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Showing 35 articles from October 3, 2018.

FRONT PAGE

Revamped emergency room to open Monday
Revamped emergency room to open Monday

LOUISBURG -- With its open house behind them, Duke Lifepoint was poised to begin providing healthcare at its Franklin County location.
Duke Lifepoint -- operating under the banner of Maria Parham -- expects to be open for business on Oct. 8, bringing emergency health care back to Franklin County since Novant Health abruptly shut down three years ago.


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<i>Thanks, Peggy!</i>
Erin May (left) presents Elizabeth May Award to Dr. Peggy McGhee
Thanks, Peggy!

A Franklinton woman best known for her life-long dedication to education, Dr. Peggy W. McGhee, received the prestigious Elizabeth May Service Award Saturday afternoon during a ceremony at her home that was witnessed by family and close friends.
Dr. McGhee is a former teacher, principal, superintendent of Franklinton City Schools and assistant superintendent of Franklin County Schools following merger.


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Future of county public schools pondered at joint board session

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's schools have made strides in student performance and achievement, but staff and officials say they'll need more money to clear some hurdles coming down the pike.
This news was presented to county commissioners and school board members during what's become an annual joint meeting of the two groups on Monday afternoon.


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Finally, it's go! Park's Phase I work to begin

LOUISBURG -- Construction on Phase 1 of the V.E. and Lydia H. Owens Recreational Park is set to begin on Monday.
The work comes nearly nine years after then clerk of court Alice Faye Hunter informed county commissioners that Louisburg businessman Edgar Owens left the county nearly $1 million to develop a park that would include a fishing hole if funding allowed.


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Rob Horton, Hunter Fuller & Stephanie Barrett


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Chips
Editorial Cartoon: Chips

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Despite the stakes, this election has been low key
Despite the stakes, this election has been low key

Don't panic, but in a month and a couple of days, we Franklin Countians are going to be called upon to make some of the most important decisions of the year.
Election day looms on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and despite earlier predictions that this was going to be a highly contested campaign period, so far it has been pretty much a dud.
It's almost the textbook definition of a stealth election and that's surprising given the contested races that will be decided by voters.


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Using a well-deserved honor to inspire others to greatness

First, a pat on the back to a Franklin County woman, Dr. Peggy McGhee, who received a very well-deserved honor over the weekend.
You've probably already read about that honor beginning on Page 1A of this edition, but if you haven't yet, please don't miss it.
As we've said before Dr. McGhee is the consummate educator who has dedicated much of her life to educating Franklin County young people and giving them a solid, productive start in life.


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Franklin County is home to a frenzy of fall festivities
Franklin County is home to a frenzy of fall festivities

If you've not noticed anything else in these two most recent editions of The Franklin Times, you should have at least realized that our Franklin Facts section has been two pages long.
There's good reason for that: As we get an expected break from summer's sizzling temperatures, everybody and their mother figures that October is the perfect time to plan and host events -- particularly if they're going to be outside.


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Learning life's most important lessons from an abandoned four-legged critter
Learning life's most important lessons from an abandoned four-legged critter

In the course of things, I often find myself asking, are people good? I remember my mother telling me, "Son, look for the good in people and you will find it."
Even when she was treated less than fairly she would, routinely, find a way of excusing those that did so. Forgiving and kind, she taught her children the Golden Rule, and lived it.


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It's either unload or explode

Dear editor:
I can't hold it in any longer, I have to unload before I explode.
First I want to address the statement of the Mayor or New York made a few weeks back. He said and I quote, "America has never been all that great." Yes he has freedom of speech in America.


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Editorial Cartoon: Negative Campaigns
Editorial Cartoon: Negative Campaigns

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OBITUARIES

ELIZABETH "LIB" BEST BIGGERSTAFF

YOUNGSVILLE--Elizabeth "Lib" Best Biggerstaff was a native of Wayne County and was the daughter of Cuyler & Frances Herring Best.


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SPORTS

A HAPPY RETURN
Bunn's Chase Corey (with ball) tries to avoid a Warren County defender during last Friday night's Northern Carolina Conference football showdown on the BHS campus.
A HAPPY RETURN

BUNN -- Homecoming took on a literal meaning last Friday for the Bunn High School football team.
It had been four weeks since the Wildcats had played at home, but the wait was worthwhile for fans as Bunn cruised to a 57-27 homecoming decision over Northern Carolina Conference opponent Warren County.


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GOLF OUTING
FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL GOLFER LILY PUETT
GOLF OUTING

ROCKY MOUNT -- The fall girls golf campaign is about to close in the Big East Conference -- and it has been quite an interesting one.
Wilson Hunt has controlled the proceedings in both the team and individual standings, thanks in part to newcomer exchange student Plun Rattanaprakarn, along with standout returnee Sarah Bunn.


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Louisburg holds off FHS in spike thriller
OUT OF REACH. Louisburg's Kristen House delivers a kill during Monday's home match versus Franklinton.
Louisburg holds off FHS in spike thriller

LOUISBURG -- Backing down under the force of a competitive opponent has never been part of the DNA of the Louisburg High School volleyball program.
And the Lady Warriors aren't about to start a new trend now.
That fact was evident Monday when LHS hosted backyard rival Franklinton in a Franklin County showdown at the LHS Gymnasium.


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Simply Sensational
TAKING FLIGHT. North Carolina placekicker Freeman Jones goes airborne while delivering a kickoff during the Tar Heels' recent road football contest at East Carolina University.
Simply Sensational

CHAPEL HILL -- Freeman Jones is certainly making the most of his senior season as a member of the University of North Carolina football squad.
Jones, who prepped at Bunn High School, has been one of the few bright spots to date for the Tar Heels as a standout placekicker.
North Carolina is just 1-3 overall, but not because of Jones, who has been efficient with his booting duties for Coach Larry Fedora's club.


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Ready For RM
Ready For RM

FRANKLINTON -- After a much-needed bye week, Franklinton resumes its football schedule this Friday when the Red Rams kick off Big East Conference action.
For its league opener, FHS will undertake one of the Big East's toughest tests in the form of the Rocky Mount Gryphons.
Game time will be Friday at 7 p.m. at the FHS Football Field.


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Louisburg nabs another win
Louisburg nabs another win

LOUISBURG -- Being able to obtain two football victories in a four-day span is a quality proposition for any high school squad -- and that's exactly the fate the Louisburg Warriors enjoyed last week.
Last Monday, Louisburg claimed a home decision over Rocky Mount Prep in a make-up event from earlier in the campaign.


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Person Stars For Pack
Person Stars For Pack

RALEIGH -- Ricky Person has made a quick adjustment to the college football level at North Carolina State University.
Person, a Franklin County native, has earned plenty of reps in the NCSU backfield as a true freshman running back.
During last Saturday's home triumph against Virginia, Person rushed 14 times for 108 yards as the Wolfpack were winners by a score of 35-21 at Carter-Finley Stadium.


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Teams work together for relief

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- In the wake of Hurricane Florence that hit and devastated parts of South Carolina and much of North Carolina, 13 Minor League Baseball teams in the two states are coming together to support and raise money for those victims in their states.


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ALL SMILES
ALL SMILES

Former Bunn High School placekicker Freeman Jones (left) is off to a strong start this season as a member of the University of North Carolina football squad.


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FORWARD THINKER
FORWARD THINKER

Bunn's Caleb Morton falls forward for extra yardage during the Wildcats' homecoming triumph last Friday night against conference opponent Warren County.


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HOLD ON TIGHT
HOLD ON TIGHT

Bunn High School running back Juvenal Angulo (with ball) tries not to fumble during a carry as part of last Friday's home triumph over the Warren County Eagles.


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LIFESTYLES

Arts Council offers grants

Franklin County Arts Council is accepting applications for North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Arts Program subgrants through Dec. 31.
Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council's Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state though partnerships with local art councils.


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<i>End of WWI was celebrated here a century ago</i>
End of WWI was celebrated here a century ago

The end of World War I -- the Great War -- on November 11, 1918, was of considerable interest to the people of Franklin County.
Local men had fought and the families they left behind had made sacrifices. It is not surprising, then, that The Franklin Times of Friday, November 15, devoted considerable space to coverage of the war and the armistice.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC hosts prom drive

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Health Sciences clubs are collecting donations at all four VGCC campuses for a "Prom Attire" collection drive through Feb. 28.
All donations will be collected for a giveaway event to provide local high school students free attire to fulfill their prom dreams, according to Stacey Soles, VGCC's program head for medical assisting and clinical coordinator for radiography.


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Five students join apprentice program
Five students join apprentice program

WAKE FOREST -- Five Vance-Granville Community College students, including two from Franklinton and Youngsville, were among 14 who committed to participate in the North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program (NCTAP) at a signing ceremony recently in Wake Forest.
In addition to the signings, five students were honored as the first graduates of the program, which was held in the Wake Forest Renaissance Center.


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ENCOURAGING READING
ENCOURAGING READING

The Franklin County Farm Bureau Women's Committee recently donated agricultural books to each of the eight elementary schools in Franklin County. Each month, the women's committee donates a "book-of-the-month" to each of Franklin County elementary schools. In addition, an informative "Ag in the Classroom" lunch and learn was held at the Louisburg Farm Bureau office in August.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Youngsville picks a perfect day for a festival</i>
Youngsville picks a perfect day for a festival

FESTIVITIES. Bailee, Aubree and Alexandra Lundy enjoy some cool refreshments on the warm fall day.


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Suspected shoplifter chased but eludes police

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a suspect they allege stole items and led police on a chase before the matter was called off.
According to a police report, officers were notified of a shoplifting incident at the Walmart on Retail Way at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 26.
The suspect left the scene, prompting a brief chase by officers along U.S. 401 South of town.


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Louisburg police search for car-breakin suspect

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for a suspect who broke into a vehicle in town.
Officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Johnson Street the afternoon of Sept. 30 after it was reported that a vehicle was broken into.
It was not immediately clear what items were taken.


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Youngsville manager search 'off on solid footing'

YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners and an assessment firm continued the process by which the town will hire its next town administrator.
Last month, commissioners hired Development Associates after hearing its president, Steve Straus, explain the comprehensive process by which they'll help the town identify and hire its next town administrator.


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Pond management field day to touch on multiple topics

WAKE FOREST -- Franklin and Wake county agriculture centers will host a Pond Management Field Day.
The Oct. 26 event will be held at Barham Farm, 11920, Louisburg Road, Wake Forest, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Franklin and Wake county centers of the N.C. Cooperative Extension office are hosting the field day.


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DOT seeks opinions on changes to U.S. 1

RALEIGH -- Franklin County motorists who travel along U.S. 1 will get an opportunity to express opinions about a new development along the thoroughfare.
The State Department of Transportation is proposing to convert U.S. 1 to a controlled-access highway from I-540 to the intersection of Purnell Road/Harris Road in Wake Forest.


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