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Showing 35 articles from October 31, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Making the grade
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released its annual school report card for each school in the state Thursday morning.
The annual report consists of average classroom/course sizes, funding, student performance, safety information, qualifications and experience of teachers and administrators and many other items.


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Louisburg ballot full of challengers
Louisburg ballot full of challengers
Louisburg promises to be the most contested local race, as the ballot will include challenges for both the mayor’s seat and three available commission slots.
Mayor Karl Pernell will face a challenge from Stephen Phillips and incumbents Joe Shearon and Boyd Sturges face challenges for their seats.
Incumbent Dean Ruedrich opted not to seek re-election, but the Louisburg race does not lack interest.
In all, six people — Shearon, Sturges, Dennis Cash, Bobby Cooper, Fred Hight Jr., and Blake Talbott — are vying for three seats.

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Three seats open in Franklinton
Three seats open in Franklinton
FRANKLINTON — For town commission candidates, getting rid of refuse seems to be a top priority.
They just happen to come in two different forms.
Incumbents James Worley, Al Barbour and Art Wright and newcomer John Allers are battling for three available seats on the board.
Wright and Allers said drugs and gangs, and the town’s ailing sewer lines, are worthy of being top priorities.
Attempts to reach Worley and Barbour for this story were not successful.

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Youngsville old guard faces challenger
Youngsville old guard faces challenger
YOUNGSVILLE — The race for the Town Board of Commission could very well be a numbers game.
Four people have filed to run for the three available seats, including two incumbents who have served decades on the board, and a newcomer who is taking her first shot at public service.
Incumbent Marvin Roberts has been on the board for about 50 years and Leelan Woodlief has been on the board for more than 30.
Dr. Bert Corpening is seeking his second term.
Cat Redd is seeking her first public office.
The mayor’s seat, held by Sam Hardwick, is unapposed.

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Bunn, WF races, Centerville unopposed
Tuesday’s general election will give residents in every corner of the county a chance to cast a ballot for a municipal race, even venturing into Wake Forest.
The town of Bunn features a contested commissioners race as three candidates vie for two seats. Mayor Marsha Strawbridge is unopposed.
And, for the first time, more than 300 residents living in a Franklin County subdivision annexed by Wake County will cast their ballots in Franklin County.
Two people are running for mayor and five people are running for two town board seats.
Centerville is the only municipal election where none of the candidates are unopposed.

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H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic
H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic
Children and adults, above, waited in line Thursday to get an H1N1 flu vaccination. The Franklin County Health Department held clinics on Tuesday and Thursday, offering residents a chance to bolster their chances against H1N1, also known as the Swine Flu. The clinic on Tuesday featured the live virus vaccination and targeted relatively healthy people.

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Not painting a pretty picture
Attrition continued for the Franklin County Arts Council when it accepted the resignation of its executive assistant this week, but the board made an addition, too.
Board members said they hope that months of tumult is finally over.
Newly installed chairman Simon Brough said the board has lost a great deal of its core — besides Emily Barrick’s resignation as executive assistant, four members have resigned in the past few months, including long-time member Lillian Benton — but the board is committed to moving forward with its mission.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Pilot resident Nikolas Brodie Pearce, 6 mos.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: It Can't Get Any Worse
Editorial Cartoon: It Can't Get Any Worse


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President’s perspective broadened at Dover
It’s been a long time since an American president stood in the pre-dawn darkness and witnessed, first-hand, the price Americans pay for involvement in foreign wars.
Early Thursday morning, President Barack Obama did just that, an experience he described as “a sobering reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our young men and women in uniform are engaging in every single day, not only our troops but their families as well.

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Head of household ‘solution’ may prove to be anything but a solution
Head of household ‘solution’ may prove to be anything but a solution
GOOD MORNING: Don’t forget! Tonight’s (Saturday) the night to turn your clocks back. The nation returns to Eastern Standard Time (EST) at midnight.
And after reminding all of our readers to turn their clocks back upon retiring tonight, guess who’ll be the one to forget.
WHERE’S LUCY?
Gov. Beverly Perdue’s back from her Asian travels, but what about Rep. Lucy Allen and the 10 other N.C. legislators who reportedly accompanied the Governor on her trip to China?
Gov. Perdue was not only back in the state Wednesday, but back in the news as well, but no signs regarding the whereabouts of Rep. Allen.

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Election apathy is a missed opportunity for discussions
Election apathy is a missed opportunity for discussions
What if they held an election and no one voted?
It’s not quite that bad in Franklin County -- but it doesn’t appear we’re very far from that level of apathy.
All towns in the county are holding municipal elections next Tuesday and, on the virtual eve of Election Day, apathy seems to rein supreme.
Interestingly, Louisburg has one of its relatively rare, in recent years at least, contested races on tap, both for mayor and for three seats on the town council, and even that hasn’t sparked a great deal of interest or debate.

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What the Easley scandal doesn’t mean
RALEIGH – The spectacle of a former governor testifying under oath before the state board of elections about corruption allegations didn’t just make political history in North Carolina. It also served to focus the state’s attention on a single moment in time – Mike Easley’s desperate attempt, broadcast live online and over the air, to save his hide.
One great thing about modern technology is that it eliminates gatekeepers. Provided with the opportunity to witness events live, citizens can draw their own conclusions. They don’t have to rely on others to convert raw reality into bite-sized nuggets of news.

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OBITUARIES

W. DOUGLAS LOWERY
YOUNGSVILLE-William Douglas Lowery, 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, following a three-year battle with colon and liver cancer. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 31) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Graig Currin officiating. Burial will follow in the Youngsville Cemetery.

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JIMMIE PERRY
BUTNER - Jimmie Perry, 67, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 at Murdoch Center in Butner. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Oct. 31) at Alston-Anderson Funeral Home Chapel, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery, Louisburg.

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DONALD N. JOHNSON
LOUISBURG - Donald N. Johnson, 62, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. Arrangements by McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton.


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DUNCAN C. ROGERS
RALEIGH - Dunacn C. Rogers, 39, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Kittrell First Baptist Church in Kittrell, with Pastor McArthur Clemons officiating. Burial will follow in the Kittrell Memorial Gardens cemetery.

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LEAH W. ENGRAM
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Leah Wilkins Engram, 73, originally of Louisburg, who died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Hempstead, N.Y., will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bennie Manson officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.

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PRESTON “DICK” PERRY
YOUNGSVILLE - Preston “Dick” Perry, 80, of 1345 Darius Pearce Rd, died Thursday afternoon, October 29, 2009 at Britthaven of Louisburg. He was born in Franklin County, the son of the late Leassie Denton Perry and Otis Perry. Mr. Perry is preceded in death by a brother, Robert Perry.

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SPORTS

BHS’ UPHILL BATTLE
TWO AGAINST ONE. Bunn’s Keke Crudup (right) tries to send down a kill past Cedar Ridge’s Morgan Veasey (10) and Jordyn Riverbark during Thursday’s matchup in the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
BHS’ UPHILL BATTLE
BUNN -- There’s a reason it felt like Bunn was fighting an against-all-odds battle Thursday against Cedar Ridge in the third round of the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs.
Facing a strong opponent and without injured Northern Carolina Conference Player of the Year Katie Jones, the Ladycats seemed to have all of the intangibles stacked against them.

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LHS Drops A Heartbreaker
HERE SHE GOES AGAIN. Louisburg’s Sharika Evans (right) soars for another kill for the Lady Warriors during Tuesday evening’s home match against Graham in the second round of the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs at the LHS Gymnasium.
LHS Drops A Heartbreaker
CLIMAX -- After a strong start, things didn’t finish the way the Louisburg Lady Warriors wanted them to Thursday at Providence Grove.
The hosts rallied from two games down to defeat Louisburg by a 14-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-9 margin in the third round of the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs.

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Big MAC matchup Tuesday
Big MAC matchup Tuesday
It seems like something big is at stake every time Terrell Lane and Bunn meet on the field for a Middle Athletic Conference football showdown.
This year will be no different.
This coming Tuesday, Bunn will travel to Terrell Lane for a battle of MAC unbeatens. The winner of the contest will have the inside track toward gaining a league championship.

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Bunn spikers sting St. Paul’s in playoffs
UP, UP AND AWAY. Bunn’s Keke Crudup (right) soars to a kill for the Ladycats during Tuesday’s home playoff volleyball contest against St. Paul’s at the Bunn Dome. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Bunn spikers sting St. Paul’s in playoffs
BUNN -- Bunn’s second-round postseason victory over St. Paul’s didn’t come without a price Tuesday.
The Ladycats were able to sweep the visitors in three games, but star middle hitter Katie Jones was lost for the remainder of the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs with a broken thumb.
Bunn moved past the second round -- for the first time since 1998 -- with a 25-10, 25-13, 25-13 victory at the Bunn Dome.

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LHS’ Narrow Miss
MIDFIELD CHASE. (L to R) Louisburg’s Smiley Mueller and a Roanoke Rapids player try to run down a loose ball during Wednesday night’s boys soccer showdown at Joyner Park. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LHS’ Narrow Miss
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg had its best chance to date to defeat Roanoke Rapids as part of Wednesday’s Senior Night Ceremony at Joyner Park.
Certainly, the Warriors have closed the gap with the tradition-rich Yellow Jackets. But Roanoke Rapids still found a way to get the job done, using a second-half goal from Rudy Draper to edge out a 3-2 decision in the final Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer match for both clubs.

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LC Back For More
KEY RETURNEE. Center Shequitia Manning is one of just three returning players this season for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LC Back For More
LOUISBURG -- If Mike Holloman could bottle the potion that worked last season, he would be revered by every member of the coaching profession.
And every coach across the country would want to know his secret.
Certainly, it was a magical campaign for Holloman’s Louisburg College women’s basketball squad.
The Lady Hurricanes, void of overall team experience coming in, found chemistry at the right time, and overachieved en route to a 26-4 record.

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BRYANT ANDERSON AWARD
BRYANT ANDERSON AWARD
The presentation of the Bryant Anderson Spirit Award has become an annual tradition as part of the Bunn High School homecoming ceremonies. The award is presented to the class that shows the most school spirit during homecoming week. Anderson is a Bunn graduate who became known as the school’s ‘No. 1 Fan’. Members of the senior class accept the award at right. Also pictured are members of the Anderson Family at left. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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THE NET CHALLENGERS
THE NET CHALLENGERS
Bunn High School’s Tayla Ricks (right) attempts to send a kill past Cedar Ridge’s Emily Holmes (12) and Taylor Thompson (18) during Thursday night’s third-round matchup in the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs at the Bunn Dome.

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LIFESTYLES

Engagement
Engagement
Jeanell Thorne of White Level announces the engagement of her daughter, Susan Nicole, who is also the daughter of the late Gregg Thorne, to Daniel Shane Perry of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of Darrell and Cornelia Clark of Louisburg and the late Ollie Ray Perry.  The wedding will take place on Nov. 21, 2009 at 4 p.m. at Red Bud Baptist Church, Castalia. All family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Couple of Coaches
Couple of Coaches
Chris Lee, head football and golf coach at Louisburg High School, recently presented a program at the Louisburg Lions Club meeting.  He spoke about the successful football season at LHS this year, his 19 years in education and the positive impact Lions Club youth football had on his life. Pictured are Coach Lee (left) and Lions Club President Phil Mueller.

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Rocky Mount man dies in wreck, son survives
A Rocky Mount man was killed and his three-year-old son was taken to the hospital Wednesday following a single-vehicle wreck.
According to a report by Trooper T.L. Hunt, Oghazi Woherem, 27, was traveling east on U.S. 64 in Franklin County at about 6 p.m. when he ran off the left side of the road in a 2000 Nissan Maxima.

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HON building could get new tenant
Franklin County commissioners and staff have scheduled a closed session on Monday to talk about business prospects and incentives that could be related to a business locating in the HON building.
The HON office furniture making company in Louisburg announced in the summer that it would be closing its plant — in phases — and be shut down at the end of the year.

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Red Cross offers the “trick” to safety this Halloween
With Halloween right around the corner, and H1N1 flu widespread across the country, the American Red Cross offers tips to help parents and children celebrate safely this year. “We don’t want anyone to go out trick-or-treating and come home sick,” said Sharon Stanley, Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross. “You can follow these special tips to try to have a flu-free Halloween:”

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BUSINESS

Stay-Right receives award
Stay-Right Precast Concrete Inc. in Franklinton has been awarded status as a National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) Certified Plant. The designation recognizes Stay-Right Precast Concrete Inc. as a precast concrete manufacturing plant operating at the highest standards of production and quality control.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Takes To The Air
Bunn Takes To The Air
WARRENTON -- Bunn took to the air early and flew away to an impressive victory Friday at Warren County.
BHS sophomore quarterback Montrel Cooke threw for 235 yards -- his second-highest total of the season -- as the Wildcats rolled to a 34-8 decision over the Eagles in a Northern Carolina Conference contest.
Cooke also delivered three touchdown passes to help Bunn improve to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the league.

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Quick-Starting LHS Defeats Vikings
Quick-Starting LHS Defeats Vikings
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s penchant for quick starts this season continued during Friday’s important home football matchup against Northwest Halifax.
With a potential favorable playoff seeding at stake, the Warriors jumped to a 14-point advantage in the first period and went on to defeat the Vikings by a 28-16 margin.

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