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Showing 46 articles from April 20, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Special-use permit issued for agritourism
OPPOSITION. Franklinton resident Linda Cash asked Franklin County Commissioners to deny a special-use permit which would allow her neighbors to host outdoor events at their Suitt Road farm.
Special-use permit issued for agritourism
Franklin County Commissioners granted a special-use permit, giving a Franklinton couple a chance to take advantage of agritourism.
The decision came after a handful of residents expressed opposition.
Robert and Virginia Sykes petitioned the board for the permit to use a portion of their property for outdoor entertainment events.

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Louisburg forms crime committee
In a move aimed at confronting the growing problem of crime in Louisburg, Mayor Karl Pernell appointed a four-person committee from the town Monday night with a request that they meet with District Attorney Sam Currin to determine what can be done.
Named to the committee were council members Mary Johnson, Freddie Hight and Joe Shearon, as well as Capt. Jason Abbott from the town’s police department.

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Full steam ahead
SETTING UP. Cary’s Larry DuFour, one of the exhibitors at the Norris Creek Antique Farm Show this past Saturday, shows off a scaled down version of a Case 65-horsepower steam traction engine.
Full steam ahead
It was under a different name.
And it was at a different site.
But organizers of this year’s Norris Creek Antique Farm Show had the same objective — sharing their love for tractors, a good time and the community.

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May to be sworn in Friday
John May’s path to the House 49 Seat vacated by Lucy Allen is clearer this week. And so is the path for candidates vying for his school board seat.
Last week, May received the local Democratic support he needed for appointment and May is slated to be sworn in on the House floor this Friday at 1 p.m.

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Farmer’s Foods to hold fund-raiser for child’s organ transplant
Farmer’s Foods to hold fund-raiser for child’s organ transplant
Little Thomas Howard King was born with a disease that doesn’t allow his body to absorb nutrients.
However, the nearly 1-year-old youngster has filled his family and friends with hope and optimism.
Thomas needs a small bowel transplant and the family’s insurance will cover the procedure.
But there are some things insurance won’t cover, such as the bills the family will incur from hotel stays, visits, missed time from work and other costs.

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Franklinton woman walks to help son with Multiple Sclerosis
Surfing the Web led a Franklinton woman to walk the streets.
With each step, Sharon Oyster and her team help raise money to combat Multiple Sclerosis — a disease that her son was diagnosed with three years ago.
The 2010 Triangle Walk MS takes place this Saturday, beginning at the RBC Center in Raleigh.

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Deputy Williamson fund-raiser at Moose Lodge
A fund-raiser for an ailing deputy will take place this weekend.
The law enforcement community, including the sheriff’s office, police departments and some fire departments are planning an April 23-24 charity softball tournament to raise money for the family of Deputy James Williamson, who has been hospitalized since suffering a head injury while making an arrest in February.

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Hospital gets accreditation
Franklin Regional Medical Center has been awarded national laboratory accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.
This is Franklin Regional’s fifth CAP Accreditation; their first was awarded in March 2002.  The laboratory’s director, Dr. Dell A. Dembosky, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.

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This year’s prom theme: Don’t Drink and Drive
This year’s prom theme: Don’t Drink and Drive
FRANKLINTON — A spring-time assembly about the prom is prone to draw a few giggles.
But Franklinton High School educators and law enforcers were quick to remind the gathered upperclassmen that drinking and driving is no laughing matter.
The school and the Franklinton Police Department combined on Monday, urging students not to become another springtime statistic.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Elijah Batkoski

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: BAM POW BIFF BOOM
Editorial Cartoon: BAM POW BIFF BOOM


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Dangerous season for teen drinking & driving
As Mother Nature begins to shake off the dregs of winter and the annual reawakening begins, it’s both the best of times and the worst of times.
The best is obvious. The weather is gorgeous, the trees and flowers are beginning to exhibit their natural splendor and there are a countless multitude of reasons to simply be outside to enjoy all that nature has to offer.

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My advice to Doug Berger and John May: Hands Off!
My advice to Doug Berger and John May: Hands Off!
GOOD MORNING: These up-down, up-down Yo-Yo temperatures we’ve been experiencing of late continued to dominate the local weather this week.
While I’ve seen it quite a bit cooler this time of the year on occasion, with frost as late as May, the mercury dipped to 40 degrees at the house Monday morning. And it was almost as cool Tuesday morning with the possibility of some rain overnight.  More rain possibly today (Wednesday) with partly cloudy and warmer weather expected by Thursday.

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Decisions about property rights and uses can have re-percussions
Decisions about property rights and uses can have re-percussions
elling people what to do with their property is always one of the toughest things a governing board is faced with.
Right behind that is telling someone what their neighbor can do with their property.
Both of those issues were on full display Monday night during the county’s Board of Commissioner’s meeting.
Robert and Virginia Sykes bought a piece of property almost eight years ago which has a unique history in Franklin County.

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Website Reader Participation Results April 14-20
Last Week’s Poll
Worthy successor?
How do you feel about Lucy Allen’s proposed successor to the District 49 House seat, John May?

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A Tea Party we should all attend
The angry rhetoric, excessive volume and highly partisan approach make the tea much too strong for our taste, but the current Tea Party movement does have a flavor worth considering: the erosion of state and personal rights.

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OBITUARIES

GEORGIE R. BAKER
LOUISBURG - Georgie Ray Baker, 68, died Saturday, April 17, 2010. A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 20, at New Hope Worship Center, 7428 Pearces Road, Louisburg, with the Rev. Joe Ferguson officiating. Burial followed at Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery, Youngsville.

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PEGGY H. WATKINS
PILOT - Peggy Hinnant Watkins, 75, died Friday, April 16, 2010. Funeral services were Sunday, April 18, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon. Burial was in the Watkins family cemetery.

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LIZZIE MAE F. DORSEY
LOUISBURG - Lizzie Mae Fuller Dorsey, 76, died Sunday, April 18, 2010 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Maple Springs Baptist Church, with burial to follow at the Dorsey family cemetery in the White Level community.

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SAMUEL “SAMMY” H. RANSDELL, JR.
October 26, 1955 – April 18, 2010
RALEIGH – Samuel Hartwell “Sammy” Ransdell, Jr., 54, of Raleigh, died Sunday night.

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MARIE M. BASS
December 11, 1923 – April 17, 2010
LOUISBURG – Marie Moon Bass, 86, of Louisburg, formerly of Nashville, died Saturday afternoon.

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WILEY T. “T” HILL, JR.
BUNN - Wiley Thomas “T” Hill, Jr., 73, of Bunn passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at his home.  He was the son of the late Wiley Thomas Hill, Sr., and Mamie Wiggins Hill.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Buck” Hill.  He was a long-time employee of F & F Equipment in Henderson. Later he opened his own business, Hwy 98 Repair, where he enjoyed working on farm equipment.

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SPORTS

BUNN SWEEPS TITLES
UNSTOPPABLE. Bunn High School sprinter Marissa Bellamy (center) remained undefeated on the season with a trio of victories last Saturday at the annual The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field meet, which was held at BHS.
BUNN SWEEPS TITLES
BUNN -- One streak ended -- and another was continued -- during last Saturday’s action at the annual The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet.
Franklinton’s three-year run as the county champions came to an end, as host Bunn roared to a 110-19 victory against the Red Rams.

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Cedar Creek Does It -- Again
RACE TO THE FINISH. (L to R) Bunn’s Royce Alston and Cedar Creek’s Travon Judkins sprint toward the finish line during the Middle School Boys 100 as part of last Saturday’s The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet.
Cedar Creek Does It -- Again
BUNN -- The western part of Franklin County continues to dominate the proceedings in the middle school portion of the annual The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet.
Last Saturday, Cedar Creek won the boys team championship for the fourth consecutive season, while the Lady Jaguars also took home a team crown -- though by the slimmest of margins.

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Believing in the FT’s track meet
Believing in the FT’s track meet
Count me in as a believer.
I’ve always enjoyed covering The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet, and I’ve always been grateful that my boss, FT Publisher Gary Cunard, has sponsored the event.
But some occurrences beyond my control last week made me wonder about the future of the event -- and made me ponder whether it was even worth our time to serve as sponsors.

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Big Day For Billy At LC
Big Day For Billy At LC
LOUISBURG -- Billy Godwin took a 35-mile trip down Memory Lane last Saturday.
During his six-year stint as the Louisburg College baseball coach, Godwin would depart his Nash County home every morning in his trusty-but-rickety Datsun pickup truck.
It was a time Godwin always relished, as he would often ponder the responsibilities of life as the aging pickup would take him through Castalia, and then on to SR 56 through Edward Best -- and eventually to Louisburg.

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Pirates win three versus rival UAB
Pirates win three versus rival UAB
GREENVILLE -- John Wooten’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th scored Kyle Roller from second base completing No. 26 East Carolina University’s sweep of Conference USA baseball foe UAB Sunday afternoon, 6-5.
With the win, the Pirates (24-12, 6-3) extend their current winning streak to six games, while UAB (10-15, 5-7) drops its fourth consecutive game.

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Extra Effort Winner
Extra Effort Winner
FRANKLINTON -- Despite his numerous travels across the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina, it’s been 11 years since Tom Suiter visited Franklinton to present WRAL-TV’s prestigious Extra Effort Award.
That visit came in 1999, when Suiter, the company’s legendary sportscaster, saluted former FHS star girls basketball player Kristi Allen.

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FHS girls defeat rival Louisburg
FHS girls defeat rival Louisburg
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Lady Rams completed a regular season softball sweep over Louisburg on Monday with an 8-0 home decision against the Lady Warriors in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown at FHS’ home field at the Franklinton Recreation Park.


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Mudcats score comeback victory
Mudcats score comeback victory
ZEBULON -- For the second consecutive day, the Carolina Mudcats spotted the Montgomery Biscuits a big 5-1 lead before coming all the way back to win the game in their final at bat 8-7 on Sunday afternoon before 5,924 at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.

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Wesleyan falls at softball event
BURLINGTON -- In USA South Conference Softball Tournament action, North Carolina Wesleyan ended its season with a 9-4 loss to Ferrum College last Saturday morning in Burlington.
Senior Kate Braun was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Bishops, who had opened tourney play with a 3-0 shutout of Averett on Friday.  NCWC’s other loss in the double-elimination event came at the hands of top-seeded Christopher Newport later in the afternoon.

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GODWIN’S MOMENT
GODWIN’S MOMENT
Billy Godwin poses with family members Mallory (daughter) and Sharon (wife).

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COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONS
COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONS
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS -- BUNN

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COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONS, 2
COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONS, 2
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS - CEDAR CREEK

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COUNTY TRACK MEET INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
COUNTY TRACK MEET INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS CO-MVPS. (L to R) Bunn’s Marissa Bellamy and Courtney McLaughlin were selected as the Girls Co-Most Valuable Performers at the annual The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet, which was held last Saturday at Bunn High School.

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HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRI-MVPS
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRI-MVPS
(L to R) Bunn’s D.L. Burroughs, Andre Davis and Calvin Brodie were selected as the Boys Tri-Most Valuable Performers at the annual The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet, which was held last Saturday at Bunn High School.

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WHAT AN EFFORT
WHAT AN EFFORT
Cedar Creek Middle School distance runner Luis Guillen put together an exceptional performance at last Saturday’s The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet.

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LIFESTYLES

Atkinson, Ribet wed
Atkinson, Ribet wed
Pamella Atkinson and Gary Ribet were married on April 10, 2010 at Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach. The bride is the daughter of Myra and Emery Klein of Franklinton. The groom’s parents are Victor and Cindy Ribet of Bahama. The bride was given in marriage by her parents.


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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Ricky and Teresa Bryant of Whitakers announce the engagement of their daughter, Johnna Bryant Webb to Michael Travis Poe, son of Donnie and Nancy Poe of Youngsville. The wedding will take place at 12:30 p.m. on May 8, 2010 at Nags Head.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Wake Electric earmarks $50,000 for area teachers and classrooms
Wake Electric has allocated $50,000 for classroom-based projects through the Bright Ideas education grant program for the 2010-2011 school year. Teachers can apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com.
Only online applications will be accepted.

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Ninetieth birthday celebration
Ninetieth birthday celebration
Jennie Bell, born April 12, 1920, celebrated her 90th Birthday on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Family and friends gathered for a pig pickin’ in her honor.  Ms. Bell is a Franklin County resident.

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Safe Space receives grant
Safe Space of Louisburg recently received a $1,000 grant from Wake Electric.  Wake Electric awards grants to area non-profits on a quarterly basis. 
“Wake Electric knows that strong, healthy nonprofit organizations are vital to healthy communities,” said Jim Mangum, CEO. 

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Ealy graduates from basic training
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Cody L. Ealy graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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High-speed chase; teen cybercrime
Louisburg police arrested a Franklin County woman who led them on a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon.
According to a report by Officer Travis Lincoln, a woman reported to law enforcement that she was being followed by someone in a gray Jeep Liberty.

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BUSINESS

Raynor & Associates Realty earns Diamond Award
United Country Real Estate, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., announced at its national convention in February that United Country – Raynor & Associates Realty, owned by Rickey and Betty Raynor and located in Louisburg, has earned United Country’s Diamond Award based on gross commissions for 2009.

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Fonville Morisey recognizes March sales leaders
The Associates & Teams of the Month for March 2010 for Fonville Morisey Realty are:
For the Youngsville office: Gene Troutman, listing associate; Dinorah Czigler, listings sold associate; Kaye Odum, selling associate; Triangle North Team, listing, listings sold and selling team; Gwen Gibson, first quarter referral associate.


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