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Showing 38 articles from July 10, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

School system delays bid recommendation
School system delays bid recommendation
Attorneys said they need more time before school officials recommend who commissioners pay to build a new Franklinton High School.
School staff anticipated recommending that the third lowest bidder — D.A. Thomas Construction — be given the contract for the new 214,277-square-foot Franklinton High School.
But by Friday afternoon, the matter was pulled from the agenda.
“The lawyers are still vetting some things out,” Interim Superintendent Eddie Ingram said Friday afternoon.

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Ironing out the problem
Ironing out the problem
FRANKLINTON — Water plant staff, engineers and consultants have put in enough work that town staff figure they might be able to turn town water back on this Monday.
The town switched over to county water and took its water plant offline on July 6, five days after iron built up in the town’s reservoir and about 1,100 households received rust-colored water.
“We’re still on county water,” Town Manager Larry Carver said on Thursday afternoon, “at least until Monday.”

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Twenty-one municipal seats up for grabs
Pernell
Twenty-one municipal seats up for grabs
Prospective politicians have until this Friday to file for one of the 21 available municipal seats that Franklin County residents will get to fill this fall.
The filing period opened on July 6 (rather than the planned July 3 because of the holiday) and by the end of the first week, three newcomers, John Allers, Catherine Redd, and David Bissette, had filed to run for office in Franklinton, Youngsville and Wake Forest respectively.

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Vehicles stolen, then torched
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating two thefts that happened within 10 miles of each other and ended the same way — two vehicles torched.
On July 2, Tracy N. Green, 28, of Nash County, reported that someone stole her 2002 Dodge Intrepid from outside a residence on N.C. 56 East in Castalia, just short of the Nash County line.
The incident was reported at about 9:30 a.m. on July 2. At about 4 p.m. that same day, Nash County sheriff’s deputies found the vehicle after it had been burned.

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Youngsville seeking more aid to repair aging sewer lines
Youngsville seeking more aid to repair aging sewer lines
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s Board of Commissioners moved forward with plans to request a supplemental grant to help them complete a sewer rehab project.
It was another sidestep the town has had to make with the sewer project.
The town received a $900,000 Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant in 2008 to rehab old manholes and sewer lines, but the money was pulled by the state.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Elic's Elixir
Editorial Cartoon: Elic's Elixir


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No easy answers for babies born on drugs
We’re skeptical.
We fully realize the significance of the problem and the horrible effects it has on just-beginning lives, but we’re skeptical that punishment is the answer.
The problem is babies being born to mothers who abuse drugs and alcohol.
The effects, both prenatally and in the early days of life, can be devastating -- and they can linger through a person’s lifetime.

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Perdue wants open government, but Lewis wants some answers
Perdue wants open government, but Lewis wants some answers
GOOD MORNING: A GOP backed bill that would all but guarantee attorney fees for those who sue over public records narrowly cleared a key Senate committee in Raleigh Wednesday, but look for Democratic opponents to try to gut the bill, which would also create an open government unit within the Attorney General’s Office that could help mediate public records disputes, when it hits the House floor, possibly next week.
This also looks to me like a golden opportunity for Gov. Beverly Perdue to back up her call for open government with something a bit more substantial than lip service.

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Would Thomas Jefferson be a CNN I-reporter?
Would Thomas Jefferson be a CNN I-reporter?
Six women dead. Three more missing. All in the space of barely four years and in a place where even a single violent death ought to stand out like a red flag on a snowbank.
Yet it’s taken that long for officials just east of us to tumble to the fact they may have a serial killer on the loose in the Battleboro area in Nash and Edgecombe counties.
There will be those that argue the case has been so effectively ignored for so long because the victims were black and living on the edge of society, apparently using drugs and sex to forge a marginal existence.
That’s certainly part of the reason -- but it’s frightening that the news media didn’t tumble to this sooner.

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Don’t make major cuts in the mental health budget
RALEIGH – I don’t know whether the Democratic majority in the General Assembly proposed major cuts in state mental-health programs as a response to recent scandals or as a means of scaring North Carolinians into supporting tax increases. Whatever the motivation, it was a bad idea.
There were far better places in the state budget to save money. Rather than cut funding for the state’s psychiatric hospitals and mental-health services, lawmakers should have, for example, returned $85 million in University of North Carolina overhead receipts to the General Fund to help finance state-funded facilities, reclaimed tens of millions of dollars a year in tobacco settlement funds now diverted outside the General Fund, and eliminated the hundreds of additional millions of dollars in waste and duplication detailed in state-funded studies, investigative reports by the news media, and alternative budgets published by the John Locke Foundation over the years.

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Need to rise above playground politics
No one can argue our legislators have an extremely difficult and disagreeable task trying to put together a budget for the year that started July 1. But that is no excuse for unnecessarily dragging out the task.
While not privy to the closed-door discussions taking place between the House and Senate, we know one house has one approach for imposing a billion dollars of new taxes and the other house has a different approach. What we see reminds us of children jostling for position on a playground.

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OBITUARIES

BERNICE J. WIGGS
ZEBULON - Alice “Bernice” Johnson Wiggs, 88, died Monday, July 6, 2009 at WakeMed. Funeral service was conducted Thursday, July 9, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon. Burial followed in the Bailey Town Cemetery.

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ALMA L. BULLOCK
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Alma Louise Bullock, 77, who died Monday, July 6, 2009, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, July 11) in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Timothy Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.


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RUTH S. JEFFREYS
ZEBULON - Ruth Strickland Jeffreys, 81, died Monday, July 6, 2009. Funeral service was Thursday, July 9, at Thanksgiving Baptist Church. Burial was in the Wise-Jeffreys Cemetery.

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ROSEMARIE MIHALICH
RALEIGH - Rosemarie Mihalich, 68, died suddenly Friday, July 3, 2009. A memorial service was conducted Friday, July 10, at Renaissance Funeral Home, Raleigh.

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JOYCE W. JOHNSON
RALEIGH - Joyce Wade Johnson, 66, died Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at the home of her daughter, Kim, in Youngsville. Funeral services will be Sunday, July 12, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel in Knightdale, with the Rev. Jim Carroll, her son-in-law, officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethany Baptist Church cemetery, 3417 Rolesville Road, Wendell.

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JOE WRIGHT
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Joe Wright, 73, who died Friday, July 10, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, July 13, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DAVID T. “D.T.” STROTHER, SR.
APRIL 12, 1937 – JULY 7, 2009
LOUISBURG - David Thomas “D.T.” Strother, Sr., 72, of Louisburg, died Monday, July 6, 2009, in Duke Raleigh Hospital.  Graveside services were held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. from the Gupton Family Cemetery.

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SPORTS

BUNN WRAPS IT UP
GIMME FIVE. Bunn’s Dillon Hopkins (34) is congratulated by Louisburg catcher Caleb Allen after hitting a home run during Tuesday evening’s final game of the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball Tournament at Luddy Park in Youngsville.
BUNN WRAPS IT UP
YOUNGSVILLE -- With Christian Sledge secured as the ace of the Bunn pitching staff, opponents looked at the possibility of mastering the All-Stars other hill masters -- with the hope of possibly stealing a district title from the heavily favored Green and Gold.
So much for that theory.
After Sledge sent Bunn into the winner’s bracket Sunday with a solid effort against Louisburg, the All-Stars sent Thomas Dean to the mound for Tuesday’s Dixie Youth Major League District Tourney championship rematch at Luddy Park.

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Kickball struggles building
Kickball struggles building
They are Franklin County’s poster children for mediocrity -- a ragamuffin group guided by a beleaguered manager, all the while setting new statistical marks for ineptitude in the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department’s Kickball League.
They are, in a nutshell, the worst team in FCPR Kickball league history.
Of course, this is the first season FCPR has undertaken such an endeavor. But that’s beside the point.
The Little Rascals have been big on defeat and short on success during their inaugural campaign.

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TROPHY TIME
TROPHY TIME
Members of the Bunn All-Stars lift the championship trophy at the Dixie Youth Major League Baseball District Tournament, which concluded Tuesday at Luddy Park in Youngsville.

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BUNN ALL-STARS
BUNN ALL-STARS
Members of the Bunn Major League All-Stars are (back, l to r) Coaches Andy Collier, Quinton Sanders and John Benson; (middle, l to r) Tyler Dixon, A.J. Collier, Terry Langston, Tevin Perry, Kevin Carroll and Nicholas Sanders; (front, l to r) Cameron Wright, Dillon Hopkins,  Christian Sledge, Thomas Dean, Trevor Gupton and Nick Johnson; (sitting at bottom) Team Mascot Emma Sanders.

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LOUISBURG ALL-STARS
LOUISBURG ALL-STARS
Members of the Louisburg Major League All-Stars are (back, l to r) Coach Eugene Yarborough, Coach Russ Stevenson, Jacob Wood, Cooper Bolton, Coach Casey Bolton, Casey Gupton and Coach T.C. Crudup; (middle, l to r) Geoffrey Hutchinson, Kenan Ellis, Caleb Allen, Nick Joyner and Dustin Smith; (front, l to r) Grant Phillips, Tyree Thorne, Dillon Sykora and Javonte Taylor.

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SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Dixie Youth Baseball District Commissioner Bruce Tant (center) presented the Sportsmanship Award to the Youngsville All-Stars following Tuesday’s conclusion of the D-Y Major League Baseball District Tournament, which was held at Luddy Park in Youngsville. Accepting the award on behalf of Youngsville are Board of Directors officials Wayne Champion (l) and Craig Greenwood (r).

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Tournament starts today
Tournament starts today
WILMINGTON -- Head coach Jeff Davis knows he will have the youngest team at the Dixie Softball Ponytails State Tournament.
Davis is also optimistic that he may have the best, most talented squad.
That assessment will be determined beginning today when Davis’ Bunn All-Stars begin play in the seven-team, double-elimination event at Cape Fear Optimist Park in Wilmington.
Cape Fear Park is located on 3222 North Kerr Avenue, not far off exit 420 of Interstate 40.

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Mudcats pick up pair of victories
Mudcats pick up pair of victories
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to break a scoreless game, lifting Carolina to its third straight victory, 2-1 over the Jacksonville Suns at the Baseball Grounds in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
Thursday’s game was the opener of a doubleheader, but after a two-hour, six-minute rain delay before the opening pitch of game one, coupled with a three-hour, 16-minute game time, the second game was pushed back to Saturday night.
Frazier belted Adalberto Mendez’s (L, 2-4) first pitch over the left field wall after Juan Francisco walked to start the inning.
Sean Watson (W, 2-4) pitched a scoreless second inning to earn the victory.

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LC to open soccer sked
LC to open soccer sked
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s 2009 men’s soccer schedule will kick off Sept. 12 with a road matchup at Montgomery-Rockville in Maryland.
The Hurricanes will have exhibition matches versus North Carolina Wesleyan College (home on Aug. 22) and Guilford College (home on Aug. 29).
Here is the complete schedule for LC, which will be coached by veteran mentor Dave Sexton (home matches are listed in CAPS):

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MUDCATS CLINIC
MUDCATS CLINIC
Several Franklin County youngsters were part of a group that participated in a Carolina Mudcats Baseball Clinic on June 26 at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. Chevy Youth Baseball and D&J Automotive Superstore helped sponsor the clinic The campers are pictured with Mudcats’ players Tom Cochran and Jose Castro, along with hitting coach Ryan Jackson. (Photo Submitted)

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LIFESTYLES

Celebrating the Fourth with music
Celebrating the Fourth with music
I have never seen so much enthusiasm and appreciation for music as the folks at Louisburg Nursing Center (LNC) show every year. Kathy George and Dianne Bobbitt work very hard at providing valuable and fun activities for the senior citizens who reside in the facility.
About 15 to 20 residents participated once again in a 4th of July wheel chair parade around the dinning area. They were absolutely precious with their costumes with bows, hats, and all kinds of red, white and blue creative outfits. They enjoyed waving their flags, smiling, and feeling a sense of patriotism at the beat of patriotic music provided by Jeanne Dennis Faulkner at the piano and Craig Eller at the bass (while I was pushing my mother’s chair during the parade).

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Summertime… And the giving is easy
Summertime… And the giving is easy
Summer is here and the Louisburg College campus has a bit of a ghost town feel to it. Most students have returned to their hometowns to work temporary jobs, vacation with family and friends, or just take it easy around the house for the remainder of the break. 
However, two rising sophomores, Brittany Hunt and Samantha Pendergraft, elected to spend their summer months participating in an internship with the American Red Cross (ARC).  They are working with local ARC Donor Recruitment Coordinator Beverly Sexton to publicize two upcoming blood drives, one of which will be held in the Benson Chapel on Louisburg’s campus Wednesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin County Schools to benefit from part of $800,000 U.S.D.E. grant
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Durham Public Schools a grant for more than $800,000 to strengthen history instruction. As an equal partner in the deal, Franklin County Schools will benefit as well.
Both school systems will use the Teaching American History Grants Program funding to support the History LINK (Learning and Integrating New Knowledge) Project.

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Temple 168 holds fundraiser for Shriners Children’s Hospital
Temple 168 holds fundraiser for Shriners Children’s Hospital
Nobles of Imran Temple No. 168, pictured above, held a fund-raising event in front of the Wal-Mart store located at the Franklin Plaza in Louisburg on Saturday, June 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. These nobles, emblazoned in their fez’s and green shirts, worked tirelessly to make this a successful event to the delight of Wal-Mart customers who gave generously to the charitable cause.
Imran Temple No. 168, in Henderson, and the other 16 temples in the Desert of North Carolina participated in a massive, statewide fund-raising endeavor  designed to help the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. In particular, Imran Temple Nobles have visited the Greenville, S.C. Shriners Hospital for Children that is near and dear to their hearts,  and have witnessed the plight of children who are in great anticipation of potential help.

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Four generations celebrate the 4th
Four generations celebrate the 4th
Four on the Fourth. Mrs. Juel Gay, 85, of Pearces celebrated the Fourth of July with her newest great-grandson, Tyson Olin Smith. Together with her daughter, Rhonda Strickland, and granddaughter, Laura Smith, four generations enjoyed the nation’s holiday.

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Special showing of silent film, “The Phantom of the Opera”
Special showing of silent film, “The Phantom of the Opera”
Tar River Baptist Association’s Partnership Missions Team will host a special showing of the 1925 Lon Chaney classic, “The Phantom of the Opera”. The showing will be Saturday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at Louisburg High School. Admission is free but a love offering will be taken to assist team members that are going to Bangladesh in September.
Brian D. Miller, band director at Louisburg High School and Terrell Lane Middle School, as well as the organist for Louisburg Baptist Church, will serve as organist for this special presentation. Miller states, “The organist in a silent movie must interpret the action on the screen and translate that action into music that makes sense. Originally, movie theaters had small orchestras which required arrangers to compose and score music for several musicians. The theater organ, sometimes called the ‘unit orchestra’, quickly replaced the cumbersome orchestra.

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Hennike named new director of Five County Mental Health
Five County Mental Health Authority Area Director Valerie Hennike is getting settled in her job after being tabbed as the top administrator in April.
She was a strong selection by the Authority’s board, said Chair T. Allen Gardner Jr., which made the decision in April.
“... We felt very fortunate to have a director with Hennike’s experience; she will be an asset to the agency, our consumers and their families, as well as our community partners,” Gardner said.

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BUSINESS

Bayada nurses achieves CHAP accreditation
Bayada Nurses, a leading national provider of home health care services with local offices serving Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Vance, Wake and Wilson counties, announced that it has achieved accreditation for home health and private duty services from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), the leading accrediting organization for the home health care industry.

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Southern States partner for Equestrian Games
Southern States Cooperative has been named as an Official Animal Health and Nutrition Partner for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010™. One of 35 global partners in animal health and nutrition, Southern States has united with title sponsor, Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, in a collaborative effort to promote and achieve the highest level of performance for the competitors of the world’s most prestigious equestrian championships.

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Neuse Tile recognized as Five-Star Contractor
Joining an elite group of 13 contractors from across the United States, Neuse Tile Service Inc. was recently named a 5-Star Contractor by the National Tile Contractors Association. Based in Youngsville, Neuse Tile is the first tile installer in North Carolina to receive this distinction.
The select group of 5-Star recipients documented their track record of excellence and commitment to quality tile installations with recommendations from customers, suppliers, and peers; participation in training programs, educational seminars and events; an active safety program; and active membership with NTCA for more than 25 years.

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