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Showing 25 articles from April 20, 2022.

FRONT PAGE

'Off and running,' says firm installing county radio system

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County commissioners got an update on projects related to utilities and the public safety radio system.
They also gave the county's tax administrator approval to negotiate a contract with the company that will perform revaluation of property.
In January, commissioners agreed to enter into a contract with Tallahassee, Fla.-based Williams Communications to upgrade its radio system.


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65 years of service!
ALL SMILES. Now that he's no longer "tied" to his almost daily town hall visits, former Mayor Karl Pernell and his wife, Peggy, have plans to do a little traveling and enjoy their time together.
65 years of service!

LOUISBURG -- It was an early September day in 1956 -- the first Monday of the month, actually -- when a young local man took a job with the Louisburg Fire Department never suspecting that he was taking the first step down a path that would shape the next 65 years of his life.
Karl Pernell was that young man and his first duties around the fire station were that of engineer, a paid position that meant he often drove a fire truck, took emergency calls and did whatever other tasks were tossed his way.


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<i>Burg council picks interim administrator</i>
Burg council picks interim administrator

LOUISBURG -- After meeting in a secret, closed-door session for an hour and eight minutes Monday night, the Louisburg town council emerged to quickly select Jonathan Barlow of Cary as the town's temporary administrator following the resignation of Jonathan Franklin.
Franklin, whose last day will be April 22, is leaving to take the town manager's job in Newton in Catawba County after facing increasing pressure from the Louisburg board which unexpectedly reduced his authority earlier this year without explanation for their actions.


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Depot Hill: A steep 'climb'

LOUISBURG -- Although it worked through an agenda of routine business quickly and even hired an interim town administrator (see related story) on Monday night, the Louisburg Council remains hung up on a major redevelopment project south of the downtown.
The impasse centers around the revitalization of Depot Hill, most specifically a large building there that is being rehabilitated to be used for a variety of purposes but which has become a bone of contention for the council that is concerned about its cost and eventual use.


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Franklinton selects new town manager
Franklinton selects new town manager

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners announced their next town manager on Tuesday, tasking Zachary Steffey with leading the town into the future.
Steffey, 29, will succeed Gregory Bethea as town manager in late June.
"I am grateful to the Franklinton Board of Commissioners for selecting me," Steffey said. "I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the continuing downtown revitalization and growth the town will experience in coming years.


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Franklinton pulls plug on pool idea

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners decided to pull the plug on plans to bring a community pool to Franklinton and the county.
Town staff gauged its residents as part of efforts to update its Parks and Recreation Master Plan and more than 40 percent of respondents desired a public swimming pool.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Miracle Leaguer Dakota Fowler


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Taxes
Editorial Cartoon: Taxes

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Charter schools to reap 24% of local school taxes
Charter schools to reap 24% of local school taxes

Can you believe it?
Easter has passed, Mother Nature is finally behaving like spring and the grass is beginning to grow so fast you may soon be able to hear it!
Plus, if you believe in averages, it's safe to begin setting out some flowers and crops, although the sometimes chilly winds can still make that a touch risky.
But somewhere around April 15 is considered our average last front date -- but, remember, averages work for a reason so it's not impossible that we could still get one or two.


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Give this pastor a mic, hear him lobby for local children!
Give this pastor a mic, hear him lobby for local children!

Donathan Muldrow is the pastor.
But, it was Paulene Scott-Kearney who was preaching.
Franklin County Cooperative Extension Director Charles Mitchell presented Muldrow with the Governor's Volunteer Service Medallion Award -- one of the highest honors that a volunteer in the state of North Carolina can earn.


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Editorial Cartoons: Pollen-22
Editorial Cartoons: Pollen-22

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A useful privacy exemption?

Dear editor, Government individual privacy laws cover many things. I'll name a few: HIPPA Laws protect our medical information.
There are privacy laws protecting our school records, driving records and just about anything you can name with one exception!


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Editorial Cartoon: Threat
Editorial Cartoon: Threat

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SPORTS

SOLID ON THE TRACK
LOUISBURG JUMPER JAQUIEZE WILLIAMS
SOLID ON THE TRACK

ROCKY MOUNT - Southern Nash encountered its most challenging task of the season last Wednesday -- and passed the test in impressive fashion.
And because of that achieved quest, the Firebirds are now the defending Big East Conference Track and Field Champions after winning the boys team title for the second consecutive campaign at the prestigious league event.


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TOURNEY TIME!
FRANKLINTON SENIOR PITCHER LANDON HELLER
TOURNEY TIME!

WILSON -- With a handful of players unavailable due to Spring Break, Franklinton baseball coach Donnie Ray wasn't sure what to expect during the Red Rams' appearance this week at the Golden Leaf Invitational at historic Fleming Stadium.
This was Franklinton's first appearance at the longstanding event, and the Red Rams came out swinging last Saturday during their first tourney matchup against Rocky Mount Academy.


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Golf stars effective in league
Golf stars effective in league

BUNN -- Thanks in part to a round at the same course two days earlier, scores were a bit more favorable when the Big East Conference convened for its latest boys golf match last Wednesday at The River GC in Franklin County.
Big East links stars generally struggled at The River last Monday, but fared a bit better 48 hours later as Roanoke Rapids' Doug Merritt and Nash Central's Spencer Edwards both put together spectacular rounds.


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Wildcats win home contest
BUNN PITCHER ALEX DOUGLAS
Wildcats win home contest

BUNN -- Bunn picked the perfect way to head into Spring Break -- or at least the remainder of it.
After falling last Friday on the road at Vance Charter School, the clubs met Tuesday to cap off the non-conference series at the BHS Baseball Field.
It was a spirited occasion as the Wildcats hosted their annual Franklin County Miracle League Day before tangling with VCS.


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AND AWAY HE GOES
AND AWAY HE GOES

Franklinton High School's Donnell Privette competes in a jumping event for the Red Rams at last Wednesday afternoon's annual Big East Conference Track and Field Championships in Rocky Mount.


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MORE TRACK HIGHLIGHTS, 1
MORE TRACK HIGHLIGHTS, 1

LOUISBURG'S LANG DAVIS


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MORE TRACK HIGHLIGHTS, 2
MORE TRACK HIGHLIGHTS, 2

BUNN'S KAITLYN ADAMS


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TRULY A SPECIAL OCCASION
TRULY A SPECIAL OCCASION

The Bunn High School baseball team hosted its annual Miracle League of Franklin County Day -- and a tremendous time was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg planners okay changes for major development

LOUISBURG -- A huge multi-use development known as Louisburg Falls cleared three major hurdles last Thursday evening when members of the Planning Board agreed to help clear the way for the project and move it along to the Town Council for a final decision.
Meeting for about two hours, the planning board:


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Mother shoots son to help save husband

BUNN -- A Franklin County woman was forced to shoot her son to thwart a brutal assault, authorities said.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies planned to charge Wake County resident Matthew Flowers with assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure, and damage to property following a Tuesday morning attack.


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Glider pilot, student escape injury in crash

ZEBULON -- A glider pilot and student escaped serious injury when the craft crashed over the weekend.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies identified the pilot as Chris Hutchins of Sanford. The student, who did not sustain any injuries, was not identified.
According to published reports and the National Transportation Safety Board, a test flight was being conducted on April 16 at Crooked Creek Airport, south of Bunn near the Wake County line, when a gust of wind forced the craft into some trees.


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Free COVID vaxx clinic is Saturday in Franklinton

The county's health department, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and New Life Outreach Ministry has combined to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Vaccines will be available, free of charge, for those ages 5 and up, for anyone, whether they need the first shot, the second or a booster.
Participants are asked to bring their vaccination card if they have one.


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