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Showing 41 articles from April 2, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Allen resigns from General Assembly
Allen resigns from General Assembly
Area Democrats have begun vying for the chance to replace Lucy Allen in the General Assembly.
Gov. Bev Perdue offered Allen a position on the North Carolina Utilities Commission last Friday, announcing the appointment this week.
On Thursday, Allen was preparing to write her letter of resignation as the House representative for Franklin, Nash and Halifax counties, effective April 12 — when she will be appointed to the Utilities Commission.

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Gunshot victim to face charges of filing false report
A Franklinton man who claims to have been a gunshot victim is now being pursued as a suspect.
Zachary Mitchell Poole reported on March 26 that suspects pulled up in two vehicles and one suspect got out and fired at least seven rounds, one hitting him in the ankle.
Poole, 21, was taken to Franklin Regional Medical Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Local soldier meets Obama
Bunn High graduate and Army member Nita Cotton, row directly behind President Obama, far left, was able to meet with the Commander-In-Chief last Sunday when Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeromy K. Cross)
Local soldier meets Obama
Barack Obama’s first visit to Afghanistan as president was a surprise to many, including a Bunn native who was roused from her sleep to meet the Commander-In-Chief.
Under incredible secrecy, Obama flew into Afghanistan on Sunday aboard Air Force One, splitting time on his six-hour visit between meeting with Afghan leaders  and rallying support amongst the troops.

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Davis agrees to plea deal
Davis agrees to plea deal
A Louisburg man who tried to avoid a prison sentence, or at least lessen the blow in early March, had agreed to a plea by the end of the month.
Under the plea that he agreed to on March 30, Patrick Davis will  spend between 64 months and seven years in jail on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and felony larceny related to a June 2009 home invasion on Allen Lane in Louisburg.

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Tanner to ask for revaluation delay
A deadened economy has staff asking commissioners to hold off on two projects.
Commissioners meet on Monday night and County Tax Assessor Jimmy Tanner will ask that commissioners hold off on revaluation by another year, from 2011 to 2012.


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TORCHED
TORCHED
Lake Royale resident James Sutton, above, escaped injury Thursday morning after his car burst into flames. Sutton said he was heading to work, making his way down the driveway when he smelled smoke coming from the dash. “I jumped out of the car and popped the hood, flames went everywhere,” Sutton said. “That was basically all she wrote.” Sutton said the engine burst into flames, and then the gas tank blew up.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Kristy Green

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: LuLu's Legacy
Editorial Cartoon: LuLu's Legacy


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Lucy’s replacement vital to Franklin County’s future
No sooner had the temperature started to warm up and Mother Nature began throwing off the effects of a miserable winter than local politics suddenly exploded into full bloom.
And full bloom may be an understatement!
The announcement that Gov. Bev Perdue had appointed State Rep. (and Louisburg resident) Lucy Allen to the state Utilities Commission was a surprise.

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Who’s going to fill Lucy’s seat?
Who’s going to fill Lucy’s seat?
GOOD MORNING: So that was it! Times publisher Gary Cunard and I have been discussing the eerie quiet that had enveloped the local scene for the last several weeks— usually a sure sign that something is up. I mean you couldn’t so much as scare up a good rumor, much less any real hard news.
Now we know. Rep. Lucy Allen has resigned her seat in the N.C. House of Representatives to accept an appointment to the State Utilities Commission by Gov. Beverly Perdue at a salary of some $100,000 a year.

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Forecasting a calm budget season, but wait until next year
Forecasting a calm budget season, but wait until next year
You may be lulled into a sense of complacency this year since it appears the budget season is going to be pretty quiet — well, relatively quiet — in comparison to recent years.
But look out next year!
Unless there is a turnaround — a dramatic turnaround — expect next year to be an explosive season.

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Mother concerned son’s suspension will have a negative effect on his future
Dear Editor:
I am writing this letter concerning my son Terrance Alston’s recent suspension from Louisburg High School. I was notified at work that Terrance was suspended for having prescription medicine without a consent form, wearing black rosary beads, and having five-point stars cut in his hair.

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Thanks for cleaning up the basin
Dear Editor:
THANK YOU citizens of Franklin County!  You’ve helped to make most of the waters of the Tar-Pamlico River basin cleaner than they were 10, or even 20 years ago.  With your support, several things have happened that are having positive impacts on our streams.

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OBITUARIES

JOHN E. ALSTON
FRANKLINTON— John E. Alston, 87, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 5, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens, Wake Forest.

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KAREN D. EDWARDS
SPRING HOPE - Karen Dollar Edwards, 59, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 1, at Peachtree Baptist Church.

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MAE P. KNOTT
YOUNGSVILLE - Mae Wheeler Paschall Knott, 89, died Monday, March 29, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 31, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair and the Rev. Mark Stephens officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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GARNIE E. ANDERSON
GARNER - Garnie E. “Andy” Anderson, 89, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Visitation was held Friday, April 2, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 4, in Haysi, Va.

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VARDINE BRODIE
FRANKLINTON —Vardine Brodie, 67, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, April 3) at First Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Church cemetery, Franklinton.

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CHRISTOPHER P. KOSMOS
ANGIER - Christopher P. Kosmos, 18, died as the result of an automobile accident Monday morning, March 29, 2010 on Steel Bridge Road near Clayton. Funeral services were held Friday, April 2, at the Wynne Center at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home and Cremation on St. Mary St., Raleigh. Interment was in Youngsville Cemetery.

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EDMOND H. MCAULEY
LEESBURG, Fla. —Edmond H. McAuley, 71, formerly of Youngsville, died Thursday, March 25, 2010.

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SPORTS

Maynard’s Mastery
MAYNARD MAKES THE PLAY. Bunn High School freshman pitcher Lauren Maynard (left) records a putout after fielding a grounder during the Ladycats’ home softball victory Tuesday evening against Louisburg.
Maynard’s Mastery
BUNN -- Bunn’s coaching staff knew there might be some growing pains when they selected Lauren Maynard -- only a freshman -- to be the mound ace this spring for the Ladycats’ softball squad.
Maynard, however, has proven to be a quick learner to the high school game, and she appears to be getting stronger with each outing.

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BHS’ Upset Special
STRETCH PLAY. Bunn High School first baseman Zach Driver (left) extends his body to field a throw and record an out during the Wildcats’ home victory over Louisburg on Wednesday night in NCC baseball action.
BHS’ Upset Special
BUNN - Five days after an embarrassing loss to Roanoke Rapids -- by 14 runs, no less -- players in the Bunn dugout before the game promised a much better showing during Wednesday’s key Northern Carolina Conference showdown against Louisburg.
It wasn’t a stretch to consider Louisburg the favorite in the contest, as the Warriors were on everybody’s short list to compete for the NCC championship this spring.

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Sweeping The Track
IN THE CLEAR. Bunn High School’s Bradley Johnson soars over a hurdle as part of the Wildcats’ home track and field meet Wednesday afternoon against Northern Carolina Conference rival Franklinton.
Sweeping The Track
BUNN -- Two previously perfect squads tangled Wednesday when Bunn hosted Franklinton in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference girls track and field meet at the BHS Football Field.
But Bunn closed as the lone unbeaten team standing as the Ladycats cruised to a 98-29 victory over Franklinton.
FHS’ lone victories came in the 800 and 1600, thanks to senior multi-event standout Megan Carper.

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LC surges past rival Potomac
LC surges past rival Potomac
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College rode some strong pitching en route to a doubleheader sweep against Potomac State on Wednesday in fast-pitch softball action at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
In the opening game, LC wins leader Brittany Shotwell picked up another decision as she fashioned a three-hitter, striking out 10, as the Lady Hurricanes rolled to a 5-0 decision.

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Rams claim win vs. LHS
LOUISBURG -- Franklinton High School remained unblemished in Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer action with a 7-1 road victory Thursday against Louisburg.
Nichole Poppe and Amanda Knapp collected two goals apiece for FHS, while Sam Arendt, Jessica Harris and Lauren Wilder added markers.

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Bunn Explodes For Win
OUT AT HOME PLATE. Franklinton High School starting pitcher Morgan Tharrington tags out Bunn’s Tyla Ricks at home plate as the umpire makes the call during Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball showdown.
Bunn Explodes For Win
FRANKLINTON -- Taking advantage of every opportunity is paramount during a pitcher’s duel in a fast-pitch softball game.
That’s why Bunn High School head coach Melanie Lovin was thrilled with her club’s offensive execution during Thursday’s road matchup against Northern Carolina Conference foe Franklinton.

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BHS holds off Red Rams on diamond
A SWIPE OF SECOND BASE. Franklinton’s Hunter Holliman (center) slides safely into second base on a steal attempt as Bunn’s Michael Collins reels in the throw during Thursday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference baseball game.
BHS holds off Red Rams on diamond
FRANKLINTON -- Bunn used the comeback route to defeat Louisburg in Northern Carolina Conference baseball action Wednesday evening.
One day later, the Wildcats took a different tact against Franklinton -- but still achieved the same result.

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ECU falls to Wilmington
ECU falls to Wilmington
GREENVILLE -- UNC-Wilmington scored six runs in the final two innings and walked out town with a 15-13 win over No. 23 East Carolina Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win the Seahawks improve to 14-10 and snap the Pirates’ (17-9) eight-game winning streak.

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 4-10
High School Baseball
LOUISBURG EASTER TOURNAMENT
At LOUISBURG COLLEGE

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HARRAH’S CLUTCH HOMER
HARRAH’S CLUTCH HOMER
Bunn High School’s J.W. Harrah lifts a home run to left-center field during the Wildcats’ home baseball victory Wednesday evening versus conference rival Louisburg.

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HER BEST SHOT
HER BEST SHOT
Franklinton High School shot put  artist Ebony Cotten heaves an attempt during the Lady Rams’ track and field meet Wednesday versus Bunn.

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GRAY MAKES THE PLAY
GRAY MAKES THE PLAY
Louisburg pitcher Gray Ayscue throws the ball to first base to retire a Bunn batter during Wednesday evening’s game at the BHS Baseball Field.

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LIFESTYLES

Quercus to perform April 18 at Cherry Hill
Quercus to perform April 18 at Cherry Hill
The second concert of 2010 at Warren County’s historic Cherry Hill will feature a single work — the 80-minute-long Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert is to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18.


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Louisburg College presents Rat Pack Encore April 16
Louisburg College presents Rat Pack Encore April 16
Louisburg College will take a time machine into the 60s, welcoming the Rat Pack Encore into its Seby Jones Performing Arts Center.
The tribute group travels across the country, serenading crowds and cracking jokes and will be in Louisburg on Friday, April 16.

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VGCC to host Community Band festival
VGCC to host Community Band festival
Vance-Granville Community College will bring together its own community band with others from around the region for the North Carolina Community Band Festival on Saturday, April 10 at the Civic Center on the college’s main campus in Vance County.


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Multicultural celebration at Long Mill Elementary
Multicultural celebration at Long Mill Elementary
What an awesome sight as I entered the cafeteria of Long Mill Elementary in Franklin County on March 19. Children were everywhere, patiently waiting to taste some delicious foods from various countries which the teachers, faculty and cafeteria personnel had prepared for the students to try. They were very excited and ready to capture every little aspect of some other countries’ cultures.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Local students part of 4-H Force of 100
GREENSBORO — Three area students have returned to Franklin County prepared to help their families and friends lead healthier lifestyles, having recently trained with scores of other young people to become part of the 4-H Force of 100.
The students attended a three-day, skills-building workshop in November at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, where they participated in interactive sessions on nutrition, food safety, physical fitness and proper exercise techniques. 

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Cooperative Extension receives grant to support the Franklin County Schools Tobacco-free policy
The Franklin County Schools, Franklin County Health Department and Franklin County Cooperative Extension are teaming up to plan, implement and evaluate tobacco prevention educational programs for youth and families. Therefore, the Health Rocks 4-H TRY team of eight high school students from Louisburg High School has been formed.  Their motto is “Stay Tobacco Free!”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

United Way grant application cycle opens
United Way grant application cycle opens
How can you make a difference?
One way is to identify an area where help is needed and then get busy.
The United Way of Franklin County has opened its application period for the 2010 Community Impact Grants. Awards will total $128,000 this year, according to UWFC Executive Director Kathy Harrelson.

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BHS Hosts 56th Annual NC Land Judging contest, school from Tokyo visits
SOILS INSPECTED. Above, students carefully inspect soil at Mitchell Farm near Bunn High School. This was the first time BHS hosted the annual FFA Land Judging Competition.
BHS Hosts 56th Annual NC Land Judging contest, school from Tokyo visits
Land and soil use become more and more critical as areas develop in terms of infrastructure, and students across the state got to put their skills to test the final Saturday in March at the 56th annual North Carolina Future Farmers of America Land Judging Contest held in Bunn.

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BUSINESS

Southern States employee selected for ‘Certified FeedMaster’ training
Lauren Farmer has attended a comprehensive three-day training program designed to qualify her as a “Certified FeedMaster Specialist” at Southern States Cooperative, Inc. – Louisburg Service, Louisburg, North Carolina.
The rigorous training program is tied to the Southern States’ FeedMaster program and is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals.  

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