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Showing 41 articles from October 28, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Louisburg man arrested in child pornography sting
Louisburg man arrested in child pornography sting
A computer trail of child pornography led local and state investigators to arrest a 53-year-old Louisburg man and area dance instructor.
Bruce Arthur Howard was charged Oct. 27 with 10 counts of second-degree child sexual exploitation and one count of first-degree child sexual exploitation.

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Two employees lose jobs, one arrested, after ABC store investigation
OPEN FOR BUSINESS. The Franklinton ABC store continues to operate after police arrested a former ABC store employee, charging her with larceny by an employee.
Two employees lose jobs, one arrested, after ABC store investigation
FRANKLINTON — Two former ABC store employees are no longer working for the liquor supplier.
One of them was charged with theft on Tuesday.
Franklinton investigators served warrants on Rhonda H. Williams, charging her with larceny by an employee.
According to Police Chief John Green Jr., ABC store manager Beverly Ramey informed officers on Aug. 4 that there was an apparent discrepancy in deposit statements.

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Luncheon recognizes importance of local farmers to state’s economy
DOWN ON THE FARM. Dr. Richard C. Reich, assistant commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, speaks to the crowd at the Farm-City luncheon.
Luncheon recognizes importance of local farmers to state’s economy
The farm-to-fork slogan was reversed Tuesday when the forks came to the farm for the annual Farm-City Week celebration.
The Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service spearheaded the luncheon which was held under a farm shed on the Steve Nelms Farm Tuesday with bright October skies and a background of large farm equipment adding to the atmosphere.

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Halloween events scheduled across county
Halloween events scheduled across county
Residents in the county’s municipalities will have a two-hour window to get tricked or receive treats on Monday.
The towns of Bunn, Louisburg, Youngsville, and Franklinton will allow trick or treating from 6-8 p.m. on Monday.

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Former State Highway Patrol cadet files suit against instructors
A former state Highway Patrol cadet filed a complaint against two troopers, alleging their training tactics and neglect left her permanently disabled.
Attorneys for Jennifer Martin, who is now a Lake Royale police officer, filed the complaint on Oct. 12.

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Man charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, reckless driving
The State Highway Patrol filed charges against a Las Vegas man they say was responsible for a fatal wreck earlier this month.
According to the report by Trooper J.A. Thomas, Zachary Rayne Crosta, was driving a 2008 Chevy pickup truck west on N.C. 56 just after 1 p.m. on Oct. 14 when he crossed the center line.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Simeo Smith

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Petty in Pink
Editorial Cartoon: Petty in Pink

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Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to postal dilemma
To ensure its future, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems.  Year after year, the USPS continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its significant underlying organizational and operational issues.
Instead, it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

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Looking for a bargain? Price of The Times is reasonable — there’s no need to steal it
Looking for a bargain? Price of The Times is reasonable — there’s no need to steal it
We all love a bargain!
But the latest extreme couponing craze is affecting more than consumers’ pocketbooks. Some of the couponers are outright stealing area newspapers to multiply their savings at the check out.
Daily newspapers are getting hit hard. Recently, if you want to purchase a Sunday edition, you often have to go inside the store and ask for it due to the high theft from newsstands and counter sales.

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County needs a house cleaning from board of elections to commissioners
County needs a house cleaning from board of elections to commissioners
GOOD MORNING:   Burrrrrr! It appears to me that fall has indeed fallen. The outdoor thermometer in my front yard was reading 52.5 degrees at 6:22 Friday morning for quite possibly what might have been the high for the day ‘cause later, when I left the house shortly before 8, it was reading 51.3.
All of that aside, however, we’re looking for a bit of rain today, Saturday, with highs in the low to mid 50’s, possibly dropping into the mid 30’s by Sunday morning.

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When in doubt, don’t
Simple solutions, plain speaking and common sense are usually the best approach. The advice “when in doubt, don’t” fits into those parameters and a good course to follow when considering the extraction of large natural gas deposits.

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OBITUARIES

LILLIE MAE HARRISON
WHITAKERS - Funeral services for Lillie Mae Harrison, 77, who died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at Pleasant Grove Baptist, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DONALD “BILL” LOWERY
YOUNGSVILLE —Donald “Bill” Lowery, 73, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011 at his home after a 17-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Unity Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Good Hope Baptist Church cemetery.

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BEN LOUIS BARNETTE
FRANKLINTON —Ben Louis Barnette, 54, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at Hospice at the Meadowlands in Hillsborough.  Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating.

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TONY R. WEATHERS
ZEBULON - Tony Russell Weathers, 62, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at his home. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Dausey Hopkins family cemetery, Fowler Road in Zebulon.

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DEREK PERRY
MIDLOTHIAN, VA - Funeral services for Derek Perry, 45, who died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Concord Church cemetery.

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JAMES R. JOHNSON
KITTRELL - James Robert Johnson, 61, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Good Samaritan Baptist Church, White Oak Road, Garner. Interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery, Clayton.

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ROBERT L. “BOBBY” WARD, JR.
November 17, 1942 – October 26, 2011
LOUISBURG – Robert L. “Bobby” Ward, Jr., 68, of Louisburg, passed away Wednesday morning at his home.
Bobby was a son of the late Robert and Iredell Ward. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmie Ward.

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SPORTS

Above & Beyond
TAKING THE DOUBLE BLOCK. Despite being blocked by two Eastern Randolph players, Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (left) delivers a kill during Tuesday’s victory in the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs at the Bunn Dome.
Above & Beyond
BUNN -- Brianna Gatson was the last person to remove her jersey -- and the last person to leave -- following Bunn’s season-ending volleyball loss Thursday to a powerful squad from Elizabeth City Northeastern.
“Bri didn’t want to take off that jersey for the last time,’’ said BHS head coach Henry Jones. “We finally had to explain to her that we needed to get them in the wash.’’

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SURVIVOR REGION X
BONK. Wake Tech’s Bailey Woolf (right) heads the ball as Louisburg’s iris Cruz looks on during Wednesday’s first-round contest of the Region X Women’s Soccer Tournament. The event was staged at LC’s Cameron Field.
SURVIVOR REGION X
LOUISBURG -- Survivor Region X made an appearance at Cameron Field Wednesday and, through 45 minutes, the Louisburg Lady Hurricanes were poised to be voted out of the league’s annual women’s soccer tournament.
But favored LC was able to stave off elimination, blindsiding Wake Tech with a second-half goal to defeat the Eagles  by a 1-0 margin in first-round action at Cameron Field on the LC campus.

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Second-Half Rally
AIR EXPRESS. Cape Fear’s Domenico Grillo (right) sends a ball while being defended by Louisburg’s Josh Burdin (left) during Wednesday’s match.
Second-Half Rally
LOUISBURG -- In Coach Stuart Brown’s estimation, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing that one of the greatest streaks in Louisburg College men’s soccer history came to a close Wednesday.
LC hadn’t given up a goal in its past nine matches -- a span that dates all the way back to Sept. 24.

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Playoffs for FHS, Wildcats
Playoffs for FHS, Wildcats
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Given the topsy-turvy, competitive nature of the season, it should have been expected that the final outcome of the Northern Carolina Conference boys soccer standings would come down to the last day on the schedule -- and beyond.
After all the results were sorted out, Bunn, Franklinton and Roanoke Rapids closed in a three-way tie for the No. 1 position in the always-tough league.

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LC football home today
LC football home today
LOUISBURG -- The once-beaten Louisburg Hurricanes will play their final home game of the 2011 football season today when they host Northeast Conference rival Nassau Community College.
Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Patterson Field on the campus of Louisburg High School.
LC, coached by John Sala, will carry a 7-1 mark into the contest. Nassau CC is 6-2 overall.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5
High School Football
FRIDAY
Class 2-A State Playoffs    TBA
Class 2-AA State Playoffs    TBA

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RUSH JOB
RUSH JOB
Louisburg College’s Carlos Reyes hurries to the ball during Wednesday’s soccer victory against Cape Fear.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIRACLE LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nicolas Breitenbach, pictured with his buddy and mom, Kim, is the Miracle League of Franklin County Player of the Week. Nicolas is a 6-year-old student at Youngsville Elementary. He loves bubbles and swimming. Between his Mom and Granddaddy, Paul Parenty, Nicolas gets to take in all the action during the game.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE CHECK ACCEPTED
MIRACLE LEAGUE CHECK ACCEPTED
(L to R) Franklin County Miracle League Director Donna Wade and player Amanda Brame accept a check that was presented by the Walmart Distibution Center in Henderson. Amanda is the daughter of Missy Brame, who works at the center. (Photo Submitted)

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GOLF TOURNEY CHAMPIONS
GOLF TOURNEY CHAMPIONS
Louisburg College took first place at the annual Greater Franklin County Chamber Golf Tournament, which was held Oct. 5 at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club. Team members were (l to r) John Fogg, Charles Sloan, Trent Becker and Jonathan Pearce.

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BLOCKING THE PATH
BLOCKING THE PATH
Bunn’s Patika Venable (left) attempts a block on Eastern Randolph’s Liza Elliott during Tuesday’s match in the Class 2-A State Volleyball Playoffs.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

State health department is investigating outbreak of E. coli
Franklinton police charged a teen with underage drinking at a football game last weekend.
According to a report by Sgt. K.J. Hornaday, he and other officers were working the football game at the old Franklinton High School on Oct. 21 when an officer brought forth Carlos Raymont Cannady, 19, whom was suspected of drinking.

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De Hart Gardens featured in Our State magazine
De Hart Gardens featured in Our State magazine
The De Hart Botanical Gardens, one of the tourist attractions in Franklin County, is featured in the November edition of Our State magazine. With photos of late summer flowers, the article covers some of the nearly 50 years of historic development in the 88-acre nature preserve.
In the Gardens’ beginning, it was called Greencroft Gardens by its founders, Allen de Hart and his wife, Flora.

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Mediation scheduled for water dispute
Franklinton and Franklin County officials have scheduled a joint session for a court-ordered mediation.
The Nov. 3 session could provide a resolution to a 13-month water dispute between the two governments.
Before the 1:30 p.m. session begins at the Franklin County Courthouse, county commissioners are scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss strategy.

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POLICE TRAINING
POLICE TRAINING
Safe Space Inc. of Franklin County sponsored a daylong law enforcement training session Oct. 25 at the Louisburg Police Training Center.  The training was paid for by a grant from the N. C. Governor’s Crime Commission and attendees were given training credit from the NC Justice Academy.

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Franklin Regional invites patients into “secret” health care conversation
Franklin Regional invites patients into “secret” health care conversation
Patients and family members at Franklin Regional Medical Center now have the opportunity to participate in the daily report conversation between nurses and other health care providers that traditionally took place in a secluded conference room or other “private” area, far away from the patient.

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FCAC invites you to join the celebration!
Franklin County Arts Council invites you to join the festivities at our annual general meeting and end of year celebration on Nov.  17 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The event will be held at the FCAC Building, 106 Justice St., Louisburg.

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LADIES NIGHT OUT
LADIES NIGHT OUT
Franklin Regional Medical Center hosted its annual Ladies Night Out event on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Participants were pampered with massages and make-overs, as well as provided with important health information.

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BUSINESS

Champion receives award
Champion receives award
Wayne Champion, LUTCF and master agent with Franklin County Farm Bureau Insurance, has received the NAIFA Quality Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), the industry’s leading trade association.

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Oxford CPA firm gets successful review
Winston, Williams, Creech, Evans & Company, LLP, Certified Public Accounts,  of Oxford recently successfully completed a rigorous system peer review of its accounting and auditing practice. The peer review was performed by another independent CPA firm who qualified under the Peer Review Program’s requirements for service as a peer reviewer.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Tops LHS, Takes NCC Crown
Bunn Tops LHS, Takes NCC Crown
BUNN -- Adverse weather conditions didn’t affect Bunn’s sunny forecast atop the Northern Carolina Conference football standings.
Instead, the Wildcats battled through the mist and overcome a solid start by rival Louisburg en route to earning a 56-12 decision over the Warriors in Friday’s regular season finale at the BHS Football Field.

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Franklinton Closes With Impressive Victory
WARRENTON -- Franklinton ended the regular season on a strong note Friday -- and broke a two-game losing streak in the process.
The Red Rams prepped for the Class 2-AA State Playoffs with a convincing 46-8 decision at Northern Carolina Conference foe Warren County.

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