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Showing 29 articles from December 30, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

Search continues for new county attorney
Batton
Search continues for new county attorney
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to continue discussions about a new county attorney.
Long-time county attorney Darnell Batton announced his resignation in October after nearly 20 years of service.

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WHAT A RUSH
WHAT A RUSH
Paramedics rushed a Louisburg woman to the hospital following a two-vehicle wreck on N.C. 56 near Dogwood Road. According to a report by Officer T.W. Allen, Johnny Hight, 27, was driving east on N.C. 56 when he apparently got distracted by a passing law enforcement vehicle, Allen said. He then ran into the back of a pickup truck driven by Anthony Little of Greenville.

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County to decide on additional funds for radio project
County to decide on additional funds for radio project
Franklin County commissioners will again be presented with change order requests regarding a $10.7 million overhaul of its radio station.
During the meeting on Tuesday night, they expect to get more answers.

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Civil Court case schedule to be determined for new year
Judges and attorneys will use the first week of January to figure out how some long-standing civil cases will go forward in the new year.
Resident Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood will host administrative sessions across the district beginning on Jan. 3, with Franklin County’s session slated to begin the morning of Jan. 4.

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County’s teen pregnancy rate drops
Teen pregnancy rates dropped to an historic low across the state, including a precipitous drop in Franklin County.
According to numbers released in December by the State Center for Health Statistics, a division of the State Department of Health and Human Services, fewer than 5 percent of girls across the state ages 15 to 19 got pregnant.

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Free clinic receives grant to sustain medical services
Free clinic receives grant to sustain medical services
Franklin County’s efforts to offer free clinical services will continue, thanks to another round of grant funding.
In 2009, the health care collaborative of the county’s Health Department, Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine, and Rural Health Group received a $175,000 grant to expand access to care at each organization through the use of a shared electronic health record and additional staff.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Jimmy Thorne

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Father Crime
Editorial Cartoon: Father Crime

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As a difficult 2011 fades, hope for a miracle in 2012
It’s New Year’s Eve and another year is about to be replaced with fresh hopes and dreams for a brighter tomorrow.
It goes without saying that 2011 has been difficult for most Americans, but as it fades into the dust bin of history, at least we can say that the long, dreary war in Iraq has finally wound down.

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Businesses must have confidence the economy is going to rebound
Businesses must have confidence the economy is going to rebound
Don’t look now but 2011 is all but over — except for the fireworks, the falling crystal ball or maybe the dropping acorn, assuming it was repaired in time to help mark the end of another year.
And what a year it has been.
Not fun for many of us, especially those who have been so hard hit by an economy that simply refuses to recover.

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Don’t let your enthusiasm overcome good sense while celebrating the new year
Don’t let your enthusiasm overcome good sense while celebrating the new year
GOOD MORNING: Goodbye 2011 and Hello 2012! But as you go about ringing in the New Year tonight (Saturday), please don’t let your enthusiasm overcome good sense.
According to published reports, New Year’s Eve is one of the deadliest nights of the year for drunken driving wrecks. On top of that, the hours between 1 and 5 a.m. New Year’s Day is deemed the most deadly to be on the road.

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McCrory defeating Perdue would be historic in so many ways
RALEIGH – If former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory wins his rematch with Gov. Beverly Perdue next year, it will be historic for several reasons. It will be the first time a sitting North Carolina governor is defeated for reelection to a second four-year term, for example. It will also be the first time in state history that a female incumbent loses a major office to a male challenger.

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Can’t find much good about 2011
It’s hard to find much good to say about 2011 in North Carolina. Storms, controversy, people acting badly and a continuing bad economy dominated this year.
Voters handed Democrats a vote of no confidence in the 2010 elections and there was hope the new Republican leadership in this year’s legislature might produce real change.

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OBITUARIES

VIVIAN Y. HARRIS
LOUISBURG - Vivian Young Harris, 93, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 in Louisburg Nursing Center.   At the request of Mrs. Harris, there will be no service.

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DEMETRIUS “SHUG” CRUDUP
RALEIGH - Funeral services for Demetrius “Shug” Crudup, 29, who died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, will be held Sunday, Jan. 1, at 2 p.m. at Popes Chapel United Church of Christ, Franklinton, with the Rev. Leroy Dukes officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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CLIFTON E. PRICE
YOUNGSVILLE —Funeral services for Clifton Edward Price, 61, who died Monday Dec. 26, 2011, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at New Hope Freedom and Deliverance Cathedral, Louisburg, with Bishop Lorenzo Peterson officiating. Burial will follow in the M. H. Jones cemetery.

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SPORTS

THE SEVENTH SENSE
WON’T BE DENIED. Bunn’s Chepirah Neal (with ball) makes a strong move to the basket during the Ladycats’ game Wednesday against Cary Christian.
THE SEVENTH SENSE
CARY -- Two days of bad memories were erased by one exceptional half of basketball Wednesday for the Bunn Ladycats.
Bunn had dropped a pair of contests at the Mix 101.5 Girls Holiday Invitational -- albeit against high-level competition -- to limp into a seventh-place contest against Cary Christian to close out the annual event.

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The Opening Act
AVOIDING THE TRAP. Bunn’s Deshawn High (with ball) avoids two Durham Jordan defenders during Wednesday’s first-round action at the Spartan Christmas Boys Basketball Challenge at Southern Durham HS.
The Opening Act
DURHAM -- Sixteen minutes of near-perfection followed by sixteen minutes of hanging on tight for a rough ride -- that was Bunn’s journey into the semifinals of the Spartan Christmas Challenge.
Taking on Durham Jordan in the first round on Wednesday, the Wildcats dominated the first half and went to the break in command by 16 points.

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County coaches at event
County coaches at event
Officially, the Spartan Christmas Challenge is being staged at Southern Durham High School -- but it certainly has a Franklin County feel to it.
Of the eight clubs entered in the boys basketball tournament, five of them have Franklin County connections.
Of course, there is Gerald Melton, the long-time head coach of the Bunn Wildcats.

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Prep contests resume
Prep contests resume
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It won’t take long for the prep basketball scene to heat up in 2012 in Franklin County.
After Christmas Break, one of the key matchups of the season in the Northern Carolina Conference will take place Tuesday night at the Bunn Dome.
That’s when host Bunn will entertain backyard rival Franklinton with first place on the line in the girls standings.

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DEFLECTING PRAISE
DEFLECTING PRAISE
Bunn’s Patika Venable (right) gets her hand on a pass attempt from Cary Christian’s Shelby Ballard during Wednesday’s girls holiday hoops tournament action at Cary Academy.

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LEANER
LEANER
Chepirah Neal scores on a runner in the paint for the Bunn Ladycats during their victory Wednesday over Cary Christian School.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 1-7
High School Wrestling
TUESDAY
Bunn at Corinth Holders    6 p.m.
Louisburg at Franklinton    6 p.m.

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LEARNING TO DRIVE
LEARNING TO DRIVE
Bunn’s Brandon Batchelor heads to the basket during the Wildcats’ victory over Durham Jordan on Wednesday evening in the opening round of the Spartan Christmas Challenge Boys Basketball Tournament at Southern Durham High School.

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ON THE LOOSE
ON THE LOOSE
Bunn’s Tainasha Vines claims a loose ball during the Ladycats’ victory Wednesday over Cary Christian School in the seventh-place game of the Mix 101.5 Girls Basketball Holiday Invitational Tourney.

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COYOTE CLUB
COYOTE CLUB
Charles Murray of the Justice Community shows off a coyote that was killed as part of a hunt Dec. 26 by the Justice Gun Club. A total of five coyotes were killed.

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LIFESTYLES

Do you want to be happy?
Do you want to be happy?
In thinking about all the negative things happening around us these days, I have found a little book entitled “If I really wanted to Be Happy I would.” As I was reading it, I discovered so many simple ideas about being happy, but we forget to apply them to our lives. So, I would like to share some of them with you as a greeting for a blessed year to come.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority prepares to host the 59th Jabberwock Extravaganza
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority prepares to host the 59th Jabberwock Extravaganza
The Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. prepares to present its 59th Jabberwock Extravaganza on April 14, 2012.
The Jabberwock is the sorority’s scholarship pageant. The pageant recognizes the contestants, their families, friends and others who support their future pursuits towards higher education.

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Man arrested on gun charges
Franklinton police arrested a man on gun charges.
They also got a bulletproof vest out of the arrest.
According to a report by Officer Terry Pearce, he got a tip the evening of Dec. 19 that a man wanted on a county charge of vehicle theft would be coming through the area, probably along U.S. 1.

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