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Showing 53 articles from November 4, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Bank robbed in Youngsville
Bank robbed in Youngsville
YOUNGSVILLE — Police continue to look for a suspected bank robber.
According to investigators, a woman wearing a red toboggan, black jumpsuit and dark shades walked into the Suntrust Bank on S. College Street at 2:20 p.m. on Thursday.
The suspect, according to Police Chief Daren Kirts, handed a teller a note demanding money and intimated that she had a gun.

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Municipal seats up for grabs in general election, Nov. 8
Municipal seats up for grabs in general election, Nov. 8
The last chance to cast an early ballot runs out at 1 p.m. on Saturday, giving way for the general election to begin in earnest on Tuesday morning.
Voters in Bunn, Youngsville, Louisburg and Franklinton will cast ballots in towns with contested races.
There will be no competition in Centerville as the mayor’s seat, held by Margaret Nelms, and all of the commission seats, held by Henry Nelms, Rex Foster and Amy Denton, are up for grabs.

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Where’s the Beef?
Where’s the Beef?
Lacie Steffensen prepares one of the 500 plates that the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association was hoping to sell during a fundraising campaign on Friday. Association president Traci Nachtrab, background, gets excited about the prospect of raising money, which will go toward scholarships, including the Senator James Speed Endowment.

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Redistricting consultant reprimanded by firm for inappropriate actions
A consultant who took part in a clandestine meeting with Democratic party officials to discuss redistricting maps has been reprimanded.
The fact that the meeting took place at all, though, still has the county’s Republican party rankled.
Attorneys with Mel Black and Associates, the Raleigh firm the county hired to develop new district maps, said this week that Kevin LeCount’s actions were not appropriate.

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State redistricting maps remain controversial
The contentious redistricting issue at the state level cleared one hurdle this week.
But opponents of the plan continue to throw up roadblocks.
According to reports, the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday decided that they would not oppose the newly drawn maps.

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Cross-stitching wins Youngsville nurse honors at the State Fair
Cross-stitching wins Youngsville nurse honors at the State Fair
RALEIGH — About three decades ago, Debra Scott saw an ad in a magazine for a kit to make a simple cross-stitch pattern of a bear. The kit cost a buck. She ordered it and so began a career in stitching that has garnered Scott at least 14 ribbons and three major awards at the North Carolina State Fair.
This year, Scott, who turned 50 on Oct. 25, picked up another blue ribbon for a small cross-stitch that took her about a month to complete.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
White Level’s Savannah Neal

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Lying Ayes
Editorial Cartoon: Lying Ayes

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Serious efforts needed to restructure costs of state government
It’s not often that we hear news from our nation’s “left coast” that makes us think they have an idea that is worth exploring right here in North Carolina.
But such was the case recently when California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed sweeping rollbacks to public employee pension benefits in California, including raising the retirement age to 67 for new employees who are not public safety workers and requiring state and local employees to pay more toward their retirement and health care.

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Public hearing on redistricting maps is a dog and pony show scheduled too late
Public hearing on redistricting maps is a dog and pony show scheduled too late
GOOD MORNING: A much brighter outlook weather-wise  today (Saturday) compared to Friday. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with temperatures climbing into the mid 50’s while the outlook for Sunday and the early part of next week looks to be partly cloudy and relatively mild, and I hope that’s the way it turns out.

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Redrawing of local districts is developing into must see political theater
Redrawing of local districts is developing into must see political theater
Okay, what Franklin County needs right now is for someone with great writing skills and a sharp sense of the absurd to step up and write a grant — state or federal, doesn’t matter — to provide drama classes locally.
You read that correctly. Drama classes. For our local political leaders of both political persuasions who really need to add an element of entertainment to their performances of late.

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Save a life, adopt a pet
To the Editor,
Would you pass up the opportunity to save a life?  I hope not, which is why I want to encourage anyone who is considering adopting a pet to come to Franklin County Animal Control’s first-ever Adopt-a-thon on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shelter at 351 T. Kemp Road in Louisburg.

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He ate the remote
Dear Editor:
What would you do if you knew something you were thinking about may be one of the best decisions you have ever made? If you could do something simple that would bring joy to your life, what would that be worth to you?

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Education failure is too costly
There is a huge price for education failure, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told the Innovation through Education forum this week. Bush is credited with reforming and transforming public education in Florida and spoke of his state’s efforts at the event, sponsored by Jim and Ann Goodnight and SAS Institute.

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OBITUARIES

LEANER J. WRIGHT
LOUISBURG - Leaner Lee Jones Wright, 89, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 5, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bunn. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

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CARLENE P. SHAW
ROCKY MOUNT— Funeral services for Carlene Perry Shaw, 52, who died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, were held Friday, Nov. 4, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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PATRICIA DIANE JOYNER
FRANKLINTON —Patricia Diane Joyner, 58, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 4, at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden officiating.

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MARY JANE KEARNEY
FRANKLINTON —Mary Jane Kearney, 70, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 at Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church cemetery, Franklinton, with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating.

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CHARLES T. EAVES, SR.
HENDERSON- Charles Toleston Eaves, Sr., 88, a resident of 21 Joe Ayscue Road, died Thursday, November 3, 2011, at Maria Parham Medical Center.  Born on February 23, 1923, in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Charlie O’Briant Eaves and Addie Lou Ayscue Eaves, and the widower of Garnetta Swinson Eaves.

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SPORTS

Miller’s Mastery
COLE CATCHES UP. Franklinton freshman Cole Gupton (back) challenges Providence Grove’s Mark Williams during Wednesday evening’s matchup in the first round of the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs.
Miller’s Mastery
FRANKLINTON -- Who says stinginess is always a negative attribute?
That’s certainly not how Franklinton High School veteran keeper Jared Miller feels.
Miller is known for his ability to deny opponents in big matches -- and Wednesday’s home event against Providence Grove would prove to be no different.

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SECOND-HALF SPARK
TOUCH THE SKY. Bunn’s Julio Barreto (right) elevates in an attempt to gain possession during the Wildcats’ home victory Wednesday over Elizabeth City Notheastern in the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs.
SECOND-HALF SPARK
BUNN -- Due to the low-scoring nature of the sport, patience is always a key virtue for a soccer coach.
That was especially true Wednesday for Bunn coach Benj Daniels, who saw his team fail to live up to their skipper’s expectations in the first half -- before erupting with a goal-scoring fully after intermission.
And that was good enough for the Wildcats to open their run in the Class 2-A Boys Soccer State Playoffs with a 4-1 home victory over Elizabeth City Northeastern in the first round.

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FHS’ Extra Effort
POSING WITH A LEGEND. Franklinton’s Reggie Williams (right) accepts the Extra Effort Award from WRAL-TV on-air personality Tom Suiter. (Submitted photo by Nathan Moreschi)
FHS’ Extra Effort
FRANKLINTON -- When Clark Harrell accepted the head football coaching position at Franklinton High School four years ago, he immediately looked to the then-freshman class to find the future leaders of the program.
Reggie Williams was one of the first volunteers.
That season, Williams would serve an apprenticeship on the FHS junior varsity squad.

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Halford a champion for Rams
Halford a champion for Rams
There was a point, sometime in the early portion of the 2000s, when Deran Coe was unsure of the ultimate direction his Franklinton High School boys soccer program was going to take.
Coe had started the program in 2001 and had coached his share of talented players. But Franklinton had yet to reach the point where the fate of the overall program was more important than individual accomplishments.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Nov. 7-13
High School Football
FRIDAY
CLASS 2-AA STATE PLAYOFFS
Sites, Pairings TBA    7:30

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Spike finals slated for today at NCSU
RALEIGH – The 36th edition of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state volleyball championships is  slated for today at historic Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State University campus.
The field of eight teams includes two unbeaten squads and several programs which have made multiple trips to the championships.

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LC wraps up season
LC wraps up season
LOUISBURG -- Even following a loss, all was not lost for the Louisburg College women’s soccer squad.
LC saw its 2011 campaign come to a heartbreaking end last Saturday as the Lady Hurricanes were edged 2-1 by Spartanburg Methodist College in the semifinals of the Region X  Tournament at the CASL Fields in North Raleigh.

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County standouts sparkle at regionals
PITTSBORO -- A slew of competitors from Franklin County took part in the annual Class 2-A Mideast Regional Cross Country Meet, which was held last Saturday at Northwood High School.
In girls action, Louisburg took 12th place in the team standings with 318 points. Franklinton was right behind in the 13th position at 332 points.

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Buffaloe in Japan for championships
Buffaloe in Japan for championships
WARRENTON -- Christian Buffaloe, the 11-year old son/student of Kyokushin Karate Instructor Kenny Buffaloe, is representing the U.S.A. at the “World Kyokushin Karate Youth Championships” this weekend in Tokyo, Japan.  
Buffaloe won a special Japanese qualifying tournament in Little Tokyo (Los Angeles) earlier this year, making him one of the top contenders for the world title.

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James to coach VGCC
HENDERSON -- Tim James, a former NBA and University of Miami basketball player and a United States Army combat veteran, has been named head coach of the Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men’s basketball team.

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Rams Earn JV Title
Rams Earn JV Title
FRANKLINTON -- For the second time in three seasons, Franklinton is the football junior varsity king of the Northern Carolina Conference.
FHS, coached by Trent Sanders, shared the crown with Bunn in 2009 -- and won the title outright this time around with an impressive 7-0 league mark.

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BRINGING IN A BIG BASS
BRINGING IN A BIG BASS
UPSTAGING THE BASS KING -- AT LEAST THIS TIME. Franklin County resident Mark Person went on a recent fishing expedition with the self-proclaimed ‘Bass King’, but it was Person who came up with this 5-pound, 13-ounce bass prize at a private pond in the county.

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LIFESTYLES

The Red Clay Ramblers are coming to Louisburg College
The Red Clay Ramblers are coming to Louisburg College
The Red Clay Ramblers will appear at the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center on the Louisburg College campus at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.
Now in their 40th year, the Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers are a North Carolina string band whose repertoire reflects their roots in old-time mountain music, as well as bluegrass, country, rock, New Orleans jazz, gospel, and the American musical.

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4-Hers represent Franklin County well at State Fair
RIBBON WINNER. Sophia Nobles checks out her ribbon at the fair.
4-Hers represent Franklin County well at State Fair
Franklin County was well represented this year at the NC State Fair in Raleigh.
4-H’ers from Franklin County entered the 4-H hay bale decorating contest, entered homemade crafts, chickens, rabbits, and exhibited their cattle, sheep, and goats!
There were 36 4-H’ers who exhibited animals throughout the 12-day event. Youth ranged in age from 5-18 and brought home approximately 200 ribbons for their livestock shows.

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$25 adoption fee waived during Pet Adopt-A-Thon
The Franklin County Animal Shelter is hosting an Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, giving residents a financial break and an opportunity to take a pet home.
The animal shelter is waiving its adoption fee of $25 during the event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The $50 spay and neuter deposit does apply.

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Farm-City Week celebrates agriculture’s contribution to Franklin County and NC
Since 1955, the National Farm-City Week Council has supported educational programming to build interdependence between rural and urban citizens, and the President of the United States has annually proclaimed the week leading to and including Thanksgiving Day as National Farm- City Week.   Farm-City activities are grassroots in nature.  Communities hold Farm-City events ranging from banquets to tours. 

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Farm-City Week and Choosemyplate.gov
It’s that time of year again! Farm City Week is the time to celebrate and strengthen the understanding of the connection between the farm and the city.
This understanding increases interdependence among rural and urban areas.  It’s important to recognize the hard work that goes into farming and to rejoice in the fact we do not totally rely on other countries for our food.

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Local foods for Farm-City Day
During the upcoming holidays, let’s all try to visit our area farmers markets and buy fresh, LOCAL foods.  If you would like to visit a Franklin County farm and purchase directly from the farmer, visit our website, www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com.
Here are some reasons for buying LOCAL Foods:

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Everything’s related to agriculture
Agriculture plays a very important part of our lives and most of us don’t even realize it.
From all of the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, the materials that make household objects, everything is directly related to agriculture.

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Improving the lives of others through a career in government
Improving the lives of others through a career in government
Rick Seekins has never been one to slow down, with a host of hobbies, such as volunteering for the Vance County Fire Department, that show his compassion for his fellow man.
The 66-year-old is the community and economic development director for the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments and has been involved in city, county and regional government since he graduated from Syracuse University.

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Beekeeping is easy and a way to keep in tune with nature
AT HOME. Close up of bees in a hive.
Beekeeping is easy and a way to keep in tune with nature
Beekeeping is fun, rewarding, educational, relatively easy to get started, and a great way to become more in tune with agriculture and our natural world.
The Franklin County Beekeepers Association was founded in 2007 by Franklin County beekeepers with the intention to both educate beekeepers and the public about the importance and management of honey bees.

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Planning for a successful forest
Currently Franklin County has approximately 193,000 acres of forestland with 128,000 acres under forest management plans.
This large industry in Franklin County needs time and proper planning for a successful forest stand. Forestland owners know that a lot of time and effort is needed to have a well-established forest stand.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Kerr-Vance Academy Honor Rolls
Kerr-Vance Academy has announced the names of the students from Franklin County who were named to the Headmaster’s List or A/B Honor Roll for the first quarter as follows:

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Water dispute not resolved after eight-hour meeting
FACE-TO-FACE. County Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson, left, speaks with Franklinton Commissioner Al Barbour, prior to the start of a joint session and court-ordered mediation on Thursday evening.
Water dispute not resolved after eight-hour meeting
After meeting for more than eight hours, Franklinton and Franklin County did not resolve their ongoing water dispute.
But they haven’t given up, either.
The two sides met in a joint session to take part in a court-ordered mediation on Thursday at the Franklin County Courthouse.

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Lake Royale police investigating domestic violence shooting
A Lake Royale woman was recovering from gunshot wounds by week’s end.
Her boyfriend, Gary E. Robinson Jr., 21, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
He was placed in the Franklin County Jail without bond.

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Commissioners expected to drop bid for text amendment change concerning radio towers
After a radio tower finally went up, county commissioners expect to drop their bid to change how it approves such construction.
In the summer, county staff drafted a text amendment that would have made emergency communication towers a use by right.

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Election preview: Bunn incumbents look to continue service while former member wants back on
Election preview: Bunn incumbents look to continue service while former member wants back on
BUNN — The battle for Bunn pits three candidates competing for two seats.
Incumbents Robert Hartsfield and Don Mitchell are joined by Linda Pippin on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Hartsfield, who’s served the town for about two decades, said he felt like it was his duty to file and run again.
His key issue, he said, would be to continue pulling the town’s administration into the future.

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Election preview: Former police chief wants to serve Franklinton in different capacity
Election preview: Former police chief wants to serve Franklinton in different capacity
FRANKLINTON — Commission candidates will have a race on their hands.
Mayor Elic Senter, though, is unchallenged.
Incumbents Joe Cutchins Jr. and Anita Fuller are both seeking re-election and will be joined in their fight for the two available seats by former Police Chief Ray Gilliam.

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Election preview: Former parks director wants to move Louisburg in positive direction
Election preview: Former parks director wants to move Louisburg in positive direction
LOUISBURG — Three incumbent town council members will battle with a former town department head for three available governing board seats.
Mary Green Johnson, Emma Ruth Stewart and Bill Williamson are all seeking re-election, while Brent Cardwell is taking his first shot at the board.

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Election preview: Youngsville newcomer wants to help change face of board, town
Election preview: Youngsville newcomer wants to help change face of board, town
YOUNGSVILLE — Incumbents and a newcomer will hash it out in Youngsville, trying to fill two of the available seats on the town’s board.
Incumbents Graham Stallings and Joe Johnson have filed for re-election and they are joined on the ballot by Deborah Palmer.

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Recognized for volunteer efforts
Recognized for volunteer efforts
On Thursday,  Oct. 27, Ron Penney of the Pocomoke community received an award for the District Three Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year. He has been teaching Hunter Education classes in Franklin County for more than 20 years. Presenting the award to Penney (shown at left) is NC Wildlife Enforcement District Three Officer Sgt. Phillip Lucas.

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Southern States launches annual Holiday Food Drive
With the holiday season approaching, Southern States Cooperative is joining with local food banks to promote the first annual Southern States Holiday Food Drive.
“Farmers in the United States lead the world in producing quality meats, grains, fruits and vegetables,” said Southern States President and CEO Tom Scribner.

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PREP FOOTBALL

Bunn Pounces on North Brunswick Mistakes
Bunn Pounces on North Brunswick Mistakes
BUNN -- Just when things appeared to be the gloomiest, the Bunn Wildcats turned to a pair of season-long friends -- big plays and turnovers -- to seize control of Friday’s first-round home matchup against North Brunswick in the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
The Wildcats have been an opportunistic bunch this fall en route to earning a share of the Northern Carolina Conference championship.

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FHS Wins 10th Game
PITTSBORO -- Franklinton reached a milestone Friday -- and advanced in the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs in the process.
FHS’ 29-7 road conquest at Northwood was indeed one for the ages as the Red Rams tied the school record with 10 victories -- a mark that dates back to 1978, when the Red Rams were guided by legendary coach B.W. Holt.

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