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Showing 26 articles from March 27, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Cannady sentenced to 32 years on federal cocaine trafficking charges
A Franklin County drug dealer who called himself a “dazzler” and told officers he would be back on the streets soon after his last arrest has been sentenced to 32 years in federal prison for cocaine trafficking.
Rodney “Camp” Cannady was sentenced in Raleigh by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Denver III on Wednesday.

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What every third-grader gets
From left are EBES students Christian Kearney, Nicole Walker and Tyler Cowan. (Times photos by Kathy Harrelson)
What every third-grader gets
Spelling it out with Webster
Franklin County third-graders are getting smarter.
Just look it up.
Through “Dictionaries in Education,” every third-grader (charter school and home-schoolers included) has either received or will soon receive a brand new copy of Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary.

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Skydivers are free to fall
After aborting take-off to listen to the will of the people, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a lease agreement allowing a skydiving operation to begin at the airport this week.
By unanimous decision, commissioners signed a five-year lease with Triangle Skydiving Center (TSC) — which plans to begin work as early as Saturday with a Safety Day to test how the operation will interact with other tenants at Triangle North Executive Airport.

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Bridge to somewhere getting replaced
Bridge to somewhere getting replaced
Residents along a dead-end road in Franklin County will get new access to the rest of the county.
Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced this week that the Department of Transportation awarded a $672,193 contract to replace the bridge on Camping Creek Road off Timberlake Road.

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401 committee: bring in support
Members of the 401 Citizens Action Committee on Thursday night agreed to move forward with a list of immediate safety concerns they feel the state should address.
And they also agreed to begin an all-out assault on town and county staff and officials, getting them on board with their plans to widen U.S. 401 from Wake County through Franklin.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Defining Moment
Editorial Cartoon: Defining Moment

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More for domestic abuse
A list released this week by the Attorney General’s Office is not one Franklin County wants or needs to be on, and right now we are not.
A total of 131 North Carolinians lost their lives in domestic violence murders last year.
None were in Franklin County during this first year of collecting data statewide for domestic violence, but in recent years past we would have been tallied.

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Let the sun shine in
Let the sun shine in
I’m going to ask you (hopefully with a straight face) to make an assumption.
Let’s assume that Wake County State Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam and State Rep. Julia Craven Howard of Davie and Iredell counties, really want to make local government more effective and more open.
Yes, I know, that’s a huge assumption since they are intent on taking away your right to easy access to public notices by allowing local governments to post (hide?) them on their own websites. (Pending House Bill 193)
But, let’s pretend, . . .er, assume, this is all about better, more open government.

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Not that far off the radar
Not that far off the radar
GOOD MORNING: Experience tells me that whenever a hot topic such as the relocation of FRMC suddenly drops off the radar, that something’s up and that we’re probably not going to like it.
We’re talking about a matter that affects the lives and pocketbooks of literally thousands of residents in central and northeastern portions of Franklin County — not to mention at least three multi-million dollar hospital corporations — that has been the topic of conversation off and on for the past couple of years and suddenly nothing. I mean absolutely nothing — not a peep out of anyone.

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Real claims of fiscal responsibility: what’s it mean?
All public officials are for “fiscal responsibility.” Its virtue is one of those things that ought to go without saying – but doesn’t, particularly during election time.
The problem is that public officials don’t agree about the definition of the term. Some cloak themselves in “fiscal responsibility” regalia as they vote to raise taxes, arguing that without more revenue they will either have to cut critical public services or run deficits, both irresponsible acts of fiscal policy. But other politicians argue that the responsible fiscal policy is to vote against tax hikes, particularly in a weak economy, and to set better priorities among the government’s many spending programs.

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OBITUARIES

CHRISTINE D. HOPKINS
ZEBULON - Christine Duke Hopkins, 92, died at Coventry House on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Funeral services were Thursday, March 26, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Burial followed in Zebulon Cemetery.

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COLEY A. DIXON
RALEIGH - Coley A. Dixon, 38, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at his home. A graveside service was conducted Thursday, March 26, in Pinewood Memorial Park in Greenville.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 28) at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh, and at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Sedalia Baptist Church in Big Island, Va.

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EARNEST C. SILLS
CASTALIA - Earnest C. Sills, 76, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, March 28) at Cedar Rock Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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JAMES T. WOOD
ZEBULON - James Troy Wood, 88, died Monday evening, March 23, 2009. Funeral services were Thursday, March 26, in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel in Wendell. Burial followed in the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery.

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JAMIE “BAMBI” WILLIAMS
HENDERSON - Funeral services for Jamie “Bambi” Williams, 26, who died Monday, March 23, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 28) at the Louisburg High School auditorium. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Church cemetery.

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JOSEPH H. WIGGINS JR.
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Joseph H. Wiggins Jr., 65, who died Monday, March 23, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church. Burial will follow in the St. Delight UCC cemetery.

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MARGARET M. DREWETT
LOUISBURG - Margaret Moore Drewett, 92, of Louisburg, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Hillside Nursing Center in Wake Forest. Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. from Louisburg Baptist Church, with Dr. Reggie Rushing officiating.

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PENNIE E. HEDGEPETH
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Pennie E. Hedgepeth, 98, who died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 28) at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Chapel Memorial Gardens.

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R. L. “JIM” HORTON
LOUISBURG – Ronald Lee “Jim” Horton, 71, died Tuesday evening, March 24, 2009. Funeral service was Friday, March 27, at Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jared Pemper officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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STACY WADE HARRIS
YOUNGSVILLE - Stacy Wade Harris, 74, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at his residence. Funeral services were Friday, March 27, at South Main Baptist Chapel of Wake Forest, with the Rev. Gary Vassar and the Rev. Harry Upchurch officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Baptist Church cemetery in Youngsville.

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SPORTS

UNCERTAINTY ON LINKS
UNCERTAINTY ON LINKS
LOUISBURG — Maybe it’s unofficial, but the mythical Franklin County Golf Championship always seemed to receive plenty of interest from past players and coaches at Louisburg, Franklinton and Bunn High School.
Bragging rights were always at stake during the friendly but competitive matches as part of a tradition that was started earlier this decade.

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Bunn Rallies To Stop Lady Jackets
Ladycats nab clutch triumph in conference
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Bunn picked a perfect time for an offensive explosion -- during a critical early-season, Northern Carolina Conference softball matchup on Tuesday at Roanoke Rapids.
Trailing by one run heading into the top of the seventh, the Ladycats erupted for three runs and went on to post a 5-4 decision over RRHS.

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LC women drop 2 vs. Lady Dogs
LC women drop 2 vs. Lady Dogs
Pitt CC rallies to finish off sweep
WINTERVILLE -- After dropping their opening game in lopsided fashion, the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes seemed on their way to a frustrating evening on Wednesday as part of a fast-pitch softball twinbill at Pitt Community College.
But the Lady Hurricanes bounced back in the nightcap and held a one-run advantage heading into Pitt’s final chance in the bottom of the seventh stanza.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

High-speed chase begins in Franklin County
High-speed chase begins in Franklin County
Troopers were able to safely arrest a Wake County woman last week after she led officers on a high-speed chase that originated in Franklin County.
Amonda L. Settles, 31, of Cedar Springs Apartments on Reunion Point Drive in Raleigh, was charged with a number of traffic violations following the two-county chase.

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‘Wizard of Oz’ takes local stage
‘Wizard of Oz’ takes local stage
NOT WIZZING BY. Members of Louisburg High School’s Drama Club rehearse scenes from their first musical, the Wizard of Oz. Above, from left, Erin May, portraying the Wicked Witch of the West, puts a spell on Dorothy, portrayed by C.J. Pearce, that freezes Dorothy and her friends, the Tin Woman, Danielle Wagner, the Scare Crow, Ben Lord, and the Cowardly Lion, Yvette Townsley. The 21-member cast rehearsed again on Friday and will have a dress rehearsal on Wednesday before the stage production that is slated to run on April 2, 3, and 4.

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Bunn Elementary students get recycling lesson
Third- and fourth-graders from Bunn Elementary were recently treated to a presentation from Franklin County Keep America Beautiful Director Ed Shearin on recycling and litter issues affecting Franklin County.
The students were studying about recycling and wanted more information about what types of items are now recycled in Franklin County.
Since Earth Day is April 22, Shearin also discussed with the students some appropriate ways to celebrate this day.

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