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Showing 42 articles from April 9, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

At odds over Sweepstakes
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At odds over Sweepstakes
YOUNGSVILLE  — Town commissioners decided they needed more information before deciding whether or not to approve a Sweepstakes cafe operation that would be the town’s second and its biggest.
There is one Sweepstakes Internet Cafe within the town’s limits, but the proprietor of that operation only had to secure a business permit because it only has two computer terminals — which is within the town’s already existing allowances.

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County Democrats select May as their choice to succeed Allen
STILL STANDING. John May cleared the first hurdle Wednesday night in his bid to fill the soon-to-be vacated House District 49 post.
County Democrats select May as their choice to succeed Allen
Officials within the Franklin County Democratic Party agreed to cast their lot with John May to replace Lucy Allen as its House District 49 representative.
May received the informal Party nod, beating out challenges from Economic Development Director Ronnie Goswick and Bennie Ray Gupton, who withdrew his name from consideration before the Democratic Party took a straw poll to see who they would support.

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Court rules in favor of medical examiner in Larry Green lawsuit
An appellate court ruled this week that a former Franklin County medical examiner is beyond the touch of a state lawsuit that alleged he was partly responsible for mistakenly declaring a man dead.
The family of Larry Green filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Superior Court in December 2007, claiming that Dr. J.B. Perdue, Franklin County and a host of firefighters and paramedics were responsible for poor health care which resulted in Green’s crippled state.

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Former Department of Social Services employee files wrongful termination suit
A former department of social services employee filed a lawsuit, accusing the department, Franklin County and others of wrongful termination.
Attorneys for Lynda Collins filed a lawsuit on March 4, alleging that Franklin County, County Manager Angela Harris, DSS Director Nicki Perry and County Commission Chairwoman Penny McGhee were responsible for discriminatory and retaliatory acts that led to her termination in 2009.

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Events planned to recognize the plight of the uninsured
Franklin County’s free clinic operators have prepared a host of events this month to recognize the plight of those who are either uninsured or underinsured.
The biggest deal is the addition of staff at the health department who will be able to see free clinic patients, giving them a medical home for acute and long-term care as part of the Franklin County Health Care Collaborative Clinic.

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Entrepreneurial Fair considered by EDC
Would an Entrepreneurial Fair help create jobs in Franklin County?
That idea was floated Thursday morning by Mark McArn, chairman of the Franklin County Economic Development Commission.
The goal, he explained, would be to “help start-ups and new businesses in Franklin County become successful.”

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Jake Murphy

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: May-Be
Editorial Cartoon: May-Be


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EDC looking for entrepreneurs
An idea floated at the Thursday meeting of the Franklin County Economic Development Commission not only has promise, it’s a challenge for those who say not enough is being done to create jobs in Franklin County.
The EDC chairman, Mark McArn, suggested that the board consider holding what he tentatively called an Entrepreneurial Fair to help local folks who think they have a great idea for a new business get started.

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Every now and then, a reporter needs an Easter Egg hunt break
Every now and then, a reporter needs an Easter Egg hunt break
Ever seen 5,000 Easter Eggs all in one place.
A week ago, I did!
It was a combination “work” assignment and a trip with my better half and our 5-year-old to Bunn for the annual egg hunt sponsored by the Fire Department.
As usual, the Bunn Firemen (and their many supporters) know kids and candy. Or, maybe it’s candy and kids.

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Democrats try to ban press from Allen replacement meeting
Democrats try to ban press from Allen replacement meeting
GOOD MORNING: According to TheDude on 4/3/10: Thomas Jefferson once said, ”The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
So what’s your problem, Dude? No sympathies here.

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Suspension of student right choice
Dear Editor,
The article in the Saturday, April 03, 2010, Franklin Times relating to a student suspended for not complying with established rules is thought provoking.  The reasons for these rules are very clear: to protect students, faculty, and promote good order and discipline.  The student clearly understood the rules, was warned repeatedly of the consequences, and chose not to comply. Now he and his supporters want to be excused for it. 

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OBITUARIES

ROBERT LEE JENNINGS
RALEIGH - Robert Lee Jennings, 81, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham. A memorial service was held Saturday, April 3, 2010 at the Cremation Society of the Carolinas in Raleigh.

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RUSSELL P. PURSELL SR.
SCIOTA, Pa. - Russell Paul Pursell Sr., 51, formerly of Franklinton, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

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HELEN “LOUISE” STRICKLAND
ZEBULON - Helen Louise Strickland, 75, died Monday, April 5, 2010. A graveside service was conducted Thursday, April 8, at the Murray family cemetery.

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LILLY F. CARLYLE
WENDELL - Lilly Flood Carlyle of Robinwood died Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Funeral services were held Friday, April 9, at Pilot Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Bunn Alford Upchurch cemetery.

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ROBERT M. GREENE SR.
FRANKLINTON- Robert MacDonald “Baldy” Greene Sr., 63, died Thursday, April 1, 2010 at Wake Medical Hospital in Cary. A celebration of life was held Tuesday, April 6, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Interment was in Concord Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Kittrell.

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JAMES LEO PARRISH SR.
ZEBULON - James Leo Parrish Sr., 86, died Monday, April 5, 2010. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, April 10) at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Baptist Tabernacle Church cemetery.

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DOUGLAS J. SYKORA
YOUNGSVILLE —Douglas Joseph Sykora, 67, died Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Duke University Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at Fuller Chapel United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Tammy Ayscue officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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E. CARY GRIFFIN, JR.
June 7, 1950 – April 6, 2010
LOUISBURG – Elmer Cary Griffin, Jr., 59, of Louisburg, died Tuesday evening.

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DOROTHY A. BATTON
September 17, 1926 – April 8, 2010
BUNN – Dorothy Nell Alford Batton, 83, of Bunn, passed away Thursday at her home. She was the loving mother of seven children that she cherished very much.

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SPORTS

A Charity Case
OUT AT THIRD. Pitt Community College’s Kristen Garner (left) is tagged out by Louisburg College third baseman Amber Weaver during Wednesday’s Region X fast-pitch softball doubleheader at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
A Charity Case
LOUISBURG -- Pitt Community College wasn’t in a charitable mood during Wednesday’s key Region X doubleheader at Louisburg College.
Instead, the Lady Bulldogs, coached by veteran mentor Junior Bailey, would sweep Louisburg in a league showdown at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.

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BHS star honored by NCC
BEST IN THE NCC. Bunn High School’s Whitney Bunn has been selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the 2009-10 season.
BHS star honored by NCC
BUNN -- And she’s only a freshman.
That was usually the phrase that followed anyone’s description of Whitney Bunn’s heroics for the Bunn High School girls basketball squad during the 2009-10 season.
While observers were amazed at Bunn’s quick transition to the prep level, they also hinted that the best was yet to come for BHS’ talented, ninth-grade guard.

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Madison Moves To Methodist
Madison Moves To Methodist
LOUISBURG -- Grant Madison typified the phrase ‘senior leader’ during his final campaign as a member of the Louisburg High School football squad.
Madison switched positions on offense and saw his playing time decrease on defense, as LHS head coach Chris Lee sought to two-platoon his roster more.

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Cowley a champion in contest
Cowley a champion in contest
It took Rachel Cowley just three minutes to fill out her bracket for the annual The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Pool.
But needing Duke to win the championship, the closing few moments of Monday’s final game must have seemed to last a lifetime for Cowley.
Or did they?

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LC baseballers claim pair of victories
LC baseballers claim pair of victories
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College baseball squad stepped out of league action and came away with a pair of mid-week victories against area foes.
Tuesday, the Hurricanes hit the road for Wentworth and came away with a 7-1 victory against the Eagles in a nine-inning contest.


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Hurricanes to host 2001 All-Star Game
Hurricanes to host 2001 All-Star Game
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League and the Carolina Hurricanes have announced that the Hurricanes and the city of Raleigh will host the 2011 NHL All-Star Celebration.
The 58th NHL All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Jan. 30, at the RBC Center, and the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29.

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Mudcats win first matchup of the season
Mudcats win first matchup of the season
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Sean Henry homered and drove in three runs to lead the Carolina Mudcats past Birmingham in the Class AA Southern League baseball season opener on Thursday night.
Henry swatted a two-run shot over the left field wall in the second inning off of Barons starter Matt Long (L, 0-1), then singled home another run in the sixth inning to give the Mudcats (1-0) a 4-0 advantage.

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 11-17
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Roanoke Rapids at Louisburg    7 p.m.
Franklinton at Warren County    6 p.m.

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TAG, YOU’RE IT
TAG, YOU’RE IT
Louisburg College shortstop Marjorie Pettitt (left) tags out a Pitt CC runner at second base during Wednesday’s Region X twinbill at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.

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FOUL FEELING
FOUL FEELING
Pitt Community College leadoff master Melissa Avent fouls off a pitch during Wednesday evening’s Region X softball doubleheader against the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.

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FIRST PRIZE OF THE SEASON
FIRST PRIZE OF THE SEASON
Bailey Nelms recently caught her first big fish of the season -- a three-pound bass. Bailey, who is four years old, brought in the haul at a private pond with the help of her uncle, Rex Foster. Bailey is the daughter of Kelly and Allen Nelms.

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ALWAYS A CHAMP
ALWAYS A CHAMP
Local multi-sport legend Wayne Champion threw out the first ball before Monday night’s title game of the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tournament, which was held at picturesque Frazier Field on the campus of Louisburg College.

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LIFESTYLES

Celebrating Women’s History Month
Celebrating Women’s History Month
There are many and various ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, and one of the ways that the Louisburg area chose to do so is with a women’s art show. This is the third annual juried art competition celebrated in Louisburg focusing on the amazing talents of women artists in our area.

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Open hours of the DeHart Botanical Gardens
Springtime days and hours for the DeHart Botanical Gardens have been extended every day from April 4 to May 15, and from sunrise to sunset.
Because of the early hot weather, many flowers are blooming early. The peak of azalea blooming may be between April 10 to April l8, but there are other azaleas that bloom in late April and through May. The Gardens have a variety of other flowers and colorful shrubs for something to see each month.

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Family Science Day at Morehead Planetarium
The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has worked with the Franklin County Libraries for the past two summers to bring the GlaxoSmithKline Summer Science Camp to our libraries. The Camp will be available to library patrons again this coming summer at the Bunn and Youngsville branches. Online registration will be available this year on May 1.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Alumni Weekend celebration at Louisburg College
Alumni Weekend celebration at Louisburg College
In addition to the many springtime festivities and celebrations in and around the Franklin County area this time of year, Louisburg College is pleased to announce an exciting weekend of events open to all alumni and members of the community.
During Alumni Weekend, April 16 and 17, the college will install Dr. Mark La Branche as the 27th president of this historic institution. The college has organized two fun-filled days of festivities and events surrounding the theme of “Strong Foundations for Great Futures.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin County Republicans hold annual convention
The Franklin County Republican Party held its  annual County Convention at the Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse  Annex in Louisburg last month, giving candidates for Congress, the legislature and board of  commissioners a chance to address delegates and guests about local, regional and federal issues.

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Man assaults girlfriend, takes her truck
A Franklin County man was charged with assaulting a female prior to leaving town with her vehicle.
Rowan County authorities arrested James Anthony Torrence a day later — on April 2 — citing him with moving violations in the swiped vehicle.


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Great American Clean-up April 15
The Franklin County Solid Waste Department and Solid Waste Task Force will again sponsor the annual Great American Clean-up event on Thursday, April 15.
Volunteers from all over the county will be participating in this national event in the hopes of not only making Franklin County cleaner and more beautiful, but also stimulating interest among our citizens in keeping our highways clean and free of trash and debris. Pre-selected highways will be targeted by our dedicated “litter-getters” and should be clean and beautiful by day’s end.

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BUSINESS

Franklin Regional contracts with Wake Radiology for services
Franklin Regional contracts with Wake Radiology for services
Franklin Regional Medical Center has contracted with Wake Radiology Consultants  to perform inpatient and outpatient Diagnostic Radiology and Medical Imaging.
“The same high quality and trustworthy service that is consistently provided to patients in the heart of the Triangle will now be available in Franklin County’s backyard,” said Jason Proctor, president of Franklin Regional.

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Modifications to be made to cemetery maintenance contract
Franklinton staff is working to modify its grass cutting contract so cuts coincide with holidays.
A number of residents complained to Town Hall after the Easter Holiday that the grounds at Fairview Cemetery had not been mowed.
Town Manager Larry Carver said Simple Cuts Lawn Care was contracted last year to cut town property, including the cemetery, on or about the 15th of each month.

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