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Showing 36 articles from April 23, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Water plant may be sold
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. Franklinton Mayor enters a different classroom to discuss the the same issue in closed session with Franklinton staff and town commissioners.
Water plant may be sold
FRANKLINTON — Following a nearly five-hour joint meeting, Franklin County and Franklinton officials agreed to get the town’s water plant appraised.
The move could lay the groundwork for the town to sell the facility to Franklin County.
Franklinton and Franklin County officials have been engaged in a water dispute since September, stating their positions in letters, in meetings, in the courtroom and — on Wednesday night — jointly behind closed doors.

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Legal pressure remains during negotiations
Legal pressure remains during negotiations
Although Franklinton and Franklin County staff and officials met Wednesday night to solve a water dispute outside of court, county attorneys kept up the legal pressure.
On Tuesday, Franklin County’s legal team of Charlotte attorneys Jim Sheedy and Susan Driscoll filed an amended counterclaim, asking the case to be dismissed.

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Trooper injured in crash
A state Highway Patrol Trooper was treated and released this week for injuries sustained in near head-on collision.
According to a report by State Highway Patrol Sgt. W.C. Johnson, Trooper C.M. Garner was on patrol, heading North on Pearces Road just after 6:30 p.m. when the accident occurred on Wednesday.

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Park board ready with proposal
The county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is preparing to present its proposal for a new park to county commissioners.
The site, though, the old Girl Scout camp, is not without some issues.
During its March meeting, the advisory board agreed by a 4-3 vote to recommend using the 116-acre site along N.C. 39 to fulfill the dying wish of Edgar Owens.

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Video showcases benefits of widening US 401
It was movie night — without the popcorn — for members of the 401 Citizens Action Committee Thursday night.
The committee got its first peek at a nine-minute video that summarizes the dangers, delays and funding problems with U.S. 401 in Franklin County.

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Franklinton endorses DOT plan for future projects
Franklinton endorses DOT plan for future projects
FRANKLINTON — Town officials agreed to support Stand up for America this summer, but not without some hesitation.
And not without a vote from Mayor Elic Senter, which will keep the event entry-fee free.
With Commissioner Art Wright absent from Tuesday night’s meeting, Commissioners Joe Cutchins and John Allers agreed to use $1,000 in the budget to support the event put on by American Legion Post 52.

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DIGGING TO CHINA
DIGGING TO CHINA
Property owner Tim Shearin, center, walks the land at the Triangle North industrial site while heavy equipment prepares the earth for a tobacco warehouse. A group called U.S. Growers Direct is building a warehouse at the site to collect tobacco from growers across the region, selling the product to buyers in China.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Akia Johnson

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Fox
Editorial Cartoon: Fox


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Water “meter” continues running on taxpayer’s dime
Talk about an argument that won’t hold even a drop of water and you’ll be describing the one Franklin County officials made Wednesday night to justify their efforts to push Franklinton into a corner.
Despite that fact that both the county and Franklinton — and their attorneys —- huddled until midnight, nothing of substance was resolved.

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Public notices should remain in newspapers
Public notices should remain in newspapers
Never let the fox guard the hen house!
We thought everyone knew better than to put the wily, hungry old fox in charge of the flock that provides breakfast eggs and sometimes Sunday dinner — but we were wrong.
Some legislators in our state’s General Assembly want to do just that — except they are putting at risk your right to know what your government is doing for you, and to you!

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US 401 presentation is a real eye opener
US 401 presentation is a real eye opener
GOOD MORNING: After viewing pictures and reviewing those weekend storm damage reports throughout much of eastern North Carolina on television and in the daily newspapers, I have come to realize how fortunate those of us here in Franklin County are, that, for the most part, we were miraculously spared the damage, personal injuries and loss of life suffered in adjoining counties, but it was a close call, far too close for comfort.

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Leave Big Bird alone ... for now
Legislative threats to single out UNC-TV for funding elimination appear mean-spirited, especially since no similar cuts were proposed for the symphony, museums or other cultural resources in our state. Lawmakers singled out public television because they didn’t like the handling of a documentary involving Alcoa, but also because they don’t believe public broadcasting presents a fair and balanced offering of programs and don’t think the public should fund one-sided presentations.

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OBITUARIES

MARIE W. WRIGHT
FRANKLINTON - Marie Wilson May Wright, 75, died Wednesday, April 20, at her residence. Funeral services were held Friday morning, April 22, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Carl Hunter and the Rev. Gary Vassar officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church cemetery.

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CHARLES R. HOLDEN
WAKE FOREST - Charles Ralph Holden, 78, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Rex Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, April 23) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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ELLIS G. HALLIBURTON
ZEBULON - Ellis Gerald Halliburton “Jerry,” died Sunday, April 18, 2011. Graveside services were held Thursday, April 21, at Meadowbrook Cemetery in Lumberton, with a Masonic Burial conducted by Lebanon Lodge A.F. & A.M. #391.

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MARY R. COKER
CREEDMOOR - Mary Alice Rogers Coker, 63, died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at her home. Visitation will be held today (Saturday, April 23) from 9:30-11 a.m. at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor, with graveside services immediately following at Creedmoor Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Ben Rouse.

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DALLAS H. BUNN
ZEBULON - Dallas Hill Bunn, 80, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Funeral service was held Thursday, April 21, in the chapel of Cornerstone Funeral Home, Nashville, with the Rev. Faye Jones officiating. Burial was in the Alford family cemetery in Pilot.

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KENNETH H. DAVIS SR.
ROCKY MOUNT– Kenneth Holmes Davis Sr., 95, died Thursday, April 21, 2011.  Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 North Winstead, Rocky Mount.

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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 were held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel. 

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SPORTS

Patriots’ Place
MOVING THROUGH THE MIDFIELD. Bunn High School sophomore standout Whitney Bunn (left) gains possession and attempts to head into scoring position for the Ladycats during their home, non-conference girls soccer contest.
Patriots’ Place
BUNN -- Bill Wade has secured plenty of victories at the Bunn High School Soccer Complex during his coaching career, and he added another conquest to that list Thursday -- albeit on the opposing sideline.
Wade, the long-time skipper at BHS, is now in charge of the program at Franklin Academy out of Wake Forest.

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The Perfect Ending
RACE TO THE FINISH. (L to R) Louisburg’s Shaniqua Baskett, Bunn’s Abby Anthony and Bunn’s Brionna Welch sprint toward the finish line in the Girls 100 during Thursday’s key conference track and field meet.
The Perfect Ending
BUNN -- It hasn’t been difficult to track the Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field standings for the past two years.
Just look to the Bunn Wildcats and Ladycats at the top of the NCC charts.
After winning conference regular season crowns in 2010, Bunn has repeated this spring as both the Wildcats and Ladycats capped off their campaigns with undefeated records.

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Thirty One & Done
Thirty One & Done
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Lauren Maynard was nearly perfect in the circle in Bunn’s 31-0 win against host Northwest Halifax on Thursday in Northern Carolina Conference softball action. 
Maynard struck out all six batters she faced, but Veronica Pulley reached base in the bottom of the second inning when the third strike trickled past catcher Mel Davis, who sailed the ball into right field for an error.

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Canes go 1-1 versus Bulldogs
Canes go 1-1 versus Bulldogs
WINTERVILLE -- Getting over the hump against chief nemesis Pitt Community College was the top priority for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes when they traveled to Pitt on Wednesday for a crucial Region X doubleheader.
LC third-year head coach Monica Gordy had never beaten Pitt during her tenure, but that changed in the twinbill finale as the Lady Hurricanes held on for an 8-5 victory.

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Mudcats fall vs. Smokies
Mudcats fall vs. Smokies
ZEBULON -- Home runs by Brett Jackson and DJ LeMahieu sparked a five-run sixth inning to lead the Tennessee Smokies past the Carolina Mudcats 9-5 on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.

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Phelps, Atkinson claim LC honors
Phelps, Atkinson claim LC honors
LOUISBURG -- The awards keep piling up for Louisburg College basketball standouts Ariel Phelps and Jeremy Atkinson.
During a ceremony Tuesday on the LC campus, Phelps and Atkinson were saluted as the LC Outstanding Student-Athletes for the 2010-11 school year.

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IN THE CLEAR
IN THE CLEAR
Bunn High School’s Patika Venable soars during action in the 100 Hurdles as part of Thursday’s home track and field meet against Northwest Halifax.

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FLIGHT PLAN
FLIGHT PLAN
Bunn’s Malik Finley takes off in the Boys High Jump during Thursday afternoon’s track and field event.

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GREAT CATCH
GREAT CATCH
Cpl. Augustine Hernandez of the United States Marine Corps caught this 7.5-pound largemouth bass during a recent fishing expedition at Barrett Farm Ponds near Bunn. The bass measured 22.5 inches in length and was caught with a minnow while fishing from the bank. Cpl. Hernandez is stationed in Jacksonville.

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LIFESTYLES

Valencia chosen Mr. Mount Olive College
Valencia chosen Mr. Mount Olive College
Efrain Valencia, a junior business management major from Louisburg, and Amber Jackson, a junior religion major from Roper, have been named 2011 Mr. and Ms. Mount Olive   College   in   Mt. Olive. Ten contestants competed in interview, casual wear, talent and formal wear categories for this year’s scholarship pageant.

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Classical pianist performing at LC
Classical pianist performing at LC
Louisburg College will present classical pianist Teresa Walters in concert in Benson Chapel at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29.
Hailed as “The International First Lady of Piano,” Walters is described by Austrian National Television as “that rare musical phenomenon” and “one of the world’s most significant pianists.”

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund trustee reappointment
Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund trustee reappointment
Warren County Superior Court Clerk of Court Richard E. Hunter Jr. has reappointed Helen N. Parker, Ph.D., an Alston-Pleasants Scholar, to a three-year term of service as a Trustee of the Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund.  
Parker is the Regional Administrator for the Atlanta Region of the Employment and Training Administration. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also has Masters degrees from UNC and the University of Georgia and a Duke University Ph.D. degree. 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn holds work session
BUNN — Town commissioners held their first budget work session this week, focusing on its utility funds.
The expectation, now, is that the town’s fees are covering expenses.
“There was no discussion regarding the raising of rates,” town administrative assistant Kimberly Files said of the Monday night meeting.

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Woman charged with illegally selling prescription drugs
Louisburg police are closing in on a suspect who shot into an occupied car.
According to a report by Det. G.C. Stephens, Brandon Newell was at a home at 301 Mineral Springs Road when he began to leave in a 1991 Honda the evening of April 19.

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Emergency Designation – M-1969
On April 19, 2011, President Obama declared a major disaster in the State of North Carolina based on losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred April 16, 2011.  As a result of this major disaster, 10 North Carolina counties were declared eligible for Federal disaster assistance, including Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency (EM) loans for eligible family farmers.

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April is Civitan Awareness Month
FOOD DRIVE. Cypress Civitan Club collected nine boxes of food for the BROAD Center Food Pantry and the Soup Kitchen at their recent food drive. Both Civitans and Junior Civitans participated.
April is Civitan Awareness Month
April has been declared Civitan Awareness Month by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue.
Cypress Creek Civitan Club has recently been involved in projects to help the disabled, the needy and the community.
One upcoming club project is a Civitan Rolls bicycle rally to be held April 30-May 1. For more information on this event, go to the website: www.meetup.com/Civitan Rolls.

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