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Showing 44 articles from February 8, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

LHS athletic facility design, other projects get go-ahead

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners gave school officials permission to prepare design work for an improvement project at Louisburg High School.
Their decision Monday night, though, does not give the school system the green light to fully build an athletic complex that it presented to the county's governing board late last year.
In November, county commissioners approved a list of school projects to be financed by money remaining from the 2008 voter-approved bond.


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<i>Local Lions roar at 75!</i>
Brewer Mark Stevens explains the process to local Lions
Local Lions roar at 75!

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Lions Club took a few minutes Tuesday evening to reflect on the club's 75 years of service to the community -- and to get a peek at a major change coming to downtown Louisburg in a few months.
The club received its charter on Feb. 10, 1942, just two months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, plunging the nation into the second world war.
Wiley F. Mitchell, a well-known local educator, was the club's first president, and many of the charter members soon found themselves wearing uniforms as the nation mobilized for war.


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Radio system 'good to go?' Well, maybe, kinda, sort of

LOUISBURG -- The consultant for the county's emergency radio system said, essentially, the system is good to go, save for some final test numbers and an outstanding piece of equipment.
But, that doesn't mean there won't be any issues with the technical piece of equipment that's been online for four years now, county staff said.
"The system has been up for four years, now," said County Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin.


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Franklinton card game ends with player ablaze
Franklinton card game ends with player ablaze

FRANKLINTON -- A Franklinton resident accused of setting a man ablaze during a card game is slated to appear in court later this month.
Authorities arrested William T. Hester, 45, on Feb. 5, charging him with first degree arson and felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
He was placed in jail in lieu of a $503,000 bond.
During the early morning hours of Feb. 5, deputies responded to a disturbance call at 17 Highland Way to find Adrian Mayo, 39, suffering from burn injuries.


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Richardson to be Dems' whip
Richardson to be Dems' whip

RALEIGH -- State Rep. Bobbie Richardson was recently chosen from among her peers to the position of House Democratic Whip at the NC General Assembly. Richardson is one of three whips approved by the Democratic caucus to the leadership role.
"I am excited to take on this added responsibility," said Rep. Richardson. "I am proud that my peers have confidence in my ability to provide leadership within the Democratic caucus."


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Legendary retiring coach Lester Wilder


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Vacancy
Editorial Cartoon: Vacancy

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Facts indicate new energy policy is just wrong
Facts indicate new energy policy is just wrong

In this troubling "post factual" time where "alternative" truths prevail, here are some cold, hard, scientific facts that you may find surprising.
While our new president redirects the nation toward even more fossil fuel use, the facts are against his action.
Indeed, President Trump contends that increasing the use of oil, returning to the dirty days of burning coal and drilling on every flat spot the oil companies think may hide oil will create jobs for Americans.


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A 'good old boy network?' Read, then decide yourself

The good old boy network.
Remember, a few years ago, when it was blamed for every bad decision Franklin County government made?
Often, that reason -- or maybe excuse -- was tossed out without evidence and sometimes when just the opposite seemed to be true.
Frankly, a lot of Franklin Countians were skeptical, pointing out that many decisions came after public hearings, a bidding process, and discussions that were, at least somewhat, public.


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What we have, here, is a mass of communication
What we have, here, is a mass of communication

After five years, staff with Franklin County's emergency communications decided to make a call.
The result was a simple solution to a problem that got more complicated as time went by.
Back in early 2012, the North Carolina 911 Board proposed a series of new standards for emergency dispatch centers, including one that requires all dispatch operations to have a backup 911 service center.


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Editorial Cartoon: Mary
Editorial Cartoon: Mary

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<i>A nation of laws? Question is legal vs illegal immigration</i>
A nation of laws? Question is legal vs illegal immigration

The never ending story of immigration continues to burn.
If one looked back, they would find from the beginning of time this argument has raged. Stay or leave, what is on the other side of the hill? The grass must be greener, "I am sure of it."
Often it is not, sometimes there is no grass at all.


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Editorial Cartoon: The Wall
Editorial Cartoon: The Wall

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OBITUARIES

CLATEN MONTERO

FRANKLINTON --Claten Montero, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at home. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at Greater New Life Church of Christ, Franklinton. Burial will be in Patterson, N. J.


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DONNIE WIGGINS JR.

LOUISBURG - Donnie Wiggins Jr., 69, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at Duke-Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at House of Prayer, Cooke Lane, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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JEAN PATRICIA KETCHAM

YOUNGSVILLE - Jean Patricia Ketcham, 89, passed away on February 6, 2017 at her residence. She was born in Washington D.C. on October 19, 1927, the daughter of the late Samuel and Thelma Lantz. Mrs. Ketcham was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She cared deeply for her family and enjoyed spending time with them. Jean married her husband, Walter and they resided in the Washington D.C. area where they raised their four sons. Later, she moved to Raleigh, NC and Tampa, FL, with Walter, and finally Youngsville, NC following his death.


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MARGARET L. BUMPERS

FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Margaret Louise Bumpers, 68, who died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at Old Liberty Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Michael Alston officiating.


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PERCY EVANS JR.

LOUISBURG - Percy Evans Jr., 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.


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ROBERT J. KING

CASTALIA - Robert J. King, 90, of Castalia went to be with the Lord early Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center. Born on October 3, 1926 to the late Rob and Carrie Leonard King. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Bessie Harper King. Robert enjoyed people and loved talking to anyone he came in contact with.


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SPORTS

FOND FAREWELL
Franklinton High School girls basketball coach Lester Wilder, who is retiring at the end of the season, addresses the crowd following his final home game last Thursday.
FOND FAREWELL

FRANKLINTON - Six seconds doesn't seem like a very long time, especially after 41 years.
But it's safe to say that Franklinton girls basketball coach Lester Wilder will never forget the final six ticks of last Wednesday's home meeting against backyard rival South Granville.
Emotions ran high as Wilder had already announced his retirement after a glorious four-decade stint in charge of the successful FHS girls hoops program.


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A Hall Of Fame Class At LC

LOUISBURG -- In his role as Louisburg College's Athletic Director, Mike Holloman has attended every installment of the school's Hall of Fame ceremonies -- including his own induction several years ago.
But in Holloman's estimation, last Saturday's event at the LC Multi-Purpose Room was his favorite, not just for the impressive list of honorees, but the unifying message they all presented.


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TL wins vs. Jags in MAC
BUCKET BOUND. Terrell Lane's Jake Phillips (left) makes a strong move toward the bucket during Monday's tournament triumph against rival Cedar Creek.
TL wins vs. Jags in MAC

LOUISBURG -- Terrell Lane made sure Monday that Cedar Creek won't be making a three-peat at the Middle Athletic Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.
But Franklin County will still be well-represented at the annual event, thanks to the Tornados.
Third-seeded Terrell Lane roared past the No. 6 seed Jaguars by a 50-36 margin in Monday's first-round tournament action at the TLMS Gymnasium.
The loss ended Cedar Creek's two-year title reign atop the MAC-10 under veteran head coach Scott Bond.


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Jacobs inks with Peace
Jacobs inks with Peace

FRANKLINTON -- During her signing ceremony last Friday, Summer Jacobs recalled a newspaper article that was written when she was just nine years old.
In the story, Jacobs was referred to as possessing a 'rifle arm'. Nothing has changed.
A softball star since she was a youth, Jacobs has always been on a fast track to having an opportunity to shine in that sport on the collegiate level.
Jacobs finalized those plans last Friday as she signed a letter-of-intent to continue her career at William Peace University, a Division III school located in Downtown Raleigh.


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FHS boys top SG in overtime
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Franklinton High School's Jerrail Brodie helped make Senior Night special with a trey that forced overtime and helped lead to the Red Rams' eventual decision over rival South Granville last Thursday.
FHS boys top SG in overtime

FRANKLINTON -- Senior leadership provides several intangibles, including the ability to deliver in clutch situations.
With its strong class of upperclassmen, Fran┬║klinton has been experiencing its share of down-the-stretch heroics on the boys basketball hardwood over the past few weeks.
FHS added another stirring chapter to its storybook season last Thursday with a fantastic finish against Northern Carolina Conference rival South Granville.


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LC piles up the points
JUST TRY TO STOP ME. Louisburg College's Jarret Gassett drives for two points during last Wednesday night's home triumph.
LC piles up the points

LOUISBURG -- The numbers -- and there are plenty of them -- tell the true story of the recent 13-game winning streak for the Louisburg College's men's basketball squad.
Coach Neil Dixon's crew is on an epic offensive pace that resembles the offensive heroics that were displayed during the Aaron Denton Era in the 2000s.
During Louisburg's recent winning ways, nine of the decisions have seen LC deliver at least 90 points.


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Great Start For LC
Louisburg College's Ty Gainer
Great Start For LC

LOUISBURG -- It didn't take long for the Louisburg College women's basketball team to respond to a recent loss at Wake Tech on January 25.
The defeat was only the second of the season for LC, which is now 19-2 overall under veteran head coach Shay Hayes.
Since that disappointing setback, the Lady Hurricanes have strung together four consecutive victories -- including a 69-41 home triumph last Wednesday against Region X opponent Brunswick Community College as part of LC's annual Student-Athlete Awards Night.


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East Regional basketball sites are finalized

CHAPEL HILL -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced a change in venues for the 2017 Eastern Regional Basketball Finals.
The event will still be held in Fayetteville, but the dual site event will be held on the campuses of Fayetteville State University and Methodist University on March 4.
The two schools will play host to the Regional Finals, the fifth round of the NCHSAA State Playoffs, in all four of the Association's classifications for both Men's and Women's Basketball.


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A Special Event
GREAT CHEER. Franklin County natives (l to r) Taylor Broughton and Katherine O'Leary were honored last Wednesday as part of the Louisburg College Awards Ceremony.
A Special Event

LOUISBURG -- Every year, Louisburg College hosts its annual Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony at Taylor Center on the LC campus.
The event has become a decade-long tradition at LC, but it reached even greater heights during this year's renewal, which was held last Wednesday night as part of a basketball doubleheader.
A record 128 student-athletes were saluted as part of the ceremony, including several standouts from Franklin County.


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Reese Continues St. Aug's Tradition
Reese Continues St. Aug's Tradition

FRANKLINTON -- Brandon Reese won't just be taking a huge step toward his future when he attends St. Augustine's University next fall on a football scholarship.
Reese will also be continuing the legacy of Franklinton residents who have gone to the Raleigh school.
That impressive list includes the likes of women's basketballers Kelley Bural and Taleria Alston.
And the legendary Lester Wilder played baseball at St. Aug's before eventually returning to Franklinton to serve as a girls basketball coach for 41 years.


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Justus Department
Justus Department

LOUISBURG -- As a standout at the University of Washington, Trevor Highfield understands the value of a college education -- not only for the experience, but also the long-term ramifications that come with earning a degree.
So Highfield certainly takes to heart the task of helping his football players at Louisburg College gain opportunities at the next level -- and he has been wildly successful at the endeavor.


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Vance-Granville rolls to a victory

HENDERSON -- Ten days after defeating the University of North Carolina junior varsity team in Chapel Hill, the Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men's basketball team picked up another road victory, this time in Hampton, Va., over Thomas Nelson Community College, 94-83, on Jan. 28.
Sophomore sensation TyQuon Reid had a standout performance for the Vanguards, with 36 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.
Reid was ranked in the top five nationwide in points per game, free throw shooting and steals, as of Jan. 31.


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LIFESTYLES

Local artists' work on exhibit

Seventeen members of the Franklin County Arts Council are exhibiting their works at the Wilson Art Center's Boykin Gallery.
The show will run through Feb. 18.
Everett Mayo, acting as a liaison to the Wilson Arts Council, curated the exhibit. He gave credit to the Arts Council of Wilson in a statement saying: "I cannot thank the ACW Visual Arts Director, Amy Hughes enough for making our venture to Wilson most welcome, not to mention her outstanding curatorial skill hanging the artwork from the FCAC ... it looked positively great."


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

RECEIVES HONOR
RECEIVES HONOR

A local woman, Amy Jo Denton, was recently honored by the Barton College Alumni Association which presented her the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award. Denton was Director of Admissions at Barton until joining the College Foundation of North Carolina a few years ago. She assists students and families from the 30 school districts and about 350 schools as they maneuver through the college application, financial aid and career readiness process. Back in Franklin County, Denton is also a member of the Centerville town council.


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<i>VGCC honors Louisburg man for leadership skills</i>
HANDS-ON LEARNING. Welding Technology program head Rusty Pace (right) supervises students on the college's Main Campus.
VGCC honors Louisburg man for leadership skills

Rusty Pace, program head for Welding Technology at Vance-Granville Community College, was recently honored with the President's Leadership Award from Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the president of the college.
Pace's honor is one of three Glen Raven Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Awards presented to VGCC employees during each academic year. The others, the Faculty Member of the Year and Staff Member of the Year awards, are presented in the fall semester.


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County libraries offer kids a digital resource

A first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children has launched in the Tar Heel State.
The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina has created a new digital resource sharing service for kids pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids Digital Library.
More than 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, videos and Read-Alongs are now available to younger readers via 85 regional, county and municipal libraries in North Carolina through OverDrive's digital reading platform.


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<i>VGCC graduates 14 in school's 103rd BLET class</i>
VGCC graduates 14 in school's 103rd BLET class

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College hosted a ceremony for 14 cadets who graduated from the 103rd Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program .
After passing the state certification exam, all are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency in North Carolina.


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Local teacher attends training

Cullowhee -- A Franklinton Middle School teacher recently attended an educational program aimed at boosting professional development.
David R. Hooper attended the North Carolina Center for Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state's teachers.
A participating educator from Wayne County Schools was Kathryn J. Tharrington of Dillard Middle School.


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KVA honor students named

Kerr Vance Academy released its honor roll for the second quarter and first semester.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

County fills two more positions

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved two new full-time positions -- one prompted by county growth, the other prompted by some of the perils of that growth.
Planning and Inspections Director Scott Hammerbacher told commissioners during their Feb. 6 meeting that rising development numbers have created the need for another building inspector -- and he couldn't wait until the upcoming budget season to request the position.


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Teen is facing charges for shooting near FHS
Teen is facing charges for shooting near FHS

FRANKLINTON -- Sheriff's deputies continue to look for a man they allege was the shooter in an apparent drug deal gone bad.
On Feb. 2, deputies did arrest an 18-year-old they allege played a role in the non-fatal shooting.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, authorities responded to the Franklinton High School parking lot at about 11 p.m. on Feb. 2 to find Kvon Wright suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm and chest.


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Corn growers consider renewal of assessment

Feb. 22 is the date when corn growers will vote on continuation of the self-assessment program for six years.
The Board of Directors of the Corn Growers Association is asking that farmers assess themselves at a rate of 1.25 cents per bushel on all corn marketed in North Carolina.
The campaign to continue the assessment was announced Jan. 13 by President Dennis Waller at the North Carolina Commodities Conference of Corn, Cotton, Soybeans and Small Grain Producers in Durham.


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Lack of sewer capacity could slow, even stop, growth

LOUISBURG -- The county's Utility Advisory Committee tasked staff with exploring options to bolster a regional sewage handling station that would mean continued growth in Franklinton.
Doing nothing, Franklinton staff and officials said, would essentially shutter proposed growth and stop any new opportunities.
Franklinton officials have approved plans for an 86-home Cedar Creek Subdivision, a 96-apartment renovation of the old Sterling Cotton Mill, and a 60-unit senior citizen housing unit -- all dependent on sewer allocation at a pump station that is at nearly 90 percent capacity.


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Domestic incident results in arrest

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested a Louisburg man on charges associated with a domestic disturbance.
According to police, David Earl Harris, 49, went to an apartment at 217 S. Main Street during the early morning hours of Jan. 28 and kicked in the door.
Police allege Harris assaulted the woman inside, apparently not letting her leave.
Harris was arrested hours later and charged with kidnapping, first degree burglary and habitual breaking and entering.


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BUSINESS

AWARD WINNER
AWARD WINNER

During the annual meeting of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation recently in Greensboro, Franklin County Farm Bureau President Bennie Ray Gupton was recognized at the Presidents' and Agents' luncheon. Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten presented each winning county president with a limited edition Case knife. Each county's agency force worked hard to qualify their county president for this recognition. Special plaques were also presented to the agents and agencies whose production was superior during the contest period.


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