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Showing 55 articles from November 22, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Franklinton High student-athlete killed in wreck
Franklinton High student-athlete killed in wreck
A family, school and community were all mourning the loss of a popular student and football player this week.
Rashad McKnight, 17, died from injuries sustained in a car crash early Sunday.
The junior, school officials said, was already a leader in the classroom, the hallways and on the football field.

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Mistake doesn’t change election results
The Franklin County Board of Elections discovered a miscue in the general election, but nothing to change the result.
According to Board of Elections Director Amy Southerland, several voters in the West Franklinton Precinct received ballots intended for East Franklinton Precinct voters.

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Youngsville man fined, sentenced for defrauding IRS
A former Youngsville resident was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1 million in fines on charges that he defrauded the IRS.
According to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Tyrone Sanders, who had since moved from Youngsville, opened up a tax preparation business in his home, charging people $85 for the service.

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SEASON’S BEGINNING
SEASON’S BEGINNING
Two-year-old Molly Bunn helps launch the Christmas season this year by showing her “Nana,” Wyvette Bunn, exactly how to decorate a Christmas Tree. This photo was taken at Duke Memorial Baptist Church Saturday during an arts and crafts show and sale as well as a collard greens and Brunswick Stew sale.

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United Way Teachers’ Grants awarded
PERFECT 10’S. Bunn Elementary School teacher Elaine Ihrie, left and Crosscreek Charter teacher Erin Deans were presented with awards as their grant applications got a perfect score.
United Way Teachers’ Grants awarded
FRANKLINTON — Inside a company known for innovation, the United Way of Franklin County awarded more than $31,000 to teachers who will use that money to innovate their classrooms.
The organization held its annual Teachers’ Awards Reception last week at Novozymes.
In all, 67 teachers submitted applications requesting more than $180,000.

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Louisburg man looking for help to build up community
Louisburg man looking for help to build up community
FRANKLINTON — As a football player at Savannah State, Simeo Smith learned a lot about discipline — getting up before dawn for practice.
He also learned about heroism and passion for children, once saving a baby from a fiery wreck while a student in the spring of 2006.

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Community Thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday when Americans gather with family and friends to celebrate the harvest — and to eat too much, watch football and perhaps even sneak in a hunting trip or a nap.
But for families who are struggling financially, it can be a very difficult time, especially for the children.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Jadyn Hicks, 2

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial Cartoon

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Job layoffs signal problems at FRMC that can’t be ignored
Layoffs of top management at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg last week amounted to red warning flares bursting in the sky.
To ignore those flags would be a huge mistake.
FRMC is part of the Novant Medical group, but even so, it should come as no surprise that the hospital is under enormous financial stress and strain — as is just about every other business in this county, state and nation.

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Mother Nature continues to play around with the weather
Mother Nature continues to play around with the weather
GOOD MORNING: This is still the MIDWEEK edition of The Franklin Times, although it’s being published a day earlier than usual on account of the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.
That aside, Mother Nature continues to play around with the weather. In all my 84 years (yep! I turned 84 on Tuesday) I can’t recall a topsy-turvy weather pattern like we’ve been observing of late, and apparently there’s no end in sight.

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Teachers deserve thanks, whether it’s a pat on the back or money in the bank
Teachers deserve thanks, whether it’s a pat on the back or money in the bank
Some of my best friends are teachers.
I know what you’re thinking.
That’s something one would say when trying to defend some sort of accusation.
It’s usually uttered when trying to defend accusations of racism, as in: “I’m not racist. Some of my best friends are black.”

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Website Reader Participation Results Nov. 16-22
What’s more important to the elected leadership of Franklin County?

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OBITUARIES

BENNIE “BO” MCCRIMMON, JR.
WILTON — Bennie “Bo” McCrimmon Jr., 76, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 21, at Union A.M.E. Zion Methodist Church, Wilton. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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GEORGE W. STELLER
WINSTON-SALEM-George Willard Steller, 93, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Rocky Cross Baptist Church, Middlesex.

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SANDRA A. DALEY
FRANKLINTON — Sandra A. Daley, 58, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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KATHERINE H. O’NEAL
GREENSBORO - Katherine H. O’Neal, 85, of 6504 Glenbrooke Drive, Pleasant Garden, NC went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 20, 2011.

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MARY D. STEWART
September 15, 1925 – November 20, 2011
LOUISBURG - Mary Day Stewart, age 86, of Louisburg, died on Sunday, November 20, 2011, at Louisburg Nursing Center.

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SPORTS

RIVALRY IN WAITING?
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE. (L to R) Louisburg’s Terance Christian and Vance Granville’s Phillip Martin try to grab a rebound last Saturday at the Aycock Center.
RIVALRY IN WAITING?
HENDERSON -- Just about every intangible is in place for Louisburg College and Vance-Granville Community College to have a heated men’s basketball rivalry.
The schools are located less than 30 minutes apart and play in the same Region X conference. And many of the performers on each squad know each other.

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OT Heartbreaker For Bunn
OPENING STRIKE. Bunn High School’s Calvin Brodie (with ball) returned this kickoff for the first of many Wildcat scores during last Friday night’s 47-46 overtime loss at Kinston in the third round of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.
OT Heartbreaker For Bunn
KINSTON -- One play. From three yards out. With the outcome of the game -- and the season -- on the line.
How could you blame Chris Miller for trusting his offense in a one-and-done situation at the end of last Friday’s showdown between Miller’s Bunn Wildcats and the host Kinston Vikings in the third round of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs?

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Correct call made by coach
Correct call made by coach
Driving into work last Saturday morning, I was able to catch an interview with Grant Teaff on the radio.
For readers who aren’t as old-school (or just plain old) as me, Teaff is the former coach at Baylor University, and is considered one of the most respected individuals in his profession.
The interviewer asked  Teaff on going for two points in overtime, as opposed to kicking a PAT to force another extra session.

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HIGH SCHOOL GRID SCORES
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last Friday night’s results in third-round action of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Football Playoffs:

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Miller nabs COY award in league
Miller nabs COY award in league
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Chris Miller doesn’t consider the Northern Carolina Conference Football Coach of the Year Award to be an individual honor.
Instead, Miller sees it as a tribute to the success his Bunn High School gridiron squad experienced in the 2011 campaign.

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Franklin players on tennis squad
Franklin players on tennis squad
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklinton No. 1 Singles player Madison Poupard is Franklin County’s lone selection for the All-Northern Carolina Conference Girls Tennis Team for the 2011 campaign.
Two county residents -- Franklinton’s Shelby Boccia and Bunn’s Alexis Horde -- were honorable mention picks.

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Carolina Hurricanes plan special events
Carolina Hurricanes plan special events
RALEIGH -- Doug Warf, Senior Director of Marketing for the Carolina Hurricanes and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, has announced that tickets are on sale for the annual Skate with the Canes fund raiser, as well as the annual Casino Night and Wine Tasting.
Skate with the Canes will take place on Feb. 5 from 1-3:30 p.m., and Casino Night and Wine Tasting presented by Convergence Technologies will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 6-10 p.m.

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ALL-NCC FOOTBALL TEAM
ALL-NCC FOOTBALL TEAM
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here is the All-Northern Carolina Conference Football Team for the 2011 season:

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MORE ATKINSON HIGHLIGHTS
MORE ATKINSON HIGHLIGHTS
GREAT START FOR JEREMY. Former Louisburg College men’s basketball star Jeremy Atkinson is off to an effective start as a junior for the University of North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs. Two weeks ago, UNC-A hosted the North Carolina Tar Heels. In game action, Atkinson is shown attempting a jumper (above).

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GRID STARS SHINE IN NCC
GRID STARS SHINE IN NCC
NCC ELITE. Bunn High School head football coach Chris Miller offers a play call to senior quarterback Montrel Cooke during last Friday’s playoff game at Kinston. Miller has been saluted as the NCC Coach of the Year, while Cooke earned a spot on the all-league squad.

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TACKLE TIME
TACKLE TIME
Bunn’s Thomas Zakerski (51) brings down Kinston’s George Jones during last Friday night’s playoff game.

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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
Louisburg College’s Antonio Robinson goes up for two points during his club’s road victory last Saturday at Vance-Granville Community College. The Region X basketball matchup was staged at the Aycock Recreation Center Gymnasium in Henderson.

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LIFESTYLES

Fabulous 4-H Fun for the holidays
Looking for some exciting ways to celebrate the Holiday Season? Franklin County 4-H has a few ways to get you in that joyful Holiday spirit.
The first event 4-H is hosting is called Turkey and Treats and will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Extension Annex. The cost is $5 and it’s for ages are 5 and up.

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Area holiday events scheduled
Franklinton parade
Franklinton’s annual Christmas parade will take place on Dec. 1, providing the only night-time parade in the county, which begins at 7 p.m. in downtown Franklinton.
The town’s OneFranklinton organization will also host  a Holiday Lights Tour on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

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Arts Council’s art show showcases local talent (Pt 1)
Arts Council’s art show showcases local talent (Pt 1)
HERITAGE REMEMBERED. This painting of a rural farm scene once so familiar in Franklin County was done by Margaret Pernell of Louisburg, who is shown here with her work. It is among the art on display at the Arts Council building.

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Arts Council’s art show showcases local talent (Pt 2)
Arts Council’s art show showcases local talent (Pt 2)
A MILL SCENE. Water-powered mills like the one depicted in this painting were often a community necessity and gathering place in a bygone era. This work was done by Franklin County artist Katie Spivey, shown here.

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A quick, unforgettable trip to home land
A quick, unforgettable trip to home land
How wonderful it is to relive the past and see loved ones once again, even after 50 years. That was my experience as I met 22 of my 33 classmates in Curacautin, in the region of La Araucania, Chile. There were about 150 retired teachers at the reunion, and  my class of 1961 celebrated 50 years since graduation.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg Elementary honor rolls
William Harris, principal of Louisburg Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Two FCS High Schools recognized for high student performance
BHS HONORED. Shown here (left to right) are: Eddie Ingram, Franklin County Schools’ superintendent; June St. Clair Atkinson, state superintendent; and Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School.
Two FCS High Schools recognized for high student performance
Bunn High School and Franklinton High School were two of 14 North Carolina High Schools recognized during a luncheon ceremony at the Superintendent’s and Public Information Officer’s Quarterly Meeting in Research Triangle Park recently. They were honored for having at least 80 percent of students’ end-of-course test scores at or above proficient.

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Youngsville Elementary announces honor rolls
Rick Smith, principal of Youngsville Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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LANGUAGE LITERACY
Ever wanted to learn a new language — or, more importantly, encourage your children to do so? Franklin County Libraries have a new  feature called “Muzzy Online” that the world’s number one language course for children. All you’ll need to do is visit the library’s website and enter your Franklin County library card’s bar code.

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Franklinton Elementary releases honor rolls
Carol Davis, principal of Franklinton Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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LMES announces honor rolls
Kim Ferrell, principal of Long Mill Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Louisburg High School announces honor rolls for first six weeks
Freda Clifton, principal of Louisburg High School, announces the Honor Roll for the first six-weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the AB Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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Coleman named LHS assistant principal
Coleman named LHS assistant principal
Ronald D. Coleman has been named an assistant principal at Louisburg High School. Coleman began his post at Louisburg High School on Oct. 24.
“I look forward to being part of a wonderful team of people at LHS, and helping these kids reach their potential,” Coleman said.

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Edward Best Elementary releases honor rolls
Debbie Ayscue, principal of Edward Best Elementary School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Bunn High School releases honor rolls for first six weeks
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, has announced the Honor Roll for the 2011/2012 first six-week grading period. To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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Cedar Creek Middle School announces honor rolls
Dr. Laverne Daniels, principal of Cedar Creek Middle School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Bunn Middle School announces honor rolls for first grading period
Roosevelt Alston, principal of Bunn Middle School, has announced the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.
To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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Terrell Lane Middle School releases honor rolls
Novella Brown, principal of Terrell Lane Middle School, announces the Honor Roll for the first nine weeks grading period.  To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93.  To be named to the A/B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than an 85.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

MANGLED
MANGLED
Wreckers arrived on scene Friday night to clear the road following a three-vehicle, chain-reaction wreck on N.C. 56 near Lane Store Road. None of the injuries were life-threatening. According to Franklinton Police Sgt. K.J. Hornaday, a car had stopped to turn left into a driveway and a pickup truck stopped behind that car. A third pickup truck, driven by Brandon S. Coley, 19, of Franklinton, failed to stop, running into the back of the second vehicle, causing it to hit the first vehicle.

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FELLOWSHIP, FRIENDS AND FUN!
FELLOWSHIP, FRIENDS AND FUN!
Louisburg United Methodist Church held its annual fall bazaar and Brunswick stew sale on Saturday. In addition to the stew sale, the event included for sale homemade craft items, jams and relishes and there was a flea market. Pictured (left), shopping for bargains is Youngsville resident Bob Prewitt.

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TEAM EFFORT
TEAM EFFORT
United Way of Franklin County Executive Director Kathy Harrelson, left, presents Novozymes employees and fund-raising helpers Laura Terry and Kevin Potter with an award for the company’s involvement.

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Duke Memorial Baptist Church holds craft show and fund raiser
Duke Memorial Baptist Church holds craft show and fund raiser
COLLARD INTRODUCTION. Katie and Rev. Jake Dorak recently moved to this area from East Tennessee when he was named pastor at Duke Memorial Baptist Church in Justice. When church members discovered he didn’t know much about collards — a regional staple — they wasted no time in introducing him to the delicacy.

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Deputies investigate van fire at Commissioner Dunston’s church
Louisburg police arrested two teenagers on breaking and entering charges.
Officers allege that Devin T. Smith, 19, and Damon L. Evans, 19, were both responsible for break-ins at Print Products.
According to Det. G.C. Stephens, officers stepped up patrols following a break-in at the Louisburg store on Nov. 8.

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SWEET DONATION
SWEET DONATION
The Franklin County Extension Service coordinated a donation of 53 cases of sweet potatoes to the United Way of Franklin County Fall Food Drive. Above, Extension Agent Martha Mobley, who is a member of the UWFC board of directors, left; Master Gardener Fred Johnson, center; and Master Gardener Endia Hall unloaded the cases last week. The donation came from Thomas Joyner, president of Nash Produce in Nashville. The company is one of the largest sweet potato processors in the country.

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BUSINESS

NEW HAIR SALON
NEW HAIR SALON
Great Clips has opened their location at Youngsville Crossing Shopping Center, 1120 US Highway 1 North. A grand opening and ribbon cutting was held Nov. 10. Hours of operation on Monday thru Friday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m, Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon -6 p.m.

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