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Showing 42 articles from September 6, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Tornado reported over Franklinton
A tornado warning was issued in Franklin County and radar showed a tornado over Franklinton Tuesday morning, but authorities reported no damage.
The National Weather Service issued the warning at about 10:30 a.m. and it lasted until 11:30.
Radar showed a tornado over Franklinton at 10:22 a.m.

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Why should you smooch a swine?
PUCKER UP. Katie Tromba is game to pucker up and kiss a pig, a contest she “won” thanks to a heartfelt essay written by her son, Paul, who did win $50. Max Jones had the honor of holding the squealing piglet during the event.
Why should you smooch a swine?
The motives were a bit different.
In the end, though, their prize was the same — $50 and a chance to watch someone close to them kiss a pig.
The second annual Local Food Roast was held Friday, benefitting the United Way of Franklin County and the 4-H Judging Club.

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Festival, tractor show lead list of weekend activities
Festival, tractor show lead list of weekend activities
It’s not quite autumn, but fall-time events are kicking off this coming weekend  — in earnest.
Activities begin on Friday when Justice hosts its annual two-day  Community Antique Tractor, Car & Engine Show.
The event features vintage tractors and includes music, children’s events, crafts and food vendors.
The 11th year of the event will be held at Duke Memorial Baptist Church on N.C. 581.

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Former Times editor, school information officer dies at 58
Former Times editor, school information officer dies at 58
Jane-Waring Wheeler, 58, well known for her work with Franklin County schools and, prior to that, with The Franklin Times, passed away early Monday.
Wheeler served as managing editor of this newspaper in the early 1990s and then was director of the Communities  in Schools program in Franklin County Schools from August 1993, until health problems forced her early retirement in September, 2007.

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Community activist passes away
Community activist passes away
A man friends say was a jack-of-all trades and had a heart for giving died on Monday.
Tommy Perry was 61.
“Service and love for his fellow man are words that come to mind when you mention Tommy Perry,” said Barbara Alston, a long-time friend.

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Grower suing seed company for fraud
A Franklin County grower is suing a Raeford company for seed fraud.
According to a lawsuit filed on Aug. 26, Edwards and Foster Farms alleges that Cross Creek Seed Inc. and Cross Creek Crop Production Services Inc. sold them a defective product that they tried to pass off as CC 27 certified tobacco seed.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College ball boy Harrison Eck, 12

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Go Fly a Kite
Editorial Cartoon: Go Fly a Kite

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Display the Old Red, White and Blue as a tribute to those who have sacrificed
It’s difficult to believe it’s been 10 years since 19 terrorists commandeered four aircraft and managed to use them as missiles to attack three buildings while heroes on the fourth plane managed to divert it, causing a fatal plunge into a Pennsylvania farm field.
But to many people who were older than toddlers on Sept. 11, 2001, that day, that attack created memories that are as meaningful to them as Dec. 7, 1941, was to the World War II generation.

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Taking time to remember old friends, fallen heroes
Taking time to remember old friends, fallen heroes
GOOD MORNING: Good Morning! I hope you had a nice holiday weekend. It appeared although at the time of this writing yesterday (Tuesday) morning, that we could be in for some rough weather locally. There was a tornado watch in effect that included Franklin County until mid-afternoon Tuesday and a flash-flood warning until 6 a.m. Wednesday as remnants of Tropical Storm Lee moved northward from the Gulf Coast.

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Just what kinds of liberties are we willing to give up in the war on terror?
Just what kinds of liberties are we willing to give up in the war on terror?
As the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks gets closer, it was interesting to look at the results of a study that polled just what kinds of freedoms people were willing to relinquish in the name of safety.
It was also interesting to see just how vague the rules are that determine exactly what the government can and can’t do to invade our privacy in continuation of the war on terror.

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North Carolina’s steep climb ahead
LENOIR – Recently I was in the Caldwell County town of Lenoir, my father’s hometown, watching the sun rise over picturesque Hibriten Mountain. I wish I could say it symbolized the dawn of true economic recovery in North Carolina.

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Honor 9/11 victims by coming together as a more perfect union
Dear Editor,
As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we as Americans collectively honor the thousands that were so tragically taken away on that fateful day. We remember the passengers on those doomed flights, the brave and heroic service of countless police officers and firefighters, and we send our deepest regards to all those who lost loved ones that day.

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Can’t get coffee from a tea bag
Dear Editor:
I will tell you why everyone blames President Obama. First of all, he’s a black man. Second, he’s a black man with power.
The GOP has made it known that they want him to fail and they are pulling out everything they can use to try and get the job done.

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OBITUARIES

ANNIE B. MILES
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Annie Laverne B. Miles, 45, who died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the Spivey family cemetery.

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SARAH H. FLEMING
WAKE FOREST - Sarah Helen Fleming, 90, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. A graveside service was held at Wake Forest Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 3, with  the Rev. Troy Bragg officiating.

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FANNIE P. HAYES
JANUARY 6, 1917 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2011
LOUISBURG - Fannie Barbara Patterson Hayes was born in Franklin County January 6, 1917.  The widow of Graham K. Hayes, she raised her two children on the farm that she dearly loved.  She loved her vegetable garden and her flower garden more.  She always grew special flowers for her church, Shiloh United Methodist Church, and they adorned the altar every Sunday for over fifty years.  She was loved by all who knew her.  She loved life and the life she had with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  God has blessed her with all His love.  She will live forever in all our hearts.  We will see her one day in Heaven; she is at rest now, in the arms of God.  He was her strength and ours too.

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HAZEL KEMP COLLIER
LOUISBURG - Hazel Kemp Collier, 86, passed away on August 28, 2011 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Hazel was a daughter of the late Herman C. Kemp, Sr. and Clara Gilliam Kemp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Collier; sons, Richard “Dickey” Collier, Jr. and Thomas Collier; granddaughter, Kim Collier; sister, Jean K. Looper; and brother, H.C. “Red” Kemp, Jr.

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HENRY LEE STAFFORD
LOUISBURG, NC - Surrounded by his family at the Hospice Home of Wake County, Henry Lee Stafford, 68, joined his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday morning, September 4, 2011.

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A.C. GUPTON
August 14, 1939 – September 3, 2011
LOUISBURG - Adrian Clay “A.C.” Gupton, 72, of Louisburg, NC, died peacefully Saturday, September 3.

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LOUISE D. BOONE
SPRING HOPE – Louise Davis Boone, of the Justice Community, passed away Sunday afternoon.

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JANE-WARING H. WHEELER
July 14, 1953 – September 5, 2011
LOUISBURG – Jane-Waring House Wheeler, 58, of Louisburg, died Monday morning.

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THOMAS “MILTON” RAGAN SR.
February 16, 1928 – September 3, 2011
FRANKLINTON - Thomas “Milton” Ragan, Sr., 83, entered into Heavenly rest on Saturday, September 3, 2011.  Born in Franklin County, Milton was the middle child of Samuel E. and Mary C. Ragan. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother at birth; and his sister Ann in February 2010.  A 1946 graduate of Franklinton High School, he proudly served the United States Navy aboard the USS Helena from 1948 – 1952, with active duty in Okinawa and Honolulu. 

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SPORTS

AN ERIE FEELING
TALL CHALLENGE. Louisburg College quarterback LaBron Houston (left) tries to throw a pass while being defended by Erie CC’s Malik Thompson during last Saturday afternoon’s regular season gridiron opener at picturesque Patterson Field.
AN ERIE FEELING
LOUISBURG -- While some fans squirmed in their seats, Louisburg College football coach John Sala embraced adversity as part of his club’s season-opening home showdown last Saturday against Erie Community College.
And for Sala and his Hurricanes, this was more than just an initial game to the campaign -- it was history in the making as LC’s first-ever contest as part of the Northeast Football Contest.

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Warriors lose tight matchup
Warriors lose tight matchup
HENDERSON -- Louisburg’s tough-luck start to the 2011 prep football season continued Friday with a nail-biting loss at Northern Vance.
The back-and-forth game finally went NV’s way in the end by a 38-35 score.
Louisburg was ahead late in the fourth quarter before NV quarterback Tyquan Bryant connected with Armani Williams for a 40-yard touchdown pass that would prove to be the game-winner.

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Southern Nash Edges Bunn
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE FOR SN. Southern Nash’s Marcus Hicks (right) takes down Bunn quarterback Montrel Cooke during last Friday night’s non-conference football showdown, which was won by the host Firebirds by a 21-17 margin.
Southern Nash Edges Bunn
STANHOPE -- The theory that practice makes perfect was certainly on display last Friday courtesy of the Southern Nash Firebirds.
Because of the aftereffects of Hurricane Irene, Nash County Schools weren’t in session the first three days of the week, meaning Southern Nash was able to practice just one day -- Thursday afternoon -- in preparation for the Firebirds’ non-conference showdown against backyard rival Bunn.

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LC takes first three decisions
LC takes first three decisions
Andy Stokes worked tirelessly to recruit the individual pieces that comprise this year’s version of the Louisburg College women’s soccer squad.
Now, Stokes is watching how those pieces fit into a puzzle that is expected to compete for supremacy in the always-tough Region X standings.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Listed are Week Three results from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 2011 football season:

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A Strong Start For LHS
QUICK MOVE FOR LHS. Louisburg’s Daniel Calamaco (with ball) dribbles past a Northern Vance defender during last week’s boys soccer match in Henderson.
A Strong Start For LHS
LOUISBURG -- Last season didn’t live up to expectations for the Louisburg High School boys soccer program -- and the Warriors are bent on reversing that outcome this time around.
Louisburg, coached by Dominick Petrosillo, has gotten off to a strong start to the 2011 campaign, including a pair of victories against higher-classification foes and traditional strong clubs Northern Vance and Northern Nash.

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Red Rams run to win over Ravenscroft
RALEIGH -- No doubt about it -- members of the Franklinton High School coaching staff considered last Friday’s football contest at Ravenscroft to be a ‘statement game’.
Yes, FHS entered the event with a perfect 2-0 mark, but the high-powered Ravens were considered a schedule upgrade -- and it’s never easy to take on Ravenscroft on its home turf.

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NCWC drops opener
ADA, OHIO -- North Carolina Wesleyan College opened its 2011 football season last Saturday afternoon with a 38-20 loss to 14th-ranked Ohio Northern University on the road.
The Bishops, who trailed just 7-6 at the half, could not overcome a 31-point showing by ONU in the final two quarters, sparked by a pair of interception returns for touchdowns.

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Mudcats edged in diamond matchup
Mudcats edged in diamond matchup
ZEBULON -- One day after a six-run rally for a win, Carolina endeavored to do the same, however a five-run eighth inning left the Mudcats a run short, falling 8-7 to the Mississippi Braves on Sunday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.

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FCPR DOMINATORS 12-OVER
FCPR DOMINATORS 12-OVER
(Back, l to r) Alyssa Kearney, Coach Brittini Pittman and Victoria Schroder; (front, l to r) Journee Hartsfield, Alexis McPhail and Amanda Dean. Not pictured are Loganne Driver, Erin Collier and Haley Effingham.

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FCPR BLUE JAYS 8-11
FCPR BLUE JAYS 8-11
(Back) Coach Michelle Bryant; (front, l to r) Payton Bryant, Christina Perry, Sarah Debruhl and Savannah Tuck. Not pictured are Mikayla Boucher, Hope Crute, Halie Turnisky and Coach Amy Bryant.

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FCPR RED ALERT 12-OVER
FCPR RED ALERT 12-OVER
(Back, l to r) Coach Cindy Dorsey, Abigale Dorsey, Hadley Nation, Ashleye Harmon and Coach Lisa Bolton; (front, l to r) Lacie Steffenson, Maggie Dorsey, Whitney Bolton and Madison Richardson. Not pictured if Sara Brooks.

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FCPR UNBLOCKABLES 12-OVER REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNEY CHAMPS
FCPR UNBLOCKABLES 12-OVER REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNEY CHAMPS
(Back, l to r) Morgan Morris, Rachel Nachtrab, Kendell Harris and Ambria Milton; (front, l to r) Coach Fran Dement, Kaylee Dement, Elizabeth Battle and Trinity Battle.

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ON HIS WAY
ON HIS WAY
Bunn’s Dominic High (left) takes a handoff from quarterback Montrel Cooke and looks to be en route to a nice gain for the Wildcats during their road game last Friday against Southern Nash, which rallied in the second half to post a narrow 21-17 conquest.

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LIFESTYLES

ANNIVERSARY
ANNIVERSARY
63rd Wedding Anniversary. On Sunday, Aug. 28, Susanne and W. Staley Driver of Youngsville celebrated 63 years of marriage. They were honored with a dinner at Fargo Cattle Co. Steakhouse in Zebulon. Joining them were three of their four children, Bill Driver and wife, Pam, of Willow Spring; Amy Driver of Garner, and Lisa Driver of Grifton.

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Fall Ag-Talk ... a little of this and a lot of that
Fall always brings much agricultural activity, for large and small farms in the region.  It is a time to end the summer growing season and the best time to plant  grasses and winter crops.
September always seems to be the “magical” month when all this activity needs to take place, especially since we have adequate moisture this year.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC passes milestone of 600 certified welders
VGCC passes milestone of 600 certified welders
Sixteen Welding Technology students at Vance-Granville Community College recently earned their national certification according to the standards of the American Welding Society, bringing to 605 the total number of certified welders produced by VGCC since 1972.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Mental health agency fights to keep doors open
A Louisburg mental health agency is fighting for its livelihood, according to court documents.
Family Intervention and Prevention Services (FIPS) has provided mental health services since 2007, however, a spring 2011 review by Five County Mental Health and the state Department of Health and Human Services effectively ended the operation.

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Louisburg police investigate armed robberies
Louisburg police arrested one man in an armed robbery and are looking for two other suspects in an unrelated armed robbery from the weekend.
In the first incident, front desk personnel at the Days Inn on Sandalwood Drive said a black man and a white man entered the hotel at about 3:05 a.m. on Sept. 4.

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