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Showing 44 articles from February 21, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Countywide property values to increase nearly 15 percent
Countywide property values to increase nearly 15 percent
Residents began getting their revaluation tax notices as early as Tuesday.
And the county’s tax evaluators began getting questions just as fast.
Franklin County’s tax office decided to delay revaluation from 2010 until 2012, figuring that would be enough time for the housing market to settle and reflect more reasonable property tax numbers.

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Flying high
TOUCH DOWN. World War II veteran Barrie Davis, right, is greeted by county Airport Director Steve Merritt following a helicopter flight, part of a drop-in ceremony in Davis’s honor.
Flying high
Seated in the cockpit of a P-47 Thunderbolt or P-51 Mustang, dodging enemy fire, Barrie Davis was in his element — enough so that the World War II veteran earned Ace status and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
But, to those who know the 88-year-old who still looks just as much a flyboy, you would hardly learn of his accomplishments by talking to him.

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After 32 years, Swanson not filing for re-election
More than three decades of public service will come to a close this fall.
Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson announced Monday night that he won’t seek re-election.
Swanson has represented residents in central and northern Franklin County for the past 32 years.
“It’s time for someone new,” Swanson said. “I do want to thank all the people that have supported me all these years.

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Commissioners vote, 5-2, to give K-Flex $230,000+
Commissioner Don Lancaster admitted that providing business incentives is a game that governments are forced to play.
On Monday night, the board agreed to roll the dice, figuring that more than $230,000 in incentives will be enough to help a Youngsville business expand and keep more than 200 jobs in Franklin County.

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Loose dogs lead to charges of animal cruelty for woman
YOUNGSVILLE — Dogs on the loose led police to charge a woman with animal cruelty.
The resulting investigation also led authorities to alert Social Services about an unrelated issue.
According to a report by Chief Daren Kirts, officers responded to the 100 block of W. Main Street after someone reported seeing two stray dogs running around their home on Feb 14.

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Nonprofit clinic seeks help from Louisburg
KEGLEY
Nonprofit clinic seeks help from Louisburg
An unusual topic for a town council — health care — occupied much of the Louisburg town council’s meeting Monday night.
The council heard a report from local Volunteers in Medicine representative Beverly Kegley who explained how that organization has changed to meet today’s challenges, and then received a letter that Mayor Karl Pernell has written to Franklin Regional Medical Center congratulating hospital administrators on their planned geriatric psychology unit.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Franklinton resident Charrisse Perry

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: May be not
Editorial Cartoon: May be not

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Will our brush with winter help usher in an early spring?
Br-r-r-r! That was a chilly but belated brush with winter that slipped across Franklin County over the weekend.
At most, the county got a dusting — and that’s stretching it — overnight between late Sunday and early Monday.

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Honoring WWII flying ace brings back vivid memories
Honoring WWII flying ace brings back vivid memories
GOOD MORNING: While that bit of freezing rain, sleet and whatever we got Sunday night and early Monday morning didn’t cause any hardships out my way that I’m aware of,  it apparently played havoc with traffic on the interstate highways in and around Durham and other points west of us.
Motorists need to be aware of the fact that bridges and highway overpasses are among the first places to ice over and drive accordingly, or not at all – a rule that was apparently ignored by many motorists, judging by the number of multi-vehicle pileups I saw on TV.

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St. Nick delivers, shutting down closed sessions
St. Nick delivers, shutting down closed sessions
Amazing as it may sound, I got two Christmas presents the last two weeks.
First, I walked out of a county Airport Commission meeting meeting in record time on Feb. 14 — and it had nothing to do with getting to a Valentine’s date.
Next, on Monday night, I looked at my watch and it read 7:37 p.m. as Commissioner Shane Mitchell pounded a gavel, concluding a board meeting that began a mere 37 minutes before.

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Website Reader Participation Results Feb. 15-21
Will the commissioners use the Edgar Owens monetary gift for a new park to purchase the best possible park site or have they already earmarked the money to purchase property owned by political allies/business associates?

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What happened to the jobs debate?
RALEIGH – Remember when the Republican-crafted North Carolina budget passed over Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto last summer? Liberal activists predicted economic disaster.
By failing to extend a sales-tax increase, and by balancing the state’s General Fund with budget savings rather than tax increases, the General Assembly had supposedly damaged North Carolina’s job market by shoving tens of thousands of workers into unemployment.

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Ability to have a fair and orderly election is a right
Dear Editor:
The right to vote is at the core of what makes America great.  Voter access is significant to have fair and orderly elections.  At the present time, there is over $4 million in federal funds available in a North Carolina account that would allow the State Board of Elections to ensure North Carolina has orderly elections in 2012 and not become the next Florida from the 2000 election cycle.

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OBITUARIES

GRACE WILKINS
FRANKLINTON  —  Grace Wilkins,  86,  died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.  Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church, Franklinton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at William Toney’s Funeral Home, Spring Hope. 

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MARY P. LEONARD
LOUISBURG - Mary M. W. Perry Leonard, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Greater Pentecostal Church, Raleigh, by Bishop Claude Cooke. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Baptist Church cemetery. The body will be on view one hour before the service.

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ROBERT M. AYSCUE
FRANKLINTON —Robert Malcolm Ayscue, 87, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel. The Rev. David Averette will officiate and burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion.

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ROBERT JOHNSON JR.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Robert Johnson Jr., 77, who died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stanley M. Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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LOUISE W. KINTON
YOUNGSVILLE —Louise Wiggins Kinton, 88, died Tuesday morning Feb. 21, 2012 at Louisburg Nursing Center. A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday morning, Feb. 23, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Bill Haley officiating.

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BETTY A. SUGG
LOUISBURG - Betty Ann Sugg, 75, of Louisburg died Sunday, February 19, 2012, at Franklin Regional Medical Center.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services chapel. 

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DANA WILLIAM COVILL
LOUISBURG - Dana William Covill, age 60, of Louisburg, formerly of Warwick, RI, passed away on Saturday at Hospice of Wake County after a brave battle with cancer. 

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NANNIE LEONARD WRENN
LOUISBURG - Nannie Leonard Wrenn, 90, of Louisburg died February 17, 2012.  She was born in Warren County, NC on July 6, 1921, the daughter of the late Harry Williams Leonard and Maud Duke Leonard.  She married James Wrenn on November 26, 1938 and they lived in Franklin County until moving to Newport News, VA during World War II, where James worked in the shipyard.

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C. T. DEAN, JR.
June 28, 1922 – February 19, 2012
LOUISBURG – Clifford Taylor “C.T.” Dean, Jr., 89, of Louisburg, passed away Sunday morning.

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FAYE CRISP PALMER
LENOIR - Faye Land Crisp Palmer, 108, died February 10 at Hospice of Caldwell County in Lenoir, after a brief illness and hospitalization. She resided at 3764 Glenburnie Place, off Abington Road.

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SPORTS

ONE OUT AWAY
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN. Louisburg College’s Jake Watson (right) escapes a pickle attempt last Saturday afternoon during the Hurricanes’ home doubleheader sweep over Suffolk Community College at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
ONE OUT AWAY
LOUISBURG -- From an overall perspective, hitting was the major story of Louisburg College’s four-game weekend sweep over Suffolk Community College.
LC’s bats, which have yet to reach their potential early in the season according to Coach Mike McGuire, broke out in a big way as the Hurricanes delivered a whopping 44 runs for an average of 11 per contest.

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BHS: Straight 48
GATSON GOES FOR THE BALL. Bunn’s Brianna Gatson (left) tries to avoid Franklinton’s Jalissa Debnam during last Friday’s NCC Tourney Championship.
BHS: Straight 48
FRANKLINTON -- For all but about five minutes, Franklinton’s Lester Wilder imposed his coaching will during last Friday’s matchup against Bunn in the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament Championship.
Wilder’s strategy was almost identical to last year’s final, when FHS was dropped twice by Bunn in the regular season -- only to come oh-so-close to upsetting the Ladycats in the title game.

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BHS holds off Corinth Holders
COLLISION COURSE. Bunn’s Montrel Cooke drives to the basket during last Friday’s victory over Corinth Holders in the finals of the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament at Franklinton.
BHS holds off Corinth Holders
FRANKLINTON -- Once again, Bunn’s big-time backcourt propelled the Wildcats to a huge victory this season.
But not quite in the way you would think.
With sophomore ace and leading scorer Deshawn High unavailable to suit up at the guard spot, BHS veteran head coach Gerald Melton called on Tavon Perry to fill the void during last week’s action at the Northern Carolina Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.

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INTEREST RECEIVED
INTEREST RECEIVED
BUNN -- It’s still unsure if Jonathan Alston’s college football future involves being on the offensive or defensive side of the ball.
But this much has become crystal clear -- Alston does have a big-time college future.
Alston, Bunn’s junior wide receiver/defensive end, has already received scholarship offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, East Carolina, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt.

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Four A Lucky Number
WON’T BE DENIED. Bunn’s Patika Venable (left) drives to the basket during Monday’s playoff victory over North Johnston.
Four A Lucky Number
BUNN -- Coming into the game, Bunn head coach Chuck Mann expressed concern about having to play North Johnston for the fourth time this season -- and the second time in a four-day span.
But Mann’s worries would prove to be unfounded as his Ladycats picked up victory No. 4 of the campaign over NJ in the opening round of the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs on Monday at the Bunn Dome.

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CLASS 2-A STATE HOOPS BRACKETS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are pairings and seeds for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2-A State Basketball Playoffs:

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FT Track Meet scheduled for March 24
FT Track Meet scheduled for March 24
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- The Franklin Times will once again sponsor the annual Franklin County High School and Middle School Track and Field Championships.
The event will be held March 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Bunn High School Football Field.
Tickets will be available at the gate. Admission cost is $5 per person.

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Pirates pick up wins
GREENVILLE -- Timely hitting and superb pitching helped No. 22 East Carolina University (3-0) to a doubleheader sweep against Milwaukee (0-3) Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium for Coach Billy Godwin.

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CHEPIRAH RAISES THE TROPHY FOR BHS
CHEPIRAH RAISES THE TROPHY FOR BHS
Bunn High School senior point guard Chepirah Neal (10) accepts the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament championship trophy last Friday night.

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THEY’RE NUMBER ONE
THEY’RE NUMBER ONE
Members of the Bunn High School boys basketball squad celebrate after winning the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament last Friday. The Wildcats pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat a tough Corinth Holders club in the final game.

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THREE IN A ROW
THREE IN A ROW
Members of the Bunn High School girls basketball squad pose with the first-place trophy from the Northern Carolina Conference Girls Basketball Tournament, which concluded last Friday night at the Franklinton High School Gymnasium. This was Bunn’s third consecutive conference tournament championship in the NCC.

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EYE ON YOU
EYE ON YOU
Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy grabs a rebound as Franklinton’s Tamara Williams defends during last Friday’s game.

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STRETCH PLAY
STRETCH PLAY
Louisburg College’s Tucker Coward (left) avoids being doubled up at second base off a fly ball during last Saturday afternoon’s diamond action at Frazier Field.

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LIFESTYLES

It’s a two-faced book - media moderation
“Mom, can you turn on the computer?  I really need to get on Facebook!”
Mom was discouraged.
She wanted to do things differently but didn’t want to argue with her 12-year-old daughter.  Jeannie was an honor student and had never gotten into trouble.  

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Bringing the Arts to Youngsville
The Youngsville Woman’s Club has announced that it has partnered with the Franklin County and North Carolina Arts Councils by sponsoring a series of Grass Roots Arts Workshops called “Bringing the Arts to Youngsville 2011-2012.”
The goal has been to create an avenue for arts education, thus fostering knowledge and appreciation of art forms used from earlier generations, as well as exploring the cultural diversity within our communities.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Silver alert issued for 15-year-old girl last seen near Louisburg
Franklin County authorities and a state agency are looking for a missing 15-year-old girl they fear could be endangered.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert Monday night for Naisha Monae Bowser, who was last seen at 2970 N.C. 56 East of Louisburg.

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Brodie enters Army Basic Training
Brodie enters Army Basic Training
Vanessa Reneé Brodie, a 2010 graduate of Louisburg High School, left Feb. 21 for basic training in the United States Army at Fort Sill, Okla. She will enter into training with the rank of an E-2  and her occupation will be an information technology specialist. She is the daughter of Laverne Brodie-Poindexter and the granddaughter of Paul and Barbara Brodie-Thorne.

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Sheriff’s deputies investigate vehicle, property break-ins
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in an armed home invasion.
No injuries were reported.
According to a report by Dep. Andy Barrett, a 33-year-old man and his 18-year-old friend were watching television the night of Feb. 16 when they heard what appeared to be someone kicking in the front door of the home on Mimosa Drive near Franklinton.

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DADDY/DAUGHTER TIME
DADDY/DAUGHTER TIME
The Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department held its first Daddy/Daughter Dance at the Louisburg Senior Center on Feb. 11. Jermaine Brodie  and his daughter, Jericka, center, was one of the 48 father-daughter couples at the event, giving them a chance to spend quality time together.  The event was for fathers and their daughters, from kindergarten through fifth grade.

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A BRIGHT IDEA
A BRIGHT IDEA
Louisburg electric department worker Paul Jones was part of a crew that cleaned and serviced about 30 light fixtures around downtown Louisburg on Monday.

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