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Showing 41 articles from March 2, 2010.

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Sheriff’s deputy’s condition improving
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Sheriff’s deputy’s condition improving
A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy’s condition was improving this week, but he’s not out of the woods yet, sheriff’s staff said.
Louisburg police and investigators believe James Williamson suffered severe head injuries while trying to arrest Joe Williams, 24, of Henderson, as he, Williams and Louisburg Officer Elliott Coker fell to the ground during a scuffle.
“It was a pretty chaotic scene,” said Louisburg Police Capt. Jason Abbott.

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Deputy vs deputy
Deputy vs deputy
A Warren County deputy was suspended without pay this week after a weekend assault on Franklin County sheriff’s deputies.
Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams confirmed the employment status of Christopher Michael Boncek, who was arrested Sunday morning following an altercation with Franklin County sheriff’s deputies.
“I won’t comment (further) until I get a copy of the entire report and the investigation is completed,” Williams said.

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Off-road driving
Off-road driving
A Louisburg woman was taken to WakeMed following this single-vehicle wreck on Pocomoke Road on Friday afternoon. Trooper T.W. Allen said LaTonya Marie Mitchell, 36, was driving east on Pocomoke Road at a high rate of speed when she lost control of the 1990 Mazda she was driving. A witness walking on the side of the road said Mitchell almost hit him. She ran off the left side of the road and hit several trees.

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Commissioners say yes to grant application, talk rabies
RABID MAN. Animal Control Director Graham Stallings, at podium, talks to the board about the need for bolstering efforts to make certain that pet owners get their dogs and cats vaccinated.
Commissioners say yes to grant application, talk rabies
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with a grant application that could bring much needed jobs and health care options to Louisburg.
By unanimous decision, the board agreed to apply for a $120,000 grant on behalf of Louisburg Gardens. The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center requires a governmental entity as a liaison for the grant.

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Early College High School still in need of next year’s campus
County staff and officials said plans are moving forward to make room for a program that gives at-risk students a jump start on higher education.
During the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, Chairwoman Penny McGhee advised the board that county staff met last week with educational representatives about the Early College High School program.

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Franklinton to meet on sewer issues
Franklinton officials and staff are set to host a special-called meeting Thursday, setting the groundwork for plans to improve the town’s ailing dam and sewer system.
Age has caused serious erosion issues at the dam on Long Mill Road and quick and long-term fixes had been a topic of discussion at the board’s last meeting, as well as a retreat session.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College student Sage Reed

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Rabid Fire
Editorial Cartoon: Rabid Fire


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Circumstances leading to deputy’s injury could have been prevented
When a Franklin County deputy sheriff was badly injured during a routine disturbance call late Saturday night, it became personal for us at The Franklin Times.
The injured deputy, James Williamson, is a former part-time employee of the newspaper who gave us a hand in the mailroom during busy times.

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Tough weekend for Franklin County law enforcement
Tough weekend for Franklin County law enforcement
GOOD MORNING: Ooo, it ain’t gonna snow, it ain’t gonna snow, it ain’t gonna snow no more….How in the (expletive) can the old folks tell, that it ain’t gonna snow no more? I hope!
But, despite my best hopes, weather forecasts as we put this edition of The Franklin Times “to bed,” as the saying goes, on Tuesday afternoon, were calling for more of that cold white stuff.

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Bad politicians, it seems, keep coming back like bad weather
Bad politicians, it seems, keep coming back like bad weather
Are we just swapping one corrupt politician for another?
It definitely seems that way.
Reports this week have the National Organization for Women asking New York Gov. David Paterson to resign his post.

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Website Reader Participation Results February 25-March 2
Last Week’s Poll
ODDS?
Which is more likely to happen?

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How can the government create jobs?
Ask just about anyone what the top economic issue is in the country today, and they will say jobs. Creating jobs is the number one priority, most think, to getting our sick economy well.

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No excuse for prison crisis
The numbers tell the tale. North Carolina will have a shortage of 3,500 prison beds by June 30 of this year and will lack more than 8,000 beds by 2019 if present trends continue. The data reveals both a short and long term crisis.

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OBITUARIES

JOEL “JOE” MCKNIGHT
NEWARK, N.J. —Funeral services for Joel “Joe” McKnight, 74, who died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the Nelson Chapel Church cemetery.

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MARY A. “TEENY” MANNING
NASHVILLE - Mary Ayscue “Teeny” Manning, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at Autumn Care of Nashville. Funeral service was Tuesday, March 2, in the chapel of Castalia Baptist Church, with the Rev. Chris Carroll and the Rev. Jason Gault officiating. Burial followed in the Centerville Baptist Church cemetery, Centerville.

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MARY EDNA POPE
ZEBULON - Mary Edna Pope, 82, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. A memorial service was held Monday, March 1, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel in Knightdale.

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MARY HELEN LAYTON
WAKE FOREST - Mary Helen Gordon Layton, 91, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 at Hillside Nursing Center. Funeral services were held Monday, March 1, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Harris Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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MAGGIE E. JOHNSON
WHITAKERS - Funeral services for Maggie E. Johnson, 85, who died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Pleasure Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wilson Battle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ARLENE M. LYNCH
WHITAKERS - Funeral services for Arlene M. Lynch, 95, who died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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WILSON FOGG
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Wilson Fogg, 56, who died Monday, March 1, 2010, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ADDISON “A.P.” HARVEY
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Addison “A.P.” Harvey, 56, who died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Castalia Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOSEPH A. FAULKNER
LOUISBURG - Joseph Alvin Faulkner, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at Care Bridge Rest Home. There will be a private funeral.

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SPORTS

NEXT STOP: G-VEGAS
KEKE CLOSES IN ON TWO POINTS. Bunn’s Keke Crudup drives toward the basket for the Ladycats during last Friday night’s home matchup against Pittsboro Northwood in the third round of the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
NEXT STOP: G-VEGAS
BUNN -- All season long, the Bunn Ladycats have been Giant Killers.
So why should they stop now?
Certainly, Bunn’s greatest strength is at the guard position, but the Ladycats usually find themselves looking up to opposing squads in the paint.

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Hunt’s Gold Standard For LHS
MEDAL DUO. Louisburg High School’s (l to r) Ahmadou Camara (silver) and Ervin Hunt (gold) display their medals from the Class 2-A State Wrestling Meet.
Hunt’s Gold Standard For LHS
LOUISBURG -- The gold standard of wrestling excellence continues at Louisburg High School.
Last year, LHS claimed its first-ever gold medal in state wrestling as then-senior Mamour Camara claimed a title.
Louisburg’s success continued in 2010 as Ervin Hunt claimed a gold last Saturday in the 189-pound weight class in the Class 2-A State Wrestling Championships, which were staged at the Greensboro Coliseum.

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BREAKING NEWS!!! Bunn tilt called off at region
CHAPEL HILL -- Due to the threat of poor weather, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has postponed Class 2-A Eastern Regional Basketball Tournament action that had been scheduled for Tuesday.
Bunn’s girls were supposed to play East Bladen in a first-round regional contest. The other region semifinal game featured a meeting between Burlington Cummings and Bertie.

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Mudcats’ tix on sale
Mudcats’ tix on sale
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats have announced that single-game tickets for the 2010 Southern League season are currently on sale.
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:  online at www.carolinamudcats.com, via the Mudcats box office (919) 269-2287 and at Five County Stadium. 

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Four Is Final For LC
MANNING IN THE MIDDLE. Louisburg College center Shequitia Manning (with ball) tries to escape a pair of Catawba Valley Community College defenders during last Saturday’s semifinal action at the Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Four Is Final For LC
SUPPLY -- Mike Holloman was confident that the fourth time would be the charm for his Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes in their quest to defeat league rival Patrick Henry.
Louisburg had dropped three regular season matchups to PHCC, but Holloman saw the deficit gap getting closer each time -- and felt the Lady Hurricanes would get the job done if given a fourth opportunity.

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REGIONAL TOURNEY HOOPS BRACKETS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the pairings for this week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association Regional Basketball Tournaments.
Bunn’s girls team was scheduled to meet East Bladen in Tuesday’s first round of Class 2-A East Regional action at the Greenville Rose High School Gymnasium.

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Splitsville For LC
Splitsville For LC
FLORENCE, S.C. -- After opening the weekend in strong fashion, the Louisburg College Hurricanes ultimately settled for a split during their Region X road baseball series at Florence-Darlington Tech.
In last Saturday’s opening doubleheader, the Hurricanes rolled to a sweep with victories by scores of 2-1 and 6-3.

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ECU wins series vs. South Carolina
ECU wins series vs. South Carolina
GREENVILLE -- Brad Mincey rebounded from his rough outing last week scattering three hits over seven innings as No. 13 East Carolina University  (4-3) took the rubber match from No. 10 South Carolina (4-2) 4-2 Sunday in baseball action at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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TOP FINISHERS
TOP FINISHERS
(L-R) Tucker Brown, Colton Steffensen and Brody Steffensen competed in the AAU Elementary State Wrestling Championships in Aberdeen in the 75-pound weight class in the fourth and fifth grade age bracket two weeks ago. All three boys have ties to the Franklin County Storm Wrestling Club. The boys had a great tournament, placing in the top six in the field. Brown was third, Colton was fifth and Brody was sixth.

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CAN’T BE STOPPED
CAN’T BE STOPPED
Louisburg College’s Shequitia Manning (with ball) makes a strong move to the basket and scores two points for the Lady Hurricanes during last Saturday’s victory over Catawba Valley Community College in the semifinals of the Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament, which was held in Supply.

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FANCY PASSING
FANCY PASSING
Sophomore guard Chepirah Neal makes a nifty pass to a teammate for the Bunn Ladycats during last Friday night’s home victory against Pittsboro Northwood in the third round of the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs at the Bunn Dome.

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REMARKABLE EFFORT
REMARKABLE EFFORT
Despite falling down, Bunn High School freshman guard Whitney Bunn manages to maintain possession for the Ladycats during last Friday night’s home victory over Pittsboro Northwood in the third round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Max H. Steelman of Wake Forest announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Colleen Steelman to William Glenn Coleman IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Glenn Coleman III of Inez. The wedding and reception will be held on May 22, 2010 at Lake O’ the Woods Plantation in Warrenton.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC names 336 to Dean’s List
Vance-Granville Community College has announced that 336 students earned Dean’s List honors for the fall semester that ended in December 2009. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student had to maintain a 3.5 grade-point average and have no grade lower than “B” while carrying at least 12 semester hours, according to VGCC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Angela Ballentine.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Fast food deposits not accounted for
A man who said he was just trying to get out of town got into hot water this weekend.
Franklinton Police Det. Reggie Norflett arrested Quinton Teasley, 37, early Sunday morning for stealing a car.
The victim, Angelina Gracida, left the 1995 Pontiac Grand Am running in front of her Rustic Ridge Road home at about 5:15 a.m.

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Senate passes bipartisan travel promotion act
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority is welcoming news that the U.S. Congress passed legislation to create economic growth and thousands of new American jobs by welcoming millions more international travelers to the United States. Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr of North Carolina and Representative Bob Etheridge of the Second Congressional District were among a majority of Congressional leaders to champion the Travel Promotion Act. The bill is expected to become law within 10 days.

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Blessings for the Lions
Blessings for the Lions
The Louisburg Lions Club received an update recently on “A BLESSING” soup kitchen from Dr. Reggie Rushing, pastor of Louisburg Baptist Church.  Dr. Rushing advised club members that the soup kitchen has been open since July and is now averaging 40-50 people served each Monday and Thursday with no one being turned away.  The soup kitchen is located at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Louisburg.  From left are Dr. Rushing and Lions Program Chairman Don Ragsdale.


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N.C. author releases compelling fiction
North Carolina author Lisa M. Jefferys recently celebrated the nationwide release of her new book, “Stone City,” the story of a girl named Miranda, whose youthful optimism shines amid the gray, hopeless city she calls home. Guarding the city is Miranda’s only source of comfort.

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