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Showing 41 articles from March 30, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

Suspected killer still on the loose
Darius Revel Robinson
Suspected killer still on the loose

LOUISBURG -- Authorities continued their manhunt this week for a suspect in a triple homicide that happened Saturday of Easter weekend.
Criminal files, court records and police reports reveal a pattern of assaults, shootings and robberies dogging Darius Revel Robinson going back to 2009.
On Saturday, March 26, Franklin County sheriff's deputies responded to 119 Harris Road to find Shemare Malik Harris, 18, of LaGrange, and Keisha Livingston, 36, of the home, dead from gunshot wounds.


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<i>United Way adjusts to variety of changes</i>
United Way adjusts to variety of changes

LOUISBURG -- The United Way of Franklin County is sprouting, board members say.
They are actively searching for a new executive director and have brought in five new board members, while saying goodbye to a former program and the executive director who forged it.
Last week, Kathy Harrelson, executive director of Feeding Franklin, announced the newly created nonprofit effort had garnered its own 501(c)(3) designation and was readying for business in Youngsville.


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<i>Teaching tennis and opening eyes</i>
Volunteer tennis teacher Cyrus Richardson explains the basics of the game
Teaching tennis and opening eyes

LOUISBURG -- Last week at the Boys and Girls Club, class was in session.
But so was recess.
The two converged on a makeshift tennis court at the Louisburg campus of the local North Central North Carolina Chapter.
For nearly a week, Cyrus Richardson, a Franklin Academy student and tennis player, spent about two hours a day with kids, teaching them tennis as a senior class community service project.


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Y-ville to get new town hall

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners agreed to pursue financing for a new town hall and committing themselves to a 5-cents tax increase beginning in the next fiscal year.
More than a year ago, a leaky roof forced town staff to look at repairs, said Town Administrator Bill Tatum, and the consensus was that the building wasn't worth repair.
New digs were needed.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Youngsville resident Arianna Christensen


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: SeaWorld
Editorial Cartoon: SeaWorld

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Problems that don't exist are the easiest to solve
Problems that don't exist are the easiest to solve

Well, at least I'm not the only one who was bumfuzzled at the polls during our recent election. At least I showed up with a valid ID and was allowed to cast a ballot, even though the process left me feeling irritated at my own state.
That's better than what happened to our own senior U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, who loves to go on television and explain how he's a major protector of state secrets and is keeping us safe by working behind the scenes in private.


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Combatting litter by giving up; call it the state 'flower'

Has anyone looked around lately?
It would appear that the not-yet-official "state flower" of North Carolina is in full bloom.
No, it's not the early blooming plums, pears or even the ornamental peach and cherry trees that have been making such a showing.
And it's not the daffodils, crocuses or assorted other springtime bulbs that emerge from the chilly ground to be a precursor of sunny, warmer days to come.


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Railing against high taxes no longer nat'l pasttime?
Railing against high taxes no longer nat'l pasttime?

There are two certainties in life, according to the popular idiom: death and taxes.
I've found it is indeed true.
We all will die. And we all will get a tax bill.
If you don't pay said tax bill, you may die.
I kid. But only a little.


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<i>Wee Wee War was lost but losses won't be wee!</i>
Wee Wee War was lost but losses won't be wee!

The second battle of the Wee Wee War was fought on Wednesday of last week and the people of North Carolina lost!
The loss will undoubtedly be measured in millions of dollars and its made our state the laughingstock of the nation.
Presented with an opportunity to show leadership in dealing with a challenging issue, the Republicans in Raleigh instead opted to pander to the bigots in their base.
That morning, the NCGA convened in a special session, (which cost over $40,000 - more than the annual salary of a starting teacher in this state), that had been called by Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest and House Speaker Tim Moore.


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<i>Do you know, or care, who represents you?</i>
Do you know, or care, who represents you?

Looking on, it is clear the majority of people in our country have lost faith in what is called the political establishment. By squandering "We the People's" confidence in their rectitude, my opinion is the so-called establishment has rendered itself irrelevant.
Clear evidence of this is the populous support of Bernard Sanders and Donald Trump, neither of which would be my first choice for President of the United States.
The fastest growing political constituency is that of the non-affiliated voter.


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Editorial Cartoon: Tragedy
Editorial Cartoon: Tragedy

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OBITUARIES

BEULAH R. HARRISON

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Beulah R. Harrison, 87, who died Monday, March 28, 2016, will be held Sunday, April 3, at 1 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Nashville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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DIANA "DEE-XCLUSIVE" EDGERTON

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Diana "Dee-Xclusive" Edgerton, 23, who died Saturday, March 26, will be held Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating.


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ERNESTINE "HESTER" RICHARDSON

CASTALIA - Funeral services for Ernestine "Hester" Mitchell Richardson, 76, who died Monday, March 28, 2016, will be held Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m. at Luther's Chapel Holiness Church in Castalia, with Elder Sarah Brake officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.


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KEISHA W. LIVINGSTON

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Keisha Lenique Wilder Livingston, 36, who died Saturday, March 26, 2016, will be held Friday, April 1, at 2 p.m. at Perry's Missionary Baptist Church in Centerville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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LILLIE M. FREEMAN

LOUISBURG - Lillie M. Freeman, 73, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 350 Hospice Circle, Raleigh. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 29, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Louisburg, Burial followed in the Cemetery on the Hill in Louisburg.


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SPORTS

Warriors Build Under Bolton
I'M IN. Louisburg High School's Javonte Taylor (left) scores a run during his club's home victory last Thursday afternoon over Northwest Halifax in Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference baseball action at Warrior Field.
Warriors Build Under Bolton

LOUISBURG -- Short on experience but long on potential, the Louisburg Warriors are looking to make yet another splash this season in the competitive Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference baseball standings. Coach Al Bolton's Warriors feature only two senior starters, but LHS have registered victories in five of its first seven outings, including last Thursday's 15-0 home decision over league opponent Northwest Halifax at Warrior Field.
Louisburg used a complete-game pitching performance from Trevor Wilder to notch the triumph.


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IT'S TWICE AS NICE

FOUR OAKS -- Championship Tuesday has taken on a new meaning for the Bunn High School baseball team during its last three years of participation at the annual Johnston County Easter Invitational Tournament.
Bunn reached the finals of the prestigious event in 2014, but was defeated in the last inning while settling for a runner-up finish.
The Wildcats took home the first-place trophy last spring by topping Triton in the finals -- and leaving Coach Chris Cullom's crew with a huge target on their backs entering this year's event.


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OFFENSE NEEDED
OUTTA THERE. Louisburg College catcher Toby Buchanon (right) tags out a Pitt Community College baserunner at home plate as part of last Saturday afternoon's Region X diamond doubleheader in Winterville.
OFFENSE NEEDED

LOUISBURG -- Under normal circumstances, allowing just four runs per outing would give a team an opportunity to be successful in the offensive-loaded Region X baseball standings.
But Louisburg College has been struggling at the plate lately, and the result has been a prolonged losing streak in the league.
That skein continued last weekend as the Hurricanes dropped a four-game series at Pitt Community College.


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LHS girls winning in league
LHS girls winning in league

LOUISBURG -- So far so good for the Louisburg Lady Warriors in Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference fast-pitch softball action.
Louisburg, coached by J. Stamey, is 3-0 in the TRAC and 7-1 overall after rolling to a 43-0 home decision last Thursday against the Northwest Halifax Lady Vikings.
After an earlier defeat against Franklinton, the Lady Warriors have put together four consecutive wins by a whopping total margin of 115-2.
Louisburg's success continued against Northwest Halifax as the Lady Warriors were never threatened.


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LHS seeks adjustment

LOUISBURG -- Maybe Franklin County's three high schools won't all be reclassified into three different leagues for the first time in history after all.
That's because Louisburg and Granville Central have petitioned to take part in a newfangled Northern Carolina Conference that will be a split Class 1/2-A league.
Under the first rough draft of the new realignment by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, which was released over the winter, Bunn was going to be in the NCC once again, while Franklinton was moving up to the Class 3-A Big East Conference.


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Get It Started Again
COLLISION COURSE. Bunn High School catcher Charlotte Murphy (left) attempts to tag South Granville's Hunter Mundy during last Thursday's softball game.
Get It Started Again

CREEDMOOR -- After a 10-month layoff, the Bunn-South Granville softball rivalry is back in full force.
The grudge series, which goes back to the days when Mike Lovin (Bunn) and Jimmy Fleming (South Granville) were coaching three decades ago, resumed last Thursday with the host Lady Vikings displaying yet another state championship banner from last year.
That title was claimed after South Granville defeated Bunn in a state semifinals series after BHS had topped the Lady Vikings twice during the regular season en route to the Northern Carolina Conference crown.


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Lady 'Canes return to action
Lady 'Canes return to action

LOUISBURG -- After an extended break, the Louisburg College softball team will return to action this weekend with a four-game Region X series at home against the University of South Carolina-Sumter.
Doubleheaders will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
Next Wednesday, Louisburg will host top rival Pitt Community College for a key league twinbill beginning at 5 p.m.


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HOOPS TOURNEY CONTEST

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the updated standings through the Elite Eight of The Franklin Times NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket Pool:


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CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN

Louisburg College's Bryce Myers (right) is stranded between first and second base during last Saturday's twinbill versus Pitt Community College.


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I'LL TAKE THIS ONE
I'LL TAKE THIS ONE

Bunn's Mary Stevenson takes a pitch during last Thursday's road conference showdown in Creedmoor against defending state champion South Granville.


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ON THE BARREL
ON THE BARREL

Louisburg's Cam Murphy rips a pitch for the Warriors during last Thursday's home victory against Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference opponent Northwest Halifax.


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PLAYMAKER
PLAYMAKER

Cam Murphy (left) records a force play at second base for the Louisburg Warriors during last Thursday's triumph over Northwest Halifax.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Acrobats to visit college</i>
Acrobats to visit college

The talents of one of the world's most popular acrobatic troupes, Cirque Zuma Zuma, will be on display at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, in the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC) on the Louisburg College campus. Their show is the final event of the 2015-2016 season of the Allen de Hart Concert Series.
Audiences and critics in Europe and Australia agree: Cirque Zuma Zuma is unlike anything they have seen before. Described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Zuma Zuma packs every show with non-stop action and incredible features that keep audiences on the edge of their seats.


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<i>Fannie Yarborough Bickett led a fruitful life</i>
Fannie Yarborough Bickett led a fruitful life

On December 14, 1930, the Brooklyn Eagle magazine carried a full-page article describing the remarkable career of Fannie Yarborough Bickett, a native of Franklin County and the widow of Gov. Thomas Walter Bickett (1869-1921).
Noting that she was currently serving as the president of the North Carolina Railroad Company -- the first woman to hold that position and the only one in the United States then serving as head of a railroad -- the author outlined her devotion to a variety of charitable causes.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Kerr-Vance Academy honor roll announced

Kerr Vance Academy in Henderson recently released their third quarter honor roll.


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Education grants go to schools

LOUISBURG -- A group focused on bolstering community activities awarded a handful of education grants.
Diane Fleming, mini-grants education chair for the Franklin County Community Foundation, announced the recipients this week.
"These grants are important to our local schools and community as a whole," Fleming said. "This is an excellent opportunity for our teachers to get funding for their classroom projects."


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<i>Learning North Carolina history by reenacting it</i>
Learning North Carolina history by reenacting it

LIVING HISTORY AT KVA. Kerr Vance Academy fourth-graders recently held their annual wax museum project. Each student chose a famous North Carolinian to research, then they gave their presentations for all other students, teachers and parents on March 24 at the school. Franklin County KVA 4th graders participating in the project were (above): Libby Cash as hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Writers Retreat slated for May</i>
Erin Knightly
Writers Retreat slated for May

The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild will host its annual Spring Writers Retreat May 7 from 9 a.m until 6 p.m. at Rolling View Community building, a part of Falls Lake recreational park.
The day retreat, according to team leader Donna Campbell Smith, is bigger and better than ever with four award-winning authors presenting workshops.
In addition to the workshops, there will be plenty of time for writing and networking. Published writers are invited to bring books to sell.


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Home burglaries, thefts, drugs keep deputies busy

YOUNGSVILLE -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are looking for suspects who stole a gun from a home.
A gun was reported stolen the morning of March 24 from a home on Remington Court.
The case remains under investigation.


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Plate sale to aid Boys, Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs Franklin Unit will have a BBQ plate sale at Johnny's BBQ on Monday, April 11, from 4-7 p.m. Proceeds will go to support programs at the club that help make a difference in kids' lives.
Tickets may be purchased from the Boys & Girls Clubs or Carter Bank & Trust in Louisburg.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door on April 11 from 4-7, or until tickets run out.


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<i>Learning about real world by seeing it in a virtual one</i>
Learning about real world by seeing it in a virtual one

Representatives from Internet giant, Google, recently visited Terrell Lane Middle School to demonstrate and test the company's new virtual reality application, Google Expeditions.
The new app allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and encourages them to discover the world outside the classroom.


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<i>Local ladies to compete in annual Jabberwock</i>
Local ladies to compete in annual Jabberwock

HENDERSON -- The McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson will serve as the setting for the 62nd Jabberwock Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The April 16 event, featuring local contestants, begins at 7 p.m.
State Rep. Bobbie Richardson and members of the Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter will serve as emcee. Admission to the pageant is $10.


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Small farm grants available

A grant cycle is open to small farmers who could use a boost.
The Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund was established to support and cultivate small farms in North Carolina.
The fund was founded in 2014 in honor and in memory of Franklin County farmers Marjorie Leonard and Steve Mobley of Meadow Lane Farm in Louisburg.


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BUSINESS

SALES AWARD
SALES AWARD

Sandra Shearin, owner of South Shore Realty at Lake Gaston, presents Associate Broker Mike Gupton, a lifetime resident of Louisburg, with an award for once again being the Top Producer in Closed Sales Volume at South Shore Realty. In 2015, Mike reached an exceptional $15.4 million in sales volume. That marks the 11th consecutive year he has achieved such an honor. He was also the Top Producing Agent in the Roanoke Valley/Lake Gaston Multiple Listing Service for the Lake Gaston area for 2015.


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