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Showing 33 articles from May 11, 2022.

FRONT PAGE

Early voting wraps up this weekend; election day is Tuesday

LOUISBURG -- Early voting wraps up this weekend, leading into Tuesday's election day.
At press time, more than 3,400 people had cast a ballot during early voting.
The early voting period for the May 17 election runs through May 14.


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Warnings flashing yellow; COVID cases increase here

COVID is still stalking Franklin County -- and health officials warn that the warning signs are "flashing yellow" as local cases increase.
"Flashing yellow" means that Franklin County is starting to trend toward higher community transmission, health officials said. Red is the most significant warning level and only Alamance County is still designated as red. Green is the lowest level of warning.


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County budget to debut Monday

LOUISBURG -- County management plans to present the county's newest spending plan to commissioners and the public on Monday.
Earlier this month, County Finance Director Jamie Holtzman told commissioners that currently, the county's revenues are strong and its expenditures are in line with projections.
Even while pulling $6.4 million from savings to help balance this year's budget, the county's unassigned fund balance is $25.3 million.


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<i>Enjoying spring in the park!</i>
Enjoying spring in the park!

SPRING CHICKENS. Franklin County's Department of Aging hosted its annual senior fun day, turning it into a Spring Day event this year. Above, Evelyn Manns and Veronica Mitchell wait to take a spin for prizes at the vendor table set up by United Healthcare.


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Second degree murder charges facing driver

YOUNGSVILLE -- A Youngsville man was charged with second degree murder for his role in a crash that killed a mom.
Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies served the warrant, arresting Salvador Sanchez Aguilar on May 7 -- nearly four months after the deadly accident that prompted the charges.


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Couple charged with elder abuse
Kimberly Carter
Couple charged with elder abuse

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Plymouth couple accused of stealing from their mother.
An investigation by the Wilson County Department of Social Services and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office prompted them to level more than 70 charges of abuse and exploitation of an elder against Kimberly Gayle Carter, 53, and Robert Lavon Carter Jr., 51.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Robbin Strickland enjoying Senior Spring Day


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: NFL Draft
Editorial Cartoon: NFL Draft

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<i>Is our country becoming a new twilight zone?</i>
Is our country becoming a new twilight zone?

From flying robots that mimic birds to roasted buzzards that interrupt electrical grids!
Tell me the 21st Century hasn't become a strange place.
It may come as a shock to many, especially those with bird feeders in the back yard and a pair of binoculars close by, that those flying things they believe are birds aren't really living things at all.


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County website offers a  futurist trip through time
County website offers a futurist trip through time

If you've ever cared to thumb through the minutes of a January 18, 1988 meeting of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, your life just got a little easier.
And, even before the county upgraded its website, analytics revealed that folks who visited site were interested in paying their taxes, paying their utility bill or checking to see what properties might be available through the Tax/GIS department or with the Register of Deeds.


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Editorial Cartoon: The Moon
Editorial Cartoon: The Moon

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Solving the runoff problem

Dear editor:
I'm no scientist but I think a simple solution to help mitigate some storm water runoff pollution is the following!
With all the trash along roadsides that includes paper, plastics, fast foods and drinks containers, bottles containing chemicals and oil and many more liquids plus many more trash items along our roadsides that becomes part of storm water runoff pollution issue.


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Only group supporting abortion?

Dear editor: Since the abortion debate is contentious, the following is a quote from Mad Magazine in the 1970s:
"Only the people who are already born support abortion."


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Editorial Cartoon: Here-to-Stay
Editorial Cartoon: Here-to-Stay

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OBITUARIES

David Lewis Thompson

MACON, NC-- David Lewis Thompson, 50, of Macon died May 3, 2022 at his home. He was born on May 29, 1971, the son of Franklin Herbert Thompson, Jr. and the late Rebecca Arlene Newman Thompson.


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Grady Lee Peace

FRANKLINTON, NC-- Grady Lee Peace, 73, of Franklinton passed away Saturday, May 7, 2022. He was born December 23, 1948 in Granville County, NC to the late Lee Warren Peace and Virginia Dare Watson Peace. His son, Robert Lee Peace also preceded him in death.


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Herbert Landis Preddy

LOUISBURG, NC-- Herbert Landis Preddy, 92 of Louisburg passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022 at his residence. He was born in Granville County son of the late Lessie Hicks Preddy and George Herbert Preddy.


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Jackie Thomas

Louisburg, NC--Graveside services for Jackie Thomas, age 53, who died on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, will be 1 p.m., Sunday, May 15 from the Haywood Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisburg with Apostle Randy Green officiating.


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James Arthur "Pete" Williams

RALEIGH, NC-- James Arthur "Pete" Williams, 85, of Raleigh went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 7, 2022. He was born in Vance County on August 3, 1936 to the late James Henry and Lucy Elizabeth Calette Williams. In addition to his parents, Pete was predeceased by his son, Jimmy Williams; and sisters, Mattie Tart and Patsy Waite.


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Mary Jane "Janie" Mustian

Mary Jane "Janie" Mustian, 73, died Tuesday, May 3, 2022. She was born on April 7, 1949 in Huntsville, Alabama, to the late James and Marion Jean Route Tucker. In addition to her parents, Janie is predeceased by her husband of 52 years, William Lewis "Bill" Mustian.


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Shirley Daisy Fish Allison

LOUISBURG, NC-- Shirley Daisy Fish Allison, 85, of Louisburg went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 6, 2022. She was born on June 26, 1936 to the late Loyd Vernon and Daisy Coward Fish. In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband, Jerry Jasper Allison; her stepmother, Lura Fish; a grandson, Jonathan Lassiter, sisters, Sarah Price and Kathleen McKinnon; and brothers, Floyd Fish and W.H. Case.


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Staley Leonard

CASTALIA, NC-- Staley Leonard, 97, of Castalia and the Red Bud community, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. He was born on January 26, 1925 in Franklin County, to the late Bennie and Eva Andrews Leonard. In addition to his parents, Staley was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Corinne Leonard; and his siblings, Mozelle Smith, Wilton Leonard, Daphine Murphy, J.B. Leonard, Kelly Murray, Alfred Leonard and Malcolm Leonard.


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SPORTS

Ewers Starring For Lady 'Canes
QUEEN OF THE CIRCLE. Southern Nash High School alum Carrigan Ewers has been exceptional on the hill for the powerhouse Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.
Ewers Starring For Lady 'Canes

LOUISBURG -- When she arrived at Louisburg College two years ago, Carrigan Ewers' plan was simple -- play well enough on the softball diamond to earn a scholarship opportunity at a Division I school.
Mission accomplished -- and so much more.


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CHELSEA IN CLUTCH
LOUISBURG COLLEGE'S CHELSEA ROBERSON
CHELSEA IN CLUTCH

LOUISBURG - Given her ultra-competitive nature, it had to be somewhat difficult for Chelsea Roberson to witness Louisburg College's historic 2021 softball run first hand -- even though she had the best seat in the house.
Certainly, Roberson was thrilled for her teammates as she has always been a team-first player, going back to her days as a four-year star at Louisburg High School.


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BIG EAST HEROES
2022 ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE GOLF TEAM
BIG EAST HEROES

ROCKY MOUNT -- Spencer Edwards made the most of his senior boys golf season at Nash Central -- and his only one in the Big East Conference.
Edwards and his Nash Central teammates had previously competed in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, but were reclassified into the split 2/3-A Big East before the 2021-22 calendar year.


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NC State standouts ink deals
RICKY PERSON JR.
NC State standouts ink deals

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Just because a player's name isn't called during the National Football League Draft doesn't mean that the dream is over.
The NFL world is loaded with undrafted free agents who signed with teams immediately after the end of the draft process -- and were given a chance to make the roster.


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BACK WHERE SHE BELONGS
BACK WHERE SHE BELONGS

Chelsea Roberson has been a stalwart behind the plate this spring for the Louisburg College softball squad under the direction of veteran head coach Eric Lee.


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LIFT OFF FOR LC
LIFT OFF FOR LC

Louisburg College sophomore catcher Chelsea Roberson sends a deep fly ball toward the outfield during a recent Region X softball matchup against Florence-Darlington at historic Sheilah R. Cotten Field.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

LC graduation

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College is set to host graduation festivities next Saturday.
In-person commencement activities are set to take place May 21, with a baccalaureate ceremony taking place the night before.
Both ceremonies commemorate the effort and perseverance of the newest graduation class, said College spokesperson Kat Fink.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Day of Caring to be Saturday

LOUISBURG -- The United Way of Franklin County is set to host its annual Day of Caring.
This year, volunteers and sponsors are working to spruce of the Safe Space Thrift Store at 304 E. Nash Street.
From 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., volunteers will paint, build shelves, clean and organize the store.


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<i>Section C of 401 delayed until fall, DOT says</i>
Section C of 401 delayed until fall, DOT says

LOUISBURG -- In the next few weeks, contractors are expected to begin paving the northbound lanes of an expanded U.S. 401.
However, manpower issues and materials delays are expected to push back the opening of the four-lane highway to motorists from late summer to early fall, engineers said.


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Chastain appeals ruling on her disqualification

LOUISBURG -- Attorneys for the former clerk of superior court noted they will appeal a decision that disqualifies her from holding office again.
Immediately, attorneys for Patricia Chastain want the courts to push pause on the judge's decision until a ruling on the appeal takes place.
On April 5, Superior Court Judge Thomas H. Lock entered an order that permanently disqualified Chastain from holding the office ever again.


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Monument moving decision appealed

LOUISBURG -- A dozen Franklin County residents plan to continue their legal fight challenging Louisburg's decision to move a Confederate statue.
In June 2020, the Louisburg Town Council made a split vote to move the statue from Main Street, ultimately, to Oakwood Cemetery off Bickett Boulevard.


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