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Showing 38 articles from August 5, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Four of 15 county schools meet AYP goals
Four of 15 county schools meet AYP goals
Less than 30 percent, four, of the county’s 15 schools met Adequate Yearly Progress — a tool to measure proficiency in reading, language arts and math.
However, more than 86 percent of the county’s schools — 13 of 15 — showed improvement.
(The numbers do not include Cross Creek Charter School.)

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ABC scores show improvement
ABC scores show improvement
The state Department of Public Instruction released its ABC scores this week and Franklin County took a slight step forward — 14 of its 16 schools met expectations.
Last year, 13 of the county’s 16 schools met state expectations.
The results indicate how students performed on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests. The results include Cross Creek, which is a charter school.

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Communities come together for a night
ALL IN. Louisburg hosted hundreds of residents on Tuesday night as the community turned out to Riverbend Park to celebrate National Night Out.
Communities come together for a night
Organizers of Franklinton’s National Night Out got back to their beginnings this week, letting residents host block parties that brought communities together.
That return to the community’s roots was emphasized even more when town police and officials recognized the Harris family — and their fallen patriarch, George Harris — during the kickoff to the community event on Tuesday.

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Court date set for accused kidnapper
A Spring Hope man accused of kidnapping is scheduled to appear in court next week.
Holly Wood reported on July 8 that as she left her job at the Food Lion in Spring Hope, a man approached her asking for money.
When Wood told the man, later identified as Danny R. Harris, that she didn’t have any money, he forced his way into the 2011 Buick LaSabre she was driving.

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Bunn not allowing Internet gaming
BUNN — After consulting with state prosecutors and its lobbying group, Bunn commissioners decided to keep Internet gaming out of town.
Last June, the Board of Commissioners placed a ban on Internet Sweepstakes gaming.
The decision came at a time when the operations were popping up all across the state, including within Franklin County and its municipalities.

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Clarification
A wreck involving a state Highway Patrol trooper happened on Sunday. Linda Woodard of Henderson rear-ended the cruiser that Trooper Brian Moseley was driving as he responded to a wreck and stopped in the roadway.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Larry Williams at National Night Out

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: How Old Are You?
Editorial Cartoon: How Old Are You?

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Agriculture is county’s past, present and future
Perhaps now more than ever it’s time for us Franklin Countians to keep one eye on our roots — literally, on our roots and the roots of our neighbors!
Earlier this week, this newspaper carried a column by Charles Mitchell, head of the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service, which underscored the importance of agriculture to the economy of Franklin County.

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Sprinklers are keeping garden safe from deer
Sprinklers are keeping garden safe from deer
We just might be on to something here.
Not long ago we ran a column from local Cooperative Extension agent Martha Mobley about how best to cope with a drought and, as she predicted, it rained.
Then we published our popular Guide to Franklin County which featured on its cover a photo of a tobacco field being irrigated — and it rained buckets!

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Summer is far from over, but Pat Green’s fall has already begun
Summer is far from over, but Pat Green’s fall has already begun
GOOD MORNING: While Thursday may have marked the 34th straight day of 100 plus degree weather in Dallas, it hasn’t been long-john weather locally by any stretch of the imagination, either.
On top of that, outside of an outside chance of a stray thunderstorm to knock temperatures down a bit, it looks like we can expect daytime highs in the mid-nineties or higher through the weekend at the very least.

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What really is poverty?
More than 35 million Americans live in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. Imagine what kind of life they must have.
Actually, you don’t have to imagine. Their federal government conducts numerous surveys that contain detailed information about the living conditions of those classified as poor — information that comes directly from those in poverty.

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OBITUARIES

KATRINA S. EATON
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Katrina Renee Spivey Eaton, 34, who died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Louisburg High School Auditorium, with the Rev. LeRoy Dukes officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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ORVILLE “LOU” D. LEWIS JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Orville Dexter Lewis Jr., 69, died Saturday, July 30, 2011. A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 5, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Franklinton.

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WESLEY “W.A.” YOUNG
LOUISBURG - Wesley “W.A.” Young, 70,  of Louisburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at Hospice House in Smithfield. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Ransdall Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jared Temper officiating.
He was preceded i

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JOHN C. PERNELL, SR.
March 22, 1929 – August 3, 2011
LOUISBURG - John C. Pernell, Sr., of Louisburg (Mapleville Community), age 82, died at his home on August 3, 2011.

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SPORTS

Quick Recovery
BRING ‘EM IN. Louisburg High School football coach Chris Lee calls his players in for a discussion during a practice session Tuesday at Warrior Field.
Quick Recovery
LOUISBURG -- For the first time in several seasons, Louisburg High School appears to have a clear-cut No. 1 quarterback heading toward its regular season football opener on Aug. 19 at Southern Vance.
Two years ago, Sport Williams had earned that position, but he suffered a knee injury during a scrimmage at Southern Nash and was lost for the entire campaign.

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Home Improvement
WATCHING THE BALL FOR THE LADYCATS. Bunn High School sophomore Reatter Neal works her way through a passing drill during a volleyball practice session Wednesday afternoon at the Bunn Dome.
Home Improvement
BUNN -- During a rare lull in practice, Bunn High School veteran volleyball coach Henry Jones stressed to his team the importance of improving on at least one fundamental aspect during every workout session.
Never will this intangible be more important to the Ladycats than this season as Jones hopes to rebuild his club on the fly following mass graduation from a club that won the Northern Carolina Conference regular season and tournament championships.

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BHS Cookes Again
TACKLE DRILL. Bunn High School’s Michael Morris (right) takes down Montrel Cooke during a tackling drill as part of Thursday’s football practice session. The Wildcats will scrimmage twice next weekend.
BHS Cookes Again
BUNN -- When Bunn football coach Chris Miller talks about his club’s mass graduation losses from 2010, he has the numbers to back it up.
And they don’t lie -- the Wildcats return only one starter on offense and three on defense from a club that reached the Elite Eight of the Class 2-AA State Playoffs before falling at eventual finalist Elizabeth City Northeastern.

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C-P club finishes in Top 6
C-P club finishes in Top 6
Maybe the postseason ended a few games early for the Bunn Coach-Pitch All-Star Team.
Still, Bunn head coach Larry McKeithan had plenty of reasons to be thrilled following his club’s performance at the Dixie Youth Coach-Pitch Region 1 Tournament at McLeod Park in Florence, S.C.
Bunn went 3-2 overall at the event, which was good enough for a Top Six effort. The All-Stars also finished the highest of the four North Carolina entrants at the 16-team event.

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Soccer event slated
MAKING A POINT. Bunn High School veteran volleyball coach Henry Jones stresses a fundamental during a recent Ladycats’ practice session at the Bunn Dome.
Soccer event slated
RED OAK -- The Louisburg Warriors will participate in the annual Northern Nash Fighting Knights Boys Soccer Preseason Jamboree, which will be held Aug. 11 at the NNHS Soccer Complex.
Action will begin at 4:30 p.m. Louisburg will scrimmage against Southern Nash A, Southern Nash B and Northern Nash.

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Wesleyan second in poll
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- The USA South Athletic Conference held its annual Football Media Day on Monday at Christopher Newport University.  
With 44 total points and three first-place votes, fourth-year head coach Mark Henninger’s North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops were picked second in the preseason coaches’ poll.

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Soto blasts pair for Mudcats
Soto blasts pair for Mudcats
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. -- Neftali Soto blasted two home runs to equal the club record, while Carolina scored twice in the top of the ninth to overcome the Huntsville Stars 7-6 at Joe Davis Stadium on Wednesday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball game.

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HAVING A BLAST
HAVING A BLAST
Louisburg High School’s Zoe Hinton delivers a kill for the Lady Warriors during a recent volleyball practice at the LHS Gymnasium.  Hinton is entering her third year as a starter up front for Louisburg.

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LIFESTYLES

United Way Siren Cook-Off Contest scheduled for Oct. 8
This is red hot news.
The call is going out to all Franklin County rescue and fire agencies, police departments and the Sheriff’s Office – we want to see, and taste, your best cooking!
As part of the 2011-12 United Way of Franklin County campaign, all the public servicemen and women are invited to participate in a collective cook-off on Oct. 8.

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Farewell to “Sister Betty”
Farewell to “Sister Betty”
After 12 years of dedicated service to the parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary and the community of Louisburg, “Sister Betty” will be terribly missed.
In August 1999, Bishop Joseph Gossman assigned “Sister Betty” to the Louisburg area to form a parish. At that time, there was just a small group of Catholics who, through the generosity of Louisburg College, had the use of the college chapel for Sunday mass.

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Franklin County 4-H’ers attend Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Center
Franklin County 4-H’ers attend Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Center
4-H’ers from Franklin County attended North Carolina 4-H Betsy Jeff Penn Center from June 26-July 1 in Reidsville.
Camp is one of the high points of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Center for five days of activity.

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Excursions feature a new destination, new travel options
Excursions feature a new destination, new travel options
SPENCER – The North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will host two day trip excursions to Roanoke, Va. and Toccoa, Ga. this fall. These trips allow passengers great views of the fall colors combined with the romance of riding the rails to a great destination. If you want to see the Appalachian Mountains at their peak of beauty, these trips are for you.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg man threatens deputy with knife
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg area man on charges that he put law enforcement officers in peril.
Dep. Daniel Wester reported on the evening of Aug. 3 that he responded to a domestic dispute in the 300 block of John Winstead Road.
According to the report, Barry Bell reported that his son, Anthony Bell, was causing trouble in the house.

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Bunn High graduation rate declines while Franklinton, Louisburg increase
Save for Bunn High School, Franklin County seniors are graduating at an increasing rate.
And it was the first decline in the graduation rate at Bunn High School in a five-year span. Bunn went from a graduation rate of 80.57 percent to 78.48 percent from the 2009-10 school year to the 2010-11 school year.
According to information released by the Franklin County school system, Franklinton and Louisburg high schools both saw an increase in their graduation rates from the 2009-10 school year to the 2010-11 school.

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Help “Build A Backpack” during tax-free weekend
Collections for school supplies for needy students in Franklin County at the Louisburg Walmart continue this weekend in full force in emphasis of the tax-free weekend.
The United Way of Franklin County has partnered with Walmart, in cooperation with Franklin County Schools and the Louisburg Police Department, to take donations of school supplies and monetary donations to get supplies as part of the statewide initiative “Build A Backpack” through Communities in Schools.

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United Way of Franklin County receives worldwide certification
The United Way of Franklin County has successfully completed all of its 2011 United Way Worldwide membership requirements by their respective dates.
UWFC board of directors Chairman Dale Byrns said Friday that the certification reflects a continued commitment by the UWFC to be part of the United Way Worldwide efforts and vision while maintaining local focus and commitment on the human services needs here.

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Police arrest Youngsville woman on drug charges
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Spring Hope man for breaking into a house of worship.
The morning of July 28, Daniel Massey reported that someone broke into Rocky Cross Holiness Church in the 900 block of Carlyle Road.
According to the report by Dep. Allen Batchelor, the suspect apparently busted out a front window to gain entry.

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TO THE HOOP
TO THE HOOP
Kids at the BTU Center in Franklinton had fun on Tuesday night during National Night Out festivities. Residents were treated to food, fun and fellowship during the community events held in Franklinton and Louisburg.

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THEY ROCK
THEY ROCK
From left to right, Erica Mills, holding six-month-old Parker, Kristin Martin, Rebecca Sherrell and Susan Marshall rock out to the gospel rock of Ashes to Angels during the National Night Out celebration hosted by Randy Tingen and Trish Thor in Franklinton.

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CHECK PRESENTED
CHECK PRESENTED
Members of the Franklin County Community Foundation Board of Directors present a $500 check to Karen Wilson and Velvet Perdue from Care and Share. The Community Foundation  supports non-profits locally with grants from an endowment held with the North Carolina Community Foundation.

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SAFE SPACE SUPPORTED
SAFE SPACE SUPPORTED
Members of the Franklin County Community Foundation Board of Directors presented a $500 check to Linda Rudolph from Safe Space. The Community Foundation supports non-profits locally with grants from an endowment held with the North Carolina Community Foundation.

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Cooper receives SCV medal
Cooper receives SCV medal
The SCV Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal was presented to Michael Aaron Cooper of Louisburg during a previous meeting of the SCV Camp #310 (Franklin Rifles Division). This medal was approved at the 1995 Annual General Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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