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Showing 21 articles from October 7, 2020.

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County spends a little to see if it can spend a lot!

LOUISBURG -- While the public awaits the results of a study that's supposed to help the county identify more water sources, officials agreed to commission an analysis that would help them identify ways to fund the expense -- but that comes at a $75,000 additional expense.
In November, the county hired Southern Pines-based MBD Consulting Engineers to conduct a water supply study in hopes of identifying and securing more of the resource.


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Large influx of grant money sparks broadband interest

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners agreed to take a double-barrelled approach to improving Internet service.
First, the board agreed to support Open Broadband's efforts to secure a Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology [GREAT] grant, funding they would use to expedite their rollout of wireless Internet service -- initially targeting unserved and underserved areas in Franklin County.


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Early voting starts Oct. 15

LOUISBURG -- Early voting begins next week, giving the electorate a chance to cast ballots in a number of contested local, regional, state and federal races.
Early voting for the general election begins on Thursday, Oct. 15, and runs through Oct. 31, with voting hours from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m, Monday through Friday.
The county's plan also includes one day of Sunday voting, Oct. 25, from 1-5 p.m.


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AT-TRACT-ION
AT-TRACT-ION

Meagann Spivey helps her 16-month-old daughter, Hanna, take a spin on a tractor where a farm show and swap meet were set up next to the Gold Sand Fire Department last Friday and Saturday.


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Clerk's fate in judge's hands

LOUISBURG -- Attorneys remained in a holding pattern this week as they awaited a judge's decision on whether or not Patricia Burnette Chastain would keep her job as the superior court clerk.
Theoretically, Judge Thomas H. Lock could make the decision at any time.


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Monument case to be heard in April

LOUISBURG -- In June, the Louisburg Town Council alleged that an emergent threat prompted an emergency meeting where they voted to remove a confederate statue from the center of town.
Any legal resolution to the action will take more time, though -- about six more months.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Louisburg College baseball player Tanner Capps


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: More Taxes
Editorial Cartoon: More Taxes

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Ideas to keep future debates sane, sensible
Ideas to keep future debates sane, sensible

Wow! That was either a fourth grade food fight or, as one wag described it, a dumpster fire.
Actually, the first debate between President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden may have started off as one but degenerated into the second.
But don't worry, here's one old reporter with a workable solution that should keep future debates -- if there are any -- somewhat civil.
And we're "fortunate" to be in the middle of a virus pandemic because it is creating multiple choices for a perfect moderator.


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Living in Franklin County has given me trail envy
Living in Franklin County has given me trail envy

This past September marked two years that I've called Youngsville and Franklin County home.
And, less and less, people are asking me what I miss most about living in Youngsville compared to living in Durham.
Snarky people would probably say I certainly don't miss the crime. To them, I say this: crime can happen anywhere and criminals are everywhere.
If you don't believe me, contact your local police department or sheriff's office and thumb through the police reports. Or you could check out the court docket.


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Editorial Cartoon: Extension
Editorial Cartoon: Extension

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OBITUARIES

BETTY PHILLIPS

FRANKLINTON-- Betty Ann Phillips, 77, of Franklinton died Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Graveside service will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.


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KENNETH EARL ALLEN
1953-2020

Surrounded by his family, Kenneth Earl Allen died October 4, 2020, at his home in Raleigh.


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MAGGIE LEE PERSON

FRANKLINTON--Funeral services for Maggie Lee Person, 83, who died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at Greater Ransom Way of the Cross Temple in Henderson, with Bishop Michael Alston officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton.


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SPORTS

BACK TO BUSINESS
LOUISBURG HS ALUM CHELSEA ROBERSON
BACK TO BUSINESS

LOUISBURG -- Despite its rich and storied history, overall depth has rarely been an intangible possessed by the Louisburg College softball program.
Most years, the Lady Hurricanes have soared to success with a roster of players in the low-teens -- and one ace pitcher.
That certainly won't be the case in 2021 for Louisburg College as head coach Eric Lee has amassed a roster loaded with both depth and talent.


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LC Prepping For Scout Day
DISCUSSION TIME FOR THE CANES. Louisburg College veteran baseball coach Blake Herring talks to his club before Monday afternoon's baseball practice at historic Frazier Field on the LC campus.
LC Prepping For Scout Day

LOUISBURG -- The overall success of the Louisburg College baseball program isn't limited to just wins and losses, and that's why today's Scout Day event is important to LC veteran head coach Blake Herring.
Between 10 and 30 professional scouts will descend on LC's Frazier Field at 3 p.m. to evaluate the current group of Hurricanes.
Players will run through a series of drills, including batting practice, positional throws and 60-yard dashes.


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ECU falls against Ga. State
ECU falls against Ga. State

ATLANTA, GA. -- East Carolina University scored a defensive touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage last Saturday afternoon, but homestanding Georgia State ran off 28 unanswered points on the way to a 49-29 non-conference football victory at Center Parc Stadium.
The contest marked the first meeting between the Pirates and Panthers on the gridiron and the first appearance in Atlanta for ECU since it famously defeated NC State in the 1992 Peach Bowl at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.


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Pack rallies for road win
Pack rallies for road win

PITTSBURGH -- Area stars Ricky Person Jr. and Zonovan Knight once again played key roles for North Carolina State University's comeback football victory last Saturday against host Pittsburgh in Atlantic Coast Conference action at Heinz Field.
Person, a junior from Franklin County, rushed 14 times for a team-high 39 yards during the Wolfpack's 30-29 decision. He also converted a key fourth-down run in the second half.


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HERE IT COMES
HERE IT COMES

Louisburg College catcher Noah Madison works on his throws during Monday afternoon's baseball practice session at picturesque Frazier Field on the LC campus.


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OUT AT THIRD
OUT AT THIRD

Louisburg College freshman Rianna Layton (left), a Franklinton High School alum, makes a tag at third base during the Lady Hurricanes' intrasquad scrimmage Monday afternoon.


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TOTAL CONCENTRATION
TOTAL CONCENTRATION

Louisburg College batter Kendall Bowers prepares to make contact during Monday afternoon's intrasquad softball scrimmage at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.


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