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Showing 34 articles from June 15, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

Who let the dogs out? Local officials shrug

LOUISBURG -- A volunteer group that works to reunite military personnel with their wartime service dogs said Franklin County has essentially peed on their legs.
Justice for TEDD Handlers (Tactical Explosives Detection Dogs) contacted county staff earlier this year, inquiring about six military working dogs that the sheriff's office acquired in February 2014.
Their goal was to reunite the dog's original handlers, many of them terror war veterans, with the canines -- either for a reunion meeting or, ultimately, to adopt them.


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<i>Look out world, here comes the class of 2016!</i>
PICTURE PERFECT. Louisburg High senior Deara Alston poses with teacher Beverly Judkins for a selfie prior to Louisburg High's graduation.
Look out world, here comes the class of 2016!

LOUISBURG -- Nearly 550 students took part in commencement exercises this past weekend as Louisburg College was the site of the county's three public high school graduations.
• Bunn High
Bunn High Principal Dr. Laverne Daniels marveled at the class of 2016, securing more than $3 million in scholarships for academic and athletics success, and leadership.


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There's a new town hall in Youngsville's future

YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners approved a $1.8 million budget that raises taxes to build a new town hall and sets the town up for a better future.
It didn't come without some question, though.
For more than a year, commissioners discussed the best plans to get out of a decrepit town hall and into new digs.
In the spring, the board agreed to buy a 7,500-square-foot building on U.S. 1-A to serve as a complex for a new town hall and police department, but the debt payments would require an increase of five cents per $100 of valuation in 2016-17.


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Superintendent promises better report card

LOUISBURG -- Reflecting on his first year as superintendent of Franklin County Schools, Dr. Pascal Mubenga made a bold prediction to the board of education Monday night.
"You will be proud when our report card is released in the fall," he told the board.
Last year the district was ranked 83rd out of 115 districts in the state, up from 73rd in the 2013-14 school year.


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'Streaming' found an audience

Apparently technology has its uses!
An oft-heard complaint from friends and family of high school graduates is the difficulty of getting tickets to attend the ceremony, a problem that increases with the size of each school.
To try to remedy that this year, the district offered "live streaming" of the graduation ceremonies over the Internet.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Franklin County Farmers Market Manager Pat Walker


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hillary and Tricky
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary and Tricky

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Judging county's budget by what it doesn't contain
Judging county's budget by what it doesn't contain

If you're like me, it seems like Christmas was two weeks ago, Memorial Day was yesterday -- yet now we're starting to read stories about Fourth of July events.
It was rather shocking recently when I edited a Franklin Facts news brief about the Fourth of July parade in Alert -- one of my favorite events of the year, even if it is blisteringly hot sometimes.
On the heels of that, we got the county's Fourth of July schedule in -- and it dawned on me that we are now more than half way through June!


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A common sense program with a record of winning

When most of us, as we struggle through life on a day-to-day basis, find ourselves in a win-win situation, we smile, perhaps discreetly pat ourselves on the back and savor the victory.
That's natural -- and double wins don't happen nearly enough.
But recently in Bunn some folks went that one better. They found themselves in a win-win-win situation and deserve a pat on the back from the rest of us for their successes.


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Many questions, few answers in wake of Orlando shooting
Many questions, few answers in wake of Orlando shooting

Sometimes you hear or read about things that you just can't believe.
Like most people, It's incredibly hard for me to believe that someone would be filled with so much hate that they bust into an Orlando nightclub and begin shooting people, killing 49 and injuring dozens more -- making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
What's even more difficult to believe is that the alleged shooter was the subject of a 10-month investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had been placed on the terrorism watch list, twice, yet was legally able to purchase the guns and ammo that authorities say he used during his early morning massacre.


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<i>Why do nice guy lawmakers support crazy, harmful stuff?</i>
Why do nice guy lawmakers support crazy, harmful stuff?

It has been stated in this newspaper that State Sen. Chad Barefoot is a nice young man. Based on my two (albeit) brief interactions with him, I would have to concur.
The problem is that doesn't make him a good representative of the people of Franklin County.
I have often criticized him in the past and undoubtedly will in the future. Many of the things he supports certainly don't help Franklin County.


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Dog training program has multiple benefits

Dear editor: This month, three dogs graduated from a prison program at Franklin Correctional Center that trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities.
But the reality is that the inmates training the dogs will benefit just as much as the disabled clients who receive the assistance dogs.


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Repeal a bad bill!

Dear editor: House Bill 2 has three parts. All three parts are bad and must be repealed.
Part I, the so-called "bathroom provision," has received much attention in the media. Part II and Part III have drawn little attention.


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Editorial Cartoon: Pinata Donald
Editorial Cartoon: Pinata Donald

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LIFESTYLES

A CENTURY AND FIVE MORE!
A CENTURY AND FIVE MORE!

Mary Heading Williams, born June 14, 1911, will celebrate her 105th birthday on June 18 at Berteen Wilder's cabin in Bunn. Many family members, nieces and nephews will be present. She is the lone survivor of eight children and still enjoys weeding her vegetable and flower gardens that she tends each day. Mary is very bright with a memory that exceeds those decades younger. She has a powerful "get up and go spirit" and is blessing to all her family and anyone that meets her. Mary lives in Franklin County and is a member of Maple Springs Baptist Church where she has been a member for over 86 years.


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<i>A new arrival!</i>
A new arrival!

Rusty and Kelly Corley of Creedmoor announce the birth of a son, Easton Brooks Corley, on May 18, 2016 at 1:50 a.m.
Maternal grandparents are Dannie and Sandra Preddy of Franklinton. Maternal great-grandparents are the late Otha and Alice Fuller Preddy of Franklinton and Virginia and Matthew Hanes of Lexington.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>VGCC pins associate degree nursing graduates</i>
VGCC pins associate degree nursing graduates

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College recognized 51 students who graduated this spring from the Associate Degree Nursing Program with a pinning ceremony in the college's Civic Center.
"The class of 2016 is the most recruited class in our history," said VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams, noting both the employers and the four-year universities who had expressed interest in the graduates.


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Franklinton woman earns degree

Brittany S. Tabron of Franklinton graduated from Bennett College in Greensboro on May 7 with honors.
She graduated cum laude, with a 3.59 GPA.
While attending Bennett College, she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (president), Chi Tramma Chapter.


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<i>County native and LHS grad earns doctorate in computers</i>
County native and LHS grad earns doctorate in computers

Jason Tyler King received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University during a commencement ceremony on May 6, 2016.
The Ph.D. is a research degree and is the most advanced degree that can be attained in computer science. Each Ph.D. student works closely with a research advisor and an advisory committee and publishes papers based on his or her work. Completion of the degree is accomplished by writing and defending a scholarly dissertation.


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BHS Graduation
BHS Graduation

BHS Valedictorian Joshua Boone


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FHS Graduation
FHS Graduation

FHS grads Joseph Carter and Alex Burres patiently wait on the ceremony to begin.


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LHS Graduation
LHS Graduation

Brooke Bendel of Louisburg High receives a carnation along with her diploma during the graduation ceremony Saturday at Louisburg College.


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WILDCAT PRIDE
WILDCAT PRIDE

Bunn High seniors Connor McKeithan, Austin Medlin and Melissa McLaughlin pose for a picture moments before taking part in commencement exercises.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

10 new child porn charges filed against county suspect
10 new child porn charges filed against county suspect

LOUISBURG -- Forensics analysis on a seized computer led investigators to levy more charges against a Franklin County man accused of child pornography.
Wake and Franklin county authorities combined in October 2015 to arrest Samuel Eugene Dabbs, 54, charging him with five counts of second degree and third degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
The charges were the result of a months-long investigation by Zebulon police prompted by allegations that Dabbs was offering to participate in the distribution of child pornography.


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Sexual exploitation verdict sends local man to prison
Sexual exploitation verdict sends local man to prison

LOUISBURG -- A 57-year-old man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor could be in his 60s before he's able to get out of prison.
And while his attorneys described the girl in question as, essentially, a highly sexual woman who targeted his client and others, scaled firewalls to view pornographic websites at schools, harassed a teacher to the point that she secured a restraining order, advertised for sex on Craigslist and was a constant runaway, Dean Paul White will spend between 20 and 84 months in jail for something that had nothing to do with her actions; it had to do with her age -- she was 17.


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Louisburg teen dies in crash

WAKE FOREST -- A Louisburg teenager was killed in a head-on wreck earlier this week.
Angela Rebollar, 14, died at the scene.
A 33-year-old Wilson woman also died in the two-vehicle wreck and several others were taken to the hospital.
According to reports and the State Highway Patrol, a 44-year-old Wendell man was driving a truck on N.C. 98 less than two miles southeast of Rolesville on Monday evening when he crossed the center line and collided with a van.


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<i>Youngster picks up a passion to help along with strawberries</i>
Youngster picks up a passion to help along with strawberries

BUNN -- For seven years of his life, Alexander Eleczko and his family have made an annual pilgrimage to Vollmer Farm to spend time in the fields and pick organic strawberries.
It's not the only thing he picked up, though.
Since his birth, he's picked up on his mother's passion to help and when he found out Vollmer Farm's strawberry crop had been battered by storms this spring, he knew he had to help.


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Two burglaries reported in Louisburg area

Sheriff's deputies are investigating two burglaries reported in the Louisburg area.
The first was reported in the 100 block of M.C. Wilder Road the afternoon of June 13.
The second was reported in the 3500 block of N.C. 39 South about half an hour later.
Both cases are under investigation.


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Two area men arrested on various drug charges

LOUISBURG -- Deputies arrested two area men on drug charges.
According to a report, Milton L. Williams Jr., 25, of Ed Faulkner Road, was charged with maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance.
Deputies also arrested Vincent J. Hicks, 51, of Norlina, charging him with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and no operators's license.


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<i>Her goal? Get camps running and full!</i>
Her goal? Get camps running and full!

LOUISBURG -- It's a good thing Ashley Faucette is a recreation major, because as the new Boys and Girls Club unit director, she's hit the ground running.
She started on May 23 and Monday, June 13, marked the first day of summer camp at the Franklin County campus of the Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina.
"My short-term goal," Faucette said, "is to get the summer camp off the ground."


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DA Waters responds to letter; cites hope new programs help

My thoughts and hopes are with Desiree Hopkins for a speedy recovery as she heals from the physical and emotional injuries she suffered on May 20, 2016.
I have not had a chance to meet with her mother, Ms. Dalphine Hopkins-Thomas, but I look forward to working with her and the Youngsville Police Department in the prosecution of Devon Whaley.
I was not the District Attorney in 2014 and Ms. Hopkins-Thomas must be mistaken as to meeting with me about her daughter.


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Suspected break-in leads to drug arrests

LOUISBURG -- Deputies arrested two Wake County men they allege were operating a meth lab somewhere in Raleigh.
It was an apparent home break-in that led to their arrest, though.
According to authorities, deputies were responding to a reported break-in at a home in the 2200 block of Old U.S. 64 highway.
En route, deputies came across a car fitting the description of the suspect vehicle on Mulberry Road.


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Deputies probe rape allegation

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies have begun an investigation into allegations of rape.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said that a father reported to authorities on Sunday that his 18-year-old daughter said she had been raped back in October 2015..
"That's all we know right now," Wright said. "We've just started the investigation."


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<i>Woman with local connections awarded her medical license</i>
Woman with local connections awarded her medical license

Jasmine Pettiford was awarded her medical license on May 22, 2016 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Southeast High School in Raleigh.
Dr. Pettiford received her BS in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience in May 2007 from Duke University. In 2008, she received her Master of Medical Science from the University of Hong Kong where she did cancer research. She entered Georgetown University in July 2011. While attending Georgetown, her concentration was in Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery.


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