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Showing 44 articles from November 9, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

County saving $53,000 a month by not buying Franklinton water
County saving $53,000 a month by not buying Franklinton water
Turning off Franklinton’s spigot is expected to save Franklin County money.
And unless they are compelled to do otherwise, those savings are expected to continue.
The town and county have been locked in a contract dispute since the end of September when, in the interest of conserving water, Franklinton staff shut down its supply of water to the county.

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Construction of new high school on schedule
Construction of new high school on schedule
School construction work authorized by the 2007 bond issue is just about completed — with the exception of the new Franklinton High School, which is on schedule — according to Franklin County Schools Superintendant Eddie Ingram.
Ingram told the school board Monday night that he is “truly amazed” at the new Franklinton High, adding that he gained a new appreciation from the facility as he recently walked the halls which are still littered with construction debris.

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Red Rockets return to say goodbye to Franklinton High football field
GRAND REUNION. Members of the 1958 Franklinton Red Rockets football and cheerleading squads were saluted last Friday at halftime of the Red Rams’ home contest against North Johnston. It was the final regular season home game for FHS at the field
Red Rockets return to say goodbye to Franklinton High football field
FRANKLINTON -- Thanks to a chance, early-morning visit from her milkman, Jean Strickland Hall was able to make a long-awaited return last Friday night to the Franklinton High School Football Field.
Hall was a cheerleader for the 1958 FHS Red Rockets — the first team ever to play at the then-new field.

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Election outcome not expected to change
Franklin County elections staff don’t expect much change in the final numbers when they certify the Nov. 2 election this coming Friday.
If that holds true for nine other counties expected to conduct a recount, seven-term Congressman Bob Etheridge would be out of Washington.

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Foreclosures high but not what projected
Through October, Franklin County has recorded 450 foreclosure filings, already besting some of the highest numbers this decade.
However, a projection of 516 total filings by the end of the year is less than earlier projections and much less than the peaks of 2007 and 2008 when the numbers were over 600.

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Chiropractor celebrates 25-year career
Chiropractor celebrates 25-year career
“An amazing way to spend each day,” is how Dr. Linda Weidler describes what will soon be a 25-year-career providing chiropractic care through Louisburg Chiropractic Center.
A self-described small town girl who grew up in Iowa, Dr. Weidler said she liked the idea of moving to a small town and providing a service that was needed back in the 1980s when she and then-husband and fellow chiropractor Dr. Cecil Walker formed Louisburg Chiropractic Center and opened Nov. 12, 1985 in downtown Louisburg.

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United Way Jail-A-Thon Nov. 17
United Way Jail-A-Thon Nov. 17
There really is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide when the Franklin County Detention Center officers are coming to get you and the High Sheriff is cooking up your chow.
The 2nd annual United Way of Franklin County Jail-A-Thon is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17, and is sure to be a repeat of a fun-filled day that raises money for local UWFC agency grants and for community policing programs through the Sheriff’s Office.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton HS alum Bill Ragland

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: High Goon
Editorial Cartoon: High Goon


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Boiling point could be near in water dispute
Anyone know a family counselor who would like to widen their practice a little?
Well, okay, maybe a lot!
Although a current dispute can be considered all in the family — and where a family counselor might be of assistance — it seems destined to be ignored until it gets worse and that generally means it’s going to end up in a courtroom.

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Etheridge fighting losing battle
Etheridge fighting losing battle
GOOD MORNING: While it may not have made much noise, fall fell big time Sunday morning and to make sure we were aware of it, ol’ Mother Nature gave us another dose Monday morning.
Temperatures plunged into the upper 20’s out my way just east of town early Sunday morning and dropped below freezing briefly again Monday morning. And when it comes to a freezing frost, we’ve definitely had it.

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Hyper-texting leads to risky behavior?
Hyper-texting leads to risky behavior?
Huh?
It seems that a study conducted by biostatisticians in Ohio suggests there is a link between teens who text a lot and have sex a lot.
And there’s also a link between what the survey is calling hyper-texters — teens who text 120 times a day or more — and their involvement in other questionable behavior.

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Website Reader Participation Results November 3-9
Last Week’s Poll
Most likely to lose?
Will the results of the Nov. 2 election improve the quality of life in Franklin County?

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Two legislative barbells to lift: budget deficit and redistricting
RALEIGH – Because there hasn’t been a GOP legislature in North Carolina since the 1800s, the new Republican majorities have no shortage of initiatives to pursue in the 2011 legislative session.
In the past, most bills introduced by Republicans were either voted down by Democratic majorities or blocked from consideration by Democratic leaders.

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OBITUARIES

TERESA WIGGINS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Teresa Wiggins, 92, who died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, will be held 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 10) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial will follow in the Nelson Chapel Church cemetery.

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CARL HILLIARD
FRANKLINTON —Funeral services for Carl Hilliard, 85, who died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 10) at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARGARET C. OSBORNE
LOUISBURG – Margaret Collins Osborne, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 10) at Red Bud Baptist Church in Castalia.  Burial will follow in the Allen family cemetery.

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CLYDE S. (TOM) HAYES
SPRING HOPE - Clyde Stanton (Tom) Hayes, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 10) in the chapel of Spring Hope Funeral Home, with the Rev. W.L. Winstead officiating.

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RAYMOND T. WILLIAMS
ZEBULON - Raymond Thomas Williams, 76, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Funeral service was Monday, Nov. 8, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon.

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ROY W. WHEELER
WAKE FOREST - Roy Washington Wheeler, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at Pitt Memorial Hospital. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Wake Forest Cemetery, with the Rev. Jeff Chappell officiating.

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WILLIAM H. WARD
RALEIGH - William Henry Ward, 78, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. A service celebrating his life will be held at Davie Street Presbyterian Church on Thursday, Nov. 11. Viewing and family greeting will be held at 11 a.m. and the service will be at noon.

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STERLING DORSEY
July 20, 1960 – Nov. 7, 2010
CARY – Sterling Dorsey, 50, of 105 Ralph Dr., died Sunday night. He was a member of Capital Community Church and a mechanic in the HVAC industry.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Lizzie Mae Dorsey.

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SPORTS

Comeback Trail
CANNADY IN THE CLUTCH. Bunn running back Quinton Cannady (with ball) enjoyed another effective outing for the Wildcats during the road victory last Friday night against Northern Carolina Conference rival Louisburg.
Comeback Trail
LOUISBURG -- Bragging rights and playoff seeding -- and in Louisburg’s case, playoff existence -- were at stake last Friday 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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‘Canes a winner vs. Denmark
‘Canes a winner vs. Denmark
College had been shooting itself in the foot -- literally -- during its opening two games of the 2010-11 women’s basketball campaign.
But the Lady Hurricanes broke out of their shooting doldrums during a victory last Saturday against Denmark Tech as part of the annual Pizza Hut Classic at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.

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NJ Outlasts Rams For Third
TOUGH TO TACKLE. North Johnston running back Malik Adams (with ball) lunges forward for yardage during last Friday night’s key Northern Carolina Conference football matchup against the Franklinton Red Rams at the FHS Football Field.
NJ Outlasts Rams For Third
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s final home regular season football game at its 52-year-old field was almost one for the memory books last 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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Playoffs looming for clubs
Playoffs looming for clubs
When the North Carolina High School Athletic Association implemented its pod system this year for the State Football Playoffs, one of the reasons given was that it would cut down on travel time and distance.
However, that’s not exactly the way things worked out for the Franklinton Red Rams.

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STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAMES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the brackets for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2-A and 2-AA State Football Playoffs, which will begin Friday.
Franklin County teams Franklinton and Bunn have qualified for the postseason.
Here are the pairings:


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Perry closes career at state’s XC event
KERNERSVILLE -- Bunn High School senior Brannon Perry capped off his standout career by taking 72nd place overall at the Class 2-A Boys State Cross Country Meet.
The event was held last Saturday afternoon at Beeson Park in the Triad Area.

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LOUISBURG FALL BALL EXCELLENCE
LOUISBURG FALL BALL EXCELLENCE
The Louisburg Coach-Pitch Fall Ball Team enjoyed a tremendous season, going undefeated. Along the way, Louisburg outscored its opponents by a 130-24 score. The team used hot bats and great defense to soar through its schedule without a loss.

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FRANKLINTON FOOTBALL SAYS FAREWELL TO FIELD
FRANKLINTON FOOTBALL SAYS FAREWELL TO FIELD
CHEERLEADING FOR THE GENERATIONS AT FHS. Three generations of family members who were Franklinton High School cheerleaders were in attendance during last Friday nights’s final regular season game ceremony at the FHS Football Field. Pictured are (l to r) Lisa Griffin, Jennifer Moore, Betty Rose McGhee May and Colby Moore.

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FRANKLINTON FOOTBALL SAYS FAREWELL TO FIELD, 2
FRANKLINTON FOOTBALL SAYS FAREWELL TO FIELD, 2
TEAM MVP FOR THE RED ROCKETS. Larry Senter (right) was the Most Valuable Player from the 1958 Franklinton High School Red Rockets Football Team. To commemorate that honor, Senter received a plaque last Friday from FHS Principal Charles Fuller at halftime of the Red Rams’ final regular season home game at the FHS Football Field. Senter and his Red Rockets played the first season at the field 52 campaigns ago.

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FRANKLINTON FOOTBALL SAYS FAREWELL TO FIELD, 3
FRANKLINTON FOOTBALL SAYS FAREWELL TO FIELD, 3
PIPER SALUTED. Franklin County Assistant Superintendant for Auxiliary Services Tommy Piper (center), a former player and coach at Franklinton, received a long-time service award during last Friday’s ceremony. Also pictured are FHS Principal Charles Fuller (left) and Interim AD David Averette. All former Red Rams’ players and cheerleaders were invited back to the FHS Football Field one final time before the move to the new campus.

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State volleyball champions are crowned
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association crowned four champions last Saturday at the annual State Volleyball Finals at historic Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Results from the matches were as follows:

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ON THE REBOUND
ON THE REBOUND
Louisburg’s Abril Stroman (left) and Serena Hall (right) try to come up with a rebound during last Friday’s home game against Prince George’s.

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LIFESTYLES

Taking control of diabetes
Taking control of diabetes
“It is American Diabetes Month, and this is a wonderful time to remind people that taking control and managing diabetes is very possible,” said Julie Kephart, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Franklin Regional Medical Center.
For the millions of children and adults living with diabetes in the United States, life is lived in pursuit of balance.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Poole to debut WWII documentary Nov. 12
Poole to debut WWII documentary Nov. 12
Most of us who’ve taken a history class know something about the Battle of Iwo Jima (or at least seen the Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of soldiers raising the American flag on Japanese soil). Most have seen the images of American planes dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And most have witnessed the footage of countless brave soldiers storming the shores of Normandy on what came to be known as “D-Day.” These events took place from 1944 to 1945, near the end of America’s involvement in World War II.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Farmers and producers urged to vote in committee election
USDA’s North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Aaron Martin announced that FSA’s Franklin County Committee election has begun.  USDA is mailing ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return ballots to the Franklin County FSA office is Monday, Dec. 6.

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50th Anniversary
50th Anniversary
Bobby and Frances Piper, residents of Franklin County, are proud to say they have been married 50 years. The Pipers were married on Nov. 5, 1960. The couple  served as pastor of many churches throughout the state over the years and retired from pastoring 10 years ago. Bobby Piper now evangelizes.

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PRACTICES HONORED
PRACTICES HONORED
The Franklin County Schools Child Nutrition Program, along with Long Mill Elementary School in Youngsville, received a USDA Best Practice Award at the North Carolina Annual Child Nutrition Administrators Conference in late October in RTP.  This is the 17th year the southeastern office of the USDA has given out the award.

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Bell arrives for duty
Army Pvt. Malcolm P. Bell has arrived for duty at Fort Hood, Texas.
Bell is a radio telephone operator assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
He is the son of Eddie and Mabeline Bell of Fox Ridge Road in Louisburg.

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Lowe Family to perform at Louisburg College
On Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., Louisburg College will present The Lowe Family, direct from the Lawrence Welk Theatre in Branson, Mo. The Lowe Family has been entertaining hundreds of thousands around the world for over 25 years.

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Police arrest man for selling crack cocaine
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole more than $1,500 worth of equipment from the new Franklinton High School construction site.
One of the contractors on-site believes it might have been an inside job.

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Board of Education addresses personnel issues
The following personnel matters were approved at the Nov. 8 meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education

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Conservancy begins fund raiser
Conservancy begins fund raiser
A small non-profit conservation organization has just launched a year-end campaign to raise $50,000 for the stewardship of its protected lands.
Tar River Land Conservancy, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary in September, has come a long way since its beginnings in 2000 when it operated out of a one-room office in Nashville.

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