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Showing 39 articles from November 19, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Franklinton sends county bill for unused water
Franklinton sends county bill for unused water
Franklinton officials sent out a more than $61,000 water bill on Monday that county officials have no intention of paying.
Both the town and county remain embroiled in a dispute about the validity of a 40-year water contract.
County officials and staff say the town’s decision to cut them off during a drought in September rendered the contract void.

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Novozymes fined for acid spill
One of the county’s largest employers was fined this month, nearly a year after spilling more than 1,600 pounds of phosphoric acid.
According to the county’s Public Utilities Office, Novozymes was responsible for spilling 1,675.51 pounds of 70 percent phosphoric acid into an aeration basin at the company’s Perry Chapel Road location.

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Down for the recount
BUSY ROOM. Above, recount volunteers, staff and officials filled a room at the Board of Elections office on Wednesday, recounting the ballots for the 2nd Congressional District race.
Down for the recount
Unofficial tallies have Renee Ellmers winning the 2nd Congressional District, beating out incumbent Bob Etheridge, who conceded on Friday.
“I congratulate Mrs. Ellmers,” Etheridge said in a statement Friday afternoon, “and I wish her well...” 

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Deputies assist in manhunt
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies were part of a manhunt that captured one of the two suspects in a Roanoke Rapids police shooting this past week.
Authorities arrested Renee Michelle Phillips on Thursday after Roanoke Rapids authorities called in help from a number of surrounding agencies, including the Franklin County Sheriff Office, to set up roadblocks and close in on Phillips and Michael Eugene Edgerton — the couple that police allege shot Officer John Taylor.

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Files, Bunn commissioner, dies at 76
Files, Bunn commissioner, dies at 76
A long-time advocate for Bunn and current commissioner passed away on Friday.
Carolyn Files was 76.
Files moved to Bunn from Florida in the late 1960s, quickly immersing herself in town activities, said Mayor Marsha Strawbridge.

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Plans for the Murphy House moving to front burner
Plans for the Murphy House moving to front burner
Something was cooking at the Murphy House restaurant location this week.
Lot owner Johnny Sledge had surveyors at the site in an attempt to assess the location and figure out what to do with the site.
On Friday, Sledge said options remain wide open, including a return to an eatery or a new Sheetz location.

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Community groups join to promote Franklinton
Community groups join to promote Franklinton
FRANKLINTON — Residents, town officials and staff behind a multitude of community events have agreed to unite in their efforts to improve Franklinton.
OneFranklinton brings all of the town’s community volunteers under one roof, streamlining efforts to host events and take on projects to improve the town.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Tyler Brandenburg

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Paranoid Pernell
Editorial Cartoon: Paranoid Pernell


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Serve up a good deed along with your Thanksgiving feast
Don’t look now but Turkey Day is almost upon us!
In just a few days — earlier in some homes where cooks prepare food well in advance — ovens will be heated up, cooktops filled with pots and pans and everyone will be eagerly awaiting the fun, food and fellowship which comes with one of this country’s favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.

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What were the commissioners trying to hide by going into a secret session?
What were the commissioners trying to hide by going into a secret session?
GOOD MORNING: The weekend weather outlook: Sunny and mild with daytime highs in the mid to upper 60’s and overnight lows in the 40’s.
Tuesday night (the wee hours of Wednesday morning actually) was a horse of a different color, however. My little weather alert radio sounded off shortly after midnight Tuesday and for the next hour it was one severe weather watch/warning after another.

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Royal wedding hype destined to become a royal pain
Royal wedding hype destined to become a royal pain
Oh, please, give me a break. Better yet, give all us Americans a break.
Just when we thought it might be safe to actually watch something on live television again now that those infernal, relentless, misleading and sometimes downright false political advertising commercials were gone, we’re hit with something new.

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Fiscal mission isn’t impossible, but maybe a bit challenging
RALEIGH – The classic spy show “Mission: Impossible” was exciting, excellent – and misnamed.
At the beginning of each episode, the Jim Phelps character played by Peter Graves would receive a recording that laid out a seemingly impossible mission. After the tape famously self-destructed within five seconds, Phelps and his team would then show that the mission wasn’t impossible at all. Just really challenging.

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Pernell wants a retraction, but Asher is not budging
Dear Editor:
In the Oct. 29, 2010 edition of The Franklin Times, Mr. Johnson commented on the decision of the Louisburg Historic Preservation Commission regarding a request to locate a storage building at the Franklin County Library on N. Main Street and a vinyl fence at the Louisburg Baptist Church.

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OBITUARIES

MARY E. YARBOROUGH
LOUISBURG - Mary E. Yarborough, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services were  held Friday, Nov. 19, at First Baptist Church in Louisburg. Burial followed in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery in Louisburg.

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BOBBY E. MOORE
LOUISBURG - Bobby Eugene Moore, 69, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 20) at Wakeminster Baptist Church, with the Rev. Merle Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Level Christian Church cemetery.

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CONSTANCE LEE MATZNER
YOUNGSVILLE - Constance Lee “Connie” Matzner, 67, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 at home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Nov. 19, at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, with Father Philip Tighe officiating. Burial was at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery.

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XAVIER M. SPIVEY
BATTLEBORO - Funeral services for Baby Boy Xavier Maliek Spivey, 18 months old, who died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, were held Friday, Nov. 19, at First Timothy Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, with the Rev. Willie Hedgepeth officiating. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.

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CAROLYN R. FILES
BUNN – Carolyn Rush Files, 76, died Friday morning, Nov. 19, at her home. A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Bunn United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Rhonda Maurer officiating. The family will receive friends at the home at all times.

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EDGAR B. “DOC” COOPER
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Edgar B. “Doc” Cooper, 90, who died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. Carl Wardrett officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

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GERTRUDE D. McCOY
BALTIMORE, Md. - Memorial services for Gertrude Dunn McCoy, 84, formerly of Whitakers, who died Oct. 18, 2010, will be held at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 20) at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville, with the Rev. Thomas L. Walker officiating.


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CHARLES COOLEY
LOUISBURG - Charles Cooley died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at Carebridge Assisted Living.  Graveside services will be held Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 P.M. at the Cooley family cemetery on Burlington Mill Road, Rolesville, with the Rev. Wes Bailey officiating.

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ANGUS W. GAY
ZEBULON - Angus Wilton Gay, 86, a native of Franklin County, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 20) at Zebulon Baptist Church, with visitation in the church parlor from 12 to 1 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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ANNA C. CHUGG
Anna (Jeri) Cleveland Chugg, 95, died November 9 at Wake Med in Cary. She was the daughter of the late Nina and Claude Cleveland of Covington, PA.

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SPORTS

Slice Of Heroics
TIGHT DEFENSE. Louisburg College’s Marcellous Perez (left) clamps down during the Hurricanes’ home decision Thursday against Brunswick CC.
Slice Of Heroics
LOUISBURG -- When most coaches look at Jeremy Atkinson, they seem to feel an instant need to program him into a perimeter player’s role.
Atkinson has always dealt with this dilemma, as, with his 6-foot-4 size, he never appeared tall enough to battle with the big boys in the paint.

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Outside effective for Canes
A DRIVING FORCE. Louisburg College freshman guard Shawnese Eleazer (with ball) penetrates for two points during the Lady Hurricanes’ home victory Wednesday night against Wake Tech.
Outside effective for Canes
LOUISBURG -- A few early-season scrapes can often pay off long-term dividends -- and that’s something Head Coach Mike Holloman hopes will happen for his Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes during the 2010-11 campaign.
With frontliner Ariel Phelps sidelined for three games with a back injury, Holloman had no choice but to increase the responsibility level of his unproven but potential-rich guards.

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BHS’ Davis To Play At Lander
ALL-AROUND EXCELLENCE. Melanie Davis has played several positions on the softball diamond for the Bunn Ladycats -- and also shined for the BHS volleyball squad.
BHS’ Davis To Play At Lander
BUNN -- Few athletes in the history of Bunn High School can boast the jack-of-all-trades excellence of Melanie Davis.
A senior, Davis just got done helping lead the Ladycats to an impressive volleyball season, which featured Northern Carolina Conference regular season and tournament championships.

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LC ends gridiron campaign
LC ends gridiron campaign
If you look at the football schedule on Louisburg College’s website, you’ll see that the Hurricanes’ final matchup of the 2010 regular season was last Saturday.
But another big date wasn’t listed on LC’s ledger, and that will be this coming Tuesday.
That’s when the Northeast Conference will hold its annual postseason meeting on Long Island, New York.

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Davis Takes Extra Effort
AWARD WINNER. Bunn High School senior Andre Davis (center) poses with his teammates after winning the WRAL-TV Extra Effort Award last Wednesday afternoon.
Davis Takes Extra Effort
BUNN -- Andre Davis has indeed given an Extra Effort in assisting the Bunn High School football team during the 2010 campaign.
Davis, a senior, had been a wide receiver at BHS before being switched to quarterback before the season.
That move proved to be a shrewd one for Bunn head coach Chris Miller, as Davis has thrived at the signal-caller position for the Wildcats.

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Perry earns place on All-SAC squad
PERRY SALUTED. Catawba College’s Lakeem Perry (50) has been honored with a spot on the All-South Atlantic Conference Football Team for the 2010 season. Perry, a junior linebacker, is a gradaute of Louisburg High School.
Perry earns place on All-SAC squad
SALISBURY -- Former Louisburg High School standout Lakeem Perry, now at Catawba College, recently earned a second-team spot at linebacker on the 2010 All-South Atlantic Conference Football Squad.
Perry, a junior, was one of 10 Catawba players to earn All-SAC honors. The Indians posted a 6-4 overall record this fall.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Nov. 21-27
High School Football
FRIDAY
CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
Teams, Sites TBA    7:30 p.m.

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SHOCKERS WRAP UP SEASON WITH WIN
SHOCKERS WRAP UP SEASON WITH WIN
The Carolina Shockers 12-Under Fast-Pitch Softball Team closed out its 2010 Travel Ball season in style by winning the NCUSFA Fall Classic, which was held Nov. 6-7 in Rocky Mount.

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Annual Skate With Canes event is slated
Annual Skate With Canes event is slated
RALEIGH -- Doug Warf, Senior Director of Marketing for the Carolina Hurricanes and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, has announced that tickets for the annual “Skate with the Canes” are on sale.
“Skate with the Canes” will take place Dec. 30 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

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State soccer finals scheduled
State soccer finals scheduled
RALEIGH -- Four championships will be up for grabs this weekend in the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state men’s soccer championships at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Soccer Stadium at the Paul Derr Track facility on the campus of North Carolina State University.

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SOARING ABOVE THE REST
SOARING ABOVE THE REST
Louisburg College’s Rashod Chavis (left) rises for a rebound over a Brunswick player and LC teammate Natwan Young (5) during Thursday’s home conquest against the Dolphins.

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LIFESTYLES

How music can soothe your soul
How music can soothe your soul
I have been blessed to be able to attend the concert series at Louisburg College for such a long time. Since I came to the college as a student, way back in 1963, I have had the opportunity to attend the most interesting, relaxing, cultural and educational concerts you can ever imagine.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Recognition service for area law enforcement
Recognition service for area law enforcement
On Sunday, Nov. 14, New Life Church had a special service at 10 a.m. honoring seven different law enforcement agencies. New Life Pastor Ron Brisson explained, “Prior to Thanksgiving we’ve been thinking about the many blessings we have and how we’re prone to take them for granted. So we decided to set aside a day to honor and recognize some of the people who make our community a better and safer place.”

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Florida man arrested for two home invasions
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Florida man on charges that he broke into two Louisburg area homes.
Det. E.H. Smith Jr., arrested Brandon William Peterson, 18, on Wednesday, charging him with two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of felony larceny.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Moves Into Third Round
Bunn Moves Into Third Round
BUNN -- On the first play of the game, Bunn senior quarterback Andre Davis appeared to be stopped behind the line of scrimmage -- only to escape on his way to a 68-yard gain.
The fun, however, was only beginning for Davis and his Wildcats’ teammates.

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