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Showing 43 articles from March 23, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Water fight escalates to Raleigh courtroom
County and Franklinton attorneys began slogging through arguments on Friday, hoping to convince a judge to come down on their side of a water dispute.
Judge Paul Gessner had not issued a ruling by press time on Friday.
In September 2010, the county shut off water service to the county for a few weeks as it grappled with a drought.

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Hunted suspect gives up
A man that had been on the run since Monday morning turned himself in Thursday afternoon.
Deputies took custody of Ryan M. Brown, 35, and immediately began questioning him about a kidnapping that began in Craven County and ended with a manhunt that began in Centerville and expanded to Warren County.

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Big smiles say it all at Special Olympics
LIGHTING THE WAY. Haven Driggers holds on to the Olympic Torch during ceremonies held on March 15 at the Bunn High School football field for the Franklin County Special Olympics.
Big smiles say it all at Special Olympics
Bright skies and great weather met more than 50 athletes whose smiles matched the atmosphere.
Franklin County organizers held the annual Franklin County Special Olympics recently, giving youngsters with special needs a stage to show their skills and have fun.
About 55 athletes competed in running and track and field events in front of crowds at the Bunn High School football field.

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One tired bird!
One tired bird!
With only one more week of work as the county’s animal control director, it was only fitting that one of Graham Stalling’s last duties was about letting go.
Fittingly, it was a pigeon.
Animal Control Officer Danny Howard was called out to Gayline Road on Wednesday when a resident dealt with a pesky pigeon that wouldn’t take shoo for an answer.

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County hands animal control to sheriff
County hands animal control to sheriff
Franklin County will take a new approach to animal control at the end of the month.
The department will be consolidated with the sheriff’s office, led by Sgt. Taylor Bartholomew.
Graham Stallings announced in February that he would be stepping down from the position at the end of this month.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Youngsville resident Luis Guillen

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Tech industry finds Franklinton treasure
Just can’t help but wonder what took so long, can you?
The former cotton mill in Franklinton has been sitting empty so long, most folks have forgotten what a tremendous community asset it was when it was running at full tilt.
But it’s possible the community will see those days again before too long since a rapidly growing, high tech industry is looking at it for a major investment.

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Even kids not safe from ‘nuts’
Even kids not safe from ‘nuts’
GOOD MORNING: I have some fatherly advice for people who object to their youngsters undergoing a weapons pat down before being seated in an airliner.
Find another means of transportation. This in response to objections posted online by a child’s father recently.

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Silly regulations stifle development
Silly regulations stifle development
Two things this week really caught my attention, both small but both indicative of the problems we’re facing here in Franklin County as we try to pull ourselves back out of the economic recession that has been devastating over the last five years.
For some time, we’ve lamented the silly regulations -- not the necessary ones, mind you, but the silly ones that are pointless -- which slow and often stop economic development.

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CHANGING COMMUNITY
CHANGING COMMUNITY
The look of Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg has changed a great deal since this photograph was taken back in 1963. The photo shows The Franklin Times building at the lower left with a used car dealership visible where a car wash now stands just north of the newspaper office. Of course, the biggest change in the last several decades has come on the west side of Bickett since the first of this year.

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Privatization would punish poor kids
The Republican leadership of the General Assembly seems to have backed off for now on their plans to slash eligibility for NC PreK and completely privatize the program.
That’s welcome news, but not very reassuring since there is no indication of a change in philosophy among legislative leaders.

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OBITUARIES

LILLIAN A. PERNELL
LOUISBURG – Lillian Ayscue Pernell, 80, of the Alert Community, died Wednesday evening, March 21, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Alert Pentecostal Holiness Church, with the Rev. Bill Spence officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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MARIETTA “ED” EVANS BAINES
HOLLISTER - Funeral services for Marietta “Ed” Evans Baines, 89, who died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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BARBARA S. WILLIAMS
WENDELL – Barbara Strickland Williams, 58, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, with visitation from 1:30 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Bailey Town Cemetery.

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AIMEE L. VAILLANCOURT
FRANKLINTON—Aimee Lynette Vaillancourt, 37, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Rex Hospital. Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m.

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LAUREN E. PARRISH
YOUNGSVILLE —Lauren Elizabeth Parrish, 24, died Thursday, March 22, 2012.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

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DAVID ROLLINS WYNNE
LOUISBURG - David R. Wynne, 52, of Louisburg, died peacefully at home, March 22, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.

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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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SPORTS

HEY HEY HOCKADAY
FOUL FEELING. Louisburg College freshman shortstop Morgan Tharrington from Franklinton fouls off a pitch during Tuesday evening’s fast-pitch softball doubleheader sweep against Surry Community College.
HEY HEY HOCKADAY
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College has seen its share of booming bats and powerful pitchers on the softball field through the years.
But that number dwindles considerably when the discussion is about players who shined as both sluggers and hurlers -- at least at the level Jamie Hockaday has during the 2012 campaign.

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Franklinton cheerleaders shine in Florida
JOB WELL DONE. Members of the Franklinton High School cheerleading team perform last weekend at the Cheer Ltd. Cheer Nationals, which were held at the Sheraton Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Franklinton cheerleaders shine in Florida
FRANKLINTON -- A 150-second routine that took nearly 10 months to perfect secured a trophy last weekend for the Franklinton High School varsity cheerleading squad.
Thanks to their successful routine, the Red Rams claimed the First Runner-Up Award in the Small Varsity, Non-Tumble Division at the Cheer Ltd. Cheer Nationals, which were held over three days at the Sheraton Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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LC clubs playing in nationals
LC clubs playing in nationals
Louisburg College moved within two victories of a title following a nail-biting victory over Mesa College in Thursday’s quarterfinals of the Division II National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament, which is being held in East Peoria, Ill.
After trailing by four points at halftime versus their foe from Arizona, Louisburg rallied for a 65-63 decision.

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Bunn Bests Pirates
Bunn Bests Pirates
BUNN -- A pair of big innings proved to be the difference as Bunn defeated Corinth Holders 13-9 in the key Northern Carolina Conference baseball game on Tuesday on the BHS campus.
The Wildcats are now 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the NCC. After a slow start to the campaign, Bunn has won five straight diamond outings.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Mar. 25-Mar. 31
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Bunn at North Johnston    6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY
North Johnston at Franklinton    6:45 p.m.

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County meet moved
County meet moved
BUNN -- The annual The Franklin Times Franklin County Track and Field Meet has been moved due to the threat of poor weather today.
Instead, the event has been rescheduled for April 28 at 9 a.m. at the Bunn High School Football Field.
Franklin County’s middle school and high school squads will be in action.

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RR coach claims state award
CHAPEL HILL – Sherry Norris of Chapel Hill High School and Terry Frazier of Roanoke Rapids High School are the recipients of the seventh annual Toby Webb Coach of the Year Awards given by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
The two outstanding coaches will be recognized at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting on May 3 at the Smith Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER SPIKER CHICKS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER SPIKER CHICKS
(Back, l to r) Coach Sherrie Wrenn, Shelby Dion, Haley Pernell, Linzey Griffin and Coach Staley Griffin; (front, l to r) Jessie Wrenn, Ryley Allen, Allison Barlow and Makayla Ball. Not pictured are Joanna Henry and Alyssa Kearney.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER NET NINJAS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER NET NINJAS
(Back, l to r) Coach Cassie Morris, Victoria Poyer, Jordan Edwards, Morgan Morris and Coach Glenn McMullen; (front, l to r) Journee Hartsfield, Haley Marshall, Courtney Keith and Alex Cardwell. Not pictured is Sierra Sherman.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER LADY STARS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER LADY STARS
(Back, l to r) Coach Sondra Ayscue, Ashley Perry, Maddie Ayscue, McKayla Holden, Sarah Gupton and Coach Allison Gupton; (front, l to r) Taylor Ferguson, Nicole Skinner, Katie Thompson and Summer Phillips. Not pictured is Whitney Bolton.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER FAST AND FURIOUS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 12-OVER FAST AND FURIOUS
(Back, l to r) Coach Audra Gupton, Taylor Sullivan, Melanie Rusin, Coach Tammy Newton, Hannah Gardner, Hope Crute and Coach Ted Newton; (front, l to r) Adriane Sullivan, Amber Newton, MacKenzie Czysz and Lillian Gupton.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE TRAINING DAY
MIRACLE LEAGUE TRAINING DAY
The weather was perfect last weekend as 25 players participated in The Miracle League of Franklin County Angels in the Outfield Training Mini-Clinic at the Louisburg High School Softball Field. Each of the players teamed up with one to three ‘buddies’, who assisted them through five different rotation stations. The day ended with a free hot dog luncheon. Registration is still available for the Miracle League Spring Season, which begins on March 31. For more information, call Donna Wade at (919) 291-1040. Among the training clinic highlights were (above) Jami Wade gets assistance with her batting stroke from buddy Kathy Kirby.

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MIRACLE LEAGUE TRAINING DAY (pics)
MIRACLE LEAGUE TRAINING DAY (pics)
Pierce Jernigan crosses home plate with the help of buddies Jade Henrie and Cierra Killian.

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GAINES GOES UP
GAINES GOES UP
Louisburg College’s Olivia Gaines drives for two points during first-round action at the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament.

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LIFESTYLES

Seasoned Seniors told to eat better to be healthier
Seasoned Seniors told to eat better to be healthier
On March 9 the Seasoned Seniors’ group from Louisburg United Methodist Church gathered at the fellowship hall to discuss and to listen to a few tips on how to stay healthy.
We realize how hard it is to stay healthy these days with so much to worry about from the environment and the effects on the food we consume.

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Cooperative Extension Service is providing more classes
The local Cooperative Extension Service is offering  a number of classes including Expanded Foods & Nutrition, Parenting Matters, Save Energy/Money/the planet, Anger Management classes and the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
Here is your opportunity to learn a great deal, make a tasty treat and get everything under control!

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Blonnie Massenburg celebrates 100th birthday
Blonnie Massenburg celebrates 100th birthday
Blonnie L. Massenburg was all smiles Saturday, March 3, 2012, as she celebrated her 100th birthday at the Franklin County Operations Center with nearly 200 family members and friends. Guests enjoyed a meal of some of her favorite foods, gospel music by the Manning Family and tributes by her family and friends.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

Local student inducted into Honor Society
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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VGCC awards 328 Scholarships
Vance-Granville Community College awarded 328 scholarships to full-time students at an awards ceremony, held Feb. 22 in the college’s Civic Center.
In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Stelfanie Williams, the new president of VGCC, congratulated the scholarship recipients and thanked the donors who support the college’s Endowment Fund, many of whom were on hand to present their scholarships in person.

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OLYMPIC METTLE
OLYMPIC METTLE
NASCENT STAGES. The first formed Science Olympiad team at Louisburg High School finished second at the regional competition of the North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) held at Duke University on March 10. The team’s finish qualified them for the state event, scheduled for April 27-28 at N.C. State University.

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Kerr-Vance Academy Honors Lists
The following Franklin County students were named to the Kerr-Vance Academy Headmaster List/A/B Honor Roll for the third-quarter grading period.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Franklinton health care outfit uses speech therapy to battle little-known cause of death for seniors
The simple act of swallowing is something many of us take for granted.
Yet every year, approximately 10 million Americans are diagnosed with swallowing disorders, also known as dysphagia.

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Unemployment rate increases slightly
Franklin County’s unemployment rate remained in double digits with a slight increase, according to the most recently released information from the state.
The rise kept Franklin County in line with 94 other counties that saw their rates go up in January — the most recent data available.

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Louisburg police arrest woman for false robbery report
Deputies arrested a White Level man on charges that he used a pry bar during an attack.
Porfirio Munoz Salinas, 75, was charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.
According to a report by Dep. J Maloney, Salinas became irate the afternoon of March 15 when someone began doing yardwork at a home in the 1600 block of East River Road.

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Pfc. Rashaun Pace-Evans  AIT graduate
Pfc. Rashaun Pace-Evans AIT graduate
US Army Pfc. Rashaun Pace-Evans graduated from AIT at Fort Gordon, Ga., on March 7 as a Distinguished Honor graduate (Delta Company) for Academic Excellence in the 25B Information Technology Specialist program, with a GAP of 93.

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