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Showing 38 articles from April 19, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Tornados spare Franklin County
Franklin County escaped the reach of devastation and destruction wrought by tornados ripping through the center of the state.
The grief and sorrow of others, though, reached many in the county, encouraging them to help any way they could.
The executive board of the United Way of Franklin County agreed to provide the Triangle Chapter of the American Red Cross with $8,000 from its emergency reserve fund to help those in need.

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Eggs-actly what i needed
Eggs-actly what i needed
Chase Sutton, 3, gets a hug from the Easter Bunny during the Friends of the Youngsville Library’s Easter Egg hunt on Saturday. The threat of inclement weather moved the festivities inside the library.

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Residents object to Louisburg annexation
Residents object to Louisburg annexation
The difference between “extortion” and “enticement” could never have been more clear than Monday night when a group of Munford Drive residents attended a Louisburg Town Council meeting to voice objections to a pending annexation and utility service extension.
Munford Drive resident Gary Davis, the main spokesman for the group, said the town’s “tactic is pure extortion.”

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Louisburg College names art gallery for Edith C. Lumpkin
Louisburg College names art gallery for Edith C. Lumpkin
The life, legacy, energy and talent of one of Louisburg College’s long-time supporters was saluted Friday evening when a framed copy of a resolution from the school’s Board of Trustees was presented to her two sons — and a community art gallery was named in her honor.
The event marked the dedication of the Edith C. Lumpkin Community Gallery, located on the north side of the Seby B. Jones Center.

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Foy reiterates need to pick new sheriff
Foy reiterates need to pick new sheriff
Franklin County commissioners were reminded to keep their eyes on the sheriff’s position.
Pat Green resigned as the county’s sheriff at the end of January.
Shortly thereafter, the State Bureau of Investigation began a probe into allegations that Green was responsible for money missing from an undercover drug account, as well as money missing from a Christmas program for children.

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Bennett Perry, attorney, plantation owner, dies
STATELY. The Cascine Plantation and Perry home has been in the family and maintained since the 1750s. (Times file photo)
Bennett Perry, attorney, plantation owner, dies
A long-time Henderson attorney and owner of landmark Franklin County property passed away late last week.
Bennett Hester Perry Jr., was 81.
Perry passed the bar in 1955 and was a partner with Perry and and Waters for a longtime, earning a reputation as a gentleman and professional.

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Nursing home robbery case continued until next month
The case against a Raleigh woman accused of robbing a nursing home resident was continued until next month.
Investigators arrested Kelli Monique Awuonda on Jan. 13, a week after they allege she duped and robbed a 90-year-old Louisburg Manor resident.
According to police, Awuonda went inside the nursing home to speak with Doris Evans, a woman she did not know.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Taniqua Hanson

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Ruby Red
Editorial Cartoon: Ruby Red


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Never kill a kid’s dream
When Edith C. Lumpkin’s decades-long service to Louisburg College was recognized Friday night, several things stood out.
First was her obvious dedication to the college  and to what college can mean to young people.
Her son, Parker, recalled his mother saying “You know, I can make a difference in my community.”
And she made a very positive difference indeed. She served on the school’s board of trustees from 1971 until 1995 and as emeritus until her death in 2005.

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Emergency Services in shambles?
Emergency Services in shambles?
GOOD MORNING: Wow, what a weekend! After spending much of the afternoon Saturday glued to my TV set and more than 30 minutes wedged in on the cold hard tile floor of a small interior dressing room amongst a pile of pillows and blankets for a tornado that thankfully never materialized, Momma Jean and somehow managed to get back on our feet and resume a somewhat normal routine.

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Storm clouds, both climatic and financial, gathered early this week
Storm clouds, both climatic and financial, gathered early this week
Tornados wreaked havoc in Central North Carolina, ripping through wood, steel and metal, taking lives, destroying homes, and battering businesses.
The economic forecast this past Monday was just as stark.
That’s when credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s said the country’s financial outlook was just as gloomy as the skyline of the plain states during tornado season.

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Website Reader Participation Results April 13-19
Last Week’s Poll
Only on the web?
Should governments be allowed to post “Public Notices” only on their websites and not be required to publish them in their local newspaper anymore?

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Can good deeds and economics coincide?
I was in a different state and on an unfamiliar road. Suddenly, and without warning, I heard a loud pop, about like a gunshot. Then I felt the vehicle sag, and I knew exactly what had happened, a flat tire.
 A piece of wood had flown out of the pickup truck in front of me, and I couldn’t avoid it. My left front tire went over it and was shredded. I thought there was no way I would make it to my meeting.

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OBITUARIES

H. WARNER TUCKER, III
RALEIGH - Henry Warner Tucker, III,  69, died Thursday, April 14, 2011 at his home.  Graveside services were held Monday, April 18, at Lancaster Memorial Park, with the Rev. Roland Jones officiating. 

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LARRY BASS
YOUNGSVILLE - Larry Bass, 58, died Monday, April 11, 2011 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 16, at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Samuel T. Tunstall officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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JOSEPH C. ADAMS
FUQUAY-VARINA - Joseph Craig Adams Jr., 31, died Sunday, April 17, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 20) at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Fuquay-Varina. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

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ELLIS G. HALLIBURTON
ZEBULON - Ellis G. Halliburton, 58, died Sunday, April 17, 2011. Arrangements by Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon.

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DANE ROTEN
RALEIGH - Dane Roten, 79, died at Unihealth Post-Acute Care of Durham on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Services were held Saturday, April 16, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Road.

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DAVID GRAHAM JOHNSON
LOUISBURG - David Graham Johnson, 78, of Louisburg died Monday, April 18, 2011, in Maria Parham Hospital.  He was preceded in death by his brother, John Johnson.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel. 

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FURMAN RAY PEACE
FRANKLINTON - Furman Ray Peace, 68, died Monday, April 18, 2011 in the VA Medical Center in Durham. Born in Vance County, Furman was born to the late Willie and Nettie Faulkner Peace on March 4, 1943. Furman graduated from Louisburg College, attended N.C. State and later joined the U.S. Army where he proudly served in Vietnam and his country for twenty years until his retirement in 1988. Furman was an avid sports fan who enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family.

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BENNETT H. PERRY JR.
HENDERSON-Bennett Hester Perry, Jr., age 81, passed away on April 15, 2011 in Henderson, N.C. Born in Richmond, Virginia, April 16, 1929 he was the son of the late Bennett Hester Perry, Sr. and Katharine Drane Perry. Bennett was raised and lived in Henderson, NC.  After graduating from Episcopal High School in 1947, he earned an undergraduate and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Bennett proudly served in the United States Marine Corps as a Lieutenant and a Platoon Leader from 1951-1953. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War.

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SPORTS

A Morgan Mash
HEADING HOME. Franklinton High School senior Morgan Tharrington (left) rounds the bases and heads home following her first-inning home run as part of the Lady Rams’ home softball victory Monday against league rival Louisburg.
A Morgan Mash
FRANKLINTON -- A pair of Louisburg College softball alums got a close-up look at a future Lady Hurricane during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference showdown between host Franklinton and rival Louisburg.
FHS is led by senior Morgan Tharrington, who has verbally committed to continue her career at LC.
And Louisburg High is coached by ex-LC standouts Erica Wammock (head coach) and Jina Stamey (assistant).

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Power Play For FHS
AVOIDANCE ISSUES. Franklinton High School midfielder Sam Arendt (left) tries to escape Louisburg’s Maria Rodriguez during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer match at the FHS Football Field.
Power Play For FHS
FRANKLINTON -- Tangling with a powerhouse Franklinton High School girls soccer squad is difficult enough at even strength.
But imagine trying to stop the Lady Rams with a one-player disadvantage -- for an entire contest.
Playing with something akin to a National Hockey League power play, Franklinton handled Louisburg by a 7-0 score in a Northern Carolina Conference pitch matchup on Monday afternoon at the FHS Football Field.

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LHS Keeping Pace
DAQUAN DIVES BACK FOR FHS. Franklinton High School leadoff hitter Daquan Neal (right) avoids a pickoff tag attempt from Louisburg’s Dusty Ayscue during Monday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference baseball matchup.
LHS Keeping Pace
FRANKLINTON -- In a scenario that was eerily similar to the clubs’ earlier-season meeting, the Louisburg Warriors were once again able to pull away late from the Franklinton Red Rams on Monday to secure a 15-3 decision in Northern Carolina Conference baseball action.
Along with rivals North Johnston and Roanoke Rapids, the Warriors remained in the mix for a possible NCC title with the victory at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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LC takes a quartet of games
A CLEAN SWEEP FOR LC. Sophomore catcher Patrick Roy and the Louisburg College Hurricanes scored a four-game road sweep last weekend against Region X baseball foe University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie in the Palmetto State.
LC takes a quartet of games
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Needing a feel-good weekend, the Louisburg College Hurricanes got one last Saturday and Sunday during a visit to the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie for a key Region X baseball series.
LC won last Saturday’s doubleheader by scores of 3-1 and 10-2 before polishing off the series Sunday with conquests of 2-0 and 3-1.

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Bunn earns NCC crown
BUNN -- It’s been almost one decade since the Bunn Wildcats were able to garner a Northern Carolina Conference Golf Championship, thanks in part to the recent dominance of the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets.
But Bunn broke that streak this spring as the overall NCC champs. BHS, coached by Michael Grover, claimed four of the six conference events and won the total standings by 12 strokes.

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Mudcats continue to struggle
Mudcats continue to struggle
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. -- Chuckie Caufield hit his second home run of the series in the third inning to give homestanding Huntsville a four-run lead, then the Stars held off the Carolina Mudcats to complete a five-game series sweep, defeating the Mudcats 4-3 at Joe Davis Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.

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Rams Complete Sweep
MOVING THROUGH THE MIDFIELD. Franklinton’s Lauren Wilder (with ball) advances into scoring position during last Friday afternoon’s girls soccer contest at Bunn.
Rams Complete Sweep
BUNN -- With offensive standout Whitney Bunn unavailable due to a basketball showcase commitment, the Bunn High School Ladycats had little choice but to adopt a defensive posture during their home girls soccer meeting on Friday against the high-scoring Franklinton Lady Rams.

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Skinner a Calder finalist
Skinner a Calder finalist
RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League has announced that Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2010-11 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Fookie of the Year.
The winner of the award will be announced at the 2011 NHL Awards, which will be held at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on June 22.

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COLLISION AT HOME PLATE
COLLISION AT HOME PLATE
Franklinton’s Canitria Cooke (18) slides safely into home plate as Louisburg’s Maia Quinn tries to come up with the ball during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference softball game.

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MIGHTY CUT
MIGHTY CUT
Louisburg High School’s Dusty Ayscue takes a big swing for the Warriors during their road baseball matchup on Monday against Northern Carolina Conference opponent Franklinton.

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LIFESTYLES

More Easter Egg Hunt Photos
More Easter Egg Hunt Photos
EASTER BONNET. Sisters, from left to right, Jillian and Pearl Brickley, check their buckets for goodies during the Friends of the Youngsville Library’s annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Tarbor Pearce of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Lennette Pearce to Jason Todd Medlin, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Medlin of Franklinton. A May 14, 2011 wedding is planned at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Franklinton.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Sharpshooters receive NRA grant
Sharpshooters receive NRA grant
Franklin  Sharpshooters 4-H Club recently received a grant from the Friends of the NRA.  This is the second year the shooting sports club has received the grant from the organization.  The Friends of the NRA helps support 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts, FFA clubs, Hunter Education, law enforcement, and promotes gun safety throughout the state.  The Franklin County Friends of the NRA is having its inaugural fund-raising banquet at the Pilot Lions Club Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m.

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Breakfast recognizes the uninsured and underserved
HONORED. Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell, left, presents keys to the city of Louisburg to Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation CEO Brad Wilson and Foundation President Kathy Higgins.
Breakfast recognizes the uninsured and underserved
Franklin County’s health care community gathered Monday morning to recognize the county’s uninsured and the efforts being made to reach that underserved population.
Unfortunately, the numbers of those in need continues to grow.
When the Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine set up shop in 2004, they faced a challenge in helping the roughly 8,000 Franklin County residents who were either uninsured or underinsured.

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Man’s truck stolen while he is hospitalized
A Louisburg pair that got arrested earlier this month with drugs in their car was arrested recently on charges that they had drugs in the house.
Investigators arrested Albert Lee Gupton, 60, and Melissa Mosley Joyner, 45, on April 15, charging them with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Durham VA Medical Center invites veterans to learn more about VA Health Care
Representatives from the Durham VA Medical Center and Franklin County government will host a Veterans Health Fair April 21 at the National Guard Armory in Louisburg, located at 514 S. Bickett Blvd, Louisburg. A multifunctional team will be on-site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet with local veterans who have questions about Veterans Affairs (VA) health care.

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