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Showing 39 articles from May 19, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Stay of execution
LANCASTER
Stay of execution
Franklin County staff will ask the Local Government Commission if they can pass go to expand its jail.
During a work session on Monday, the Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with a $36 million jail expansion.
Specifically, they asked staff to consult with the Local Government Commission (LGC) to get an early indication of whether the fiscal control commission favors the project.
No local government can incur bonded indebtedness without LGC approval.

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WEEKEND FLING
NEW BEST FRIEND. During the weekend farm tour, Amelia Griffith, who’ll turn 3 in a few days, found a new friend, a nanny goat and her kid who call Meadow Lane Farm home. (Times photo by Gary Cunard)
WEEKEND FLING
It was a perfect storm in Franklin County this past weekend and it wasn’t just attributed to the weather. Three community events combined to provide plenty of entertainment options for residents and visitors as Franklinton hosted the Fun in the Sun/Firemen’s Day, Youngsville hosted the annual Lake Donna Party and the cooperative extension coordinated its annual Farm Foods and Crafts Tour with stops all across the county. This weekend is slated to provide entertainment options as well as the annual Preddyfest kicks off in Franklinton on Thursday and runs through Saturday.

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Louisburg town council takes action on projects
Federal economic stimulus funds arrived Monday and brought a ray of sunshine to an otherwise routine Louisburg town council meeting.
The Council learned that it has received $648,000 to help complete six water line improvements in the town.
The money, given in the form of an interest-free loan, is to be repaid over 20 years -- but one half of the loan’s principal will be forgiven.

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Set for take-off: airport will keep generated revenue
Rob Southerland, airport manager
Set for take-off: airport will keep generated revenue
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a financial plan that airport officials say will lead to growth.
Before Monday night’s decision, revenues and taxes generated at the airport were placed back into the county’s general fund for broad use.
Airport Commissioner John Allers presented the board with a financial agreement that allows the airport to retain those funds — up to $1 million — to be put back into the airport through capital expenditures.
The board approved the arrangement by a 5-2 vote. Commissioners Robert Lee Swanson and Harry Foy voted against the measure.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Handcuffed
Editorial Cartoon: Handcuffed


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Free stimulus money? Taxpayers foot the bill
The Great Recession that has severely crimped lifestyles in the early 21st Century also has upset the general order of things many Americans once took as a normal way of life.
Here are a couple of interesting examples:
First, the town of Louisburg just received $648,000 in interest-free loans to construct six water line projects.
In addition, half of those loans will be forgiven by the federal government -- and repayment on the remaining half can be done over 20 years.

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Holding on, stimulus on the way
Holding on, stimulus on the way
GOOD MORNING: After toying around with spotty light showers for the past few weeks, Mother Nature finally delivered substantial and much-needed rain out my way Sunday — 1.8 inches minus the smidgen or two that fell Saturday.
And better yet, I got out of mowing the lawn over the weekend, for which I’ll likely regret later.
On the other side of the weather picture, temperatures have been a bit below my comfort range the past few days, with overnight lows dropping to 42.4 out my way early Tuesday morning.

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New smoking ban could put a steep price on a pack of cigs
New smoking ban could put a steep price on a pack of cigs
Beginning next year, environmental health workers may be able to get away with this gem of an excuse: “Honey, I’d like to come home and watch (insert name of Chick Flick here), but I’ve got to go hang out at a bar.”
Priceless.
Well, not exactly.
Beginning on Jan. 2, smoking in public places, such as bars and restaurants, will be prohibited and costly.
And who has the responsibility for enforcing such a law?
In Franklin County, it will be the health department.

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Website Reader Participation Results May 13-20
Last Week’s Poll
What should the BOE do?
In selecting a new Franklin County Superintendent of Schools, the board of education should:

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Foster care system only as good as the people who are part of it
Dear Editor:
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to come together on behalf of the nearly 500,000 American children who are living in foster care because their own families are in crisis.  Over 10,000 of these children live right here in North Carolina.
Through our work with these amazing children and teens, we know how resilient they can be.  Children have an extraordinary capacity to overcome many challenges – but only if they have the support of caring adults in their lives.

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To get back on the right track, Republicans need to talk to the people
Dear Editor:
I hear the Republican Party leadership is acting like Democrats again and therefore trying to lose another election. That’s right, the Republican Party is trying to loose another election.
Some of the leadership of the GOP is going around the country trying to find out what the American people want.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES E. MANLEY JR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Edward Manley Jr., 61, who died Sunday, May 17, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Jerrod Lowry officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Street Cemetery.

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LILLIE C. ALLEN
LOUISBURG - Lillie Crawley Allen, 77, died Saturday, May 16, 2009. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Spaulding Resource Center Auditorium, Spring Hope. Interment will follow in the Lettuce Hall Baptist Church cemetery.

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CHARLES E. MEDLIN
DURHAM - Charles Edward Medlin, 66, died Saturday, May 16, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 20) at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Roger Owens and Ginger Thomas presiding. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.

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WILLIAM A. UPCHURCH SR.
FRANKLINTON - William Albert Upchurch Sr., 71,  died Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Laurels Nursing Home at Forest Glenn in Garner. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 19, in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor, with the Rev. Lemar Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Carolina Memorial Gardens.

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JESSIE P. TEAGUE
CARY - Jessie Perry Teague died Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Glenaire in Cary. A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, May 19, at Glenaire.

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MARY C. SCHNELLER
WAKE FOREST - Mary Crabtree Schneller, 84, died Thursday, May 14, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 18, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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ALICE FAYE CHAMPION
LOUISBURG - Alice Faye Champion died Friday, May 8, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Saints Delight Church, 565 Firetower Rd., Louisburg.

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VERONICA H. TROGDON
CREEDMOOR - Veronica Hagwood Trogdon, 55, died Monday, May 18, at her home. Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Eakes Funeral Home chapel in Creedmoor by the Rev. Tom Lamm, Chaplain Eric Raddatz and the Rev. Eddie Mauldin. Burial will be at a later date.

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SPORTS

HEADING TO STATES
CLEARING THE BAR. Bunn’s Andrew Barnes attempts a height during the boys high jump competition at last Saturday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Meet at Cardinal Gibbons High School.
HEADING TO STATES
RALEIGH - After their undefeated regular seasons, the hits just keep coming for the Franklinton boys and Bunn girls track and field squads.
Franklinton, under the direction of veteran mentor Trent Sanders, will be represented by three boys athletes at the upcoming Class 2-A State Track and Field Meet, slated for this Friday at North Carolina A&T University.
To qualify, athletes needed to earn Top-Four finishers at last Saturday’s Mideast Regionals at Cardinal Gibbons High School.

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First-Round Exit
SACRIFICING FOR THE TEAM. Bunn’s Clayton Adams (left) runs to first base after laying down a perfect sacrifice bunt last Friday against Tarboro. Fielding the ball is Vikings’ first baseman Kyle Norville. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
First-Round Exit
TARBORO -- Bunn’s first-round draw in the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs wasn’t the usual round-one opponent.
Granted, the Wildcats had an opening-round home game -- a luxury plenty of teams in the bracket would have loved to possess.
But the opponent wasn’t a pushover, as a tradition-rich Tarboro program was scheduled to invade the BHS Baseball Field last Friday night.

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An Instant Advance
NOT THIS TIME. Cape Hatteras’ Harley Morris (right) is tagged out by Louisburg’s Jeremy Coburn while trying to steal third base during last Friday’s Class 1-A State Baseball Playoff contest at Warrior Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
An Instant Advance
LOUISBURG -- It didn’t take long for the Louisburg Warriors to assert their standing as one of the top seeds in the East Regional Bracket of the Class 1-A State Boys Baseball Playoffs.
Just one inning, to be exact.
The high-powered Warriors pushed across five runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to defeat Cape Hatteras by a 15-0 margin last Friday in initial-round action at Warrior Field.

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Difficult decision for FHS
Difficult decision for FHS
As adults, we are faced with difficult -- and often painful -- decisions just about every day of our lives.
We’re torn this way and that way, often times knowing that our choices will affect other people -- either for the good of bad.
Young people, however, should be void of having to encounter such circumstances.
But at Franklinton, eight student-athletes have been forced to make a tough decision -- with hard feelings sure to occur either way.

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Red Rams’ Excellence
FRANKLINTON’S FINEST. (L to R) Megan Carper and Michael Crudup were saluted as the Athletes of the Year during Monday’s Awards Ceremony at the FHS Auditorium. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Red Rams’ Excellence
FRANKLINTON -- All you need to know about Megan Carper comes from an experience last Saturday.
As part of Franklinton’s girls track and field team, Carper participated in the Class 2-A Mideast Regionals at Cardinal Gibbons High School -- across the road from the RBC Center in Raleigh.
Because she was a member of the 4x400 Relay Team, Carper had to stay the entire time at the event, as that relay always closes a track meet.

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Franklinton wins over West Stokes
Franklinton wins over West Stokes
KING -- In what may be the final appearance of the season for the Franklinton High School girls soccer team -- at least in its original construction -- the Lady Rams went out in style last Saturday.
Franklinton advanced to the third round of the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs for the first time in school history with a 3-0 road decision at West Stokes, which is located just north of Winston-Salem.

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East Carolina wins conference championship
East Carolina wins conference championship
GREENVILLE -- After winning the 2009 Conference USA regular season title, East Carolina University will be the No.1 seed at the 2009 C-USA Baseball Championship, which begins today at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss. 
The Pirates secured the crown after finishing off a three-game sweep of Memphis last weekend, while UAB rallied to defeat Rice on Saturday. 
For East Carolina (41-15), it is the club’s second Conference USA regular season championship, as the Pirates won the 2004 title with a league-record 25 conference victories.

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VGCC hosts athletic banquet
VGCC hosts athletic banquet
HENDERSON -- Vance-Granville Community College held its first Athletics Banquet on April 30 in Building 8 on the college’s main campus.
The event honored players and coaches who were involved in the first year of the college’s growing intercollegiate athletics program.
VGCC, which joined the National Junior College Athletic Association in 2008, has introduced men’s basketball and golf teams. A women’s volleyball team, to be coached by Ellis Crews of Oxford, is scheduled to begin play later this year.

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LIFESTYLES

SWINGING IN THE RAIN
SWINGING IN THE RAIN
Although downpours dotted the landscape for much of Saturday, the sun peeked through enough for people to enjoy the rides at  Franklinton’s Fun in the Sun.

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Farm Foods & Crafts Tour
Farm Foods & Crafts Tour
Above, farm host Dewey Botts shows a guest one of four “dirt dobber” nests that Botts left intact as he reused lumber from old buildings to create one of the three guest cabins at his Bunn area retreat. At Bott’s left is his youngest son, David. The Cabin Farm stop featured three guest cabins, including a 225-year-old cabin, a garden house with herb garden and a demonstration of backyard beekeeping by the Franklin County Beekeepers Association.  The quilt was made by the late Gladys Baker and was one of Botts’ “bartered” finds. “I got the best of the deal on that one,” he said of the quilt, which was estimated to have taken 515 hours to complete.

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MUSHROOM EXPLANATION
MUSHROOM EXPLANATION
Above, mushroom grower Linda Spain explains the intricacies of growing Shiitake mushrooms to Alex Dean, 8, and her mom, Kim. Spain, along with her husband, David, and son, Patrick, operate a mushroom growing operation in Raleigh and visited Franklin County on Saturday to show how the delicacies are grown.


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Fun in the Sun
Fun in the Sun
A RIDE BUILT FOR TWO. Above, Jackson Padgett, left, and Emily Black look out for family while they take a twirl in the Pony Cart.

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Hatcher-Belisle
Hatcher-Belisle
Heidi Drew Hatcher and Robert Lynn Belisle were married March 21, 2009 during a 5 p.m. ceremony at the Sutherland House in Wake Forest. The Rev. Tom Eldridge was the officiating minister.
The bride is the daughter of Tim and Vickie Hatcher of Bunn.
The groom is the son of John and Dorie Belisle of Lynden, Wash.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Local scholars receive diplomas
Tyler Whitaker Pollock of Louisburg graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville on May 8 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting.
He is a graduate of Bunn High School.

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Taylor wins CHASS award at NCSU
Taylor wins CHASS award at NCSU
Tensie Janine Taylor has been awarded the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Award (CHASS). This award is presented to only one outstanding graduating senior in the Communication Department at North Carolina State University.
Qualifications for this award include service to the community, service to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, organizational leadership, volunteer activities, and a commitment to raising the visibility and prestige of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State.

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Person graduates summa cum laude
Ashley Lynne Person of Louisburg graduated summa cum laude (GPA 4.0) from East Carolina University on May 9 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Exercise & Sport Science.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Organic Initiative deadline is May 29
Organic farming conservation practices will now be eligible for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) cost-share funds.  Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced $50 million for a new initiative to meet the Obama Administration’s promise to encourage more organic agriculture production.  North Carolina will receive $1,021,496 under the new initiative.

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TDA goal is to attract tourists
The county’s Tourism Development Authority held its first meeting in years where members didn’t consider a grant application.
Members used the time to look in-house and set a course for a broad approach to luring tourists to Franklin County.
“We want to look at patterns,” said Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Chairwoman Patricia Glatt.
“As we enter this (fiscal) year, we want to look at, ‘What is our pattern of expenditures?’

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What do you want in a new school superintendent? Fill out the FCS survey
By later this week, you’ll have an opportunity to express your opinion about what characteristics a new Franklin County Superintendent of Schools should have.
The school board, which met mostly in a closed-door session Monday night to discuss whether and how to hire an interim superintendent, agreed that a survey for both the public and school employees is appropriate.

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Breaking and entering suspects still on the loose
Franklin County authorities continue to look for suspects accused of breaking into a home at gunpoint.
The suspects may have struck at least twice.
Residents at 74 Hummingbird Way in Franklinton told police that two black men with guns kicked open a side door and broke into the home at about 9 p.m. on Thursday.

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