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Will county officials explain new zoning regulations?

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County management said they'll be prepared on May 17 to address concerns raised by residents who questioned the county's plans to update its Unified Development Ordinance -- including rezoning nearly half of the county's 36,000 properties.
The county has set out to update its UDO -- a document that combines zoning and subdivision regulations with other design guidelines to guide development for two purposes:


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Tenants at airport frustrated by lack of county action

LOUISBURG -- The Triangle North Executive Airport's Advisory Board heard from two disgruntled tenants during its Tuesday meeting.
The lack of any real resolution highlighted the board's lack of any real authority.
First, Brett James, who operates an aeronautics maintenance and modification business at the airport again complained to the board that has yet to get insight from airport operators on how he can procure or secure a hangar to continue to operate and grow his business.


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Up, up ... and away!
Up, up ... and away!

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to provide First Fruits Farms with $25,000 to help advertise the 1,000-acre farm's first Memorial Balloon Festival.
The goal is that there would be no way anyone in or around Franklin County could miss the Memorial Day weekend event expected to draw between 50,000 and 100,000 people over the four-day weekend.


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COVID still haunts local schools

LOUISBURG -- Although the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be waning in Franklin County, it was still a "threat" woven through much of the Franklin County Board of Education meeting Monday night. The district's most recent data shows five students testing positive for COVID and one staff member.
The school board learned that about six in 10 local students have returned to face-to-face (F2F) learning in the last few weeks but another 38 percent are still learning virtually.


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White Level firemen 'gift' community a lower rating
HOT STUFF. Ratings Inspector Tony Bailey, with the state Fire Marshal's office presents White Level Fire Chief B.J. Brewer Jr. with a fire rating certificate.
White Level firemen 'gift' community a lower rating

WHITE LEVEL -- Hard work pays off.
That's what Fire Rating Inspector Tony Bailey told residents inside the White Level Fire House, announcing that the volunteer department attained a 5/9E rating on a scale where 10 is the lowest.
The department previously had a 9.


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FRANKLIN FACES

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