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Showing 40 articles from October 6, 2021.

FRONT PAGE

Staffing, radios slowing emergency responses

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County Manager Kim Denton said the county is working to address emergency services staffing issues, as well as resource deployment.
The comments came at the end of a meeting that began with a former emergency responder questioning the county's ability to meet its emergent demands.
During the public comment portion of Monday's meeting, Scott Strickland noted that the paramedic who started the county's community paramedic program is gone.


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COVID cases decline; younger patients infected

LOUISBURG -- There's good news and there's bad news with COVID-19.
The good news is that, overall, the number of new cases is going down while the ranks of the vaccinated are growing.
The bad news is that the Delta variant continues to rage through the county's young.
"There is a slight, glimmer of hope," County Health Director Scott LaVigne told commissioners during his routine COVID-19 update at Monday night's meeting.


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<i>Ramped up,rarin' to go!</i>
Monty Riggs (kneeling) and crew begin work on a ramp
Ramped up,rarin' to go!

LOUISBURG -- If you've spent any amount of time around Wayne Stallings and his wheelchair ramp-building crew, you'll hear just as much laughter and banter as you will hammering, cutting and digging.
But, in the 300 ramps that Stallings has helped build in and around Franklin County, it's one where silence spoke loudest to him.


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Franklinton goes 'social' downtown

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners agreed to enact a social district that will allow for open alcohol consumption downtown.
In May, the General Assembly approved House Bill 781, which allows a government to designate areas where people can purchase and consume alcohol.
It was crafted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which either closed or limited ABC establishments from having people inside.


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<i>Court clerk earns perfect score</i>
Court clerk earns perfect score

LOUISBURG -- On Shelley Dickerson's first day in office, she and her staff pulled two cabinets full of pending estate files, updating them and creating a more efficient tracking process.
The result was a "perfect" bill of health from an internal audit performed by the State's Administrative Office of the Courts.


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HAPPILY MAD
HAPPILY MAD

David Crane shows off his Ford Falcon, a replica of the Interceptor featured in the Mad Max movie. Cathy Smith got an up-close and personal look at the modified vehicle.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

The Rev. Melton Tyson and Teenie Wilder


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: MASH
Editorial Cartoon: MASH

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Some difficult questions have simple answers
Some difficult questions have simple answers

A dilemma that concerned authors of two letters to the editors last week is rather easy to answer.
The authors, one with a seemingly Democratic bent and the other leaning toward the Republicans, were concerned about the national debt and were looking for answers in the political realm.
This is a fairly easy question to answer.


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Editorial Cartoon: Covid Rules
Editorial Cartoon: Covid Rules

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From moonshine to breweries, Franklin County bellies up to bar
From moonshine to breweries, Franklin County bellies up to bar

Certainly, this might be a bit of hyperbole, but, back in the really olden days, the only places in Franklin County to get alcohol, liquor in particular, was from a bootlegger or, what I've had described to me as a shot house.
[Refer to Gary Cunard's fine story in the Sept. 23 edition of The Franklin Times for more reference].


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Editorial Cartoon: Taliban
Editorial Cartoon: Taliban

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Letters to editor are always welcome; here are the guidelines

Letters to the editor of The Franklin Times are always welcome -- and are an important part of the service to the community that this newspaper routinely provides.
But there are a few rules that authors need to be aware of so that their messages are presented fully and in a timely manner.
Here are the simple guidelines:


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OBITUARIES

ANNIE HARTSFIELD RICHARDSON

FRANKLINTON, NC -- Funeral services for Annie Hartsfield Richardson, age 93, who died on Monday, October 4, 2021, will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. from the Emanuel Church of God in Louisburg with Pastor L. J. Allison officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones Cemetery.


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GARLAND E. MUSTIAN

LOUISBURG, NC -- Garland E. Mustian, 92, of Louisburg, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021. He was born in Warren County on June 3, 1929, son of the late Clyde Mustian, Sr. and Lucy (Bobbit) Mustian. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Anne, his siblings Walter; Dennis; Clyde, Jr; Forrest; Ruth; Mary Thomas; and Lillian Shearin.


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GERALD SCOTT LEWIS

LOUISBURG, NC -- Funeral services for Gerald Scott Lewis, age 75, who died on Sunday, October 3, 2021, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021 from the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg with Rev. Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Delight United Church of Christ Cemetery.


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HEATHER MARIE THORNTON

LOUISBURG, NC -- Heather Marie Thornton, 31, passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021 in Henderson. She was born on June 24, 1990 in Nash County, a daughter of Curtis Alley Jr, and Frankie (Vaughan) Matthews. Heather was predeceased by a sister, Denver Alley, grandfather, TW Vaughan Jr, cousin, Brittany Vaughan and aunt, Janice Vaughan Brooks.


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JOHN BERNARD MORAN

APEX, NC -- John Bernard Moran, 84, of Apex, NC passed away on September 29, 2021 surrounded by family.


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LISA DIANE JARRETT TINCHER

LOUISBURG, NC -- Lisa Diane Jarrett Tincher passed away on September 24, 2021. She was born on February 1, 1965 to Charles Franklin and Phyllis Browning Jarrett.


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NANCY SUE FAULKNER ALFORD

LOUISBURG, NC -- Nancy Sue Faulkner Alford, 74, died on October 4, 2021.


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SHARON FLEMING MULLEN WATTS

NEW BERN, NC -- Sharon Fleming Mullen Watts, 69, died on October 5, 2021. She was born August 8, 1952 to the late William Wallace and Frances Winston Mullen.


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WILLIAM K. "BILL" SIMS

LOUISBURG - William "Bill" Kenneth Sims, 89, of Louisburg formerly of Durham, died Monday afternoon.


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SPORTS

Louisburg Edges FHS In Thriller
IN THE CLUTCH. Louisburg High School's Bree Holliday (right) came up with a huge performance in the fifth and deciding set of the Lady Warriors' home victory Tuesday night against rival Franklinton.
Louisburg Edges FHS In Thriller

LOUISBURG -- A five-way tie for first place in the Big East Conference volleyball standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
Who would have thought that?
Such is the crazy world of Big East volleyball this fall as the top teams in the competitive league take turns defeating each other.


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MAKING PROGRESS
FRANKLINTON HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN CHARLIE GREEN
MAKING PROGRESS

FRANKLINTON -- One of the most decorated careers in the history of Nash County high school tennis is coming to a close -- and Northern Nash's Chloe Harrington is determined to make it a triumphant one.
Harrington was a day-one star when she first arrived on the NN campus four years ago -- and she has been a dominant performer in the Big East Conference and beyond ever since then.


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2ND-HALF RALLY
CONTACT SPORT. (L to R) Bunn's Junior Ramirez and Rocky Mount's David Daughtry attempt to gain possession of the ball during last Wednesday's soccer match.
2ND-HALF RALLY

ROCKY MOUNT -- Rocky Mount had the best of the action in the first half, but Bunn provided a definitive second-half answer during last Wednesday's key Big East Conference boys showdown.
RM scored the opening goal, and that tally held up until the break.


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Red Rams outlast the Wildcats
FRANKLINTON'S DONOVAN ESTES
Red Rams outlast the Wildcats

FRANKLINTON -- History repeated itself last Friday for the Franklinton Red Rams -- but with a much different result.
One week earlier, FHS had led Nash Central for most of the game, only to see the Bulldogs rally with a late touchdown and two-point conversion off a fake PAT to edge the Red Rams by a single tally.


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FHS defeats the Ladycats
BUNN HITTER KEAGAN OSIKA (RIGHT)
FHS defeats the Ladycats

FRANKLINTON -- Bunn owned the first set, but Franklinton controlled the proceedings the rest of the way en route to earning a key Big East Conference home volleyball victory last Thursday at the FHS Gymnasium.
Scores were 21-25, 25-15, 25-15 and 25-14 in favor of the Lady Rams.


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10 VERSUS 11
10 VERSUS 11

Bunn High School's Jay'von Perry (10) attempts to outrun Franklinton's Bryson Moore (11) during last Friday night's Big East Conference football meeting on the FHS campus.


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REACHING FOR EXCELLENCE
REACHING FOR EXCELLENCE

Franklinton High School's Ava Ponziano delivers a return at No. 4 Singles during last Thursday's Big East Conference girls tennis home showdown against the Northern Nash Lady Knights.


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SPIKE SENSATION
SPIKE SENSATION

Franklinton High School's Maddie VanVlack (right) sends down a kill for the Lady Rams during last Thursday's home volleyball match against the Bunn Ladycats. Both Bunn and Franklinton are part of a five-way tie for first place in the competitive Big East Conference.


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TIGHT DEFENSE
TIGHT DEFENSE

Bunn High School's William Sutton defends Rocky Mount's David Daughtry during last Wednesday's contest.


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LIFESTYLES

ACS Breast Cancer Screening Guideline

American Cancer Society Recommendations for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer.
This guideline applies to women at average risk for breast cancer:


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Explaining different types of breast cancer
Explaining different types of breast cancer

Millions of women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, more than 2.3 million women across the globe were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020. The BCRF also notes that breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in 140 of 184 countries worldwide.


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How breast cancer treatments can affect the immune system
How breast cancer treatments can affect the immune system

Treatment for breast cancer is highly effective. Five-year survival rates for breast cancer have increased dramatically in recent decades, and much of that success can be credited to cancer researchers and campaigns designed to inform women about the importance of screenings.


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Various factors that could affect breast cancer treatment

Treatment for breast cancer is often successful. For example, data from the American Society of Clinical Oncology indicates that the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with non-metastatic invasive breast cancer is 90 percent, while the average 10-year survival rate for such cancers is 84 percent. Those figures reflect advancements in treatment and the effectiveness of campaigns designed to encourage women to receive routine breast cancer screenings as part of their preventive health care regimens.


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Women have some control in regard to their risk for breast cancer
Women have some control in regard to their risk for breast cancer

No one, regardless of their age, occupation, skin color, or socioeconomic status, is immune to cancer. In fact, individuals might be hard pressed to say no one in their family and/or circle of friends has been diagnosed with cancer at some point.
According to the National Cancer Institute, there were 18.1 million new cancer cases across the globe in 2018.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

<i>From vintage tractors to 'mules,' it was all for show in Gold Sand</i>
From vintage tractors to 'mules,' it was all for show in Gold Sand

SHOW OFFS. The Gold Sand and surrounding community showed up for an antique farm show and swap meet late last week at the Gold Sand Fire Department and Edwards farm on Person Road. The Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 event featured tractors, cars, engines, collectibles and farm equipment. There was also swap meet with items for sale both days. There were also food concessions, music and other displays. The vehicles were, indeed, the main attractions. (Above) This open-wheel roadster was a unique addition to the event, making for good photo opportunities.


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COLLISION COURSE
COLLISION COURSE

The State Highway Patrol investigated a rash of accidents on Tuesday, including this head-on crash in the 500 block of Sykes Road. The names of those involved in the morning wreck were not immediately available. Unofficially, authorities said a man driving the truck, in the background, was reaching for a cell phone when he crossed the center line, hitting the grey car in the foreground. Their injuries were not life-threatening.


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<i>Head Start salutes those who have made program work</i>
Head Start salutes those who have made program work

HENDERSON -- Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity, Inc. recently celebrated the service of its Franklin Vance Warren Head Start retirees: Selma Palmer (40 years of service); Silver Ragland (18 years of service); Odessa Williams (42 years of services); Gloria Smith (47 years of service); Pauline Anderson, (20 years of service; Willie Cooper (42 years of service); and Minnie Lewis, (14 years of service).


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A TRUE ASSET
A TRUE ASSET

State Department of Revenue Secretary Ronald Perry, second from left, presents Wayne Stallings, second from right, with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, recognizing Stallings for decades of service. Joining them are, from left, Shema Carraway, chair of United Way's Board of Directors, and Stallings' wife, Martha.


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