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Showing 38 articles from March 21, 2018.

FRONT PAGE

Schools' Cap-X request will climb but likely to fall short of actual needs

LOUISBURG -- It appears Franklin County Schools will be asking county commissioners for a $316,600 increase in capital expense funds to handle several pressing projects in the coming year.
Following a budget meeting Monday night, the school board appears on track to request $2 million in capital expense money, up from the $1,683,400 it received this year.


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<i>Old mill being reborn!</i>
Old mill being reborn!

HOUSE CLEANING. Workers with Winston-Salem based Rehab Builders have been clearing out the old Sterling Cotton Mill in Franklinton, getting it ready for construction. S.L. Nusbaum is preparing to turn the 1890s era building into an apartment complex in the heart of town. Both Franklinton and Franklin County leaders agreed to help the venture secure funding for the development.


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A 'monumental' controversy unveiled

LOUISBURG -- Town council members were presented with a large packet of information Monday night and asked to decide for themselves whether it would be a "burden or a blessing."
The package was presented by Louisburg College art professor Will Hinton and the dozen documents it contained focused on the Confederate Monument that sits in the middle of Main Street within the college campus.


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Economy better, but neediest kids will lose benefits

The local economy may be a bit better than it was four years ago -- but some of the neediest local kids may suffer because of that improvement.
Back in the 2014-15 school year eight local schools qualified for all-free breakfasts and lunches for all their students.
To reach that level, the school had to identify 62.5 percent of its students as eligible for free breakfasts and lunches.


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<i>Those campaign signs popping up largely unregulated</i>
Those campaign signs popping up largely unregulated

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Although they have been springing up like mushrooms after a warm rain for weeks, Tuesday actually marked the first, official day that campaign signs could be erected in the state right-of-way.
But, while there are state controls regarding the timing and placement of signs, it's generally a campaign 'right of passage' that goes unregulated.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Franklinton teacher Randolph Crews


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Fixer-Upper
Editorial Cartoon: Fixer-Upper

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Hope for leadership evaporated with a long delay
Hope for leadership evaporated with a long delay

It's such a simple question: Why wait?
It was quite encouraging to begin to read ace reporter Carey Johnson's story about the planning retreat held by Franklin County commissioners. It was published in last week's edition and indicated that, in a few words, the county needed to develop a long-range plan and begin to implement it.
I almost wanted to stand up and cheer!


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Who gets the credit for all that spending?

Giving credit where credit is due is an old saying -- but it still carries a lot of wisdom.
Making sure that some don't try to grab credit where no credit is due is a lot of fun, too, although there is a serious side.
Let's take a look at some of what Franklin County commissioners were seeming to take credit for during a recent planning retreat and see that they get their just due.


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Rise of the machines should serve as warning
Rise of the machines should serve as warning

It's been reported that over the weekend, a self-driving Uber car hit and killed a woman as she crossed the street in Tempe, Ariz.
Personally, the news reminded me of the Terminator movie franchise, one of many sci-fi movie franchises that plays on humanity's greatest fears -- that one day, computers/machines will rise up and wipe out humankind.


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Editorial Cartoon: Trade Wars
Editorial Cartoon: Trade Wars

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A showdown is looming

Dear editor: A showdown looms between President Donald Trump and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, as reported in many recent N&O articles.
The special prosecutor's office has subpoenaed Trump's business to release documents related to Russia. The President has responded by attacking Mueller personally in an obvious attempt to undermine Mueller's integrity and that of the investigation into Russia's attempt to interfere in the 2016 general election.


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Reaching out to help others

Dear editor: This world is so full of hatred and negative people and this world is like a big black cloud over us. When I look in the mirror I say to myself, "why do people push me away, back-stab me and ignore me?"


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Editorial Cartoon: Haircuts
Editorial Cartoon: Haircuts

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SPORTS

FHS Claims Big East Opener

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton's performance met its expectation level during Monday afternoon's home softball showdown against Rocky Mount.
This was FHS' first-ever softball game in the Class 3-A Big East Conference, so there was obviously plenty of anticipation coming in. The Lady Rams responded with a strong 16-5 decision over Rocky Mount to kick off its next four years in the conference with an emphatic bang.


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A FITTING TRIBUTE
OVER THE TOP. Franklinton High School's Rebekah Smith clears a height in the Girls High Jump during last Saturday's T Sanders Memorial Invitational Track and Field Meet at the FHS Football Field.
A FITTING TRIBUTE

FRANKLINTON -- Without a doubt, Trent Sanders would be proud of the way his tournament namesake has grown in just four short years.
The T Sanders Memorial Invitational Track and Field Championships have developed into one of the area's premier regular season events.
This spring's version featured 36 schools and over 1,800 student-athlete participants last Saturday at the FHS Football Field.


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SHOOTING STAR
FRANKLINTON'S BIANCA PERRY
SHOOTING STAR

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton has boasted its share of effective long-range shooters through the years -- and Bianca Perry certainly deserves a spot on that prestigious list.
Perry, a senior wing for the Lady Rams, played a key role in Franklinton's girls basketball success for the past several campaigns.


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FHS nabs third spot in the BE
FRANKLINTON'S NOAH BAIN
FHS nabs third spot in the BE

BUNN -- The River Golf and Country Club in Franklin County is challenging enough under normal circumstances -- let alone adverse weather conditions.
But that was the prospect Big East Conference golfers encountered as part of the league's annual trek to The River, which serves as the home course for Southern Nash High School.


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Canes fall at tourney

DANVILLE, ILLINOIS -- Louisburg College's hopes of once again reaching the finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Men's Basketball Tournament came to an early-morning end Tuesday. The fourth-seeded Hurricanes saw 13th-seeded Erie Community College pull away in the second half en route to closing out LC's championship aspirations by an 87-78 margin at the Mary Miller Center in a game that started at 9 a.m. local time.


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Tough Week For LC
TAKING FLIGHT. Louisburg College's Sergio Burgos (2) slides safely into second base during last Saturday afternoon's home doubleheader against Cuyahoga Community College.
Tough Week For LC

LOUISBURG -- Down cycles are inevitable during the long course of a college baseball season -- but the one Louisburg College experienced last week might have come at the right time.
Certainly, the Hurricanes weren't thrilled about dropping four of five outings, including three of four during a home series last weekend against Cuyahoga Community College out of Ohio.


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LC sweeps four games in region
MONICA PEPE
LC sweeps four games in region

LOUISBURG -- After a four-game home series against a new opponent, Louisburg College found itself in familiar old territory -- atop the Region X softball standings.
LC, the defending league champion, hosted the University of South Carolina-Union last Saturday in the first meeting between the clubs.
The Bantams, who joined the region in the off-season, were unable to secure a victory as the Lady Hurricanes rolled to four consecutive conquests at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.


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Howle promoted at Western
Howle promoted at Western

MACOMB, ILLINOIS -- Head Coach Jared Elliott and the Western Illinois University football team are continually making strides toward the 2018 season.
In February, the recently-named head coach announced the 21 commits that joined the program between the early and regular signing periods, and on Monday (March 19), he announced updates to his coaching staff.


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YOUNGSVILLE CHAMPS
YOUNGSVILLE CHAMPS

HEAT-ING UP. The 10-Under Youngsville Heat won its first baseball tournament of the 2018 season recently in Oxford. The Heat went 4-0 overall at the event and defeated North Wake Elite 12-3 in the championship game. Pictured are (back, l to r) Elijah Hanes, Evan Genao, Shawn Thomas Journigan, Will Holmes, JB Brown and Cole Rogers; (front, l to r) Christian Brown (Bat Boy), Peyton Rivers, Owen Lineberry, Carson Crider, Owen Mitchell and Cooper Nash.


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LAYING IT ON THE LINE
LAYING IT ON THE LINE

Louisburg College's Zacchaeus Rasberry attempts a bunt during last Saturday's home doubleheader against Cuyahoga Community College at historic Frazier Field.


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RIGHT BEHIND YOU
RIGHT BEHIND YOU

Franklinton's Brandon Shulte (right) trails a Knightdale runner during the Boys 3200 Relay.


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USE THE FORCE
USE THE FORCE

Louisburg College's K'Lea Parks (left) finishes off a force play during last Saturday's home doubleheader versus USC-Union.


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WATCH IT FLY
WATCH IT FLY

Franklinton High School's Alex Gilliam follows the flight of his tee shot on the par-3 8th hole at The River Golf and Country Club during last Thursday's league practice match.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

<i>'R' word is banned!</i>
'R' word is banned!

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College hosted its first "Ban the 'R' Word" kickball game and rally as part of a campaign to remove the offensive word from speech.
Students from Bunn, Franklinton and Louisburg high schools joined with Louisburg College students, faculty, and staff to celebrate a week-long Ban the R Word campaign.


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<i>BHS senior picked for all-state band</i>
BHS student Joey Floyd practices
BHS senior picked for all-state band

Bunn High School senior Joey Floyd is the only student in Franklin County to make the North Carolina all-state band, winning second chair in the state.
Floyd plays the tuba and is actively involved in music organizations, in and outside of school: the North Carolina youth brass, youth philharmonic orchestra and youth wind ensemble, plus the Bunn High School symphonic, concert and marching bands.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Two cheerleading coaches suspended; texting is issue

Two Bunn High School cheerleading coaches, Ashleigh Dvozenja and Tiffanie Sawyer, have been suspended without pay for an incident that allegedly happened just prior to a national cheerleading event over the weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC, which they and the cheerleaders attended.
School officials, citing state personnel regulations, have released few details about the incident but comments made at a Board of Education meeting Monday evening helped fill in some of the details.


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MLK then salutes local police officer

FRANKLINTON -- Commissioners agreed to name a street after a slain civil rights leader and they also recognized an officer who helped keep the town's streets safe -- resulting in a possible 25-year federal prison sentence for a Maryland man who preyed on a local teen.
In April 2017, Franklinton police teamed with agents from the State Bureau of Investigation, the Maryland State Police Internet crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security and the Anne Arundel County Police Department arrested Piere Ceradoy, charging him with sexual exploitation of a minor.


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Louisburg police seek missing man
Louisburg police seek missing man

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a man who was reported missing last week from an assisted living facility.
John Goss was reported missing just after 10 p.m. from Pioneer Healthcare on Justice Street on March 16.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert.


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Youngsville wants more 'interaction'

YOUNGSVILLE -- The town has been expanding its social media footprint.
During its March 8 meeting, commissioners adopted a policy to make sure they don't step in any social media land mines. Commissioner Cat Redd, who primarily oversees the town's Facebook page, helped craft the policy.


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County gets a 'clean opinion' on its finances

LOUISBURG -- Commissioners accepted an audit that spoke to the county's financial strength, approved school projects that bolster Franklinton High and Terrell Lane Middle schools, and heard a proposal on broadband service they hope brings the much-needed technology to unserved and under-served spots in Franklin County.


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GREENING OF FRANKLIN!
GREENING OF FRANKLIN!

Outdoors should be a little greener later this spring thanks to a tree give-away held last Saturday in Louisburg. Hundreds of young trees were given away on the chilly morning along with instructions on how to plant them -- and some other ideas for landscaping and gardening. Shown here helping hand out the trees were (left to right) Ella Pendergrass, Sherry Dominguez, Haleligh Satterwhite and Gracelin Hart.


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Agreed: Cattle missing, suit lingers

LOUISBURG -- Attorneys for Louisburg cattle producers agreed that it owes a midwestern finishing lot more than 2,100 head of cattle.
However, the multi-million dollar lawsuit surrounding the mysterious loss of bovine remains pending.


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Drug deal gone bad blamed for shooting
Drug deal gone bad blamed for shooting

ZEBULON -- A Smithfield man that authorities say shot two people during a bad drug deal is slated to appear in court next month.
Dustin Gregory Oldham, 30, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle inflicting serious injury related to the Sunday evening incident.


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<i>Logger of the Year Award presented to David Kemp</i>
Logger of the Year Award presented to David Kemp

This year, Forestry Mutual Insurance Company's (FMIC) Logger of the Year award was presented to David Kemp of Katesville Pallet Mill, Inc. of Franklinton at the Carolina Loggers Association's annual meeting in Wilmington.
Kemp and his employees earned this award for their excellent safety record in one of the country's most dangerous professions.


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