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WENDELL - Martha Morris Harper, 57, passed away June 25, 2017. She was born March 13, 1960 in Campbell County, VA to the late John Wilson Morris and Mary Davis Morris. Martha worked as an Administrative Assistant at Duke Energy.
LOUISBURG - Our beloved, Mary Faye Wright, 81, of Louisburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family that loved her dearly. Born in Bunn, North Carolina on February 15, 1936, she was the daughter of the late John Luther and Luttie Boone Young. She was preceded in death by her three loving sisters, Mildred Darcourt, of New Orleans, LA, Glynn Swindell, of Charlotte, NC and Delphie Ann Tharrington, of Roanoke Rapids, NC; and her two brothers, John Luther Young, Jr., and Bobby Ray Young, both of Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - Jimmy Clifton "Snaz" Harris, 79, of Louisburg, passed away at his home Monday afternoon.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Donald S. White, 63, who died Monday, June 26, 2017, will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Haywood Baptist Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Church cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Emily Joyce Brewer Journigan, 78, of Franklinton, passed away while serving the Lord at her church, Perry's Chapel Baptist Church, on June 25th, 2017.
LOUISBURG - Thomas "Tommy" Earl Finch, 47, of Louisburg, died Wednesday.
Teressa Cagle (right) received the Grant-in-Aid from the Gamma Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma during a recent Franklin County Board of Education meeting. Presenting the award is Crystal Williams, the district's K-5 mathematics specialist. Each year Gamma Tau selects one classified employee of Franklin County Schools who is pursuing a degree in education to receive the award. This is to help with educational costs. Cagle has worked with FCS since 1996 and will graduate from NCCU in 2019 with a degree in K-6 Elementary Education with a concentration in Literacy.
The Franklin County Board of Education handled a number of personnel items during its meeting on June 12.
The school board:
LOUISBURG -- Kathy and Robbie Quinn are continuing their efforts to battle the ravages of opioid addiction and they're giving the community a platform to join them.
The Quinns appeared before commissioners in April, telling the story of how they lost their son, Austin, to a heroin overdose, and trying to shine a light on a problem that is too often left to fester in darkness.
LOUISBURG -- The county's airport commission agreed to a concession on a lease agreement that's expected to spur a couple into building a hangar -- adding a bit more money to the airport's coffers.
And, they heard about a potential industrial development project at the airport that could provide a much bigger infusion of cash to the county, while also bolstering health care.
LOUISBURG -- Last week, Commissioner Michael Schriver and the Republican party sent out a press release with the headline: "Republican County Commissioners Secure Property Tax Relief for Franklin County Taxpayers."
On Monday night, Commission Vice Chair Sidney Dunston called the release fake news, and found a reference the release made to deceased Commissioner John May to be despicable and disrespectful.
LOUISBURG -- A long-time educator, college baseball hall of famer, a lover people, and World War II veteran died this week.
Harold Green was 92.
"Many of us were touched by him," said Brent Cardwell, a former student at Louisburg Elementary School. "He had a huge impact on our lives as our principal.
"... [Green] was a heck of a man," he said. "He was the best principal here, ever, but more importantly, he was a role model to everyone."
Bailee Robinson and Amelia Deprimo
LOUISBURG -- It's official -- Louisburg property owners are getting a small property tax cut.
In a quick, unanimous vote Monday night, the town council adopted a budget that decreases the property tax rate, gives town employees a raise and raises the trash collection fee by a buck a month.
The 2017-18 budget, which goes into effect July 1, calls for a 2-cent per $100 of valuation tax decrease.
YOUNGSVILLE -- The maintenance of a cemetery just outside of town has given rise to spirited debate.
After listening to the pleas of a room full of residents and interested parties during a June 8 meeting, town officials and staff recommitted themselves to its current upkeep while also agreeing to explore a long-term maintenance plan.
RALEIGH -- Duke Energy has selected six North Carolina properties -- including a Franklin County site -- for participation in the first half of its 2017 Site Readiness Program to prepare them for business and industrial development.
The Site Readiness Program has helped prepare properties that have won 11 major projects in North Carolina since the program started in 2005, resulting in more than 2,400 new jobs and $3.3 billion in capital investment.
Perhaps what we Franklin Countians need most right now are some explanations -- but the guy who can best provide them is nowhere to be seen.
Few things our government does touches our lives like health insurance coverage -- but that seems to be forgotten in the chaos that has become our nation's capital in recent days.
You'll remember, the U.S. House passed a new health care bill -- without much debate, in a big hurry and without any idea of what it might cost -- and the White House almost immediately held a big party to celebrate this legislation.
The action was as simple as it was misguided.
A man with rather obvious mental issues picked up a couple of guns and opened fire on what he thought was "the enemy" as they practiced for a charity baseball game.
As far as the actions go, it was a simple, unprovoked attack carried out by a man who was angry over political issues that he probably didn't even fully understand.
There are people who probably think that I and this newspaper take delight in writing stories that reveal the issues that law enforcement users have had and are having with the county's roughly $11 million emergency radio system.
They would be wrong, but I don't lose any sleep over it.
What has been true is true.
Dear Editor: Bullying allowed in school?
Where my family member attends, it does. Bullying started shortly after the school year began and it continues to go on. He has been pushed, kicked, grabbed by his neck, cursed at and gotten a busted lip too.
TARBORO -- For the Carden Family, the love affair with baseball began back in the 1960s, when Howard Carden Sr. would pile his kids into a car for road trips to Major League cities such as Baltimore, New York and Washington, D.C.
Howard Carden Jr. would become a successful youth league coach in Franklin County, and two of his sons -- Joseph and Reuben -- would play baseball at Bunn High School.
LOUISBURG -- With the pending start of a track and field program to go with the school's successful cross country squad, Louisburg College coach Jay Koloseus knew he needed to search for some help.
He didn't have to look far.
That's because LC has hired Franklinton High School cross country/track and field head coach Clennie Wilkins to serve as an assistant under Koloseus.
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