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Showing 47 articles from September 21, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

State says 'no' to funding Owens Park

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's bid to use a state grant to develop Owens Park was denied, but while the state path to prosperity is blocked, a path to federal funding has opened up, county staff said.
Franklin County applied to the state in May for a $250,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant, funding they wanted to pair with money that Edgar Owens left the county to develop a public park.


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Back to 1973 -- and fuel shortages?
Back to 1973 -- and fuel shortages?

LOUISBURG -- There was no fear that school buses would be stranded on the side of the road or that emergency medical transports would cease, but Franklin County officials and staff were keeping an eye on fuel gauges this week.
A pipeline leak in Alabama earlier this month has meant the supply of gasoline to the Southeast and East Coast has trickled, drying up fuel supplies at local gas stations -- leaving motorists in long lines and stations without fuel in their pumps.


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Anti-opioid drug now in hands of county deputies

LOUISBURG -- Heroin continues to burrow its way into communities across the country, including Franklin County.
In response, local emergency management officials have been training and equipping first line responders with a weapon -- Naloxone -- which combats opioid overdoses.
"All of our sheriff's deputies are trained (with it)," said Franklin County Emergency Services Director Jeff Lewis.


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Church carillon rankles some residents

LOUISBURG -- Topics ranging from recycling to a newly installed church carillon -- loved by some, unloved by others -- kept the Louisburg Town Council busy during its regular September meeting this week.
Maury York, representing the Historic District Neighborhood Association, asked that the town take a "more comprehensive and efficient approach" to recycling household garbage -- and said two polls taken by his group show overwhelming support for recycling.


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Three hospital proposals received

LOUISBURG -- Those interested in healthcare in Franklin County can begin reviewing proposals from those who want to provide it.
WakeMed, Duke Lifepoint and Franklin County Healthcare Hospital and Practice Accountable Development Group have each submitted a proposal to provide healthcare out of the former Novant Health Franklin Medical Center location.
Novant shuttered the facility last October and the county has been working to bring in another entity to at least operate an emergency room and, perhaps, bolster that service with other amenities.


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Using history to build the future

LOUISBURG -- The first installment of a lecture series sponsored by the Tar River Center of History and Culture, drew just 24 people last Friday although the speakers represented decades of experience in using historic preservation to build communities and enhance property value and use.
"Business, jobs, investment are what we're all about said Liz Parham, director of the North Carolina Main Street Center in Raleigh.
She noted that 64 communities in North Carolina have utilized the Main Street program and a total of 94 have been involved at some level in the program.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Deney Buchanan, Casey Lundy


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Stump Classified
Editorial Cartoon: Stump Classified

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What Tar Heels can learn from Tar Heels!
What Tar Heels can learn from Tar Heels!

I see a problem on the horizon but it's a nice problem to face!
Maury York, director of the Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College, earned at least one more feather in his cap recently for creating the River of Yesteryear concept at the Tar River Festival -- and especially for finding a way to bring a fascinating demonstration of tar, pitch and turpentine making to this year's event.


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Local officials were AWOL, and that speaks volumes!

Ask anyone who has ever been around a horse, especially a stubborn horse, and they'll warn you that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
Okay, that's an old, old cliche, but it applies about as well as anything to a situation that unfolded last week on the Louisburg College Campus.
As you know, if you read The Franklin Times, The Tar River Center for History and Culture kicked off its 2016-17 lecture series last Friday morning with two sessions focused around community redevelopment.


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There's a fine line between conspirators and schemers
There's a fine line between conspirators and schemers

lot of my friends believe in conspiracy theories.
If you don't believe them, just ask.
Anyone who has had to drive around looking for gasoline lately has most likely heard the reason for the problem -- a distribution line somewhere in Alabama had a leak, causing all sorts of gasoline shortages in the Southeast and along the East Coast.


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Editorial Cartoon: Quid Pro
Editorial Cartoon: Quid Pro

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<i>How many voters have met, or seen, our congressman?</i>
How many voters have met, or seen, our congressman?

Who is he?
That is what most Franklin County voters say when you mention the name George Holding.
In much of Franklin County, the answer is: he has been your representative in the House of Representatives for the last four years (and due to court ordered redistricting, would be for all of Franklin County if reelected this November).


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Controversial HB-2 law just a sordid campaign tactic

Dear editor:
Gov. Pat McCrory blames politics for the HB-2 fallout. McCrory is right; but it is Republicans who are to blame for HB-2, not Democrats.
HB-2 was hurriedly put together by our Republican-controlled legislature, passed, and sent to McCrory to sign, which he did. The Republicans thought that State Attorney General Roy Cooper would refuse to defend the law and that they could use this against Cooper in his 2016 campaign for Governor.


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Editorial Cartoon: Hillary & The Press
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary & The Press

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OBITUARIES

FEDWOOD ALSTON

WARRENTON - Funeral services for Fedwood Alston, 76, who died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2016, will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Warrenton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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JAMES H. LEWIS

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.--Funeral services for James H. Lewis, 73, who died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at Allen Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.


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STARKEY A. MANNING

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for the Rev. Starkey A. Manning, 81, who died Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. John A. Manning officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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THELMA D. ROGERS

WASHINGTON, DC - Graveside service for Thelma D. Rogers, 80, who died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at 12 noon at Eagle Rock Cemetery, with the Rev. Sidney E. Dunston officiating.


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SPORTS

Wildcats Continue NCC Surge
TYLER TO THE RESCUE. Bunn High School's Tyler Hornick (left) dribbles the ball last Wednesday against the Franklinton Red Rams in NCC soccer action.
Wildcats Continue NCC Surge

BUNN -- In the past, the sight of an opposing shot going into the goal might have caused irreversible harm to the Bunn Wildcats during a high school boys soccer match.
But as foes are finding out, this is a different Bunn group -- both mentally and physically.
"It's almost like, when the other team scores, our guys want to get it right back,'' said BHS head coach Charles Haley. "It's like we just get hungrier.''


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A PERFECTION PLAN
LHS back Tyree Davis
A PERFECTION PLAN

LOUISBURG -- It's almost impossible for a team to lose when it scores a touchdown on every possession -- an astounding mark the Bunn Wildcats achieved during last Friday's road grudge match against the Louisburg Warriors.
Bunn found the end zone on each series and never punted or turned the ball over.
The result was a walkaway victory for the Wildcats, who rolled 54-7 over Louisburg in front of an overflow crowd at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.


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REGION SUCCESS
CONVERGENCE. Louisburg College's Mark Taylor (left) jousts for possession with a USC-Lancaster player during last Saturday's match at Dr. Ronald May Field.
REGION SUCCESS

LOUISBURG -- Even as the defending national champion, Louisburg College's men's soccer team should receive its share of tests this fall in the Region X men's soccer standings.
Last Saturday's event versus the University of South Carolina-Lancaster wasn't one of those moments as the Hurricanes were dominant from start to finish en route to securing a 14-0 decision over the Lancers in front of a good crowd at Dr. Ronald May Field on the LC campus.


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FHS nabs conquest vs. Webb
FHS nabs conquest vs. Webb

OXFORD -- Earlier in the week, Franklinton football coach JeVar Bransome discussed the importance of a quick bounceback performance following a disappointing home loss to Tarboro two Fridays ago.
Consider it done as the Red Rams took the lead by scoring on their first two series and never looking back on their way to a 30-6 decision last Friday night at non-conference opponent Oxford Webb.


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Canes win over CNU

ROCKY MOUNT -- Louisburg College's dominant 2016 football campaign continued Sunday with yet another impressive victory.
The Hurricanes scored in every quarter spot and rolled to a 42-0 road decision over the Christopher Newport Junior Varsity Team in a contest that was staged in Newport News, Va.
Louisburg, coached by Trevor Highfield, is now 4-0 overall. The Hurricanes have taken their last two games via the shutout route.


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Bunn Hangs On
LEADING THE CHARGE. Bunn's Savannah Massey (center) celebrates after a successful point during the Ladycats' road volleyball victory Tuesday at Franklinton.
Bunn Hangs On

BUNN -- Forgive Henry Jones if he gets a sinking feeling whenever his Bunn Ladycats start to struggle in a volleyball match after a strong start.
Jones, Bunn's long-time head coach, has experienced this uneasiness before, especially during five-set losses last year against Franklnton and Louisburg.
The setback against Franklinton came in a first-round playoff disappointment, while the Louisburg defeat was administered after the Ladycats had a 2-0 lead in sets.


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Vanguards surge to home win
Vanguards surge to home win

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards won their first home women's volleyball contests of the 2016 season on Sept. 10, improving to 8-0 overall.
VGCC hosted a tri-match with Danville (Va.) Community College and Mid-Atlantic Christian University at Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson before an enthusiastic crowd of fans.


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MAC-10 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed is the Middle Athletic Conference's football schedule for the 2016 season:


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Mudcats announce award winners

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, have announced that pitcher Enderson Franco was named the Carolina League's Pitcher of the Week for the week ending on September 5.
The Atlanta Braves also announced that Mudcats pitcher Matt Withrow and outfielder Keith Curcio won the organization's Class A Advanced Pitcher and Position Player of the Year awards, respectively.


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A 200th Surprise
A 200th Surprise

LOUISBURG -- Coaches aren't usually fond of game-day surprises, but this one suited Erica Wammock just fine.
Last Monday, Wammock earned her 200th career victory as Louisburg High School's volleyball coach with a road decision at North Johnston.
Since it was an away event, there weren't as many LHS supporters in attendance, so the idea was hatched to present Wammock with an award during Louisburg's next home match, which was last Thursday against Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference rival Granville Central.


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One Is Enough
YOU CAN'T HAVE IT. Louisburg College's Karina Aguila (right) protects the ball during last Saturday's home decision over the University of South Carolina-Lancaster.
One Is Enough

LOUISBURG -- For Louisburg College veteran women's soccer coach Andy Stokes, function is much more important than fashion -- especially in the Region X standings.
Stokes wasn't necessarily thrilled with his club's performance during last Saturday's Region X home showdown against the University of South Carolina-Lancaster.
But the result suited him just fine as the Lady Hurricanes held on to second place outright in the league with a 1-0 triumph at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.


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BALANCING ACT
BALANCING ACT

Louisburg College's Bright Somuah (left) maintains his footing against USC-Lanaster.


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DRAWING A CROWD
DRAWING A CROWD

Louisburg College's Mark Taylor (center) is pursued by a pair of University of South Carolina-Lancaster defenders during last Saturday's Region X men's soccer matchup.


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FINDING A SEAM
FINDING A SEAM

Franklinton High School's Britney Davis (right) attempts a kill over Bunn defenders Alexis McPhail (7) and Erin Collier (3) during Tuesday's conference volleyball showdown.


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ON THE MOVE
ON THE MOVE

Franklinton's Dallin Davis (right) heads upfield during last Wednesday's road contest at Bunn.


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ROOM TO ROAM
ROOM TO ROAM

Bunn's D.J. Jones received plenty of running room courtesy of the blocking of his offensive line during this play last Friday night against Louisburg.


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LIFESTYLES

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

Brittini Thompson of Louisburg is proud to announce the birth of her son, Chandler Ray Thompson, born Aug. 9, 2016 at Wake Med in Raleigh. He weighed 4 pounds, 12 ounces and was 18.5 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Edward and Carla Thompson of Louisburg. Maternal great-grandparents are the late Carl and Martha Shearin.


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<i>Gayle to visit</i>
Gayle to visit

A veteran musical artist with 20 Number 1 country music hits will be performing this Friday night at Louisburg College
Crystal Gayle became a household name in the 1970s with her hit "Don't It make My Brown Eyes Blue" and her nearly floor-length hair.
She promises a light-hearted evening that will showcase all her greatest hits.
"Having fun is the most important thing," she said.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

EDUCATOR HONORED
EDUCATOR HONORED

Danielle Dietz, Bunn Hgh School Exceptional Children teacher, was named Franklin County Schools' Exceptional Child Educator of Excellence earlier this month and was recognized by district officials and board members at a school board meeting. As the District's EOE, she will compete statewide for the title of North Carolina Exceptional Child Educator of Excellence.


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<i>Child care center at VGCC wins five stars ... again!</i>
Child care center at VGCC wins five stars ... again!

LOUISBURG -- The state of North Carolina has once again awarded a five-star license -- the highest possible rating -- to the Child Care Center at Vance-Granville Community College's Franklin County Campus.
The facility earned the five-star rating this year for having a knowledgeable and dedicated staff, a safe and attractive environment, and opportunities for children to develop mentally, physically and socially.


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<i>Faculty at ECHS get baptism by fire, um, mold!</i>
Faculty at ECHS get baptism by fire, um, mold!

LOUISBURG -- Talk about a baptism by fire! When Dr. Larry Webb began his duties as executive director of auxiliary services for Franklin County Schools, one of the first things he encountered was a "perfect storm."
Just a week and a half before the Early College High School was to open, what investigators later called a "visible and heavy fungal growth" -- mold! -- was found in several rooms and on furniture and fixtures in the school.


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Food truck workshop returns

LOUISBURG -- Vance-Granville Community College will soon offer its Mobile Food Truck Entrepreneurship Workshop Series at the college's Franklin County Campus, where it originated in 2015.
This series of courses for entrepreneurs who want to compete in the growing food truck industry is unique in the North Carolina Community College System.
A partnership of VGCC's Small Business Center and Personal Enrichment department, the program will be held in October in Building 4 on the campus, located on N.C. 56 just outside Louisburg.


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BETTER NUTRITION FOR KIDS
BETTER NUTRITION FOR KIDS

Last summer Franklin County Schools hosted a regional workshop for area child nutrition staff led by North Carolina's Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) K-12 Culinary Institute. The program was developed by Chef Cyndie Story and the K-12 culinary team to further the nutritional education and best-practices of local school nutrition staff. The Institute's workshop focused on how to create appealing, healthy meals for students, increasing school lunch participation, and practical instruction modules on food preparation and presentation.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

LEONARD-MOBLEY GRANT WINNERS
LEONARD-MOBLEY GRANT WINNERS

Piemonte Farm of Greensboro is the 2016 Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund Grant winner for 2016. From left at the dinner accepting the grant and award are farm owners Sandra Sarlinga and Fabian Lujan, with son Fermin Lujan and daughter Fiamma Lujan. Cody Morris, far right, is Fiamma's finance and also works the farm.


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'Dinner in the Meadow' mixes food, fun and ag sustainability

LOUISBURG -- The third time for Dinner in the Meadow was charming, with members of the agriculture community, chefs and area residents coming together to bolster small farming.
The evening at Martha Mobley's Meadow Lane Farms brought out the state's best chefs, including David Gaydeski, executive chef for the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, and members of the community in a fundraising effort held in memory of Mobley's mother and husband, Marjorie Leonard and Steve Mobley.


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Woman faces drug charges after arrest

YOUNGSVILLE -- Police arrested a Wake Forest woman on drug charges.
According to a report by Cpl. J. Garrett, he was on patrol at the Speedway on U.S. 1 during the early morning hours of Sept. 17 when he saw a small sport utility vehicle speed from the parking lot.
The driver, later identified as Rebecca A. Worley, also apparently spun the tires at the intersection of N.C. 96 and E. Main Street.


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Traffic stop results in gun, drug charges

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested a convicted felon on charges that he had a gun and drugs.
According to a report by Officer A. Castaneda, he responded to a call of careless and reckless driving on Bickett Boulevard the evening of Sept. 17.
The 1990 Chevy had an expired registration tag and Castaneda stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Moss Foods.
Officers allege they found a marijuana pipe in the center console and searched the vehicle, finding a revolver belonging to the driver, Jess Lee Althiser, 34.


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Trail ride shooting wounds man

Authorities continue to investigate a weekend trail ride in the Kittrell area of northern Franklin County that turned violent, leaving one man in the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred about 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 17 when two men, who apparently were on the trail ride, got into an argument in an open area near 5202 Rocky Ford Road.


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