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Showing 37 articles from February 23, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Shooting at Louisburg church, no one injured
A shooting at a Louisburg house of worship on Saturday has not shaken the congregation’s faith.
A quick response by two members of St. Delight United Church of Christ prevented what could have been a tragedy when James White ambled toward the church’s front door armed with a 30/30 rifle.
According to a report by Sgt. Troy Wheless, when White got to the door, he confronted a church member, Michael White, and pointed the rifle at his stomach.

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FRMC hires new president
FRMC hires new president
Novant Health announced its new Franklin Regional Medical Center president this week, giving the Louisburg hospital its first permanent director under Novant rule.
Winston-Salem Based Novant assumed controlling ownership of the hospital in October. At the time, FRMC CEO Mike McNair remained in that position although he was hired by FRMC’s corporate parent, Health Management Associates.

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Savoring the Saplings
Savoring the Saplings
Fran Daughtridge, center, with her daughter, Sage, 4, front left, were part of the early birds on Saturday who received trees during the Franklin County Agriculture Board’s annual Tree Give-A-Way. Organizers had 2,800 trees ready for dispersal on Saturday morning.

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D.O.T. engineer tells US 401 Citizens Action Committee to stay the course
D.O.T. engineer tells US 401 Citizens Action Committee to stay the course
Division 5 Engineer Wally Bowman told a Franklin County group that their best chance to improve U.S. 401 is to stay the course.
The U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee learned last week that the federal government rejected its bid to receive $66 million to widen the two-lane highway from Wake County through Louisburg.

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Local farmer waiting for lawsuit payoff
You have to forgive Mallie Hodge if he didn’t jump for joy last week.
The federal government announced a $1.25 billion settlement, agreeing to give back $50,000 plus taxes to black farmers.
But it’s the same government, Hodge said, that was behind  decades of discriminating loan practices that cost minority farmers their business, land and livelihood.

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Cardwell case continued
Cardwell case continued
A domestic violence case against a former Louisburg recreation department director  was continued, again, in Franklin County District Court.
Brent Cardwell was scheduled to appear in Franklin County District Court on Tuesday to face charges of assault on a female and communicating threats.

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BREAKFAST BUDDIES
BREAKFAST BUDDIES
Mike and Kim Howell arrived early for the pancake breakfast hosted by the Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine at the Andy’s restaurant in Louisburg on Saturday. The fundraiser helps raise money and awareness of the organization, which operates a free clinic, the James O. Hacker Wellness Center, and a thrift shop in Franklinton. For more information or to make donations to the clinic or its thrift shop, contact VIM at:  919-340-5369, 919-494-2064, or at their web site, www.fcvimc.org or via email at: fcvim04@embarqmail.com.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College student Amanda Sinclair

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Move 'em on, Head 'em out Rawhide!
Editorial Cartoon: Move 'em on, Head 'em out Rawhide!


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Dreary weather and economy make forecast look bleak
So far, 2010 has been quite a year!
And not always in a good sense.
The weather, for us, has been a challenge. A fair amount of snow and ice have caused problems, although the dreary grey skies and a serious lack of sunshine seem to have had more of a detrimental effect than the frozen precipitation!

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US 401 citizens action committee advised to keep the pressure on
US 401 citizens action committee advised to keep the pressure on
GOOD MORNING: Our brief respite from the agonies of winter are apparently over for the next several days as Ol’ Man Winter makes what I hope is a final as well as futile attempt to round out the month of February with another bit of icy weather today.
As of this posting (Tue. A.M.) I had leftovers from the snowstorm that ushered in the month of February still on the ground in spots around my home just east of Louisburg.

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Find consumer confidence inside voter’s booth
Find consumer confidence inside voter’s booth
I read two headlines this week.
My response to the first one can’t be printed in a family newspaper. My response to the second was: Duh!
In the first story, it seems that in 2009, Wall Street big wigs gave themselves more than $20 billion in bonuses.
On its face, that would be a good thing, since bonuses are usually tied to good business. We know business wasn’t good, though.

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Website Reader Participation Results February 17-24
Last Week’s Poll
Right way to use gift?
Should Edgar Owens’ gift for a new park be used in conjunction with the efforts to make Jackson’s Pond a state park?

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Not happy with the roads that Novant and Obama are taking
Dear Editor:
As Ronald Reagan would say, “Here we go again.” This letter is in reference to the hospital (FRMC) and Asher’s recent comments and more.
I do not know why it has taken so long for people to see that Novant is any different from HMA or any of the other parties interested in moving our hospital to a far corner of the county.

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OBITUARIES

TAMMY D. PHELPS
LOUISBURG – Tammy Denise Phelps, 44, died Monday night, Feb. 22, 2010.

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MILDRED L. BRODIE
FRANKLINTON —Mildred L. Brodie died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.


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MARYLAND R. CARLYLE
ZEBULON - Maryland Ray Carlyle, 81, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Social Plains Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

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JOSEPH C. HOCUTT
ZEBULON - Joseph Carlton Hocutt, 69, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Rex Hospital. A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Massey Funeral Home.

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ROBERT A. PERSON
FRANKLINTON—Robert A. Person, 54, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.


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CALVIN A. SPIVEY
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Funeral services for Calvin Albert Spivey, 82, who died Friday, Feb. 18, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Spivey family cemetery.

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SPORTS

Strategy Change
SNEAK ATTACK. Louisburg’s Dante Walker (left) tries to steal the ball from Bunn’s Montrel Cooke (center) during last Friday’s boys championship game of the Northern Carolina Conference Basketball Tourney.
Strategy Change
KENLY -- After splitting their regular-season series at one game apiece, it was almost considered a toss-up to see which club between Bunn and Louisburg would take home the title following last Friday’s championship game at the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.
As if on cue, the squads dueled to the wire before the Wildcats came away with a 51-48 decision in a thriller at the North Johnston High School Gymnasium.

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Big Shots For Canes
SPLITS DECISION. Louisburg College first baseman Alan Edwards goes to great lengths to bring in this throw during the Hurricanes’ home doubleheader against Wilkes CC on Sunday afternoon at historic Frazier Field.
Big Shots For Canes
LOUISBURG -- It took only one pitch for Louisburg College to display its offensive intentions during Sunday’s home baseball doubleheader against Wilkes Community College.
On Wilkes’ first offering of the opening game, Louisburg leadoff master Ashton Paige laced a monstrous home run to deep center field.

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A Perfect Ending
ON THE MOVE. Bunn’s Chepirah Neal (with ball) tries to drive past Northwest Halifax’s Ashley Alston during last Friday’s championship game at the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.
A Perfect Ending
KENLY -- Going through the Northern Carolina Conference regular season and tournament with an undefeated mark wasn’t exactly a preseason point of emphasis for the Bunn Ladycats.
After all, this was going to be a young Ladycats’ squad competing in what  was expected to be a balanced NCC.
But once the season started, BHS head coach Chuck Mann knew his club was capable of special things.

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LC ready for hoops matchup
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s final -- and maybe best -- chance to defeat season-long nemesis Patrick Henry Community College could come Sunday in the finals of the Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament.
But the Lady Hurricanes have one pertinent order of business to take care of first -- a semifinal showdown Saturday versus Catawba Valley.

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Mat masters make states
Mat masters make states
NEWPORT -- Franklin County continues to mark dramatic progress in its quest to be regarded statewide as a top-notch wrestling area.
And this time, everyone is getting in on the fun.
Following last weekend’s action at the Class 2-A East Regionals, the county will have an unprecedented eight performers who will participate in the Class 2-A State Championships.

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County squads start playoffs
DRIVER. Durham Arts’ Brandon Shaw (with ball) drives as Bunn’s Michael Collins defends during Monday’s game in the Class 2-A State Boys Basketball Playoffs.
County squads start playoffs
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Five Franklin County teams qualified for the Class 2-A State Basketball Playoffs, but only two were remaining following Monday’s opening night of postseason competition.
Both Bunn’s boys and girls, playing at home as part of a doubleheader, were able to come away with victories.
BHS’ girls defeated Cedar Ridge (see story on page 10), while the boys claimed a 60-53 decision against Durham School of the Arts.

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First Test Passed
First Test Passed
BUNN -- With such a young team, it was almost expected that the Bunn Ladycats would have a bit of the opening-game jitters during the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
That’s exactly what happened as favored Bunn struggled at times to put away Cedar Ridge in Monday’s postseason opner at the Bunn Dome.

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ECU Pirates tangle with Virginia
ECU Pirates tangle with Virginia
GREENVILLE -- Second-ranked Virginia (2-1) held off a late rally by No. 11 East Carolina University (1-2) Sunday afternoon and took the rubber-match of the three game series 14-11 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Cavaliers held a commanding 13-4 lead before the Pirates came roaring back by putting a seven spot on the board in front of 4,774 fans cutting the lead to two, 13-11.

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BHS’ NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
BHS’ NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
Bunn swept the championships last Friday night at the Northern Carolina Conference Basketball Tournament, which was held at North Johnston High School. After the victories, members of the BHS boys and girls teams posed with their trophies.

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BEFORE AND AFTER
BEFORE AND AFTER
Louisburg College’s Ashton Paige smacks a leadoff home run on Wilkes’ first pitch of the opening game.

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LIFESTYLES

HAPPY 99TH BIRTHDAY
HAPPY 99TH BIRTHDAY
Mary Louise Hill of Louisburg Nursing Center was recently honored on her 99th birthday by her nieces and nephews. The honoree was presented with a corsage and received several cards and gifts. Church members, former students, friends and nursing center residents were in attendance and were served ice cream and cake. Pictured with the honoree, left to right, are four generations: great-great-great-niece, Sequoia Clemons, and great-great-niece, Takita Dunston of Garner; great-niece, Princess Clemons of Raleigh; and nephew, Joseph Hill of New York.


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Sixtieth wedding anniversary
Sixtieth wedding anniversary
T.J. and Treva Todd of The Rivers Golf Course, Louisburg, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 13, 2010 at the Fargo Steakhouse in Zebulon. The celebration was given by their children, Terry and Vickie Todd of Spring Hope and Gayla and Keith Game of West Columbia, SC.  In attendance were their grandchildren, Melissa Mitchell and Mark Boswell, and their spouses. Also in attendance were family members from Grand Prairie, Tex., and numerous friends and neighbors from North Carolina.


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BIRTH
Travis Wilson and Lynette Perry of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Traniya La’Nasya Wilson, on Feb. 14, 2010 (Valentine’s Day) at 9:41 a.m. at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Lee Fowler Awards presented to Louisburg College student-athletes
The 4th Annual Lee Fowler Scholar-Athlete Awards presentation was held Tuesday, Feb. 9, following the Louisburg College women’s basketball victory over Brunswick Community College, 99-48.
The Lee Fowler Scholar-Athlete Awards Program was established at Louisburg College in 2005, both in honor of Lee Fowler, the director of athletics at North Carolina State University, and to encourage student-athletes at Louisburg to be scholar-athletes. They are awarded to all varsity student-athletes who earn a semester average of 3.0 or higher.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Man wagers with officers on breathalyzer reading, invites them to the Waffle House
A man involved in what appeared to be a late-night gun fight also now faces drug charges.
Franklinton police arrested Andre Perry, 21, on Feb. 15, charging him with resisting a public officer who was investigating a shooting.
Sgt. Wade Bulloch was responding to Sterling and Mill streets after hearing a rapid succession of gunshots in the area.

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ZOE Ministry to Host an Evening with Kay Warren
ZOE Ministry to Host an Evening with Kay Warren
RAELIGH, NC – ZOE Ministry will host a fundraising event with noted author Kay Warren, wife of pastor Rick Warren, on Friday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Duke Chapel in Durham.
All are invited to attend.
All of the proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit ZOE’s orphan empowerment work in Africa. Ticket information is available at www.zoeministry.org.

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BUSINESS

VGCC seminar focuses on marketing small businesses
Vance-Granville Community College’s Small Business Center will present a free seminar, entitled “Dynamite Marketing,” on Tuesday, March 16. The seminar will be held from 6 until 9 p.m. in room 7107 of Building 7 on the college’s main campus in Vance County.  

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