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Showing 33 articles from November 6, 2019.

FRONT PAGE

Incumbents rule in local municipal races

LOUISBURG -- Every incumbent who sought re-election retained their seat.
But, because some stalwart officials in Bunn, Louisburg and Youngsville opted not to seek re-election, residents in those towns were guaranteed to see new faces on their governing boards.


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More year-round schools? Survey to gauge support

LOUISBURG -- It has been 20 years since Youngsville Elementary School became the first, and so far, the only Franklin County School to adopt a year-round calendar.
But that could change some day soon, depending on what school officials learn from an upcoming survey and other research.
The idea of expanding the year-round concept was first voiced by Board of Education member Tommy Piper at the board's Monday night meeting.


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THE 'VILLE IS A TREAT
THE 'VILLE IS A TREAT

Brandi Dennison, left, and Amber Cassle hand out Halloween candy to Kacey Leach. Downtown businesses in Youngsville hosted its second Trick-or-Treat on Main on Halloween, bringing activity to the heart of town.


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Faulkner gets interim solid waste position

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County administrators will rely on a familiar face to handle the Solid Waste transition, tabbing former director John Faulkner as its interim leader.
Brian Haynesworth tendered his resignation last month, making his last day as the county's Solid Waste Director on Nov. 15.
He is going to Savannah, Ga., to direct the city's Commercial Refuse/Recycling Services & Litter Abatement department.


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Carson picked as new airport manager

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County hired its new airport manager.
Bo Carson won't have to move his stuff.
County Manager Angela Harris announced on Monday night that Carson has been tabbed as the permanent leader of Triangle North Executive Airport.


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<i>Tackling food insecurity by teaching local youth</i>
Tackling food insecurity by teaching local youth

LOUISBURG -- This past year, Jason Brown, his family and their First Fruits Farm reached a milestone -- donating more than one million pounds of produce through their food ministry.
Going forward, the former NFL football player turned farmer wants to do more ... while growing less.


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Sisters Tiffany and Briana Kiige


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: California Fires
Editorial Cartoon: California Fires

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Fly-tippers beware! We have a British solution!
Fly-tippers beware! We have a British solution!

You just gotta love those Brits!
And especially their take on the English language that often leaves us mere Colonials scratching our heads in confusion.
Case in point was a comment made recently by a member of the British Parliament who proclaimed that "fly-tippers should be garroted with their own intestines."


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Hunger for public service should match our zest for spicy chicken
Hunger for public service should match our zest for spicy chicken

I wrote this on election day and the day following a Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting, so public service was on my mind.
I was Voter No. 28 at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville on Tuesday morning, so saying that municipal elections had ignited the voting population would be an overstatement.


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Editorial Cartoon: Smoking
Editorial Cartoon: Smoking

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Thoughts on recreation

Dear editor:
As always, I read Gary's column this past edition and had some thoughts. Having long been involved in parks and recreation in Franklin County over the past 30 years, I agree with Gary that 152 respondents to the survey is paltry.


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Editorial Cartoon: Acme
Editorial Cartoon: Acme

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OBITUARIES

OLIVIA "RED" ALSTON COOPER

FRANKLINTON--Funeral services for Olivia "Red" Alston Cooper, 83, who died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. at the Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount.Burial will follow in the Mark's Chapel Church cemetery. The Rev. James Gailliard will be officiating.


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SPORTS

STANDINGS GAME
MOODY'S MARCH. Bunn High School's Ryan Moody earns yardage for the Wildcats during last Friday night's road football meeting with Northern Carolina Conference opponent Granville Central in Stem.
STANDINGS GAME

STEM -- The complexion of last Friday's important gridiron showdown between Bunn and Granville Central totally changed within a decisive span of just under four minutes late in the second half.
At that point, Bunn had just taken the lead, but it would be the final time for the Wildcats on the night as the homestanding Panthers closed the half with a pair of touchdowns.


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Southern Nash Again
STRATEGY SESSION. Franklinton High School boys soccer coach Bert Woodburn talks to his team before overtime of last Thursday's match at Fike.
Southern Nash Again

WILSON -- After a season-long journey of twists and turns, the Franklinton Red Rams found a familiar path in the first round of the Class 3-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs.
During Wednesday evening's first-round action, the Red Rams entertained Big East Conference rival Southern Nash -- a club Franklinton has had three memorable matchups against this fall.


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A CLOSE CALL
PICK PLAY. Franklinton's Lyeshon Parker comes up with an interception versus Wilson Hunt.
A CLOSE CALL

WILSON -- Even during their long losing streak, the Franklinton Red Rams have never stopped playing hard -- as evidenced by last Friday's performance at Big East Conference football rival Wilson Hunt.
The Red Rams offered one of their best defensive performances of the campaign and battled to the final gun, but it wasn't enough as Hunt came through with a tight 14-13 decision with fifth place in the league at stake.


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Warriors wrap up schedule

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's place in the Class 1-A State Football Playoffs appears to be secure, but the Warriors still have plenty to play for heading into Friday's matchup at Warren County in the Northern Carolina Conference regular season finale for both squads.
Certainly, LHS head coach Dontae Lassiter will be looking for his club to head into the postseason on a high note -- and the Warriors need to respond following a lopsided loss at home two weeks ago to Granville Central.


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Buffaloe set to compete
Buffaloe set to compete

WARREN COUNTY -- Christian Buffaloe, a local Kyokushin Karate fighter, will compete in the "12th Kyokushin Karate World Championships" in Tokyo, Japan on November 22-24.
Buffaloe fought in a Japan-sponsored international qualifying tournament in New York June and gained entry into the World Championships.


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Turner helps Nats to WS crown

HOUSTON, TEX. -- Former North Carolina State University baseball player Trea Turner and the Washington Nationals are the World Series champions.
It is the first championship in 95 years for the city of Washington, as it defeated the Houston Astros, 3-2, in a seven-game series (last was the Senators in 1924).


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STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONS
STATE TENNIS CHAMPIONS

TRULY A JOB WELL DONE. The Kerr-Vance Academy Spartans recently won the North Carolina Independent Schools Class 1-A Girls Tennis State Championship with a team victory over Lawrence Academy in Rocky Mount. This was the second consecutive crown for the Spartans under the direction of Coach David Keesee.


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JED'S JAUNT
JED'S JAUNT

Granville Central running back Jed Evans embarks on another big gain for the Panthers during last Friday night's home football victory against the Bunn Wildcats.


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LIFESTYLES

Halloween hauntings! 1
Halloween hauntings! 1

TOO CUTE TO HAUNT. Jasmine Lynch, 9, and Alisa Richardson, 12, made their trick or treat rounds in downtown Louisburg.


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Halloween hauntings! 2
Halloween hauntings! 2

Emma and Rebekah Oliver took top spots in a costume contest at Trick-or-Treat The Trails, moved to Faith Baptist because of the weather.


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Halloween hauntings! 3
Halloween hauntings! 3

CANDY BIZ. Madison Shearin, 4, collects candy from local businesswoman Betty Raynor.


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Halloween hauntings! 4
Halloween hauntings! 4

TO SERVE AND COLLECT ... CANDY. Tucker Horton is out for candy with his grandmother, Lisa Johnson, in Youngsville as Angie Brogden, right, gives out candy.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Woman 'badly hurt' in crash with deputy

YOUNGSVILLE -- The State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving a Franklin County sheriff's deputy that caused serious injuries for a woman.
According to authorities, Dep. Aaron Davis was responding to a call to assist Franklinton police with a large crowd about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 as he traveled west on Tarboro Road toward U.S. 401.


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Suspect in Halloween shutdown is captured
Suspect in Halloween shutdown is captured

WAKE FOREST -- Franklinton and Wake County authorities combined to arrest a Franklinton man following a manhunt that shut down Halloween festivities.
Armani DeAndre Ruiz was arrested on Nov. 2 -- two days after Franklinton officers began investigating allegations of sexual assault and kidnapping.
He is next slated to appear in Franklin County District Court on Nov. 18.


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Sex crimes suspect surrenders to police

LOUISBURG -- A Youngsville-area man who police allege sexually assaulted a child surrendered himself to authorities last week.
Mark Strickland White has been charged with six counts of statutory sex offense of a child by an adult and six counts of indecent liberties with a minor and had an initial appearance in Wake County District Court on Nov. 4.


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Arrest made in assault

ZEBULON -- Deputies arrested a Franklin County man on kidnapping and assault charges.
Deputies responded the evening of Nov. 3 to a home in the 1100 block of Sagamore Drive in Lake Royale after a woman there reported an assault.
According to authorities, the woman alleges Zachary Wade Smith wouldn't let her leave the house, grabbed her by her hair, forced her on the couch and grabbed her by the neck.


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FRIENDS OF EXTENSION
FRIENDS OF EXTENSION

FRIENDS OF EXTENSION award winner this year was AgCarolina Farm Credit, represented here by (from the left) Tim Pace, Billy Freeman, Elizabeth McAulsan, Scott Reece and Amy Adcock. At the right is Charles Mitchell, head of the Franklin County Cooperative Extension office.


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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR for Family and Consumer Services was Marcia Edwards (left), shown here with Jessica Kearney of the Cooperative Extension Service.


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VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR FOR 4-H
VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR FOR 4-H

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR FOR 4-H award winners were members of the Jason Brown family. In the front row, from the left, are Trey, Kahlan and Noah Brown. In the second row are Naomi, Olivia and Tay Brown, Meg Wyatt of the Cooperative Extension Service and J. W. Brown. In the back is Jason Brown, who also was the featured speaker for the annual Farm-City Luncheon, which was held at the Brown farm.


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