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Showing 27 articles from February 3, 2021.

FRONT PAGE

Scarce vaccine supplies slow immunizations

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County is back in the first-dose vaccine business -- but, just barely.
After essentially exhausting its available first doses the week of Jan. 18, Franklin County is back on a supply chain of getting at least 900 first dose vaccinations a week.
"We were doing 3,200 vaccinations a week [prior]," Franklin County Health Director Scott LaVigne told commissioners during the board's Feb. 1 meeting.


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<i>Livin' his dream in a small town</i>
Louisburg pharmacist Ted Gupton is retiring after 50 years
Livin' his dream in a small town

LOUISBURG -- If you ask, Louisburg pharmacist Ted Gupton will tell you that he's "been living the dream" for the last five decades, splitting his time between Main Street and the family farm in White Level -- and most importantly, doing all he can to help his customers and turn many of them into friends.
The dream for Gupton started back in 1964 when he graduated from Edward Best High School here in Franklin County and headed off to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where, by 1969, he lacked only a year-long internship requirement before becoming a fully licensed pharmacist.


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County considers grant for Palziv

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing to determine if a company warrants a business incentive.
Palziv North America is proposing a $5.2 million expansion, bolstering its manufacturing and production capabilities at its North American headquarters, located just outside of Louisburg.
Franklin County, through its Economic Development Office's incentive policy, is proposing to aid with that growth.


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Ex-educator admits child sex offenses
Ex-educator admits child sex offenses

LOUISBURG -- A former Franklinton High educator is slated to appear in court next month to learn all the conditions of his probation after pleading guilty to child sex offenses.
After investigating a child pornography cyber tip provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Franklin County sheriff's deputies, along with agents with the State Bureau of Investigation, arrested Jeremy Crawford in March 2019, charging him with 10 counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor.


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Bunn ponders nuisance abatment

BUNN -- Town planning consultants and officials are exploring ways to improve how it deals with nuisances.
The town currently has an ordinance that outlines how it deals with nuisances, but its limited, said Danny Eudy, the town's planning consultant through N•FOCUS.
"Right now," he told commissioners during the board's Feb. 1 meeting, "you only have about five items you can do anything about.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Mason Cox, doing some chores in the days before his 5th birthday


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Jackpot
Editorial Cartoon: Jackpot

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Quick quips on virus and sad retirement news
Quick quips on virus and sad retirement news

Ah, February.
The best thing about it is that it's only 28 days long -- chilly, damp, often winter-like days -- but when it's over, we'll be one step closer to spring.
It was even tough getting to February. The last day of January -- complete with steady rain and temperatures that hovered a couple of degrees above freezing -- had to be one of the most miserable days of the last year, and that's saying something.


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Does experience provide  government insight? You bet!
Does experience provide government insight? You bet!

As someone whose knowledge about Wall Street comes from movies like "Trading Places" and television shows like "Shark Tank," I can't begin to tell you what's been going on with the stock market lately.
What I do know is that I felt like I had just hit 88 mph in a DeLorean and time traveled back to 2000, because I was hearing and seeing names like GameStop, Blackberry, Nokia and AMC dominating headlines and leading off news cycles.


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Editorial Cartoon: By A Nose
Editorial Cartoon: By A Nose

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County needs help with water issue

Dear editor:
I found your research on past water reports very interesting since I know a bit about such.
When I served on the Franklin County Planning Board (thanks to Commissioner Raymond Stone) we worked fervently trying to get more information on county vitals, like water, power and federal funds.


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Do Americans need reprogrammed?

Dear editor:
On Jan. 20, 2021 President Joe Biden signed an executive order to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. This is the 4th phase of this pipeline that already has the first 3 phases in operation. The project was initially proposed in 2005 and there have been numerous lawsuits and concerns along the way. The point is that in one day TC Energy eliminated jobs for about 1,000 employees and several thousand support jobs.


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Editorial Cartoon: In-Box
Editorial Cartoon: In-Box

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OBITUARIES

JOYCE ANN ALLEN

LOUISBURG, NC- Joyce Ann Banks Allen, 66, of Louisburg, passed away on the morning of January 27, 2021. She was born on March 31, 1954 to the late Carl Eugene and Elsie Rich Banks. In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her brothers, Carl "Corky" Banks, Jr., Carroll Banks, Kyle Banks, and Butch Lipe.


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LOUISE BATTLE PERSON

CASTALIA, NC - Funeral services for Louise Battle Person, age 80, who died on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, will be held on Saturday, February 6, at 2:00 p.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Sugaville Farms Family Cemetery.


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PATRICIA D. EARP

LOUISBURG, NC - Patricia (Pat) Dickens Earp, 73, of Louisburg, died Tuesday morning, February 2, 2021 at her home.


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SPORTS

DOWN TO THE WIRE
SURE SHOT. Louisburg High School's Ethan Wood drains a jumper last Friday night against the Bunn Wildcats.
DOWN TO THE WIRE

LOUISBURG - Both teams made a statement during last Friday's Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown between Bunn and homestanding Louisburg.
The Warriors, a young club boasted plenty of talented freshmen and sophomores, showed that they were ready for NCC primetime by hanging tough with the Wildcats.


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Sunshine Visit For LC
LOUISBURG COLLEGE FRESHMAN PITCHER CARRIGAN EWERS
Sunshine Visit For LC

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College softball coach Eric Lee isn't one to ease into things -- especially the much-anticipated 2021 campaign.
Blessed with a club he thinks can compete for national supremacy, Lee put his Lady Hurricanes to an early test last week by participating in the JUCO Kickoff Showcase in Clearwater, Florida.


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REGION STARS
LOUISBURG FRESHMAN CHLOE WEBSTER
REGION STARS

LOUISBURG -- A simple consultation of the North Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association's All-Region 3 Team provides proof of the bright future of the Louisburg High School spike program.
Two LHS standouts -- Chloe Webster and Taylor Leonard -- have been selected to the prestigious list for the 2020-21 campaign. And both are underclassmen.


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FHS girls earn two victories
FHS girls earn two victories

FRANKLINTON -- Thanks to a tough early-season schedule, the Franklinton Lady Rams might not be where they would like -- at least from an overall record perspective.
But FHS' two losses in Big East Conference came against clubs considered to be in the league hierarchy -- Rocky Mount and Northern Nash.
The NNHS setback came last Tuesday at home, and Franklinton has bounced back with a pair of impressive Big East victories.


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'Canes win over GTCC
'Canes win over GTCC

JAMESTOWN -- The Louisburg College men's basketball squad played its third game in a four -game road stretch last Saturday and defeated Guilford Technical Community College 81-75.
The Hurricanes could not extend an early lead, and so after losing the final four minutes of the first half by 7, the score was tied at 37.
Guilford Tech went on to lead for much of the second half until the game was tied again with four minutes to play.


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DRAWING A CROWD
DRAWING A CROWD

Louisburg High School's Marcus Portis attempts to go up for a basket during last Friday's home conference showdown against rival Bunn at the historic LHS Gymnasium.


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DURHAM DOMINATES
DURHAM DOMINATES

Sophomore Jordan Durham (with ball) had an effective outing last Friday for the Louisburg Warriors during their home loss against Bunn.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Local lady is 100!</i>
Local lady is 100!

HAPPY 100TH. Louisburg resident Nellie Fogg celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 15. A drive-thru celebration of her birth was held on Jan. 16 at the Louisburg Rehabilitation Nursing Center.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Animal control board edges toward reality

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners nearly put a new animal control advisory board to a vote on Monday.
They decided to do a bit more homework instead, though.
Going back to the fall of 2019, animal welfare advocates have pressed or petitioned county staff and commissioners to make improvements to the animal shelter -- including reinstating the advisory board.


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Snow day, pretty and brief, 1
Snow day, pretty and brief, 1

SNOW. Jennifer Rasnake and her daughter Quinn used the snow to take a couple of sledding runs at their home in Youngsville, which received more than two inches of snow.


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Snow day, pretty and brief, 2
Snow day, pretty and brief, 2

The Craig family, from left, Anna Grace, Madeline, Joshua and Angela, build a snowman to stand watch at their property in Youngsville. Rain, not snow, is in the forecast for Friday and Sunday with temperatures approaching 50 degrees.


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