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Showing 37 articles from December 28, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Court date set for man accused of provoking riot that injured deputy
Court date set for man accused of provoking riot that injured deputy
A man accused of starting a riotous situation that resulted in a deputy’s injuries is slated to appear in court this coming year.
Joe Williams is slated to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on Jan. 10, facing two counts of felony assault on an officer, and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and failure to disperse following a Feb. 27 arrest at the Citgo gas station on N. Bickett Boulevard.

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Man dies in house fire
While the worst of the cold appears behind us, emergency staff remind residents to be careful heating their homes.
A Nash County man died in a Spring Hope fire on Christmas day. According to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, 45-year-old Earl J. Lucas was found dead inside the home after the fire was extinguished.

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Snowflakes follow Santa
EASY SLEDDING. Lena and Landon Pullin took advantage of the leftover snow and ice on Monday to sled down a hill at Franklinton’s park. Their mother, Mandy, had them out on Sunday and Monday to play in the snow.
Snowflakes follow Santa
About a foot of snow fell in Franklin County, cutting off power to more than 6,000 residents and caused dozens of wrecks.
The snow storm, though, did not cause any fatalities.
Snow began to fall on Christmas afternoon and precipitation continued through Sunday.
By 4 p.m., 6,093 of Progress Energy’s 18,849 customers were without power.

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State leads in job losses
The state’s unemployment rate fattened up a bit for November.
And the state led the country in job losses, putting the unemployment rate at 9.7 percent.
County figures are scheduled to be released this coming Tuesday, and local Employment Security Commission officials are expecting more of the same for Franklin County — a steady number of folks looking for jobs and more job opportunities.

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Law Enforcement beefs up patrol for New Year’s Eve
Law Enforcement beefs up patrol for New Year’s Eve
Law enforcement officers will be out on heavy patrol this coming Friday and Saturday, making sure motorists are able to ring in the New Year and not sound the death knell.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, 394 people were killed last year as a result of impaired driving.
The program is in the tail end of its Booze It & Lose it program, which began on Dec. 3 and runs through Jan. 2.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Carlos Alston

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Wii Doggie
Editorial Cartoon: Wii Doggie


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Technology no match for Mother Nature
Best quip of the weekend, courtesy of an anonymous blogger:
It’s winter. It snows!
Exactly, although you would never have gotten that realistic world view from the chattering folks at area TV stations who carried on as if we were having an unprecedented, cataclysmic event that was stopping just short of Armageddon!
Really, now. It was just snow.

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Stranded by a beautiful snowfall
Stranded by a beautiful snowfall
GOOD MORNING: And the one thing in particular that makes it a really good morning, as far as I’m personally concerned, is the hope that more of that after Christmas white stuff that pretty much bottled me up at home Sunday and a good portion of Monday as well, will melt away before the day’s end.

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Drop the golden gun, adopt the golden rule
Drop the golden gun, adopt the golden rule
Messages.
A news story out of Lumberton sent a lot of them.
Here’s the story.
The state’s Industrial Commission recently ruled that a Robeson County Middle School principal can get worker’s compensation for injuries he sustained in a suspected gang-related shooting.

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Website Reader Participation Results December 22-28
Last Week’s Poll
Shop locally?
During your holiday shopping, did you try to shop locally (Franklin County)?

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OBITUARIES

LANCE W. REHBERG
FRANKLINTON —Lance W. Rehberg, 45, resident of Franklinton and longtime Mansfield area resident, died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at the home of his brother in Mansfield, following an apparent heart attack.

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DOLLY ANN DAVIS
FRANKLINTON - Dolly Ann Davis, 60, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at her home in Durham. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 24, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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JOANNA S. BANISTER
ZEBULON - Joanna Cornelia Solomon Banister, 75, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Zebulon  Ward. Burial will be at 12 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 29) at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, Va.

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RICKEY RAY “RICK” LONG
ZEBULON - Rickey Ray “Rick” Long, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at his home. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Corinth Baptist Church, Zebulon. Inurment took place in the church cemetery.

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“LARRY” EUGENE ROGERS
ZEBULON - “Larry” Eugene Rogers, 60, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 28, at William Toney’s Funeral Home, Zebulon. Burial was at the Pleasant Grove Church Annex in Wendell.

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DOCK H. HARRIS
FRANKLINTON —Dock Holden Harris, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

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LOUISE P. FREEMAN
YOUNGSVILLE - Louise Powell Freeman, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 29) at Youngsville Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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WINFRED W. PORTER
ROCKY MOUNT - The Rev. Winfred W. Porter, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 29) at Lakeside Baptist Church, 1501 Sunset Avenue,  Rocky Mount, with Dr. Jody Wright, the Rev. Elizabeth Edwards and the Rev. Joy  Heaton officiating. Entombment will follow at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

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REGINALD C. YARBOROUGH
LOUISBURG - Reginald C. Yarborough, 57, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Duke Medical Center in Durham. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 31, at Alston-Anderson Funeral Home Chapel, 904 S. Main St., Louisburg. Burial will be at Quality Cremations, Durham.

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JAMES SMITH
LOUISBURG - James Smith, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Zebulon.

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JAMES THOMAS
LOUISBURG - James Thomas 82, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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ANNIE F. BOWERS
LOUISBURG - Annie Freeman Bowers, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, 504 E. Mason St. in Franklinton. Her grandson, the Rev. Samuel Eugene DeWitt, will officiate. Burial will be private in Fairview Cemetery.

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JOHNNIE E. MITCHELL SR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Funeral services for Johnnie E. Mitchell Sr., 72, who died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. John A. Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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GEARLINE NOBLE
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Gearline Noble, 77, who died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARGARET C. McCURRY
August 22, 1921 – December 26, 2010
LOUISBURG – Margaret Cochran McCurry, 89, of Louisburg, passed away Sunday morning.

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GORDON EDWIN WADE
CHARLOTTE - Mr. Wade, age 80, of Charlotte, NC, died on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte.

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SPORTS

Schedule Change
IN ACTION TODAY. Charity Snelling (right) and the Franklinton High School Lady Rams will meet Wayne Country Day today at 1 p.m. in the first round of the South Granville Girls Basketball Holiday Tournament at Butner-Stem Middle School.
Schedule Change
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Poor weather has forced a substantial scheduling shift for this week’s South Granville Holiday Basketball Tournament.
The eight-team, three-day event, which features both the Franklinton High School boys and girls squads, was supposed to begin Monday and run through today in Granville County.

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Mueller nabs 2nd at Adams
Mueller nabs 2nd at Adams
CARY -- In what was probably Louisburg’s most difficult test of the regular season, the Warriors invaded talented territory last week to participate in the prestigious Mark Adams Classic at Cary High School in Wake County.
Two Warriors would earn place positions at the tourney, including 152-pounder Smiley Mueller, who reached the finals on Thursday before being defeated 8-3 by top-seeded Tyrone Mason from Hillsborough Orange.

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First-Round Loss
First-Round Loss
WILMINGTON -- Bunn has made a habit of taking down higher-classification teams during boys basketball Christmas Tournament action in recent years.
But it wasn’t to be this time around for the Wildcats in Monday’s opening round of the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament at Trask Coliseum on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in New Hanover County.

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Wrestling standings finalized
Wrestling standings finalized
CARY -- Louisburg earned a strong team finish at last week’s Mark Adams Classic Wrestling Tournament, which was held at the historic Cary High School Gymnasium in Wake County.
The Warriors tied for 14th place overall with 56.50 points -- the same number secured by Durham School of the Arts.

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COUNTY PARKS AND REC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS
COUNTY PARKS AND REC VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS
TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS. The Sweet Tees took first place at the Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department’s Adult League Volleyball Tournament, which was held Dec. 20-21 at Terrell Lane Middle School. Pictured are (back, l to r) Carlston Harris and Wilson Mize; (front, l to r) Genie Faulkner, Maria Collins, Marla Mize and Kristen Edwards. (Photo Submitted)

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LIFESTYLES

Leonard, Hockaday wed
Leonard, Hockaday wed
Will and Rebecca Leonard of Louisburg announce the marriage of their daughter, Charity Reneé, to Matthew Alexander Hockaday. The couple exchanged vows on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the North Raleigh Hilton Midtown in Raleigh. Pastor Brenda C. Timberlake of Christian Faith Center in Creedmoor officiated, with a special Communion service rendered by Pastor K. G. Hall of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Louisburg.

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A Gold Star Christmas, part 2
A Gold Star Christmas, part 2
Captain Robert Morgan, the pilot of the first B-17 Flying Fortress to complete 25 missions in the European theatre, had been dispatched back to the States with his bomber “Memphis Belle.” Morgan was from Asheville, about 10 miles away, and decided to fly his plane up the Swannanoa Valley and buzz the furniture plant that his father owned. As he flew, he was very low (for maximum effect), and I was suddenly startled by a tremendous noise and looked up just in time to see the largest airplane I had ever seen about 200 feet overhead.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Corner store robbed
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects accused of robbing an older man.
Joseph Bullock, 67,  reported on the evening of Dec. 26 that he was in his  15 Marless Drive home when a black man knocked on his door, claiming to need to use the phone.

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Snow pics, 1
Snow pics, 1
WINTER WONDERLAND. The snow paints a majestic landscape on a road near The River Golf Course. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

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Snow pics, 2
Snow pics, 2
CITY SCENE. Snow covered this wagon wheel at Riverbend Park in Louisburg. According to meteorologist and officials, between nine inches and a foot of snow fell in Franklin County over the weekend. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)

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