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Showing 24 articles from December 24, 2019.

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<i>Regional Teacher of Year celebrates learning</i>
Regional Teacher of Year Carol Forrest shows a bit of emotion!
Regional Teacher of Year celebrates learning

YOUNGSVILLE -- Carol Forrest has been teaching for 42 years, but she goes into each day with a goal to keep learning.
Recently, she found out she keeps getting recognized for her quest.
The Long Mill Elementary School exceptional children's teacher was feted as the county's 2019 Teacher of the Year in May.


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Several primary races loom; election filing period ends

LOUISBURG -- The filing period for the 2020 elections concluded last week, setting up local and state races.
The following races will get whittled down in the spring.
Locally, seats for County Commission Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7, held by Sidney Dunston, Mark Speed, Michael Schriver and Shelley Dickerson, respectively, are up for election.


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<i>Better get that 'gone fishin' sign ready; pond is stocked</i>
Better get that 'gone fishin' sign ready; pond is stocked

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's newest park got an upgrade thanks to a local and state partnership.
First, Louisburg High School's carpentry class unveiled picnic benches it built for the V.E. and Leila Owens Park. (See photo on Page 2A)
Next, members of the NC Wildlife Resource Commission stocked the V.E. Owens Fishing Hole with trout.


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New solid waste chief to begin work Dec. 30
New solid waste chief to begin work Dec. 30

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's next solid waste director is someone with nearly three decades of experience in the business.
Lee Bodenhamer will begin his job here on Dec. 30.
For the past 26 years, Bodenhamer has served as a general manager with Waste Industries USA, beginning employment there as a residential manager in early 1990.


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Franklinton Mayor Art Wright, center, and commissioners, from left, Dr. Phil Meador, Anita Fuller, John Allers, Alvin Holden and Brad Kearney


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Holiday Boxes
Editorial Cartoon: Holiday Boxes

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A Christmas gift to our readers is part of this edition
A Christmas gift to our readers is part of this edition

There is something special for all our readers enclosed in this edition, a publication we've called Discover Franklin County.
It's a variation on a biennial product that we've been doing for more than two decades, but this time we decided to deliver it during the holiday season when, hopefully, more people will have some time to look, read, enjoy and maybe even learn a little more about this place we all call home.


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The Christmas spirit extends to the county and municipalities
The Christmas spirit extends to the county and municipalities

By the time you read this, there will either still be boxes under the Christmas tree or torn wrapping paper and discarded ribbons -- the last remnants of what was once a proud civilization of Christmas gifts.
But that doesn't mean that Christmas is over.


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SPORTS

Mat Tournament Keeps Growing
BUNN HIGH SCHOOL'S SAM NICHOLAS
Mat Tournament Keeps Growing

BUNN -- In just a few short years, the Bunn High School Wildcat Invitational Wrestling Tournament has morphed into one of the area's top pre-holiday mat events.
The latest installment of the tourney was held last Saturday at the Bunn Dome and featured 16 high-powered programs, several of which were of the Class 3-A and 4-A varieties.


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WORKIN' OVERTIME
UP, UP AND AWAY. Bunn High School's Paul Spivey (with ball) drives for a basket during last Friday's home overtime decision versus rival Louisburg.
WORKIN' OVERTIME

BUNN -- Bunn High School veteran boys basketball coach Patrick Reynell knew that strength in numbers would be his best bet for a victory last Friday night at home against backyard and Northern Carolina Conference rival Louisburg.
Reynell fully understood that LHS junior star Elijah Jamison, who his averaging over 30 points per game, would get his tallies, and that proved to be a correct assessment.


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BHS' Wheless to join CofC's Hall of Fame
THE GREAT TROY WHELESS
BHS' Wheless to join CofC's Hall of Fame

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One of Franklin County's most all-time beloved athletes will be receiving a tremendous honor next month.
That's when Bunn High School alum Troy Wheless will be inducted into the College of Charleston Athletics Hall of Fame in the Palmetto State.
The Hall of Fame ceremony and brunch will be held January 25 at 10 a.m. at the McAlister Hospitality Suite, which is located on the third floor of CofC's TD Arena.


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Barnes heads to Alabama
Barnes heads to Alabama

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Kristoni Barnes graduated from North Carolina A&T State University earlier this month -- but her track and field career is not over.
Barnes, who grew up in Franklin County and is the daughter of former Franklinton High School volleyball coach Crystal Barnes, has accepted an opportunity to join the track program at the University of Alabama.


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BHS outlasts foe Louisburg
BHS' TYDAJA MICKENS
BHS outlasts foe Louisburg

BUNN -- Bunn High School's newfound girls basketball depth played a key role in the Ladycats' home victory last Friday against backyard rival Louisburg.
BHS coach Matt Keith understood it wasn't his club's highest-level performance of the season, but it was good enough to deliver a 35-15 decision over the Lady Warriors in Northern Carolina Conference action at the Bunn Dome.


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Hiking events are scheduled

RALEIGH -- North Carolina's New Year's Day tradition of outdoor family adventure, exercise and exploring nature continues in 2020 with First Day Hikes throughout the state parks system.
More than 45 guided hikes are scheduled for New Year's Day, featuring educational programs led by park rangers along the way.


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WILL WITH THE WIN
WILL WITH THE WIN

Franklinton High School's Will Germann (top) won this match en route to earning a first-place finish in his weight classification at the annual Wildcat Holiday Invitational Wrestling Tourney at Bunn High School.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Local couple lives 60-year love story</i>
Local couple lives 60-year love story

In 1956 Hazel Ann Bolton stepped on her school bus in Youngsville, NC. The bus driver, James McKelly Kearney, smiled at her and said good morning.
She jokingly said to her friend that she was going to go on a date with him. Little did they know that that day was the first day of a beautiful journey.
On Dec. 29, 1959 James and Hazel joined hands and made a commitment to love and honor each other.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HANDS-ON STUDENTS
HANDS-ON STUDENTS

Louisburg High School carpentry students, from bottom, left to right, Brianna Revis, Trenton Young, James Rider, Martinez Alston, Isaiah Midkiff, Gabriel Gupton, Shemar Davis, and Maritza Hernandez, built benches that will be used at Owens Park campsites.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg College student is charged in assault case

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested a Louisburg College student they allege instigated a disturbance that resulted in a stabbing.
Remy Bofola, 19, of Greensboro, was charged with misdemeanor assault.
Officers responded to the parking lot at Merritt Hall the evening of Dec. 5 to find a large crowd and a student, Kimon Small, suffering from a knife wound to the back.


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Robbery try nets arrests

LOUISBURG ­-- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested two juveniles in an armed robbery case.
According to authorities, the two teens brandished a gun and robbed a woman inside the Star Mart in the 1100 block of Sledge Road just before 8:45 p.m. on Dec. 16.
No injuries were reported.


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'Smash, grab' thief sought by authorities

LOUISBURG -- Police are looking for suspects involved in a smash and grab theft at a local convenience store.
Officers responded to the Citgo at the corner of Justice Street and Bickett Boulevard just after midnight on Dec. 21.
A window to a side door was smashed, authorities said, and items were missing from the store.


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SERVICE HONORED
SERVICE HONORED

Outgoing Louisburg Town Council member Bill Williamson (left) receives a presentation from Mayor Karl Pernell on Dec. 16, the last meeting of his current term in office. The award marked his service on the council. Williamson announced earlier in the year that he would not seek re-election.


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After weeks of preparation, the 'big day' is nigh!, pics 1
After weeks of preparation, the 'big day' is nigh!, pics 1

Louisburg's downtown tree lighting launched the season in early December -- and the big day is merely hours away!


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After weeks of preparation, the 'big day' is nigh!, pics 2
After weeks of preparation, the 'big day' is nigh!, pics 2

HOLIDAY FUN. Building gingerbread house has long been one of the fun activities that surrounds the Christmas holiday season but sometimes, the humble gingerbread house project takes on a life of its own, spurred along by the talent and creativity of gingerbread artists. Natalie Famiglietti (left) and Dawn Lancaster, decided a generic house was just too mundane so they constructed a miniature of Franklin County's Hudson Manor!


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After weeks of preparation, the 'big day' is nigh!, pics 3
After weeks of preparation, the 'big day' is nigh!, pics 3

Emma Daley, 4, flashed a big smile for Jolly Old St. Nick


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