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Sometimes you just have to waive a white flag of surrender and move along!
Last week, reading Carey Johnson's story about the Franklin County commissioners' meeting -- especially the part about commissioner Harry Foy commenting on the local airport -- I envisioned a column disputing Foy's disparaging comments about what I believe is the most successful and best-run county department.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- In Cary, officials there essentially deployed robots to test sewer water, trying to pinpoint areas where opioid abuse was high.
Next month, an agency that serves the poor and disadvantaged is hosting its second annual forum concerning the state's ongoing opioid epidemic.
Earlier this summer, Gov. Roy Cooper gave state health officials the go-ahead to ask for a $25 million grant to help combat the crisis.
LOUISBURG -- It looks like the battle for the sheriff's office will be a two-man race again.
Last week, retired Franklinton police officer and former sheriff's deputy Tim Strickland filed a petition to run as a write-in candidate for sheriff in the November general election.
Bunn Police Chief Joe King grabs a hot dog during National Night Out festivities in Bunn. Louisburg and Franklinton also took part in the event, designed to spur and encourage relationships and communication between residents, first responders and law enforcement.
Franklin County schools "broke even" in the assistant principal department this week, losing two and noting that two have been added recently.
Leaving the district will be Jessica Perry, who had been an assistant principal at Cedar Creek Middle School and Crystal Taylor Simon, who had been assistant principal at Franklinton Middle School.
LOUISBURG -- The town's Board of Adjustment issued the permitting necessary for Crosscreek Charter School to build a new facility.
The decision, school officials said, will allow them to build a school that meets their growing demand.
"We need to move to have more space and meet the demand of students on the waiting list," said School Director Robin Jackson, noting that the school on Sandalwood Avenue has a capacity of 250 students.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Town staff said the State Department of Transportation is close to finding the funds needed to improve traffic flow through town.
Based on comments made during the Youngsville Board of Commissioners' Aug. 9 meeting, those fixes can't come fast enough.
In 2014, area transportation planners completed the Northeast Area Study, which identified transportation strategies for towns and cities in Wake and Franklin counties.
Talmadge and Betsy Renn Edwards celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at a dinner hosted by family and friends at Johnny Bull's. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards were married at Liberty Christian Church in the Epsom community.
Whoa, there, Nelly. Let's not run wild and crazy, especially when it's going to cost a small fortune.
The already overpriced, overpriced at least for what we're getting, northeast Franklin County park project, needs to be reined in and, most likely, put in the "stable" until the overheated construction environment cools down a tad.
When September 15 comes around, Derrick Fuller hopes to be a face that gets lost in a crowd of hundreds.
Until then, though, he's been the face of a fundraising effort to raise money for a family that had their lives flipped when then 12-year-old Avery Cooper was diagnosed with brain cancer this summer.
I read with great interest the criticisms leveled by Commissioner Harry Foy Jr. about the Triangle North Executive Airport (KLHZ) and its need for $169,000 in matching funds to install modern airport lighting. The matching funds dovetail with a grant from the NCDOT Division of Aviation of $1.52 million to fund the needed project.
LOUISBURG -- The keynote speaker for Louisburg College's Aug. 28 convocation ceremony is North Carolina acting and theater legend Ira David Wood III -- whose list of accomplishments should serve as inspiration for students and supporters as they commence the 2018-19 academic year, college staff said.
Wood, who grew up in Halifax County, developed his passion for theater in high school. He was a member of the 1965 inaugural class of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
YOUNGSVILLE -- Youngsville's development -- both residential and commercial -- is trending upward, staff and officials have said.
But so are town costs.
Resident Keith Falt told commissioners during their Aug. 9 meeting that he's concerned expenses are rising faster than any revenue generated by new development.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklin County sheriff's deputies are looking for suspects in a weekend shooting that sent a woman to the hospital.
The injuries to the 39-year-old woman were not life-threatening, authorities said.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, Farren Burrell was inside her home on Midnight Lane just before 2 a.m. on Aug. 11 when shots were fired into her home.
LOUISBURG -- The Triangle North Executive Airport Advisory Board could not conduct business this week because they did not have a quorum.
The board meets the second Tuesday of each month, however, on Aug. 7, only three board members -- Dr. Philip Stover, Shelley Dickerson and David Bunn were in attendance. The seven-member board needs at least four members for a quorum.
EVENING SHADE. Louisburg, Bunn and Franklinton communities celebrated National Night Out on Aug. 7. The event is designed to build and strengthen relationships between neighbors, as well as improve the rapport between residents and the law enforcement and first responder community. Pictured above, Elaine Simpson concentrates on catching a flying hula hoop during festivities in Bunn, which were held at Town Hall. National Night Out in all three towns featured a combination of food, fun, games and fellowship.
LOUISBURG -- Franklin County high school students who drive to school got a little financial gift from the county Board of Eduction Monday night.
In an unexpected move, the school board eliminated the $50 per student parking fee for all four high schools for at least the 2018-19 school year.
The school board had been considering standardizing the student parking fee at $50 a year for all four high schools, including the Early College High.
FRANKLINTON -- A handful of jokes and good-natured teammate ribbing were on display as the Franklinton Red Rams prepared to kick off another football practice session Tuesday afternoon.
But once the whistle was blown, all of the chatter stopped -- and two hours of challenging work ensued.
New Franklinton High School defensive coordinator Darrin Stinson has plenty of coaching experience, most notably at East Wake and Knightdale.
After one season at Northern Vance, former Bunn High School assistant Donnie Ray has returned to Franklin County as a defensive backs coach for the Franklinton Red Rams.
New head coach Jimmy Williams brings experience, credibility and plenty of intensity to the Franklinton High School football program.
BUNN -- Dale Murphy's first test as the Bunn High School football coach will be a contest this Friday that has been anxiously anticipated -- by the Wildcats' opponent.
Last year, Bunn defeated North Lenoir with a final-second field goal to cap a miraculous comeback that left many of the Hawks' faithful upset with everything from the officiating to the timekeeping.
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