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Showing 33 articles from February 10, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Explosion, fire under investigation
Explosion, fire under investigation
BUNN — The county’s fire marshal and arson investigator are probing an explosive fire that forced three people out of their home Wednesday morning.
No injuries were reported at the 4:30 a.m. fire at 647 John Winstead Road.
According to fire officials, investigators were trying to determine whether the fire caused the resulting explosions, or whether the explosions caused the fire.

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HEAD-ON COLLISION
HEAD-ON COLLISION
Two people were injured in a head-on collision on a major county thoroughfare Thursday night.
According to Trooper B.S. Gardner, Helena Nevicosi of Raleigh was heading south on U.S. 401 near N.C. 98 when she crossed the center line just before 7 p.m.
The car she was driving crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle driven by Gracie Clifton of Franklin County.

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Filing period begins Feb. 13
Filing period begins Feb. 13
Those interested in public service will get their chance this coming week to file for office.
The filing period for the primary and general election begins at noon on Monday and will run through Feb. 29.
“People looking to file don’t need anything,” said Board of Elections Director Amy Southerland. “We’ll check to see if they’re a registered voter.

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Business, industry showing interest in Franklin County
The change of the year has brought increased interest in Franklin County from business and industry, according to Ronnie Goswick, Franklin County economic developer, who reported to the Economic Development Commission Thursday morning.
He said that his office fielded more inquiries about Franklin County in January alone than in the last six months of 2011 combined.

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LOADING UP
LOADING UP
Girl Scout Troop 1422 and 1617 leaders, from left to right, Crystal Powell and Jennifer Parrish, load a van full of cookies to deliver to their troops on Friday. Fifteen Franklin County Girl Scout troops are prepared to begin delivering 28,944 boxes of cookies this weekend.

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Louisburg doesn’t anticipate tax increase
Louisburg residents likely won’t be facing a tax increase or any significant increase in fees in the fiscal year that will begin July 1, at least that was the indication at the town’s first budget workshop Thursday evening.
Town council members and the administration held an informal discussion about where the town is and where it needs to go in the next year -- and council members came armed with a fairly scaled back “wish list” of projects, most of which don’t cost significant money.

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Franklin County Schools to hold centralized kindergarten registration, parent info fairs
Don’t look now, but although it’s only February it’s time to begin making plans to register children for the 2012-13 school year — especially those who will be starting kindergarten.
School officials have changed the process this year and here are the most commonly asked questions (in bold) and answers regarding registration.

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Franklin Faces
Franklin Faces
Louisburg residents Anesa and Jamal Lucas

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Robert Lee, Bobby and John
Editorial Cartoon: Robert Lee, Bobby and John

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Signs of economic upswing for county
Could it be?
Is it possible?
Dare we even hope?
Well, maybe, or maybe not, but hoping is a lot better than what most of us have been doing for the last four years as our economy wallowed in the mud.

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County’s legal fees piling up
County’s legal fees piling up
GOOD MORNING: Here we are, just a little over a month into the new year and already Franklin County has a brand new county attorney, bringing up the question as to just how many legal services we taxpayers are currently financing.
I can’t help wondering how much those big city Charlotte lawyers have charged the county thus far in the ongoing water battle between the county and Town of Franklinton.

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Franklinton makes right decision on automated phone system
Franklinton makes right decision on automated phone system
Funny how the little things can jog your memory, isn’t it?
That happened recently with word that the town of Franklinton has pulled out its telephone answering system following complaints from residents.
It’s been more than 20 years since I tried the same thing -- and I still thank my lucky stars that I escaped ahead of the posse that had me in its sights.

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North Carolina’s triple-crown election
RALEIGH – Despite his recent stumbles in Colorado and Minnesota, Mitt Romney is still the favorite to win the Republican nomination for president.
As Democratic and Republican strategists begin to work on their general-election strategies, swing states such as North Carolina will be their main focus.

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OBITUARIES

BETTY RAY A. SHUBERT
LOUISBURG - Betty Ray Allen Shubert, 65, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at WakeMed Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 10, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating. Burial followed in the Sykes family cemetery in Wake Forest.

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BOBBY A. ROBBINS
LOUISBURG – Bobby Andrew Robbins, 77, died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 9, 2012 at his home. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, with Dr. Bill Haley and the Rev. Jared Pemper officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Memorial Park.

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TAMMY S. GILBERT
FRANKLINTON —Tammy S. Gilbert, 43, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Cremation Society of N.C.

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SPORTS

League Leaders
GET DEFENSIVE. Brunswick Community College’s Syerra Troutman (with ball) is defended by Louisburg College’s Jazmine Parker during Wednesday’s Region X basketball game at Holton Gymnasium.
League Leaders
LOUISBURG -- Only one team remains unvanquished atop the Region X women’s basketball standings -- and it’s the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes.
Louisburg, which has lost just once all season in non-league action, remained in first place in Region X with an impressive 86-57 home victory Wednesday over Brunswick Community College.

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TIM’S TIME ARRIVES
RETIREMENT CEREMONY. Louisburg College first baseman Tucker Coward (right) retrieves a throw to end a groundout during the Hurricanes’ home baseball event Thursday afternoon at Patrick Henry CC at Frazier Field.
TIM’S TIME ARRIVES
LOUISBURG -- Tim Brechbuehler arrived at Louisburg College just looking for an opportunity to pitch -- something he wasn’t able to do much of during two seasons at the University of North Carolina.
Brechbuehler, an imposing figure at 6-foot-8 on the mound, redshirted at UNC in 2010 before receiving just 3.1 innings of work last spring.

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Adams On Target
Adams On Target
BUNN -- Versatility, hard work and leading by example have been consistent baseball traits during Jacob Adams’ career -- even dating back to his days in the Bunn Youth Recreation League.
Adams has been one of Bunn High School’s top performers over the past several years, but you won’t hear him boast about it.

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Poppe is already at GWU
Poppe is already at GWU
Nichole Poppe has been reunited with her sister -- and that’s great news for the Gardner-Webb University women’s soccer program.
Poppe, one of the most accomplished performers in Franklinton history, graduated from FHS at mid-semester and has already enrolled at Gardner-Webb.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Feb. 5-11
High School Basketball
NCC TOURNAMENT
(PAIRINGS TBA)
MONDAY
AT HIGHER SEEDS

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Bunn clinches NCC basketball crowns
Bunn clinches NCC basketball crowns
KENLY -- Bunn clinched both the boys and girls regular season basketball championships in the Northern Carolina Conference with convincing road victories on Tuesday at North Johnston.
Bunn’s girls were 57-45 winners, while the boys pulled away to claim a 74-36 decision.
Neither BHS club has lost in NCC action.

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Bunn boys, girls ranked in state polls
Bunn boys, girls ranked in state polls
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn High School’s boys and girls are both represented in the most recent NCPreps.com High School Basketball Class 2-A Polls.
The Wildcats are ranked fifth overall in the state, while the Ladycats have garnered honorable mention status.

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HITTING HAS ITS DRAWBACKS
HITTING HAS ITS DRAWBACKS
Louisburg College’s Snooter Merryman (right) draws back from a bunt attempt during Wednesday’s home victory against Patrick Henry CC.

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TEAM TRANSITION
TEAM TRANSITION
Guard Coco Hull (with ball) heads upcourt for Louisburg against Brunswick CC.

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LIFESTYLES

The convenience of having our own flea market
The convenience of having our own flea market
What a convenience to have our own flea market to help each other survive in this unstable economy
Yes, my friends, if you have not visited Industrial Drive right here in Louisburg, you are missing a lot of fun and opportunities.
Open air markets or flea markets can be found in all parts of the world. Wherever there is a high concentration of people, there will be market days where people gather to exchange goods and services.

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Spring planting tips
Spring planting is now on the minds of many local farmers and landowners as they prepare for this season’s crops.  The Franklin Soil & Water District would like to encourage you to take time while scouting wheat or assessing this year’s fields for tobacco or soybeans to also take time to assess your conservation Best Management Practices (BMP’s) – your grassed waterways, field borders and existing diversions.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn police investigate assault, robbery at gas station
Bunn police investigate assault, robbery at gas station
BUNN — Town police continue to investigate an assault and robbery reported at a gas station.
According to Bunn Police Chief Kent Winstead, a manager at the Wilco-Hess reported that she sat in her car the morning of Jan. 30, preparing to make a bank deposit when someone approached, struck her, and took the money.

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United Way of Franklin County helped county residents save more than $10,242 on prescriptions in 2011 through a partnership with FamilyWize
The United Way of Franklin County has been recognized for helping hundreds of county residents receive discount prescription drugs through the grassroots FamilyWize card program – saving  them more than $10,000 in 2011.
“UWFC recognizes the need for this type of support in the community, and we are pleased to realize that so many people here at home have benefited through this partnership,” board Chairman Dale Byrns said.

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Four parks and recreation advisory board members no shows at meeting
It’s been two years since a Louisburg man left Franklin County nearly $1 million to build a new park.
It’ll take a bit more time before staff, volunteers and officials figure out how to meet that dying man’s last request.

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Man jailed on $1 million bond in vehicle break-ins
A nine-year-old was hit during an apparent hit and run, but a further probe proved no wrongdoing.
According to a report by Dep. K. Perry, a nine-year-old boy was running down Pine Ridge Road, just ahead of his sisters, when he was hit by a utility trailer being pulled by a truck.
The vehicle did not stop following the evening wreck on Feb. 6.

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STOCK PILE
STOCK PILE
Wendy Watkins, with the Girl Scouts, checks over the nearly 30,000 boxes of cookies that Franklin County scouts received on Friday. The county’s troops will begin delivering the treats this weekend.

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BUSINESS

Louisburg Planning Board recommends special-exception permit for Goodwill Thrift Shop
The Louisburg Planning Board recommended approving a special-exception permit that could put an historic building back in use.
Next, the Louisburg Town Council will decide whether Goodwill Community Foundation will be able to put a thrift shop in the building vacated by Rowe’s Men Shop — a store that had been in Louisburg for more than 50 years, the last 18 of those at the Bickett Boulevard site.

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