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Showing 45 articles from March 20, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

MANHUNT
TONS OF GUNS. Law enforcement agents removed these guns from inside the mobile home in the background where they allege Ryan Brown held his ex-girlfriend against her will and assaulted her.
MANHUNT
CENTERVILLE — Deputies combed through a north central community this week, looking for a man accused of kidnapping and beating a Craven County woman.
Ryan Brown, 35, was considered to be heavily armed and dangerous. By Tuesday afternoon, deputies had gotten word that Brown would turn himself in, but he hadn’t turned up before press time.

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Appraiser to reissue revised revaluations
Under mounting criticism, the man responsible for revaluating Franklin County properties maintained that his model for equalizing the county’s tax value was sound.
At the same time, Tim Cain, president of Assessment Solutions Inc., admitted that some mistakes have been made, telling commissioners and residents inside a packed room that he and his staff was in the process of making revisions that would affect properties in areas with the most discrepancies — particularly land along commercially vibrant U.S. 1, large tracts in the northern end of the county that had very few land sales to base comparisons, and commercial properties that are generally in the same boat.

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Technology company considering Franklinton for future expansion
Technology company considering Franklinton for future expansion
A rapidly growing technology company wants to restore the old cotton mill building in downtown Franklinton to productive use -- and continue to grow.
Representatives of the firm Inter Technologies, a 12-year-old, family-owned company, held a preliminary meeting with the town planning board Monday night and no major objections were voiced after the plans were unveiled.

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Commissioners delay decision on solar farms
Commissioners delay decision on solar farms
A number of community concerns prompted commissioners to hold off on amending an ordinance that would create an approval process for solar farms.
Representatives with Community Energy Inc. approached planning staff about the possibility of locating a solar farm in the county near Edward Best Elementary.

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Goodwill store closer to opening in Louisburg
Goodwill Community Foundation took a giant step toward its goal of opening a thrift store in Louisburg Monday night when the town council unanimously granted it the special exception permit it needs to operate.
Goodwill is planning to buy the former Rowe’s Men’s Shop in Shannon Village Shopping Center.
Because the building has been vacant for more than six months, it lost its “grandfather” clause and the new owners are required to comply with current development standards in town.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Tyler Honeycutt

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Cartoon Bean Ball
Editorial Cartoon: Cartoon Bean Ball

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How many goofs, bumbles, errors and mistakes will the county’s leadership make
What next, Franklin County?
We’re almost as afraid to ask that question as we are to find the answer to it!
While a couple of the county’s latest gambits would be funny if they weren’t so expensive, it’s getting downright embarrassing.

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Property owners turnout en masse to voice displeasure with revaluation
Property owners turnout en masse to voice displeasure with revaluation
GOOD MORNING: It should come as no surprise to anyone that only two weeks after agreeing to suspend uranium enrichment, allow United Nations inspections and place a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests in return for 240,000 tons of food aid, North Korea has announced that it plans to launch a satellite into orbit next month to test a technology that is viewed by the U.S. and UN Security Council as a cover for developing and testing long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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Dispute over water is reaching crest
Dispute over water is reaching crest
After about 16 months of bickering in offices and in backrooms, Franklinton and Franklin County staff and attorneys will finally get to argue before someone that  could end an ongoing feud.
It’s about time.
Wake County Judge Paul Gessner is set to hear arguments this coming Friday that, if granted, could end a dispute that began back in September 2010 when the town cut off water service to Franklin County because of a drought.

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Website Reader Participation Results March 14-20
Will Penny McGhee’s replacement be the most qualified choice for the vacant commissioners seat or will it be filled with a “Payoff” for past political favors?

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Left, right & center on Incentives
RALEIGH – In a previous column I described the political debate about North Carolina’s economy as a disagreement among three schools of thought about how best to stimulate growth. For the sake of convenience, I employed the familiar labels of Left, Center, and Right.

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What are the top tax tradeoffs for taxpayers this year?
Taxes will be a top topic of discussion this year for several reasons. First, it’s an election year, and no matter what the office and what the issues, taxes are at the head of the debate. Second, there’s widespread concern about the national debt, and taxes are one way of dealing with our collective red ink. And last -- let’s face it -- arguing about taxes, for many, is just plain fun!

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OBITUARIES

LOUIE L. SALAZAR
YOUNGSVILLE —Louie Levi Salazar, 92, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at home. A celebration service will be held Saturday, March 31, at 11 a.m. at Grace Assembly of God, 2405 Wait Avenue, Wake Forest. A second service and burial will be held in San Jose, Calif.

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TOM COOPER
ENFIELD - Funeral services for Tom Cooper, 92, who died Sunday, March 18, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

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THE REV. CANON H. NEAL PHELPS
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Rev. Canon H. Neal Phelps of Augusta, Ga., originally of Franklin County, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

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ELEANOR KEARNEY
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Eleanor “Piggy” Kearney, 55, who died Monday, March 19, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. John Hopkins Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TONY W. YOUNG
ROLESVILLE - Tony Wade Young, 22, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 20, at Rolesville Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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RICHARD G. O’NEAL
ZEBULON - Richard Glenn O’Neal, 65, died Saturday, March 17, 2012 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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LEVOIE K. SENTER
July 5, 1940 – March 19, 2012
FRANKLINTON Levoie K. Senter of Franklinton passed away on March 19, 2012 following a two-year battle with cancer.  Levoie was born on July 5, 1940 in Franklinton to Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Woodlief Kearney and Elic ‘Hump’ Kearney.  A 1958 graduate of Franklinton High School, she worked briefly for Leggett’s of Franklinton before beginning a career at First Citizens Bank that spanned nearly 40 years, retiring in 1997.

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ELEANOR HOLMES WILDER
June 6, 1931 – March 13, 2012
FRANKLINTON - Eleanor Holmes Wilder, 80, of Franklinton, died peacefully on March 13, 2012 with the companionship of her husband at the Franklin Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Louisburg, NC, after a long illness.

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MARJORIE LOUISE GARDNER LEONARD
October 28, 1921 – March 17, 2012
LOUISBURG, N.C. - Marjorie Louise Gardner Leonard – who cherished her family and friends, who loved the land of her family farm and the good life it provided and who possessed a zest for life in its fullest form every day – passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012.

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DEBRA “DEBI” B. O’CONNOR
WAKE FOREST - Debra “Debi” Baysdon O’Connor, 54, of Wake Forest passed away on Saturday March 17, 2012 at Wake Medical Center after a sudden cardiac arrest.

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BENNIE CLAY HARPER
September 22, 1924 – March 20, 2012
BUNN - Bennie Claybourne Harper, of Bunn, formerly of Rocky Mount, died Tuesday morning at Nash General Hospital after battling pneumonia and lung cancer.

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SPORTS

Young Phenoms
SHOW OF SPEED. Bunn’s Victoria Dunston rounds third and heads for home plate during last Friday evening’s road softball victory at Franklinton.
Young Phenoms
FRANKLINTON -- As a whole, Franklin County prep softball is in a rebuilding mode, with an influx of young talent making an immediate impact on the varsity level at each of the county’s three high schools.
That fact was on display last Friday when Bunn traveled to Franklinton for a key early-season showdown in the Northern Carolina Conference.

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SECOND-HALF SURGE
APPLICATION DENIED. Louisburg’s Kera Ktul (right) comes up with a save as Bunn’s Whitney Bunn waits for a potential rebound during Monday afternoon’s NCC girls soccer showdown on the BHS campus.
SECOND-HALF SURGE
BUNN -- With the outcome of the match in doubt in the second half, the Bunn Ladycats turned to -- who else -- Whitney Bunn during the second half of Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls soccer grudge match against backyard foe Louisburg.
The Lady Warriors, who had played Bunn tough during an earlier meeting, were staying close to the Ladycats once again as part of the rematch.

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NCC’s Queenpins
SAFETY ISSUE. A North Johnston player slides safely into home plate as Louisburg catcher Maia Quinn awaits the throw during Monday’s Northern Carolina Conference girls softball event on the LHS campus.
NCC’s Queenpins
LOUISBURG -- Softball has been almost an embarrassment of riches at North Johnston High School through the years -- and the trend doesn’t appear on the verge of stopping any time soon.
While some clubs in the Northern Carolina Conference have trouble finding one reliable pitcher -- the Lady Panthers have two who are as good as anyone else in the league.

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Changes made by NCHSAA
Changes made by NCHSAA
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s previous realignment plan from earlier this year wasn’t to the liking for any of Franklin County’s three high schools.
Still, several administrators grumbled that they were powerless to change the NCHSAA’s realignment path.
But that road took an interesting twist last week, thanks in part to official appeals from area schools.

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Big day on water
COUNTY WATER WONDERS. Among the prize catches during recent fishing action at Lake Gaston were (l to r) Chuck Murray and Randy Groves.
Big day on water
LAKE GASTON -- On a beautiful sunny day on Lake Gaston two weekends ago, anglers were bringing big bags of  bass to the scales.
Twenty-five anglers brought over 303 pounds of bass to the scales.
When all the scales had settled, Louisburg’s Chuck Murray and Creedmoor’s Randy Groves took the tourney win with an impressive 5-fish limit weighing 21.54 pounds.

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FRANKLIN TIMES NCAA STANDINGS
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Here are the updated standings in The Franklin Times NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Pool through Week One:

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LC On Hot Streak
LC On Hot Streak
LOUISBURG -- Since he didn’t take the job until November, first-year head coach Don Stopa figured there would be an adjustment period early in the spring for the Louisburg College fast-pitch softball squad.
That assessment proved to be true, as did Stopa’s inclination that the Lady Hurricanes would continue to develop as the campaign progressed.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE DONATION
MIRACLE LEAGUE DONATION
EVERY SIP COUNTS. Donna Wade, the Executive Director for the Miracle League of Franklin County, accepts a $5,000 check from Scott Bradley, Long Beverage’s Non-Alcoholic Beverages Supervisor for Walmart.

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Mudcats’ tickets on sale
Mudcats’ tickets on sale
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, have announced that single-game tickets are available.
Fans can purchase tickets beginning through the team’s website at carolinamudcats.com or by calling (919) 269-CATS.

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National Champs
National Champs
PINEHURST -- When he started the men’s basketball program at Sandhills Community College in June, 2008, Aaron Denton had no idea the Flyers would experience so much success -- and so quickly.
Denton, a Bunn native and former coach at Louisburg College, left LC to become the head coach and athletic director at Sandhills that summer.

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SIMPLY THE BEST
SIMPLY THE BEST
The Franklin County Firecrackers U-13 won the gold medal in the Carolina Region Nickel Volleyball Tournament on March 10 in Asheboro. The Firecrackers went 6-0 in pool play and 4-1 in playoff matches.

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FCPR VOLLEYBALL WINNERS
FCPR VOLLEYBALL WINNERS
SUGAR AND SPIKES VOLLEYBALL SQUAD. The Sugar and Spikes won the Franklin County Winter Volleyball 12-Over League Tournament and Regular Season Championships.

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LIFESTYLES

ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT
ENGAGEMENT. Kelly and Kevin Breedlove of Oxford and Clay and Snow Dean Cannady of Franklinton announce the engagement of their daughter, Casie Diane to Benjamin Patrick Daniels. The groom-elect is the son of George and Becky Daniels of Blacksburg, Va. The wedding will take place on April 7, 2012 at Franklinton Baptist Church in Franklinton.

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Community invited to field day on the farm conservation celebration
Members of the community are invited to Tar River Land Conservancy’s Field Day on the Farm event on Saturday, April 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s event will celebrate 12 years of land conservation by the local land trust.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

NEW AT LHS
NEW AT LHS
Michael J. Sheldon has been named an assistant principal at Louisburg High School. “First, I would like to thank the entire community of Bunn for their overwhelming support of me as an educator over the past six years,” Sheldon said.

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County students to test their knowledge of natural science, enviroment in regional contest
Franklin County students will get to test their natural science wits against area students this week.
Vollmer Farm in Bunn will host the Area IV Envirothon, pitting this county’s students against others from the 11-county region.
Students will be tested on their knowledge and awareness of environmental issues.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Man killed in motorcycle accident, driver charged
YOUNGSVILLE — A man was killed Saturday night in a motorcycle accident.
According to reports, Anthony Young was riding west on Holden Road just outside of Youngsville when a vehicle turned left in front of him.
Young’s injuries proved fatal.

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Mild winter means more pests this spring
At first glance, it’s probably enough to make your skin crawl.
For farmers, it could mean the difference in their bottom lines.
Experts expect that a lot of bugs, insect and other creepy crawlers often kept in check by freezing winters will be out in greater numbers this spring and summer.

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Privette named to Who’s Who
Privette named to Who’s Who
A local woman, Patricia Hayes-Privette, has been approved nationally for Who’s Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
Privette is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and holds a license in education.

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County, Franklinton water dispute headed to court
Franklin County and Franklinton will have their day in court.
Franklinton and Franklin County have been in a stalemate ever since the town shut off service to the county in September 2010 because of a drought.

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ALL ABOUT TREES
ALL ABOUT TREES
The annual tree giveaway in Franklin County was held Saturday morning at the Farmers Market in Louisburg — and 4,000 or so trees disappeared in a little more than 30 minutes. In the photo above, Cosme Hurtado, 8, holds open his bag as Cooperative Extension agent Meg Wyatt adds some loblolly pine seedlings for him to plant. Looking on is his mother, Angela.

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