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Showing 34 articles from March 16, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Revaluation, incentive package topics of next commissioners’ meeting
Franklin County commissioners and residents will get another crack at discussing revaluation this coming Monday.
And they’ll also get a chance to talk about an incentive package designed to lure a Wake County business across county lines.

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401 PILEUP
401 PILEUP
Emergency crews worked to free a motorist from a sport-utility vehicle following a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. 401 at about 1 p.m. on Friday.  Emergency workers said none of the injuries appeared fatal, but emergency crews were expecting an emergency helicopter to be dispatched to the scene of the wreck just south of E.F. Cottrell Road.

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Camping could cause liability issues for airport
Camping could cause liability issues for airport
The county’s airport commission has asked its attorney to review a liability issue — but it has nothing to do with taking to the skies.
Airport staff has proposed allowing Boy Scouts, as well as airport tenants, primarily Triangle Skydiving Center customers and clients, to camp at a spot on the extreme southern end of the airport.

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Pilot Park has excess water issues
While the county looks for a place to put a park and watering hole, officials and staff are trying to figure out a way to keep excess water off another park.
During the Park and Recreation Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night, Director Oliver Greene updated members on the Pilot Park project.

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Good sports
GOOD TIMES. Among the recent successes for the Louisburg College athletic program is (pictured) Franklinton’s Kevin Williams going up for a dunk.
Good sports
LOUISBURG -- While his girls basketball team was on the cusp of squeezing out a championship at the Region X Tournament on Sunday, Louisburg College President Mark La Branche had one eye on the action -- and the other on his laptop computer.

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Parks & Rec board back to square one
The county’s parks and recreation advisory board got back to square one this week in its search for a park location to fulfill a dying man’s wish.
Primarily, members decided that they would give property owners until the end of June to submit land they want to be considered for development.

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SIGN ME UP
SIGN ME UP
Youngsville resident Jerry Vaughan fills out some paperwork set up in front of the booth shared by Sugar and Spice Pretties and Salon 111, represented by Lindsey Holmes, left. The activities were part of the Youngsville Area Business Association’s 15th annual expo on Thursday at the National Guard Armory.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Dale Honeycutt

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Park It Right Here, Commissioners
Editorial Cartoon: Park It Right Here, Commissioners

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Let your voice be heard on revaluation issue — It’s the American way!
On Monday, every Franklin Countian will have a chance to participate in our Constitutionally mandated right to be a part of government.
It’s one of those unusual times when the collective voice of the people can be heard  and will make a difference if it is heard loudly and often enough.

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The sky hasn’t fallen yet, but illegal wastewater dumping is a problem
The sky hasn’t fallen yet, but illegal wastewater dumping is a problem
At the risk of seeming like Chicken Little worried about whether the sky is falling, I think it is important we pay particular attention to a political situation  and it is political  brewing in the background.
No, not tax revaluations, not theft of county money, not redistricting for politics or schools, not even election-year grandstanding.

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Commissioners should ask for a refund from Assessment Solutions
Commissioners should ask for a refund from Assessment Solutions
GOOD MORNING: I don’t know what it is about this recent property revaluation that our county commissioners don’t fully understand, so let me try to make it crystal clear. The mere suggestion that individual property owners should go through the costs and burden of an appeals process is absolutely unacceptable. What the taxpayers in Franklin County want and demand is a complete “Do Over” by another appraisal firm.

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Can we survive our health care system?
Two years ago next week, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On March 26, the Supreme Court will hear arguments and begin deliberations as to whether this law is constitutional. Regardless of how they rule, we are at a defining moment in our nation’s history.

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OBITUARIES

GEORGE G. FERRELL
WAKE FOREST - George G. Ferrell, 82, died Monday, March 12, 2012. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 15, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial was in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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ANGUS BRIDGES JR.
OXFORD - Angus Bridges Jr., 82, died Monday, March 12, 2012 at Maria Parham Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m.  Saturday, March 17, at Christian Faith Center, with Pastor Brenda Timberlake officiating. Interment will follow in the Estes family cemetery.

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DONNIE RAY ALLEN
RICHMOND, VA. - Donnie Ray Allen, 62, died Monday, March 12, 2012. Arrangements by Asera Care of Richmond, Va. Friends and family will be received at the home of Ronnie and Brooke Allen at 4331 NC 39 Highway N., Louisburg, on Sunday, March 18, from 3-6 p.m.

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SYLVIA ANN ELLIS
ZEBULON - Sylvia Ann Ellis, 72, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center. 

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CHARLES A. STARKEY
YOUNGSVILLE —Charles A. Starkey, 66, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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SPORTS

NN Sweeps BHS
AND AWAY IT GOES. Bunn freshman Phoenix Spivey (right) sends a ball downfield past Northern Nash’s Natalie DePalma during Thursday afternoon’s non-conference girls soccer matchup on the BHS campus.
NN Sweeps BHS
BUNN -- Bunn’s Whitney Bunn struck the first blow, but Northern Nash had the final say during Thursday’s non-conference girls soccer showdown on the BHS campus.
Bunn staked her club to an early one-goal cushion, but the Ladycats wouldn’t score the rest of the way en route to suffering a 5-1 setback against the undefeated Lady Knights.

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BACK ON THE TRACK
SPEED TRACKERS. (L to R) Sprinters Julisa Holden (Louisburg), Angela Snead (Franklinton) and Precious Boone (Bunn) head toward the finish line during Thursday’s track and field meet at the BHS Football Field.
BACK ON THE TRACK
BUNN -- Coach Chris Miller expects this track and field season to be one of the most competitive ever in the history of the Northern Carolina Conference.
And Miller anticipates that his Bunn Wildcats will be in the boys mix to win their third straight title -- but he acknowledges that it won’t be easy.

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LC’s Home Heroics
IN THERE FOR LC. Louisburg College’s Katrina Bartlett takes second base during Thursday evening’s doubleheader sweep against the College of Albemarle at Sheilah R. Cotten Softball Field on the LC campus.
LC’s Home Heroics
LOUISBURG -- First-year Coach Don Stopa had to wait a little longer than usual to enjoy the initial home game of his softball career at Louisburg College.
An earlier meeting was called off due to weather, so LC already had 12 contests in before finally having its Sheilah R. Cotten Field opener Thursday against the College of Albemarle.

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Changes targeted for BHS
Changes targeted for BHS
Chuck Mann feels like he is leaving the Bunn High School girls basketball program in pretty good shape.
Nobody will dispute that assessment.
During Mann’s four seasons running the show at BHS, the Ladycats have won three regular season and tournament championships in the Northern Carolina Conference -- while making two appearances in the Elite Eight of the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Mar. 18-Mar. 24
High School Baseball
TUESDAY
Franklinton at Roanoke Rapids    6:45 p.m.
Corinth Holders at Bunn    6:45 p.m.

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Bunn rallies for win
BUNN -- Bunn High School kicked off its 2012 Northern Carolina Conference baseball schedule in style Tuesday with a comeback victory against long-time league titan North Johnston.
The Wildcats, playing at home, trailed by four runs early in the game before rallying for a key 8-6 conquest.

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TOP GUNS AT TOURNAMENT
TOP GUNS AT TOURNAMENT
BUNN WINS AGAIN. The Bunn All-Stars recently took first place at the Top Gun Super NIT Baseball Tournament in Cary. Not only did players receive a trophy and ring, but Bunn also qualified for paid berths to the Summer and Winter World Series.

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STRETCH PLAY
STRETCH PLAY
Louisburg College first baseman Ashley Williams (left) reaches out to field a throw and retire a College of Albemarle batter during Thursday’s twinbill.

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ALL ABOUT INTENSITY
ALL ABOUT INTENSITY
Bunn’s Marisa Bellamy blazes toward a first-place finish in the Girls 100-Meter Dash during Thursday’s action. Bellamy is the defending state champion in the event.

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JUMP FOR JOY
JUMP FOR JOY
Franklinton’s Jackson Hooton competes in the Boys High Jump during Thursday’s meet at Bunn.

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LIFESTYLES

FLASHBACKS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY
FLASHBACKS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY
LONG BEFORE STAR WARS! We’re not sure what was showing at the old Louisburg movie theater on Court Street in downtown, but whatever it was, it must have been one popular movie! And that’s assuming that it was a movie that drew all these people into town, although that may be too much of an assumption. When this photo was taken, downtown Louisburg was a bustling place.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Louisburg College girls basketball players to appear in court on assault charges
Two Louisburg College basketball players are scheduled to appear in court later this month on assault charges while school officials have found themselves defending disciplinary action.
Louisburg College Police Officer Anton Edwards arrested Kiara F. Cruse, 19, and Brittney Merriweather, 18, during the early morning hours of March 1 after another student alleged the two assaulted her inside Merritt Dormitory.

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Franklinton officials asked to approve new businesses
Franklinton officials will be asked to approve two business ventures that have certainly drawn some scrutiny.
Pareshkemar Patel and proprietors of EZ Lounge LLC have both petitioned the town to open and operate Internet sweepstakes cafes.
Franklinton officials considered banning the businesses prior to a General Assembly decision in December 2011 to outlaw the establishments.

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DIE HARD FUND RAISERS
DIE HARD FUND RAISERS
Bruce Willis and John Lawrence of the Council 13511 Knights of Columbus of Louisburg presented a donation of just over $1,600 to the Crosscreek Charter School’s Exceptional Children’s Department on Friday, March 9. The money is designated to acquiring learning materials for children whose disabilities fall under the autism spectrum.

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Police investigate equipment theft from closed movie theatre
A man looking to get his girlfriend in trouble found plenty of his own.
According to a report by Dep. Samuel Zuniga, officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 500 block of Carlyle Road/Clinton Carlyle Road the evening of March 12.
Upon his arrival, Zuniga said he heard a gunshot coming from the rear of the house and called for more backup.

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BUSINESS

TOP AGENT!
TOP AGENT!
Wayne Champion, Franklin County agent for North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, was named among the Top 75 Agents for 2011, by Steven D. Carroll, CPCU, executive vice president and general manager. Champion was selected for this honor based on his outstanding sales and service record for multiple lines of insurance during 2011.

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