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Showing 34 articles from October 16, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Judge rules in Rudd’s favor or... not
Prosecutors, defense attorneys and probation officials were scrambling by week’s end, trying to make sense of a judge’s decision regarding a former tax collector’s obligation to pay a debt.
Donnie Rudd was in court on Wednesday to face the potential of having his probation revoked for not making a significant dent in his $60,000 restitution — an amount that a state court assessed in 2001 on charges that he failed to disclose almost $300,000 in department income that he pocketed through a $50 processing fee that he charged to delinquent foreclosure accounts.

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FC Chamber of Commerce Candidate’s Forum
STICK TO THE SCRIPT. Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell rattles off a list of accomplishments in town and why his experience would be beneficial to the town moving forward. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
FC Chamber of Commerce Candidate’s Forum
BUNN — A candidate’s forum drew only a handful of election contenders and no crowd to speak of, but those who did attend expressed a passion to lead and hoped the electorate would follow.
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum at Bunn High’s auditorium on Wednesday morning — a day before one-stop absentee voting began.

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Commission looking for new airport director
Commission looking for new airport director
The Franklin County Airport Commission continues operating with the county’s economic developer as its interim director as commissioners prepare to find a permanent replacement.
It’s at least the second time that Goswick has served as airport director in a temporary basis — the first after Leigh Osborn resigned and now after Rob Southerland resigned at the beginning of October.

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Three members resign from Arts Council board
The easel of power shifted  within the Franklin County Arts Council on Thursday night as three members tendered their resignations, with one citing an atmosphere of contention and dysfunction on the board.
Those who remained as directors promised open communications, a pledge to bring on more members and make an effort to better understand the council’s finances.

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Commissioners to address county’s boundary line
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will be asked to take a step that will help finalize a boundary line that has plagued Franklin and Wake county property owners.
In 2006, both Franklin and Wake counties realized the need to examine the line because of discrepancies, most notably regarding residents in the Richland Hills development and whether they lived in Franklin or Wake county.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn High School student Lucy Moss

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

DeHart and Soul of the Arts Council
DeHart and Soul of the Arts Council


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Voter apathy dooms election process
Remember high school civics class where the teacher explained how the American system of government was supposed to work.
Good candidates would file for important offices, there would be debates and discussions about whose ideas were best and most practical and then, fully informed, voters would head to the polls to make their intelligent decisions.
That was the classroom.
This is the real world.

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Early College High School idea should give big boost to students
Early College High School idea should give big boost to students
It comes under the heading, “Why didn’t they think of that when I was a kid?”
It’s the new Franklin County Early College High School that is scheduled to open in January with a veteran administrator, Jim Harris, at the helm.
The idea is so common sense that it appears radical at first.
It’s designed to get select students -- ones who have the ability but are not seriously thinking about college -- to commit to a five-year plan.

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“Gone again” Perdue reminds me of Gov. Luther Hodges
“Gone again” Perdue reminds me of Gov. Luther Hodges
GOOD MORNING: I forget just which North Carolina governor it was that the late T.H. Pearce and I nicknamed “Gov. Gone Again” — I think it was Luther Hodges, but Gov. Beverly Perdue threatens to exceed whoever is was as far as gallivanting around the world at taxpayer expense is concerned.
While her latest “jobs” foray out of the country is costing us a bundle ($82,000), it’s probably worth it if for no other reason than to get rid of her for two-weeks. At least the County US 401 Action Committee won’t have to watch their backs as close as long as she’s out of the country.

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Water wars
North Carolina and South Carolina are waging a water war over who owns the water in the Catawba and Yadkin River basins. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently deliberating the lawsuit, but this is far more than a war between the states. Skirmishes have already been waged among North Carolina communities, counties and even encompass the current disagreement between the state and Alcoa over renewing hydroelectric permits.

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Imagineering a political label
RALEIGH – You probably won’t find an adult more Disney-friendly than I am. I’ve got most of the Disney animated classics in my library. I have most of the sheet music for the Disney musicals on my piano. Although I’m not a fan of crowds, I enjoyed my visit to Disney World – and would happily send my boys again and again as long as someone else braves the lines so I can stay home and watch “The Incredibles.”
So I mean no disrespect when I say this. Left-wingers in America ought to shed their “liberal” and “progressive” names and give themselves a more accurate label: imagineers.

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OBITUARIES

STEPHEN D. KUPEC
FRANKLINTON - Stephen Derek Kupec, 16, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 17) at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 12333 Bay Leaf Church Road, Raleigh. Mass will be celebrated following the visitation. A reception will be  held after the Mass, with burial in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest.

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ARTHUR R. DEES III
LOUISBURG - Arthur R. Dees III, 51, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services  and burial will be private.

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DAVID M. FITCH
LOUISBURG - David M. Fitch, 72, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 17) at New Hope Worship Center, 7428 Pearces Road, Louisburg.

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WILLIAM RAY ROSSER
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Funeral services for William Ray Rosser, 58, formerly of Hollister, who died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ricky Battle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CHARLIE M. PHELPS SR.
HENDERSON – Charlie Marcillus Phelps, Sr., 88, died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2009. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Lancaster Memorial Park, with the Rev. Linwood Jarrell officiating.

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JACK L. BARNES
February 2, 1943 – October 13, 2009
LOUISBURG – Jack Lynn Barnes, 66, originally of Missouri and a resident of Louisburg, died Tuesday evening at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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BERRY P. “B.P.” HOLDEN JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Berry Patterson (B.P.) Holden Jr. 91, of Youngsville died Thursday evening, Oct. 15, 2009 at his home.  He was born and raised in Franklin County on land that has been in the family for five generations and is registered as a Century Farm.  Mr. Holden and his wife started, owned and operated Holden’s Bar-B-Que in Youngsville until their retirement.

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SPORTS

Senior Showcase
SETTING THE TONE. Bunn’s Morgan Pearce (left) attempts a set as Franklinton’s Jessica Harris protects the net during Tuesday’s volleyball matchup. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Senior Showcase
BUNN -- Katie Jones even donned a libero jersey -- probably for the first and only time as a member of the Bunn High School volleyball squad.
Certainly, the Ladycats will need Jones’ net presence as they get ready for a possible strong run in the postseason.
But during Game One of Tuesday’s Senior Night event at the Bunn Dome, Jones lined up at libero -- though she eventually moved to hitter for the rest of the contest against Franklinton.

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It’s Williams’ World
WHAT A NIGHT. Sophomore Reggie Williams collected five touchdowns as the Franklinton Red Rams earned a key Northern Carolina Conference gridiron victory Thursday night at home versus the Warren County Eagles. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
It’s Williams’ World
Williams’ World was not a good place to be Thursday night for the Warren County Eagles.
Reggie Williams, Franklinton’s sophomore standout back, rushed for five touchdowns as the Red Rams rolled past Warren County by a 35-6 margin in a key Northern Carolina Conference showdown at the FHS Football Field.
Needing a victory to improve their playoff possibilities, Franklinton got one, and broke a two-game losing streak in the process.
The Red Rams are now 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the NCC, while Warren County fell to 1-7 and 0-4.

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Tough Way To End
THARRINGTON WITH THE TIP. Franklinton High School outside hitter Morgan Tharrington (right) sends a tip past Warren County’s LeighAnn Satterfield during Thursday evening’s contest at the FHS Gymnasium. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Tough Way To End
FRANKLINTON -- Even though the season didn’t end quite the way they wanted, all was not lost Thursday for the Franklinton Lady Rams.
FHS closed regular season action with a loss to Warren County that foiled the Lady Rams’ Senior Night festivities.
However, the Lady Rams also discovered that they had qualified -- barring a miracle -- for the Class 2-A State Playoffs out of the Northern Carolina Conference.

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Spikers prepare in NCC
Spikers prepare in NCC
After a competitive regular season, the Northern Carolina Conference will now get ready for its annual Volleyball Tournament this coming week.
League officials and coaches will meet today to determine a format, along with times and dates for matches.
Only this much is known at press time -- Bunn will host at least the championship match, courtesy of its regular season title.
There is a possibility that the semifinals could be held at different sites. If that’s the case, Louisburg, as the No. 2 seed, would host a semifinal event, along with Bunn.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 18-24
High School Football
FRIDAY
Bunn at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Warren County at Louisburg    7:30 p.m.

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Canes edged in OT against Pittsburgh
Canes edged in OT against Pittsburgh
RALEIGH -- It took three 20 minute periods, one overtime and six rounds of shootout hockey before Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz slid the puck under Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward for the 3-2 Pittsburgh win in National Hockey League action Wednesday night at the RBC Center.
The Penguins opened the scoring in the first period as Michael Rupp tallied his first goal of the season -- beating Ward with a forehand-to-backhand move, with Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski assisting.

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LHS soccer squad now tied for second
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s boys soccer team pushed into a tie for second place in the Northern Carolina Conference with a pair of victories this week over Warren County.
Tuesday on the road, the Warriors topped WCHS by a 7-0 score. Louisburg was never threatened after Chase Ragland found the back of the net just 45 seconds in.

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Ritchies earn second at spike tournament
Ritchies earn second at spike tournament
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The father-daughter team of Bo and Taylor Ritchie finished fourth in the Adult Co-Ed A Division of the East End Beach Volleyball Series earlier this month.
The tournament travels from New York to Florida from March-October, and features competitions on various levels.
The Ritchies went 3-3 overall, dropping a pair of games by just two points, including one in overtime.
“Taylor played great,’’ Bo Ritchie said. “She served several aces per game and made some great defensive plays against seasoned players.

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KICKOFF RETURN
KICKOFF RETURN
Warren County’s Kelby Henderson (with ball) finds a seam on a kickoff return during Thursday night’s high school football matchup at Franklinton.

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LIFESTYLES

Any given morning
Any given morning
I know there are a lot of things we do on any given morning. Some people eat, some listen to music, and others do exercise. Some people just get ready to go to work. On any given morning, we can think of many chores we have to do to survive, but have you ever thought about having so much fun early in the morning regenerating yourself with so much new energy that it causes you to actually feel ready to go to work without a single complaint?

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Wake Forest woman dies in single car wreck
A Wake Forest woman died Wednesday night from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle wreck.
According to a report by Trooper C.I. Hundley, Gia Young, 31, was driving east on West River Road near the Mitchners community when she ran a 1992 Toyota off the road to the right as she was driving about 80 mph in a 55 mph zone.

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Open House at Vance Charter
Vance Charter School, 1227 Dabney Drive, Henderson, will have an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25, 4 to 6 p.m.
Founding board members, principal, current board members, staff and alumni will  give presentations reflecting on the success and many accomplishments of the first 10 years of the school.

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PREP FOOTBALL

It’s Williams’ World
It’s Williams’ World
FRANKLINTON -- Williams’ World was not a good place to be Thursday night for the Warren County Eagles.
Reggie Williams, Franklinton’s sophomore standout back, rushed for five touchdowns as the Red Rams rolled past Warren County by a 35-6 margin in a key Northern Carolina Conference showdown at the FHS Football Field.
Needing a victory to improve their playoff possibilities, Franklinton got one, and broke a two-game losing streak in the process.

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Jackets Take Over First Place
Jackets Take Over First Place
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Three weeks still remain in the Northern Carolina Conference football schedule, but only one club controls its destiny toward a possible league crown.
The Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets.
RRHS moved into first place outright in the NCC with a homecoming victory Friday against the Bunn Wildcats.
The Jackets limited Bunn’s high-powered offense to just 108 total yards, and the Wildcats committed five turnovers.

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LHS Turns Back North Johnston
KENLY -- Once again, the Louisburg Warriors continue to make big plays when the outcome of a game is at stake.
LHS’  latest heroics came Friday as the Warriors batted down a potential 2-point, score-tying pass in the final minute to outlast host North Johnston by a 28-26 margin in a key Northern Carolina Conference football contest.
Louisburg improved to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the NCC, which leaves Chris Lee’s club tied with Bunn for second place. North Johnston slipped to 3-5 and 1-2.

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