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Showing 43 articles from October 19, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Man arrested for robbing dying man
Investigators arrested a Franklinton man, alleging that he robbed a dying man.
Rodrick Taborn, 27, was charged with larceny from the person and placed in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
Authorities allege that Taborn robbed Jesse Montague moments after he was shot and died on Sept. 20.
Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr., said Taborn offered a different account of his actions.

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Car crashes into house
Car crashes into house
A Franklinton man was airlifted to the hospital Monday night after his car flipped over several times, crashed into a house and caught fire.
Jerry Leon Burk, 47, of Noble Road, was listed in stable condition at WakeMed overnight.

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Standoff with police results in kidnapping, resisting arrest charges
Authorities arrested a Franklinton man they allege kept officers at bay while he hold his girlfriend and his mother at gunpoint on Sunday night.
Ray Odom was charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of resisting an officer, landing him in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

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Permit issued for quarry expansion
Permit issued for quarry expansion
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a special use permit, giving a rock quarry the ability to expand.
Representatives with Martin Marietta Materials Inc. asked to relocate its stone processing plant so it could expand its existing quarry pit into the area now occupied by the stone processing plant.

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Top Ag position remains unfilled
Top Ag position remains unfilled
State Cooperative Extension officials have apparently concluded their second round of interviews in an effort to fill a post that’s been open for a year.
However, it could be well into next year before the state fills the  Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office’s director’s seat  — a post made available when Cedric Jones retired in Oct. 2009.

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Residents: Cemetery landscaping unlawful act
About a dozen Louisburg area residents upset that the town drastically pruned trees and bushes — and removed some others — at the historic Oakwood Cemetery this summer came away from the town council meeting Monday night with assurances that officials would look into trying to restore some of the plantings.

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Harris chosen Wachovia Principal of the Year
Harris chosen Wachovia Principal of the Year
William Harris, principal of Louisburg Elementary School, has been selected as the 2011 Wachovia Principal of the Year for Franklin County Schools in a program sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company.
Harris now moves on to compete with other local award recipients from the North Central Region of the state.

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County gets good rate on bonds
Franklin County staff sold all $24 million of its school bonds to a New York financial company at 2.88 percent interest on Tuesday.
The sale, county finance officials said, was the result of good bond ratings the county received from three national investing services.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College Hall of Famer Regina Miller

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cow Patties
Editorial Cartoon: Cow Patties


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Something new on this year’s election ballot
Even veteran North Carolina voters are coming away from their voting places scratching their heads in confusion during this early voting season.
There is something new on this fall’s ballot and, while it’s not all that complicated, it is a bit of a surprise.
Once voters complete the first side of their ballot and flip it over, they are greeted with something new.

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Whistlers Convention alum a hit in Raleigh
Whistlers Convention alum a hit in Raleigh
GOOD MORNING: Partly cloudy weather is forecast for today (Wednesday) and Saturday along with mild temperatures. Sunny and mild weather expected in between on Thursday and Friday.
SAY IT AIN’T SO! What I’m referring to is the notice on the WYHOO mail site Monday about the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce hosting a big “JAZZ NIGHT BLOW-OUT” come Oct. 25th at -GUESS WHERE? – the Blue Fin’s Bistro in northern WAKE COUNTY – That’s where! 

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Patience growing thin for farmers looking for ag extension leadership
Patience growing thin for farmers looking for ag extension leadership
I’m pretty sure farmers have patience.
They have to.
For most, their ability to survive is based on carefully placing seeds underneath a blanket of earth, hoping one day that vegetation sprouts.
I would say it’s the equivalent of watching grass grow — and for turf farmers, it is.

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Website Reader Participation Results October 13-19
Last Week’s Poll
Early Voting?
Are you going to vote early or wait for Nov. 2, election day.

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Politicians need to save their breath and save our money
RALEIGH – Incumbent lawmakers, regardless of party or position, have a favorite slogan for this stage in a political campaign: “Re-elect me, or else our district will lose its pull.”

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OBITUARIES

DOREATHA S. WILSON
ENFIELD - Funeral services for Doreatha S. Wilson, 74, who died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Willie Silver officiating. Burial will follow in the Silverhill family cemetery.

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JANE E. MISKIE
FRANKLINTON - Jane Edwards Miskie, 73, died Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton.

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LARRY J. JACOBS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Larry J. Jacobs, 57, who died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, were held Monday, Oct. 18, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Sidney E. Dunston officiating.

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QUINN T. WRIGHT
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Quinn T. Wright, 55, who died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, were held Monday, Oct. 19, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tyrone Jones officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.

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BRENDA FAY ARRINGTON
NASHVILLE - Wake services for Brenda Fay Arrington, 55, who died Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, were held Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville.

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GENE “TOOTIE” STRICKLAND
ZEBULON - Gene Oakley “Tootie” Strickland, 75, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 at Wake Med. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 20) at Zebulon Baptist Church, 400 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon. The family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service from 10-10:45 a.m.

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WALTER PETTIFORD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Walter Pettiford, 95, who died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, will be held Friday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Walter Pettiford officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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DOUGLAS A. ANDERSON
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Douglas A. Anderson, 90, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 at Doctor’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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SPORTS

LC: No Contest
MOVING RIGHT ALONG. Louisburg College tight end Ian Rumph heads upfield after breaking a tackle during the Hurricanes’ home victory last Saturday against the George Mason University Club Team.
LC: No Contest
LOUISBURG -- It’s usually an overstatement when someone says a football game was over from the opening kickoff.
But that was indeed the case last Saturday when the Louisburg College Hurricanes celebrated their homecoming against a sorely overmatched George Mason University Club Team.

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Second-Half Surge
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH. Bunn High School’s Quinton Cannady (with ball) tries to stay up while being tackled by Roanoke Rapids’ Ryan Howell during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference showdown at the BHS Football Field.
Second-Half Surge
BUNN -- After posting seven more touchdowns on the scoreboard, it would be easy to say that Roanoke Rapids’ high-powered offense was the difference in the Jackets’ road tussle last Friday at Bunn.
But following a wild first half, RR’s defense had a huge say in the second half as the Jackets would outlast Bunn by a 49-21 margin with first place at stake in the Northern Carolina Conference football standings.

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FHS wins big versus the Eagles
FHS wins big versus the Eagles
WARRENTON -- After allowing 63 points during a loss at Roanoke Rapids, an air of stinginess has become evident from Franklinton’s defensive unit.
Since that setback, FHS has allowed just 15 points in two games, including last Friday’s 45-6 waltz at Warren County in a Northern Carolina Conference gridiron matchup.

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Big-Play Showdown
UP FOR GRABS. Louisburg’s Tyrone Davis (right was unable to come up with this grab in traffic during last Friday night’s home loss to Northern Carolina Conference foe North Johnston at Patterson Field.
Big-Play Showdown
LOUISBURG -- North Johnston made the most of its six pass completions during last Friday’s road victory at Northern Carolina Conference football rival Louisburg.
Those half-dozen successful attempts accounted for a whopping 242 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers picked up a 41-20 decision over the Warriors in a key NCC meeting at Patterson Field.

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LHS coach nabs 100th
LHS coach nabs 100th
LOUISBURG -- Erica Wammock earned a milestone victory last Thursday as her Louisburg High School volleyball squad claimed a home decision against the Northwest Halifax Lady Vikings in Northern Carolina Conference spike action.
The conquest was the 100th in Wammock’s young career at Louisburg. A former player for the Lady Warriors, Wammock has a 100-27 overall mark that includes a trip to the Class 1-A State Finals three seasons ago.

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Louisburg’s Class Act
A MENTOR TO MANY. Retired Louisburg College faculty member Bob Butler earned a spot in the LC Athletic Hall of Fame by serving as a mentor to student-athletes.
Louisburg’s Class Act
LOUISBURG -- One common thread winds its way through each of the selections for the second Louisburg College Athletic Hall of Fame Class.
Success -- both during their time at LC, and far beyond.

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LC’s Disappointing Tie
BLAST OFF. Louisburg College’s Vicky Lopez was unable to convert this penalty kick opportunity during last Saturday’s home tie against Region X rival USC-Salkehatchie.
LC’s Disappointing Tie
LOUISBURG -- Andy Stokes was none too pleased during his halftime speech of Louisburg College’s women’s soccer match last Saturday at home against Region X foe University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
After a brief swing of fortunes, Stokes was even less happy at the conclusion of the event at Dr. Ronald May Field on the LC campus.

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NC Wesleyan falls at home against Captains
RED OAK -- Four lost fumbles, an interception and a blocked punt for a touchdown told the story of last Saturday’s USA South Conference football tilt between North Carolina Wesleyan and Christopher Newport, and unfortunately for Bishop fans, it was the Captains who left Nash County with a 23-15 gridiron win.

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LC HALL OF FAME HIGHLIGHTS, 1
LC HALL OF FAME HIGHLIGHTS, 1
Inductee Howard McCullough (left) catches up with long-time friend Billy Godwin.

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LC HALL OF FAME HIGHLIGHTS, 2
LC HALL OF FAME HIGHLIGHTS, 2
Inductee Regina Miller renews some acquaintances.

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A MILESTONE FOR WAMMOCK
A MILESTONE FOR WAMMOCK
Louisburg High School volleyball coach Erica Wammock earned her 100th career victory last Thursday as the Lady Warriors scored a home decision against Northwest Halifax.

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BURST OF SPEED
BURST OF SPEED
Louisburg College’s Jamaal Williams surges into the George Mason secondary during the Hurricanes’ home football victory last Saturday at historic Patterson Field.

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LIFESTYLES

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Look around and you’re likely to see a pink ribbon on someone’s lapel, a tiny symbol of a big disease — breast cancer.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time for all women to learn about breast cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Ray inducted into Honor Society
Ray inducted into Honor Society
Patrick Curtis Ray was inducted into the Delta Tau Alpha Honor Society in the Agricultural Institute at NC State University on Sept. 29. He was selected to join the National Honor Society based on his academic performance, leadership qualities, and good character.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

WINNER, WINNER
WINNER, WINNER
Hickory’s Madison Ashley Malson, center, was presented with the Sen. James D. Speed Achievement Award at the N.C. State Fair this past weekend. Making the $500 scholarship presentation are, from left,  state Department of Agriculture Secretary Steve Troxler, and the late Senator’s son, Mark Speed.

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Miracle League walk-a-thon slated for Oct. 23
When folks start walking Saturday morning at Long Mill Elementary School, they will be taking the first steps toward creating a Miracle League facility here in Franklin County.
A two-mile bike, trike, walk-a-thon is slated for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Youngsville area school, the first public fund-raiser the group has had.

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Church reports utility scam attempt
Nearly a month after the first reports were made, a northern Franklin County church reported another utility scam attempt.
According to a report by Sgt. A.R. Roberts, John Fogg with Mitchell Baptist Church  said someone called the church at about 2 p.m. on Oct. 17 claiming that the church’s energy bill was past due by $31.80 and needed a credit card payment to avoid shutoff.

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Ortiz Miss Jr. Teen pageant participant
Kenia Roa Ortiz of Louisburg was recently selected to participate in the 2010 Miss Jr. Teen Raleigh pageant competition that will take place on Oct. 24. She submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Raleigh pageant coordinator.

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Railroad day excursions offered Oct. 30-31
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 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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COUNTY’S TOP COP
COUNTY’S TOP COP
Franklin County Commission Chair Penny McGhee presents Fred Wheeler Jr., who works with protective services with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, with Employee of the Quarter honors during the board’s Monday night meeting. Wheeler was recognized for the quarter ending in September.

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