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Showing 44 articles from January 12, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

BOE asks for restraining order to be thrown out
MUELLER
BOE asks for restraining order to be thrown out
The Franklin County Board of Education has asked that a temporary restraining order received last week by suspended Louisburg High School coach Phillip Mueller be thrown out.
In the school system’s response to Mueller’s restraining order which was  filed Monday, attorneys for the school board and Supt. Eddie Ingram argued that the school system is “justified in refusing to accept” Mueller’s resignation because it believes it has the right to seek his termination.

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The Young and the Wreck-less
FLIPPED. Two teenagers were rushed to the hospital after their vehicle hit a sign and flipped over after being run off the road on Bickett Boulevard.
The Young and the Wreck-less
Witnesses to a terrifying wreck said that the two Louisburg High School drivers involved might have been horsing around prior to impact.
According to Louisburg Police Capt. Jason Abbott, Eric Gupton was traveling south on Bickett Boulevard next to a red Chevy S-10 pickup driven by Justin King just after noon on Tuesday near First Citizens Bank.

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Chase ends with arrest
Chase ends with arrest
Deputies and troopers arrested a Louisburg man following a chase on Saturday morning.
Investigators allege that Travis Morgan Person, 20, of Heatherwood Trail, ran from police following a hit and run.
According to a sheriff’s report, the incident began when Dep. Allen Batchelor responded to a hit and run call at Sims Bridge Road and West River Road at about 1:45 a.m.

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Man faces domestic violence charges
Man faces domestic violence charges
Franklin County authorities arrested a Louisburg man on domestic violence charges over the weekend.
Norwood Yarborough, 38, of Alston Pruitt Road, proved to be no stranger to the law.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Sgt. A.R. Roberts was dispatched to Walter Collins Road at about 1 a.m. on Sunday to a burglary and domestic violence call.

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It’s not easy being green
Franklin County staff and other stakeholders are thinking green — the environment and money.
With commissioner support, county staff is developing an Energy Conservation Program to help the county become more environmentally responsible while also becoming more fiscally efficient.

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H1N1 safety stressed during National Influenza Week
H1N1 safety stressed during National Influenza Week
H1N1 has not turned out to be the epidemic predicted, however, health care professionals urge residents not to take the flu strain lightly.
National and local health departments are using this week — National Influenza Week — to drive that point home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set aside Jan. 10 to 16 to remind the public of the dangers that persist as the peak of flu season arrives.

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BOE shaves down Code of Ethics
The Franklin County Board of Education decided Monday night it didn’t need the 18-item Code of Ethics proposed by the North Carolina School Boards Association and quickly pared the code to just five items.
“You could have 100 items, many of these are just feel good items,” said board member John May as he proposed paring down the list.

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Water main break sends Youngsville students home
Youngsville Elementary released students and teachers early on Tuesday after a water main break forced maintenance crews to shut off water.
School system spokesperson Nathan Moreschi said a maintenance worker noticed the busted main at about 6:15 a.m.
It was not clear what caused the problem to the line, which is located behind the school’s cafeteria where shipments are received, but it could have been weather related.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Lena Webb

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Sticky Bunn
Editorial Cartoon: Sticky Bunn


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BOE’s Code of Ethics stripped of students
A board member’s first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students attending the public schools.
In one sentence, that could -- and we believe strongly should -- be THE main ethical code of conduct for members of any board of education and most certainly for our own Franklin County Board of Education.

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My bones may be cold, but Bev and Lucy are feeling the heat
My bones may be cold, but Bev and Lucy are feeling the heat
GOOD MORNING: The one thing I can say about the week thus far without fear of impunity is that it certainly got off to a frigid start.
I recorded a bone chilling 9.7 degrees in my backyard just east of Louisburg shortly after dawn Monday, making it one of if not the coldest mornings locally that I can recall in a number of years.

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Teacher evaluations plus student test scores equals risky proposition
Teacher evaluations plus student test scores equals risky proposition
On Tuesday, the American Federation of Teachers — the second largest teacher union — was set to present a proposal that ties teacher evaluations to student test scores.
That could be scary.
Under the proposal, student test scores would not be the only criteria by which teachers are judged.

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Website Reader Participation Results January 6-12
Why the delay?
Are the commissioners delaying the approval of David Bunn as the replacement for Bob Winters because of time needed for:

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Doesn’t anyone see the government boondoggles?
Is there no end to the incessant revelations of government boondoggles, bungling, ineffectiveness and greed?  After a litany of debacles including mismanagement at the Department of Transportation, bribes by high government officials, i.e. Jim Black and others, shady deals by an ex-Governor, and many other similar circumstances, we now have the showcasing of exorbitant salaries by some ABC administrators and questionable practices by a liquor company of paying for lavish dinners for some local ABC board members.

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Why not liquor?
North Carolina has many sacred cows; some of them have become quite fat feeding at the public trough. Such is the case with our antiquated ABC system, but the very mention of reform sends many folks into resistance mode, even as facts clearly demonstrate a need to change the 1937 laws.

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OBITUARIES

RALPH S. TANNER SR.
LOUISBURG - Ralph S. Tanner Sr., 84, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at Wake Medical Center. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home,  Wake Forest, with the Rev. Bill Boyer officiating.

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JOYCE B. BARHAM
KNIGHTDALE - Joyce Bunn Barham, 73, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 at Wake Med. Funeral service was Monday, Jan. 11, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, Knightdale. Burial was in the Upchurch-Alford family cemetery, Pilot.

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BABY BOY MAHKI D. MASSENBURG
WAKE FOREST - Graveside services for Baby Boy Mahki Dowell Massenburg, infant, who died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, were conducted Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Lynch cemetery, with the Rev. Carl Wardrett officiating.

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LUCY E. HARRIS
WAKE FOREST - Lucy E. Harris, 96, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 in Richmond, Va. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest, with Dr. R. Logan Carson officiating. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

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ESSIE MAE EDWARDS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Essie Mae Allen Edwards, 85, who died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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NANCY B. EDWARDS
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for Nancy B. Edwards, 70, who died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 13) at Allen Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, with the Rev. Alex Atlas officiating.

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HATTIE B. WIGGINS
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Hattie Beatrice Wiggins, 74, who died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Jordan Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Barham officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HYACINTH “HY” JACKSON
RALEIGH - Hyacinth “Hy” Weathersby Jackson, 95, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 at Rex Hospital. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating. Burial followed at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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MAGGIE MAE PERRY
PILOT - Maggie Mae Atkinson Perry, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 at Rex Hospital. A service in honor of her life was held Sunday, Jan. 10, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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LILLIAN E. HUNTER
ZEBULON - Lillian Eatman Hunter, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 10, at Strickland Funeral Home chapel. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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JAMES FRED NEAL
NORLINA - James Fred Neal, 53, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 7, at Haywood Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Jones Chapel Church cemetery, with Bishop Ivey Butler officiating.

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ANNETTA MARIA “NETT” MITCHELL
LOUISBURG - Annetta Maria “Nett” Mitchell, 31, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. Funeral services were held  Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Haywood Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating.

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MERLYN MACON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Merlyn Macon, 75, who died Monday, Dec. 28, were held Friday, Jan. 1 at First Baptist Church of Louisburg. Burial followed in the Perry’s Missionary Church cemetery.

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STANLEY ALSTON, JR.
NORFOLK, VA. - Stanley Alston, Jr., 69, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2010. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 2, at Richardson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the St. Stephens Baptist Church cemetery.

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ELIZABETH P. ALLEN
APRIL 26, 1925 – JANUARY 8, 2010
LOUISBURG - Elizabeth P. Allen, 84, of Louisburg, died Friday, January 8, 2010, in Louisburg Nursing Center.  She was preceded in death by her husband, G.T. “ Big Boy” Allen and her son, Harold T. Allen.  Funeral services were held Monday at 11:00 a.m. from Maple Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Jay Tilley officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

SEASON SWEPT
BLACKNALL’S BEST. Louisburg’s Deandre Blacknall (with ball) soars for a layup during last Friday night’s boys hoops game at Rocky Mount Prep.
SEASON SWEPT
ROCKY MOUNT -- There’s a reason that the Louisburg Warriors don’t match up well with the Rocky Mount Prep Jaguars.
And it was on display last Friday at the RMP Gymnasium.
Louisburg committed 23 turnovers and was defeated the Jaguars -- for the second time this season.
RMP scored the final six points of the contest and went on to defeat the Warriors by a 52-46 margin in a non-conference boys basketball matchup.

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LHS Second Overall At Event
THIS ONE IS OVER. Louisburg’s Ulises Huerta (top) prepares to finish off this match with a pinfall in the 103-pound weight class at last Saturday’s Takedown Report Tournament at Wilson Beddingfield High School.
LHS Second Overall At Event
WILSON -- Louisburg High School’s wrestling program is no stranger to tough competition, as the Warriors have made a consistent habit of taking on some of the area’s best mat squads.
So the Warriors felt right at home last Saturday when they traveled to Wilson to compete in the prestigious Takedown Report Tournament at Beddingfield High School.

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LHS girls top RMP on road
INTO THE LANE. Louisburg’s Keella Gallatin (with ball) drives to the basket during the Lady Warriors’ road conquest last Friday night against Rocky Mount Prep.
LHS girls top RMP on road
ROCKY MOUNT -- Louisburg used a different tactic -- but enjoyed the same result -- during a girls basketball rematch last Friday at Rocky Mount Prep
Earlier in the season, LHS met the Lady Jaguars at home, and utilized a full-court pressure defense to overwhelm RMP -- and eventually win by a lopsided margin.

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LC’s men win over Bulldogs
LC’s men win over Bulldogs
WINTERVILLE -- There’s a reason Louisburg College men’s basketball coach John Meeks scheduled a seemingly meaningless game in the middle of last week against Carolina Prep.
And it showed last Saturday.
Meeks wanted his team to have a game after Christmas Break under its belt heading into last Saturday’s key Region X showdown at rival Pitt Community College.

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Bunn topped by R. Rapids
BUNN  --  Gerald Melton has seen his share of talented opposing players during his 10-year career as the Bunn High School boys basketball coach.
But in Melton’s estimation, few of them have been as talented -- and as dominant -- as Roanoke Rapids senior Kareem Martin.

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Perry has solid game off bench for NCWC
ROCKY MOUNT -- The Hornets of Shenandoah University used a strong second half to key a 75-42 USA South Conference women’s basketball victory over host North Carolina Wesleyan last  Saturday afternoon in Everett Gymnasium.
Despite the loss, the Bishops got another impressive outing from freshman  Samantha Urquhart, who finished with a game-high 22 points and 16 rebounds.

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Pirates to welcome fans
Pirates to welcome fans
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University baseball fans will get their first chance to meet the 2010 Pirates up close and personal on February 6, as ECU hosts its 10th Annual “Meet the Pirates” luncheon.
Scheduled to start at approximately 11 a.m. at the Murphy Center’s Harvey Banquet Hall, “Meet the Pirates” offers fans a chance to get autographs and photos of the ECU baseball team and fifth-year head coach Billy Godwin, as well as enjoy a catered lunch with the Pirate coaches and players.

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LHS MEDALISTS
LHS MEDALISTS
Louisburg High School’s medal winners from last  Saturday’s Takedown Report Dual Tournament in Wilson were (back, l to r) David Pearce, Grant Madison, Tyrell Robinson, Trey Griffor and Ulises Huerta; (front, l to r) Mamour Camara and Ervin Hunt. For more on the prestigious mat tournament, see the story that begins on page 8.

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TOURNAMENT ACTION
TOURNAMENT ACTION
Louisburg’s Kiefer Norris takes charge en route to recording a pin.

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BRODIE ON THE BOARDS
BRODIE ON THE BOARDS
Louisburg’s Vanessa Brodie (right) grabs a rebound for the Lady Warriors during last Friday nights decision at Rocky Mount Prep Academy.

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DANTE DELIVERS
DANTE DELIVERS
Louisburg’s Dante Walker attempts a jumper last Friday versus Rocky Mount Prep.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

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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Car stereos stolen, Youngsville business vandalized and robbed
Louisburg police are looking for suspects who ripped off some car stereos.
According to reports by Officers Anthony Holtz and Travis Lincoln, the first incident was reported in the Britthaven parking lot.
According to that report, Cynthia Louise Orr of Kittrell reported that someone broke into her vehicle just before midnight on Jan. 5.

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