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Showing 34 articles from April 14, 2021.

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County school officials oppose new charter school
County school officials oppose new charter school

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education went on record unanimously Monday night in its opposition to a request to move the proposed Wake Preparatory Academy (a charter K-12 school) from Wake Forest to Franklin County.
At issue are two main concerns: 1) The potential resegregation of schools as a result of expansion of charter schools in the county and 2) Finances, since dollars follow students from traditional public schools into charter schools.


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Schools' budget request up slightly from this year

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education agreed to make what one member called a "reasonable request" of county commissioners for next year's school funding.
The school board tentatively agreed to request $22,721,872 for next year, including $1.5 million for capital projects and the remainder to fund operations.


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PLAY BALL!
PLAY BALL!

COVID-19 suspended the Miracle League of Franklin County's 2020 season, but the spring 2021 season kicked off this past weekend with baseball and an Easter egg hunt. It's also the first time that visitors got a look at the newly finished field house, equipped with a concession stand, public restrooms and a family room. The games and hunt took place with social distancing rules and other protocols to keep players and spectators safe during the pandemic.


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Commissioners' secret session focused on troubled radio system

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners met in closed session last week to discuss its troubled emergency radio system, those close to the situation have said.
However, no public action was taken following the roughly three-hour meeting.


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Youngsville looking at 'status quo' budget

YOUNGSVILLE -- Residents get a chance to chime in on the town's proposed budget next month.
Town Manager Phil Cordeiro presented commissioners with a fairly status quo budget proposal last week that plans to keep the town's tax rate at 65.5 cents per $100 of valuation.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Newborn Riley Rae Underwood


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Shootings
Editorial Cartoon: Shootings

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Oh, come on, we can't blame COVID for everything!
Oh, come on, we can't blame COVID for everything!

It's been a rather strange week, but look at the bright side: If yellow is a positive, uplifting color, then we should be in really good shape.
Yep, it's springtime in Franklin County and the pine trees have "blessed" us with a yellow pollen crop that threatens to turn everything from critters to cars to just about anything that's outside for more than 37 seconds some shade of yellow.


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Editorial Cartoon: Sights
Editorial Cartoon: Sights

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Planning for growth requires  some vision and follow through
Planning for growth requires some vision and follow through

It was January of 2019.
Franklin County was about to award McGill Associates a $166,000 contract to update its comprehensive development plan -- a document to help plan for and guide growth in the county.


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Editorial Cartoon: Gun Control
Editorial Cartoon: Gun Control

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SPORTS

LHS' PLAYOFF PAYOFF
LOUISBURG SENIOR JO'RON DAVIS
LHS' PLAYOFF PAYOFF

LOUISBURG - Playoffs baby!
That was the emphatic message resounding from the Louisburg High School sideline during last Saturday's key Northern Carolina Conference home football showdown against Warren County.


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LHS Wins The Rematch
SAFE AT HOME. Bunn's Gracie Hanna slides into home plate as Louisburg's Greenleigh Gleason awaits the relay throw during last Thursday's softball contest.
LHS Wins The Rematch

BUNN -- Rematch rivalry games, regardless of the sport, don't often go the same way as the initial meeting of a season.
For reinforcement of that assessment, simply consult the outcome of last Thursday's Northern Carolina Conference softball contest between ultimate rivals Louisburg and Bunn.


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BIG EAST RIVALS
FHS' MORGAN STRICKLAND
BIG EAST RIVALS

STANHOPE -- Two years later, not much has changed within the burgeoning Southern Nash-Franklinton softball rivalry.
Back in 2018, the clubs tangled in a pair of fierce, high-level matchups as Franklinton was working its way up toward the top of the Big East Conference standings -- a spot usually reserved for Southern Nash.


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Wildcats wrap up FB sked

BUNN -- Bunn High School flashed improvement with its football squad with each passing week -- and that is probably the most important takeaway for the young Wildcats during the abbreviated 2020 spring campaign.
The Wildcats, coached by Dale Murphy, closed at 3-4 overall following a tough 31-19 loss last Thursday at Roanoke Rapids.


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BHS coach is honored
BHS coach is honored

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Few coaches did more with less than Bunn High School's Patrick Reynell during the 2021 boys basketball season.
The Wildcats boasted a solid starting five but were hampered by depth issues due to several players not opting to return to the program this year.


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Christian Buffaloe earns black belt
Christian Buffaloe earns black belt

WARREN COUNTY -- Christian Buffaloe, an Assistant Instructor (Senpai) of area Kyokushin Karate Classes was recently promoted to Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo, Japan.
Christian Buffaloe started his Kyokushin Karate training under his father, Sensei Kenny Buffaloe at 2 1/2 years old.


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Wesleyan sweeps Pfeiffer

MISENHEIMER -- The #9 North Carolina Wesleyan College baseball team rolled to another conference sweep by edging Pfeiffer University 14-12 in Game One and 5-3 in Game Two on the road on Sunday.


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CAN'T CATCH ME
CAN'T CATCH ME

Louisburg quarterback Jaheim Brown escapes the Warren County defense during last Saturday's game.


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CONVERGING ON THE BALL
CONVERGING ON THE BALL

Bunn High School third baseman Gracie Hanna attempts to field a grounder as teammate Haley Hagwood looks on during last Thursday's softball contest.


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GOING TO BE CLOSE
GOING TO BE CLOSE

Franklinton catcher Sarah Fagan reels in a throw as Southern Nash's Ariel Perry slides during Tuesday's softball matchup in Stanhope.


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MAKING THE TURN
MAKING THE TURN

Franklinton's Shelby Sykora (left) steals second base as Southern Nash's Taylor Bailey tries to reel in the throw during Tuesday's Big East Conference softball contest in Stanhope.


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TARIK IN TOWN
TARIK IN TOWN

Franklin County legend Tarik Cohen (center), now a running back for the Chicago Bears, was in attendance with several friends during last Saturday's Louisburg-Warren County football game.


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TERRIFIC TRIO
TERRIFIC TRIO

(L to R) Jhamier Bland, Ja'Queize Williams and Derrick Alston were among the standouts for the Louisburg Warriors during last Saturday's gridiron victory.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Bunn's 'best yeller' was known for leaving 'em laughing</i>
Bunn's 'best yeller' was known for leaving 'em laughing

Bunn native Charles Batton learned to imitate the sounds of barking dogs while out in the woods deer hunting with his father and grandfather.
He put that skill to good use when he was crowned the "Best Yeller" at the Spivey's Corner Hollerin' Contest back on June 20, 1987.
Batton, who was 35 at the time, won the annual contest in the tiny town of 49 residents.


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<i>FHS graduate celebrates 100!</i>
FHS graduate celebrates 100!

Evelyn Nicholson Bracknell turned 100 years old on April 11, 2021. She was born April 11, 1921 in Franklinton, NC. She graduated from Franklinton High School in 1939. She has lived all her life in Franklin County except for a short time, during WWII, when she lived at various military bases with her husband, Walter, before he was deployed.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Advisory board to hear school's request April 22

The NC Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet remotely Thursday, April 22, from 9 to 10 a.m. in a special called session to discuss Wake Preparatory Academy's request to relocate to Franklin County.
The agenda for this meeting is available online. The meeting will be live streamed.


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Proposed location of Wake Academy uncertain

YOUNGSVILLE -- Developers behind a charter school project that was denied in Wake Forest are apparently looking at a Youngsville-area location for its 1,600-student academy.
In the summer of 2019, the State Board of Education approved Wake Preparatory Academy's petition to open a charter school and the group planned to open a K-12 school on 35 acres of Harris Road in Wake Forest, near Joyner Park.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

A mother's lament:
A drug overdose killed her son, now she's trying to change the system

LOUISBURG -- Kimberly Eicher has been on a crusade to make sure a tragedy she suffered in December 2015 isn't one that has to be shared by anyone else.
And, she wants to make sure light is shone on those who were culpable in the overdose death of her 27-year-old son, Dane Griffin.
"We're all affected by this," Eicher said. "I'm just working to keep someone else from knowing what this feels like."


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Broadband company says it's 'ready to expand'

LOUISBURG -- The company hired to bring broadband service to unserved and underserved segments of Franklin County told commissioners they are ready to explore the next areas where they can provide service.
But, at the time of the April 5 meeting, they had hooked up only 39 residential customers and three businesses.


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DOUBLE PLAY
DOUBLE PLAY

The Miracle League of Franklin County shook off the doldrums of COVID-19 an kicked off its spring 2021 season this past Saturday with games and an Easter egg hunt for participants. Above, Laci Wade wacks a base hit during a game on Saturday morning.


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Road rage blamed in U.S. 401 shooting

WAKE FOREST -- A Spring Hope man made his initial appearance in court this week and is slated to appear in court in the summer to face road rage charges in an incident near the Franklin County line.
No injuries were reported.


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Plea for lower trash rate fails; Youngsville considers its options

YOUNGSVILLE -- The town is in the process of bringing trash collection inhouse, but the cost of solid waste service will remain the same.
That didn't stop one property owner from asking the town to consider making changes that he said could help lower income residents and those who don't generate much trash.


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Judge delays hearing on Confederate monument lawsuit

LOUISBURG -- Any legal remedy to the relocation of a confederate monument will take even more time.
In June of 2020, Louisburg attorney Larry Norman filed a complaint on behalf of a dozen clients, challenging the town's decision and action to remove the long-standing monument from N. Main Street and place it in Oakwood Cemetery off Bickett Boulevard.


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