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In the wake of the 2016 election and in an effort to nationalize their voter suppression efforts, the Republicans are proclaiming the existence of widespread voter fraud.
While the architect of these laws is Kansas' Secretary of State Kris Kobach, North Carolina has certainly been one of the most active "laboratories."
Even Franklin County has not been immune to unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud.
I am still in shock that the voting public would choose an anti-American as president-elect of the "Free World" - Ha! He sent jobs to China to produce "cheap-expensive" goods to sell and declared bankruptcy to cheat the USA government (you and me) out of millions of tax dollars while enjoying his billionaire life-style using people, especially women, as his pawns.
The 1966 class of Edward Best High School recently held its 50th reunion at the American Legion Lodge, an evening highlighted by the sharing of memories, legends and tales, and life updates. A keepsake booklet was compiled and distributed with each classmate's snapshot/life story included.
The area Boys and Girls Club got a $2,500 boost recently because of the weather. Well, more precisely because of weather predictions by a Raleigh television station. Raleigh station WNCN (CBS) and Allan Kelly & Co. donated $2,500 through the Three-Degree Guarantee for November.
LOUISBURG -- Area cattle producers are invited to participate in a "Beef Cattle Marketing Trends and Updates" discussion along with information shared on the USDA Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Pilot Insurance Program on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center Annex meeting room, in Louisburg.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the educational and informative programs.
LOUISBURG -- In the grand scheme of things with the Louisburg College men's basketball program, it's all about getting the team prepared to excel in Region X action and beyond.
Success in the league is key for seeding and confidence purposes, but the club's fate still depends on how it fares in the annual Region X Tournament.
That won't happen until March, but the Hurricanes are still in full preparation mode as second-year head coach Neil Dixon hopes to continue to have his squad pointed in the right direction.
NEW YORK CITY -- North Carolina A&T State running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Year, while South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year.
The conference announced the award winners Tuesday morning at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, in a partnership with the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, during the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner.
WILSON -- Wilson Beddingfield's unique inside-outside strategy proved to be too much for the Bunn Ladycats during Tuesday's non-conference girls basketball showdown.
The host Lady Bruins boasted a pair of tall post players, so the smaller Bunn squad needed to utilized a zone defense in order to neutralize its size disadvantage.
But when that happened, Beddingfield connected on several long-range jumpers and eventually pulled away from the Ladycats as part of a 54-29 decision.
LOUISBURG -- Already known for her clutch play in softball and volleyball, Summer Phillips tacked on a bit of basketball heroics last Friday for the Louisburg Lady Warriors during their rivalry matchup against Bunn at Louisburg College's Taylor Center.
Phillips, a senior frontliner, sank a free throw with no time remaining in the fourth period to give the Lady Warriors a 19-18 victory over Bunn -- marking LHS' first girls triumph over the Ladycats in recent memory.
WILSON -- When playing a quality opponent on the road in boys hoops action, it's imperative to take care of the ball -- especially early in the contest.
But that didn't happen Tuesday for the Bunn Wildcats, and the result was an 84-62 non-conference loss at Wilson Beddingfield.
The Wildcats committed 13 turnovers in the first period alone, and that helped the Bruins, who utilized a full-court pressure defense, to vault to a commanding 24-10 advantage.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- David Howle couldn't have asked for a better group to work with in the final season of his legendary football coaching career at Bunn High School.
Howle, who announced his retirement midway through the campaign after 25 successful years, saw his Wildcats go 11-2 overall while winning the Northern Carolina Conference regular season championship with a 5-0 worksheet.
HENDERSON -- The Kerr-Vance Academy varsity boys basketball team defeated conference foe Halifax Academy 57-43 Tuesday evening.
The Spartans started slowly, facing a 13-9 deficit at the end of the first quarter, but would pick up the pace from there.
Kerr-Vance outscored Halifax 19-10 in the second quarter to take a 28-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
"From first to fourth, this is the best game we have played all year," Coach Taron Downey said after the game.
CHAPEL HILL -- The semifinals of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs will be held this Friday across the state.
Here is the complete schedule of games:
Louisburg College's Troy Locke (right) keeps the ball away from a St. Ignatius Prep defender during last Wednesday's home matchup.
Louisburg College's Jordan Oakley (with ball) scores in the paint last Wednesday night.
Bunn's Selena Cooke drives toward the basket during Tuesday's road game at Wilson Beddingfield.
Bunn's Ileana Wilder makes a move toward the basket during Tuesday's game at Beddingfield.
LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Education and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners met, in an informal setting, to talk about the successes and challenges facing education now and into the future.
One of those challenges, many in attendance noted, would be replacing retiring football coach and educator, David Howle.
The Bunn stalwart announced his retirement earlier this year, hanging up his whistle and putting down a clipboard after 29 years on the job, 25 of those at Bunn High.
BUNN -- Makeshift memorials were set up in a high school parking lot and the site of a fatal crash that took the life of a Bunn High School student this week, giving people a place to gather and remember a fallen friend.
A fishing pole, southern heritage flag, chewing tobacco and flowers marked the spot where Jon Perry lived and the place where he died.
"Jon was a "bo," said Bunn High teacher Kim Mitchell. "That's what the kids call our country boys.
Please join us in the celebration of life for Jon Perry Jr. Services will be held at the Bunn High School Auditorium on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Visitation is at 1:00 p.m. with services to follow at 2:00 p.m. Family is requesting camo attire.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Johnnie Floyd "Flip" Alston, 83, who died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. at Perry's Missionary Baptist Church, Louisburg, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry's Church cemetery.
HAVELOCK - Kevin Wheless Collins, 56, of Havelock, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. A private service will be held at a later date.
LOUISBURG - Judith A. Benedict, 74, widow of Jordan Benedict, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Pocomoke Cowboy Church, 3516 West River Road, Franklinton, with the Rev. Spencer Strickland officiating.
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