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Showing 51 articles from February 8, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Lancaster asks commissioners for special-election discussion
Lancaster asks commissioners for special-election discussion
Franklin County commissioners agreed to discuss how to proceed with filling the sheriff’s position on a permanent basis.
At its last meeting, the board agreed to keep Chief Deputy Elliott Pinnell in the post as the interim sheriff, replacing Pat Green who abruptly resigned on Jan. 30.
Under current statutes, commissioners are obligated to appoint the new permanent sheriff.

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Public hearing scheduled on business incentives
CROSSED WIRES. County Finance Director Chuck Murray and Emergency Communications Director Christy Shearin talk to the board about the progress being made to present a communications project. The matter was delayed until March.
Public hearing scheduled on business incentives
County commissioners have scheduled a public hearing next month, giving residents a chance to hear about plans to help finance a project designed to boost the tobacco business.
Last month, the United States Growers District presented a plan to contract with farmers to produce 100 million pounds of tobacco that would be sold to China.

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Convicted sex offender arrested after chase
Convicted sex offender arrested after chase
FRANKLINTON — A chase led police to arrest a Henderson man trying to escape a troubled past in Florida and Maryland.
Charles Brendel’s troubles on Jan. 31 in Franklinton led to a $1 million bond and a Feb. 14 court date.
According to criminal records, Brendel was convicted in Florida in 2008 on sexual assault charges involving a minor.

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Commissioners appointing sheriff wouldn’t set precedent
Contrary to recent statements and implications in The Franklin Times that the recent resignation of Sheriff Pat Green has created a situation not experienced before here in Franklin County, that of an incumbent Franklin County sheriff leaving office before the completion of his term, it has happened.

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Science teacher engages school board with hands-on learning
It’s not often that a chemistry experiment is the highlight of a county board of education meeting.
But it’s a safe bet this morning that school board members know that mixing a helping of baking soda and a cup or so of vinegar will create enough carbon dioxide to snuff out a candle’s flame.

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Court gives county more time on water issue
Court officials gave Franklin County another month to respond to allegations that they were wrong to bail out on a water contract.
Franklinton officials filed a complaint in Franklin County Civil Superior Court on Jan. 26, asking a judge to help settle a water dispute that’s been waging with Franklin County since the summer.

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Bunn commissioners schedule workshop
Bunn commissioners schedule workshop
The Bunn Board of Commissioners have scheduled a work session later this month to deal with rundown buildings and personnel matters.
They will meet during a workshop on Feb. 24.

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Franklin County’s youngest, oldest whistlers sought
The Franklin County Historical Society, one of the sponsors of the 38th International Whistlers Convention, is searching for Franklin County’s youngest and oldest whistlers.
This effort is in addition to the current school system music teachers program for teaching students to compete with classical and popular music for the IWC to be held April 6-10.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Cale Bolton

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Meteorite
Editorial Cartoon: Meteorite


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Coming together to fill vacant buildings
Forty. As in four zero!
And that’s probably not all.
Forty. That’s the  number of empty business locations that Louisburg council member Fred Hight said he counted during a quick survey of the community.

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Sheriff’s Department investigation —the same old song in Franklin County
Sheriff’s Department investigation —the same old song in Franklin County
GOOD MORNING: Recession over? That may be true, but it doesn’t sound like it to me.
If the price of everything, particularly food and energy, is going up again as predicted, a lot more of us are going to be hard pressed to continue to make ends meet.

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Moonshiners have nothing on ABC administrator
Moonshiners have nothing on ABC administrator
Fraud within the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control administration.
Imagine that.
Personally, I find it easy to believe that someone in a position of power, particularly someone who has considerable sway over liquor and spirits, would find ways to abuse that power.

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Website Reader Participation Results February 2-9
Last Week’s Poll
How to choose the new sheriff?
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Why the state should have sued
RALEIGH – The day after Republicans assumed control of the North Carolina General Assembly, the House Judiciary Committee took up legislation that would establish state protection for health care freedom and instruct Attorney General Roy Cooper to join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare.

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Clarifying position on sheriff’s vacancy
To the Editor,
Today, I write to the paper as a citizen of Franklin County and as the chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party, with concerns as both.

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Illness not an excuse
Dear Editor:
I’m just using this opportunity to voice my opinion on the Franklin County Sheriff scandal.

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OBITUARIES

CHARLES W. WYNNE
FRANKLINTON —Charles Weldon Wynne, 81, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating.

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THOMAS A. KEARNEY
WAKE FOREST - Thomas Allen Kearney, 63, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Franklinton Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. David Averette officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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MARY E. REINARD
EDEN - Mary Elizabeth Reinard, 87, formerly of Eden, but most recently of 5215 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, died Thursday, Feb. 3, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. A funeral mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at St. Joseph of the Hills Catholic Church in Eden. Burial followed in Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.

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BALLARD G. “B.G.” BRAGG II
FRANKLINTON - Ballard Greene “B.G.” Bragg II, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 at his residence. Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 7, at Glen Royal Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Faile officiating. Burial followed in the Brassfield Baptist Church cemetery.

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THOMAS B. WELCH
HENDERSON - Thomas Brantley “Tommy” Welch, 95, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 9) at First Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Rusty Edwards and the Rev. Robert Beamon. A private burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.

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PATRICIA “PATTY” PETERS
YOUNGSVILLE - Patricia Ann “Patty” Peters, 51, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Wake Medical Center. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, the daughter of Mittie Davis Peters and Bobby Peters.

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GUILLERMO G. “BILL” MARIN
LOUISBURG -  Guillermo Gonzalo “Bill” Marin, 71, died Friday evening, January 28, 2011 at his home. He was born in Bolivia, the son of the late Victor Marin Solares and Elena Cordova Marin and was a retired Electronics Engineer with the US Army.

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VERNON GLENN MAY
May 28, 1938 – February 4, 2011
WAKE FOREST – Vernon Glenn May passed away in Raleigh on February 4, 2011.

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SPORTS

Crown Clinchers
Crown Clinchers
KENLY -- For one of the few times this season, Bunn had to face a bit of adversity last Friday en route to wrapping up the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball regular season championship.
Undefeated BHS, in an extreme rarity, trailed at halftime at second-place North Johnston before rallying for a title-clinching 63-49 decision over the Lady Panthers at the spacious NJHS Gymnasium.

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Closing Arguments
FLOATER. Louisburg College guard Tia Johnson (with ball) drives for two points during the Lady Hurricanes’ home game last Saturday against Patrick Henry.
Closing Arguments
LOUISBURG -- Heading into the final month of the regular season, Coach Mike Holloman understands two things about his 2010-11 version of the Louisburg College women’s basketball squad.
That the Lady Hurricanes are capable of beating anybody in Region X, and are capable of losing to just about anybody in the league.

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A Conference Call
TIGHT SQUEEZE. A Roanoke Rapids grappler (right) tries to hang on against Franklinton’s Dillon Baldridge during last Saturday’s action at the Northern Carolina Conference Wrestling Tournament at Louisburg.
A Conference Call
LOUISBURG -- Just a few days after wrapping up the team championship portion of the Northern Carolina Conference, the Louisburg Warriors set their sights on individual heroics last Saturday at the LHS Gymnasium.
Louisburg, coached by Jason Crawford, earned six first-place finishes at the annual NCC Individual Tournament.

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Football finishes for year
Football finishes for year
Everybody looks forward to the Super Bowl, without fully thinking about the post-game consequences.
For year another year, football is done with.
It starts in early August, with visits to oven-baked high school fields for the start of fall practice.
That season begins a few weeks later, followed by college football in early September.

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FHS SOCCER SIGNEES
FHS SOCCER SIGNEES
SAM SIGNS WITH LEES-MCRAE. Franklinton High School’s Samantha Arendt (front, right) signs a letter-of-intent last Wednesday to continue her soccer career at Lees-McRae College. Also pictured are (back, l to r) FHS Assistant Principal David Averette, FHS soccer coach Jordan Germano and FHS Principal Charles Fuller; (front, left) Nancy Boggs (mother). (Photo Submitted)

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Region Rivalry
ALL KNIGHT LONG. Former Bunn High School and current Vance-Granville Community College player Derrick Knight (with ball) drives against Louisburg College’s Antoine Davis during last Saturday afternoon’s Region X men’s basketball matchup.
Region Rivalry
LOUISBURG -- Strange as it may sound, Louisburg College men’s basketball coach Mark Vanderslice faced a somewhat difficult proposition heading into last Saturday’s home matchup against backyard rival Vance-Granville Community College.
After all, Vanderslice’s Hurricanes had defeated the Vanguards by 62 points last month in Henderson.

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Buffaloe shines on big stage
Buffaloe shines on big stage
LOS ANGELES -- Christian Buffaloe, the 11-year-old son/student of Kenny Buffaloe, former Nash County resident, recently won the youth division of the Japan sponsored “2011 Kyokushin Karate U.S. Weight Category Tournament” in Little Tokyo  in Los Angeles.
This annual tournament is one of the largest and most prestigious Kyokushin full contact competitions outside of Japan. 

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‘Canes split openers
‘Canes split openers
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s much-anticipated baseball season began one day later than expected on Sunday at Frazier Field.
The Hurricanes were originally supposed to have a four-game weekend series against Wilkes Community College, but last Saturday’s action was called off due to poor weather.

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Rams to play in The Brittany
WILSON -- Franklinton will represent Franklin County at the annual Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase on April 8-9.
This will be the seventh installment of the event, which is staged at Gillette Park in Wilson.
The Lady Rams, under the direction of first-year head coach Jordan Germano, will meet West Brunswick High School on April 8 at 5:30 p.m. on Field Five.

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BIG DAY FOR THE HURRICANES
BIG DAY FOR THE HURRICANES
The Louisburg College football squad had 18 current players sign last Wednesday as part of National Signing Day. Those standouts will now continue their careers at four-year schools. In the photo above, offensive lineman Gideon Scott signs with South Carolina State University as LC head coach John Sala looks on.

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HURRICANES INVADE GLASCOCK COUNTY
HURRICANES INVADE GLASCOCK COUNTY
Last Wednesday was quite a day in Gibson, Ga., as three players from Glascock County High School signed letters-of-intent to continue their football careers at Louisburg College. The players are (l to r) tight end Jeremy Bennett, running back Montavias Myrick and fullback Zach O’Connor. Glascock County is located between Augusta and Macon in the central portion of The Peach State.

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LC hits recruiting trail
LOUISBURG -- Junior college football coaches are in a unique situation on National Signing Day, as they are concerned about both what is coming and what is going from a personnel standpoint.
LC head coach John Sala and his staff must be diligent in the recruiting process, trying to find the best high school seniors who will fit into the schematics of their program.

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Limer hits century mark
Limer hits century mark
BUNN -- Only because of a few scheduling twists of fate will Patrick Limer be unable to finish off his career as the all-time winningest wrestler at Bunn High School.
Limer, a senior standout, currently owns 101 victories, compared to 48 losses as part of his standout four-year tenure at Bunn.

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Franklinton Rec to host signups
Franklinton Rec to host signups
FRANKLINTON -- The Franklinton Recreation Association is currently holding signups for its T-Ball, Baseball and Touch Football Leagues through Feb. 26.
Registration will be held at the Franklinton Town Hall Annex between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Touch Football is for ages 5-6 only.

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THE FOUR HORSEMEN
THE FOUR HORSEMEN
Members of the Louisburg High School wrestling team celebrate after the Warriors claimed their fourth straight league title by winning the Northern Carolina Conference Championship.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY MAT KINGS
FRANKLIN COUNTY MAT KINGS
Among the Franklin County performers at last Saturday’s Northern Carolina Conference Wrestling Championships at the Louisburg High School Gymnasium were (above) Franklinton’s Jackson Hooten (left) against Roanoke Rapids’ Kyle Pratt.

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LIFESTYLES

Scouting has enriched and left an impact on the lives of many
Scouting has enriched and left an impact on the lives of many
Those of you who have been scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, can testify to this statement. The experiences one gains through all the scouts’ activities are simply  wonderful in every sense of the word. When you consider what you are exposed to, with all the scouts’ activities, you can’t help but realize how much it helps later in life.

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Lawn and garden needs for spring
Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to determine what your lawn or garden needs to be green and productive.
The first important step in preparation for spring lawn maintenance is the simple task of taking a soil sample. Soil sampling is important because it helps determine what your soil needs in regards to fertilizer and lime.

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Senior care experts promote importance of active lifestyle for American Heart Month
Statistics show significantly reduced risks for heart disease in seniors who get up and get moving
It’s a fact – heart disease is the single biggest health risk for seniors across the United States.
It is the leading annual cause of death and hospitalizations among all older Americans, but one local company is showing local seniors that simple nutrition tips and lifestyle tricks can significantly lower the risk of them becoming another statistic.

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WEDDING
WEDDING
Robyn Storm and Johnny Pleasants were married on Jan. 12, 2011. The bride is the daughter of Robert Hall and the groom is the son of Frances Hall of Franklinton.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Donald F. Ayscue Jr. and Ivonne Ayscue of Henderson announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Elizabeth Ayscue to Tuyen Xuan Tran of Raleigh. The groom-elect is the son of Bau Tran of Winston-Salem and the late Phat Tran. The wedding is planned for 4 p.m. on May 14, 2011 on Ocean Isle Beach.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Colt and Amanda Proctor of Franklinton are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Sophia Proctor, born Dec. 7, 2010 at Rex Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Irvin and Tammie Piper of Franklinton.
Paternal grandparents are Barry and Teresa Proctor of Franklinton.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Duffy makes Dean’s list
Duffy makes Dean’s list
Colleen Duffy of Youngsville has been named to the dean’s list in the University of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies for outstanding scholarship during the Fall 2010 semester.
Students who achieve dean’s honors at Notre Dame represent the top 30 percent of students in their college.

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Mangum makes ECU Dean’s list
Sequoia Mangum of Louisburg was named to the East Carolina University Dean’s List for the 2010 Fall semester.
She is the daughter of Ozell and Cathy Mangum.

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Louisburg College announces honors and Dean’s lists for Fall 2010 semester
Louisburg College is proud to present the Honors and Dean’s List students for the Fall 2010 semester. “We celebrate the achievements of these students,” says President Mark La Branche. “The success of our students is at the center of everything we do.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Car falls into sink hole, driver escapes serious injury
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested one of four suspects in a robbery late last year.
The three other suspects remain at-large.
According to Louisburg Police Det. G.C. Stephens, Donna Crowder, 40, of Kittrell and three other suspects stole about $2,000 worth of items from the Louisburg Walmart on Nov. 4.

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