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Showing 38 articles from May 31, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Investigators allege Youngsville man strangled his mom
Investigators allege Youngsville man strangled his mom

HENDERSON -- A Youngsville woman who police allege was strangled by her son was laid to rest on Sunday.
Geraldine Oakes' husband and family, though, would like everyone to remember how the wife and mother lived her life.
One of those specific joys was watching boys and girls play ball with the Miracle League of Franklin County.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the league in remembrance of Oakes.


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<i>ECHS grads still making history</i>
Graduate Laurin Ward leads a procession of graduates during commencement
ECHS grads still making history

LOUISBURG -- Last week marked the fifth graduating class for the Franklin County Early College High School.
The 27 graduates that walked across the Louisburg High School stage, though, are still making firsts.
Twenty-one students are graduating with a high school diploma and an associate degree in arts. "The largest amount in Franklin County Early College's history," said Principal Erica Shoulders-Royster.


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<i>New mural, new inspiration for kids</i>
New mural, new inspiration for kids

LOUISBURG -- When Louisburg College student Jumana Ayni wanted to give the Boys and Girls Club a helping hand, she had to find it, first.
Last week, the Boys and Girls Club, along with the United Way of Franklin County, unveiled a mural at the club, designed by LC art student Julius Shumpert, that should make that endeavor easier for everyone.


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Safe Space putting focus on prevention
Safe Space putting focus on prevention

LOUISBURG -- Safe Space left the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault Biennial Conference in Winston-Salem with the Lynne Spence Award -- recognizing the organization's commitment to end sexual violence.
While no one at the non-profit organization does work for that sort of validation, its executive director hopes that the honor can provide a platform from which they can share with the community the services they provide to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault.


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County commissioner John May dies at 67
County commissioner John May dies at 67

LOUISBURG -- A long-time community stalwart and public servant died on Wednesday.
John May was 67.
"The citizens of Franklin County have lost a remarkable person," said Franklin County Commission Chair Cedric Jones.
"John was a dedicated person to the county, his family and throughout North Carolina," Jones said.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Artists Julius Shumpert and ReBecca Culver


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Passwords
Editorial Cartoon: Passwords

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Franklinton High enjoyed Red Letter Day
Franklinton High enjoyed Red Letter Day

Tuesday, May 23, was a red letter day in Franklin County.
Especially if you're a Red Ram supporter!
What a day it was for Franklinton High School.
First, veteran English teacher David Jennings was named Franklin County's Teacher of the Year.


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It's a happy but sad time as local seniors graduate

First, a prediction: Over the next few weeks, your Franklin Times will feature dozens of photos and stories about local students and their scholastic accomplishments.
There will be stories and photos of scholarship award winners, stories of those who have achieved various academic and service honors and, of course, the annual graduation edition with photos of those local young people who have earned their high school diplomas and are off to make their mark on the world.


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Editorial Cartoon: Lock Her Up
Editorial Cartoon: Lock Her Up

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Spirit, not fights, mark local grad ceremonies
Spirit, not fights, mark local grad ceremonies

I used to joke with a former police chief that there was one good way to maintain order at what were becoming rowdy graduations -- wing the first perpetrator and everyone else would get in line and get the message.
It was an obvious joke and, fortunately, for Franklin County, those kinds of compliance methods were never needed.
But, last month in Tennessee, a bunch of adults reminded us all just how uneducated folks can be during a graduation.


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Editorial Cartoon: The Pope
Editorial Cartoon: The Pope

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OBITUARIES

"BILL" REV. W.L. WINSTEAD
May 8, 1941 - May 30, 2017

LOUISBURG - Rev. William Linzy Winstead has departed this life to live with his Lord and Savior in heaven on May 30, 2017.


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BETTY LOU BRANCH

LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Betty Lou "Betty Boop" Branch, 72, who died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, will be held Monday, June 5, at 12 p.m. at Mitchell Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel W. Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Church cemetery.


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BILL T. PEARCE

CASTALIA - Bill Turner Pearce, 72, died Friday, May 26, 2017 at Wake Med. A funeral service was held Monday, May 29, at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.


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GEORGIANNA V. ENDRESS

FRANKLINTON--Georgianna Bessie Vallee Endress, 84, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Maria Parham Health Center.


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JOHN M. MAY
January 21, 1950 - May 31, 2017

LOUISBURG - John Milton May died peacefully on May 31, 2017 at the age of 67. John grew up in the White Level community of Franklin County, son of Bertha Nash May and Forest Milton May. John was raised to value hard work and to love for all of God's people, which he practiced every day until his death.


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SPORTS

Bunn HS Salutes Top Athletes
BUNN'S BEST. (L to R) Senior Quenten Wright and Amanda Dean were saluted Tuesday night as the 2016-17 Athletes of the Year at Bunn High School.
Bunn HS Salutes Top Athletes

BUNN -- Tuesday's annual Bunn High School Athletics Award Ceremony proved to have a bittersweet tinge to the occasion.
Certainly, there were plenty of smiles and accolades being doled out as the school honored its top student-athletes for the 2016-17 calendar year.
But Bunn also said goodbye to some long-time friends, including retiring veteran coaches Henry Jones (volleyball) and David Howle (football).
Jones and Howle had been at Bunn for decades and oversaw tremendously successful programs in their respective sports of choice.


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SIXTH-INNING BLUES
WOOD WON'T BE DENIED. Louisburg High School's Mackenzie Wood slides safely into home plate during last Friday's Game Two of the Lady Warriors' state softball semifinal series against Whiteville at Warrior Field.
SIXTH-INNING BLUES

LOUISBURG - After dropping the opening game of the series one day earlier on the road, the Louisburg Lady Warriors returned home last Friday with the intention of taking their Class 1-A State Semifinal event against Whiteville all the way to a deciding third outing in the best-of-three format.
For five innings, that plan seemed well on its way to fruition -- until things began to unravel in the top of the sixth.


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1 FOR THE ROAD
WILDCATS' SPARKPLUG. Leadoff ace Davie Morgan enjoyed an exceptional season this spring for the Bunn High School baseball squad under veteran head coach Chris Cullom.
1 FOR THE ROAD

BUNN -- Even with a young team, Chris Cullom was determined to make the most of his final season as the Bunn High School head baseball coach.
Knowing he would be stepping down at the end of the year to pursue a career in administration, Cullom guided the Wildcats to a 17-8 record and a third-place finish in the Northern Carolina Conference standings.
For his quality work, Cullom was saluted as the NCC Baseball Co-Coach of the Year for the 2017 season.


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Players selected to team
Players selected to team

LOUISBURG -- As things turned out, Franklinton and Bunn were in the middle of the pack this season in the Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer standings.
That didn't mean, however, that both clubs didn't enjoy successful campaigns.
The Lady Rams made a late push to move into the fourth spot in the league behind powers (in order) North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham School of Arts and South Granville.


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Errors doom the Mudcats
Errors doom the Mudcats

ZEBULON -- The host Carolina Mudcats committed a season-high six errors while losing to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6-3 in Monday's Class A Carolina League baseball series finale at Five County Stadium.
The loss dropped the Mudcats into a four-game series split with the visiting Pelicans and back into third place in the Carolina Southern Division standings.


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Great Weekend
Great Weekend

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Twelve soldiers from Ft. Bragg and Camp Lejeune came to a weekend hunt from April 21-23 in Franklin County.
A few soldiers came in early enough to hunt that Friday afternoon.
Several local hunters volunteered their time to guide soldiers to a hunting spot.
Fellowship Gun Club of Castalia prepared the early Saturday breakfast for the soldiers and guides.


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Civitan tourney scheduled
Civitan tourney scheduled

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Cypress Creek Civitan Club of Franklin County will conduct a charity golf scramble event on June 17 at The River Golf Course.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Entry fee is $65 per person or $245 for a four-person team. The cost includes lunch, green fees and cart. Ladies and co-ed teams are welcome.
As a Father's Day Special, there will be a $5 discount for fathers playing on a team with their son or daughter.


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HIGH FIVE
HIGH FIVE

Louisburg High School's Chelsea Roberson (left) receives congratulations from first-base coach Erica Wammock after driving in a run during the Lady Warriors' home playoff contest against Whiteville.


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IMPRESSIVE HARDWARE SELECTION
IMPRESSIVE HARDWARE SELECTION

Joy McLeod and Jalen Kelly were among the top honorees during the annual Bunn High School Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held Tuesday at the BHS Auditorium. Both McLeod and Kelly received Sportsmanship Award Plaques along with the Mike Lovin Scholarship Awards..


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KEEPING A RUN FROM SCORING
KEEPING A RUN FROM SCORING

Louisburg High School's Taylor Ferguson (right) blocks a wild throw at third base.


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WHAT'S THE DEAL?
WHAT'S THE DEAL?

Louisburg High School softball coach J Stamey attempts to get an interpretation from the home-plate umpire during last Friday night's Class 1-A State Semifinal playoff contest at Warrior Field.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Arts Council plans Juneteenth event in River Bend Park</i>
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Arts Council plans Juneteenth event in River Bend Park

The Franklin County Arts Council will sponsor its annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at River Bend Park in Louisburg, located downtown at the end of Church Street.
The Diversity committee is accepting applications for free vendor space. Only packaged food is allowed, no hot or homecooked foods without a health department license. No alcohol is allowed in the park. Promotional, arts, crafts, and products are welcome.


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AFTERNOON TEA
AFTERNOON TEA

The Franklin County Arts Council is inviting the public to Afternoon Tea with Dawn Lancaster from noon to 2 p.m. on June 3 at the Franklin County Arts Council in downtown Franklinton. Lancaster is a self- taught artist whose medium is eco-printing on silk or paper. Eco-printing is the process of transferring images of plants, leaves and flower petals onto silk or paper leaving beautiful prints of nature on natural fibers. Lancaster said she has been eco-printing for over three years, learning through video classes and lots of trial and error.


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Couple exchanges wedding vows
Couple exchanges wedding vows

Thomas and Edna Floyd announce the marriage of Haley Suzanne Floyd to Aaron Phillip Jones on May 13, 2017 at White Farms in Youngsville. SSGT Seth Barham officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Edna Floyd. She is the granddaughter of the late John and Dolly Floyd, the late Harvey and Myrtle Mangum, and the late Bill and Marjorie Logan.


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<i>70th anniversary!</i>
70th anniversary!

SEVEN DECADES TOGETHER. Walter and Elizabeth Brown celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on May 24, 2017.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

CROSSING THE STAGE
CROSSING THE STAGE

Karene Anderson received her high school diploma and associate degrees in Arts and Science.


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HUGS ALL AROUND
HUGS ALL AROUND

Franklin County Early College High School graduate Hailey Higgs, right, was all smiles while hugging school staff during commencement exercises held at Louisburg High School last week. The 27 graduates marked the school's fifth graduating class.


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Check every opportunity, VGCC grads urged
Colton Hayes of Epsom addresses classmates
Check every opportunity, VGCC grads urged

HENDERSON -- Less than one year into his tenure as president of the North Carolina Community College System, Dr. James C. "Jimmie" Williamson addressed some of his system's newest graduates as the principal speaker at Vance-Granville Community College's 48th commencement exercises on May 12.
Members of the Class of 2017, including Franklin County residents, were joined by numerous loved ones at the outdoor ceremony in front of the gazebo on the college's Main Campus.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Authorities team up to reduce accidents

WAKE FOREST -- The State Highway Patrol, along with the Wildlife Resources Commission Law Enforcement Division, has launched a campaign to combat impaired operation on both the roadways and waterways across the state.
The campaign entitled: On the Road/On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive, was launched just before the Memorial Day holiday during a press event held at Falls Lake in Wake Forest.


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<i>Historic survey focuses on churches</i>
Historic survey focuses on churches

Churches -- and the buildings that house the congregations -- are an important part of Franklin county's history and heritage.
In 2015, Franklin County began a comprehensive survey of the county's historic architecture, in an effort to record and preserve the county's rich history and wonderful legacy.
The county hired Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc., of Tarboro to conduct the survey, which is being led by Dr. Jeroen van den Hurk, an architectural historian.


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A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

You've seen photographs of Louisburg's first "Friday Nights on the Tar" event, but here's the perspective from an artist -- and you may be able to pick out people your recognize. This is the work of Kathryn Launey of Cedar Street in Louisburg. She received her AFA degree from Wake Technical Community College in 2015 and, since 2009, has been a member of the Fine Arts League of Cary. Her art has been represented in nine juried shows and four solo shows -- and can be seen at the new Blue Collie Coffee shop at 106 N. Main Street in Louisburg.


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