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Showing 30 articles from January 31, 2012.

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Suspected child pornographer still waiting for his day in court
Suspected child pornographer still waiting for his day in court
A Louisburg man arrested on child pornography charges late last year is still awaiting a probable cause hearing.
Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation arrested Bruce Arthur Howard on Oct. 27,  charging him with 10 counts of second-degree child sexual exploitation and one count of first-degree child sexual exploitation.

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Final report on airport director’s plane crash expected in two months
Final report on airport director’s plane crash expected in two months
Federal aviation investigators are about two months away from releasing the cause of a crash involving the county’s airport director.
The recently released factual report does not indicate any mechanical problem with the craft, though.
On Nov. 20, Triangle North Executive Airport Director Steve Merritt was at the controls of a single-engine kit-built plane that went down at the end of the runway at Crooked Creek Airport — a small, private airstrip on Whippoorwill Lane between N.C. 39 and N.C. 98 in Bunn.

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Healthy Choice
Healthy Choice
“I practice what I preach,” said NC State senior Sarah Nahum about a seminar she’s planning to offer in Louisburg beginning in February.
Called “Give Your Heart a Healthy Beat,” the seminars are part of a North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service effort to help people understand the relationship between diet and health -- and to make positive changes to improve both.

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Judge Hobgood suspends Durham District Attorney
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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TDA endorses funding Whistlers Convention
WINNER WINNER. Whistling competitor Carole Anne Kaufman took home first place honors in the International Grand Champion event in Louisburg in 2009.
TDA endorses funding Whistlers Convention
After struggling to keep a decades-old artistic competition alive in Louisburg, organizers of the International Whistlers Convention are preparing to host the worldwide event for a consecutive year.
The county’s Tourism Development Authority is recommending that the county help in that endeavor, suggesting the county give organizers $8,000 in occupancy tax money to help promote the event.

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Bradley sees Governor’s decision as savvy politics
Bradley sees Governor’s decision as savvy politics
Gov Bev. Perdue said she was not seeking re-election to focus on her fight for education, not politics.
Rep. Glen Bradley doesn’t see it that way, though.
Most importantly, he said Perdue’s decision to leave the Governor’s Mansion could buoy her party — at the detriment to Republicans.


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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident Raquell Jordan

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CORRECTION
Novozymes is investing between $160 million and $200 million in a manufacturing plant in Nebraska. A story in the weekend edition of The Franklin Times incorrectly listed that amount. We regret the error.

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Sticks and Stones...but Words?
Editorial Cartoon: Sticks and Stones...but Words?

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Sheriff’s Department’s venture into Facebook is waste of time, money
For years — decades actually — reporters from this newspaper (and others) have been waging a continual struggle with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department for information about local crimes. This same struggle goes on with police departments, too.
It really hasn’t made much difference which sheriff has been in office, the struggle has been the same.

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Did former teacher get raw deal from school system?
Did former teacher get raw deal from school system?
GOOD MORNING: I don’t know where the weatherman on TV was getting his information from, but at 7:45 a.m. Monday when he was reporting the temperature in Louisburg at 34 degrees, I was glad I had my long-johns on ’cause the outdoor thermometer at my house was reading 25.2 degrees when I stepped outside  shortly thereafter.

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Gov. prospects must take history lesson
Gov. prospects must take history lesson
After Gov. Bev Perdue announced her decision not to seek re-election last week, almost immediately, there was a list of folks who either said outright that they are seeking the Democratic nomination or at least hinted that they wanted it.
The qualifications for the job aren’t very demanding.

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Website Reader Participation Results Jan. 25-31
Do you buy lottery tickets?

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Center-Right paths to recovery
Almost everyone in the North Carolina political debate agrees that the state’s stagnant economy is the number one issue. But that’s where the agreement ends.
What should be done about it? There are many different answers to this question but some common themes are evident.

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OBITUARIES

FLOY C. JONES
YOUNGSVILLE - Floy Cannon Jones, 80, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at her residence. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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WILLIE BELL BOONE
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Willie Bell Boone, 89, who died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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NELLIE M. DEAN
LOUISBURG - Nellie Murray Dean, 99, of Louisburg died Sunday, January 22, 2012, at Louisburg Nursing Center.  She was a longtime active member of Cedar Rock First Baptist Church, working for many years with the GA’s.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Elmo Dean; her daughter, Emily Dean Parrish; her brothers, Johnny, Jack, Lucas, Herman, Spencer, Floyd, George & Walter Murray; her sisters, Christine Fuller and Alice Duncan.

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SPORTS

A BUILDING PROCESS
PIN PREPARATION FOR LHS. Louisburg’s J.T. Falkner (right) gets ready to wrap up this match by pinfall as part of last Saturday’s Louisburg Duals Wrestling Tournament, which was held at the LHS Gymnasium.
A BUILDING PROCESS
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School’s wrestling program experienced a meteoric rise in a short period of time after the squad was first created in the mid-2000s.
The Warriors boasted two state champions in Mamour Camara and Ervin Hunt, and the famed Mueller Brothers -- Smiley and Noel -- were in the mix for state supremacy every year.

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Bulldogs Take MAC-9 Crown
Bulldogs Take MAC-9 Crown
BUNN -- Bunn Middle School’s boys mat team saved its best for last during the 2011-12 campaign.
The Bulldogs finished in third place in the regular season standings, but were able to roll through their competition at the annual Middle Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament, which was held last Saturday at the Terrell Lane Middle School Gymnasium in Louisburg.

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Patriots or Giants for title?
Patriots or Giants for title?
And now for the moment absolutely nobody has been waiting for -- our picks for the Super Bowl.
I picked up some momentum by sweeping the Conference Championships, but this Super Bowl looks like a toss-up to me.
For every matchup that seems to favor the Patriots, there’s another that points to success for the Giants.

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Bunn sweeps Red Rams
FRANKLINTON -- What was supposed to be a tight matchup with first place at stake in the Northern Carolina Conference quickly devolved into another lopsided victory for the on-fire Bunn Ladycats.
Needing a decision over rival Franklinton to stay alone atop the NCC, the Ladycats’ pressure defense forced 23 turnovers en route to a 55-29 conquest over the Lady Rams last Friday at the FHS Gymnasium.

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LC to open this weekend
LC to open this weekend
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s much-anticipated baseball campaign will kick off with a four-game series this weekend against Catawba Valley Community College out of Hickory.
LC will play a pair of twinbills against CVCC. First pitch will be at noon both Saturday and Sunday, and tickets will be available at the gate.

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LC picks up weekend victories
LC picks up weekend victories
WENTWORTH -- Louisburg College broke open a tight game at halftime and went on to stop host Rockingham Community College last Saturday in a key Region X men’s basketball showdown.
LC, coached by Mark Vanderslice, improved to 15-4 overall and 4-2 in the league, which is good enough for a tie for the top spot in the standings.

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THIS ONE IS OVER
THIS ONE IS OVER
Louisburg’s Trevious Foster finishes up a pinfall during a match against Wake Forest-Rolesville as part of last Saturday’s Warrior Duals on the LHS campus.

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HEADLOCK
HEADLOCK
Louisburg High School’s Ryan Neal applies a hold to a Wake Forest-Rolesville opponent during last Saturday morning’s action at the annual Warrior Duals Wrestling Tournament.

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LIFESTYLES

Ciompi Quartet to perform at Cherry Hill
Ciompi Quartet to perform at Cherry Hill
The popular Ciompi Quartet will be making a return trip to historic Cherry Hill in Warren County.
The group, founded in 1965 by renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi, will be performing in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.
This concert will commemorate Eugenia Williams Voorhees and will feature music by Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvorak

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGED. Don and Cheryl Evans of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Dawn Evans, to Christian Lance Daniel of Louisburg. The groom-elect is the son of Tony and Teresa Daniel of Youngsville. An Aug. 18, 2012 wedding is planned at Corinth Baptist Church, Louisburg.

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Maintaining local and backyard forest
Did you know that the total land area for Franklin County is 494 square miles?
Franklin County forests take up about 180,000 acres of those square miles and supply this county with beautiful woodlands and great sources for natural resources.
Since there are so many acres dedicated to this land source, there are a few techniques that Franklin County residents can do to keep their local and backyard forest diverse, clean and beautiful.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Mars Hill College Dean’s List
The following Franklin County area students at Mars Hill College were named to the Honor Roll at the end of the Fall 2011 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 on a minimum of 12 semester hours, and carry no grade below a C.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Deputies investigate allegations of attempted sexual assault, kidnapping
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating allegations of an attempted sexual assault and kidnapping.
According to a report by Dep. D. Buchanan, deputies were called to Franklin Regional Medical Center’s emergency room in reference to an assault.

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