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Showing 43 articles from February 4, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Sheriff’s Department investigation ongoing
GREENE
Sheriff’s Department investigation ongoing
Last weekend set off a whirlwind inside the offices at 285 T. Kemp Road.
Longtime lawman and Sheriff Pat Green resigned, citing health and personal issues. A day later, prosecutors prompted a probe into missing funds at the office.
District Attorney Sam Currin said Green’s departure prior to the revelation is probably not a coincidence.

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County delays emergency radio system
Franklin County staff have delayed, again, plans to boost emergency communications in the field.
County emergency communications staff expected to present plans to provide mobile Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)/Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) systems for deputies, police, fire and rescue workers during a meeting in December, but the matter was pulled from discussion.

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Former cop faces sexual assault charges
Former cop faces sexual assault charges
A former Bunn police officer is slated to appear in Superior Court soon on sexual assault charges that got him thrown off the force.
Investigators arrested James Newton Perry, 26, in January, days after a grand jury indicted him on four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

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County’s jobless rate decreases
After only one county registered an increase in the number of folks getting work in November, December provided a Christmas gift.
Including Franklin County, the unemployment rate decreased in about two thirds of North Carolina counties in the last month of 2010, according to the latest statistics released by the state Employment Security Commission.

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Etheridge to direct office of Economic Recovery and Investment
ETHERIDGE
Etheridge to direct office of Economic Recovery and Investment
Former Congressman Bob Etheridge, who used to push for stimulus funds in his district, will now direct how that money is spent across the state.
Gov. Bev Perdue announced this week that she had tabbed Etheridge to direct the Office of Economic Recovery and Investment.

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Louisburg begins work on budget
Although current revenues look “pretty good,” according to Louisburg town manager Mark Warren, even the council’s usually long “wish list” seemed pared down to reflect the new economic reality as work began Thursday night on a 2011-12 budget that begins July 1.

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Bunn commissioners to discuss scheduling work sessions
Bunn Commissioners will be asked to schedule work sessions this month that will help officials and staff with personnel issues and dilapidated buildings.
And the board will have reinforcements as Don Mitchell will take an active role in his first board meeting on Monday night.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Darius Collins

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Nine Lives
Editorial Cartoon: Nine Lives


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One percent temporary state sales tax needs to continue
Perhaps the best idea that came out of Monday night’s forum on the county schools’ budget was to contact your legislators and tell them you support public education.
It’s troubling that school kids are perhaps the only group that depends so greatly on state funds but which has no lobbying group representing their interests.

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Impressed by first education forum; Green is innocent until proven guilty
Impressed by first education forum; Green is innocent until proven guilty
If this week is any indication, it’s going to be a l-o-n-g budget process this year.
But at least the surroundings have been pleasant so far.
Monday’s school budget forum gave me my first glimpse of the completed Bunn High School auditorium and I was impressed.

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We all need to wait on the facts before we convict Pat Green
We all need to wait on the facts before we convict Pat Green
GOOD MORNING: I can’t speak as to what Punxsutawney Phil and others saw or didn’t see, but ol’ Sir Walter Wally over in Raleigh as well as yours truly here in Louisburg reportedly saw our shadows when the sun broke out for a brief period late Wednesday morning, signifying six more weeks of winter.

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Applicable statutes, opinion concerning choosing new sheriff
Dear Editor,
In the interest of keeping you and your readership informed, I intend to advise on the applicable statutes and what they mean, and then I’d ask if I may have a few column inches to talk as a citizen of Franklin County.

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Abortion is murder and blasphemes God
Dear Editor,
My name is James T. Kearney. I am deaf and multi-handicapped. In 2009, I graduated from Louisburg High School. Now I am a rising sophomore at Campbell University in Buies Creek.

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Special election should choose new sheriff
Dear Editor,
The unfortunate circumstance that resulted with the resignation of Sheriff Pat Green has shocked our community.  All involved will have difficult challenges to deal with.  Now would be a good time to add them to our prayers.

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Can you identify anyone in this picture?
Can you identify anyone in this picture?
The above photo appeared in a 1926 edition of The Franklin Times. Jeanette Mustian of Louisburg, would like help identifying the men in the picture. Mustian can be reached at 919-496-2964 or 919-495-5126.

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OBITUARIES

CHERYLL-ANNE BINKLEY
LOUISBURG – Cheryll-Anne Binkley died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Services were held Friday, Feb. 4, at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Rolesville, 800 Louisburg Road.

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SHERMAN G. THOMPSON
YOUNGSVILLE-Sherman Gorrell Thompson, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 after a short illness.  A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, 1529 Flat Rock Church Road, Louisburg.

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WYNELLA C. MOORE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Wynella Clifton Moore, 85, who died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Greg Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BERNICE D. CARROLL
ZEBULON - Bernice Dwain Carroll, 63, of the Pilot Community, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at Wake Med. A memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 3, at East Wake Church of God, Highway 97, Wendell, with Pastor Tim Hopkins officiating.

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JOHN W. DAVIDSON
TOWNSVILLE - John W. Davidson (B.T. Buddy Wilson Jr.) died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 5) at Rock Spring Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary Brummitt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors.

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DYLAN MCNEILL
YOUNGSVILLE —James Dylan McNeill, 18, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 at his residence. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 5) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with Pastor Tab Cosgrove officiating.

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VERNON PEOPLES
RALEIGH - Vernon Daniel Peoples passed away peacefully on February 2 at the Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh, NC. Having reached the enviable age of 90, Vernon succumbed to congestive heart failure.

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SPORTS

BHS Closes In
SEDA SHOWS HER SPEED. Louisburg High’s Sedalia Seda (with ball) attempts to drive against Bunn defender Keke Crudup during Tuesday night’s Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball matchup, which was staged at the Bunn Dome.
BHS Closes In
BUNN -- Funny as it may sound, Bunn’s postseason success in girls basketball may be determined far, far away from the basket.
That’s because some of Bunn’s best offense in 2010-11 has been caused by its full-court pressure defense, which forces a slew of mistakes and ensuing points in the backcourt.

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Wilder’s club gets road win
BACK IN THE LINEUP. Franklinton High School standout post Jalissa Debnam (left) has returned for the Lady Rams following an injury -- she helped FHS defeat Louisburg on Thursday in conference action.
Wilder’s club gets road win
LOUISBURG -- Defense, rebounding and spirited halftime speeches have been important intangibles of Lester Wilder’s successful tenure as the long-time girls basketball coach at Franklinton.
Each of those aspects was on display Thursday as the Lady Rams, thanks to a strong second half, roared to a 51-28 decision at rival Louisburg in a key NCC showdown at the LHS Gymnasium.

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FHS boys claim big conquest
FHS boys claim big conquest
FRANKLINTON -- In the teams’ meeting earlier in the season, Franklinton needed a late rally to get past homestanding Warren County in boys basketball action.
This time, however, the Red Rams took control early and went on to stop the Eagles by a convincing 69-44 margin Tuesday night at the FHS Gymansium.

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Hold The Phone -- It’s Elon
IMPACT PLAYER. Senior Andre Davis was a standout at quarterback and defensive back this season for the Bunn Wildcats, helping them reach the quarterfinals of the Class 2-AA State Playoffs.
Hold The Phone -- It’s Elon
BUNN -- The adage that one phone call can change your life held true this week for Bunn High School senior football standout Andre Davis.
After weighing his scholarship options from several colleges, Davis had all but decided to attend Winston-Salem State University.

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Cedar Creek to host game
YOUNGSVILLE -- Cedar Creek Middle School’s Dream Team (faculty and staff) will meet the undefeated Harlem Superstars in a benefit basketball game on Feb. 11 at the CCMS Gymnasium.
The Superstars feature the likes of Kevin ‘Showboat’ Jackson, Chris ‘Chicken’ Turnquest and Ricky ‘7-Footer’ Lopes.
Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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Wildcats Stifle SNHS
COME BACK. Bunn High School’s Keke Crudup (15) tries to claim a loose ball during the Ladycats’ home girls basketball victory against Southern Nash in non-conference action at the Bunn Dome.
Wildcats Stifle SNHS
BUNN -- Whitney Bunn’s sharpshooting -- and Chepirah Neal’s free-throw savvy -- helped Bunn withstand a late Southern Nash rally to secure a 58-42 victory over the Ladybirds in a non-conference girls basketball game Wednesday at the Bunn Dome.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 6-12
High School Wrestling
TUESDAY
CLASS 2-A STATE DUAL PLAYOFFS
First, Second Rounds at Home Sites    TBA

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Lady Hurricanes get past Catawba Valley
Lady Hurricanes get past Catawba Valley
LOUISBURG -- Playing close games isn’t necessarily to Mike Holloman’s liking,  but it certainly is getting his Louisburg College women’s basketball squad prepared for what should be a competitive Region X Tournament.
That event won’t be held until March in Kinston, meaning Holloman and Company will have to endure another heart-stopping month before playing for the right to qualify for the nationals.

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Special Upset For LHS
TRAFFIC STOP. Franklinton’s Jamal Green (with ball) is defended by Louisburg’s (l to r) Marcus Davis and Jamal Lucas during Thursday night’s NCC boys basketball game at the LHS Gymnasium.
Special Upset For LHS
LOUISBURG -- After a season of near-misses, Louisburg first-year boys basketball coach Dontae Lassiter finally got to enjoy the view from the other side Thursday night.
LHS, which has lost a slew of close games in 2010-11, broke through in a big way against Franklinton in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference showdown.

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Wildcats pull away to defeat Warriors
MAYERS ON THE MARK. Louisburg’s Ashton Mayers drives for two points for the Warriors during their road setback Tuesday night against league rival Bunn High.
Wildcats pull away to defeat Warriors
BUNN -- Whatever Gerald Melton’s strategic plans were Tuesday, they changed dramatically at halftime.
After watching Louisburg guard Ashton Mayers score with effectiveness in the opening half, Melton, who is Bunn’s veteran coach, opted to make stopping Mayers more of a priority in the second half of action.

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LIFESTYLES

The “Mighty” Tams coming to Louisburg College
The “Mighty” Tams coming to Louisburg College
On Friday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m., Louisburg College will present The Tams as part of the Allen de Hart Concert Series. The Tams have been entertaining and thrilling audiences for over 40 years with hits such as “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” “What Kind of Fool,” and “I’ve Been Hurt.” Though their style of music has historically been referred to as Beach Music, it can be also classified as a mixture of Smooth Soul and R&B.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

New assistant cooperative extension agent to focus on horticulture, forestry
New assistant cooperative extension agent to focus on horticulture, forestry
When Kim Jackson was a youngster growing up in Coweta County, Ga., she was fascinated by the issues her father dealt with on the family’s small farm and garden.
Now, a few years and two college degrees later, she’s turned that fascination into her profession. Jackson, who grew up in the small town of Senoia, Ga., is the new assistant Cooperative Extension agent in Franklin County where her focus will be consumer and commercial horticulture as well as forestry.

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Franklin County women learning how to grow their family farming business
Franklin County women learning how to grow their family farming business
Natalie Wester and her mother, Dot Wester, both of Louisburg, are going to school to keep their family farm competitive and growing.
The Farm Credit University (FCU) AgBiz Planner program teaches young, beginning, small, and minority farmers new business skills to successfully manage and grow their operations.

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Corn growers to vote Feb. 22 on self assessment program
RALEIGH—Corn growers will vote Feb. 22 on continuation of the self-assessment program for six years.
The Board of Directors of the Corn Growers Association is asking farmers to assess themselves at a rate of three-fourths cent per bushel on all corn marketed in North Carolina.

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Congresswoman Visits Franklin County
Congresswoman Visits Franklin County
North Carolina’s 2nd District U.S. House Rep. Renee Ellmers was in Louisburg Wednesday visiting with officials of the Franklin County Health Department and the Franklin County Cancer Center.

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Mowers stolen; final suspect in kidnapping case arrested
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested the final suspect in a kidnapping case.
Steven Cornelius reported on Jan. 15 that about 11:15 p.m., three men kicked in the front door to his 104 P.G.  Pearce Road home.

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Republican precinct meetings scheduled
All Republicans are encouraged to attend their precinct meetings as indicated below in order to become a delegate for the county, district and state conventions.
For more information, contact county Chairman Jeremy Neal, (919) 495-0986 or FCRCNEAL@aol.com. Meetings will also be posted on the county party’s website: www.FranklinNCGOP.com.

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Organic production assistance deadline
North Carolina organic producers and those transitioning to organic farming have until March 4  to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is administering the initiative. Under the EQIP Organic Initiative, approved applicants can receive up to $20,000 per year or $80,000 over six years.

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BUSINESS

Catalog store grand opening
Catalog store grand opening
The official grand opening of the jcp.com|catalog center located inside Mitchell Do It Best Hardware, 5 Junction Plaza in Franklinton, took place Wednesday, Feb. 2, marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The jcp.com|catalog center will be open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and closed Sunday.

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Physical therapy clinic opens
Youngsville now has a physical therapy clinic to take care of the needs of the community.
Team Care Manual and Physical Therapy is sharing space with Dr. Grant Jenkins on Main Street to provide quality health care to the surrounding community.

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