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Showing 38 articles from June 27, 2018.

FRONT PAGE

County eyes using fees to slow utility allocations

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners are slated to meet Friday to determine how they're going to roll out their increased water and sewer development fees.
Engineers and staff proposed raising those fees to cover the county's current costs, as well as the calculated expenses necessary to bolster the two systems to meet the demands of residential and commercial growth.


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TIME TO CELEBRATE!
TIME TO CELEBRATE!

As difficult as it may be to believe, next Wednesday is July 4th, a time when Americans traditionally take time to celebrate the nation's independence -- and to enjoy a little down time, perhaps a backyard barbecue feast and, more often than not, enjoy a fireworks display or two. There are several Fourth of July celebrations in the area this year -- and they are all detailed on Page 14B of this edition, complete with times and dates.


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Unusual race for Superior Court judge shaping up

LOUISBURG -- The judicial filing period ends Friday and, already, the area is guaranteed one permanent new face on the superior court bench.
The superior court judge seats for Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood and Superior Court Judge Henry Hight Jr. are up for grabs, along with the District Court Judge seat once held by J. Henry Banks.


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<i>NE group studies ways to market region</i>
Rex Foster makes a point to members of Northeast community group
NE group studies ways to market region

CASTALIA -- Members of a community group trying to bring economic development to northeast Franklin County are trudging ahead with plans to bolster broadband, develop agri-tourism and install a marketing plan for the area.
With the aid of the State Department of Commerce, the Northeast Franklin Revitalization Committee crafted a plan to achieve the above three goals.


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FHS volunteer coach faces charges over 'relationships'

FRANKLINTON -- A volunteer coach who served as Franklinton High School's assistant girls basketball coach was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct.
Derryan A. Henderson, 22, of Franklinton, was arrested June 20 and charged with two counts of felony sexual activity with a student by school personnel other than a teacher, school administrator, student teacher, coach, or school safety officer.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Franklinton High School track star Rebekah Smith


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Baby
Editorial Cartoon: Baby

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Making a political point is not solving the problem!
Making a political point is not solving the problem!

Here it is nearly the eve of July 4th, one of the most important days in the history of our country, and many of us are wondering if there is anyone in Washington, D.C. these days with three functioning brain cells!
I've spent most of my adult life covering government at all levels and, if experience has taught me anything, it's taught me that those in the halls of power can make some really stupid mistakes sometimes -- but nothing prepared me for this absolutely inexcusable fiasco over snatching young children from their immigrant parents.


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Duke Energy's rate request thankfully gets pared down

Here we go again -- and once again we had to rely on a little-known state commission to protect our best interests.
In what has become an annual rite of rip-off, Duke Energy Progress (a really strange name if there ever was one) recently made its annual filings to raise utility rates for all of us.


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Editorial Cartoon: Blow Up
Editorial Cartoon: Blow Up

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Residents and wildlife are getting more acquainted
Residents and wildlife are getting more acquainted

If you haven't seen the movie Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, you may want to avoid the next couple of paragraphs because they will contain spoilers.
The Jurassic movies, themselves, center around the de-extinction of animals that roamed the earth millions of years ago.
They are brought back to life and placed in a theme park that draws millions of visitors.


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Editorial Cartoon: Cable
Editorial Cartoon: Cable

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OBITUARIES

EDNA LEWIS

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Edna Lewis, 87, who died Sunday, June 24, 2018, will be held Monday, July 2, at 11 a.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the St. Delight UCC church cemetery.


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SHIRLEY J. WILSON

MEREDIAN, MS--Funeral services for Shirley J. Wilson will be held Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Jim Gordon and Reverend Jerry Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.


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WILLIE L. JOYNER SR.

NASHVILLE--Funeral services for Willie Lewis Joyner Sr., 58, who died Sunday, June 24, 2018, will be held Monday, July 2, at 1 p.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church in Nashville, with the Rev. Dorothy L. Jett officiating.


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SPORTS

Wells Fargo Standings Released
LOUISBURG SOFTBALL STAR ABIGAIL FAGAN
Wells Fargo Standings Released

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Realignment changed the landscape of the Northern Carolina Conference for the 2017-18 school year -- and also the leaderboard for the annual Wells Fargo Conference Cup.
The award recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state's four competitive classifications.


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HITS KEEP COMING
FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL SLUGGER RIANNA LAYTON
HITS KEEP COMING

LOUISBURG -- The awards keep piling in from Louisburg High School's historic 2018 softball season.
The Lady Warriors advanced all the way to the finals of the Class 1-A State Playoffs and earned the school's first East Regional Championship since 1998.
Several of the players from that squad have earned postseason honors, and that trend continued recently with the naming of the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association's All-State Team.


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SUPER SQUAD!

LOUISBURG -- The Town and Country Stingrays have gotten off to a flying start in the pool this summer under new coach Nicki Marshall.
Last Thursday, the Stingrays hosted the Stonecreek Tsunamis from Raleigh at the TC Pool in Louisburg for its second meet of the campaign.
The Stringrays came away with a solid 227-145 victory.


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Rams in 6th spot in league
CHAMPS. Denise Burk and the Franklinton Lady Rams claimed the Big East Conference volleyball crown this past season.
Rams in 6th spot in league

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton took a step into the great unknown this past season when the Red Rams -- for the first time in history -- joined the ultra-competitive Class 3-A Big East Conference. FHS had been a perennial contender in several sports during its long stint in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference -- a tenure that lasted 12 years.
Red Rams' fans were curious to see how the FHS program would stack up with its Big East foes -- and Franklinton proved to do just fine.


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Mudcats win versus Salem
Mudcats win versus Salem

SALEM, VA. -- The Carolina Mudcats erased a three-run deficit in the first inning with four runs in the second, including back-to-back run scoring doubles from Cooper Hummel and Ryan Aguilar and a two-out RBI single from Joantgel Segovia while defeating the Salem Red Sox 5-4 on Tuesday night at Haley Toyota Field in Virginia.


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LHS football sked finalized
LHS football sked finalized

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School will kick off its 2018 football schedule on August 17 at home against KIPP Pride.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
The Warriors' complete ledger is as follows, with home events listed in CAPS:


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LIFESTYLES

<i>New arrival</i>
New arrival

James and Priscilla Miller of Franklinton announce the birth of their daughter, Cheyanne Rose Miller. Cheyanne arrived at 6:58 a.m. on June 7, 2018 at WakeMed, Raleigh Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches in length.
Paternal grandparents are James and Linda Miller of Moyock, N.C.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

BHS grad earns degree in biology

Jhovanna Lizet Ramirez-Salmeron of Zebulon received the Bachelor of Science degree in biology during Hollins University's 176th commencement ceremony on May 20. She was also named to the Dean's List for the 2018 Spring Semester. To attain this distinction, students must earn at least a 3.5 average on a 4.0 grading scale.


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Louisburg man earns degree at Mars Hill

MARS HILL -- A Franklin County resident joined 175 others graduating from Mars Hill University last month.
Jacob Bell of Louisburg received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications Design during the school's May 12 commencement.


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<i>34 nurses receive associate degrees in nursing</i>
IT'S ALL ACADEMIC. Nursing Instructor Heather Wilson, left, presents Guadalupe Duran with an academic honor, presented to graduates who completed the program with at least a 3.5 grade point average.
34 nurses receive associate degrees in nursing

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College recognized 34 students, including six from Franklin County, who graduated this spring from the Associate Degree Nursing program with a pinning ceremony in the college's Civic Center.
Among those honored with distinctive nursing pins at the ceremonies were eight who graduated through the LPN to ADN Transition Program, which helps Licensed Practical Nurses to continue their education and then become Registered Nurses.


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Franklinton High grad receives scholarship

RALEIGH -- A Franklinton High grad earned a credit union scholarship to continue his studies in Greensboro.
The Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) presented Jerrail Lenward Brodie with its LGFCU Scholarship Award.


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Youngsville native earns college degree

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Youngsville's Cassidy Alysse Limer graduated from James Madison University in May.
Limer graduated with a degree in Management from JMU during the May 4 commencement exercises.
Limer was among more than 4,400 students who received undergraduate, master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.


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GRADUATES!
GRADUATES!

The Kid's Corner in Louisburg recently held its graduation at the center. Day care director is Joni Peoples and the owner is Amy Merritt. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Aubrey Anselmo; Meela Sowers; Ny'ala Nyajeka and Eden Matthews. Back row, left to right, are Tina Holden, lead teacher; Owen Wright; Ayden Barnett; Brantley Moore; De'mani Ware and Barbara Coons, assistant teacher.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

County is again searching for a new finance director

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County management is moving ahead with plans to find a new permanent finance director.
Going back to 2015, the county has had two full-time finance directors, sandwiched around Chuck Murray serving on an interim basis since his fall 2013 retirement.
During the board's June 18 meeting, County Manager Angela Harris told commissioners that they had begun advertising the position.


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NCDOT: 44 'incidents' don't make light necessary
NCDOT: 44 'incidents' don't make light necessary

LOUISBURG -- The conversation about a roadway improvement finally found its way up the alley of county leaders.
During the board's June 18 meeting, county commissioners said they'd feel safer if the state installed a stoplight at the intersection of N.C. 56 and Ronald Tharrington Road.


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<i>Local author publishes first novel</i>
Local author publishes first novel

K.F. Whatley has released her first novel, "Making Corrections," after 20 years of being a technical writer and journalist. She has also had short fiction and poetry published in literary journals including County Lines, which is published by Franklin County Arts Council.
Known to friends as Kay, she is owner and publisher of The Grey Area News. The online news covers local and national unusual news from North Carolina, the U.S. and beyond.


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THANKS FOR THE HELP
THANKS FOR THE HELP

The Louisburg Electric Department crew got a special thank you for helping with this year's Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in April. For the first time ever, the event was held in Wake Forest and the Louisburg crew helped set up the event that drew public power utility crews from across the U.S. for training, competition, camaraderie and to show off their skills.


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Local man facing decade-old charges

RALEIGH -- A Franklin County man is slated to appear in court next month on decade-old sex offense charges involving a then 11-year-old.
According to published reports and court records, David Earl Patton was charged with three counts of first degree sex offense with a child and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.


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Johnston County man charged in sex cases

LOUISBURG -- Authorities arrested a Johnston County man on sexual assault charges.
On June 25, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for the arrest of Jonathan Robert Pyron, who was charged with one count of felony statutory rape of a child and on count of felony indecent liberties with a child.


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'Heart attack' call ends in drug arrests

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested three people on drug charges at a fast food restaurant.
Police responded to Burger King on Bickett Boulevard the afternoon of June 20 to what was initially called in as a heart attack but arrived to find one person they suspected of using heroin in the bathroom.


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AWARD PRESENTED
AWARD PRESENTED

The Heritage Society of Franklin County recently presented Mariah Massey, a 2018 Franklinton High School graduate, a $500 scholarship for her studies at Methodist University, Fayetteville, where she will be a freshman this fall. Shown in the photo (left to right): Danielle Massey, Heritage Society board Chair Janie Mitchell Ray, Mariah Massey, Heritage Society President Diane Taylor Torrent, and Phillip Massey.


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Local man finishes program about economic development

RALEIGH -- A Centerville man graduated from a state rural economic development training program.
Rex Foster earned the recognition in May after completing the Rural Economic Development Institute -- an intensive, three-month training program designed for rural community leaders.


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Head Start applications are sought

The Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. Head Start is accepting children for the 2018-2019 Program Year.
Children must be 3 years of age as of August 31, 2018.
Parents of children with mental, physical or emotional impairments are encouraged to apply. The program will make special provisions to serve children with special needs.


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