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Showing 42 articles from February 1, 2011.

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Sheriff Green Resigns<br>Commissioners name Chief Deputy Elliott Pinnell as the interim sheriff
GREEN
Sheriff Green Resigns
Commissioners name Chief Deputy Elliott Pinnell as the interim sheriff
Franklin County Commissioners elected to keep a steady hand at the sheriff’s office now, while committing to make a more permanent decision later.
On Tuesday, state Rep. Glen Bradley said he would ask the board to let voters make that long-term decision instead.
First, though, following the closed session of a special-called meeting on Monday night, the board decided to keep Elliott Pinnell as the interim sheriff until the State Bureau of Investigation completes a probe into missing money at the sheriff’s office.

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Choosing a new sheriff falls on commissioners
WRIGHT
Choosing a new sheriff falls on commissioners
Franklin County Commissioners will be tasked with finding a new sheriff — a role no governing board has had for quite some time, if ever.
And at least one former law enforcement officer has stepped up to express interest.
Sheriff Pat Green abruptly resigned from his top law enforcement post over the weekend, citing health and personal reasons.

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School budget discussed at forum
MOORE
School budget discussed at forum
Veteran school finance officer Doug Moore told an audience of about 100 people Monday night that he  has “always heard of shortfalls in the state budget being in the millions, never billions.”
Yet, this year North Carolina is facing a $3.7 billion shortfall in its state budget, he said, and then spent the next several minutes explaining the situation to those who had gathered in the new Bunn High auditorium to learn how state budget woes may affect local schools.

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Insurance agent faces embezzlement charges
A former Louisburg insurance agent is slated to appear in Franklin County Superior Court soon on charges of embezzlement.
William Mangum, a criminal investigator with the state Department of Insurance (DOI), arrested Judy W. Allen, 54, in October, charging her with one count of embezzlement by an insurance agent.

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Four-wheeling family finds weather balloon
Four-wheeling family finds weather balloon
What started out as a civics lesson turned into a meteorology lesson for a bunch of Louisburg youngsters.
Last week, Michael Hendricks had taken his children to a field near the intersection of N.C. 39 and Pearces Road to ride four-wheelers.
But, before they did, they spent some time picking up trash and debris that clutters the landscape.

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CENTER OF THE STORM
CENTER OF THE STORM
Republican Party Chairman Jeremy Neal, center, expressed dissatisfaction with how recently vacated elected positions are being filled by selection, rather than election. Neal was present during the county Board of Commissioners special-called meeting on Monday night, which drew television media.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Mercedez Cooke and Ruby Rodriguez

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Chicken Scratch
Editorial Cartoon: Chicken Scratch


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Collection of DNA raises Constitutional questions
A new law that went into effect in North Carolina on Feb. 1 will have at least two effects:
1) It’s likely that law enforcement will be able to solve more crimes, especially serious crimes, and;
2) The change raises some far-reaching Constitutional questions, including possible erosion of the right not to incriminate yourself.

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Blindsided by Pat Green’s resignation
Blindsided by Pat Green’s resignation
GOOD MORNING: Up, Down, Up Down, Doing push-ups? Nope, not complaining either, simply noting the way Mother Nature’s been playing yo-yo with local temperatures recently.
For example, it was mostly sunny and mild out my way Sunday afternoon with highs in the 69/70 - degree range. The high dropped back into the 40’s on Monday, but gusty winds made it feel much cooler.  

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Funeral homes diversify in a tough economy
Funeral homes diversify in a tough economy
This was the true definition of morbid curiosity.
I came across a story I had to read about.
It appears that funeral homes across the country are looking at alternative ways to make a profit.

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Website Reader Participation Results Jan. 26 - Feb. 1
Last Week’s Poll
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Are you planning to buy Girl Scout Cookies?

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Perdue picks poker over liquor
RALEIGH – I had an admittedly unorthodox reaction to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s announcement last week that she would not propose privatizing North Carolina’s government-run liquor stores.
The governor sided with a large, diverse array of interest groups opposing the idea: local politicians who want to keep the revenue and patronage, beer and wine wholesalers who don’t want increased competition for consumer dollars, and cultural conservatives worried about the possibility of increased alcohol abuse and addiction.

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Current annexation statutes are destructive force in state
Dear Editor,
In this session of the North Carolina General Assembly, it is time the freedoms, protections, and rights of the citizenry of North Carolina are again honored. It is time the General Assembly freed the citizens of North Carolina and returned the control of their lives back to them.

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OBITUARIES

MILTON E. ROGERS
WINSTON-SALEM-Milton Edward Rogers, 78, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. 

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MARGARET B. EARP
SPRING HOPE - Margaret B. Earp died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at Smithfield Manor. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Spring Hope Funeral Home, with visitation following the service. Interment followed visitation at Duke Memorial Baptist Church cemetery.

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FLORENCE M. DRIBELBIS
RALEIGH - Florence Dribelbis died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 at her home. A private graveside service was held Friday, Jan. 28, at Spring Hope Memorial Gardens, with Robert Lynch officiating.

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BATHSHEBA N. JONES
FRANKLINTON- Bathsheba Ann Nicholson Jones, 59, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 29, at Franklinton Elementary School, Franklinton, with the Rev. Dr. L. Maxwell officiating. Interment was in the Jones family cemetery.

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JIMMIE LEE EATON SR.
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Deacon Jimmie Lee “The Rock”  Eaton Sr., who died Saturday, Jan. 29 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Old Liberty Baptist Church, with Dr. Charles A. Murrill Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JACOB WILLIAMS
LOUISBURG - Jacob Williams, 63, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Rocky Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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LISA ANN C. AYCOCK
MIDDLESEX - Lisa Ann Carroll Aycock, 50, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell, with burial in the Union Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, Zebulon.

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MARY P. SKINNER
WAKE FOREST - Mary Joyce Pryor Skinner, 58, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at her home. A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 31, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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JAMES H. GUPTON, JR.
LOUISBURG - James Henry Gupton, Jr., 74, of Louisburg died Friday, January 28, 2011, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services with the Rev. Philip Kissinger and Joseph Luke Gupton officiating.  Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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R. FRED MURPHY
LOUISBURG - Ronald Fred Murphy, 87, of Louisburg died Monday, January 31, 2011, at his granddaughter’s home.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ava Holmes Murphy; his daughter, Betty Murphy Bunn; his sisters, Louise Burnette, Ilene Wheeler; his brothers, Linwood and Garvis Murphy.  He retired from Burlington Industries with over 42 years of service.  He was an avid hunter and a member of the White Level Lions Club.  Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Carpenter officiating.

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J. BENJAMIN BEASLEY, JR.
LOUISBURG - Joseph Benjamin “Ben” Beasley, Jr., of Franklin County passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  He was the husband of Jo Ann Edwards Beasley and the son of the late Joseph Benjamin Beasley and Elizabeth Wagstaff Beasley of Franklin County.  His life personified love, kindness and a gentle nature. 

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SPORTS

Comeback Time
DAVIS WITH THE DEFENSE FOR FHS. Franklinton High School’s Matthew Davis (left) defends Corinth Holders’ Kenneth Collins during last Friday night’s crucial Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball matchup.
Comeback Time
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton needed to slide past a long-time friend Friday night in order to remain in the race for the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball regular season crown.
Former Louisburg High School skipper Chris Davis brought his first-year Corinth Holders Pirates’ program to the FHS Gymnasium for a key league showdown.

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A Dual Proposition
HUERTA HOLDS ON. Louisburg’s Ulises Huerta (left) puts a hold on a Northern Nash wrestler during last Saturday morning’s action at the annual Louisburg Duals Wrestling Tournament at the LHS Gymnasium.
A Dual Proposition
LOUISBURG -- Jason Crawford wasn’t interested in padding his team’s overall record when he formulated the field for the annual Louisburg Duals Wrestling Tournament.
Instead, Crawford, who is LHS’ second-year head coach, was more concerned about getting his club ready for the upcoming dual and individual portions of the 2010-11 wrestling campaign.

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FHS’ Seven Stars
MEETING IN THE MIDDLE. Franklinton’s Charity Snelling (right) tries to gain possession but ends up in a jump-ball situation with a Corinth Holders player during last Friday’s game at the FHS Gymnasium.
FHS’ Seven Stars
FRANKLINTON -- With the interior of his lineup depleted, Franklinton High School veteran girls basketball coach Lester Wilder turned to an old friend to secure a victory last Friday against Northern Carolina Conference foe Corinth Holders.
Wilder is a long-time devotee of full-court pressure defense, but he hasn’t been able to do much of it lately, mainly because of the powerful post presence his clubs have enjoyed.

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Wildcats stopped at RRHS
Wildcats stopped at RRHS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It seems like the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball standings change with each passing game, and that was indeed the case last Friday when Bunn traveled to Roanoke Rapids for a crucial league showdown.
Roanoke Rapids capped off its successful week -- and Franklin County three-peat -- with a 52-34 decision over the Wildcats.

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‘Canes win on the road
‘Canes win on the road
LOUISBURG -- The Region X women’s basketball race may be as hotly contested as ever before -- a fact that Louisburg College veteran head coach Mike Holloman is reminded of just about every game.
For the Lady Hurricanes, most league contests have been nail-biters in 2010-11, and other conference clubs have experienced the same scenario.

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Youngsville hosts signups
Youngsville hosts signups
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Youngsville Parks and Recreation Department is currently conducting signups for its upcoming baseball and softball seasons.
Ages are 4-19 for baseball and 7-14 for softball. The registration deadline is Feb. 26.
Assessments will be held on that same day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Youngsville Coach-Pitch Field.

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Ric scores 16 for NC Wesleyan
ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina Wesleyan College’s men’s and women’s basketball squads welcomed children from the Rocky Mount community for Sunday’s “Take a Kid to the Game Day”.
Unfortunately for the home crowd, visiting Shenandoah allowed for just half of a perfect Sunday afternoon.

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TWO ON ONE
TWO ON ONE
Franklinton’s Mecca Hicks (back) and Charity Snelling (right) force a jump ball during the Lady Rams’ home victory last Friday night against Northern Carolina Conference hoops rival Corinth Holders.

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EVACUATION PLAN
EVACUATION PLAN
Louisburg’s Kendrick Gregory (left) tries to escape a hold during the Warriors’ team match against Northern Nash as part of last Saturday’s Louisburg Duals Wrestling Tournament.

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LIFESTYLES

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
On Sunday, Jan. 30,  family and friends gathered at the International Ushers Association building in Franklinton to celebrate the 85th birthday of family matriarch Dorothy H. Burwell. The service included retrospective commentary about Burwell’s life and closed with remarks from Burwell. Pictured are Burwell, center, with her oldest grandson, Mike Kearney and his wife, Myra.

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Early detection can prevent osteoporosis
GIBBS
Early detection can prevent osteoporosis
Each year, at least 500,000 middle-age women suffer hip and spine fractures because of the lost bone mass and bone strength caused by osteoporosis. 
“At Franklin Regional, we are able to help detect bone loss at an early stage through a simple test called a bone density screening,” said Diane Gibbs, manager of the radiology department. 

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Lopez, Harris wed
Lopez, Harris wed
Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Harris wish to announce the Oct. 30, 2010 marriage of their son, Sylvester Jr., to Yazkin G. Lopez. The wedding was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Norcross, Ga., with family and friends in attendance. The groom is a corporate contracts administrator for Optimi Corporation, wireless telecommunications software licensing research and development corporation, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson, Inc., a German corporation and supplier and manufacturer of industrial sewing machines and maintenance parts.

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Engagement
Engagement
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burnette of Henderson announce the engagement of their daughter, Christy Diane Burnette, to David Lee Bennett of Henderson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bennett of Louisburg. The wedding will take place on Nov. 12, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Jones Chapel at Meredith College in Raleigh.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Bunn High School receives grant to promote youth safety, safe driving
Thanks to the Allstate Foundation, Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), Inc. presented a grant to Bunn High School to increase youth safety and promote teen safe driving.  Teen safe driving awareness campaigns will be conducted during key times of the year including holidays, Teen Safe Driving Month (May), prom, graduation, and back to school.

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Alumni meeting set
The Vance-Granville-Franklin-Warren Chapter of the Fayetteville State University Alumni Association will meet Saturday, Feb. 5, at Spiritual Connections in Henderson at 11 a.m. All Broncos are welcome to attend.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Police looking for gun thief
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole two vehicles from a storage barn.
Nancy Rector reported on Jan. 25 that someone had entered her house and a storage barn at 471 Hickory Rock Road.
According to the report by Sgt. Andy Ayscue, someone stole an older model yellow Ford pickup truck and a 1938 Ford car.
Suspects also stole a blue cattle gate.

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BUSINESS

Wadford elected association president
The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the largest tile contractors association in the world, has elected Nyle Wadford of Neuse Tile Service as its new president for a two-year term.
Wadford has been in the tile industry from an early age and now is the president, commercial estimator and technical expert for Neuse Tile Service in Youngsville.

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