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Showing 36 articles from September 30, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

New sheriff could be named Monday
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners expect to be another step closer to naming the county’s next sheriff on Monday.
The board met twice in closed session this past week to interview five candidates interested in the job, according to those close to the matter.

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LUNCH HOUR SMASHUP
LUNCH HOUR SMASHUP
A Franklinton man was taken to Franklin Regional Medical Center at about noon on Thursday following this two-vehicle wreck in front of a Louisburg eatery. According to Louisburg Police Officer Dennis Benson, James Hicks, 65, was attempting to pull out of the Waffle House parking lot and make a left onto Bickett Boulevard when he pulled into the path of a truck driven by Margaret Mulholland.

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Radio towers back on commissioners’ agenda
SOUND CHECK. Brian Smith, operations manager for the county’s emergency communications department, shows off some of the equipment that will be utilized to improve the county’s emergency communications.
Radio towers back on commissioners’ agenda
Franklin County commissioners are scheduled to review proposed changes by which emergency communications towers are approved.
At the same time, efforts to build a tower that’s pivotal in a $10.7 million emergency communications overhaul are moving forward.

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Man to appear in court on murder charges
A Louisburg area man is slated to appear in court in November on murder charges.
Franklin County detectives and agents with the State Bureau of Investigation were called in to investigate after authorities found Michael Richardson, 49, dead inside a home at 122 Fox Ridge Road at about 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 16.

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A night of miracles
EYE ON THE BALL. Kathy Kirby, background, helps Jami Wade take a swing at a ball during the Miracle League of Franklin County’s first game on Thursday night.
A night of miracles
They didn’t keep score on Thursday night, but everyone who rounded the bases at Louisburg High School’s softball field was a winner.
And so were those who came out to cheer.
More than a year ago, organizers set out to create a baseball league for those with mental and physical disabilities and on Thursday night, the Miracle League hosted its first game.

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Special-called meeting to discuss airport personnel
The county’s airport authority will discuss a personnel matter during a special-called meeting on Wednesday.
The agenda does not indicate who will be the topic of discussion, however, airport director Steve Merritt appears a likely choice.
The Triangle North Executive Airport committee met in closed session during a special-called meeting on Sept. 7, but Merritt did not attend that meeting.

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Walden discusses sluggish economy at Committee of 100’s annual banquet
GUEST SPEAKER. Dr. Michael Walden address the Committee of 100 at their annual banquet.
Walden discusses sluggish economy at Committee of 100’s annual banquet
Expect “several more years of sluggish economic growth,” said Dr. Michael Walden, an economics professor at North Carolina State University and featured speaker at the annual Committee of 100 dinner meeting Thursday night. Dr. Walden has taught economics at NCSU for 32 years and is well known for his newspaper columns and frequent appearances on television and radio programs.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Little Landon Sides, 2 months old

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Deal or No Deal
Editorial Cartoon: Deal or No Deal

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County shouldn’t trash rules it now finds inconvenient
And now, for the third consecutive month, the county  commissioners will consider changing the rules to take some of your rights away — and to make the lives of county bureaucrats easier.
Like the Energizer Bunny, county officials keep trotting out this really bad idea that was presented as an “ambush” in both August and September — and the ambush is set yet again!

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Health care costs soar for the small business owner
Health care costs soar for the small business owner
I got quite a chuckle out of an AP story this week that also received page 1 play on the Raleigh daily.
The story, written in rather breathless prose, reported that the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance “surged” this year — climbing an average of 9 percent.
Nine percent? A surge?

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Winstead obvious choice for sheriff
Winstead obvious choice for sheriff
GOOD MORNING: We apparently won’t know until late Monday at the earliest, but Kent Winstead will likely become our next sheriff – that is IF our County Commissioners somehow arrived at a decision over the weekend. The commissioners are planning to meet in secret again at 6 p.m. Monday, one hour prior to their 7 p.m. regular session, to discuss the appointment yet again.

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Is bigger really better?
People constantly ask what’s wrong with our country? Why have we lost trust in government, business, the church and most every institution? Let us state emphatically there is a lot right with our institutions, but there are warning signs that should alarm us. I believe things started changing for the worse when we all bought into the “bigger is better” myth.

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Fraudulent argument on health reform
RALEIGH – President Barack Obama and like-minded liberals here in North Carolina weren’t wrong in 2010 when they said that it was impossible to solve government’s budgetary problems without tackling the issue of health care. The road to fiscal solvency does, indeed, run through Medicare and Medicaid.

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OBITUARIES

CAROL ANN JACOBS
YOUNGSVILLE - Carol Ann Young Jacobs, 59, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 30, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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ZELMA PUETT
FRANKLINTON —Zelma Sophina Brewer Puett, 79, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Perry’s Chapel Baptist Church, 854 Perry’s Chapel Church Road, Franklinton.

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OLIVER NEWELL
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Oliver “Diggy Wiggy” Newell, 85, who died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.

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LYMAN A. WOMACK
YOUNGSVILLE - Lyman Albert Womack, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 at home. A celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. He will be laid to rest in Dardanelle, Ariz., at a later date.

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SPORTS

NCC On The Run
STRONG FINISH. Louisburg’s Dillan Phillips crosses the finish line ahead of a Corinth Holders runner during Wednesday afternoon’s Northern Carolina Conference Cross Country Meet at Vollmer Farm in Bunn.
NCC On The Run
BUNN -- Even with a roster void of upperclassmen, it hasn’t taken long for Corinth Holders High School to establish itself as a Northern Carolina Conference cross country powerhouse.
Corinth  Holders is a second-year school located in Johnston County. Since only freshmen and sophomores entered the facility in 2010, there still hasn’t been a senior class for the Pirates -- and there won’t be one until next year.

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TYING TIMES FOR FHS
JUST KICK IT. Franklinton’s Dylan Moss sends a ball forward off a throw-in during the Red Rams’ road tie Thursday afternoon against Rocky Mount.
TYING TIMES FOR FHS
ROCKY MOUNT -- These are tying times for the Franklinton High School boys soccer squad -- as evidenced by some of the Red Rams’ results during the 2011 campaign.
So far this season, Franklinton had been involved in three ties, two of which have come against the Rocky Mount Gryphons.

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Huge Spike Week
TWO AGAINST ONE. (L to R) Louisburg’s Zoe Hinton and Sandra Hutchison try to block Franklinton’s Alexis Degrasse during Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference volleyball matchup at the LHS Gymnasium.
Huge Spike Week
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A busy volleyball rivalry week concluded with the pecking order intact in the competitive Northern Carolina Conference standings.
Tuesday, Franklinton traveled to Louisburg looking for a season sweep over the Lady Warriors.
LHS gave the Lady Rams all they wanted in the clubs’ initial meeting at FHS, but Franklinton controlled the rematch and won in three games.

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Northeast fetes LC’s Williams
Northeast fetes LC’s Williams
Here is one lesson learned from the early portion of the 2011 football season:
Don’t be surprised when Louisburg College’s Rasheed Williams is honored as the Northeast Conference Player of the Week.
Williams has now claimed the award three times, including the most recent week as he rushed for 113 yards on 25 carries as the Hurricanes came through with a clutch, 37-27 victory over league foe Lackawanna Community College out of Pennsylvania.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 2-8
High School Football
FRIDAY
Bunn at Franklinton    7:30 p.m.
Warren County at Louisburg    7:30 p.m.

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Bunn soccer team suffers first defeat
Bunn soccer team suffers first defeat
KENLY -- Bunn High School experienced its first setback of the 2011 boys soccer season on Wednesday as the Wildcats were stopped 3-2 at North Johnston in a Northern Carolina Conference showdown.
“The better team on that day won,’’ said BHS head coach Benj Daniels. “North Johnston deserved to win.’’
Kevin Strassburger tallied two goals for the Wildcats, who missed a key penalty kick attempt to go ahead in the second half of action.

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Perry claims Player of the Week award
Perry claims Player of the Week award
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Following a weekend of exciting football games and impressive individual performances in the South Atlantic Conference, student-athletes from three different institutions have been selected as the league’s Players of the Week -- including Louisburg High School alum Lakeem Perry.

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PLENTY LEFT IN THE TANK
PLENTY LEFT IN THE TANK
Louisburg’s Sierra Mondin surges with her final kick near the finish line during Wednesday afternoon’s Northern Carolina Conference cross country meet at Vollmer Farm.

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WILDCAT TANDEM
WILDCAT TANDEM
(L to R) Bunn teammates Ray Divierno and Nathan Carnley pace during Wednesday afternoon’s Northern Carolina Conference cross country meet, which was hosted by BHS at Vollmer Farm.

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TIP DRILL
TIP DRILL
Louisburg’s Zoe Hinton (left) tries to send a tip past Franklinton’s Alexis Degrasse during Tuesday’s prep volleyball showdown at the LHS Gymnasium.

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LIFESTYLES

Louisburg College holds a  service of peace with justice
Louisburg College holds a service of peace with justice
On Tuesday Sept. 20, faculty, staff and students of Louisburg College (LC) gathered at Benson Chapel to reflect on “Peacemaking” and what they can do to find peace.
President La Branche  prepared a sermon which emphasized how important it is to find peace since we cannot remove conflict from our nation and the nations of the world.  As we seek peace- making, we must remember that it is not denial of conflict, La Branche said.

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4-Hers brighten up Assisted Living Week at Louisburg Manor
Magic can happen when young people, those of a certain age and a few animals get together for a little while, especially when a cute little baby girl is added to the mix!
Exactly that happened recently when some Franklin County 4-H’ers participated in Assisted Living Week at Louisburg Manor.

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Campbell celebrates 100th birthday
Mary Brennan Campbell of Louisburg Nursing Center celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 28. A luncheon in her honor was held Saturday, Sept. 24, at La Foresta Restaurant in Wake Forest, hosted by her daughter Lesley and husband Joe Finnegan of Lake Royale.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

PROUD MOTHER
PROUD MOTHER
Tammy Calvery tries to get a good shot of her son, Cody, during the Miracle League of Franklin County’s first game on Thursday night.

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Deputies investigating a home break-in
Franklinton police are looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run involving a bicycle.
According to an accident report by Sgt. W.B. Bulloch, James W. Tapp II was riding a bicycle on Howard Harris Road when he stopped at the intersection of U.S. 1-A.
According to the report, a white pickup truck approached from behind and hit Tapp.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Louisburg Wins For First Time in 2011
Louisburg Wins For First Time in 2011
WENDELL -- Winless through four games, the Louisburg Warriors could wait just a little longer in order to gain their first victory of the 2011 football season.
Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference matchup between Louisburg and host Corinth Holders was delayed over one hour because of storms.

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Bunn Puts Up 51 On Warren County
WARRENTON -- Bunn spotted Warren County the game’s first touchdown, but the Wildcats quickly roared back en route to posting a 51-18 road victory over the Eagles in a Northern Carolina Conference football showdown on Friday.
Bunn will carry a 4-2 overall and 3-0 league record into this coming Friday’s key matchup at backyard rival Franklinton.

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Franklinton avoids upset
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Franklinton went down to the wire to avert an upset bid Friday at Northern Carolina Conference football rival Northwest Halifax.
The undefeated Red Rams scored on a 4-yard touchdown run from Reggie Williams with one minute remaining to squeeze out a 20-16 decision over the Vikings.

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