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Showing 39 articles from January 8, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Cardwell fired
Cardwell fired
Brent Cardwell has been dismissed as the town’s parks and recreation director, two weeks after police arrested him on domestic violence charges.
Louisburg police officers arrested Cardwell after his wife, Kate, alleged that Mr. Cardwell assaulted her inside their Wilder Street home on Christmas Eve.

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Phil Mueller gets temporary restraining order against BOE
Phil Mueller gets temporary restraining order against BOE
The Franklin County Board of Education had been scheduled to consider formally firing suspended teacher Phillip Mueller Monday night but that’s not going to happen.
Mueller was granted a temporary restraining order on Jan. 6 by Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr., that stops the school board from dealing with his employment issue until a court hearing can be held.

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Civil cases set
Attorneys have set a Feb. 8 court date, hoping to bring litigious closure to a death that took place nearly six years ago.
Ann Greene, the widow of Dep. Ted Horton, filed a lawsuit in May 2006, claiming that more than a dozen people and entities, including then-Sheriff Jerry Jones, pilot Ben Barrick and Franklin County, were responsible for Horton’s death.
Barrick was flying a search and rescue helicopter when it crashed into a field on May 14, 2004, killing Horton and injuring Barrick.

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County receives funds for routine road maintenance and repairs
ROUGH ROAD. This section of N.C. 98 near U.S. 401 is in line for resurfacing and repairs via stimulus funding. The county also has a section of roadways to be improved through normal state Department of Transportation channels.
County receives funds for routine road maintenance and repairs
Franklin County’s roads will be paved with green, Rep. Lucy Allen and Gov. Bev Perdue announced this week.
According to the Governor’s Office, Franklin County will receive $2.3 million in federal stimulus money to preserve 8.1 miles of N.C. 98 outside of Bunn and nearly two miles of roadway on U.S. 1-A just outside Franklinton.
And Franklin County is set to get another $2.1 million in routine maintenance improvements.

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Playing it safe
Playing it safe
Franklin County avoided wintry precipitation Thursday night, but the threat of bad weather delayed classes. And precipitation that did fall caused more headaches than disaster.
Meteorologists predicted anywhere from a dusting to up to an inch of snow for the Triangle, however, a warm front kept the white stuff away.

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Woman arrested in stabbing
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg woman following a domestic dispute.
According to a report by Sgt. Troy Wheless, he responded to a report of a stabbing at 124 Ingle Drive just before 11 p.m. on Jan. 2.
When Wheless arrived, the report states, he spoke with the suspect, Vivian Toney, who said that she had gone out earlier that day drinking with a friend.

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County farmland preservation plan discussed
County farmland preservation plan discussed
Cooperative extension staff, land use consultants and farmers met for the first time this week, hoping to lay the groundwork for the future of farming in Franklin County.
Franklin County procured a $26,000 grant from the state Agriculture Development & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund to develop a preservation plan, a document that would help guide and determine how agriculture in Franklin County would continue to co-exist with residential and commercial development.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Avon Thomas


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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Gym Rats
Editorial Cartoon: Gym Rats


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Commissioners’ delay makes a critical point
The decision by the Franklin County commissioners not to vote on a new member Monday was not only the correct decision, the delay should have been required by law.
In fact, a constitutional amendment might be in order to eliminate what we have long decried as government by ambush.
On Monday, commissioners decided to delay a vote on adding David Bunn to the board to fill the empty seat left by the pre-Christmas resignation of Bob Winters.

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Delays, every which way you turn
Delays, every which way you turn
GOOD MORNING: I might well have had a different outlook on the situation yesterday (Friday) morning had the weather lived up to predictions and the DOT hadn’t blown all that money treating area highways with an anti-icing solution, but, thankfully, all those dire predictions of freezing rain and or snow turned out to be just another case of crying wolf, locally at any rate.

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An artist and great guy who created an enduring legacy
An artist and great guy who created an enduring legacy
Franklin County lost a true artist over the holiday season.
But perhaps not the kind of artist most people envision when that description is used.
The tools of his craftsmanship were stone, mortar and perhaps a hammer and chisel.
But when Merlyn Macon worked his magic, the results were something to behold.
He was a lifelong mason who worked with both brick and stone and he passed away Dec. 28 at age 75.

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GET IT RIGHT!
GET IT RIGHT!
Veteran stone mason Merlyn Macon supervises as Gary Cunard tries his amateurish hand at laying one of the last flagstones on a patio that Macon had created.

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HE DID IT
HE DID IT
Louisburg’s Merlyn Macon tries out the flagstone walk he created at the Jackson House in Mapleville. “Can’t believe one man did all that,” he quipped.

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What to expect in 2010
If you accept the notion that those who focus on public policy issues for a living have some insights into future happenings please allow my predictions about what to expect this New Year.
The economy may recover slightly in the second half of the year but will remain sluggish. Unemployment will continue around 11 percent much of the year. State revenues will be lower than projected, especially in sales taxes and personal and corporate income taxes, leaving the state budget with a 450 million dollar deficit for the year ending June 30. Governor Perdue has already taken steps to reduce spending and will continue to adjust budgets enough to cover the shortfall.

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Smoke-free restaurants and bars law
Dear Editor,
I am writing because there is a new law in the state of North Carolina that prohibits smoking in all restaurants and bars that began on Jan. 2, 2010. This law is called “House Bill 2” and as a local athlete, I am glad that I am now able to enter any restaurant without the worry of my performance being slowed due to lung infection.

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OBITUARIES

DOROTHY B. FLOYD
HENDERSON - Funeral services for Dorothy Dunston Burwell Floyd, 83, who died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, will be held today (Saturday, Jan. 9) at Gethsemane Baptist Church, with the Rev. Michael Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Rowland Chapel cemetery.

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STUART P. MURPHY
WENDELL - Stuart Parrish Murphy, 94, died Thursday, Jan, 7, 2010 at Wellington Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 9) at Wendell Baptist Church, 3651 Wendell Blvd., Wendell, with Dr. David Moore, Dr. Baxter Prevatte and the Rev. Charles McMillan officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmount Cemetery, Industrial Drive, Wendell.

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GERALDINE T. STRICKLAND
ZEBULON - Geraldine Trevathan Strickland, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 at Guardian Care. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 7, at Union Hope Baptist Church, with burial in the Murray family cemetery.

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MOZELLE G. PARSONS
ZEBULON - Mozelle Gilbert Parsons, 84, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 9) at Wakefield Central Baptist Church, with visitation from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. prior to the service. Private burial will follow the service.

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ALENE SMITH
ZEBULON - Alene Smith, 94, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010.

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WINNIE C. SPENCER
OCTOBER 7, 1903 – JANUARY 6, 2010
LOUISBURG - Winnie Glyn Cheaves Spencer died Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at her home. 

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BABY BOY MAHKI DOWELL MASSENBURG
WAKE FOREST - Graveside services for Baby Boy Mahki Dowell Massenburg, infant, who died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Lynch family cemetery, with the Rev. Carl Wardrett officiating.

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SPORTS

Exam Time Arrives
ROAD BLOCK. Louisburg College freshman guard Marcellous Perez (right) finds his path to the basket impeded by a Carolina Prep player during Wednesday night’s men’s basketball matchup at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
Exam Time Arrives
LOUISBURG -- One of the most important stretches of the regular season is at hand for the Louisburg College men’s basketball team.
And second-year head coach John Meeks isn’t quite sure how his Hurricanes will respond to the challenge of three consecutive Region X outings on the road.

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Return To Action
MILES IS ON THE GO. Bunn’s Miles Clifton drives toward the basket during Tuesday night’s road decision at Warren County in a Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown.
Return To Action
WARRENTON -- In a game of spurts, the Bunn Wildcats had the final one during a boys basketball matchup Tuesday at Warren County.
Bunn, after giving up 20 straight points in the second half, rallied by scoring the game’s final seven points to defeat the Eagles by a 44-38 score in a key Northern Carolina Conference contest.

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Comeback Special
RACE TO THE BALL. Franklinton’s Moné Allen (left) tries to gain possession for the Lady Rams during Wednesday’s victory against Southern Nash.
Comeback Special
STANHOPE -- Southern Nash must not have learned its lesson from an earlier-season meeting with the never-quit Franklinton Lady Rams.
During that game in December, Southern built a substantial lead -- only to see Franklinton rally in furious fashion in the fourth quarter.

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Big rules change in the picks
Big rules change in the picks
It was the best of times, and the most unfulfilling of times.
Thanks to Alabama’s victory over Texas on Thursday night, I was able to move into an 8-8 tie with Carey Johnson in The Franklin Times College Football Bowl Picks.
Under current rules, the defending champion (me) retains the beloved Old Ironsides stapler in case of a tie.

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Bunn Takes Out WC
TAKING FLIGHT. Bunn’s Whitney Bunn soars to two points for the Ladycats during Tuesday night’s road victory over Northern Carolina Conference girls hoops rival Warren County.
Bunn Takes Out WC
WARRENTON -- Following a two-week layoff, Bunn High School girls basketball coach Chuck Mann didn’t know how his club would respond during Tuesday’s matchup at Warren County.
But Mann liked what he saw as the Ladycats rolled to a 60-24 decision over WCHS in a Northern Carolina Conference event.
“This was probably the best we shot the ball and played offensively,’’ Mann said. “I thought we might be rusty coming off the break.’’

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BHS wrestlers open schedule in league
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn went one up and one down during high school wrestling action this week.
Tuesday on the road, the Wildcats were defeated 50-24 against Northern Carolina Conference rival North Johnston in Kenly.
Bunn came back Thursday with a 59-24 decision at non-league opponent Ravenscroft -- marking the second time in a five-day span that the Wildcats have topped the Ravens.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 10-16
High School Basketball
FRIDAY
Louisburg at Warren County    6 p.m.
Bunn at Franklinton    6:30 p.m.

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SN Survives Red Rams
INSIDE WORK. Franklinton’s Jamal Green (with ball) goes up for a shot while being defended by Southern Nash’s Josh Sessoms (24) during Wednesday’s boys basketball contest in Stanhope.
SN Survives Red Rams
STANHOPE -- Role reversal was the theme of Wednesday’s non-conference basketball matchup between Southern Nash and Franklinton.
During the first meeting between the schools in December, Franklinton won the boys contest and Southern was the winner in the girls game.

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Carolina Hurricanes to welcome military
RALEIGH -- This Sunday, the Carolina Hurricanes will host Military Appreciation Night as the team takes on the Ottawa Senators at 5 p.m at RBC Center.
This marks the seventh season that the Hurricanes have hosted Military Appreciation Night as an opportunity to thank servicemen and women for their contributions, as well as raise awareness about the branches of the military.

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JUST SAY WYNN
JUST SAY WYNN
Louisburg College’s Fletcher Wynn (with ball) grabs a rebound for the Hurricanes during Wednesday’s home meeting with Carolina Prep Academy at historic Holton Gymnasium.

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A JORDAN JUMPER
A JORDAN JUMPER
Louisburg College’s Jordan Davidson converts a jump shot Wednesday night for the Hurricanes.

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COUNTY KIDS SHINE FOR KERR-VANCE
COUNTY KIDS SHINE FOR KERR-VANCE
Franklin County student-athletes Cameron Capell, Justin Loyd (above) and Tyler Bolton are best known for their success on the baseball diamond at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson. But the players are also enjoying fine seasons this winter as members of the Spartans’ boys basketball squad. Each has played a key role in Kerr-Vance’s success. At the conclusion of the campaign, Loyd, Bolton and Capell will shift their attention to the diamond. Capell has already verbally committed to continue his career at the University of South Carolina. Bolton and Loyd are also considered college prospects.

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WON’T BE DENIED
WON’T BE DENIED
Franklinton sophomore Jalissa Debnam (with ball) drives for a basket Wednesday against Southern Nash.

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LIFESTYLES

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TO YOU
Kenzie “Sus” Mann was the center of attention at her 100th birthday party held at the Ushers Building off U.S 1 in Franklinton. Mann was born Jan. 4, 1910 and plenty of friends and family were on hand to make the milestone. Mann has 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 41 great-great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-great-grandchildren. Family members said “Sus” is a great woman with an incredible legacy and it continues to grow each day.

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Delta Kappa Gamma learning about China
Delta Kappa Gamma learning about China
On Dec. 5, 2009, the Gamma Tau Christmas Gala took place at Louisburg High School. It was accompanied by a delicious lunch catered by Country Moments Café of Louisburg. Each member brought a baked good for an auction, with proceeds going for a scholarship fund.
Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society for key women educators. The society promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Girl Scout Cookie Sale begins
It’s cookie time -- and perfectly timed to help break the bonds of wintery weather that seem interminable.
The Girl Scouts begin their annual Cookie Drive today and keep it rolling through Sunday, March 14.
The scouts will be offering eight varieties of cookies this year, ranging from thin mints to peanut butter patties to short bread cookies.

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