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Showing 48 articles from October 7, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Jones sworn in as sheriff
SWORN IN. Resident Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood swore in Jerry Jones as the county’s newest sheriff on Friday afternoon. Jones was joined in the ceremony by his wife, Peggy, and granddaughter, Michaela Shearin.
Jones sworn in as sheriff
Jerry Jones took his oath of office on Friday, officially taking over the reins at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
County commissioners said they selected Jones because they feel he is the best man for the job of bringing the department out of a dark place.

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NC Attorney General says justice not being delayed in Green case
The state’s top law enforcement official said prosecutors won’t bring charges against former sheriff Pat Green until its ready.
In early February, the State Bureau of Investigation was called in to probe allegations that Green stole money from an undercover drug fund.

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Airport authority meets to discuss personnel issue
Airport authority meets to discuss personnel issue
The county’s airport authority met again in closed session on Wednesday.
And, again, no action was taken.
The board met in a special-called meeting to discuss personnel — presumably to discuss its airport director, Steve Merritt.

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Tax office readies revaluation plan
Franklin County’s tax office is looking to head property tax concerns off at the pass.
Before residents get their tax bills in 2012, county staff and the group spearheading revaluation plan to reach out to the community, answering as many questions as they can before residents get a tax bill.
“Whether we talk to two people at a time, or 20 people at a time,” said county Tax Administrator Jimmy Tanner, “we want to get out there and talk to people and answer any question we can.

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Ag Board wants provisions protecting farmland from county condemnation
At least some local farmers want a provision in county regulations that will require a public hearing if a public project affects farmland.
That was the gist of a meeting of the Franklin County Agriculture Board Tuesday night. The board, which supervises the Voluntary Ag District program, is updating its rules before sending them to the county commissioners for approval.

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Long Mill Elementary treated for bedbugs
A single trespasser at Long Mill Elementary School Thursday afternoon triggered an all-out response by school officials.
The culprit was a bed bug -- a single creature -- that was discovered in the school, setting off a long-established pest control policy designed to keep one bug from becoming an infestation.

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A FISHING DUO
A FISHING DUO
Ned Seibel, right, takes down the next batch of fried fish on Wednesday during the Franklin County Shrine Club’s annual fish fry on Wednesday.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Kenny Epps

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: A Grave Mistake
Editorial Cartoon: A Grave Mistake

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County airport experiencing turbulence
What, please tell, is going on at the Franklin County airport?
Just when we thought things were headed in a positive direction, the Airport Authority has decided to huddle in almost as many secret sessions as our county commissioners.
The airport, in case you haven’t been paying attention, is now self-supporting.

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With the sheriff’s appointment out of the way, other issues need to be addressed
With the sheriff’s appointment out of the way, other issues need to be addressed
It’s been quite a week, don’t you agree?
The big news story was former Sheriff Jerry Jones who pulled the comeback of the century by managing to convince all seven of our county commissioners to select him as Franklin County’s new sheriff.
Now that’s a  comeback story few of us saw coming — or even as possible.

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Consensus is Jones shouldn’t have been appointed sheriff
Consensus is Jones shouldn’t have been appointed sheriff
GOOD MORNING: A growing number of Franklin County residents continue to lambast our county commissioners regarding their selection of former Sheriff Jerry Jones to fill the unexpired portion of former Sheriff Pat Green’s term of office.

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What has Jones done to prove he is worthy?
Dear Editor:
Every four years when I see Harry Foy with that hot dog trailer, I think, “We need new commissioners.” After the decision they made Monday night, I know we need new commissioners. Jerry Jones for our new sheriff!

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We should give Jones a second chance
Dear Editor:
I am writing this letter in reply to the selection of the Franklin County sheriff by our county commissioners. This selection was a surprise to many.

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Advertising gives you what you like
RALEIGH – Political campaigns are marketing campaigns.
As someone who appreciates the social and economic value of advertising and marketing, I don’t mean the comparison as a slight. Politics is the means by which human societies confer and legitimate the power of force.

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OBITUARIES

SANDRA D. DELLEHAY
FRANKLINTON - Sandra D. Dellehay, 72, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at her residence. Funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 6, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial followed at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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JULIAN J. “JULES” PERNELL, JR.
COLUMBIA SC - Julian J.“Jules” Pernell Jr., age 61, a resident of 2417 Rigby Drive, died Tuesday October 4, 2011 at his home. He was the son of the late Julian J. Pernell, Sr. and the late Elsie Gray Hunt Pernell of Henderson, NC.

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THOMAS EATON HOLDEN
NEW YORK CITY - Thomas Eaton Holden passed away October 3, 2011 at the age of 85 in New York City. He was born October 18, 1925, the sixth child of Martha Edith Winston and Sidney Cleveland Holden. Eaton grew up in Louisburg, N.C. and graduated from W.R. Mills High School in 1942.

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SPORTS

Two-Match Lead
TAINASHA TOPS THE CHARTS. Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (right) goes up for another kill during the Ladycats’ road volleyball victory Thursday against long-time rival Louisburg in Northern Carolina Conference action.
Two-Match Lead
LOUISBURG -- A clutch victory over Louisburg on Thursday has put Bunn on the cusp of yet another Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Championship.
BHS head coach Henry Jones hopes the conquest didn’t come at too high of a price, though.
Bunn worked through four games to outlast its long-time spike rival by a score of 25-8, 25-17, 15-25 and 25-19.

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BUNN LEADS THE WAY
BUMP IT. Bunn High School’s David Reyes (19) tries to head the ball forward during the Wildcats’ home soccer showdown Wednesday against the Warren County Eagles Northern Carolina Conference action.
BUNN LEADS THE WAY
BUNN -- A leader has finally emerged from the bunched-up, competitive Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings.
And it’s the Bunn Wildcats.
Bunn made its way to the top of the NCC with a pair of key victories this week, including a 3-2 decision Monday at Corinth Holders in a duel for first place in the league.

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BHS’ Building Plan
FOREHAND WINNER. Bunn High School No. 3 Singles Player Miranda Winstead rips a forehand for a winner during the Ladycats’ home tennis matchup Wednesday against conference opponent North Johnston.
BHS’ Building Plan
BUNN -- Morris Gatson has a long-term plan for the Bunn High School girls tennis program -- and he isn’t about to deviate from the strategy.
BHS hasn’t won a team match this season, but Gatson still likes the progress his club has made against foes from the competitive Northern Carolina Conference.

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NCHSAA’s plans are pending
NCHSAA’s plans are pending
It won’t be official until sometime next year, but Franklin County’s high school sports scene is bracing for big changes.
For the first time ever, there is a good possibility that Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn will all be in different classifications when the next North Carolina High School Athletic Association realignment begins in 2013.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 9-15
High School Football
FRIDAY
Franklinton at Roanoke Rapids    7:30 p.m.
Corinth Holders at Bunn    7:30 p.m.
Louisburg at North Johnston    7:30 p.m.

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RRHS defeats Rams
FRANKLINTON -- With a chance to sweep Roanoke Rapids in rare fashion, the Franklinton Red Rams instead saw the Jackets return the favor from an early-season loss.
Roanoke Rapids scored two quick goals and went on to top Franklilnton by a 3-1 margin in a key Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer matchup Wednesday evening at the Franklinton Recreation Park.

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Franklin’s Bolton shines for East Carolina
Franklin’s Bolton shines for East Carolina
GREENVILLE -- Tyler Bolton (Purple) and Kevin Brandt (Gold) tossed a combined 8.2 scoreless innings of relief and Jay Cannon smacked a two-run homer in the first inning to pace the Gold to a 5-4 win during the first game of the annual East Carolina University Purple-Gold Baseball World Series Tuesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium on the ECU campus.

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Canes to tangle with Greenville
LOUISBURG -- There is no grace period for the college football season, so the banged-up Louisburg College Huricanes -- coming off two intense weeks -- will be back in action today against the Greenville Titans.
Kickoff for the non-league matchup will be at 1 p.m. at the Old Franklinton High School Football Field.

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‘Fields of Faith’ slated
‘Fields of Faith’ slated
BUNN -- Bunn High School will host its annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fields of Faith event on Oct. 19 at the BHS Football Field.
Festivities will run from 7-8 p.m. There will be a band and speaker.
All Franklin County students and church youth groups are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.

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Cross country continues
Cross country continues
HOLLISTER -- Franklinton placed two runners in the Top 10 of the girls individual standings during the most recent Northern Carolina Cross Country Meet.
FHS’ Jessica Woodburn was strong with a ninth-place finish at 24:07, while teammate Kayla Wetherell was one spot behind at 24:26 as part of Wednesday’s event at picturesque Medoc Mountain State Park.

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County match goes to Crudup
ROCKY MOUNT -- Rocky Mount was in a giving mood Monday evening in the Gryphons’ Big East Conference opener against Nash Central at the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex.
The Gryphons had nine fumbles, and the Bulldogs only recovered two of them.

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BUMP TIME
BUMP TIME
Louisburg’s Sandra Hutchison bumps a ball over the net as Bunn’s (l to r) Tainasha Vines and Holden Edwards look on during Thursday’s Northern Carolina Conference spike matchup.

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LIFESTYLES

Article promotes success of Chile
Article promotes success of Chile
I was so excited to have received from Marla Peoples a supplement to USA Today, which she came across in one of her trips to Virginia for Louisburg College. It contained an insert called “Our World,” and it talks about how much the world thinks of Chile, Latin America’s great success story.

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Parental involvement can help our schools
Parents often ask:  What are some key things we can do to help our children and our schools?  Here is an ambitious list to consider:
1. Be a role model.  Become the best person you can be.  Take time to de-stress and strive to balance your spirit, mind and body.  When I ask parents in my Parenting Matters class how often they spend time on themselves, the answer is usually next to zero.  Not good.

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Volunteers play a big part in bringing 4-H to youth
In North Carolina, more than 21,000 volunteers help deliver the 4-H Youth Development Program to youth.  The program gives volunteers the opportunity to serve based upon their interests, skills and time.
This, coupled with the needs and interests of youth in the local community, makes the perfect match for fostering a positive relationship among youth and adults.

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Harris completes Peace Corps training
ROOMIES. Whitney Harris (at far right) with roommates during Peace Corps training in South Africa.
Harris completes Peace Corps training
Whitney Harris of Louisburg recently completed her eight-week training session with the Peace Corps in the North West Province of South Africa. Upon completion of language and cultural training, she was officially sworn in as a Peace Corps volunteer on Sept. 8.

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Pianist opens Cherry Hill’s annual fall concert series
Pianist opens Cherry Hill’s annual fall concert series
That hint of color in the trees and a bit of a chill in the air can mean only one thing, — it’s time for the annual fall concert series at the historic Cherry Hill Plantation in Warren County.
The first in the series of three concerts this year will feature pianist Keiko Sekino who enjoys an active career as a solo recitalist and chamber musician in the United States and abroad, having performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia Park, and Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Spain.

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Concert to feature the greatest hits of Motown
Concert to feature the greatest hits of Motown
The “Masters of Motown” are coming to Louisburg College on Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. They will appear at the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center on the Louisburg College campus in a show that features many of the greatest hits from the legendary Motown era.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn plans a meeting to discuss sidewalks
BUNN — Commissioners have agreed to meet in a work session to discuss plans to better connect the town.
Town Clerk Judy Jeffreys advised the board at its Monday night meeting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may have funding available to help the town expand sidewalks.

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Louisburg man arrested for indecent exposure
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Louisburg man on drug and gun charges.
According to a report by Sgt. A.R. Roberts, just before 8 a.m. on Oct. 3, he noticed a car leaving a gas station on N.C. 56 with an expired registration. The license plate was also registered to another vehicle.
After stopping the driver, identified as Hosea Lewis, 22, of Louisburg, officers searched the vehicle.

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LEGAL LION
LEGAL LION
Attorney General Roy Cooper was the guest speaker at this past Tuesday night’s meeting of the Louisburg Lions Club. The state’s top law enforcement official talked about progress that has been made in law enforcement, particularly through technology, particularly in the state’s ability to use DNA to solve crimes.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM
Franklin County has been chosen to receive $7,103 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

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Shriners fish fry
TWO FOR THE ROAD. Vincent Wood, foreground, and Gary Davis, background, prepare fish plates for those who pulled up for drive-thru service on Wednesday during the Franklin County Shrine Club’s annual fish fry.
Shriners fish fry
The Franklin County Shrine Club held its annual fish fry on Wednesday, raising money for a network of 22 Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, which care for crippled and burned children.
Organizers and volunteers said people in the community have been generous in their support, even in a down economy.

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More Shriners fish fry pics
More Shriners fish fry pics
CARTON PICKING. Betty Perry organizes fish plates shortly before hungry customers come by to pick up their lunch or dinner during the Shrine Club’s fish fry on Wednesday.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Workers from GlaxoSmithKline of Zebulon spent their Orange Day helping the Safe Space Thrift Store in Louisburg.  Orange Day is a day of volunteering for the GlaxoSmithKline employees and this year they dedicated their day of work in memory of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.

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FIRING LINE
FIRING LINE
The Franklin County Firefighters Association reelected officers during its bi-annual banquet at the Louisburg Moose Lodge on Oct. 4. From left to right are Chaplain Donnie Eatmon with the Pilot Fire Department, Secretary Fred Harris with the state’s Forestry Service, President Kelly Harris, chief of the Justice Fire Department, Vice President Lee Gupton, lieutenant with the White Level Fire Department, and Treasurer Johnny Hight, assistant chief with the White Level Fire Department.

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BUSINESS

Bank promotes risk officer
Bank promotes risk officer
OXFORD — The Board of Directors of Union Bank and Trust has approved Amy Watts as chief risk officer and executive vice president.
Watts currently oversees the loan operations, deposit operations and compliance areas for the bank.

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Union Bank repays TARP Fund
OXFORD - Union Bank and Trust has announced repayment of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds, provided two years ago through the U.S. Treasury to banks of varying sizes.
“We applied for and received TARP funds, and we have now totally repaid that sum,” said Union Bank President and CEO Thomas Combs.

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PREP FOOTBALL

FHS Ends 22-Year Drought Against Bunn
FHS Ends 22-Year Drought Against Bunn
FRANKLINTON -- Regardless of the circumstances, the end of Franklinton’s 22-year football drought against Bunn was destined to be a memorable moment for the Red Rams’ faithful.
But for Franklinton, this script was downright unforgettable.

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Louisburg Tops Warren County
Louisburg Tops Warren County
LOUISBURG -- So much for the theory that Louisburg wouldn’t be effective while playing its fourth football game in a 12-day span.
The Warriors controlled the majority of the contest, but had to withstand some big plays from Warren County en route to earning a 30-28 decision in a key Northern Carolina Conference matchup at historic Patterson Field on the LHS campus.

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