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Showing 32 articles from May 1, 2019.

FRONT PAGE

What should Franklin County be in 2040?

LOUISBURG -- Once completed, a comprehensive development plan helps tell officials and staff where and how to direct resources that impact, among other things, transportation, infrastructure and services -- all the things that come along with growth.
Before that happens, though, county leaders and consultants are giving residents and other interested parties the chance to weigh in what Franklin County should look like by 2040.


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Broadband deadline missed; but efforts called 'on track'

LOUISBURG -- March and April came and went without an agreement by a vendor to provide better broadband service in Franklin County.
But, those close to the matter say bringing better connectivity to Franklin County and the region is still on track.
"Everything looks very hopeful, very positive," Assistant County Manager Kim Denton said of the negotiations taking place between Franklin, Granville and Vance county leaders, technology consultants and vendors who have proposed expanding broadband service in the region.


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<i>Very special athletes!</i>
Very special athletes!

WINNING. Above, Sheriff's Deputy J. Eddy helps Taylor Williams light the olympic flame to start the Franklin County Special Olympics at Franklinton High School's field on Tuesday.


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PLANTING POSITIVITY
PLANTING POSITIVITY

Noelia and Georgia Plascencia pot some plants that will be part of the landscaping at the Franklinton Boys and Girls Club and STEAM lab at Franklinton Middle School.


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Details emerge about Franklinton AD's sexual exploitation allegations

LOUISBURG -- A Franklinton High school employee has an attorney, but not a new court date.
Jeremy Ward Crawford appeared in Franklin County District Court on April 15 and waived a probable cause hearing and his matter was bound over to superior court.
Mitchell Styers is his legal counsel, but a new court date in the matter has yet to be set.


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Elizabeth Cowan, Allison Farmer, Riley Romero & Ryli Dove


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Recycle
Editorial Cartoon: Recycle

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Haunting old houses and making a difference for kids
Haunting old houses and making a difference for kids

What an incredible Saturday -- it made up for all those cold, rainy days we endured in February!
The skies were Carolina blue, the sun was out, the humidity hasn't yet returned -- and there were enough events going on around Franklin County to keep almost everyone busy and happy.


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Some common sense ideas to deal with local problems

Some interesting things have been happening in Franklinton and Bunn in recent weeks -- and other communities might be well advised to pay a bit of attention.
Bunn was first up, tackling a long list of complaints from residents and finding proposed solutions that simply make good common sense.
Newly appointed Bunn Police Administrator Steve Massey came out swinging in his new job when he suggested major changes in the way the town handles nuisance behaviors.


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Volunteer award places light on folks in shadow
Above, Cooperative Extension Agent Martha Mobley, left, presents the Governor's Volunteer Service Award to Diane Davis.
Volunteer award places light on folks in shadow

Being a news reporter has given me a special insight into most things.
Most often, people who attend events, functions or the completion of projects get to be happily oblivious to the hard work, long hours and stress that it takes to pull something off that looks flawless.


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Editorial Cartoon: Unredacted Version
Editorial Cartoon: Unredacted Version

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OBITUARIES

RANDALL JAY DOVE

SANTA ROSA, CA--Randall Jay Dove, 58, of Santa Rosa, CA, died Friday, March 22, 2019. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 4, 2019 at Fairview Cemetery, Franklinton.


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SPORTS

LHS' SPOILER ALERT
BUNN HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL STANDOUT MALLORI DARNELL
LHS' SPOILER ALERT

BUNN - Fans on the Louisburg High School side of the field weren't the only ones celebrating after the Lady Warriors defeated rival and homestanding Bunn on Tuesday in a key Northern Carolina Conference softball showdown.
More cheers were heard from Creedmoor, where perennial powerhouse South Granville, thanks to Bunn's setback, suddenly found itself in control of its own destiny atop the NCC standings.


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Spencer saluted by ECU
EAST CAROLINA'S SPENCER BRICKHOUSE
Spencer saluted by ECU

GREENVILLE - East Carolina University junior first baseman Spencer Brickhouse and senior distance runner Grace Sullivan have been named ECU's Most Outstanding Male and Female Scholar-Athletes for the 2018-19 academic year. The duo was honored at the 30th Annual Breakfast of Champions last Saturday at the Murphy Center on the ECU campus.


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LHS drops two games

KENLY -- Call it crazy, but there was a method to Erica Wammock's Spring Break schedule for her Louisburg High School softball squad.
Some players would balk at any kind of play during the break -- much less a trip to North Johnston to take on one of the area's most tradition-rich programs -- the North Johnston Lady Panthers.


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LC's Closing Act
LOUISBURG COLLEGE FRESHMAN PITCHER HAYDEN LAWS
LC's Closing Act

LOUISBURG -- What looked to be an easy victory at first didn't turn out that way Tuesday for the Louisburg College baseball team.
After roaring to an early six-run lead, the Hurricanes had to hold off a late Lenoir Community College threat to secure an 8-7 triumph over the Lancers in non-region action at historic Frazier Field on the LC campus.


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Mudcats win against the P-Nats
Mudcats win against the P-Nats

ZEBULON -- Pat McInerney delivered a game winning walk-off single with bases loaded in the ninth inning and Tristen Lutz hit a score-tying home run in the fourth as the Mudcats earned a 2-1 series-clinching win versus Potomac in front of a crowd of 5,416 at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Carolina (14-10) earned its second straight series victory, taking it two games to one, after sealing Sunday's series finale in walk-off fashion versus the Nationals (9-15).


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Louisburg to host annual 5-K event
Louisburg to host annual 5-K event

LOUISBURG -- The Fifth Annual Louisburg High School Warrior Pride 5-K Scholarship Run/Walk will be held May 18 on the LHS campus.
Proceeds will directly benefit college scholarship recipients from LHS.
All individuals are welcome to participate. Corporate sponsorships are also available.


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LC Gives Back
LC Gives Back

LOUISBURG -- During his tenure as Louisburg College's football coach, Trevor Highfield has always accentuated a well-rounded experience for his student-athletes.
That intangible has been on display this semester as the Hurricanes have focused on being integral contributors to the communities in Franklin County.
Last Saturday, 35 football players, along with coaches and family members, took part in the annual United Way Franklin County Day of Caring.


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Phillips makes team
Phillips makes team

ROCKY MOUNT -- The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2019 All-Conference awards for softball.
And the 2019 East Division Regular Season Champion North Carolina Wesleyan College Lady Bishop softball team (20-13) received numerous first team honors as well as the coach of the year.


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Canes to play Pitt CC for title

LOUISBURG -- The scenario is simple this coming weekend for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes in their quest to claim a third consecutive Region X regular season softball championship.
LC will have a campaign-closing, three-game series this Friday and Saturday at Pitt Community College, with the series winner taking the title.


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CLOSE PLAY
CLOSE PLAY

Bunn High School's Emily Clark (right) tries to escape a pickoff tag attempt from Louisburg's Brenda Mata-Hernandez during Tuesday's conference softball showdown.


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CLOSE PLAY AT FIRST BASE
CLOSE PLAY AT FIRST BASE

Bunn High School's Emily Clark (right) tries to escape a pickoff tag attempt from Louisburg's Brenda Mata-Hernandez during Tuesday's conference softball showdown.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>June wedding bells to ring!</i>
June wedding bells to ring!

NUPTIALS PLANNED. Fuller and Janet Royal of Whiteville announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Lassiter Royal of Louisburg, to Joshua Thomas Southerland, son of Scott and Michelle Southerland of Louisburg. The wedding will take place on June 1, 2019 at White Level Baptist Church, Louisburg.


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Bunn Fun Day was ... well, just FUN! pics, 1
Bunn Fun Day was ... well, just FUN! pics, 1

TON OF FUN IN BUNN. Above, Jazzy with Magic by David & Co. uses Addyson Gupton as part of her magic act.


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Bunn Fun Day was ... well, just FUN! pics, 2
Bunn Fun Day was ... well, just FUN! pics, 2

TON OF FUN IN BUNN. Above, Kevin Rivera takes aim during a throwing competition.


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Bunn Fun Day was ... well, just FUN! pics, 3
Bunn Fun Day was ... well, just FUN! pics, 3

TON OF FUN IN BUNN. Above, Maddie Bruno gets a balloon animal from Jazzy as her mother, Christina, looks on


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Judge to decide future of cattle case

LOUISBURG -- A superior court judge could soon decide the direction of a multi-million dollar lawsuit surrounding the mysterious loss of more than 2,000 head of cattle.
In the spring of 2017, Iowa-based J&K Cattle, Kevin Van Beek and Jay Leloux filed a complaint in Franklin County Superior Court alleging that Franklin Livestock Inc.(FLI), Dennis G. Boone, Raymond Grant Boone and Troy Jason Aycock billed them for cattle purchases they never made and services they never performed.


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Youngsville 4-H'er honored for volunter service efforts

4-H'er Katie Haynes, age 18, of Youngsville has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.


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<i>From paint to mulch, volunteers join forces to help young people</i>
PAINT. Stephen and Karly Beckstrand prepare to paint a mural.
From paint to mulch, volunteers join forces to help young people

FRANKLINTON -- After spending a day painting walls, spreading mulch, sanding doors and planting flowers, it was hard to find anyone at the United Way's Day of Caring event whose shirt wasn't covered in paint, their knees stained with grass or fingernails caked in dirt.
It was the hope of dozens of volunteers that their efforts to bolster the Boys and Girls Club at Franklinton Middle School would result in the same sort of immersing experience for children interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.


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<i>Very special athletes!</i>
Very special athletes!

United Way Executive Director Andrea Wright takes a photo of Jayden Ossino with her mother, Jennifer Watson. Ossino won gold in the 10-meter assisted walk.


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BUSINESS

SEW WHAT?
SEW WHAT?

The Broken Needle Quilt Shop & Sewing Center in Bunn recently added a new mural by artist Lisa Gaither. Gaither is a self-taught, commission-based artist from Raleigh and created this giant-sized sewing machine to tackle those very large projects.


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