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Showing 33 articles from February 9, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Man leaves estate to county for park
A Louisburg man’s last will and testament could pave the way for a new county park.
On Monday night, Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter shared with commissioners what Louisburg resident Edgar Owens wanted to share with all of the county — a new park.
Owens, 80, died on Jan. 23.

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Filing period opens
BRADLEY
Filing period opens
The primary filing period opened with a flurry of incumbents staking their claims to remain in office while one state and congressional representative got an early look at competition.
Locally, Sheriff Pat Green, Commissioners Penny McGhee and Harry Foy, Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter, and School Board Members Bernard Hall and Paige Sayles all filed for re-election.

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BOE fires Phil Mueller
In a long-anticipated action, the Franklin County Board of Education formally terminated Philip Mueller from his position as an auto mechanics teacher at Louisburg High School Monday night.
Mueller had been on unpaid suspension for allegedly making inappropriate comments to a female LHS student last fall.
He had offered to resign — and even went to court asking that the court order the school district to accept his resignation — but Judge Howard Manning decided the school board had the right to terminate his employment.

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Louisburg to address empty buildings and pending budget
As the Louisburg town council met Monday evening to begin planning for its new budget year, there was almost immediate consensus on two important items.
There is no sentiment for a property tax increase and none for a utility rate increase either, even as the town wrestles with the same economic conditions that have hammered the nation over the past 18 to 24 months.

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Snow, rain and now wind gusts
First there was plenty of snow. Then a little more snow and sleet.
Then came the rain.
Now it’s winds that could sweep though Franklin County this Wednesday and threaten an already weakened root system and bring down trees and power.


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Animal Control asks for $59,807, Board of Elections’ move approved
COUNTY’S BEST. County Commission Chairwoman Penny McGhee, right, presents Planning and Inspections Director Scott Hammerbacher with the Employee of the Year award for 2009.
Animal Control asks for $59,807, Board of Elections’ move approved
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved an upgrade to the animal shelter that its director said will be more efficient and humane.
When it was first designed, the shelter on T. Kemp Road included designs for a cremation system, but the county held off on such a decision for financial reasons.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg High School wrestler Ervin Hunt

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Close-Knit
Editorial Cartoon: Close-Knit


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DOT asks motorists to report potholes
Are you one of those unlucky local motorists who has hit a pothole hard enough recently that for a moment you thought the impact loosened your teeth?
Or, perhaps popped a tire or two.
Maybe, at the very least, you figured that the impact knocked something or other out of alignment -- perhaps including your spine!

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Chamber emails come long distance
Chamber emails come long distance
GOOD MORNING: With the exception of a bit of cold rain, it looks like we’ve dodged the latest round of wintry weather that was expected to add to the miseries of the central and northeastern part of the country, including the Washington, D.C. area, which was still struggling to dig out from a crippling snowfall this past week. At least I sincerely hope so.

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Watch out for faulty vehicles and emotional terrorists this weekend
Watch out for faulty vehicles and emotional terrorists this weekend
I’ll be honest, Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts don’t often get me peeping over my shoulder looking for missing people, but the current news about Toyota vehicles has my defensive driving skills at red alert.
According to reports, the Toyota motor company is recalling millions of its vehicles because of faulty gas pedals, including some popular Lexus vehicles and the Camry.

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Website Reader Participation Results February 3-9
Last Week’s Poll
How did DOT do?
How do you rate DOT and local road crews’ performances during our recent Winter storm?

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Olbermann puts me on his worst people’s list
RALEIGH – I was tucking my sons in bed a few nights ago when MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann named me as one of the worst people in the world.
When a left-wing friend later informed me of the honor, I admit to being a bit underwhelmed. Since Olbermann hands out the honorific frequently, and presumably doesn’t want to bore his audience by naming Dick Cheney every night, it was only a matter of time before he got to me. Plus, I’ve seen MSNBC’s ratings, so I figured it was statistically unlikely that I’d meet very many people who had actually watched the show.

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Like it or not, Obama the Egomaniac is your president
There must be something wrong with your eyes, or maybe it’s your hearing. Of course, if you are that smart, then you would know what Tonto said to the Lone Ranger when he used the word “we.” The man you are addressing is President Obama of the United States. Like it or not, he’s your president, and, yes, this country has one king (King Jesus). If President Obama’s appearance on television bothers you so much, then maybe you need to get from in front of the television and do something, like using your dictionary before you start calling the President names.

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OBITUARIES

REBECCA “BECKY” MOORE
FRANKLINTON —Rebecca “Becky” Moore, 47, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating.

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ALPHONZA HARGROVE
BUNN - Alphonza Hargrove, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.


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JOSEPH B. WOODWARD
CARY - Joseph Blair Woodward died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. A memorial service was held at Pine Ridge Baptist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

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SYBLE R. WOODARD
SPRING HOPE - Syble Renn Woodard, 86, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. Funeral service was conducted Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. John Robert Woodard Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Evergreen Memorial Park in Wilson.

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JOHN EDWARDS
ZEBULON - John Edwards, 82, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010. Arrangements pending by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home and Highland United Methodist Church.

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SPORTS

PLAYOFF PUSH
BREAKING DOWN THE DEFENSE FOR BHS. Bunn’s Montrel Cooke (with ball) drives past Louisburg’s Deandre Blacknall (33) during last Friday night’s crucial Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball matchup at the LHS Gymnasium.
PLAYOFF PUSH
LOUISBURG -- For the past few weeks, Bunn has been in almost a must-win situation in its attempt to rally for one of the four spots in the Class 2-A State Boys Basketball Playoffs out of the Northern Carolina Conference.
Bunn hasn’t been mathematically eliminated, but the Wildcats will need some help over the final two games of the regular season in order to obtain a bid.

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Warriors Control Conference
TWO FOR A TAKEDOWN. Louisburg High School’s Braulio Rayo (top) takes down Franklinton’s Dillon Baldridge for two points during last Saturday’s action at the annual Northern Carolina Conference Wrestling Tournament.
Warriors Control Conference
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Seven proved to be a magnificent number for the Louisburg Warriors during last Saturday’s action at the Northern Carolina Conference Individual Wrestling Tournament.
After winning the NCC’s regular season dual championship, the Warriors followed those heroics up with more of the same during the annual individual event, which was held at the historic Roanoke Rapids High School Gymnasium in Halifax County.

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LC adds another conquest
AIRBORNE AMANDA. Louisburg College’s Amanda Sinclair (with ball) rises to make a pass for the Lady Hurricanes during last week’s home victory over Guilford Tech.
LC adds another conquest
LOUISBURG -- After a sluggish start to the game, Louisburg College rebounded quickly -- literally -- during last Saturday afternoon’s women’s basketball game against Clinton Junior College at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
The Lady Hurricanes fell behind by eight points early, and then went on to roll past Clinton by a convincing 80-39 margin.
Louisburg, coached by veteran mentor Mike Holloman, improved to 16-4 overall with the decision.

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‘Canes to open year in Finland
‘Canes to open year in Finland
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League has  announced that the Carolina Hurricanes are one of six teams that will open the 2010-11 regular season in Europe as part of 2010 Compuware/NHL Premiere and NHL Face-Off.
The Hurricanes will take on the Minnesota Wild at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8.

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Rams Still Rising
MATCH ACTION. Franklinton’s Smiley Mueller (right) tangles with Louisburg’s Ahmadou Camara in a much-anticipated match.
Rams Still Rising
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Not only have the Franklinton Red Rams enjoyed team success this year, but they were also able to sparkle in the individual portion of last Saturday’s Northern Carolina Conference Wrestling Championships.
The annual event was held at the Roanoke Rapids High School Gymnasium.
And for the second time in the history of the program, Franklinton was slated to host first and second-round action Tuesday in the Class 2-A State Dual Team Playoffs.

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Wesleyan keeps streak going
ROCKY MOUNT -- Senior Alphonzo Frazier recorded his first double-double of the season last Saturday afternoon, pouring in 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to help his North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops take down Christopher Newport by a 90-80 score in Everett Gymnasium on the NCWC campus.
The key USA South victory avenges Wesleyan’s only conference loss of the season and ups NCWC’s current win streak to six games.

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Still Topping The Charts
GAME ACTION. Bunn’s Brianna Gatson (with ball) goes up for a shot while being defended by Louisburg’s Juana Deleon.
Still Topping The Charts
LOUISBURG -- Even with their sterling record, the Bunn Ladycats have been in survival mode ever since losing starting point guard Chepirah Neal to an ankle injury two weeks ago.
Neal had been forming a Dynamic Duo in the backcourt with freshman phenom Whitney Bunn. But the two standouts played off each other so well, it was difficult to imagine one without the other.

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Cats On The Mat
WRESTLING ACTION. Bunn’s Bryant Saunders (right) tries to get out of a hold on his way to a victory.
Cats On The Mat
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Plenty of positives -- and a disappointment or two -- dotted Bunn’s performance last Saturday at the annual Northern Carolina Conference Individual Wrestling Tournament.
The Wildcats featured a pair of overall champions -- red-hot Patrick Limer at 112 and fast-rising Corrie Tate at 171.
But BHS head coach Mike Diaz had hoped to add at least one more individual title, but it didn’t happen.

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COOKE’S QUEST
COOKE’S QUEST
Bunn’s Montrel Cooke (with ball) tries to penetrate while being defended by (l to r) Louisburg’s Deandre Blacknall and Ashton Mayers during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference event.

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JUMPER
JUMPER
Bunn High’s Marissa Bellamy (with ball) goes up for shot last Friday night against Louisburg.

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WARRIORS’ MAT HEROICS
WARRIORS’ MAT HEROICS
Louisburg’s Ahmadou Camara is well on his way to registering another pin.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wilkinson of Youngsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn Jane Wilkinson, to David Lawlor, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lawlor of Arlington Heights, Ill. The wedding will take place June 19, 2010 in Boulder, Colo.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Kittrell Job Corps ribbon cutting
Kittrell Job Corps ribbon cutting
The Kittrell Job Corps Center, 1096 U.S. 1 Highway South, Henderson, held a ribbon-cutting cerremony on Friday, Feb. 5, to celebrate the opening of its restaurant, the Underground Cafe, to the general public (Fridays only).
The restaurant is operated by Culinary Arts students and Chef Stacey Smith. For reservations, contact Chef Stacey Smith, (252) 438-6161 ext, 3259.

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Louisburg police looking into car break-ins, sheriff’s deputies investigating other thefts
Louisburg police are developing a suspect in a trio of  car break-ins, including one reported by a state legislator.
Rep. Lucy Allen was one of three residents who reported  on Saturday that someone had broken into their vehicles.
Only minor items, if any, were taken, according to police reports, and none of the vehicles were locked.

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