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Showing 44 articles from February 18, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Info session tells citizens water dispute not dried up
Info session tells citizens water dispute not dried up
FRANKLINTON — Town staff and commissioners updated residents on plans to end a murky water dispute it has with Franklin County.
While much of the night rehashed the months-long stalemate, there was one bit of good news — the town is expected to consider a new county proposal during a closed session on March 1.

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Franklinton town manager resigns
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Franklinton town manager resigns
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners appointed its planning and zoning director as its interim manager after Larry Carver resigned the permanent post on Tuesday night.
The board hired Carver on an interim basis in December 2007 and signed him to a two-year contract in 2008 that was renewed on a monthly basis for his part-time service to the board.

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Town to apply for grant to install flow meters
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Town to apply for grant to install flow meters
FRANKLINTON — Because of financial constraints, town officials held off on spending money on a project that could save them money down the line.
On Tuesday night, Town Manager Larry Carver advised the board that it could apply for a $27,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Center.

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Commissioners to discuss special election resolution
While a State Bureau of Investigation probe swirls around the sheriff’s office, county commissioners plan to discuss a measure that could determine how the department’s next leader is chosen.
At the same time, auditors have advised county staff on better ways to provide oversight of sheriff’s office finances — which is at the heart of the SBI’s investigation.

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School Board recommends modular building contractor
The Franklin County Board of Education unanimously recommended Thursday night that the county commissioners hire Scotia Construction Co. to provide a new modular building for the Early College High School program.
Scotia, of Cary, was the lowest of six bids received by the school system. Their base bid was $1,275,000, but the final bid, including four alternates that school officials wanted, was $1,290,500. That puts the cost at about $112 a square foot for the building.

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Habitat for Humanity must build stronger organization
ALMOST HOME. The Franklin County Habitat for Humanity has a bit more work to do on this home just off Bickett Boulevard before it’s ready for its new homeowner. The project began in 2005, but has been the victim of fits and starts and lags.
Habitat for Humanity must build stronger organization
The Franklin County Habitat for Humanity is looking for new members to provide a renewed foundation for an organization that has been worn down, recently.
If the five-member group is not able to generate enough interest to help it either build or renovate a home a year for deserving families, it will not meet new, international requirements and would be forced to close.

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Lake discusses Innocence Project
Lake discusses Innocence Project
“Can  you  imagine spending 17 years in prison — going to bed night after night knowing you were absolutely innocent? I can’t imagine anything much more horrible,” said I. Beverly Lake, former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, who was the featured speaker at a Louisburg Lions Club meeting Tuesday evening.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Jailen Woodberry, 1 month

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Ignoring the Issue
Editorial Cartoon: Ignoring the Issue


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Legislature letting a little sunshine in
While it’s not time to break out the bubbly and celebrate, there was some good news seeping out of Raleigh this week if you believe in open, transparent government.
House majority leader Paul Stam presented new rules about how the GOP caucus meetings will operate from now on.
He said the meetings will be “more relaxed” about who can attend.

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Former NC Supreme Court Justice says there is hope for the wrongly convicted
Former NC Supreme Court Justice says there is hope for the wrongly convicted
Can you imagine 19 years?
Sure you can, easily.
But that’s not exactly what I. Beverly Lake Jr., a former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, was talking about Tuesday evening when he asked that question.

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We should concentrate on the  facts, not the rumors
We should concentrate on the facts, not the rumors
GOOD MORNING: While I’ll have to admit that I’ve been enjoying this unseasonably warm weather, we’re getting into a bad situation on account of a lack of rainfall and little or no relief appears to be in sight.
As of the time of this writing we had a deficit of close to 3 inches for the year to date, and close to 9 inches for the season to date.

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Support a North Carolina bottle bill
Support a North Carolina bottle bill
As Chairman of the Franklin County Solid Waste Task Force, I fully support Bob Kochersberger’s call  on 1/27/11 for an N.C. bottle bill, for numerous reasons.   Bob Kochersberger directs the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at NCSU and can be reached at bobkochs@gmail.com. It is not just a coincidence that Gary Cunard’s editorial on 1/29/11 also addressed the disgraceful state of our littered roadsides and the difficulty in finding a solution.

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A cap we can all warm up to
With so many of our fellow citizens unemployed or underemployed, our top priority must be putting people to work, easier said than done when all the talk is about cutting and capping. But there is one cap we should all embrace.
Governor Perdue briefly mentioned NC CAP in her State of the State address this week, an acronym meaning North Carolina Capital Access Program.

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OBITUARIES

DAVID A. FRYE
PILOT - David A. Frye, 49, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. A graveside service was held Friday, Feb. 18, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, with the Rev. Archie Stevens officiating.

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BENJAMIN M. BROWN JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Benjamin M. Brown, Jr., 65, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. The family will receive visitors on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at Youngsville Baptist Church in Youngsville. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary. A private burial will be held in Nichols, S.C.

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ELIZABETH W. “BETH” CONNELL
YOUNGSVILLE (Wake Forest) - Elizabeth Wilmer Connell, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 20, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Woodlief officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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IDA H. MORGAN
ZEBULON - Ida Jacquelyn Honeycutt Morgan, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 18, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dwayne Reece officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Zebulon.

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LAURA H. BRANTLEY
ZEBULON - Laura Fay Hill Brantley, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. A graveside service was held Friday, Feb. 18, at the Brantley family cemetery.

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ROBERT C. “BOB” HILL
OXFORD - Robert C. “Bob” Hill, 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 at Granville Medical Center. Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 19) at Oxford Baptist Church by Dr. J. Steven Bolton. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

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CYNTHIA C. EVANS
ZEBULON - Cynthia Carol Cooke Evans, 46, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, Feb. 19) at Union Chapel Baptist Church, with visitation from 1:30 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the New Hope Christian Church cemetery.

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LAURENZO S. KING
FRANKLINTON - Laurenzo Smith King, 79, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011,  at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 16, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, with Dr. Coolidge McCoy officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.

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VIRGINIA E. BOWERS
LOUISBURG - Essie Virginia “Jennie” Edwards Bowers, 89, a resident of Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. A graveside service was held Friday, Feb. 18, at Sunset Gardens, with the Rev. Ricky Easter officiating.

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CORINE S. MURPHY
LOUISBURG - Bettie Corine Smith Murphy, 89, of Louisburg, died Friday, February 18, 2011, in Nash General Hospital.  She was born November 14,1921, the daughter of Joseph Eugene Smith and Naomi Hayes Smith.  She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served on the deacon board and was church treasurer for many years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Murphy; her son, Donald Murphy; her brothers, Julian, Newell, Marshall, Ira and Edward Smith.  She was a supervisor at Sportswear in Warren County and Louisburg and Tom Togs in Youngsville where she retired.

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SPORTS

Pressure Mounts
HAND IN THE FACE. Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy (left) defends Northwest Halifax’s Tyauna Bryant (with ball) during Wednesday’s semifinal matchup of the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.
Pressure Mounts
BUNN -- Some coaches may be thrilled with the scenario the Bunn High School girls basketball squad encountered during the 2010-11 campaign.
The Ladycats, guided by Chuck Mann, roared through their regular season schedule without a loss. Bunn was hardly challenged other than a couple of early-year victories over Nash Central -- and a late-season decision against North Johnston, when BHS ralllied after trailing at halftime.

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LC’s Plan Of Attack
ON TARGET. Louisburg College freshman shortstop Zach Houchins lines a pitch for the Hurricanes during their home diamond loss Wednesday afternoon against Wake Tech CC at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
LC’s Plan Of Attack
LOUISBURG -- Entering his third season as the Louisburg College head baseball coach, John Thomas figured his club would have a deep, talented pitching staff for the 2011 campaign.
Even with departed standouts Hunter Ackerman (Chicago Cubs Draftee) and Ryan West (College of Charleston) competing on other levels, Thomas still had plenty to work with on the mound, led by transfer Ethan Carter (University of South Carolina) and returnee Matt Armstead -- among many others.

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Wild Win For FHS
IN A JAM. Franklinton’s Tiara Green (with ball) tries to escape North Johnston’s Vivian Adams during Wednesday night’s semifinal matchup of the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.
Wild Win For FHS
BUNN -- Had it been a professional game, a majority of the fans probably would have been heading for the exits midway through the fourth quarter.
After all, Franklinton looked to be in complete command of its semifinal showdown against North Johnston at the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament on Wednesday night at the Bunn Dome.

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LC coach hopes for solid year
LC coach hopes for solid year
When she accepted the Louisburg College fast-pitch softball coaching position in the summer of 2008, Monica Gordy felt like it would be a three-year process to rebuild the Lady Hurricanes’ program.
After all, Gordy had taken the job less than two months before school was about to begin, and the Lady Hurricanes were destined to be void of many sophomore returnees for the 2009 campaign.

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Wildcats In A Zone
ROCK HEADS TO THE RIM. Franklinton’s Kevin ‘Rock’ Williams (with ball) drives the baseline while being defended by Bunn’s Andre Davis during Thursday’s semifinal matchup of the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.
Wildcats In A Zone
BUNN -- Bunn was in a zone to begin the second half -- and that’s not necessarily to the preference of veteran head coach Gerald Melton.
Given his options, Melton would much rather utilize a man-to-man defense against his opponent, but that clearly wasn’t garnering much success for the Wildcats in the first half of their Northern Carolina Conference semifinal showdown Thursday against backyard rival Franklinton.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 20-26
High School Wrestling
FRIDAY
CLASS 2-A STATE FINALS
INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT
AT GREENSBORO COLISEUM

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Golf tourney slated
Golf tourney slated
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Third Annual Jocelyn Paige Lee Golf Tournament will be held May 14 at The River Golf and Country Club at Lake Royale.
Action will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
Entry fee is $50 per person or $200 per foursome, with all proceeds going to The Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy on behalf of the Joceylyn Paige Lee Foundation.

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Just One Short Of 100
Just One Short Of 100
LOUISBURG -- An annual tradition continued Tuesday when Louisburg College hosted its popular Hurricane Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony at historic Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
Pictured (Above): ACADEMIC STANDOUTS FOR LOUISBURG COLLEGE. A total of 99 students were honored Tuesday as part of the annual Hurricane Scholar-Athlete Awards Ceremony at Louisburg College. The event was staged as part of a basketball doubleheader at Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus. (Submitted Photo)

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State youth hunter tourneys scheduled
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments for 2011, with expectations for increased participation in the popular shooting sports events.
Nine district-level competitions will be held in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part.

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ALL TIED UP RIGHT NOW
ALL TIED UP RIGHT NOW
Bunn’s (l to r) Whitney Bunn and Brianna Gatson force a jump ball situation as Nortwest Halifax’s Jessica Conyers (41) holds on during Wednesday night’s semifinal outing of the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament.

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SWIPE OF SECOND
SWIPE OF SECOND
Louisburg College’s Patrick Roy (right) takes second base off a steal during the Hurricanes’ home game Wednesday afternoon against Wake Tech Community College.

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LIFESTYLES

Seeking lasting happiness
Seeking lasting happiness
On Feb. 8, I went at 11 a.m., as always, to attend the service at Benson Chapel of Louisburg College.
The Rev. Alice Wade Davis, chaplain of the college, has been having several faculty members to speak at chapel about a topic that would interest students as well as faculty. The topics have been most interesting and spiritually uplifting.

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CHERRY HILL VISITOR
CHERRY HILL VISITOR
Keiran Campbell, who began studying the cello at the age of 8, will be the featured performer at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Cherry Hill Plantation. He will be accompanied by pianist Nancy Johnston. They will present a program including Bach’s Suite No. 6 for Solo Cello; Beethoven’s Sonata No 4 for Cello and Piano in C major and Popper’s “Spinning Song.”

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February is Heart Month
February is Heart Month
Heart disease is a silent killer that literally strikes at the heart of its victims.
An estimated 29 percent of all deaths in the United States are attributed to heart disease, making it the nation’s leading cause of death for both men and women.  However, few people still know what heart disease is — or how they can be affected. 

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Designers of Tomorrow winners selected
Designers of Tomorrow winners selected
Franklin County Schools and The Franklin County Homebuilders’ Association held their 25th annual Designers of Tomorrow awards program on Thursday at Cedar Creek Middle School.  Students from all three middle schools in Franklin County participated in this annual competition.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Republican precinct meetings scheduled
Hayesville Precinct: Feb 28, 7 p.m., at the home of Carlton Eaves, 8543 N.C. Hwy 39 South, Henderson. Contact James Eaves for more information at jeaves@centurylink.net.
Cypress Creek Precinct: Feb 28, 7 p.m., GOP Headquarters, 101 W. Nash St., Louisburg. Contact Jeremy Neal for more information at FCRCNEAL@aol.com.

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SURGEON GREETED
SURGEON GREETED
There were smiles all around as local residents greeted Dr. David Seaman (right) Thursday night at an open house at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Shown here with the general surgeon are (from the left) Louisburg council member Joe Shearin, Mayor Karl Pernell and Town Administrator Mark Warren. Dr. Seaman is nationally board certified in general surgery and also specializes in vascular surgery.

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Youngsville Public Library to host Internet safety workshop
YOUNGSVILLE - On Feb. 22, The Youngsville Public Library will host a timely event for parents – Keeping Kids Safe: An Internet & Mobile Safety WorkshopTM.
Delivered by  Mary Cofield, a Certified Internet & Child Safety Advocate, the 45-minute workshop addresses cyber-safety issues impacting today’s youth and strategies for effectively dealing with these challenges.

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Appreciation lunch at Louisburg College
Appreciation lunch at Louisburg College
The Louisburg United Methodist Church Men and the Louisburg College community joined together to show hospitality and appreciation to members of the Devere Construction crew by holding a lunch in their honor.
The crew has been working through a difficult winter to improve and extend the infrastructure of the town of Louisburg. The crew suffered a tragic loss when one of their own died in an accident on the construction site.

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Deputies search for suspects responsible for Wrenn’s Body Shop theft
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole more than $30,000 in metal from a Youngsville company.
Don King with Wake Electric reported on Feb. 14 that someone broke into a substation on Bert Winston Road.
The fence was cut in two locations and, upon closer inspection, Wake Electric staff discovered ground wire and cables, as well as other items missing.

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