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Showing 27 articles from February 24, 2021.

FRONT PAGE

<i>If you're 65 or older, it's time to step up!</i>
If you're 65 or older, it's time to step up!

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's health director is urging older residents to take advantage of their priority status before vaccinations open up to more of the general public.
The Franklin County Health Department has been vaccinating folks in Group 1 and Group 2, healthcare workers, residents and staff in long-term congregate facilities and those over 65.


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A marathon without a finish line?

LOUISBURG -- Although COVID-19 has upended everything, the state of the school district is not chaotic, Superintendent Rhonda Schuhler has told commissioners.
"It's been almost a year [since COVID hit]," Dr. Schuhler told commissioners during their Feb. 15 board meeting, updating them and the public during her annual State of the District presentation to commissioners.


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Use it or lose it, developer is told

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners adopted a resolution that could require the developer of an apartment complex to, essentially, move it or lose it.
It will be up to the county's Utilities Advisory Commission and, ultimately, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, to follow through on the town's prompt.
In December 2018, Franklinton commissioners approved plans to develop the 100-unit Burlington Park apartments.


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Stabbing leads to wreck; gunshot, arrest follow
Stabbing leads to wreck; gunshot, arrest follow

YOUNGSVILLE -- A Franklinton man is slated to appear in court next month on charges that he stabbed a friend that prompted a wreck and an officer-involved shooting incident.
Neither the officer nor the suspect were injured, but Craig Stover, 22, of Youngsville, was treated and released after sustaining multiple stab wounds in the Feb. 19 incident.


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<i>Youngsville dilemma: One ABC store or two?</i>
Youngsville dilemma: One ABC store or two?

YOUNGSVILLE -- The town's ABC board agreed to move forward with pursuing a lease for a new store, but not before discussing what they'll do with their current one.
Last fall, the board agreed to sell its N. College Street store and nearly two acres to WW Properties and Rentals for $395,000.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Bunn HS basketball legend Butterball Cooke


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Double Masking
Editorial Cartoon: Double Masking

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Can Louisburg make a good idea really great?
Can Louisburg make a good idea really great?

The town of Louisburg is half way to a good idea.
Now, with a little more research and a commitment to our long-term future, they have a chance to turn it into a great idea that could be a key element in attracting the kind of jobs Central Franklin County really needs.
The good idea is simple but expensive.


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Today's lesson: Get involved, don't let gov't dump on you
Today's lesson: Get involved, don't let gov't dump on you

Too often I hear, especially in my line of work, the community's voice doesn't matter -- government is going to do what it wants to do.
Perhaps, too often that might be the case.
However, a vocal group of residents in Vance County, not far from the Franklin County line, are the exception to this often held belief.


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Editorial Cartoon: Side Effects
Editorial Cartoon: Side Effects

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Recalling the cost of freedom

Dear editor:
For some reason I thought about the fact that six Marines raised the U.S. Flag atop Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. The black and white photograph of the second raising of the flag became extremely popular and was reprinted in several publications. That was 76 years ago on Iwo Jima during World War II.


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Editorial Cartoon: Sleepy Joe
Editorial Cartoon: Sleepy Joe

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OBITUARIES

JOHN R. GREEN

LOUISBURG -- Funeral services for John R. Green, age 86, who died on Monday, February 22, 2021, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2021 from the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg with Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Walnut Grove Church Cemetery.


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SPORTS

FHS Salutes Senior Standout
FRANKLINTON'S MIRACLE CORNELL
FHS Salutes Senior Standout

FRANKLINTON -- Miracle Cornell was a day-one impact player for the Franklinton High School girls basketball team -- and never stopped over the next four years.
Cornell's career at FHS came to an end last weekend, but not without a final dose of fireworks. Last Friday night, Cornell was saluted along with Franklinton's other upperclassmen as part of Senior Night festivities.


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NO GIVING UP HERE
FRANKLINTON'S MIKEL ALSTON
NO GIVING UP HERE

FRANKLINTON - What the Franklinton Red Rams didn't earn in the standings, they certainly earned in respect during the 2021 boys basketball campaign.
Competing in the always-tough Big East Conference, the Red Rams were only able to muster a trio of victories under the direction of veteran head coach Darrin Stinson.


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LHS' NEW ERA
LHS' NEW ERA

LOUISBURG -- Barring a late snafu, Louisburg High School will make a bit of history tonight with the unveiling of its new football facility.
LHS' contemporary gridiron home will be the site of the Warriors' regular season opener today against the Bunn Wildcats. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Considering the limited number of spectators who will be attending, this is not the official 'grand opening' of the facility. That will take place in the fall if things get back to normal.


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FHS girls close out schedule
FRESHMAN FORCE. Mikayla Taborn (with ball) was an instant impact performer as a ninth-grader this season for the Franklinton High School girls basketball squad under Matt Hockaday.
FHS girls close out schedule

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School just wrapped up an impressive girls basketball season -- and the future of the program definitely looks bright.
But for all of the positive aspects surrounding the current and forthcoming Lady Rams, veteran head coach Matt Hockaday can't help but think about a missed opportunity his club experienced this winter.


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Grid games moving up
Grid games moving up

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- With the threat of more rainy weather looming, Franklin County's high schools have moved up their scheduled season-opening football games from Friday to today.
Louisburg High School will unveil its new stadium in style as the Warriors will host backyard rival Bunn in a key Northern Carolina Conference gridiron showdown.


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FRANKLINTON HS GIRLS BASKETBALL SENIOR SHOWCASE
FRANKLINTON HS GIRLS BASKETBALL SENIOR SHOWCASE

Franklinton High School's Senior Class for the 2021 girls basketball season are, along with coaches, (back, l to r) Assistant Coach Edith Debnam, Cassandra Bell, LaDenna Cornell, Head Coach Matt Hockaday, Miracle Cornell and Assistant Coach Michael Justice; (front, l to r) Jala Walker, Katherine Wilkins and Akiah McMillan.


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SPARTANS WIN THE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
SPARTANS WIN THE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

The Kerr-Vance Academy junior varsity girls basketball team recently won the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association's Coastal Plains Conference Tournament Championship with a victory over Rocky Mount Academy. Libby Cash was selected as the Most Valuable Player for the event and was joined on the All-Tourney list by teammates Regan Tanner and Katelyn Holtzman. In the above photo, (l to r) Mattie Grissom and Libby Cash pose with the title trophy.


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SUPER SCOOP FOR FHS
SUPER SCOOP FOR FHS

Franklinton's Kyjhari Matthews scores on a soft floater for the Red Rams during last Friday night's home conference meeting with the Southern Nash Firebirds.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>First virtual concert slated at Cherry Hill</i>
Soprano Christianna Hellwig
First virtual concert slated at Cherry Hill

The Cherry Hill Historical Foundation will present a virtual concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.
Daniel Steinert, pianist, and Eric McCracken, violinist, may be seen on the Cherry Hill website, www.cherryhillconcerts.com or on YouTube. Also featured will be soprano Christianna Hellwig. The program will include works by Bach, Fritz Kreisler, and Johannes Brahms as well as composers of well-known hymns and arrangements.


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Living 50 Plus: History, love and fun
Living 50 Plus: History, love and fun

The Valentine's Day celebration was a drive-through event, held at the Louisburg Senior Center. Center members took home baskets of goodies. Pictured from left to right: Volunteer Matthew Demeule, Shelia Mitchell, Dominque Simon and Carolyn Peters.


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Living 50 Plus: History, love and fun, 2
Living 50 Plus: History, love and fun, 2

Armenta Eaton was the guest speaker for the Department of Aging Black History Month virtual live event. The topic was, "A Look at the Legacy of Black 'Sheroes' in America."


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COMMUNITY NEWS

RUSHING WATER
RUSHING WATER

The frequent, some might say almost constant, rains over the past several weeks have sent creeks and rivers running at near capacity -- and Perry's Mill Pond is certainly an example of that. But the calendar says that March is just a few days away and with it might come the beginning of springtime and perhaps, at the very least, some sunny days.


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Franklinton board expedites surplus property disposal

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners adopted a policy to dispose of surplus property that management says expedites the process.
The policy, which was adopted unanimously, gives the town manager authority to declare and dispose of surplus personal property at his discretion, as long as the item is less than $10,000 and in the town's best interest.


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Deputies make drug arrests

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a duo on drug charges.
According to the report by Cpl. Z. Proctor, Richard Ellis, 37, of Louisburg, and Kristy Smith, 33, of Henderson, were charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, respectively.


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