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Showing 23 articles from November 18, 2020.

FRONT PAGE

Want water? Think $100 million plus!

LOUISBURG -- The county's utility attorney reminded commissioners why they need a long-term water solution.
Engineers recommended six options or ways to meet that need.
And financial advisors revealed ways that the county can pay for it.


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Many kids back in classrooms; 'so far, so good,' officials say

LOUISBURG -- Effective this week, all Franklin County children in the public school system are back in class in the hybrid Plan B scheme which means they attend face-to-face classes two days a week, virtual classes two days a week and have Wednesdays to work on classwork and special projects.
So far, that seems to be working fine, according to Supt. Rhonda Schuhler who gave the Board of Education a detailed status update at the board's Monday night meeting.


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<i>Hey, veterans ... Thank You!</i>
Hey, veterans ... Thank You!

MOMENT OF APPRECIATION. Every Nov. 11 is set aside to honor the service of America's veterans and Franklin County went all out this year. In the photo above, members of the Justice Volunteer Fire Department ready meals that were distributed to a long line of veterans who drove through the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's event, held at the new Crosscreek Charter School in Louisburg, was coordinated by Brenda L. Wilkins, county veterans service director, who received a lot of help from volunteers wishing to say "thank you for your service."


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Community Dinner is off; but volunteers offer free groceries

LOUISBURG -- The annual community Thanksgiving dinner is being replaced this year.
St. Paul Presbyterian Church, First Fruits Farms, the Franklin County Interfaith Council, Franklin Area Clergy Ecumenical Society [FACES], the Youth Division of the Franklin County Missionary Union, The Crown Vic Boys and Girls, and Bunn native and Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen have combined to host a Thanksgiving Food Distribution & Coat Distribution this Saturday.


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Rezoning request draws opposition

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for tonight (Nov. 19) to vote on two rezoning matters -- the first of which prompted a more than hour-long public hearing where dozens of residents and environmental advocates told commissioners they don't want a sand quarry to be allowed to expand its operations.


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Youngsville parade is on despite fears

YOUNGSVILLE -- Youngsville's holiday plans have come, to a degree, under fire.
But the town has no intentions of changing its Christmas tradition.
Franklin County Health Director Scott LaVigne confirmed that a town resident complained that the town's plans for a Christmas parade violates Gov. Roy Cooper's updated Executive Order 176 -- which limits indoor and outdoor gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Pitching greats Holden Laws, Abigail Fagan


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Changes
Editorial Cartoon: Changes

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Speeding driver highlights a Bickett problem
Speeding driver highlights a Bickett problem

For a little while last week, I almost felt guilty about a news picture I shot one recent foggy morning -- but the guilt was erased after learning "the rest of the story," as the late Paul Harvey used to say.
And the rest of the story is something I have been concerned about for a long time, but I haven't been able to entice much local interest in solving what is a fairly easily solved local problem.


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Editorial Cartoon: Fakes
Editorial Cartoon: Fakes

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Before giving thanks, let's make this week about giving
Before giving thanks, let's make this week about giving

I know folks are usually focused on the fourth Thursday of November.
I mean, who wouldn't be?
Under normal circumstances, it's the day that we gather with family and friends, wear our stretchiest pants and double our body weight in turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and everything else on the Thanksgiving table.


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Editorial Cartoon: Virus Bomb
Editorial Cartoon: Virus Bomb

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OBITUARIES

HILDA "BOONIE" SOLOMON

LOUISBURG--Graveside services for Hilda "Boonie" Solomon, 62, who died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church cemetery in Louisburg with Pastor John Hopkins officiating.


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SPORTS

And They're Off!
FRANKLINTON'S NICK PAYNE
And They're Off!

LOUISBURG -- Ben Snelling sped his Gator about 20 yards ahead of the start line, grabbed his whistle and prepared for the moment that Franklin County high school sports fans have been awaiting for the past eight months.
And with a quick blow of the whistle, along with a push to the pedal as the lead vehicle, Snelling signaled the beginning of Monday's Big East Conference Cross Country Meet, which was hosted by Franklinton High School at the Owens Park Course.


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Veteran Presence
BUNN SPIKER GRACIE MILLS
Veteran Presence

LOUISBURG -- Overall team experience has provided the greatest pendulum swing in the Bunn-Louisburg prep volleyball rivalry over the past several years -- and that remained the case during Tuesday's regular season opener between the clubs.
This is a campaign Bunn has been patiently waiting for as the Ladycats have been in a rebuilding mode lately, all the while piling up a myriad of successes on the junior varsity level.


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Backs Star For Wolfpack
Backs Star For Wolfpack

RALEIGH -- North Carolina State piled up the points during last Saturday's home football victory against Florida State -- and area stars Zonovan 'Bam' Knight and Ricky Person Jr. played a huge role in that success.
The Wolfpack running back duo of Person and Knight combined for 162 total yards while helping NC State secure a 38-22 decision over the Seminoles in Atlantic Coast Conference gridiron action at Carter-Finley Stadium.


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ACC grid schedule announced

GREENSBORO -- The Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners announced the following football game times and networks for the games of November 20-21.
The complete schedule is as follows:


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GETTING IT STARTED
GETTING IT STARTED

Members of the Franklinton High School girls cross country squad speed away from the start line during Monday's Big East Conference Meet at Owens Park.


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THE HOLLIDAY SEASON
THE HOLLIDAY SEASON

Louisburg High School's Breanna Holliday (right) sends down a kill during Tuesday's rivalry matchup with the Bunn Ladycats.


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WHAT A NIGHT
WHAT A NIGHT

Bunn's Mallori Darnell (right) was exceptional for the Ladycats during Tuesday's season-opening volleyball victory over the homestanding Louisburg Lady Warriors.


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LIFESTYLES

MARKING A MILESTONE!
MARKING A MILESTONE!

Connie and Milton Horton will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on November 26, 2020. They were married on November 26, 1970.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

EXPERT ASSISTANCE!
EXPERT ASSISTANCE!

When organizers of the county's Veterans Day drive-through luncheon were planning this year's unusual event, they quickly realized that having expert assistance in the form of volunteers was a must. And this group of Girl Scouts from local Troop 508 was ready to jump in and greet arriving veterans.


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Armed robbery suspect caught; another sought

LOUISBURG -- Police arrested one juvenile and are looking for a second suspect in an armed robbery.
According to authorities, a 17-year-old and another male entered the Skills Factory sweepstakes facility on N.C. 56 west, brandished guns and demanded money at about 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 13.
Their were four people inside the cafe, a mix of customers and employees, but no one was injured.


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