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Showing 46 articles from April 27, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Home health nurse charged with taking $12,000 from patient
Home health nurse charged with taking $12,000 from patient
FRANKLINTON — Police arrested a home health nurse on charges that she stole nearly $12,000 from a patient.
Sherree Lashonda Kearney, 34, was charged with nearly 30 counts each of financial card fraud, financial card theft and identification theft.
Sgt. Wade Bulloch also charged the Wake Forest resident with two counts of criminal receipt of goods and services fraud.

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School budget could take hit
After reporting that he’s seeing “clouds” on the Franklin County school system’s financial horizon, Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance, warned the school board Monday night that there may be a financial storm brewing.
Already the news from Gov. Bev. Perdue’s requested budget changes isn’t good, Moore said.

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Winning one for Williamson
ALL OUT EFFORT. Cade Denton, right, with Mt. Zion Baptist Church, slides into third base trying to beat a tag during the softball charity tournament at Louisburg Moose Lodge on Saturday.
Winning one for Williamson
The Louisburg Moose Lodge doubled as the safest place in Franklin County as hundreds of officers, emergency responders and church members took part in a charity softball tournament to aid the family of an ailing deputy.
James Williamson has been hospitalized since he sustained severe head injuries in a Feb. 27 arrest.
Williamson has undergone two brain surgeries and is recovering from his injuries, with his family by his side.

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Youngsville Crossing facing foreclosure
The financial fate of a Youngsville shopping center is slated to be hashed out in court soon.
GE Business Financial Services alleged that Youngsville Crossing’s developer, Gemini Real Estate Advisors, defaulted on a $17.8 million loan.
On April 14, the courts issued an order, allowing GE to foreclose on the property.

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Relay for Life begins Friday
Relay for Life begins Friday
The 15th year of Franklin County’s Relay for Life begins this Friday with a focus on the task at hand and the future.
Plenty of work has gone into the event, the planning for which usually begins at the conclusion of the previous one.
Campaign Co-Chair Tonya Clayton said the group is in the short rows of preparation and the event will start at 6 p.m. on Friday.

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King family says support has been incredible
King family says support has been incredible
Even with a camouflage shirt, Thomas King couldn’t fade into the background.
During a fund raiser in his honor, the little tyke needing a bowel transplant was the center of attention at the Farmer’s Foods parking lot on Saturday.
King, who turned one on Wednesday, suffers from total colonic “Hirschprungs Disease” a rare malady that prevents his intestines from absorbing the nutrients he needs to stay alive.

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TO THE RESCUE
TO THE RESCUE
County paramedic Brian Parnell and David Sebastian, the county’s emergency management coordinator, prepare hotdogs and hamburgers for the hundreds of county employees who showed up in shifts for the meal and fellowship with fellow county workers on Friday during the annual county Employee Picnic.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Allison Burkett

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: The Man of Nil
Editorial Cartoon: The Man of Nil


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Crime fighting Pernell stands up to D.A. Currin
Whew! Much to his probable surprise, Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell has opened up a can of worms.
An emotional can of worms, too, and one that’s been sitting there a long time just awaiting someone with a can opener to come along and pop its top.
At first glance, what the mayor did probably seems innocent enough. He appointed a committee of council members to meet with District Attorney Sam Currin to see what could be done to reduce crime and “clean up” Louisburg streets.

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Crime committee not getting much respect
Crime committee not getting much respect
GOOD MORNING: Clear and continued cool weather reportedly on tap locally for today, with lows tonight (Wed) around 43. Sunny and some warmer Thursday. Friday fair and even warmer.
TOMATO HEAVEN:
After gorging myself on delicious fresh, locally-grown tomatoes and strawberry pie over the weekend, I couldn’t help thinking about what a problem the undertaker would have trying to wipe that wide smile off of my face (or the thrill that some others might experience either, for that matter), if I were to suddenly die. 

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Fund-raising events pack ‘em in, but they can also pack on the pounds
Fund-raising events pack ‘em in, but they can also pack on the pounds
One thing I’ve always appreciated about Franklin County is the ability of its residents to help.
That fact was most recently exhibited in the campaign held by the United Way of Franklin County, as the area was only one of two in the state that helped its United Way branch reach its goal.
And it continued through this weekend, as people showed up by the carload to watch officers, paramedics, church-goers and others play softball to raise money for Deputy James Williamson and his family.

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Website Reader Participation Results April 21-27
Last Week’s Poll
How did Lucy do?
How do you rate Lucy Allen’s tenure in the NC House representing Franklin County.

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OBITUARIES

ANTHONY J. “TONY” GODFREY
CREEDMOOR —Anthony John “Tony” Godfrey, 52, died Monday, April 26, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 28) at Fairview Cemetery, with the Rev. Al Thomas and the Rev. Leslie Hartsfield officiating.

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MICHAEL A. DAVIS
FRANKLINTON- Funeral services for Michael Anson Davis, 40, who died Friday, April 23, 2010, were held Tuesday, April 27, at Kinches Chapel Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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WILLIE SUSIE WHITE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Susie White, 90, who died Saturday, April 24, 2010, will be conducted Thursday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at St. Delight U.C.C., with the Rev. Maurice White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JAMES O. MCKNIGHT
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for James Otis McKnight, 82, who died Friday, April 23, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Manasseh Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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OTHO C. “BILL” ABBOTT
LOUISBURG - Otho Cleveland “Bill” Abbott, 83, died Monday, April 26, 2010 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 28) at Corinth Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Warren Dale Cemetery in Norlina. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday prior to the funeral service at the church.

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DEBRAH W. COLCLOUGH
DURHAM - Debrah Worthy Colclough, 55, died Saturday, April 24, 2010 at her home. Funeral service was conducted Monday, April 26, at Clements Chapel by Pastor David Newell. Burial followed in Maplewood Cemetery.

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MAE J. HATHAWAY
LYNN, Mass. - Mae Jones Hathaway, 82, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in Lynn Shore Rest Home. Funeral service was Saturday, April 24, at the Cuffe Mcginn Funeral Home, Lynn, Mass.

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CAROLYN R. POWELL
LOUISBURG - Carolyn R. Powell, 69, died Thursday, April 22, 2010. Arrangements by Cremation Society, Raleigh.


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EZEKIEL W. CARTY
FRANKLINTON —Ezekiel W. Carty, infant, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Arrangements by Cremation Society, Raleigh.


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HAROLD LASSITER
ZEBULON - Harold Lassiter, 55, died Saturday, April 24, 2010. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 1 p.m. at Richard Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Zebulon.


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JODIE R. NEAL
CENTERVILLE - Jodie Radford Neal, 100, of Centerville died Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at her home.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. from Centerville Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ELISTINE W. ALLEN
November 30, 1921 – April 26, 2010
LOUISBURG – Elistine Wester Allen, 88, of the White Level Community, died Monday morning.

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SPORTS

FHS’ CROWN QUEST
FEELING A LITTLE SLICK. Franklinton High School midfielder Sam Arendt makes a nifty move to control the ball for the Lady Rams during Monday evening’s home soccer decision against conference foe Louisburg. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
FHS’ CROWN QUEST
FRANKLINTON -- Despite a string of successes in a relatively short period of time, one milestone has escaped Deran Coe in his tenure as the only soccer coach Franklinton High School has ever known.
A Northern Carolina Conference girls championship.
It took awhile, but Coe’s boys clubs were able to earn a pair of NCC crowns in 2007 and 2008.

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Collins’ Choice Is Sandhills
BHS SHARPSHOOTER. Senior guard Michael Collins was a key threat for the Bunn Wildcats from beyond the 3-point arc during the 2009-10 boys basketball campaign.
Collins’ Choice Is Sandhills
BUNN -- With an incoming class already loaded with talented, tall, inside players, Aaron Denton went looking for the final piece to his recruiting puzzle for the Sandhills Community College men’s basketball team.
Denton, SCC’s head coach, found what he was looking for in his old stomping grounds.

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Thoughts on world of sports
Thoughts on world of sports
A few thoughts as we dive in toward the close of the spring sports season -- along with Louisburg College’s annual postseason baseball run:
• Since we already mentioned the subject, let’s start with the LC diamond squad, which will begin Region X Tournament play next Wednesday in Burlington.

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Is LC Tourney Ready?
Is LC Tourney Ready?
LOUISBURG -- In reality, only one week matters in the Region X baseball scheme of things.
And it starts next Wednesday for the Lousburg College Hurricanes.
Louisburg, seeded third, will tangle with Florence-Darlington Technical College on that day at 10 a.m. in the first round of the annual Region X Tournament, which will be held this time around at historic Burlington Athletic Park in nearby Alamance County.

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Louisburg softball back on track
Louisburg softball back on track
LOUISBURG -- Monica Gordy had next to nothing when she arrived on the Louisburg College campus two years ago to take over as the school’s fast-pitch softball coach.
A few players were scheduled to be back, but the recruiting season was in its latter stages, and Gordy had to scramble to find enough signees.

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County Sweeps MAC
MAC BOYS CHAMPS
CEDAR CREEK
County Sweeps MAC
BUNN -- A pair of recent Franklin County track and field dynasties continued last Saturday at the Bunn High School Football Field.
That’s when the Cedar Creek boys and Terrell Lane girls claimed the team titles at the annual Middle Athletic Conference Championships.

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Mudcats’ losing skein continues
Mudcats’ losing skein continues
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- Mike Stanton homered three times and drove in seven runs as the Jacksonville Suns dropped the Carolina Mudcats to their eighth straight defeat, 11-2 at the Baseball Grounds on Monday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.

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Bunn defeats Warren Co.
Bunn defeats Warren Co.
BUNN -- In his first-ever varsity start, Bunn’s Taylor Longson was strong through five innings last Thursday, helping the  Wildcats come up with a key 5-2 victory against Warren County in a Northern Carolina Conference baseball matchup.
With the win, Bunn improved to 5-4 in the league, which is good for fourth place outright. Four teams from the NCC will qualify for the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs.

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ECU has long weekend at Rice
HOUSTON, TEX. -- Jimmy Comerota’s bases clearing double highlighted a five-run fourth inning as host Rice went on to complete the Conference USA baseball series sweep of No. 21 East Carolina University on Sunday afternoon by an 11-9 score at Reckling Park.

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KEEPER OF THE GOAL
KEEPER OF THE GOAL
Louisburg High School netminder Katherine Hoyle (center) comes up with a save for the Lady Warriors during Monday evening’s road loss at Franklinton in a Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer matchup at the FHS Football Field.

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GIVING CHASE
GIVING CHASE
Franklinton’s April Fowler runs toward the ball for the Lady Rams during Monday evening’s home girls soccer conquest against Louisburg at the FHS Football Football.

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LIFESTYLES

Turner and  White marry
Turner and White marry
Jessica Lyn Turner and Jonathan Dale White were united in marriage Saturday, April 24, 2010, during a 5 p.m. ceremony conducted at Purley United Methodist Church in Yanceyville.
The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Park Hunter. Music was presented by Kimberly Agnor, organist.

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Johnson, Tharrington wed
Johnson, Tharrington wed
Kathryn Anne Johnson of Four Oaks and Norman Allen Tharrington Jr. of Louisburg were married on April 10, 2010 at St. John Pentecostal Holiness Church, Four Oaks. The 5 p.m. double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Richard Parson and the Rev. Luke Smith.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Tiffany Riley and Dylan Edwards of Henderson are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kenley Michelle Edwards, born April 6, 2010 at Duke Hospital in Durham. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Michelle Riley of Henderson and Kevin Riley of Wake Forest.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Edward Best honor rolls
The following students have been named to the most recent honor roll at Edward Best Elementary School:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Man hit by car; storm did little damage in Franklin County
Man hit by car; storm did little damage in Franklin County
A Pilot man was killed at around midnight Friday when he was hit by a car.
According to Trooper C.I. Hundley, Harold Lassiter, 55, was riding a bicycle on Mallie Pearce Road when he turned onto N.C. 39.
Hundley said Lassiter was traveling South on the two-lane highway in the wrong lane when he was hit.

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Rabies Clinic cancelled
Due to a family emergency, the Rabies Clinic scheduled for Saturday, May 1, at Annie Lee’s Grocery, Old Wal-Mart in Louisburg, and Youngsville Elementary School, has been cancelled. The clinic has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 22, at the same time and location.

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FUN-RAISING
FUN-RAISING
Martesa Williams, right, pays for hot dogs that she and her daughters, Meshia and Kashawna, enjoyed during the softball tournament for James Williamson. The event also gave the girls and Martesa the chance to see her their dad and her husband, Sgt Howard Williams, play.

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Good Food, Good Cause
Good Food, Good Cause
From left, Linda and Sterling Blackwell take advantage of some barbecue and help a good cause as the Franklin County chapter of the Boys and Girl Club held a fund-raising event at Johnny’s restaurant on Monday.

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Army National Guard Pfc. Justus Berger graduates
Army National Guard Pfc. Justus S. Berger has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Ky., which included basic combat training and advanced individual training (AIT).
During the first nine weeks of initial entry training (IET), the trainee completed basic combat training which included instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

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TOUGH SHOT
TOUGH SHOT
Franklin County Information Technology Director Coy Floyd, right, shoots over GIS mapping coordinator James Wilkinson last Friday during the Franklin County Employee Picnic at Joyner Park.


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