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Showing 41 articles from November 5, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Child dies in car crash
The daughter of a former Franklin County assistant district attorney was killed in a car crash Friday morning.
According to reports, two-year-old Kamryn Gardner was riding in a car with her father on Brassfield Road near Lawrence Road when the vehicle hit a deer.
The car went off the road, according to reports, and overturned in a swampy area.

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Bradley ousts May
Bradley ousts May
A House office that has been represented by two people so far this year will have a new name on the office door in December.
Newcomer Glen Bradley beat out incumbent John May for the seat, posting an unofficial tally of 11,222 votes to 10,463 for May.

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Berger, Foy retain seats
Two local races, one for the Senate and another for the Board of Commissioners, remained unchanged.
While there were plenty of shakeups across the state and federally, Sen. Doug Berger and District 6 Commissioner Harry Foy retained their seats.
Both beat out challenges by Michael Schriver and Rosemary Champion, respectively.

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Etheridge not giving up without fight
Bob Etheridge, who has served in Washington since 1997, isn’t willing to go without a fight.
Newcomer Renee Ellmers, who holds a 1,646 vote lead on the veteran Congressman, said she is poised to take the fight out of him.

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Chain Reaction on Bickett Boulevard
Chain Reaction on Bickett Boulevard
Above, emergency crews remove one of the victims in a three-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Bickett Boulevard and Wade Avenue following a Thursday morning wreck.

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Death by motor vehicle case delayed
The case against a man charged with killing a motorist was continued until next month.
The state Highway Patrol arrested Ronald Bruce Hicks in August 2009 after alleging he was impaired when he crashed into a car on U.S. 64, killing Jessica Lynn Dixon.
Dixon’s husband was also injured in the wreck, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

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Veterans Day program at LHS
The military is all about adapting and last year, inclement weather forced the county’s Veterans Day program inside.
This year, organizers didn’t need a threat to realize it was a good move.
The Thursday program will again take place in Louisburg High School’s auditorium, featuring Brigadier General Karlynn Peltz O’Shaughnessy.

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Pretty birds
Pretty birds
Audra Jones, 10, plucks a Buff Orphington from its cage, preparing it to be judged during the 4-H Four County Livestock Show and Sale on Thursday afternoon at the Franklin County Farmers Market in Louisburg.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn legend Troy Wheless

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: May Be...May Be Not
Editorial Cartoon: May Be...May Be Not


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We need a bigger pie
Bill Clinton had a big sign in his office that said “it’s the economy, stupid!”
It’s not that general any more. Not after Tuesday.
It’s jobs, stupid. At least that’s the message voters appeared to send to Washington, although smaller government, lower taxes, etc., were sometimes competing and contradictory messages.

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U.S. 401 project experiences gain and losses this week
U.S. 401 project experiences gain and losses this week
Whew! That was close.
For a moment I thought we’d been robbed — and nearly had a stroke.
As you know, a story in the Wednesday edition of your Franklin Times reported that our beloved North Carolina Department of Transportation planned to use “our” $565,931 federal grant for U.S. 401 to help pay for the Rolesville Bypass.

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Glen, get through the first term before you plan on retiring after three
Glen, get through the first term before you plan on retiring after three
GOOD MORNING: A touch of Fall in the air this morning and on the ground too, if forecasts were right. More of the same expected Sunday morning.
GLEN WHO? Glen Bradley that’s who, and you’d might as well get used to it, ‘cause he’s going to be our representative in the N.C. General Assembly for the next two years.

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Democrats benched, Republicans now quarterbacking
Just as a coach benches an ineffective quarterback midway through a game, voters in North Carolina sent many Democrats to the bench in Tuesday’s midterm elections. For over a year, polls have shown that people are worried about the lethargic economy, think government is broken and are angry at leaders who are not fixing the problems. They yanked the starting lineup of Democrats Tuesday.

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OBITUARIES

MAVIS W. FRANKLIN
LOUISBURG – Mavis Wood Franklin, 81, of Louisburg, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 3, 2010 at her home. Funeral service was at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Kirk officiating. Burial followed in the Bunn Cemetery.

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CLYDE E. BOYLES JR
YOUNGSVILLE-Clyde Edwin Boyles Jr., 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 6) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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WILLIAM F. SEAGROVES
FRANKLINTON - William Franklin Seagroves, 84, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at Louisburg Nursing Center.  Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 6) at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Jonathan Chandler presiding. Friends may visit with the family following the service at the cemetery.

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WILLIAM A. “AL” WILLIAMS
WENDELL - William Alton “Al” Williams, 67, did Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 3, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service chapel in Knightdale. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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FRANCES W. STONE
November 27, 1921 – November 4, 2010
LOUISBURG – Frances Wiggins Stone, 88, of Louisburg, died Thursday morning.

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CINDY W. JOHNSON
LOUISBURG - Cindy LeAnne Walsh Johnson, 47, of Louisburg died Saturday, October 30, 2010, at her home.  A celebration of her life will be held on Dec. 12 at her home. 

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LEONA B. KENDALL
LOUISBURG - Leona Kathryn Bilger Kendall died Wed., Oct. 27, 2010.  She was born June 26, 1922 in Weikert, Pa., daughter of Bertha L. and James D. Bilger.

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SPORTS

Slow Starters
DOUBLE TEAM. Clinton’s Michelle McGee (middle) tries to escape two Louisburg College defenders for a shot attempt during Tuesday’s matchup.
Slow Starters
LOUISBURG -- With sharpshooting returnee Coco Hull lost for the year with a knee injury, the biggest question for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes in 2010-11 will be their ability to score from the perimeter.
That intangible was an issue in Louisburg’s regular season opener, which was played Tuesday afternoon at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.

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Runners sparkle at regionals
Runners sparkle at regionals
BUNN -- Bunn’s Brannon Perry will represent Franklin County at today’s Class 2-A Boys State Cross Country Meet, which will be held at Beeson Park in Kernersville (Triad Area).
The 2-A Boys event will begin at 2 p.m., with the girls race to follow at 3 p.m.

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Louisburg Looking To Future
A KEY RETURNEE FOR THE LADY WARRIORS. Ebonee Alston (with ball) is back at the point guard position for the Louisburg High School girls basketball squad, which will be under the direction of first-year head coach Brett Kiger.
Louisburg Looking To Future
LOUISBURG -- It hasn’t been long ago -- the middle of the last decade, in fact -- that the Louisburg High School girls basketball team qualified for the Class 1-A Regionals in Greenville, and came within one victory of a repeat performance the next season.
Louisburg then hit on a few down campaigns, and it’s Brett Kiger’s job to aid the program during a potential resurgence.

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Knapp is sharp for Bulldogs
Knapp is sharp for Bulldogs
Few are the high school athletes who are stars from ‘Day One’ -- performers who excelled the minute they stepped on the field of competition as freshman.
That was the case for former Franklinton High School girls soccer standout Amanda Knapp.

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TLMS Sweeps The MAC
MAC BOYS SOCCER CHAMPS. The Terrell Lane Middle School boys soccer team won both the MAC-9 regular season and tournament championships during the 2010 campaign.
TLMS Sweeps The MAC
LOUISBURG -- Terrell Lane Middle School scored a first on the soccer field this fall for veteran head coach Dominick Petrosillo.
Until this year, the Tornadoes had never swept both the Middle Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Nov. 7-13
High School Football
FRIDAY
CLASS 2-A and 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
Teams, Sites TBA    7:30 p.m

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STATE VOLLEYBALL FINALS PAIRINGS
RALEIGH -- The 35th Annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Volleyball Championships will be held today at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Here are the pairings for the championships:

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Bunn claims Northern Division
Bunn claims Northern Division
BUNN -- Bunn’s Mini Mites wrapped up regular season action last Saturday with a 36-18 home victory over rival Louisburg in a East Wake Football League gridiron contest.
Bunn closed at 5-3 overall and 5-1 in league play, which was good for first place in the Northern Division.

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PRIZE BASS
PRIZE BASS
Jason Jones of Pilot pulled in this amazing 11-pound bass during a recent fishing expedition. The whopping bass was 23.25 inches long, 8.5 inches wide and had a girth of four inches.

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ON THE REBOUND
ON THE REBOUND
Louisburg College’s Shawnese Eleazer (right) grabs a board during the Lady Hurricanes’ season-opening, home women’s basketball contest Tuesday against Clinton JC.

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LIFESTYLES

Honduras and North Carolina: long-time partners
Honduras and North Carolina: long-time partners
Just to refresh our knowledge of the geography of our neighboring Central American countries, we will start by locating the interesting country of Honduras. Honduras, “Republica of Honduras” in Spanish, was formerly known as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras (now Belize).

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Novice canoe builder places at NC State Fair
Novice canoe builder places at NC State Fair
On a whim, Franklin County resident John Poplaski decided to make a canoe.
“It was just a crazy notion,” he said.
He checked out a library book and after four months of woodwork, varnishing and sweat, Poplaski had completed a one-man canoe made out of walnut, pine and cedar.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC-Franklin County Campus open house scheduled for Nov. 10
Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus will hold an open house, called the “Pre-Registration Premiere,” on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. The campus is located on N.C. 56 about one mile west of Louisburg. The “premiere” takes place shortly before the beginning of registration for the upcoming spring 2011 semester. Registration starts Nov. 15 for currently enrolled students, and Nov. 17 for new students.

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Reese earns Master’s degree
Reese earns Master’s degree
Latrece A. Reese of Louisburg, a 1989 graduate of Franklinton High School, received her Master’s in Counseling degree on Oct. 10 at Webster University in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She also received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from N.C. Central University in 1994.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Scout’s deed helps veterans
Scout’s deed helps veterans
Jaylon Thomas, a Bear Cub in Pack 510 of Louisburg, was awarded a certificate of appreciation for collecting 6,000 pull tabs from cans to help veterans. He was also given a very special flag that was waved in his honor at Arlington National Cemetery. Pack 510 has donated a variety of items for the soldiers and constantly strives to make sure the soldiers are remembered for their services to America.

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FIELD TRIP
FIELD TRIP
Harris Chapel Preschool students recently visited Belinda’s Pumpkins and Gourds Farm and enjoyed a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Pictured (back row, left to right) are Gavin Oaks, Rylan Ball, Sarah Hart, Caleb Murray, Michelle Preddy (visitor), and Jessica Hill; front row (left to right): Madison Pearce, Emma Pressey, Ian Williams, Joleigh Kearney, Will Champion and Abbie Myers.

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VGCC Advisory Committees meet
VGCC Advisory Committees meet
Citizens from Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties came together at the main campus of Vance-Granville Community College on Oct. 26 as the college’s advisory committees held their annual meetings.
Students in VGCC’s Culinary Technology program prepared hors d’oeuvres and desserts for a reception in the Civic Center preceding the meetings.

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BUSINESS

Union Bank expanding to Roxboro
Union Bank and Trust officers and directors broke ground for a full-service bank office this week in Roxboro.
The office will be at 1750 Durham Road as part of a 3.18-acre site that can accommodate parking and easy access from either direction. The 3,250-square-foot building will include one-on-one banking offices and two drive-thru lanes. An ATM will utilize a third lane.

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PREP FOOTBALL

North Johnston Holds Off FHS
North Johnston Holds Off FHS
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s final home regular season football game at its 52-year-old field was almost one for the memory books Friday night.
But the Red Rams, after nearly rallying from a huge first-half deficit, came up short during its last contest of the 2010 campaign against Northern Carolina Conference rival North Johnston.

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Bunn Rallies Past Louisburg
Bunn Rallies Past Louisburg
LOUISBURG -- Bragging rights and playoff seeding -- and in Louisburg’s case, playoff existence -- were at stake when Bunn traveled to LHS to renew one of the area’s fiercest football rivalries.
Louisburg, playing with desperation and intensity, roared ahead early, but Bunn showed its savvy down the stretch to earn a 44-28 decision over the Warriors in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.

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