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Showing 46 articles from September 14, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

County schools eye major repair, expansion projects

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education is gearing up for a major capital improvements initiative but decided Monday night to study their options a little further -- and to give the public a chance to comment.
Roughly $11.4 million remains unspent from the most recent bond issue, although the district's needs exceed that total by several million.
On Monday, Dr. Larry Webb, executive director of auxiliary services, outlined eight possible projects that carried preliminary estimates just under that $12 million cap.


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County schools move up in comparative rankings

LOUISBURG -- "We're movin' on up," quipped Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, associate superintendent of Franklin County Schools, as she explained student achievement data results to the board of education Monday night.
She noted that the district rose from 82nd in the state to 63rd, lagging behind only Wake and Johnston counties in this region.
Wake County is ranked 10th in the state and Johnston is ranked 44th. (See chart for other adjoining county district scores.)


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UNUSUAL TECHNIQUE
UNUSUAL TECHNIQUE

John Overby builds a fire atop a rather unusual mound that was constructed in Louisburg's Riverbend Park last Saturday as part of the River of Yesteryear exhibits that were part of the Tar River Festival. He is creating a small replica of a way to remove turpentine from old yellow pine wood. The fire above heats a metal dome inside the dirt pile. Under that dome is a container containing old yellow pine "lighter" wood that still is filled with resin. The heat drives the resin out and it drips into a pipe that directs it to the small cast iron pots visible here.


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Unveiling of hospital plans may provide peek at future

LOUISBURG -- Residents will know next week what health care groups are interested in coming to Franklin County and what they have planned for new hospital services in Franklin County.
And during a meeting in October, they'll be able to tell county commissioners just what they think of those plans.


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Toddler killed in crash

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested a man they allege was responsible for a near head-on, hit and run collision that killed a Wendell child.
Victor Hugo Parra Angulo, 31, of Stone Southerland Road, was arrested Tuesday and charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony hit and run and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter said more charges are pending in the Sept. 11 collision.


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THEY ARE READY TO FARM
THEY ARE READY TO FARM

There was a lot of vintage farm equipment, from tractors to trucks to hit-and-miss engines, at the Justice Tractor Show last weekend -- and these two ladies were trying out a couple of vehicles that were almost their size. Ready to hit the fields were Aubree Bowling, 2, and her sister, Graycen, 5. They are the daughters of Brandon and Amy Bowling of Franklinton.


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Party-line vote limits first five days of early voting here

LOUISBURG -- The State Board of Elections agreed with a local plan that limits the first five days of early voting to one site in Franklin County.
The decision came after the county's Democratic party challenged the plan, proposing instead to allow early voting for all 17 days at four sites -- the county election's office in Louisburg and libraries in Bunn, Franklinton and Youngsville.
James Jones, the lone Democratic representative on the county's three-member Board of Elections, voted against the local plan and his proposal for all the sites was presented to the state Board of Elections on Sept. 8.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn High School footballer J.D. Rice


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Smelly Flower
Editorial Cartoon: Smelly Flower

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A simple failure could be costing us big time!
A simple failure could be costing us big time!

In this business, there are days when you feel like running off into the sunset screaming at the top of your lungs!
There have been a couple of those days recently -- and I'll share them if you promise not to go off screaming into the sunset because we need our readers!
The frustration really hit the red level during an Economic Development Commission meeting last week when Economic Developer Richie Duncan said we have lost two potential industries since July 1 because of a lack of infrastructure.


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Report card shows schools headed in right direction

First, a pat on the back to all of the school officials -- especially teachers! -- and parents who have worked together to significantly improve school scores in recent months.
As you read in last week's edition of your Franklin Times, the most recent data indicates that nine of the county district's 16 schools saw a full letter grade increase on their state report school.


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Judge's life imitates art and it's not a laughing matter
Judge's life imitates art and it's not a laughing matter

So, if you know me well, then you know there are many things that happen in life that remind me of a "Seinfeld" episode.
Well, this week is no different.
But this reminder has the groan factor of the worst stand-up comedian -- just think Kenny Bania and his comedy routines based solely on Ovaltine.
In the "Seinfeld" episode I'm referencing, George gets "involved" with a woman on the cleaning staff on his desk in his office.


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Editorial Cartoon: Pivot
Editorial Cartoon: Pivot

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Deceive and Lie: Two words, both too common
Deceive and Lie: Two words, both too common

In my writing (most of which is published elsewhere), during the 2016 election cycle I am using deceive and lie much more than I'd like to when describing what Republican campaigns and candidates are saying.
Today, I'd like to explore the similarity of those two words in their various forms.
A lie is an outright falsehood, untruth or fib and can accurately be characterized as propaganda.


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Editorial Cartoon: Hillary Perfume
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary Perfume

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OBITUARIES

KAREN A. GRACE

ZEBULON - Karen A. Grace, 59, died at her home in Zebulon on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. A memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. at St. Michael's Church of Christ, 3500 Rosenberg St., Zebulon.


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PAUL E. DEBNAM

DURHAM - Paul E. Debnam, 57, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at his home in Durham. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Kinches Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton.


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WILLIAM HENRY COLLINS, JR.

LOUISBURG--William Henry Collins Jr., 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at Rocky Mount Rehabilitation Center. The family will receive friends tonight (Thursday) from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, where funeral services will also be held on Friday at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Nathaniel Williams officiating. Interment will follow in White Level Baptist Church cemetery.


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SPORTS

Talented Tarboro Topples Rams
KENDALL IN THE CLUTCH. Franklinton High School's Kendall Harris (left) speeds upfield after a pass reception during last Friday night's home football setback against Tarboro.
Talented Tarboro Topples Rams

FRANKLINTON -- Stopping Tarboro High School's high-powered T-formation offense has proven to be a daunting task for area football teams through the years as the Vikings have racked up their share of state championships.
But when Tarboro is also able to pick up a trio of special teams touchdowns, chances are it's going to be a long night for the Vikings' opponent.


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A NEW ERA FOR LHS
READY TO RETURN. Louisburg High School's Cassidy Dula prepares for a forehand return during Monday afternoon's non-conference girls tennis match against Nash Central at the LHS Courts.
A NEW ERA FOR LHS

LOUISBURG - Few Franklin County prep coaching acts have been as hard to follow in recent years as Jonathan Waugh's tenure as the Louisburg High School tennis coach.
Through dedication, skill and hard work, Waugh helped build LHS into a small-school court area powerhouse before leaving last winter to become a teacher at Green Hope High in Wake County.


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MILESTONE WIN
A DAY TO REMEMBER. Louisburg High School volleyball coach Erica Wammock (back, center) displays her 200th victory sign after the Lady Warriors helped her reach the milestone Monday afternoon against the North Johnston Panthers.
MILESTONE WIN

LOUISBURG -- Thanks to a single phone call, the course of volleyball history at Louisburg High School changed dramatically back in 2005.
That's when LHS alum Erica Wammock was prepared to start her first full-time job at Selma Middle School after graduating from East Carolina University.
But Wammock also longed to return home, and her wish was granted when she received a call from then-LHS principal Chris Blice.
Wammock started teaching at LHS and was the JV spike coach in her first year.


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Wildcats roll past N. Vance
Wildcats roll past N. Vance

HENDERSON -- Northern Vance threw a bit of a scare into Bunn by scoring the first touchdown of last Friday's non-conference football showdown.
But the Wildcats quickly regained their composure and were dominant the rest of the way en route to securing a 47-7 road victory at the NVHS Field.
Bunn broke a one-game losing skid with the convincing triumph and, in the process, improved to 3-1 overall on the campaign.
It didn't take long for the Wildcats to respond to Northern Vance's (1-3) early score.


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Lady Canes defeat SMC

LOUISBURG -- Hope Solo might not have approved, but Louisburg College's defense-first, conservative strategy resulted in a key Region X women's soccer victory last Saturday.
Knowing opponent Spartanburg Methodist College was blessed with plenty of skill up front, LC coach Andy Stokes elected to stop the Pioneers first, and then take whatever offense his club could generate.


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Bunn Sweeps NN
CHASE SCENE. Bunn's Bryan Velazquez (left) and Northern Nash's Erik Villenueva (right) try to track down possession during last Thursday's boys soccer match.
Bunn Sweeps NN

BUNN -- Coaches often use the non-conference portion of their boys soccer schedules to gauge a club's progress -- especially when playing an opponent twice.
Coaches are always encouraged when a team posts a better outcome than an initial meeting with a foe -- and that was the case last Thursday for the Bunn Wildcats.
During an earlier showdown with Northern Nash, Bunn controlled the proceedings, but was still only able to win by a 1-0 margin.


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LHS claims first win of year

OXFORD -- Louisburg High School's first victory of the 2016 football season was one to remember as the Warriors won a back-and-forth shootout with host Oxford Webb last Friday night.
Louisburg running back Tyre Davis had a big night as the Warriors earned a 48-40 triumph at Oxford Webb.
Louisburg, which was coming off a bye week, improved to 1-2 overall with the hard-fought contest.


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Mudcats conclude 2016 campaign
Mudcats conclude 2016 campaign

ZEBULON -- Jordan Edgerton broke a scoreless tie in the ninth stanza with a walk-off double scoring Dylan Moore while lifting the Carolina Mudcats to a 1-0 season finale victory versus the Winston-Salem Dash at Five County Stadium last Monday afternoon.
The Mudcats (52-87, 23-46) finished the Class A Carolina League baseball season with a five-game winning streak.
The Mudcats closed with a 4-0 mark in September and also collected their third series sweep of the year.


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Vance-Granville CC surging in volleyball
Vance-Granville CC surging in volleyball

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College women's volleyball team is 6-0 to start the 2016 season.
After a scrimmage on Aug. 22 versus the JV squad at St. Andrews University, the Vanguards officially began the regular season with a weekend of contests on the road in three states.
First, VGCC played Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem on Aug. 26.


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Bunn a spike winner

BUNN -- After some early-season growing pains, the Bunn High School volleyball squad has started to come together under veteran head coach Henry Jones.
The Ladycats are now 7-5 overall and 4-1 in the Northern Carolina Conference after earning a home victory Tuesday over NCC opponent Southern Vance at the Bunn Dome.
Scores were 25-10, 25-14 and 25-12 in favor of the victorious Ladycats.


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FIRE WHEN READY
FIRE WHEN READY

Bunn High School's Tyler Hornick prepares to send a blast toward the net during last Thursday's home boys soccer decision against the Northern Nash Knights.


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FIRST PLACE
FIRST PLACE

The Tar River Festival held its first ever 5K this year. The winner of the race was Baretta Exley, a member of the Franklinton High School cross country team.


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LIFESTYLES

Tar River Fest: Combining today with yesterday, pics 1
ALL SMILES. Claire Tokos is all strapped in for a horse ride around the grounds of Riverbend Park on Saturday.
Tar River Fest: Combining today with yesterday, pics 1

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Tar River Fest: Combining today with yesterday, pics 2
Tar River Fest: Combining today with yesterday, pics 2

Brianna Ledoux does her best Miley Cyrus impression and plays with an inflatable wrecking ball, one of the children's entertainment setups at the festival in downtown Louisburg and Riverbend Park on Saturday.


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Tar River Fest: Combining today with yesterday, pics 3
Tar River Fest: Combining today with yesterday, pics 3

ANCIENT CRAFT. John Overby (top, lighting a fire) and Bryan Avery (above) were demonstrating the making of tar, pitch and turpentine during the Tar River Festival. Those materials were vital to the shipping industry in the 18th and early 19th centuries and are still used in a variety of ways today. They demonstrated how those materials were extracted from long leaf and loblolly pine trees.


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Tar River Fest: Combining today with yesterday, pics 4
Tar River Fest: Combining today with yesterday, pics 4

MUSIC IN THE PARK. Music echoed through Riverbend Park Saturday as part of the River of Yesteryear demonstration. Performing here are (from the left) Emily Best, Anita Fuller and Heidi Best.


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<i>Franklin County Arts Council has a busy schedule planned</i>
Franklin County Arts Council has a busy schedule planned

The Franklin County Arts Council will host a number of events later this month and into October, including:
A workshop titled, "Art 101- in the Naked City: How Not to Prepare Your Art for an Exhibit" with Everett Mayo on Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mayo will present a Power Point discussion with some "war stories" including personal experiences with things that "could have gone so much better."
With a half-century both as an exhibiting artist and a gallery curator Mayo will highlight what's important to both artist and art gallery.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Some school employees will get one-time bonus

Last year, the North Carolina General Assembly created a school bonus fund that exempted teachers entirely but was set up to be distributed under a formula adopted by local school systems.
Franklin County received a one-time payment of $95,295 and, on Monday night, its director of Human Resources, Dannie Williams outlined a method of selecting those would receive the extra money.


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VGCC students awarded Golden Leaf scholarships

HENDERSON -- A group of students from Vance-Granville Community College, including a Franklinton student, received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System.
The scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state's community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.


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TOGETHER AGAIN!
TOGETHER AGAIN!

Perry's High School, Class of 1968 held a class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 3, in the school's auditorium. Class members present were (back row, left to right): Larry Brodie, Ernest Richardson, Clifton Livingston, Charles C. Wright, Freddie Peace, Willie B. Durham, Joseph Holden, Sinorris Branch. Second row: Melvin Alston, Bennie Burt, Patricia Hilliard-Cauley, Betty Baker, Catherine Newell. Seated: Patricia Alston-Tapp, Mary Johnson, Bobbie Richardson, Roserita Wilkins, Shirley Richardson, Mary Alston-Ross and Onnie Mitchell-Burrell.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Rape probe

Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating a rape allegation.
The girl's father reported the incident to authorities on Sept. 11. It's alleged to have occurred in another jurisdiction, though.
During the time frame, the girl spent time in Raleigh, Knightdale and Spring Hope.
The case remains under investigation.


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NOT JUST TRACTORS!
NOT JUST TRACTORS!

There is a lot more to the annual Justice Tractor Show than tractors. In the photo above are (left to right) Tyler Pollock, Nancy Ball, Larry Joyner, Irene Layton, Jimmy Layton. There also was homemade ice cream, other foods, an auction and tractors, tractors, tractors.


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DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS
DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS

Members of the Louisburg Lions Club welcomed District Governor Barbara Beltran for dinner and discussion in the Alumni Room at Louisburg College at a recent meeting. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., and visitors are always welcome. Lions are known as "knights of the blind," focusing on programs and services for the blind and visually impaired.


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Youngsville hires contractor to renovate new town hall

YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners agreed to award its town hall/police department renovation bid to a Wendell company.
G&G Builders' bid came in at $253,000 -- $53,000 higher than town guestimates -- but they were the lowest bidder.
And Police Chief Darin Kirts said he got a good recommendation from Rolesville where G&G handled a police department/town hall renovation there about two years ago.


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Lack of infrastructure blamed for industry 'misses'

LOUISBURG -- Although interest in Franklin County as a potential site for a new industry has increased recently, the county lost two possible industries in recent weeks because it lacks critical infrastructure, according to Richie Duncan, the county's economic development director.
In a nutshell, the missing infrastructure is sewage service to the county's industrial park east of U.S. 401 near the Franklin County Airport -- and the cost of not having it in place appears to be substantial.


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Deputy saves man from submerged truck
Deputy saves man from submerged truck

LOUISBURG -- First responders rushed a Louisburg man to the hospital after he was pulled from a submerged truck Tuesday afternoon.
Motorists, including Franklin County Sheriff's Office Maj. Rudy Baker, foreground, with arm bandage, came upon the wreck on Clifton Pond Road at about 5:30 p.m., to find Terry L. Pearce stuck in his overturned truck in the waterway.
Baker, another man and a fireman were able to pull Pearce from the water.


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<i>Sept. 11: Some things should never be forgotten!</i>
Youngsville and Louisburg fire trucks hung a huge flag along Main Street, providing a backdrop for the ceremony.
Sept. 11: Some things should never be forgotten!

LOUISBURG -- Fifteen years after terrorists struck on Sept. 11, killing thousands, sending people running for their lives and scattering the masses, organizers of a ceremony to remember those lost and those who risked their lives to save others said we need to focus on the things that bring us together.
The Franklin County Firefighters Association hosted the 9/11 ceremony last Thursday on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse.


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FROM THE HEART
FROM THE HEART

Amanda Brewer and Joette Weaver provided music for the 9/11 ceremony on the Franklin County Courthouse steps, singing the National Anthem. Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr. provided the keynote speech, while Franklin County Firefighters Association President Jim Pearce also provided words of encouragement. Association Chaplain Donnie Yeatman provided the prayer for the event.


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