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DURHAM--Helen Person Young, 99, widow of Sgt. Raeford W. Young, of Durham, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Brookdale of Chapel Hill. Born on July 22, 1917 to the late Graham and Madaline Kearney Person, Helen was always hospitable with a wonderful disposition. She was an excellent cook and seamstress who provided for and fed her community. Helen was a graduate of Louisburg College.
The Franklin County School District is doing something drastically different during January and February to recruit teachers.
To kick off the new year and to fill over half-a-dozen open Exceptional Children teaching positions, the school system is offering $4,000 in signing bonuses for EC teachers new to the district and $3,000 in bonuses for current employees who are looking to enter the EC field from non-certified positions, such as teacher assistants.
FRANKLINTON -- Former Franklinton mayor and current Democratic Party Chair Jenny Edwards is leading a local group of women toward a march on Washington. But it's not political and it's not anti President-elect Donald Trump, she said. The trip, Edwards said, is to meet up with hundreds of thousands of women across the country to take part in the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21 -- a day after Trump is sworn is as the 45th U.S. president.
"I think we're all going for the same reason," Edwards said. "The march is to stand for justice and human rights. We just want to let [Trump and Congress] know that we're watching them and holding them accountable for their decisions, that impact all Americans.
LOUISBURG -- The deadline to negotiate a deal for a Franklin County hospital is Friday, but the lack of an agreement isn't alarming, say those tied to the deliberations.
In October, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to negotiate with Duke Lifepoint to bring hospital services back to the area.
A team, including County Commissioner Sidney Dunston, County Manager Angela Harris and Finance Director Mitchell Robinson, along with expert attorneys including Louisburg attorney and Town Councilman Boyd Sturges, have met and talked with hospital officials about the prospect.
LOUISBURG -- With so much divisiveness, vitriol and hate spewing out across the country, State Rep. Bobbie Richardson said it's now more important than ever to hold on to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of togetherness and love.
"Now is a time to reflect and commit to continuing to do what we can to make sure that Dr. King's dream of unity comes true," Richardson said during a rally at the Franklin County Courthouse steps that kicked off a celebration of the slain civil rights leader's life and a remembrance of his death.
FRANKLINTON -- The new year got off to a rosy start for the Franklin County Economic Development Commission last week -- but during the meeting a couple of old bugaboos were lingering just under the surface.
The meeting was filled with good news -- virtually all of which has been extensively reported by this newspaper -- but including a grant to bring sewer service to the county industrial park; a huge, $11-million grant to upgrade the adjoining airport; and a $500,000 grant to expand K-Flex in Youngsville, creating about 100 new jobs.
LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education agreed to have final plans developed -- and bidding documents prepared -- for more than $11 million in school improvements they plan to finance with the remaining proceeds from the 2008 bond issue.
While this action keeps the projects moving, it also gives the school board some flexibility in dealing with demands made by the Franklin County commissioners that threaten parts of the project.
CENTERVILLE -- Town leaders sent a letter to residents last week, notifying them that they'll have to institute town taxes or disband.
Centerville was incorporated by the General Assembly on May 25, 1965 at the request of a bill introduced by the late Sen. James Speed.
Buck Denton served as the town's first mayor, alongside Commissioners Buck Denton, John Pleasants and Mrs. Robert Leonard (as she was referred in a 1965 edition of The Franklin Times).
Darius Hodge and Drequan Dickerson
Whew! We went from North Dakota-like ice and frigid temperatures to what seemed like an early spring in North Carolina, all in a matter of a couple of days.
That proves once again that if you don't like the weather in North Carolina, just wait a couple of hours and it likely will change.
Not sure about you, but I greatly preferred the spring-like weather to the deep freeze, although I'm sure Mother Nature has a bit more frigid weather in store for us before we can put away the heavy coats for another year.
There may be only one thing worse than waking up in the middle of the night smelling smoke -- and realizing your home is on fire.
Not waking up in time to get out safely -- and to get others in the home out safely.
This time of the year, there always seems to be a rash of house fires.
In the movie, "I, Robot," Will Smith's character had a palpable disdain for humanoid robots that were built to serve humanity.
His fear was that the machines, designed to serve, would rise up and take over the world, subjugating humanity for their own purposes.
And, certainly, anyone who has seen any science fiction movie knows that fear to be rational ... the "Terminator" and "Matrix" movies are Exhibits A and B.
In "I, Robot," though, the character Smith portrayed in the movie had his fear and anger rooted in what makes us human -- gut instincts, something robots don't have.
Celebrities and what is called the "A" list crowd have grown fond of medals. Most would never consider serving in the military, such things are beneath them, and they show contempt for it.
I can assure them the contempt is mutual.
Self-serving politicians use some of our nation's highest awards, like The Presidential Medal of Freedom as reward for personal favors, gratuity for campaign contributions, and to pursue their personal gain.
LOUISBURG -- Granville County authorities arrested a man suspected of assaulting a Louisburg man and stealing his car.
According to police, Willis Ray Cooke reported the evening of Jan. 15 that a man hit him over the head and stole his 2006 Chevy Malibu.
The 66-year-old was not able to tell Louisburg police exactly where the assault and theft occurred.
Granville County authorities, though, found the car and arrested the man inside, Joseph Collins Williams, 38.
YOUNGSVILLE -- After consulting with the State Highway Patrol and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, prosecutors are seeking additional charges against a Youngsville woman accused of killing a 7-year-old boy in an automobile mishap.
Authorities charged Alix Feild with driving while impaired shortly after the Jan. 16 accident that killed Ronnie Tanner Vick.
After obtaining search warrants, District Attorney Mike Waters said Wednesday afternoon that enough evidence was gathered to seek charges of death by motor vehicle, and hit and run leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury or death.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- A Youngsville teen made his mark in a recent National Bible Bee.
After qualifying locally for the National Bible Bee Competition (NBBC) in August, Noah McKay, 17, competed with hundreds of other students in San Antonio November 16-19.
In preparation for the competition, senior contestants had to memorize about 900 verses in three months and do an in-depth study of the book of I John.
Magistrates at the Franklin County Courthouse took part in a swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 1, performed by District Court Judge John Davis, second from right. From left are the newest magistrate, Joyce Marshal, Magistrates Shirley Fogg, Tommy Leonard, Chief Magistrate James Arnold, along with Franklin County Clerk of Court Patricia Burnette Chastain.
The Louisburg Planning Board quickly approved the requested rezoning of a lot adjoining Bickett Boulevard last week, agreeing that it should be Office/Institutional instead of its current residential designation.
The lot, which is about two-thirds of an acre -- is at the northwest corner of Williams Street and Bickett Boulevard, just north of the Rite Aid Drug Store. It fronts Bickett.
LOUISBURG -- Athlete, coach, referee and even a father.
Certainly, Phil Mueller has experienced a gamut of responsibilities during his lifelong commitment to the sport of wrestling.
On May 21, Mueller will receive the ultimate mat award when he is enshrined into the North Carolina Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
LOUISBURG - Maybe it's just one game, but when Louisburg College and Richard Bland meet on the men's basketball hardwood, the outing is almost destined to define the season -- at least from the Hurricanes' perspective.
Such was the always-intense atmosphere when Richard Bland returned to Taylor Center last Saturday to tangle with the Hurricanes for the first of energized Region X matchups in the 2016-17 campaign.
BUNN -- A quick start didn't translate into a fantastic finish last Friday night for the Bunn High School girls basketball squad.
Looking for their first victory against a Northern Carolina Conference opponent this season, the Ladycats appeared to be well on their way -- at least early on -- during a matchup against North Carolina School of Science and Math at the Bunn Dome.
But the Lady Unicorns were able to rally and pulled away down the stretch to obtain a 33-23 decision.
LOUISBURG -- A true sign of a team's character comes in how it responds after a loss -- especially when that scenario doesn't happen very often.
Louisburg College hadn't dropped a women's basketball contest until last weekend, when LC saw a fourth-quarter lead slip away en route to a tough setback at Region X opponent Bryant and Stratton in Virginia.
But the Lady Hurricanes had little time to feel sorry for themselves, as another key league showdown awaited Tuesday at home against long-time rival Guilford Tech.
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