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Showing 41 articles from March 2, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Commissioners to address inconsistent property values
Commissioners to address inconsistent property values
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will host a special-called meeting this Monday, hoping that a revaluation company can explain values that property owners say area all over the place.
The county contracted Assessment Solutions Inc. to perform revaluation services and after waiting two years to let the housing market settle, company President Tim Cain told commissioners that countywide values went up an average of 14.8 percent.

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Residents will get chance to weigh in on US 1 planning
Residents will get chance to weigh in on US 1 planning
FRANKLINTON — The old Franklinton High School will be the site of a public meeting that will help determine the future of a major county thoroughfare.
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) has been tasked with developing a comprehensive management plan for U.S. 1 — a significant north-south corridor that runs along the western end of Franklin County through Youngsville and Franklinton.

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Former animal control officer investigated by  SBI for embezzlemen
JOHNSON
Former animal control officer investigated by SBI for embezzlemen
Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation are probing allegations that a former animal control officer embezzled funds.
Kathy Johnson was fired on December 28 and accusations that as much as $8,600 was missing from the office falls at her feet, said Finance Director Chuck Murray.

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Convicted beekeeper relocates beehives
Convicted beekeeper relocates beehives
Louisburg staff said a woman found guilty of violating the town’s beekeeping ordinance has removed the nuisance.
A district court judge last month gave Patricia Walker two weeks to remove a honey beehive from her Noble Street residence, or face further court action.

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Company to shed light on solar farm
Bunn commissioners and residents asked for more information about a solar farm proposed on the outskirts of town.
On Monday, that’s what they will receive.
O2 Energies, a company outside of Charlotte, is proposing to build a $15 million solar farm adjacent to the state Department of Corrections prison in Bunn and will need several approvals to make the project a reality.

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Filing period ends, new faces on ballot
The filing period ended Feb. 29, promising some primary battles before the fall election.
At the county level, there will be primary battles for Democrats for commissioner in District 1 and District 3.
And there will also be a primary battle for the Republican party for the Commission District 7 (at-large) seat.

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CORRECTION
A story in the Midweek edition of The Franklin Times incorrectly listed Jeremy May as a candidate for the Commission District 3 seat. Jeremy May is not a candidate for office. Jeremy Neal should have been listed as the Republican candidate in that district. The Franklin Times regrets the error.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg College student Kristen Shuford

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Thorny Throne
Editorial Cartoon: Thorny Throne

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Latest telephone ‘upgrade’ requires three more digits
Just when we all were beginning to think that all this infernal technology could not possibly become any more annoying, along comes something new.
Beginning at the end of the month — March 31 to be exact — we will all have to begin dialing a full 10-digit number just to make a local phone call.

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We must identify at-risk students before their behavior turns violent
We must identify at-risk students before their behavior turns violent
It’s been another bloody week in public schools after a troubled young man walked into a Chardon, Ohio, high school cafeteria and opened fire with a .22-caliber pistol, apparently picking his victims at random.
It’s the kind of thing, I’m afraid, we’re becoming accustomed to — and often, it’s just another numbing statistic.

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Public meeting on revaluation scheduled at inconvenient time
Public meeting on revaluation scheduled at inconvenient time
GOOD MORNING: The Franklin County Commissioners have called a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to “discuss revaluation concerns,” but I don’t know if that little room on the second floor of the County Administration Building at 113 Market Street in Louisburg is large enough to hold the number of outraged property owners that are likely to show up or not.

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North Carolina’s real state budget
RALEIGH – If all you know about North Carolina’s state budget is what you see in headlines or hear in political ads, you don’t know enough. Most politicians and analysts talk only about the General Fund – the share of state spending paid for by North Carolina’s income tax, statewide sales tax, and a few other sources.

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OBITUARIES

EMILY “SUE” MOORE
LOUISBURG —Funeral services for Emily “Sue” Moore, 83, who died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary Holman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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MARY M. WEAVER
FRANKLINTON — Mary Montgomery Weaver, 80, a resident of 224 W. Mason Street, Franklinton, died Wednesday Feb. 29, 2012, at Maria Parham Medical Center.   Born in Vance County, she was the daughter of the late Mertie Walters Montgomery and John Swanson Montgomery.  She was a homemaker and member of Friendly Baptist Church in Bethlehem, NC.

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RICHARD J. TAYLOR
YOUNGSVILLE — Richard J. Taylor, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at North Raleigh United Methodist Church. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Sunset Memorial Park North, Olmsted, Ohio.

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ASHLEY DEBNAM
YOUNGSVILLE — Ashley Debnam, 72, died Thursday, March 1, 2012. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church,  a veteran of the US Army, and was an electrician at ABB/Westinghouse for 30 years.

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JOHN EFREM NOVECK
YOUNGSVILLE — John Efrem Noveck of Youngsville passed away on February 28, 2012 at his home.  He was born on April 10, 1924 to the late Efren F. Noveck & Audotia Protasena Noveck in New Britain, CT. He graduated from New Britain High School in 1942, and from 1943-1946 he served in the United States Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre.

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RICHARD GOLIGHTLY
FRANKLINTON — Richard Golightly, 90, of Franklinton, passed away on February 29, 2012 at Franklin Oaks, Louisburg.  He was born in Easley, SC to the late Charlie V. Golightly and Mary Edith Sentell Golightly. He retired from Burlington Industries after 42 years of service and later worked until the age of 89 with H&R Block. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was a lifelong member of Franklinton United Methodist Church.

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SPORTS

DUNKIN’ DAYS
I CHALLENGE YOU. Louisburg College’s Kevin Williams (right) elevates for a dunk attempt during Tuesday night’s home victory against Wake Tech CC.
DUNKIN’ DAYS
LOUISBURG -- On the scoresheet, they registered simply as two points apiece for Louisburg College.
But LC’s flurry of first-half dunks ultimately meant much more during Tuesday’s key Region X home showdown against Wake Tech Community College at the Taylor Center.
Following a slow start, and needing a victory to maintain a tie for first place in the region standings, the Hurricanes used some high-wire acrobatics to get motivated -- and thrill the capacity crowd in attendance.

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TAYLOR’S TIME
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE. Louisburg College men’s basketball player Rashod Chavis (right) receives a medal from Roger Taylor as part of Tuesday night’s student-athlete awards ceremony at the Taylor Center.
TAYLOR’S TIME
LOUISBURG -- Born on a tobacco farm and raised from an early age to value hard work and loyalty, Roger Taylor had no way of envisioning that his efforts would affect the lives of so many people in a positive fashion.
The values Taylor learned at a young age have proved to be beneficial to his professional career as a successful financial strategist and owner of Roger G. Taylor and Associates in Rocky Mount.

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Students receive medals
COBURN SALUTED. Franklinton County resident and Louisburg College baseball player Jeremy Coburn was among Tuesday’s honorees.
Students receive medals
LOUISBURG -- Each year, the Hurricane Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony continues to grow in its effort to showcase the in-the-classroom excellence of Louisburg College’s athletes.
The latest event was held Tuesday night at the Taylor Center, and Roger Taylor himself was on hand to present medals to 103 students.

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LC’s Crown Clinchers
TIA TO THE HOOP. Louisburg College guard Tia Johnson (left) drives for a layup Tuesday afternoon against Wake Tech.
LC’s Crown Clinchers
LOUISBURG -- Challengers have been few for the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes during the acclaim filled 2011-12 basketball campaign.
So LC head coach Brett Vana has taken it upon himself to challenge his club with a variety of goals.
One of them was achieved Tuesday as Louisburg wrapped up the Region X regular season championship with a 77-32 decision over Wake Tech Community College.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Mar. 4-Mar. 10
High School Basketball
CLASS 2-A STATE PLAYOFFS
GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

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Franklinton off to hot start in boys tennis
FINAL APPROACH. Bunn’s Emily Stallings (left) prepares to send the ball out of harm’s way during Thursday afternoon’s home soccer showdown against Rocky Mount High School.
Franklinton off to hot start in boys tennis
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton’s boys tennis team entered the regular season with lofty hopes and dreams, and nothing happened in the first week of play to dispel those expectations.
Instead, FHS tangled with two long-time Northern Carolina Conference powers and earned victories.
Monday, Franklinton opened with an impressive 6-3 decision over defending NCC champion Roanoke Rapids.

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LC’s Pitching Luxury
WEDNESDAY OUT-ING AT FRAZIER FIELD. Louisburg College’s Zach Houchins (right) tags out a Stanly CC runner at third base during Wednesday’s contest at Frazier Field.
LC’s Pitching Luxury
LOUISBURG -- When Mike McGuire finished off his bountiful recruiting class, he knew some difficult decisions would have to be made regarding playing time -- especially in the all-important Region X matchups.
McGuire, in his first year at LC, has used the Hurricanes’ non-league games as a lineup barometer for the region schedule, which begins next weekend with a four-game series at rival Pitt Community College.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY AWARD WINNERS, pics 1
FRANKLIN COUNTY AWARD WINNERS, pics 1
MEDALS STAND. The list of Franklin County residents who received medals Tuesday night as part of Louisburg College’s Student-Athlete Award Ceremony at the newly named Taylor Center included Elmer Rayo.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY AWARD WINNERS, pics 2
FRANKLIN COUNTY AWARD WINNERS, pics 2
MEDALS STAND. The list of Franklin County residents who received medals Tuesday night as part of Louisburg College’s Student-Athlete Award Ceremony at the newly named Taylor Center included Miranda Higgs.

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LC sked announced
LC sked announced
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will open its 2012 football season on Sept. 1 with a road contest in Western New York against Erie Community College.
LC’s first home event will be Sept. 15 against Gray Military Academy.
The Hurricanes’ complete slate is as follows, with home games listed in CAPS:

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Veteran Presence
A CLOSE CALL. Nash Central’s Taylor Pitt (left) avoids the tag attempt of Bunn catcher Casey Thomason during Wednesday afternoon’s high school fast-pitch softball action on the BHS campus.
Veteran Presence
BUNN -- Nash Central’s experience and Bunn’s youth didn’t provide a good combination for the home team Wednesday afternoon in the regular season softball opener for both squads.
Central has all but one starter returning from a club that made a deep run last spring in the Class 3-A State Playoffs.

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FIRECRACKERS EARN SILVER
FIRECRACKERS EARN SILVER
SILVER SENSATIONS ONCE AGAIN. The Franklin County 13-Under Firecrackers Volleyball Team took its second silver medal of the season with a strong performance on Feb. 25 at the Carolina Region U-13 Nickel Volleyball Tournament, which was held in Charlotte.

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LIFESTYLES

The demon of busyness
The demon of busyness
Every Tuesday at Benson Chapel, the Louisburg College faculty, staff, students, and friends from the community gather to hear sermons on various topics of interest.
These sermons are usually presented by our Chaplain, Shane Benjamin. The topics have been most valuable in coping with the complicated world we live in nowadays.

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FLASHBACKS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY
FLASHBACKS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY
Louisburg Opera House. This pre-1940 photograph of downtown Louisburg shows the Opera House, a large building located on the corner of Market and East Nash streets, behind the Franklin County Courthouse. The opera house offered talent shows, movies, vaudeville, concerts, old-fashioned minstrels and slapstick comedy.

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VALENTINE’S PARTY
VALENTINE’S PARTY
On Feb. 12, a Valentine’s Party was held at Carebridge Assisted Living in Louisburg. Mike Joyner and Joan Griffin, pictured above, were crowned King and Queen for the year. The Willis Gupton Band provided live music for the event.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklin Regional Medical Center launches national “Ask Me 3” health literacy initiative
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nine of 10 patients do not receive health information in a way they can use or understand it. And according to many medical and nursing professionals, that can harm a person’s health and lead to errors in hospitals and clinics.
“Only about 50 percent of patients take medications as directed,” explains Betsy Hunt, inpatient nurse manager at Franklin Regional.

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Woman missing from Safe Space shelter
Louisburg police were looking for a woman missing from a domestic violence abuse shelter.
According to a report by Det. G.C. Stephens, representatives with Safe Space told officers on Feb. 29 that a 50-year-old Raleigh woman checked out of the shelter the morning before and had not been seen since.
The woman, according to the report, was driving a red 1997 Saturn.

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Suspect in shooting death accepts plea with dismissed charge, sentenced 38-55 months
One more suspect in a March 2010 shooting death was sentenced this past week.
Antavious Green pled guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon as part of a plea arrangement on Tuesday.
Prosecutors agreed to drop charges of second-degree murder.
Green is one of several suspects that investigators said played a role breaking into Anthony Perry’s Kittrell home and killing him.

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Judge ousts Durham district attorney
A Franklin County Superior Court Judge decided to remove Durham’s top prosecutor on Friday.
According to reports, Hobgood said he found “clear, cogent and convincing” evidence that District Attorney Tracey Cline brought the prosecutor’s office into disrepute.
Friday’s ruling came after a four-day hearing to determine whether Cline was fit for office.

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United Way Community Impact Grants application cycle open
The United Way of Franklin County Community Impact Grant application cycle has opened through April 13. Non-profit agencies in Franklin County can apply for human services program funding. The 2012 grants are up to $6,000 each.

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Three Franklin County men attend NC State tobacco short course
Three Franklin County men attend NC State tobacco short course
Two young tobacco farmers from Franklin County, and their county cooperative extension director, were among 37 participants who took part in a “Skills for Tobacco Growers: SUCCEED IV” short course held recently at NC State University.

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BUSINESS

NEW BUNN BUSINESS OPENS
NEW BUNN BUSINESS OPENS
Owners of Needful Things took a few minutes Thursday morning to officially cut a ribbon and open for business. Shown here (from the left) at the ribbon cutting were owners Deborah and Johnny Dew and daughter, Ciara, 10, who cut the ribbon while Bunn town clerk Judy Jeffreys and Mayor Marsha Strawbridge helped. The store offers a variety of new and gently used items at 326 Main Street in Bunn.

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