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Showing 40 articles from May 29, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Armed robbery suspect found dead
Armed robbery suspect found dead
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies continue to look for an accomplice who helped a Granville County man rob a convenience store the day before he died.
According to investigators, Jeremy John Crispell, 32, entered the J & S Quick Stop the afternoon of May 22 and awkwardly robbed the store at gunpoint.
No one inside was injured and witnesses say Crispell left the scene in a red sport utility vehicle driven by another man.

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Pearls’ Jam
Robert Pearl
Pearls’ Jam
Robert Pearl said if he’s guilty of anything, it’s naiveté.
While he and his wife, Tamara Kay Pearl, await an appearance in court on Monday on charges of defrauding Mrs. Pearl’s in-laws, Robert Pearl said allegations by the state Department of Commerce (DOC) that he and his wife were some “International grifters” stings.
During an interview this week, Mr. Pearl described his side of the story.

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County’s general fund balance at 10-year low
County’s general fund balance at 10-year low
During a budget work session on Tuesday, Franklin County commissioners realized the economy isn’t the only thing spiraling.
A poor economy, dwindling revenues and spending habits have put the county’s fund balance — essentially its savings account — at a 10-year low.
A healthy fund balance — the difference between fund assets and fund liabilities ­— should be in the range of 22 to 23 percent.

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Unemployment rate drops in county
Unemployment rates dropped for the second consecutive month in Franklin County, leading employment staff to believe we’re on the way to some stability in the job market.
“The rate is decreasing, which is good news,” said Mike Brown, Franklin County’s branch manager of the Employment Security Commission.
“It appears that we’re leveling out.”

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Non-profit looks to rehab school property
Non-profit looks to rehab school property
Owners of the Gold Sand Elementary property want to turn the one-time school into a prisoner rehab and community center.
Franklin County sold the rundown school and 14-acre property to the Perry’s School Alumni in 2006.
The nonprofit entity bought the property for $1 with the provision that it be used for public purposes.
The group envisions using the school and property for a rehabilitation community center, with one wing helping inmates transition from jail back into mainstream society.

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Historical marker honors Lewis and Clark explorer
Louisburg native Richard Warfington took part in one of the greatest expeditions this country has known.
For those who set out to have his place in history recognized, their journey ends on June 6 with the unveiling of an historical marker.
Members of the Carolina Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation have worked for years toward this dedication.
Warfington was the sole North Carolinian to serve as a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the west.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Grant's Tomb
Editorial Cartoon: Grant's Tomb


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Tough budget decisions ahead
Okay, neighbor, it’s your turn.
Monday night you have a chance to help shape the direction of Franklin County over the next 12 months -- and the decisions that loom are critical ones that will reach beyond the next fiscal year.
On tap Monday night is a public hearing -- to be held by the county commissioners -- on the county’s budget for the next fiscal year.
As the old saying goes, follow the dollars!

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Proposed high speed rail project:  we’re being railroaded at 51 mph
Proposed high speed rail project: we’re being railroaded at 51 mph
Gee Whiz! Does anyone even peek at the numbers anymore?
I mean, $11.3 million per mile for high speed rail between Raleigh and Richmond?
That’s insane!
Worse, if you do the math, you’ll discover that this “high speed” train will be rocketing along at an absolutely mind-boggling average of 51 miles per hour!

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Hopefully headed home to recuperate and agitate
Hopefully headed home to recuperate and agitate
DAY  SIX AT WAKEMED: Boy, what a ride I’ve had here at WakeMed for the past six days.
And you know what? During that time, I think I’ve come close to driving some very good doctors and staff up the wall, just as I have many readers of The Franklin Times over the years.
At the time of this writing, I think they are planning to release me from the hospital and allow me to come home where I’ll receive home treatment for a viral infection.

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Mary Easley will be going
RALEIGH – Mary Easley is not going to keep her current, controversial job teaching and arranging a speaker series at N.C. State University.
That’s not a prediction. It’s a fact. The president of the University of North Carolina system, Erskine Bowles, has asked the former First Lady to leave. The embattled chancellor of N.C. State, James Oblinger, has asked her to leave. The new chairman of the school’s board of trustees, former Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan, has asked her to leave. And key members of the North Carolina General Assembly, who control the university’s purse strings, have indicated a willingness to eliminate state funding for the position.

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Fair and simple
Dear Editor:
Mass confusion surrounds our tax code and is beginning to stimulate the debate to reform the present tax system.  Reform plans range from a minor overhaul of the income tax to completely abolishing it.
What we need is a fair, simple, transparent tax system that any American can understand at a glance. A new tax system that would end late night sweating over endless forms and allow us to trash our shoeboxes full of receipts. We need a system that won’t hide the tax burden in the cost of goods and services; a system that will allow working people – wage earners – to take home their entire paychecks, with no deductions.

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OBITUARIES

ESTELLE P. MEDLIN
ZEBULON – Estelle Pearce Medlin, 85, died Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2009 at her home. Funeral service was Thursday, May 28, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with Dr. Ron Wallace officiating. Burial followed at Pearce Baptist Church cemetery.

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MATTILLE H. WHITAKER
FRANKLINTON — Mattille Hicks Whitaker, 85, died Monday, May 25, 2009 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 30) at Franklinton United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Daniel Jenks. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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SANDRA S. HUTCHENS
LEXINGTON - Sandra Louise Smith Hutchens, 69, died suddenly Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Lexington Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 30) at First Reformed United Church of Christ, where she was a member, with the Rev. Dr. Walter Patten officiating.

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DOROTHY H. RAWLEY
RALEIGH - Dorothy “Dot” Moore Hamrick Rawley, 80, died Monday, May 25, 2009 at home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 28, at Christ Covenant Church in Raleigh, with the Rev. Tom Mercer officiating. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery.

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EDWARD J. MORRIS
HAMPDEN, Mass. - Edward Joseph Morris, 79, died Sunday, May 24, 2009 at his home. Services were conducted in Springfield, Mass. on Friday. The Rite of Committal and Burial will be Sunday, May 31, in Raleigh Memorial Park. A visiting hour will precede the burial on Sunday from 1-2 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

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DORIS H. CARLTON
LOUISBURG - Doris Hildebrand Carlton, 82, died Saturday, May 23, 2009 at the home of her daughter-in-law, Jodi. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

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FRANCES “CAT” D. BAKER
September 27, 1921 – May 27, 2009
LOUISBURG – Frances “Cat” Denton Baker, 87, of Louisburg, died Wednesday morning.

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SPORTS

DOWN TO THE WIRE
LOOKING IT OVER. Louisburg’s Sport Williams takes a pitch during the Warriors’ home game against Perquimans on Wednesday in the fourth round of the Class 1-A State Baseball Playoffs at Warrior Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
DOWN TO THE WIRE
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s fortunes looked grim heading into the final inning of Wednesday’s Class 1-A State Baseball Playoff quarterfinal matchup against Perquimans.
The visiting Pirates had a three-run lead, and standout southpaw Austin Freese appeared to be cruising on the mound.
But the Warriors put together one final rally for a to-the-wire finish that had fans from both sides on the edge of their seats.
After struggling through the frame, Freese coaxed a bases-loaded strikeout to preserve the Pirates’ 4-2 conquest at Warrior Field that sent PHS into the Class 1-A East Regional Finals.

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Bunn Honors Barker, Rodgers
Bunn Honors Barker, Rodgers
BUNN -- Making the mark in the classroom and on the playing field has been the integral theme of the high school careers of Jessica Barker and Justin Rodgers.
After four successful prep seasons, Rodgers and Barker took home more honors at Tuesday’s Bunn High School Athletic Ceremony.
Barker and Rodgers, both of whom are seniors, were saluted as BHS’ Athletes of the Year at the annual event.

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A great year for Warriors
A great year for Warriors
During his speech at Thursday’s Louisburg High School Athletics Banquet, LHS baseball coach Al Bolton relayed a story concerning his club’s visit to Louisburg College for a practice session at Frazier Field.
It was early in the year, and Warrior Field on the LHS campus was muddy. So Bolton took his club just a few hundred yards away to the facility at LC.
As his players were taking part in drills, Bolton took up a conversation with a member of LC’s coaching staff.

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LC Returns To Nationals
LC Returns To Nationals
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College men’s golf team will play in the NJCAA Men’s Division III National Championship Tournament from June 2 – 5 at Chautauqua Golf Club Lake Course in Chautauqua, N.Y.
Participants in the event will include sophomore All-Americans Tyson Lynn from Mobile, Ala., and Peter Teifer from Cranbury, N.J.; sophomore Logan Peck from High Point and freshmen Adhemar Perez from Venezuela and Troy Nail from Fredericksburg,Va.

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BHS baseball camp slated
BHS baseball camp slated
BUNN -- The 2009 Bunn High School Baseball Camp will be held June 15-18 at the Bunn Elementary School baseball Field.
Times will be from 9 a.m.-noon each day, and the event will be open to youngsters in grades 1-6.
Cost is $55 per player, which includes T-shirt, awards and pizza party. Participants must bring glove, cleats, water bottle and snack.
The camp is intended to help instruct youngsters on the fundamentals of baseball. Drills will include fielding, catching, throwing, pitching, hitting, bunting and sliding.

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SECTIONAL RUNNER-UP
SECTIONAL RUNNER-UP
David McPhail, a sixth-grader at Bunn Middle School, took second place in the 11-12 Division at the Pitch, Hit & Run Sectionals, which were held May 16 in Holly Springs.

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YAKS UNDEFEATED CHAMPIONS
YAKS UNDEFEATED CHAMPIONS
The U-14 Juventus went undefeated in the Youngsville Area Kids Soccer League this spring. Pictured are team members (back, l to r) Steve The Waterboy, Jake Albright, Zachary Sumner, Matt Autrey, Freeman Jones, Josh Ballentine and Caroline Cashwell; (front, l to r) Cierra Killian, Austin Evon, Camille Bove, Jacob Rego, Josia Bacon, Connor Chapman and Donielle Davis.

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THE BEST SPORT AT BUNN
THE BEST SPORT AT BUNN
Senior volleyball standout Meredith Edwards received the Sportsmanship Award during Tuesday night’s Bunn High School Athletic Ceremony, which was held at the BHS Auditorium. She helped the Ladycats to the NCC regular season title last fall. In addition to her spike heroics, Edwards is also an outstanding student at BHS.

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Carolina Mudcats get the best of Biscuits
Carolina Mudcats get the best of Biscuits
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats (23-24) excelled in all aspects of the game Thursday night at Five County Stadium, beating the Montgomery Biscuits (24-24) 7-2 on 13 hits in the Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Eight Mudcats collected hits, led by both Sean Henry and Chris Kroski, each picking up three hits.
Todd Frazier also had two hits and scored a run. Unlikely candidates for triples, both Kroski and Frazier smacked three-baggers.
Juan Francisco, the only hitless Mudcat, drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

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LIFESTYLES

Cherry Hill spring concert series ends with June 14 performance
The Cherry Hill spring concert series concludes with the annual student concert at 3 p.m. June 14.
Each year promising young musicians are selected to play a classical concert at the antebellum concert venue. This year’s offering  is slightly different since it will combine two professionals with one student, Abigail Taylor.
Both Abigail and her sister Rebekah are pianists and are natives of Inez, near Cherry Hill Plantation. In fact, Rebekah has spent many hours practicing on the Steinway at Cherry Hill and both young ladies have attended nearly all the concerts in recent years.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklinton senior wins McDonald’s Scholarship
Franklinton senior wins McDonald’s Scholarship
Local McDonald’s owner/operators have awarded Robert Bell, a Franklinton High School senior,  with a $1,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) scholarship for outstanding academic and community achievement.  The local scholar is among 200 students from across the Carolinas who received college scholarships from the RMHC of North Carolina. 

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Joneses receive degrees
Lauren Jones
Joneses receive degrees
Lauren Sophia Jones, a 1999 graduate of Louisburg High School, was awarded the Juris Doctorate degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law on  May 22 in Newark, N. J.
During her  three years at Seton Hall, Lauren and her team were  awarded third place in the regional debate forum. She was also a student law clerk for a court judge in Newark and, along with classmates, assisted in trial litigation in the juvenile court system. She was a first- and second-year intern with the McCarter and English Law Firm of Newark, N. J.

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McKinney graduates from Guilford
McKinney graduates from Guilford
Ciera Dawn “Blair” McKinney graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro on Saturday, May 9. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in forensic biology, with a double major in criminal justice, receiving a BS degree.
She plans to work as a crime scene investigator and later pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice.

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Reavis graduates magna cum laude
Angela L. Reavis graduated magna cum laude on May 8 at East Carolina University in Greenville with a Batchelor’s degree in elementary education.
While at UNC, she was a member and officer of Sigma Alpha Omega, a Christian sorority. At graduation she received honor cords for membership in Golden Key, National Honor Society College of Education, Phi Kappa Phi and BB&T Leadership Academy.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

NAACP Mother of the Year
NAACP Mother of the Year
The Franklin County Branch of the NAACP recently held its annual Mother of the Year banquet at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Bunn.
A liturgical presentation was given by Nanette Nicholson of God’s Visionary Missionary Baptist Church. Mozelle Manning of Walnut Grove Baptist Church gave a musical/verse presentation.
A catered meal was served. Mamie Jones, branch secretary, presented the mothers.

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Pryor celebrates 95th birthday
Pryor celebrates 95th birthday
John Hamilton Pryor celebrated his 95th birthday with family and friends at Louisburg United Methodist Church, where  he is an active member. John was born in Fairmont, W. Va., on May 20, 1914. He is also an active member of the Sudan Temple in New Bern and the Franklin County Shrine Club.

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Currin receives Long Leaf Pine
Currin receives Long Leaf Pine
Dr. Ben F. Currin, longtime president of Vance-Granville Community College now retired, has been given the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award by North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue.
The award was presented by N.C. Rep. James W. Crawford Jr. of Oxford.
The award is regarded as one of the highest honors the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen. It is given to Tar Heels in recognition of a significant record of service or a special achievement.

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Palich receives Democratic Woman of the Year Award
Palich receives Democratic Woman of the Year Award
Alitha Palich was the recipient of the 2009 Democratic Woman of the Year Award. This award is bestowed annually by the Democratic Women of Franklin County during the Franklin County Democratic Party’s annual banquet, conducted this year on April 30 at Louisburg College.
Armenta Eaton, president of the Democratic Women of Franklin County, presented the award to Palich in recognition of her outstanding service, loyalty and dedication to the Democratic Party of Franklin County.

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Births: Connor Kyle Horton
Births: Connor Kyle Horton
Kyle and Katie Horton of Spring Hope, proud parents, and Jackson Gupton, cousin, announce the birth of Connor Kyle Horton, born Jan. 24, 2009 at Nash General Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20-1/4 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Stanley and Linda Nelms of Spring Hope.
Paternal grandparents are Milton and Connie Horton, also of Spring Hope.

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Births: Mayci Grey Zimmerle
Births: Mayci Grey Zimmerle
Micah Zimmerle announces the birth of his baby sister, Mayci Grey Zimmerle, born March 22, 2009 at Wake Med in Raleigh. She weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long.
The proud parents are Scottie and Christy Zimmerle of Louisburg.
Maternal grandparents are Wayne and Scarlett Cottrell of Louisburg.
Paternal grandparents are Jimmy and Rita Zimmerle of Stanfield.

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Louisburg native honored by YMCA
Louisburg native honored by YMCA
The Rev. Dwight Darnell Gill, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange, N.J., and a native of Louisburg, was honored by the Metro YMCAs of the Oranges at its 13th Annual Minority Achievers Banquet.
Rev. Gill was recognized for his commitment and visionary leadership in creating and supporting programs that help promote academic and social enrichment in the lives of youth in the community.

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