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Showing 41 articles from March 29, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

County counter sues in water dispute
County counter sues in water dispute
Franklin County denied any legitimate wrongdoing in its ongoing dispute with Franklinton regarding water service.
And it filed a counterclaim, asking a court to toss the town’s case, shut off the town’s sewer service and get back $129,000 in unpaid sewer service.
Franklinton filed a declaratory action on Jan. 26, asking a judge to determine the validity of the water contract and find that the town didn’t breach its contract to provide Franklin County with water service.

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ICY HOT
FROZEN IN TIME. Workers at Vollmer farms used sprinklers to protect budding blueberries against frost on Tuesday morning. The freezing process provides a bit of heat necessary to protect the fruit against cold weather.
ICY HOT
The National Weather Service issued freeze warnings at the first of the week.
And while that’s enough to alarm a farmer with fruit in bloom, it’s an actual frost alarm that gets John Vollmer jumping out of bed during the wee hours of the morning.

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Man threatens to kill governor
Man threatens to kill governor
A Youngsville man already facing manslaughter charges was in court this week on charges of threatening to kill the governor.
According to reports, the state Highway Patrol arrested Dennis M. McDermott on Saturday after DMV workers advised authorities that McDermott had threatened to kill Gov. Bev Perdue.

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Driver charged with DUI after three-car wreck
A Bunn man was charged with driving while impaired following a three-car wreck that sent seven people to the hospital.
None of the injuries were life-threatening, officials said.
According to Trooper P.L. Clayton, Donald G. Whitley, 28, was traveling West on Bunn Elementary School Road when he rounded a curve in the 1994 Ford he was driving and crossed the center line at about 55 mph just before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Nursing home robbery case continued
Nursing home robbery case continued
The case against a Raleigh woman charged with robbing a nursing home resident was continued until next month.
Kelli Monique Awuonda, 28, was scheduled to appear in Franklin County Superior Court last week on charges that she stole jewelry from a 90-year Louisburg Manor resident.
The case was continued, though, and Awuonda is slated to appear in court on April 18.

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Food fight arrests made
Franklinton police arrested a quintet of girls who started a beef with another girl inside a fast food restaurant over a social networking site snub.
Sgt. K.J. Hornaday reported on March 26 that he was called out to the Subway on U.S. 1 to quell a fight involving a large group.

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DUH, WINNING
DUH, WINNING
Members of the Bunn High boys track and field team hold onto the 2011 Franklin Times trophy they earned during the annual meet at Bunn High School on Saturday.

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Franklinton seeks grant
Franklinton officials gave its staff permission to seek a grant that could illuminate its wastewater system issues.
Back in February, former Town Manager Larry Carver presented the board with a proposal to apply for a $27,000 N.C. Rural Center grant to install flow meters in the town’s utility lines to find where rainwater is infiltrating the system.

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Franklin County Schools Kindergarten Registration & Screening Clinic Date
It’s time to get youngsters signed up for kindergarten in the fall.
Franklin County Schools will hold registration and evaluation for children entering public kindergarten in the 2011-2012 school year from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Chris Smith

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: You Have The Right To Remain Silent
Editorial Cartoon: You Have The Right To Remain Silent


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Mother Nature pulls a spring switcheroo
March is certainly determined to go out like a lion.
Mother Nature pulled one of her early spring switcheroos over last weekend, dropping temperatures from a balmy and above-average 85 degrees at mid-week to freezing or just below by Monday morning.
If that didn’t get everyone’s attention, we’re not sure what would!

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The “woman made me do it” defense
The “woman made me do it” defense
GOOD MORNING: What a difference a week can make. The first of last week we were enjoying daytime temps in the upper 70’s to around 80 degrees only to be greeted by a mixture of light snow/sleet/rain and freezing temperatures once again early Monday morning as we were just getting into the process of bidding a not-so-fond, ado to Old Man Winter.

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Avoiding the paddle taught me a life lesson
Avoiding the paddle taught me a life lesson
If I learned nothing else in school, I learned that I didn’t want to get paddled.
I surely remember the first time I got paddled in school.
I was in the third grade and running my mouth more than normal.
My teacher, Mrs. Grady, took me behind the coat closet and went to work on me.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 23-29
Last Week’s Poll
Just Spinning?
Was the $6,040 returned to the county by attorney Johnny Williamson misplaced money found by former sheriff Pat Green or just a lawyer’s trick to attempt to put a positive spin on Green’s legal issues?

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Corporate tax cuts won’t create many jobs
One of the budget proposals currently under consideration is a cut in North Carolina’s corporate tax rate from 6.9 to 4.9 percent. We are told the rationale for such a cut is to stimulate job creation. There may be some legitimate reasons for a corporate tax cut but job creation isn’t one of them.

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Pastor thanks FRMC for professionalism
Dear Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CEO, Mr. Jason Proctor, Dr. David Seaman and the Franklin Regional Medical Center staff for their sincere hospitality during my first procedure experience.

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OBITUARIES

ERNEST E. JONES
DURHAM - Funeral services for Ernest E. Jones, 83, who died Friday, March 25, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Quincy Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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PEARL H. GOMO
GREENSBORO - Pearl Harris Gomo, 90, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Friends Home West, Greensboro. A graveside service was held Tuesday, March 29, followed by a memorial service at Friends Home West.

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ALFRED W. OBRIAN
HURDLE MILLS - Alfred  Reginald  Walter OBrian, 82, died Thursday, March 24, 2011.

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CARLTON D. SETZER
Mr. Carlton Douglas “Sly Fox” Setzer, age 48, a resident of 15 Windley Canal Road, Pantego, died Friday March 25, 2011 at his home. A graveside funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, March 31, 2011  at the Jefferson Family Cemetery, Ambrose Road in Pinetown conducted by Wayne Jocelyn and Kent Gurganus.

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BOB SWANSON (Maj. U.S. Army ret.)
William Bob Swanson, 73, of Wilmington, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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SPORTS

County Track Trends
HEAD-TO-HEAD COMPETITION. (L to R) Bunn’s Jeremy Gourley and Louisburg’s Tyrone Davis race toward the finish line in the Boys 110 Hurdles at the annual The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships.
County Track Trends
BUNN -- Three trends continued and another may have started last Saturday at the annual The Franklin Times County Track and Field Championships at the Bunn High School Football Field.
Cedar Creek won the Boys Middle School Team Championship for the fifth straight year as the Jaguars out-dueled Bunn Middle 59-55. Terrell Lane took the third spot with 11 points.

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LC splits contests vs. Titans
LC splits contests vs. Titans
JAMESTOWN -- Poor weather shortened Louisburg College’s scheduled four-game baseball series at Guilford Tech to just a pair of contests in Region X action.
Both matchups were played last Saturday at Ragsdale High School. The Hurricanes won the opener 1-0, but the Titans clawed back in the final to edge Louisburg by a 3-2 score.

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Warriors a winner against Wildcats
Warriors a winner against Wildcats
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Dillon Joyner blasted a pair of home runs and Gray Ayscue pitched a complete game as Louisburg earned a 10-4 road victory last Friday night against Northern Carolina Conference and backyard rival Bunn.
With the win, LHS remained as part of a three-way tie atop the NCC with Roanoke Rapids and North Johnston. Each of those clubs has one conference setback apiece.

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Bunn’s Early Uprising
GABBY GOES FOR ANOTHER RUN FOR BHS. Bunn’s Gabby Brickhouse (left) scores a run as Louisburg catcher Maia Quinn tries to apply the tag during last Friday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball matchup.
Bunn’s Early Uprising
LOUISBURG -- Bunn vs. Louisburg used to be one of the area’s hottest fast-pitch softball rivalries, but it hasn’t been that way over the past few seasons.
BHS added another chapter to its recent dominance last Friday with a 15-0 decision over the Lady Warriors in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown at the LHS Softball Field.

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Vance-Granville releases signees
Vance-Granville releases signees
HENDERSON -- Former local high school athletes are among those who recently signed national letters-of-intent to join the women’s volleyball team at Vance-Granville Community College.
Julia Sumner of Henderson is set to join the Vanguards this year after compiling an outstanding record on the Southern Vance High School volleyball squad.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK & FIELD TEAM CHAMPIONS, 1
FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK & FIELD TEAM CHAMPIONS, 1
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS -- BUNN

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FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK & FIELD TEAM CHAMPIONS, 2
FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK & FIELD TEAM CHAMPIONS, 2
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS -- BUNN

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FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD MEET MVPS, 1
FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD MEET MVPS, 1
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS -- MECCA HICKS, FRANKLINTON

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FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD MEET MVPS, 2
FRANKLIN COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD MEET MVPS, 2
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS -- DAMAR CAMPBELL, CCMS

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COUNTY TRACK MEET ACTION
COUNTY TRACK MEET ACTION
Bunn High’s Andre Davis hands off to teammate Tyler Brandenburg in the Boys 400 Relay.

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NEED A LIFT?
NEED A LIFT?
Louisburg High School batter Zoe Hinton sends a fly ball to the outfield for the Lady Warriors during their home softball game last Friday evening against conference rival Bunn.

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MEDAL STANDARD
MEDAL STANDARD
Members of the Franklinton High School girls and boys track teams pose with their medals following the conclusion of The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Championships, which were held last Saturday at the Bunn High Football Field.

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MORE MEET ACTION
MORE MEET ACTION
Franklinton’s Charity Snelling (left) goes stride-for-stride with Bunn’s Keella Gallatin.

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LIFESTYLES

BIRTHDAY
BIRTHDAY
Celia Brown Davis of Louisburg celebrated her 91st birthday on March 28. She says, “Serve the Lord, do His will and your blessings will come.”

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Residential conservation
Have you ever been in a city or town when it’s pouring down rain and wondered to yourself, where in the world does all that water go?  I’m not talking about just the rain water coming down from the sky; I’m talking about the rain water that runs off buildings, sidewalks, parking lots, roadways, and even the roof on your own home.  Surface water runoff!  If it’s not a question you’ve ever asked yourself, then maybe you should.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

GETTING PUMPED
GETTING PUMPED
John Vollmer, owner of Vollmer Farms, checks the oil in his irrigation pump. Vollmer was preparing to spray his crops with water, causing a layer of ice that would prevent the freezing temperatures from damaging his plants.

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Man assaulted with skateboard
Vance County authorities found a wrecked jeep hours after it was reported stolen from a Louisburg area home.
Andre Glenn reported the afternoon of March 25 that someone stole his 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
According to the report by Dep. W.J. Wiggins, the green sport utility vehicle was parked at Glenn’s Pine Cone Drive home the evening of March 24.

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Lake speaks at flag raising anniversary
Lake speaks at flag raising anniversary
The Honorable I. Beverly Lake spoke at the 150th year anniversary of the raising of the First Confederate Flag at the Franklin County Courthouse on March 20.

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BUSINESS

Louisburg Sears receives national honor for customer service, charitable giving
The Sears Hometown Store of Louisburg, located at 326 S. Bickett Boulevard, has been named a 2011 Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer. This annual award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offer the greatest customer service, outstanding store performance and standards, as well as exceptional demonstrations of local community involvement.

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