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Showing 35 articles from August 17, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

Hospital decision could come by October

LOUISBURG -- Commissioners set the county down a path Monday night that could have them selecting a new healthcare provider by October.
First, the board adopted a resolution declaring their intent to lease or sell all or part of Franklin Medical Center.
They then authorized county management to solicit proposals from at least five targeted entities who would be interested in providing health care in Franklin County.


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Bus service in the 'Burg? Study says it could work

LOUISBURG -- Could Louisburg support a type of mass transit, say limited bus service, between important points in town?
According to a year-long study by consultants, the answer is a qualified yes.
But the operating cost for the system would be high -- running at least $122,400 a year not counting the cost of buses or of other related infrastructure like bus stop shelters.


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<i>'Just breathe'</i>
'Just breathe'

YOUNGSVILLE -- Clicking through Youngsville firefighter Justin Lloyd's Facebook page tells a lot about him.
His grandfather, Youngsville Fire Chief Tommie Lloyd (and grandmother, Jennie), raised Justin after his mother, Jennifer Lloyd, died and there's a picture of Justin, in full gear, fighting a fire with the text, "Just Breathe" adorning the shot.
One of his last posts said: Count your blessings, not your problems.


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A new hotel, too? Potential is there

LOUISBURG -- The town can support another hotel. That's the word presented to the town council Monday night in the form of a report from Hotel & Club, an appraisal and consulting firm from Norfolk, Va., which has looked carefully at the local market.
That group suggests that a limited-service hotel "best represents the type, cost, amenities and price point most suited to the current and anticipated lodging demand identified in the market."


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Town supports grant that could bring 41 new jobs

LOUISBURG -- The town council went to bat for a local business this week, submitting an economic development resolution in an effort to create as many as 41 new jobs in town.
Cal-Maine Foods, which is an egg distributor and processor, is seeking a $410,000 building reuse grant through the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
That grant requires the sponsorship of the town -- and the council unanimously agreed to do that.


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<i>Five days added to early voting period</i>
Five days added to early voting period

LOUISBURG -- The county's Board of Elections approved an early voting plan that some allege restricts the ability to vote, but the matter might not be a done deal.
In July, a federal appeals court overturned elections laws in North Carolina, including one that limited the time for early voting.
As a result, counties had to redevelop and re-approve early voting plans.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Lacey Medlin, Mallory Allen


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Nominee
Editorial Cartoon: Nominee

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Striped shirts, whistles and a local artist remembered
Striped shirts, whistles and a local artist remembered

I hate to be the bearer of bad news -- and there is ample evidence that the next message is factually incorrect -- but fall begins tomorrow.
Not the fall that meteorologists calculate will begin in September.
This is the "true" fall -- meaning it's the beginning of high school football season in Franklin County.
For pigskin fanciers, nothing means fall like football.


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Who wins when politics, and science are at odds?

There is something sad, troubling and even a little frightening going on right here in our home state.
It's a bizarre situation that pits the public health against drastically opposing views of scientists and politicians -- and since this is happening in the 21st Century, it's more than a little frustrating since the science is relatively easy.
The administration of Gov. Pat McCrory has lined up to battle some of the state's top experts in toxicology and water quality.


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Emails or not, they can get you in a devil of a mess
Emails or not, they can get you in a devil of a mess

Well, I guess this is one approach.
After Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton got hemmed up regarding a secret server and her alleged penchant for hiding top secret emails, a story from WRAL reveals that Democratic governor candidate Roy Cooper has a much different regard for the electronic service.
Whereas Clinton has been accused of hiding enough emails that, if printed, could probably wallpaper the White House, as Attorney General, Cooper has produced just enough emails to produce a paper cut, if you try real, real hard.


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GOP's growing legal expense bill costing taxpayers dearly
GOP's growing legal expense bill costing taxpayers dearly

If you averaged wasting almost $1.7 million a year for your employer and your contract was up for renewal in November, do you think it would be renewed?
The Republicans in Raleigh have spent $9,320,619 on outside legal counsel between 2011 and the end of June of this year.
Keep in mind that is to supplement the office of the State Attorney General, for which you, as a taxpayer, pay the entire cost.
The vast bulk of the money has been spent defending controversial legislation, almost all of which has ended up being declared unconstitutional at some point.


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<i>Appeasement is always a bad policy</i>
Appeasement is always a bad policy

The recent revelations of a long-standing dispute with a tenant at the Triangle Executive Airport has me wondering if many of our county executives and elected leadership even suspect what they are doing.
The gist of the dispute is a tenant at the airport owes thousands of dollars of back rent and our leadership is trying to find a way to get him to pay it.
To me this is a problem looking for another problem. Facility space at the airport is the subject of contracts.


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Promoting climate change solutions

Dear editor: Calling all climate leaders in business, faith, agriculture and youth.
Do you feel like efforts to address climate change are being overpowered by the special interests?
Have you ever wondered how to make your voice be heard in this politically divided realm?


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Editorial Cartoon: Hillary Gymnastics
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary Gymnastics

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OBITUARIES

DWAYNE DURHAM

FRANKLINTON --Martin "Dwayne" Durham, 52, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. The family will receive friends at Lancaster's Franklinton Chapel, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton, on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 2 to 3:45 p.m., where funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Durham, at a later date.


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CARRIE A. DANIELS
October 21, 1946 - August 15, 2016

CASTALIA - Carrie Ayscue Daniels, 69, of Castalia, died peacefully in her home Monday morning after a short battle with cancer.


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CLECY DURHAM

RALEIGH-Funeral services for Clecy Durham, 67, who died Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. at Gospel Unlimited Church of Christ Disciples in Castalia, with the Rev. Anthony J. Raynor officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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DOUGLAS "BEAR" EVANS

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Douglas "Bear" Evans, 69, who died Thursday, July 28, 2016, were held Sunday, July 31, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Castalia, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the Hickory Grove Cemetery.


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SPORTS

FHS' MATINEE IDOLS
A RUSH TO JUDGMENT. Franklinton High School's Ekwon White (right) rushes the Apex quarterback as part of last Saturday morning's action at the Johnson-Lambe Football Jamboree at Southeast Raleigh HS.
FHS' MATINEE IDOLS

RALEIGH - Don't back down. Don't be intimidated. And don't event think about not giving a maximum effort.
Those were among the messages new Franklinton High School football coach JeVar Bransome spoke to his team about during a pair of scrimmage events last week against higher-classification foes.
The first stop was last Wednesday as Bransome took the Red Rams to Durham to tangle with perennial Class 4-A powerhouse Hillside -- the school that Bransome served as an assistant coach at when the Hornets won a state crown in the early 2010s.


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Heat Wave For Wildcats
Heat Wave For Wildcats

RALEIGH -- Last Saturday's HighschoolOT Jamboree at Cardinal Gibbons High School provided the antithesis of football weather.
Instead of a balmy fall day perfect for gridiron heroics, participants were welcomed with near 100-degree weather and scorching sunshine.
Bunn actually got a slight break as the Wildcats opened the event at noon -- as opposed to mid-day -- with a scrimmage against C.B. Aycock High School out of Wayne County.


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FINAL COUNTDOWN
COMING YOUR WAY. Louisburg's Max Jones delivers a pass during last Wednesday's action at a football jamboree at Nash Central High School.
FINAL COUNTDOWN

LOUISBURG -- Now in his second season, Louisburg High School football coach Dontae Lassiter is still in the process of learning about his club.
That developmental curve took a big upward swing last week as the Warriors took part in scrimmages at Nash Central (Wednesday) and Southern Vance (Saturday).
Lassiter wasn't overwhelmed by his club's performance at Nash Central versus the Bulldogs and South Creek.


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LC looks to shine this year
ANOTHER BIG YEAR? Kevan Coppage and the Louisburg College Hurricanes look to excel once again on the football field this fall.
LC looks to shine this year

LOUISBURG -- Trevor Highfield's first season as Louisburg College's head coach was certainly one to remember as the Hurricanes put up huge number on both sides of the ball -- and were undefeated until falling to national powerhouse Nassau Community College in the regular season finale.
Still, the 7-1 campaign was considered a resounding success -- and Highfield is looking for bigger and better things time around around for Louisburg, which opens Aug. 27 at home against Jireh Prep out of Charlotte.


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Stingrays finish sked
BALL IS THE BEST IN THE BACKSTROKE. Colin Ball competes in the Boys 7-8 Backstroke for the Town and Country Stingrays.
Stingrays finish sked

LOUISBURG -- Town and Country's Stingrays wrapped up another successful campaign on Aug. 4 with a 264-84 decision over the Franklinton Frogs.
Town and Country, which was coached by Lindsay Duncan and Rebecca Keith, featured 51 standout performers this summer.


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LHS opens with spike victory
LHS opens with spike victory

WAKE FOREST -- Louisburg High School kicked off its much-anticipated volleyball season in style on Monday with a five-set thriller at Franklin Academy.
The Lady Warriors were able to squeeze out a victory by a score of 25-16, 20-25, 25-9, 12-25 and 15-12.
Whitney Bolton starred at the net in the decisive fifth set. She finished with nine kills overall, while Mackenzie Wood delivered six blasts.
Bolton blasted a kill on match point to preserve the decision.


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Carolina Mudcats snap losing skid
Carolina Mudcats snap losing skid

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats rallied for eight runs in the fourth and went on to earn an 8-6, losing streak snapping home win versus the Pelicans on Sunday at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
Matt Withrow pitched through five scoreless and Omar Obregon was 3-for-4 with a RBI triple in the series-finale diamond decision.
The victory snapped a season high 10-game losing streak for the Mudcats (45-75, 16-34) and kept them from suffering their third straight sweep.


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EXTRA YARDAGE
EXTRA YARDAGE

Franklinton's Jah Quez Davis (with ball) leans forward for extra yardage while being tackled as part of last Saturday's football scrimmage event at Southeast Raleigh High School.


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SECOND-YEAR SUCCESS
SECOND-YEAR SUCCESS

Trevor Highfield hopes for a strong second campaign as the head football coach at Louisburg College. Before taking over, Highfield was a long-time assistant for the Hurricanes.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

CLASS OF 2016
CLASS OF 2016

The Kid's Corner in Louisburg recently held its graduation at the center. Amy Merritt is owner, daycare director is Joni Peoples, the lead instructor of the class is Tina Holden and assistant instructor is Barbara Coons.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Firemen 'saved my house'

Louisburg Town Councilman Bill Williamson has been involved in his share of town budget discussions over the years, most of which involved the fire department budget.
Unfortunately, he discovered just how critical those discussions are.
Recently, he explained to fellow board members, he was in his kitchen at home when he heard a loud "bang" followed by a second loud "bang."


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Louisburg Planning Board OK's updated subdivision ordinances

LOUISBURG -- Meeting for the first time in almost a year, the Louisburg Planning Board unanimously agreed to recommend four changes to the Louisburg Subdivision Ordinance last Thursday evening.
The recommendation will go before the town council at its October meeting for a final vote.
The changes come, according to town planner Tony King, as the town tries to "jump start" residential construction, especially higher-level starter homes for young professionals.


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Assisted living center owner vows to reopen after tragedy

LOUISBURG -- The operator of an assisted living facility rocked by a stabbing death last year and a civil lawsuit this month said she's not defeated.
"I plan to re-open real soon," said Carolyn Newell, who operates The Jordan, a care facility on E.F. Cottrell Road that she said she closed down recently to remodel, not because of any pressure from state regulators.
"Regardless of what happened, I will still do my best to serve Franklin County," she said. "I'm not going to let this stop me.


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Reunited ... and it feels so good!
Reunited ... and it feels so good!

FRANKLINTON -- Summer is the time for family reunions and brothers in arms, one on two legs and one on four, were reunited this past weekend.
Just more than three years ago, the Franklinton Police Department was bolstered by two K-9 officers, Maci and Toki -- Department of Defense dogs that were deployed to Afghanistan to aid with bomb detection.
As Toki neared retirement age, police were contacted by Justice for TEDDs (Tactical Explosives Detection Dogs) Handlers, a volunteer group that seeks to reunite military handlers with their K-9 partners following their service duty.


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<i>County 4-H'ers attend Citizenship North Carolina Focus</i>
County 4-H'ers attend Citizenship North Carolina Focus

RALEIGH -- A delegation of Franklin County 4-H members attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus.
The Franklin County delegation returned home from three days in which more than 140 youth and adults representing 61 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands-on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen.
Christine and Nathaniel Potter of Bunn represented Franklin County at the June 13-15 conference.


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<i>Hands-on style cookin'</i>
Hands-on style cookin'

WARRENTON -- Area youth got a hands-on cooking experience during the Cooperative Extension's most recent Junior Chef "Pickin' & Jammin'" workshop.
They spent three days learning about making pickles, with hands-on training making watermelon rind and sweet cucumber pickles.
Blackberry jelly and Pepper jam were made also during the workshop.


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