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Showing 35 articles from May 12, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Life in the Fast Lane
RONALD DAN
Life in the Fast Lane
A Good Samaritan act led a Franklinton police officer to a major drug bust.
According to reports, Officer Dalton West was watching traffic along U.S. 1 on Friday morning when he began to help a woman change a flat tire.
When West was done, an approaching car failed to move over for emergency personnel — in violation of the law.
When West stopped the vehicle, he discovered more than a driver who lacked law-abiding etiquette.

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Collier pleads guilty
Collier pleads guilty
A former Louisburg High teacher and coach pled guilty to having sex with a student that resulted in her pregnancy
A plea from the girl’s parents kept him out of jail.
Louisburg Police and agents with the state Bureau of Investigation arrested James Collier in January on charges of sex offense with a student and indecent liberties with a student.
Collier pled guilty on Monday to indecent liberties with a student and, per an agreement, would have served five to six months in jail.
The charge usually carries a sentence of up to 15 months.

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High Flight community day
High Flight community day
Michelle Bevens, right, points out descending skydivers to her son, Benjamin. They were visiting a sister from their home in Asheville when they decided to check out the events of the High Flight Community Day sponsored by Triangle North Executive Airport.

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Franklin County desegregation pioneer dies
Franklin County desegregation pioneer dies
A man whose name and courage remain at the heart of making Franklin County’s schools fair and equal died last week.
Harold Coppedge was 59 when he passed last Tuesday.
Coppedge was the first black student to attend what was then an all-white Edward Best High School during the 1965-66 school year — 12 years after the landmark decision of Brown V. Board of Education to desegregate schools.
Franklin County, like many school systems, moved slow to diversify.

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State budget woes affecting local schools
As North Carolina’s budgetary woes worsen, the effect is being felt in the local school system which has watched helplessly as more than $879,000 has disappeared back to the state and still more state money is being withheld.
Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance, warned school board members Monday night that the state’s woes “spell more pain” for local school districts. He said that the $3.2 billion shortfall the state is experiencing this year will be dwarfed by at least a $4.5 billion shortfall projected for next year.

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Fun in the Sun, Farm Tour and Lake Donna all this weekend
Fun in the Sun, Farm Tour and Lake Donna all this weekend
Residents and visitors looking for something to do this weekend don’t have to look far.
The Franklinton Chamber of Commerce and town fire department will host Fun in the Sun and Firemen’s Day on Saturday.
Actually, Fun in the Sun carnival rides and events will begin this Thursday and run through Saturday in uptown Franklinton on Main Street.
Also on Saturday, the Youngsville Area Business Association will host its annual Lake Donna Party in Youngsville.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident Dyzwoski Hilliard

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Slap and Tickle
Editorial Cartoon: Slap and Tickle


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School board gets bad advice on hiring new superintendent
It’s always a good idea to take advice with a grain of salt, even when you’re paying for the advice.
Let’s hope the Franklin County Board of Education has plenty of salt available when it reviews the advice it received Monday night from Dr. Ed Dunlap of the North Carolina School Board Association, an organization supported by your tax dollars.
Dunlap told the board, correctly, that selecting a superintendent is “arguably the most important decision a board of education ever makes.”
But some of his advice was not so helpful -- and we believe could be detrimental to a school system which needs parental involvement and taxpayer support.

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Studying ticks, returning bloggers
Studying ticks, returning bloggers
GOOD MORNING: If you’ve driven by the NC 561/Halifax Street intersection in the northeastern part of Louisburg recently, I’m sure you’ve noticed the huge stockpile of pipe at the intersection.
The pipe is slated to bring town water and sewer service to residents in the Stratford Drive area — whether they want it or not, I’m told. But that’s not all. In addition, individual property owners are reportedly being hit with costly assessments, some in excess of $10 grand, to cover construction costs.
Government grants are reportedly covering similar construction costs in another part of Louisburg and in Franklinton as well.


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We can all learn a little history from the life of Harold Coppedge
We can all learn a little history from the life of Harold Coppedge
The story of Harold Coppedge and his family is heartbreaking.
And, partly  because of his sacrifice and courage, the story seems silly and outdated.
Luckily, it hasn’t been forgotten.
Unfortunately, I think we’ve all dealt with bullies in school.
But Harold dealt with bullies to the nth degree — being the first black student to integrate and complete all-white Edward Best High School in the 1960s.

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Website Reader Participation Results May 6- 12
Last Week’s Poll
President Obama’s first 100 days
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest, how would you rate President Obama’s first 100 days in office?

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Decide: Does the unemployment rate tell us everything?
One of my favorite leisure time activities – when I do have any free time – is to read a good mystery, or maybe watch a re-run of an old Columbo TV show. I think mysteries are great fun as well as good ways to stimulate my aging brain cells.
So here’s a mystery for you to ponder. In March, North Carolina lost more than 33,000 jobs (based on the household survey of employment).

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OBITUARIES

TROY P. SANDERS
FRANKLINTON - Troy P. Sanders, 50, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at his home. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 12, at New Hope Worship Center Church of God, with the Rev. Joe Ferguson officiating.

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CARRIE E. DAVIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Carrie E. Davis, 87, who died Saturday, May 9, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis family cemetery.

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BENNIE HAYNES
LOUISBURG - Bennie (NMN) Haynes, 77, died Thursday, May 7, 2009 at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at Alston-Anderson Funeral Chapel, 904 S. Main Street, Louisburg. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Louisburg.

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HAZEL P. TIMBERLAKE
YOUNGSVILLE- Hazel Patterson Everette Timberlake, 85, formerly of Youngsville, died Sunday, May 10, 2009 at Britthaven Nursing Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 13) at Glen Royal Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Faile officiating. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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DR. NASH H. UNDERWOOD
WAKE FOREST - Dr. Nash H. Underwood, 84, died Sunday, May 10, 2009 after a brief battle with cancer. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, May 12, at Wake Forest Baptist Church. Burial was private.

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DORIS B. NEWTON
YOUNGSVILLE - Doris Linda Bullock Newton, 66, died Thursday, May 7, 2009. Funeral services were Monday, May 11, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Entombment followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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PLUMMER WILLIAMS JR.
WARRENTON - Plummer “Preacher” Williams Jr., 73, of the Inez community, died Friday, May 8, 2009 at Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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THOMAS “TAD” ALAN DEAN, JR
July 28, 1962 – May 12, 2009
RALEIGH – Thomas “Tad” Alan Dean, Jr., 46, of 208 Ireland Drive, died Tuesday morning.

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SPORTS

LHS BLASTS ‘BIRDS
RELAY THROW. Louisburg High School second baseman Dustin Jones (left) tries to complete a double play as Southern Nash’s Daniel Tyson slides during last Saturday’s non-conference baseball game at Warrior Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LHS BLASTS ‘BIRDS
LOUISBURG - Al Bolton hoped that last Saturday’s baseball game at Louisburg would serve as an indicator for the potential success of his Southern Nash Firebirds in the upcoming Class 1-A State Playoffs.
Bolton watched his club roll through a non-conference showdown against a Class 3-A opponent.
After both clubs had completed their league schedules, it was a meeting last Saturday with nothing -- other than bragging rights -- at stake.

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The Matinee Idols
SAFE AT FIRST. Bunn’s Ashlea Satterwite (18) is safe at first base as Franklinton’s Hannah Hooton lunges to retrieve an errant throw during Saturday morning’s fast-pitch softball game on the BHS campus. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
The Matinee Idols
BUNN -- A Saturday morning game against Franklinton offered the Bunn Ladycats a matinee opportunity to wrap up a share of second place in the Northern Carolina Conference girls softball standings.
The Ladycats took advantage of the chance by holding off Franklinton by an 11-6 score last Saturday on the BHS campus.
The decision assured Bunn of a tie with Roanoke Rapids for the No. 2 spot in the NCC behind regular season champion Southern Vance.

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A Comeback Special
JUGGLING ACT. Bunn High School catcher Jake Young tries to come up with a ball during last Saturday’s Northern Carolina Conference home game against the Franklinton Red Rams.
A Comeback Special
BUNN -- Just in case the alarm didn’t go off for a rare Saturday morning game, the Franklinton Red Rams offered their own wake-up call to the Bunn Wildcats during a Northern Carolina Conference baseball showdown.
The Red Rams plated seven runs in the top of the first inning and appeared to be well on their way to a road decision at BHS.
But Bunn, much to the consternation of FHS head coach Lester Wilder, was able to rally back to earn a 13-7 decision.

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LC third in Region X tourney
LC third in Region X tourney
Louisburg College baseball coach John Thomas felt his club was playing its best baseball of the season down the stretch.
The Hurricanes indeed were hot at the right time, and LC eventually came within one victory of playing in the Region X Tournament Championship.
But LC, competing in the winner’s bracket finale, fell 10-2 Saturday against ninth-ranked Spartanburg Methodist College at Sims Park in Gastonia.

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Soccer For A Cure
ESCAPE ROUTE. Louisburg High School’s Maicie Gordon (right) tries to get past Franklinton’s Nichole Poppe (left) during last Saturday evening’s girls soccer match at the FHS Football Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Soccer For A Cure
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School head girls coach Deran Coe has come up with a unique fundraising formula for one of his favorite charities -- Soccer For A Cure.
The foundation helps cancer-stricken families with expenses. So Coe came up with the idea for fans to donate a specific amount of money for every goal the Lady Rams scored this season.
That would be plenty of change, by the way, as Franklinton has had little trouble denting the scoreboard in 2009.

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Mudcats win wild one over Mobile
Mudcats win wild one over Mobile
ZEBULON -- A wild pitch and a single by Orlando Mercado in the 10th inning sent the Mobile BayBears past the Carolina Mudcats 7-5 in a wild last Saturday night homestand finale before 3,984 fans at Five County Stadium.
The capper of a 10-game Class AA Southern League homestand was a microcosm of what the Mudcats’ (12-18) fans have witnessed in the last week-and-a-half.

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Track stars reach states
Track stars reach states
BAYBORO -- Louisburg High School will be represented by several athletes at Friday’s Class 1-A State Track and Field Meet. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.
In order to qualify for the states, competitors needed to record a Top-Four finish at last Saturday’s 1-A East Regionals at Pamlico High School (located just east of New Bern).
The following individuals and relay teams qualified for Louisburg:

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WHOPPER COMBO
WHOPPER COMBO
Jeffrey Alston of Louisburg caught these bass during a recent fishing expedition at a private pond in Franklin County. The fish weighed in at 7 and 8 pounds, respectively.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

FRANKLIN, WAKE, NASH INDUCTEES
FRANKLIN, WAKE, NASH INDUCTEES
VGCC students from Franklin, Nash and Wake counties who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honors society on April 21 included: front row, from left, Jennifer Cherie Staggers, Tammy Lynette Evans and Josephine Wortham; second row, from left: Alicia Averette Thompson, Katie Elizabeth Faile and Ashley Nicole Gupton; third row, from left: Ashton Taylor McMullen, Kristen Kinlaw Roberson, Adrienne Lynette Wrenn and Maria Perry; fourth row, from left: Jami Lynn Bruno, Anna Joy Brown, Pattie J. Andrews and Patricia Winn Edwards.

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VANCE COUNTY INDUCTEES
VANCE COUNTY INDUCTEES
VGCC students from Vance County who were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honors society on April 21 included: front, from left, Jimmy Richard Gray Jr., Kimberly Dawn Pernell, Ramona Melissa Schronce, Andrew Scott Dawson and Rockele Reshelle Jean Bryant; second row, from left: Arlene Robinson Burwell, Julia Venable Foster, SA-Hin Delaquan Harris and Virginia Meagan Brannock; third row, from left: Lisa Baum Slaughter, Carolyn Emberton Barker, LeEtta Ruth Nyquist and Nicholas Adam Shoemaker; fourth row, from left: Robin Michelle Littlejohn, Vivian M. Matthews and Annie Glover Gregory.

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LC award winning graduates
LC award winning graduates
Left to right, Elizabeth Caroline Smith — Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Associate in Arts in General College — Andrew Lee Newbold – Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Summa Cum Laude, Associate in Arts in General College.

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Commencement speaker
Commencement speaker
Left to right, Louisburg College President Dr. Mark La Branche, United States Attorney George E.B. Holding and Chairman of the Board John Cameron. Holding spoke on the topic of public service at the commencement.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Freshman academies have proven to be successful
What started with a simple question about evaluating the effectiveness of programs for freshmen at the three Franklin County high schools wrapped up with one board member, Dannie Williams,  asking “where were you when I was a freshman?”
Board member Mary Vollmer had asked about accountability for the three programs developed somewhat independently by the three high schools and intended to help students with the change from middle to high school, provide some remediation, improve study techniques and engender a feeling of belonging in their new school environment.

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High flying activities
High flying activities
John Renfro makes a perfect landing as part of a skydiving display at Triangle Skydiving Center, a new tenant at Triangle North Executive Airport.

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