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<i>Redistricting 'games' begin; 4 options presented</i>
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Redistricting 'games' begin; 4 options presented

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Residents will be given a chance to weigh in on four newly proposed redistricting maps, two of which would double bunk commissioners Kelli London and Mark Speed.
And, based on a crude map comparison, School Board members Bernard Hall and Elizabeth Keith, who also represent Districts 1 and 3, respectively, could be double bunked in all four of the map drawings.


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Schools' mask mandate renewed; vax rate lags

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's school students will be required to wear masks for at least another month, partly because the overall local vaccination rate of 48 percent is far below the 70 percent goal that health officials say is necessary to break the pandemic.
Other factors also are troubling, including that 32 percent of recent new cases of COVID-19 documented in the county were in those 17 and under.


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Bunn buzz: COVID, buzzards and liquor

BUNN -- Town commissioners approved a COVID-19 sick leave policy for all its employees, listened to a pitch to provide liquor by the drink in town, and hatched a plan to, again, rid the town of buzzards.
During the board's September meeting, Town Clerk Pamela Perry presented commissioners with a resolution detailing changes to how town employees could access sick leave related to COVID-19.


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MR. FRANKLINTON HONORED
MR. FRANKLINTON HONORED

Since legendary Franklinton Coach Lester Wilder passed away during the early days of the pandemic, his friends and supporters have been searching for a way to honor and preserve his memory. While getting formal approval from the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night, FHS Principal Russell Holloman unveiled this graphic that is to be painted on the floor of the Franklinton High School gym and paid for by FHS athletic supporters.


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Price tag for saving FES tops $40 million
Franklinton Elementary's multi-building campus poses a challenge
Price tag for saving FES tops $40 million

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton Elementary School can be saved -- including the iconic gym with its wooden barrel vault ceiling -- but it will come at a price and after a couple of years of extreme disruption at the school.
The estimated price tag for three options for renovating the aging school ran from about $43.4 million all the way up to just a bit over $48 million -- although these totals were described as preliminary and likely on the high side.


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FRANKLIN FACE
FRANKLIN FACE

Volleyball fanatic Landon Hicks


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