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Showing 43 articles from December 8, 2009.

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Franklin County commissioners agreed to provide $25,000 to help push ahead plans that could widen U.S. 401.
Members of the U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee, a subgroup of the county’s Economic Development Commission, updated the board on its plans to procure $66 million in federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds to widen the two-lane highway through Franklin County.

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Drug trafficking arrest made
Drug trafficking arrest made
Franklin County’s narcotics unit arrested a Zebulon man during a drug raid.
According to a report by Dep. Justin Hastings, members of the county’s Multi Agency Narcotics Unit went out Thursday morning to serve a search warrant at 773 Brantley Town Road.
MANU agents, along with members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort (SCOPE) team, detained James Kearney Baker, 61, and searched the home for drugs, guns and other contraband.

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Don’t rain on my parade
Don’t rain on my parade
Ask just about any youngster what’s best about a Christmas parade and the answer likely will be getting to see Santa Claus. As usual, Santa -- this time accompanied by his favorite pooch — was situated near the end of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored parade Sunday afternoon in Louisburg. But regardless of where he was situated, Santa’s merry greeting was welcomed by young and old alike even if the air was just a little too warm for snowflakes and easy travel by his reindeer.

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Louisburg College gets fully accredited
Louisburg College gets fully accredited
Louisburg College officials announced on Tuesday that after two years of regrouping, they were fully accredited by a group that oversees higher education.
The College was on monitoring and sanctions since its ten-year review in 2006, primarily for issues relating to financial resources and stability.

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Commissioner Bob Winters resigns
Commissioner Bob Winters resigns
Franklin County Commissioner Bob Winters announced he’s stepping down from the board, effective at the end of the year.
Winters, who was elected in the fall of 2006, said he bought a restaurant with his daughter in Largo, Fla., and quickly realized he needed to be down there to help run the establishment.
“It’s with regret, etc., that I announce my resignation,” Winters said Monday night.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Janetta Allen, Tearra Hicks

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Glamour Shot
Editorial Cartoon: Glamour Shot


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Plenty of parades left to get you in the holiday spirit
Three down.
Two to go.
Christmas parades, that is.
Franklinton, Youngsville and Louisburg -- in that order -- have hosted Christmas parades this year.
Only Bunn, slated for 10 a.m.. Saturday, and Alert, slated for 3 p.m. Saturday, remain.
Hard to believe, but it’s true.

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Not much has changed at the commissioners’ meeting
Not much has changed at the commissioners’ meeting
GOOD MORNING: Looks like more falling weather is on tap locally for today (Wednesday) along with the possibility of some thunder as a follow-up to Monday morning’s frosty 25.5 degree reading.
FALSE ALARM???
It looks like the special warning issued by the weather bureau last week that the Tar River was expected to overflow Louisburg’s South Main Street thankfully turned out to be a false alarm — and it most likely won’t be the last — not that it hasn’t done as much on more than one occasion in the past, however.

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Party-line politics wins again, but at what cost to residents
Party-line politics wins again, but at what cost to residents
I know politics is a blood sport, but it’s still always interesting when I see party-line votes.
On Monday night, as is routine, the county’s Board of Commissioners chose its officers for the year.
The board selected Commissioners Penny McGhee-Young as its chairwoman and Sidney Dunston as vice chair.
Their votes weren’t unanimous, however.

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Website Reader Participation Results December 2-8
Last Week’s Poll
TIGER TROUBLE?
Will Tiger Woods’ reputation be damaged by his recent wreck and domestic problems?

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Going to the Escheats well too often
What should you do when the well upon which you depend appears to be drying up? Most of us would immediately institute conservation efforts to preserve a valued resource, but that doesn’t appear to be the course our state is taking. North Carolina continues drawing more and more from the rapidly depleting Escheats Funds.

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Lucy Allen pleased widening of Hwy 401 is getting underway
Dear Editor:
I am very excited about the news that multi-laning of US Highway 401 is about to begin. The NC Department of Transportation has contacted me stating that the first section of the US 401 project, from north of the Neuse River to the proposed Rolesville Bypass, is scheduled to be let for construction on Dec. 15, with construction to begin in February. The next section of the project, the Rolesville Bypass itself, is currently in the right-of-way acquisition phase. According to a DOT representative, “Construction of the by-pass is  included in the Department’s draft five-year work program and is scheduled for February 2011 as a GARVEE bond project.”

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OBITUARIES

SIDNEY E. BURROUGHS
FRANKLINTON —Sidney Eugene Burroughs,  55, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 5, at Cutchins Funeral Home in Franklinton, with Joseph B. Cutchins Jr. officiating. Interment followed in the Manasseh Baptist Church cemetery in Franklinton.

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NELIA J. CREEL
ZEBULON - Nelia Joyner Bunn Creel of Zebulon House died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel in Wendell, with burial following in Hollywood Cemetery in Middlesex.

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JEANETTE O. DEMENTE
YOUNGSVILLE - Jeanette O. DeMente, 86, died  Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.


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JOSEPH HARTER
FRANKLINTON— Joseph Harter died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. Arrangements by Cremation, Raleigh.


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JOSEPHINE H. HARRIS
LOUISBURG - Josephine House Harris, 98, died peacefully Saturday morning, Dec. 5, 2009, at Louisburg Nursing Center.

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STEVEN FLOYD “STEVE” HIGHT
WINTERVILLE - Steven Floyd “Steve” Hight, 60, passed away at his home, Friday, December 4, 2009.

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BROOKS W. WYNNE
June 1, 1962 – December 5, 2009
LOUISBURG – Brooks Warren Wynne, 47, of Louisburg, died Saturday at his home after a long, courageous battle with cancer. 

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SPORTS

TOO MUCH TO HANDLE
MAY I BUTT IN? (L to r) Louisburg’s David Pearce and Southern Nash’s Yancey Medina butt heads during last Wednesday night’s prep wrestling matchup at the Edward Best Gymnasium in Franklin County. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
TOO MUCH TO HANDLE
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s veteran lineup overmatched an undermanned Southern Nash squad during prep wrestling action last Wednesday.
The Warriors rolled to an early advantage and went on to defeat the Firebirds by a 43-27 margin in a non-conference showdown at the Edward Best Elementary School Gymnasium.

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Backs Saluted On NCC Team
Backs Saluted On NCC Team
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The 2009 prep football season will definitely be remembered as the Year of the Running Back in Franklin County.
Bunn rode the one-two rushing combination of Scottie Harrison and Richard Dunston to a second-place finish in the Northern Carolina Conference -- and a trip to the second round of the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.

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LC earns road win over BCC
LC earns road win over BCC
SUPPLY -- Louisburg College picked up a key road victory on Sunday in men’s basketball action.
The Hurricanes, coached by John Meeks, defeated a solid Brunswick Community College squad by an 83-72 score on the BCC campus, which is located between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach.
Sophomore guard Fletcher Wynn was effective for the Hurricanes with 20 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists.

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Bunn wins vs. Nash Central
ROCKY MOUNT -- Bunn used a strong second half to earn a victory over Nash Central in high school boys basketball action last Friday night.
The Wildcats, coached by Gerald Melton, trailed by six points at halftime before clawing back to claim a 59-45 decision against host Central.

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STATE FOOTBALL RESULTS, SKED
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last weekend’s game results and this weekend’s championship schedule for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Football Playoffs:

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

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PICKING UP A PIN
PICKING UP A PIN
Louisburg High School 103-pounder Ulises Santillian (top) prepares to finish off a pinfall against Southern Nash’s Kenny Rogister during last Wednesday night’s non-conference wrestling matchup at the Edward Best Elementary School Gymnasium.

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LIFESTYLES

Lilley, Wester unite in marriage
Lilley, Wester unite in marriage
Meredith Susan Lilley and Kevin Neal Wester were united in marriage at the First Baptist Church in Henderson on Oct. 10, 2009 at 2 p.m. Dr. Marion D. Lark, a long-time friend of the bride’s family, officiated.
The bride is the daughter of W. B. Lilley of Henderson and Karen G. Lilley of Dunn. She is the granddaughter of Marjorie Gregg, the late Dickson Russell Gregg and Pauline Lilley, all of Henderson. The bride graduated from Appalachian State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and graduated from East Carolina University in 2008 with a master’s degree in social work, with a concentration in families and children. She is employed by Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

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Clog dancing with Mike Curtis
Clog dancing with Mike Curtis
The Appalachian Mountains are the birthplace of an American dance that has achieved popularity throughout the world.  In the mid 1700’s when the Appalachians were being settled by the Irish, Scots, English and Dutch-Germans, the foot-tapping of each culture got combined, and clog dancing was born.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Teachers rewarded for innovation and creativity
HIGH SCHOOL HIGH. Left to right are Betsy Barr (FHS), Darlene Perry (BHS), Tommy Kemp (FHS), Kerry Olivieri (FHS), Ginger Prady (FHS) and Maria Styers (FHS).
Teachers rewarded for innovation and creativity
Twenty-eight Franklin County teachers received United Way of Franklin County education grants on Dec. 3 during a reception at the school system’s Central Office. Educators, joined by their principals or school staff, were recognized for outstanding ideas that go above and beyond classroom instruction. The grants are funded through individual donations and corporate donations, including $12,000 annually from Novozymes. In all, nearly $30,000 was awarded. Areas of focus were the arts, science, history and social studies as well as technology.


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SO ELEMENTARY
SO ELEMENTARY
Front row, left to right, Michele Jones (FES), Rebecca Bishop (FES); middle row, left to right, Donna Jones (EBES), Jeanette Stewart (EBES), Erin McFarland (LOMES), Lacey Coley (Royal); back row , left to right, Nancy Brooks (Royal), Scott Ring (LOMES), Joy Widmann (Cross Creek).


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ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR
ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR
Front row, left to right, Katie Cunningham (LES), Elaine Ihrie (BES), Jessica Parker (BES), David Di7ehl (LMES); back row, left to right, Geoufrey Anderson (BES), Mike Diaz (BES), Lauren Bailey (BES), Melissa King (LES).


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BUSINESS CENTS
BUSINESS CENTS
United Way President Dale Byrns and Novozymes employee Kevin Potter with Novozymes donation check.


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Boutwell attends leadership program
Boutwell attends leadership program
Molly Boutwell, ninth grade student at Louisburg High School, recently attended a unique leadership development program held in Charlotte (one of 35 conferences held throughout the country). Themed “Courageous Leadership,” the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC) helps young scholars take a reflective and personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities.

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VGCC receives Golden LEAF grant
Vance-Granville Community College recently received a $50,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation  to  support  students   in   the   college’s JobsNOW program. Through community colleges across North Carolina, the statewide JobsNOW “12 in 6” initiative provides training that can be completed in six months or less in a dozen high-demand occupations.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Road rage, stolen car, shooting and holiday vandalism being investigated
Franklinton police are looking for suspects who broke into one car and attempted to break into another one late last week.
According to two separate reports by Sgt. W.B. Bulloch, residents in the 100 block of Winston Street reported hearing car doors slamming just after midnight on Dec. 3.
From the second floor, a witness reported seeing a black man wearing all black with a hooded sweatshirt standing near some vehicles, one of which was parked in front of 103 Winston Street.

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Franklin County on holiday parade
Christmas Journey. Royal Elementary students have walked 1,000 miles -- not all in this parade!
Franklin County on holiday parade
Despite the overcast and rainy skies, Louisburg and Youngsville celebrate the holidays with Christmas parades.

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CHRISTMAS SCOUTS
CHRISTMAS SCOUTS
Scouts from a local troop filled this float to the brim


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RAIN HORSES
RAIN HORSES
Festive riders Ashley Collins with Jesse Burnette, 5, and Tabitha Collins with Brianna Perry, 8

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Christmas candy
Christmas candy
County commissioner Harry Foy launches another double handful of candy.


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LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT
LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT
Members of the Bunn High School marching band played through the rain at the Youngsville Christmas parade on Saturday.


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RUN FOR COVER
RUN FOR COVER
Youngsville Commissioner Graham Stallings, right, provides cover from the rain for Santa Claus during the town parade.


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SMALL WONDER
SMALL WONDER
Kelli Westmoreland prepared to tool around in the Youngsville parade in a custom-made, tiny ambulance.

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