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Showing 34 articles from February 16, 2022.

FRONT PAGE

School masks stay! But maybe not for long
School masks stay! But maybe not for long

LOUISBURG -- Students in Franklin County Schools will have to continue wearing masks until at least the first of next month following a decision not to immediately change that rule.
The action came Monday night and after a group of citizens showed up waving small signs and telling the Board of Education it was time to end the mask mandate and allow students or their parents to decide whether or not to wear masks.


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Arts Center approved in Franklinton

FRANKLINTON -- By split vote, town commissioners agreed to move forward with two partnerships designed to expand art and recreation offerings.
Developer Joe Farrell, a key contributor to Franklinton's downtown renaissance, has proposed turning the old First Citizens Bank building into an arts center.
The partnership with the town would allow it to lease the building and share revenues generated from galleries, art shows, performances, classes and other activities.


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QUITE A RECORD
QUITE A RECORD

Not very many people can boast 52 years of dedicated service to their jobs -- but then not many people are Mrs. Rosa Johnson! She began her career working for Franklin County Schools on Feb. 16, 1970 and on Feb. 14, 2022, she found herself accepting an award from the school system for her years of dedicated service to Laurel Mill Elementary School, some 52 years later.


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<i>Will revised map fix election issue?</i>
Will revised map fix election issue?

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners have called a special session to consider adopting a revised redistricting map designed to answer a legal challenge.
Youngsville resident Doug Berger filed a complaint in Franklin County Civil Superior Court, alleging that a redistricting map adopted by county commissioners in November is unfair to some voters in District 5.


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Youngsville strives to regulate growth

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners approved two amendments to the development ordinance that should better help the town navigate growth.
First, the board approved an amendment that requires residential developers to either supply public recreational space or pay a fee in lieu to the town.
The second amendment requires developers to provide the town with a multimodal transportation impact analysis -- which already covers vehicle traffic impacts and planned improvements to roadways, but would also include plans to add bike and pedestrian paths.


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<i>Authors embark on a 'steeple chase'</i>
Authors embark on a 'steeple chase'

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- As any student of Southern Culture will attest, churches -- as many and varied as they are -- form one of the centerpieces around which North Carolina communities are built.
With that in mind, a couple of Chatham County authors are combining their talents with the eye toward creating a "coffee table book" featuring select churches from each of North Carolina's 100 counties.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Miracle Leaguer Matthew Wuchich and buddy, Noelle Hagan


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Gold Medal
Editorial Cartoon: Gold Medal

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EMS is a mess! And your life could be at risk!
EMS is a mess! And your life could be at risk!

If there was anything more serious, more frightening than the blistering analysis of the Franklin County Emergency Medical System that its medical director, Dr. Barbara Stiehl, provided last week, it was the chilling silence that followed when not a single county commissioner or the county manager reacted.
Fellow Franklin Countians, we have a serious crisis -- and it's been brewing quietly for a long time.


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Editorial Cartoon: Shoes
Editorial Cartoon: Shoes

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It's getting well past time that Scotty beams us all up
It's getting well past time that Scotty beams us all up

You could probably file this under things we already knew.
According to a story in the USA Today, used cars cost 40 percent more than they did a year ago.
So, yeah, it's a really bad time to buy a used car.


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A free America hangs by a thread

Dear editor: I'm glad that Mr. Harris now realizes that federal election laws are indeed constitutional, but saddened that he offers the same kinds of arguments against them that we used to hear against desegregation and the civil rights movement.
Like Mr. Harris, I am old enough to remember the violence and fear that boiled to the surface during that time.


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Editorial Cartoon: Wordle
Editorial Cartoon: Wordle

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OBITUARIES

CRAIG SPENCER SCHICK

LOUISBURG, NC-- Craig Spencer Schick, 33, of Louisburg died Monday, January 31, 2022. He was born on June 13, 1988 to Amy Crouch Hines and Richard Lamont Schick.


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E. WAYNE PIPPIN
October 9, 1937 - February 13, 2022

BUNN, NC - Edgar Wayne Pippin, 84, of Bunn, died Sunday morning, February, 13, 2022 at Duke Raleigh Hospital.


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FREDERICK D. ALSTON

LOUISBURG, NC--Frederick Douglas Alston, 87 of Louisburg died Wednesday, February 9, 2022. He was born on January 26, 1935, to the late Van and Jessie Kearney Alston.


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MARGIE WOODBY RAY

ROLESVILLE, NC--Margie Louise Woodby Ray, 63, of Rolesville died Saturday, February 11, 2022. She was born on June 28, 1958 to the late Clyde and Margie Mills Woodby.


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NORMA ETHEL ELLINGTON RHODES

LOUISBURG, NC-- Norma Ellington Rhodes, 64, of Louisburg died Saturday, February 11, 2022. Cookie was born on August 30, 1957 to the late William and Ruby Dement Ellington. In addition to her parents, Cookie was predeceased by her sisters, Rose Clark and Cathy Radford.


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WILLARD LEWIS CATLETT JR.

FRANKLINTON, NC-- Willard Lewis Catlett Jr., age 77, died February 10, 2022. Lou was born to the late Willard Lewis Sr. and Lilla Allen Catlett on February 18, 1944.


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SPORTS

Mat Wildcats Sharp At Regionals
BUNN HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL CHAMP SCOTTIE SPENCER (LEFT)
Mat Wildcats Sharp At Regionals

PITTSBORO -- Bunn High School's season-long wrestling heroics didn't end with the Wildcats' historic appearance in the Class 2-A State Team Championships 12 days ago.
After that match, BHS head coach Parker Haake emphasized that the Wildcats had plenty to still work for this winter -- beginning with an appearance at last Saturday's Class 2-A Mideast Individual Regionals at the new Seaforth High School in Chatham County.


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PLAYOFF PREPARED
ENTRY PASS. Louisburg High School's Omari Jackson (right) delivers a pass inside last Friday.
PLAYOFF PREPARED

BUNN -- Getting prepared for the Class 2-A State Playoffs is the main focus for the Bunn Ladycats as they work their way through the closing, makeup game portion of their 2021-22 schedule in the Big East Conference.
The first order of business for Bunn came last Friday night at home -- and the Ladycats certainly took care of business during a 70-29 victory over rival Louisburg as part of Senior Night festivities in front of a huge crowd at the Bunn Dome.


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A FAMILY AFFAIR
A FAMILY AFFAIR

GREENSBORO -- Football has always been a family affair for David Howle, so the most exciting part of his recent lifetime membership into the North Carolina Football Coaches Association was the fact that his entire family was there to be a part of the event.
Two Saturdays ago, Howle was joined by his wife, Jane; daughter, Abby; son, Ty and daughter-in law Karen at the ceremony, which was held at the Greensboro Downtown Marriott.


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Warriors avenge setback
LHS FRESHMAN GUARD ZY'MARIN BLACKNALL
Warriors avenge setback

BUNN -- With an automatic berth in the Class 2-A State Playoffs already clinched, the Louisburg Warriors had one final order of business to take care of during last Friday night's regular season finale at Bunn.
Three weeks earlier, the Warriors had dropped a tough one-point upset decision at home to Bunn after the Wildcats converted a last-second basket.


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Franklinton hosts league
FRANKLINTON JUMPER TAYLOR ROBINSON
Franklinton hosts league

FRANKLINTON -- Fueled by an amazing performance from senior star Elana Griffin, the Northern Nash Lady Knights made a bit of history at the recent Big East Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Franklinton High School.
The Lady Knights claimed their first-ever league indoor crown with 198 total points to easily outdistance second-place Rocky Mount's 131 points.


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Carolina Mudcats select a new manager

ZEBULON -- The Milwaukee Brewers have named Victor Estevez as the new manager of the Carolina Mudcats for the 2022 season.
Estevez will be joined in Carolina by newly announced pitching coach Drew Thomas, hitting coach Ken Joyce, coach Jorge Ortega, athletic trainer Benny Arroyo and strength and conditioning specialist Jonah Mergen.


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GREAT SPORT
GREAT SPORT

Bunn High School's Alex Monks (left) was his team's Sportsmanship Award recipient at the Class 2-A State Wrestling Championships, which were held two weeks ago in Greensboro.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>New director</i>
New director

MEET THE DIRECTOR. The Franklin County Arts Council is planning an open house from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, to introduce Shameka Manson, the group's new executive director, and give visitors a chance to view her art. Manson is a mixed-media painter, educator, and author. She is a 2018 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and recently co-authored a book with her former professor, Dr. Willie F. Hooker, entitled "The Evolution of African American Culture and the Fine Arts."


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CHERRY HILL PERFORMANCE
CHERRY HILL PERFORMANCE

Ensemble Aubade will perform at Cherry Hill at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. The group includes Peter Bloom, flute; Francis Grimes, viola; and Steven Sussman, piano as they make their first visit to the antebellum home of the Cherry Hill Concert Series. The Ensemble Aubade's program will include wide-ranging music for the unusual combination of flute, viola and piano. Works will include compositions of Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louise Farrenc, Karl Henning, and Maurice Durufle'.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Cadet earns deans list honors at Virginia Tech

Jackson G. Bracknell, a junior majoring in PSCI in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences from Virginia Beach, VA, is among the Virginia Tech students named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2021 semester.
To qualify for the Dean's List, students must complete at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

County airport closing for extensive repairs

LOUISBURG -- Airport staff and officials are bracing themselves for a significant shutdown when their runway gets redone.
During the airport board's Feb. 8 meeting, Airport Director Bo Carson informed members that the runway is slated to be shut down for about 36 days, beginning in mid to late March, while construction crews rehab the nearly 30-year-old runway and expand the apron.


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LHS student dies following crash with bus

LOUISBURG -- A 16-year-old girl involved in a head-on crash with a school bus has died, the State Highway Patrol confirmed.
The Franklin Times has not identified the girl because of her family's wishes.
The State Highway Patrol did not release her name because she is a juvenile.


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<i>There are miracles, then there is a whole league of 'em!</i>
Bryson Jackson and Jackson McIlroy enjoy a moment together on the baseball diamond.
There are miracles, then there is a whole league of 'em!

YOUNGSVILLE -- Every Saturday in the spring and fall, "miracles" happen!
Founded in 2011, The Miracle League of Franklin County is a baseball league for children and adults with specials needs.
Our field is located on the grounds of Long Mill Elementary School, 1737 Long Mill Road.
The location of the field is central to Franklin, Vance, Granville and Warren counties!


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Bunn booking buzzard busters ... again!

BUNN -- Town commissioners have tasked its planning staff with crafting a more specific plan to deal with its vulture problems.
Going back to late 2020, residents, town staff and officials have worked to rid the town of buzzards, which had been causing damage to public and private property.
Partnering with the school system, propane canons were deployed atop Bunn High School to create loud noises at random times to disperse the birds from the rooftop there, as well as nearby areas.


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February's heart health month at Maria Parham

HENDERSON -- Maria Parham Health is dedicating the month of February to your heart.
Heart health is an important aspect of a person's overall well-being and should be a top priority.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease kills more than 600,000 people in the United States each year, amounting to one in every four deaths in this country.


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