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Showing 37 articles from March 18, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Green restores $6,040 in missing fund-raising money
A restitution check totaling $6,040 is on its way to Franklin County coffers in the wake of the controversy surrounding former Sheriff Pat Green.
Green’s attorney, Johnny Williamson of Louisburg, issued the check this week from the trust account of his firm, Jolly, Williamson & Williamson and sent it to Louisburg attorney Boyd Sturges in his capacity as attorney for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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County won’t release list of sheriff candidates
County staff confirmed they have received more than a dozen letters from folks seeking the sheriff’s post.
The county manager, though, has declined to release the names.
Based on those who have recently run for the office or publicly expressed interest, The Franklin Times, had compiiled a list of nine people who confirmed their interest in the post.

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Man charged with attempted murder
Man charged with attempted murder
Sheriff’s deputies charged a Youngsville man with attempted first-degree murder, alleging he tried to kill his girlfriend.
Deputies arrested Gary Otto Normand, 57, on March 9 — four days after they allege he tried to set Chloe Reynolds on fire.
Normand was not successful, but he did set fire to their 20 Deerfield Court home.

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Volunteer is a true champion
Volunteer is a true champion
Thursday morning was a day of smiles as the United Way recognized residents who generated a record amount of giving.
The 2010-11 United Way campaign raised $131,104, exceeding its $120,000 goal.
Those responsible for the effort were recognized during the United Way Community Celebration at Louisburg College’s Seby Jones Center for the Performing Arts.

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Young whistlers headed to convention
NOZOMI
Young whistlers headed to convention
One young man will be whistling for the future of his struggling nation -- and another young lad will be representing Franklin County youngsters as the youngest whistler to enter the competition this year.
They will be among the young whistlers who will be on the program about 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Louisburg College as part of the 38th International Whistling Convention.

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Former FRMC partner asking to expand Wakefield hospital
A Wake County health provider that once partnered with former Franklin Regional Medical Center owners to  relocate that hospital to Youngsville is now asking residents to support its expansion at their Wakefield campus.
And Rex Healthcare is also in a battle with the current owners of Franklin Regional Medical Center to locate a new hospital in Holly Springs.

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YABA expo a success
YABA expo a success
YOUNGSVILLE — There is an old saying that familiarity breeds contempt.
Neither Paige or Scott Smith subscribe to that.
The proprietors of two area businesses joined about 40 other vendors on Thursday evening, building networks and relationships they figure will breed business.

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Bradley introduces bill to establish state currency
Bradley introduces bill to establish state currency
Rep. Glen Bradley introduced legislation last week asking the General Assembly to establish a committee to look at alternative currency.
And he’s drafting a bill referencing the U.S. Constitution and the state’s ability to use gold and silver as payment for debts.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Shaneeta Thomas

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Champion Spark Plug
Editorial Cartoon: Champion Spark Plug


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Volunteer of the Year is a true Champion
Wayne Champion was named the Franklin County United Way’s Volunteer of the year this week.
Champion, a local insurance agent with Farm Bureau Insurance, is well known around the county for a wide variety of volunteer activities from Coats for Christmas, to various athletic events to Cow Chip Bingo.
Champion was presented the award at Louisburg College by last year’s winner — and the man for whom the award is named — Wayne Stallings.

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Redmond leading Times poll for Sheriff
Redmond leading Times poll for Sheriff
GOOD MORNING: Congratulations and thanks to all involved in this year’s record-breaking $131,104 United Way fund drive.
 It was clear to all attending the UW Community Celebration at the Louisburg College Auditorium Thursday morning that this was indeed a countywide effort that everyone can and should be proud of.

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Public records laws prevent us from knowing who wants to be sheriff
Public records laws prevent us from knowing who wants to be sheriff
It has not been a good week for the “home team” but it’s been made interesting by questions and semantic games.
First, the really tough question.
Our state public records law, such as it is, says we (and that means you!) have no right to know who is interested in being appointed Franklin County sheriff.

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Happy FRMC seeking CON
Dear Editor:
I was happy to learn that Franklin Regional Medical Center was seeking a CON for a geriatric psychiatry unit at the hospital. This will probably be a good venture for the hospital and certainly will be good for the community.

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OBITUARIES

BETTY D. TIMBERLAKE
YOUNGSVILLE - Betty Daniel Timberlake, 85, died Tuesday morning, March 15, 2011 at her residence.

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DEBRA ANN “DEBBIE” AYSCUE
WENDELL - Debra Ann “Debbie” Scarboro Ayscue, 56, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011. At Debbie’s request, there will be no formal service. Visitation for friends and family was at the home on Thursday, March 17.

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MARY BELL WILKINS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Mary Bell Wilkins, 86, who died Thursday, March 17, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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VERA HIGHT PARHAM
FRANKLINTON - Vera Hight Parham died on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM. Family will meet at other times at the home of Howard and Donna Parham in Franklinton.

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SPORTS

Eight Is Enough
QUICK THINKING. Franklinton’s Nikki Bell (right) sends the ball forward via a header during the Lady Rams’ home girls soccer victory Wednesday evening against Northern Carolina Conference rival Bunn.
Eight Is Enough
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton has adapted quickly to girls soccer life without graduated standouts Amanda Knapp (UNC-Asheville) and Shaylyn Poppe (Gardner-Webb), both of whom excelled last fall on the Division I level.
Long-time head coach Deran Coe is also gone, but the winning tradition -- and the ability to score goals in bunches -- remains for the Lady Rams.

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Track Titans Return
DAVIS DASH. Bunn’s Andre Davis is in the clear and on his way to a victory in the Boys 100 Dash during the Wildcats’ home track and field meet Thursday afternoon against Northern Carolina Conference foe Louisburg.
Track Titans Return
BUNN -- The defending Northern Carolina Conference boys and girls track and field champions show no signs of slowing down this season.
Literally.
Both the Bunn boys and girls return several key performers and are expected to once again be the favorites to gain NCC honors.

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Lone Star Sweep
SHE’S IN THERE. Navarro College’s Sienna Miller slides safely into third base as Louisburg’s Amber Weaver tries to apply a tag during Wednesday afternoon’s softball doubleheader at Sheilah R. Cotten Field.
Lone Star Sweep
LOUISBURG --  Small on size but tall on talent -- that should be the season-long theme for the undersized Navarro College fast-pitch softball team.
The Bulldogs aren’t one of the most imposing clubs in the country, with their collection of smallish players. But they are certainly one of the best clubs -- as evidenced by their recent No. 8 national ranking.

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Canes fall at the wire to Erie CC
Canes fall at the wire to Erie CC
A stickback from Erie Community College with 9.5 seconds remaining ended Louisburg College’s hopes at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Men’s Basketball Tournament.
That basket gave ECC a narrow 76-75 victory over the Hurricanes on Thursday in the second round of the NJCAA Nationals at Danville Area College in Illinois.

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Bunn to host county track
Bunn to host county track
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The annual The Franklin Times County Track and Field Meet is scheduled for next Saturday (March 26) at the Bunn High School Football Field.
High School teams from Louisburg, Franklinton and Bunn will participate, along with middle school squads from Cedar Creek, Bunn and Terrell Lane.

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LHS Tennis Nets Victory
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE ON THE TENNIS COURT. Louisburg High School’s Sean Hines waits to return a forehand during his No. 1 Singles Match as part of Wednesday afternoon’s home tennis contest against the Southern Vance Runnin’ Raiders.
LHS Tennis Nets Victory
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School claimed a convincing 7-2 victory over Southern Vance in a non-conference boys tennis matchup Wednesday afternoon at the LHS Courts.
The Warriors won five singles and two doubles matches en route to the conquest.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 20- March 26
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
North Johnston at Louisburg    6 p.m.
Roanoke Rapids at Bunn    6 p.m.

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BHS’ Gourley to play at Methodist
BHS’ Gourley to play at Methodist
BUNN -- Senior leaders are always a necessity when a football team is looking to make a deep run in the state playoffs.
And Jeremy Gourley was one of those leaders last year for the Bunn Wildcats.
Gourley and several of his fellow upperclassmen played key roles -- on and off the field -- during the Wildcats’ successful run through the 2010 Class 2-AA State Playoffs.

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Home Sweet Home
FEELING CHIPPER. Bunn’s John Jones executes a successful chip shot during the Wildcats’ golf match Thursday afternoon against Southern Nash at The River Golf Club at Lake Royale.
Home Sweet Home
BUNN -- Home-course advantage wasn’t a priority when Bunn and Southern Nash met on Thursday afternoon for an 18-hole prep golf showdown.
In fact, both teams were at home, as both BHS and Southern compete and practice at The River at Lake Royale Golf and Country Club.

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CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
Bunn’s Erica Levinson (middle) is surrounded by Franklinton defenders Lauren Wilder (left) and Sam Arendt (right) during Wednesday’s girls soccer action at the FHS Football Field.

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ABOVE AND BEYOND
ABOVE AND BEYOND
Louisburg’s Raquan Privette clears the hurdle en route to the finish line as part of Thursday afternoon’s Northern Carolina Conference track and field matchup against Bunn.

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READY OR NOT, HERE IT COMES
READY OR NOT, HERE IT COMES
Louisburg High School No. 2 Singles player Forrest Plyer prepares to strike a forehand for the Warriors during their home, non-conference boys tennis match against the Southern Vance Runnin’ Raiders on Wednesday at the LHS Courts.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

FC School Personnel changes
The following personnel changes were approved by the Franklin County Board of Education this week:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton rejects county’s water bid
Franklinton rejects county’s water bid
FRANKLINTON — Town officials rejected an official proposal by the county to take over its water plant, which included a rate structure that would have dropped rates across the board.
Commissioners said they felt squeezed by the county’s request that a decision be made by its next board meeting — Monday night — which would not give them enough time to determine the value of the plant and whether the county’s offer is fiscally responsible.

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Residents give Franklinton officials earful
FRANKLINTON — An hour-long question and answer session drew a capacity crowd to the Town Hall Annex on Tuesday night.
And by a show of hands, a majority of them wanted the town to hold on to its water plant.
Following that outpouring of public comment and after debating a county proposal for more than an hour in closed session, town commissioners decided they would reject the county’s offer to take over the plant.

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Deputies arrest man on assault, drug charges
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect in a hit and run.
Dennis Mills reported on March 13 that someone hit a 2001 Cadillac Deville that he had parked in the Old Liberty Baptist Church parking lot on Flat Rock Church Road.

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Miracle League grows with fund raiser
Miracle League grows with fund raiser
Organizers looking to bring a field of miracles to Franklin County gained more momentum earlier this month.
The Miracle League of Franklin County held its first dinner/auction on March 5, raising more than $11,000.
The money will be used to build a special T-ball-sized field for children with physical and mental disabilities.

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Wake Electric annual meeting to be held at Louisburg College
WAKE FOREST - Wake Electric will hold its 2011 Annual Meeting on Friday, March 25, in the auditorium at Louisburg College. This year, the meeting will focus on the transition from coal to natural gas in the cooperative’s generation mix, meeting legislative mandates for renewable energy, new energy conservation technology and how it all affects Wake Electric members. There will also be reports on the current plans and progress of Wake Electric.

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BUSINESS

Champion among top agents
Champion among top agents
Wayne Champion, Franklin County agent for North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, was named among the Top 75 Agents for 2010, by Steven D. Carroll, CPCU, executive vice president and general manager.
Champion was selected for this honor based on his outstanding sales and service record for multi lines of insurance during 2010.  North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Company has more than 850 agents across the state.

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