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Showing 56 articles from October 26, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

Duke Lifepoint gets nod to reopen local hospital

LOUISBURG -- If negotiations are successful, Franklin County could have new medical care by the summer.
During the board's Oct. 24 meeting, Franklin County commissioners agreed to negotiate with Duke Lifepoint to operate a new medical care facility.
The decision comes a year after Novant Health closed its Louisburg hospital, citing financial losses and a lack of usage.
Duke Lifepoint representatives said it could be six to nine months, if negotiations are successful, before they'd be ready to see patients.


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House fire claims life of Lake Royale man

LOUISBURG -- A house fire on Monday morning apparently claimed the life of a Lake Royale man.
Bunn and about half a dozen fire crews responded to a home in the 100 block of Choctaw Drive at about 8 a.m. to find a two-story house fully engulfed. Judy Strickland was able to escape the house with two grandchildren, said Lake Royale Police, who were first on scene, but officers were not able to get through the fire and smoke to get to Ronald J. Strickland, who was on the second floor.


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"DOC" TO THE RESCUE

Hours before the Glenn Miller Orchestra was to perform last Friday evening at Louisburg College, its pianist was called away to deal with an emergency. The call went out --- and Louisburg musician and teacher Brian "Doc" Miller rose to the rescue. He rushed back from Greensboro and, with little time to rehearse, joined the orchestra in a borrowed coat and tie to match the other musicians for the evening's performance. The event provided him with the "experience of a lifetime," he said later. In the photo (left), some of his friends crowded around for autographs, including Zelma Williams.


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Plea shortens sentence for life-altering assault

LOUISBURG -- A Franklin County man pled guilty to attempted first degree murder, knocking six or seven years off what could have been an almost 20-year prison term.
No amount of time in jail would be enough, though, said family members of a woman whose life will never be the same after suffering what Judge G. Wayne Abernathy called torture at the hands of Timothy T. Medlin.


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College has new chief
College has new chief

Jermaine Thomas, who has served in the Louisburg College Campus Safety and Police Department since 2013, has been chosen to lead the department. Thomas' appointment as director was made after a national search, said Vice President for Student Life Jason Modlin.
"His strong work ethic and dedication for serving students led to his appointment as Police Corporal in September 2014, a role in which he was second in command to the chief and supervisor for Campus Police operations," Modlin said.


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<i>A victor ... not a victim!</i>
A victor ... not a victim!

LOUISBURG -- Almuth-Raschel Thornton remembers stuffing herself in her car, draped in a winter coat and huddled under several blankets -- using warming packs to keep her feet warm.
Still, those nights in the teens were lonely and frigid.
For more than a year, Thornton called her car her home -- an escape from an abuser that placed her life in danger.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg College women's soccer coach Andy Stokes


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Lucky Stiff
Editorial Cartoon: Lucky Stiff

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Finding a pianist was easier than finding some officials
Finding a pianist was easier than finding some officials

Wait! What? Who ... really?
There was a major surprise Friday night for folks attending the Glenn Miller Orchestra's concert at Louisburg College, an event which drew a large audience that sported conspicuously greying hair -- meaning that it was wise and experienced!
During the concert, Director Nick Hilscher routinely introduced the musicians who are drawn from such diverse places as Florida, Maine, Texas and Alaska!
And when he got to the piano he introduced Brian Miller of Louisburg!


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Matthew almost hit us; should be fair warning

There's probably nothing like a crisis to convince us humans that maybe we ought to consider what we're doing.
But a near-crisis is an excellent opportunity to do that without the damage and costs associated with a true crisis.
For that reason, Hurricane Matthew ought to be the perfect time for us to evaluate -- and perhaps re-evaluate -- some things about where we are and how prepared we ought to be.


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Voters beware, last-minute election drama is possible
Voters beware, last-minute election drama is possible

There is an old phrase usually bandied about this time of year, whether it's tongue in cheek or not: vote early, vote often.
While the phrase is usually tied to an age-old joke about election corruption -- as you're only entitled to one vote per election, so voting often would be illegal -- the saying is coming true this fall.
From everything I can gather, voters are racing to the polls to cast their ballots early, getting a jump on the Nov. 8 election.


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<i>There are many positive things happening -- are you involved?</i>
There are many positive things happening -- are you involved?

Two of Franklin County's best selling points are that it is mostly peaceful and has an abundance of pretty land. While both points are true, don't be lulled into thinking nothing of interest or significance happens here.
In the span of less than a month, I attended three community events that we can all be proud of.
The first was an evening at Louisburg College with the Washington Post's Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes.


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Is it about time to try another fish market?
Is it about time to try another fish market?

Caveat emptor, the principle that a person who buys something is responsible for making sure that it is in good condition, works properly, etc. Let the buyer beware.
All too often things are not as they are represented. Interests compete when one is looking to buy or sell something. The seller looks for advantage to gain the most value, while the buyer looks for the most value at the least cost.


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Emphasizing public school values

Dear editor:
As a teacher here in Franklin County, and someone who grew up here, I know the value of our public schools. I also know that the reason that school systems around our state pay local supplements is to attempt to make themselves more attractive in the continual race to find quality teachers for the public schools and our state.


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Run on record, not accusations

Dear editor,
In a recent mail piece, Gil Johnson, challenger in Senate District 18, was accused of attacking incumbent Chad Barefoot's family.
Who's doing the finger pointing? Chad Barefoot himself. Remember that saying, "When you point a finger at someone else, there are three fingers pointing right back at you?" Barefoot should take heed of this warning.


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Editorial Cartoon: Mars Name
Editorial Cartoon: Mars Name

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SPORTS

Wildcats One Win Away
HUSINKO HOLDS THE LINE. Bunn High School's Brian Husinko (left) controls the ball during last Thursday afternoon's home boys soccer win over league opponent Durham School of Arts.
Wildcats One Win Away

BUNN -- The Bunn Wildcats weren't about to let Unicorn Lightning strike twice in the same season.
During an earlier-season boys soccer meeting with North Carolina School of Science and Math, the Wildcats lost a lead in the second half and settled for a tie with the Unicorns.
Monday's rematch at NCSSM -- with first place in the Northern Carolina Conference at stake -- featured a similar scenario, albeit with a much different outcome.


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ROAD SETBACK
PERSON'S PLAN. Louisburg running back Quamon Person had another big night for LHS last Friday at Granville Central.
ROAD SETBACK

STEM -- With first place in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference at stake, the Louisburg Warriors stayed with host and defending league football champion Granville Central for one period last Friday.
But the Panthers would pull away in the second stanza en route to defeating Louisburg by a 33-17 margin at the GCHS Football Field.
Granville Central is now 3-5 overall and 2-0 in the TRAC while holding the inside track toward a league title repeat. Louisburg dropped to 4-4 and 2-1.


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BACK ATOP THE NCC
BACK ATOP THE NCC

BUNN - What was expected to be an offensive shootout certainly didn't turn out that way.
Instead, the high-powered offenses from Bunn and South Granville combined for just one touchdown, but that would go to the Wildcats as part of a tight 9-3 victory last Friday at the BHS Football Field with first place in the Northern Carolina Conference at stake.
"It was just a great defensive game between two good football teams,'' said BHS head coach David Howle.


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Red Rams topped by Jackets

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton's key standings swing game with Roanoke Rapids went into the fourth quarter with the outcome yet to be determined.
But the visiting Yellow Jackets, bolstered by short fields due to FHS turnovers, would be able to pull away late to earn a 28-6 decision over the Red Rams in Northern Carolina Conference prep football action last Friday night.
Roanoke Rapids is now 8-1 overall to go with a 2-1 mark in the NCC, which is good enough for a second-place tie with South Granville.


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BHS defeated by Vikes at tourney
DEAN OF STUDENTS. Bunn's Amanda Dean secures a pass during last week's tournament contest at South Granville.
BHS defeated by Vikes at tourney

CREEDMOOR -- Bunn made a strong run, but South Granville was able to once again come away with the title at the annual Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tournament.
South Granville, the regular season champ, repeated its tourney crown with a 25-18, 25-12, 25-14 decision over the Ladycats last Wednesday at the SGHS Gymnasium.


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VGCC honors sophs

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards women's volleyball program paid tribute to its sophomore leaders on Oct. 11, just before a match with conference rival Davidson County Community College at Aycock Recreation Center in Henderson.
The two second-year players rounding out their VGCC playing careers are Jesse Edwards and Kiyanna Kearney, both of Henderson.
Edwards is a Northern Vance High School graduate, while Kearney is a product of Southern Vance High School, where she played not only volleyball but also softball and basketball.


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LC's Firebird Trio
LC's Firebird Trio

LOUISBURG -- Andy Stokes thought he was just recruiting one player when he made a visit last spring to the Southern Nash High School campus.
As it turned out, Stokes got a three-for-one bargain as a trio of Ladybirds opted to sign letters-of-intent to join Stokes' women's soccer program at Louisburg College.
Southern Nash has a rich history of sending athletes to Louisburg College -- but none on the women's soccer front until Stokes inked deals with Sabrina Vaughan, Leticia Cantera and Jennifer Salazar.


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DOUBLE TEAMED
DOUBLE TEAMED

Louisburg's (l to r) Javonte Taylor and Xavier Jones team up to make a tackle last Friday.


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OUT-TAKE
OUT-TAKE

Bunn's Tanner Friedly (left) signals that the ball is out last Thursday against opponent Durham School of Arts.


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LIFESTYLES

TEA PLANNED

The Franklin County Arts Council will host its November tea with writer and journalist Jane Falkner at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the FCAC Headquarters, 22 S. Main Street, Franklinton. Falkner, recently honored as a recipient of a United Arts Council Regional Artist Award, is the first woman sports writer in Virginia and one of the first in the Southeast. She has won awards in both sports journalism and public relations writing.


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<i>Couple exchanges wedding vows</i>
Couple exchanges wedding vows

Holly Anne Czysz and Kyle Patrick Green were married on September 24, 2016 at the Boondocks in Youngsville. The officiating minister for the 4:30 p.m. ceremony was Ronnie Gilliam.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Jill Czysz of Henderson.
The groom's parents are Pat Green of Louisburg and the late Tracy Thorne Green.


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CHORAL PRESENTATION
CHORAL PRESENTATION

The Convocation Choir of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina will present Choral Evensong from the Anglican Prayer Book at historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Warrenton beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The choir is a ministry of the Raleigh Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. The ensemble performs music from the Anglican choral tradition and sings for church services in the Triangle and beyond. Choir members are from churches and communities throughout the state.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Benefits of preservation to be topic

Preservation North Carolina's longtime president will be at Louisburg College on Thursday, Nov. 3, to talk about the benefits of historic preservation.
Myrick Howard, who has led the state's only private nonprofit preservation organization since 1978, will speak on "Preservation Makes Sense Economically ... and in So Many Other Ways."


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Kerr-Vance Academy names honor students

Kerr Vance Academy released their first quarter honor roll.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Grand Jury declines shooting indictment

LOUISBURG -- A grand jury refused to indict a Lake Royale man on murder charges.
Authorities presented the case to the citizen group this week, alleging that Shannon Anderson shot and killed Michael Cahoon inside Anderson's Pawnee Drive home the evening of Aug. 20.
Lake Royale authorities responded to the home in the gated community to find the 69-year-old Cahoon dead from a gunshot wound.


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Two square off in State House District 25 race: James D. Gailliard
Two square off in State House District 25 race: James D. Gailliard

Full name: James D. Gailliard (challenger, Democrat)
Age: 51
Occupation: Pastor, Word Tabernacle Church


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Two square off in State House District 25 race: Jeffrey L. Collins
Two square off in State House District 25 race: Jeffrey L. Collins

Name: Jeffrey L. Collins (Incumbent, Republian)
Age: 60
Occupation: Financial Consultant


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County Commission District 1 race: Stuart May
County Commission District 1 race: Stuart May

Full name: Stuart May (Unaffiliated)
Age: 58
Occupation:


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County Commission District 1 race: Sidney E. Dunston
County Commission District 1 race: Sidney E. Dunston

Full Name: Sidney E. Dunston (Incumbent, Democrat)
Age: 72
Occupation: NC Department of Corrections Chaplain, Retired


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<i>County commission District 3 race: Joseph Glenn Swanson</i>
County commission District 3 race: Joseph Glenn Swanson

Full name: Joseph Glenn Swanson (Unaffilated)
Age: 66
Occupation: Contractor


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<i>County commission District 3 race: John May</i>
County commission District 3 race: John May

Full Name: John Milton May (Incumbent, Democrat)
Age: 66
Occupation: Tele-communications Technician, Retired


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<i>District 5 race for county commission: David Williams</i>
District 5 race for county commission: David Williams

Full name: David Williams (unaffiliated)
Age: 40
Occupation: Chief Financial Officer Focus Design Builders


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<i>District 5 race for county commission: Michael S. Schriver</i>
District 5 race for county commission: Michael S. Schriver

Full name: Michael S. Schriver (Republican)
Age: 45
Occupation: Small Business Owner/General Contractor


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District 7 race for commissioner: Shelley Leonard Dickerson
District 7 race for commissioner: Shelley Leonard Dickerson

Full name: Shelley Leonard Dickerson (Democrat)
Age: 42
Occupation: Assistant Clerk of Court, Warren County


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District 7 race for commissioner: Danny Lewis Pearce
District 7 race for commissioner: Danny Lewis Pearce

Full name: Danny Lewis Pearce (Republican)
Age: 64
Occupation: Broker/Owner - Pearce Realty Inc.


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Two square off in 'new' Congressional race: John P. McNeil
Two square off in 'new' Congressional race: John P. McNeil

Full name: John P. McNeil (Democrat)
Age: 48
Occupation: Attorney, Mediator, Small Business Owner, and Farmer


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Two square off in 'new' Congressional race: George Holding
Two square off in 'new' Congressional race: George Holding

Full name: George Holding (Incumbent, Republican)
Age: 48
Occupation: Attorney


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Two square off in race for State Senate seat: Chad Barefoot
Two square off in race for State Senate seat: Chad Barefoot

Full Name: Chad Barefoot (Incumbent, Republican)
Age: 33
Occupation: Vice President of Advancement at Louisburg College


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Two square off in race for State Senate seat: Gil Johnson
Two square off in race for State Senate seat: Gil Johnson

Full name: Gil Johnson (Democrat)
Age: 54
Occupation: Retired Air Traffic Controller


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<i>Two vie to represent district in State House race: Bobbie J. Richardson</i>
Two vie to represent district in State House race: Bobbie J. Richardson

Full name: Bobbie J. Richardson (Incumbent, Democrat)
Age: 66
Occupation: retired education administrator for exceptional children, Vance County Public Schools


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<i>Two vie to represent district in State House race: William Duke Hancock II</i>
Two vie to represent district in State House race: William Duke Hancock II

Full name: William Duke Hancock II (Republican)
Age: 58
Occupation: Retired U.S. Marine Corps; Aviator (CH-53 helicopter)


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Ghouls, ghosts, goblins will have many options

Franklin County residents will have a few options to celebrate Halloween.
Bunn, Louisburg and Youngsville will allow trick or treating on Monday, from 6-8 p.m.
Franklinton will allow it from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Shortly after that, the town will host its Halloween on Main festivities, including a costume contest, dancing and other activities.


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Former police officer faces assault counts

A grand jury indicted a former police officer on sexual assault charges.
The grand jury returned a true bill of indictment this week against Jason Tate after agents with the State Bureau of Investigation allege the former Franklinton Police officer and Franklin County sheriff's deputy assaulted an 18-year-old girl during the early morning hours of Aug. 7.
According to authorities, the woman reported that she and Tate were at a house party in Franklin County when an incident that gave rise to the investigation occurred.


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Duo facing drug counts

Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a New York duo on drug charges.
Christopher J. Nieves, 22, and Meliek D. McCall, 23, both of Brooklyn, were arrested on Oct. 7 and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
McCall was additionally charged with maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for the sell of a controlled substance.


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Declaration makes Franklin farmers eligible for disaster aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government is making disaster assistance available to farmers, including those in Franklin County.
On Oct. 11, President Obama declared a major disaster in the State of North Carolina based on losses caused by Hurricane Matthew that occurred Oct. 4 and continuing.


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'Nickels' referendum scheduled for Nov. 1

The Franklin County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Charles Mitchell, county Cooperative Extension director, said the polling location for this year will be at the Agricultural Services Center at 103 South Bickett Blvd., Louisburg.
He explained that the referendum is being held to let users and producers of feed or fertilizer decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program.


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<i>Weekly gathering becomes sign-up effort</i>
Weekly gathering becomes sign-up effort

Nu Epsilon Chapter President Phyllis R. Perry and Third Vice President Geraldine Manley helped with voter registration recently at the Blessings Inc. Soup Kitchen.
Many of the regular attendees at the soup kitchen, which is held on Monday and Thursday in the fellowship hall of St. Paul Presbyterian Church, were eager to register and vote during the upcoming November election. They were also able to ask questions concerning voting precincts and get clarity on voter identification.


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BUSINESS

20 YEARS AND GOING STRONG
20 YEARS AND GOING STRONG

Sabre Networks recently held their ribbon cutting for their new location at 112-D Wheaton Ave., Youngsville. The ribbon cutting was co-sponsored by the Greater Franklin County and Wake Forest Chambers of Commerce. The IT company also celebrated their 20th anniversary serving the Franklin and Wake county areas. Sabre Networks offers complete computer network maintenance and IT management support for businesses. They specialize in data security, preventative IT services and network monitoring.


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Bank's leadership changes

Union Bank & Trust Company, which operates a bank in Louisburg, has announced that Thomas M. Combs, who had been president and CEO, has left the company.
Combs told the board of directors that he was considering ending his employment with the company to pursue other avenues of interest. He voluntarily left the Company effective Oct. 11.
John Burns, who had been the company's chief credit officer and senior executive vice president, has been made acting president and CEO.


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READY TO BAKE!
READY TO BAKE!

Shavonne's Sugar and Spice Cakery held a ribbon cutting recently. On hand for the event were (l to r): Dora Salazar, Wendy Jones, YABA past president; Terry Hedlund, town commissioner; Faye Eady, Shavonne Lewis, owner; Fonzie Flowers, mayor of Youngsville; Jade Eady; Cat Redd, town commissioner; Thuy-Doung Nguyen; Angel Cleghorn-Delgado, YABA president; Orion Redd, Tanner Redd and Bodie Redd. Shavonne's offers 14 to 18 different flavors of cupcakes, special occasion cakes, including wedding, licensed, birthday cakes and is now hosting themed parties at her shop.


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