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Showing 40 articles from October 21, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Green case could go before grand jury on Monday, or not
Monday represents the next time that state prosecutors could seek an indictment against former Sheriff Pat Green.
But it also could not.
That was the continued bit of insight that county Attorney Darnell Batton could provide when Commissioner Harry Foy again asked for his latest report on the status of the investigation.

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Early voting begins
SERVED. Residents can go by the Board of Elections office on Industrial Drive in Louisburg to take advantage of early voting in the weeks before the Nov. 8 municipal elections.
Early voting begins
The chance to cast an early ballot for municipal leaders began this week.
The first two hours in, one ballot had been cast — by a member of the elections staff.
Elections Director Amy Southerland said municipal elections may lack the overall buzz generated by an even-year or presidential election, but they can often be more intimate — which brings out voters.

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Remembering victims of domestic violence
LIGHT IT UP. Pat Williams, left, helps Joyce Neff light a candle during Safe Space’s annual candlelight vigil on Tuesday. The event at Louisburg College’s auditorium was held to recognize those who have been victims of domestic violence.
Remembering victims of domestic violence
For those trying to stamp out domestic violence, it was particularly cruel that during Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Supreme Court ruled that a man convicted of killing his estranged wife would go free.
Rather than dwell on Robert Lee Pastuer’s freedom, those who gathered for Safe Space’s annual candlelight vigil remembered Narskelsky Pastuer and others like her who have been battered and bruised, and in the case of Mrs. Pastuer, killed by someone that at one time or another they trusted and loved.

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Deputies investigate shooting of 15-year-old
YOUNGSVILLE — Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects responsible for shooting a 15-year-old.
At about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Youngsville police responded to a call of shots fired at Cureton Mobile Home Park which is off N. White Street heading into Wake County.

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Documentary focuses on moving a plantation-era home and the plantation’s extended family tree
SHOW TIME. Writer, producer and director Godfrey Cheshire, above, will introduce his film, Moving Midway, at a screening at Louisburg College on Oct. 28. (Photo by Lissa Gotwals)
Documentary focuses on moving a plantation-era home and the plantation’s extended family tree
Could picking up an old house and moving it to a new location spark a reconciliation of a family and perhaps lead to a better understanding of the South and its often-tenuous relationship between races?
That’s the underlying theme behind the film “Moving Midway,” that will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Louisburg College -- and be introduced by Godfrey Cheshire, the man who made the film. Admission is free.

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Mediation deadline nears in water dispute
If Franklinton and Franklin County officials want to resolve a long-standing water dispute outside of court, time is running out.
Realizing that, both sides had pooled together possible dates for mediation and on Tuesday night, following a closed session, Franklinton officials forwarded Franklin County two dates to choose from — Nov. 3 or Dec. 1.

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Recycling made even simpler
Remember when you were required to separate every little item before recycling?
Well, times are changing, and recycling is being simplified to make it easier for our citizens.
You can now mix certain items together, called “co-mingling,” which means that you can now put several different items into the same recycling container, explained Ed Shearin of the Franklin County Solid Waste Department.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Sherry Bell, daughter Jessica Rosales and granddaughter, Belen

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Sorry girls, this $800,000 is probably earmarked by the county for snail feed
Editorial Cartoon: Sorry girls, this $800,000 is probably earmarked by the county for snail feed

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Relocation of historic home turns into a moving experience for filmmaker
What happens when today’s growth — big box stores, four-lane highways and a burgeoning population — encroach on a historic home of local importance?
Far, far more than you might imagine!
In one instance, it became much more of a story than just pressure on an old building. It grew into a far more complex and mysterious tale than you might expect.

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Beach getaway was just what the family needed and not too tough on the wallet
Beach getaway was just what the family needed and not too tough on the wallet
With fall falling rapidly in Franklin County, it’s a great time to get outside and enjoy this beautiful North Carolina weather before ... well, before it turns cold and the holiday season gets cranked up into high gear.
As these beautiful October days begin to fade, it won’t be long before we’re all talking turkey — and we know how quickly St. Nick follows the turkey!

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Commissioners should look at northern part of county for park location
Commissioners should look at northern part of county for park location
GOOD MORNING: Whatever their reason, the County Commissioners were wise to hold off on the purchase of the old Girl Scout campsite on N.C. 39 this past Monday night, and we can only hope that they will use the delay to consider other options for the wishes of the late Edgar Owens, who left $800,000 to the county for a new recreational park.

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Advice for the town of Youngsville concerning Amidon Contracting
The Youngsville Town Board public hearing Oct. 13 exploring the discharge of military weapons in a scruffy, outside test area contiguous to residential property by Amidon Contracting Services had a room-full of residents voicing upset, disbelief and anger. Residents had expected the Planning Board to exercise wisdom and due diligence on that concrete munitions testing company on behalf of its citizens to:

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Did Jerry Jones begin second stint as sheriff with more lies?
Dear Editor:
Jerry Jones lied about not firing anyone that was interested in the sheriff’s job, but he did. Already he got rid of the best detectives that the sheriff’s department had.

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President Obama is a good man
Dear Editor:
I think President Obama is a good man trying to do good things and the GOP’s only goal is to block everything good to make President Obama fail. Truth is, when George Bush was president, he left a large deficit.

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OBITUARIES

PERRY LEE WILLIAMS SR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Perry Lee Williams Sr., 82, who died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Mitchell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Daniel Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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THOMAS O’NEAL, SR.
ZEBULON - Thomas O’Neal, Sr., 76, died Oct. 20, 2011 at Wake Medical Center, Raleigh.

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ALMA MARY BRANTLEY
WAKE FOREST - Alma Mary Brantley, 64, died, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. She was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey to the late Lillian Thorne Morse and Walter K. Morse and was a member of Open Door Baptist Church.

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PHILIP JONES OLMSTEAD
ROLESVILLE - Philip Jones Olmstead died Oct. 17, 2011 at Rex Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was born Aug. 5, 1947 in Raleigh to Elsie Carver Olmstead and Albert Lewis Olmstead.

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JAMES F. WRIGHT SR.
SPRING HOPE - James Furman Wright Sr., age 48, a resident of 69 Lake Rd., Henderson and 970 Duke Memorial Rd., Spring Hope, died Tuesday October 18, 2011 at his home in Spring Hope. Born on August 18, 1963 in Vance County, he was the son of the late Kenneth L. Williamson Sr. and April Lee Wright.

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WILLIAM ALBERT PERRY, JR.
March 11, 1935 – October 8, 2011
RALEIGH - William Albert Perry, Jr., age 76, passed away October 8, 2011 at his Raleigh residence. Surrounded by family, he was a loving father to his four daughters, three stepdaughters, and doted over his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His greatest joy came from playing with his grandchildren, teaching them to build wooden airplanes and telling them tall tales.

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SPORTS

THE QUEST FOR SIX
TAINASHA TO THE TOP. Bunn High School freshman Tainasha Vines (right) elevates for a kill attempt over Franklinton’s (l to r) Tamara Williams and Hannah Hooton during Wednesday evening’s Championship Match.
THE QUEST FOR SIX
BUNN -- Henry Jones has pulled off a long list of amazing feats during his storied tenure as the Bunn High School volleyball coach.
Jones, who has been at BHS since the mid-90s, didn’t know what to expect from his Ladycats this fall following mass graduation -- for the second consecutive campaign.

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LHS -- No Playoffs
KEY PLAYER FOR LHS. Senior Sandra Hutchison (right) was an important player this season for the Louisburg High School volleyball squad, which tied for fifth place overall in the Northern Carolina Conference.
LHS -- No Playoffs
LOUISBURG -- It almost seems like a misprint.
When glancing through the brackets for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs, there is no mention of the Louisburg Lady Warriors.
That’s because the Lady Warriors tied for fifth place this fall in the Northern Carolina Conference standings -- an uncharacteristic low finish for the tradition-rich Louisburg spike program.

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Harrison on mound for Texas
Harrison on mound for Texas
Josh Hamilton isn’t the only local standout making waves at the World Series for the Texas Rangers.
Former South Granville phenom Matt Harrison will start Game Three for the Rangers today when they tangle with the St. Louis Cardinals for a pivotal showdown.
Harrison is no stranger to diamond fans in Franklin County -- he performed at South Granville back when the Vikings were competing in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 23-29
High School Football
FRIDAY
Franklinton at Warren County    7:30 p.m.

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LC’s soccer squads prepare for tourney
LC’s soccer squads prepare for tourney
LOUISBURG -- These are good times for the Louisburg College men’s and women’s soccer program -- and the hope is that the times will be even grander next week.
Both LC clubs are finishing the regular season in strong fashion -- a fact that could bode well when the Region X Tournaments open either this coming Tuesday or Wednesday at home sites.

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CLASS 2-A STATE SPIKE SCHEDULE
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the pairings for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs.
Action will begin today with first-round matches across the state.

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NCC cross country sked resumes
NCC cross country sked resumes
KENLY -- After one week off due to poor weather, the Northern Carolina Conference resumed its cross country slate Monday with a meeting at North Johnston.
To the surprise of nobody in attendance, Corinth Holders continued its season-long boys and girls dominance with a pair of victories.

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ANTICIPATION
ANTICIPATION
Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (right) elevates as Franklinton’s Savanna Styers sets the ball to a teammate during Wednesday’s finale of the Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tournament at the Bunn Dome. Both FHS and BHS will be at home today for first-round action of the state spike playoffs.

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SPIKE MATCH ACTION
SPIKE MATCH ACTION
(l to r) Bunn’s Tainasha Vines and Jessica Harris duel at the net in a joust of titans during Wednesday’s finale of the Northern Carolina Conference Volleyball Tournament, which was staged at the Bunn Dome.

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LIFESTYLES

Continuation on Chile’s surprising success
Continuation on Chile’s surprising success
There is so much more to tell about the success of Chile, this narrow, small, but prosperous country, that the stories need to continue for one more article.
Something good must be happening, because Newsweek 2011 labeled Chile as “The best country in Latin America and third best in the Americas.”

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bluegrass concert to benefit stereotactic breast biopsy service in Franklin County
The Franklin County Breast Care Team is sponsoring a benefit Bluegrass concert Oct. 29 to raise money to keep stereotactic breast biopsy service in Franklin County.
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC) at Louisburg College.

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100 YEARS YOUNG
100 YEARS YOUNG
Gladys Brown celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on Sept. 27. She received a Certificate of Acknowledgement and Congratulations from Governor Bev Perdue.

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Man to appear in court for domestic violence charges
A Franklin County man is scheduled to appear in court next month on domestic violence charges.
According to investigators and an arrest warrant, Jonathan Scott Ball, 31, removed a window air-conditioning unit to break into a woman’s home during the early morning hours of Oct. 2.
According to authorities, Ball and the woman had a past relationship.

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FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE
FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE
Utilities department employee Josh Bennett, center, was recognized for his five years of service by Franklinton Public Utilities Director Raymond Bragg, right, as Mayor Elic Senter, left, is set to present Bennett with a plaque. The presentations were made during the Franklinton Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

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Franklinton police investigate spray painting of gang signs
Franklinton police arrested a man they allege was disorderly in public and resisting arrest.
According to a report by Sgt. W.B. Bulloch, he observed several people loitering in parked cars at a gas station in downtown Franklinton the evening of Oct. 15.
Bulloch said he recognized one of the men, Phillip Burrell, whom he knew to have his license revoked.

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Grants available for independent family farms with innovative ideas
Some $225,000 in grants will be awarded to independent family farms in North Carolina for new farming enterprises that demonstrate innovative opportunities in production, processing and marketing.   
The grant program, known as the Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund, is managed by the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI), a non-profit organization based in Pittsboro.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Rams Upset By North Johnston
Rams Upset By North Johnston
FRANKLINTON -- Even after last week’s loss at Roanoke Rapids, the Franklinton Red Rams were still in excellent position to earn at least a share of the Northern Carolina Conference football championship.
The same can’t be said for the Red Rams following their stunning home setback this Friday against the North Johnston Panthers.

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Roanoke Rapids Shuts Out Louisburg
Roanoke Rapids Shuts Out Louisburg
LOUISBURG -- The news was both great and not-so-good Friday for the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets.
On the field, the Jackets pitched a shutout for the second week in a row by defeating the homestanding Louisburg Warriors by a 47-0 margin in a key Northern Carolina Conference football showdown at Patterson Field.

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Bunn Increases NCC Chances
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- A wild season in the Northern Carolina Conference football standings has come down to this:
With one week remaining, the Bunn Wildcats control their own destiny in their quest to win the NCC regular season championship.

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