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Showing 31 articles from May 15, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Death penalty off the table
Death penalty off the table
A Franklin County man charged with killing his girlfriend will not face the death penalty.
Prosecutors notified the court on Wednesday that it would not pursue the death penalty against David Bishop. The 24-year-old is accused of killing Gabrielle Reece following an argument on April 19.
While Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan called the charges gravely serious, prosecutors said the elements of the case did not provide the ammunition necessary to seek the death penalty.

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County proposes dipping into savings
MURRAY
County proposes dipping into savings
Franklin County management and staff proposed pulling $2.3 million from the county’s savings account to balance the budget.
The alternative could be drastic.
“If we had to find that (amount) to cut in the budget, it would be equivalent to 50 positions,” said County Finance Director Chuck Murray.
County Manager Angela Harris said staff worked to propose a 2009-10 budget that retained as many employees as possible, maintained service levels and kept the tax rate at 82.25 cents per $100 of valuation.

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Smoking ban
Allen
Smoking ban
A bill that Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to sign into law banning smoking in public places has bar and restaurant owners and patrons fuming.
And it split Franklin County’s two legislators on the issue.
Rep. Lucy Allen voted in favor of the ban. Sen. Doug Berger opposed the legislation.
“I think (smoking or not smoking) in a bar or restaurant is something the market place should be able to work out,” Berger said. “It’s not appropriate for government to tell a private bar owner he can’t allow customers to smoke (in their establishment).”

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Commissioners to look at proposals
Commissioners to look at proposals
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will be asked to look at two proposals expected to improve business ventures.
Representatives from Triangle North Executive Airport are scheduled to present commissioners with their plans to reinvest revenues back into the airport during the Monday night meeting.
Currently, revenues and taxes go back into the county’s general fund for broad use.
Airport officials and staff have suggested a business plan that would reinvest net profits and taxes — up to $1 million — back into the airport.

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Franklinton’s Preddyfest is May 21-23
Franklinton’s Preddyfest is May 21-23
The annual Preddyfest bluegrass festival is again slated to take refuge from the summer heat, but bands from far and wide, including Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, plan to bring sizzle to the Franklinton festival.
Last year, organizers moved the event to June to avoid the sweltering heat of late summer.
This year, the event has been moved to Memorial Day weekend, beginning this coming Thursday and running through Saturday.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg High School sports fan Cavin Davis, 6

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Fair to Middling
Editorial Cartoon: Fair to Middling


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Latest ‘crop’ of grads will fly away soon
It’s mid-May and it’s bittersweet season again.
No, not for farmers.
For all of us adults who will watch as another crop of graduates don cap and gown, receive their well-deserved diploma and head off to start their lives -- the “crop” that we have invested time, money and effort to bring to this point in their young lives will be leaving soon.

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800 lb. gorilla roamed the room as school board met
800 lb. gorilla roamed the room as school board met
There was a 800-pound gorilla wandering around the room when the Franklin County Board of Education was meeting Monday night and no one commented on its reason for being there. I found that both troubling and strange.
The phantom beast was first noticed as representatives from the county’s three high schools presented an overview of the various but related opportunities they offer to upcoming freshmen each year.
In a nutshell, the programs are designed to help students transition from middle school to high school, polish their reading skills (a major emphasis at all schools), learn new and more effective study skills, develop a feeling of camaraderie and a belief that they can succeed in a new environment.

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Sixty years and counting, I’m not ready for a furlough
Sixty years and counting, I’m not ready for a furlough
GOOD MORNING: Folks, as one who has been publicly involved in the affairs of Franklin County for the past 60 years, I can tell our county school board members without equivocation that the advice by that whacko from the N.C. School Board Association to shut the public out of the process of selecting a new school superintendent, is nothing short of a recipe for trouble that, if followed, they will live to regret.
As pointed out in the editorial in the midweek edition of The Franklin Times, “the superintendent of the local school system is not only the leader of the local educational system, he or she also must be the advocate for the system in the community, explaining its challenges, needs and successes in terms local folks can both understand and support,” with emphasis on support.

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Want to rebuild the economy? Help small business!
Before North Carolina gives up to one billion dollars in tax incentives to a company we don’t even know, let’s take a deep breath and think about what we are contemplating. We currently have a tax code older than Grandpa’s buggy whip and with more holes than a Wiffle ball.  Now we want to create yet another tax preference, exception or loophole to layer on this antique system?

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The court has spoken on speech
Members of the North Carolina General Assembly are obligated to observe the provisions of the state and federal constitutions – the plain meaning of the text as well as how it has been interpreted and applied by the courts.
 That’s why lawmakers should vote against a bill now moving through the legislature to expand North Carolina’s system of taxpayer-funded campaigns for Council of State positions. It is flatly unconstitutional, as a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision made abundantly clear.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIE R. HOLMES
LOUISBURG - Willie Rue Radford Holmes, 91, of Louisburg, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in Britthaven of Louisburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with Dr. Reggie Rushing officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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LINDA G. PERNELL
HENDERSON - Linda Sue Goodson Pernell, 58, (Alert community) died Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 15, at Flowers Funeral Chapel in Henderson, conducted by the Rev. Leon Pernell. Burial followed in New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery.

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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 were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 at Glen Royal Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Faile officiating. Burial followed in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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A. STEPHEN CHERRY
ROCKY MOUNT - A. Stephen “Steve” Cherry, 64, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at home. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, May 16) at First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Church St., Rocky Mount. Visitation will follow the service at the church and other times at the home.

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ALICE B. CLAY
ZEBULON - Alice Brewer Clay, 59, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009. A memorial service was conducted Friday, May 15, at Massey Funeral Home.

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AUDREY H. JOYNER
June 12, 1936 – May 15, 2009
LOUISBURG - Audrey House Joyner, 72, of Louisburg, passed away Friday morning surrounded by her loving family.

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PATTIE BYRD ROBERTS CASH
September 9, 1910 – May 13, 2009
LOUISBURG - Pattie Byrd Roberts Cash, of Louisburg, went to be with her blessed Lord on May 13, 2009 at her home. She was the eldest of seven children of Charlie Hinton Roberts, Sr. and Annie Byrd Perry Roberts. She was a devoted Christian wife, mother, grandmother and a good friend to all who knew her.

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SPORTS

A FINAL FLURRY
TAKING THE HIGH ROAD FOR FHS. Franklinton’s Michelle Bailey leaps into the air before touching home plate for the Lady Rams during Tuesday afternoon’s road fast-pitch softball victory against the Warren County Lady Eagles.
A FINAL FLURRY
WARRENTON -- Franklinton’s fast-pitch softball team  didn’t have much to celebrate during last Friday’s Senior Night Festivities.
Not because the Lady Rams weren’t appreciative of the contributions Brittany Walker has made to the FHS program.
But Walker was the only upperclassman honored at Franklinton -- a sign that certainly points to good things for the future.
With an extremely young squad, the Lady Rams went 7-12 overall and 4-8 in the Northern Carolina Conference. Franklinton finished one game out of having an opportunity to earn a position in the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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Collins To Play In Sports Festival
Collins To Play In Sports Festival
BUNN -- A shooting star from Bunn High School will be taking his game to Illinois this summer.
Bunn’s Michael Collins, who gained a reputation last season as one of the area’s top long-range bombers, has been chosen to participate in the USA Junior Nationals International Sports Festival.
The event, which features boys basketball players from 40 states, will be held July 27-August 2 on the campus of the University of Illinois-Champaign (home of the Fighting Illini).

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BHS gets 2nd spot in league
SECOND SEED. Melanie Davis and the Bunn Ladycats will be the No. 2 seed out of the Northern Carolina Conference for the upcoming Class 2-A State Fast-Pitch Softball Playoffs. BHS will be at home this coming Tuesday against a foe to be announced.
BHS gets 2nd spot in league
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- With second place in the Northern Carolina Conference standings at stake -- along with at least one home game in the playoffs -- the Bunn Ladycats responded with a clutch 9-2 fast-pitch softball victory Wednesday at Roanoke Rapids.
BHS and Roanoke Rapids had tied to end the regular season for the second spot in the NCC -- with identical 9-3 marks. The winner of the play-in game meant the difference between a home and road game in the Class 2-A State Playoffs, which will begin Tuesday.

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LC ends baseball season
LC ends baseball season
It’s been said that it often takes one year for a high school baseball player to successfully make the adjustment to the college level.
In a sense, the same could be said for coaches.
John Thomas had no collegiate experience when he arrived at Louisburg College last October after a successful stint at New Hanover High School in Wilmington.
After Tommy Atkinson’s abrupt resignation, Thomas would be competing with Atkinson’s players -- and he would have precious little time to work with his club until spring drills.

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Barons edge Mudcats
Barons edge Mudcats
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Stefan Gartrell hit a game-winning homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lead Birmingham by Carolina 4-3 on Thursday night before 6,248 fans at Regions Park in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Gartrell, who homered in the series opener Monday, hit his team-leading eighth on a 3-2 pitch from Mudcats reliever Ramon Geronimo (L, 1-1) over the left-centerfield wall.
Carolina (13-21) held a pair of one-run leads in the first two innings before the starting pitchers settled in. 

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CANES-PENS SKED
CANES-PENS SKED
RALEIGH -- Dates and times have been finalized for the upcoming matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals (third round) of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The winner of the best-of-seven series will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals to tangle with either Detroit or Chicago.
Here is the schedule:

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WHOPPER CATCH
WHOPPER CATCH
Patrick O’quinton Davis caught this 7.5-pound, 21-inch bass during a recent fishing trip to a private pond in Louisburg.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

License and registration
License and registration
Franklinton Police Sgt. Kevin Hornaday checks a driver’s license as part of the department’s Click It or Ticket campaign. The goal of the effort is to encourage people to wear their seat belts and cite those who don’t. The effort also helps officers catch other offenders. When worn properly, said Interim Police Chief Lt. John Green, seat belts save lives and reduce injury.

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EDC urges commissioners to build new Franklinton High School
EDC urges commissioners to build new Franklinton High School
The Franklin County Economic Development Commission took the unusual step Thursday morning of urging county commissioners to proceed with construction of a new 1,200-student Franklinton High School -- and to raise taxes enough to pay for it.
The high school is part of a $53 million bond issue approved by voters in May, 2008 -- and bids for the school are scheduled to be opened May 28.

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Greenway project runs parallel to rail
Residents will get a chance to weigh in on a slower aspect of the proposed high-speed rail corridor plan — the trail/greenway concept.
The Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, a roughly $4 billion project, would connect Richmond to Raleigh, initially, with plans to go further south to South Carolina and Georgia.
Transportation officials say the rail, which would reach speeds of more than 100 mph, provides a competitive alternative to air and highway transportation.

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Rescue/EMS grants
Three Franklin County rescue departments have been awarded grants through the 2008 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund from the State of North Carolina. All funds will be used by the departments to purchase needed equipment.

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Heritage Society of Franklin County
Heritage Society of Franklin County
Above, from left, Becky Frisbie, librarian, and Freda Clifton, principal of Louisburg High School, were presented a copy of The Franklin County Heritage Book, Volume One, 2008, by Joseph A. Pearce, Jr., vice-president of the Heritage Society of Franklin County.

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