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Showing 40 articles from July 8, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Plaintiff seeking $40,500 in animal control lawsuit
A family which filed a lawsuit claiming animal control was responsible for the death of a family pet put a price tag on their pain and suffering — $40,500.
Henderson attorney Scott Hamilton filed a lawsuit on March 21, claiming that Animal Control Director Graham Stallings, officers and staff failed to follow procedures and protocols that led to the death of Jessica Ruiz’ five-month old labrador-pit bull mix named Rocky.

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CHAIN REACTION
CHAIN REACTION
Above photo, The State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a three-car wreck on Thursday afternoon that sent three people to the hospital. Trooper B.D. Vick said the driver of the pickup truck would be charged, but he had not identified the driver by press time.

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Budget cuts force retirement of longtime school administrator
Budget cuts force retirement of longtime school administrator
A Franklin County educator with 35 years experience has become the victim of state budget cutbacks that are being felt at the local level.
Monty Riggs plans to have a clean office and have all his personal belongings packed up and gone by Thursday afternoon, Aug. 31. Funding for his position has been eliminated in the new state budget -- and he chose to retire.

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Celebration honors the  sacrifices for freedom
ROCKETS RED GLARE. Visitors to Franklinton High School’s football field got a good view of a fireworks display on Tuesday night. The festivities were postponed for a day because of thunderstorms on Monday. (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Celebration honors the sacrifices for freedom
FRANKLINTON — Moments before pyrotechnics lit up the nighttime sky to celebrate this country’s independence, Scott Adams told the crowd about fireworks that changed his life forever.
Adams, with the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization designed to aid and raise awareness about injured soldiers, was the featured speaker during the American Legion Post’s Stand up for America celebration on Tuesday night.

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Filing period produces only incumbents so far
Incumbents and residents interested in retaining or taking municipal seats have one more week to file for office.
The filing period for town elections opened on July 1 and will remain open until noon on July 15.
So far, the following incumbents have filed:

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Courtney’s mental status subject of court session
Courtney’s mental status subject of court session
A superior court session this coming week could help determine the path of a case against a White Level woman charged with terrorizing her community.
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested Phyllis Courtney in December 2010, charging her with assaulting a neighbor with a large stick.

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Jail renovations on commissioners’ agenda
Jail renovations on commissioners’ agenda
Franklin County commissioners will be asked to move forward with plans to renovate and add-on at the county’s aging jail.
Commissioners did not put any money in the current budget to improve the Franklin County Law Enforcement Complex and Detention Center, but Interim Sheriff Elliott Pinnell informed commissioners of the need during budget negotiations.

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FRMC recognized as top performer
Novant Health and Franklin Regional Medical Center are being nationally recognized as a top-performing health care organization.
Spotlighted for its patient quality and safety, the Health Research & Education Trust (HRET), an organization affiliated with the American Hospital Association, chose to share the innovative strategies of Novant Health and two other systems with the rest of the country’s healthcare organizations.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Chris Harrell

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Best In Show
Editorial Cartoon: Best In Show

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Tight budgets should not include membership fees
Here’s a positive suggestion for county and town officials looking for ways to cut their budgets without trimming services.
County commissioners should immediately drop membership in the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

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Living in a strange and weird world
Living in a strange and weird world
I’m sure you’ve realized this already, but it’s a very strange world we live in.
For example, take these two headlines from the week’s news:
1) Auto industry, seeing new life, is on hiring spree
2) U.S.: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans

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Not enough evidence presented to convict Casey Anthony
Not enough evidence presented to convict Casey Anthony
GOOD MORNING: I kept telling myself this can’t go on forever, but it had been over a month since we’ve had what I’d call appreciable rainfall out my way just east of Louisburg.
I’ve been watching TV as the storms approached Franklin County, mostly from the northwest, and as the clouds reached the county line they’d invariably seem to split and pass to the north and south of us leaving us with little more than a sprinkle.

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South Carolina does it better
RALEIGH – Have you ever been to a state park in South Carolina?
I have. As a history buff, I’ve visited several of the Palmetto State’s excellent historic sites, such as Andrew Jackson State Park and Kings Mountain State Park. I’ve also relaxed or recreated at several South Carolina parks during trips to Myrtle Beach, where I have family, and Charleston, one of my favorite towns.

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Thanks to Sheriff’s Department
Dear Editor:
A few days ago, I accidentally locked myself out of my house. It was evening and I couldn’t get in touch with a locksmith. I called the sheriff’s office and Sheriff Pinnell and Deputy Wells came and got my door open.

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OBITUARIES

CAROLYN B. ECKSTEIN
GARNER - Carolyn Bracknell Eckstein, 59, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at her home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, July 9) at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, Garner.

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SANDRA E. SCHLIPHACK
ZEBULON - Sandra Lynn Erb Schliphack, 60, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011. A celebration service was held Friday, July 8, at Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.

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ERMA M. SIKES
NEW HILL - Erma Lee May Sikes, 102, died Sunday, July 3, 2011. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 6, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bob Way officiating. Burial followed in Ebenezer United Methodist Church cemetery.

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MARY E. DICKERSON
FRANKLINTON —Mary E. Dickerson, 89, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Arrangements by Hudson Funeral Home,. Durham.

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BONNIE E. BRIDGES
FRANKLINTON - Bonnie E. Bridges, 49, died Friday, July 1, 2011. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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HOLLY J. ALLEN
June 2, 1975 – July 4, 2011
LOUISBURG – Holly Jenee Allen, 36, of Louisburg, died Monday morning.

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DORIS DOP
INDIANOLA, IA - Doris L. Dop, 84, passed into eternity on July 6, 2011 at Good Samaritan Care Center in Indianola, IA. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at the First Baptist Church of Indianola with Rev. Homer Ford officiating.

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SPORTS

COMEBACK QUEENS
ALMOST HOME. Louisburg’s Cassie King (left) prepares to cross home plate for the All-Stars during Tuesday evening’s first-round matchup against Bunn at the Tar Heel 8-Under District Softball Tournament.
COMEBACK QUEENS
LOUISBURG -- All along, Louisburg coach Robert Fagan thought the two best teams may have been matched up in the first round of the Tar Heel 8-Under District Softball Tournament.
Fagan may have been correct, as his high-powered, slick-fielding Louisburg squad needed to rally late to get past Bunn by an 11-8 score in opening-round action on Tuesday at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.

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All-Stars Reach The States
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. In addition to their second-place trophy, the Louisburg All-Stars also accepted the Sportsmanship Award at the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament in Oxford.
All-Stars Reach The States
OXFORD -- Officially, the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball District Tournament championship game was staged -- after a one-day delay -- on Thursday at the Oxford Webb High School Softball Field.
But for the Louisburg All-Stars, a game just as important was played Tuesday in the semifinals of the event.
That’s when Louisburg avenged an earlier loss in the tourney by defeating Bunn by a tight 3-2 margin.

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Sexton resigns from LC
Sexton resigns from LC
One of the wackiest off-seasons in Louisburg College sports history took another unexpected turn last Friday with the resignation of legendary men’s soccer coach David Sexton.
Sexton, who has been at LC since 1998, is stepping down because his wife has accepted a job in the Greater Atlanta Area. He has been in charge of LC’s men’s soccer program for all but the initial two years of its existence.

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Walker returns to VGCC
NEWEST VANGUARD. Henderson’s Natalie Reavis has signed a letter-of-intent to join the Vance-Granville volleyball program.
Walker returns to VGCC
HENDERSON -- Louisburg High School graduate Dante Walker is among several Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball players from last year who have officially returned to the Vanguards for the 2011-2012 season.
Three returning Vanguards, including Walker,  recently signed letters-of-intent confirming their desire to continue as sophomores.

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LHS finalizes spike sked
LHS finalizes spike sked
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg High School volleyball squad will start its 2011 varsity campaign Aug. 23 with a road match at Southern Vance.
Before then, LHS will scrimmage Northern Vance on Aug. 9 and take part in the Heritage Preseason Tournament on Aug. 19-20 in Wake County.

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Mudcats’ Soto nabs award
Mudcats’ Soto nabs award
ZEBULON -- One way to beat the Monday blues is to watch a ballgame, and Carolina fans got quite a show on June 27 as first baseman Neftali Soto went 3-for-4 against Huntsville -- crossing home plate after every hit.
After a second-inning single, Soto’s hit of the night cracked off the bat: a two-run homer to right field, earning his first two of 10 RBI of the week.

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BACKSTOP DUTIES
BACKSTOP DUTIES
Dylan Musselman was exceptional for the Louisburg All-Stars as a catcher during the Dixie Youth Minor League Baseball Tournament, which wrapped up Thursday in Oxford.

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MAKING THE PLAY
MAKING THE PLAY
Louisburg’s Brenda Hernandez (left) prepares to tag Bunn’s Caroline White at second base.

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LIFESTYLES

Conference addresses daily struggles we face
Conference addresses daily struggles we face
“A Future with Hope: Leading to Christ” was the theme chosen by the NC Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for the year 2011. The theme was very well picked, as we struggle at times with daily challenges.
God calls His people to live in hope and expect new things coming our way.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Harris makes Dean’s List
Harris makes Dean’s List
Markita Harris, a 2010 Louisburg High School graduate, was named to the Spring semester Dean’s List at Elizabeth City State University.
She is the daughter of Hudie Harris of Louisburg and John Harris of Durham. Her stepfather is Kerry Brown of Louisburg. She is the granddaughter of James and Earnestine Gill of Louisburg.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies arrest Youngsville man for theft of all-terrain vehicles
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men charged with stealing a U-Haul trailer.
Victor Brubaker reported suspicious activity at Jeffrey’s Grocery in the 3800 block of N.C. 39 South during the early morning hours of July 6.

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SURE Disaster Program Deadline for 2009 Crops is Friday, July 29
USDA Franklin County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director Sheila Allen is reminding producers that Friday, July 29, is the deadline to apply for 2009 crop loss assistance under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.   SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligible Franklin County producers on farms that incurred crop production or quality losses.

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NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED
NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED
The White Level Lions Club had its installation service for new officers for the 2011-2012 year on June 17. Pictured, from left, are Gerald Leonard, secretary; Wilson Gupton, treasurer; Terry Gilliam, second vice president; Tucker Nobles, installing officer; Ted Gupton, president; Allen Tharrington, third vice president; and Sam Wood, first vice president.

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10,000 AND COUNTING!
10,000 AND COUNTING!
Blessings, Inc., which offers free, nutritious lunches twice a week in Louisburg, all prepared by volunteers, has reached a milestone. On July 4, the group served its 10,000th lunch in Louisburg — and that tally does not include the lunches provided in Bunn and Franklinton, where Blessings also offers free lunches.

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Pace-Evans headed to Army Basic Training
Pace-Evans headed to Army Basic Training
Rashaun Pace-Evans, a 2011 graduate of Louisburg High School, will be leaving July 19 for Army Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, S. C.
He received a $127,000  four-year college fund scholarship from the Army, and also received a certificate of appreciation from Gov. Beverly Perdue.

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Stand Up For America celebration in Franklinton (Pics, 1)
Stand Up For America celebration in Franklinton (Pics, 1)
FULL FIELD. Residents and visitors packed the Franklinton High School football field on Tuesday night, taking part in the American Legion Post 52’s Stand up for America celebration.

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Stand Up For America celebration in Franklinton (Pics, 2)
Stand Up For America celebration in Franklinton (Pics, 2)
GRILLING. Reggie Williams, right, throws some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill at the Stand up for America celebration on Monday night.

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Youngsville schedules session to discuss hiring new administrator
The Youngsville Board of Commissioners has scheduled a work session to talk about how they’ll fill their top administrative post.
The board fired long-time administrator Brenda Robbins in late June after Police Chief Daren Kirts concluded an investigation that suggested Robbins knew that her son, streets and maintenance department director Joey Patterson, was using town employees, equipment and supplies for his personal use on town time.

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