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Showing 44 articles from June 7, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

More money requests could be proposed for county's new budget
More money requests could be proposed for county's new budget

LOUISBURG -- County management presented commissioners with a proposed spending plan that adds employees and doesn't raise taxes, but bolsters the county's bottom line.
Later today (Thursday), county staff and officials are expected to ask for more ... and less. Commissioners have scheduled a special-called meeting at 3 p.m. to discuss tweaks to the budget before a final document is approved -- which has to be done before July 1.


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Dems to ponder May's seat

LOUISBURG -- Back in 2010, John May replaced Lucy Allen in the N.C. House of Representatives when she resigned her General Assembly seat to take a post on the N.C. Utilities Commission.
Now, Allen, chair of the county's Democratic Party, will be part of the leadership that helps determine who replaces May on the county Board of Commissioners.
May, who was elected to his second term in 2016, died last week, leaving the people of District 3 with no representation on the county board.


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<i>Aerial highway?</i>
Aerial highway?

Above, cars whiz past the work on the two-lane highway. The project will turn the roadway into a four-lane divided highway from Wake County up to Royal. Construction on this part of the highway could begin next year.


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<i>From pre-med to an FHS classroom!</i>
From pre-med to an FHS classroom!

Characterized as an inspiration to students and teachers alike, Franklin County Schools named Franklinton High School English Teacher, David Jennings, the district's 2017-18 Teacher of the Year during the school system's annual awards banquet recently.
Jennings has worked at Franklinton High School for three years, but his positive impact has been felt throughout the community, said FHS Principal Russell Holloman.


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Franklinton goal: Balance budget without new taxes

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners will go into a special-called work session this Thursday with a $40,000 gap between revenues and expenses.
Town management expects officials to leave that meeting ready to present residents with a balanced budget.
The board held its first budget workshop in May and Town Manager Tammy Ray presented the board with a proposed budget for 2017-18 that revealed a $121,473 difference between expenses and projected revenues.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg resident Luke Baker


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

ISIS Rat
ISIS Rat

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Be an angel, help cheeseheads spell Wisconsin
Be an angel, help cheeseheads spell Wisconsin

Angel? Really?
C'mon, really?
Well, according to Google -- and who dares argue with Google? -- more North Carolinians request the proper spelling of angel than any other word.
I could understand, maybe, if it was a definition of angel that folks were seeking.


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Graduation is Saturday; Help keep seniors safe

It may seem impossible to believe, but Saturday will be 2017's milestone day for hundreds of Franklin County young people.
That's the day, in three separate ceremonies, the Class of 2017 will receive their high school diplomas and step out into the "real world" to see what challenges and opportunities await them.
Just in case you haven't been paying close attention, here's the schedule for graduation ceremonies, all of which will be held in the Louisburg College auditorium on Saturday.


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Opioid monster needs to see the light of day
Opioid monster needs to see the light of day

Last month, Gov. Roy Cooper's office released county-by-county statistics on the opiate epidemic; revealing that the number of opioid-related deaths jumped by 73 percent from 2005 to 2015 -- the most recent statistics available.
In Franklin County, the number went from four to seven -- a 75 percent increase.
And, from what most people in law enforcement will tell you, those are just the numbers we can track.


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Climate change data bogus?

Dear editor:
Shortly after President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord, former President Obama criticized him for not continuing his climate change legacy.
However, Trump has some who agree with him about the bogus climate change data.


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Editorial Cartoon: Trump Hat
Editorial Cartoon: Trump Hat

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OBITUARIES

JAMES A. TRADER

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Arthur "Bro" Trader, 78, who died Tuesday, June 6, 2017, will be held Saturday, June 10, at 3 p.m. at Ambassadors For Christ Ministries in Louisburg, with the Rev. Jamaal Brodie officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones Cemetery.


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SPORTS

Davis Tabbed As Player Of Year
TOPS IN THE NCC. Bunn High School senior third baseman Alli Davis has been selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Softball Player of the Year.
Davis Tabbed As Player Of Year

BUNN -- After missing her entire junior season due to an injury, Alli Davis was determined to make the most of her senior softball campaign at Bunn High School.
Davis, a third baseman, helped the Ladycats to a second-place finish in the Northern Carolina Conference to go with a strong 18-3 overall record.
Bunn would also advance to the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs under veteran head coach Melanie Lovin.


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FOUR TO REMEMBER
FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL'S FINEST. (L to R) Senior Hannah Styers and junior Hayes Tharrington have been selected as the 2016-17 Athletes of the Year at Franklinton High School.
FOUR TO REMEMBER

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School was blessed with one of its finest senior classes in recent history -- so it was no surprise when a trio of upperclassmen claimed major honors during the recent FHS Athletic Awards Ceremony.
Senior Hannah Styers was tabbed as the Girls Athlete of the Year, while the Sportsmanship Awards went to seniors Lia Harris and Jerrail Brodie.
The only non-upperclassman to pick up a major award was Boys Athlete of the Year Hayes Tharrington, who was a junior.


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MAC CHAMPIONS
CEDAR CREEK'S DEVIN PATTERSON
MAC CHAMPIONS

YOUNGSVILLE -- Scott Bond didn't quite know what to expect heading into the Middle Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships.
Bond, the veteran boys head coach at Cedar Creek, thought his team would contend with Terrell Lane for the crown at the annual event, which was held recently at Southern Vance High School in Henderson.


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TL's girls pick up a crown
TERRELL LANE'S ALEXANDRA EDWARDS
TL's girls pick up a crown

LOUISBURG -- With a strong contingent in just about every endeavor, the Terrell Lane Lady Tornadoes were considered to be a prohibitive team favorite at the recent Middle Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships.
Terrell Lane lived up to its pre-event billing by rolling to the girls crown at Southern Vance High School in Henderson.
Coach Casey Lundy saw his Lady Tornadoes rack up 114.5 overall points to easily outdistance runner-up Cedar Creek, which closed with 84 points.


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Brickhouse nabs honor
Brickhouse nabs honor

TUCSON, ARIZ. - East Carolina University freshman Spencer Brickhouse has been named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America Team, the publication announced Wednesday.
In his rookie season with the Pirates, Brickhouse batted .310 (61-for-197) with 28 RBI and scored 36 runs. He belted 10 home runs on the year tying Travis Watkins for the team lead and ranked eighth in the American Athletic Conference.


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VGCC hosts golf tourney
VGCC hosts golf tourney

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College's 33rd annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, presented by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, hit a new record total by raising $116,675 to help fund scholarships for deserving students and support the mission of the college.
That result surpassed the $104,160 generated in 2016, in what was previously the highest-grossing golf tournament in VGCC history.


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FIRST NET MORNING ROUND
FIRST NET MORNING ROUND

The team of (l to r) Billy Gillispie, Michael Patterson, Jordan Peterson and Tim Gemmell won "first net" in the morning round of the 33rd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club.


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FIRST GROSS MORNING ROUND
FIRST GROSS MORNING ROUND

The AAA team of (l to r) Hal Finch, Kyle Holtzman, Blair Thomas and David Thomas placed "first gross" in the morning round of the 33rd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club.


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FIRST GROSS AFTERNOON ROUND
FIRST GROSS AFTERNOON ROUND

The Institutional Interiors team of (l to r) Macy Foster, Billy Stanton, Tim Hill and George Watkins won "first gross" in the afternoon round of the 33rd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club in Vance County.


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FIRST NET AFTERNOON ROUND
FIRST NET AFTERNOON ROUND

The Union Bank team, including (l to r) Carlston Harris, Andrew Byrd, John Burns and Gene Edmundson won "first net" in the afternoon round of the 33rd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club in Vance County.


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SECOND NET AFTERNOON ROUND
SECOND NET AFTERNOON ROUND

Runners-up in the afternoon round of the 33rd Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, winning "second net," were (l to r) Jan Fletcher, Steven Brame, Steve McNally and George Foster.


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Franklinton to host soccer clinic
Franklinton to host soccer clinic

FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton High School boys soccer team will be conducting a free kids soccer camp from June 14-15.
The event is open to boys and girls ages 5-10 and will be held at the FHS Soccer Fields from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each day.
For more information, contact Franklinton High School at 494-2332.
MUDCATS CAMP: The 2017 Carolina Mudcats Baseball Clinic is slated for Aug. 19 from 9 a.m.-Noon at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.


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Mudcats rally for a home victory
Mudcats rally for a home victory

ZEBULON -- Troy Stokes Jr., Isan Diaz and Lucas Erceg each had two-out, run scoring hits in the eighth and Jake Gatewood drove in the game winner with a bases loaded walk-off single in the ninth as the Carolina Mudcats rallied back for an 8-7 win versus the Dash at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.


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Pepe an All-American pick
Pepe an All-American pick

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg Softball continues to garner national attention after an outstanding season.
The 2017 campaign saw highlights such as a 21-game win streak, a regular-season title, an undefeated run in the tournament to bring home the Region X Championship and top 20 votes in the final national poll of the season.


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MULTI-SPORT STAR
MULTI-SPORT STAR

Hannah Styers excelled in many endeavors -- including distance running -- during her career at Franklinton High School. Styers is FHS' 2016-17 Female Athlete of the Year.


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LIFESTYLES

Nomination deadline looms for a unique, local service award

The deadline is drawing near for nominations for the 2017 service award that is unique to Franklin County.
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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<i>Winners named in 63rd Jabberwock Extravaganza</i>
MISS JABBERWOCK. Joy McCleod, center, was crowned the 2017 Miss Jabberwock. The Bunn High Senior is pictured with runner-up, Nicarda Bullock, left, and Award of Excellence winner Jaylen Webb.
Winners named in 63rd Jabberwock Extravaganza

OXFORD -- A Royale Elementary third-grader and a Bunn High senior were two of the top winners at a recent scholarship pageant.
Pearls of Perfection: Polished, Poised and Prepared was the theme of the 63rd Jabberwock Extravaganza hosted by the Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The Scholarship Pageant was held recently at Northern Granville Middle School's Auditorium.


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<i>Mills High Class of '57 gets together</i>
Mills High Class of '57 gets together

The Class of 1957 held a 60th Class Reunion on Saturday, May 20, at the Louisburg College Alumni Room in the Benjamin Duke Cafeteria.
Lou Rigsbee designed the cover for the booklet. The Class Booklet was prepared by Peggy Perry Alston and Elmar Newton Holmes with the following information: Class History, Class Prophecy, Class Song, Class Poem, read by classmates.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Youngsville man makes history at local VGCC campus</i>
Youngsville man makes history at local VGCC campus

LOUISBURG -- D. Troy Glover of Youngsville recently made history at Vance-Granville Community College, when he became the first person to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam at the college's Franklin County Campus.
According to VGCC Medical Assisting instructor Patrice Allen, the college has been working for the past several years to become an approved testing site that could administer the certification examination, which was established by American Medical Technologists (AMT).


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KVA honor students named for quarter, and the school year

Kerr-Vance Academy reported its honors for the fourth quarter and for the school year.


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<i>VGCC team competes in electric car race at Indy</i>
VGCC team competes in electric car race at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS -- Teamwork is what got a group from Vance-Granville Community College onto the track at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- not only the teamwork demonstrated by students and faculty from curriculum programs at the college, but also by a team of sponsors from the community who supported them.
For the first time, VGCC sent a team to compete in an event as part of the GreenpowerUSA racing series supported by Siemens and the Sports Car Club of America.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Water safety issue confused by false television reports

Liquid confusion!
Incorrect news reports -- fake news? -- aired by at least some of Raleigh's television stations created a great deal of confusion in Louisburg this week about whether or not the town-supplied water was safe to drink.
Louisburg's water supply was never in question and was always safe, town officials report.


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Youngsville to discuss gun range issues

YOUNGSVILLE -- After a change in planning staff kept town staff, officials and residents from talking about gun range regulations last month, the town has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for tonight, (Thursday).
Back in March, planners for the town notified officials that they had begun to rework the town's ordinances governing gun range activities.


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It's official: State grants $10 million for hospital

RALEIGH -- The state made an anticipated grant official when the state Department of Health and Human Services announced Duke Lifepoint was getting more than $10 million for mental health services at its proposed hospital in Franklin County.
In early May, Franklin County leaders who have been party to negotiations with Duke Lifepoint about bringing hospital services back to Franklin County noted that the health care provider was receiving $10 million it could use to provide mental health care beds at the Franklin County campus.


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Moving utilities is major step toward 401 widening
Moving utilities is major step toward 401 widening

LOUISBURG -- While most of the work to improve U.S. 401 thus far had been design, engineering and right-of-way acquisition, work that can be seen began this spring.
Crews working on behalf of the State Department of Transportation have been clearing trees and relocating utilities to facilitate the widening of U.S. 401 from a two-lane highway to a four-lane divided highway -- between NC 96 in Wake County at the end of the Rolesville bypass to Flat Rock Church Road/Clifton Pond Church Road just south of Louisburg.


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Franklinton man's killer given life without parole
Franklinton man's killer given life without parole

RALEIGH -- In the summer of 2015, two Franklin County residents were killed in Raleigh in the span of three days.
Last month, a Raleigh man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing Franklinton resident Teshaun Lee on Aug. 28, 2015.
Charges remain pending against a Wake County man accused of killing Franklin County resident Thomas Durand on Aug. 31, 2015.


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Restitution, plea bargain resolve case

LOUISBURG -- A former Toney Ace Hardware supervisor was ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution, but he avoided jail time.
Louisburg police arrested George Stancil Moss in February 2015, alleging the 60-year-old embezzled $190,000 from the company.
According to police, the investigation began in the summer of 2014 after operators of Toney Ace Hardware questioned an inventory matter.
Moss surrendered to authorities on Feb. 2, 2015.


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Armed robbers hit three businesses in southwest Franklin

FRANKLINTON -- Authorities are investigating a trio of robberies -- two of them believed to be related -- in the Youngsville and Franklinton area.
The first incident was reported just before 9:20 p.m. on May 18 when a manager at the Waffle House on U.S. 1 north of Youngsville reported that a man entered the restaurant, showed a gun in his waistband and threatened to rob the store.


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<i>Youngsville couple's son completes basic</i>
Youngsville couple's son completes basic

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman John H. Baumann III graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.


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BUSINESS

READY FOR BUSINESS
READY FOR BUSINESS

Citizens Community Bank, which operates a branch in downtown Louisburg, recently expanded its reach for customers with the opening of an ATM in the parking lot of the Louisburg Plaza Shopping Center, 705 Retail Way.


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Carlie C's grocery coming to L-burg

LOUISBURG -- The town is expected to be the home to a new grocery store this summer.
Officials with Promise Foods Inc. announced they plan to bring a Carlie C's IGA to town, taking over the location vacated by Just Save in the Shannon Village Shopping Center.


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