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Showing 41 articles from October 25, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Green indicted; free on bond
MIDDLEMAN. Pat Green in court with attorneys Johnny Williamson (left) and Tommy Manning (Times photo by Carey Johnson)
Green indicted; free on bond
Former Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green made his first appearance in court on Tuesday, wiping away tears as he faced charges of embezzling more than $200,000 and spending nearly 40 years in jail.
Flanked by his two attorneys, Green appeared before Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens, who allowed the long-time law enforcement officer to turn himself in rather than be arrested by officers.
Stephens advised Green that he faces two Class C felonies, which carry a maximum sentence of 19 years, each.

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Sleepwalking defense gets man off of murder charge
Sleepwalking defense gets man off of murder charge
A man charged with killing his sister and stabbing his mother will get three years worth of mental health evaluation and treatment.
Through a plea agreement, Joseph Mendez has done all the time in jail that he will receive for the Jan. 19, 2010 stabbing death of Julianna Matthews, and the significant wounds he inflicted upon his mother, Lydia Etanislao.

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White Level woman set free, moving on
White Level woman set free, moving on
A woman who investigators and prosecutors said terrorized a White Level Community will go free.
She just won’t have White Level to pick on anymore.
Phyllis Courtney, 63, pled guilty on Monday to fleeing to elude arrest, assault inflicting serious injury and injury to personal property.

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United Way Cow Chip Bingo scheduled for Saturday
FACE TIME. Earlier this week, The Franklin Times captured this portrait of a cow training for the Cow Chip Bingo, which will take place this Saturday at the Walmart parking lot.
United Way Cow Chip Bingo scheduled for Saturday
Only in Franklin County.
While there may be some pockets of the state that have their own Cow Chip Bingo, Franklin County and the United Way has made it their own slice of fun and fund raising since a long-time resident thought of the idea about 15 years ago.

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ABC store employee theft investigated
Franklinton police are investigating allegations that a former ABC employee stole from the establishment.
Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr. and Det. Reggie Norflett were set Tuesday afternoon to serve warrants on Rhonda H. Williams, 58, of W. Green Street.
According to Green, the store’s manager, Beverly Ramey, notified Ramey, notified his department on Aug. 4 that bank deposit statements were not adding up.

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Three more conspirators sentenced
Three more suspects, including the man who drove the getaway truck, were sentenced for their role in a home invasion that led to murder.
Thomas Reed, Jemel D. Bullock, and Denalle Anderson each pled guilty to first-degree burglary in a March 16 robbery that led to the death of Anthony Perry.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg legend Robbie McDonald

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Bake Me a Cake
Editorial Cartoon: Bake Me a Cake

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Will the Sheriff’s Department be held accountable from here on out?
Former Sheriff Pat Green has been indicted and will get his day in court. That’s as it should be — and we should let that happen on its own schedule.
But while that unfolds, there are a number of other concerns that ought to be on the minds of every taxpayer in Franklin County.

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I hope a dying Gadhafi felt some of the pain he inflicted on others
I hope a dying Gadhafi felt some of the pain he inflicted on others
GOOD MORNING: Enjoy the relatively mild weather today and tomorrow (Thursday) ‘cause cooler weather is expected by the weekend. We’re looking for a high of only 58 degrees Friday and 56 on Saturday followed by an overnight low of 36 degrees Saturday.

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Recent cases show crime lurks everywhere
Recent cases show crime lurks everywhere
I’ve long subscribed to the theory that bad things can happen to anybody — at any time.
Well, the past couple of weeks have done nothing but strengthen that theory.
Earlier this month, a 46-year-old woman was killed while out with friends at a restaurant.
Apparently, the suspect was upset that off-duty officers asked him to leave.

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Website Reader Participation Results October 19-25
How do you feel about Darnell Batton’s resignation as Franklin County’s attorney?

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Concerned about decrease of participation in youth league
I am writing about a growing concern I have for the future of the Bunn Youth Recreation League (BYRL).   Over the past several years I have seen a decrease in participation, organization and satisfaction of several sports within BYRL.  My goal is to bring light to the situation in hopes that children in the Bunn community will be able to continue to experience sports teams the way my boys have.

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Fracking by gas companies could damage our state’s roads, bridges
Dear Editor:
I will try to keep it short and sweet and get to the point!
I have heard so much about gas companies coming into NC and wanting to do fracking under our land to get gas reserve. This may be well and good and all the talk goes on about the aquifer and disturbance to our wells, the environmental effect of our forest, swamps, homes, you name it.

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Information should be researched before printing it in newspaper
Dear Editor:
I am not one of Jerry Jones fans in the least bit, but I do believe in having one’s facts verified before print. Talk to E.H. Smith and Harry Upchurch (who I believe just got a promotion) and I know for a fact that one of the deputies that was let go was white and worthless.

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OBITUARIES

JOHN “SHORT BOY” HARRISON
ROCKY MOUNT — Funeral services for John “Short Boy” Harrison, 65, who died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at St. Delight Baptist Church, with the Rev. William E. Holloway officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrison family cemetery.

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MARY L. JOHNSON
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Mary Lizzie Johnson, 65, who died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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WILLIE HAWKINS
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Willie Hawkins, 81, who died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, will be held at noon Thursday, Oct. 27, at Richardson Funeral Home Chapel IN Nashville with the Rev. Shelton Daniels officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

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THOMAS E. HOLDEN
A memorial graveside service celebrating the life of Thomas Eaton Holden, who died Oct. 3, 2011, will be held Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at Oak Level Christian Church, 2279 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville.

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JOHNNY W. RICHARDSON
ZEBULON - Johnny Willard Richardson, 62, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Wake Med. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Avenue, Zebulon.

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EVELYN H. HARRIS
YOUNGSVILLE —Evelyn H. Harris, 77, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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ROBERT A. “BUD” MEDLIN
FRANKLINTON —Robert Andrew “Bud” Medlin, 60, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Wake Medical Center.  Graveside services were held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Fairview Cemetery, with the Rev. Cleveland Harrison officiating.

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ELIZABETH N. “TOOTSIE” CUTLER
PANTEGO - Elizabeth Newberry “Tootsie” Cutler, 73, of the Tierra Ceia community died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 20, 2011. A funeral service was held Sunday, Oct. 23, at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington, officiated by Billy Ray Askew. A brief graveside memorial service followed in Pamlico Memorial Gardens.

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SONJA M. GRINDLE
March 29, 1969 – October 23, 2011
FRANKLINTON – Sonja M. Grindle, 42, of Franklinton, died Sunday morning at her home.

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PERCY W. GILLIAM
June 18, 1918 – October 24, 2011
LOUISBURG - Percy Wilson Gilliam, 93, of Louisburg, died peacefully Monday morning at his home.

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SPORTS

PLAYOFF QUEST
COMING SOON TO A NET NEAR YOU. Bunn’s Kevin Strassburger (right) prepares to score a goal for the Wildcats on Monday against North Johnston.
PLAYOFF QUEST
BUNN -- Bunn’s first loss of the 2011 boys soccer season at North Johnston certainly could have been a day to forget.
But BHS head coach Benj Daniels wasn’t to make sure his team remembered -- so he subtly reminded his players of it on numerous occasions since then.

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NCC SHUTOUT
DO THE TWIST. Louisburg High School quarterback Marcus Davis works hard to avoid a Roanoke Rapids defender during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football contest at Patterson Field.
NCC SHUTOUT
LOUISBURG -- The news was both great and not-so-good last 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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Red Rams stunned by Panthers
BOTH SIDES NOW. Franklinton High School’s Camerion Rainey (55) and Chance Hudgens (50) team up to tackle bruising North Johnston running back Daniel Williams during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football game.
Red Rams stunned by Panthers
FRANKLINTON -- Even after a loss at Roanoke Rapids two weeks ago, 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 last Friday against the North Johnston Panthers.

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Bunn bests Northwest
Bunn bests Northwest
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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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are last weekend’s high school football results from across North Carolina:

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Hurricanes claim league road victory
Hurricanes claim league road victory
LOUISBURG -- Homecoming. Sophomore Day. The final chance to make a good impression. A meeting with a long-time powerhouse out of the Northeast Conference. National respect. And a possible bowl bid.
All of those intangibles will be in the mix this Saturday when Louisburg College has its regular season home football finale at Patterson Field on the Louisburg High School campus.

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Wesleyan topped at Christopher Newport
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- The Battling Bishop football team of North Carolina Wesleyan College fell to Christopher Newport by a 51-33 score in front of more than 6,100 fans at CNU’s Pomoco Stadium last Saturday night.

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Franklinton, Bunn spike clubs advance
BUNN -- A duel of Green and Gold Wildcats was targeted Tuesday night in the second round of the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs.
That’s when the Bunn Wildcats were scheduled to host Eastern Randolph in the second round of the postseason at the Bunn Dome.

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IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE GOALS
IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE GOALS
Bunn’s Kevin Strassburger (left) prepares to score another goal for the Wildcats during their home win Monday vs. North Johnston.

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ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN
ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN
Louisburg’s Steven Burnette (78) grabs a jersey and a teammate holds on to the shoe of Roanoke Rapids fullback Matt Wood during a rushing attempt as part of a Northern Carolina Conference football contest last Friday night at Patterson Field.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg College 2011 Homecoming Weekend Oct. 28-30
Louisburg College will celebrate its 2011 Homecoming Weekend Oct. 28-30. A number of exciting events have been planned. All events are open to the public. For more information, visit the college website  at www.louisburg.edu.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Speed Achievement Scholarship presented
Speed Achievement Scholarship presented
During the 2011 NC State Fair, the Senator James D. Speed Achievement Scholarship was presented to an outstanding youth who exhibited beef heifers and market steers, Edwin Thomas Chamblee, from Hertford County.   Mark Speed, son of the late James Speed, presented the scholarship award to Thomas after the ‘Sale of Champions’ on Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Graham Livestock Building. 

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Horse Educational Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15
The second educational Elluminate meeting will be held at the Extension Center’s Annex on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.  
The topic will be “Fencing Options for Horse Operations” with Dr. Gary Robertson, Ag Engineering at NCSU, presenting.

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Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference 2012
We know there are many profitable small farm opportunities in the region, particularly in Franklin County with its close proximity to the Triangle.
Plans are being developed and made for another “Successful Small Farms Opportunities  Conference” in January on a Saturday.

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COMING DOWN
COMING DOWN
Workers were onsite this week, taking down portions of the Murphy House, which had been a Louisburg landmark since the 1950s. The site, at the corner of Bickett Boulevard and Wade Avenue, is expected to give way to a Sheetz gas station in the near future.

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Louisburg police looking for suspects who stole copper
A Henderson man stopped for trying to elude a Franklin County checkpoint pled guilty to drug possession on Monday.
Robert M. Wilson, 42, was arrested on Feb. 7 when he approached a license checkpoint on U.S. 401 near the Vance County line.

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