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Showing 22 articles from January 20, 2021.

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County vaccination clinics ramp up to 1,000 a day
County vaccination clinics ramp up to 1,000 a day

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County has ramped up its vaccination plan, inoculating more than 1,000 folks during its clinics.
And, the state is taking notice, said Franklin County Health Director Scott LaVigne.
"We're averaging 185 vaccines an hour and we had one hour where we recorded 220 vaccines in an hour," LaVigne told county commissioners during their Jan. 19 board meeting.


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County pumps more money into yet another water study

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners agreed to pay more than $83,000 for the next step in securing a long-term water solution.
The county hired MBD Consulting Engineers in November 2019 to perform a water supply study, determining how the county could address its short- and long-term water concerns.


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Will money fix broadband?

LOUISBURG -- Two companies with plans to bring broadband services to the county or expand their footprint told commissioners they're ready to move ahead.
First, the board agreed to pay Open Broadband $76,000 -- per a seven-year contract agreement -- to move forward with its next steps to deploy wireless broadband service to unserved and underserved pockets of Franklin County.


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Airport impact: $27 million, 230 jobs

LOUISBURG -- County airport management reported improving fiscal conditions at Triangle North Executive Airport.
And, the advisory board committed itself to working with a long-time tenant in his effort to grow and expand his business.
According to a report by the State Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation, North Carolina's 72 public airports contributed $61 billion to the economy and supports more than 373,000 jobs.


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Youngsville okays town home project despite objections
Stephen's Glen residents overwhelmingly opposed the new development
Youngsville okays town home project despite objections

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners approved a 71-unit town home development that diversifies residential offerings in town, but not before getting an earful from nearby residents who oppose the plan.
The neighborhood will mark Phase 2 of the Wiggins Village subdivision on Hicks Road, right across from Youngsville Academy -- not far from the intersection of Cedar Creek and Hicks Road.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Franklin County legend Oliver 'June' Greene


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Normal
Editorial Cartoon: Normal

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Vaccine scene: Better but a long way to go!
Vaccine scene: Better but a long way to go!

We're happy to report this week that things are vastly improved on the COVID-19 vaccination front.
The vaccine rollout is improving -- although it's still a ways from the pace that will be needed to quickly protect an estimated 55,000 adults in Franklin County, not to mention the younger folks when they become eligible.
The average process for getting a shot is bout two hours, including time to make sure the recipient isn't going to have a reaction to the medication.


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If the chips do fall correctly,  everyone could get a pardon
If the chips do fall correctly, everyone could get a pardon

This isn't exactly an editor's note, but I certainly need to preface this column by noting the obvious: I am not a president and don't have such executive powers.
And, by inference, I'm not saying that any of our local governments are guilty of criminal acts, but in the spirit of the season, I will take it upon myself to issue pardons, if you will.


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<i>Physician urges: Get vaccinated for yourself, others</i>
Physician urges: Get vaccinated for yourself, others

For most of us, this past holiday season was unlike any other we have experienced. Instead of the typical hustle and bustle of holiday parties, family gatherings and being surrounded by those we love - this year was just different. I know for me personally, I missed seeing my mother and other beloved family members due to the restrictions of COVID-19.


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Vaccinations made simple

Dear editor:
The headline in the Jan. 7, 2021 edition of the Times read "Vaccine rollout 'hectic' as virus total soar." The headline together with other reports I heard from people complaining about the time they waited in line to get their COVID-19 vaccinations caused me and my wife concern about getting our vaccinations.


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Editorial Cartoon: Key
Editorial Cartoon: Key

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OBITUARIES

FRANK GANTT, JR.

LOUISBURG-Graveside services for Frank Gantt Jr., age 77, who died on Friday, January 8, 2021, were held on Wednesday, January 20 at the Eastern Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro.


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JUDY MYERS HUTSON

Judy Myers Hutson, 61, of Youngsville, N.C. passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the home of her son in Louisburg, N.C.


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LOUISE ROSSER

HOLLISTER-Funeral services for Louise Rosser, age 78, who died on Monday, January 18, 2021, will be held on Friday, January 22 at 1 p.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg with Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery in Hollister.


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SPORTS

A SPECIAL SEASON
TAKING A HOLLIDAY. Louisburg\'s Breanna Holliday delivers a kill last Thursday during playoff action against East Wake Academy at home.
A SPECIAL SEASON

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's 2020-21 volleyball campaign will be remembered for its craziness on so many fronts.
But the Lady Warriors accomplished much more this season than anyone could have expected -- even always-optimist LHS head coach Erica Wammock.
Wammock really had no idea how LHS would fare with a young lineup that was destined to feature a slew of inexperienced performers -- and just two seniors.


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BHS Off To Quick Start
(L TO R) BUNN'S CARLEE TART AND LOUISBURG'S BROOKLYN FIELDS
BHS Off To Quick Start

BUNN -- Bunn High School has erupted to a quick start in girls basketball with a 3-1 record -- including three victories in Northern Carolina Conference action.
The Ladycats, coached by Matt Keith, added to their conference triumph total last Friday with a 59-47 road decision at Oxford Webb.
BHS led by just two points before going on a 19-9 spurt in the fourth quarter to close out the win.


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ATOP THE LIST
BUNN SENIOR SPIKER REBECCA TYSON
ATOP THE LIST

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It was a shortened season, but still a good one for the prep volleyball squads at Louisburg and Bunn.
LHS ended up sharing the Northern Carolina Conference crown with South Granville before reaching the second round of the Class 1-A State Spike Playoffs with one of the youngest clubs in school history.


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LC ready to begin schedule
LC ready to begin schedule

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will begin its 2021 softball season by taking part in the JUCO Kickoff Classic from Jan. 29-30 in Clearwater, Fla.
LC's first home event will be a doubleheader on February 5 versus Georgia Highlands College at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
The Lady Hurricanes, coached by Eric Lee, will look to defend their Region X Tournament championship.


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Second draft now finalized

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The second North Carolina High School Athletic Association Realignment Draft, at least from a Franklin County perspective, looks similar to the initial list -- with one notable exception.
The latest Big East Conference projection remains an eight-team, split Class 2/3-A league that will include Franklin County schools Louisburg, Bunn and Franklinton..


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WORKING TOGETHER
WORKING TOGETHER

(L to R) Louisburg High School's Breanna Holliday and Caleigh Murphy team up for a block attempt during last Wednesday evening's meeting with East Wake Academy in the second round of the Class 1-A State Volleyball Playoffs.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

County has a new assistant manager
County has a new assistant manager

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County has a new assistant manager.
William Doerfer will begin serving in that post on Feb. 15, Franklin County management announced.
Doerfer most recently served the town manager of Liberty, a town in Randolph County.


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