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Showing 36 articles from June 14, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Look out world! Class of 2017 launches
A flock of balloons rose as high as Alyssa Kearney's spirits following graduation.
Look out world! Class of 2017 launches

LOUISBURG -- More than 500 students earned their diplomas this year, walking across the Louisburg College stage on Saturday to recognize the accomplishment.
And Bunn High School took a moment to recognize one student who didn't get to stride across the stage, but he completed the journey, nonetheless.
Jon Perry died in a car wreck in December.
A flower in his remembrance was placed on stage. His cap and gown covered a seat on the front row.


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FHS grad killed in Afghanistan
FHS grad killed in Afghanistan

YOUNGSVILLE -- A memorial for a Franklinton High grad and soldier killed in a terrorist attack is planned for Saturday.
Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge was killed on June 10 when an Afghan army member -- who was being trained by American forces -- opened fire on the 22-year old and his compatriots, killing three soldiers.
Those who knew the 2012 FHS graduate long before he signed up for the military said they knew he was destined for service to his country.


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New county budget trims taxes

LOUISBURG -- As of the board's decision last week, Franklin County moved out of a top three that many considered dubious -- one of the state's counties with the highest tax rate.
When the board agreed to drop the tax rate from 92.5 cents per $100 of valuation to 89.5 cents, Franklin County dropped below Northampton County, which has a 92 cent tax for the 2016-17 fiscal year.


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Hit and run crash takes woman's life

BUNN -- Louisburg police stopped a vehicle that may have been involved in a hit and run fatality.
According to the State Highway Patrol, Doris E. Matthews was apparently walking along Bethlehem Church Road just before 5 a.m. on June 11 when she was hit by a vehicle.
Matthews, 59, from Youngsville, is believed to have died at the scene -- which was about eight miles west of Bunn.


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One critical after fiery U.S. 401 crash
One critical after fiery U.S. 401 crash

LOUISBURG -- A Cary woman was in critical condition at a Chapel Hill burn center following a fiery, head-on collision.
According to Trooper J.T. Southerland, Keyshawn Jones was driving a sport utility vehicle north on U.S. 401 at about 3:20 p.m. on June 12 when he ran off the road to the right, came back onto the roadway and crossed the center line.
He crashed into a minivan heading south driven by Claudia Berry.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn resident Chris Salter


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Calorie Counts
Editorial Cartoon: Calorie Counts

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How to get more bang for your buck in golf
How to get more bang for your buck in golf

Just when you think you've seen and heard it all, someone finds a way to surprise you -- and maybe others as well.
Such was the case recently when we learned of an entirely new use for an AR-15 (assault style) rifle that confounds logic but, maybe, just maybe, could have some use on a golf course if you can figure out a way to tame the fear factor. And the noise.
During a visit to East Tennessee last weekend, this secret was unveiled, although I'm still not sure what the heck it's all about.


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County's new budget earns mixed reviews

If you're an avid watcher of all things political, you may have been fascinated by the process by which Franklin County's budget for 2017-18 was forged.
Although it wasn't quite as messy as making sausage, it did provide a fairly good example of how the American political process is supposed to work.
Sadly, the end product isn't exactly what the county needed -- and part of the budget should raise red flags about the future and future, built-in expenses.


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Special ladies shine spotlight on Franklinton
Special ladies shine spotlight on Franklinton

North Carolina's First Lady visited Franklinton this week.
Make no mistake, Kristin Cooper's visit to a Franklinton summer camp was indeed important. Because, while it may appear so -- her husband, Gov. Roy Cooper, did recently visit Franklinton High School -- it is not every day that a resident of the Governor's Mansion visits Franklin County.
Kristin Cooper's visit is part of her ongoing plan to focus on issues that involve children -- particularly childhood poverty.


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OBITUARIES

DEBORAH P. CASSELL
Feb. 16, 1952 - June 13, 2017

RALEIGH - Deborah Perdue Cassell, 65, of Raleigh, died Tuesday evening at Rex Hospital.


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SPORTS

Morgan Named To All-State Team
STROKE OF GENIUS. Davie Morgan has always carried a red-hot bat for the Bunn High School baseball squad.
Morgan Named To All-State Team

BUNN -- Washington Nationals' second baseman Daniel Murphy has earned the nickname 'Hits' for his uncanny offensive abilities -- regardless of the talent level of the opposing pitcher.
That moniker could also apply to Bunn's Davie Morgan, who started hitting from his first at-bat as a freshman three years ago -- and simply hasn't stopped.


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SUMMER SWINGS
REELING IT IN. Bunn's Aidan McKeithan (left) receives a throw as a Wakefield runner steals second base during Tuesday afternoon's CCSSL baseball action on the Bunn High School campus.
SUMMER SWINGS

BUNN - While the scoreboard is still utilized at the Bunn High School Baseball Field, those numbers aren't the chief objective of the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League.
Certainly, it's always nice to win, but the main focus of the league is player development with an eye toward the 2018 high school diamond campaign.
Bunn is fielding three teams in the league this summer -- a Babe Ruth prep squad for middle schools, a CCSSL Junior Varsity league club for rising middle school and returning JV players and a varsity team for returning varsity players.


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JOIN THE CLUB
CLOSE TO HOME. Louisburg High's Arianna Fuller-Bell will continue her softball career at Louisburg College.
JOIN THE CLUB

LOUISBURG -- Even before this week, Louisburg High School Athletic Director Erica Wammock estimated that the Warriors had boasted an all-time high number of collegiate signees from a talented senior class.
That list was added to Monday as senior softball standout Arianna Fuller-Bell signed a letter-of-intent to join the diamond program at Louisburg College.


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Warriors honored in TRAC
Warriors honored in TRAC

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School said goodbye to one of its best-ever senior classes with another strong overall performance in spring sports in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.
Several Warriors and Lady Warriors earned All-TRAC honors, with senior pitcher Arianna Fuller-Bell selected as the TRAC Softball Player of the Year.
Fuller-Bell, a four-year starter on the mound, who also boasts a potent bat, led the Lady Warriors to the TRAC regular season championship.


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County schools sparkle in Cup

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 spring 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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Carolina Mudcats selected to All-Star Team
Carolina Mudcats selected to All-Star Team

ZEBULON -- The Carolina League has announced its Southern Division All-Star team and the Carolina Mudcats placed a division-best six players to the team as Isan Diaz, Jake Gatewood, Nate Griep, Freddy Peralta, Cody Ponce and Corey Ray were all named to the 2017 Carolina League All-Star Classic taking place at Haley Toyota Field in Salem, Virginia, on June 20.


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TERRELL LANE'S TOP ATLETES
TERRELL LANE'S TOP ATLETES

MVP PICKS FOR TERRELL LANE. Ragan Holloman and Jaheim Brown were recently honored as the Most Outstanding Athletes at Terrell Lane Middle School. Holloman received the Valerie Hale Award for Outstanding Female Athlete for hard work, leadership and dedication to sports. Brown was presented with the Dante' Clifton Award for Outstanding Male Athlete for hard work, leadership and dedication in sports.


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Warrren Tabbed At BHS

BUNN -- After two years at Northwest Halifax, Patrick Warren is prepared to make a huge next step.
Warren has been selected as the new baseball coach at Bunn High School, succeeding Chris Cullom, who is getting into school administration.
As an area native, Warren knows all about the lofty expectations at Bunn, which was won four Northern Carolina Conference championships in the past five years.


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THE WAITING GAME
THE WAITING GAME

Bunn pitcher Landon Ball waits for a relay throw as a Wakefield runner slides across home plate during Tuesday afternoon's baseball action at Bunn High School.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>Teasley new principal of Royal Elementary</i>
Teasley new principal of Royal Elementary

Dominique Teasley has been named principal of Royal Elementary School.
The action came during Monday night's Board of Education meeting. Teasley was named interim-principal of the school in February after the district removed Melissa Britner from the position when she was charged with driving under the influence. Charges remain pending.
With the traditional school year concluded, Teasley said she is looking forward to beginning her permanent post planning for the 2017-18 school year.


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<i>Communications director named for county schools</i>
Communications director named for county schools

Franklin County Schools has a new director of communication.
Michelle Fiscus will assume that role on July 1 after being hired by the Board of Education on Monday night.
Fiscus comes to the district after spending nine years running the marketing and communications effort of a fitness company in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.
Prior to that, she served six years in various media outlets, including WXII-12 News in Winston-Salem, Clear Channel Communications and Cox media.


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<i>They're off with big dreams and high hopes!</i>
They're off with big dreams and high hopes!

FUN TIMES. Above, Bunn High was the second high school to celebrate commencement activities and senior Michaela Brown grabbed her diploma while walking across the Louisburg College auditorium stage on Saturday; Louisburg High School was the first to take part in graduation festivities and graduate Cassidy Dula grabbed a flower during the ceremony; Louisburg High School senior Ivan Huerta-Soto gets a pre-graduation hug from teacher Erica Alston. (Times photos by Carey Johnson)


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FUN TIMES
FUN TIMES

Louisburg High School was the first to take part in graduation festivities and graduate Cassidy Dula grabbed a flower during the ceremony.


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Grad pics, 1
Grad pics, 1

BHS Salutatorian Kyle Champion


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Grad pics, 2
Grad pics, 2

BHS Valedictorian Greyson Assa


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Grad pics, 3
Grad pics, 3

FHS Salutatorian Haley Zamorano


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Grad pics, 4
Grad pics, 4

LHS Salutatorian Reed Wheless


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<i>VGCC recognizes students who showed 'excellence'</i>
VGCC recognizes students who showed 'excellence'

OXFORD -- Vance-Granville Community College recognized students for excellence, including a handful from Franklin County.
The second annual PRIDE awards were presented as the Male Mentoring Success Initiative (MMSI) at Vance-Granville Community College recently held a ceremony to recognize outstanding students who have excelled in the program.
The recent ceremony at VGCC's South Campus began with welcoming remarks from the dean of that campus, Cecilia Wheeler.


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Three school leaders complete training

Three Franklin County Schools' leaders recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal's Association through the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD.)


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Routine school board meeting begins with  two somber notes</i>
Routine school board meeting begins with two somber notes

LOUISBURG -- A meeting filled with relatively routine business items began on a very somber note Monday night as the Franklin County Board of Education remembered one of its former members and noted the death of a recent Franklinton High School graduate in Afghanistan.
The board passed a resolution honoring the life and service of John M. May, who died recently following a long illness.


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Youngsville eyes a 'steady hand' to help manage town

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners agreed, at least by consensus, that it would be better to rely upon a steady hand, rather than a young gun, to lead the town.
Last month, Town Administrator Bill Tatum announced his retirement, effective this fall.
Since then, town commissioners have met in work sessions to figure out the best way to fill the void.


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Local man charged with sex offenses
Local man charged with sex offenses

LOUISBURG -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a man they allege committed sexual offenses with a child.
Benjamin Carlos Stover, 35, of Curtis Drive, Louisburg, was charged with five counts of first degree statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult.
The events are alleged to have occurred on or about May 26 and June 3.


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Police probe sex assault allegations

LOUISBURG -- Police are investigating allegations that a 17-year-old was raped.
The girl alleges that the suspect held her down and had sex with her.
The incident is alleged to have occurred between June 9 and June 11.


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<i>Louisburg College bids farewell to 'Mother Superior'</i>
Ruth Cooke
Louisburg College bids farewell to 'Mother Superior'

Ruth Cooke -- Louisburg College's basketball coach, women's athletic director, health professor and teacher of tennis and square dancing and ping pong, among many sports -- was the college's heart for more than 40 years.
"Mother Superior," then-President Allen Norris called her.


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County Community Foundation provides grants to two agencies

LOUISBURG -- The board of advisors of the Franklin County Community Foundation announces $1,350 in local grant awards from its community grantmaking fund, according to Al Wheless, board president.
This year's nonprofit recipients are:
$850 to Care & Share Center, Inc. for general operating support


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