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Showing 39 articles from March 28, 2018.

FRONT PAGE

NE revitalization group closes in on action plan

CASTALIA -- Next month, members of the Northeast Franklin Revitalization Committee could have the road map needed to begin improving the fortunes of a long-neglected region of Franklin County.
During a meeting on Monday night, community members heard how a nearby neighbor is trying to do the same thing.


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<i>No sleep, no problem!</i>
Nathan Moreschi
No sleep, no problem!

YOUNGSVILLE -- Last year, before the biggest test of his ham radio skills, Nathan Moreschi didn't sleep his best.
And, he was nervous.
And, he came up just short, a hard pill to swallow after spending 48 hours straight on an amateur radio console trying to contact other "hams" all over the world.


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Ex-EMT faces drug charges
Ex-EMT faces drug charges

HENDERSON -- A former Franklin County employee appeared in court this week to face drug trafficking and child abuse charges.
Henderson police arrested Elizabeth Campbell, 30, charging the former Franklin County paramedic with two counts of trafficking cocaine, two counts of trafficking heroin, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, felony possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver cocaine, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and heroin next door to a child care center, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor child abuse.


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<i>Bickett's legacy to be discussed</i>
Bickett's legacy to be discussed

The Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College concludes its lecture series, North Carolina and the Great War, with a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the college's Benson Chapel.
Dr. Carl E. Campbell, associate professor of history at Appalachian State University, will speak on "Governor Thomas Bickett: War, Reform, and North Carolina's Progressive Reputation."


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Franklinton resident Tyreese Williams


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Facebook
Editorial Cartoon: Facebook

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Anarchy is a long way from intelligent discussion
Anarchy is a long way from intelligent discussion

Are we teetering on the edge of "anarchy and mob rule?"
I hardly think so -- and I've had some first-hand experience writing about both.
But if you listened to a Louisburg lawyer who represented the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Raleigh last week, you might come away believing we are teetering on the edge of both anarchy and mob rule over the controversial Confederate Monument issue.


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Take one small step and make a difference

In our hectic, fast-paced and increasingly complex world, it's easy to feel we can't make a difference in the events happening all around us.
But, the individual can still make a difference and when individuals join together they can get the attention -- and change the activities -- on the most complex of issues.


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Franklin County is growing:  Time to prep for bigger needs
Franklin County is growing: Time to prep for bigger needs

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column comparing growth in the town of Youngsville to the popular 1980s situation comedy, Growing Pains.
The town, since 1990, has seen its population triple, going from 531 people then to 1,293 in 2016 -- the most recent data available for towns.
Well, now, I'm making another comparison. And anyone who has kids should know it, well.


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<i>A test of true tolerance: How many can pass it?</i>
A test of true tolerance: How many can pass it?

What is the limit of what you will allow to be imposed upon you by others you trust when it comes to wrongdoing, and/or incompetence?
Let me change the word imposed to bullying. At some point that is what it becomes. How much bullying are you willing to suffer before you as an individual will take a stand and say enough is enough?


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Let your voices be heard

Dear editor: Something has bothered me for several months. I decided it was time to put pen to paper.
I find it hard to understand how a true Bible believing Christian can vote for a candidate or support a party that has a platform that is pro-abortion and pro-same sex marriage. The word of God is very clear that this is wrong.


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Editorial Cartoon: United
Editorial Cartoon: United

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OBITUARIES

BARBARA ANN COLE

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Barbara Ann "Dirty Red" Green Cole, 66, who died Monday, March 26, 2018, will be held Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. at South Main Street Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.


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JACQUELINE DENISE (NEECIE) CANNADY

FRANKLINTON --Jacqueline Denise (Neecie) Cannady, 54, died Monday, March 19, 2018 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Service was held Sunday, March 25, at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Youngsville, with the Rev. Samuel T. Tunstall officiating.


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MALLIE M. "PHIL" HODGE

LOUISBURG--Mallie M. "Phil" Hodge died Monday, March 26, 2018. Homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. at Pilot Missionary Baptist Church, 20 Avon Brantley Road, Zebulon.


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VERNON L. SAWYER

LOUISBURG - Vernon L. Sawyer, 86, died Monday night, March 26, 2018 at Louisburg Nursing Center. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, at New Hope Christian Church, with the Rev. Steve Barham officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. A private burial will be held in the church cemetery.


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SPORTS

Lady Rams Roll To A Victory
(L to R) Franklinton High School's Hayla Ahmaditorshizi and Louisburg's Lexi Dunn get tangled up during Monday evening's non-conference girls soccer meeting at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
Lady Rams Roll To A Victory

LOUISBURG -- With the sun going down and temperatures plummeting, the Franklinton Lady Rams were more than happy to quickly take care of business during Monday's non-conference girls soccer showdown at backyard rival Louisburg.
Franklinton finished off the event by a 9-0 margin, and the match was called in the opening half due to the nine-goal rule at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.


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CONFERENCE CALL
I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU. Louisburg High School third baseman Brenton Bullock (left) prepares to apply a tag on a South Granville runner during last Friday's game at Louisburg College's Frazier Field.
CONFERENCE CALL

LOUISBURG - Louisburg High School's baseball win-loss record might be affected by its new journey in the ultra-competitive Northern Carolina Conference -- but LHS head coach Al Bolton hopes the experience will be beneficial once the Class 1-A State Playoffs roll around in May.
Louisburg was always at or near the top of the standings of the Class 1-A Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference, but things are destined to be more challenging for the next four years in the split 1/2-A NCC.


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VICTORY KEEPER
BUNN HS JUNIOR SHARON GONZALEZ
VICTORY KEEPER

BUNN -- Despite falling behind by two goals early -- and seeing another opposing marker called off due to an offsides -- the Bunn Ladycats were still in position for a rally with eight minutes remaining in the first half of Monday's non-league home soccer meeting with Nash Central.
A strong rush from Rachel Alford resulted in a foul in the box and ensuing penalty kick attempt.


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Murphy the pick for Bunn
Murphy the pick for Bunn

BUNN -- Dale Murphy couldn't contain his enthusiasm when he applied for the vacant Bunn High School football coaching position last month.
Murphy had been a finalist when the job was open back in 2017, but was not offered the opportunity.
"It just was not my time,'' Murphy said. "But it gave me a chance to come back and gain more confidence.


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Franklinton 4th at match
Franklinton 4th at match

WILSON -- Wilson Fike swept the top honors during the latest Big East Conference Boys Golf Match, which was held Monday at Willow Springs Country Club.
Fike earned the team crown with 329 strokes, while Fike's Jake Herring was the 18-hole medalist with a 73.
Hunt was second in the team standings at 354 shots, followed by Northern Nash (370), Franklinton (379) and Southern Nash (386).


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Tough NCC Losses
LOUISBURG PITCHER LAINE BAREFOOT
Tough NCC Losses

LOUISBURG -- While Louisburg is once again expecting another deep run in the Class A State Softball Playoffs, getting to that stage will provide many more challenges for the Lady Warriors than in the previous four campaigns.
That's because LHS, after a dominant stretch in the Class 1-A Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference, is now a member of the split 1/2-A Northern Carolina Conference -- which promises to be one of the area's most competitive softball leagues.


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BHS baseball off to a quality start
BHS baseball off to a quality start

BUNN -- Bunn High School is off to a strong start to the 2018 baseball season -- a run that continued Tuesday with a 12-1 home victory against Northern Carolina Conference opponent Warren County.
BHS, under the direction of first-year head coach Patrick Warren, scored two runs in the bottom of the first before pulling away for good with an eight-spot in the second stanza of action.


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Mixed Emotions For LC
Louisburg College's Justin Oakley (right) avoids a pickoff attempt at first base during last Saturday's home twinbill versus the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
Mixed Emotions For LC

LOUISBURG -- After a subpar performance during a non-league series one week earlier, the Louisburg College Hurricanes were looking to regain their season-long momentum last weekend when they hosted Region X rival University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie for a four-game series at Frazier Field.
LC head coach Blake Herring wasn't overwhelmed by his club's body of work for the series, but at least the Hurricanes were able to cap off the weekend with a 2-2 split in the league showdown.


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NCAA TOURNEY BRACKET POOL

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the updated standings heading into the Final Four Weekend of The Franklin Times NCAA Bracket Pool Picks Contest:


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BIG CUT
BIG CUT

Louisburg High School's Laine Barefoot takes a mighty cut during last Thursday's game with South Granville at Louisburg College's Sheilah R. Cotten Field.


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DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE

Louisburg High School sophomore Tyler Layton rips a two-bagger for the Warriors during last Friday's game versus South Granville at Louisburg College's Frazier Field.


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FORCED OUT
FORCED OUT

Louisburg College baserunner Trey Hicks is forced at second base during the Hurricanes' Region X doubleheader last Saturday against long-time foe USC-Salkehatchie.


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JOB WELL DONE
JOB WELL DONE

Louisburg High School freshman Ja'heim Brown offered an exceptional performance for the Warriors during last Friday's home contest against the South Granville Vikings.


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YOU'RE SURROUNDED
YOU'RE SURROUNDED

Nash Central's Mallory Roughton (center) tries to elude a trio of Bunn defenders during Monday afternoon's girls soccer showdown on the BHS campus.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>County schools were desegregated 50 years ago</i>
County schools were desegregated 50 years ago

On Monday, August 5, 1968, Algernon Lee Butler, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, a conservative jurist who had been appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, ordered the complete desegregation of the public schools of Franklin County, North Carolina.
Butler called for the implementation of a unitary, non-racial system effective at the beginning of the 1968-69 school year.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

The Person Place Preservation Society held its annual Brunswick Stew sale last weekend -- and customers braved the un-spring-like chilly weather to pick up their stew and shop the accompanying bake sale.
With the Person Place as a background, this photo shows the pickup and bake sale.


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Suspect fires on Warren deputies

WARRENTON -- Authorities arrested a Manson man they allege fired shots at Warren County deputies during a chase that prompted requests for manpower, including the aid of Franklin County deputies and a new piece of technology.
Wendell D. Hargrove, 39, was taken into custody without the assistance of Franklin County deputies, but they stood at the ready to deploy an FAA-licensed drone that can aid in search and rescue efforts.


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Cemetery cleanup effort hits snag in Franklinton

FRANKLINTON -- An effort to clean up one of the town's cemeteries in time for the Easter holiday led to miscommunication amongst staff that riled up plenty of residents.
Late last week, public works staff were dispatched to Fairview Cemetery to clean it up, anticipating crowds to visit the site for the April 1 holiday.


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Man facing drug charges

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Louisburg area man on drug charges on Tuesday.
Jonathan White, 52, of Sutton Road, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two counts of selling and delivering cocaine, two counts of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling a controlled substance and one count of habitual felon.


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Murder case declared exceptional by judge

LOUISBURG -- A murder case against a Franklin County man accused of killing his father was pulled from the case management calender last week, meaning it will go forward only as evidence and motions dictate.
Franklin County investigators arrested Adam Helms the evening of Aug. 25, shortly after they allege he shot Loy Helms during an argument inside a vehicle.


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Two injured in crash near Bunn High

BUNN -- Two people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries following a three-vehicle, chain reaction wreck near Bunn High School on Tuesday morning.
No charges will be filed, authorities said.
According to Bunn Police Sgt. C. Francis, a mother was driving her daughter to school along Bunn Elementary Road near Johnson Road in a GMC Yukon when she told authorities that someone stopped in front of her, causing her to slam on brakes.


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Missing man found dead

LOUISBURG -- A missing person case has become a death investigation.
But, authorities don't believe foul play was involved in John Goss's death.
Goss, 40, who suffered from a cognitive impairment, was reported missing from Pioneer Healthcare on Justice Street just after 10 p.m. on March 16.


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<i>Local Democrats planning for a 'blue wave'</i>
Local Democrats planning for a 'blue wave'

LOUISBURG -- A full house of Democrats joined together Saturday to celebrate the "Blue Wave" they see coming down the pike in upcoming mid-term elections in November.
"Earlier this month, we made history," Franklin County Democratic Party Chair Lucy Allen told the crowd, reading from a statement from NC Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin. "For the first time ever, there is a Democratic candidate running in every single legislative district.


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