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Showing 41 articles from January 6, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

County to contemplate panhandling ordinance
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has agreed to look at fashioning an ordinance that regulates panhandling.
Save for a glancing reference in Louisburg’s ordinance, any action by the  county would be one of the first governmental attempts to police the activity in Franklin County.

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Commissioners approve additional expense for emergency radio tower
Commissioners approve additional expense for emergency radio tower
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners agreed to spend a relatively small amount now to address a problem that may or may not exist in the future.
The alternative, consultants said, could be costly.
On Tuesday night, the board approved change orders to its planned $10.7 million emergency radio system overhaul.

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County attorney candidates interviewed
After meeting with three county attorney candidates for about two hours, Franklin County commissioners have yet to name a permanent legal counselor.
Darnell Batton, who served as the county’s attorney for nearly 20 years, resigned effective at the end of 2011.

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BANNER DAY
BANNER DAY
Louisburg Streets Department worker Larry Perry takes down one of the town’s Christmas banners that was hanging at the intersection of Bickett Boulevard and Nash Street.

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County buys land to expand airport
County buys land to expand airport
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners decided that it would buy property adjacent to the airport for expansion.
In the spring of 2011, the county’s Airport Commission gave staff authority to pursue a state Division of Aviation grant it could use to buy just more than 64 acres northeast of the terminal.

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Louisburg man shares Cash 5 jackpot
Louisburg man shares Cash 5 jackpot
A Louisburg man hit the lottery recently.
And the winners are his family.
Retired construction worker Willie Tabron won half of the $425,108 Cash 5 jackpot just before the turn of the New Year.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident Kim Holden

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Throwing Good Money Behind Bad
Editorial Cartoon: Throwing Good Money Behind Bad

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Campaign funding rules help the richest candidate take all
Perhaps your mother told you that you should “be careful what you wish for, you may get it.”
That’s often proven to be sage advice — and at least one presidential candidate felt the effects of receiving what he wished for this week.
Newt Gingrich, who saw his hopes for receiving the GOP nomination for president take a major hit in Iowa this week, admits a Supreme Court decision he once welcomed virtually did him in.

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2012 has just begun, but there’s already good news on the local business front
2012 has just begun, but there’s already good news on the local business front
Gee, it’s 2012 and already I’ve missed a great opportunity to learn how to write a year, all because we took Monday off.
My daughter, who wanted no part of the newspaper business because of the hours, is now working at a Charlotte hospital, which is one of the few jobs that has worse hours! Go figure!

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Police kill Texas middle school student for “brandishing” weapon
Police kill Texas middle school student for “brandishing” weapon
GOOD MORNING: Burrrrr! If I owed someone a cold day and they wouldn’t take Wednesday in payment thereof, they’d just have to go unpaid.
We recorded a low of 16.3 degrees out my way Wednesday morning, and while I don’t know what the high for the day was, I know that it was only 34.3 degrees at noon.

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What are the big economic issues?
This year — 2012 — is a big election year, and as a result, we’ll hear much discussion about economic issues. Indeed, most political analysts say economics will be front and center in the many election campaigns.
In this column, I will not discuss specific issues, like how to reduce unemployment, methods to lower the federal deficit and reforms to the health care system; all very important topics.

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Thanks for supporting Safe Space
This holiday season proved to be a different Christmas for  the victims of domestic  violence we serve.  The generosity and willingness of the community to support our efforts to supply our clients with food and gifts was overwhelming.

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OBITUARIES

NORA P. BUFFALOE
ZEBULON - Nora Perry Buffaloe, 79, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at her home. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Beulah Christian Baptist Church, 8225 Mitchell Mill Road, Zebulon. Burial will be in the Rolesville Baptist Church cemetery, W. Young St., Rolesville.

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LUCY K. BUSSEY
FRANKLINTON - Lucy Mae Kearney Bussey, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at her home. Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 5, at First United Church of Christ, Franklinton, where she was a member, with the Rev. Priscilla Massenburg officiating and Dr. Donald D. Davis Sr., eulogist. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

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JAMES A. MANGRUM SR.
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for James Arthur Mangrum Sr., 80, who died Monday, Jan. 2, 2011, will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Greater Ransom Way of the Cross Temple in Henderson, with Apostle Johnny Lee Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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KEVIN J. RICHARDSON
WARRENTON —Funeral services for Kevin James Richardson, 34, who died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, were held Friday, Jan. 6, at White Rock Baptist Church in Hollister, with the Rev. John Lee officiating. Burial followed in the St. Gideon Church cemetery.

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MORRIS JONES
FRANKLINTON— Funeral services for Morris Jones, 87, who died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Hawkins Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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GUY D. ELAM
August 24, 1937 – January 5, 2012
LOUISBURG – Guy Delano Elam, 74, went to be with our Lord January 5, 2012.

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RUTH H. GODFREY
December 24, 1929 – January 3, 2012
LOUISBURG – Ruth Harper Godfrey, 82, of Louisburg, passed away Tuesday night surrounded by her loving family.

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SPORTS

Rally Time Again
MONTREL MAKES TWO. Bunn point guard Montrel Cooke (with ball) is on his way to a layup during Wednesday night’s game against Nash Central.
Rally Time Again
ROCKY MOUNT -- Given its disappointing early-season loss at Bunn, the Nash Central Bulldogs found plenty of motivation for Wednesday’s non-conference, boys basketball rematch at The Dawg Pound.
But Central, after a strong first half, couldn’t finish the job as Bunn rallied for a 60-56 decision over the Bulldogs to wrap up a season sweep.

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BHS’ RIGHT GUARDS
STATON THE OBVIOUS. Nash Central’s Timyra Staton (right) is defended by Bunn’s Whitney Bunn during Wednesday night’s girls basketball showdown.
BHS’ RIGHT GUARDS
ROCKY MOUNT -- Don’t look now, but here come the Bunn Ladycats -- and that’s not a good sign for future basketball opponents.
Just ask Nash Central, a team that had defeated BHS earlier in the campaign on the road.
But during Wednesday’s rematch at NC’s The Dawg Pound, the Ladycats showcased all of the intangibles that have been a benchmark of their success over the past two years.

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Act One To Bunn
IT’S A TRAP. Franklinton’s Diesha Davis (with ball) tries to escape Bunn defenders Marisa Bellamy (l) and Tainasha Vines (r) during Tuesday’s game.
Act One To Bunn
BUNN -- Lester Wilder, the coaching veteran that he is, wasn’t about to be deceived by the pre-game numbers heading into Tuesday’s key girls basketball clash between Northern Carolina Conference foes Franklinton and Bunn.
Certainly, Wilder’s Franklinton Lady Rams have gotten off to a strong start this year, and FHS entered the matchup with an undefeated mark and a No. 5 ranking in the latest Class 2-A State Polls.

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Perry’s heroics continue
Perry’s heroics continue
Louisburg’s Lakeem Perry continues to pile up the accolades -- even after his football career at Catawba College has been completed.
Perry, a linebacker who just wrapped up his senior year at Catawba, has been selected to the Don Hansen Football Committee’s All-Super 2 Region Football Team for the 2011 campaign.

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Wildcats Pull Away
TYQUAN TAKES IT TO THE HOLE. Franklinton’s Tyquan Crudup (with ball) drives toward the basket for the Red Rams during Tuesday night’s road conference matchup against the Bunn Wildcats.
Wildcats Pull Away
BUNN -- Gerald Melton can’t seem to figure out why his Bunn Wildcats played better on the road against Franklinton than at the Bunn Dome.
Home-court advantage usually plays a huge role in basketball, but that hasn’t been the case in the BHS-FHS rivalry -- at least in the estimation of Melton, who is Bunn’s long-time head coach.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 8-14
High School Wrestling
TUESDAY
Bunn at North Johnston    6 p.m.

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Louisburg High girls pick up key victories
BIG WINNER. Shadé Goodson and the Louisburg Lady Warriors delivered a clutch home victory Wednesday night against the Northern Vance Vikings. LHS also won on Tuesday as the Lady Warriors topped Northern Carolina Conference foe Roanoke Rapids.
Louisburg High girls pick up key victories
LOUISBURG -- Brett Kiger couldn’t have asked for a better start to the second half of the girls basketball season for his Louisburg Lady Warriors.
Kiger, in his second campaign as LHS’ head coach, continues to see his squad make progress -- as evidenced by a key pair of victories this week.

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ECU to host ‘Meet The Pirates’ luncheon
ECU to host ‘Meet The Pirates’ luncheon
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University baseball fans will get their first chance to meet the 2012 Pirates up close and personal on January 28 as ECU hosts its 12th Annual “Meet the Pirates” luncheon.
Scheduled to start at approximately 11 a.m. at the Murphy Center’s Harvey Banquet Hall, “Meet the Pirates” offers fans a chance to get autographs and photos of the ECU baseball team and seventh-year head coach Billy Godwin, as well as enjoy a catered lunch with the Pirate coaches and players.

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NCSHOF inductees released
NCSHOF inductees released
RALEIGH -- The 2012 North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame honorees chronicled sports; played high school, college and professional football; played and coached basketball in college and in the pros; coached and played baseball and basketball in college; officiated college football; water-skied; played basketball for a NCAA championship team and coached high school football.

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Hot Stove Banquet scheduled
RALEIGH -- The Raleigh Hot Stove League will stage its 62nd annual banquet January 24 at the McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh.
A silent auction will begin at 5:15 p.m. with the banquet to follow at 6 p.m.
Former major league outfielder Doug Glanville will be the headline speaker.

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A BALL FAKE
A BALL FAKE
Bunn’s Aaron Davis (with ball) is challenged by Nash Central’s Jalen Hendricks during Wednesday night’s non-conference boys basketball contest.

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DUEL OF UNDERCLASSMEN
DUEL OF UNDERCLASSMEN
(L to R) Franklinton sophomore Charity Snelling tries to drive against Bunn’s Tainasha Vines during Wednesday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball game at the Bunn Dome.

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LIFESTYLES

Are your Christmas decorations still up?
Are your Christmas decorations still up?
Most countries follow the Gregorian calendar to determine the day of Christmas, which Pope Gregory XIII introduced in the 16th century. But others still follow the Julian calendar from the time of Julius Caesar, which is 13 days behind, for various reasons, and places Christmas on January 6 (Old Christmas).
For example, Russian Christians celebrate on Christmas Eve with a meatless meal made out of 12 foods, one for each apostle, which is an old custom enjoyed by many of them.

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Camellias fill the gap between late summer and early spring flowers
Camellias are perfect for filling in the gap between late summer and early spring flowers.  Starting in October, Camellia sasanqua begins a delightful show of rose-like flowers. Blooming continues through January. Later in the winter season, Camellia japonica starts its show and blooms as late as April. Under ideal conditions, camellias can bloom 6-8 weeks and survive for generations.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Franklinton High School releases honor rolls
Charles Fuller, principal of Franklinton High School, announces the Honor Roll for the 2011/2012 second six-weeks grading period.

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VGCC recognizes graduates of EMT-Paramedic Training
VGCC recognizes graduates of EMT-Paramedic Training
Vance-Granville Community College honored six men and seven women who completed the college’s eleven-month-long Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program on Dec. 15.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Sheriff’s deputies make drug bust in Louisburg
Franklin County deputies seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana plants and 37 grams of the processed drug after searching a southern Louisburg home.
According to a report by Dep. Justin Hastings, Capt. Mitchell went to 206 Fox Ridge Road to serve an arrest warrant when he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the house.

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SHELTER DONATION
SHELTER DONATION
The staff at Louisburg Veterinary Clinic recently made a donation of supplies to the Franklin County Animal Shelter. The items were donated by their clients. Pictured (left to right) are Mark Kemmerzell, Deena Shehadeh, Maylon Edwards, Amy Melton, Morgan Hamscher, Dr. David Fontenot and Megan Burnette.  Edwards accepted the supplies on behalf of the animal shelter.

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Girl Scout Cookie Sale begins Saturday, Jan. 7
People may find it a bit difficult this weekend to stick to their New Year’s resolution.
Beginning this Saturday, Jan. 7, Girl Scouts will begin selling cookies.
Girl Scout Cookies provide a familiar snack for those who  love the cookies, but they money funds leadership programs for girls.

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Medical malpractice suit dismissed against Louisburg doctor
Medical malpractice suit dismissed against Louisburg doctor
The case against a Louisburg doctor accused of contributing to the death of a patient has been dismissed.
Attorneys on behalf of Tommie Puryear Watson filed a lawsuit in November 2010 alleging that Dr. David King was responsible for the January 2007 death of Christopher Watson.
Watson, medical examiners said, died from methadone toxicity.

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VGCC to host MLK Holiday Celebration
Vance-Granville Community College will hold a special program celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County.
For the third year in a row, the program will feature several VGCC students delivering speeches on the legacy of Dr. King. This year’s theme is: “I’m living the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

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