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Showing 29 articles from February 26, 2020.

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<i>New behavioral health unit unveiled as 'place of healing'</i>
CEO Bert Beard discusses project
New behavioral health unit unveiled as 'place of healing'

LOUISBURG -- Operators of Maria Parham Franklin have unveiled the latest addition to health care services at their Louisburg campus.
Duke Lifepoint and Maria Parham officials broke ground on a new, 20-bed behavioral health unit in November 2018 and, last Thursday, officials cut a ribbon at the facility and offered tours -- just a few weeks before they'll begin taking on patients.


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WHAT WAS THAT?
WHAT WAS THAT?

Just when many Franklin Countians were feeling just a hint of spring fever, Mother Nature threw a curve ball last week and sprinkled the county with about two to two and a half inches of wet, sticky snow. The snow created a winter wonderland but caused few problems since little of it stuck to warm roadways. The trees and shrubs, however, captured the white stuff perfectly and, for a short time, it was a photographer's dream.


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<i>Old gold mine still revealing treasure</i>
Tim Fisher stands on part of the vessel he found at the Portis Mine
Old gold mine still revealing treasure

CASTALIA -- Nashville's Tim Fisher knows there are still treasures to be found in the Portis Gold Mine, which runs through both Franklin and Nash counties.
Members of the Northeast Franklin County Revitalization Committee hope their efforts to turn the mine into tourism gold is just as successful.
Six years ago, Fisher and his son, Ross, bought 14 acres of, essentially, swamp land, on the gold mine property in Nash County -- right at the Franklin County line.


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'Best practices' focus of economic summit
Diane Cox
'Best practices' focus of economic summit

HENDERSON -- Those charged with driving economic development throughout the region met last week to reset their gaze.
The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments hosted its inaugural Regional Economic Development Summit, Focus 20/20 -- hearing from a host of stakeholders about the ways to bolster business, industry and job opportunities in Franklin, Vance, Granville, Warren and Person counties.


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Louisburg Fire Department's 'secrets' unveiled

The sight of a bright red fire truck zipping through Louisburg, lights flashing and sirens screaming, is not an unusual sight, but is that all there is to a fire department?
Did you know that the Louisburg Fire Department's annual budget is a tad over $655,000 -- and that it has five full-time, career firefighters just as it's had for the last 45 years?


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Steven Burton Sr. and Jr.


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Packed In
Editorial Cartoon: Packed In

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From weather follies to a chance to give back
From weather follies to a chance to give back

Well, it is February -- at least for a few more days.
And you can tell simply by the weather that has ranged from fairly warm sunshine to oodles of rain to a touch of snow and ice that, if snow can be pretty was pretty, all of which have complicated our lives in recent days.


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Summit proved to be a lesson in economics, history, et al
Summit proved to be a lesson in economics, history, et al

So, last week, I felt I was back in the classroom ... or, should I say, I felt like I was back in four classrooms.
Last week, the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments hosted its first Regional Economic Development Summit, Focus 20/20.
It featured economic development professionals from across the region, state and world, sharing the tools, techniques, resources and information necessary to spur business, industrial and financial growth.


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Editorial Cartoon: Isolated
Editorial Cartoon: Isolated

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Making sense of Dems' debate

Dear editor:
The recent Democratic debate included Mike Bloomberg and I have to say I agreed with one statement he made the next day "The real winner of the debate last night was Donald Trump". I really feel that Trump is batting 1,000. There are probably others on the stage that agree with Bloomberg.


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Editorial Cartoon: 2020
Editorial Cartoon: 2020

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OBITUARIES

RANDOLPH "PEE WEE" WOOD

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Randolph "Pee Wee" Wood, 53, who died Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m. at Haywood Baptist Church in Louisburg, with Elder James Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Church cemetery.


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SPORTS

FHS Sends Four Stars To State
FRANKLINTON'S WILL GERMANN (AT LEFT)
FHS Sends Four Stars To State

GREENSBORO -- Just making the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's State Wrestling Championships is a prestigious honor in itself.
But that doesn't mean that a loss at the states doesn't sting -- especially when it comes in heartbreaking fashion.
Franklinton sent four performers to the Greensboro Coliseum last weekend for the annual Class 3-A portion of the state event -- and none of them were able to secure an opening-round conquest last Friday.


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A SUPREME HONOR
TOUGH LOSS. Bunn High School's Scottie Spencer (left) dropped a tight first-round contest at last Friday's Class 2-A State Wrestling Championships at the Greensboro Coliseum in Guilford County.
A SUPREME HONOR

GREENSBORO -- Louisburg and Bunn had hoped for better things during last Friday's opening-round action at the North Carolina High School Atheltic Association State Wrestling Championships -- but it wasn't meant to be.
Instead, BHS and LHS combined to go a disappointing 0-5 overall in the first round of the prestigious event at the Greensboro Coliseum.


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STAYING ALIVE
PAINT BUCKET. Bunn's Kaitlyn Adams scores in the paint during last Wednesday's conference tournament contest against Roanoke Rapids.
STAYING ALIVE

OXFORD -- Bunn High School's girls basketball season appeared to be in peril when freshman star Kaitlyn Adams went down with a leg injury in the second period of last Wednesday's meeting with Roanoke Rapids in the semifinals of the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament at Oxford Webb.
At the time, the Ladycats were tangled in a close game with the Jackets, but Adams' presence would be missed, and she would be unable to return to the matchup.


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Warriors edged in playoffs
ANOTHER GREAT YEAR. Elijah Jamison was spectacular this season for the Louisburg High School boys basketball squad under Coach Michael Sheldon.
Warriors edged in playoffs

LOUISBURG -- Inconsistency and injuries were two of the biggest factors in Louisburg High School's quirky 2019-20 boys basketball campaign.
The Warriors, led by junior superstar Elijah Jamison, came up with some huge victories during the season, including a final-week stunner on the road at powerhouse Granville Central.


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Franklinton ends sked
FRANKLINTON'S REBEKAH SMITH
Franklinton ends sked

FRANKLINTON -- After an up-and-down regular season, the Franklinton Lady Rams still found themselves in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs -- and facing a familiar opponent.
Certainly, there was not much of a disguise factor as Franklinton and Hunt had already met twice during the regular season in the always-competitive Big East Conference standings.


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Mudcats' Job Fair rescheduled

ZEBULON -- Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Carolina Mudcats have announced that the club's job fair originally scheduled for February 20 has been postponed to today (February 27).
The newly rescheduled job fair will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. inside Cattails Restaurant at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.


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Smith earns state championship
Smith earns state championship

FRANKLINTON -- With her mild-mannered demeanor and immense talent, Rebekah Smith seems to be immune to pressure.
Time and time again, Smith has displayed those key intangibles during her prolific multi-sport career at Franklinton High School.
One of those moments came last spring when Smith won the Girls High Jump at the Class 3-A Outdoor Track and Field Championships.


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FRESHMAN OF INFLUENCE
FRESHMAN OF INFLUENCE

Ninth-grader Alexis Perry (with ball) has been exceptional at the guard position this season for the Bunn High School girls basketball squad under Coach Matt Keith.


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LEARNING CURVE FOR FHS
LEARNING CURVE FOR FHS

Jackson Lusk, a potential-filled freshman at Franklinton High School, gained some valuable experience last weekend by taking part in the annual Class 3-A State Wrestling Championships at the historic Greensboro Coliseum.


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STATE APPEARANCE FOR FHS
STATE APPEARANCE FOR FHS

Franklinton High School's Nadim Qazizada (right) was one of four Red Rams to participate in the annual NCHSAA Class 3-A State Wrestling Championships at the historic Greensboro Coliseum.


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LIFESTYLES

Living 50 Plus: Sign up by Friday for Senior Games

Senior Games is a holistic approach to keeping the body, mind and spirit fit while enjoying the company of friends, family, spectators and volunteers.
The opening ceremony to kick off this year's event will be Tuesday, March 27, at 9 a.m. in Warren County.


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Senior Showcase
Senior Showcase

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. A January birthday recognition celebration was held at Louisburg Senior Center. Pictured left to right: Dorothy Bullock, Beatrice Davis and Emma Richardson.


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AFRICAN APPAREL DAY
AFRICAN APPAREL DAY

The Louisburg Senior Center held African Apparel Day Feb. 6. In group photo, above center, pictured left to right: Dyann Williams; Katrina Williams, Activities Specialist; Olivia Gupton; Phyllis Williams; Marie Mortan and Lenora Bohler.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Man charged with stealing from relative

LOUISBURG -- A Tennessee man accused of swindling a relative is slated to appear in court next month.
Kevin Anthony Strickland was arrested in Cookeville, Tenn. and extradited to Franklin County on 27 charges of exploitation of a disabled/elderly person's trust.
He was placed in the Franklin County jail in lieu of a $350,000 secured bond.


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Airport advisors working on derelict plane proposal

LOUISBURG -- Airport advisors agreed to work out a plan to deal with derelict planes on the airport.
Back in August, Airport Manager 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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<i>Election Board gets new GOP member; election is Tuesday</i>
Election Board gets new GOP member; election is Tuesday

LOUISBURG -- Essentially, county Board of Elections members welcomed two new faces -- a week before the March 3 primary.
Elections Director Michelle Chavis swore in Angela Pearce as the board's new Republican representative.
She joins Board Chair Sonravea Privette, Mary Rose Gill and Barry Gupton, who represent the Democratic Party, and Harry Barrick III, who represents the Republican Party.


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