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Showing 46 articles from February 15, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Louisburg displays black history exhibit
HISTORY PRESERVED. A pet project of Louisburg council member Mary Green Johnson (shown here) has been compiling a pictorial history the roles of black people in Louisburg’s history. The display is at the Louisburg Town Hall.
Louisburg displays black history exhibit
Dozens of pictures and documents posted on the bulletin boards of Louisburg’s Town Hall offer a unique and highly personalized glimpse into the town’s history this month.
The focus is the African-American history of the town and it’s presented in a way that focuses on the human side of history.
Unlike many historical displays, this one emphasizes the people who have played crucial roles in the town’s development over the years.

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Franklinton schedules information session to discuss water dispute
Franklinton schedules information session to discuss water dispute
Franklinton and Franklin County are still awaiting their day in court, but town officials will have their day before the court of public opinion.
The town Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public information session this coming Thursday, giving residents a chance to learn more about a water contract dispute that has entangled both governmental entities.

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Courtney ruled not competent for trial
Courtney ruled not competent for trial
A superior court judge ruled on Tuesday that a woman accused of terrorizing a White Level community is not competent enough to stand trial.
Phyllis Hazel Courtney, 62, underwent an evaluation from clinical psychologists in Butner and they determined that Courtney had mental disorders and psychotic symptoms that were exacerbated by alcohol use.

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Child abuse court case rescheduled
The case against a couple accused of abusing an eight-month-old will continue in court.
Investigators charged Dennis and Annie Newton with felony intentional child abuse-serious physical injury after alleging the couple was responsible for serious injuries, including the broken legs, arms and fingers to the child in their foster care.

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Postponed due to weather, Williams trial set to begin
Postponed due to weather, Williams trial set to begin
Usually, a forecast of 70 degrees has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom, but clear skies should pave the way for the start of a trial against a man accused of injuring a deputy.
The trial against Joe Williams was slated to begin in the middle of January, but the threat of ice or snow kept defense attorneys and prosecutors from starting the hearing.

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County clinics help rabies cases drop
County clinics help rabies cases drop
It turns out more is less.
The Tar River Veterinary Hospital has ramped up its rabies vaccination clinics, hosting one per month at the county animal shelter at 351 T. Kemp Road.
While it may not be an exact correlation, the county’s cases of rabies have dipped, accounting for less cases of rabies with more clinics, said Animal Control Director Graham Stallings.

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Arrington court appearance soon
Arrington court appearance soon
An accused murderer is scheduled to appear in the next trial court session of superior court.
Franklinton and Virginia State Police combined to arrest Rashawn Arrington on Sept. 21 — a day after local police allege he shot and killed Jesse Montague Jr.
Arrington is slated to appear in court during the trial court session beginning on Feb. 21.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Victoria Hill

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Let's Let Our Love Blind Us
Editorial Cartoon: Let's Let Our Love Blind Us


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Legislators shouldn’t play their cards so close to their chests
In politics, the more things change the more they stay the same.
It’s been just a few weeks since voters sent a message to Raleigh that corruption, secrecy and back-room dealing had reached unacceptable levels.
Voters shifted the balance of power in the state capital, believing — we think — that things would change.

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Gaming or gambling, isn’t it all illegal in NC?
Gaming or gambling, isn’t it all illegal in NC?
GOOD MORNING: Although we are led to expect partly cloudy weather along with fairly moderate temperatures today thru Saturday, there appears to be little, if any, chance of rain – rain that we badly need.
HOLLOW PROMISES: I sincerely hope that Gov. Beverly Perdue was right in her Monday night address, and that businesses will invest $12.5 billion into the state, creating 58,000 jobs for our people, but seeing is believing and I wouldn’t plan on going off on a spending spree right away, if I were you.

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Guns in church requires faith in people
Guns in church requires faith in people
Guns in a house of worship.
Hallelujah, or Heavens no?
That’s the apparent debate making the rounds in a number of states and pockets of religion across the country.
According to a recent report in the USA Today, legislatures in Georgia, Michigan and Louisiana are wrestling with just that issue.

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Website Reader Participation Results February 10-15
Last Week’s Poll
Determining factor?
What will be the determining factor in choosing a new sheriff?

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Horns of a fiscal dilemma
RALEIGH – With North Carolina facing a $2.7 billion projected gap in its General Fund for the coming fiscal year, it’s not surprising to learn that there are all sorts of possible ways – championed by all sorts of interested parties – that the state legislature might reduce the gap.

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LEGISLATIVE WATCH
BRADLEY
LEGISLATIVE WATCH
The following are votes from state Rep. Glen Bradley and state Sen. Doug Berger, week ended Feb. 12 of the N.C. General Assembly.

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OBITUARIES

PAULINE C. PERSON
HENDERSON - Funeral services for Pauline C. Person, 94, who died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 16) at Concord Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel Blalock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BETTY M. CLIFTON
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Betty Mills Clifton, 73, who died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, will be held at noon on Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Nashville. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove cemetery.

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WILLARD E. BAILEY
WAKE FOREST - Willard Elisha Bailey, 84, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. A memorial service honoring his life was held at Wake Forest United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

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STEVE A. DRIVER
ZEBULON - Steve Allen Driver, 55, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 14, at Social Plains Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ALMA R. THOMAS
RALEIGH - Alma Rouse Thomas, 88, formerly of Kinston, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 in Raleigh.  Funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 13, at First Baptist Church in Kinston, with Dr. Chuck Towery officiating. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery.

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STEPHEN E. DOVE
WENDELL - Stephen Edward Dove, 48, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at WakeMed. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with Pastor Terry Hardison officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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LAURENZO S. KING
FRANKLINTON - Laurenzo S. King, 79, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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GUY H. JACKSON
YOUNGSVILLE - Guy Herbert Jackson, 55, died Monday evening, Feb. 14, 2011. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Davis and the Rev. Jesse Parrish officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson family cemetery.

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ALICE E. HORTON
LOUISBURG - Alice Eakes Horton, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center in Louisburg. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Bobby Shinault officiating. Burial will follow in the Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.

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SPORTS

FHS’ FAREWELL
WON’T BE DENIED. Franklinton’s Jalissa Debnam (with ball) drives the lane for two points during the Lady Rams’ impmressive home victory Monday night against Warren County in the opening round of the NCC Girls Basketball Tournament.
FHS’ FAREWELL
FRANKLINTON -- Fitting how the probable girls basketball finale at the Franklinton High School Gymnasium featured so many of the characteristics of Head Coach Lester Wilder’s clubs throughout the years.
Franklinton boasted balanced scoring, in-your-face defense, post excellence and timely shooting during the Lady Rams’ home matchup against Warren County on Monday in the first round of the Northern Carolina Conference.

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Wildcats, Ladycats top seeds
MONTREL ON THE MARK. Veteran point guard Montrel Cooke and the Bunn Wildcats are the top seed for this week’s Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.
Wildcats, Ladycats top seeds
BUNN -- Head Coaches Gerald Melton (boys) and Chuck Mann (girls) hope their teams don’t prove to be in a hospitable mood this week when Bunn hosts the annual Northern Carolina Conference Basketball Tournaments at the Bunn Dome.
Bunn hasn’t been too gracious to foes so far during the 2010-11 campaign, especially in NCC action.

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Leonard Leans To Louisburg
Leonard Leans To Louisburg
ROCKY MOUNT -- Some college coaches might shy away from a prospective high school football player if that performer suffers a serious injury during his senior season.
But it was the way Rashad Leonard came back -- and not the injury itself -- that impressed Louisburg College gridiron skipper John Sala.

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Wilder’s parting thoughts
Wilder’s parting thoughts
Excitement is plentiful -- and rightfully so -- about the move to the new Franklinton High School campus this coming fall.
FHS’ new gymnasium is expected to be state-of-the-art, with comfortable locker rooms and abundant seating -- which means no more door closings at 5 p.m. for important rivalry games.
But progress, however necessary, also means a bittersweet goodbye to memories of the past.

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Canes Back On Target
Canes Back On Target
LOUISBURG -- Head Coach Mike Holloman has been looking for an increased level of offensive responsibility from his guards on the Louisburg College women’s basketball team.
Last Saturday, those players had little choice but to up the ante on offense because frontline scoring machine Ariel Phelps was unavailable due to a death in her family.

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LHS softball squad will begin March 1
LHS softball squad will begin March 1
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School will begin its 2011 fast-pitch softball slate on March 1 with a home game against the Southern Nash Ladybirds.
LHS’ complete ledger is as follows (home games are listed in CAPS):

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Plans finalized for Brind’Amour night
Plans finalized for Brind’Amour night
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced details for Rod Brind’Amour Night, which will be held this Friday as the Hurricanes host the Philadelphia Flyers.
The RBC Center doors will open at 6 p.m. on Friday night, and all fans in attendance will receive a replica mini No. 17 banner as they enter.

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Return Trip To Croatan
Return Trip To Croatan
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It’s been said that, at least on the Class 2-A level, the path to statewide wrestling excellence runs through the village of Newport -- the location of Croatan High School.
The road to Newport, which is located near Morehead City, is becoming a familiar one for Louisburg second-year head coach Jason Crawford.

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Louisburg baseball team shines in Florida
MARIANNA, FLA. -- After two near-misses, the Louisburg College Hurricanes came through during their final opportunity to come away with a victory last Saturday at the prestigious Chipola Junior College Baseball Tournament in the Sunshine State.
Last Friday, LC dropped tight decisions to powers Chipola (6-4) and Southern Nevada (3-0).

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BALL CONTROL
BALL CONTROL
Franklinton’s Nikki Bell possesses the ball during the Lady Rams’ home tournament victory Monday night against the Warren County Lady Eagles.

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LIFESTYLES

Eaves, Cobb wed
Eaves, Cobb wed
Audrey Denise Eaves and Justin Zadock Cobb, both of Greenville, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2010, at Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa on the Mayan Riviera in Tulum, Mexico. Julián Castillo performed the ceremony.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Simmons of Durham announce the engagement of their daughter, JoShanda Simmons to John Williams Jr. of Durham, the son of Cora Williams of Durham and John Williams Sr. of Chapel Hill. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charlotte Alston of Louisburg. The wedding is planned for 12 noon, March 26, 2011 at Union Baptist Church in Durham.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Cheaves of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lee Cheaves to Blake Tyler Bartholomew, son of Wayne Bartholomew of White Level and Nancy Neal of Louisburg. The wedding is planned for June 4, 2011 at Rock Spring Baptist Church.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Donald F. Ayscue Jr. and Yvonne 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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Airman graduates
Airman graduates
Air Force Airman Bruce T. Killian 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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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Seltzer becomes Peace graduate
Hannah Seltzer, a psychology major from Youngsville, was among 21 students to graduate from Peace College in December.
She is the daughter of Neal and Maureen Seltzer of Youngsville.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg police looking for pickpocket
Sheriff’s deputies arrested three Louisburg men on charges of firing a gun near homes.
No injuries were reported, but officers arrested Randy D. Coppedge, 33, Tod J. Neal, 23, and Karim A. Williams, 36, charging them with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

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OVERTURNED
OVERTURNED
A Louisburg man escaped an accident on Friday afternoon with minor injuries after his vehicle overturned on N.C. 561. According to the report by Trooper B.D. Vick, Allen Dent, 23, was traveling down the road when he lost control of the 1998 Honda he was driving.

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2011 Democratic Party Precinct meetings
Franklin County Democrats are encouraged to attend their precinct meetings to become more inclusive in the electoral process on the county, state and national levels.
For additional information or if your precinct is not listed below, please telephone Armenta Eaton, First Vice County Chair, at (919) 556-4375.

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Novozymes co-sponsors area math competition with VGCC
Novozymes co-sponsors area math competition with VGCC
Novozymes North America of Franklinton recently presented a contribution to the Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund to support the local chapter-level MATHCOUNTS competition for middle school students, which is hosted on the college’s main campus each February.
Novozymes also donated gifts for participating students.

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Volunteers needed for UWFC
The United Way of Franklin County is starting its Community Impact Grant cycle for 2011.
Volunteers are needed to serve on panels that will help review the applications and help recommend funding to the Allocations Committee. Anyone interested can contact the UWFC office at 496-0937 or e-mail uwfcdirector@embarqmail.com or Allocations Committee Chairman Dr. Henry Holt at hholt3@nc.rr.com.

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More Republican Precinct meetings scheduled
• East Franklinton Precinct - 2-25-11, 7 p.m. at the Franklinton Library. Contact person, David Groover,  919-494-3674;
• West Franklinton Precinct - 2-25-11, 7 p.m. at the Franklinton Library. Contact person, Mark McArn mcarn@brassfield.com or Jeremy Neal at FCRCNEAL@aol.com;

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