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Showing 42 articles from March 19, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Three charged with murder
Three charged with murder
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men this week charged with killing a Kittrell-area man during a home invasion.
Sheriff Pat Green said  they are pursuing warrants on a fourth man and looking for four others who barreled into Anthony Perry’s home after midnight Tuesday, armed with two guns looking for drugs and money, killing the 30-year-old with a high-caliber gun.

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A COMMUNITY UNITED
A COMMUNITY UNITED
On Thursday morning, the United Way of Franklin County recognized those who have made it possible for the agency to help more people than they hoped — exceeding their donation goal by more than $7,000.
The 2009-10 campaign generated $127,874, exceeding the goal of $120,000, and United Way staff and officials held a community celebration at Louisburg College’s Seby Jones Center for the Performing Arts.

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Special Olympics light it up!
Special Olympics light it up!
Athletes Samantha Munson and Joshua Rodgers light the torch during opening ceremonies of the Franklin County Special Olympics, held at Bunn High School’s football field on Friday. This year marked the third consecutive year that the county has hosted the community-building event. See more pictures on page 16. A complete story and results will follow in Wednesday’s paper.

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Warrants issued for drive-by shooting
Franklinton Police issued warrants this week for a man they say is responsible for a drive-by shooting last weekend.
Investigators believe Rashawn Leon Arrington, 23, used the same gun to shoot up a Layton Street home last Saturday that was used in a suspected shootout last month.
Neither event caused injury, but it has rattled neighbors and heightened police concerns.

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Talking business at YABA
Talking business at YABA
Toney Ace Hardware of Youngsville employee Charles Wood, right, is all smiles as Elizabeth Melvin, center, also with Toney Ace speaks to Lori Obine of Franklinton. The Youngsville Area Business Association Business Expo was held Thursday at the Youngsville National Guard Armory. The event was a chance for the community to meet local businesses and non-profits,  sample food and win prizes.

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Franklinton awards sewer project contract
FRANKLINTON — Town officials awarded a contract Tuesday night that will help feed the town’s hunger for business — anchored by a Hardee’s restaurant.
Two weeks ago, town engineers and staff opened bids for a sewer project to serve the west side of U.S. 1, between Pocomoke Road and N.C. 56.

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More legal woes for Patrick Davis
A Louisburg man who told a Superior Court judge last week that he wanted to get a high-priced attorney to beat an armed robbery case was arrested this week on drug charges.
Louisburg Police Officer Travis Lincoln arrested Patrick Xaiver Davis during a traffic stop that led to the recovery of more than 23 grams of marijuana inside a driver’s side door compartment.

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Smiling face at Boys and Girls Club
Smiling face at Boys and Girls Club
Brianna Newell has a blast while playing on the playground at the Boys and Girls Club in Louisburg. March 21-27 marks the celebration of National Boys and Girls Club Week. See page 9 for more details about the Boys and Girls Club.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Jamarr Royster

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hammer Time!
Editorial Cartoon: Hammer Time!


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Spring is here and litter is in full bloom
Has anyone looked around lately?
It would appear that the not-yet-official “state flower” of North Carolina is in full bloom.
No, it’s not the early blooming plums, pears or even the ornamental peach and cherry trees that are beginning to make such a showing.

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State’s personnel laws are coming under scrutiny
State’s personnel laws are coming under scrutiny
A bit of good news to report — hopefully.
It would appear that there is a move afoot in the North Carolina General Assembly to take a look at opening up the state’s overly restrictive personnel ordinances to public scrutiny.
It’s about time! Well, okay, it’s way, way past time.

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Is downtown Louisburg going to the druggies?
Is downtown Louisburg going to the druggies?
GOOD MORNING: Whoopeeee! Today marks the beginning of Spring. Let’s all hope that Mother Nature takes note of that fact and governs herself accordingly.
CHURCH BAN? I can’t say that a downtown business area is the best location for a church – any church — but dang it, the idea of banning a church anywhere just kind of goes against the grain as far as I’m concerned!

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OBITUARIES

TONY C. WYNNE
LOUISBURG - Tony Clifton Wynne, 50, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Louisburg Baptist Church, with Dr. Reggie Rushing officiating.  Interment will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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ROSA M. PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Rosa M. Perry, 90, who died Monday, March 15, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 20) at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randolph Alston, pastor, officiating.

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ANTHONY “AMP” PERRY
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Anthony “Amp” Perry, 30, who died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at Franklinton Elementary School, with Brother Kirk Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.

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SHIRLEY J. MCNAIR
WAKE FOREST - Shirley J. McNair, 53, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 20) at Phelps Chapel Baptist Church in Franklin County, with Pastor Elvis Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MAXINE B. MCLEAN
FUQUAY-VARINA- Maxine Abernathy Basnight McLean, 83, died Monday, March 15, 2010. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 18, at First United Methodist Church in Fuquay-Varina. Graveside services were held Friday, March 19, at  Greenlawn Memorial Park, New Bern.

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LOUIS A. MOODY
FRANKLINTON —Louis Moody, 66, died Sunday, March 14, 2010. A memorial service was conducted Friday, March 19, at Banks United Methodist Church in Wilton, with Pastor Wiggins officiating.

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DAVID CLYDE PEARCE
PILOT - David Clyde Pearce, 75, died at his home Wednesday, March 17, 2010. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 20) at Pilot Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Pearce family cemetery.

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EDWARD “EDDIE” R. WILSON
LOUISBURG - Edward “Eddie” Robert Wilson, 65, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. A family ceremony will be held in New Jersey at a later date.

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LORRAINE O. BLACKLEY
FRANKLINTON - Lorraine Overton Blackley, 86, died Saturday, March 13, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Franklinton. Visitation will follow the service.

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P. MICHAEL PHILLIPS
LOUISBURG – Paul Michael “Mike” Phillips, 63, died Thursday morning, March 18, 2010. A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, March 22, at Bull Creek Golf & Country Club. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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SPORTS

NV Is No Match
PRESSURE ON THE BALL. Franklinton’s Sam Arendt (left) tracks Northern Vance’s Rebecca Falkner during Tuesday’s matchup.
NV Is No Match
HENDERSON -- For Northern Vance, the good news was that the Lady Vikings held the high-powered Franklinton Lady Rams without scoring for 22 and 28-minute stretches during Tuesday’s non-conference girls soccer showdown.
Franklinton, however, has a penchant for being able to rattle off goals quickly, and the Lady Rams did just that while posting an impressive 8-0 decision over the Lady Vikings at the NVHS Soccer Field.

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Keeping Track
TABIAS TAKES THE BAR. Louisburg High’s Tabias Wright clears this height during Thursday’s track and field action at the Franklinton Recreation Park.
Keeping Track
FRANKLINTON -- Nichole Poppe’s double duty hasn’t stopped the Franklinton standout from continuing to excel in the track and field throwing events.
Poppe, a sophomore, has been competing in both track and soccer this spring -- often leaving one field to go right to another.


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Warriors tie with Raiders
GOING FOR THE BALL. (L to R) Southern Vance’s Evainey Carrillo and Louisburg’s Arraina Ramirez stretch for possession during Tuesday’s soccer match.
Warriors tie with Raiders
HENDERSON -- Over the past couple of years, an early flurry of goals from an opponent would have ultimately spelled doom for the Louisburg High School girls soccer squad.
But Tuesday evening, the Lady Warriors showed a penchant for a comeback during a non-conference meeting on the road against Southern Vance.

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A Central Sweep
SANDERS SWINGS. Bunn’s Aimee Sanders connects with the ball during the Ladycats’ home softball game Tuesday afternoon against Nash Central.
A Central Sweep
BUNN -- Few teams have been able to have Bunn’s number on the softball field, but the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs have been one of those clubs -- at least over the past two seasons.
Central has now won four consecutive outings against the Ladycats following a 10-1 road decision Tuesday in a non-conference fast-pitch game on the BHS campus.

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Wildcats get past Southern
Wildcats get past Southern
HENDERSON -- Bunn High School’s boys tennis team stepped out of league action Wednesday and scored a 7-2 road victory against Southern Vance at Fox Pond Park.
The Wildcats won four of the singles matches and swept the three doubles events.
Bunn has claimed both team matches against the Raiders this season.

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LC men 1-1 at nationals
DANVILLE, ILL. -- Louisburg College made a bit of history Wednesday in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In topping Grand Rapids CC by an 88-66 margin, the Hurricanes won for the first time on the national tourney level in at least the past 50 years.

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FHS Is Halfway There
LADY RAMS’ ACE. Franklinton High School pitcher Morgan Tharrington (right) retires a Northern Vance batter after fielding a ground ball Wednesday.
FHS Is Halfway There
FRANKLINTON -- When building a softball program, coaches often say that finding a quality pitcher is one-half of the process.
If that’s the case, Franklinton is certainly headed in the right direction, as the Lady Rams have a talented, accomplished pitcher in junior Morgan Tharrington.

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LC sweeps a twinbill against St. Paul’s
HUSTLING TO THIRD BASE. Louisburg College leadoff ace Kanisha Fogg (right) makes her way to third base during the Lady Hurricanes’ home doubleheader Thursday versus St. Paul’s.
LC sweeps a twinbill against St. Paul’s
LOUISBURG -- After 10 days of cancellations -- both by the weather and opponents -- the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes were anxious to get back on to the field Thursday for a home softball doubleheader against St. Paul’s.
Louisburg put that anticipation to its favor as LC rolled to a twinbill sweep against its four-year school opponent from Virginia at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 21-27
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
North Johnston at Franklinton    6 p.m.
Bunn at Warren County    6 p.m.
Louisburg at Northwest Halifax    4:30 p.m.

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RELAY COMPETITION
RELAY COMPETITION
(L to R) Franklinton’s Norberto Modesto and a Louisburg High School runner compete for the lead in a 3200 Relay event. Also pictured at left is FHS’ Shannon Barclay.

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LIFESTYLES

Judge named for art exhibit
Art du Jour is pleased to announce Skippy Clark of Raleigh has been selected to be the judge  for its third annual “Celebrating Women in Art for Women’s History Month” opening on March 26 and running through April 30.
Clark, an artist of color and light, has studied at Central Piedmont College, Charlotte; North Carolina State University, Raleigh; Palomar College, San Marcus, Ca.; and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. 

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

EVERYONE LIKES PI
EVERYONE LIKES PI
KVA’s 5th and 6th graders took part in the national celebration of Pi day this week. Pi, Greek letter (∏), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated every year by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14 ( Pi = 3.141592653). Under the direction of math teacher Candy Adkins, the students ate pies, sang songs and read stories and poems about the number Pi.

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Franklin County Schools’ kindergarten registration continues through April
Annual registration for Franklin County Schools’ kindergarten continues through April at 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.
The school in which you register your child does not have to be the school your child will attend. Children must be at least age 5 by Aug. 31 of 2010 to qualify for kindergarten.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies investigate suspicious fire
Authorities responded to two fires this past week, one that appears suspicious and one that was accidental.
According to a report by Dep. Nathan Rinker, emergency crews responded just before midnight on March 15 to a fire at 135 Oak Forest Lane in the Franklinton area.

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Louisburg College Campus Safety Office now a fully-sworn police department
The Louisburg College Campus Safety and Police Department is pleased to announce the commissioning of Paul Opanasenko and Chase Slinkard as sworn campus police officers. Along with Chief Jeff Linney, Detective Steven Whitfield, and Officers Tony Drake and Anton Edwards, Opanasenko and Slinkard round out a full complement of sworn law enforcement officers for the campus.

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Teen dies in wreck on West Castalia Road
An 18-year-old Rocky Mount man died after his vehicle crossed the center line and ran head-on into an oncoming vehicle.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Markee Dontrell Strickland was traveling west on West Castalia Road, just outside of Nashville, around 5 p.m. on Thursday. Strickland was allegedly traveling at excessive speeds, a spokesperson with the Highway Patrol said, when  his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle that was traveling east.

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Special Olympics get off to a fast start
Special Olympics get off to a fast start
Educator and volunteer Joe Desantis, seated, far left, joined a group of raucous spectators Friday morning at the Franklin County Special Olympics.

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GOING FOR THE GOLD
GOING FOR THE GOLD
Destiny Williams crossed the finish line first in a 100-yard dash event on Friday.

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BUSINESS

More photos from YABA
More photos from YABA
Michelle Faulkner, left, owner of Stream of Pearls and Cardinal Accounting Services, chats with Youngsville Area Business Association Expo attendee Deborah Murray of Youngsville. The business event was held Thursday at the Youngsville National Guard Armory.

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