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Showing 37 articles from June 14, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Tough budget decisions ahead for school board
“It boils down to being able to identify the lesser of several evils,” said Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance, as he explained the effects of various state budget proposals on Franklin County schools.
“The dollar value of funds lost under the final Senate budget (which has been vetoed by Gov. Bev Perdue) is less than the loss that would have occurred under previous Senate versions of the budget or the final budget proposed by the House,” Moore said.

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Suspended principal’s supporters speak out
Suspended principal’s supporters speak out
Supporters of recently suspended Cedar Creek Middle School Principal Brooke Wheeler gave the Franklin County Board of Education some free advice Monday night: Keep Ms. Wheeler on the job.
Wheeler was suspended with pay in mid-May while school officials said they investigated a possible infraction that they say they cannot explain because of secretive state personnel laws.

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Tassels turned
ALL SMILES. William Valin III is all smiles after the Louisburg High class of 2011 got to turn their tassels and celebrate their graduation on Saturday inside Louisburg College’s auditorium.
Tassels turned
It was appropriate, somehow, that Franklinton High School was the last in a trio of day-long commencement exercises on Saturday.
The class of 2011 is the last to have completed all four years at the campus in the heart of town and held their commencement at 6 p.m.

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Farmer’s Foods closing its doors
Farmer’s Foods closing its doors
In what he called a “heartbreaking” decision, Buster Madison, chief operating officer of Farmer’s Foods, revealed Monday that the Louisburg store is closing.
The supermarket has been open in Shannon Village Shopping Center for about five years, but Madison said it “simply has not been performing up to our expectations.

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Selling of campsite puts Girl Scouts on the move
POINTING THE WAY. ABC 11 news anchor Barbara Gibbs was the featured speaker at the Girl Scouts day camp on Monday at Louisburg College.
Selling of campsite puts Girl Scouts on the move
Even though Girl Scouts officials decided to sell its local campsite, Franklin County is still home to dozens of girls during summer camp this week.
This past October, Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines announced that it was selling its 116-acre site along N.C. 39 between Louisburg and Bunn.

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Judge gives Franklinton more time in water dispute
A superior court judge has given Franklinton and Franklin County officials a reprieve until the end of August.
The extra time to answer a legal claim could give both sides the time they need to iron out the issue outside of court.
Both the town and county have filed lawsuits, staking their position in an ongoing water dispute that began in September when a drought forced the town to shut off its service to the county.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Terrell Lane teacher Ozell Mangum

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Snake In The Grass
Editorial Cartoon: Snake In The Grass

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Lack of faith in government seems warranted
Every so often, perhaps in a moment of pure confusion, we wonder why Americans have so little faith in their government, especially since virtually all of our leaders are people we select by the votes we cast.
And then reality slaps us upside the head!
Such was the case recently, thanks to North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

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Foy anxious for new sheriff, fears cover-up
Foy anxious for new sheriff, fears cover-up
GOOD MORNING: Ah Ha! The sound of that rain early Sunday night was music to my ears, despite the fact that we didn’t get all that much. Just a little over quarter of an inch out my way.
Every little bit counts, however, and I would like to hear some more of that music, but chances of that appear to be slim.

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Grads, Girl Scouts give glimpse into future
Grads, Girl Scouts give glimpse into future
For me, graduations are always a nostalgic time.
It’s kind of like I get to ride in a mental DeLorean equipped with a flux capacitor.
Yeah, I know. Not one person who graduated on Saturday was born when the 1985 classic, Back to the Future, came out, so that reference could be lost on them.

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Three visions of public education
RALEIGH – Because education is by far the most expensive and extensive service provided by state and local government, disagreements about education policy will always play a leading role in North Carolina politics.
In the budget debate in Raleigh, for example, most of the charges and countercharges involve education policy.

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OBITUARIES

HAROLD DUNSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Harold Dunston, 82, who died Sunday, June 12, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with Elder David Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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MAVIS C. REAMS
CASTALIA - Mavis Lee Carpenter Reams, 89, died Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Graveside services were held Sunday, June 12, at the Carpenter family cemetery, with the Rev. Bethea Moore officiating.

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ISHAM B. “BEN” CLARK JR.
ROCKY MOUNT - Isham Benjamin “Ben” Clark Jr., 79, died Friday, June 10, 2011 at his home. Funeral services were held Monday, June 13, in the chapel of Wheeler Woodlief Funeral Home, with Pastor Danny Harris officiating. Burial was at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

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THOMAS MCGRATH
CARY - Thomas McGrath, 71, formerly of Louisburg, died Friday, June 10, 2011 in Cary. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, June 15) at St. Andrew’s Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Road, Apex.

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GLENN C. TURNAGE
RALEIGH - Glenn Curtis Turnage, 52, died Monday, June 13, 2011. There will be no service at this time, but a celebration of his life will be held in the near future.

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ARCHIBALD S. RAY JR.
ZEBULON - Archibald Sereno “Archie” Ray Jr., 94, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at his home. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, June 15) at Zebulon United Methodist Church, 121 W. Gannon Avenue, Zebulon. Burial will be in Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

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W. CLAVIS WHITLEY
ZEBULON - W. Clavis Whitley, 75, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at WakeMed. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 15) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Earl Roach officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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KAY ROBERTSON
April 28, 1966 - June 6, 2011
Kay Foy (Culbertson) Robertson passed away on June 6, 2011, as the result of  an equestrian accident. We choose to celebrate her life by remembering those she loved passionately and that which she accomplished gracefully.  Born on April  28, 1966, to Dooley and Ann (Frick) Culbertson in Huntsville, Alabama, Kay found  her true home in Arlington, Texas, after her family’s brief stops in California  and New Jersey.

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SPORTS

CORY CATCHES ON
AND THE WINNER OF THE TOURNAMENT IS. Franklin County resident Cory Leonard recently took first place -- and a whopping check for $20,000 -- at the FLW Tour Co-Angler Tournament Title on the Potomac River.
CORY CATCHES ON
CASTALIA -- Given his history on the Potomac River -- and a star-studded field -- Franklin County resident Cory Leonard didn’t expect much from his appearance at the FLW Tour Co-Angler Tournament.
“The Potomac hadn’t been kind to me in the 8-10 times I’ve been there,’’  Leonard said. “I was thinking maybe I could get a decent finish, draw a check and go on to the next (event).’’

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Players Nab All-NCC Honors
Players Nab All-NCC Honors
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Eight Franklin County standouts made the list as the Northern Carolina Conference recently released its All-League Baseball Team for the 2011 campaign.
Three performers from Louisburg -- Dillon Joyner, Gray Ayscue and Jeremy Coburn -- were selected for the prestigious squad.

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Tourney scheduled for Bunn
Tourney scheduled for Bunn
BUNN -- Former Bunn High School hoops standout Ric Yarbrough, now a player at North Carolina Wesleyan College, will host the first annual Stanley Yarbrough 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament on July 16-17 at the Bunn Dome.
Cost is $100 per team. A double-elimination format will be utilized. Games will consist of two 20-minute halves.

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Skelton helps sink Smokies
Skelton helps sink Smokies
ZEBULON -- James Skelton drilled a three-run double in the eighth inning to spur the Carolina Mudcats to an 8-3 victory over first-place Tennessee on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball matchup.

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UNBEATEN DIAMONDBACKS
UNBEATEN DIAMONDBACKS
The Diamondbacks claimed first place in the regular season standings for the Louisburg Recreation Department’s 8-Under Softball League. The club went a perfect 13-0 and defeated opponents from Louisburg, Youngsville and Bunn.

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BASS KING EXPANDS HIS HORIZONS
BASS KING EXPANDS HIS HORIZONS
Larry Crudup, known as ‘The Bass King’ recently hauled in this 10-pound, 5-ounce catfish during a recent fishing expedition at a private pond in Franklin County.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

ALOTTA BALLOONS
ALOTTA BALLOONS
Franklinton High School grad Shaquetta Green holds onto a bounty of balloons, taking a moment to let the commencement settle in with Joseph Hicks.

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GRADUATION Pics, 1
GRADUATION Pics, 1
I’M A FAN. Franklinton High School graduates, from left to right, Joe Bean, Bradley Beckham and Waylond Beddingfield use programs as fans, trying to keep cool before heading into the auditorium for the school’s commencement ceremonies.

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GRADUATION Pics, 2
GRADUATION Pics, 2
HERE YOU GO. Bunn High graduate Allison Moore presents her mother, Jennifer Hill, with a yellow rose during commencement exercises on Saturday afternoon.

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GRADUATION Pics, 3
GRADUATION Pics, 3
FINAL TOUCHES. Victoria Knight helps Richard Knight get ready for Bunn High School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday.

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GRADUATION Pics, 4
GRADUATION Pics, 4
FAMILY AFFAIR. Louisburg High graduate Victoria Hall is surrounded by family, including aunt, Barbara Terrell, father, Willie Hill Jr., mother, Cynthia Hill, sister, Whitney Hill, and uncle, Thomas Terrell.

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CHECK UP
CHECK UP
Bunn High teacher Kim Mitchell, right, helps Savanah Hopper get ready for graduation on Saturday.

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Kerr-Vance Academy announces Honor Roll
Following are the Kerr-Vance Academy Headmaster and A/B Honor Roll lists (Franklin County students) for the second semester, fourth quarter  and 2010-2011 School Year.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Warren speaks at Lions Club
Warren speaks at Lions Club
Louisburg Town Administrator Mark Warren presented a program on government activities in Louisburg at the recent meeting of the Louisburg Lions Club. Standing (from left) are Lions Club President Victor Bethea, Lions Vice President Lisa Hinton and Mr. Warren.

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AG GETS BOOST
AG GETS BOOST
The agriculture programs at Bunn, Franklinton, and Louisburg high schools each received a $1,500 donation from the Franklin County Farm Bureau recently, a total of  $4,500. Each school has plans to use the money for various projects, including building a garden and purchasing shop equipment. The students also plan to team up with the Farm Bureau on various projects in the near future.

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Louisburg police investigate stolen computers
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who stole a utility trailer.
Mike Brooks reported the morning of June 9 that someone stole an 8- by 12-foot trailer from his home in the 5100 block of Pearces Road.

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