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Showing 47 articles from June 21, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

New NC House district would limit county’s influence
STAND-UP GUY. Rep. Glen Bradley asks county commissioners and residents to oppose plans by the General Assembly to redraw Franklin County’s House district, cutting it in half and providing Nash County with a majority stake in the district.
New NC House district would limit county’s influence
Franklin County commissioners went on record Monday night opposing a newly drawn House district map that opponents say splits the county in half and removes any political sway its residents could muster.
The House and Senate’s respective redistricting committees released new maps last weekend that include 10 majority-black districts in the Senate and 24 in the House — including the reconfiguration of Franklin County’s district, splitting it with Nash County.

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Commissioners putting final touches on budget
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Commissioners putting final touches on budget
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a budget work session on Wednesday, perhaps putting the  final touches on a spending plan that doesn’t raise taxes, but cuts spending, could shut down county government for five days, and could limit the delivery of public safety.

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Camp lends helping hand
DUCK, DIVE, DODGE. Summer youth sports camp members take part in a game of dodgeball during the two-week camp designed to give area children and parents a positive and free camp experience.
Camp lends helping hand
FRANKLINTON — For two weeks, parents looking for a summer camp have gotten a helping hand.
And their children have gotten plenty of pals.
That’s because Helping Hands PAL Inc., with Bridges of Hope have hosted a free youth summer camp, giving youngsters some guidance and something to do. It wraps up this Friday.

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Click it or Ticket campaign gives out 481 citations
Law enforcement officers issued more than 480 citations in a two-week campaign to keep Franklin County’s roads safe.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chose Franklin County as a seat belt survey county, meaning area officers were on active patrols beginning in late May in an effort to make sure residents and children were properly restrained.

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SRO makes transition to new school, sheriff’s department
SRO makes transition to new school, sheriff’s department
Franklinton High School seniors weren’t the only ones saying goodbye at graduation.
It also marked the end of an era, as the Franklinton Police Department will no longer provide the school resource officer for the venerable high school.
Its new location at the corner of Lane Store and Cedar Creek roads puts it within the jurisdiction of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Louisburg approves budget
The Louisburg town budget for 2011-12 sailed through the council with a unanimous vote of support Monday night after no one from the public made any comments about it during a public hearing.
In a nutshell, the budget contains no tax increase, no dipping into the fund balance and only a small increase in sanitation rates due largely to fuel increases. The property tax rate will remain at .535 cents per $100 valuation.

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Louisburg election filing period set
Three at-large seats on the Louisburg Town Council will be up for election this fall and the filing period for candidates is next month.
According to Franklin County Elections Department officials, the filing period will be from noon July 1 until noon July 15 for each of the three seats.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Brenda Smith

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Jaw Gnashing
Editorial Cartoon: Jaw Gnashing

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County needs to leave EMS alone
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
That adage has never been more appropriate than with the current situation the county commissioners are facing.
In one of those “only the government could think of this” moments, commissioners plan to hire consultants to determine whether to change the way emergency medical services are delivered in Franklin County.

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Saving lives more important than saving the county money
Saving lives more important than saving the county money
GOOD MORNING: Dollars or lives? It’s a simple choice and yet our county leaders have to go out and hire a team of “experts” to assist them in making a decision?
I’m talking specifically about the recent decision by our county commissioners to “solicit vendors” to perform a study of the county’s EMS system, which reportedly costs more per capita to provide than 25 other counties with populations ranging from 50,000 to 90,000.

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The cost of health care? 3 hots and a cot
The cost of health care? 3 hots and a cot
Did you hear the one about the man who robbed a bank for $1. Well I did.
And to be honest, it would be funny if it wasn’t such a reflection on the state of health care despair that so many face.
According to the report by WCNC-TV in Charlotte, 59-year-old James Verone told a reporter that he robbed a bank, hoping to get arrested.

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Website Reader Participation Results June 15-21
Is the Town of Louisburg business friendly?

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OBITUARIES

JULIA T. STRICKLAND
GARNER - Julia Thornton Strickland, 83, died Sunday, June 19, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 21, at Palmer Memorial Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was at Montlawn Memorial Park.

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VIRGIL KNIGHT
FRANKLINTON —Virgil Knight, 86, died Monday, June 20, 2011 in Louisburg. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 22) at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating. A private burial will be held following the funeral.

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JAMES “UNCLE BUDDY” CAMPBELL JR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James “Uncle Buddy” Campbell Jr., 85, who died Friday, June 17, 2011 will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Haywood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Douglas Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOSHUA W. KEARNEY JR.
FRANKLINTON - Joshua Wilson Kearney Jr., 87, died Thursday, June 14, 2011. A memorial service was held Sunday, June 19, at First Baptist Church, Franklinton, with Dr. W. H. Garner officiating.

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KENZIE J. MANN
FRANKLINTON - Kenzie Jennetta Mann “Sus,” 101,  died Thursday, June 9, 2011. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 18, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, Franklinton, with the Rev. Paula Pearce officiating. Burial was at Manasseh Cemetery.

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TIMOTHY “BOO BOO” ALSTON
ROCKY MOUNT - Funeral services for Timothy “Boo Boo” Alston, 52, who died Friday, June 17, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 22) at Pine Chapel Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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FRANKIE J. CLIFTON
GARNER - Memorial services for Frankie J. Clifton, 54, who died Saturday, June 18, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 22) at St. Delight UCC, with the Rev. Richard Petway officiating.

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SPORTS

COUNTY DOMINANCE
UNBEATABLE. Bunn High School’s Marisa Bellamy didn’t lose a race in 2011 en route to winning championships in the Girls 100, 200 and 400 at the Class 2-A State Track and Field Meet in Greensboro.
COUNTY DOMINANCE
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Talk in the Northern Carolina Conference track and field circles centered around Franklin County this spring -- and for good reason.
Bunn went undefeated in both boys and girls regular season action, while BHS standout sprinter Marisa Bellamy dominated league competition -- and beyond -- en route to winning Class 2-A State Championships in the Girls 100, 200 and 400 races.

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Coburn Accepts LC’s Offer
COBURN IN THE CLUTCH. Senior pitcher Jeremy Coburn served as the ace of the mound staff this past season for the Louisburg High School baseball squad under veteran head coach Al Bolton.
Coburn Accepts LC’s Offer
LOUISBURG -- From the time he was a wee lad, one thing became readily apparent about Jeremy Coburn.
He loved baseball.
And when he wasn’t on the  diamond, Coburn would chase stars for autographs at the Raleigh Hot Stove League Banquet -- or sit with long-time friend Chris Henchek behind the old Durham Bulls’ manual scoreboard.

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Weekend tourney planned
Weekend tourney planned
Action will begin this weekend in the first Dixie Youth Baseball event of the season -- the District Coach-Pitch Tournament at Luddy Park in Youngsville.
Games will begin Friday with Bunn tangling with Lousiburg and Warren County meeting the Youngsville Nationals.

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LC soccer sked finalized
LC soccer sked finalized
LOUISBURG -- Coach Dave Sexton’s Louisburg College Hurricanes will kick off their 2011 men’s soccer campaign on Aug. 24 with a home matchup against Greensboro College.
First kick is slated for 4 p.m. at picturesque Dr. Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
Louisburg College’s complete ledger is as follows (home matches are listed in CAPS):

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FHS enjoys solid tennis season
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklinton’s court resurgence didn’t go unnoticed when the Northern Carolina Conference released its 2011 All-League Boys Tennis Team.
FHS, under first-year head coach Nathan Moreschi, posted a strong 11-4 overall mark. That record included an 8-4 league finish, which was good enough for third place -- and a berth in the Class 2-A State Tennis Team Playoffs.

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ANOTHER LADY CANES SIGNEE
ANOTHER LADY CANES SIGNEE
Louisburg College women’s soccer coach Andy Stokes (left) continued his recruiting bonanza last week by signing Chelsea Canady to a letter-of-intent. Canady was a high school teammate at Lumberton of previous LC signee Holly Graham. During her prep career, Canady was an all-conference selection who is known for her prowess in the midfield. Also pictured is her mother, Connie Canady.

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Mudcats finish first half
Mudcats finish first half
JACKSON, TENN. -- The Carolina Mudcats swept a diamond doubleheader from the Jackson Generals last Saturday night en route to winning their first series since July, 2010 -- and avoided the worst half in Southern League history.

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FRANKLINTON RECREATION DEPARTMENT T-BALL
FRANKLINTON RECREATION DEPARTMENT T-BALL
The Wake Forest Cabs Inc. competed in the Franklinton Recreation Department T-Ball League and were coached by Alan Lockhart and Greg Johnson. Players were (in no particular order) Aidan Gupton, Jaquan Teasley, Alanah Lockhart, Chloe Ball, Tara Ball, Davonta Hinton, Breyona Teasley, Jacob Johnson, De’Nyla Harlan, Richard Walker and Alexander Henderson.

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TRACK MASTERMINDS
TRACK MASTERMINDS
(L to R) Bunn High School’s Chris Miller (boys) and David Howle (girls) have been honored as the Northern Carolina Conference Track and Field Coaches of the Year.

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MEDAL DETECTOR
MEDAL DETECTOR
Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy won state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 during the 2011 season.

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INSTANT IMPACT
INSTANT IMPACT
Freshman Charity Snelling enjoyed an outstanding season for the Franklinton High School track and field squad.

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LIFESTYLES

BBQ’s planned for veterans
Amedisys Hospice will present Serving Those Who Served us, Veteran’s BBQ on July 8 that is free for all veterans and a guest.
These BBQ’s will be taking place at four different locations around the Triangle during the day. Most locations will also feature community block parties following the BBQ, which will be open to the general community and will feature senior games, carnival games and old-fashioned family fun! 

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Controlling bagworms
Do you have small, brown, paper like bags hanging from your trees or shrubs?
If so, you have bagworms that need to be controlled as soon as possible.
It is that time of year when bagworms eggs hatch and young worms begin to come out of their bags to feed and spread to neighboring trees.

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Plants that naturally reduce mosquitoes
Plants that naturally reduce mosquitoes
While you’re out enjoying your beautiful gardens and the long hot days of summer, one summertime pest is also in full swing.
Mosquitoes are pesky insects that can put a damper on your outdoor fun.  These insects are generally attracted to yellow and blue colors, prefer women and children over men, and are more attracted to individuals that consume lots of sweet things.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Local students serve as pages
Two local high school students have been serving as pages in the North Carolina Senate.
Brandon T. C. Patton, a student at Franklin County Early College High School, was sponsored by state Sen. Doug Berger.
Brandon is the son of Billy and Dena Patton of Youngsville.

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Louisburg High School presents awards
The following awards, scholarships and honors were presented Friday, May 27, at Louisburg High School.

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Local young leader to serve as a leadership ambassador
Franklinton High School student Randi Gibbs was selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar of North Carolina East, held June 17-19, presented by the Raleigh Jaycees. Gibbs joined more than 150 other young leaders representing numerous Eastern Carolinian high schools.

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Area Barton College grads
The following Franklin County area students were among the seniors at  Barton College in Wilson who received diplomas at the school’s 109th annual commencement exercises on May 22:

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Williams makes UNCG Chancellor’s/Dean’s List
Emily N. Williams of Louisburg has been selected for both the Chancellor’s List and  the Dean’s List at UNCG.
This level of academic excellence is attained by fewer than six percent of the student body annually.

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Kline makes Utica Dean’s List
Lezlie G. Kline of Youngsville made the Spring 2011 Dean’s List at Utica College in Utica, N.Y.
In order to be named to the Dean’s List, students must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

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Mars Hill College names Spring, 2011 Dean’s List
Emily Lynn Ayscue of Kittrell and Alora Elizabeth Burrell of Louisburg were among the students listed on the Mars Hill College Honor Roll at the end of the Spring, 2011 semester.

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Griffin serves as page
The North Carolina Senate recently had Addison Southerland Griffin, a student at Kerr- Vance Academy, serve as a page.
She is the daughter of William F. Griffin III and Nicki A. Perry of Louisburg.

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SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Alyxandria Rae Smith, a Louisburg High School graduate, received a $500 scholarship from the Epsom Lions Club on Friday, May 28, presented by club member Alton Foster (above, left). The scholarship is based on school grades and general attitude toward others.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Wood honored by St. Stephen’s
Wood honored by St. Stephen’s
Kendra Wood, a member of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church of the Inez community, was presented the Spotlight on People Award of Excellence in black history and Christian education, and in honor of her continued commitment to her community. The award was presented on Sunday, June 12, during the annual Children’s/Education Day service at St. Stephen.

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Debnam receives spotlight recognition
Debnam receives spotlight recognition
As the St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church (Inez) continues celebrating African American history, Marque Debnam, a native of Franklin County, was the recipient of the “Spotlight on People” award at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 20. He was presented the award for utilizing his gifts and talents in order to create lasting contributions to the African American community. The certificate was presented by his grandfather, the Rev. Junious M. Debnam, pastor of St. Stephen.

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Smart Start holds awards banquet
Smart Start holds awards banquet
Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start held its Fourth Annual Smart Start in the Community Event, “Making a Difference in Building Brighter Futures” on Friday, June 17, at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall in Henderson.  This event recognizes the efforts made by the community on behalf of families with young children.

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Police recover stolen service truck
Franklinton police arrested a Louisburg man on drunken driving charges.
According to a report, Officer A.J. Bishop was on patrol near a downtown gas station when he saw a 2006 Volkswagen leave the parking lot and pull onto Janice Avenue — the car did not have working tail lights, the report noted.

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