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Showing 32 articles from May 14, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Gas leak shuts down US 1 near Franklinton
STAY AWAY. Franklin County sheriff’s personnel helped direct traffic, keeping motorists off of U.S. 1 and away from a 500-gallon propane gas tank leak.
Gas leak shuts down US 1 near Franklinton
FRANKLINTON — A 500-gallon gas leak at  a propane company shut down U.S. 1 and sent residents scrambling for shelter at Town Hall,  but no injuries were reported.
Franklinton fire crews received a call at 9:16 a.m. Thursday after a damaged valve caused gas to spew out of a McCracken Propane & Oil tank at the building at 3176 U.S. 1.

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Airport goes after debtors
Franklin County’s airport authority decided that it would use legal means to recover outstanding debt.
County attorneys, airport staff and board members said there are three accounts at least two years old that account for $3,500 owed to  Triangle North Executive Airport.
While the amount is minor, airport commissioners said its the principle involved.

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TASTE OF SPRING
TASTE OF SPRING
Mallie Hodge, left, and Henry Conyers wait in line to try some of the entries in the Strawberry Festival held at the Franklin County Farmer’s Market in Louisburg on Friday.

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Students’ plot to attack math teacher uncovered
Louisburg police and Franklin County school officials are investigating an alleged plot by up to three students at Terrell Lane Middle School to attack their teacher with knives.
Although stressing that the investigation is in its early stages, authorities on Friday confirmed that two large knives, one of which was described as a small machete, were found in the bookbag of one of the students.

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Early High School talks continue
Franklin County Commissioners are expected to continue their running dialogue on the Early College High School program on Monday night.
Finding and funding space for the program at Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin campus has been a topic of conversation amongst VGCC Trustees, the county’s Board of Education and the county’s governing board for months.

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School Board seat still not decided
Unless an elections appeal brings about a definitive decision, the Franklin County Board of Education will be back at square one — appointing someone to fill the School Board District 3 seat.
The Franklin County Board of Elections certified the May 4 primary tabulations this week, making the results, including John May’s District 3 win, official — even though May has expressed he has no desire to serve in that capacity.

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Roberts chosen to fill vacant Youngsville board seat
AT ATTENTION. From right to left, Mayor Sam Hardwick, and Commissioners Cat Redd and Graham Stallings listen to information presented at the Youngsville Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday night.
Roberts chosen to fill vacant Youngsville board seat
YOUNGSVILLE — Town commissioners chose an experienced hand to fill a vacant seat on the board.
By unanimous decision, commissioners chose to appoint Marvin Roberts to the board, filling the seat held by Dr. Bert Corpening, who passed away in February.
Roberts served several terms on the board before losing — by one vote — to Corpening in last November’s election.

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Economic outlook optimistic
There was some good news and bad news Thursday morning at the Franklin County Economic Development Commission meeting -- and all of it was tempered by some solid statistics showing just how seriously the county’s economy has been hit in recent years.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Lynn Ray

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Mother May I
Editorial Cartoon: Mother May I


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Franklin County’s jobless numbers make us yearn for the “Good Ole Days”
Remember back in January 2004 when many of us were uneasy that the unemployment rate here in Franklin County had eased upward to 5.5 percent?
But by the end of the year, it had dropped back to 4.2 percent and all seemed to be on a better track.
Then look at what has happened.

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County gets refund from state for 401 photos; economic news not so good
County gets refund from state for 401 photos; economic news not so good
Finally, a teeny bit of good news about local efforts to get U.S. 401 four-laned in Franklin County.
County officials have received a $9,000 check back from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
The refund is the unused  part of the $25,000 that Franklin County committed to a photographic fly-over of the entire corridor in the county as the first step for engineers to begin designing the crucial highway.

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Democratic chair’s assurances of no back-room deals simply not true
Democratic chair’s assurances of no back-room deals simply not true
GOOD MORNING: Today is Armed Forces Day— A day in which the nation recognizes and pays tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, at home and abroad.
And while we may have seen the last of these abnormally cool temperatures we’ve been experiencing recently, you can bet your money on the fact that before too much longer we’ll be complaining about the heat.

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Liberal terminology: a new definition of words
RALEIGH – Liberal politicians speak a different language from most of us – which may help to explain why the “liberal” label, unlike the “conservative” one, is eschewed by most politicians seeking election or reelection.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM E. ROGERS
ZEBULON - William Earl Rogers, 56, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, May 15) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Beulah Christian Baptist church cemetery.

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RICKIE TURNAGE
BUNN - Rickie Daniel Turnage, 55, died Monday, May 10, 2010. Funeral service was Thursday, May 13, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell.

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WILLIAM T. GOOCH
WILTON - William Thomas Gooch, 88, died Thursday, May 13, 2010 at Durham Regional Hospital. Funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 15) at Banks United Methodist Church by the Rev. Cliff Wall. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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LEE BERT HALE
ALERT - Lee Bert Hale, 78, of Alert , died Thursday, May 14, 2010, at his home.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Ayscue Hale; son, Myron Hale; and granddaughter, Valerie Hale.  He retired from NC DOT in 1976 and Hales Auto Sales in 2006.

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MYRTLE C. WRENN
LOUISBURG - Myrtle Currin Wrenn, 82, of Louisburg died Thursday, May 13, 2010.  She was born November 22, 1927 in Franklin County, NC to the late Eugene Cleveland Wrenn and Minnie Woodlief Wrenn.  She was preceded in death by her sisters, Eunice Wrenn Spencer, Gladys Wrenn Watkins, Ella Wrenn Bailey and Lona Wrenn Ayscue; and a brother, George Ruffin Wrenn. 

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SPORTS

THE LINE KING
BACK IN TOWN. Penn State University offensive lineman Ty Howle, who prepped at Bunn High School, returned to the area this week to visit with his family. He’ll return to State College this weekend to begin preparation for summer school.
THE LINE KING
BUNN -- Mount Nittany rises majestically over the valley in North Central Pennsylvania, providing a majestic backdrop to the campus of Penn State University.
Fans at jam-packed Beaver Stadium can look to the northeast from the stands and see the mountain, which helped provide the name for the school’s mascot -- the Nittany Lion.

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BHS girls defeated on road
BHS girls defeated on road
PITTSBORO -- Bunn had a tough draw for the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs -- a fact that was evident Tuesday night.
The Ladycats proved to be no match for a strong Pittsboro Northwood squad, which defeated Bunn by a convincing 11-0 margin.
“(Northwood) was a very good team,’’ said BHS head coach Greg Bunn. “They jumped on us pretty heavily.’’

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Region X Honors Ackerman
PITCHER OF THE YEAR. Louisburg College freshman left-hander Hunter Ackerman has been selected as the Region X Pitcher of the Year for the 2010 campaign. Ackerman is expected to return next season -- unless he signs with a Major League team.
Region X Honors Ackerman
LOUISBURG -- In a season filled with strong pitchers in Region X, none were better than Louisburg College freshman left-hander Hunter Ackerman.
League coaches took notice of Ackerman’s excellence, as he has been voted as the Region X Pitcher of the Year.

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Ty offers college thoughts
Ty offers college thoughts
I ran out of room during my Ty Howle feature story for more of his thoughts about being a member of the Penn State University football team.
So here are a few to add to the story, which can be seen at right:
• On the fan expectations at Penn State, where some folks considered the Lions’ two-loss campaign in 2009 as an unsuccessful one:

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Mudcats win again against Tennessee
Mudcats win again against Tennessee
SEVIERVILLE, TENN. -- Dave Sappelt and Brandon Yarbrough homered to lead the Carolina Mudcats past Tennessee for the third time in four games 5-3 at Smokies Park on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.
Sappelt took out Hung-Wen Chen to lead off the second inning. Then, after the Smokies (21-13) took a 2-1 lead against Dallas Buck (W, 3-3) in the bottom half, Yarbrough drilled a Chen pitch onto the right-field berm with Eric Eymann aboard for a 3-2 lead. 

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TALKING THINGS OVER
TALKING THINGS OVER
Former Bunn High School standout Ty Howle, now at Penn State, shares some tips with prospective Wildcats’ players during a meeting Thursday morning at the BHS Weight Room. Howle will be returning to State College, Pa., this weekend.

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LIFESTYLES

Group from Franklin Academy  enjoyed their trip to France
Group from Franklin Academy enjoyed their trip to France
A dream came true for a total of 15 students, parents and teachers from Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest in the form of a wonderful trip this past March 25-April 2, making it possible for everyone to enjoy experiences and make memories of a lifetime.
The group, including two from Franklin County, Jennifer Johnson and daughter Victoria, were among the participants of this educational trip.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Spring happenings at Louisburg College
Spring happenings at Louisburg College
This year’s commencement events began on Friday, May 7, with a breakfast for the graduates. During the gathering, students, friends, faculty and staff watched a slide show of pictures that Mona La Branche had created from the 2009-2010 school year. Each graduate was welcomed as a Louisburg College alumnus/a and given a gift bag containing a copy of the slides on disc, an LC pin, coffee mug, car decal, calendar and alumni magazine.

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EXCELLENCE AWARD
EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Franklinton High School yearbook staff (Franoca) earned the Walsworth Publishers Gallery of Excellence Award. Out of about 3,500 books published, the book is one of only 200 to receive this award this year.  Franklinton received the same honor for its 2009 efforts. Erin Mauch leads the FHS group.

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Bunn High Honor Rolls
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, has announced the Honor Roll for the fifth six-week grading period.
To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies investigating break-ins
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a handful of home break-ins around the county.
In the first case, Percy Glasco, of Winston Street near Rustic Ridge, reported on May 7 that someone broke into his home and stole more than $1000 in guns and a television set.
The suspect pried open a front door to gain entry.

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Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District holds annual awards program
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Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District holds annual awards program
Late last month, the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District recognized and awarded prizes to 42 Franklin County students during the 14th Annual Awards Program at Terrell Lane Middle School.
Students won cash prizes, ribbons and certificates for posters or essays centered around this year’s theme — “The Living Soil.”

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Crop filing deadline nearing
June 30 is the last day to file reports on tobacco, soybeans, corn and grain sorghum, or within 15 days of being planted, in order to avoid a late filing charge. Please make every effort to ensure that the acreage reports filed at the Farm Service Agency match the report filed with crop insurance.

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