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Showing 45 articles from February 22, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Franklinton tells shooters: 'Hold your fire!'

FRANKLINTON -- Hundreds of residents, property owners, business developers and a group of ex-mayors told town commissioners that allowing a gun range to operate close to homes and a priority business corridor would be a disaster.
Apparently, the governing board listened.
After a more than two-and-a-half-hour public hearing, commissioners voted unanimously to deny a special use permit request that would have allowed Tony Norton and Dan Stalfire to operate a gun range on 88.5 acres just north and west of town.


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<i>From simple sign to historic artifact</i>
From simple sign to historic artifact

LOUISBURG -- What began as a simple commercial message more than 40 years ago touting a new line of televisions being sold by a local business has, over the years, evolved into a piece of public folk art worth preserving in downtown Louisburg.
And that's what will happen this summer, thanks to Louisburg College Professor Will Hinton, who is taking the lead on restoring the C&P Music Co. sign that has been a fixture on the side of a Nash Street building since 1973 or 1974.


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County takes a step toward a sewer fix

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners committed to the first of two steps needed to increase sewage capacity in Franklinton and foster sorely needed development.
Franklinton has approved three home developments that town staff and officials say could help change the face of the town, however, a regional pump station that handles most of the sewage inside town limits is near capacity.


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Louisburg approves rezoning request

LOUISBURG -- Town leaders unanimously agreed to rezone a lot at the corner of North Bickett Boulevard and Williamson Street (just north of Rite Aid) from residential to office and institutional during its Monday night meeting.
The change complies with the town's land use plan and had been recommended by the town's planning board. The lot is about two-thirds of an acre.
One resident, Ken Ketterer, of 106 John Street, objected to the change, said that while the site may need to be rezoned in the future, "now is not the future."


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<i>New plan aims to curb domestic violence</i>
New plan aims to curb domestic violence

BUNN -- Law enforcement agencies rolled out an anti-domestic violence plan designed to save lives.
More than a year ago, the county's Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force -- made up of officers, Safe Space members and courthouse staff -- hosted a representative with the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence to install a Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) for Franklin County.
LAP is a protocol-based plan to prevent domestic violence homicides and serious injury.


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County's utility director leaving

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County will be in need of a new public utilities director next month.
Bryce Mendenhall, who has served in that capacity since the summer of 2004, tendered his resignation late last week.
His resignation will be effective on March 24.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity to have served [Franklin County]," he said.


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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces

Basketball fans Lexi Greene, Roger Bennett


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Discourse
Editorial Cartoon: Discourse

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Do money questions hint at a bigger problem?
Do money questions hint at a bigger problem?

Two discussions by important boards in Franklin County brought up major implications for the future of this county -- and I'm not optimistic that the "solutions" will be in the best interests of taxpayers or even that there will be "solutions" at all. See what you think.
The issue is financing of improvements and maintenance of critical infrastructure in the county -- and the two of the boards involved are the Board of Education and the Airport Commission.


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Professor Hinton creates another public art project

And soon there will be three!
Actually, four if you count a Depression-era creation that has graced the lobby of the Louisburg Post Office for decades.
We're referring to public art, specifically art from the creative mind of Louisburg art professor Will Hinton.
His work is changing downtown Louisburg for the better and his latest project, officially unveiled to the public just this week, ties together commercial art, the historical fabric of this community, one of the better-known and most influential families around here and is, in three words, just plain cool!


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Police plus homework equals better relations
Police plus homework equals better relations

Almost every day, when law enforcement officers put on their uniforms and get ready to hit the streets to protect and serve, they know they may face a situation that will get their heart racing, will produce beads of sweat on their forehead or make the hair on their arms stand at attention.
And, nope, I'm not talking about stopping a car full of suspects on a dark, deserted road in the middle of nowhere, or approaching an armed suspect.
I'm talking about facing one of the scariest foes there is: elementary school math homework.


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<i>A secular state can spell danger</i>
A secular state can spell danger

As a people and country I believe we are becoming more and more divided. Given the founding principles of our nation, and the heavy price paid for those principles, one has to wonder how this is even possible.
Together we are many and strong, identity politics divides, pitting one group against another. Herein lies the reason for our great national turmoil.
The path followed to what has become the United States was set upon by people searching for a place where bold new ideas like liberty, and freedom for all could be found.


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Help decide who controls our elections

Dear editor:
Your readers should know there's a statewide movement afoot--for the voters to determine who controls our elections.
The question for readers is, do you agree, or disagree, that NC voters should have a chance to join with the overwhelming national majority who've already approved that:


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How to grow kids who love to read

Dear editor:
Imagine if every preschool child received a book in his/her home every month for the first five years of life.
Imagine the excitement those children would have in receiving those gifts.
Imagine if this 60-volume library was absolutely free to the child and his/her family! Now imagine this is a reality.


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Editorial Cartoon: Accordingly...
Editorial Cartoon: Accordingly...

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OBITUARIES

ANNIE LOUISE JOHNSON

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Annie Louise Johnson, 84, who died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at Allen Chapel Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the Allen Chapel Church cemetery.


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MICHAEL "RED" DUNN

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Michael "Red" Dunn, 55, who died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. at Mitchner's Grove Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchner's Grove Church cemetery.


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SPORTS

Cohen Honored By Pigskin Club
Cohen Honored By Pigskin Club

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- North Carolina A&T's Tarik Cohen has been saluted as the 2016 Black College Football Player of the Year by the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C.
Cohen received his award last week during the organization's annual banquet.
Cohen, who prepped at Bunn High School, made the most of his senior season at A&T as a star-studded running back.


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BLAKE NEWS AT LC
ON TARGET. Louisburg College's Zacchaeus Rasberry rips an offering for the Hurricanes as part of last Saturday's home doubleheader against rival Pitt Community College at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
BLAKE NEWS AT LC

LOUISBURG - Building an elite-level junior college baseball program is a process that takes time -- and involves several different layers.
For Louisburg College second-year head coach Blake Herring, the first part of the process was to bring as many talented recruits to campus as possible -- and he feels he made a positive step in that direction with a strong off-season class of incoming freshmen.
Now comes the next step -- one that is often filled with discouraging moments.


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STREAK UP TO 17
Louisburg's Derek McKnight
STREAK UP TO 17

LOUISBURG -- Thanksgiving wasn't far removed and Christmas shopping lists were still being fulfilled back on December 3.
That's when Louisburg College last lost a men's basketball contest -- a time that now spans nearly three months and 17 victorious outings.
The Hurricanes kept on rolling last Saturday at home as Coach Neil Dixon's crew improved to an impressive 23-3 with a 95-81 home conquest against Region X opponent Catawba Valley Community College at Taylor Center on the LC campus.


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Warriors wrap up seasons
TWO MORE YEARS. Kaylee Saunders just completed her sophomore season as a member of the Louisburg High girls basketball squad.
Warriors wrap up seasons

WELDON-- The end of the season didn't transpire as hoped for both the Louisburg High School girls and boys basketball squads.
LHS' girls, as the No. 2 seed, were looking to at least make the finals of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Tournament last week at Weldon.
But the Lady Warriors were upset by Southeast Halifax in the semifinals of the event by a 44-40 total last Thursday.


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Spencer rolls in ECU debut

OXFORD, MISS. -- Bunn's Spencer Brickhouse made his college baseball debut one to remember, even if his East Carolina University Pirates weren't able to earn a victory.
Chase Cockrell and Ryan Olenek tallied five of No. 8 Ole Miss' eight hits, while David Parkinson allowed three runs in seven innings leading the Rebels to a 5-4 win over No. 6 East Carolina last Friday afternoon in front of a record crowd of 12,117 at Swayze Field.


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Canes respond with a huge win
STATE OF DENIAL. Louisburg College's Teana Lewis (left) denies a pass during her club's home decision Monday against Spartanburg Methodist College.
Canes respond with a huge win

LOUISBURG -- Two weeks ago, Louisburg College suffered one of its most disheartening women's basketball defeats of the season as they were edged at home by Cape Fear as part of the school's annual 'Play For Kay Day.'
Since then, the determined Lady Hurricanes have quickly clawed back with a trio of victories, including an 85-74 home decision Monday afternoon against long-time rival Spartanburg Methodist College out of South Carolina.


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Time To Bounce Back
Franklinton's Jaquan Owens
Time To Bounce Back

FRANKLINTON -- One of the most important intangibles any successful program possesses for the long-term is the ability to bounce back after disappointing losses.
Franklinton has experienced two such fates in the past two weeks in boys basketball -- a loss at South Granville with the Northern Carolina Conference regular season title at stake and a defeat versus Warren County in last Friday's championship game of the NCC Tournament at the FHS Gymnasium.
But the Red Rams quickly brushed aside those heartbreaks during Tuesday's opening-round contest against Southwest Onslow in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.


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Area Clubs In Brittany

WILSON -- Once again, Franklin County will be well represented at the annual The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase, which will be held March 10-11 at the Gillette Soccer Complex in Wilson County.
The event, which will be in its 13th season, is considered one of the top girls soccer showcases in Eastern North Carolina.
Franklin County's entrants will be Franklinton and Bunn.


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Williams earns All-CIAA selection

CHARLOTTE -- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, has announced the 2017 Men's & Women's All-CIAA First Team and All-Rookie honorees.
Virginia State University garnered three men's honorees with senior Elijah Moore, junior Richard Granberry, and senior Kevin Williams.
Williams prepped at Franklinton High School before earning All-American status as part of his two-year career at Louisburg College.


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EAST-WEST BOYS SOCCER LIST

GREENSBORO -- Here are the rosters for the East-West All-Star Boys Soccer Game, to be played July 18 in Greensboro:


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REUNION AT WEST DAVIDSON
REUNION AT WEST DAVIDSON

CHAMPS REUNITED. Louisburg resident Dana Holloman (fourth from right) was part of a special ceremony recently as West Davidson High School honored its 1986 Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Championship Team. West Davidson went 29-1 that year and was the Central Carolina Conference Champs thanks in part to an undefeated regular season. The Dragons were also the Davidson County Invitational Champs and the Region 5 Champs.


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CAN'T BE STOPPED
CAN'T BE STOPPED

Louisburg High School's Shyann Collier (with ball) makes a strong move toward the basket during last Thursday's tournament setback against Southeast Halifax at Weldon HS.


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FLOATER
FLOATER

Louisburg College guard Mikeil Watkins drives for a basket for the Hurricanes during last Saturday afternoon's home decision against Region X rival Catawba Valley CC at Taylor Center


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LANCE LAYS ONE IN
LANCE LAYS ONE IN

Franklinton's Lance Parker scores on a layup for the Red Rams during last Friday's title game against Warren County in the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.


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OUT ON THE SLIDE
OUT ON THE SLIDE

Louisburg College's Zacchaeus Rasberry (left) is tagged out after sliding past second base inadvertently during last Saturday's home doubleheader against long-time rival Pitt CC.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Fire changed the face of Louisburg's Main Street</i>
Fire changed the face of Louisburg's Main Street

A destructive fire on the evening of Dec. 14, 1949, completely gutted the old Franklin Hotel building on North Main Street in Louisburg.
The conflagration disrupted the lives of residents and businesses, but the owner, Willie G. Lancaster, quickly rebuilt the structure.
Constructed of yellow brick and featuring metal windows and clean lines, the new building complemented the Art Modern-style medical office of Dr. W.C. Perry across the street.


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Mark Lowry will perform here
Mark Lowry will perform here

Mark Lowry will bring his unique blend of comedy, music and storytelling to Louisburg College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3.
He is known worldwide as a trusted voice in gospel music and beyond. Lowry began making music at age 11 and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is sealed as an entertainer who makes audiences laugh, cry, and think.
Lowry is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter whose lyric to "Mary Did You Know?" resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century.


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<i>Secret to long life? Laugh a lot and dance!</i>
Secret to long life? Laugh a lot and dance!

What is the secret to longevity?
If you ask Rosa Lee Baker of Bethlehem Church Road, Youngsville, the response you will get is: "laugh a lot and dance!"
Born Feb. 25, 1917 at the beginning of WWI, Ms. Baker, who goes by a variety of names, including "Granny," "Rosie," and Granny Rose," among others, is known for her energetic personality, loving demeanor, sense of humor, for always having a smile on her face and hugs and kisses to give to almost everyone she meets.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

FMS principal is moving to central office

Some parents of Franklinton Middle School students were caught by surprise recently when the school's principal, Trenton Brown, resigned.
To fill the immediate void, a long-time Franklin County educator, James Harris, has been named by the district's administration to fill the vacancy through the end of the school year.
Harris most recently served as principal of the Early College High School prior to his retirement in June of 2016.


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Sign-up dates for science camps near

Dates for registering children for GlaxoSmithKline's Science in the Summer are rapidly approaching!
Science in the Summer in North Carolina is a fun and free science education initiative that is designed to help elementary and middle school children "grow into science."
Through classes held at public libraries and community-based centers in 10 North Carolina counties and taught by certified teachers, this program gets kids excited about studying science with hands-on experiments.


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Local man earns BLET, passes state certification
Local man earns BLET, passes state certification

Daniel S. Ayscue graduated from Cape Fear Community College's 99th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLET) on Feb. 6. He passed the state certification exam and will be employed with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.
As class president, Daniel spoke to the 21 other classmates and congratulated them for successfully completing the 667-hour training program. He was also awarded the captain Ralph W. Roper BLET Leadership Award and received a silver engraved plate.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Tax decrease, stable utility costs in L-burg's future?

LOUISBURG -- Town residents probably can expect a property tax decrease of a couple of cents and stable utility rates in the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1.
That was the initial indications from town board members who met last week in their annual planning retreat to discuss upcoming projects and take a preliminary look at budget needs.
The town council annually holds a "round robin" meeting where each elected official has a chance to talk about their goals and wish lists for the coming year.


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Road debris blamed for fatal mishap

LOUISBURG -- A Franklinton woman was killed in what investigators have called an unfortunate accident.
According to the State Highway Patrol, Joyce Murray was traveling east on N.C. 56 just east of Louisburg at about 10 a.m. on Feb. 13 when a dump truck that was heading in the opposite direction ran over a pipe that was laying in the roadway. The pipe did not come off of the dump truck.
That pipe then hit a truck that was traveling behind the dump truck, kicking the pipe across the road and into the windshield of the car Murray was driving.


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Man facing charges in gun incident

FRANKLINTON -- A Franklinton man was arrested on charges of assaulting and grazing a woman with shotgun pellets after she confronted him about shooting noises coming from his property.
According to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright, a woman went to Donald Hudgins' property in the 600 block of Ballard Pruitt Road just after 8 p.m. on Tuesday to complain about shots being fired at the property.


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Teen who buried baby admits it, avoids jail

LOUISBURG -- A teenager accused of burying her baby pled guilty in court this week. Ashley Reed will not do any jail time.
After receiving an anonymous tip, sheriff's deputies responded to a home in the Fox Ridge Farms subdivision in June 2014 to find a baby buried in a shallow grave.
Ashley Reed, 16 at the time, was deemed to be responsible and she was charged with concealing and failing to report a death.
An investigation concluded that Reed had attempted a home birth without seeking medical attention.


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Youngsville town hall to close to allow move

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town Hall will be closed for part of next week to accommodate the move to a new building.
The space on N. Cross Street will close on Wednesday, March 1, at noon and will remain closed through Friday, March 3.
Both the Youngsville Town Hall and the Youngsville Police Department will reopen at their new location, 134 U.S. 1-A South, on Monday, March 6 at 8 a.m. All other information, including the mailing address and telephone numbers, will remain the same.


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Impaired driver gets jail sentence for fatal crash

LOUISBURG -- A Louisburg man was sentenced to more than two years in prison, then deportation, for his role in an apparent alcohol-fueled crash that killed a two-year-old.
Police arrested Victor Hugo Angulo on Sept. 13, in Raleigh, two days after Louisburg investigators allege he was driving in the wrong lane along N.C. 39 near Burnette Road when he crashed into an oncoming car.


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Child sex charges facing local man

LOUISBURG -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a Louisburg area man on child sex charges.
Authorities arrested Harley A. Gonzalez on Feb. 19, charging him with felony indecent liberties with a child and misdemeanor sexual battery.
Gonzalez was being held in lieu of a $180,000 bond.
He is next slated to appear in Franklin County District Court on Feb. 27.


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