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Showing 36 articles from December 27, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Shots fired during Christmas Eve party
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklinton man on gun charges after apparent shots were fired at a party.
According to investigators, Sgt. J. Davis and Dep. Troy Wheless were providing security for a party at the American Legion Post during the early morning hours of Dec. 24.

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A Christmas rescue mission
THE RIGHT TUNE. Tabitha Wrenn, background, smiles as her son, MJ, plays with a toy piano, and her daughter, Kristen, right, looks on. The Louisburg Rescue Squad treated the family to a Christmas shopping spree.
A Christmas rescue mission
The Louisburg Rescue squad is used to aiding those in need.
For the first time, though, they were able to deliver in time for Christmas.
The association used money it raised from raffles and other drawings to take a family on a shopping spree for Christmas.

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Teen Court gives second chances
DO IT LIKE THIS. Louisburg attorney Joe Olivieri gives Teen Court volunteers some advice during a break in the action at the most recent session.
Teen Court gives second chances
Courts are often noted for decisions rendered by a jury of someone’s peers.
In Teen Court, though, peers often make up the prosecution, defense counsel, the jury and court staff.
The practice serves as a learning experience in jurisprudence, public speaking and fact gathering —but it’s more than a class study.

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Community considering options to “Save the Lake”
LAKE ROYALE — Community leaders head into the new year wrangling with a proposal that could save the long-term fortunes of the lake.
In the short term, though, a proposal to limit development around the lake is a muddied topic, pitting the interest of current residents against the interests of those who don’t yet call the private community home.

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Kwanzaa celebration brings community together
DRUM LINE. Sauuda Eshe, left, and Yara Allen warm up the crowd gathered for a Kwanzaa celebration at the Lake Royale Clubhouse with a drum performance.
Kwanzaa celebration brings community together
LAKE ROYALE — Exhibiting “Kuumba” and “Nia,” a community group at Lake Royale hosted its first Kwanzaa celebration on Monday — celebrating the first day of African-American-born holiday.
The idea for the event was sparked in the spring when  a group of black residents at Lake Royale recognized its community was growing, but they hardly knew each other.

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Medical malpractice suit delayed
A doctor and his attorneys will have to wait until after the new year to find out if a medical malpractice lawsuit will go forward.
Attorneys on behalf of Tommy Watson filed a lawsuit in November 2010, alleging that Dr. David James King was responsible for killing her husband, Christopher Watson.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Etta Alston-Burgess

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Law Dogs
Editorial Cartoon: Law Dogs

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Tax increase necessary to maintain infrastructure
Granted, no one likes taxes.
But, let’s face it, some are necessary — expensive, burdensome and yet, necessary.
Such is the case with the North Carolina fuel tax which is scheduled to increase by four cents a gallon next month.

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Another unfortunate motorist fails to navigate curve in front of my house
Another unfortunate motorist fails to navigate curve in front of my house
GOOD MORNING: Welcome back to the real world. I had a very nice Christmas, thank you, and I hope that you did too.
The holiday ended rather abruptly, however, for some unfortunate motorist who failed to make that curve in front of our house on Terrell Lane sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning. That curve has claimed goodness knows how many motorists over the past 30 years or so.  I noticed the vehicle shortly after light.

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Rash of domestic violence needs to stop
Rash of domestic violence needs to stop
I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with a lot of different people lately.
The topic: What will it take to put a stop to domestic violence?
More to the point, what will it take for victims of such abuse to, once and for all, get from under the grip of such abuse, which affects families and communities?
I’ve seen and heard about all kinds of approaches.

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Website Reader Participation Results Dec. 21-27
With the demise of U.S. Growers Direct at the Triangle North Franklin hubsite, do you think the industrial park will ever flourish and bring jobs, economic growth to Franklin County or is it just a pet project of a few local, influential businessmen and elected officials?

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What explains N.C. economic paradox?
 Most people judge the economy by the job market, and certainly the job news in North Carolina during the last few years has been challenging. For 34 straight months beginning in January 2009, our state has had an unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) above 9 percent, and in 23 of those months the rate was over 10 percent.

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FRMC should not discontinue breast biopsy service
Dear Editor:
As a concerned citizen of Franklin County and cancer survivor, I think it is unconscionable that Franklin Regional Medical Center would discontinue the Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Service.

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OBITUARIES

CLARENCE V. “CODY” MOLES
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Clarence Vernon “Cody” Moles, 70, who died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, were held Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in the Cemetery on the Hill.

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JIMMIE PERRY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Jimmie Perry, 61, who died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DONALD H. EVANS
FRANKLINTON  —Donald Hight Evans Sr., 82, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel, with the Rev. Anita James officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

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JOYCE S. PERNELL
WARRENTON - Joyce Spencer Pernell, 75, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at Maria Parham Health Center. The Rev. Rob Evans will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Fairview Cemetery.

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CAROLYN M. BROADWELL
KNIGHTDALE - Carolyn Moore Broadwell, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 at SunnyBrook Healthcare in Raleigh. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery, Poole Road, with Pastor George Fox and Pastor George Pullium officiating.

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VIVIAN “MAMMY” TONEY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Vivian “Mammy” Toney, 44, who died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Carl Wardrett officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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MARY RIVERS MAY PEARCE
LOUISBURG - Mary Rivers May Pearce passed away quietly in Louisburg on December 26.  There will be a memorial celebration 11 am on Thursday, December 29 at Louisburg United Methodist Church, 402 N. Main Street, Louisburg.

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TOM ARCH DENTON
Tom Arch Denton passed to eternity on Monday, December 26th, 2011. He was born the youngest of 7 children in January 1929 to Florence Ann Burnette and Callie Denton in Wood, North Carolina. He graduated Gold Sand School in 1947 and served his country in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1950. Upon returning from service, he soon met the love of his life, Donnie Ray Qualls, and married February 18th, 1951.

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SPORTS

TWO IN A ROW
TWO IN A ROW
AURELIAN SPRINGS -- Proving that the victory one week earlier wasn’t a fluke, the Louisburg Lady Warriors defeated host Northwest Halifax once again during last Friday’s action at the Lady Viking Girls Basketball Christmas Classic.
In their tournament finale, the Lady Warriors defeated Northwest Halifax by a 44-36 margin.

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Wildcats ready for challenge
SPARTAN EFFORT. Nick Johnson (with ball) and the Bunn Wildcats will be in action today in the first round of the Spartan Christmas Basketball Challenge at Southern Durham High School.
Wildcats ready for challenge
BUNN -- The Spartan Christmas Challenge at Southern Durham High School promises to be just that -- a stern test -- for the Bunn boys basketball squad.
And that suits BHS veteran head coach Gerald Melton just fine as his team prepares to go up against seven potential foes during during three day event -- and all of them are in higher classifications.

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Bunn wrestlers win versus Franklinton
Bunn wrestlers win versus Franklinton
BUNN -- Franklinton and Bunn met in a crucial Northern Carolina Conference wrestling matchup on Dec. 20 -- and the homestanding Wildcats were able to claim a hard-fought 42-36 decision at the Bunn Dome.
Clifton White (132) and William Hall (152) continued to wrestle well for the Wildcats.

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Bunn’s girls fall at event
CARY -- Bunn found offense to be at a premium during its first-round matchup against defending champion -- and state powerhouse -- Millbrook on Monday at the Mix 101.5 portion of the Highschool OT.com Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament at Cary Academy.
BHS, not a team known for struggling offensively, was unable to dent Millbrook’s strong defense, and the result was a 44-20 decision in favor of the North Raleigh titan.

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Abundant sporting thoughts
Abundant sporting thoughts
Here are a few sporting thoughts as we get ready to say goodbye to 2011:
• Are we all just residents in Tim Tebow’s world?
That’s the feeling I get every time I make the mistake of tuning into ESPN, whether it be the radio or television version.

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Wilson Hot Stove event scheduled
Wilson Hot Stove event scheduled
WILSON -- The Wilson Hot Stove Banquet will hold its 37th annual event on Monday, Jan. 23.
The banquet, which will be held at Recreation Park Community Center,  will feature four college baseball head coaches as speakers.
Set to speak will be North Carolina’s Mike Fox, East Carolina’s Billy  Godwin, Mount Olive’s Carl Lancaster and Barton’s Joshua Simmons.

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Back To The Brittany
Back To The Brittany
WILSON -- The Brittany For The Girls VIII Soccer Showcase will feature an appearance by the Franklinton Lady Rams.
The annual event will be held March 23-24, with proceeds going to The Brittany Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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GREAT GRAPPLERS
GREAT GRAPPLERS
These Franklin County youngsters participated in the North Carolina Kickoff Wrestling Tournament, which was held Dec. 3 at the J.D. Lewis Center in Raleigh.

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LIFESTYLES

BIRTHS
Daniel and Crystal Morgan of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Katelyn Adelle Morgan, born Nov. 14, 2011 at 2:29 p.m. at Duke Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long.

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Choosing the right indoor plant for your environment
Indoor plants always provide a more pleasant and attractive indoor environment and workplace.  Offices, banks, and other commercial buildings rely on interior plants to “humanize” the work environment and increase productivity.
Real enjoyment and consistent success with indoor plants depend on selecting the right plant for a given environmental situation.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Bailey makes Dean’s List
Bailey makes Dean’s List
Noah Bailey of Raleigh made the Dean’s list at UNC Wilmington for the fall semester.  To qualify, students must earn a grade point average of 3.50 or better with no grade less than B.  Noah received A’s in each subject.

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VGCC graduates 12 law enforcement cadets in school’s 93rd BLET class
VGCC graduates 12 law enforcement cadets in school’s 93rd BLET class
Twelve cadets graduated on Dec. 13 from the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course at Vance-Granville Community College, in a ceremony held in the Civic Center on Main Campus.
After passing the state certification exam, all are authorized to work in any law enforcement agency  in North Carolina.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies looking for suspect in stabbing
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect in a domestic violence stabbing.
According to a report by Dep. D.B. Wester, he responded to a disturbance call on PG Pearce Road the afternoon of Dec. 26.
Britt Wright told authorities that he and his wife had gone to the house and were met by his sister, Barbara Earp.

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FAMILIES EMPOWERED
FAMILIES EMPOWERED
The Franklin County Cooperative Extension held a Family Safety Night (shown here) that provided attendees with information related to fire safety, food safety and injury prevention just prior to the Christmas holiday. The Franklin County Health Department, Senior Center, EMS, Home Health, and Franklin County Community Foundation participated.

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