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Showing 36 articles from April 23, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Louisburg woman’s cradle continues to rock
Louisburg woman’s cradle continues to rock
New information in the case surrounding a Louisburg woman’s attempt to kidnap a baby continues to evolve, including the revelation that an assault earlier this month might have been related to her baby-napping scheme.
Louisburg police arrested Tanisha Weaver on April 5 on charges that she attempted to assault Keica Gaines with a knife in the Walmart parking lot.

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Hernandez murder case headed to court
A 23-year-old accused of killing his former girlfriend nearly three years ago is slated to be in court next week.
It’s not clear whether the matter will go to trial or be continued.
Investigators arrested Christopher Steven Thomas in June of 2007, charging him with the May 10 death of Elvira Hernandez —  a 17-year-old Bunn High student.

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SWORN IN
SWORN IN
Speaker of the House Joe Hackney, right, swears in Franklin County resident John May as the newest member of the General Assembly on Friday afternoon. May takes over the District 49 Seat vacated by Louisburg’s Lucy Allen, who was appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue to the state Utilities Commission. May is joined in the photo by his wife, Vickie. May resigned his post as a member of the Franklin County Board of Education this week to take the legislative post.

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Lucy Allen honored
Lucy Allen honored
The Franklin County Democratic Party celebrated the legacy of Lucy Allen’s public service Thursday night, which included a presentation of the state’s highest individual honor — The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Allen has had more than 30 years of public service, most recently as a legislator in the North Carolina House.
Gov. Bev Perdue appointed her earlier this month to serve on the state Utilities Commission.

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FRMC hires new emergency room director
FRMC hires new emergency room director
Haresh M. Kathard, M.D. joined the Franklin Regional Medical Center medical staff as its medical director of the emergency department this week.
Dr. Kathard has been practicing medicine since 1990 and he became board-certified in family medicine in 2004. In addition to completing post graduate studies in emergency care and anesthesia in South Africa, Dr. Kathard has been practicing in the United States as family practitioner and emergency care physician since 1999. 

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Staff given a month to look at Internet Cafe
Staff given a month to look at Internet Cafe
FRANKLINTON — Town commissioners gave staff a month to determine the kinds of impacts an Internet Sweepstakes Cafe would have on the town before deciding its fate.
Raleigh resident Dorothy Mayner petitioned the board on Tuesday night to locate one of the trendy new businesses in the Franklinton Square shopping center.

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Town Hall meeting held to discuss underage drinking
Town Hall meeting held to discuss underage drinking
A Town Hall meeting held by a group dedicated to stopping underage drinking didn’t pack them in Thursday night, but organizers aren’t ready for last call.
The Five County Mental Health Authority hosted the event as part of Project RIDE, Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere.
The group has taken their message to the road, hosting Town Hall events in each of the counties.

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Franklinton to take over Evergreen Cemetery
RESTING PLACE. This is the cemetery that the town of Franklinton will begin maintaining and eventually own.
Franklinton to take over Evergreen Cemetery
FRANKLINTON — Tears were wiped away, along with years of bitterness, after town officials agreed to take over Evergreen Cemetery — a longtime symbol of a racial divide in the town.
“This has been a long, long time coming,” said Mayor Elic Senter.
The town has long cared for Fairview Cemetery, however, Evergreen Cemetery, which is not within the town’s limits, has been kept up by a community organization — The Evergreen Cemetery Board of Trustees.

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Franklinton budget could come up short
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners were warned Tuesday night that its budget could come up $230,000 short — the bulk of that gap being attributed to Public Works.
During the board’s meeting, Town Manager Larry Carver presented the board with the latest budget projections, and it appears that Public Works will come up about $185,000 short.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Wes Ragland

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Plaque Buildup
Editorial Cartoon: Plaque Buildup


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Tribute touts Lucy Allen as a “Steel Magnolia”
Lucy Allen, a veteran political leader from Louisburg, was justifiably honored Thursday night for her 30  years of service to those who have elected her.
But let’s make one point — the awards and accolades came at an important milepost of her career, not at the end of it.
The local Democratic Party saluted Allen, who most recently served about 10 years as a state representative from this district, at its annual meeting.

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Person Place series brings life and history to 200-year-old landmark
Person Place series brings life and history to 200-year-old landmark
Sitting in Person Place on the Louisburg College Campus this week listening to veteran school teacher Joe Pearce share a “hodgepodge of anecdotes and quirky things,” I had an idea.
It’s a bad idea — certainly not my first bad idea by any measure — but it could be a lot of fun.
Pearce was the first speaker in a new series of events being planned for Person Place to bring a bit of new life to a home that has been in Louisburg for more than 200 years.

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Bloggers read crime committee their rights
Bloggers read crime committee their rights
GOOD MORNING: There’s only one comment you can make regarding the weather forecast for today and that is it covers all possibilities, except for the possibility of snow.
Get this, “Saturday: Sun, clouds, maybe rain. High 74, low 61.”
Didn’t I tell you?

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OBITUARIES

JAMES P. LYNCH
ZEBULON - James Preston Lynch, 66, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010. A graveside service was held Friday, April 23, at Crestview Memorial Park, South Hill, Va.

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JORDAN “JERRY” TAYLOR
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Jordan “Jerry” Taylor, 78, who died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, will be held today (Saturday, April 24) at Shiloh Baptist Church of Kittrell. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOHNNIE “EARL” YOUNG
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Johnnie “Earl” Young, 56, who died Sunday, April 18, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, April 24) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Williamson family cemetery.

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CHARLES HOCUTT
YOUNGSVILLE —Charles Hocutt, 61, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Zebulon.


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ROSA INEZ PEARCE
ZEBULON - Rosa Inez Pearce, 96, (Pearces community), died Tuesday, April 20, 2010.  Funeral service was Friday at Pearces Baptist Church.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

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LENA B. WILLIAMS
CARY - Lena B. Williams, 83, died Sunday, April 18, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 26, at noon at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Wake Forest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the church.

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SPORTS

Will On His Way
Will On His Way
FRANKLINTON -- Thanks to a battered helmet, Will Jones’ Iron Man legacy at Franklinton grew with every football game last fall.
As the season progressed, Jones helmet began to chip, mainly from collisions with opponents. And considering the fact that Jones played just about every down -- on both offense and defense -- there were plenty of opportunities for the paint job to wear off.
Pictured (Above): CHOWAN BOUND. Franklinton High School football standout Will Jones signs a letter-of-intent to continue his career at Chowan University. Also pictured are (back, l to r) FHS Athletic Director Deran Coe, FHS football coach Clark Harrell and FHS Principal Charles Fuller; (front, l to r) Daniel Williford (stepfather) and Jane Jones (mother).

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BHS girls and boys nab titles
BHS girls and boys nab titles
BUNN -- Bunn’s Wildcats and Ladycats wrapped up Northern Carolina Conference regular season track and field titles with home victories Tuesday against Louisburg.
In boys action, BHS was a 111-26 winner, while the girls 98-37 victors. Both Bunn squads are now 10-0 on the campaign.

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Jackets Too Much For Bunn
TRYING TO GET THROUGH. Bunn High School girls soccer player Whitney Bunn (right) attempts to dribble past Roanoke Rapids’ Jordan Poythress during Wednesday afternoon’s Northern Carolina Conference match on the BHS campus.
Jackets Too Much For Bunn
BUNN -- Bunn’s freshman-dominated girls soccer team continues to show improvement -- though two hurdles remain in the Ladycats’ eventual quest to be a top contender in the Northern Carolina Conference.
Take away perennial powerhouses Roanoke Rapids and Franklinton, and the Ladycats have yet to lose this season in NCC action.

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D-Y sets tourney schedule
D-Y sets tourney schedule
Dates have been finalized for the upcoming Dixie Youth District and State Baseball and Softball Tournaments this summer.
On a local baseball level, the District 10 Coach-Pitch Tourney will begin June 18 and will be held June 18 at Luddy Park in Youngsville. One week later, Bunn will host the Minor League event starting June 25 at Bunn Elementary School.
The Major League Tournament is scheduled for July 2 in Louisburg.

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LHS Tops League Charts
LHS Tops League Charts
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Warriors experienced a seamless transitions on two fronts during the 2009-10 prep wrestling campaign.
Competing with a first-year coach in a higher-classification league, the Warriors still had little difficulty in winning the Northern Carolina Conference team championship.

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 25-May 1
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Northwest Halifax at Franklinton (2)    4:30 p.m.
Bunn at Roanoke Rapids    7 p.m.

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BHS releases grid sked
BHS releases grid sked
BUNN -- The Bunn Wildcats will open their 2010 varsity football schedule with back-to-back home games against C.B. Aycock and Southern Nash.
BHS’ first contest will be Aug. 20 versus Aycock and will be followed one week later by a showdown against backyard rival Southern Nash -- a club that reached the semifinals of the Class 3-AA State Playoffs last season.

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Mudcats edged by Tennessee
Mudcats edged by Tennessee
ZEBULON -- Tennessee right fielder Brandon Guyer threw out Michael Griffin with the would-be tying run in the last of the ninth inning to preserve a 6-5 Smokies victory over the Carolina Mudcats Tuesday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.

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GREAT START
GREAT START
The Youngsville 7-8 Select Team is currently competing against some of the area’s top baseball teams. Youngsville currently has a 5-3-1 record this spring and will play through May 2. Roster members are (back, l to r) Coaches Jeff Wertz, Phil Brown, Jamie White and Jamie Faulkner; (middle, l to r) Kevin Wooten, Blake Bowling, Spencer Faulkner, Parker Coats, Austin Tugwell, Garrett Panciera and Corey Martin; (front, l to r) Trey Brown, Carson White, Christian DiLorenzo and Stephen Wertz.

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LIFESTYLES

Native American Awareness Sunday: Don’t turn into a red-headed woodpecker
Native American Awareness Sunday: Don’t turn into a red-headed woodpecker
Last Sunday was a churchwide special Sunday of The United Methodist Church. We observe Native American Sunday for many different reasons.
On April 18, Native American Ministries Sunday recognized  and supported the contributions of Native Americans to the church and society. The observance, approved by the 1988 General Conference, includes one of six special churchwide Sunday offerings.

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HISTORY LESSON
HISTORY LESSON
Visitors to the Person Place historic home in Louisburg Tuesday evening were treated to an evening of historic stories and tall tales presented by veteran school teacher and history buff Joe Pearce. The event was sponsored by the Person Place Preservation Society and the Franklin County Arts Council as a way to breathe new life into the home, parts of which date to the 18th Century during the formative period of Louisburg and Franklin County.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Royal Elementary Honor Rolls for third nine weeks
The Royal Elementary School honor roll for the third nine-week grading period has been announced and includes:

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Franklinton Elementary Honor Rolls released
The Franklinton Elementary School honor roll for the third nine-week grading period includes:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Volunteers turn out for Great American Cleanup
The nationally observed Great American Clean-Up event was held last week in Franklin County, with approximately 25 volunteers participating. The Franklin County Solid Waste Department and Solid Waste Task Force sponsored the annual event, which turned out to be the largest in recent years.

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Aluminum recycling pays off
The Franklin County Solid Waste Department and Solid Waste Task Force recently sponsored the semi-annual aluminum recycling event, where citizens were allowed to bring in their aluminum, sell it, and get paid cash on the spot. The event was held at the Farmer’s Market shelter at Shannon Village Shopping Center in Louisburg, and was quite successful.

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Louisburg High School to give band concert downtown May 1
On Saturday, May 1, the Concert and Symphonic Bands of Louisburg High School will present the traditional “downtown concert” on the courthouse steps in Louisburg. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. and will last for approximately 40 minutes. Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell will offer a proclamation of “Band Day” in Louisburg and will recognize the band’s involvement and contribution to life in the community. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Louisburg High School Auditorium on Allen Lane.

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