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Showing 32 articles from November 4, 2020.

FRONT PAGE

County commission will now glow red!
FLIPS THE BOARD. Newly elected Franklin County Commissioner Danny Pearce, shown here with his wife, Opie, will give the GOP the majority on the Franklin County Board of Commissioners
County commission will now glow red!

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County voters wrote history, electing the county's first black woman as commissioner and giving the Republican party a majority for the first time in more than 120 years, according to those in the know.
Democrat Kelli London bested unaffiliated candidate Stuart May for the County Commission District 1 seat, 2,833 votes to 2,384.
"I am deeply appreciative that the voters have placed their trust in me," London said.


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Plans practical or palatial? Office upgrades questioned

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners balked at a proposal to spend as much as $2.3 million to turn a leased space into office space.
During the board's Oct. 5 meeting, staff with Oakley Collier Architects presented the board with floor plans and an artist's rendering of their plans to turn 35,909 square feet of old Walmart store property into county office space.


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NIGHTMARE ON MAIN STREET
NIGHTMARE ON MAIN STREET

Above, Charlotte Taylor strolls down Youngsville's Main Street for Halloween treats.


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County's COVID-19 cases rise; officials gearing up for vaccine

LOUISBURG -- The number of COVID-19 cases and, unfortunately, deaths, continue to rise in Franklin County, but there are no cluster of cases at schools and the county is setting up infrastructure necessary to administer vaccines.
At press time, there were 1,510 cases and 32 deaths -- two of those coming in the last two weeks, said Franklin County Health Director Scott LaVigne.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Youngsville youngster Davis Rorex trick or treating as his own baseball card


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Subsidies
Editorial Cartoon: Subsidies

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As the air turns chilly, keep your home safe!
As the air turns chilly, keep your home safe!

Not that there was any doubt in recent days, but it's now obvious that fall has fallen!
The semi-annual time change happened last weekend, giving us a little more light in the mornings and a lot less light in the evenings.
And, worse, Mother Nature has allowed temperatures to drop -- and many areas have experienced their first frost since early last spring, formal notice that winter is on its way and we need to get prepared.


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Casting a ballot is a start; it's not the end of the race
Casting a ballot is a start; it's not the end of the race

If there is or are sovereign beings, it will mean that by the time you read this, it will once again be safe to watch television, listen to the radio or go down Youtube rabbit holes without having to hear a political ad.
And, it'll be safe to once again go to the mailbox without having your slot filled to the brim with glossy campaign ads.


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Editorial Cartoon: Google
Editorial Cartoon: Google

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Mail deliveries getting late

Dear editor: If you live on NC Hwy. 39 South in Louisburg and your mail is being delivered after 8 p.m. and you are receiving other people's mail, please respond to The Franklin Times or to the Post Office.


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Clerk's ouster a 'coup'?

Dear editor: With former elected Clerk Patricia Chastain's appeal now filed, lots of hard working staffers over at the Franklin County courthouse seem to be scratching their heads: Fear and uncertainty loom large.


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Editorial Cartoon: Stalled
Editorial Cartoon: Stalled

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OBITUARIES

DANNY EVANS JR.

ENFIELD -- Funeral services for Danny "4-4 Bulldog" Evans Jr., 26, who died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, at 12 p.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Evans family cemetery.


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DAVID G. BATTON, JR.
May 27, 1949 - November 3, 2020

LOUISBURG - David Gray Batton, Jr., 71, of Louisburg, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday morning surrounded by his loving family.


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JOHN ROBERT "BUD" GOODWIN

FRANKLINTONJohn Robert "Bud" Goodwin, 81, of Franklinton, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Memorial services will be private.


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SPORTS

THRILL OF VICTORY
LOUISBURG COLLEGE STARTING PITCHER COLE GURSKY
THRILL OF VICTORY

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's Trendon Craig lifted a deep fly ball to right field, and a raucous dugout symphony grew by decibels as the ball sailed just over the fence for a home run.
The noise explosion continued later in the inning when Gage Smith went deep to straightaway center, and the BB's Blue Team players were sent into a near frenzy due to the excitement.


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V'ball Slate Released
V'ball Slate Released

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Big East Conference has announced its league schedule for the shortened 2020-21 volleyball season.
Franklinton High School, coached by Tom Harris, is the defending regular season co-champion in the Big East.
The Lady Rams will open their slate November 16 on the road versus the Rocky Mount Gryphons.


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IT'S SPIKE TIME
IT'S SPIKE TIME

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Louisburg and Bunn will begin their 2020-21 volleyball seasons against a familiar rival -- each other.
The campaign, which has been delayed due to COVID concerns, will begin November 17 with the Lady Warriors hosted the Ladycats in a key early-season Northern Carolina Conference spike matchup at the historic LHS Gymnasium.


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ACC sked finalized for week
ACC sked finalized for week

GREENSBORO -- The Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners have announced the following football times and networks for games scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.
The list is as follows:


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Big East XC set to begin

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Big East Conference will begin its 2020-21 cross country schedule on November 16 with meets at two league sites.
Franklinton High School is a member of the six-school Big East, which also includes Northern Nash, Southern Nash, Wilson Fike, Rocky Mount and Wilson Hunt.
Veteran skipper Clennie Wilkins will once again serve as the head cross country coach for FHS.


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BEFORE AND AFTER
BEFORE AND AFTER

Gage Smith lifts a homer for the Blue Team.


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LIFESTYLES

Trick or treating looked very different this year!
Trick or treating looked very different this year!

HAVING FUN BUT STAYING SAFE Ghosts and goblins grabbing candy has a long tradition and no one wanted to see it come to an end this year in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the photo at the above, Louisburg residents Wayne and Laura Rigsbee rigged up a plastic pipe chute that allowed no-touch delivery of candy to whatever creatures of the night showed up to haunt the neighborhood.


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<i>Color up your winter garden!</i>
Color up your winter garden!

If you're saddened by the lack of color in your garden this time of year don't fret! There are several plant species to choose from that will ensure color in your landscape through the long, cold months of winter.
Pansies and violas are always a staple in the garden this time of year. Many folks seem to get burned out with planting pansies year after year. However, there are interesting new cultivars being released each year that exhibit different color arrangements. Be sure to check your local garden center for the latest releases.


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CARDINAL MURAL
CARDINAL MURAL

The Bunn Garden Club is home to a new coat of paint -- a mural by Franklinton artist and club member Diane Cannon that now adorns the clubhouse. The mural depicts flowers and the red cardinal, which is representative of the club mascot and logo. The Bunn Garden Club is located at 361 N.C. 98 West, across from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office substation.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Two brothers arrested for shooting into house
Christian Dee Yeargin
Two brothers arrested for shooting into house

LOUISBURG -- Deputies arrested two brothers they allege shot into an occupied house, injuring a dog in the process.
Logan Yeargin, 18, and Christian Yeargin, 19, were arrested Nov. 2 and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling, and felony cruelty to animals.
Authorities allege that on the evening of Oct. 25, they went to a home in the 100 block of Pineview Drive looking for someone that owed them money.


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<i>Angela Harris awarded 'Order of Long Leaf Pine'</i>
Angela Harris awarded 'Order of Long Leaf Pine'

LOUISBURG -- As Angela Harris packed up mementos collected during her nearly 13-year run as county manager last week, she added one more -- a certificate recognizing her induction into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Staff, family, friends and colleagues surprised Harris with the award on Oct. 30, her last official day in office as county manager.
Her retirement took effect on Nov. 1 -- ending about 30 years of public service.


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Free virus tests, food to be available

A local church and Goldsboro hospital have combined to offer a community food distribution as well as COVID-19 testing -- both of which are free.
Both events start at 9 a.m. at St. Paul Presbyterian Church on South Main Street in Louisburg on Saturday, Nov. 7.
The drive-thru testing is sponsored by St. Paul and Goshen Medical Center and will run from 9 a.m. until noon.


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Shooting suspect sought

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies continue their search for suspects in a shooting incident.
Jermaine Jones, 43, survived a gunshot wound to the head he sustained during the Oct. 23 attack.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, Jones was at his Wilders Lane home with his girlfriend when they allege two black men kicked in a glass door at the back of the home just before 2 a.m.


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<i>It's not just the ghosts frightening firefighters</i>
It's not just the ghosts frightening firefighters

YOUNGSVILLE -- While traditionally filled with tasty treats and clever costumes, Halloween signifies something else a little more frightening for Franklin County citizens.
Halloween and the holiday season marks an increase in fires and fire-related deaths.


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Nashville man facing tractor-theft charges
Nashville man facing tractor-theft charges

NASHVILLE -- Nash County investigators arrested a Nashville man they allege stole tractors from Nash County, selling them to a tractor store in Franklin County.
Brandon Hilliard was arrested Oct. 23 and charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense, three counts of possession of stolen goods and two counts of altering a serial number.
According to Nash County investigators, they responded to a reported theft of a tractor at Watson Seed Farm and Massengale roads on Sept. 5.


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Halloween fun in the park! 1
Halloween fun in the park! 1

DRIVE-BY FUN. Above, Department of Aging Activities Specialist Katrina Williams directs traffic.


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Halloween fun in the park! 2
Halloween fun in the park! 2

Above, Diane Davis, aka the Spider Lady, drives through for goodies.


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