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Showing 27 articles from December 2, 2020.

FRONT PAGE

Program teaches students to deal with emergencies

LOUISBURG -- The county's emergency communications office and Franklin County schools have started a course that could take students from the classroom to the emergency dispatch center.
During a recent county commissioners' meeting, Assistant Emergency Communications Director Heather Joyner updated commissioners on her efforts to offer a high school class that teaches students the basics about emergency telecommunications.


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Will county scale back 'Taj Mahal' office plans?

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is expected to get a second look at plans to turn the old Walmart building on Bickett Boulevard into office space.
In October, Oakley Collier Architects presented commissioners with floor plans and an artist's rendering of their plans to transform 35,909 square feet of the old big box store into county office space.


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JUST IN TIME
JUST IN TIME

Members of the town's electric department, Art Thompson, Brian Gordon and Ben Benton, put up the town's Christmas Tree in front of the courthouse.


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Attorney's drug case has unusual ending

LOUISBURG -- If a Louisburg attorney complies with the terms of his probation, two felony drug charges would disappear.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested Christopher F. Wrenn Jr. on Jan. 14, charging him with conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine and conspiracy to deliver cocaine.
According to prosecutors, investigators intercepted conversations that Wrenn intended to purchase cocaine from someone known to sell the drug.


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Franklinton wrestles with zoning issues

FRANKLINTON -- Town officials got a bit more familiar with proposed changes to an ill-defined district that runs along two major thoroughfares in town.
For the past couple of months, town planning and administrative staff have been working to better define the town's Mixed Use District -- a zone intended to allow for a 'planned' blend of residential, institutional, and neighborhood-serving commercial uses.


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COVID-19 snapshot of region

Here's a quick look at this region's COVID-19 pandemic situation as told by the numbers:


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Dillon Sykora, fiancee' Hannah Smalley and son, Brady


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Christmas Tree
Editorial Cartoon: Christmas Tree

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Searching out this year's real holiday heroes
Searching out this year's real holiday heroes

Thanksgiving 2020 was unlike any in recent, or long-term, memory.
That wasn't necessarily a bad thing, for us at least. It was just different.
For the first time in a long time, I never ventured from home -- although I did putter around outside for a little while, just to get some fresh air.


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Even an unprecedented year can feel like groundhog day
Even an unprecedented year can feel like groundhog day

We're finally in the last month of what I feel comfortable saying is probably the worst year of most people's lives
In the full grips of a global pandemic, there is a certain bit of groundhog day that has certainly set in.
For most folks, the day begins with a big gulp of coffee or bowl of cereal, a brutal commute from the bedroom to the living room/Zoom conference room/office to begin working or learning from home.


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Editorial Cartoon: Funeral
Editorial Cartoon: Funeral

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Election workers: Well done!

Dear editor:
I would like to commend the Chief Judges, Judges and Poll Workers for jobs well done in the recent general election.
As an appointed observer, I witnessed the competence,willingness to help, patience, and understanding of the process with which they aided voters as they cast their ballots.


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Officials need 'moral compass'

Dear editor:
This past week we heard from Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein and their effort to decriminalize marijuana. It would seem to me that our two elected officials have lost their way in a North Carolina forest somewhere. And now they are sending up smoke signals in hopes of being found.


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Editorial Cartoon: Boeing's Reputation
Editorial Cartoon: Boeing's Reputation

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OBITUARIES

BOBBY L. HILL

LOUISBURG--Bobby Lawrence Hill, 82, of Louisburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec.4, at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Louisburg.


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MILTON CORTES

LOUISBURG--Milton Cortes, 64, of Louisburg died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 at his home. Services will be private.


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SPORTS

Holloman Signs With Pirates
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SOFTBALL STAR RAGAN HOLLOMAN
Holloman Signs With Pirates

LOUISBURG -- If ever a Franklin County athlete was destined for success, it had to be Louisburg High School softball star Ragan Holloman.
Holloman certainly has the family lineage as her mother, Dana, was a fast-pitch standout at Louisburg College and was also a member of a state championship basketball team in Davidson County during her prep days.


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LADYCATS IN FIVE!
JUMPING FOR JOY. Bunn High School's Keagan Osika (right) celebrates with her teammates after the final point of the Ladycats' clutch road volleyball victory on Tuesday against rival South Granville.
LADYCATS IN FIVE!

CREEDMOOR -- "Now is not the time to give up!''
That was the emphatic phrase Bunn High School volleyball coach Melanie Lovin shouted in a not-so-subtle fashion to her club just when it looked like Tuesday's hard-fought Northern Carolina Conference matchup at South Granville was about to get away from the Ladycats.


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SHINING STAR
SHINING STAR

LOUISBURG -- From the moment she first smacked a ball toward the outfield as a T-Ball player, Alex Edwards seemed destined for success.
Edwards went on to excel at every softball level she has encountered since then, most recently as a standout for the Louisburg High School Lady Warriors.
Edwards hopes to continue that trend in college as she signed a letter-of-intent Monday to continue her career at Methodist University, a Division III school located in Fayetteville.


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Red Rams compete on course
FRANKLINTON'S BRYSON LYNN
Red Rams compete on course

WILSON -- At this stage, personal time development is the most important goal this season for the Franklinton High School boys and girls cross country squads.
The Red Rams are in a rebuilding phase, and don't necessarily have the depth or firepower to compete with the top clubs in the always-strong Big East Conference distance scene.


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NC State wins over Syracuse
NC State wins over Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- All football games have the potential to be difficult in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as evidenced by North Carolina State's road showdown last Saturday at Syracuse.
NC State entered the contest as a prohibitive favorite against the Orangemen, who had only one victory coming in.


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TRYSA assessments are scheduled

ROCKY MOUNT -- The Tar River Youth Soccer Association (TRYSA) is hosting assessments and evaluations for its Soccer Academy for players born 2009-2014,this Friday.
These assessments are for the Spring 2020-2021 season. The Academy provides fall and spring seasons training and play, teaching children soccer enjoyment, individual responsibility and understanding teamwork.


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I'VE GOT THIS
I'VE GOT THIS

Bunn's Albany Turner (right) secures a pass as teammate Rebecca Tyson looks on during Tuesday's Northern Carolina Conference spike matchup at South Granville.


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POINT TAKEN
POINT TAKEN

Bunn's Rebecca Tyson (right) sends down a blast during Tuesday's match at South Granville.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Impressive family sports legacy has local roots</i>
Jim Bibby
Impressive family sports legacy has local roots

One of the most impressive family legacies in the history of American sports started right here in Franklin County.
Brothers Jim and Henry Bibby both became stars in their respective fields of professional baseball and basketball. In addition, Henry's son Mike also enjoyed a stellar career with 14 seasons in the NBA.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

School settlement awaiting approval

LOUISBURG -- The guardian of a Franklin County student has asked the court to approve a $60,000 settlement against the school board.
According to the petition, a 13-year-old student was injured during an incident on Nov. 17, 2017 and the injuries were the result of negligence of the Franklin County Board of Education.


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Police are probing thrift store theft

LOUISBURG -- Police are investigating a theft at a local thrift shop.
According to investigators, operators of the Safe Space Variety Store on Nash Street reported the morning of Nov. 25 that a customer in the store reached into the register when the clerk was not looking and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.


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