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Showing 26 articles from October 28, 2020.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Local students begin easing back to class</i>
Long Mill student Owen Peebles finds a snack helps with school work!
Local students begin easing back to class

LOUISBURG -- Some elementary school classrooms around Franklin County echoed with the sounds of students this week as the district began the board-mandated transition to Plan B.
Under the new plan, which began on Monday, students in prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade began returning to their classrooms two days a week.
Schools have been closed to face-to-face learning since last March when the COVID-19 pandemic began rolling across Franklin County, forcing students to rely on virtual learning only.


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<i>Will grants help shape rails and trails locally?</i>
Will grants help shape rails and trails locally?

FRANKLINTON -- Town leaders and officials are counting on two grants to continue the momentum generated by downtown revitalization efforts.
During the boards's Oct. 20 meeting, Franklinton Town Manager Gregory Bethea told commissioners that the state could learn at the beginning of the year whether it gets a $1.25 million grant it would use in the development of rail stations along a proposed commuter line slated to come through Franklinton.


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<I>Beware! A virus won't stop prowling ghosts, goblins</I>
Beware! A virus won't stop prowling ghosts, goblins

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- COVID-19 concerns have changed some Halloween festivities, but not all of them.
In Louisburg, because of COVID-19, the town of Louisburg cancelled its annual Louisburg Amphitheater Trick or Treat Parking Lot event, however people can still trick or treat at their discretion on Halloween in Louisburg.


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Sturges named county attorney
Sturges named county attorney

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners appointed Boyd Sturges as its lead attorney. Pete Tomlinson, from the same firm of Davis, Sturges and Tomlinson, had served as the county's lead attorney on two occasions, from 1988 until 1992 and from 2012 until this year.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Louisburg resident Tanner Rigsbee


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Supreme Court
Editorial Cartoon: Supreme Court

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Fall back, be careful and make sure you vote!
Fall back, be careful and make sure you vote!

Let's start this week with a couple of serious warnings -- and then take a moment to gloat just a little.
First the warnings!
The time changes this weekend, so don't forget to "fall back" an hour when you hit the hay on Saturday night. You'll get an extra hour of sleep but it'll come at a cost.


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The path to better trails is beginning in Franklin County
The path to better trails is beginning in Franklin County

What a difference a few weeks make.
At the beginning of the month, I wrote a column lamenting the lack of pedestrian trails in Franklin County.
Now, here it is -- the end of October -- and the prospects of more trails in Franklin County is not at a dead end, after all.


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Editorial Cartoon: Stalled
Editorial Cartoon: Stalled

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Ousted clerk supported

Dear editor: I am heartbroken by the recent removal of my dear friend, Patricia Burnette Chastain, from the Franklin County Clerk of Superior Court seat.
I attended the court proceedings leading up to the clerk's removal. The accusations pressed against Patricia are shocking and absurd. It was disappointing to hear these mistruths and mischaracterizations against Patricia's integrity.


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Editorial Cartoon: Covered
Editorial Cartoon: Covered

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OBITUARIES

MARY W. HARRIS

FRANKLINTON--Mary Weaver Harris, 84, of Franklinton died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 at the NHC Healthcare, Garden City, in Murrell's Inlet, SC. Due to Covid, a private graveside funeral service will be held at the Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery, Louisburg.


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STERLING EVANS

HOLLISTER--Funeral services for the Rev. Sterling Evans, 81, who died Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. at St. Gideon Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Edward West officiating.


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SPORTS

BHS' BRIGHT FUTURE
PLENTY OF NET EXCELLENCE. Mallori Darnell will be part of a strong up-front group this season for the Bunn High School volleyball team.
BHS' BRIGHT FUTURE

BUNN - Melanie Lovin has been making a long-term commitment to her Bunn High School volleyball program over the past few years -- and that obligation is poised to pay substantial dividends in the always-competitive Northern Carolina Conference standings.
During that time, the Ladycats have been going through a rebuilding process, and several younger performers have earned key spots on the varsity roster.


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Running Game Stifled
Running Game Stifled

CHAPEL HILL -- In a duel between Top-25 programs, North Carolina State could not get its running game going during last Friday's Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at rival North Carolina.
It didn't help NCSU's ground cause that the Tar Heels moved ahead early and forced the Wolfpack to play catch-up the rest of the way.
But North Carolina never trailed en route to delivering a key 48-21 triumph at Kenan Stadium.


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LC SERIES TIME
LC PITCHER AHMAAD GOLDSON
LC SERIES TIME

LOUISBURG -- Before COVID-19 interrupted the proceedings, Louisburg College's baseball team was enjoying its best start in the past decade during the 2020 campaign.
Of course, that season was never finished, but veteran LC head coach Blake Herring expects his club to pick up right where it left off when its 2021 schedule begins in the early portion of February.


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Gridiron schedule finalized
Gridiron schedule finalized

GREENSBORO -- The Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners have announced the following network schedule for this Saturday's football games:
• Boston College at Clemson, Noon, ABC
• Wake Forest at Syracuse, Noon, ACC Network
• Notre Dame at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ABC


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Canes place first at event

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College cross country squad visited South Carolina recently for The Biscuit 8-K Collegiate Invite at Tryon International Equestrian Center.
The Hurricanes won the meet, ahead of Florida College and Cleveland Community College. Seth Sharpe finished first with a 26:25. Dexter Hill finished second at 27:00. And also in the top ten was John Gormley with a 29:08.


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KEY RETURNING VETERAN AT BHS
KEY RETURNING VETERAN AT BHS

Senior standout Kaylee Turner will serve as the setter this season for the Bunn High School volleyball squad under the direction of Head Coach Melanie Lovin.


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LIFESTYLES

NIGHT ON THE TOWN
NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Faith Bunn and her grandsons, from left, Easton and Aiden Chase, enjoy an Oct. 23 viewing of Hocus Pocus during the town of Louisburg's Friday Night Movie at the Amphitheater. The event was limited to 100 guests to maintain social distancing.


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FALL INTO FITNESS!
FALL INTO FITNESS!

Members of the Franklin County Senior Center enjoy a day outside during a Fall fitness class. The class is held at Owens Park on Wednesdays & Fridays, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Contact the center for more information, (919) 496-1131.


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Ways to cut costs during retirement
Ways to cut costs during retirement

The average person will spend more than 50 years in the employment sector. As retirement draws closer, many professionals begin to daydream about giving up the commute and having more time to pursue their personal interests.
Even if planning for retirement has been many years in the making, it can take some time for a person to become acclimated to having less income.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Open-air job fairs are planned at all VGCC campuses

HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College is offering open-air job fairs at each of its campuses.
The job fair begins at VGCC's Warren County Campus on Nov. 17, follows on Nov. 18 at the Main Campus, then the South Campus in Creedmoor/Butner on Nov. 19, and concludes at the Franklin County Campus on Nov. 20.
Employers from across Granville, Franklin, Vance and Warren counties will be there seeking to fill jobs from 10 a.m. to noon.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn High School student shot, killed

BUNN -- Bunn police, Franklin County sheriff's deputies and state authorities are looking for a suspect who killed a Bunn High School student on Tuesday night.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, Mariano Palacios-Hortelano was at The Bunn Wash Car Wash and Laundry at about 10:25 p.m. with two other people when another vehicle drove up.
According to investigators, the 19-year-old Hortelano approached that vehicle and he and the man inside got into an argument.


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Authorities seek Warrenton man in shooting incident

WARRENTON -- Franklin County sheriff's investigators have taken out warrants on a Warrenton man connected to a shooting.
Investigators responded to the 500 block of Jordan School Road the evening of Oct. 9 after receiving two different calls of assault involving a gun.
According to authorities, a woman went to Daniel Blake's home and the two got into an argument.
The woman told authorities that Blake had a .22-caliber rifle and fired it several times.


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Ex-clerk of court files appeal

LOUISBURG -- Attorneys for Patricia Burnette Chastain filed a notice of appeal late last week.
Superior Court Judge Thomas H. Lock removed Chastain as superior court clerk of court on Oct. 16 following a three-day hearing to determine her fitness to proceed in the post.


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