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Showing 46 articles from October 13, 2009.

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Ayscue named FCS’ Principal of the Year
ALL SMILES. Franklin County’s Principal of the Year, Debbie Ayscue (right) gets a hug from Sheila Alston, the receptionist at Edward Best Elementary School where Ayscue is principal. (Submitted photo)
Ayscue named FCS’ Principal of the Year
When Edward Best Elementary Principal  Debbie Ayscue was a child, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her passion began from playing school and is as strong as ever.
Her enthusiasm and expertise have earned her a new honor - Franklin County Schools’ Principal of the Year.
Now in her 26th year as an educator and fifth year as Principal of Edward Best, Ayscue continues to excel.

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BISHOP PLEADS GUILTY
DAY IN COURT. David Francis Bishop pled guilty to second-degree murder in a plea arrangement between prosecutors and Bishop’s defense attorney, Boyd Sturges, left. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
BISHOP PLEADS GUILTY
A Louisburg man could spend nearly 20 years in jail after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend this past spring.
Franklin County investigators arrested David Bishop on April 21 — two days after witnesses said he shot Gabrielle Reece in the face following a day of drinking, drugs and gunplay.
Bishop was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the Wake Forest resident, but he pled guilty to second-degree murder as part of a plea arrangement on Monday morning.

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Early College High School principal named
Early College High School principal named
His new duties may not start until Nov. 1 but Jim Harris is already mentally reviewing the challenges he will face when he becomes the first principal of Franklin County’s new Early College High School on Nov. 1.
The goal, he explained, is to take students who are leaving middle school for high school and “propel them into the 21st Century.”

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Andy’s employee stabbed behind restaurant
Louisburg police are looking for a suspect who assaulted a fast-food employee.
According to a report by Officer Ralton Harris, Richard M. Collier, 20, was behind Andy’s on N.C. 56 stacking some items when someone wearing a dark mask approached him.

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Franklinton man pleads guilty to conspiracy charges
A Franklinton area man pled guilty to federal conspiracy charges in an over-the-counter drug ring that connected area counties to Pennsylvania.
According to documents from the U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, Thomas Ray Nichols, pled guilty to conspiracy on Oct. 5 for his role in a crime spree dating back to 2005 and running through 2007.

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Volunteers in Medicine celebrates 5th anniversary
Volunteers in Medicine celebrates 5th anniversary
Founders of a Franklin County medical clinic held a five-year anniversary observance, capped off with a dinner to dedicate their community-based clinic.
On Saturday night, Volunteers in Medicine dedicated its clinic to James O. Hacker — who served as an inspiration to local volunteers at the this state’s free clinic consultant through the Volunteers in Medicine Institute.

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Rudd scheduled to appear in court
The case against a former county tax collector was on the docket for superior court this week.
Superior Court Judge Richard L. Doughton had yet to get to the matter before press time, but Donnie Rudd remains obligated to the county and the court to repay money he is accused of swiping in the late 1990s.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn residents (l to r) Jessica & Heike Barker

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: On The Grid
Editorial Cartoon: On The Grid


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The beauty of fall brings with it litter bugs and love-struck deer
As fall settles across North Carolina, evidenced by increasingly chilly nights and leaves that are beginning to change color and drop to the ground, two major problems come into focus just as they do every year.
As farmers and homeowners get ready for cold weather, they are mowing ditches and rights of way a little closer than they did earlier -- and they are inadvertently showcasing one of the problems.

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I proclaim Wilma Tharrington the Nobel Preserves Prize winner
I proclaim Wilma Tharrington the Nobel Preserves Prize winner
GOOD MORNING: I came to the conclusion a long time ago that it would likely be a cold day in the hot-place when some readers agreed with me — I guess that’s the reason it was so cool Monday.
Here are a couple of self-explanatory “member opinions” inspired by my Saturday column, but I can do without the cold : 
1.) By R. Thorne: For once, I’m in total agreement with you Asher. Put up, was what we called it; Bev. will be gone soon (start the countdown);  FRMC is more good than evil (now that’s stretching it a bit); and Thank God that we have them (FRMC) so close by.

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Health care debate is enough to give this reporter a headache
Health care debate is enough to give this reporter a headache
Last week, I was having a conversation with a good friend about the health care debate.
In all honesty, I had to admit that I haven’t paid a great deal of attention to the specifics.
It seems like to me that more coverage and attention has been paid to the venom being spewed on both sides rather than the actual merits of proposed plans or maintaining the status quo.

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Website Reader Participation Results Sept. 30- Oct. 6
Last Week’s Poll
POND PROJECT?
What do you think about the Jackson’s Mill Pond State Park project?

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Fight monopoly with monopoly?
RALEIGH – Count me among the puzzled.
Advocates of government-run health insurance seem fascinated with the fact that in many states, a single private insurer dominates the market. They decry monopoly, though having 70 percent market share doesn’t really fit the definition. Yet their promised solution is a very real monopoly.

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OBITUARIES

EMMA JEAN GREEN
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Emma Jean Green, 57, who died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.


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YVONNE QUINN
HENDERSON — Funeral services for Yvonne Quinn, 62, who died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 14) at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Carl Wardrett officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BENJAMIN W. WHEELER
LOUISBURG - Benjamin Wilson “Bennie” Wheeler, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Britthaven Nursing Center. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Lancaster Memorial Park.

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JOHN E. FULLER
FRANKLINTON —John Edward Fuller, 79, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 12, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church by Dr. Marc Tilley. Entombment was in Carolina Memorial Gardens.

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METTIE D. CREECH
ZEBULON - Mettie Denton Creech, 72, died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2009 at UNC Hospital. Funeral service was conducted Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Union Chapel Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ALLENE S. MERRILL
GARNER - Allene Simmons Merrill, 79, died Thursday morning, Oct. 8, 2009 at Sunnybrook Healthcare. Visitation was held Saturday, Oct. 10, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Wake Forest.

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CHARLES A. ARNOLD
EMERALD ISLE —Charles A. Arnold, 82, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. No services by request. Online condolences can be made at www.mitchellraleighmemorial.com.

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TOLLIE C. CONN
LOUISBURG - Tollie C. Conn, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Arrangements being handled by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg.


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PAIGE B. HICKS
June 5, 1929 – October 9, 2009
LOUISBURG – Paige Bunn Hicks, 80, of Louisburg, died Friday afternoon at Louisburg Nursing Center.

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TERENCE L. HONHART
August 21, 1946 – October 9, 2009
DURHAM - Terence Lee Honhart, age 63, of Durham, North Carolina, passed away on October 09, 2009, at Duke Hospice, Hock Family Pavilion, after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

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SPORTS

BIG-TIME BLITZ
MASSEY MAKES THEM MISS. Louisburg College wide receiver Jameze Massey (with ball) escapes a futile Southern Tech tackle attempt en route to a substantial gain during his team’s home victory Sunday afternoon at Patterson Field.
BIG-TIME BLITZ
LOUISBURG - Deception is a keyword for the defense of the Louisburg College football squad.
In more ways than one.
Certainly, the Hurricanes like to mix things up with a variety of strategies -- all of which are designed to confound opponents.
But LC’s sleight of hand doesn’t stop there.

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Louisburg Holds Off Rams
A COLLISION OF TITANS. Standouts Ervin Hunt from Louisburg (with ball) and Will Jones from Franklinton (making tackle) meet in the third period of last Friday’s high school football game at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
Louisburg Holds Off Rams
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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Red Rams claim two conquests
Red Rams claim two conquests
WARRENTON -- Franklinton High School’s boys soccer squad is now on a two-match winning streak after scoring a Northern Carolina Conference decision Monday at Warren County.
Norberto Modesto, Brett Siebel and Jon Brodish found the back of the net as the Red Rams rolled to a 3-1 victory.
Modesto delivered the first marker off an an assist from Brodish just nine minutes into the contest.

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Harrell’s call was correct
Harrell’s call was correct
Football coaches just can’t win. That’s simply the way the business works.
I’ve learned that time and time again during my career as a sportswriter.
Which takes us to Clark Harrell at Franklinton, who is a very good coach, in my estimation.
Harrell has done an excellent job in his two seasons at FHS, though it doesn’t appear to be enough for some of the locals.

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BHS’ Drive For Five
Bunn High School quarterback Montrel Cooke (right) somehow gets past a pair of Northwest Halifax defenders on his way to an electrifying touchdown during the Wildcats’ home conquest last Friday night in NCC football action.
BHS’ Drive For Five
BUNN -- Bunn’s offense was good early and late during last 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.
“It seemed like our defense was on the field for most of that time,’’ Miller said. “(NWH) was able to run the ball some against us.’’

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ANOTHER STRONG SHOWING FOR THE LOOKOUTS
ANOTHER STRONG SHOWING FOR THE LOOKOUTS
The Carolina Lookouts 14-Under Fast-Pitch Softball Team took third place at the recent NCUSFA Tournament, which was held recently in Williamston. Pictured are (back, l to r) Taylor Joyner, Grace Joyner, Morgan Tyson, Rebecca Peede, Meredith Bissette and Jessica Ricks; (front, l to r) Danielle Stevenson, Ann Catherine Phillips, Amanda Dickson and Kadijah Barfield. Stevenson is a sophomore who plays volleyball and softball at Bunn High School.

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LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
LOUISBURG HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
The Louisburg Warriors will host today’s Northern Carolina Conference Cross Country Meet at 5 p.m. Members of the LHS X-Country squad for the 2009 season are (back, l to r) Randal Holmes, Stephen Davis, Moises Roa, Chad Ragland, Kip Sayles, Paul Taylor, Justin Benfield, Lin Bennett and Keifer Norris; (front, l to r) Selene Rivera, Kim Baker, Sierra Mondin, Megan Robertson, Chelsea Ragland and Georgette Townsley. Not pictured is Zoe Hinton.

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Solid weekend for Canes
Solid weekend for Canes
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes hit the road last weekend for the Palmetto State of South Carolina and came away with a pair of key Region X Women’s Soccer victories.
Last Saturday, the Lady Hurricanes won 7-1 at USC-Salkehatchie and Rosa Loza and Loralee Powell scored two goals apiece.
Also finding the back of the net for LC were Sarah Griffiths, Mary Jo Moore and Jackie Rodriguez.

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FOOTBALL CONTEST WINNERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s game and individual winners from The Franklin Times Football Contest:

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LIFESTYLES

GOSPEL SINGING
GOSPEL SINGING
The Canaanland Southern Gospel Trio will be performing at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, 894 Perry’s Chapel Church Road, Franklinton, on Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be fellowship and refreshments immediately following the singing.


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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Henry and Shirley Conyers of Bunn announce the engagement of their daughter, Natasha Conyers of Bunn, to Antonio Davis of Henderson, the son of the late Lizzie and Garland Davis. The wedding will take place Nov. 14, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Bunn.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Kelly and Allen Nelms of Louisburg proudly  announce the birth of their son, Bryant Allen Nelms, born at 7:48 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2009 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Jimmy and Shirley Nelms of Louisburg and the late Brenda P. Nelms.

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Mills High School Class of 1942
Mills High School Class of 1942
The Mills High School Class of 1942 recently held its 67-year class reunion. Pictured are those who attended: seated, Selema Joyner Oxnevad; left to right, Elsie Gray Hunt Pernell, Lois Puckett Branch, Hazel Cottrell Mahoney, Dorothy Wrenn Clay, Rhada Bass Hall Currin, Martha Freeman Davis (mascot), Eddi Smith, Oscar Fuller, Eaton Holden and Sadie Stone Burnette.

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It’s good to be named Jackson at the SC Junior beef roundup
It’s good to be named Jackson at the SC Junior beef roundup
Two local youth recently competed in the 2009 South Carolina Junior Beef Round Up, held at Clemson University. Jackson Neal, above, won Grand Champion.

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Take a Kid Fishin’ tournament Saturday, Nov. 7 at Harris Lake
The Board of Directors of the Franklin County Community Foundation is hosting a fishing tournament, called Take a Kid Fishin’, on Saturday, Nov. 7, all day at Harris Lake, 243 Mort Harris Road near Louisburg. The tournament will take place rain or shine.
Proceeds will go to the Franklin County Community Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations in Franklin County by awarding grants.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

What do you T-H-I-N-k?
What do you T-H-I-N-k?
Janie Pearce confers with Daniel Ward during the second annual United Way of Franklin County Spelling Bee held Tuesday. These two members of “Marsha’s Team” didn’t see their efforts wasted as they ended the competition with a shared championship. In the end, three teams, Theta Lambda Sorority (Marsha’s Team), Franklin County Schools Central Office and Franklinton High School,  each had save tickets, and they all agreed to accept a three-way tie. Other teams were: Bunn Elementary, Bunn Middle, Long Mill Elementary, Laurel Mill Elementary, Edward Best Elementary, Youngsville Elementary, Louisburg Elementary, Terrell Lane Middle, Cedar Creek Middle, Louisburg High, Franklin Regional Medical Center, Novozymes, First Citizens and State Employees Credit Union.

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TEACHER HONORED
TEACHER HONORED
Long Mill Elementary School exceptional children teacher Shirley Coltrane (left) received a nice surprise during a recent staff meeting. The talented instructor was awarded the FCS Teacher of Excellence Award for teachers who teach exceptional children. Each school system (LEA) in the state awards this honor each year. Coltrane reacts  with laughter after receiving the award from FCS executive Director for Student Support Services Wendy Vavrousek (right). Coltrane will be recognized at a statewide conference in Greensboro on Nov. 2.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

No kids allowed to visit patients at FRMC during flu season
To prevent the spread of illness during flu season, children under 18 will not be permitted to visit patients at Franklin Regional Medical Center during the flu season, which typically ends in the spring.

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Vending machine vandals sought for damage done at Farmers Foods
Louisburg police are looking for suspects who damaged vending machines outside a business.
According to reports by Officer A. Castaneda, proprietors of Farmers Foods in Shannon Village on Bickett Boulevard reported on Saturday morning that someone used a prying tool to break into four drink machines and two vending machines.

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Franklin County youth preparing for NC State Fair
Franklin County youth will be exhibiting meat and dairy goats, beef heifers, and sheep (both meat and wool) at the NC State Fair.  Franklin County will be competing for ribbons and prize money at the Fair with more than 45 head of animals entered.
On Sunday, Oct. 11, Franklin County youth, along with 4-H’ers from Granville County, participated in a pre-fair workshop at Meadow Lane Farm near Louisburg.  Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension agent, conducted a fitting and showmanship clinic for both goats and cattle.

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BUSINESS

Eye Care Associates of Louisburg has a new address
The company, a multi-site practice offering comprehensive eye health care throughout this region, has moved its Louisburg office from 307 Franklin Plaza to 505 Retail Way, Suite 118 in the new Louisburg Plaza Shopping Center.

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National Breast Cancer Month awareness at Curves
Curves’ locations, including the one in Franklinton, are encouraging local women to get annual mammograms and perform monthly breast self-exams during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month.

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