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Showing 39 articles from December 23, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Companies cited for roles in workplace death
Companies in Youngsville and Wake Forest were cited for violating state occupational safety standards that resulted in a workplace death this past summer.
Eric Eugene Black, an electrician’s helper with Act Electric in Wake Forest, was working on a scissor lift when the apparatus got knocked over by a bridge crane.

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AWAITING SANTA
AWAITING SANTA
Thousands of Franklin County youngsters are watching and waiting carefully as the expected Christmas Eve arrival of Santa grows ever closer. Their wish lists written and delivered, the youngsters are left to wonder if they’ve been good or bad (in Santa’s eyes) and whether the jolly old fellow from the North Pole will deliver just what they wanted.

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Accessory in murder/suicide gets court date
Accessory in murder/suicide gets court date
A Louisburg man who was arrested earlier this week for his role in a murder/suicide is slated to appear in court next month.
Police arrested and charged Ryan Reynolds, 21, with accessory before the fact to a felony and aiding and abetting a felonious breaking and entering on Dec. 20.

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Giving blood becomes Christmas tradition
Giving blood becomes Christmas tradition
Forrest Plyler and Teresa Hendrix could very well have begun a new Christmas tradition.
The mother and son went to the Senior Center in Louisburg with the intent this holiday season to give the gift of life.
And while Hendrix was not able to give blood during the visit on Wednesday, she was there to see her second oldest child, Plyler, give blood for the first time.

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Cutchins honored for service
MOMENT IN HISTORY. Joe Cutchins received a plaque Tuesday recognizing his 20 years of service on the Franklinton Board of Commissioners. Cutchins was the first African-American elected to the position.
Cutchins honored for service
FRANKLINTON — Residents, officials and staff said goodbye to one long-serving commissioner and said hello to another long-standing public servant.
Businessman Joe Cutchins Jr. left the board Tuesday after serving 20 years on the board.
And Ray Gilliam, who retired after 19 years on the police force and beat out Cutchins in the November election, was sworn in as the newest member.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Daniel Collie is ready for Santa Claus

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Santa Tradition
Editorial Cartoon: Santa Tradition

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Wishing all of you the Merriest of Christmases
Here it is Christmas Eve and many of us haven’t even made our wish list for Santa Claus yet.
Maybe it’s­ the weather, maybe it’s just procrastination or perhaps it’s just been a rough year that left so many of us exhausted and frustrated!
But with the economy struggling, one war still raging in a far-off place, our state and national governments facing critical financial woes and so many Americans without jobs, it’s been a very difficult year — again!

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Christmas is here ... ready or not
Christmas is here ... ready or not
Ahhh, so it’s suddenly Christmas Eve and all through the house ...
... the procrastinators among us are among the creatures stirring ... frantically still trying to get ready in a few short hours what we’ve known was coming for months!
I’m not sure why exactly -- a genetic defect perhaps -- but I’m never ready for Christmas.

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Carolers raise money for those in need
Carolers raise money for those in need
GOOD MORNING: It’s Christmas Eve and in the words of my father, the late Times editor-publisher Asher F. Johnson, Sr., back when I was a kid, “Christmas Eve Gift – Give It To Me!”
It was during the Great Depression back in the 1930’s and times were tough, but we were thankful for what we had. Dad would kindle a roaring fire in the living-room fireplace, before awakening us with the holiday greeting.

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Santa, please bring troops home from Afghanistan
Dear Santa Claus:
I’m a fifth  grader in Louisburg Elementary School.
My name is Isaiah and all I want for Christmas is for you to get in your sleigh and go to Afghanistan and bring the U.S. soldiers home for Christmas and forever. They deserve to be home because they have been fighting from 2001 to the present year and that’s about 10 years now since 2001.

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It’s time to stop denying domestic violence exists
Dear Editor:
The tragic events of the past week have reinforced what we  see on a daily basis.  The attempted murder/suicide in Bunn and the murder/suicide in Louisburg illustrate just how prevalent domestic violence is in Franklin County.  Every day we receive calls from frightened people that feel helpless against the violence they are going through or expect to happen at any moment.

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Liberals chew their CUDS
RALEIGH – Cattle, sheep, and other herd animals lack the ability to chew, swallow, and digest their food the way we do. They regurgitate solids from their stomach in the form of a cud, to be further chewed and broken down before digestion.

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OBITUARIES

ROBERT E. “NED” HUDSON
FRANKLINTON- Robert E. “Ned” Hudson, 79, died Tuesday evening Dec. 20, 2011 at the Franklin Oaks Nursing Center in Louisburg. A funeral service was held Friday afternoon, Dec. 23, at the Living Springs Church of God in Franklinton, with the Rev. Robert Collier and the Rev. Robert Piper Sr. officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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LARRY HAZELWOOD
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Larry “Bird” Hazelwood, 58, who died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at South Main Street Baptist Church, with Evangelist Joseph Henry Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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BOBBY R. YOUNG
LOUISBURG – Bobby Ray Young, 74, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 21, 2011. A graveside service was held Friday, Dec. 23, at Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Bob Mosher officiating.

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KENNETH V. McCURRY
January 2, 1923 – December 20, 2011
LOUISBURG – Kenneth Vernon McCurry, 88, of Louisburg, passed away Tuesday night.

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SPORTS

UNDER PRESSURE
ALEXUS ON THE ATTACK. Franklinton High School’s Alexus Coles (with ball) looks for an open teammate during Tuesday night’s home victory against the Louisburg Lady Warriors in a key Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball showdown.
UNDER PRESSURE
FRANKLINTON -- Full-court pressure defense has been a staple of Lester Wilder’s glorious tenure as the girls basketball coach at Franklinton High School.
Wilder’s teams have gained a statewide reputation for delivering 94 feet of defensive intensity -- especially during FHS’ numerous deep postseason runs in the 1990s.

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LHS boys rally past the Rams
MAN ON A MISSION. Franklinton High’s Tyquan Crudup wasn’t about to be denied on this trip to the basket during Tuesday night’s home game against Louisburg in Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball action.
LHS boys rally past the Rams
FRANKLINTON -- Free-throw shooting in pressure situations has been a long-time issue for the Louisburg High School boys basketball team -- even going back to when current head coach Dontae Lassiter was a player for the Warriors.
But the Warriors enjoyed plenty of charity-stripe success Tuesday, and the result was a clutch victory over host Franklinton in a key Northern Carolina Conference matchup at the new FHS Gymnasium.

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Bunn’s boys win over NW
Bunn’s boys win over NW
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Bunn continued its early-season undefeated streak with a Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball victory Tuesday night against the homestanding Northwest Halifax Vikings.
BHS was not outscored during any period stop, but the Vikings were still tough to put away.
“It was a close game all the way through,’’ said BHS head coach Gerald Melton. “We were finally able to get some distance there in the end.’’

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Houston high on Clemens
Houston high on Clemens
Former Louisburg College pitcher Paul Clemens continues to work his way up the Minor League system -- and may be appearing in a Major League stadium near you much sooner than later.
Clemens, a native of Burke, Va., has earned a spot on the 40-man roster for the Houston Astros heading into the 2012 campaign.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Dec. 25-Dec. 31
High School Wrestling
FRIDAY
FHS at Northern Durham Tourney    9 a.m.
BHS at C.B. Aycock Tourney    TBA

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LHS takes part in NW Halifax event
GOODSON GOES TO THE HOOP. Shade’ Goodson and the Louisburg Lady Warriors have been in action this week at the Halifax Basketball Tournament in Aurelian Springs.
LHS takes part in NW Halifax event
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Talk about tall tasks -- the Louisburg Lady Warriors tangled with a pair of undefeated clubs on back-to-back nights this week.
Tuesday, Louisburg traveled to unbeaten Franklinton for a key Northern Carolina Conference matchup, and the Lady Rams earned a 36-22 home decision.

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Bunn announces baseball sked
BUNN -- Bunn High School, coached by Leonard Allen, will begin its 2012 baseball schedule with a road game on Feb. 28 at Nash Central.
Bunn’s first five games will all come against Class 3-A foes from Nash County. In addition to Central, the Wildcats will also tangle with Northern Nash and Southern Nash.

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EYE ON YOU
EYE ON YOU
Louisburg’s Sedalia Seda (with ball) heads upcourt while being defended by Franklinton’s Mecca Hicks during Tuesday night’s girls basketball contest at FHS.

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PAINT MEETING
PAINT MEETING
Franklinton’s Delonte Perry (with ball) goes up for a shot while being defended by Louisburg’s Marcus Davis during Tuesday night’s boys basketball event, which was staged at the FHS Gymnasium.

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LIFESTYLES

Choosing to move like shepherds
Choosing to move like shepherds
You know, we adults always think that we learn something valuable only from someone our age or older. Well, last Sunday at Louisburg United Methodist Church, we had the service conducted by our young college-age people. I was truly impressed with their maturity and talents.
To begin with, we have many talented young folks in our congregation, and we are proud of them.

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United Way Fall Food Drive helps supply 14 pantries with more than 26,000 items
GIVING GIRL SCOUT. The Franklin County Girl Scouts are at the heart of the United Way of Franklin County food drives. They help collect and sort each season. Above is Amelia Peralta, one of about 12 scouts who helped sort on Nov. 19.
United Way Fall Food Drive helps supply 14 pantries with more than 26,000 items
Henry Hamlet in Centerville sees the need at his grocery store and meat market every day.
Touran Bagheri, as a restaurant owner in Bunn at Subway, knows the need is real.
Betty Wrenn of Piney Grove United Methodist Church food pantry in Louisburg realizes that the need is not going away any time soon and it is growing.

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WHAT A TRIP
WHAT A TRIP
The Victorian Carolers, based in Louisburg, returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where they performed at the White House on Dec. 6. The group, which includes Paula and Johnny Walters, Jo Ann Fish and Hanna-Joy Bowden of Louisburg, Brian Fergerson and Laura Cashwell of Wake Forest, Rick King and Matt Lewis of Zebulon,  and Jody Rollins of Raleigh, didn’t perform for President Obama, but the trip was the group’s grandest audience to date.

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Miss Nu Epsilon 2011 chosen
Miss Nu Epsilon 2011 chosen
The Nu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc. held its annual Miss Nu Epsilon Cotillion on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Interdenominational Headquarters Building in Franklinton. There was a reception beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the Cotillion at 6 p.m.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton gets update on water dispute lawsuit
FRANKLINTON — Town officials got an update regarding its ongoing lawsuit with Franklin County — in open session.
Franklinton filed suit in January, asking a judge to resolve a contract dispute that has brewed between the town and Franklin County since September of 2010.

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Former legislator John May doing fine after health scare
Former legislator and school board member John May was on the mend this week following a health scare.
May said he was doing some scrap metal recycling in Rolesville on Monday with his grandson and a cousin when he began feeling chest pains.
Knowing the area, they drove to the EMT building in town and staff there checked him out.

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HANGING OUT
HANGING OUT
Workers with Custom Towers out of Scott, La. began erecting a new emergency communications tower at the Franklin County Sheriff’s office last week. The work is essentially complete this week. The tower is part of a roughly $10 million upgrade and overhaul of the county’s emergency communications system — a system that has been in need of improvement since at least the 1970s.

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911 shut down for short period Thursday
Franklin County’s 911 service was shut down about 30 minutes on Thursday morning.
Well, sort of.
There was an issue at the Rocky Mount office, said Brian Smith, Franklin County’s emergency communications operations manager, and power was lost at about 5:50 a.m.

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A LIGHT MOMENT
A LIGHT MOMENT
Newly elected Commissioner Ray Gilliam, with hand raised, shares a laugh with his family, clockwise, daughters India, with head turned, Roxi, his wife, Wendy, and mother, Ann, as the Honorable J. Larry Senter reads him the oath of office.

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PAPERWORK
Re-elected Commissioner Anita Fuller fills out paperwork after she took the oath of office during the board’s meeting on Tuesday while the Honorable J. Larry Senter looks on.

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Deputies investigating Facebook threat
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies helped a Texas man track down his aircraft.
According to a report by Dep. Tim Joyner, Jeff Akhtar got involved in an aircraft sale that apparently got shaky and nearly cost him his $300,000 craft.
On Dec. 16, aircraft dealer Patrick Dennison told authorities that he was trying to broker a deal between his client, Akhtar, and a local man, Brandon Scott.

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Franklin County Library awarded grant
The Franklin County Library has been awarded a $32,710.00 grant to be used for the Library’s migration to NC Cardinal that will soon serve the citizens of the county.  These Library Services and Technology Act funds have been awarded and are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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FGV Smart Start, Inc. assists Safe Space
FGV Smart Start, Inc. assists Safe Space
Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start, Inc. is a non-profit organization led by local volunteers who design and provide programs and services for families with children ages 0-5 in Franklin, Granville, and Vance counties. Each year at this time, FGV Smart Start staff chooses a local agency to assist during the holiday season.

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