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Showing 29 articles from April 21, 2021.

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County's 911 center ready for bids
An artist's rendering of Franklin County's proposed 911 center building
County's 911 center ready for bids

LOUISBURG -- Designers of the county's new 911 center told commissioners that they should be ready to cash in on their investment in the fall of 2022.
In October 2019, county commissioners agreed to pair a $3.9 million state grant with $329,500 in collected 911 funds and $841,501 in tax dollars -- over three years -- to build a new emergency dispatch center adjacent to the sheriff's office.


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Animal Control's unwritten rules to stay unwritten

LOUISBURG -- It may not be written into the ordinance, but the practice of hiring and firing and appointing within the animal control department will remain with the sheriff -- for now.
"For the purpose of approving the good in this ordinance change, I will move to approve this ordinance change with reservation for later changes," Commissioner Danny Pearce said.


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Charter school relocation request slated for hearing

LOUISBURG -- There was no indication at press time when a decision on the proposed move by a large charter school to Franklin County may be made.
The NC Charter Schools Advisory Board was scheduled to meet remotely today (Thursday, April 22) from 9 to 10 a.m. in a special session to discuss Wake Preparatory Academy's request to relocate to Franklin County.


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Louisburg aims at nuisances

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Town Council amended a pair of ordinances Monday night in a move that officials say will help deal with various problems -- and then rolled through a lengthy agenda of routine items.
The ordinances adopted deal with nuisances and abandoned/junked cars, two issues that occasionally pop up in town.


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<i>Local man's gift will rock stadium</i>
Local man's gift will rock stadium

Brian Miller was neither born in Gastonia nor did he grow up there.
But, thanks to what he terms "the greatest set of grandparents in the world," Gastonia, particularly west Gastonia, holds a very large place in his heart.
And, when the Honey Hunters open their Atlantic League professional baseball season at the new FUSE stadium over Memorial Day weekend, area residents will receive two gifts from Miller.


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'Death by distribution' charges face local man
'Death by distribution' charges face local man

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Louisburg man they allege sold the drugs that led to a Nashville woman's death.
Tagreed Ertley died on Jan. 26 from a fatal overdose of fentanyl, heroin and gabapentin toxicity, authorities said.
On Monday, members of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office's Special Operations Group arrested Aaron Lloyd, alleging he sold Ertley the drugs to the 38-year-old woman.


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Legends (l to r) Lee Macon and Rick Mohlmann


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: First Flight
Editorial Cartoon: First Flight

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It's time to tap the brakes on new charter schools
It's time to tap the brakes on new charter schools

This may sound strange, but maybe it's time for North Carolina's government to slow down.
That's strange because NC government usually moves so slowly it takes a scientist with a lot of sensitive equipment to determine if it's moving at all!
But there is a sea change happening with regard to our public school system across the state -- and it's moving too quickly, at least in my opinion.


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Editorial Cartoon: Tax Haven
Editorial Cartoon: Tax Haven

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So, Franklin County: What did you know and when did you know it?!?
So, Franklin County: What did you know and when did you know it?!?

On Monday night, at around 8:30 p.m., there was no denying the smiles on faces and chuckles coming through the Zoom meeting as the Franklin County Board of Commissioners received word that they were getting a reprieve: There was no need to meet with legal advisors behind closed doors.
"Many of y'all will be pleased to hear that we no longer have a need for closed session at this meeting, so therefor there will be no closed session," Commission Chair Michael Schriver said at the close of the one hour and thirty-minute meeting on Monday night.


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Editorial Cartoon: Travel
Editorial Cartoon: Travel

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SPORTS

50 IN FIRST HALF!!!
LOUISBURG'S JA'QUEIZE WILLIAMS
50 IN FIRST HALF!!!

LOUISBURG - After a one-year hiatus, Louisburg High School is back in the Class 1-AA State Football Playoffs -- and the Warriors arrived last Friday night with a momentous bang.
Louisburg delivered six touchdowns in the first period alone en route to rolling past Lakewood by a 50-0 margin in opening-round postseason action at the LHS Football Field.


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Canes Sweep Twinbill
LC SLUGGER JARED GLINSKI
Canes Sweep Twinbill

LOUISBURG -- The last thing Louisburg College baseball coach Blake Herring expected was a high-powered offensive affair during Game One of last Saturday's Region X doubleheader against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
That's because LC ace Tyler Hall was set to take the mound, and he has been living up to his reputation lately as the Hurricanes' first-day weekend starter.


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LHS ON COURSE
LOUISBURG FRESHMAN WILLIAM DEMENT
LHS ON COURSE

LOUISBURG -- Both the present and future are looking good these days for the Louisburg High School boys golf program.
The Warriors are currently enjoying a strong campaign in the Northern Carolina Conference and are poised to claim the league's at-large berth for the Class 1-A East Regional Championships.


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Red Rams roll in the Big East
FRANKLINTON'S ANDREW FRY
Red Rams roll in the Big East

ROCKY MOUNT -- It was predetermined that either Franklinton High School or Rocky Mount would take boys team medalist honors during Tuesday's Big East Conference Boys Golf Match at Northgreen Country Club. That's because Franklinton and Rocky Mount were the only entrants in the three-school event with enough players to be eligible for the team standings.


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Blacknall is the selection
Blacknall is the selection

BUNN -- Bunn High School has a new girls basketball coach -- albeit someone who is no stranger to the Bunn Dome.
Jovon Blacknall, who has been serving as an assistant coach/junior varsity coach for the BHS boys hoops program, has been named as the Ladycats' new skipper.
Blacknall succeeds Matt Keith, who has guided the Ladycats through a strong stretch of success over the past several campaigns.


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LC to host key series
LC to host key series

LOUISBURG -- First place in the Region X softball standings will be at stake this Friday when the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes host long-time rival Pitt Community College for a key doubleheader.
First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.


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BACK TO THE BAG
BACK TO THE BAG

Louisburg College's Jonah Beamon (right) beats a throw back to first base during last Saturday's Region X home doubleheader against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.


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FORCING THE ISSUE
FORCING THE ISSUE

Louisburg High School talented freshman defensive end Anthony Carter pressures Lakewood quarterback Kollin Hunter during last Friday night's first-round matchup in the Class 1-AA State Playoffs at the LHS Football Field.


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LINING IT UP
LINING IT UP

Bunn High School's Gavin Alford looks over a putt on the challenging par-3 11th hole at The River Golf and Country Club during last Thursday afternoon's Northern Carolina Conference boys golf match.


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SPLITTING THE DEFENSE
SPLITTING THE DEFENSE

Louisburg High School freshman Tymar Kearney picks up yards after the catch during last Friday night's home football state playoff victory against the Lakewood Leopards.


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STEADY EDDIE
STEADY EDDIE

Louisburg High School's Jeremiah Eddie churns out yardage for the Warriors during last Friday night's playoff triumph against the Lakewood Leopards.


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TOP HONORS
TOP HONORS

Louisburg High School veteran John Allen Faulkner was the individual medalist during last Thursday's Northern Carolina Conference boys golf match at The River GC in Franklin County.


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LIFESTYLES

The colors of Spring, 1
Armenta Eaton
The colors of Spring, 1

Franklin County Department of Aging held their Drive-through Easter celebration, as well as a Kidney Cancer Awareness Day at the Louisburg Senior Center. The Easter bunny (a.k.a. Oliver Greene) was there, bringing smiles to the center members.


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The colors of Spring, 2
The colors of Spring, 2

Katrina Williams


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The colors of Spring, 3
The colors of Spring, 3

Wendy Hunter


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COMMUNITY NEWS

61 percent of students return to F2F classes

Although Franklin County Schools decided to offer a chance to return to face-to-face (F2F) learning four days a week beginning April 12, nearly 40 percent of students have decided against that option.
Data compiled last Thursday indicates that 39 percent of students countywide elected to continue their educations virtually while 61 percent decided F2F classes were the best choice for them.


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'Lost bills' cause of delay

The Postal Service took it on the chin during a meeting of the Louisburg Town Council Monday night, blamed for "losing" a large number of town electric bills and not delivering them for more than two weeks.
The problem came to light when local resident Ann Brown spoke during the public comments section of Monday night's meeting and called the town's new electric billing system "a disaster."


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