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Showing 46 articles from April 15, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Animal Control lawsuit delayed
Animal Control and its director were granted extra time to respond to a lawsuit that alleges their negligence killed a household pet.
Attorneys for Jessica Ruiz filed a lawsuit on March 21, claiming that failures to follow procedure and protocol led to the death of their five-month old labrador-pit bull mix named Rocky.

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County’s rabies vaccination enforcement under review
County’s rabies vaccination enforcement under review
Staff and advisors with the health department and animal control will review methods they can use to encourage better rabies compliance.
Currently, animal control officers are limited in terms of enforcing rabies compliance.
They cannot levy fines for noncompliance.

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TRACTOR PULL
TRACTOR PULL
Above, Hertford residents Lois Cole and Frank Drees came to Franklin County and the Norris Creek Outdoor Entertainment Complex on Friday to get a look at some tractors. Specifically, Drees was looking for a hard-to-find part for his Avery tractor. The Antique Farm Show will continue through Sunday out on Old Halifax Road in southern Franklin County. Money raised from the event will benefit the Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls.

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County, Franklinton to meet over water contract issues
Franklin County and Franklinton officials, staffs and attorneys have agreed to meet next week, setting down some ground rules expected to provide civility in a contentious matter.
So far, discussions and litigation have not yielded a resolution to a months-old water dispute, but both sides will meet together, then in separate closed sessions this coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Franklinton High School.

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Youngsville to change ways it will conduct its business
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Youngsville to change ways it will conduct its business
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners agreed to move forward with a revamped way of doing business, but not without at least one hiccup and some heartburn.
During the comments section of the meeting, Commissioner Cat Redd recommended a host of innovations, including either the creation, update or adoption of:

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Resolution supports US 401 improvements
Improvements to U.S. 401 between Royal and Louisburg received the unanimous support of the Franklin County Economic Development Commission this week.
The EDC unanimously passed a resolution urging the North Carolina Department of Transportation to fully fund both Sections C and D of the highway in its next Transportation Improvement Plan.

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Clinic recognizes Cover the Uninsured Month
Clinic recognizes Cover the Uninsured Month
Franklin County’s Volunteers in Medicine opened its doors in 2004, but it’ll be celebrating some firsts this coming Monday in recognition of Cover the Uninsured Month.
April marks the first-year anniversary of the group’s partnership with the Franklin County Health Department — a relationship that has allowed the free clinic to serve more residents and provide more services, including acute care.

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Franklinton hashes out capital improvement plan
FRANKLINTON — Town officials and staff hashed out a list of capital improvements for the next 20 years.
The one consensus is that it will take money — something that’s in limited supply with a Capital “L”.
During the Tuesday night meeting, Public Works Director Raymond Bragg reminded commissioners and staff that a number of projects and promises have been put off for years as money was not available.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident Frank Poyer

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Rocky Top
Editorial Cartoon: Rocky Top


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“Push polls” already know the answers
Across Franklin County in recent days, telephones have been ringing and when folks answer, they are greeted by the pleasant, well-rehearsed voice of our new representative to the U.S. Congress, Renee Ellmers.
So far, so good.
Obviously reading from a carefully prepared script (or, at least well-rehearsed) she explains that she is seeking input from residents of her district about the goings-on in our nation’s capital.

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Historic Homes Tour, Franklin County Guidebook just around the corner
Historic Homes Tour, Franklin County Guidebook just around the corner
Spring is always a busy time in Franklin County but every couple of years, two things make the schedule even more hectic than usual.
And this is one of those years.
First, there will be an Historic Homes Tour and, second, there will be a new edition of the Franklin County Guidebook published by your friends here at The Franklin Times.

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Obama wants to cut debt by 4 trillion dollars by 2023
Obama wants to cut debt by 4 trillion dollars by 2023
GOOD MORNING: Although the weather has been a bit on the cool side for the past couple of mornings, dropping into the low 40’s around daybreak out my way, they’ve rebounded nicely, climbing to the lower 80’s by noontime.
Temperatures today (Saturday) look to be a tad warmer with something like a 90 percent chance of thundershowers. And it looks like it will be Tuesday before we see temperatures in the 80’s once again.

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Political Parties: Relics, Buggy Whips or Oz?
North Carolina’s political parties are like the relic you stumble over in your attic – you pick it up and dust it off but aren’t sure what to do with it. You can’t and won’t use it, but you hate to throw it away because of the emotional attachment.
Time was being either a Democrat or Republican meant something. We were proud to belong to the party. There was this sense you were part of something doing big things, making life better.

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Celebrating Earth Day 2011? Then salute a Franklin County farmer while you’re at it!
If you place importance on Earth Day, April 22 (and you should), then salute a Franklin County farmer when you celebrate! 
Why? 
The men and women who put food on your supper table have made incredible advances since that first Earth Day in 1970.  Each year, these producers developed better methods to protect our land, water and air.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIE GRAY R. FAULKNER
ROCKY MOUNT— Willie Gray Robbins Faulkner, 60, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Duke Raleigh Hospital.  Memorial service was held Friday, April 15, at Maple Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dan Main officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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W. WORTH PEARCE
WAKE FOREST - William Worth Pearce, 100, died Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Hillside Nursing Center. A celebration of the long life of Mr. Pearce was held Wednesday, April 13, at Woodland Baptist Church, with the Rev. Rodney Harp officiating. Burial followed in the Mangum family cemetery.

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MARY RAY ALLRED
YOUNGSVILLE - Mary Ray Allred, 88, formerly of Bland Road in Raleigh, died Monday, April 11, 2011. Graveside services were held Friday, April 15, at Montlawn Memorial Park.

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HELEN P. ROGERS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Helen Perry Rogers, 89, who died Tuesday, April 12, 2011 will be held Monday, April 18, at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gregory Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HELEN M. KINCAID
LOUISBURG - Helen Louise Mayberry Kincaid, 88, of Louisburg, formerly of Lenoir, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Franklin Oaks in Louisburg. A graveside service will be held Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir, with the Rev. Renee Easter officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pendry’s Funeral Home prior to the graveside service.

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CHERRY H. ADAIR
LOUISBURG – Cherry Hart Adair, 47, died Wednesday afternoon, April 13, 2011 at her home. A private memorial service will be held Saturday, with the Rev. Frank Eatmon officiating.

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JACKIE H. OAKLEY
FRANKLINTON - Jacqueline “Jackie” Wheeler Hedrick Oakley, 70, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at WakeMed. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, April 16) at Franklinton Baptist Church. Entombment will be held at Fairview Cemetery.

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SARAH “ANN” JOHNSON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Sarah “Ann” Johnson, 72, who died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, April 16) at Jordan Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LUCY T. BROADWAY
PILOT - Lucy Thomas Broadway, 95, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Funeral service was Friday, April 15, at Massey Funeral Home in Zebulon. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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KENNETH “KEN” WHIDBY
KNIGHTDALE - Kenneth “Ken” Russell Whidby, 53, died Monday, April 11, 2011 at his residence. A graveside service was held Friday, April 15, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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MARGARET B. DALE
RALEIGH - Margaret Broughton Dale, 88, formerly of Raleigh, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at her daughter’s home in Raeford. Private graveside services will be held Saturday at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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SPORTS

NJHS Runs Away
STEAL OF A DEAL. North Johnston’s Ashleigh Mason slides safely into second base on a successful steal attempt as Louisburg’s Christina Coley waits for the throw during Wednesday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference softball game.
NJHS Runs Away
KENLY -- North Johnston has established itself as the team to beat in the Northern Carolina Conference softball standings -- and the Lady Panthers accentuated that fact Wednesday during a home league meeting against Louisburg.
The powerhouse Panthers scored 10 runs in each of the first two frames en rout to posting a 20-0 decision over Louisburg.
The event was called after Louisburg’s team at-bat in the top of the third stanza.

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American Dreams
EVERYBODY’S ALL-AMERICANS. Louisburg College basketball players (l to r) Ariel Phelps and Jeremy Atkinson have earned honors on the National Junior College Athletic Association’s All-American Teams for the 2010-11 season.
American Dreams
LOUISBURG -- Tim Sparks, an assistant men’s basketball coach at Louisburg College, checked the clock when Jeremy Atkinson and Ariel Phelps walked into his office Thursday -- both sporting their No. 11 jerseys.
“It was 11:11 a.m., and here come the two No. 11s through the door,’’ Sparks said. “I thought that was symbolic.’’

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A Race To The Top
ERIC ON THE BAG. Louisburg High School veteran second baseman Eric Gupton (left) forces North Johnston’s Bret Corbett off a ground ball during Wednesday evening’s key Northern Carolina Conference baseball event.
A Race To The Top
KENLY -- A topsy-turvy season in the Northern Carolina Conference baseball standings took yet another abrupt turn Wednesday at North Johnston’s Doug Parnell Field.
Louisburg entered the outing looking for a sweep of homestanding North Johnston -- and the opportunity to remain tied with Roanoke Rapids in the ultra-competitive league.

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Denton’s  changing of guard
Denton’s changing of guard
Aaron Denton left Louisburg College to build a men’s basketball program at Sandhills Community College -- along with being the school’s first-ever Athletic Director.
After three successful seasons, Denton, a Bunn native, has stepped down from his hoops position to fully concentrate on his AD duties.

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 17-23
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Louisburg at Franklinton    6 p.m.

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LHS Drops A Close One
TWO ON ONE. Louisburg High School’s Leslie Calamaco (center) tries to escape a pair of North Johnston defenders during Wednesday evening’s girls soccer matchup in Kenly.
LHS Drops A Close One
KENLY -- Louisburg High School entered Wednesday’s road girls soccer contest at North Johnston with a short-handed roster -- and it got even shorter as the match progressed.
With only 11 players available, there was no margin for error for the Lady Warriors. But in the second half, a roster member succumbed to a serious headache, meaning LHS had to go the rest of the way with just 10 performers.

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Bunn squads remain undefeated on track
TYLER TAKES OFF. Tyler Brandenburg and the Bunn Wildcats have yet to drop a meet this season during their Northern Carolina Conference track and field schedule.
Bunn squads remain undefeated on track
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn’s boys and girls track and field teams remained perfect for the season during Northern Carolina Conference victories this week against Corinth Holders.
The Wildcats were 95.5-41.5 winners, while the Ladycats picked up a 91-46 decision.

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LC weekend softball series is postponed
LC weekend softball series is postponed
LOUISBURG -- With the threat of adverse weather looming this weekend, Louisburg College has postponed its home softball series against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
Doubleheaders were supposed to be played Friday and today at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.

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Mudcats dropped at Huntsville
Mudcats dropped at Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. -- A five-run first inning staked the Huntsville Stars to a lead, and then they held off the Carolina Mudcats 6-5 to claim their home opener on Wednesday night at Joe Davis Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.
The Mudcats (1-5) committed three errors in the opening inning, including a grounder through the legs of first baseman Neftali Soto to launch the Stars’ opening salvo.

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Golf tourney slated at Green Hill
Golf tourney slated at Green Hill
LOUISBURG -- The First Annul Louisburg Fire Department Four-Person Superball Tournament is slated for May 13 at Green Hill Country Club.
Lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
Cost is $240 per team, or $340 per team with hole sponsorship. Mulligans will be available for $5.

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CONTACT SPORT
CONTACT SPORT
Louisburg High School’s Sport Williams fouls off a pitch during Wednesday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference baseball contest on the road against North Johnston.

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LIFESTYLES

Getting on with the whistling
ICONS ON DISPLAY. Liz Seibel exhibits her artwork.
Getting on with the whistling
The Louisburg air was once again filled with beautiful whistling of classical and popular tunes. Even if you are not fond of whistlers, the experience can be awesome.
The International Whistlers Convention (IWC), which took place April 6-10, was the celebration of the 38th anniversary of the competition. As you may recall, the convention was also held in Louisburg in 2009.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Fredrickson named NCAE Central Office Administrator of the Year
Fredrickson named NCAE Central Office Administrator of the Year
The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Division of Principals and Administrators named Linda Gail Piper Frederickson, director of Elementary Education and Title I for Franklin County Schools, as the NCAE Central Office Administrator of the Year for 2011.
Frederickson was given this honor at the 2011 NCAE Awards Banquet March 17 at the Marriott Hotel in Raleigh.

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Louisburg student wins research forum award
Louisburg student wins research forum award
The East Carolina University College of Human Ecology in Greenville is proud to announce that Dawn Valentine-Barrow was an Honorable Mention Graduate Award winner for her oral presentation at the College of Human Ecology Research and Creative Activity Forum on March 23.

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VGCC instructor honored as state’s top community college teacher
VGCC instructor honored as state’s top community college teacher
Vance-Granville Community College instructor Marian C. Dillahunt-Andrews of Durham was recently named the recipient of the 2011 North Carolina Community College System Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest honor for an educator in the 58-college system. She will be formally recognized at the North Carolina Community Colleges Excellence Event, called “The Great Within the 58,” on April 14 in Raleigh.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Click it or Ticket begins April 18
Click it or Ticket begins April 18
Motorists in Franklin County have been given fair warning — they better click it, or receive a ticket.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program chose Franklin and eight other counties to take part in a mobilization effort to increase seat belt usage and child safety seat usage.

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No Time To Waste
No Time To Waste
Under the watchful eye of his father, Adam, little Crawford Gilbert, 3, of Raleigh decided it was time to get to work on Old Number 43 ­– with his bare hands. The vintage truck was on display at the Youngsville Fireman’s Festival, held April 9, as part of a fund-raising project. The fire department wants to restore the truck and are seeking money to help. Crawford decided he’d get started, money or no money!

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Deputies investigate theft at A&M Storage
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklinton man who tried to wrongly evict a couple from their home.
Jeffrey L. Witherspoon was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing police; giving a false report to an officer, and stalking.
According to a report by Dep. J. Maloney, he was called out by Franklinton Sgt. Wade Bulloch to speak with Jeffrey L. Witherspoon at his 678 Winston Street address.

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BUSINESS

IT’S OFFICIAL!
IT’S OFFICIAL!
Do it Center in Bunn recently opened its door officially for business on Friday. 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. The store is owned by Tim and Cheryl Morris and Shane and Teresa Brantley.

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Wake Electric holds annual meeting
Wake Electric holds annual meeting
Wake Electric held its 2011 annual meeting recently and more than 543 members, plus their guests, attended the meeting held in the Louisburg College auditorium.
Attendees heard reports on current plans and progress of Wake Electric, and also had the chance to ask senior management questions about Wake Electric.

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