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Showing 38 articles from October 18, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

County delays decision on purchasing land for park
PARK BENCHED? Franklin County commissioners held off pursuing the purchase of the old Girl Scout campsite which sits along N.C. 39 between Louisburg and Bunn until they can gather more information on costs.
County delays decision on purchasing land for park
Commissioners tabled a decision to pursue purchasing land for a new park.
Parks and Recreation Director Oliver Greene was scheduled Monday night to present the board with a proposal to buy the old Girl Scout campsite along N.C. 39.
The county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board was tasked with finding a suitable site to fulfill the dying wish of Edgar Owens, who left the county $800,000 from his estate to do the project.

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WHAT IN BLAZES?
WHAT IN BLAZES?
Louisburg firefighters, along with an Epsom crew, put out a fire at this house on 1010 Bickett Boulevard at 3:45 a.m. on Monday. A police officer driving by the scene reported the fire. No one was injured, according to fire officials,  as everyone inside was able to get out. The cause of the fire was undetermined, but it began on the porch area, according to firefighters.

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Franklinton advocate Roberts dies in wreck
Franklinton advocate Roberts dies in wreck
Franklinton commissioners planned to officially recognize the impact of a woman’s life on a community after she died in a wreck late last week.
According to a preliminary report by the State Highway Patrol, Joyce G. Roberts, 81, was driving a pickup truck east on N.C. 56 near Timberlake Road when an oncoming pickup truck crossed the center line on Friday afternoon.

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Homicide suspects set to appear in court
The man who prosecutors allege fired the shot that killed a man during a home invasion was sentenced last month.
His co-conspirators are scheduled to be in court next week.
Their fates are undecided.

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Bullseye
Franklin County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Legnante, left, and Det. Kevin White, pose for this picture inside the Franklin County sheriff’s office. Plaques recognizing their success at the Gastonia Sniper Conference are on display in the lobby.
Bullseye
For marksmen trained to pick off a target that looks like the tip of an eraser seven football fields away, they still didn’t see it coming.
After the first day of a three-day competition pitting the best snipers against each other, Franklin County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Legnante and Det. Kevin White found themselves in third place.

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Louisburg abandons claim of ownership of water tank
Louisburg abandons claim of ownership of water tank
The town of Louisburg walked way from a 300,000 gallon water tank near the Palziv plant on NC 56 West (formerly HON) Monday night, apparently ending a quietly simmering dispute between the town, Franklin County and Palziv.

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Another farmer files lawsuit against seed distributor
Another Franklin County farmer has filed suit against a tobacco seed producer and distributor, alleging he was sold a bad batch of seed.
Attorneys for Steve Lamm Jr. filed a lawsuit on Oct. 3, alleging that the CC27 certified tobacco seed they received from Cross Creek Seed Inc. and Crop Production Services Inc. was misbranded and falsely labeled.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Emma Styers

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Larry, Moe and Curly
Editorial Cartoon: Larry, Moe and Curly

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NC needs to begin spending more on new infrastructure
Granted, it’s always difficult to draw conclusions from a single election.
But it’s interesting what happened in Raleigh last week as voters trooped to the polls and made their preferences known.
It’s also a little surprising that the transportation bond issue passed by a two-to-one margin.

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Company should pack up, take their jobs and leave ungrateful Youngsville
Company should pack up, take their jobs and leave ungrateful Youngsville
GOOD MORNING: Fall is not only in the air, but on the ground as well out my way just East of Louisburg as we began what is now officially the fourth week of autumn on Monday. And we could be feeling it later this week, too, when daytime highs struggle to reach the low 60’s.

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Closed sessions turning into nightmare
Closed sessions turning into nightmare
It seems like my tour of twiddling thumbs is never going to end.
If you follow this column, you would recognize that attending meetings and sitting through closed sessions has become the norm.
From the airport authority to the Youngsville Board of Commissioners, they all seem to be going behind closed doors more and more.

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Website Reader Participation Results October 12-18
Are you going to the NC State Fair?

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Tales of the occupation
RALEIGH – It was unfair, unethical, and unwise to use taxpayer dollars to bail out banks, insurers, auto companies, and other large corporations. Check.
Many young Americans have, with the complicity of unscrupulous lenders and colleges, run up huge student-loan debts that they can’t afford. Check.

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OBITUARIES

JOYCE G. ROBERTS
FRANKLINTON —Joyce Goswick Roberts, 81, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton.

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DAVID JUNIOR EPPS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for David Junior Epps, 60, who died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Carl Wardrett officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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JAMES N. O’NEAL
ZEBULON - James Nelson O’Neal, 87, died Monday, Oct.. 17, 2011 at Wake Med. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Corinth Baptist Church, 13450 NC Highway 96, Zebulon, with the Rev. Will Abernethy and the Rev. Glen Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Corinth Baptist Church cemetery.

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JESSE R. FERRELL
ZEBULON - Jesse “Rudolph” Ferrell, 90, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at the Hospice Home in Raleigh. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Raleigh on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m.

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WARNER F. BROWN
ZEBULON - Warner Franchot “Frannie” Brown, 71, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Private services will be held at a later date.

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NELSON L. BROWN
WENDELL - Nelson Lee Brown, 74, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Graveside services were held Monday  at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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SPORTS

RR Revenge Tour
ALL ABOUT ELEVATION. A Roanoke Rapids’ player (left) soars for a header while being defended by Bunn’s Julio Barretto during Monday’s matchup.
RR Revenge Tour
BUNN -- Nobody is ever surprised when Roanoke Rapids wins the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer championship.
After all, the Jackets have dominated the NCC for years, with the exception of a few strong seasons from Franklinton.

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A THREE-TEAM RACE
MAYE MAKES HIS WAY. Roanoke Rapids running back Byron Maye (with ball) picks up yardage for the Jackets during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football showdown against Franklinton.
A THREE-TEAM RACE
ROANOKE RAPIDS -- It’s now a three-way dance for the top spot in the Northern Carolina Conference standings -- a fact that came at the expense of Franklinton’s potential undefeated regular season.
FHS came into last Friday’s showdown at defending NCC champ Roanoke Rapids with an unblemished mark, but left tied with RR and Bunn for the No. 1 position in the league with two games remaining.

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Rematch To Canes
GOAL SCORER. Freshman Josh Burdin (10) scored the first goal Sunday for Louisburg College during a home victory against USC-Salkehatchie.
Rematch To Canes
LOUISBURG -- A sinking feeling accompanied Stuart Brown off the field following his Louisburg College men’s soccer team’s tie with USC-Salkehatchie earlier this season.
The result of Sunday’s rematch was much more uplifting for Brown as the Hurricanes took a key step toward earning a No. 2 spot in the final Region X regular season standings.

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Shutout collected by Canes
Shutout collected by Canes
Louisburg College’s excellent football adventure continued last Saturday with a long road trip to New York to tangle with non-league opponent Alfred State.
What welcomed LC wasn’t the spectacular fall foliage and crystal-clear days that often mark the weather trend this time of the year in the Northeast.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last Friday night’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association football scores:

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NCWC stops Pride
GREENSBORO -- The Blue & Gold football team of North Carolina Wesleyan College returned to the win column last Saturday with a 31-19 league victory over Greensboro College on the road.  
With the win, the Bishops are now 2-4 overall and 2-1 in USA South Conference play.
The Pride (0-6, 0-3 USAS) jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter on a Scott Warren 2-yard run.

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Bunn keeps pace with a home victory
BUNN -- Bunn spread the scoring wealth during last Friday’s home football matchup against first-year varsity program Corinth Holders.
The Wildcats found the end zone in a variety of ways -- again and again -- en route to defeating the upstart Pirates by a 55-14 score.

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LHS rallies for victory
LHS rallies for victory
KENLY -- With time running out, there was no doubt about Louisburg’s decision-making process when faced with the prospect of taking the lead -- or possibly suffering a heartbreaking loss.
Thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run from Antonio Smith, LHS had drawn to within one point of host North Johnston with 34 seconds remaining in the clubs’ Northern Carolina Conference showdown last Friday night.

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VGCC program building
VGCC program building
HENDERSON -- Although the young Vance-Granville Community College women’s volleyball program has had a tough season, with only one match victory so far, team members Natalie Reavis and Kaylin Owen, both of Henderson, are proving to be outstanding contributors on the court.
Three recent matches resulted in VGCC losing three sets to none.

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Globetrotters to appear
Globetrotters to appear
RALEIGH -- On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to RBC Center on March, 2, 2012, at 7 p.m.
Tickets to see the world’s most famous basketball team are on sale. Tickets start at $18 and are available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the RBC Center box office or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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LIFESTYLES

BIRTH
Russ and Laura Ayscue of Kingsport, Tenn. announce the birth of their daughter, Kathryn Diane Ayscue, born Sept. 23, 2011 at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tenn. The infant weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces.

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Animal Health Network
With a bold caption like Animal Health Network, your first thought is probably, what now! Well I won’t keep you in suspense. The Animal Health Network is a state-adaptable local network established by the local level Cooperative Extension Service which gains the commitment of local feed retailers to  reach out to customers, both non-commercial and commercial livestock and poultry owners, with the State Department of Health Zoonosis Division or State Veterinarian Division.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Foundation reminds teachers of upcoming grant deadline
The Franklin County Community Foundation is reminding teachers of the upcoming deadline for grant applications from its Education Fund.
The deadline for submitting a grant application is Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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GO ACTIVE
GO ACTIVE
The kindergarten students in Kathryn Wilson and Nona Beckham’s class at Crosscreek Charter School learn to Go Active! with Ronald McDonald.

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Spivey named assistant principal at Southern Nash
Spivey named assistant principal at Southern Nash
Larranda Spivey, Bunn High School Alumni, has been named assistant principal at Southern Nash High School in Nash County.
Spivey graduated from Bunn High School in 2000.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Cases delayed by mental health on court docket
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Cases delayed by mental health on court docket
Two cases that have been delayed by mental health issues are on the superior court docket this coming week.
Deputies arrested Joseph Mendez on Jan. 19, 2010, alleging that he killed his sister and stabbed his mother.
According to court documents, Mendez told psychiatrists that he had heard voices and expressed other mentally unstable behavior.

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OCS CERTIFICATION
OCS CERTIFICATION
William Bartholomew Jr. of Louisburg (above right) was recently awarded certification of Officer Candidate School (OCS) course completion at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., receiving the rank of 1st Lieutenant/Sr. Battalion Staff. He is the son of William and Marsha Bartholomew of Louisburg.

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Deputies investigate series of break-ins
A Louisburg man who eluded police during a chase turned himself in to authorities the next day.
Darius J. Horton, 20, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving with wanton disregard, resisting a public officer and not displaying vehicle registration.

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