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Showing 20 articles from April 8, 2020.

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Latest study shows half of county residents could get virus; 442 die
'Spacemen' work to make sure cruisers are safe
Latest study shows half of county residents could get virus; 442 die

LOUISBURG -- This past weekend's enaction of a countywide curfew lacked fluid execution.
But county officials and staff said it should alert residents to how serious they are about mitigating the pandemic.
Across the state, more than 42,900 people have been tested for the coronavirus, with more than 3,400 testing positive in 90 of North Carolina's 100 counties.
There are 17 reported cases in Franklin County.


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U.S. 401 mishap claims three lives, injures two others
An engine blocks U.S. 401 and rescue workers wrap up their efforts
U.S. 401 mishap claims three lives, injures two others

LOUISBURG -- A team of State Highway Patrolman were piecing together the facts of a fiery, deadly, three-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities had not identified the decedents prior to deadline on Wednesday.
Authorities responded to the intersection of U.S. 401 and Flat Rock Church Road at about 4:30 p.m. to find a sport utility vehicle on fire and a passenger car spun around on the side of U.S. 401.


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Nursing home has first confirmed case

LOUISBURG -- A nursing home confirmed one case of COVID-19 this week, with the prospect that more could be on the way.
Louisburg Nursing Center reported to the Franklin County Health Department that one of the center's residents tested positive for the coronavirus and that several residents are exhibiting symptoms.


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Schools reacting 'day by day'

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County Schools are literally "taking it day by day" dealing with the multiple challenges facing the district because of the COVID-19 virus.
Although all the schools and buildings are closed, Supt. Rhonda Schuhler said one of the top challenges is continuing to feed students during this difficult time.
At the moment, the district is providing more than 4,000 meals per day to students and school officials are doing their best to keep both meal preparation and delivery as safe as possible for staff, students and families.


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Virus affects county schools' budget request

LOUISBURG -- The current virus pandemic has even affected the Franklin County Schools' budget request for next year.
The school system, following a unanimous vote by the Board of Education Monday night, will be seeking about $150,000 less than it was planning to ask from county commissioners a month ago.


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Past and future Lady Canes Brandy Frazier, Carrigan Ewers


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Easter Bunny
Editorial Cartoon: Easter Bunny

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While a tragedy unfolds before us, virus spreads
While a tragedy unfolds before us, virus spreads

Ah, yes, the smell of disinfectant in the morning.
If the virus doesn't get us, we may all fall victim to chlorine poisoning!
Like a lot of places, our office is locked down and closed to the public -- but because we have employees coming and going, some of us -- mostly Donna and Sherry -- have been spritzing everything that can't get out of their way with a mixture of chlorine bleach and water.


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First 'hummer' of year spotted

In memory of veteran Times staff member and dedicated "hummer watcher" Asher Johnson, we can report that our first hummingbird was spotted in Mapleville shortly after noon on Monday, April 6. Spring is now officially here!


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Editorial Cartoon: Checks
Editorial Cartoon: Checks

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Essential personnel does not just apply to the workforce
Essential personnel does not just apply to the workforce

Martha Hunter has been essential to the Franklin County and Franklinton community for a long time.
So it was no surprise that in this time of duality: Where people are asked to stay home while, at the same time, there is great need, Hunter has stepped up and stepped in to help.


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Editorial Cartoon: Bear Market
Editorial Cartoon: Bear Market

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OBITUARIES

ROLAND MARBURY

HOLLISTER--Visitation services for Roland Marbury, 81, who died Monday, April 6, 2020, will be today, Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg.


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SPORTS

In Their Own Words<BR>lC players, coach reflect on end of season<BR>Sarah Hilton
In Their Own Words
lC players, coach reflect on end of season
Sarah Hilton

When asked two years ago "Do you want to play college softball?" I would've answered with "No."
I had my mind made up that I would attend nursing school and graduate to pursue a career.
This was before I met Coach Lee and Coach Lippard from Louisburg College at a softball tournament in October of 2017.


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In Their Own Words<BR>lC players, coach reflect on end of season<BR>Blake Herring
In Their Own Words
lC players, coach reflect on end of season
Blake Herring

Walk through the front gate at Frazier Field and look to your right, and there are ten NJCAA World Series signs that signify our program competing at the highest level of junior college baseball.
Continue walking and there is a sign of each player that has played in Major League Baseball or has played at some level of minor league baseball.


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In Their Own Words<BR>lC players, coach reflect on end of season<BR>Drew Camp
In Their Own Words
lC players, coach reflect on end of season
Drew Camp

There was no doubt in anyone's mind that we had something special after the first day of practice.
From hitting home runs, web gems, team chemistry and overall athleticism -- not to mention a staff of coaches who not only believed in us, but pushed us to be our best.
One thing that stood out the most was the team chemistry between the sophomores and freshman.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Two 'drive-bys' probed

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Sheriff's deputies are investigating two unrelated drive-by shooting incidents.
On the evening of April 4, residents at a home in the 5000 block of U.S. 401 north reported that someone shot into a kitchen window. No injuries were reported.
According to investigators, the couple told authorities that they had an argument with someone prior to the shooting incident.


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Vehicle stop leads to arrest

LOUISBURG -- A vehicle stop led authorities to make a drug arrest.
According to authorities, an officer stopped a vehicle driven by Jamiroquan O. Cates the afternoon of April 3 when the vehicle was found to be connected to an outstanding weapons possession warrant.


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<i>Lawmen becoming video stars?</i>
ARRESTING DEVELOPMENT. District Attorney Mike Waters, center, delivers a COVID-19 PSA while Clearview Church media specialist David Williams, left, and media pastor John Galantis direct the shoot.
Lawmen becoming video stars?

HENDERSON -- The COVID-19 pandemic has made public gatherings a bad idea.
But, while maintaining social distancing, law enforcement leaders in Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren and Person counties came together last week to tape a public service announcement they hope encourages more people to protect themselves and others against the virus.


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Two arrested on drug, gun charges

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested two people on drug charges after responding to a call of shots being fired.
Reports came in at about 5:15 p.m. on April 5 regarding the shots and officers responded to the 400 block of Ridley Street to investigate.
They located two people, Saivion M. Best and Dwight Holman II, and a nearby gun.


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