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Showing 36 articles from November 10, 2009.

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BREAKING NEWS: VETERANS DAY CEREMONY MOVED TO LHS
 The threat of inclement weather on Wednesday has caused Franklin County to move its Veterans Day ceremony from the Franklin County Courthouse steps to inside the Louisburg High School Auditorium. The event is still slated to begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
 

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Second-degree murder
TAKEN AWAY. Nash County’s Ibin Williams, left, shown here following an earlier court appearance, pled guilty to second-degree murder for his role in the death of Corey Mann. (Times file photo)
Second-degree murder
A Nash County man could spend more than 20 years in jail for killing a Franklin County man last summer.
Prosecutors and attorneys reached a plea earlier this month, agreeing that Ibin Williams would spend between 188-235 months in jail for his role in the death of Corey Mann, 29.
Williams was initially charged with first-degree murder, which carried a sentence of life in prison, but his attorney, Teresa Gibson, and Assistant District Attorney Bill Williamson agreed to the plea of second-degree.

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A reel good time
FATHER AND SON. Bob Bryant, left, helps bait a hook for his son, Andrew Bryant, during the Take a Kid Fishing event on Saturday at the Harris Farm.
A reel good time
A local philanthropic group held a fundraiser last weekend, hoping to help build bonds between parents and children while also building up their reputation in the community.
The Franklin County Community Foundation (FCCC) held its first ever Take a Kid Fishing fundraiser on Saturday, helping to raise money for two goals — helping nonprofit organizations in the community, as well as public school teachers.

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Graduates honored, Dolan hired as LHS asst. principal
Graduates honored, Dolan hired as LHS asst. principal
Louisburg High School has a new assistant principal following action Monday night by the Board of Education.
Named to the vacant post was Ohio native Jeffrey Dolan who is currently a physical education teacher at Coats Erwin Middle School in Harnett County.
Dolan developed an interest in school administration while enrolled in a graduate program at Kent State University in Ohio.
Starting Dec. 4, he’ll get his chance to apply that interest as an assistant principal at Louisburg High School.

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County bracing for bad weather
Tropical Storm Ida made landfall Tuesday and emergency officials were bracing for heavy rains and flooding by Wednesday morning.
The impending storm also forced the county’s Veterans Services office to move its Veterans Day ceremony from the Franklin County Courthouse steps to inside at Louisburg High School.

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It’s official, board certifies municipal election results
It’s official, board certifies municipal election results
Board of Elections officials certified the Nov. 3 municipal elections this week with official numbers that tightened one race, but produced no changes.
Only one race, for a Youngsville commission slot, was close enough to warrant a recount if Commissioner Marvin Roberts makes such a request by 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College’s John Basaldu

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Salute
Editorial Cartoon: Salute


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Congratulations to a delayed, but well deserved high school graduation ceremony
It’s not common to see a group of smiling young people at a Board of Education meeting, but Monday night was an exception.
In a rare event, six young people were presented their much-delayed high school diplomas before the school board Monday night -- and there were plenty of smiles to go around.
The six were Nathaniel Watson, Tara Person, Reginald Brake, Bonnie Shearin, Ernest Tant, and April Michelle Livingston Vojtek.
All deserve congratulations -- all the more for being patient.

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Veterans Day causes me to reflect on my days in the service
Veterans Day causes me to reflect on my days in the service
GOOD MORNING: It was colder than expected when I headed over to Harold “Waterbed” Wood’s for breakfast around 5 a.m. Saturday morning, several degrees colder than expected, actually. The official low temperature in Louisburg Saturday morning was 28 degrees.
The outlook for today is for rain, possibly heavy at times, throughout much of the day.

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Write-in votes make a difference in recent municipal elections
Write-in votes make a difference in recent municipal elections
In Nash County, a group of residents decided to do their civic duty by selecting a write-in candidate for Castalia’s Board of Commissioners.
And no, it wasn’t Mickey Mouse.
It was an honest to goodness person, Jeanette Evans, who didn’t run for office but said she will serve the will of the people.
And enough of them spoke, 27, to put her on the town’s governing board.

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Website Reader Participation Results November 4-10
Last Week’s Poll
Should county put up money for Palziv North America?
Should Franklin County put up the $250,000 requested to bring Palziv North America and its proposed seventy-two jobs to the old Hon Building in Louisburg?

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They did It anyway with backroom deals and arm twisting
If you did not know, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a health care bill late Saturday night.  But not just any health care bill.  Nancy Pelosi’s 1990 page monstrosity.  It was passed with back-door deals and arm twisting.

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OBITUARIES

C. RAYMOND STRICKLAND
LOUISBURG - Charlie Raymond Strickland, 86, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, in Louisburg Nursing Center.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Lancaster Funeral and Cremations Chapel, with the Rev. Leo Bennett officiating.  Interment followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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FRANCES M. BULLOCK
FRANKLINTON— Frances M. Bullock, 63, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.


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KATHY D. SCHAIRER
CLARKSVILLE, Va.—Kathy Diane Jenkins Schairer, 54, of Clarksville, Va., formerly of Louisburg, died Monday morning, Nov. 9, 2009 at her home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, 103 W. Franklin St., Louisburg, with the Rev. Jeff Chappell officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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SPORTS

CRUCIAL KICKS
SPLITTING THE DEFENSE. Bunn’s Robert Preston (with ball) tries to slide past a pair of Louisburg defenders after a pass reception during last Friday night’s key high school football matchup, which was claimed 7-6 by the host Wildcats.
CRUCIAL KICKS
BUNN - After 48 intense minutes of hard-hitting action, last Friday’s rivalry matchup between Bunn and Louisburg came down to a series of three placekicks.
Bunn made its lone attempt, and Louisburg missed a pair -- and that was the difference as the Wildcats edged LHS by a 7-6 margin in a Northern Carolina Conference football contest that was witnessed by an overflow audience.

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District Champions -- Again
HEAD-ON COLLISION. Louisburg College’s John Wright (7) tries to head the ball toward the net during last Saturday’s District Championship match at home versus CCBC-Essex. Wright was unsuccessful on this attempt, but LC won the match, 4-1.
District Champions -- Again
LOUISBURG -- For some programs, making the National Junior College Athletic Association National Men’s Soccer Tournament once every three years would be comparable to waking up on Christmas Morning.
But for the tradition-rich Louisburg College Hurricanes, that’s simply not an acceptable proposition.
Because of the annual success LC has enjoyed during the glorious tenure of head coach Dave Sexton, anything less than a national appearance spells a season that didn’t live up to the usual standard.

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Gridiron playoffs kick off
Gridiron playoffs kick off
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklinton will face a familiar foe -- sort of -- in the first round of the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.
In Friday’s opener, the Red Rams, seeded 14th, will travel to fourth-seeded Fairmont for a 7:30 p.m. showdown.
Fairmont’s head coach is Barry Leonard, who grew up and still has plenty of family in Louisburg.
Like Franklinton, Fairmont prefers to utilize the run-oriented, wing-T offense under Leonard.

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Playoff sporting thoughts
Playoff sporting thoughts
The brackets are out -- so it’s time to analyze the potential fortunes for Franklin County’s high school football teams in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs.
Let’s get this out of the way first -- Franklinton and Louisburg will be competing on the Class 2-A level, while Bunn is in the Class 2-AA bracket.

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STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAMES
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the brackets for the upcoming Class 2-A and 2-AA State High School Football Playoffs, which will feature Louisburg (2-A), Franklinton (2-A) and Bunn (2-AA):

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Red Rams finish with road victory
KENLY -- Reggie Williams has enjoyed a series of solid outings this fall, but he saved his best for last on Friday for the Franklinton High School football squad.
Williams rushed for a season-high 285 yards on 29 carries, leading the Red Rams to a 42-34 decision at North Johnston in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown.

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Bunn runners shine at Class 2-A XC Meet
Bunn runners shine at Class 2-A XC Meet
CLEMMONS -- Bunn High School capped off its historic season by competing in the Class 2-A Boys State Cross Country Meet last Saturday at Tanglewood Park, which is located just west of Winston-Salem.
The Wildcats finished 16th overall as a team with 357 points.
Bunn’s top runner was junior Brannon Perry, who delivered a time of 19:15.71 over the 3.1-mile course. That was good enough for 82nd place.

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Louisburg claims a pair
Louisburg claims a pair
LOUISBURG -- It didn’t take long for touted recruit Jeremy Atkinson to make his presence felt for the Louisburg College men’s basketball team.
As in LC’s regular season opener last Friday as part of the annual Coca-Cola Classic at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.

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

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PLENTY OF HELP
PLENTY OF HELP
Several Louisburg High School defenders, including Dante Walker (middle) team up to tackle Bunn’s Scott Harrison (3) during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference showdown.

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LIFESTYLES

Pumpkin carving, painting and bake-off at Franklin County Farmer’s Market Nov. 14
The N. C. Cooperative Extension will host a Pumpkin Carving, Painting and Pumpkin Bake-off on Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at noon at the Franklin County Farmer’s Market, Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 6. For more information, call Crystal Smith, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, (919) 49-3344 or visit http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu; click on Youth & 4-H.


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THE CATCH
THE CATCH
Reed Wheless, right, poses with Mary Copeland and the .75-pound bass he pulled out of the lake during the Take a Kid Fishing competition hosted by the Franklin County Community Foundation.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Former students qualify for high school diplomas from FCS
Former students qualify for high school diplomas from FCS
Above, Holding their brand new diplomas are these now-official graduates of Franklin County Schools, all of whom were presented diplomas by Superintendent Eddie Ingram (left) and Bunn High School Principal Robin Faulkner (right) during Monday night’s board of education meeting. Receiving their diplomas were (left to right) Nathaniel Watson, Tara Person, Reginald Brake, Bonnie Shearin and Ernest Tant. All had completed their high school studies but had not passed a once-required test that was necessary at the time to graduate. That regulation has now been waived and students who completed their work but did not pass the test are eligible to receive their diplomas. School officials are searching old records to see who might qualify and are asking those who think they qualify to contact the school district.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Arts Council recognizes local NC State Fair artists
Several budding young Franklin County artists have received special recognition from the Franklin County Arts Council.
The students’ artwork was chosen for display last month at the North Carolina State Fair where members of the local Arts Council took notice.

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100th birthday
100th birthday
Family and friends gathered at the Louisburg Senior Citizens Center on Saturday, Nov. 7, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Mrs. Gladys Moore. A native of Louisburg, she turned 100 on Oct. 14, 2009. Family and friends traveled from as far away as Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia to attend the event. Special letters of congratulations from Governor Beverly Perdue and President Barack Obama were presented to Mrs. Moore. Many of the guests attending shared memories and reflections of her tremendous influence in their lives and lives of their children.


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MARRIED
MARRIED
Kandi Andrea Edgerton and Warddell Hicks were married at the courthouse in Louisburg on Oct. 30, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. The bride is the daughter of Joyce Woodard and André Woodard of Wake Forest. The groom’s parents are Mattie Hicks of Rocky Mount and Warddell Stukes of Virginia. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, Larry Edgerton of Louisburg.


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More vandals hit Hill Ridge Farms
Vandalism. Again.
Proprietors of Hill Ridge Farms reported on Saturday that someone discharged a fire extinguisher inside the cab area of the tram.
Also, several hay bails were turned over or knocked down.
On Halloween, owners of the agri-tourism facility on Tarboro Road also reported that someone had spray painted areas on the farm and had also posted sexually explicit pictures.

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Election Board moves to make voting process more balanced
The Franklin County Board of Elections agreed to take steps to increase Republican involvement in the voting process.
Board member Sandra Woodland pointed out to the board during its Tuesday meeting that precinct assistants should be split equally between both political parties.

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Local restoration service sparks discussion on Thanksgiving fires
Experts recommend residents prevent their holiday from turning into an emergency by following a few precautions
In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, many Louisburg-area cooks are busy stocking up on ingredients and perfecting family recipes. But before they mash the potatoes or roast the turkey, they will want to take precautions to ensure that their kitchen doesn’t end up in flames.

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COUNTY BOUNTY HUNTERS
COUNTY BOUNTY HUNTERS
Working the United Way of Franklin County Jail-A-Thon on Nov. 5 were deputy “bounty hunters,” from left front, Billy Ayscue, James Arrington, Mark Rowe, Bryant Coker and Randall Haupt; back, Johnny Hight and “Boss” H.M. Edwards. The crew arrested more than 50 inmates, who collectively raised more than $19,000 for UWFC programs and community policing efforts in the county. The Jail-A-Thon was the first for UWFC and was supported by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Detention Center staff. The UWFC 2009-2010 campaign continues through mid-December. The goal is $120,000.


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