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Showing 38 articles from October 27, 2021.

FRONT PAGE

Town voters, your day looms!

Early voting continues through Saturday as election day looms on Tuesday.
• In Louisburg, voters can chose its next mayor amongst a field that includes incumbent council members Boyd Sturges and Christopher Neal, along with political newcomers Mike Anderson, Connie Jo Hutchinson, Liz Seibel, and Paula Walters.


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As patience wears thin, will county fire Open Broadband?

LOUISBURG -- More than two years ago, commissioners in Franklin, Granville and Vance counties partnered with Open Broadband to bring an Internet provider to the region that would focus on the unserved and underserved.
As of this summer, Granville County agreed to cancel its contract with the Waxhaw-based company.


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Halloween happenings
Halloween happenings

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- There will be a number of opportunities for residents to celebrate Halloween in a public fashion.
First, Youngsville's businesses are hosting Trick or Treat on Main Street on Friday, Oct. 29, from 3-6 p.m.
The event, organized by town businesses, not town government, is expected to take place, rain or shine. However, if there is a deluge, organizers may reschedule for Saturday.


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Teen's love for critters earns her a jump start on college
Teen's love for critters earns her a jump start on college

RALEIGH -- For a 17-year-old Bunn High senior, it took more than hope to find her way with animals.
It took hard work and consistency.
Because of that, Hope Latta earned the Senator James D. Speed Achievement Scholarship during the NC State Fair.


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<i>'Dad would have loved this!'</i><BR>Waiden family pays tribute to parents' memory
Waiden family members reached out to others after loss of parents
'Dad would have loved this!'
Waiden family pays tribute to parents' memory

FRANKLINTON -- Late last week, proprietors of a town institution, City Lunch, were not exactly sure when they'd open, again.
One thing that never closed, though, was their hearts.
Clyde Waiden, who operated the diner, famously known as the Hot Dog Stand, with his wife, Sharon, and daughter Michelle, passed away on Oct. 19.
Sharon passed away earlier this year, on April 8.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Youngsville Deputy Town Clerk Ravi Ann Boze-Adams


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Powell
Editorial Cartoon: Powell

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Affordable housing: Easier said than done!
Affordable housing: Easier said than done!

At its last meeting before the upcoming municipal election, the Louisburg Town Council got tossed the proverbial "hot potato" by southside residents -- although this "tater" had nothing to do with the election.
The Southside Neighborhood Association of Louisburg presented a written statement to the council noting that affordable housing is needed in town -- and asked town leaders to take a "more stringent approach" toward finding a solution.


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Editorial Cartoon: Halloween
Editorial Cartoon: Halloween

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This season is full of surprises; In other ways? Not so much
This season is full of surprises; In other ways? Not so much

There were two bits of news I came across yesterday.
One legitimately shocked me.
The other?
Not so much.


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Editorial Cartoon: Bridge
Editorial Cartoon: Bridge

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SPORTS

TOURNEY CHAMPIONS
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL OUTSIDE HITTER CALEIGH MURPHY
TOURNEY CHAMPIONS

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- When the Big East Conference volleyball schedule began this fall, it was considered a safe bet that the Franklin County 'Big Three' of Louisburg, Franklinton and Bunn would control the upper-tier proceeds in the newfangled league.
But that assessment was made before the program enhancements at Nash Central and Roanoke Rapids were on display, which left five teams tied for the top spot in the Big East heading into the final week of the regular season.


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Sportsmanship Shown
MAKING A MOVE. Nash Central High School's Christian Bulluck (left) tries to score on Louisburg's Alan Acosta during the clubs' recent meeting at Patterson Field.
Sportsmanship Shown

LOUISBURG -- Nash Central High School's boys soccer victory at Louisburg on October 14 featured several admirable performances -- both on and off the field.
The Bulldogs won the match by an 8-1 margin against homestanding Louisburg in Big East Conference action at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
Eight different scorers found the back of the net for Nash Central, but the heroics didn't end there.


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IN THE CLUTCH
IN THE CLUTCH

ROCKY MOUNT -- Louisburg's Shamir Sheppard is known more for his offensive excellence, but he made the defensive play of the game during the Warriors' road victory last Friday night over Nash Central in Big East football action at The Dawg Pound on the NCHS campus.
With LHS clinging to a two-point lead in the fourth quarter and Nash Central having just scored, Sheppard was inserted into the game as a situational substitute at linebacker in an attempt to stop the Bulldogs' potential score-tying 2-point attempt.


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Red Rams shock the Gryphons
Red Rams shock the Gryphons

FRANKLINTON -- Of all the expected occurrences within the Big East Conference football scene this season, Franklinton being able to thump Rocky Mount in resounding fashion was probably near the bottom of the list.
But in what could only be considered an upset, the Red Rams rolled past Rocky Mount last Friday night in a one-sided blowout at the FHS Football Field.


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Bunn drops heartbreaker

BUNN -- Bunn's hard-luck football season continued with another tough loss at home last Friday -- this time to the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets.
Roanoke Rapids was able to move into the top spot in the race for an automatic Class 2-A State Playoff spot out of the Big East Conference -- but it certainly wasn't an easy proposition for the Yellow Jackets.


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FHS second in Big East

STANHOPE -- One of Franklinton High School's best regular seasons in recent boys soccer history came to a close last Wednesday -- and the Red Rams closed in second place in the always-strong Big East Conference.
Franklinton's final task of the regular season was a tough one as the Red Rams traveled to Southern Nash to face a Firebirds' unit that had yet to lose in conference action this fall.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>County Arts Council plans classes for kids and adults</i>
County Arts Council plans classes for kids and adults

Franklin County Arts Council has announced that artist Shirley (Patterson) Romero will be presenting Funday Monday Art Class for Kids and Art Wednesday for Adults and Young Adults beginning in November.
Louisburg is Romero's hometown. After high school, she moved to Greenville to attend The School of Arts at East Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design.


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FOCUS ON JAZZ
FOCUS ON JAZZ

The Tar River Center for History and Culture is hosting bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown for an appearance at the Jones Performing Arts Center on the Louisburg College campus. He will discuss the influence of some of North Carolina's greatest jazz artists on Thursday, Oct. 28.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Local youngsters invited to participate in fun, virtual livestock show

LOUISBURG - Franklin County youth, age 5 -19 years old, are invited to participate in the County's 9th Annual "FUN" Livestock Show that will be held virtually for the second year.
Area youth who love animals and would like to be judged exhibiting their animals via video recording are encouraged to participate.


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Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton

In Franklinton, incumbents John Allers, Alvin Holden and Dr. Philip Meador have all filed to retain their seats.
They are joined on the ballot by political newcomers Jimmy Collie, Jackie Guy, Doug Nalley, Victoria Perry and Latasha Wilder. Jackie Guy did not respond to The Franklin Times questions.


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Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: John Allers
Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: John Allers

Full Name: John Allers
Age: 66
Occupation: Retired: US Air Force (22 years), Retired: Southwest Airlines Captain (20 years)
Marital Status: Married to Sheila Allers (38 years)


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Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: Jimmy Collie
Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: Jimmy Collie

Full name:
Jimmy A. Collie
Age: 51
Occupation: Firefighter for the City of Raleigh
Marital status: Married


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Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: Alvin Holden
Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: Alvin Holden

Full name: Alvin Bertrand Holden
Age: 48
Occupation: Machine Operator@ API
Marital status: Divorced


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Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: Philip D. Meador, Jr, MD
Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: Philip D. Meador, Jr, MD

Full name: Philip D. Meador, Jr, MD
Age: 76
Occupation: Semi-retired MD
Marital status: Married


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Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: Doug Nalley
Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: Doug Nalley

Full name: Doug Nalley
Age: 56
Occupation: Occupation: Director of Housing/Minister
Marital status: Single


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Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: LaTasha Wilder
Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: LaTasha Wilder

Full name: LaTasha Wilder
Age: 42
Occupation: Instructional Coach
Marital status: Married/ Quincy Crudup


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Vote for three commissioners in Franklinton: Victoria Perry

Full name: Victoria Perry Age: 55
Photo not provided Occupation: Retired
Marital status: single Children: none


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Youngsville commissioner race

Commissioner Terry Hedlund opted not to seek re-election, but town voters will get to decide a four-way race for three seats.
Incumbents Cat Redd and Larry Wiggins filed for re-election and they are joined on the ballot by political newcomers George Dillard and Corey Pursche.
Also, Fonzie Flowers has filed to retain his mayor's seat.
He will not be facing a candidate on the ballot during the Nov. 2 election.


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Youngsville commissioner race: George Dillard
Youngsville commissioner race: George Dillard

Full name: George Dillard
Age: 52
Occupation: Owner of Cowboys Clippers Barbershop/ Project Manager for Hurt and Sons LLC
Marital status:


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Youngsville commissioner race: Catt Redd
Youngsville commissioner race: Catt Redd

Full name: Cat Redd
Age: 45
Occupation:
Marital status: Married


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Youngsville commissioner race: Corey Pursche
Youngsville commissioner race: Corey Pursche

Full name:
Corey Pursche
Age: 30
Occupation: Technician for CenturyLink
Marital status: Married


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Youngsville commissioner race: Larry Wiggins
Youngsville commissioner race: Larry Wiggins

Full name: Marion Larry Wiggins
Age: 76
Occupation: Electrical Equipment manufacturing, repairing and servicing.
Marital status: Married


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Youngsville mayor: Fonzie A. Flowers
Youngsville mayor: Fonzie A. Flowers

Full name:
Fonzie A. Flowers
Age: 45
Occupation: Senior Operations Analyst (Lumen)
Marital status: Married


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Uncontested races in Bunn for mayor, commissioners

There are no contested races in Bunn as Mayor Marsha Strawbridge and Commissioners Sherry Mercer and Don Mitchell all filed to retain their seats.


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Uncontested races in Bunn for mayor, commissioners: Sherry C. Mercer
Uncontested races in Bunn for mayor, commissioners: Sherry C. Mercer

Full name:
Sherry C. Mercer
Age: 53
Occupation: Procurement & Document Control Lead for


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Uncontested races in Bunn for mayor, commissioners: Don Mitchell
Uncontested races in Bunn for mayor, commissioners: Don Mitchell

Full name:
Teddy Don Mitchell
Age:55
Occupation: Small business owner- Express Specialty Products


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Uncontested races in Bunn for mayor, commissioners: Marsha Winstead Strawbridge
Uncontested races in Bunn for mayor, commissioners: Marsha Winstead Strawbridge

Full name:
Marsha Winstead
Strawbridge
Age: 60
Occupation: Retired


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