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Showing 40 articles from January 27, 2012.

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Former FHS teacher found not guilty of assaulting student
PIPER
Former FHS teacher found not guilty of assaulting student
A former Franklinton High teacher accused of assaulting a student was acquitted this week.
After listening to testimony and viewing available footage of an incident outside a classroom, District Court Judge Quon Bridges ruled that AJ Piper was not guilty of assaulting a 17-year-old student on Oct. 5.
“I felt relief,” Piper said when Bridges made the ruling. “I just wanted to make sure my name is cleared.”

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Novozymes’ pilot plant to develop advanced biofuels
SHOW OFF. Department Manager Frede Lei shows off some of the new fermenters during a tour of the newly expanded pilot plant at Novozymes in Franklinton.
Novozymes’ pilot plant to develop advanced biofuels
FRANKLINTON — Novozymes officials and staff unveiled a new pilot plant it’s using to develop cutting-edge ways to turn biomass into biofuels.
The plant will bolster operations at the company’s Franklinton headquarters, as well as a new production facility coming on line in Nebraska.

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Local reaction to Governor’s decision to not seek re-election
PERDUE
Local reaction to Governor’s decision to not seek re-election
After Gov. Bev Perdue dropped a political bombshell, announcing that she will not seek re-election, those in the legislature hope the move diffuses much of the partisan politics in Raleigh.
Perdue released a statement Thursday, confirming news that had been circulating since Thursday morning — she would not be seeking a second term in the governor’s mansion.

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Franklin County judge asked to handle Durham court issue
Franklin County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood late Friday suspended an embattled Durham District Attorney who's at the heart of an ongoing court feud that critics say is undermining the court system.
Hobgood has set a hearing for Feb. 13 which could help determine if Tracey Cline is fit for office.
Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson requested Hobgood's involvement after an attorney filed an affidavit last week questioning Cline's ability.

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Sheriff’s Department to use Facebook to inform citizens
Sheriff’s Department to use Facebook to inform citizens
The Franklin County sheriff’s office has stepped up its digital presence to help stamp out crime.
Last week, Sheriff’s Capt. William Mitchell set up a sheriff’s office page on the social networking site, Facebook, providing daily updates on criminal happenings around the county.
“We are trying to come up with unique ways to reach the citizenry,” said Mitchell, who has the daily task of updating the site.

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More lawsuits filed against seed producer
Two more lawsuits have been filed against a tobacco seed producer and distributor, bringing to five the number of farmers who claim the companies provided them with an inferior product.
On Jan. 23, William P. Stevenson and David Lee Smith filed lawsuits against Cross Creek Seed Inc. and Crop Production Services, alleging the companies provided them with a bad batch of tobacco seed.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident Jayvin Copeland

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon:<br>Per-Done
Editorial Cartoon:
Per-Done

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Gov. Perdue’s decision to not seek re-election is not surprising
In a not-too-surprising announcement on Thursday, we Tar Heels learned that our first-ever lady governor is not seeking a second term.
That’s not a shock, although it’s interesting when a career politician realizes the public has had enough before the votes are cast.

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With the country’s future at stake, Obama has right ideas on jobs and education
With the country’s future at stake, Obama has right ideas on jobs and education
With the local political scene so quiet, I bet I wasn’t the only one watching the State of the Union address and rebuttal this week — and, for once, it was interesting.
At first, I had to look twice to see who was making the address until I realized that it was the Barrack Obama many Democrats thought they were electing three years ago and not the one who has been sitting in the Oval Office.

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Bridges makes right decision in Piper case
Bridges makes right decision in Piper case
GOOD MORNING: I suspect that many of you are like me in that what you see in the way of outdoor temperatures on TV in the mornings and what you actually encounter when you step outside the house amount to a horse of a different color, particularly if you live in the central or northern portions of the county as I do.

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Perdue shocker creates more work
RALEIGH – When North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue rocked the political establishment January 26 by announcing her plans not to run for reelection, she made history. Since the state constitution was changed to allow Jim Hunt to seek a second term in 1980, each North Carolina governor has served eight years at a time.

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OBITUARIES

PLUMMER A. “P.A.” RICHARDSON
PLUMMER A. “P.A.” RICHARDSON
LOUISBURG - Plummer A. Richardson, age 84, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

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DOROTHY MAE FOSTER
BUNN - Funeral services for Dorothy Mae Foster, 63, who died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at South Main Street Baptist Church, Louisburg. Burial will follow in the Rocky Chapel Church cemetery.

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DOUGLAS EDGERTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Douglas Edgerton, 61, who died Monday, Jan. 23, 2011, will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 28, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Bennie Burt officiating. Burial will follow in the Perry’s Chapel Church cemetery.

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HATTIE M. CHAVIS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Hattie Moore Chavis, 92, who died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. William P. Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HAROLD J. FRAZIER
LOUISBURG - Harold Jackson Frazier, 73, died Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at his home.  Graveside services were held Thursday, Jan. 26,  at Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg, with the Rev. Larry Ayscue officiating
Surviving: wife, Dixie J. Frazier; daughter, Tammy Frazier; sons, Dexter Frazier (Glenda) and Wade R. Frazier, all of Louisburg; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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MAX A. POWELL
LOUISBURG - Max Adams Powell, 73, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Swansboro on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m.

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SAM EMORY
FRANKLINTON - Sam Emory, 86, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. Arrangements by Hudson Funeral Home, Durham.

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ROGER “R.J.” HORNE JR.
FRANKLINTON —Roger “R.J.” Horne Jr., 26, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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BENJAMIN “BEN” TERRELL JR.
LOUISBURG - Benjamin “Ben” Terrell Jr., 88, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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D. HEROD RAY
WAKE FOREST —David Herod Ray, 92, died Wednesday Jan. 25, 2012 at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center in Louisburg. A graveside service was held Friday, Jan. 27, at Free Will Baptist Church cemetery.

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CARL R. VICK
HENDERSON - Carl Richard Vick, 68, of Henderson, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  He was a longtime owner and operator of Ingleside Grocery and Vick’s Grocery.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanette Vick, and his son, Dennis Wayne Vick.  Funeral services were held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church with the Rev. Matthew Bowden officiating.  Interment followed in Lancaster Memorial Park in Louisburg.

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SPORTS

MAKING A MOVE
CRUDUP CAN’T BE STOPPED. Franklinton’s Tykwon Crudup (right) drives to the basket Tuesday while being defended by Louisburg’s Hakeem Thorne.
MAKING A MOVE
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg had an opportunity to create some distance Tuesday night in the competitive Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball standings.
Instead, the surging Franklinton Red Rams jumbled things even more.
Franklinton, which has been playing its best basketball of the year over the past two weeks, roared to a 56-37 victory over Louisburg in a key NCC matchup at the LHS Gymnasium.

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BHS gets victories vs. NWH
NUMBER NINE. Marisa Bellamy and the Bunn Ladycats have won seven games in a row and lead the Northern Carolina Conference girls basketball standings.
BHS gets victories vs. NWH
BUNN -- Bunn continues to find different ways to pick up victories in the competitive Northern Carolina Conference.
Tuesday at the Bunn Dome, the host Wildcats turned to their defense, and the result was a pull-away victory over league opponent Northwest Halifax.

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FHS’ Strong Start
BASELINE TEST. Franklinton’s Moné Allen (right) dribbles while being defended by Louisburg’s Shade’ Goodson during Tuesday’s hoops contest.
FHS’ Strong Start
LOUISBURG -- For the better part of three periods, the Franklinton Lady Rams displayed all the tendencies that will make them a tough opponent come the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs.
Franklinton, coached by Lester Wilder, was playing tight, full-court defense while controlling the boards and draining some key jumpers during Tuesday’s key Northern Carolina Conference road game at backyard rival Louisburg.

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Realign time for NCHSAA
Realign time for NCHSAA
Shock waves were sent through Franklin County in 2000, when the idea was first floated about splitting up the county’s three high schools -- Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn -- in classification.
School and county administrators fought hard against the switch, but Louisburg and Franklinton eventually remained in Class 1-A -- and Bunn moved up to Class 2-A -- during the updated North Carolina High School Athletic Association realignment one year later.

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LC Steps To The Plate
ALL CAGED UP. Members of the Louisburg College baseball team work out in the school’s new state-of-the-art batting practice facility at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
LC Steps To The Plate
LOUISBURG -- Just like the mail service, adverse weather won’t stop the Louisburg College baseball squad anymore.
That’s because LC, under first-year head coach Mike McGuire, has built a state-of-the-art batting practice facility adjacent to the clubhouse along the first-base line at Frazier Field.

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Louisburg College men top Wake Tech
Louisburg College men top Wake Tech
RALEIGH -- After an up-and-down start to begin the second half of the season, Louisburg College men’s basketball coach Mark Vanderslice hopes his squad found its groove over the past two contests.
Each of those outings were key Region X tests -- and the Hurricanes passed both in impressive fashion.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4
High School Wrestling
TUESDAY
Louisburg at Bunn    6 p.m.
Roanoke Rapids at Franklinton    6 p.m.

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ECU coach suspended
ECU coach suspended
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University Director of Athletics Terry  Holland announced Tuesday that Pirate head baseball coach Billy Godwin will serve a two-week suspension without pay as a department-imposed corrective action for a self-reported National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violation that involved impermissible housing benefits for volunteer coaches.

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Bunn boys ranked 7th in state
Bunn boys ranked 7th in state
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn High School’s boys basketball squad is ranked seventh in the most recent NCPreps.com/High School Media Class 2-A State Poll.
The Wildcats, coached by Gerald Melton, garnered 39 points in the voting, leaving them just one point behind No. 6 Reidsville.

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‘Redman’ back in ring
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Franklin County’s own ‘Redman’ -- also known as Lamont Richardson -- is back in the ring, and wrestling opponents continue to pay a heavy price during Richardson’s return.
Redman, who graduated from Louisburg High School in 1998, was working his way up the ladder of the Gouge Wrestling promotion before moving to Texas.

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DUEL FOR THE BALL
DUEL FOR THE BALL
Louisburg’s Jamal Lucas (right) tries to gain possession of the ball while being defended by Franklinton’s Caleb Crudup during Tuesday’s contest at the LHS Gymnasium.

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GRAHAM GOES UP
GRAHAM GOES UP
Franklinton’s Diamond Graham (left) drives toward the basket while being guarded by Louisburg’s Ebonee Alston during Tuesday’s Northern Carolina Conference hoops event.

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LIFESTYLES

Local is crowned “Mr. Engineer 2012”
Local is crowned “Mr. Engineer 2012”
On Sunday, Jan. 22, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) of NCSU held their 3rd Annual “Mr. Engineer 2012” Pageant. It took place at the Stewart Theatre in the Talley Student Center with 10 contestants participating.
The event was for Relay for Life where all proceeds went to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The SWE raised $1,200 for Relay for Life last year.

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Call for fledgling and aspiring artists!
Have you ever admired a beautiful painting and thought to yourself, “I wish I had the skills to paint like that”?
Or have you ever wondered how long it takes one to learn and apply the techniques it requires to create such a piece?
If your answer is “yes”, we do not want you to wonder any longer!

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Dr. William H. Garner honored
Dr. William H. Garner, former principal of Youngsville Elementary School, was honored for his dedication in the field of education by the Youngsville Reunion School Committee. He was given a plaque by Gloria Pender, committee president, who recognized his commitment and service to public education at the recent Martin Luther King Day program at First Baptist Church in Franklinton.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County commissioner victim in biz theft
Investigators arrested a Youngsville man accused of using a sword and gun during an assault.
During the early morning hours of Jan. 21, a woman in the 100 block of Bear Drive reported that her boyfriend assaulted her.
According to the report by Dep. J Maloney, the woman tried to leave their home, but Daniel Richter, 47, held a sword to her chest.

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STEPPING UP
STEPPING UP
Members of the African-American Culture Club were key in helping organize the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration held in Louisburg on Jan. 16.

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