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Showing 46 articles from March 13, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Schools may alter attendance lines
Schools may alter attendance lines
In a surprise move Monday night, the Franklin County Board of Education decided to look at redistricting all middle school and high school attendance areas instead of just adjusting for one new middle school.
The district is in the process of converting the former Franklinton High School building in downtown Franklinton into a middle school beginning with the 2013 school year.

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Prospects line up to succeed McGhee
Prospects line up to succeed McGhee
Party leaders charged with recommending a replacement on the county’s board of commissioners want to make sure they follow the process to a “T” before naming a successor.
In the time since Penny McGhee abruptly announced her resignation in an e-mail on March 3, four people have officially expressed interest in the post.

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LEARNING FROM A MASTER
LEARNING FROM A MASTER
Moscow Ballet Festival ballerina Elena Khorosheva, left, takes some local dancers, including Tessa Hoctor, right, of Ballet Arts in Henderson, through some movements during a ballet master class on Tuesday afternoon. Khorosheva performed later in the evening during the Allen de Hart Concert Series at Louisburg College as part of the Moscow Festival Ballet.

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Deadeye Daren
Deadeye Daren
In 10 years of law enforcement, Youngsville Police Chief Daren Kirts hasn’t had to fire his weapon in self-defense.
But that doesn’t mean his .45-caliber service weapon is rusty. Neither are his marksman skills.
Kirts spent some vacation time in late February, competing in the 2012 International Defensive Pistol Association Indoor (IDPA) National Championship in Springfield, Mass.

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Man headed to court for B&E charges
A Franklin County man is slated to appear in court next week, facing nearly 30 counts of breaking and entering charges.
Wake and Franklin county authorities combined to arrests Scottie J. Hunter on March 5, alleging that he was responsible for dozens of break-ins.

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Man arrested for transporting drugs with daughter in car
Man arrested for transporting drugs with daughter in car
FRANKLINTON — Officers trained to sniff out trouble on the highways arrested a Raleigh man, Hakeem Fludd, 29, allegedly for transporting drugs with his daughter in the car.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Dep. Joel Anderson and Franklinton Police Officer A.J. Bishop seized about 14 grams of heroin, charging him with trafficking heroin, possession with intent to sale and deliver heroine, deliver heroine, maintaining a vehicle for the sell of a controlled substance, misdemeanor child abuse, and simple possession of marijuana.

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Commissioners move March 19 meeting to courthouse annex
While there are still plenty of questions regarding the most recent revaluation process, county commissioners have taken one variable out of the equation — location.
After an overflow crowd of angry property owners forced commissioners to move its last meeting on revaluation, the board has decided to start its March 19 meeting in the courtroom at the Hamilton Hobgood Courthouse Annex on Main Street in Louisburg.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Chasity Broadie, 18 mos. old

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Lemonheads
Editorial Cartoon: Lemonheads

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Ellmers’ just say ‘no’ to tolls plan is a simplistic non-fix
The easiest thing for a public official is to say no.
The most difficult is to say no then offer a better alternative.
Unfortunately, especially at the federal and state levels, we’ve seen a lot of simplistic “no” answers and very few better alternatives.

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Offering incentives to retain existing jobs is sound business
Offering incentives to retain existing jobs is sound business
GOOD MORNING: WHOOPEE! Spring has sprung, both literally and figuratively. The fact is, however, we haven’t had much to complain about in the way of winter weather, and the outlook for the remainder of this week calls for even warmer weather.

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Coach who bit off man’s ear provided his best lesson to youngsters — don’t do that
Coach who bit off man’s ear provided his best lesson to youngsters — don’t do that
I’ve always thought that youth sports was an incredible thing.
It teaches children discipline, sportsmanship and camaraderie.
It teaches about sacrifice and teamwork and gives them an appreciation for physical activity — which is no small feat in a country where the obesity rate is climbing at an alarming rate.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 7-13
Did the county commissioners and county staff have prior knowledge of property revaluation problems before citizens received their tax notices?

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County needs new philosophy of animal control
Dear Editor:
For several years I have been volunteering at our municipal animal shelter in Louisburg, and I know for a fact that there are thousands of wonderful animals that have entered the shelter system through no fault of their own.

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Politicians, poor people and historians
Politicians say dumb things, often when cameras and reporters are present. Then they are forced to admit what they said was dumb or try to defend it. When they choose the latter course they always make things worse. Then they commit their third and dumbest mistake ... they clam up, praying their stupid statements will just fade away. They won’t.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES W. GUPTON
LOUISBURG – James William Gupton, 70, died Saturday morning, March 10, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Duke Memorial Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jake Dorak officiating.

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LAURA R. CULP
WENDELL – Laura Frances Richardson Culp, 95, formerly of Robinwood, died Sunday, March 11, 2012. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, in the Strickland Funeral Home chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, with visitation  from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service.  Interment will follow in Pennsylvania  at a later date.

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ELIZABETH M. WOOLARD
APEX – Elizabeth Mullen Woolard, 77, died Monday, March 12, 2012. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Wendell with burial to follow in Historic Oakwood Cemetery.

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LOUISE F. PEARCE
ZEBULON – Louise Frazier Pearce, 94, died Saturday, March 10, 2012. Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 13, in the Zebulon Town Cemetery. 

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MARTHA “POSSUM” GREGORY
HENDERSON —Funeral services for Martha “Possum” Gregory, 86, who died Thursday, March 8, 2012, will be held on Thursday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Mitchell Baptist Church, with the Rev. Daniel Lillie officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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ROBERT “MAN” CRUDUP
FRANKLINTON - Funeral services for Robert “Man” Crudup, 44, who died Saturday, March 10, 2012, will be held at noon Saturday, March 17, at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, with the Rev. Claude Perry officiating.

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MARJORIE B. GARNER
FRANKLINTON-Marjorie Bannister Garner, 84, died Friday, March 2, 2012. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 10, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, Rev. Andre Johnson, pastor. Interment, Manasseh Memorial, Franklinton.

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JESSE D. PETERSON
ZEBULON - Jesse Daniel Peterson, 83, son of the late Letha Tew and Homer Clayton Peterson, died Friday, March 9, 2012. Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 13, at Pearces Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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JACK B. KEENE
ZEBULON - Jack Burns Keene, 80, died Saturday, March 10, 2012. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, at Hephzibah Baptist Church, Wendell.

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WILLIAM “BILLY” S. FERGUSON
FRANKLINTON - William (Billy) Shannon Ferguson, 21, of Lariat Lane, Franklinton, died Saturday, March 10, 2012. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 17, at the home of William Cutshaw and Tracy Ferguson at 2 p.m.

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PAULINE CLIFTON
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Pauline Clifton, 78, who died Monday, March 12, 2012, will be held Saturday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, with the Rev. Spencer Davis officiating.

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W. CLYDE DANIELS
March 21, 1926 – March 13, 2012
LOUISBURG – William Clyde Daniels, 85, of Louisburg, passed away Tuesday morning.

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SPORTS

VAN-TASTIC VICTORY
LC’S TITLE TIME. Members of the Louisburg College women’s basketball squad pose with their regular season and tourney hardware following Sunday’s Region X Tournament Championship Game at the Taylor Center.
VAN-TASTIC VICTORY
LOUISBURG -- Even with their gaudy record, it was only a natural to wonder how the Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes would respond during a tight game -- especially when season survival was at stake.
After all, the fifth-ranked Lady Hurricanes hadn’t played a game in single digits ALL YEAR while losing just once.

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Bunn Blanks Southern Nash
DODGE BALL. Bunn High School batter J’Wan Lewis (right) attempts to avoid a tight pitch during Monday’s non-conference baseball matchup against Southern Nash. The host Wildcats won the contest by a 5-0 margin on the BHS campus.
Bunn Blanks Southern Nash
BUNN -- Two days after their initial meeting was postponed, backyard rivals Bunn and Southern Nash were finally able to convene on the baseball diamond Monday on the BHS campus.
The wait proved to be worth it for the host Wildcats, who scored a 5-0 shutout over the Firebirds in the non-league showdown.

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Greene’s defense kicks off
Greene’s defense kicks off
Detractors might refer to it as cockiness.
But to Oliver ‘June’ Greene, self-assuredness and confidence are keys as he prepares to defend his championship in The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Pool.
As the only participant to pick Connecticut to win the national championship last year, Greene pulled away with his late flurry to finish with 86 points.

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BHS’ Statement Match
FOOTRACE. (L to R) Franklinton’s Jessica Woodburn and Bunn’s Whitney Bunn race for possession during Monday afternoon’s girls soccer showdown on the BHS campus.
BHS’ Statement Match
BUNN -- Despite fielding several playoff-caliber teams, the Bunn Ladycats haven’t been able to break into the Northern Carolina Conference hierarchy during recent girls soccer campaigns.
In order to reach that lofty plateau, the Ladycats needed to top long-time powers Franklinton and Roanoke Rapids, but it hasn’t happened lately.

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STATE FINALS HOOPS RESULTS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are last Saturday’s results for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Basketball Championships:

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Canes split games versus Lancaster
Canes split games versus Lancaster
LANCASTER, S.C.-- The Louisburg College Lady Hurricanes softball team opened up Region X play last weekend by splitting a four-game road series with the University of South Carolina-Lancaster.
LC won last Saturday’s series opener by a 9-1 margin, but the home team rallied to take the nightcap by a narrow 5-4 margin.

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East Carolina claims tourney in Alabama
East Carolina claims tourney in Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, ALA. -- No. 29 East Carolina University (11-3) scored four runs with two outs in the second inning and added a pair in the last two frames to claim the 2012 DRASH Alabama Baseball Classic Title by defeating No. 20 Louisville (10-4) Sunday afternoon 9-4 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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Louisburg repeats as region champs
TWO IN A ROW. (L to R) Louisburg College men’s basketball player Rashod Chavis and Mark Vanderslice have teamed up to earn their second consecutive title at the Region X Tournament.
Louisburg repeats as region champs
HICKORY -- Top-seeded Louisburg College rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to beat Patrick Henry Community College 75-69 in Sunday’s Region X tournament title game at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.
The victory secured LC a berth in the upcoming national tournament and gave the program back-to-back regional tournament championships under second-year head coach Mark Vanderslice.

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Pitching Propels Canes
MAKING A CONNECTION. Louisburg College’s Zach Houchins rips a line drive during the Hurricanes’ diamond sweep last weekend against host Pitt Community College.
Pitching Propels Canes
WINTERVILLE -- Louisburg College’s star-studded lineup has drawn plenty of national acclaim during the Hurricanes undefeated start to the 2012 baseball campaign.
But LC’s pitching staff isn’t too shabby, either.
The Hurricanes displayed that fact last weekend as they traveled to Pitt Community College for a four-game series against the defending Region X champions.

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Mudcats host event
Mudcats host event
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats will host a free Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for area youth on April 21 at 9 a.m. inside Five County Stadium.
Pitch, Hit & Run is the Official Skills Competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

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FHS tennis squad remains undefeated
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School’s boys tennis squad maintained its early-season torrid pace with a 7-2 home victory Monday afternoon against Northern Carolina Conference foe Corinth Holders.
The Red Rams are now 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the NCC heading into today’s home league event against Warren County.

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MORE REGION HIGHLIGHTS
MORE REGION HIGHLIGHTS
ACCEPTING THE PRIZE. Louisburg College sophomore Coco Hull (right) accepts the Region X Tournament Championship Plaque on Sunday afternoon from LC Athletic Director Mike Holloman.

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CAN’T STOP ME
CAN’T STOP ME
Louisburg College’s Jasmine Phillips (with ball) drives for a basket for the Lady Canes during Sunday’s title game of the Region X Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Taylor Center.

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LIFESTYLES

From Russia with Love
From Russia with Love
A BIT OF A STRETCH. Ballerina Elena Khorosheva, left, exhibits some flexibility during a master ballet class given to area dancers on Monday afternoon at Louisburg College. Khorosheva and the Moscow Festival Ballet performed later in the evening as part of the college’s concert series.

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Photography can give your child a different perspective on life
With summer vacation right around the corner, many parents are starting to look for hobbies and extra-curricular activities to keep their children up and moving through those long summer days.
One activity to look into is digital photography.  In case you haven’t noticed, kids today are way more adept at technology than any generation before them.

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ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGEMENTS
ENGAGED. Richard and Loretta Mainquist of Louisburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth Mainquist of Richmond, Va., to Matthew James Gibbons of Richmond, Va. The groom-elect is the son of James Gibbons and Kim Gibbons, also of Richmond, Va. An Oct. 6, 2012 wedding is planned at Blandfield Plantation in Tappahannock, Va.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

School Board addresses personnel issues
The Franklin County Board of Education handled a variety of personnel items Monday night, including the appointment of Michael Sheldon as an assistant principal at Louisburg High School.
In other action, the board accepted the retirement resignations of certified personnel Mary Allen and Meloni Bethea at Louisburg Elementary and Sandra Hooker at Youngsville Elementary.

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Wood is honor society inductee
Stacy Nicole Wood was recently inducted into the Louisburg College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges.
Stacy is the daughter of Alisa Martin and is a graduate of Franklinton High School.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Neighbor dispute erupts into shooting
Distracted driving led to a wreck in Franklinton.
According to a report by Officer Terry Pearce, Valeria Barron was driving a 2004 Chevy south on Main Street just after 3 p.m. on March 8 when she reached for a dropped cell phone.
In her attempt to retrieve the device, the report states, Valeria drove into the back of a stopped vehicle operated by Regina Morgan.

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