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Showing 37 articles from May 3, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Locals react to killing of Bin Laden
Locals react to killing of Bin Laden
A wave of emotion unfurled over the country as news spread that the man behind the September 11 terrorist attacks was taken down by Special Forces late Sunday.
The undertow crashed upon local folks, as well, both who have served abroad and kept the fires burning at home.

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Commissioners approve transportation plan, but question where US 401 fits in
IN THE HOUSE. Division 5 Engineer Wally Bowman, left, listens as state Department of Transportation planners share their Comprehensive Transportation Plan with county commissioners.
Commissioners approve transportation plan, but question where US 401 fits in
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners endorsed a long-range transportation plan, while reminding planners that U.S. 401 remains an immediate priority.
Planners with the state Department of Transportation presented the board with its Comprehensive Transportation Plan at the board’s April 18 meeting, but the board had a number of questions that delayed their approval.

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Board discusses sheriff’s position
Franklin County commissioners reiterated their support for volunteer fire departments, but refused to waive construction fees incurred by emergency units.
Donnie Eatmon with the Pilot Fire Department appeared before the board April 18, asking commissioners to waive permitting fees it charges to contractors.

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Guilty plea in nursing home robberies
Guilty plea in nursing home robberies
A Raleigh woman pled guilty to robbing a Louisburg nursing home resident.
She also entered a type of guilty plea on charges that she did the same thing in Oxford.
Judge R. Allen Baddour Jr., informed Kelli Monique Awuonda that she could spend between five and six months in jail after a plea arrangement dismissed two additional charges and consolidated the sentence.

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Bunn concerned about abandoned vehicles, use of patrol cars
ABANDONED? The Bunn Board of Commissioners agreed to take steps on Monday night to remind its residents about removing abandoned or junked vehicles, one of the descriptions of which are vehicles without tags.
Bunn concerned about abandoned vehicles, use of patrol cars
BUNN — Vehicles were on the minds of town commissioners on Monday night.
First, the board committed to a public education campaign they hope will get more people to comply with the town’s junked and abandoned vehicles ordinance.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Brandon Stroud and Kierstyn Darnell at the Bunn Fire Department Easter Egg hunt

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Oracle
Editorial Cartoon: Oracle


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A good day for America
Osama is dead.
About time!
But you have to admit, it would have been difficult to script a more perfect ending to one of the world’s most wanted terrorists.
Lots of intrigue, a late-night attack by a group of superbly trained and highly motivated commandos — known by the Hollywood-sounding name of Seal Team Six — and a mission accomplished without the loss of a single American life.

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Bin Laden my be dead but threat of terrorism is still alive
Bin Laden my be dead but threat of terrorism is still alive
GOOD MORNING: Gone but not forgotten. I guess that’s the best way to describe the end of Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil ever, who was slain by U.S. forces in Pakistan early Sunday morning.
The well-known terrorist leader, responsible for the World Trade Center bombing in New York on Sept.11, 2001, U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998 and the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000, was reportedly shot to death by U.S. forces in a daring raid on a fortified command and control center in Abbottabad, Pakistan, complete with underground bunker, about 30 miles north of the capital of Islamabad.

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Almost forgotten, but glad Bin Laden is gone
Almost forgotten, but glad Bin Laden is gone
I’ll be honest with you, and I hate to admit it, but I nearly forgot that we were looking for Osama bin Laden.
I remember exactly where I was the Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, stepping into my living room, flipping the remote to see smoke pouring out one of the Twin Towers in New York.
It was moments later that a second plane crashed into the second tower.

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Website Reader Participation Results April 26-May 4
Last Week’s Poll
Hold water?
Should Franklinton hold on to its water plant and not sell it to Franklin County?

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Clearly a fiscal step forward
RALEIGH – As the Republicans’ state budget plan makes its way through the North Carolina House, some things about the plan are clear and some are unclear.
Let’s start with the latter. At this writing, it’s unclear how many of the House plan’s provisions will survive amendment attempts. It’s unclear how many Democrats, if any, will vote for it. It’s unclear if the Republican-controlled Senate will agree with most of the House plan or offer a substantially different one.

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Honoring efforts to hunt down Bin Laden
Dear Editor:
As the nation, and indeed the peace-loving world celebrates the demise of mass-murderer and terrorist Osama bin Laden, I want to salute our military and intelligence personnel for their tireless efforts to achieve this ultimate service of justice.

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OBITUARIES

MILDRED W. YOUNG
ZEBULON - Mildred Werner Young, 96, formerly of Williamsport, Penn., died Sunday morning, May 1, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale.

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DOUGLAS M. HINTON
ZEBULON - Douglas MacArthur Hinton, 67, died Thursday, April 28, 2011. Funeral services were Sunday, May 1, at Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell. Entombment followed with full Masonic Rites in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens mausoleum.

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SPORTS

SENIOR TOUR AT FHS
A-HEAD OF THE GAME. Franklinton’s Nikki Bell (center) heads the ball between two Roanoke Rapids defenders during Monday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer match at the FHS Football Field.
SENIOR TOUR AT FHS
FRANKLINTON -- Senior Night brought one final opportunity for Franklinton’s girls soccer upperclassmen to defeat ultimate rival Roanoke Rapids.
Stakes were high for the contest, as Franklinton could have moved into a first-place tie with RR in the Northern Carolina Conference regular season finale for both squads.

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Shuford Signs With ‘Canes
Shuford Signs With ‘Canes
ROCKY MOUNT -- Kristen Shuford rolled the dice and found her college fortune during a showcase volleyball camp in December in Greensboro.
Appropriately enough, the event is known as the Lucky Dog Showcase, and it featured over 500 senior spike standouts who were looking to draw interest from collegiate coaches in attendance.

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Woodburn to play for PDL team
Woodburn to play for PDL team
Former Franklinton High School boys soccer standout Josh Woodburn experienced plenty of Franklin County ‘firsts’ during his career at FHS.
The list is lengthy, including first East-West All-Star participant, first All-State selection and first Division I signee -- among many others.

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LC prepares for tournament
LC prepares for tournament
LOUISBURG -- Heavy can be the head that wears the expected champion’s crown at the annual Region X Baseball Tournament.
Winning the league’s regular season title is certainly no guarantee of success -- as evidenced by past history.
That’s why Louisburg College head coach John Thomas is savoring his club’s No. 6 seed for the tourney, which will begin Saturday and run through next Wednesday at the Burlington Athletic Stadium in Alamance County.

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Louisburg to host competition
Louisburg to host competition
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Parks and Recreation Department will host sectional action of the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition on May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
The sectional will feature youngsters from Eastern North Carolina -- from East Raleigh all the way to the Outer Banks.
The sectional winners will advance to compete at an event later in the year at a Major League Baseball game.

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VGCC AWARD WINNERS
VGCC AWARD WINNERS
Franklin County resident and Vance-Granville men’s basketball coach Avery Wilson (left) presented ‘Most Inspirational Player’ Awards to Joshua Coles (second from left) and Moise Somadjagbi (second from right) during the recent VGCC Athletic Banquet. Also pictured in the photo is Vanguards’ assistant coach Chad Wilson (right).

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Mudcats defeat host Smokies
Mudcats defeat host Smokies
SEVIERVILLE, TENN. -- James Avery pitched seven brilliant innings, and a three-run seventh inning broke a scoreless deadlock as Carolina won its second straight over Tennessee 4-1 at Smokies Park on Sunday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.

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ECU salvages a split
GREENVILLE -- John Wooten drove in three runs, while Corey Thompson and Mike Ussery added a pair of RBI as No. 29 East Carolina University (28-16, 9-9) defeated No. 15 Southern Miss (32-11, 11-4) 7-6 Sunday afternoon in Conference USA baseball action at Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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LOOSE BALL
LOOSE BALL
(L to R) Roanoke Rapids’ Kayla Miller and Franklinton’s Megan Crews converge on a loose ball during Monday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer contest.

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LIFESTYLES

Annual “Turn of the Century” Band Concert May 7
On Saturday, May 7, the Louisburg High School Band program will once again present the annual “Turn-of-the-Century” styled concert on the historic courthouse steps in downtown Louisburg.  The concert will begin at 6 p.m. and will last about 30 minutes.  Both the Concert and Symphonic Bands of Louisburg High School will play; some pieces will be played separately, and some pieces will be with the combined bands. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Louisburg High School auditorium.

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Rosanell Eaton celebrates 90th birthday
Rosanell Eaton celebrates 90th birthday
“Roses for Mother Rose” was the theme and décor as family and friends honored the life of Rosanell (Mother Rose) Eaton during her 90th birthday celebration held April 16 at her church, Faith Baptist Church, 249 Holden Road in Youngsville.

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Photography guild met at De Hart Gardens
Franklin County Arts Council’s new photography guild met Saturday morning at De Hart Botanical Gardens in Louisburg for a photo shoot.
Allen de Hart greeted Anthony McGirt, Jim Liestman, Dorothe Orr, Chris Haynes, Lindsay Harrison and Donna Campbell Smith in the parking lot as they unloaded their gear for a morning of picture taking.

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Weeds: Friend or Foe?
No matter how you define a weed, it is simply a plant whose undesirable qualities outweigh the good qualities.
What one considers being a weed depends on your personal opinions and activities.
In nature there is no such thing as a weed. We humans simply define any plant out of place as a weed, however although we manipulate nature for our own good, nature is persistent.

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Four Generations
Four Generations
Four generations of the Williams Family celebrated the dedication of six-month-old Anthony Jeremiah Alston at My Father’s House Church, Louisburg, on April 17. Pictured are (from left) Anthony Jeremiah Alston; Dalila Williams, mother; Derrell Williams, uncle; Dorothy Green (Dottie), grandmother; and Barbara Williams, great-grandmother.

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Spohn, White wed
Spohn, White wed
Hannah Kristin Spohn and Christopher Shaun White were married on April 12, 2011 during a 3 p.m. ceremony at Rolesville Baptist Church. The officiating minister was the Rev. Dr. Randy Bridges of Rolesville.
The bride is the daughter of Michael Spohn of Virginia and Christie Andrews of California.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Ashleigh Smith and Raymond May Jr. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Haleigh Brooke May, born April 22, 2011 at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson. She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Kim Joyner and Woody and Shelly Smith, all of Louisburg.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Students participate in Project H2O
Students participate in Project H2O
The Crosscreek Charter School Eighth Grade Water Warriors are participating in a service learning project in cooperation with Project H2O.
This project is designed to educate our local community about the water crisis in the world and to reach out to the water-deprived children of Kenya.

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Wake Electric awards scholarships
Wake Electric has awarded 17 college scholarships equaling a total of $22,000. 
The $2,000 Fred M. Alford Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Kenan Lee Wilkinson Drum of North Raleigh Christian Academy.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Barrick serves as page in Raleigh for N.C. State House
Barrick serves as page in Raleigh for N.C. State House
Charlotte Barrick, a student at Louisburg High School, recently served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives.  She is the daughter of Harry and Emily Barrick of Louisburg and was sponsored by Rep. Glen Bradley (R-Franklin).  Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) appoints the pages and introduces each one to members and citizens in the House gallery at the start of each week during Monday night’s session.

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Raleigh woman arrested for drunken driving
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who vandalized street signs in the Youngsville area.
According to an April 28 report by Dep. Nathan Rinker, stop signs, littering signs and other miscellaneous signs were vandalized in the areas of Mays Crossroads and Tarboro roads, Fleming, Bert Winston, Hill, Old John Mitchell and Husketh roads.

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Bunn Fun Run results tabulated
Bunn Fun Run results tabulated
BUNN — The results of the Bunn Fun Run are in.
While runners crossed the finish line at a fast pace, the first time event also raised money that the town and organizers eventually plan to use for area recreation.

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FUN FOR A CAUSE
FUN FOR A CAUSE
Safe Space Inc. held its Ninth Annual Reverse Raffle Fund-raiser recently at Louisburg United Methodist Church. The agency raised more than $13,000 at the event.  Guests purchased $100 tickets admitting two people.  A “Wild Wild West” dinner was prepared and served by Grace Haven Baptist Fellowship of Youngsville. The Wake Forest Singers entertained with western music, which was a prize in itself!

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