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Showing 26 articles from September 22, 2021.

FRONT PAGE

Franklinton eyes a 600-home PUD with school

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners have begun considering a rezoning and annexation that would greenlight a 600-home subdivision, complete with a satellite charter school and commercial development.
Before the board takes a vote on the matter, though, nearby residents want officials to consider the impacts.


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Wait! What? Louisburg, county are cooperating?

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Town Council and the Franklin Board of Commissioners have agreed on something -- a land swap.
And if the deal works as envisioned, it could be a win-win for both.
In the deal, the county will get ownership of the lot on West Nash Street, directly across from Louisburg Town Hall and in return the town will get ownership of four parcels in South Louisburg.


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New county attorney named
New county attorney named

LOUISBURG -- Following a closed session Monday night, Franklin County commissioners agreed to appoint a new county attorney.
It's the second change to the county's legal representation within a year.
But, Boyd Sturges, who will remain the county's attorney until Sept. 27 -- when Louisburg-based attorney Gena Walling McCray takes over -- said his expedited tenure was always the plan.


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<i>Chasing 'Shine! A 'revenuer' reflects on county's bygone days</i>
Chasing 'Shine! A 'revenuer' reflects on county's bygone days

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- In the folk lore of the Southeast, and especially in Franklin County, the cat and mouse game between makers and purveyors of "moonshine" and the federal "tax men" who were trying to stop them has become the topic of legends.
Back in 1969, a young man with a freshly minted college degree was assigned to prowl Franklin County as a agent of the ATF, also known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


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Town business gets done but politics are apparent

LOUISBURG -- A number of important business items worked their way through the Louisburg Town Council meeting Monday night, a meeting that veered into the political realm and ended with some important questions being left unasked.
Many of the projects approved by the council involved economic development efforts, including a land swap deal with the county. (See related story.)


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<i>401 completion? Maybe by next summer</i>
401 completion? Maybe by next summer

LOUISBURG -- Improvements on U.S. 401 from Wake County up through Royal continue on schedule, engineers said.
And, save for some miscellaneous matters, motorists could be driving on the completed four-lane road by the summer of 2022.
A story in the Sept. 9 edition of The Franklin Times incorrectly listed the completion date as this December. The project completion date is Dec. 22, 2022. We regret the error.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Bunn HS volleyball fanatic Dax Lewis


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: NFL Quarantine
Editorial Cartoon: NFL Quarantine

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Fall has dropped in but bigger changes await
Fall has dropped in but bigger changes await

Just in case you hadn't noticed, fall fell this week. On Wednesday, to be precise.
You probably won't notice the change much for a couple of more weeks, although the mornings are noticeably cooler -- and pumpkins are popping up almost everywhere you look.
At the state Farmers' Market over the weekend, the first batch of freshly pressed cider was available -- along with such summertime favorites as squash, peppers and tomatoes.


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Editorial Cartoon: PEDS
Editorial Cartoon: PEDS

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Extra, extra, read all about it: You might not find it elsewhere
Extra, extra, read all about it: You might not find it elsewhere

As a member of the media, I can fully admit that there is often a frenzy that generates headlines.
And, no, it's not a coordinated effort, I can assure you.
That's because, if you've been around any members of the media, picking what's for lunch is often more difficult than crafting a seating chart for a joint convention between an alt-right group and Black Lives Matter.


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BBQ too dry for the dog!

Dear editor: After reading Gary's column week before last in the Times about how great the BBQ was the year before when the guys competed in the BBQ Cook-Off, I told my wife, "I'm cooking tonight."
So, after I went to watch the LC baseball team scrimmage I went by the "BBQ in the Burg" to pick up a couple of plates at ten bucks apiece for dinner.


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America's situation 'scary'

Dear editor:
On the first day of Biden's presidency, he issued an executive order canceling the Keystone XL pipeline. The president also issued orders to halt oil and natural gas leases on public lands and waters to curb planet-warming carbon emissions. The President put several thousand Americans out of work in one day.


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Editorial Cartoon: Kindling
Editorial Cartoon: Kindling

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OBITUARIES

ANNETTE GRISSOM FIELDER

FRANKLINTON, NC--Funeral services for Annette Grissom Fielder, age 60, who died on Monday, September 20, 2021, will be held on Saturday, September 25, at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Louisburg with Rev. Kenneth Alexander officiating.


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SPORTS

FEELING STINGY
BUNN HIGH SCHOOL'S MIGUEL CATALAN (RIGHT)
FEELING STINGY

STANHOPE - Carlos Barron has fielded some strong teams during his tenure as Southern Nash's boys soccer coach -- but this might be his best club yet.
Even with a tough schedule, the Firebirds have rolled through regular season action to date -- and appear to be headed for a pair of showdowns with Franklinton with the Big East Conference Championship at stake.


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A TOUGH FOE
STOPPED FOR A LOSS. Bunn's L.B. Bolden (left) makes a tackle during last Thursday's road football contest at Rocky Mount.
A TOUGH FOE

ROCKY MOUNT -- The opening football game of the split-classification duels in the Big East Conference proved to be much more competitive than some observers had predicted.
According to those prognosticators, Class 3-A titan Rocky Mount was supposed to have little difficulty with 2-A Bunn in last Thursday's league kickoff for both clubs.


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A Throw-In Win For FHS
FLIGHT FOLLOWER. Franklinton defender Charlie Lilienthal (left) prepares to make a play during Monday's victory at Northern Nash.
A Throw-In Win For FHS

RED OAK -- A throw-in is often viewed as a pedestrian play, but it paid huge dividends twice for the Franklinton Red Rams during their road boys soccer meeting Monday at Big East Conference rival Northern Nash.
The unbeaten Red Rams scored on two occasions off throw-ins early in the match and never looked back en route to defeating the Fighting Knights by a 6-1 margin at the NNHS Soccer Complex.


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Great start doesn't  translate to victory
KEEP THOSE LEGS MOVING. Franklinton's Jalen Ibrahim tries to stay up while being tackled by a Roanoke Rapids defender during last Friday night's game.
Great start doesn't translate to victory

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- What began as a promising night for the Franklinton Red Rams didn't quite turn out that way.
In the span of a few minutes to start the event, Franklinton came up with a quick defensive stand that was followed by an immediate march downfield.
But FHS couldn't cash in to close out that march, and things went downhill from there as the Red Rams were defeated 38-0 by host Roanoke Rapids last Friday in the Big East Conference football opener for both clubs at historic Hoyle Field on the RHHS campus.


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GET IT OUT OF THERE
GET IT OUT OF THERE

Bunn High School's Jose Reyes clears the ball out of the box last Wednesday against rival Southern Nash.


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GREAT 88
GREAT 88

Bunn High School safety Jason Lewis (left) tries to catch up with Rocky Mount's Seallio Alphonse during last Friday night's Big East Conference football showdown on the RMHS campus in Nash County.


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RACE TO THE BALL
RACE TO THE BALL

(L to R) Southern Nash's Kevin Dominguez and Bunn's Will Sutton joust for possession during last Wednesday's league boys soccer event.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Variety is the focus of annual DeHart Concert Series</i>
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage will perform on Oct. 23
Variety is the focus of annual DeHart Concert Series

LOUISBURG, NC -- Tickets are on sale for Louisburg College's 64th Allen de Hart Concert Series, which will feature a variety of performances ranging from timeless R & B tunes and rock hits to a bluegrass superstar and a world class singer.
On Friday, Sept. 24 the season opens with Ted Vigil and his tribute to the music of John Denver.
Not only does Vigil bear an uncanny resemblance to Denver, he also performs the songs of the late artist with passion, style and authenticity.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

SCHOOL SUPPORT
SCHOOL SUPPORT

Franklin County Democratic Women members provided school supplies to Louisburg Elementary Students. School Counselor Tori Inscoe, center, is joined by members, from left, Armenta Eaton, Bobbie Richardson, Lucy Allen, Vice President Gloria Dunstun and President Stephanie Goslen The group chose the elementary school as its annual service project and they wanted to give some school supplies to help both the teachers and the students.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>Backin' the Blue -- with fun and good grub!</i>
Backin' the Blue -- with fun and good grub!

BACK THE BLUE. The Youngsville community turned out last month to support its police department. Above, organizer Brooke Hogan, right, with Chief Greg Whitley, second from right, and Capt. B. Lemons, Officer B. Hanson, Administrative Specialist A. Pippin, Sgt. J. Steinbrunner and Capt. J. Magsi.


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Local authorities nab murder suspect

FRANKLINTON -- Sheriff's deputies and police combined to detain a man suspected in a Vance County murder.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office issued a be-on-the-lookout notice Wednesday morning, describing a black man, driving a dump truck, suspected to be coming through Franklin County.


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