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Showing 36 articles from December 16, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Troubled relationship ends in murder-suicide
Troubled relationship ends in murder-suicide
A troubled relationship ended in an apparent murder-suicide.
Louisburg police responded to 119-A Franklin Court Apartments the morning of Dec. 14 to find 24-year-old Rosemarie Guzman dead from a gunshot wound to the head and torso.
They also found 29-year-old Gregory Lee Hicks dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.

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Gun found in student’s vehicle on LHS campus
Louisburg police took a 17-year-old Louisburg High School senior into custody Friday morning after an unloaded pistol was found in his car’s glove compartment.
Clayton Williams faces serious federal felony charges after LHS Student Resource Officer Joe Sherrill found an old .22-caliber revolver after another student alerted a teacher to the possibility that a gun was in the vehicle.

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Second suspect arrested in pizza delivery driver robbery
Second suspect arrested in pizza delivery driver robbery
FRANKLINTON — Police arrested a local man Tuesday evening, alleging he was one of three men who robbed a pizza delivery man at gunpoint.
Officers arrested Mariek Dozier, 16, on Dec. 13, charging him with robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Dozier’s arrest comes almost a month after a Domino’s employee told authorities that he was robbed at gunpoint while delivering pizzas at Academy Village the evening of Nov. 22.

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CHECKING IN
CHECKING IN
Country music star Jason Michael Carroll, right, was the featured guest at a pizza party given to Dottie Averette’s Franklinton High School class — which raised the most money during a two-month fund-raiser. All told, students raised $5,025 and on Thursday, Principal Charles Fuller presented the check to Donna Wade, executive director of Miracle League of Franklin County.

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Unemployment claims down in county
At first glance, Franklin County’s unemployment statistics look good, totaling about 9.7 percent or seven-tenths of a percentage point below the statewide average for North Carolina.
That still puts the county seven-tenths of a point higher than the 9 percent recorded nationally.
But, according to another view of the statistics, North Carolina and Franklin County have a long, long way to recovery, just to get back to the employment picture we enjoyed in 2007.

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Turkeys headed to tables of those in need
Turkeys headed to tables of those in need
The United Way’s food drive produced its largest amount of donated turkeys this week.
It’s come at a time when the need is the greatest.
According to the most recent Census data, nearly one in two people have fallen into poverty and low income.
Franklin County is not immune from the reach of despair, either.

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Louisburg man found guilty of assault, attempted murder in NJ
A Louisburg man was found guilty this week of assault and torture in an attempted murder case in New Jersey.
Franklin County authorities arrested Anthony Massenburg, 40, in February on an Essex County New Jersey bench warrant on charges of attempted first-degree murder.

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Youngsville begins interviewing for a new town administrator
YOUNGSVILLE — Commissioners held their first interview this week, moving forward in their process to name a permanent town administrator.
Creedmoor accountant Bill Tatum has held the post on an interim basis since July, a month after the board fired long-time administrator Brenda Robbins.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Jaxton Stokes, 5, enjoys Alert Christmas Parade

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Armed and Dangerous
Editorial Cartoon: Armed and Dangerous

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School system deserves praise for audit report
It’s rare when a “finding” in an auditor’s report of a government department generates smiles (and a few chuckles) from those hearing the report.
That’s exactly what happened this week when an auditor presented his complex, 52-page analysis of Franklin County Schools.

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A tragic week of domestic violence
A tragic week of domestic violence
It’s been a tragic week here in Franklin County, made worse because it has happened so close to Christmas and the holiday season.
There has been a murder-suicide and an attempted murder-suicide, incidents that have left three young people dead and another with a life-altering experience.

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Former police chief claims I have mellowed
Former police chief claims I have mellowed
GOOD MORNING: I bumped into former Louisburg Police Chief Earl Tharrington at the grocery store Thursday and he remarked how much I had “mellowed” since those days when I was “affectionately” known as “that little wirehaired (crew cut) expletive at The Franklin Times. Nowadays, I’m known by some as “that old bald-headed you know what.”

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Win-win solution
Much of the discussion concerning Franklin Regional Medical Center (FRMC) is focused on where it may ultimately exist. The more relevant question is whether it will continue to exist at all.
Let’s start with what everyone can agree on.  It is better to have a hospital in Franklin County than to have none.  The hospital plays a critical role, supporting the quality of life and the economic vitality of the county.

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Prosecutors lack gumption to pursue domestic abuse cases
Dear Editor:
I am writing to you about domestic violence in Franklin County. Whatever happened to evidence-based prosecution? I know that law enforcement, magistrates and assistant district attorneys were involved with some training for this a few years ago.

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OBITUARIES

THOMAS A. “TOMMY” COLEMAN
ZEBULON - Thomas Allen “Tommy” Coleman, 53, died suddenly on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 at Wake Med.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, with military honors.

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JAMES “MULE” ROGERS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James “Mule” Rogers, 81, who died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Jordan Chapel Church cemetery.

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EDWARD G. KOEPP SR.
ZEBULON - Edward Glenn Koepp Sr., 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Pearces Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ROSEMARIE GUZMAN
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Rosemarie Guzman, 24, who died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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JAMES EDWARD “EDDIE” KELLY
RALEIGH - James Edward “Eddie” Kelly, 46, of Raleigh, passed away Wednesday morning, December 14, 2011 at Duke-Raleigh Hospital.

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SPORTS

Home Improved
BASELINE TEST. Southern Vance’s Kadedra Hayes (with ball) drives against Louisburg’s Ebonee Alston during Tuesday’s girls basketball showdown.
Home Improved
LOUISBURG -- If the result of the second time around is any indication, the Louisburg Lady Warriors have made significant progress during the early course of the 2011-12 girls basketball campaign.
LHS, under coach Brett Kiger, had fallen to Southern Vance by a whopping 34 points in the second game of the season.

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BHS’ LINE OF DEFENSE
A TRIP FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Bunn’s Brianna Gatson (with ball) tries to dribble past Southern Nash’s Desiree Perry during Wednesday’s girls hoops event.
BHS’ LINE OF DEFENSE
STANHOPE -- With leading scorer Whitney Bunn unavailable due to illness, Bunn High School girls basketball coach Chuck Mann relied on a long-time friend Wednesday.
Defense.
Bunn has been known for its intense defensive prowess during Mann’s tenure, and that would have to be a key during Wednesday’s non-conference rematch against Southern Nash.

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LC’s All-Americans
LC’s All-Americans
LOUISBURG -- The postseason accolades continue to pour in for Louisburg College’s Rasheed Williams -- and this was the biggest one of all.
Williams, LC’s standout sophomore running back, has been selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association First Team Football All-America Squad.

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BHS girls to play in tourney
BHS girls to play in tourney
CARY -- Bunn High School will participate in the Mix 101.5 Girls Holiday Invitational Tournament as part of the annual HighSchoolOT.com Tournament.
The eight-team girls event will be held from Dec. 26-28. All first-round games will be held at Cary Academy.
The semifinals and finals will be staged at Broughton High School, while loser’s bracket teams will continue to play at Cary Academy.

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LC Heads To The Hills
PAINT JOB. Sandhills’ T.J. Gill (2) drives against Louisburg’s Rashod Chavis during Tuesday’s game at Holton Gymnasium.
LC Heads To The Hills
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has never lost to the fledgling Sandhills CC program on the basketball court -- but LC head coach Mark Vanderslice still felt a bit of queasiness heading into Tuesday’s showdown between the schools.
After all, Sandhills has developed into a Division III junior college powerhouse -- and the Flyers had yet to lose this year.

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Lady Rams defeat NCC foe Panthers
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton is expected to be a contender in the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball standings during the 2011-12 season.
FHS began its NCC schedule in style Wednesday as the Lady Rams topped North Johnston by a 34-25 margin in the league opener for both clubs at the new FHS Gymnasium.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Dec. 18-Dec. 24
High School Wrestling
TUESDAY
North Johnston at Louisburg    6 p.m.
Franklinton at Bunn    6 p.m.

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CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD
CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD
(L to R) Louisburg’s Joe Goodwin and Antar Johnson reach for a rebound during Tuesday night’s home victory against Sandhills CC.

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Southern Nash’s Desiree Perry (with ball) is defended by Bunn’s Keella Gallatin during Wednesday night’s girls basketball matchup at the SN Gymnasium in Stanhope.

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LIFESTYLES

Carter is 1st runner-up in Miss Nu Epsilon Cotillion
Carter is 1st runner-up in Miss Nu Epsilon Cotillion
Samaria M. Carter participated in the 8th annual Miss Nu Epsilon Cotillion 2011, sponsored by the Nu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Chi Sorority Inc. of Louisburg on Nov. 5. She was awarded first runner-up.
Samaria is the daughter of Samantha Branch-Thompson and Dietrich Thompson of Henderson and Harold and Doreen Carter of Warrenton.

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“Discovering the Arts” Gala
The Franklin County Student Arts Council is inviting students, volunteers interested in working with the Student Arts Council, and the community to a fun-filled event Saturday, Jan. 14,  from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event will take place at Common Grounds Coffee (and Fun) House, 20 Cheves Road, in Bunn.

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Parades and Unity
Parades and Unity
Some people love to go to parades, and others would not have anything to do with  them. But, if there is a child, a grandchild, or a family member participating in it, the  effort is made, and with good results most of the time.
You can see the faces of proud parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents as they view their friends or loved ones participating in a parade.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC Ambassadors announced
VGCC Ambassadors announced
Vance-Granville Community College has selected 13 outstanding students to serve as ambassadors during the 2011-2012 school year. Ambassadors represent the college at special campus and community functions, among other duties. 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Airport receives grant that covers half of funds needed for expansion project
Franklin County’s airport authority learned this week that it was awarded half the amount of a grant it would need to complete an expansion project.
Members of the Triangle North Executive Airport board said they needed to make sure the state Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division would give them the other $400,000 before they asked county commissioners for approval to move forward.

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TURKEY ANYONE?
TURKEY ANYONE?
Dr. E Carroll Joyner and the Joyner family, through United Way of Franklin County and Butterball, LLC Garner, donated 272 Butterball turkeys on Thursday to Care and Share and the Youngsville Area Business Association’s Christmas Program as well as to Perry’s Community Ministries in Franklinton. In its third year, the turkey giving is part of the UWFC Fall Food Drive.

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Deputies looking for suspects who chased two men, child with gun
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects alleged to have chased two men and a child inside a home at gunpoint.
Jamal Smith reported the evening of Dec. 14 that he was returning to his Bunn Elementary School Road home with his four-year-old son and a friend when, as they exited the vehicle to head for the house, he heard footsteps behind him.

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