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Showing 46 articles from May 18, 2010.

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Terrell Lane students arrested for assault plot on teacher
Louisburg police arrested three juveniles they allege were involved in a plot to assault a Terrell Lane Middle School teacher.
The arrest came four days after officers confiscated two large hunting knives from one of the 13-year-old students involved.

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Mum’s the word in Franklinton shooting
FRANKLINTON — Police are investigating a shots fired call that provided a number of apparent witnesses, nearly a dozen shell casings and one shot-up car, but no one willing to talk.
Sgt. Wade Bulloch was on patrol at about 10:45 p.m. when he said he heard rapid gunfire coming from the area of Sterling Street.

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ON TOUR
ON TOUR
Residents and visitors were treated to a taste of the country on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Franklin County Farm Foods & Crafts Tour & Local Food Festival & more tour. Ten Franklin County farms were on display, along with the foods, arts and crafts of local farmers and artisans. The goal of the tour, organizers said, was to connect people with agricultural opportunities in Franklin County. Above, Tyler Kurth, foreground, shows off a strawberry at Strickland’s Strawberry & Produce Farm, one of the stops on the tour, with his mother, Kirsten, in the background.

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Supporters push Mobley for Ag director
Members of the county’s agriculture community expressed their support for a long-time cooperative extension agent hoping to be the department’s new leader.
Seven farmers and members of the county’s Agriculture Advisory Committee asked commissioners to support Martha Mobley as the agency’s new director.

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Commissioners give authority to use grant to dispose of abandoned manufactured homes
Franklin County commissioners took action Monday night that gives staff the authority to dispose of abandoned manufactured homes.
The county will be able to take advantage of a $40,000 grant that can be used to deconstruct, dispose and recycle materials from identified structures.

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County moves to improve emergency communications
Commissioners agreed Mon-day night to move forward with a plan that could bring improved emergency communications to the county.
Commissioners and staff have a long history of trying to procure better service, going back to the early 2000s when the county spent $700,000 to upgrade its radio communications system to address radio and pager dead spots within the county.

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Lake Donna Party brings crowd to Youngsville
Party like it’s 1959. Bob and Sandy Thomason of Wake Forest, shag to the beach classic “Hold Back the Night” at the fifth annual Lake Donna Party hosted by the Youngsville Area Business Association.
Lake Donna Party brings crowd to Youngsville
A teenage hangout, built in the 1950s and long gone since its heyday, still brings people together each year in downtown Youngsville.
The Lake Donna Party, in its fifth year, is a community event put on by the Youngsville Area Business Association (YABA).
It hosted a crowd of about 500 Saturday night.

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Cyclists team with Boys and Girls Club
Cyclists team with Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club in Franklin County has formed a partnership with the United Way of Franklin County, Time Warner Cable and a Raleigh cycling team to promote the health and benefits of peddle power.
The Raleigh All Star Cycling Team has long worked with the Boys and Girls Club in Wake Forest, sponsoring races to benefit the club and hosting events to promote cycling.

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DREAM WEAVER
DREAM WEAVER
Austin House grabs hold of a dream catcher she purchased from a vendor at Fun in the Sun, a spring festival held by the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce on Saturday. Festivities were scaled back a bit this year when the carnival vendor was not available.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Chris Lewis

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Where there's a Will, there's a way
Editorial Cartoon: Where there's a Will, there's a way


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By any definition, Terrell Lane incident is a serious matter
prank
noun
a practical joke or mischievous act.
That’s the official definition of a prank.
By contrast, here is the definition of a threat:

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School officials and law enforcement need to remain open about Terrell Lane plot
School officials and law enforcement need to remain open about Terrell Lane plot
GOOD MORNING: When you come to think of it, the large majority of us have a lot to be thankful for every morning that we wake up, but that was especially true here in Franklin County last week when an alert “community member” discovered an apparent plot by perhaps as many as three students at Terrell Lane Middle School here in Louisburg to assault one of their teachers with knives while surfing a social networking website and, thank God, blew the whistle on them, thereby possibly preventing a great tragedy.

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Days of abandoned mobile homes in county may be numbered
Days of abandoned mobile homes in county may be numbered
The idea of manufactured homes is always a touchy matter.
One person’s castle could be another person’s eyesore.
For some time now, city/county Code Enforcement Officer Griff Gardner has been the beholder.
After Monday night, he could also be the bearer of good news.

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Website Reader Participation Results May 12-18
Last Week’s Poll
Reopening or not?
Do you believe the Murphy House is planning on reopening?

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A higher policy of rightness and justice
Dear Editor:
I am writing concerning the District 3 Board of Education seat election results. Since John May had relinquished his seat to take Lucy Allen’s position as the District 49 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives, the Board of Education seat which was occupied by John May should have, without question, been given to Bobbie Richardson. She received the next highest number of votes.

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Four ways to get re-elected
The short session of the General Assembly has convened in Raleigh and the primary emphasis will be on filling an estimated 800 million dollar shortfall in the state budget that begins July 1. The elephant in both chambers, however, is November’s elections. All 170 seats are up for election and lawmakers know voters don’t like the direction our state is headed, are highly dissatisfied with both political parties and are unhappy with incumbents.

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Is the recession over? You decide
Have you heard the good news? Many economists think the recession is actually over. Indeed, these economists say the economy has been recession-free since last summer. If true, this means we’ve been in an economic recovery for almost a year!


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OBITUARIES

ALICE P. WALL
ZEBULON - Alice Pope Wall, 94, died Sunday, May 16, 2010. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 19) at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.

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ROBERT E. “BO” PERRY
FRANKLINTON— Robert Edward “Bo” Perry, 81, died Friday afternoon, May 14, 2010 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were Sunday, May 16, at Franklinton Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Averette officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

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DORIS F. ZACNY
ANGIER - Doris Finch Zacny, 87, died Sunday, May 16, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 19) at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home chapel in Angier, with burial to follow at the Angier Primitive Baptist Church.

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CORY J. WELLS
BUNN – Cory James Wells, 30, died Sunday morning, May 16, 2010.

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MALCOLM E. “MICKEY” DOBBINS
RALEIGH - Malcolm Edward “Mickey” Dobbins, 83, died Sunday, May 16, 2010. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Burial will immediately follow the service at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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DOUGLAS E. “DOUG” RIFE
WENDELL - Douglas E. “Doug” Rife, 66, of Britthaven in Louisburg, died Monday, May 17, 2010. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 19) at Greenmount Cemetery in Wendell. 

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HARRIET H. HICKS
CHARLOTTE - Harriet Harris Hicks, 76, died Saturday, May 15, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 21, in Murfreesboro at the Murfreesboro Methodist Church.

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SPORTS

LHS’ EARLY EXIT
OOPS. South Granville’s Clarence Peace loses his bat as Louisburg’s Dillon Joyner serves as the catcher during last Friday evening’s action in the opening round of the Class 2-A Baseball State Playoffs at Warrior Field on the LHS campus.
LHS’ EARLY EXIT
LOUISBURG -- For the Louisburg Warriors, the most pertinent difference between competing on the Class 1-A and 2-A levels wasn’t destined to be displayed until the postseason.
In the past, the Warriors would usually draw a no-contest game in the opening round of the Class 1-A level -- after Louisburg had rolled through the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference.

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Franklin stars at the state
Franklin stars at the state
GREENSBORO -- Marissa Bellamy ran the race of her life last Saturday -- but was thwarted in her attempt to repeat as a state title holder.
Bellamy broke her own state mark in the Girls 200 Finals as part of the Class 2-A State Track and Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University’s Aggie Stadium.

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FHS Advances With Victory
SENDING IT. Franklinton High School’s Michelle Hagwood (3) delivers a pass to a teammate for the Lady Rams during last Friday night’s home victory against Reidsville in the opening round of the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs.
FHS Advances With Victory
FRANKLINTON -- It’s state championship or bust for the Franklinton Lady Rams soccer program.
In the past, FHS head coach Deran Coe would consider a match against a Triangle/Triad opponent as a respectability-type match.
A victory, Coe surmised, would help show that part of the state the kind of program he has built at Franklinton.

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LC coach selected for HOF
LC coach selected for HOF
Sheilah Cotten is no stranger to being inducted into Halls of Fame.
For her athletic prowess, Cotten earned a spot in the East Carolina University Hall of Fame.
And for her coaching abilities, Cotten was part of the inaugural class into the Louisburg College Athletic Hall of Fame three years ago.

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Mudcats rally for home win
Mudcats rally for home win
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats (17 – 20) built a 6-1 lead on Sunday afternoon only to see it evaporate late in the game as the Jacksonville Suns (24-12) rallied to take a one run lead in the top of the ninth, before the Mudcats came up with a pair in the bottom half to win their fifth game in a row 8-7 in front 5, 328 fans at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.

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Locals Spark K-VA
K-VA HIGHLIGHTS. Franklin County residents Tyler Bolton (left) and Cameron Capell (right) share a high-five after Bolton scores a run.
Locals Spark K-VA
HENDERSON -- It was an understatement to say that Kerr-Vance Academy’s baseball team had a Franklin County flavor during the 2010 campaign.
The Spartans boasted eight county residents on its squad this spring -- Chandler Loyd, Cameron Capell, Tyler Bolton, Christopher Lanham, Patrick Stewart, Jon Dickens, Josh Southerland and Parker Smith.

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Franklinton to host football camp
Franklinton to host football camp
FRANKLINTON -- The annual Franklinton High School Football Camp is scheduled for June 28-30 at the FHS Football Field.
Cost is $40 per person, which includes a T-shirt. The camp is open to children in grades 1-12 and will run from 8 a.m.-noon each day.
There will be a Most Valuable Player in every age group, along wth a cookout and plenty of fundamental-oriented workouts.

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BENDEL’S BIG SWING
BENDEL’S BIG SWING
Louisburg High School outfielder Joel Bendel takes a mighty cut at an offering during the Warriors’ matchup with South Granville last Friday in the first round of the Class 2-A Baseball State Playoffs. The visiting Vikings came away with a 2-1 decision.

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GREAT CAREER
GREAT CAREER
Louisburg High School senior standout Chase Ragland played the final game of his Warriors’ career last Friday evening. But he won’t be going too far -- Ragland has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his diamond career at Louisburg College.

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HUSTLING DOWN THE LINE
HUSTLING DOWN THE LINE
Kerr-Vance’s Patrick Stewart (right) from Franklin County speeds to first base during last Saturday’s action at the NCISAA Class 2-A State Baseball Championship, which was held at Wingate University.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

N.C. A&T Dean’s List/Graduate
Students from Franklin County who made the Fall 2009 Dean’s List at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro are as follows:

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Morris-Manning receives Master’s
Morris-Manning receives Master’s
Angela D. Morris-Manning, daughter of Thomas and Sandra Morris of Louisburg, received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Knoxville, Tenn., on May 14.


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Dickerson graduates from Texas A&M
Sydney Dickerson, daughter of Dick and Susy Dickerson of San Antonio, Tex., and granddaughter of Beth and R.C. Dickerson of Wake Forest,  graduated from Texas A&M University on May 15 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical science.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

Gibbs takes second place in statewide poster contest
Gibbs takes second place in statewide poster contest
Colton Gibbs, from Edward Best Elementary School,  was awarded second place in the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts poster contest. 
The contest is open to third- through sixth-grade students and the state event was held April 30  in the offices of the NC Division of Soil & Water Conservation in Raleigh.  

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Lions SPEAKER
Lions SPEAKER
The Louisburg Lions Club recently enjoyed a program presented by Gail Yashar, Family Services supervisor with Duke Homecare & Hospice. Franklin County is one of the many communities served by this organization. Standing, left to right, are Lions President Phil Mueller, Ms. Yashar, and Lions program chairman Walter McDonald.


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ANNIVERSARY
ANNIVERSARY
Ralph Davis and Gwen Wood were married on May 8, 1960. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 8, 2010, with family and friends, at a dinner party hosted by their children, Dawn Davis and Pamela and Adam Nelms, and their grandchildren, Madison and Emma Nelms. (Submitted photo)

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Bacon graduates from boot camp
Bacon graduates from boot camp
Kala Bacon of Louisburg graduated from Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., on May 7.
She is the daughter of Donnie and Penny Autrey and a 2008 graduate of Bunn High School. She is studying to be a machinist mate.


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Felled tree causes accident
Felled tree causes accident
A Louisburg woman and her two grandchildren escaped serious injury Monday morning after a downed tree forced the truck she was driving off the road and into a group of trees. Emergency responders said Donna Arnold, 57, was traveling north on U.S. 401, just before the Cascine Plantation, when a tree fell, shattering the windshield and obstructing Arnold’s view.

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Ethan Benoit, 3, born with rare skeletal disease, dies
A  Zebulon-area toddler who captured the hearts of Franklin County residents and those beyond died this past weekend.
Ethan Benoit, who battled a rare genetic skeletal disease, died on Sunday according to family and published reports.
Benoit was three.
Funeral arrangements were not complete by press time.

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Pizza delivery person assaulted
Louisburg police are looking for a suspect who assaulted a pizza delivery person.
According to a report by Officer R.J. Harris, Christy Renee Holden, a Domino’s Pizza employee, was in the parking lot of the In & Out Store on S. Main Street when someone assaulted her at about 10:15 p.m. on Saturday.

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Louisburg Town Council adopts Code of Ethics
The Louisburg town council quickly and unanimously adopted a Code of Ethics Monday night and took a brief, pictorial tour of about 15 properties that are in violation of various town ordinances.
The Code of Ethics is now required by state law and the council passed Louisburg’s version despite the fact that Mayor Karl Pernell said ethics “haven’t been much of a problem here -- except with a past governor in Raleigh,” an obvious reference to the ongoing investigation of former Gov. Mike Easley.

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