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Showing 32 articles from July 23, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Appeals court overturns Pastuer murder conviction
Appeals court overturns Pastuer murder conviction
Prosecutors said they will ask the state Supreme Court to review an appellate court’s decision that could set free a man convicted of murder.
Earlier this week, the state Court of Appeals ruled that prosecutors didn’t meet the burden of proof needed to convict Robert Lee Pastuer for the 2006 murder of his estranged wife, Narskelsky Pastuer.

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School’s Adequate Yearly Progress report released
Half of Franklin County’s schools made adequate yearly progress, according to  preliminary statistics.
The federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act holds school system’s accountable for student progress based on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
And based on their matrix, seven of the 14 schools within the system met AYP target goals.

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Robbery victim arrested on outstanding warrants
Robbery victim arrested on outstanding warrants
Louisburg police continue to look for suspects accused of robbing a man at gunpoint.
The victim in that case, though, was arrested on unrelated charges of attempted burglary and participating in the prostitution of a minor.

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GOLD LEAF ARCHWAY
GOLD LEAF ARCHWAY
Does this rainbow off Gardner Road lead to a tobacco row pot of gold? The spectrum follows the irrigation stream into a misty early evening on Thursday, when temperatures were still hovering around 100 degrees. Though typically visible high in the sky as reflections of light on water droplets, rainbows can be spotted low to the ground when conditions are just right.

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Heat wave
Heat wave
Meteorologists were expecting some of the hottest conditions of the summer through Saturday.
Local emergency officials were expecting residents to continue taking precautions against the heat and humidity.
“We’ve had few heat-related calls — 12 since June 1 — and for the most part, people seem to be staying inside or, if they are outside, they are staying hydrated and as cool as they can.”

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Thomas murder trial scheduled for August
The case against a man charged with killing his estranged girlfriend is on the trial calender next month.
Christopher Thomas’ attorney either expects to work out a plea deal the week of Aug. 2 or prepare for a trial in the near future.

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Franklinton park construction uncovers tanks, town commits $10,000 for removal
Franklinton park construction uncovers tanks, town commits $10,000 for removal
FRANKLINTON — Town officials decided to dig a little deeper into their pockets in order to develop a bit of green space in town.
Late last year, the town received an $11,537 state Department of Environment and Natural Resources grant to develop a pocket park near the magistrate’s office.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Bryan Bowden

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: The Bergerman
Editorial Cartoon: The Bergerman


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Genetic testing can give a look into our future health
If you could know what might happen tomorrow, would you ask that question?
Taking a peek into the future is something most folks have occasionally dreamed about — and which has been the topic of more movies and books than we can count.
Yet, while knowing what tomorrow might hold sounds like it could be fun, it also can be frightening.

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DOT needs to take display of road signs in another direction
DOT needs to take display of road signs in another direction
Maybe it’s the heat and the humidity but ...
For someone who was born a skeptic but became a cynic through education and experience, I sometimes can still be as gullible as a rookie reporter.
That’s why I got my hopes dashed earlier this week after watching work crews swoop in at the intersection of North Bickett Boulevard and Nash Street here in the ‘Burg.

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“Dog Days” are here, Joe’s in Florida and Schriver’s ready to fight
“Dog Days” are here, Joe’s in Florida and Schriver’s ready to fight
GOOD MORNING: From all appearances, the so-called “Dog Days” of summer are upon us, a bit early perhaps, but it certainly looks and feels like such is indeed the case.
Normally we don’t expect the likes of this kind of weather until August.

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Disturbed over Louisburg’s disrespect of cemetery
Dear Editor,
I read, with disbelief, the letter written to the editor of The Franklin Times in the July 14th issue of your paper.
I did not know about this until reading the story written by Nancy Hayes Yarborough pertaining to the town of Louisburg having cut or sawed all of the shrubbery and growth which was planted both recently and in the years past (with the exception of a few pieces) by family members and friends of the deceased.

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Stop the Leake
Last week’s revelation that State Board of Elections Chairman Larry Leake interfered with the investigation into 2008 gubernatorial campaign flights signals that Leake’s effectiveness to that board and the state has ended and he must be replaced.

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OBITUARIES

LEE B. MURPHY
LOUISBURG – Lee B. Murphy, 80, of the White Level Community, died Wednesday afternoon, July 21, 2010. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. today (Saturday, July 24) at White Level Baptist Church, with the Rev. Henry Stamper officiating. Burial will follow in the Frazier family cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral.

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JAMES M. BROOKS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James MacArthur Brooks, 64, who died Tuesday, July 20, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, July 24) at Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with Elder Jerry Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Manasseh church cemetery.

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RUTH R. POOLE
RALEIGH - Ruth Roberts Poole, 85, died Monday, July 19, 2010. Funeral service was Thursday, July 22, in the chapel of Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Angier. Burial followed at the Kennebec church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Together Again
NICE TO MEET YOU. Former Franklinton High School standouts (center & right) Shaylyn Poppe and Amanda Knapp are introduced to the crowd before Tuesday evening’s East-West All-Star Girls Soccer match in Greensboro.
Together Again
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Together again. One last time.
For recent Franklinton High School graduates Amanda Knapp and Shaylyn Poppe, that was the theme of their appearances Tuesday at the annual East-West All-Star Girls Soccer Game on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

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COMING UP ROSES
CENTER OF ATTENTION FOR U-DUB. Louisburg College assistant football coach Trevor Highfield was an All-PAC-10 selection at center in the 1990s as a player with the University of Washington Huskies.
COMING UP ROSES
LOUISBURG -- After his Washington Huskies won the 1991 NCAA Football Championship, Trevor Highfield was invited to a team party atop the iconic Space Needle in Seattle.
It’s been said that, on a clear day, you can see forever from the legendary structure. The sun glows off the roofs of downtown skyscrapers, and the majestic, snow-capped  Mount Rainer -- all 14,411 feet of it -- can be viewed in the distance, over 50 miles away.

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Meeks Steps Down
TREMENDOUS TENURE. John Meeks guided the Louisburg College Hurricanes to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament last season as part of his two-year stint as the school’s men’s basketball coach.
Meeks Steps Down
LOUISBURG -- In his own estimation, John Meeks brought in a high-level recruiting class this year for the Louisburg College men’s basketball team.
Meeks, however, won’t have the opportunity to coach them as he announced his resignation Wednesday after two productive campaigns at LC.

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Meeks is huge loss for Canes
Meeks is huge loss for Canes
Look for Louisburg College to act quickly in its quest to find a replacement for men’s basketball coach John Meeks, who resigned earlier this week.
The school really doesn’t have a choice, considering the fact that the first day of classes is three weeks away.
LC shouldn’t have trouble locating a successor. Finding one as talented as Meeks will be a much more difficult proposition.

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BHS offering spike tryouts
BHS offering spike tryouts
BUNN -- The Bunn High School volleyball squad will be conducting tryouts on Aug. 2-3 for the upcoming season.
The tryouts will be held from 1-4 p.m. each day at the Bunn Dome. All prospective players must bring a completed physical form.
Also, the annual BHS Alumni Day has been rescheduled to Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Bunn Dome. All former players are welcome to attend.

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Mudcats master Montgomery
Mudcats master Montgomery
MONTGOMERY, ALA. -- Devin Mesoraco rapped four of Carolina’s season-high 18 hits as the Mudcats beat the Montgomery Biscuits 11-6 in the series opener on Thursday night at Riverwalk Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.
Jake Kahaulelio and Kris Negron each hit solo homers, Negron’s coming in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, leading Carolina into sole possession of second place in the Northern Division.

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TREMENDOUS TRIO
TREMENDOUS TRIO
Louisburg High School wrestlers (l to r) Jackson Ellis, Smiley Mueller and David Pearce (all rising seniors) recently traveled to the Bob Guzzo Grand Strand Wrestling Camp in Myrtle Beach. Each of the wrestlers took home at least one trophy for his effort.

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TAR HEEL LEAGUE STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS
TAR HEEL LEAGUE STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS
The Wendell All-Stars, who recently won the Tar Heel League’s 10-Under District Softball Tournament in Youngsville, continued their undefeated postseason run by winning the Tar Heel State Tourney Championship on July 18 in Smithfield. Wendell defeated Johnston County for the title.

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LADY RAMS IN ACTION
LADY RAMS IN ACTION
The Franklinton High School volleyball squad has been hard at work, preparing for the upcoming season. Several Lady Rams recently traveled to Alamance County to participate in the week-long Elon Phoenix Volleyball Camp. The event was held from July 14-17 on the campus of Elon University. (Above) The Lady Rams are pictured with their camp certificates.

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LIFESTYLES

FAMILY REUNION
FAMILY REUNION
On July  17, the descendants of Wilbert and Dorothy Burwell celebrated their 2nd annual family reunion at the Franklinton Park in Franklinton. The gathering, officially called the “Burwell Dream” (determined to respect, encourage, and acknowledge the memories), the reunion was inspired by the tragic death of a dear cousin. The weekend culminated with worship services at Hawkins Chapel Baptist Church.

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A Multicultural “Bountiful Harvest”
A Multicultural “Bountiful Harvest”
I can’t wait for you to get your hands on this treasured collection of recipes from many outstanding cooks from Louisburg United Methodist Church and the community. Molly Evans has beautifully described this lovely book as an heirloom cookbook with 877 recipes that any cook could successfully use, a book created with love by the Louisburg United Methodist Women, as well as other community patrons and friends who contributed recipes.

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Franklin County youth participate in 4-H Poultry judging competition
Franklin County youth participate in 4-H Poultry judging competition
Ten Franklin County area youth competed in a statewide 4-H Poultry Judging competition this past Monday in Raleigh and walked away State Champions.  After six months of hard work preparing for the contest and having exceptional meeting attendance, the 10 4-H’ers have shown a keen interest in poultry.
Pictured (Above): 4-H COMPETITORS. Pictured, left to right, are  4-H Poultry Judging competitors Jake Privette, Taylor Farley, Joseph Adams, Joey Moore, Selena Bullock, Ellis Privette, Daniel Barker, Faith Dunbar, Wesley Dunbar, Shannon Rigby, and volunteers Ranell Bridges and Richard Hoyle.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

The ABCs of WIC
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federally funded, supplemental food program which provides nutritional foods to help babies and young children improve their developmental growth.
Young children need essential vitamins and minerals in their diet.  If a child does not receive the proper nutrients, he can become more susceptible to illnesses.

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Deputies look for one-legged man in trailer robbery; Oak Grove Baptist Church robbed
Sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole a Louisburg area man’s trailer.
According to the victim, Earnest Ray Cardwell, deputies may want to focus their investigation on a one-legged man.
According to the report by Deputy Bill Garrett, Cardwell believes someone took the trailer between the night of July 18 and the early morning hours of July 19.

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N.C. Cooperative Extension partners with 10% Campaign to promote local foods
Cooperative Extension Agent Martha Mobley will coordinate campaign to boost local food consumption.
The 10% Campaign is an effort to encourage North Carolina consumers to spend 10 percent of their food dollars on foods from local sources.

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