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Showing 38 articles from October 17, 2018.

FRONT PAGE

Early voting opens countywide

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Early voting began on Wednesday, giving voters a nearly three-week headstart on the Nov. 6 election, getting a chance to cast ballots for races, ranging from county commissioners to the General Assembly to the sheriff's office to superior court judgeships.
Franklin County's Board of Elections opted to extend early voting hours, said Elections Director Lisa Goswick.


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Forget the storms, it's time to party!
Forget the storms, it's time to party!

If Hurricane Florence and tropical storm Michael have left you stir crazy and looking for a reason to get outside besides yard work, then this weekend is for you.
Louisburg is hosting a two-day event downtown that is the perfect antidote to "cabin fever," including music, food, fellowship, a peek back into history, historical craft demonstrations and even a debate between actors portraying two giants of American history.


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<i>'Bibbytown,' maybe?</i>
Bibby family members at the long-awaited sign
'Bibbytown,' maybe?

FRANKLINTON -- When you approach town from the north or south along U.S. 1, signs will let you know that Franklinton is the hometown of Fred, Jim and Henry Bibby -- brothers who made their marks on courts and fields from B.F. Person-Albion, to Fayetteville State, to the legendary courts of UCLA and Madison Square Gardens, to the mounds of Major League Baseball.


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Emergency room, other care return

LOUISBURG -- After inspection schedules forced a delay, Maria Parham Franklin opened the doors to its emergency room patients this past Monday.
Maria Parham, part of Duke Lifepoint Healthcare, planned to open on Oct. 8, but required state inspections hadn't been completed.
They were done in time to open on Oct. 15, though.


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<i>Avery has angels, lots of them!</i>
ANGELS ALL AROUND. Avery Cooper, center, was able to make it out to the fundraising event on Saturday as she was surrounded by friends, family and well-wishers.
Avery has angels, lots of them!

FRANKLINTON -- Essentially, from sunrise to sunset, Franklinton park was a wall-to-wall ball of activity -- from kickball games, to volleyball matches to cornhole and concession stands.
And while bright skies provided a pristine backdrop for last Saturday's competitions, it also focused light on the real reason for the fun -- raising money to help a little girl and her family battle cancer.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Louisburg's Ella Mae Williams


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Warming
Editorial Cartoon: Warming

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Ground-breaking proves 'miracles' can happen!
Ground-breaking proves 'miracles' can happen!

Just before we went to press last week, a "ceremonial ground breaking" was scheduled for Section C of U.S. 401 construction.
At that time, about all we knew was that it would be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Now we know that it will be held at the Tobacco Receiving Station in the Triangle North Franklin Business Park near the county airport.


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Let a little dog's barking serve as a warning to all

Several days ago, a small dog sensed something was very wrong in a Franklin County household and began barking his head off.
That may not be unusual -- but it almost certainly saved three human lives -- and the dog's as well.
It also calls attention to house fires, something we often fail to take as seriously as we should.


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When it's time to check facts, be your very own Magnum, PI
When it's time to check facts, be your very own Magnum, PI

Early voting began on Wednesday, giving people a head start on the Nov. 6 election.
And, according to multiple news reports, voters can count Facebook as a resource to help make their decisions.
You can't see me typing out this column, but I bet you can imagine my tongue was firmly in my cheeks as I typed out that last paragraph.


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<i>If you want to know, you can always ask me!</i>
If you want to know, you can always ask me!

When the votes are cast, in less than 30 days, politicians will again feel the love, or lack thereof, from the American people. Yes, it is election time again.
Are you all excited anticipating the prospects of a better day coming?
Soon there will be a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage was a campaign slogan from 1928.


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Editorial Cartoon: New Apps
Editorial Cartoon: New Apps

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OBITUARIES

CAROLYN L. WILLIS

FRANKLINTON --Carolyn Lomax Willis, 72, died Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, 2018. A funeral mass will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the mass.


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SPORTS

Wildcats Stopped In Overtime
AROUND END. Bunn's Jaylen Perry (with ball) tries to escape the Granville Central defense during Monday's football game on the BHS campus.
Wildcats Stopped In Overtime

BUNN -- Few football fates are as heartbreaking as losing on the last play of the game.
But that's what the Bunn Wildcats experienced Monday in an important Northern Carolina Conference make-up showdown with unbeaten Granville Central at the BHS Football Field.


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UNBELIEVABLE!!!
NEVER GIVE UP. Franklinton High School football coach Jimmy Williams encourages his team during last Friday's road football showdown against Wilson Fike.
UNBELIEVABLE!!!

WILSON -- ''Keep Fighting!!!''
Given the fact that Franklinton was facing what appeared to be a hopeless 28-point deficit in the second half, those words from first-year football coach Jimmy Williams might have sounded a bit desperate and hollow -- though only to those unfamiliar with the deep respect that Williams has earned from his players (and vice versa) in such a short period of time.


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LHS TURNS 21
Louisburg High School's Abby Nelms (right) comes through with a kill for the Lady Warriors during Tuesday night's Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tournament home victory against Warren County.
LHS TURNS 21

LOUISBURG -- It was easy to wonder about Louisburg High School's potential volleyball fortunes this fall after the Lady Warriors fell to Falls Lake Academy in the regular season opener.
But LHS hasn't lost since, including a rematch victory over FLA -- a club the Lady Warriors could very well meet again in the Class 1-A State Playoffs.


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FHS rolls to league VB crown
FRANKLINTON'S JERICKA BRODIE
FHS rolls to league VB crown

FRANKLINTON -- Two years running, and nobody seems capable of stopping the Franklinton Lady Rams in the Big East Conference standings.
No matter what time of day it is.
Last Saturday in a make-up match, Franklinton hosted Southern Nash for a lunchtime regular season finale -- certainly a rare weekend afternoon time for a conference spike contest.


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FHS player in regionals
FHS player in regionals

ROCKY MOUNT -- Franklinton High School will have a representative at this weekend's Class 3-A East Regional Girls Tennis Championships.
That's because No. 2 Singles standout Grace Cottrell earned a spot with a strong performance at last week's Big East Conference Tournament on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College.


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Melanie's Magic
Melanie's Magic

STANHOPE -- It hasn't taken long for Melanie Davis to put her imprint on the Southern Nash High School volleyball program.
Southern Nash has never been able to achieve consistent success on the court -- a trend Davis hoped to change when she arrived on campus three years ago, fresh off a softball career at Lander University.


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Garcia earns rank promotion
Garcia earns rank promotion

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Caleb Garcia of the Justice Community was recently promoted in rank in Kenny Buffaloe's Kyokushin Karate Class in Roanoke Rapids and his dojo/gym in Hollister.
This rank is recognized and endorsed by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo, Japan.


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Stamey Steps Down
Stamey Steps Down

LOUISBURG -- J Stamey arrived in Franklin County in the mid-1990s when she attended Louisburg College as a member of the softball team.
And other than a brief two-year stint at Barton College, Stamey never left.
Stamey has served in a variety of capacities during her two decades in the county -- the latest of which was her dual role as the Town of Louisburg Parks and Recreation Director and the Louisburg High School head softball coach.


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Canes return to the gridiron
Canes return to the gridiron

LOUISBURG -- Following a bye week, the Louisburg College Hurricanes will return to the gridiron Saturday for a home matchup against ASA Miami.
Kickoff will be at noon at Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School. Tickets will be available at the gate.
The Hurricanes currently sport a 3-2 overall record after securing a 30-25 road decision at Jireh Prep on October 7 in Charlotte.


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HANDS TEAM
HANDS TEAM

(L to R) Franklinton's Rebekah Smith and Jericka Brodie elevate for a block attempt during last Saturday's home volleyball meeting with the Southern Nash Ladybirds.


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HAULING IT IN
HAULING IT IN

Granville Central's Brandon Peace brings in a reception as Bunn's Chase Corey defends during Monday's Northern Carolina Conference football game on the BHS campus.


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PARKER'S PROWESS
PARKER'S PROWESS

This long pass to Lyeshon Parker was ruled an incomplete pass, but Parker hauled in the eventual game-winning touchdown on the very next play during Franklinton's road victory last Friday against Wilson Fike.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>'Michael' didn't blow away Gold Sand festival</i>
'Michael' didn't blow away Gold Sand festival

Although many in Northern Franklin County were still cleaning up in the wake of Tropical Storm Michael -- and some were still without electrical power -- those challenges didn't put too much of a damper on the second-annual Gold Sand Tractor Show to benefit the local fire department. In the photo above, little Taylor Smith strikes a confident pose aboard a tractor, a pose that perhaps a lot of local farmers felt like striking when Michael's high winds and heavy rains finally stopped, allowing them back in the fields. Taylor is six and looked like she was having fun checking out the vintage tractors and other farm equipment.


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Temptations to visit Saturday

Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Grammy Award winner Theo Peoples will bring the unforgettable sounds of Motown to Louisburg College JPAC.
In "A Temptations Revue," this show spans more than a decade of Temptations classics, with every one of these tunes among the most recognizable and culture-defining songs in pop music history: "My Girl," "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Just My Imagination," "I Wish It Would Rain" and so many more.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

School board okays personnel changes

The following personnel changes were made by the Franklin County Board of Education recently. The board:


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COMMUNITY NEWS

High-speed chase ends in fatality

YOUNGSVILLE -- The State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash -- the result of a high-speed chase that began in Wake Forest and ended outside of Youngsville.
According to Wake Forest authorities, police stopped the vehicle that Marcus Richardson was driving at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday because a check revealed the owner's driver's license had expired.


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County OKs vehicle upfits

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Monday awarded bids that will outfit 41 new vehicles for the sheriff's office, animal control and emergency services.
The board also delayed a vote on a zoning request.


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Louisburg's council faced routine agenda

LOUISBURG -- It was a night of very routine business for the Louisburg Town Council on Monday with only two items on the unusually brief agenda.
First, the council agreed to make Jonathan Franklin, town administrator, the town's representative to the ElectriCities Board of Commissioners -- and named assistant administrator Ray Patterson as the alternate and town planner Tony King as the second alternate.


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<i>Three are seeking Superior Court judge's position:</i> Carolyn Thompson
Three are seeking Superior Court judge's position: Carolyn Thompson

Full name: Carolyn J. Thompson
Age: 50
Occupation: Resident Superior Court Judge
Marital Status: Married


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<i>Three are seeking Superior Court judge's position:</i> Cindy Sturges
Three are seeking Superior Court judge's position: Cindy Sturges

Full name: Cindy Lou King Sturges
Age: 47
Occupation: Attorney
Marital status: Married to Boyd Sturges


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<i>Three are seeking Superior Court judge's position:</i> Mitchell Styers
Three are seeking Superior Court judge's position: Mitchell Styers

Full name: Mitchell Glenn Styers
Age: 48
Occupation: Attorney
Marital status: Married


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Two square off for NC House, District 7: <i>Incumbent Bobbie Richardson</i>
Two square off for NC House, District 7: Incumbent Bobbie Richardson

Full name: Bobbie J. Richardson, House Democratic Minority Whip
Age: 68
Occupation: Retired educator
Marital status: Single


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Two square off for NC House, District 7: <i>Challenger Lisa Stone Barnes</i>
Two square off for NC House, District 7: Challenger Lisa Stone Barnes

Full name: Lisa Stone Barnes
Age: 52
Occupation: Self-employed in agribusiness
Marital status: Married


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<i>Two square off for a term as county sheriff:</i> Kent Winstead
Two square off for a term as county sheriff: Kent Winstead

Full name: Kent Winstead
Age: 52
Occupation: Sheriff
Marital status: Married


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<i>Two square off for a term as county sheriff:</i> Jerry W. Jones
Two square off for a term as county sheriff: Jerry W. Jones

Full name: Jerry Wayne Jones
Age: 59
Occupation: Former Franklin County Sheriff and Agriculture services
Marital status: Married (Wife Peggy Wrenn Jones)


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