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Showing 44 articles from January 31, 2018.

FRONT PAGE

<i>A missing man: Gone but not forgotten!</i>
Bandit Flight Team from Raleigh performed a missing man formation flyover
A missing man: Gone but not forgotten!

LOUISBURG -- Stephen Merritt died in December from injuries sustained in a plane crash.
This past Saturday, though, friends and family said his spirit lives on through funny stories, good deeds and now, a legacy -- an aviation scholarship set up in his name.
Merritt, the county's airport director, was a flight instructor and joined the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol in 2004.


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School 'family' reaches out to help crash victims

LOUISBURG -- Laurel Mill Elementary School is reaching out to help a teacher assistant who lost her son and unborn child in a head-on crash that also left her in the hospital.
The driver at fault in the accident was in a vegetative state, authorities said.


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<i>What will 'future Youngsville' be like?</i>
What will 'future Youngsville' be like?

YOUNGSVILLE -- A public meeting to solicit input about a plan to revamp the look and feel of downtown drew plenty of traffic to the Youngsville Community House.
And, on cue, the Jan. 23 discussion about plans to add sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, bike lanes and streetscape improvements ultimately yielded to two things: how will the construction project impact already difficult traffic congestion and just what can the town do about its bottlenecked traffic in general?


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FILLING THE CRACKS
FILLING THE CRACKS

Members of law enforcement, Safe Space, the courthouse and the community took part in an event to raise awareness about human trafficking. As part of the Red Sand Project, they used the material to fill cracks, symbolizing those who fall through the cracks and become victims -- often becoming part of the sex trade. The event featured 'actors' locked in a cage and dressed as victims to drive the point home.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Hoops fan Jacob Cooke


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Branches Of Government
Editorial Cartoon: Branches Of Government

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Downtown 'bump outs' are raising eyebrows
Downtown 'bump outs' are raising eyebrows

Welcome to February.
The month when nothing much happens -- except when it does.
Let's hope the 2018 version resembles the one from 2017 which was mild, not too wet and offered some nice days to get a little sunshine and maybe get a head start on yard and garden chores.


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Proposed redistricting goal is blatantly transparent

Remember the old adage that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"?
You might, but it's a given that many in our beloved state General Assembly don't -- or at least refuse to abide by it if by "fixing" something they can finagle something they think will increase their political power.
For generations, many Americans snickered as politicians attempted to gerrymander districts to gain a political advantage.


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New Year, New Laws: Will 2018 be better?
New Year, New Laws: Will 2018 be better?

Heck, it's February, but it's never too late to wish someone a Happy New Year.
And, with some legislation that took place on January, 1, our General Assembly has tackled some things that could make 2018 better than 2017 -- or, at least in some cases, more interesting.


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Editorial Cartoon: Dreamers
Editorial Cartoon: Dreamers

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Encourage healthy discourse

Dear editor:
Positive and productive engagement in our society is the goal and end result of a healthy democracy in which differences of opinion can freely be discussed and respected. Our public education systems should encourage and promote this type of discourse.


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History cannot be erased

Dear editor,
I wonder how many of the Louisburg College students who have written to the newspaper recently had heard of The Franklin Times, much less read a copy, before they were either assigned or encouraged to write in advocating the removal of the Confederate statue in Louisburg.


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Editorial Cartoon: Flip
Editorial Cartoon: Flip

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OBITUARIES

ALICE E. WILSON

CLAYTON--Alice E. Wilson, 90, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Clayton House of Memory Care Facility in Clayton. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 27, at Alston-Anderson Funeral Chapel, 904 S. Main St., Louisburg. Burial followed in the Cemetery on the Hill, Louisburg.


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ANNIE LEE MALONE

LOUISBURG--Annie Lee Malone, 97, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center. The family will receive friends today, Thursday, Feb. 1, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with funeral services to follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Jimmy Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.


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DANNY EDISON FAULKNER

AIKEN, SC -- Danny Edison Faulkner, age 68, entered into rest on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.


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FREDDIE RICHARDSON

HOLLISTER--Funeral services for Freddie Richardson, 57, who died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at Pine Chapel Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the Richardson family cemetery.


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GLOROUS C. JONES

FRANKLINTON--Funeral services for Glorous C. Jones, 60, who died Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Louisburg, with the Rev. Alexander Herring, eulogist. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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SPORTS

Red Rams Third In Conference
Franklinton High School's Trent Wheeler (right) tangles with a Rocky Mount performer during last Saturday's action at the Big East Conference Individual Wrestling Championships.
Red Rams Third In Conference

WILSON -- Before the event was started, a public-address announcement was made stating that Franklinton was the lone newcomer at this year's Big East Conference Individual Wrestling Championships.
The speaker welcomed FHS' fans, competitors and coaches to the meet, which was held last Saturday at Wilson Fike High School.


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RUNAWAY VICTORY
JORDAN OAKLEY WITH THE DUNK
RUNAWAY VICTORY

LOUISBURG -- Once Louisburg College's tenacious full-court press gets into a rhythm, the Hurricanes are usually tough to be in men's basketball action.
That assessment was once again evident during last Saturday's Region X home game against Catawba Valley Community College.
The visitors from Hickory had no answer for Louisburg's intense pressure, and the Hurricanes would roll to a convincing 103-65 triumph at Taylor Center on the LC campus.


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FHS Shines At Event
FHS Shines At Event

ROCKY MOUNT -- Franklinton has made an instant impact in the Big East Conference swim standings this winter -- a stretch that concluded last Friday with the annual league championships at the Harrison Family YMCA in Nash County.
The Lady Rams took fifth place in the girls team standings, while the boys finished in sixth place overall.


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THRILLER IN OT
IN PURSUIT. Bunn's Hannah Yarborough (middle) is guarded by Franklinton's Katherine Wilkins (right) during last Wednesday night's game.
THRILLER IN OT

BUNN -- So much for the theory that a league switch would dampen the intensity of the Franklinton-Bunn girls basketball rivalry.
FHS and Bunn have played some memorable games through the years, but the Lady Rams are now in the Class 3-A Big East Conference, while Bunn HS remains in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.


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Marcus does in Warriors
LOUISBURG'S JYQUAN TAYLOR
Marcus does in Warriors

LOUISBURG -- When the clubs met back in December in Henderson, Louisburg fell far behind the host Southern Vance Runnin' Raiders in boys basketball action -- before making a late comeback that fell just a bit short.
But because of that surge, the Warriors had a measure of confidence heading into Tuesday's Northern Carolina Conference rematch at the LHS Gymnasium.
But then Southern Vance's Marcus Harrison got hot from the field.


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BHS edges rival Rams
FHS' ROBBIE BURNETT
BHS edges rival Rams

BUNN -- After the amazement of the girls thriller, there was almost a rare anticlimactic feeling toward last Wednesday's boys basketball meeting between rivals Franklinton and Bunn.
Bunn had defeated the Red Rams in a nail-biter earlier in the year on the road, and finished off the season sweep with a low-scoring 45-39 conquest at the Bunn Dome.


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The Lil' Warriors
HERE IS HOW IT IS DONE. Louisburg High School boys basketball coach Michael Sheldon puts on a dribbling display during a recent youth clinic session.
The Lil' Warriors

LOUISBURG - This story actually begins in Ohio.
Michael Sheldon, the head varsity boys' basketball coach at Louisburg High School, looked forward to waking up early on Saturdays during basketball season when he was a kid.
Sheldon's father Rob was a high school basketball coach in the Buckeye State for over 30 years amassing 450 career victories.


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Lady Warriors topped by SVHS
LOUISBURG'S JADA BRANCH
Lady Warriors topped by SVHS

LOUISBURG -- After two regular season meetings, it's apparent that the Southern Vance Lady Runnin' Raiders don't provide a good matchup for the Louisburg High School girls basketball squad.
During the earlier game back in December, host Southern Vance roared to an early lead and never looked back en route to a convincing victory.


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Wildcats sweep Granville Central
Wildcats sweep Granville Central

BUNN -- Delton Davis came through with 31 points, including five trifectas, as the Bunn Wildcats picked up their sixth Northern Carolina Conference victory of the season with a 71-59 home triumph Tuesday against Granville Central.
Already ahead 19-16 after one frame, the Wildcats took charge with a 25-16 spurt in the second period.


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ALL EYES ON THE BALL
ALL EYES ON THE BALL

Bunn's Butterball Cooke (left) is guarded by Franklinton's Shea Seward during last Wednesday night's non-conference girls basketball meeting at the Bunn Dome.


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CAN'T-MISS PLAYER
CAN'T-MISS PLAYER

Seth McCoy (left) has been an amazing long-distance shooter this season for the Louisburg College men's basketball squad. LC defeated Catawba Valley last Saturday at home in Region X action.


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FIVE ALIVE
FIVE ALIVE

Franklinton High School's Kalib Matthews (center) drives between a pair of Bunn defenders during last Wednesday night's boys basketball showdown at the Bunn Dome.


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I'VE GOT YA NOW
I'VE GOT YA NOW

Franklinton High School's Hayes Tharrington (right) prepares to wrap up a pinfall during last Saturday's Big East Conference Individual Wrestling Championships.


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STRONG MOVE
STRONG MOVE

Louisburg College's Ja'Darien Wade (left) heads toward the basket during last Saturday's home victory over Region X foe Catawba Valley Community College at Taylor Center.


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LIFESTYLES

<i>Lecture series' focus continues on WWI</i>
Lecture series' focus continues on WWI

This year's lecture series of the Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College continues on Tuesday, Feb. 27, with a talk on the role of North Carolina women in World War I.
Dr. Angela Robbins, assistant professor of history at Meredith College, will speak on "Doing Their Big Bit: North Carolina's Women on the Home Front."


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Ag education is goal of grant to schools

Franklin County Schools is one of 14 school districts to receive a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Grade Expansion Grant. The grant gives sixth and seventh-grade students the opportunity to focus on career exploration at an early age.
This $50,000 grant will allow Franklin County Schools to hire an agriculture education teacher to teach exploratory courses in Agricultural Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture to sixth and seventh graders at Cedar Creek Middle School.


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Bunn Elementary students beautify their school
Students take part in curriculum-based murals, which are a group effort.
Bunn Elementary students beautify their school

Bunn Elementary fifth graders are leaving their legacy behind by brightening up the walls of their school.
Art teacher Michelle Harris began the project last year with the out-going fifth-grade class.
The idea stemmed from the Ron Clark Academy. The Ron Clark Academy is located in South East Atlanta and is considered a model school. It showcases techniques that are embraced and replicated everywhere.


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KVA honor students

Kerr Vance Academy in Henderson released its second quarter and first semester honor roll.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

2 important decisions looming in Y-ville

YOUNGSVILLE -- Commissioners will decide what to do with a new business while also figuring out what to do with an old entity tonight.
Town leaders are slated to meet Feb. 1, first as the town's Board of Adjustment, to determine whether it will issue a conditional use permit to a sweepstakes cafe.
Following that meeting, leaders will convene as the the Youngsville Board of Commissioners to continue discussion and dialogue about the fate of the old town hall and police department properties.


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Child death case moves slowly

LOUISBURG -- The case against a Franklin County man accused of killing his 8-week-old daughter will continue, but at its own pace.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested Ricky Barlow Weese Jr. on Sept. 21, charging the 33-year-old with second degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury for his role in a March 11 incident that resulted in the baby's death.


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Drug money seized

LOUISBURG -- Franklin County's narcotics and Community Action Team deputies seized more than $100,000 in drug money during a traffic stop on Tuesday. As of press time, Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said the seizure was the result of a traffic stop along U.S. 401 just south of Louisburg.
Authorities did not provide more details about the circumstances or arrests in the case.


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School bus, car collide; no one hurt

FRANKLINTON -- School children and a motorist avoided injury during a Monday morning accident.
According to a report by Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr., a bus driver was at the intersection of Mays Crossroads Road when she attempted to make a left turn onto N.C. 56 and pulled into the path of a car -- which was attempting to make a left turn from N.C. 56 onto Mays Crossroads Road.


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Ex teacher avoids jail on drug counts

LOUISBURG -- A former elementary school teacher avoided jail time after pleading guilty to drug and child abuse charges.
Kirstyn Alford's husband, though, might not be so lucky.
Franklinton police arrested Kirstyn and Cameron Alford the evening of Feb. 23 after Vance County authorities notified police that the two were suspected of buying heroin in Henderson.


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Perry reveals he won't seek senate seat

Blake Perry, the former chief legislative assistant to State Sen. Chad Barefoot (R-Franklin, Wake), has announced he will not seek the newly drawn Senate District 18 seat.
Perry, with deep roots in Franklin and Wake counties, championed Highway U.S. 401 expansion in Franklin County, and helped deliver its largest expansion in over three decades.


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Election filing period looms; begins Feb. 12

LOUISBURG -- Candidates can already announce their intentions, but the official filing period for the spring primary begins at high noon on Feb. 12.
It's expected to generate plenty of interest in Franklin County.
The following seats are up for re-election.


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BUSINESS

NEW CLINIC OPENS
NEW CLINIC OPENS

Impact Primary and Urgent Care opened officially last week at 315 Franklin Plaza shopping center, and is offering family-based primary care and urgent care services to patients, who don't need an appointment in advance.


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