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Showing 24 articles from June 23, 2021.

FRONT PAGE

No tax hike in Louisburg

LOUISBURG -- What is essentially a status quo budget without a lot of changes or a tax increase was passed unanimously and without discussion Monday night by the Louisburg Town Council, part of a long agenda of rather routine items.
The budget includes no tax increase and no increases in other town fees as well.


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Airport projects get county okay

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners approved a trio of airport projects, including a lease and construction agreement that will base a Franklin County company's corporate jet at Triangle North Executive Airport.
The 40-year lease cements Captive-Aire Systems, Inc's plan to build a 16,967-square-foot hangar on the airport's north corporate area, providing a home for the company's roughly $15-$20 million jet.


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GONE FISHING
GONE FISHING

The Northern Sportsman, Chris Edwards, and a host of sponsors did it, again, hosting their annual Take A Kid Fishing event last Saturday. Above, Emmeron Evans Sr. helps junior unhook his fish while his mother, Nina Evans, looks on. More than 50 kids and their families were treated to food, prizes and fun during the Saturday event.


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Indoor shooting range approved

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners approved an indoor gun range that the applicant said would be an asset to the community.
Kurt Lieberman, who owns and operates Tar River Arms -- a gun and outdoor sporting goods shop in Wake Forest -- petitioned the town for a special use permit to turn an old warehouse off Park Avenue into a 20-lane gun range, training facility and retail location.


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Pandemic easing but fight is not over, experts warn

LOUISBURG -- With the summer months in full swing, many people are more than ready to get out of their homes and enjoy the company of their friends and families on a more consistent basis.
The problem? Well, the country is still recovering from a nearly two-year-long pandemic, and the fight has not yet concluded.


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You're vaccinated -- do you still need a mask?

LOUISBURG -- There are a lot of people across the country who have gotten fully vaccinated, and with mask mandates being lifted in most places this past May, many people are starting to feel at ease post-vaccination.
However, there is still a huge question that lingers: Exactly how safe is it to not wear a mask in public?


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FRANKLIN FACES
FRANKLIN FACES

Jimmy, Drake, Foster and Hadley Floyd


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Changes
Editorial Cartoon: Changes

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Class of 2021: Soon to be gone but not forgotten
Class of 2021: Soon to be gone but not forgotten

It's late June and, strangely, one of the most melancholy times of the year here in Franklin County.
All four of our high schools have held graduation ceremonies, a time of celebration and joy, especially for graduates.
But for the rest of us, those who have been around for awhile, we know what will come next.


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Editorial Cartoon: Shots
Editorial Cartoon: Shots

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Cyberattacks appear in Hollywood, but threaten the real world
Cyberattacks appear in Hollywood, but threaten the real world

People of a certain age remember the movie War Games.
A high school kid hacks into a military supercomputer and activates nuclear warheads.
Others might remember Superman III, where a seemingly hapless worker drone is caught using a program to skim money from his company's payroll.


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Editorial Cartoon: Author
Editorial Cartoon: Author

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SPORTS

REGION READINESS
FRANKLINTON\'S DARIUS SMITH
REGION READINESS

FRANKLINTON - Clennie Wilkins had the unenviable task of hosting a trio of regional championships last weekend at Franklinton High School -- and his Red Rams were only involved in one of them.
That event was held last Friday as FHS hosted the annual Class 3-A East Regional Championships at the FHS Football Field.


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BHS Solid At Regionals
BUNN HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL MEDALIST GABRIEL SOTO
BHS Solid At Regionals

BUNN -- Bunn High School's historic wrestling season isn't quite done yet.
It's been quite at year for the Wildcats as they once again rolled to the Northern Carolina Conference Championship under the direction of veteran head coach Parker Haake.


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FINEST FOR LC
LOUISBURG COLLEGE SOPHOMORE PITCHING STANDOUT INA WOMACK
FINEST FOR LC

LOUISBURG -- Ina Womack and Trendon Craig starred on and off the field -- and in the classroom -- during their two seasons as student-athletes at Louisburg College.
Womack and Craig were recently saluted as LC's Female and Male Outstanding Scholar Athletes during a recent virtual ceremony.


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Wildcats, Warriors are sharp
BUNN SPRINTER KEAGAN OSIKA
Wildcats, Warriors are sharp

FRANKLINTON -- Last Saturday provided a Franklin County track and field showcase -- at the same site.
That's when both Louisburg and Bunn were in action at the Class 1-A Mideast Regionals (LHS) and Class 2-A Mideast Regionals (BHS), which were held back-to-back at the Franklinton High School Football Field.


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Mudcats win at Five County
Mudcats win at Five County

ZEBULON - Zavier Warren went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, Joe Gray Jr. drove in three and crushed his seventh triple of the season and starter Nick Belzer won his third straight start as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the visiting Fayetteville Woodpeckers 10-6 with 4,099 on hand last Saturday night at Five County Stadium.


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THIS ONE IS DONE
THIS ONE IS DONE

Bunn's Ahman Monteiro prepares to finish off a victory for the Wildcats during last week's action at the Class 2-A East Regional Wrestling Championships, which were staged at the Croatan High School Gymnasium in Carteret County.


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TOUGH ONE
TOUGH ONE

Bunn High School's Kalvin Jones (left) was defeated in a challenging match against Nash Central's Rashad Jones during last week's action at the Class 2-A East Regional Wrestling Championships. The showcase was held at Croatan High School in Carteret County.


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LIFESTYLES

Living 50 Plus: HONORING DADS, 1
Harold Dickerson
Living 50 Plus: HONORING DADS, 1

The Franklin County Department of Aging celebrated Father's Day with a drive-through event. Participants received goodie bags and smiles from the staff.


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Living 50 Plus: HONORING DADS, 2
Living 50 Plus: HONORING DADS, 2

Sylvester Cook


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Living 50 Plus: HONORING DADS, 3
Living 50 Plus: HONORING DADS, 3

Norris Brodie


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Woman facing assault charges

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Louisburg woman they allege attacked a man with a jack stand.
According to authorities, Mercedez Cooke broke into a home in the 400 block of Fox Park Road just after 2 a.m. on June 20.
She then confronted the father of her child who was there with another woman.


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Region
Region "K" Elder Abuse Awareness & Prevention

The Region "K" Elder Abuse Awareness & Prevention drive-through was held June 10 at Owens Park. Participants wore purple and silver to show the world they care about elder abuse prevention. Above is Ramel Williams. Williams won first place with her entry, purple colors and an elderly bunny, whose arm was in a foil cast.


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