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Showing 43 articles from July 22, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Shooting suspect remains hospitalized
FRANKLINTON — A Durham man who got the worst in an exchange of gunfire remained in the hospital by week’s end.
Police continue to investigate an altercation that sent Byron Howard, 43, to the hospital after he and Franklinton’s Brian Hawkins exchanged words and then gunplay in a July 15 incident on Sterling Street.

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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT
RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT
A new traffic light designed to make the commute to a Youngsville elementary school safer went online this week.
Contractors with the state Department of Transportation began installing signal lights at the intersection of Bert Winston Road and U.S. 1 in the spring.

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Ray named Franklinton town administrator
Ray named Franklinton town administrator
FRANKLINTON — Following a closed session on Tuesday, the board agreed to remove interim from Town Administrator Tammy Ray’s title.
Ray, a native of Franklinton, said being the town manager is more than just a job.
“I’m proud to be the administrator for the town,” Ray said. “I’ve worked hard for the citizens here and I’ve worked hard for the town.

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Police arrest man for passing counterfeit bills
Police arrest man for passing counterfeit bills
A Florida man who was hungry apparently got greedy.
Louisburg police allege that Manuel Arturo Queiros’ appetite for passing counterfeit money the morning of July 14 landed him in jail on charges of passing bogus money and drug possession.
First, proprietors at Advance Auto Parts on S. Bickett Boulevard reported that someone, later identified as Queiros, paid for items using three $20 bills that were proven to be counterfeit.

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Franklinton approves capital improvement plan
Franklinton approves capital improvement plan
FRANKLINTON — Commissioners approved a Capital Improvement Plan they expect to use as a reference for the next 20 years.
The town’s engineers, Davis, Martin & Powell, presented the board with the resource tool on Tuesday.
Specifically, it outlines the kinds of maintenance, repairs and improvements the town might favor in areas of water, sewer and streets.

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Franklinton allows Internet gambling
Franklinton allows Internet gambling
FRANKLINTON — Town officials approved a fee schedule on Tuesday night, allowing Internet gaming in town while also giving the town a chance at winning.
A story in the midweek edition of The Franklin Times incorrectly said that commissioners would not approve fees for sweepstakes cafes until next month.

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CORRECTION
An investigation into allegations of larceny at an ABC store was prompted by Bunn Commissioners. A story in last weekend’s edition of The Franklin Times incorrectly stated that the probe was prompted by an official complaint from the store’s manager, Mary Ann Masterman. Also, Masterman said the biggest reason for the difference in the town’s revenue projections for the store were related to the economy.

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Guide to Franklin County 2011-2012 is here!
It’s here! The 2011-12 Guide to Franklin County publication is included in this edition of The Franklin Times and offers a comprehensive look at many aspects of life in Franklin County and all that makes the county unique.
The cover features a background of a tobacco field being irrigated in the hot days of summer.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Laine Barefoot

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: New Girl In Town
Editorial Cartoon: New Girl In Town

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Investors try to harvest profits from farmland
We suppose it was inevitable, but why it’s happening right now is a difficult question to answer.
According to Associated Press reports recently, investors are flocking to a new investment opportunity — and driving up prices in the process.
The new investment opportunity is American farmland — and this is certainly not the first time such escalation in prices has happened.

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Ronnie, Richie and Bro. Don need to start showing us a return on our economic development investment
Ronnie, Richie and Bro. Don need to start showing us a return on our economic development investment
GOOD MORNING: Didja see where a Durham semiconductor startup without a commercially-proven technology, stands to receive upwards of $18.3 million from state and local governments to build a solar cell manufacturing facility, just up the road from us near Henderson? And that ain’t the half of it. The start-up plans to eventually employ up to 256 people at an average salary of $45,565.

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Federal government needs a lesson in Business 101
Federal government needs a lesson in Business 101
Time certainly changes things.
And it may be about to change my mind.
Several years ago, the first time we all realized the federal budget was in a huge mess, there was a move afoot to pass a Constitutional amendment requiring that the budget be balanced every year.
I thought at the time that idea was about as dumb as putting a screen door on a submarine.

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A Rematch, Not a Replay
RALEIGH – While there are many unanswered questions about the 2012 election cycle – about the economy, the Republican presidential nomination, and the contours of North Carolina’s electoral map, for example – no mystery remains about the state’s gubernatorial election. It will be a rematch between Democrat Beverly Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory.

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Strike three on Republican redistricting
If you ever wanted proof that North Carolina must have an independent redistricting commission drawing boundaries for Congressional and Legislative districts, this year’s redistricting comedy provides all the evidence needed.

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OBITUARIES

ELSIE G. PERNELL
LOUISBURG - Elsie Gray Hunt Pernell, 84, died Thursday, July 21, 2011. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Marion D. Lark at 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, at New Hope Christian Church, 2973 NC Highway 98 (between US Highway 401 and NC Highway 39), Louisburg.

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SHERRIE D. HOLLAND
WAKE FOREST - Sherrie Deniece Holland, 44, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.

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PEARL J. ELLINGTON
FRANKLINTON – Pearl Johnson Ellington, 93, died Thursday morning, July 21, 2011. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Franklinton Baptist Church, where she was a member, with the Rev. David Averette and the Rev. Don Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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JAMES W. KING
FRANKLINTON - James Woodrow King, 82, died Thursday, July 21, 2011 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, at Franklinton Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Averette officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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LEWIS RUDD
WARRENTON - Funeral services for Lewis Rudd, 63, who died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at St. Gideon Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Lee officiating. Burial will follow in he church cemetery.

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SPC. LUCAS ELLIOTT
YOUNGSVILLE - Spc. Daniel Lucas Elliott, 21, died Friday, July 15, 2011 while serving his country in Iraq. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Faith Baptist Church. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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JESSE W. SATTERWHITE
RALEIGH - Jesse Willard Satterwhite, 87, died at his home in Raleigh on  Monday, July 18, 2011. Funeral service was held Friday, July 22, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, Knightdale, with the Rev. Bryan Siefert officiating. Entombment followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon, with military honors and Masonic Rites.

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SPORTS

‘ROCK’ STEADY
DRIVING FORCE. Franklinton High School standout Kevin Williams is going to join the program at Louisburg College. Williams is expected to play point guard for Coach Mark Vanderslice’s Hurricanes.
‘ROCK’ STEADY
LOUISBURG -- After slicing and dicing through prep foes for the past three seasons, Franklinton’s Kevin ‘Rock’ Williams is ready to accept an even bigger challenge -- albeit one that will still keep him close to home.
Williams, who starred at guard at FHS under head coach Clarence Walker, has committed to continue his career at Louisburg College.

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Sparks is departing from LC
Sparks is departing from LC
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s off-season winds of change swept through the men’s basketball program earlier this week as assistant coach Tim Sparks announced his resignation.
Sparks, who was instrumental in LC’s best-ever season last winter, has stepped down from his part-time duties after one year to become a health and physical education teacher at Renaissance Academy in his hometown of Virginia Beach.

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56ers Share Hoops Talents
YOU CAN DO IT. Youngsville High School coaching great Al DePorter provides encouragement to a youngster before a shooting drill at this week’s 56ers Basketball Camp, which was held at the Long Mill Elementary School Gymnasium.
56ers Share Hoops Talents
YOUNGSVILLE -- It’s not just lip service when former Youngsville High School basketball players talk about how they have remained close through the years.
Several of the ex-Phantoms live near one another, and a few of them still get together to shoot hoops -- and trade stories from their championship-winning days at Youngsville.

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County’s abundant changes
County’s abundant changes
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
That’s been the sporting theme in Franklin County the past several weeks as a handful of personalities have said goodbye -- while others endure the test of time.
Let’s go with the good news first.

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Bunn 12s take second
Bunn 12s take second
BUNN -- Only a strong team from Wendell kept the Bunn All-Stars from having an opportunity to win the Tar Heel League District 12-Under Softball Tournament two weekends ago.
Bunn, coached by James Goodwin, went 2-2 overall at the event -- with both losses coming against Wendell.
Still, Bunn finished regular season and tournament action with an impressive 11-3-2 overall mark.

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Mudcats are red-hot in SL
Mudcats are red-hot in SL
SEVIERVILLE, TENN. -- Behind a season-high 17 hits, the Carolina Mudcats won their fourth straight game, defeating Tennessee 11-6 at Smokies Park on Thursday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball contest.

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LC’s men set to open Nov. 1
LC’s men set to open Nov. 1
LOUISBURG -- Coming off its best campaign in school history, Louisburg College will begin its 2011-12 men’s basketball schedule on Nov. 1 with a home game against the University of South Carolina-Sumter.
Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the historic, refurbished Holton Gymnasium on the LC campus.
The complete worksheet for LC is as follows, with home games listed in CAPS:

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MORE 56ERS HIGHLIGHTS, 1
MORE 56ERS HIGHLIGHTS, 1
Members of the Youngsville 56ers were on hand this week to host the annual 56ers Basketball Camp at the Long Mill Elementary School Gym. Among the week’s highlights were (above) E.J. Wilder sends youngsters through a drill during Thursday’s action.

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MORE 56ERS HIGHLIGHTS, 2
MORE 56ERS HIGHLIGHTS, 2
Legendary coach Larry Lindsey oversees a shooting drill.

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LIFESTYLES

Save energy, save money
It’s that time of the year again, sky high temperatures, and energy bills to match.  There’s been a shamefully kept secret though ... you can save some green by going green.  To those wary readers, living a more environmentally friendly life doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a new hybrid car, it can be as simple as changing a light bulb.

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90th Birthday
90th Birthday
Christine “Teen” Lewis Hazelwood celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday, July 2, with a cookout at her home in Louisburg, given by her children, Francine, George Darnell, Curtis Lee, Larry Defoster, and other family and friends. Allen K. Davis provided the birthday prayer and blessing of the food.

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Helping make a difference
Helping make a difference
It is always rewarding to know about former students who are successful in what they are doing. When June (Underhill) Havens told me about the mission trip she was preparing with her church and other churches of the area, I could not help but be very happy that there are people in this world who would make sacrifices in order to help others.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklinton Elementary announces honor rolls
Carol Davis, principal of Franklinton Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the fourth 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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Bunn Elementary releases Honor Roll for 2010-2011
Jewel Eason, principal of Bunn Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the 2010-2011 school year.

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VGCC Franklin Campus invites public to Open House
Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus will host an open house on Thursday, July 28 from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. This  interactive information session will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room on the campus, which is located on N.C. 56 about one mile west of Louisburg. The open house will occur during the registration period for the upcoming fall semester.

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Bunn High School announces Honor Roll
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, announces the Honor Roll for the 2010/2011 Sixth six-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 85.

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Edward Best Elementary releases Honor Roll
Debbie Ayscue, principal of Edward Best Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the fourth 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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Hodges Makes Dean’s List
Hodges Makes Dean’s List
Melissa Hodges of Louisburg has earned Dean’s List honors for the Spring 2011 semester at Vance-Granville Community College.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

United Way of Franklin County Community Impact Grants awarded
The United Way of Franklin County has awarded the 2011 Community Impact Grants.
In all, 23 programs were approved for funding after they were reviewed, considered by six community panels and further reviewed by the UWFC Allocations Committee. The volunteer UWFC board of directors – made up of 23 members - concluded final approval on July 19.

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Laptops stolen from car in Centerville
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who broke into a barn.
William Harris reported on July 19 that someone broke into the property in the 800 block of Duke Memorial Road.
According to the report by Dep. Bill Garrett, suspects broke a window and door to gain access.

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GROUNDBREAKING
GROUNDBREAKING
After years of prayer, planning, communicating and fasting, the Rocky Chapel Missionary Baptist Church groundbreaking for a new sanctuary was held on July 10. Excited members, builders and visitors looked on as the first dirt was turned. The ground was broken the old-fashioned way, with shovels and hard hats.

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