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Showing 30 articles from December 23, 2020.

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<i>Judge Dunlow appoints Shelley Dickerson as clerk</i>
Judge Dunlow appoints Shelley Dickerson as clerk

LOUISBURG -- Superior Court Judge John Dunlow appointed a new, permanent clerk of court, days before Christmas.
Former county commissioner Shelley Dickerson was appointed by judge's order on Wednesday -- rejoining the office where she served as an assistant clerk of court for eight years until 2014.
She most recently served as a clerk in Warren County.


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Santa delivers smiles
Santa delivers smiles

The two youngsters (above) found a candy cane treat to be just as interesting as the visit from Santa. But they got their wish lists delivered despite the sweet distraction. The youngsters are Kylise Davis, 3, (on the left) and Kamaria Davis, 2.


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Franklinton's new police chief a familiar face in town
James Davis
Franklinton's new police chief a familiar face in town

FRANKLINTON -- Management stayed inhouse, choosing its newest chief of police.
Town Manager Gregory Bethea introduced James Davis as such during the board's Dec. 15 meeting.
"He has been a strong leader for this department," Bethea said. "He has used his considerable personal skills to gain the support of his employees, coworkers, the Sheriff and others in the community."


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Even a virus can't stop NE group's efforts

CENTERVILLE -- For decades, residents, property owners and businesses in the northeast have felt like any progress that has come to Franklin County has left them untouched.
The Northeast Franklin Revitalization Committee, formed about four years ago, set out to change that with a grassroots effort to promote the area, recruit business and secure better Internet service.


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Couple logs 80 years of service to Louisburg
Couple logs 80 years of service to Louisburg

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Town Council took a few minutes Monday night to honor some of its most veteran employees, including a married couple who have a combined 80 years of service to the town.
Among those honored were what Town Administrator Jonathan Franklin called the "dynamic duo" of Assistant Town Administrator Ray Patterson and Carolyn Patterson, administrative assistant and town clerk. They were among 11 town employees who were honored for their years of service.


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Riley, 7, and Anamari Romero, 2


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Dove
Editorial Cartoon: Dove

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Coping with a COVID-ravaged holiday season
Coping with a COVID-ravaged holiday season

The calendar indicates that it's Christmas Eve -- but it certainly doesn't seem like it this year.
Yes, we've had a little chilly weather and, granted, winter slipped in the back door earlier this week so that chill -- and likely something worse -- will be with us for several more weeks.
But Christmas spirit? Not really. Not so much this year.


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Editorial Cartoon: Pardons
Editorial Cartoon: Pardons

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Buzzards + cannons + small town = going viral, oh my!
Buzzards + cannons + small town = going viral, oh my!

Bunn's recent bout with buzzards, or vultures, if you're fancy, had me thinking about a well-worn late night television talk show joke -- but this isn't really funny.
Essentially, a host and -- more than likely, their joke-writing or content creation team -- streams together a cluster of news footage where the anchors all read the same news bits -- verbatim.
Played together, it certainly sounds like a swarm of clones being unleashed on the information seeking world.


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Editorial Cartoon: Fraudbook
Editorial Cartoon: Fraudbook

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Editorial Cartoon: China Theft
Editorial Cartoon: China Theft

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OBITUARIES

JOHN "SONNY" DAY

LOUISBURG-- John "Sonny" W. Day, 71, of Louisburg died at his home, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. At Sonny's request, there will be no services held.


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SPORTS

FHS' PLAYOFF PUSH
FHS' PLAYOFF PUSH

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School senior Akiah McMillan made huge strides -- literally -- in Big East Conference girls cross country action during the 2020 campaign.
McMillan rose up to fourth place overall at the annual Big East Championships, which were held recently at Gillette Park in Wilson.


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Lady Rams looking for postseason spike berth
FHS' BREANNA HUDSON
Lady Rams looking for postseason spike berth

FRANKLINTON - During its previous three seasons in the Big East Conference, the Franklinton Lady Rams have won or shared the league's regular season championship in each of the campaigns.
But that streak appears to be ending in 2020-21 as the Lady Rams have been hindered by lack of practices, a two-week layoff and an inability to find adequate practice time to integrate new players into varsity rotational vacancies.


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RIVALS REUNITE
RIVALS REUNITE

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Northern Carolina Conference's 2021 softball schedule will open with a huge rivalry game as Bunn will travel to Louisburg on March 16.
The slate was recently released by NCC hierarchy but is subject to change due to COVID concerns.
The regular season will run from March 1 through April 29 and will be followed by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Playoffs.


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Person nabs State award
Person nabs State award

RALEIGH -- Franklin County native Ricky Person Jr. earned an honor during the recent North Carolina State University Football Team Awards Ceremony.
Person, a junior running back, received the Ken McNeill Iron Wolf Award (Comeback From Injury) for the 2020 campaign.
Person's 2019 season had been limited by an ankle injury, but he came back strongly this fall while helping the Wolfpack achieve a quality 8-3 overall record under the direction of veteran head coach Dave Doeren.


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Alston signs a deal with CFL's Ottawa

OTTAWA, CANADA -- The Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League have made their first few moves of the off-season, signing defensive back Jonathan Alston from Bunn High School, wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo, quarterback Caleb Evans, linebacker Dimitri Holloway, running back Detrez Newsome, linebacker Jawuan Johnson, defensive back Marcus Lewis, and offensive lineman Benjamin Petrie.


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NCC soccer sked to start on January 24

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The 2021 Northern Carolina Conference Boys Soccer season will begin on January 25 and will run through March 10.
The campaign will open with a contest between Bunn and homestanding Louisburg in NCC action at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
NCC squads will be hoping to gain a spot in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's State Playoffs, which are scheduled for March 16-27.


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FINESSE MOVE
FINESSE MOVE

Franklinton High School's Mikayla Tabron (right) goes up for a kill during last week's showdown against Wilson Hunt.


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HARD-HITTING HARLAN
HARD-HITTING HARLAN

Franklinton High School sophomore standout De'Nyla Harlan (right) elevates for a kill during last week's road Big East Conference volleyball meeting with rival Wilson Hunt.


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SURPRISE ATTACK FOR THE LADY RAMS
SURPRISE ATTACK FOR THE LADY RAMS

Franklinton High School's McKenzie Hill (left) delivers a back-row kill for the Lady Rams during last week's road Big East Conference volleyball contest against the homestanding Wilson Hunt Lady Warriors.


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LIFESTYLES

A WISH FOR SANTA
A WISH FOR SANTA

Charity Burnette, 9. and 1-year old cousin Kennedy Burnette, visit with Santa at the Louisburg Farm Bureau location on Dec. 17. Charity had already mailed her wish list to Santa, which included a special request that all COVID patients get better.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

A BURNING PASSION TO HELP
A BURNING PASSION TO HELP

The Franklin County Firefighters Association collected and delivered toys to the Franklin County Department of Social Services so they could distribute them to children and families in need.


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<i>Sheriff, deputies take kids on shopping spree, 1</i>
Sheriff, deputies take kids on shopping spree, 1

Deputy Anthony Barnes helps Martin Peña Morales pick out the right gift.


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<i>Sheriff, deputies take kids on shopping spree, 2</i>
Sheriff, deputies take kids on shopping spree, 2

Deputy Devin Girardot and Angelica Peña Morales check out a top shelf for just the right gift.


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<I>Louisburg marks employees' longevity milestones, 1</I>
Louisburg marks employees' longevity milestones, 1

Carlton Tabron, collection and distribution superintendent, has 30 years experience with the town


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<I>Louisburg marks employees' longevity milestones, 2</I>
Louisburg marks employees' longevity milestones, 2

Paul Perry, an equipment operator in the Public Works Department, has 20 years of service


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<I>Louisburg marks employees' longevity milestones, 3</I>
Louisburg marks employees' longevity milestones, 3

Louisburg Town Administrator Jonathan Franklin has reached five years of experience in Louisburg


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<I>Louisburg marks employees' longevity milestones, 4</I>
Louisburg marks employees' longevity milestones, 4

Lori Rogers, an administrative assistant in the Police Department, has reached five years of service


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