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Showing 35 articles from May 13, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

New park recommendation delayed
A proposal for a new county park will have to wait.
Members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory meeting anticipated presenting commissioners on Monday with its proposal to use the Girl Scout camp on N.C. 39 to meet the dying request of a Louisburg man.
One of the criteria for the park that Edgar Owens left in his will is that the site have a fishing pond, which he wanted named after his father, V.E. Owens.

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Harold Reddick dies at 87
Harold Reddick dies at 87
A long-time member of the community, a town leader and community stalwart passed away this week.
Harold Reddick was 87.
“He was a very good man,” said Mayor Sam Hardwick. “What we have in this town today, we can thank him for.”

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Tour highlights beef industry
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. Traci Nachtrab gets a personal moment with one of the cows at Lucky 3 Farm, which she operates with her husband, Calvin, and daughter, Rachel. The farm will be part of the 5-County Beef Tour this coming Tuesday.
Tour highlights beef industry
Residents and visitors will get a good an up close and personal look at thriving beef producers in Franklin County.
Three farms will be the highlight of the 5-County Beef Tour this coming Tuesday.
One of those is run by Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association President Traci Nachtrab and her husband, Calvin.

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Cedar Creek principal suspended
Cedar Creek principal suspended
A long-time school administrator was suspended with pay on Friday.
School system attorney Boyd Sturges confirmed that Eddie Ingram suspended Cedar Creek Middle School Principal Brooke Wheeler.
He would not disclose the reason for the decision.

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Youngsville working to revamp town government
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners adopted new standing committees, following through on plans to revamp town government that were brought up last month.
In April, Commissioner Cat Redd suggested a host of town actions, including plans to create, update or adopt a number of items, from a comprehensive development plan to a capital improvement plan.

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Airport applying for grant
The county’s airport commission gave its staff approval to apply for a grant that could aid in airport expansion.
Members of the Triangle North Executive Airport commission identified acquiring 31 acres just northeast of the terminal as a priority when it finalized its Transportation Improvement Plan requests.

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Bunn looks at cutting police department expense
Bunn looks at cutting police department expense
BUNN — Town commissioners are hoping to curtail its reliance on the general fund while also avoiding a tax increase to balance its $423,000 proposed budget for 2011-12.
Those cuts could come at the expense of the police department, which eats up the lion’s share of town funding at $236,884 — more than 55.8 percent of town expenditures.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Clayton Adams

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Oil Rigged
Editorial Cartoon: Oil Rigged


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DOT engineers know more than legislators
Everyone expected changes in the way the North Carolina General Assembly would conduct business this year, but those changes are veering into dangerous territory.
After years of being on the outside looking in while the Democrats ran — and sometimes made a mess — of things, the Republicans are now in charge and eager to put their stamp on the way things are being done.

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What do legislators know about staffing classrooms?
What do legislators know about staffing classrooms?
First a question: What makes members of our state General Assembly believe they are qualified to determine whether or not teacher assistants are needed in public school classrooms?
Other than as students, how many of them have ever stepped foot in a classroom for anything other than a photo opportunity?
This week, the dispute over public school funding in North Carolina has been coming into focus and it’s not pretty.

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Saying goodbye to a friend, Harold Reddick
Saying goodbye to a friend, Harold Reddick
GOOD MORNING: If our weather prognosticators are anywhere near correct, we could well be in for a stormy weekend.
If all goes as forecast, there’s something like a 60 percent chance of thundershowers, which were expected to begin Friday afternoon, continuing well into the coming week.

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Doesn’t think bin Laden is dead
Dear Editor,
It is beyond me why anyone accepts, without real proof, bin Laden’s recent death. So far, the only evidence that we have is the utterance of a president who lies every time his lips move and of his toadies. Why anyone would believe him now is incomprehensible to me.

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Deputies come through, do good job
Dear Editor,
On May 10, I was notified by a family member that my home had been broken into and the door had been kicked in. I was greeted by a deputy upon my arrival and an investigation was completed promptly and efficiently. I was devastated to find out several firearms were missing that I have owned since I was 10 years old. Included in the list was three rifles inherited by deceased family members.

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OBITUARIES

MARVIN D. HAGWOOD
BUTNER – Marvin Dexter Hagwood, 83, son of the late Marvin B. and Mary Preddy Hagwood, died Wednesday evening, May 11, 2011 at Durham Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel.  Officiating will be the Rev. David Averette.  The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the funeral home.

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HAROLD HODGIN REDDICK
YOUNGSVILLE - Harold (Rick) Hodgin Reddick of Youngsville passed away peacefully on May 11, 2011 at home after an extended illness. He was born on October 1, 1923 in Greensboro, NC to the late Haul Millis Reddick Sr. and Hallie Hodgin Reddick. 

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SPORTS

FHS’ FINISHING ACT
SEE YA LATER. Franklinton’s Lauren Wilder (right) gets past a pair of Jordan-Matthews defenders during Wednesday’s first-round showdown in the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs at the FHS Football Field.
FHS’ FINISHING ACT
FRANKLINTON -- If any event was befitting of a fantastic finish, it was Franklinton’s home match against Jordan-Matthews on Wednesday in the first round of the Class 2-A Girls Soccer State Playoffs.
Barring an unexpected shift in seedings, this was scheduled to be the final contest in the storied history of the FHS Football Field, as the school will be moving to a new campus in the fall.

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Larry Now A State Legend
STATE PLAQUE RECIPIENT. Former Youngsville High School coach/player Larry Lindsey poses with a plaque of his likeness that he received as part of his induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
Larry Now A State Legend
RALEIGH -- Larry Lindsey recalled the day when he had interviewed for a basketball coaching job at Louisburg High School in 1965.
Intrigued by the opportunity, Lindsey stopped by his mother’s house in Youngsville to discuss the situation. By chance -- and what a chance it was -- former Youngsville coach Al DePorter lived across the street from Lindsey’s mom.

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LC coach announces resignation
LC coach announces resignation
After three seasons, John Thomas has tendered his resignation as the head baseball coach at Louisburg College.
Thomas announced his decision during a mid-week meeting with LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman after the Hurricanes had been eliminated from the Region X Baseball Tournament in Burlington.

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CLASS 2-A STATE PLAYOFF SKED
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are first-round matchups for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs. Opening games were played either Thursday or Friday across the state, and second-round games are scheduled for this coming Tuesday.

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Bunn defeated in first round at RHS
Bunn defeated in first round at RHS
RANDLEMAN -- Bunn High School’s girls soccer season came to a close Wednesday with a 5-0 loss at Randleman in the opening round of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.
Bunn, coached by Eric Schuette, wrapped up its slate at 12-8 overall. The Ladycats finished third this spring in the competitive Northern Carolina Conference.

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Heels reach nationals
YOUNGSVILLE -- The Triangle Tar Heels Fifth-Grade Girls Basketball Team recently completed its AAU season with a sparkling record of 30-3 overall.
Thanks to their third-place effort at the recent state event, the Tar Heels have earned a bid to the Division I AAU National Tournament, which will be held June 26-July 1 in Hampton, Va.

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ECU stops Wake Forest at Five County
ECU stops Wake Forest at Five County
ZEBULON -- Corey Thompson and Trent Whitehead each collected three hits, while Thompson drove in a game-high four runs as East Carolina University (31-17) recorded its seventh ball shutout of the season, blanking Wake Forest (20-27) 9-0 Wednesday night at Five County Stadium.

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Canes in Region X action
Canes in Region X action
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s four-game softball sweep against the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie wasn’t just a strong way to end the season -- it served as a precursor for upcoming action at the annual Region X Tournament.
That’s because the Lady Hurricanes, courtesy of their No. 3 seed, were scheduled to meet sixth-seeded USC-S once again -- this time in the opening round of the tourney.

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Barons get the best of Mudcats
Barons get the best of Mudcats
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- The Birmingham Barons scored all five of their runs in the first inning and defeated the Carolina Mudcats 5-2 at Regions Park on Wednesday afternoon in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.
Kyle McCulloch (L, 0-1), who was making his Mudcats debut down from Triple-A Louisville, allowed a solo homer to Brandon Short, then a three-run double to Drew Garcia later in the inning as the Barons (16-16) took control early.

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PHYSICAL PRESENCE
PHYSICAL PRESENCE
(L to R) Franklinton’s Megan Crews collides with Jordan-Matthews’ Madison Pleasants as the players try to gain the ball as part of Wednesday’s girls soccer playoff matchup.

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LIFESTYLES

A special concert to be remembered
A special concert to be remembered
A very special concert was presented at Louisburg College on April 29, very special in the sense that it was organized in gratitude to all the Friends of the Arts and Louisburg Society members.
Teresa Walters, acclaimed pianist, rare musical phenomenon, and one of the world’s most significant pianists, performed a fantastic program celebrating and honoring the bicentennial of Franz Liszt, born in 1811.

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How you can minimize or slow the effects of aging
She woke up one morning, arose from her bed, looked in the mirror and said, “Who is that old lady looking back at me?”
Fran felt so young and alive, it was hard to believe she was 87 years old.  No one wants to think about getting old, getting sick or dying, but it is an inevitable part of life.

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Pickin’ ’n Grinnin’ at Person Place
Calling all Bluegrass lovers — come out to the Pickin’ ‘n Grinnin’ Bluegrass Jam Sessions!  They are held from 7 to 9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Person Place, 605 N. Main Street, Louisburg.
Pickin’ ‘n Grinnin’ has been going on for almost nine months now.  It is put on with the help of Franklin County Arts Council and The Person Place.

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Old-time music event in Youngsville May 16
An event billed as an “old-time music gathering” is being planned for Monday evenings, beginning May 16, in Youngsville.
It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the brick building behind Youngsville School that’s often called the old shop building.
The event is free and open to anyone, according to Jack Simmons, one of the organizers.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklinton High School announces honor rolls
Charles Fuller, principal of Franklinton High School, announces the Honor Roll for the 2010/2011 fourth six-weeks grading period.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County must redraw districts for commissioners and school board
A population increase will require Franklin County to redraw districts for its board of commissioners and board of education.
When the board meets on Monday night, staff will ask the governing board to use Mel Black and Associates to assist with redistricting.
The Raleigh firm has proposed doing the work for $9,500 — a discounted rate, they say, because the commission and school board districts are the same.

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Deputies investigate tool theft
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a northern Franklin County man on larceny charges following a vehicle chase.
According to a report by Dep. D.B. Wester, he was on patrol in the 1100 block of Tollie Weldon Road when he came upon small vehicle on the side of the road that he thought might be disabled during the early morning hours of May 10.

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County Employment Security Commission reports unemployment claims down 50 percent
There was a hint of optimism when the Franklin County Economic Development Commission met Thursday morning in Franklinton.
“Very positive” was the way Mike Brown of the Employment Security Commission described recent trends at his office.

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BUSINESS

READY FOR CRITTERS!
READY FOR CRITTERS!
With a snip of a ribbon, the Louisburg Veterinary Clinic officially opened for business Thursday morning at 115 N. Church Street near downtown Louisburg. The clinic is owned by Dr. David Fontenot who said that the clinic is for any animal “without scales or feathers!”

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