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Showing 44 articles from January 29, 2010.

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COUNTY LANDFILL AND LIBRARIES CLOSED DUE TO POSSIBLE WINTER STORM
Franklin County’s landfill and convenience centers will be closed Saturday, Jan. 30, because of the anticipation of inclement weather. The county's libraries will also be closed on Saturday. 

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VGCC CLOSING DUE TO FORECASTED STORM
Due to the forecasted major winter storm projected to arrive Friday evening and last through the weekend...
Friday evening VGCC classes are canceled.
The college will be closed Saturday and Sunday and all weekend classes are canceled.

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COUNTY LANDFILL AND LIBRARIES CLOSED DUE TO POSSIBLE WINTER STORM
Franklin County’s landfill and convenience centers will be closed Saturday, Jan. 30, because of the anticipation of inclement weather. The county’s libraries will also be closed on Saturday.

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VGCC CLOSING DUE TO FORECASTED STORM
Due to the forecasted major winter storm projected to arrive Friday evening and last through the weekend...
Friday evening VGCC classes are canceled.
The college will be closed Saturday and Sunday and all weekend classes are canceled.

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Just checking in
Just checking in
Agents with Sheriff Pat Green’s SCOPE team have their sights set on helping those in the community at their most vulnerable.
Deputies assigned to the Sheriffs Community Oriented Policing Effort unveiled its Citizens Wellness Check program this week.

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It’s one dam thing after another
THAT DARNED DAM. Franklinton staff and officials are concerned that a town dam is showing its age and, most importantly, is having trouble holding water back.
It’s one dam thing after another
FRANKLINTON — Town officials began addressing a problem this week that it’s town manager said can’t be held back much longer.
The town’s dam dates back to 1968 and has served Franklinton well for more than four decades, said Town Manager Larry Carver, however, rain events late last year highlighted needed repairs at the site.

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Youngsville man indicted in target practice shooting death
HENDERSON — A Youngsville man is one of three suspects Vance County investigators have fingered in a September shooting death that apparently resulted from target practice.
In December, a grand jury indicted Darryl Craig Harting, 43, of Youngsville, and John Randy Woodlief, 30, of Kittrell in the Sept. 4 shooting death of John Thomas Satterwhite.

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Winter storm predicted for this weekend
By week’s end, sporting events were cancelled and plows were primed for pavement as the area braced itself it against meteorologist predictions of significant snow and freezing rain.
In winter weather briefings sent out late in the week, meteorologist Jeff Orrock was predicting one to five inches of snow in the Central part of the state — including Franklin County.

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County set to approve bid for Board of Elections move
County election staff and officials could be a step closer to attaining the elbow room they’ve coveted for years.
The county’s Board of Commissioners is expected to consider awarding an $89,500 contract to Sal Construction Co., to renovate space at the county’s Health and Human Services building to include space for the election’s office.
Six bids were received and Sal, a company out of Cary, was the lowest bidder.

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Moreschi wins awards
Moreschi wins awards
It’s safe to say Franklin County Schools’ Public Information Officer Nathan Moreschi isn’t resting on past success.
Moreschi followed up last year’s North Carolina School Public Relations Blue Ribbon awards with two more this year.
The three-year PIO earned accolades in the newsletter and photography categories at the annual Blue Ribbon ceremony held by NCSPRA in Durham on Jan. 22.

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Perry’s School Alumni clarify fund-raising
Perry’s School alumni say they are exploring all avenues to open a halfway-house styled community center, but they have yet to pool together significant funds for the project.
The group has petitioned commissioners to change zoning language to allow for the project, but it has yet to be approved.
They have also queried organizations about funding opportunities, said Perry’s School Alumni Association President Tommy Perry, however, the group has yet to receive any money for the project.

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FC Arts Council looking for ideas
Care about the arts and how the Franklin County Arts Council is doing?
Have ideas about what they could do better -- or what projects they could start?
If so, there is a survey form that’s in this edition, and available on The Franklin Times website, that is for you.

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Berger, Allen and Wray host jobs forum
Berger, Allen and Wray host jobs forum
HENDERSON — Residents, civic leaders and public officials heard about the challenges to and opportunities for economic growth during a public forum hosted by this area’s legislators.
Sen. Doug Berger and Reps. Lucy Allen and Michael Wray came together to host the 7th Senatorial District Public Forum at Vance-Granville Community College’s main campus on Thursday.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Rylee Nowell, 5 years old

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Petty in Pink
Editorial Cartoon: Petty in Pink


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Lack of applause is sign of bigger problems to come
First it was Grumpy Old Men.
Then it was Grumpier Old Men.
Now it appears it is Grumpiest Old Coots -- And a Few Cootettes! That is, if Cootettes is a word.
We’re referring, of course, to the obviously tense, obstinate and counterproductive attitude of the “loyal opposition” Wednesday night as President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress.

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Breaking down the county’s goals in plain, common sense terms
Breaking down the county’s goals in plain, common sense terms
My veteran editorial page cohort Asher Johnson as well as Times’ ace reporter Carey Johnson have some questions about the goals our county officials developed while in retreat last week.
They may be missing the obvious and most simple explanations. With that in mind, I’ve explained each of the six goals in plain, common sense terms in bold type following each goal that was outlined in the Wednesday edition. Here goes:

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The mysterious Frank Deatrich stopped by to introduce himself
The mysterious Frank Deatrich stopped by to introduce himself
GOOD MORNING: If we didn’t awake to a cold wintry mix or worse this (Saturday) morning, we certainly can’t blame the  weather forecasters. They did their best — talking it up for more than a week.
They’re also largely responsible for the stampede to area grocery stores for milk, bread and other basic necessities.

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A broken, burning climate-change bandwagon
RALEIGH – Just months ago, it seemed that just about everyone was trying to jump onto the climate-change bandwagon as it hurtled down the hill like a juggernaut.
Newly elected President Barack Obama and congressional leaders championed a proposed regulatory regime they called “cap and trade.” Hollywood celebrities publicly fretted about their carbon footprints (in between jet flights to beaches and ski chalets).

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A shifting of power in North Carolina politics
Voter registration data, coupled with results from the 2010 census data, demonstrates a power shift in North Carolina.
We’ve known for some time that voters were disproportionately choosing to be unaffiliated instead of registering as Republicans or Democrats. Democracy North Carolina reported this week that unaffiliated voter registrations grew 83 percent in the past decade, while Republicans gained 16 percent and Democrats increased by 11 percent. Democrats still have the largest numbers but the influence of both political parties is waning.

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LETTER
Dear Editor,
The current disaster Haiti is experiencing seems almost too much for anyone to have to bear, let alone a group of people who were already suffering.  My prayers and my hat are off to them. Not just for surviving, but for how they survive.  Conventional thought has proclaimed life cannot be sustained more than 3- 4 days without water, and 5-7 days without food.  Haitians are still being rescued 10, 11, even 12 days without access to either!

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OBITUARIES

RUBY P. CASHE
LOUISBURG - Ruby Powell Cashe, 85, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A celebration of her life was held Thursday, Jan. 28, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tom Ravan and the Rev. Julian Motley officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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RUTH A. GILBERT
RALEIGH - Ruth A. Gilbert, 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 at her home. The family received friends at the home on Friday, Jan. 29.

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FRANCES P. DAVIS
WAKE FOREST - Frances Privette Frazier Davis, 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Funeral services  were conducted Friday, Jan. 29, at Rolesville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Randy Bridges and the Rev. J. Marshall Neathery officiating. Burial was held at Harris Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Dustin Credible
BASELINE MOVE. Louisburg High School’s Jeffrey Perry (with ball) drives while being defended by Fraklinton’s Zach Beale during Tuesday night’s game.
Dustin Credible
FRANKLINTON -- Dustin Newton has been a cornerstone for the Franklinton High School boys basketball program ever since he arrived on campus as a freshman four years ago.
Newton, a starter from Day One, is certainly closing out his standout career in style.
Newton’s latest dose of heroics came during a key Northern Carolina Conference contest Tuesday at home versus backyard rival Louisburg.

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No Neal, No Win
TALENT SHOW. Skilled players Valesha Brown from Southern Nash (right) and Whitney Bunn from Bunn (left) meet on the court during Wednesday’s non-conference girls basketball matchup at the Bunn Dome.
No Neal, No Win
BUNN -- Bunn found itself in an offensive quandary without one-half of its Backcourt Dynamic Duo during Wednesday’s home matchup against Southern Nash.
With sophomore ace point guard Chepirah Neal on the bench in street clothes with a sprained ankle, the Ladycats were nowhere near 100 percent for the non-conference contest.

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Wildcats drain 3s on Birds
DRIBBLE DRIVE. Southern Nash’s Kadeem Williams (with ball) is defended by Bunn’s Andre Davis during Wednesday’s boys basketball game at the Bunn Dome.
Wildcats drain 3s on Birds
BUNN -- Precipitation is always in the forecast when the Bunn Wildcats are on a red-hot streak from the field.
That’s because the Wildcats have a tendency to rain 3-pointers on defenses that aren’t as disciplined as they need to be.
If an opponent chooses to play zone against the Wildcats, that’s almost a sure-fire bad strategy. But Bunn has also learned how to break down man-to-man defenses -- usually off penetration -- before dishing the ball out to an open shooter, whose defender has sagged into the lane.

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Balance the key for FHS
HERE IT COMES. Louisburg’s Ambria Alexander (left) passes the ball while being defended by Franklinton’s Tamara Williams during Tuesday’s girls basketball matchup.
Balance the key for FHS
FRANKLINTON -- Under most circumstances, it wouldn’t be a good thing if a basketball team’s leading scorer could muster just five points during a game.
But balance was everything for the Franklinton Lady Rams during their key Northern Carolina Conference home showdown against backyard rival Louisburg on Tuesday night.

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Rams claim big mat win
WISE MOVE. Franklinton’s Chequam Wise (left) tries to escape a hold during the Red Rams’ home conference wrestling match against North Johnston on Thursday night.
Rams claim big mat win
FRANKLINTON -- Much more than just a dash of Senior Night heroics was at stake Thursday when Franklinton hosted North Johnston for a crucial Northern Carolina Conference wrestling matchup.
Franklinton’s five seniors were honored before the match, but then it was time to get down to business -- and FHS’ upperclassmen were well aware of the event’s implications.

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LC women surge past rival Wake Tech
LC women surge past rival Wake Tech
LOUISBURG -- Ariel Phelps delivered yet another double-double on Tuesday as the Louisburg Lady Hurricanes rolled to a 71-37 victory over Region X rival Wake Tech in women’s basketball action at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
Phelps led LC in both scoring (14) and rebounding (11). Monique Williams was also effective for Louisburg College with 12 points and eight boards.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6
High School Basketball
TUESDAY
Franklinton at Northwest Halifax    6 p.m.
Bunn at Roanoke Rapids    6 p.m.

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CRUNCH TIME
CRUNCH TIME
Louisburg’s Vanessa Brodie (middle) is defended by Franklinton’s Moné Allen (left) and Tamara Williams (right) during Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls meeting at the FHS Gymnasium.

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DOMINANT NOT JUST ON OFFENSE
DOMINANT NOT JUST ON OFFENSE
Franklinton’s Dustin Newton (right) comes up with a blocked shot for the Red Rams during Tuesday’s hoops victory over Louisburg.

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SENIOR SENSATION
SENIOR SENSATION
Upperclassman Will Jones wrestled the final home match of his career on Thursday night for the Franklinton High School Red Rams.

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LIFESTYLES

Devastation, but always with hope
Devastation, but always with hope
Devastation in every sense of the word, and it happened to a deeply poor country. “When I first went there (Haiti) in 1988,” says Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Dartmouth College president, and a Global Health leader, “I felt like I was walking on the face of the moon.” The entire area had been deforested as a last resort of income production for the people who were so poor that they had to cut down trees and make charcoal to sell. Dr. Kim had never seen, in all his traveling all over the world in his work in Partners in Health, a place as tragic as Haiti.

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BIRTHS
BIRTHS
Allen, Lindsey, Brianna and Savannah announce the birth of their baby sister, Lily-Grace Ann Patterson. She was born Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, weighed 9 pounds and was 21 1/4 inches long.
The proud parents are Joey and Charlotte Patterson of Louisburg.
Maternal grandparents are Cheryl Karwick of Wilmington and Melvin Karwick of Kenly.

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BIRTHS
Damon Poole and Miranda Medley of Zebulon  are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashley Brooke Poole, born Dec. 28, 2009, at 12:04 p.m. at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Cynthia Parrish Smith of Louisburg and W.J. Bryan Medley, Jr. of Rocky Mount.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Honor Rolls for second nine-week grading period
Louisburg Elementary
The Louisburg Elementary School Honor Roll for the second nine-week grading period includes:

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Pembroke University academic honors
Heather Marie McDonald of Youngsville qualified for the Chancellor’s List during the 2009 Fall Semester at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Students are eligible for the Chancellor’s List if they achieve a minimum semester quality point average of 3.7 while passing at least 12 semester hours of course work; none of the 12 hours may be Pass/Fail.

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Leonard and Melvin graduate
Two area students were granted degrees during commencement ceremonies on Dec. 12 at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

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Eight FCS teachers earn their National Board Certification
Eight FCS teachers earn their National Board Certification
One of the highest recognitions a teacher can earn is National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Franklin County has enjoyed a rich crop of newly National Board Certified Teachers over the past several years and 2010 is no different. Eight FCS teachers from six different schools were recognized for earning the certification Tuesday night at a dinner held in Louisburg.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

LC to raise funds for Haiti during basketball games
Louisburg College will host a Haitian relief night Wednesday, Feb. 3, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Holton Gymnasium during the women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader.
All in attendance are asked to wear white, with the goal of having a “white out” in the gym to show support for the Haitian refugees.

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Area residents approved as CPAs
On Jan. 25, the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners approved 132 applicants for licensure as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in the State of North Carolina.
Among those appointed were David Daniel Bolick of Rolesville and Michael Graham Garner of  Youngsville.

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BUSINESS

Raffles opens at new plaza
Raffles Hair Salon has recently opened in the new Louisburg Plaza at the intersection of U.S. 401 and NC 56 West.
Raffles is a full-service hair salon for the entire family and features eight stations for cutting and styling hair.
The salon is open 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. No appointments are needed.

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