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Showing 51 articles from May 17, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Choosing appraiser next step in water dispute
Franklinton and Franklin County were expected to move forward with an appraiser by today.
Both governing boards met in a joint session on April 20, hoping to resolve an ongoing dispute about water service before the matter gets tied up in court.
Franklin County has argued that the town breached the water contract in September when it stopped supplying the county with water.

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Commissioners seek help to redraw districts
Commissioners seek help to redraw districts
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to look for the most qualified group to redraw its commission and school board districts.
Staff recommended that commissioners use Mel Black and Associates to perform the redistricting, a necessity created by population changes revealed in the 2010 census.

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Deputies arrest Nash homicide suspect
Deputies arrest Nash homicide suspect
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man suspected in a Nash County homicide.
According to Captain Pat Joyner of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Eusevio Salazar-Mendoza and Corrello Ramiro were arguing at a home they shared at 7942 Buck Road in Castalia when Salazar-Mendoza shot Ramiro.
Ramiro was dead when deputies arrived at the home around 7:30 on Saturday night. 

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CROWDED HOUSE
CROWDED HOUSE
Dr. Phil Stover, center, points out the historical aspects of the Fuller-Malone-Parham House that dates back to the 1790s. It is the home that poet and novelist Edwin Wiley Fuller grew up in. The home features double staircases. The home was one of 12 structures featured on the Franklin County Historic Homes Tour held on Saturday and Sunday.

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De Hart receives Designation of Honor
De Hart receives Designation of Honor
Allen de Hart, a retired Louisburg College professor and the driving force behind the International Whistler’s Convention, was honored Monday night with a Designation of Honor certificate passed unanimously by the Louisburg Town Council.
The resolution stated that “Allen de Hart has been an exemplary and respected citizen and resident of Franklin County, being well known by all citizens as a renowned author, dedicated protector of nature and the cultural arts” and as an “invaluable asset to Louisburg College as a faculty member from 1957 to 2001.”

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Relay for Life May 20-21 at Bunn High School
There are costumes, carnival food and plenty to see when Relay for Life comes to town.
That festive atmosphere is not the only thing that Relay for Life has in common with the circus, it also shares the same mantra — the show must go on.
Rain is in the forecast for the days leading up to the Friday and Saturday event at Bunn High School, but that will not deter organizers putting the finishing touches on the 16th annual event in Franklin County.

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TDA endorses project grants
PREDDY GOOD. The county’s Tourism Development Authority has again recommended providing a grant to market and promote the Preddyfest, slated for later this summer.
TDA endorses project grants
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority recommended funding some projects that are right in the wheel house of their current mission and one that speaks to where they see the entity going.
The group recommended providing grants to help market Youngsville’s Lake Donna Party, the Franklinton area’s Preddyfest, Louisburg’s Tar River Festival and Lake Royale’s Triathlon — all events that have been funded in the past.

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Restaurant becoming hot spot for problems
Topics ranging from the birds and the bees to a nuisance allegedly being created by a downtown night club were on the agenda of the Louisburg town council Monday night.
After a lengthy discussion, the town agreed to close a downtown parking lot on weekend nights in an effort to buffer nearby residents from nightclub patrons who are causing problems.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Franklinton resident Jazmine Jones

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Penny Wise
Editorial Cartoon: Penny Wise


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Info about public officials needs to remain public
Some of the “stuff” flowing out of Raleigh recently simply boggles the imagination!
And no, this time we’re not referring to the absurd budget schemes we’ve been hearing about.
This time, the issue is your right to know what your government is doing — and why.
One might think that after all the scandals of recent years, opening up government and its records would be a no-brain-type decision in our state’s capital.

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CPR, county website get new look
CPR, county website get new look
GOOD MORNING: There was something like a 60% chance that we’d get a bit of rain overnight last night (Tuesday) and the same applies for today, but the current weather pattern, ie. partly cloudy/partly sunny with a chance of a thunder boomer appears to the rule these days rather than the exception.

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Plenty to do this weekend
Plenty to do this weekend
I don’t suspect anyone can go into this weekend and say, with a straight face, there’s nothing to do in Franklin County.
Starting Friday night, the town of Bunn will be lit by football field lights, luminaries and smiling faces as the 16th annual Franklin County Relay for Life kicks off.

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Website Reader Participation Results May 11-17
Last Week’s Poll
Should pics go public?
Should photo’s of Bin Laden’s corpse be released to the public?

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Aren’t our children worth a penny?
I am concerned that the General Assembly doesn’t fully understand funding for teacher assistants.  I have been working with our Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, Doug Moore, on this issue, and I want to share the dilemma in Franklin County Schools regarding teacher assistants.

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OBITUARIES

TIMOTHY M. PERRY
LOUISBURG – Timothy Miller Perry, 51, formerly of Raleigh, died Friday morning, May 13, 2011. Funeral service was held Monday, May 16, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home with the Rev. Madison Hankal officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.

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RACHEL P. WRENN
ZEBULON - Rachel Page Wrenn, 83, died Sunday, May 15, 2011. Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 17, at Social Plains Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Murray cemetery.

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TERRY RAY MCLAMB
RALEIGH - Terry Ray McLamb, 51, died Friday, May 13, 2011 at Wake Med. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 18) at Union Grove Baptist Church, Salemburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JEURLENE B. PRECHTEL
HENDERSON - Jeurlene Bartholomew Prechtel, 79, a resident of Henderson and Cape Carteret, died Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 15, in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Tammy Ayscue. On Monday, May 16, graveside services were conducted by the Rev. Dr. Robert Oltman at Gethsemane Memorial Park in Morehead City.

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WILLIS R. LANGDON
FOUR OAKS - Willis “Rudolph” Langdon, 87, died Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, May 15, at First Baptist Church, Four Oaks, with the Rev. John Norman officiating. Burial followed in Four Oaks Cemetery.

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DARWIN H. “CLAY” HARPER
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Darwin Howard “Clay” Harper, 81, who died Sunday, May 15, 2011, will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. Linda Taybron, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Harper family cemetery.

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JERRY R. PIPER
LOUISBURG -  Jerry Ray Piper, 55, of Louisburg died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at his home.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Piper.  Memorial service will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel.

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WILLIAM F. KELLERHALS
YOUNGSVILLE  - William F. Kellerhals, Sr., 87, of Youngsville, formerly of Port Leyden, NY and Constableville, NY,  died Saturday, May 14, 2011.  He was under the care of his family, Hospice of Wake County, and the staff of Woodland Terrace.

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SPORTS

BUNN’S SPRINT CUP
TRIPLE THREAT FOR BHS. Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy (left) won the Girls 100, 200 and 400 during last Saturday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane.
BUNN’S SPRINT CUP
MEBANE -- Want champions?
Franklin County had plenty of them during last Saturday’s action at the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships, which were held at Eastern Alamance High School.
No county performer stood taller than Bunn junior Marisa Bellamy, who put together a dominant sprint sweep by winning the Girls 100, 200 and 400.

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Lady Canes Wrap Up Season
A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN FOR LOUISBURG. (L to R) Head Coach Monica Gordy and standout third baseman Amber Weaver helped Louisburg College to a strong year in Region X fast-pitch softball action.
Lady Canes Wrap Up Season
LOUISBURG -- With one key starter already sidelined and another soon to be on the way, Louisburg College’s chances for ultimate success looked slim at the annual Region X Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament.
Still, the Lady Hurricanes, coached by Monica Gordy, were able to win their first two games in the double-elimination format in Spartanburg, S.C.

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Holloman will focus on AD role
Holloman will focus on AD role
For 23 years, Mike Holloman’s name has been synonymous with the women’s basketball program at Louisburg College.
Holloman’s accomplishments at LC include 576 victories, just 114 losses, one national championship and one national runner-up finish.
He has coached 15 All-Americans, earned 17 Region X Coach of the Year honors and led the Lady Hurricanes to 14 national tournaments.

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CLASS 2-A STATE SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the pairings for the Class 2-A State Softball Playoffs, which began Tuesday:

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Big Inning Boosts BHS
Big Inning Boosts BHS
ST. PAUL’S -- A huge six-run sixth inning was the key as Bunn scored a key victory at St. Paul’s last Thursday in the opening round of the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs.
St. Paul’s helped out with four errors, which lead to five unearned runs during the Wildcats’ 7-2 conquest.
With the win, Bunn moved into a second-round showdown Tuesday night in Creedmoor against the South Granville Vikings.

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CLASS 2-A REGIONAL TRACK RESULTS
MEBANE -- Here are last Saturday’s winners and team standings from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Meet at Eastern Alamance High School:

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LC’s Carter earns award
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s recent trend of top-notch pitchers continued this season with right-handed ace Ethan Carter, a transfer from the University of South Carolina.
Carter has been selected as the Region X Pitcher of the Year for the 2011 campaign -- marking the third time an LC player has won the prestigious award over the past five years.

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Baseball clinic scheduled
Baseball clinic scheduled
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Golf Fore! Miracles Charity Golf Scramble will be held Sept. 27 at The River Golf and Country Club at Lake Royale.
Cost is $400 per team, which includes cart, greens fee, meal, door prizes and a goodie bag.
There will also be prizes for long drive, closest-to-the-pin and holes-in-one.

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Mudcats master host Mobile
Mudcats master host Mobile
MOBILE, ALA. -- A four-run seventh inning sprung the Carolina Mudcats to a 7-3 victory over the Mobile BayBears on Sunday afternoon at Hank Aaron Stadium, giving Daryl Thompson his first win as a Mudcat in the Class AA Southern League baseball event.
The win snapped a five-game losing skid for the Mudcats, who improved to 2-5 on their current 10-game road trip.

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FAST TO THE FINISH
FAST TO THE FINISH
Bunn’s Austin Avery (left) outlasts a Durham School of Arts runner at the finish line of the Boys 400 during last Saturday’s Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field Meet.

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LEADING THE WAY
LEADING THE WAY
A strong performance from Franklinton’s Kadesia Crudup (front) helped the Lady Rams qualify for the state meet in the 3200 Relay.

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DISCUS DOMINANCE
DISCUS DOMINANCE
Bunn’s Hana Metzinger rolled to an impressive victory in the Girls Discus at the Class 2-A Mideast Regional Track and Field event last Saturday.

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LIFESTYLES

Franklin County 4-H alive with opportunities for young people
Does 4-H still exist?
YES ... Franklin County 4-H is alive and is growing in leaps and bounds.
You may be asking yourself, what is 4-H? Well, 4-H is a community of young people across America between the ages of 5-18 who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is all about having fun and learning while doing hands-on experiments.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Edward Best releases honor rolls for third nine weeks
Debbie Ayscue, principal of Edward Best Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the third nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Cedar Creek announces honor rolls for third nine weeks grading period
The Cedar Creek Middle School Honor Roll for the third nine weeks grading period has been announced as shown below.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Royal Elementary School releases honor rolls
Shawnee Perry-Manley, principal of Royal Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the third nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Bunn Middle School releases honor rolls for third nine weeks
Roosevelt Alston, principal of Bunn Middle School, announces the Honor Roll for the third nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Jefferson graduates from Elizabeth City State
Jefferson graduates from Elizabeth City State
Michael Jefferson Jr. of Louisburg graduated from Elizabeth City State University on Saturday, May 7, receiving a BS degree in computer science, with a minor concentration in mathematics.

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Thompson graduates from UNC-Chapel Hill
Thompson graduates from UNC-Chapel Hill
Sara Rebecca Thompson of Louisburg graduated on May 8 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She plans to further her education at Goldsmith’s University of London, England, where she plans to get her teaching degree in art and teach there afterwards.

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Lord gets degree from NCSU
Lord gets degree from NCSU
Laura E. Lord graduated cum laude from North Carolina State University, May 14, with a BS in Biological Engineering.
She received the Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) Senior Leadership Award and the American Society of BAE Student Honor Award.

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Terrell Lane announces honor rolls for third nine weeks
Novella Brown, principal of Terrell Lane Middle School, announces the Honor Roll for the third nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Homes tour displays history
LOW BRIDGE. Ken Price shows off some of the features of the Green Hill home during the Franklin County Historic Homes Tour on Saturday.
Homes tour displays history
About 330 people took part in the Franklin County Historic Homes tour, visiting historically significant structures ranging from the newly constructed Thomas Farm home done in the Georgian-Revival style, to the Green Hill home, which dates back to the 1770s.

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Town of Louisburg Holds “Day of Caring” to promote energy efficiency
ENERGY EFFICIENT. Louisburg resident Doris Baldwin (left) meets with town council member Mary Johnson and Louisburg Administrator Mark Warren.
Town of Louisburg Holds “Day of Caring” to promote energy efficiency
Town of Louisburg officials joined together on Friday, May 6, for a “Day of Caring,” by installing energy-saving devices in the homes of Louisburg citizens.
The group made small improvements to help lower energy bills, including installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, checking the hot water and refrigerator temperature and installing filter whistles.

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TUNA SURPRISE
TUNA SURPRISE
The United Way of Franklin County Community Spring Food Drive wraps up on Friday, May 20. UWFC Executive Director Kathy Harrelson challenged each UWFC board member to bring a jar of peanut butter and five cans of tuna to the Tuesday morning board meeting to go toward the drive collection. Members were told in an e-mail reminder for the meeting that they would have to eat a peanut butter and tuna sandwich if they forgot to bring the food. Four members “forgot.”

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Franklinton man charged with stalking
Louisburg police are looking for a suspect who cut a woman with a razor blade.
The incident capped a night of discord at a party near the intersection of Cedar and Franklin Street that required repeated police response.

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Berger holds public forum, discusses state budget
Berger holds public forum, discusses state budget
A Town Hall meeting by Rep. Doug Berger and Rep. Michael Wray featured diverse topics, from mental health to education to jurisprudence.
One thing they had in common, Berger said, is that they all would get hammered by the House’s proposed budget.
“What I took from this forum,” Berger said early this week, “is that this House budget is not popular with people.

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Bradley faces supporters, opponents at town meeting
Bradley faces supporters, opponents at town meeting
Rep. Glen Bradley faced a diverse audience at his Town Hall meeting Friday evening at the Hobgood Courthouse Annex.
Bradley said he was elected to the legislature to obey the Constitution and restore job growth.
However, Franklin County resident Ray Alexander chastised Bradley for some of his votes and hopes he only serves one term. Bradley responded by thanking Alexander for his opinions.

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BUSINESS

Schaffer receives national accreditation
Charles R. Schaffer, CPS, of Louisburg,  recently was awarded the designation of Certified Professional Safetech (CPS) by the Safe and Vault Technician Association (SAVTA), based in Dallas, Tex.
The CPS credential provides an objective measure of an individual’s knowledge and competency in safe and vault security. A Certified Professional Safetech has advanced knowledge of general safe servicing and of many specialized areas.

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