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Showing 39 articles from April 13, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

Officials agree: County needs a plan

LOUISBURG -- Now is the time, commissioners and county staff said, to draw up blueprints that will guide the county for the next 20 years.
Without them, Commission Chairman Sidney Dunston said, the county is on a road to nowhere.
And fast.
"If we don't plan, then we're going to be overrun by development," Dunston said during the board's retreat on Tuesday, getting updates and hosting discussions on topics ranging from agriculture, to planning and inspections, to public utilities, airport operations, economic development and education.


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Two key school jobs filled in HR, finance
Doug Hale
Two key school jobs filled in HR, finance

LOUISBURG -- Two key leadership positions in Franklin County School were filled Monday night by the board of education.
• Doug Hale has been selected as the district's chief of finance and;
• Dannie T. Williams will serve as chief of human resources.
Hale, who currently serves as the finance officer for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Schools, will replace long-time Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Doug Moore, who announced his retirement earlier this year after 30 years of service to Franklin County Schools.


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<i>Ready to rescue!</i><br>VGCC, Justice VFD team up to train for farm emergencies
Ready to rescue!
VGCC, Justice VFD team up to train for farm emergencies

Vance-Granville Community College recently partnered with the Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department to offer an unusual training program designed to prepare local firefighters for specific emergency situations that may occur on farms.
A course called "Agricultural Machinery Rescue" was conducted from Jan. 19 through March 3, with instructor Joe Burris of Greenville teaching at the fire station in Justice and, at times, on the farm of Kelly Harris, the former chief and current assistant chief of the department.


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ECHS principal, BHS assistant named
Kimberly Marion
ECHS principal, BHS assistant named

LOUISBURG -- At its regular meeting on Monday, the Franklin County Board of Education named Kimberly Marion as principal of the district's Early College High School and Caroline Linker as assistant principal of Bunn High School.
Marion currently works as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Magnet Schools program manager for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and will replace retiring principal Jim Harris, who opened the early college in 2009.


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Ex-FHS coach's supporters want decision reversed

LOUISBURG -- In an unusual meeting Monday night, the Franklin County Board of Education heard from 13 speakers during the public comment portion of the board meeting, all but one of whom focused on keeping Jeremy Buck as Franklinton High School's head football coach.
Buck was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this year by Principal Russell Holloman, although Buck remains at the school as a teacher.
On Monday, several parents and some students urged the school board to reconsider the decision to remove Buck as a coach, citing his history of working with students as one of the main reasons.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn softball fan Landon Davis


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial: Trump Blimp
Editorial: Trump Blimp

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The hummers are late but the stork was early!
The hummers are late but the stork was early!

They're back.
The hummingbirds, that is.
Got a call last Thursday afternoon that Curtis Adams had just seen one at his feeders on Clifton Woods Drive, south of Louisburg.
No word if the little fella was wearing an overcoat or long johns, but maybe if the weather begins to warm up consistently, we'll be seeing more of the aggressive and entertaining feathered flyers around local feeders.


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County trusting its staff for new property 'reval'

We want to be positive about this, we really, really do!
But more importantly, we don't want a repeat of 2012 when it seemed like everyone in the county was mad and some of the "fixes" county officials were making defied logic.
The issue, of course, is re-valuation of property in Franklin County for tax purposes.


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Family of rich teen who avoided jail skips rehab bill
Family of rich teen who avoided jail skips rehab bill

You remember the case, right.
The one where an attorney argued that his client was too privileged to understand the consequences of his actions.
And courts in Texas bought it.
So, instead of doing hard time, a 16-year was sentenced to probation and a stint in rehab after killing four people in an alcohol-fueled crash in 2013.


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<i>A series of bad decisions is hurting North Carolina</i>
A series of bad decisions is hurting North Carolina

A while back, I began referring to Pat McCrory as the Governator.
The term is a combination of Governor (the office he was elected to in 2012) and Terminator (for the physical and economic danger he poses to North Carolina).
He is not acting alone, we can't afford it and, fortunately, we can do something about it this November.
Last week, PayPal announced it was cancelling plans for a new global headquarters in Charlotte because of HB2.


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Whose agenda is proactive?

Dear editor:
I went to what is now called middle school with some boys who had an annual contest of getting expelled from school for the rest of the year. The first boy to be expelled for the rest of the year won.
They would have loved today's school policies, void of common sense and guided by zero tolerance.


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Editorial Cartoon: Explosion
Editorial Cartoon: Explosion

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SPORTS

Warriors Building For Future
KEEPER OF THE NET. Louisburg High School's Elizabeth McCracken (left) tries to save a shot attempt from Northern Nash's Rebekah Beal.
Warriors Building For Future

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School continues to make progress in the rebuilding of its girls soccer program -- but results might not necessarily be evident against a high-powered opponent such as Northern Nash.
The tradition-rich Lady Knights invaded Joyner Park last Thursday and closed out a regular season sweep of Louisburg with a 9-0 triumph.
Rebekah Beal, who has signed with Chowan University, delivered five goals for Northern Nash, while teammate Olivia Bunn chipped in with a trio of markers, all of which came in the second half of action.


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RAMS ROLL TO TITLES
IN THE CLEAR. Cedar Creek Middle School's Jaylon Crudup clears this attempt as part of last Saturday's action at The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Championships at Franklinton HS.
RAMS ROLL TO TITLES

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton's Drive For Five was plenty alive during last Saturday's action at the annual The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Championships.
FHS' girls and boys have each won the team crowns at the event for the past five years -- a stretch that continued under adverse weather conditions at the FHS Football Field.


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GAINING A SPLIT
WHAT'S THE CALL? Louisburg College's Matthew Herzog (right) retires a Guilford Tech runner at first base during Sunday's diamond action.
GAINING A SPLIT

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's hopes of a high seed for the upcoming Region X Baseball Tournament have all but vanished, so first-year coach Blake Herring is focused on other tasks heading into the homestretch of the regular season.
One of those goals is making sure the Hurricanes gain some momentum can close the campaign on a positive note.
That's especially true in Region X, where the regular season standings have no determination on the winning team at the tournament -- and the district qualifier.


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LHS hosts its second 5-K event
MEN'S CHAMP. Tom Karnatz took first place in the Men's Division at the Warrior Pride 5-K Run.
LHS hosts its second 5-K event

LOUISBURG -- Quint Hester is now attending the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but his legacy remains at Louisburg High School.
Last year, Hester started the Warrior Pride 5-K Fun Run with the idea of raising money for Louisburg's Scholarship Fund. The inaugural event proved to be a success, but Hester's graduation meant that another LHS student would have to step up and take over responsibility of the race.
Reed Wheless, a multi-sport athlete, accepted the challenge and helped stage the run, which was held last Saturday morning on the LHS campus.


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Bunn edges rival L'burg
DODGE BALL. Louisburg's Kaylee Saunders tries to avoid the ball during a bunt try against Bunn.
Bunn edges rival L'burg

BUNN -- Regardless of circumstance, it's always an entertaining game when Louisburg and Bunn meet on the fast-pitch softball diamond.
Throw in the fact that both squads are playing at an elite level this spring, and that makes for a showdown just like the one played last Wednesday afternoon on the BHS campus.
Bunn took an early advantage and held on for a 3-2 triumph over the Lady Warriors.


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A Similar Result
RETURN POLICY. Louisburg High School's Gustavo Osorio returns a shot Monday afternoon against Nash Central.
A Similar Result

LOUISBURG -- With No. 1 Singles standout Chandler Johnson currently unavailable due to non-tennis related surgery, Nash Central High School court coach Frank Poyer has been forced to shuffle his lineup around a bit lately.
That didn't matter Monday as the Bulldogs rolled to an 8-1 road victory at non-conference opponent Louisburg.
The decision gave Nash Central a season sweep against the Warriors.


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COUNTY TRACK CHAMPS, 1
COUNTY TRACK CHAMPS, 1

FRANKLINTON LADY RAMS
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL


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COUNTY TRACK CHAMPS, 2
COUNTY TRACK CHAMPS, 2

CEDAR CREEK LADY JAGUARS
GIRLS MIDDLE SCHOOL


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Perry With A Plan
Perry With A Plan

BUNN -- When Tarik Cohen was going through the football recruiting process three years ago at Bunn High School, there was a local sentiment of frustration toward the lack of big-name schools making offers, mainly because Cohen's lack of size for a running back.
We all saw how that turned out -- Cohen has gained celebrity status due to his national-television exploits at North Carolin A&T, where he is the two-time MEAC Conference Player of the Year and an All-American.


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Bunn to host football camp
Bunn to host football camp

BUNN -- The 28th Annual Bunn High School Youth Football Camp will be held June 27-30 on the BHS campus.
Bunn head coach David Howle will oversee the event, along with Wildcats' players and assistant coaches.
Times will run from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Cost is $75 per person, which includes a field trip to the North Carolina State University football facility.
Ages 6 through rising ninth graders are eligible to participate. The festivities will conclude with a punt, pass and kick competition.


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Mudcats dropped by Blue Rocks

WILMINGTON, DEL. -- Dansby Swanson was 2-for-4 with two doubles and Jordan Edgerton had a RBI triple, but the Wilmington Blue Rocks scored a season high six runs and 12 hits while earning their first win of the season 6-4 against the Carolina Mudcats on Monday night at Frawley Stadium
The Mudcats (2-3) gave starter Zach Quintana a run to work with in the first.


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COUNTY TRACK MVPs, 1
COUNTY TRACK MVPs, 1

GIRLS MVP. Franklinton High School's Nia Richardson was honored as the Girls Most Valuable Performer at The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Championships. Richardson is pictured with FHS Athletic Director Jeremy Crawford.


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COUNTY TRACK MVPs, 2
COUNTY TRACK MVPs, 2

MIDDLE SCHOOL MVPs. Cedar Creek's Taliyah Gunther (left) and Terrell Lane's Tavor Harris (right) were saluted as the Most Valuable Performers on the middle school level at The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Championships. The athletes are pictured with Franklinton High School Athletic Director Jeremy Crawford.


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Rolesville to host running event

ROLESVILLE -- The Rolesville High School Booster Club 5-K Family Fun Run will be held April 23 on the RHS campus.
A 1-mile family fun run will start at 9 a.m. and is free of charge for all participants.
The 5-K run begins at 9:30 a.m. with a cost of $35.
A certified USATF 5-K course will be utilized with fully automatic timing.


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COME ON DOWN
COME ON DOWN

Bunn catcher Charlotte Murphy waits for a pop fly to come down as part of last Wednesday's home victory against rival Louisburg.


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ON THE RUSH
ON THE RUSH

Louisburg's Paulina Dominguez (left) tries to track down the ball against Northern Nash.


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RELAY TIME
RELAY TIME

(L to R) Franklinton's Ricky Person hands the baton to relay teammate Tyler Irby.


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TAHEISHA TO THE FINISH
TAHEISHA TO THE FINISH

Former Louisburg High School standout student-athlete Taheisha Wilder speeds toward the finish line along with her son, D.J. Coleman, as part of last Saturday morning's Warrior Pride 5-K Fun Run on the LHS campus.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Wedding bells to ring</i>
Wedding bells to ring

The Rev. Junious M. Debnam and his fiancee, Margaret, will have their wedding at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, April 30, at 3 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Anthony Q. Alston will be officiating. All members and friends are cordially invited to attend.


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<i>4-H offers bounce into speaking</i>
4-H offers bounce into speaking

According to a fact sheet developed by South Carolina 4-H and Clemson Extension, communication and public speaking are important life skills taught by 4-H Youth Development.
Presentations are used in 4-H as a means of sharing information, teaching poise, and gaining self-confidence.


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Bill Leslie, Lorica to perform here

Louisburg College and the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC) will host the Celtic musical group "Bill Leslie and Lorica" for a special benefit concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 22.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Louisburg Lions Club and Happy Camper, specifically to provide camp scholarships for local children in need and to fund Lions charities for the blind and visually impaired.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

CLEANING UP!
CLEANING UP!

Members of the Kerr-Vance Academy Student Government Association (SGA) spent a recent Saturday morning cleaning the roadside along Vance Academy Road as one of their local service projects. Fourteen members of the SGA picked up 29 bags of trash along the roadside. "As the Student Government Association, it is our goal to be active and make a difference in and around our community, said SGA President Drew Griggs.


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Bunn area man charged in shooting

BUNN -- Wake and Franklin County authorities arrested a Bunn area man, alleging he was responsible for a shooting near Zebulon.
According to reports, Wake County investigators suspect Michael Jermaine Jackson, 31, was involved in an early morning argument and shooting that occurred at his mother's home on Debnam Road in Wake County on April 6.
The name and condition of the man who was shot in the head has not been released.


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Motorcycle crash claims area man

BUNN -- A Zebulon man was killed in a motorcycle accident this past weekend.
According to the State Highway Patrol, Brian Creech was riding a 2015 Harley Davidson east on Pilot-Riley Road at about 6:25 p.m. when he ran off the right side of the road on April 9.
According to the report by Trooper C.M. Garner, the motorcycle then hit an embankment, went airborne and hit a tree.


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Zero to 130! Franklinton Youth baseball returns

FRANKLINTON -- When Brad Kearney ran for public office in the fall of 2015, one of his campaign goals was to re-establish the town's recreation program.
Less than a year on the job, that campaign promise has become a reality when the town hosts opening day for its youth baseball program on Saturday.
He didn't do it alone, though.
Now, as commissioner, Kearney teamed up with Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr., Sgt. Andrew Bishop and a host of parents and businesses in the community to bring the program to 130 kids -- ages 4-14 -- who will be on t-ball, coach pitch and baseball teams starting on Saturday.


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Y-ville book sale Saturday

The Friends of the Youngsville Library will be having a Spring Book Sale on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Youngsville Library. There will be follow-up days April 18-20 during normal library hours, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., or until all the books are gone.
Anyone wanting to donate books for the book sale can drop them off at the library during normal library hours (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.) through the week of April 11-15.


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