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Showing 33 articles from March 1, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Does Green’s federal investigation exist?
GREEN
Does Green’s federal investigation exist?
In September 2009, Pat Green sent county brass a letter, stating he spent nearly $90,000 to help the federal government break up a narcotics ring involving a county commissioner and two senators.
In a voluminous report that county staff made available last week, the revelation was news to the lead narcotics agent within the sheriff’s office.

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Democrats recommend Davis to succeed Stone
DAVIS
Democrats recommend Davis to succeed Stone
Unless the Democrat-dominated Board of Commissioners eschewed the recommendation of the party’s executive committee, the county’s next register of deeds won’t have to change her commute.
After interviewing five candidates on Monday night, the party’s executive committee agreed to recommend that Brandi Davis be the county’s new register of deeds.

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Truck overturns, driver ejected
RESCUE. Members of rescue crews from Youngsville and Franklin County get Vera McLean into an ambulance on Monday afternoon following a wreck on Timberlake Road. McLean was ejected from the truck she was driving after it overturned about four times.
Truck overturns, driver ejected
A Louisburg man escaped injury following a single-vehicle wreck on Monday, but a Gastonia woman was rushed to the hospital after being ejected.
Officials said Vera McLean, 35, was driving North on Timberlake Road when she lost control of the Chevy Silverado she was driving.

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Louisburg man avoids deadly conflict in Cairo
The lucky ones were able to get out of Cairo.
The dead were not.
Eighteen days of protests in the capital city of Egypt left 384 people dead and more than 6,000 injured.
Darrell Green was not one of them, though.

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Retired teacher returns to classroom
A LESSON LEARNED. Former Louisburg Elementary School teacher Carrie Cotton Goodwin, background, visited the school last week as administrators at her assisted living center worked with the Franklin County school system to arrange a visit.
Retired teacher returns to classroom
At 95, Carrie Cotton Goodwin got her second wind.
The retired Louisburg Elementary teacher got a chance to visit the school last Wednesday, giving Lisa Micco’s fifth-grade class a history lesson about her 30 years of teaching, as well as an inspirational lesson, sharing with them what teaching meant to her life.

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Third school budget forum remains focused on deficit
Over the last 30 days or so, the message at three school budget forums presented by Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance, has remained pretty much the same: Major challenges face local school districts across the state as lawmakers wrestle with the state’s largest budget deficit ever.
And that message was again delivered Monday night at Louisburg High School in the last of three forums.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Thomas Joyner

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Smoke Screen
Editorial Cartoon: Smoke Screen


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Food bank cooks up ideas to solve hunger
Every so often, we stumble across information that is shocking.
This week it came from an unusual source, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a non-traditional Food Bank that operates in the Triangle.
Here’s a little of what they said:

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Was Green being blackmailed?
Was Green being blackmailed?
GOOD MORNING: I sure hope that we don’t have to pay later on for this spring to near summer-like weather we’ve enjoyed off and on for the past couple of weeks. It felt almost like summer Sunday and Monday when high temperatures topped the 80 degree mark. And if it gets any windier than it was a few days last week now that March is here, we’d all better batten down.

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Released hostage “races” to criticize Cary law enforcement
Released hostage “races” to criticize Cary law enforcement
I don’t know the ages of the Cary police team that responded to the Feb. 10 bank standoff, but, perhaps they’re old enough to remember the movie, “Quick Change.”
The 1990 movie starred Bill Murray robbing a bank dressed as a clown.
His getaway plan?

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Website Reader Participation Results Feb. 23-March 1
Last Week’s Poll
Political blunder?
Were the political careers of four county commissioners (Dunston, Swanson, McGhee and Mitchell) damaged because of their vote against holding a special election for sheriff?

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“Innocence Project” gives incarcerated the run-around
Dear Editor:
I am one of the many people Justice I. Beverly Lake was talking about. I’ve been falsely incarcerated since 10/14/00 for being innocent of the crimes I’m falsely incarcerated for, armed robberies.

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It is time to step up
Dear Editor:
Wake up, the time is here for us to make the commissioners know how we feel and what we want. It is time for them to remember that they are in the position as commissioner because of our vote electing them. Now we should have that chance to put the sheriff of our choice into that position of sheriff.

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Bridging the “Deep Divide”
On the surface, North Carolina is witnessing a drama of differences between Gov. Bev Perdue and the legislature over the best ways to resolve a projected $2.7 billion shortfall in next year’s state budget. In reality, what is taking place is a fundamental debate over the future role of government. Whoever prevails in this contest could determine the direction of our state for years to come.

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OBITUARIES

ROCHELLE S. LONG
ZEBULON - Rochelle Strickland Long, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. Funeral services will be today (Wednesday, March 2) at 2 p.m. at Zebulon Baptist Church.

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HUGO J. NICARAGUA
ZEBULON - Hugo Jose Nicaragua, 63, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 2) at Hephzibah Baptist Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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HELEN F. BRANCH
LOUISBURG - Helen F. Branch, 85, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at her home. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 4, at Emmanuel Church of God, 108 Harris St., Louisburg. Burial will be in the Branch-Mann family cemetery in Louisburg.

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RUTH S. ALLEN
HENDERSON - Ruth S. Allen, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. from Elmwood Cemetery, Henderson. The Rev. George Speake will officiate. A private cremation ceremony was held at the Hall-Wynne Funeral Service Crematory.

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RONALD “RONNIE” FRANK PLEASANTS, SR.
SALISBURY - Mr. Ronald “Ronnie” Frank Pleasants, Sr., 68, of Salisbury passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Salisbury. Mr. Pleasants was born December 6, 1942 in Oxford, NC, son of the late Dr. James Marvin Pleasants, Jr. and Margaret Leavister Frazier. He attended Mills High School in Louisburg, NC and was employed by Avada Hearing Care in Winston-Salem, NC as a Hearing Instrument Specialist.

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JEANETTE F. ROGERS
KITTRELL-Martha Jeanette Fuller Rogers of Kittrell passed peacefully into her heavenly home on Sunday, February 27, 2011 with her family by her side.  She was born August 21, 1938, the daughter of Clifton Fuller and Cornelia Hayes Fuller.  She attended Epsom High School, graduating Valedictorian of her class. Soon after graduation, she married John Allison Rogers, her husband of 54 years, and actively participated in the family business of both agriculture and real estate.

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SPORTS

Gordy’s Group
THOUGHT I WOULD DROP BY. Louisburg College third baseman Amber Weaver (right) scores on a wild pitch during the Lady Hurricanes’ home doubleheader against Surry Community College on Saturday afternoon at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.
Gordy’s Group
LOUISBURG -- There is more than one way to earn a fast-pitch softball split, and Louisburg College head coach Monica Gordy was thrilled with the way her team went about that quest last Saturday.
After all, Louisburg had cruised to a game-one victory of a twinbill against what appeared to be an overmatched Surry Community College contingent.

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Tourney time for LC clubs
Tourney time for LC clubs
LOUISBURG -- National fates will be determined this coming weekend as the Louisburg College men’s and women’s basketball squads will look to stay alive -- and earn national event spots -- at their respective Region X Tournaments.
The LC men, ranked second nationally with only one loss, will be the top seed and prohibitive favorite for it tourney, which will be staged Thursday through Sunday at the Rockingham Community College Gymnasium in Wentworth (near Reidsville).

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LHS’ Mueller Closes In Style
LHS’ Mueller Closes In Style
LOUISBURG -- One point was all that separated Smiley Mueller from ending his career as a state champion.
And it was one point that Mueller was penalized for that proved to be a bone of contention for Louisburg High School fans, coaches and grapplers during Mueller’s title match in the 152-pound classification at the Class 2-A State Invidual Tournament.

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Discount seats are available
Discount seats are available
RALEIGH -- Jon Chase, Director of Community Relations and Promotions for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, Tuesday announced that the team will hold a drive to benefit the USO of North Carolina.
Fans donating at least one item will receive a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) ticket voucher for the March 9 game against the Atlanta Thrashers

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Region X Tourney skeds released
LOUISBURG -- Pairings have been finalized for this weekend’s Region X Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Region X Men’s Tourney will be staged at Rockingham Community College near Wentworth, with top-seeded Louisburg College hoping to defend its championship.

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NC Wesleyan wins crown
ALL-TOURNEY PICK. North Carolina Wesleyan College center Ric Yarbrough (right), who prepped at Bunn High School, accepts his All-Tournament Plaque following Sunday’s conclusion of the USA South Conference Men’s Basketball Tourney.
NC Wesleyan wins crown
ROCKY MOUNT -– The North Carolina Wesleyan College  basketball team woke up Sunday morning in a very familiar position.
Already crowned the 2011 USA South Regular-Season Champions, and in the conference tournament finals with an opportunity to sweep the two titles.

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SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR LC
SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR LC
Pitcher J.T. Wauford and the Louisburg College Hurricanes claimed diamond victories in three of four games last weekend for Head Coach John Thomas.

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Cozart sparkles for Vanguards
Cozart sparkles for Vanguards
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team has struggled in the 2010-2011 season, starting with some close losses and a tough schedule that includes nationally-ranked powerhouses such as Davidson County Community College, Guilford Technical Community College and Louisburg College.
A recent loss to Lenoir Community College brought VGCC’s season record to 2-16.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Church prepares to make move to a new location
Gillfield Missionary Baptist Church, clad in brick, before the move began.
Church prepares to make move to a new location
A new look, a new location and yet more than 100 years of heritage preserved for future generations.
That’s what the members of Gillfield Missionary Baptist Church are looking forward to when they complete the move of their church building very soon.

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TREES TO GO
TREES TO GO
In the photo above, Cooperative Extension agent Kim Jackson (left) explains exactly how best to plant one of the free crepe myrtle trees that Brenda Ferrell plans to plant in her yard this spring.

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Police arrest Louisburg man on drug charges
A Franklinton man who tried to avoid a traffic stop was arrested on drug charges.
Winston Thomas Bland, 22, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance.

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Mangrum celebrates eightieth birthday
Mangrum celebrates eightieth birthday
James Arthur Mangrum Sr. (Chic)  celebrated his 80th birthday with a dinner on Feb. 12 at Greater Ransom Way of the Cross Temple Fellowship Hall in Henderson.  One hundred sixty family members and friends were in attendance

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