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Showing 25 articles from July 3, 2019.

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<i>Where is Kojack?</i>
Where is Kojack?

CASTALIA -- The wondering never stops for Linnie Anderson.
For the past 10 years, she's wondered about the whereabouts of her son, Roger Wade "Kojack" Ayscue.
In darker times, friends and family wonder if he's in a shallow grave, having been left for dead.


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Officials: 'Don't panic' over water

LOUISBURG -- Last week, Wake County's health staff notified 19,000 households about the potential for radiological contaminants in their well water.
That mass notification prompted worry from residents in Franklin County, too, whose private well owners feed from the same resource as their neighbors to the south.


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<i>Happy Birthday USA!</i>
Happy Birthday USA!

FIRE IN THE SKY. Above, Caleb Ernste and Tyree Armstrong tumble down a slide set up in the kid zone. Franklinton's event kicked off Independence Day festivities that were held by the county in Louisburg on Wednesday and the Alert Fourth of July Parade on Thursday.


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LHS sports complex cost reduced $328,461

LOUISBURG -- Meeting in a special end-of-the-fiscal-year session last Thursday, the Franklin County Board of Education took its budget-cutting axe to the plans for the new Louisburg High School athletic complex -- and lopped about $328,461 from the total cost.
Working with its architects and the likely contractor, school officials used a technique called "value engineering" to trim the cost of at least 33 line items in the project.


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Municipal elections shaping up

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's municipal filing period opens this Friday and, already, there could be some changes.
Bunn Commissioner Linda Pippin has said she will not file to seek re-election.
And, Louisburg Town Councilman Bill Williamson said he's undecided.


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ELECTRIC
ELECTRIC

Justice Fire crews loaded a MasTec employee onto a UNC helicopter on Monday morning after he was apparently electrocuted. First responders said he was stable when he was transported. It was not immediately clear how the incident on Hubert Davis Road occurred.


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Franklinton's Sheila Allers and sister, Karen Lloyd


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Detention
Editorial Cartoon: Detention

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Area budgets in place but challenges remain
Area budgets in place but challenges remain

This is the time of the year when the mid-summer news doldrums often set in but that may not be happening this year.
The good news is that all local governments and the schools got through the annual budget nonsense with a minimum of controversy and bloodshed -- but there are still major issues that have to be dealt with locally.


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An idea to make pre-meeting prayers actually meaningful

Easily the most awkward portion of any public meeting in Franklin County is the opening when someone is asked to provide the invocation.
Most who are chosen for that task mumble their way through with platitudes and generalities while fully aware that somewhere in the room there usually is an attorney ready to pounce if the prayer goes astray, becomes too denominational or hits certain values too strongly.


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Youngsville aims for 'no regerts' in branding
Youngsville aims for 'no regerts' in branding

When I was younger, brand identity meant almost everything.
I remember people would pick on you if you wore a short-sleeve collared shirt that didn't have a crocodile or polo stick-swinging horse rider on it.
And, God forbid if you wore a pair of sneakers that had four stripes instead of three or the swoosh on your brand-new kicks arched toward the ground instead of the sky.


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Democrats chided over IDs

Dear editor:
The Franklin County Democratic Party recently supported an event about voter suppression.
Some at the event claimed that it's voter suppression/disenfranchisement to have to show a valid photo ID when voting.


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Editorial Cartoon: Facebook
Editorial Cartoon: Facebook

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OBITUARIES

DORIS WILSON

HENDERSON--Funeral services for Doris Wilson, age 104, who died Friday, June 28, 2019, will be held Sunday, July 7, at 3 p.m. at Mitchell Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Daniel W. Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Church Cemetery.


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MASTON WHITE BUTTRAM

LOUISBURG--Maston "Matt" White Buttram, 91, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, July 6, at Lancaster Memorial Park, 2210 NC 561 Hwy, Louisburg, with full military honors. The family will receive relatives and friends immediately following the service.


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OTHA "O. C." MCCOWAN

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Otha "O. C." McCowan, 63, who died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, will be held Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg with Minister Jerry McCowan officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.


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PATTIE S. MORGAN

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Pattie G. Spivey Morgan, 92, who died Monday July 1, 2019, will be held Monday, July 8, at 1 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Phelps Chapel Church cemetery.


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ZELMA CLEMONS

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Zelma Clemons, 92, who died on Friday, June 28, 2019, will be held Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at Faith Missionary Church in Louisburg with Pastor K. G. Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Faith Missionary Church cemetery.


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SPORTS

PLAYOFF BOUND
Louisburg High School alum Cale Bolton was been exceptional on the mound this season for the American Legion Post 105 Baseball Team, which is based in Franklin County.
PLAYOFF BOUND

LOUISBURG -- It hasn't taken long for the American Legion Post 105 Baseball Team to return to quality form after a two-decade absence.
Post 105, consisting of players from Franklin, Granville and Vance Counties, has enjoyed a strong renaissance this summer under Coach Larry McKeithan.
McKeithan's crew will be the second seed from the Area 1 Western Conference and has qualified for the Legion Playoffs, which will begin July 9.


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LEAGUE STARS
BHS' ETHAN WATKINS
LEAGUE STARS

BUNN -- Name the spot on the field, and Trent Simmons excelled at it this season as a member of the Bunn High School baseball squad.
Simmons, a junior, developed into BHS' mound ace this spring while helping the Wildcats reach the Elite Eight of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
He also starred in the middle of the batting order and delivered a memorable moonshot against Randleman in the state quarterfinals -- a blast that will be long remembered by BHS diamond fans.


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Hayman heading to Mercer

LOUISBURG -- It's been a summer season of change within the athletic department -- and it continued Monday with the surprising resignation of track and field/cross country head coach Josh Hayman.
Hayman, who has been at LC for the past 2.5 years, has accepted a position to become the cross country skipper at Division I Mercer University in Macon, Ga.


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LC ready for soccer schedule
LC ready for soccer schedule

LOUISBURG -- Coach Ted Awana and the Louisburg College Hurricanes will kick off their 2019 campaign on Aug. 24 with a home outing versus the USC-Sumter Fire Ants at historic Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
LC's complete ledger is as follows, with home events listed in CAPS:


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Mudcats fall to Nationals
Mudcats fall to Nationals

ZEBULON -- Ryan Aguilar went 2-for-3 with a run and starter Matt Smith pitched through five scoreless innings, but the Carolina Mudcats failed to finish off a series sweep while falling 9-1 to Potomac on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball meeting.
Sunday's series and homestand finale was scoreless through the fifth and tied at 1-1 through the sixth before the Nationals (4-7, 34-44) broke it open while winning 9-1.


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JUST A TAD LATE
JUST A TAD LATE

Post 105's Aidan McKeithan (left) waits for the throw as Post 39's Anthony Saieed steals second base during Monday evening's American League baseball meeting at Louisburg College's historic Frazier Field.


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STARS OF THE SHOW
STARS OF THE SHOW

(L to R) Bunn High School's Patrick Warren (Coach of the Year) and Trent Simmons (Player of the Year) have been honored with top spots on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Baseball Team for the 2019 season.


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