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Showing 51 articles from February 28, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Public meeting scheduled Monday, March 5 to discuss property revaluation
Public meeting scheduled Monday, March 5 to discuss property revaluation
Residents displeased with their revaluation notices have the option of appealing to commissioners down the line.
But instead of waiting, commissioners have decided to jump into the fray, scheduling a special-called meeting this coming Monday to discuss revaluation concerns.
Commission Chair Shane Mitchell said he met with staff on Monday and after putting out feelers to commissioners, decided to call a meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 5 at the Franklin County Administration Building, 113 Market Street, Louisburg.

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Stallings stepping down as animal control director
Stallings stepping down as animal control director
Franklin County staff confirmed this week that its animal control director plans to step down.
Human Resources Director Kelly Faulkner confirmed on Monday that Graham Stallings handed in his letter of resignation.
It would be effective on March 31.

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Wind-wind situation
WIND SWEPT. Volunteer Ron Cox, right, checks the readiness for a batch of chickens that were placed on the grill during a fundraiser for the R.J. Horne family at Youngsville’s Luddy Park.
Wind-wind situation
YOUNGSVILLE — Wind gusts made it difficult to keep gas grills lit during a fundraising event on Saturday.
The spirit of support, though, never wavered as the community came together to help a wife who lost her husband and kids who lost their dad.
Neighbors, friends and those who never met R.J. Horne turned out for a community yard sale and chicken plate sale, with money benefiting Horne’s widow, Brooke, and their two sons, ages 5 and 2.

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Former Bunn cop pleads guilty to taking indecent liberties with minor
Former Bunn cop pleads guilty to taking indecent liberties with minor
A former Bunn police officer avoided a trial and jail time this week because the victim’s family wanted to avoid the spectre of open court.
Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation arrested James Newton Perry, 27, charging him with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

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Field gets crowded for Swanson’s seat
The filing deadline ends at noon on Wednesday.
By deadline on Tuesday, three new local people had filed for office.
Joey Mills threw his hat into the ring, where he would challenge fellow Democrat John May for the District 3 Commissioner seat.

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Got any old photos of Franklin County?
Did you know that downtown Louisburg once featured a popular Opera House?
It did -- although it was destroyed by fire in the 1940s -- and a vintage photograph of the building will begin a series of historic photos that will begin appearing regularly in The Franklin Times beginning this Saturday, March 3.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Greg Bunn

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Taxing Situation
Editorial Cartoon: Taxing Situation

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Tax values: Far too many questions are unanswered
If one thing has become clear in Franklin County over the last week to 10 days, it is that many owners of real estate have serious questions about their new tax appraisals. And, to their credit, the Franklin County commissioners appear to be listening to serious, informed, intelligent questions that deserve answers that are clear, concise and reasonable.

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Maybe the other commissioners should follow Robert Lee’s lead
Maybe the other commissioners should follow Robert Lee’s lead
GOOD MORNING: Now that we all know the real reason veteran County Commissioner Robert Lee Swanson decided not to seek re-election, allow me to suggest that he, along with all the other members of the county commission, might want to duck any public appearances for the time being if the mail we’re receiving here at The Franklin Times is any indication.

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Revaluation staff could face firing line
Revaluation staff could face firing line
I’m not going to lie.
There are some stories that generate a bit more excitement than others.
Sure, I know the objective thing to say is that all stories are the same. That’s not true.
On the day after Valentine’s, my reporter heart was happy as I got a chance to ride along with Franklin County deputies and probation officers performing sexual offender compliance checks as part of a joint effort with the U.S. Marshals.

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Website Reader Participation Results Feb. 22-28
Robert Lee Swanson has decided not to run for re-election for the district 3 county commissioner’s seat. Swanson has held the seat for about 32 years. What are your thoughts on his “retirement.”

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Whose House is it anyway?
We’ve yet to hear a plausible explanation as to why a group of citizens was asked to leave the second floor of the North Carolina General Assembly. The group had assembled to protest the “midnight session” the North Carolina House previously convened to override a gubernatorial veto. About fifty of them made their way to the second floor of the legislative building, the floor where many lawmakers and House leadership have their offices.

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What kind of economy will our youth inherit?
Recently I was honored to speak at this year’s Emerging Issues Forum. The forum is an annual event focusing on key issues facing our state and our world. This year’s conference highlighted “Generation Z” — those born between 1995 and 2010 — and the challenges they will face as they move into the workplace.

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OBITUARIES

MARY JO EVANS
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Mary Jo Evans, 60, who died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, will be held Thursday, March 1, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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MILDRED S. HAYES
DURHAM - Funeral services for Mildred Sutton Hayes, 86, who died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, will be held Saturday, March 3, at Noon at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Linzie B. Atkins III officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.

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WILLIE B. RICHARDSON
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Willie B. Richardson, 80, who died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, were held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Pine Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Hedgepeth officiating. Burial followed at Oakland Cemetery.

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DOROTHY LOUISE RING
LOUISBURG - Dorothy Louise Ring, 80, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center.  Graveside services will be held Thursday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Cemetery in Walnut Ridge, Ariz.

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ANN P. THARRINGTON
WILSON - Ann Petty Tharrington, 75, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 29, at First Baptist Church, Henderson, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Marion Lark.

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LINDA J. ALSTON
WENDELL - Linda Joyce Alston, 54, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

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EDSEL O. MARTIN
ZEBULON - Edsel O. Martin, 86, retired farmer, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Youngsville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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CHARLES V. MIANO JR.
YOUNGSVILLE —Charles V. Miano Jr., 54, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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SPORTS

BHS’ CLUTCH TIME
AGGRESSIVE MOVE. Bunn High School junior guard Whitney Bunn (right) drives for two points during the Ladycats’ victory Friday night at East Duplin.
BHS’ CLUTCH TIME
BEULAVILLE -- Who says the Bunn Ladycats can’t beat an opponent at their own game?
All along, that’s been a knock of the Ladycats -- that they would be unable to succeed when encountering a slower, half-court tempo.
Certainly, BHS prefers to press and play a full-court style -- a strategy that head coach Chuck Mann isn’t about to apologize for.

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‘Canes Explode For Sweep
HERE COMES ANOTHER ONE. Louisburg College’s Zach Houchins (right) crosses the plate for yet another run for the Hurricanes during their four-game diamond sweep over Anne Arundel College last weekend at Frazier Field on the LC campus.
‘Canes Explode For Sweep
LOUISBURG -- The hits just keep coming for the Louisburg College baseball squad -- on and off the field.
Before the campaign, LC was ranked 38th in the country by the Perfect Game diamond website.
The number, however, has grown along with the Hurricanes’ undefeated winning streak.
And thanks in part to a four-game home sweep last weekend against Anne Arundel Community College from Maryland, the Hurricanes have shot all the way up to a No. 5 national ranking.

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LC wins fast-pitch contests
LC wins fast-pitch contests
ALBEMARLE -- Louisburg College’s softball squad improved to 3-1 on the campaign with a key doubleheader sweep Sunday on the road against Stanly Community College.
Scores were 5-2 in the first game and 7-6 in the nightcap in Louisburg College’s favor.
Sophomore veteran Jamie Hockaday went the distance in the opener for LC, allowing just two runs, four hits and zero walks while striking out four.

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STATE REGIONAL HOOPS PAIRINGS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the pairings for this week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association Regional Basketball Tournaments:

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Lady Hurricanes near region title
Lady Hurricanes near region title
LOUISBURG -- Maybe it’s a formality, but Louisburg College still has a bit of business to take care of in the Region X women’s basketball standings.
The Lady Hurricanes are currently undefeated in the league and have yet to be threatened -- but they needed a home victory Tuesday against Wake Tech Community College in order to clinch the championship.

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The Don Of A New Era
FRANKLINTON’S FINEST. Freshman Morgan Tharrington (left) from Franklinton High School will play shortstop this season for the Louisburg College fast-pitch softball squad.
The Don Of A New Era
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s softball program made plenty of strides under former head coach Monica Gordy.
It’s now up to Don Stopa to take that next step toward a possible Region X Championship.
For all of Gordy’s successes during her stint at Louisburg, taking a region title proved to be an elusive proposition, thanks in part to the recent league dominance of backyard rival Pitt Community College.

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BUNN NABS SPIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
BUNN NABS SPIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
NUMBER ONE. The Bunn 16-Under Volleyball Team captured the championship two weekends ago at the Brass Volleyball Tournament in Rowan County. All players are either freshmen at Bunn High School or eighth-graders at Bunn Middle School.

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Terps topple Pirates
GREENVILLE -- Alfredo Rodriguez’ RBI single in the top of the ninth inning lifted Maryland (5-1) to a 2-1 victory over No. 20 East Carolina University (5-2) in the final game of the Ninth Annual Keith LeClair Classic at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium Sunday afternoon.

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URBAN LIVING
URBAN LIVING
Lefty Tony Urban was the winning pitcher for the Louisburg College Hurricanes during Sunday’s home triumph over Anne Arundel CC at Frazier Field.

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LC HILL WORKER
LC HILL WORKER
Megan Thompson will be one of the pitching options this season for the Louisburg College softball team.

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JUMP FOR JOY
JUMP FOR JOY
Bunn High School senior guard Chepirah Neal (left) celebrates with her teammates following the Ladycats’ victory last Friday at East Duplin in the third round of the Class 2-A Girls Basketball State Playoffs. BHS will tangle with Kinston at this Friday’s regionals.

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LIFESTYLES

Moscow Festival Ballet to perform
Moscow Festival Ballet to perform
Louisburg College’s Allen de Hart Concert Series will present the Moscow Festival Ballet at 8 p.m. Monday, March 12, as they perform the timeless ballet classic “Cinderella.”
With lavish costumes, a magical set, and breathtaking folkloric backgrounds, Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Cinderella” is an enchanting experience that proves dreams do come true.

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“This Ain’t Your Momma’s Bluegrass” concert series begins March 17
The first in what is planned as a series of at least four concerts called “This Ain’t Your Momma’s Bluegrass” is slated for March 17 in Louisburg.
Featured will be the The Barefoot Movement  and the Hillbenders. Libra Music Productions and the Franklin County Arts Council are joining forces to present the inaugural event of a series of musical concerts featuring exclusively young emerging bluegrass artists.

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ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENT. Jeff and Lisa Lawrence of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Carly Alana Lawrence, to James Anthony Rowe, son of Greg and Jenny Rowe of Wake Forest. The wedding is planned for June 23, 2012 at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Franklinton. Invitations will be mailed.

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ANNIVERSARY
ANNIVERSARY
A. E. (Chief) and Aubrey Pearce of the Pearce’s community celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 15, 2012 at their home. Their daughter, Carmell Williams of Knightdale, and sons, Randy and Todd, both of Zebulon, hosted the occasion with family and friends. The couple was married in Pilot on Feb. 15, 1947.

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BIRTH
BIRTH
Allen and Jessica Chesser of Louisburg are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Adelyn Claire Chesser, born Jan. 13, 2012 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Robin Maynard of Pilot and Robbie Bowen of Plymouth.

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Tree Give Away scheduled for March 17
Trees are a wonderful addition to any landscape by not only providing an aesthetic complement but by increasing the quality of life and improving overall health.
Since trees are such a large visible addition to the landscape, care must be taken to ensure proper growth and development.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Louisburg College hires new human resource director
Louisburg College hires new human resource director
Terry Wright, Class of ’86 and a lifelong Franklin County resident with more than 20 years of Human Resources experience in the areas of compensation, benefits, expatriation, and immigration services, was recently hired as Louisburg College’s new director of human resources.

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DESIGNING STUDENTS
DESIGNING STUDENTS
Franklin County Schools and the Franklin County Homebuilders’ Association recognized middle school students who took part in the Designers of Tomorrow contest, which allowed students to use art and math to design homes of the future.

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Hodges Receives AWARD
Hodges Receives AWARD
Melissa Hodges, right, of Louisburg was awarded the Linda Aleshire Memorial Presidential Merit Award at the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony for Vance-Granville Community College on Feb. 22.  The scholarship is sponsored by Novozymes North America, Inc. in Franklinton and was presented by VGCC President Dr. Stelphanie Williams.

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Smith named to Dean’s List
Smith named to Dean’s List
Wingate University has named Amanda Smith of Louisburg to the Dean’s List for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2011 semester. The Dean’s List requires a term GPA of 3.30 or at least 12 quality point academic hours with no grade below a C.

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Champion makes ECU Chancellor’s List
Megan Scott Champion of Huntersville was named to the Chancellor’s List for the Fall 2011 semester at East Carolina University in Greenville. In order to be on the Chancellor’s List, one must have all A’s.
She is the daughter of Scott and Gaye Champion of Huntersville.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Bunn commissioners want more light shed on solar farm proposal
Bunn commissioners want more light shed on solar farm proposal
BUNN — A Charlotte-area company is proposing to bring a $15 million industry to the outskirts of town, but officials want more answers before they endorse putting a solar farm next to a residential area.
O2 Energies in Cornelius filed an application in January with the N.C. Utilities Commission, seeking approval to erect a solar farm adjacent to the Bunn prison and a residential area.

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Grand Jury indicts man on porn charges
Grand Jury indicts man on porn charges
A grand jury returned 11 true bills of indictment against a Louisburg man charged with child pornography.
The findings means the case against Bruce Arthur Howard will proceed.
He is slated to appear in Franklin County District Court on March 12 for a probable cause hearing.
It’s expected the case would quickly move over to superior court, but local prosecutors said there is also the probability that the case could go federal.

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MUSIC TO SOOTH
MUSIC TO SOOTH
Members of the East Coast Rhythm and Blues band gave a free performance on Saturday during a fundraising event for the Horne family.

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FRIENDLY ASSISTANCE
FRIENDLY ASSISTANCE
David Andersen, center, and his wife, Brenda, right, bought chicken plates during a fundraiser for the Horne family. The Andersen’s, Wake Forest residents, have known the family for years.

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Missing girl found
A Franklin County girl who went missing earlier this month has been found, safe and sound.
On Feb. 20, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Naisha Monae Bowser, who was last seen at 2970 N.C. 56 East of Louisburg.

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2012 Democratic Party precinct meetings
Franklin County Democrats are encouraged to set aside the following dates to attend your annual precinct meeting in order to become more inclusive in the electoral process on the county, state and national levels.  This is an important election year.

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Deputies seize drugs
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are trying to find the culprits in a fight that one victim said may have involved as many as 30 people.
According to a report by Dep. Keith Jones, he was dispatched during the early morning hours of Feb. 25 to Franklin Regional Medical Center  where a man was being treated for injuries sustained in a fight in the White Level community.

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