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Showing 30 articles from March 31, 2021.

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<i>Cooperation is key, says Farmer of Year</i>
Small Farmer of Year Mike Jones in his \'home office\'
Cooperation is key, says Farmer of Year

LOUISBURG -- Mike Jones's family lost their farm in the 1950s, leaving them as tenant farmers and leaving him with a longing to get back to a family tradition.
Back in 2004, he was able to feed that desire when he, Suzanne Jones and their kids started MAE Farm in Louisburg.
Since then, he's figured out innovative ways to raise livestock, important ways to mentor and support fellow small farmers, and significant ways to bolster his community.


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Franklinton hits the trail despite lack of state grant

FRANKLINTON -- Franklin County missed out on a transportation grant, but Franklinton officials still see a path to creating a pedestrian trail that would, eventually, tie into Louisburg.
Last year, Franklin County submitted a grant application to the Capital Area Metropolitan Organization to build a 3-mile trail to connect downtown Franklinton to Novozymes.


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Battin' bubbles!
Battin' bubbles!

TIME FOR ACTION. Young Hudson was ready for some fun and sun outside last Saturday after a long, wet winter made even worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. And, he discovered, batting floating bubbles was at least as much fun as hunting Easter Eggs, although there was no reason a lad couldn't do both at Youngsville's Easter Egg Hunt.


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CLEAN SWEEP
CLEAN SWEEP

Sue Bergquist and Ashley Barron pick up trash along Holden Road last Saturday. The Faith Baptist Church members took part in the Greater Youngsville Litter Sweep, an effort to remove refuse in the community.


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Former educator avoids prison for abusing minors

LOUISBURG -- A former Franklinton High educator avoided an active prison sentence, but Jeremy Crawford was deemed guilty of physical, mental and sexual abuse of a minor, was ordered to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.
His attorney, Mitch Styers, issued a verbal notice that he planned to appeal the sentence during Monday's hearing.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Franklinton football player Connor Blalock


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Fences
Editorial Cartoon: Fences

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Enough study already: It's time for solutions
Enough study already: It's time for solutions

Now that March is suddenly in our rear-view mirror, here's hoping April will bring those spring flowers but postpone some of those April showers until later, say July or August!
Spring is unfolding, perhaps a bit slower than normal, but temperatures are creeping upward and, if the rain would stop and let the sun shine, Springtime would explode pretty quickly.


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Editorial Cartoon: IRS Deadline
Editorial Cartoon: IRS Deadline

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Spring is calling and so are Franklin County's amenities
Spring is calling and so are Franklin County's amenities

Last weekend marked the official beginning of spring.
After the fall and winter we just endured -- I'm talking about the weather, not the global pandemic -- it's nice to see a vital change in temperature and conditions.
Save for Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and the usual spring showers we all should expect, this is the time of year when the cold, grey skies and dreary conditions from the fall and winter give way to new birth marked by the arrival of spring.


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Editorial Cartoon: Sunscreen
Editorial Cartoon: Sunscreen

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OBITUARIES

CONNIE MORGAN TODD

SAMARIA, NC -- Connie Morgan Todd, 72, of the Samaria Community died Saturday morning, in Swansboro, NC.


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JOSEPH "BUDDY" A. PREDDY

FRANKLINTON, NC--Joseph A. Preddy (Buddy), age 85, died March 7, 2021 at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, NC.


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WILLIAM DOUGLAS YOUNG, SR.

FRANKLINTON, NC -- Funeral services for William Douglas Young, Sr., age 63, who died on Monday, March 29, 2021, will be held on at 1 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2021 from the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton.


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SPORTS

FOILED BY FREEMAN
FOLLOW YOUR BLOCKERS. Franklinton High School's Ernest Crudup speeds around end for a gain last Friday night against rival Northern Nash.
FOILED BY FREEMAN

RED OAK - Early in the third period, the Northern Nash-Franklinton football game seemed destined to be a down-to-the-wire thriller -- a trend that is becoming fashionable in the suddenly parity-filled Big East Conference.
Franklinton had just scored a touchdown to pull within two points, and the Red Rams appeared to have gained a measure of momentum in the contest, which had been back-and-forth to that point.


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HUGE VICTORY
HUGE VICTORY

STEM -- Louisburg High School took a huge step toward earning a spot in the Class 1-A State Football Playoffs thanks in part to a clutch decision last Friday night at homestanding Granville Central.
The Warriors scored early and often, taking charge in the first period en route to defeating the Panthers by a 35-15 margin.


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Rams In Build Mode
FRANKLINTON SENIOR TENNIS PLAYER WILLIAM PORTER
Rams In Build Mode

FRANKLINTON -- After making positive strides within their boys tennis program, the Franklinton Red Rams were hoping to make an impact in the Big East Conference in the 2019 campaign -- and then COVID-19 forced the cancellation of their schedule.
Franklinton's building process is continuing this spring, albeit after a one-year abbreviated absence.


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Wildcats stopped by Vikes
Wildcats stopped by Vikes

CREEDMOOR -- After two high-scoring weeks, the Bunn Wildcats couldn't find the end zone during last Friday night's key Northern Carolina Conference football showdown at South Granville.
And the host Vikings, who have a potent offense in their own right, had no trouble scoring en route to defeating the Wildcats by a 34-0 margin.


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LC tangles with FDTC
LC tangles with FDTC

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Louisburg College won the opening contest of last weekend's crucial four-game baseball series against homestanding Florence-Darlington Tech in the Palmetto State of South Carolina.
But the Stingers bounced back from there to win the final three games of the Region X weekend event.


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NCWC's Morgan on fire
NCWC's Morgan on fire

ROCKY MOUNT -- The 17th-ranked North Carolina Wesleyan College baseball team knocked out 15 hits en route to an 11-5 USA South Conference victory over rival Methodist University at Bauer Field on the NCWC campus last Friday afternoon.
With the win, the #17 Bishops improved to 16-2 on the season and 4-0 in the conference while MU fell to 7-11 and 1-3 in conference.


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DEFENSIVE STAND
DEFENSIVE STAND

This quarterback hurry from Franklinton's Travon Sharps (left) led to an interception for the Red Rams during last Friday's road football contest at Northern Nash.


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FANTASTIC FRESHMAN
FANTASTIC FRESHMAN

Britt Williams is playing at No. 1 Singles this season for the Franklinton High School boys tennis squad. The Red Rams took on Northern Nash in Big East Conference action Tuesday at the FHS Courts.


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IMPACT PLAYER
IMPACT PLAYER

Franklinton High School senior signal-caller Kenneth Cornell (right) looks for space to run during last Friday night's road football meeting with Northern Nash.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Egg-xactly! An egg hunt sounds perfect!</i>
Egg-xactly! An egg hunt sounds perfect!

Sarah McNeill watches closely as her daughter, Holly, gets the prize-filled eggs that she desires.


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PHOTO FRIENDLY
PHOTO FRIENDLY

Brothers Titus and Rowan Everist ended their Easter Egg Hunt festivities with a well-earned cold treat. Parks and Recreation staff staggered start times and took other measures for COVID safety.


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EGGSTATIC
EGGSTATIC

Brothers Ethan, Brayden and Gavin Knutson eye a basket full of goodies that were part of the Saturday endeavor. Parks and Recreation staff placed stations around the park for kids to "find" their prizes, offering a bit of order and space to the pandemic-friendly event.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Local GOP outlines concerns, elects officers
Local GOP outlines concerns, elects officers

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County Republicans focused on the need to stop government officials' alleged "unauthorized power grabs" during the Franklin County Republican Party's annual convention, held Saturday, March 27.
Republicans registered concerns that a minority seeks to rewrite history, cancel family values and selectively misinterpret the U.S. Constitution.


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Franklinton meets to study the future

FRANKLINTON -- During a retreat on Wednesday, Town Manager Gregory Bethea updated commissioners on their ability to meet objectives established two years ago, while continuing efforts to chart the town's future.
During a 2019 retreat, the board set seven ongoing objectives that would be used as a blueprint for town management and development, including:


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Three face drug charges

LOUISBURG -- A trio accused of trafficking nearly $115,000 in drugs is slated to appear in court later this month.
Tianna Chante Cole of Raleigh, and Ian H. Bingman and Ramoy Alwayne Green, both of New York, were charged with felony trafficking marijuana, felony possession of THC Isolate and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia following a March 15 traffic stop conducted by the sheriff's office's Special Operations Group.


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Mother laments delayed arrest
Mother laments delayed arrest

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Youngsville man on drug charges last week.
Kimberly Eicher, the mother of a man she alleges died from drugs Robert Wolfe sold him back in 2015 laments that law enforcement and prosecutors didn't do more to get Wolfe off the street.
Wolfe has pending drug cases going back to 2017.


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