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Showing 32 articles from August 21, 2019.

FRONT PAGE

County defends its oft-criticized, costly radio system
County defends its oft-criticized, costly radio system

LOUISBURG -- County commissioners applauded emergency communications staff for how they've addressed issues with its emergency radio system, and first responders lauded the system as an improvement.
Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin provided the board and the public with an update on the roughly $11 million system that was installed in 2012 and the more than $2.5 million in grant-funded upgrades since.


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$5 million dispatch center eyed

LOUISBURG -- County management announced that its emergency communications department has secured grant funding they can use to build a stand-alone dispatch center.
Emergency Communications is currently set up in a roughly 850-square-foot room at the sheriff's office.


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<i>Half-blue fire truck ready to roll!</i>
Half-blue fire truck ready to roll!

LOUISBURG -- First they celebrated and then they got down to a short agenda loaded with routine items.
Most members of the Louisburg Town Council attended an unusual outdoor program to "welcome" a new truck to the Louisburg Fire Department's fleet before returning later to town hall for their August meeting.


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Advisory board strives to 'tidy up' county airport
Advisory board strives to 'tidy up' county airport

LOUISBURG -- Members of the airport's advisory board tasked its director with crafting a plan or policy that keeps the airfield looking tidy.
During the board's Aug. 13 meeting, Interim Airport Director Bo Carson asked the board for guidance on how it wanted to deal with what he described as derelict planes, particularly those that are tied down on the airfield -- the most visible crafts to visitors.


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Runway extension project needs support
Runway extension project needs support

LOUISBURG -- Airport officials, staff and engineers say residents will have their chance to see and offer feedback on a plan that will help the county draw down $12 million to help grow and develop Franklin County's Triangle North Executive Airport.
Part of that growth includes plans to extend the runway and lure higher-priced jets to the airfield.


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Ringing bells to honor, remember first slaves

If you hear church bells ringing about 3 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 25, it's for a very important reason.
The bell ringing is to help commemorate 400 years of African American History in Culture as part of a Healing Day National Bell Ringing.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Louisburg is planning to participate and is inviting other churches and the community to join them in ringing their own bells.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Louisburg football player Darrius Crudup


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Sonny's Gaffe
Editorial Cartoon: Sonny's Gaffe

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There's much more to life than great ball handling!
There's much more to life than great ball handling!

A couple of weeks ago, a groups of kids from the Franklinton area -- probably with the urging of their parents -- thought they were going to a basketball camp on a Saturday.
Silly kids!
Sure, there was a lot of talk about basketball, techniques, practice, drills -- and a lot of fun for the kids.


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Editorial Cartoon: New Statue
Editorial Cartoon: New Statue

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Stand up and be counted; And, make your vote count, too
Stand up and be counted; And, make your vote count, too

Election Day is Nov. 5, but that's not why I'm telling folks now that they should stand up and be counted.
During the most recent Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting, a Census representative was on hand, asking officials to support their work, and reminding the public of just how important the count really is.


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Editorial Cartoon: Clowns
Editorial Cartoon: Clowns

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Making health care affordable

Dear editor: Every plan proposed so far, costs too much.
They are all variants of the same basic approach.
A single policy solution


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Editorial Cartoon: Conspiracy
Editorial Cartoon: Conspiracy

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OBITUARIES

"TONY" ANTHONY C. COLEY

LOUISBURG - Anthony "Tony" Clayton Coley, 43, of Louisburg, died Saturday morning, Aug. 17, 2019 after a battle with Multiple Myeloma.


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CARL H. BAKER

FRANKLINTON--Carl H. Baker, 62, of Franklinton, formerly of Clay, NY, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. There will be no services at the request of the family.


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SPORTS

BUNN CONNECTION
GOING UP? Bunn High School's Jessica Sosa (center) and Rebecca Tyson (right) try to come up with a block during Monday's road volleyball matchup against the Southern Nash Ladybirds in Stanhope.
BUNN CONNECTION

STANHOPE -- Two of the all-time greatest Bunn Ladycats teamed up to defeat this year's BHS volleyball version Monday during the regular season opener for both Bunn and homestanding Southern Nash.
The resurgent SNHS program is guided by former BHS standouts Melanie (Davis) Hicks as the head coach and Katie (Jones) Wester as an assistant.


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Harris Helps FHS Reload
A FAMILIAR FACE. New Franklinton High School volleyball coach Tom Harris is a Franklin County native who graduated from Louisburg HS.
Harris Helps FHS Reload

LOUISBURG -- Under normal circumstances, inheriting a team following the loss of seven talented seniors would provide a daunting task for a new volleyball coach.
But Franklinton has built its program to a point where winning is expected -- and it shows with a confident group this fall that seems unfazed by the graduation of so many key components from the Lady Rams' 2018 club.


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HAPPY RETURN
ALL ABOUT AMBER. Amber Rushing delivers a kill for Franklinton during Tuesday's victory at rival Louisburg.
HAPPY RETURN

LOUISBURG -- Ironic that Tom Harris' first match as Franklinton's volleyball coach would come at a place -- and against a program -- that holds plenty of familiarity for him.
Harris is a 1980 graduate of Louisburg High School, and his parents taught at LHS. Several of his relatives played volleyball at Louisburg -- including a few that helped guide the legendary Freddie Edwards to a pair of state championships.


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Franklin's clubs set to kick off
BUNN GRID COACH DALE MURPHY
Franklin's clubs set to kick off

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Prep football action will kick off this Friday night with a trio of non-conference games -- none of which will take place in Franklin County.
Franklinton and Bunn will be somewhat close to home as the Red Rams will travel to Rolesville, while BHS will take on former league opponent Vance County in Henderson.


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Mudcats win over Hillcats
Mudcats win over Hillcats

LYNCHBURG, VA. -- The Carolina Mudcats scored six runs on six hits in the fourth inning while running away with Sunday's series finale 7-2 over the homestanding Lynchburg Hillcats at City Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.
Payton Henry led the way by going 2-for-3 with two RBI, Rob Henry was 1-for-2 with a RBI triple and Scotty Sunitsch earned the win in his Carolina debut as the Mudcats picked up the series-clinching victory.


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LC Sports Starting
LC Sports Starting

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College is about to kick off its 2019 fall athletics season with action in five sports.
The LC football squad, under new coach Chris Tolbert, will scrimmage t his Friday at Averett University before opening its regular season schedule Aug. 31 with a road game against the Myrtle Beach Panthers.


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BUNN LEGENDS
BUNN LEGENDS

Two of Bunn's greatest volleyball players in history are now on the bench at Southern Nash. That's Katie (Jones) Wester in the center as an assistant to head coach Melanie (Davis) Hicks during Monday's meeting with the Ladycats.


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LEAVING A GOOD TIP
LEAVING A GOOD TIP

Bunn High School's MacKenzie Batton (right) sends a tip over the net for the Ladycats during Monday's road volleyball showdown versus the Southern Nash Ladybirds.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

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<i>A fresh start on making relationships matter</i>
A fresh start on making relationships matter

It's the night before the first day of school. Nervous anticipation and excitement sets in.
Thoughts of "This will be the year I...." run through my head.
Are all of my supplies and materials ready?
What will the year hold for me?


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STEAM lab invests in local children
STEAM lab invests in local children

United Way of Franklin County, Franklin County School District and the Boys & Girls Club have partnered to collaborate on a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Imagination lab to invest in the future of local children and the community.
The STEAM Imagination Lab will be housed at Franklinton Middle School but available to the entire school district as a destination for learning.


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REACHING OUT TO STUDENTS
REACHING OUT TO STUDENTS

Every year the Grand Chapter of North Carolina, Order of The Eastern Star (OES) Scholarship Committee accepts recommendations from each of its chapters for students of OES and Masonic members that will be going to college in the fall or who are attending college. This year William B. Barrow Chapter No. 39 in Louisburg was selected to present scholarship awards to three students. The certificates were presented at a covered dish supper at the James A. Johnson Lodge in Louisburg recently.


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Back-to-school events

Back to school
The community group, The Unity and Surrounding Churches, is hosting a free back-to-school event providing free bookbags, haircuts, fun and games for school-aged children. The Aug. 24 event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Franklinton Elementary School, 431 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Franklinton. For more information, contact (919) 671-3511, (919) 884-9969, or (919) 495-1696.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

CRASH
CRASH

A Louisburg man skidded off the road and crashed into a pole Monday afternoon, and later died as a result of his injuries. Michael P. Moore, 40, was pronounced dead at WakeMed hospital. According to the State Highway Patrol, Moore was traveling along N.C. 39 near Bern Wilder Road when he ran off the road to the right and struck a utility pole. Trooper J.T. Southerland said Moore exceeded a safe speed for the rainy conditions.


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Airport officials planning fall event

LOUISBURG -- Airport management is planning an event next month to show off the airport and the tenant businesses that call it home.
During the most recent meeting of the Franklin County's Triangle North Executive Airport's Advisory Board, Bo Carson said he's planning a Sept. 28 event -- sort of an open-house -- to better expose the public to the airport.


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TRUCK CEREMONY
TRUCK CEREMONY

Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell lauds the cooperation between the town of Louisburg and Louisburg College during a ceremony for the town's new fire truck Monday night.


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