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Showing 45 articles from November 1, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Shooting victim makes investigation difficult for Louisburg police
Shooting victim makes investigation difficult for Louisburg police
Louisburg police continue to investigate a shooting.
The victim, Darrion L. Turner, has proved less than forthcoming, though, police said.
Just after 2 p.m. on Monday, officers responded to a shooting call at 302 W. Noble Street.
According to police, Turner, 42, had been shot a number of times in the lower back area when officers and emergency responders arrived.

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Two die in fiery car crash
Two die in fiery car crash
Two Marine reservists were killed in a fiery car crash over the weekend.
According to a report by State Highway Patrol Trooper B.R. Simmons, Evan A. Tucker, 22, was driving a 1998 Subaru west along West River Road when he ran off the right side of the road at about 12:42 a.m. on Sunday.

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LANDMARK DESTROYED
LANDMARK DESTROYED
The old Murphy House Restaurant and its storied barbecue are no more. Two large track loaders made short work of the frame structure this week, destroying a part of Franklin County’s heritage to make way for a Sheetz gasoline station. As one observer noted as he watched the restaurant, built in the early 1950s, destroyed, “It’s like losing a member of the family.”

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Sheriff to create internal affairs unit
Sheriff to create internal affairs unit
While some changes in policy, procedure and protocol took shape during a transition in power at the sheriff’s office, there is one change that Sheriff Jerry Jones is putting his own stamp on — an internal affairs unit.
The office, Jones said, has always had an avenue for deputies for that matter — to file complaints against an officer, but now Jones and his staff are working on putting a two-man unit in place that’s a bit more structured.

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New policies, procedures in place at sheriff’s office
When the State Bureau of Investigation began probing allegations that former Sheriff Pat Green stole undercover drug money, they apparently found some holes in the system.
Since that time, the sheriff’s office, county finance and the SBI have worked to plug those gaps.
The result is a set of policies and and procedures that were put in place after Green left and before Sheriff Jerry Jones took office — and have since been put to great effect.

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Louisburg College dedicates labyrinth
Louisburg College dedicates labyrinth
Calling the recently constructed Labyrinth “a symbol that will reflect the spirit and faith of this college for many years,” Louisburg College President Mark La Branche helped dedicate it on a chilly Saturday morning that was part of the school’s Homecoming Weekend.
The Labyrinth, built in the brick sidewalk in front of the Louisburg College library, “has a depth of meaning beyond what we can describe,” La Branche said.

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Public Hearing set to discuss local redistricting
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing, giving residents a chance to express their opinions about redistricting.
The most recent census created the need for the county to redraw political lines for its board of commissioners and school board.

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Cow Chip Bingo raises moo-la for United Way teachers’ grants
CRAP SHOOT. Cow Chip Bingo judges Wayne Champion and Wendy Watkins try to determine the first-place winning square on Saturday.
Cow Chip Bingo raises moo-la for United Way teachers’ grants
Most people spend their Saturdays watching athletes run around chasing a pig skin.
This past Saturday in Franklin County, plenty of residents braved the cold, wind and rain to watch cows do their business in a parking lot, instead.
The winners are Franklin County residents in need, as the United Way’s annual Cow Chip Bingo raised $5,384.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville resident Jack Simmons dressed for Halloween

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Jonesing
Editorial Cartoon: Jonesing

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Seven billion reasons for renewal energy
Sometime on Monday, the seven billionth person was added to the Earth’s current population.
Many nations are taking credit for the milestone, although, obviously, no one knows for sure who exactly was the seven billionth baby!
Regardless, it’s not a cause for celebration.

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Operation Spyglass did an excellent job
Operation Spyglass did an excellent job
GOOD MORNING: Halloween has come and gone and so has the month of October. It’s November now. I turn 84 twenty days from today, followed by Thanksgiving two days later, and we fall back to Eastern Standard Time (EST) at 12:01 this coming Sunday morning. In addition to all of that, if weather forecasts pan out, we’re in for some pretty nice fall weather thru Saturday, at least, although there’s something like a 50 percent chance of rain on Friday with daytime highs in the mid to upper 60’s thru Thursday, when things begin to cool off again.

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Another week, and yet another closed session to rail against
Another week, and yet another closed session to rail against
I know I sound like a broken record.
But here I go, again.
Franklinton and Franklin County officials could be on the verge of settling a water dispute that has gone on for more than a year.

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Website Reader Participation Results Oct, 26-Nov. 1
Will Pat Green spend any time in jail?

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Commissioners make mistake choosing Jones
Dear Editor:
Hello my fellow Franklin County citizens. Well, Jerry Jones has done it again. He is wasting taxpayers’ money by making a lot of unnecessary changes (examples: changing the stripes on the patrol cars and firing people for no reason, which could result in a lawsuit against the county). The money that is being wasted will be paid back by me and you through our taxes.

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OBITUARIES

JERRY WADE KIDD
FRANKLINTON —Jerry Wade Kidd, 56, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at his residence. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 307 South Main Street, Franklinton.

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PASTOR DAN WALSER
WINSTON-SALEM —Pastor Dan Walser, 72, of Hopewell Church Road, died Friday evening, Oct. 28, 2011 at Forsyth Medical.  A funeral service was held Sunday, Oct. 30, at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Welcome with the Rev. Avery Varnadore officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. 

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GEORGE B. MURPHY
LOUISBURG - George Blackwell Murphy, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Louisburg Nursing Center.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. at Louisburg United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery with Masonic Rites.

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JAMES C. WRENN
LOUISBURG - James Cleveland Wrenn, 91, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kellie Gallagher-Smith officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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ROBERT HENNESSEY
YOUNGSVILLE —Robert Hennessey, 73, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at the Durham VA Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.

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AMBROSE TILLMAN JR.
FRANKLINTON —Ambrose Tillman Jr., 61, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Cutchins Funeral Home Chapel, Franklinton.

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MARGARET P. REVELLE
MURFREESBORO -Margaret Person Revelle, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 30, at Murfreesboro Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Lee Canipe and the Rev. Thomas Caulkins. A graveside service followed in Riverside Cemetery.

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R. WADE HALFORD
WAKE FOREST — Richard Wade Halford, 22, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 from injuries received in an auto accident. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Auditorium of the Old Franklinton High School.

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LCPL. EVAN A. TUCKER
FRANKLINTON - Lance Corporal Evan Alexander Tucker, 22, of Franklinton, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Durham County and was a 2008 graduate of Franklinton High School. Evan was a Tank Crewman with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Company F, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC.  In addition to serving his country, Evan enjoyed working as a tower climber for Dish Technologies, Inc.  He was an avid outdoorsman, pursuing a degree in Outdoor Leadership and Wilderness EMT from Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC.

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SPORTS

HEARTBREAKER
HANGING ON. Louisburg College running back Jamuel Jones (left) tries to avoid a last-ditch tackle attempt from Nassau CC’s Darius Allison during last Saturday afternoon’s key Northeast Conference football showdown at Patterson Field.
HEARTBREAKER
LOUISBURG -- For homecoming fans, Louisburg College’s key Northeast Conference football showdown with Nassau CC had a little bit of everything last Saturday.
Drama. Intensity. Hard hitting. And plenty of momentum shifts leading up for a final-play finish.
The only thing the hard-fought matchup didn’t have was a Louisburg victory.

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FHS gets ready for playoffs
WARRENTON -- Franklinton ended the regular season on a strong note last 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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Bunn Earns Share Of Crown
WRAPPED UP. Louisburg High School running back Antonio Smith (with ball) is surrounded by three Bunn defenders during last Friday night’s key Northern Carolina Conference football contest, which was claimed by the host Wildcats.
Bunn Earns Share Of 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 last Friday’s regular season finale at the BHS Football Field.

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Warriors looking to 2012
Warriors looking to 2012
When he reviews film of the 2011 season, Louisburg High School head football coach Chris Lee doesn’t see overt instances of his club getting dominated physically -- with the exception of a loss against Roanoke Rapids.
Then again, just about everybody in the Northern Carolina Conference felt the wrath of RR’s oversized offensive and defensive lines, so the Warriors have nothing to be ashamed about.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the final-week results from the 2011 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Football Season:

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Wesleyan drops tough one versus Maryville
Wesleyan drops tough one versus Maryville
ROCKY MOUNT -- Sophomore Tazmon Foster turned in a North Carolina Wesleyan College single-game record with 21 tackles last Saturday afternoon, but it would not be enough as the Blue & Gold football team dropped a heartbreaking 23-16 Homecoming decision to Maryville.  
The Bishops, who trailed 20-0 at the half, came up just one yard shy of forcing overtime when tight end Taylor Revelle was stopped at Maryville’s 1-yard line as time expired.

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CLASS 2-AA STATE FOOTBALL GAMES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the pairings for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs, which will begin this Friday:

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CLASS 2-A STATE SOCCER PLAYOFFS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the brackets for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs, which will begin today:

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SLIP UP
SLIP UP
Louisburg College’s DeMarques Martin loses his footing while surrounded by Nassau CC defenders during last Saturday’s key football event at Patterson Field.

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UP FOR THE BALL
UP FOR THE BALL
Bunn defenders J’Wan Lewis (l) and Coy Taylor (r) jump for a pass along with Louisburg’s Jamal Lucas during last Friday night’s Northern Carolina Conference football contest.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT. Craig and Deborah Carlson of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Carlson to Travis Day of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of Ellis and Melissa Day of Louisburg.

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Youngsville’s Halloween Carnival pics, 1
Youngsville’s Halloween Carnival pics, 1
GONE FISHIN’. Ashlyn Powell, 6, tries her hand at fishing for a prize during Youngsville’s Halloween Carnival on Monday night.

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Youngsville’s Halloween Carnival pics, 2
Youngsville’s Halloween Carnival pics, 2
SUPER GIRL. Yarmisha Smith, 11, left, goes for some goodies during the Youngsville Halloween Carnival on Monday night.

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Frankenfest on Main pics, 1
Frankenfest on Main pics, 1
CHOO CHOO. Kids get a ride through downtown on the Chamber of Commerce’s train during Frankenfest on Main.

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Frankenfest on Main pics, 2
Frankenfest on Main pics, 2
KEEPING WARM. Josh Buchanan and his daughter, Kyra, 4, try to stay warm while watching a puppet show at Frankenfest on Main.

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Renowned guitarist to perform at Cherry Hill
Renowned guitarist to perform at Cherry Hill
Internationally renowned classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz will be performing in the second of three planned fall recitals at the historic Cherry Hill Plantation home in Inez. His performance is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

United Way Fall Food Drive now thru Nov. 15
United Way Fall Food Drive now thru Nov. 15
The United Way of Franklin County Fall Food Drive starts this week and continues through Nov. 15.
The community effort is open to individuals, business groups, civic groups and other organizations that would like to contribute non-perishable food items. Items in greatest need are peanut butter, canned meats (chicken and tuna), canned fruits, canned soups and beans (dry or canned).

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JAMMIN’ GOOD TIME
JAMMIN’ GOOD TIME
The benefit concert at Louisburg College turned out to be a jammin’ good time, participants reported. About 15 musicians played from 7:15 to a little after 8 and were followed by Sourwood Mountain Band of Franklinton until about 9:20. But it didn’t end there. The jammers came back on — with some of the band — and the fun continued until the lights went out.

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ADOPT-A-THON scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5
ADOPT-A-THON scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5
Kyle Gupton gets a good hold of his new pet, Banjo, a lab mixed with a hound and German Shepherd, during a stay in the Animal Control visitation room this week. The office will host an Adopt-A-Thon this Saturday at the shelter located at 351 T. Kemp Road from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Christmas parade back on schedule in Franklinton due to community support
There will be a Christmas parade in Franklinton.
For the past few years, that wouldn’t have been a headline, but it is this year.
If not for an eleventh hour effort, the town and its residents might have gone without its signature night-time parade for 2011.

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Louisburg business owner attacked behind store
Louisburg police are looking for a suspect who assaulted a businessman.
Jeremy May reported that he was working late at his Verizon store on Bickett Boulevard when he was checking on the store’s alarm system and had gone out back at about 11 p.m. on Monday.
That’s when he was confronted by an assailant, May said.

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