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Showing 39 articles from September 18, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

It’s adapt or die
It’s adapt or die
“We need educated people who can adapt,” said Keith Crisco, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, as he addressed the annual meeting of the Franklin County Committee of 100 Thursday night in Youngsville.
“It’s adapt or die,” he warned his audience, “we have to adapt to new, successful models” of doing business in a vastly changed environment.

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Heart-felt gesture
Heart-felt gesture
Since June of 1952, Clarence Williams has carried around the memory of his brother, Amos, who died in Korea.
What he had never been able to carry around, though, was any tangible record of his brother’s service and ultimate sacrifice.
That changed almost 57 years to the date his brother died, though, through a chance meeting that everyone involved is sure was divine intervention.
“It’s amazing how things come together,” said Bill Spruill, who found a Purple Heart certificate and letter from President Harry Truman that belonged to Amos Williams in an old tenement house in northern Franklin County.

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Franklinton candidate’s forum
Franklinton candidate’s forum
FRANKLINTON — The town’s Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate’s forum next month.
The event is designed to give residents a bit of insight into four candidates vying for three available seats on the town’s Board of Commissioners.
Incumbents Al Barbour, Art Wright and James Worley will be invited, as will newcomer John Allers.

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Perry’s School gone wild
A Franklin County resident has called into question the leadership of a community group that’s proposing to turn an old school property into a halfway house-style rehab center for the recently incarcerated.
Franklin County officials sold the Gold Sand Elementary School property, formerly the Perry School, to the Perry’s School Alumni Association in 2006, with the stipulation that it be used for community events and purposes that continue to exhibit the cultural and historical significance of the facility.

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ONE FOR THE ROAD?
ONE FOR THE ROAD?
State Highway Patrol staff charged a Youngsville man with drinking and driving before he rolled a sport utility vehicle on U.S. 1-A just south of the town’s limits. According to Trooper Brian McFarland, Kevin Ray Donald, 30, of N. Main Street, was rounding a curve headed South on the two-lane roadway when he lost control of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee he was driving and clipped some caution signs before hitting a tree and rolling the vehicle at about 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Donald was airlifted to WakeMed where he was being treated for non life-threatening injuries.

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Pilot group wants outdoor entertainment complex
Organizers who pulled together a first-time antique tractor show this past spring are looking to broaden their activities with an outdoor complex.
Henry Bunn is behind a group of Pilot-area residents who have proposed turning 37 acres on Old Halifax Road into the Norris Creek Outdoor Entertainment Complex — where they would host tractor shows, music festivals, rodeos and other outdoor activities.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Louisburg resident Miles Brown, 10 years old

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Rent to Groan
Editorial Cartoon: Rent to Groan


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Secretary Crisco says “It’s adapt or die!”
There was cautious optimism about the economy in the air Thursday night at the Committee of 100 meeting.
Granted, it was too little to get really excited about.
But it also was too much to ignore.
According to both state and federal officials who are supposed to know about these things, the recession is about over -- and if we can avoid a dreaded “double dip” -- perhaps things are on the mend.

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Judge says no to governor, Etheridge says yes to 401
Judge says no to governor, Etheridge says yes to 401
GOOD MORNING: Oops! My slip is showing. Again, I might add. Well, actually it was my subtraction rather than my addition that got me into trouble this time. As I’m sure you’ve already noted, 65.4 from 350 leaves 284.6 — not 290 as I had indicated in my column Wednesday.
RAINY DAY:
We were blessed with just a fraction under an inch of rain out my way Thursday.
This rain was notable in that it was on the light side as opposed to a flop down, most of which was absorbed into the soil.
Still more rain remained as a possibility Friday and over the weekend.

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It’s done and submitted! Now the wait for 401 grant funding begins
It’s done and submitted! Now the wait for 401 grant funding begins
It’s not only done, it’s been submitted!
The 401 Citizens Action Committee put the finishing touches on a $65,450,000 grant application this week -- and shortly before the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline the button was pushed, sending the electronic application to Washington, D. C.
Now the wait begins! A decision could come any day between now and Feb. 17, the deadline for a decision on how North Carolina’s $300 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) funding will be divvied up.

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North Carolina needs to move in a new direction
RALEIGH – Call me a nerd (I’ve heard worse) but I spend lots of time looking at economic, fiscal, and social statistics. For North Carolina, the latest data doesn’t paint a pretty picture.
The state’s jobless rate of 11 percent is one of the highest in the country. The problem is far more severe in communities such as Burlington (13 percent), Rocky Mount-Wilson (14 percent), Hickory-Morganton (15 percent), Lenoir (16 percent) and Laurinburg (17 percent).

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Perry Foundation’s judgment questioned
Dear Editor:
The Edward Best School was sold to the Perry Foundation with the intention of preserving a historic structure and putting it to good use for the community.  The building has been available to rent for private gatherings at the discretion of the Perry Foundation, and it is the judgment of that group that I believe should be brought into public scrutiny.

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OBITUARIES

MERRELLE W. HARRIS
COLUMBIA, S.C.— Funeral services for Merrelle W. Harris, 78, who died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 at his home, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at Kathwood Baptist Church, 4900 Trenholm Road, Columbia, S.C. The Rev. Kevin Roberts will officiate and Dr. Bennett Fuller will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the mausoleum at Bush River Memorial Gardens, 5400 Bush River Road, Columbia, S.C.

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CLARENCE R. HALDY
RALEIGH - Clarence Richard Haldy, 93, formerly of Miami, Fla., and Livonia, Mich., died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 at his home. A memorial service was conducted Friday, Sept. 18, at Grace Lutheran Church, where he was a member. Officiating over the service was the Rev. Dr. Michael W. Frye, pastor.

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RUDOLPH D’AVANZO
ZEBULON - Rudolph D’Avanzo, 83, formerly of Norwalk, Connecticut, passed peacefully at home on September 6.

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ANDREW MARTIN MARCINKO III
August 3, 1965- September 16, 2009
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Andrew Martin Marcinko III, 44, of Franklin County died early Wednesday morning, September, 16, 2009 at Duke Hospital following a lengthy illness.

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SPORTS

TOP SPOT DUEL
DOUBLE TEAMED. Louisburg’s Erin Davis (right) skies for a kill attempt Tuesday while being defended by Bunn’s Katie Jones (10 and Kim Moss (7). (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
TOP SPOT DUEL
BUNN  - For the first time in eight seasons, more than just bragging rights were at stake when Bunn and Louisburg met on the volleyball court Tuesday night at the Bunn Dome.
Much more.
The long-time rivals haven’t been in the same league for eight years -- until this fall. That’s when LHS and Bunn are together again in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.

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An ‘Epic’ Contest
HEAD GAMES. Louisburg’s Gabe Joyner sends a header during Thursday’s non-conference, boys soccer contest against the Northern Nash Knights. Northern won the match, which was staged at Joyner Park. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
An ‘Epic’ Contest
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School coach Brent Cardwell referred to it as an ‘epic’ match -- even though his Warriors were defeated by Northern Nash on the soccer pitch.
But after being down at halftime, the Warriors rallied, only to eventually fall by a 3-2 margin against a strong Knights’ squad at Joyner Park.

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FHS girls earn win vs. Vikes
FHS girls earn win vs. Vikes
FRANKLINTON -- The hunt for one of the Northern Carolina Conference’s volleyball playoff berths is in full swing -- and the Franklinton Lady Rams are right in the mix.
FHS came up with a key league victory this week as the Lady Rams rolled past Northwest Halifax. Scores were 25-12, 25-15 and 25-14.
Following the successful outing, the young Lady Rams improved to 2-9 overall and 2-9 in the conference.

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A tying fantasy situation
A tying fantasy situation
Even with a record-setting performance from Drew Brees, I needed a late, Monday-night extra point from Nate Kaeding to salvage a tie with Carey Johnson in Week One of our annual Franklin Times NFL Fantasy League.
Brees racked up an amazing 48 points in our modified scoring system, including a whopping six touchdowns.
But it almost wasn’t enough thanks to Johnson’s balanced offensive attack, led by standouts Adrian Peterson and Donovan McNabb.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Sept. 20-26
High School Football
FRIDAY
Nash Central at Bunn    7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Northwest Halifax    7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Roanoke Rapids    7:30 p.m.

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FRANKLINTON RECREATION DEPARTMENT HOOPS CHEERLEADERS
FRANKLINTON RECREATION DEPARTMENT HOOPS CHEERLEADERS
Members of the 2009 Franklinton Recreation Department’s summer cheerleading team were (back, l to r) Coaches Rubee Price, Brianna Snelling and Megan Massey; (middle, l to r) Kelsie Pender, Kylee Caudle, Mikayla Alston, Hailey Klein, Genesia Malone, Chardennay Reese and Kelsea Jacobs; (front, l to r) MacKenzie Crawford, Cassidy Rice, Baylee Smith, Makayla Moore, D’Shaun Thomas, Jenna Andrews, Keziah Brown and Ale’la Burrell. Not pictured are cheerleaders Kalen Coble, Tamia Green and DaJane Yarborough and coaches Casey Preddy and Taylor Wilder.

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Golf tournament slated
Golf tournament slated
LOUISBURG -- The fourth annual Louisburg Moose Lodge Golf Tournament is slated for Sept. 25 at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club.
Registration will be from 9-11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m.
Cost is $60 per person or $240 per team. Price includes greens fee, cart. lunch and pig pickin’. Corporate and hole sponsorships are also available.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.
Proceeds will benefit the Duke Cancer Center.

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BRANDY IN ACTION
BRANDY IN ACTION
Former Bunn High School spike standout Brandy Driver (left) is a member of the first-ever volleyball team this fall at Vance-Granville Community College. VGCC plays its home matches at Aycock Center in Henderson. Driver is shown delivering a kill earlier this week in the Lady Vanguards’ first home match of the campaign.

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WHAT A CATCH
WHAT A CATCH
Bunn resident James T. Finch caught this 8-pound bass Wednesday at a private pond on the property of Annette and Mike Wood -- his daughter and son-in law -- near the Seven Paths Community. Mr. Finch is a life-long resident of Franklin County. His wife, Evelyn, helped him bring the fish to shore -- even after it momentarily escaped from the hook.

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SV Sweeps Bunn
GIVE HIM A HAND. Bunn High School keeper Gary Roache (center) comes up with a loose ball in front of his net during Wednesday’s road boys soccer contest against Southern Vance. (Submitted photo by Ashley Steven Ayscue)
SV Sweeps Bunn
HENDERSON -- There’s something about playing the Southern Vance Runnin’ Raiders that doesn’t appeal to the Bunn Wildcats this season.
Last week, the Wildcats hosted the Raiders and dropped a hard-fought match by a scant 1-0 margin in a boys prep soccer contest.
Bunn had a chance at redemption Wednesday during the non-conference rematch, which was staged at the SVHS Soccer Field.

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LIFESTYLES

Thousands of years of artistic pottery creations
Thousands of years of artistic pottery creations
Pottery seems to be the adults’ excuse for playing with mud, and by the way, I love it. I wish I could find more time to play with mud and let my hands create something that’s in my heart. When I majored in Spanish, I also minored in art.  I remember my art classes at Meredith College as well as those at Louisburg College with Julia Kornegay and, later, with Will Hinton. The bottom line is that I need to get with it and find the time to play with clay once again.

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Cooper exhibits work in photography showcase
Cooper exhibits work in photography showcase
For the third year in a row, local photographer Dorothy Blum Cooper of Louisburg is exhibiting her work just south of Atlanta. “SlowExposures,” a nationally recognized photography exhibition that underscores the diversity, contradictions and complexity of the rural South, is in its eighth year of the photography showcase.
“SlowExposures” will be held in the Candler Field Museum in Williamson, Ga. The show will open Friday, Sept. 18 and run through Sunday, Sept. 27.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

YouTube sensations bringing blend of music and humor to LC
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m., Louisburg College will present a one-of-a-kind concert event that will feature the antics of Aleksey Igudesman and Richard Hyung-ki Joo. These two musicians have entertained audiences worldwide with their hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton to outline water and sewer needs for the next two decades
Franklinton to outline water and sewer needs for the next two decades
FRANKLINTON — Town commissioners adopted a resolution this week, moving forward with plans to map out the town’s water and sewer needs for the next 20 years.
The town’s current capital improvement plan outlines water and sewer improvements through 2021, but it’s a decade old.
Some of the issues have been addressed, in perhaps a hodgepodge manner, town staff have said, and officials want engineers to revise the document, showing what projects have been handled, what remains to be done and keep an eye toward future projects.

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Local ushers attend conference
Local ushers attend conference
Seven members of the Franklin County Branch of the Interdenominational Ushers Association of North Carolina, Inc. attended the association’s annual session at the Greater Saint Baptist Church in Durham, held Aug. 7-9.
State Supervisor Catherine Merritt, Trustee Board secretary Mamie Jones, Hazel Kearney, local Vice President Faymer Hill, Andrew Robinson, and Executive Board secretary Etta Alston-Burgess, members of New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church of Louisburg, and Marion Wilder, a member of First United Church of Christ in Franklinton, attended the conference.

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Local school libraries receive state grants
The State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, has awarded Louisburg and Franklinton high schools and Louisburg Elementary School a grant to help strengthen their librarys’ book collections. The $10,000 School Library Collection Development Grant was one of 114 awarded this year to public school libraries statewide with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds.
In addition, Franklin County Schools will add an additional $2,500 for each school.

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MEDICAL GROUP
MEDICAL GROUP
The Franklin County Medical Society, formed to present a “new face of medical care in Franklin County,” met recently and, organizers say, is founded on the principles of communication and cooperation. Prior to starting a meeting this week, these officers of the group (from the left), President Nicole Collins MD, Secretary Chad Caldwell MD and Vice President Bob McLaurin MD, coordinated their responsibilities for the meeting.

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MAINTAINING ALTITUDE
MAINTAINING ALTITUDE
Cadet Michael “Tre” Zaepst concentrates on maintaining an altitude of 3,500 feet as he is at the controls of a Civil Air Patrol Cessna—172P aircraft. An experienced pilot is aboard and monitors the flight as Tre practices flying. He is an eighth-grade student at Bunn Middle School and a member of the Franklin County Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 145.

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DONATIONS PRESENTED
DONATIONS PRESENTED
Britthaven of Louisburg recently donated school supplies to Edward Best Elementary School. Pictured, from left to right, are Michael Blake from Britthaven, Debbie Ayscue, principal of Edward Best, and Brenda McKnight from Britthaven.

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SAFE SPACE TRAINING SESSION
SAFE SPACE TRAINING SESSION
Safe Space Inc. hosted a domestic violence training session on Thursday, Sept. 10, for 50 law enforcement officers and magistrates on “Obsessive Love – Jealousy to Murder,” presented by Lt. Michael Prodan, Supervisory Special Agent, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Behavioral Science Unit. Pictured above, Safe Space Inc. Executive Director Linda Rudolph presents  Sheriff Pat Green with a show of  appreciation for the Sheriff’s Department’s donation of food for the event and the department’s ongoing support of Safe Space and the victims they serve.


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PREP FOOTBALL

LHS Defense Rules Again
LHS Defense Rules Again
LOUISBURG -- Before the season, incoming head coach Chris Lee indicated that defense would be a considerable strength for the Louisburg High School football squad.
But not even Lee could have imagined this.
The Warriors have now gone 10 quarters without allowing a touchdown following their second straight shutout -- a 14-0 home decision Friday against Southern Wayne in a non-league matchup at LHS’ Patterson Field.

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Webb Outlasts Rams
Webb Outlasts Rams
OXFORD -- An effective running game usually trumps an opponent’s passing attack -- but that was hardly the case Friday night at Warrior Field.
Working out of their spread offense, the host Webb Warriors used a wealth of big plays through the air en route to defeating ground-oriented Franklinton by a 32-21 score in non-conference prep football action.
Both teams now stand at 2-3 overall on the season.

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