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Showing 39 articles from April 13, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Boards discuss funding options for Early College building
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Boards discuss funding options for Early College building
Franklin County’s decision makers were presented with three options they could use to fund the school system’s Early College High School program.
But they also asked staff to figure what happens if they don’t.
The discussion was part of a free-flowing joint meeting between commissioners, the county’s Board of Education and Vance-Granville Community College’s Board of Trustees.

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Early voting starts April 15
Early voting starts April 15
Franklin County residents will get their first chance to cast a ballot for the spring primary beginning Thursday.
One-stop absentee voting begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, featuring two local races for the Democratic Party — the sheriff’s seat and the District 7 Senate seat.
Sheriff Pat Green is facing a Democratic challenge from Darryl Wright, a former Zebulon officer and county sheriff’s deputy.

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ON THE PROWL
ON THE PROWL
Alan Bossie takes a few minutes to shine the wheels on his 2000 Prowler, an entry in the Habitual Customs car show to benefit Safe Space on Saturday.

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Etheridge discusses local health care collaborative effort
Etheridge discusses local health care collaborative effort
On the day before local health care organizations open a collaborative clinic, Congressman Bob Etheridge wanted to make sure they understood the role their effort will play in bringing health care to all.
Jointly, Volunteers in Medicine, the Franklin County Health Department and the Rural Health group secured a $175,000 grant to provide staff at the health department who will be able to see the uninsured and underinsured residents of Franklin County.

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Unruly fan arrested at youth game
Youngsville police arrested a Louisburg woman accused of being unruly outside a youth game on Friday night.
The initial call was a reported altercation involving a gun.
No one was injured and no gun was found, but police did arrest Stella Arnold, 60, charging her with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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Fundraiser for Deputy Williamson
Fundraiser for Deputy Williamson
The law enforcement community is coming together this month to  host a charity softball fundraiser to help an ailing deputy.
James Williamson has been hospitalized since he sustained injuries in a Feb. 27 arrest that resulted in severe head injuries.
Friends and family say he’s improving, moving from Duke’s intensive care unit to a rehab unit at WakeMed.

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La Branche to be installed as president of Louisburg College
La Branche to be installed as president of Louisburg College
One of the reasons Dr. Mark La Branche was chosen as Louisburg College’s 27th president was because of his experience in guiding a university through treacherous terrain.
And, to a degree, it was that drive and determination that  has the college recognizing his leadership now, rather than 12 months ago.

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DOWNTOWN ON SALE
DOWNTOWN ON SALE
Jesus Gonzalez, center, holding his son, Daniel, is joined by his wife, Mria Benitez, far left, and children, Jesus Jr., center, and Juliet Benitez, right, during Franklinton’s Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Dietrick Mitchell

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Field of Schemes
Editorial Cartoon: Field of Schemes


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State budget not as bad as projected
There was some “good” news this week as far as the North Carolina state budget was concerned.
But the “good” is in quotation marks because it isn’t quite what it seems — or what we might be hoping it means.
Here’s the bottom line as far as the state budget is concerned.
Recent projections call for a budget deficit of $787.9 million for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which begins in July.

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With Lucy’s new $123,000-a-year salary, she should pick up the check for “Tribute to Lucy Allen” dinner
With Lucy’s new $123,000-a-year salary, she should pick up the check for “Tribute to Lucy Allen” dinner
GOOD MORNING: Add Mike Morton of Franklinton to the list of recent Hummer sightings and get your hummingbird feeders out if you haven’t already done so.
Although cooler temperatures are on tap locally for today (Wednesday), they are expected to rebound into the mid 70’s tomorrow and low 80’s by Friday.


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With great technology comes great responsibility, or just don’t be impulsive
With great technology comes great responsibility, or just don’t be impulsive
I remember a time when cell phones were the size of bricks and phones were used to — and this is novel — to call and talk to people.
However, technology has reduced the cell phone to the size of a business card and a cell phone can do almost anything, except maybe cook you up some eggs.

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Website Reader Participation Results April 7-13
Last Week’s Poll
WHAT ABOUT LUCY?
How do you feel about Lucy Allen resigning her NC House seat?

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Child’s softball game marred by adult bad behavior
Dear Editor,
I would like to take a minute to discuss a disturbing event my wife and three young children were forced to witness this evening in Youngsville.  As a parent of three children, the time had come to sign them up for sports – my son is in T-ball and my daughter is in the 8 and under softball league.  I’m thrilled there is enough participation in T-ball that all the games will be played at Louisburg High School with all Louisburg participating teams.

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County has double standard for debtors
Dear Editor,
As a delinquent taxpayer, for the first time in years, I received notice 4/6/10 of my delinquency and a threatening bright orange paper basically stating “pay your taxes” (real estate) by 4/16/10 or face legal matters.

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OBITUARIES

PERRY L. THARRINGTON
LOUISBURG - Perry Lee Tharrington, 78, died Saturday, April 10, 2010 at his home. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in the Bobbitt family cemetery in Alert, with Pastor Steve Burnette officiating.

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MARGUERITE H. BEDDINGFIELD
MACON - Marguerite Horton Beddingfield, 87, died Sunday, April 11, 2010. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 13, at Macon Baptist Church by the Rev. Rob Evans. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Warrenton.

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ARTHUR C. COLLINS
WASHINGTON, DC- Arthur C. Collins of Washington, D.C., formerly of Franklinton, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

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ELSIE T. WEBB
RALEIGH - Elsie Thompson Webb, 84, widow of Arthur Webb, formerly of Chapel Hill and Franklinton, died recently at Rex Hospital.

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SPORTS

Canes Yell ‘Four’
CAN’T BE BEAT. Hunter Ackerman has yet to lose on the mound this season for the Louisburg College Hurricanes, including a decision Sunday afternoon against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
Canes Yell ‘Four’
LOUISBURG -- On a weekend that saw the world’s best golfers competing for the green jacket at The Masters, it was only fitting that Louisburg College yelled ‘four’ to complete its Region X home series against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
Louisburg swept USC-S in the four-game series as the Hurricanes remained in a strong third-place position in the league standings under second-year head coach John Thomas.

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No Overlook Here
AMANDA’S ASSAULT CONTINUES. Franklinton High School high-scoring senior Amanda Knapp (with ball) found the net three more times for the Lady Rams during Monday afternoon’s road league victory against Bunn.
No Overlook Here
BUNN -- With his team two days away from its most important contest of the season to date, Franklinton High School girls soccer coach Deran Coe hoped his Lady Rams wouldn’t overlook one order of business Monday afternoon.
Such as securing a Northern Carolina Conference victory against Franklin County rival Bunn at the BHS Soccer Complex.
Coe got his wish as the Lady Rams dominated from the get-go and went on to post an impressive 8-1 conquest against the Ladycats.

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Softball Showdown
SANDERS SACRIFICE. Bunn’s Aimee Sanders attempts a bunt for the Ladycats during Monday’s home fast-pitch softball matchup against North Johnston. The visiting Lady Panthers won the NCC event.
Softball Showdown
BUNN -- Fast-rising Bunn had a chance Monday to pad its first-place cushion in the Northern Carolina Conference softball standings.
But it wasn’t going to be easy, as the Ladycats were slated to encounter a North Johnston squad that was considered the preseason favorite in the NCC.

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Godwin to return on Saturday
Godwin to return on Saturday
When he was the head baseball coach at Louisburg College, Billy Godwin literally built the clubhouse behind the home dugout at Frazier Field.
The area, which is located on Frazier’s first-base side, used to feature only a dugout.
Godwin decided to add a clubhouse that would provide players with locker-room space and a lounge area to watch television. A bigger storage area was also part of the facility.

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Murray Makes Mark
Murray Makes Mark
LOUISBURG -- Nash County has a rich history of sending fast-pitch standouts to compete for the Louisburg College softball program.
And Nash Central’s Megan Murray is adding her name to that impressive list during the 2010 season.
Murray is a freshman first baseman for the Lady Hurricanes, who are in the process of building a strong squad under second-year head coach Monica Gordy.

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County standouts claim spots on All-NCC team
County standouts claim spots on All-NCC team
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Roanoke Rapids won the Northern Carolina Conference’s regular season championship this past season, so it’s no surprise that the Yellow Jackets claimed the top prizes on the All-NCC Boys Basketball Team for the 2009-10 campaign.
RRHS post Kareem Martin, who has signed to play football at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was selected as the NCC Player of the Year.

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Mudcats hot to begin season
Mudcats hot to begin season
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Daryl Thompson and two relievers combined on a two-hitter as the Carolina Mudcats remained undefeated to start the Southern League season, defeating the Birmingham Barons for the fourth straight game 4-1 on Sunday at Regions Park in a Class AA baseball contest.

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LC sweeps weekend foes
LC sweeps weekend foes
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has reached the 20-victory plateau on the softball diamond this spring -- but the Lady Hurricanes aren’t intent on stopping there.
Thanks to a successful four-game road sweep, Louisburg is now 20-10 overall in Monica Gordy’s second season as the head coach.

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NCC swimmers honored
NCC swimmers honored
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Northern Carolina Conference has honored its All-NCC swimmers for the 2009-10 season.
Franklinton’s Shelby Freese was saluted as the Girls Most Valuable Performer, while Roanoke Rapids’ Ben Harrell was the Boys MVP.
Coach of the Year went to Pam Dennison from Roanoke Rapids.

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Brandt helps ECU top Tigers
Brandt helps ECU top Tigers
MEMPHIS -- Sophomore Kevin Brandt struck out a career-best 11 batters and tossed his first career complete game helping No. 27 East Carolina University to a 3-2 win over Memphis and its first Conference USA baseball series win of the season.
With the win, the Pirates improve to 20-12 overall and 3-3 in league play, while the Tigers drop to 14-18 and 5-4.
ECU is coached by Northern Nash alum and Nash County resident Billy Godwin.

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A DYNAMIC FISHING DUO
A DYNAMIC FISHING DUO
Fishing buddies Ira Alston, left, and Lawrence Freeman caught these three big-mouth bass during a recent fishing outing in Franklin County.

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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
(L to R) Louisburg High School stars Dustin Jones and Dillon Joyner were both selected to the All-Tournament Team last week at the Verizon Wireless of Louisburg Invitational Baseball Tourney, which was held at historic Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus. Jones and Joyner are cousins. The Warriors resumed their Northern Carolina Conference schedule Tuesday versus Roanoke Rapids.

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AT THE SAME TIME
AT THE SAME TIME
(L to R) Bunn’s Erica Muller and Franklinton’s Nichole Poppe attempt to gain possession during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer match at Bunn.

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TANGLED UP
TANGLED UP
(L to R) Franklinton’s Brooke Mustian and Bunn’s Missy Kanuck joust for the ball during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer showdown, which was claimed by the visiting Lady Rams.

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LIFESTYLES

GUARDING THE GRILL
GUARDING THE GRILL
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green was tending to some hot dogs, the lunch of choice, at the Habitual Custom’s car show to benefit Safe Space on Saturday.

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60th Wedding Anniversary
60th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Strickland of Youngsville were honored on their 60th wedding anniversary by their daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and John Irwin, at the Peddler Steak House in Raleigh. Family and friends attended the celebration. The couple were married April 8, 1950.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Kerr-Vance Academy Honor Rolls
The following Franklin County students were named to the Headmaster’s List or A/B Honor Roll for the third-quarter grading period at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Sgt. Major Joe Louis Vines retires from U.S. Marine Corps
Sgt. Major Joe Louis Vines retires from U.S. Marine Corps
Sergeant Major Joe Louis Vines Sr. recently retired from the U. S. Marine Corps after 30 years of service. A ceremony in recognition of his service and accomplishments was held at the School of Infantry-West, Camp Pendleton, Calif., on March 12, 2010.
Vines was born in Spring Hope in 1960, the son of Cassie Vines and the late Grover Vines Sr. He is a 1980 graduate of Bunn High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1979. He began recruit training at Parris Island, S.C. in June 1980.

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Man killed in motorcycle wreck
WAKE FOREST — A Youngsville man was killed this past weekend in a motorcycle wreck.
According to Wake Forest police, Lawrence Joseph Barrett, 50, was riding a 2008 Harley Davidson westbound on Elm Avenue at about 4:50 p.m. on Sunday when he collided with a 2005 Ford Freestyle that was northbound on South White Street.

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