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Showing 40 articles from February 7, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

County redistricting maps approved for elections
As word came down that two lawsuits challenging statewide voting maps will move on — albeit in a weakened capacity — Franklin County commissioners learned that their locally drawn, controversial maps have been approved by the Department of Justice.
As a result of new Census figures, Franklin County commissioners, staff and a hired consultant were tasked with drawing new fair and balanced election districts.

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Burning Rubber
CHARRED. A Henderson man escaped serious injuries and burns after he was involved in a fiery wreck in Youngsville.
Burning Rubber
YOUNGSVILLE — A Henderson man faces several traffic violations after causing a wreck that took out a junction box, ignited a woods fire and sent his own vehicle up in flames.
According to reports, Wiley Vance Moseley escaped serious injury, but his criminal case is just beginning.

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Swanson honored
HEY SHUG. County Manager Angela Harris gives Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson a hug during a ceremony where Swanson received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Swanson honored
Commissioner Shane Mitchell said a man can be defined by three duties — those to his family, his Lord, and his fellow man.
Because of Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson’s unwavering commitment to all three, he was presented with the highest honor a resident can receive — the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

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County audit projects a healthy bottom line
County audit projects a healthy bottom line
Accountants presented commissioners with an audit that praised the county’s financial reporting, and projected a healthy bottom line for the county.
They did highlight, though, the fact that the county’s tax rate is out of whack with similar counties.
Jim Winston with Winston, Williams, Creech, Evans and Company LLC rendered an unqualified opinion — which is the best mark a government can receive in the audit process.

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Automated telephone system discontinued
FRANKLINTON — After switching to an automated telephone system, town officials decided a personal touch was the best approach.
During budget discussions last spring, town officials discussed ways they could do more with less — particularly as dwindling revenues resulted in layoffs, including one at Town Hall.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
County resident James White

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Back to the Future
Editorial Cartoon: Back to the Future

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The good, the bad, the vulgar; it was a typical Super Sunday!
Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone -- and Eli Manning has added another star to the Manning family’s gridiron legacy.
The Sunday showdown on the “field that Peyton (Manning) built” was a thriller down to the final few seconds -- and Eli’s late game cool prevailed again.

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Swanson’s service appreciated
Swanson’s service appreciated
GOOD MORNING: I can’t help but wonder what went through County Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson’s mind when he first spotted me at the reception in his honor at the County Cooperative Extension Annex on the hill back of The Times office Monday evening.

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You don’t have to be an auditor to see the impact of a drooping economy
You don’t have to be an auditor to see the impact of a drooping economy
As the product of a liberal arts education, I probably do what most other so called right-brain folks do when the discussion shifts to facts, figures and numbers — I think about butterflies and picnics.
Seriously, though, unless you’re an accountant or financial officer, it can be tough to make sense of the information provided in an audit report.

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Website Reader Participation Results Feb. 1-7
With NC Gov. Beverly Perdue’s announcement saying she’s not running for re-election...of all the candidates considering entering the gubernatorial race, who would get your early vote?

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OBITUARIES

CHARLENE PERRY
WAKE FOREST - Charlene Perry, 56, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Stony Hill Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Jamie Dew officiating. Visitation with the family will follow the graveside services at the Family Life Center of Stony Hill Baptist Church.

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ELLA R. JOYNER
TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Ella Rosamond Joyner, 89, formerly of the Peachtree Community, Spring Hope, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at Florida Hospital Altamonte in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

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ADELAIDE JONES
LOUISBURG - Adelaide Jones, 91, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Arrangements by William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope.

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KATIE BELL McKNIGHT
LOUISBURG —Funeral services for Katie Bell McKnight, 81, who died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Concord Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sam E. Blalock officiating. Burial will follow in the Manasseh Church cemetery.

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DAVID J. DOWNS
YOUNGSVILLE —David John Downs, 65, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 . A memorial service will be offered at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Victory Baptist Church, 475 J P Taylor Road, Henderson, with the Rev. Ricky Easter presiding.

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PEGGIE A. DEBNAM
FRANKLINTON-Funeral services for Peggie A. Debnam, 66, who died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Lennis Thorpe officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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DESOTA WILKINS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Desota Wilkins, 97, who died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Sidney Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis family cemetery.

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BETTY R. A. SHUBERT
LOUISBURG - Betty R. A. Shubert, 65, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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MARY ANN WALKER PERSON
February 21, 1927- February 5, 2012
LOUISBURG, NC - Mary Ann Person, 84, of Louisburg, NC passed away late Sunday, February 5, 2012.  She was born on February 21, 1927 in Burlington, NC to the late Harry Bradley Walker and Fannie Sue Patilla Walker. 

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LEE R. McGEE
LOUISBURG - Lee Russ McGee passed away on February 2, 2012 at her home in Louisburg, NC.

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ELAINE H. KNOTT
LOUISBURG - Elaine Harper Knott, 76, of Louisburg, died Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Duke Hock Family Pavilion in Durham. She was retired from NC Dept of Motor Vehicles.  She was the daughter of the late Forest and Beatrice Aycock Harper.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Knott, Sr., and her sister, Cora Mae Hayes.  Cryptside services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 am. at Lancaster Memorial Park Mausoleum with the Rev. Jon Dorsey officiating. 

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SPORTS

Holton Heroics
ROLE REVERSAL. Bunn’s Nick Johnson scores on a reverse layup during last Friday’s victory over Louisburg at Louisburg College’s Holton Gymnasium.
Holton Heroics
LOUISBURG -- Bunn coach Gerald Melton hoped that a lively crowd would provide his club with plenty of motivation during last Friday’s Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball road game at Louisburg.
Melton expected a sellout, and he got one for the contest, which was staged at Holton Gymnasium on the Louisburg College campus.

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A COLUMBIA SPRINT
FUTURE GAMECOCK. Bunn track and field standout Marisa Bellamy, a defending state champ, will continue her career at the University of South Carolina.
A COLUMBIA SPRINT
BUNN -- As an elite-level sprinter, Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy isn’t used to traveling long distances.
But this summer, Bellamy will embark on a 252-mile journey that will take her to her future home in Columbia, S.C.
After fielding offers from several top-notch programs, Bellamy has opted to continue her career with Southeastern Conference track and field powerhouse South Carolina.

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Efficiency Experts
TIED UP. (L to R) Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy and Louisburg’s Karen Gregory try to come up with a loose ball during last Friday’s girls basketball showdown.
Efficiency Experts
LOUISBURG -- Fans who were ready to give up on the Bunn Ladycats earlier in the season are devouring their share of crow these days.
That’s because Bunn, which wasn’t playing well against a solid non-conference schedule, seems to be revving into top form -- and just in time for the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament and the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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LC earns a trio of victories
LC earns a trio of victories
LOUISBURG -- Even with a slew of Division I transfers, there were still plenty of butterflies on the bench for Louisburg College during last weekend’s season-opening baseball series against Catawba Valley Community College.
It wasn’t a Hollywood-type beginning to the much-anticipated career at LC for new coach Mike McGuire, but it was still enough to get the job done.

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Rams falter in the NCC
Rams falter in the NCC
FRANKLINTON -- Despite 18 points from Jamal Johnson, the Franklinton Red Rams dropped a key Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball game last Friday against visiting Warren County.
WC led by nine points after one frame and went on to post a 65-58 conquest.
Johnson delivered 10 of his 18 points in the fourth frame as the Red Rams made a strong comeback that came up a little short.

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Busy Day For LC
Busy Day For LC
LOUISBURG -- ‘In and Out’ was the theme for the Louisburg College football program during last Wednesday’s National Signing Day.
LC head coach John Sala said goodbye to several standout performers, including some Division I signees.
The Hurricanes currently have had 10 players from last season’s club ink deals with four-year schools, including All-American and Northeast Conference Player of the Year Rasheed Williams.

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TERRON HUFFMAN SIGNS
TERRON HUFFMAN SIGNS
Southern Nash High School running back Terron Huffman signs a letter-of-intent to join the football program at UNC-Pembroke. Also pictured are (back, l to r) Terron Huffman (father) and Shaquille Rivers (stepbrother); (front, right) Charlotte Riley (mother). Huffman is a former Franklin County resident who was a member of the gridiron team at Bunn Middle School before transferring to SNHS.

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LIFESTYLES

Lunch and Learn focuses on health issues related to stress
Lunch and Learn focuses on health issues related to stress
People are just full of good ideas, and we can profit from them if we would just listen from time to time. One of the many creative ideas has come from Robert Poole, Director of Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center at Louisburg College (LC).

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGED. Pattie Mitchell of Louisburg announces the engagement of her daughter, Joyce Mitchell Ruffin, to Levern Richardson, the son of Linwood and Dorothy Richardson of Spring Hope. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Jeff M. Mitchell. The wedding will be held April 28, 2012 at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Louisburg. Reception by invitation only.

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Protecting your plants With mulch
Homeowners and professional landscapers depend on mulch in their ornamental plantings for several reasons.
Functionally, mulches discourage weeds from growing, conserve moisture during drought periods, allow better use of water by controlling runoff and increases water-holding capacity of light, sandy soils.

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HAPPY 101ST BIRTHDAY
HAPPY 101ST BIRTHDAY
Mary Louise Hill of Louisburg Nursing Center was honored on her 101st birthday by her nieces and nephews. The honoree was presented with a corsage and received several cards, balloons, flowers and gifts. Church members, former students, friends and nursing center residents were in attendance. Refreshments were served, including the birthday cake, which was compliments of Gaynell Thomas-Jones.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

“American Idiot” cast members visit school
“American Idiot” cast members visit school
Three cast members of the “American Idiot”  tour visited Crosscreek Charter School. They are from left, Jennifer Bowles, who has a nephew in first grade, Kelvin Moon Loh and Krystina Alabado.   Ms. Ginsburg’s first grade class and Ms. Kathryn’s kindergarteners sang with them and learned part of a dance from the show. Before the performers left, Ms. G’s class sang the 50 states song for them.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

READING OF THE ORDER
READING OF THE ORDER
Sen. Doug Berger, left, reads the certificate from the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the honor that was bestowed upon longtime County Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson, right.

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Man arrested after getting toddler drunk
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklin County man, alleging that he got a toddler dangerously drunk.
Dale Allen Moss, 48, was arrested Feb. 3 and charged with felony child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to an arrest warrant, investigators allege that  on Dec. 31, Moss gave the youngster so much alcohol that the child sustained an irregular heart rhythm and was rendered unconscious.

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Spay/neuter clinics planned
The Franklin County Humane Society received a $7,850 grant from PetSmart Charities. The organization’s pet sterilization program SNIF (Spay/Neuter In Franklin County) successfully alters more than 160 pets per year on average to proactively fight the area’s homeless-pet overpopulation.

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BUSINESS

Six important facts about dependents and exemptions
Even though each individual tax return is different, some tax rules affect every person who may have to file a federal income tax return. These rules include dependents and exemptions. The IRS has six important facts about dependents and exemptions that will help you file your 2011 tax return.

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Four ways to get IRS forms and publications
The Internal Revenue Service has free tax forms and publications on a wide variety of topics. Because of continued growth in electronic filing, the availability of free options to taxpayers and to reduce costs, the IRS discontinued the automatic mailing of paper tax packages last tax season.
If you need IRS forms and publications, here are four easy methods for getting them.

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Eight facts to determine your correct filing status
Determining your filing status is one of the first steps to filing your federal income tax return. There are five filing statuses: Single, Married Filing Jointly, Married Filing Separately, Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child. Your filing status is used to determine your filing requirements, standard deduction, eligibility for certain credits and deductions, and your correct tax.

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