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Showing 38 articles from December 9, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Schriver adds name to growing list of candidates for Senate District 18
Schriver
Schriver adds name to growing list of candidates for Senate District 18
The filing period doesn’t begin until February, but the interest in the newly crafted Senate District representing Franklin County is already high.
Incumbent Doug Berger announced his intentions to seek re-election earlier this year.
And Glen Bradley announced that he would eschew another term in the House and try to win the Senate seat that represents Franklin County and an eastern curve of Wake County.

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Residents to get look at Amidon shooting range during open house
ON TARGET. Amidon Contracting Solutions will have an open house on Saturday, inviting residents and town officials to this location to witness how they perform ballistics testing on the shock-absorbing concrete they manufacture.
Residents to get look at Amidon shooting range during open house
YOUNGSVILLE — A company that has come under fire for its ballistics testing will give residents a chance to see and hear their operation up-close.
Residents’ reactions will have a lot to do with whether commissioners let the company continue at the location.

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Restoration of Arthur Person home announced at Person Place banquet
EXTERIOR VIEW. This is the Arthur Person home as it now looks. Situated just south of the Person Place on the Louisburg College campus, the early 20th Century house has long been vacant.
Restoration of Arthur Person home announced at Person Place banquet
When Louisburg College President Mark La Branche spoke about “restoring community” at the Person Place Thursday evening, he delivered tangible examples of just that.
La Branche was the featured speaker at the annual banquet of the Person Place Preservation Society, which restores and operates the historic Person Place on the campus of the college.

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VGCC names new president
VGCC names new president
The Vance-Granville Board of Trustees announced this week that Stelfanie Williams will be the college’s new president.
Williams, currently the vice president of Economic and Community Development at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, will take over the spot vacated by Randy Parker.

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Gupton honored as outstanding tree farmer
Gupton honored as outstanding tree farmer
Douglas Gupton of Louisburg was recognized as one of North Carolina’s Tree Farmers of the Year in 2011 during the annual meeting of the North Carolina Tree Farm Program.
Gupton’s farm, which covers some 600 acres in northern Franklin County near the Wood Community, has been enrolled in the American Tree Farm System since the early 1980s.   

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Novo to conduct emergency ammonia alarm test Dec. 14
FRANKLINTON — Novozymes has a global reach in the business community, but this coming week, those within a one-mile radius will be made aware of their safety commitment.
The company will conduct an emergency ammonia alarm test at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday that will last 30 minutes.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Parade lover Brodie Cooke

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Bro-mance is Alive and Well in Franklin County
Editorial Cartoon: Bro-mance is Alive and Well in Franklin County

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Fallen soldiers deserve better than a landfill
The headline was enough to turn your stomach.
One of the least offensive ones simply said:
Report: Remains of 274 U.S. troops dumped in landfill
No, this wasn’t a war crime committed by an enemy.
This travesty was committed by the Air Force — the U.S. Air Force! — and the remains were dumped into a Virginia landfill as part of a controversial practice that ended three years ago.

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Ready or not, it’s time to put your holiday face on
Ready or not, it’s time to put your holiday face on
I’m not quite sure what to make of it just yet, but the Pre-Christmas lull has settled over Franklin County earlier than normal this year.
Things have settled down some — or at least we haven’t found out about them — which usually happens closer to the holiday, but that lull stretches back almost to Thanksgiving this year.

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Why are officials mostly behind closed doors during public meetings?
Why are officials mostly behind closed doors during public meetings?
GOOD MORNING: It not only looks like fall has finally fallen, it felt like it too Friday morning. We’re now looking at freezing overnight temperatures followed by daytime highs in the upper 40’s to low 50’s.
DIDJA SAY $15 MILLION? Yep, that’s right. The folks running the show over in Wake Forest reportedly shelled out $15 million for the town’s new  “eco-friendly” town hall, Taj Mahal, or whatever, and while the town expects to realize a 25 percent reduction in energy costs as a result thereof, questions abound in regards to increased building and maintenance costs.

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Breast radiation shortcut ends in twice as many mastectomies
For more than 30 years, the standard treatment for early stage breast cancer has been to remove the main tumor by surgery, then follow with breast radiation to eliminate any microscopic deposits of disease that might be left behind.  The goal is to cure the cancer and preserve the breast.
The traditional form of post-operative radiation is “external beam” treatment to the whole breast.  The rationale is that breast cancer is a “multicentric” disease.

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Commissioners should take up issue of medical care offered in Franklin County
Dear Editor:
Joe DeSantis is the latest person to bemoan the fact that so much of Franklin County government takes place out of the public view.

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OBITUARIES

DEBRA Y. OWENS
LOUISBURG - Debra Yates Owens, 52, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at her home.  Funeral service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, with the Rev. Allen Tharrington officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

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EUGENE JONES
BUNN - Funeral services for Eugene Jones, 57, who died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at World Overcomers Christian Center of Bunn, with the Rev. Eddie Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Phelps Church cemetery.

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MINNIE M. WYRICK
YOUNGSVILLE —Minnie Marie Wyrick  died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 9, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Wake Forest. Interment followed at Wake Forest Cemetery in Wake Forest.

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MICHAEL A. TIPPETT
ZEBULON - Michael Adrian Tippett, 56, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. Visitation will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. Private inurnment at a later date.

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ROBIN M. POSTLETHWAIT
HOLLY  SPRINGS -Robin McLean Postlethwait, 41, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Hospice Home in Raleigh.

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EARLENE P. MOORE
RALEIGH - Earlene Pearce Moore, 83, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at Brighton Gardens. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 9, at Temple Baptist Church, with interment following in Raleigh Memorial Park.

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LELA R. ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lela R. Alston, 90, who died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, will be held at noon Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MYRTLE B. CARTER
August 30, 1925 – December 9, 2011
LOUISBURG – Myrtle Beatrice Carter, 86, of Louisburg, passed away Friday morning.

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HERBERT LEO WILLIAMS
FRANKLINTON - Herbert Leo Williams, Sr., age 99, died Monday, December 5, 2011 at Louisburg Nursing Center.  Leo was born in Granville County to the late Clem C. and Naomi Hicks Williams on May 18, 1912.  Leo proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Franklinton Baptist Church and the Franklinton American Legion Post 52.

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SPORTS

NNHS Nail-Biter
STRONG TO THE BUCKET. Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy drives with the ball during Tuesday’s road loss against the Northern Nash Lady Knights in Red Oak.
NNHS Nail-Biter
RED  OAK -- Two high-level teams with one season goal in mind -- a deep playoff run -- met for what was expected to be a non-conference, girls basketball thriller Tuesday night.
Both Northern Nash and Bunn have seen their share of success over the past few years. NN reached the Class 3-A State Quarterfinals last season, while Bunn achieved the same feat in the 2-A classification in 2010.

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BHS’ SUPERB START
RAISING THE BAR HIGH. Bunn’s Deshawn High (right) goes up for a basket during Tuesday’s road basketball decision against the Northern Nash Knights.
BHS’ SUPERB START
RED OAK -- Given Bunn’s penchant for transition and penetrating during two impressive, season-opening victories, it was almost a given that the Wildcats would see a zone defense when they traveled to Northern Nash on Tuesday.
After all, BHS had displayed its guard speed and ability to get to the bucket during wins last week over higher-classification foes East Wake and Nash Central.

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A Tale Of The Tape
PUT YOU ON HOLD. Bunn’s Clifton White (right) picked up a wrestling victory by pinfall Thursday night against North Raleigh Christian Academy.
A Tale Of The Tape
BUNN -- Bunn’s scheduled wrestling meeting with North Raleigh Christian Academy on Thursday was tape delayed.
Literally.
Before the match, it was discovered that mat tape -- which is necessary to seal down the three pieces to make one wrestling mat -- was unavailable at the Bunn Dome.

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Baseball schedule released
Baseball schedule released
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College, under first-year head coach Mike McGuire, will begin its 2012 baseball season on Feb. 4 with a home doubleheader against Catawba Valley Community College.
First pitch is scheduled for noon at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
LC’s complete ledger is as follows, with home games listed in CAPS:

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Red Rams pick up first victory
Red Rams pick up first victory
FRANKLINTON -- Three players scored in double figures as Franklinton earned its first boys basketball conquest of the season Tuesday.
The Red Rams overcame a slow start and went on to top Northern Vance by a 52-41 margin at the new FHS Gymnasium.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Dec. 11-Dec. 17
High School Wrestling
WEDNESDAY
Roanoke Rapids at Louisburg    6 p.m.
Franklinton at Corinth Holders    6 p.m.

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Kidd claims LC’s Bob Butler Award
Kidd claims LC’s Bob Butler Award
LOUISBURG -- Of all the players on Louisburg College’s football roster, few -- if any -- appreciate the opportunity to compete on that level as much as Sam Kidd.
After graduating from Morganton Freedom High School, Kidd took several years off from college and began to earn a regular paycheck as a construction worker.

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GIVE ME A HAND
GIVE ME A HAND
Bunn’s Jaymes Kingsberry looks for an open teammate during Tuesday’s victory at Northern Nash.

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BOARDER
BOARDER
Northern Nash’s Jasmine Griffin (left) grabs a rebound.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Attorneys want malpractice suit tossed
Attorneys for a Louisburg doctor accused of malpractice in a Franklinton man’s death want the case tossed.
Raleigh attorneys John Minier and Katherine Fisher filed a motion Dec. 1 on behalf of their client, Dr. David James King, asking a judge to declare a summary judgement in the case based on their arguments that the decedent, Christopher Watson, was responsible for his own death.

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NO ORDINARY JOE
NO ORDINARY JOE
Town Clerk Emily Hurd swears in Commissioner Joe Johnson during the board’s Thursday night meeting. The incumbent won his reelection bid.

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Franklin County Social Services Christmas programs available
Every year at Christmas, the Franklin County Department of Social Services organizes several programs to support families through the Christmas season.  Programs include individual family sponsorships, toy donations for the annual Christmas party, the traditional Angel Tree, and many more.  The joint efforts of the Franklin County DSS and its community partners bring hope to children, families, and the elderly at this special time of year.

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NRCS taking applications for three conservation initiatives
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the availability of three national Farm Bill initiatives for North Carolina farmers.  The initiatives are Organic Initiative, Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative and On-Farm Energy Initiative. Each is available to eligible farmers under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill.

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SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER
SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER
Displaying good citizenship, members of Anchor Baptist Church’s American Heritage Girls troop 619 and Boy Scout troop 619 present the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office with snack cakes garnished with Bible verses for the Christmas season.

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Franklin County man arrested on rape charges
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklin County man on rape charges.
According to investigators, Alvin A. Alston, 23, was at a party on Dec. 4 when he was alleged to have had sex with a woman against her will.
Investigators were not completely clear on the nature of the duo’s relationship, but they were not strangers.

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BUSINESS

AGENTS RECOGNIZED
AGENTS RECOGNIZED
At the annual meeting of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation which was held recently at the Sheraton Four Seasons and Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, the Franklin County Farm Bureau team was recognized.

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