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Showing 26 articles from March 10, 2021.

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County elementary schools to reopen April 12

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County elementary school students will have the option of heading back to the traditional classroom for four days a week beginning April 12 following a unanimous decision by the county board of education Monday night.
The move follows a recent state mandate that all North Carolina school districts must operate under Plan A or B, eliminating the option for Plan C or remote learning only.


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Shots available; arms needed! Where are all the patients?

LOUISBURG -- The trend that allowed the Franklin County Health Department to get vaccines to educators sooner than expected is the same trend that worries its director.
The state opened vaccinations up to those in Group 3 -- essentially, educators -- on Feb. 24.


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HE'S A HERO -- OFFICIALLY!
HE'S A HERO -- OFFICIALLY!

James Scott Perry has long had a special place at Franklinton Elementary School but now it's official, he's their hero. Perry's regular job is head custodian at the school but he has assigned himself a lot of other duties, including helping kids tie their shoes, rescuing the ones who forgot their lunch money, rewarding kids, walking them to class, giving them "high fives," and encouraging those with behavioral or developmental needs.


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Drug scheme at jail busted; six arrested
Drug scheme at jail busted; six arrested

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested two detention officers, three inmates and the wife of an inmate in what investigators have called a "pyramid scheme" to smuggle drugs into the jail.
Detention officer Chase Garnett Strickland, 28, was charged with one count of providing contraband to an inmate the morning of March 8.


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School board paves way for changes

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education made one major change Monday night and also paved the way for other significant changes in the near future.
The board changed the time of its meetings from the long-standing 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning in April although in the past that change has been avoided because it makes it difficult for some parents who work out of the county to attend meetings.


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Army engineers to (again) study Tar River flooding remedies

LOUISBURG -- The Army Corps of Engineers will begin sharing information and soliciting input in an effort to mitigate flooding along the Tar-Pamlico River Basin.
The Corps' Pittsburgh District is set to host a series of virtual public meetings, starting with a March 22 session focusing on the town of Louisburg and Franklin County.
"We're excited about the session and hearing what they have to say," said Louisburg Town Administrator Jonathan Franklin.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Former Louisburg spike star Brandi Pinnell


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Antifa!
Editorial Cartoon: Antifa!

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Engineers to unleash another Tar River study
Engineers to unleash another Tar River study

Oh, no, they are back! Here we go again with another of those studies that likely will not amount to much but will cost a bunch -- although the potential is so great we have to be involved.
Remember a few weeks ago we carried a big story about a study of flood control issues along the Tar River? That study recommended four dams be built along the Tar to control flooding downstream -- but for reasons that we've not been able to figure out, those dams were never built.


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Editorial Cartoon: Strip Poker
Editorial Cartoon: Strip Poker

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Reporters are being jailed:  Punishment doesn't fit crime
Reporters are being jailed: Punishment doesn't fit crime

Even before I decided to write this column, I know what most of you would be thinking or saying: "Nosy reporter got arrested. Well, she got what she deserved. Cry me a river."
But, here's a question for you: How many people go into work, legitimate work, mind you, expecting to get arrested for simply doing their job?
Why do I tempt comment black hole fate by bringing up this issue, you might ask.


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Taking a peek back in time

Dear editor:
A great look back at the last 30 years. I hate you missed the 30 to 40 years before that.
You could buy a Ford or a Chevrolet in downtown Louisburg or a Pontiac or Oldsmobile on the corner of the Bunn Road and South Main Street.


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Editorial Cartoon: Appointment
Editorial Cartoon: Appointment

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OBITUARIES

BARBARA D. WRIGHT

ZEBULON, NC - Barbara Ann Denton Wright, 82, of Zebulon, died March 7, 2021. She was the daughter of Madie Glen Medlin and Henry Kearney Denton and married to Julius Wright.


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BESSIE J. KELLY THORNE

LOUISBURG, NC - Graveside services for Bessie J. Kelly Thorne, age 73, who died on Thursday, March 9, 2021, will be held on Monday, March 15, at 2 p.m. from the Thorne Family Cemetery in Louisburg with Rev. Ron Clifton officiating.


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MILTON ALSTON

WARRENTON, NC - Funeral services for Milton Alston, age 63, who died on Monday, March 1, 2021, were held Wednesday, March 10, at the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg with Elder J. Joyner officiating.


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NANCY WILLIAMS

HOLLISTER, NC -- Funeral services for Nancy Williams, age 88, who died on Saturday, March 6, 2021, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2021 from the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg with Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Chapel Memorial Garden Cemetery in Hollister.


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SPORTS

FHS' PLAYOFF QUEST
FRANKLINTON'S RYAN MARTINEZ
FHS' PLAYOFF QUEST

FRANKLINTON - Finish strongly, and hope for a possible wild-card position for the upcoming Class 3-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs.
That's the quest for the Franklinton Red Rams as they wrapped up their regular season schedule this week.
The Red Rams carried a 6-2-1 record into Wednesday's finale at home versus rival Southern Nash -- and a victory in that match would sew up second place in the league for Franklinton.


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FHS Makes Progress
FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL\'S MIKEL ALSTON (WITH BALL)
FHS Makes Progress

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Even without its expected full roster, the Rocky Mount Gryphons had more than enough to roll through their Big East Conference boys basketball schedule during the 2021 season.
The Gryphons went 10-0 in Big East action to claim the league championship under the direction of veteran head coach Mike Gainey.


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SUPER SENIORS
FRANKLINTON'S MIRACLE CORNELL (AT RIGHT)
SUPER SENIORS

FRANKLINTON -- As a testament to its dominance, consider the fact that Rocky Mount High School girls basketball squad won all but one regular season game by double digits during the 2021 campaign.
That lone nail-biter was on the road at Franklinton, and RM still managed to pull away late for an eight-point decision.


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Morgan is starring at Wesleyan
Morgan is starring at Wesleyan

ROCKY MOUNT -- The North Carolina Wesleyan College baseball team used a Jackson Murray grand slam and a Davie Morgan walk-off RBI double to knock off second-ranked Randolph-Macon College 8-7 in 10 innings in game three of their series on Sunday afternoon at Bauer Field on the NCWC campus.
The thrilling win was the Bishops' 7th win in their past 8 games as they improve to 8-2 on the year.


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LHS topped vs. Jackets

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Louisburg High School's young football team continues to flash its potential, but the Warriors ran into another talented underclassmen Monday night.
That's when Roanoke Rapids sophomore running back Austin Geary rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns as the homestanding Yellow Jackets defeated LHS by a 38-21 margin in Northern Carolina Conference gridiron action at historic Hoyle Field.


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Rams Roll Past BHS

FRANKLINTON -- For the second consecutive outing, the Franklinton Red Rams put together a strong performance on both sides of the ball -- and the result was another impressive victory.
One week after rolling past Southern Lee, the Red Rams continued to build their early-season momentum with a 27-0 shutout victory over Bunn last Friday night in non-conference gridiron action at the FHS Football Field.


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Hurricanes to host rival SMC

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will kick off its Region X baseball schedule this weekend with a four-game series against long-time rival Spartanburg Methodist College.
Doubleheaders will begin at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at historic Frazier Field on the LC campus.
The Hurricanes will enter the series with a 7-2 overall record and on a four-game winning streak under the direction of veteran head coach Blake Herring.


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FLYING HIGH
FLYING HIGH

Franklinton's Landon Heller (4) attempts to secure a header for the Red Rams despite being triple-teamed during last Monday's boys soccer matchup versus Fike.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>BHS student uses her talents to help feed others</i>
BHS student uses her talents to help feed others

RALEIGH -- A Youngsville teen has been recognized as a Gold Award Scout for her humanitarian efforts.
Madison Jacobs received the honor by building a food pantry donation box at the food pantry at Pilot Baptist Church.
The box allows those in need to access food whenever they need it.


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