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Franklin board green lights solar farm

Budget vote delayed. By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — Bypassing the planning board’s strong 6-3 vote to recommend denial of a special use permit request for a new solar energy farm, the Franklin County board of commissioners voted unanimously to approve the new construction following...

The bus stops where?

Special-needs student taken to wrong home. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — A child with Down syndrome was sent to the wrong home after school, leading his mother to cry foul on the contracted driving service working for Wake County Schools. The incident occurred Monday. Austin Creek...

Franklinton votes for tax increase

By Clellie Allen FRANKLINTON — Making no one happy as they moved to take serious steps toward rectifying financial discrepancies in the previous budget, Franklinton town commissioners split on approving their budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, forcing a vote from Mayor Elic...

Firefighter injured saving friend

YOUNGSVILLE — Volunteer firefighter Terry Perry of Youngsville arrived at his friend’s house in the nick of time Saturday morning, according to news reports. Perry was delivering breakfast to Ransom Bennett, who is wheelchair-bound after a recent accident, when he saw smoke and...
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Happy birthday, U.S. Army!

Wake Forest VFW Commander Dennis Mecum, left, is assisted by Border Restaurant owner Jerry Ammon as they cut the cake celebrating the 239th birthday of the U.S. Army and Flag Day. A spaghetti dinner was held Saturday at the restaurant with proceeds benefiting Wounded Warriors and...

Three different dads in 10 years opened door for teasing

Roving Although I’m a few days late, I still have a few things to say about Father’s Day. My first dad was a great guy, but I was born at the wrong time for him to give me the attention I really needed. It was 1929 at the beginning of the Great Depression, and he passed away from...

Lottery money adds up to reckless budget

As the 2014 legislative session opened, a business lobbyist explained the incentives House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican U.S. Senate nominee, had for seeking quick adjournment. Among other reasons, Tillis would want to adjourn “before one of his whack-a-doodle members does...

One way to shave the N.C. budget

Where can state budget writers find savings to help fund priorities such as teacher raises? In our opinion, a review of University of North Carolina Centers and Institutes might be a good place to start. They are UNC-affiliated entities that address some of the most challenging...