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Showing 44 articles from May 22, 2019.

FRONT PAGE

'Fully funded' county budget ups taxes 4 cents

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners got their first look at a budget that proposes to increase spending, raise the tax rate, hire more employees, lease more vehicles and raise some fees.
Those things are necessary, county management said, if Franklin County wants to fully fund education needs and manage growth.


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Trash decal proposal gets cool reception

LOUISBURG -- Unofficially, Franklin County commissioners seemed to sack a plan that would require residents to have decals to dump their trash.
Solid Waste Director Brian Haynesworth presented the idea to the board during a budget worksession on Tuesday.
The decals, Haynesworth said, would provide an easy way to identify and allow dumping by county users who contribute to the costs to operate solid waste through the availability fee, while keeping out outsiders who use the service without paying.


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PARADE OF HATS WINNER
PARADE OF HATS WINNER

The Louisburg Senior Center recently held a Mother's Day Parade of Hats contest. Geraldine Reynolds (shown here) was the first place winner.


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BREAKING GROUND
BREAKING GROUND

Crosscreek Charter School officials,with shovels in hand, broke ground on a new school site on Wednesday. School Director Robin Jackson, right, was joined by Board of Directors. from left, Treasurer Dustin Moore, Secretary Al Wheless, Mike Senter, original Board Chair Susan Sawin, Quedella Hargrove, President Mike Rowe, and Haven Allen. The school was chartered in 2000 and opened to students in mobile units the following year.


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Tar River claims life of local man
OVERBOARD. Rescue crews searched the Tar River for a man who accidentally drowned during a swimming expedition last Friday.
Tar River claims life of local man

LOUISBURG -- A recent drowning has served as an opportunity for county leaders to remind people about water safety.
On May 17, emergency crews and law enforcement responded to a drowning at Riverbend Park.
More than four hours later, they retrieved the body of Octavious Jermaine "Smokey" Yarborough.


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Seven-goal Franklinton budget being pondered

FRANKLINTON -- Management presented commissioners with a plan to put money toward seven goals they identified during work sessions and retreats, ranging from improving the town's response to crime, to better developing downtown to improving roadways.
Town Manager Gregory Bethea presented a 2019-20 budget that proposes to do those things without raising the tax rate while making it a goal to reduce the town's tax rate from 72 cents per $100 of valuation to the state average of 43 cents per $100 of valuation for like-sized towns.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Bunn HS Wildcats sports fan Dax Andrew Lewis


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Memorial Day
Editorial Cartoon: Memorial Day

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Fixing broadband: Don't throw money, change the law
Fixing broadband: Don't throw money, change the law

Just like a lot of individual Americans, Franklin County was left out of recent government efforts to "help."
Our beloved state government decreed that Franklin County is so "rich" that we don't deserve help extending broadband service while neighboring Vance County is so cash strapped that it deserved an influx of our tax money.
Perhaps in some universe that makes sense -- but when state (or federal) government starts picking winners and losers for taxpayer aid, it usually ends badly. And unfairly.


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You're free to read this or not; But either way, thank a Vet

If you're reading this, you've either picked up this newspaper or called it up online.
You were free to do that -- and you are free to either agree, disagree or be indifferent to what is included in its pages.
Some will react negatively, wadding up the paper and derisively tossing it away. Others may click off the page, mumbling.


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Public spokesperson could keep things quiet
Public spokesperson could keep things quiet

Over the past two days, I've spent a lot of time going over numbers, facts, figures and tax rates.
I was a liberal arts major so, more often than not, looking at numbers, facts, figures and tax rates for any extended period of time often makes my eyes glaze over and my eyelids heavy.


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Editorial Cartoon: Robocalls
Editorial Cartoon: Robocalls

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OBITUARIES

JOSE A. CASTANEDALOPEZ

LOUISBURG--Jose A. Castanedalopez, 23, died Saturday, May 11, 2019. Funeral service was held Sataurday, May 18, at Alston-Anderson Funeral Home, Louisburg. Burial followed in the Cedar Street Cemetery in Louisburg.


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ROBERT "BOB" LEE KENNEDY

NASH COUNTY-- Robert "Bob" Lee Kennedy, 86, of Nash County died Monday, May 20, 2019. The family will receive friends Friday from 1- 1:45 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N Bickett Boulevard, Louisburg, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m., with Minister Mike Henrichs officiating. Entombment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.


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SPORTS

Bunn Edged In The Elite Eight
BHS THIRD BASEMAN SETH BULLOCK
Bunn Edged In The Elite Eight

BUNN -- Making the state quarterfinals for only the second time in the past quarter-century was quite an accomplishment for the Bunn High School baseball team.
But the Wildcats were seeking an even deeper trip last Friday as they hosted a touted Randleman club in Elite Eight action of the Class 2-A State Playoffs at the BHS Baseball Field.


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SOARING AT STATE
AND THE WINNER IS. Franklinton's Rebekah Smith won the Girls High Jump state title last Friday at the Class 3-A State Track and Field Championships at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro.
SOARING AT STATE

FRANKLINTON -- Whispers began almost as soon as Rebekah Smith stepped on to the Franklinton High School campus as a freshman.
Without a doubt, observers felt like Smith had the talent in the Girls High Jump to eventually join the school's growing list of state track and field champions.
Smith, now a junior, was in contention at the state meet in each of her first two seasons, but was unable to break through the title barrier.


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SOLID SEASON
SOLID SEASON

LOUISBURG -- Despite being a 1-A school in classification, the Louisburg Warriors continue to compete against some tough 2-A challengers in the split Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings.
And the Warriors continued to fare well against those foes under veteran head coach Al Bolton.


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Warriors defeated vs. PHS

PRINCETON -- Louisburg High School entered the 2019 softball campaign with tremendous expectations -- and for good reason.
LHS advanced to the state finals one year earlier, and was slated to return all but one player from that talented group.
En route to the state championship series, the Lady Warriors showed plentyof savvy by winning a handful of close games in electrifying fashion.


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Seven Out Of 11

YOUNGSVILLE -- Winning Middle Athletic Conference Championships has become commonplace for the Cedar Creek Middle School athletic program.
But not even Cedar Creek had ever seen what the Jaguars and Lady Jaguars were able to accomplish during the 2018-19 school year.
To put things in perspective, the MAC offers a combined 11 boys and girls team sports.


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Close To Home

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College track and field coach Josh Hayman welcomes student-athletes from across the globe -- but it never hurts to recruit a few less than one mile away.
Hayman didn't have to travel too far to sign two of his latest standouts as he journeyed up North Main Street for a few hundred yards to ink a pair of Louisburg High School track and field athletes to letters-of-intent.


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Brickhouse claims postseason honor
Brickhouse claims postseason honor

GREENVILLE -- Fifth-year head coach Cliff Godwin has been named American Athletic Conference Baseball Coach-of-the-Year, while East Carolina University junior Jake Agnos was tabbed Pitcher-of-the-Year according to an announcement by the league office Monday afternoon.
The Pirates also had six first-team all-conference selections in Agnos, DH Spencer Brickhouse, OF Alec Burleson, LHP Jake Kuchmaner, OF Bryant Packard (unanimous) and C Jake Washer, while Brickhouse (1B), SS Turner Brown and Burleson (UTIL) garnered second-team All-AAC accolades.


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CCMS  CHAMPIONS, 1
CCMS CHAMPIONS, 1

CCMS GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS


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CCMS  CHAMPIONS, 2
CCMS CHAMPIONS, 2

CCMS GIRLS SOCCER CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS


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FUTURE HURRICANE PART ONE
FUTURE HURRICANE PART ONE

Louisburg High School's Taylor Branch (front, center) signs a letter-of-intent to continue her track and field career at Louisburg College. Also pictured are (back, l to r) Tristen Branch (sister), LHS track and field coach Steven Gupton and LHS Athletic Director Erica Wammock; (front, l to r) Traci Cox (mother) and Sinorris M. Branch (grandmother).


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FUTURE HURRICANE PART TWO
FUTURE HURRICANE PART TWO

Louisburg High School's Alex Roa (front, center) signs a letter-of-intent to continue his track and field career at Louisburg College.


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GET IT DOWN
GET IT DOWN

Bunn's Jaylen Perry lays down a sacrifice bunt for the Wildcats during last Friday's meeting with Randleman in the Elite Eight of the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs.


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GREAT WAY TO END
GREAT WAY TO END

Franklinton senior Lauren Esselborn (right) capped off her exceptional career by taking part in the Girls 800 at the Class 3-A State Track Championships.


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K-VA MAKES IT A THREE-PEAT
K-VA MAKES IT A THREE-PEAT

The Kerr-Vance Academy Spartans took the best two out of three series against Albemarle Academy on May 18- 19 at Boyd Field in Henderson. This completed the Spartans' run for a third straight North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state title. The score for game two was 15-2. Prior to the championship round, the team defeated The Burlington School and Lawrence Academy. Several Franklin County standouts were on the Spartans' roster.


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SIMMONS CELEBRATES
SIMMONS CELEBRATES

Bunn High School's Aaron Simmons prepares to meet his teammates at home plater after smashing a home run during last Friday's playoff game versus Randleman.


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STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS

Franklinton's Rebekah Smith poses atop the winner's podium.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Commission works to preserve landmarks</i>
Commission works to preserve landmarks

In 2017, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance for Franklin County. Since that time, the seven-member Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) has been working diligently to establish procedures and to plan meaningful activities designed to promote the preservation of the county's rich architectural heritage.


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Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Moms, pics 1
Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Moms, pics 1

Corrella Holiday


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Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Moms, pics 2
Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Moms, pics 2

The Louisburg Senior Center showed off their beautiful hats during the Mother's Day Parade of Hats contest. Pictured above are Janice Vick and Olivia Gupton.


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Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Moms, pics 3
Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Moms, pics 3

Jessie Baynard, third place winner of the Parade of Hats.


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Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Moms, pics 4
Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Moms, pics 4

Doris Etheridge at the Franklinton Senior Center


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ALL ABOUT BALANCE
ALL ABOUT BALANCE

Franklinton Senior Center hosted a Matter of Balance Class, discussing fall prevention. Receiving their certificate of completion, left to right, Ada Pittman, Tina LaFlamme, Freda Anderson, Mary Dimaio, Conerd Frederickson, Don Appleford and Elaine Appleford.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

County school board approves personnel changes

A number of school personnel changes were approved by the Franklin County Board of Education. The board:


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BOT MASTERS HONORED
BOT MASTERS HONORED

The Franklin Bots Team Hydra was recently honored by the Franklin County Board of Education for their showing in the North Carolina State Championship this year. The competition was entitled "Destination: Deep Space" and the team's robot, Millie Falco 2.0, performed well, earning a 29th place ranking among the 71 teams from across the state who were competing. Advisors said the team worked many evenings and even Saturdays, twice with Caterpillar engineers from the Research Triangle Park, to prepare for the competition.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Good audit, rezoning and sidewalks top Louisburg agenda

LOUISBURG -- The Town Council enjoyed a "clean" audit report, quickly rezoned a piece of property and put its stamp of approval on another major sidewalk construction project during a short meeting Monday night.
Early in the meeting the council unanimously approved the rezoning of a lot at 106 North Elm Street from Office and Institutional to B-1, central business.


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Emergency services offer water safety tips

In light of a recent drowning in Franklin County, emergency services staff offered the following safety tips:


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Wake Forest aquatic center set to open

WAKE FOREST -- The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will open Holding Park Aquatic Center (HPAC) for the 2019 season on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Located at 133 W. Owen Ave., the HPAC features a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool, two water slides with plunge pool and children's pool with water play.


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Stuffed animals presented to fire department

The Four Bridges ECA Club were guests for the Louisburg Fire Department's recent monthly supper meeting.
The club presented Randy Lanham, fire chief, with 117 stuffed animals to be given to children and others as a comfort item after a fire.
This was the club's community project. The firemen were very thankful for the gifts.


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HONORED
HONORED

These area women were recently honored for their community service, including (from left to right) Muriel Rice, Granville County; Margaret Ellis, Vance County; Jacquelyn Wilson, Chapter President; Kelli London, Janice Crump Award recipient; Monica Kearney, Franklin County; Janice Crump, keynote speaker


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Sorority honors area women for their community service

HENDERSON -- Franklin County's leading advocate against domestic violence, along with leading women from four other counties, was honored recently.
Another Franklin County resident was recognized for her work within the Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc -- which hosted the recognition breakfast.


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