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Showing 37 articles from March 15, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Lining up to be sheriff
Lining up to be sheriff
Franklin County commissioners decided against calling for a special election to choose the next sheriff, but that hasn’t stopped interested parties from politcking.
Pat Green abruptly resigned as sheriff at the end of January, citing health and personal reasons.
A day later, the State Bureau of Investigations was called in to probe allegations that Green was responsible for missing money at the sheriff’s office.

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Parks/Rec Board agrees on Girl Scout campsite
Parks/Rec Board agrees on Girl Scout campsite
The county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board agreed to recommend that commissioners use the old Girl Scout campsite for a new county park.
Louisburg resident Edgar Owens died last January and, in his estate, he left $800,000 for a county park.

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Driving home a message
RAPID RESPONSE. Jenny Zayance, red shirt, stands over her dying son during a dramatization put on by a Greensboro group that goes around the state, educating teenagers about the dangers of drunken or distracted driving.
Driving home a message
No one was drunk inside the Franklinton High School auditorium on Monday morning.
And for that matter, no one had imbibed by the afternoon in front of the gymnasium, either.
However, there were sobering moments, for sure.
First was when a coffin was rolled onto the auditorium stage.

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Proposed budget adopted by BOE
Proposed budget adopted by BOE
The Franklin County Board of Education adopted its proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year and sent it to the county commissioners for consideration even as school officials cautioned that it is far from final.
“Due to the uncertainty of the state budget, this is not what we’ll have when it’s all over,” said Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance.

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YABA Business Expo is March 17
YABA Business Expo is March 17
It’s not a Standard and Poors report or a Wall Street Journal survey, but the Youngsville Area Business Association’s signup sheet may be just as good an indicator of an economic recovery.
According to their president, businesses and other vendors snatched up available booths for Thursday’s annual YABA Business Expo — a showcase at the National Guard Armory for area businesses, nonprofits and organizations.

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Earthquake may prevent whistling champion from attending convention
One young Japanese boy may not make it to the 38th International Whistlers Convention here next month — but at least 150 other whistlers and visitors are expected when the event opens with a week of classes, concerts, contests, lectures, art shows, banquets and exhibits. The event runs April 6 to 10.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Smiley Mueller

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Man on the Moon
Editorial Cartoon: Man on the Moon


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Government should let the sunshine in
It’s a classic good news, bad news scenario but with a little twist.
There is a piece of legislation winding its way through the state legislature — but your tax dollars are being used to fight it, even though we believe it’s in all our best interests.
The issue is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that makes access to government records and meetings a constitutional right.

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Shelter staff is in the dog house
Shelter staff is in the dog house
GOOD MORNING: A real nice day weather wise Sunday with a high just .3 of a degree shy of 80 before dropping back almost 35 degrees Sunday night. But, cheer up, high temperatures are expected to be back up into the mid to upper 60’s by Wednesday, when we have a 70 percent chance of some rain, and into the 70’s Thursday to near 80 again by Friday.

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Wisconsin politicians dropped some integrity by running out on vote
Wisconsin politicians dropped some integrity by running out on vote
Imagine that, there are some politicians in Wisconsin who can’t be taken at their word.
In an effort to avoid voting on a union-busting bill, Wisconsin Democrats fled the state like a load of bad cheese, many of them holing up in Illinois as part of their protest.
The mass exodus, as you can imagine, drew tons of media coverage and was the talk of the political world for quite some time.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 9-15
Last Week’s Poll
Separate attorney?
Should Franklin County’s Sheriff’s Office have a separate attorney from the county?

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Judge Howard Manning is right
How can we ensure every child receives the “sound basic education” our state Constitution mandates if we don’t have any uniform way to measure results? That’s the question Superior Court Judge Howard Manning essentially put to legislative leaders when objecting to their bill to eliminate end-of-course testing.

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OBITUARIES

WILSON HEDGEPETH
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Wilson Hedgepeth, 93, who died Saturday, March 12, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 16) at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ANTHONY SMITH
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Anthony Smith, 48, who died Friday, March 11, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, with Elder David Wise officiating.

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FRED EASON
YOUNGSVILLE  - Fred Eason, 91, died Friday, March 11, 2011 at Parkview Retirement Village in Sanford. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 16) at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main Street, Wake Forest.

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MARY P. HARRIS
FRANKLINTON - Mary Vivian Perry Harris, 94, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Wake Medical Center. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 13, at First United Church of Christ, Franklinton, with the Rev. Ronald P. Waldon Jr., officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Franklinton.

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HAZEL V. JEFFREYS
WAKE FOREST - Hazel Lee Vines Jeffreys, 66, died Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Oliver House in Wendell. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Feggins & Feggins Funeral Chapel in Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Riley Hill Cemetery in Wendell. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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RUTH S. THARRINGTON
RALEIGH - Ruth Stainback Tharrington, 86, died Saturday, March 12, 2011. Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 15, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Interment followed at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh.

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JAMES E. ROBINSON
YOUNGSVILLE —James Earl Robinson, 52, died Thursday, March 10, 2011. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 16) at Christian Faith Center, 101 S. Peachtree Street, Creedmoor. Interment will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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MADELINE WHITE MOODY
BUNN, NC - Madeline Bennett White Moody, 89, of Bunn NC, passed away suddenly at her home on March 13, 2011, while battling lung cancer.  She was born on November 26, 1921, the daughter of Victoria Gay White and James Richardson White.  She was the beloved mother of Donna Moody Spose (Alan Spose), and grandmother of Christopher Alan Spose, Ashley Bennett Spose and Eric Thomas Spose, all of North Haven, CT.

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JESSICA JOANN FUTRELL
GOLDSBORO – Jessica Joann Futrell, 43, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Chapel Hill surrounded by her family.

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DORIS H. HUNT
December 26, 1935 – March 14, 2011
LOUISBURG – Doris Horton Hunt, 75, of Louisburg, died Monday morning after a brief illness.  Doris was the daughter of the late Marshall and Katie Bell Horton.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Gwendolyn Hunt, and her brother, Philip Horton.  She was a life-long member of Ransdell Chapel Baptist Church.

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SPORTS

The Cats’ Meow
CHARGING HARD FOR THE BALL. (L to R) Northern Nash’s Chandler Pierce and Bunn’s Erica Levinson chase after a loose ball during Monday afternoon’s girls soccer matchup. The host Ladycats won the event by a 3-2 margin.
The Cats’ Meow
BUNN -- Head Coach Eric Schuette spent some time Tuesday morning talking to long-time observers of the Bunn High School girls soccer program, wondering if his team’s victory over Northern Nash one day earlier was the first in BHS history against the tradition-rich Lady Knights.
“Nobody is really sure, but some people thought it might be,’’ Schuette said following the Ladycats’ 3-2 home decision versus Northern.

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Canes fall four times vs. Pitt CC
LC BACKSTOP. Freshman catcher Danny Grauer and the Louisburg College Hurricanes were unable to come up with a victory in four tries during a Region X home series last weekend against Pitt Community College.
Canes fall four times vs. Pitt CC
LOUISBURG -- The bad news for the Louisburg College baseball team is that the Hurricanes have dug themselves an early hole in the Region X standings.
However, Head Coach John Thomas offers a bit of encouraging news.
“We’ve still got 24 region games remaining,’’ Thomas said following his club’s league-opening home series last weekend against Pitt Community College. “Hopefully, this will wake our players up.’’

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Central Rallies Past Ladycats
LUCY LOOKS ONE OVER. Veteran outfielder Lucy Moss takes a pitch for the Bunn High School softball squad during a recent game. The Ladycats dropped a tight matchup last Friday on the road against an unbeaten Nash Central team in Rocky Mount.
Central Rallies Past Ladycats
BUNN -- After her team suffered a one-sided loss early last week at Northern Vance, Bunn High School veteran softball coach Melanie Lovin wondered how her team would respond heading through a difficult portion of its schedule.
The Ladycats showed plenty of mettle by coming back last Wednesday with a key 8-0 home victory against backyard rival Southern Nash.

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VGCC is done for the year
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team recently closed out a difficult season with a loss in the opening round of the Region X Tournament.
On March 3, the Vanguards lost, 97-78, to Pasco-Hernando Community College (based in New Port Richey, Florida) in the Region X Division II tournament, held at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth. 

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NCHSAA STATE HOOPS SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last weekend’s final results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships:

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GRAPPLING GREATS
GRAPPLING GREATS
(L to R) Louisburg residents and brothers Smiley and Noel Mueller took part in the Rosewood High School Spring Wrestling Tournament last Saturday in Wayne County. Smiley competed in the high school division and took first place at 145 pounds, while Noel was the winner in the open division at 174 pounds. Later this month, Smiley will compete in the Senior National Tournament, which will be held in Virginia Beach, Va. (Photo Submitted)

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Mudcats tickets are currently being sold
Mudcats tickets are currently being sold
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, Double-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, have announced that single-game tickets for the 2011 Southern League season are on sale. 
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:  online at www.carolinamudcats.com, via the Mudcats box office at (919) 269-2287 and in person at Five County Stadium.

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VGCC begins golf sked
HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College men’s golf team plans to play in at least seven intercollegiate matches or tournaments this spring during the team’s third season.
The 2011 campaign is the second for the team at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level, having started as a club sport in 2009.

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COME BACK HERE
COME BACK HERE
Bunn’s Missy Kanuck (right) tries to quickly get back on her feet and play defense during the Ladycats’ victory against Northern Nash.

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LIFESTYLES

FIVE GENERATIONS
FIVE GENERATIONS
Pattie Mae Richardson, the widow of Bob Richardson of Wood, has been blessed to see five generations in her family during her lifetime. The five generations are represented in the above photo.


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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Contracts extended
Five top administrators for Franklin County schools have received one-year extensions of their contracts without any changes in salaries or benefits.

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Scholarships offered
The Franklin Regional Medical Center Volunteers/Auxilians will be offering scholarships again this year with a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $1,000.
The scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors, hospital volunteers and hospital employees who plan on a profession in the medical field (for example, nursing, dental technician, EMT, etc.).

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton police arrest two men on drug charges
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole more than $5,000 worth of equipment from a cable company.
Time Warner Cable Security Investigator Ron Korb reported on March 10 that someone had taken a node box and power supply unit from a company location near the Olde Liberty development.

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Hospital hosts blood drive March 24
Franklin Regional Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
The community is invited to donate blood on the American Red Cross bus, which will be located outside of the front entrance at Franklin Regional.

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