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Showing 47 articles from March 4, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Calling Franklin County home
DUNCAN
Calling Franklin County home
If the U.S. Census were a game of hide and seek, Louisburg would always be “it” as the municipality lost 340 people from 2009 to 2010, according to the latest information released from the U.S Census Bureau.
Based on the 2010 Census, which was released on Wednesday, Franklin County, Franklinton, Youngsville and Louisburg experienced overall growth, while Bunn and Centerville saw slight dips during the overall 10-year period between Census counts.

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School locked down
HARRIS
School locked down
Administrators locked down Franklin County’s Early College High School on Wednesday, but no threat ever arose.
Principal Jim Harris said that a student’s parent called at about noon on Wednesday, warning that someone threatened to come to the school to harm her child.
Harris said the school went into lockdown, securing the Vance-Granville Community College classroom so that no one could come in or leave.

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Franklinton makes county counter offer
FRANKLINTON — Town officials made a counteroffer this week, proposing to drop the county’s water rate and hold onto its water plant.
Franklinton and Franklin County have been embroiled in a contract dispute since the summer when the town shut off water service to the county under drought conditions.

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Franklinton says town tax increase is certain
CARVER
Franklinton says town tax increase is certain
FRANKLINTON — Town staff and officials are dealing with a lot of unknowns — their water contract, health care and tax base.
They’re also dealing with a lot of assumptions — no salary increases for employees and no new police cars.
One thing is apparently certain — town taxes will rise.

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Davis sworn in as Register of Deeds
Davis sworn in as Register of Deeds
Franklin County Clerk of Court Alice Faye Hunter, center, swears in Brandi Davis, left, as the new register of deeds as her husband, District Court Judge John Davis, holds the Bible. Commissioners accepted the Democratic Party’s executive committee recommendation during a meeting on Tuesday night. Davis began her duties on Wednesday. Davis takes over the post from Linda Stone, who retired with about a year and a half left on the term, which expires in 2012.

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Town wants help with budget
FRANKLINTON — Town officials are looking for residents who are interested in helping the town balance its budget.
It’s part of an effort to better include the public in budget discussions.
That breakdown was first brought to light late last year when residents appeared at a board meeting to protest an increase in utility bills.

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Youngsville hosting public planning session March 8
REDD
Youngsville hosting public planning session March 8
Youngsville commissioners are hosting a planning session that they hope will draw residents and new ideas.
Commissioner Cat Redd came up with the proposal in January, giving residents, town staff and officials a forum to discuss issues facing the town, as well as figuring out solutions.
The result was a planning session scheduled for Tuesday night.

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County Pesticide Collection Day
County Pesticide Collection Day
Do you have pesticides at your home or farm that you no longer need or use?
If your answer is ‘yes’, then you’ll be interested in the Franklin County Pesticide Collection Day on Thursday, March 10.
The collection will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franklin County Farmers Market in Louisburg.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn softball legends Melanie Davis, Mike Lovin

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Packing A Lunch
Editorial Cartoon: Packing A Lunch


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Children do not need to become casualties of state budget cuts
We’ve said this before but it’s time to say it again.
North Carolina legislators must not balance the state budget on the backs of the state’s youngest, most vulnerable residents.
Yet, from what we’re hearing from Raleigh, that’s part of the proposed solution to years of uncontrolled, minimally regulated state spending — spending that often was followed by an almost complete lack of accountability.

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Looking back after twenty years at The Franklin Times
Looking back after twenty years at The Franklin Times
Twenty years!
About 10 a.m. Tuesday, marked 20 years to the day after I hitched my little wagon to The Franklin Times on March 1, 1991, and began an amazing journey that, fortunately for me, hasn’t yet ended.
That morning so long ago, the papers were signed in the conference room of the old First Citizens Bank at the corner of Nash and Bickett, the 1970s-era gem that was demolished to make way for what is there now.

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Is Pat Green being fed to the wolves?
Is Pat Green being fed to the wolves?
GOOD MORNING: The outlook for today (Saturday) is for partly cloudy weather with highs in the mid to upper 60’s, turning a tad cooler on Sunday with something like an 80 percent chance of rain. We need it.
NOT BUYING IT: If it turns out that former sheriff Pat Green’s story that he spent upwards of $90,000 to help the feds break up a huge narcotics ring involving a county commissioner and two senators as he claims is true, a lot of us, me included, are going to wind up with egg on our faces.

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Congratulations to Brandi Davis
Dear Editor:
I thoroughly enjoyed campaigning for appointment as register of deeds.
This was the ideal campaign — four days from start to finish.

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Ellmers’ actions make families of the second district miss Etheridge
Dear Editor:
Four months later?
Four months after the election, and Mrs. Ellmers finally makes an in-district appearance where she promptly demonstrates how out of touch she is with middle class families and how confused she is about the budget process. Mrs. Ellmers, if the president’s budget is passed, or any budget for that matter, there would not be a government shutdown as you have stated.

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OBITUARIES

ROY LEE TURNER
CARY - Roy Lee Turner, the last surviving son of the late Walter Lee and Sallie Matthews Turner, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 3, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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JAMES THOMAS “J.T.” FINCH, JR.
BUNN – James Thomas “J.T.” Finch, Jr., 85, of Bunn, died Thursday morning, March 3, 2011. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. today (Saturday, March 5) in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with the Rev. Melton Tyson and the Rev. Tom Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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LILLIAN C. HEGGINS
BUNN - Lillian C. Heggins, 85, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bunn, with Elder Jimmy Stallings officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. today (Saturday, March 5) at  William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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EMMA L. EARL
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Emma L. Earl, 90, who died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, will be held at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Union Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Neal officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John Church cemetery.

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LESTER M. HALES
ZEBULON - Lester Marlon Hales, 69, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. Funeral services were held Friday, March 4, at Hephzibah Baptist Church, Wendell. Entombment was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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KATHLEEN B. GARGIS
RALEIGH - Kathleen (Betty) Bond Gargis, 83, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 2, in the Wynne Center at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Street.

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BONNIE S. FINCH
WENDELL - Bonnie Strickland Finch, 62, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at Rex Healthcare. Funeral service was Thursday, March 3, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, Knightdale, with the Rev. Aaron Wallace and the Rev. Bobby Richardson officiating.

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HELEN E. WRIGHT
RALEIGH - Helen Elizabeth Wright, 80, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011. A Funeral Mass will be said at 12:30 p.m. today (Saturday, March 5) at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. Entombment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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ROBERT N. MCGHEE
WAKE FOREST - Robert Newell McGhee, 78, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the Carolina House in Wake Forest. Funeral services were held Friday, March 4, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tom Lamm officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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WILLARD ERNEST ROWE
May 17, 1923 – March 2, 2011
LOUISBURG – Willard Ernest Rowe, 87, went to be with his Savior and Lord Wednesday morning. He was the only surviving child of 11 brothers and sisters. He was born to William Ernest and Mary Elizabeth Nelms Rowe on May 17, 1923. He was born again on April 12, 1952. He married Daisy Brantley, the “jewel” of his life, on October 6, 1944.

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SPORTS

Central Reloads
SARA SPEEDS HOME FOR BHS. Bunn High School senior veteran Sara Green (right) scores on a wild pitch for the Ladycats during their fast-pitch softball opener Tuesday afternoon against Nash Central.
Central Reloads
BUNN -- Following the graduation of a star-studded senior class -- including three college signees -- it was easy to wonder if this would be a rebuilding season for the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs’ softball squad.
But over the years, Central has built a strong softball pipeline thanks to excellence on the middle school and JV levels -- along with a burgeoning travel program in Nash County.

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In Search Of Offense
READY OR NOT. Bunn High School senior Missy Kanuck (center) sends a shot on net for the Ladycats during their home soccer matchup Thursday afternoon against the Southern Vance Lady Runnin’ Raiders.
In Search Of Offense
BUNN -- Bunn boasts all of the intangibles to have a hallmark season on the soccer field for the 2011 season.
The Ladycats have a strong, veteran defense that is led by a cast of seniors, including all-conference returnee Lindsay Ray.
Catey Osterman is strong in goal, and Missy Kanuck leads a transition-oriented defense.

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New Coach At FHS
RELAY THROW. Franklinton’s Shelby Boccia (with ball) forces Northern Vance’s Ciarea Thompson at second base during Wednesday’s fast-pitch softball showdown on the NV campus in Henderson.
New Coach At FHS
FRANKLINTON -- Meredith Dodson was sifting though Help Wanted ads online last summer when she noticed that Franklinton High School was looking for an English teacher and fast-pitch softball coach.
Talk about a perfect match -- Dodson teaches English and played softball at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.
“It just worked out,’’ Dodson said. “I put my resume’ on the serve, and they (accessed) it.’’

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Hickman a winner for BMS
Hickman a winner for BMS
Thank you.
It’s one of life’s simplest -- but most beautiful -- phrases.
It flows so easily off the tongue, but that brief second of discussion can stay with the listener for a lifetime.
And it’s a phrase April Hickman never gets tired of when she encounters her past student-athletes at Bunn Middle School.

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Tough Early-Season Tests
Tough Early-Season Tests
ROCKY MOUNT -- Nobody can accuse Louisburg High School baseball coach Al Bolton of padding his non-conference schedule with a bunch of lightweights.
LHS began its 2011 season with a pair of road toughies against tradition-rich powers Tarboro and Rocky Mount (the Class 3-A State Champion) two years ago.

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Louisburg College records shutout win
Louisburg College records shutout win
ALBEMARLE -- With Region X baseball action slated to begin in one week, the Louisburg College Hurricanes continue to prep for the challenge -- including a road visit Wednesday to Stanly Community College.
Three Louisburg pitchers combined to limit the hosts to five hits -- and zero runs -- as the Hurricanes surged to a 5-0 decision in the nine-inning matchup.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 6- March 12
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Franklinton at Corinth Holders    6 p.m.
Bunn at Northern Nash    4:30 p.m.

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A Stanhope Showdown
MAKING A SACRIFICE. Morgan Foster, a former player at Louisburg High School, attempts a sacrifice bunt for the Southern Nash Ladybirds during their home, fast-pitch softball matchup Thursday afternoon against the Bunn Ladycats.
A Stanhope Showdown
STANHOPE -- Before Thursday’s road matchup at backyard foe Southern Nash, Bunn High School softball coach Melanie Lovin hoped her club had worked out its early-season kinks two days earlier during an opening home loss against Nash Central.
For Lovin and the Ladycats, the first-game jitters would be of the plus-one variety, as Bunn struggled in the first inning against the Ladybirds.

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LC softball on the road
LOUISBURG -- After splitting two home doubleheaders to begin the season, the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes will hit the road for the first time next week.
And the journey won’t be a short one as Louisburg, coached by Monica Gordy, will play a pair of twinbills in Tennessee as part of Spring Break.

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Shorthanded Loss
TRAFFIC JAM. Louisburg High School’s H-Wang Eban (with ball) dribbles through several players during the Lady Warriors’ season-opening soccer setback Tuesday night against Northern Nash.
Shorthanded Loss
RED OAK -- With only 10 players available due to injuries and incomplete physical forms, the Louisburg Lady Warriors took a much-needed defensive posture during their regular season girls soccer opener on Tuesday against the Northern Nash Lady Knights.
And the strategy worked before NN was able to put together a pair of late goals in the first half to take command.

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BLAST OFF
BLAST OFF
Bunn High School’s Missy Kanuck prepares to deliver a free kick up the field for the Ladycats during their home soccer victory Thursday afternoon against the Southern Vance Lady Runnin’ Raiders.

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LIFESTYLES

Why black history is important
Why black history is important
In the America’s of the 1950’s, people of color — Blacks, Hispanics and Asians — were in many ways discriminated against. The 1950’s was not an easy time in America, with racial barriers, court decisions, and such bringing the black’s activists to step forward in the quest for equal rights.
As we all know, in 1963, a Baptist minister by the name of Martin Luther King was a strong force in fighting for this equality.

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Franklin County artists to present art show
As the planning continues for the 38th International Whistlers Convention on April 6-10, an additional event is scheduled for artists in Franklin County.
On Friday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Art Show will be displayed in the lobby of the Jones Performing Arts Center on the Louisburg College campus.

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Girl Scout Week events scheduled
North Carolina Coastal Pines will join Girl Scouts around the nation in working to make the world a better place and celebrate Girl Scout Week.
The week honors the 99th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the United States, which falls on Saturday, March 12.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Storyteller coming to Louisburg College
Storyteller coming to Louisburg College
Louisburg College will present renowned storyteller Donald Davis at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, as part of the Allen de Hart Concert Series.
Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Man arrested on gun, drug charges
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg area man on gun and drug charges.
Raymond Earl Neal, 23, of 170 Grandview Drive, was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

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US 401 Committee meeting
The U.S. 401 Citizens Action Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Louisburg Training Center on Johnson Street.
Committee member Gary Faulkner is to update the group on the latest Department of Transportation plans and schedules for the various sections of the highway from the Neuse River in Wake County to Louisburg.

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Community Foundation grants available
The board of directors of the Franklin County Community Foundation is accepting grant requests for community projects funded from its community fund, according to Bob Powell, grants committee chairman.
Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that serve Franklin County.  Priority will be given to programs that target the needs brought on by the ongoing economic downturn.

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George graduates from basic training
Army Reserve Pvt. Darrell E. George has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).
During basic military training, George received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.

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New counties eligible for third annual GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards
With North Carolina potentially facing deep cuts in health and human services programs, three new counties are joining the list of those eligible for a GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award.  For the third year in a row, GlaxoSmithKline and Triangle Community Foundation will award $40,000 each to up to 10 groups that set an outstanding example in providing access to health care.

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Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up
The next general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on March 14 and will continue through April 15.  Through CRP, eligible landowners receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.  Contracts issued under CRP last for a period of 10 to 15 years.

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BUSINESS

Novant promotes Armato
ARMATO
Novant promotes Armato
Novant Health announced the promotion of Carl Armato to senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of the organization.
Franklin Regional Medical Center is part of Novant, a not-for-profit health system with hospitals, physician clinics and outpatient centers in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. 

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