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Showing 32 articles from December 30, 2010.

FRONT PAGE

Stone retiring as Register of Deeds
Stone retiring as Register of Deeds
The Franklin County Democratic Party has called a special meeting to determine who will be the county’s next Register of Deeds.
Linda Stone is planning to retire from the position before her term is up after being Register of Deeds the past 10 years and serving in the office for 30.

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT STILL HANGING AROUND
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT STILL HANGING AROUND
Wayne Champion, second from left, continues to coordinate the Coats for Christmas effort, collecting about 300 coats to give to those in need this holiday season. The coats are collected at a number of places around the county, including libraries and businesses and Chinh Nguyen, right, with Village Cleaners, cleans the coats at no cost.

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Former Girl Scout camp could become county park
GREENE
Former Girl Scout camp could become county park
Franklin County’s Parks and Recreation staff anticipate bringing a park proposal to commissioners early next year.
When Louisburg resident Edgar Owens died last January, he left in his will money for a county park.
Owens’ estate stood at about $1 million and about 80 percent of that was designated for a county park.

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Finances a factor in hiring assistant county manager
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a new assistant manager position in the current budget, but financial considerations will determine if that post is filled before the end of the fiscal year.
The position, which Harris previously filled, was eliminated in 2003 — with Harris still in it.

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County begins preliminary work on upcoming budget
County begins preliminary work on upcoming budget
In today’s volatile economic times, county staff have already begun behind-the-scenes work for the upcoming budget year.
By February, they anticipate bringing commissioners into retreats and work sessions to hammer out a 2011-12 budget in demanding economic times.

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Coyotes becoming a problem
Coyotes becoming a problem
Franklin County residents are dealing with more and more wily coyotes.
And there’s nothing funny about it.
The hardy predators  have been carving out a territory in Franklin County for some time now and residents say they’ve seen and heard more coyotes than any other time in recent memory.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Noel Mueller

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Sickle of Life
Editorial Cartoon: Sickle of Life


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Drunk driving is not a way to celebrate
Decades after Americans first got behind the wheel of their trusty motorcars, we ought not to be writing editorials like this one.
You might think that common sense would make such opinion pieces obsolete, but you’d be wrong.
Besides, whoever said common sense was common, anyway?
So, here goes:

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Ten-year-old column still rings true today
Ten-year-old column still rings true today
Recently, while researching something else entirely, I came across a piece I wrote a decade ago — actually, Dec. 16, 2000.
It is as pertinent — perhaps even more pertinent — today as it was 10 years ago.
And, of course, it was ignored by the powers that be then as it will be now.

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Enough is enough — time for snow to melt
Enough is enough — time for snow to melt
HAPPY NEW YEAR! And that greeting goes double if advance weather forecasts for the first day of the new year calling for a daytime high of 63 degrees followed by an overnight low of 50 pan out, even if it does rain a little bit.
We’ve already experienced as much or more ice and snow than normal for an entire winter season and winter has only just begun, officially at any rate. I’m ready for Spring already, although we may have a long wait in store for us before that comes about.

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Government costs more than you think
RALEIGH – If you seek to measure the cost of a government, its budget is a good place to start. But your search won’t end there. Only some of the costs imposed by government in any given year show up in its operating budget.
When North Carolina policymakers and journalists say “the state budget,” for example, they typically mean only the General Fund – the programs funded mostly by income and sales taxes, while leaving out federal funds, highway funds, other fees and charges, and accrued liabilities.

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Thank you Erskine Bowles
As Erskine Bowles steps down as President of the UNC System, North Carolina owes him our utmost appreciation. Bowles’ life to date is much like a play. Act I consisted of a highly successful career in business. Act II, and perhaps his most significant legacy, has centered on public service. 

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OBITUARIES

PAULINE “JO” MILLER
RICHFIELD, MN - Pauline “Jo” Miller, 80, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. A  Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, Dec. 31, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Richfield, Minn., with interment following at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

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GEARLINE NOBLE
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Gearline Noble, 77, who died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, were 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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OPHELIA H. HARRIS
FRANKLINTON —Ophelia H. Harris, 81, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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WILLIAM H. STALLINGS, JR.
LOUISBURG - William Hilliard Stallings, Jr., 81, of Louisburg died Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Wake Medical Center.  He owned and operated Stallings Milling Company for 50 years and operated Stallings Trucking Company.  He was a member of Cedar Rock First Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Phyllis Gay McCool, and his sister, Ann Stallings Johnson.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Ricks Boone officiating.  Burial will follow in Trinity United Methodist Church.

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WALTER T. REX
April 22, 1925 – December 21, 2010
SARALAND, AL - Walter T. Rex, 85, went home to be with the Lord on December 21, 2010.

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SPORTS

Rust Is Evident
TOUGH DEFENSE. Louisburg’s Shantel Blacknall (left) tries to block the path of South Johnston’s Liz Barbee during Wednesday afternoon’s action at the annual North-South Christmas Basketball Tournament.
Rust Is Evident
FOUR OAKS -- After taking one week off to celebrate over the holidays, the Louisburg Lady Warriors were destined to need some time to shake off the rust during Wednesday’s first-round action at the annual North-South Christmas Tournament at South Johnston High School.
LHS’ opponent, however, wasn’t about to give the Lady Warriors the opportunity.

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Last-Minute Pride
IT’S ALL MINE. Franklinton’s Nikki Bell tries to gain possession during the Lady Rams’ meeting with Leesville Road on Wednesday at Butner-Stem MS.
Last-Minute Pride
BUTNER -- Leesville Road’s girls basketball team didn’t even know until earlier this week that it would be competing in the South Granville Holiday Tournament.
The Pride’s opportunity only came when Wayne Country Day dropped out after heavy snowfall forced the beginning of the tournament to be pushed back from Monday to Wednesday.

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Close Call For LHS
IN A CROWD. Louisburg High School’s Ashton Mayers tries to work his way through a trio of South Johnston defenders during Wednesday night’s opening-round action at the annual North-South Christmas Basketball Tournament at the SJHS Gymnasium.
Close Call For LHS
FOUR OAKS -- The fact that both teams have  been struggling early in the season didn’t detract from the competitive nature of Wednesday’s tough matchup between Louisburg and host South Johnston in the first round of the North-South Christmas Boys Basketball Tournament.

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A handy helper for the dish
A handy helper for the dish
Musicians are notorious for writing songs about individuals.
John Lennon wrote “Julia’’ for his mother and “Dear Prudence’’ for the sister of actress Mia Farrow.
The great Bob Dylan penned “Hurricane’’ to document the legal tribulations of boxer Rubin Carter.
And the world has been waiting for four decades to learn who Carly Simon wrote the song “You’re So Vain’’ about.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 2-8
High School Wrestling
WEDNESDAY
Franklinton at Louisburg    6 p.m.

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Bunn takes sixth at UNC-W event
WILMINGTON -- Bunn went 1-2 overall at the prestigious Leon Brogden Invitational Boys Basketball Tournament -- but BHS head coach Gerald Melton was hardly flustered after his Wildcats returned to Franklin County on Wednesday night.
“It was a good experience for us,’’ Melton said. “We played some good competition, and that will help us down the road.

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Red Rams take first game at SG Tourney
CREEDMOOR -- Franklinton’s first game was a successful one during Wednesday’s opening round of the South Granville Holiday Tournament.
The Red Rams took control early and never looked back en route to claiming a 56-39 decision over the Kerr-Vance Academy Spartans from Henderson.

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GREAT FINISH
GREAT FINISH
Louisburg High School senior Smiley Mueller (left) earned second place in the 152-pound weight class during last week’s prestigious Mark Adams Classic Wrestling Tournament at Cary High School in Wake County.

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Louisburg softballers will open sked Feb. 19
Louisburg softballers will open sked Feb. 19
LOUISBURG -- Garnering a Region X Championship will be the chief goal for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes during the 2011 fast-pitch softball season, which will begin Feb. 19 with a home doubleheader against Patrick Henry Community College at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
LC will be guided by third-year head coach Monica Gordy.

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BALL JOUST
BALL JOUST
Leesville Road’s Lindsay Jones tries to hang on to the ball while Franklinton’s Tamara Williams defends during the first round of the South Granville Holiday Tournament at Butner-Stem Middle School.

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ON THE LOOSE
ON THE LOOSE
Louisburg’s Jamal Lucas (with ball) scoops up a loose ball during the Warriors’ narrow setback against host South Johnston in Wednesday’s first-round pairing at the North-South Tournament.

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LIFESTYLES

Retired school personnel work toward progress
Retired school personnel work toward progress
Since Nov. 3, 1980, the organization called Franklin County Retired School Personnel (FCRSP) has been working together for progress.
I have never seen so many folks with so much talent and creativity giving their time to do so many hours of volunteer work. They are just amazing, using as many as 1,000 hours of voluntary work a year to help the community and churches in the area.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

FRMC nurses receive certification
FRMC nurses receive certification
Seven nurses at Franklin Regional Medical Center were recently certified in advanced burn life support (ABLS).  This certification program is provided by the American Burn Association. 
The nurses who received this accomplishment are: Karla Banks, Lynn Carey, Kevin Clark, Donna Haynes, Donna Perry, Sandie Rosenthal and Norma Smithwick. 

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Grinch steals Louisburg woman’s Christmas gifts
Louisburg police arrested a man accused of robbery at gunpoint.
According to investigators, Korey Deshaun High, 21, of 111 Grant Street, Apt. B, is alleged to have come across a 16-year-old and 18-year-old the evening of Dec. 22.
According to Capt. Jason Abbott, High pulled out a gun on the two victims at a home at Mineral Springs Road.

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