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Showing 38 articles from January 7, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Candidates show interest in register of deeds position
The executive committee of the Franklin County Democratic Party will go into a meeting Tuesday night with at least four candidates to replace Linda Stone as Register of Deeds.
And while more folks can step forward on the night in question, the goal is to leave the meeting with one recommendation to the county’s Board of Commissioners.

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Slaughterhouse makes the cut
PLANTING THE SEED. The county’s Cooperative Extension office released a feasibility study prepared by Peter Appleton (above) this week.
Slaughterhouse makes the cut
Consultants released a study designed to spur agriculture in the region, concluding that two-thirds of the ideas studied were not economically feasible.
The one that was feasible, establishing a regional humane slaughterhouse, will require money that has yet to be procured and leadership that has yet to be established.

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Seaman First Class
Here’s part of the surgical team at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Dr. David Seaman is the national board certified surgeon who joined the staff this week and, at right, is Maryann Johnston, manager of surgical services at the hospital.
Seaman First Class
“We want to be sure we treat you as you,” said Dr. David Seaman shortly after he joined Franklin Regional Medical Center’s medical staff this week. “We can be small and do things right,” he said.
Dr. Seaman is nationally board certified in general surgery and also specializes in vascular surgery.
At Franklin Regional, he said, his goal is to treat patients as people, not as numbers or as mere sources of revenue.

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Berger and Bradley headed to Raleigh
The chambers at the General Assembly are pretty wide.
But there’s no getting around the fact that the budget — a nearly $4 billion shortfall — will leave room for little else in a session set to begin on Jan. 26.

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County readying for wintry weather
County readying for wintry weather
Franklin County emergency staff is bracing, again, for more wintry weather.
More than 70 counties were under a winter weather advisory through Saturday morning, as meteorologists were predicting anywhere from a dusting to an inch of snow in the area for Friday night.
However, emergency staff were more concerned about the storm that could hit the area on Monday.

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Board to discuss vacant commissioner’s seat
Board to discuss vacant commissioner’s seat
Bunn’s Board of Commissioners is expected to start the new year by discussing the need to fill a vacant post.
Carolyn Files was elected to the board in 2005 to serve a two-year term.
When the board switched to four-year terms shortly thereafter, she ran in 2007 and was elected to a four-year term.
She passed away in November with two years left on her term.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Gentry Pearce

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Stone's Throw Away
Editorial Cartoon: Stone's Throw Away


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Math doesn’t lie
Math can really make things interesting.
Especially when there is a dollar sign in front of all those numbers, and, especially, when the issue is tax money in a tight, tight economy.
That’s why we found parts of an interview with two highly placed state officials so enlightening this week.

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No simple solution to funding our schools
No simple solution to funding our schools
There was a flicker of positive hope in the otherwise dismal meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education Monday night where the topic was the budget — or, more precisely, the budget calamity that’s on the horizon.
Unfortunately, the few hints of positive developments that I saw had nothing to do with finances.
The most positive development was the audience filled with principals, assistant principals, a few teachers and other staff.

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Future doesn’t look encouraging
Future doesn’t look encouraging
GOOD MORNING: Well, It looks like we dodged the bullet, so to speak, in regards to receiving any precipitation of the frozen variety Wednesday night and Thursday morning, although we did get a bit of rain as evidenced by the water in the mudholes in my driveway Thursday morning.

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No more Marc Basnights
RALEIGH – Now that outgoing President Pro Tem Marc Basnight has announced his retirement from the North Carolina Senate, lawmakers ought to make a firm commitment never to allow another politician like Basnight to rise to power.
Just to be clear: I like the man personally and wish him well in his retirement. What I mean is that never again should a single state lawmaker be allowed to exercise the kind of power Basnight enjoyed in Raleigh for nearly 20 years.

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The shrinking table of budget options
The latest update about the plans by the new Republican legislative leadership to address the state’s $3.7 billion budget shortfall is that there is no real update, despite more public statements and media appearances by top GOP leaders.
The headline of Thursday’s News & Observer looked promising, “GOP leaders plan ways to cut billions.” Maybe we would finally hear a few specifics about where the cuts would be made.

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OBITUARIES

PAUL EUGENE WALSH
LOUISBURG - Paul Eugene Walsh, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at UNC Chapel Hill. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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JOE C. MOORE
GREENSBORO - Joe Cannon Moore died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010 at Moses Cone Hospital. A memorial service is planned for Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at Franklinton Baptist Church, with burial at Fairview Cemetery.

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HUGH A. ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Hugh Arthur Alston, 82, who died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 8) at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

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OSCAR G. “O.G.” SPELL JR.
ZEBULON - Oscar Glenn “O.G.” Spell Jr., 90, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 8) at Wendell United Methodist Church, 129 N. Main St., Wendell, with the Rev. Ellen McCubbin officiating. Inurnment will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon, with Masonic rites by the Wendell Masonic Lodge and presentation of the U. S. Flag by the U.S. Army on behalf of a grateful nation.

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OPHELIA H. HARRIS
FRANKLINTON —Ophelia Hawkins “Boot” Harris, 81, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 2, at Kinches Chapel Christian Church, Franklinton, with Elder Dannie Williams officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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BOBBY R. HOCUTT
ROBINWOOD - Bobby Randolph Hocutt, 66, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Jan. 8) at Baptist Tabernacle Church, with visitation from 12:30-2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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WILLIAM S. EGERTON
FRANKLINTON —William S. Egerton, 62, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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SSGT. BRANDON ENDEL
WAKE FOREST-SSGT. Brandon Endel, 28, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens with military honors.

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PATRICIA DUNLAP
BUNN - Patricia Dunlap, a resident of Bunn Manor, died at Wake Med in Raleigh on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.  She will be cremated and buried at sea with no service, per her request.

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SPORTS

Panthers Pounce
INSIDE CONTACT. Louisburg’s Ambria Alexander (with ball) drives to the basket during Tuesday night’s home basketball game against North Johnston.
Panthers Pounce
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg continues to make strides in its effort to become a major player in the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball standings.
But Tuesday’s  home contest against perennial power North Johnston showed that the Lady Warriors still have some work to do to achieve that quest.

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Soaring Above SN
ON THE RISE FOR BHS. Bunn High School’s Miles Clifton elevates over a pair of Southern Nash defenders for two points during Wednesday night’s non-conference boys basketball showdown, which was held at the SNHS Gymnasium in Nash County.
Soaring Above SN
STANHOPE -- Start the New Year with a bang.
That’s the message Head Coach Gerald Melton gave to his Bunn Wildcats before they kicked off the post-holiday portion of their schedule with a pair of key games this week.

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LHS Claims Criteria
PEARCE ON THE PROWL. Louisburg High School veteran David Pearce (right) works his way toward a pinfall during the Warriors’ home match on Wednesday against Northern Carolina Conference foe Franklinton.
LHS Claims Criteria
LOUISBURG -- The match official -- who has refereed plenty of events in his time -- said he had never seen a tie-breaker go so far during a wrestling dual showdown.
So after Franklinton and Louisburg ended their key Northern Carolina Conference match in a 39-39 tie, the ref needed to grab his rule book to analyze the tie-breaking criteria factors needed to determine a winner.

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Davis an all-state selection
Davis an all-state selection
Even though football season was completed over one month ago, Bunn High School senior standout Andre Davis continues to deliver.
Davis, a quarterback who helped the Wildcats reach the Class 2-AA State Quarterfinals, has been saluted with a spot on the www.ncpreps.com All-State Team for the 2-A level.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 9-15
High School Wrestling
TUESDAY
Bunn at Louisburg    6 p.m.

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Warriors Edged -- Again
Warriors Edged -- Again
LOUISBURG -- Finding a way to win is currently the chief goal of the Louisburg High School boys basketball squad, which is being guided by first-year skipper Dontae Lassiter.
The Warriors continue to play opponents tough, only to be unable to close out victories.

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LC’s Smith tabbed to All-America team
LC’s Smith tabbed to All-America team
LOUISBURG -- Having four All-Americans in three seasons is an amazing feat for any junior college football program -- especially when that team hasn’t even had a league affiliation.
Under most nomination processes, conference commissioners will vouch for players, which will help the nomination and selection process.

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ECU season baseball tickets now on sale
ECU season baseball tickets now on sale
GREENVILLE -- Season tickets are now on sale for the 2011 East Carolina University baseball season on www.ECUPirates.com and at the ECU Athletics Ticket Office.
Season ticket prices for the full 34-game schedule are $175, while family plans are $450 and Young Graduate season tickets are $100. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the public on Feb. 1.

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WWW.NCPREPS.COM 2-A ALL-STATE SQUAD
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The complete www.ncpreps.com Class 2-A All-State Football Team for the 2010 season is as follows:

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Raleigh Hot Stove League banquet slated
RALEIGH -- The Raleigh Hot Stove League will stage its 61st annual banquet on Jan. 25 at the McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University campus.
A silent auction will begin at 5:15 p.m. with the banquet to follow at 6 p.m.

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SO CLOSE
SO CLOSE
Bunn’s Jonathan Alston tries to grab a rebound for the Wildcats during their road decision Wednesday night against backyard rival Southern Nash in Stanhope.

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LIFESTYLES

MILESTONE BIRTHDAYS
MILESTONE BIRTHDAYS
BIRTHDAY KISS. Mattie Lindsey of Franklin County celebrated her 95th birthday at Smithfield Bar-B-Q in Wake Forest on Dec. 12 with her youngest daughter, Ann Gupton; oldest son, Danny Lindsey; and youngest son, Barron Lindsey; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; also her brothers and sisters. Her youngest brother, Owen White, is shown giving her a birthday kiss, which made her day. (Submitted photo)

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HONOR
HONOR
RALEIGH — Sheena Pitt, a resident of Bunn, was among more than 150 students from Peace College who made the fall semester Dean’s List.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Brothers charged in home break-in; woman arrested for Shoe Show theft
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Littleton man who tried to drive through a checkpoint.
According to reports, Craig Lesak, 44, had good reason to avoid law enforcement.
Sgt. Bennett Manson charged him with driving while impaired after Lesak, who said he drives commercial vehicles for a living, registered a .07 blood-alcohol level.

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RECOGNITION
RECOGNITION
Chief Billy J. Brewer Sr. (left) congratulates firefighter Davey Malone (right) on being recognized as the 2010 Firefighter of the Year for the White Level Fire Department. The presentation was made at the department’s Christmas party on Dec. 4.

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MILITARY
MILITARY
Air Force Airman Joshua N. Blatt graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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