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Showing 31 articles from June 19, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

2nd-degree murder
2nd-degree murder
A man’s criminal history and actions prior to his death may have kept a former town of Louisburg employee from spending the rest of his life in jail.
Derrick Crudup, 30, was charged with first-degree murder following the Sept. 26, 2008 shooting death of Darrell Collins, 26.
A jury found Crudup guilty of second-degree murder after about two hours of deliberation on Wednesday.
Their decision came after Boyd Sturges argued that his client acted in self-defense and presented evidence that cast Collins as a drug-dealer.

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Drugs found at traffic stop
Drugs found at traffic stop
Louisburg police arrested an Alert man during a traffic stop that led to drug charges.
According to Capt. Cliff Stephens, police had received information that Christopher Travis Tharrington, 29, had been driving around town illegally.
At about 1 p.m. on Thursday, officer T.W. Lincoln spotted a vehicle that matched the description they had received and entered the license plate tag information into a criminal check computer.

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End-of-grade test scores announced
Overall there was good news for the Franklin County School system as the 2008-09 school year wound down and the state testing program results were announced.
For the most part, county students continue to improve overall and are drawing closer to meet the state’s standards.
There were exceptions, however, especially in math and reading scores at some schools.
School officials are quick to point out that when students begin to meet goals across the state, the bar is raised by state educators who make the standards higher.

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Motorcycle road spill
Motorcycle road spill
The State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a motorcycle wreck that sent a man to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Emergency crews and law enforcement agents responded to the 600 block of Mt. Olivet Church Road in Franklinton at about 5:30 to find the rider thrown from the cycle. Trooper B.D. Vick is investigating the wreck, but has yet to release the driver’s name. The driver was air-lifted to WakeMed hospital.

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Painted into a corner?
CONVERSION. This building could become the home of a paint recycling plant. (Times photos by Carey Johnson)
Painted into a corner?
FRANKLINTON — The town Board of Commissioners is set to consider a special-use request next month that could bring the town between 50 and 100 jobs.
P.D. Williams brought a petition to the town’s board on Tuesday night, planning to use the old Sterling Cotton Mill property to blend and reprocess non-hazardous latex paint and consumer commodities, including soaps and lotions.
The town’s planning board recommended approving the special-use permit with three conditions:

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United Way allocates impact grants
United Way allocates impact grants
The news of local non-profits receiving contributed funds from the community through United Way of Franklin County fell on welcoming ears this week.
Safe Space volunteer Wilda Connell, who is the sorter and cashier at the domestic violence shelter’s Variety Store in Louisburg, said that agency is truly thankful to know the needed dollars will be coming their way.
“We did hear about the funding yesterday,” Connell said Thursday morning, helping at the back of the store with a donation. “And we are all so very happy and appreciate it so much.”

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BYE BYE BERT
BYE BYE BERT
Dr. Bert L’Homme, standing right, was recognized for his services to United Way of Franklin County this week, presented with a gift and a certificate of appreciation for his vision and leadership. UWFC President Dale Byrns, right front, said L’Homme’s ease of leadership has allowed the board of directors a way to work together as a team. L’Homme said the board is the best he has ever worked with and commended directors for their commitment and involvement to better Franklin County. From left, clockwise, are UWFC directors Maribeth Allen, Dr. Henry Holt, Cedric Jones, Debra Brodie, Marsha Strawbridge, Russ Volmer, Debra Poleo, Kim Johnson, Andrew Bailey and Christopher Klingman.


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Smoked out
Smoked out
Firefighters from Epsom, Gold Sand and Louisburg battled this house fire on Harvest Road off of U.S. 401 North of Louisburg for much of the afternoon on Wednesday. No one was inside when the blaze was reported at about 3 p.m. Attempts to get information about the fire from fire officials and the sheriff’s office were not successful before press time. The fire remains under investigation.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Kickball fan Paige Lundy

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Bye Bye Bertie
Editorial Cartoon: Bye Bye Bertie


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End-of-grade tests improve, but there’s more work to be done
The test scores posted by students in the Franklin County School System as reported in this edition of your Franklin Times offer a good news, bad news report to parents and taxpayers.
Fortunately, there are some significant test score improvements to report -- and both teachers and school personnel should be commended for their efforts to bring student scores upward.
But let’s not forget the reality of scores.

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Rain has been good for the crops and flowers
Rain has been good for the crops and flowers
Don’t know about all of you but I’ve been enjoying the rather unusual (for us) late spring weather we’ve been having this year.
It’s actually been raining -- and that’s something we haven’t had much of in recent springs, especially last year when it was so dry the cacti were toasted!
It hasn’t been all that long ago that I was questioning the sanity of some Franklin County farmers who tempted fate and planted a good many acres of corn, a high-water-need crop if ever there was one.

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Hopefully, I’ll be back at my desk on Monday morning
Hopefully, I’ll be back at my desk on Monday morning
GOOD MORNING: With a bit of luck yesterday (Friday), I got medical clearance to return to my normal activities here at The Times.
Not a moment too soon either. Frankly, I was on the verge of going stir-crazy.
There’s no way I can adequately express my thanks to all of you for the get well cards, etc., and especially to Ralph and Jenny Edwards of Franklinton for their welcome into the Stent Club.

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Governor Perdue doesn’t really mean it
RALEIGH – On June 17 Gov. Beverly Perdue kicked off a sudden series of meetings and public rallies, filling the news headlines with a new argument that state lawmakers should hike taxes by $1.5 billion next year.
She didn’t really mean it.
Or, more to the point, Perdue doesn’t really think that the General Assembly is going to pass a $1.5 billion tax increase, with or without her support. The idea is a non-starter, particularly given how much effort it just took House leaders to cobble together enough votes for a tax hike half that size. The Senate’s prior budget plan included a still-smaller tax package. There’s little sentiment on Jones Street for doubling down on the proposition that North Carolina’s fiscal problems are the result of North Carolinians keeping too much of their own money.

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OBITUARIES

ANNIE G. PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Annie G. Perry, 68, who died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 21, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Jeff Anderson officiating. Burial was in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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JACK DAVIS
CASTALIA - Jack Davis, 84, died Wednesday morning, June 17, 2009 at Britthaven of Louisburg. Funeral services were Friday, June 19, at White Level Baptist Church, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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DOROTHY MAE CREWS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Dorothy Mae “Dot” Crews, 66, who died Thursday, June 11, 2009, were conducted Thursday, June 18, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial followed in the Spivey family cemetery.

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MAXINE D. RAY
MIDDLESEX - Maxine Dement Ray, 83, died Monday, June 15, 2009 at her home. Funeral services were Thursday, June 18, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell. Burial followed in the Hollywood Cemetery, Middlesex.

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BEATRICE P. FULLER
SPRING HOPE - Beatrice Patton Fuller, 70, died Wednesday night, June 17, 2009. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 20) in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Melvin McGriff officiating. Burial will follow in the Fuller family cemetery.

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THOMAS FOGG
FRANKLINTON—Thomas Fogg, 89, died Thursday, June 11, 2009. Funeral services were Thursday, June 18, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Samuel T. Tunstall officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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JAMES H. WEAVER SR.
FRANKLINTON —The Rev. James Henry “Jimmy” Weaver Sr., 81, died Monday, June 15, 2009 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, June 18, at Harriett Baptist Church in Henderson, with the Rev. Ben Bates and the Rev. Jake Roberson officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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LENA V. EDWARDS
ROCKY MOUNT - Lena Vick Edwards, 84, died Friday, June 19, 2009. Service will be conducted at Hill King United Methodist Church, Louisburg. Date and time of service was undetermined at press time.

 

 

 


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SPORTS

MEGAN’S MASTERY TOUR
ALL-AROUND EXCELLENCE FOR FRANKLINTON. Junior Megan Carper lettered in five sports this past school year for the Franklinton Lady Rams. She was saluted as FHS’ Female Athlete of the Year.
MEGAN’S MASTERY TOUR
FRANKLINTON -- Classes for the year had just ended the day before, and most Franklinton High School students had long since left the campus for their respective summer avocations.
Some were sitting by a swimming pool, others were on their way to the beach. But outside the FHS Gymnasium, a solitary figure could be found, banging a volleyball against the side of a brick wall in temperatures above 90 degrees.
That, however, was just the beginning of Megan Carper’s day. After working on her spike skills, Carper was going to embark on a four-mile run through town. Then she would return to the gym and lift weights before finally -- maybe -- going home.

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Wachovia winners released
Wachovia winners released
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn and Louisburg have claimed championships in their respective conference races during the 2008-09 Wachovia Cup school year.
The Wachovia Cup is presented annually to the school that finishes first in its league’s all-sports points cumulative points standings.
Louisburg was the winner in the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference thanks in part to a strong spring season. The Warriors closed with 283 points, compared to 256 for second-place Weldon.

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Top linksters shine in NCC
ALL-CONFERENCE FOR BHS. Bunn High School junior Graham Lewis has been selected as a member of the 2009 All-Northern Carolina Conference Golf Team.
Top linksters shine in NCC
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Despite being bothered by a back injury for much of the spring, Roanoke Rapids’ Colby Lyles has been saluted as the Northern Carolina Conference Golfer of the Year.
Lyles is joined on the squad by RRHS teammates Jackson Collier, Taylor Merritt and Nathan Wilson.
Bunn is represented by standouts Graham Lewis and James Earp.
Roanoke Rapids cruised to the regular season NCC championship, with Bunn finishing in second place.

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EAST-WEST GIRLS HOOPS ROSTERS
GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been finalized for the annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Girls Basketball Game.
The event will be held July 20 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets will be available at the gate.
The girls game will start at 6:30 p.m., with the boys matchup closing out the prep basketball doubleheader.
Rosters are as follows:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Town of Franklinton approves 2009-10 operating budget
The Franklinton Board of Commissioners approved its 2009-10 budget, which includes a raise for employees, but no increases in fees.
The budget keeps the tax rate at 68 cents per $100 of real property valuation and calls for no fee increases for water, sewer or trash collection.
The town’s sewer rate, though, could change during the course of the fiscal year if Franklin County makes changes to its rates.

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Oxford Manor under new ownership, changes name
Oxford Manor, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center at 500 Prospect Ave., Oxford, has announced a change of ownership, and its new name, effective June 1, as Universal Health Care/Oxford.
The facility offers rehabilitation, sub acute and long-term care needs of those residing in Franklin, Granville, Vance, Person, Warren and Durham counties.

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Civil Air Patrol takes flight
Civil Air Patrol takes flight
Cadets of the Franklin County Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 145 recently flew orientation flights in a Cessna 172 aircraft. Major Matt Mickelson, pilot, is pictured with cadets Brooke Nichols, Donna Childress and Jeffrey Beaver. The one-hour flights are part of aerospace education training syllabus. The three cadets are Franklin County school students. Squadron 145 meets at the Franklin County Airport at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights. Cadets between the ages of 12 and 18 participate in a variety of training activities toward the Civil Air Patrol mission of locating downed aircraft.

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Edward Best High School reunion
Edward Best High School reunion
Twenty-five members of the Edward Best High School Class of 1954 and their guests convened on May 2 to renew friendships forged more than 55 years ago.
The event was hosted by classmate Jimmy Stallings and his wife, Delorese, at their home in Raleigh. Greeting classmates and guests as they arrived were Reunion Committee members John and Betty Sue Rice, Robert Lee and Mary Swanson, Jimmy Wilder, and Mr. and Mrs. Stallings, who also served lunch for the group.

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Toney Lumber earns sawmill safety award
Toney Lumber Company recently received a 2008 Sawmill Safety Award from the Southern Forest Products Association in recognition of the company’s safety performance at its lumber mill in Louisburg.
SFPA member mills are considered for the award based on information submitted to SFPA regarding occupational injuries and illnesses. Safety performance was judged by how the mill’s safety record stacked up against mills with comparable lumber output throughout the year.

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