Legal challenges remain for gay marriages

U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. legalized gay marriage in North Carolina Friday, ruling on a lawsuit filed by a coalition of churches that had challenged the state’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexuals (General Synod of the United Church of Christ vs....

Stopping fire ants through the winter

by Martha Mobley N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County LOUISBURG — Recently, I’ve been receiving a lot of phone calls about fire ants and what farmers and others can do about this invasive pest. My coworker from the coastal plains, Tom Campbell, wrote an article about...

Meet your candidates

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce held a meet-and-greet with close to 30 candidates for office Monday at the Renaissance Centre. (Photos by David Leone)

Hospital cuts staff, beds

by Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — Citing a trend in declining inpatient stays, a projected $6.1 million loss and reduced payer reimbursement, Novant Health announced Tuesday it was cutting 80 percent of its inpatient beds at Franklin Medical Center in Louisburg, as well as 59 various...

Gay couples wed

Court ruling cheered by N.C. LGBT crowd. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — Until Monday, Shawn Long was identified as Craig Johnson’s partner and to Johnson’s adopted 12-year-old son, Isaiah, as his guardian. Now he is a husband, and, he hopes, soon-to-be father. The partners of 20...