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Showing 45 articles from April 8, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Whistlers take stage in Louisburg
OLD-MAN WHISTLE. At nearly 90, Stanley Dalrymple from Thomasville whistles a spry tune during the first day of competition at the International Whistlers Convention on Thursday.
Whistlers take stage in Louisburg
The International Whistlers Convention began Wednesday afternoon.
The competition, though, began Thursday morning as about 40 of the adult whistlers took to the  Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium stage at Louisburg College.
“We have some great whistlers here,” said Allen de Hart, who founded the county folk festival that became the International Whistlers Convention.

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Grand jury indicts four
A Franklin County grand jury indicted four people charged with robbing a Franklin County man and stuffing him in a truck.
In January, sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged Chad M. Batie, 28, Charles Perry Jr., 26,  and Nicholas Morris, 30, with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

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Bradley introduces job bill
Bradley introduces job bill
Representative Glen Bradley introduced a bill this week that he hopes will cut regulatory red tape that’s holding back job creation.
With the aid of Reps. Harry Warren, John Torbett and Kelly Hastings, Bradley filed House Bill 587 — an Act to Promote North Carolina Job Growth through Regulatory Reform.

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FLAME THROWERS
FLAME THROWERS
Above, Special Olympians, from left to right, Austin Schneller and Malek Cooke light the Olympic torch with some assistance from event organizer Wendy Vavrousek. Friday marked the fourth consecutive year for the event. Festivities were held at the Bunn High School football field.

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Advisory board silent on lawsuit
A pending lawsuit has stopped the public woofing about allegations that lapses in animal control procedures led to the death of a public pet.
It did not stop the county’s Animal Advisory Board, though, from trying to tackle another ongoing problem — rabies control.

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Judge orders water dispute into mediation
Resident Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood has ordered Franklinton and Franklin County to try and settle their water dispute through a mediated settlement, a routine court request to keep the matter out of the courtroom.
Unless the two sides agree to invite a mediator to a jointly scheduled meeting on April 20, though, that meeting won’t meet Hobgood’s decree.

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Strawberry Festival is  April 29
Strawberry Festival is April 29
If it’s looking a lot like spring, it’s strawberry season in Franklin County.
And with the season comes the annual Franklin County Strawberry Festival that has been planned for Friday, April 29, this year. As usual, it will be held at the Franklin County Farmers Market shelter in Shannon Village Shopping Center in Louisburg.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Walter Haynes

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Veggie Tales
Editorial Cartoon: Veggie Tales


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New educational facilities spotlighted during open house
One afternoon this week at Louisburg High School, the doors were open and two facilities were on display for all to see.
They were a metal working workshop and a woodworking workshop that were provided by the latest bond issue passed by Franklin County voters.
For those of our readers who are of a “certain age,” suffice it to say that these facilities are a far cry from what we may remember from our high school days.

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Green investigation should end before appointing new sheriff
Green investigation should end before appointing new sheriff
GOOD MORNING: In spite of this roller-coaster type weather we’ve been experiencing for the past several weeks, the hummingbirds have apparently gotten tired of waiting for the weather to make up its mind and returned.
Both Allen Shearin, of Louisburg, and Times publisher Gary Cunard, who lives out on the Mort Harris Road East of Louisburg, reported spotting hummers on Tuesday.

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Perdue considering raiding county coffers to help state budget shortfall
Perdue considering raiding county coffers to help state budget shortfall
Spring is officially here.
The hummingbirds have arrived in Greater Metropolitan Mapleville — and all is set for springtime, officially.
The first two of the little feathered critters seemed to arrive late Tuesday afternoon, at least that’s the first time they were noticed. And they wasted no time filling up on sugar water after their long journey back to the Tar Heel state.

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Top to bottom education reform
It is time to face up to the need for top to bottom education reform in this state. North Carolina spends billions of dollars annually on an unwieldy and ineffective three-headed education animal that worked to some success in the past but won’t propel us into twenty-first century education excellence.

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Learning to embrace the “Asian Century”: reflections from a summer in India
Last summer while most of my college-aged peers were taking on part-time jobs and heading to the beach, I had the amazing opportunity to study in northern India thanks to a scholarship from the Phillips Ambassadors Program.
The program, which was founded by former U.S. ambassador Earl Phillips, is designed to encourage fruitful engagement between Americans and the dynamic cultures, societies and economies of Southeast Asia.

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OBITUARIES

OZELL C. PERRY SR
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Ozell Cleopus Perry Sr., 79, who died Monday, April 4, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Saturday, April 9) at Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MARY C. ALFORD
KITTRELL - Mary Catlett Alford, 82, died Thursday, April 7, 2011 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

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RUFUS E. TANT
ZEBULON - Rufus E. Tant, 74, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, April 9) at Massey Funeral Home. Committal will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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HUGH G. SHEARIN
ROCKY MOUNT - Hugh Gaither Shearin, 86, died Monday, April 4, 2011. A celebration service was held Friday, April 8, at Lakeside Baptist Church. Burial followed at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

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VIRGIE G. ERIKSSON
LOUISBURG - Virgie G. Eriksson, 82, died Monday, April 4, 2011. Arrangements by Cremation Society of NC.

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RYLAND P. “TOM” COLLINS, RN
RALEIGH - Tom, 77, of Raleigh, passed away April 6, 2011 at his home. Mr. Collins was born in Franklin County on August 1, 1933 and was preceded in death by James Frank Collins and Bonnie Gupton Collins and a sister, Elsie Collins Cooper.

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EVA MAE WILLIAMS PACE COLE
December 21, 1925 - April 6, 2011
LOUISBURG - Eva Mae “Pug” Williams Pace Cole, 85, of Louisburg, NC passed away Wednesday at Hillside Nursing Center in Wake Forest, NC.

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WILEY GENE CHALK, JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Wiley Gene Chalk, Jr., 52, of Youngsville, NC passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, April 6, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Gene was a true craftsman, both as a builder and as a friend.  He will be missed by many.  

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SPORTS

Conference Clash
Louisburg High School’s Halie Harris (center) attempts to gain possession as teammate Maria Rodriguez (10) looks on during the Lady Warriors’ home girls soccer contest Wednesday against Northern Carolina Conference foe Corinth Holders.
Conference Clash
LOUISBURG -- Twice this season, Louisburg High School has been on the cusp of scoring a potential girls soccer victory against first-year Northern Carolina Conference rival Corinth Holders.
But each time, the young Lady Pirates, with a roster consisting solely of freshmen and sophomores, have found a way to get past Louisburg.

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LC Does The Splits
FALLING IN THE MIDDLE. A pop fly falls between Louisburg College (l to r) Jenna DeSantis and Amber Weaver during Wednesday’s doubleheader against Stanly CC at historic Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
LC Does The Splits
LOUISBURG -- When it comes to recent outings, Monica Gordy can’t help but wonder if her Louisburg College softball squad is suffering from a split personality.
Louisburg has split seven doubleheaders on the season, including three in a row following Wednesday’s home twinbill against Stanly Community College at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.

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Tough Loss For LHS
TAG, YOU’RE IT. Louisburg High School catcher Maia Quinn (left) makes a successful tag at home plate during the Lady Warriors’ home, fast-pitch softball contest Wednesday afternoon against Warren County.
Tough Loss For LHS
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg’s learning curve is always evident on the softball field this spring, as the Lady Warriors are fielding a young team filled with freshmen and sophomores -- and only one senior starter (Tiana Person).
Louisburg has shown flashes of excellence this year -- and signs of potential for the future. But there have also been difficult times as the Lady Warriors try to adjust to the varsity level against quality competition in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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LC  must forfeit trio of games
LC must forfeit trio of games
A clerical error has cost the Louisburg College baseball squad three victories in the Region X standings.
According to LC head coach John Thomas, the Hurricanes failed to report the ejection of assistant Mike Ellsworth during Game Two of a doubleheader against Guilford Tech on March 26 in Jamestown.
Under national and Region X rules, any ejection must be reported within one business day to Region Director Dean Myrick, who is the Athletic Director at Rockingham Community College.

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Midweek Magic For LC
GRAUER GOES WITH THE PITCH. Louisburg College’s Danny Grauer rips a double during the Hurricanes’ home baseball game Wednesday against Rappahannock CC.
Midweek Magic For LC
LOUISBURG -- The scheduling process has been a serious case of the mid-week blues this spring for the Louisburg College baseball squad.
Even though mid-week games aren’t of the region variety, they are still important to build in-game experience and keep players sharp between weekend series.

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 10-16
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Warren County at Bunn (2)    4 p.m.
Roanoke Rapids at Louisburg    6 p.m.

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LC’s spring football targeted for April 16
LC’s spring football targeted for April 16
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will host its annual Spring Football Game on April 16 at historic Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.
Admission will be free for the event. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

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Mobile rallies to spoil Mudcats’ opener
Mobile rallies to spoil Mudcats’ opener
ZEBULON -- Mobile’s Paul Goldschmidt’s second home run on Opening Day, a three-run blast in the ninth inning culminated a five-run rally, propelling the Mobile BayBears past the Carolina Mudcats 7-4 at Five County Stadium on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup

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Red Rams rule the court
Red Rams rule the court
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School’s boys tennis team continued its successful campaign this week with a trio of victories -- including a doubleheader sweep Tuesday against Northern Carolina Conference foe Warren County at the FHS Courts.

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FRANKLIN CO. RECREATION DEPT. VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 1
FRANKLIN CO. RECREATION DEPT. VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 1
STATE DIGGERS 8-11. (Back, l to r) Coach Carrie Finch, Peyton Pulley, Whitney Bolton and Coach Audra Gupton; (front, l to r) Abigale Gupton, Dana Potter, Makaela Finch and Diana Potter. Not pictured are Kameron Coats, Kaylee Saunders and Sara Brooks. (Photo Submitted)

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FRANKLIN CO. RECREATION DEPT. VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 2
FRANKLIN CO. RECREATION DEPT. VOLLEYBALL SQUADS, 2
TORNADOES 8-11. (Back, l to r) Coach Heather Ferguson, Makenna Huffman, Shelbie Taylor, Ava Berlacher and Coach Sharon Ferguson; (front, l to r) Elizabeth Winstead, Cameron Hayes, Taylor Ferguson and Chandler Parrish. Not pictured are Alex Cardwell and Nyquasia Smalls. (Photo Submitted)

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Bunn Wraps Up Sweep
MOVING FORWARD. A Nash Central player (left) prepares to advance the ball as Bunn’s Jhovanna Salmeron defends during Thursday ’s non-league girls soccer match.
Bunn Wraps Up Sweep
BUNN -- Following another impressive week, the Bunn Ladycats might be peaking at the right time in girls soccer action.
After defeating Northern Carolina Conference rival North Johnston by a 5-0 margin on Wednesday, the Ladycats returned home Thursday for a non-league meeting with Nash Central -- a club that Bunn had edged by one marker earlier in the campaign.

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CATCHING ON
CATCHING ON
Louisburg College second baseman Jan Valentin (left) grabs a pop fly as teammate Danny Santiago looks on during Wednesday’s home baseball showdown against Rappahannock Community College.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg High School Open House
Louisburg High School Open House
As government budgets tighten up in North Carolina, some officials are learning new skills. In the photo above, Franklin County Manager Angela Harris learns the proper technique for using a chop saw in the new Louisburg High School carpentry shop that was part of an open house Tuesday. Keeping a watchful eye on her efforts is instructor Willie Tabron (at right) while others, including (from left) former congressman Bob Etheridge, County Finance Director Chuck Murray, Franklin County Schools director of Career and Technical Education Laureen G. Jones, Principal Freda Clifton and School Board chair Paige Sayles await their training session.

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RAPTORS VISIT SCHOOL
RAPTORS VISIT SCHOOL
A volunteer with the American Wildlife Refuge holds two Eastern Screech Owls that have been in their care. The American Wildlife Refuge-Raleigh Raptor Refuge, which is based in Rolesville, recently visited Royal Elementary School for a schoolwide assembly.

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GOLDEN DRAGONS TO VISIT
GOLDEN DRAGONS TO VISIT
The Golden Dragon Acrobats will visit Louisburg College on Friday, April 15. Recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today, their reputation is rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic detail that is unparalleled in the art form.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies investigating storage unit thefts, identity thefts
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg-area man, alleging he was responsible for two break-ins.
Willie Williams IV, 24, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of larceny.
Both incidents are alleged to have involved the same victim.

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Farm and Learn promotes benefits of sustainable living and farming
BEEKEEPER. Mike’s Honeybees presented beehives during the first annual Farm and Learn event held at Vollmer Farms.
Farm and Learn promotes benefits of sustainable living and farming
Chad and Jody Ray love the concept of the annual Franklin County Spring Farm Tour.
More than just for business, the event gives them, as with other local farmers, so much more that is important to them.  So when they learned that this event was cancelled this year – they and their friends at Vollmer Farms got creative and got busy.

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Adult Day Program could lose funds
Adult Day Program could lose funds
A slot at the Franklin County Adult Day Program in Louisburg has been a lifesaver, both for Peggy Seymour and her daughter, Brenda Lewis.  When Seymour could no longer live alone, Lewis knew she would take care of her mother.  Seymour started attending the Franklin County Adult Day Program in February 2006.

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Pinwheel garden recognizes efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect
Pinwheel garden recognizes efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Franklin County’s Department of Social Services is joining communities around the country, raising awareness about the problem.
The county’s DSS will use a pinwheel garden as a symbol of child abuse prevention, representing community efforts to provide children with safe, stable, nurturing relationships they need for healthy development. 

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BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Mulberry Cove Antiques & Gifts on April 1. Marsha Lebo, owner, left, assists her son, Joseph, in cutting the ribbon, as Jenna Lebo, Rick Lebo, Darrell Smith, First Citizens Bank, and Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell look on.

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Above, Do it Center in Bunn recently opened its doors for business. The store not only carries typical hardware products, but also a wide selection of electrical, plumbing, paint, fencing, farm and ranch and pet supplies. They also offer computer paint matching, key cutting, window glass and screen repair, propane tank filling, feed, seed and more.

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WakeMed stroke centers honored by American Heart Association
WakeMed Health & Hospitals Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Care Centers on the Raleigh Campus and at Cary Hospital have both been honored with quality awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital feature the only certified Stroke Centers in Wake County.

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