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Showing 49 articles from May 1, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Teen dies in 4-wheeler accident
PERRY
Teen dies in 4-wheeler accident
Students and faculty were mourning the loss of a Terrell Lane student this week after he was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
According to a report by Trooper T.L. Hunt, Kelsey Jamal Perry, 13, was riding an ATV on Neal Road near his home when he approached Laurel Mill Road.
The teen failed to yield and his off-road vehicle rode into the path of a pickup truck traveling north on Laurel Mill Road.
Emergency crews transported Perry to the hospital, but his injuries proved fatal.

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Collier trial on  calendar
Collier trial on calendar
The case against a former Louisburg High teacher and coach accused of having sex with a student could come to a climax this month.
In early April, the District Attorney’s office pulled the case against James Collier from its management calendar, essentially saying there would be no significant evidence to update until the student in question gave birth to a child suspected to be Collier’s.
Based on testimony in court, the girl, who was 17 at the time police allege Collier committed the crime, is about seven months pregnant now.

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Strawberry smiles
Strawberry smiles
Christy Pippin fixes a plate of strawberry-infused goodies for her daughter, Brianna, during the Cooperative Extension’s Strawberry Festival on Thursday. The event serves as unofficial kickoff for spring.

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County jail: discussion on hold
The issue of expanding the Franklin County jail remains in arrested development.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners had scheduled a work session to discuss expansion on Friday, but officials cancelled the meeting hours before it was to take place when a handful of officials had a conflict.
It was not clear when the issue would be brought before the board again, but Sheriff Pat Green said its important that the entire board hear the proposal.

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Bennett Perry honored
Bennett Perry honored
The N.C. Division of Forest Resources gave belated recognition to Bennett Perry on Friday for his family’s successful forest stewardship for more than 50 years on the 1,500-acre Perry farm along U.S. 401 south of Louisburg. The division presented Perry with a sign depicting the 50-year milestone, although the farm was actually certified 65 years ago on May 1, 1944. Due to an oversight, the Franklin County farm never received recognition for reaching this milestone 15 years ago. Considered to be the oldest tree farm in North Carolina, the land has been in the Perry family since 1752 when the seven lord proprietors of North Carolina granted 360 acres to Jeremiah Perry.

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Relay for Life
Relay for Life
Henry Stamper and Ray Gupton begin setting up a tent for White Level Baptist Church’s Relay for Life team at Bunn High School on Friday morning. The two-day event wraps up today (Saturday) at 2 p.m. with closing ceremonies.

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Rural Center grants awarded to Louisburg businesses
Louisburg received nearly half a million dollars in grants on behalf of four businesses who plan to renovate, develop or relocate their offices, including The Franklin Times.
Rep. Lucy Allen sent word on Thursday that the N.C. Rural Center had approved $433,000 in grants, including:
• $252,000 development grant  to put toward renovating the Scoggins Building at the corner of Nash and Main Streets in downtown Louisburg;
• $84,000 development grant to help renovate a building at 114 Church Street for a vet clinic;

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Nearly 3-year-old Maggie Hill

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The Franklin Times for Saturday, May 2, 2009
Subscribers can download today's print edition in PDF format.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: County Coffers
Editorial Cartoon: County Coffers


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As the school year nears an end, use caution
Suddenly, somehow it’s May -- and while the weather is usually beautiful, it can be a bittersweet season for other reasons.
May and early June are a time of transitions in the school system as some middle school students begin their journey into high school and many high school seniors graduate into a world of work or higher education.
But there is a looming fear that seems heightened this time of year -- and which was underscored tragically this week with the death of a popular middle school  student.

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Changing with <i>The Times</i>
Changing with The Times
Your Franklin Times and its popular website have somewhat new looks today -- and we hope you like what you see.
The changes to the newspaper are most visible, perhaps, but the least significant.
We’ve decided, reluctantly I might add, to follow the trend in the newspaper industry and go to a slightly narrower page. The height of the page remains the same.

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Need a better way  to identify law officers
Need a better way to identify law officers
GOOD MORNING: Whether the two armed men posing as officers, who kicked in the front door of a residence near Pilot Wednesday leading to a shootout with the men inside are ever brought to justice or not, the incident raises some urgent questions concerning the safety of residents and legitimate law officers alike.
Unfortunately, the fact is that just because they’re dressed like officers and carry guns and other law enforcement tools, etc., is no guarantee that they are indeed, legitimate officers.

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Defending L’Homme, Yankees and the other 20%
Dear Editor:
As someone who arrived an outsider and stranger to the Franklin County community nearly nine years ago, I must confess that I am both disappointed and saddened at some of the vicious comments bloggers have rendered in the wake of Dr. Bert L’Homme’s announced resignation this week.

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There’s no justice or help in fighting the system
Dear Editor:
This is a letter to inform the public of some of the injustices that have occurred in this country to the public and to myself.
Since 2002, I have tried to get something done about the illegal entry of drugs into the jail and prison system. It started when I worked at both, and was fired from my job.

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Combat veteran attacked after forty years
Dear Editor:
Earlier this month, my neighbor and his son attacked me, knocked me to the ground, one kicked me repeatedly while the other yanked out a significant amount of my facial hair.
Certainly I am upset by the attack, but the part that appalled me was the entire time they were attacking me, they were both saying things derogatory to my having served in Vietnam.

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OBITUARIES

LARRY GILLIAM
LOUISBURG - Larry Gilliam, 67, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Britthaven of Louisburg.  Graveside services were conducted Friday in the Gilliam family cemetery, with the Rev. Kenneth Jones and the Rev. Jimmy Carpenter officiating.

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BETTIE P. PORTER
FRANKLINTON- Bettie P. Porter Woodlief, 87, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Universal Healthcare in Raleigh. Funeral services were Friday, May 1, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, Franklinton, with the Rev. David Averette presiding. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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ROY HUNT
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Roy “Big Bro” Hunt, 74, who died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ALEATHA PERRY
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Aleatha “Al” Perry, 54, who died Sunday, April 26, 2009, were conducted Friday, May 1, at Serupta Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Alston officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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KELSEY PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Kelsey “Cool Cat” Perry, 13, who died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Terrell Lane Middle School. Burial will follow  in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.

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WILLIE H. COOKE SR.
YOUNGSVILLE-Willie Howell Cooke Sr., 81, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were Friday, May 1, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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LUNA P. MARSHALL
WAKE FOREST - Luna Pearce Marshall, 95, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Hillside Nursing Center. In celebration of her life, a service was conducted Friday, May 1, at Rolesville Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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EARLINE JACKSON WOODLIEF
FRANKLINTON - Earline Jackson Woodlief, 83, formerly of Franklinton, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, S.C.

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SPORTS

FHS’ THREE-PEAT
IN THE CLEAR. Franklinton High School’s Deanna Ferrell clears the bar during girls high-jump competition last Saturday morning at the annual The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Meet, which was held at Bunn.
FHS’ THREE-PEAT
BUNN - Trent Sanders expressed a vociferous hunger before last Saturday’s The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Meet.
But Sanders, Franklinton’s veteran coach, didn’t have his mind on food.
Instead, Sanders was hungry to obtain his club’s third straight boys county championship.
The Red Rams delivered for Sanders as FHS earned the three-peat with a 74-63 decision over the Wildcats at the BHS Football Field.

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Warriors avenge setback
COMPLETE GAME. Chase Ragland went the distance for the Louisburg Warriors during Monday’s baseball victory against Bunn. (Submitted photo by Lugene Bolton)
Warriors avenge setback
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s boys baseball squad wasn’t about to see history repeat itself Monday evening.
Earlier in the year, LHS had traveled to Bunn and dropped a contest between the Franklin County diamond rivals.
But in Monday’s return matchup, the Warriors rode the sturdy arm of Chase Ragland and the red-hot bat of Dillon Joyner to pick up a 5-3 decision against the Wildcats.

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Bunn Nets Big A Win On Road
Bunn Nets Big A Win On Road
HENDERSON -- Bunn’s Ladycats needed a victory Monday at Southern Vance in order to remain in contention for a spot in the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs.
But that outcome didn’t appear to be likely late in the first half, as the host Lady Raiders held a two-goal advantage in the key Northern Carolina Conference showdown on the SVHS campus.
Bunn, however, rebounded with a trio of clutch goals to outlast Southern by a 3-2 margin.

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LC men head to tourney
LC men head to tourney
LOUISBURG -- It’s no longer a win-at-all-costs attitude when it comes to the Region X Baseball Tournament.
In fact, finishing in second place would do nicely -- as long as the winner is the USC-Sumter Fire Ants.
Due to new rules this spring, both the Region X regular season and tourney champions will qualify for district competition -- one step away from a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

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Lady Rams earn crown
RED OAK -- It took longer than expected, but the Franklinton Lady Rams were successfully able to defend their championship at the Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic.
The girls soccer tourney, hosted by FHS, was unable to complete its title round in March because of poor weather.
The championship match, featuring FHS and Northern Nash, was finally played Monday, but not at Franklinton.

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East Carolina defeated by Elon University
East Carolina defeated by Elon University
ELON -- Mike Melillo’s first career grand slam highlighted an Elon (29-13) six-run third inning that saw 12 batters step to the plate as the Phoenix walked away with a 10-8 win over No. 21 East Carolina University (32-14) Tuesday night in front of a record-crowd of 1,873 at Latham Park in Alamance County.
Melillo, who was 2-for-4 on the night, hit his 12th home run of the season when he took a Bailey Daniels first pitch offering to left center clearing the bases and putting Elon up 7-4 at the time. Bennett Davis led off with a single to left center then took second on Chase Austin’s single up the middle.

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Mudcats fall at home to Lookouts
ZEBULON -- Justin Sellers drilled a two-run double in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie to lead Chattanooga to its fourth straight win 3-1 over the Carolina Mudcats in the series opener at Five County Stadium on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Derrik Lutz (L, 0-2) retired the first two hitters of the inning before Adam Godwin bunted for a hit. 

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County Sports Schedule Week of May 3-9
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Louisburg at Gates County    4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY
Franklinton at Bunn    7 p.m.

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ON HER WAY
ON HER WAY
Bunn High School’s Courtney McLaughlin heads toward the finish line during hurdles competition at last Saturday’s The Franklin Times’ Franklin County Track and Field Meet at the BHS Football Field. McLaughlin took second place in the race.

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FULL EXTENSION
FULL EXTENSION
Franklinton’s Tim Waverly competes in the discus during last Saturday’s meet at Bunn High School.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS - HIGH SCHOOL BOYS - FRANKLINTON
FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS - HIGH SCHOOL BOYS - FRANKLINTON


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FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS - HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS - BUNN
FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS - HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS - BUNN


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FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS - MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS - TERRELL LANE
FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS - MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS - TERRELL LANE


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FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS - MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS - CEDAR CREEK
FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS - MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS - CEDAR CREEK


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LIFESTYLES

Happy, sunny, Whistlers’ week
Gorashi
Happy, sunny, Whistlers’ week
Whistlers were everywhere you went, in restaurants, downtown streets, Louisburg College  campus, churches, and more. The happy whistlers filled the air with beautiful tunes from classical to popular.
This was the 36th International Whistlers Convention taking place right here in our town of Louisburg. The Franklin County Arts Council sponsored the event, and Allen de Hart, founder of the event, and the council were pleased to welcome representatives of 21 US states, Canada, England, The Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Israel, China, Japan, Australia and Brazil.

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International Whistlers
International Whistlers
A group of Whistler competitors that traveled from Japan.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton and Bunn join the ABC store fight
Bunn and Franklinton officials both bellied up to the bar this week, completing the list of Franklin County municipalities opposing legislation that would surrender control of local ABC boards.
Town boards in Youngsville and Louisburg had previously adopted resolutions opposing Senate Bill 839 and its companion House Bill 768 — which both propose creating one Alcohol Beverage Control board per county.
Currently, there are 175 local ABC boards.

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Crudup murder trial could begin in June
Prosecutors expect a murder case from last September to be ready for trial by June.
Louisburg police arrested Derrick Lamont Crudup in September, hours after officers allege he shot and killed Darrell Antwan Collins.
Police allege the two men began to argue about Collins riding a 4-wheeler on the property of Crudup’s mother.

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Veterinarian completes education program
Dr. Alan B. Scheidt of Louisburg recently completed a two-year continuing education program at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine designed to enhance the business, communication and planning skills of animal health professionals.
Dr. Scheidt is a managing veterinarian for Pfizer Animal Health and lives on Flat Rock Church Road.

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Researchers say 2009 hurricane season should contain no surprises
Researchers at North Carolina State University believe that 2009 will bring a near-normal hurricane season with storm activity in the Atlantic basin and the Gulf of Mexico slightly above the averages of the past 50 years.
They will stay in line with those from the past 20 years, though.

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VGCC offers Summer employment and training to youth and adults
The recently-enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the “stimulus package,” will soon have a local impact through Vance-Granville Community College’s Workforce Investment Act program.
The Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board, which administers federal Workforce Investment Act funds, recently received federal recovery funds, which will be used by its various WIA operators, including VGCC, to train future workers.

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Novo gives $15,000 to schools
Novo gives $15,000 to schools
Franklin County Schools’ Career Technical Education Director Laureen Jones (left) receives a $15,000 grant from Novozymes’ representatives Kevin Potter and Paige Donnelly for a new biotechnology lab at Franklinton High School. Not only did Jones’ efforts for the grant earn the funding for a new lab, but also $10,000 in donated lab equipment from Novozymes. Also pictured are FHS teacher Joe Don Robertson, FHS teacher Winn Clayton and FHS Principal Charles Fuller.

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Louisburg Fire Department to bolster fire prevention efforts with FM Global Grant
Louisburg Fire Department to bolster fire prevention efforts with FM Global Grant
The Louisburg Fire Department received a $2,000 fire prevention grant recently from FM Global, a leading property insurer of the world’s largest businesses based in Johnston, R.I.
FM Global representatives presented the award to Chief Timmy Smith and Mayor Karl Pernell at the Louisburg Fire Department, located at 102 Wade Avenue in Louisburg. The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities in the community to help educate the community and reduce the number of fires.

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