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Showing 37 articles from October 9, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

$5,000 reward offered for missing man
$5,000 reward offered for missing man
Investigators hope renewed efforts to find a missing Franklin and Nash County man prove fruitful, but they admit that the case is looking grim.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for 40-year-old Roger Wade Ayscue on Sept. 4 — about two months after he was last seen by close friends.
Now, just a month after the Silver Alert, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has put up fliers around the county, offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to his location or whereabouts.

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Youngsville hires Kirts as top cop
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s police department will be run by one of its own after Daren Kirts accepted the offer to become the next police chief.
“We have a pretty darn good force and we’re grabbing one of our own to be chief,” said Mayor Sam Hardwick.
Town officials began looking for a replacement when long-time chief Larry Pritchett announced in August that he would retire at the end of the year.

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Shriner’s Annual Fish Fry
Shriner’s Annual Fish Fry
Crowds were steady throughout day for the Shriner’s annual fish fry on Wednesday. Club members expect when proceeds are tallied, this year’s event will be another successful fundraiser for the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital. Nat Sandling, top, gets a little help as he sends down more fish to be consumed during the event.

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Judge drops some brutality lawsuit charges
A superior court judge threw out all claims against the Youngsville Police Department and nearly all the claims against the town alleging they were responsible for an arrest that ended in allegations of police brutality.
The majority of charges remain against former Officer Steve Puryear, a couple remain against the town and the judge gave plaintiffs the freedom to pursue federal claims against all parties.

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Candidate’s “Four-um” only a twosome
Candidate’s “Four-um” only a twosome
FRANKLINTON — A candidate’s forum only drew half of the town’s four commission candidates, but they provided a range of insights from ways to derail gang activity to ways to provide town growth.
Work and an illness kept Commissioners James Worley and Al Barbour from Tuesday night’s event sponsored by the town’s Chamber of Commerce, respectively, but Commissioner Art Wright and new candidate John Allers answered questions prepared by Chamber members and the audience.

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Wheels on the bus still going round and round
FRANKLINTON — The recovery of an abandoned school bus has morphed into a two-town investigation that includes possible gang activity and a death threat.
Louisburg police arrested the last of a trio of juveniles this week charged with stealing a school bus from Terrell Lane Middle School the morning of Oct. 4 and crashing it into another bus before crashing it into a ditch across the street.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg’s Presley Gibbs, 19 months

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Sorry Folks, Not What You Expected
Editorial Cartoon: Sorry Folks, Not What You Expected


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Committee should ponder possibilities of Jackson’s Mill Pond Park
If there ever was a time for a Blue Ribbon Commission to help the Franklin County commissioners make an important decision, this is it!
The commissioners are facing a decision -- we think it’s an opportunity -- that can affect Franklin County far into the future.
But it’s important that the decision be based on facts, not rumor; on potential, not propaganda, and with long-term benefits understood.

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Don’t expect much from commissioners
Don’t expect much from commissioners
GOOD MORNING: I understand that our county commissioners are considering putting a proposed jail expansion project to the voters next year — if it’s OK with Sheriff Pat Green.
And while they’re at it, they might also want to consider putting a proposed multi-million dollar downtown “municipal” office building on the ballot at the same time.
By some estimates, the county would gain upwards of some $876,000 per year in additional revenue from the new jail.

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New Park? What’s in it for us?
New Park? What’s in it for us?
While the Franklin County commissioners raised a few questions about the proposal to convert Jackson’s Pond into a public recreation site, they failed to ask the most important question.
That question: What’s in it for us, the taxpayers?
It’s a simple question, but a critical one.

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You decide: are both recessions over?
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently created headlines when he stated that, technically speaking, the recession may very well be over.
However, the 268,000 workers who have lost their jobs in North Carolina since the recession began may have another opinion.
So is Chairman Bernanke out of touch with what’s happening to workers and families? Unlikely. The Federal Reserve probably collects more information about the economy than any other institution in the country, and Bernanke is fully aware of these statistics.

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Vote heard round the state
I’ve been wondering what it was like the day after “the shot heard round the world.” Did the residents of Massachusetts know they had been witness to the start of a revolution that would change the power structure of a continent or did they just think it a singular event of violence? Would it be too farfetched to then question whether the vote this week for the Wake County School Board was the beginning of a voter revolution in our state or simply the repudiation of current school policies and leaders?

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OBITUARIES

ERMIE A. GUPTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Ermie Alberta Gupton, 74, who died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 10) at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. K. G. Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Church cemetery.

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DOW V. PERRY SR.
SALISBURY - Dow Vick Perry, Sr., 65, died Monday Oct. 5, 2009 at his home in Salisbury. A service celebrating his life was held Friday, Oct. 9, at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury, with Dr. Stephen D. Haines officiating. A private memorial service at City Memorial Park was held prior to the church service.

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BONITA ANN NALL
FRANKLINTON —Bonita “Bonnie” Nall, 39, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009. A memorial service honoring her life will be conducted a 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 10) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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HOPE L. CARLOCK
LOUISBURG - Hope Louise Carlock, 45, died Sunday evening, Oct. 4, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. Burial will be in Totowa, N.J.


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RUTH STANLEY COLLIE
LOUISBURG - Ruth Stanley Collie, 92, died Thursday, October 8, 2009. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday from Lancaster Funeral Home and Cremation Services, with the Rev. Jack Carter and the Rev. Earl Dulaney officiating.

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BOBBY GRAY MURPHY
CASTALIA - Bobby Gray Murphy, 67, of Castalia, died Thursday, October 8, 2009, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. from Red Bud Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HARRIETT B. WHELESS
Harriett B. Wheless passed away on Friday, September 25, 2009 at Community Care of Rutherford County in Murfreesboro, TN.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Wheless, her parents, five brothers and one sister.

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SPORTS

A Title Moment
NET BATTLE. Bunn’s Tayla Ricks (right) goes up for a tip attempt against Louisburg’s Robin Baker during Thursday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference spike showdown at the LHS Gymnasium. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
A Title Moment
LOUISBURG -- For much of the season, Bunn High School volleyball coach Henry Jones wondered whether his senior leaders would be able to produce in the most intense match situations.
After all, though Bunn is loaded with veteran players, most of those performers have spent their careers competing under long-time leaders such as now-graduated standouts Maghan Place and Jessica Barker, among others.

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CANES IN THE HUNT
TIGHT ACTION. Louisburg College’s Jamie Smith (left) goes for the ball as Spartanburg Methodist’s Sebastian Restrepo (4) tries to head it out of the way during Thursday afternoon’s match at Dr. Ronald May Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
CANES IN THE HUNT
LOUISBURG -- October at Ronald May Field usually brings a changing of the leaves -- and yet other inexorable march toward a Region X Championship by the tradition-rich Louisburg College men’s soccer squad.
Coach David Sexton, now a veteran at LC, has another title contender this season, as evidenced by back-to-back region victories this week over long-time nemesis Spartanburg Methodist College.
Tuesday on the SMC campus in the Palmetto State, the Hurricanes drubbed the Pioneers by a 2-0 score.

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Back On The Court
RETURN OF SERVE. Akira Romero hits a return Thursday for the Louisburg Lady Warriors. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Back On The Court
LOUISBURG -- Regular season action in the Northern Carolina Conference girls tennis standings has just about finished -- and the Louisburg Lady Warriors hosted one of the NCC’s long-time standout programs on Thursday at the LHS Courts.
After losing in convincing fashion to the talented Lady Yellow Jackets earlier in the campaign, Louisburg was much more competitive this time around, falling by just a 7-2 score against the No. squad in the conference.

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LC legend recovering at Duke
LC legend recovering at Duke
Our best wishes go out to former Louisburg College men’s basketball coach J. Enid Drake, who suffered a heart attack earlier this week.
Coach Drake was transferred to the Duke University Cardiac Care Center, where he underwent surgery.
After spending some time in the Intensive Care Unit, Coach Drake was given a private room, and he hopes to be released from the hospital soon.
Not only is Coach Drake a Hall of Famer in his profession, but he’s also one of the nicest guys you would ever hope to meet.
Best of luck to Coach Drake for a full recovery. We are all pulling for you.

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Edwards’ Extra Effort
Louisburg High School volleyball standout Kristen Edwards receives the WRAL-TV Extra Effort Award Wednesday afternoon at the LHS Gymnasium. Presenting Edwards with her plaque is WRAL’s Tom Suiter. Also pictured is LHS head spike coach Erica Wammock.
Edwards’ Extra Effort
LOUISBURG -- Putting forth an extra effort -- in the classroom and on the field of competition -- has never been a problem for Louisburg High School senior standout Kristen Edwards.
Edwards was a natural selection for the WRAL-TV Extra Effort Award, and long-time broadcast legend Tom Suiter was on the LHS campus on Wednesday to salute Edwards.

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Louisburg claims pair of conquests
Louisburg claims pair of conquests
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s boys soccer team continues to make impressive waves -- in and out of Northern Carolina Conference action.
Wednesday, Louisburg hosted league rival Bunn and came away with a 4-1 decision behind a hat trick from Chase Ragland.
Elmer Rayo added LHS’ other tally, along with an assist. Ragland assisted on Rayo’s goal.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 11-17
High School Football
THURSDAY
Warren County at Franklinton    7 p.m.
FRIDAY
Bunn at Roanoke Rapids    7:30 p.m.
Franklinton at Louisburg    7:30 p.m.

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PARTY TIME FOR THE LADY WARRIORS
PARTY TIME FOR THE LADY WARRIORS
Louisburg High School volleyball seniors (l to r) Kristen Edwards and Kryie Bradford were honored before Thursday’s home match against Bunn. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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CARDINALS WIN AGAIN
CARDINALS WIN AGAIN
The Carolina Cardinals took the top prize last weekend at the USSSA 13-Under East Coast Classic Baseball Tournament in Rocky Mount. This was the second tourney title this fall for the Cardinals. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coaches Al Bolton, Mike Sledge and Casey Bolton; (middle, l to r) Cameron Wright, Cooper Bolton, Jacob Wood, Kiwane Garner and Christian Sledge; (front, l to r) Dillon Hopkins, Thomas Dean, Casey Gupton, Caleb Allen and Chase Allen.

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LC sweeps Spartanburg
LC sweeps Spartanburg
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s women’s soccer squad remained in the chase for the Region X regular season championship with a pair of victories this week against league nemesis Spartanburg Methodist College.
Tuesday on the SMC campus, Louisburg edged the Lady Pioneers by a 1-0 score as Rosa Loza potted the match’s lone goal at the 25-minute mark of the opening half.

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BYRL FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS
BYRL FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS
Here are some photos from the Bunn Youth Recreation League football season to date: (photo) Mini Mite Dylan Weathers (with ball) scores a jamboree touchdown as teammates Datavian Macon and Trey Dupree make blocks.

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LIFESTYLES

They never forget
They never forget
Homes have always been special to people. There are many different concepts about homes, and people have many different feelings about what a home should be. Some folks call the city “home” and others call the country “home.” Either way, home has always been the place where you can do your chores, relax, feel comfortable, and most of all, where you can be with the ones you love the most, your family.
I would like to share with you some insights on how people feel about living in housing projects. For one reason or another, some families are forced to live in housing projects and others choose to live there.

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Cecil W. Robbins Library puts archives on Internet
Cecil W. Robbins Library puts archives on Internet
In an effort to broaden access to archival materials, Louisburg College, with the help of UNC-Chapel Hill Library, has digitized its annuals and college catalogs and is making them available to the public through the Internet Archive, a non-profit organization that provides permanent electronic access to digital collections. Thanks to the generosity of the UNC University Library and the State Library of North Carolina, Louisburg’s annuals were digitized at no charge.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

 Bill Leslie coming back to LC
Bill Leslie coming back to LC
On Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m., Bill Leslie and Lorica will perform songs from the new CD “Blue Ridge Reunion” in Louisburg College’s Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium. This release recently hit the top of the World Music charts, as have his previous three efforts. Praised by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma as one of the greats in modern Celtic music, Bill Leslie delivers a peaceful yet powerful collection of songs inspired by his father’s majestic mountain watercolors. Instrumentation includes piano, acoustic guitar, Celtic whistle, percussion and violin.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County firefighters elect officers
County firefighters elect officers
When members of the Franklin County Firefighter’s Association got together for their biennial banquet and election of officers earlier this week, they also invited a Franklin County native to be the featured speaker.
Bringing the group greetings from the Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin’s office in Raleigh was A. C. Daniels, an employee of the fire marshal’s office and a Franklin County native who graduated from Edward Best High School, not far from where he was speaking at the Louisburg Moose Lodge.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Breaks Away Late
Bunn Breaks Away Late
BUNN -- Bunn’s offense was good early and late during Friday’s homecoming football victory against Northwest Halifax.
But the Wildcats, much to the displeasure of head coach Chris Miller, stalled in the middle portions of the contest -- and only had three possessions in the second half.
Still, Bunn was able to resume command late en route to a 28-6 decision over the Vikings in a Northern Carolina Conference gridiron event at the BHS Football Field.

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Special Teams Are Special For LHS
Special Teams Are Special For LHS
LOUISBURG  -- Despite their club’s strong start to the season, the area of special teams has been a major source of contention this fall for members of the Louisburg High School football coaching staff.
But not Friday.
Louisburg scored all 10 of its points off special teams en route to earning a key Northern Carolina Conference gridiron decision over backyard rival Franklinton.

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