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Showing 38 articles from November 14, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Tropical thumping
Tropical thumping
Tropical Storm Ida knocked down trees, cut power, caused floods and sewage spills as its rain washed through Franklin County much of this week.
No injuries were reported, but the storm created enough headaches, town and county staff said.
On Thursday morning, emergency dispatch were still receiving reports of power lines being down.

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Honoring our veterans
A BAND APART. Louisburg High School’s band, foreground, provided the music and helped set the tone for the crowd, background, who gathered during the Veterans Day ceremony inside the Louisburg High School auditorium on Wednesday.
Honoring our veterans
Wars have raged from the time this country was founded.
And they continue through today, said Charles Smith, assistant secretary for the state Division of Veterans Affairs.
And just as long, this country has supported those who fought and died defending freedoms, both foreign and domestic.
Wednesday was another opportunity to do so in honor of Veterans Day.

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Couple arrested for multi-county crime spree
Mullins
Couple arrested for multi-county crime spree
A Middlesex pair was  slated to appear in court Friday after investigators say the duo went on a multi-county crime spree, stealing jewelry from as many as 20 houses, including a handful of homes in Franklin County.
Investigators arrested Richard Phillip Mullins, 36, and Lindsey Marie O’Hara, 28, of N.C. 231 on Tuesday after investigators tightened a probe that began with reports of home break-ins in several counties, including Franklin, Nash, Wake, Johnston and Wilson.

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Youngsville honors Roberts for his service
Youngsville honors Roberts for his service
YOUNGSVILLE — The town’s board of commissioners approved a variance request that will permit the expansion of the Youngsville Rescue squad building.
The town’s zoning requires a 30-foot setback from the road, however, the current building at 105 N.W. Railroad Street was built before the town’s zoning took effect and is only 25 feet from the road.

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Public hearing set for funding of new industry prospect
Residents will get a chance to determine on Monday night whether commissioners pony up $250,000 to bring business and industry to Franklin County.
The state announced earlier this month that it would provide a $250,000 grant through its One North Carolina Fund to bring Palziv’s North America headquarters to the HON building on N.C. 56.

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United Way food drive underway
United Way food drive underway
The United Way of Franklin County began a food drive on Saturday, looking for a way to give back now and into the future.
United Way Executive Director Kathy Harrelson said the office routinely gets three kinds of calls — folks looking for help with emergency housing, utility bills and food.
Emergency housing and utility bill assistance requires extensive resources, but the United Way figures it can rally the community quickly to restock local food pantries in time for the holidays.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Centerville resident Cathy Mangum

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Roberts Rule of Order
Editorial Cartoon: Roberts Rule of Order


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Care to put Uncle Sam on your holiday gift list?
These days, whether it’s around the dinner table, the golf course or a casual conversation in the parking lot, the topic of the nation’s spending spree and the effect it is having on the national debt is a matter for political comment.
No matter whether you’re a conservative, a liberal or fall somewhere in between the two, the deficit -- long ignored and almost forgotten -- has again become the topic of the day.
Normally all that talk about the deficit is merely just that, talk.

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Flying by the seat of my pants
Flying by the seat of my pants
GOOD MORNING: I don’t know about you, but, although we needed the rain, I am one who will be glad to see a return to clear skies and sunshine for a change.
Although we have received something like 3.3 inches of badly needed rain, I have yet to note any significant rise in the level of the small streams out my way, which tells you something about how dry it has been, but my next-door neighbor and I did experience a power outage sometime after midnight Tuesday that had my standby generator humming until a little after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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Fishing tournament was about more than catching fish
Fishing tournament was about more than catching fish
A brisk autumn breeze sent ripples across the multiple ponds at the Harris Farm out in my neighborhood last Saturday afternoon and, despite the chill, it was a day that not only rekindled memories but also underscored something many of our youngsters are missing these days.
The event was billed as a “fishing tournament” that was designed to raise a little money for the Franklin County Community Fund which supports non-profit organizations in Franklin County.
But, for the moment, forget that detail.

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Knock at the door almost brought this vet to tears
Dear Editor,
Tuesday morning of this week at Louisburg High was pretty much like most days at our high school with the exception of Veteran’s Day to follow on Wednesday,  Nov. 11.
Halfway through my first period class, came a knock at my classroom door.
When I opened it, I was greeted by Mrs. Sylvia Rodgers and half a dozen of her Exceptional Education students. 
To my surprise, they presented to me an 8 X 11 picture depicting a soldier standing guard over the American flag.

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The problem with political math
RALEIGH – It never ceases to amaze me how some politicians do math.
Given North Carolina’s recent budget woes and massive federal budget deficits as far as the eye can see, it should be obvious that many lawmakers never learned how to subtract. They just know how to add. But that’s not the only computational problem.

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OBITUARIES

ANDRE DUNN
RIEGELWOOD —Funeral services for Andre Dunn, 32, who died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, will be conducted at noon today (Saturday, Nov. 14) at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville.


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GRACE “GINGER” G. PEARCE
FRANKLINTON —Grace “Ginger” Giddings Pearce, 86, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 10, 2009 in her Franklinton home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Nov. 12, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating.

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JOANNE MONTJOY
WAKE FOREST - Joanne Montjoy, 68, died Wednesday evening, Nov. 11, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 14) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. David Coltrane officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry family cemetery.

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L. PAUL ELLIOTT
YOUNGSVILLE - Leslie Paul Elliott died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at Wake Medical Center.

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SYBIL P. WATKINS
ZEBULON - Sybil Perry Watkins, 71, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 at Duke University Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Nov. 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the   Rev.   J.   Marshall Neathery and the Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery.

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SEAN M. HOLMBERG
LOUISBURG - Sean Michael Holmberg, 40, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at Duke University Medical Center after a 10-year battle with brain cancer. A vigil service was held at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest, following visitation. Also, visits will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15, at Galone-Caruso Funeral Home, 204 Eagle St., Mount Pleasant, Pa., from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

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EURA LEE EDGERTON
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for Eura Lee Edgerton, 92, who died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, will be conducted at noon Monday, Nov. 16, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

BHS ON GUARD
PASSING THE TORCH. Tavon Perry is one of the many talented young players for the Bunn High School boys basketball squad under Coach Gerald Melton. The Wildcats will open December 2 at Wilson Fike. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
BHS ON GUARD
BUNN -- Throughout the successful course of its history, Bunn High School’s boys basketball program  has been blessed with a seemingly never-ending group of talented backcourt performers.
Look for this year to be no different.
But that’s only part of the story at Bunn. For some reason, the Wildcats, at least the majority of the time, seem to struggle to find post players to complement its array of wing talents.

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Ladycats Expecting Success
GETTING DEFENSIVE AT BHS. Keke Crudup (left) guards Tyla Ricks during a defensive-oriented drill as part of Thursday afternoon’s practice session for the Bunn High School girls basketball squad, which is coached by Chuck Mann.
Ladycats Expecting Success
BUNN -- Head coach Chuck Mann is warning against the assumption that the future is now with the Bunn High School girls basketball program.
Certainly, the future looks bright for the Ladycats, who have one of their greatest backcourt tandems in history in the form of sophomore Chepirah Neal and freshman Whitney Bunn.

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Weekend busy for Louisburg
Weekend busy for Louisburg
LOUISBURG -- This weekend promises to be a busy one for the Louisburg College Athletic Department.
Both LC’s men’s and women’s basketball squads will be in action, while the football team will host its final game of the 2009 campaign.
Here’s a look at everything that will be going on this weekend at LC:

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No easy answers on field
No easy answers on field
There are plenty of questions -- and few solutions -- concerning the overuse of the three high school football facilities in Franklin County.
If they were employees, the fields would probably be docked for working too much overtime.
And when the weather gets bad -- as it is right now -- the fields are destined to turn into a mushy state of disrepair.

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BHS Pipeline Continues
BHS Pipeline Continues
BUNN -- Don’t look for Bunn’s consistent high school varsity football success to end anytime soon.
Not with some of the players ready to make an impact for the Wildcats -- some sooner than later.
The latest evidence of this fact comes from the BHS junior varsity grid program, which recently wrapped up a share of the Northern Carolina Conference crown, along with Franklin County rival Franklinton.

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Ginyard is on track for UNC’s Tar Heels
Ginyard is on track for UNC’s Tar Heels
BUNN -- Marcus Ginyard was introduced to an unfamiliar game during the 2008-09 men’s basketball season at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
The waiting game.
Because of an injury, Ginyard was limited to just three mid-season games -- after being a key component to the Tar Heels’ success in each of his previous three campaigns.

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Red Rams’ hoops schedule finalized
Red Rams’ hoops schedule finalized
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School will tip off its 2009-10 varsity basketball schedule on Nov. 24 with a road matchup at Northern Vance in  Henderson.
FHS’ complete schedule is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):

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GREAT CATCH
GREAT CATCH
Louisburg resident Willis Hollingsworth, 13, killed this 11-point buck during a recent hunting expedition in the Rocky Ford Community. Willis hunted the deer last year, and was determined to harvest him this winter. Willis’ patience paid off as he has done an excellent job of keeping up the family tradition. Willis is the son of Walter and Laura Hollingsworth.

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BHS’ SHOOTING STAR
BHS’ SHOOTING STAR
Senior Michael Collins is expected to be one of the area’s top long-range shooters this season.

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GETTING THEM READY.
GETTING THEM READY.
Head coach Gerald Melton (left) sent his Bunn High School boys basketball club through a series of tough drills during Thursday’s practice session at the Bunn Dome.

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DECISION MAKER
DECISION MAKER
Returnee Ashley Denton (right) passes the ball to a teammate during a drill Thursday afternoon as part of a practice session for the Bunn High School girls basketball squad.

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LIFESTYLES

Amazing woodturning
Amazing woodturning
The story of our woodturning artist began in Jacksonville, Fla. This magnificent artist by the name of Craig Kassan was involved with some form of art at a very young age. He attributes some of his artistic abilities to his grandfather, who helped him with his woodwork projects and encouraged him to love and enjoy the process.
Craig, who now resides in Franklinton, not only enjoys working with wood, but he also uses oil, acrylic and pastels to show his creative abilities.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Bunn High School honor roll for first six-weeks grading period
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, has announced the Honor Roll for the 2009/2010 first  six-weeks grading period.
To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

FC Health Department H1N1 Flu Clinic Nov. 14
The Franklin County Health Department will be holding an H1N1 flu clinic for  individuals ages 6 months to 64 years of age who meet the criteria for the H1N1 vaccine, on  Saturday,  Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.  The vaccine will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis due to the limited supply.

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Deputies investigate assault and stolen car
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg man, charging him with assaulting his mother’s caregiver.
According to a report by Dep. Joel Anderson, he responded to a disturbance call at a home on Arnold Road.
When he arrived, he spoke with Teri Lynn Clark, 43, who had bruises on her face and neck.
Clark told authorities that Henry Cole Allen, 38, flipped out for no reason.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Big Plays Spark Warriors To Victory
Big Plays Spark Warriors To Victory
FRANKLINTON -- So why should things be any different now?
All season long, Louisburg has tangled with bigger teams -- and almost always managed to come away with a victory.
The trend continued Friday night on the Warriors’ biggest stage of the campaign -- the first round of the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.

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Bunn Rallies Past Richlands
Bunn Rallies Past Richlands
BUNN -- Allowing a touchdown just before halftime can often be a demoralizing fate for a high school football team -- especially during a close game.
But it only seemed to embolden the Bunn Wildcats during Friday’s home showdown against Richlands in the first round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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Late Touchdown Dooms Red Rams
FAIRMONT -- The Fairmont Golden Tornadoes rallied with a late 21-yard touchdown pass from Demetrius Washington to Doug Blue with less than one minute remaining on Friday to advance to the second round of the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs by defeating Franklinton 22-14.
Franklinton’s defense held the Golden Tornadoes to a three-and-out late in the fourth, but Fairmont’s defense answered right back as they forced a punt and would have started in Red Rams territory.

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