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Showing 40 articles from November 12, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Election results certified
Election results certified
Franklin County elections officials certified their results Friday morning, and provisional ballots impacted only one tally — Renee Ellmers picked up one more vote.
Nine other counties were continuing efforts to certify their elections at press time.
If Congressman Bob Etheridge remained within 1 percent of Ellmers, he was expected to request a recount.

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FRMC presents its mission, vision over bacon and eggs
FRMC presents its mission, vision over bacon and eggs
At a breakfast designed to reach out to community leaders this week, Jason Proctor, CEO of Franklin Regional Medical Center, discussed the mission, vision and values of the Novant-owned hospital — and talked about how it is doing now and what future may hold.

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VETERANS DAY SALUTE
SALUTE! From left to right, Roger Kornegay a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Kert Southerland, an Army veteran of Vietnam, and Bill Spencer, an Army veteran of World War II, were on hand for the county’s Veterans Day ceremony.
VETERANS DAY SALUTE
Thursday was an opportunity to recognize those who have served and sacrificed for this country.
Brigadier General Karlynn O’Shaughnessy made sure that the women who have done so received just as much recognition as the men who have served this country.

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Otis Gill, local civil rights activist, dies
Otis Gill, local civil rights activist, dies
A  Civil Rights activist who taught its importance to generations died this week.
Otis Gill was 94.
Friends and family who recalled his life said Gill was a gentle giant, a farmer who took just as much pride in providing his family sustenance as he did in providing them a strong moral and civic compass.

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Commissioners to discuss renewing Code of Ethics
Franklin County commissioners are scheduled to discuss renewing its Code of Ethics this week, however, the document doesn’t do enough to quell one commissioner’s request that the governing board adopt a conflict of interest policy.
In March, Commissioner Harry Foy presented the board with a proposal similar to one approved by the Kerr Area Rural Transportation System board of directors that prohibited members from engaging in activity that created a conflict of interest.

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New plan will prevent pilots from washing planes at airport
MERRITT
New plan will prevent pilots from washing planes at airport
Plans to document hazardous materials, prevent spills and compile drainage information is  moving along, airport consultants said, but once installed, it will have practical consequences — pilots won’t be able to keep their planes clean at Triangle North Executive Airport.

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Law enforcement finds missing CCMS student
Law enforcement located a Cedar Creek Middle School student who wandered away from campus.
The 14-year-old girl, Sheriff Pat Green said, has a history of seizures and, for whatever reason, left the school.
The girl’s parents called her on her cell phone to alert authorities that the girl was missing.

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FOLDING DUTY
FOLDING DUTY
Louisburg College ROTC Cadets, from left to right, Quinton Hill, Johana Lopez and Ryan Wegener fold a flag that was previously flown at the college. The ROTC, students, professors and administrators took part in the flag retiring ceremony Thursday — Veterans Day. The cadets raised a new flag that had been flown at the state’s Capital.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Aubrey Anderson

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Doctor, Heal Thyself
Editorial Cartoon: Doctor, Heal Thyself


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Eliminating red ink will not be a popular task
In what may have been the first “shot” in a long, intense battle over the nation’s finances, Tar Heel Erskine Bowles and  former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming managed to fire up everyone from liberals to conservatives this week.
They made known their plan for stemming the flow of red ink that threatens this nation’s future.

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Phone books may be headed out the door along with Mr. Goodwrench
Phone books may be headed out the door along with Mr. Goodwrench
Some traditions are tough to let go and some, well ..., let’s just say “good riddance.”
One of those in the good riddance category is the phone book.
Too thick to level a table, with print too small to read and a bulk so great they are difficult even to recycle, phone books are fast becoming a relic of a bygone age.

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County has an ally in its water war with Franklinton — it’s public opinion
County has an ally in its water war with Franklinton — it’s public opinion
GOOD MORNING: Either the weather forecast in the N&O Friday morning was way off mark or it was a whole lot warmer in Raleigh than it was in Louisburg, that’s for sure.
At 6 a. m. the thermometer in my front yard was reading 30.2 degrees as opposed to the forecast low of 38 degrees for Raleigh and vicinity. And two hours later, at 8 a.m. the mercury here had risen only 2.2 degrees to 32.4 degrees.

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Political class adjusts to new realities
RALEIGH – As the new Republican majorities in the North Carolina General Assembly begin to sort out their leadership roles and priorities for the upcoming legislative session, the state’s political class is still trying to take in the full import of the 2010 election cycle.

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Jingle Bell scratch off
Searching for that perfect Christmas gift? The North Carolina Education Lottery has your solution: $10 scratch-off lottery tickets in the $500,000 Jingle Jackpot. The festive TV ads almost had me convinced to stop at my nearest convenience store to purchase one for everyone on my list.

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OBITUARIES

ANNIE L. MOSS
FRANKLINTON - Annie Louise Moss, 89, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 9, 2010 at Hillside Nursing Center in Wake Forest. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 13) at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, 504 E. Mason St., Franklinton. The Rev. Jonathan Chandler of Union View Baptist Church will preside. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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BOBBY O. YOUNG
LOUISBURG – Bobby Owen Young, 67, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 10, 2010. Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. Burial followed in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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OTIS GILL
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Deacon Otis Gill, 94, who died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PEARL B. VICK
ROCKY MOUNT - Pearl Burnette Vick, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010  at Britthaven of Louisburg.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 13) at Rocky Mount Memorial Park Mausoleum, with the Rev. Keith Campbell officiating.

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IALEEN S. MODE
RALEIGH - Ialeen Sigman Mode, 89, of the Homestead at Croasdaile, formerly of Franklinton, died Sunday, Nov, 7, at Duke Hospice at the Meadowlands. No services are planned.

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WILLIAM J. “BILL” CLANCY
GREENSBURG, PA - William Joseph “Bill” Clancy, 77, formerly of Raleigh, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 13) at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 5801 Falls of Neuse Road Raleigh.

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L. EUGENE SHEARIN
CASTALIA - Lowell Eugene Shearin, 68, of Castalia, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at Pitt Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be held, Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. at Lancaster Memorial Park, with Pastor Billy Henry officiating.

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JUNE THOMAS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for June Thomas, 72, who died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PURVIS D. HOWARD
WAKE FOREST - Purvis Dixon Howard, 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Funeral service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 13) at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St. (Highway 55), Apex, with the Rev. Ron Brisson officiating. Burial will follow in the Bells Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
YOUNGSVILLE -- Vaughn Ford grew up in bass-fishing country, where most residents like nothing better than an afternoon sitting by a local pond -- or a quick trip to one of the nearby big-boat lakes.
Pictured (Above): CHAMPIONSHIP CATCH. Members of The Reel Thrill boat display their combined 68.79 pounds of king mackerel -- a number that was good enough to win the SKA National Fishing Championship last weekend in Florida. Pictured are (l to r) Derek Ennis (Raleigh), Ryan Brazill (Youngsville), Graeson Ford (Youngsville) and Vaughn Ford (Youngsville).

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Bolton a signee for ECU
FUTURE ECU PIRATE. Louisburg resident Tyler Bolton, who attends Kerr-Vance Academy, has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his baseball career at East Carolina University.
Bolton a signee for ECU
HENDERSON -- John Allen and Tyler Bolton don’t have many similarities on the mound.
Bolton, a hard-throwing right-hander and Franklin County native, blows batters away at the plate with a 90 mph-fastball.
Allen, of Granville County, is a crafty southpaw that relies more on finesse than power.

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LHS Looks To Next Season
KEY CONTRIBUTOR. As the 2010 season went on, young running back Gregory ‘Plucky’ Clifton (31) earned more and more playing time for the Louisburg High School football squad under head coach Chris Lee. Clifton is only a freshman.
LHS Looks To Next Season
LOUISBURG -- It seemed like forever ago -- but it was only in July -- when the Louisburg Warriors were declared the team to beat in the Northern Carolina  Conference football standings by www.ncpreps.com.
Certainly, prognositicators for that website underestimated the potential of a Roanoke Rapids club that roared through all of its opponents in convincing fashion en route to repeating as NCC gridiron champions.

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Playing the percentages is still risky
Playing the percentages is still risky
It’s one of the oldest clichés’ in the sporting book -- a tried-and-true axiom to defend what appears to be a ‘smart’ move by a player or coach.
He or she played the percentages.
So bravo to them.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Nov. 14-20
High School Football
FRIDAY
CLASS 2-A STATE PLAYOFFS
Teams, Sites TBA    7:30 p.m

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A Busy Weekend For LC
A Busy Weekend For LC
LOUISBURG -- Three Louisburg College athletic teams will be in action this weekend, including two at home.
LC’s football squad will end its campaign today, while the Hurricanes’ men’s basketball contingent will be at home as part of their annual Roger Taylor Classic.
The LC women’s hoops team will be on the road with a pair of events in South Carolina.

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POPPE PLAYS IN BIG SOUTH FINAL
POPPE PLAYS IN BIG SOUTH FINAL
Freshman defender Shaylyn Poppe from Franklinton High School competed for the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs during recent action at the Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament in Radford, Va. Gardner-Webb reached the finals of the tourney before falling 1-0 in overtime against High Point. The Runnin’ Bulldogs closed with a 7-10-5 overall record.

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Louisburg Rec hosting hoops registration
Louisburg Rec hosting hoops registration
LOUISBURG -- Registration is currently ongoing for the upcoming Louisburg Parks and Recreation’s Winter Basketball League.
Boys and girls are both welcome to sign up.
Leagues will be offered in the following age groups:

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NATIONAL KINGFISH CHAMPIONS
NATIONAL KINGFISH CHAMPIONS
The 2010 SKA Fishing Championship winner was Franklin County The Reel Thrill team of (l to r) Ryan Brazill, Derek Ennis, Vaughn Ford, Graeson Ford and Kim Ford.

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LIFESTYLES

Holiday Giving & Events
Youngsville Parade
The Town of Youngsville will have its annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. Lineup will start at 9:30 a.m. at the old Tom Togs Building at 321 N. Nassau Street. Anyone interested in participating, contact the Town Hall at (919) 556-5073.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

FREEDOM ISN’T FREE
FREEDOM ISN’T FREE
... But on Veterans Day, breakfast was. Amedisys Hospice of Franklinton sponsored a free breakfast for veterans and their spouses at the Senior Citizens Center in Louisburg and drew quite a crowd. In the photo above Ed Wilson of Franklinton samples the goodies he earned by serving 20 years in the Army, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. Ready to assist with his breakfast selections is Amy Wood (left) of Amedisys and volunteer Novella Perry.

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Jail-A-Thon rescheduled for Nov. 15 due to chance of inclement weather
With rain forecasted for Nov. 17, the Franklin County United Way Jail-A-Thon has been rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 15.
“This is really a tactical move by the Sheriff’s Office to keep everyone off guard,” Event Co-Chair H.M. Edwards joked, referring to a second rain date rescheduling for the event. “All in all, though, we are now ready for Monday. CenturyLink will be hooking up the phone lines, and the majority of the warrants are in hand.”

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Mobley receives award
Mobley receives award
On Sunday, Oct. 31, at a ceremony at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, Franklin County Agriculture Agent Martha Leonard Mobley received the 2009 North Carolina “Search for Excellence” Award in Agriculture and Natural Resources.  She received a plaque and cash award.

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Airport workshop focuses on five-year plan
Airport commissioners fine tuned their Transportation Improvement Plan wish list Wednesday night, moving up plans to expand their footprint.
The board discussed updating its annual five-year TIP requests and opted to move up plans to purchase a 31-acre property just northeast of the terminal by two years to 2011.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Holds Off North Pitt
Bunn Holds Off North Pitt
BUNN -- If time of possession was the sole determining factor in the outcome of a football game, Bunn never would have made it past the first round of the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.
But the Wildcats used their big-play machine to counter North Pitt’s grind-it-out attack, and the result was a 21-20 victory in Bunn’s favor in opening-round action Friday in the East Regional portion of the postseason.

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Stallions Roll Past Franklinton
TABOR CITY -- It took Franklinton just one electrifying play to gain South Columbus’ undivided attention during Friday’s opening-round showdown in the Mideast Regional portion of the Class 2-A State Football Playoffs.
But after FHS struck first, the host Stallions dominated the rest of the way to earn a 43-7 decision over the Red Rams.
Undefeated and top-seeded South Columbus improved to 11-0 overall, while Franklinton wrapped up its season at 5-7.

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