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Showing 34 articles from March 13, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

The bond that binds
The bond that binds
County commissioners will send a sharp letter of opposition to the Governor’s Office for raiding local construction fund dollars and fell short Monday night of giving staff direction to continue pursuing financing for the $53-million school bond package. Overall, a wait-and-see approach has been taken by commissioners on the financing.

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Airport moves toward money making
The Franklin County Airport Commission agreed to move forward with a business plan they expect would turn the airport into a revenue generator. To do that, the commission will begin doing the homework necessary to convince county commissioners to operate the airport as a business enterprise.

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401 Committee will court political powers
401 Committee will court political powers
Members of the 401 Citizens Action Committee continue to gather data and momentum in their quest to widen one of the county’s main corridors. Members said during their Thursday night meeting that it will be important to bring that power to bear, when they’re ready, on those who make the decisions — the Board of Transportation.

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Man found beaten, naked by dumpsters
Louisburg police are investigating whether a man found naked and battered on Monday morning was the victim of gang retaliation. Police were called to the parking lot of the Burger King restaurant on Monday morning when a manager, on her way to the dumpsters, found Thomas Branch, 22, in the parking lot.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Floyd Score and Seven Peers on Show
Editorial Cartoon: Floyd Score and Seven Peers on Show

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What does come first?
In 2005, county commissioners committed to funding a replacement high school for the Franklinton area during a joint meeting with the Board of Education. The project was then estimated at $30 million. One failed bond and one approved bond later, there are still joint meetings and there is still no new high school.

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House Bill 193 threatens public access to records
House Bill 193 threatens public access to records
WARNING: You may be about to lose easy, reliable access to important information that may affect your finances and, perhaps, your way of life! Please pay attention here because once this happens, the damage may be done before you realize what happened.

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LHS unraveling
LHS unraveling
GOOD MORNING: The weather might be chilly and wet, but if you’re looking for a hot topic you don’t have to go far to find one.
If news accounts and reader response on The Franklin Times’ webpage is any indication, this thing regarding the dismissal of Neecie Clifton as lab facilitator at Louisburg High School last fall appears to be fast growing into a full-blown conflagration, with calls for the resignations of LHS Principal Freda Clifton (no relation) and County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bert L’Homme as well.

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When all of humanity is suffering
When all of humanity is suffering
There is only so much voiceless suffering that a population can stand before the world intervenes.  I’m not talking about “you’re either with us or you’re against us” or “bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb Iran” sung to the tune of some old pop song.   What I am talking about, however, is some sort of recognition of vile deeds by the self-proclaimed superpowers of the world -- the juggernauts that have the final say in what stays and what goes -- and the direct prosecution of those responsible.

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Splitting districts: get a lineman for the county
For years, governors and leaders of the General Assembly have often viewed the North Carolina Supreme Court with impatience, if not actual disdain. Almost every time the Court has ruled on a major policy matter or electoral issue, the other two branches of government have sought to evade or appeal the decision. Almost every time, they’ve failed.

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OBITUARIES

BENJAMIN A. GENTRY
OXFORD - Benjamin Autry Gentry, 70, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009. A memorial service was conducted Friday, March 13, in the Gentry-Newell & Vaughan chapel, with the Rev. Pat Hawkins and the Rev. John Yount officiating.

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A. MICHAEL MCGHEE
FRANKLINTON - Anthony Michael McGhee, 41, died Friday, March 6, 2009 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were Thursday, March 6, at Union View Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jonathan Chandler officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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MARY H. PERKINS
FRANKLINTON - Mary H. Perkins, 73, of Philadelphia, Pa., formerly of Franklinton, died Sunday, March 8, 2009. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Kinches Chapel United Church of Christ. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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JOHN D. CRUDUP
BUNN - John D. Crudup, 78, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Gethsemane Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home.

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STEPHANIE HARTSFIELD
BUNN - Funeral services for Stephanie Denise Hartsfield, 44, of Manhattan, N.Y., formerly of Bunn, who died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, will be Sunday March 15, at Bunn Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dwight Gill officiating. Burial will follow in the Satterwhite family cemetery. Surviving: daughter, Tanesha Hartsfield of the home; son, Travis Hartsfield of the home; mother, Naomi Ruth Hartsfield of Bunn; sisters, Bonnie Gill (Dwight) of East Orange, N.J., and Jacquelyn Montague (Frank) of Zebulon; brother, Vincent McArthur Hartsfield (Anita) of Raleigh.

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VIRGINIA B. WALKER
LOUISBURG - Mrs. Virginia Dell Brodie Walker of Louisburg departed this life on March 11, 2009.

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SPORTS

LHS’ Speedy Start
LHS’ Speedy Start
FRANKLINTON -- Louisburg High School’s baseball team seems to be getting younger -- and more potential-filled -- by the season. That’s not usually the case in the cyclical word of prep baseball. But the trends looks to continue at Louisburg, where the roster continues to get fortified with talented younger players.

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The Weather Beaters?
The Weather Beaters?
FRANKLINTON - Deran Coe isn’t about to let a little rain -- or a lot in this instance -- keep the 2009 Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Girls Soccer Classic from being completed. Coe, the tournament host and head coach at Franklinton, wasn’t happy when the event was shortened by rain two years ago. And last fall, the FHS boys tournament also missed one round because of poor weather.

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Another Ashley Assault
Another Ashley Assault
ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central’s Ashley Bone spent time earlier this year touring France and Holland as part of a traveling fast-pitch softball contingent. Her opponents probably wish Bone would have stayed in Europe. The hard-throwing Bone has gotten Nash Central off to a strong start this season, including a pair of victories against the Bunn Ladycats.

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Journey to unknown for ‘Canes
Journey to unknown for ‘Canes
Mike Holloman is a veteran of national tournaments, thanks to his two-decade long era of dominance as the Louisburg College women’s basketball coach. But Holloman has no idea what to expect this coming week when LC participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tourney in Peoria, Ill.

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Southern Vance Sweeps BHS
Southern Vance Sweeps BHS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Southern Vance made an early-season statement in the Northern Carolina Conference boys tennis standings with a convincing home boys tennis decision against the Bunn Wildcats. The league event was held at the Fox Park Tennis Courts in Henderson.

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ECU tops UNC-Asheville
ECU tops UNC-Asheville
GREENVILLE -- No. 20 East Carolina used 17 hits from 10 players to pace them to a 21-1 win over in-state foe UNC Asheville Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win ECU improves to 10-2, while the Bulldogs drop to 3-11.

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Driver delivers for NCWC at tourney
MYRTLE BEACH -- Freshman hurler Ashley Driver from Bunn High School tossed two complete game three-hitters to lead her North Carolina Wesleyan College softball squad to a 3-3 record at this week’s Snowbird Classic in Myrtle Beach. Driver went 2-1 at the tourney, recording a 10-3 victory over Dickinson College on Tuesday and an 8-1 win over SUNY Institute of Technology on Wednesday.

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First For Franklinton
First For Franklinton
FRANKLINTON -- Josh Woodburn has delivered a slew of emphatic firsts during his amazing boys soccer career at Franklinton High School. Woodburn added yet another one Thursday as he became the first-ever Franklinton soccer player to sign a collegiate scholarship with a Division I school.

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Track-Out program now available
Track-Out program now available
WAKE FOREST -- Capital City Baseball at The Factory Complex and Secret Weapon Baseball Instruction have joined forces to launch the Track-Out Baseball Skills Training Camps, which are available to potential students. The start date for the camps is April 6. Instruction will be provided on a weekly basis for youth baseball and fast-pitch softball players.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

TLMS, BMS: math does count
FIRST IN COMPETITION. TLMS Math Team members are Ivan Cockman, Mark Denton, Max Cockman, Colleen Leonard, Zoe Hinton, Ashley Cargill and Quint Hester. Not pictured is Sandy Williams. (Contributed photos by Nathan Moreschi)
TLMS, BMS: math does count
Terrell Lane Middle and Bunn Middle math standouts have plenty to cheer about after competing in the Regional MathCounts competition hosted by Vance-Granville Community College. Terrell Lane Middle School finished first in the competition, while Bunn Middle earned third place.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton group reaches out
Few of us realize the extreme wealth of our lifestyle. I’m not talking about the opulence of the richest, but the high living standards of even the poorest in our community with respect to most foreign nations.

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Handel, Sousa: March 17
The Concert and Symphonic Bands of Louisburg High School will perform a concert at the school auditorium on Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. This concert is their “Pre-Contest Concert” and features the six pieces that will be performed for the judges at the state band contest in late March.

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Tree City USA
Franklinton has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the 24th year Franklinton has received this national recognition.

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FOR CHILDREN
FOR CHILDREN
Catherine Trice of Franklin County, right, was sworn in as a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer on Thursday, Feb. 26 by District Court Judge John W. Davis, left. Trice completed her training and is now appointed to represent children in Judicial District 9 of Vance, Franklin, Warren and Granville counties. The N.C. Guardian ad Litem Program champions the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children who enter the juvenile court system through no fault of their own.

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Youthful perspective on energy
Brian Panasiak of Louisburg has been selected by Wake Electric to attend the 2009 Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington D.C. in June. Panasiak, 17, is a high-school junior at Franklin Academy.

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Rep. Allen questions Perdue’s dip into funds
Newly-elected Gov. Beverly Perdue’s effort to “grab” the state’s $787 million rainy day fund to shore up the state’s shaky finances is like a scene out of a horror movie, said State Rep. Lucy Allen Thursday morning as she addressed the Franklin County Economic Development Commission.

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Community helps break up Louisburg liquor, drug house
Louisburg and county agents arrested an elderly man last week and charged him with running a liquor house. According to Louisburg Police Chief Rick Lassiter, residents in the Mineral Springs Street neighborhood alerted police to suspicious activity in the area about two months ago. Police and agents with the Multi Agency Narcotics Unit (MANU) kept an eye on a property at 208 Mineral Springs St. There were more than two dozen people inside the home when police executed a search warrant during the evening of March 6.

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911, hunters and dogs on board agenda
A canceled meeting earlier this month gave staff more time to tweak its recommendations to improve the county’s emergency communication system. The result is that on Monday, staff will give commissioners the option of rebidding the project now, rather than waiting — which was the only recommendation staff was prepared to present to the board on March 2.

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