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Showing 38 articles from June 8, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

No tax hike seen in county budget plan; hearing set

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County staff presented commissioners with a proposed spending plan that increases spending, boosts salaries, adds employees, bolsters the county's savings account and gives the schools most of the funding they requested -- all while not raising the tax rate.
County Finance Director Mitchell Robinson and County Manager Angela Harris said those things are possible because of a $1.2 million growth in the county's tax base, a nearly $2 million bump in sales tax projections and savings, and $600,000 from the Novant hospital settlement that the county will use to bolster emergency ambulance care.


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<i>Wishing and working for a cure!</i>
Wishing and working for a cure!

YOUNG ROYALTY CROWNED. These three young ladies raised about $2,000 to help in the fight against cancer and were crowned for the efforts during last Friday's Relay for Life in Franklin County. From the left are Samantha Bennett, winner in the 6 to 11 age group; Katelyn Millison, first in the under 5 age group from Bunn Elementary and Kora Coltrain, second in the under 5 age group from Long Mill Elementary.


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Live stream of graduation is planned

LOUISBURG -- The The Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium inside Louisburg College's Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center will again be the site for graduation ceremonies for three of the county's public high schools this Saturday.
What will be different this year is that those who are not able to make it inside can catch a live stream of the events on the school system's website.
"We're really looking forward to having the live stream this year," said School System spokesman Patrick Glace, noting that each student is only allocated a fixed amount of tickets for family and friends.


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Hospital work goes on, Dunston says

LOUISBURG -- Members of grassroots organizations asked commissioners to provide answers on just what they are doing to bring a hospital back to Franklin County.
The query came during the public comment section of Monday night's meeting -- which is not set up as a give-and-take session, so no immediate answer was provided.


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Ellmers out; Holding wins GOP nod

LOUISBURG -- Congressmen George Holding doubled up Renee Ellmers for the Republican nomination in U.S. District 2, a battle of incumbents in the reconfigured district.
Holding will battle Democrat John McNeil in the fall in a race to determine who will represent the district that includes Franklin County.
Earlier this year, judges ruled that the state's Second and Twelfth Congressional Districts were unconstitutional and ordered that state legislators redraw the maps.


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Canine stars first graduates of unusual training
MEET IN THE MIDDLE. Inmate Grady Meredith, right, presents a service dog to, from left, Amanda Weekley, and Sharon and Hannah Michels.
Canine stars first graduates of unusual training

BUNN -- At most commencements, students walk across a stage and grab a diploma or degree.
Stevie, instead, pulled on a tassel like piece of cloth, opened a refrigerator and pulled out a bag of goods.
That demonstration was Stevie's master class performance because it's a skill she will use to help a physically disabled person perform a function -- getting into the fridge -- that many take for granted but could not live without.


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<i>Project to save old jail inches forward</i>
Project to save old jail inches forward

LOUISBURG -- County commissioners agreed to move forward with a lease agreement that could help restore the long-abandoned jail.
Members of the Tar River Center for History and Culture Foundation have plans to at least stabilize the East Nash Street building that was built in 1875 and one of the first steps is to secure a lease on the property.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg's Larry Moore frying fish at Relay for Life


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Father's Day
Editorial Cartoon: Father's Day

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Reporter's lament: Filling a seat better filled by others
Reporter's lament: Filling a seat better filled by others

Ever just feel like you were the wrong person in the wrong place at the right time -- and maybe for the wrong reasons?
Recently, I kinda felt like that when I was invited to the banquet featuring the teachers of the year and the teacher assistants of the year sponsored by the county school system.
Now, don't misunderstand. It was a great evening. Good food, nice atmosphere, both courtesy of Louisburg College, and an excellent array of well-educated, positive and motivated people to hang around with for an evening.


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Prince's death is warning we should all be heeding

Whether you were a fan of the late musical artist Prince or not, now that we know what killed him, you need to pay close attention.
His April 21 death has been officially ruled as an overdose of the opiate fentanyl.
That's not a common drug name -- and certainly is not as common as Percocet or Oxycontin.
But it's been around a long time -- since about 1960 -- and has a long, sordid history of being badly abused, often with deadly consequences.


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Hashing out finances in  silence is not golden
Hashing out finances in silence is not golden

A few weeks ago, an editorial appeared on this very page, essentially chastising our county leadership for its lack of having any public discussion regarding the budget -- a fiscal document that has to be approved by June 30.
Well, after Monday night's county Board of Commissioners meeting, that lack of dialogue has been rectified.
But, I have to ask you to take part in this philosophical thought experiment that raises questions regarding observation and knowledge of reality: "If a budget book falls in a meeting room and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"


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Editorial Cartoon: Donald GOP
Editorial Cartoon: Donald GOP

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<i>State scholarships merely a reverse Robin Hood scheme</i>
State scholarships merely a reverse Robin Hood scheme

It's budget time at the state and local levels of government in North Carolina.
As of this writing, both chambers of the NCGA have passed their versions, which now have to be reconciled before being submitted to the Governator. I'd like to take a look at one particularly harmful aspect of the Senate's plan.
The GOP war on traditional public education has many fronts and this budget is no exception.


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'The system' failed victim

Dear editor: Yes, "A Ticking Time Bomb."
Where is Justice, Franklin County Court System and D.A. Mike Waters? I tried to advocate for my daughter in 2014, but Mike Waters didn't listen to what I had to say because I was not the victim.


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Editorial Cartoon: Pentagon Floppies
Editorial Cartoon: Pentagon Floppies

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OBITUARIES

DOROTHY WALTHOUR

RALEIGH - Funeral services for Pastor Dorothy Walthour, 68, who died Friday, June 3, 2016 will be held Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Church of God in Louisburg, with Bishop McKinley Green officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones Cemetery.


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SPORTS

THE FINEST AT LHS
THE FINEST AT LHS

LOUISBURG -- Here is a list of winners from the 2015-16 Louisburg High School Athletic Awards Ceremony:
Football
• Most Valuable Player -- Garrett Ingraham
• Offensive MVP -- Amonte Moses


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All-NCC standouts selected
All-NCC standouts selected

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklinton and Bunn didn't occupy their usual spots in the upper portion of the Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer standings this spring.
Still, the Ladycats and Lady Rams were well-represented on the annual All-NCC Team.
Bunn, coached by Charles Haley, featured Haley Jones, Carlye Wegenast and Morgan Williamson on the prestigious squad.


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County Stars Spark Lady Patriots
County Stars Spark Lady Patriots

WAKE FOREST -- Franklin Academy's girls soccer team made it all the way to the state finals this spring in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Class 1-A Playoffs.
And two Franklin County residents played huge roles in the Lady Patriots' success -- senior midfielder Abby Keel from Louisburg and freshman forward Kennedy Capps from Youngsville.


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LHS spikers release sked

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's much-anticipated 2016 volleyball season will begin August 16 with a road matchup against Franklin Academy.
LHS, coached by Erica Wammock, returns the nucleus of last year's club, which reached the Elite Eight of the Class 1-A State Playoffs.
This will be the final year for the Lady Warriors in the Class 1-A Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference. Beginning in 2017, Louisburg will move to the split 1-A/2-A Northern Carolina Conference.


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Warriors will open at NJHS
Warriors will open at NJHS

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's final football campaign in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference will begin Aug. 19 with a road showdown against non-league opponent North Johnston.
LHS' first three outings will be away before the Warriors celebrate their home opener Sept. 16 against Bunn.
After this coming year, Louisburg will be moving to the split-classification Northern Carolina Conference.


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Mudcats drop matchup with Dash
Mudcats drop matchup with Dash

WINSTON-SALEM -- Winston-Salem's Matt Cooper struck out 11 over eight scoreless innings while leading the Dash to an 8-0 blanking of the Mudcats last Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
Ryan Gebhardt was 3-for-4 and had all three Carolina hits in the shutout loss.
Cooper (3-4, 3.22) retired the first nine he faced in consecutive order to start the game and allowed just two hits over eight innings pitched.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Meet the artist!</i>
Meet the artist!

TEA WITH ARTIST. The public is invited to an afternoon tea with abstract artist Joy Ayscue on Saturday, June 25 from 3 until 5 p.m. at the FCAC Gallery on 22 S. Main Street, downtown Franklinton. Ayscue says her voice isn't all that melodic, so she uses the medium of acrylic painting to sing her joy to the world. It is her passion to inject the powerful energies that she experiences in her own life such as hope, faith, peace, motivation, inspiration and especially the energy of love into each of her creations in order to share them with others.


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<i>Juneteenth celebration planned</i>
Linda Wade, FCAC board member and blues singer, will perform at event
Juneteenth celebration planned

Franklin County Arts Council is hosting a free Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18, from 1 until 4 p.m. at BROAD community center, 583 Bunn Elementary School Road, Bunn.
Participants are asked to bring a picnic lunch and a chair and enjoy the music presented by Sisters and Brothers Unity with Howard Overton.
Also on the program will be Johnny Boy and The True Blessings, the C4C Steppers, quilt show, arts and crafts, and Chyefa will present a talk titled "What's in a Name?"


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>VGCC grads hear seeds of wisdom from farmer, classmate</i>
Jason Brown delivers address
VGCC grads hear seeds of wisdom from farmer, classmate

HENDERSON --Vance-Granville Community College graduates received life lessons from a Franklin County farmer, Jason Brown, who left behind a career in the NFL to raise his family and feed the hungry.
Brown was the speaker during the school's 47th commencement exercises on May 13.
Brown had the distinction of being introduced by his mother, Deborah Brown, who chairs the VGCC Board of Trustees.


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<i>VGCC celebrates Male Mentoring students</i>
VGCC celebrates Male Mentoring students

HENDERSON -- The first-ever PRIDE awards were presented as the Male Mentoring program at Vance-Granville Community College recently held an awards ceremony to recognize outstanding students who have participated in the program.
The ceremony, held in the VGCC Civic Center, began with welcoming remarks from college president Dr. Stelfanie Williams.
"I want you to know how important you are to us as male leaders in our college and in our community," Dr. Williams told the students being recognized.


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CHECK PRESENTATION
CHECK PRESENTATION

Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson, (left) Josh Towne (center) and Dr. Stelfanie Williams, VGCC president, mark the creation of the new Chick-fil-A of Henderson scholarship.


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Three with local ties earn honors

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Students with local ties to the community were named to the Dean's List for the spring semester of the 2015-2016 academic year at Hampden-Sydney College. To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0.
Zachary P. Wiggin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Wiggin of Franklinton;


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Police probing reports of thefts from vehicles

FRANKLITON -- Police are probing a series of vehicle break-ins reported in a roughly two-week period.
Police Chief John Green Jr. said thefts were reported from 15 vehicles two weeks ago.
The thefts were reported in the areas of Lane Store Road and Weatherly subdivision.
In those cases, investigators said, none of the vehicles were locked when entry was gained.


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Police make drug arrest

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested a Henderson woman they allege assaulted an officer during an arrest.
According to the report, Hillarie E. Fries, 34, was arrested during a stop on N. Bickett Boulevard and Williamson Street the morning of June 2.
She was charged with reckless driving with wanton disregard. Officers found hydrocodone and oxycontin in the car, leading to a charge of possession of a controlled substance.


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Lost statement 'dings' sexual assault case

LOUISBURG -- The case against a Franklin County man accused of sexually assaulting a Wake Forest girl began this week, but the case took a ding before the jury was picked.
Authorities arrested Dean Paul White in March 2013, alleging he was guilty of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 17-year-old girl.
The girl was reported as a runaway and was found at White's Timberlake Road home near Louisburg.


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Move to federal court delays remedy

LOUISBURG -- The case against operators of a Youngsville assisted living facility accused of negligent staffing levels could get a new venue.
As it stands now, the motion by Saber Healthcare Group to move the case to federal court means they don't have to abide by a ruling in state court to immediately bolster its employee roster.
Those staffing levels are at the heart of a class action lawsuit that alleges understaffing at Franklin Manor Assisted Living Facility has resulted in poor care and placed residents in danger.


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Relay for Life 2016, pics 1
Relay for Life 2016, pics 1

Puffs of smoke appear above cookers as participants in Franklin County's 2016 Relay for Life get ready for the annual fundraising event


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Relay for Life 2016, pics 2
Relay for Life 2016, pics 2

Purple was the color to wear this year in the Survivors' Walk


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Relay for Life 2016, pics 3
Relay for Life 2016, pics 3

The best way to 'relay' and beat the heat was to catch a ride!


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Relay for Life 2016, pics 4
Relay for Life 2016, pics 4

Paul Hawkins kept a close eye on the frying fish, not the coolest task on a hot, humid June evening!


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BUSINESS

<i>Neuse Tile celebrates 50 years in business</i>
Neuse Tile celebrates 50 years in business

Local tile installation company Neuse Tile Service celebrated more than 50 years of service recently with a gathering of local contractors and industry friends.
"We wanted to include those who have made this milestone possible -- our great customers, our supportive community, and our fantastic staff," said vice president Paige W. Smith.
The business has survived the ups and downs in the area's construction industry by focusing on providing quality tile installations whether for residential builders, individual homeowners, or commercial general contractors with multi-million dollar projects.


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