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Showing 34 articles from December 18, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

HUNGER PANGS
Andrea Leonard, right, food coordinator for the county Department of Social Services Care and Share in Louisburg, and Andre Coleman, left, accept 50 of 100 donated turkeys to the agency as part of the United Way of Franklin County Fall Food Drive.
HUNGER PANGS
Franklin County has shown again that it knows how to “Live United.”
For the first United Way of Franklin County Food Drive  - in conjunction with county food pantries, businesses, schools and churches - more than 2,000 non-perishibles were collected, topped off with a generous donation of 150 Butterball turkeys this week from a group effort of several businesses and county residents along with Butterball L.L.C. of Garner.

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Hugs for a Christmas tradition
ALL SMILES. Jayda Moore gives Franklin County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Philbeck a hug following an afternoon of shopping.
Hugs for a Christmas tradition
Santa had Rudolph when a terrible fog nearly canceled Christmas.
Pat Green doesn’t have any red-nosed reindeer, but the generosity of the community helped light the way through an economic fog, bringing Christmas to more than 20 children this year.
Thursday marked the third year of Green’s Shop-With-A-Cop program and it has grown in size and scope each year, Green said.

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Franklinton prepares to set 2010 agenda, Allers sworn in
SWORN IN. Judge J. Larry Senter, right, swears in newly-elected Commissioner John Allers, left, who is accompanied by his wife, Sheila. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Franklinton prepares to set 2010 agenda, Allers sworn in
FRANKLINTON — During its last meeting of the year, the town board welcomed a new board member and prepared to set its agenda for 2010.
They also said goodbye to board member James Worley, who lost his commission seat to John Allers, who, along with incumbents Al Barbour and Art Wright, took an oath of office Tuesday night.

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Carver sets Public Works work session
FRANKLINTON — The town’s board of Commissioners have scheduled a work session next month to discuss public works, particularly concerns that the department is facing plenty of red ink.
During the board’s Tuesday night meeting, Town Manager Larry Carver informed commissioners that its Public Works department was running a surplus of just more than $4,200 a month.

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County issues winter weather advisory
Franklin County was under a winter weather advisory by week’s end, forcing the Franklin County school system to close early and sending transportation crews out to protect the roads.
According to the National Weather Service, the advisory was in effect from noon on Friday until 7 p.m. on Saturday, meaning there was a possibility of a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow with accumulation.

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Local health care agencies awarded state grants
A collaborative trio of health care agencies has been given a chance to improve access to primary care through a state grant.
The Franklin County Health Department, Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine, and Rural Health Group received a $175,000 grant to expand access to care at each organization through the use of a shared electronic health record and additional staff.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
LHS’s Janna Griffin and Danielle Potter

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Lipstick on a Flying Pig
Editorial Cartoon: Lipstick on a Flying Pig


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Get into Christmas spirit by reaching out to others
By the time you read this, we Franklin Countians may be soggy, lightly dusted with the white stuff or -- hopefully not! -- buried up to our chins in a snowdrift.
The weather man was a bit uncertain about the forecast for the weekend as this was being written but one thing appeared certain. Moisture, perhaps frozen, was coming our way in the first potential winter storm of the season.
Actually, that would be a very late fall storm since winter doesn’t officially arrive until Monday.

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Triangle North or Franklin County, holidays and inclement weather coming this way
Triangle North or Franklin County, holidays and inclement weather coming this way
GOOD MORNING: Indeed, that’s exactly what I hope that I’d have cause to exclaim when I arose this (Saturday) morning ‘cause the weather forecasts certainly indicated otherwise.
And the winter season does officially begin on Monday.

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News cycle slow here in plain old Franklin County
News cycle slow here in plain old Franklin County
Ho, Ho, Ho!
Tis the Season to:
1) Run and hide
2) Panic
3) Be Jolly
4) Tell everyone on your gift list that they’ve been bad so they shouldn’t expect much
5) All of the above
From my perch here on Bickett Boulevard, number 5 looks like the best bet except that I’d prefer an answer that was all of the above except number 3!

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Why our bubble wasn’t bigger
RALEIGH – I guess it’s cold comfort to say this in a state with thousands of residents underwater on their mortgages, but by national standards, North Carolina didn’t experience much of a housing bubble during the past decade. Our trends look nothing like those of states such as California and Arizona where the housing markets look a bit like smoking ruins.

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OBITUARIES

LEWIS SILVER
HOLLISTER - Lewis Silver, 87, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2009.

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ONNIE MAE MASSENBURG MITCHELL
LOUISBURG - Onnie Mae Massenburg Mitchell, 91, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009.

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LINDA JEFFREYS
LOUISBURG - Linda Jeffreys, 47, died Dec. 14, 2009 at WakeMed in Raleigh.

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KEVIN T. AYSCUE
LOUISBURG - Kevin Thomas Ayscue, 24, died Tuesday, dec. 15, 2009, at UNC Hospital after a long illness.

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DONALD RAY ELLIS
NASHVILLE -  Donald Ray Ellis, 41, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.

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PEARL FRANCES HUSTON
YOUNGSVILLE - Pearl Frances Huston, 65, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.

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DERA RODGERS
WENDELL - Dera Rodgers, 95, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009.

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SPORTS

One Point Short
TOUGH IN THE MIDDLE. Franklinton’s Jalissa Debnam (with ball) tries to find a lane to the basket during Thursday’s game versus Southern Nash. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
One Point Short
FRANKLINTON -- Early in the fourth quarter, the struggling Franklinton Lady Rams didn’t seem to have a chance against Southern Nash in Thursday’s non-league girls basketball matchup.
The Lady Rams trailed by 11 points, and the Firebirds looked to be well on their way to a victory.
Southern Nash eventually got that win, but it didn’t come as easily as expected.

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FHS’ Victory Theory
DOUBLE TEAMED. Southern Nash High School’s Josh Sessoms (with ball) is surrounded by a pair of Franklinton players during Thursday night’s non-conference boys basketball game, which was held at the FHS Gymnasium. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FHS’ Victory Theory
FRANKLINTON - Newton’s Theory of Basketball Success is simple for the Franklinton High School Red Rams.
When Dustin Newton is in the lineup, the Red Rams are a much, much better team.
Newton, FHS’ standout senior frontliner, missed the Rams’ first three games of the season with a back injury.
And Franklinton lost each one of them.

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An Early Statement
TAKING CONTROL. Franklinton’s Hunter Cox (top) earned a decision over Louisburg’s Kenneth Griffor during Tuesday’s conference wrestling match. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
An Early Statement
LOUISBURG -- Moving up in classification hasn’t been a difficulty so far for the Louisburg High School wrestling team.
All along, the Warriors, formerly of the Class 1-A level, thought they would be able to compete for a championship this season in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
Nothing has happened to date to dispel that notion.

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Ironsides at stake in picks
Ironsides at stake in picks
With my championship wrapped up in The Franklin Times NFL Fantasy Football League, it’s now time to shift focus to be biggest FT prize of all:
The beloved ‘Old Ironsides’ stapler, which goes to the winner of our College Football Bowl Picks Contest.
The stapler currently sits on my desk -- as it has for five of the contest’s seven years of existence.

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BHS drops game against Panthers
BUNN -- Trailing by 10 points at halftime, the Bunn Wildcats rallied to take the lead late in the game during Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown against North Johnston.
But the visiting Panthers received a pair of free throws from Charles Vick with three seconds left to defeat the Wildcats by a 57-56 score at the Bunn Dome.

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FCPR VOLLEYBALL HEROES
FCPR VOLLEYBALL HEROES
LEAGUE CHAMPS. The Backyard Ballers won the championship recently at the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department Adult Co-Ed League Volleyball Tournament. Pictured are (back, l to r) Christiana Fischer, Erin McIntyre, Rebecca Green, Sarah Smith and Gretchen Gupton; (front, l to r) Chris Gupton, Coach Marvin Edwards and Tyler Pollock. (Photo Submitted)

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VICTORY LANE
VICTORY LANE
Franklinton’s Lane Pickett (top) registered a decision versus Louisburg’s Jackson Ellis during Tuesday’s prep wrestling showdown at the Edward Best Elementary School Gymnasium.

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HE’S BACK
HE’S BACK
Dustin Newton has returned from injury to help lead the Franklinton Red Rams to a pair of wins.

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LIFESTYLES

Tar River Baptist Association on true mission To Bangladesh
Tar River Baptist Association on true mission To Bangladesh
Thank God for people who are willing to sacrifice and go the extra mile in order to help others. The number of mission trips has increased tremendously in the last few years for people who have one thing on their minds: to give of themselves to make others feel loved.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grants awarded
Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grants awarded
Teachers from the Franklin County school district were among the 196 educators recently honored at the annual Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grant awards luncheon at the Hilton North Raleigh.
Darrell Scott, whose daughter Rachel was the first victim of the Columbine High School shootings, delivered the luncheon’s keynote address.

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Hargrove graduates
Hargrove graduates
Shureka Nicole Hargrove of Warrenton  graduated on Dec. 12, 2009 from North Carolina Central University with a Masters degree in Mathematics. She is a 2001 graduate of Louisburg High School and a 2005 graduate of Saint Augustine College in Raleigh. She is very active in her home church, Mitchell Baptist Church in Louisburg, and is a member of Delta Sigma sorority. She has plans to teach at a local school and obtain a PhD. She is the daughter of Allen and Laura Hargrove.

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Bunn fifth graders making global connections with foreign students
FROM RUSSIA. These three students and their teacher are some of the Russians that local students have been communicating with over the Internet. From the left are Nastya Grebtsova, teacher Larisa Sergeeva, Liza Gladchenko and Angelina Timchenko.
Bunn fifth graders making global connections with foreign students
Mrs. Elaine Ihrie ’s fifth-grade class at Bunn Elementary has been making global connections by communicating with a class in Russia and a class in South Korea via e-mail.
Students have exchanged pictures of themselves and their towns as attachments.
The students have also exchanged information about the history, holidays, hobbies, famous people and popular books of their countries.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Elderly woman does donuts, guns stolen from Ransdell Road home
Sheriff’s deputies arrested an elderly woman accused of damaging property and assaulting a deputy.
According to an incident report, Dep. Allen Batchelor was dispatched to a suspicious person call at 172 Brewer Road on Tuesday evening.
When he arrived, Betty Collins told him that a neighbor, Phyllis Courtney, 62, drove through her yard, doing donuts around a tree.

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NC Boys Choir and Chamber Choir concert
The North Carolina Boys Choir and Chamber Choir will present their annual Christmas Concert in Duke University Chapel on Monday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

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Nicki’s Angels
Nicki’s Angels
Department of Social Services workers, Chanel Parris, front and center, and from left to right, Jeanette Richards, Tijuana Miller, Susan Miller and Tiffany Montford-Raynor take time out for a picture at the Angel Tree set up at Walmart. Angel Tree allowed shoppers to pull angels from the tree, which had corresponding information about gift requests for those children in foster care. Earlier this week, an anonymous donor, through the county’s United Way, helped DSS clear the Angel Tree and provide gifts for 74 children. “Sponsors have really, really been great,” said DSS Director Nicki Griffin.

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