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Showing 47 articles from December 7, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

State recommends Mitchell for Ag director, commissioners agree
State recommends Mitchell for Ag director, commissioners agree
The state recommended a new county cooperative extension director Monday night with experience in the office, but it wasn’t Martha Mobley.
Jim Cowden, director of the North Central Region of the Cooperative Extension Service, recommended on Monday night that commissioners support Charles Mitchell for the job.

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WINTER’S CHILL ARRIVES EARLY
WINTER’S CHILL ARRIVES EARLY
A late fall cold front, accompanied by a little snowfall, caught Franklin County — and most weather forecasters — a bit by surprise Saturday afternoon and evening. The combination created many a picturesque winter-like scene around Franklin County much like this spot near the intersection of George Leonard and East River roads east of Louisburg.

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Dunston elected board chair
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners chose new officers on Monday night.
At least one commissioner wanted the board to consider other choices.
As it was, the board selected Commissioner Sidney Dunston to serve as its chair and Commissioner Shane Mitchell to serve as vice chair.

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TOP COP
TOP COP
Sheriff Pat Green, background center, takes the oath of office while his father, John, holds the Bible and his wife, Jenny, stands by for support. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood, foreground left, recited the oath to Green at noon on Monday inside Franklin County Superior Court.

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County’s emergency radio system plan not ready
A corporation hired to upgrade the county’s emergency radio system was not ready to present its final plans on Monday, but the project continues to move forward, county emergency communications staff said.
Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin and Harris Communications staff were scheduled to present the board with the final design for a $9 million overhaul to the system, but Shearin told commissioners on Monday that the Virginia-based company was not quite ready.

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Commissioners agree to help local health care agency
Franklin County commissioners agreed to let its staff explore ways it could help a Louisburg health care agency retain cutting-edge technology.
Dr. Robert McLaurin appeared before the board during the public comment section on Monday night, asking the board to adopt a resolution supporting his continued use of a linear accelerator at his Franklin County Cancer Center.

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Local volunteers help with Charlotte free clinic
Local volunteers help with Charlotte free clinic
Franklin County’s volunteer clinic sent a team to Charlotte on Tuesday, helping with a federal effort to provide the uninsured with medical care.
The National Association of Free Clinics coordinated with the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics this week to host the  clinic in Charlotte.

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On Parade
On Parade
Franklin County played host to two Christmas parades this past weekend. Above, Sen. Doug Berger greets the crowd as he rides in the Franklin County Christmas Parade in Louisburg on Sunday.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville youngster Hadley Sansom

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Seasick Crocodile
Editorial Cartoon: Seasick Crocodile


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As Christmas nears, remember those in need
Well, we suppose that if we have to have winter-like weather, that little dusting of white stuff that blanketed much of Franklin County Saturday afternoon and evening wasn’t too bad.
It came down quickly.
The ground was still warm, thus the white stuff didn’t stick much on roads and highways.

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System fails White Level
System fails White Level
GOOD MORNING: As of yesterday (Tuesday) we still had two weeks to go before winter officially begins, but Mother Nature apparently doesn’t pay much attention to the calendar, does she?
Snow began falling out my way just East of Louisburg shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday and by nightfall we had accumulated approximately 2.5 inches.

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It’s hard to match federal incompetence
It’s hard to match federal incompetence
I gotta idea for the federal government.
Instead of destroying untold numbers of “defective” $100 bills, let me take them off your hands.
According to an Associated Press story, officials with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are examining 1.1 billion new $100 bills, checking them for a defect.

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Website Reader Participation Results December 1-7
Last Week’s Poll
Will you be attending?
Will you be attending a local Christmas parade this year?

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Funding that must be above politics
It is almost certain that by the time the 2011 General Assembly session begins in January, several hundred people with HIV/AIDS in North Carolina will be denied lifesaving medication and put on a waiting list instead of a drug regimen.
The state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) that provides medication for people infected with HIV is likely to run out of money soon, according to state AIDS Director Jacquelyn Clymore.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM L. KEARNEY
YOUNGSVILLE - Funeral services for William L. Kearney, 58, who died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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KENNETH “ROADIE” M. TAYLOR
CASTALIA - Kenneth “Roadie” McKinley Taylor, 85, of Castalia, died Sunday, December 5, 2010, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Jesse Faulkner Taylor, and his sister, Elsie Cone.  Mr. Taylor loved to go to his son, Wayne’s business, Taylor’s Exxon in Nashville, and spending Christmas at his daughter Connie’s home.  Graveside services were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Taylor Family Cemetery in Castalia, with his grandson, Ken Hill, officiating. 

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LILLIE MAE J. THARRINGTON
May 22, 1918 – December 5, 2010
LOUISBURG – Lillie Mae Joyner Tharrington, 92, of Louisburg, died Sunday morning.

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WALLACE O. MITCHINER
July 5, 1947 – December 5, 2010
FRANKLINTON - Wallace Oliver Mitchiner, 63, of Franklinton, NC passed away at his home December 5, 2010.  Wallace was a life-long resident of the Mitchiner’s Cross Roads community in Franklin County.

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SPORTS

BHS’ Early Test
INSIDE INTENSITY. Nash Central’s Jasmine Williams (right) tries to avoid the defense of Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy during last Friday night’s girls basketball showdown at the Bunn Dome. The host Ladycats won the tight, non-league contest.
BHS’ Early Test
BUNN -- Rare are the well-played games in the early portion of the high school basketball season.
Teams are still working out their kinks, and players are getting used to competing with each other.
But that wasn’t the case during last Friday’s girls hoops showdown between Nash Central and host Bunn.

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LC falls on road vs. SMC
LC falls on road vs. SMC
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Louisburg College made it all the way back from a slow start during last Saturday afternoon’s road women’s basketball matchup at Spartanburg Methodist College.
Trailing by 13 points at halftime, the Lady Hurricanes eventually took the lead down the stretch -- only to see the host Lady Pioneers respond in the clutch to earn a 65-60 decision.

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NC Edges Wildcats
LEAVING A TIP. (L to R) Nash Central High School’s Demetry Clark and Bunn’s Miles Clifton reach for a loose ball during last Friday night’s non-league boys basketball matchup at the Bunn Dome. (Submitted photo by Walt Brandenburg)
NC Edges Wildcats
BUNN -- Last Friday night’s boys basketball showdown between non-league rivals Nash Central and Bunn featured almost an exact scenario to the earlier girls matchup.
Just with the outcome switched.
In the girls game, Bunn was the better team down the stretch, and the Ladycats were able to pull away for the victory.

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It is over in fantasy FB league
It is over in fantasy FB league
Boxing announcer Larry Merchant, best known for his ‘It’s Over!’  exclamation when Mike Tyson was knocked out by Buster Douglas, has officially paid a visit to The Franklin Times Fantasy Football League.
It’s over.
Taking my one-week-at-a-time approach, I was able to wrap up the league championship over a beleaguered Carey Johnson.

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Kiger Drops LHS Debut
ALL TIED UP. Louisburg High School’s Shade’ Goodson (left) makes sure she gets her part of a jump ball during last Friday’s girls basketball contest against the Southern Vance Lady Raiders at the LHS Gymnasium.
Kiger Drops LHS Debut
LOUISBURG -- When he took the job over the summer, new Louisburg High School girls basketball coach Brett Kiger emphasized that his program wouldn’t miraculously turn into a contender overnight.
That fact was accentuated last Friday night as the Lady Warriors, in Kiger’s first game, were defeated 44-25 at home against perennial area powerhouse Southern Vance.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last Friday’s semifinal results and this weekend’s championship schedule for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:

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Baseball camp scheduled in Nash County
Baseball camp scheduled in Nash County
ROCKY MOUNT - First Annual Coleman-Pitt Post 58 American Legion Baseball Camp is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28 and 29 at Nash Central High School. 
It will be open to students in grades 6-12.

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COLLEGE GRID BOWL GAMES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed is the 2010-11 College Football Bowl Game Schedule:

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Vikings Claim No. 1 Spot
Vikings Claim No. 1 Spot
FRANKLINTON -- Thanks to a head-to-head tie-breaker, the Northern Vance Vikings were able to earn the team championship last Saturday at the Red Ram Duals at Franklinton High School’s Gymnasium.
Northern Vance and Louisburg both went 4-1 overall, but the Vikings topped the Warriors during their match. NV was also upset against Kerr-Vance Academy.

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WHITNEY MAKES THE PLAY
WHITNEY MAKES THE PLAY
Bunn High School sophomore guard Whitney Bunn passes the ball during the Ladycats’ home hoops victory last Friday against the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs.

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TEAMMATE SOUGHT
TEAMMATE SOUGHT
Nash Central’s Nate Pittman (with ball) tries to find an open Bulldog while being defended by Bunn’s Deshawn High during last Friday night’s showdown at the Bunn Dome.

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LIFESTYLES

Holiday Giving & Events
Wake Forest Parade
The town of Wake Forest will host its annual Christmas parade on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. The event is hosted by the Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation. For more information, call (919) 570-1372.

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50th Wedding Anniversary
50th Wedding Anniversary
Lonnie and Rose Robbins of Franklin County celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 3, 2010. The couple took a trip to Myrtle Beach.

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60th Wedding Anniversary
60th Wedding Anniversary
Harold and Doris Wheeler celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 1, 2010. The couple were married on Dec. 1, 1950 at the A. W. Icard home in Henderson. Since their marriage, they have resided on the family farm in the Flat Rock community of Franklin County.

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BIRTH
Brandon and Amy Joyner Bowling are the proud parents of a new baby girl, Graycen Marie Bowling, born  Nov. 13, 2010 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Wayne and Ann Smith of Louisburg and Ronald Glenn Joyner of Knightdale.

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Youngsville Old-Time Christmas
Stephanie Dunn, left, helps her cousin, Kyndal Dunn, prepare a holiday craft inside the Nationanl Guard Armory.
Youngsville Old-Time Christmas
Christmas festivities proved to be an all-day, Old-Time Christmas event in Youngsville this past Saturday, as the fun began with a pancake breakfast at the Youngsville Rescue Squad.
The town’s Christmas parade ran through town, ending at the National Guard Armory.

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Sheriff Green offers tips for safe shopping during the holiday season
“The holiday season is here and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” said Sheriff Pat Green of Franklin County.
But what shoppers are neglecting is their safety.  According to Sheriff Green, “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours.

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Happy Holidays from the Franklin County Christmas Parade
The Bunn High School marching band sported some spiffy new uniforms —and delighted the crowd as well.
Happy Holidays from the Franklin County Christmas Parade
Over a thousand spectators bundled up and braved the frigid temperatures to watch the Franklin County Christmas Parade in Louisburg this past Sunday. The parade, put on by the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, featured a variety of floats,  high school bands, cars, trucks, emergency vehicles and other participants that made up the 104 entries.

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Happy Holidays from the Franklin County Christmas Parade, Pics 2
Happy Holidays from the Franklin County Christmas Parade, Pics 2
Little Chloe Malone and her mother, Felecia, wave from the back of a White Level Fire Department truck while David and McKenzie Malone enjoy the view from the front seat of the truck.

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Holidays from the Franklin County Christmas Parade, Pics 3
Holidays from the Franklin County Christmas Parade, Pics 3
Those holiday-themed hats may have started as a fashion item but they probably were a welcome, warm addition for the Louisburg High School marching band!

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Bunn Middle School announces Honor Rolls
The following Bunn Middle School students have achieved Honor Roll status during the 2010/2011 school year:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

CLERK OF COURT
CLERK OF COURT
Alice Faye Hunter, left, took the oath of office on Monday afternoon inside Franklin County Superior Court. Her daughter, Karen Griffin, held the Bible while she recited the oath given by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood.

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County gets first snow of the season
Saturday’s snowfall left a light dusting around the old mill at Laurel Mill Pond.
County gets first snow of the season
Mother Nature brought its first dash of snow this winter, coating Franklin County with about two inches of snow.
The snow, which was wet for packing snowballs and making snowmen, covered trees and lawns, however, it did not significantly stick to roads.

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Fraternity members attend conference
Nineteen members of the Louisburg College Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Fraternity recently attended the 36th Fall Leadership Development Conference (FLDC) in Greensboro, NC.
The conference program included leadership workshop sessions, regional meetings, a keynote speaker address, leadership workshop tracks (financial responsibility, business technology/social media, etiquette, leadership building skills, and career development), and a preview of upcoming state and national leadership conferences.

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Bicyclist charged with DUI
A Louisburg cyclist was taken to the hospital, then charged with driving under the influence after he rode into traffic.
According to a report by Trooper T.L. Hunt, Marcus Jones, 28, of Wilder Lane, was riding a bike on N.C. 39 near Jeffreys Road at about 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 when the incident occurred.

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SALT OF THE EARTH
SALT OF THE EARTH
Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors Ricky May, far left, and Carvel Cheves, third from left, take the oath of office with the help of May’s wife, Gale, second from left, and Darnell Batton, Cheves’ brother-in-law.

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Miss Nu Epsilon crowned
Miss Nu Epsilon crowned
Danajee Braswell was crowned the 7th Miss Nu Epsilon on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Louisburg United Methodist Church. She is the daughter of Efrem and Francheska Braswell of Louisburg and is a seventh-grader at Terrrell Lane Middle School. She was among five young ladies competing for the title.

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BLUE LINE
BLUE LINE
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies lined the Franklin County Superior Courthouse on Monday as they were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood. About 67 officers took the oath of office after Sheriff Pat Green was sworn in at noon.

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