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Showing 42 articles from May 28, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

County starts hashing out budget
MANAGING FUNDS. County Manager Angela Harris, right, and County Finance Director Chuck Murray presented commissioners Wednesday night with a proposed spending plan for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
County starts hashing out budget
Franklin County commissioners began poring over a budget proposal Wednesday that proposes a spending increase and adds nearly 30 new positions while not increasing the tax rate.
Relying on an expanded tax base and an improved collection rate, staff expect to pull $2.78 million from the county’s savings account (fund balance) to cover the gap between expenses — $68.7 million — and revenues — $65.9 million.

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Home invasion, murder suspects headed to court
The case against a clan of suspects charged with a home invasion and murder has been declared exceptional because the sheer volume of defendants will take it more time to proceed through the court system.
Investigators arrested seven people earlier this year, charging them with the March 16 death of Anthony Perry.
Court officials said suspects are slated to appear in court this coming week for bond hearings.

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Tall Task
Tall Task
Above, Palziv North America CEO Gregory Brooker, right, and Site Manager David Wilkerson review blueprints for renovations being made to the old HON building to make way for Palziv North America’s plans. The two operate an office at the site on N.C. 56 as renovations continue and light activity is expected to take place this spring and early summer. Full production is slated for late in August or early September.

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Franklinton water rate hike could affect county budget
Franklinton water rate hike could affect county budget
Spring and summer often spark pool-side water fights, but Franklinton and Franklin County commissioners are apparently waging theirs in meeting halls.
Prompted by a warning from the state Treasurer’s Office, Franklinton staff has proposed raising water usage rates by 40 percent — from $4.75 per 1,000 gallons to $6.65 per 1,000 gallons.

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Thomas murder trial on calendar
The case against a Franklin County man charged with killing his estranged girlfriend is on the superior court trial calendar this coming week, but his fate will likely depend on a psychological evaluation.
Last month, a judge ordered Christopher Steven Thomas to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if the state could proceed with its murder case.

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Franklinton man sentenced to three years
A Franklinton man who faced charges of assaulting an officer and being an habitual felon was sentenced last week to spend about 3 years in jail.
Kenneth Lamar McGhee, 41, pled guilty last week to assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and malicious conduct by a prisoner from an August 2009 case, and habitual DWI offender from an incident in February where McGhee tried to elude police during a traffic stop.

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SAUCY
SAUCY
From left to right, Chyna Johnson, Tamara Snead, Jada Branch, Samya Edgerton, Aalyaa Rogers, Kaitlyn Green and Lexi Brannon have fun during a cookout at the Boys and Girls Club in Louisburg on Thursday.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Calvin Brodie

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: All Wet
Editorial Cartoon: All Wet


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Remember those who gave their all to ensure our freedom
If you’re reading this, you’ve either picked up this newspaper or called it up online.
You were free to do that — and you are free to either agree, disagree or be indifferent to what is included in its pages.
Some will react negatively, wadding up the paper and derisively tossing it away. Others may click off the page, mumbling.

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Time for new leadership to step up and lead us into the 21st century
Time for new leadership to step up and lead us into the 21st century
Can you believe it’s Memorial Day Weekend?
Five months of the “new” year — 2010 — are already in our rear-view mirror.
Doesn’t seem possible although the first five months of this year have been rough.
Between two wars, a weak economy that is lingering on life support and a tragic environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the national scene has been dismal.

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Wake up before it’s too late!
Wake up before it’s too late!
GOOD MORNING: Finally, a weather forecast you can count on, compliments of the N&O this past Tuesday morning. “It might rain, then again, it might not.” Or as I noted recently, “what you see is what you get.”
The outlook for the weekend: Partly cloudy and cooler with a chance of rain both Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid-sixties.

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Borrowing money a terrible, no-good, very bad idea
In the throes of The Great Recession, when state budget writers are desperately trying to find 800 million dollars in spending cuts in next year’s budget, the leadership of our state Senate is proposing to borrow half a billion dollars for building repairs and new construction. This is a fiscally irresponsible proposal for a number of reasons.

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The NC General Assembly’s politics of pretense
RALEIGH – Pubilius Syrus, a former slave whose Latin writings won the praise of Julius Caesar himself, exhibited a keen understanding of human affairs, including politics. “He who has a mind to do mischief,” Pubilius wrote, “will always find a pretense.” Anyone who watches the North Carolina General Assembly quickly becomes familiar with the politics of pretense.

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OBITUARIES

LILLIAN K. WARREN
WAKE FOREST - Lillian K. Warren, 77, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, May 29) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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RUSSELL E. RAPER
ZEBULON - Russell Everette Raper, 71, of the City of Oaks, died Saturday, May 22, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 29) at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.

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CARY LYNN SMITH
ZEBULON - Cary Lynn Smith, 47, died Thursday, May 27, 2010. Visitation  will be Sunday, May 30, from 1 to 2:45 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave. A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. at Raleigh Memorial Park, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Jeff Roberts.

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HARLAN S. NELMS
GLENDALE, Calif. -Harlan Stuart Nelms, formerly of Franklinton (born in Louisburg), died Sunday, May 16, 2010. A memorial service is planned for June 6 at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton, followed by a visitation in the fellowship hall of Franklinton Baptist Church.

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ALBERT E. MOSS
HENDERSON - Albert Ernest Moss, 93, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 29) at Raleigh Road Baptist Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Sunset Gardens.

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QUEEN E. JEFFERSON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Queen Esther Jefferson, 75, who died Friday, May 28, 2010, will be held Monday, May 31, at 11 a.m. in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Gradis Egglesten officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Stephen’s church cemetery.

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DONALD G. BIRK
FRANKLINTON —Donald Gordon Birk, 80, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Duke University Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh. A private cremation service was held at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Franklinton. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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SPORTS

EDWARDS AGAIN
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR AT LHS. (L to R) Chase Ragland and Kristen Edwards have been honored as the Louisburg High School Athletes of the Year. Edwards and Ragland received their plaques at Tuesday evening’s LHS Athletic Banquet.
EDWARDS AGAIN
LOUISBURG -- Megan Carper isn’t the only repeat defender in the Franklin County high school banquet circuit.
Carper, Franklinton’s senior standout, claimed her school’s Girls Athlete of the Year on Monday for the second straight campaign.
And once again, Carper has been joined on the achievement list by Louisburg upperclasman Kristen Edwards.

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Red Ram athletes honored
ON TRACK. Megan Carper was saluted as the Girls Track Most Valuable Performer during Monday evening’s Franklinton High School Athletic Awards Ceremony.
Red Ram athletes honored
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School saluted its top spring sports standouts during Monday’s Athletic Awards Ceremony, which was held at the FHS Auditorium.
Coaches from each spring sport handed out honors. Here is a list of winners:

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Walker Is VGCC’s 1st Signee
Walker Is VGCC’s 1st Signee
LOUISBURG -- Coach Avery Wilson didn’t have to travel very far to sign his first off-season recruit for the Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball squad.
Wilson, a Franklin County resident, made the quick trip to Louisburg on Thursday to open his 2010 recruiting class by inking LHS’ Dante Walker to a letter-of-intent.

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LC hoops coach on the trail
LC hoops coach on the trail
Ideology is meeting need as Louisburg College men’s basketball coach John Meeks continues to hit the recruiting trail in his usual, relentless fashion.
After watching his team reach the Elite Eight of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championships in March, Meeks saw exactly what the Hurricanes needed in order to compete against the nation’s top programs.

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ECU wins at tournament
ECU wins at tournament
HOUSTON -- One day after dropping a lopsided decision to the regular-season league champion, sixth-seeded East Carolina University bounced back in a big way to defeat No. 2 seed Southern Miss 8-1 to open day two of the 2010 Conference USA Baseball Championship Thursday afternoon at the University of Houston’s Cougar Field.

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Bolton an EPIC standout
Bolton an EPIC standout
HENDERSON -- The hits just keep coming -- literally -- for Kerr-Vance Academy baseball standout Tyler Bolton, who resides in Franklin County.
Bolton, a pitcher/infielder, has been selected as the Eastern Plains Independent Conference Player of the Year after guiding the Spartans to a North Carolina Independent Schools Association Class 3-A state diamond championship.

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State girls soccer finals today
RALEIGH -- Four North Carolina High School Athletic  Association girls state soccer championships will be decided this  weekend in the 25th annual NCHSAA finals at the Curtis and Jacqueline  Dail Soccer Stadium at the Paul Derr Track facility on the campus of  North Carolina State University.

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Mudcats remain hot with home win
Mudcats remain hot with home win
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats (22-24) continued their red-hot play at Five County Stadium on Wednesday night as they defeated the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (23-22) in game one of a five-game series by a 6-2 margin in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.

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Crudup resigns at NVHS
HENDERSON -- Northern Vance football coach Cedric Crudup is stepping down after seven years at the school and four seasons at the helm of the football program.
Crudup is a Franklin County native who prepped at Bunn under David Howle in the 1990s.
Crudup, a physical education teacher at Northern, also served as boys track coach for the duration of his tenure.

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LHS SHOOTING STAR
LHS SHOOTING STAR
Louisburg High School’s Dante Walker elevates while draining a jump shot during a basketball game this past season against Rocky Mount Prep.

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GIRLS HONOREES
GIRLS HONOREES
Among the girls award recipients from the Louisburg High School Athletic Banquet were (back, l to r) Robin Baker, Sharika Evans, Annie Cooke, Roxie Knight, Zoe Hinton, Ambria Alexander, Shaniqua Lassiter, Juana Deleon and Kenia Roa; (front, l to r) Kallie Marks, H-Wang Eban, Kim Baker, Kristen Edwards, Lindsay Johnson and Kyrie Bradford.

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BOYS HONOREES
BOYS HONOREES
Among the boys award recipients from the Louisburg High School Athletic Banquet were (back, l to r) Patrick Riddick, Jamal Wright, Tabias Wright, Stephen Davis, Gray Ayscue, Lin Bennett, Grant Madison, Devonte Keith, Trey Griffor, Zack Fontana, James Harris and Sean Hines; (front, l to r) Avon Thomas, Elmer Rayo, Y-Monh Eban, Ervin Hunt, Chase Ragland, Dillon Joyner, Eric Gupton and Ahmadou Camara.

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ATHLETIC AND CLASSROOM SUCCESS AT LHS
ATHLETIC AND CLASSROOM SUCCESS AT LHS
(L to R) Seniors Kim Baker and Devonte Keith received the prestigious Scholar Athlete Award during Tuesday evening’s Louisburg High School Athletic Banquet.

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BUNN HIGH PLAYERS ON STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD
BUNN HIGH PLAYERS ON STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD
Two Bunn High School standouts -- Gary Roache and Caleb Watts -- helped the Capital Area Soccer League’s U-17 Wake Forest United Team win the NCYSA State Championship, which was held last weekend in Greensboro. Roache, a keeper, is shown in the front row, wearing the dark shirt and sitting directly behind the cup. Watts is on the far left of the second row. The United won matches by impressive scores of 4-1 (semis) and 5-1 (finals).

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LIFESTYLES

Parents and children united by one culture
Parents and children united by one culture
Before the month of May leaves us, I must tell you about the splendid educational program which I was invited to at Louisburg Elementary School.
It was the well-known celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which, as the name tells us, is celebrated on the fifth day of May. It is a commemoration of the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862; it is not the day of the independence of Mexico, as most people believe.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC Adult Basic Skills graduates receive diplomas
VGCC Adult Basic Skills graduates receive diplomas
Vance-Granville Community College held commencement exercises for new graduates of the college’s Adult Basic Skills programs on May 13 in the VGCC Civic Center. The honored graduates included 137 students who completed the Adult High School program and 67 who completed the General Education Development (GED) High School Equivalency program.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

United Way Community Grants are under review
Six panels of volunteers are reviewing 25 Community Impact Grant applications for 2010 United Way of Franklin County funding.
The grant requests total $159,497, and the UWFC has designated $128,600 for the 2010 allocations.

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$20,093.68 Grant Awarded to Youngsville Rescue & E.M.S.
RALEIGH - Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Youngsville Rescue & E.M.S. was awarded a $20,093.68 grant through the 2009 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund from the State of North Carolina.
The check will be mailed to Chief Scott Wheeler to be used by the department to purchase needed equipment, which must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

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Third suspect arrested in home invasion
Franklin County sheriff’s deputy arrested the third suspect in an armed home invasion.
Deputies arrested Christopher Jason Sparks, 30, of Middlesex on Tuesday evening, a week after it was reported that two armed men broke into a home at 12 Pilot Bypass.

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Accused murderer could get plea deal
A Franklin County man accused of murdering a man over $10 could be getting a plea deal this coming week.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested Gregory Jackson, 53, in February, alleging that he killed Alton Johnson, 24, of Vaiden Road.

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Franklin County Board of Education addresses personnel matters at meeting
The following personnel matters were approved at the May 24 meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education

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