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Showing 29 articles from July 21, 2021.

FRONT PAGE

Fire damages historic home
Fire damages historic home

LOUISBURG -- A Louisburg family escaped injury late last week when a fire ripped through their attic.
A cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Louisburg Fire Chief Randy Lanham said occupant smelled smoke but could not find the source while they were inside.


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Wireless Internet installation falling short of promises

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners offered words of warning to one Internet provider and offered another some cash if they follow through on plans to bring service to unserved sectors of the county.
First, Open Broadband Chief Technology Officer Kent Winrich updated commissioners on the progress they've made to provide wireless broadband service to unserved and underserved parts of the county.


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Dangerous dog rules approved

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners approved an animal services amendment to protect residents against deadly dogs.
The July 14 ordinance change was prompted by the apparent desire of a newly transplanted Garner family that wants to bring their dogs here.
Two dogs killed seven-year-old Jayden Henderson and mauled her mother, Heather Trevaskis, at a home in Garner on April 27.


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Non-profit gets rent-free deal in Depot Hill project

LOUISBURG -- In an unusual move Monday night, the Louisburg Town Council agreed to provide free rental space to a non-profit group -- and then agreed to commit $182,000 toward that group's operating expenses.
The group is called R!ot (the spelling is correct), which says its goal is to "encourage and develop innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship."


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Maria Parham wants more time to ponder free lease

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners gave Maria Parham an extra month to decide if it will extend the free lease for its emergency department and mental health facilities.
In September 2017, the county and Duke Lifepoint -- a Maria Parham partner -- entered into a two-year lease that brought an emergency department, mental health facilities and related services back to Franklin County.


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Materials delay slows project
Materials delay slows project

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County Manager Kim Denton has confirmed that the delay in Franklin Plaza's construction has been due to availability in materials.
It's been four months since the last update on the $2.2 million renovations to Franklin Plaza office space the county is leasing and The 120-day construction window has now passed.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Baseball fan EJ Doyle


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Space Spending
Editorial Cartoon: Space Spending

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So much just doesn't make sense these days!
So much just doesn't make sense these days!

Perhaps it's the heat ... or maybe not.
Whatever the cause, it seems that a lot of us are confused these days.
A friend of mine recently confided that when he was a young man, he assumed he'd understand things a lot better when he got older and more experienced.
Hasn't happened, he said. In fact, he said, now a lot of things simply don't make any sense at all.


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Editorial Cartoon: Knocked
Editorial Cartoon: Knocked

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Bike and pedestrian trails are part of a well-balanced diet
Bike and pedestrian trails are part of a well-balanced diet

Dessert is important, right?!?
Now, I'm not saying you should blow your grocery budget on ice cream sandwiches, but a sweet ending to a well-balanced meal is a quality of life we can all appreciate.
That is, unless that sweet dish happens to be bike and pedestrian plans.


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Riddles of the 21st Century

Dear editor:
I have a tough time understanding the national news media and Washington insiders. It appears to me that our past President continues to be extremely popular. You would think the media, at some point, would want to get out into the country and talk with people to understand this situation.


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Editorial Cartoon: Under the Stars
Editorial Cartoon: Under the Stars

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM C. MURPHY

William C. Murphy, 54, of Louisburg, passed away at his home surrounded by his family, on Monday, July 19, 2021. He was born on September 26, 1966 in Nash County, a son of Glenn and Sue (Parrish) Murphy. He was predeceased by his mother, Sue and his sister, Scarlet Durham.


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SPORTS

SO CLOSE FOR STARS
LOUISBURG ALL-STARS PITCHER ANDERSON INSCOE
SO CLOSE FOR STARS

GARNER -- The way Coach Casey Lundy saw things, the championship at the Tar Heel District 4 11-12 Major League Baseball Tournament was up for grabs heading into last Friday's play in the double-elimination format.
Lundy saw his Louisburg All-Stars, after two quality victories, as a contender, along with Knightdale -- who was set to be Louisburg's opponent later that day.


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C-P EXCELLENCE
LOUISBURG ALL-STAR CAYDEN WEATHERS
C-P EXCELLENCE

WENDELL -- Louisburg certainly got off to a fast start during last Tuesday's opening-round action at the Tar Heel District 4 Coach-Pitch Tournament at the Carver Elementary School Park in Wake County.
Louisburg seemed to have secured some early momentum at the double-elimination event by rolling to a 14-2 decision over Knightdale in the first round.


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Great Finish For Stars
Great Finish For Stars

GARNER -- Playing in the Tar Heel District 4 Baseball Tournament is a tremendous honor -- and Louisburg's group of 9-10s treasured the experience last week.
Louisburg was able to compete in the districts at Garner Baseball Fields and even earned a first-round forfeit victory against the Knightdale All-Stars.
However, Louisburg would not be as successful the rest of the way despite the players giving it their all against some quality competition.


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LC stars ink with colleges
LC OUTFIELDER DAWSON PAINTER
LC stars ink with colleges

LOUISBURG -- Recruiting at Louisburg College isn't just limited to incoming freshman prospects.
Instead, LC spring sports coaches Eric Lee (softball) and Blake Herring (baseball) are committed to finding next-level homes for their student-athletes after their junior college eligibility expires.


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Mudcats secure diamond sweep
Mudcats secure diamond sweep

KANNAPOLIS - Ernesto Martinez hit for the cycle and was one of four Carolina Mudcats to hit a home run during Carolina's 10-3, series-finale and sweep-clinching, victory versus the homestanding Cannon Ballers on Sunday afternoon in Kannapolis.
The victory was Carolina's sixth straight, matching the club's longest winning streak of the season.


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Whitney Bolton named all-league

RALEIGH -- The Meredith College volleyball team landed five USA South All-Conference honors during this past season.
Avery Bowman and Ally Copenhaver were named First Team, East Division. While Whitney Bolton and Lauren Phillips were named to Second Team, East Division.
Ally Copenhaver was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.


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ALMOST GOT YA
ALMOST GOT YA

Louisburg All-Stars first baseman Mason Batton (left) tries to pick off a Knightdale baserunner during last Friday evening's action at the Tar Heel District 4 11-12s Baseball Tournament in Garner.


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CHAMPION CLOUTS ONE
CHAMPION CLOUTS ONE

Louisburg All-Star Carson Champion rips a hit for his club during last Friday night's action at the Tar Heel District 4 Baseball Tournament at Garner Baseball Fields.


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LOUISBURG DISTRICT 4 TAR HEEL 11-12 BASEBALL ALL-STARS
LOUISBURG DISTRICT 4 TAR HEEL 11-12 BASEBALL ALL-STARS

(BACK, L TO R) Head Coach Casey Lundy, Assistant Coach Tim Barnes, Reagan Nowell, Tyson Lundy, Mason Batton, Grayson Grissom, Ravin Pickrel, Assistant Coach Shane Pickrel and Assistant Coach Greg Grissom; (front, l to r) Braden Jackson, Levi Gasiewicz, Omaris Coppedge, Anderson Inscoe, Carson Champion, Matthew Barnes and Tyler Eaves.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>97 years and counting!</i>
97 years and counting!

MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY! Pattie Mae Richardson celebrated her 97th birthday on July 10, 2021 with family and friends. Richardson lives in the Wood community in Franklin County.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Busy municipal election season has taken shape

LOUISBURG -- The municipal filing period ended at noon Friday with a crowded field for Louisburg mayor, the Franklinton Board of Commissioners and some other town boards.
In Louisburg, incumbent council members Boyd Sturges and Christopher Neal have filed for the mayor's seat, a post that's up for grabs after incumbent Mayor Karl Pernell opted not to seek re-election.


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<i>If county says 'go,' Youngsville is ready with downtown project</i>
If county says 'go,' Youngsville is ready with downtown project

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners agreed to contract with a Wake Forest company to complete its long-awaited downtown improvement project.
The three-part project will be a total go when Franklin County signs off on its portion of the project, a water/sewer upgrade, to be done in tandem.
County commissioners are expected to take up the matter during its Aug. 2 meeting.


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Youngsville man is facing sex charges

WAKE FOREST -- A Youngsville man is slated to appear in court next month on charges of child sex crimes and kidnapping.
Wake Forest Police arrested 63-year-old Raymond Leonard Mancini on July 17, a day after they allege he assaulted an 11-year-old girl in a Walmart on S. Main Street.
Officers responded to the store just before 10 p.m.


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Zoning change eyed for Hardee's in Bunn

BUNN -- The town's planning board recommended a zoning change that would pave the way for a potential Hardee's restaurant.
Boddie Noell Enterprises has petitioned the town to change a 1.72-acre lot at the southwest corner of Main Street and Warren Avenue from Downtown Commercial to Highway Commercial.


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<i>Promoted in Asheville</i>
Promoted in Asheville

BUNN HIGH GRAD NOW CHIEF. Patrick Lamont Crudup has just achieved the rank of Division Chief of the Asheville Fire Department, making him the highest ranking African American in the history of the Asheville Fire Department. Along with achieving this title, Chief Crudup is a proud father of three daughters, Brianna, Kali and Zion, a step-son DeRodra and a doting grandfather to Jett.


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