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Showing 49 articles from March 12, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Woman killed when crushed by her own van
A Franklin County woman was killed Wednesday in a freak accident that emergency responders say is a too-common occurrence.
According to a report by Dep. James Davis, law enforcement and emergency responders were dispatched to Julie McKnight Road just after 4:30 p.m. to find Bobbie Gantt, 56, crushed by a van.

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SHOVEL READY
SHOVEL READY
With a symbolic toss of nine shovels full of dirt, widening of U.S. 401 from the Neuse River in Wake County north to what will be the beginning of the Rolesville Bypass at NC Rt. 2225 (Louisbury Road) began Thursday morning.
In reality, right-of-way clearing has already begun on the 3.695 miles of highway.

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STATUS OF 401
STATUS OF 401
This drawing shows U.S. 401 from the Neuse River in Wake County to NC 56 in Louisburg. The project has been divided into four sections by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Groundbreaking for construction of Section A from the Neuse to the Rolesville Bypass was held Thursday (see related story); construction of the Rolesville Bypass is to begin in April of next year; and sections C and D in Franklin County have yet to receive funding commitments.


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Airport proposes new rules
The Franklin County airport board approved a list of rules and regulations they want commissioners to give them the right to enforce.
All they have to come up with, though, is a mechanism to punish violators.

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Chase ends with arrest
Chase ends with arrest
Area officers arrested a Henderson man who led authorities on a chase through two counties.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and the state Highway Patrol charged Quentin Davis, 22, of 1215 Gun Club Road, with fleeing to elude arrest, careless wrong way, driving while impaired, having an open container and driving while his license was revoked.

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Conflict of interest policy to be discussed
Conflict of interest policy to be discussed
Franklin County commissioners are again set to discuss a proposed conflict of interest policy designed to, among other things, squash nepotism.
Commissioner Harry Foy presented board members last month with a conflict of interest resolution with two purposes: keeping commissioners from taking personal actions that could have a negative impact on their service to the board, and keeping employees or board members from having direct authority over an immediate family member.

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United Way campaign celebration
The giving for the 2009-2010 United Way of Franklin County is done — and it’s time to celebrate.
Exceeding the goal of $120,000 to raise a record $127,874, the community is ready to come together, reflect on a challenging yet successful campaign and set sights on the upcoming needs here for human services, UWFC President Dale Byrns said this week.

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Local officials concerned about Perdue’s ABC plans
Local officials concerned about Perdue’s ABC plans
Rep. Lucy Allen sent a letter to the governor’s office this week, asking Bev. Perdue to remember the little people when taking on Alcohol Beverage Control.
In light of recent errors in ABC operations, most notably publicity surrounding out-of-whack bonuses for ABC officials in New Hanover County, Perdue is exploring the idea of privatizing the ABC system.

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County Special Olympics back bigger and better March 19
County Special Olympics back bigger and better March 19
The Franklin County Special Olympics is back for a third consecutive year, bigger and better.
This year’s event will feature more athletes and more fun for spectators with the event returning for a third year after a long hiatus.
The free event will also feature a different venue — Bunn High School.

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Pointing to progress
Pointing to progress
A tour of the new Franklinton High School gave officials an up-close view of the progress that has been made recently in spite of adverse weather conditions. Shown here, left to right, are architect Jon Long, who designed the new school; U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge who requested the tour; George Brennan, project superintendent for Branch & Associates, Inc., the company building the school; and Paige Sayles, chairman of the Franklin County Board of Education.


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Residents concerned about norovirus, no Franklin County cases reported
Franklin County’s health department has fielded a number of calls about the debilitating norovirus, but no outbreaks have been reported.
Still, health officials said it’s important that residents remain vigilant against the stomach virus.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College student Daylan Brogdon

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Campaign Sign
Editorial Cartoon: Campaign Sign


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We must weed out ineffective teachers
There were interesting developments this week on the education front!
First, on Monday night, part of the discussion at the Franklin County Board of Education meeting focused on ineffective teachers who simply aren’t cutting the mustard and the growing realization that it’s a problem that school officials must solve.

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Building a foundation for a good education brick by brick
Building a foundation for a good education brick by brick
Not sure if it’s talk about building a new building on the Franklin County campus of Vance-Granville Community College or watching the basic structure of a new Franklinton High School beginning to take shape, but  something caused me to reflect a little this week.
Nineteen years ago when I first sipped Tar River water — and began to put down roots just as the late Luther Baldwin said happens to a lot of people — the local campus of VGCC was hidden away on Industrial Drive.

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I warned you about Perdue pursuing the ABC stores
I warned you about Perdue pursuing the ABC stores
GOOD MORNING: Nope, these aren’t April showers and this is still March – not May. Whadidya expect?
ONE SMALL STEP FOR U.S. 401:
While I might not still be around for the groundbreaking much less the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Franklin County section of U.S. 401. whenever that takes place, I was on hand with local representatives and officials in Rolesville Thursday morning for the groundbreaking ceremony that will eventually help ease the pain for Franklin County motorists for the remainder of their trip to Raleigh.

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Concerning rabies vaccines, Ms. Cox’s dog don’t hunt
To the Editor,
I would like to respond to Ms. Cox’s letter to the editor printed in the Saturday, March 6 edition of The Franklin Times. 
The first sentence and subsequent comments make clear that the writer believes that Franklin County is contemplating making rabies shots mandatory.  In fact, NC state law already makes rabies shots mandatory. 

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Spreading the seeds of revolution
Dear Editor,
“There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order.” — Ed Howdershelt
Is there even one person in our country today that cannot feel the chains of government tyranny threatening our very liberty?  As we move forward as a state, we must remember those that came before us, and why they sacrificed so much.

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OBITUARIES

JACQUELYN “JACKIE” R. CARY
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Jacquelyn “Jackie” Richardson Cary, 41, who died Friday, March 5, 2010, were conducted Friday, March 12, at the Saint Matthews Baptist Church on Louisburg Road in Raleigh, with the Rev. Ronald E. Avery officiating. Burial followed in the Richardson family cemetery in Hollister.

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OLIVIA CLOSS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Olivia “Booty Gal” Closs, 52, who died Monday, March 8, 2010, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 13) at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Luther Coppedge officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JUNE LAWRENCE
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for June Lawrence, 74, who died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Popes Chapel UCC. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ROBERT “BOBBIE” FRANCIS SR.
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for Robert “Bobby” Francis Sr., 68, who died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Allen Metropolitan AME Zion Church, with the Rev. Paul Atlas officiating.

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BONNIE A. FULLER
ZEBULON - Bonnie Alicia Fuller, 38, died Thursday, March 11, 2010 at UNC Hospital. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, March 11) at Zebulon Baptist Church, with visitation after the service. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Gardens.

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VERA B. PARKER
ZEBULON - Vera Bartlett Parker, 92, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Funeral service was Friday, March 12, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Entombment service will be held in Cullman, Ala.

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BARBARA A. HART
ADVANCE - Mrs. Barbara Andrews Hart, 67, of Advance passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.  She was born January 17, 1943 in Granville County to William Mack and Mary Pope Andrews.

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ROBERT S. WEATHERS
GREENSBORO - Robert Samuel Weathers died peacefully on March 9, 2010 at the Masonic and Eastern Star Home Care Center. He was 81 years old.  His funeral was held at Lindley Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C. on Friday, March 12, at 12 noon.  Interment will be at Eureka Presbyterian Church in Carthage, N.C. on Saturday, March 13, at 2 p.m.

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SPORTS

Back On Course
LEWIS’ LAST RIDE. Graham Lewis, who has been sharp since his freshman season, is now a senior veteran for the Bunn High School golf squad.
Back On Course
BUNN -- With the addition of perennial powerhouse North Johnston, the golfing scene just got tougher in the already-competitive Northern Carolina Conference.
Louisburg is also in, and the Warriors have a recent history of success -- though Chris Lee’s club has been hampered by graduation over the past two campaigns.

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Soccer Dreams
OUTNUMBERED. Despite being surrounded by Southern Nash defenders, Bunn’s Missey Kanuck (left) manages to keep possession during the Ladycats’ road soccer victory Wednesday afternoon in Stanhope.
Soccer Dreams
STANHOPE -- Less than one week after wrapping up her dominant freshman basketball season, Whitney Bunn is at it again for the Bunn High School Ladycats.
This time, Bunn’s potential victims are on the soccer field, as she has become an immediate force on the pitch for the Ladycats -- even though she is just a ninth-grader.

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LHS Moves On Up
LHS VETERAN. Junior Patrick Riddick competed in the Class 1-A State Golf Championships last season for the Louisburg High School golf squad.
LHS Moves On Up
LOUISBURG -- Graduation has hit the Louisburg High School golf program hard over the past few years -- so much so that the Warriors aren’t expected to be a factor in the Northern Carolina Conference race this season.
LHS -- a long-time power in the Class 1-A Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference -- is moving up this season to take part in the Class 2-A NCC.

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Bell sure of herself this year
Bell sure of herself this year
Heavy is usually the head that wears the crown of defending champion in The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Pool.
Not this year, however.
It’s an experience all title holders have struggled with in their quests for a repeat.

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Lady Rams take opener
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklinton’s girls soccer team began action at its annual Brassfield Commercial Shamrock Classic on Wednesday with a victory against South Granville.
The Lady Rams got a pair of goals from Sam Arendt and went on to defeat SG by a 4-1 margin to advance to Friday’s semifinals.

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Leslie’s Great Cheer
GREAT TIMES IN CHARLOTTE. Louisburg High School alum Leslie Holmes has spent the past two years as a member of the cheerleading squad for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
Leslie’s Great Cheer
LOUISBURG -- Even though she cheered in high school -- and wanted to continue in college -- Leslie Holmes never envisioned herself trying out for a cheerleading position for a National Football League team.
Until someone gave Holmes the idea. And going back to her younger days, Holmes had never been one to back away from a challenge.

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ECU baseball team defeated in California
ECU baseball team defeated in California
MALIBU, CALIF. -- Pepperdine sophomore Cole Cook tossed his first complete game to lead Pepperdine to a 5-3 win over No. 10 East Carolina University of Thursday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium in game one of a three-game non-conference baseball series.
Cook (1-2) fanned eight batters and allowed three runs (two earned) to record his first win of the season.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 14-20
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Louisburg at North Johnston    6 p.m.
Roanoke Rapids at Franklinton    6 p.m.
Nash Central at Bunn    7 p.m.

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Canes prepared for the nationals
Canes prepared for the nationals
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will  hit the road this evening for an all-night trip to Illinois to take part in the annual National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The event will be held at the Danville Area Community College in The Land of Lincoln.

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Ladycats win pair of track and field meets
BUNN -- The Bunn High School Ladycats have gotten off to a strong track and field start this season, thanks to a pair of victories this week.
Tuesday on the road at Rosewood, the Ladycats racked up 103 points, compared to 35 for host Rosewood and 26 for Union.

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NATIONAL TOURNAMENT BOUND
NATIONAL TOURNAMENT BOUND
Marese Phelps (with ball) and the Louisburg College Hurricanes will be in action Wednesday vs. Grand Rapids at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Men’s Basketball Tournament. The event is being held at Danville Area Community College in Illinois.

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SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE
SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE
Southern Nash’s Hannah Brock (5) dribbles through the Bunn defense during Wednesday afternoon’s girls soccer showdown in Stanhope.

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KEY RETURNEE
KEY RETURNEE
Jonathan Aycock is back for another season as a member of the Louisburg High School golf team.

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LIFESTYLES

Recovery has nothing to do with luck
Recovery has nothing to do with luck
I have been asked the question: Why has Chile not received as much media attention as Haiti? The reason is simple and makes sense.
Even though Chile’s earthquake was much larger with a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale, the differences were several: Because of strict building codes, Chile did not have as many casualties; the people and government were better prepared to face a disaster of this magnitude because of the many earthquakes this country has had; the police force and the army are also well organized to take care of their citizens in a disaster as serious as this one.

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Seventy-third anniversary
Seventy-third anniversary
Wilson and Olivia Hedgepeth celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on March 6 with their children, family and friends.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

New Franklinton High taking shape
High above the ground, craftsmen work on the steel trusses that will hold the new school’s auditorium roof.
New Franklinton High taking shape
Despite the challenging weather of late fall and winter, construction has been happening at the new Franklinton High School site at Cedar Creek and Lane Store roads.
This week, U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, a former North Carolina state superintendent of schools, asked to tour the site and see exactly what Franklin County voters had approved.

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New Franklinton High pics
New Franklinton High pics
As visitors approach the auditorium, the sheer size of the school’s campus is apparent.

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First semester A and B Honor Roll for Franklinton High School
The A and B honor roll for the first semester at Franklinton High School has been announced and includes these students:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

NORTHWARD BOUND
NORTHWARD BOUND
DOT Division 5 engineer Wally Bowman (center) finds himself surrounded during ground-breaking ceremonies for U.S. 401 in Wake County Thursday morning. State Rep. Lucy Allen and Louisburg Town Council member Joe Shearin are discussing the need for a four-laned U.S. 401 in Franklin County shortly after work officially began on the section from the Neuse River to Louisbury Road just south of Rolesville.


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LHS band performs in concert March 16
The Concert and Symphonic Bands at Louisburg High School will perform their annual Pre-Contest Concert on Tuesday night, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Louisburg High School Auditorium on Allen Lane. The concert is free to the public. Restroom construction in the lobby area has rendered the front entrance temporarily unavailable, so side entrances to the auditorium will be open.

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First Flag ceremony
The First Flag #852 Children of the Confederacy and the Joseph J. Davis 537 UDC will hold their 149th Anniversary Flying of the First Flag ceremony at the Franklin County Courthouse in Louisburg on Sunday, March 28, at 2 p.m. It will also be the 20th Annual Flag Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Service.

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Youngsville board approves special-use permit for developer
YOUNGSVILLE — After a room full of opposition cleared, the town’s board of commissioners approved a special-use permit that allows a developer to bring some mixed use to a single-family housing development.
The approval allows for a density change, giving Stephen’s Glen subdivision developer David Cully the opportunity to build 22 duplexes.

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Graffiti popping up around county, deputies investigate assault
Area law enforcement officers are looking for a suspect with an apparent affinity for old-school hip hop.
In the past week, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies, and Bunn and Franklinton police officers have investigated reports of graffiti all over the county.

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