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Showing 31 articles from February 19, 2020.

FRONT PAGE

Commissioners tell radio provider to fix system or else

LOUISBURG -- Fix the system, or else!
That was the ultimatum that Franklin County commissioners delivered to the architects of an emergency radio system that has been riddled with flaws since it was installed in 2012.


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<i>They are legends -- All!</i>
Rev. Claude Dunston with his wife, Nan Marie Dunston
They are legends -- All!

LOUISBURG -- Family is important to Annie Thomas, whether by blood or by choice.
This past weekend, when outgoing Nu Epsilon sorority chapter president Phyllis Perry recognized her as one of four recipients of the organization's Black Living Legends Awards, that message hit home.


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Louisburg to level 'unsafe' structures

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Town Council gave a company permission to expand, passed an ordinance governing unsafe structures and learned that the long-awaited Nash Street sidewalk project may be nearing completion.
The council held a public hearing -- during which no one spoke -- about an amended Special Exception Permit for ACI, a company that is planning to operate a carbon pellet-making plant on Industrial Drive.


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Court clerk says she's 'helping,' others dispute that

LOUISBURG -- The county's Clerk of Court says that allegations of misconduct lodged against her have been politically motivated.
Late last week, media accounts revealed and reporting by The Franklin Times confirmed that Louisburg Attorney Jeffrey Scott Thompson accused Clerk of Court Patricia Burnette Chastain of abusing her power.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Etta Alston-Burgess


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Virus
Editorial Cartoon: Virus

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Try not to yawn as primary election looms!
Try not to yawn as primary election looms!

It's difficult to believe that we're now 12 days or so from a Primary Election in a Presidential Election year -- and that voting has already been happening for a week.
Amazingly, despite all the political polarization in our country, there seems to be a distinct lack of interest or enthusiasm in this primary which may go down as a stealth election!


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Editorial Cartoon: Joe
Editorial Cartoon: Joe

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Vastly improved courthouse security is money well spent
Vastly improved courthouse security is money well spent

Courthouse security was already on my mind this week.
Then, it was part of the county commissioners agenda on Monday night.
Coincidence? I think not.


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Editorial Cartoon: Bloomberg
Editorial Cartoon: Bloomberg

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OBITUARIES

CAMILLA "DINK" KEARNEY PEARCE

FRANKLINTON -- Camilla "Dink" Kearney Pearce, 84, of Franklinton died Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family.


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SPORTS

CCMS Wins 4th Straight Title
ON A MISSION. Cedar Creek's Aaliyah Graham drives for a bucket.
CCMS Wins 4th Straight Title

LOUISBURG -- Each one was special. Each one was different. And each one featured its own set of unique challenges and circumstances.
Add all four of them together, and you have the recent dynasty that is the Cedar Creek Middle School girls basketball program.
The Lady Jaguars have dominated the Middle Athletic Conference over the past four campaigns -- and have not lost an outing during that amazing stretch.


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SIGNIFICANT SEASON
TOUGH IN THE PAINT. Franklinton's Dontae Tabron scores inside during Monday's Big East Conference Tournament game against Wilson Fike.
SIGNIFICANT SEASON

FRANKLINTON -- After back-to-back subpar seasons at the bottom of the Big East Conference standings, the Franklinton High School boys basketball program made significant strides this winter under Coach Darrin Stinson.
FHS won eight total games and went 5-5 in the Big East, securing victories over the likes of long-time powerhouses Northern Nash and Wilson Hunt along the way.


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Richardson, Hartsfield star for Fayetteville St.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Former Franklin County rivals Nia Richardson and Journee Hartsfield are now teaming together as members of the Fayetteville State University volleyball squad -- and with great success.
Richardson and Hartsfield were part of the Broncos' team that won the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Volleyball Tournament Championship this past season.


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Avent hits milestone for NCSU
Avent hits milestone for NCSU

RALEIGH - Head coach Elliott Avent reached another milestone in his career last Friday afternoon, as he picked up his 1,100th career win to start his 24th season at the helm of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack baseball squad.
The victory came thanks to a 4-0 shutout win over James Madison on opening day.


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Bunn ends hoops sked
BHS' QUAY MOSLEY
Bunn ends hoops sked

WARRENTON -- Barring an unexpected shift in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's playoff rankings, Bunn's boys basketball squad saw its season come to an end Monday in the first round of the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament.
Warren County went on a fourth-quarter run and pulled away from the Wildcats en route to securing a 69-48 triumph at the WCHS Gymnasium.


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Wrestlers Make States
FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER NAZIM QAZIZADA
Wrestlers Make States

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County's three high schools journeyed to a trio of different destinations last weekend for their respective regional wrestling tournaments.
And each school returned with good news as the county will once again be well-represented at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships.


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Simply Perfect
Terrell Lane Middle School's Tymar Kearney tries to find an open teammate during Monday's victory over Vance County in the championship game of the Middle Athletic Conference Boys Basketball Tournament at the TLMS Gym.
Simply Perfect

LOUISBURG -- Even long-time local historians would be hard-pressed to find a better school year for boys athletics at Terrell Lane Middle School.
Back in the fall, TLMS won the Middle Athletic Conference Football Championship in grand fashion with an undefeated record.
But the fun was just starting. Basketball practice then started, and it didn't take long for veteran TL coach Keith Lynch to know he had a potential title group to work with.


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COUNTY HOOPS HEROES
COUNTY HOOPS HEROES

TERRELL LANE BOYS
MAC TOURNEY CHAMPS


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PONDERING HIS NEXT MOVE
PONDERING HIS NEXT MOVE

Franklinton's Robbie Burnett advances the ball upcourt for the Red Rams during Monday night's tournament game against Wilson Fike at the FHS Gymnasium.


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THE TITLE IS OURS
THE TITLE IS OURS

Terrell Lane Middle School's Anthony Carter (center) hoists the first-place trophy at the conclusion of Monday's Middle Athletic Conference Boys Basketball Tournament Championship Game, which was played Monday at the TLMS Gymnasium.


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LIFESTYLES

Willis Gupton benefit slated for Saturday

A Willis Gupton Benefit will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. BBQ Chicken plates ($8, take out only) will be sold at the Louisburg Fire Department, Cedar Rock Baptist Church and Ronnie White Tire, Louisburg location.
Also, a non-profit bank account at First Citizens Bank has been established for anyone wishing to make a donation to the Willis Gupton Benefit.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Survey shows little support for year-round schools

If the results of a preliminary survey are any indication, there appears to be little support in Franklin County to create additional schools with year-round schedules, at least in the near future.
That was the word recently from Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, superintendent, following tabulation of a survey completed by about 2,100 parents, students and school staff members last December.


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Barton Dean's List

WILSON -- Barton College named 59 students to the President's List and 340 students to the Dean's List for fall semester 2019. President's List students compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average; Dean's List students achieved a grade point average of 3.3 or better on a four-point scale. Below is the student list from this area.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Carlie C's affiliate buys shopping center

LOUISBURG -- The real estate company behind Carlie C's bought the Shannon Village Shopping Center this month.
MML & Associates LLC announced this week that they bought the Bickett Boulevard property from Shannon Rock, who owned the property with her late husband, John Rock, and B.B. Pruitt.


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W-F police officer fired over exploitation charges

RALEIGH -- A Franklin County man and former Wake Forest officer surrendered himself to authorities last week on child sex crimes.
Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation charged Alex Gary Sims, 35, with two counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to authorities, the investigation began with a cyber tip. Authorities did not provide any additional information regarding the details of the crime or how it was committed.


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Man faces multiple charges

LOUISBURG -- A Louisburg man accused of a vehicle theft and multiple breaking and enterings had his initial court appearance this week.
It was not clear when Charlie Brantley Hudson III would next appear in court.
According to authorities, personnel at Richards Oil Company in the 2000 block of NC 39 North reported on Feb. 6 that a vehicle had been stolen.


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Four suspects arrested on homicide charges

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town police helped Raleigh authorities secure two of four suspects charged with a January homicide in Raleigh.
Police Chief Greg Whitley said local officers assisted the Raleigh Fugitive Task Force in arresting Nicholas Raymond Holloway and Gerald Thomas inside a Thompson Circle home on Jan. 28.


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<i>Will traffic control devices help with Youngsville woes?</i>
Will traffic control devices help with Youngsville woes?

YOUNGSVILLE -- Police Chief Greg Whitley highlighted a handful of recent wrecks that he says underscores the need for traffic-correcting devices along N.C. 96.
Already, the town has set up right-turn-only signs for traffic along Persimmon Street approaching N.C. 96.
And, at the end of the month, the town plans to install temporary barriers at the southern end of Nassau Street, closing it as a cut-through road to N.C. 96.


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GIRL SCOUTS HONORED
GIRL SCOUTS HONORED

The Louisburg Town Council honored Girl Scouts on the 108th anniversary of the founding of Girls Scouts of the USA, the largest and most successful leadership program for girls in the world. Shown here at the council meeting accepting the proclamation are (foreground) Grace Craig and in the second row, from the left, Betty Craig, Meredith Potter, Layla Warlick and Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell, who presented the document.


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Sorority honors for community service, pics
Sorority honors for community service, pics

Annie Thomas was presented her award by Phyllis Perry


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