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Showing 35 articles from June 15, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Graduation Daze
SMILING TIME. Bunn High’s Ashley Baker receives her diploma Saturday morning from Principal Robin Faulkner.
Graduation Daze
More then 500 students received their diplomas over the weekend, earning their tickets into the workforce or halls of higher education.
Bunn High School kicked off a trio of graduations Saturday at Louisburg College’s Seby Jones Center for the Performing Arts.
Principal Robin Faulkner told the 199 graduates to take the lessons of Bunn High School beyond the walls of the Bunn school and the college where they listened to her message.

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Who are you?
A roughly minute-long video depicting Congressman Bob Etheridge assaulting a college student made the viral rounds on Monday.
While local Republican leaders don’t expect the video alone to turn the tide in this fall’s election, they do hope it leads voters to pay more attention to Etheridge’s history in Washington.

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Bunn approves budget
BUNN — Commissioners approved a 2010-11 spending plan without a tax increase, but out-of-town residents can expect a water rate increase.
The budget was not approved unanimously, though, as Commissioner Robert Hartsfield said he wanted to get more for the town’s money, particularly when it comes to public safety.

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Batton says law would give appointee four-year term
Batton says law would give appointee four-year term
Some research by County Attorney Darnell Batton, plus Session Law 341, should equal a four-year term for the newly appointed School Board member.
Batton presented Board of Education attorney Boyd Sturges with a letter dated May 28, spelling out his interpretation of the law regarding the term for the school board appointment for District 3 in December.

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Ingram warns of budget “funding cliff”
Ingram warns of budget “funding cliff”
During an otherwise dull, routine meeting Monday night, the Franklin County Board of Education was warned that it is heading for a “funding cliff” in the 2011-12 fiscal year that has the potential to cause major problems in the local school system.
The warning came from School Superintendent Eddie Ingram following a meeting that he and board chairman Paige Sayles attended earlier Monday in Raleigh.

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401 committee schedules two meetings
The Franklin County U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee has scheduled two important meetings for the next two Thursday nights.
This Thursday, Richard Walls, aviation director of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, will speak about the local airport and its value to Franklin County and efforts to spark economic development in the county and the region.

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Youngsville looks into yard sale ordinance
Youngsville looks into yard sale ordinance
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners asked town staff to look into policy that would curtail home yard sales.
During the board’s meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Graham Stallings said he’s witnessed a residential yard sale in town that stretches the limits of non-commercial activity.
“... I’ve seen one the last five or six weeks in a row,” Stallings said. “It starts on Friday and goes through the weekend.

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Business owners want to put Franklinton in the fast lane
ATTENTION TO DETAIL. Alex Dart from Wake Forest does some bodywork to the frame of his slot car on Friday evening at Frugals Speedway in Franklinton.
Business owners want to put Franklinton in the fast lane
FRANKLINTON — At scaled speeds of more than 200 mph, Scott and Patricia Tidball are working to put business in the fast lane.
The couple operates Frugals Speedway, taking over the slot car racing venue about two months ago.



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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Kickball fan Tre Morgan

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: CSI Washington, D.C.
Editorial Cartoon: CSI Washington, D.C.


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Attend 401 committee meetings and be heard
If you’ve ever swerved, winced, griped, complained or broke out in a cold sweat while driving U.S. 401 between Louisburg and Raleigh, now is the time to stand up and demand that something finally — after 40 years of promises — be done to improve the road.

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GM reverses Chevy decision
It’s okay to “drive your Chevy to the levee” again.
That’s the official word from General Motors after a fire storm erupted over the company’s effort to erase the name Chevy from people’s lips and replace it with Chevrolet.
Oops, bad idea, GM has said.


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The shrubbery may be gone, but my memories of vetch are still sprouting
The shrubbery may be gone, but my memories of vetch are still sprouting
GOOD MORNING: Boy, that thunderstorm that brought us about ¾ of an inch of badly needed rain shortly after 2 a.m. last Sunday morning was a real boomer if their ever was one. I was awakened from a sound sleep by a clap of thunder that rattled the windows in the house, but the rain that followed was music to my ears.

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Stern message needs to be handed out along with diplomas
Stern message needs to be handed out along with diplomas
This past Saturday, more than 500 students showed the discipline, hard work and sacrifice needed to push through 13 years of school.
That’s more than 410 million seconds of focus.
In just a few seconds, though, the ceremony honoring that sort of dedication was ruined by relatives and friends who said, rules, schmules.

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It’s just a game, so enjoy each day and be happy
Dear Editor,
Finally it’s summer; school is almost over, time for some ball games. We practice and look forward to a good time. We put on the uniforms and get ready. We play well and then the umpires start to make some really bad calls. The player at home was definitely out but was called safe. O.K., everyone makes mistakes. However, when bad call after bad call is made, the players get really discouraged and hang their heads in defeat.

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OBITUARIES

RUTH L. “RUTHIE” HARRIS
LOUISBURG – Ruth Louise “Ruthie” Harris, 80, died Saturday morning, June 12, 2010 at her home. A graveside service was held  Monday at Lancaster Memorial Park.

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SUSAN M. ENDRESS
ZEBULON - Susan Morris Endress, 49, died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at her home. Funeral service was conducted Monday, June 14, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel in Knightdale, with Pastor Adam Blackmon officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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PRESTON ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Preston “Cheeseball” Alston, 42, who died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, will be held Friday, June 18, at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Alston-Ellis cemetery.

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WILSON SILLS JR.
LOUISBURG - Graveside services for Wilson Sills Jr., who died Saturday, June 12, 2010, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Mary Helen Jones cemetery, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating.

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ALICE W. MAYES
ZEBULON - Alice W. Mayes died Saturday, June 12, 2010. A graveside service was held Tuesday, June 15, at the Pearce family cemetery.

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SPORTS

AMONG THE FINEST
FRANKLINTON’S DYNAMIC DUO. (L to R) Franklinton High School senior standouts Shaylyn Poppe and Amanda Knapp have been selected to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s Class 2-A All-State Team.
AMONG THE FINEST
FRANKLINTON -- Even though the season has been completed, the accolades continue to pour in for Franklinton High School’s Dynamic Soccer Duo of Shaylyn Poppe and Amanda Knapp.
Poppe and Knapp were saluted last Sunday as members of the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s Class 2-A Girls All-State Team.

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BMS Claims Softball Crown
BMS Claims Softball Crown
BUNN -- Despite boasting so many talented players, Bunn Middle School has never been able to claim a Middle Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in the 11-year history of the program.
That changed in a big way this spring as the Lady Bulldogs went undefeated en route to earning an elusive MAC title under veteran head coach Jamie Richardson.

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Wachovia goes to the RR Jackets
Wachovia goes to the RR Jackets
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Roanoke Rapids dominated the field, including  championships in men’s tennis and softball, and captured the  Wachovia Cup for the 2009-10 school year out of the Northern Carolina Conference.
Jumping from fourth place into second, North Johnston  High School moved up thanks to league crowns in men’s golf and tennis, softball  and baseball during the spring schedule.

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Oxford Strike earns a title
Oxford Strike earns a title
GREENSBORO -- The Oxford Strike, a U-15 boys’ travel soccer team that is part of the Oxford Soccer Club (OSC), brought home the title of state champion on May 23. 
The team is comprised of 16 boys from Oxford, Henderson, Franklinton and Louisburg.
The Strike entered the Singer Challenge Cup beginning in Raleigh on the weekend of May 17-18. 

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KICK MASTER
KICK MASTER
Franklinton High School senior Shaylyn Poppe (right) has been chosen to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s Class 2-A All-State Squad.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
Rita Spencer Spruill of Louisburg announces the engagement of her daughter, Miranda Lewis Allen, to Lemuel Smith Ward III (Smitty), son of Fenner and Sandy Matthews of Henderson and Lemuel Smith Ward II (L.S.) and Angela Ward of Louisburg. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Randy Lee Lewis of Louisburg. A July wedding is planned.


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IN APPRECIATION
IN APPRECIATION
Geraldine Harris was honored on May 31 at a Memorial Day service at New Hope Freedom and Deliverance Cathedral of Louisburg. She was presented a plaque in appreciation of her tireless efforts and unwavering dedication in collecting and displaying pictures of veterans and other servicemen. Each year, Harris sponsors a Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day service where she displays several hundred pictures of deceased veterans that she has collected over the years.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Roberson inducted
Roberson inducted
Chelsey Roberson of White Level was recently inducted into the Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Wake Technical Community College, where she is studying nursing. To receive this honor, a GPA of 3.7 must be maintained.
Chelsey is the daughter of Kelly Roberson, sister of Carly Roberson,  and the granddaughter of Ned and Cathy Smith.


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Louisburg High’s Jones wins UNCG iSchool Scholarship
Louisburg High’s Jones wins UNCG iSchool Scholarship
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has announced that 179 high school seniors  from 44 counties have been named UNCG iSchool Scholars for their outstanding performance in online early college classes.
Among those honored was Dustin Jones of Louisburg High School. Jones received a special silver and gold honor cord to wear at graduation and a certificate of merit from the University.

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SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Louisburg High School senior Dylan Dungey (right) is shown above as he receives a $500 scholarship on behalf of the Epsom Lions Club to attend Nascar Technical Institute. Presenting the award is Epsom Lions Club President Alton Foster. The presentation was made at the Louisburg High School auditorium during the LHS Senior Awards program on May 28.

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Bunn Elementary School announces honor rolls
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, has announced the Honor Roll for the fourth nine-weeks 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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MADE IT
MADE IT
Louisburg High’s Tamasha Brown receives a white rose from School Board Chairman Paige Sayles to go with her diploma on Saturday evening.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Consistory wins four awards
Consistory wins four awards
Members of Henderson Consistory #195 received four awards at the 58th Annual North Carolina Council of Deliberations Session and 2nd Annual Joint Dr. G. Wesley Allen Council of Deliberation and Annie P. Rogers State Grand Assembly Session, held April 15-18 at the Greenville Hilton Hotel in Greenville.

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NEW LAWYER
NEW LAWYER
The law office of Thomas H. Clifton recently added attorney Adam S. Keith to the practice.  Keith is a Franklin County native and NCCU School of Law graduate. His areas of practice include traffic, separations, divorce, family law, contracts, wills and estate matters .  The office is located at 114 E. Nash Street, Louisburg.

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EMERGENCY GEAR
EMERGENCY GEAR
Franklin Regional Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer Jason Proctor (center) recently donated a portable defibrillator to Louisburg College. Accepting the emergency device is college President Mark LaBranch (right) while Jeffery Linney, chief of campus police, looks on.

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