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Showing 41 articles from October 4, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Jones appointed sheriff
JERRY JONES
Jones appointed sheriff
Franklin County’s sheriff’s office is under old management.
The county’s Board of Commissioners appointed Jerry Jones as its new sheriff on Monday night, filling the unexpired term of Pat Green.
Jones last served as the county’s sheriff from 2002 to 2006, losing out on a re-election bid to Green.

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Airport facing lawsuit
A Wake County man is suing Franklin County over a bad landing at its airport.
Attorneys for Gary Hedrick filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Superior Court on Sept. 23, alleging that Franklin County’s negligence led to a slip and fall inside an airport bathroom in October of 2008.
Hedrick’s attorney, B. Joan Davis, argues that Hedrick sustained injuries that required surgery and continues to cause pain.

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LITTLE CAR THAT COULD
LITTLE CAR THAT COULD
David Brower shows off his microcar, a 1963 Messerschmitt, that he spent a lot of time restoring. He showed off the car during the Youngsville Fall Festival car show this past Saturday.

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Court assigns judge to water lawsuit
A chief justice has deemed a legal dispute between Franklinton and Franklin County to be exceptional.
Chief Justice Sarah Parker gave an order on Sept. 30 that means, for continuity’s sake, all matters in the case will be overseen by Judge Paul G. Gessner.
Such declarations are often made in cases where it would be important for motions and other issues be heard by one judge to streamline the court proceedings.

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Residents drop radio tower fight
Residents drop radio tower fight
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners again decided to table any action on plans to change how it approves radio towers.
This time the decision came after residents who live near a proposed tower site called the county out for its proposal to do away with zoning protections that would allow them to back-door the sites without much, if any, public input.

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Day of Caring continues after weather delay
HAMMER TIME. Howard Wynn, foreground, right, hammers away at a screw that was put into the post of a handicap ramp built at a home in Franklinton during United Way’s Day of Caring this past Saturday.
Day of Caring continues after weather delay
The United Way might want to consider a new name for one of its community efforts — Days of Caring.
Volunteers braved poor weather last weekend to help residents with some cleanup projects, but some more intense efforts were postponed until this past Saturday.
A crew of volunteers from Novozymes descended upon three homes on Saturday to build a handicap ramp, do some painting and provide some cleanup.

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KID FRIENDLY
KID FRIENDLY
Brother and sisters, clockwise from front, Ayham, Shahd, and Wa’ad Al-Lahabi look for some deals while at Franklinton’s community wide yard sale that took place on Main Street on Saturday.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Francheska Braswell

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Ship of Fools
Editorial Cartoon: Ship of Fools

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Residents back off suing county over radio tower
While it’s never good news when residents are forced to sue the county where they live, the fact that some local residents have decided NOT to sue may be even worse.
As you’ve read elsewhere in this edition, some White Level residents who awoke one day to find an unwanted radio tower about to be plunked down in their neighborhood have decided not to take their fight with Franklin County to court.

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Commissioners commit political suicide with appointment of former Sheriff Jones
Commissioners commit political suicide with appointment of former Sheriff Jones
GOOD MORNING: I was wrong, what else can I say? It is not the first time and probably won’t be the last time, but my prediction that the county commissioners were going to name Kent Winstead as our next sheriff was based on what was believed to be solid information at the time.

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It’s time to move beyond the need for all these closed sessions
It’s time to move beyond the need for all these closed sessions
One series of closed sessions down.
One more to go.
After a series of closed sessions to hammer out who will serve as Franklin County’s next sheriff, the board emerged after half an hour and appointed Jerry Jones to fill the unexpired term of Pat Green.
I’m sure Jones was ecstatic.

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How are jobs measured?
Here’s a recent headline about North Carolina’s job market: “Despite Employment Gains, Unemployment Rate Edges Up.” Huh! Was this a misprint? How could the jobless rate increase when there were more jobs? Aren’t unemployment and jobs supposed to go in opposite directions?

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Looking for relative
Dear Editor:
I am looking for any information anyone might have about my uncle, Herbert Littlejohn Jr.
He was born in Franklin County on Aug. 8, 1915. I was told that he worked at one of the drug stores in Louisburg.

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Editorial Cartoon: Local Yokel
Editorial Cartoon: Local Yokel

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OBITUARIES

SHIRLEY W. HOPKINS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Shirley W. Hopkins, 57, who died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Carl Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in the Haywood Baptist Church cemetery.

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SHAD A. PHILLIPS II
WENDELL – Shadrick “Shad” Aston Phillips II, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Pitt family cemetery, 193 Pitt Farm Lane, Macclesfield.

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BETTY B. WITHERSPOON
FRANKLINTON —Betty B. Witherspoon, 57, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Westminister Evangelistic Church #2, Louisburg, with Evangelist Debra Wright officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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JALYN GRACE REYNOLDS
Jalyn Grace Reynolds, born April 9, 2011 to Robin and Jason Reynolds, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. A memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Falls Community Cemetery.

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LILLIA SOUTHERLAND
HENDERSON - Funeral services for Lillia Southerland, 83, who died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Rowland Chapel Christian Church, with the Rev. Isaac Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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EURALEE A. BROOKS
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Euralee Allen Brooks, 85, who died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at South Main Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Rosby officiating. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Church cemetery.

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Joshua J. Allen
LOUISBURG – Joshua J. Allen, 38, died Oct. 4. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg.

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JOHNNIE C. WILDER
November 12, 1943 – October 3, 2011
SPRING HOPE – Johnnie Cole Wilder, 67, of Spring Hope, passed away Monday night at his home surrounded by his family.

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FRANCES E. FOSTER
RALEIGH - Frances Carolyn Eubanks Foster, 80, of Raleigh, passed away Sunday night, October 2, 2011 at her residence, after a lengthy illness.

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FANNIE C. ARRINGTON
CASTALIA - Fannie Coggin Arrington, 83, of Castalia, died Saturday, October 1, 2011, at Nash General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Perry J. Faulkner, Sr., and Aubra Arrington; her son, Phil Faulkner; two brothers, Alex Coggin and Cleg Coggin; two sisters, Louise Debelius and Lillie Porter.

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BOB REYNOLDS PEARCE
RALEIGH - Bob Reynolds Pearce, 80, passed away peacefully at Rex Healthcare on October 2, 2011 with his loving family by his side.  He was born September 4, 1931 in Franklin Co. to the late Urban Turner Pearce and Pauline House Pearce.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant daughter, Debra Jean Pearce, and three brothers; Urban Lynn, Charles and Joe Pearce.

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SPORTS

LHS’ VICTORY AT SEA
YOU CAN’T HAVE IT. Louisburg’s Jordan Lucas holds on to the ball while being tackled by two Corinth Holders defenders during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football game in Johnston County.
LHS’ VICTORY AT SEA
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.
Last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference matchup between Louisburg and host Corinth Holders was delayed over one hour because of storms.

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Ravens Run Past Louisburg
FINDING A HOLE. Louisburg’s Hakeem Thorne (left) uses a block from teammate Antwan Perry during Monday night’s game at Patterson Field.
Ravens Run Past Louisburg
LOUISBURG -- Playing Ravenscroft with one week of preparation time is difficult enough, let alone with no time at all.
Ravenscroft’s diversified, multi-faceted attack can certainly be tough  on opposing defenses -- a fact that Louisburg found out Monday night at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.

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LC  drops road game vs. ‘Dogs
LC drops road game vs. ‘Dogs
The task of playing difficult back-to-back games -- one of which involved a 10-hour road trip -- proved to be too tall of an order for the Louisburg College football squad.
Nationally ranked LC headed into last Saturday’s key Northeast Conference matchup at Dean College with an unblemished record, but Dean was able to come away with a 20-10 decision in a game that was played in Franklin, Mass. -- just a stone’s throw away from Gillette Stadium and the home of the New England Patriots.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last weekend’s scores from the 2011 North Carolina High School Athletic Association football season:

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BHS soars past Warren County
BHS soars past 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 last Friday.
Bunn will carry a 4-2 overall and 3-0 league record into Friday’s key matchup at backyard rival Franklinton.

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Red Rams rally to stop NW Halifax
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Franklinton went down to the wire to avert an upset bid last Friday at Northern Carolina Conference football rival Northwest Halifax.
The undefeated Red Rams scored on a 4-yard touchdown run from T.J. Wall with 48 seconds remaining to squeeze out a 20-16 decision over the Vikings.

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NC Wesleyan earns first win of campaign
DANVILLE, VA. -- Wideout Jarret Coffield hauled in a career-high nine receptions for 119 yards, and fellow senior Javon Boddie returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown to lead North Carolina Wesleyan College’s football team to a 29-0 shutout of homestanding Averett University last Saturday.

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SPECIAL DELIVERY
SPECIAL DELIVERY
Louisburg High School veteran quarterback Marcus Davis (left) helped his club pick up a conference victory last Friday night against Corinth Holders.

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LIFESTYLES

Deer: Friend or foe
To many people, deer have become a nuisance in their yards or in their crops.  However, there are many that take pride in raising deer and hunting deer for sport.
You have avid hunters that plant food plots to grow a trophy animal.  This has become a big business in parts of our state and across the U.S. 

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4-H offers an unique experience for youth
For more than 101 years, the 4-H Program of North Carolina has been engaging youth in programs that help develop skills for a lifetime.
These skills range from communication to community service and from goal setting to leadership. Regardless of the skill learned, the benefits gathered from a young person participating in the 4-H Program are priceless. 

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC Board Chair announces candidates for presidency
Vance-Granville Community College Board of Trustees Chairman Donald C. Seifert Sr. has announced that the Board’s Presidential Search Committee has narrowed the pool of presidential candidates from 42 down to six.
In July, the Board began a nationwide search for VGCC’s next president, after Dr. Randy Parker announced that he would be leaving on Sept. 1 to become the president of Guilford Technical Community College.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Kerr-Tar holds annual awards banquet
Kerr-Tar holds annual awards banquet
The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments held its annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Warren County Armory and Civic Center in Warrenton. Chairman of the Kerr-Tar Board of Directors James D. O’Geary presided over the meeting, which hosted an attendance of 165.

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Brewer becomes certified
Brewer becomes certified
B. J. Brewer, captain of the White Level Fire Department, was recently presented a Certified Fire Service Professional award in the areas of fire instructor and fire investigator by the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal and the National Board on Fire Service Professionals. This award was granted after meeting certain requirements regarding experience, years of service, training, certifications and areas of knowledge.

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COLLIDING INTERESTS
COLLIDING INTERESTS
A Louisburg employee was cited for an unsafe movement that led to this wreck on Bickett Boulevard at the intersection of Golden Leaf Drive. Trooper B. Pulliam said Wilbert Wright was driving the streets department truck and pulled into the path of a pickup truck driven by John Neal of Henderson just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

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Louisburg police looking for suspects in vehicle break-in
Franklinton made two DWI arrests beginning last Friday.
In the first incident, according to a report by Sgt. W.B. Bulloch, he was made aware of a situation at the Wilco Hess gas station.

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