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Showing 46 articles from March 30, 2012.

FRONT PAGE

Proposed sign change triples permissible size
Franklin County’s planning board has recommended that commissioners allow for bigger business signs.
And do they mean big.
Last month, the planning board voted 6-1 to recommend that commissioners allow signs triple the size currently allowed.

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UNDER ATTACK
UNDER ATTACK
Youngsville firefighters work to knock down a fire that damaged the back of this home at 120 Thomerson Lane. Firefighters from Youngsville, Bunn and Louisburg responded to the fire which appeared to have started out back near a four-wheeler (photo below). Firefighters said the blaze may have been ignited by a gas can near the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

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HOT WHEELS
HOT WHEELS
A fire behind a home on Thomerson Lane burned this four-wheeler down to its base metals on Thursday. Firefighters were still trying to determine the cause of the fire that damaged the back of the home, which sustained fire, smoke and water damage.

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Democrats nominate Jones as commissioner
Democrats nominate Jones as commissioner
The county’s Democratic Party has recommended that a man with long-time county service fill a vacant commissioner seat.
Democratic Party Chair Armenta Eaton is scheduled to recommend on Monday night that former Cooperative Extension Director Cedric Jones be appointed to the District 2 seat — a post vacated in early March by Penny McGhee.

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Revised reval notices due; 3,600 appeal
Appraisal and tax staff are gathering the last bits of information before residents should expect to see new revaluation notices.
Property owners and commissioners have assailed Tim Cain and his Assessment Solutions Inc. after a first round of revaluation notices that reflected a nearly 15 percent countywide increase in property values.

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Volunteer Betty Craig saluted
SHOWING LOVE. United Way of Franklin County Wayne Stallings Volunteer of the Year recipient Betty Craig, center, is mobbed by friends, family and Girl Scouts after receiving the honor on Thursday.
Volunteer Betty Craig saluted
It’s easy to get caught up in numbers, United Way officials said.
These are the important ones for the organization’s 2011-12 campaign season:
• $134,752 was raised;
• 52,000 food items were donated during food drives;
• $95,00 was raised to give 408 students book bags filled with school supplies;

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
S’Joyah Brodie, 7

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Court gives property owners a raw ‘deal’ on annexation
North Carolinians who value private property and who believe they should have a say before that property is annexed were handed a major setback in a Wake County Superior Court earlier this week.
Judge Shannon Joseph agreed with five cities who contended that the legislature overstepped its authority last year when it passed laws making involuntary annexation much more difficult.

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Is Romney’s biggest foe a guy named Mitt?
Is Romney’s biggest foe a guy named Mitt?
GOOD MORNING: I see where Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” has sparked an angry debate in the aftermath of the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
The law, one of 21 such laws around the country, gives the benefit of the doubt to a person claiming self-defense, regardless of where the killing takes place.

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Challenge to health care reform filled with irony
Challenge to health care reform filled with irony
There has been much smoke and fury this week over so-called Obamacare that has been the subject of three partial days-worth of hearings in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Frankly, there is much to dislike about this legislation -- and there is much to like.
More importantly, it seems to me, there are an incredible number of unanswered questions about exactly what will happen and what it will mean.

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OBITUARIES

GEORGE HOLLIS
LOUISBURG – George Hollis, 62, died Saturday evening, March 24, 2012 at U.N.C. Hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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MACON D. HEDGEPETH
HENDERSON - Macon D. Hedgepeth, 88, of Kittrell, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012. A graveside service was held Friday, March 30, at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton, conducted by the Rev. Anita James-Carnes.

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FRED E. KINNEY
LOUISBURG – Fred Eugene Kinney, 60, died Thursday night, March 29, 2012. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

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JACK F. STANLEY
LOUISBURG - Jack Furman Stanley, 79, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Maria Parham Medical Center. A graveside service with full military honors was held  Thursday, March 29, at Elmwood Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Frank Sossoman.

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IAN DAVID ROSS
LAKE ROYALE - Ian David Ross, 20, died Monday, March 26, 2012. A memorial service honoring his life was held Friday, March 30, at Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating.

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JAMES J. STEPHENS SR.
FRANKLINTON —James Jefferson Stephens Sr., 88, died Monday, March 26, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday, March 30, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Burial, with Masonic services, was held at Brier Creek Memorial Park, Durham.

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JAMES E. O’NEAL, SR.
ZEBULON – James Ell O’Neal, Sr., 77, of the Pilot community, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

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VIOLA F. LEDFORD
May 23, 1955 – March 29, 2012
FRANKLINTON – Viola F. Ledford, 56, of Franklinton, died Thursday morning.

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DOUGLAS F. GUPTON
LOUISBURG - Douglas Fairbanks Gupton, 81, of Louisburg died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Autumn Care in Nashville.  Mr. Gupton was a registered forester and tree farmer.  Mr. Gupton also was a Mason with the James A. Johnson Mason Lodge, a member of the Franklin County Shriners and a member of the Eastern Star. 

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NANCY DAVIS ROBBINS 
RALEIGH - Nancy Davis Robbins passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

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SPORTS

No Match For NN
THEY’RE ON THE RUN. (L to R) Northern Nash’s Claire Fleming and Louisburg’s Kelsey Harris try to chase down a loose ball during Thursday evening’s girls soccer matchup on the NNHS campus in Red Oak.
No Match For NN
RED OAK -- Louisburg’s upstart program met an established Northern Nash contingent, and the result was predictable during girls, non-conference soccer action Thursday.
The host Lady Knights delivered four goals in the first 15 minutes and went on to defeat Louisburg by a 9-1 margin at the NNHS Soccer Complex.

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BUNN’S SIXTH SENSE
CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN. Bunn’s Brandon Batchelor (right) chases Louisburg’s Gray Ayscue in a rundown during Tuesday night’s key high school baseball showdown, which was claimed by the host Wildcats.
BUNN’S SIXTH SENSE
BUNN -- Louisburg and Bunn took a walk on the wild side before the host Wildcats were able to secure a victory in a key Northern Carolina Conference baseball event Tuesday night on the BHS campus.
After a walk-filled first few innings, BHS took the lead, only to see the Warriors rally to tie the score with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth stanza.

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BHS’ Early Eruption
CLOSE PLAY AT THIRD. Bunn’s Aimee Sanders (right) makes it to third base as Louisburg’s Zoe Hinton reaches for the tag during Tuesday evening’s Northern Carolina Conference fast-pitch softball showdown.
BHS’ Early Eruption
BUNN -- Two young teams with an eye toward the future met Tuesday in a key Northern Carolina Conference rivalry softball matchup.
Bunn, however, appears to have the most potential for the present after the homestanding Ladycats rolled to a 10-0 victory over Louisburg in a duel with plenty of playoff implications in the NCC standings.

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Tourney time for Warriors
Tourney time for Warriors
After a one-year hiatus, the Louisburg Easter Baseball Tournament will be returning this spring -- but with a few changes.
In the past, the event has been held at Frazier Field on the Louisburg College campus.
But this time around, the site will be Louisburg High’s Warrior Field.

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First 48 In NCC
First 48 In NCC
BUNN -- Chuck Mann’s final season as the Bunn High School girls basketball coach was certainly one to remember.
Mann led BHS to its third consecutive sweep of the Northern Carolina Conference regular season and tournament championships en route to a 24-7 overall record.

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AT ARM’S LENGTH
AT ARM’S LENGTH
(L to R) Northern Nash’s Jasmine Richardson and Louisburg’s Samantha Calvery tangle for possession during Thursday night’s girls soccer contest on the NN campus in Red Oak.

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North Carolina State edges ECU
North Carolina State edges ECU
RALEIGH -- Tarran Senay’s two-out single to right-center field in the bottom of the 11th inning scored Brett Austin and lifted No. 9 North Carolina State (17-6) to 4-3 win over in-state rival and No. 30 East Carolina (16-8) Wednesday night in college baseball action at Doak Field at Dail Park on the NC State campus.

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County Sports Schedule Week of April 1-7
High School Baseball
MONDAY
Wilson Fike at Franklinton    6:45 p.m.
TUESDAY
Bunn at Northwest Halifax    4:30 p.m.

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Bunn continues its girls soccer season
Bunn continues its girls soccer season
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Bunn High School continued its 2012 girls soccer campaign with a pair of disappointing losses this week, including one in Northern Carolina Conference action.
Monday, BHS took on league foe Corinth Holders in a showdown with plenty of implications for the Class 2-A State Playoffs.

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Lady ‘Canes make All-Region
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College’s postseason accolades continued with the naming of three players to the All-Region X women’s basketball squad.
LC went 31-2 this past campaign, winning the Region X regular season and tournament championships en route to finishing third at the NJCAA National Tournament.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 NET BURNERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 NET BURNERS
(Back, l to r) Coaches Chris Perry, Chris McMullen and Brian Leonard; (middle, l to r) Carly Payton, Lucille Ketterer and Sally Ketterer; (front, l to r) Gracie Mills, Lucy Harris, Julia Perry and Madi Leonard.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 FAST AND FURIOUS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 FAST AND FURIOUS
(Back, l to r) Coach Audra Gupton, Allison Lopez-Reyna, Madison Murray, Cameron Hayes and Jada Norman; (front, l to r) Abigail Gupton, Elizabeth Winstead, Chessie Foster and Emily Winstead.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 SUPER SERVERS
FRANKLIN COUNTY PARKS AND REC WINTER VOLLEYBALL 8-11 SUPER SERVERS
(Back, l to r) Coach Scottie Martin, Cari jones, Alexis Poyer, Moana Poyer, Crystal Ferrell and Coach Marcie Woodlief; (front, l to r) Rylee Nowell, Dakota Woodlief, Hannah Martin and Kaylee Turner.

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PLAYMAKER
PLAYMAKER
Bunn’s Shantia Vines throws out a Louisburg batter after fielding a ground ball at third base Tuesday.

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LIFESTYLES

Sea creatures come ‘alive’ at LC faculty event
Sea creatures come ‘alive’ at LC faculty event
Louisburg College recently hosted a Faculty Day of Scholarship.
On this particular day, many visitors from other colleges were invited to participate and attend the many sessions being offered on what a college can do to retain students in order to get their diplomas.
Outside of the guest speakers, over 130 faculty members were present, and members of the faculty and administration were presenters.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

VGCC awards list corrected
The following students were inadvertently omitted from the list of VGCC scholarship award recipients published in the March 24 edition of the Times.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

County Commissioners set to ponder revised solar farm rules
Commissioners will be asked for a second time on Monday to approve a process by which solar farms can be considered for development in Franklin County.
After fielding questions from concerned residents, commissioners asked planning staff to take another pencil to its plans to modify the Unified Development Ordinance so that it would address solar farms.

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State unemployment rate is released
RALEIGH — North Carolina gained 8,300 jobs over-the-month and the state’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.9 in February, down 0.3 of a percentage point from a revised January rate of 10.2 percent.
“North Carolina continues to gain jobs,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “The state has gained 112,000 jobs over the past two years.

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Farm deadlines loom
The Franklin County Farm Service Agency has several programs currently running and this is just a reminder of a few dates coming up:
•The agency is currently taking new AD-1026’s (Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification form).

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Water issue closes Edward Best
Franklin County Schools officials closed an elementary school on Friday because of water issues — particularly a lack of water.
According to schools spokesman Joe Baisley, staff realized that the well at Edward Best Elementary School was not working and the school had no water.

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SHINING BRIGHT
SHINING BRIGHT
Louisburg High School students and United Way volunteers Molly Boutwell, Thomas Clifton Jr., and Peyton Shearin helped United Way Executive Director Kathy Harrelson, right, hand out Crystal Awards to volunteers who exhibited key attributes during the fundraising campaign.

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ONE OF THE WAYNES
ONE OF THE WAYNES
Wayne Stallings, center, the namesake of the United Way of Franklin County Volunteer of the Year award and inaugural winner, and past recipient Wayne Champion, right, present Betty Craig with the volunteer honor on Thursday during a ceremony at Louisburg College’s auditorium.

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Holiday hours
Franklin County government’s holiday schedule has been announced by County Manager Angela Harris.
For the Good Friday holiday, each library will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, and remain closed Friday and Saturday of that week.

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Louisburg police take unknown flasher into custody
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Louisburg area residents following a drug investigation.
Chadwick Lee Foster, 37, and Jessica Nicole Mitchell, 24, were each charged with heroin possession.
Foster faced two more charges that pushed his bond beyond $100,000.
Mitchell was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, making her bond $26,000.

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Franklinton decides hands-off approach best for water plant
Franklinton decides hands-off approach best for water plant
FRANKLINTON — While the fate of a water agreement between Franklin County and Franklinton remains in a judges hands, the town has decided to take a hands-off approach to its water plant.
By unanimous decision, town commissioners agreed to let Envirolink operate its water system.
The Bailey-based company  provides consultation, engineering work and oversight for a number of municipal systems, including others in the area.

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Small grain growers plan referendum
The North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association (NCSGGA) has announced that an Assessment Referendum will be held April 10.
Polling places will be located throughout the state in each county extension office. This assessment is for a six-year period for all Canola/rapeseed grown in the state.

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