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Showing 36 articles from August 6, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

U.S. 401 is part of D.O.T.’s 10-year-plan
FAULKNER
U.S. 401 is part of D.O.T.’s 10-year-plan
The good news is that a draft transportation plan funds improvements for a portion of U.S. 401.
The bad news is that those improvements are slated in the second half of the 10-year plan state Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).
Such a precarious position means the widening project could be bumped in favor of other projects in a few years.

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Couple charged with abusing 8-month-old
Franklin County authorities arrested a Youngsville couple charged with abusing an eight-month-old.
According to warrants, investigators allege Dennis and Annie Newton of Windsong Lane are responsible for serious injuries, including the broken legs, arms and fingers to the child in their foster care.
According to Dep. Ruby Galvin, the child was taken to the hospital where it was being examined for a knee injury.

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CROWD COVERAGE
CROWD COVERAGE
 Louisburg officers Greg Alston and Shari Brinkley man a table as they handed out bookbags and other school supplies to the gathered masses at Riverbend Park on Tuesday evening as part of National Night Out festivities. Officers and others in the emergency response community gave out free goods and food in an effort to get better acquainted with community members, which is the goal of the nationwide event.

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Team Monika needs sponsors
Team Monika needs more players.
Amy and Robert Mathis, along with another family and friends, established Team Monika this past spring as a way to provide assistance to those down on their luck.

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County enters into contract for new emergency communications system
County enters into contract for new emergency communications system
Franklin County and Harris Communications have executed a $9 million contract expected to bring about improved radio and emergency communications.
The money will be used to upgrade the county’s analog system to a state-of-the-art system designed to improve radio coverage and boost paging service in a county sorely lacking in those abilities now, staff said.

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Etheridge visits Louisburg Senior Center to celebrate Social Security’s 75th anniversary
ETHERIDGE
Etheridge visits Louisburg Senior Center to celebrate Social Security’s 75th anniversary
With a 75-year-old as the guest of honor, the Louisburg Senior Center was the appropriate place for a birthday party.
State and federal officials, though, say the Social Security program is going strong as it approaches its 75th anniversary on Aug. 14.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Kiatah Blalock

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: It's In The Bag
Editorial Cartoon: It's In The Bag


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If high-speed rail project passes, towns need to be made whole
Here’s an interesting idea first presented in confidence by a self-described “man of destiny” from Franklin County who will be identified only if this concept takes hold and becomes a reality.
Don’t hold your breath, however, because this idea makes too much sense to be translated into reality.
The idea is simple.

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This crotchety old blankety-blank is against the high-speed rail project
This crotchety old blankety-blank is against the high-speed rail project
GOOD MORNING: That storm or those storms, whatever, that rumbled through the local area for upwards of two hours Thursday night, were real Jim Dandies, weren’t they?  They also brought much-needed and substantial rainfall amounts to parts of Franklin County – as much as 1.6 inches out my way just east of Louisburg, with over 2 inches reported in areas between Louisburg and Bunn. On top of that, the possibilities for even more rain were listed at 70 percent Friday and 50 percent Friday night and Saturday.

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Government survey gets a little too personal for my taste
Government survey gets a little too personal for my taste
I admit that I first believed the tale was exaggerated.
Blown up out of proportion.
It couldn’t be true.
But since it resulted with a friend from Nash County being threatened with a visit from guys with uniforms and guns, it was worth checking out.

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A healthy public skepticism
RALEIGH – For years, environmental activists have pushed state and federal officials to enact costly, far-reaching policies to combat global warming. They’ve run ad campaigns and endorsed politicians. They’ve attacked the reputation of scientists who don’t agree with their alarmism about climate change. They’ve produced books, websites, videos, even Hollywood movies to push their agenda.

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OBITUARIES

ROBERT L. WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Robert Lewis Williams, 71, who died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, were held Friday, Aug. 6,  at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial was in the Perry’s Church cemetery.

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GEORGIANNA M. RAGLAND
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Georgianna Massenburg Ragland, 83, who died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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BRYANT H. WILLIAMS JR.
WENDELL - Bryant Henry Williams Jr., 90, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 at his residence. Funeral service was Friday, Aug. 6, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel, Knightdale. Burial was in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, Clayton.

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LEWIS L. RIDDLE
SANFORD - Lewis Luther Riddle, 83, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 at Lee Memorial Hospital, Fort Myers, Fla. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Aug. 7) at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, 89 Jones Chapel Road, Sanford, with the Rev. Houston Blair officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

No Time Wasted
NEW GUY IN TOWN. Mark Vanderslice has been selected as the new men’s head basketball coach at Louisburg College. (Photo Courtesy of Furman University Sports Information Department)
No Time Wasted
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has wasted little time in its search for a new men’s basketball coach.
Just two weeks after John Meeks’ abrupt resignation, LC has hired Mark Vanderslice, who has eight years of experience on the Division I level, including stints at UNC-Asheville, Toledo and (most recently) Furman University.

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Regan-Omics
IN CHARGE AT FHS. New volleyball coach Emily Regan runs her Franklinton Lady Rams through a drill during a practice session on the FHS campus.
Regan-Omics
FRANKLINTON - Through one week of practice, this much is clear -- Emily Regan isn’t interested in easing her way into her new job as Franklinton High School’s head volleyball coach.
Regan, who this time last year was preparing for her senior season at Elon University, has been pushing the Lady Rams through an intense series of workouts.

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Looking to be in the Hunt
CARRYING THE LOAD. Senior running back Ervin Hunt will play a huge role in the offense this fall for the Louisburg High School football squad.
Looking to be in the Hunt
LOUISBURG -- This time last season, then-new Louisburg High School football coach Chris Lee was still teaching the nuances of the wing-T offense to his players.
For LHS, it was proving to be a difficult adjustment, as the Warriors had become accustomed to a wishbone offense before Lee arrived on campus.

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Mudcats outlast Stars in extra stanzas
Mudcats outlast Stars in extra stanzas
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. -- Four innings after blowing an 8-1 lead, Brandon Yarbrough’s two-out single in the 10th inning broke an 8-8 tie and sent the Carolina Mudcats to a 10-9 victory over the Huntsville Stars at Joe Davis Stadium on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.

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FHS tennis to host tryouts
FHS tennis to host tryouts
FRANKLINTON -- Students interested in joining the Franklinton High School girls tennis team should report to practice this coming week, beginning Monday at 8 a.m. at the FHS Courts.
Practices will also be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m.
A completed physical form is required in order to participate in girls tennis.

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Thoughts on early practices
Thoughts on early practices
If you’re involved in this business, the first week of August means only one thing -- the beginning of fall sports practice for high school teams.
Over the past several days, I’ve been able to see all of Franklin County’s volleyball and football squads, with the exception of Franklinton’s gridiron contingent.

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VGCC names spike coach
VGCC names spike coach
HENDERSON  -- Shervi Barnes of Courtland, Va., has been named the head coach for the women’s volleyball program at Vance-Granville Community College.
Krista Carlson, a resident of Granville County, is the new assistant coach.

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NATIONAL FINISHERS
NATIONAL FINISHERS
Franklin County residents Tavon Perry (first row, second from left) and Arron Davis (second row, second from right without hat) recently participated in the Rise Games National AAU 14-Under Basketball Tournament as members of the Garner Road squad out of Wake County.

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NET POWER
NET POWER
Sophomore Jessica Harris, who excelled last fall as a freshman, will be a play hitter this season for the Franklinton HS volleyball team.

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SAVANNA SETS
SAVANNA SETS
Savanna Styers will be one of the setters this season for the Franklinton High School volleyball squad.

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LIFESTYLES

Day trip train excursions offered to Roanoke, Va. and Asheville
Day trip train excursions offered to Roanoke, Va. and Asheville
The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society will host day trip train excursions to Roanoke, Va., Oct. 30 and Asheville, N.C. Oct. 31. These excursions, now in their fourth year, allow travelers to see beautiful fall foliage, experience a great destination and enjoy the romance of riding the rails. 

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The joys and blessings of traveling
The joys and blessings of traveling
It is such a joy to visit other countries and to see firsthand the culture and customs of other humans just like us. You can’t ever tell when you are going to learn something from them or be a person of inspiration to them. Most of the time it works both ways. So often we learn from each other whether we want to admit it or not.
Traveling is wonderful, especially if you enjoy it and do not mind the flying that sometimes goes with the adventure.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg College begins offering students web-based career and education counseling
Louisburg College is pleased to announce the availability of a new web-based career guidance and education planning system for its students.
The system, called SIGI3 (System of Integrated Guidance and Information) helps students explore career options and create a personalized educational and career plan that’s right for them.

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Area high school rising junior attends leadership program
Holden Jones recently attended the North Carolina East site of the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar presented by the Raleigh Jaycees.
Holden Jones joined 150 other young leaders representing 132 high schools from Eastern North Carolina.
Holden Jones, the son of Candace and Paul Jones represented Louisburg High School at the North Carolina East Seminar. 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

National Night Out
National Night Out
Above, Fuconia Allen, right, checks over some items while her daughters, Ziyona Allen, left, and Shynaci Allen, check out a box of goodies given away Tuesday during the National Night Out event in Louisburg.

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School supply drive underway
School bells will be ringing throughout the county on Aug. 25 for the first day of traditional classes, and some students are still waiting on much needed school supplies to kick off a new year of learning.
The United Way of Franklin County is partnering with the Franklin County Library system and the Louisburg Police Department for Bookbag Blitz, a last-minute, community-wide school supply drive that begins Monday, Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 20.

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HAPPY CAMPERS
HAPPY CAMPERS
The Louisburg Lions Club enjoyed an update recently on the Happy Camper program from Karen Wilson with the Franklin County Department of Social Services.  Wilson informed club members that the program has been in existence since 1995 and has helped more than 2,400 disadvantaged children attend summer camps.

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Emergency assistance available for eligible individuals and households in Franklin, Vance, Warren and Granville counties
Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc., this area’s Community Action Agency, is providing emergency assistance to individuals and families that are residents of this four-county service area.

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Deputies investigate copper theft; tools and tire equipment stolen from Pine Ridge home
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a theft that is becoming more common — suspects stealing copper.
On Aug. 3, realtor Wendy Smith reported that someone stole copper tubing and wire from a home at 1410 Clifton Pond Road.
According to the report by Dep. Kiel Gunter, someone apparently took apart an air-conditioning unit and stole the copper.

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Phillips receives lifeguard training
Phillips receives lifeguard training
Dillan Phillips of Louisburg was one of 23 teens, ages 13 to 17, to participate in the second session of the Atlantic Beach Fire Department’s Junior Lifeguard Program. He was among the 23 who graduated in his age group at the end of July. The program was offered by the Town of Atlantic Beach.

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