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Showing 35 articles from July 12, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Five shootings in a week: One dead, two hurt
Antonio Davis Jr.
Five shootings in a week: One dead, two hurt

LOUISBURG -- Investigators are probing three shootings, one that sent a woman to the hospital and two that caused property damage.
Pared with incidents last weekend, that makes for five shootings, including one fatality, in seven days.
"It is a concern," said Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright.
The sheriff's office is probing two of the shootings. Louisburg police have two on their hands and Franklinton police are probing the fatal shooting.


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Enjoying summer's bounty
Enjoying summer's bounty

IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT ... Chefs Aaron Talbot, left, and Michael Ward, center, prepare dishes, using produce from the Franklin County Farmer's Market, as part of a cooking demonstration in partnership with the Franklin County Cooperative Extension. The two chefs will offer the sessions and food to visitors on Tuesdays through the summer. This past Tuesday, they prepared dishes using corn, tomatoes and other in-season produce.


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Early filings create some election races

LOUISBURG -- Hours after filing for municipal seats began, the town of Franklinton was assured of a political race. And so was Wake Forest.
Four people, including two political newcomers, have filed for the three seats that will be up for grabs in November.
Incumbents John Allers and Alvin Holden each filed for re-election when the filing period opened on July 7.
They will be joined on the ballot by Ed Cottle and Doug Nalley, both of whom would be seeking their first elected office.


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Okay, now what?
Youngsville needs ideas for its old town hall

YOUNGSVILLE -- Now that town officials and staff are in with the new, they want residents to provide input on just how to go out with the old -- as in the old town hall and police department buildings.
Staff moved into a newly renovated town hall and police department building in March, leaving behind two buildings on N. Cross Street that are plagued by leaky roofs, tricky wiring, faulty plumbing and other issues associated with the decades old buildings.


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Youngsville ponders leadership decisions
Youngsville ponders leadership decisions

YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners are expected to go behind closed doors tonight (Thursday) to determine if the former second in command for Wake Forest will be the next leader for the town of Youngsville.
And, they'll figure out a cost.
Since May, when Town Administrator Bill Tatum announced his retirement -- effective this fall -- town commissioners have discussed a plan to replace Tatum in the interim, while also trying to figure out a long-term solution.


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<i>Coley gets new role with schools</i>
Coley gets new role with schools

The Franklin County Board of Education approved Superintendent Pascal Mubenga's choice for an interim chief financial officer at Monday night's board meeting.
Quinnley Coley will take on the role immediately. She is a 15-year veteran of the system's financial department and most recently held the role of finance officer. Prior to that, Coley was an assistant finance officer and financial accountant.
The board also accepted the resignation of former Chief Financial Officer Doug Hale. He held the position for one year.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Louisburg All-Star Collin Ball


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Amateur
Editorial Cartoon: Amateur

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Be excited about U.S. 401, but don't celebrate!
Be excited about U.S. 401, but don't celebrate!

Slowly, quietly and almost invisibly, good things have been happening to the U.S. 401 project in Franklin County.
Utilities are being moved off the right-of-way between the Wake-Franklin County line and Royal -- right of way the state has already purchased.
Most of the behind-the-scenes investigation, permitting and design work has been done -- and the money is set aside to build that section of road, most often referred to as Section C.


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Attention teachers: Your country really needs you!

There was an old recruiting poster that featured bold type and Uncle Sam proclaiming: I Want You!
Maybe it's time to revamp that poster just a little and aim it squarely at the nation's kindergarten and first grade teachers who may have a unique set of skills that could help this nation right itself.
What are those skills?


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People can have a lot to say about Franklin County
People can have a lot to say about Franklin County

When I tell people I'm from Durham ... and (in hushed tones) tell them I still live there, I generally get two types of responses:
• Wow, that place is really growing;
• Wow, that place is really dangerous, right?
The strange thing, now, though, is that if I tell people I work in Franklin County, I'm beginning to get variations of the same two responses.


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Editorial Cartoon: Fake Stuff
Editorial Cartoon: Fake Stuff

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Replace violence with aspiration

Dear editor:
For well over a year now, Southside Louisburg has been plagued with violence.
Several young people have been shot and a few fatally wounded. Bearing this in mind, I could offer the same basic statement most politicians offer, "I am deeply saddened and shocked by the deaths that have resulted from this violence."


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Editorial Cartoon: North Korea
Editorial Cartoon: North Korea

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SPORTS

Warriors Visit The Dawg Pound
COMING UP WITH THE CATCH. Louisburg High School's Travon Harris (with ball) reels in a reception during Tuesday's 7-on-7 football segment versus Corinth Holders at The Dawg Pound at Nash Central High School in Rocky Mount.
Warriors Visit The Dawg Pound

ROCKY MOUNT -- The past, present and future of the Louisburg High School football program was on display Tuesday as part of a 7-on-7 scrimmage event at Nash Central High School's The Dawg Pound Stadium.
Hosting the four-team showcase was Nash Central, which is guided by former LHS skipper Chris Lee, who is expecting big things from his Bulldogs this fall in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.


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DEFENSIVE STARS
LOUISBURG ALL-STAR CARSON CHAMPION
DEFENSIVE STARS

WENDELL -- Defense is almost inevitably the name of the game in the Coach-Pitch format of the Tar Heel District 6 Baseball Tournament.
Since it's a good bet that all hitters are going to make contact, defenders must always be ready to able to make impressive plays in the field.
Through two games at the District Tournament at Carver Elementary School, the Louisburg All-Stars have done exactly that under Coach Chad Champion.
During Monday's opening-round victory over the host Wendell All-Stars, Louisburg limited its opponent to just two runs as part of a defensive-oriented 5-2 triumph.


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A STATE HONOR
COUNTY UMPIRE GEOUFREY ANDERSON
A STATE HONOR

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- When Geoufrey Anderson refers to the honor as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, he isn't offering a bloated exaggeration.
Umpires in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association are allowed to work only one state baseball championship series during their respective careers.
And four local umps were all able to experience that chance back in May when Northern Guilford and Shelby Crest tangled for the Class 3-A crown at Five County Stadium, which is located in Zebulon.


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All-Stars open with conquest
LOUISBURG ALL-STAR JAXTON STOKES
All-Stars open with conquest

ZEBULON -- Despite a lengthy pre-game delay, the Louisburg All-Stars managed to get off to a quick start against Zebulon in the opening round of the Tar Heel District 6 11-12 Baseball Tournament.
Louisburg's contest was over one hour late due to a long previous game between Garner and Knightdale at the Zebulon Elementary School Field.
But once the All-Stars got going, they never relented en route to securing an 11-0 decision over Zebulon in first-round action of the double-elimination tourney format.


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Brickhouse tabbed again
Brickhouse tabbed again

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University freshman Spencer Brickhouse has been named Second-Team Freshman All-America by D1Baseball.com, the publication announced recently.
Brickhouse, who garnered Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors, 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 ranking eighth in the American Athletic Conference.


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Mudcats snap losing streak
Mudcats snap losing streak

WINSTON-SALEM -- Trey Supak pitched through a career high eight scoreless innings and Troy Stokes Jr. was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as the Mudcats snapped a five game losing streak with an 8-0 shut out victory against the Dash in Winston-Salem on Sunday afternoon in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.


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All-Star Game coming to Zebulon

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Carolina League have announced that the 2018 Carolina League All-Star Classic will take place at Five County Stadium in Zebulon next season.
"It is our honor to bring the Carolina League's future Major League stars to Zebulon for next year's All-Star Classic," said Mudcats' Vice President and General Manager Joe Kremer. "I'm excited to see this event come to Five County Stadium for all of our great fans here in Eastern North Carolina."


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Rocky Mount 5-K run scheduled

ROCKY MOUNT -- The Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount will conduct is first Color Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Fundraiser on September 23 at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount.
The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with registration, color kit pick up, family games/activities, and fun with sponsor vendors.
The 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the legendary Mascot Race, and the 5K starts at 9 a.m.


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BIG CUT
BIG CUT

Louisburg's Travis Brown takes a mighty swing for the All-Stars during Monday's decision over Wendell in opening-round action at the District 6 Tar Heel Coach-Pitch Tournament.


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BIG THINGS AHEAD?
BIG THINGS AHEAD?

Former Louisburg High School football coach Chris Lee (left) has his Nash Central club poised for a strong season this fall in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.


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GETTING A GOOD LOOK
GETTING A GOOD LOOK

Freshman quarterback Jaheim Brown received plenty of reps for the Louisburg Warriors during Tuesday's 7-on-7 football event at Nash Central High School in Rocky Mount.


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IN THERE
IN THERE

Louisburg's Kade Highfield (right) makes it safely into second base for the All-Stars during Monday evening's victory over Wendell at the District 6 Coach-Pitch Baseball Tournament, which is being held at Carver Elementary School in Wendell.


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SPECTACULAR CATCH
SPECTACULAR CATCH

Louisburg's Tyreek Allen came up with this amazing grab during Tuesday's 7-on-7 football event at Nash Central High School in Rocky Mount.


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WADE'S WELCOME
WADE'S WELCOME

Louisburg All-Star Derrick Wade is greeted at home plate by teammates after his first-inning home run during Monday's victory over Zebulon in the opening round of the Tar Heel District 6 Baseball Tournament at Zebulon Elementary School.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Cherry Hill to feature pianist Thomas Pandolfi</i>
Cherry Hill to feature pianist Thomas Pandolfi

Thomas Pandolfi will return to Cherry Hill on July 16, bringing his audience-pleasing style and virtuosity to a 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16, performance.
First performing at the Inez venue in 2008, Pandolfi's 2017 piano selections have been tailored to suit the eclectic musical tastes of the late Edwina Rooker, whose bequest to Cherry Hill has made the mid-summer concert possible.
The first half of the program will feature the romantic "Warsaw Concerto," followed by selections by Chopin and Liszt.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

SCHOOLS GET HELP
SCHOOLS GET HELP

The Franklin County Education Foundation presented the county school system a $5,000 check last week to help provide signing bonuses for teachers.


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Teachers honored by school board
Teachers honored by school board

Personnel items occupied the majority of the meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night.
Highlighting those issues was recognition of four local teachers who have renewed their National Board Certification.
Saluted were Donna Jones, Tara Smith, Elaine Ihrie and Nanette Rhyne.


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<i>VGCC connects students, new grads to employers</i>
VGCC connects students, new grads to employers

HENDERSON -- Some Franklin County companies took part in a meet and greet session at Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC), getting an up-close and personal look at potential employees.
The staff of VGCC's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program held their first-ever "College-to-Career Mixer" for students to meet with potential employers on the school's main campus.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton man gets jail for sexual assaults

LOUISBURG -- A Franklinton man was sentenced to between four and nearly nine years in jail on charges that he sexually assaulted students while he worked at Franklin County schools.
Damien Demont Jacobs resigned from several posts within the school system in May of 2015 -- about five months before Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested and charged him with two counts of statutory rape and five counts of sexual acts with a student by an employee.


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BABY GIFTS
BABY GIFTS

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Phi Zeta Chapter, serving Franklin, Vance and Warren counties, recently treated new and expectant moms to a free bundle of baby items. Moms entered a raffle by submitting a photo of their baby or 'baby bump.' Shown above, winners Ashley Evans, Shantel Blacknall, Sarah Litten, and Ashley Matthews receive baby bundles from Phi Zeta member Michele Yarborough and president Mildred Person.


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Meeting to focus on NC 98 improvements

WAKE FOREST -- The Town of Wake Forest will host a public meeting concerning proposed improvements along Durham Road/NC 98 Business on Tuesday, July 18.
Scheduled from 4-6 p.m., the meeting will take place in the Wake Forest Town Hall Ground Floor Meeting Room, 301 S. Brooks St.
The meeting room is most easily accessed via the facility's Taylor Street entrance.


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