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February
• Debbora Schweers took her border collie MaCh Bobbie Jo CDX to the AKC National Agility Championship.

• Local Sprint got a new name, Embarq.

• Franklinton’s Novozymes got national attention during a speech by President George Bush, who touted researching alternate fuels.

• Louisburg’s Employment Security Commission got a new leader — Mike Brown.

• Louisburg High School’s Quiz Bowl team was victorious in local competition. The team would also win later in the year in regional competition.

• Former Board of Education member Randy Wright passed away. He was remembered as a good public servant, working on the board for 18 years.

• Black History Month was recognized with a display at the Louisburg Town Hall, set up by Councilwoman Mary Green Johnson.

• A contact was approved allowing volunteers in the county animal shelter, as changes for improvements continued under new philosophy and direction brought on by public demand and efforts of the county humane society.

• Leigh Osborn was named the county’s airport manager.

• Parents attended a seminar at Bunn Middle School about gang activity.

• Youngsville’s voting precinct splits in two as the population there grows.

• The filing period for the May primary opened, creating an interesting Democratic setup with sheriff candidates Jerry Jones, Pat Green and Joe Lynch and with Republican challengers Kent Winstead and Terry Allen.

• A magnet school plan for the merger of Louisburg Elementary School and the Riverside population was put on hold.

• Louisburg High School Principal Chris Blice was named Principal of the Year. LHS Assistant Principal Roosevelt Alston was named county Assistant Principal of the Year.

• Commissioners settled Ben Barrick’s worker’s compensation claim for $147,000 without taking a vote or making the move public.

• A brawl erupted at Franklinton High during a championship game between Warren and Vance counties’ teams.

• The community celebrated Black History Month with an event at Terrell Lane Middle School that included a display of local history, singing and skits. It was sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council.

• A public hearing was called to discuss a proposed $45-million bond. The vote was on for May 2.

• Graham Stallings was hired as the director of the Franklin County animal shelter to oversee the department.

• The Health Department celebrates six years of successful rural dentistry in its unique clinic for children.

• The SBI report on NETSTAR was completed. District Attorney Sam Currin would not release it publicly.

• Commissioners changed protocol in defining closed sessions to better communicate with the public about county business.

• Youngsville’s Woman’s Club served up its annual soup and sandwich day, raising money for local projects that include food drives and scholarships.

• Incumbent Commissioner Jimmy Gupton announced he would not run for re-election, even though he filed.

• The Chamber of Commerce bylaws were violated by the director when an e-mail went out of the Chamber Office announcing state Rep. Lucy Allen’s bid for re-election in the 49th District.

• The Board of Education continued its site selection efforts for a high school and elementary school.

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