball) drives for a basket against South Granville.
A fitting finale for FHS boys

FRANKLINTON -- Close games are an expectation come the postseason, and Franklinton got a bit of early preparation for that anticipated challenge during last Saturday's Senior Night showdown against rival South Granville.
Franklinton had won at overtime at SG earlier in the season -- a victory that helped propel the Red Rams to the regular season crown in the Northern Carolina Conference.


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Warriors in TRAC mix

LOUISBURG -- Thanks to a final-game victory over Weldon, the Louisburg Warriors moved into second place in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference boys basketball standings -- and obtained a more favorable position for the upcoming Class 1-A State Playoffs.
Beating Weldon has been a chore for many a TRAC team through the years, but the Warriors got the job done last Thursday in the regular season finale for both clubs.


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Tough Loss For CCMS
ON THE LOOKOUT. CCMS' Hannah Yarborough tries to find a teammate.
Tough Loss For CCMS

YOUNGSVILLE -- Cedar Creek literally came within an inch of being able to wrap up a perfect girls basketball season last Wednesday.
Trailing by one point in the championship game of the Middle Athletic Conference Tournament, the Lady Jaguars saw a pair of layup attempts bounce off the backboard and onto the rim in the closing seconds.
Somehow, each shot bounced off the rim, and the Lady Jaguars were defeated by Northern Granville by a 24-23 total at the CCMS Gymnasium.


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FHS defeated in finale vs. Vikings
ELEVEN FOR TWO. Franklinton's Meaghan Dohnert makes her way toward the basket against rival South Granville.
FHS defeated in finale vs. Vikings

FRANKLINTON -- One of Franklinton's most important girls basketball victories of the season came when the Lady Rams traveled to South Granville and earned a last-minute triumph.
With fifth place at stake in the Northern Carolina Conference standings, the Lady Rams couldn't replicate that feat last Saturday at home in the regular season finale for both squads.


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Canes Add XC Signees

RED OAK -- Perhaps more than any other sport, cross country develops a camaraderie and kinship between teammates that is difficult to explain.
"These kids go through everything together,'' said Northern Nash coach Jeff Dodrill. "They do the same workouts, so you know what the person beside you is doing. If one person pays the price, the others will, too.''
It's a bond that strengthens over time, as evidenced by Northern Nash's recent connection to the fledgling cross country program at Louisburg College.


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BIG GAME FROM BUTTERBALL
BIG GAME FROM BUTTERBALL

Bunn's Bernadette 'Butterball' Cooke was exceptional for the Ladycats during their first-round victory over Durham Arts in the Northern Carolina Conference Tourney.


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IN THE CLUTCH
IN THE CLUTCH

Cedar Creek's KyJuan Jones (with ball) came through down the stretch last Wednesday.


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POST PRESENCE
POST PRESENCE

LaQuasia Clifton was outstanding in the paint last Wednesday for Cedar Creek Middle.


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SPLITTING THE DEFENSE
SPLITTING THE DEFENSE

Franklinton's Darion Green soars between two South Granville defenders during last Saturday's home basketball contests.


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LIFESTYLES

Kids invited to learn about raising chickens

If you ever wanted to learn how to raise your own chickens, now is your chance.
All children, ages 5-18, are invited to attend the 4-County 4-H Poultry Show Interest Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Vance County Cooperative Extension Office (305 Young Street, Henderson) to discuss plans for the 2016 4-County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale. A free dinner will be served, so RSVP with your county Extension Office.


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Piano concerts planned at Cherry Hill

The spring 2016 concert season at Cherry Hill has been designated "A Celebration of the Piano."
The initial concert in the series will be Sunday, Feb. 21 when Dr Vincent van Gelder will perform Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, de Falla and Prokofiev on the Steinway grand.
The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the historic Cherry Hill plantation home in Inez.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

SUPPORTING EDUCATION
SUPPORTING EDUCATION

A check for $5,000 was presented to the newly formed Franklin County Education Foundation recently. The pledge from Union Bank and Trust Company was presented at the board's third meeting, held on the CenturyLink campus in Youngsville. Shown here are (from the left) Melissa Wolfe, Franklin County Education Foundation board member and Union Bank representative; Larry Liles, Franklin County Education Foundation chairman and area operations manager for CenturyLink; Dr. Pascal Mubenga, Franklin County Schools superintendent and ex-officio Franklin County Education Foundation board member, and Renee Shaw, Union Bank representative.


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KVA honor students

Second Quarter
Headmaster List:
7th grade: Sarah Allen, Zachary Biggs, Kaitlin Combs, Kaitlyn Jones
8th grade: Austyn Abbott, Myles Ball, Lauren Moseley, Lorena Negron, Natalie Stone, Brian Teiser, Caroline Williams


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Police nab three for break-ins

Wake Forest Police arrested two teenagers and a juvenile in connection with a series of recent break-ins.
Police received more than a dozen reports of break-ins of unlocked vehicles, storage sheds and garages during the overnight hours of Feb. 6.
By noon on Feb. 6, police arrested Christopher M. Ray, 18, of Gordon Moore Road, 19-year-old Devin Bilodeau of Wake Forest, and a juvenile.
Bilodeau and Ray were charged with burglary, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, attempted breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.


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Suspect's property to be sold

LOUISBURG -- Personal property belonging to a suspected killer is set to go on sale next month.
In December, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood issued an order allowing the sheriff's office to sell two vehicles belonging to Garry Yarborough.
Franklinton police arrested the 35-year-old in July, hours after they allege he shot and killed his estranged girlfriend, Tracy Williams.
Attorneys representing Williams' children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Yarborough in September -- alleging Yarbrough was responsible for inflicting severe emotional distress.


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<i>Helping Maude!</i>
Jason Michael Carroll
Helping Maude!

COUNTY NATIVES TO HELP. Maude is getting some assistance from two Franklin County men who are making it big in the music business. Maude, of course, is the 1921 American La France type 75 fire engine that is once again owned by the Louisburg Fire Department. The truck was Louisburg's very first motorized fire engine and is a candidate for restoration. That's where Jason Michael Carroll and Larry Frick enter the picture. They have agreed to hold a concert fund-raiser on March 5 at the Louisburg College Jones Performing Arts Center.


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Deputies make drug arrest

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested two Wake Forest residents on drug charges following a traffic stop.
Officers stopped a car the morning of Feb. 13 at U.S. 1 and N.C. 98 and found what appeared to be cocaine in plain view.
A search of the vehicle revealed more cocaine.
Officers charged the driver, Thomas R Lowery, 24, with possession of cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He got a bond of $53,000.


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Lawsuit puts focus on Highway Patrol training

RALEIGH -- A former state Highway Patrol cadet's worker's compensation case entered its third week as she testified that the agency's training tactics and neglect left her permanently disabled.
Attorneys for Jennifer Martin, now a Franklin County sheriff's deputy, filed the complaint in the fall of 2011.
The complaint alleges that Troopers Gregory Gentieu and Susan Moreau sought to criticize and humiliate Martin to the point that she would leave the 29-week training program described as a paramilitary boot camp that weeds out weakness and discourages cadets from reporting injuries.


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Ex-lawman's case delayed in Franklin

LOUISBURG -- The case against a former law enforcement officer charged with stealing from the sheriff's office was postponed.
Wake County authorities arrested Dwayne Collins in January, alleging that he terrorized a woman by faking a home break-in and sending her sexually related text messages.
During the investigation, Wake and Franklin county authorities searched Collins' Franklin County home and found items they allege were stolen from the sheriff's office.


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Man given 'time served' for taking car

LOUISBURG -- A Franklnton man was sentenced last month, essentially, to the time he's already served in jail for taking a car and leading police on a high-speed chase.
Jonathan B. Faulkner, 33, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a vehicle, failure to heed lights and siren, motor vehicle theft and resisting a public official the evening of Sept. 23 after leading Franklinton police on a chase.


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Playground dispute ends with gunfire

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating allegations of an assault involving gunfire.
According to authorities, a group of individuals on all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes returned to the Royal Elementary School playground after one of them believed he lost his wallet there the evening of Jan. 31.
When they returned, they got into an argument with a group of guys who were playing basketball in the gym.


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Louisburg residents could get a 'three-fer'

LOUISBURG -- At least three potential reasons for Louisburg residents and businesses to celebrate were unveiled last week, but they still aren't quite official.
At a preliminary budget and planning session Thursday night, Mayor Karl Pernell outlined the three factors that may be good news this year.
The first is that a new fire rating -- which is to drop Louisburg to a relatively rare Class 3 next month -- should lower fire insurance costs for both homeowners and businesses in town.


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BUSINESS

ONE OF THE ELITE
ONE OF THE ELITE

A local business has received a prestigious award from one of its main suppliers. Louisburg Tractor recently received the Kubota Premier Elite Dealer Award of Excellence. At the presentation were (left to right) John Sloan, Kubota district sales manager; Jason Wilkes, Louisburg Tractor sales manager; Bobby Cummings, Kubota regional sales manager; and Robert Egan, Louisburg Tractor parts and service manager.


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