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Showing 48 articles from May 17, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Draft county budget has no tax increase

LOUISBURG -- Staff presented county commissioners with a budget that boosts spending, adds more county employees and fully funds school board requests.
And the 2017-18, $77.6 million spending plan, as proposed, does not pull money from the county's savings account or raise taxes -- the tax rate is currently set at 92.5-cents per $100 of valuation.
"I'm pretty excited about that," Interim County Finance Director Chuck Murray said of no new taxes.


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<i>Friday night party time!</i>
Friday night party time!

Things are shaping up for Friday evening's debut of Friday Nights on the Tar, an entertainment event hosted by the town of Louisburg and several area businesses. The first of these events will be tomorrow, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature live music by The Castaways, who will be performing on the newly built stage (photo above) that has been created just east of downtown near the newly created parking lot. The free, family-friendly event will also feature food trucks, and a variety of drinks, including craft beer.


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Downtown ambassador's duties outlined

LOUISBURG -- A little routine business flowed quickly through the Louisburg Town Council's meeting Monday night -- and the council adopted a job description for a new Downtown Business Ambassador who has agreed to do the job free of charge.
The council granted a special exemption permit to Ronnie Wrenn and Van Jeffreys which will allow them to create part of the building they own at 101 Industrial Drive into indoor mini-storage.


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After fines, county planning sewer fix

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with the engineering and design work they'll need to bolster a Youngsville pump station responsible for sewage spills that have drawn the state's ire, cost the county in fines and stagnated development in that area.
Adam Kiker, with LKC Engineering, informed the board that the system is aging and is in need of a fix.


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<i>Operation Git-Meow got ' em and flew them to safety</i>
A cat peeks out of its carrier
Operation Git-Meow got ' em and flew them to safety

GUANTANAMO BAY -- Admittedly, Stephen Merritt is not much of a cat person.
He is, though, big on returning favors; and flying.
Those two loves meshed this past weekend as he and another pilot were able to aid in the rescue of 25 cats -- part of a group of 500 feral cats that call Guantanamo Bay home.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Janice Ishikawa, secretary with A Blessing Inc. soup kitchen


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Aliens
Editorial Cartoon: Aliens

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To rebuild trust, we need real answers!
To rebuild trust, we need real answers!

It's time to put partisan politics aside and focus exclusively on being Americans first -- and that's not a tip of the hat to anyone's political slogan!
Whether you're Republican, Democrat, Independent, Marxist, Anarchist or just a Don't Give A Flip, it's time to get this country back on track and figure out exactly what's going on and who owes whom political or financial favors!
After the events of the past several days, it has become absolutely imperative that we have a truly independent prosecutor to look into the efforts by Russia to meddle in our politics -- and find out who may or may not have been colluding with whom!


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We've said it before! Your input is crucial

Every year about this time we make the same plea.
And sadly, every year it's largely ignored -- and we are all the less for it during the next 12 months.
It's budget season for state and local governments.
Very little that the government does is more important to you and your family than this annual rite of establishing priorities and putting dollars with each.


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When life gives you lemons, it's okay to admit they're sour
When life gives you lemons, it's okay to admit they're sour

When you buy a brand new car, straight off the line, it comes with a warranty.
It's one of the benefits of buying new, or as close to new as you can.
That warranty protects you against all types of calamities, like if your engine blows up, your transmission quits, your fuel pump craps out or your alternator busts.
Funny thing is, a warranty is a nice thing to keep in your back pocket in case of emergency -- you just don't expect to have problems, basically, as soon as you drive that car off the lot.


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Editorial Cartoon: GOP Health Plan
Editorial Cartoon: GOP Health Plan

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Revisiting old news

Dear editor: In the preceding months leading up to the November state elections, I received political circulars promoting Chad Barefoot's re-election to the Senate. After the 14th flyer, I quit counting. Why is this significant? A good majority of these mailings displayed an empty chair at one Franklin County School Board meeting, chastising Barefoot's opponent for not being present, implying his abandonment of the support of teachers.


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Special prosecutor essential

Dear editor:
By summarily firing FBI Director James E. Comey, President Trump has severely compromised the integrity of the various Congressional investigations into whether officials of his election campaign knew of, aided, or abetted Russia's attempts to elect him President in the 2016 General Election.


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Editorial Cartoon: New Tax Plan
Editorial Cartoon: New Tax Plan

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OBITUARIES

BLANCHE PERRY

BUTNER - Blanche Perry, 62, of Muroch Center, Butner, died Monday, May 15, 2017 at Duke Regional Medical Center, Durham. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 19, at Alston-Anderson Funeral Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill, Louisburg.


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GARY "G-DOG" WILLIAMS

LOUISBURG - Memorial services for Gary "G-Dog" Williams, 46, who died Saturday, May 13, 2017, will be held Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Rory Sneed officiating.


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WALTER L. WARD

LOUISBURG -- Funeral services for Walter L. Ward, 88, who died Monday, May 15, 2017, will be held Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m. at Ambassadors For Christ Ministries in Louisburg, with the Rev. Jamaal Brodie officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.


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WILLIAM R. NEAL JR.

LOUISBURG -- Funeral services for William R. "Butt" Neal Jr., 60, who died Saturday, May 13, 2017, will be held Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at Perry's Missionary Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry's Church cemetery.


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SPORTS

Louisburg Falls In Postseason
Louisburg High School's Ethan Young (left) makes a quick tag at second base during last Wednesday's loss to Spring Creek in the first round of the Class 1-A State Baseball Playoffs.
Louisburg Falls In Postseason

LOUISBURG -- No strangers to tough draws in the opening round of the postseason, the Louisburg Warriors once again found themselves in that precarious position last Wednesday.
The Warriors' drew yet another difficult opponent in the first round of the Class 1-A State Baseball Playoffs -- the Spring Creek Gators out of baseball-crazy Wayne County.


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A SUPER REGIONAL
OBSTACLE COURSE. Franklinton High School's Rachel Black (right) clears a hurdle during last Saturday's action at the Class 3-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships on the FHS campus.
A SUPER REGIONAL

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School has never been shy about hosting track and field events over the past few years -- even ones that the Red Rams weren't even a part of.
So it was no surprise that Franklinton was the site last Saturday of a Super Regional that featured the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships along with the 1-A East Regional Meet.


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TOUGH TO TAKE
BUNN FRESHMAN CAROLINE WHITE
TOUGH TO TAKE

BUNN -- With an all-freshman battery and even more strong players on the way from the middle school, the Bunn softball program has a promising future.
But for now, that can't erase the pain the Ladycats experienced during Tuesday's heartbreaking loss to host North Johnston in the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.


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Warriors advance to fourth

LOUISBURG -- Two decades have passed since the Louisburg High School softball team has enjoyed a postseason run of this magnitude -- and the ride may be just beginning.
The Lady Warriors have advanced to the fourth round for the first time since their 1997 state finalist squad following three impressive decisions in the Class 1-A State Playoffs -- with each win coming at home.


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LHS salutes top athletes

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School offered a fond farewell to its amazing Senior Class during Monday's annual LHS Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony at the school's auditorium.
Of the six major award winners, all were seniors. Several upperclassmen at LHS have already signed letters-of-intent to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level.


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Resilient Champs
The 2017 Bunn Middle School Lady Bulldogs won the Middle Athletic Conference Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament for the fifth time in the past nine campaigns.
Resilient Champs

BUNN -- Bunn Middle School's keyword during the 2017 softball season was 'resiliency' -- and the Lady Bulldogs would need plenty of it during last Tuesday's Middle Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Game at home against long-time rival Hawley.
Seemingly in control with a four-run lead, Bunn saw the Hornets rally for six runs in the top of the sixth stanza of action.
But the Lady Bulldogs countered with four markers in the bottom of the frame as Elizabeth Winstead delivered a key bases-loaded single.


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Mudcats pick up victory at home

ZEBULON -- Corbin Burnes pitched through a career high seven innings, Corey Ray was 3-for-3 with two RBI, Mitch Ghelfi was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Isan Diaz was 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Carolina Mudcats scored nine times in the first while defeating the visiting Down East Wood Ducks 11-2 at Five County Stadium on Tuesday night. in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
The victory evened up Carolina's four-game series with the Wood Ducks (15-23) at one game apiece and lifted the Mudcats (19-19) back into a .500 record.


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GROUP PHOTO
GROUP PHOTO

Members of the Bunn High School softball team were announced to the crowd before Tuesday's state playoff showdown at North Johnston.


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LEADING THE WAY
LEADING THE WAY

Thanks in part to the middle-distance efforts of Franklin County native Kristoni Barnes (left), North Carolina A&T recently won the MEAC Women's Track and Field Championship. Barnes is a freshman for the Aggies.


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LOUISBURG HS AWARD WINNERS, 1
LOUISBURG HS AWARD WINNERS, 1

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
OF THE YEAR:
REED WHELESS
MACKENZIE WOOD


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LOUISBURG HS AWARD WINNERS, 2
LOUISBURG HS AWARD WINNERS, 2

MATT GREEAR
ULTIMATE WARRIOR
AWARD WINNERS:
NOAH ALLEN
SARAH FOSTER


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MIGHTY CUT
MIGHTY CUT

Bunn High School outfielder Casey Salter makes contact for the Ladycats during Tuesday's close setback at North Johnston in the third round of the Class 2-A State Softball Playoffs.


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POLE POSITION
POLE POSITION

Franklinton High School's Jaden Carver competes in the boys pole vault during last Saturday's Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships in Franklinton.


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READY FOR THE STATE FINALS
READY FOR THE STATE FINALS

SPARTANS SHINE. The Kerr-Vance Academy Baseball Team defeated Wayne Country Day by a 2-0 margin to advance to the title series of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association's Class 1-A State Playoffs. The best-of-three series against Lawrence Academy will be Friday and Saturday at Oakwood School in Greenville.


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RELAY RUNNER
RELAY RUNNER

Louisburg High School's Junior Vargas (left) takes part in the Boys 3200 Relay during last Saturday's Class 1-A East Regional Track and Field Championships, which were held at Franklinton High School.


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SLIDING INTO SECOND
SLIDING INTO SECOND

Louisburg High School's Javontae Taylor (right) tries to break up a double play during last Wednesday's contest versus Spring Creek in the first round of the Class 1-A State Playoffs.


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WILSON'S WAY
WILSON'S WAY

Bunn High School's Delaney Wilson lays down a bunt for the Ladycats during Tuesday night's road playoff contest against the North Johnston Panthers in Kenly.


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LIFESTYLES

Arts Council Spring Gala is Saturday

Franklin County Arts Council will be celebrating Salvador Dali's birthday at their first Spring Gala to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Whitaker on 210 Winston Street, Franklinton.
Everyone will receive a Dali mustache at the door to get in the spirit of the event. To join in the full spirit of the event, patrons are invited to come dressed as Dali or their favorite artist.


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<i>Cherry Hill concert planned for Sunday</i>
Kent Lyman
Cherry Hill concert planned for Sunday

Violinist Xi Yang will join pianist Kent Lyman for a performance at Cherry Hill at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21. The collaborators are both professors of music at Meredith College in Raleigh, and have impressed their audiences with individual and joint performances over the past years.
Xi Yang, a native of China, came to the United States at the age of 20, after an impressive history of performance in China from the age of 10.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Glace leaving schools

Patrick Glace, the public information officer for Franklin County Schools, will be leaving the system at the end of the current school year.
His official last day is to be June 9, but he said he will attend and photograph the three high school graduations on June 10.
Glace has accepted a new position -- Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator -- for Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
"I will be responsible for much of the Airport's content creation, including written work, video, and photo," he said.


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<i>More than 160 associate degrees conferred at LC</i>
Students headed toward Louisburg College graduation
More than 160 associate degrees conferred at LC

Louisburg College conferred more than 160 associate degrees May 12 to graduating sophomores, celebrating its largest Commencement in years, lauding students' achievements and honoring the service of longtime, beloved faculty members.
Six students earned 4.0 grade point averages, graduating summa cum laude. Ten graduated magna cum laude, earning grade point averages of 3.8 to 3.99. Twenty-seven earned 3.5 to 3.79, graduating cum laude.


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<i>Students reap awards in 'Yours for Life' essay contest</i>
COUNTY WINNERS. Third-6th Grade; Lance Williams (6th grade Essay), Scarlett Allen (5th grade Poster), Brianna McBride (4th grade Poster), Gregory Chesser III (6th grade Computer Designed Power Point) and Ayden Bassett (3rd grade Poster).
Students reap awards in 'Yours for Life' essay contest

Students in Franklin County schools were recognized during the 21st Annual Soil & Water Conservation District Awards Program held Thursday, May 4 at the Franklin County Agriculture Building Annex in Louisburg.
Students and their parents enjoyed a hot dog social before they were awarded prizes for their entries in the Poster, Essay, or Computer Designed Power Point contest.


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<i>VGCC students inducted into honor society</i>
VGCC students inducted into honor society

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College recognized 75 students, including several from Franklin County, who were recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa -- the international honor society for students of two-year colleges.
VGCC students honored with induction into Phi Theta Kappa must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in associate degree curriculum programs and have completed at least 12 credit hours toward their degrees.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

A FOND FAREWELL
A FOND FAREWELL

In the photo above, Mark and Mona La Branche hold the gift. They told the board they would miss Louisburg and promised to return to check on its progress in a few years.


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Bunn teen is facing rape charge

BUNN -- Police arrested a 16-year-old they allege raped a girl in an abandoned house.
Harley R. Brantley was charged with second degree forcible rape.
Bunn Police Chief Joe King said the 18-year-old girl told a friend and ultimately, the matter was reported to a school resource officer at Bunn High School.
The sexual assault allegation was reported to Bunn authorities on April 27.


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Youngsville commissioners face a variety of issues

YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners moved through a wide-ranging agenda last week, taking action on items ranging from private property use, to how it will spend taxpayer money, to how it would regulate gun ranges.
Town commissioners agreed to a rezoning request that will allow a Henderson man to build a home on a one-acre lot previously zoned for commercial use.
Initially, Curtis White had a modular home placed at the 2842 Cedar Creek Road address, intending to convert it for use as office or retail space.


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<i>Y-ville administrator Bill Tatum retiring</i>
Y-ville administrator Bill Tatum retiring

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners took their first step toward replacing their administrator this week.
They're planning to take another step on Monday.
During the board's May 11 meeting, Bill Tatum announced he'd be retiring from his post as town administrator in the fall, probably October.


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Nominations for unique award are being sought

A service award that's unique to Franklin County will honor the memory of two local women who made a difference in the community.
The Elizabeth May Service Award was created last year in the name of a woman who unselfishly served the community for many years in a variety of capacities. The award was created by a foundation that honors the memory of another local woman, Kay Foy (Culbertson) Robertson who died June 6, 2011, as the result of an equestrian accident. The award honors Mrs. Robertson's memory -- and also honors the memory of Mrs. May who passed away last year.


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Cooperative Extension launches a rebranding

North Carolina State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at A&T State University have launched a rebranding effort for their partnership known as N.C. Cooperative Extension.
Effective immediately, a new logo is being rolled out in local Extension centers across the state, as NC State and N.C. A&T adopt a new marketing strategy to grow awareness and engagement for N.C. Cooperative Extension.


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Local police briefs

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Franklin County sheriff's office is investigating allegations of a rape.
A woman told authorities that as she was leaving a party the evening of May 8 when she was sexually assaulted.
On that same night, according to reports, the woman was involved in an automobile accident where a car ran into a ditch.


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