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Showing 31 articles from July 6, 2016.

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Hospital search takes step toward success
Hospital search takes step toward success

LOUISBURG -- "We're about on the 50-yard line," was the way State Sen. Chad Barefoot characterized progress on re-opening a hospital in Franklin County. "We've made a lot of progress but we have a long way to go."
Barefoot's comments came after Gov. Pat McCrory signed a new state budget into law this week that contains two critically important provisions which should help reopen Franklin Regional Hospital in Louisburg.


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<i>County schools reorganized with an eye toward efficiency</i>
County schools reorganized with an eye toward efficiency

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education wrapped up its 2015-16 fiscal year budget during a short meeting last Thursday evening, a meeting which was the last for two veteran school leaders who retired at the end of June.
One of those was Assistant Superintendent Tommy Piper who told the board that the county wanted an easement across school property so that a natural gas line could be connected from the main line along Tanglewood Avenue to the Agriculture Extension office in Louisburg.


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LHS expansion site purchased

After more than a year and half of discussions and negotiations, Franklin County finalized the purchase of 60 acres adjacent to Louisburg High School last week.
The land, purchased from the Dennis Mustian estate, sold for $600,000 and will be used by the county school system to enlarge and upgrade the Louisburg High campus.
The property, immediately southwest of the high school along Allen Lane, is to be developed into a sports complex, complete with a new football stadium, soccer, baseball and softball fields.


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<i>Nation's birthday  bash ... dodging showers, or not!</i>
Nation's birthday bash ... dodging showers, or not!

HAPPY AND SAD. The folks in Alert weren't so lucky as you can probably tell by the picture of Melanie Bobbitt (above) because rain forced cancellation of the event for the first time in history. But don't worry, they are already planning their annual Christmas parade!


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County picks 'hands-on'hauler

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners agreed to a trash hauling deal with the second lowest bidder and first-time municipal contractor.
On Tuesday night, County Solid Waste Director John Faulkner said CCS Transport provided the more dependable price and its owner/president, Chris Pearce, said he's got the experience and staff to deliver the county top-notch service.
Pearce has worked with the county before and he had a 27 year relationship with Waste Industries.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

4-year-old Franklinton resident Sofia Cole


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Melting
Editorial Cartoon: Melting

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More than the sun is shining brightly this summer
More than the sun is shining brightly this summer

Now that the explosions and bright flashes from the July 4th fireworks have faded into memory -- and we still figure we've got about two months of summer left before the kids head back to the classroom, it's a good time to take a quick gander at where we are and where we're headed.
Although I don't have a crystal ball -- never have had and don't think I'd even want one -- there are a few things that seem certain to come our way.
It would appear that the search for a new hospital operator has taken a giant step forward, although we're a long, long way from breaking out the bubbly to celebrate.


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The county is flush with cash; it's time to audit sheriff's office

If you believe what you hear -- or read! -- nothing could be finer than to be in "Caroliner" right now.
Especially here in Franklin County where we've suddenly discovered that our county government is flush with cash.
Although we suggest you take that assessment with a grain -- or a ton -- of salt, if you believe it, one major hurdle to one of our biggest needs has been cleared.
Honestly, to hear some of our county leaders talk, you might come away thinking that they found a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


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I admit I was wrong: Nothing can derail a political train
I admit I was wrong: Nothing can derail a political train

About 16 months ago, in this very column, I wrote how sneaking about, hiding information and thumbing your nose at those trying to get it could wreck a political career.
Boy, was I wrong.
Back in the spring of 2015, it was revealed that former Secretary of State and, now, presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was using a private email account to conduct official business.


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<i>'Apple pie bill' is just another assault on public education</i>
'Apple pie bill' is just another assault on public education

A lot of bad things happened in the closing days of the General Assembly's short session.
HB1080, the Achievement School District Act, was among them.
On the surface it sounds like an "apple pie type" bill. Upon closer review, it is simply another way to siphon education dollars to private, for-profit and, often, out-of-state entities.


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Facing an education dilemma

Dear editor:
I read, with total agreement, Carey Johnson's recent column concerning the need for higher level mathematics and science courses at the high school level.
However, from my past experiences, there are good reasons why advanced courses in math and science are not always offered.
First, university graduates majoring in the fields of mathematics and science do not opt to teach.


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Editorial Cartoon: Fireworks
Editorial Cartoon: Fireworks

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OBITUARIES

ERNESTINE "TINE" M. GUPTON

LOUISBURG--Ernestine "Tine" M. Gupton, 49, died Monday, June 26, 2016 at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 8, at 1 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.


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KEN EDWARDS

FRANKLINTON - William Kenneth "Ken" Edwards, 80, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Durham VA Medical Center. The family will receive friends at Lancaster's Franklinton Chapel, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton, on Thursday, July 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 8, with burial following at Fairview Cemetery.


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SPORTS

Bunn's Davis Makes It Official
STAND AND DELIVER. Erica Davis was exceptional at the plate and on the mound for the Bunn Wildcats' softball team. She has signed a letter-of-intent to play at Claflin University.
Bunn's Davis Makes It Official

BUNN -- Even when she was a little girl, there was no doubt that Erica Davis had the chance to develop into someone special on the softball field.
Back in the day, Davis helped the Bunn Youth Recreation League All-Stars claim a pair of Dixie Youth State Championships -- along with two national tournament appearances.
But Davis wasn't about to stop there. She helped Bunn Middle School to a league title before arriving at Bunn High School, where the best was yet to come for the talented Ladycat.


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24 AND ON THE MOVE
24 AND ON THE MOVE

BUNN -- For a glimpse into the young life of Ty Howle, simply scan the walls at his father's football office at Bunn High School.
There's the photo of a shirtless young boy, whistle in mouth, toting a football while taking part in a drill at a Bunn gridiron camp.
Ty was probably three or four years old at the time.
Follow the chronology through pictures of Ty's career as a successful lineman at Bunn, followed by four trying-but-ultimately-rewarding years at Penn State.


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DECISION TIME
HOLDING DOWN THE LINE. Shaw signee Dillon Hopkins was a three-year starter up front for the Bunn High School football squad.
DECISION TIME

BUNN -- For Dillon Hopkins, it might be a bit strange this fall putting on a football uniform for the Shaw University Bears.
After all, Bunn's green and gold is the only colors Hopkins has known, going back to his days as a star baseball and football player with the Bunn Youth Recreation League.
"I've known Dillon going back to when he came to our camps when he was six years old,'' said Bunn coach David Howle. "Dillon has always bled green and gold -- there is no doubt about that.''


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LC's stars move on for 2017
BUIES CREEK BOUND. Louisburg College standout Bryce Myers will play baseball next season for the Campbell University Camels.
LC's stars move on for 2017

LOUISBURG -- Blake Herring continues to build the Louisburg College baseball program -- and that means living up to his responsibility to make sure players in the school's sophomore class have a chance to continue their careers at the next level.
Seven sophomores have signed letters-of-intent to compete at four-year schools, including outfielder/pitcher Jordan Sergent, who will play at High Point University.
Bryce Myers, who was a catalyst at the top of the Hurricanes' lineup this spring, will attend Campbell University. Myers can play both the outfield or infield.


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Mudcats win home event
Mudcats win home event

ZEBULON -- Gordon Beckham hit a two-run home run in the third, Isaias Tejeda was 2-for-4 with three RBI and the Carolina Mudcats offense broke out for nine runs on 12 hits while snapping an eight game losing streak with a 9-6 win against the Salem Red Sox in front of 6,846 at Five County Stadium on Monday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball event.
Carolina's six-run sixth erased a three run deficit and put the Mudcats (32-50, 3-9) in front for the first time in the game.


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LC sked finalized

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will kick off its 2016 women's soccer schedule on Aug. 27 with a neutral-site matchup against Andrew College.
The contest will be held in Spartanburg, S.C.
Louisburg's home opener will be Sept. 3 against Region X opponent University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
The Lady Hurricanes, coached by Andy Stokes, return several key performers from last year's squad, which reached the semifinals of the Region X Tournament.


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LHS ready for boys soccer season
LHS ready for boys soccer season

LOUISBURG -- Coach Chris Cannady and the Louisburg High School boys soccer team wil begin its 2016 campaign on Aug. 15 with a home meeting against backyard rival Franklinton.
The contest will begin at 6 p.m. at Joyner Park in Louisburg.
Louisburg, competing in its final season in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference, will kick off TRAC play Sept. 19 on the road against Granville Central.


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A BREAK IN THE ACTION
A BREAK IN THE ACTION

Kylie Chromy beats the heat by taking a break on the gator as part of last week's Bunn High School Football Camp. BHS head gridiron coach David Howle was the coordinator of the event. For more on the annual camp, see next week's edition.


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TREMENDOUS HONOR
TREMENDOUS HONOR

Bunn High School senior Dillon Hopkins (second from left) holds up the state runner-up plaque from the Class 2-AA State Football Championship Game this past season. Hopkins will continue his gridiron career at Shaw University in Raleigh.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Teachers hope 'real world' visits improve classes</i>
HEAD OF THE CLASS. From left, Novozymes Senior Scientist Suzanne Clark, Quality Control Manager Don MacPherson, lead fermentation engineer Ashley Matthews, and People and Organization Partner Karen Gilbert answer questions.
Teachers hope 'real world' visits improve classes

FRANKLINTON -- About 100 of this region's educators took a tour of area manufacturing plants recently, using their summer vacation as an opportunity to fuel lesson plans in the fall.
The Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Alliance, a partnership between Vance-Granville Community College and Career and Technical Education high school programs in Franklin, Vance, Granville and Warren counties, is designed to prepare local students and workers for manufacturing-related careers.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

NEW OFFICERS
NEW OFFICERS

The Franklinton Lions Club recently elected its 2016-18 officers. President Mark McArn (far left), will lead this group of Lions as they go above and beyond the call of duty to serve citizens of Franklinton. Also pictured (from left beside McArn) Bill Day, secretary; Brenda Williamson, lion tamer; Terry Southard, treasurer; Charles Edwards, vice president; Jo Starling, tail twister; Sherry Morgan, membership chairman. The Franklinton Lions Club is actively looking for enthusiastic members of the community willing to make a difference in the lives of others.


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<i>Better community policing strategies gathered by chief</i>
Better community policing strategies gathered by chief

FRANKLINTON -- Police Chief John Green Jr. went to Washington, D.C. to visit with President Barack Obama's staff and get a briefing on their plans to initiate new police strategies.
He came back to Franklinton with some new ideas and plenty of confidence in his older ones.
"It was very informative," said Green, who, along with law enforcement leaders from around the country, got their first look at recommendations made by Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing -- a plan to bolster departments, improve community policing and reduce crime, among other things.


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THE AMERICAN WAY
THE AMERICAN WAY

Tim Jacobs, left, sells some Fourth of July celebration items to Carolyn Winder, right, a Delaware resident in town to visit her recently relocated family members. Thousands gathered at the Franklinton Middle School football field for fun and fireworks this past Sunday.


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Sexual assault allegations being probed by deputies

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating allegations of a sexual assault.
Deputies responded to a field in the 800 block of Sutton Road the morning of July 5 to find a 44-year-old man assaulting a woman.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, the man had picked up a 26-year-old woman, an acquaintance, to give her a ride.
During the drive, authorities said, the man began driving toward a path and the woman became suspicious.


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Sex assault investigation

LOUISBURG -- Sheriff's deputies are in the early stages of a sexual assault investigation.
The parent of a juvenile reported to authorities on July 2 that they believe their son was touched inappropriately.
Authorities are following up on the report, said Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright. No arrest has been made.


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Armored truck driver charged

LOUISBURG -- The driver of an armored truck was charged last month with causing a head-on collision.
According to a report by Trooper J.W. Harrah, Devin Johnson of Knightdale was driving the Loomis truck east on N.C. 561 the morning of June 22 when he crossed the center line and drove into the path of a Toyota Camry near Marco's Mini Mart.
The armored car crashed into the car, driven by Tamika Hicks of Louisburg.


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