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ALDMER D. WHITAKER

STOVALL - Aldmer Dewey Whitaker, 88, of Stovall died Monday, May 18, 2015 at VA Hospital in Durham. Services will be private.

 
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Breaking News

House fire in Franklinton

Woman arrested after school fight

 
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'Acting locally' could have huge benefits for us all
'Acting locally' could have huge benefits for us all

Years ago, when I first arrived in Louisburg and joined the Rotary Club, I met a guy who used his skill in calligraphy to do little signs saying: Think globally, act locally." (I still have one!)
The late George Willard was a retired educator and true gentleman who influenced countless lives -- and although his signs were aimed at recycling before recycling was cool, he'd be pleased with two examples of "acting locally" that have been in the news lately.

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Hillary
Editorial Cartoon: Hillary 
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Hospital issues complex, but a solution is essential

The proposed sale of Franklin County's hospital has opened up a Pandora's Box of complex issues -- but our local political leadership is showing signs of waking up, shaking off the coma that its been in for years and responding, albeit weakly, to some of the challenges.
As you know, the hospital's owner, Novant Health, announced that the hospital is for sale -- and that should surprise no one. It has been in a tailspin for months although, notably, not for the quality of care that patients have been receiving.

 
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Franklinton, county both navigate web of finances
Franklinton, county both navigate web of finances

This isn't a metaphor, but I guess it is, kind of.
I was sitting in a recent government meeting when the topic switched to the budget.
As folks dusted off calculators from last year and began talking about tax rates, possible hikes, manpower needs and other resources, I noticed a fly, dangling by its bottom feet and torso, trapped in a spider's web.

 
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Should we care if people are struggling?
Should we care if people are struggling?

Have you ever been hungry, homeless, or sitting in the dark because you could not afford to pay your electric bill?
Had to wash a baby with bottled water, because you did not have the money to pay your water bill?
About two weeks ago, someone shared a story with me about a woman with small children living in Franklin Country that was told if she did not pay a $170 water bill, the town she lives in was going to turn her water off. I did a little checking and found the story was true.

 
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Viewed in perspective, Duke's fine is meager
Viewed in perspective, Duke's fine is meager

Last week it was announced that Duke Energy pled guilty to nine felonies and was fined $102 million.
That is a lot of money, but let's put it in perspective.
Duke Energy had a profit of over $2.7 billion in 2013. The fine amounts to about 3.7 percent of that.
If you are a hard working Franklin County resident making $40,000 a year, do you think you could plead guilty to nine felony counts and walk away with a fine of $1,480 and no jail time?

 
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Editorial Cartoon: Polar Bear
Editorial Cartoon: Polar Bear 
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Fallen line claims driver

ROCKY FORD -- A Henderson man was electrocuted May 14 after stepping on a power line following a single-vehicle wreck.
Trooper B.E. Pulliam said Johnathan Wilson, 25, was driving a work truck south on Walter Grissom Road just past Wiley Hawkins Road when he ran off the road to the left and hit a utility pole, snapping it in half, causing the lines to fall to the ground.

 
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NEW BUSINESS IN SEVEN PATHS
NEW BUSINESS IN SEVEN PATHS

Bushels & Blooms opened in mid-April at 1314 Sykes Road, Spring Hope. They are located in Franklin County in the Seven Paths community. They sell produce, home-made canned goods, vegetable and bedding plants, hog and chicken feed, pork products and more. Owner Ken Bartholomew (center) says their store will be selling beef products soon. Also pictured are (l to r) Katie Bartholomew, daughter and Charlotte Bartholomew, wife. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday.

 
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It's EMS Appreciation Week

Dear editor:
May 17-23 is Emergency Medical Services Appreciation Week and there are only a few days left to show your appreciation for the volunteers of the area Rescue Services and EMS. Some of these volunteers may be members of your family or your neighbor, people willing to donate their time to come to the aid of the citizens of the community during an emergency situation.

 
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Long-time reader speaks out

Dear editor:
The old adage, Give one enough rope and he'll hang himself," was never truer than when Larry Marciniak wrote: "Before you decide whether to make a decision {to vote} based on something you hear or read consider the source of that information."

 
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ELECTED OFFICERS
ELECTED OFFICERS

The Franklin County Democratic Party elected officers at their recent County Convention. From left are, Treasurer Shelley Dickerson, Secretary Stephanie Goslen, Second Vice Chair Armenta Eaton, First Vice Chair Alton Richardson and Chair Jenny Edwards. Not pictured is Third Vice Chair Marque Debnam.

 
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Youngsville man is 'feed specialist'

LOUISBURG -- Youngsville resident Joe Sutton, a retail marketing and merchandising manager for Southern States, qualified as a FeedMaster Certified Feed Specialist® during a recent training session.
The rigorous training program is tied to the Southern States' FeedMaster program and is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op's customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals.

 
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Local youth wins scholarship

Matthew Medlin of Youngsville has been awarded the $1,000 Wes and Betsy Ives Memorial Scholarship by the North Carolina National Guard Association's Educational Foundation.
Medlin, who has excelled academically and participated in various community and school activities, will be attending Appalachian State University in the fall.

 
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LHS bands slate big concert

The Concert and Symphonic Bands at Louisburg High School will present their capstone performance of the year, the Spring Concert, on Friday, May 22. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium on Allen Lane.
This year's concert is special to veteran band director Brian D. Miller because it is his 20th annual Spring Concert. Miller came to Louisburg for the 1995-1996 school year straight out of the University of North Carolina and has been in our community now for two decades.

 
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VGCC expands camp; will be at local campus

Vance-Granville Community College's Science Camp for local middle school students, previously held only at the college's Main Campus, will expand this year to the Franklin County Campus.
This Science Camp will be held Aug. 3-7, at the campus on N.C. 56 just west of Louisburg. Rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, from not only Franklin, but also Granville, Vance and Warren counties. are invited the week-long camp, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

 
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TEA WITH THE ARTIST
TEA WITH THE ARTIST

The Franklin County Arts Council is inviting the public to an afternoon tea with featured artist Jackie Dove-Miller from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, May 30 at the FCAC Gallery, 22 S. Main Street, Franklinton. Dove-Miller will be exhibiting her photography and reading from her latest book of poems, "Change and Possibilities." Iced tea and cookies will be served. Dove-Miller is a retired English teacher, a poet, playwright, workshop facilitator and amateur photographer.

 
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Alston-Pleasants Scholarship goes to Franklin County teen
Alston-Pleasants Scholarship goes to Franklin County teen

The 2015 Alston-Pleasants Scholarship for undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded to Steven Weatherspoon of Franklin County.
Steven, son of Michael and Michelle Weatherspoon, is a resident of Zebulon and a senior at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he serves as a residential life assistant.

 
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PAGEANT WINNERS
PAGEANT WINNERS

The first Miss Franklin County Scholarship Pageant was held this past Saturday, May 16. Winners, from left, bottom, Natalie Baines, Tiny Miss Franklin County, Kyleigh Wood Baby Miss Franklin County; middle (purple) Macy Strickland, Sweetheart Princess of Franklin County; Alivia Hurteau, Little Miss Franklin County; Randi Arrington, Mini Miss Franklin County; back, Lauren Turner, Miss Franklin County; Kelsie Buffaloe, Teen Miss Franklin County; Taylor Skinner, Junior Miss Franklin County.

 
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4-H announces summer programs
4-H announces summer programs

Franklin County 4-H has announced 20 new and exciting summer programs for 2015.
Some of the same programs as before are back since they are so popular, but in addition to some of the old ones we have added some new science and technology camps and some physical fitness camps.
There will be an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, to sign your youth up for the upcoming Sizzling Summer Sessions.

 
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McKinne Brothers Co. served county for many years
McKinne Brothers Co. served county for many years

Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, three McKinne brothers moved to Louisburg from Johnston County. Here they developed a thriving business and made significant contributions to the development of the town.
Frank B. McKinne placed a large ad in The Franklin Times on January 13, 1905, announcing his new livestock sales stables. "Bad weather and low-price cotton have prevented me from opening as early as first announced, but I am coming sure," he said.

 
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Franklinton board wrestles with budget

FRANKLINTON -- Commissioners have scheduled a work session next month to continue efforts at tweaking a budget that might require an 11 cents per $100 tax increase.
Commissioners met during a work session on May 12, essentially trimming the gap between expenditures and revenues by about $50,000.

 
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Youngsville eyes a new town hall

YOUNGSVILLE -- Staff told commissioners they are still exploring plans to renovate or replace Town Hall, but it's too early for recommendations.
During the board's April meeting, Town Administrator Bill Tatum advised that there were roof and other issues with Town Hall and the adjacent police department building.

 
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Franklin County Relay for Life pics 1
Franklin County Relay for Life pics 1

Tyres Miles, Tony Jameil Branch and Mr. Pendergraft are dressed in their superhero costumes.

 
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Franklin County Relay for Life pics 2
Franklin County Relay for Life pics 2

Barbara Alston and Sandra Alston

 
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Franklin County Relay for Life pics 3
Franklin County Relay for Life pics 3

Melissa Barr helps her mother, JoAnn Gupton, around the track.

 
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Franklin County Relay for Life pics 4
Franklin County Relay for Life pics 4

Country music artist Jason Michael Carroll of Youngsville performs during the Relay for Life cancer survivor dinner.

 
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SO GREAT AT THE STATE!
SO GREAT AT THE STATE!
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME. Franklinton's Malik Tarbell (left) and Bunn's Ashton Avery (second from right) take handoffs for the final leg of the Boys 400 Relay at the Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships, which were held last Saturday at
SO GREAT AT THE STATE!

GREENSBORO - Before her final attempt in the triple jump, it finally hit Tainasha Vines that her storied three-sport prep career was just a short sprint down the runway -- and a tall leap into the sand -- from being completed.
Vines, Bunn High School's senior standout, made the most of the moment as she won the Girls Triple Jump at the annual Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships.

 
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