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Showing 25 articles from October 12, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Mauled by Matthew!</i>
LANDMARK SURROUNDED. One of Franklin County's most photographed landmarks, Laurel Mill, is shown here completely surrounded by the raging waters of a swollen Sandy Creek.
Mauled by Matthew!

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County roads washed out, sewers spilled and hundreds are still without power, but overall, emergency staff said, residents dodged a bullet.
Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, dropped about half a foot of rain in the region, but there was no loss of life, even if there were losses of limbs in the county.
"We ran a lot of calls, between fire and EMS, about trees down, roads flooded and motor vehicle accidents," county Emergency Management Director Jeff Lewis said at the height of the storm, "but we were very lucky.


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<i>Hundreds attend hearing on plans for medical care</i>
Duke Chief Medical Officer Dr. Harry Phillips, background, goes over the plan while reps give commissioners information.
Hundreds attend hearing on plans for medical care

LOUISBURG -- Residents urged county officials to pay attention to the details and fine print before selecting a new medical provider for Franklin County.
On Oct. 24, county commissioners are slated to decide whether Duke Lifepoint, Franklin County Healthcare Hospital and Practice Accountable Group or WakeMed becomes the county's next hospital operator.
Before that, though, hundreds of those interested in health care showed up during an Oct. 6 public hearing to make sure county commissioners know what they want in a Franklin County hospital.


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Owens Park to get federal aid

LOUISBURG -- The federal government just opened a window for Franklin County's Owens Park.
In late August, the state's Parks and Recreation Authority told county staff that it would not provide grant money to help establish the V.E. and Lydia H. Owens Recreational Park, essentially closing a door to development.
That decision, Assistant County Manager Elton Daniels said at the time, essentially made Franklin County eligible for federal conservation funds that could be used for Owens Park.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn HS soccer player Edson Servin


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Bill Clinton
Editorial Cartoon: Bill Clinton

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People involved, informed means America at its best
People involved, informed means America at its best

It wasn't a surprise, although it was an example of America at its best when the Franklin County commissioners held a public hearing on the three proposals for increasing health care access in Franklin County last week.
As you've read on page 1, a large crowd attended -- so many that Louisburg police were on site to help with traffic and keep pedestrians safe in a congested downtown area. Seeing that many people downtown in the evening was a rare sight indeed!


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Unity in our Community: Lets make it more than a slogan

First, we love the name!
Unity in our Community is the perfect theme for our divided, divisive times early in the 21st century -- and seeking unity is a fantastic goal.
The focus of the Unity in our Community event was torn right from the front pages of today's newspapers, although fortunately not from this one!
As you read in last week's edition, the South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg held the event to draw attention to how people should respond to police, hopefully avoiding the kinds of tragedies that seem to rock our nation with terrible regularity.


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There is no cure for hate of this presidential debate
There is no cure for hate of this presidential debate

I guess you'll have to call me un-American and un-patriotic, because I'll fill you in on a secret -- I have not watched the presidential debates.
And, I certainly did not watch the vice presidential debate.
It's not because I don't think I can learn anything from informed discussion.
And it's not because I can't be swayed by a compelling argument.


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<i>Politicians as 'donor servants' a burden on taxpayers' backs</i>
Politicians as 'donor servants' a burden on taxpayers' backs

On more than one occasion, I have pointed out that Governator Pat McCrory and State Senator Chad Barefoot are actually health hazards.
In fact, the moniker of Governator comes from combining governor and terminator.
Despite their gentle demeanors, they are simply the servants of their donors. They protect the interests of their deep pocketed supporters on the backs of ordinary Tar Heels.


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OBITUARIES

ANNIE LEE A. WHITLEY
February 6, 1932 - October 10, 2016

LOUISBURG - Annie Lee Ashley Whitley, 84, of Louisburg, died Monday morning at her home.


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SPORTS

HOWLE TO RETIRE
CURTAIN CALL FOR THE CATS. David Howle has announced that this will be his final season as the head football coach at Bunn High School.
HOWLE TO RETIRE

BUNN - Bunn High School's David Howle -- one of the most legendary figures in Franklin County prep football history -- has announced this will be his final campaign as the Wildcats' head football coach.
Howle has been at Bunn for 29 years, including 25 in charge of the school's gridiron program.
Heading into this Friday's game at Roanoke Rapids, Howle has put together a sterling 211-92 career record.


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RIVALRY RENEWAL
IN PURSUIT. Bunn High School's Christian Guzman (left) chases down a loose ball during last Tuesday's road soccer showdown against rival Louisburg.
RIVALRY RENEWAL

LOUISBURG -- Both Louisburg's Chris Cannady and Bunn's Charles Haley feel like their current teams are the best they have ever coaches, so last Tuesday's boys soccer matchup between the clubs was destined to be a much-anticipated one.
Throw in the natural rivalry along with a strong crowd at Joyner Park, and emotions were high for the showdown.
Bunn would ride a pair of first-half goals from Brian Husinko -- and a clutch late tally from Christian Guzman, to outlast the Warriors by a 3-1 margin to remain undefeated on the campaign following the non-conference event.


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Wildcats take out Southern
Wildcats take out Southern

HENDERSON -- Bunn, the defending Northern Carolina Conference football champion, kicked off its 2016 league schedule in style last Thursday by putting together a strong effort on both sides of the ball as part of a 51-14 road decision at Southern Vance.
The Wildcats are now 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCC, while the Runnin' Raiders remained winless on the campaign.
Bunn all but ended the suspense by soaring to a 30-0 advantage at halftime.


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LHS defeats foe Southeast

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg rushed for a season-high 451 yards and scored the first 35 points of the game en route to a successful start to its Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference schedule.
The Warriors, now winners of two in a row, were never threatened while defeating Southeast Halifax by a 58-20 total last Thursday as part of homecoming festivities at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.


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Warriors are still perfect
Warriors are still perfect

LOUISBURG -- Seems like the weather is the only opponent that can derail the Louisburg High School volleyball squad these days.
The undefeated Lady Warriors were unable to practice for five consecutive days due to the remnants of Hurricane Matthew, and a key matchup with Granville Central was pushed back to next Monday evening in Stem.
Louisburg is currently 19-0 overall and 9-0 in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference after sweeping league opponent Northwest Halifax last Tuesday at the LHS Gymnasium as part of doubleheader action.


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Rams stopped versus Vikings

CREEDMOOR -- Even after an early case of fumbleitis, Franklinton was still close to South Granville in the second half of last Thursday's Northern Carolina Conference football opener for both squads.
But the Vikings would erupt for 20 unanswered points over the final 12:43 to get past Franklinton by a 37-14 margin at the SGHS Football Field.
South Granville upped its mark to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the NCC, while the Red Rams fell to 4-3 and 0-1.


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Cohen reaches new heights
Cohen reaches new heights

GREENSBORO -- North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen from Bunn High School earned MEAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second straight week after rushing for 200 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries as the Aggies defeated Norfolk State 35-0 last Thursday at Aggie Stadium.
Cohen was also named honorable mention FCS STATS Player of the Week. In addition, redshirt junior center Darriel Mack was named the conference's offensive lineman of the week.


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LC football contest cancelled
LC football contest cancelled

LOUISBURG -- Due to poor weather, Louisburg College's scheduled football meeting at the Methodist University Junior Varsity Team last Sunday was cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
The Hurricanes, with an unblemished 6-0 record, have three regular season outings remaining, beginning with a road event this Saturday at The Apprentice School in Newport News, Virginia.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Louisburg man founded church, school in Oxford</i>
Louisburg man founded church, school in Oxford

The life of Dr. George Clayton Shaw testifies to the power of education. Born to slave parents in Louisburg on June 19, 1863, Shaw founded a Presbyterian church in Oxford and served for decades as the head of an important private school for African Americans there.
His work reflected important religious and educational trends in the South during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
According to personal reflections Shaw included in his John Chavis, 1763-1838: A Remarkable Negro Who Conducted a School in North Carolina for White Boys and Girls (Binghamton, N.Y.: G.C. Shaw, 1931), his mother had been owned by Anna Fuller, who lived on Main Street in Louisburg.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Foundation honors LMES teacher</i>
TEACHER HONORED. Dr. Cheryl Benson (left) congratulates Kennetha Hopkins at LMES
Foundation honors LMES teacher

YOUNGSVILLE -- The Franklin County Education Foundation presented the Teacher of the Month for Franklin County Schools award to Kennetha Hopkins, a fifth-grade teacher at Long Mill Elementary School.
Monica Headen, principal, said Hopkins is a rising star.
She spends a great deal of time creating a classroom environment that is conducive for learning, not just reviewing rules and expectations, but also discussing attitudes, goals, and strategies.


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<i>Raising money for education!</i>
BIG CHECK. Community Relations Chair Laura Terry (right) presented the check to FCEF board member Dr. Cheryl Benson.
Raising money for education!

Novozymes' annual President's Cup golf tourney held at Heritage generated a $4,510 donation to the Franklin County Education Foundation. The Foundation's goal is to help attract and retain strong teachers for Franklin County schools.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Fatal wreck
Fatal wreck

LOUISBURG -- A Rougemont man died as the result of his injuries following a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon.
The identity of the 55-year-old was not disclosed before press time.
According to the State Highway Patrol, the driver of a red sport utility vehicle was traveling east on N.C. 56 toward Louisburg and became distracted by a passenger before the 5 p.m. accident.


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Smiles, not scowls: Unity event promotes fellowship

FRANKLINTON -- Donathan Muldrow decided the next time the community was face-to-face with law enforcement, it would be better to exchange smiles and fellowship, rather than scowls and bitterness.
That was the impetus behind the Unity in the Franklin County Community Event, set for this Saturday at Franklinton Elementary School.
Recently, the country has been rocked by violent encounters between police and people of color, often leading to confrontational protests in the street.


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Female robbery suspect arrested

Police arrested a Louisburg woman they allege tried to rob a business with a knife.
A clerk at Boost Mobile reported the morning of Oct. 4 that a woman entered the store with a knife and demanded money.
The suspect, later identified as Karen Helms, 33, left the store without hurting anyone or stealing any money.


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BUSINESS

Telecom company relocating to county; means 10 more jobs

YOUNGSVILLE -- A Raleigh telecommunications company is relocating to Franklin County.
Network South, Inc. is moving into a building in Youngsville, bringing with it 10 more jobs in the near future.
They purchased a vacant building at 457 Park Avenue and have renovated the property to accommodate their business.
This expansion is possible with the assistance of a Building Reuse Grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Rural Development Division and supplemented with Franklin County support.


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