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Showing 31 articles from May 20, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Parker leaving Vance-Granville
Parker leaving Vance-Granville
Randy Parker, president of Vance-Granville Community College, is the new Guilford Technical Community College president, according to an announcement from the college.
Parker submitted his resignation at VGCC Thursday morning, and will work out  his contract that expires Aug. 31 before starting his new job Sept. 1.

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Break-ins on the increase
Break-ins on the increase
Law enforcement is warning residents to be on the lookout for a spike in break-ins.
In a one-day period, residents in the Franklinton area reported five burglaries.
Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr. advised commissioners and residents on Tuesday night that they need to be vigilant against crime.

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Fire trucks remain in top form
Fire trucks remain in top form
CHECK UP. Above, Louisburg Fire Department Lt. Ray Yarborough performs a routine check on one of the department’s fire engines this week. Part of the diagnostic includes checking oil levels on the fire engine, making sure it’s properly lubricated. The check ups are done about once a week to make sure the service engines are in optimum shape to respond to fires, wrecks and other emergencies.

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County staff to present budget on June 1
County staff to present budget on June 1
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will get its first look at the budget as a group in a few weeks.
The board recessed its Monday night meeting until June 1, when County Manager Angela Harris and Finance Director Chuck Murray plan to present the board with a proposed 2011-12 spending plan.
In previous meetings, Harris has said that the current budget has been one of the county’s most difficult.

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Animal Control attorneys face lawsuit deadline
Attorneys representing animal control and its director have until the end of business on Monday to respond to claims that their negligence led to the death of a family pet.
Attorneys for Jessica Ruiz filed a lawsuit on March 21, claiming that failures to follow procedure and protocol led to the death of their five-month old labrador-pit bull mix named Rocky.

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Budget public hearings scheduled
FRANKLINTON — Town commissioners have scheduled two public hearings over the next three weeks, taking their financial spending plan to the people.
During a budget work session on May 5, commissioners reached a consensus that it would present a budget that includes a 2-cent tax increase and employee furlough days to balance a budget that falls short by about $94,000 in the town’s general and utility fund.

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Appraiser chosen for Franklinton water plant
Appraiser chosen for Franklinton water plant
FRANKLINTON — Town officials began clearing a path this week that will let a Charlotte-based company determine the value of its water system.
The results could determine how a political and legal battle between Franklinton and Franklin County gets settled.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Calvin Brodie

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Split Take
Editorial Cartoon: Split Take


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Redrawing districts could give county new perspective
Finally, a decision for Franklin County that makes practical sense.
The county commissioners, by a unanimous vote this week, decided to see what plans, programs and ideas may be available to help redistrict the county.
That was a smart decision because there is little in our system more politically sensitive than drawing election boundaries.

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Corruption comes at a cost
Corruption comes at a cost
Let’s see, where does the line for autographs start?
There might be a business opportunity here, collect autographs now — and sell them in a few years when we’re all famous.
You collect — I’ll wait and see.
It all began this week when our Tourism Development Authority voted to spend $6,000 of tax dollars collected from guests on an effort to make Franklin County the place to film a movie — and maybe make all of us stars in the process.

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Why are you in such a hurry Hot Dog Harry?
Why are you in such a hurry Hot Dog Harry?
GOOD MORNING: If Friday wasn’t warm enough for your comfort, cheer up, much warmer weather is apparently headed our way. The outlook for this weekend is for sunny skies with daytime highs ranging from the mid 80s to around 90 thru the first part of next week. 

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A dangerous game with potentially disastrous consequences for Franklin County
Dear Editor:
First and foremost, let me take this opportunity to personally express my appreciation to state Sen. Doug Berger for his unwavering support of the Franklin County Cancer Center. 
Throughout his entire career, he has been an ardent supporter of improved access to quality health care, particularly for the medically underserved.

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OBITUARIES

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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DEWITT C. CASH
YOUNGSVILLE - DeWitt C. Cash, 83, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday, May 20, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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MARIE B. HORTON
ZEBULON - Marie Beddingfield Horton, 86, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Funeral service was held Thursday, May 19, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Horton family cemetery.

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JESUS “CHEWY” AVILA
ZEBULON - Jesus “Chewy” Avila died Tuesday, May 17, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. today (Saturday, May 21) at Kenly Church of  God, 9073 Saint Mary Church Road, Kenly.

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GLINDA L. DREISBACH
GARNER - Glinda Laverne Ladd Dreisbach, 56, died Sunday, May 15, 2011. A memorial service was held Thursday, May 19, at McLaurin Funeral Home, Clayton, with the Rev. Adrian Dixon officiating.

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REV. JAMES MACKENZIE
ASHEBORO - The Rev. James MacKenzie, 86, died at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Cross Road Baptist Church (1566 Old Cox Road, Asheboro). Burial will be at 4:30 p.m. at Olivia Presbyterian Church (3363 Olivia Road, Olivia).

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DR. JAMES S. STANLEY
ZEBULON - Dr. James S. Stanley, 55, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted at  2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 21) at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson, with Pastor Patrick Yelverton officiating.

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SPORTS

The NCC Kings?
FORCE PLAY. Bunn High School second baseman Sean McDaniel (left) converts a force at second base for the Wildcats during Tuesday evening’s game at South Granville in the second round of the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs.
The NCC Kings?
CREEDMOOR -- The Northern Carolina Conference boasted one its most competitive baseball seasons ever this spring -- with North Johnston, Roanoke Rapids, Louisburg and Bunn taking turns defeating each other in the parity-filled standings.
South Granville, however, is making a postseason claim at being the Kings of the NCC -- even if the Vikings compete in a different league.

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BHS girls edged by Chargers
BACK IN 2012. Outfielder and leadoff hitter Aimee Sanders will be one of many key returnees next season for the Bunn High School fast-pitch softball squad under veteran head coach Melanie Lovin.
BHS girls edged by Chargers
PITTSBORO -- Bunn’s youthful fast-pitch squad -- with only two seniors -- saw its campaign close Tuesday with a 9-6 loss at Northwood in the opening round of the Class 2-A State Softball Playoffs.
BHS finished at 15-7 overall. Its only upperclassmen were Sara Green and Melanie Davis, who has signed a letter-of-intent to continue her softball career at Lander University in South Carolina.

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Stokes Updates LC Soccer
Stokes Updates LC Soccer
LOUISBURG -- Head Coach Andy Stokes unveiled several of his incoming performers last weekend for the Louisburg College women’s soccer program.
Stokes, who already has a solid core of sophomore returnees, welcomed the incoming standouts -- and signed them to letters-of-intent -- during the school’s Early Registration event on the LC campus.

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Safe Space will host a golf event
Safe Space will host a golf event
LOUISBURG -- Safe Space Inc. will hold its annual golf tournament on June 24 at the Green Hill Country Club in Louisburg.
All proceeds from the event go to support the services of Safe Space Inc, a domestic violence services organization.
Sign in and lunch will be at noon, followed by golf at 12:30 p.m.
For more information or to sign up, call Darrell Perry at 496-2153 or the Safe Space Office at 497-5599.

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Repeat For Weaver
Louisburg College sophmore third baseman Amber Weaver (left) was saluted last Friday as the Region X Softball Player of the Year -- for the second straight season. Weaver, who hails from North Johnston HS, is shown with LC head coach Monica Gordy.
Repeat For Weaver
LOUISBURG -- From last-minute signee to two-time Region X Player of the Year, Amber Weaver has enjoyed quite a career as a member of the Louisburg College fast-pitch softball team.
Weaver, from nearby North Johnston High School in Kenly, wasn’t even recruited by LC until assistant coach Megan Rube attended one of Weaver’s playoff games when she was a senior.

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Mudcats return to Five County
Mudcats return to Five County
MOBILE, ALA. -- The Mobile BayBears scored 11 unanswered runs in the first three innings after the Carolina Mudcats took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, then rolled to a 16-6 victory over the Mudcats in the Class AA Southern League baseball series finale on Wednesday afternoon at Hank Aaron Stadium.

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FRANKLINTON FORCE
FRANKLINTON FORCE
Miranda Higgs was an important defender this season for the Franklinton High School girls soccer team. She has signed a letter-of-intent to join the Louisburg College program and will be a part of the Lady Hurricanes roster during the 2011 Fall Season.

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OUT AT SECOND
OUT AT SECOND
Bunn High School’s J’Wan Lewis (right) was unsuccessful in this stolen-base attempt during Tuesday night’s baseball playoff loss against South Granville.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Water heater stolen from vacant mobile home
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole lawn equipment.
Carolyn Ransdell reported on May 18 that, within the week, someone cut the locks and broke into a shed at her Joe Denton Road home.

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Franklinton adopts resolution asking state to consider budget impacts on education
Franklinton adopts resolution asking state to consider budget impacts on education
The Franklinton Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution, asking its state leaders to consider impacts on education when adopting its 2011-12 spending plan.
The resolution warns that current budget plans reduce school spending by 12.8 percent, eliminates funding for teacher assistants, and hampers the ability of educators to follow the Constitution and provide a free, public and uniform education.

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Local landmark turns 50
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Local landmark turns 50
In 1960-1961, the current campus of Louisburg High School was completed.  Fifty years later, a rededication of this landmark facility will occur as the Concert and Symphonic Bands perform their annual Spring Concert Friday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the now-historic auditorium.

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