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Showing 40 articles from December 15, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

Thunder and enlightening
Thunder and enlightening
FRANKLINTON — While there was a bitter cold outside Saturday, there was nothing but warmth inside the offices of the local Rolling Thunder chapter as they took up two efforts to better the lives of veterans.
First, the organization awarded its raffle winners, part of a fundraising effort the group uses to assist a number of veterans organizations.

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Bunn and Alert Christmas Parades
Bunn and Alert Christmas Parades
Bunn and Alert held Franklin County’s last two Christmas parades Saturday. Above, Fred Stewart dresses Xero, an American bulldog, in his Christmas best before the Bunn Christmas parade on Saturday morning.

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Youngsville man killed in wreck
A Youngsville man was killed in a head-on collision on Saturday, making him one of at least 15  people mortally wounded on North Carolina roads last week, the Highway Patrol said.
According to a report by Wake Forest police, Robert Ernesto Harris, 37, was driving a Honda at about 3 a.m. when he collided with a van on the U.S. 1 northbound exit ramp to N.C. 98 bypass.

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Interviews set to hire new airport director
A subcommittee of the county’s airport commission is set to begin interviews this week, moving to fill its vacated director’s slot.
The airport commission has also tasked its attorney with drafting rules of operation that will help direct airport staff, as well as tenants and businesses on the grounds.
Rob Southerland resigned the airport manager’s position in October to renew his commitment to the Air Force.

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Franklinton mayor proposing Youth Advisory Council
Franklinton mayor proposing Youth Advisory Council
Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter hopes to engage a segment of the population that isn’t exactly the electorate, but they will be the town’s future.
Taking a page from Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones’ playbook, Senter is proposing to create a Youth Advisory Council — giving the town’s youth a direct voice into town politics and practices.

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Novo to conduct emergency alarm Friday at 10 a.m.
Novozymes will conduct an emergency ammonia alarm test on Friday, sounding an alarm from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. that won’t require any action from the public other than being vigilant.
Novozymes regularly tests its emergency response procedures for the storage and use of anhydrous ammonia on site.
The alarm and drill will give the company a chance to practice what it would do in a real emergency.

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FCS finances gets “as good as it gets” audit rating
No sooner than the Franklin County Board of Education got organized for next year than it basked in good news in the form of an audit report that was called “as good as you can get.”
The school board re-elected Paige Sayles as chairman and elected John May as vice chairman, setting the stage for next year.
And then Mark Soticheck II, a CPA with the accounting form of Dixon Hughes of Raleigh, told the board that his firm was issuing a “clean, unqualified opinion” about the state of the school system’s books.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Louisburg High School’s Javier Granados

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Free Bird
Editorial Cartoon: Free Bird


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Doug Moore, staff rate high in eyes of outside accountant
The highly qualified, well organized folks who toil daily in the business and finance office are a nightmare for newspaper reporters and editors.
But at the same time, they are an absolute jewel for the taxpayers!
This year, the outside accountant hired to audit the Franklin County School District’s books issued a “clean, unqualified opinion” about the district’s books for the last fiscal year.

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Have 401 Committee doubts? Come to their next meeting
Have 401 Committee doubts? Come to their next meeting
GOOD MORNING: Got questions about the $25,000 authorized by the County Commissioners for an aerial survey or other matters pertaining to widening U.S. 401 in Franklin County?
The U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee (a sub-committee of the county’s Committee of 100) meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at Louisburg High School. It’s free and open to the public. Be there!

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Should an atheist be allowed to hold an elected office?
Should an atheist be allowed to hold an elected office?
There are many reasons why people cast the ballots they do.
It may be out of strict party allegiance.
It may come down to  views about abortion.
Sometimes it may come down to: ‘hey, I know that guy and I believe he would do well in office.’
It may even be a choice of the lesser of two evils, or three, or four, depending on how many people are running.
And for the uninformed voter, it may come down to Eeny Meeny Miny Moe.

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Website Reader Participation Results December 9-15
$25,000 for 401 pics?
Should the commissioners have given the Hwy. 401 Citizen’s Action Committee $25,000 for aerial photographs of Hwy. 401?

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Vote the bums out before it is too late for us
Being 66 years of age and an avid reader of newspapers, as long as I can remember, I think I have read every story and news item printed  over these years.  Over this time it is amazing and sad, to me, to see the slow changing of our political climate. We the citizens, vote these people into office with the idea they will represent us in Washington or at home and do what is right for us and the great country of AMERICA. This I’m afraid is going to be USE TO BE GREAT COUNTRY. If you look at the laws that are passed and the pork barrel that goes with each bill, plus the never ending wars, it is slowly draining this country of any hope of getting out of debt.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM ALVA WHELESS
BUTNER - William Alva Wheless, 86, formerly of 301 8th St., died Friday, December 11, 2009, at Carolina Medical Center in Concord.

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HATTIE DUNSTON ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Hattie Dunston Alston, 81, died Saturday, December 12, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted today (Wednesday, Dec. 16) at 1 p.m. at Jones Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellis family cemetery.

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CORA THOMAS HUNT HARRIS
KITTRELL - Cora Thomas Hunt Harris, 89, died Friday, December 11, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted today (Wednesday, Dec. 16) at 1 p.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Harris family cemetery.

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LT. HARRY PHILIP “FLIP” KISSINGER VI
WAKE FOREST - Lieutenant Harry Philip “Flip” Kissinger, VI, 35, died Friday, December 11, 2009 at WakeMed surrounded by his family.

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PATRICIA THOMAS BENNETT
WAKE FOREST -  Patricia Thomas Bennett, 74, recently of Wake Forest, died Friday, December 11, 2009 following an extended illness.

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LINDA LOU HARRINGTON BOUREN
ZEBULON - Linda Lou Harrington Bouren, 60, died Friday, December 11 2009 at home surrounded by family.

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WALLACE CONWAY UNDERHILL
ZEBULON - Wallace Conway Underhill, 86, died Saturday, December 12, 2009 at home.

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Cora Thomas Hunt Harris
KITTRELL - Cora Thomas Hunt Harris was born June 30, 1920, to James Hunt and Maggie Holden Hunt.  She went home to the Lord on December 11, 2009.

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SPORTS

MIKE’S MAGICAL RUN
A FOND FAREWELL FOR RINFRETTE. Bunn High School’s Mike Rinfrette salutes the crowd after his final game as a member of the Wake Forest University football team against the Duke Blue Devils in Durham. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
MIKE’S MAGICAL RUN
BUNN -- Mike Rinfrette’s season -- and college career -- is over, but he can still be found on most days at one of his favorite places.
The weight room.
Only the locale has changed since Rinfrette finished up his exams earlier this month at Wake Forest University.

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Rematch To LHS
Rematch To LHS
LOUISBURG -- One week after suffering a loss to Southern Vance, the Louisburg Warriors returned the favor last Friday at the LHS Gymnasium.
Thanks to a strong fourth quarter, the Warriors rallied to defeat Southern by a 61-54 margin.
Louisburg, coached by Chris Davis, is now 2-2 on the campaign.

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LC women fall versus Guilford
LC women fall versus Guilford
GREENSBORO -- Louisburg College fell behind early and was defeated by Guilford Tech last Friday in the Lady Hurricanes’ final women’s basketball game before Christmas Break.
The hosts led by eight points at halftime and went on to defeat LC by a 68-60 score.
Louisburg College is now 8-3 on the season.

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FHS soccer opens Mar. 1
FHS soccer opens Mar. 1
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Lady Rams, with several key returnees, will begin their much-anticipated 2010 soccer schedule on March 1 with a home matchup against Granville Central.
FHS reached the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs last year.
Here is the complete worksheet, with home matches listed in CAPS:

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STATE FOOTBALL FINALS RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last weekend’s  championship results for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Football Playoffs:

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HE’S GETTING READY
HE’S GETTING READY
Mike Rinfrette warms up for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons before their Atlantic Coast Conference football conquest at Duke University.

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LIFESTYLES

Muller and Morgan wed
Muller and Morgan wed
Victoria Renée Muller and Justin Kyle Morgan were united in marriage on August 8, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the Main Street Park Gazebo in Rolesville.
The bride is the daughter of Douglas & Pauline (Winkler) Muller of Lake Royale, Louisburg formerly from Dolgeville, N.Y.  The groom is the son of Steve & Debbie Morgan of Martinsville, Va.,  formerly from Louisburg.

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“All That” dancer teaches clogging
“All That” dancer teaches clogging
Louisburg School of Dance students (under the direction of Terri DeMent) who participated at the “Mike Curtis” clogging master class workshop. Mike Curtis is a member of “All That” clogging group, placing second on the finals of “America’s Got Talent.

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Louisburg native to dance with Georgia Senior Follies
Louisburg native to dance with Georgia Senior Follies
Louisburg native Mary King Lee, daughter of Myrtle C. King and the late John W. King, won the honor of being chosen to dance with the Georgia Senior Follies of 2010. Performances will be in April 2010.
Lee won second runner-up in the Ms. Senior Georgia competition in August of this year. Her talent was a cha-cha. She was asked to audition for the Georgia Senior Follies and after viewing more than 60 audition tapes, she was one of 40 to be selected for the show.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

NEWEST GRADUATES
NEWEST GRADUATES
These students who attended Bunn High School received their high school diplomas Monday night at the meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education. Holding their brand new diplomas are these now-official graduates of Franklin County Schools, all of whom were presented diplomas by Board Chairman Paige Sayles and  Superintendent Eddie Ingram (on the left) and Bunn High School Principal Robin Faulkner (right). Receiving their diplomas were (left to right) Mark Antthony, Robert Stewart, Robert Anthony Denning, Daniel Faircloth, Mark Glenn Mitchell and Kenneth Stanley.

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FRANKLINTON HIGH GRAD
FRANKLINTON HIGH GRAD
Teshay Merritt is all smiles after he received his high school diploma Monday night at the Franklin County Board of Education meeting. He received his diploma from board Chairperson Paige Sayles and Superintendant Eddie Ingram, on the left, and Franklin High School Principal Charles Fuller.

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Sheriff stresses the importance of education to fifth graders
Sheriff stresses the importance of education to fifth graders
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green visited Franklinton Elementary fifth graders last Friday to express the importance of working hard and staying in school. Green explained to the students that they control their own destiny with the daily decisions they make. Green encouraged the students to set goals, apply themselves and resist pressures to join a gang or to do drugs. In addition, Green made it clear that applying yourself at a young age will make your life much easier in the future. The talk was included as part of the Reading is Fundamental program in place at Franklinton Elementary.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

More photos from Alert and Bunn Christmas parade
More photos from Alert and Bunn Christmas parade
ALONG FOR THE RIDE. Allison Moore, left, gives Maggie Hill a wagon ride during the Bunn Christmas parade. (Times photo by Donna Cunard)

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More photos from Alert and Bunn Christmas parade, 2
More photos from Alert and Bunn Christmas parade, 2
Vada Grace Tharrington, left, and Taylor Tharrington bundle up during the Alert Christmas parade on Saturday.

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More photos from Alert and Bunn Christmas parade, 3
More photos from Alert and Bunn Christmas parade, 3
Scott Pleasants lets a Christmas-decorated Lulu peek out during the Alert parade.

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Mistaken suspect runs because of pot
A man who Franklinton Police thought might be a suspect in a series of car break-ins turned out to be someone who was scared of authority.
For his actions, Stevie Conneil Pender, 37, was charged with resisting, obstructing and delaying a police officer.
According to a report by Sgt.. W.B. Bulloch, he and Officer Kevin Watt were on patrol during the early morning hours of Dec. 8 when they came upon two black men dressed in all black walking west on College Street.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Marinna Ann Michalski and Jeremy Shane Hunt are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Marlee Ann Hunt, born October 22, 2009 at 10:06 p.m. at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 3/4 inches long.
Maternal Grandparents are Michael and Mary Michalski.
Paternal Grandparents are Barry and Francis Hunt.

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Youngster Travis Cox  is Grand Champion
Youngster Travis Cox is Grand Champion
When 3-year-old Travis Cox stepped into the ring to show his 262-pound pig in October, Matthew Cox just wanted to make sure his son didn’t get run over by other barrow.
Turns out that Travis Cox ran away from the competition, winning Grand Champion during the North Carolina State Fair.
His prize sold for $7,000 during the Sale of Champions.

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