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Monument moved; safety concerns cited
Bronze soldier lifted from base
Monument moved; safety concerns cited

LOUISBURG -- In a matter of minutes just after noon on Saturday, strapping from a crane was attached to the bronze soldier atop Louisburg's Confederate Monument then the soldier was detached from the base and rapidly lowered to a waiting trailer which hauled it to storage. It's likely to remain there until it is installed in the older portion of Oakwood Cemetery.


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NEW SITE SOUGHT
NEW SITE SOUGHT

Jonathan Nichols of the Cary firm of WithersRavenel uses ground-penetrating radar to scour Oakwood Cemetery last Friday, looking for a new location for the Confederate Monument. As expected, Nichols found several potential, unmarked graves in what had been thought was an open area but he did locate some areas where there were no graves and thus could be a spot for the relocated monument.


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Fourth fizzles!

Fourth of July celebrations this year have almost totally fizzled out, especially in Franklin County.
The county's only traditional Fourth of July parade, held annually in Alert, has been canceled.
Organizer Melanie Bobbitt said that while her organization is "very disappointed" to have to cancel, the many restrictions and guidelines in place this year, ranging from social distancing, wearing masks and not throwing candy, resulted in the parade's cancellation.


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How schools will reopen is unclear

LOUISBURG -- Faced with three state-approved proposals for opening public schools in a few weeks, Franklin County Board of Education members learned that the situation is "constantly changing" and that the state, as of Tuesday evening, still had not finalized its recommendations.
"It's a fluid, moving situation," Supt. of Schools Rhonda Schuhler told the school board -- and later quipped that the situation is a little like trying to build an airplane while flying it.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Bunn resident Laci Wade


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