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Showing 32 articles from June 17, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Youngsville launches investigation
Youngsville launches investigation
Youngsville officials placed Town Administrator Brenda Robbins on leave with pay, this week but said she is not the subject of a probe into wrongdoing by a governmental employee.
In addition, Robbins’ son, Joey Patterson, a street department employee, was placed on administrative leave without pay.

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Firm selected to redraw districts
Firm selected to redraw districts
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to go with a firm that quoted a higher price to redraw election districts.
In May, town staff advised the board that changes revealed by the 2011 Census requires them to  redraw election districts for the school board and county commission.

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County calls 9-1-1 for financial life support
BACKED UP. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners discussed getting back into the convalescent transport business to drum up revenue.
County calls 9-1-1 for financial life support
Before making any drastic changes to the county’s emergency delivery system, commissioners agreed to evaluate emergency response.
That decision came after two days of reviewing the county budget, specifically focusing on changes proposed for the county’s emergency medical services.

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Franklinton to hold last budget hearing
Franklinton to hold last budget hearing
Franklinton officials are giving residents one more chance to comment before approving a budget that proposes to cut employee hours, raise taxes, and hike utility fees.
The board meets on Tuesday night for its final public hearing on the spending plan before an opportunity to adopt it the same night.

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Bunn approves budget
With no public input and very little fanfare, the Bunn Board of Commissioners approved its 2011-12 budget.
The spending plan, which takes effect on July 1, does not raise the tax rate of 69 cents per $100 of valuation.
And it does not dip into the town’s fund balance.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville resident La’Teefah Perry

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Emergency Bailout
Editorial Cartoon: Emergency Bailout

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Utility rates stifling Louisburg’s future
Imagine that you just moved to a new house in a town.
Your stuff is in place, the utility deposits have been made, the phone and satellite dish are connected and you settle in.
Moments later there is a knock at the door and you drag yourself there to see a young man on the porch, clipboard in hand.

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Misstep in handling internal investigation could prove embarrassing for Youngsville
Misstep in handling internal investigation could prove embarrassing for Youngsville
GOOD MORNING: It looks like we may have seen the last of the 80-degree daytime high temperatures for the time being. The weather appears to be gearing up for the summer season which gets underway officially on Tuesday with daytime high temps expected in the low to mid 90’s for the foreseeable future.

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Leaders need to teach next generation by example
Leaders need to teach next generation by example
Here it is Father’s Day weekend and I’m in the weird position of hoping Eddie Ingram is wrong! And that Doug Moore gets his wish sooner rather than later.
Eddie Ingram — more formally known as Dr. Eddie Ingram, superintendent of Franklin County Schools, said this week that “kids will rise to the level of our expectations.”
Man, I sure hope he’s wrong.

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Perdue makes a bad bet
RALEIGH – When Gov. Beverly Perdue issued her veto of the North Carolina legislature’s budget plan for next year, she must have known that a bipartisan legislative majority would vote to override it.
 So why did the governor do it? The truth is that Perdue did it for political reasons – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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The legislature has gone too far
Most of us watch the shenanigans in state government and mark it up to politicians and their egos run amuck. We turn our heads when House Speaker Thom Tillis does something disingenuous like giving huge pay increases to his staff at the same time he is slashing spending throughout state government. But our representatives have crossed the line by naming stock car racing as the official sport of North Carolina.

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OBITUARIES

KENZIE J. MANN
FRANKLINTON — Kenzie J. Mann, 101, died Thursday, June 9, 2011.

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KEN M. HEAROLD
LOUISBURG — Ken Maynard Hearold, 75, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 10 a.m. today (Saturday,  June 18) in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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ROGER G. FAUCETTE
KITTRELL - Roger Gene Faucette, 54, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Franklin Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, June 18) in the J. M. White Funeral Home chapel in Henderson, with the Rev. Ronnie Matthews and the Rev. Raymond Ayscue officiating.

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LINDA N. FLEMING
CLAYTON - Linda Neal Fleming, 67, died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at her home. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, June 18) at Montlawn Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg.

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HERBERT CRUDUP
BUNN - Herbert Crud-up, 76, died Thursday, June 16, 2011.  Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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SPORTS

NCC Phenoms
MIGHTY WARRIOR. Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Zoe Hinton was Louisburg High School’s selection on the 2011 NCC All-Conference Softball Squad.
NCC Phenoms
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- North Johnston’s dominance of the Northern Carolina Conference softball scene was evident in the regular season standings -- and in the end-of-year selections for the All-NCC Team.
A whopping eight Lady Panthers -- one short of their entire starting lineup -- earned either All-NCC or honorable mention picks.

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Fagan a champion in Atlanta
A SCOREBOARD SALUTE. Louisburg resident Abigail Fagan waves to the crowd from the Turner Field scoreboard after winning her division in Major League Pitch, Hit and Run competition in Atlanta, Ga.
Fagan a champion in Atlanta
LOUISBURG -- Abigail Fagan took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to earn an ovation at Turner Field -- the home of the Atlanta Braves.
After winning district and sectional competitions for the Major League Pitch, Hit and Run event, Fagan, a Louisburg resident, traveled to the Peach State on May 28 to participate against two other girls in the regionals.

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LHS Star Signs With Canes
OH CAPTAIN. Scotty Tharrington (right) served as a captain this past season for the Louisburg High boys soccer team.
LHS Star Signs With Canes
LOUISBURG -- Chances are, no incoming signee knows more about the Louisburg College men’s soccer program than Scotty Tharrington.
Tharrington grew up in Louisburg and personally attended several of LC’s matches -- when he wasn’t plying his trade as a member of the Louisburg High School squad.

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Mudcats’ T-shirt is reeled in
Mudcats’ T-shirt is reeled in
It’s a haunting feeling to see someone standing just a few feet away from you, clutching your destiny in his or her hands.
You are helpless to the decision-making process of that person. You can only hope that, somehow, fate is in your favor.

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McKinnie to host camp
McKinnie to host camp
LOUISBURG -- Bryant McKinnie will be in town on June 25 as part of a football mini-camp that will be hosted by the Leading Light Chapter 507.
McKinnie is an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.
The camp will be held at Louisburg High School and is open to ages 5-18. Cost is $25 per youngster.

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A DYNAMIC FISHING DUO
A DYNAMIC FISHING DUO
Louisburg residents Tyler Mills and William Williams teamed up to reel in this 10.5-pound bass during a recent fishing expedition at a private pond in Franklin County.

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Huge inning sparks Mudcats
Huge inning sparks Mudcats
JACKSON, TENN. -- A three-homer, six-run second inning launched Carolina to a 7-0 diamond win at Pringles Park over the second-place Jackson Generals on Wednesday night, dealing a near-fatal blow to the Generals’ first half title hopes in the Class AA Southern League.

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FUTURE HURRICANE
FUTURE HURRICANE
Franklinton senior Morgan Tharrington will play softball next season at Louisburg College.

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LIFESTYLES

There are amazing people in this world
There are amazing people in this world
The beauty of reconnections can be amazing as well. I have occasionally seen at various restaurants in Louisburg Ann and Bill Pearce for the past several years. I knew that they were the parents of someone who had taught, at one time, Spanish in Franklin County. So not too long ago I decided to speak to them and ask them about their daughter.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Youngsville Elementary announces honor roll
Rick Smith, principal of Youngsville 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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Long Mill Elementary releases honor roll
Kim Ferrell, principal of Long Mill 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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Laurel Mill Elementary announces honor roll
Genie Faulkner, principal of Laurel Mill 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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COMMUNITY NEWS

Dickerson honored as Officer of the Year
Dickerson honored as Officer of the Year
Bobby Dickerson, Franklin County’s chief probation officer since 1997, has been honored as a Department of Correction Officer of the Year for 2011.
Dickerson has been instrumental in helping the Division of Community Corrections explore new processes and technologies.

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Energy workshops offered by Cooperative Extension Service
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Energy workshops offered by Cooperative Extension Service
With summer’s heat about to turn Franklin County into  its normal humid sauna, two North Carolina State University rising seniors are offering some ideas that may help.
They are interns at the local Cooperative Extension Service office and will be holding free, public workshops over the next few weeks offering low-cost ways to lower energy costs.

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Deputies looking for suspects who slashed automobile tires
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who vandalized a house.
Sam Cannady reported on June 12 that someone broke into a home between 2007 and 2151 Dyking Road, damaging wood and plaster walls.

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