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Showing 41 articles from January 13, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Police officer arrested for stealing lottery tickets
Police officer arrested for stealing lottery tickets
YOUNGSVILLE — A town officer has been placed on leave while the state Bureau of Investigation probes allegations of fraud that was apparently a family affair.
According to the state Department of Justice (DOJ), the SBI alleges Jeremy Montejano stole lottery tickets and tried to cash them during a nearly two-year-long period that began in November 2008.

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ABC store operations discussed at retreat
ABC store operations discussed at retreat
FRANKLINTON —  Prompted by theft, the town’s governing board is looking at ways to shore up oversight in its ABC store.
And they’re getting help from the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Commission.
ABC Commission Director Laurie Lee led a workshop about ABC rules and regulations as part of the town’s planning retreat on Wednesday.

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TIMBER! FIRE
TIMBER! FIRE
Louisburg firefighters responded to a fire call at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pruitt Lumber Company to find straw on fire. The straw was attached to a trailer near lumber on the site along N.C. 56, but it did not spread to the wood at the company.

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Girl Scout campsite to be proposed to commissioners for new county park
A Girl Scout campsite is back in play.
Edgar Owens died in January 2010 and a month later it was revealed that he had left 80 percent of his estate — about $800,000 — to the county so it could buy land for a park.
In his will, Owens requested that the county use the money to buy land for a park and name it after his parents — calling it the V.E. and Leila H. Owens Recreation Park.

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Franklinton water plant management could be turned over to Envirolink
Franklinton water plant management could be turned over to Envirolink
FRANKLINTON — If negotiations prove fruitful, Franklinton could get out of the business of managing a water and sewer system.
During a two-day retreat this past week, Town Manager Tammy Ray presented the board with a proposal that would turn over the operation, management and maintenance of the infrastructure to Envirolink.

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New business planning to locate in Franklin County
Franklin County is getting a new business, the Economic Development Commission was told at its Thursday morning meeting.
Custom Dynamics, a Wake County company, is purchasing a four-acre tract and is planning to build a 15,000-square-foot building soon, according to the county’s economic developer, Ronnie Goswick.

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Youngsville issues special-use permit to controversial cement company
PACKING ‘EM IN. Amidon Contracting Solutions legal representative Clay Davidson, standing, shares with commissioners and residents the proposals the company has made to address issues of safety and noise at their Northbrook Drive operation.
Youngsville issues special-use permit to controversial cement company
YOUNGSVILLE — A company that drew the community’s ire with startling ballistics testing last Father’s Day did enough to quell their neighbors’ concerns that commissioners approved a permit on Thursday night that will let them continue to shoot high-powered rifles on-site.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident James Davis

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Ticket to Slide
Editorial Cartoon: Ticket to Slide

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Safety on the cheap; kids deserve better
It’s slowly becoming that time of the year again — a time when our penny-pinching ways contribute to a tragic annual rite of spring.
It’s still a long time until spring flowers sprout and the trees regain their leaves, but evidence of this long-neglected problem has already made the front pages of area newspapers.

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Will Robert Lee perform his famous “Swanson Stomp” at award ceremony?
Will Robert Lee perform his famous “Swanson Stomp” at award ceremony?
First, a pop quiz aimed especially at those who have watched their fair share of football in recent days.
If you happened to watch my beloved Steelers (who played like the zombie version of lame old men) or the snoozer of a contest where Alabama whupped up on a seemingly drugged LSU team, you were subjected to countless versions of a new TV technique.
At least I think it’s a new technique although I’m no expert on TV graphics.

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County should look for cheaper solution to radio tower problem
County should look for cheaper solution to radio tower problem
GOOD MORNING: As Times reporter Carey Johnson stated in our MIDWEEK edition, it’s been almost 7 years since 29-year-old Larry Green was struck by a car at Ingleside and mistakenly declared dead, but Green apparently lives on and so do the consequences of that accident.

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Table set for the 2012 elections
RALEIGH – Over the past couple of weeks, events inside and outside of North Carolina have eliminated many uncertainties about the 2012 election.
In other words, the political table has been set – by which I don’t mean to suggest that the 2012 election will resemble some kind of genteel dinner party. Perhaps a better analogy would be a tension-filled family reunion, or even a spirited food fight in a middle-school cafeteria.

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OBITUARIES

HELDA R. PERDUE
LOUISBURG - Helda Ray Perdue, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Louisburg Nursing Center.  Graveside services will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at Bunn Cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Cottrell officiating.

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JAMES O. PARKER
FRANKLINTON —James Otis Parker, 50, died  Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Union AME Zion Methodist Church, Wilton, with Pastor Oscar Rush officiating. Interment, Parker’s Memorial.

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GLEN D. HILL
ZEBULON - Glen David Hill, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at WakeMed in Raleigh. Funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 12, at Zebulon United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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KATELYNN D. BORING
ZEBULON - Katelynn Danielle Boring, 22, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. Funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 12, at Beacon Baptist Church, Raleigh. A graveside service was held Friday morning, Jan. 13, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.

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E. P. “BILLY” THARRINGTON
YOUNGSVILLE —The Rev. E. P. “Billy” Tharrington, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Burial will follow in the Beulah Christian Baptist Church cemetery.

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JAMES T. JEFFERIES
FRANKLINTON— James T. Jefferies, 60, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Arrangements by Cutchins Funeral Home, Franklinton.

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RICHARD J. BROWNELL JR.
YOUNGSVILLE - Richard J. Brownell Jr., 56, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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THOMAS E. CLIFTON
WENDELL - Memorial services for Thomas Earl Clifton, 78, who died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Louisburg.

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JANICE M. MILLS
ZEBULON - Janice M. Mills, 71, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 12, at Massey Funeral Home, Zebulon.

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LIZZIE C. ALSTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Lizzie Crudup Alston, 84, who died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, will be held Monday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Quinton Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MAXINE DAVIS
LOUISBURG -  Maxine H. Davis, 79, of Louisburg passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012, at UNC Hospital.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services, with the Rev. Mark Tondee officiating.  Burial will follow in the Boone Family Cemetery.

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SPORTS

STATEMENT MAKERS
STRONG TO THE HOOP. Bunn’s Keella Gallatin (left) drives toward the basket during the Ladycats’ home victory on Tuesday night against Louisburg.
STATEMENT MAKERS
BUNN -- Bunn’s slow start during its non-league schedule gave future opponents a glimmer of hope about the Ladycats’ potential vulnerability in the Northern Carolina Conference.
So much for that theory.
Through Dec. 27, Bunn had a 4-6 record, though the Ladycats’ brutal early slate featured the likes of Class 4-A titan Millbrook and Class 3-A powerhouse Northern Nash.

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On Guard -- Again
SPEEDSTERS. Louisburg’s Marcus Davis (with ball) and Bunn’s Montrel Cooke (left) are two of the fastest boys basketball players in the Northern Carolina Conference -- and they met on the court during Tuesday night’s important NCC showdown.
On Guard -- Again
BUNN -- From Troy Wheless and Jimmy Thorne to the Magnificent Little Brothers -- Freddy and Marcus -- Bunn High School has been blessed with its share of tremendous guard tandems.
It’s officially OK to add Deshawn High and Montrel Cooke to that prestigious list.

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LHS-Bunn will play at Holton Gym
LHS-Bunn will play at Holton Gym
Old-Timers like to talk about some of the great high school basketball games that were staged back in the day at Holton Gymnasium on the campus of Louisburg College.
But those contests  haven’t been held lately -- at least not since I arrived in Franklin County in 1996.
That will change Feb. 3 when Louisburg and Bunn will meet in a key Northern Carolina Conference event beginning at 6 p.m. at the renovated Holton Gym.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 15-21
High School Wrestling
THURSDAY
Bunn at Wilson Fike    6 p.m.

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Mudcats announce Indians’ extension
Mudcats announce Indians’ extension
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats and Cleveland Indians have jointly announced the signing of a two-year player development extension that keeps the Indians in Zebulon through the 2014 season.  
Additionally, the Mudcats will be hosting a major league exhibition game with the Indians on April 3 at Five County Stadium.

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CONTEST WINNERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bill May of Rolesville won first place and Rosemary Stewart of Louisburg claimed second place in the annual The Franklin Times Bowl Picks Contest.
Winners should visit The Franklin Times office during business hours to claim their cash prizes.
Results from the games were as follows:

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Louisburg College splits hoops matchups
Louisburg College splits hoops matchups
LOUISBURG -- It’s a testament to Coach Mark Vanderslice that his Louisburg College men’s basketball squad had never lost a Region X, Division II game during his two-year stint in charge of the program.
However, that fact changed Tuesday as the Hurricanes suffered a 92-75 setback on the road at Patrick Henry Community College in league action in Martinsville, Va.

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LHS wrestlers hit road for tourney
LHS wrestlers hit road for tourney
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s rebuilding wrestling season will continue today when the Warriors travel to Apex to take part in the Mustang Stampede Tournament at Middle Creek High School.
Louisburg boasts a young squad this year under new coach Courtney Tart.
The Warriors don’t have many veterans, but one long-time standout is Braulio Rayo, who is excelling in the 106-pound weight class.

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NEAL KNOWS HOW TO GET TO THE BASKET
NEAL KNOWS HOW TO GET TO THE BASKET
Bunn’s Chepirah Neal (with ball) drives for two points against Louisburg.

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ELEVATOR SHOES
ELEVATOR SHOES
Louisburg’s Aaron Perry (left) rises for a jumper during Tuesday night’s hoops contest at Bunn.

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LIFESTYLES

INVITATION TO STAR
INVITATION TO STAR
Five Broadway stars are giving away the chance to join them on stage in Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway show at Louisburg College in the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway concert features Broadway stars of Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, Fiddler on The Roof, Wonderful Town, Tarzan, Cats, The Woman in White and It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues singing the finest hit songs of the last 100 years of Broadway musicals.

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Oh dear, those deer
Oh dear, those deer
Who does not like deer? They are beautiful, symbolic, have an artistic value as well as an economic one, as they connect directly to human economy.
The Sami of Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula of Russia and other nomadic peoples of northern Asia use reindeer for food, clothing and transport.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg High School announces first six-weeks honor roll
Freda Clifton, principal of Louisburg High School, announces the Honor Roll for the first 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 AB Honor Roll, a student must make no grade lower than 85.

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Kerr-Vance Honor Rolls
The Kerr-Vance Academy Headmaster List and A/B Honor Roll for the second quarter and first semester have been announced. The following Franklin County students were included.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Airport board receives update from director
The Franklin County Airport board didn’t have enough members to conduct business this week, but those present said the prospect of business is looking good.
The seven-member board did not have a quorum for Tuesday’s meeting, but Airport Manager Steve Merritt did update the board about activity at Triangle North Executive Airport.

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Arson suspected in structure fire
Louisburg police arrested a man accused of stealing a donation jar.
According to a report, someone at the McDonald’s restaurant on Bickett Boulevard called police the afternoon of Jan. 11 to report that a black man wearing all black grabbed a donation jar and ran out of the store.
Officer Travis Lincoln arrived on scene, spotting the man, later identified as Daniel D. Epps, 23, walking near a path on Bunn Road.

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TLMS student suspended for involvement in bomb scare
A female Terrell Lane Middle School student has received a 365-day suspension from school for her alleged involvement in a bomb scare at the school this week.
School officials said a note suggesting there was a bomb planted in the school was found in a rest room — and after a brief investigation, the girl reportedly confessed that she had written it.

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