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Showing 39 articles from July 27, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Foreclosures on the rise in Franklin County
FOR SALE. Franklin County may be on pace for the most foreclosure activity in the past 10 years. Foreclosure activity dipped from 2008 to 2009, but numbers so far suggest that Franklin County’s numbers will spike by the end of the year.
Foreclosures on the rise in Franklin County
After the first decline in a decade, Franklin County’s foreclosure activity is expected to spike by the end of the year.
From January until June, according to the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, Franklin County has recorded 285 foreclosure starts, a 58 percent increase over the same time period  last year.

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Cowher Remembered
SUPER TIMES. Kaye Young Cowher (right) joins her husband, Bill, during the celebration after the Pittsburgh Steelers won the 2006 Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Mark Terrill, Associated Press)
Cowher Remembered
BUNN --  A life less ordinary ended much too soon last Friday with the passing of Kaye Young Cowher.
One of Franklin County’s most beloved native daughters, Cowher, 54, died of skin cancer in Raleigh.
A pioneer in women’s athletics — at Bunn High School, North Carolina State University and beyond — Cowher is survived by her husband, former Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Bill Cowher, and three children.

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High Speed Rail meeting in Franklinton on July 29
Franklinton is the last stop on the high-speed rail public hearing train, and officials want to make sure residents let their concerns be heard this Thursday..
Transportation staffs in North Carolina and Virginia, and the Federal Railroad Administration completed a draft environmental impact study on the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor — a 162-mile route connecting Richmond, Va. to Raleigh via fast-moving rail service.

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Police increasing patrols on U.S. 1
Franklinton police are tightening patrols on U.S. 1 after a number of motorists have tried to use the four-lane highway as a speedway.
The latest incident tested the department’s chase policy, but did not result in an arrest.

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No time frame to hire extension director
The search for a new Franklin County Cooperative Extension Director continues ... with no timeline to guide it.
Almost a year ago, Cedric Jones announced that he would step down after 30 years as director of the agriculture agency, making his official departure on Oct. 1.

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National Night Out events planned
National Night Out events planned
Franklinton and Louisburg are taking two different paths to National Night Out, but they hope to reach the same destination — safer communities.
This is the 27th year of the national event and Franklinton and Louisburg have hosted the community event for the past 19 and 18 years, respectively.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Huntley Wright

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Train...Train...Take Me On Out of This Town
Editorial Cartoon: Train...Train...Take Me On Out of This Town


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All aboard?
High Speed Rail meeting July 29
Don’t forget, you’ll have a front row seat Thursday night to see what a half billion of your tax dollars can buy!
Just drive down to Franklinton High School and listen to the details of the so-called High Speed Rail project that will suck up money like a vacuum cleaner ­­— and you’ll have a great view of one huge boondoggle.

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Berger may wobble, but not me... I jumped ship from the Democratic Party long ago
Berger may wobble, but not me... I jumped ship from the Democratic Party long ago
GOOD MORNING: Temperatures are back into the 90’s again today (and for the foreseeable future) following a brief cool down Tuesday – that is if you can call the upper 80’s a “cool” anything. It’s been so hot and dry out my way for so long now that the ½ inch rain we received early Sunday night didn’t even leave a puddle at the foot of my driveway.

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Confidence in spending, immigration laws are both on the decline
Confidence in spending, immigration laws are both on the decline
I read a story recently that had to be wrong.
It said that Americans’ confidence in the economy was eroding. That can’t be right.
You have to first have confidence before it can erode.
According to the report, though, Americans have shown some confidence  in the economy.

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Website Reader Participation Results July 21-28
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Will whistlers be silenced?
Will the International Whistlers Convention find the funding to survive?

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Louisburg owes apology
Dear Editor:
It is hard to imagine Oakwood Cemetery without the old boxwoods, azaleas, other shrubs, aged crepe myrtles, and dogwoods, which gave Oakwood character.

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Public servants commended for helping with child safety seat
Dear Editor:
Upon learning our three-month-old granddaughter was coming to visit overnight and go with us to the Shearin family reunion, we purchased an infant car seat base identical to the one in her parents’ car. Quickly we learned that installing the car seat base was no easy task.

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Why the union blocks reform
RALEIGH – Almost everyone agrees that improving the quality of the educational workforce is an indispensable element of any program to improve school performance.
I use the term “almost” because there is a significant player in North Carolina’s school-reform debate that doesn’t agree: the North Carolina Association of Educators, the state’s largest teacher union.

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OBITUARIES

MARY “PAT” M. BRANNON
RALEIGH - Mary “Pat” Moore Brannon, 90, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Graveside services were held Monday, July 26, at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.

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JAMES O. WHITE
RALEIGH - James Otis White died Friday, July 23, 2010. Funeral was held Tuesday, July 27, at Lea Funeral Home. Interment was at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, Franklinton.

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SADIE B. CUTCHINS
FRANKLINTON —Sadie B. Cutchins, 84, retired owner/operator of Cutchins Funeral Home, Inc. in Franklinton, died Saturday, July 24, 2010. Funeral services will be today (Wednesday, July 28) at First Baptist Church in Franklinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

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CAROLE CHILDERS
WICHITA, KS - Carole Childers, 76, homemaker,  died Monday, July 26, 2010. Paul and Carole lived in Franklin County (Centerville) in the 1950’s.  Visitation will be Friday, July 30, from 6:30-8 p.m. followed by a service Saturday, July 31, at 10 a.m., both at Resthaven Mortuary.

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DOLLIE W. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Dollie W. Williams, 76, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 29, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bill Spence officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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KAYE YOUNG COWHER
RALEIGH - Kaye Young Cowher, 54, of Raleigh, NC, died Friday July 23, 2010 at her home.  She was the daughter of the late Claude and Irene Young of Bunn, NC. 

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BOBBIE JO CARNES
December 11, 1932 – July 25, 2010
LOUISBURG –  Bobbie Jo Carnes, 77, of Louisburg, died Sunday morning at her home.
Bobbie Jo was the daughter of the late Urbane Aaron and Willie Mae Linkus.

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SPORTS

Jordan’s Rules
ON THE BALL FOR THE RED RAMS. New Franklinton High School soccer coach Jordan Germano is coming off a standout playing career at SUNY-Cortland. Germano will guide both the boys and girls teams at Franklinton.
Jordan’s Rules
FRANKLINTON -- A near-panic ensued at Franklinton after Deran Coe stepped down in June as the school’s boys and girls soccer coach.
The mood was understandable, considering Coe was the only soccer skipper FHS had ever known after starting the programs nine years ago.

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Ledford is tabbed by Rams
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s 20-something coaching search continued recently with the hiring of Whitney Ledford to take over the Lady Rams’ fast-pitch softball program.
Ledford graduated with honors this spring from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her softball duties, Ledford will teach English at Franklinton.

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Regan Named FHS VB Coach
SIGN OF THINGS TO COME. New Franklinton High School volleyball coach Emily Regan was able to work with the Lady Rams during the recent Elon Phoenix Camp -- before she had actually accepted the vacant position.
Regan Named FHS VB Coach
FRANKLINTON -- Few coaches have the luxury of test driving a coaching vacancy before accepting it.
But that was the luxury Emily Regan had when she worked with the Franklinton High School girls volleyball squad at the Elon Phoenix Volleyball Camp earlier this month.

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FHS’ AD goes to Averette
FHS’ AD goes to Averette
Franklinton High School Principal Charles Fuller has looked in-house to find his next Athletic Director -- at least for the ensuing school year.
Assistant Principal David Averette, who has served as FHS’ interim AD this summer following the resignation of Deran Coe, will continue to serve in that capacity through the spring of 2011.

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LC building soccer roster
LC building soccer roster
LOUISBURG -- Andy Stokes continues to put his stamp on the Louisburg College women’s soccer program -- and in a big way.
Stokes took over as LC’s head coach last summer, but didn’t have enough time to bring in his own recruiting class.

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Carolina remains hot in the SL
Carolina remains hot in the SL
MONTGOMERY, ALA. -- Scott Carroll pitched six innings of one-run baseball, leading Carolina to its third win in four games over the Montgomery Biscuits 5-1 at Riverwalk Stadium on Sunday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.
Carroll (W, 3-5) permitted his only run in the sixth inning, then snagged a hard grounder on the hill with the bases loaded to end his outing.

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LIFESTYLES

Collins, Henn wed
Collins, Henn wed
Ashley Brooke Collins and Joseph Boyd Henn were married on June 26, 2010 at White Level Baptist Church. The 4 p.m. double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Henry Stamper.
The bride is the daughter of Mike and Terri Collins of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of Garner and Brenda Dement of Louisburg and William and Irene Collins, also of Louisburg.

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Moody, King unite in marriage
Moody, King unite in marriage
Erica Ann Moody and Ricky Dale King Jr. were united in marriage at Rock Spring Baptist Church near Bunn on May 22, 2010 at 4 p.m. The Rev. Jared Pemper officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Gregory and Tonya Moody of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of Frances and Claude Moody of Louisburg, Patricia and Andrew McDonald of Durham, Cathy and Bobby Autrey of Wilton.

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ANNIVERSARY
ANNIVERSARY
William M. (“Bill”) Hill, Jr. and Frances Jones Hill of Louisburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a surprise party in their honor on Saturday, July 24, hosted by their son, Maurice Hill and wife Angie of Youngsville, and daughter and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Evan and Annie Wilbourne of Louisburg.   Mr. and Mrs. Hill were married July 23, 1960 at First United Methodist Church in Henderson.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Vance-Granville Community College’s Community & Economic Development classes teach variety of skills
From Art to Motorcycle Safety and everything in between, a variety of Vance-Granville Community College courses are scheduled to be offered this fall. The fall semester begins Aug. 17 and ends Dec. 15.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bennett will play free Student Recital at Cherry Hill on Aug. 4
Bennett will play free Student Recital at Cherry Hill on Aug. 4
Michael Bennett, who at 11 has been described as a “young Mozart,” will be featured in a free Student Recital at Cherry Hill in the Warren County community of Inez at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Bennett entered the Curtis Institute of Music’s organ program at age 11 and won the National Music Teachers Association Composition Contest at age 11 as well.

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APPRECIATION
APPRECIATION
Agriculture Board Chair Ed Wheeler (left) presents a plaque of appreciation for service to John A. Rogers of the Hayesville Township for his outstanding contributions to the Franklin County Agriculture Board.

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HONORED
HONORED
Alton Richardson (left) of the Gold Mine Township recently received a plaque of appreciation for service to Franklin County’s agricultural industry for serving on the Franklin County Agriculture Board. Agriculture Board Chair Ed Wheeler made the presentation.

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Grants available through the Tobacco Communities Fund
RAFI-USA’s Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund will make cost-share demonstration grants to farmers, farm organizations, and community groups in Franklin County. Cost-share support of up to $10,000  will be awarded to individual producers and support of up to $30,000 will be awarded to collaborative farmer efforts.

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Franklin County Heritage Book deadline extended to Oct.1
The Franklin County Heritage Book deadline has been extended to Oct. 1, according to Annette Goyette.
“This will be the final date for receipt of all stories, pictures and book orders,” she said.
In making the announcement, Goyette said that dozens of family stories and pictures have been received, but scores more are still being written.  This Oct. 1 deadline extension will give everyone a chance to submit an article, she said.

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Deputies investigate theft of lawn mower
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklinton woman on assault charges.
According to a report by Dep. Daniel Wester, Tiara L. Allen, 19, and Gabriel Smith, were at the center of an altercation that turned into a knife attack in the 500 block of Fox Ridge Road at about 3 a.m. on July 24.

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CUTAWAY
CUTAWAY
Louisburg Streets Department employee Martin Fuller, center, cuts off some limbs attached to a downed tree that fell across Edwards Lane last week. The tree had apparently rotted and fell across the roadway, narrowly missing a mailbox. No one was injured in the incident.

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