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Showing 41 articles from October 20, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

FATAL FIRE
FRONTAL ATTACK. Firefighters from Louisburg, Mitchner’s and Franklinton worked to knock down a fire that engulfed a home on Phelps Road on Monday morning.
FATAL FIRE
A Louisburg man was killed Monday morning when his house erupted into flames.
Louisburg firefighters and county emergency crews responded to 422 Phelps Road to find the home engulfed in flames.
A man, Anthony Thomas, 52, was pulled from the home, but he had no vital signs on scene.
He was pronounced dead at Franklin Regional Medical Center.

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County discusses boundaries and awards school bids
County discusses boundaries and awards school bids
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to award a school construction and renovation contract, continuing a trend of saving money in a down economy.
When the school system opened bids for additions and renovations to Louisburg and Bunn High schools and Edward Best Elementary School, H.G. Reynolds appeared to be the lowest bidder, however, subsequent errors in their bid ruled them out.

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Cow Whisperer<br><i>United Way Cow Chip raises $4,770</i>
Cow Whisperer
United Way Cow Chip raises $4,770
Sen. Doug Berger does his best to coax some activity out of the cows used during the Franklin County United Way-sponsored Cow Chip Bingo contest on Saturday. The event raised $4,770 which will go toward needy residents and organizations that help meet the social and other needs of Franklin County residents.

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Teens steal pumpkins, go on a weekend vandalism spree
Smashing Pumpkins has plenty of hit albums, but area law enforcement agencies are looking for teens accused of swiping pumpkins and smashing mailboxes.
According to reports by Sgt. A.R. Roberts and deputies Robert Bowden and Greg Hughes, teens are accused of stealing pumpkins from Hill Ridge Farms and using the orange fruit as projectiles, damaging nearly 40 mailboxes and other pieces of property across the county.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville resident Rich Siebel

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Up, Up and a Pay Day
Editorial Cartoon: Up, Up and a Pay Day


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The lackadaisical handling of the Donnie Rudd case
Here’s a trick question:
Is it really stealing if the victim doesn’t seem to care?
And if the state, which is supposed to prosecute and punish those guilty, doesn’t seem to care, either?
Troubling questions which probably don’t have easy answers -- but which deserve a little consideration in the wake of a long-simmering case here in Franklin County.

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Novant looking for the back door, Donnie Rudd’s debt goes unpaid
Novant looking for the back door, Donnie Rudd’s debt goes unpaid
GOOD MORNING:  I don’t know about the pumpkins, but there was frost on lots of other things Tuesday morning as temperatures dropped below the freezing mark out my way for the first time this season.
The outside thermometer at the house dropped below the freezing mark shortly after 7:00 a.m. and bottomed out at 31.8 degrees around 7:30, before slowly edging its way back up to 32.2 at 8 o’clock.

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New poverty formula: doc bills plus cost-of-living equals no money
New poverty formula: doc bills plus cost-of-living equals no money
For the most part, my math conked out right around Trigonometry.
Truth be told, the only reason I can spell hypotenuse and tangent is because of spell check.
If I had to calculate either one, I’m sure I would spontaneously combust.
One thing I do remember, though, was that, essentially, there was a formula for every problem.

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Should you worry about Social Security?
For the first time in a quarter century, the Social Security system has had to dip into its reserve account to make scheduled payments to retirees. This means Social Security this year is paying out more in retiree benefits than it is taking in from contributions.

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Social Services needs help with Christmas project
Dear Editor,
The Christmas season is fast approaching and there are many families who need extra help purchasing gifts for their children this holiday season. We would appreciate your interest and participation with our Christmas project this year. In addition, we have many elderly who are in desperate need of clothing and other essential items.

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OBITUARIES

BERRY “B.P.” HOLDEN JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Berry Patterson (B.P.) Holden Jr., 91, died Thursday evening, Oct. 15, 2009 at his home.  Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 18, at  Wake Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Painter officiating.  Burial followed in the Wake Union Baptist Church cemetery.

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HARVEY FLAYER
WAKE FOREST —Harvey Flayer, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in the Youngsville Town Cemetery.

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NATHANIEL “NATE” ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Nathaniel “Nate” Alston, 57, who died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 21) at Fork Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the Alston family cemetery.

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SHIRLEY “LINDA” SMITH
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Shirley “Linda” Smith, 51, who died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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DAVID “WOOT” ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for David “Woot” Alston, 47, who died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 21) at Cedar Rock Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sylvester White Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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KAREN E. LYNCH
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Karen Estella Lynch, 50, who died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Rudd officiating. Burial will follow in the Lynch family cemetery.

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SOPHIE D. INGRAM
YOUNGSVILLE —Sophie Denton Ingram, 83, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at Britthaven Nursing Center in Louisburg. A graveside service was conducted Sunday, Oct. 18, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Gary Vassar officiating.

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CALVERT LEE BATT SR.
CASTALIA - Calvert Lee Batt Sr., 70, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. A service to celebrate his life was held Monday, Oct. 19, at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, with Dr. Carleton McKita officiating.

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JONNAFAY TALBOTT
ZEBULON -  Jonnafay Talbott, 77, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. Funeral service was Sunday, Oct. 18, at Massey Funeral Home. Interment was at Alford-Bunn-Upchurch cemetery.

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STANLEY YARBROUGH
FRANKLINTON - Stanley Yarbrough, 55, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, Franklinton. Burial will be in the Yarbrough family cemetery, Franklinton.

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MARIE “SIS” ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Marie “Sis” Alston, 76, who died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Tayborn officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Chapel Church cemetery, Centerville.

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JOSEPHINE W. SMITH
November 7, 1922 – October 18, 2009
DURHAM – Josephine Wrenn Smith, 86, of Durham, died Sunday afternoon.

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SPORTS

RAPIDS ASCENT
TRIPLE TEAMED. Bunn quarterback Montrel Cooke (with ball) tries to escape a trio of Roanoke Rapids defenders during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football event at Hoyle Field on the RRHS campus in Halifax County.
RAPIDS ASCENT
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 last 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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LC’s Split-Decision Weekend
CROSSING PATHS. Louisburg College defender Jackie Rodriguez (right) eyes possession as Southern Maryland’s Taylor Ramsey tries to reverse field during Sunday afternoon’s women’s soccer matchup at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
LC’s Split-Decision Weekend
LOUISBURG -- The biggest match of the season for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes will be today.
But first-year head coach Andy Stokes doesn’t necessarily want his club to know that fact.
Still, it’s hard to dispute the notion, as LC needs a victory today over Cape Fear Community College to move into a first-place tie with CFCC in the Region X standings.

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LC men claim a shutout
BALL CONTROL. Louisburg College’s Beshan Lewis gains possession up the right side during Sunday’s home soccer victory against Tri-County at Ronald May Field.
LC men claim a shutout
LOUISBURG -- So much for the theory that a weekend swoon in September would have long-time adverse effects on the Louisburg College men’s soccer squad.
Quite the contrary, as a matter of fact.
After losing back-to-back weekend matches at home to a pair of national powers four weeks ago, the Hurricanes have been on their usual October roll under veteran head coach David Sexton.

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Another toughie for LC
ÅNOTHER TEST. Jameze Massey and the Louisburg College Hurricanes will be on the road again Saturday at Georgia Military Academy in Milledgeville, Ga. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Another toughie for LC
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College football coach John Sala expected last weekend’s trip to South Alabama to be his club’s toughest of the season.
The Jaguars didn’t disappoint.
But things won’t be that much easier this week for the nationally ranked Hurricanes.
Facing its most difficult schedule stretch, Louisburg went on the road last Saturday and fell 41-7 to South Alabama, a new Division I program that is currently undergoing a probationary period before joining the Sun Belt Conference.

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LHS edges N. 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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LHS Not Fooled Again
SLIDING TACKLE. Louisburg’s Darrian Brown (on ground) separates Franklinton’s Dylan Moss from the ball during Monday night’s boys soccer event at Joyner Park. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LHS Not Fooled Again
LOUISBURG -- The Who’s epic ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ provided a perfect musical backdrop before the opening kick of Monday’s key Northern Carolina Conference match between Franklinton and host Louisburg.
After all, LHS head coach Brent Cardwell couldn’t help but be fooled earlier in the season, when the Red Rams earned a one-goal shutout over LHS.

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Wesleyan wins over Christopher Newport
Wesleyan wins over Christopher Newport
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. -- Senior Orlando Webb hauled in five catches for 119 yards and one touchdown last Saturday afternoon, leading his North Carolina Wesleyan football team to a dominating 35-7 victory on the road at Christopher Newport.
The Battling Bishops amassed 470 yards of offense as a team, while NCWC’s defense held the Captains to just 183 yards on the day.

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

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC celebrates National Literacy Awareness Month
VGCC celebrates National Literacy Awareness Month
September was proclaimed “Literacy Awareness Month” in North Carolina by Gov. Perdue, and Vance-Granville Community College observed the month by emphasizing the importance of reading and writing for Basic Skills students.
On Sept. 30, students at the college’s main campus shared with classmates the five-paragraph essays they had written, with titles such as “Look What Happened To Me, In My Life, On My Way To Getting My GED!”, “Look What Happened To Me, In My Life, On My Way To Getting My Adult High School Diploma!” or “Look What Happened To Me, In My Life, On My Way To Getting Into Curriculum!” (referring to community college degree and diploma programs).

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Pumpkin pickers
Pumpkin pickers
Students of Harris Chapel Preschool visited Belinda’s Pumpkins and Gourds and enjoyed picking a pumpkin in the field, taking a hayride and having a picnic. Pictured (back row, left to right) are Rebecca Rice, Maggie Hill, Tyler Chambley, Matthew Turnage, Kaiden Kearney, Caleb Murray; bottom row: Jessica Hill, Bradley Calciano, Victoria Nobles, Will Champion, Ryland Ball and Luke Turnage. (Submitted photo)

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AZALEA ASSISTANTS
AZALEA ASSISTANTS
Franklinton Elementary was selected by NC Beautiful to receive 50 azaleas for use in the group’s 2009 Beautification Project.  Mrs. McGhee and several of her AIG students planted the azaleas around the campus. Above, Madisyn Sapp, left, and Joshua Perry, 5th graders who helped with the planting, are looking forward to the spring when they will be in bloom.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Man faces numerous charges after confrontations with neighbors, police
A Franklinton man was charged with causing a ruckus amongst his neighbors and police.
According to a report by Sgt. K.J. Hornaday,  he responded to a dispute at 216 S. Chatham Street at about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, trying to find a man whom the resident, John E. Tabron, 70, said had broken a windshield with a liquor bottle.
When Hornaday confronted the suspect, Samuel Alonzo Johnson, 46, in the man’s backyard, Johnson fled on foot toward Taylor Street.

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Governmental Affairs Speaker Series continues Nov. 5 at LC
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Louisburg College will host the November Governmental Affairs Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 5th. The event will take place at the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium on the Louisburg College campus from noon until 1 p.m.

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BIRTH
Sabrina Corinne Odom proudly announces the birth of her brother, Levi Nathaniel, on Oct. 7, 2009.  He weighed 9 pounds and was 21 inches long.  Parents are Chuck and Jean Odom of Louisburg.

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Louisburg Town Council addresses stalled sewer project and traffic issues on North Main Street
Louisburg Town Council addresses stalled sewer project and traffic issues on North Main Street
Utilities took center stage for much of the Louisburg Town Council meeting Monday night as the council awarded a contract for construction of several water lines to H. G. Reynolds Co., Inc., of Henderson.
That firm bid $401,000 for water lines that will serve West College, Glenn, Noble, and Middle streets, Person and Ford Circles and Fox Park Road.
Originally the project was estimated at about $448,300 and the town had decided to borrow the money to complete it.

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TDA discusses goals
In the coming months, the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority plans to tackle some short- and long-range goals.
A subcommittee of the board will be tasked with preparing a proposed budget, which will coincide with strategic planning.
The authority wants to develop a budget which determines how much of the collected occupancy tax is set aside for administrative costs, how much goes toward funding projects that draw tourists, and how much funding will be built into any type of capital projects.

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BUSINESS

EXPO 2009 draws more than 40 businesses from four counties
EXPO 2009 draws more than 40 businesses from four counties
Approximately 800 area residents visited EXPO 2009, the 19th business exposition for Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties, which was held Oct. 13 in the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center. EXPO is organized by the VGCC Small Business Center, Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce, Granville County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of Warren County.

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Fonville Morisey recognizes leaders
The Associates & Teams of the Month for September 2009 for the Fonville Morisey Realty Youngsville office are: Jackie Edens, listing & selling associate; Gene Troutman, listings sold associate; Triangle North Team, listing, listings sold, selling team & 3rd quarter referral associate.


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