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Showing 44 articles from March 8, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Teen charged in brutal murder of his mother
Oliver Machada
Teen charged in brutal murder of his mother

ZEBULON -- A Franklin County teenager who decapitated his mother was in the country illegally, had mental health issues and dropped out of school, according to court documents.
18-year-old Oliver Mauricio Funes Machada is slated to appear in court next week, the second time he'll be before a judge facing charges that he killed his mother, in apparent cold blood.


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Hospital deadline missed; officials remain optimistic

LOUISBURG -- A self- imposed deadline to complete hospital negotiations passed in January, but county officials said the prospect of bringing new health care to Franklin County is alive and well.
In October, the Franklin County Board of Commissioner agreed to negotiate with Duke Lifepoint to open a new hospital in Louisburg -- setting a January deadline by which those negotiations would be concluded.


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La Branche leaving Louisburg
La Branche leaving Louisburg

LOUISBURG -- Dr. Mark La Branche, Louisburg College's president, will leave his job in June to assume the presidency of Martin Methodist College, a small, private four-year institution in Pulaski, Tenn.
Dr. La Branche, who has led Louisburg College since January 2009, has overseen its transformation and has been an active church and community leader. On July 1, he takes over the helm of Martin Methodist, a liberal arts college in Southern Middle Tennessee founded in 1870 that offers associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees.


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<i>Tolbert takes over LC as interim</i>
Tolbert takes over LC as interim

Stephanie Tolbert, senior vice president for Enrollment Management, will be interim president of Louisburg College following the departure of President Mark La Branche in June.
Tolbert, an alumna whose leadership in enrollment has been a significant part of the college's success, was the unanimous choice of the Board of Trustees to oversee the transition and search for a permanent replacement, said Mike Boddie, board chairman.


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UP AND OVER
UP AND OVER

Emergency crews worked to remove a motorist, identifed as Bobbie Mills of Franklinton, from an overturned vehicle on Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg on Tuesday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol said Deshawn Conyers, 22, was expected to be cited for pulling out into the path of Mills' SUV, causing it to roll over.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Commissioner Sidney Dunston, on hand for Gov. Cooper's visit.


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cars
Editorial Cartoon: Cars

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How do we deal with worsening litter mess?
How do we deal with worsening litter mess?

Golly, got "scooped" on my own story -- and by a friend no less!
If you read last week's edition, you probably saw the letter to the editor from Sharon Billings of Franklinton who tackled the litter problem in Franklin County.
That has been a pet peeve of mine for years -- and it was about time for my annual column about how bad it is and how our officials just ignore how some people toss their trash everywhere!


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Private property rights raise interesting issues

What, you might ask, do a shooting range and an old house have in common?
Actually, quite a lot given the right circumstances -- and those circumstances exist right here in Franklin County right now!
The shooting range issue -- the second in the county in recent memory -- came into focus near Franklinton late last month.


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Leaders are in need of a black history lesson
Leaders are in need of a black history lesson

Based on some recent blunders by leaders in the President Trump admininistration, perhaps, spending a few more dollars to send them back to school would not be out of the question.
Let's start with the most recent example of the very real need for a history lesson in the Nation's Capital.
According to Merriam Webster, an immigrant "is a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence."


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Left or right? What exactly does that mean these days?
Left or right? What exactly does that mean these days?

The Left or Right, politically, just exactly what does this mean?
Four different people and you will give four different answers.
Trying to frame it, even loosely, I explored many writings.
Ask someone, are they a Liberal, Conservative, Democrat or Republican, a reply is generally swift.


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Life in today's 'conspiracy culture'

Dear editor:
"Americans have lost faith in institutions," according to an article in the Washington Post, March 3, 2017. The writer, Bill Bishop, adds, "That's not because of Trump or 'fake news.' Everything about modern life works against community and trust."


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Correcting range hours

Dear editor:
I'm writing to point out inaccuracies that need correction.
Your Feb. 23 edition reported the proposed gun range in Franklinton "wanted to operate, essentially from sunup to sundown, Monday through Saturday, and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday." This is incorrect.


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Editorial Cartoon: Deportation
Editorial Cartoon: Deportation

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OBITUARIES

JEAN A. BOWEN

GREENSBORO - Mrs. Jean A. Bowen, 82, died Monday, March 6, 2017 at Beacon Place.


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JOHN "JD" DEPIZZOL

LOUISBURG - John "JD" DePizzol, 59, of Louisburg, NC and formerly of Southington, CT, passed away suddenly on Friday March 3, 2017 while visiting his family in Southington.


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LEE HICKS

LOUISBURG -- Lee Hicks, 65, died at his home on Friday, March 10, 2017. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Alston-Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cemetery on the Hill.


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PAUL A. SHUPING

RALEIGH - Paul Alexander Shuping, 63, of Raleigh, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. There will be a memorial service at the American Legion, Post 7, 406 E. Trinity Ave, Durham, NC 27701 on March 11, at 11 a.m.


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SPORTS

Barnes Helps Aggies Win MEAC
FROSH PHENOM. Kristoni Barnes has been exceptional as a freshman this season for the North Carolina A&T State University women's track and field squad. (Photo Submitted by Michael Simmons)
Barnes Helps Aggies Win MEAC

GREENSBORO -- The North Carolina A&T State University women's indoor track and field team made a bit of history last month -- and Kristoni Barnes played a key role in the Aggies' success.
Barnes, a freshman from Wake Forest, helped the Aggies win their first-ever Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland.


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A SLICE OF SUCCESS
PEACH BELT HONORS. Former Louisburg College skipper Mark Vanderslice, now at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, has been tabbed as the Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball Co-Coach of the Year.
A SLICE OF SUCCESS

GREENWOOD, S.C. -- It hasn't taken long for Mark Vanderslice to make an impact with the University of South Carolina-Aiken men's basketball program.
Vanderslice, in his second season at Aiken, has been selected as the Co-Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year for the 2016-16 campaign.
The former Louisburg College head coach helped the program to a 12-win improvement from his first year on the sideline.
He guided the team to an 18-9 record and were a win away from a share of the PBC East Division title.


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THREE IN A ROW
THREE IN A ROW

LOUISBURG -- Three in a row -- and counting.
The Terrell Lane Middle School wrestling squad, coached by Casey Lundy, continued its dominance last month by rolling to its third straight Middle Athletic Conference Team Championship.
The event was held at the TLMS Gymnasium in Louisburg. The Tornadoes easily outdistanced runner-up Hawley Middle School.


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Winning ways put to the test
Winning ways put to the test

LOUISBURG -- Two streaks will be on the line this weekend for a pair of red-hot Louisburg College athletic squads.
The LC men's basketball team will carry a 20-game victory streak into this Friday's semifinals of the Region X Tournament, which is being played at Sandhills Community College.
In the semis, the top-seeded Hurricanes will tangle with Bryant and Stratton at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available at the gate.


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Bunn wins road thriller

BUNN -- Even with the loss of several key components from last year's club, the Bunn Ladycats have gotten off to a quality softball start this spring -- including a road victory at rival Louisburg.
In a game that was moved back one day due to the threat of storms, the Ladycats erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh stanza and defeated LHS by a 9-3 margin at Warrior Field.


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Bombers Best Foes
Bombers Best Foes

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Volleyball Club Bombers 13-Under Team is enjoying a strong club season under head coach Lindsey Ball.
Ball, who prepped at Louisburg High School, has guided the Bombers to a pair of tournament championships in Goldsboro and Greensboro.
The Bombers will be in action again this weekend at an event in Carrboro near Chapel Hill.
The season runs through April.


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Brickhouse starring for East Carolina

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. -- Spencer Brickhouse, T.J. Riles and Eric Tyler each belted home runs helping No. 8 East Carolina University to a 12-7 road baseball victory over the College of Charleston Tuesday afternoon at Patriots Park in the Palmetto State.
With the win, the Pirates improve to 9-3 and extended their current win streak to nine games, while the Cougars dropped to 7-5 on the season.
Sam Lanier (2-1) picked up the win allowing one run (earned) on two walks with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of relief.


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Chamber golf tournament is scheduled
Chamber golf tournament is scheduled

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf tournament on April 3 at Hasentree Golf Club in Wake Forest.
Cost is $150 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For more information, contact Brenda Fuller at (919) 496-3056.
CCMS SOCCER: The Cedar Creek Middle School girls soccer team secured a strong 9-0 victory recently against Franklinton Middle.


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Wells Fargo Cup numbers released

CHAPEL HILL -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2017 winter sports season.
The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state's four competitive classifications.


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STATE FINALS SCHEDULE

CHAPEL HILL -- Here is this weekend's schedule for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's State Basketball Championships:


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ALL ABOUT AUSTIN
ALL ABOUT AUSTIN

Former Louisburg College standout Austin Grimes excelled this year at USC-Aiken.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Tea with artist!</i>
Tea with artist!

AFTERNOON TEA. The Franklin County Arts Council is inviting the public to Afternoon Tea with Marti King March 11 from 3-5 p.m. Versatile and passionate about people and life, King paints and creates with an array of media. Her latest passions include her "Beaded Creations" hair adornments and scarves designed from a combination of fiber and beads, and her stunning alcohol ink paintings. She also teaches art classes. King said that to be born and raised in Germany surrounded by castles and beautiful quaint villages, a little girl couldn't help but dream.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

EARNS DEGREE
EARNS DEGREE

Michelle Story of Louisburg, who recently graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is shown here with Dr. Robin Cummings, chancellor at Pembroke, as she receives her diploma. Michelle earned the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society, Alpha Kappa Delta national honor society in Sociology and the Esther G. Maynor Honors College. She is the daughter of the Rev. Joel and Teresa Story of Louisburg and is a Deputy Clerk in the Franklin County Clerk of Court's office.


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Area VGCC students earn 'Leaf' assistance

HENDERSON -- A group of students from Vance-Granville Community College, including two Louisburg residents, recently 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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LHS grad wins investigative reporting award
LHS grad wins investigative reporting award

A 2006 graduate of Louisburg High School, Matt Debnam, has won a first-place award for investigative journalism in this year's annual North Carolina Press Association's news, editorial and photojournalism contest.
He received the award for coverage of the bidding process for the Avery County Veterans Monument in 2015 while working for the Avery Journal-Times.


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Education fund grants announced

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The board of advisors of the Franklin County Community Foundation has announced grants from its education fund, according to Diane Fleming, mini-grants education chair.
This year's recipients included:


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Royal Elementary principal suspended
Royal Elementary principal suspended

WINTERVILLE -- Franklin County school officials have suspended the principal of Royal Elementary School as she awaits the outcome of a DWI case in Pitt County.
A Winterville police officer arrested Melissa Britner at about 2:30 a.m. on March 4 when he found her sitting at a traffic light that cycled several times and she didn't move, authorities there said.
According to authorities, Britner registered a .09 blood alcohol level -- a .08 is enough to warrant a driving while impaired charge in North Carolina.


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Bunn graduate finishes basic

U.S. Army National Guard Pfc. Ariel L. White has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, as well as military courtesy, drill and ceremony and the military justice system.


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Teen dating violence is placed into focus
Teen dating violence is placed into focus

Safe Space advocates were in the community during the month of February conducting outreach and awareness activities to acknowledge Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.
When we think of dating violence, sometimes we do not think of our children, but it's time that we start!
One in three teens experience some form of dating violence whether its, physical, emotional, sexual, or verbal.


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PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR TRUST IS
PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR TRUST IS

Gov. Roy Cooper, center, toured St. Paul Presbyterian Daycare, a 5-star facility, on Wednesday morning. The visit to the Louisburg facility was an opportunity for Cooper to speak about his commitment to education. "My budget invests in education. And I'm talking about education, all the way from birth, through pre-k and K-12 to our community colleges and universities. It is so important that we build that foundation. It is so important that we get our kids ready to learn for the new jobs and the new workforce.


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Franklinton student dies in car crash on way to school

FRANKLINTON -- The State Highway Patrol said speed was a factor in an accident that killed one Franklinton High student and injured another on Tuesday.
According to authorities, Timothy H. Coley, 18, was driving a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta east on Cedar Creek Road at about 7:30 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle.
It traveled across the westbound lane and off the shoulder, hitting a fence near Hicks Road.


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ICE raid puts local man in jail; charges unknown

Authorities took a Franklin County man into custody Wednesday, March 1, after federal and local authorities breached a residence.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement went to a home at 90 Banes Road off N.C. 98 in the Zebulon area of the county around 9 a.m. to serve a federal warrant.
After a "knock and talk" attempt, Wright said, the man, later identified as Raymundo Barrios-Jimenez, 33, refused to come out.


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Police seeking suspect in drive-by shooting

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a suspect in a drive-by shooting.
Tevin J. Arrington did not sustain life-threatening injuries in the Feb. 28 incident.
According to police, Arrington was standing on Kenmore Avenue at Cooper Street when he got into an argument with a motorist just after 6 p.m.
"They exchanged some words," said Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter, "and the suspect shot him."


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<i>'Retreating' into the future!</i>
'Retreating' into the future!

FRANKLINTON -- The town hosted the first of its two retreats on Monday, using the first of the day-long sessions as a chance for new and returning commissioners to establish goals.
The second session, slated for March 13, will feature presentations from town department heads and more practical discussions.
Town Manager Tammy Ray said with two new members on the board, it felt like a good time to host a retreat.


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Local Girl Scout Troop named one of Daisy's Dozen

RALEIGH -- Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines designated Girl Scout Multi-Level Troop #1111 of Franklin County as one of 12 Daisy's Dozen Elite Troops for its 2017 membership year.
The Daisy's Dozen Elite Troop is awarded to troops that go above and beyond in their outstanding leadership experiences.


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COOKING UP A FEAST!
COOKING UP A FEAST!

Members of Henderson Assembly # 195 Order of the Golden Circle hosted its annual Feast-A-Rama on Feb. 16 at the St. Paul Presbyterian Church "Soup Kitchen" in Louisburg. The Assembly cooked and served a spaghetti dinner for approximately 60 people. The Feast-A-Rama is one of several activities the Assembly sponsors to show love in local communities.


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