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Showing 34 articles from November 17, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

County approves Palziv funding
SHOW OFF. Palziv North America CEO Greg Brooker shows some of the products that are made of the plastic materials manufactured by the Israeli company. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
County approves Palziv funding
Commissioners agreed to extend a $250,000 incentive to a business interested in coming to Franklin County.
The board made the decision following a public hearing that drew no comment.
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.
As a condition of the state program, the county is required to make a local match.

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Mann murder case informants plead guilty
WILSON
Mann murder case informants plead guilty
Two suspects that prosecutors said were key in concluding a murder case both pled guilty in superior court on Monday for their role in the death of a Bunn-area man.
Quandrea Wilson and Darius Horton were both sentenced to between 20 and 33 months in jail on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Both men, prosecutors said, provided the necessary information that led investigators to Ibin Williams, the Nash County man who pled guilty to shooting and killing Corey Mann during the early morning hours of July 3, 2008 after a botched robbery attempt.

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HOLIDAY CHEER
HOLIDAY CHEER
Dominick Lafella with the Louisburg Electric Department posts holiday decorations around Louisburg on Monday. Crews have been putting up the decorations, including lighted snow flakes, all around town.


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Louisburg approves Murphy Oil gas station
The Louisburg Town Council cleared the way for Murphy Oil Co. to construct a service station at the entrance to the new Louisburg Plaza shopping center during its regular Monday night meeting.
Murphy Oil plans to construct the multi-pump station to the left of the shopping center’s entrance off NC 56 West.
All that remains to be done is for the town to formally annex the property, action that is expected to come after a Dec. 21 public hearing that will be part of the council’s regular December meeting.

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DWI case unsettling
A Rocky Mount man is slated to appear in Franklin County court next month on a felony and two misdemeanor charges related to a fatal crash.
However, family members are more troubled by Ronald Bruce Hicks’ first encounter with the court system.
Troopers charged Hicks with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and reckless driving to endanger for the Aug. 18 wreck that killed Zebulon resident Jessica Lynn Dixon.

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TDA moving forward with tourism promotion plan
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority is moving forward with plans they figure will market and promote what they do, as well as the tourism resources in Franklin County.
The board met with Franklinton High School digital media teacher Michael Kearney to discuss how he and his class can bolster the group’s website.

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New steakhouse set to open in Louisburg
Louisburg is getting a new steakhouse that’s scheduled to open in December.
Ribeyes, Inc. announced that it would oepn the newest Ribeyes Steakhouse at 32 Golden Leaf Circle (behind Bojangles).
The new steakhouse will be in the building formerly occupied by Los Sauses Mexican Restaurant which just closed.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Four-month-old Ashlynn Renee Tharrington

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Because We Have To
Editorial Cartoon: Because We Have To


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Locals work to help put food on the table
Here’s a sobering statistic, in this pre-holiday season: More than one in seven American households struggled to put enough food on the table in 2008, the latest tally that is available although there is a likelihood that 2009 will be worse.
As it is, the 2008 number was the worst since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began tracking food security levels in 1995.
The 14.6 percentage of U.S. households amounts to about 49 million people who are struggling to find enough to eat.

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Reader suggests I come out of the fog and forget widening 401
Reader suggests I come out of the fog and forget widening 401
GOOD MORNING: Seldom do we see the likes of fog like that I encountered when I went down to retrieve the paper shortly after 5 o’clock yesterday (Tuesday) morning, thank goodness!
Fortunately, it had pretty much lifted by 8 o’clock when it was time to come to work.




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Laws that protect alleged perpetrators makes this reporter sick to stomach
Laws that protect alleged perpetrators makes this reporter sick to stomach
I was reading a story out of Racine, Wisconsin that made children sick. Upon further review, it made me sick, too.
Apparently, the school was being supplied tortillas by a company with a long history of providing tainted food to school systems across the country.
And, what was worse, the federal government knew all about the problems the company faced.

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Website Reader Participation Results November 11-17
Last Week’s Poll
Health Care Reform?
Do you want Congress to pass Health Care Reform?

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We need to rescue Bank of America
For years, Charlotte and North Carolina boasted that two of the top four banks in the country were headquartered here. Coupled with other strong regional and community banks, this state was a major financial center. Losing Wachovia’s corporate headquarters took some luster from that claim, but it appears we are in danger of losing the corporate headquarters of Bank of America; that loss could be devastating.

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OBITUARIES

ESTHER MAE CRUDUP
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Esther Mae Crudup, 80, who died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Popes Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Julius M. Debnam officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SANDRA C. “SANDY” CORBETT
LOUISBURG- Sandra Coggin “Sandy” Corbett, 50, died Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2009 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 18) at Flat Rock Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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NANCY L. COPELAND
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Nancy Lynch Copeland, 94, who died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. James Parks officiating. Burial will follow in the Lee family cemetery.

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ZELLIE C. STEWART
YOUNGSVILLE - Zellie Marie Conyers Stewart, 90, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1210 May’s Crossroads Road, Franklinton. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery.

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MARGARET H. GILLIAM
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.- Margaret Hodges Kitchin Gilliam, 87, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Galilee Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach.

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FRANCES MAE BULLOCK
FRANKLINTON —Frances Mae Bullock, 63, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 14, at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ, Franklinton, with the Rev. Mattie Crudup officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

LC’S SKEIN SNAPPED
OFFENSE BY ASKEW. Louisburg College running back Demario Askew heads upfield for a quality gain during Sunday’s home football decision against the Central Carolina Sports Academy Warriors at Patterson Field. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
LC’S SKEIN SNAPPED
LOUISBURG -- Nobody wants to end the season on a losing streak -- especially one that started with such promise.
But John Sala’s building plan as the Louisburg College head football coach involves much more than short-term satisfaction.
Still, had the Hurricanes suffered another setback Sunday, they would have closed the 2009 campaign -- Sala’s second in town -- on a four-game skein.

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LHS Surges Into 2nd Round
COLLISION COURSE. Louisburg High School’s Avon Thomas (with ball) tries to avoid a Pasquotank defender during last Friday night’s showdown in the opening round of the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs. The Warriors won the matchup.
LHS Surges Into 2nd Round
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 last 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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LC stars hope for honors
LC stars hope for honors
With the regular season now completed, Louisburg College football coach John Sala and his staff have nominated seven players for potential spots on the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Team.
The complete All-NJCAA squad will be released sometime in mid-December.
Here are the players nominated for the Hurricanes, along with some of their pertinent statistics from the 2009 campaign:

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Wildcats Rally For Win
READY FOR CONTACT. Bunn High School running back Richard Dunston lowers his head to gain more yardage during last Friday night’s football game against Richlands. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Wildcats Rally For Win
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 last Friday’s home showdown against Richlands in the first round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
Richlands connected on a touchdown pass with only 20 ticks remaining before intermission to move ahead by five points.

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Red Rams’ season ends with road loss
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.
“We hurt ourselves with penalties,’’ said FHS head coach Clark Harrell, whose club closed with a 5-7 overall record. “We had a couple of penalties that helped keep (Fairmont’s) last drive alive.’’

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David Bell to return as Mudcats’ manager
David Bell to return as Mudcats’ manager
ZEBULON -- The Cincinnati Reds have announced that manager David Bell, hitting coach Ryan Jackson and athletic trainer Jimmy Mattocks will return to the Carolina Mudcats’ staff for the 2010 campaign.
Tom Brown, who for the last three seasons has served as pitching coach for Sarasota of the Class A Florida State League, will serve in that capacity on the Mudcats’ staff.

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FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS, SCHEDULE
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s first-round results and this Friday’s second-round schedule for the Class 2-A and Class 2-AA State Playoffs:

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Junior Rams Tie For Crown
Junior Rams Tie For Crown
FRANKLINTON -- Clark Harrell’s teachings have started to pay off at Franklinton -- and not just on the varsity level.
In addition to the varsity squad reaching the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs for the second consecutive season, the FHS JV contingent also enjoyed an oustanding campaign.
Franklinton, with Trent Sanders serving as head coach, went 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the Northern Carolina Conference. That put the Red Rams into a first-place tie with Bunn for league supremacy.

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NC Wesleyan finishes off league title
DANVILLE, VA. -- For the second time in program history, the Battling Bishops of North Carolina Wesleyan can call themselves USA South Conference Football Champions.
NCWC secured its second undefeated league title in the past three seasons with a dominating 49-27 victory at Averett University last Saturday.

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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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LC GAME HIGHLIGHTS
LC GAME HIGHLIGHTS
Louisburg College’s Justin McNeil leaps high to intercept a pass.

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LIFESTYLES

WEDDING
WEDDING
James M. Tevepaugh and Wanda K. Bridges were married Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, in the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh. Judge Rowland officiated the ceremony. Cliff and Brenda King of Kittrell served as witnesses. The groom is the son of the late James Alex Tevepaugh and the late Martha Elizabeth Tevepaugh of Clinton. The bride is the daughter of the late Zollie Russell King of Youngsville and the late Essie Etta King of Wake Forest.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Cub Scout Pack 520 performs at Bunn Elementary PTA Meeting
Cub Scout Pack 520 performs at Bunn Elementary PTA Meeting
Cub Scout Pack 520 of Zebulon opened the Bunn Elementary School PTA meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, with the color guard carrying the flag, the pack doing a sing-along and leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The pack also signed the Cub Scout Promise in sign language to show it’s awareness of hearing limitations.
Pack 520 meets most Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Zebulon.

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Louisburg College hosts musical performance honoring veterans
Louisburg College hosts musical performance honoring veterans
“War Bonds – The Songs and Letters of WWII” was presented Nov.  13, in Louisburg College’s Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium as part of the Allen de Hart Concert Series.
The multi-media living history cabaret was interspersed with personal letters from the front, headline news, and music of the period.

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