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Showing 23 articles from January 11, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Justice family escapes fire; community rallies
Justice family escapes fire; community rallies

LOUISBURG -- A Justice family escaped with their lives -- but not much else -- following a Sunday morning fire.
As a result, the community has rallied to the aid of the DePizzol family trying to piece their lives back together.
The gesture has not gone unnoticed.


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CALENDAR SCENE?
CALENDAR SCENE?

A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain blanketed Franklin County over the weekend, creating scenes like this that looked like they belong on a calendar. Although snowfalls fell way short of predictions, the mixture of precipitation combined with temperatures that dove into the single digits created problems on roadways and closed schools -- although spring like weather is predicted to return this weekend.


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State reports shed new light on Lake Royale shooting

LAKE ROYALE -- An investigative and autopsy report from the medical examiner's office shines new light on a summertime death at Lake Royale that resulted in no charges.
Lake Royale police responded to a home in the 100 block of Pawnee Drive the evening of Aug. 20 to find Michael Louis Cahoon dead.
Investigators allege the home owner, Shannon Anderson, 51, shot and killed Cahoon.


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<i>Local police officer builds leadership skills</i>
Local police officer builds leadership skills

LOUISBURG -- Jason Abbott has been with the Louisburg Police Department since 1996, serving a lot of that time as captain.
But leadership is more than just a title on a nameplate. And it's about more than just expectation.
It's a skill that has to be crafted and honed.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn resident Charleston Wilder


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Trump Tweets
Trump Tweets

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Our old schools are really a piece of each of us
Our old schools are really a piece of each of us

It felt like déjà vu all over again last week, reading Carey Johnson's story in our Jan. 5 edition about reactions to the loss of the former Edward Best Elementary School, also known as the Hickory Rock-White Level School.
That long-abandoned building was destroyed by fire recently -- and the reactions of local residents were telling.
Schools, especially elementary schools, have a special place in the lives of most of us.


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Finding our missing 'leg' is essential for our future

Suddenly, we have two "legs" of the economic development "stool" that we've been hoping would arrive.
The two legs we now have available will take some time to fully implement -- but they both are in our control.
The third leg is even more important than it has been, but it is not in our control, although it's within our sphere of influence.
Here's where we stand:


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Forecast for a new hospital continues to look promising
Forecast for a new hospital continues to look promising

At the county commissioner's first meeting of the new year, they talked about a deadline that's soon approaching that could mean new life for Franklin County and its residents.
It was back in October of 2015 that Novant Health rang the death knell on hospital care in this community when they shut the doors to its hospital.
That decision, in itself, came about a year after Winston-Salem based Novant had begun cutting its workforce, services and clinics.


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OBITUARIES

RICHIE KIRKMAN

LOUISBURG--Richard William "Richie" Kirkman, 72, widower of Bernice Gannon Kirkman, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 6, at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, 804 N. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, with the Rev. Alan Skinner officiating.


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SPORTS

HAPPY RETURNS
Louisburg's Quamon Person
HAPPY RETURNS

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Louisburg High School was the lone Franklin County club to get in a post-Tuesday basketball set last week as the Warriors entertained Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference rival Weldon at the LHS Gymnasium.
Louisburg's boys fell to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in the TRAC with a 60-54 loss to the Mighty Chargers.
The difference in the game was a third period that saw Weldon outscore LHS by a 17-6 margin.


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LC's Hall honorees selected
LC's Hall honorees selected

LOUISBURG -- Ten inductees will be part of the latest class for the Louisburg College Athletics Hall of Fame.
The fourth group of inductees in the history of the event will be honored on Feb. 4 at the Duke Dining Center/Multi-Purpose Room on the LC campus.
A luncheon will be served at noon and will be followed by the induction ceremony.
Here is a list of the inductees:


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LC bonds during the down time
Louisburg College's Mikeil Watkins
LC bonds during the down time

LOUISBURG -- Last weekend's poor weather wreaked havoc on the area, but Louisburg College men's basketball coach Neil Dixon was able to find a silver lining for his club.
This season's Hurricanes return zero players from last year's club, so there is still a familiarity process taking place.
So with Louisburg stuck on campus following last Saturday's game postponement, Dixon took advantage of the time to try to bring his players closer together -- both on and off the court.


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Bunn stars for Furman

GREENVILLE, S.C -- Senior Whitney Bunn scored 21 points, including 17 in the second half, and Tiara Wood claimed a career high 15 rebounds to power Furman University to a 73-44 triumph over Western Carolina in women's basketball action last Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.
The win, the second largest points-wise against a SoCon foe in head coach Jackie Carson's seven seasons at her alma mater, was the fourth straight for Furman (8-9, 2-0 SoCon).


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Wilson Hot Stove event is targeted for Tuesday
Wilson Hot Stove event is targeted for Tuesday

WILSON -- The Wilson Hot Stove League will host its 42nd annual banquet next Tuesday at the Wilson Recreation Park Community Center.
The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. A reception at the North Carolina Baseball Museum will start at 4 p.m.
Several past and current college and Major League stars will be in attendance.
Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets are available at Dick's Hot Dog Stand, Earl Boykin Sports and the North Carolina Baseball Museum, which is located at Fleming Stadium in Wilson.


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Prep athletes saluted

CHAPEL HILL -- Morgan Haith from Western Alamance High School and Devonte Pettaway from North Pitt High School have been named recipients of the NCHSAA Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Each week two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.


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FT BOWL GAMES CONTEST WINNERS

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are the individual and team winners from The Franklin Times Bowl Game Football Contest:


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BLASTS FROM THE PAST
BLASTS FROM THE PAST

Several former Franklinton High School Lady Rams from the late-1990s joined long-time coach Lester Wilder for a recent game at the FHS Gymnasium. Pictured are (l to r) Kristi Allen, Charrisse Perry, Pam Rogers, Coach Wilder and Tasha Wilder, who brought her son (and Lester's grandson) to the contest.


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SUPER SEASON
SUPER SEASON

North Carolina Wesleyan College's Timyra Staton (with ball) is enjoying a strong senior campaign for the school's women's basketball squad this winter. Staton was exceptional during two seasons at Louisburg College under Coach Shay Hayes, and graduated with honors in 2015. Staton hails from nearby Nash Central High School.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>College rules evolved through changing times</i>
College rules evolved through changing times

Louisburg's town common, located on the north end of the 100-acre plan established after the founding of the town in 1779, has been devoted to education since January 1, 1805, when Franklin Male Academy received its first students.
Across Main Street from this prep school, a female academy evolved into Louisburg Female College and later a coeducational institution, Louisburg College.
Although the intellectual and spiritual development of young people among groves of handsome oak trees has been a constant feature of Louisburg, expectations concerning student behavior have changed along with the evolution of our culture.


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Gridiron contest winners named

The most recent version of the popular Franklin Times football contest went all the way to the tiebreaker but Jonathan Lewis of NC 56 East walked away with the $30 top prize.
Finishing in second place was Heather Majernik of Fellowship Lane, Spring Hope, who won the $20 second prize.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg man faces fraud counts

RALEIGH-- Authorities arrested a Louisburg man on charges of insurance fraud.
State Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege Jermaine Walthour fraudulently claimed his vehicle was stolen to obtain payment from USAA between July and August 2016.
Investigators allege Walthour, 33, of 905 West Main Street, attempted to burn his vehicle to collect an insurance settlement.


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BUSINESS

RETIRING EMPLOYEE HONORED
RETIRING EMPLOYEE HONORED

Randolph Spivey retired from Rustic Building Supply on Dec. 30, after working there for 28 years. He was given a surprise cake, balloons and a card signed by all the employees. Randolph, a very talented brick, block and stone mason, will pursue this craft in his retirement. In previous years, Randolph worked at Franklin Regional Medical Center as an orderly, Bass Brothers near Spring Hope and Burlington Industries. He is known for his preaching in different churches in the community. He's been a busy man and will continue in his retirement. He lives with his wife, Katie, near Walnut Grove Church Road.


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