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Showing 43 articles from January 10, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Special-called meeting scheduled to discuss county attorney hire
Special-called meeting scheduled to discuss county attorney hire
Franklin County commissioners have scheduled a special-called meeting to name its new county attorney.
The board met behind closed doors on Jan. 3 to interview three candidates for the position.
After meeting with each candidate for 30 minutes, the board came out of closed session to announce that no action would be taken.

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MLK ceremonies slated throughout Franklin County
MLK ceremonies slated throughout Franklin County
There will be a host of venues beginning on Saturday giving residents a chance to celebrate the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
First, organizers in Franklinton will host a celebration that begins with a lineup at 10 a.m. at the old Franklinton High School gymnasium, giving way to a ceremonial march through town to First Baptist Church, where a service will take place.

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Franklinton hopes retreat will jump start new year
IN MODERATION. Franklinton Mayor Elic Senter, center, helps with introductions on Tuesday during the first day of a two-day retreat that concludes on Wednesday.
Franklinton hopes retreat will jump start new year
FRANKLINTON — Town commissioners and staff will have wrapped up their annual retreat on Wednesday, having had two days to bandy about issues ranging from ethics to taking over a cemetery.
The board held a two-day retreat beginning on Tuesday at the Town Hall annex.
The first day’s agenda, after introductions were out of the way, was to discuss values, ethics and expectations of board members.

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School Board looks at 2012 economic issues
School Board looks at 2012 economic issues
The Franklin County Board of Education got an in-depth look at economic issues they will face in 2012 during a committee meeting before the regular board meeting Monday night -- and it was a somber assessment.
The local school system gets about 63 percent of its funding from the state and an additional 12 percent from the federal government, meaning that it is closely tied to both the state and national economy, said Doug Moore, assistant superintendent for business and finance.

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Area judges rank high in survey
Area judges rank high in survey
On a scale of 1 to 5, a recently released survey shows that area judges up for reelection are doing an above average to nearly excellent job.
The North Carolina Bar Association, a voluntary organization of lawyers, paralegals and law students, released its Judicial Performance Evaluation Survey this month, giving voters a tool they can use when choosing judges up for election this year.

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Larry Green lawsuit to be finalized in a Durham court
While it was announced that one civil superior matter was already disposed of, several cases will continue on into this year.
One of them has been on court dockets since 2007.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Nicholas Barrow, Nearly 2

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon:
Editorial Cartoon: "Signing" a Deal with the Devil

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Back room politics still prevalent in New Year
We’re barely a week and a half into a new year that once was full of hope but, if you open your eyes and look around, you may be sickened by the assaults on open, transparent government that have already occurred.
At a petty level, Franklin County sent out one of its increasingly common late Friday afternoon e-mails just last week informing us there would be another secret session soon — another personnel issue that almost certainly shouldn’t be secret.

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Commissioners should know what they are getting for $10.7 million
Commissioners should know what they are getting for $10.7 million
GOOD MORNING: Yep, Monday was a nasty day weather wise, but not as bad as it was out West Saturday evening when I talked with my sister Margaret (Johnson) Shepherd out in Aurora, Colo., where it was snowing.
Margaret, Bro. Fred and I are the sole surviving siblings of the A. F. Johnson clan here in Louisburg.

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An effective Castle Doctrine gives home intruders what they deserve
An effective Castle Doctrine gives home intruders what they deserve
I’ve always felt that someone who breaks into a home deserves what they get.
My beliefs were reaffirmed at the turn of a New Year, by an incident in Henderson and another in Oklahoma.
On Dec. 29, according to published reports, a number of suspects broke into a Vance County home occupied by a 17-year-old girl and her 14-year-old brother.

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Website Reader Participation Results Jan. 4-10
Which is more likely to keep businesses from wanting to locate in Franklin County?

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OBITUARIES

MINNIE L. KING
LOUISBURG - Minnie L. King, 74, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at the Hock Family Pavillion in Durham. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the United House of Prayer For All People, 409 E. South Street, Raleigh. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg.

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BERYL P. HILDRETH
LOUISBURG—Beryl Patricia Hildreth, 86, died in Louisburg on Jan. 6, 2012 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Cryptside services were held Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Mausoleum at Lafayette Memorial Park in Fayetteville.

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UZELL REID
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Uzell Reid, 67, who died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at St. Gideon Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the Reid family cemetery.

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MYRTLE R. CROSS
RALEIGH - Myrtle Ruth Cross, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home, Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. Burial followed in Montlawn Cemetery.

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LONNIE G. TANT, SR.
BUNN – Lonnie Gean Tant, 66, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2011 at home. Visitation will be 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.

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THOMAS E. CLIFTON
WENDELL - Thomas Earl Clifton, 78, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 in Zebulon.

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BOBBY STROTHER
CARY - Robert Henry Strother Jr, 44, of Cary, died unexpectedly Thursday, January 5, 2012.

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RAMONA LIDE ROBERTS
FRANKLINTON - Ramona Lide Roberts, 79, of Franklinton died January 5, 2012 following a long illness. A memorial service was held at Lancaster Funeral Home Monday, January 9, 2012 at 2:00 in Louisburg, with the Rev Jonathan Chandler presiding.

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SAMUEL HARTWELL RANSDELL SR.
March 28, 1923 - January 7, 2012
LOUISBURG – Samuel Hartwell Ransdell, Sr., 88, died Saturday, January 7, 2012. He was the son of the late M. L. and Mary Stone Ransdell.  Mr. Ransdell was also preceded in death by his wife, Marie D. Ransdell; a son, Samuel H. (Sammy)  Ransdell, Jr.; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce R. and Herbert Young; sisters, Addie R. Cash, Mattie R. Harrison, Virginia R. McConnell, Josephine R. Hart, Mable R. Medlin and Eleanor Ransdell; brothers, John Ransdell, Fred Ransdell and Charlie Pergerson. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy.

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JAMES R. “BOB” HARRIS
CHESTERFIELD, Va. - James R. “Bob” “Handsome” Harris, 89, of Chesterfield, VA and a native of Bunn, NC, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 9, 2012.

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SPORTS

SEDA SPARKLES
COME BACK HERE. Louisburg’s Sedalia Seda (left) tries to retrieve a loose ball during last Friday night’s comeback victory against North Johnston.
SEDA SPARKLES
KENLY -- Rewards rarely come without a struggle, and that was a truism last Friday night for the Louisburg Lady Warriors.
In what was one of the biggest victories of Coach Brett Kiger’s two-year stint at LHS, the Lady Warriors appeared to be down and out early in their Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball showdown at North Johnston High School.

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LHS boys defeated by NOJO
LAYUP KING. Dennis Hargrove drives for two points for the Louisburg Warriors during last Friday’s basketball event at North Johnston.
LHS boys defeated by NOJO
KENLY -- Louisburg almost came up with a rare double comeback during its Northern Carolina Conference basketball meeting at North  Johnston last Friday.
The LHS girls encountered an early 16-point deficit, only to rally for a clutch victory.
And in the boys finale, the Warriors trailed by 15 points heading into the second half before embarking on a furious surge.

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FHS Drops Game
TRE’MENDOUS. Franklinton point guard Tre Gaither (with ball) looks for an open teammate during Monday night’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball showdown on the road against Warren County.
FHS Drops Game
WARRENTON -- Franklinton had a strong start, but the Red Rams couldn’t maintain it during a Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball setback Monday night against homestanding Warren County.
Leading by five points after one frame, the Red Rams could only muster 24 points the rest of the way, and the result was a 50-37 decision in Warren County’s favor in NCC action at the WCHS Gymnasium.

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Playoffs picks are finalized
Playoffs picks are finalized
Only a subpar effort from the injury-riddled Pittsburgh Steelers kept me from perfection during my Wild Card Round picks for the National Football League Playoffs.
Motivated from that success, I’m back for more this week as four more games are on the NFL Playoff Schedule.
Here are my selections:

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Injury Worries Hit FHS
ANNA GOES INSIDE. Franklinton frontliner Anna Moss (with ball) drives for the basket during Monday night’s Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball decision against host Warren County.
Injury Worries Hit FHS
WARRENTON -- There is no question that, when healthy, the Franklinton Lady Rams are one of the teams to beat in the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball standings.
But FHS has been bitten by the injury bug in the last week, though Coach Lester Wilder’s club continues to rack up the victories.

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LC claims victory versus Tidewater
LC claims victory versus Tidewater
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s men’s basketball team said hello and then goodbye as part of last Saturday’s home matchup against Tidewater Community College at Holton Gymnasium.
LC, coached by Mark Vanderslice, was a convincing 97-68 winner, marking the Hurricanes’ fifth victory in a row.

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Bunn Breaks 1,000
Bunn Breaks 1,000
BUNN -- Junior guard Whitney Bunn delivered 26 points last Friday as her homestanding Bunn Ladycats cruised to a 59-34 decision over Roanoke Rapids in a Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball matchup.
In the process, Bunn, though she still has one year of eligibility remaining, broke the prestigious 1,000-point mark for her prep career.

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LEGENDS OF THE SPORT
LEGENDS OF THE SPORT
CATCHING UP. Basketball coaching legends James Howell (left) and Lester Wilder (right) talk shop during Monday’s boys hoops game between Warren County and Franklinton in Warrenton. Howell is the retired former coach at Warren County, and he led the Eagles to a state championship in the early 1980s. Wilder is currently in his fifth decade as a coach, and he is leading the Franklinton girls basketball squad.

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I’LL TAKE THAT
I’LL TAKE THAT
Franklinton’s Charity Snelling (left) gains possession of the ball near the basket during the Lady Rams’ road girls basketball conquest Monday night against Warren County.

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TIED UP
TIED UP
Louisburg’s Alkia Johnson (left) forces a held ball situation against North Johnston’s Caroline Turner last Friday.

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LIFESTYLES

4-H gearing up to attend camp
As the cold weather is upon us, it is hard to think about being outdoors and enjoying warm weather.
However, Franklin County 4-H is once again gearing up for youth ages 8-14 to attend 4-H Camp at the Eastern 4-H Center near Columbia.
The youth will be camping July 1-6. I know it is only January, but as we all know, time flies and camp spots fill up fast.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

BHS announces honor rolls
Robin Faulkner, principal of Bunn High School, announces the Honor Roll for the 2011/2012 second  six-weeks grading period.
To be named to the A Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 93. To be named to the A-B Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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WFU grad
WFU grad
William Wyatt Allen of Louisburg graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem in December of 2011. While enrolled at Wake Forest, he studied abroad in Japan at Temple University in Tokyo.
Wyatt received a BS degree in Biological Sciences, with minors in Chemistry and Japanese Language and Culture.

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ECU grad
ECU grad
Trevor Major Rorie has received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from East Carolina University in Greenville.
He is a 2007 honors graduate of Louisburg High School and is currently a minister of music at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Oak City.

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Louisburg College to hold mlk Convocation
Louisburg College to hold mlk Convocation
Louisburg College has announced that Dr. Robert Smith Jr. will be the honorary speaker at its Martin Luther King Convocation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Dickson Auditorium of the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center.
Smith is a professor of divinity Christian preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL, where he has served as a faculty member since 1997.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Piper assault case continued
The case against a former Franklinton High School teacher accused of assault was continued until later this month.
AJ Piper was slated to appear in Franklin County District Court on Monday, but the matter was continued until a later date.

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911 misuse lands intoxicated man in the county jail
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in an armed robbery.
Brandon Hicks reported the evening of Jan. 5 that he had gone to the Franklinton park for a run when he said two black men near the playground area jumped him.
According to the report by Dep. D. Barrett, the men came up from behind Hicks and hit him in the face until he fell on the ground.

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Bunn High School Class of ‘61 holds reunion
Bunn High School Class of ‘61 holds reunion
The Bunn High School Class of 1961 held its 50th year class reunion on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.
Classmates met at Joe’s Barn on Sledge Road and talked about the good times at Bunn High. Many classmates had not seen each other in years.

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HONORED FOR DOING HIS LEVEL BEST
HONORED FOR DOING HIS LEVEL BEST
White Level Fire Department Chief Billy J. Brewer Sr. (left) congratulates J.T. Southerland for being named White Level 2011 Firefighter of the Year. Southerland is a freshman at N. C. State this year, but has remained devoted to the department.

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McArn graduates Marine Corps basic training
McArn graduates Marine Corps basic training
First Class Private Thomas McArn has graduated from U.S. Marine Corps basic training at Parris Island, S.C. He trained with 87 other recruits in Platoon 1080, Delta Company in the 1st Battalion.
McArn is now three weeks away from graduating from the School of Infantry.

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BUSINESS

Ashton named diversity officer for Novant
Ashton named diversity officer for Novant
Deborah Ashton has joined Franklin Regional Medical Center and Novant Health as the organization’s first chief diversity officer.
Her efforts will include the development of an inclusive and comprehensive diversity strategy that impacts all aspects of the health care system, including patients, employees, suppliers, communities and services offered.

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