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Showing 48 articles from February 5, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Duo arrested for conning woman out of life savings
Pittman
Duo arrested for conning woman out of life savings
A Louisburg man and Rocky Mount woman accused of swindling a Creedmoor woman out of her life savings are slated to appear in Granville County court next month.
Law enforcement officers in Franklin County, Creedmoor and Rocky Mount combined with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division to charge Aaron Pittman, 55, of N.C. 39, and his wife, Mildred Diane Dew, 56, with several charges associated with the theft.

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Winter weathered
Winter weathered
Franklin County and Central North Carolina dodged a wintry mix on Friday, but Saturday presents one more hurdle.
No town or governmental offices were impacted on Friday, but the threat of sleet and snow caused Franklin County school staff to delay opening by two hours as a storm began to sweep through the area Friday morning, bringing the wintry mix.

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Police taser man drunk on moonshine
FRANKLINTON — Police arrested a man on charges of  disturbing the peace and assaulting an officer after he claimed to have downed at least four gallons of corn liquor.
According to a report by Sgt. K.J. Hornaday, he was responding to a call regarding a suspicious person near N.C. 56 and Chavis Street when a short distance away, he was flagged down by a man trying to help his friend, Ryan Jay Moore.

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Murphy House BBQ recalled by USDA
The Murphy House has to recall nearly 3,000 pounds of barbecue according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the company is recalling 2,850 pounds of pork barbecue products because they may contain an undeclared allergen, soy flour.
Soy flour is a known potential allergen, which is not declared on the label.

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Ted Horton’s widow drops Netstar suit
Ted Horton’s widow drops Netstar suit
A case alleging that Franklin County and a dozen other entities were responsible for a helicopter crash that killed a former deputy was dropped late last month.
It’s not clear if the dismissal is for good, though.
“The remaining defendants appear, at this time, to have no assets,” said Hill Allen, attorney for Ann Greene, the wife of Ted Horton, who died in a May died in a May 14, 2004 helicopter crash.

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Filing period begins Feb. 8
The filing period begins Monday, giving incumbents or newcomers a chance to run for county, state and federal offices.
The period opens at noon on Monday and runs through Feb. 26 at noon.
To file, candidates have to be 21, fill out paperwork at the Board of Elections office and pay a fee: which is $1,740 for a federal seat, $207 for a state seat, or 1 percent of either the salary of a position like clerk of court or 1 percent of the stipend paid to a commissioner or school board member.

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Bunn works to improve wastewater system, extend sidewalk to Food Lion
Winstead
Bunn works to improve wastewater system, extend sidewalk to Food Lion
BUNN — Town officials and staff moved another step closer to improving its wastewater system this week.
The town’s system has reached a capacity level that requires expansion.
On Tuesday night, the board chose the engineering firm of O’Brien and Gere Engineers Inc. out of Raleigh to oversee the project.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton High School teacher Billy Jackson

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Dance, Dance, Dance
Editorial Cartoon: Dance, Dance, Dance


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2010 begins where 2009 ended, not on a good note
If the first 35 or so days of 2010 are any indication, this promises to be a long year!
For those of us who were more than happy to see the turbulent, challenging days of 2009 come to an end, the fact that 2010 is continuing that difficult path is no cause for celebration.

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Winter has left me tired of the mud and the muck; Saints by 6!
Winter has left me tired of the mud and the muck; Saints by 6!
Okay, okay, enough winter weather already!
As someone said recently, snow in North Carolina isn’t supposed to behave like this.
On those rare events when we have snow, it’s supposed to melt quickly. Maybe give the kids time to get their fill of sled riding and to ruin a few clothes, but that’s it!

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Funding for high-speed train should be derailed for Hwy 401
Funding for high-speed train should be derailed for Hwy 401
GOOD MORNING: Regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil, Gen. Beauregard Lee, Sir Walter Wally, or whom or whatever saw their shadow or not  Tuesday, my calendar indicates that we’ve got seven more weeks of winter remaining and the forecast for this weekend is somewhat indicative of that fact.

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Nothing wrong with a snow day now and then
Snow is nature’s way of calling time out, at least here in North Carolina. Let some white stuff collect on the ground and we call off schools, close businesses and stay home. And, despite what some recent transplants might tell you, it is a good thing.

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Balance needed in editorial
Dear Editor,
So much for a balanced approach in your main editorial of the January 30 edition.  You made reference to the Congressional Republicans as the party of “no” and the party without any solutions or programs of their own.  First, I for one, am comfortable with “no” when it must be used to preserve basic American principles.

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OBITUARIES

ALTON D. JOHNSON
LOUISBURG - Graveside services for Alton D. Johnson, 24, who died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at Mary Helen Jones cemetery, with the Rev. Carl D. Wardrett officiating.

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TEEN LYNCH
LITTLETON - Funeral services for Teen Lynch, 75, who died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 6) at White Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Alonza West officiating. Burial will follow in the Teen Lynch family cemetery.

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GENEVA J. BRODIE
LOUISBURG - Geneva  Jones Brodie, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Brodie family cemetery in Louisburg.

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EDNA M. WATTENBARGER
ZEBULON - Edna Mumford Wattenbarger, 77, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 at her home. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 5, at Hephzibah Baptist Church, Wendell. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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JOSEPH E. LUNSFORD
LOUISBURG - Joseph Edward Lunsford, 68, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 at his home. A funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 4, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home Chapel, Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Interment followed at Centerville Baptist Church cemetery.

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CARRIE T. BRODIE
RALEIGH - Carrie T. Brodie, 61, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Old Liberty Baptist Church, Louisburg, with Dr. Charles Murrill officiating.

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MAXINE R. CHAMPION
ZEBULON - Maxine Richardson Champion, 58, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 5, at Elevation Baptist Church, Raleigh. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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HAZEL J. “BUBBA” PARRISH
ZEBULON - Hazel Johnson Parrish, 85, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 4, at Union Chapel Baptist Church. Entombment followed in the church cemetery.

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IVA MAE T. BARHAM
WAKE FOREST - Iva Mae Tart Barham, 84, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at her home. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 4, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ronald Harris officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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SALLIE LOU C. WOOD
CASTALIA – Sallie Lou Currin Wood, 87, of the Red Bud Community, died Thursday evening, Feb. 4, 2010  at her home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Red Bud Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gatis Perry and the Rev. Robert Ricks Boone officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall and other times at the home.

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SPORTS

Perfect Timing
THREE’S COMPANY. Despite being surrounded by three Pitt players, Louisburg College’s Jeremy Atkinson (with ball) escapes for a layup during Wednesday night’s home victory at historic Holton Gymnasium.
Perfect Timing
LOUISBURG -- This time last season, John Meeks wasn’t sure if his Louisburg College Hurricanes were performing at a high level  heading into the most important portion of the campaign.
Meeks, however, has an opposite viewpoint of his 2009-10 club, which has been rolling through Region X foes.

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Division 1 Dreams
Division 1 Dreams
FRANKLINTON - Before this week, Franklin County had never boasted a Division I women’s college soccer signee.
Then it happened twice -- and within a 24-hour period.
And it was fitting that the signees were Franklinton teammates Amanda Knapp and Shaylyn Poppe, who have dominated opposite ends of the field during their accomplishment-filled careers with the Lady Rams.

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Preston Picks MSU
FAMILY TIES WITH MORGAN STATE. Bunn High School’s Robert Preston (right) has signed a football letter-of-intent to attend Morgan State University -- the same school his mother graduated from.
Preston Picks MSU
BUNN -- In hopes of finding a college home, Bunn’s Robert Preston literally went the extra mile by creating his own website -- www.recruitrobertpreston.com.
The eventual answer to Preston’s quest, however, would come much closer to home.
Wednesday at the Bunn Media Center, Preston signed a letter-of-intent to continue his football career at Morgan State University.

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Weather affects contests
Weather affects contests
Last weekend’s pitiful weather has affected several scheduled high school sporting events in Franklin County.
Here’s a rundown:
• Bunn High School’s basketball teams were supposed to play this past Tuesday at Roanoke Rapids.
Instead, that event will be held Monday. The Wildcats will then close out the week (and their regular season) with a home game Tuesday against Franklinton and Thursday on the road at Northwest Halifax.

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Shorthanded Victory
CONTACT WITH COCO. Louisburg College guard Coco Hull (with ball) is fouled on her way to the basket during the Lady Hurricanes’ home victory Wednesday night against Guilford Tech CC.
Shorthanded Victory
LOUISBURG  -- Within a 10-minute span at practice Monday, Louisburg College’s women’s basketball team lost two starters for its showdown two days later against Guilford Tech.
First, freshman forward Ariel Phelps -- the queen of the double-double this season -- suffered a slight concussion.
Moments later, wing Monique Williams, another talented frosh, slightly fractured her ankle.

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BHS releases track and field sked
BHS releases track and field sked
BUNN -- Bunn High School’s 2010 track and field campaign will begin March 11 with a home meet against Northern Carolina Conference opponent North Johnston.
The Wildcats’ complete schedule is as follows (home meets are listed in CAPS):

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Vanguards rolling in Region X action
Vanguards rolling in Region X action
HENDERSON -- The 2010 calendar year has been a good one so far for the Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team.
The Vanguards had a 4-7 record when December came to a close, but as of Jan. 27, the team has a winning record of 10-8 (8-3 in Region X Division II conference).

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 7-13
High School Basketball
MONDAY
Bunn at Roanoke Rapids    6:30 p.m.

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HOOP DREAMS COME TRUE
HOOP DREAMS COME TRUE
Louisburg resident Tico Wilkins, 10, participated in the NBA Fit Regionals last month in Charlotte. Wilkins took fourth in the competition and was part of a meet-and-greet session with several Charlotte Bobcats’ players. Earlier, Tico earned first place in the 9-10 age group during local action, sponsored by the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department. Tico is currently a fourth grader at Edward Best Elementary School.

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AMANDA ON THE DOTTED LINE
AMANDA ON THE DOTTED LINE
Franklinton High School girls soccer standout Amanda Knapp signs a letter-of-intent to continue her career at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Also pictured are (back, l to r) Mike Knapp (father), FHS Athletic Director/Soccer Coach Deran Coe and FHS Principal Charles Fuller; (front) Brenda Knapp (mother).

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SHAYLYN SIGNS WITH GARNDER-WEBB
SHAYLYN SIGNS WITH GARNDER-WEBB
Franklinton High School girls soccer star Shaylyn Poppe signs a letter-of-intent to continue her career at Gardner-Webb University, which is located in Boiling Springs. Also pictured are (back, l to r) FHS Athletic Director/Soccer Coach Deran Coe, FHS Principal Charles Fuller and Nichole Poppe (sister); (front, l to r) Jason Poppe (father) and Terri-Lynne Poppe (mother).

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I NEED MY SPACE
I NEED MY SPACE
Louisburg College guard Paquita Wingate (14) fights for a rebound against Guilford Tech CC.

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TIP DRILL
TIP DRILL
Louisburg College’s Jeremy Atkinson follows a shot Wednesday against Guilford Tech.

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LIFESTYLES

Wonderful cellular phones, but you should think twice
Wonderful cellular phones, but you should think twice
Cellular phones have been on the market for over 14 years, and users across the country are estimated into the millions. As cellular phones increase in popularity, many questions are surfacing concerning safety, health and environmental issues.
One of the first sweet advantages of cellular phones is the luxury of talking to loved ones in far distant places and nations from the most remote areas in the world. More importantly, we find advantages related to emergencies, crime watch, businesses, etc.

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Birth
Birth
John and Ryan Anselmo of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their son, John Lucas Anselmo, born Dec. 3, 2009 at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. He weighed 8 pounds and was 21 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Van and Jamie Cash of Louisburg and Brenda Whitley, also of Louisburg.
Paternal grandparents are John T. Anselmo of Spring Hope and Rosemarie Calabria of Wilson.

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Williford, Johnson wed
Williford, Johnson wed
Paige Williford and Ricky Johnson were married on Dec. 19 during a 2 p.m. ceremony at Sparta Advent Christian Church. The officiating minister was Jack Ellis.
The bride is the daughter of James and Teresa Williford of Elm City.
The groom’s parents are Ronnie and Betty Gupton of Louisburg.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

FCS kindergarten registration scheduled
Annual registration for Franklin County Schools’ kindergarten will be held at each of the eight elementary schools in Franklin County.
In order to assure a child has a smooth transition into school, parents are asked to register during one of the dates.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Waffle House money scattered, covered and smothered but not recovered
Louisburg police arrested a man accused of leading police on a short vehicle chase.
According to a report by Officer Elliott Coker, police began to follow Bradley Greear as he drove on Bickett Boulevard at about  10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Officers were familiar with Greear, whose license was revoked.

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Tax tips from the IRS
While the tax filing deadline is more than two months away, it always seems to be here before you know it. Here are the Internal Revenue Service’s top 10 tips that will help your tax filing process run smoother than ever this year.

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Choose the tax form that best fits your needs
To file your 2009 individual tax return, you’ll have to decide which form to use …unless you e-file. If you file electronically, the software automatically selects the simplest and best form for you. Whether you use e-file or prepare on paper, using the simplest form will help avoid costly errors or processing delays. And remember, if you file electronically, it speeds up the processing of your tax return and the delivery of your refund.

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Five ways to obtain IRS forms and publications
The Internal Revenue Service has free tax forms and publications on a wide variety of topics. If you need IRS forms, here are five easy methods for getting the information you need.

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TOP FIREFIGHTER
TOP FIREFIGHTER
Scott Southerland, left, was presented the 2009 Firefighter of the Year award for the White Level Fire Department at the department’s Christmas party in December. Presenting the award was White Level Fire Chief Billy Brewer Sr.

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American Big Band, featuring the music of the big band era, scheduled at LC, Feb. 12
American Big Band, featuring the music of the big band era, scheduled at LC, Feb. 12
Louisburg College’s Seby Jones Performing Arts Center will be home this coming Friday, Feb. 12, to the American Big Band.
The theatrically-staged, costumed, and choreographed production will feature 20 singers, dancers, and musicians who will bring the big band story to life, featuring highlights of the last 80 years of big band music in America.

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Goswick on Tour
Goswick on Tour
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed a very informative program recently on economic development activities in Franklin County from EDC Director Ronnie Goswick.  His presentation included marketing efforts of the shell building located across from Triangle North Executive Airport, along with the county’s application for a broadband stimulus grant from the federal government.  Above are Lions program chairman Dr. Mark LaBranche, left, and Goswick.

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