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Showing 35 articles from December 21, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Man arrested for shooting into two occupied vehicles
Man arrested for shooting into two occupied vehicles
A Pilot man is scheduled to appear in district court next month on charges that he shot into two vehicles, including one that contained toddlers.
Steven Brent Abernathy, 27, was arrested on Dec. 16 and charged with two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

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Hardee’s opens in Franklinton
Hardee’s opens in Franklinton
FRANKLINTON — Town residents and visitors have a new eating choice in Franklinton.
And town officials and staff have a new business to drive their tax base.
Boddie-Noell Enterprises opened its Hardee’s restaurant on Monday at the corner of Pocomoke Road and U.S. 1.

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Every time a bell rings...
Every time a bell rings...
Most of the bell ringers posted by the Salvation Army kettle in Louisburg have weaponry.
But instead of force, they use good cheer and smiles to get people to donate to the organization’s annual fundraising effort to help those less fortunate.

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...An angel gets its wings
...An angel gets its wings
Shoppers helped provide gifts for 81 children this holiday season as part of the county Department of Social Service’s Angel Tree campaign. Shoppers at Walmart pulled names and gift requests from the tree inside the Louisburg store, helping to provide Christmas gifts for children in foster care and other situations.

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Louisburg moving ahead on annexation, seeking funding for Joyner Park ball field
PLAQUE PRESENTED. Simon Brough, chairman of the Franklin County Arts Council (at right), presents a plaque to Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell.
Louisburg moving ahead on annexation, seeking funding for Joyner Park ball field
The Louisburg Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to pick up the pace on a long-pending annexation and to refile a grant application that would finance a new ball field and other improvements at Joyner Park.
The annexation effort began a couple of years ago but lingered on the back burner until Monday when the council voted to move ahead quickly.

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Extension office welcomes two new employees Jan. 3
Extension office welcomes two new employees Jan. 3
At the start of the year, the county’s Cooperative Extension office will be bolstered by two new employees, including a new director.
After that, the state will begin efforts to bring on board a 4-H agent.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College student Alexia Weems

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Checking It Twice
Editorial Cartoon: Checking It Twice


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State’s rainy day fund is gone as financial storm hovers over the horizon
If you didn’t happen to catch 60 Minutes after the game Sunday night, you should try to find it and watch it carefully.
No, not the part about Marilu Henner and a handful of others who have such extraordinary memories that they can recall each day of their lives like a slide show.
Yes, that was interesting, but it doesn’t pertain to most of us.

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Tour of Louisburg changed my opinion
Tour of Louisburg changed my opinion
GOOD MORNING: It’s official now, although we’ve been enjoying??? Winter like weather, ie. snow, sleet, freezing rain and record-setting cold, for the past couple of weeks or more, today (Wednesday, Dec. 22) marks the first full day of winter.
That’s right, folks. At 6:36 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday) the sun reached its southernmost point in the sky for the year, marking the first moment of winter.

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Do healthy bodies equal healthy minds?
Do healthy bodies equal healthy minds?
When I was in school, there was one good grade you could always expect around report card time.
While my English might not be no good, history was a snoozer and my mastery of the  Pythagorean theorem was non existent, I could always count on one good grade each semester — gym.

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Website Reader Participation Results December 15-21
Last Week’s Poll
Right Choice?
Did the state and Franklin County Commissioners make the right choice with recommending Charles Mitchell as new County Extension Director?

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Do we still have airplane mechanics?
A couple of weeks ago I heard a caller to a local radio program lament that the U.S. economy no longer has airline mechanics. I know he was exaggerating, but his point was that good-paying skilled jobs in our economy are falling by the wayside.

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N.C. Legislature needs reform
The state’s faltering economy has state leaders considering reorganization, budget cutting and reform in government, and there’s no better place to begin than our General Assembly.

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OBITUARIES

THURMAN “SKIP” YARBOROUGH
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Thurman “Skip” Yarborough, 89, who died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley M. Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ROBERT RICHARDSON
CHARLOTTE - Funeral services for Robert Richardson, 86, who died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, were held Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in the Tilmon-Lynch cemetery.

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JAMES R. KEARNEY
HENDERSON - James Robert Kearney, 84, of Kittrell, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 22) at Plank Chapel United Methodist Church, conducted by Dr. Carolyn Roy and the Rev. Carol Dean. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MOLLIE G. RICHARDSON
WENDELL - Mollie Grey Richardson, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. Funeral service was held Monday in the Baptist Tabernacle Church sanctuary. Burial followed in the Richardson family cemetery.

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NELLIE BAKER
ZEBULON - Nellie Baker, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, Dec. 23, at St. John United Holy Church, Jack Mitchell Road, Zebulon. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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LUCY H. COPPEDGE
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Lucy Hedgepeth Coppedge, 76, who died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, will be held Friday, Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church, with the Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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IRENE G. ALEXANDER
LOUISBURG - Irene “Doll” Gupton Alexander, age 100, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. prior to services at the church on Friday.

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LUCILLE T. SHEARIN
LOUISBURG - Lucille Thompson Shearin, 77, of Louisburg died Monday, September 20, 2010 at Life-Care Hospital of Rocky Mount.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence P. Shearin, Jr.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel with the Rev. Rhonda Maurer.  Burial will follow in Hill King United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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JAMES RANDOLPH BARKER
FRANKLINTON - James Randolph Barker was born October 3, 1949 in Henderson, N.C., the son of Leon Barker (deceased) and Vivian Powell of Sweet Home, Oregon. Jimmy passed away at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg on Dec. 16th due to complications from severe pneumonia and heart problems.

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IDALENE INSCOE MARSHALL
GREENSBORO - Mrs. Idalene Inscoe Marshall, age 98, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at The Shannon Gray Rehabilitation and Recovery Center in Jamestown, following a brief illness.

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SPORTS

BHS’ DAVIS WORKS OT
MORE RECOGNITION. Bunn High School senior quarterback Andre Davis (with ball) has earned a spot on the Triangle Area www.highschoolOT.com football team after leading BHS to the 3rd round of the state playoffs.
BHS’ DAVIS WORKS OT
BUNN -- One year ago, Andre Davis hoped to be a skill-position impact player during his senior season for the Bunn High School football squad.
Just not at quarterback.
But Davis, a former wide receiver, made the most of his lone campaign at the signal-caller position.

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Tournament Time
Tournament Time
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- With the exception of the Bunn girls, each of Franklin County’s basketball teams will be in action over Christmas Break as part of various tournaments.
Also, pre-holiday action in the Northern Carolina Conference ended on Tuesday when Bunn traveled to Franklinton and Louisburg hit the road for Roanoke Rapids.

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Warriors, Red Rams on Feb. 3
Warriors, Red Rams on Feb. 3
It didn’t take long for Franklinton and Louisburg to reschedule their high school basketball games, which were postponed last Friday due to poor weather.
The Northern Carolina Conference contests will now be played Feb. 3 at the LHS Gymnasium.

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BHS Alumni Game planned
BHS Alumni Game planned
BUNN -- The First Annual Bunn High School Alumni Basketball Game is scheduled for Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Bunn Dome.
Several past Wildcats’ greats have committed to play, including Freddy Little, Troy Wheless and James Cooke. Some former Bunn coaches of the past are also expected to return for the event.

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Mudcats to shift to Class 1-A
Mudcats to shift to Class 1-A
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats have  announced that they will join the Carolina League effective with the 2012 season.
The sale certifying the changes will be finalized by Jan. 2, 2011.
The Mudcats will retain their current affiliation with the Cincinnati Reds in the Southern League next year before the transfer takes effect.

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LIFESTYLES

Wilkes, Stoudemire wed
Wilkes, Stoudemire wed
Gloria Jean Wilkes and Norman Glenn Stoudemire were married at Trinity United Methodist Church, Louisburg, on Dec. 11, 2010 during a 5 p.m. “Winter Wonderland” ceremony. Pastor Kellie Gallagher-Smith was the officiating minister.
The bride is the daughter of William “Buck” Bass of Wilson and the late Jean Carolyn Bass.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklin County teachers honored at Bright Ideas Awards luncheon
Franklin County teachers honored at Bright Ideas Awards luncheon
Five teachers from the Franklin County school district were among the 150 educators honored Friday, Nov. 19 at the annual Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grant awards luncheon at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown.
Motivational speaker and life coach, Mike Robbins, who has worked with some of America’s top organizations including, Google, AT&T, Apple, Wells Fargo and many others, gave the keynote address.  

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Laurel Mill Elementary announces honor rolls
Genie Faulkner, principal of Laurel Mill Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

SMART START CHRISTMAS PROJECT
SMART START CHRISTMAS PROJECT
For their annual Christmas project this year, Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start committed to collecting food for Area Christians Together in Service (ACTS).  After getting instructions on what food items were needed most, the staff collected over a dozen boxes filled with rice, powdered milk, hot and cold cereals, soups, and canned meats and vegetables.

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Deputies hot on the trail of suspects in heating unit theft
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect who is alleged to have tried to con an older woman.
Louise Swicegood Weant reported on Dec. 18 that she had gotten a phone call from someone named James Cooper telling her that she had won $5 million and a red Mercedes with leather interior.

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BUSINESS

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Ralph Davis was honored with a 25-year Certificate of Appreciation at Rustic Building Supply’s annual Christmas dinner on Dec. 10. He previously worked for H. C. Taylor Hardware on Nash Street and began working at Rustic Building Supply in 1985.

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