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Showing 48 articles from August 25, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Case against suspect in deputy assault on court calendar
Case against suspect in deputy assault on court calendar
The case against a Louisburg man charged with seriously injuring a law enforcement officer continues to progress.
Police arrested Joe Williams on Feb. 27, alleging he was responsible for a melee that resulted in Sheriff’s Deputy James Williamson suffering severe head injuries.
Prosecutors, defense attorneys and the judge are expected to be updated on the case today (Wednesday).

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Louisburg teen dies in wreck
A Louisburg teen was killed this weekend following a wreck that sent his vehicle flying into a creek.
According to a report by Trooper C.M. Garner, Andrew Khyree Lark, was traveling in the westbound lane of East River Road near Alston Pruitt Road when he was coming out of a curve approaching a bridge just after 10 p.m. on Saturday.
The Ford Expedition he was driving ran off the road to the right, hitting the front end of the bridge guard rail.

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Man arrested for wielding shotgun
Man arrested for wielding shotgun
YOUNGSVILLE — Authorities arrested a Wake Forest man they allege was drunk and wielding a shotgun at juveniles.
According to a report by Youngsville Police Lt. Matt Little, the incident began with James David Burrell, involved in an altercation with teenagers at the Sheetz convenience store on U.S. 1 around midnight on Saturday.

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BACK AND FORTH
BACK AND FORTH
Bunn Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jackie Crudup-Evans, left, shares some key information with parent Barbara Simmons, center, who is joined by her son, Trent. Simmons was present during open house at the school on Monday, signing paperwork for her daughter, Lauren, who will start kindergarten at the school.

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Felony death by motor vehicle case expected to be delayed
The case against a Rocky Mount man facing charges of death by motor vehicle is expected to be delayed.
Authorities charged Ronald Hicks, 65, with felony death by motor vehicle for his role in the Aug. 18 death of Jessica Lynn Dixon.

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Comment deadline extended
The state and federal government  is giving residents more time to express their opinions about high speed rail.
The North Carolina and Virginia departments of transportation, along with the Federal Railroad Administration have held public hearings about the Southeast High Speed Rail project and the deadline for written comments was Aug. 30.
However, this week, the groups announced that the deadline would be extended to Sept. 10.

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Bookbag Blitz tackles shortage of school supplies for those in need
FULL-ON ASSAULT. The United Way coordinated a Bookbag Blitz, collecting bookbags and school supplies for children in need.
Bookbag Blitz tackles shortage of school supplies for those in need
A blitz is usually a defensive tactic, but the possibility that children in need could go without school supplies put the United Way and other groups on the offensive.
Pictured (Above): The United Way coordinated a Bookbag Blitz, collecting bookbags and school supplies for children in need. Earlier this week, Key membrers of the effort, clockwise from front left, Officers Shari Brinkley, Capt. Jason Abbott, County Library Director Holt Kornegay, Police Chief Rick Lassiter, Sgt. Joe Sherrill, Det. Cliff Stephens and Officer Dennis Benson, posed with collected bookbags. The supplies will be dispersed to schools beginning this week.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Sandra Hutchison

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Scratch Off
Editorial Cartoon: Scratch Off


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Budget shortfalls loom over schools
For several thousand Franklin County young people, today is (or was!) a very big day.
As every parent knows — and almost every student dreaded — today marked the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.
Hopefully, the year got off to a smooth, safe start. If it didn’t, you’ll be reading about it soon enough but lets hope that there were no serious problems as the 2010-11 school year began.

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Momma Jean is doing fine at WakeMed thanks to care from the staff at FRMC
Momma Jean is doing fine at WakeMed thanks to care from the staff at FRMC
GOOD MORNING: What a weekend. It brings to mind the Morton’s Salt slogan, ie. “When It Rains, It Pours,” or maybe the old TV show, “All In The Family.”
It all began before dark Friday when I had to summon Franklin County EMS to transport Momma Jean to FRMC with chest pain and wound up with Momma Jean in the Intensive Care Unit at WakeMed after a midnight ambulance trip to Raleigh.

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Taxpayer apathy can be unsettling, costly
Taxpayer apathy can be unsettling, costly
I suspect these following comments will generate enemies, but so be it.
I was at a meeting last week and residents were understandably concerned about increases that were made to the town’s water and sewer rates.
Like anyone else, I find it concerning when prices for services rise and, most often, I wish they didn’t.

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Website Reader Participation Results August 19-24
Last Week’s Poll
Should 2008 funds be used?
Should the county use 2008 School Bond funds to build the Early College High School modular classroom building?

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Perdue should ask tough questions
RALEIGH – After the Raleigh News & Observer reported that changes in law and policy may have allowed the state of North Carolina to keep taxpayers’ money to which it was not entitled, Gov. Beverly Perdue did the right thing.
 She was “incensed,” according to her press office, that some North Carolinians who had mistakenly overpaid their taxes were being penalized by a process that seemed rigged in favor of the state.

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Franklin County Cancer Center provided us with excellent care
Dear Editor:
One year ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. We were referred to the Franklin County Cancer Center, and it has been a wonderful experience of excellent care and service.

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Betty White—the new ‘George Foreman’
Dear Editor:
Although I don’t watch much television, I am familiar with Betty White. (mostly from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”), I must say I am ‘very impressed’ with her recent ‘return to relevance’, as I’m sure it’s referred to in ‘TV-land’.  Ordinarily, I would be one of the last to give kudos to television celebrities, but I have to give a big one to Ms. White!

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OBITUARIES

HELEN S. CARTER
FRANKLINTON—Helen Snead Carter, 83, died Saturday, Aug, 21, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A visitation combined with a memorial service will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Aug. 26, at the home of Mrs. Carter, 4094 Oak Circle, Franklinton.

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FREDDIE BRANCH
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Freddie Branch, 70, who died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, will be held Saturday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. at Louisburg High School auditorium. Burial will follow in the Jones Chapel church cemetery.

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ANDREW K. LARK
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Andrew Khyree “Boosie” Lark, 19, who died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Greater New Life Ministry in Franklinton, with the Rev. Dexter T. Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.

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DOUG WALSTON
WAKE FOREST - Doug Walston, 74, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 25) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Leslie Hartsfield officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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VESTER HOWARD
MIDDLESEX - Vester Howard, 90, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. Funeral was Sunday, Aug. 22, at St. Mary Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ in Bailey. Burial was in Middlesex Memorial Gardens.

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ROBERT DOYLE
ZEBULON - Robert Doyle, 86, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 24, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel in Knightdale, with the Rev. Mark Cottrell officiating.

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NORMA D. ESTES
WAKE FOREST —Norma Dillard Estes, 92, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 at Guardian Care of Zebulon. Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 23, at Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Tommy Seedorf officiating. Burial followed in Woodland Baptist Church cemetery.

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IANTHA WHITE MITCHELL
GODWIN - Mrs. Iantha White Mitchell, 100, died at her home, Tuesday, August 17, 2010.
Funeral services were held Friday at 3:00 pm at Baptist Chapel Church with the Rev. Alan Roberts and Rev. Paul Honeycutt officiating. Burial followed in the Family Cemetery.

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SPORTS

SN TAKES FLIGHT
LAST CHANCE. Franklinton’s Reggie Williams (dark jersey) keeps Southern Nash’s Terron Huffman (left) from scoring a touchdown during last Friday night’s season-opening prep football game, which was held on the FHS campus.
SN TAKES FLIGHT
FRANKLINTON -- Southern Nash picked up right where it left off during last Friday’s season-opening football matchup at Franklinton.
Last year, the Firebirds made a historic run to the Class 3-AA State Playoff Semifinals before dropping an overtime heartbreaker to South Johnston.

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Wildcats outlast Falcons
Wildcats outlast Falcons
BUNN -- First-year quarterback Andre Davis is expected to spearhead Bunn’s spread offense with his arm during the 2010 season.
But Davis used his sprinter’s legs to help the Wildcats get past C.B. Aycock by a 21-13 margin in the football opener for both teams Friday on the BHS campus.

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LHS Tangles With Bulldogs
READY OR NOT, HERE IT COMES. Louisburg High School forward Darrian Brown (right) sends a ball upfield while being defended by Nash Central’s Turner Votipka during boys prep soccer action Monday afternoon in Rocky Mount.
LHS Tangles With Bulldogs
ROCKY MOUNT -- Due to a nasty storm that moved through the area, Nash Central and Louisburg had to wait 45 minutes to begin their non-conference boys soccer matchup Monday afternoon on the NCHS campus.
The wait was even longer for someone to score -- and it never happened.

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Wammock likes play from LHS
Wammock likes play from LHS
Louisburg encountered a tall task -- literally -- during its play at the Heritage High School Volleyball Tournament in Wake County.
Heritage, a new school located between Wake Forest and Rolesville, hosted a seven-team jamboree-type event last weekend to kick off the school’s spike program.

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Coping With Loss
Coping With Loss
LOUISBURG -- Chris Lee and his staff have become much more than football coaches in the days following the tragic death of Louisburg High School senior standout Markeith Kearney.
LHS had high hopes entering the 2010 campaign, and the Warriors were the preseason pick to win the Northern Carolina Conference by www.ncpreps.com.

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Lady Canes will open on Nov. 2
Lady Canes will open on Nov. 2
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s always-successful women’s basketball program will open its 2010-11 season with a home game on Nov. 2 against Clinton Junior College.
The Lady Hurricanes’ complete schedule is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):

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Carolina Mudcats mastered by Mobile
Carolina Mudcats mastered by Mobile
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats and Mobile BayBears locked in a pitcher’s duel on Saturday night as Five County Stadium as Josh Collmenter and Scott Carroll locked horns and both pitched into the seventh inning however, it would Mobile taking advantage of their chances as they defeated the Mudcats 2-1 in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
Carolina (24-31) had great chances to score in the first two innings but came up empty.

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THAT WAS QUICK
THAT WAS QUICK
Members of the Louisburg High School boys soccer squad walk off the field before the heavy rains came Monday afternoon at Nash Central.

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CHASING THE BIG CATS
CHASING THE BIG CATS
(L to r) Youngsters John Allen Faulkner (7 years), Riggan Faulkner (10) and Landon Mize (5) reeled in these impressive catfish during a recent fishing expedition at a private pond in Franklin County. (Photo Submitted)

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THE LYNCH LEAP
THE LYNCH LEAP
Southern Nash’s Trendell Lynch takes to the air and literally flies into the end zone for a touchdown during last Friday night’s prep football game at Franklinton.

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LIFESTYLES

Music Summit and Hymn Sing held
Music Summit and Hymn Sing held
First Baptist Church, 411 Spring St., Louisburg, held its first Music Summit and Hymn Sing, July 8-11. The event was coordinated by First Baptist Minister of Music Glendora Thomas Powell, and attracted approximately 100 participants throughout the four-day experience. The theme was “Honoring God through Music Ministry; Encouraging, Edifying and Empowering.”

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Shearin, Pittman marry
Shearin, Pittman marry
Jody Nicole Shearin and Corell Johnnie Pittman were united in holy matrimony on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Wood Baptist Church. The 2 p.m. double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Phillip Kissinger.
The bride is the daughter of Sonya L. Shearin of Louisburg and Jon R. Shearin, also of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of Carl E. Shearin of Louisburg and the late Martha D. Shearin.

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Richardson, Lassiter wed
Richardson, Lassiter wed
Danielle Marie Richardson and George Earl Lassiter Jr. were married on July 10, 2010 during a 2 p.m. ceremony at Fork Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Warrenton, officiated by Pastor Luther Alston Jr.
The bride is the daughter of James Richardson of Roxboro and the late Teressa Richardson of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of Anthony and Annette Alston of Louisburg and the late Fannie Mae Richardson of Rocky Mount.

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APPROACHING MARRIAGE
APPROACHING MARRIAGE
Allison Jenie Harrington of Durham and the Rev. Therlin Kearney of Raleigh are planning to be married Saturday, Sept.  4, 2010 at 1 p.m. at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church.  The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Hunter of Apex and groom-elect is the son of Joseph Kearney and Mozell Kearney of Franklinton.

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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Collie of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Teri to Junius Moore, son of  Gregory Moore of Morehead City and Julia Moore of Greensboro.  The wedding is planned for 11 a.m., Nov. 13, 2010, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Raleigh.

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ENGAGED
ENGAGED
Diane H. Goyette of Wake Forest announces the engagement of her daughter, Jamie Leann Goyette of Riverside, Calif., to Christopher Nathan Sunde, also of Riverside, Calif. The groom-elect is the son of Linvell and Ginger Sunde of Charlotte. The wedding will take place on Sept. 4, 2010 at 4 p.m. on the beach at 57 West 1st Street, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. A reception will follow at The Isles Restaurant.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

NEW TEACHERS WELCOMED
NEW TEACHERS WELCOMED
On August 18th, Franklin County new teachers enjoyed a welcome luncheon given by the Louisburg United Methodist Church Women, organized by Shelby Street. Prizes were awarded, and meetings with mentors followed. Judy Lassiter, BT/Mentor/NBTC Coordinator was in charge of the meetings.

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VGCC recognizes students for summer employment
VGCC recognizes students for summer employment
Vance-Granville Community College’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) department held a luncheon and ceremony on Aug. 13 to recognize local college and high school students who gained valuable work experience this summer. The WIA Summer Youth Employment program placed students in a wide variety of jobs, at which they worked an average of 32 hours per week.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

SCHOOL WORK
SCHOOL WORK
Kylie Burge, right, checks some paperwork that her dad, Jody Burge, fills out during open house on Monday at Bunn Elementary School. Hundreds of parents and students descended on county schools earlier this week in preparation for the start of school today (Wednesday). (Times photo by Carey Johnson)

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Deputies investigate battery theft
Louisburg Police arrested two men during a narcotics investigation.
According to a report by Louisburg Officer Travis Lincoln, officers were on Kenmore Avenue the afternoon of Aug. 20, moving in on a narcotics investigation when two men ran from the scene.

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Unemployment rate down in July
County unemployment rates will be released later this week, but the most recent state numbers show a decline in those out of work.
According to the state Employment Security Commission, North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.8 percent in July.

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DOT offers new online forum
The state Department of Transportation is giving motorists another forum to address mobility.
The state DOT wants to know how residents think money generated by the state’s new Mobility Fund should be spent.
Motorists can use their computer or other Internet-enabled device to respond.
For the first time, the state DOT is using an online forum called Citizens Connect to reach out to citizens.

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Civil War lecture Aug. 31
The Rev. Canon E. T. Malone Jr. will lecture on “The Episcopal Church in North Carolina during the War Between the States” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Kittrell.
This talk should appeal to anyone interested in the Civil War, church history, or local history. The public is invited. There is no charge for admission, but a $5 donation to the St. James’ Building Fund is suggested.

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FRMC to host blood drive on Sept. 7
Franklin Regional Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The community is invited to donate blood on the American Red Cross bus, which will be located outside of the front entrance at Franklin Regional.

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