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Showing 44 articles from September 13, 2017.

FRONT PAGE

Early College High earns county's first 'A'

The worst kept "secret" in Franklin County is a secret no more -- the Early College High School received an 'A' grade from the state, the first 'A' any Franklin County School has received.
School officials reporting to the Board of Education Monday night basked in that and other good news revealed by the state late last week when report cards were issued for all 115 public school districts across the state.


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ENJOYING THE SHOW
ENJOYING THE SHOW

If you're going to a tractor show, the best way to take in the event is from the seat of a tractor. At least that's what little Mia Tavera, who is three but "almost four," thought last weekend when she and her dad visited the 17th annual Justice Community Antique Tractor, Engine and Car Show. The weather was picture perfect and there was just enough of a breeze to keep those flags flying high.


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<i>From tragedy, kindness emerged</i>
Flags proudly flew in Louisburg as a crowd gathered to remember Sept. 11, 2001
From tragedy, kindness emerged

LOUISBURG -- Sept. 11, 2001 is a day full of death and carnage that many would rather forget.
But, it's also a day noted for its heroism -- which came in many forms by regular people -- that Missy Johnson said none of us should forget.
"I witnessed strangers, [everyday people] that held and comforted other strangers, attended to injuries as best they could, and doing anything they could do to help," said Johnson, who was the guest speaker during Monday's 9/11 ceremony to remember those who died during the attack, as well as the first responders, residents and law enforcement who responded, and also first-responders and law enforcement who work around the world and here in Franklin County.


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<i>Billy Lumpkin, aviation pioneer, is remembered</i>
Terminal named for one of airport founders
Billy Lumpkin, aviation pioneer, is remembered

LOUISBURG -- Billy Lumpkin loved aviation.
He spent 14 years and countless hours working to bring an airport to Franklin County.
But, when it was unveiled in the 1980s, there was no marker in his honor or ceremony for which he was feted.
In fact, Lumpkin didn't spend much time at the facility, himself.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Pilot David Buchanan


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: DACA
Editorial Cartoon: DACA

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A tasty but crazy way to chase away hurricanes
A tasty but crazy way to chase away hurricanes

My strategy worked!
Although, honestly, I can take no credit for the fact that Hurricane Irma missed us but maybe my strategy, which is more than a little out there, helped just a little.
What is it?
Simple. I bought Spam as part of our hurricane-preparedness package.


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Storm brings out best, worst, funniest of us

If you've been asleep or comatose for the last several days, you might be surprised to learn that Florida was devastated by a huge hurricane.
And yes, that came right on the heels of another major hurricane that devastated Texas.
Plus, there is a third hurricane churning around out there in the Atlantic although, thankfully, it does not appear likely that it will strike the United States.


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FOMO is a skill that still aids this reporter
FOMO is a skill that still aids this reporter

I haven't marked it on a calendar, or anything, but it's probably been 20 years now that I've been a professional reporter.
I didn't type that sentence looking for a pat on the back.
All it really means is that I've continued to show up for work, the checks keep clearing and no one, yet, has told me not to show up.
Seriously, though, during my tenure, I've developed a healthy skepticism, paranoia and Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) -- all important attributes for a reporter.


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<i>Friendship and politics; a conundrum</i>
Friendship and politics; a conundrum

All associations begin with wants and needs. Someone needs or wants something, it is made known.
The giving or getting of that thing does not define the association. It is if those involved are truthful and honor what they commit to do that does.
The dynamics in truly meaningful relationships can build the bond of friendship, however they are complex, yet also are very simple. The nexus is trust.


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A step forward but too late for some

Dear editor:
Accolades to Dalphine Hopkins-Thomas! She is my heroine because of a past criminal act by a local lawyer that I tried to get heard in Franklin County years ago when David Waters was our county attorney and his unworthy assistant.


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Moving monuments is not a long-term solution

Dear editor:
People who want to remove Confederate monuments need to understand why Southerners seceded and fought for independence--just as they had eighty years earlier in the American Revolution. Only a few thousand Confederate soldiers owned slaves and hundreds of thousands did not, but these anti-Confederate people believe the Southerners fought to preserve slavery.


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Student accomplishments showcased in ceremony

Dear editor:
On Sept. 2, I had the privilege of participating in an inspiring ceremony that had several important connections to Louisburg College. The ceremony showcased the accomplishments of the students of Dr. SangSoon Koh, Assistant Professor of Business at Louisburg College, who teaches Taekwondo to youth in the Louisburg area.


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Editorial Cartoon: Help Message
Editorial Cartoon: Help Message

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OBITUARIES

"BILL" WILLIAM THURSTON WOOD, II

LOUISBURG - William Thurston "Bill" Wood, II died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at his home at 934 North Main Street, Louisburg.


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SPORTS

CLOSE CALL FOR LHS
EXTRA YARDAGE. Louisburg's Elijah Bumpers leans forward for extra yardage during last Friday night's road football setback against Warren County.
CLOSE CALL FOR LHS

WARRENTON-- It took over 23 minutes, but Warren County was finally able to find the blueprint to offensive success during last Friday's Northern Carolina Conference opener against Louisburg.
The host Eagles were kept off the scoreboard before picking up their passing attack -- mainly because they were in hurry-up mode due to the shortness of time remaining before intermission.


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LHS The Team To Beat
SAVANHA SOARS. Bunn's Savanha Moxley (right) goes up for a kill during last Thursday's match versus Louisburg.
LHS The Team To Beat

BUNN -- Louisburg High School's volleyball team has certainly found a move to the Northern Carolina Conference to be to its liking.
Heading into the midway portion of the NCC schedule, the Lady Warriors have rolled through their league foes to date, including a three-set sweep last Thursday against the host Bunn Ladycats.


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FHS falls for initial setback
FHS falls for initial setback

FRANKLINTON -- When he took the head football coaching position at Franklinton in the Summer of 2016, JeVar Bransome stressed that he was unafraid to see his club compete against higher-classification schools.
With that in mind, Bransome significantly upgraded the Red Rams' slate this fall -- and that meant Class 4-A Southeast Raleigh was destined to visit the FHS Football Field last Friday.


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SOCCER STARS
BLAST OFF. Franklinton Middle School\'s Brennan Sullivan works on his shooting skills.
SOCCER STARS

FRANKLINTON -- After going winless last fall, Franklinton Middle School wasn't sure if it was going to field a boys soccer program during the 2017 campaign.
But then 18 kids showed up for an interest-gauging practice session a few weeks ago.
So it was decided that FMS needed to find a true coach, as opposed to using a bus driver/chaperone to be in charge of the squad.


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Comeback Quest
Comeback Quest

HENDERSON -- Bunn's march through its Northern Carolina Conference football schedule didn't get off to the greatest start.
But the Wildcats, after spotting host Southern Vance a big lead, were able to rally for a 34-30 decision over the Runnin' Raiders last Friday in the NCC opener for both squads.
The victory was the second this fall in comeback fashion for Bunn, which upped its mark to 2-2 overall.


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Hurricanes keep on winning

DANVILLE, VA. -- Louisburg College's football season is off to an amazing 3-0 start -- and none of the outings have been close.
LC continued its schedule Sunday by rolling to an impressive road decision against the Averett University Junior Varsity Team.
The Hurricanes roared to a 29-point lead at halftime and never looked back en route to delivering a 65-10 triumph against the homestanding Cougars.


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FHS makes cross country move
FHS makes cross country move

RED OAK -- Following a strong stretch in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference, the Franklinton Red Rams have made a challenging move to compete for the next four years in the Class 3-A Big East Conference's cross country standings.
Certainly, the NCC had its share of talented distance runners, especially at Durham School of Arts and North Carolina School of Science and Math.


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Cohen has big day for Bears

CHICAGO -- Tarik Cohen's sterling debut in the National Football League was certainly one to remember Sunday afternoon.
Bunn's Cohen, a rookie running back, rushed five times for 66 yards and hauled in eight catches for 47 yards as part of the Chicago Bears' 23-17 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL opener for both squads.


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Vanguards announce new spike coach

HENDERSON -- Jessica Smith of Roxboro has been named the head coach for the women's volleyball team at Vance-Granville Community College.
Smith has played volleyball for 20 years and earned All-Conference honors while playing for Manteo High School.
She then continued her playing career at Pitt Community College, which, like VGCC, competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association, but in a different division.


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Nash Community to host golf event

RED OAK -- The Nash Community College 28th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Classic will be held on October 6 at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount.
There are two tee times available -- 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Teams who play during the morning tee time will receive $100 off registration.


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KEEPER OF THE GOAL
KEEPER OF THE GOAL

Franklinton Middle School keeper Robert Faulkner works on his clearing skills for the Red Rams during a recent boys soccer practice session on the FMS campus.


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NET DUELS
NET DUELS

Louisburg's Kaylee Saunders and Bunn's Rekyiah Clifton.


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TACKLE TIME
TACKLE TIME

Warren County quarterback Cornelius Davis (with ball) is brought down by Louisburg's Drequan Dickerson during last Friday night's football matchup.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>A special breakfast</i>
A special breakfast

Pictured above, staff members of Louisburg Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center are ready to serve those who serve us. From left to right are: Betsy Fleming, Angela Silver, Nicole Perry and Quarda Fobbs.


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A CHIEF ENGINEER?
A CHIEF ENGINEER?

Justice Fire Chief Linwood Powell put aside his fire-fighting gear Saturday and became a "train" engineer. He gave the children rides around the large display area at the 17th annual Justice Community Antique Tractor, Engine and Car Show. Beautiful, fall-like weather drew strong crowds to look over a wide variety of equipment, enjoy homemade ice cream and other goodies and chat with friends and neighbors.


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GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE
GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE

Jason Aycock (in center with microphone) of Jason Aycock Auctioneering conducted the auction during the 17th annual Justice Community Tractor, Car and Engine Show. Proceeds from the auction and other events that day went to Duke Memorial Baptist Church and the Justice Volunteer Fire Department. Aycock was getting a helping hand from his seven-year-old son, Troy Aycock II.


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PATRIOTIC SCENE
PATRIOTIC SCENE

White clouds, blue skies and red tractors gave a uniquely patriotic flare to the annual Justice Tractor show over the weekend. Storms churning around the Southeast may have kept some exhibitors away but there was still plenty of equipment to provide a treat to those attending the event.


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After Harvey, Irma are you prepared for a major hurricane?

September has been proclaimed as North Carolina's National Preparedness Month. This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."
We should all take action to prepare. We are all able to help first responders in our community by learning how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes -- where we live, work, and visit.


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FUN ALL AROUND
FUN ALL AROUND

Scout Mark Martin, center, organized a carnival for special needs children on Saturday at Long Mill Elementary. The effort was part of an Eagle Scout project.


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Golden Anniversary celebrated
Golden Anniversary celebrated

FIFTY YEARS TOGETHER. In celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary, the Rev. John Williams and First Lady Lucy Williams of Lettuce Hall Baptist Church renewed their wedding vows on Aug. 25 at Terrell Lane Middle School, Louisburg, with the Rev. Dr. Rudolph Tripp officiating. They were married on Oct. 7, 1967. Following the ceremony, the Rev. and First Lady Williams cut the wedding cake and refreshments were served.


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Steinway artist revisits historic Cherry Hill
Steinway artist revisits historic Cherry Hill

The Cherry Hill Concert Series will welcome pianist Raffi Besalyan at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.
Besalyan received a standing ovation for his 2016 performance at the Inez plantation venue, and the Board of Directors is pleased to host the Steinway artist for an encore concert.


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<i>Diamonds' 'timeless music' coming to Louisburg College</i>
Diamonds' 'timeless music' coming to Louisburg College

The Diamonds will be bringing their timeless music to Louisburg College's Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC) on Friday, Sept. 22.
They are perhaps best known for introducing Doo-Wop and R & B vocals styles to a pop audience. In 1957 The Diamonds released an instant million selling hit called "Little Darlin.'" The song continues to sell worldwide and has been dubbed "the National Anthem of Rock and Roll." To date it has sold approximately 20 million copies.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Dialogue to be focus of Bunn Unity Day

BUNN -- No one ever thinks culture clashes would rip their communities apart.
But after watching the news of what's taking place in Charlottesville, Va., Durham and other places, Blaise Harris figured it could creep in and happen anywhere.
That is, unless steps are taken to bring conversations that are often held in hushed tones and behind closed doors out into the open.
That's what he hopes to do with a community unity day he's trying to organize for next month.


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Gang forum to put focus on problem

LOUISBURG -- The sheriff's office is continuing a local effort to eradicate gang activity in Franklin County.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said the Gang Awareness Forum -- slated for Sept. 19 -- is part of the department's ongoing effort to spread information about the county's gang problem and arm parents and communities with the information they need to combat the problem.


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<i>Poultry Initiative gets a boost from Dinner in the Meadow</i>
Poultry Initiative gets a boost from Dinner in the Meadow

LOUISBURG -- For the fourth Dinner in the Meadow, artisan breads paired with exotic cheeses, beef tartare, whole, pulled and shredded pork, Korean lamb and slow roasted Pinot Noir brisket were all on the menu.
And while chicken wasn't, it was definitely on the minds of organizers, as they awarded their annual grant to a collaborative that plans to bring a mobile poultry processing unit -- dedicated to small farmers -- to the county and region.


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Violent crime spree nets Louisburg man long prison sentence

GREENVILLE -- A Louisburg man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in jail for his role in a multi-state crime spree that began with an armed robbery in Franklin County.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced David Earl Gill Jr. to 216 months in prison during a hearing in federal court on Tuesday.


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AUTHOR SIGNS HER WORK
AUTHOR SIGNS HER WORK

Louisburg native Jamie Dement (seated) came home over the weekend to sign copies of her new book, "The Farmhouse Chef." The book includes stories about growing up and learning to cook with her family. She now has Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough and also the Piedmont Restaurant in Durham. Shown here with her mother, Cheryl Dement, also a Franklin County native and a long-time teacher in local schools.


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FHS restroom bids soar; project delayed

A school project favored by Franklin County commissioners got shelved, at least temporarily, Monday night after bids came in far over estimates.
As part of school improvements, commissioners wanted to build a small, stand-alone restroom facility at Franklinton High School, even though the school board had taken the project off its priority list.
But when bids soared about $127,000 over estimates, the project ran into trouble.


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Playground honors Bunn youngster
Playground honors Bunn youngster

YOUNGSTER REMEMBERED. Bunn Elementary School will honor the memory of Tanner Vick with the dedication of a state-of-the-art playground for exceptional children at a ribbon cutting on Friday, Sept. 15. Vick died in February in a hit and run incident. He was 7 and his death was extremely difficult on the Vick family and Bunn Elementary community.


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