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Showing 36 articles from August 12, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Louisburg man killed in head-on wreck on US 401
A Louisburg man has been charged in a head-on collision that killed a man on a motorcycle.
Philip Munson, 51, of South Creek Drive, Louisburg, was killed when Gorge Luis Labra, 20, crossed the center line on U.S. 401 and crashed into Munson’s motorcycle.
Munson died at the scene.

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Tower of Power
Hammerbacher
Tower of Power
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will be asked to approve a text amendment that would limit residents’ ability to stop towers from popping up in their communities.
It could also provide a loophole for the county to streamline a multi-million dollar communications project that could be snagged by litigation.

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Officers shut down speeders
GO GET ‘EM. State Highway Patrol Master Trooper Mike Conwell, right, speaks with Franklin County Sheriff’s Dep. Matthew Tharrington, coordinating an effort to stop speeders along U.S. 1 in Franklinton this week.
Officers shut down speeders
FRANKLINTON — Law enforcement agencies combined their efforts this week in an effort to get motorists to slow down.
The state Highway Patrol’s Motorcycle Unit, which generally operates out of Wake County, contacted Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr. and advised that they were looking to expand their reach.

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County to receive new property revaluation rules
County to receive new property revaluation rules
Franklin County staff will present commissioners with a schedule of values, a set of standards and rules it will use to derive the assessed value of all real property in the county.
It’s one of the first steps toward revaluation.
There is still plenty to be done, Tax Administrator Jimmy Tanner said, before residents get their new tax bill in January.

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Deputies investigate shooting
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who shot into a house and endangered children.
No one was injured.
Investigators allege the shooting attempt was the result of an ongoing feud between residents on Mays Mountain Way and at least two other people on Phelps Road.

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Looking to expand, airport concerned with losing funding
Looking to expand, airport concerned with losing funding
The county’s most recent airport commission meeting lasted about 45 minutes.
However, if the board continued to debate the issue of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding, they could still be in session.
As Airport Manager Steve Merritt updated the board on its budget, board members began discussing the current climate in federal government — particularly their willingness to provide funding for rural airport construction projects.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Eddie Pablo

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Dropped Service
Editorial Cartoon: Dropped Service

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State law should stop government ambushes
North Carolina law simply must be changed.
We’ve said that so many times it’s becoming monotonous but we have yet another classic example right here in Franklin County.
Once again, Franklin County landowners can easily become victims of government by ambush.
This has to stop!

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Bradley being fed to wolves by own party
Bradley being fed to wolves by own party
GOOD MORNING: Barring some unexpected event, I strongly expect all eyes will be focused on the Franklin County Court House come Monday where the SBI is expected to take the Pat Green case before a Franklin County Grand Jury.
And from JohnEdwards on 8/10/11: “It will be interesting to see what comes out of the grand jury” regarding our former sheriff and maybe others.

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County trying to circumvent rules concerning radio tower project
County trying to circumvent rules concerning radio tower project
Franklin County apparently can’t follow its own rules and now wants to stack the deck so it can do pretty much whatever it pleases!
What is stunning is that a majority of the Planning Commission either thinks that is a good idea — or was pressured to vote for it.

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Four steps to restoring North Carolina
Jimmy Carter called it “malaise,” a French word that literally means “bad ease.” This is North Carolina today, a state more troubled than perhaps since The Great Depression. We are floundering and lack confidence in government, business, the church and our professions. How do we chart a healthy course?

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Are Franklinton water customers being cheated
Dear Editor:
Before staff writer Carey Johnson moves on from the Franklinton-Franklin County water dispute to the next controversial fight in the county, that being the question of who will have the best football team this fall (Times issue, Aug. 3, 2011), I have a comment to add to the water situation that he mentioned in his column concerning the residents seeing the first higher water bills.

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OBITUARIES

CLYDE H. “CHUCK” BENNER JR.
RALEIGH - Clyde Henry “Chuck” Benner, Jr., 56, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

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WINDY J. MOSS
SPRING HOPE - Windy Rose Jeans Moss, 54, died  Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 at her home.

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ROXIE L. GILLS
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Roxie J. Lynch Gills, 65, who died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, were held Friday, Aug. 12, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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DONALD “RAY” JEFFERSON
CASTALIA - Funeral services for Donald “Ray” Jefferson, 57, who died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CECIL LEE BELL
ROLESVILLE - Cecil Lee Bell, 87, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 at his home. A graveside memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Williams family cemetery on Pulley Town Road, Rolesville. In the event of inclement weather, services will be held at New Life Church, 6900 Zebulon Road, Wake Forest.

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CARY D. “CHICK” WRIGHT
WINSTON-SALEM - Mr. Cary D. “Chick” Wright, Sr., 62, was called by our heavenly father for his homegoing on August 9, 2011 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born on November 22, 1948 in Louisburg, NC.

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SPORTS

Spreading It Out
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. A Franklinton High School player takes on a blocking dummy held by FHS assitant coach Will Harrell during a Red Rams’ football practice session Thursday.
Spreading It Out
FRANKLINTON -- With 19 starters returning, there isn’t a lot of new scheme teaching during Franklinton High School’s preseason football drills.
For the Red Rams, it’s all about reinforcement -- and veteran FHS head coach Clark Harrell sees that as a huge positive.

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A Familiar Strategy
STIFF ARM. Louisburg High School running back Antonio Smith (with ball) tries to avoid a Granville Center defender during Wednesday evening’s football scrimmage at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
A Familiar Strategy
LOUISBURG -- For Head Coach Chris Lee, it was only a coincidence that his Louisburg Warriors lined up against a spread offense during Wednesday’s home football scrimmage against Granville Central.
Not that Lee is complaining.
Certainly, Louisburg can use the practice time against the offense, as at least half of the Warriors’ opponents in the Northern Carolina Conference will utilize the spread attack this fall.

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Spread is intact for FHS
Spread is intact for FHS
Late last August, that sound you heard was the collective necks creaking  in the football coaching profession in Eastern North Carolina.
Whiplash-induced pain is still evident with some of these coaches, who quickly turned their heads toward Franklinton when it was announced that FHS skipper Clark Harrell would be switching his Red Rams to a spread offense.

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The Final Countdown
VARSITY WILDCATS. Members of the Bunn High School varsity gridiron squad posed for this photo following a practice session Thursday afternoon at the BHS Football Field.
The Final Countdown
BUNN -- Thanks to current North Carolina High School Athletic Association regulations, most prep football teams in the area are scrimmaging twice in the same week heading up to their respective Aug. 19 regular season openers.
Some clubs are even going on back-to-back nights -- including the Bunn Wildcats.

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County Sports Schedule Week of August 14-20
High School Football
FRIDAY
Lakewood at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Rocky Mount at Bunn    7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at Southern Vance    7:30 p.m.

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FHS soccer team in jamboree today
FHS soccer team in jamboree today
RALEIGH -- Panther Creek and Wake Forest-Rolesville High Schools will be partnering to host the 5th Annual Kick It To Cancer High School Soccer Showcase today to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
All games will be played on the three synthetic-turf fields at CASL’s WRAL complex in North Raleigh. Barring thunder and lightning, all games will be played – rain or shine.

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Biscuits get the best of Carolina Mudcats
Biscuits get the best of Carolina Mudcats
RALEIGH  -- The Carolina Mudcats left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning as they dropped the series opener 6-4 against the Montgomery Biscuits at Five County Stadium before 3,834 fans in Class AA Southern League baseball action.

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LOUISBURG LINEMEN
LOUISBURG LINEMEN
(L to R) Offensive linemen J.T. Fallkner, Tyler Duncan and Marshall Sherrod exit the field Wednesday for the Louisburg High School football squad.

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LIFESTYLES

Concert series announces schedule
Moscow Festival Ballet
Concert series announces schedule
Tickets are now on sale for Louisburg College’s 54th Allen de Hart Concert Series, which will feature a wide variety of performances ranging from classic Motown hits and ballet to down home comedy and a Broadway-style variety show.

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The Quinceanera: a wonderful custom
The Quinceanera: a wonderful custom
Many Latin American families, especially Mexican families, enjoy celebrating a girl’s 15thbirthday. It can be traced back to 500 BC with the Aztec culture. The family, guests and friends gather to celebrate this occasion with a religious service, a meal, and a big dance. The party, called a quinceanera, is really as big, if not bigger than a wedding.

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Shabazz’s poetry workshop a rousing success
As the summer poetry workshop sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council wound down, all 10 participants spoke only in accolades.
Led by area poet, author, and teaching artist, Phillip Shabazz, participants experimented with 12 different poetic forms: the descriptive poem, place, definition, list, symbol, letter, narrative, metaphor, meditative, personae, picture, and the villanelle.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

HELPING FRANKLIN COUNTY STUDENTS
HELPING FRANKLIN COUNTY STUDENTS
Molly Boutwell, above left, did it. Thomas Clifton Jr., above right, did it. Payton Shearin did it. Angela Harris did it. Mary Jo Buffalo did it. Paige Sayles did it, and Joe Baisley did it too. They have all volunteered to help raise school supplies and monetary donations for those in need in Franklin County Schools through the “Build a Backpack” program with United Way of Franklin County and Walmart.

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Jones receives masters degree
Jones receives masters degree
Jennifer Leigh Jones received her Master of Business Administration degree at the Meredith College commencement exercises on May 8. Having earned a 4.0 GPA, she delivered commencement remarks as the representative of the graduate class.

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Hunt receives scholarship
Thomas Ervin Hunt is the recipient of the Lucelendia Massenburg-Tabb Educational Scholarship, which is presented by the Perry’s School Alumni Association.  Hunt is a 2011 graduate of Louisburg High School and has a 3.8 grade point average. He will be attending East Carolina University in the fall and plans to major in graphic design.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies investigate home break-ins
Franklinton police arrested a woman alleged to have taken shots at her husband.
According to a report by Sgt. K.J. Hornaday, officers were dispatched to a call of shots being fired in the area of Cheatham and Green streets on Aug. 8.
When he arrived, witnesses said a woman in a silver PT Cruiser had fired a gun toward a black man.

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Louisburg church celebrates its 140th anniversary
First Baptist Church of Louisburg celebrated its 140th Church Anniversary July 15-17.
The celebration began on Friday evening with a banquet at the Louisburg Senior Center, with members, friends and out-of-town guests coming from other areas of North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and other cities.

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Nu Epsilon helps tornado victims
Nu Epsilon helps tornado victims
Potential members of the Nu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority Inc., who are called Piettes, worked to prepare goodie bags stocked with hygiene supplies to aid tornado victims in Alabama, Missouri and North Carolina and the children of The Good Shepherd Fold Orphanage in Uganda.

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