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Showing 38 articles from March 25, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Positive outlook
Positive outlook
The mood was one of general optimism, tempered by the reality of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but generally optimistic nonetheless.
The Tuesday event was billed as a Regional Outlook that focused on Franklin, Vance, Granville and Northern Wake counties — and featured five speakers with widely varied perspectives.

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Hostage situation or a false report?
FRANKLINTON — Police are determining whether to file charges against a Wake Forest man who alleged his friend was being held at gunpoint.
About seven officers responded to the apparent location, the Food Lion parking lot in Franklinton, but found no signs of a problem or hostage situation.

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Board meeting rescheduled due to animal control lawsuit
Board meeting rescheduled due to animal control lawsuit
Personal and legal conflicts forced the county’s animal advisory board to reschedule its planned meeting on Wednesday night.
The board met on March 9 to discuss concerns brought forth by Jessica Ruiz, who alleges that breakdowns in animal control policy and procedure led to the death of a family pet.

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Man pleads guilty to store break-ins
WIGGINS
Man pleads guilty to store break-ins
A Franklin County man avoided a lengthier jail sentence this week after pleading guilty to breaking into convenience stores.
Paul Wiggins’ attorney, Johnny Williamson, said his client’s crime spree was the result of a female enchantress who enticed him to steal.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Wiggins and Augusta Lynn Harner in September 2010, alleging they broke into Justice Grocery on N.C. 581 and Sid Champion’s Grocery on White Level Road.

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Bunn High student wins design contest
Bunn High student wins design contest
A Bunn High School student, Jacob Wilson, has won the award for this T-shirt design for the 38th International Whistlers Convention, which is being sponsored by the Franklin County Historical Society.
Wilson, better known as Jake, is 18 and the son of Jim and Faye Wilson.
He and other students submitted designs from the Sports and Entertainment Marketing class taught by Randy Whitley.

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Bradley seeking to reduce law enforcement’s authority at checkpoints
Bradley seeking to reduce law enforcement’s authority at checkpoints
Rep. Glen Bradley filed a bill in part hoping that legislation to limit police powers at checkpoints would spark debate.
The response from local law enforcement agencies is unanimous — they don’t like it.
House Bill 375 would make all checking stations illegal, save for those that are established to capture someone during a manhunt.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn student Patika Venable

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Hee Haw
Editorial Cartoon: Hee Haw


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Rail projects aren’t worth the money
A handful of GOP legislators in the NC House has it right: No more federal (or state) dollars for fast rail!
As the North Carolina Department of Transportation drools over the prospect of spending $461 million in federal grants for railroads in North Carolina, it’s also looking to rope in even more money from Washington.

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Berger and Mahoney team up for US 401
Berger and Mahoney team up for US 401
Even though we’re playing against a stacked deck -- or at least an improperly shuffled one -- there was plenty to cheer about Monday at that Department of Transportation hearing in Oxford.
Franklin County had more folks to show up and speak their mind than any other county -- and what they want is for U.S. 401 to be completed in Franklin County sooner rather than later.

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I may be getting old but I haven’t lost my touch
I may be getting old but I haven’t lost my touch
GOOD MORNING: I received a fund appeal recently from Sloan Gibson, president of United Services Organizations, Inc., known to countless millions of U.S. Servicemen and women since soon after the beginning of WWII as the USO, that took me back to my early days in the U.S. Navy some 68 years ago.

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The importance of early childhood education
Dear Editor:
If I walked up to you today and asked for $1 and told you that I was going to give you $7 back, would you do it? Now what if you gave me $1,000 and I gave you back $7,000? Can you imagine an investment like that? Give $1,000 today and get an immediate $7,000 back? And more money over time?

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OBITUARIES

JAMES I. HILLIARD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Irby Hilliard, 70, who died Monday, March 21, 2011, were held Friday, March 25, at Nelson Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Emma Solomon officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MATTHEW A. TOWNES
WARRENTON - Memorial services for Matthew A. Townes, 76, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Warrenton, who died Saturday, March 5, 2011, will be held at 3 p.m. today (Saturday, March 26) at Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg, with the Rev. Ernese Townes officiating.

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ESTELLE Y. PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Estelle Y. Perry, 77, who died Tuesday, March 22, 2011 will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Emmanuel Church of God, with the Rev. L. J. Allison officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.

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ANNIE P. WYCHE
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Annie Pearl Wyche, 62, who died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, March 26) at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. C. L. Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOE L. WRIGHT
SPRING HOPE - Funeral services for Joe Louis Wright, 68, who died Friday, March 18, 2011, will be held at noon today (Saturday, March 26) at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Carl Wardrett officiating. Burial will follow in the Spivey family cemetery.

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ZILLIE H. CREECH
ZEBULON - Zillie Hayes Creech, 94, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Graveside services were held Thursday, March 24, at Lees Chapel Baptist Church, Middlesex.

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ELIZABETH W. REDDICK
WILLIAMSTON - Elizabeth “Betty” Warnke Reddick died Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Martin General Hospital.  She will be remembered at a Service of Choral Evensong at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at the Church of the Advent, Episcopal. A light supper for all will be served in the church Parish House following the service. At the deceased’s request, her ashes will be committed to the Atlantic Ocean.

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FRED J. MATT
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH - Fred J. Matt, 62, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, March 26) at St. Marks Cathedral in Wilmington.

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SHERRY ANN MEAUX
YOUNGSVILLE —Sherry Ann Meaux, 60, formerly of Spring, Tex., died Sunday, March 20, 2011. For more information, go to www.raleighfuneralhome.com or call (919) 866-1866.

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CORINE B. WILLIAMS
December 6, 1934 – March 22, 2011
RALEIGH – Corine Bartholomew Williams, 76, of Raleigh, died Tuesday evening.

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SPORTS

Pressure Packed
RACE FOR THE BALL. (L to R) Louisburg’s H-Wang Eban and Bunn’s Missy Kanuck try to gain possession in the midfield during Wednesday night’s important Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer event.
Pressure Packed
LOUISBURG -- Following a pair of first-half goals from sharpshooter Whitney Bunn, the Bunn Ladycats appeared to be well on their way to a victory over host Louisburg on Wednesday evening in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer showdown.
The host Lady Warriors, however, had other ideas, as they put together a strong second-half performance to test Bunn.

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The Ultimate Rivals
MAKING SACRIFICES. Louisburg College’s Samantha Turner executes an effective sacrifice bunt for the Lady Hurricanes during their home fast-pitch softball matchup Wednesday against Pitt Community College.
The Ultimate Rivals
LOUISBURG -- When Monica Gordy arrived in town three years ago, one of the first subjects she learned about was one of the area’s most on-the-rise softball rivalries.
Louisburg College vs. Pitt Community College, usually with one of the top spots in the Region X fast-pitch standings at stake.

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Back In The Race
WAITING FOR THE THROW. North Johnston’s Hunter Brame (sliding) is safe at second base as Louisburg’s Gray Ayscue awaits the throw during Tuesday’s key conference baseball showdown at Warrior Field.
Back In The Race
LOUISBURG -- Even though it’s still early in the season, the Louisburg Warriors faced a must-win situation Tuesday -- at least if Al Bolton’s club wants to contend for the Northern Carolina Conference baseball championship.
LHS came into that home meeting with North Johnston already saddled with one league loss -- on the road last week against Roanoke Rapids.

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LC edged vs. Stanly at Frazier
LC edged vs. Stanly at Frazier
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College stepped out of Region X baseball action Wednesday for a home meeting against Stanly Community College.
The visiting Stanly club was able to defeat Louisburg by a 6-2 margin at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
J.T. Wauford got the start on the hill for the Hurricanes and worked four frames on the nine-inning matchup.

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County Sports Schedule Week of March 27- April 2
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Louisburg at Corinth Holders    6 p.m.
Northwest Halifax at Franklinton    6 p.m.

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LHS claims tennis match vs. Raiders
LHS claims tennis match vs. Raiders
HENDERSON -- Louisburg High School earned its second victory over Southern Vance in a one-week span as the Warriors topped the Raiders by a 6-3 score on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference boys tennis match at Fox Pond Park.
Last week, the Warriors, competing at home, were 7-2 winners versus the Raiders.

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HUSTLE PLAY
HUSTLE PLAY
Louisburg College’s Jenna DeSantis slides safely into second base during the Lady Hurricanes’ home softball showdown on Wednesday against Pitt CC.

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INTENSE DISCUSSION
INTENSE DISCUSSION
(L to R) Louisburg High School pitcher Jeremy Coburn and catcher Dillon Joyner discuss strategy during the Warriors’ home conference baseball victory Tuesday night against North Johnston.

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LIFESTYLES

You shouldn’t be afraid to discuss colorectal cancer with your doctor
You shouldn’t be afraid to discuss colorectal cancer with your doctor
Many people are embarrassed to talk about the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States
Despite the fact that it is highly preventable, more than 100,000 new cases of this cancer will be diagnosed in 2011, and almost 50,000 people will die from the disease. But it’s not breast or prostate cancer. It’s colorectal cancer.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Citizens become Guardian ad Litem court advocates
On March 3, District Court Judge John W. Davis administered the Guardian ad Litem oath to Bill Fisher, Sharon McCowan, Deborah Brown, Kate Brodie, Mary Robbins and Helen Wadford at the Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse Annex  in Franklin County.

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Kennedy returns after deployment in Iraq
Army National Guard 1st Sgt. William J. Kennedy  is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to Iraq serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn, or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations.

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LEMONADE FOR SALE
LEMONADE FOR SALE
Crosscreek Charter School kindergartners Davin Pickrel, left and Ward Brogden recently set up a lemonade stand at Sears of Louisburg to raise money for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program.

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Democratic Convention April 9
The Franklin County Democratic Party will hold its annual County Convention on Saturday, April 9, at the Franklin County Courthouse Annex, Main Street, Louisburg. Delegate registration is from 9-10 a.m. The convention will convene at 10 a.m. All delegates elected at the recent local March precinct meetings are asked to attend the convention to represent their precinct.

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Franklinton man arrested on drug charges
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklinton man on drug charges.
According to a report by Dep. Antoine Eaton, he was patrolling an undeveloped area of Kendall Forest Subdivision in the Franklinton area — an area noted for drug activity — when he came upon a red car parked on the side of the road.

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JOYNER PRESENTED LONG LEAF PINE
JOYNER PRESENTED LONG LEAF PINE
E. Carroll Joyner, center, of Youngsville was presented the Long Leaf Pine Award on March 23 in Raleigh by Gov. Beverly Perdue, right, at the E. Carroll Joyner Visitors Center on the campus of North Carolina State University during a reception in his honor. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina.

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United Way of Franklin County awards for 2010-11 campaign
The following individuals, groups and businesses were honored at the Franklin County United Way Community Breakfast, held March 17,  for their support during the United Way of Franklin County’s 2010-2011 fund-raising campaign:

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