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Louisburg seeking grant to help reopen hospital

LOUISBURG -- Grant money was flowing like water -- and in both directions -- during Monday night's Louisburg Town Council meeting as the council both applied for grants and awarded grant money to local projects.
The largest of those grant applications was for $750,000 to help entice Duke LifePoint to reopen Franklin Medial Center as an emergency room and the associated psychiatric care facility.


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Solar farm gets okay; Murray back again

LOUISBURG -- The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a new solar farm in the county after more than 30 minutes of discussion Monday evening.
They also approved a consent agenda that, among other things, appointed Chuck Murray as the county's interim finance director, without any discussion.
Charlotte-based Solterra Partners petitioned the board for a special use permit to build and operate the solar panel farm on nearly 300 acres off Ronald Tharrington Road near Louisburg.


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<i>It's time to retire, says Louisburg police chief</i>
It's time to retire, says Louisburg police chief

LOUISBURG -- After 25 years with the Louisburg Police Department, the last 14 as chief, Rick Lassiter announced this week that his time is up.
His last day on the job will be April 28.
"The department is in excellent shape," Lassiter said, noting that his retirement is coming at the right time for him and the police department.
"It's right where I wanted it [to be].


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Nurse charged in drug scheme
Nurse charged in drug scheme

LOUISBURG -- Authorities arrested a Franklin County woman accused of abusing her position as a jail nurse to illegally get her hands on drugs.
A joint investigation by the sheriff's office and the state Bureau of Investigation revealed that Tamsey Watkins was ordering prescription medications in the name of inmates who were no longer in custody at the Franklin County Jail.
Watkins works with Southern Health Partners, a company that provides contracted service to correctional facilities, including the Franklin County Jail.


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Middlesex police chief is charged with assault
Middlesex police chief is charged with assault

LOUISBURG -- Authorities arrested Middlesex's police chief on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend, a Franklin County woman.
Authorities allege William D. Murray, 43, went to the woman's residence off Weldon Road the evening of March 14 and assaulted her.
Nash County sheriff's deputies arrested Murray on March 15 and turned him over to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, which charged Murray with assault on a female and communicating threats, both misdemeanors.


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<i>Grant to aid small poultry growers</i>
Grant to aid small poultry growers

LOUISBURG -- A group of Franklin County farmers plans to turn an agriculture grant into a game changer for small-time poultry producers.
Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA (RAFI) presented Patricia Hill, Stacey Meek, Analee Thornburg and Julie Gupton with a $10,000 grant, half the money they'll need to operate a mobile poultry processing unit in Franklin County.
The four farmers met through the Franklin County Cooperative Extension's "Women in Agriculture" lunch and learn sessions and realized they all had the same problem -- processing their chickens efficiently, fiscally and nearby.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face

Bunn HS distance runner Jasmine Neal


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