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Showing 40 articles from March 22, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Louisburg seeking grant to help reopen hospital

LOUISBURG -- Grant money was flowing like water -- and in both directions -- during Monday night's Louisburg Town Council meeting as the council both applied for grants and awarded grant money to local projects.
The largest of those grant applications was for $750,000 to help entice Duke LifePoint to reopen Franklin Medial Center as an emergency room and the associated psychiatric care facility.


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Solar farm gets okay; Murray back again

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a new solar farm in the county after more than 30 minutes of discussion Monday evening.
They also approved a consent agenda that, among other things, appointed Chuck Murray as the county's interim finance director, without any discussion.
Charlotte-based Solterra Partners petitioned the board for a special use permit to build and operate the solar panel farm on nearly 300 acres off Ronald Tharrington Road near Louisburg.


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<i>It's time to retire, says Louisburg police chief</i>
It's time to retire, says Louisburg police chief

LOUISBURG -- After 25 years with the Louisburg Police Department, the last 14 as chief, Rick Lassiter announced this week that his time is up.
His last day on the job will be April 28.
"The department is in excellent shape," Lassiter said, noting that his retirement is coming at the right time for him and the police department.
"It's right where I wanted it [to be].


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Nurse charged in drug scheme
Nurse charged in drug scheme

LOUISBURG -- Authorities arrested a Franklin County woman accused of abusing her position as a jail nurse to illegally get her hands on drugs.
A joint investigation by the sheriff's office and the state Bureau of Investigation revealed that Tamsey Watkins was ordering prescription medications in the name of inmates who were no longer in custody at the Franklin County Jail.
Watkins works with Southern Health Partners, a company that provides contracted service to correctional facilities, including the Franklin County Jail.


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Middlesex police chief is charged with assault
Middlesex police chief is charged with assault

LOUISBURG -- Authorities arrested Middlesex's police chief on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend, a Franklin County woman.
Authorities allege William D. Murray, 43, went to the woman's residence off Weldon Road the evening of March 14 and assaulted her.
Nash County sheriff's deputies arrested Murray on March 15 and turned him over to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, which charged Murray with assault on a female and communicating threats, both misdemeanors.


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<i>Grant to aid small poultry growers</i>
Grant to aid small poultry growers

LOUISBURG -- A group of Franklin County farmers plans to turn an agriculture grant into a game changer for small-time poultry producers.
Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA (RAFI) presented Patricia Hill, Stacey Meek, Analee Thornburg and Julie Gupton with a $10,000 grant, half the money they'll need to operate a mobile poultry processing unit in Franklin County.
The four farmers met through the Franklin County Cooperative Extension's "Women in Agriculture" lunch and learn sessions and realized they all had the same problem -- processing their chickens efficiently, fiscally and nearby.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn HS distance runner Jasmine Neal


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Healthcare
Editorial Cartoon: Healthcare

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Studies are pointless unless action follows!
Studies are pointless unless action follows!

It's not that we're smart enough already -- Heaven knows we're not! -- but there comes a time when another study is just another way to delay doing something.
In Franklin County, another study is not what the doctor ordered -- but some kind of action certainly is.
But, if we don't totally ban studies, at least we ought to demand that officials take some kind of action after spending thousands of tax dollars studying one topic or other.


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Budget director speaks; dissecting the delusion

Brace yourself -- and let's take a look at perhaps the most stupid comment coming out of our federal bureaucracy in 40 years -- and that's saying something.
In the early years of the Ronald Reagan administration, federal bureaucrats tried to justify budget cuts by contending ketchup is a vegetable when served on a school lunch menu.
For clarification, Reagan is often "credited" with this declaration but that's almost certainly incorrect.


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Become the action star of your own life's movie
Become the action star of your own life's movie

There is a scene in Ocean's 11 where the villainous character is demolishing an old hotel and the carnage is being shown live on television.
At the same time, one of the movie's protagonists is watching the scene unfold on a tv set.
The irony comes from the fact that the high-rise building is actually tumbling to the ground behind him.
Rather than actually watch the demolition, unfiltered, through a window, his eyes are affixed to the television screen -- oblivious to the destruction occurring right outside his window.


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Editorial Cartoon: Life Insurance
Editorial Cartoon: Life Insurance

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<i>It's all okay, just give everyone what they want</i>
It's all okay, just give everyone what they want

People want what they want, why argue? Is it not easier to just give them what it is they want?
I have often said, 'now I have heard everything.' Then something new and more outrageous over-takes it.
Recently someone sent me a story of a man allegedly killed trying to have sex with a 12-foot alligator. My initial reaction, well now that just cannot be true, turns out it was not.


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Sad destruction of elegance

Dear editor:
I can remember many years ago when I was a candidate for Miss Franklin County that a lady (sponsor for pageant) from Louisburg took the candidates to the Simon Williams Mansion in Franklinton for tea and crumpets to be observed and interviewed for the title of Miss Franklin County.


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Editorial Cartoon: EPA
Editorial Cartoon: EPA

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OBITUARIES

CALVIN "COO" MASSENBURG

YOUNGSVILLE --Funeral services for Calvin "Coo" Massenburg, 57, who died Monday, March 20, 2017, will be held today, Thursday, March 23, at 12 p.m. at the Gospel Unlimited Holiness Church in Castalia, with Bishop Johnny Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Gospel Unlimited Church cemetery.


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EDDIE "LEE" RICHARDSON

ENFIELD - Funeral services for Eddie "Lee" Richardson, 70, who died Monday, March 20, 2017, will be held Friday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church in Warrenton, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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JUNE R. BULLOCK

ROCKY MOUNT-- June R. Bullock, 17, of Rocky Mount died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 25, at Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount. Burial will follow in the Jones Chapel Church cemetery in Louisburg.


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PRESTON BRODIE

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Preston Brodie, 62, who died Saturday, March 18, 2017, will be held Saturday, March 25, at 12 p.m. at Perry's Missionary Baptist Church in Louisburg.


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SPORTS

Warriors Winning On Diamond
SAFE AT SECOND. Louisburg High School's Javontae Taylor (right) slides into second base during Tuesday's home victory against Southeast Halifax.
Warriors Winning On Diamond

LOUISBURG -- In what was nothing short of an amazing occurrence, Louisburg High School's first 15 batters reached during Tuesday's home baseball showdown against Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference opponent Southeast Halifax.
By the time the frame was finally complete, Louisburg had secured 13 runs on it way to a convincing 28-0 decision over the Trojans at Warrior Field on the LHS campus.


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CREATE A RACQUET
FULL EXTENSION. Louisburg High School No. 1 Singles Player Josh Forsyth lunges for a return during his club's road tennis contest Monday afternoon against the Nash Central Bulldogs in Rocky Mount.
CREATE A RACQUET

ROCKY MOUNT - When Nash Central traveled to Louisburg last Wednesday, the weather was so cold and windy that the teams agreed to suspend play after singles competition -- and with the visiting Bulldogs already clinching the team victory by a 5-1 score.
Conditions were much more favorable for Monday's rematch at the NCHS Courts, but the result was still the same.
Nash Central took four of the six singles matches and swept the doubles on its way to defeating the Warriors by a 7-2 margin in non-conference boys tennis action.


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SANDERS SALUTE
LOUISBURG'S LEXI DUNN
SANDERS SALUTE

FRANKLINTON -- Weather conditions weren't ideal, but that wouldn't have stopped Trent Sanders during his glorious tenure as the Franklinton High School track and field coach.
After Sanders' sudden passing, FHS decided to honor the coach with the T Sanders Invitational Track and Field Championships -- of which the third installment was held last Saturday in cool, rainy temperatures at the FHS Football Field.


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LC coach honored in league

LOUISBURG -- Talk about a tough act to follow -- and handling the proposition with ease.
When he took over the Louisburg College men's basketball program two years ago, Neil Dixon faced the task of the succeeding the wildly successful Mark Vanderslice, who left to take an NCAA Division II job at USC-Aiken.
But the Hurricanes haven't missed a beat under Dixon and are making their second consecutive appearance this week at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.


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Wilson earns hoops award
Wilson earns hoops award

LOUISBURG -- Andreas Wilson has enjoyed quite a career as a member of the Louisburg High School boys basketball season -- and the junior standout guard still has one more year to go. Wilson excelled in 2016-17 while helping the Warriors reach the Class 1-A State Playoffs. Wilson began to draw plenty of acclaim from beyond Franklin County after averaging 26.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per outing.


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Learning Curve
LAY DOWN THE LAW. Bunn's Delaney Wilson executes a bunt during last Friday's game versus South Granville.
Learning Curve

BUNN -- Taking on a two-time defending state champion can be a daunting task -- especially for a team as young as the Bunn Ladycats on the softball diamond.
Bunn features just two seniors, along with a strong core of freshman and sophomore starters, for the 2017 campaign.
South Granville also has some younger performers, including three ninth-graders in its lineup, but the Lady Vikings also have plenty of experience as they look for a state three-peat on the Class 2-A level this season.


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Big Week For BHS
BACK TO FIRST. Bunn High School's Malakai Morrow (right) beats a pickoff throw last Friday against rival South Granville.
Big Week For BHS

BUNN -- Two convincing victories and a showdown against defending state runner-up South Granville.
Certainly, it was quite a five-day stretch for the Bunn Wildcats that began last Thursday with a Northern Carolina Conference road matchup against the Franklinton Red Rams.
The outcome of the event wasn't in doubt from the outset as Bunn delivered a 19-0 decision over the host Red Rams.


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Louisburg to host annual 5-K run

LOUISBURG -- The annual Warrior Pride 5-K Scholarship Run will be held April 8 on the Louisburg High School campus.
Check-in will begin at 8 a.m., with the race starting at 9 a.m. adjacent to the LHS Gymnasium.
The competitive/recreational event is held each year to raise funds for the LHS Booster Club Scholarship Fund.
Entry fee is $25 per person.


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ETHAN ON TARGET
ETHAN ON TARGET

Louisburg High School's Ethan Young smacks a single during Tuesday's win versus Southeast Halifax.


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IN A CROWD
IN A CROWD

Franklinton's Robyn Hamilton (right) competes in the Girls 3200 Relay race during the T Sanders event.


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LIFESTYLES

NATURE NURTURED!
NATURE NURTURED!

A solo exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculptures and pottery by Louisburg College Professor of Art Will Hinton opened last week at Louisburg College and is entitled NATURE + NURTURE. The exhibition is free and open to the public weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lumpkin Community Gallery in the Jones Performing Arts Center on the east campus of Louisburg College, through April 21. Hinton is shown here with one of the exhibits, which, he said, "asks us: When a beaver gnaws down a sweet gum tree and it falls at just the right angle on the top of its dam it is building, is that instinctive beauty or aesthetic beauty?


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<i>Pearces celebrate 75th anniversary!</i>
Pearces celebrate 75th anniversary!

Dan and Colleen Pearce celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary, March 21, 2017. An anniversary celebration with family and friends was held Saturday, March 18. According to their family, the Pearces have offered much wisdom and devotion to their family over these years.
"They have taught us all so many things from farming, right from wrong, showing respect and most of all to have faith, trust and believe in our Savior, Jesus Christ," granddaughter Sherry Mercer states.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Education Advocacy Day set for next week in Raleigh

RALEIGH -- While North Carolina has the second largest rural population in America, the unique needs of rural school districts are often forgotten. More than two-thirds of North Carolina's traditional public school districts are rural and nearly 40 percent of students in traditional public schools are educated in a rural district. Low-wealth rural communities lack the community resources to attract and retain high quality teachers, facing higher teacher turnover rates in many instances, and difficulties in recruiting new teachers.


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VGCC planning an 'Enrollment Day' on school's main campus

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College will hold "Enrollment Day" on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. until noon, in Building 8 on the college's Main Campus in Vance County.
During those hours, VGCC staff members will be ready to assist anyone who is interested in enrolling at the college for the summer term, which starts on May 30, or the fall semester, which starts in August.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Unusual traffic mishap claims local man's life

LOUISBURG -- A Louisburg man died following a ping-pong wreck that included a hit house.
Preston Brodie, 62, died as a result of injuries sustained in the March 18 wreck.
According to a report by Trooper B.E. Pulliam, Brodie was traveling north on Schloss Road at about 8:20 p.m. when he attempted to make a u-turn.
The sport utility vehicle he was driving then ran off the road to the left and hit a house in the 1600 block of Schloss Road, and then a tree.


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Franklinton officials make denial official

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners committed to writing what they did in a vote last month when they denied a request to operate a gun range.
Following a more than two-hour public hearing on Feb. 21, the Franklinton Board of Commissioners refused to issue a special use permit to Tony Norton and Dan Stalfire, who want to operate a range on an 88.5 acre site north and west of town.
During the board's Tuesday night meeting, commissioners adopted a written statement that echoed that unanimous decision to deny the special use permit.


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Franklin County Relay for Life upcoming events

Relay for life event
The Franklin County Relay for Life event will be held beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 28, at Franklinton High School, 910 Cedar Road. For information, contact Danette Cheatham at (919) 906-5002.


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Ex-deputy's charges dismissed in Wake
Ex-deputy's charges dismissed in Wake

RALEIGH -- The case against a former sheriff's deputy accused of stalking and harassing a former girlfriend was dismissed in Wake County.
A Franklin County case borne from that investigation has been disposed of also, as long as Dwayne Collins completes mental health therapy.
The charges result from the response to a break-in call in the fall of 2015 that turned out to be a ruse.
On Nov. 9, 2015, according to Wake Forest authorities, Collins and a 25-year-old woman reported to police that someone broke into her home, stealing Collins' firearm and the woman's cellphone.


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<i>Local schools host job fair to recruit talent</i>
Local schools host job fair to recruit talent

Franklin County Schools is hosting its third annual Teacher Job Fair at Franklinton High School on Saturday, March 25. However, this year, the school system's Human Resources department is recruiting more aggressively than ever as districts across North Carolina vie for qualifying candidates.
To compete with larger districts in the area and throughout the state, FCS will be offering on-site interviews with school principals and contingent contracts for same-day job offers to qualifying teachers. This is something more traditional job fairs have lacked in the past, school officials said.


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Grant applications sought

LOUISBURG -- The board of advisors of the Franklin County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for projects funded from its community grantmaking fund, according to Al Wheless, board president.
Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that serve general charitable needs in Franklin County. Applications are available online beginning March 24. Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying.


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STATE OF THE STATE
STATE OF THE STATE

Rep. Bobbie Richardson (center right) presented Gov. Roy Cooper, right, to the Speaker of the House and representatives before Cooper took to the podium to give the State of the State address on Monday, March 13. Cooper is a native of Richardson's district.


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