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Showing 45 articles from March 23, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

More arrests made in Perry murder
More arrests made in Perry murder
Sheriff’s deputies arrested four more men they allege are responsible for the death of a Kittrell-area man.
And they are looking for as many as three more people who had a role in the March 16 death of Anthony Perry.
On Monday, deputies arrested Damien Lamont Cruduip, 20, of Kittrell, Antavious Green, 18, and Jemel Davone Bullock, 24, both of Henderson, charging all three with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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FASTER, HIGHER, STRONGER
FASTER, HIGHER, STRONGER
BUNN — Those who usually fill Bunn High’s bleachers are used to seeing winning efforts.
Friday was no different as athletes competed in the third consecutive Franklin County Special Olympics.
The first two years, the event was held at Franklinton Park, an incredible venue for competition, but moving the event to Bunn High’s football field proved to be an asset because of its spectator-friendly appeal.

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Dead dogs improperly discarded
County animal control officers say dead dogs found behind a pen in the Justice community was the result of poor judgement, not abuse.
A resident reported to the animal control office on Sunday that they discovered five dead puppies and three dead beagles in and behind a pen behind a home on Edward Best Road.

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Date set for building discussion
County staff and educators have set a date to sit down and discuss the needs of its Early College High School program.
At its March 15 meeting commissioners agreed to set up a work session so that they could meet with Vance-Granville Community College staff, as well as Franklin County educators about the future of the program, which is designed to give at-risk students a chance to earn their diploma and two-year degree in a five-year span.

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Unemployment rate increases
County Employment Security Commission branch manager Mike Brown didn’t get a crystal ball for Christmas, but he didn’t need one to predict an increase in unemployment for January.
Figures released late last week confirmed his belief.
According to the state ESC, Franklin County joined 98 other counties which experienced an increase in unemployment numbers.

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Contractors work around cemetery
Contractors work around cemetery
New residents in the North Ridge subdivision could expect to have some of the quietest neighbors on record.
Contractors began clearing a lot at the subdivision a few weeks ago, coming upon a private cemetery plot dating back to the 1700s.
Some neighbors were concerned that contractors were disturbing the gravesite.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Tyree Manley

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Al Pupcino
Editorial Cartoon: Al Pupcino


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Call 9-1-1, government “free” services do have a price tag
Here’s a little idea from our Left Coast that we only hope doesn’t catch on this far east.
It seems that budget crunches in California are forcing local leaders to consider charging those who make 9-1-1 calls for help.
But true to the officialdom’s creativity, they have concocted a lottery-like solution.

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The Johnson and Street clans celebrate a new Eagle Scout
The Johnson and Street clans celebrate a new Eagle Scout
GOOD MORNING: The weather outlook for today (Wednesday) is for sunny and mild weather with highs in the mid to upper 70’s, but temperatures begin to drop back a bit on Thursday as clouds move in and by Friday we are told to expect some more rain.


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Selling health care reform to the public could be hazardous to health
Selling health care reform to the public could be hazardous to health
Pass the aspirin.
That wasn’t my most immediate thought, but it was certainly the first one I could put in the paper after hearing this week that President Barack Obama was signing a health care reform bill that’s more than 2,400 pages long — plus another 153 pages in corrections.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 17-23
Last Week’s Poll
Who’s Guiltiest?
With Franklin County looking at revising its conflict of interest policy, which county commissioner do you believe is the guiltiest of displaying nepotism?

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Tax-cutting tax hike?
RALEIGH – In several North Carolina counties where there will be a quarter-cent sales tax hike on the ballot in 2010, advocates have adopted the strategy with the best record of success: sell a tax hike by promising a tax cut.
If that sounds like a contradiction, then I chose the right words. It is a contradiction. But that doesn’t mean it lacks rhetorical effectiveness.

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Who will report the news?
The news business is in free fall. Ad revenues for newspapers are dropping precipitously and papers are responding by cutting staff, eliminating circulation coverage and reducing news content. It is no wonder subscriptions, especially among those under 40, are dwindling. The future for newspapers is so threatened we are told some papers are considering becoming non-profits to receive charitable grants and there is even a move for legislation to provide subsidies to the industry, a horrible idea for many reasons.

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OBITUARIES

KIMBERLY W. HARRIS
LOUISBURG - Kimberly Wayman Harris, 34, died Monday, March, 22, 2010 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.  A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 28, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, Louisburg.

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WILLIAM K. “BILL” WILKINSON
YOUNGSVILLE - William K. “Bill” Wilkinson II, 65, died Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Franklin Regional Hospital. He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late Jane R. and William K. Wilkinson and was retired from the State of North Carolina.

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ETHELLE HAUS
FRANKLINTON—Ethelle Haus died Friday, March 19, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. As per her request there will be no services.

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CHARLES B. HARRIS SR.
SPRING HOPE —Charles Benson Harris Sr., 86, died Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Louisburg Nursing Center. A graveside service was conducted Monday, March 22, at Duke Memorial Baptist Church cemetery.

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ROBERT JOE SCARBOROUGH
WAKE FOREST - Robert Joe Scarborough, 83, died Saturday, March 20, 2010. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, March 23, at Raleigh Memorial Park, with the Rev. Charlie Carroll officiating. There were also Masonic and Military services at the graveside.

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SALLIE YARBOROUGH -SIMMONS
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- Sallie Lee Yarborough-Simmons, a native of Louisburg, died Thursday, March 18, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 27, at the Church of the Redeemer Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa. Interment will be at Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester, Pa.

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JOHN T. TAYLOR
LOUISBURG - John T. Taylor, 53, died Saturday, March 20, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Ambassadors For Christ Ministries, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill, Louisburg.

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T. A. “DARIN” SHEARIN
YOUNGSVILLE– Thomas Adrian “Darin” Shearin, 45, died Sunday morning, March 21, 2010 at his home. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 24) in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg.

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ANTHONY LA ROCCA
YOUNGSVILLE - Anthony LaRocca, 67, formerly of Syracuse, N.Y., died Sunday, March 21, 2010. Services will be Thursday, March 25, at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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DANNY RAY PERRY
ZEBULON - Danny Ray Perry, 45, died Friday, March 19, 2010. A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 23, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Carol Dean officiating.

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DONALD W. GOOCH
CREEDMOOR- Donald Wayne “Donnie” Gooch, 68, died Monday evening, March 22, 2010 at Duke University Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Al Thomas and the Rev. Ray Gooch officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

LC In The Race
AND THE WINNER IS. Louisburg College’s William Swoope (left) is greeted at home plate by teammate Clark Massey (8) after scoring the winning run of the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader against Guilford Tech at picturesque Frazier Field.
LC In The Race
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College made a big move in the Region X baseball standings last weekend by taking three of four games at home against league rival Guilford Tech.
The Hurricanes hope to make even larger gains this coming weekend, but it won’t be easy.


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FHS girls get past Warriors
SUPERB AGAIN. Franklinton High School pitcher Morgan Tharrington had another strong outing for the Lady Rams during last Friday’s road victory against the Louisburg Lady Warriors.
FHS girls get past Warriors
LOUISBURG -- Lindsay Dehart hoped that efficiency would be the name of her team’s game when the Franklinton Lady Rams traveled to Louisburg last Friday for a key Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball matchup.
After all, Franklinton had swept LHS in two games last year, including a no-hitter that was thrown by Lady Rams’ ace Morgan Tharrington.

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Another Brittany Win For FHS
HOLDING OFF THE OPPONENT. Franklinton High School’s Savanna Styers (left) pushes past a Greenfield School player during the Lady Rams’ victory at the annual Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase, which was held Saturday afternoon in Wilson.
Another Brittany Win For FHS
WILSON -- There’s something about The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase that brings out the best in the Franklinton Lady Rams.
Three was indeed a lucky number last Saturday for Franklinton at the annual event, which was held at Gillette Park.

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Charles is in charge of bracket
Charles is in charge of bracket
Through one wild weekend, Charles is in charge of The Franklin Times NCAA Tournament Bracket Pool.
But he has plenty of company.
Picks master Charles Murray, who doubles as my father-in-law, currently holds the lead in our annual contest -- thanks to the fact that he picked 10 entrants into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

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LHS Strikes Vs. Rams
READY TO FIRE. Louisburg High School starting pitcher Jeremy Coburn unleashes an offering during last Friday’s home matchup against the Franklinton Red Rams.
LHS Strikes Vs. Rams
LOUISBURG -- Thanks to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s recent realignment, every Franklin County baseball game will take on an added measure of importance over the next four years.
That’s because, at least until the next NCHSAA change, all of the county’s clubs -- Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn -- will compete for supremacy in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.

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Ladycats stopped by Northern Vance
FORCE PLAY. Bunn High School shortstop Melanie Davis (left) converts a force out at second base during the Ladycats’ road non-conference softball game Monday afternoon against Northern Vance.
Ladycats stopped by Northern Vance
HENDERSON -- Bunn rallied from an early deficit to make things interesting, but Northern Vance eventually pulled away to earn a 9-4 victory over the Ladycats during prep softball action Monday afternoon on the NVHS campus.
Stormi Barham and Morgan Pearce delivered two hits apiece for the Ladycats, who dropped to 1-5 overall.

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Home Run Derby scheduled at Bunn HS
Home Run Derby scheduled at Bunn HS
BUNN -- A Home Run Derby will be held April 17 at the Bunn High School Baseball Field.
All proceeds will benefit the Duke University Hospital Epilepsy Center.
The event is part of a senior project at BHS by Stormi Barham, whose brother, Joshua, was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2008.

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Adversity In Region X
EVERYBODY IN. Louisburg College softball coach Monica Gordy (right) signals all of her players to the mound during Sunday’s home doubleheader against Surry CC.
Adversity In Region X
LOUISBURG -- Every game is destined to be a learning situation this softball season for the young Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.
Louisburg, a squad dominated by freshmen, experienced the euphoria of a late-inning victory -- and the disappointment of back-to-back close losses -- as part of a four-game weekend last Saturday and Sunday at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.

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READY TO STRIKE
READY TO STRIKE
Louisburg’s Sport Williams prepares to swing at a pitch during the Warriors’ home conference victory last Friday against the Franklinton Red Rams.

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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Louisburg College first baseman Megan Murray (left) can’t come up with a wild throw as Surry CC’s Paige Honeycutt runs by during Sunday afternoon’s Region X fast-pitch softball doubleheader, which was held at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.

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RACE TO THE BALL
RACE TO THE BALL
Franklinton’s Shaylyn Poppe (left) rushes to gain possession for the Lady Rams as part of last Saturday’s action at The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase.

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INJURY TIMEOUT
INJURY TIMEOUT
Franklinton High School starting pitcher Davey Marshall (with glove) was forced to come off the mound last Friday because of an injury that he suffered while attempting to bunt.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip B. Edwards of Youngsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Lynn Edwards to Kiel Dickens Gunter of Franklin County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gunter. The wedding will take place on June 19, 2010 in Louisburg.


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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Greg and Tonya Moody of Louisburg announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Erica Ann Moody to Ricky Dale King Jr., the son of Ricky and Frances King of Rolesville. A May wedding is planned.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

KEEPING UP WITH DR. JONES
KEEPING UP WITH DR. JONES
Dr. D. J. Jones, an educational consultant from Greensboro, spoke to the teachers of Franklinton and Long Mill Elementary schools about “positive growth and achievement for each and every student.” Dr. Jones was very informative and kept the audience alive with her energized tactics and the strategies needed for continued school improvement. Teachers were able to collaborate with each other and share ideas.


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Bunn High School Honor Roll for fourth six-week grading period
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, has announced the Honor Roll for the fourth  six-weeks-grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin County Schools’ dropout rate increases
Franklin County Schools experienced a slight increase in the student dropout rate  for the 2008-2009 school year from 5.34 to 5.38 percent.
The state average for the same time period was 4.37 percent.
Dropout rates for a particular year are reported from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction nearly one year after the completion of that year.

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Johnson achieves rank of Eagle Scout
Johnson achieves rank of Eagle Scout
Wesley Street Johnson’s Eagle Court of Honor was held at Durant Elementary School in Raleigh on March 21. More than 100 family members, scouts and friends attended the ceremony. Members of Troop 374 of Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts of America conducted the program.

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MILITARY NEWS
Vargas participates in Operation Unified Response
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alejandro E. Vargas, son of Ruth I. Diaz of Louisburg and Jose A. Vargas of Lehigh Acres, Fla., recently participated in Operation Unified Response as part of the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission. Operation Unified Response is a joint U.S. military effort designed to provide relief in response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation Jan. 12. USS Bataan (LHD 5) is homeported in Norfolk, Va.

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Man arrested in drive-by shooting
Franklinton police arrested a man they allege was responsible for a drive-by shooting.
Police Chief John Green said Rashawn Arrington, 23, turned himself in Monday night.
Arrington was charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, possession firearm by felon, possession of crack cocaine, discharging a firearm with city limits, and carrying a firearm to the terror of the public.

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