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Poll of radio users planned to define extent of problem

LOUISBURG -- The company behind a multi-million dollar emergency radio system overhaul said they believe they've got a fix on a problem plaguing radios along the Franklin-Vance County border.
And they've pledged to better engage end users across the county to better gauge the successes and failures of the system.


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<i>Chamber honorees!</i>
TOP CITIZEN. Dan Shelford with Maria Parham Franklin presents Dr. Cheryl Benson as the Chamber's Citizen of the Year.
Chamber honorees!

LOUISBURG -- Dr. Cheryl Benson is a former teacher, assistant principal and assistant superintendent.
But, after retiring from Franklin County schools, her drive to educate, volunteer and get involved never waned.
Most visibly, her efforts are on display as executive director of the Franklin County Education Foundation -- a nonprofit organization that has raised thousands of dollars to help recruit and retain teachers.


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Franklinton growing!

FRANKLINTON -- Town commissioners took two actions: One that is expected to expand the town and another that could change its makeup.
First, the board agreed to extend the town's corporate limits during its meeting on Tuesday night.
The action was the first step in plans to annex a proposed subdivision at the developer's request.


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<i>County pauses to honor MLK</i>
Marchers, including Louisburg Councilman Chris Neal, second from right
County pauses to honor MLK

FRANKLINTON -- Martin Luther King Jr. reminded folks that "... change takes a long time, but it does happen."
During this past weekend's celebration of King's life and legacy hosted by the Franklinton MLK Committee, Town Manager Gregory Bethea identified a parallel between the oft-quoted King comment and the fate of downtown.


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Who will now pick up the torch?

LOUISBURG -- In the biblical story of Joshua, when the tribe of man crossed the Jordan River to the land of Israel, stones representing their passage were brought over and revered -- serving as a testament to what stood steady beneath them on their path to freedom.
During Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Louisburg, the event's speaker, the Rev. Melvin Jackson, shouted out those in Franklin County who have served as the bedrock of civil rights, carrying a torch that has brightened the county's past.


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The Rev. Melvin Jackson spoke at Louisburg's MLK ceremony


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