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Showing 19 articles from January 6, 2021.

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Vaccine rollout 'hectic' as virus totals soar

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's health department has begun efforts to vaccinate its most vulnerable population. A drive-thru clinic for registered folks is slated for today (Thursday)
The rollout has been hectic in Franklin County and across the country.
Health Director Scott LaVigne said they're navigating it as best they can.


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Plethora of problems plopped on 'plate' of commissioners

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners agreed to address better broadband service, its plagued radio system and lingering animal control issues after the matters were brought forth by residents during the board's public comments portion of their Monday meeting.
Wake Forest resident and animal rescue volunteer Carla Roshitsh and Louisburg resident Lindsey Hesch asked the board to recommission the Animal Control Advisory Board.


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<i>County's 'tornado' swaps clerk's duties for time with family</i>
Assistant Clerk of Court Leanna Anderson, standing in front of the courthouse,
County's 'tornado' swaps clerk's duties for time with family

LOUISBURG -- Leanna Anderson often moved through the Franklin County Courthouse like a tornado, helping the public, attorneys, judges and colleagues with fervor.
But, at the end of 2020, 30 years in the clerk's office were over -- just like that.
"... You don't know what tomorrow holds, so I'm going to take it while I can get it," Anderson said of her retirement.


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School needs study presented to county

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County schools presented commissioners with a facility needs survey that outlined nearly $70 million in facilities improvements over the next 10 years.
The report doesn't require a financial commitment from the county right now, only that it acknowledges receiving and reviewing the survey.
The survey does, though, inform the school system's budget requests, said system Chief of Auxiliary Services Larry Webb.


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Booms banish Bunn's buzzards

BUNN -- The cannons have gone silent in Bunn.
And, so, apparently, have the buzzards.
School system staff had a propane cannon installed atop the roof of the Bunn High School gymnasium, hoping the intermittent sonic sound it created would keep the birds of prey from continuing to destroy the roof.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Bunn HS girls hoops fan VonTray Holmes


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Divisions
Editorial Cartoon: Divisions

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Viewing 2021 through lenses of '20 and '19
Viewing 2021 through lenses of '20 and '19

Happy New Year and here's hoping -- really hoping -- for a better 2021 than 2020.
But the mere fact that we're still here means that the virus hasn't gotten us -- at least not yet -- and because many, perhaps most, Franklin Countians are following science, using common sense and wearing masks, means that we're not nearly as bad off as some sections of the country.
Now, with two vaccines in the chute, we should start seeing more vaccinations and the danger will begin to ease off in a few months, although that remains to be seen.


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Getting around without a car could become much easier
Getting around without a car could become much easier

In my more than 30 years of driving, a couple of months ago, I saw a warning message on my car that I've never seen before -- transmission hot.
So, I pulled over, let it cool down and, then, drove it home.
I took it to a shop a few days later, had a repair made and hoped that would be the end of it.
I wasn't so lucky.


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Two sides to every story

Dear editor:
I am a tax-paying property owner in this county of 25 years who started an agriculture business in 2013 farming gourmet mushrooms for farmers markets, restaurants, and CSA's. Providing classes to the public, with the help of our local Agriculture Department, I was making a name for myself and my business.


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Editorial Cartoon: Relief Package
Editorial Cartoon: Relief Package

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SPORTS

TRANSITION TEAM
BUNN GUARD ALEXIS PERRY
TRANSITION TEAM

BUNN -- Bunn High School's greatest girls basketball teams of the past 25 years were all blessed with the same ability -- to score in transition from just about anywhere on the court.
But that's a trait that has been missing from BHS hoops since the graduation of Butterball Cooke three years ago.


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Rams In Playoff Mix
Rams In Playoff Mix

FRANKLINTON -- A strange season dotted with extended breaks, postponed matches and limited practice time has transformed into a one-week proposition for the Franklinton High School volleyball squad.
FHS will wrap up the crazy campaign this week with a trio of matches, and it's almost a certainty that the Lady Rams need to win all of them in order to qualify for the Class 3-A State Playoffs.


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SEEDING TIME
LOUISBURG'S AMBER WEATHERS (Photo Courtesy Amanda Dixon, Butner-Creedmoor News)
SEEDING TIME

LOUISBURG -- If the Louisburg Lady Warriors are indeed able to hang a Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Championship banner from this season inside the LHS Gymnasium, it will certainly be one of the most interestingly obtained in school history.
Like so many other schools in the area, Louisburg has had to deal with a variety of adverse circumstances during the 2019-20 spike campaign.


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NC State wraps up campaign
NC State wraps up campaign

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- North Carolina State University wrapped up its 2020 football schedule last Saturday with a 23-21 loss to Kentucky in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl.
The Wolfpack fell behind 13-0 at halftime before rallying after the break -- only to come up short.


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MY BALL
MY BALL

(L to R) Bunn's Kaitlyn Adams and Louisburg's Amya Milon attempt to bring in a rebound during Tuesday evening's Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball matchup at the Bunn Dome. The host Ladycats were 56-20 winners in the showdown.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

FISH APLENTY
FISH APLENTY

Despite the chilly winter-like weather, the fishing has been pretty good at the public fishing hole in Owens Park


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Congressman opens new office

DURHAM --  Congressman David Price, whose constituents include Franklin County residents, is opening a consolidated district office in Durham for the new Fourth Congressional District.
The new office takes the place of the previous offices located in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, which are no longer operational.


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Practicing law without license charges face man

LOUISBURG -- A Louisburg man is slated to appear in court on charges of practicing law without a license.
Johnny C. Clifton Jr. is also charged with obtaining property by false pretense.
According to the case file, the State Department of Insurance (DOI) accused Clifton of representing himself as an attorney, attempting to help a Raleigh family resolve an automobile accident claim in the spring of 2018.


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