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Showing 52 articles from November 8, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Pernell retains mayor's job; incumbents fare well
Pernell retains mayor's job; incumbents fare well

LOUISBURG -- Residents in Franklin County's four municipalities decided that they liked how things were going -- keeping every incumbent in office.
But, they also got to sprinkle in some new faces as political newcomers in Louisburg and Franklinton will join their respective governing boards following Tuesday night's election.
The Louisburg mayor's race offered the most intrigue, as incumbent Karl Pernell faced a challenge from Councilman Christopher Neal.


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New Louisburg College president hails from PA
New Louisburg College president hails from PA

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's next president will be trading a view of Lake Erie for the banks of the Tar River, but his experience should be eerily familiar -- and a bit different.
Leaders at the private, two-year residential college in Franklin County tabbed Dr. Gary M. Brown as its new president, becoming the 28th leader at the institution, related by faith to the United Methodist Church.


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<i>Replacing division with unity is goal of  #OneBunn effort</i>
From left, Paige, Kim and Parker Almkuist, Benita Edgerton, Macaila and Devon Whitted have fun with arts and crafts set up during the unity day in Bunn.
Replacing division with unity is goal of #OneBunn effort

BUNN -- When he watched the news, Blaise Harris saw hatred, division and anger tearing at the seams of communities across the country.
What he wanted to make certain was that he didn't see those things in Bunn.
So, with the help of friends, he set out to start a dialogue about race and class that he hopes will build a bridge between divergent communities -- fostering understanding and friendships that don't allow differences to fester in the dark until they light a spark that can destroy a community.


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Mysterious 'Homeland' raid targets Youngsville company

YOUNGSVILLE -- A nondescript building tucked away in Franklin County's industrial area on U.S. 1 was empty and quiet a day after federal agents raided the call center and consulting company on Tuesday.
Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security checked in with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office as they executed a search warrant at the building, located at Flex Way -- a short, dead-end drive next to and behind Xerium Technologies on Capital Boulevard.


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Sadly, it could happen here; authorities prepare

YOUNGSVILLE -- Franklin County's law enforcement and emergency management community scheduled a multi-agency, multi-county live shooter training exercise long before a gunman opened fire at a Texas church, killing 26 people.
That Sutherland Springs, Texas massacre, sadly, though, highlights the need for such training, authorities say.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Halloween hangover with Youngsville resident Nictoria Allen


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Addiction
Editorial Cartoon: Addiction

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Is it any wonder turkeys are suddenly nervous?
Is it any wonder turkeys are suddenly nervous?

Greetings ... and a bit of a warning. Can you believe Thanksgiving is just two short (very short) weeks away? It hardly seems possible, especially since we're already behind at our house.
In years past, Nick and I have "demanded" a Thanksgiving "practice" dinner cooked in October -- as if Donna needs any practice. Nick and I, however, are more than happy to practice eating.


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Is Congress catching on to social media threat?

Dare we hope that North Carolina's senior senator is finally beginning to get it?
Could it be that he and his colleagues in Washington are realizing that social media campaigns financed, directed and created by foreign nationals are a huge threat to this nation and the American way of life?


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County is a step closer to the rest of the world
County is a step closer to the rest of the world

It seems you can't go very far around Franklin County without getting tangled up in an Internet access or broadband date transmission discussion.
As recently as last month -- and for the past few months, for that matter -- a group of industrious residents and those with interests in northeastern Franklin County have been talking about ways to improve the quality of life and economic prospects for those who live in a self-described oft-forgotten area of Franklin County.


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Editorial Cartoon: Thanks, NFL
Editorial Cartoon: Thanks, NFL

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Troubling arrangements between candidates, media

Dear editor: I don't always have the time to read your paper the same week it is delivered, but when I finally had the chance to read Mr. Cunard's editorial from October 19 ("Stealth Ads, secret money are real threats to U.S."), I had to write my first letter to the editor of this newspaper.


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Editorial Cartoon: Unity
Editorial Cartoon: Unity

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OBITUARIES

DOROTHY MARIE (BATTLES) WARD

RALEIGH--Dorothy Marie (Battles) Ward, 85, passed into glory on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C. Dorothy was born March 31, 1932, to Walter and Emma Battles in Pittsburgh, Pa.


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EDITH MAE THOMAS

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Edith Mae Thomas, age 74, who died on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, at 12 noon in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Haywood Church Cemetery.


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GWENDOLYN D. WOODS

BROOKLYN, NY-- Funeral services for Gwendolyn D. Woods, 71, of Brooklyn, N. Y., formerly of Louisburg, who died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, will be held Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Old Phelps cemetery.


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JANIE F. HUDSON

FRANKLINTON--Janie Marie Fortys Hudson, 63, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at her home. A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 pm at Franklinton Baptist Church, with the Reverend David Averette officiating. Following the service the family will receive friends at the home, 2053 Flint Rock Road, Franklinton.


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JUDY P. MORGAN
May 25, 1955 - November 8, 2017

LOUISBURG - Judy Pullen Morgan, 62, of Louisburg, passed away Wednesday morning.


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THOMAS TERRELL

LOUISBURGĀ­--Funeral services for Thomas "Buckeye" Terrell, 54, who died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, will be held Monday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. at South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Dr. David Rosby officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.


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VIRGINIA PLEASANTS NEWTON

OXFORD--Virginia Pleasants Newton, 84, died on Monday, November 6, 2017 at UNC Memorial Hospital.


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SPORTS

Southern Soars Past Red Rams
Franklinton HS quarterback Kyeon Spencer (left) picks up yardage as Southern Nash's Hunter Perry pursues during last Friday night's Big East Conference football matchup at SNHS' Firebird Stadium.
Southern Soars Past Red Rams

STANHOPE -- There should be no debate as to which team reigned supreme this fall in the Big East Conference football standings.
It's the Southern Nash Firebirds.
Southern Nash put an exclamation point to a prolific Big East surge this season -- and clinched the league title outright for the second straight year -- with a convincing home victory last Friday at home against Big East newcomer Franklinton.


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A HEARTBREAKER
BUNN SENIOR JOHN STALLINGS
A HEARTBREAKER

DURHAM -- Heartbreaking.
For the Bunn Wildcats, that was about the only way to describe last Wednesday's contest against host Durham School of Arts in the first round of the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs.


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TLMS TRIUMPH
Several successful onsides kicks from Terrell Lane's Austin Robertson proved to be a key for the Tornadoes during Monday's home victory against Northern Granville.
TLMS TRIUMPH

LOUISBURG -- Terrell Lane came up with a unique way to supplement an already-potent offense during Monday's football playoff contest against Middle Athletic Conference opponent Northern Granville.
TLMS' Austin Robertson delivered a trio of successful onsides kicks in the first three periods alone as the Tornadoes stopped the Knights by a 46-28 total in a duel of No. 2 seeds in the league at Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.


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Wildcats roll into playoffs
Wildcats roll into playoffs

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Bunn's mission was simple heading into last Friday's regular season football finale at Roanoke Rapids.
The Wildcats needed to win in order to secure second place by themselves in the Northern Carolina Conference -- along with claiming an automatic spot in the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.


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Warriors fall to Panthers
LOUISBURG'S JORGE HINOSTROSA
Warriors fall to Panthers

STEM -- Several factors worked together as the Louisburg High School boys soccer squad got off to a slow start to the 2017 season.
The Warriors had graduated several key performers from last year, and the squad was moving up to the split Class 1/2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
Throw in a handful of new players to go with a new coaching staff, including former LHS player and current head coach Braulio Rayo, and the Warriors dropped seven of their first eight matches.


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Campaign Closer
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL'S (L to R) KEYSHAUN JONES AND DREQUAN DICKERSON
Campaign Closer

LOUISBURG -- Despite a nine-game losing streak, the Louisburg Warriors entered last Friday night's regular season football finale against rival Granville Central with playoff aspirations.
That's because LHS and GC are the only Class 1-A teams in the split 1/2-A Northern Carolina Conference.


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Louisburg advances to nationals
Louisburg advances to nationals

LOUISBURG -- After a brief one-year absence, the Louisburg College men's soccer team is making a return trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament.
Louisburg, the 2015 national title winner, punched its ticket last Saturday with a 3-1 home victory over Eastern Florida State.


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Skate With The Canes scheduled

RALEIGH -- The 20th Annual Skate with the Canes event will take place on January 7 at PNC Arena in Raleigh from 1:30-4 p.m..
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.
This event is one of the most interactive, all-access, behind-the-scenes, player-friendly events that the Carolina Hurricanes organization offers each year.


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Mudcats release 2018 schedule
Mudcats release 2018 schedule

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats have announced their full baseball schedule for the upcoming 2018 Class A Carolina League season at Five County Stadium.
The Mudcats open the new season at home on April 5 with Opening Night 2018 against the Winston-Salem Dash.
The season-opening, seven-game homestand will feature four games versus the Dash before concluding with three games versus the Frederick Keys.


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MORE HARDWARE FOR THE HEAT
MORE HARDWARE FOR THE HEAT

CHAMPS. The Youngsville 10-Under Heat recently won the AAU Gold bracket at a baseball tourney in Oxford. The Heat went 4-0 at the event, including a 3-1 finals victory vs. North Wake Elite.


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STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SKED

NASH COUNTY -- Listed are the opening-round pairings for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Class 2-AA (Nash Central) and Class 3-A (Southern Nash and Rocky Mount) State Football Playoffs:


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FULL EXTENSION
FULL EXTENSION

Bunn's John Stallings (left) advances the ball last Wednesday against Durham School of Arts.


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INCOMPLETION
INCOMPLETION

Franklinton's Scott Schriver (bottom) tries to bring in a pass reception while being defended by Southern Nash's Quinton Cooley during last Friday night's league football meeting.


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LET'S TRY THIS
LET'S TRY THIS

Louisburg High School coach Dontae Lassiter sends in a play with backup quarterback Thomas Joyner during last Friday night's football game.


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ON THE LOOKOUT
ON THE LOOKOUT

Granville Central's Ismael Quintanilla (right) tries to find an open teammate as Louisburg's John Allen Faulkner during last Saturday's match.


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TANNER TAKES POSSESSION
TANNER TAKES POSSESSION

Bunn's Tanner Friedly shields a Durham School of Arts player from the ball during last Wednesday's first-round match in the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs.


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LIFESTYLES

Empowering people, cultivating relationships, changing lives
Empowering people, cultivating relationships, changing lives

Sharing the knowledge generated through research remains the goal of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. N.C. Cooperative Extension has a long, proud tradition of serving the citizens and communities of North Carolina. Formally established in 1914, the Extension Service is a partnership of county, state and federal governments. Throughout its history, it has focused on providing people with learning opportunities that allow them to benefit from research-based knowledge.


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Helping to feed the future

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations predicts that by 2050 the world's population will be at 9.1 billion people. That`s a big increase from the 7.5 billion people that exist today. The FAO also predicts that we will have to increase our agricultural production rates by 70% in order to feed that population.


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Fall Alert: Prussic acid and nitrate poisoning after frosts for livestock
Fall Alert: Prussic acid and nitrate poisoning after frosts for livestock

In Franklin County, we have had our first "killing" frost. This is the time of year to be careful with several summer forage grasses, such as the sorghums. Pearl millet does not present a problem with prussic acid, however, it will accumulate nitrates in the same manner as the sorghums under stress conditions.
It was discovered in the early 1900s that under certain conditions sorghums are capable of releasing hydrocyanic acid or commonly called prussic acid.


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Farm to table

Pulling up to the Farmers' Market shelter in the early morning brings to mind looking at the start of a painting. Lights flicker on and signs fold out. Each vendor has their favorite spot. One by one they start setting up and the shelter takes on their special signature.
Crisp, leafy greens from the early morning harvest look like they are so fresh they are still growing.


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Tobacco-free living is Smokeout's goal

Franklin County Health Department encourages tobacco-free living during the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on Nov. 16, 2017.
Franklin County Health Department is encouraging Franklin County residents to commit or recommit to healthy, tobacco-free lives by participating in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on November 16, 2017.


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Beef marketing meeting

Area cattle producers are invited to participate in a "Beef Cattle Marketing Trends and Updates" discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center Annex meeting room, in Louisburg. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the educational and informative programs. Will Hargett, of East Carolina Stockyards is sponsoring the meal and also speaking on marketing trends and how to get the most from your calves in 2017.


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4-H: Showing for more than ribbons
4-H: Showing for more than ribbons

Franklin County 4-H'ers have been very busy gearing up for different events and competitions. Our most recent events and competitions include the NC State Fair and the Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale.
One of our recent events that occurred in October was the NC State Fair. We had approximately forty 4-H'ers competing in various areas at the NC State Fair, mostly in the Livestock division.


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Delicious homemade breads perfect for the holidays

As the holiday season nears, you can begin to smell the wonderful aroma of baked goods; cakes, pies and breads just to name a few. The smell of freshly baked bread is an aroma like no other and the taste of a warm, freshly baked loaf of bread is oh so wonderful. Making a loaf of bread in the comfort of your own kitchen is more common than most people think and it's not as complicated as you may be thinking it is.


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Is that a yam or sweet 'tater?

Have you ever wondered whether those are yams or sweet potatoes on your Thanksgiving plate, and just what is the difference between them?
Well, if you're eating something moist, sweet, and just downright delicious, then you're probably feasting on a sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are root vegetables that are naturally sweet and most of the potatoes for consumption have orange-colored flesh. In the United States, all so-called "yams" are actually sweet potatoes.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Salary study shows schools lagging behind county

LOUISBURG -- For the first time in more than a dozen years, Franklin County Schools is doing a Classified Employee Salary Study to determine how what it is paying compares to similar positions in the region.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the schools discovered that one of its top competitors for talent is Franklin County government, which is paying significantly higher salaries for some key positions.


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Kerr Vance Academy lists latest honor roll

Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson announced its first quarter honor roll.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputy charged with DUI

FRANKLINTON -- The State Highway Patrol responded to a wreck Saturday morning, charging an off-duty sheriff's deputy with driving under the influence.
James Christopher Senter, 52, was charged with driving while impaired, failing to maintain lane control and having an expired registration.
His license was also revoked for 30 days.


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<i>VGCC programs take aim at domestic violence</i>
Jessica Burney recites poem
VGCC programs take aim at domestic violence

Vance-Granville Community College held educational programs for students on all four of its campuses in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The series kicked off Oct. 16 at the college's Warren County Campus.


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Restroom project is stymied by cost

LOUISBURG -- The complicated and controversial proposal to build a new stand-alone restroom for the Franklinton High School baseball and softball fields hit yet another hurdle Monday night when the school board saw the totals of the revised bids.
This time around, the only complete bid for the project totaled $300,773 (with options) for the 725 square foot building -- making the cost about $415 per square foot.


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BUSINESS

Novozymes is second-best employer

FRANKLINTON -- Science Magazine has recognized Novozymes as the world's second best employer in its 2017 Top Employers Survey.
The survey polls employees in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and related industries to find the 20 companies worldwide with the best reputations as employers. The survey also identifies the characteristics which make the companies great places to work. Novozymes claimed top spot in the survey in 2015 and ranked sixth in 2016.


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NEW MANUFACTURER
NEW MANUFACTURER

Accu Tech USA, the newest manufacturing facility in Youngsville, held their grand opening and ribbon cutting at their new location at 5240 Hwy 96, Suite 106, Youngsville, Monday, Oct. 30, along with the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Accu Tech USA manufactures linear guides, ball screws and custom actuators.


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