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Showing 31 articles from June 19, 2019.

FRONT PAGE

County approves 7-year contract for wireless broadband

LOUISBURG -- County commissioners agreed to move forward with an agreement that could bring Internet service to the unserved and underserved corners of the county.
"This is a much talked about topic and rightfully so," Denton told commissioners. "Improvements in broadband service can translate into improvement in the quality of life for our residents."


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'Burg basked in the aroma of barbecue
David Murray explains some of his BBQ artistry to Craig and Melody Hedgepeth
'Burg basked in the aroma of barbecue

Hundreds of visitors wandered around downtown Louisburg last Friday night and midday on Saturday as 25 contestants applied their talents to barbecue, then made their products available for tasting and sale!
The event, dubbed Barbecue in the Burg, was deemed a major success and Louisburg officials are vowing to repeat it next year.


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Ceremony will honor two airport stalwarts

LOUISBURG -- Family, friends, aviation enthusiasts and the public have been invited to a Saturday ceremony honoring two people who've made significant contributions to the county's airport.
Stephen Merritt served as the county's airport director from January 2010 until his death in December 2017.


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Bunn Rescue Squad closes up shop

LOUISBURG -- Another Franklin County rescue squad shut its doors.
Bunn Rescue Chief Sheila Strickland and rescue Board Chair Boston Pearce submitted a letter on June 12, shutting down the southern Franklin County squad.
County Manager Angela Harris acknowledged the closure during the county commissioners' Monday night meeting.


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<i>More smiles than fish and that was the point!<i>
More smiles than fish and that was the point!

LOUISBURG -- After a little bit of wrangling, Christopher Cooper wrestled a good-sized catfish from the pond that was nearly as big as he was.
High fives were given. Pictures were taken. The bewhiskered fish was given a kiss. Then, it was tossed back into the water.
His sister, though, was not to be outdone as she plucked a whopper from the pond, too.


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<i>Youngsville revamps its police department</i>
Youngsville revamps its police department

YOUNGSVILLE -- Officials bolstered the town's police department in the wake of the sudden retirement of its police chief recently.
The swelling of ranks began with the swearing in of interim Police Chief Joseph Kimball, the promotion of Officer J. Magsi and the hiring of Officer T. Pearce.
"It means a lot that they've given me the trust to do what I've been doing," Kimball said of Town Administrator Phillip Cordeiro naming him interim chief.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Timothy Bardin and Butch Fleming chilling at Barbecue in the Burg


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Dem Voters
Editorial Cartoon: Dem Voters

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Barons of barbecue cooked up a bonanza!
Barons of barbecue cooked up a bonanza!

If there's one thing about writing for a newspaper that's a bit different from most jobs, it's that you never know -- often have no clue -- what you'll be doing next.
Over the years, I've covered, in both words and pictures, pig races and even a greased pig catching contest.
Both were muddy -- the latter was the most fun, although PETA would have looked down their noses in distaste.


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No segregation: Everyone into the pool
No segregation: Everyone into the pool

After reading a recent story out of Wendell, I just have so many questions.
If you haven't heard about the story, let me fill you in.
I you have heard the story, I'll take a moment to refresh your memory.


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Seniors left out of county's budget

Dear editor: Recently, the circus came to town. It did so in the form of what was billed as a Franklin County Commissioners workshop, followed by a Franklin County Commissioners meeting.
The "workshop" began at approximately 4 p.m. on June 3 in the Administration Building.


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Editorial Cartoon: Leash
Editorial Cartoon: Leash

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OBITUARIES

NORMAN LYNCH

NASHVILLE--Funeral services for Norman Lynch, 77, who died Monday, June 17, 2019, will be held Saturday, June 22, at 12 p.m., at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Nashville, with the Rev. Kenneth Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Hills Cemetery.


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SPORTS

GOOD TIMES IN NCC
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL PITCHER LAINE BAREFOOT
GOOD TIMES IN NCC

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Few area prep softball batteries can match the lofty skills of Louisburg High School's tandem of pitcher Laine Barefoot and catcher Chelsea Roberson.
Barefoot, a junior, added to her resume' as a potent clutch, big-game pitcher as she guided the Lady Warriors to a 15-6 record that included a strong 11-3 mark in the always-tough Northern Carolina Conference standings.


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SOLID SEASON
FRANKLINTON'S RACHEL BLACK (RIGHT)
SOLID SEASON

FRANKLINTON -- A few close losses kept the Franklinton girls soccer team from reaching the Class 3-A State Playoffs this spring out of the ultra-competitive Big East Conference.
Still, FHS tied for fourth place in the league and went 7-9 overall -- but only three teams in the Big East reached the postseason.


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Another honor for the Canes
Another honor for the Canes

LOUISBURG -- A pair of Louisburg College softball players have earned national recognition by the Fastpitch News website.
Louisburg freshmen Haleigh Joyner and Sarah Hilton were both selected to the FPN's National Junior College Athletic Association Division II First-Team All-American List.


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Hurricanes to host a 5-K
Hurricanes to host a 5-K

BUNN -- The Bunn Wildcats will kick off their 2019 varsity football schedule with a trio of road games, beginning with a campaign-opening meeting on Aug. 23 at Vance County High School.
BHS' home opener will be Sept. 13 against the Northwest Halifax Vikings.


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NCC pics, 1
NCC pics, 1

LOUISBURG'S CHELSEA ROBERSON


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NCC pics, 2
NCC pics, 2

BHS JUNIOR MOUND ACE CAROLINE WHITE


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SENIOR STAR AT FHS
SENIOR STAR AT FHS

Senior veteran Hayla Ahmadi (right) was exceptional this season for the Franklinton High School girls soccer squad.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Documentary film on voter suppression will be aired here</i>
Documentary film on voter suppression will be aired here

LOUISBURG -- The county's National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is slated to screen a documentary film about the battle to oppose voter suppression.
The film, Rigged, is dedicated to civil rights icon and Franklin County native Rosanell Eaton.
The film, produced by American Issues Initiative out of New York, has taken the film on the road and is bringing it to Louisburg on Monday, June 24.


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Barbecue pics, 1
Barbecue pics, 1

'Backyard Bubbas' Kenneth Clark (left) and Aaron Lee get to work on their pig.


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Barbecue pics, 2
Barbecue pics, 2

SHARED AWARD. The two teams that tied for the Peoples Choice Award presented by Louisburg Town Administrator Jonathan Franklin (left) were Steve Sumner of Beach Boys BBQ and John Kearney of Goldsboro, a member of J 3 cooking team. They each received an engraved meat cleaver.


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EAT SMART MOVE MORE CLASS
EAT SMART MOVE MORE CLASS

Instructor Dominque Simon, M.Sci., Family & Consumer Sciences Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension leads the class at the Louisburg Senior Center. The evidence-based class is a chronic disease prevention program that provides strategies to help adults manage their health. This six-week program began May 14 and ends July 2. They meet every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. Contact the Senior Center for future classes.


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Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Dads, 1
Left to right: Willie Fogg, Barry Loftin and Albert Alston
Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Dads, 1

The Louisburg Senior Center held their annual Father's Day Celebration at the center last week. Food, fellowship and special gifts were all a part of the celebration.


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Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Dads, 2
Living 50 Plus: Celebrating Dads, 2

Norman Sims and Nathaniel Cook


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg adopts no-tax-increase budget

LOUISBURG -- It's official, town residents won't see a property tax increase in the new fiscal year because of the new budget passed unanimously Monday night, but the cost of water is going up for some and the cost of owning vehicles will increase by $10 a year per vehicle.
The budget, which totals $13,724,275, leaves the tax rate unchanged at 45-cents per $100 of valuation.


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Franklinton budget requires no tax hike

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners approved a budget with little discussion and little fanfare on Tuesday night.
The roughly $2.2 million spending plan for 2019-2020 maintains the town's tax rate at 72 cents per $100 of valuation.
It also addresses six of the goals commissioners have set for the town moving forward, including:


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Take a Kid Fishing day pics, 1
Take a Kid Fishing day pics, 1

Young Rydan Clark discovers that even a bad day fishing is better than a good day doing most anything else!


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Take a Kid Fishing day pics, 2
Take a Kid Fishing day pics, 2

REALLY, CHRIS? One of the organizers of the Take a Kid Fishing day, Chris Edwards, holds up some highly unusual -- and probably very ineffective bait with, from left, Saylor Mize and Lincoln Wood.


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Take a Kid Fishing day pics, 3
Take a Kid Fishing day pics, 3

Volunteer Wayne Champion helps Mya McBride hang on to her trophy


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