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Showing 30 articles from February 17, 2021.

FRONT PAGE

Out of COVID spotlight, opioid crisis spirals upward

LOUISBURG -- A few weeks ago, the Attorney General's office announced that North Carolina would receive about $19 million as part of a $573 million multi-state settlement against a consulting company they allege helped drug companies market and promote drugs that sparked the opioid epidemic.
The settlement requires that the funds be spent on opioid abatement.


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A battery-powered Louisburg? Idea might lower rates

LOUISBURG -- Two innovative projects -- one of which was approved and one which was just opened for preliminary talks -- highlighted a Louisburg Town Council meeting Monday night where a number of decisions moved various programs forward.
The innovative project that was approved involves using the town-owned property at 109 North Church Street as "Workspace, A Cowork Concept" designed to encourage small businesses and entrepreneurs.


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STRANGE SIGHTING A SIGN OF HOPE
STRANGE SIGHTING A SIGN OF HOPE

That's an image of the sun setting over the old "fishing hole" at Franklin County's Owens Park Tuesday afternoon. After what has seemed like endless days of cloudy, rainy weather recently, the emergence of the sun was a sight cheered around the county and gave many hope that eventually these depressingly cold and rainy days will give way to sunny Springtime.


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No objections raised to Palziv grant

LOUISBURG -- Economic development staff petitioned the county for incentive money that Palziv's CEO said they'll use to expand operations and hire more people.
A decision on whether to do so or not will come at a later meeting.
The board held a public hearing Monday night, soliciting input on a proposal to provide the foam maker with $156,000 to help with an overall $5.2 million expansion project.


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Vaccine eligibility to expand

LOUISBURG -- Teachers and childcare workers will become eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations next week, but Franklin County's health director said the county's aging population will continue to be its priority.
On Feb. 10, Gov. Roy Cooper and State Health Secretary Mandy Cohen announced that Group 3 frontline workers -- anyone working in child care or schools -- would be eligible for a shot.


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<i>Youngsville seeks solution to trash issue</i>
Youngsville seeks solution to trash issue

YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners have called a public hearing next month to determine how it handles apartment complex trash.
Town Manager Phil Cordeiro presented town leaders with two proposals:


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Veterans Services Director Brenda Wilkins


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Boring Bowl
Editorial Cartoon: Boring Bowl

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Cold rain, oceans of mud and gridiron advice!
Cold rain, oceans of mud and gridiron advice!

Okay, trying to be positive here ... but to tell the truth, I'm so sick of the cold rain and the soft mud that I could scream.
Not that it would do any good -- mostly because it would probably be drowned out by the rest of you screaming as well!
I can't remember when it's been any wetter for any longer, even after a hurricane.


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Animal control advisory board inevitable? So why the delay?
Animal control advisory board inevitable? So why the delay?

The steady stream of residents, officials and animal advocates who want an animal control advisory board continues.
And, to be honest, it seems more like a matter of when, not if.
Going back to January of 2019, residents and animal welfare advocates began petitioning county commissioners for improvements at the animal shelter, initially asking the board to bolster the department's staff to help care for animals.


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'Elitist' members of Congress don't care about 'little people'

Dear editor:
I was unable to sit through the entire impeachment hearing, but I did see the highlights. It appears that the luckiest man in America last week was Chief Justice John Roberts. He turned down the invitation to preside over the proceedings and Senator Patrick Leahy, who is the most senior member of the Senate assumed the responsibility.


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Editorial Cartoon: Vacation
Editorial Cartoon: Vacation

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OBITUARIES

HANSEL AUSTIN STARLING

FRANKLINTON - Hansel Austin Starling, infant son of Victoria Anne Dupree and Zachary Austin Starling was born an angel and is now in the arms of Jesus on February 10, 2021.


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KRISTIA MAKAYLA RICHARDSON

HOLLISTER -- Kristia Makayla Richardson, age 10, went to rest in the loving arms of Jesus on February 6, 2021. She was born on January 5, 2011 to Mary Ellen Roberson and Marshall Bryant Richardson. Kristia was preceded in death by a cousin, Markel Richardson.


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SPORTS

SEEKING A CROWN
RISING ABOVE THE COMPETITION. Bunn's Alexis Perry (right) elevates for a basket during Tuesday night's road victory at Granville Central.
SEEKING A CROWN

STEM -- A more distinct scenario could not be more available for the Bunn Ladycats and their quest to claim the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball championship for the 2021 campaign.
It's simple -- the Ladycats just needed to win Wednesday's regular season finale at Roanoke Rapids in order to take the crown -- and earn an automatic berth in the upcoming Class 2-A State Playoffs.


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LC's Weather Issues
LC's Weather Issues

LOUISBURG -- Before his program adjourned for the holidays in late-November, Louisburg College baseball coach Blake Herring stressed the importances of making the most of the upcoming January developmental schedule.
In Herring's estimation, that time was vital for several reasons -- formulating a pitching rotation, deciphering potential lineups, continued fundamental work, team unity exercises and all-around preparation ahead of the opening of the regular season in February.


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ALMOST THERE
ALMOST THERE

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Football in February -- that rare phrase will be heard across Franklin County next Friday when the high school gridiron campaign begins.
Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn will all be in action that day (February 26) to kick off their respective schedules.
In a much-anticipated matchup, Louisburg will hold its first-ever game on its new field by hosting the Bunn Wildcats in a county and Northern Carolina Conference showdown.


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FHS girls shock foe Northern
FHS girls shock foe Northern

RED OAK -- Franklinton High School came up with one of its biggest victories of the season Monday in girls basketball action at Northern Nash.
Earlier in the year, FHS was edged at home by Northern, which stood in second place in the Big East Conference heading into the much-anticipated rematch.
Franklinton, however, evened the score Monday with a 49-44 road decision over the Fighting Knights at the historic NNHS Gymnasium in Red Oak.


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Pack picked for 2nd spot

GREENSBORO -- Playing in one of the nation's toughest conferences, North Carolina State University was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division of the 2021 ACC Baseball Preseason poll, announced by the league office last Thursday afternoon.
Based on a vote by the league's head coaches, the Wolfpack collected 74 points to finish behind overall champion University of Louisville (95 points and 11 first-place votes) in the division.


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Upset Almost Pulled
BUNN SENIOR PJ SPIVEY
Upset Almost Pulled

STEM -- Jamari Mann may wear the number zero on his uniform jersey, but he was a Perfect 10 for the Granville Central Panthers down the stretch during Tuesday's home boys basketball matchup against a pesky Bunn squad.
With GCHS star point guard Terrence Harcum lost to fouls and the Panthers nursing a narrow cushion, Mann took over when his club needed it most.


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Lady Canes a winner

LOUISBURG -- The #19-ranked Louisburg College women's basketball took down #4 Catawba Valley Community College last Wednesday night by a 92-68 margin in Region X action at the Taylor Center on the LC campus.
The game was close for most of the contest with the Hurricanes ahead by 2 going into halftime.


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ADAMS ON THE MARK
ADAMS ON THE MARK

Bunn High School's Kaitlyn Adams looks for an open teammate during Tuesday night's key Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball game at Granville Central.


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DOUBLE TROUBLE
DOUBLE TROUBLE

Bunn High School's Quay Mosley (with ball) attempts to break the Granville Central half-court trap during Tuesday's Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball matchup, which was staged at the GCHS Gymnasium in Stem.


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SANDERS SPARKLES
SANDERS SPARKLES

Bunn freshman Alana Sanders had a strong performance for the Ladycats during Tuesday night's road conference victory against Granville Central High School.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Voting rights icon had deep, local roots</i>
Voting rights icon had deep, local roots

In the early 1940s, a 21-year-old African-American woman traveled by mule wagon to the Franklin County Courthouse to register to vote for the first time. Confronted by three white men who tried to stop her with a "literacy test," they demanded she recite the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.
When she delivered it without mistake, they reluctantly allowed her to register.
This act of courage made Louisburg native Rosanell Eaton one of the first African-American voters in the state of North Carolina since Reconstruction.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Scholarship available

LOUISBURG -- Nominations are being sought for the Herter O'Neal $750 scholarship, offered by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Administrative Professionals Association (NCCEAPA).
The scholarship is available to North Carolina residents pursuing a college degree (Associates and/or Bachelors) in business or a business-related field of study.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Teenager shot while walking in Youngsville

YOUNGSVILLE -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are looking for a suspect in a shooting.
According to authorities, Keshon Fuller was walking from Wake Forest to his Youngsville home when a vehicle pulled up beside him in the 1800 block of N. White Street at about 1 a.m. on Feb. 15.


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Citizen tips credited for recent arrests of two drug suspects
Ricky Ricardo Jones
Citizen tips credited for recent arrests of two drug suspects

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Tips led Franklin County sheriff's deputies to make two drug arrests.
Ricky Ricardo Jones, 55, of 387 Williams Road, was charged with one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, one count of selling a controlled substance and one count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling controlled substances.


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College involved in lawsuit over unpaid wages

LOUISBURG -- A lawsuit filed by a former Louisburg College employee over unpaid services remains pending in court.
Sequoia Sady filed a lawsuit in October, alleging that the school promised to pay her an additional $20,000 a year to serve as the school's web designer -- a role she filled from January 2018 until November 2018.


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JUST WETTIN' A LINE!
JUST WETTIN' A LINE!

Rocky Mount angler Tim Wilke took advantage of a little mid-winter sunshine and a chance to get outside and torment the fish -- or maybe be tormented by them on Tuesday afternoon. But with a possible ice storm in the forecast for later in the week, Wilke used the sun and warmer weather to good advantage.


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