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Showing 39 articles from March 6, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Residents resent revaluation
Residents resent revaluation
Financial staff with Assessment Solutions Inc. have been working since 2007 to revaluate the county’s property.
Tim Cain, president of the Garner company, has long said that no one knows the county’s values better than those who live here.

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McGhee resigns as county commissioner
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will get the first crack at filling Penny McGhee’s recently vacated District 2 seat.
After that, it will be up to voters in the fall.
McGhee sent an e-mail to the county manager and commissioners on Saturday afternoon, resigning effective immediately.

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ONE BRIGHT TRUCK
ONE BRIGHT TRUCK
The Louisburg Fire Department introduced its brand new truck to the Town Council Monday evening just hours after the vehicle had been called into action to fight its first fire. All smiles beside the rear of the brightly marked truck is Fire Chief Timmy Smith, and one of the reasons for his smile is the new capability that the vehicle brings to the local department.

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Deputies seize $100,000 in suspected stolen goods
SCOTTIE HUNTER
Deputies seize $100,000 in suspected stolen goods
Wake and Franklin county deputies teamed up this week to seize a truckload of what they allege were ill-gotten gains.
So far, Scottie Hunter, 35, has been charged with felony larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle — both Wake County charges. More are pending there, investigators said.

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Company explains solar energy project
Company explains solar energy project
Bunn commissioners and interested residents filled the town’s council chambers to get a first-hand view of a solar energy project that’s planned adjacent to their community.
Joel Olsen Jr., managing director of O2 Energies of Cornelius, and Logan Stephens, project developer, explained their proposal and answered questions during a Monday night meeting.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Wayne & Savannah Winstead

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cain-iac
Editorial Cartoon: Cain-iac

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County’s ‘solution’ begs question of what’s right
Dare we say it?
Too little, too late!
That’s the basic reaction to the decision by the Franklin County commissioners regarding the recent — and extremely controversial — tax revaluation that has tempers boiling across the county.
Faced with mounting criticism, commissioners essentially punted during a special session Monday night.

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Commissioners put burden on county’s property owners
Commissioners put burden on county’s property owners
GOOD MORNING: Well, it looks like we dodged that little snowfall the weather forecasters did their best to talk us into, but we got a blast of really cold north wind that cut right through your clothing clear to the bone, almost making me wish that we’d gotten a slight snow dusting instead – note that almost in italics.

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Banking on the continuation of  Sweepstakes operations is a safe bet
Banking on the continuation of Sweepstakes operations is a safe bet
I don’t wager much, but if you had bet me that Internet Sweepstakes businesses would find a way around a 2010 ban and then win an appeal in court, I would have taken that bet.
Those guys are crafty.
Of course, I’d also be willing to bet that before Tuesday’s ruling, nobody knew whether the businesses were still legal or not.

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Website Reader Participation Results Feb. 29 -March 6
Should commissioners scrap new property revaluations and start over?

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Let the political games begin with the primary elections
The May 8 primary elections promise contrasts, excitement and perhaps some revelations. Many races drew large fields of candidates, but far too many legislative matches had little or no opposition. What should we have expected when the filing deadline fell on Leap Day?

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OBITUARIES

ERNEST C. RICHARDS JR.
YOUNGSVILLE—Ernest Cordell Richards Jr., 47, died Sunday morning, March 4, 2012 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Bethlehem Baptist Church (Franklin County). Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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JOSEPHINE P. “JO” MITCHELL
WENDELL - Josephine Powell “Jo” Mitchell, 93, died Monday, March 5, 2012 at The Oliver House in Wendell. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery, 3329 Forestville Road, Raleigh.

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WHEELER S. “BUDDY” GOWER
WAKE FOREST —Wheeler Seth “Buddy” Gower, 63, died Thursday, March 1, 2012. A memorial service will be held at Feggins Funeral Service in Wake Forest. For funeral service details, call (919) 556-1019.

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DELLA O. CRUDUP
BRONX, NY - Funeral services for Della O. Crudup, 72, who died Saturday, March 3, 2012, will be held Saturday, March 10, at  12 noon at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton.

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ELEANOR N. AVERETTE
January 30, 1939 – March 5, 2012
LOUISBURG – Eleanor Alma Newton Averette, 73, of Louisburg, died Monday morning.

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SPORTS

SPLIT SECOND AWAY
HOLD ON TIGHT. Kinston’s Tisha Dixon (right) tries to escape the sturdy defense of Bunn’s Whitney Bunn during last Friday’s matchup.
SPLIT SECOND AWAY
FAYETTEVILLE -- Forgive members of the Bunn High School Athletic Department if they never have to see the Kinston Vikings again in the postseason -- regardless of the sport.
Bunn’s misery quotient against Kinston is almost unexplainable, beginning with a loss last November in the Elite Eight of the Class 2-AA State Football Playoffs.

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Early Showdown In The NCC
TRACKING IT DOWN. Louisburg High School’s Kelsey Harris (right) chases a loose ball while being defended by Bunn’s Lucy Lopez during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer showdown, which was staged at Joyner Park.
Early Showdown In The NCC
LOUISBURG -- It was expected that, once she returned to the lineup, Whitney Bunn would make an immediate impact for the Bunn High School girls soccer squad.
That assessment proved to be true Monday when the Ladycats tangled with backyard rival Louisburg for a key early-campaign matchup in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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The windy winner for Red Rams
The windy winner for Red Rams
FRANKLINTON -- Not even the brutal winds of Monday could derail Franklinton’s full-steam-ahead approach to the 2012 boys tennis campaign.
The red-hot Red Rams remained undefeated with a 9-0 decision over Northern Carolina Conference rival Louisburg under less-than-ideal conditions at the FHS Courts.

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LC clinches league title
LC clinches league title
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College saved one of its best men’s hoops performances of the season for when the Hurricanes needed it most.
LC and Patrick Henry entered last Saturday’s regular season finale tied for first place atop the Region X standings.

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NCHSAA STATE HOOPS SCHEDULE
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed is this Saturday’s schedule for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Basketball Championships:

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NCHSAA STATE REGION RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the results for last week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Basketball East and West Regional Tournaments:

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FOOTRACE
FOOTRACE
Bunn’s Patika Venable (right) attempts to chase down a loose ball during last Friday night’s region meeting with Kinston at the Crown Arena in Fayetteville.

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SCORING HONORS
SCORING HONORS
Whitney Bunn (with ball) delivered 21 points to top the Bunn Ladycats during the meeting last Friday with Kinston in the semifinals of the Class 3-A East Regional Tournament.

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PRESSURE PACKED
PRESSURE PACKED
Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy (right) plays tight defense on Kinston’s Tisha Dixon during last Friday’s game.

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LIFESTYLES

Upcoming Marriage
Upcoming Marriage
TO BE WED. Frances Clayton Williams of Louisburg and Preston Earl Rogers III of Tarboro announce their plans to be married on Saturday, April 7, 2012. The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held at Wolfpit Bed & Breakfast in Louisburg.

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ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT. Kay Johnson of Louisburg announces the engagement of her twin sister, Fay Allen of Louisburg, to Bobby Morris of Gibsonville, the son of Shirley Morris of Eden. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Annie and Joe Bowers of Louisburg. A 2013 wedding is planned.

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ANNIVERSARY
ANNIVERSARY
45th Wedding Anniversary. Norberto and Virginia Seda of Louisburg celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on March 6. They were married on March 6, 1967.

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Culinary Art comes to Franklin County!
First, the International Culinary Arts School comes to the Triangle area … now the Culinary Arts comes to Franklin County!
The Franklin County Arts Council is proud to announce it now has a Culinary Arts Guild!
Recently founded and lead by Culinarion Barry Barker of Youngsville, its mission is to promote the advancement of culinary art in Franklin County.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Sims makes Dean’s List
Sims makes Dean’s List
Vance-Granville Community College named Kristin Sims of Louisburg to the Dean’s List for exhibiting outstanding academic achievement for the Fall 2011 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have a 3.5 grade point average while carrying a full load of 12 hours or more.

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Thomas selected to honors band
Thomas selected to honors band
Elliott Thomas, a junior at Louisburg High School, was selected to participate in the Honor Band Festival held on Dec. 10, 2011 at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. He was chosen as first chair in the Teal Band for bass clarinet.

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Hinton attends NC Catalyst Conference
Hinton attends NC Catalyst Conference
Zoe Hinton recently attended the North Carolina Catalyst Conference which was held Feb. 24- 26 at UNC Chapel Hill. The annual Catalyst Conference brings a group of 80 high school students selected from a pool of 350 applicants from across North Carolina to UNC-CH for a weekend-long exploration of social issues affecting American youth.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Election staff training to focus on ballot integrity
Board of Elections staff said they will key in on training to make sure there is no repeat of the 2011 fall elections when several voters got the wrong ballot.
It was an isolated matter that didn’t affect any outcome, staff said, but when dealing with about 300 ballots this year, a similar error would be costly.

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CROWD CONTROL
CROWD CONTROL
Sgt. Dwayne Collins was one of the many deputies on hand during a special-called Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night. The overflow crowd had to be moved from the board’s regular meeting spot in its conference room to a courtroom at the Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse Annex.

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Deputies arrest man on charges of sexually assaulting child
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Franklinton area man on charges of sexually assaulting a child
Phillip Jamal Manson, 24, of Pine Ridge Drive, was arrested on March 4 and charged with first-degree rape of a child and statutory rape/sex offense.
According to the arrest report by Dep. Nathan Rinker, Manson was arrested at his home.

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In a (Brunswick) stew for historical preservation
In the photo above, the “stirrers and workers” were (left to right) Dr. Buddy Stewart, Michelle Brough, Dewey Botts, Tracy Beaman, Donald Pace, Carol Pace, Dot Robertson and Bob Elliott.
In a (Brunswick) stew for historical preservation
HISTORICAL PRESERVATION can take many forms, but not everyone associates stirring huge pots of stew with helping save local historical landmarks. Yet, that’s exactly what the Person Place Preservation Society has been doing for years to raise funds to restore and preserve the historic Person Place on the campus of Louisburg College.

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Concert volunteers needed
Libra Music Productions and the Franklin County Arts Council are presenting, “This Ain’t Your Mamma’s Bluegrass” on Saturday, March 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Louisburg College auditorium.
Volunteers are needed to help as ticket takers and ushers for the event.

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Franklin County Community Foundation opens grants window for nonprofits
The Board of Directors of the Franklin County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for community projects funded from its community fund, according to Bob Powell, grants committee chairman.
Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that serve Franklin County.  Priority will be given to programs that target the needs brought on by the ongoing economic downturn, organizers said.

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