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Franklin County by the numbers

HENDERSON -- Inclusion, according to an economic development study, isn't just about the warm, cozy feelings that equity would engender.
It's about cold, hard cash.
A region of counties, including Franklin, could have been about $21.8 billion stronger in 2012 if there were no economic differences by race -- according to results of an Equitable Growth Profile, a two-year comprehensive study commissioned by the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, along with Triangle J Council of Governments.


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County to purchase 1st Citizens building for utility department
County to purchase 1st Citizens building for utility department

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to buy a former bank building in Franklinton, turning it into a new base of operations for its public utilities staff.
First Citizens closed the doors to its Franklinton bank last June and the 1.5 acre site has been vacant since then.
On Monday night, though, county commissioners agreed to use $250,000 in public utilities enterprise funds to buy the 4,723-square foot building to house its water and sewer staff.


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AND THEY'RE OFF
AND THEY'RE OFF

Competitors sprint past the starting line during last Saturday's Warrior Pride 5-K Scholarship Run at Louisburg High School. The event started and finished in the LHS parking lot and featured a journey through Louisburg College and parts of Downtown Louisburg. For more on the race, see 'Sports' section.


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Downtown alley closed in L-burg

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg town council voted unanimously Monday night to close, at least temporarily, a downtown alley despite the objections of a local businessman.
The town-owned alley is on North Main Street between a building owned by Parker Lumpkin and the Lancaster Apartments building now owned by Tim Thomas.


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Historical survey update underway
Historical survey update underway

Work has begun on updating the Franklin County survey of historic properties, the first time the survey has been updated in three decades.
The survey is being done by Dr. Jeroen van den Hurk, an architectural historian with the Tarboro firm of Coastal Carolina Research. That company focuses on archeology, architectural history and preservation planning.


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It's berry time!

The annual Franklin County Strawberry Festival has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, at the Franklin County Farmers' Market in Louisburg's Shannon Village Shopping Center.
The festival marks the 2015 Franklin County fresh strawberry season and the opening of the farmers' market.
This year there will be a recipe competition for adults and youth including cakes/pies, breads/muffins, and novelties, all made using strawberries.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Youngsville firemen's day attendee Matthew Ausley


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