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County could face loss of impact fee revenue

LOUISBURG -- While a majority of the most recent Utility Advisory Committee meeting was spent discussing a resource that the county is trying to get a handle on, there was also discussion about a resource that the state is trying to take away -- impact fees.
Franklin County charges new developers a capacity replacement fee of $350 and $400, respectively, for water and sewer, based on the number of bedrooms.
The fee is designated to cover the debt associated with rising costs created by new development.


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<i>Franklin County's clerk receives top state honor</i>
Franklin County's clerk receives top state honor

SHELBY -- The North Carolina Association of County Clerks recognized Franklin County's clerk with its top honor.
The Association presented Kristen King with the Howard Holly Outstanding Clerk of the Year Award last week during the Association's Annual Conference in Cleveland County.
The Conference was held at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby.


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Dems' Cypress Creek precinct meets Thursday

The Cypress Creek Democratic Precinct will have a meeting on April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Royale Commons Building.


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<i>Strawberry Festival planned for May 5</i>
Strawberry Festival planned for May 5

The annual Franklin County Strawberry Festival will be held Friday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. - until, at the Franklin County Farmers' Market, Shannon Village Shopping Center in Louisburg.
All recipe entries are due by 10:30 a.m. and judging will begin at 11 a.m. Free strawberry ice cream will be served at 11 a.m.
There will be a recipe competition for adults and youth, including cakes/pies, breads/muffins, and novelties, all made using strawberries.


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Volunteers to be honored

Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging, which serves Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties, will celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 23-29. It is an annual celebration observed in the United States that promotes and acknowledges volunteers.
"We rely heavily on volunteers for several of our programs, whether it's to teach our Living Healthy workshops in the community, keep score during our regional Senior Games or delivering meals to more than 350 of our homebound adults throughout the five-county area," says Jillian Hardin, Director, Kerr-Tar AAA.


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County man files suit over exploding battery

LOUISBURG -- A Franklin County man has filed suit alleging a local electric cigarette retailer negligently sold him a battery that exploded in his pants pocket, burning his lower extremities.
Attorneys for Willie Loyd filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Superior Court last month claiming that a battery he bought for an e-cigarette -- upon the recommendation of the proprietor of the Tobacco & Vapor store in Louisburg -- exploded and engulfed his leg and lower body in flames the afternoon of Oct. 19, 2016.


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Youngsville increases budget for downtown

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners agreed to commit an additional $65,500 to the planning and engineering work necessary to reshape the downtown landscape.
Last month, town planners notified commissioners that Kimley-Horn engineers would need more than the allotted $82,500 to perform the work -- which will serve as the blueprint for the Main Street Improvement Project.


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Guardian ad Litem volunteers saluted

LOUISBURG -- The N.C. Judicial Branch and Office of Guardian ad Litem (GAL) are taking this opportunity to recognize the more than 5,000 GAL volunteers across North Carolina, including those here in Franklin County, who help improve the lives of children and youth.
April, which is Child Advocacy Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month, acknowledges the importance of families and communities working together to advocate for children while preventing child abuse and neglect.


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Can Youngsville hit the target on gun ranges?

YOUNGSVILLE -- Town commissioners agreed to host two public hearings next month, the results of which they expect will guide them in how they regulate gun ranges.
In March, town planners notified town leaders that they had begun to rework the town's ordinances governing gun range activities.
During the board's April 13 meeting, planners with N•FOCUS presented commissioners with two draft ordinances;


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