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Showing 43 articles from December 14, 2016.

FRONT PAGE

<i>Board of Education reorganizes; hears positive predictions</i>
Board of Education reorganizes; hears positive predictions

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education welcomed a new member, watched as two re-elected members were sworn in, set up its leadership team for the coming year -- and saved county taxpayers a million bucks, all in just over an hour Monday night.
Sworn in to new four-year terms were Tommy Piper, who will be beginning his first term on the board and Debra Brodie and Rosemary Champion, both of whom were re-elected.


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Undercover operation underway

An undercover police operation -- perhaps involving more than one county and law enforcement agency -- was underway at presstime Wednesday.
Law enforcement officials refused to provide additional details, citing operational security and safety.
District Attorney Mike Waters has promised to hold a news conference on Thursday to provide details -- and information from that news conference will be available on our website as soon as possible.


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<i>When holidays weren't so hectic!</i>
When holidays weren't so hectic!

Scenes from a bygone era played out at The Person Place in Louisburg when the historic home on the corner of the Louisburg College campus was opened to the public last week. In the photo above, a costumed Jenny Burke of Wake Forest represents an earlier era in a house that has stood in the community for more than 200 years and seems to come alive during the holidays, especially when decorated and full of people and music. This year's open house was hosted by the Louisburg Historic Neighborhood Association and the Person Place Preservation Society -- and is a reminder that Christmas is just 10 days away!


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<i>Heroes, leaders saluted in WL</i>
Heroes, leaders saluted in WL

WHITE LEVEL -- The White Level Fire Department recognized heroes and leaders this past weekend.
Chief Billy Brewer was named the department's Firefighter of the Year and five members earned the Beyond the Call of Duty Award for bravery in rescuing a woman from her home.
The awards were presented during the department's annual Christmas party.


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Lake Royale's new chief drawing on years of experience
Lake Royale's new chief drawing on years of experience

LAKE ROYALE -- When Joseph Goodrow signed on as a company police officer in July, he had a five-year plan to imbue his fellow, albeit, younger officers, with the skills, ability and wisdom he's gained through 20 years in the Marine Corps and another 19 years in law enforcement -- touching upon almost every aspect of police work you can imagine.
When the Lake Royale Property Owners Association called upon him to become the community's new police chief at the end of November, he had an even better platform to accomplish his goals.


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<i>No fires to fight? Then they help kids!</i>
No fires to fight? Then they help kids!

LOUISBURG -- Members of the Franklin County Firefighters Association arrived at the county's Department of Social Services this week, but they weren't dousing a fire.
Instead, they were fanning the flames of holiday cheer, dropping off a truck-load of toys and gifts for children in DSS's Christmas program.
"I feel like, being fire fighters throughout the county, we see people in the worst of times a lot of times," said Firefighter Association President Jim Pearce.


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Fake News
Editorial Cartoon: Fake News

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New Christmas lights are symbols of hope
New Christmas lights are symbols of hope

I was leaving the Person Place last Thursday night, headed down Main Street toward downtown when I saw something that gave me a glimmer of hope.
And, trust me, hope is something that's been in mighty short supply after the brutal election season!
Anyway, about the time I got to the United Methodist Church, I looked ahead and the sight was stunning.
As far as you could see -- and you could see for several blocks -- the town's Christmas lights were visible.


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A Christmas 'gift' some folks won't appreciate!

The old adage that "if you want something done right, do it yourself" may hold special meaning around Franklin County these days.
As virtually everyone knows, the state's crime lab is either suspect or in the process of being rebuilt after years of neglect and confusion.
In any case, virtually everyone agrees that it is drastically underfunded (which won't improve under this legislature!) and the backlog of cases is somewhere between troubling and inexcusable, depending on your perspective.


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When it comes to health, EPA is a Christmas grinch
When it comes to health, EPA is a Christmas grinch

By itself, the USA Today headline makes you sick: "4 million Americans could be drinking toxic water and would never know?"
And that's just reading it. Imagine if you lived in one of the places where this could happen.
Unfortunately, that is the reality for far too many people.
According to the story, USA TODAY Network journalists spent the entire year reviewing millions of records from the Environmental Protection Agency and all 50 states, visiting small communities across the country and interviewing more than 120 people stuck using untested or lead-tainted tap water.


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<i>Even with McCrory gone, attack on education continues</i>
Even with McCrory gone, attack on education continues

Governator Pat McCrory finally admitted to his own political termination and conceded to Governor-elect Roy Cooper.
This provided one of the few bright spots for North Carolinians from November's elections. It is important to view it as a beginning; there is still much work to be done!
Analysts say the major factor leading to the McCrory loss was a backlash over HB2.


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Helping preserve local history

Dear editor: I would like to publicly thank Diane Taylor Torrent, president of the Heritage Society of Franklin County North Carolina, for presenting me with a framed arithmetic award from Louisburg Female College dated May 24, 1911 for my maternal 1st cousin (3x removed), "Rilla" Fuller (1894-1980).


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Editorial Cartoon: Fact Check
Editorial Cartoon: Fact Check

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OBITUARIES

DURWARD M. FOSTER

HENDERSON - Durward Macon Foster, 86, passed away very peacefully Sunday night, December 11, with his family by his side. He had a wonderful life. Born in 1930 to Tollie and Olive Newman Foster on a farm in Franklin County, he went on to join the Air Force and retired with a great career from NASA.


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ELLA Y. CORNWELL

CASTALIA - Ella Yvonne Bobbitt Cornwell, 42, of Wake Forest, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 9, at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg. Burial followed in the Bobbitt family cemetery in Castalia.


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ROBERT F. SMITH

ZEBULON - Robert Franklin Smith, 55, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 12, at Franklinton Baptist Church, with Pastor David Averette officiating.


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WILTON B. "DICK" PERRY

LOUISBURG--Funeral services for Wilton B. "Dick" Perry, 96, who died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, will be held Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Russell Miles officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.


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SPORTS

Franklinton's Girls Outlast LHS
CHANEL SHINES. Chanel Thomas (with ball) enjoyed a strong performance last Friday for the Franklinton Lady Rams during their victory against Louisburg.
Franklinton's Girls Outlast LHS

LOUISBURG -- The time-tested cliche' about throwing out the records during rivalry games couldn't have been more appropriate during last Friday's Franklin County girls basketball grudge match between Franklinton and Louisburg.
Franklinton, under 41-year skipper Lester Wilder, entered the showdown at Louisburg College's Taylor Center with a winless mark -- while the Lady Warriors came in with a perfect record.


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PARKER HAS A PLAN
GETTING A HOLD ON THE SITUATION. Bunn's Jacob Terlizzi (right) tries to escape a hold as part of a match against Northern Vance as part of Tuesday night's three-team wrestling event at Louisburg High School.
PARKER HAS A PLAN

LOUISBURG -- Continuity has not been a keyword for the Bunn High School wrestling program since its inception in the late 1990s.
Several outstanding wrestlers have made their way through the program, but the Wildcats have been plagued by what seems like an endless carousel of coaches through the years.
Some of those coaches were strong, but they all eventually moved on, leaving the program to start over once again.


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NUMBERS GAME
HOLD ON TIGHT. Louisburg High School's Travon Harris (left) clamps down on a Northern Vance wrestler as part of Tuesday night's non-conference tri-match at the LHS Gymnasium.
NUMBERS GAME

LOUISBURG -- Numbers usually add up to success for the Louisburg High School wrestling program -- a trend that veteran head coach Courtney Tart hopes will continue during the 2016-17 mat campaign.
Louisburg has boasted some strong individual performers in recent years, but has struggled with filling a full roster -- a fact that has hampered the Warriors during duals competition.


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BHS girls claim win vs. 'Birds
BHS girls claim win vs. 'Birds

STANHOPE -- Bunn picked up its first girls basketball victory of the season last Friday -- and avenged an earlier loss in the process.
The Ladycats had fallen to Southern Nash last month's regular season opener for both clubs, but returned the favor last Friday night with a 30-24 triumph at the SNHS Gymnasium.
Selena Cooke and Makayla Strickland topped the Ladycats with 14 points apiece, while Joy McLeod offered two points.


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Bunn picks new coach

BUNN -- David Weathersby encountered a daunting building task when he accepted the job two years ago as the head football coach at Bartlett-Yancey High School.
At a school not known for its football prowess, Weathersby brought a measure of respectability to the program, winning 10 games over the two-season span -- a mark that tied the school's best consecutive-campaign stretch since the 1960s.


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Kerr-Vance girls topped on road

GREENVILLE -- The Kerr-Vance Academy varsity girls basketball team traveled to Greenville last Friday evening to face conference foe the Oakwood school.
The game proved tightly contested throughout the first half with Oakwood leading after the first period 11-8, but Kerr-Vance taking a 19-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The third period would be Kerr-Vance's undoing, with the Spartans only mustering two points under wilting pressure from the Oakwood defense.


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STATE FOOTBALL FINALS

CHAPEL HILL -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the pairings for this weekend's state championship football games.
Here is the complete schedule:


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High-Energy Win
BALL BATTLE. (L to R) Franklinton's Delton Davis and Louisburg's Andreas Wilson go up for a rebound during last Friday night's county rivalry matchup at Louisburg College.
High-Energy Win

LOUISBURG -- Looking at it from the periphery, Louisburg High School's decision to stage its home basketball games at Taylor Center seems to be a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Fans have better access to the contests at the larger venue and won't be turned away at the gate.
Players have an opportunity to compete at a collegiate venue.


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Mudcats offering ticket packages
Mudcats offering ticket packages

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats of the Class A Carolina League are offering several ticket packages for the upcoming 2017 baseball season at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.
Options include full-season, half-season and quarter-season ticket plans, along with Muddy's Unreal Deal, which makes for an excellent holiday gift or stocking stuffer.


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Louisburg College to open Feb. 11

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College, coached by Blake Herring, will kick off its 2017 baseball schedule on Feb. 11 with a home twinbill against Patrick Henry Community College.
LC's complete ledger is as follows, with home events listed in CAPS:


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'Canes undefeated at break

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College wrapped up the pre-holiday portion of its women's basketball schedule with an unbeaten record following a pair of victories last weekend in Maryland.
Last Friday, Louisburg, now 12-0, was an 81-41 winner at Anne Arundel as Jasmine Covington poured in 20 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.


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FOUL FEELING
FOUL FEELING

Louisburg High School's Summer Phillips (center) is fouled during last Friday night's girls basketball contest against the Franklinton Lady Rams.


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INSIDE INTENSITY
INSIDE INTENSITY

(L to R) Franklinton's Branson Capps and Louisburg's Jonathan Ward joust for a rebound during last Friday's basketball contest.


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ON THE FLOOR
ON THE FLOOR

Louisburg High School's Shyann Collier (center) tries to reel in a loose ball during last Friday's contest against Franklinton at Taylor Center on the Louisburg College campus.


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PINNED YA. PINNED YA AGAIN.
PINNED YA. PINNED YA AGAIN.

Bunn's Chaz Brooks registers a pinfall Tuesday against a Northern Vance mat opponent.


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TRYING TO GAIN AN ADVANTAGE
TRYING TO GAIN AN ADVANTAGE

Louisburg High School's James Perry (left) attempts to reach for a hold as part of Tuesday night's non-conference tri-match at the LHS Gymnasium.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Arts Council writing winners announced at 'County Lines' debut</i>
Bob McCarthy reads from 'County Lines'
Arts Council writing winners announced at 'County Lines' debut

Winners of the 2016 FCAC Writers Guild Carolina Prize for Writing were announced recently at the guild's launch party for their fourth issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal.
RJ "Bob" McCarthy was named winner for prose and read his short story "Honor."
McCarthy is a member of the Franklin County Arts Council. He lives in Henderson with his wife Susan and is author of three published novels.


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<i>Christmas comes to Bunn! pics 1</i>
Christmas comes to Bunn! pics 1

Obviously, religious themes were popular in the annual Christmas parade in Bunn.


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<i>Christmas comes to Bunn! pics 2</i>
Christmas comes to Bunn! pics 2

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church entered a l-o-n-g float


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<i>Christmas comes to Bunn! pics 3</i>
Christmas comes to Bunn! pics 3

NO SNOW, NO PROBLEM. Although the weather was chilly, there wasn't enough of the white stuff for Santa to use his sleigh last Saturday for the Bunn Christmas parade. But that didn't pose much of a problem for the Jolly Old Gent from the North Pole. He just perched his sleigh on a wagon -- and greeted all the children as he rode through town.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

SWORN IN
SWORN IN

Franklin County commissioner Sidney Dunston (center) was sworn in for a new term on the county board on Dec. 8. Handling the swearing-in was Judge John Davis (left) and holding the Bible is Franklin County Manager Angela Harris. His swearing-in was delayed for a recount during which his challenger, Stuart May, lost one vote.


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<i>School board sworn in, 1</i>
School board sworn in, 1

RENEWING HER OATH. Rosemary Champion (center) renews her oath of office Monday night as she began a new term on the Franklin County Board of Education. She was re-elected earlier this year. Administering the oath was District Court Judge John Davis (left) and holding the Bible for the oath is Mackenzie Wood, a senior at Louisburg High School and Champion's granddaughter.


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<i>School board sworn in, 2</i>
School board sworn in, 2

NEW BOARD MEMBER. Tommy Piper (with hand raised) took the oath of office Monday night as he became a member of the Franklin County Board of Education. A former school administrator, Piper was elected to the board earlier this year.


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Louisburg man held for assault

WAKE FOREST -- A Louisburg man with a violent past is slated to appear in court next year on serious assault charges.
According to Wake Forest Police, Charles Sidney Mayo, 31, apparently got into an altercation with a cashier at Home Depot on Capital Boulevard the evening of Dec. 6.
Mayo, according to reports, punched the cashier in the face and the man fell to the floor.


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<i>Preserving Youngsville's history is committee's goal</i>
Preserving Youngsville's history is committee's goal

YOUNGSVILLE -- Leaders have appointed a committee to figure out the best way to preserve the town's history.
In November, a representative with the Youngsville Woman's Club informed commissioners that they needed the town's help to maintain the Youngsville Museum of History.
Going back to 1959, the club has housed town artifacts and other memorabilia, currently in the old Christian Church building at 120 W. Franklin Street.


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Road issue resurfaces in Y-ville

YOUNGSVILLE -- A gas leak earlier this month reminded a town commissioner of a long-simmering issue -- impassable roads, or at least partially impassable roads.
Earlier this month, the town experienced a gas leak and traffic along U.S. 1-A south of town was rerouted along Camille Circle -- apparently where some home construction is taking place.


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