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Showing 38 articles from May 26, 2009.

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Clumsy but dangerous
Clumsy but dangerous
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a bumbling suspect who pulled off an armed robbery at a local convenience store.
According to investigative reports, a white man wearing a baseball cap, gloves and armed with a gun entered J & S Quick Stop at the intersection of N.C. 96 and Long Mill Road at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday.
According to witnesses and video taken from the scene, investigators said the man appeared to be fumbling around and didn’t immediately attract the suspicion or attention of shoppers or the cashier.

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Salute!
ATTENTION! AMVETS members, from left to right, Art Alexander, Bob Gillman and Dick Maryman give a unified salute during the closing moments of Monday’s Memorial Day celebration at Lake Royale’s veteran’s garden.
Salute!
LAKE ROYALE — Just as the AMVETS prepared to host its annual Memorial Day celebration, the heavens opened up and brought some rain.
For many in the crowd, it served to be only a mild inconvenience.
“For those of us in uniform, we’re used to dealing with stuff like this,” said Tom Nichols, a past department commander, member of the AMVETS post and organizer of the event.
“We just dig a little deeper and keep going,” he said. “And that’s what we plan to do.”

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String of Pearl’s misfortunes just miscommunication says fugitive
String of Pearl’s misfortunes just miscommunication says fugitive
A man jailed on charges of defrauding a relative and is under suspicion of trying to scam economic development officials says both assertions don’t cover the whole story.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Strickland arrested Robert and Tamara Pearl last week on two counts of felony financial card fraud and felony identity theft.
According to Strickland, the two are suspected of obtaining two credit cards in the name of Mrs. Pearl’s stepmother.
The cards, Strickland said, were used to purchase a laptop and a camera.

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Judge yet to make decision on Franklinton negligent death case
Franklinton staff and its attorney continue to await a ruling that will determine whether a negligent death case continues.
The family of Linsay and Maggie Lunsford, 18 and 9, respectively, filed a lawsuit against former Franklinton Officer Michael Dunlap, Police Chief Ray Gilliam, the town and Guy Christopher Ayscue, arguing that they were all to blame for the Dec. 1, 2007 chase and crash that killed the two Granville County sisters.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn High School student J.R. Barnes

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The Franklin Times for Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Subscribers can download today's print edition in PDF format.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Sharp Dressed Man
Editorial Cartoon: Sharp Dressed Man


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Not the time for high-speed rail
It’s almost impossible not to cast a skeptical eye on this latest gee-whiz government project aimed at creating high-speed rail service between Raleigh and Richmond.
Of course, the obvious question is whether enough people travel from Raleigh to Richmond, or vice versa, to make the project viable. Does anyone travel from Raleigh to Richmond?
In any case, the project is expected to cost $4 billion -- and will probably spiral far beyond that if it’s ever built.

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Coming to you loud and clear via laptop from WakeMed
Coming to you loud and clear via laptop from WakeMed
GOOD MORNING FROM WAKE MED: Or at least it was morning anyway at the time of this writing. Yesterday (Tuesday) I was scheduled to undergo a number of diagnostic tests to determine whether or not I had possibly suffered what is commonly referred to as another mini-stroke or a mild heart attack.
As many of you possibly know, unfortunately, neither of the aforementioned mishaps is breaking any really new ground for me, but boy, the medical approach to each has apparently undergone some big advances.

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Federal probe could help restore voter confidence
Federal probe could help restore voter confidence
Another day, another subpoena, it seems.
With each passing day, the federal probe into alleged bad acts by former Gov. Mike Easley and his wife, Mary, seems to grow broader.
Earlier this week, federal investigators subpoenaed the State Auditor’s Office for records regarding Mary Easley’s work at N.C. State.
Who knows what they’ll find, but it sure looks fishy.

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Website Reader Participation Results May 21-26
Last Week’s Poll
County airport keep revenue?
Should the county airport be allowed to keep the revenue it generates?

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Legislative watch
The following votes were some taken in the General Assembly, week ended March 14, by state Rep. Lucy Allen.

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Writing history larger
Few of us remember what was said at our graduation. Sometimes the words spoken were not memorable but such was not the case when Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the graduating class of Wake Forest University.
Biden’s plain-spoken rhetoric struck chords of truth and called forth the best in those who, charting a new course in life, urging the graduates to “take history in your hands and write it larger,” also adding “…we’re either going to fundamentally change the course of history, or fail the generations that come after us, because change will occur. Non-action is action. We’re either going to fundamentally revive our economy or we’re going to fall behind.”

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OBITUARIES

BILLIE WARDRETT
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Billie Wardrett, 85, who died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, will be conducted at noon today (Wednesday, May 27) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Quenten Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Church cemetery.

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JEREMY JOHN CRISPELL
FRANKLINTON - Jeremy John Crispell, 32, died Saturday, May 23, 2009. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 28, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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EVELYN W. LAMB
RALEIGH - Evelyn Wilder Lamb, 74, died Friday, May 22, 2009 at Wake Med. To honor Evelyn’s wishes, she will be cremated and no service will be held at this time.

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RUFUS H. DUKE
WAKE FOREST - Rufus Hildred Duke, 81, died Thursday morning, May 21, 2009 at Raleigh Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

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CHERYL M. WILSON
RALEIGH - Cheryl Mickey Wilson, 54, died Monday May 25, 2009 at Duke Hospice Hock Family Pavilion in Durham. A memorial service honoring her life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 28, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Bill Haley officiating.

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LEMUEL “ROOSTER” HOYLE
YOUNGSVILLE- Lemuel H. “Rooster” Hoyle, 76, of 4989 US 401 Hwy South, Youngsville, died Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Rex Hospital. He was born in Franklin County, was a veteran of the US Army and was retired from Square D.

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MARGARET B. PERRY
February 5, 1912 – May 25, 2009
LOUISBURG – Margaret Foster Button Perry, 97, of Louisburg, died Monday morning.

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SPORTS

The Fun Continues
WELCOME BACK. Louisburg’s Dillon Joyner (9) is greeted by his teammates after delivering a home run during last Friday’s victory over East Bladen in a Class 1-A State Baseball Playoff matchup at Warrior Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
The Fun Continues
LOUISBURG - Dillon Joyner’s first rocket of the night was snared -- in nearly miraculous fashion -- by East Bladen centerfielder Ryan Collins.
Joyner made sure that Collins wouldn’t foil his offensive plans the rest of the way.
After being robbed by Collins in the bottom of the first -- costing the Warriors at least one run -- Joyner went 3-for-3 with two RBI the rest of the way during last Friday’s showdown in the third round of the Class 1-A State Baseball Playoffs at Warrior Field.

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Bunn’s Bellamy A State Champ
SIMPLY THE BEST. Bunn High School’s Marissa Bellamy (second from left) stands at the top of the awards podium after winning the Girls 200 at last Friday’s Class 2-A State Track & Field Championships, which were held in Greensboro.
Bunn’s Bellamy A State Champ
GREENSBORO -- Marissa Bellamy’s season-long magic continued for Bunn last Friday on the biggest stage of all.
Only a freshman, Bellamy brought home BHS’ first state individual title since 2006 (Tria Metzler) at the Class 2-A State Track and Field Meet, which was held at North Carolina A&T University’s Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro.
Not only did Bellamy deliver a crown, she did so in record-breaking fashion, setting the all-time Class 2-A mark in the Girls 200 with a time of 24.69.

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Mann the pick for Wildcats
Mann the pick for Wildcats
Charles Mann has been selected as the new Athletic Director at Bunn High School.
Mann, a former student-athlete at BHS who graduated in 1992, succeeds Hancel Phipps, who stepped down recently.
“Several things stood out (about Mann),’’ said BHS Principal Robin Faulkner. “He is committed to Bunn High School -- that is something we  have seen over the years.

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East Carolina to stay at home for regionals
East Carolina to stay at home for regionals
GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina University baseball team will make its 24th NCAA Regional appearance and 10th in the last 11 years after earning a No. 1 seed at the Greenville Regional in this year’s NCAA Baseball Championships.
ECU is coached by former Louisburg College skipper Billy Godwin, with Tommy Atkinson, another ex-LC coach, serving as an assistant.
Monday afternoon’s selection marks the fifth time in school history the Pirates garnered the top seed in a regional (1999 – Baton Rouge, La., 2000 – Lafayette, La., 2001 – Wilson and 2004 – Kinston.

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Hurricanes on brink of elimination
Hurricanes on brink of elimination
RALEIGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins marched into the RBC Center last Saturday and defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 to take a three games to none lead in their best- of-seven series in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoff semifinals.
The Canes opened the scoring at 4:06 of the first period as Matt Cullen flipped the puck past Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for the early 1-0 lead. 
The Penquins evened the score at 1-1 just over two minutes later as Evgeni Malkin, after a bad clearing attempt by Tim Gleason, found the back of the net.

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FISH MASTER
FISH MASTER
 Matthew Hodges of the Edward Best Community reeled in this amazing shellcracker on May 21 at a private pond in Franklin County. The fish was 13.25 inches long and weighed 31 ounces. Matthew will be registering the fish with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, as it more than qualifies for the state’s citation program.

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BHS GIRLS
BHS GIRLS
Bunn High School’s girls representatives at the Class 2-A State Track and Field Meet last Friday were (l to r) Brianna Gatson, Courtney McLaughlin, Ashley Alston, Marissa Bellamy and Jasmine Brodie.

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TRYING TO MAKE THE PLAY
TRYING TO MAKE THE PLAY
Louisburg High School second sacker Dustin Jones (left) attempts to come up with a relay throw as East Bladen’s A.J. McCoy slides during last Friday night’s third-round event of the Class 1-A State Baseball Playoffs at LHS’ Warrior Field.

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LIFESTYLES

Phillips -Toney
Phillips -Toney
Jennifer Dianne Phillips and Charles Leftridge Toney III of Charlotte were married May 23, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Morehead City. The Rev. Dr. Billy Fenton Seate performed the double-ring ceremony. A reception followed at the home of the bride.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

NCSU graduate attributes success to Franklin County School system
One of the hardest things for a student to do is to figure out what path to pursue after graduating from high school.
It was not a hard decision for 2005 Louisburg High School graduate Jason King. King, who also designed the current Franklin County Schools logo, developed a passion for computer programming and web design when he was attending Terrell Lane Middle School and has never looked back.

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LHS band concert Friday, May 29
The Concert and Symphonic Bands of Louisburg High School will present their Spring Concert this Friday night, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Louisburg High School auditorium.
The Concert Band will play the rarely-heard “Tar Heel March,” an arrangement of the spiritual “Rock-A-My Soul,” a medley of traditional Mexican songs in the “Mexican Overture,” and a setting of music from the “Star Wars” saga.

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Bunn High student serves as page
RALEIGH – Ja’son Davis of Bunn participated in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh. Ja’son spent a week gaining valuable life experience and providing administrative support as a page for the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management for the week of May 4-8.
 “By participating in the page program, high school students from all parts of North Carolina have the opportunity to see first-hand how our government and government agencies work,” Governor Bev Perdue said.  “These students represent North Carolina’s future, and it is important for them to understand how our state functions.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Law enforcement looks at break-ins and fire
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects accused of either attempting or successfully breaking into two garages.
According to the first report by Dep. R.D. Bowden, he responded to an alarm at Hayes Auto at U.S. 401 South and noticed a rear window had been knocked out, apparently with a tire rim.
Bowden, another deputy and shop owner George Hayes searched the garage on the evening of May 16, but did not find anyone inside or anything missing.

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PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN
PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN
Above, Franklinton United Methodist Church pastor Daniel Jenks belts out his rendition of “God Bless the USA” during the Memorial Day ceremony at Lake Royale on Monday.

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School bid delayed
The bid opening for the new Franklinton High School has been delayed until Wednesday, June 3, to give contractors a bit more time to prepare their offers, according to Jon D. Long, the school district’s architect.
Long, who prepared the plans for the 210,000-square-foot project, said several general contractors had requested more time to allow their sub-contractors to prepare their bids. The 1,200-student school has been projected to cost about $34.5 million but officials are hoping that current economic conditions will significantly reduce that cost, perhaps as much as 20 to 25 percent.

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Class Reunion
Class Reunion
Youngsville High School Class of 1969 held a 40th anniversary reunion.  Classmates attending (left to right):  Vic Rogers, Graydon Sutton, Jerry Vaughan, Charles Jones, Deborah Peterson, Rommie Catlett, Janet White, Linda Faulkner, Otha Hill and Debbie Lee.

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Tuesday for Tots
Tuesday for Tots
Parents, early childhood educators, FGV Partnership for Children board and staff members, and young children from Great Beginnings Christian Childcare traveled to Raleigh on Tuesday, May 17 to talk to area legislators.  The FGV Partnership is the local non-profit agency that provides Smart Start services to children under age 6 and their families.

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Veterans honored for service
On Saturday, April 11, at Maple Springs Baptist Church, Louisburg, the Joseph J. Davis 537 United Daughters of the Confederacy presented the following awards:

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