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CASTALIA, NC--James Arch Tharrington, 90, of the Red Bud Community, died Saturday afternoon, June 3, 2023, at his home.

Born June 8, 1932, James was the son of the late Furney and Ethel Pierce Tharrington. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne G. Tharrington; sisters, Lila Ezzell, Beatrice Marshall and Eloise Richardson.

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ROCKWELL -- Joseph Michael Strother, of Rockwell, NC, passed away on May 28, 2023.

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Racing may have led to crash that killed middle school student

YOUNGSVILLE -- According to court records, a 16-year-old accused of causing a wreck that killed a 12-year-old may have been racing at the time of the wreck.
And, he told authorities that he received a ticket the day before the fatal crash for going 95 mph in a 55-mph zone.
Franklin County school system staff confirmed that Cedar Creek Middle School student Madison Camptella, 12, died from injuries sustained in the evening wreck on May 23.

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Franklinton leaders called out for state of its roads
Franklinton leaders called out for state of its roads

FRANKLINTON -- Town officials took the first step toward keeping cut-through traffic off a main town artery.
At the same meeting, residents asked staff and officials to take even more steps to improve traffic and roads in town.
During the board's May 16 meeting, officials adopted a resolution removing the U.S. 1-Alternate designation from the more than 2.5 miles of Main Street that runs from U.S. 1 near Lindsay Precast, north to U.S. 1 at Mann Street.

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Deputies honored for making some life-saving measures
Deputies honored for making some life-saving measures

LOUISBURG -- Six months into his tenure as sheriff, Kevin White hosted an awards and promotion ceremony that he hopes to make an annual event.
"... As a long-standing deputy sheriff, I recognize the vital role these deputies perform in our communities, daily," White said from inside the Franklin Plaza Training Room filled with deputies, first responders, their families and friends.
"It brings me a large amount of pride to see these outstanding individuals being honored," he said.

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A Franklinton woman and her dog die in house fire

FRANKLINTON -- Franklin County authorities continue to investigate a house fire that claimed the life of a woman and her dog.
Franklin County Sheriff Kevin White identified the woman as Bertha Crudup, 81, of 12 Harris Way -- east of Franklinton.
According to authorities, deputies responded to the home before 10 p.m. on May 25 to find it fully engulfed in flames.
Family and neighbors advised them that a woman -- later identified as Crudup -- was trapped inside.

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Louisburg T-Ball standout Kennedy Burnette

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Deputies honored for making some life-saving measures, pics 1
Deputies honored for making some life-saving measures, pics 1

Sheriff Kevin White, right, poses with Dep. Christian Earls.

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Deputies honored for making some life-saving measures, pics 2
Deputies honored for making some life-saving measures, pics 2

Sheriff Kevin White, right, poses with Cpl. Adam Callahan.

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Bunn approves budget, mulls varying service contracts

BUNN -- Town commissioners approved a $1.7 million status quo budget during a meeting where commissioners discussed other funding commitments, ranging from sidewalks to computer equipment to cemetery upkeep.
The board's May 22 budget hearing didn't generate any public comment and later, during the board's regular meeting, commissioners approved a 2023-24 budget that uses $642,222 to cover general fund functions and $1.1 million in water and sewer expenses.

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ATV wreck sends man to hospital

WHITE LEVEL -- A 60-year-old man was transported to the hospital in critical condition following a four-wheeler accident.
Authorities responded to the 100 block of Dorsey Road just after 1 p.m. on May 30 to find the man suffering from injuries sustained in a crash.
Authorities attempted to schedule a transport via helicopter however, the nature of his injuries and the estimated response time for a LifeFlight helicopter prompted Franklin County emergency crews to transport the man via ambulance.

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Authorities make local drug arrest

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg police and the State Highway Patrol combined to arrest a man on drug and gun charges.
Herman Daniel Jr., 46, was arrested May 30 and charged with possession with intent to sell manufacture and deliver marijuana, and carrying a concealed handgun.
According to Louisburg Police, the incident was reported just before 11 p.m. on May 29 on Golden Leaf Drive.
The State Highway Patrol is listed as the arresting agency.

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Editorial Cartoon: Credibility
Editorial Cartoon: Credibility

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County leaders clueless about schools' support
County leaders clueless about schools' support

Greetings ... and here's hoping everyone is drying out and warming up after a very chilly and wet Memorial Day weekend!
If you didn't have a calender, you might have thought it was mid-March instead of late May this year the way Mother Nature was behaving.
Can't remember a recent Memorial Day weekend that was both as chilly and wet as this one -- and hopefully it'll be awhile before we have another like it.

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Commissioners, make school funding a priority

Dear editor: My wife and I moved to Louisburg in Franklin County over four decades ago. My wife has served as librarian at our Franklin County Library, at Louisburg Elementary School and at Louisburg College. I just completed a 40-year career as a professor, also at Louisburg College. Both of our daughters attended the Franklin County Public School System from K/12. Our experience with the administration, faculty, and coaches cemented our family's bond to Louisburg and Franklin County.

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Make it happen: No school cuts

Dear editor: As we protect infant birthrights, the citizens and voters of Franklin County are committed to nurturing public school children and supporting the efforts of teachers, staff, and administrators through our local tax dollars.
Funding for public education is both a priority and obligation. Make it happen. No budget reductions. Full appropriations.

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Help kids reach their potential

Dear editor: I strongly believe the Franklin County Commissioners should pass the budget presented by the Franklin County School Board for the 2023-24 year.
The non-partisan Franklin County School board carefully considered the needs of all students in Franklin County.
They presented a budget based on growth in Franklin County, as well as inflation.

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School board endorses its budget

Dear editor: This letter is being written to demonstrate our unanimous support of the Franklin County Schools' budget recommendation to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.
We are a non-partisan board, duly elected by the citizens of Franklin County, to meet the educational needs of the children of our county.

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School budget cuts 'disappointing'

Dear editor: I'm very disappointed about the $4 million budget cut to the Franklin County School system. As a parent, all people want the best education for their children.
A large budget cut takes away very important resources from the students and teachers. The public school system is in a crisis and our students and teachers deserve better!

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Commissioners asked to reconsider

Dear editor:
I'm writing to urge the County Commission to reconsider the considerable financial reduction in the education budget for Franklin County. According to a recent article by Carey Johnson, reviewing the County Manager's proposed new budget and its accompanying logic:

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Strong schools boost economy

Dear editor:
The Franklin County Commissioners should recognize what a strong and well/funded public education system is as an inducement to economic development.
When money is taken away and enrollment increases, the lapse is a lapse in the commissioners' responsibility to the county's citizens to promote their job opportunities and welfare ... and to provide a sound education for their children.

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Fully fund our schools

Dear editor,
I am writing to express my strong support for FULLY FUNDING public education in Franklin County. Unfortunately, our public schools continue to face inadequate resources and inadequate funding. Class sizes are increasing, teacher morale is low, and many essential educational programs and services are being cut or eliminated altogether. This is unacceptable.

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BUNN -- Multi-sport standouts who earned the respect of their coaches, teammates and opponents -- that was the story behind the respective four-year athletic careers of Carlee Tart and Damarion Watkins at Bunn High School.
Now seniors who are closing out their time at Bunn, Tart and Watkins were saluted as BHS' Athletes of the Year during the school's annual Athletic Awards Ceremony last Thursday at the BHS Auditorium.

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Tennis Stars Shine
Tennis Stars Shine

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Going back to his freshman season, Landen Holloman was a day-one force for the Nash Central High School boys tennis program -- and has continued to get better and better as his prep career has marched on.
But Holloman took things even further as a senior in 2023 as he dominated his Big East Conference competition en route to qualifying for the Class 2-A Regional Championships. He notched a victory at the regionals and came within one match of making the states.

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Big East Golfers Saluted
Big East Golfers Saluted

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Roanoke Rapids' dominance of the Big East Conference boys golf standings this spring was so complete that the Yellow Jackets' entire scoring lineup has been named to the all-league squad for the 2023 campaign.
Included on that list is RR's Wyatt Beaver, who was tabbed as the Big East Golfer of the Year after compiling the lowest cumulative individual scoring total.

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