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Showing 30 articles from March 13, 2019.

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<I>Persons of interest sought in murder</I>
Persons of interest sought in murder

FRANKLINTON -- State and local authorities are hoping two blurry photos can bring a murder case into focus.
Franklinton police arrived at a home on Fairlane Avenue on Jan. 18 to find Clarence Person Jr. dead from a single gunshot wound.
At the time, investigators allege two men entered the home and one of them fired the shot that killed the 49-year-old.


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GREASE IS THE WORD
GREASE IS THE WORD

Members of Girl Scout Troop 983 stopped by Ronnie White's Main Street Service Station in Youngsville to work on their Car Care Badge. Above, Breanna Hudson checks tire pressure. Troop Leader Roxanne Hudson said "we are always trying to introduce [scouts] to new experiences and help them gain the tools they need to be successful as an adult.


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Lawsuit contends teen killer did not get proper treatment

LOUISBURG -- The family of a woman decapitated by her psychotic son has filed a lawsuit against the doctor who discharged the teenager less than a week before the murder.
This past October, Oliver Machada was found not guilty of killing Yesenia Funez by reason of insanity and Superior Court Judge Henry Hight committed him to a state mental health facility -- where he will more than likely spend the rest of his life.


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<i>A musical restoration!</i>
A musical restoration!

Efforts are underway to get one of Louisburg's most famous "ladies" back home after she spent a long, long time in a "spa" in an effort to return her to the way she looked nearly 100 years ago.
The "lady," of course, is Maude, a vintage fire truck that once battled fires in and around Louisburg and is the county's first motorized fire truck.


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Bunn ups fines for 'nuisances'

BUNN -- Commissioners agreed to increase some police department fines in hopes of eliminating some nuisance behaviors.
Newly installed Police Administrator Steve Massey asked the board to increase fines for violating town ordinances, including the noise ordinance, fire lane parking, jake braking, overtime parking, handicap parking and, abandoned and junked vehicles.


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<i>Franklinton Legion Post salutes others</i>
Franklinton Legion Post salutes others

FRANKLINTON -- This fall, the Franklinton American Legion Post 52 can serve up a birthday cake with 100 candles.
While its annual banquet served as part of its centennial celebration this past weekend, it was a handful of award recipients who sparkled.
During its awards banquet on Saturday night, the Post recognized the Soldier of the Year, Fireman of the Year, Legionnaire of the Year, Officer of the Year and the recipient of its Community Service Award.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

LC star softballer Haleigh Joyner


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Trump As Netflix
Editorial Cartoon: Trump As Netflix

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Springing ahead toward gardens -- and fire ants!
Springing ahead toward gardens -- and fire ants!

Now that we've all decided to "spring forward" an hour, let's hope that means that we're actually a little closer to spring!
Springing forward, around our house at least, is met with decidedly mixed emotions.
We all enjoy the longer daylight in the evening -- except that it takes away our best excuse not to do yard work when we get home.


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We could do without these spring 'flowers'

Granted, it's not even mid-March yet but a particular type of spring "flower" is visible around our region.
And they aren't pretty!
In fact, they are downright ugly. Disgusting even.


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There is no substitute for good, ol' parental oversight
There is no substitute for good, ol' parental oversight

I've watched enough television and sat in enough classrooms myself to know what it means when students hear words similar to these: "I'm Subby McSubstitute and I'll be your teacher, today." Back when I was in school, that announcement was most often met by a gleam in the eye of most students and the unmistakable look of dread in the eyes of some poor substitute teacher.


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Finding a solution to illicit drugs

Dear editor: Just read "Bickett Bust," an upclose and personal view. It describes a dangerous drug bust. It seems these stories are rapidly increasing. We need to pray for the police officers that fight this daily.
Further down in the story you write that "It's about economics.


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Editorial Cartoon: Super Bowl
Editorial Cartoon: Super Bowl

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OBITUARIES

LENA T. COOPER

FRANKLINTON--Lena Toliver Cooper, 77, died Monday, March 11, 2019 at her home in Franklinton.


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SPORTS

LHS Drops Close One To Vikes
LOUISBURG ACE LAINE BAREFOOT
LHS Drops Close One To Vikes

CREEDMOOR -- Rare are the occasions when a pair of softball state finalists meet this early in the season in league action.
But such was the case Tuesday as South Granville, the reigning Class 2-A state champion, hosted Class 1-A runner-up Louisburg for a key Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch showdown.


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VOID IN THE LINEUP
SENIOR FORWARD HAYLA AHMADI FHS SPORTSMANSHIP WINNER
VOID IN THE LINEUP

WILSON -- Franklinton found itself shorthanded and on the short end of the scoreboard during its annual appearance last Saturday at The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase.
Taking on a foe the level of Southwest Onslow is difficult enough, but the Lady Rams had to do so without four starters due to other commitments.
That was more than Franklinton could withstand as the Lady Rams were defeated by a 4-1 margin at Gillette Park in Wilson County.


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STRIKING FIRST
VICTORY LANE. Trent Simmons was the winning pitcher for the Bunn Wildcats during Tuesday night's league road decision at South Granville.
STRIKING FIRST

CREEDMOOR -- Bunn picked up a huge early-season baseball victory in the Northern Carolina Conference on Tuesday by registering a 7-2 decision at long-time rival South Granville.
After the duel between perennial NCC powerhouses, Bunn improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the league.


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FHS stars honored in league
FHS stars honored in league

FRANKLINTON -- Take the next step.
That's the theme within the Franklinton High School boys basketball program, which has struggled the past two seasons in the ultra-competitive Big East Conference.


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LC dropped in the region
LOUISBURG COLLEGE'S DESHONE HICKS
LC dropped in the region

RALEIGH -- An inability to win close games has been a season-long bugaboo for the Louisburg College men's basketball team.
The trend struck again last Thursday -- and at the worst possible time.
The eighth-seeded Hurricanes were on the verge of pulling off an upset of No. 1 seed Pitt Community College in the quarterfinals of the Region X Tournament at the Wake Tech Community College Gymnasium.


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Canes a winner on diamond

LOUISBURG -- One day after dropping their Region X opener, the Louisburg College Hurricanes were back in action with a rare Monday single game versus Cuyahoga Community College in non-league baseball action at historic Frazier Field.
The Hurricanes jumped ahead early and then held off a late Cuyahoga threat to defeat the visitors from Ohio by a 10-7 total.


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FHS to host annual Sanders event

FRANKLINTON -- The Fifth Annual T. Sanders Memorial High School Track and Field Invitational Championships will be held this Saturday at the Franklinton High School Football Field.
Action will begin at 9 a.m., and over 25 area track and field powerhouses are expected to be in attendance -- including the host Red Rams.


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Emotional Ending
NADIA DAVIDSON FAMILY MEMBERS WITH LC HEAD COACH SHAY HAYES
Emotional Ending

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College experienced an emotional end to its 2018-19 women's basketball season -- a campaign that closed last Thursday with a loss to Clinton Junior College in the opening round of the Region X Tournament.
LC was the host for the event, but the home-court advantage didn't help the Lady Hurricanes, who were defeated 92-83 by Clinton in a high-scoring showdown.


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Pirates sweep Marist

GREENVILLE -- Turner Brown paced No. 14 East Carolina University's 14-hit attack going 3-for-5 with a pair of triples and scored twice as the Pirates completed the weekend baseball sweep over Marist, 10-5, Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win, the Pirates improved to 12-5 on the season while the Red Foxes dropped to 4-8.


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BEALE STREET
BEALE STREET

Louisburg College's Jordan Beale (right) drives toward the basket during last Thursday's contest against Pitt Community College at the annual Region X Tournament.


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RACE TO THE BAG
RACE TO THE BAG

South Granville pitcher Brooke Bowlling (left) tries to throw out Louisburg's Kaylee Saunders at first base during Tuesday's softball showdown in Creedmoor.


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SOPHOMORE SALUTE
SOPHOMORE SALUTE

Members of the Louisburg College women's basketball sophomore class and their families pose at halfcourt during the Lady Hurricanes' final regular season home game at the historic Taylor Center on the LC campus.


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SURGING FOR POSSESSION
SURGING FOR POSSESSION

Franklinton's Miracle Cornell speeds toward the ball during last Saturday's action.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Civil rights champion to visit Senior Dems

LOUISBURG -- The life and impact of a champion of civil rights across the world, and here in Franklin County, will be on display this weekend.
The Franklin County Senior Democrats will host North Carolina NAACP Attorney Al McSurely as its guest on Saturday, watching a documentary filmed by acclaimed writer Cash Michaels before going into dialogue with the civil rights attorney.


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New airport manager earned his wings here

LOUISBURG -- John Wiatrik learned to fly at Franklin County's airport.
Next month, he'll be in charge of helping Triangle North Executive Airport soar.
County Manager Angela Harris introduced Wiatrik as the county's new airport director.


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Was weather a factor in fatal crash?

LOUISBURG -- Aviation investigators released the preliminary report into a fatal crash that revealed the pilot didn't fully view "... any weather imagery prior to the flight" that killed him and two passengers.
It was rainy and foggy the evening of March 1 and the report included witness statements wondering why the pilot, Brian Sjostedt, "would want to fly in this?"
Sjostedt and two passengers, Jessica Kenny and Allison Forsythe, died in the crash.


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