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Showing 25 articles from November 13, 2019.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Making Bickett better? Or creating new problems?</i>
Consultant Steve Brown demonstrates changes to Bickett Boulevard
Making Bickett better? Or creating new problems?

LOUISBURG -- Project consultants and State Department of Transportation engineers say their plans will make the main artery through Louisburg safer.
Residents, motorists and property owners are concerned that the improvements will limit access to their businesses and either take property or severely limit their ability to use it.


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Maude returns!
Maude returns!

SHE'S BACK! After 28 months in "rehab" Maude returned to Louisburg this week. The county's first motorized fire-fighting vehicle, now sporting its own personalized license plate, has been fully reconditioned and is ready for service -- in parades and other civic events as befitting an almost 100-year-old "lady."


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Service salutes those who served
Deputy James Wright
Service salutes those who served

LOUISBURG -- Most who gathered inside the National Guard Armory had either served, knew someone who did or took the time to show their support for those who served in the military.
Retired Col. Kelly Jackson, the state's Department of Military and Veteran Affairs Service Member and Family Coordinator, made sure to recognize those commitments as she made keynote remarks during the county's annual Veterans Day program.


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<i>Franklinton Legion Post 52 turns 100!</i>
AWARD PRESENTED. American Legion Post 52 Commander Mike Donnelly (left) presents a certificate marking 41 years of service to the post to Steve Ijames during a Saturday service.
Franklinton Legion Post 52 turns 100!

FRANKLINTON -- There was a lot to celebrate and remember last Saturday when Franklinton American Legion Post 52 gathered to commemorate Veteran's Day and also to recognize the post's 100th anniversary.
Post 52 was organized in November 1919, by "doughboys" returning from the horrors of trench warfare and poison gas attacks in the "war to end all wars" which, unfortunately, didn't.


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Alleged home intruder killed with his own gun

ZEBULON -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are investigating a home invasion that resulted in the death of a Franklin County man.
Authorities said Richard Knott died after being shot five times inside a home in the 1200 block of Bethlehem Church Road late in the evening on Nov. 8, just before midnight.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Franklinton High School senior Rebekah Smith


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Rebuild
Editorial Cartoon: Rebuild

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Revamping Bickett: Do any of these plans make sense?
Revamping Bickett: Do any of these plans make sense?

Physicians have long had the Hippocratic Oath. You know the one that contains the phrase, "First, do no harm ..."
Okay, that may not be an exact translation from the Latin phrase "Primum non nocere," but the oath's wording dates at least from a 17th century English version.
But for our purposes, wouldn't it be nice if traffic engineers had the same thing?


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The cure for voter apathy? A steady diet of involvement
The cure for voter apathy? A steady diet of involvement

As I sat at a local watering hole, as often happens, I took part in a conversation.
It was just after the municipal election and we were lamenting voter turnout.
And, I was asked two questions:
• Why don't people vote?;
• What will it take to get people to vote?


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Editorial Cartoon: Isis Shirts
Editorial Cartoon: Isis Shirts

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Remember, nothing is free

Dear editor: I have listened to the campaign promises and I have questions. The first has to do with free higher education for all. I understand the public colleges and universities in America, except for our military academies, are all state supported. Will the cost of this free education be the responsibility of the states or will the federal government foot the bill?


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Editorial Cartoon: Warren's Plan
Editorial Cartoon: Warren's Plan

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OBITUARIES

MARTHA LEE WILLIAMS

HENDERSON--Funeral services for Martha Lee Williams, 78, who died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, will be held Monday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ in Franklinton, with Pastor Leroy Dukes officiating.


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SPORTS

County Stars On All-NCC Team
LEAGUE HONOREE. Bunn High School's Alexander Perez-Rivera (left) has earned a spot on the All-Northern Carolina Conference Boys Soccer Team.
County Stars On All-NCC Team

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Six student-athletes from Franklin County have earned spots on the 2019 All-Northern Carolina Conference Boys Soccer Team.
Making the grade were Bunn's David Arroyo, Jose Reyes, Chris Salter and Alex Perez and Louisburg's Abel Contreras and Alfredo Hernandez.
Both Bunn and Louisburg enjoyed strong soccer seasons this fall in the always-competitive NCC.


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A FOND FAREWELL
TOUGH RUNNER. Bunn High School's Lavadous Bolden (left) picks up yardage for the Wildcats during last Friday night's home victory against Northern Carolina Conference football opponent Roanoke Rapids.
A FOND FAREWELL

BUNN -- Bunn took care of business last Friday night, but it would not be good enough to earn a spot in the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs for the 2019 campaign.
Needing a victory to at least earn postseason consideration, the Wildcats got one at home by a 22-8 margin over Northern Carolina Conference rival Roanoke Rapids.


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NOT THIS TIME
NOT THIS TIME

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County's three high school football teams made a bit of history this fall -- but not in a good way.
For the first time in recent memory -- at least the past 25 years -- the county has been completely shut out of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs.


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Warriors, Ladycats on squad
LOUISBURG'S KRISTEN HOUSE
Warriors, Ladycats on squad

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Volleyball success has been a constant in Franklin County through the years -- and this season proved to be no different for Louisburg and Bunn in the always-tough Northern Carolina Conference.
Louisburg took second place in the NCC and reached the second round of the Class 1-A State Playoffs, while Bunn earned the third spot in the league and made it to the opening round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.


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LC qualifies for nationals
LC qualifies for nationals

MELBOURNE, FLA. -- The Louisburg Men's Soccer Team advanced to the 2019 NJCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship after play last weekend.
Louisburg took on Georgia Military College last Friday in Melbourne, Fla. in the NJCAA Southeast District Semifinal.
The Hurricanes scored three goals on the way to victory.


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WHAT A WAY TO GO OUT
WHAT A WAY TO GO OUT

Bunn High School senior running back Jaylen Perry capped off his strong career last Friday night with yet another effective performance during the Wildcats' home football victory against Northern Carolina Conference rival Roanoke Rapids.


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LIFESTYLES

4-H: Showing for more than ribbons
4-H: Showing for more than ribbons

Franklin County 4-H'ers have been very busy gearing up for different events and competitions. Our most recent events and competitions include NC State Fair and the Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale.
One of our recent events that occurred in October was the N.C. State Fair.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Hit-run driver sought

LOUISBURG -- The State Highway Patrol was looking for a suspect in a hit and run incident that clipped a pedestrian.
Troopers responded to a report that a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Tollie Weldon Road in the area of the Kearney Grocery at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The pedestrian's injuries were not life-threatening.


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Deputies find no victim in domestic violence call

LOUISBURG -- Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate a domestic violence call while a suspect in the case was charged in an apparent unrelated matter.
Deputies responded to a home in the 100 block of Smith Hayes Road -- northeast of Ingleside -- after a woman called 911 at about 5 a.m., alleging that a man was holding a gun to her head and was threatening to shoot her.


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<i>Maude is back home!</i> pics 1
Maude is back home! pics 1

HOMECOMING. Louisburg's 1921 American La France fire truck, better known here as Maude, returned home this week after spending 28 months in "rehab." The now-fully reconditioned truck, the first motorized fire-fighting vehicle in the county, will make its official debut in the Louisburg Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 8. In the photo above, veteran Louisburg Fire Chief and current Mayor Karl Pernell got the first ride in the truck with Peoples at the wheel.


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<i>Maude is back home!</i> pics 2
Maude is back home! pics 2

CHROME AND MORE CHROME. There is no shortage of chrome parts on the restored Maude which, by the way, is still powered by its original gasoline engine, now fully reconditioned although with an electric starter replacing the original crank. Louisburg firemen are still raising money for the truck's restoration.


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SERVICE SALUTED
SERVICE SALUTED

Samuel B. Green (right) is all smiles as he receives a certificate marking 55 years of service to American Legion Post 52 in Franklinton. Presenting the certificate is Post Commander Mike Donnelly.


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