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Showing 38 articles from June 11, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the Year
When done correctly, teaching can be one of the most demanding jobs on the planet.
Maintaining a passion to teach over an extended period can be even more difficult, but that doesn’t stop Kim Pace, 2010-2011 Franklin County Schools Teacher of the Year, from continuing to push forward and help children learn and progress.

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Park construction begins
Park construction begins
PILOT — As bulldozers cleared paths at the site of a new community park, a project that began as a vision nearly four years ago got that much closer to reality.
(Pictured above): From left to right, Parks and Rec director Oliver Green, Pilot Lions Club President Bill Wallace, Commissioner Don Lancaster, Parks and Rec Advisory Board Chairman Jan Alford, County Manager Angela Harris, County Commission Chair Penny McGhee, Lion’s Club charter member John Alford, Pilot Lions Past President Ron Bullock, and  Commissioner Harry Foy toss dirt as part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pilot Lions Park on Wednesday.

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Special Olympics athletes medal
Special Olympics athletes medal
Franklin County organizers sent four athletes to the state Special Olympics last weekend with a goal of winning and having fun.
They medaled in both categories.
“They did beautifully,” said Wendy Vavrousek, one of the organizers responsible for bringing the Special Olympics back to Franklin County three years ago.

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STAGE PRESENCE AT PREDDYFEST
STAGE PRESENCE AT PREDDYFEST
Marty Raybon, right and Chris Davis, left, of Marty Raybon and Full Circle, delight the crowd during the Preddyfest bluegrass festival on Thursday. The three-day festival concludes Saturday at the Preddy family compound on Green Hill Road in Franklinton.

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Louisburg man charged with assaulting estranged wife
Louisburg man charged with assaulting estranged wife
A Louisburg man remains in the Franklin County jail under more than a quarter million dollar bond on charges that he assaulted his estranged wife in front of their child.
Investigators arrested Michael Todd Wrenn on Monday, charging him with first-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault on a female, assault inflicting serious injury in the presence of a minor, assault on a child under 12 and violating a domestic violence order.

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Youngsville adopts budget
Youngsville adopts budget
YOUNGSVILLE — Town commissioners approved a 2010-11 spending plan that raises garbage fees and taxes — two areas the town said it needed to raise revenues.
The $1.6 million budget raises the town’s tax rate from 57 cents per $100 valuation to 59 cents per $100 valuation.
(Pictured above):  Youngsville Administrator Brenda Robbins swears in newly appointed Commissioner Marvin Roberts to the board on Thursday night.

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Franklinton budget will raise water rates
FRANKLINTON — If no last-minute changes are made, town commissioners will be tasked with adopting a budget Tuesday night that raises water rates by 40 percent.
The 2010-11 budget proposed by town staff does not change the tax rate, which is levied at .68 cents per $100 of valuation.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
White Level’s Landon Matthews

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cap and Grown
Editorial Cartoon: Cap and Grown


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General Motors innovation: Dump Chevy brand name
Whew! Most days you can’t believe much of what slips out of corporate offices.
And this time we’re not talking about BP — although that undoubtedly will be the topic of several books in coming years.
This time, the dumbest idea of the week slipped through the corporate geniuses at General Motors.

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Oil spill brings on memories of growing up amidst the eastern Ohio coal fields
Oil spill brings on memories of growing up amidst the eastern Ohio coal fields
Few things have affected me as much as the faces — especially the eyes — of our neighbors along the Gulf Coast as they seem to die a little more each day, helplessly watching, angry and powerless, as their way of life disappears.
It took a while to figure out why those images of a place I’ve merely visited had such a powerful impact — until I realized it’s because the same thing happened to the area of Ohio I once called home.

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Penny McGhee forms another committee while Robert Lee grandstands by talking trash
Penny McGhee forms another committee while Robert Lee grandstands by talking trash
GOOD MORNING: I agree with County Commission Chair Penny McGhee in that “we need to move” on this Early College High School proposal, but not by studying it any further.
I also agree with Kelevra in that some of us have been waiting in great anticipation for this “committee” to be formed. “If this ain’t business as usual in Franklin County I don’t know what it is. Maybe if the committee talks itself to death the money will fall out of the sky.”

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OBITUARIES

CARLTON “WALLACE” LLOYD
LOUISBURG - Graveside services for Carlton “Wallace” Lloyd, 59, who died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, June 12) at the Lloyd family cemetery, 60 Thomerson Lane in Louisburg.

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MILLIE W. MASON
RALEIGH - Millie Woodlief Mason, 87, died Tuesday, June 8, at Rex Hospital. Family received friends Thursday, June 10, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Street, with a memorial service following in the Wynne Center. Interment was at Montlawn Memorial Park.

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ETTA L. SHERRON
ZEBULON - Etta Vee Liles Sherron, 83, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Funeral service was Thursday, June 10, at Hephzibah Baptist Church, Wendell, with the Rev. Bill Sanderson officiating. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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BEULAH A. FINCH
LOUISBURG - Beulah Ayscue Finch, 75, died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at her home.  Graveside services will be Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at Lancaster Memorial Park, with Minister Kendell Riddick officiating.

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LYNN H. BILLINGS
MOUNT HOLLY - Lynn Hoffman Billings, 56, of Mount Holly, NC, passed Tuesday June 8, 2010 at Gaston Memorial Hospital.

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SPORTS

TRACK TITANS
TRACK TOWERS OF POWER. Bunn High School’s Marissa Bellamy and D.L. Burroughs have been selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Athletes for the 2010 season. Bellamy is a sophomore, and Burroughs is a junior.
TRACK TITANS
BUNN -- Bunn is back -- and in a big way -- as a major player in the Class 2-A State Track and Field proceedings.
Leading the way for BHS is an influx of talented, young performers -- including Marissa Bellamy and D.L. Burroughs.
Bellamy, a sophomore sprinter who won the states in the 200 as a freshman, has been selected as the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

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Ric Makes Pick: Wesleyan
Ric Makes Pick: Wesleyan
HENDERSON -- True post players have become a rare commodity in college basketball -- which is exactly why Ric Yarbrough was so intriguing to so many scouts from four-year schools.
After a successful two-season stint at Vance-Granville Community College, Yarbrough, a 6-foot-6 center, has signed to continue his career at North Carolina Wesleyan College, which is located in Rocky Mount.

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FHS girls lead way in league
NCC WINNERS. (L to R) Bunn’s Chepirah Neal was an honorable mention league selection and Franklinton’s Brooke Mustian was a First Team pick on the All-NCC Girls Soccer Squad for 2010.
FHS girls lead way in league
FRANKLINTON -- How dominant were the Franklinton Lady Rams during league girls soccer action this year?
For the answer, simply check out the 2010 All-Northern Carolina Conference Team -- and you’ll see plenty of Franklinton representation.

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LC women looking to next year
LC women looking to next year
LOUISBURG -- Three newcomers are waiting in the wings -- literally -- to join the Louisburg College women’s basketball program.
But while LC veteran head coach Mike Holloman is happy with what he sees as an upgrade along the wing portion of his lineup, he also wants to find at least one post performer to join the team before classes begin in August.

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Cubs select LC pitcher
LOUISBURG -- Most observers thought that Hunter Ackerman wouldn’t have to wait too long before hearing his name called at the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.
That assessment proved to be true as Ackerman, the talented left-hander from Louisburg College, was selected Tuesday by the Chicago Cubs in the fourth round, 130th overall.

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Mudcats’ road woes continue
Mudcats’ road woes continue
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- The Chattanooga Lookouts scored a pair of unearned runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Mudcats at AT&T Field on Monday night in a Class AA Southern League diamond showdown.
Tim Sexton (W, 3-5) fanned 10 over six innings, but benefited from two breaks in the fourth to earn the victory.

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SOLID OPENING ACT
SOLID OPENING ACT
In his first year as head coach, Bunn’s Greg Bunn (center) helped lead the Ladycats to a third-place finish in the Northern Carolina Conference and a trip to the state playoffs.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

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


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KIDS WITH A CAN-DO ATTITUDE
KIDS WITH A CAN-DO ATTITUDE
Bunn Elementary School students and staff rallied during the last week of school — despite a hectic schedule — to collect cans of food and other non-perishables for the 2010 United Way of Franklin County Food Drive. This group of students, above, was heading out the door on the last day of the school year on Thursday just before 1 p.m. and stopped to celebrate their school’s giving spirit.

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Louisburg Band awards announced
Brian D. Miller and Tracie Winstead, Louisburg/Terrell Lane band directors, have announced the Louisburg Band awards.
At the annual Louisburg Band Awards ceremony held in early June, band students at Terrell Lane Middle School and Louisburg High School were recognized for special achievements. All students were recognized for service to the band.  Band seniors were recognized for seven years’ worth of commitment, dedication, and loyalty to the band program. 

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GRADUATING CLASS
GRADUATING CLASS
The Kid’s Corner in Louisburg held its graduation on May 11 at the center. Daycare director is Amy Merritt. The instructor of the class of 2010 is Tina Holden and assistant instructor is Barbara Coons.

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Cheatham receives Masters
Cheatham receives Masters
Danette A. Cheatham of Wake Forest, daughter of Mildred and Cornelius Cheatham of Kittrell, received a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in public administration, from the University of Phoenix, Ariz., on May 9.
She is a 1989 graduate of Franklinton High School. In May 1991, she received an undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in visual communications and graphic design.

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St. Augustine’s graduate
Lesia M. Schaeffer, daughter of Joseph and Deloris Johnson of Youngsville, graduated magna cum laude from Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh on May 8.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

HAPPY CAMPERS
HAPPY CAMPERS
Well, it’s not these three who are the happy campers although their efforts will help create Happy Campers this summer. Charles Fenske of the Louisburg United Methodist Men is shown presenting a check to Nicki Perry (center) and Cindy Tharrington of the Franklin County Department of Social Services. Happy Camper is an all-volunteer organization that raises money to send needy local children to a variety of summer camps.

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STRONG START!
STRONG START!
With a snip of the ribbon and the donation of a large check, Ribeyes of Louisburg launched its grand opening festivities on Thursday. The first order of business was the presentation of this $1,000 check to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, half to be used with the Shop with the Sheriff program at Christmas and the other half to aid deputy sheriff James Williamson who was injured while attempting to break up a fight three months ago.

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JUST CHECKING
JUST CHECKING
Dr. Haresh M. Kathard, (left) who joined the Franklin Regional Medical Center medical staff as medical director of the emergency department in April, checks the blood pressure of Bill McKenney during a Health Fair at the Lake Royale Clubhouse this week.

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County Courthouse launches new Online payment system for traffic tickets
For the first time, Franklin County citizens can pay traffic tickets and related costs online.
A new system, payNCticket, built by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC), allows citizens to make online payments via credit or debit card for most waivable traffic citations.

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RETIREES HONORED
RETIREES HONORED
Franklin County Schools held its annual retirement dinner Monday, June 7, at the Louisburg United Methodist Church. In all, 27 retirees were recognized for their outstanding service.

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Murray and partner win tourney
Murray and partner win tourney
Franklin County’s finance director cashed in on some good fortune to take a tandem fishing title.
BASS Federation Nation Angler and finance director Chuck Murray teamed up with Tennessee’s Ben Parker to win this year’s Triton Owners Tourney on Kentucky Lake the weekend of June 4-5.

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New Eagle Scouts
New Eagle Scouts
Lin Bennett,  left,  and Stephen Davis, recently received their Eagle pins and scarves at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Louisburg United Methodist Church. Lin and Stephen began their Scouting adventure in 1998 as Tiger Cubs. Both advanced on to Cub Scouts and bridged over to Boy Scouts in March 2003, and both were elected to the Order of the Arrow. Stephen attended the National Order of the Arrow Convention in 2009.

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Area Click It or Ticket successful
Franklin County law enforcement agencies combined to make area roads safer.
Officers from Bunn, Franklinton, Louisburg and Youngsville worked the streets from May 24 through June 6 as  part of the Governor Highway Safety Program’s Click It or Ticket campaign.

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